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Star Ballads (Rachel Cox and David First)

by Rachel Cox & David First

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music by Rachel Cox and David First
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Persephone 04:26
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First The moth unfolds its wings Spanning an arc Of yellow and green Polka dots and spark The air is a swing Giving lift to Another new flight on the wind Follow after the Bright lights, a mercury trend And down below A love takes the stage Blooming in red The costume display Has silver linings that Glitter so brightly today But tomorrow They pale in the still of the shade Every flower Will blush till it fades into grey Please tell me How does the sun rise? How does the night fall? Why does Persephone stay underground? Why does she stay underground? The earth is a tomb Keeping a space For new seeds to bloom Rising into a New world that shudders and quakes The heart is strong And the eyes glow, the mouth is agape And it happens so Fast that you can't reach the brake To slow it down BRIDGE and CHORUS
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music and lyrics by David First Some people suffer with such dignity Even as watching their simple wishes wash away And others discover through sheer industry Better plans for gaining instruments of grief Whenever trouble comes to trample on your dream Take it on We all stand in fire Hanging on The world will keep your batteries drained Just hang on We all stand in fire Holding on And sometimes we wallow in our misery Rather odd seeing the distance we have come Investing our best in foolish fantasies And the huge classic delusions we should laugh about Whenever something comes to penetrate your heart Take it on And logic bends in ways that spits on all your starts Take it on We all stand in fire Hanging on The world is locked in gravity’s gaze Take it on We all stand in fire Holding on When faith returns an empty embrace Just hang on When magic mountain climbing seems too steep to try Take it on And there are packs of tricksters buzzing round your hive Take it on When there's no chemistry to quiet lonesome cries Take it on We all stand in fire Hanging on The world will add the soul to your wounds Hanging on We all stand in fire Holding on As we all stand in fire Holding on
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music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First Where's your birthday suit? The swelter's here Just when you thought it'd never come New York sings a summer pop song to you. It burns your earnings away. Every day There's always something fun to do And I feel happy to be with you. Don't be afraid of the undertow Cool off in the car on the way to the show If you get in a mess, you can let me take you home The aerial sparks are bursting for us alone You think you could move to LA But New York is the hottest spot today She sings a summer pop song for you Water hydrant sprays in the air Run through and get wet, well that's a dare Get in the pool before the sun goes down The deep end is waiting for you now so Break the sur - face Woh-oh deep and cool Woh-oh deep and cool Woh-oh deep and cool Woh-oh deep and cool So you dream of a fairytale But New York is the story for today She is a summer pop song for you She sings a summer pop song to you She sings a summer pop song to you She is a summer pop...
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Shockaway 03:42
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First You're let down again The things you can do, you delay You want what you can't have, the way you play it So certain yesterday But now you're in the schism cloud You want to change your mind again and again and again and again Shock away You're in love with illusion Shock away You stay in the revolving door Is it inside, is it outside How can it be when you can't even see? Is it inside, is it outside How can it be when you can't even see? Cut it off again But you still want it every day You think you're in the film with the happy ending But the bad guy seems okay The hero leaves his head at the door He wants to change his mind again and again and again and again Shock away He's in love with illusion Shock away He stays in the revolving door Is it inside, is it outside How can it be when you can't even see? Woo hoo hoo Is it inside, is it outside How can it be when you can't even see? Hope for a holiday ride Open for another round, around, and around. Repeat chorus
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Don't 04:28
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First Walking, heart pounding, hitting the pavement Get going, running, jumping out of my skin Thoughts racing, aimless, wondering where to next? Hair cut, new phone, old tears still trickle, old effects Water dripping, leak in the faucet, broken seals Crack in the sidewalk, weeds pushing against the back of my heels CHORUS Can't seem to dump the trash fast enough Can't seem to find the order to this mess That reflection isn't real (Don't listen, don't look, and don't believe) That thought spiral is a wicked spell (Don't listen, don't look, and don't believe) What you're telling yourself, that isn't love Don't start that old habit again Sparkle gets covered up, it's never clean enough Windows coming down, try to open the press Paint peeling, face crumble, old wounds still prickle and obsess CHORUS (above) Can't seem to dump the trash fast enough Can't seem to find the order to this mess Can't seem to soak the spill fast enough Can't seem to find the Order to this mess (Can't seem to wipe the dust fast enough) Order to this mess (Can't seem to find the order to this mess) Order to this mess (Can't seem mop the floor fast enough) Order to this mess (Can't seem to find the order to this mess) Order to this mess (Can't seem to clear my head fast enough) Order to this mess (Can't seem to find the order to this mess) REPEAT ONCE MORE Order to this mess Order to this mess Order to this mess Order to this mess
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Libre Thing 04:55
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox This insecurity, a killer bee This insecurity, a killer bee I'm gonna die someday I'm gonna die someday This inhumanity, is all you see ThIs inhumanity, is all you see You're gonna care someday You're gonna care someday Love is a libre thing, it's all it is Love is a libra thing, it's all it is We're gonna fall someday We're gonna fall someday
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music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First What are you so mad about Can you justify your pain You make a hundred thou a year And your legacy's ingrained There's no one left for you to fight All the predators are gone All that's left are bones and teeth Turned to fossils in the dawn Well bones and teeth are sharp as tongues Dull as knives and white as blood You are living at low tide In a mansion made of mud The human world is splitting in two Waiting for the next disaster to fall Some of us have everything they could want Some of us don't have much at all Anything at all Nothing to die for, nothing inside You've got nothing to die for, nothing inside Nothing to die for, nothing inside You've got nothing to die for You fly to France, you sail the Keys Got your million dollar art And promises that you won't keep And shiny lies that fall apart Well, promises and shining eyes Are things you'll never understand You just spill your greed like wine Another story in the sand The stars are glowing miles away Waiting for the rest of it to unfold Some of us have everything they could want Some of us have only our souls Do... you... have a soul? Nothing to die for, nothing inside Nothing to die for, nothing inside Nothing to die for, nothing inside You've got nothing to die for I hope you're happy X2 I hope you're happy now You must be happy now
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In the Mind 04:57
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First Traffic moving From stopped cold to flowing I wonder where the auto people go? Sun is shining The world's axel spinning I wonder who's hands are on the wheel? To get so wet, drowning To get so hot, burn... ...ing discovery Switching on and off again Welcome to the newest century There are clouds and rain If it feels so right, how could it be wrong? There is heat and light If it feels so right, how could it be wrong? In the mind, in the mind... What's going on in the mind? To get so wet, drowning To get so hot, burn... ...ing inventions From budding to blossoming Will it last or will it fade away? There are clouds and rain If it feels so right, how could it be wrong? There is heat and light Well it feels so right, but is it safe? In the mind, in the mind... What's going on in the mind? In the mind, in the mind... What's going on in the mind?
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Tell Us How 04:59
music and lyrics by David First We don't like the way that you've been gaming us Is your oracle's betting more clever or blowing astray? We won't bow while counterfeits betray our trust When a meltdown occurs through your malice Why shouldn't you pay? Think of the times you waved the guns And all the damages you've done Just give us a reason for your run And we will provide you with ashes that won’t ever scatter We can’t fold our maps and watch you fuel the mob Are the pleasure returns more intense if only you get to play? We can't synthesize what all the scheming bought When a message rains down from the heavens to whom will you pray? You're stuck in a static that destroys Blaming a foreign soiled noise Electrical storming through all our defenses with ravenous toys And then you extend the pretense it's our interests that matter We're sailing on dying seas Everyone's new disease Agreeing to pains increased Till you jettison abusive plans Wash your guilty hands And listen to the witnesses in crying lands Where agencies and companies decide When each of them gets to lose Why can’t you choose A method of protection that won’t stain and bruise The elegance of the elements forever…never? We can’t wait to dance with every answer brought Tell us how it ends the game you push on us Do we give up on all opposition and live by your grace Tell us how you sleep when you can feel the gusts Of lamentable breaths on your neckline caressing your face You’re not in a glass apart Stop the how vast you are jazz The ants at your picnic are walking the table away Pity your self-made view City of hell you drew As you're high in your plane you're so low on the chain that you chatter You're high in your plane you're so low on the chain that you chatter You're high in your plane you're so low on the chain that you chatter
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music by Rachel Cox, David First, Bernard Gann and Brian Chase
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Thunder 06:23
music and lyrics by Rachel Cox and David First I'm taking in a deep breath, and I'm going on a long long ride Through the twists and the turns of an epithelial asphalt drive And I see clouds on the ridge, dark glow of the sun through the rain Well, thunder is my comfort when I can't remove the stain And I am lost in my memory Gone to another place in time Thinking of struggle and success Thinking of ways to make it through When all I feel is strain Buildings gutted and weather torn, twisting phantasmagoric shapes Dark holes for windows, they have long lost their happy handmaids The water runs in rivers through the gutters by the side of the road And spills over the white lines, I'm slowing down so I don't lose control Wonder what waits for me today This could be my last day alive What is the last thing I'll ever see? Where is the wind when you need the sky? The crackle and the shock The key that will open the lock And over the hills I coast along, now I see a tunnel in the rock side Headlights on I enter into the cold damp where it grows quiet I can envision a secret road that appears on the other side It takes me to a new landscape filled with strange human kinds Where blood culture and sexploitation have no hand We grow up like trees standing strong in the soil and the sand And I am lost in imagining Life in another place and time Thinking of struggle and success Thinking of ways to make it through Wonder what waits for me today This could be my last day alive Who is the last one I'll ever touch? Where is the wind when you need the sky?

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Songs written in collaboration with singer Rachel Cox featuring Bernard Gann (bass) and Brian Chase (drums).

All songs Cox/First except #3 & #10 (First) and #7 (Cox)
All arrangements by D. First

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released April 25, 2017

produced by David First
engineered by Colin Marston
mastered by Josh Bonati

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David First New York

David’s bands/projects include his psychedelic punk band, Notekillers, SWATi - a drone collaboration with acupuncturist Isobeau Trybula, The Western Enisphere - an audio/visual exploration of psycho-perception, and the AM Radio Band – a solo project for vintage signal generators, oscillators and transistor radios. He is also the proprietor of “Dave’s Waves" – a sonic restaurant A/V installation. ... more

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