The Power of Sound

by Jonny Polonsky

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"He does it with soul."
-Jeff Buckley

"This guy was born to be a rock star and he makes the music to back it up."
-Frank Black/Black Francis of the Pixies

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released September 21, 2004

Cover photo: Paul Elledge

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Jonny Polonsky Los Angeles, California

Discovered by Black Francis, signed to American Recordings by Rick Rubin. Has recorded and/or performed with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Maynard James Keenan among others.

"He does it with soul."
-Jeff Buckley

"This guy was born to be a rock star and he makes the music to back it up."
-Black Francis of the Pixies
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Track Name: Let Me Out
Take me back to the crystal cave
To endless hours on endless days with you
Take me where the clouds are bright
Where shadows walk into the light

The missing person's eyes are black
Collect your things and take them back with you

Or
Let me out
Cuz I want out now

Take me to where all dreams are born
And lay me in a field of porn
Now tell me tales of the judged and scorned and I'll listen

You be Jill and I'll be Jack
We'll look good, baby, and never look back again
The missing person's eyes are white
The searchlight flashes through the night

So
Let me out
Cuz I want out now
Track Name: Even the Oxen
Oh no no
What's this here?
Young deliquents from some
Lost ancient species

All we wanted was to thank you
All they wanted was
What was it they wanted?

To call your name
Is to burst into flames

Here comes the wave of disappointment
Formed from the lies for which we fell
Even the oxen, free of reason
Do realize that it's their fate

Dullards, freaks and all varieties
Of parasites surround you
Around you
Hold your breath and count to zero
Collect the droppings of your heroes

Why are we here
With your mouth in our ears?
You call my name
And I burst into flames

Here comes the wave of disappointment
Formed from the lies for which we fell
Even the oxen, free of reason
Do realize that it's their fate

Here comes the wave of disappointment
Here come the dolts with mouths agape
Even the oxen, free of reason
Do realize that it's their fate
Track Name: Shitstorm
Reveille of the drones
Sending in the clones
Getting naked to the bone
Just for you

Rising from the bog
Creeping through the fog
It's the turning of the cog
Just for you

And while you're busy watching
Shadows on the wall
Let the winner take it all
Because you're through

No time for weakness
They are spreading the disease
Best to grab your parapluies
The shitstorm brews

Midgets, dwarves and trolls
They're looking to pawn their souls
And getting crazy baby out of control
Just for you

And while you're busy casting
Shadows on the wall
Let the winner take it all
Because you're through

No time for weakness
They are spreading the disease
Best to grab your parapluies
The shitstorm brews
Track Name: Much Love
Are you wracked with indecision
Tortured by your perfect vision
Blind to all in front of you?

Are you out of luck
But what the fuck
You've made it this far honey
Dancing skills are under par
So meet me in the dark

Cuz if you feel unnoticed
Well I feel unnoticed, too
It's a long shot but fire away
Let the bottom drop from under you

Wash away your tears of sorrow
Give back all the lives you borrowed
Let your angels speak to you

Once a lifetime you will find
The one who holds what you can't find
Chain the hounds and head for home
Much love if you don't

But if you feel unnoticed
Well I feel unnoticed, too
It's a long shot but fire away
Let the bottom drop from under you
Track Name: My Secret Life
Don't you speak
Your words leave me sick
To burn you alive would be
Your gift to me

And while you were out
Your world broke in three
To drown you alive would be
Your gift to me

Let me teach you
How to die
Let me read to you
From the lie

Of a strange, exhausted dream
That was written in the night
It don't mean you at all

To drown you alive would be
Your one way out
To burn you alive would be
Your gift to me
Track Name: Calling All Babies
All of you babies
Lost in a pile
Call it a shame
Say what's your name

An intruiging witness
A page from a file
Sorrowful sight
One thing on my mind

Calling all babies
Break out from your pens
Your giving it up, doll
Again and again

All of your time spent
Whatever you wanted gone

Now all of you babies
In line for the pain
Blinded by sight
Deaf to the night

Now I never knew you
To survive in the light
Such a surprise
One thing on my mind

Calling all babies
Held up to the fire
Forever a witness
Come ignite your desires

All of your time spent
Whatever you wanted gone

Always on my mind

Calling all babies
Held up to the flame
Forgive what you won't
You're about to be renamed

Calling all babies
Held up to the fire
Forever a victim of
Crimes of desire

All of your time spent
On and on and on
Track Name: Where the Signs End
Ask me ask me ask me
Baby how you be
Dirty dirty dirty
You're still dirty I can see

It's a long dark road
With the signs in code
It's a long dark road
Where the signs end

Dumb, young and lazy
Call me crazy call me what you will
You can't beat a hole in the head
They like that shit

It's a long dark road
With the signs in code
It's a long dark road
Where the signs end
Track Name: How Much Do You Know?
I've been waiting so long
Just to tell you
Tell you something

Wonder if you know what
I will tell you of my secret

Who is it they've chosen to
Put the connection through
Come on

And if they've chosen you
They'll ask you how much do you know
And will forget
And I'll tell you my secret
If you'll listen

Have you really learned if
They don't want you or need you yet
Wasted all your moments
On a sun that won't rise or set

Who is it they've chosen to
Put the connection through
Come on

And if they've chosen you
They'll ask you how much do you know
And will forget
And I'll tell you my secret
If you'll listen
Track Name: All This Freezing
Who's been in your dark corners?
Who has left their mark that you're carrying away?
Who's the one you find
When the one who's on your mind
Seems they're slipping away?

If you're lost
And want the one in your area today
You slit your tongue to find who's scaring you away
And that's just part but that's the start
Of all this freezing

Even while you breathe
There's a rhythm if it leaves
Then you spin out of control
Even in the heart
Of a million faded stars
Is an everlasting glow

If you're lost
And want the one in your area today
You slit your tongue to find who's scaring you away
And that's just part but that's the start
Of all this freezing
Track Name: Live for the Light
Come on
Don't you live for the light
You give to the night
But you live for the light

Lift you up too far

Lift you up before
The daylight
Moved across your sad eyes
And faded
Into shadows

Come on
Don't you live for the light

Now the daylight
Moved across your sad eyes
And faded
Into shadows
Long nights of pain had
Kept me from your
Goldmine of faith