The Gilded Age (singles)

by Patrick Burke

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released December 22, 2019

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Patrick Burke Portland, Oregon

"When I first listened to this CD, I felt like I was experiencing some kind of magic — the music and lyrics reach the listener with ease and echo in your head afterward, leaving you wondering about the inspiration."

Jennifer Priest Mitchell, The Times
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Track Name: Velveteen
Good night my friend
Now the day will end
Velveteen and myrr
While the shadows stir
And no more cares
You're falling fast
Through rain soaked air
On a winding path
Track Name: Ping Pong Crickets
We took a long way in
We took a long way out
We took the long long long way in
We took the long long long way out
We took the wrong way home
We took the long way out
We took the wrong way home
We took the Long long long way out

Strong way now
Strong way sin
Strong way wow
We took the wilds in the south
We took the madness in the game
We took the hunger on the plain
We took the songbird on the Seine
We took the one who knows it best
And we forgot about all the rest

One way home, one way back
You're not alone, one way back
We took the long way in
We took the long way out
We took the long way in
We took the long way out

(Yoko-Nilsson ad libs)

Long way in, long way out
Long way in, long way out
Long way in, long way out
Long way in . . . .

I'm afraid that's all.
Track Name: The Ballad of Johnnie Grinder and Orange Li
The Ballad of Johnnie Grinder and Orange Li

She played guitar
He loved to sing along
And the lyrics seem to write themselves

On treasured skylines
Paintings of the portrait's light
Rembrandt evenings spent

They called out the names
As the abstracts flowed
The gallery rains
In the darkness, shown

When they fell into the warm café
And their friends were all there
They bought a round,
Sang until they couldn't anymore
Never knew a better time…

They called out names
And they drank each other's health
And they spent their money unwisely
Never knew a better time, never better
Track Name: Viva
Thirteen-thousand lies or more
The constitution unenforced
Political hacks and money whores
No adults in the room

Squirming under scrutiny
Investigations and inquiry
Guilt beyond all certainty
And Vladimir calls the tune

Now the house is on fire
We're walking on wire
And everyone knows where home is
If you want to resist you have to insist
By raising your fist

Overwhelming evidence
From Giuliani up to Pence
We’ll drain the swamp of the president
Let justice have its day

Black and white simplicity
You're not going to gaslight me
The facts are plain for all to see
Step away

Now the house is on fire
We're walking on wire
And everyone knows where home is
Now resistance is king, it's everything
The strength of the opposition

Weave the cloth with threads
Drawn from your heart
Sew the seeds with tenderness and joy
Build the house as if you lived there now

Now the house is on fire
We're walking on wire
And everyone knows where home is

If you want to resist you have to insist
There's nowhere to hide . . .
Track Name: Chocolate Cake and Music In The Trees
Chocolate Cake

When the monkey sneeze
He cut the poodle's hair
And now the piper's son
Somersault in the air

Just a crutch and a pole
In the hollow house
And a bag of geese
Yellow cheese and a mouse

We're having chocolate cake
Sitting with Nurse Jane
She's pouring cabbage sauce
And it falls like rain

Bits of rags and paper
A wooden balcony
Somebody's living there
Having toast and tea

We're having chocolate cake
Sitting with Nurse Jane,

...Nurse Jane

Dancing and whirling,
Waltzing ‘round the room
Tell me now there's blue sky
When I dance with you

Faster and louder
Light upon the breeze
Shortcake and snowflakes
There's music in the trees
Track Name: The Gilded Age (Part Two)
--The Gilded Age II--

The Rabbit gentleman gave
peppermint juice to Nurse Jane
Track Name: Just a Libertine
--Just a Libertine--

He was just a libertine
Focused on a gilded dream
In an age when no one spoke of self

The paintings and the tapestries
The pride of all society
Millionaire and nabobs set the tone

Pointed roofs and towers soar
Belgian carpet on the floor
Grandiose and spired was the home
Track Name: Cage of Words
--Cage of Words--

Somewhere I'll see you
And somewhere you'll see me
Talk to everyone who stops by
Talk to me

Tell me how you are
And tell me what you know
I want to see you smile
I want you

Our love is an ocean
Our love is a library
With books of devotion
Which only you and I can see

Within this cage of words
My heart sings like a bird
I want to see you smile
I want you

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