An Empire in Demise songs to sing during the occurring collapse of Democracy in America
These are the songs to sing during an Empire in Demise.
Songs of anger, indictment, empowerment and resolution.
Songs to be sung to everyone, to yourself alone and to no one. And in the theater of the mind; songs to be sung to anyone;
any political hypocrite, Wall Street loan shark or prostitutes
in a 3 piece suit ... whose image is evoked by the story
that each song tells. More
Prologue for an Empire in Demise
Welcome to an Empire in Demise ... these songs express my perceptions and observations of the corrupt, dysfunctional, immoral and the all too common criminal practices and polices
behind the current collapse of America’s democratic Institutions, and the rule of law.
Over the course of the 40 plus years that I’ve been writing songs; the undemocratic nature of these polices and practices have become more and more obvious as the collapse occurs.
Increasingly, as the facade falls away, and certain degrees of pretense become unnecessary; the unelected monied minority and masters of war causing the current demise of democracy
have become less and less veiled. It’s liberating to see past the presentation of such a farce.
In revealing that charade for the false narrative that it is, these songs represent my personal journey through the political and cultural fabrications that we are taught to be manipulated by;
they illustrate my efforts to communicate, as clearly and concisely as possible, those insights.
To the best of my abilities I have strived to align myself with the inspiration behind each song; to work with the initial lyrics and melody in a way that allowed the song to remain true to itself.
And to that end, I have followed the lead of those before me,
in writing lyrics with the intention of being a vehicle for the voice of conscience.
In putting this book together, and in selecting which songs to include, I wanted to present them in as coherent a body of work as possible. A song cycle of some sort; based on their relevance
to each other, or the titles to each other, and the thematic flow from one song to the next. In this way the songs are read sequentially; but I would also recommend reading them selectively.
But since the lyrics of a song are communicated with a greater degree of impact and impression when supported by the emotion and energy of music than without it; and since I’m
not including the music to these lyrics at this time, I felt it
my responsibility to make the singular act of reading them
as interesting and rewarding as it possibly could be.
At the end of each song there is a statement, an image, attitude, or theme that mirrors or relates to similar structures at the beginning of the following song. There are also echoes within one song of the images of another song, and an unintended repetition of themes and images throughout
all of the songs. Were the songs to have been presented
in chronological order, this probably would not have been
as apparent. As it is, the dates are just for reference
and the perspective of time.
But this is more than just a retrospective of song lyrics;
edited and arranged to be read as a book of short stories
in song form. Each song has its own developmental process
to be experienced and followed, from the opening lines of question to the final lines of resolution and conclusion;
each song demonstrates a potential re-organization
of our relationship to society.