Transmissions (2003 - 2012)

by Mark Lesseraux

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
04:00
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
7.
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
8.
02:41
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
02:50
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
12.
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
13.
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
14.
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
15.
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
16.
17.
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
18.
19.
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
20.
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
21.
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
22.
02:47
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

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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 October 1, 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 is Irish Catholic. His father was 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 a botched 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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