Silas Mourner and the Flocking Mothercluckers

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about

Silas Mourner has waited years in this sector for a vortex to reappear so he can drive his shellshuttle after his lost friend, Jonas Sulk. At long last, reality unfolds beneath him!

But who knows what cuckoos will hatch when the universe plops one piece of detritus before another?

What if a flock of chrono-colonists is bent on rewriting the course of history in their favor? What's a schmuck like Silas s'posed to do then?

Find out in this exciting edition of The Lost Pages of Epochrypha!

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released September 30, 2016

Silas Mourner -- vox, scritch-guit
Jak Daw -- vox, drums
Ravin Darklee -- bass
narcissa -- vox, sad synthesizer
Jonas Sulk -- vox, lead guit/psychomagnetic tones
Alber Tross -- vox, digital signals, those digital signals
T10-LZZY -- vox
Chick Dee -- vox

Recorded @ The Burgundy Cactus in Austin, Debbie's Palace of Noise & Laundry in Indianapolis 2014-2016
Produced by Chuck Walla
Engineered by Polyanna Perritt
Concept by Piper Sand
Screenplay by Redd McAww
Casting by Mike Hawk
Catering by Blu Herron
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In the future, interstellar travel advances too rapidly for us to resist.

Our intrepid voyagers will face the 7 Hermetic Soul Powers:
1. Darkness
2. Desire
3. Ignorance
4. Call of the Void
5. Kingdom of Flesh
6. Wisdom of Flesh
7. Wrathful Wisdom

So spake St. Magdalene, Discordian priestess. Alber Tross would bring down a whole ship for thee, O Mother of Madness! #haileris
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Track Name: Shell Shuttle
Silas and his infinitar warm the bench at the helm of a shellshuttle lifted off the Joidevive. The conveniences of the future make his life pretty easy; he's just waiting for his old crew to come back out the wormwhirl. One of these days, schlep, bang, there they'll be -- or more like they'll have always been there, just never experienced until just now.

But til then, Silas Mourner keeps on strumming.


E

E B A E
Drag that shell fastened on your back
F#m C#m A B
Bear the memories you can’t yet untie
Let the rest fade into the black
Dot the velvet with stars for your eyes

And so the X-Cargo slimes the trail
So very sluggish, resistant to change
Carving holes in the cosmic veil
Hiding in spirals to ever remain

C Gm
Doldrums shift the weight
D Am
Through the endless strait x2

C Gm D Am
Track Name: Out of Sight
Jonas Sulk was an interesting case. Space is tough, and confinement takes its toll. But for Jonas, it was the crew. A year in, they started to feel like a family, and Jonas was a proud orphan. Silas tried to keep him occupied, just to maintain a bit of normalcy, but in time even he couldn't draw out poor Sulk.

Through those weeks a bubble of silence inflated around him. In time he turned catatonic. If you engaged him he was willing to try, but eventually his train of thought would run out of track and splatter across the field. But even so, when Jonas had his moments of lucidity, his eyes would focus into yours and he'd be present for a paragraph or so of monologue.


Am G Am Am G Am Am G Am G Am G Am (B)

C D Am G Am Am G Am

The gods drew bodies in the sand
To spin in circles on a line
Submit to gravity's decline
To trod along the plight of man

Am G D C D D C D

But I descended to dissent
Distending seconds past their prime
Uncounted faces came and went
All out of sight and out of mind

F
Out of sight, out of mind
D
Out of sight and out of mind

Am G D C D D C D

Your eyes stay open while you sleep
Your glassy gaze still running deep
Behind the glass you're all intact
If you woke up, I'd put you back

Am G Am Am G Am

C D Am G Am Am G Am
But do you register the sight?
Does light deliver you a scene?
Is my scenescence your new dream?
Or am I left outside your mind?

F
Out of sight, out of mind
D
Out of sight, out of mind
F
Out of sight, out of mind
G
Out of sight and out of mind

C D A G A [G] A G A [x2]
Track Name: space b/w us
And then there's Sally Terri, his blue-skinned four-eyed vixen back home. He tries not to think about her or her flexible ways or the years it's been since he left.

Even if he went back, would he be welcomed? How long did she hold out before she finally realized it was really done? Is she better off now?

And so, Silas mourns his solitary Sally.


Am
drifting drifting all release
F
all devoid of all perceiving
Am
all is down its all around us
F7
all surrounded by the feeling

C A
F D

Am G D
by the by by the wayside
in the biding vast and seamless
seeping through divided by
F7
the emptiness of space between us

drifting drifting all release
all devoid of all perceiving
all is down its all around us
all surrounded by the feeling
by the by by the wayside
in the biding vast and seamless
seeping through divided by
the emptiness of space between us
Track Name: precariously balanced at the Rim of No Return
The magnetic sound of a vortex -- something's coming out!
Track Name: Slipped the Stream
Ripping out from the winding time portal, Jak Daw [of Altrades] leads his crew backward from a time when birds have taken over the world and wrecked it in the process. He doesn't know exactly what time he'll go to, but he's sure he'll find a good one -- one of these days.


C
A D G
I had to chase some ghosts around outside the lines
A D G
They haunt the host who cracks the blinds
A D G C
But they want, the most, to meet the other kind

I had to fight the drowning feeling when I fell in
To numb my senses to the din
Down to the bone, to nurse my broken chin

A E F#m C#7
That night I ducked out, slipped the stream
D Bm G E
Saw no use waiting, anchored still
A E F#m C#7
Denied no longer the sailor's dream
D Bm G C
To dive down deeper and grow some gills

A D Gm A D Gm
A D Gm C C

I had to set the high walls up on the other side
To stem the flow, not to turn the tide
Couldn't keep them up, though God I tried and tried

And now there's no use wading down through another week
Or paddling any further on up this creek
Just to pray for pitch to patch up every leak

That night I ducked out, slipped the stream
Saw no use waiting, anchored still
Denied no longer the sailor's dream
To dive down deeper and grow some gills

Tonight we'll duck out, slip the stream
No use waiting or standing still
Deny no longer the seer's scene
May those who haven't never will
Track Name: X-Cargo Cult
Once the Cuckoocloud has boarded, dozens of strange bird creatures start pecking through all of Silas' junk [not that there's much to see]


E A E A x2

We coast outside the lines E A
We fade into the drift
We follow the fall of momentum's crawl,
Never bothering to shift

Doldrums theme
[C Gm D Am]

Through a hole in time and space
We’ll find a home beyond
Free of human sin for to start again
On the planet Halcyon

X-Cargo theme x2
[E G# A E B C#m A B] +2m B

We get anything we need
From this synthesizer tube
Any urge to sate, we can replicate
In our cabin's solitude E A E A Am

Until we join the crew
It's not our mission yet
At the precipice of dawn, only tagalongs
Praying for some sun to set

So we drifters count our breaths
One day at a time
In the shadow of the sprawl sing so gratefully for all
We have borrowed down the line

[Atomizer riff x3]

We mostly mosey on
We leap from rock to rock
Hard to find one to embrace when you’re only keeping space
Hard to start, but harder to stop

[Atomizer riff x1]

So for now, we move along
Take it all in stride
Could be fixing up our fate, but we call it all too late
Rather sink into the sky

Halftime: E G# A E
Track Name: skies are patient
Without a target destination, the X-Cargo's "Home" setting is still back on the airstrip on Gaia.



Am F D C

Wish I were now a satellite, Earthbound
Cradled, reeling, stable beneath the shielding that she's revealing

Gm
She spins her cycle in fated sequence
C
Her day recycles the dreams of nations
Gm
Her eyes are barren, her oceans fading
C D
But when skies are patient, they open daily

The stars aren't watching; the sun stopped responding
So what do they know when time slows
to count the seconds you wear your wreckage?

Solo [Doldrums riff in reverse]

The sky will witness, need no forgiveness
Will canyons fill in without him with hope worth hoping: the great blue open?

To spin her cycle in fated sequence
Her day recycles the dreams of nations
Her eyes are barren, her oceans fading
But when skies are patient, they open daily
D C Am
Yes, when skies are patient, they open daily
Track Name: The Last Thaw
Alber Tross is afraid he'll bring down the whole ship. Who can blame him; if you met him, you'd understand.


Am F Am F

I tried to hear you out just to hear what’s up
I wanted to hear you out just to hear what’s up
But my tongue is frozen inside, can’t come unstuck

Beyond the bubble, watch you grumble and groan
Inside your bubble, watch you struggle and moan
Somewhere in between I wandered to see alone where I’d go if I’d only known

Am C G D
That last thaw

I didn’t know you til you knew my name
I didn’t know you til you knew my name
I forgot you knew how to play this game

Bit by bit I burn out through these veins
Bit by bit beyond these frosted pains
But I still can’t seem to say your name and so it seems a fresh new same

This last thaw

See I’ve seen it all, so far
On fast-forward speed
So far I’ve seen all that I saw
At least as much as I’d seen

I could’ve given up until I gave in
I almost gave up but then I gave in
Maybe I coulda woulda shoulda been
But everything kept happening again again it’s always been

The last thaw

Cuz I’ve seen it all, so far
On fast-forward speed
So far I’ve seen all that I saw
At least as much as I’d seen
Track Name: DISCARD THIS ARTIFICE
Alber goes pecking where he oughtn't to, and finds himself confined inside a helmet that aligns with his brain's psychosino wave.


X, Y AND Z ALL INTERSECT AND WEAVE
THESE MAGNETIC FORCES YOU CAN'T PERCEIVE
LINING THE EDGE OF THE BUBBLE THAT WE BREATHE
SHIMMERING THE ATOMS SHIVERING UP YOUR SLEEVE

SO WE DISCARD THIS ARTIFICE
ABSORB INTO OUR OPPOSITE
SHUFFLE OFF AND SHARPEN IT
TO TIE THE TWO IN TWAIN
TO THE NEED WE CANNOT
THE NEED WE CANNOT NAME


SHALL WE DISCARD THIS ARTIFICE
AIM INTO THE HEART OF IT
STRIKE THE CORD TUCKED UNDER IT
TO DRIVE THE DARKNESS SANE
WITH THE NEED WE CANNOT
WITH THE NEED WE CANNOT NAME?
Track Name: XFR CPLT
Immediately the helmet floods the birdman's brain with memories, experiences, boredoms, cloudstorms, ugly words, mac'n cheese, a history best forgotten, and a name: Jonas.

Alber tries to hold all this information, all this knowledge, but he's simply overwhelmed. Like pebbles falling into palms full of sand, he loses his grip and it all falls away. Trying to hold too much at once makes him drop it all, and an electric persona buzzes in.


Am C

Am
I was, I was, oh once I was
C
And you were too, d-drowning in dread
Am
Then demons came, reversed your name
C
They flipped the script inside your head
Blew the fuse and painted red
Am
So I doubled over, took your place instead

D
And oh, since then, you've not come out again
F
Now I don't know, I can't tell if there's a soul in this shell
E
'Cause last time someone looked...

I was, I was, like anyone
That dispossession drew me down to size
'Cause once she saw, she saw but once
Pass up the lip and peer inside
Where every beat is amplified
She shut you up and ran away to hide

Gitar Solah – D F D F E E

I was, I was, just drift and gloss
One shining moment reascending
But once I caught the sight we lost
It all came rushing back to me
The comedy of tragedy
Now what haunted her is haunting you through me

And oh, since then, you've not come out again
Now I don't know, I can't tell if there's a soul in this shell
'Cause last time someone looked, you ran, you ran

D F E E
Track Name: IF NOT U
Alber opens his stereoscopic eyes to find a holoscreen projected six inches before his face. T10-LZZY activates, charging his brain with positive energy.


C D E C D E

C D
THE RIDE DOWN FOREVER TAKES A WHILE
Am D
HALF FUELED WITH HOPE AND HALF DENIAL
C D
TIME SLOWS YOU DOWN IF YOU SHOULD WAIT AROUND
Am D
WAIT FOR THE RIGHT DAY TO WAIT ANOTHER MILE

GROWING OLD IS FINE FOR THOSE WHO MUST
CAUGHT BETWEEN THE THRESHOLD AND THE CUSP
AREN'T YOU ALLOWED TO FIND YOUR OWN WAY OUT
TO SLIP THE TRAP THAT TELLS YOU THAT YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH

C D
CUZ IF NOT YOU
Am
IF NOT YOU
C D E
IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO?

CLIMB FROM THE CHAMBER YOU'VE BEEN IN
DRY OUT YOUR EYES AND STEEL YOUR CHIN
AREN’T YOU THE ONE TO SHOW HOW IT’S DONE
TO FIND THE SIGNS HORIZONS LINE BEHIND YOUR RUN

CUZ IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU THEN WHO? X2

RELEASE WHAT REJECTION SENT YOU HERE
OLD VISIONS FADE AND DISAPPEAR
I SAID AREN’T YOU ALLOWED TO FEEL BETTER NOW
IT’S TIME FOR THE DOWN-AND-OUT TO PERSEVERE

CUZ IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU THEN WHO?
IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU
IF NOT YOU THEN WHO?
Track Name: Vacuum Silence
Alber Tross pulls Silas aside, pulling at his lapel.

"Mourner! You look... you... you're you!"

"Yeh, 'n what of it?"

Alber glares an eye into Silas', then looks down at his wings. "Oh, right. New body. Um." With a sigh, "Silas, it worked. I am my upload. I am me, up to my last update." Scan from eye to eye. "It's me, Jonas.""

Silas almost chokes. "Uh huh."

"Let's see, last thing I remember... Headed for Europa, swinging around the Halcyon Cloud at Makeout Point... I'm guessing that didn't go so well, eh?"

Silas squints.

"What a shame. Look, I can't imagine what you've been through, and I'm sorry I couldn't have been here to see it. But, Silas, come on. I need you to see me here. I'm back!"

"Mm hm," he strides away.

Alber considers him a moment, then "Where's Toronto?"

Silas halts.

Alber stares down the back of his head. "Silas. Don't tell me you don't know. Surely you know the whereabouts of Toronto Canada. The only reason you or I joined up with the Joidevive." No answer. "She's... she's okay, right? Just tell me she's alright, Silas." No answer. "She... Hah," Jonas coughs into his beak. "That, that's a, huh, that's a real shame." His legs fold up underneath him into a squat [thx muscle memory].

"You still have those hymns she used to sing?"

Mourner breathes, long and steady. Swallows. Raises his hand to the wall where a keypad appears, opens a few folders, and swipes right to relive it.


C E7 Am F

Even in the silence, you will hear it
No words, but silent signals scream and shout
It chills the gills, it shakes the waking spirit
It stars the empty silence of The Doubt

Everybody holds a vacuum in their heart
Everybody holds a vacuum in their heart

It lingers every echo when they fall
It basks in passing moments' grasping glow
It blinds the sun from crawling out beyond the tunnel's haggard sprawl
Where the fissure fills up the core til it explodes

Everybody holds a vacuum in their heart
Everybody holds a vacuum in their heart
It's the emptiness that strikes you when it sparks
Everybody holds a vacuum in their heart
Track Name: Wings of Fire
Silas flips on the XCargo's dimension switch to open the wormwhirl between here and home, so narcissa can see it for herself through the eyes of her chicks. So Chick keeps singing hymns while the Nest Egg counts down from 10 and drops out the airlock into the spinning nest of timelessness.


C G
Am C G
Am C C G
F G C G

Am F
The hand that took the cable and creased the wire
Am F D G C
That clenches 'round the current into the teeth
Dm F C Dm
Now binds in kind the reacher into the reach
Dm F C Gm C Bb F
Distills the soul gone soaring on wings of fire

G Bb F
G D C G
F G C G

Be gone before believing, be still be dying
Be all they wanted you to be one to be
Delay to disappoint meant a life denying
Decide: defy; deliver; delight to see

G Bb F
G D Bb F
G Bb F
G D C G
F C C G
F C C G

The hands that took the cable and creased the wire
That clench around the current into the teeth
Now bind in kind the reacher into the reach
Distill the soul gone soaring on wings of fire

G Bb F
G D Bb F
G Bb F
G D C G
F C C G
F C C G
F C C G
Am