Dancing On The Brink Of The World

by Chemystry Set

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Dancing on the Brink of the World is the companion CD to the book by the same name written by Sven Eberlein, featuring a song cycle through the signs of the zodiac, plus two bonus tracks. Weaving moments of pure Rush-like rock ‘n’ roll ecstasy into a tapestry of deeper reflective soundscapes that echo a darker side of the moon, Dancing on the Brink of the World is so much more than a random collection of songs. Each song has very distinct influences, yet none permeate the project throughout. On their 6th album, Chemystry Set has come full cycle, pouring a vast reservoir of influences ranging from world rhythm, jazz, and groove to bluegrass, fusion, progressive rock, and punk into a sea of archetypes that take the listener from leisurely swims to adventurous dives. It is, as the band’s name, a leap into not knowing; and it is, as the subject matter of the CD, a mixture of the essence of every person in the world uniting in harmony. Artwork by Evelyn Terranova. Produced by Dickie Ogden.


released January 9, 2009

Sven Eberlein - Guitars & Vocals
Dickie Ogden - Drums & Vocals
Patty Hughes - Wurlitzer Piano, Farfisa Organ, Phil's Organ & Vocals
Baba Ndjhoni - Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele & Vocals

Special guests:
Joel Oppenheimer - Extra Bass
Steven Forrest - astro talk




Chemystry Set San Francisco, California

Musicianship tight as an atom, music wild and roaming as the imagination of the unknown. It’s like everything and nothing I’ve ever heard, a screaming reminder that rock is rebellion and must be reinvented each time it’s played, or else it’s just pop.

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Track Name: Dancing On The Brink Of The World
Once upon a time in forgotten lands
the people in their prime had a special dance
to a song we don't remember the end
because progress marched in

But we all know that magic will not go
you kill the plant, another seed will grow
dancing on the brink of the world you know
we'll find the end of the song

There's a girl in this world and she's standing tall
with a drum and a dance she will tell you all
I can hear I can see I can climb the wall
but to play you must risk

And she's laughing out because she can hear the sound
that the people made when they looked around
just to find that the beat of the drum was found
the song is not lost

So everyone knows how the story goes
it's the wind from the past that suddenly blows
and there are more and more who can see Mother Bear
as the song unfolds

And now there's a tribe dancing to the song
that was lost but it knew it wouldn't be too long
so look out cause the rhythm's quickly catching on
this song is alive
Track Name: Year Of The Ram

Don't know how or where I've been before
Don't know when I first arrived
Don't know but I'm still alive

Set out with the morning sun surprise
I didn't mean to open my eyes
But then the weight of the world fell on my head

Got the message that I'm here to give
got a door through which I leave,
Now my gift to the world: I learned to receive

Been swimming in a honey jar
got a twisted little mind
jumpin' the rope, dippin' the rind

I don't look back and won't regret
The year of the ram, so baby shove it
I can't sit still and can't keep quiet anymore
had too much of it

I was first to climb up on the ledge
I took a million little steps
walked to the edge, dove to the ground

I'm the universal lightning rod
The pulse that makes you breathe
with the will to survive, keeping fires alive

Track Name: The Mole

Digging deep to find the seed that is rising
digging deep to find the seed that will shine
digging deep to build a heap that is breathing
digging deep to build a heap that will grow

And when you get to a wall and the pressure is on
and when it gets too hot for anyone to come along
and when the darkness takes its toll on your eyes
and when the roots you're holding on to are nothing but lies

And when the winds have ceased to blow
the earth is lying silently below
will we all remember the mole?

Digging deep to find the seed that is rising
digging deep to find the seed that will shine
digging deep to build a heap that is breathing
digging deep to build a heap that will grow

Track Name: Think Again

Woke up this morning got a thought in my head, I dug out a pen, wrote it down on a pad
scribbled a note, drew up a scene, the words came pouring out of me

A proposition, a press release, a poem, a reminder, a string of ideas
a story about life on the brink, the whole page covered in ink

Down the street to the mailbox I went, an envelope in my hand
a letter stamped and addressed to the Department of Curiosity

From the mailbox down to the central hub, tossed in a pile and covered up
then shuffled around and sorted out, the time had come to go travelin' about

Letter of mine, letter of mine, travel the distance through layers of time
red or white or black or blue, my mission is to contact you
from state to state, land to land, a hundred times exchanging hands.
by ship, by train, by plane, by foot, your postal code will get you through.

Over the mountains, across the sea, through cities and towns when finally
a sign says on the destination door: "This address don't exist no more"

Return to sender and back in the pile, adjusting the outcome, changing the style
I'm tossing the words, licking the glue, I'm sending this one out to you

Sleet or snow, sun or rain, the message must go out again.
I send the letter to the care of curiosity living everywhere.

And now, bestowed with dinks and dents the letter gets in the whole world's hands
from the continent's heart to the edge of the coast, they all read the curiosity prose:

I want to learn what I learned and unlearn it again, find what I found and then lose it again
listen to those that I don't understand, find us all an open end
I want to wake up the past and let it sleep again, fight for a cause and surrender it then
be all the change that I possibly can, turn it all around again

Track Name: Mother

Hey Mother, see the grass right through your door
how it's growing, how it's fading
how it's changing all the time

See the flowers living without no fear to die
how they're feeding, always leading
for the moment, always now

Hey Brother, see the window in the wall
always open, always hoping
just some glass to keep the heart

hear the voices, ghostly as they seem
never drowning and not thinking
just existing not a dream

Hey Father, can you feel the rugged shell?
is it cracking, maybe moving
can the core endure some pain

Feeling naked, you know it's just yourself
sweet exposure, sweet and tender
touch the fear borne in the shell

Hey Preacher, has the truth begun to leak
penetrating, not containing
like some heaven up above

Feel the fever engaging unaware
full of stirring and alluding
for the frightened hand to cling
Track Name: Sun Songs

The seed that will be only me starts with heating
and radiates out from the dark for every new meeting

I rise every day like the sun, ever shining
Though sometimes obscured by a cloud with no silver lining

Sun songs are sometimes eclipsed by some other heavenly tune.
I cannot resist the pull of their rhythms. I can't help but dance with the moon.

I'll take the time to create my own illusions,
or from the shadows will creep some one else's delusions.

Express and impress - that's my essence, that's my theater.
Midsummer harvest, leap fires, play follow the leader.

When I'm in the game, I arrange, I conduct, I score.
When pushed to the side, I cannot abide, no more songs, now I roar.

I look to myself and you should do the same.
I am the source, I'm the happy refrain.
I've got the heart, I've got Yellows and Red.
I've got oranges and honey and all that I''ve said.

My pride sometimes gets in the way of my magnanimous gift,
Sun Songs sustained across the range
for whomsoever needs a lift.
Track Name: Sometimes

Sometimes I feel like I'm running out of words
and it seems they've all been used
sometimes I'm even running out of worlds,
cause the one I'm on is all confused

It's when the same line is coming up
I'm staring at an empty cup
and all I want to say is sounding bland

and when my brain's working overtime
just to find another line
my god it's really time to go to bed

Sometimes I wish I could be someone else
do my job from time to time
sometimes I don't want to be the one who tells
what it's like to walk the line

Sometimes I sit on my floor and look ahead
to the things that might occur
sometimes I watch the planes go by instead
thinking I should be there

Sometimes when everyone is in a grind
I speed up just to get a piece
sometimes I'm really feeling left behind
and surrender on my knees

Sometimes, and really only sometimes do I think
that I could write a decent song
that's why I'll never write sometimes down in ink
from now on I'll be writing all night long
Track Name: Clear

The first thing she said was so clear, that we're all seeking harmony here
from the man on the street with the cane to the king on the hill

If you listen to the signs of the sage
together we're coming of age
the Buddha and Gandhi and John, they all come along

And we're all on the edge of the earth
and we're facing the other side's worth
we're turning around

There are those who will lead us to war
because they say we're not safe anymore
and then bullets fly, people die, and our spirits are sore

So I'm trying to balance the fall
cause I know that if you listen to them all
that there are two sides to every coin, but the coin is the same

There are those who will say it's too late
with mountains dividing our fates
it's easy to give up when you can't touch the wall

But the wall is inside of our heart
you know we're not so far apart
let me hear your cries, we all got it hard

And the ones that we thought we should hate
standing there pulling our weight
they're all just looking for love to set themselves free

When it all comes to pass in the end
then you know you can lean on a friend
an ally, a lover, your star, to bring you along

And the last thing that's so crystal clear
we're all seeking harmony here
from the man on the street with the cane to the king on the hill
Track Name: Zach's Dawning

Hello, my name is Zach, I'm sure we've met before
my reputation is to crush you to the floor
I'm the one who takes your confidence away
the model, prodigy and warrior

But now the time has come to mourn
all the years I've thrown away since I was born
up on the mountain, I was told there is light
just to find out that it must have been the other side

Now I feel a tear in my eyes
is it the child in me that breaks down and cries?
Where did it go? Where did it go?
As the days go by I feel so old

And the sun is nothing but a star
casting shadows when we fall apart
Is it in vain? Is it in vain?
Everytime I let go I feel the pain

I saw my picture in the news today
show the world I've got important things to say
but hey, you critics, you unravelers of blinds
can you read between the lines?

Well, here's my license, you know my legendary gun
the one so clean, my team, my lover and my son
take this sculpture, I don't think I need it now
what's the purpose of this all, anyhow?

I am leaving, gonna fly right out of town
the final deal, yeah, when thunder hits the ground
bring on the vultures, I see their rotten smile
when truth meets pain, we'll all stand trial

I've got my instincts I don't need no bloody map
I'm shedding years and you can try to hold me back
did you want some flowers, for your memories, just in case
well suit yourself, here's a vase
Track Name: Hard Work

Hard work, I'm filling my time I do
hard work, the first one in line
hard work, there's nothing to keep me from
hard work, and no food to feed me like
hard work, I get out of bed and do
hard work, I work till I'm dead

Hard work, whenever I'm down I do
hard work, the best worker in town

Hard work, I give all I got
hard work, and never ask a lot
hard work, the best years of my life I do
hard work, so our nation can strive

Hard work, I go on and on, I do
hard work, and never do harm, I do
hard work, ten days in a row
hard work, so business will grow
hard work, I need more and more of that
hard work, like I never did before

Hard work, whenever I'm down I do
hard work, the best worker in town

Hard work, I give all I got
hard work, and never ask a lot
hard work, the best years of my life I do
hard work, so our nation can strive

There's a better tomorrow for all
if we work hard enough we won't fall
Track Name: Fire

Fire in the darkness, fire in the sea
fire in the skies of you and me

Fire in Uganda, fire in Gabon
fire in the streets of Washington

Fire in Falluja, fire in Zaire
fire on the border of Kashmir

Fire in Narmada, fire in Israel
fire in the forest of Brazil

Fire on the radio, fire in the news
fire in the brains of those who choose

Fire, come give me fire
come on and take me down, your flame will go around, just give me fire

Fire on the radio, fire in the news
fire on the moving screens and in the brains of those who choose

Fire in the darkness, and fire in the sea
fire in our music and the skies of you and me

Fire, just give me fire
Track Name: Gong The Rat

Did you know many years ago there was a rat named Gong
who thought it was not fair at all that he could not see the sun
he'd heard the story by his folks many times before
that rats were not supposed to step beyond the hidden door

Then along came Jack, a rat so old and wise
who was the one that no one liked, cause wisdom has its price
Gong so bold he followed Jack to dig from underground
a road that curved toward the light where freedom comes around

Don't you hide inside your hole, no, no, no
The leading rats might not be right, they've never seen the light
Gazing from behind a tree, excited and surprised
two rats so far apart in age, looking at their lives
the strangest sight they'd ever seen, scooping from a telescopic scene
two rats in search of light, transforming all their energy inside

Will you step outside your hole? Go, go, go
time has come to catch your flight, another dream is ripe

With motley rays pervading callous skin every step you take
outlives a chain of countless years, cause time and space are for the leaders' sake
Jack the Rat knew it in his heart and quickly turned to live among the stars
Gong our friend took the subtle hint and proceeded dancing with the wind

Don't stop searching for the sun. No, no, no
answers fail when questions come, the end has just begun

Track Name: Walk Across The End

If life was a wheel on a simple road
I would ride it inside to a place I know

If love was a dream in my little world
I would dream it, and screen it, play it back a little slow

If dreams were meant to be signs along the way
I would heed them and feed them, shine my light their way

If words could reach another land
I would grow them and throw them, till we all understand

I will always think of you, my friend
give you all the love I know, my friend
so please my friend
walk across the end

And you, dear friend, thank you once again
time will go by and you'll be flying high

And now, you see, if love is still a dream
then you know I'll be there, moving through your screen

I will always think of you, my friend
give you all the love I know, my friend
so please my friend
walk across the end