Book Of The Truly Alive

from by Phil Mills

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I have no idea why I was thinking about “The Book of the Dead” that day but it seemed to me that I'd want a mystic treatise with a different focus.


I met a priestess from the cult of survival
At a white light, all-night, mystic revival.
My future turned blind but my present could see
While she laid it all out as a lesson for me:

Isn't it a funny preoccupation
To be chasing, hastening, obliteration.
Gather your spells, teach your ghost what to say
To impress any gods you might meet on your way.

If you're betting on eternity, that priestess, she said,
Make your preparations with the book of the dead
But, if you've had enough of that hereafter jive,
Try the book of the truly alive.

She hands out amulets in aid of illusion,
As a defence against real-world intrusions.
She'll alter your senses; you'll gain a few more
And find that you've awakened on a motel floor.


Near-life experience gives a suggestion
Of the all-time, sublime cosmic-sized question:
Risk everything on the promise of dust
Or show some respect for indulgence and lust?


The book of the truly alive.
The book of the truly alive.


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal
Devin Melanson – electric guitar


tags: pop filk Toronto


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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