The Bright Abyss

by Kito Peters

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1.
Rock The Next World we gonna rock the next world this one doesn’t look so great we’re gonna cash in all our chips and schedule the date we gonna rock the next world all those graveyards can’t be wrong dancing on the zombie shift the love vibe growing strong oh hey hey and na na na slipping through a hole in space oh na na and hey hey hey heading for a better place we gonna rock the next world ain’t gonna study war no more we’re gonna party for a year and never mind the store we gonna rock the next world this one’s such a bloody mess maybe they will buy a clue and learn from our success oh hey hey and na na na slipping through a hole in space oh na na and hey hey hey heading for a better place we gonna rock the next world this one could get so much worse time to take our chances gang and try to slip the curse we gonna rock the next world no more bottom line to fear bugaloo for president the time is drawing near oh hey hey and na na na slipping through a hole in space oh na na and hey hey hey heading for a better place
2.
02:36
Traces there was almost nothing left but mannequins with cash scurrying like hamsters through fields of golden trash and all my friends had vanished down caverns of the night i kept searching for a sign to make the madness right just some faded traces i could still recall perfume in the alley where the years of sunsets fall i walked on in silence the river boatman rose and beckoned me to follow to the fountain where he goes but you still seemed to flourish in the frenzy here below i kept chanting verses please let my yearnings go chorus now we float together past broken shards of peace trembling near the threshold i’m waiting on release just some faded traces i could still recall perfume in the alley where the years of sunsets fall
3.
The Bright Abyss i saw diamonds in her eyes every kiss a wild surprise there was no way to resist how could such a force exist even agony felt good undergone not understood the movie camera never stopped big tent til the curtain dropped there’s a light show you can’t miss tumbling down the bright abyss 2X chased that figment through the snow grasping where the moonbeams go and everything felt so alive i thought i heard my train arrive and she was like a matador with every cut i wanted more if this is love then how love bled i followed blindly where she led there’s a light show you can’t miss tumbling down the bright abyss 2X when at last the scabs had healed she had long renounced the field i saw glory in the pain and pretty soon i’d start again there’s a light show you can’t miss tumbling down the bright abyss 2X
4.
02:20
Simple World everyone was primitive and not so long ago in harmony with fish and fowl all caught up in the flow when there came a surplus a priestly killer caste raised above the common folk the demon stirred at last streaming fields of consequence then down to hades hurled we hallowed exploitation it’s a simple world next the germ of capital the making to amass soon the iron bottom line and manacles of class now the earth’s a prison where profit rules us all poisoning our habitat and headed for the wall streaming fields of consequence then down to hades hurled we hallowed exploitation it’s a simple world despite our techno savvy we’re easy marks to fool drowning in a sea of lies where only numbers rule the demon straddles everywhere its savage edict: more we kneel before the temple an open bleeding sore streaming fields of consequence then down to hades hurled we hallowed exploitation it’s a simple world 2X
5.
02:45
Fixing Cars i felt so inspired you just tagged along but it was the moment to try a brand new song you had been my best friend but maybe that was done i looked for epiphany you just wanted fun god made us all different or maybe its the stars some go seeking spirit world while some love fixing cars yeah i like quixote and you’re more in the stuff soaring after stardust when bread is rich enough sometimes we can help each other balance out the poles sometimes there’s a synergy playing out the roles chorus i went by to see you and you laid down some bass that day nothing could wipe off the smile upon my face god made us all different or maybe its the stars some go seeking spirit world while some love fixing cars 2X
6.
03:27
Who Loves Me who loves me in the gentle rain who loves me in the darkest night i came here and can’t say why or what would make it right who loves me as the empire folds who loves me in the final doubt i only feel the ragged wind which blows me all about what a childish longing such a deep lament praying for a mother’s kiss her final testament who loves me in the yellow leaves who loves me in the market square i saw you heading into fog you said you’d meet me there who loves me in the space between who loves me in the rosy dawn i am here and everywhere but soon that light is gone chorus who loves me on the pyre of tongues who loves me when i lie alone no one will remember soon the fallen flesh and bone what a childish longing such a deep lament praying for a mother’s kiss her final testament
7.
Tumbling Years we are marching through the streets but no one makes a sound the only place for us right now is back there underground still there’s something beautiful on this thanksgiving day life demands its tribute we’re born to feel that way yes i caught your eye that time a thousand hidden tears and i have held the memory through all the tumbling years we are watching our tv in homes now lit and warm we are taking a deep breath a respite from the storm and we feel the gratitude despite our little woes the simple rumbling miracle that holds us as it goes chorus we are laughing as we eat so far behind the glass now the light is fading and soon the decades pass yes i caught your eye that time a thousand hidden tears and i have held the memory through all the tumbling years
8.
All The Little Egos all the little egos barking in the night canines aiming for revenge and each one’s always right all the little egos with so much to defend waving claws with angry words we’d rather die than bend yeah you see it clearly but still you can’t let go slipping deeper down the hole with every jab you throw all the little egos since every man’s a king all the other selves should bow to magic gifts they bring all the little egos so battered and alert limping through this life cut off and feeding on the hurt yeah you see it clearly but still you can’t let go slipping deeper down the hole with every jab you throw all the little egos some twist the daggers in poking at the weakest points so proud to never win all the little egos now how could they exist just a bunch of fool ideas so sure they’re the gist yeah you see it clearly but still you can’t let go slipping deeper down the hole with every jab you throw
9.
02:27
Mortar even i am not protected even i the earth will claim we have struggled here forever even so we fall the same yes of course you will be different you’re the one to break the mold far above the laws of nature like the rest your end foretold who is god to drain my freedom who are men to mock my need i am pounded by a mortar soon enough the spirit freed i am seething at the punctures my proud fortress overrun every breath could be finale in a flash my story done life so blind until it’s threatened all the piggies in the mud with a grunt the butcher grabs you bacon boys and streams of blood chorus we contest the iron endgame though there’s little we can do pushing back with prayers and potions til the darkness covers you who is god to drain my freedom who are men to mock my need i am pounded by a mortar soon enough the spirit freed repeat 1st verse
10.
03:25
Anger such a world of irritants rubbed raw every day wanting to instruct them all or blast those fools away but raging in the belly will just consume the host quick it flares and i let go since i need peace the most once i loved my anger though it sure brought regret now i try to talk me down haven’t got there yet there is much frustration so little you effect inside you’re the king of kings the knaves must genuflect but you’re just one of billions an ant among the rest so better equanimity strength put to the test chorus still at times i detonate my being like a bomb i could blow up everything then the final calm once i loved my anger though it sure brought regret now i try to talk me down haven’t got there yet
11.
The Thought Of Tears where did the last humans go i saw them trudging through the snow there were maybe twenty five they looked half sick and half alive after their first global tour it seemed the species might endure new critics raving so impressed to hear their makers’ dreams professed we tried to end with dignity to sing the ancient songs our age on earth was over no use for right and wrong they would play and then show slides who knew about their peaceful sides and they sold samples of cuisine and told us what the stars might mean still they could fall at any time not suited to the altered clime they needed air and air was gone few thought that they would last this long we tried to end with dignity to sing the ancient songs our age on earth was over no use for right and wrong there seemed little to be done we clapped and gawked and had such fun and no promoter dared report the human days were running short sad to track their failing state last rescue efforts way too late and when i saw them stumble by the thought of tears dripped from my eyes we tried to end with dignity to sing the ancient songs our age on earth was over no use for right and wrong
12.
03:07
Bad News once they brought the orange man the center could not hold all the hateful messages all the lies they told you could feel it in the air the chaos and the fear the end of an experiment more random violence near hard to quite envision when progress seemed in play now the tablets crumble bad news on the way the gated took so openly from people on the street cops put down resistance and covered the elite no more care from government a splintered civic whole the only thing that mattered now was what you grabbed or stole hard to quite envision when progress seemed in play now the tablets crumble bad news on the way empathy and capital an oxymoron there a coup de grace for culture the savagery laid bare you and me in horror still leading little lives as we stagger through the shock that eagle beast arrives hard to quite envision when progress seemed in play now the tablets crumble bad news on the way 2X
13.
Everything Is Falling everything is falling a gravity of faith the landing strip so crowded we had to stand and wait everything is falling the highway full of holes now they look the other way while i box what they stole and yes i like to savor the endless changing show there’s still time to close your eyes and let the movie go everything is falling a kingdom in the dark then the geese flew overhead silence gripped the park everything is falling the stars sink into dawn we fled from the predators and rutted on the lawn chorus everything is falling the reservoir bone dry tear drops when you came for me so hard to say goodbye and yes i like to savor the endless changing show there’s still time to close your eyes and let the movie go 2X
14.
Private Tales i walked home way after midnight i walked home in pouring rain foolish me to let them matter swore i never would again family was no tender haven romance could not quell the ache when you leave your heart unguarded you can bet it’s gonna break we will find a face remembered comrades as we ride the rails and we pray someone can hear us wrapped inside our private tales so we yearn for some sweet angel not to walk this earth alone then we sacrifice protection will our teeming fields be known we require the touch of others though some bleeding’s guaranteed teeth and elbows ever flaring so much love the dry stalks need chorus no one’s going to fully get you misty heart trails wind unseen i walked home way after midnight no one knew where i had been we will find a face remembered comrades as we ride the rails and we pray someone can hear us wrapped inside our private tales

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released May 3, 2018

“The Bright Abyss” Credits

Cesar Bauvallet - trombone

Mark Clark - drums on #1, 5, 6, 12

Ronnie Johnson - bass on #1, 5, 6, 12

John Kurzweg - electric and keyboard bass; electric and acoustic guitars; programmed drums; mandolin; keyboards; foot stomp; backing vocal on #1

Jono Manson - electric, acoustic, and baritone guitars; backing vocals

Kito Peters - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, backing vocals


Songs by Kito Peters

Produced and arranged by John Kurzweg, Jono Manson, and Kito Peters

Recorded by John Kurzweg at The Studio On The Hill and by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink, Santa Fe, NM

Mixed by John Kurzweg at The Studio On The Hill (tracks #1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13) and by Jono Manson at The Kitchen Sink (tracks #5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14), Santa Fe, NM

Mastered by John Kurzweg at The Studio On The Hill, Santa Fe, NM

Packaging Design by Willy Magee Studio, www.mageestudio.com

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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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