State of Nature

by Helen Caddes

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released February 3, 2013

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Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, and political activist.

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Track Name: The Nihilist
The sky is closing in on us

No one is left who’s worth our trust


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore

That’s for sure

We’re going backwards

Never forward


Once we’d become what we had feared

The poisoned fruit of bitter years


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore

That’s for sure

We’re going backwards

Never forward


Beyond the clashing of the spheres

Home’s where you are

But you’re not here


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore


Nothing

Really matters

Anymore

That’s for sure

We’re going backwards

Never forward
Track Name: Automatic Pilot
After the icebergs
Crippled by the storm
Bereft of water
Clinging to our souls

I see the outlet
Narrow through the hills
We’ll make it somehow
How I hope we will

We think we’re mere gods
Our culture is defiant
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Can’t be alone
Or we border on violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Too much to reckon
Little to absolve
Our social conflicts
Riddles never solved

Too much for bitter,
Sad men to endure
Too much for women
Stifled by love’s “cure”

The abject discord
Is not given to silence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

Ambivalent swarms
Of emblematic tyrants
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic

Gone are the prisms
Of light that led the way
Stealthy reflections
Foreshadow decay

The future dithered
’29 again
The anxious, hurried
Lies of learned men

Can’t venture to hope
For a world free from violence
We’re on automatic pilot
We’re on automatic

The system so made –
Slavery survived science
All on automatic pilot
All on automatic
Track Name: Sleepwalking
We dream away our nights

And sleepwalk through our days

Into evening


And when we’re tired of trying

And all the skies are gray

We’re defeated


There is no chance to fight

Without control of our own lives

Freedom without the chance to fly


We’re waiting for the time

To reconnect and stay

Without leaving


The hours flashing by

Remind us of the hopes

That are fleeting


There is no chance to fight

Without control of our own lives

Freedom without the chance to fly
Track Name: Russian Flavors
Gone are the days of rushing mobs

Back to the time of instant woe

Where will we be with patience gone

How will we have the strength to know

The taste of Russian flavors

The dream of being weightless


Ignorance lives where truth is known

Using your fear keeps you in chains

I think it’s best to just stay home

Than to partake and to complain


The taste of Russian flavors

The dream of being weightless

The taste of Russian flavors

The dream of being weightless


Given the trend of endless show

Ornaments ready for display

Theatre devoid of wisdom’s glow

Financing bland, cultural waste


The taste of Russian flavors

The dream of being weightless


The first to care’s the last to know

Hoping new tides will bring us back

Into a wave of righteous love,

art, and pure equity in fact

The taste of Russian flavors

The dream of being weightless
Track Name: Sense of Loss
Darling

Since you’ve been gone

The sky seems less blue


Baby

Since you’ve been gone

The world seems less true


It’s just too much though

I can’t find a way around your shadow now

Lately

The moon is full

The basin so clear


Darling

What would I do

To have you still here?


It’s just too much though

With layers of ice upon the window

Right now
Track Name: Trustfall
I feel the night

I feel the night

I feel indifferent

As I am now


I feel scared

I feel high

I feel nothing in my soul


Won’t you bring me back there

At once


Time is suspect

Time is empty

Time transfixes

In this madness


I sing my heart

I want pure skies above me

All I know is

Just what I’ve got

With these chains surrounding

Won’t you take me home?
Track Name: Sustenance and Sleep
Sustenance and sleep

I can’t really live without both

The role that I should keep

Interjects itself in my soul

I’ve got sunburn in November

Bless my heart

I can’t take more of this weather

Through to March

Sustenance and sleep

Gotta get me out of this cold

Who I’m supposed to be

Now I doubt that God even knows

I’ve got rainbows on my shoulders

Bless my heart

I’ve got mascara all over

Mocking art

I’ve got winter in my fingers

Holding yours

I’ve got people who know better

Sustenance and sleep

Feel like I could make myself whole

Ways that I should be

The world’s just gonna have to implode

I’ve got winter in November

Bless my heart

I’ve got some kind of good temper

That’s a start

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