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TANK ALMOST EMPTY        


The tank is almost empty
The car is clean and tuned


The car runs smoothly
But all is not
                          as it seems

 

The tank is close to empty
The gauge has made that clear

Each curve and rise are mastered
But all is not
                          as it seems

 

The tank is close to empty
Gas stations are open
but you drive past

The car runs smoothly
I know I cannot last
All is not
                          as it seems

 

The tank is almost empty
That fact is crystal clear

But the car runs so smoothly
Gears shifting, brakes braking
Cool from air conditioning

 

But the tank is almost empty
as we coast past another station
out into the landscape
each curve and rise easy driving

But all is not
                          as it seems

 

You are driving
The car is mine
I say
         Time to tank up
You say
         nothing
You ignore my words
         ignore the gauge
But it's time to tank up
         before we stall
                 on a short rise

 

before we stall

because all is not
                        as it seems

Elsa
words - Sept. 5, 1998

image - June 17, 2006
 © Elsa Schieder, 1998, 2007 -
all rights reserved


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     Squishy Box
Up Against the Wall

Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     
on the Side

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White Chocolate and
     Hot Fudge Sauce MUSIC!!
Diamonds Dumb,
     Rhinestones Fun
The Sexe-Tete Galaxy

     Sexe-Tete Swirl in the Sky
 Come Waste My Time


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A Sorting

states of mind
Not On Empty, Not On Full
The Time for Waiting is Completed
Walking with John Lennon
My Dreams and I  
Words Cannot Contain
This Person I Call Me
Gray Morning
Can't Cross the Gap
Escape Velocity
Tank Almost Empty
Up Against the Wall
Who is My Match?
Chains in the Mind
Heavy Rain
I Need
Please Help Me Make
     My Dreams Come True
Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     on the Side

love
The Warmth Within
Stop  Wait  Go On
Do We Meet Again?
Love Gamble 
Love Gamble -
     FULL GAMBLE TANGLE
It's Taboo
Come Waste My Time

love trouble
Don't Waste My Time
Do I Need the Hook?
The Echo of the Echo
Is She Good Enough?
Heavy Rain
I Need
Tank Almost Empty
It's Taboo

other people
Walking with John Lennon
My Father's Worlds

fun
Where Aliens Play

kid stuff
This Person I Call Me
Where Aliens Play


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Sorting -

in the order they came

2007

Up Against the Wall
Do We Meet Again?
My Dreams and I  
Words Cannot Contain
The Sexe-Tete Galaxy
     Sexe-Tete Swirl in the Sky

Please Help Me Make
     
My Dreams Come True
Locked in a LIttle Tiny
     Squishy Box

2004
This Person I Call Me

2001
Tidal Wave with a Typhoon
     on the Side

2000
Gray Morning
My Father's Worlds
Walking with John Lennon
White Chocolate and
     Hot Fudge Sauce

1999
Can't Cross the Gap

1998
The Time for Waiting is Completed
Where Aliens Play

Escape Velocity

Tank Almost Empty
Who is My Match?

1997
Love Gamble
Love Gamble -
     FULL GAMBLE TANGLE
Come Waste My Time
Chains in the Mind

1996
Stop  Wait  Go On
Heavy Rain
I Need

1994
Don't Waste My Time
Do I Need the Hook?
The Warmth Within
The Echo of the Echo
Is She Good Enough?
Not On Empty, Not On Full
It's Taboo

 


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  TANK ALMOST EMPTY

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The tank is almost empty
The car is clean and tuned


The car runs smoothly
But all is not
                             as it seems

words music - car with tank almost empt

 

The tank is close to empty
The gauge has made that clear


Each curve and rise are mastered
But all is not
                             as it seems

words music - car with tank almost empt

 

The tank is close to empty
Gas stations are open
but you drive past


The car runs smoothly
I know I cannot last
All is not
                             as it seems

words music - car with tank almost empt



The tank is almost empty
That fact is crystal clear


But the car runs so smoothly
Gears shifting, brakes braking
Cool from air conditioning

words music - car with tank almost empt

But the tank is almost empty
as we coast past another station
out into the landscape
each curve and rise easy driving


But all is not
                             as it seems

words music - car with tank almost empt



You are driving
The car is mine
I say
         Time to tank up
You say
         nothing
You ignore my words
         ignore the gauge
But it's time to tank up
         before we stall
                             on a short rise

 

words music - car with tank almost empt

before we stall

 

words music - car with tank almost empt



          because all is not

                                           

words music - car with tank almost empt

 

 as it seems

 

 

Elsa Schieder
words - Sept. 5, 1998
image - June 17, 2006

© Elsa Schieder, 1998, 2007 - all rights reserved

 

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words music - car with tank almost empt
 

 

The words came first, along with what I call a rudimentary melody.

A friend of Ed's saw my ad for a musician and contacted me. I brought a whole slew of songs to our meeting. Tank Almost Empty was one of the pieces that appealed to him.

We worked on a cuple of variations - my singing it with my less than amazing singing voice, and my speaking it with Ed's guitar carrying the melody.

Then - a technical glitch. All our hard work was erased.

What you hear here is a quick re-recording of the spoken version. I have a song version as well. again something quickly re-recorded - I like parts, and maybe I will put it up, but only after there's a better version.

Anyway, time passed, years passed. Other projects. Life flowing very quickly.

Now I've dusted off this version for the web.

Now there's also Mark, for sound production and support.

My hope: that within a couple of months, there will be another recording, of both the spoken word version, and the song version.

The rough draft will be kept.

Re: the tank is almost empty. Right now, the tank seems to be filling a bt.

Elsa

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copyright © 2007 - Elsa Schieder - words, melody, vocals
copyright © 2007 - Ed Deigan - arrangement, guitar, music

 

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For another words music piece,
Is She Good Enough, click here
.

For still another words music piece,
I Need, click here
.

 


A dozen years ago, I began to wake up
with word pieces - words music,
spoken word, songs - in my head.
Escape velocity. Echo of the echo.
Tank almost empty. Can't cross the gap.

Welcome into my world.



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WORDS MUSIC WORDS

Every time I'm going
into the words not knowing
what kind of thing I'm doing
what is this thing I'm making
what are these words creating

Words music, music words, rhythm beat,
spoken word, song,
words music, words beat,
rap poetry,
trip hip unhip unzipped
whispered, shouted, sung.

What is this?
spoken word poetry?
music words?
rap tap rhythm song?

Where do these words belong?
They don't follow song rules
so they can't be songs
Are some rap
with a rap beat?
Are some spoken word?
Some are to be sung -
country, trip hop, pop, folk, blues,
country folk, rock and roll, rap,
world beat, jazz, folk pop,
rhythm and blues.

rhythm beat strong
words to be spoken
words to be sung
words to be lived
moments

music words
rhythm beat

What's cooking?
Whatever comes -
words alive
words strong
music words
rhythm beat
strong
movement
words moving
words shaping
words taking
words trying
     to catch life
     to catch moments
        moments like fireflies
          one moment bright
          next moment gone
words
words and rhythm
words to be spoken
words to be sung
words, sounds, music

words music words music

words going on and on
like the beat of a drum
word pieces
piecing together moments ...

Elsa
July 15, 2006

 
© Elsa Schieder - 2006

 

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