Kaleidoscope

by Monk Turner

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1.
Who owns the time? I see you, product of a thousand hands and I hear your glories, sold in foreign lands I hear you stand above the common man who illuminates you just right. For precious few, memory's a birthright.   Who owns our minds? (Foci join in spotlight, Prism-like, to bright white) I see you, glorious in humble hue I hear you, spirit spilling to renew, that I can't demonstrate, this biased view reflects such a poor sight. And a thousand lights aren't enough to make it right.   But dynasties are built by tearing down our betters And seeing men as sets of cash and letters But who here doesn't care to be remembered?   --but I can't feel fine! I stand, a piece of a kaleidoscope One of a million means of reading hope I want to see them all, I want the brilliance of the scope.   How can we all survive when the Illuminating Self must fight the drive to be described?     Dynasties are built by tearing down our betters Seeing men as naught but sets of cash and letters Dynasties are built by tearing down our betters Seeing men as naught but sets of cash and letters (I've got this, I can see this; More than most, I--I can be this and who here doesn't care to be remembered? )   Do I really need to prove a dominance of form? Here I come, let's join together, redefine the norm. Must I truly be a monument? Or run forth unadorned? Will someone listen if I don't leave you torn?   Light falls all around but I am not going mad. For what is my legacy if not the life we have? What good's ambition that tramples the innocent? And breaks their backs to secure the inconsequent?
2.
It’s morning outside Is it too good to ride A coin says I’ll bet that you do I wanted to think but I started to sink Till I found a sweet thought Made of you I’ll go back sleep but if I go too deep You know it’s true I’ll be totally blue Well don’t mind my fear I’ll just talk in your ear Until you wish that You never knew me I’m coming along But my tears sing a song What will I do oh what will I do Keep me at bay say you want me to stay I guess I’ll stick around If you want me to But I’m totally blue Keep me away If you want me to stay I would never do a thing To alarm you Yeah wanted that job but I think I forgot To apply Do you think that I had to I’m starting to sink But I hope you don’t think That I’m blue. I’m totally blue like a peanut I’m blue like the sun I’m blue like a cherry I’m blue, everyone I’m blue for the future I’m blue for the one I’m blue for a keyhole I’m blue till I’m done I’m blue like a peanut I’m blue like the sun I’m blue like a cherry I’m blue, everyone I’m blue
3.
I first saw you paint the edges of my sister's hair vibrant You've been hiding in a garden in South American for centuries Fuchsia When they first found you you were striking and breathtaking to behold Dancing on the feet of women that have nothing left but them and the sunrise You awake even before the sun does You are running across the sky with oranges and yellows telling everyone that it's a new day
4.
Loin au fond des racines, je bois et je me saoule. Près des sources latines, là bas, la musique coule et tourne en rond Marron couleur moisson Marron odeur saison Marron au cœur des chansons Il y a la vie qui tourne en rond, tourne en rond Sous les feux de la lune, je brûle mon âme indienne. Mes refrains ont des plumes, là-haut, je vis ma bohème et tourne en rond Marron couleur moisson Marron odeur saison Marron au cœur des chansons Il y a la vie qui tourne en rond, tourne en rond Marron couleur moisson Marron odeur saison Marron au cœur des chansons Il y a la vie qui tourne en rond, tourne en rond Marron couleur moisson Marron odeur saison Marron au cœur des chansons Il y a la vie qui tourne en rond, tourne en rond
5.
Beige, You do not scream or shout or yell or rhyme or paint a picture. You sit and wait and wait some more and be and be and be. You are default, the flatland, simple.  Stretching out and stretching in. You are what’s left when all is gone.  Under false and fake and pretend. You have never pushed, or been pushed. You are simply what’s been. So be beige, fellow beige, if you dare to be beige For a summer, or moment or breath.
6.
Sitting and watching the waves crashing by, The stillness, the deepness asking me why. Hidden with wonders, treasures deep, Filling the caverns they silently sleep. You don't see me. You don't see me. You don't see me, as I am. Waiting for someone to search the unknown, Horrors and splendors together have grown. Honest and fragile the shadows too much, Fear of the unknown has left it untouched. You don't know me. You don't know me. You don't know me as I am. Hidden with wonder my treasures I keep Ready to show you but you won't dive deep Oh how you make my feelings awake but with each passing moment my heart will break You don't see me. You don't see me. You won't won't see me as I am.
7.
First sip: It’s sucking pickles off the sun, poison chlorophyll, spring buds & flu snot - All I needed was one good excuse. Didn’t know what I missed till I tasted chartreuse. It’s grassy beer, shocked avocado, lemon-lime shadow — The perfect shade to guzzle & seduce. Life is chartreuse. Chartreuse harlot-grins: Come with me, run, we’ll go mouth-to-mouth anytime you choose ... And I'll thumb a ride — escape, call a truce — Forget I’m the careful monk, the ignorant blissful, drink it all down thanking god I’m close, I’m close, I’m close ...
8.
On a lonely mountaintop, I view the world from high above And you're nowhere I can see, but I swear I'll be with you once more my love 'Cause I know you're out there I know you're out there  For me to find, for me to find... So I venture down to Earth and plunge into the cold, grey wild  But you fueled my blood and bones and I've finally left my wayward pride behind  I know you're out there I know you're out there  For me to find, for me to find... Did I somehow hurt you?  Disarm then subvert you?  What did I do to you to make you run and hide? Oh I need you by my side because I'll die...alone.  I know you're out there I know you're out there  For me to find, for me to find...
9.
Silver was told To just sit there And Act refined. Don’t dare to Upstage Gold who Was always solid And in demand. But, silver refused And joined grey who Walked like a panther And spoke about Truth. Grey led silver Out Of the cage And in To the light Where, hand in hand They paved the path For freedom For justice For silver
10.
She stays home every day Her thoughts they go astray Into a cloud of grey  She lies in her darkened room And hides from the outside world  It's a long way home for the long lost girl She wants to live this way  Can you please understand That she won't take your hand  She lives for this grey day She likes to crawl away To where it’s so safe a sadness so cliché  Here beneath a vacant sky  She hopes the sun will never rise It's a long way home for the long lost girl She wants to live this way  Can you please understand That she won't take your hand  She lives for this grey day She’s So Grey She’s So Grey She’s So Grey She’s So Grey

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Bistre rarely spoken  barely said always there in shades of grey that hang like clouds like the secret swallow like the elephant underneath the tongue a hue of transition dissatisfaction the zenith of questions before a more predictable  less interesting end or simply it is the stain we'd rather overlook like the day I left you leaving me in the color of unfinished business the tincture of the space in between it is what we were might be what we'll always be bistre
12.
Floating Between your dreams And my reality Movin’ across the floor With your reckless ease Music dancing in between the falling leaves Because you told me to I left it up to you And if they ask you who Tell them I was only passing through Free fall through the cracks of uncertainty Fortune telling woman, Try and comfort me With your gypsy eyes Everlasting blue Hold me in your gaze while I surrender all to you When the day is through I lie and think of you There’s nothing I can do You were always only passing through I’m standing on the outside looking in Push my back up firm against the wind Oh babe why won't you let me in Waiting for you to see through insecurity Let go and set me free because you to told me to I left it up to you There’s nothing left do You and I are always passing through You and I are always passing through
13.
Gold [Solid] When the game is tight When the heat is on She's the one you turn to [Fixin' all the wrongs] Gold [Protectin' all your rights] Solid Luxury, elegance no time for 18 karat she's always in demand super. gold. always says can she's gold [solid] Stay golden, baby
14.
Oh Cerulean when I'm out of sight I'll only be alright So long as you're by my side Shine on down, you're the only light I'll see tonight it's just you and me Cerulean Each time I look for someone sweet I find I've only got your company words won't say just what I mean and they leave me unseen Oh Cerulean I just can't stay I'll only find my way up through yesterday On the road you're the only light I see tonight it's just you and me Cerulean I ain't got no plans No complications and the lay of the land provides no destination I'll only find some peace between searchin' for the unseen Sometimes I'm lost and I prefer it that way Sometimes I'm at a loss for the words I wanna say Oh but then I can't hide from the thoughts that try to guide me astray Oh Cerulean wash away the night the morning's shining bright We've made it to the other side No longer in the dark I now can see The light it was you and me Cerulean
15.
Yellow is supposed to be mellow, but I disagree. Perhaps yellow felt too bright when it first arrived. The other colors didn't know what to make of her. Red was Fiery. Orange was Offbeat. Pink? Well...you know Pink. Yellow had to Pale in comparison. That was the spectrally-acceptable thing to do. But it's a different time now. Yellow no longer needs to be mellow. When we arrive. You will notice. When we show up. You have been warned. Don't. Fuck. With. Yellow. And now you know.
16.
Green is the color, the color of free Hey do you have it, do you get what you need? Right down the spine, Israel-Palestine entwined, in a bind -- the Green Line One law for all?  Bon chance! there’s a word for that in Afrikaans... Border’s ad hoc, unseemly, ugly call us Tone Loc, Medina’s funky Not easy being green, if you know what I mean k’she-lo shavim lifnei ha-din {“when we’re not equal before the law”} Security wall? Check the planned route Green Monster grabs a land loot. DIssident? pacifist?  Hell, no. slacktivist, call me yellow. I feel blue, OH! I guess I’m green, too. I’m bribed, imbibed their strange brew. Green is the color, the color of free Hey do you have it, do you get what you need? انا ما بدي أتعايش بدي أعيش بدون كلبشات وحواجز تفتيش خايف عحالك بليز ما تجيش لتموووووت تصور في الصيف بطلع بس بالبوكسر مش أكثر بتقدر تحكي بديش أتأخر في التفتيش ولسا الأخطر تتمخطر على الخط الأخضر بلاش تتودر راسك يتفجر I mean you’ll get shot, without a doubt بالزبط متل صيد البط Hey come on man, yes this is how we live {I don’t want to adapt, I want to live Without handcuffs and checkpoints If you're afraid please don’t come Cause you’ll die I thought my life was normal, but the effect of TV on me Made me realize that the Palestinians are different from the whole world Our country is so beautiful, but we can’t visit it because of the hard situation Our sea is right there I have its photo, but all we got from it is its moisture Imagine only wearing boxers in summer and nothing more, you can say I don’t want to be late to the checkpoint and what more dangerous is walking on the green line cause your soul will be transferred, and your head will explode. I mean you’ll get shot, without a doubt, exactly like hunting ducks Hey come on man, yes this is how we live} Green is the color, the color of free Hey do you have it, do you get what you need? Oye gringo, que quieres tu conmigo {Listen white man, what do you want with me?} You want me to work and yet you call me an illegal Immigration laws got me runnin' like a criminal No quiere ilegales, pero a latino en especifico {You don't want illegals, specifically latinos} I don't need a green card, to be identified as an indigenous man my ancestors were the rulers before you came to this land. Green is the color, the color of free Hey do you have it, do you get what you need? Green cards to green backs Buy your citizenship if you can't afford the tax It's the persuit of happiness racing with hella rats Jumpin' through shiny hoops and fallin' into the traps So you spend it all until it's gone you can't pay rent but got an iPhone About to change that when I flower these clones Legalize weed keep my money homegrown Get off the grid Get out the zone Plane trip to the 3rd world then I'm gone Green is the color, is the color of free Hey do you have it, do you get what you need? How do you get what you need? Green it is the color, the color of free Do you have it? How do you get what you need?
17.
Tan is the future, man When one ponders the question of Whether Tan is half brown or half white, As in the proverbial glass being half full or half empty. Tan doesn’t care which it is. It only knows that it is what we will all be (In five or six generations.) But Tan isn’t coming for you like the Terminator. Relax. Call it mocha if it helps. Café au Lait or dulce de leche. Graham…cracker? From you. To me. Tan is just what we will be.
18.
My name is Jimmy I'm never late To work the hardware, mixing paint I live in a house my parents hate I'm failing I got to work my gear was down I looked for help no one's around I think I'd rather smoke a pound I'm sailing Something happened during the fix The next time that I went to mix I think my mind is playing tricks Cause I fell in I'm in a world I've never seen It's dark and damp and mostly green The poster on the wall reads, "Have you seen Magenta?" I gotta make it out I gotta make it out The silence is so loud Magenta I asked someone who's in the know They said, "she was kidnapped months ago. It's up to you please Jimmy go and save her!" The person said, "she's being held In the Greenies' prison cell To get her back you'll go through hell But you'll save us all" "You see, Magenta holds the key This world was never really green It's filled with vibrant color schemes That she can bring" And so I ventured on my way To save Magenta and the day And if I'm a success they say I'll make it home I gotta get her out I gotta get her out Hear all the people shout Magenta We finally made it out We finally made it out I'll stay without a doubt Marry Magenta Start a family Eat a sandwich This place is pretty cool

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Songs and poems inspired by color.

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released September 25, 2012

All songs and poems written March 2010 - July 2012. All songs and poems recorded July - September 2012. Very special thanks to Chris Hahn and 100 Second Production for his recording assistance and hospitality. All songs published by Rabid Hit Music (ASCAP) except "Totally (Blue)" published by Rabid Hit Music ASCAP) and Fascinoma Records (ASCAP); "I Know You're Out There (Zymenchlora)" published by Rabid Hit Music (ASCAP), Ryan McCarthy Hobler (SESAC) and Soundbloom Publishing(ASCAP); "Princess (Magenta)" published by Rabid Hit Music (ASCAP) and Diamond Davin Music (BMI). Cover design and mastering by Monk Turner. For licensing or more information, please use contact form.

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​Monk Turner has produced more than 25 concept albums using a collective of musicians who share his passion for creating freeform, genre-defying music.

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