Lyrics Untitled © The Utility Project 2010


01 Responding

I'm told to follow another's wise lead
this is what it means to be responding

be silent and take no credit
keep my humility I won't regret it

you've heard this much so let's be honest
I've got no choice but to be modest

just let the work speak for itself
do not depend on anyone else

I'm not sure how long I am able
to keep this up working under the table

I am slogging in the darkness
with vain hopes of future success

just let the work speak for itself
do not depend on anyone else

Doin' my best
to break with convention
You want me to stop?
it'll take an intervention
no idea
if it's good or rotten
forget about the top
it's lonely here at the bottom

(working alone can be depressing
I'm just a turkey without the dressing)

I'm pretty sure no one's out there
I'd threaten to quit if I thought someone would care

don't need help from anyone else
I'm doin' a fine job havin' pity on myself

02 Beginning

did you know
you can hold a redwood tree in your hand?
a tiny kernel
will become a full grown plant
lookin' up
it's impossible to understand

Every living thing must be strong in the beginning
nothing here survives without quality underpinning
Every little thing must be strong in the beginning

It's up to you It's up to you
big thing take care of little things

every seed
ingeniously designed
to withstand
any opposition it might find
an embryo, some food
and a hard seedcoat outside
underground now
with a little luck it will survive
here comes a shoot
poking its head up high

Every living thing must be strong in the beginning
nothing here survives without quality underpinning
Every little thing must be strong in the beginning

03 Little Accumulation

see my blood vanish tonight all fear disappears
no reason to worry the path before me is clear

now I'm rising up mightily
before I was clinging on tightly

I accepted every helping hand that was offered to me genuinely
now please let me do the same linking arms we form a chain

now we're rising up mightily
the future is ours quite rightly

04 Fulfillment (instrumental)

05 Great Harvest

one loses by pride and gains by modesty
(do you know who you're talking to?!)

(knees on the ground bending down
you'll work through the night getting it right)

work for the king doin' your thing

great harvest ohhhh
don't over step the throne

(you've got a place to sleep
you've got some clothes to wear
you can feed your family)

you must watch your hide
when you deal with His Majesty

don't keep a thing it all goes to the king

06 Following

got a new book and I'm takin' a look to see what it offers
didn't expect somethin' so direct to be stored up in its coffers

somethin' kinda queer put a little fear in this here reader
a simple idear you gotta know how to be led to be a leader
threw me off track had to think back was I too proud to follow
a matter of fact it's somethin' (a quality) I lack but this all changes tomorrow

is another day
tomorrow
there'll be another way
tomorrow
I'll follow like I've never followed

before
you open your eyes
before
you see the surprise
(the new me!)
before
you realize
I'll be following
right behind...

you understood it could do some good to be patient and listen
I been runnin around with no feet on the ground don't know what I been missin
there's nothing wrong with being strong but quiet in the shadow
you did some good work for the people you served -knowin you would lead tomorrow

tomorrow is another day tomorrow
there'll be another way
tomorrow
I'll follow because I've never followed before

you open your eyes
before you see me revised
(the new me!)
before you realize
before
you see the surprise
(the new me!)
before you realize
before
you see me revised
(the new me!)
before you realize
I'll be following

07 Nourishing

the sun shines brightly day and nightly for you
oh an Arctic summer it's nourishing
the storm forms; downpours all over you
oh mouth open wide it's nourishing
the river winds, kindly finds its way to you
oh no sandbagging today it's nourishing
the garden rows overflow all grown for you

it's a special sort of survival
planning for your arrival
to a better state of satisfaction
requires a new course of action

your lover offers to no other just to you
oh one eye open it's nourishing

raspberries grow on the bushes just for you
oh the neighbors won't mind it's nourishing
the textbooks fall from the library walls

the sun shines brightly day and nightly for you
oh anarchic summer it's nourishing

08 Nourishing 2

take a walk take a walk around
your old stomping grounds
take a look take a look you'll see
it was so nourishing it's true
so nourishing for you

take a walk take a walk around
your boring old home town
take a look take a look you'll see
it was so nourishing

doesn't seem like much at the time
can't wait to get away
I might visit some other time but don't make me stay

it's a joke that's played on you
cuz coming back is
something you can't do

so take a walk take a walk around
your old stomping grounds
think back now what was it like
I was there and buddy it was nice

take a walk take a walk around
your boring old home town
nothing ever happened here?
kinda funny now but that's good to hear

doesn't seem like much at the time
can't wait to get away
ahh come back some other time but don't make me stay

it's a joke that's played on you
cuz coming back is
something you can't do

take a walk take a walk around
your old stomping grounds
take a look take a look you'll see
it was so nourishing it's true
so nourishing for you

doesn't seem like much at the time
can't wait to get away
ahh come back some other time but don't make me stay

it's a joke that's played on you
cuz coming back is
something you can't do

09 Darkness

don't know how long I can go on like this
living in a pit within a pit
the only good that I can see
someday there'll be an end of me

gonna keep on trudgin thru
cuz hey there's nothing else to do
sure as silver clouds will cross the sky
you and I will one day die

can't remember how things got so bad
seems I lost everything I had
gotta keep bad thoughts outta my head
just to spare the person who would find me dead

10 Brightness

Been in the dark so long
thought you were dead and gone
headed for better days
emerging from the haze

FIRE! FIRE!

coming into the light
slowly regain your sight
the fire is burning bright
the sun...with all its might

FIRE!

you shed tears and sigh
all we have is today
can you enjoy life
while it burns away

too much to comprehend
four and half billion years
that's when the sun begins
and what are we doing here

with FIRE!

we were once monkey men
huntin' and gatherin'
happy with a belly full
now look at us we're miserable

we got FIRE!

tears fall from your eyes
all we have is today
can you enjoy life
while it burns away

the sunlight in your eyes
eight minutes from the sun
born up in the sky
eight minutes from everyone

Been in the dark so long
thought you were dead and gone
headed for better days
emerging from the haze

FIRE! FIRE!

11 Long Lasting

you're alone in a field with no birds
that's absurd
what are you doing here

just a way to explain
the hunt is on but no game
like sitting under blue skies
with a bucket for the rain

what are you doing here?

the wind is below and the thunder is above
you've got to keep on looking if you're not finding love
a little food a place to rest but what gets you through

is love sweet sweet love
yeah love sweet sweet love
it's love long lasting love

12 Proceeding Forward

Don't worry
sometimes it's not easy
but you'll probably make it through

find a picture of your father's mother
I've heard she'll be helping you

Don't slouch now
get off the couch now
be steadfast, upright, and true

don't worry
you're worried
hey, I'm worried too

you'll get help
people tend to get help
it seems that folks do

this might sound better
written in a letter
but we'll just make do

I know it's difficult to always know
which way to go
but I think you'll make it through

wishing for one's devotion is like
fishing in the ocean while standing in a canoe

don't worry
you're worried
honestly we're all worried about you

I think there's help
seems there's always help
then maybe you'll know what to do

I think there might be help
seems there's bound to be help
then you could make it through

close your eyes open your mind
help may be coming to you
close your eyes open your mind
there could be hope for you

13 Exhausting

I'm stuck in a hole
I'm creepin' thru vines
I can't budge
I'm movin' all the time
I'm freezin' cold
I'm sweatin' thru my eyes
Can't hear a soul
My ears are on fire
A bird in a pool
A fish who wants to fly
I don't wanna live
I don't wanna....

Dive
water will be here soon

Fly
the air will not hold you

Oh it's exhausting

A little regret is o.k.
If we learn from our mistakes
we are honest and standing straight...

-en out your course
Oh it's exhausting

I'm stuck in a hole
I'm climbin' out!
I can't budge
I'm busting free!
I'm freezing cold
Doesn't bother me!
I can't hear a soul
I like the peace!
A bird in a pool
Replenishing!
You gotta set goals
A fish who wants to...

Fly
you're floating aren't you
Dive
water will now hold you

Oh it's exhausting
Oh it's exhausting

Fly you're floating aren't you
Dive
water will now hold you

Oh it's exhausting

14 Establishing the New

Shave your hair
down to the skin
you're starting over
outside and in

think of nothing
have an open heart
listen to your breathing
this is how to start

if you can clean your house
then you can clean your brain
don't be afraid of changing
be afraid of staying the same

you melted the mold
when you abolished the old
now you know what to do
cut a door to go through
we all have faith in you

just look at you
establishing the new

flourishing
and smooth establishing....

you'll be taking
action soon
you're establishing the new

flourishing and smooth
establishing the new

15 Abundance

count your blessings today
can't imagine them taken away
honor be devout
offer your humble thanks right now

abundance fills your soul
abundance makes you whole
so share your love and pleasure
you are a living treasure

decline is coming ---it's just the way
honest and humble ---you will be o.k.
it's all a circle ---haven't you found?
good times and bad times---they come around
be smart with what you have----or it goes away
this is the nature of things----it will never change

count your blessings today
can't imagine them taken away

16 Proceeding Humbly

a sprinkle and a gentle breeze, good fortune weather
you're wondering how to proceed, float like a feather
no resistance to meet with tenderness and strength together

underneath the bed
that's nowhere to sleep
you've lost all your money
failure is complete

know where to go proceed
but you're too humble and weak to succeed

there's nothing you can do to avoid humiliation

it's a rainy day
you're a worm out of your hole

nowhere to go proceed
you're too humble and weak to succeed

everything is planned a lifetime in advance
no need to blame yourself you never had a chance

17 Already Fulfilled

damn the sages
they've messed with us for ages

we are common stock
we travel with the flock

and when our job is done
don't wanna hear from anyone

damn the sages
what they've said is outrageous

Already Fulfilled
becomes Not Yet Fulfilled

damn the sages
they've messed with us for ages
give in, submit my friends
the beginning is the end
we've got nowhere to hide
it's time we looked inside
damn the sages
we never did like changes

Already Fulfilled
becomes Not Yet Fulfilled

we were common stock
we were happy in the dark
we've awoken from our sleep
something has made us complete
revere the sages
may they live on for ages

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