Star Ballads (Rachel Cox and David First)

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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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Track Name: Star Ballad #1
music by Rachel Cox and David First
Track Name: Persephone
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
Track Name: Stand In Fire
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
Track Name: Summer Pop Song
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...
Track Name: Shockaway
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
Track Name: Don't
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
Track Name: Libre Thing
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
Track Name: Nothing to Die For
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
Track Name: In the Mind
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?
Track Name: Tell Us How
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
Track Name: Star Ballad #2
music by Rachel Cox, David First, Bernard Gann and Brian Chase
Track Name: Thunder
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?