Transmissions (2003 - 2012)

by Mark Lesseraux

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Double album on 1 CD.. Includes 11 new songs and 11 of Mark's best from the past decade.
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released 31 December 2013

Ivan Porkorny – engineering and production assistance
Mark Lesseraux - lead and background singing, piano, acoustic guitar, keyboards, sound effects/found sounds, percussion, drums
Thom Loubet - electric guitars
Jason DiMatteo - bass
John Bollinger - drums
Mark Horan - bass
Mazz Swift-Camlet - violins
Alan J Swift-Camlet - drums
Sandro Tomasi - trombone
Katherine Miller - Rhodes, sound effects and backing vocals
Amanda Dora - cello
Nancy Chang – violin
Mario J McNulty - engineer track 13 and piano recording on track 3
Mike Caffrey - engineer tracks 14 and 17
Pete Keppler - engineer track 12
Hector Castillo - engineer track 15

All songs written by Mark Lesseraux except:
tracks 10 and 22 – Horan/Lesseraux
tracks 14 – Lesseraux/Loubet
tracks 13,15,16, 17 – Bollinger/DiMatteo/Lesseraux/Loubet
album design and layout – Bryan Lesseraux

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Mark Lesseraux New York

Mark’s mother was Irish Catholic. His father, a Russian Jew. In the 2nd grade, Mark veered “off course”… secretly. It is not clear how the "thread" was lost, but it had to do with an unfinished reading assignment; a chapter in a blue and yellow book left unread. Later, there were 2 nervous system glitches and at least 2 ecstatic dot connecting sessions. Finally, a Need… to sing. ... more

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Track Name: Everyone Here Is Going To Die
Everyone Here Is Going To Die
So at least have the decency
To wave as you walk by
We’re dropping like flies
Every hello and goodbye means something

Everyone Here Is Going To Die
I’m as skeptical as the next person
But Jesus Christ
I’m looking in your eyes
And right now you are alive

Yes it all really is … something

All your pretty flowers
And all of your friends
Will be coming to an end
So let’s not pretend
Or act all cool about it

Everyone Here Is Going To Die
And that’s reason enough
To look them in the eye
With the minutes moving by
This is no time to be bashful
Or aloof
Track Name: Mother of Pearl
See the oyster
See the pearl
Swallow the oyster
Swallow the pearl
Wait for an hour
For the pearl
To come back out again
Into the world

My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me
My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me

I learn the hard way
I make a scene
From large intestine
To the spleen
I learn the hard way
I make a wine
From the water
Before the swine

My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me
My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me

On their bicycles
In single file
Riding up the
Miracle mile
Evolution
Speed of sound
But their bicycles
Are slowing down
Transmutation
Shed the skin
Break the shell that
The pearl is in
Eat the oyster
Grab the pearl
Give it to mother
She take the pearl

My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me
My mamamamamamamama’s waiting up for me
Track Name: When There's No More Fear (For Nina Simone)
When There’s No More Fear
We’ll be all in here together
When There’s No More Fear
You won’t have to wonder whether
If you get lost and call out
Will anyone hear?
When there’s No More Fear
We’ll hear

When There’s No More Fear
You won’t have to run for shelter
As the shrapnel flies
In the absurd helter skelter
The angry sky will open up
And shed a thousand tears
When There’s No More Fear
When There's No More Fear

When There’s No More Fear
I will open up the curtains
And I’ll see you there
And for the first time I’ll feel certain
Then I’ll call out, “I’m over here”
And you will hear me
When There’s No More Fear
When There’s No More Fear
Track Name: Ordinarily
Ordinarily I would say it’s alright
Ordinarily I would say I’m not frightened
Ordinarily I would mask what I’m feeling
Ordinarily I would not change a thing

But now
Just say the word
Oh just say the word and I’m gone
Just say the word
Say the word
Say the word
Say the word
Say the word

Ordinarily I’d have one or two options left
Ordinarily I would chalk it up to stress
When the walls are closing in you can build another room
When the dust is piling up you can sweep it with a broom
Under anything
But now there’s nothing

Just say the word
Oh just say the word and I’m gone
Just say the word
Say the word
Say the word
Say the word
Say the word

Ordinarily I would go gently into that good night
But not tonight
Track Name: Piggy Went
Cleaning man he clean the pen
When it's clean again i go back in
Talking to my dictaphone
Near a pile of bones
I'm not at home

I went to market
I went to market
I went to market
I went to market

Smiling in my birthday suit
Sort of a loan, made it my own
I stuffed burger meat in human heads
Out in the shed
And then i fled

I went to market
I went to market
I went to market
I went to market

Piggy come on, piggy come on
Lifting its head up from the feeder
Piggy come on, piggy come on
Only a block behind the leader
I can do anything i want
I cover my sandwiches with salt

I've got a routine I keep
Of counting sheep
It helps me sleep
I tick'm off as they walk in
To slaughter dens
In MIchigan


I went to market
I went to market
I went to market
I went to market

I went to market
I went to market
I went to market
I went to market
Track Name: Fits And Starts
The sun came up slowly
For a thousand years it was dark
And the ocean is melting again

Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts

I lost all sense of direction 

Spent a thousand years finding one
I spent another thousand getting lost again

Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts

In the wreckage I have found you

Impossible and yet here you are 

In the wreckage we move forward 


In Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
Track Name: Mona Lisa 2011
Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

Little girl who lost her way
Paint a picture of her face

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

Broken hearted and alone
But there's no expression shown

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa

Keep a secret no one knows
Centuries pass and nothing shows
Track Name: It's Quite Good To Be Alive
It’s Quite Good To Be Alive
What you’re needing you will find
If you open up your mind
Ask the world to be your valentine
There’s no reason to be shy
It’ll say yes every time

The person that you’re looking for
Is right behind your eyes
It’s quite good to be alive

It’s Quite Good To Be Alive
In these tough confusing times
Cuz they’re the times with you and I
Look around you and you’ll see the signs
Of a compassionate design
Underneath the grit and grind

If you search for the miraculous
It’s everywhere you’ll find
It’s Quite Good To Be Alive


It’s Quite Good To Be Alive
If you don’t agree now that’s fine
Just give it a little time
And I gotta say the pleasure’s mine
Because without everyone else
There’d be no his or hers or mine

Everything you’ve been looking for
Was right there all the time
It’s Quite Good To Be Alive
Track Name: I'm Frank Sinatra
I’ve been over at the bar
Smoking cigarettes
Every weekday
Been keeping to myself
Maintaining a low profile
Been doing it my way

What in the world?
Who am I kidding?
Hey little girl
That’s me on the radio
I’m Frank Sinatra

Over at the pizzeria
They got a lot of pictures up
From back in the day
Of me and the boys
We’ve been on sabbatical
Since my late middle age

What in the world?
What was I thinking?
Hey little girl
That’s me on the radio
I’m Frank Sinatra

I’m gonna repaint this town
But not by the numbers
Cuz I’m Frank Sinatra
Track Name: Blue and White and Red
BLUE AND WHITE AND RED

A backward clown goes peddling by
On a tricycle
The rain returning to the sky
The waning moon grows full
And with the actor's cue
He recedes from view
The curtain falling is Blue and White and Red

A boat is drifting out to sea
Retreating from the shore
Heeding dated sirens' calls
Pulled by unmanned oars
A statue mouths goodbye
She’s 50 meters high
She’s all lit up in Blue and White and Red

A finger presses down rewind
On Independence day
A gasping crowd views a reverse
Fireworks display
Everything we knew
Is fading now from view
The flag that’s furling is Blue and White and Red
Track Name: Occupy
You can't evict an idea whose time has come
The disenchanted parts are now a sum
It’s time to redefine the world that you and I Occupy
 
Once dispersed and broken up in splintered camps
Now gathered in the dark lighting our lamps
No longer undermined
Together we defy and Occupy
 
A global nervous system is all aglow
Transcending spatial borders as we go
We're no longer confined
It’s written in the sky
Occupy
 
(bridge)
 
In unprecedented numbers across the land
The 99% are joining hands
A brand new bell has chimed
Right now is the time to Occupy
We'll show'm we're alive
With head and heart aligned
Occupy
Track Name: Deck Full Of Jokers
You've got a mouth on you
I've had it up to hear
Pick a card
Deck Full Of Jokers
Any card

Oh when the saints come
In your face
With that god talk
Makes you just wanna
Believe
In an Alice
Or a Wilma
Or a Mrs. C. with food and hugs for you

You had to open up a mouth
You've killed him
He was full of shit
But He was your father
Pick a card
Deck Full of Jokers
Any card

Pull up your pants
You're on you're own now
Pull up your pants
You're on you're own now
Pull up your pants
You're on you're own now
Congratulations
Track Name: Blusher
Virgin bride, nearly twenty-five 

Spends her time manning the front line 

The whites of their eyes 

The delicate way she mowed them down 



Bathroom eyes, shower curtain thighs 

Ah you guys, young naked and shy 


Sally got smacked with a blue nap-sack
Just before she passed out from blood loss and boredom
She had just packed and was about to go back
When she opened the boys’ bathroom door and saw them 


Unbuttoning their flies 

To piss into holes cut in the ground 

Such sensitive guys 

Too red faced and shy to turn around

Blusher 



Mother Theresa dancing 

On the head of a pushpin 

Penetrating your moist skin 

Caught you blushing 


Blusher
Track Name: Kaleidoscope (Do You Recall?)
Did we just go south? 

Don't feel like sleep 

Did I go under? 

Warm wind on skin 

Here I have been 

All so familiar 



Under big yellow sun 

Instead of walking we run 

All the way to the sunday school bus 



This is where I lived 

This was my house 

These were the colors 

Orange, sky-blue, green 

Smell of gasoline 

And grass from a distance 



Under big yellow sun 

Instead of walking we run 

All the way to the end of summer 


Do You Recall no fear at all? 

Stained-glass windows 

And puppet shows 

Rows of houses 

Mother's blouse 



All the things that we've done 

And everything we'll become 

Present, future and past move as one 



Do You Recall no fear at all? 

Stained-glass windows 

And puppet shows 

Rows of houses 

Mother's blouse
Track Name: September 30th 1955
Woke up, had a cigarette near the window 

Phone call and the argument, I got my way 

I made up my mind I'm taking the Spider 

Perfect day to drive around with the top down 




Hey, it’s you and me kid 

Making history one way or another 



Chevron station coming up there on my left 

Old man waving from the grass beside the road 

Whizzing trees, eighty degrees, a clear blue sky 

Veering slightly then I move toward impact 



Hey, it’s you and me kid 

Making history one way or another 



James I don't know, I got a feeling
It’s all gonna blow if we keep pushing 

James I don't know, whats you're feeling? 

Are we over our heads? Are we over our heads? 

James, in my gut i got a feeling 

Maybe we shouldn't go, maybe we shouldn't go 

James I don't know what you’re feeling 

Are we losing control? Are we losing control? 

Are we out of control? 



Hey, it’s you and me kid 

Making history one way or another 

Hey, it’s you and me kid 

Making history one way or another
Track Name: You Are Here
Looking at maps and charts
Trying to see where you are
Within a universe
Of possibilities

You're looking to the clouds
When it's clear
It is where you are
And You Are Here

Finding the formula
It's there right in front of ya
Kinda like algebra
You're working it out

Searching wide and far
When it's near
It is where you are
And You Are Here

You're searching wide and far
You're looking to the clouds
When it's clear
It is where you are
And You Are Here

You Are Here
Track Name: The Sleeping Operator
Monsters and magnets are falling to floors
Toward the metal receivers in waiting 

Constant distractions from nuns in the hall 

Near the pirates and thieves meditating 


As we look on 

As we look on 


Give me the Operator 

Careful now watch, you'll wake her



Mixing solutions in cauldrons of days 

While the witches eat wafers on sunday 

No longer related to which they pertain 

Thoughts unlinked, cut adrift in the ether 


As we hang on 

As we hang on 


Give me the Operator 

Careful now watch, you'll wake her 



Plastic rebellion in sevens and spades 

From a lark to a bore to a panic 

Furrows displayed on the foreheads of dames 

Who walk decked out and dazed in the evening 


As we hang on 

As we hang on 


Give me the Operator 

Careful now watch, you'll wake her 



Spastic companions embrace by the sea 

With their heads turned gently to morning
Track Name: The Breakdown
Everything is bleeding together 

Clock on the wall has stopped 

Everything is bleeding together 

Can’t tell the difference between the bottom and the top now

Everything is bleeding together 

The sky and the tree and the you and the me 

Everything is bleeding together 

The length and the width and the stick you measure with 



The Breakdown, The Breakdown of left right and up down 

No more parts or sections 

No sense of direction 



Everything is bleeding together 

I had it all colored by the numbers 

Everything is bleeding together
And now it’s all going over the lines 



The Breakdown, The Breakdown of left right and up down 

No sense of direction 

No more parts or sections



The Breakdown, The Breakdown 



The Breakdown, The Breakdown of left right and up down 

No sense of direction 

No more parts or sections
Track Name: Giuseppe Desa's Blues (live)
Lord it’s been a long and lonely time
Lord it’s been a long and lonely time
Now I’ve been waiting on your sign
For when I can leave this world behind
Lord It’s been a long and lonely time

Lord it’s been a long and arduous climb
Lord it’s been a long and arduous climb
Now I’ve been good and I’ve been kind
And I’ve been waiting here on your sign
Lord it’s been a long and arduous climb

Lord it’s been a long and lonely time
Lord it’s been a long and arduous climb
Now I’ve been good and I’ve been kind
Waiting patiently on your sign
Lord it’s been a long and lonely time
Track Name: Source
Chemicals and comic strips
A murderess
A helicopter
The world in a dizzy spin
Breathing hard, forever dying

Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?
Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?

Jungle boy meets army man
The hero’s plan has left us nervous
And nowhere near the Source
That’s moving out of memory

Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?
Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?

Eyes up in starry skies
You’re always with me

Trace it back
A train track
That fades away in someone’s hindsight
No color and no sun
Say when it goes where is gone?

Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?
Hey, didn’t someone say it never goes away?
Hey, it never goes away
Hey, it never goes away
Hey, it never goes away
Hey, it never goes away