The Almighty We

by Frank Patrick

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1.
Why I Open 03:40
What to reveal and what to conceal Coming to terms with how I feel I’m testing the limits, now that I’m in it, There’s no getting out of it now I’m lonely and high, struggling to survive In this wasteland of broken dreams Still listening to the distance with no resistance And no idea what it all means Tell me why open, why open to you Tell me why should I open Feeling vulnerable and exposed, heart and soul W At every crossroads I pause, it’s not easy to choose When you’re a prisoner of options with the blues With all the choices I’ve made and the prices I’ve paid You could say I’ve learned a thing or two With your changes you wrestle, you’re so precious and special For the truth you live, love and learn You catalyze my courage to fight off this fear And rise to these occasions of love That’s why I open, why I open to you That’s why I open Vulnerable and exposed, heart and soul I’m a solo mio man, a solo mio man alone I’m a solo mio man, Exposing heart and soul And now I open, now I open to you Now I open Exposing heart and soul
2.
The first time ever I heard her voice echo the heart of the grind I was transfixed, entranced and enhanced I became so much more than before Beyond reason our love was born to be Beyond reason our love was born to be, Our love was born to be The first time I looked into her eyes, Time disappeared in the distance Then somehow reappeared as the eternal now, Offering no resistance Beyond reason our love was born to be Beyond reason our love was born to be, Our love was born to be Like a spark at the heart of the heart of breathe and believe Singing out from the heart of the heart (x2) of the mystery, Our love was born to be Love is still quite the mystery as we reap and we sow And just when we think we know All the attractions and distractions of live love and learn Can leave us so lost and so alone With the illusions that follow, the communion of the souls Beyond reason our love was born to be Beyond reason our love was born to be, Our love was born to be Coming apart at the heart of the heart of breathe and believe, Left in the dark of the heart of the heart, Coming apart at the heart of the heart, of the mystery Our love was born to be Beyond reason, beyond reason Beyond reason, our love was born to be Beyond reason, beyond reason Beyond reason, our love was born to be Our love was born to be, Our love was born to be
3.
“ I can’t breathe”, is the writing on the walls That divide us like isms before the fall With racism still, killing out of fear, We all know the plague does not discriminate With cartoon politicians blind to the science, They can’t see the forest for the trees And they can’t tell remedies from disease But maybe there’s a realization in works, Or maybe a major breakthrough, Maybe this is more than just pause and reflect? And this wake up call is getting through Lay me down by the river in the almighty green, To reawaken my belief in this dream As planetary people we all belong, It can be so hard to keep the faith With greed fed destroyers claiming to know Fabricating fake news for their illusions of control But maybe there’s a realization in works, Or maybe a major breakthrough, Maybe this is more than just pause and reflect? And this wake up call is getting through We are the planetary people, We are the planetary people Taking heed of the call of the times, Taking heed of the call of the times We are the planetary people, We are the planetary people Taking heed of the call of the times, Taking heed of the call of the times No more killing out of colour, or discrimination by race No more lies, no more pretence, no more truth cover ups Give us life , give us love, give us faith, give us truth Give us hope for a way to share this world We are the planetary people, We are the planetary people Taking heed of the call of the times We are the planetary people, We are the planetary people Taking heed of the call of the times Taking heed of the call of the times Maybe there’s a realization in works Or maybe a major breakthrough, Maybe this is more than just pause and reflect? And this wake up call is getting through
4.
I’ve got my weather beatin heart and a side of soul A fire feeding song and a dance, that’s putting on a glow Singing Praise to the process with my testimony of blues, Suffer me not, sussing out the truth She’s got that sweet mysterious something (so hard to describe) She’s got that sweet mysterious something She’s got a sense of the sacred, and a sense of the profane A sweet deepness and deep sweetness to her dancing flame With a guarded heart, timid yet strong, She’s got a way of making us feel like we belong She’s got that sweet mysterious something (so hard to describe) She’s got that sweet mysterious something and she’s singing... Suffer me not distractions, Suffer me not your blues Suffer me not, trying to hide away the truth With mysterious enchantment and mysterious resolve She sings suffer me not, I’m just a catalyst for the love She’s got a true sense of song, She sings heart and soul, I feel the glow Creator activator, communicator motivator, A stimulator operator, I hope to see her sooner than later With that sweet mysterious something (so hard to describe) She’s got that sweet mysterious something (Got to get her into my life) She’s got that sweet mysterious something (You know what I’m talkin ‘bout) She’s got that sweet mysterious something and she’s singing... Suffer me not distractions Suffer me not your blues Suffer me not I’m just a catalyst for the love
5.
Into the valley of the shadow of doubt Rides the troubled troubadour Camouflaging fear, with bravado, Eroding like the distant shore Crying rivers of inner tears with no expectations or high hopes The lonely silence brings a song loud and clear A bird doesn’t sing because she’s got an answer A bird only sings ‘cause she’s got a song Now the power of love is so strong, It can scare you right out of your heart The power of love is so strong, It can heal you like heaven’s light Now the past is past and it’s not coming back, It’s time to move out from under So sing away your sorrow, sing out your joy Or just sing it out to sing it out A bird doesn’t sing because she’s got an answer A bird only sings ‘cause she’s got a song A bird doesn’t sing because she’s got an answer A bird only sings ‘cause she’s got a song A bird doesn’t sing because she’s got an answer A bird only sings ‘cause she’s got a song Come on, bird alone sing (bird alone sing), Bird alone sing (bird alone sing) Come on bird alone sing (bird alone sing), Sing your song (sing your song) Because if you don’t sing your song, If you don’t sing your song Nobody’s gonna sing it for you Come on, bird alone sing (bird alone sing), Bird alone sing (bird alone sing) Come on bird alone sing (bird alone sing), Sing your song (sing your song) Because if you don’t sing your song, If you don’t sing your song Nobody’s gonna sing it, Nobody’s gonna sing it for you
6.
The sun is shining down, I hear no more horns of plenty Another precious breath in this age of the plague, Into the summer of 2020 Another season of green, another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe Many are the ways, many are the ways To validate, validate, validate our existence As we navigate, navigate, navigate On we breathe, on we breathe, on we breathe Another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe I cycle through this wasteland, Keeping my distance as I pass Then I go back home and sing more songs, Isolated I unmask Another season of green, another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe Many are the ways, many are the ways To validate, validate, validate our existence As we navigate, navigate, navigate On we breathe, on we breathe, on we breathe Another season of green, another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe, on we breathe The buy and sell is still pulsing, line-ups of demand With everyone still wearing a mask, just not quite like before Another season of green, another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe, On we breathe I’ve been binge watching Netflix way into the night Game of Thrones, Homeland and Billions, Longmire, Ozark, and The Last Dance Shameless, Godless, cinematic extremes Tiger King and everything in between Many are the ways, many are the ways To validate, validate, validate our existence As we navigate, navigate, navigate On we breathe, on we breathe, on we breathe Another season of green, another season of green, On we breathe, on we breathe, on we breathe...
7.
Mercy 04:29
I give a fevered pitch trying to catch a breath, So many out there catching a death With distance keepers and invisible grim reapers, Lining up to take the test Tell me, tell me, there’s still Mercy here Please tell me, tell me there’s still Mercy here, It’s not my time Who cashes in on the suffering, running out of supplies, Who on the front lines risking their lives? I’m masking my walkabout with John Prine in my head Singing, “we’re all a victim of the great compromise” There’s no mercy, there’s no mercy here, Maybe in another world Please tell me, tell me there’s still Mercy here Tell me, tell me there’s still Mercy here It’s not my time, it’s not my time With warning signs everywhere, singing user beware, Many say we’re born and die alone With Isolation information and so many truth coverups, Dressing corrupters galore There’s no Mercy, there’s no Mercy here, Maybe in another world There’s no Mercy, there’s no Mercy here, Maybe in another world, Maybe in another world Please tell me, tell me there’s still Mercy here Tell me, please tell me there’s still Mercy here Tell me, tell me there’s still Mercy here Please tell me, please tell me there’s still Mercy here, It’s not my time...
8.
It’s just me, singing out for The Almighty We, The Almighty We As it all gets used up and comes to pass, Supply and demand, with these times behind the mask Another season of the green, May it give us further reason to believe In The Almighty We, The Almighty We Wastelanders, tasklanders, we move to stop the spread We are the distance keepers, we don’t want to catch no death I still sing along, it reminds me I belong with The Almighty We, The Almighty We C’est fait accompli, c’est fait accompli I sing to feed my hungry joi de vivre I dance inside and out for sweet release I testify with soul on fire, All for the sake of The Almighty We, The Almighty We C’est fait accompli, c’est fait accompli Our human condition, with it’s insights and flaws The destruction, the corruption, We all know greed is the cause To keep our hopes alive will take a certain je ne sais quoi Still breathing life into this dream of The Almighty We, The Almighty We C’est fait accompli, c’est fait accompli I sing to feed my hungry joi de vivre I dance inside and out for sweet release I testify with soul on fire, All for the sake of the almighty we, The Almighty We, C’est fait accompli, c’est fait acompli, The Almighty We Planetary people, every race and creed, Planetary people Planetary people, every race and creed, Every race and creed The Almighty We, The Almighty We C’est fait accompli, c’est fait acompli The Almighty We, The Almighty We, C’est fait acompli !
9.
With scar tissue on my soul, from all the battles of me I dress my wounds with self love, praying for reprieve From self isolation, to the exposure of release, Guidelines get blurred to say the least Keeping the faith still singing to redeem, Picking up the pieces of another broken dream Keeping the faith still struggling to believe, Keeping the faith is harder than it seems The confusion, the communion, doing the ‘don’t look back’ Shields come up for all negative attacks To maintain composure and safe guard our hearts, We fight off the fear, the enemy within Keeping the faith still singing to redeem, Picking up the pieces of another broken dream Keeping the faith still struggling to believe, Keeping the faith is harder than it seems Here in this moment, weathering these changes I breathe in, I breathe out, I hold on, I let go My hope for love still lives with this call to create Born to express, sharing these songs of my life Keeping the faith still singing to redeem, Picking up the pieces of another broken dream Keeping the faith still struggling to believe, Keeping the faith is harder than it seems Keeping the faith still singing to redeem, Picking up the pieces of another broken dream Keeping the faith still struggling to believe - keeping the faith Keeping the faith still singing to redeem, Picking up the pieces of another broken dream Keeping the faith still struggling to believe - Keeping the faith
10.
Like someone bound and tied, To some broken down vacancy sign The hurt was hard to hide and I was not in love, With myself, or anybody else I’ve got this lonely feeling that I am right here where I belong I could get lost in the longing or Be singing when love comes along I am not a woe-is-me man, My heart breaks, But I’not sorry for myself I’m just having a hard time getting by, Growing old, and keeping this dream alive I’ve got this lonely feeling that I am right here where I belong I could get lost in the longing or Be singing when love comes along Love is bound to leave and love is born to arrive Love can help you see and Love can make you go blind I’ve got this lonely feeling that I am right here where I belong I could get lost in the longing or Be singing when love comes along I’ve got this lonely feeling that I am right here where I belong I could get lost in the longing or Be singing when love comes along I’ve got this lonely feeling that I am right here where I belong

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Many of the songs on this recording were born out of the isolation. The personal and global action and reaction to this life altering pandemic. The fear fuelled racism, and the political and economic corruption we have faced and witnessed. Other songs were born out of the soul searching journeys for truth, understanding and clarity for my relationships with life learning love.

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released May 28, 2021

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Frank Patrick Toronto, Ontario

FROM TEEPEE DWELLING TO BREAKFAST WITH BUCKMINSTER FULLER, FROM THE FORESTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA TO THE DESERTS OF ARIZONA TO THE BIG SUR COAST, FROM TORONTO TO SHANGHAI TO HAWAII, FRANK ANSWERS THE CALL OF CREATION AND SPEAKS FROM HIS HEART AND SOUL.
LOVE, LOSS, POLITICS, JOIE DE VIVRE… HUMANITY IN ALL ITS FOLLY AND BEAUTY SPRING FROM HIS DEEP, DEEP WELL. FRANK IS A TRUE ORIGINAL.
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