Minced Oath

by A.J. Kaufmann

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about

2017 turned out to be a year of summarizing my audio accomplishments since 2009. A compilation of 2011-2017 material is available for free download @ archive.org/details/TheCrazy7YearsACompilation, and this here free album, "Minced Oath", contains newly recorded material, originally from 2011-2015. It was all captured live during one day, May 30 2017, and is what I like to call a one-man jam session. Cover versions of old favorites are included as a way to pay tribute to sonic heroes: Ramases ("Hello Mister"), Twiggy ("Vanilla Olay"), and Moby Grape ("Motorcycle Irene"). "All That Is My Own" (originally by Nico) is included as a "bonus track", and it is a cover of the splendid "Desertshore" track, which comes from "Eden Full of Sore" sessions. I hope you enjoy the album.

The album cover is a collage featuring Justin Jackley's "Blind Self Dead", and a page from "Ted Ate America", where my poems were published back in 2008.

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released May 31, 2017

A.J. Kaufmann - vocals, guitars.

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Track Name: Berger/ Hello Mister/ Berger
Berger

He spent his life on magic trips
And sailing far on wooden ships
They sang about on an old LP
That kept on spinning posthumously
He had his drugs he had his girls
He had a billion thousand thrills
Until the ships set course to damned
And reached the shore of Vietnam
I say damn
Vietnam

He had his friends and walked the park
Like sun child god or sudden spark
Of freedom growing in the trees
Where lucky creatures joined the feast
And life itself invited him
He had the life you keep within
I guessed that killed him as a man
Who landed stoned in Vietnam
I say damn
Vietnam

He knew the score was loser’s pay
And lucky times won’t last a day
Eternal sidewalks guide his soul
To realms beyond the hands of law
And fear was nothing in his mind
For fountains sprang from hands untied
Until they made him trip the van
And end up dead in Vietnam
I say damn
Vietnam
Track Name: Globetrotter
Globetrotter

There's a rainbow hand underneath my hat
With a triple eye underneath the ground
Would you help me once we set out on a trip
We could walk the cosmic zoo all around
Then make sure to laugh when you bury me
Face me North or South and a-climb life’s tree
See your rainbow glow started losing shape
Over brilliant vine, under lunar grapes

Till it's all gone now
Yes it's all gone now
It's all gone

You can smear my soul all over
Coats of arms and daze of names
Mark the earth with my bloodstream
Spike the air with my flame
You'd be a globetrotter baby
Carrying multi-ethnic news
You'd be a globetrotter baby
Out of Delta fields of blues

There's this famous frame that you look at awhile
When you’re leaving Earth's ugly burial grounds
With a rocket soul and a galleon gold
You made sure to help us jazz the infant cold
So now up you go, and you lit my wall
But your tombstone pots are a-getting too hot
Facing North or South, it’s eternity
Out of cluster voids, into solar sleep

Till it's all gone now
Yes it's all gone now
It's all gone
Track Name: With the Sun in Your Belly
With the Sun in Your Belly

Bless the sun in your belly
Smell the dawn in your hair
Kiss your lily-full skin shade
Feel that you’re really there

You don’t have to show me
Physical features of light
Your spirit is dancing above me
Taking me deep to your night

Pass the moon in your navel
Draw your tides to my tears
Rest in my favorite ocean
Show me the source of your fear

Please let go of your sorrows
You’re not of the earthly kind
Let go of the body you borrowed
Turn off that miserable mind

I called you names and morals
Slogans, standards, words
But I never had enough of courage
To play you these simple chords
Track Name: Just For Love
Just for Love

I got the silver
You got the gold
I got the fever
You’re shaking cold
I got the tree
You got the fruit
I'm in the bushes
You’re in the nude

Just for love
Just for love
You’re in the nude

I went for fiesta
You went with me
When we got back
The scene was clear
I had my pleasure
You had your fun
We reached the glitter
Like everyone

Just for love
Just for love
Like everyone

Our days were sweet
As days can be
Our happy faces
So good to see
And kind decisions
Have been made
I'll be your sunshine
There’ll be no shade

Just for love
Just for love
There’ll be no shade
Just for love
Just for love
There’ll be no shade
Track Name: Whispering Egypt
Whispering Egypt

Egypt buried sleeping with his bride
Fading beauty of her desert eyes

Take us there to lands of sleep
Where winds blow hard upon
Every man who tries to climb
The sleeping goddess' throne

Wake up now o children
Of the voices never seen
Witness what's to become
Of the queen's perversity
Track Name: Cold Sun
Cold Sun

Cold sun growing and there's nothing you can do
Nighttime falling victim to the dawn
Cold sun growing and there's nothing you can do
The power plant's not working
Cold sun calling and it's pointing at you
Best follow and stop your talking
Cold sun, cold sun
You'd better stop smoking dope

Cold sun growing and there's nothing you can do
Neon twilights gleaming
Cold sun growing and there's nothing you can do
You stand secure outside this dream
Cold sun, cold sun
Nighttime falling victim to the dawn
Cold sun, cold sun
Impulses circling on and on
Track Name: Gold
Gold

I bathe you in Arabian foam and taste you like some French champagne
You’re gold
You come to me in evening’s glare and lust is all your eyes declare
My gold
You’re gold
To me you’re gold

You rode with me to Africa in sun of ages we did dance
My gold
A treasure waits for those who seek and long and pray and kiss and keep
Their gold
You’re gold
To me – your gold
Track Name: The Claw
The Claw

I reached for a hand yet there was a claw
'Twas sharp as a razor and white as a dove
My hand started bleeding and soon there were lips
They started to suck on my blood young and sweet
And they were so cold and they were so strange
And soon there were eyes until now beyond range

And they started looking inside of my heart
And terror did shake them and the lips did back out
And my blood stopped flowing and there was no claw
And there was no curtain and there was no door

Still I reached for a knob yet there was a breast
And lower the bosom with lust for caress
And higher the navel, the first universe
And higher the temple where safe I shall rest

The eyes of her nipples started scanning my face
And soon she backed out with a hint of disgrace
And there was no breast, no bosom in sight
And there was no navel but still hallowed night

I reached for the draperies of moonlight and mist
I searched and I searched ‘til I came 'pon a fist
Inside was a rose of fierce splendor red
And of wine and her petals the fist slowly bled
I opened the fist and there was a claw
'Twas sharp as a razor and white as a dove
I opened the fist and there was a claw
Sharp as a razor and white as a dove
White as a dove
White as a dove
White as a dove
White as a dove…
Track Name: One Man Army
One Man Army

Never will it surrender
Never will it move back
Once the one man army
Gets on its track
Rollin through the cities
Rollin through the minds
You better start your running
'fore it gets to your heart
Better instantly surrender
There is no way it can lose
Now the one man army has you under its boot

Never will it shake
It's perverted all the way
Once this army finds you
Till the end it will stay
Tearing off your dresses
Burning up your homes
Don't you know this army wants
Absolute control
Better instantly surrender
There is no way it can lose
Now the one man army has you under its boot

Never will it forget you
Never hesitate
You can call some relief force
Ah, they always come too late
This army takes no prisoners
No mercy will be shown
It devastates your body
And ravages your soul
Better instantly surrender
There is no way it can lose
Now the one man army has you under its boot

This army leaves no bodies
This army takes it all
This army travels onwards
Throughout this damned world
Cuts through barbed wire
Breaks the highest walls
Its instruments of pain
Are known everywhere it goes
Better instantly surrender
There is no way it can lose
Now the one man army has you under its boot
Track Name: We Are Smoke
We Are Smoke

You can't see us, we are shadow
We are silent death, you know
We are nothing, we are shadow
We are glass & we are smoke

We are smoke

You can't touch us, we are vacuum
We are day & we are night
We are one & we are power
We are angels, we are knights
We are down & we are broke
We are glass & we are smoke

We are smoke

We are sex & we are sexless
We are drugs & we are clean
We're the cut & we're the razor
We're the parts & we're machines