A Less than Perfect Peach

by Blue Genes

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this album was recorded and mixed by Alex Cory in El Sobrante over the summer of 2012. it was finally mastered in the summer of 2013... so that's a long time for it to come around. of course certain things could have been done a little better. but that's life and at least i know that now

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released July 31, 2012

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Track Name: From the Porch
lost, we're lost in the rounds
been floating around
like astronauts
ever since our dreams
shattered like stained-glass
window pains
but we'll hang around here for a bit
there's so much to be found
including you
including you
including you
and i was lost too
n when you're westward bound
you're bound to hear the resound
of the gold coast
so let's have toast
for all our lost souls
Track Name: A Less than Perfect Peach
my father once said son take care yourself, yet have fun
a gem forged from our timeless bond, a drop on a pond
a lesson hard learned in between all the twists n turns
cuz we've all got holes to hide, no one wants to show their true soul

n in a less than perfect peach i learned that perfection is forever out of reach
yet there are perfect moments that glisten in the seafoam between all we see and the sandy beach

so take what's within your grasp and clasp it in your hand
for to each his own, n for me, i lack love, that golden treasure trove
n i been digging for all those X's n O's
cuz growing old is the oldest story ever told n i hope i'm not to bold to try and teach

that in a less than perfect peach i learned that perfection is forever out of reach
yet there are perfect moments that glimmer in the seafoam between all we see and the sandy beach

o n i know now where i hurt, deep down in the depths of my heart
cuz it shattered into a millions little parts n i'm searchin for them in the dark
cuz i've been so alone it's just me n my bones and their groans
o but i made a home in my head by hollowing out all that dead space

yet in a less that perfect peach i learned that perfection is forever out of reach
yet there are perfect moments that shimmer in the seafoam between all we see and the sandy beach

n i keep wishfully thinking that maybe one day i'm gunna find that keepsake face
cuz i run n run in this rat race from place to place
o n i've just about lost faith in it all, in it all
but call my bluff i really don't care at all, at all

cuz in a less than perfect peach i learned that perfection is forever out of reach
yet there are perfect moments that simmer in the seafoam between all we see and the sandy beach

so i wanton away my days cuz i'm fishin in a wishing well
n like rope i cast down my hopes, they're just another noose to hang my time by
o and i try and try to sort out all these lies
these lies that leeched the life from my once perfect peach

o but i gotcha
yeah i caughtcha
that perfect moment
in the seafoam
yeah i caughtcha
yeah i gotcha
n i'm not gunna let this one rot
cuz i finally
yeah i finally
gotcha
Track Name: (What) Am I?
am i fateful with a life i never asked for
am i shameful for wanting more
am i faithful or more like a whore
or am i spiteful cuz of what i choose to ignore

o and these are the thoughts that run wild through my head
as i'm laying it down for bed
and they'll keep me up all night if i let them
and make me forget what my conscience said

am i on fire cuz i burn the truth
am i a liar when the liquor's too high proof
am i crier under the full moon
am i full of desire or crazy as a loon

o and these are the thoughts that run wild through my head
as i'm laying it down for bed
and they'll keep me up all night if i let them
and make me forget what my conscience said

am i so lonely, because i'm stony
am i as bony as that skeleton that holds me
am i only when you want to hold me
or am i solely something sold to me

o and these are the thoughts that run wild through my head
as i'm laying it down for bed
and they'll keep me up all night if i let them
and make me forget what my conscience said

am i goin to make it
am i goin to take it
or am i goin to have to fake it
and in the end forsake it
Track Name: Drops of Sunshine
i can smell the contraindiction even before it leaves her mouth
floatin off the tongue of my thin gypsy queen
and i asked her about the things that she's seen
n she just answered me so serenely

and she spoke of a honey sweeter than the summer sun
and i said hey now baby when can i get some

and i saw her standin there lookin so remote in a black leather coat
as if she was a princess in a castle and needed a moat
to keep away all the liars and thieves, well that was once me
well i'm glad i escaped and headed out to sea

o but she showed me a honey sweeter than the summer sun
so thanks i say now baby for lendin me some
ah but these drops of sunshine, they now tangle my mind
ah but at least i know now what i'm tryin to find

well my eastern lady, she brings me oranges and oriental tea
o and kindly lent a hand and rescued me
but like a cat in heat she was sooo insistent
but once agreed with me that i was a failure of existence

o but she showed me honey sweeter than the summer sun
so thanks i say now baby for sharin some

o and my desert woman, well she deserted me
but i don't blame her for fleein to the land of sand
after all it was her that made me dancin man
and thoughts of her will always be close at hand

o cuz she showed me a honey sweeter than the summer sun
so thank you mama, for sharin some
o but these drops of sunshine, they now take up my time
o and they make me feel as if i've committed a crime
Track Name: Destiny, Dissolve Me
well you'll never be heard if you don't make some noise
and you'll never take shape if you don't pick a poise
[and you'll never get any place if you don't use your choice]
*^* the bracketed line didn't make the recording *^*
but you'll always as long as you breath have a voice

n i haven't worried about the things i can't see
cuz destiny i know you'll dissolve me
cuz we're just shiftin sand, waitin
for the fates to play their hand

n you're where you are cuz you couldn't be anywhere else
n you're doing whatchu are cuz you can't do two things at once
and you're so self assured, you've got a way with words
n so you're singing, yes you are, until your voice gets heard

n i haven't worried about the things i can't see
o and destiny you're dissolvin me
cuz we're just animate sand, waitin
for the fates to play their hand

you were once young, but you grew old
n you were once so bold, but now you do as your told
n you were once made of gold, but then you blew your load
n you were so good in your prime, but now that's a pastime

o and i don't worry about the things i can't see
o and destiny you've been good to me
cuz we're just shiftin sand, watin
for the fates to play their hand
Track Name: (the) City of Dreams
well the city it sits, like tiger in a cage
just waitin' for the day it can unleash its rage
well the circus came to town and down came the gate
n now there's so many clowns around everyone just loves to hate

n california was found on gold
o but that stories gettin old
and all these bleeding hearts
just plead like harps

and you're doin your best out here in the west
you went to school, you're no fool, you took your test
but the lies out here lay deeper than the rest
even the fautlines can feel the unrest

but california was found on gold
and that stories gettin old
yet these western sunsets
really are the best

o it's no use tryin to understand this mess
so i told you to let it all pass
i mean eventually our cars gotta run ought-a gas
but until then everything just happens so fast

o and california was found on gold
but that stories getting old
n now it's a car pileup of
twisted metal, blood n broken glass

n i can see you got your new england lens
farm lady with your hens
and it makes things sorta-kinda bend
o and ya just wanted somewhere else to stand

o so ya left the eastern shore
cuz you were so desirous of more
but your hearts still bound
to your farmland

o but go ahead and use your time to try and crack the code
it's in a dead language, something old
o and that mother load, well, it eludes us now
it's a gold mine been gutted and the water fouled

so we're gunna rape the earth
until it's one big fiery hearth
and right now the jungles
howl so loud

and the laws gunna hem it down til one size fits all
but you know this empire is bound to fall
yet laughter still echoes down the hall
bouncin off these cheap excuses for walls

o and i'm sick of all this sprawl
it makes my skin crawl
so i'm out
cuz i can hear the east givin me a call

o and farm lady you sold my soul
to an eastward bound goal
n my mother land has taken a toll
o and i hope two halves really do make a whole

so i'm headin home now out the door
cuz it feels like i've been there befo'
n those all night city lights
must come from burnin coal

n soon i'll be headin east to show
all of us out here who may never go
how the wind the out there blows
n by winter i'll probably be buried in snow

so i'm headin' home now out the door
cuz it feels like i've been there befo'
n there's no use talkin'
about whatchu don't know

so i'm headin to the city of dream
n that's all i do anyway it seems
n they're comin out now in reams
so i'm gunna go meet some kings n queens

yeah i'm headin' home now out the door
cuz it feels like i've been there befo'
so i'll be whistle'n on the beat
between those steel beams
in the city of dreams
Track Name: Crowded Inside
it's gotten cold in here
my heats been bleeding out for 22 years
n i saw the future through my morning tears

n so i've seen there's so much more
so much more for me to see
can you see it there
through the window
n so i just thought i'd letchu know

and i'm told our kind will float on
so i'm lettin hold of my gold/goal
n i've been stayin warm by burnin the boards over the doors

because i've seen there so much more
so much more for me to be
see it there
through the crack in the door
n so i wonder what for

n what really is there to fear
everything pales when death draws near
n your face my dear is lookin like the moon

but you know there's so much more
so much more for you to do
can you see it there
through the open door
so honey, what are you waitin for

o n where should i turn my thoughts
were will they lead my walk or talk
all i can hope for is fewer hopeless question marks

o and so i've seen there's more
so much more for me to see
can you see it there
through the window
n i just tought i'd let you know

n i got a hummin head and hissin head
with so many false fears
n i been doin my best to make them all disappear

because i've seen there's so much more
so much more for me to be
see it there
through the crack in the door
so i wonder what for

it's gotten crowded inside
i got no where left now to hide
o but maybe there's something i haven't tried

o but you know there's so much more
so much more for you to do
see it there
through the open door
so honey, what are you waitin for
Track Name: The Day the Dam Broke
there's a black cat outside
starin' at me with its eyes
two yellow spheres
with black slits in between

n i can feel her considerin me
as i fall in between

n there's a plastic bag outside
n i can see it through the window
n the winds blowin it around
n then a thought came through

that there's no difference
between it and me
we were both equally alive
and that's what movin seems to be

and i never realized
that my bed was a dead end
never saw the sign hangin
over my downturned head

and you inside my head
that's something i never intended to
embed

n then the dam broke
and the water flowed forth
to a predictable place
the ocean's edge

and her and i talked about
what was and what will become
and i asked for a little more time
n she said hey that's fine
Track Name: Always in Mind
san francisco lays ahead of us, growing up through the sandy soil like a forest
and the password we spoke swung open a door to silvered ceiling and a wall of books
and inside awaitin was a coloful collage of drinks waitin to warm us up
and the vibratin vessel contain enchantin rhythms that captured our movements

but we knew it then
that soon you'd be returnin to the land of sand
but always hold in your hand
the thought that you'll always remain in our minds
just like you were that night
like a diamond shinin so bright
ooooOOOoooOoooo

n berkeley's back now like the familiar face of a friend or foe that we used to know
n we payed our homage to the godess of the sea, n look, you can see her there beneath the golden gate
n we danced the night away, and after all it was you that taught me how
n at two in the mornin the streets received us and you wet eyes

but we knew it then
that soon you'd be returnin to the land of sand
but always hold in your hand
the thought that you'll always remain in our minds
just like you were that night
like a diamond shinin so bright
ooooOOOoooOoooo
Track Name: Colors (Something True)
a flower towered as our love grew
of a red rosy hue
and it died once its time was due
n i've sifted the petals through and through

o and i shoulda known that all their color would bleed out
they ran away with sunset
but i learned something true in their overwhelmin hues
that there are so many more to focus on than the blues

i was lost in a desert of dreams
reflections off oases
my mind would wander from withered faces to horrible places
but at least those memories faded at the edges

ah but spring painted such a beautiful scene
and the risin sun brought the colors back to me
and i learned something true in their overwhelmin hues
that there are so many more to focus on than the blues
Track Name: Fogbank Burnoff (blues)
i woke up in a daze in this ancient place with a face i didn't choose
first a seed of thought n then i wrought n pushed out the door
o well that day was grey but was colored in once the fogbank burned off
and now my world's opening like a dialating pupil

n i've seen how much there is to hold behind my eyes
and within my mind
but i didn't stay too long wrapped up in that fog blanket
because it was too cold and gray

now i'm wide awake and sometimes can't believe how long days can take
each fades away like the last, some white some black, in that sepia'd past
and the summers golden tone turns naturally green according to a code
and those flowers unfold in a mockery of the rainbow

but their petals fall off eventually
and fade to grey just like memories
n i've tasted how bittersweet it all can be
n so i clean my tongue in order to start over

now my eyelids are gettin heavy as what the night lacks begins its descent
and all that've sensed will fill up my dreams like an unwinding reel
and they'll twist n twirl as if ribbons of pearly smoke
and i can see em now comin off of that blood orange sunset

n it's turnin the blue sky all into rust
n you know one day the summers just gunna be a bunch of dust
but for now i'm goin to sleep so that i can see
what tomorrow will give me
Track Name: The Leanin' Tree
walkin bare foot under the bar, o i never thought i could get so far away in a day that i decided to stay
n bad news floats down the avenue, and it creeps in like the blues, standin still while the world moves
and day time toilin in the sunshine, o i'm diggin a hole, to bury a deceased story
and message lay waitin in that soil and they packaged bought and sold just as frantically as oil

shhhhh

frosty breath seeps out
chalk another one to the count
and time is closin in
i can hear it now

tick tock

and reality seems to be the mean of our memories, they're collected irrelevant the filter and disputed still
and a reputable source in a headline for the dead says souls for sale, hallelujah, it's a rollback
and the broken heart cures that i found foreshadow the disease that's probably gunna take me
but please make meanin out of a tree that's carefully leanin', yet to the soil clingin and still greenin in the spring
Track Name: The Ocean's Edge
i hope i wake up when this dream is over
and once i was afraid of growin older
and i believed all those stories and they made me a bit bo(u)lder
but somethings been heavin on me over n over

i went for a ride on a giants shoulders
and i defined all the seashells i found in my own terms
but now i'm on my back watching my own thoughts
hopin they won't betray me

i better slow down now if i want grey hair
and i've decided to that misfortune which path i prefer
but at least i'll skip that snake or the poisoned apple
and betrayal derailed us just east of eden

i wanna stand on the western ledge
the dividing line, the ocean's edge
somewhere close to the center
from where i can reenter
Track Name: Yggdrasil (the Mother Tree)
you'd think if i grew anymore roots i'd turn into a tree
but tell me how else there is to be near the sea
i am and remain amazed at the scene change
in a sacred place, a red-wooded space, an owl turned it face

beneath a branch the first kiss as the tower tolled
and then she lent me her limbs to burn in turn as the night churned
and it was a hard fire to start and harder to snuff out
but i kept a spark to light my way through the dark parts

i watched as you walked away, that sacred sway
an my heartbeat now matches the way your hips waved good-day
n it's hard to explain what i lost, did it have a cost
but through the pain i can see that a callus has been gained