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 words and music by Steve Gregoropoulos (Temple Bells, BMI administered by BMG)

When you walk through the garden of sin
where the silent faces are playing the mandolin
grappling with me
leaves like Stefan George but you have lost it
the light of the century fades where a local band plays

roads to the back of your mind
islands in the stream
beside the river of time, colloquy
racing against the path that runs forever

go home go on go to war at the dawning of the light
against the lines between designs of life

the empire rushes in
the fragrance of the beast
canopy of trees howling underneath
lost in the river of time but you have found it
a valley of desire where the flying fishes call to me

see them on the banks
her hand against his shank - they sigh


from Automatic Writing Machine, released October 16, 2020


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The Wild Stares Los Angeles, California

“Inscrutable, dense, manic, bizarre, intense, aloof, schizophrenic,” once wrote Option Magazine.
The Wild Stares, formed in Boston, in 1979 by Justin Burrill and Steve Gregororpoulos, joined by Fran Miller Campbell toured Europe and the U.S. several times, releasing many recordings along the way and relocated to L.A in 1988 adding drummer Kyle C. Kyle before morphing into W.A.C.O. in 1993. ... more

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