Cold Comfort

by Sunil K Chopra

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Written and recorded in February 2017 for the rpmchallenge.com

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released March 1, 2017

All songs (c) 2017 by Sunil K Chopra
Vocals, Guitars, Instruments: Sunil

Thanks to Liz, Linus, Clio, Rajeev, Jay.

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Photo courtesy Orange County Archives. From the Barbara K. Milkovich Collection. flic.kr/p/bozs87

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Track Name: Sunburst
B E B E B E B E

B B E B
F# E B B E F#

I'm looking for a sunburst.
The clouds today won't cooperate with me.

I need a silver lining.
My dreams just might be far more remote than it seems.

You're looking for a scapegoat.
Please don't shirk that responsibility.

A G# C#m F#
A G# C#m F#
Amaj7
E6

Take my advice and turn your eyes up to the sky, look at it right.



I'd like to watch the sunrise.
The sun defeats the moon the clouds and the stars.

You need an invitation.
Not everybody left there with no scars.



Take my advice and turn your eyes up to the sky, look at it right.
Track Name: In the Garden
G D C Bm

When the noise recedes
then we'll meet again, I know it
When it's clear you've seized
The means of production

Em D Bm D
Em D F#m Em
Em D Bm D
Em D F#m F#m

There the truth will fade away.
There the long in debt will stay
There the purist hearts will rend
There the rules of time will bend
There you start and there you end
There divide and conquer blend
There the proletariat
Drive economic engines and

You'll be at their feet
You'll be buried deep, I know it
In the garden's dirt
With the seeds of corruption

I will be a gardener then
I will try to find you and
You'll be held accountable
For the long long winter



When the noise recedes
Is it blasphemy to see it?
When it's clear we've seized
All the means of production

Yeah, we'll be the ones in charge
Yeah, we'll feel the factory scar
Yeah, we'll feel the blood and stink
Of all the debt and feel it yeah
Track Name: The Fatal Flaw
G Bm A A

I could not believe the things I'd seen thus far
It opened up my eyes to see the world hard
Maybe the founding papers really didn't go too far
Decentralizing power to keep it from the dark
Maybe the founding principles have got a fatal flaw
We are what we consume, will that be the end of it all?

F#m F Fmaj7
F#m F Fmaj7
F#m F Fmaj7
F#m F F
Em Bb A

The people won the war
It's only right
It might be a fatal flaw
but it takes time. It takes time

Trust in good intentions is a trust that we can't make
Unless these institutions are more difficult to break
Unless our guiding principles are understood by all
Unless the truths of Jefferson were really on the ball

If all of us were angels, there'd be no need for the press
If the lights are off you can be sure there is a mess
You could not believe the things you'd seen thus far
It opened up your eyes to see the world being scarred

The people won the war
It's only right
It might be a fatal flaw
but it takes time. Yeah, it takes time

He could put his face on a dollar
And I really think he might
I stare up at the stars most every night
The moon will not believe the things I tell to it
Mars and Venus stoically remind me this is it
Track Name: Splitting of the Mind
E Dadd#4 Amaj7 B
Track Name: The Emperor's New Deal
E dim, 1st inversion (or Gm6) (G Bb E)

They say the stars won't count me among their number.
I was raised to think of better things.
I was raised to think big.
I was raised to hold the reins and pull them.

Well, they say they can tell I don't care and I think that they're right.
They say they can tell I don't care and I think that they might.

But I can't start trying now.
I think they're listening.
I can't start trying now.
I can't start trying now.

Well, they say they can tell I don't care and I think that they're right.
They say they can tell I don't care and I think that they might.

Yeah, well, I think they might.

The stars don't need me, and I don't need them.
I won't let it get away.
I won't let go.
I was raised to do this, I think I'd know.

Well, they say they don't care if I die and I think that they're right.
They say they can tell I don't care but I think that I might.

Yeah, I think I might.

I won't let go. I won't let it.
Can't!

No no no no no no no
No no no no no no no no no
No no no no no no

I won't let it get away.

They say they can tell I don't care and I think that I might.
Yeah, but I think I might.
Track Name: Bludgeoning
Em Am

He points a finger in the air
His face is twisted in despair
His target prone and restive
He's got the room's attention

He scowls as the camera's lens
watches while he looks for friends.
He shouts his declarations
His soul bereft of missions

I used to drink at night
Now I wonder, will I cry?
I used to think at night
Now I fall asleep and sigh

You can follow all the pains that everyone will let you borrow now.
Track Name: I've Been Feeling Fine
C Dm

when the fever strikes
you'll be out of time
you'll be full of spite
as you lay yourself down

but i've been feeling fine
almost all the time
and I can't recall why I should feel so blue

F Bb F Gm

Well they could decide that I'd try and I'd fail before you
Then I could follow with fake pain
Like it's true a thousand times
The kiss and tell, the fall and feign
It's a call

C

You feel so sad you don't know what to do
You think of all the things you've answered to
I've been feeling fine
Almost all the time
I can't recall why I should feel so blue

Well they could decide that I'd try and I'd fail before you
Then I could follow with my pain
It's a call

I've been feeling fine
Almost all the time
I can't recall why I should feel so blue

Well I heard the word so I tried and I failed before you
And I followed up then with my pain
The wrong question a thousand times
The fake outrage, the fall and feign
It's a call, the fall and feign
It's a call

I've been feeling fine
Almost all the time
I can't recall why I should feel so blue

A thousand times
A thousand times
A thousand times
Track Name: Staring at the Window
C Em Am G
Ba ba ba da da

C Dm

I'm staring at the window by my bed
waiting for the world to march ahead
the terror and the hatred comes for free
I'm staring at the window with my grief

I've got so much damn grief
It's useless but it's real
I feel it now again
It's raining now and

G Am
G Am
Bb G C C7
I feel that almost certainly
A change will have to come
Before we lose our hearts and minds

I feel that almost certainly
A change will have to come
Before we give up all our rights

You're staring at the window by your bed
waiting for the world to wish for death
you know that it won't happen easily
you're staring out the window just like me

a leaf upon a tree
a leaf upon a breeze
the river takes the leaf
it's raining now and

I feel that almost certainly
A change will have to come
Before we lose our hearts and minds

I feel that almost certainly
A change will have to come
Before we give up all our rights
Track Name: Rain Rain
G G C Em D D7

We walked for miles and stared at the sky
Past the fields and passers-by
A cloud above just you and I
A cloud above the love inside
What a show
In the snow

Clowns waiting out in the cold
in the rain that line never grows

Rain rain rain rain rain x4

I'll see you tonight
when the winter snows melt inside your eyes
there's nothing before
nothing after the long long night

and the moon
and the stars
the blanket of the black in the sky is ours
but the clouds

Rain rain rain rain rain x4

A wondrous size
Jupiter inside your eyes
claims another passer by
an interloper in this galaxy

we couldn't see the sun
for the light of the stars in the heavens
fall, fly across the expanse
between the planets and the asteroids

Rain rain rain rain rain x4

C D

The color of fall at night is one
with your eyes, and how
The color of fall inside my mind
is one with your eyes for all of time
...
Track Name: Pull the Pillars
D E

If I were friends with Gene
I'd try not to be seen
the clowns just might dog me
right out into the streets

It's sharper to ignore
the lies and made up lore
that's gathered from the trash
and hurled at my door

D add(b5) E

on and on and on and on again

Compliance is the key
let's stop and then we'll see
an end to the illusion of morality

The Spirit of the Laws
will tell us what to do
listen to the wisdom of
de Montesquieu

Well, Madison, we're waiting
Well, Jefferson, we're waiting
Madison we're waiting
for balancing

on and on and on and on again
Track Name: When the Dawn Comes
F#7sus4 F#m13(?)

(F# B C# E) (F# A D# E)

Turn a square into heat to drive you more
but you feel so dead like the love you've shed
the ice has melted into water for the show
just to spill downhill, consume and still your will


E D add(b5) A B

You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
Keep yourself alive

Follow the night to Haridwar
the stars will light as far
the statue wears a snake to pour poison in your ear

On the river late at night
all the waters teem with life
if you fall asleep and rot there'd be much more right here

You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive

The ashes hit the water softly with no spill
and your mind's made up
underneath that muck
your eyes alight upon reflections from the sun

You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive

You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
You should be really careful when the dawn comes
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive