* instant karma-sutra

  1 welcome to the beginning
  2 thank heaven (for LOVE)
  3 one more time about...
  4 the voice of love
  5 they said
  6 jinxless
  7 taking things to extremes
  8 dreaming of the ocean
  9 you don't know
10 gimme back my heart
11 weren't you...?
12 my reasons

* welcome to the beginning
welcome to the beginning.
it all starts here.
welcome to the beginning.
I hope you like what you hear.
    'cause instant karma-sutra’s coming.
    instant karma-sutra’s coming down.
    coming down the wire for you.
    coming down the wire for your head.
welcome to the beginning.
it's all starting here.
welcome to the beginning,
its getting in gear.
    instant karma-sutra’s coming.
    instant karma-sutra’s coming down.
    coming down the wire for you.
    coming down the wire for your mind.
welcome to the beginning.
its all happening here.
welcome to the beginning.
it all will be clear.
    instant karma-sutra’s coming
    i hope you like what you hear.
welcome to the beginning.
the end of the beginning is near.
welcome to the beginning.
the end of the beginning is here.

* thank heaven (for LOVE)
I wasn't looking for anything.
I wasn't looking for anyone.
I just wanted to dance all night
and have some fun.
I wasn't looking for love.
I wasn't even looking for
a one-night stand.
next thing I know I'm sitting next to you
holding your sweet hand.
    well, thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven above.
    thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven for LOVE!
I’d seen you a dozen times,
never even said “hello”.
I didn't want to use a worn out line.
how was I to know
that I would fall for you so quickly,
that you would fall for me?
from now on I want it strictly
to be just you and me.
    well, thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven above.
    thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven for LOVE!
        there must've been an angel that night.
        there must've been an angel watching over us ‘
        cause nothing ever felt so right.
I wasn't looking for love
or even a one-night stand,
now I'm holding your sweet hand.
    thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven above.
    thank heaven for miracles.
    thank heaven for LOVE!

* one more time about...
I'm making a list of all the people I've been in love with
and you're name is every one.
I'm writing a book about a tragic romance.
you and I are the main characters.
I don't know what I was thinking
when I started this song
but I was unhappy,
that's not uncommon these days.
    It's another song about what used to be.
    one more time about what will never be.
    you don't have to like it,
    in fact you don't have to listen
    ‘cause it's just another song.
I'm thinking of numbers between one and a million,
trying to rate where we are right now.
I'm drawing a picture with lots of children
to remind me of you.
there's no direction that I can see
but follow faithfully.
that what works for me these days.
    It's another song about what used to be.
    one more time about what will never be.
    you don't have to like it,
    in fact you don't have to listen
    ‘cause it's just another song.

* the voice of love
    I was dreaming in a field when
    the voice of love revealed itself to me.
    I must say I was surprised.
    love always seemed to compromise when it came to me.
    it spoke in riddles and in rhymes
    that at first took me some time to comprehend.
    it told me if I didn't try to figure out love then I would understand.
it said: “Love is everything you ever wanted,
all the things you thought you never would find,
but if you try to take love for granted
it will leave you behind.
love is bigger than any planet,
still you can hold it in the palm of your hand but
if you attempt to plan it,
it'll slip through your fingers like sand”.
    I was dreaming in a field when
    the voice of love revealed itself to me.
    I must say I was surprised.
    love always seemed to compromise when it came to me.
    the more that it spoke
    the more my fear broke and I began to see.
    it told me if I didn't try to analyze love it would be clear to me.
it said: "Love is a thousand course ice cream banquet;
every birthday gift-wrapped into one,
but if you never stop to thank it,
it'll take back it's gifts and spoil your fun.
love is a million story elevator.
it'll take you higher than you've ever been before
but if you don't maintain it,
minutes later you'll be stuck back on the bottom floor".
    I was dreaming in a field when
    the voice of love revealed itself to me.
    I must say I was surprised,
    love always seemed to compromise
    when it came to me.
    by the time it ended it's lesson
    my fear of love had lessened steadily.
    the final words that it said
    still echo through my head continually.
        it said “love will endure if your love is pure”
    I was dreaming in a field when
    the voice of love revealed itself to me...
    love will endure if your love is pure...

* they said...
“you can tell me anything you want” she said
“but it's all been said before.”
“you can give me every reason in the book” he said
“but it's all in your head for sure.”
    over and over and over and over
    they said...
you can tell me that it's right or wrong” he said
“but I will do it anyway.”
“you can try every game you know” she said
“but I will refuse to play.”
    over and over and over and over
    they said...
“you can pull all the punches that you like” she said
“I won't run from you.”
“you can lie all you want” he said
“I will know what's true.”
    over and over and over and over
    they said...

* jinxless
distance won't even keep us apart.
I know that sounds cliché.
what I mean is I know that right here
in my heart this love will always stay.
    and I know it's a risk to say such things.
    and I don't want to be a jinx
    but I've never been so sure before.
    and I know there's a danger in such ideas
    but I can't be run by jaded fears.
    I'm a hopeless romantic, that's for sure.
the future can only bring us happiness.
I know there's no way to know,
what I mean is
every new day we spend together
can only help our love grow.
    and I know it's a risk to say such things
    and I don't want to be a jinx.
    I've never been so sure before.
    and I know that I could regret these words
    but they aren't the worst I've ever heard.
    I've never been so in love before.
distance won't even keep us apart.
I know that sounds cliché.
What I mean is I know that right here
in my heart this love will always stay.
    and I know it's a risk to say such things
    and I don't want to be a jinx
    but I've never been so in love before.

* taking things to extremes
I strike a match on my skin
to try to spark some inspiration.
but all these idiots “axing” questions
just add to my frustration.
I’d like to ax their heads right off
but that's just my impatience.
the problem lies much deeper
than the depth of conversation.
    because it all connects
    and it all splits at the seams and
    I say “I could hit you”
    but it's only me taking things to extremes.
we're busy lighting fires
to avoid enlightened communication.
endless white noise and psycho babble
took the art from articulation.
words just get in the way of
instant gratification.
complete thoughts are too dangerous
so we speak in abbreviations.
    then it all comes to a head
    and it all builds up steam.
    I say “I could kick you”
    but it's only me taking things to extremes.
    and it all feels right
    when it's all not as it seems.
    I say “I could kiss you”
    but it's only me taking things to extremes.
    so it all has an end
    and it all has a means.
    I say “I could kill you” but it's only me
    taking things to extremes.
it all has an end and it all has a means.
it's only me taking things to extremes.
it all feels right when it all
splits at the seams.
it's only me taking things to extremes.
it all connects and it all builds up steam.
it's only me taking things to extremes.

* dreaming of the ocean
there was a time when love meant more to me
than a silver ring.
it was an honest thing I could hold in my hand.
and you'd come to me so innocent
with tear-stained cheeks
and I would pretend that I could heal your heart;
soothe your pain with one kiss but
now it's my heart that needs to mend.
    I've never been to the ocean
    but I’d like to go with you,
    listen to the white caps
    whispering our names.
    and underneath a pin-hole sky
    we could forget our history,
    just be two people laughing in the spray.
there was a time when you meant more to me
than a simple song.
you were a potent thing I could sense in the air.
when you'd sing out in your sleep,
eyes ablaze,
your anxiety became my reason to care.
but now sometimes I dream you're still there.
    I've never seen the ocean
    but I feel it when you tell me
    about the rippled moon
    waving “good night”.
    and underneath a sea of dreams
    we could forget our history
    and just be two people
    laughing in the spray.
        I'm dreaming of the ocean tonight.
there was a time when love meant more to me
than a simple song.
    I've never been to the ocean
    but I’d like to go with you,
    listen to the white-caps
    whispering our names.
    underneath a sea of dreams
    we could forget our history
    and just be two people
    laughing in the spray.

* you don't know
you don't know what it does to my heart
you don't know how it tears me apart.
you don't know what it does to my mind.
you don't know, you're so unkind.
you don't know.
you don't know what it does to my eyes to see you.
you just don't know.
you don't know what it does to my ears to hear you.
you don't know.
you don't know what it does to my mind
you don't know. you treat me unkind.
you don't know what it does to my heart.
you don't know how it tears me apart.
you don't know what it does to my life,
you don't know, when you twist that knife. you don't know.

* gimme back my heart
I was hoping for a quick solution
but you wanted a revolution.
You put your hands around it,
now it is missing.
well, it's your turn to listen.
    gimme back, gimme back, gimme back my heart
    it's not yours for the taking.
    gimme back, gimme back, gimme back my heart
    it's not yours for the breaking.
I was trying for a peaceful resolution.
You pleaded innocent,
it was only confusion.
there's only one important lesson in life
it took me a while to learn it.
It's hold on to your heart and I will
as soon as you return it.
    gimme back, gimme back, gimme back my heart
    it's not yours for the taking.
    gimme back, gimme back, gimme back my heart
    it's not yours for the breaking.

* weren't you?...
I know what you're doing now
and I know that you're backing out.
I know that you don't see how
you could owe anything to me.
oh, but
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense?
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense to me?
I see what you meant before
and I see why you are scared.
I see what's beyond the door
and it doesn't look like there's room
for me there. oh but
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense?
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense to me?
        I've been trying for so long
        to right what I didn't know was wrong.
        now I find that all along it's because
        I don't belong to the ritual decay.
I hear what you're saying now
and I hear that you don't come around.
I hear that you don't talk about
me or those people we once knew.
        I've been trying for so long
        to right what I didn't know was wrong.
        now I find that all along it's because
        I don't belong to the ritual decay.
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense?
    weren't you gonna tell me everything?
    weren't you gonna make it all make sense to me?

* my reasons
when the days get lost in confusion
I think of you. you give me direction.
and I don't know where I was
before I found you
but I know I don't ever want to go back.
when I'm wrestling with temptation
I think of you.
you give me determination.
and I don't know
where I’d end up without you
but I know I don't ever want to find out.
and every time we're apart
there's a voice inside my heart
and it reminds me
of my reasons for loving you.



* notes
all songs copyright © 1997 fiendish musical thingys
- all songs written by geoff kessell
- all songs recorded by g.k. on 4-track tape except #5 recorded by michael kessell on 8-track tape at gary’s house.
- all sounds conjured by g.k.
- design by g.k.
- thanks to gary sudin, rick sanford, mark easter, andy driscoll, jordan  oakes, mike godfrey, steve escoffery
- special thanks to john for continuing to give me happy thoughts!
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* instrumental karma-sutra

    A few words about Instrumental Karma-Sutra : These pieces wound up on this tape largely by coincidence.  Upon completion, Instant Karma-Sutra clocked in at about 42 minutes, which was fine until I found that it's nearly impossible to find 46 minute tapes anymore.  I debated using 60 minute tapes (leaving about 10 minutes of blank space at the end of each side) or adding more pop songs to fill up the tape. I   didn't like either option since I was happy with the way it flows and didn't want to add songs just for the sake of it.
    Instead I came upon the idea of putting together an entirely different “album” on the b-side; something that would not be construed as a continuation of Instant Karma-Sutra, and would hopefully be interesting.
 While rummaging through my “musical vault” for material for this tape and Pop-Gun (my other tape) I unearthed many instrumentals in various forms of completion.  Some are songs that never got lyrics, some are fragments of noodling and some are just exercises in melody. (Since I have a tendency to lean heavily on lyrics, from time to time I pull that crutch out and see if I can create something that will stand without it).  Anyway, I gathered them together and cooked up the aural casserole that you have in front of you.   Hopefully you'll enjoy these musical distractions.  If not, just remember, I could have done a 45 minute version of Revolution #9 instead.

thanks for listening! love, peace and all that junk - g.k. - 9/97
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 1 stood up for $20 *
 2 the place where people sleep
 3 fm pulsing
 4 shoeshine town *
 5 abner peacock
 6 human springs bounce *
 7 forgiveness
 8 melancholy slide *
 9 the falling reign
10 little england *
11 take off your hat and dance
12 the day the clown cried *
13 blue plate special
14 gelkys *
15 motor-rific
16 johnny saki and his flying rowboat *
17 crack a little bit
18 wendell
19 junior g-man *
20 why iron man? *
21 floating question mark *
22 helium ducks
23 the desert heart
24 artificial interface
25 on saturday mornings
26 big cookie moon
27 laughing in slow motion
    * cassette only.  not on the cd.

- all by geoff kessell, copyright © 1997 fiendish musical thingys
- all songs recorded by g.k. at the sandhurst sandbox on 4-track tape
- all sounds wrangled by g.k.

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