Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

by Alan Lewis Silva

Released 03/01/2016
Lusitone Records
Released 03/01/2016
Lusitone Records
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ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ALAN LEWIS SILVA
All songs copyright © 2016 by Alan Lewis Silva


1. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

I awoke by accident
After I heard a gust of wind
Gasping for air
It was colder than before
In Cave Town

After the first time I saw clouds
And illuminations of the gods,

I stood by a fire in a cave

Where shadows sponsored games,
Noble sports of inquest
About the shadows on the wall

In Cave One
I was born in Cave Nine

Sustained on creeping things
Feeding lights with dry moss and twigs
In limestone abodes
For kraters made of stone

In Cave Three
I was raised in Cave Six

Slaves of childhood don’t know
The names of outside things
I questioned how an animal could sing
When I entered Cave Two

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, of the Cave,
Of the Cave, of the cave

Circular eyes unfold some scenes
And motion
Of furious debris


2. Plectrum

Delusion,
It’s all an illusion
Walking down the boardwalk
Where’s my woman
I want my woman
Where is my gal?

Love machine walking, talking,
Just like people
Were crossing
The Rubicon for you

Robespierre and
Robert E. Lee
Sat in a garden
Drinking China tea

Fly’s outside
The people are swarming
Everything in sight
I’m so high
When I get to make love to you

Islands of care
On the stormy sea
Pillaged by the Romans
On the way to Tripoli,

She says she loves me
She says she wants to be with me
I would do everything I can
If I could be her man

But there’s such confusion,
Vagrancy infusion;
Grant moves south,
So I’ll go to the sea
The setting is the Civil War for me

Delusion,
It’s all an illusion
Walking down the boardwalk
Where’s my woman?
I want my woman
Where’s my gal?
Where is my gal?


3. Portland’s Song

Heading in a car up to Portland, Maine
Life can’t be normal ‘cause it’s too damn strange

I look outside and watch a weather vein
I see the storm clouds rolling, and there’s gonna be a change

Days turn to weeks right before your eyes
If you can’t change the world, you got to change your mind

If you can’t change your mind you’ve got to step out of line
Another day in the other line…

I’m thinking of you right now as I kiss her lip
Whoever said love was fair never knew about it

Oh, you gave me shelter. You even let me stay
How did it happen on a dead-end day?

Love is always waiting in the arms of a friend
Love is love is love is once again


4. Quaintly Drinking Tea

A long time ago across the sea,
There were some men with ships
Inside of a lair
Of fine women
Where they drank all the tea,
And it was all fair

It was all fair; it was all fair—

The soldier’s had awoken
The words were spoken
And they drank on the sea

And they drank on the sea

Inside of the ship, there was a receiver—
Which was planted in an altar of blondes,
Which connected to the light freer—
Which traced your footprints in the dawn,

And through the cold Sahara sand dunes,
And through the drippings of the Moon,

And they drank on the sea
They drank on the sea

It’s unwise to assume
That the flying room
Just a sphere
Ahead of you,

When you drank on the sea,
You drank on the stormy sea—


5. Railroad Dream

I had a dream about a railroad,
One that takes us outta here
Away from the chaos,
Away from the years

Black foreground on a white background,
There’s a mountain in the mist
Standing in the dry leaves
With some vague listlessness

Some waitress comes to me,
Spreads her legs as she gives birth,
And says there’s no gold in flowers,
But it means something worse

So I dreamed by a hollow oak tree
Sleepin’ beauty on my mind
The sky tossed to crimson
A little sadness in the eye:

So my best friend must be the best one,
The painted woman on T.V.
Whose tears sparkle ovens,
Clean machines, and feed the sea

Wind howls on the back roads
While I’m praying on the street
9th and West around the harbor,
A place teeming with defeat

I barely saw the three dark riders
Wearing black masks call on kings
Calling all their children
Death has blind eyes calling me

I saw a woman plant her garden
By the armor and the swords
She said it’s time to harvest
When it’s so hard to war

Garden


6. Rainy Day Window

The rain’s gotta go
The railin’ froze
I put my paw to the glass
And looked out the window

No use counting
On the butterflies passing by
The fly’s at the window

Steam from the oven
Burnin’,
Rain from the sky
Drownin’, floodin’,
“An Armageddon’s a-comin’,”
The wise man said


7. Rainy Song Man

—Just press it back…

Take me by the umbrella
Take me by the pneumonia
Anytime you want to see me
I’m so in love with you
Are you in love with me?

Listen to the music that I’m playing for you now
It’s so bright and sunny
And it’s filled with love for you,
Love for you

It’s so bright and dandy
When I look into your eyes
I’ll give you lots of candy
If you will take my heart in yours

And, by and by,
We’ll find a nice
Place to go
When it rains,

Savin’ up our rainy day money
For that rainy day
We’ll spend it on a plane ticket to Europe


8. Rambly Andy

You’re in your factory blues
You’re pickin’ up the newspapa’
You put out the fiah,
Candle smoke
Waftin’ up

Compare this memory
For your condition lately
In your cold apartment

Yellow flowers
Watered every hour,
Resuscitating
With quantitative
Balances
Of love and hate,
Workin’ it out...

Working everything
Into an organ,
Compare it to whaling
With your forced
Appointments
And scheduled divorcement proceedings

You used to crawl the apple trees
Like opossum in the southern breeze
Blowing in from Mexico

You saw some sailors in a bar
With a gigantic
Koala bear
They brought in from Australia
Hidden in a piece of their suitcase
You fed it some melon


9. Really Love You

I saw you in the mornin’,
Lookin’ like an angel
I saw you in the mornin’,
Lookin’ like an angel

Took you to the parlor
And I made love with you there,
And we marched through the tall grass
Like soldiers, goin’ through the park

And now I realize that
I really love you
Really love you

It happened yesterday
The same old thing
When I woke up in my bed
Thinking about what happened
And the memories of the night

Did I see you again in the pyramid?
When the flames were tryin’ to get a start,
Was it then that you stole my heart?

I saw you in the evenin’
You looked like you were real
I took you to the basement
Covered with steel

I showed you where I keep my engine
And the parts,
A locket and a chain, and a,
A watch that starts
The ship is somewhere around
Find the sail if you can

We walked to the…
Sought through the…
Finding out
I really didn’t want to do that
Uh oh, oh-oh, mmm

And now I realize that I really love you
I really love you


10. Red River Valley

Sitting on a pedestal
With the ocean in view
Light ships on the water
With their pathways, too

Come sit by my side
If you love me
But remember the Red River Valley

I climbed to the top,
Wishin’ on
The star that I captured,
Which released my heart

Come sit by my side
If you love me
But remember the Red River Valley

There’s a haze
Where we’ve been livin’,
Losin’ contact as the sunlight is descending

Come sit by my side
If you love me
But remember the Red River Valley

I don’t trouble
The who, how, or when
As long as I have an ocean
And a song to spin

Sit by my side
If you love me
But remember the Red River Valley

They say that
You’ve gone and you’re not gonna stay,
But you know that it’s better this way

Come sit by my side
If you love me
But remember the Red River Valley


11. Renown Black Peacoat

On so many floors
In strangers’ houses,
It kept me company
Through dubious hours
Across the sea
It gave me some warmth
As it scruffled my neck
When I was alone

That was good
It was all she wrote
In her little black journal
About my renown black peacoat

When I was workin’ for people,
Real heavy duty,
Big consequences
And authority—

It was good
It was more than good
It was all that she wrote—
How I subverted
The language
In my renown black peacoat

The strangers who I had sex with,
Fulfillin’ my fantasies,
The times I got drunk and stoned
Because I wanted to—
Because that’s the way

That was good
It was more than good
It was all that she wrote
In her little black journal
About my renown black peacoat

When I was imblesséd,
Congratulations with the lucky lady
It preserved my identity
Something that I kept
Something that I kept
Then I went on my journey

It was good
It was more than good
It was all that she wrote
Of my existence in her
Little black journal, yeah,
Her white room
In Bogotá, Colombia,
On the planet Earth

It was more than good
It was all she wrote
Of this little piece of history
In time involving a renown black peacoat


12. Replace Your Heart

You caught me in the air
Released me in a jail
Men passed your test,
But when I took I failed
And now the spoilage of your privates
Is spicin’ up the whale
You tried recycling
What you found in garbage pails
Replace your heart
Replace your heart

Like a bad person with an A-bomb
Who argues against existence,
You threaten to explode the cell
Of your sentence
With your high-priced attorney
You can’t veil the enlistment
Of your amateur goons and trolls
You hired for a defense
Ooh, replace your heart

My, my, how the tables are turning
You used to fly so gently
Now you’ve crashed and you’re burning
Surely you must comprehend
How vengeance is unfolding
Because the spirits of the animals
That you’ve butchered
Are encroaching
The economy’s been pulverized
By the machine that you’re building,
So desist, stop
Disfiguring your children
Replace your heart

In a fortress of the purest of white,
Which stores up the investment
Of burlesque profit signatures
Of Army decongestants,
The one who supplied your fame
Wants one more payment
As he smokes you in his tobacco lamp,
As he rolls you in his glowing pavement
Replace your heart

Ten thousand miles of glowing lights
Across one hundred nations,
Like hostages commercialized
By battlefield regulations,
Shine for the families
Of death’s rearrangement
With mortified contingencies
Expressing congratulations
Replace your heart

Satisfy your good side

Turn your life around
Time remains for you to bury
The dead that You’ve risen from the ground
The zombies outnumber the demons,
Which are both in your power to put down
And cure your disease,
The key yet to be found
In Epictetus’ wisdom,
In the soundness of a town,
In the verses of Empodocles
And lovers reunited, crowned
Replace your heart


13. Reversed References

I woke in the evening
About supper time
You had just burned off your hair at the stove that time
Just another way for you to save your mind
Just another way for me to lose mine

I woke up in the evening
Maybe it’s all a dream
It changes back and forth
Between what it seems to be
The chapel workers molded an idol,
Then they worshipped the flames,
And what seemed to be my face
Is just another day

I woke up in the evening
And you spoke to me
I had another vision, but you say it’s reality
Back and forth goes it
From different ends
Up and down,
Good and bad, all at the dealin’ table again

Remember how you gave me
What you said was mine?
Then shouted throwin’ confetti out of your third eye?
Or maybe this is a dream
People won’t really care
About givin’ it up unless
It’s bad or…

Whatever it is, you told me,
And I’m happy with you
There’s nothing better than me inside your point of view
The ship captain and you
Are my first mate,
And together we’ll go sailing,
Circumnavigate

Well, I saved the best for last
I hope it’s not too late,
But until that time the darkness
Can be our wedding gate

I am the Moon,
Moon am I,
Reversed references
Comin’ from that hole in the sky


14. Rhapsody in Blue Rose

I saw roses
In the purple morning
With their teeth tied to ribbons
Of rules in your argument of freedom,
Amid the refuse and restriction
Of self-justified banality
You have given me the roses of blueness
For in their lethargy,
“A great spring will nourish thee,”
You said,
Sounding like a mad person

So I will treasure these roses,
O these blue roses of my bloom
I will treasure these roses,
O these blue roses of my bloom

The situation of loss
Is a parson’s holy writ,
Which sanctifies possession
The tears I cried
For dead dogs, cats, and weeping children
Crystallize my senses
Tyrannical grief
Is a lonely stranger
Spackled to your paintings of silver,
Moons, oak trees, and windows
Of red, yellow, and purple. I am
A hermit of the occasional empty van

So I will treasure these colors, O
These colors of my bloom
So I will treasure these colors,
O, these colors of my bloom

The blue rose is deadlier than hemlock
To the courage
Of someone
Slow instances of its recollection
Decimate human dignity
As minutes becomes hours,
Days, weeks, months, years, decades,
Centuries, and millenniums
Time absolved
Not all movement,
Which has the specter of dust
Roses in their scarlet bushes
Resist housebroken halls of houses burned

So I will treasure this tooth,
O this tooth of my bloom
I will treasure this tooth,
O this tooth of my bloom
So I will treasure these roses,
O these blue roses of my bloom
I will treasure these roses,
These blue roses of my bloom


15. Rio Negro

―See you later, Alligator
—In a while, Crocodile

I been swimmin’ in this river
For many a weary mile
The piranha chasing me
But ahead on the smoking bank
I’ll find the Indian
With a magical spell
That’ll restore my health

At any price I climb
Through the raging swift tide
The river’s black as ink
And the night is on my side
The Moon ain’t out
There are no stars
It’s very dark
It’s pitch black
And I’m dying,
But I’m going
To find the
Indian

People say it is magic
It will restore the health of any man
Is it just one of those Spanish legends?
I have no idea,
But anyway I’ll die,
So I don’t give a damn

Got five weeks to live

Found the Indian
His hut was red
Painted with the blood of cows,
He killed them dead
Sacrificed at the altar
Like Abraham’s son Isaac,
He would have been the one

But God did not intercede,
And no one interceded,
And every cow was slaughtered in the whole village
I went to this man and I talked to him

He said: “Tut! Tut!
“You said you’ve come here,
“But I think you’re out of luck
“There is no magic in my blood,
“No power in my vein,
“To squelch the death inside you
“You must change your name;
“And change your mind;
“And change your heart;
“And change
“Everything you are
“Pray to the blue star in the morning”

No one told him that god was dead
No one told me that I would soon be dead
I was forgetting everything I was
On the bank
Of the Rio Negro


16. Roll It

Watch the wheel roll
Spin it with your stick
You wear a prince’s raiment
With no shoes on your feet
The stream beneath you is fleeting
Like the winds from ancient mountains
I’m traveling back through time,
But I have no concerns but to let the wheel roll
Roll it, baby, roll,
Roll it, baby, like you know you should

You have a spear in your one hand
You’ve conquered evil fear
With a lasso in the other,
You’ve kept me close to you
You hair is filled tales
And your mind tied up in songs
Your identity is know,
But only in my dreams
I hear a gong,
And then, a minute later,
You’re blown up by a bomb
No more love for me now
It’s another rude attack
I don’t know if you were a man or woman in Iraq,
But I have no concerns but to let the wheel roll
Roll it, baby, roll
Roll it, baby, like you know you could

I’m in stars
My machine my machine is trapped
I would like to escape, but I can’t
Peace is just a perspective
Of the space between deaths
We can’t escape our sufferin’
Or our mean, bitter selves

I remember your face
Like a fat baby’s blush glowin’
When the wheel was goin’
It could a long time
Or yet a long time being
With reincarnation fighting
The evil demons
But there no telling how long it will roll,
But roll it, baby, roll, roll, roll
I already paid the toll

Sex with you was good
For me, I wasn’t bored
You were a lot of things
I tried to experiment a little more

But you are dead
A bomb hit your head
A wheel keeps wanting me
To think I’m gonna change the world
You ask me, “Are you gonna change the world?”
That must mean, baby, that you think I’ll change the world

So I’ll do the best with the weapons I was given
I lookin’ back, but I can’t change these events happenin’
I’m inside of my circle in my boycott tent
It doesn’t even matter
Because I’ve got a guitar, and I just paid my rent
I’ve been tortured, gagged, confiscated,
And no one’s listening,
But I have no concern but to let the wheel roll
Roll it, baby, roll,
Roll it, baby, roll
I already paid the toll


17. Romeo y Ramera

She was just a little girl
She grew up in a mediocre town
She came from a rich family
They were at war with some drug trafficking
Families in México

He was just a little boy
He was learning about how he loved
Girls
He came from a family
On the wrong side of the tracks
They fought to the top of the trees
They got so far
No one could touch them,
So they joined them

It was a love
It was a love
Some star-crossed lovers
A long time ago
In México

He was a descendent
Of Christopher Columbus
She was a little pedestrian
Oriented
The family from China
Were their neighbors,
And they told the tale to me
When I heard it

It crossed the seas
It made it to me

Her name was “Ramera”
His name was Pietro,
But they called him “Romeo”

Inhale and exhale
Let me tell you about the tough part:

She got pregnant at 17
They killed the baby
She took her life,
And Romeo lost his wife


18. Rose Blood

Sitting here waiting by the county fence
Now I gotta put up a defense
People keep trying to take my land
Don’t come around here no more, macho man

I got trapped in a hole that I dug
You placed me there from somewhere above,
And for the chosen few,
They’ll treat me like a dog; they’ll do it to you

Old man John said he got a new dog
I said, “It don’t matter, you gotta tow the log.
“Bring it on over to Birchwood Lake.
“Don’t forget beech. That would be a mistake.”

I sing this song of love and hate
For all the times that I rallied against fate
And all the many times I lost
If you cross the bridge, you gotta pay the cost

Tying up swine at the watering hole
I’m wearied by love. Can’t do nothin’ more
Maybe it’s time to reclaim my past
I shaved my future on mirrored glass

Forgive me now. I need you, Lord
My woman don’t love me, they’re sending me to war,
And I don’t want kill no one
Help me out with my son. He’s got a gun

I sing this song of love and hate
For all the times that I rallied against fate
And all the many times I lost
If you cross the bridge, you gotta pay the cost

I made my home on the open range
Bowed through Missouri on a Western plain
The sun’s beating down, and my hat’s falling off
I’m building a fence. I gotta tow the rocks

I sing this song of love and hate
For all the times that I rallied against fate
And all the many times I lost
If you cross the bridge, you gotta pay the cost

One last thing before I go
Don’t piss in the wind. Don’t eat yellow snow
And if you don’t want to diss yourself
Can you hand me the green beans, baby, from the shelf?

I sing this song of love and hate
For all the times that I rallied against fate
And all the many times I lost
If you cross the bridge, you gotta pay the cost



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