The Life & Death of William Feigns

by William Feigns

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Recorded at Ski House Studio in Carbondale, IL, Ski House Annex in West Frankfort, IL, Harrison Street Records in San Francisco, CA, The Firehouse Art Collective's Theatre & the Rock and Roll shop in Berkeley, CA, & The Gray's Home in Walnut Creek, CA & The Observatory in Chicago, IL. Mastered at The Observatory in Chicago, IL by David Allen and Erik Rasmussen.

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released February 24, 2014

Musicians & Friends : Marcus Lappin, David Allen, Kevin Ohlau, David Brown, Brendan Getz, Maren Celest, Bridgette Ryan, Marcela Angel, Erin Cooksey, Dan Hodkinson, Erik Rasmussen, Kasey Rogers, Chris Goode, Alvin Stockdale, & Amanda Togliatti.

Recorded & Mixed by Michael Gray (west coast), David Allen & Erik Rasmussen (midwest) respectively.

Photographs by Maren Celest & Josh Murphy

Special Thanks to : David Allen, Carey Neal, Michael Gray, Brendan Getz, Maren Celest, Tom Franco, Will Crum, Heather, Annie, Isaac, Christina, Marcus Lappin, David Brown, Chris Goode, Chris Wittman, Kevin Ohlau, Laura Partain, my Family, and & everyone i met traveling around like the hobo i was destined to be.

This album is dedicated to Patti Smith and Lou Reed respectively.

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Track Name: Baby Had A Bad Dream
baby had a bad dream
made it mine
baby had a bad dream
watched it shine
she's the ghost at my window
i'm the man behind the blind

baby had a bad dream
watched it shine
baby had a bad dream
made it mine
you got nothing on the table
when there's nothing on the line

baby took a good thing
made it bad
baby took a good thing
made it bad
she's the raven at my window
i'm the man behind the mask

my baby's in a dark room
making light
my baby's in a dark room
making light
but that wilderness of mirrors
only keep you up at night
Track Name: This Movie Is Mine (for Patti Smith)
you start looking all around
eyes on the finish line
it's blurry around the edges & on the borderline
where the water hits the rocks on a full moon
after the sun sets on a San Franciscan night
when the bride disappears
with one mistake
it hits you from behind
it comes in slow & steady
there ain't nothing in front of you that's
going to do you a damn bit of good
it hits you from behind like a well trained soldier
i hear you say yes but i don't believe you
i hear the stars calling out names from their celestial corners
i hear stars calling out names
but none of them are mine
you start rolling up your sleeve
rolling out your tongue
you cry to the lord
you start rolling out your tongue
rolling up your sleeves
you cry to the lord
"Lord help me please, i'm in the city
the city of thieves!
Am i the only one in this dark forest
full of moonlit tree tops full of manta rays
& victorian women setting governments on fire.?"
Track Name: Black Crow To The Priestess
black lace black boots
holding up a sly truth
moonshot moonshot
begging to confront you
spill out spill out
what is written all over you
hands up hands up
the killing time's upon us

mirror mirror
don't see no clearer
i love you love you
but the train is nearer
hold on hold on
you're tearing it to pieces
"rip shit, rip shit"
says the black crow to the priestess

calm down calm down
you're wearing out your death mask
dark sleep dark dream
ghost lights from an old task
wake up wake up
you're killing all you got left
"straight lines! straight lines!"
says the old man to the reckless
Track Name: (Time Alone)
he who points with the finger flames
outward stares to hunt for blames
curves his back, prolongs the strain
for the one blind in mirrors
heaven's kingdom inside him waits
he builds a home on groundless states
denies his nature, distracts the game
ceased to be the moment he was waking

(time alone)

on the table the wealth of thieves
the world retracts what it gives for free
chaos brags of it's random deeds
till death appears to give it all a meaning
duality on his back remains
small in scope the world does weigh
burns a school of boundless fates
sleeping prophets outside the gates

the dreamer wakes...

(time alone)
Track Name: Celestina
Celestina, go to Paris, babe
find yourself on Picasso's plate
Celestina, got a real sick child
you know, she lose herself
when the wind blows wild
but it don't mean a thing
it's just a dream within a dream

Celestina, up on Bunker Hill
loomed a daughter out of ancient spells
she found herself in a western land
where she turned a cowboy into a man
but that don't change a thing
it's just a thing within a dream

Celestina, on your way back home
get your good man to see you off
Celestina, all shapes renew
when you find yourself inside of you
it won't mean a thing
it's just a dream within a dream
Track Name: Emily's Garden
i wish i was Emily's garden
i wish i was Emily's bed
I wish i was Emily's garden
with the sun comin' down on me
bare a soul for a soul to see
wake me up with a cup of tea
get me stoned
tell me about my horoscope
& how you've given up on hope
you know everything's a joke to you & me
ah, Emily...you & me.

I wish i was Marge's river
i wish i was Marge's dream
i wish i was Marge's river
silver lights on the god machines
bare a ghost for a ghost to be
holding back what you'd have for me
& running home
i keep you close to me
though there are miles in between
i can hear your sound bouncing off the sea
ah, Margerie...you & me

I wish i was Rosa's rain storm
i wish i was Rosa's rain
i wish i was Rosa's rainstorm
breathe a breath for a breath to breathe
dress me up in your make-believe
carnivals & a future scene
call it home
tell me a lie to make me smile
cause it don't matter after a while
whether truth is how it sounds or what it seems
ah Rosa Lee...you & me.
Track Name: Better Roads To Take
shake baby shake
find a better road to take
my child
shake baby shake
no time to hesitate my child,
my child, no time to hesitate
no time to hesitate my child.

wait baby wait
nothing here is ours to take
my child
stay baby stay
find a home along the way my child
my child
find a home along the way my child
find a home along the way my child

shake baby shake
find a better road to take
my child
shake baby shake
there's no time to hesitate my child
no time to hesitate my child.
Track Name: Marcela
Marcela, where have you been so long?
I've been standing by your side
You got another on your mind

Marcela, in the morning rain
Marcela, on a westbound train
she'll be standing by your side
you got another on your mind

Marcela, where have you been so long?

Marcela, you drive a man insane
like California in the morning rain
Bathsheba for the vine
Bossanova on your mind

Marcela, where have you been so long?

Marcela, riding on a wave
Marcela, dreaming of the day
she'll be standing on the ocean
a Caribbean commotion,
Marcela.
Track Name: Medusa's Child
she got Medusa smiles
a graveyard mist
a truckload of scorpions
on the midnight shift
she hollowed out the chain gang
asked the hangman for a rope
she won't ever tell you nothing
that's all she's ever known

keep the rain coming mama
i got shelter from the storm
tried to tell the ocean
what the heartland has in store
got my cameras at a funeral
they got their eye on you
it don't matter what you got, baby
i got it too

keep the light on baby
keep it on all night
turn your mind to the turntable
fill the room with light
don't you see me out there baby
looking for a home?
it ain't that i need it mama
but i feel so all alone.
Track Name: Texas Medicine
western winds & the ghosts of many
push us through the desert night
you rode up slow with your white horses
laid me down where the river winds

let's pretend we are dreamers
with no choice but to dream
say goodbye like we are drifters
so goodbye don't mean a thing

i see your secret lined in golden
shining through your weary eyes
your country skin tending a garden
for a broken soul & the smoke of those gone by

let's pretend we are strangers
so the truth don't have to hide
i left my home in California
to have them wildflowers by my side
Track Name: Hell Is Vacant. The Devils Are Here
...imagine ancient elephants parading a geometric haze
and uninsured advertisements...
more than you ever knew...hell is vacant, the devils are here
and when the time of the great forgetting draws near...
hell is vacant, the devils are here.
hell is vacant. the devils are here....
Track Name: Emily's Garden (San Francisco)
i wish i was Emily's garden
i wish i was Emily's bed
I wish i was Emily's garden
with the sun comin' down on me
bare a soul for a soul to see
wake me up with a cup of tea
get me stoned
tell me about my horoscope
& how you've given up on hope
you know everything's a joke to you & me
ah, Emily...you & me.

I wish i was Marge's river
i wish i was Marge's dream
i wish i was Marge's river
silver lights on the god machines
bare a ghost for a ghost to be
holding back what you'd have for me
& running home
i keep you close to me
though there are miles in between
i can hear your sound bouncing off the sea
ah, Margerie...you & me

I wish i was Rosa's rain storm
i wish i was Rosa's rain
i wish i was Rosa's rainstorm
breathe a breath for a breath to breathe
dress me up in your make-believe
carnivals & a future scene
call it home
tell me a lie to make me smile
cause it don't matter after a while
whether truth is how it sounds or what it seems
ah Rosa Lee...you & me.