Plan For Conquest

by Ken Dirschl

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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 is a Toronto area singer songwriter. His music has been featured on Biography channel, Animal Planet, Fashion Television and CMT.

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Track Name: Sister Love
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
Track Name: Garden of Earthly Delight
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.
Track Name: You Don't Have a Clue
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.
Track Name: Some Men
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.
Track Name: Plan For Conquest
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
Track Name: The One and Only Girl
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"
Track Name: One Night with the Irish
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.
Track Name: Fade Into Black
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.
Track Name: Siamese Twins
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.
Track Name: Glory
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
Track Name: Farther and Faster
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.
Track Name: For Reasons Unexplained
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