Conscious Conscience Volume 1: Voluntary Exile

by Brian Smith

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1.
Different Ways of Living
2.
Vote For The Candidate Of The Party
3.
Seeing Other Countries
4.
American Hell
5.
Black Gold
6.
Hipocrisy
7.
Another False Political Profit
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releases December 14, 2014

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Track Name: A Day In The Life Of Jesus Jones
You had the world’s hopes and now you have their fears
They’re starting to ask those silly questions about what’s been going on since you’ve been here
And I don’t want to judge but you know it would appear
That the foundation of your house of cards is starting to disappear
And you’re maintaining a healthy surveillance on your people near and far
You claim it’s for their safety, but we all know that’s a farce
And you’ve wired up your kingdom, now you’re watching it explode
It’s just a day in the life of Jesus Jones

Well I suppose life is a game of probability, at least if you’re not rich
You can shoot for the stars but you’re more likely to end up in a ditch
And if you make it to the top with plans to change the mix
You might as well add your name to your list of problems to be fixed
So you applaud yourself as you sign your almighty name
You make sure it’s televised to show your children cavalcade
Then you see your opponents smirk and you ask, “what’s the joke?”
As they reply, “another day in the life of Jesus Jones”

And when your false progress is mentioned you’re pressed for an excuse
You say, “it’s them” and they say, “no, it’s you”
As everyone else is asking, “Why don’t you all do what you’re supposed to do?”
“Instead of pointing, perhaps you could put yourself to some other use”
So now you’re losing your charm as they’re losing their shit
You try to change the subject by addressing current events
But when they reverse it and ask who did and didn’t know
You find you’re living a day in the life of Jesus Jones

You meet a man they call the chef and you ask him what can he cook
He pauses for a moment and with a smile says, “just the books”
You say “are you serious? You mean you’re a crook?”
Then he writes you a check for a fraction of what he took
Now your supporters are furious and even flaunting your fail
You point to the free market and they point to jail
And if you’re wondering what it’s like to have those who love you at your throat
Just spend a day in the life of Jesus Jones

Oh but I guess a round of handshakes is the customary deed
They’ll say you’re a villain and then they’ll bow down at your feet
You’ve become a caricature of yourself, a tabloid celebrity
For they love you, they hate you, they need you, they need you to leave
Now your position itself is taking its toll
The occupational stress exuding like cigarettes for the soul
And you ask now who’s calling and they say, “just pick up the phone!”
For it’s another day in the life of Jesus Jones

But as a master detractor, you’re no stranger to the drill
They’ll say “look what is happening” and you’ll say, “look who I can kill”
And as their approval is playing limbo, you stick your dissidents with the bill
Acquiring irrefutable faith in your ability to sink lower still
And sure it could be worse, but that’s not the point
When it’s society that could you enhancing instead of your military toys
But it’s a cycle of fear and as everyone starts to know
You realize it’s only a day in the life of Jesus Jones
Track Name: The Future Moving In
I have bore witness to events that are not my business
While exercising persistence and unintentionally improving fitness
For it is not my mission to arrive in this position
To talk as people listen for I am but a simple musician
And I fear the future moving in

While striving for perfection under constant dissection
Others seeking motivation but end up with frustration
Show me a saint who’s not a sinner or justified faith in a beginner
An answer to all our problems from that new face whom wants to solve them
Still I fear the future moving in

For it doesn’t matter which platform you support
Nor the reasons that you purport
As each is but a stone in the wall
Just elected to fall

So look upon those with power, once obtained becoming sour
Perhaps a mission cast upon us, to not keep what they promise
Or maybe the position overwhelming, unaware of what they’re selling
And you can say what you will, still you’re stuck with the bill
And I fear the future moving in

Finding solidarity demanding change, but none can be arranged
Still having to work within the system, even though you are against them
Trying to flee from oppression, but it’s in every direction
And you may
think you have some time still, but history works in cycles
And so I fear the future moving in

For it doesn’t matter which platform you support
Nor the reasons that you purport
As each is but a stone in the wall
Just elected to fall
Track Name: Waiting For A Miracle
If you’re waiting for a miracle or something good to happen
You might be waiting for your whole entire life
For there is no promised land and if you see two footprints in the sand
It’s quite possible one’s from your other personality
And I once believed in God but now I find it so odd
That people who have nothing cling to it in another form
But if that works well for them, then I really don’t have a problem
As long as they politely distance their judgments from me

And you don’t have to be a scientist to explain away the world
But if you don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s magical
And if you don’t believe me, then why do you choose to believe
In an invisible man controlling your destiny?

Now I once was lost but now I am found
By reason and logical thinking
For I talked to the sky, but I’m still awaiting a reply
And I probably will be for the rest of my life
And while your kind thoughts are nice, wishful thinking does not change lives
It just shows your unwillingness to actually do anything
So you can cast your hopes out to the wind, but when it changes direction
Will you or your god be responsible for your fate?

And you don’t have to be a scientist to explain away the world
But if you don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s magical
And if you don’t believe me, then why do you choose to believe
In an invisible man controlling your destiny?

and I’ll hope you are well when I see you at the gates of hell
and we realize we were both wrong and laugh about it
but we only have these lives to lead
and there is no eternity
there’s just these forms we see

at least that’s what I believe
at least that’s what I believe
at least that’s what I believe
at least that’s what I believe
at least that’s what I believe

And you don’t have to be a scientist to explain away the world
But if you don’t understand something, it doesn’t mean it’s magical
And if you don’t believe me, then why do you choose to believe
In an invisible man controlling your destiny?