Thought Codes

by Joe Ransom

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released July 2, 2016

All songs by Joe Ransom
Recorded at El Bunker Studio, Mexico City
May - Aug, Dec 2014
Recorded and mixed by Mario Carrillo

Joe Ransom – vocals, guitars, keyboard
Iguana – drums
Gabriel Ponce de León – bass
Adryana Marroquín – backing vocals
Nashiely Urbieta Méndez – violin (12)
Mario Carrillo – keyboard

Kent Parkstreet – saxophone (14), recorded by Jem Collings at Jem’s Place, North Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia

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Track Name: Two Candles
Two candles are burning in the darkness
And I saw a ghost, saw a ghost, saw a ghost
I saw your ghost at the window….

And then I wake and I see that you’re by my side
And I know that everything will be alright
And I will follow you until I reach the light…
Track Name: Turning Tide
Well I know the Lord will provide
Still I question if I can divide
And I know you’re by my side
Still I question the turning tide of my emotions

We’ll take a walk in the early morning
Take a walk in the early morning
I can see you’re yawning
Hear the birds in the early morning
Hear the birds in the early morning
I can heed this warning

Well I know our dreams collide
As we question if we should abide
Now I’m behaving like a child
Still, you’re taking me in your stride
Forever patient

We’ll take a talk in the early evening
Take a talk in the early evening
I can see you’re grieving
Hear the crickets in the early evening
Hear the crickets in the early evening
Now you know we are healing

Well I know the Lord will provide
Still I question if I can divide
Wild oceans…
Track Name: Tori, You Know
I’m more or less euphoric when I’ve got you by my side
Tomorrow we’ll be grieving if we don’t go out tonight
The crocodile is grinning, every tooth an alibi
My wrist watch is a ticking, every second precious time

Tori, you know
If we don’t go
I will never forgive myself
Take a long walk
Down the back road
And I will never forgive myself

Searching for amnesia but you know we can’t forget
The moral of the story - love is something you could bet on
Two candles are burning and the brighter one is yours
When darkness overcomes we reignite with higher law

Tori, you know
If we don’t go
I will never forgive myself
Take a long walk
Down the back road
And I will never forgive myself
Track Name: The Actress Who Waits
They stole my movie, they stole my movie script
Now you’re the actress, the only actress on my screen

Had you known that, had you know that this would take so long
Would you have known that, would you have known that I would wait so long?
So long

They stole my menu, they stole my menu of dreams
Now you’re the waitress, the lonely waitress who retrieves

Had you known that, had you know that this would take so long
Would you have known that, would you have known that I would wait so long?
Had you known that, had you known that this would take so long
You should have known that, should have known that I would break
Feel that earthquake…?
Track Name: Captain Iceberg
No I won’t let you
Colour in my view
Although it’s prettier with you
So much prettier than truth
No I won’t let you
Colour in my view

We tap-danced on the Titanic
With that look in your eyes so manic
Captain Iceberg screams “Don’t panic!”

Cos I won’t let you
Colour in my view
I know you’ve got the paintbrush
And I’ve got the crayons
But I won’t let you
Colour in my view

We backflip off the planet
And you’re whispering lust in Spanish
But the seahorse dreams ‘Don’t panic…’
‘Don’t panic...’
Track Name: Amy 27
I’ll admit I’m just a regular Joe
I never listened to your records
Never attended a show
But when I heard the news on the radio
I swear I heard something calling within

So I listened and found that you had
The voice of an angel and the talent of a ghost
So why did you let it slide?
C’est magnifique body
Became a corpse in disguise

They took away your innocence at 17
Tore off your sheep’s clothing
And fed it to the wolves
Prima rock star dream
Just a part of their machine

Oh but you weren’t gonna go to rehab
Cos that’s what you’d sung in a song
But you had lost your voice
What kind of ghost had you?
What kind of ghost had you become?

They should have let you dry your tears
They should have let you see blue sky

Now there’s a tattoo on my mind of your love
A lonely horseshoe running wild
All life was drained from your eyes
And there was nowhere safe to hide
Nowhere safe too high…

Amy, Camden Town will never be the same
Camden Town will never be the same…

They should have let you dry your tears
They should have let you see blue sky
Track Name: Genius Jeans
I took a look at the old photograph
In my parent’s house of my Grandad on his tractor
And I saw the way you looked into your little nephew’s eyes
That day, I realised…

I could take your motivation and sweep you off your feet
Now you know the family tree is where you oughtta be

Colour me in with those autumn leaves
That blow aimlessly with the breeze as I fall now
I dunno if I can make it through another Winter
Hey, but then there is the open fire

I could take your motivation and sweep you off your feet
Now you know the family tree is where you oughtta be
Like Amazing Grace how sweet the chase from you to me
I could take your motivation and sweep you off your feet

I’ll have you know there’s threads of genius
In the pockets of our ancestry jeans
You read my thought that there are codes in you
That make no sense to anyone
But they’re logical to me, yeah

We could be... we could be... we could be... we could be…….

I could take your motivation and sweep you off your feet
Now you know the family tree is where you oughtta be
Like Amazing Grace, how sweet the chase from you to me
Well I could take your motivation and sweep you off your feet
!
Track Name: Old Treasure Chest
Tori, you were the one
To pick me down from
The highest branch on the orange tree
And Tori, if we never fail this test
Please remember that old treasure chest
And I will sing you this Psalm
That’s been hidden in my chest
And as asylum seeks new life
We will have nothing to regret

Stowaway inside my chest
I won’t give you second best
This is more than just a test
It’s a game of...
I’ll stowaway inside your chest
I won’t dig your second best
This is more than just a test
It’s a game of...

Throw me a life-line off the cliff
Cos I’m swimming with the sharks
And I’m way over my depth
Be patient, keep the lighthouse guard in check
As I navigate my way
Way back to the shore
Then show me how to keep this compass true
And as this island comes to life
You cut the key to my chest
Track Name: Bangladeshi Blues
Well I ain’t ever been to Bangladesh
But I’m telling you I’ve got the Bangladeshi Blues
So I drove on down to the Sea Salt Town
To see Doctor Raj and I asked
“Hey Doc what can I do? Can you cure me of these Bangladeshi Blues?”

He said -
“I’m sorry Joe, you gonna have to follow your art
Because the only cure for these woeful blues
Is to be found in Bangladesh!
You gotta go to Bangladesh!
And boy I hope some day you’ll get there
I hope some day you’ll get there
I hope some day you’ll get there
I hope some day you’ll get to Bangladesh!”

Oh, I marched straight on outta there quick smart
And found myself in a supermarket aisle
Checkin’ out the spices
A girl in a sari caught my eye and no wonder why
She was a red hot chilli, smokin’, cinnamon girl
I dropped a jar of cumin and it shattered on the floor….
She started to laugh then she started to cry
Then she started singing something that made me think twice
About an apple a day…

She was singin’ “Papapapapapapapapapapapa Damn!”

Later that night I was munchin’ on a curry,
Watchin’ some Bollywood film on the telly
Feelin’ not too blue, when out of the blue
Ol’ Howard Moon came crashing through my door
Waiving an atlas, he danced across the room
Rubbin his belly like a man deprived of spice in Delhi

I asked him “What’s the rush?!”
Then he started to laugh and he started to cry
Then he started singing something that made me think twice
About Damien Rice

He was singing ”Lentil lentil lentil lentil lentil lentil lentil lentil mental!”

Oh boy, I hope some day you get there
I hope some day you get to Bangladesh!

I’ve got the Bangladeshi Blues!
Track Name: Mama de Soma
Let it go
You and I know that
This ain’t right
So we’re bringing it into the light

And the 5th time I ask you
You’ll know that you have to
The promise is broken
Her silence has spoken
Let it go
Let it go
Let it go
Walk the long, strait and narrow
Path into the light
Revive the innocence stolen at night

And the truth will prevail
Every time that you fail
The tourist within you
Is begging within you
Now the Princess is healing
The Buddhist monks all kneeling
Their silence is golden
This moment is golden
Let it go!!!
Track Name: White Whale
Give or take what was once yours
Screaming “Man over board!”
It’s a story that I ain’t told

There’s a white whale in all of us
Would you put faith in what you can’t trust?
It’s a story that must be told…

But you sold me out to walk the plank
And the waves turned me upside down

People fake what was once real
Is there a moment that we could steal?
In a shipyard they’re drowning souls

There’s a black sky over us
Would you put faith in what you can’t trust?
It’s a story that must be told

But you sold me out to walk the plank
And the waves turned me upside down

There she blows, with a harpoon in her heart
Now she knows, I’ve been waiting all this time

Mirrored hate, what is their sake?
And they offer up your fate
By way of violence
Long John Silver!

But there’s a life boat in all of us
I will put faith in the one I trust
It’s a story that must be told....

But you sold me out to walk the plank
The waves turned me upside down
Track Name: I'll Endeavour
And when the ship came in to shore
I saw your face in the sails forlorn
As the horizon kissed the albatross
I heard the wind call out your name
It was in vain

I stood like Captain Cook on the rocks
In a page you tore from our history book
If you’ll forgive me, forget me not
For losing count as the grains of sand
Slipped through our hands

Singing, I’ll Endeavour
To watch you sail away
I’ll Endeavour
To circumnavigate

The future is hearsay
In the songs you gave away
No, I’ll Endeavour
To watch you sail away…
Track Name: Beggar's Camel
I just don’t know myself today
I left my heart on the pavement once again
And there’s a worldly price to pay
Cos they’re gonna kick it round
Until they hear me say….

“Gather up your thorns, or saddle up your camel…”

I dream of a desert in the subway
I see the beggar saddle up his camel and ride on through
The eye of a needle in the hay
Hey, the Devil is on my back
But the Lord will hear me say….

“Is there a life inside of you?
Is there a life inside of me?”
Track Name: Swooping Love
I’m letting go
I’m letting go
I’m letting go
Of all the things that I want you to know

And we’ll take our time
The minutes she’ll design
And I’ll walk the line
Like Johnny Cash, I’ve done my time
Now I’ll give her a ticket to my mind

Buy a ticket for a train of thought
Get off at the station of insanity
I’ll meet you there at 9am
If I’m late… you’ve got the code
So just hack into my brain

Place a bet on the old man’s horse
Give me 5 and I’ll see you at the bar
Did your horse really win that race?
Swooping Love, from up above
And it’s more than just a game

Oh, when the sun ain’t shining
The weather she’s redefining
As I reel my line in
She’s casting nets on the other side
We won’t be dividing
Cos she’s a melody instilled within me
And I just can’t get this song off my mind
No, I just can’t get this song off my mind...