People on the Moon

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about this song for a while. Then yesterday I read this poetic post on a blog that I really like:

http://thiscuriouslife.me/2013/08/24/memories-for-the-people-of-the-moon/

And so I figured it was time to write about this People on the Moon song.

The song has a bit of an outer-space theme, and it was fun to write about the moon and Mars, and to rhyme (more or less) “interstellar void” and “astronomic noise.” It’s a playful attempt to express my feeling that this life and our universe are much more mysterious and fertile than our consensus reality generally suggests. Particularly in Western science, we hold the provincial belief that humans are the only conscious beings, and that carbon-based life forms like those on Earth are the only possible kind of life. But many of us suspect that, as Shakespeare’s Hamlet says:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

The physicists are catching up to the mystics, beginning to recognize that consciousness is a fundamental feature of the universe. The duality between mind and matter is destined to fade away, I believe, as we realize that all is one on the deepest level. Behind the forms of space and time is the one consciousness from which all springs – far more vast than we can comprehend, an ocean of limitless possibility…

And so why not “Red rock folks living on Mars” and “Gas beings inside the Sun?”

I chose some less-common chords to go with the offbeat lyrics. It’s not hard to play if you don’t mind a bunch of bar chords. But if you drop everything by a half-step, the Eb becomes a D, the Ab becomes a G, and most of the bar chords disappear.

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/people-on-the-moon

People on the Moon

There are people on the earth                Gm       Eb
There are people on the moon               Bb        F
Red rock folks living on Mars                 Gm        Eb
Gas beings inside the sun                      Bb         Ab
Oh oh oh oh oh oh                                Gm        F        Eb

Every star is a child
Every tree has a heart
No stone is left unloved
By the mountain of which it’s part
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Don’t make it so scientific                                          Bb      Eb     Bb     Eb
Don’t leave me alone in this interstellar void             Bb     Ab    Gm    F     Eb
Don’t take it so damn terrific                                     Bb     Eb     Bb     Eb
Don’t leave me to drown in the astronomic noise     Bb     Ab    Gm    F     Eb

There are people on the ground
There are people in the sky
Blue dreamers in the sea
Lava gods flying high
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Every word is a wish
Every day has a night
No time is left for good
No place is out of sight
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Don’t make it so scientific
Don’t leave me alone in this interstellar void
Don’t take it so damn terrific
Don’t leave me to drown in the astronomic noise

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Gotta Believe

You don’t “gotta” do anything, of course… and I’m not sure about “believing” either. I could easily write a song that says “Don’t Believe!” (Wait, I think I have…) A lot of trouble can come from believing what some authority tells you to believe.

But this song is about believing in goodness. If you choose to believe that life is basically good, and that love is everywhere, then that is most likely what you will experience. We are all given plenty of hard knocks, so it is understandable if we start expecting bad things to happen. But we are all blessed as well, in so many ways. I am slowly learning that when I focus on the blessings, I am much happier…

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/gotta-believe

Gotta Believe

Gotta believe in the goodness                E7       G7
Gotta believe in love                               E7       G7
Gotta believe in the happiness               E7        G7
Streaming down from above                  E7        G7

Yeah you gotta believe          E7
D7     E7     D7     E7     D7    E7

Can you feel the goodness
Can you feel the delight
Can you feel the tenderness
Where the day meets the night

Yeah you gotta believe

Believe it if you feel it                           A7        G7
‘Cause what you feel is true                 B7        E7
If it hurts, well you can heal it              A7        G7
‘Cause you know it’s real for you         B7

Yeah you gotta believe

There’s anger on the airwaves
Lots of fear for sale
Everybody’s frantic
But love will prevail

Yeah you gotta believe

Love is the lesson
Life is the school
Hate is the exception
Love is the rule

Yeah you gotta believe

Believe it if you feel it
‘Cause what you feel is true
If it hurts, well you can heal it
‘Cause you know it’s real for you

Yeah you gotta believe

I Remember the Days

I woke up one morning with the first line of this song, and the rest of the lyrics followed easily. This is a song with a pretty simple message. It’s probably more message than song, so maybe it’s not exactly “art.” But I hope it’s kind of a catchy tune. My friend Marc says the “La la la” part is good for singing along… so have a listen and see what you think.

It’s just a song, but I really mean it. I think we will be much happier if we can evolve and create a simpler life, living more communally, in partnership with each other and the Earth. Get rid of governments, corporations, armies, economic and social hierarchies. Learn to honor all people without regard to gender, race, age, sexual orientation. Get rid of money, timeclocks, and standardardized tests.

I’m not saying we can or should all go back to hunting and gathering. We have created a human world that is immensely fascinating and includes so much beauty. But our economic, social, and political systems give us a world where half the human race is struggling for survival, and the other half is anxious and unhappy. Meanwhile we are steadily destroying the natural world that we depend on to live. Perhaps things aren’t quite as bad as all that… but surely we can do better than this! Let’s keep the beautiful parts of this civilization, and toss out or radically re-invent the rest of it. Let’s make it work for all people and the planet too. It’s time for some conscious evolution!

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/i-remember-the-days

I Remember the Days

I remember the days when we worshipped the Goddess            D       C
We lived all together in a big happy clan                                      G        D
I remember the days when we worshipped the Goddess            D        C
Let’s do it again, ‘cause you know that we can                            G        D

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la                                         D        C        G       D

The forests were deep and the rivers were clean
The mountains were mighty and the meadows were green
The breeze when it blew was as fresh as the day
The sunshine and rain were as pure as the May

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

We didn’t have money and we didn’t have machines
Our spirits were bold and our senses were keen
No one went hungry and no one stayed sad
We cared for each other and we shared all we had

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

The children all learned as they played day and night
There was no obsession with getting it right
We all shared the pleasure of gathering food
No one was master and no one got screwed

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

When we got tired we just took a nap
We didn’t have timeclocks and all of that crap
When we got older we just took it slow
Right till the end we took part in the show

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

People were free to love many lovers
Women and men and all of the others
No one was lacking the pleasure of touch
‘Cause kissing and hugging are never too much

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

We sang and we danced and we played on our flutes
Feeling the music right down to our roots
We sang and we danced and we beat on our drums
We played and we laughed and we had lots of fun

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

I remember the days when we worshipped the Goddess
We lived all together in a big happy clan
I remember the days when we worshipped the Goddess
Let’s live that way again, ‘cause you know that we can

La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la
La la la, la la la la, la la la la, la la

Wild Woman of the Woods

This is another song that I started by the creek in lower Bidwell Park. The muse has a strong presence there. I was just strumming Gm and C on my ukulele, and I started singing about the wild woman of the woods. I wrote the verses at home one morning about a week later, and I wasn’t sure at first if they were part of the same song. But soon I realized it all went together.

I love alliteration, and there’s a lot of it in this song. I just love singing “Crona the creatrix lives by the creek, crafting treasures for children to seek…” It’s such fun to play with words and feel their shapes in your mouth as you sing them…

This song celebrates the mystery, power, and beauty of the divine feminine. I hope you enjoy it!

http://scottlape.bandcamp.com/track/wild-woman-of-the-woods

Wild Woman of the Woods

Lily the litter lady lives by the lake                                      Gm       Bb        C
Picking up the messes that other people make               Gm       Bb        C
She may seem harmless, but make no mistake      Gm       Bb        C
She’s a wild woman, wild woman of the woods               Gm       Bb        C
Wild woman of the woods                                                  C          Gm        C

The wild woman of the woods                                          Gm        C
Lives just around the bend from you                              Gm        C
The wild woman of the woods                                         Gm        C
Will keep it going till the end for you                               Gm        C
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one                   Gm        C
Wild woman of the woods                                               Gm        C        Gm        C

Suzanne the seamstress sews for a song
She’s mending and stitching all the day long
You might think she’s simple, but you would be wrong
She’s a wild woman of the woods
Wild woman of the woods

The wild woman of the woods lives just across the road from you
The wild woman of the woods will always find the motherlode for you
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one
Wild woman of the woods

Crona the creatrix lives by the creek
Crafting treasures for children to seek
You might think she’s crazy, but wait till she speaks
She’s a wild woman of the woods
Wild woman of the woods

The wild woman of the woods wanders wild right beside you
The wild woman of the woods will even get right inside you
Wild woman of the woods, she’s a wild one
Wild woman of the woods