Hills to Die On

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This is album two of the 'Meeting the Changing Landscape' series, which seeks to find the bits of the landscape that are good. There are more of them than you might think.

As ever, it was recorded entirely at home.

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released May 18, 2018

All songs are Flipdog

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is Flipdog, who has been home recording since the dark ages (1994), releasing it since 2001

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Track Name: Sing Like A Missile
Take me to the fire I know how it feels
Take me to the fire what does it conceal?
Take me to the fire what does it reveal?
Take me to the fire – is it real?

Can you climb to the peak and shout from the mountains
that the love is always there
can you break the chains and live from your passion
it can really take you anywhere

Take me to desire, I know what to do
Take me to desire I’ve nothing left to lose
Take me to desire, one I can’t see through
Take me to desire – is it you?

Can you stand on your feet and shine like a beacon
so that you can spread your light
can you teach the world to sing to a missile
at the moment that it blows our minds?

Can you breach the clouds and stare at forever
and know this is yours by right
Can you teach the world to sing to the missile
even though it’s gonna blow our minds?

Throw me to the fire
show me to the fire
show me my desire
throw me to my desire – is it real?
Track Name: Go, Caesar's Ghost
I was walking on ice as all around me was melting
Even Cleopatra couldn't make me swim
I contemplated her mind of fire
she lets me out she was the only way in

I was walking on air in the blind spot of beauty
Courting Saraswati, the Queen of Space
She was singing it to me in sonnets and lullabies
I love you, man, why don't you open your –

Isiah said there's a big man coming
He's gonna fill the sky
so go! Caesar’s ghost
Caesar’s ghost
Caesar’s ghost

I was walking alone on the twilight mountain
all the shadows I see seem to be myself
Climbing unreal peaks and dodging hidden valleys
To be or not, oh to be nothing else

Isiah said there's a big man coming
He's gonna fill the sky
so go! Caesar’s ghost
Caesar’s ghost
Caesar’s ghost
go…

insane riches - internal mansions - plain confusions
inflamed passions - insane visions - unnamed tensions
deranged suggestions - too strange to mention - strange confessions
waves of confusion - unclaimed wishes

Why don’t you open your eyes?

so Go, Caesar's ghost
Caesar’s ghost
Caesar’s ghost
Go!
Track Name: Serenade in Babylon
Let me at her
I got something that she needs
Let me at her
Someone needs to set her free

Let me at her
I got something I would say
Let me at her
I can take her all the way
Yeah!

I want
I want what she wants
I need what she wants
I love what she wants

I want what it is to fill her need

I want what it is to be complete

I want what it is to sink in deep

I want what it is to fill her need
I want what it is to be complete
I want what it is to sink in deep
I want what it is to sink in, want what it is

She’s a private dancer in her sacred form
Dancing spiral landscapes in her naked storm
Even gods have fallen on the path to forming
See where she takes you
She can open your eyes

I want what it is to sink in deep

She’s a private dancer, the single source
The final answer is a simple force
All the gods are with you cheering from the side
She can see you through
She can open your eyes

I want what it is to sink in deep
Track Name: Reaching for the Stars
I’ve been reaching for the stars again
No-one told me that it never ends
I’ve been seeking the stars again
don’t let no-one tell you they’re not there

So you sit there waiting by your window as the world just moves along
If this is all of your creation, your creation got it wrong
if you think you’ve seen it all before then you didn’t do it right
listen to who’s calling you

I’ve been reaching for the stars again
No-one told me that it never ends
I’ve been seeking the stars again
don’t let no-one tell you they’re not there

Words not your own will tell you what to make of this
even though those words alone can never capture what it is
once your eyes have opened they can never close again
once the spell is broken, the dream is at an end

I’ve been reaching for the stars again
No-one told me that it never ends
I’ve been seeking the stars again
don’t let no-one tell you they’re not there

grasp at the horizon even though you cannot reach
the faster you approach it, the quicker it recedes
stop and look around you do not need to go so far
to reach for the stars

I’ve been reaching for the stars again
No-one told me that it never ends
I’ve been seeking the stars again
don’t let no-one tell you they’re not there
Track Name: One Distant Light
I crossed a desert ten years wide
chaos and falsehoods on all sides
with nary a landmark to be my guide
but for a light in the distance

I danced with shadows, we create a furore
gambled with demons; for what, I wasn’t sure
But all the while the light was all I saw
getting brighter in the distance

Don’t let the diamond
don’t let the diamond go

The storm was raging all signs lost in the wind
another maelstrom that comes from nothing
what I have to do if hope means anything
is head to the light in the distance

Don’t let the diamond
don’t let the diamond go ~
Don’t let the diamond
NEVER let the diamond go
Track Name: Leave the Light On
If she said "change your life"
well why would I be doing that without good reason
a better place to go
she leaves the light off
makes the house look empty
all the while wondering why I don't seem to call

If it's real then tell me
why I don't see any fires burning
if I believe what I'm seeing then I believe nothing at all
Is it me, am I the one mistaken
what I take for fantasy
is reality coming to call

She said leave the light on and take me tonight

she's like a lock waiting for a key
and we were hungry
these things have their own momentum
she's so clean almost virginal
and me with all my debris
that I insist on carrying with me
she said "leave the light on
I want to see where it comes from
I want to see how you do it
I want to see if you're there"

She said leave the light on and take me tonight
leave the light on and unchain me
leave the light on and claim me tonight
leave the light on and save me

these dreams and synchronicities
you won't believe the ending
this thing is neverending

She said leave the light on and take me tonight
leave the light on
and save me

she said "leave the light on
leave the light on
leave the light on, I want to see if you mean it"
Track Name: Wings of Love
today's a day to gamble and play
sometimes we move but sometimes we falter
the day may pass but the moment will never go away
imagining is all we need

so take me all the way from the dream to the light
I can never get enough
I'll take you all the way from the dream to the light
always on the wings of love

the way ahead is changing with every step
all we can do is follow the twisting patterns
when we see this moment again
imagining is what we need

so take me all the way from the dream to the light
I can never get enough
I'll take you all the way from the dream to the light
always on the wings of love

this moment and this song will never be gone
so let us sing it again

so take me all the way from the dream to the light
I can never get enough
I'll take you all the way from the dream to the light
always on the wings of love
So take me every way every dream every night
to the thousands of stars above
Take me all the way every dream every night
always on the wings of love
Track Name: Your Diamond
I'm hitching a ride to where I do not know
and though I die, still I choose to go
I keep you waiting
you keep me waiting
the moment is all about anticipation
You let your diamond show

I drew myself a map and went down to explore
I made myself flat and forgot I'd seen this all before
I keep you waiting
you keep me waiting
forever is all about our imagination
You let your diamond show

She burned me alive though I walked into her flame
I saw her inside and I will do it again
I kept her waiting
she keeps me waiting
the moment is here it’s of our own making
You let your diamond grow
You let your diamond glow
Track Name: The Wilderness of Memory
As I wait for the memory to fade
wonder why it took so long
it isn't gone, just moved ahead
using different bones

and if I play the melody again
as if it's a different song
it becomes another monument
to where I came from

Let the memory
let the memory
let the memory remain

I know I can never see the same
as I did so long ago
I can never pretend that I never opened my eyes
pretend that I don’t know

and if I sing the melody again
I sing the song
yet another monument
to where I came from

Let the memories
let the memories
let the memories remain

and I know it will always remain
within my fading view
I'm navigating spirals
can anything be true?

Let the memories
let the memories
let the memories remain
Track Name: Find Out Who You Are
I’ve been living in the desert howling at the moon
I’ve been singing to the devil all his favourite tunes
if you don’t think it’s funny then it isn’t meant for you
if you don’t think it’s funny then there’s nothing I can do
if you don’t think it’s funny then you won’t get very far
when you find it funny then you’ll find out who you are hah ha ha ha

I seem to remember feeling alive
I’ll take it over anything else

I’ve been swinging from the lanterns tearing up the floor
I’ve been playing with the phantoms calling down some more
You’ll never find it funny, you keep getting in the way
if you don’t think it funny then there’s nothing I can say
if you don’t think it’s funny then you won’t get very far
when you find it funny then you’ll find out who you are hah ha ha ha

I seem to remember feeling alive
I’ll take it over anything else
I seem to remember this feeling of life
I’ll take it over everything else

You know you saw it coming from the title of the page
you know you saw it coming when you stepped on to the stage
you thought it might be funny but you had to see it through
you understand it fully now you know it to be true
you seen it all before when you put it in the script
you knew it every detail from the cradle to the crypt
maybe you’ll find it funny if you push it really far
you know you’ll find it funny when you find out who you are ha ha ha ha!

I seem to remember feeling alive
I’ll take it over anything else
I seem to remember this feeling of life
I’ll take it over everything else
Track Name: Hills to Live On
and she burns so we can follow her into the fire inside her eyes
where there is space for an audition
let’s tell her stories of how we got home

Face out and break out
and find the hills
break out and face out
and define the hills we want to live on

She flies yet no rights permit her to the pirated skies
let her dive into the hollows and cracks
and find the passages that take us back home

Face out and break out
and find the hills
break out and face out
and define the hills we want to live on

and when she sings she tells of awesome wondrous things
listen to her words
we can sing them as we go back home

Face out and break out
and find the hills
break out and face out
and define the hills we want to live on

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