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released January 25, 2017

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Songs Of Dave England, UK

David Kingston is a singer/songwriter, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, former Hare Krishna devotee (Divyasimha SRS, 1980 - 94), vegetarian of 35+ years ...

David's songs are generally confessional or observational in nature, sometimes comedic or ironic, mostly of philosophical or theosophical subject-matter ... often in the form of imagined dialogue with God.
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Track Name: As Ancient As Stars
Verse 1
Screenplay signed off
Actors a cast
No more rehearse
Positions first: Action!

Verse 2
Earth body born
Dress skin and flesh
Family wait
Miraculous mundane

Chorus v1
Eternal spark
As ancient as stars
Say why you taken birth
This life embrace
What dream desire fulfill
What fantasy make real?
And now you bless my life - become my wife

Verse 3
Done all before
Come back for more
Something you like
Further explore - evolve

Chorus v2
Eternal spark
As ancient as stars
Say why you taken birth
This life embrace
What dream desire fulfill
What fantasy make real?
And now you bless my life - become my son

Instrumental

Verse 4
Older than time
Wiser than age
Always divine
Regardless how you play
Track Name: All Loving Hand
Verse 1
Seems so sad
Focused now
See no good
Only bad believe

Verse 2
Feels hopeless
Tears pointless
Can't conceive
Eventually

Chorus
One day will understand
Feet walk on promised land
Eyes see bigger picture
Perceive all loving hand of God

Verse 3
Seems so clear
Black and white
Dark and light
Wrong and right prescribed

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental

Verse 4
Mind accept
Cause effect
Soul obliged
Self divine denied

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Where E'r One Go
Verse 1
The path is crossed
Divine arrangement
Or maybe not, still
Let us assume is so

Verse 2
How can I serve
In your adventure?
What part will I play?
Pray it be positive

Chorus v1
Where e'r one go
Regardless destiny choose
Lie one believe true
Divinity express - Om

Verse 3
So walk a while
Talk hand unseen plan
Imagine God view
Is free from judgement true

Chorus v2
Where e'r one go
Regardless destiny select
Fact cannot accept
Divinity explore - Om

Instrumental

Verse 4
Now I reflect
Fear I say too much
No positive played
Inspite endeavour made

Repeat Chorus v1
Repeat Chorus v2
Track Name: I Did Not Die
[Spoken]
I speak to you from beyond the grave.The good news is I did not die. Life here is pretty good, in fact much the same as my life was with you.

Only thing is I now forget my past life. So, to be honest, I'm not really sure to whom I address these words.

I apologise for this, my lover, sister, brother, father, mother, adversary, friend, anonymous other, ... it doesn't mean I love you less.

I believe I have some sort of temporary amnesia. Perhaps you can take that up with God. Is it really necessary? Ask him.

And for those of you who doubt existence of an afterlife, or wonder what it's like, a question. What do you think your present life is? Seriously. Think about it.

And is it logical to think that because you cannot today recall past lives they definately did not exist? Have you never forgotten something ... to remember only later when something triggers recollection?

I'm waiting for a trigger here.

And by the way, I crossed paths the other day with someone I felt an immediate connection with, and as you may know already, when I met my wife it was love at first sight for both of us. Chemistry, they call it.

I'm learning to play the guitar now, almost as if I already know stuff. You know, the way chords and melody work together. That sort of thing. It's a bit like getting on a bike again after thirty years. But no wobbles this time.

Anyway, I will say bye for now, and I'll talk with you again soon I'm sure. If not before.

[Sung]
From beyond the grave I speak
Good news is I did not die
After life is pretty good
Much the same as past life
Track Name: I Saw A God
Chorus
OK, not the original
Supreme personality
Still God nevertheless
Convinced is manifest

Verse 1
I saw a god walk down the street
Guess what? That god was you
Although you might deny this true
My eyes don't lie - disguise see through

Verse 2
I saw a god mirror reflect
Guess what? That god was me,
And 'though my mind accept reject
My soul veneer disguise see through

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3
I saw a god laid on my bed
Guess what? That god - my wife,
Although she don't deny
It's true, my eyes her thin disguise see through

Instrumental

Verse 4
I saw a god many become
Guess what? That god was them and us
Although maya disguise this truth
His beauty find always shine through

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Beautiful Soul
Verse 1
Again begin
Restart reset
Born another birth
Previous forget

Verse 2
System reboot
Wipe memory clean
Make your new year vow
State what goal achieve

Chorus
Beautiful soul
My eternal wanderer
Choose direction change
Chew more of the same

Verse 3
With ev'ry life
Opportunity knocks
Heart desires evolve
On from last left off

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental

Verse 4
Another start
Time reassess
How divine express?
What will manifest?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: We Walk
We Walk

Verse 1
Just because I disagree with you
It doesn't mean do not respect you
Or think I know better than some guru, jai prabhu :)
Only my path sacred to me, that's all

Verse 2
Just because refuse submit to you
It doesn't mean my mind reject you
Neither do I deny you point of view
Just my eyes don't see as you do, that's all

Chorus
Play always on your side I pray
Together you and I today we walk

Verse 3
Just because I don't embrace your faith
I do not indicate think you wrong
It only means believe in many ways
To express relationship with God, that's all

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental

Just because I disagree with you
Track Name: Uttama Follow
Verse 1
I became enchanted by you
That day you looked at me and spoke to
Felt like you believed I'm precious

Verse 2
Never felt that way before
Somehow saw in me sublime expression
Positive colaboration

Verse 3
When you spoke you asked me "Is this for you?"
I felt choice always mine to choose
No question one should / should not do

Chorus
Let me declare before I speak
Ideas and words here not my own
Represent only what now convinced true
I repeat things I heard from someone else,
My heart and mind made up they know stuff,
I today convey best I can understanding

Verse 4
I decided change direction
Pursue another path perfection
Now defer to uttama vision

Verse 5
I don't say I know no answer
Myself can't prove even on right track
Just is what I choose believe to true

Instrumental

Repeat Chorus

Spoken world
Which may of course be limited and filtered through my own appreciation and conditioning ... so perhaps I therefore sometimes emphasise in direction not intended by the original speaker, or sight something as relevent where the original speaker would have not thought so. Main thing is I am just a follower ... Yes, I can tell you about my following, but I'm not a leader, so please don't follow me!
Track Name: Uttama Become
Chorus
When will you become
Stand alone strong,
Confident in skin,
Independent?
Of uttama vision,
Judgemental free
See divinity
Everywhere?

Verse 1
Face family sanction
Discourage you spread those wings
In name of redemption
Deny you your song to sing

Verse 2
Preach only way follow
Defer to authority
Submission to guru
Restriction - who you can be

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3
Is here for the taking
No more imitation fake
No more limitation
Self realisation waits

Instrumental + spoken word
A good follower doesn't make a leader, much the same as a child isn't an adult until independent of the family home, or a head boy a teacher while still a student. Is it time to grow up for you?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Uttama See
Verse 1
How will I interface with you?
Might I advise abandon
Your point of view - challenge you rethink?
Or shall smile appreciate
See as adventure sublime, regardless how divine manifest?

Verse 2
Or shall I presume know better
How human life should be lived?
Your chosen expression scorn / dismiss?
Or will I silent celebrate
Your situation perfect collaboration with god always?

Chorus
Before I, I engage
May my mind understand
Pray I recognise hand divine
Respect sacred plan rasa explore and expand
Ask self how might I best serve you today, Vishnu?

Verse 3
How will I interact with you?
Contribute positive choose
Yet confident won't frustrate god's plan
However we today relate / role play
Adversary, ally, guru, or anything in between

Repeat Chorus

Breakdown/Instrumental + spoken word
tad aikshata bahu syam (Chandogya Upanishad 6.2.1)
One without a second, expands into many. Us.
Why? I believe to facilitate his/her ever-increasing transcendental enjoyment. And we are, albeit in humble ways, always part of that, regardless our choice of outward / home-bound adventure; the divinity explored and expressed; the sparks of splendor manifest. And Paramatma's perceived equanimity and neutrality in no way indicates indifference. Rather, he is positively on board, ... like a cosmic project manager for everyone of us. After all, he knows who we are. And if I believe a life plan is good by Vishnu, why would I then rush to steer in another direction? Unless of course it becomes clear that that is my role to play - as part of a much bigger adventure. Mind you, this is just my opinion. Not sure what an Uttama Adhikari would say. Are you one?

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Judgemental
Verse 1
Judgemental - think about it
How will I, I rise above it
Assessment made of should or should not
Prescription penned of life goal singular
Once I go there?

Verse 2
Judgemental - think about it
How will I progress beyond it
If I promote own blinkered viewpoint
My one percent appreciation
As perfect vision

Chorus
Judgemental habit no longer serves
Can cry about it / laugh about it
But judgemental - can live without it

Verse 3
Judgemental - think about it
How will I today reject it
Unless old premiss reassess it
My fallen soul identification
And imperfection?

Repeat Chorus

Verse 4
Judgemental - think about it
How will I transcend its' limit
If I refuse my mind admit it
No matter how believable truth
Maybe mistaken
Track Name: But For Grace Of God
Verse 1
So far away from how I think now
But who's to say could never join you
Stand by your side were journey same made
Share point of view - believe like you do today

Chorus
But for grace of god go I
That I might face eye to eye
No finger point, no judgement pass

Verse 2
So far away from what I value
Cosy deny could ever go there
But who's to say another life time
Have never stood feet in your shoes where you stand

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental

Verse 3
So far away from how I see things
Easy to say is not one of us
To separate from human species
To demonise / deny divine yet expressed

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Good By Vishnu
Verse 1
Good by Vishnu is good by me
Conviction not one blade of grass moves
Even I may not understand
Logic insists 'God Plan' exists

Verse 2
No prevention of suffering
Some suggest proving Vishnu aloof
But heart know positive engagement
Soul sacred collaboration

Chorus
All ways you facilitate
Maintain disposition 'on board'
Dismiss seemed indifference
For after all recall who we are

Verse 3
Good by Vishnu is good by me
Reassess way aggressor-victim understand
Never you will against
However real sometimes may feel

Repeat Chorus

Instrumental

Verse 4
Good by Vishnu is good by me
So situation must serve me
Believe contextual to soul desire
Regardless how appear right now

Repeat Chorus