Exile 3

by Zru Vogue

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A rhythm-infused song cycle about existence, disappearing, transition, and transformation.

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released October 25, 2014

Performed by Andrew L. Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne. All lyrics by Andrew Lawrence Jackson. All songs produced and arranged by Andrew L. Jackson and Rick Cuevas. Photographs by Paolo Corradini. Art/Design and additional photos by Andrew L. Jackson.

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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-Pop, Art-Funk, Surrealist Indie Rock from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is an early post-punk classic. Band members Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne continue to create inspired new music for postmoderns. ... more

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Track Name: Something From Nothing
Lyrics:

We all do something
That we don’t want to do
Sometimes –
That we don’t want to do

We’ve all done something
That we didn’t want to do
Sometimes –
That we didn’t want to do

I come from something – I know we all do
And where I come from
Makes me different from you

Something from nothing – that’s how I make do
I made something from nothing
But I don’t know what to make out of you

I got a couple problems – I know we all do
And some of these problems
Make me something like you

Makin’ something from nothing
Is what I’ve had to do
Something from nothing –
But I still don’t have a clue about you

…From nothing (Something)
…From nothing (Something)
…From nothing (Something)
From nothing

We all live a life
That we don’t want to live
Sometimes –
That we don’t want to live

We all give something
That we can’t afford to give
Sometimes –
That we can’t afford to give
--
Words and music by Andrew Lawrence Jackson
Track Name: Zero Minus Zero
Lyrics:

Take 7 minus 7 – and you get zero
Take 5 minus 5 – and you get zero
Take 4 minus 4 – and you get zero
Take 3 minus 3 – and you get zero
Take 1 minus 1 – and you get zero
Take zero minus zero – and you get zero
Take zero from zero – and you get zero
Take zero from zero – you get our hero
Take zero take zero – take zero take zero
Take zero take zero – take zero take zero

He’s got nuthin’ on his mind – Zero take zero
Got nuthin’ that’s mine – Zero minus zero
He’s got nuthin’ in line – Zero my zero
Got nuthin’ on his line – Zero our hero
He’s got nuthin’ to lose – Can’t lose nuthin’
He’s got nuthin’ to choose – Can’t choose nuthin’
Got nuthin’ that’s left – Living with nuthin’
Got nuthin’ to confesss – Can’t say nuthin’

Take 7 minus 7 – and you get zero
Take 5 minus 5 – and you get zero
Take 4 minus 4 – and you get zero
Take 3 minus 3 – and you get zero
Take 1 minus 1 – and you get zero
Take zero minus zero – and you get zero
Take zero from zero – and you get zero
Take zero from zero – and you get zero
Take zero take zero – take zero take zero
Take zero take zero – take zero take zero
Take zero take zero – take zero take zero

Zero minus zero
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Burned Into Memory
Lyrics:

Burn it into memory
Escape from destiny
Burned into memory
The one I want to be

Where will it lead? (I dunno, I dunno)
Who will I be? (I dunno, I dunno)
What can it mean? (Where to go, where to go?)
Planting the seed (Let it grow, let it grow)

Call it up from memory
Nothing where it oughta be
Contemplate eternity
Reflection of the mirror me

Burn it into memory
Escape your destiny
Burned into memory
The one you want to be

Now tell me –
Where will it lead? (I dunno, I dunno)
Who will I be? (I dunno, I dunno)
What can it mean? (Where to go, where to go?)
Planting the seed (Let it grow, let it grow)

Burn it into memory
Escape from destiny
Burned into memory
The one I want to be
(I dunno, I dunno, where to go, where to go) x2
--
Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson; music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew Jackson
Track Name: Look At Me
Lyrics:

When you look at me
I am nothing
What you see
Is a reflection of yourself

Like in a dream
Your own body
Your own eyes
Look back at what you see

When you look at me
You see through me
When you walk with me
You walk with yourself

You can trust in me
I’m nobody
So what you see
Is just yourself

It’s not a lifestyle choice
Not like I have a voice
I blend right in
A mirror of a dream
You might wonder why
I am a pale blue sky
I am a cloud at night
Existing on a whim

(repeat)
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: In Transition
Lyrics:

Living or dead
Are you living or dead
First you got one life to lose
And then you lost the thread

Living or dead
Are you living or dead
First you got one life to lose
And then you lose the thread

You – in transition (now what’s it gonna be?)
You – in transition (gotta make a decision)

Don’t want to forget - don’t want to forget it
Don’t want to regret - don’t want to regret it
Don’t want to forget - don’t want to forget it
Don’t want to regret - don’t want to regret it

You – in transition (don’t be gone fishin’)
You – in transition (you gotta make a decision)

Living or dead
Are you living or dead
First you got a life to lose
And then you lost the thread

Living or dead
Are you living or dead
First you got one life to lose
And then you lose the thread

You – in transition (don’t be gone fishin’)
You – in transition (you gotta make a decision)

(Now what’s it gonna be? Gotta make a decision)

In transition (make a decision)
In transition
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Take My Mind Off
Lyrics:

I can’t - put my foot on - the floor
I can’t - put my foot on - the floor
My mind feels frozen, there’s a lock on the door
And the ceiling is – reeling in my head
I had somewhere to go – but I don’t know where that is
And I can’t look out the window – today
I can’t look out the window – today
I don’t know where I am – and I don’t know what to say

‘Cause I can’t - get it straight - in my head
I can’t - get it straight - in my head
I woke up on the water next to someone else’s bed
And I can’t get it straight in my head

And I can’t – put my foot on - the floor
I can’t – put my foot on - the floor
The ground’s gone missing, I feel like I’m in a war

And I can’t remember what I came here for
No I can’t remember what I came here for
Might as well sit – and take my mind off the door
Might as well sit – and take my mind off the door
Take my mind off the floor

Take my mind off the floor … (get your mind out of the gutter)
Take my mind off the floor … (get your mind out of the gutter)
Take my mind off the floor … (get your mind out of the gutter)
Take my mind off … (get your mind out… of the gutter)
Take my mind off
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Zero Sum Total
Lyrics:

I can’t say I agree - with your trajectory
Your metaphors - mean nothing to me
I'm out on the edge - of somewhere outlying
I'm out on a ledge - it means nothing to me

And she said:
What are my, what are my, what are my, what are my weaknesses?
(How much time have you got?)
What are my, what are my, what are my, what are my weaknesses?
(How much time have you got?)
What are my, what are my, what are my, what are my weaknesses?
(Just say when to stop)
What are my, what are my, what are my, what are my weaknesses?
(Weaknesses, weaknesses )

It's hard to explain - exactly what’s missing
An essential ingredient - nowhere to be seen
I’m doing my best - under circumstances
So misunderstood - and caught in between

So I said...
These are my, these are my, these are my, these are my weaknesses...

I want you to know - I haven’t forgotten
There’s somewhere to go - that we haven’t been yet
When life takes a turn - we make an adjustment
The simpler path - plays harder to get

And she said...
Show me your, show me your, show me your, show me your weaknesses...
(How much time have you got?) ...etc.

Go with the flow - return to the start
No one you know - will follow you there
Zero sum total - but all is not lost
Follow your heart - it will take you there
--
Words by Andrew L. Jackson; music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew Jackson
Track Name: Someone Like Me
Lyrics:

What’s the rule of thirds?
What’s the rule of three?
What’s the rule of thumb
To someone like me?

Living for the birds
Flying to the sea
Living for the birds
They’re something like me

Every time it hurts
Feeling fancy free
But everyone deserts
Someone like me

One – Abduction
Two – Seduction
Three – Empty of me

One – Reduction
Two – Transduction
Three – Empty like me

What’s the rule of thirds?
What’s the rule of three?
What’s the rule of thumb
To someone like me?
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Unbroken
Lyrics:

There occurs in me a space divided by time
And also another space — undivided
Where I don’t care what you think, because
You don’t exist
Just as I don’t exist
Not as separate from me
But as an extension of the same unbroken space

In the broken space
I am vulnerable
And so, I must become the ocean, undivided
I must feel the wind and the storm as something
Not separate from my self
Not easily done
But once done, not easily undone
--
Become one with the unbroken space
And become un-broken
Unbroken…
Unbroken…
Unbroken…
--
Music by Rick Cuevas; words by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: No Face
Lyrics:

Now I don’t take any space
For some time now, I’ve had no face
Well none to speak of, none to see
No face where a face should be

I move around, I can’t stand still
Like I’m hopped up on some pills
I get no sleep like clickety-clack
In a surrealist dream, no turning back

I got a whiskey bottle taped to my thigh
And there’s a hungry model giving me the eye
I’m like a one-way ticket to exotic worlds
Except I’m good for one night like a cheap call girl

Now I don’t dream in black and white
And I don’t know how to make things right
I’ve got no good reason to call your name
But I still gotta call you anyway

Hey I don’t take up any space
And for some time I’ve had no face
No face to lose, no face to see
No face where a face should be

No face – No face
No face where a face should be
No face – No face
No face where a face should be
No face! – No face!
No face! – No face!
--
Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson
Music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Stories We Tell Ourselves
Lyrics:

Darkness was everywhere – I didn’t understand
Felt myself sinking – sinking in the sand
Thought it was real – but it was in my head
Turns out what’s real – was something else instead

These are the stories – that we tell ourselves
These are the words – that we believe will help
The deeper we go – the colder it gets
The longer we fall – the older we get

It isn’t so easy – to climb out of a hole
It’s time to stop digging – when you find you’re in a hole
You’re losing the thread – the one that takes you back
But you don’t know who to turn to – to pick up the slack

These are the stories – that we tell ourselves
These are the words – that we believe will help
The deeper we go – the colder it gets
The longer we fall – the older it gets

The stories we tell - to conjure a spell
The stories we tell - to conjure ourselves
The stories we tell - to conjure a spell
The stories we tell - to conjure ourselves

Darkness was everywhere – I didn’t understand
Felt myself sinking – sinking in the sand
Thought it was real – but it was in my head
Turns out what’s real – was something else instead

These are the stories – that we tell ourselves (etc.)
--
Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson; music by Andrew Jackson and Rick Cuevas
Track Name: Mini-bar Antihero
Lyrics:

Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink)
Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink)

Stand up – stand down
Anti-hero – I’m your clown
Take out the trash – I’m in the middle
You wanna make cash? – Shovel the drivel

It’s still comin’ and it ain’t stopped yet
When life’s a crap shoot, that’s what you’re gonna get
More junk – than you can handle
It’ll burn you out – like a Roman candle

Stand up – stand down
Anti-hero – I’m your clown
Take out the trash – I’m in the middle
You wanna make cash? – Shovel the drivel

Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink)
Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink)
Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink)
Is there a mini-bar in heaven?
(‘cause I’m gonna need a drink, a drink, a drink)
--
Lyrics and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Assimilate
Lyrics:

I’ve learned to assimilate
Found ways to eliminate
unwanted and unneeded things
that only served to make wounds sting

I’ve figured how to accommodate
to ease my way through broken gates
to get to places I’m not wanted
Little do they know, I’m haunted

I’ve found a way to slip right through
To carve paths unknown hitherto
It wasn’t easy let me tell you
But I’ve got rhymes, and songs to sell you

I’ve photographic evidence
Of places been, discarded hence
Of youth unhinged, damages flaunted
Wasted ways traversed undaunted

I’ve made it here to fifty-five
Heart still beating, still alive
Finding ways and means to make it
Working hard not to forsake it

Yes, I’ve learned to assimilate
And found ways to eliminate
Immeasurable unwanted things
That only served to clip my wings
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Another Way
Lyrics:

Hey now, now, there’s another way
Hey now, now, there’s another way
Hey now, now, listen what I say
There’s another way, there’s another way

Hey now now…

People keep themselves
In a lifestyle prison
People keep themselves
In a lifestyle prison
Get experimental
Take the lock off your wisdom
Get experimental
Take the lock off your wisdom

Hey now, now, there’s another way
Hey now, now, there’s another way

See your life another way, take some time to listen

Hey now now…
Hey now now…

Took it on myself – to find another world
Little did I know – what’d be unfurled

Hey now, now, there’s another way
Hey now, now, there’s another way
Hey now, now, listen what I say
There’s another way, there’s another way

People, get yourselves
Out ‘yer lifestyle prison
People, get yourselves
Out ‘yer lifestyle prison
See your life another way,
Take some time to listen
See your life another way,
Take some time to listen

Hey now, now
--
Music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew Jackson; Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Total Abstraction
Lyrics:

When all that you leave
Is an abstract impression
(Form and illusion mean nothing to me)
When the look on your face
Is an abstract expression
(Move beyond reason; there’s no place to be)

Form and illusion mean nothing to me
(You are a total abstraction – so hard to see)

When you leave the room (bye bye, bye bye)
You barely leave an impression
When you hang around (around, around)
You are confusing at best
When you dig down deep (too deep, too deep)
It leads to depression
You climb back out (back out, back out)
And there’s nothing left

Form and illusion mean nothing to me

As a work of art – you’re a total abstraction
As a living machine – you are filled with distraction
As a metaphor – strictly contradiction
You are a total abstraction – so hard to see

As a work of art – you’re a total abstraction
As a living machine – you are filled with distraction
As a metaphor – strictly contradiction
You are a total abstraction – so hard to see

Form and illusion - mean nothing to me
Form and illusion - mean nothing to me
Form and illusion - mean nothing to me
Form and illusion - mean nothing to me
--
Music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew Jackson; Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Access Beauty
Lyrics:

They’re coming over to my side
Beauty and the beauty and the
Beauty and the beauty and the

They’re coming over to my side
Beauty and the beauty and the
Beauty and the beauty and the
Beauty, oh yes!

They’re coming over to my side
Beauty and the beauty
She’s a beauty such a beauty

They’re coming over to my side
Such a beauty she’s a beauty
Such a beauty beauty beauty

(Apparently there’s this thing)
(This thing)

They’re coming over to my side
They’re coming over to my side
They’re coming over to my side
(Such a beauty, oh yes!)
They’re coming over to my side
(Clip those wings)

Beauty is a beauty
Even when she’s off-duty

She’ll give you access to her content
Access to her content
She’ll give you access to her content
(She has that special thing)
Access to her content
(That special thing)

They’re coming over to my side
They’re coming over to my side
(Oh yes!)
They’re coming over to my side
Beauty and the beauty and the
Beauty, oh yes!

They’re coming over to my side
Beauty she’s a beauty
Such a beauty beauty beauty
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: Cheshire Cat Grin
Lyrics:

Someone like me — it’s all I see
It’s all I know — just being me
The rules apply — just not to me
It’s all I know — it’s all I see

Someone like me — I’m underwhelmed
I’m undercover — pretending to be
Someone like me — I’m toe to the rubber
I’m blowing my cover — I’m easy to see

I’m hard to find — I blend right in
My altered mind — must hold its tongue
I need to find — a way to live
Where I’ve got mine — and old is young

‘Cause people like me can cause a stir
If we’re indiscreet and we say what we mean
Yeah people like me can cause a scene
When we look like a blur then slip in between

I’m a Cheshire Cat grin — not much to see
World ceases to spin — for someone like me
I’m a Cheshire Cat grin — not much to see
World ceases to spin — for someone like me

Someone like me — it’s all I see
It’s all I know — just being me
Someone like me — it’s all I see
The rules apply — just not to me

Someone like me — it’s all I see
It’s all I know — just being me
Someone like me — it’s all I see
The rules apply — just not to me

Someone like me — it’s all I see
It’s all I know — just being me
Someone like me — it’s all I see
It’s all I know — just being me

I’m a Cheshire Cat grin — not much to see
I’m a Cheshire Cat grin — not much to see
--
Words and music by Andrew L. Jackson
Track Name: They Run
Lyrics:

You see me comin’ better run, run, run
You see me comin’ better run, run, run
You had your day out in the sun
You know the darkness bound to come

They see me comin’ and they run, run, run
They see me comin’ and they run, run, run
I’ve crossed over to the one
I was the other… now I’m the one

It’s like changing lanes
Or like changing clothes
You wanna lose some of these
You wanna get some of those
You don’t belong over here
You don’t belong over there
Pretty soon you get to thinking
You don’t belong anywhere

They see me comin’ and they run, run, run
They see me comin’ and they run, run, run
I can’t explain what I have done
I was another… now I’m the one

People can’t comprehend
What they don’t understand
No, this isn’t the end
It’s just a change of plans
--
Music by Rick Cuevas and Andrew Jackson; Lyrics by Andrew L. Jackson