The General

from by Toby Vok

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  • Quite recently, or perhaps sometime soon (I can never recall exactly the correct directional flow of time, in the same way as just telling me to GO EAST leaves me confused as to whether I should turn left or right or some other direction betwext), I was/will be contracted by the government/a private contractor to investigate/instigate an anomaly upon the moon. This album tells/will tell the tale/told of this extraordinary event/apocalyptic horror, both in the dimension of musical sounds and, in an unauthorised account by an understanding bystander, the written word (with 11 original illustrations and a postcard).

    Yours in shock,

    Toby

    PS: The accompanying pamphlet also contains highly accurate lyrical transcriptions; a chronicle of further adventures (never musically acknowledged); extracts from my fortnightly job search diary; 2 recipes; 3 interviews; 4 spelling mistakes; and several mysterious holes.

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lyrics

he greeted me with shifting eyes and twitching hands
and asked if I had had time to formulate a plan
I lacked the information to confidently respond
but nodded my acknowledgement and walked on.
he stumbled along behind me and struggled to keep up
offered me a beverage from an old, stained cup
pointed at a whiteboard, with scrawled formulae
where tired men muttered, faces grey.

I saw it in an instant
the source of their confusion
if fire cannot burn on the moon
it must be an illusion
these were men of science
their minds had become withered
the cause of the phenomenon
must surely be a wizard

I sketched them out a diagram, a man in a pointed hat
brandishing a cane, conversing with a cat
their eyes bulged from their sockets with bafflement and rage
at the suggestion that the moon was being controlled by a mage
they said "there's no such thing as magic", the ignorant fools
well that might be true on Earth, but the moon has its own rules
they said "where there's smoke, there's fire", it's indisputable fact
when I continued to dispute it, they cracked.

the general led me away
the scientists had broken
they could not comprehend
the ideas that I had spoken
but he knew, of course
he had known since the beginning
and when he looked up from the floor
he saw me grinning

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from The Smoking Moon, released February 8, 2016

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