Servants of the Sun

June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

Servants of the Sun
Some Earthly Delights

Flushes playing in the cocktails
Yarrows growing green
Nature knows no circumstance
Only of what the weather brings

Leaving feathers where we go
Following the breeze
Some days cold, some days gold
It’s all a dream

The river shares a melody
The mountain sings a harmony
Moths and dragonflies, bumblebees
The rhythm of surf and sand

Let the cool clear water flow
Let your wings feel the air
Listen to what the night has to say
It’s like a prayer

In good time I think we’ll find what we’ve always known
In a world, so vast, so strange
We are not alone
No straight lines
It’s all benign
This grand design
Providence of myth & man and me & you
It’s all true and there’s nothing we need do
Clear as day and night
Loss pain delight

Let It Fall

Don’t take long before you know the score
It just takes one time then you want some more
Find yourself sleeping on the floor
Looking thru the bullet holes in your door

You got something baby up your sleeve?
Anything to make me believe
I said what you got in the old trick bag
Something so this night won’t drag

I just need a little space to let it fall, that’s all
Just some time to check my mind
And see if I’m still here
Or have I disappeared

Said I’ll call a friend if you call two
Fiery red and valium blue
I got a bottle they can bring a few
Now the scene is set for a rendezvous

I just need a little space to let it fall, oh that’s all
Just some time to check my mind
And see if I’m still here
Or have I disappeared
Is it getting weird?
Said look out
Said my coast is clear

So let it shine tonight
Set this fire alight
Burn it at both ends until we do it again
Do it again

Now you find tomorrow comes
I said it’s the same for everyone
Don’t listen to a thing they say
I said you know there’s no other way (you know there’s no other way)
You know there’s no other way (you know there’s no other way)
You know that there’s no other way (you know there’s no other way)

I just need a little space to let it fall, that’s all
Just some time to check my mind
And see if I’m still here
Or have I disappeared?
Is it getting weird?
I said look out
Said my coast is clear

Rare Birds

I think she said ‘My name is Pearl’
And like a dance, I was in a whirl
Next thing I remember were roses on the bed
We made love and both did agree
We were pleasant company
What’s good for the body is good for your head
She said

Easy as paradise
We were there with no look twice
Tending to our garden
and playing in the sun
Rock n roll, Saturday nights
Hangovers & airplane flights
It must be a custom job
Cause it sho feels nice

For sure you’re a rare bird baby
Perched in my tree
One thing I know for certain is you got to be free

Witchcraft and dungarees
All to real and make believe
Dirty hippie feet
In the house of tangerine
The pilgrims walk the midnight talks, the evil eye, the holy cloth
Turquoise lapis and aquamarine

For sure you’re a rare bird baby
Perched in my tree (High in my tree)
One thing I know for certain is you got to be free

Hidden charms, false alarms
Down in the basement with the red light on
Stash away a little
In case some folks drop by
Dreaming of the horse’s hoofs
Never bad, only good
Never sad, only blue as it comes with time

For sure you’re a rare bird baby
Perched in my tree (High in my tree)
One thing I know for certain is you got to be free

For sure you’re a rare bird baby
Perched in my tree (High in my tree)
One thing I know for certain is you got to be free

Venus In Chrome

“These Poems Are Dirty”
And The Philosopher Is Stoned
(And He’s Not Alone)
The Goddess Is Hungry
Oh But Her Priest He Will Not Come
(He’s Had His Fun)

Birch, Rowan, Ash, and Oak
Molten Words out of Silver Throats
Feast Or Famine, Fight Or Flee
Peasants, Pheasants
And The Devil Makes Three

Oh Venus In Chrome
Where did you go (ahhh)
How you could leave
Now that I know (ahhh)
So cruel to give
And take away (ahhh)
Appear from this flame and always stay

Nomad Is Sleeping
While Worms Whisper In The Dark
(It’s Of You They Talk)
The Library Is Bleeding
& There Is No Time For Last Remarks
(So Let The Panic Start)

Birch, Rowan, Ash, and Oak
May The Curse You Cast
Make You Choke
Feast Or Famine, Fight Or Flee
Be Wise and Let Dark Things Be

Oh Venus In Chrome
Where Did You Go (ahhh)
How Could You Leave
Now That I Know (ahhh)
So Cruel To Give
Then Take Away (ahhh)
Appear From This Flame
And Always Stay

Crystal Fire, Diamond Sky
Ooooh

Oh Venus In Chrome
Where Did You Go (ahhh)
How Could You Leave
Now That I Know (ahhh)
So Cruel To Give
And Take Away (ahhh)
Appear From This Flame
And Always Stay

Crystal Fire, Diamond Sky
Boughs Are Swaying, Winds Alive
Mantis Praying, Owls Survives
Crystal Fire, Diamond Sky

The Stars Fell on California

The stars fell on California
Through a fire in the sky
Deep underground they’re dreaming
Till the end of time

Somewhere a green-eyed girl
Knows that it’s all fleeting
She knows it’s only a state of mind

On this earth we’re blinded
By the gun and by the crown
The demon Mars is laughing
While Jupiter just frowns

Somewhere a guitar playing
Simply breaks a string
The song still gives a
What’s done is done
You can call it good clean fun

Now there’s nothing left to say
The bills come, it’s time to pay
There’s a black car waiting outside
When every kiss is a goodbye

From Bosto to Barcelona
To Bakersfield and back
Mighty flood like rage
Covering up your tracks
Burning through the heavens
From cradle to the grave

The song still gives a
What’s done is done
You can call it good clean fun

Now there’s nothing left to say
The bills come, it’s time to pay
There’s a black car waiting outside
When every kiss is a goodbye

Let the black cat in
Do it over and over again
Let your feelings flow
Let it go, let it go, let it go

Let the black cat in
Do it over and over again
Let your feelings flow
Let it go

The song still gives a
What’s done is done
Tell me what’s a crime
Tell me what’s a real good time
Go ahead and tie that noose
I’m still gonna play it loose
And if you’re looking for a bust
Well come on baby and call my bluff

Now there’s nothing left to say
The bills come, it’s time to pay
There’s a black car waiting outside
When every kiss is a goodbye
When every kiss is a goodbye
When every kiss is a goodbye
When every kiss is a goodbye

Comin Round The Mountain

If you give cold
All you get is gone
Then you’ll be humming a different song
Trucking it on out or rolling it on home
Wherever you are
Alone is alone (Oh yeah)
Alone is alone

A real low down on how to get up high
Starts with a thimble of fingernail wine
A two-dollar bill will do just fine
That should get you to the show on time

Let me see through your eyes (oooh)
Let me taste what has been denied (oooh)
To go without is to get within (oooh)
So take my hand universal friend

Penetrate the secrets that have brought you here
I left some mystery but nothing to fear
Ignore the illusion and your path is clear
Smiling all the way from there to here

Let the creatures bear their teeth (oooh)
Climb the peak that can’t be reached (oooh)
Let your fire force away (oooh)
And though it’s always been this way

Say it’s getting tight
The fit ain’t right and the creed has turned
No relief from wine stained teeth and poisoned words
Oh I guess my actions caused a reaction to earn your disdain
Exit through the curtain
So don’t look back and slowly walk away

Comin round the mountain where do we go
Comin round the mountain where do we go
Comin round the mountain where do we go
Comin round the mountain where do we go
Comin round the mountain

The Chauffeur’s Daughter

I’m in love with the chauffeur’s daughter
She takes me where I want to go
With black gloves & a black hat on her
She don’t have to get the door
She never speeds, she got no need
She always takes her time
I just sit in the back & enjoy my high

The road gets narrow, the road gets wide
And when the road gets a rocky, she’s my easy ride
Through the rear view she gives a wink & a smile on the miracle mile
We pull over just to take a stroll
Down by the riverside

We drive around town with the windows down
Like we don’t have a care
Sing along to our favorite songs
Let the people in the next car stare
She’s a DJ of my dreams
Plays the right song every time
I’m in love with the chauffeur’s daughter
She’s a real good friend of mine

The road gets narrow the road gets wide
And when the road gets a rocky, she’s my easy ride
Through the rear view she gives a wink & a smile on the miracle mile
We pull over just to take a stroll
Down by the riverside

Ahh
Ahh
Oh and then we’re there
With her long blonde hair
Falling in my face
in the summer breeze
She takes my hand
Yes and I understand
Sometimes a dream is to be believed

I’m in love with the chauffeur’s daughter
I guess everybody knows
I like the silver rings on her fingers & the tattoos on her toes
I pay the gas when I got the cash
Said oh we don’t worry ‘bout that
Maybe someday she’ll let me drive
and we won’t ever come back

The road gets narrow the road gets wide
And when the road gets a rocky, she’s my easy ride
Through the rear view she gives a wink & a smile on the miracle mile
We pull over just to take a stroll
Down by the riverside

Dice Game

All I recall are the shadows in a long New York fade away
Passing time with such matters on a six-hour drive to LA
Got some friends in the canyon
Got a dirty window pain
Got a girl back up in Ida
Things have never been the same

She sees no fences
She feels no reins

I rolled a couple just to get me there
Took a hit
Let in some air and thought of you
We made a promise by the eyelash moon
I told you’d I would be home soon
And I aim to please

Stop to grab a cup of coffee
Near the LA county line
This evening finds me lonely but by daybreak, I’ll be fine
It comes and it goes
Always knows I’m there

Sometimes a scoundrel
Sometimes a thief
Sometimes in public
Sometimes discreet
Sometimes ugly

Sometimes there’s no reason why
And sometimes it’s a look in your eye
That says ‘I aim to please’

Not everybody’s lucky
You know that’s true
But not everybody rolls a dice like you
Listen to a loser and you might give in
Listen to a lonely and you got no friends
Listen to a lover if you want some truth
Listen to a mother if you want some blues
Listen to your heart if you lose your way
Try to make some sunshine every day
Try to make some sunshine every day

Madder Rose Interlude

Instrumental

A Smiling Epitaph

Red-eyed angry angels
Never need a reason why
Beware the hounds
Beware the mire
Beware the red-eyed angel's fire
Hear them singing a black chorus
Heard them laughing while you cry
Beware the bells toll evening
Beware of what you left behind
Wise is the child who knows all is changing
Gone are the clouds when her birds start singing
And where she walks it will rain
And wash their worlds away
And in their place
A living grace
Will forever stay
Inner doors, outer rooms
Slither scales, flying plumes
Salt & iron filigree
On the masks of those not free
Feel the sinking
Hear the sound
Of the people below the down
And choke on money
And spit the seeds
Then find purchase in filigree

 

Servants of the Sun bursts into the clear blue air with the funky upper atmosphere bubbling of vintage keyboards and driving rhythm. A gateway swings wide open to a universe that the Chris Robinson Brotherhood has been tirelessly constructing for eight years through extraordinary musicianship, endless touring and a roving, seemingly bottomless wizard’s chest of sonic delights. The band’s 8th studio effort since forming in 2011—spread out over six full length albums and two EPs—sets aside the studio explorations of their more recent work and turns inward to the heart of the Brotherhood’s universe. Of the origin concept for Servants, bandleader Chris Robinson explains: “I let my head go to a Saturday night at the Fillmore, and said, what’s the best set we could play?” And in following that guiding principle the CRB bottled their pure essence into 10 new songs, a distillation of their journey so far. In many ways they have come full circle in delivering their most direct, bare bones, rock n’ roll record since debut companion albums ‘Big Moon Ritual’ and ‘The Magic Door.’

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