The Mentor & Disciple

by Alex Walsh

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This Is What I Heard, Vol. II: "The Mentor & Disciple" is the second album in my Buddhist song collection.

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released January 1, 2012

All songs written and recorded by Alex Walsh
Mastered by Michael Romanowski

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Alex Walsh San Francisco, California

Alex Walsh is a singer/songwriter whose witty Americana originals are accentuated by his blues inspired guitar and heart- felt voice. With seven recordings released over the last decade, Walsh has a dedicated following and continues to inspire audiences from New York to San Francisco, Europe and beyond. ... more

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Track Name: Hello Hello
HELLO HELLO (Walsh)

CHORUS
Hello Hello
Welcome to the future
The future generation is here
Hello Hello
We are the future
The future generation is here

VERSE
Toda University just gave me my Phd
Thank you for teaching me how to be me
Thank you for teaching me how to be free free free free

CHORUS

BRIDGE
We are disciples of President Ikeda
We made a vow a long time ago
This is our message everyone's a Buddha
All around the world our hearts overflow

Hello, Hello, Hello Hello Hello Hello

CHORUS

Hello, Hello, Hello Hello Hello Hello

CHORUS

Hello, Hello, Hello Hello Hello Hello - Hello
Track Name: Love You Today
LOVE YOU TODAY (Walsh)

How can I love you today
What can I do to make you feel human
How can I make it okay in a natural way

I was meant to be here all my causes are clear
Over and over the past is gone

How can I look in your eyes
Brimming with trust and a heart that is fearless
Fighting to hear what you say in a natural way

I believe in myself even when I don't
Bodhisattva Never Disparaging is in the house

Ooo Ooo Ooo Ooo
Ooo Ooo Ooo Ooo
Ooo
Aaa

How can I meet you with joy
What can I do to make you feel happy
How can I teach you to pray in a natural way

I've got nowhere to hide from the buddha inside
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

How can I love you today
In a natural way...
Track Name: Rock The Era
ROCK THE ERA (Walsh)

Shakyamuni at the castle wall
Freaking out at everything he saw
Pain and suffering beyond imagination

Shakyamuni at the bodhi tree
When his desires set him free
He vowed to save the world with his revelation

CHORUS
Let’s Rock, the Era
Let’s Rock, the Era
Ah, Ah
Rock the Era with your life!

When the kids were goofing off at school
Nichiren could never play the fool
He was betting my life on the Lotus Sutra

When the meteor crossed the sky
Shijo Kingo started to cry
I said grab a tissue please for the Samurai

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Ever since World War II
Bombs are pointing at me and you
In the 99th Century
What will they say about you and me?

CHORUS
Track Name: Life After Death
LIFE AFTER DEATH (Walsh)

My my we're all gonna die
Drop your bags and say goodbye
Lights out nobody's home
Step away from the danger zone
Spread my ashes over the sea
Another fine day for you and me
Read the writing on the wall
Everybody gets a curtain call

CHORUS
Life after death
Stick around to the very last breath
Life after death
What the heck do you expect?

Pharaoh in his tomb
Ninety-nine servants dusting his broom
Hats off to the old viking
Send his ship into the sea
Build a mound a funeral pyre
Throw my body into the fire
Aztec pyramid
Sacrifice somebody's kid

CHORUS

Graveyard at the edge of town
Everybody knows what's going down

CHORUS

Bright light crack in the wall
Watch the baby learn how to crawl

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Let Yourself Shine
LET YOURSELF SHINE (Walsh)

If I were the sun
The clouds would always part
Everything depends
On what is in your heart

CHORUS
Let yourself shine
Let yourself shine
Let yourself shine shine shine shine shine
Let yourself shine
Let yourself shine
Let yourself shine shine shine shine shine

If I were the wind
The mighty trees would bend
Underneath a love
That never ends

CHORUS

If I were a cloud
Skipping across the sky
I'd love a rainy day
My tears would always dry

CHORUS

CHORUS
Track Name: The Moon Over The Capitol
MOON OVER THE CAPITOL (Walsh)

Looking for an easy way out
Trying to find a magic fix to relieve my doubt
That’s what I’m all about
But if I give up now
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?

Looking for an open road
Trying to find some fortune and fame to lighten my load
Before my wheels explode
But if I give up now
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?

There are times when I’m dancing like a monkey on a string
And I can’t comprehend how the cherry trees
Will ever blossom again
But if I give up now
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?

There are times when I’m dancing like a monkey on a string
And I can’t comprehend how the cherry trees
Will ever blossom again
But if I give up now
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?
How can I admire the moon over the capitol?
Track Name: The Bodhisattva Vow
THE BODHISATTVA VOW (Walsh)

Indestructible heart
What does it mean
To live
The Bodhisattva vow

Spreading the Law
Over the sea
You came
To show me how

CHORUS
Courage in one hand
Truth and justice in the other
We travel the miles
To meet our sisters and brothers
Bodhisattva's of the earth
Bodhisattva's of the earth
Keep living the Bodhisattva Vow
The Bodhisattva Vow

What does it take to be happy?
Why do my tears flow so free?

Indestructible heart
Beating in me
You are
My remedy

CHORUS

Keep living the Bodhisattva Vow
The Bodhisattva Vow
Track Name: Gratitude Is A Snowball
GRATITUDE IS A SNOWBALL (Walsh)

Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along
Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along rolling along rolling along

Bigger than time
Longer than space
Gratitude is the look on my face
When you take me to that happy place

I feel so mighty fine
I'm gonna mail myself a valentine!

Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along
Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along rolling along rolling along

Gratitude
Bigger than my heart
Gratitude
Bigger than my house
Gratitude
Bigger than the sun
Gratitude for everything and everyone

Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along
Gratitude is a Snowball
Rolling along rolling along rolling along rolling along
Track Name: The Mentor & Disciple
THE MENTOR & DISCIPLE (Walsh)

Sensei this and Sensei that
I never thought I’d be that cat
But I think it’s time to start
I feel you in my heart

Oooooooo
I will fight for you

The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
We are one

The Devil King lost his crown
Now he never comes around
When I heard that Wonderful Sound
I knew I was home

Day by day year by year
When you’re gone I’ll be here
To finish what you start
I feel you in my heart

Oooooooo
I will die for you

The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
We are one
We are one

I can be a super star
Shining bright wherever you are
They can’t keep us apart
I feel you in my heart

The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
The Mentor & Disciple
We are one
Track Name: The Buddha Express
THE BUDDHA EXPRESS (Walsh)

Monday blues had to stop
I took a ride to the top
Conductor said how do you do?
Please enjoy the view on the Buddha Express

Rang the bell broke the spell
Woke up in a private hell
Deep inside a devil cried
When I kissed my bride on the Buddha Express

CHORUS
Momma I'm so in love with you
I'll do anything you ask me too
I'm so glad you became my wife
Loved me with your life on the Buddha Express

Do do do do do...

Saturdays on the train
We can play your favorite game
Stick your tongue out in the rain
In-between the cars on the Buddha Express

On and on I can see
What my life is meant to be
Never thought I'd find the key
Sitting next to me on the Buddha Express

CHORUS

Do do do do do...

On the Buddha Express
On the Buddha Express
On the Buddha Express
On the Buddha Express
Track Name: Nichiren Daishonin (Is A Very Good Friend Of Mine)
NICHIREN DAISHONIN (IS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE) (Walsh)

When the meteor crosses the sky
When the meteor crosses the sky
I'm gonna ride on down to the riverside
When the meteor crosses the sky

When the snow falls through my roof
When the snow falls through my roof
I'm gonna tell all the people 'bout actual proof
When the snow falls through my roof

CHORUS
Nichiren, Nichiren, Nichiren, Nichiren
Nichiren Daishonin is a very good friend of mine
Ooo, Ooo, Ooo, Ooo, Aaah, Aaah, Aaah

When I hear that wonderful sound
When I hear that wonderful sound
I'm gonna rise up singing from the ground
When I hear that wonderful sound

When the government understands
When the government understands
I'm gonna make them work for the peace of the land
When the government understands

CHORUS

When my world is a tranquil light
When my world is a tranquil light
I'm gonna know in my heart that I got it right
When my world is a tranquil light

CHORUS
Track Name: You Made Your May Contribution
YOU MADE YOUR MAY CONTRIBUTION (Walsh)

It's that time of year
It's the May Contribution
I'm glad it's here
This is my contribution
I'm going to the levee gonna make a mud pie
Bring it to the office of the SGI

CHORUS
So light up your life
Look what you've done
You opened your heart
You got yourself right down in the foundation
You did your human revolution
You made your May Contribution

I called up my friends
It's the May Contribution
Here again
This is my contribution
I don't have much if I don't have appreciation
I brought a mud pie for the celebration

CHORUS
CHORUS

It's that time of year
It's the May Contribution
Track Name: Waves Of Brilliant Sunshine
WAVES OF BRILLIANT SUNSHINE (Walsh)

What can I do to make you understand
You're incredible
I love you and I always have
Waves of brilliant sunshine

What can I say to make you come alive
You're a treasure tower
On the inside
Waves of brilliant sunshine

BRIDGE
Take a look around
Tell me what you see
Like a lotus flower
I'm right where I should be

SOLO

What can I be to make you wonder why
You're mysterious
I love it when you make me cry
Waves of brilliant sunshine

TAG
Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound
Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound
Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound
Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound
Track Name: It Takes A Village (To Raise A Buddha)
IT TAKES A VILLAGE (TO RAISE A BUDDHA) (Walsh)

CHORUS
It takes a village to raise a Buddha
It takes a lifetime to get it right
It takes a village to raise a Buddha
It takes a lifetime to get it right

When your suffering
Is all that you can see
I will chant to set you free
‘Cause I know, I know you’ll chant for me

CHORUS

You can climb the highest mountain
Far from humanity
Escape into the heavens
But where, where will your people be?

CHORUS

In every song we sing
In every little thing
I need you and you need me
To complete the harmony

CHORUS

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo