The Animal In Me

by John Christian

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Recorded March 2016. This is both a serious and humorous album with a whisper of psychedelia.

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released May 27, 2016

John Christian - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, harmonica, organ, piano, sampling, glass bells, Mini Moog, Vocoder, Oberheim OBX, Arp Odyssey, Vibraphone, metal, drums, timpani, percussion, tenor recorder, sound effects, vocals.

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Track Name: The Animal In Me
It’s so dark I cannot see
Tension caused by the animal in me
Glazed eyes - frothing at the mouth
Driven by an anger lurking near about
I cannot talk; only breathe
Backed to a corner is the animal in me
I’m wild, you can’t take me alive
Don’t try to tame the animal in me

And so my life has run to seed
Inspiring the animal in me
Col sweat - bearing teeth
Far into regions of insanity
I cannot dream; only feed
Devouring the animal in me
I’m mad, you have now been warned
Into a rage goes the animal in me

Don’t try to tame the animal in me
Track Name: North Of The Border Of Hope
Three men from a icy city north of the border of hope
Came to this town with intentions in mind to sacrifice the pope
“Hold a minute son” said the border king “The queen’s about the rise and
Set straight in your mind once and for all time there is no freedom prize”
Our heroes were told of a hidden gold buried between the soil
So they got out their tools needed for discovery and began to toil
Time passed by without a cry of rejoicement in their heart
And after a while the three gave up figuring the queen was much too smart

And the border king said

“Don’t know how I should tell you son but better it not be too late…
You see the queen’s insane; she’s got earwigs in her brain…
while she commanding us our fate…
But go ahead and seek your fortune; go ahead and make a try…
Just remember what I have told you when you are wondering why”
Now the three men felt uneasy after hearing what the border king had said
Though they continued to search for the treasure
They thought it might be in their heads
So they sat down and questioned themselves what is it that they want
And after some time they came to a find of riches in their hearts

And the border king cried

And the border king died
Track Name: Chained Lady
Chained Lady don't you hear my call
The teacher's sitting on a star
He needs someone to talk to him
For he's been looking rather thin to me

Sister White kiss the knight and open wide
I'll have to show me story
Do you call me a fool 'cause I don't fit your rules
Or am I really all that boring

I know that it's not so
'Cause you found yourself
Third stone from the wishing well
And you think you're blessed
Hail to high we just got to try
To make our day
Chained Lady don't you hear my call
As I try to say

I've had enough ... I don't believe you've had enough

In the auditorium the plastic smiles are wearing thin
They're talking about the war again
Though this time they will put an end to them

I'll see you at the cinema
Please warn me if I've gone too far
Schoolmaster wonders who we are
Don't tell him that I've seen the star
Track Name: Just One More Day - part 1
The evening tells us never – the morning says she may
Through this all a song stands clear of warning of a day
The hostile children flourish abandoning the way
And parents are invited to have just one more day
Track Name: If
If I were a man
Could I take your hand?
Would you hold me ‘till the morning bright?
If I were a man

If I were a child
With no reason to be mild
Would you love me even though I drowned?
If I were a child

If I were a tree
Could I make you see?
Crowning my wisdom across this ancient land
If I were a tree

If I were the ground
Would I then be found?
I could take you to another time
If I were the ground

If I were a lake
It would be no mistake
I could caress you naked and alive
If I were a lake

If I were the air
Would you even care?
Could you breathe me deep into your soul?
If I were the air

If I were the sun
Would you know I’ve won?
Could I protect you from my burning stare?
If I were the sun

If I were a god
Would you claim I’m flawed?
Could you believe me even in my doubt?
If I were a god
Track Name: The Fool
To know and not act upon it
To love and yet live in fear
To think and go on unknowing
To doubt and walk straight ahead
The fool is always distracted
And doesn’t understand why the rest of us are free
If only for a moment set the mind alone to see
Lock the doors and put your cares away
The fool is gone – there is no need to pray

To seek and turn from the truth
To talk and not be heard
To run and end up backwards
To live and dream no more
The fool is never quite finished
And doesn’t have the mind to reject all that is wrong
There’s no accounting for the fact each day life goes on
Trust your heart and leave your tears behind
The fool is gone and water’s turned to wine

To work and not earn a living
To eat and not be fed
To laugh at nothing funny
To cry when joy’s all around
The fool is inside us all
And don’t deny it when you see
Don’t be afraid to bend
Don’t fall down on your knees
There’s more before the end
After all it’s wisdom that will be your closest friend
Calm your mind and even out your breath
The fool is gone and let life be the test
One more time … repeat … the fool is gone
Track Name: Darkened Skies
The rain it holds no questions
As darkness fills the skies
This place where death's erupting
Complete the raging lies
It's not for us to judge it
Cantankerous on high
I'll take you on a journey
To touch the darkened skies

The fields are filled with fire
Reaching for the sky
Burning with angered power
Remind us of the lies
Of those who came before us
Their souls are touched by hell
Contented with their absence
Reminded by the smell

The rain it has the answers
It spills out of the sky
And now unto the city
The people choke and cry
There is no explanation
Our journey's come to be
The past is now the future
If only we could see
Track Name: Just One More Day - part 2
The evening tells us never – the morning says she may
Through this all a song stands clear of warning of a day
The hostile children flourish abandoning the way
And parents are invited to have just one more day

Now the child has turned to parent and all its children slaves
Reaching back in memory of when they were the same
Still the hope is for the future so please increase my pay
Because of your misguiding we’ve just one more day

Lately I have noticed that what they say is true
The past is unchangeable while rest is up to you
You’d play around forever if I would not say
The tension’s building thoughts compile
For I’ve just one more day

One more day running out of time
I can’t say when you’ll be mine
For I give to you a prophet and throw my soul away
I’ve heard the devil cry my name ‘John’
You’ve just one more day

The evening tells us never – the morning says she may
Through this all a song stands clear of warning of a day
When the hostile children flourish abandoning the way
And parents are invited to have just one more day
Track Name: Fire
Night is dark and dark is lame
Into the ally once again
Convenient answers cannot explain
From all illusions do abstain
Abandon hope cry you to me
That reflects your misery
Contented with the life you've scorned
From the stone then pull your sword

This is life
This is life that is chosen
This is life
This is life that is burning
This is burning
The fire is burning

Night is dark and dark is lame
Into the ally once again
Convenient answers cannot explain
From all illusions do abstain
Abandon hope cry you to me
That reflects your misery
Contented with the life you've scorned
From the stone go ahead pull your sword
pull your sword

This is life
This is life that is chosen
This is life
This is life that is burning
This is burning
The fire is burning
Track Name: The Blood Of Others
What's behind the walls of this room?

A flood of tears – the widows weep
Worn prayers resound in liturgy
A dirge fills up the catacombs
It's cold underground and they are not alone
All life lays still below the warm
And the heretic writes back to home
“It is pleasant here and I am understood.
But the only thing I fear is the blood; the blood of others.”

And another soul entombed
Death;s bell ring out a note of gloom
Open casket open door
By curiosity now the widow is drawn
closer and closer and closer
Frozen eyes stare at the dead
The heretic beset by dread says
“This I cannot accept for the thing I sorely fear
Is the blood; the blood of others.”

So I ask you. What's behind the walls of this room?
Think about it while you still have the chance to
Track Name: Sharpen The Shadow
And so once again
The hero finds himself a friend
Far away from his home
Building castles by the shore
Twisted wreckage burning still
There to keep some love on chill
The hero’s gone, bring in the next
After all aren’t we the best

Come along on this sunny day
But be careful don’t give yourself away
The plastic warriors melt the sky
As they ruin your mind alibi
A cable snaps you hear it fall
Now on the ground I’ll meet you all
Shorn against the hero’s will
The shadow’s sharpened for the kill

This cause is here to stay
A new world order is on the way
Now across the line we stand
As we now remove our hand
Place the rock back where we found
The enemy is all around
This then is my story told
Believe only the truth hold