Chasms & Echoes

by Francis Voignier

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released January 5, 2015

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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: Alone
ALONE


THERE YOU STAND ALONE
AT THE END OF THE EMPTY ROAD
THE JOURNEY THAT YOU'VE MADE
SAW ALL THE CROWDS DISSIPATE

SAVE FOR ONE RADIANT SOUL
THAT LIVES WITHIN YOUR OWN
TILL YOU HAVE ALL THAT YOU NEED
THE WORLD WONT BE AT PEACE

BATTLES HAVE BEEN LOST
SOME CHALLENGES WERE OVERCOME
LOVERS CAME AND WENT
MOST ENEMIES WERE PUT TO REST

NOW WITH YOUR BACK TO THE WALL
YOU SEE ALL OF THE PAST
THE ONLY WAY TO ACE THE COURSE
IS FOR YOU TO BRAVE THE TASK

HERE YOU PAUSE
YOUR MIND IN THOUGHTS
YOU HESITATE
EVALUATE
BUT YOU KNOW
YOU MUST GO
FRIENDS ARE NEAR
THE FIELD IS CLEAR
THE MOON IS HIGH
COMES THE TIDE
ALL’S AGLOW
TIME TO GO


Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier
July 1, 2015
© 2015 US Copyright Office
FV Tunes (ASCAP)
Track Name: Confidentially
CONFIDENTIALLY


THERE’S A GLAZE ON THE EYE
OF THE ONE WHO BUYS
ALL THAT IS FED
PRE-CHEWED TO HIM
SPOONED CONFIDENTIALLY

AND SHE FLIES LIKE THE HUMMINGBIRD
AISLE TO AISLE SHE SUCKLES
SHE’S OH SO
AUTOMATIC
FULL OF RANDOM ENERGY

THEY’RE ON A JOURNEY INTO THE KNOWN
SO READY TO GAMBLE THE LAWN
A FORRAY INTO THE GLITTTER OF THE CHEAP

HE TAKES IN ALL THE LIES
FROM THE VENOMOUS RHYME
THEY RING
OH SO TRUE TO HIM
SO WHISPERED CONFIDENTIALLY

SHE DOES A THING OR TWO
THAT INDICATES SHE’S NO FOOL
BUT SHE PUTS
NOTHING TO THE TEST
OPTS FOR LETTING IT REST

THEY’RE ON THEIR WALK INTO THE SUN
CASHING EARLY ON THE RETURNS
THROUGH THE BACK DOOR
OF THE FAST FOOD CHAIN

TUMBLEWEED ROLLS BY
THE MOTEL FIVE
THE DIRT IS BAKED UNDER THE SKY
VISITORS PAUSE
AS IN TO THINK
THE HONEYMOON
HAS REACHED A PEAK

HE STRADDLES TO THE BAR
BUYS A ROUND LIKE A STAR
IT FEELS
OH SO GOOD TO HIM
IT FEEDS INTO THE SELF-ESTEEM

SHE DANCES LIKE A BALLERINA
DOES THE PLIE IN THE MIRROR
THAT SHINES
WITHIN HER MIND
FLATTERS THE CURVES OF HER LINES

THEY’RE A PAIR IN THE PEAPOD OF TIME
FABULOUS HEROES OF THE GRIND
THEY SHAPE THE NEWS
INTO THEIR DAILY GLARE



Music & lyrics Francis Voignier, September 27, 2014
© 2014 US Copyright Office
Track Name: The Other Night
THE OTHER NIGHT


THE OTHER NIGHT I DREAMT OF A STORY IN THE PAPERS
ABOUT A SIMPLE MIND WHO INVENTED A WAR
IT SEEMED THAT HE AND HIS FRIENDS
SHAMELESSLY LIED ABOUT THE LOGIC
ABOUT THE REASONS ABOUT THE PURPOSE

IT WENT ON TELLING ABOUT SOME WICKED ELECTIONS
ABOUT A STREAK OF GREED RUNNING THE NATION’S SPINE
IT SEEMED THAT ONE BY ONE
THE STARS FELL IN THE HANDS
OF TWISTED MEN, CORPORATE FANATICS
STRATEGISTS, HYPNOTISTS AND BOUGHT-OUT JUSTICE

THE OTHER NIGHT I DREAMT OF A STORY IN THE PAPERS
ABOUT THE NEWS THAT BROKE AWAY ONTO THE OTHER SIDE
IT SEEMED THAT AS SKIES DARKENED
AND OIL COVERED THE SEAS
TURMOIL AND MADNESS POURED OUT THROUGH THE GATES
SMOKE FILLED THE AIR WITH THE ACRID SMELL OF DEATH

THE OTHER NIGHT I DREAMT OF A STORY IN THE PAPER
IT SEEMED THAT ONE BY ONE
THE STARS FELL IN THE HAND
OF TWISTED MEN, CORPORATE FANATICS
STRATEGISTS, HYPNOTISTS AND BOUGHT-OUT JUSTICE

THE OTHER NIGHT I READ A STORY IN THE PAPERS
IT WENT ALL ABOUT SOME WICKED ELECTIONS
THE OTHER NIGHT…

Music & Lyrics by Francis Voignier
© 2005 FV Music
Track Name: At The Bottom
AT THE BOTTOM

One has seen the light
When one has heard the silence
When one has felt the hand
That takes away the desire to live

As moments come and go
And nothing’s in the making
The sense of emptiness
Washes away the unraveling will

As the night hovers without stars
At the bottom some quietly lie

As one thinks he knows
About the fight of others
One is forever lost
Deep in a gap littered with empty words

From where I stand the light
Is always a shining
Come near and sit with me
Your heart aches
For some understanding

Where the night hovers without stars
At the bottom they quietly lie

As one arises
From the depths of within
One has conquered the fears
Of not being able to fix the broken

One has seen the light
When one has known the darkness
When one has probed the soul
From cave to cave and abyss to abyss

As the night hovers with no stars
At the bottom some quietly lie

Lyrics and music by Francis Voignier, January 10, 2015
© 2015 FVMusic
Track Name: Your Voice In The Night
Your voice in the night

I thought I heard
Your voice in the night
It did not awake me
Yet I was alive
A warm breath in the ear
A dream pillow kiss
Carry me softly
On a current of bliss
Your voice in the night
Oh sweet lullaby

Often I rise
From the depths of beyond
Drenched and frightened
But your body is warm
You say something sweet
You bring on the calm
Soon the storm passes
I lay in your arms
Your voice in the night
Oh sweet lullaby

You draw upon your strength
Strands of love made in a veil
That keeps the lost and the wounded safe
You give all that you have
You rise above the ills of the past
Never doubting the healing will spread

So when we lie down
Embraced and weaved
Whatever the dream
I shall be at peace
Maybe in a dance
Perhaps through a song
We will be set free
Yet forever belong
To that voice in the night
Oh sweet lullaby

Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier
February 10, 2015
© 2015 FV Music
Track Name: Dirt
DIRT

HAD MY NAME DRAGGED IN THE DIRT
JUST LIKE THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT
I PULLED THE LINES, DUG THE TRENCHES
BUILT THE ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS
IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME
THAT THERE WOULD NEVER BE AN END
THE SIMPLE THANK YOU I ASKED FOR
WAS MY ONE-WAY TICKET TO HELL

EXPENSIVE FAVORS
PAID IN DIMINISHING RETURNS
CHARM AND PROMISE OF THE MOON
LUST SOON MORPHED INTO DUST
IT WAS A CYCLE OF DISGRACE
TO WHICH MY TIRED EYES WERE SHUT
THE DAY WHEN IT ALL CAME DOWN
MY GOOD NAME WAS DRAGGED IN THE MUD

NOW
I LOOK BACK AT THAT ALIEN WORLD
SEE MYSELF CAUGHT IN THE CROSS-FIRE
OF BATTLES THAT BELONGED TO OTHERS
AND THOUGH
I DO NOT REGRET THE PAST
NO WAY WOULD I RE-ENACT
THE ERRORS I ALLOWED TO LAST

SO THE RULES WERE BROKEN
WITH EACH PASSING FANTASY
WORDS WERE WRITTEN IN THE SAND
FOR THE TIDE TO WIPE THEM CLEAN
TO PULL FOR A VACANT NEED
TO PUSH AWAY AFTER THE FILL
WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT TO GIVE
MY NAME WAS HUNTED FOR THE KILL



Music & lyrics by Francis Voignier
June 17, 2015
© US Copyright Office/FV Tunes (ASCAP)
Track Name: Jest Of Tragedy
JEST OF TRAGEDY

WHAT YOU WANT
AND WHAT YOU HAVE
DO NOT ALWAYS MASK WHAT YOU SEEK TO HIDE
WHEN DORMANT THE DANGER LIES
DO YOU KNOW THE COURSE YOU’LL TAKE
WHEN THE WINDS ARISE?
IT’S A GAME
WITHIN A PLAY
IT’S AN ACT AND THE SCRIPT WILDLY FLUCTUATES
IT’S A JEST
OF TRAGEDY
YOU CAN BET THE TRUE PLAYER WILL NEVER BE
TOO FAR AWAY
FROM THE FRAY
LENDING A HAND TO
THE WILLING HYPNOTIZED
THE JOKE IS LAID BETWEEN THE LINES

WILL YOU BREAK
BEFORE YOU DIVE?
WILL YOU THINK OF ALL THE THINGS YOU COULD HAVE DONE?
OR WILL IMPULSE LEAD THE ACT?
YOU WILL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE
UNTIL YOUR MIND
TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS
ABOVE THE STAGE
TILL DARKNESS SILENCES
THE APPLAUSE AND THE PRAISE
IT DEPENDS ON WHO WROTE THE LINE

THE SLOW HAND BURNS
THE TABLE TURNS
THE GLASS HITS THE FLOOR
THE WIND SLAMS THE DOOR
HISTORY UNRAVELS WITH THE FLIGHT OF CROWS
AS THE SIRENS CRY
THEIR CODE RED PLIGHT
SHADOW DANCES
ALONG THE FRACTURED WALL

WILL YOU STAND
TRUE AND PROUD
OR WILL THE CLAY FOOT OF TIME BREAK YOU APART?
WILL YOU DON AN EMPTY SMILE
AS THE COLD OF WINTER FREEZES YOUR TIRED SPINE
AS YOUR MIND
TURNS THE PAGES
AS THE PICTURES FLY
BEFORE THE EYE THAT COUNTS THE AGES?
IT DEPENDS ON WHO WROTE THE LINE

Music & lyrics Francis Voignier 05/11/2016
© 2016 US Copyright Office