The Bright Abyss

by Kito Peters

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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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Track Name: Rock The Next World
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
Track Name: Traces
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
Track Name: The Bright Abyss
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
Track Name: Simple World
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
Track Name: Fixing Cars
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
Track Name: Who Loves Me
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
Track Name: Tumbling Years
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
Track Name: All The Little Egos
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
Track Name: Mortar
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
Track Name: Anger
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
Track Name: The Thought Of Tears
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
Track Name: Bad News
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
Track Name: Everything Is Falling
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
Track Name: Private Tales
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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