Shimmer (Los Angeles 1994​-​2003)

by Diana Rosalind

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1.
Born Dazed 04:13
Born Dazed What I feel is There’s something strange and Terribly unfamiliar about it all What I mean is I feel the shit is coming down On, or around, this spinning ball All my born days I always thought it would end in Fire or Frost No-one ever let on to me That we could get anywhere Anywhere but lost Just to be different I won’t believe that Just to be different I won’t believe that What I want is What I need is Some kind of meaning Some faith to replace my doubt Its not so easy But it’s not so hard To find something besides myself to care about I was born dazed Wide eyed and wondering What kind of place have I landed on? No-one ever let on to me That we could go anywhere Anywhere but wrong Just to be different I won’t believe that Just to be different I won’t believe that I I was born was born dazed dazed I was born DAZED
2.
Every breath I take Tastes like icing on the cake This time I'm winning Fell all the way back To the end of the pack But now I got a chance at a fresh beginning And this time I'm feeling It'll all turn out Here comes that feeling Just like taking off in a plane Every little piece of the plan is coming together Laughing out loud Cuz I'm back in the game This time I'm winning Can't stop grinning Never gettin' dizzy Even though I'm spinning Spinning like a kid on a carousel And it's only because what was was And because I went through all that hell Lived through almost dying Suffering and sinning Now I'm just winning on my living Every breath I take Tastes like icing on the cake Here comes that feeling Just like taking off in a plane And every little piece of the plan is coming together Laughing out loud Cuz I'm back in the game And this time I'm winning Can't stop grinning Never gettin' dizzy Even though I'm spinning I'm just lucky to be Spilling rhymes into the breeze... Here comes that feeling Just like Taking off
3.
Gettin' on to Sunset Soon the prince of the sky is bedding down Ocean in the distance Tide turns away from town City hummin' like a crazy jewel Coyote moon rising overhead I know I'm gonna I know I'm gonna be there soon I'll drive, I'll drive, I'll drive All the night Headlines shinin' on the cat-eyes Only take the blue highways Pickin' up the Tijuana stations And the money-preachers Cracklin' radio - that's the sound the road makes I'll drive, I'll drive, I'll drive All the night Coyote moon risin' overhead I know I'm gonna be there soon Headlines shinin' on the cat-eyes Only take the blue highways
4.
The distance grows The quiet drops The bird of the soul that I’ve spoken of Stops The flutter and beat of it Weakens and slows My language is broken The distance grows The fire cools The madness heals And pains no more the heart that Feels And now are wise Who once were fools For wisdom is sorrow’s child The fire cools In the distance I can see The shape of things I hope will be Our hearts are torn But we are blessed For wisdom grows At sorrow’s breast And the bird of the soul In fire is born Oh flutters and beats again The hearts once torn In the distance I can see The shape of things I hope will be
5.
Reveal Me 04:45
So Real I see you see me as though you know me is there something you wanna show me it feels as fluid as the ground below me oh I know that You could heal me Cuz you’re So real that You Reveal me It feels The truth is Your holy hunger Is enough to feed me The truth is I need you to need me I don’t mean to be greedy Oh I know that you could heal me Cuz you’re So real that You Reveal me Don’t you hesitate Don’t you hesitate Oh how I Wish that you would Touch me Don’t you hesitate You could never Rush me If you don’t crush me It will crush me You’re So real that You Reveal me Oh I know that You’re So real that You Reveal me
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Haunted is what Haunted is what When the words Offered themselves Came up Like a jumping fish Eager to get caught In the violent waters of words That I angled through Trailing my net for a word To match the look in All of our eyes And lately when I search For the source of our sorrow I realize Obeying all the laws of freedom And the rule of the Supreme Law of Love Means letting you go Forgiving ourselves and you And moving on Haunted is what came up Haunted by the way you left us Haunted by the way it plagues us Haunted that we couldn’t save you Haunted by the songs you played for us And that we now play for you But in the end Haunted by the love that is still The gift you gave us And lately when I reach through the deep Looking for our sorrow I see with surprise The waters are barren Never a flash of scale or fin But still Of game unspoken And so our crafts move on This channel is at peace And other waters are stirring So lately what we choose to do Now and tomorrow Is simply remember your angel smile And the rule of the Supreme Law of Love And so our crafts are moving on Just before sun-up Just before sun-up
7.
Could if You Would If you If you They have told me to be fearless And then gotten scared Scared of the limitless All Scared of their own expansion Scared of a higher dimension Scared to rise Scared to fall Could if you would You could if you would You could if you would Ya could if you would Ya could if you would Don’t you be like Those come and go drifters Oscillating like a transistor Who lured by the liberating flame Then sneak out of the stage door Scared of immensity Slunking back into the Same old thing Could if you would You could if you would You could if you would Ya could if you would Ya could if you would If you... If you dared To be unprepared Ya could if you would If you dared If you cared Ya could if you would
8.
Always Now 03:55
Always Now I would never ever Ask you for forever But I would gladly give it At least, that is In this minute Liars may lie Sleepers may sleep But I like promises I can keep So let’s just live it Don’t ask how Maybe not for forever But at least Definitely Until the end of now Yeah I promise I’ll never Promise I’ll always love you But I promise I’ll love you Til the end of now Every perfect moment Opens like a rose Oh and eternity’s in a grain of sand Or so the poem goes So forget your limits And let’s just live it Don’t worry ‘bout how Cuz who can measure forever? But isn’t it always now? Isn’t it always Isn’t it always So forget your limits And let’s just live it Don’t worry ‘bout how Maybe not for forever But at least Definitely Until the end of now Yeah I promise I’ll never Promise I’ll always love you But I promise I’ll love you Til the end of now Liars may lie Sleepers may sleep But I like promises I can keep
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Hard If You Try Slow down Don’t complicate What’s really very simple There’s no need To mix things up No need to scribble on This pretty picture Slow down Don’t label this Just leave it undefined There’s no need To make it fit Dig too deep and you might Find it undermined Don’t overthink it To understand it You’ve got to feel it inside Don’t analyze it You’ll just un-surprise it It’s only hard If you try So let go of your mind It’s easy if You don’t try Slow down Don’t emphasize What really doesn’t matter There’s no need To fill the room upstairs With all that clutter Don’t overthink it To understand it You’ve got to feel it inside Don’t analyze it You’ll just un-surprise it It’s only hard If you try So let go of your mind It’s easy if You don’t try It’s easy if You don’t try It’s easy if You don’t try
10.
Happy 03:14
Happy Please help me I’m so happy it hurts Smiling wide enough to split me in two So pull the shades Don’t let that sunshine in All my sad songs Are turning un-blue All this happiness Have to learn to deal with it I guess So no more sad songs here I haven’t cried all year Who do you call When the joy is just too much Is there hope for people happy in love? All this happiness Have to learn to deal with it I guess Please help me Please help me Please help me! All this happiness Have to learn to deal with it I guess So no more sad songs here I haven’t cried all year It’s a good thing But is it too much of a good thing Is there even such a thing as too much love Is there ever enough?
11.
O America 04:29
Breaking out the bombs to blow away the enemy America my country what is to become of thee? What happened to your famous liberty Is it still safe to criticize? Selling out the truth to manifest a destiny Jesus at the shopping mall Crack under the Christmas tree A perfect credit rating is the ticket to eternity Is it still free to fantasize? O America With the power to lead with light When did it get so black and white And did two wrongs ever make a right Be careful with your might O America Report suspicious persons to the government authority Fear can make American democracy a mockery Cuz freedom isn’t just a clever marketing mythology It’s a plan in action O America Land of the Free O America How will you be remembered In history? Buffalo aroma comin from the politician But no more do they roam Bulldozed into submission Locking up the dopers ‘Stead of paying for tuition What’s wrong with this picture? Burning down the forest just to auction off the pieces Settin’ up and proppin’ up puppets of convenience Prophesyin’ profits like a cult of dollar demons Devils quotin’ scripture O America Who am I talking to? O America There isn’t any “them” There’s only me and you So what are we gonna do? O America O America...
12.
The day’s of my long slow life Separate Like the segments of an orange Or the petals of a rotting rose Blown from garden to gutterpipe By the Hudson River wind But what have roses got to do with this cityscape? Discarded furniture Broken TV sets Stringers in doorways Trying to catch eyes that skitter by On pavement’s slick With yesterday’s snow And tears of regret Long and slow? No More like rapid and spent Rapid and spent In the fever of love’s long gone by And pleasures twisted and bent Twisted and bent Like the joy That bursts on the tip of a pin There is always tomorrow And tomorrow And tomorrow’s regrets I could lie here from dusk until dawn Pretending to be absent Oh you dreary days New York lament Tomorrow and tomorrow Yesterday’s snow Yesterdays
13.
Let it Ride 04:24
On the breath Let it ride Speak to me Tell me things Confess your soul Your scariest dreams And on the breath Let it ride On the breath Let it ride let it ride let it ride Release your dove Or unhood your hawk Peace and love and Hate and war Begin and end in talk Cuz words are like birds With invisible wings Choose your crow or your eagle Choose a bird of prey Or one that sings And on the breath Let it ride And on the breath Let it ride Whisper truths Never shout threats Leave space for silence And we'll have no regrets And on the breath And on the breath And on the breath And on the breath Let it And on the breath Let it ride
14.
The distance grows The quiet drops The bird of the soul that I’ve spoken of Stops The flutter and beat of it Weakens and slows My language is broken The distance grows The fire cools The madness heals And pains no more the heart that Feels And now are wise Who once were fools For wisdom is sorrow’s child The fire cools In the distance I can see The shape of things I hope will be Our hearts are torn But we are blessed For wisdom grows At sorrow’s breast And the bird of the soul In fire is born Oh flutters and beats again The hearts once torn In the distance I can see The shape of things I hope will be
15.
So Real I see you see me as though you know me is there something you wanna show me it feels as fluid as the ground below me oh I know that You could heal me Cuz you’re So real that You Reveal me It feels The truth is Your holy hunger Is enough to feed me The truth is I need you to need me I don’t mean to be greedy Oh I know that you could heal me Cuz you’re So real that You Reveal me Don’t you hesitate Don’t you hesitate Oh how I Wish that you would Touch me Don’t you hesitate You could never Rush me If you don’t crush me It will crush me You’re So real that You Reveal me Oh I know that You’re So real that You Reveal me

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After Fiend got the deal with Atlantic Records and the band moved to LA, Randy (bass) and Matt (drums) ended up moving back to New York and Chase (guitar) and I continued to play music together, sometimes joined from other musicians from my past.

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released December 31, 1999

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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