This Is Now The Past

by WindCave

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Tomorrow now begins again...
Those long awaiting the proper return of these 90's underground conscious message rockers, have been duly rewarded on-time and with interest. On the eve of 2013, original members regathered to bring forth an eclectic offering of newly recorded personal favorites of yore. From Funk to Rock to Reggae to Ballad to Americana to a few hard-edged gems, each song reveals a new facet of the musical influences at play, and conveys truth from the heart. The WindCave collective spark is still very much alive in these times... catch it.

We acknowledge the purpose of spirit and greater cycles of time that made now the time to finally manifest these works. The album release date coincides with the Mayan long count calendar rollover to 13.0.0.0.0 marking the conclusion of (and beginning of a new) roughly 5200 year evolutionary cycle of consciousness happening in our lifetime. Step from the cradle of civilization, this is now the past (and the past is now).

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released 21 December 2012

Original Cavemen:
Harlan Isaac - Lyrics, Lead/Harmony Vocals, Flute, Harmonica
Robin Macomber - Grand Piano, Hammond B3, Electric Piano, Synths, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Jason Ace Gonzales - Electric Guitar, Lap Steel, Harmony Vocals
Zachary Tullis-Thompson - Electric Bass, Didgeridoo
Mark Adams - Drums

Recorded and Mixed August through December 2012
At GadgetBox Recording Studio, Santa Cruz, California
Mastered by Myles Boisen, Oakland, California

Producer - Robin Macomber
Engineer - Patrick Brede
Executive Producer - Harlan Isaac

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Track Name: Service To Action
What the people need
Only the people know
There'll be no peace
without freedom
There'll be no status quo

Some may dream of peace
In between fighting to survive
And some are entertained
While others keep the dream alive

Won't you stand with conviction?
Expose the contradiction
Improve our situation
Offer your participation

What are you willing to do?
When the state of the world
is calling out to you?
Attune your service to action
Got to reach for a greater
sense of satisfaction
When the change
you are willing to make
Doesn't add up
to the effort that it takes
We're gonna start the revolution
from inside your heart

What are you waiting for now?
Start a revolution!

[CHORUS]

Revolutionaries in the area
unite to fight the mass-hysteria

Those who stir confusion
Use the future as an illusion
Value what is transitory
Keep you desperate for a new story

Making billion dollar movies
Waging trillion dollar war
Pull the plug on education
Toss the welfare mother out the door

Got to be the voice of the voiceless
Arm yourself with the truth
Educate yourself
so we can educate the youth

What are you willing to allow?
We ain't waitin' around for revolution
The time to act is right now
Community starts with communication
Gonna stop at nothing less
than a total transformation
When the change
you are willing to make
Doesn't add up
to the effort that it takes
You're gonna start the revolution from deep down in your heart

So who's leading you?
Misleading you?
Could it be you?
There's something you can do
You've got to teach the truth
You've got to start a revolution
Track Name: Words
Yet another disagreement
Unresolved feelings in the air
Can we avoid disappointment or worse?
Work through the drama and despair

Who will ask the question in mind?
Say a word perhaps unkind
With our words we determine our future
In love or at war
which one will we choose to be?

Choose to be
Choose to be
Make a choice to be in love or war

Words excuse and words disguise
Words justify and rationalize
Empty words we can do without
Words are lost when talk turns to shout

Fading fast and finally gone
Who fought the hardest to hang on
We don't want this love to die
But sometimes we must say goodbye

Say Goodbye
Say Goodbye
When we're not at war
and we're not in love
Would you rather be right than be good?
We must understand
before we're understood
We want things to get better
All we have is our effort

But we are committed to resolve
Stick together to let language evolve
So that we never have to say
We made a mistake and now it's too late

It's too late
It's too late
We can't relate in love any more
Track Name: Look Around
Do I find love. . .
in the hopes and dreams
of those that I embrace?

Do I find love. . .
In a city street
As just another face?

Now has come a day
We are left without a way
When the high comes down

Do I find love. . . when I look around?

Do you come home each night
With your thoughts and your fears
Flip on whatever's on tv?

When survival demands a sacrifice
Don't trade your spirit away
Just to be... right on the money

You can find love. . .
Behind a picket fence
With two cars in the drive

And you can find love. . .
In a greater sense
and just appreciate
what means to be alive

And down this road
Do we find ourselves
Older if not a bit more wise

Looking back on what it was
I was hoping to find
Do I finally now... Realize!
Now has come a day
We are left without a way
When the high comes down

Do I find love. . .
when I look around?

Now has come a day
We are left without a way
When the high comes down

Do I find love. . .
when I look around?

When I look around
Do I find Love?
Track Name: Dreamtime
Traveling the dreampath
of creation
We've come to hold
this sacred space
Open up and
remember your name
Find your place

As we move to
the next initiation
This opportunity won't last

Step from the cradle...
of civilization
This is now the past...

This is Dreamtime

This is now the past...

Dreamtime

Öand the past is now

Now we activate
a conscious meditation
With each of us part...
each part of us whole
We walk in harmony
with the Earth and the Stars
Redefine our role

And now with the strength
of all our relations
We've been holding fast
Now we step from the cradle...
of civilization

This is now the pastÖ
...and the past is now

Serve with full acceptance in this circle
See yourself as you are
There is no end to this circle
Universal Peace - the time is now

Enter the Dreamtime

This now the past...

Dreamtime

...and the past is now

This is Dreamtime...

Now we activate
A conscious meditation
With each of us partÖ
Each part of us whole

We walk in harmony
With the Earth and the Stars
Redefine our role

And now with the strength
of all our relations
We've been holding fast

So we step from the cradle...
of civilization
This is now the past..
and the past is now

Serve with full acceptance in this circle
See yourself as you are
There is no end to this circle
Universal Peace - the time is now

Enter the Dreamtime

This now the past...

Dreamtime

Öand the past is now

Dreamtime
Track Name: Awaiting Return
("Owa Owero Bemele Twale Omabuwa" is a Nigerian name which translates to: "Spirit of the morning walk with me 'til night")

Bemele Twale Omabuwa - Owa Owero - Bemele Twale Omabuwa

Messenger traveling
Watcher is wandering
Stalking a dream through time and place
Called away to strike a balance
Awaiting returnÖ Messenger!

Tomorrow now begins again
Consummated by a fire from within
Inseparable from sorrow
Bear the dread of I sin
To show a token for good
That those with hate in their hearts
might witness

Spirit of the morning walk with me ëtil night
Guidance and Protection
Surround us in your light

Bemele Twale Omabuwa - Owa Owero - Bemele Twale Omabuwa

Traveling to the city
Gathering a celebration
Music of the family
Rebuilding foundation
Searching for those living
Sacred Under Nature

Movin'!

So far and wide across this countryside
And up into the hills
Where the air is undisturbed
In a conscious meditation
Ready to receive
Ready to receive

Transmission!

Spirit of the morning walk with me 'til night
Guidance and Protection
Surround us in your light
Track Name: Organized Crime
The all-pervasive becomes invisible
As human artifacts are everywhere
A backdrop of our own creation
Veils our eyes to what is really here

Mechanistic views of nature
Produce a fascination
and dependence on machine
Electric cities distanced by
vehicles and roads
Have grown to overtake
a peaceful creature's green

In absence of the sacred
This taken land is butchered and sold
To fill the corporate cornucopia
With consequences untold

Destroying world ecology
to fuel the status quo
The conquest of corporate culture
has let our future go
Expose a caustic legacy
denying common birth
Evince the true conspiracy
against our Mother Earth

For everything it's worth

Why do we have no language
With which to question this technology?
Have we worked so hard
to afford speed and leisure time?
That we've consumed a vital curiosity

Or does the need to feed our family
Keep us from challenging
wrongful institution?
And so we sleepwalk
through the very stages
Of the revision of earthly conditions

Is it in these ways that we have joined
in the conspiracy?

To overrule nature's way?
Provide our brothers
with the means to destroy each other
And concede to
let the world be lead astray


Out in search of enemies
to shoot made-for-tv war
Eradicating history
with ease unknown before
For sword to turn to plowshare
Hammer to forge must fall

Organize and resist
Media-complicit corporate
bureaucratic violence
As it is threatening us all

Hammer to forge must fall

The discontinuation
of victimization involves us all


It's time to reinstate
our latent creativity
In which we blow the cover
on a culture-wide passivity
When everything we use
to the point of abuse comes
prepackaged by a business
whose business practices
remain none of our business
We call that Uncritical
Consumer Consciousness

Yes! The Genie of Technology
Was once summoned
from the lamp
Granted three wishes and then left
left us here making a bigger
and bigger mess
While causing the planet
unprecedented stress

Forcing open our eyes
until we realize
What has happened
by our own mute consent
At the expense of our innocence

So how do we begin to reconcile?
With Inner-City man,
woman, and child
And reacquaint us all
with a more peaceful time
Long before Explorer
ever reached this native shore
To spread the plague...
Conquistador
Leaving pock-marked scars
of Missionary melÈe
Expatriate pioneers carved up
an unspoiled frontier
Industrial Revolution founded
the American Way
ëTil how many tree-chopping,
gold-digging, oil-drilling, land-filling
Buffalo-Indian-Head-Nickel-commemorating
Fat-Boss-Opportunists we'll never know

Began to grow and grow
and grow and grow
and grow and grow

Off the backs of fresh immigrants
Off the backs of slaves and immigrants
Off the backs of more fresh immigrants
Large enough to control the whole show

Transcontinental Railroad
Manifest Destiny possessed
Hypodermic injection
to the repopulate the west
Race to displace the native populations
Took a five-state Death March
to the Reservation
On a coked-up whim
had the Goddess put to rest
Healing woman's medicine repossessed
Burned at the stake
Subdued and enslaved
Reduced to mere fiction on a page
Fanciful imagery of a bygone magical age
When tales were not just tales of magic

Before the hot-and-cold-running-war
of Us Against Them
Never stopped applying
so much tragic engineering stress
to finally crack the Atom's
destructive energies

All wishes became granted one-two-three
By buff-and-polish of an age-old lamp
Of master-slave dominance
through advanced technology

Techsploitation
Technologic Exploitation
Techsploitation with a sound like this

In this age of Technology
The Corporation is not a Person
with rights like you and me

Until the day Corporations and
Politicians are held accountable
For insider profit greed
so boundlessly corruptible

For native cultures
lost ecologies
for world economies
so badly broken
For this planet's busted bubble
which is STILL NO JOKE, and while they sway the law with
unlimited campaign contributions
While complicit media
fills our minds with pollutions
While underfunded
educational institutions
Leave us unable
to exercise the rights
of our Founders' Constitution
We The People are always
at risk of becoming
We The Sheeple

A simple flock
of disempowered citizenry
Standing on eroding
middle class ground
Struggling to unite
and make a sound
Struggling to exist
while the 1% are so remiss

We-the-people declare
Cease-And-Desist

We-the-people always
organize and resist
media-complicit-corporate-
bureaucratic-violence

That is altogether...
to be considered

Systemically
Organized Crime

Stay strong...

Organize...
Participate...
And Resist
Track Name: Watershed
All things provided by water
Love and Union
Cooling water
flowing underground

Life dances with water
Water bows out gracefully
Continues to the sea
and back around

Water suspends all
judgement, as the medium
it carries all, marries all
In infinite balance

We all live downstream
In everflowing testimony
We all live downstream
And we're poisoned by
the flow of money

How do you explain
pollution to your children?
How do you explain it
to yourself?
That a river is sacred
but doesn't run through
anymore
The river places no blame
for care not taken with it

[CHORUS]

Water does not judge
as we do, as the medium
it carries all, marries all
In infinite balance

And this watershed is real
You can feel it, you can
taste it, but it can change
in an instant

Nothing stands alone

Water suspends all
judgement, as the medium
it carries all, marries all
In infinite balance

[CHORUS]

Respect the water...
Respect all life