The System – Lyrics

1 The System

It was like being a pavement stone, together with many others yet on my own
For we all were in rows
Waiting, waiting, non-communicating
Like waiting in the summer for the snow
Like waiting in the desert for the river to flow
You know you can beat the water with a fin,
with a hammer you can beat that tin
With Yeshua you can beat sin
But can you beat THE SYSTEM?

I remember thinking – I’m starting to decay,
when would be served, and on our way?
Or would we stand all day? Waiting, waiting, anticipating
Like wanting a coat from a possum
Like wanting an apple from a lovely blossom
Yes we can replace the bulb that is broken, replace quiet by being outspoken
Replace money with that special token
But can you replace THE SYSTEM?

I felt just like a still standing tree, because I was there from before seven,
To all the way past eleven
Waiting, waiting, contemplating
Like waiting for the time to be killed
Like waiting for the desire to be completely -fulfilled
You know you can change the many for the few,
You can change that old lie for what’s true
Change that red for the colour blue, but can you change THE SYSTEM?

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

2 Journalist

Journalist goes out into the field to see what news the crop will yield today
Pad in hand he holds his pencil tight but will he write unto the left or to the right? To the right
Will he deceive us today?
Or will he just please us today? Today

Paparazzi goes into the park taking pictures he’ll hatch in the dark far away
Lens attached he has his focus clear but is he zooming in on you or just your tear? Your tear
Will he bereave us today?
Or will he just please us today? Today

Sells like umbrellas in the rain
Not a detail missing of the pain Hey hey!
Are there avenues to re-explore? Is the public crying out for more? Yes more

Will they deceive us today?
Or will they just please us today?
Will we believe them today?
Oh will we receive them today?
Hey hey

Lyrics by Shoshanah Homan

3 I Protest About Love

Under the balcony I sang her my song
Next to the moonlit stream I strummed as she strolled along
Yes, thought trickled through my head, like water down a stream of how love evaded me, evaded me
Where the willows weep I weep, and like a sheep my heart bleats for love,
love, love, love

Beautiful lovely roses now withered in my hand
Towards love I’m drawn by hope yet now its just a single strand
Yes love she has surely gone she’s left like a leaf floating down this quiet stream, down this quiet stream
Where the willows weep I weep and like a sheep my heart bleats for love,
love, love, love

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

4 Religion

I saw religion had tied freedom from his shaven head to his toes
Then I heard freedom and he spoke saying his life was about to go
Then I heard someone shout “JOY be upon you” but I think it slipped off
In that place I heard no laughter only a cough
Why the bells, the smells and and what’s that thing?
No drums sounded out people seemed to be – mourning

I think religion’s like paper work that doesn’t have to be done
Who puts a bandage on a bandage when there’s no cut on the thumb
Why give glory to the poor man wearing something like a dress?
You know the one that thinks he has power to bless
Whys he carrying that great big shepherd’s crook?
I wish from his sheep he would unhook

I think Pentecostals broke out with God by breaking free from their chains
In flowed the spirit but so sadly out leaked fluid mixed with their brains
Yet they’re surely riding on the crest of God’s giant moving wave
Believing that he wants to speak wants to heal, to save
People let’s throw away religion that’s like a yolk
Strapped around our neck and then be FREE

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

5 Middleman

Middleman, I am standing in the light of the dawn that you do believe that you’re the player,
I am the pawn Yet down those snake like phone lines you receive the hard facts as norm,
cold hard facts as norm, but passed them on after you had distorted, distorted their form

Middleman, why have you lied and lead me on a pretence?
Yes between you and your conscience I now see a fence
Don’t judge me by your plumb line because its blowing in the wind, blowing in the wind
Yes, in the old days what you did would have been called sin

Middleman, give me that stamped paper made of wood
We did agree on the price and you know you should
Listen to me and hear my words around you there is no halo, Yes there is no halo
Oh now’s the time, time, time for me to go

Lyrics Davyd Homan

6 Silent Screams

I hear silent screams throughout the land
Screams echoing through corridors of shame,
ripped out of their fleshly home in a vision of pain
Love child never to be loved
Whirlwind sucked up and killed the dove
Red blood dripping on a white sheet
Quenching another innocent heartbeat

I hear silent screams throughout the land
Across sterilized floor agony does float
Men performing infant death wearing pure white coats
Two lovers touching one is above
Under banners of lust or was it love?
Love tale that never will unfold

I ask “Who loves the little soul?”
I ask “Who loves the little soul?”

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

7 Living In a Land

We’re living in a land where dreamers are piled up on the sides of the road
We’re living in a land where blind men walk they walk around and do see
You better beware what you reap is what you sow

We’re living in a land where babies are murdered before they can even be born
We’re living in a land where people wont say us but will say me
You better beware what you reap is what you sow

We’re living in a land where dreamers are piled up on the sides of the road
We’re living in a land where blind men walk they walk around and do see
You better beware what you reap is what you sow

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

8 Beautiful

You’re so beautiful you’re so fine
Yet you’ve danced so close to the line
Pouring yourself out a libation to pop, my
spirit feels bruised and my mind it is knocked
Is the apple pie going rotten?
Is innocence being forgotten?

You’re so beautiful you’re so fine
Yet sugar needs to be refined
Your integrity you are trying to keep

Making yourself millions you do sell yourself cheap
Oh return to your former days, Yes return to your former ways

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

9. Justice oh justice where have you gone?

The strong arm of the law is just skin and bones
The judges can’t fix their broken scales all on their own
Their pointed finger curves down
Not at the law breaker but at the clown
Oh Justice, where have you gone?
Where have you gone?

The men that are in power do oppress the poor people – making
crooked mixed up laws just under a straight steeple
The rich men’s pockets overflow
Employees crust has just changed into dough
Oh Justice – where have you gone?
Where have you gone?

The cops just let the parcel be carried right on by
With twenty twenty vision he turned his blind eyes
The parcel passed through the blind light
Money passed over in the half light
Oh Justice, where have you gone?
Where have you gone?

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

10. Where has the kauri forest gone?

In this song I do lament, I lament over you
For you where once the many but now you are the few
Your tops will never, your tops will never scrape the blue
Your glory gone just like an old man’s faded tattoo
Chorus
Where has the kauri forest gone?
Oh the mighty have fallen? (repeat)

The saw is like a sword and many are the slain
The trees were on the ground and over them stood Cain
Over them we stood as if from G-d we had been ordained
We took the wood and bled the amber from the vein
Chorus

Our crimes could be written, written on a list
For we were once the mad, the maddest landscapist

No-one wanted to, no-one wanted to, to resist the defilement of such a beautiful virgin forest
Chorus

The time cannot heal, neither can it mend
Our forest it is now so sadly orphaned
No birds will rest, rest in their branches, singing the morning chorus
For we did sell, yes sell their greatness like a Judas
Chorus

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

11. Caroline

Her river of life run dry
Why my God did she have to die?
She was just a crystal child, our poor Caroline

A flower bruised a life line torn
Friends and family stood around and mourned

She was just twenty one when the war finished cancer had won
A star in the night sky died there before our eyes
A seed on the other side sown
There I know she’s not alone

Dedicated to the memory of Caroline Homan (Harrison)
Died 1988

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

12. Touch Base

Pull ya self together man, your heads in some other place
Grab it before it rolls away and touch base
What do you want to do where do you want to be?
A ship needs a course before setting out to sea

Sitting there and sipping wine repeating that sad song
You may feel so weak yet your still head strong
Go and get that violin then you can join that band
Time is the hour glass that slips through the sand

You say that your working hard you must be totally crazy
You will work harder when pushing up the daisies
Pull ya self together man, your heads in some other place
Grab it before it rolls away and touch base

Why not listen to your friends? Many words spoken as a plea
Your mind holds the door that unlocks, the key

Lyrics by Davyd Homan

13. G-d the Weaver

She’s beautiful in face and form, way above the norm
and in this cold world her words tumble out warm
I don’t want to die but in her eyes drown
I need her like make up needs the clown

Her loveliness invades me flower attacks the bee
She’s a temple and I am her devotee
Don’t want to be alone, want to be with her
Oh that I was the covers of her siddur

I feel hot and a lovely fever knowing she’s how a believer,
that we are two strands and G-d is the weaver
Her beauty it is given, given from above I am captivated by her love

Lyrics by Davyd Homan