FUTURE FUNERALS

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1.
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
2.
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!
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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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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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