Ragon Linde

Borrowed Lines in Borrowed Time

by Ragon Linde

Released 2018
Slj Productions
Released 2018
Slj Productions
Borrowed stories placed into borrowed funk beats.
  • 02:56 Story Lyrics Your First Ocean

    No taller than my knee

    when you challenge, your first ocean.

    Ankle deep

    you strain your body, against my tight grip

    throw head to sky

    capture the ocean’s roar

    into the cave of your mouth

    Even when the waves spill into you

     

    CHORUS

    Watching you, I question

    do you remember your first ocean?

    Watching you, I question

    do you remember your first ocean?

     

    fill you with your first taste of salt

    you do not bend from the task

    of challenging your first ocean.

    Today you turn your back to the same tide

    stretch and yawn, open wide

    that same cave that had taken

    in some primal catch

    to tell me you haven’t eaten yet.


    CHORUS

  • 04:43 Story Lyrics Tormented Soul

    Tormented soul, where did you go?

    with the whispering silence in your head.

    The two-headed monster came upon her

    snatched her up and it fed.

     

    CHORUS

    From the taste of revenge she burned

    until her heart yearned

    until she burned to avenge what fed on her

     

    oh, oh, two headed monster by the Christmas lights

    red, green, and gold he came to her that night

    said, close your eyes and she never told

    oh, no, she never told

     

    CHORUS


    Oh many years later on the TV screen

    She saw that monster give a speech

    He spoke of family values and the grace of god

    And audiences cheered what a good righteous man

    If she called him out they wouldn’t believe her

    What an opportunistic whore

    Why did she wait so long to speak up?

    And take this good man down

    She pierced her pillow with her fist

    She cried herself to sleep

    The nightmare screams to the monster who was not there

    The pills and the booze couldn’t hide the shame she felt

    But she found strength from the fire that burned inside

    And one-day justice would be served

     

    Tormented soul, where did you go?

    with the whispering silence in your head.

  • 04:36 Story Lyrics Suspended

    I am orphaned at the center.

    The bridge yaws side to side

    ululates beneath my feet.

    To you fixed in domicile’s unyielding grip,

    it appears I stand upon ribbon candy

    little between me and death.

    Yet to me this axis is a nest, a nest

     

    as secure as any, even the cracked boards,

    even the rope rails hook me far better than your slick, marble stairs.

    Yet my jangling course sways unnecessarily, irritates you

    where you stand locked in your door, taut, waiting for me to enter my own settled house.

    I am orphaned at the center.

    Only my shadow will complete

    this journey which I have decided

    must settle right here, right now, far from the end, the end.

  • 04:51 Story Lyrics Anthropocene

    The ants, the ants, we are the ants

    The ants, the ants, we are the ants

     

    silt, oil, sun, soil, sift it, turn it, toss, burn it, put  it where we want.

    silt, oil, sun, soil, sift it, turn it, toss, burn it, put  it where we want.

     

    Every new age is the death of another

    This is, must be, will be too

    Every new age, dear, is the death of another

    Of the old.  breaking ground

    for the new  Anthropocene.


    CHORUS

    This will be.  Will be the death of you.

    This will be.  Will be the death of you.

     

    Our hubris has come undone

    We’ve sucked out all petroleum

    We’ve built our cities in the sand

    Spray painted boxes crisscross our land

     

    Two billion, two hundred twenty-two million, three hundred sixty-six thousand,

    six hundred fifty four tons of food plundered

    just this year to feed us. Just this year.

    This is the face of seven billion

    The earth’s become our pavilion

    Hastily built and easy to clear.

     

    CHORUS

     

    We are the ants and this is our pile

    King of the mountains Damn! This is the face of seven billion

    The Earth’s now my pavilion

    Our new age is one long regression toward the mean

    Anthropocene

     

    Put it where we want.

    Put it where we want.

    Put it where we want.

    Put it where we want.

     

    Wake the Fuck Up

    Wake the Fuck Up

    Wake the Fuck Up

    Wake the Fuck Up

  • 05:19 Story Lyrics Angry White Man

    Angry White Man, what hangs in your head?

    Angry White Man, who isn’t listening to you?

    What does it feel like in the pit of your gut?

    How long has it been since you felt understood?  

    Was it one person or episode?

    or a lifetime of betrayal that left you this way?

     

    CHORUS

    Everything has to be black and white.

    Please I don’t want to end up like you.

     

    You scare people off who may fuck up your lawn

    which welcomes no one but the scorching hot sun

     

    CHORUS

    Everything has to be black and white

    Order and rules, keep ‘em in tightly drawn boxes

     

    You fear the lazy, the humble, and sick

    Those with different traditions, ideas, and concepts

    Draw lines upon maps and say live over there

    or better yet far from here

    Somewhere deep inside that child was ignored

    Who grew up to build walls from the people he cared for

     

    CHORUS

    Everything has to be black and white

    Jaded, heart hardened, with your piercing mean looks

     

    You isolate yourself and shut your blinds

    in that faux upscale midtown apartment

    You shout get out get out! You use hurtful insults.

    that pierce through the most vulnerable parts!

    Loud voices and conjured fears

    Submissive bots who consent without love

     

    CHORUS

    Crush those where they are vulnerable and weak

    Oh angry white man what kind of world do you want?

  • 03:47 Story Lyrics N.B.

    Feel invisible, in plain sight

    Based on how, I look and speak

    I have a secret I wish everybody knew

    Seeking validation for what is true

     

    CHORUS

    Express yourself, what you feel

    Don’t let norms shut you down

     

    Male or Female be yourself

    Outward appearance can deceive

    Lipstick and make-up, dresses and tights

    There’s more to me than meets the eye

     

    CHORUS

    Some would say I’m a plain ‘ole guy

    But there’s more to me than meets the eye

     

    Sensitivities on all sides

    Blur the boundaries and fuck the roles

    Take a moment before you judge

    It don’t add up or fit neatly in a box

     

    CHORUS

    Open exploration, back and forth

    Are you feeling, that way too?

     

    Bridge

    Out or secret, it’s alright!

    Gay or straight, somewhere in between

    Chose your pronouns that fit your gender

    It doesn’t have to match, your genitalia                                      

                            Some say Two Spirit or LGBTQ

    As for me, I’m non-Binary

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Listen to your feelings

    Go beyond the expected and accepted

    Design your appearance, plan your look

    We change our minds, that’s the point

     

    CHORUS

    Some days I’m full of confidence

    Some days it’s a struggle between wondering

    And seeking validation am I making

    Something out of nothing

  • 05:28 Story Lyrics Unfalling the Stars

    sorry door if I must bother you

    why don't you open wider and admit friends

    sorry song

    my mouth is not fit to sing you

    sorry distance

    my steps are not wide enough to cover you

     

    CHORUS                   

    so many stars fall, sorry life

    my words are not wide enough to honor you

    so many stars shine, sorry life

    my words are not wide enough to honor you

    to honor you

    to honor you

    to honor you

     

    your last words hang over the threshold
    in an endless conversation with my past

    as I hang myself

    on a hat hook

    in someone else’s childhood

    while you laugh like you always do

     

    CHORUS                 

  • 04:56 Story Lyrics Violence

    Gray petals of bombs fall on us

    crack the body’s puzzle.

    We know how it bends to metal’s will

    how it forgets

    the meaning it carries,

    when broken.

    Some say the meaning goes away.

     

    I want to see it.

    Burned eyes are petals

    from a black rose

    we love and fear

    even in our dreams.

    And you dream too,

     

    we’ve seen your eyes rush under lids

    at the checkpoint of subconscious,

    burn through stolen scenes,

    what others felt

    when bombs fell. If petals

    are made of ash,

     

    what can we know about the flower,

    its smell,

    its proud posture,

    it’s short-lived optimism?

    Some say the meaning comes later

    I want to see it. As you learn, your end,

    See the body’s ironic puzzle,

    its checkpoint,

    its unanswered question –

    you realize it too:

     

    nothing is firm here, not even the harm we do

    nor how we carry and strangle,

    and fail to strangle the meaning of you.

    the meaning of you

    the meaning of you

  • 05:46 Story Lyrics Storm Rider

    Years ago,

    when she started to glide

    her family tried to keep her

    on the ground,

    but not her, no not her, not her


    CHORUS                   

    When she broke through the sky

    To where no one dared to fly

    she knew she would die

    She felt all the passion, all the pain

    she would never be the same

    When she broke through the sky

     

    But the day the storm rider

    was taken up, and up, and up

    thirty thousand feet high

    A spinning fruit fly tumbling past hail and thunder

    The winds tore her asunder

     

    Until she, like Icarus, she burned the sky

    No chance to survive, no way to get down alive

    from that forty degrees below

    It all turned black and she prepared to go


    CHORUS                   

     

    When she awakes an hour later

    the wind smashes her down,

    Down, she is surfing down

    And then she lands on the ground

    Alive, still alive, she survived

    After scratching the thin veil of space.

    Thirty thousand feet when she survived.

     

    CHORUS                   

    When she broke through the sky

    To where no one dared to fly

    she knew she would die

    not the storm rider, she was only found

    in the oversoul sky,

    only found in life unbound

  • 05:02 Story Lyrics Opened

    I watch a snowflake

    shape its notion of water

    into symmetry.

     

    My eyes open me.

    I’m a mandala

    built to be erased,

     

    a snowflake,

    a former crystal,

     

    Now a water drop,

    Now a memory.

NOTES
Ragon Linde
Lead and backing vocals, electric guitars, bass guitar, and drums

Featuring Performances by:

Michael Crowther
Alto Saxophone on Tracks 1-9 and 10

Peter De Les Dernier
Keyboards and synthesizers on all Tracks

Louis Doherty
Tenor Saxophone on Tracks 1-9 and 10
Baritone Saxophone on Track 6

Conifer Linde
Trumpet on Tracks 1-9 and 10

Horn arrangements
Ragon Linde and Louis Doherty

Produced by Ragon Linde
All songs Engineered by Ragon Linde
All Tracks Mixed and Mastered by …
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Cathedral for Healing (Live)

by Ragon Linde

Released 2017
Slj Productions
Released 2017
Slj Productions
Improvisational piece performed live at The Analog Theater in Portland, OR.
NOTES
Cathedral for Healing is a live improvisational piece performed on January 22nd, 2017 at The Analog Theater in Portland, OR. The performance, given the evening following the 2017 Women’s March, is meant to describe feelings of anger, anxiety, uncertainty, and peace. Proceeds from “Cathedral for Healing” will be donated to Amnesty International.

Ragon Linde – electric guitar, synthesizer, percussion
Kevin Lay – electric guitar, tin whistle, vocals

Recorded live at The Analog Theater in Portland, Oregon

Produced by …
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Live at Tsunami Sushi

by Apex

Released 2016
Slj Productions
Released 2016
Slj Productions
Live at Tsunami Sushi is a live improvisational free jazz performance recorded in Tulsa, OK in July of 2005.
NOTES
APEX
Live at Tsunami Sushi
Tulsa, OK – July 2005

2005, I was in the midst of one of the biggest transitions of my life. Two years earlier, I had been fired from high power job with a large wireless company. My actions deservedly led to this. By 2005 I was accumulating a large amount of debt, working six jobs, and I found myself forming a jazz trio with my cousin Ben and good friend Tim DeMoss. Over the …
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I Am Scared

by Ragon Linde

Released 2016
Slj Productions
Released 2016
Slj Productions
Proceeds from “I am Scared” will be donated to Amnesty International.
NOTES
Ragon Linde
I am Scared

“I am Scared” is a single release inspired by the 2016 Election in the United States. The song is written from the perspective of a fictional person of color, immigrant, refugee, queer, and/or non-Christian. You pick, we are all scared right now.

Proceeds from “I am Scared” will be donated to Amnesty International.

Ragon Linde – vocals and 12 string acoustic guitar

Recorded in Portland, Oregon

Produced by Ragon Linde
Engineered, Mixed, …
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Transitions

by Ragon Linde

Released 2016
Slj Productions
Released 2016
Slj Productions
"Transitions" is an acoustic 8 song EP of Covers and Originals highlighting several pop styles!
NOTES
Ragon Linde
Transitions

“Transitions” is an acoustic 8 song EP of Covers and Originals highlighting several pop styles.

1. Criminal* - Fiona Apple
2. Dreaming the Time Away – Ragon Linde and Charlie Kersch
3. The Supermen* - David Bowie
4. Fatigue – Ragon Linde and A. Molotkov
5. Bravado* - Rush
6. Odd Hours – Ragon Linde and Bruce Greene
7. Erratica* - Caetano Veloso
8. Change of Heart – Ragon Linde

Ragon Linde - lead and backing vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars

Also Featuring:
Tim DeMoss – …
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With Babies and Dogs

by Ragon Linde

Released 2016
Slj Productions
Released 2016
Slj Productions
Recorded from live performances at Vox Academy on November 14th, 2015 and The White Oak Event Center on December 5th, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
NOTES
Ragon Linde
with babies and dogs
Recorded Live in Portland, OR

2015 was an important year in my musical and professional growth! With the release of my second studio album, Under the Covers, I was able to bring a long-term goal to fruition. In that, I was able to mark a milestone in my development as a vocalist, arranger, and recording artist. Following the release of Covers, I was able to share these songs with many …
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Ragon Linde
06/20/2015
Ragon Linde/A. Molotkov

Story

This is an exciting month for me with the release of my second album - Under the Covers. The album features a polished vocal and acoustic guitar driven re-visit of 15 cover songs with a modern mix and splash of fresh synthesizer riffs. The bonus track and first Single, Let's Count Silences, is an original song that blends the vibe of the covers with a taste of what I have in store for the future!

Lyrics

Let’s Count Silences

Music by Ragon Linde

Words by A. Molotkov

 

Verse 1

 

Let’s count silences

Let’s share absence

 

On a vast snow field

Of life’s empty page

Our words

Are grains of sand

 

Chorus

 

And yet

We are a story

That took fourteen billion years

To write itself

 

Verse 2

 

How much sand

Does it take

To defeat entropy?

 

And I wonder

About all that sand

All that snow

Under the Covers

by Ragon Linde

Released 2015
Slj Productions
Released 2015
Slj Productions
Under the Covers, the second album release from Ragon Linde, is a polished vocal and acoustic guitar driven re-visit of 15 cover songs and 1 original all with a common theme of Reaching Out for Connection With Others.
NOTES
The theme of this record is Longing for Meaningful Connection with Others, one that I believe resonates with many of us these days. The album of 15 Cover Songs and 1 Original Bonus Track features a polished vocal and acoustic guitar driven re-visit of 15 cover songs with a modern mix and splash of fresh synthesizer riffs. The bonus track, Let's Count Silences, is an original song that blends the vibe of the covers with a taste of …
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Both Sides of the Story

by Ragon Linde

Released 2011
SLJ Productions
Released 2011
SLJ Productions
I am pleased to announce the recent release of my debut solo album entitled “Both Sides of the Story”. The release is a double CD containing 28 tracks featuring performances by many musicians whom I have had the honor to work with over the last decade.
NOTES
Ragon Linde
lead and backing vocals, spoken word, electric guitars, 6 and 12 sting acoustic guitars, bass guitar, drum kit, percussion, electronic percussion, fountains at Washington Park, and keyboards

Featuring:
Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk
lead vocals on Side 1 - Tracks 1, 2, 9, and 13, backing vocals on Side 1 - Tracks 1, 2, 12, and 15

Also Featuring Performances by:
John Martin “Moby” Anderson
bass on Side 2 – Track 10

Matteo Bacchetti
saxophone on Side 2 – Track 3

Tim DeMoss
piano on Side 2 – Track 5 and keyboards on Side 2 – Track 3 and 9

Ben …
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