Tatters Of The Flag

by Kito Peters

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1.
Message Man 03:28
Message Man i drove up to taos through the river gorge at night looking for i don’t know what just fleeing from the fight i was playing old cds and i sang each tune loud talking so much cosmic smack sweet words like peace and proud have to seize the moment offer what i can got a lyric for the world hey i’m your message man of course nobody listens my girl friend locked her door there was daily life to live though i just warbled more once she had believed in me but she grew bored and mad where was her new tricked out ride free verses all i had chorus up atop the mesa i heard coyotes howl i just pulled my head up high and hooted like an owl have to seize the moment offer what i can got a lyric for the world hey i’m your message man
2.
Naming 02:55
Naming i blew up the planet and watched the fragments fly if there was no planet left then where the hell was i i veered off from madness a buzzing swarm of mind rage and fear consuming while on i stumbled blind we are all star witnesses and even when it’s rough something secret still enjoys this naming of the stuff the lawyer stole my silver the coach ran off with knives everything was breaking down a splintering of lives there was only language left to soften up the end pointing out each crazy state with no need to defend chorus i watched from a distance and dove way deep in soul so much was exploding here just painted words seemed whole we are all star witnesses and even when it’s rough something secret still enjoys this naming of the stuff
3.
Little Criminals we were little criminals my honeybun and me we knew every kind of dodge such proud mendacity she called me her nemesis does that mean i seemed real footprints in the alley trash where once we did the deal i live on the outside though i keep peering in trying to outflank the dark where yet again i’ve been there was never meaning in the flicker of the screen she saw something vanish down the gutters in between she said it was freedom and then she laughed and laughed as we paddled from the dock the air hissed from the raft chorus she screamed at the magistrate then tried to call her mom nothing’s ever made much sense since we blew off the prom i live on the outside though i keep peering in trying to outflank the dark where yet again i’ve been
4.
Tatters Of The Flag we were full of nothing our silent pain referred hate between the factions a distant gong i heard we’d give no resistance if they hauled us away best no provocation and fight another day who could quite believe it the tatters of the flag plus i’d folded up my rage and stuffed it in a bag rumors of rebellion an altar in the cold kneeling on the cobblestone near where the lies were sold you had quite a skirmish of course i could see why then you lay down in the crowd and pointed at the sky chorus dancing girls and speeches my breath froze in the square we were shouting slogans the cameras everywhere who could quite believe it the tatters of the flag plus i’d folded up my rage and stuffed it in a bag
5.
Sham 02:35
Sham we were ruled by monsters but maybe they were us clanging pots out in the street was simply too much fuss went along to get along in fact we bought the hype not polite to challenge folks i never was the type blitz of propaganda democracy gone sham power swamps the airwaves pretends to give a damn we knew there was little time and so much to be done but we’d forgotten discipline our love affair with fun plus we had internalized the justifying lies then they sacked the malcontents that right big money buys chorus we grew horns and tails and hooves though we swore we were good then we poured into the streets and trashed the neighborhood blitz of propaganda democracy gone sham power swamps the airwaves pretends to give a damn
6.
A Little Kindness will it make a difference of course i cannot say to lend a little kindness to someone every day to listen and be open to feel out what they are not just on the surface but deeper in by far so you can join the killers joke with the elite or you might find a hidden crack where maybe souls can meet everybody’s hungry just dying to be heard husbanding what’s hidden such risk to say a word love needs revolution the climate will not cool brutal suits might scorn you and mock you as a fool chorus maybe that is what you bring to hold the heart inside offering a conscious voice a witness to the ride so you can join the killers joke with the elite or you might find a hidden crack where maybe souls can meet
7.
Sing 03:09
Sing when you’re up to your neck in crap all you can do is sing there was never one way out the sun ate everything i caught up with the ghost godot at least they said that’s he when i bragged i had a plan well he just smiled at me i’m singing for my supper i’m singing for my soul as this world flies all apart what else could keep you whole dying could go easy they manage every day all the things we thought and did one moment washed away now they pitched necessity while i dreamed of the moon i’d been here forever then and still it seemed too soon chorus when you’re up to your neck in crap all you can do is sing joy still flowing in your heart assailed by everything i’m singing for my supper i’m singing for my soul as this world flies all apart what else could keep you whole
8.
Wolf Mind 03:25
Wolf Mind i knelt at the altar and prayed aloud for peace we were led by mad men now all panting for release plus they wanted cover distraction sleight of hand they trumped up fierce bogeymen so terror ruled the land gunboat wars for profit that goal must be concealed even sheep might finally rise if wolf mind was revealed any nation that had turned to try a different way they would work to undermine bow down to what we say now they could assassinate whomever with a drone while they straddled all the earth the grapes of wrath got sown chorus so much propaganda like fog we couldn’t see sold by hustlers each new grab to keep their captives free gunboat wars for profit that goal must be concealed even sheep might finally rise if wolf mind was revealed
9.
Brawl 03:13
Brawl i came for the rest cure but all they did was fight hateful words and fisticuffs destroyed my peace at night when i called the front desk the manager stormed in briefly he seemed civil but soon he joined the din we can’t seem to help it another chance to brawl i’m sure eve and adam scrapped for years before the fall i don’t think i noticed way back when i was young violence just the air we breathed and insults what we slung now my juice for conflict’s slight and sparring i don’t crave is this just a harbinger a calling from the grave chorus i walked in the forest then sat against a tree i could feel the hungry ghosts come jabbering at me we can’t seem to help it another chance to brawl i’m sure eve and adam scrapped for years before the fall
10.
Sapling 03:09
Sapling we ate pancakes at the diner pounding milk shakes by the pint then we went for something stronger downtown at this pool hall joint i felt great for no good reason though the news was kind of bleak everything just seemed so funny maybe this could last all week where is the life you long to recover where is the sapling who sang to the sea who grabbed the check with the cup overflowing so much soul yearning still hidden in me i accepted the stories they promised then i resembled the lies that they told where was the key to the box filled with treasure buried so deep in the dictator’s hold i loved the booze and the drugs they gave me oh and the women what pleasure we had drowning the dread of dust ever after staring too deeply could drive a man mad chorus we’re so briefly in this body born to feel it all so fast grab each evanescent moment quick this speeding train won’t last where is the life you long to recover where is the sapling who sang to the sea who grabbed the check with the cup overflowing so much soul yearning still hidden in me
11.
Tomahawk 03:25
Tomahawk once i swung the tomahawk i saw my future pass but i was young and stupid strutting like an ass i felt for his widow plus she was kind of hot now my creature comforts three meals and a cot they say what you manifest depends on what you feed i knew only anger then not yet what i might need i learned how to read here and i began to pray still i felt my blood boil up at least once every day we seemed just like monkeys all programmed to defend but once you take an eye for eye the craziness don’t end chorus every night i lay in bed i ask the lord for peace even if i never leave i still might find release they say what you manifest depends on what you feed i knew only anger then not yet what i might need
12.
Last Goodbye 03:52
Last Goodbye thicket of deception shallow grave of lies there was almost no flesh left beneath the buzzing flies you asked for a blessing which i could not provide i was there to bid farewell but not to choose a side it all goes so quickly so soon we’re moving on now we say a last goodbye and then another dawn every day we’re falling the new ones crowding in fighting for the things we want enraptured by the spin older then but wiser the folly of the fray can we find some kindness here to brighten every day chorus i can hear the traffic again the curtains rise i will see your face again that big love in your eyes it all goes so quickly so soon we’re moving on now we say a last goodbye and then another dawn

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These songs were written in the months directly preceding the outbreak of Covid 19 in the USA. Jono Manson and I were going to record them live with a band in March of 2020, but that, of course, became impossible. Months later, after quarantine, while taking major safety precautions, Jono and I recorded our basic tracks live in his studio. Then we added one instrumental part at a time, mixed, mastered, and here you are!

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released November 9, 2020

Credits for Tatters Of the Flag

Ronnie Johnson - bass

Kanoa Kaluhiwa - tenor sax

John Kurzweg - electric guitar on 1, 2, 7, 10, 11

Jono Manson - electric guitar, backing vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

Paul Pearcy - drums and percussion

Kito Peters - acoustic guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals on 1, 6, 11

Kevin Zoernig - keyboards



Songs by Kito Peters

Arranged and produced by Jono Manson and Kito Peters

Recorded and mixed by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink Studio, Santa Fe, NM

Mastered by John Kurzweg at Black Mountain Studio, Santa Fe, NM

Packaging design by Willy Magee Studio, www.mageestudio.co

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Kito Peters Santa Fe, New Mexico

Kito Peters has released (like doves!) quite a few CDs, has received a number of awards (including twice winning Best CD Of The Year from the New Mexico Music Awards), and has garnered his share of esoteric radio airplay. He is a big fan of Harry Bosch, Al Kaline, and Laura Nyro. ... more

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