Songs For All Jinn

by Chris Cunningham

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This is my fourth solo release, and it includes songs and instrumental music that I have been working on for many, many years— alongside music that was improvised and recorded very recently.
The title reflects my growing awareness of how limited our senses are, and of how little we actually get to see, hear, taste, smell, feel, and experience of what is all around us at any given time.

My deepest gratitude to all my friends and family who participated in making this music, and my greatest thanks to the one most high.

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released November 24, 2017

All music and lyrics written by Chris Cunningham
copyright 2017
Ecstatomatic, BMI

Produced, engineered, and mixed by Chris Cunningham in NYC and Minnesota, in many studios, homes, apartments, and outside locations.

dedicated to Jerry Agony and Michael Esposito

main title painting: Night at the Shalimar by Rabindranath Tragore 1908

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Track Name: Love God (part 2)
Love God (part 2)

Pages flapping in the master's garden
Last disciples left the morning train
Semi-Jinn still hoping for a pardon
From the master, sitting silent before the rain

All the promises muttered
All the governments guttered
All kidding aside,
it's never enough just to have tried

Love God,
I did all your man demanded
Love God,
I did all your man demanded
Love God,
I did all your man demanded
Track Name: Timber Ghost
The "lyrics" were improvised by Tara Loeper.
Track Name: I Fell
I Fell

The stars she'd saved for seven years to buy a ticket out
were glued to my face for silver tears. She kissed me on the mouth,
and I fell.
I fell back into the snow.
I fell
I fell so slowly that time didn't know.

Drown me in crimson
Drown me in gold
Call my crazy body back in from the cold

Walk my spine with gilded fingers
until you reach the crown
Tuck me in the folds of the gleaming curtains
that make up your wedding gown

When the day burned down to pilot light,
I turned around to face the projector.
Saw a little glass square, some cigar smoke in there, but no one I could call my protector.

And I fell
I fell
I fell
back in the snow

Drown me in crimson
Drown me in gold
Call my crazy body back in from the cold

Walk my spine with gilded fingers
until you reach the crown
Tuck me in the folds of the gleaming curtains
that make up your wedding gown
Track Name: Love God (part 1)
Love God (part 1)

Believe all you want—
We are out of here, we are gone

At 18 you should not be afraid to love
at 21 you should not be for sale (yet)
at 25 there should be more than 3 choices;
the streets, the shelter, or jail

Believe
Leave
Let us in

Love God
I did all that your man demanded
I did all that your man demanded
I did all that your man demanded

There are many places with nothing to offer,
but here— it's kept so neatly stacked
(Let us in)
And there are many of us willing to suffer
for those who think it's all an act

I can't cast a shadow anymore,
Love God— where is your light?
Love God, it never reaches me anymore
Love God

Leave all you want
We are out of here
Believe all you want—
We are out of here, we are gone

Towers, open fire!

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