Plan For Conquest

by Ken Dirschl

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1.
Sister Love 04:19
Oh the burden that she carries walking to the store With those blessings in her pocket worth their weight in gold All the beggars on the corner watch her as she comes They know that they're the chosen few who get her love Oh I wish that I was one. Sometimes it's so confusing living with all this noise And it gets so hard to see the path that brings you joy Crazy things crazy people Falling down from the stars And I just try to be the best I'm capable of Oh I wish she'd say I was. I will beg for thee lay prostrate for thee Come on Sister Love Hold me pray for me make it safe for me Come on Sister Love Oh heart breaking slowly all the way down the block I'm standing in her shadow And walking in her walk If she turned I'd be frozen I couldn't even talk But I'd find a way to make her smile I'd give it my best shot Oh I wish, I wish she'd stop. I won't stray from thee I will wait for thee So long Sister Love Hold me pray for me make it safe for me So long Sister Love
2.
Every time I open my eyes I'm struck deaf, dumb and blind Every time I climb up that mountain I come crawling down again But every time I see your eyes I know I'll be alright 'Cause you're paradise, a garden of earthly delight. Every time I trade in my soul I get lead for gold Every time I let love come first I get burned and burned But every time I see your eyes I know I'll be alright 'Cause you're paradise, a garden of earthly delight. Someday maybe we'll be facing off 'Til then baby you're all I have got Now the stage is set for the world, my battle flag's unfurled When you're standing in my wings I can take on anything And every time I see your eyes I know I'll be alright 'Cause you're paradise, a garden of earthly delight. Every time I see your face I know I'll be okay 'Cause you're a desert beach and I'm a castaway Every time I get those blues she fixes up my attitude And breaks my mood and blows those fears away Every time I see your eyes I know I'll be alright 'Cause you're paradise, a garden of earthly delight.
3.
They told me you had called The note was on the wall Left me with a choice. Yeah I'm doing okay Getting through the days It's nice to hear your voice. No I wasn't sleeping I just lie awake Staring into space. If I'm not too busy I could find the time Yes that would be fine. And you don't even know who I am no more You don't have a clue. You don't even see what you are to me And what I would do for you. I meet you in a bar Ask you how you are Say how good you look. We go to a film The plot was kind of thin Nothing like the book. I guess I should be going It's getting kind of late Tomorrow's a big day. I walk you to the street You kiss me on the cheek Get in a cab and wave. And you don't even know who I am no more You don't have a clue. You don't even see what you are to me And what I would do for you.
4.
Some Men 03:49
Some men like to haggle Some men like to crawl Some men like to feel the weight of their back against the wall. Some men like the battle Some men like the win Some men like to roll with the punches and take it on the chin. Some men get you laughing Some men keep you on your toes But I don't give it nothing 'cause there's one thing that I know I will still be standing when you're done with all of those. Some men read the Bible Some men watch the News Some men get their kicks out of the Saturday cartoons. Some men bring you diamonds Some men drive fast cars Some men wish you were a supermodel or a porno movie star. Some men make a fortune Some men don't know where it goes But that is not important 'cause there's one thing that I know I will still be standing when you're done with all of those. As a matter of fact I'm fine I'd kind of like to take my time. Some men want good service Some men do as they're told But that don't make me nervous 'cause there's one thing that I know. I will still be standing when you're done with all of those. I will still be standing when you're done with all of those. I will still be standing when you're done with all of those.
5.
Was it totally dark the night you went over Or could you see stars? Would you call it a nudge or did it bite harder More of a shove? Did you hear something crack Like ice in the river Or the kinks in your back? Are you totally bored of questions who's answers You can't afford? I want to see with my eyes where the killing was My mind what the killer does inside Before I give up my life for the killer's love I'll fight for a glimmer of the design When he makes a plan Makes a plan for conquest There's a shock in the ground travelling faster Than the speed of sound So when you hear the roar there'll be nothing but chasms Where once there were floors I want to see with my eyes where the killing was My mind what the killer does inside Before I give up my life for the killer's love I'll fight for a glimmer of the design / When he makes a plan Makes a plan for conquest And with such a strong start it's hard to believe it could all fall apart. I want to see with my eyes where the killing was My mind what the killer does inside Before I give up my life for the killer's love I'll fight for a glimmer of the design When he makes a plan Makes a plan for conquest
6.
I didn't know she'd act like that Took all my love and handed it back Felt like my world was getting too cold And this is the story that she told: "I am the fruit that grows on a vine Drops in your hand when it's time I am the lost labour of love I am a god in my kingdom of one" I guess you could say I was confused I tried to make all the right moves Everything felt like it was in vain I'd ask her what's wrong she'd smile and say: "I am a cloud that drifts in the sky Carries the seed of a brand new life I am the star that anchors your world I am the one and only girl" It's always the same in the end It's not what you did, it's what you said But an empty house on a dead-end street Still ain't a home to me. We took some shots in a photo booth It's funny it never looks like you Guess that's the face everyone sees But she never looked that way to me "I am the fruit that grows on a vine Drops in your hand when it's time I am the lost labour of love I am a god in my kingdom of one I am a cloud that drifts in the sky Carries the seed of a brand new life I am the star that anchors your world I am the one and only girl"
7.
She was born in the city to die in a slum Of bathtub Madonnas and porcelain guns Left behind land of whom you are a daughter But you wear their disease like a badge of honour. God in heaven what have I done? Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run Mother Mercy where have I been? One night with the Irish and I'm in love again. I danced to your corner, we talked about art You had that distracted, bored kind of want We drank all their liquor, the best that they had Necked all the way home in the back of the cab. God in heaven what have I done? Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run. Mother Mercy where have I been? One night with the Irish and I'm in love again. Those old insurrections, the body of lies The wickedest words for the thorn in your side And I am caught under the spell of your eyes. I drank from your bottle, shared your last smoke We talked revolution, justice and hope. I laid my soul bare on the floor of your kitchen And I swear by the morning I'll kick the addiction. God in heaven what have I done? Drank halfway to Jesus and I started to run. Mother mercy where have I been? One night with the Irish and I'm in love again. One night with the Irish and I'm in trouble again.
8.
I hear the warning "don't look back" But all your rules are such a drag I see my love in a photograph How did it all end up so bad? I'm going to make up all I lack So why are you always on my back? I'm riding out on the right track And I won't be the one who fades into black. I hold my life in a paper cup And I want the world to fill it up But all these gains are not enough If I don't get my dose of love. I'm going to make up all I lack So why are you always on my back? I'm riding out on the right track And I won't be the one who fades into black.
9.
I marched up to Boston my brother he stayed South Heard "state before the Union" come out of his mouth Not 'till after Appomattox before we found out It was Siamese twins after all. Brother I am lonely dying in the sun Shot down in a cornfield no help from anyone There ain't no kind of love that can fix what's come undone It was Siamese twins after all. All for nothing All for wrong All the flags and all the songs Pulled the farm boy from the farm Made him strong / Gave him arms. And the priests sang 'Hallelujah' With the rogues and fools that screwed ya Into giving the better part Of your heart. Brother bury me with my gun against my breast Let me hear the bugles before I take my rest They need us to do the dying We need them to not forget That we're Siamese twins after all.
10.
Glory 05:57
Now gather 'round lads I've got something to say I'll tell you an old fashioned story Of how we were cut off on three sides that day When they broke through the West without warning They were ten thousand strong to our hundred and three Not a man thought he'd live to see morning But we straightened our lines We planted our feet And we sent all them bastards to glory You believe in your numbers You believe in your steel You believe in the armour you're forming Make God of your science Make God of your fear And make devils of the people you're storming Then a challenge is issued in the form of a word That leaves all of your reasoning blurry A man made a whisper, a man made a scourge And he sent all them bastards to glory Save prayer for when all the ammo is done There's no need 'till then for your worry Think of the places you've already been Did you know then that here's where you'd be? I know it looks hopeless I know it looks grim And you have the right to ignore me But I've had my fair share of battles and lived To tell you that it's more than just lucky And there is a whisper and there is a word That gives one man the strength of an army So we'll straighten our lines We'll cough up our courage And we'll send all them bastards to glory
11.
Like the way she always got me to move the couch She couldn't make the leap she couldn't think it out It wasn't gonna fit there wasn't any doubt. Now we're settled up like strangers on a dead-end street I turned my back on her she took a shot at me I guess she's happiest living in that misery I didn't mean to mess with the good things I got Sometimes the pedal sticks and the gears get locked And I go farther and faster than I ever thought I could. So I swore them off but the telephone rings She's got a pretty smile She's got everything She says the water's fine but I can't jump in I didn't mean to piss on the roses I got Sometimes the body sticks and the brain gets locked And I go farther and faster than I ever thought I could. It's not a question of an act I'm playing at It's not some convoluted risk-aversion tact You got the means you've got to break the chains Between all their fictions and all your dreams All their systems and all you need There going to creep into your.. There going to tell you what your life has got to mean So I turn my back on that world of doubt And I get my strength from the inside out Sometimes a whisper is louder than a shout I didn't mean to sniff at the poses I got Can't stand that Hollywood shit and that DJ talkSometimes them hinges stick and those doors get locked And I go farther and faster than I ever thought I could. Yeah I go farther and faster than I ever thought I could.
12.
Rushing in and taking sides only makes it harder When its time to end and say goodbye With all that pride and honour. One man broken one man down All eyes are on her And it's hard to win when you play that game But I feel like I've been pushed aside for reasons unexplained. Russian winter's cold embrace only makes you stronger Like the faded steps of the Grand Armee Or the bones of German soldiers. One man's fortune is one man's pain All eyes are on her And it's hard to live when you play that game But I feel like I've been swept aside for reasons unexplained. A god that gives and then takes away only makes it harder And when her five day heart couldn't take the strain Well I feel like I've been kept aside for reasons unexplained

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A collection of musings on love and war, Plan for Conquest is a work with a wide emotional sweep, one that by turns cuts, soothes, and heartens.

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released January 31, 2005

Ken Dirschl: vocals, guitar, bass (except 'Clue'), piano, harmonica, mandolin, percussion, cello synth in 'Girl'.

Michael Phillip Wojewoda: drums, backup vocals in 'Plan', bass and glass guitar in 'Clue', keys in 'Garden', 'Some Men' and 'Fade', violin synth in 'Girl', tambourine.

Natasha Kinne: backup vocals in 'Girl' and 'Unexplained'.

Dwayne Lau: bass bridge in 'Glory'.

Produced by Ken Dirschl

Mixed by Michael Phillip Wojewoda

Mastered by Fedge at Reaction Studios, Toronto

Design and Photography by Antoine Moonen

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Ken Dirschl Toronto, Ontario

Ken Dirschl has been writing, recording and performing his own music since the early 90's, first with the muscular Gasoline and its "earth-flavoured rock'n'roll" and later under his own name. His music mines familiar ground, but manages to find new and surprising layers, and seasoned lyrics add an unexpected punch to the mix. His vocal nuance and adept arrangements make for a compelling listen. ... more

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