Newton's First

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I have a complex relationship with both the homeless and the religious


Our scene lights up on a seedy motel
it's not by the ocean
but called the "seashell"
and the "seas" are burned out
but that won't go changing my plans
A drunk man walks up to me
stinkin of piss
he asks for a smoke
but I told him I quit
then he mumbles of Jesus
and reaches out one shaky hand
I reach in my pocket to pull out some change
and I wonder why everything's stay in the same
Guess the magic you're given rattles,
but not in a can

We're both just riders,
on turtles of stone
swimmin through oceans of
of fire and bone
and we move
just a little
ah we move
just a little
we move
just a little
each time

The next thing we see is a tall ancient stair
it was built when the water was plentiful there
but I'm parched and the hot desert wind keeps a-burnin my eyes
Well I head to the cave of the eternal fire
hopin to build it a little bit higher
or maybe to find out
someplace to go when I die
Inside I see some folk hanging around
they're feeding the flames but not making a sound
they just stare at the embers
and drink up the heat and the light

For thousands of lifetimes,
they've stood in this line
hoping that someone they don't know will die
so they'll move
Just a little
ah they'll move
just a little
so they'll move
just a little
each time

Starlight and oceans, and cool mountain caves
they speak but their words can take many an age
and inside the moment I wait for this train
I think I can feel the world spinning again
as I move
just a little
in stillness just a little
well I move
just a little
this time


from Mimetic Desire, released August 18, 2016



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E.W. Harris Brooklyn, New York

Born in the Rubber City and raised in the South, E.W. Harris is what he terms "a futurist with an acoustic guitar and an axe to grind." Known in the Brooklyn scene for his strong vocals, odd demeanor, and infectious laugh, Harris has become a staple in the Big City Folk Collective, and in many venues both in NYC and afield. ... more


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