Metaphorically Blind

by chris hardy

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written & recorded in february 2013 for the RPM challenge, these 13 songs are an exorcism to the ego. musical style is similar to what might happen if Beck joined Steely Dan on MTV Unplugged.

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released April 1, 2013

chris hardy - acoustic piccolo bass guitar, drums, electric & acoustic bass, cajon, keyboards & vocals.

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chris hardy Augusta, Georgia

i write songs & record 'em using a bunch of instruments & then perform 'em using just an acoustic piccolo bass guitar & my voice.

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Track Name: she's a loud thinker
chorus:
she's a loud thinker, she's a loud thinker
and she talks in a whisper all the time

cover your brain up
when she enters your room
and if you can't stand logic
then you're facing doom

she's a loud thinker, she's a loud thinker
and she talks in a whisper all the time

listen to her ponder
you can hear the gears grind
maybe that's weird but
that's how she was designed

chorus:
she's a loud thinker, she's a loud thinker
and she talks in a whisper all the time

bridge:
as strange as it is, this paradox
is very refreshing to see
in a world of people who don't think at all
she's a beautiful deportee

now if your head hurts
then stop complaining today
quit running your mouth
and the pain will go away

chorus:
she's a loud thinker, she's a loud thinker
and she talks in a whisper all the time
she's a loud thinker, she's a loud thinker
and she talks in a whisper all the time
Track Name: we all need a swift kick in the pants
moving along unchecked
avoiding the pitfalls in sight
steering clear of every hint
of a conflict or a fight

carefully taking each step
and trying hard not to upset
the balance of consequence
and the pungent feeling of regret

chorus:
but deep down inside
no matter how much we hide
we all need a swift kick in the pants
to get us back in stride

bridge:
it's not so much a punishment
for a crime that one commits
it's just a slight correction
when politeness briefly quits

chorus:
but deep down inside
no matter how much we hide
we all need a swift kick in the pants
to get us back in stride

the enemy is the behavior
with its roots in selfishness
and it happens to every one of us
in spite of our success

chorus:
but deep down inside
no matter how much we hide
we all need a swift kick in the pants
to get us back in stride
Track Name: by the end of the line
in the beginning it was shaky
unsure and fearful was the way
unexpected crises rising up
seemed like every single day

then the signs of settling down showed
the boat rocked less from the waves
coming out of your hiding for the first time
and it looked like your confidence was saved

chorus:
don't you know everything will be fine
by the end of the line
all it takes is just a minor realign
by the end of the line

bridge:
the storm is just a meal that feeds your fear
makes you want to wither up and die
but it's just like actors on tv pretending
to make you feel that way while your life passes by

chorus:
don't you know everything will be fine
by the end of the line
all it takes is just a minor realign
by the end of the line

now as the sun sets on the ocean
the worst of this is far behind
you see there's no need to be afraid
of the sudden and the undefined

chorus:
and you know everything will be fine
by the end of the line
all it takes is just a minor realign
Track Name: digging in the matter
far away from the cities
heading into the moonlight
your mind is a projectile
fired off into the night
and the less you hear people say
the more you hear your own thoughts
their voices are covering up
the gifts you've already got

chorus:
you're digging in the matter
underneath all the chatter
the distance makes 'em scatter
then you're digging in the matter

getting away is essential
to your own peace of mind
look at the things that disappear
and the things that you find
you carry so much weight
from words that aren't even yours
that when you see the right room
you can't fit through the doors

chorus:
you're digging in the matter
underneath all the chatter
the distance makes 'em scatter
then you're digging in the matter

bridge:
the way you isolate yourself looks harmful to everyone
yet the ones who know themselves, that's what they've done
so while the mosquitoes will buzz about your every move
you can just laugh it off from the comfort of your groove

chorus:
you're digging in the matter
underneath all the chatter
the distance makes 'em scatter
then you're digging in the matter
Track Name: turn off the brain
questions and problems
for you to inspect
mental assault and battery
challenges your intellect

as you untie one knot
more are quickly tied
pushing you to insanity
where body and mind collide

chorus:
turn off the brain and take a break
sometimes you have to walk away
spend some more time just being stupid
after being so smart all day

bridge:
you can't solve every riddle
that creeps up in your view
and before it leaves you alone
each one takes a piece of you

running long past empty
really messes with the scales
when the balance is upset
that's when the weighing fails

chorus:
turn off the brain and take a break
sometimes you have to walk away
spend some time just being stupid
after being so smart all day

chorus:
turn off the brain and take a break
sometimes you have to walk away
spend some time just being stupid
after being so smart all day
Track Name: when coffee talks
chorus:
when coffee talks
it starves your ears
when coffee talks
clarity appears
when coffee talks
no distraction interferes
when coffee talks
just listen

there's a busy world you dance in
a nonstop flight to the chaos land
you've got no time to sit and think
no moment goes unplanned

chorus:
when coffee talks
it starves your ears
when coffee talks
clarity appears
when coffee talks
no distraction interferes
when coffee talks
just listen

the sun comes up and you move
till it sets and everything is dark
it's like driving a million miles
but never stopping to park

chorus:
when coffee talks
it starves your ears
when coffee talks
clarity appears
when coffee talks
no distraction interferes
when coffee talks
just listen

bridge:
yes you're missing out
the more you try to control
completely unaware
of a great feast for your soul

chorus:
when coffee talks
it starves your ears
when coffee talks
clarity appears
when coffee talks
no distraction interferes
when coffee talks
just listen
Track Name: metaphorically blind
wouldn't you like to be in a world
where the world wouldn't matter at all?
wouldn't you like to climb up so high
and not be so afraid to fall?

wouldn't you like to leave yourself
and abandon the cubicle for good?
wouldn't you like a life with no worry
and the belief that you really could?

chorus:
it's not always necessary
to seek in order to find
sometimes taking things away
leaves you much more defined
and if the eyes take in the sights
and the ego fills the mind
maybe it's better to make yourself
metaphorically blind

wouldn't you like to say goodbye
to all the things that hold you down?
wouldn't you like to find your place
far away from the common ground?

bridge:
all you got to do is decide
from all the viewpoints you see
one of them is most like you
and the rest of them are just debris
so take a short stroll down each one
you need not go very far
and by going through what you're not
then you're left with what you are

chorus:
it's not always necessary
to seek in order to find
sometimes taking things away
leaves you much more defined
and if the eyes take in the sights
and the ego fills the mind
maybe it's better to make yourself
metaphorically blind
Track Name: cutting a groove
you know your way around
like you've been here before
somehow you see a vision
that's way too big to ignore
and the only lead you follow
is the one from inside
the arrows of the world just bounce right off
your armor plated hide

pre chorus:
there's something about just making your way
with nothing to prove
when you're walking the path it's your intensely
that makes the earth move

chorus:
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove

some take the road less traveled
and there's nothing wrong with that
if that's the place in one's heart
that they can see just where it's at
but you're not on a road at all
yet you still move just as fast
it's like the heavens opened up for you
and made it safe to pass

pre chorus:
there's something about just making your way
with nothing to prove
when you're walking the path it's your intensely
that makes the earth move

chorus:
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove

bridge:
distractions fade away
resistance yields as well
complications are simplified
by dropping the urge to rebel

pre chorus:
there's something about just making your way
with nothing to prove
when you're walking the path it's your intensely
that makes the earth move

chorus:
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
you're cutting a groove
Track Name: suddenly you're content
supposing there's a thing you want
and your wanting is the very thing
that repels the object of your very desire

and the closer you think you get
to capturing it once and for all
the faster it will move farther away from you

chorus:
then you'll find out that it's so simple
without your planning and your intent
that as soon as you let it all go
suddenly you're content
and there it is beside you again

so now your words and projections
create a burden on the process
that slows you down each step you try and take

you carry it and soldier on
not realizing the power
of letting the thing not become a thing at all

chorus:
then you'll find out that it's so simple
without your planning and your intent
that as soon as you let it all go
suddenly you're content
and there it is beside you again

bridge:
it's not that you should actively care or not care
you can't apprehend what's no longer there

chorus:
then you'll find out that it's so simple
without your planning and your intent
that as soon as you let it all go
suddenly you're content
and there it is beside you again
Track Name: them that had the hunger
witnesses recall the scene
of a river rising up so high
a breaching of the levee
was just a matter of time

as the water came flowing down
the scene was looking mighty grim
it was finally time for citizens
to either sink or swim

chorus:
and them that had the hunger
somehow found a way
to get up on dry land
and live another day
and them that bought the lies
were caught out in the rain
sleeping through disaster
experiencing the pain

you can take your directions
from mere actors on a set
you can disbelieve your own head
and accept what you get

you can also take it all
with a rather large grain of salt
and then in the face of drowning
it's nobody else's fault

chorus:
and them that had the hunger
somehow found a way
to get up on dry land
and live another day
and them that bought the lies
were caught out in the rain
sleeping through disaster
experiencing the pain
Track Name: things don't slide like they used to
a strange new phenomenon
is rising into view
affecting the world of physics
and everything you do

it's a friction like no other
that's ever been detected
an annoying cellular illness
it appears we're all infected

chorus:
things don't slide like they used to
and gravity just doesn't care
no, things don't slide like they used to
and it doesn't seem fair

your salt shaker, your coffee cup
your barstool and your table
will test your last ounce of patience
as they give up being stable

chorus:
things don't slide like they used to
and gravity just doesn't care
no, things don't slide like they used to
and it doesn't seem fair

bridge:
so is the universe coming apart
separating at every seam?
or is it the mother of all illusions
manifesting from a dream

chorus:
things don't slide like they used to
and gravity just doesn't care
no, things don't slide like they used to
and it doesn't seem fair
Track Name: don't fall down
don't fall down
it's what you always say
and it's not only literal
there are plenty of ways

don't fall down
cause balance is the key
and if you need assistance
say the word and it will be

chorus:
like an invisible hand
that reaches out to hold
a virtual blanket
when it gets too cold
and like an unseen shoulder
upon which to cry
your comfort is everywhere
in abundant supply

bridge:
darkness makes us wonder
if we'll make it out alive
fearful of the future
and if we can survive

don't fall down
because your strength inspires
they look up to you
and get the warmth from your fires

chorus:
like an invisible hand
that reaches out to hold
a virtual blanket
when it gets too cold
and like an unseen shoulder
upon which to cry
your comfort is everywhere
in abundant supply

chorus:
like an invisible hand
that reaches out to hold
a virtual blanket
when it gets too cold
and like an unseen shoulder
upon which to cry
your comfort is everywhere
in abundant supply
Track Name: question mark
it was a dark day
it was a storm of a storm
destruction was imminent
yes, it would transform

and the images showed
people all fearful and tense
but on a deeper level
none of it made any sense

chorus:
and did you even trust yourself
or did you throw it all away
for the cameras and the tears
that were rolling on that day
yeah, even though it felt unright
you could not ignore the sight
of a question mark
a question mark

bridge:
so now you've come to a 4-way stop
where you've got to let something drop
so which way are you gonna go
the way you see or the way you know?

as compelling as it is
it goes right against the grain
of a feeling in your gut
that's short-circuits your brain

chorus:
and did you even trust yourself
or did you throw it all away
for the cameras and the tears
that were rolling on that day
yeah, even though it felt unright
you could not ignore the sight
of a question mark
a question mark