Gypsy Caravan Rollin'

by Dada Folk 1

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excerpts from audio notebooks of A.J. Kaufmann, a Polish poet ("Siva in Rags", 2008), songwriter and recording artist ("Second Hand Man", 2011, "Stoned Gypsy Wanderer", 2014).

Home recorded in various locations, 2009-2011.

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released 21 March 2013

A.J. Kaufmann - voice, guitars, songwriter.
Justin Jackley - artwork.

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Track Name: Patricia (Gypsy Caravan Rollin')
Patricia (Gypsy Caravan Rollin')

I met her in autumn
Though I’ve seen her before
In one kind of life or another
I believe she’s my twin
Though we don’t know it by now
And she still judges a book by its cover
So please have a look
As I’m standing before you
And I’m begging of you for an audition
In dreams I’ve heard voices
Of many-a-gal
But they all whispered one name – Patricia

I fell for her quickly
Till winter grew on
Then I thought that she might not be willing
But one look in those eyes
Those reflections of sky
With the diamond-stars shining bright and no ceilings
So don’t turn away
As I’m trying to know you
I believe in my heart’s intuition
And it tells me since autumn, keeps telling me now
There’s just one gal for you – Patricia

Like a stoned Gypsy wanderer
I follow her roads
And I follow some light that I hope guides me
And the gods of the old times
At the gates of Babylon
Tell me, son of ours, follow her, cause now you’re blinded
So don’t lay your head
Where the killings are done
On your soul winged from the start of your wishes
Just walk out of this and leave all that’s his
Come here where’s your place – Patricia

And the caravan stood still
As the bard he did play
On his strings for the same unchanging goddess
Thru ages of stars and thru faces so different
Just one and only spirit wanders
And it crosses those borders
So many-a-time
And it howls in the wind, ruins cities
Like a blossoming thunder, and tombstones not plundered
And stories of old do repeat – Patricia
Track Name: Amaranth Blues
Amaranth Blues

I've been working all night
I've been sleeping all day
I got my angel to buy it
I got my devil to pay
So slowly and sweetly
In the month of May
She got her devil to pay

I watch the dripping red
From her open wrists
And it tastes just like vanilla
On my coffee stained lips
With a cigarette flavor
Put your hands on her tears
Ooh honey have no fear

The solution is clear
My television is pure
With a snowfall of diamonds
From her amaranth curls
In the heat of the morning
She stole another pair of shoes
Ain't that a piece of news

So all you pretty girls
That try to make me your own
Please remember just that
I'm not something you own
I'm a traveling man
I've got no job and no home
I'm better off alone

I've been talking to God
Just the other day
He said the judgment is coming
It's already on its way
And as the rivers turn red
And as the valleys turn black
There'll be no turning back

Well your coffee tastes bad
But my coffee tastes worse
And you're lost to this country
Riding on a dead horse
Yeah you ain't no cowboy
You're wearing shoes and a hat
But that's not where it's at

Yeah you've been to the mountains
Well I've been to the hills
Yeah you've found what you looked for
I wasn't looking for this
You see the clouds are too high
Too high for you to reach
But I'm not here to preach

People looking for diamonds
In a sulphur mine
It seems they've done gone forgotten
What's inside of their minds
And the eagle flies high
On its own graceful wings
There's time for us to sing

Yeah you've got what it takes
Yeah you've got what is mine
Yes you stole it from me
But truly I don't mind
Cause there's always some room
For people of your kind
In the land of the blind

See the laughing pilgrim
See the fluttering hand
Leading armies to power
Leading power to grave
Taking all that is worthy
To a level so high
That even amaranths die
Track Name: Heading West
Heading West

Listen my little brothers
I've talked to the Morning Star
I must go
And I'm heading west

Hey little sisters
Don't you cry
I'm not the only brother
Heading west

All you people listen
Darkness is the way
Your glass-eyed god scares me to death
So I'm heading west, my friend
(Heading west, my friend)

I've shown you every way
I've been here every day
Now I'm going home
I'm heading west

Hey people
I broke free
Oh can't you see
That I'm heading west

Talked with the dead
I got worms in my head
There\s an eagle on my arm
I'm heading west

All you people listen
Darkness is the way
Your glass-eyed god scares me to death
So I'm heading west, my friend
(I’m heading west)

I tread every way
I've been everywhere
Now I'm coming home
I'm heading west
Track Name: Winter Blues
Winter Blues

Blow so sweet, my winter winds, carry on my love
Bring her to my window, bring her with the dove
Carefully entwine her, bathe her in your snow
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, take my lover home
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, take my lover home

Put her in my window
Her wings as torn as mine
A raven by the lamplight
In the lonely, lonely wintertime

Blow so sweet, my winter winds, carry high my love
Lift her as a snowflake, lift her high above
Let us finally be together, let us finally come alive
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, ride the lovers' tide
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, ride the lovers' tide

Put her in my window
Her wings as torn as mine
A raven by the lamplight
In the lonely, lonely wintertime

Blow so sweet, my winter winds, bring her to my door
Seven years of passion pass, it seems like an hour ago
Graciously define her, carve her out in stars
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, let her swirl inside
Blow so sweet, my winter winds, let her swirl inside

Put her in my window
Her wings as torn as mine
A raven by the lamplight
In the lonely, lonely wintertime
Track Name: Utopian Fields
Utopian Fields

‘83, I'm headed for sunset
A century ago
Happy people in the park
Summer in its glorious glow
Hand in hand, beside the pool
With umbrellas of white
Sunglasses, no fences
A brain that's open wide

No sight of mindless torture
Apathy's not here
No sight of ignorance
And no sight of fear

Utopian fields...

So warm in this realm of green
So softly the sparrow sings
So glossy are those lips of yours
Reflection of my wings
Hand in hand, beside the pool
The dog is wagging his tail
No shouting of the hate machine
Where the children play

No sight of mindless torture…

Utopian fields...

Our bridge is bursting with light
The lanterns give their consent
To stay awhile in this spirited sight
And think of us as content
Then the river embedded in meadows
The grass is kissing the shore
Silent waves in the sky above us
We're finally headed home

No sight of mindless torture…

Utopian fields...
Track Name: Little Whip
Little Whip

Walking down same old alleys
Looking for my face in the wind
Imaginary radio
Plays some Sinatra for me
Yeah I know it's cheap
But it knocks me off my feet
Anyhow

There were times of wicked beauty
Met in old Berlin
A cigarette & a cup of coffee
A woman in between
Yeah I know she's fine
But she couldn't read my mind
Anyway

Give me the blues
And blow me away
For a day

With her whip she looked so sweet
And she moved with grace
Oh but I swear a man like you
Wouldn't like to be in my place
Yeah that's how it is
She's got her little whip
And a smile

We ran wildly through the streets
Flied like the Zeppelin
Not the one that crashed to the ground
But the one that flies in your dreams
We didn't ever wanna land
We had so many plans
Now they're gone

Give me the blues
And blow me away
For a day

Wild days, wilder nights
Amphetamine & drinks
Oh how I pity you catholic boys
And all you catholic girls
Joy is my name
My woman is insane
Still we fly

I, too, believe in a cross, my friends
But mine's a different one
It's the core of the universe
The epicenter of Sun
It crowns her little whip
My lady of the deep
Let's run

Let's run!
Track Name: Lullaby For Madeleine
Lullaby for Madeleine

Seasons were guided
Down with your hand
Garlands of mirrors
Appear where you stand
Somebody told me
We live just to die
I couldn’t believe it
I met you tonight

And you were alone
And you were afraid
And you were alone
And you were afraid

Night flowers bloomed and you
Smelled them all week
You were afraid
Of touching the street
Nobody loves you
I think I don’t care
Oh why would I take you
Down Orpheus’ lair

And you were alone
And you were afraid
And you were alone
And you were afraid

Reason is sleeping
It’s written your name
Down in the gutters
And lanterns of shame
Wish I could hold you
Now that everything’s gone
I’m drinking and feasting
We’re naked as dawn

And you were alone
And you were afraid
And you were alone
And you were afraid
Track Name: The Lamplight Song
The Lamplight Song

The lamplight knows it's best
To never mind the rest
And the lamplight knows too good
She only cares for you
The lamplight goes not lonely
The lamplight understands
Your woman's gotta love you
And hold your wounded hand

The lamplight's where she stands
The lamplight's where she lives
She keeps your beauty hidden
She goes crawling on her knees
The lamplight's where she stands
The lamplight's where she lives
She keeps your beauty hidden
She goes crawling on her knees

The lamplight knows it's best
To lay your soul to rest
And the lamplight sees the truth
Though it has no point of view
The lamplight gets not tempted
The lamplight comprehends
Your woman's gotta love you
And hold your wounded hand

The lamplight's where she stands
The lamplight's where she lives
She keeps your beauty hidden
She goes crawling on her knees
The lamplight's where she stands
The lamplight's where she lives
She keeps your beauty hidden
She goes crawling on her knees

The lamplight knows it's fine
To never mind the time
The lamplight knows for sure
The weary know no cure
And the lonely go nowhere
Under lamplight's sleazy stare
The days get longer than
This lamplight understands
Yeah the days get longer than
This lamplight understands
Track Name: One Road
One Road

All my friends are growing up
There's nothing I can do
I still got my leather on
They started wearing suits
And how they wish they'd stop a while
Time won't let them
And all the girls are women now
Let's forget them

They got one road
I got the other
I'm roaming free while
They're all growing older
Bittersweet, bittersweet

And all the chances they have missed
Keep returning
And they keep freezing dead at heart
While I keep burning
And how their funeral sings along
I wish I could hear it
And all the paths we used to take
Are now disappearing

They got one road
I got the other
I'm roaming free while
They're all growing older
Bittersweet, bittersweet

And all the pain they have to take
Keeps on rising
They wish they had my point of view
Endless horizons
And how the years went rolling by
Wish that they hadn’t / Blunt paramedic
And how their sadness grows a gift
Let's just forget them

They got one road
I got the other
I'm roaming free while
They're all growing older
Bittersweet, bittersweet
Track Name: Saturation
Saturation

Yes you've taken all the joy from my heart
Made it all come 'round again from the start
Yeah, you ain't a bad woman, you're just slightly mad
Can’t keep the evil like me inside your head

Pain is nothing bad
I've got nothing to hide
Pain is no credential
When you're open wide
Yeah when you're open wide

Yes you can always come back and this you know
But I will only be there for you at the shows
Saturation won’t work alone again
You keep pushing my feelings down the drain

Pain is nothing bad
I've got nothing to hide
Pain is no credential
When you're open wide
Yeah when you're open wide

Something tells me we’ve tried hard for too long
Should’ve kept all my promises in a song
Now you're pushing too hard, no use in pushing back
There’s always someone watching you straight ahead

Pain is nothing bad
I've got nothing to hide
Pain is no credential
When you're open wide
Yeah when you're open wide