El Dorado

El Dorado

by Alan Lewis Silva

Released 02/29/2016
Lusitone Records
Released 02/29/2016
Lusitone Records
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ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva


1. El Dorado

After three days on
A barefoot journey
I met a man who seemed to me
To be the king of this land

Of El Dorado

El Dorado

I said, “Well, look at me, stranger,

“My wasted feet and weary eyes
“What do you see
“Behind this guise?
“My body or my existence?”

He said he never tells

He asked, “How long does time last?

“And when has this universe
“Come,
“Gone, and passed?”

And what is there really
To say to that?

I said, “Three-point-one-four-one-five-nine-two-six…”

Hey, hey, hey…

So things passed that way
For a year or two
I thought about many things
I thought about my new shoes,

About my realities,
And myself,
And all about my books
On my shelf

Oh me, oh my—

Here on this desert floor
I’d have to be an idiot
To stay anymore

The people will try to
Bleed you dry

They like to tell you stories
They want to steal your mind

In El Dorado

El Dorado


2. Emperor of Ice Cream Blues

Throw it out the window
I got tin cans
I’m looking for you—

There’s a girl on my bedside, honey
Her eyes shine like candles

And where were you, baby?
Oooooh, oh, I waited for you

I drove a tank through L.A.,
Hoping for luck, or rain, or worse

I’ve searched through your trash
I’m going through your purse

Where did you go looking for love
When I’m crazy for you?

Where were you, baby?
Oooh, oh, I waited for you

Sunlight falls on an alley
Near the bar across the town

The church bells are singing,
Ringing
In the cool dawn

And still I got this funny feelin’,
Something is wrong

And where have you been with my bullets
And my cigar?

Where were you, baby?
Oo-oo-oh, I waited for you


3. Enchanted Isle

A lover
Lost in action
Found “Another Day”

Broadcast
On the highway
To try to find the way

Because the song isn’t real
Because the lyric is a lie

On the enchanted isle
On the enchanted isle,
On the enchanted isle—

The day makes me laugh
The night gives a sigh
As I sit on the land
With my eyes in the sky

Sailin’ boats
Carry a smile
They bring me joy
On the enchanted isle

On the enchanted isle
On the enchanted isle
(Aisle) On the enchanted isle

The day is full of light in the trees
I see it shimmer through the leaves
As I find a new song with its
Branches
A-fore it runs,
And it prances:

The message’s Word
Is made of the page
The rains loved a lily,
And some kid ran away

For rosebuds
In a pile
Every dog
Has his day

On the enchanted isle
On the enchanted isle
On the enchanted isle (Aisle)

Asha, Asha, Asha Vahishta
Asha, Asha, Asha—
Asha, Asha, Asha Vahishta
Asha, Asha, Asha— (Asha)
Asha, Asha,
Asha Vahishta

On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted isle
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted…
(On the enchanted isle)
On the enchanted

Ilha
Encantada


4. Everything Is Working

Workin’ phones,
Workin’ clones,
Working cranes on a workin’ bay
Workin’ workers, on a break,
Break their heads at a working café

“Open up your eyes,”
I’m singing:
Everyone is working

It seems to me like when she’s sad
Things work out pretty bad

But then again
When she’s happy
Things you know are really snappy

Working tools
For a working man
Should work the same
For a workin’ woman

Love you know
Is takin’
A break

It seems to me like when I’m sad
Things work out pretty bad,
But then again
I’m happy,
And things are goin’
Really snappy

Do the fish walk—


5. Excitement

In sweet excitement
Of my surprise
I stand on the earth
For her emerald eyes

Fire and air,
All my desire,
Take me higher

Silver and turquoise
I’ve styled for you
Rings of sapphire
Shimmer like flares
The promise of mornings
Turned into years
In love, I feel no fear

Are you my true love
Or someone I can learn from?
Excitement—
Excitement,
Together are you
And I—
I…I…I—

Solo chariot
Returns to your home
Meanings are found
In the hills where you roam

When you’re far,
I’ll answer your call
In the land where I dwell

Oooh,
Are you my true love
Or someone I can learn from?
Excitement—
Excitement,
Together (Together)
Are you and I—
I…I…I—

Excitement…
Excitement…
Excite meant


6. Expoanimalandia

Turtle the Tortoise,
Dressed in myrtle,

Won’t you come over here?
Give me a beer

Robert Rabbit,

You’re multiplyin’

Felix the Fox
Can’t get his grapes
—I had ‘em

Phillip the Pig,
You’re wearin’ a wig

The witch of Endor
Can’t carry your drums

No woman
Can grow a beard
As good as a man

I stand corrected


7. Feel the Music

Feel the music…

The electricity building
In a soundscape
But not the living land

Feel the music…

Pulsing through you,
Like you're in an echo chamber,
Like it is what you're thinking

Feel the music…

Feel the pressure building

Feel your worries eroding

Feel the music…

Nothing hurts

Feel the music…

And you can relax…

Settle back

Feel the music…


8. Feel the Night

Fields of iron,
Pearls of light,
I wondered
Through the shadows of the night

Stars…

Don’t know…

What it’s like

To feel the night

There are many warriors
There are many friends
Deep in the well,
Way down there


9. Felt Like the First Time

Once on a moonlit night,
Snow fallin’ across my lights,
Never in my life
Did I know you like this before

That was the last time
That was the last time,
But it felt like the first time

Destiny is foldin’ on me
Am I gonna be an unknown?
I saw you at the top of the stairs
Readin’ newspaper
When I was aware

That was the last time
That was the last time,
But it felt like the first time

I don’t know
Well, maybe it was

If I didn’t know better,
I’d have softened the line

That drew us together
When you were divine,

And what I keep as prejudice is
Already soaked,

And what I know as weather is
A flood down the road

I’m just a thimble in your pocket,
A thimble in your pocket

You were the key,
But I lost it

That was the last time
That was the last time,
But it felt like the first time

Maybe it was


10. Five Years Left

Five leaves left,
Five more to go
I been walkin’ straight and narrow
On a long distance road

Don’t tell me your name
I don’t want to know

She spilled coffee on my suit
And let the wind blow

Five leaves left,
Five more to Hell
I wished to the bottom
Of a wishing well

And I just arrived in
From the Emperor’s Ball,
But she’s so stupid
I wasn’t even glad she called

Five leaves left,
Five more to go
There’s, um, so much more for me to know

I always expected life would deal these blows
—So now I gotta go


11. Flies

Gettin’ drunk—
Gettin’ stupid—
Movin’ along,

Feeling like
Everything
In this world is wrong!

I seen a fly buzzin’,
Spinnin’ itself through the air,

But he ain’t goin’,
No, he ain’t goin’,
He ain’t goin’
Anywhere


12. For Dancing

If dancing’s part of life,
You ought to learn to dance
It can make you dizzy
If you don’t already know

You can do the waltz
Or the zydeco
If dancing’s part of life,
You ought to know

I was there alone
When a girl got me up
Into the square
From my chair
Where I didn’t do much

Let me take you out—
Let the music start in
Let me take you out—
Let me take you out—
Let me take you out
Let me take you out for a spin

Wear hard-soled shoes
If your boots are missin’
You can catch the rhythm
If you come to listen

Let me take you out—
And the music starts in
Let me take you out—
Let me take you out—
Let me take you out
Let me take you out for a spin

In a southern town
In western California
A poet is drinkin’
About what to sing ya

Let me take you out
Let me take you out
Let me take you out—
Let me take you out for a spin


13. For the Angel Dancing Outside My Window

I saw you
Outside my window
You were dancin’
Like an angel

I saw you singing
I couldn’t hear you through the window
I would like to
Like to know

Your voice,
Is it soft and low?
Your voice-like beehive?
Or is it in the middle?

I don’t have much time
There’s not a lot to give,
But what there is,
I’ll lend
To you,
My new friend—


14. Fountain of Folly

“The end of slavery,”
A fountain of my eyes
Leaking
Across my cheek

What I took as mine
Was just fable of young pines
Your horseshoe I found

Fountain of folly!
Fountain of folly,
Carousel of fortune,
Fountain of fun

Fountain of folly
Leakin’ from my face,
It puts its tracks all over
Where the palm trees used to sway

Where the rhythms of the rivers
Curve along their ways,
And we’re hung like clothes on wires
Or like lambs above the flame

Fountain of folly
Fountain of folly

“The end of slavery”:

A myth,
The grass growin’ through snow,
The belief that you are not alone

Give me the truth!
Give me a way to say, “Yes”
Give me a way from the lies
And 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 spies

Fountain of folly,
Fountain of folly,
Fountain of folly,
Fountain of folly!
Carousel of fortune,
Fountain of fun


15. Four Rivers

Four rivers keep movin’
Fortune wheel keeps turnin’
You see that
I’m passionately learnin’

You can’t go back
To the way that’s gone
When the dawn
Lifted you over the hill

When songs
Rested in their sweet,
Forbidden time

We listened to the wellspring flowin’,
Tellin’ of the old man rowin’
Across the lake where we were goin’,
And you must know by now that

Four rivers keep movin’
Four rivers keep movin’

Four rivers run through town,
One going down,
Not ever comin’ out,
Not ever comin’ out

I live in the muggy, rainy ward,
Soul disconsolate and sore,
But you can clearly see
That I’m not at war
With love. I’m escaping it

The straw hat in your hand,
And the windy dress you had,

Cover me as I move inland
To the foreign quarter,
To the antique, foreign quarter

The music slid so soundly
When we were kissing

Four rivers run through town
Four rivers run through town,
One goin’ down,
Not ever comin’ out,
Not ever comin’ out…

Four rivers keep movin’
Four rivers keep movin’
Four rivers run through town,
One going down,
Not ever coming out,
Not ever comin’ out,
Not ever comin’ out
Not ever comin’ out…


16. Four Rivers (Acoustic)

Four rivers keep movin’
Fortune wheel keeps turnin’
You see that I’m
Passionately learnin’

You can’t go back to what’s gone
It’s as if the dawn
Pushed you over the hill
When songs
Were in their time

Four rivers go through town,

One going down,

Not ever comin’ out

We listened to the wellspring flowin’
Tellin’ of the old man that was rowin’
Across the lake where we were goin’,

But four rivers go through town,
One goin’ down,
Not ever comin’ out

He lives in the muggy, rainy ward,
Disconsolate and sore,
But you can clearly see that
He’s not at war
He’s just escaping…

The straw dress she had

The wind you had

As a combination
Moving them inland,

“To the foreign quarter,”
That’s what the old people say…

Four rivers keep movin’
Four rivers keep movin’
Four rivers go through town,
One goin’ down



ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva
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