Roar in Berlin

by The Stoned Beatle

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Roar in Berlin

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1. Roaring Berlin 2. Howling Apocalypse Tunes 3. Bobby for a While
4. Masquerade 5. Islands 6. Towards Heaven Facing 7. Cavalcade
8. Flash 9. Famous Geishas 10. Waltz/Ascend 11. Let Paris Bleed
12. All Falls Down 13. Curtains

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1. Prayers 2. Constellations 3. Dissolve
4. Thundering, Jubilant, Even Now 5. A Void 6. Snowfall
7. They Drift Among Us 8. On and on and on and On 9. Meteors
10. Throw Stones (for Hannibal) 11. Circles, Unbroken 12. Rest
13. Windows 14. Fade

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released August 6, 2016

The Stoned Beatle
with a lot of help from
Jerered

All songs by The Stoned Beatle except Masquerade, Prayers, and
On and on and on and On by Jerered
Circles, Unbroken contains a portion of Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
by Ada R. Habershon and Charles H. Gabriel
Album cover from the film Cabaret directed by Bob Fosse

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Track Name: Roaring Berlin
Swirling lights, the glow surrounding
Every door opens wide before me
Triumphant, savage and cheering loud
I'm a blood-soaked swamp hag in the crowd

Oh, we were lost under the lights that night
Acting out our dumb play to the stars
Hope they don't judge too harsh
Because not one of us can remember what our damn lines even are

Lay your secrets bare out in the open, dear thing
Let your little devils out and hear them sing, sing, sing
Be surprised at the sweetness of their melody's ring
And bow low, low before your feral king

Vodka in the parking lot of Burger King
Pissed out on the sidewalk, I think
This is my roaring Berlin
Such debauched decadence
Let's smoke and discuss the merits
Of Belle and Sebastian
Horror movie apartment, play me Nancy from Now On
Until my voice cracks with the...
Horror movie apartment, play me Nancy from Now On
Until my voice cracks with the dawn
Track Name: Howling Apocalypse Tunes
Was I found naked on your driveway?
Barking at the moon
Howling apocalypse tunes
Apologies, apologies
I was in fever
I was in bull-eyed, cock-shit frenzy
I was in a good mood

I vomited the doldrums of the world
These scrapes and bruises are my own
Proof of a life, well, lived

Father, father have I faltered?
Am I anything like you planned?
I will stay a shadow in the corner until I can go home
I will remain a wraith until you tell me that I can go

I vomited the doldrums of the world
These scrapes and bruises are my own
Proof of a life, well, lived
Track Name: Bobby for a While
You cut the limbs from the trees
Now you can see the forest for what it is
You cut the limbs from the trees
Now you can see the forest for what it is
Dead and fucked
All I can ask for is a pity and a sadness
Weed and fireworks, some sensible madness

Some sleet right beneath the street light on a still and sweet night
Let's embrace and end this distance between us, damn it
Like a cloudburst, the light was always there
Like a cloudburst, the light was always there
Shines anew

Let's play bawdy patty cake on lawns
Ashroud with unknown dew
An unsung shrew looms
Doomed and cursing, doubting over all
We'll fight the fall
We'll lose, of course
But the cause was good and dumb enough to be called heroic

Sleep, sleep deep, my darling sweet
We'll meet in forgotten dreams
Sleep sleep deep my darling sweet
We'll meet in forgotten dreams
I have tired wisdom to impart
If you can keep the fire in your heart
I could be Bobby for a while

Let's play bawdy patty cake on lawns
Ashroud with unknown dew
An unsung shrew looms
Doomed and cursing, doubting over all
We'll fight the fall
We'll lose, of course...

Let's play bawdy patty cake on lawns
Ashroud with unknown dew
An unsung shrew looms
Doomed and cursing, doubting over all
We'll fight the fall
We'll lose, of course
But the cause was good and dumb enough to be called heroic
Track Name: Masquerade
She dreams of love
She dreams of arms to hold her for more than one night
She dreams of more than this life
She dreams of dancing in the candlelight
But she puts on her mask, meets all of her friends
Maybe at the party she will find something to live for at last

He dreams of love
He dreams of arms to hold him for more than one night
He dreams of more than this life
He dreams of dancing in the candlelight
But he puts on his mask, meets all of his friends
Maybe at the party he will find something worth living for at last

Then the drinking begins of tonics and gins
Of empty laughs and grins
And her eyes meet his

They glimpse at love
They glimpse at each other
Through the holes in their masks

As they live, they die
They glide back home
Now they dream alone

Now they dream alone
Track Name: Islands
All men are islands, known only to themselves
Oh, a thousand years
No, fifteen billion years (fuck it)
I shamble down the hall shouting, "Sha la la la la la la"
"Sha la la la la la la"
Which of course means these walls are stained with blood
From tall chandeliers

Not every song is a love song
Not every singer is telling the truth
We are all Neil Young; we are all David Bowie
In that we are overrated, but that doesn't mean we're not great

Check the well; it's dry, oh well
Our youth will return to us, bony, discarded
We'll draw forth death, young, forever
Drink deep, drink deep
Swing set sweet dream
Track Name: Towards Heaven Facing
We are resplendent beings
Picture us towards heaven facing
Everything you see is fleeting
This song is not over

All I know is that I love you
I love you
I do
Track Name: Cavalcade
Creak, slam, sit, a bit of onomatopoeia
Oh sage Joanna, squeak, "Ho, Calico"
Enthralled with gone cities, gone people I'll never know
Back with Joanna I croak, "Ho, Swansea"

You had the right idea
Bury it where even you can't touch it
Fuck it up, debase it
By the hari-kari buzzing doubts in your mind

An Eskimo cyst, show me secret paths hidden in ya
Some sordid bliss, we naked skip, la di day
Cut short the shrift; cut your name into me
I'll wear it sullen always to the loneliest grave

A cavalcade of lights
A splendid crescendo of sinners
By the gate, mouth agape, I praise them awestruck
I give them my soul, trade even the souls of others

I pledge my dumbass heart
Spurn the stuck-up, pissed-off away
Track Name: Famous Geishas
Do you have sex dreams about Reba McEntire?
And do you hope to retire?
Before the vultures start circling around you (and they will)

Do you wake up in cold sweat?
The thought of her smeared lipstick on your neck
And don't you regret that this is the deepest love you have left

Just tell your yearning body
"I don't mind; I don't care"
In the immortal words of a famous geisha
"Give up; take care"

Do you crave the sick warmth of retreat?
The lovely loveless depths of dirty dreams
She sings sweetly of sincere things
But you have no idea what she means

Build her castles; tear them down
Say, "It was nothing; it was foolish"
Shield yourself from the sound
Of idle sirens cooing in the ruins

Just tell your yearning body
"I don't mind; I don't care"
In the immortal words of a famous geisha
"Give up; take care"

Oh Babylon's been lost and found!
Track Name: Let Paris Bleed
Let Paris bleed on these paved streets
Where we tried to find an answer
To loneliness, lonely even together
Where we lamely ran like pitiful punks
Where we laughed a happy jackass laugh
Where we devoutly prayed to profane the mundane
And escape this tidal wave bearing down on us

"I never heard so musical a discord, such sweet thunder"
As when you were high in the garage singing Stevie Wonder
Drums and guitar, our sheltered dim-lit stardom
You were a meteor, a comet, a wishing well
You were a stranger, you were a dead-end
You were a plagiarist, but you meant well

It was a naive dream, a delinquent scheme
To balance what you need with what you desire
But oh, the cost to have what you hunt most
It's won and lost as a town is with fire

Paris' hopes were too steep for paved streets
Paris' fall too steep for paved streets
Let Paris bleed; let Paris die
So loved and so despised
These gifts seemed divine
But those dogs don't sleep, they lie
No gift is ever given freely
And no paved streets for dreams too steep

Our hopes were too steep for paved streets
Our fall too steep for paved streets
So let us bleed, oh, let us weep
We sow just what we reap
These spoils seemed so nice
But they'll kill us in our sleep
Every prize has its price
And no paved streets for dreams too steep
Track Name: All Falls Down
All falls down
All falls down
When the cord breaks, it breaks without a sound
When the cord breaks, it breaks without a sound

All falls down
All falls down
Lie flat on the ground
Keep your eyes on the ground

There was a time, and there was a place
And it all made sense in the there and then
But never again

There was a time, and there was a place
And it all made sense in the there and then
But never again

You could have seen a ghost
But you looked away
You could have beheld one that you loved
Instead you studied your shoes

A spirit spurned spurns in return

All falls down
Track Name: Curtains
You sit there and stare at your phone
To sounds of Swordfish Trombones
Oh, you've gone and flown again
And where, where, where, where will you roam?
Roman aromas rose like red, rosy, deathly thorn thrones
And they all fall down just when you least need them to
Got your father's bad habits, so run, run, you rabbit
Give up the ghost and the talk show host
Feel it in your bones, holy, hallowed, hollow
Hallelujah!
A halo, we hang low

Tell your parents a story about how you failed them
And they'll believe you
Tell your parents a story about how you failed them
And they'll believe you

Sing it again, success through repetition
Will they listen? No, no
It's always the same scene
A dream, an act, a love, and a death
The dreamer, the whore, the lover, the corpse

And the playwright who stages this play every night
Wondering how long it will take to get right
And the dreamer dreams this darkness is bright
And the actor adores his time in the light
And the lover loves the love of her life
And the corpse is just kind of there for the ride
Curtains fall; they rise

From the sightless dark, a light that blinds
Actors enter exit left stage right
Before your very eyes...
Before your very eyes
Quick, the knife! The knife!
Maybe next time around
Track Name: Prayers
Oh Lord, my light
Please hear my prayer

Oh holy night
Please send someone by my side

Oh bottle of mine
Please grant me courage
Track Name: Constellations
Constellations of stations of impurity buried deep inside of me
Seeping through the seams, bleeding into every scene

We'll meet again
Don't know where, don't know when
Oh, Vera Lynn, Vera Lynn

Oh, holy Joanna
Give me the meaning of the scene; I've forgotten every line
Oh, holy Joanna
Under so many lights, and so many, many eyes

Constellations of a shortage of souls that link our lives together
Constellations of heartache that weave our woes
Into the shadowy shape of a loving embrace
Into the shadowy shape of a loving embrace

My silvery soul, my heart full of holes
My holy hands made idle in my idols and
I am sure, I am sure
That I've been through this before

I've been through this day before
I've rode this ride before
I've lived this life before

I've kissed this kiss before
I've been deep, deep in the deep before
I've slept this sleep before

I've been through this day before
I've rode this ride before
I've lived this life before

I've kissed this kiss before
I've been deep, deep in the deep before
I've slept this sleep before

I've loved this love before
Track Name: Thundering, Jubilant, Even Now
Somehow I thought things would get easier
For a moment, I thought that things would really change
But as I leave this floodlit theater
Dodge the talk around me, I'm alone again

We are consuming ourselves; it's a deafening roar
Burn your dreams; they've let you down too many times before
Some good times, some mischief, I hope that's enough
To be laughing, desperate, horny, and numb

When the dancers strike pose, when the actors all bow
When the drink's flowing freely, and the band's playing loud
With dimly lit eyes from the dark, from the shroud
Do the gone watch even now?

Out in the jubilant street, impossibly gay
Forgotten tongues from lost souls stumbling in the fray
My marquee car, some humdrum bells, and everything else
A lecherous heaven, a rapturous hell

But when the spirit leaves us, as spirits always do
We find that I am still me, and you all are still you
And there's an undefined divide between us two
And only something such bullshit could ever be true
Track Name: A Void
I spoke to a void
I spoke to avoid the silence
Echoing nothing abounds in reply
It was futile to try, but oh, I tried

I saw you Saturday night
And God, you shined so bright
It was just hot air, a looking glass sigh
All I found was emptiness
I curse every sight that isn't you
And I curse my shut eyes for seeing you

You think you'll find comfort in the light
That's a mistake

It shows you how alone you are
It shows you everything you're not
And will never understand
You close your eyes
And curse them for seeing
Track Name: Snowfall
Heat always leaves, and everything falls
And here the snow falls often
And though you'd like to believe otherwise
It falls forgotten

But maybe there's grace in the fading away
And in the ever starting over
Why, what's there to be gained to look back dismayed
At snow dusting your shoulder?

We're covered and thaw, smothered in awe
Like it's never yet happened
Free from the thought that we are caught
In an endless lesson

But all for naught, it's plum forgot
The moment it's sunk in
So we sing on our clumsy song
So loud and so drunken

To chase off the silence that knew the notes
Well before they were ours to know
Our warm voices rise and are lost to the night
And the echoes fall muffled in snow
Track Name: On and on and on and On
Tonight we'll all put on a show
And on and on and on and on
The days, they'll go; the nights, they'll go
And on and on and on and on
They'll go right by, so

Tonight let's go put on a show
For God that He might nod (He nods!)
Life might go, and oh, you know it goes
And on and on and on and on

Our lives, they'll go before we even know
So let's just dance now!
Track Name: Meteors
You taught me to laugh
When you were cartwheeling past
The craft service table
All the trays in disarray
See your star dumbly rise
Felt somewhat surprised
By the little mischief in your eyes
Fame by another name

Adoration, is this love?
Does it scream? Does it tug?
As we broken-backed try to lug
This jagged mountain
Into the stratosphere
Into the exosphere

Or does it mutter mercy and cry?
Take a desperate free-falling dive
Afire and affrighted
Leaving naked tear streaks across the night sky
Taken by young lovers as a star-crossed sign
"Oh God, we tried"
"It was dumb, but we tried"
"Oh God, we tried"
"It was dumb but we tried"
Track Name: Throw Stones (for Hannibal)
Throw your stones
At the man who stands apart
These frantic, forlorn limbs
Sprung forth from beating, bursting heart
They flail to the fault
Of the lovelorn's love lost
The denial is the greatest hurt
The sin well-known from the start

Grotesque, grotesque
These painful shapes in which we twist ourselves
Grow dark, grow darker still
Our thoughts, the greatest maze, the greatest hell
Groan, undone, undulate in the inky veil
Grope for last ditch walls
Hope, the heavy light, hard-fought holdout
The simple sell

Sense a familiar face staring unseen, attentive
Sentence your struggling sounds to speak, "Forgive"
Since there was no reply, no reply was expected
Send your prayers to the deaf; reveal your beauty to the blind
Surrender yourself to the eternal forget
And forever give and give and give and give
Track Name: Rest
Sing me to slumber, you tender idiot
You delicate fool
Teach me the immortal murmur
Of heavy sighs and longing eyes

And the hunger, the hunger
Dull or ferocious
The dolor precocious
Sure of its fervor

And fevered in the scorching boredom
The hunger of purgatory
The hunger of the damned!
The hunger of the twice damned
And too stupid to realize the wrong
A case in point:

Hamlet knew Yorick far better than he knew himself
Dead
The all-knowing mute and the chattering fool
Lucky in his deafness, cursed by his vision

The rest is just repeating ourselves
We rest, and we repeat ourselves
Ourselves we repeat and we rest
We repeat ourselves like the rest
We repeat ourselves, and we rest
Track Name: Windows
Oh, I see those icy eyes
"Sleep kill those pretty eyes...
Heaven in my mouth...
Blood thou art still blood...
Let's write good angel on the devil's horn"

And it's the same most every night
Same old ghost, same old fright
And when it sighs, it sighs
With your voice in my mouth
It resounds through caverns dark and sky
It cries, God, let me out
It cries God let me out

This wilderness of tigers that we call Rome
Love is a wilderness of tigers, I claim
And it's savage with dripping veins hanging from hungry fangs

"Shall we bite our tongues, and in dumb shows
Pass the remainder of our hateful days?"
If love's so savage, then roar, damn you, roar, you say
If love's so savage, then roar damn you roar, you say
If love's so savage then roar damn you roar you say

And I can't think of another way to ask
Did it mean anything?
Helplessly cryptic to a hopeless cynic, you speak
It means what it means
The sound of a shadow passing
"Darling, I can't..." the words now wavering
I'm sorry, but I can't, above, the sickle swings
And stupid, fickle, I sing
Out my window to ghosts and angels
Hoping they'll come back to me

Hoping they'll come back to me