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The Ancient Past And The Ancient Future Are Both Seconds Away

by .Sue Ann Harkey.

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Koto Tuning 05:04
Sue Ann Harkey: Prepared 12-string guitar solo improvisation
Sue Ann Harkey: Tenor guitar, words and vocals Drew Vogelman: Afican Hand Drum Tim Schellenbaum: Dulcimer It's Not About Them, It's About Us It's not about them, it's about us I'm the one touching And the one being touched What comfort comes from A common enemy Its been the easy way out for too long I have no pride I have no shame I have no guilt Not hiding behind blame It's not about them, it's about us We are them and they are us My thoughts have been forming as words Silently on my lips Details turn into generalities Righteousness stays nice and clean Polished by blame Hope is replaced by disappointment Disappointment into acceptance nations of the dissatisfied Rage scares me because of its effectiveness The potential harm with or without intent By resorting to their own methods To achieve our objectives of peace We enslave ourselves to the rifle forever In defense we forsake our cause Fascism is in every 'ISM' Every person in every nation Pessimism is in optimism Truth is found in sarcasm Hypocrisy is not unrecognizable But it goes unrecognized Subjectively objectified Simple in its complexity The end of violence It stops at the beginning Before it gets started We become like them otherwise Get them to lay down their guns It's not up to us to pick them up Fascism is in every 'ISM' Every person in every nation Pessimism is in optimism Truth is found in sarcasm It's not about them, it's about us We are them and they are us Jan. 1986
Sue Ann Harkey: Mandolin Cinnie Cole: Banjo LaDonna Smith: Viola Lesli Dalaba: Trumpet An improvisational over-dub.
Sue Ann Harkey: Harp-Guitar, Steel Drum, Percussion, Words and Vocals Paul Hoskin: ContraBass Clarinet, Alto Sax Guy Yarden: Electric Violin Kinetic Harmony Exploring conversations composed of light With sight we see the presence of empathy Through our eyes we sink The pupils calibrate Telepathic phrases expressing the experience In sharing of another being The profoundness of the statement Came at me from an arch I tell you everything Just not out loud We hear our breath in music and words We feel our sincerity where we meet as one We smell the taste of response with participation We see our beings converge Our eyes conceive of our love You and I do Exist before we met You and I are existing since we met Conditional conditions Contrive our Evolution Into the revolution Evolutions--Revolution You ask: What do you want from me? What is it that you want from me? I want kinetic harmony Mutuality Time now passes easily Jan. 1984
Open Tuning 05:36
Sue Ann Harkey: Prepared 12-string guitar solo improvisation
Sue Ann Harkey: Prepared 12-string guitar Chris Cunningham: Stick Live to DAT improvisation.
Sue Ann Harkey: Tenor Guitar,Drums, Words and Vocals Steve Peters: Fiddle There's No Such Thing As Then Masses Will they blame you Will they blame you for For their life Blame them for their lives Or will we blame them For our death And distraction of this planet There will be no change There will be no BIG change No revolution No resurrection There is only the slow steady pace Of this planet in motion If there were no wars If there were no boundaries Do you think that moralities would Become like nations? There's no such thing as the masses The military is a class of its own Death is for the living "History is a recent invention" I feel like I am in the midst of a very slow dawn The shadows show themselves gradually, timidly You can't use violence against violent society Because they are prepared for it Because they are better at it Because they are the ones who built the arsenal I'm not fighting for their arsenal One-by-one we unite as pacifists Leaving no one for their armies Leaving no one for their factories peaselovelifepeacelovelifepeacelovelife Only if they would destroy it themselves peaselovelifepeacelovelifepeacelovelife Only if they will destroy it themselves I feel like I have just let go of a balloon And am watching it be pulled up into the sky The means and the end in pacifism "Passivity does not mean non-action It's abstaining from activity contrary to nature" Governments are doing nothing more than Practicing their own personal politics July 1987 (Quotes from Paul Hoskin and Marilyn French, Beyond Power)
Sue Ann Harkey: Prepared 12-string guitar solo improvisation
The Homless 05:43
Sue Ann Harkey: Harp-Guitar, Vocals Robert Hinrix: Harmony Vocals Chris Cochrane: Guitar Sue Garner: Bass Words are an excerpt from 'We Homeless Ones' BookV of 'Joyful Wisdom' by F. Nietzsche; translated by 'Art and Language' V:110-82'. The Homeless Ingenious exercise indeed With these my words to meet The need of an inconsolable breed Children of the future Used to roam across the continent How could we come To take this little present as our home? We who will not sleep and be possessed By dreams in which this time of change, this mess, is stabilized How could we be at rest? We conserve nothing Nor would we restore past circumstance. Liberals we are not Nor is what's know as progress what we labour for. We have heard unmoved the insistent cry of the market Heard the high and plangent siren voices sigh For their future Signing of how free those who plunge and drown Will be their unreachable society We do not set ourselves to work For the realm of righteousness and peace on earth For we know what mediocrity is worth We rejoice in those who relish danger as we do Who court conflict and adventure And will not compromise or be captured We ponder often on the need for change But with a conqueror's consciousness Those who raise and strengthen 'Man' Create new kinds of slaves And no concern of ours All they display is sick men's need To cover up decay Wear them as virtues though they may No we are not lovers of mankind Nor are we through indifferent or blind To the blackness of the nationalist mind Foul passions to be pure Hate for the race of others The heart itch, the set face twitching The insular disgrace Ourselves the pain of rage at this The present form of politics Which breeds both vanity and barrenness Walls of distrust prop up the petty state Where space is made by mutual, moral hate It stokes its roots, withdrawn, inviolate Too various, too adulterate to claim membership Of the class of modern men Though we set our minds against theirs We shall not forget (Words for The Homeless are excerpts from 'We Homeless Ones' bookV of Joyful Wisdom by F. Neitzsche; translated in Art and Language V: 1 10-82')



Recorded at Harold Dassau Studio NYC
from May through December 1988.
Engineered by Drew Vogelman, Joe Johnson and Chris Cunningham.
Mixed by Chris Cunningham.
Produced by Sue Ann Harkey.
Released by Cityzens For Non-Linear Futures on vinyl and cassette.
Direct Metal Mastering at Europadisc NYC Autumn 1989.
Cover art: Sue Ann Harkey

Dedicated to the memory of Larry Law and Spectacular Times.

Love and gratitude goes to Peter Mumford, Steve Jones, Fish, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Jim Fleming. My greatest respect goes to the entire cassette networking culture for thriving in, and for creating a conducive environment in which many of these songs first appeared.


released May 5, 1988


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