This Is What I Heard

by Alex Walsh

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I started practicing Nichiren Buddhism with the SGI in 2003 and then started writing Buddhist Rock Songs.

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released August 1, 2008

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: Karma Crush
KARMA CRUSH (Walsh)

I've got a Karma Crush on you
I love everything you do
My desires never burned so bright
Just the thought of holding you tonight

I've got a Karma Crush it’s true
I’m the only one for you
That old familiar feeling I adore
I think I've met you many times before

Let's make this lifetime count
Let's fall in love
We can make it this time out
Let's fall in love

Karma Crush
Karma Crush
Karma Crush on you

INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

Let's make this lifetime count
Let's fall in love
We can make it this time out
Let's fall in love

Karma Crush
Karma Crush
Karma Crush on you
Track Name: On The Sea Of Suffering
ON THE SEA OF SUFFERING (Walsh)

When I get to the other shore
I'm gonna know what I came there for
I want a taste of enlightenment
On the back of a peppermint

Every breath goes in and out
Every whisper is a shout
Every song makes you want to sing
On the Sea of Suffering

Six paths got me through the snow
Above the valley far below
Nine worlds got me feeling fine
I found a remedy so divine

Every broken heart is strong
Every side is right and wrong
Every girl gets a diamond ring
On the Sea of Suffering

Underneath that Bohdi Tree
There's a place for you and me
I really got it going on
I found a ship we leave at dawn

Sometimes it's hard to tell
Sometime it's a living hell
Sometimes I'm the Medicine King
On the Sea of Suffering

Every breath goes in and out
Every whisper is a shout
Every song makes you want to sing
On the Sea of Suffering

Every broken heart is strong
Every side is right and wrong
Every girl gets a diamond ring
On the Sea of Suffering
Track Name: Winter Always Turns To Spring
WINTER ALWAYS TURNS TO SPRING (Walsh)

If the sun and moon in the afternoon
Took a holiday from the Milky Way
Would you still go on as if nothing's wrong
Would you turn and fight would you make it right

CHORUS
Winter always turns to spring
You've got to believe me
Winter always turns to spring
You've got to believe me

Hear the babies cry watch the children die
Feel the misery of insanity
In a world gone mad there is good and bad
No they're not the same this is not a game

CHORUS

I was all alone I was on my own
I was in a crowd I was getting loud
As I turned to cry someone asked me why
It occurred to me someone cared about me

CHORUS
CHORUS

(repeat 1st & 2nd verse)

Winter always turns to spring
Track Name: Human Revolution
HUMAN REVOLUTION (Walsh)

Pounding on the Drum at the Gate of Thunder
Ain't no Devil King gonna take me under, no
Well it's a mighty fine time for a Human Revolution

When I got to Phantom City they wanted to elect me
I had Ten Demon Daughters said they would protect me
Well it's a mighty fine time for a Human Revolution
Yeah it's a mighty fine time for a Human Revolution

Well a million daimoku can't be wrong
I got a bodhisattva momma singing my song all night all night alright alright
Well it's a mighty fine time for a Human Revolution
Yeah it's a mighty fine time for a Human Revolution

I can't say baby where I'll be in a week
I'll meet you up there on Eagle Peak
It's a mighty fine time
Yeah it's a mighty fine time
alright alright alright alright
Track Name: Mr. Toda's Happiness Machine
MR. TODA'S HAPPINESS MACHINE (Walsh)

I've got a happiness machine
In my living room
When my friends come by
They want to know why
They want to know how
Can I get that happiness machine?

Let me tell you a story:
There was a man from Japan
He flew around the world
And he gave it to me
When I turn it on
I get what I want
And it makes me happy

My happiness machine
When I turn it on
I get what I want
And it makes me happy
My happiness machine

There's a happiness machine
Waiting for you
You can take it home
Take it on the road
If it makes you happy
It's a happiness machine
Track Name: Eternity
ETERNITY (Walsh)

This is what I believe
I am a buddha for eternity
When I chant I can see
The buddha in me

I am responsible
For everything I think and feel
When I chant I can change
My pain and suffering

Eternity
I will be with you always
I will chant for you
With all of my heart

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo...

This is what I believe
You are a buddha too
When you chant all your dreams come true
For Eternity

Eternity
I will be with you always
I will chant for you
With all of my heart

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo...

And when I pass away
We’ll meet again that’s what I pray
When I chant I can face
Eternity

Eternity
I will be with you always
I will chant for you
With all of my heart

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo...
Track Name: Dragon Girl
DRAGON GIRL (Walsh)

Underneath the deep blue sea
The preacher man was preaching
No one thought the Dragon Girl
Would understand his teaching

Dragon Girl look at what you have done
You gave hope to everyone
They called you names said you were a beast
There's nothing worse than a jealous priest

The Dragon King began to sing
The wise old men were frightened
In a swirl the Dragon Girl
Became enlightened

GUITAR SOLO

Dragon Girl please stay awhile
Don't you know you make me smile?
You became enlightened instantly
Dragon Girl what about me?

What about me?
What about me?
What about me?
Track Name: This Is What I Heard
THIS IS WHAT I HEARD (Walsh)

I'm sorry this can't be explained
It's a supernatural game
Only understood by Buddhas

Did you know you had one of those
Underneath your clothes
Only understood by Buddhas

CHORUS
Such a pretty lotus flower growing in the swamp
When you pray do you get everything you want?
Your divine treasure tower emerges from the earth
When you pray do you get what you're really worth?
This is what I heard
This is what I heard
This is what I heard

Three thousand realms inside a single
Moment of your life
Only understood by Buddhas

The Ceremony in the Air
I think I saw you there
Only understood by Buddhas

CHORUS

I'm sorry this can't be explained
It's an ordinary game
Only understood by Buddhas

Did you know you had one one of those
Sewn inside your clothes
Only understood by Buddhas

CHORUS
Track Name: Devadatta
DEVADATTA (Walsh)

Devadatta what's wrong with you?
Is that evil really true?

You fell into that hell alive
How did you ever survive?

Devadatta in the rain
Were you in it for the pain?

Did she really pass you by
Do you ever wonder why?

Devadatta what did you bring?
You're a buddha called Heavenly King

Is that heaven really high?
Do you ever say goodbye?

Devadatta
Devadatta
Devadatta
Devadatta
Track Name: The Mystic Law
THE MYSTIC LAW (Walsh)

Well you've got to have faith
Faith will keep you going
In your struggle and strife day to day life
It will carry you
Yeah you've got to have faith
Life is made for living
When things get rough and you've had enough
See what faith can do
Yeah you've got to have faith

Well you've got to study hard
To understand the teaching
No prayer's too small no dream's too tall
For the Mystic Law
Yeah you've got to study hard
Practice what you're preaching
Your sorrow and pain is never in vain
You can make it through
Yeah you've got to study hard

CHORUS
Days get crazy nights get worse
Life is a play you can't rehearse
You're up you're down you're in reverse
The Mystic Law is the absolute law of the universe

Well you've got to have hope
Hope will make you stronger
The Mystic Law is eternal hope
And confidence
Yeah you've got to have hope
The Mystic Law is in you
The World Tribune had a picture of you
An Ambassador of joy
Yeah you've got to have hope

CHORUS
CHORUS

TAG
Well you’ve got to have faith
Track Name: I Am A Buddha
I AM A BUDDHA (Walsh)

As I was walking down the beach one day
I spotted an umbrella so I laid down in the shade
The sand was tickling my toe
I really did not really mind which way the wind did blow

CHORUS
I am a Buddha
I am a Buddha
I am a Buddha
I am a Buddha

As I was dancing in the crowd
I saw a lovely beauty laughing out loud
I said hey what are you laughing about?
She looked me in the eye and began to shout

CHORUS

BRIDGE
So we went shopping in the square
I bought a watermelon enough so we could share
My friends at the cantina were dying for refreshment
They cheered when we rode in on the back of an elephant
They said yeah yeah yeah yeah
oh oh oh oh
I I I I
ah ah ah ah

CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: The One Eyed Turtle & The Floating Log
THE ONE EYED TURTLE AND THE FLOATING LOG (Walsh)

You ain't been drifting long enough
Your skin's not soft your hairs not rough
Looks like you've been into the harder stuff
You look confused your head's full of fluff

Haven't I seen you here before
looking for a hole on the ocean floor
Your belly's bigger than a pompadour
Like you slept all night in the bottom drawer

CHORUS
The one eyed turtle and the floating log
Lost at sea with the mangy dog
Singing a song in the morning fog
About the one eyed turtle and the floating log

Well the tide is turning it's time to go
East is west is all I know
That lonely old wind is starting to blow
My shell is colder than a mountain of snow

I've been cursed and I've been blessed
I've kept to myself and I've confessed
I lost it all in a treasure chest
You should have seen me at Oktoberfest

CHORUS

I love the sun on my back
That sandalwood is a tasty snack
When all my dreams fade to black
Please won't you give me a friendly whack

CHORUS
CHORUS