Clear Skies, Come Open Wide

by Mike Dragon

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A darker, acoustic venture. depth, heart, wisdom, expansion.

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released May 31, 2006

released 5/31/2006
all songs written and performed by Mike Dragon.
Produced by Mike Dragon and Miles Ferrel @ www.transmitterstudio.com in Ventura California.

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Track Name: Remedy
Wide awake here for the first time
since I had found the estate here,
and in the meanwhile,
such a soothing sight on the lake here,
in the crosshairs of my former life of despair,
it still follows me around,
but you said,

"Don't believe what these eyes see,
in the quiet of your heart
is where I'll speak to thee,
and if you ever feel
this world's too real,
then I offer you these remedies,
just use them wisely."

Overcome now for the last time,
I'll build silent walls made of brick now,
but I still cry for this troubled world
that spins 'round,
with fixed eyes on the former self I despise,
he still pushes me around,
but you said,

"Don't believe what sense perceives,
in the quiet of your heart
is where I'll speak to thee,
and if you ever feel,
this pain's too real,
then I offer you these remedies,
just use them wisely."

And still...

I keep thinking all the wrong things,
I keep runnin' 'round in circles,
but your whisper overpowers ego,
and presents me an option,
to quit thinking all the wrong things,
and stop runnin' 'round in circles,
but how could I have imagined
if I had always imagined life to be empty here?
Track Name: 23 Years
23 years, asleep at the wheel,
I'd traveled so long in stand still,
so where's the valley I was told I'd see?
still 23 miles before me.

I sent you a message,
and peered through the window,
you you gave me directions,
but I fell asleep again.

23 years with eyes off the road,
it took me so long to let go,
so where's the view I thought I'd behold by now?
still 23 years away somehow.

I left you a message,
etched in the ether,
you sent me an angel,
and I fell onto my knees.

I'm praying for the day
when you manifest in darkness,
come to lead me away
from these labyrinths of thought
I've held so long I can't explain
whence they hold me,
and as night releases grip,
I appreciate the contrast more than
day alone could give,
as I labor through this winter
for that long summer's kiss,
oh, how I long for this.

You sent me an angel,
but I fell asleep again.

I left you a message,
etched in the ether,
you sent me an angel,
but I fell asleep again,
oh no...
Track Name: Clear Skies, Come Open Wide
Prison walls stacked high,
so high as the eyes can see,
constructed, erected solely to bury me,
but it's so hard to believe what you promised me,
that we are free to leave, we've always had the keys.

So it seems I'm as trapped as I'd admit to be,
right behind these thoughts,
these cares, calls infinity,
do you see?

A heart of stone, dry as bone,
we are searching for a watering,
but we swallow sands from arid lands
still pretending they're quenching,
it wasn't hard to reveal what was killing me,
all I see now is how to see myself objectively.

So it seems I'm as parched as I'd admit to be,
right behind this thirst,
this curse, dwells divinity,
you'll see...

So I call you,
"clear skies, come open wide,"

I've got to stop this machine from controlling me,
and I've got to stop this disease from spreading,
so I call you,
"clear skies, come open wide..."
Track Name: Corrosion (instrumental)
an 'ole buncha melodee's an' nutting else, mon...
Track Name: Ecstacy
I fell some ways
into the sight that I hold this day,
of seeing you as a clear bright star
whose guided me on my way thus far,
I saw a throne inside your eyes that day,
seated king was the love I gave,
and now you know it was always there,
obstructed only by misled cares,
I never knew that I could feel this way,
felt as free as a child that day,
but even more as the infant's torn
between the air and the womb so warm,
I saw the rain inside your tears that day,
washed away by a tender gaze,
and now you know where the grey comes from,
a different shade from the same bright sun.

Help me to see how we can stay this free,
to be what we need when we need it.

This rain presupposes a rainbow,
so hold on when these storms abound here,
as this cold predisposes the warm glow
that melts the snow.

Been shown new ways
to respond to the things you say,
cos now I see all the games I've made,
elaborate little parts I've played,
I never knew that we could be this true,
from a seed to a tree we grew,
and now I know why the sky's so blue,
to bring a smile to the God in you.

Help me to see how we can stay this free,
to be what we need when we need it.

This rain presupposes a rainbow,
so hold on when these storms abound here,
as this cold predisposes the warm glow
that melts the snow.

In time we'll trace our steps back,
and find that love again,
in time we'll trace our steps back,
and find our way home.

Reveal yourself,
reveal yourself...
Track Name: Contact (instrumental)
feel dee riddim….
Track Name: The Center
So where to go from here
when it feels like it's all that can happen?
so crystal-clear down here,
I was trying to follow you home,
and I fell deep, too deep to walk alone,
now time has erased you from my mind.

Still we know now
where we get our strength from,
this ocean of compassion,
whose charge and whose light
can penetrate to the center.

So how to see from here
when your truth is removed from the seasons?
so awfully bland out here,
I was trying to kiss you again,
but I felt pain as deep as I could know,
now you have erased me from my mind.

Still we know now
where we get our strength from,
this ocean of compassion,
adrift to carry and guide you through trials,
and whose will and whose force
can penetrate to the center.

It's like switching perspectives
to clearly perceive your defenses,
like re-grouping your strategies
to better serve those around me,
it's just removing the falsity that screams
that you were never a part of me,
it's such an obvious advantage point to see
that you were always inside of me.

It penetrates to the center,
it penetrates to the heart of me,
where it cultivates my affection...