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Tea With Warriors - Quiet Revolution

Tea With Warriors: Quiet Revolution

Lyrics and Liner Notes from Quiet Revolution

Thanks and love to my wife, Barb, my Universe.
Thanks to Chris Terpin for lyrical ideas for “Happy Monkey”,
and Laura Owens for paint-based inspiration.
Thanks also to John Szinger (www.zingman.com) for hot Monkey sax.

All music, lyrics, and performance by John Neumann
except for John Szinger’s saxophone on “Happy Monkey”.
Lyrics © 2007 John Neumann

Universe of You

I have my friends
I have my true love
you are where you are
the world in which we're staying

once I felt lost
but now the space feels right
now I do what i do
and I feel alright
in my universe of you

sundays born again, smooth mondays followed by
dull tuesdays, wednesdays filled with sorrow
thursdays they turn around, fridays have saturdays for tomorrows

can I stay inside
the orbit in your eye?
sleeping in your ear,
i can hear the wind blow

laying low,
never want to go
so many places I left behind
now I am where I am
I do what i do,
in my universe of you

when you are near
happy to see you
I can be myself
wrapped up in your cosmos

the world could collapse
but I'd do all right while you are here
the birds would all agree
I am what I am
I do what I do
in my universe of you

Letter From Cambridge

I don't remember if the sky that day was blue or gray or even the season
I would have seen it as gray anyway- I disconnect from the time and the reason
old man squawking on his erhu
a couple kids banging on pots and pans
have I ended up in a foreign land?
I've been walking a really long time.

split in the road, shops underground
bookstores, tuning out the sound
and getting struck with the question
what matters?

in my paper cocoon I travel far
pen in hand I pillage your village
wood smoke and bars on the windows
I slip inside and I piss on the privilege

what do they know of survival?
these iron gates that keep me at bay
well they can all just fade to gray
what does it matter
what matters?

split in the road, shops underground
bookstores, tuning out the sound
and getting struck with the question

split in the road, shops underground
ink spills on musty ground
and getting struck with the question
what matters?

Happy Monkey

I'm a happy monkey in solid pastel color
swaths of paint from Japan
I'm a happy monkey in solid pastel color
swaths of paint from Japan

the river runs by like a people mover
trees wave bye to the rusty bridge
horizon opens and out in those hills
smokestacks, auto plants
and water towers

the old man says
the sun will rise high
the sun will rise high
light the sky
make a big sky

the old man says
the sun will rise high
lights the sky,
the sun will rise high
light the sky
make a big sky

turn around the corner, step into the picture
mangoes hang from a branch
looking down through I-beams at the murky water
sun reflects off the glass
receeding lines in a flattened landscape
blissful views of a peacock tree
fragments of vision through holes in the canvas
work space challenges boundary

the young man says
the tree will rise high
the tree will rise high
touch the sky
fill the big sky

Quiet Revolution

tall grasses
hide behind the tree
make it to the boat
hope to stay afloat

when you wake up feeling
in your empty space
are you in a rush to fill it
and let the outside take its place?
sit back and feel the rush of the machines
as they fill the spaces in between

lead a quiet revolution
beating wings
are part of your solution

it's OK not to speak
you can choose instead
eye contact in a crowd
a smile says it all
just not aloud

hide behind the sun
cannot see
stay behind the lines
lose the forest for the trees
leave no stone unturned
stop and count the leaves

hush my booie
lead a quiet revolution
beating wings
are part of your solution

voices on the surface of the water
speaking very slowly
you just have to wait
there's no need for intrigue
they have happy things to say

beat them with a slow stare down
blink and make them go under
foresight not to plunder
do you have the will to wait?