Into the Darkness

by Fred Gillen Jr

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In your shack by the river, you lit a small fire fixing tea for company, we sat and passed the time the embers glowed like stardust, reflected in your eyes you told your stories, I was mesmerized you’re got to look into the darkness if you want to see the light through an alley down some stairs, curtain for a door smell of curry fills the air, you hear laughter and a song I admit I was afraid to walk down that stair now I’ve got new friends if I ever come back here you’re got to look into the darkness if you want to see the light standing on top of a mountain looking down on the city below there is no moon tonight the only light that city’s glow twinkling jewels reflected off the lake some shimmering nebula in space you’re got to look into the darkness if you want to see the light you’re got to go into the darkness if you want to reach the light ©2020 Fred Gillen Jr/ Fuel for the Revolution (BMI)
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we’re number one in cases of the latest disease number one with a bullet if we could go higher we’d be there we’re number twenty-seven in quality healthcare what’s the sum of twenty-seven added to number one? I don’t know the answer but it can’t be good is America great again yet? is America great again yet? is America great? can somebody please explain? we’re number one in cases of incarceration number one with a bullet, there is no higher rating we’re number fourteen in education what’s the sum of fourteen added to number one? I don’t know the answer but it can’t be good is America great again yet? is America great again yet? is America great? can somebody please explain? there’s a sick irrational, teenage, reckless streak running through the fabric of this nation it’s always had potential to get us all killed freedom of expression, freedom of ignorance is it all just cover for some sick death wish? solo over chorus we’re number one in guns, everybody’s got them number one with bullets, we ain’t afraid to use them no one wants quarantine’s pristine isolation when the food runs low who will start the shooting? I don’t know the answer but it can’t be good is America great again yet? is America great again yet? is America great? can somebody please explain? ©2020 Fred Gillen Jr/ Fuel for the Revolution (BMI)
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on a rickety old shopping cart I rolled you into this former town the cracks in the sidewalk bumping flat-wheeled through your skull forced off the road, because it’s jammed with rusted automobiles light a fire, boil some water pass the last bottle and drink to another day above ground I hear a clarinet wailing in the distance there are still some acoustic instruments you hear their fleeting sounds in the post-electric night if the music ever stops we’ll know that things ain’t right light a fire, boil some water pass the last bottle and drink to another day above ground I miss turning on our electric heater I miss our coffee pot and I miss going to the theatre these days the nights have gotten much darker instead of traffic we hear coyotes in their packs but I can feel you here even if this is the end together we can face never going back light a fire, boil some water pass the last bottle and drink to another day above ground ©2020 Fred Gillen Jr./ Fuel for the Revolution (BMI)
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Where do we put the crosses? they won’t be on the side of the road in the days of reconstruction after our country exploded how do we mourn the dead when we’re all completely shattered who will dig the graves? does it really matter? where do we put the crosses? they won’t be at Arlington it was not a war of battles of what was lost and what was won how do we mourn the dead when there’s no church to cry in? who will dig the graves while the grave diggers are dying? Where do we put the crosses they won’t be on TV when the networks all are dark and there’s only you and me how do we mourn the dead when they outnumber us? who will be pall bearers among those who are left? where do we put the crosses for our muslim and hindu friends? when we never learned their customs how do we show respect? how do we mourn the dead do we all sit shiva together? ever hopeful, ever watchful as we wonder when it begins again? ©2020 Fred Gillen Jr/ Fuel for the Revolution
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April 2 02:53
April 2 gonna plant some seeds spring is here gonna plant some seeds add in the compost, rake out the leaves April 2 gonna plant some seeds there is a big crack through the human race like an earthquake across the world people are afraid that they’re gonna get sick like fish in a barrel who will get picked April 2 gonna plant some seeds spring is here gonna plant some seeds add in the compost, pull up the weeds April 2 gonna plant some seeds the Earth will be fine without us the Earth will be better off with less of us the Earth goes on, when things change and the trees and flowers still grow April 2 gonna plant some seeds spring is here gonna plant some seeds add in the compost, pull up the weeds April 2 gonna plant some seeds

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I wrote most of these songs during the first month of the "shelter in place" time during the Covid 19 Pandemic. (Post Apocalyptic I had written beforehand, but it needed a lot of revision.) I decided to just put this out there as soon as possible. Obviously I had to play all of the instruments but I really dug into the production and I'm very proud of it. There is a lot of social commentary here. Some of it isn't pretty. I assume that by now most people listening to this know that that is really what I do.

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released April 21, 2020

Cover photo of Pokhara from Sarankot by Jim Metzger, from one of the Greenheart's trips to Nepal. If you love it, contact Jim and get a print or take a look at his other work! jimmetzger.photoshelter.com

All songs written by Fred Gillen Jr ©2020 Fuel for the Revolution (BMI) and performed, recorded, mixed, mastered, produced by Fred Gillen Jr at Woody's House Studio, Croton -on- Hudson, NY.

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Fred Gillen Jr Peekskill, New York

NYFA grant recipient Fred Gillen Jr has released 9 full-length albums, and 5 ep’s, has toured all over the U.S. and Europe solo, and Nepal and India with Greenheart. His songs have been on ABC's "All My Children," NPR's "Car Talk," CMJ, and his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on "Pete Remembers Woody," a collection of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie. ... more

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