Brother Earth III

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I. Grandiose Mandala (Settle Down)

King Arthur is exiled from Wales, as he is falsely accused of plotting with the Saxons. His loyal Knights accompany him South, where they must flee the mainland and sail to the New World.

II. Cortez The Cuddler

At the same time that Arthur and his men leave on a ship bound for the New World, Cortez has already conquered much of The Valley of Oaxaca. The two dream of each other, though they know not who the other is. The two men await their meeting.

III. Claustrophobic Headspace

Arthur begins his journey. It is a journey of the mind. As he has become a man, he has fought to shed the shackles of his Mind and Self. He has conquered sadness, and despite his fate, is happy to be alive, and ready for the journey. He tells of his tribulations in melancholia, and how he burns the Black Lodge, never looking back...

IV. Hidden Valleys (of Tomorrow)

Arthur invokes the Muses upon his journey. He foresees a much greater enemy: Enemy to All Mankind, Father of the Black Subconscious, Oroboros, The SNAKE. Arthur asks for strength from The Muses, to first know his enemy, then defeat these evil forces...

V. White Jesus Sacrifice

Arthur arrives in the New World. There, he immediately meets Cortez, who has conjured a strange sort of Christianity, mixing Aztec Sacrifice with the need for a Christ Figure. Arthur is to be burned. Arthur sees a vision right before falling into the volcano. He pushes Cortez's son, Luis into the pyre, and escapes with his life. He returns upon the second nightfall and frees his men. They begin the long journey through the jungle.

VI. The Band from Ipanema

Arthur and his men arrive in Ipanema. There, they are greeted with provincial sounds and music, ambrosia of the night. Arthur believes a band of small musicians is following them, but they never reveal themselves.

VII. Lady of The Lake

Arthur and his men are chased by the impish band, forced to the beach, and drown in the Atlantic Ocean. Their fate, however, is not death. They awake in a lake in Ecuador. The Lady of the Lake has saved Arthur and his men.

VIII. Ayahuasca Crawlspace

Arthur and his men meet a Kichwa Shaman, who takes them on an Ayahuasca trip in a sweat lodge tent. A dark spirit speaks to him. Arthur sees many visions of the future of humanity, civilization, religion, and technology. Arthur vomits from his visions.

IX. Invisible Cities

King Arthur and his men travel south to Argentina, as the vision bids them. In Argentina, Arthur meets Kublai Khan, who has ruled South America for many years. Kublai Khan takes his guests to the 7 cities, cities of gemstones and precious metals. Kublai Khan instructs Arthur on how to navigate the cities. Khan tells Arthur of a fabled City of Gold where his dreams will come true. Arthur and his men stay for a fortnight, then leave for the Southern tip of South America. There, they meet an evil tribe that steals their provisions, abandoning them on the Dunes of iDeath.
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X. Planet Wednesday

Arthur and his men sail on a dingy around the Southern coast of Argentina and Chile, though they cannot escape the Dunes of iDeath on the shores. Arthur looks back upon his travails both in his homeland and onshore. Arthur and his men decide to go into the Dunes of iDeath.

XI. The Dunes of iDeath

Arthur and his men travel through this Godless land, and must face themselves and the SNAKE. Their path is almost impossible.

XII. City of Gold

Almost dead, Arthur and his men soldier on. Finally. Are they alive? Have they died? By the Grace of The Light, King Arthur and his men arrive at the City of Gold. All is Well.

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released 01 June 2012
Todd Tobias: Music
Steve Five: Vocals

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Brother Earth is Steve Five and Todd Tobias. Todd has been producing albums for Robert Pollard since 2002, and is a member of the bands Circus Devils and Crowns Forming Crowns. Steve is the front man of the power pop band The Library is On Fire. Steve and Todd met when Todd recorded an album for The Library is On Fire in 2007. Todd writes the music and Steve provides the vocals and lyrics. ... more

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Track Name: Grandiose Mandala (Settle Down)
Now cast aside we will do this before we ride
our nature will abide although you prey upon the pride
Impress the mark, exiled, an 'X' upon the side
Cast apart to frozen shores, never to reside
To vow revenge does not concern the hero's mind
We promise to survive despite your wish for us to die
Track Name: Cortez The Cuddler
Each steamy morning I wake up, put on my suit of armor
Its something that I don't regret, you know I must be bothered.
You see inside I like to call myself Cortez the Cuddler
And when I lay down every night she calls Cortez The Cuddler

Now maybe I'm wrong and maybe I'm right
when I chop it down (chop it down)
History only remembers my plight
and that's alright, cuz I tore it down (tore it down)
Smeltin' my gold into your mold
and takin' it slow into the fold
Look at me now

And when I look out every day upon the lands I conquered
To think about how I was dancing all across the water
I never cared much about how I might be remembered
I only hope Dona Marina calls Cortez The Cuddler

Cortez The Cuddler
Cortez The Cuddler
Cortez The Cuddler
Cortez The Cuddler
Track Name: Claustrophobic Headspace
(so we ride...)

I could not get out of the purple haze
It was a dream I wasn't after
And growing deaf to all that they would say
Still seeing all their laughter
Wanted so bad to wash it all away
Erase this blackened chapter

You better turn back in your time
You better leave this boat behind.

(so we ride...)

So then we set out for the nearest door
My little bird and me together
I gave a form to every faceless fear
Summoned all the evil masters
I drew a dot upon the empty page
and set ablaze the nearest rafters
in the claustrophobic headspace
in the claustrophobic headspace
in the claustrophobic headspace
in the claustrophobic headspace
Track Name: Hidden Valleys (of Tomorrow)
To the muses of the night, come forth Defenders
The serpent's seeking flight, his face is rendered
with the poison of the bite like the soul remembers
Grant us fortune for to smite his evil embers
Grant us courage now to fight these malicious spectres
hiding in the night, like the soul remembers
like the soul remembers
Track Name: White Jesus Sacrifice
(Now you know what it so means to be alive
raised for the blood that's beating in your heart
Now you know what it so means to rip apart
raised for the bees a beating in your hive)

They gonna take your life in a memory train
Plant dey crops in the fields of your spiritual plane
You nod to some animal standing in the rain
Burn down yr houses these eyes without a brain
Lead you down to the water on a blistering sky
As the sun starts shinin in the middle of the night
They gonna break your body in a tenement fire
Gong gong baby as the flames get higher
And watch as the spirits come to claim your light
Dropped in the fire from a dizzying height

Hey Ho! Shackle De Shame
Dyin to a god that don't have no name
Hey Ho! Chuggedy Joe
Him go up da cricka is a bad no no

Hey Ho! Shackle De Shame
Dyin to a god that don't have no name
Hey Ho! Chuggedy Joe
Him go up da cricka is a bad no no
Track Name: The Band from Ipanema
You've never seen a sight that's quite like this
So full of mermaids and Brazilian mist
Small and shifty and quick and spritely
The band from Ipanema goes jumping
and when we pass you we smile, but you don't see

We'd like to welcome you to our next show
You may have heard of us in towns you go
You've never heard a sound that's quite like this
Seduce your heart out like a black snake hiss

Small and shifty and quick and spritely
The band from Ipanema goes stalking
and when we pass you we smile, but you don't see.
Track Name: Lady of The Lake
Oasis
To wake us
Awaiting us now is
The Lady of The Lake
To take us
Save us
Too soon to drown out
This isn't our fate
To place us
Moondust
Dreaming so sound
Of the Lady of the Lake
Shake us
Stardust
Gone too soon now
The Lady of The Lake
Track Name: Ayahuasca Crawlspace
Ask Doctor No
He likes your soul
He wants to show you how the body hits the needles
And all the beetles
And all the fields that are dragging to the Mayans
Those mad Papayans
I got a client that will take all you admire
And start the fire
And add his likeness to the way in which you eye it
The saddest diet
The maddest way in which to follow what your after
the never after
The loudest laughter from the gods you must retire
To satisfy her
To bring the liars to the truth that you are after
You have no answer
He's like a cancer for the way in which you wanna
You're an iguana
Protect the fauna from the clutch of our diseases
Our stupid sneezes
Our new releases from the church of a sad genius
A mad behemoth
Foretells the future on a continent cantina
A candy apple
Now you must grapple with a spirit sucking future
Now you must suture
What's coming next it will most certainly be
Track Name: Invisible Cities
(ooh ooh you)

Step on Through
Consecrate this bright view
The pleasure dome welcomes you
Now you know what to do
I show you where to go
So you know
You know
You know you know you know you know
So let's go

(ooh ooh you)

And let us now
Convene in nests so sound
Revealing blessed bounds
Memory speak your sounds
The pleasure dome weeps its load
And it knows
Yeah it knows
It knows it knows it knows it knows
It knows you
Track Name: Planet Wednesday
I took command of all the scrambled symbols on the ground
Reread them blinded by the incoherence of their message
Went through my days so sick amid the mute void of this world
Was left so hungry by the blindness of my shackled brothers
I desecrated all the temples built on broken ground
Was left exiled by the cold hand of the prophet preacher
I drifted through inverted seas and tread a pathless land
Could not conceive of how this all was somehow still my mother
I kept a prayer inside my pocket for this bitter world
It said somehow 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'
I kept a prayer inside my pocket for this bitter world
It said somehow 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'
It said somehow 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever'
Track Name: The Dunes of iDeath
(ooh)

We lost the boat
We took the table from the wall and dragged it cross the room

We left our friends in search of deserts far across the world

To start again
Traverse the garbage moats in broken dream designer coats
And see the memory boats that carry all the empty hopes

We lost the boat
We took the table from the wall and dragged it cross the room
We took the table from the wall and dragged it cross the room
Track Name: City of Gold
We got to the City of Gold
Or so I'm told
(ooh)
And she's so pretty
She's gold, its what I know
(ooh)

We finally found the fortress walls
They sparkled so inert
We walked along among the hallowed halls
Majestic Sons of Earth!