Alive at Home

by Dror Kessler

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released April 21, 2012

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Dror Kessler Israel

The ferociously loud rooster in the neighboring yard, the red alert sirens of falling Qassam rockets, the lack of a car in a small town on the edge of the country … the elements on nature indeed! … all give way to Dror Kessler when we puts down yet another heart piercing song on his kitchen table.

Hailing from Israel, recording for the past 15 years and performing solo for the past 5 years
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Track Name: Peggy May
Oh, where have you been Peggy May?
Who did you screw for tips today?
Or did you end up in a car?
Or did you really touch the stars?

Way back when you were just a child
Your tantrums threw you to the side
Picking breadcrumbs off the floor
Never asking for some more
And here you are, back at the door

[chorus]
Collecting favors form your folks
There’s really nothing left to talk
“Just give me cash, and I’ll be out”
The neighbors’ watching … I’ll won’t shout…
(The neighbors’ watching … I’ll be nice …)

With cash, your conscious seems so clear
loosing all sense of pain and fear
You choose your victims swiftly
“Come-on mister, wanna feel me?”

[chorus]
(Still, you’re) collecting …

[bridge]
But when they sweep the streets clean
With their big white cleansing machines
Will they show you mercy
Or will they be so keen?
On wiping you out
Along with their sins?

So Peggy May, if I hereby may
Do you right for just a single day
For you indeed robbed me poor
And dragged me through mud and gore

But I still love you, Peggy May
And for your soul at night I pray
To be redeemed out of the curse
For your mind to be nursed

[chorus]
Collecting favors form your folks
There’s really nothing left to talk
“Just give me cash, and I’ll be out”
The neighbors’ watching … I’ll won’t shout…
(The neighbors’ watching … I’ll be nice …)
Track Name: Call Me
It’s been a year, four months and a day
Since that time you slipped away
Disappeared right out of sight
Where do you lay your head, my dear, tonight?

Empty stations, all alone
Beaten, hungry to the bone
You lost the sparkle in your eyes
Oh can you still recall your other life?

Call me … I’m waiting by the phone
Counting milliseconds since you’re gone
Call me … I’m singing your this song
To keep you company when you’re alone

Way back then you felt so strong
With righteousness you fought all wrong
Slamming doors and telephones
Taking cues from vapors all along

But then you lost your sense of smell
With false alarms you lost the trail
Swapping insight for mistrust
Cutting off your memories and past

Call me … I’m waiting by the phone
Counting milliseconds since you’re gone
Call me … I’m singing your this song
To keep you company when you’re alone

Maybe one day, when you’re at home
All fixed up, your child’s all grown
One a random station, you’ll hear this song
You’ll turn your head … but I’ll be gone …

Call me … I’m waiting by the phone
Counting milliseconds since you’re gone
Call me … I’m singing your this song
To keep you company when you’re alone

To keep you company when you’re alone
Track Name: Music Is My Mistress
The music is my mistress
Whenever I’m away,
She always seems to find me
And then I loose way again
Her heart is always open
Her back is never turned away
‘Cause music is my mistress
And one day she’ll be here to stay

Music is my mistress
She opens up my days
She draws away the curtains
Gives freedom to my prayers
And even when she’s leaving
She lightens up the way
‘Cause music is my mistress
And one day she’ll be here to stay

Music is my mistress
And if she was a girl, I’d say:
I’ve known you for a lifetime
I held you in my arms each day
And now that you are with me
Its time for you to lay your head
‘Cause music is my mistress
And you my love you’re here to stay
Track Name: Member Of Mankind
In the beginning there was man alone
Then came the angles, humming to a song
Which took the form of a chain and a stone
So man learned to walk, with his feet pressed to the floor
He drew fire from the skies and smoked the leaves
But then he decided its time to leave

He got the axe he’s been hiding in the shed
Cracked up the chain while almost cutting off his leg
And at that instance he began to float
Like a bubble of Champaign from a bottle he once bought
And when he reached the surface he did cry
‘Cause he knew he was about to die

[chorus]
Now isn’t it a pity, that a creature so refined
Will always to accepted, as a member of mankind
By the mere fact that he’s born and bound to die
Even if his life is just a lie …

So for the uninitiated, I’ll rewind
And explain the situation, called the existential grind
That consumes all resources that one has
From the moment we are born ‘till the day that we are dead
For the simplest of all purpose – just to be
Now go figure why we ever left the tree …

Is it so we can plow our fields ‘till they’re dry?
Or that we can make some money?, or screw some on the side?
Or maybe even so that we can re-elect
The very same people that so boldly us neglect?
Or to find the true velocity of light?
And make a bomb that we can safely drop at night …

[chorus]
Now isn’t it a pity, that a creature so refined


So to set the record straight, before we go
Before the bubble bursts, before we’re silently disposed
Let us give the art of living one more chance
Spin the wheel of fortune, maybe even risk romance
And be a part of what we call Humanity
In spite of how absurd that crowd might be
Track Name: All That Time
All that time I’ve been thinking of you
It never cross my mind
That you were someone I could choose
To be a friend of mine

All that time, I’ve been riding along
All that time, I’ve been writing this song

All that time I’ve been watching
I never had a doubt
That you wont hear me as I speak
Or even if I shout

All that time, I’ve been riding along
All that time, I’ve been writing this song

And now that I met you, around the bend
I showed you my garden, and gave you my hand
Will you step outside, and be my friend?
Will you step outside, and call me your man?

All that time its mine to keep
Forever and again
Your voice I hear, your lips they move
For me its all the same …

All that time, I’ve been playing along
All that time, I’ve been writing this song
Track Name: Patiently
I really feel we’ve got something, she tells me
I really feel we’ve gone this way took far
I really feel you’re pushing me over
And I feel, mountains over hills

I really think you’re coming too heavy for my size
I really think you’ve gone too far, so I can not decide
I really think you’re pushing me
And I can’t live like that any more

But is there something I can say
To make you change your way
‘Cause I feel left out
But is there a word that I can slip
A song that I can sing
‘Cause I feel left out, on my own

She says, you’ve tried it all,
And now its my turn to show you how
To do and speak, to recognize,
To live with me somehow
She says, it’s my way,
And I’m gonna show you how

But is there something I an do
To make you change your mind
’bout me and you
We could have hit it off this time, I know
What would you say if I took your hand
Shook you up and made you understand
I’m not like this anymore
I don’t want it all,
just want to be happy at home

She says, I think I figured you out
You’re one of those guys who want it all
And then they just run out
I’m tired of all these ins and outs going in my life
I want it now, to last for all night long (x2)

But is there someplace I can go
Or somewhere I can hide
For you to be able
to track me down when you cry
Is there a place where I shall be
Where I cover my misery
And wait for you, to show up there
Be with me
Patiently
Track Name: F
I think I’m going insane
Can’t seem to wash away
The memory and the pain
Is this the price to pay
For dealing all my cards
To hands that fade away?

I’m turning grey
Can’t seem to rise above
Depression and decay
Is this the only way
To wait it out until its gone
holding day by day?

Forget, Forgive
Fall in love and Fault no one
Feel the truth and Fake it some
Use some F words
Stop being so polite

Forget, Forgive
Fall in love and Fault no one
Feel the truth and Fake it some
Use some F words
Stop being so polite

… and let there be light …
Track Name: Cut The Life Support
You’re too afraid to live
You’re too afraid to die
The people all around you
They all take you for a ride
You walk around naked
But no one seems to care
Your doctor says you’re healthy
But that only made you scared

‘Cause you forgot who you are
Or how to touch and feel …
Cut the life support
And let you body heal

You’ve been to all the right schools
Made top of every class
The national statistics
Say you’re going to be a blast
You even made some money
And screwed up on the side
You thought that you’re invincible
Your country’s song and pride

But you’re so blind to love
You don’t even know the drill …
Cut the life support
And let your body heal

But every now and then
A thought creeps to your mind
That you’re so full of it
Nasty, and unkind
But then psychology
Jumps right into your aid
‘Cause to suppress it all
Is so well praised …

So you sit back in your lazy-boy
and say:

“I’m the Boss
The ruler of this plot
You people are my flock
You’ll kiss me ‘till you choke …”

But that’s a (bad) joke …

That’s where the story takes a turn
Not to the left nor to the right
You gave it all your best
And it did take all your might
To stand out in the cold
And sing your throat out load
But tell it to my face
Did it really made you proud?

And you still think like a bushman
Waiting for the kill …
Cut the life support
And let your body heal

Now you’re 65 years old
And you don’t even have a home
The life that you have led
Have left you all alone
Your teeth are now all gone
And your pants are full of dust
To walk into a hospital
Most people say you must

‘Cause you’re afraid to admit
That you’re way over the hill …
Cut the life support
And let your body heal!
Track Name: Every Word
Every word you say,
Turns away
Every sound you make,
Makes you ache
Every flower that you send,
Will one day decay
Every night you dread,
Will one day be a day

Every song you make,
Will be a hit someday
Every loss that’s on the books,
Will be a gain someday
Every face of sorrow,
Will smile again someday
‘Cause every word you say,
Will change the world someday

Every word you say …
Every sound you make …
Every flower that you send …
Every night you dread …

‘Cause every word you say,
Can take away the pain
Every song you make,
Can open up the gates,
Every seed you plant,
Will be a tree someday
And every knife you break,
Will be a pen someday

Every song you play,
Will touch someone today
Every child you miss,
Will come around today
Every thought you think,
Will come alive today
‘Cause every word you say
Will change the world today
Track Name: Reach Out
Reach Out
Try and touch the things that fear you most
See how they can disappear as ghosts
Watch them fade away as you draw near,
Its coming clear
The pain behind the fear – is gone

Its time for you to start now feeling right
To feel you body and soul being tight
To work your way outside
Into a world that understands
With no need to pretend – at all

Recall
When you first fell you had no one to call
When you first knew you had to do it all
Its changing now, you wish is coming true
Its all for you
Even when you’re blue – its fine.