EXISTENTIAL BEAST

by Miranda Lee Richards

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MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS returns June 16 with her new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST on Invisible Hands Music. This beautifully constructed new release is characteristic of the effortless, 70’s-influenced, country-tinged psychedelia evident throughout the Los Angeles native’s previous work. EXISTENTIAL BEAST was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC.

EXISTENTIAL BEAST is a political album, examining the issues of our time, but with the intent of tackling these tough and often taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen.

MIRANDA says of EXISTENTIAL BEAST, “In essence, we are all still working within those animal urges of fear, competition, survival and sexuality which are deep-seated and manifesting in varying ways and degrees for different individuals, depending on where they are at. But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time and there is much work to be done.”

Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. After graduating from San Francisco School Of The Arts, she began to pursue a musical career. She met Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her to play Mazzy Star songs on guitar. Her early demos reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre. MIRANDA then signed to Virgin Records and released her debut album "The Herethereafter," a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, and found fans worldwide. The critically acclaimed follow-up album "Light Of X"–the title of which comes from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time–followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. In 2016, MIRANDA unveiled "Echoes Of The Dreamtime" on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the U.K. and U.S., as well as national airplay with Mojo giving the album 4 stars and hailing the first single, “The sublime ‘First Light Of Winter’ is the moment it all comes together, Richards transcending her influences and, no longer constrained, arriving at psychedelia’s higher plane” (1/2016). EXISTENTIAL BEAST is yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from MIRANDA, sure to excite her ever growing fan base.

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Track Name: Ashes And Seeds
Oh, Mother it bothers me
This march with complacency
Oh, Father, have you heard about it all?

I didn’t make these problems
But by them I’m burdened
We inherit the Earth with what contingency?

While history repeats and repeats
In the matrix that has come to be
And the flowers grow from the ashes and the seeds
That were planted long before you or me

Will it make me feel better?
To sign angry letters
Endless causes arising from the spring

If I want to help start with myself
Some subjects I should never dwell
How do I keep from falling in the well?

While history repeats and repeats
In the matrix that has come to be
And the flowers grow from the ashes and the seeds
That were planted long before you and me

What about non-violence
Is that still in fashion?
Is awareness the magic bullet that we seek?

Human beings have always been afraid Of the end of the world; that they need to be saved
Some things will never ever change

While history repeats and repeats
In the matrix that has come to be
And the flowers grow from the ashes and the seeds
That were planted long before you or me
Track Name: The Wildwood
The arrow pierced the heart of the lion
The world proclaimed its wrath
Shaming the one whose nation
Celebrates his catch

As we come upon the Wildwood
There’s no turning back
An eye for an eye will leave the world blind
Now the picture fades to black

The lionesses weighted footsteps
Carry through this dream
Where we’re forced to cohabitate the Earth
With such disparity

And we come upon the Wildwood
Justice will be served
Sometimes I don’t know why these whistles I blow
Are they ever heard?

Oh, it’s the Wildwood
Oh, a place of fear
Oh, it’s a dark world
Until you forgive my dear

Sunsets on the golden grassland
Shadows they will cast
While the un-awakened planes of consciousness
Create contrast

And we come upon the Wildwood
Awaiting Judgment Day
Sometimes I don’t know why these whistles I blow
Can the world be saved?

Oh, it’s the Wildwood
Oh, a place to fear
Darkness will reign
It may never be the same
The world cannot be saved
And no one gets out alive
Track Name: Lucid I Would Dream
It’s the truth that you fear
That propelled you to attack
Shooting arrows to the sun
They’re here and then they’re gone
They’re here and then they’re gone

So in the depths you would dwell
It’s what you know so well
And on deaf ears it fell
And on eyes that couldn’t see
Life’s mystery

Cooling waters
Riding the waves
The salt that tastes so sweet
Pull me under
I’ll be OK
Underwater I can breathe
Lucid I would dream

So I would cross that bridge
Looking down on it all
Hearing voices in the mist
And a promise unfulfilled
That haunted me still

Cooling waters
Riding the waves
The salt that tastes so sweet
Pull me under
I’ll be OK
Feel the bottom with my feet
Lucid I would dream

It’s here and then it’s gone
It’s here and then it’s gone
It’s here and then it’s gone
It’s here and then it’s gone
Track Name: Golden Gate
See the light that’s here today
Shine on blades of grass
Purpose dance beneath us
Perfection comes to reign

Arrive at the Golden Gate
Ride ever high
There’s no turning back now
There’s nothing in the way

But you were living in the void
Feeling low
Yes you

Tree of Life give or take
Free as you will
Patterns sorting rearrange
Sequence falls in line

But you
Were living in the void
Feeling low
Yes you

Who dare disturb the beast?
Warriors of the Golden Army
Setting intentions in their bows
Piercing the heart of the unknown
Staking claim upon higher ground
Roses of victory in your crown

In all that ever was
In all that’s ever been
An unveiling of eternity
Accountability and honor
The polarization of words
Intuition versus experience
The randomness of perfection
Beyond the fear of the unknown
Your presents within your presence
Your will and the highest will manifest
Spanning the bridges of time and space
That visceral sense of wonder and magic
Summoning the spirit and all that it means
To find joy and fascination in what you are creating
You are free, and you have always been free to choose again
Is there such thing as integration of heart and mind, conscious and subconscious?
Do you view right and wrong in terms of absolutes?
Why does the voice of the heart reign supreme?
Have you learned to love unconditionally?
Do you let your higher self be your guide?
Are you able to give AND receive?
Do you embrace the unexpected?
Is morality subjective or sacred?
Why do you want those things?
Where does darkness reside?
What is your true desire?
What are you creating?
Why are you here?
OM
OM
BREAK FREE!
Track Name: Back To The Source
I beg of you to go
Back to the light
Back to the Source
Back to the storm from where you came
Healing light, oh bright white

We are warriors in a game
The mercy of how we play
Unborn battles they would rage
Poison in the well we aren't well

I know your intentions were good
I know things will be as they should

It is better,
It is for the best
It is better,
It is for the best

Wisdom from the future sage
our worlds are not the same
we release to elevate
Healing light oh bright white

By dark hearts we are controlled
Doing what we are told
Struggles of power they unfold
Poison in the well we aren't well

I know your intentions were good
I know things will be as they should
Silver lines drawn from consequence

It is better,
It is for the best
It is better; it is for the best
Track Name: Autumn Sun
I awoke to a shining ray coming
From the golden Autumn Sun
You were there to remind me
Of the dreams that we had spun

Oh, it was fleeting
I begged you to stay
Please, don't go until I say
It's time to be on your way

Oh, weary wanderer
Where is it that you belong?
Make your bed in the willows
And sleep to the small bird's song

Oh, it was fleeting
I begged you to stay
Please, don't go until I say
It's time to be on your way

We would go to the coast
Take me to see the sea
On mother of pearl we play
Of sunsets we would dream

Oh, they were fleeting
I begged you to stay
Please, don't go until I say
It's time to be on your way
Track Name: Existential Beast
I went dancing in those rivers of fire
Galvanized by pure desire
Believing in the Clarion Call
That fueled it all

My sons and daughters you don’t need to be saved
Fear only whispers to the animal brain
Peaceful in the presence of prey
The beast in you has learned to behave

So why must there be black and white?
And why must there be dark before light?
Why must there be wrong before right?
And why must it take so many lives?

For all we have lived who have we become?
Marching to the sound of the same old drum
Until the change would fall upon us
Ready or not
Track Name: Oh Raven
Oh Raven, oh raven, why must you arrive?
I was painting in color
I was minding my own mind
Circling above me bearer of warning song
You have been here long enough
You have been here too long

Oh Lord, this I know, I know
Oh Lord, this I know

As long as I let you as long as I abide
I will create the world where the Raven flies
Patterns of karma playing out in this life
They further the duality between dark and light

Oh Lord, this I know, I know
Oh Lord, this I know

I could take it as danger, I could see it as fate
When things they are changing to more of the same
But the raven it chooses for whom it awaits
And I realize now, it's a choice that I make

Oh Lord, this I know, I know
Oh Lord, this I know
Oh Lord, this I know, I know
Oh Lord, this I know
Track Name: On The Outside Of Heaven
I’m on the outside of Heaven
I can’t find it within
And all the angels are witness to this
Hell I’m in

And all I hear is their silence
I got no clarity at all
And now my dreams are haunted will someone
Wake me from this fall?

I didn’t want to disappoint you
I didn’t want to bum you out
But now my house is on fire burnin’
I can’t find a way out

I didn’t heed the warnin’
That ever present alarm
That rang through the streets tryin’ to keep
Me away from harm

Well you know, it’s alright, you will learn by and by
Not to throw your caution to the wind
Follow the voice that speaks in the night
What else do you have to go by?

I got time but no money
I got money no time
Why is gotta’ be either or
While I wait for the man to decide?

And all those old distractions
All those battles of will
Well they’re catchin’ up to me
While I’m pedalin’ up hill

(CHORUS)

Oooh, but there’s somethin’ about this, yeah
I can’t let go
A lesson in this, yeah,
Let the arrow go

(CHORUS)
Track Name: Another World
I’m afraid of my shadow
Radioactive oceans
And rainbows that swirl in the tide
But I’m not afraid to speak of the darkness
For it must be brought to light

I’m afraid of beginnings
The things yet to happen
Afraid of the great divide
But I’m not afraid to speak of the darkness
For it has been brought to light

Well, I see Another World
Where we eat flowers for dinner
And we drink the water from the spring
California don’t throw yourself to the sea
You were never unwanted

And our beautiful country
Conceived by our fathers
In God we can no longer trust
Defending the values of an old republic
A crisis of consciousness

Robber barons and plunderers
Who take no prisoners
The jest is now upon us
We bow our heads; by fools we are led
Apathy’s consequence

But I see Another World
Where our words we will honor
And we drink the water from the spring
Knowing our hearts want the same thing
Power is for the hungry
Whose nobility we would sanction

And it’s a reign of terror
Taking over
May it come to rest in peace
And playing a game of follow the leader
Back and forth between the extremes

And now the lions will stalk us
And there will be bad blood
Where the endangered meet the sleeping
In a predator-less world we are the hunted
Slowly awakening

Well, I see Another World
Where we invite the enemy for dinner
And we learn to draw new boundaries
Exploring new territories
California don’t throw yourself to the sea
You were part of a bigger picture

So Heaven help us
Not a passive Devil’s promise
Inspire us as we mourn
For the Angels cannot do our work for us
Nor mend the fabric that is torn

Now we’re back to making livings
Raising children in pollution
Who are allergic to the sun
And preaching to converted
On empty street corners
For they know not what they’ve done

Well, I see another world
Where we would march together
Our voices ringing in the street
The Stars and Stripes of unity
California don’t throw yourself to the sea
For the ballot was cast in your favor

Now the cats silence songbirds
Pigs eat the last curd
As we tend our creatures with hooves
And who will become beasts of the wood
Where, oh where, are the last of the wolves?

As we honor the elders
Animal spirits and masters
By filling pipelines with sand
And diverting our wells with their tears of mourning
This land is not your land

Well, I see Another World
Where only animals kill one another
And we drink the water from the spring
Forgiving ourselves and our history
Guilt is but a poor man’s apology
And you were never forgotten

And our grain so inspired
Given to us by Gaia
Now hath been tampered in seed
And the fields that are dowsed and drowned in poison
We consume so helplessly

And the coal miner’s daughters
Who don’t see a future
But bring their ponies to the light
And I’m not afraid to speak of the darkness
For there is no wrong or right

But I see Another World
We honor the gifts of our Mother
Those colorful quilts and energies
Knowing there’s a silver lining
California don’t throw yourself to the sea
You were always beloved

And now the artists would suffer
While they sing for their supper
Traveling down a pirate’s stream
And taking us back to the Dark Ages
The highest bid a farthing

I’m afraid of perversion
Damning of the feminine
And mining treasures of white
But I’m not afraid to speak of the darkness
For it has been brought to light

Well, I see Another World
Where we eat flowers for dinner
And we drink the water from the spring
Elevating our hearts and our bodies
California don’t throw yourself to the sea
You were never unwanted