Propreantepenultimate

by Dan Whitley

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released April 7, 2014

All music and lyrics written by Dan Whitley, except where otherwise specified
Programmed, performed, recorded, produced by Dan Whitley
Cover art drawings by Dan Whitley

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Track Name: Five, Part I: Prologue
Five come to claim him for the sacrifice
He cannot see them but he knows they're there
And he knows they will find him
Track Name: Five, Part II: Sacrifice/Separation
Five come to claim you for the sacrifice
You cannot see them but you know they're here
You try to run but it won't help
And you know they will find you

[chorus:]
We were together in my finest dreams
Now I can't see you you're no longer here
They took you from me down to hell
But I will come and find you

You did not come back to me
You never come back to me
I once saw you standing there
I could not stop dreaming of us

Our separation is too much to bear
When I cannot feel you will you still be there
Bury my face in your belated hair
I tried to run to catch you up
But you did not want me

[chorus]
Track Name: The Baby Jesus Fire-Death Song
Bright fire, warming fire
Jesus burns, on the pyre
And yon Virgin mother does lisp
The Holy Infant’s all toasty and crisp
Eat the baby he’s warm
Christ the saviour is warm

O burn ye little Jesus baby you are stultified
Your blackened skin does burn well beneath the flaming sky
You saved us all from our darkness but now you will fly
Oh, we’ve had a cannon built for you, built for you
Oh we’ve had a cannon built for you

If there was any baby
That we could burn instead
He would be on our fire right now
But we have got you
The raising of the fire
And the running of the sheep
Perhaps they run because they’re on fire
But we really can’t be sure

Burn a streak o’er Bethlehem plain
Oil I bring, to light him again
Ablaze for ever, fading never
Over us all in flame

O little town of Bethlehem
How bright we see thee burn
Above the roaring fire we lit
The thick black smoke pours out
And in thy burning streets all the people scream
In everlasting pain
The fire is cleansing all their souls
To exit thee tonight

And still as we sit here and watch you all burn
The little bright sparkles spread fire all around
The stars in the sky are all hidden by smoke
But the light of the fire is quite enough

And if we cannot sleep, well at least it is warm
With all the fire about we can’t really breathe
In the fields where we lay
We’ll all burn and die
As our fire spreads and consumes all the land
We fired our gun, and the baby flew
Alight is the kingdom of Israel

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
A thunderstorm of old came down
And lightning shone around

O, fire of wonder, fire of night
Fire with royal beauty bright
Outwards spreading, all combusting
Burn away all our fright

Good King Wenceslas looked out
And saw all the slaughter
So he got out of his bed
And ran to get some water
But he did not know that we
Would not let him douse it
So he ran into our trap
Fell into the louse pit

Hark! The herald angels sin
They are burning wondrous things
Fire on earth, and smoke above
Everything burns even doves
Brightly all the nations burn
Burn that life no more shall turn
As the fire takes all the Earth
You will lament your own birth
With th’angelic host proclaim
Fire is spread from Bethlehem

O come, all ye burners
Bearing all the torches
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold him
As the fire takes him away
O come let us combust him [x3]
Christ will burn

Oh, if we stay we’ll all be burned
Oh, if you go you won’t be heard
If you leave we’ll send a bill
And if you stay you will be killed

Ding, dong, merrily on high
Oh, Israel is all burning
Ding, dong, maybe we will try
To burn Iraq this morning
Fire
Oh, all the land is burning

Deck the halls with burning holly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la la-la-la
Oh, the fire shows our folly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la la-la-la
Burn the Protestants, burn the Catholics
Burn the Sikhs and Muslims and burn the Jews
Burn them all in equal portions
Fa-la-la-la-la, la la-la-la

We all want to see the fire
We all want to see the fire
We all want to see the fire
So bring it out here
Good tidings we bring
The fire is still in
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Track Name: Flow, My Tears
Flow, my tears, fall from your springs
Exiled, for ever, let me mourn
Where nights black bird her sad infamy sings
There let me live, forlorn

[chorus:]
Hark, you shadows, that in darkness dwell
Learn to contemn light
Happy, happy, they that in hell
Feel not the world's despite

Down, vain lights, shine you no more
No nights are dark enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore
Light doth but shame disclose

[chorus]

Never may my woes be relieved
Since pity is fled
And tears, and sighs, and groans
My weary days (my weary days)
Of all joys have deprived

[chorus]

From the highest spire of contentment
My fortune is thrown
And fear, and grief, and pain
For my deserts (for my deserts)
Are my hopes, since hope is gone

[chorus]
Track Name: Five, Part III: The Quayside
One, who used to be yours
He cannot keep us two apart
But the second one is here
She moves around me now as you're not near

Third, his choleric mind
Keeps him still from seeing how he could be
The five are around be as they take me down

Fourth is the one, who seeks to control you
He cannot keep himself away

You can never come back
So I must come down to you
I still have not stopped dreaming of us

Fifth, her eyes hold the dark
She thinks she controls me but I'm not sure
And her aura encloses me
She drags me down to hell and you're in there

And, at her mute command
I find that I am now surrounded
The five come to take me for the sacrifice
Track Name: Haiku No Uta (The Trees Lose Their Leaves)
[chorus:]
The trees lose their leaves
Autumn is the saddest time
I cannot see you
Somniferously
I drift through the cold dark air
I cannot see you

I walk towards you
Trying still to hide from you
Forgetting to speak
And struggling to breathe
I turn back away from you
And you watch me go

[chorus]

He comes closer now
The light goes so far away
I am so alone
Madness is closing
The voices keep on talking
Michael is burning

Burning jealousy
The rope surrounds his whole neck
Now I can see you
Madness is fading
You pull back my sanity
I am whole again

[chorus]

My cardinal sin
Left a room that you were in
I cannot keep you
One of them's not you
But I really did not think
You can't forgive me

I come back to you
The light fades through an old hole
Our symphony plays
Come back to me now
As our time is ending
We need each other

[chorus x2]

I see your life leave
It fades into the darkness
This place is quiet now

[chorus]

Darkness draws nearer
I lay down beside your grave
Our souls are quiet now
Track Name: Five, Part IV: Reunion
You don't seem to move
Are you in there my love?

I am down here with you
But we can never get back

Please, dear, do please wake up
I need you by my side

People come looking for us in our home
They'll never find us 'cause we're down here now

I failed to keep you safe from their torture
(They kept us apart too long)
How could they treat you that way?
(But now we're together)

I came down to be with you
And I'll keep you safe my love

We were together in my finest dreams
Then I was alone and you were not there
They took you from me down to hell
So I have come to find you

Five came to claim us for the sacrifice