Mystic chords of memory lyrics

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

I remember sipping coffee 

At your kitchen table

It seems like only yesterday

We were talking of our future

Like we loved to do for hours

Picturing a family

Oh, I will never ever forget those plans we made

And I will hold them dear to me

Even though everything else we had has slipped away

Now I flip through an empty photo album

That would have stored our memories

 

Here’s to all those fallen dreams

To the children that we’ll never meet

To the house on the hill that will never be built

And those family photographs we’ll never see

 

As I sift through the ashes

I can’t help but wonder

What kind of journey we’d have shared

For every road we would have taken

Would have led to another

In a yet unexplored land

Oh, I will never ever forget the path we laid

But from dancing on the water 

We drowed in the tears that washed our hopes away

Now I flip through an empty photo album

That would have stored our memories

 

Here’s to all those fallen dreams

To the children that we’ll never meet

To the house on the hill that will never be built

And those family photographs we’ll never see

 

The pages fill with faces

Ghosts of unborn souls, they stare at me

With eyes so bright, and smiles

Of lives that could have been

 

I will never ever forget... you

 

Here’s to all those fallen dreams

To the children that we’ll never meet

To the house on the hill that will never be built

And those family photographs we’ll never see

 

 

 

 

 

ADDICTION

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

 

Do you enjoy the company of your craving

Locked away in your lonely world

Huddled in a corner, cold and shaking

Just a hollow shell of who you were

Don’t you realize that something’s wrong

Now everything you loved is gone

And it doesn’t seem to matter

 

You will follow her footsteps

As she leads you down a bottomless pit

She’s your affliction, obsession, addiction

Now all you have is nothing

 

Do you even recognize the face you’re seeing

As you stare into your vacant eyes

Now as you search your soul, you find it empty

Does it really come as a surprise

Do you understand that something’s wrong

And everything you loved is gone

When will it start to matter

 

You will follow her footsteps

As she leads you down a bottomless pit

She’s your affliction, obsession, addiction

And all you have is her

You will follow her footsteps

As she leads you down a bottomless pit

She’s your affliction, obsession, addiction

Now all you have is nothing

All you have is nothing

 

 

 

 

 

PEACEFUL 

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

I love living fast

I love being bad

I love sleepless nights

I love tasting life

I’m addicted to the rush 

Of another one night lust

I can’t get enough

But I know that for you I must change

 

I love pushing hard 

I love speeding cars

I love dangerous

I love outrageous

But with this happiness, I’m sad

Cause being apart drives me mad

So if I want you back

Well, I know I must find that...

 

Peaceful feeling inside me

For your peaceful love

 

I love hanging out 

I love being loud

I love getting drunk

I love doing drugs

But if I want you to return

There’s a lesson I must learn

I can’t have it all

So I know I must find that...

 

Peaceful feeling inside me

For your peaceful love

Can I find, can I find that...

Peaceful feeling inside me

For your peaceful love

Can I find it in me?

 
 
 
 

AWAY

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

She ran away at age eighteen

She yearned to find her destiny

Chance brought her to my door

We formed a bond so strong

These two lost souls

Well, it wasn’t long before 

She felt the need to search once more

I couldn’t help but envy her

As she sadly said goodbye

I looked in her eyes, I tasted her lips

One last time

 

The runaway has gone away

She’s looking for a little freedom and a little bit of love

The runaway has gone away

She’s looking for a little heaven out beyond the next road

 

Nearly a year had passed

Before I heard from her at last

She said she was happy

But the emptiness remained

And so she set out into the unknown

One more time

 

The runaway has gone away

She’s looking for a little freedom and a little bit of love

The runaway has gone away

She’s looking for a little heaven out beyond the next road

 

Not sure how it caught my eye

But there it was in black and white

The newspaper said she was

A drifter without a home

I couldn’t read on

Afraid what I’d see

Cause I knew in my heart who it must be

But I’m sure that she’s found a home this time

 

The runaway has gone away

She was looking for a little freedom and a little bit of love

The runaway has gone away

Looks like she found a little heaven out beyond the clouds

A little heaven

The runaway has gone away

 

 

 

 

 

DESERT RAIN

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

In a dry and silent morning

The sun is slowly rising

It dances on my naked skin

It taunts me with it’s burning

Fills me with a yearning

Temptation yields to beckoning

In whispers of the wind I hear your voice

Like the sweetest poetry

And as this craving starts to build inside

You shower down on me

 

You fall into open my arms

We intertwine until we’re one

How you intoxicate me, as I drink you in

You sing a liquid serenade

Bathe me in your soft parade

You know how to release me

You make me feel so alive now

So alive now, so alive

You’re my desert rain

So alive now, so alive

You’re my desert rain

 

Resting in your eyes

Below the burning sky

I sleep inside your cool embrace

But I wake up with a hunger

It’s your spell that I’m under

‘Cause on my lips I still hold your taste

I hear your heartbeat echo through the air

Like the sweetest symphony

And as my craving starts to take control

you shower down on me

 

You fall into open my arms

We intertwine until we’re one

How you intoxicate me, as I drink you in

You sing a liquid serenade

Bathe me in your soft parade

You know how to release me

You make me feel so alive now

So alive now, so alive

You’re my desert rain

So alive now, so alive

You’re my desert rain 

 

Paint me blue

My desert rain

An ocean of you

My desert rain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY RELIGION 

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

The two of us had lost our way

From the road that we had paved

Maybe we needed to find ourselves

But there’s no way we could deny

The naked love still deep inside

It drew us back again

 

Now I am reborn

Your love is my religion

I devote myself to you

With all my heart

And you will remain

Forever my religion

I’ll give my love to you 

Again, again, again, 

And I sing...

 

In the pain that we shared

With the cross that we bared

We discovered a higher truth

Let’s wipe the tears from our eyes

Forget the past and realize

That we are blessed again

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

Let’s go hand in hand

And bathe in our redemption

Wash away our sins

Because without faith

There’s nothing to believe in

We learned that the hard way

God is mighty, God is great

But it’s to your that I pray

You’re a heaven I can touch

I want to rise to you

To be one with you

Express my love to you

 

As I kiss you with my words

I watch the smile as it returns

It’s such a welcome sight

I pull your body close to me

Feel your warmth as it covers me

Your arms are my home

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

SENSATION

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

Look at me now, here in my room

Writing this song while I think of you

Look at these bumps on my skin

Chills running up and down my spine again

A kiss of passion in the wind

A breath of life to all that’s been

‘Cause now that love has staked its claim

Nothing can be the same

 

I’ve been floating, I’ve been flying

I’ve been laughing, I’ve been smiling

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

I’ve been singing, I’ve been beaming

I’ve been living, I’ve been dreaming

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

 

Look at me now, a grown man

But you make me feel like a boy again

Saccharin words come from my lips

And believe me, I ain’t no romantic

But there’s a glow I can’t contain

As you flow all through my veins

And now an ordinary day

Is cause to celebrate

 

I’ve been floating, I’ve been flying

I’ve been laughing, I’ve been smiling

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

I’ve been singing, I’ve been beaming

I’ve been living, I’ve been dreaming

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

 

From our short time together

Come whispers of forever

That grow louder everyday

 

Look at me now, standing up here

Singing this song for all to hear

Look at these bumps on my skin

Damn, I’ve got those chills again

Got those chills again

Got those chills again

 

I’ve been floating, I’ve been flying

I’ve been laughing, I’ve been smiling

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

I’ve been singing, I’ve been beaming

I’ve been living, I’ve been dreaming

Since you wrapped me in this sensation

Sensation

 

 

 

 

 

WAR OF LOVE

lyrics by E. Glaubitz 

 

It’s throughout our history

A little human mystery

Why we can’t seem to love each other

Our first breath is innocence

And then we’re polluted by ignorance

And from this crime, how can we recover?

But we can’t condemn what others do

Until we turn the mirror on me and you

It’s got to start with us

 

Raise up your hands in this resistance

To the ignorant

Raise up your hearts and lift this ceiling

With a show of love

We’ll wage a war of love

 

Blood is flowing in the streets

There’s a rancid smell of victory

Murder has so many names

Hiding behind holy words

That they twist and turn until it serves

And justifies their selfish needs

But if these “saints” are so full of sin

Then where can this revolt begin?

I’m telling you, it’s up to all of us

 

Raise up your hands in this resistance

To the ignorant

Raise up your hearts and burst this ceiling

We’ll wage a war of love

We’ll wage a war of love

 

You, with that mask upon your face

You, with your fist tattooed with hate

You, with that power on your plate

I’m just looking for some sanity

In a world of inhumanity

Is that so much to ask?

 

Raise up your hands in this resistance

To the ignorant

Raise up your hearts in this explosion

We’ll wage a war of love

We’ll wage a war of love

 

 

 

 

 

ALL I EVER WANTED

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

 

I've prayed with Jesus

Thought with Socrates

Dreamed with Martin Luther

But it wasn't enough

I've fought with Alexander

Ruled with Caesar

Murdered with Hitler

But it wasn't enough

 

CHORUS:

Oh, but then I found you

Oh, but then I found you

Oh... And that was what I wanted

That was what I wanted

You're all I ever wanted

 

I've kissed the smile

of Mona Lisa

Made love to Marilyn

But it wasn't enough

I've sang with Elvis

Jammed with Jimi

Gave peace with Lennon

But it wasn't enough

 

REPEAT CHORUS

 

Don't need perfection

That's all in your mind

Don't need digital

Analog just suits me fine

Don't need to aspire

to what others find supreme

The bottom line is--

Baby, you're everything

I've drank with Hemingway

Smoked with Marley

Tripped with Leary

But it wasn't enough

I've had the riches of Rockefeller

I bought the world

but it wasn't enough

 

REPEAT CHORUS

All I ever wanted

All I ever wanted

All I ever needed

All I ever wanted

 

 

 

 

 

EVELYN'S PEACE

lyrics by E. Glaubitz

 

Evelyn has her head bowed down

Hair covers her blood-shot eyes

She just wants to find peace

Grew up a rich little girl

Adorned in gold and pearls

But still it found her no peace

“Daddy, would you please just hold me

Just show me that you love me

I need you to notice me”

 

Tried cocaine and mescaline

Tried her hand at heroin

But still it found her no peace

Gave herself to all the boys

Though barely seventeen

They quickly left her no peace

“Daddy, I don’t need more presents

Just want to be in your presence

I need you to notice...”

 

Evelyn, with her head bowed down, she cries

“You don’t even know me”

As the fumes start to burn her eyes, she screams

“You don’t even know me

You don’t know me 

You don’t know me”

 

She seals up her garage

And sits in her new car

And rolls the windows down

Her fingers shake and twitch

As she turns the Porche’s key

Let’s hope she rests in peace

“Daddy, when your at the funeral

Will you please just shed a tear

Let me know you’ve noticed...”

 

Evelyn, as her walls crash down, she cries

“You don’t even know me”

As the fumes start to burn her eyes, she screams

“You don’t even know me

Will you cry for me?

Will you cry for me?

Will you save me?”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE STORY BEHIND THE SONGS

 

 

 

Family Photographs

This was the second of four songs I wrote about my girlfriend at the time (the others being Desert Rain, I must have you and Fugitive--the later two are on my solo CD, Twisted). She was a girl who I had pondered marrying. It was a bad, emotionally draining breakup, but it lead to one of my greatest songs.

 

 

Addiction

I originally wrote this for a Showtime special on drug addiction. The lyrics are about a friend of mine who has been battling heroin his whole adult life. This one is my favorite on the CD.

 

 

Peaceful

I loved the excitement and intensity of the single life. Peaceful is about adjusting to a relationship again. You can’t have it all. Musically this one started with Pat’s verse bass line. The melody and lyric idea came to me immediately. I love the fact that the chorus is actually the mellowest part of the song.

 

 

Away

This one started with Pat’s amazing bass line. I instantly played that guitar part and sang that melody and chorus. The “runaway” lyrics are exactly as I first sang them. I pondered changing them, since I don’t personally know any runaways, but I couldn’t find anything else I liked. The whole lyric is fictional. I just needed to justify the chorus lyric.

 

 

Desert Rain

After my bad break up with the “Family Photographs” girl, we tried our hand at having an intense physical relationship without officially becoming boyfriend and girlfriend again. It worked for a little while till that whole “Fugitive” incident. Desert Rain is about our favorite activity on the beach. I love the chords in this one and that uplifting key change. Pat and Mike wrote the bridge music with me at a rehearsal. We used to jam on it as a warm up, which is why it reappears as a jamming tag at the end of the song.

 

 

My religion

This is about me and my current girlfriend getting back together after our first breakup. It didn’t last. We tried again over a year later (see “Peaceful”) and finally got it right. I never felt this arrangement and recording captured the true essence of this song. I prefer playing this one solo. It works much better for me.

 

 

Sensation

I remember after writing this one calling up Rod and telling him, “I just wrote a hit!” I was very proud when it became one of the winners of the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. Lyrically it’s about that feeling you get when you first start dating someone. Too bad it doesn’t last.

 

 

War of love

Though I wrote this before 9/11, the lyrics fit perfectly in today's world. I am amazed and appalled how so called pious men can justify the killing of innocent people with god and religion. So much so that I wrote two songs about it. This one is much more hopeful than the later “Holy war,” though.

 

 

All I ever wanted

I wrote this song many years ago for my band Liquid. I always loved the lyrics but hated the music. So in this version I scrapped all the original music except the chorus. I recorded this at, old friend and great drummer, Frank Bellucci’s studio (he was a former member of Liquid). It is one of only three Yellowfly tracks that Mike Ratti doesn’t appear on. Can you name the others?

 

 

Evelyn’s Peace

This is the song that got Liquid its deal. The string section and Scott Perrson’s percussion are from that original recording. I wrote this song in around ten minutes. I seemed to just pour out of me from where ever songs come from. Musically I was shooting for that Lennon-esque one note melody with the chords floating around in no particular key. It is one of the best songs I’ve ever written.