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released January 29, 2010

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Track Name: Diamond Mind
How’s your mind go? How’s it powered?
Is it a crystal? Or magic fountain?
Is it a diamond just like the sun? I
can see it shining in everyone. But
Frankenstein was not a clone, but
that don’t mean that you’re all alone and
if you could build it, would you do it?
A tough decision.

Have you made your mind up? Have you made it out of shiny stuff and diamonds in the rough and gold and dollar bills? I’m told that there’s a genius or a crazy old fool who sees that shiny stuff and diamonds in the rough and gold and dollar bills are old and just the stuff for fools to hold and touch, and we’ll discuss how thoughts are not jewelery, though some of them might shine like gold. You told all your friends about your crazy big ideas. It’s crystal clear that something here will be sold.

Dig deep in your mind there’s something there that you must find. And
when you finally find the diamond, time has been left behind. And
there’s a jewel-encrusted crown that tells you what to think and how
the world’s brightest minds are made: they started here in the darkest cave.
Yeah, that was just an average thought, and that was just a normal rock.
It sat for half a million years, it sat right here in this very spot!
A lot of layers laid on top; you feel the pressure building up.
You know that something’s changing there, so deep within your earthly lair.
I’ll dig a rock out of the earth. I’ll grasp it with my fingers first.
I’ll place it here atop my head, and then I’ll know and understand
that deep inside the mind lie precious rocks to be refined,
so will you find the time?

And have you made your mind up? Have you made it out of shiny stuff and diamonds in the rough and gold and dollar bills? I’m told that there’s a genius or a crazy old fool who sees that shiny stuff and diamonds in the rough and gold and dollar bills are old and just the stuff for fools to hold and touch, and we’ll discuss how thoughts are not jewelery, though some of them might shine like gold. You told all your friends about your crazy big ideas. It’s crystal clear that something here will be sold.
Track Name: You Can Escape From Time
Yes, you’re gonna – yes, you’re gonna go on. Sing another song.

You’ve got 1600 miles and you’ll go on. You’ve got 17 hours to get there and you’ll go on.

You know you know you can’t stop time, but maybe you should give it a try.
You know you are not a black hole or a collapsed star. You know you know you should still go!

You are not really moving; the world is really moving.
You get pulled along with it unless you’re really with it.
And, if you jump up high, you can escape from time.
Under your feet it’s spinning – the world is really driven.
Finish everything you try all at once and the same time.
You can escape from places; you can escape from spaces;
you can escape from races: places, spaces, races, places, spaces, races…

You are a busy woman. You’ve got no time.
You are a smart woman. You can stop the time.
The whole world revolves around you. The whole world revolves around you.
You are a big man. You’ve got your own gravity.
You are the sun and you’re in your social system.
The whole world revolves around you. Everybody matters, but what matters surrounds you.
You are a superstar, you’ll go far.
You are a superstar.

Yes, you’re gonna – yes, you’re gonna go on.
Say, you’ve got it going on.

You are not really moving; the world is really moving.
You get pulled along with it unless you’re really driven.
And, if you jump up high, you can escape from time.
Under your feet it’s spinning – the world is really with it.
Finish everything you try all at once and the same time.
You can escape from places; you can escape from spaces;
you can escape from races: places, spaces, races, places, spaces, races…
Track Name: Stars and Rocks
You thought you could be a star. Now you know you’re a rock.
It’s the same, just smaller and less hot.

A star is just a great big rock.
It gets so big that it gets hot,
and it goes out, out into space,
so we can see it every day.

And the sun is just a star that’s near, and
it fills up our atmosphere,
and we can feel its heat on us
and see its light ‘til it turns dusk.

And night time’s when the stars come out,
if the sky is clear and there’s no clouds.
And night time’s when the rock show’s on;
we’ll rock all night and dance ‘til dawn.

And if all of us are grains of sand,
we’re dust, we’re pebbles, boulders and
I hope that I can be a rock
and good days, then I’ll get hot.

You thought you could be a star. Now you know you’re a rock.
It’s the same, just smaller and less hot.

Up in the mountains a fire is burning
while down in the valley, the people are learning
that there’s a volcano, look at how high the flames go.
They’re directly connected with the size of your ego.
And your expections and how high you set them
will directly determine where the lava is heading.
And out in the islands, I had a vision:
we don’t need the mainland for us to keep living.
And out in the islands, I had a vision:
we don’t need the mainland for us to keep living.
Out in the islands, I had a vision:
we don’t need the mainland for us to keep living.
You thought you could be a star. Now you know you’re a rock.
It’s the same, just smaller and less hot.
Track Name: Keeping Up With the Tides
I am in the place I like to be, just floating in the middle of the stream.
If the current carries me away downstream, then I won’t be in that place I like to be.

Gotta keep up! Gotta catch up! Gotta stay in touch just to keep what I’ve got!

Hopping up the creek from stone to stone. You’re walking and you’re talking on your

phone is gonna ring! What was that thing?

All this water’s passing us by. Don’t think about the water: think of time.
And all of us are stuck out here in space. And all of us are riding on a wave.
And all of us are on our treadmills. And all of us are treading water still.
I heard the water level’s going to rise. I heard that all of this is yours and mine.
And it’s a pleasure to have you aboard, so let us raise our sails and set a course.

Gotta keep up! Gotta catch up! Gotta stay in touch just to keep what I’ve got!

Octopus has got its tentacles in everything:
fingers on the pulse and ears to the ground.
Eyes on the scene (see and be seen) –
checking out what’s happening. Listen to the sound!
Kicking with your flipper! gotta go quicker!
Wishing you were hipper in your Clipper.
Floating in the water, looking like a yachter,
you’re a globetrotter, a planner, a plotter.
Gotta have a vision.
Never go fishing.
Gotta keep adapting to everything happening.
The world changes fast – don’t fall behind!
Gotta keep tacking! Tighten up the slack and
we’ve got to dump weight – drop the tackle and line!
Planet’s always spinning! Plates are all drifting
(fashion and the wind and the currents and the tide)!
All of us are always traveling in time, so
welcome to the future one more time.
Gotta have a vision.
Don’t ever go fishing.
Track Name: Time Equals Zero
I have discovered the ultimate weapon:
it’s time. Time will kill everything

Take a hungry man and give him a plate of food.
You get a full man, but he’ll be hungry soon,
because time equals zero. Yes, time equals zero.
You can times it by anything – the answer’s still zero.

The world’s oldest structures are made of stone not wood,
but that don’t mean those people are not misunderstood.
Time will turn our cities into a museum,
and people will come and pay money just to see ‘em.
It’s a non-profit society.
It’s a non-profit society,
because time equals zero. Time equals zero.
You can times it by anything – the answer’s still zero.

The only way to solve this longest math problem
is to let the paper rot into dust then into nothing,
because time is the ultimate destroyer of everything.
If you give it time, it will kill you too.

No more days.
No more nights.
No more sun.
No more life.
No more death.
No more friends.
No more people.
No more bands.
No more songs.
No more words.
No more endings.
No more firsts.
No more counting.
No more thoughts.
No more math.
No more clocks.
No more time.
No more time.
No more time.
No more time…
Track Name: Look At What You Make
Look at what you make; look at what you take.
Look at what you make; look at what you take.

Look at what you make; look at what you take.
Look at what you make; look at what you take.

I heard you’ve got some words – now plant them in the earth.
This is your work, so let’s just see what it’s worth.
You could plant a tree, or you could write a speech.
You could be a seed for what you want them to be.
I heard you’ve got some songs. Well, we could sing along,
but when the farmers are gone, we won’t be singing for long.
It could be a hit or it could be shit,
but no one can eat what’s on your compact disc.

Look at what you make; look at what you take.
Look at what you make; look at what you take.

Look at what you make; look at what you take.
Look at what you make; look at what you take.

I know you’ve had some thoughts. Well, you sure do think a lot,
but one thing you’ve got to make is all that you want.
I know you’ve got needs, but what about me?
Are you going to give the things you like to receive?

Think about it, and I’m sure that you will agree.

Try to always remember to contribute something of
value in every single thing you do and remember to never be
a drain on the economy. Sustain sustainability.
Someday soon, the seeds that you plant will be sown.
Today, it’s true: the seeds that you planted are sown…

The seeds that you planted are the plans that you needed
‘cuz the chance that you need them, well, that was foreseeable.
The chances you’re seeing were the plans that you seeded,
‘cuz the thoughts of succeeding brought the work that’s preceding.
Track Name: No. One
When you were young, you looked up at the sky and you said, “I swear to God I’m gonna be someone.”
That was when you were young.

When you were young, you stared directly into the sun and you swore you’re gonna write your name all over everyone.
That was when you were young.
That was when you were number one.
That was when you were young.
That was when you were no one.
That was when you were young.
That was when you were number one.
That was when you were young.

And now that you’re old…
“Congratulations, sir, on a completely successful life. You had a long list of things that you wanted to do in your life and one by one you’ve checked them off of your list, so congratulations, sir, on a completely successful life. You’ve really done it. Every single thing that you set out to do, you’ve done them all, one by one. Once again, congratulations, sir, on a completely successful life.”

And in your middle age, the days just ticked on by. One by one, we are living in time. Every single one of us is living in time.

This is gonna be the perfect show.
Everyone we know is gonna show up.
Every single member of every single band
That we’ve ever played with is gonna come
and they’ll buy a CD.
This is our new CD release.

I know a man who’s made of rocks.
You’ll know him by the way he talks.
He’ll shake you by the brain as he takes you by the hand.
All that will remain is a pile of sand,
but then you’ll know.
I doubt they’ll play another show.

How’s it feel to be number one?
How’s it feel to beat everyone?
Tell me, are you having any fun?
Is what you wanted really what you’ve done?
Track Name: The Gift
This kind of life is not sustainable.
This kind of price is not affordable.
This surprise is unexchangeable, with no refunds.
This kind of prize is unwinnable.

And you’re never, ever, ever gonna get all the things that you want.
And you’re never, ever, ever gonna end up in the place where you thought you ought to be at.

This kind of song is unsingable.
These kind of words are unspeakable, like “I love you,” like “Honey, I’m pregnant,” or “Will you marry me?”
These kind of thoughts are unthinkable!
These kind of lies are unbelieveable!

And you’re never, ever, ever gonna get all the things that you want.
And you’re never, ever, ever gonna end up in the place where you thought you ought to be at.
You’re never, ever, ever gonna get all the things that you want,
and you’re never, ever, ever gonna end up in the place where you thought you ought to be at.

You’ve got a lot of wants, but you don’t have many needs.
You’ve got a lot of wants, but you don’t have many needs.
Your expectations for perfection… You had a vision. You wanted it to go a certain way.
But it didn’t! No, it didn’t, no no.

You’ve got a lot of wants, but you don’t have many needs.
You’ve got a lot of wants, but you don’t have many needs.
No, no, no, it didn’t work out the way that you wanted,
but that’s alright. If you look again,
I’m sure that you’ll find there’s something good in it,
and maybe you’re even better off that way.

These kind of plans are unpredictable.
This straight line is unbendable.
This advice is unacceptable.
This kind of gift is ungiveable.
Track Name: Working, Shopping, Working, Shopping
Time is just another currency, and we are working – working currently.

Your money’s been well spent, well spent indeed. Indeed,
you’ve purchased every everything you’ll need – you’ll need.
But when the clock strikes six o’ clock, it’s time to stop. The shop is shut.
It’s time to pack up all your stuff and leave – and leave.

And ding dong. Sing another song.

We’ll go shopping; we’ve got options. We’ll be wanting what you’ve got and
we’ll be needing what we’re seizing. We’ll believe in what we’re seeing.
We want what you’ve got. Give us that stuff! We’ll take it all. Yes, we will
take what you’ve got, ‘cuz we want it a lot, and we’re not gonna stop ‘til we get that stuff!

We’ll take whatever you’ve got,
because we really, really want it a lot.
We’d take whatever, ‘cuz we’re never, ever, ever gonna
get all the things that we want.

We work so hard to earn our meager pay – our pay.
We work all night and we work in the day – all day.
And when we get a full day off, we’ve got to pack a lunch and shop:
prepare to work again the next day – all day.

And time is just another currency – money –
so all of us are rich, rich, rich indeed. We need
to keep our clock a tickin’ tockin,’ keep our boss from knock, knock, knockin.
I have got to find some time for me that’s free.

And ding dong. Sing another song.

We’ll go shopping; we’ve got options. We’ll be wanting what you’ve got and
we’ll be needing what we’re seizing. We’ll believe in what we’re seeing.
We want what you’ve got. Give us that stuff! We’ll take it all. Yes, we will
take what you’ve got, ‘cuz we want it a lot, and we’re not gonna stop ‘til we get what we want.
And we’ll take what you’ve got, because that’s how we shop, and we’re not going to stop until we get that stuff!
Track Name: Don't Worry
Don’t worry now, ‘cuz everything is working out.
Don’t worry now. We’ll figure it out in the morning.

You’re stressing me out. You’re stressing me out and you’re bringing me down.

Don’t worry now. Everything will work out just fine.
Don’t worry now. We’ll figure it out in the morning.

You’re stressing me out, and you’re bringing me down. You’re freaking me out and
you’re stressing me out and you’re bringing me down.
You’re freaking me out and you’re wearing me down.
I’m stressing you out, and I’m bringing you down.
I’m freaking you out and I am wearing you down.

That’s when you said to me, “Don’t worry about anything on your mind. Just close your big brown eyes and be mine.”

That’s when I said to you, “There are some things that I must do and if I don’t I’ll be letting someone I know down. This is Paradise Island. This is Fantasy Beach. And there’s nothing to do, and it’s just you and me. We’ll have sex all day long and we’ll jump in the sea. We’ll lie in the sun and we’ll float on the breeze. We’ll watch the picture perfect sunset. We’ll have sex all night long. ‘I love yous’ flying around all over the place, left and right. Isn’t this great? This must be some kind of perfect paradise – some kind of flawless glass bubble we’re under. Or a tropical island in the middle of the ocean, with a perfect location, near Fiji, the Bahamas, and the French Riviera… Eden, Eldorado, Atlantis and Shang-ri-la. And it’s absolutely incredible the selection of fresh tropical fruit they get here any time of year, it doesn’t matter, they’ve got mangos, papaya, guava, pineapple… not to mention the caviar. Oh, and there’s champagne! You can drink as much as you want, because the maid will clean up your vomit. There’ll be clean sheets waiting for you in time for siesta. And you don’t have to think about where that maid lives or how much they get paid or where that fruit was grown or any of the pesticides or herbicides or chemical fertilizers that leach into the soil contaminating the drinking water for countless generations. You don’t have to think about that stuff, because you’re on vacation! But you know, in the back of your mind (you cannot completely shut out the back of your mind) there’s a big world out there, full of all sorts of problems like racism, class inequality and greed. And when I look past that plastic lingerie sunset, I can see through that glass bubble (that glass ceiling that’s drugging us down with blisss). And I can see some of the work that needs to be done out there. So let’s get to work! Come on, what’s step one? Don’t tell me not to worry! I’m making big plans here. When you tell me not to worry, you’re just reminding me of all the things in the world I really should be worrying about, like climate change, nuclear proliferation, and fear-mongering in the media. You come and you whisper in my ear so seductively and sweetly, ‘don’t worry now. Everything is working out.’ How can you say that? That’s such an irresponsible attitude! You know, I like you a lot, but you’ve got to understand, that when you come up to me and you tell me not to worry,

You’re stressing me out and you’re bringing me down.
You’re freaking me out and you’re wearing me down.
I’m stressing you out, and I’m bringing you down.
I’m freaking you out and I am wearing you down.
Track Name: Mind vs. Body
I know everybody wants to play with their bodies.
I know everybody wants to touch somebody.
I know everybody wants to fuck their buddies,

but you’re gonna have to feel if you wanna get real.

I know everybody wants to have a bunch of buddies.
I know everybody wants to be somebody.
I know everybody wants to be my buddy.

If you wanna be my friend – if you wanna be my friend – friends until the end – friends until the end – well, if you wanna be our friend – if you wanna be our friend – friends until the end, and you wanna be our friend… Well, you sent that message and I wrote back right away, but then I never heard from you again. Well, if you wanna be my friend… If you wanna be my friend,
you’re gonna have to send. You’re gonna have to send. If you wanna be my friend, you’re gonna have to send.

Well, it’s time to get a little bit mental. Physical kids, we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t –
We’ll get high; we’ll get on the highway up to the university library.
We’ll have ourselves a little debate: there’ll be two teams, the mind and the body.
You can be on my team; my team always wins,

because I know everything and I think that’s a thing.
I know what I think and it’s all that I think.
I know what I think and I think it’s everything.
I know everything and I know there’s no such thing.
I know everything and I know that I don’t know.
I know what I know and I know I’ll never know.
I know what I know and it’s all that I know.
I know everything and I know that I know, but

you’re gonna have to feel if you wanna get real.
You’re gonna have to feel if you wanna get real.
You’re gonna have to feel if you wanna get real.
You’re gonna have to feel if you wanna get real…

Well, it’s time to get a little bit mental. Physical kids, we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know.
We don’t know why and I don’t know how, but every conversation is a fight when you’re around.
There are no winners, I can’t lose. Every conversation is an argument with you.
This is not a debate; there’s no judge and no court. The mind’s in the head in the body of course.
Track Name: The Gambler
I was sitting down at the casino of love.
I’m gonna take a lot of chances: gonna find the woman of my dreams.
I’ve got to bet my heart if I want to win yours.
Either mine will be all broken, or we’ll fall in love before we leave.
I picked my cards up off the table with my heart on my sleeve.
I put my heart down on the table; saw those cards up your sleeve,

now I know I have got to go.
And I know I’ve got to walk out of that door all on my own.

You were just a lover heading out on your own.
You had a mighty funny way of saying hello.

You said you love me and you kissed me on the lips.
You said, “don’t be embarrassed. I always say hi like this.”

Love is just a word that gamblers like to use
because we want to be in love and perception is truth.
Love is just a name. Please don’t wear it out.
Love is just your game, so let’s play it out.

Look closely at your cards; you’ll see they’re made of solid time.
This is simply what happens and it is the purest kind of truth.
The king of hearts was there among my jokers and a five.
You played your queen of spades but you hid your ace in a diamond suit.
How was I to know you were a gambler too?
You had a pretty good bluff and it caused me to lose.

Now, I know I have got to go.
And I know I’ve got to walk out of that door all on my own.
Now I know I have got to go.
And I know I’ve got to take a deep breath, stand up tall on my own two feet, and walk out of that door all on my own.
I know I have got to go.

And I know I’ve got a really bad habit of saying things, even if I don’t really know whether they’re true. It isn’t so much a question of lying, as it is this hopelessly blind optimism where you want something to be true so badly that you convince yourself that it already is true. I think that’s what I was doing when I told you I loved you. But you said you loved me too, so that means we’re in love, right? Sure, maybe for a little while. But will it last? Well, that depends on what’s in the cards. And since they’re face down on the table until the end of the game, all you can really say for sure is if it didn’t last, then it wasn’t going to last. When you’re in the heat of the moment, you don’t know what’s going to happen! So you might as well just ante up, and hope for the best. But remember, a true fortune is built through a series of small, calculated risks – not by betting your entire life savings on the spur of the moment. In other words, you need to make sure that you appreciate the process, and don’t just jump straight to the conclusion. If you want something to last, you’ve got to build it piece by piece from the ground up.