The Silver Thread

by Lenny Lee

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released August 1, 2012

The Silver Thread
Produced and engineered by Lenny Lee

All singing, playing and programming by Lenny..........
..........except for the following players, who I hereby thank for their
generous and inspired contributions:

Kim Christiansen: Guitars, low octave vocal and big reverse toms on "Into the Fire"
Steve Rossi: Piano and synths on "Forgiven"
Ted Barrett: Lyrics on "Summer Rain"
Wim Koopman: Sax on "Summer Rain"
Bryn Michael: Chord structure, guitar and synths on "Being (Taste The Sunshine)"
Brett Grace: Chord structure, guitars, synths and drum programming on "I Burned My Lips"
and drum programming on "Being (Taste The Sunshine)"
Richie Scarlet: Lead guitar on "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Big thanks to John Valenti of JVProductions.net for his cd graphic design and for so much other helpful advice.
Thanks to my friends at Cubase.net for so much valuable advice in helping me to shape these mixes.
Thank you to all my 'creative angels' - those musicians and friends I've worked with over the years who've been encouraging, supportive, inspirational, illuminating, and who simply made the whole thing such a blast - most notably David Bond, Michael Klvana, Richie Scarlet, Pat Joe Birney, Jim Haederle, Lex "Vette" Materasso, Bruce Peeters, Kim Christiansen, Glyn Powell, Tommy V, Wally..........

My biggest heartfelt 'thank you' is to my lovely wife, Anna, who with her kind and loving way brings the silver thread that binds our family together, and helps us to shine.
Katelyn-Ryan- Dylan - you are our joy.

....and to those we've known and loved that have moved on to the hereafter -
we remain connected by The Silver Thread

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Track Name: Into The Fire
Into The Fire
word and music: Lenny Lee ©2012

Another escape without a plan,no reason to go but still I ran
Is it a ghost that's stalking me - what do you see - What do you see?
'cuz this soldier feels too old to fight
but hand me my sword and battle gear 'cuz I'm still too young to die

I was shown the design late in the game, I'm slow to adapt to this terrain
I'm learning to crawl around these mines
soon you will hear my battle cry
I take no prisoners today
will you salute me while your blood drips from my blade

See me. Hear me. What makes you fear me?
quiet yearnings - my bridges burning today
take me away before I jump into the fire

Such a hollow victory - where little remains but sorrow and pain
and now it seems I've lost my direction
in this jungle of mirrors - nothing gets clearer now

but as I make this final stand, I point to the line drawn in the sand
all you can hear now as you die - the echoes of my battle cry
I take no prisoners today - you will salute me while your blood drips from my blade

See me. Hear me. What makes you fear me?
quiet yearnings - my bridges burning today
take me away before I jump into the fire
what can I say - I've been consumed by my desires
reach out - before I jump into the fire.......
Track Name: Tilting At Windmills
Tilting At Windmills
©2012 Lenny Lee

I haven't seen the sun in a while
I've found a place where my well being goes to die.
with condescension and contempt
decry a lack of dignity and reverence

and now you're thrusting, and sneering, and preaching
like the flame of the black friar burning
there's no understanding - no understanding

I hear the voices call in the night
where things I love have forced me to the darker side
and the things I chose to defend
leave me hard, unanswered questions once again

So now I'm screaming and swearing - I'm bleeding
and blind to the pain I'm causing
it seems like I'm failing to embrace my ideals and

As we go 'round and 'round
We're only tilting at windmills
dragging me down - 'cuz I let you
So we go 'round and 'round
like fools we're tilting at windmills
fury and sound - so where are we now?
Track Name: Foolish Child
Foolish Child
word and music: Lenny Lee ©2010

Standing small at the razors edge of discovery and denial
I point this vulgar blowtorch to the west
and warm my hands on the fire - oh yeah.....

My powers of persuasion failing me
is there something that I overlooked
Is losing sight of my humanity
part of this burden that I undertook?

Don't you know I can guide you through the darkness, Foolish Child
and I will strike down upon thee with furious anger
'til you see the light.

You're trapped in circles and no longer hear the music of the spheres
So dare to revel in the mystery
perhaps your muse is hiding here

And you know I will guide you through the darkness, Foolish Child
and I will strike down upon thee with furious anger
'til you see the light.

Soldiers of the emptiness would have me deny my experience
with a saddening blindness of things I have seen, if only from a distance
you choose your illusions, I'll choose mine
'cuz I've had more than a glimpse of the light
as it draws me away from your heat
you won't dissuade me, no, 'cuz

I will smile upon you, Foolish Child
and you may strike down upon me with furious anger
we both know why
you foolish child.......
Track Name: Forgiven
Forgiven
word and music: Lenny Lee ©2012

You've been carrying a secret and that's more than you can hide
'cuz that's not who you are
Now you're learning the hard way, you can never live a lie
this time you've gone too far
who do you think that you're fooling with that new morality
and how could you turn your back on me

You figure everything changes as the memory starts to fade
but the shadows remain
You're finding comfort in a stranger who never finds out who you are
or questions what you say, directly
Don't you know that those you're deserting gave you everything you need
but sometimes we're just too close to see - please listen carefully

Yo babe, we're home today, still searching for a smile
Faint hopes and heavy hearts and still no reasons why
yo babe, we're blown away, you never said goodbye
well ok, we make mistakes, and you should know .....you're forgiven

I saw a lady at the cafe who reminded me of you
so quick with a smile
And then I had another daydream, the funny things we used to do
and I got lost for a while
what do you think that you're gaining from that new philosophy
and would you please enlighten me - I'll listen carefully

Yo babe, we're home today, still searching for a smile
Faint hopes and heavy hearts and still no reasons why
yo babe, we're blown away, you never said goodbye
well ok, we make mistakes, and you should know .....you're forgiven

Swept up in this whirlwind romance, just like we once had
where poetry flows like red wine
late night dancing, love for the asking
don't let this chance pass you by while your heart is afire
yet still I see pain in those eyes

Yo babe, we're home today, still searching for a smile
Faint hopes and heavy hearts and still no reasons why
yo babe, we're blown away, you never said goodbye
well ok, we make mistakes, and you should know .....you're forgiven
Track Name: Summer Rain
Summer Rain
words: Ted Barrett music: Lenny Lee ©2012

Youth of the day, summer rain freshing
shape of future love, like cloud illusions
a princess hero - perfect poets ignoring rumours of lightning
desiccating winds to come

But not this teen day
dance, embrace the deluge of now
in this summer rain

Now lose yourself, flowing old rhythms
falling water cleans these lovers true passions
too soon forgotten - in the sunlight burning, tender lives blooming
shoot tall among the clouds illusions

But not this teen day
dance, embrace the deluge of now
in this summer rain
and how does it feel to touch the sky and realize
the air is alive with dreams of you
in this summer rain
dreams of you in this summer rain
Track Name: Being (Taste The Sunshine)
Being (Taste The Sunshine)
Music: Bryn Corbett
Lyrics, vocal melodies and arrangement: Lenny Lee ©2011

Roll up and be on your way, your life is changing today
We'll all be singing, our kites are flying high
Day-Glo buses floating by, Mystic Being smiles in the sky
we've got flowers and sun showers - wow
So stick out your tongue

We are being - Love is seeing
I am being - will you be with me?
Let's all be one with the infinite mind
Just close your eyes if you're hoping to find me
(We are being) A beautiful feeling - (love is seeing)
Taste The Sunshine

Tim's Disciples tuning in, Turn on - let the healing begin
Come climb aboard this ship, we're sailing now
Owsley serves our daily bread, synergize and feed your head
As Allen speaks the word, we all drop out
we try to reach out

(We are being - Love is seeing) far beyond our minds
(I am being - Will you be with me?)
Let's all be one with the Infinite Mind
Just close your eyes if you're hoping to find me
(We are being) A beautiful feeling - (love is seeing)
Taste The Sunshine

"Well my soul is independent of body and death
it isn't me, but my whisper of conciousness" (Ginsberg)
and you are my witness - so stay close now and taste it
Taste The Sunshine
"What is above is below, what is without is within
what is to come is in the past
and I want to know where you've been" (Leary)

We are Being, Love is seeing
Taste The Sunshine
Track Name: My Only Regrets
My Only Regrets
words and music: Lenny Lee ©2012

Daylight slips away and skies are streaked with grey
with sadness comes the night
like a fading wish for blinding sight
still I struggle to express this cryptic plea for tenderness
as the ego foils the soul
as if nothing is sacred - there's nothing to hold

You cut the one true vine, declaring this a waste of our time
we closed the book too soon
to a weeping sky, we howl at the moon
'cuz we never had a clue - you point to me - so I point at you
as the circle spins around
as simple solutions spring up from the ground

The buck stops here - so dare we lead or must we follow
it may be more than I can take - or am I thinking much too shallow - or is it a lie
'cuz in the end my only regrets are what I feared to try

This choice may set us free - with guiding eyes any fool can see
still we know we're never through - you look to me and I smile at you
and the cycle never fades - we find resolution or end this charade.

The buck stops here - so dare we lead or must we follow
it may be more than I can take - or am I thinking much too shallow - or is it a lie
'cuz in the end my only regrets are what I feared to try
Track Name: Killing Time
Killing Time
words and music: Lenny Lee ©2012

Clouds floating low again, so I close that door again
your name flashed upon the screen, as I witness this darkening scene

Because I won't stop killing time
It's my unspeakable crime

alluring souls surrounding me, yet I remain preoccupied
spiritual myopia is why I'm never satisfied
cherished moments slip away, my insult to eternity
just rock star eloquence today in this town without pity

Sidestep the danger, by engaging this stranger
aware that there's so much more than this purposeless, silent war

Because I won't stop killing time
It's my unspeakable crime
Track Name: I Burned My Lips
I Burned My Lips
Music: Brett Grace
Lyrics, vocal melodies and arrangement: Lenny Lee ©2011

Living in this empty shell and gazing at the skies at night
pumping magic from this well, where words fall short but that's alright
I'm loving, I'm flying, and truth is I'm lying
And as I slowly waste away
as demons dance in lingerie

I kissed you - but I burned my lips
I swallowed you whole - but I burned my lips
I wanna get up - I wanna go
I wanna get up and see the show
I wanna get up but everyone's - chasing the dragon to the sun
I kissed you - but I burned my lips
I swallowed you whole - but you blackened my soul
Track Name: Bread And Roses
Bread and Roses
Words and music: Lenny Lee 2012

I stand on the hill, watch the rise of the tide
recalling the battles that define this time
the echoes will fade, and yet something shines today - like gold

I'm laughing with brothers who are just passing through
and sharing these stories feels like deja vu
some names have been changed
but the feelings still remain - like gold

And I feel - those stinging winds of change
they can make me stronger or blow me away
I feel - that we will be just fine
We have our bread and roses tonight

I stand on the hill, looking back over time
saluting those old souls who have made this climb
for forging a future that I'm proud to now call mine
and it's like gold

And I feel - those stinging winds of change
they can make me stronger or blow me away
I feel - that we will be just fine
if we stand for bread and roses tonight

Gather close and we'll ride out this stormy weather
it's how we keep our bread and roses here forever........
Track Name: No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home
words and music: Lenny Lee ©2012

What did you say? Were you thinking all you thought you knew had been swept away
and ghosts were hiding in the closet
Perhaps you'd see the things I see if you were listening to me
so let's be careful now - or things may never be the same

You were shown the scars, but haven't had the time to let things fade away
or the eyes to see things clearly
So fragile we - can hurt so deep, but can we find compassion
please don't set this house ablaze - the fire would reach the sky
leaving glowing embers of our precious lives

Well I.......I've seen so many lost at sea so I guard this with my life
Well I.........I believe there's no place like home
no there's no place like home

Surely I can't be defined by mistakes I've made
that hurt the ones that I love dearly
So casually abandon me without an understanding
Just a word before you go
we can only wonder why we would ever have to face this last goodbye


Well I.......I've seen so many lost at sea so I guard this with my life
Well I.........I won't accept these choices here, don't even ask me why
Well I.........I believe there's no place like home