Five for the Road

If only I could sail away
To some uncharted clime
Where nobody knows my name
And nobody wants my time
I'd set me up a fishing boat
And spend my days at sea
At night I'd read my history books
And keep some tender company
-- Skeebo Wishy and his Deep Fat Fryers

I'm going away for a few days with a couple of history books and some tender company, so things will be a bit quiet here until Monday or so. In the meantime, please avail yourself of some of the offerings below -- and feel free to browse around the site and sample anything that strikes your fancy.

Try not to let Dick Cheney blow up the world while I'm gone, OK?

And by the way, if you'd care to help keep this blog afloat, you might consider tossing a few coins in the battered hat, which is conveniently located at the very top right-hand corner of the page.


1. Whisky and Fruit
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Another song from Wheel of Heaven. Details and lyrics after the jump.

2. Only Now
While we're in a musical mode, here is a video by up-and-coming director Avalon Floyd. This song too is from Wheel of Heaven. Details and lyrics after the jump.

3. Letter From the Frontier: Hard Duty in Defense of Civilization
A piece on the dawning of empire.

4. The Alchemists: Turning Blood Into Gold
Some context on the upcoming attack on Iran.

5. Children of Abraham: Death in the Desert
Because this is the ultimate end of Bush's rape of Iraq: death, suffering, murk and fury. Featuring a flash movie by Rich Kastelein.
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1. Whisky and Fruit
(Chris Floyd)

On the backroom table
By the backroom couch
Whisky and fruit
Whisky and fruit
Some slender hand
Has laid it out
Whisky and fruit
Whisky and fruit

Can't you feel that freedom
As the dreams roll in
You don't live here
You'll never come again
You drink Jack water
That golden fire
Then you chase it down
With Eve's desire

Just an open bottle
From the corner store
Whisky and fruit
Whisky and fruit
Take a good strong knife
Cut a few bits more
Whisky and fruit
Whisky and fruit

Vocals, piano: CF
Guitars, piano, production: Nick Kulundis

Song © 2005 by Chris Floyd
Performance © by Chris Floyd and Nick Kulukundis

2. Only Now
(Chris Floyd)

The day just gets away from me;
I don't know where it goes.
First fog, then sun, and then the moon
Makes pale the bright red rose.

I'm drifting like a ship at sea
With all my sails torn down:
Cut loose from life, from land, from love
To wander this world round.

I sit and dream of days gone by
When the light danced in your eyes,
When the wind was filled with fragrant bloom,
And the rainbow blessed the skies.

Tomorrow comes, tomorrow goes --
It's always only now.
No one can raise a day that's dead;
Not even God knows how.

Vocals: CF
Guitar, piano, production: Nick Kulundis
Harmony vocals: Christina Kulukundis

Song © 2005 by Chris Floyd
Performance © by Chris Floyd and Nick Kulukundis