Greg Troll

Greg Troll

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Manuelita's Midnight Madness Magical Mystical Moonlight Mambo

Written By: Greg Troll

(intro)
If you’d ever meet her, you’d think she was so sedate
She seems to live in a very quiet state
Maybe, say…Idaho, Alaska
But when the moon is full and the hour is late
Something happens strange to relate
Hey, Todos, no estamos en Kansas anymore, not even Nebraska
She steps out on the checkered vinyl tile
this changeling, manifests a metamorphosis, In the mambo in the mambo style

It’s Manuelita’s Midnight Madness Magic Mystical Moonlight Mambo
She majestically morphs into a whole dance troupe and a twelve piece charanga combo
turns so quick, the slap on the and of and, never too slow
with haughty Gitana pride she arches so high
Then sensuously shimmies down so low
mysteriously mesmerized, she’s off to the tropical Zocalo
Doing this, been doing this, since she was a child
No one who thought they knew, had even a clue, she was so wild
Never seen, no one there, hardly even Manuelita
But it’s the only time when this heartless world can’t defeat her

It’s Manuelita’s Midnight Madness Magic Mystical Moonlight Mambo
When her little bare feet start to beat the unmopped floor
This wallflower changes to a flaming diva any swain would adore
Glimpse her hips and you can hear the boomboom baboom of the tumbadora
Just watching her dance you can read all the pages of the score
Her hands and shoulders describe the memory of a montuno
And her eyes sing the violins so sweet and, you know
She shimmies and whirls like a Latin dance hall palace queen
The most astounding shape shifting sensation you‘ve never seen
Unseen, no one there, hardly even Manuelita
But it’s the only time when this heartless world can’t defeat her

It’s Manuelita’s Midnight Madness Magic Mystical Moonlight Mambo
It’s Manuelita’s Midnight Madness Magic Mystical Moonlight Mambo

Oliver

Written By: Greg Troll

You were my friend, you psychotic vagabond
Living Prophecy of mumbling damned
You wandered concrete alone
Oliver, your world harder than obsidian
I couldn’t go there, where you’d gone.

falling between cracks of creation
you slipped past border guards of mortal imagination
criminal elements broke free from the periodic table
as you followed strung out cosmic strings twisted off the starry cable
those howling astral gangsters ate your soul for a snack
lost in an exile, you couldn’t come back
‘Cross the rift between you and humanity
so we wandered those tilting purple shadow spattered streets
The whole world locked their doors, didn’t want to see
That ugly sight, stumbling through the night, you and me.

You were my friend, you psychotic vagabond
Living Prophecy of mumbling damned
You wandered concrete alone
Oliver, your world harder than obsidian
how long did your torture go on?

When you shot up the crystal with the DMT
Your heart careened away at escape velocity
People changed into exotic birds
Heads under wings, nobody heard
Your scream of agony, but it echoed through me
we ate from the same dumpsters and shared the same fit
my face turns wet when I think of it
You called me a street punk visionary hoodlum vegetarian
An odd pair as we’d meet on corners way back then
a rainbow eyed kid and a shattered veteran

You were my friend, you psychotic vagabond
Living Prophecy of mumbling damned
You wandered concrete alone
Oliver, your world harder than obsidian
Who is there that would make you be reborn?

(bridge)
man alone world of stone
to the cops you were just the lunatic on the library lawn
What did they know of the wounds where you were torn?
man alone world of stone
That some tickets are a no return one-way trip?
That some fabric can’t be mended once it’s ripped?
man alone world of stone
That there are lessons not meant to be learned?
That some kinds of punishment can’t be earned?

Oliver, I wonder where you wander now
could you’ve made your way somehow
To a better corner of a better street
with healing for your mountains of grief?
I wish sombody’d stop a moment, listen and believe
This story of a tormented man
Cast off like a crumpled leaf,
fallen from the tree
But you’ll never tell it,
guess that’s up to me.

You were my friend, you psychotic vagabond
Living Prophecy of mumbling damned
You wandered concrete alone
Oliver, your world harder than obsidian
I, too, left you and now you’re gone.

The Geography of Love

Written By: Greg Troll

They say love is a two way street
more like a turnpike with no intersections
I empty my pockets at the tollbooth
Then find I’m going in the wrong direction
And this man often feels like an island
Cut off by dire straits
Aint no ferry that can carry ‘cross those waters so scary
that’s how come I just can’t relate

CHORUS
Can you draw me a map, I’m freely confessin’
I need you to give me a lesson ‘
In the geography the geography of love
so lost I even lost my pride
I need you to be my guide
Through the geography
the geography of love.
the geography of love.

some find love is a mountain to scale
With jagged spires and cliffs so steep
fall in those deep, deep cracks and you’ll never come back-
Yet, you gotta take that faithful leap
Sometimes Love is like a raging river
With cataracts that go past class five
you careen between big boulders sharp and mean
‘s a Wonder anyone gets through it alive

CHORUS
Can you draw me a map, I’m freely confessin’
I need you to give me a lesson ‘
In the geography the geography of love
so lost I even lost my pride
I need you to be my guide
Through the geography
the geography of love.
the geography of love.

When you stood there

Written By: Greg Troll

When You Stood There

By Greg Troll

When you stood there in your waiting to be wingness
With your little feet on the hot street
the air was charged with tingness
Your heart could fly and even the sky
waited for your tiny smile
To blow like thistledown through everythingness

When you stood there in your waiitng to be wingness
Mommy’s hand in yours
But you needed no clingness
yet to be borne
the knowing of tears and the long years
of being forlorn
the rose and thorn of human beingness

Shimmering air rising up there
Silent hossanahs to your innocent beauty
rays of sweet sunlight
Denied the fears of the night
And being torn and being shorn
Of your original singness

When you stood there in your waiting to be wingness
With your little feet on the hot street
And the air was charged with tingness
Your heart could fly and even the sky
waited for your tiny smile
To blow like thistledown through everythingness

You

Written By: Greg Troll

YOU

When it was spoken
Were we sent on this long confusion?
Shot on a journey of illusion
Scattered like droplets
Careening from a spinning wheel?

You, never went away
I turned my face
Looking for you in non-existent places
Chasing after tiny mirages of traces of you
You, never went away
You were there in everything, everyone I called
And where I keep, and where I keep
And where I keep refusing to see

When it was broken
Did we become a trillion, trillion mirror fragments
Thorned, clawed and armor plated
Defending this tiny domain we call ourselves?

You, never went away
I turned my face
Looking for you in non-existent places
Chasing after tiny mirages of traces of you
You, never went away
You were there in everything, everyone I called
And where I keep, and where I keep
And where I keep refusing to see

(Bridge)
You put me on a Path
Paved with my own failings
When, after so many bold sailings
I found myself on the same shore
You said I should welcome all and know for certain
Everything coming this side of the curtain
Was to help me go through your door

You, never went away
I turned my face
Looking for you in non-existent places
Chasing after tiny mirages of traces of you
You, never went away
You were there in everything, everyone I called
And where I keep, and where I keep
And where I keep refusing to see

Release the Rain

Written By: Greg Troll

Rain
Lyric by Greg Troll

Ooh release the rain I hear it coming

Tapping and a drumming

On the tin roof the rocks the ground and the trees

a hundred Calypso Bollywood Samba bands

playing rhythms crazily

clothes soaked and clinging,

the rain is bringing

life to a cracked and arid plain

splashing muddily, come play with me

release the rain

rain falls like sweet forgiveness

from the Lord of Grace

the rain falls on the mountains and the valleys

And down upon your face

washing away the dusty haze,

making everything alive and clear

Let it come, let it fall and have no fear

There’s pent-up trouble in your dark furrowed stormy brow

gentle drops at first, let go slowly, find their way out somehow

the clouds in your eyes, tremble in your lips,

so clear how you feel right now

I want to taste your tears

let me come near, and caress away the pain

can I cry with you and hold you too?

Release the rain

(bridge)
sometimes held back, imprisoned

Feeling has to be set free

You don’t need to hang your head or hide your eyes

So nobody else can see

If you only got that I love you a lot

Want to share your joy and your grief

We’d be Hugging and weeping

the birds’d be cheeping,

The storm passing finally

Release your tears, let the cloudburst loose, please cry with me.

Ooh release the rain I hear it coming

Tapping and a drumming

On the tin roof the rocks the ground and the trees

a hundred Calypso Bollywood Samba bands

playing rhythms crazily

clothes soaked and clinging,

the rain is bringing

life to a cracked and arid plain

splashing sloppily, come play with me

release the rain