Unmasked

by Kito Peters

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1.
Unmasked 02:42
Unmasked something clearly over these wars about a mask are you people crazy here just felt i had to ask your opinion isn’t fact cause who cares what we like once there was that golden rule before we dropped the mic seems too big to counter our sad decline and fall common good collapses then up against the wall capital spawns culture that’s shallow like its dad we deserve our selfishness more logic makes me mad ignorance is righteous just so we watch and buy you’re a loser liberal aw don’t break down and cry chorus perhaps i will infect you so glad i have the right block me from my nail salon and now you’ve got a fight seems too big to counter our sad decline and fall common good collapses then up against the wall
2.
The Ice 03:54
The Ice he spoke his convictions a righteous kind of play privilege let him cruise above the hubbub and the fray his wife brought him sherry he sipped it in the den he had spoken for their rights a fighter since back when that's the tale he spun inside self portraits seldom true preaching from atop the ice until we fall right through he couldn’t quite believe it how they could savage him now the good guys get attacked on some misguided whim then his cronies warned him he’s liable for arrest he felt way indignant a curse to be so blessed chorus now the mob gets nearer how did things go so wrong he will meet them at the gate instruct them to move on that's the tale he spun inside self portraits seldom true preaching from atop the ice until we fall right through
3.
Going Down To Wuhan i’m going down to wuhan to see my baby there i hear that she coughs and coughs but i don’t really care i’m going down to wuhan can’t wait another day once i hold her in my arms these blues will fly away call me mad romantic but love is all we’ve got this world’s just too crazy boss we’re suffering a lot i’m going down to wuhan though people tell me wait have to take my chances now and leave it up to fate i’m going down to wuhan my heart will risk it all i can’t stand this disconnect so painful when i call chorus i’m going down to wuhan i’ll see you when i do this is sure the toughest test but my love’s deep and true call me mad romantic but love is all we’ve got this world’s just too crazy boss we’re suffering a lot
4.
Red Door 03:26
Red Door what’s behind the red door all overgrown in weeds there seems no way through it who knows where it might lead what’s behind the red door a tangled world of dreams maybe distant thunder claps wild roller coaster screams i blinked in confusion the portal fell away could i enter through the thorns redeem another day i stood near the red door a frame set in a wall somewhere from the other side i heard my spirit call i stood at the red door my heart beat not the same then the tide inside me surged and washed away my name chorus what’s behind the red door when finally you push through brilliant stars combining a universe brand new i blinked in confusion the portal fell away could i enter through the thorns redeem another day
5.
Travelers 03:15
Travelers i’m not really ready it’s never up to you i just hope my time’s not yet still got some things to do everything is changing but then it’s always so pilgrims in the mystery where perils come and go even as we’re separate we’re also deeply one a motley crew of travelers circling round the sun such a world of madness of beauty and of care soon enough we disappear all vanish into air we are ever dying it’s just a question when let us open up our hearts and open them again chorus bless you on your journey i pray you will be well pestilence rings clearly that meditation bell even as we’re separate we’re also deeply one a motley crew of travelers circling round the sun
6.
Overcome 04:12
Overcome hard to tell the difference so did you win or lose throwing sharpened elbows and kicking dagger shoes all that will to power so eager to compete just another stud baboon who struts across the street war our favorite pastime we shoot til we get numb then we kneel and pray to god so much to overcome downward to the bottom the race goes to the swift better cordon off your heart and saw your soul adrift do you treat your neighbor the same as you treat you better watch your back boy or he might run you through chorus the world survives on kindness and struts on oil and steel we obey the lords of more lose track of what seems real war our favorite pastime we shoot til we get numb then we kneel and pray to god so much to overcome
7.
Empress Of The Dow the law was stacked against her but she could trump the law no one stopped her iron will just pretty girl they saw she sat with her lawyers a bummer to get caught but she’d fixed the proper judge just like her daddy taught you must flaunt your fortune it doesn’t matter how that’s the only way to win my empress of the dow there is no clear purpose so bank accounts must do novices parade their wealth to wow the big time crew she had bought some paintings but no one seemed to care now she meant to own the sea and maybe soon the air chorus she had nixed the baby too cumbersome a deal as the titans greeted her the rush felt so unreal you must flaunt your fortune it doesn’t matter how that’s the only way to win my empress of the dow
8.
Canaries 03:44
Canaries some threats are invisible chernobyl and now this i must love you from afar and send a phantom kiss grief expresses through the lungs a world now drowned in tears we were just too frantic then to notice all those years feel the spirits battle between the dark and light silent dangers chase us down we must get balance right we ignored the fallout or heard and turned away racing hard toward the edge brought closer every day but we mostly saw just us each huffing to get by there’s no species counsel here for guidance from on high chorus you can’t bank compassion not like the bottom line now the dying cannot breath canaries in the mine feel the spirits battle between the dark and light silent dangers chase us down we must get balance right
9.
Maybe 02:58
Maybe maybe you were sitting in the kitchen by the clock waiting on the kettle the line gone round the block maybe you were listening to that battered radio only there’s no traffic now but still you feel the glow you miss aunt virginia the one voice always kind you pull out her autoharp to hear what’s on your mind maybe you were faithful to the drum beat in your head thumbing through procedurals the pile of those you read maybe you remember your baseball through the glass you caught that one pretty good velocity and mass chorus maybe there’s tomorrow some bright rays shining through you lie under blankets now more fictional than true you miss aunt virginia the one voice always kind you pull out her autoharp to hear what’s on your mind
10.
Touch 02:36
Touch he ate at the table the masked ones brought his food he tried hard to sit up straight with regal attitude sure he’d heard the stories he’d even glimpsed a hug though of course he had been born in year three of the bug touch a crucial factor he knew it from its lack life sure looked so good before and now no going back he’d heard other children but always played alone if this plague would ever end his teachers hadn’t known so he watched the sitcoms and old games on tv he had his own point of view what it means being free chorus he had a recurring dream he almost couldn’t wait after his game winning blast they mob him at the plate touch a crucial factor he knew it from its lack life sure looked so good before and now no going back
11.
Bursting 03:13
Bursting underneath the numbers and colors clever words pictures of a burning house how many dreams deferred capital held sacred bright cross against the sky all the rest expendable indentured then you die something here is bursting the fault lines show so clear need to stop the power now big darkness drawing near tanks continue rolling the sacrifices mount they no longer taste or smell but all know how to count deep below the surface a bunker made of gold orders sent to suffocate exert their thug control chorus we live in a class war that long has hinged on race futile to resist they shout now back into your place out here in the suburbs those looters on tv thank god for our sprawling house and troops to keep us free
12.
Boy King 02:54
Boy King boy king on the dude ranch he shot them with his sling i’m the future monarch here you can’t do anything boy king at the prom dance he grabbed her down below they all really want it pal no reason to go slow sneering moral monster the man we must deserve empty world of him alone that hungry ghost we serve boy king on the golf course his partners look away kicks his ball toward the hole great shot the others say boy king at the office my genius is pr no one can compare to me such greatness will go far chorus boy king in the white house the government that’s me you had better kiss my ass act grateful to be free sneering moral monster the man we must deserve empty world of him alone that hungry ghost we serve
13.
Bubbles 03:49
Bubbles hemmed in and surrounded surrender sets us free soon enough the walls must breach and put a stop to me sometimes there is envy at other times regret i could almost hurt myself so much i didn’t get miracle of being the savage blessing birth bubbles of awareness here encircling the earth i examine pictures their families and big homes all those herd connections look sweeter than these poems but grass is always greener this road enriches too camped along the river bank detailing what flows through chorus hemmed in and surrounded perhaps it’s always so bowing to the azure sky dream dancing as we go miracle of being the savage blessing birth bubbles of awareness here encircling the earth
14.
Sister Mercy 04:55
Sister Mercy i live in fear and trembling in the mansion of the lord my way is a gentle smile while others wield the sword i pray for redemption and peace to find us all stranded here in terror in the rubble of the fall bowing down in silence we all live in sin and i might wail forever if i would once begin though i use this language my faith’s beyond one sect there is love and kindness and duty to protect each day i examine the ripples of my soul peering through illusions the parts becoming whole chorus every day i listen while they pour out what’s so all the pain and pleasure this shifting passion show they call me sister mercy a name i don’t deserve but i will hold them close to me a simple vow to serve chorus
15.
Bozo 03:19
Bozo i was just another biped bleating to an empty room proud of my profound opinions blabbing drivel since the womb i was just another human squawking at a silent moon certain i knew all the answers from humility immune history’s gonna find your hideout though you dream that you’re exempt sweep away your petty comforts crush to dust what you attempt i was just another sucker precious freedoms paramount how i loved the big box pleasures tried to make each moment count i was just another bozo drunk and giddy on the bus puking down the center aisle no notion there’s an us chorus i was just another breather praying this would never end malice massed within the border so much broken glass to mend i was just another bragger waving placards in the sun all the others shouting slogans each on top of everyone chorus
16.
Tiny Love 03:52
Tiny Love i am lying in the darkness there’s so little i can do i remember how you held me skin to skin right next to you i am walking on the pathway once again out here alone i get sad and sometimes lonely aching solo to the bone still we’re lucky in our blessings see the mountains soar above so we nod and praise creation offer up some tiny love i am reading now with horror how can this be really true screw the people save the profits greed indifferent muscles through i forget when i get busy focus helps me to avoid otherwise each minor symptom stuns me into paranoid chorus i look back before sequester now that life seems dead and gone what will greet us when it’s over waiting quiet on the dawn still we’re lucky in our blessings see the mountains soar above so we nod and praise creation offer up some tiny love
17.
Unknown Soldier unknown soldier blow your horn and do what you must do now you fix your bayonet may someday peace find you forced audition for the role they i said should be bolder then they wrote up hasty notes and stuffed me in a folder it’s the curse of human kind or one right near the core young men drunk on fantasy define themselves by war chorus see them on their iron horses frozen in heroic pose they’re the ones we venerate brave combat with our foes yes of course we needed them still sometimes they got fooled lives laid down for profits the millstone of the ruled chorus there are other warriors who make much sense to me struggling with the beast of soul to be or not to be could we ever move beyond this constant call to fight girding for the bloodshed each knowing that he’s right
18.
Martians 02:22
Martians i watched when the martians landed prime time on tv beeping loud they faced the cameras spoke to you and me the fat man tried to interrupt them mad they stole his show then one zapped him with a finger down he fell slo mo we are forced to save you from those idiots yourselves your one planet’s failing we came to make it well maybe they thought easy peasy but they’d never seen a cat i could see their spirits drop as herding us fell flat and soon the fat man rallied from his bunker near the pole he was going to lead resistance martians gone his goal chorus we waved when they left us at least they’d cared and tried now the fat man’s voice rang out and i felt terrified we are forced to save you from those idiots yourselves your one planet’s failing we came to make it well
19.
My Family Is The Country my family is the country a verbal civil war there’s no constitution left raw hatred at the core both sides get more vicious the center cannot hold boring in with ill intent to guard the rule of gold hunkered at the diner my mask on in the booth they’ve been going door to door locking up the truth my family is the country each fighting for his own no one cares about the rest such proud testosterone i feel such a yearning as concord falls away once we felt a union here way back in yesterday chorus my family is the country this chasm hard to bear blaming and sadistic just weakness now to care hunkered at the diner my mask on in the booth they’ve been going door to door locking up the truth

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During the pandemic spring of 2020, in what felt like house arrest, I started writing songs in Apple’s basic music production software, GarageBand. I wrote a lot of them. My friend, frequent collaborator, and multi-platinum producer, John Kurzweg, then suggested that he remix, and in some cases add elements to, the best of those tracks to give them greater depth and scope. Here are the results!

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released December 1, 2020

Songs written, sung, arranged, recorded, and produced by Kito Peters.

Mixing, additional production, and mastering by John Kurzweg.

Packaging design by Andrea Neal at Whole Brain Design, Sante Fe, NM.

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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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