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The Long View

by Scott Simpson

The richly acoustic result of the 2009-2011 journaling of Scott Simpson, shaped and paced on contemplative hikes with his dogs Abbey, Dakota and Bugsy.
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1. The Long View
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2. A Little Late
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3. Deepen the Well
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4. Lovely Now
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5. Casting Pearls
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6. Ejah
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7. As We Are Known
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8. Village
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9. Play By Ear
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10. Fire Builds the City
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11. Eyes Open
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
01 The Long View

It’s hard to take the long view
In a near-sighted world
It’s hard to take the long view.
Wait too long and you’ll make the wrong move
‘cause it’s a fast-moving world,
And it’s hard to take the long view.

So I got myself a 5 year plan,
Yeah, I wrote it down last night
While YouTube was buffering
Gonna make a killin’ day-trading stock
Then double it in Vegas,
Then use the funds to solve world suffering.

(chorus)

So I put everything on line
Made my relationships all clickable
And now I’m married to 41partygirl
Don’t see her much—but I’m sure we’ll be happy
Ever-after…
She’s got 2038 followers.

(instrumental chorus)

Last week they solved world hunger
With a corporate subsidy—
Big Mac n fries for every kid!
Next week they take on education
Free-market style,
Put the Disney folks in charge of it.

They’re gonna end the war on terror
With a new, smarter-bomb
It only kills the ones who still want to fight…
They’ll carpet-bomb the planet
It’ll leave just us and everyone who likes us
And tell me, what’s not to like?

Oh, be sure to “Like” us!

It’s hard to take the long view
In a near-sighted world
It’s hard to take the long view.
Wait too long and you’ll make the wrong move
‘cause it’s a fast-moving world,
And it’s hard to take the long view.
It’s hard to take the long view
In a near-sighted world
It’s hard to take the long view.
Wait too long and you’ll make the wrong move
‘cause it’s a fast-moving world,
And it’s hard to take the long view.
It’s hard to take the long view.


02 A Little Late

If I was a horse, I’d let you ride me down to the sea
If I was a dove, I’d collect every olive branch I could see
If I was a whirlwind, I’d steal the smoke from these city skies
If I was God, I’d crash your party with no disguise
With no disguise, with no disguise,
I’d crash your party with no disguise.

If I was a salesman, I’d sell you all of this for $19.99
If I was a teacher, there’d be no child, no child left behind
And if I won the lottery, well, I’d retire and move down to the beach
If you want to save yourself, you must enter two by two and each by each
Oh each by each, each by each,
Yeah, you have to enter two by two and each by each

Oh, but I am not a horse, you’re gonna have to find your own ride down to the sea
And even if I was a dove, tell me who the hell’s gonna listen to me?
Gonna take more than a Texas spring tornado just to clean up these dirty city skies
And God’s been here all along, among us, we just plugged our ears and covered up our eyes
Yeah, we covered up our eyes, covered up our eyes, yeah,
We just plugged our ears and covered up our eyes.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… (instrumental)

So get away from me with your sales pitch—I already got everything that I need
I’ve always been a teacher, yeah, it just takes time and patience to germinate the seed
And someone always wins the Lotto, and ten thousand others always lose
When the water’s up above your neck, it’s a little late, a little late to choose…
Too late to choose, too late to choose
Too late to choose, oh, can it be…
Don’t need a horse, you don’t need a horse, yeah
You don’t need a horse, cause here comes the sea
Here comes the sea, here comes the sea
Here comes the sea…

(repeat to end)

03 Deepen the Well

In the fall, my ego needed sleep;
He sat up nights composing poems I could not keep.

My strong root is when the quiet reveals my voice;
My strong root is when stillness makes my choice;
My strong root is at the bottom of this hand-dug well;
How far the bucket has to drop? I cannot tell.
I cannot tell.

The winter came and the snow began to fall;
I built no shelter, had no covering at all.

I am unveiling something ancient inside;
I am uncovering all I’ve tried to hide;
I give up speaking for listening;
The wisdom’s in the air—it’s glistening.
It’s glistening.

In the spring, the horses roll and play;
They sun their bellies, they upend an April day.

I’ll place the earth beneath my head;
Of mud and early grass I’ll make my bed;
I’ll show my teeth and snort at the sky;
Can’t you see the idea of summer in these wild mustang eyes?
Mustang eyes…

(instrumental)

And in the summer all the world’s in bloom;
Sun brings down the snowmelt, waters this colorful loom;
My strong root is deep in this soil;
These Camas lilies don’t labor, they don’t toil;
They don’t toil… they don’t toil…

There’s no fence could mark the edge of what it means to live;
You’ll never dig so deep you’ll hit the end of what you have to give;

The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.
The deeper the well, the more life there is to give.

04 Lovely Now

I worked as hard as anyone could do
I worked for them, I even worked for you,
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

I felt as useful as any tool,
Just fold me up next to the carpenter’s rule
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
Even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.

Birds conspire with the summer clouds
No bottom line, no cheering crowds…
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?
(whistling)
Am I lovely now, tell me, am I lovely now?

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
Even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.

Some need to bloom, others need to sing
But the sweetest work is in the Being
In the Being, in the Being,
Being Now…

Whose field is this?
Whose sunshine and whose rain?
Whose plot is this?
Whose plow and whose pain?
Oh, would you cut me now?
Is that the marketable plan?
‘Cause even the mower
Sometimes lets the lilly stand.

05 Casting Pearls

This pebble on the bottom, this pebble in my shoe,
is shaping every current, this pebble won't be moved
take it into your body, place it upon your tongue
to swallow can be painful, to open's to become...

This piggy goes to market
this piggy stays at home
this piggy's eating beef
this piggy will eat none
this piggy wears his scars
this piggy's wasted to bone
this piggy calls his momma
this piggy set out to roam

set out to roam
set out to roam

I should have been a poet, I should have been a priest,
they say the greatest here is always seen as least
collect the sharp-edged moments--call all the ones you love
the hand that pulls the levers has taken off the gloves

these are my pearls...
these are my pearls...

I cannot help but lose them
I cannot help but cast
the shine into the future,
the pain into the past

these are my pearls...
these are my pearls...
these are my pearls...
these are my pearls...
these are my pearls...

06 Ejah

Ejah, Ejah, Ejah!

07 As We Are Known

Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face…

I always see reflections:
This mirror right in front of me
I always see reflections,
Oh, to be known
And to know…

(instrumental)

I always see reflections:
This mirror right in front of me
I always see reflections,
Oh, to be known
And to know…


Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face to face, as we are known. Know
Face to face
Face…

08 Village

Well he started out as an accident
Nine months of labor and toil
And he entered the light with open eyes,
A loving face, a warm breast,
Before his feet even hit the soil…
A loving face, a warm breast,
Before his feet even hit the soil…

He’d sit for hours in the grass
Watching the sun light the seeds
They were planes and ships on magical trips
Tiny parachutes on the breeze
And the fingers of light pulled down the night
Through his window, the town went to sleep
And the dance of the colors winking to life
Gave him dreams and musical themes
Treasures and tales for keeps;
They gave him dreams and musical themes
Treasures and tales for keeps.

Oh, it’s a fertile soil and a loving breast
And lights to light your way,
Oh, it’s floating ships launched by tiny lips
Blowing dandelions all day.
And at night, oh the village sleeps
But everybody keeps a candle burning bright
His village on the hill…
It’s still shining through this night.

Sometimes these days he forgets his name
And his feet don’t touch the ground
Or a coldness steals his heart away
And the wind makes a lonesome sound
But there’s a deeper place—a stronger grace
Where the lights and the music are stored
And when he shuts his eyes to listen close
Deep inside, like a rising tide
A calling that can’t be denied
Deep inside there’s a roaring tide
A calling that can’t be denied.

Oh, it’s a fertile soil and a loving breast
And lights to light your way,
Oh, it’s floating ships launched by tiny lips
Blowing dandelions all day.
And at night, oh the village sleeps
But everybody keeps a candle burning bright
His village on the hill…
It’s still shining through this night.

09 Play By Ear

I cannot do it for you…
But I still long
To be heard.
I don’t know your language…
But I can sing with mine,

It’s music we are making,
Making here, together…
I am beginning
To hear it—

It’s the meshing of many songs
Pages ripped from a million songbooks
Falling from our fingers
To feed this blazing fire

Much music makes much warmth
Though we cannot read a note of it—
No matter…
Let us play by ear
Play by ear
Play by ear
Play by ear

(inst)

The melodies
Our wounded hearts are beating out
Give me a brand new pulse…
Move the blood
Rich with our breath
To my extremities…
My extremities.

It’s the meshing of many songs
Pages ripped from a million songbooks
Falling from our fingers
To feed this blazing fire
Much music makes much warmth
Though we cannot read a note of it—
No matter…
Let us play by ear…
It’s the meshing of many songs
Pages ripped from a million songbooks
Falling from our fingers
To feed this blazing fire
Much music makes much warmth
Though we cannot read a note of it—
No matter…
Let us play by ear
Play by ear, Play by ear
Play by ear,
Let us play by ear

10 Fire Builds the City

Rewind the film, and the fire builds the city
Rewind the film, and the huntsman revives the fox
Rewind the film, and the banker steals the money
Rewind the film and you put my heart,
Yeah, you put my heart back together again
You put my heart back together again
Rewind, rewind, rewind

Reverse the car, and you find your way back home again
Reverse the words, and somehow they say… somehow they say
They say you were meant for me and I was meant,
I was meant for this life, yeah
Rewind, rewind, yeah

(instrumental)

Untake the pill, and find yourself awake again
I’ll unbreak my promises, I’ll find myself,
I’ll find myself the truth, oh, find myself the truth
Let’s rewind today, find ourselves,
find ourselves walking in the sunlight again, yeah
We can rewind the night, turn the fight, turn the fight
Back into love, back into love
Rewind, yeah
Rewind, yeah
Rewind, turn the fight back in
Turn the fight back into love
Rewind, rewind…
Rewind, oh rewind, yeah, yeah..

Fire builds the city
Fire builds the city
Fire builds the city, fire
Oh, yeah
And the fire builds the city
And the fire builds this city
And the fire builds
And the fire builds this city, yeah
And the fire builds
And the fire builds
And the fire builds this city
And the fire builds
And the fire builds
And the fire builds
Fire, fire…

11 Eyes Open

I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open

I got two ears, I wanna hear you…
I got two ears, I wanna hear you…
I got two ears, I wanna hear you…
I got two ears, I wanna hear you…
I got two ears, I wanna hear you…
I got two ears, I wanna hear you…

I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open
I want to see, I gotta keep my eyes open

All Lyrics, Copyright 2010, Scott Simpson, All Rights Reserved

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