Daily Archives: January 19, 2006

When Baby Can’t Go On

When Baby Can't Go On



Like Connan Doyle killing off Sherlock Holmes, I decided in 1998 that it was time to write my most famous character out of future episodes…

Maybe my heart wasn’t in killing off Baby, the self-destructive, half-woman, half-goddess who tormented the wounded, emotionally tortured protagonists of more than a handful of my songs. At any rate, I found myself writing this pretty much by brainpower alone — and I’m afraid it shows.

Like the half-hearted series finale wrap-up of a canceled TV series, this song shows the wrenchmarks of uninspired, but dogged craftsmanship (y’ listinening, David Lynch?)

Still, I thought it was appropriate as a wrap up for those previous (and thoroughly inspired) Baby songs here in the last few days of Phase One of AYoS. (Phase One, for the unitiated, is the roughly first third of A Year of songs wherein I set out to do every [presentable] song in my songbook, one after another [although in no special order]. Henceforth, my song choices will be guided by whim, inspiration, and the fierce whispering of my legion of demons, guardian angels, and muses.)

Careful readers — or those familiar with popular serial literature and media — will note that, while Baby appears to have made her final voyage into the sunset… we really can’t be sure… perhaps she will show up in some future song, resurrected by sheer force of personality like the indestructible villain of an old Saturday afternoon serial.

When Baby Can’t Go On

When Baby can’t go on
she wont wonder why
you open up the bottle
and go home when its dry
when the darkeness hits the dawn
and the ocean meets the sky
there’s never in her “always”
and forever in her “goodbye”

baby lived forever
for almost thirty years
then she sailed away one day
on a ship of frozen tears

baby had a house those days
way up the shore
we all knew that she was hiding
but we never knew what for

baby lived forever…

the last time i saw her
i knew it was her time
there was sadness in her laughter
and a long-way-off in her eyes

baby lived forever
for almost thirty years
then she sailed away one day
on a ship of frozen tears

(C)1998, TK Major


Mantra of the Summer Rain

Mantra of the Summer Rain

OK… even in 1975, I knew this song was a bit, you know, what was the word we used then? Ah yes. Lame.

I mean, I really thought there was a song there, somewhere, and it would just take time before it found the surface. Or I reached into the muck of the existing lyrics and pulled out a song.

Neither circumstance came to pass.

I tried, here, to give the song a straightforward reading appropriate to its metaphysical aspirations… but I couldn’t. So I ended up with a dizzyingly sloppy bizarro acoustic funk that cracked me up so much I couldn’t think straight and spare you good people from my incomprehensibly self-indugent whims.

This is one of those dregs I mentioned a day or two ago. There’ll be another head scratcher or two and then a couple of old faves (mine, not necessarily yours) that I’ve been saving for last. (Well, actually, one of them I’ve been been putting off because I’ve never actually played it all the way through. It was a song that came together over a period of time on the computer and… well, this will be interesting.)

At that point, I’ll have posted all the songs from my suitcase of songs that I can stand to put in public (a lot fewer than I had imagined) and I’ll once again be free to record what I want, which ought to improve the ol’ band morale.

In the meantime, I’ll give you license to laugh at me, if you can’t laugh with me.


Mantra of the summer rain
displace my words
still my brain
behind my sadness and the shadow of myself
behind these shapes
spirit remains

rain streaks my face
mats my hair
the past is washed away
to find nobody there
I’m clear as rain
empty as space
configurations fade
and I’m everywhere

celebrate my sorrow
use my life
watch the shadows come
while I bathe in the light

(C)1975, TK Major