six degrees of freedom

by Tim Birchard

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released April 17, 2016

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Track Name: clown fish
(Clown fish was a huge fish-shaped helium balloon
of Karina's that broke from its tethers
and drifted into the sky.

We watched until it was only a speck, and then no more.
Like someone unexpectedly leaving, never to return.)

I will go as the clown fish
Hopped up on helium
Soaring through the air
Floating further away

We saw your six-foot silver back
Break the strings and break off, jack
Saw you slowly drift away
Hell, I can still see you today

With mighty fins you lost your leash
For earth-bound folk who peer beneath
I might say you ran away
Lost in the clouds and distance of day

I will go as the clown fish
Hopped up on helium
Soaring through the air
Floating further away
Track Name: six degrees of freedom
I'd love to tell you
that I've got it all under control
Every little factor,
sway, surge, heave, pitch, yaw, and roll

I'd love to tell you
that I'm rolling with Khufu and his Solar Barge
And I've been grinning
since they've been drilling teeth back in Mehrgarh

I'd love to tell you

Time for the rising tide
Better hang on for the ride

I'd love to tell you
that I've got it all under control
Every little factor,
sway, surge, heave, pitch, yaw, and roll

I'd love to tell you
that I'm rolling with Khufu and his Solar Barge
And I've been grinning
since they've been drilling teeth back in Mehrgarh

Time for the rising tide

But I'm not the only one
to weather the change of seasons
The moon and the sun
They both have their reasons

When the waves and salt
overwhelm the senses
The taste of copper in your pores
as the past condenses

The sun and the moon, they both claim the sky
Infinite, yet no more than light that strikes my eye
And every moment that I pretend
They reach out and strike me down again

Now I know six degrees of freedom
Track Name: ride
just let it all go

one day, along the way
unless we're side by side
one of us will carry the other
on that final ride

if it happens to be you
who carries me
i thank you in advance
and i'm hoping that you see

just how dearly your love has meant to me

and if it's me who's carrying you
i'll be doing all i can
to remember your smile so true

i promise to think of the good times
i promise you
i will think of the good times

can you do the same?
in the pouring rain?

the body has a lifespan
short and sleek
then it goes back into the ground
no matter what we seek

i seek for you to know
you are pure love from head to toe
and every member of our family
i'll cherish til the end of time will set me free

don't you worry
just let it all go
Track Name: a peacock's point of view
I've never been much
of a bird of prey
I'm more of a glorious fashion king
I was just born that way

But one fine morning
It was meant to be
I made my escape right out of this cage
Took flight and I was free

Free to roam these wild woods
Free to eat more bugs than I probably should
Free to explore someone's back yard
Free to watch these two little boys playing so hard

When they spotted me
I tried to run
But they were too quick
And I thought that I was done for

I could see a wild look
in their eyes
They carried me back to the house
to show off their prize

Babysitter said
I could not come inside
So they put me in the laundry room
Where there's really no place to hide

Sun went down and the moon came up
I was getting hungry
It was looking like
I was out of luck

In the middle of the night
I heard a sound
Lights came on and a woman screamed
Shocked at what she found

She opened the door
and I didn't think twice
Headed back to the Tampa Zoo
Where they treated me really nice
Track Name: the bell above your door
Life emanates from the blue
I had my whole love invested in you
But then they called your number

I'll bet masses flocked to the gate
To see the newest member succumbed to fate

They called me in, too... the Handy Man
The gate's hinges seem to be rusted
They made a screening, singing sound
They must have been busted

But everyone you bring in here
Is broken at the keel
As every ship that rides the sea
Has once been made to heel

I ask the guy, "Who's in charge?"
He turns to the left, "Go see the Sarge!"
So I ask the grey guy about the gate
When he looks at me and says, "You just procreate"

I said I'd need three gifted souls
That gate looks heavy... like, disaster unfolds
Three souls who withstood a test
He sent me three of his very best

We fixed the tarnished gate that day
A pat on the can, our only pay
But who can say what a pat can bring
When the bell above your door may ring?
Track Name: reminder of innocence and joy
A reminder of innocence and joy

They are running around
Sounds of joy
Running around
As innocent as the wild

Playing their games
As their lives should be

Under shimmering skies

Trustful smiles
should strike their eyes
Like a happy dog
chasing its shadow

When the earth spins around
Everything is born
Under the same sun
Track Name: joyful man
Sitting pretty on the ocean floor
Gotta find my shovel
Time to dig one more

Another fantasy to lay to rest
Another hole to dig
I will do my best

I am a joyful man
I live at the bottom of the sea
Sitting pretty on the ocean floor
Looking up to the light
Streaming down on me

I am a joyful man
No matter what they do or say
Track Name: the waves in your mind
You say you love your freedom
But you're green in the face
Seasick, dry heaving
Ain't no use in leaving

Then you find yourself wishing
That the winds would calm
So you could walk on something stable
Eat your food at a table

(CH)
Take away these waves
Get me off this stormy sea
I've got six degrees of freedom
But I want security

Removed so many variables
Yeah, I tried to lock things down
"Don't go outside, don't ever drive...
And you'll never have to frown"

But there ain't no getting off this ship
No leaving it behind
'Til you surrender all security
The waves are in your mind
Track Name: these never ending dreams
This is the space
This is the place
Familiar faces
Dreams
Dreams of places

When nobody notices
This is where you go
Meeting up with friends
In these never ending dreams

Of hidden memories
Endless spaces
Of loving hearts

This is heaven
Your secret place
Track Name: this thing called hope
Love
Only love
Do not be fooled
All is love

Over night she rides
silent, majestic tides
You can taste in every wave
all of the love she gave

(CH)
In every moment
I can taste
This thing called hope

Let the castles made of sand
fall to water's hand
Everything I do and say
Watch it slip away

Birth of another day

In the end
There is only love
Even when I am fooled
by the illusion

I am the wave that crashes down
I am the ray of light shining down
I am the peacock feather
Heavy weather
Jacket leather

I am a mother's love
shining from above

Over night she rides
on majestic tides
You can taste in every wave
all of the love she gave

(CH)
In every moment
I can taste
This thing called hope