Spirit Is The Power

by Jack Adaptor

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1.
Promised Land If you’re afraid I will turn into a tree A tree doesn’t cry doesn’t laugh doesn’t talk Is calm and unafraid watches people walk On common ground or foreign Arm in arm or hand in hand To the dark parts of the forest or the Promised Land I understand Words have no power over you Doesn’t matter what you do With luck or a little time If you are tired I will turn into a bed Somewhere soft and cool to lay your lead If you’re afraid I will turn into a bird A bird can fly, can walk, can sing Messages in code, secrets of the wing Don’t paint yourself too brightly Avoid the burning brand Don’t take the nearest exit to the Promised Land I understand Words have no power over you Doesn’t matter what you do With luck and a little time
2.
Arranged Marriage She wore the colour of no A sign of independence deciding to go She swore with the odd English phrase Finishing a sentence like a guru giving thanks and praise They turn on themselves We turn on their words They turn up the heat We’ve nowhere else to sleep She wore the colour of yes Symbol of acceptance making him guess In the haste of acceptance push into a new age Bubbling to the surface like a preacher swapping sin for rage They turn on themselves We turn on their words They turn up the heat We’ve nowhere else to sleep Tonight, tonight, tonight If it’s orange I will know I’ll never ever show what was on my mind If it’s yellow I will be your man And you will see just what was on my mind
3.
Visit to the Planet You’re gone, I feel uneasy Unwilling to work for reward Or share the spoils of war By complicating life Waiting five more minutes to arrive Shouldn’t my visit to the planet be more fun? My love hovers bravely In the coruscating sun We argue about leaving Was Ulysses away so long To not see any sorrow? Shouldn’t my visit to the planet be more fun?
4.
Noriko 04:20
Noriko There is scenery There is time only In harmony Our daughter will return These quiet days The world turns slowly In my experience Sestsuko will return No one’s coming through the door Floating two inches off the floor It’s winter now Words don’t mean much The snow brings silence Noriko will return No one’s coming through the door It will be like it was before We are patiently in place Reunited in time and space We’ll see you soon
5.
Welcome Man 03:26
Welcome Man Kids in red flares with boxes of contraband Taillights blurring like short-sighted eyes You are a part of the triumph of the city You say welcome and goodbye I loved you in ‘96 I didn’t even know you Half-awake travellers shouldn’t take sides From Christopher Street to a hard English summer You say welcome, welcome and goodbye The story of Cadillac, old Continental Stepping outside for a word to the wise Letters from home deeply boring deeply moving They say welcome and goodbye While I am here I’m preparing to leave again Forget the body and get on with the mind Graffiti’d hieroglyphics speak on the subway They say welcome and goodbye Stared in to the camera seeing the future Hooper in glory and the Village combined You emptied out Lafayette and baby you came to me I said welcome, welcome and goodbye While I am here I’m preparing to leave again Forget the body and get on with the mind Graffiti’d hieroglyphics speak on the subway They say welcome and goodbye Come on kids Come on kids, come on
6.
Now Is Not The Time You can’t get lost Someone always comes and finds you You can’t get lost Looking for the touch of the genius hand The audience is wasted and who can live without love You can’t get lost In this adulterous land Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love You can’t get lost The signpost s always point behind you You can’t get lost Waiting for the gaze of the glamorous girl You count the cost I’m beginning to think that I should be sober You can’t get lost In this adulterous world Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love Now is not the time for love Ooh baby, ooh baby Now we got nothing much to learn Nothing left to lose Someone always comes and finds you When you don’t know what to do You can’t get lost Someone always comes and finds you You can’t get lost Looking for the touch of the genius hand You can’t get lost I’m beginning to think that this should be altered You can’t get lost In this adulterous land
7.
Why Wait 03:34
Why Wait Just as she landed embedded in the chrome An outline of herself as if she was at home Sleeping in an armchair or comfortable in bed My work is done, why wait Why wait, she said Hidden in the numbers a hint of chloroform Flying from the awful heights where myths and dreams are born Slamming on the limousine, a feather meets its mate My work is done she said, she said Why wait? Humble is the spirit that throws itself away Pure is the conquest of the shattered, troubled day I’d wrap myself around her if she were here today My work is done, why wait, she said Why not fly away? Why not fly away?
8.
Beat The Monster The floor’s too hard for mining But I still have to crawl Through the cobwebs of the castle Pulling diamonds from the walls I travel long haul overnight Times hard to understand From the fair on Hayling Island To the tea fields of Japan I can’t get the room to swing to beat the monster at his own game I can’t play games at night time I need the light to see What’s hiding in the jungle With a sharpened knife for me I fear the firing squad I fear the old folks’ home I can’t get the room to swing to beat the monster at his own game I can’t get the room to swing to beat the monster at his own game
9.
Bad Handwriting We are free now but we don’t know where to go Free to roam and make more people, I suppose They let us out, we made tracks Along the road freshly paved in black Like bad handwriting on the horizon Days like these, will we survive them? We are free now but we don’t know what to do The town is far away and we don’t like walking Along the way we listen to advice Keep out of the wind make sacrifice To bad handwriting on the horizon Days like these, will we survive them? We’re alive now but were never left alone I’m just a gangster with the giving spirit Got a bad conscience and a broken heart Nothing new will ever start With bad handwriting on the horizon Days like these, will we survive them? We listen to advice Keep out of the wind, make sacrifice To bad handwriting on the horizon Days like these, will we survive them?
10.
Midnight Bell It’s keeping me awake The though t of curve and splendour It’s keeping me awake The gravitas I lend her By turning up on time and smiling I got nothing else to do But follow her in shadows It’s keeping me awake She is not my sister It’s keeping me awake They all call me Mister I’m wearing a red shirt and I’m waving You can see me loud and clear I’ll prove to you I’m true Not some mystic dreamer I’ll prove to you I’m true Not a heartless schemer It’s keeping me awake The lightning and its traces It’s more than I can take The bodies and the faces I turn around to see her sleeping Watch her fall and rise I can’t open her heart or her eyes It’s keeping me awake She’s keeping me awake She’s keeping me awake It’s more than I can take She’s keeping me awake

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released October 5, 2018

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JACK ADAPTOR
"intelligent pop music with suss which maintains that there is still something of worth to be done with that form of expression. why is no-one else doing this?" Louder Than War
Jack Adaptor are Paul Frederick (formerly of The Family Cat) & producer Christopher Cordoba. 2018 sees the release of their finest album yet. The Spoiler Versions, a meditation on modernity and mortality.
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