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This Mad Rush To Beauty

by Rob Jungklas

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This Mad Rush To Beauty There’s a hole in my heart where the rain comes in Every lover in my life has to patch it up again I can only be safe from the fishbone wind Temporarily When I was young and the worlds was new Love could wash away my sins When I was young and the world was new Love could conquer anything I’ve grown older, and I’ve walked through the fire I’ve lost a little faith But not a drop of my desire Not a drop Oh, lover, can you carry me away On the wings of a new romance I’m looking at the world through a veil of tears I’m moving through it in a trance While the piper plays the St.Vitus dance This mad rush to beauty I was raised up on bedtime stories God help me, I believed every word When a damsel was in distress Somebody came and rescued her When Sleeping Beauty was laid low With just one kiss, baby, just one kiss Up she rose Up she rose Deus ex machina Dreaming in the dragon’s jaws I will walk ten thousand miles for love But I will not be moved ten feet And be a traitor to the cause Waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me One road leads to my destruction The other one leads to the promised land I’m too proud to ask directions So I stand here at the crossroads with my heart in my hand Waiting for the world to come to me Waiting for the world to come to me Oh, this mad rush to beauty
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Caught You On The Rise I saw you first You were standing underneath a painting by Cezanne One hip cocked out You had an ankle bracelet on Like a gypsy cocktail made of ice and gin and John de Conqueroo Like a hot hothouse flower, baby Like a bolt out of the blue Like a song I didn’t know I knew Like a star ascending I caught you on the rise You lay there dreaming Just when you opened your eyes And spread your wings And started to fly I caught you on the rise It was a time in my life I was thinking about my destiny About the man I was About the man that I wanted to be It was a time in your life You were coming into bloom You were rising like a river You were feeling the pull of that great big lover’s moon I caught you on the rise Baby, isn’t that the dress you wore Not last summer but the summer before The sexy one with the strap that tore When our passionate kisses Turned into something more The sun was setting The hour was drawing near The thin line between truth and dreams had all but disappeared You started to rise up Off the ground I was reaching out, reaching out I was reaching out, baby, fo the hem of your gown And I caught you on the rise
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Love Like A Halo Let’s use our imagination Predict the future of our love affair I see you standing waist deep in the water But that’s not me beside you there Me, I’m just the moonlight in your hair It’s not a mater of right or wrong It’s not a question of fidelity Hearts have reasons of their own And life’s no line from A to B Love like a halo Love like a halo I want to be Your love like a halo On the night we said goodbye We looked up into the summer sky And you said, “Oh, how I wish you were the one” I said, “I don’t want to be the wish I want to be the star you wish upon” Love like a halo Love like a halo I want to be Your love like a halo I want to be your wet dream I don’t want to be the father of your child Why should I be the voice of reason When I can be the call of the wild? And when your heart is broken You know my heart will break a little too And when you find someone to love I’ll care about him ‘Cause I care about you Let’s use our imagination Predict the future of our love affair I see you standing waist deep in the water But that’s not me beside you there Me, I’m just the moonlight in your hair Your love like a halo
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More Than Flesh And Blood Slowly, so slowly, ever so slowly She unbuttons her overcoat She tilts back her head as far as it will go I kiss the delicate blue vein Pulsing in her throat Baby, what are you waiting for? Slip out of your evening dress Take off your velvet choker Let down your long, black hair Take me where the music plays And the candles flicker Take me where my heart beats quicker Than my heart has ever beaten before Where we can be More than flesh and blood We can be More than flesh and blood If you believe More than flesh and blood We can be More than flesh and blood Two lovers can rise above In your sweat, i taste my body In your eyes, I see my face In your voice, i hear my music In your vision of me I can find the path to grace To a place That’s more than flesh and blood Shh...listen Can you hear it? Sounds like a song the angels sing Shh...listen There it is again Oh baby, is it the sound of our breathing Or the beating of our wings? Meet me tonight on the steps of the temple Come hither with a vengeance, darling Come to me we’ll go down alone into the vault of inspiration But we’ll come out together Baby, you’ll see And i will pray for you And you will pray for me And our prayer will be the same That our love will always be More than flesh and blood
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Heart On A Kite String Don’t cry for me, my love Though the hour is drawing near Don’t cry for me, my love The time has come for us to part, my dear Don’t cry for me, my love Our romance is at an end I will gladly die for you, my darling For I know I will rise again My heart on a kite string Heart on a kite string Heart on a kite string I’m flying Flying away You crowned me king Every time you called my name You crowned me king Darling, every time you closed your eyes and came You crowned me king And even though I’ve lost it all There’s always one flag flying So high above these castle walls Underneath the seven veils of mystery I have a pair of angel’s wings But, what good are they to me? I’m only flesh and blood Like all the lovers gone before I’m only flesh and blood Love leads me to believe that I can be so much more I’m only flesh and blood I stand here in this gathering gloom I will cast my silhouette So clear against that brave, romantic moon My heart on a kite string Heart on a kite string Heart on a kite string I’m flying Flying away
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This Mad Rush To Beauty is a compilation of 4 track recordings I did at my house, No time to think about it - write the song, just hit record, and play and sing. I took the tracks to Posey Hedges who had a studio at the time. Worked with him and Ross Rice sorting out tracks and mixing. Richard Ford played beautiful pedal steel. This would have been early 2000's as I recall.
A couple of these tracks ended up on subsequent records, but these raw versions have their charms.

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released May 20, 2022

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Rob Jungklas Memphis, Tennessee

It seems that Jung Klas a man of extremes who have emotions and soul torments rush through blood and nerves as music. Sometimes he sounds like a lost soul or like a wounded animal that wants to shake his skin. Away from him

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