Pictures of Villainy

by Year 5000

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Pictures of Villainy was/is the working title of a sci-fi rock-opera about a spider trapped on an ice cube melting in a cocktail glass who imagines itself a great pirate sailing away from the sunlight that would be its doom. The project is represented by the first song here, Heave Away. Two other songs from this project will appear in releases later this year.

The second song, Devil Comes Around, takes its first lines from a mad woman who eyed me up on Lenox Avenue and sang a song that I think was meant to envoke the White Devil trope. She literally sang these words as I walked by. I fumbled for my little recording device but was late, instead committing them to memory as best I could. (Dear mad woman on Lenox Avenue circa 2012, if you are reading this and have some copyright quibble, I'm all ears.)

I have no memory of writing or recording Fire Lake.

Witness my Hand, like the title of Deeds of Trust, comes from legal terms that incorporate language of old to frame transactions of today. I've taken it a step further, however, and -- while invoking the Heave Away theme -- breakdown the structure of Mankind's great tool to expose the abomination of action, even seemingly positive or passive activity. The Deeds of Trust cover art also, obviously, refers forward to this song title.

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released February 1, 2017

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Track Name: Heave Away
Heave away, Heave away, Heave away
Heave away from the morning light
Heave away, Heave away, Heave away
We sail into the dead of night
There's nothing left to fear but the coming of the dawn
There's nothing left to know but we shall soon be

Away, away, away
Heave away from the morning light
Heave away, Heave away, Heave away
We sail into the dead of night
There's nothing left to fear but the rose fingers of dawn
There's nothing left to know but we shall soon be gone.
Track Name: Devil Come Around
The Devil come around
But he don't know where to go no more
Knock on the black people's door
Knock on the president's sister's door
But he don't know where to go no more

The Angels come flapping down
But they don't know where to go no more
Knock on the black people's door
Knock on the judge's mother's door
But they don't know where to go no more

Then Jesus Christ come climbing down
After so long nailed to a board
His wrists and ankles are so sore
Hear him tapping on every door
"Could you help a man so poor?"
No no no.

Me, I'm standing 'round
In the shadows where the wind don't blow
See the temples crumbling down
See the new ones up and glow
Put your horn in your mouth and blow, man, blow.
Track Name: Fire Lake
I was sitting by a fire lake
I was sitting by a fire lake
Sit and listen to it boil
Sit and listen to it boil

I was smitten by a fire lake
I was smitten by a fire lake
Sit and listen to 'em boil
Sit and listen to 'em boil
Track Name: Witness My Hand
The tendons attach the muscle to the bone
and the ligaments hold the bones together.

Witness my hand as evidence of this
Witness my deeds in horror

I'm blowing little holes in the testimony of life
with every breath I take

Witness my blasphemy
breathing life into empty nothing

Nah nah nah nah nah
Nah nah nah nah nah nah.