Power and Greed and Money and Sex and Death

by Jonny Polonsky

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1.
I saw you while sleeping You let my demons out I woke to find you weeping Electric tears made these eyes burn out To the sound of thunder We’re torn asunder O, Dulcinea! So sweet the vulture The main offender The plane descender O, Dulcinea! Redeem the culture I tried hard to reach you Smoke signal, code and flag The power of love will teach you Pale skin in sunken rags To the sound of thunder We’re torn asunder O, Dulcinea! So sweet the vulture The main offender The plane descender O, Dulcinea! Redeem the culture We fall together And live forever!
2.
Hey I saw your face today And the terror in your eyes Gave you away I only had to let you know I think your thinking is deranged I see the sadness in your soul Morbid, bent And strange How you still fail to see That these changing times Are not your enemy And now we’re headed for the brink But is it day or is it night? I think you think I think you think You know wrong from right The sound of thunder Is bound to stir you up Wide-eyed as we wander In between worlds Damn Am I the only one Who has watched their sense of humor Come undone? Whatever happened to the love? I thought that we were family A wounded animal in pain Drunk on power and greed Now if that sounded mean Well the judgment you display is more obscene I only had to let you know I think your thinking is deranged I see the sickness in your soul Morbid, bent and strange The sound of thunder Is bound to stir you up Wide-eyed as we wander In between worlds
3.
Sad eyes You shouldn’t waste your time Realize It’s no imitation life Come to me My long lost child Your ways are weak But your heart is wild Let mute tongues speak Cast out the vile The sullen and the sad eyed You shouldn’t waste your time Realize it’s no imitation life Realize this is no imitation life Where you are And where you've been In and out and in between Tell me everything you’ve seen Now Sad eyes You shouldn’t waste your time Realize It’s no imitation life Realign With your inner ray of light Realize This is no imitation life You’re alive You’re alive You’re alive
4.
Something's been sleeping in the back of my mind No longer, no longer can you go on living blind I just came back to let you know The curtains are drawn it's time to go Your summer soldiers are ready to light up the sky Drink Starbucks and Folger's and choose the wrong time to cry I just came back to make you see The fire you lit inside of me Oh God that's not normal Don't let em lay you down and roll you out And when you're alone and don't know who to trust Tempted to self destruct Discarded and left to rust I just came back to help you see The fire you lit that made me free Oh God that's not normal They'll only lift you up just to cut you down And when you're alone and don't know who to trust Tempted to self destruct Discarded and left to rust
5.
Allow me to do the honors Sound the horn and the vessel sets sail A journey into the unborn Beyond the horizon and beyond the pale How’d you end up on the inside? How do you know me so well? With your eyes of fire and your coat made of eagle Now I’m under your spell I found myself in fascination With your mystic fists, your maniacal wails We’ll speak your name in the summer Our tongues they had froze when the snows came and fell How’d you end up on the inside? How do you know me so well? With your eyes on fire and your coat made of eagle Now I’m under your spell Afraid to be different Afraid to be kind Afraid to reveal anything that is on your mind So scared to be useless To try and to fall Scared to be reduced and revealed To be nothing at all Now I’m under your spell
6.
I was afraid So afraid of my own mind I believed in you I couldn’t think for my own self With no one to blame All the voices in my head Led to choices I wouldn’t wish upon my own worst enemy now But I know I am Completely surrounded by love I was ashamed So ashamed of all the lies I believed in I couldn’t face my own self Unborn and unnamed From the breast we’re torn No reprieve from scorn Until we stand to reclaim our own divinity Now I know I am Completely surrounded by love
7.
Know My Name 03:37
Hey Ain’t seen you in a long time We were wondering where you went Where you stood and what you meant When you would say The end of the rainbow’s a long ride For the embittered, hardened man Oh you lonely planet boy Don’t look away And if you’re feeling all alone No need to wallow in the mire And if you’re very far from home You can always reach me on the wire It’s okay I know that you don’t really listen But I can read the light Emanating from your face And if you’re feeling all alone No need to wallow in the mire And if you’re very far from home You can always reach me on the wire Call on love Call on love Know my name Know my name
8.
Lay me down It don’t really matter Upon the floor, at the door To the threshold we turn Stand up strong Though you may be in tatters We’re on the shore and what is more We may not return I know you’re losing the eyes to see the truth Your inner vision is clouded The ugly feelings remind you of the youth Which you no longer connect And all the things that had binded me to you Has been unravelled or shrouded And what had been a folie a deux Is just a memory you forget Your name It doesn’t matter Your face You will soon forget Our eyes Beaming into one another Leave a trace in anyone you’ve ever met Your name It doesn’t matter Your face You will soon forget Our eyes Beaming into one another In the place where the sunset sets Lay me down It don’t really matter Upon the floor, at the door To the threshold we turn And stand up strong I know your heart has been shattered Every day light the way With the bridges we burn I know you think you’ve been blinded by the truth You feel attacked and surrounded The ugly feelings remind you of the youth Which you no longer connect And everything that had binded me to you Just leaves you sad and confounded What once had been a folie a deux Is just a memory you detest Your name It doesn’t matter Your face You will soon forget Our eyes Beaming into one another Leave a trace in anyone you’ve ever met Your name It doesn’t matter Your face You will soon forget Our eyes Beaming into one another In the place where the sunset sets

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Written and recorded during lockdown, Spring and Summer 2020

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released November 13, 2020

Produced, engineered, arranged, composed and performed by
Jonny Polonsky

Mixed by Mike Tholen
Mastered by Dave Collins

Summer Soldiers:
Lead and background vocals by Jane Wiedlin
Jane recorded by Travis Kasperbauer

Know My Name:
Erhu by Hong Wang

All photos: Jason Robinette

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