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These songs were written in the early to mid-1990s, during the period when Songs for Social Change was actively holding workshops in Los Angeles.

Although I started Songs for Social Change to support the community of Los Angeles songwriters who want to change the world with their music, my own songwriting has always been primarily a way of working through difficult and disturbing political, social and philosophical questions, and thereby evolving my own world view. Therefore, most of these works were produced through a process of intensive meditation on issues of great concern, such as wealth disparity, hierarchies of control, mortality, denial, and the possible destruction of the Earth, whose focal center was the evolving song.

In support of that process, it was important for me to get the ideas, the lyrical expression, and the emotional presentation of the songs right, so that the gestalt expressing the truth of the ideas could be heard and felt when each song was played. Hence, I was very interested and concerned with songwriting technique and craft, but was never strongly motivated to find an audience or to develop performance skills beyond those required to create song demos in my home studio.

Since that time, I have turned my attention away from songwriting and toward directly developing a comprehensive philosophical world view which I am presently documenting in written prose. But now, with the widespread availability of music on the Internet, it seems appropriate to spend a few days getting these works out of my archives to a place where they can be heard, and hopefully performed, by others.

These songs may be used for any non-profit or not-for-profit purpose, including radio broadcasts and performances at events, without further permission.  I ask as a courtesy that you inform me whenever practical about the various uses that are made of this work.  For other uses, I invite you to contact me for any permissions that you may require.

The Songs

 Tax the Rich
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Genre: Folk-Rock
The politicians say there's not enough to go around
So they're laying off the teachers, and the schools are shutting down
Will our children live as serfs, suited only for their chains?
If we love them, we had better...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 The Scrapheap of History
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Genre: Rock
We were a mighty empire
But now we're in decline...more 
  1992. All Rights Reserved.     

 Who Will Pay?
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Genre: Folk
In the middle of the night
A giant tanker runs aground...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 From My Machine
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Genre: Jazz/Rock Fusion
From my machine, I see your machine
From your machine, you see my machine
Through shells of steel and glass, we curse each other as we pass...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 Anymore
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Genre: Folk
As the sun draws back the curtains of the night
What I see revealed is troubling my sight
For, where there once was a forest, taking in the morning light
There is nothing left to greet the day...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 Death Pours In
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Genre: Rock
Maybe you live at the top of the world
Rakin' in money, high as a bird
But someday you'll have to come down again
And share the cold earth with mere women and men...more 
  1994. All Rights Reserved.     

 Change Comes in Waves
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Genre: Folk
Change comes in waves
It uncovers the Earth
It shatters all it creates
And the pieces only fall into place at the moment of a new birth...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 Sidewalks Cracked in the Summer Sun
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Genre: Folk-Rock
People throwing rocks are charged by the police
All the faces on the TV set are cryin' out for peace
Cryin' out for peace! When no justice can be found
'Cause a handful's grabbed up everything, and nothing's trickled down...more 
  1992. All Rights Reserved.     

 Downward Hostility
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Genre: Folk-Rock
I was just an ordinary working slob
'Til the factory I worked in laid me off my job
They hired in some immigrants at half my pay
Slavin' there for thirty-seven bucks a day...more 
  1995. All Rights Reserved.     

 Control
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Genre: Jazz/Rock Fusion
You take your orders and you get your pay
Just enough to keep you day to day
Ah, CONTROL
It's easy to be caught...more 
  1991. All Rights Reserved.     

 Doctors of Disaster
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Genre: Jazz/Rock Fusion
Had a little headache, so I went in to see my doctor
He grabbed me by the ear lobes, and shook my head to and fro
Then he called a surgeon who he plays golf with every Sunday
To have my head examined, and see just what had to go...more 
  1993. All Rights Reserved.     

 There's Only a Moment
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Genre: Folk/Gospel Fusion
Our hands can feed a hungry world
Or they can feed the flames of fear
What we shall sow, we soon will reap
Will it be joy, or painful tears?...more 
  1995. All Rights Reserved.     

 The Damage We Have Done
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Genre: Rock
I heard it on the news today
We're fighting for a cause
In a country far away from here
Against a madman without laws...more 
  1991. All Rights Reserved.     


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