FUTURE FUNERALS

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Special thanks to Ron "Shockman", Elliot, Vern, Gren, and everyone else who helped realize this music from the most microscopic of my conceits to its final recordings.


"A treatise on mortality and time." To be clear, the title "Future Funerals" was derived first from the last song's title "Future History" -- a near-future, first-person pop song about having a heart when sudden migration and climate change comes home to roost; and second, about the impact of people dying around you over time (ie, the “funerals" that are always waiting for us in the future). The songs not directly based on those themes - The Green House and Sing Around the Campfire - hit on corollary themes of youth's blitheness with time passing (playing in a band and friends/small town drama) in the former; and in the latter, a dark, folksy take on mortality's intersection with time and one's hopes -- ambiguously presenting the idea that time runs out, but when hopeless there will always be tomorrow. "Will we ever finish all the things we've begun?", indeed.

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released November 11, 2018

Songs & Music: Philthy Lawless / Cryptohelix and P. Lollar © 2018
Engineering: Elliot Warren
Moral support: Gren Coffee
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Track Name: Future History
Thousands were running
like rats along a gutter
Standing in a field I saw you,
passing on a train

No one wants to live
in a war zone
Our families do what you will do
if your time comes

We can write
the future history
into new sidewalk
before it sets

We can make
the memories worth keeping,
or get lost at sea
never seen again
Track Name: The GreenHouse
The dirtbound lot
that hopeless plot
front lawn: highway one

Hatchet table
The Kirsch fable
rusted engine washed to the hearth

Trash everywhere,
beds on the floor;
still we found our way

We mangled their songs
til they looked like our own
in a noisy shed we called 'home'
in a noisy shed we called 'home’
in a noisy shed we called 'home’

Jay washed the jars
and cut his hands
and never played again

We went to the bars
and danced to the bands
and never ever played again.
Never ever played again….

We set sail
across the gravel,
Through storm and doldrums

(though it all) That green house
stayed afloat --
Our ship/our place/our home

Bedroom guitars,
All drums on deck;
Verses nailed to the mast

(though it all) That green house
stayed afloat --
Our ship/our place/our home

[all together:]
Our ship! Our place! Our home!
Track Name: The Dancing Widower
They call him ‘The Dancing Widower’
He spins records in the deep of night
But only two suns arise this dawn
after staying out all night

He’s never looked better,
bearing his loss with stoic grace.
The mirror ball scatters fractured light.
Bright smile on his bearded face

They call him ‘The Dancing Widower’
He spins records to the deep of night
But only two suns arise this dawn
after staying out all night
Track Name: Sing Around the Campfire
So sing
around the campfire
about all the old times
that could have been

And gaze
into the fire
at all the plans
you’ve laid to rest

Now look up
to the stars
and consider:
were we ever going to go that far?

Now look inside your eyes
at all the plans
you have made

all the hopes
you have made
and see there's always time
all the hopes
you have made
and see... there's always time
Track Name: Ghostly Rockets
Like cordwood
we stack all your corpses
in our memories/
Send you off to the heavens
even if you don’t believe
Like ghostly rockets on a
holy trajectory....

One by one we all fall
pins on a map, stars in the sky
Lost in time,
Like tears in the rain...

So goodbye Jeff, and goodbye Tom
So long, AlleyCat, and so long, Pam
We’ll all miss your Dad,
but you still got your mom
We’re still here but they’re going, going,
... gone!

Glad to know you, Frank, and too soon Jen
and Paul you were more human than human
The globe flung you in all directions --
Will we ever finish all the things we’ve begun?

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