Between The Eyes

by Francis Voignier

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Steve Hillage, take that! One of A Family Affair S.A.'s favorite players, Steve's passionate serendipity with what we call *electric guitar* has had few equals in my lifetime. Francis' CD Between the Eyes displays similar elan, hypnotic grace and just the right touch of danger. Serious shredding + composition @ work, FV! We are your groupies -Zen Archer, A Family Affair-

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released 01 June 2014

Music and lyrics by Francis Voignier © 2013
Photography FV Photoworks "Face behind glass" 1986

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Francis Voignier San Francisco, California

I started my first band in 1967 and never looked back. I moved from Eastern France to Paris and then London where I made my professional debut. I worked in NYC
as a sideman between 78 and 82 before heading for SF where I did 10 years in the trenches with more bands than I can remember. I now live in Arcata, California.
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Track Name: Between The Eyes
BETWEEN THE EYES


WE’VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE
THOUGHT WE LONG SETTLED THE SCORE
IT SEEMED THAT WE WERE TO LEARN
AHEAD OF THE CURVE
SO WHY ARE WE HERE?

TIME WAS THEN ON OUR SIDE
LOTS OF ROOM TO TURN THE TIDES
THE MESSAGE WAS LOUD AND CLEAR
THE VISION SO NEAR
SO WHAT HAPPENED DEAR?
WE WERE TO RETAIN CONTROL
DECIPHER THE CODE
NEUTRALIZE THE BREACH

SOME HAVE FAVORED THE LIES
WHILE OTHERS DELIVERED THE FACTS
IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN
IF THE BALANCE SHALL SEAT
RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES
FOR NOW THE FAKE MEETS THE REAL
HYPNOSIS RULES THE FIELD
THE VEIL SUITS THE GUISE






Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier, May 8, 2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: The Mist
THE MIST


WHEN THE MIST DRAWS IN THE SILENCE
OF WHAT IS BEST UNSAID
AND THE THOUGHTS HIDE IN THE DISTANCE
OF DARKNESS CLEVERLY SPREAD
SHALL WE BE PARTED
AND BE DRIVEN BY SHADOWS INTO DIFFERENT HELLS

AS WE GREW ON GOOD INTENTIONS
AND PROMISES WITH NO ENDS
DID THE PLAY OF COUNTER MOTION
TURN THE TABLES TO EAST FROM WEST
INSTEAD OF THE SUN
FEARLESS WE STEADILY WALKED INTO THE HAZE

PLEASE HOLD MY HAND
IS THERE A WAY OUT OF HERE?
CLEAR THROUGH THE MIST
MUST WE TREAD BACK THROUGH THE GRID
OF RENTED DREAMS

WHEN WE SHALL REGAIN OUR SENSES
AND SWEAR TO NEVER STRAY
WON’T THE DRONE OF THE USUAL
PULL US IN THROUGH THE GATES
INTO THE MIST
WHERE ALL INCONVENIENCES ARE LAID TO REST

PLEASE HOLD MY HAND
IS THERE A WAY OUT OF HERE?
CLEAR THROUGH THE MIST
MUST WE TREAD BACK THROUGH THE GRID
OF RENTED DREAMS



Lyrics & Music by Francis Voignier, August 18, 2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Raffle
RAFFLE

DOWN IN THE TRENCHES
AND SHELTERED FROM HOPE
THE SUNKEN EYED MAN
CLUTCHES AT FROZEN STRAW
THE ROARING CROWD
WAVES THROUGH THE SHOW
EACH LONGS FOR A WIN
AT THE RAFFLE DRAW

THE NEWS PLY AND UNFOLD
A LIE OR TWO
THE TV SET FLICKERS
SPUTTERS AND SPEWS
THE NETWORK PAGE
MISSES THE CUE
FRIENDS OF FRIENDS RISE
TO CENSOR THE TRUTH

TO WIN
THE RAFFLE DRAW
AND LEAVE WITH THE PRIZE
COVETED BY ALL
BATTLE
TO BATTLE
THE GAME IS RIGGED
ONE NEVER TAKES THE FALL

DREAMS OF WIDE SPACES
CROUCHED IN THE DARK
THE STENCH OF HUMAN DECAY
DOES NOT CARRY THAT FAR
THE MEMORIES OF WHAT IS LOST
EXIT THROUGH THE CRACK
OF THE BACKSTAGE DOOR

TO WIN
THE RAFFLE DRAW…


Lyrics and music by Francis Voignier
November 2, 2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Without The Touch Of Love
WITHOUT THE TOUCH OF LOVE

IT’S ALMOST A GIVEN
THAT IN THESE DAYS AND TIMES
THE COURSE OF WINDS WOULD CHANGE
TOO MUCH HAS BEEN TAKEN
TOO LITTLE RETURNED
ONE CAN SENSE THE END
OF AN AGE OF EXCESS
A SPIRAL OF DISGRACE
OF THE RULE OF THE FEW
OVER COMMON SENSE

A KID LOOKS AT THE WORLD
FROM THE DARK OF A ROOM
SHE SEES AN EMPTY WASTE
THE TREES HAVE GONE BARE
THE BASKETBALL COURT
HAS BEEN LEFT UNKEMPT
THERE USED TO BE JOY
AND THERE USED TO BE PAIN
THE GREY OF LASSITUDE
HAS JUST BROUGHT IN THE RAIN

SOME STORIES DO FADE
SOME ABRUPTLY END
SOME CALL FOR A SEQUEL
AS THE WRITER COLLAPSED
A DAGGER IN HIS BACK
BLOOD SPILLS ON THE PAGES

WITH THE SUN IN THE REAR
THE BOWELS OF THE BEAST
LEAD TO AN INDISTINCT FATE
LAUGHING TO THE BANK
WITH A POCKET FULL OF CHANGE
YET CRYING TO THE GRAVE
ONE THINKS HE HAS IT MADE
THE PROOF HANGS ON THE WALL
WITHOUT THE TOUCH OF LOVE
ONE HAS NOTHING AT ALL

Music & Lyrics by Francis Voignier
November 23, 2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: When The Sun Goes Down
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
YOU LEAVE THE MASQUERADE
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
YOU RETIRE THE SHADES
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
RISES FROM THE SHADOWS
OF MEDICATED FEARS
WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
YOU LET GO OF PRETENCE
YOU SHED OFF THE LIES
WHEN THE NIGHT DESCENDS

AS YOU DRINK THE WINE
FROM THE CUP OF REGRETS
FLASH ONTO THE YEARS
YOU CONSIDER YOUR BESTS
SEDUCE WITH A SMILE
REEL IN AN EMPTY HEART
STEAL AWAY THE NIGHT
FROM THE END OF THE BAR
IN A DARK RECESS
YOU BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE
GET YOURSELF READY
TO STRIKE WITH ASSURANCE

OUT OF THE BLUE A STRANGER ENTERS
TIPS THE SCALES UNSETS THE POWERS
YOU LEAP
HE FALLS
THE MIRROR SLIDES IN DEADLY SHARDS
THE SCREEN IS BEING RIPPED APART
THROUGH IT
YOU WALK

WHEN THE MORNING COMES
YOU LOOK AROUND THE BED
NOTHING OUT OF PLACE
BUT FOR A SENSE OF DREAD
GUILT IS ON THE RISE
YOU STEP INTO THE STREET
LOSE YOURSELF AT ONCE
INTO THE MOVING SEA
WHEN THE SUN GOES UP
YOU DON THE WORLDLY GUISE
YOU COVER YOUR FACE
ASSUME YOUR PLACE IN LINE

Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier, December 7, 2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Little Red Book Of Dreams
LITTLE RED BOOK OF DREAMS

WHAT YOU KNOW
WHAT YOU LEARNED
WHAT YOU SAW AND WHAT YOU HEARD
WHAT IS SAID
WHAT IS SHOWN
WHAT IS FED
AND WHAT’S TO COME
DO THESE THINGS NEATLY FILL
YOUR LITTLE RED BOOK OF DREAMS
OR DID YOU FORGET
THE REASON WHY YOU’RE HERE?

TO THE DANCE OF THE FOOL
RAISE YOUR GLASS TO THE MOON
TIME TO LAUGH
TIME TO SHOUT
TIME TO HYPNOTIZE THE CROWD
SLIP A PILL IN THE WATER
SPLICE A GENE
CHANGE THE ORDER
OF ALL THAT IS TOUCHED
BY THE HAND THAT TAKES

WHAT ARE THE STAKES
WHAT IS THE GAMBLE TO BRING FORTH?
DANCE TO THE FLAMES
DRINK TO THE VICTORY OF LOSS
SPREAD ALL THE ASHES
TO THE WINDS OF REMORSE

WHAT IS HIDDEN IN THE PAGES
OF THE LITTLE BOOK OF PHRASES
MAY NOT MATTER AFTER ALL
AS THE RACE TAKES ITS TOLL
WHAT IS LOST TO THE GAME
DEALER TAKES TO THE RAKE
SO YOU DID FORGET
THE REASON YOU ARE HERE

WHAT ARE THE STAKES
WHAT IS THE GAMBLE TO BRING FORTH…

Words & Music by Francis Voignier 12/31/2013
© 2013 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Drink To This
DRINK TO THIS



DARE WE TURN AROUND
FACE THE DREAD
HEAR THE MUSIC PLAYING
RISING FROM THE DEPTHS

IGNORE THIS
DENY THAT
OR TAKE A WALK
INTO THE WILD

EVERY STEP WE TAKE
AWAY FROM THE HEART
DIVIDES THE BOND OF LOVERS
AND POISONS THE WINE

DRINK TO THIS
DRINK TO THAT
ONE MAY CHOOSE
TO TAKE ON THE FIGHT

ROB FROM THE TAKER
RETURN TO THE KIND
THE TRUTH IN EVERY LIE
ISN’T WORTH THE PRICE

PAY FOR THIS
PAY FOR THAT
FOR FREEDOM’S SAKE
DON’T OWE THE MAN



Words and music by Francis Voignier
January 23, 2014
© 2014 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Down The Line
DOWN THE LINE

DOWN THE LINE
THERE ARE MANY STORIES
OF CONFLICTS THAT BLEED THROUGH TIME
OVER HERE
THERE’S A MAN TELLING IT ALL
AND HE THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL
WHAT A MIND
AND THERE
THE WOMAN IN THE SUIT
IS BUSY WITH THE DUST IN HER EYE
FAR AWAY
THE HUNTER OF THE SEA
KILLS A WHALE OR TWO FOR GREED
WHAT A CATCH

THINGS FEEL HAZY
TODAY THE WIND HAS STOPPED IN ITS COURSE
THINKING IS DIFFICULT
THE HEAT IS DRYING THE SOURCE

DOWN THE LINE
IT’S NOT SUCH A HAPPY TALE
THE BAD HABITS THAT PERTAIN
TO THE PAST
WHAT HAPPENED
TO THE SMALL GROUP ENTITIES
SHARING FOOD AND SHARING DREAMS
WHO ASKED?
HEAR NOW
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE
SEEMS WE SET ANOTHER STONE
ON FIRE
HOWEVER
THERE’S MUCH THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
THE OTHER END MUST BE FOUND
OF THAT WIRE

THINGS FEEL HAZY
TODAY THE WIND HAS STOPPED IN ITS COURSE
THINKING IS DIFFICULT
THE HEAT IS DRYING THE SOURCE

Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier
© 1991-2014 US Copyright Office (Mission Blue BMI/FV Music)
Track Name: Inside The Box
INSIDE THE BOX


OUTSIDE THE WINDOW PANE
STRETCHES A LAND OF GRAY
FAR IN THE DISTANCE
SOMEONE RODE THROUGH THE RAIN
A VISION
THAT WENT AS IT APPEARED
SO SUDDENLY
AN ILLUSION
OH I WISH THAT WHAT I KNEW
STUCK TO SANITY

BEHIND THE BARS
SILENCE IS THE GIFT
THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
ON THAT DESCEND INTO HELL
A NIGHTMARE
THAT BEGAN WITH A SMILE
THEN ALL WENT DARK
SOME NONSENSE
SOMETHING SOMEONE WROTE
IN RED ON WHITE

SO HERE INSIDE THE BOX
I KEEP A PAIR OF SOCKS
A TOKEN OF MY FREEDOM
THE CERTAINTY
THAT ONE DAY I’LL BE HOME

OUTSIDE FROM INSIDE
IT’S HARD TO READ THE GAME
I SEE IT IN THEIR EYES
POISON RUNS IN THEIR VEINS
ONE MORE TWISTED LIE
ONE MORE LINE ON THE WALL
THEN THAT’S WHEN I CROSS
THE LADDER’S UP AND HIGH
AT THE RING OF THE PHONE
I WILL BE GONE


Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier on February 5, 2014
© 2014 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Clara
CLARA

UP AND DOWN
AND ‘ROUND THE BEND
THE ROLLERCOASTER
TAKES LIFE TO THE EDGE
SCREAMS AND SHOUTS
ARISE AND FADE
HAIR-RAISING DROP
ONE CLINGS TO THE CHAIN
TO THE TOP
AND HIT THE BOTTOM AGAIN

LITTLE CLARA
SHE FEELS NO FEAR
A CONDITION
SHE HOLDS VERY NEAR
NO-ONE MUST
GET TO THE CORE
THE GENETICS
HAVE NOT BEEN MAPPED BEFORE
IN THE WIND
SHE READS THE CALL FROM THE SHORE

COME AND JOIN US ON THE OTHER SIDE
COME PLAY WITH US UNTIL WE DIE
THERE IS NO NEED FOR YOU TO WASTE YOUR SKILLS
THE WORLD IS DEEPER THAN ONCE BELIEVED
SO TAKE YOUR CHANCES AND LIVE THE DREAM
BEYOND THE DARKNESS OF THE TWISTED ILL

FLAPS AND TURNS
THE REVOLVING DOOR
IN AND OUT
THE RELENTLESS FLOW
SPIRITS COME
AND SPIRITS GO
THE CHOSEN ONES
JOIN IN A STAGNANT ROW
EASY GOES
THE WALK INTO THE SUN

COME JOIN US ON THE OTHER SIDE…
Track Name: Hey Hi
HEY HI

GOT TO SEE THE LIGHT BEFORE THE DARKNESS
GOT TO FEEL THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RISE
GOT TO RIDE THE WAVE INTO THE COLDNESS
GOT TO SWIM ALONE AMONG THE SHARKS
HEY HI
HEY HO
WANT TO KNOW WHERE I BELONG?
FOLLOW THE WIND AS IT BLOWS

AS WE SPREAD OUR WINGS ACROSS THE THIN AIR
AS WE STRAIN TO LOOK TOWARDS THE SKY
AS WE FEEL THE WEIGHT PULL AT THE ANKLES
AREN’T THE CHAINS JUST LYING ON THE GROUND?
HEY HI
HEY HO
IF ONE WANTS TO FLY AWAY
ONE FIRST LEARN S HOW TO PLAY

AS ONE HAS BEEN TOLD BEFORE
THE ANSWERS REST WITHIN THE FOLD
THIS TRAIN’S ON A COLLISION COURSE
ONLY THE SKILLED UNDOES THE HOAX

THROUGH THE BROKEN GLASS STREWED DOWN THE ALLEY
THROUGH THE MAZE OF TIME ONE FINDS HIS MATE
NO MATTER HOW HARD THE PATH TO KNOWLEDGE
THROUGH THE THICK AND THIN ONE PLOWS AHEAD
HEY HI
HEY HO
BEYOND THE DEAFENING ROWS
AWAITS THE BEST OF THE SHOW


Music & Lyrics by Francis Voignier
March 19, 2014
© 2014 US Copyright Office
Track Name: Street Level
STREET LEVEL

STREET LEVEL DEFINES THE SET
SCREECHING TIRES TO THE TEST
NO POINT IN AIMING FOR THE TOP
WHEN THE MIDDLE MAN CALLS ALL THE SHOTS
THE RACE IS ON
BUT HE SPINS OUT OF CONTROL

HE REACHES FOR A CIGARET
A SHADOW FLICKERS FOR A SEC
HE BLOWS THE DAMAGE TO HIS PRIDE
TAKES A HARD LOOK PAST THE LINE
THE DAY WILL COME
WHEN HE WILL GET ACROSS

THERE WAS A TIME
OF REAL POSSIBILITIES
THEN THE GATES CAME DOWN
ON ORDERS FROM STRATEGISTS

LIFE UNWINDS LIKE A TV SHOW
LAYS THE HITS HARD AND LOW
STREET LEVEL IS ON THE MOVE
THE HIGH TOWER HAS LOST THE GROOVE
THE TIME IS NOW
THE BATTLE’S AT THE DOORS

ONCE UPON A TIME
LAY REAL POSSIBILITIES
AS THE SYSTEM CAME DOWN
DE-STRUCTURED FROM WITHIN

HISTORY LOVES TO REPEAT
FORGETFULNESS WEAKENS THE LEAD
THE BATTLE PLAYS LIKE A STREET SHOW
LOSER LOOSES YET ONCE MORE
THE RAGE IS ON
ON ITS PREDICTED COURSE

THERE WAS A TIME
OF REAL POSSIBILITIES
THEN THE GATES CAME DOWN
ON ORDERS FROM STRATEGISTS

Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier
April 26, 2014
© 2014 US Copyright Office