10​,​000 Years

by Merlin Ball

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released August 11, 2015

All songs Merlin Ball.
Mastered by John Franco at Soul Kraft Sound.
© Merlin Ball 2015. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: 10,000 Years
How do you talk to someone
Ten thousand years away

How do you listen to someone
Ten thousand years away

Start simple
And stay there

Do you hold up your hands
Do you stretch out your neck
Do you shatter the landscape
And melt down what's left
Do you howl at the moon
Eyes red and face white
What goes on the cave wall
How to explain

Eh?

Here my hand
Track Name: Heaven Is Real
What blind spots were drawn out long ago
No-go zones majestic madness
Green and pleasant tumors and sores
Could this be what all the fuss is about

Unconscious minds and teething mouths
Keep these places clear of trespassers

Be blind
Be safe
You don’t want to know

A thickly patinated warning sign
A monument to mark quiet eternal
So it seems we see and hear it all
Instruments with blindness built right in
Track Name: Scratches
Run your fingers
Over the scratches
Around my eyes
They have shape
Even eyeballs
I am blind

Run your fingers
Over the scarring
Across my chest
A heart is in there
They took out the rest

Please touch me in the dustless dark
It has been so long

Run your fingers
Over the absence
Where torso meets leg
There’s nothing there now
What’s the purpose
Without the play

Run your fingers
Over the carvings
Beneath my feet
Does the light
From your pale lantern
Let you see

I’ve lived a half-life
These scratches are text
I lived a half-life
They tell you what happened
They tell you what’s next
Track Name: Excavator
We dug this pit
A place to pack our tools
In salt and earth
They can cool

I saw them carving
Some kind of face
In slabs of stone
That I helped place

Excavator

Something about it
Something made me squirm
Something about it
Like a worm

Yeah we buried it
We buried it all
Our radiant absurdity
We buried it all

One hundred million
Two hundred million
Three hundred million
More
Four hundred million
Five hundred million
Six hundred million
More
Track Name: No Mercy
Where is my master
The good hand that fed me
The soft hand that caressed
The firm hand that trained

Where is my master
I stared at him all day
I waited by the door
While we was gone away

One day he left and never came back
I pulled at my chain
I pulled at my chain

And now we run
And now we run
We ate the little ones
And now we run
And now we run
The masters have all gone
And now we run
And now we run
I drag my chain
And now we run
And now we run
Lashing in the rain

Where is my master
I search for him all day
I wait for him no more
And when I find him:

No mercy
Track Name: Puffballs
Did we make you
Just make you up
Planted the seeds
Covered them up
Another dawn
Spring of the world
Like a mushroom
Sweats and unfurls

They glow and grow
Up to the sun
Forget the means
Just father-son
Puffballs and spores
Clusters of dust
Burst in the wind
And smother us

Pop like balloons
And down we go

Did you mold us
Of breath and clay
Planted us seed
Hide them away
How we labour
We need to know
Lungfuls of dust
And down we go
Track Name: Pictogram
A hand with a plan
Buried in the sand
Hello

A silhouette of blood
Ochre in the stone
Hello

Attached to a man
Attached to a woman
Hello

Reduced to a line
They are what survive
Hello

Just wanna say
Just wanna say
Just wanna say
Hello

We were flesh and bone
Here it is in stone
Hello

We were here
We were here
We were here
We were here
Hello

Just wanna say
To someone far away
Just wanna say
Hello
Track Name: Nevada
Hunkered in a foxhole
An angel came down
To earth

Filled the sky with halo
And I saw the light
When an angel came down to earth

Dust through my face
Light through my hand
I can see the shadow of my bones on the sand

Four score year or so
Wasn't that my due
But an angel came down to earth

I just had to reach out
Silly me
Track Name: Hotspot
I see a new heaven
I see a new earth
From where I am standing
In squalor and dirt

High places of sunshine
Valleys of shade
Clear water to wash
All weariness away

A new heaven
A new heaven
I see a new heaven

Through the saltlands
Past the strange signs
Scratches on shattered stone
Long left behind

I walk up a valley
Meadows of green
I drink from a river
The water is clean
Track Name: Colour & Song
Why is nobody here
I don't understand
I don't understand
Why is nobody here
I don't understand at all

The trees are laden with fruit
And colour and song
And colour and song
The trees are laden with fruit
I don't understand at all

I'm feeling so alive
No one could ever die
Not here
Not here

The juice is sweet on my tongue
This heavenly place
This heavenly place
The juice is sweet on my tongue
I don't understand at all