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Can’t Let Go

Twelve Art Rock songs with uncomplicated instrumentation overlaid by a resonant baritone voice passionately and articulately telling of love, contentment, loss, hope, social justice, earth care, dreams and spirituality.

Album notes

This artful and articulate album was created via Internet collaboration. Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm reside in Germany. Richard Schletty lives in Minnesota, USA. We met at MacJams.com, an online music collaboration and sharing site. The lyrics were written, melodized and sung by Schletty. The styling ranges from classical to folk-rock to progressive rock. It’s nourishment for the mind and soul. These twelve tracks will not disappoint you. All lyrics are below:

Can’t Let Go

We found each other in the morning haze
That first year brought to us such joy
With common friends we whiled away the days
It seemed like nothing could annoy

Well, I can’t let go of that old feeling
when our hearts pushed through the ceiling
and soared on high with doves where the shore
met the blue sky of forevermore

We vowed one day to lift each other higher
no matter what each moment weighed
But then doubt’s shadow made us sink into the mire
Harmonic waves began to fade

Now I dream upon my love
Where is she tonight?
Now I drift upon the sea
Is her vessel in sight?

They say that time anneals the fragile soul
That whispered prayers will soon erase
But I am heedless to the final toll
I summon forth your precious face
________

Feel

Did you think I’d never say?
Etch the words in more than sand?
Now the time is come today.
Feel my heart upon your hand.
Did you think I’d never fall?
Take a chance and start the fire?
Nothing great or nothing small:
All I want to touch is your desire!

Feel a new sensation when in combination
with your wildest dreams and your lovin’ schemes.
Feel blood’s effusion, could it be delusion?
Feel it coursing strong like a heartfelt song.

Did you think I’d never feel?
Fix our lonesome lives apart?
Time for us to make a seal.
Take my hand upon your heart.
Did you think we’d never touch?
Lacking means that could inspire?
Now I know you don’t want much.
All you need to touch is my desire!
________

Only Everything

You ask what I want
I’ll tell you this
Touch from your lips
Piece of your heart
My turn for the dance
A romance
That will last from now
Until the end of time

Only everything!
That’s what I want!
Only everything!
That’s what I need!

I’ll open up doors
I’ll do the chores
I’ll walk the mile
I’ll make you smile
Do the heavy lifting
Stop all my drifting
All I ask in return is this

Touch from your lips
Piece of your heart
My turn to dance
A romance

No way to turn back the tide of love
I feel rushing in upon us now

In the shadow of the night
In the right bright morn
I want your every kiss
Your longing gaze
Tell me that there’ll
Be no disagreeing
When I start to wrap myself
around your being

Only everything!
That’s what I want!
That’s what I need!
Only everything!
That’s what I want!
That’s what I need!
_________

She Is Love

She is love, she is kindness
She is peace in the night
Bring it on, bring it on
Can’t wait too long

She has taken all my worries
and sent them far from my sight
Bring it on, bring it on
A feeling strong

[chorus] Surrounded by the warmth of her arms
Healed by her mystical charms
She takes the hurt out of being on fire
She is Love

She is hope, she is joy
She is a river of dreams
She is purpose, she is promise
she tempers all my extremes

I was lost in the dark
a vessel searching for light
Her glowing smile is my new ark
A new horizon in sight

[chorus]

I will rise up to her like a dove
sent skyward into pure space
I see all beauty, all harmony
enfolded in her embrace

Those near death she’ll vitalize
Her being none can eclipse
Her every breath I memorize
Promise of life from her lips

[chorus]
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You Are

See the light that shines in the darkness,
Hear the silent lips, the shuffle of tired feet.
Bring your gifts to the doorstep of a heart in a sling.
Bring your juice pressed from fruit both sour and sweet.

You are the poet, you are the clown, you are the artist able to fashion
a new smile on someone draggled by despair.
Take the lead, plant the seed of hope with compassion.
Help a shattered spirit find repair.

Rain, tears and fears, the falling and the rising:
necessary grayness for the whetting of new growth.
Life and death in circles ever flowing.
Inspiration, expiration — not one but both.
_________

Never Again

Forged in a fire of emotion,
the bond seemed all so true.
Hearts aglow with devotion,
now the waves come crashing through.
It’s over, then.
Never again.

Gutted by a storm expanding
flushing down all we had built.
Mud slide of misunderstanding
with no one admitting guilt.
It’s over, then.
Never again.

Never again the floating over you.
Never again a feeling that’s right.
Never again your stardust eyes.
Never again contentment through the night.

Forget about reconstruction.
Look at me with my newfound freedom.
No thoughts of reconciliation
for this heart is now closed.
It’s over, then.
Never again.

Box of containment,
tower prone to crashing,
poorly mixed cement.
Who needs the thrashing?
It’s over, then.
Never again.

Never again the floating over you.
Never again a feeling that’s right.
Never again your stardust eyes.
Never again contentment through the night.
_________

Leaving Flesh

Leaving flesh gates the soul,
like a bird that soars with grace,
like a worm that leaves the hole,
taken to an extraordinary place.

Give your all until the dawn.
Take what little stuff you need.
Smile until the shades are drawn,
knowing well that you’ve planted the seed.

Gift of knowing, gift of feeling.
Golden orb, precious sight.
Life’s abrasions the sun is healing
for those who simply step out into the light.

What is money? What is power?
Lust and vengeance, blood and bile?
Selfless motives don’t devour.
Look for treasure in a neighbor’s smile.
___________

Saving Great Turtle

Rest, little child, as yet undefiled.
I’ll sing you a story, an old allegory.
This big world so fertile rests on a fat turtle.
It suffers the weight of greed, lust and hate.

The sky has a black eye from smokestacks and wheels.
Hear the cry of the loons and the barking of seals.
When the forests are felled, the oceans will eat the hills.

Wake, all you reapers, you takers and keepers.
Let us be one with the ones who have none.
A new generation must fix degradation.
All treasures to share with nurturing care.

Who will awaken? Who is not shaken
by caps that are shrinking, by heads that aren’t thinking?
When substance is lost, we all will pay the cost.

In the Sky above the Water there lived the Ancient One and his people. A Great Tree bearing flowers and fruits nourished them. One night, the wife of the Ancient One dreamed that the Great Tree was uprooted. To fulfill such a powerful prophecy, the Great One and his warriors pulled with all their might and lifted up the Great Tree, leaving a big black hole. Many creatures tried and failed to reach down and pull up Earth from the bottom of the hole. Finally, muskrat succeeded, clutching Earth in her right paw. Great Turtle said, “Put Earth on my back.” The tiny bit of Earth grew on Great Turtle’s back until it became the whole wide World.*

Now into the black night the tortoise might drop.
Will you help the Great Turtle keep our garden on top?
Will you see wisdom etched on the back of his shell?
Oh, Little One, will you help?
___________

Against Your Will
(The Trail of Tears Story)

This is the broadcast version. There is also a longer version with additional verses.

In 18-3-0 “Sharp Knife” Jackson carved out
For tribes in the southeast a land exchange rout
A Removal Act that Emerson and Crockett decried
Surely natives and squatters can live side by side

Soldiers guarded forts and a river of clay
from Lake of the Woods to Galveston Bay
The lands kept on shifting, the lines all were gray
Where there’s greed there’s death in the old USA

[chorus]
In the camps where you died
In the land of the free
On the trails where you cried
Digetsi ilvse’i
You were driven like cattle against your will

1n 1835 the Treaty of New Echota
offered millions in cash and land in Oklahoma.
Chief John Ross from Georgia handed on a petition.
That you marked as a sign of rejection

Chief Ross cut a deal for self-preservation
Cross the wide Mississippi without reservation
Heed the acts and the treaties and the guns in your backs
Join your brothers on the Plains, time to take up your packs

[bridge]
We sent armies of thousands to shepherd you west
Made you homeless in your homeland with rifles and fists

[chorus]
In the camps where you died
In the land of the free
On the trails where you cried
Digetsi ilvse’i
You were driven like cattle against your will

Note: “digetsi ilvse’i” means “driven like cattle against their will” (third-person reportive tense in the Cherokee language. Source: Ryan Mackey, www.cherokee.org)
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In Your Dreams

Blind man says you’ll see the light.
Deaf girl sings you’ll hear the harmony.
In your dreams.

Dead man cries fight fire with water.
Virgin smiles life for death to self.
In your dreams.

In your half-waking state,
you will come to know your fate.
In your dreams.
In your wildest dreams.

There is no need to fear it,
this alchemy of spirit.
In the matrix of your being
is the portal to all healing.

Mute boy signs your tongue will dance.
Beggar man shouts riches way beyond belief!
In your dreams.

Bending human nature, superhuman sight.
Tenderly embracing her impossible charms.
In your dreams.

In your half-waking state,
you will come to know your fate.
In your dreams.
In your wildest dreams.

There is no need to fear it,
this alchemy of spirit.
In the matrix of your being
is the portal to all healing.
____________

The Everlasting

God is shrouded in history, in mystery.
Prior knowledge infuses me, confuses me.

The Everlasting ever casting
mystic shapes on humanscapes.
Love poured down on every frown.
Take me to a place of wonder,
free of all disgrace and blunder,
where the truth is in the here and now.

Sundogs dancing, blinding youth, refracting truth.
Search for pathways to heaven’s door, to evermore.

You cannot believe how deep I’ve dug,
how high I’ve climbed to catch the waves
of timeless droning,
present, past and future owning.

All of our senses, hard tempest rain,
deep needle pain. When will it end?
All our senses!

Witness freedom.
A Spirit grows. A Mother knows.
God holds you so tenderly, eternally.
____________

Breath That Heals

In the crush of oppression
When emotions sway
And the truth is gray

In a crazy obsession
When the senses war
And the will is torn

[refrain]
That’s when you shout, for nothing can conceal
The joy when you receive the Breath that heals

[bridge]
Quench the flaming darts
That pierce unguarded hearts
Have authority over anger, fear and lust
Bring light, bring hope, bring trust

In the clutch of possession
When voices scream
And visions are seen

In the cold disconnection
From everlasting Love
From your God above

[refrain]
[bridge]

In each inspiration
When new seeds are grown
And the Word is known

In times of communion
When faith and hope unite
To fight the dark of night

[refrain]

Lyrics for “Breath That Heals” inspired by www.cramer-institute.com/sandbox/WeaponsForWarfare.html