“Mother Tree knows my feelings for I can feel her branches and I know my own life in and out, around, up and down, through with, and with out.
Yes, Sister Sea feels me as I feel her waves and I hear the cries of the wildlife.
A perfect mother knows I feel the wood being cut and I hurt and die with trees falling.
How much a beast must I be to defeat the beast that destroys my mother?
The North Sea is dying, the icecaps are melting faster than ever.
The Aliken is dying on the rock and I feel it all as my life.
I can’t help it. I was bound to feel it and I feel it all
and she cries out at me
and I love the snake bird trees and wolves
but humans bore me and are as aware as a slug
and slow as a snail and under it all.”
Charles Milles Manson
(Source: Charles Manson-
Here is the way it really is…
All the babies being born are like a marathon.
They all start out into life, going, not knowing that they already know.
They are robbed of themselves and they actually believe that there’s somewhere to go. Because they are not told that they already know and that they’re born where it’s at.
Eternity is now and we’re borned into confusion. So we have to go through the confusion called civilization to find out it’s all horseshit and then we start all over.
And when we start all over there are different words that become, in a play or a race towards where they thought they were going and there are words and ways of honor that can be expressed in truth, as truth is eternity and lies are deception and deceit, deceit, lies and deception go in a circle and they end where they begin.
In other words, the hindus got the idea probably before everybody else; thousands and thousands of years ago – they figured out karma and the balance of that goes around and around. I found it out in reform school before I knew what hindu was, because I was a child, borned and left on his own to figure it out for myself. There are a lot of me now days.
There was a guy named Jesus who was born without a father and he figured it out and when he figured it out, he figured Caesar out. Caesar was supposed to be God, and when he figured God out, everybody thought he was a god. He wasn’t a god he just figured out what God was. When you figure out what God is, you figure it’s just a word and that knowing is the real God in perception and perceiving.
So what happens in this race that we begin – only the truth will endure. The lies will fade and die sooner or later.
Start out in a marathon, with a group of what you think is other people and they all melt away by selling out for money and lying and cheating and doing all the deception and deceiving things – which is OK, you know they only do it to themselves anyway though most people don’t really know what eternity is and they don’t know what the soul is. They don’t even know they have an eternity.
So they’re born and die before they even know it and they don’t count for nothing anyway.
But what happens is there are a few people or a few terminals or beings that hold on to the righteous and the truth, so they end up in the authority position of…
Are you ready for this?…
You’ve heard the expression RIGHT ON?
Well, ‘right on starts in the prisons.
Like most things it starts at the bottom.
So I had to go to prison to set ATWA.
If ATWA is not set in the abstract and set at the bottom of the Earth…
You can walk down the street and try to start a word, you know, but it’s not going to endure. Like you say ‘bebopalubop’ or ‘jitterbug’ or you make up a song that may run for well, twenty years, it may run for 100 years but what you’re talking about is traditions and traditions are set in life – with 200 or 300 years to get a tradition.
A tradition is not something that one person sets, it’s a universal thought that’s borned like for real. Like a lot of people don’t have no ground. they don’t have a space to make a garden. They don’t have no mind on the ground. Their mind’s on where they’re going to or where they’re coming from. They don’t have no mind of where they are now. Where they are now is RIGHT ON.
So we start with say…100 people, and 100 people are all saying…
RIGHT ON RIGHTEOUS.
ROLL, SOUL, ON THE WHEEL.
RIGHT ON, REAL, RIGHT ON, REAL.
REDEMPTION’S THE PROGRAM.
RIGHT ON, REAL…
And then one guy sells out and he makes parole and he gives it up to someone else and tells somebody and causes somebody else some misery while he gets out and thinks he’s going to have a good day, you dig?
But he gets out and ends up drowning in the ocean.
And then somebody else sells out for another reason and then pretty soon you look around you and everybody’s gone. you see it?
So then you’re borned, and you come up as a child and you’re trying to find out how to transcend the confusion and use your intelligence to survive and use your intelligence to figure out what God is and what peace is and what all the things are that complete your life as your being – and then I pass on to you – RIGHT ON.
And you say ”well ‘right on’ is just two words” but then you look at 150 years of prison, 2 or 3 world wars, the north and south war. You see the Dutch and the Amish and the Quakers who set the prison to give people a chance to rehabilitate themselves on the premise of the realities of the human condition and the way people really are in the animalistic perspective.
That you can chastise a child when they are young enough to be formed like a piece of clay in a mold, and then to a perspective that you would feel advantageous to your own survival – in our kin, in your kind, in your beings that are like you, like your children. When you have a son, you want your son to have a better world than you had, You want your son to have a place on Earth so that he can live. You want him to have trees, you want him to have a chance to survive. And you see how dark and dismal the righteous people are who play-act ‘right on’. They play act the words and they raise their hand and scream and holler about all the gods, and then when no one’s looking, they are deceiving and playing all the other games on the other side, and you see the two sides of both sides, and then you see the middle, and then you see that no game is the best game, that no game encompasses all the games, because games are made up in an artificial environment, with an artificial thing called time. Time is not today, one day at a time is in prison, it’s been held in prison for as long as prison has been because it’s the law and the law is the will of God. The will of God is the law.
The humans have made a joke out of it. They don’t abide by the law because they don’t have a real God. All their gods are phony, all their gods are fake gods. All their gods are used to make money. They wont go any deeper than what somebody told ’em because the truth will bring tears and sadness and sorrow. The truth is hard to experience because it’s been buried under the grave so long.
Few have given their lives to the Mighty Right On.
The Mighty Right On is in the graves man.
All the soldiers that gave their lives for you, so that you would stand a chance for survival on planet Earth.
Your Great – Great – Great – Great – Great – Great Grandpa marched off for some particular reason.
Your race, your people, your love, your sons going backwards forever.
So, the Mighty Right On is on you now – on your computer. That would be – Order, God’s Law, God’s Law is simply survive or there’s no God. Sin is when you do something against yourself – you’re sinning against God because God is inside yourself.
Your body houses God and to disrespect your body disrespects God. To do some bad to any living thing is to do a bad to yourself. If you step on a bug, spray the spiders, kill the animals or eat hamburgers or whatever your doing against life – your doing against yourself, because you are all life. You are all the world, you are order, you are survival, you are the atmosphere, you are the trees, you are the animals, the bugs, birds, the bees.
You are everything and there is no bad, its all good, the only bad is when you do bad for and against yourself.
The Mighty Right On is heartbeat now.
And there’s only me here standing alone, everybody else has found an excuse to run away and hide from themselves because they cannot stand the truth.
Because the truth is too much, too heavy, too fast, it’s just not for human consumption.
The humans can’t understand the way of the wolf, or the snake that lays in the grass or the bumblebee that gives his life when he has to sting somebody.
That’s what the Manson Family was like, bumblebees, they stung to survive. They did what they felt was right, just like we’re all soldiers in the truth of ATWA – because ATWA is everyones life and that is the simplicity of the Mighty Right On.
Power to the soul, the mind and the body
Charles Milles Manson
Charles Manson – Horsefly
Side A: Revolution
Side B: Air Trees Water Animals
I’ve been sitting and pondering this release for several months now, letting it sit undisturbed in the room adjacent to this one in which I spend most of my time, facing outwards, the portrait of Manson’s one visible eye staring out at me from it’s spot in front of the other vinyl promos awaiting their turn for a write-up, beckoning, taunting as the familiar other half, a portion of the face on the Shroud of Turin, peers with one ghastly dead eye from the other side. Many times, after a momentary connection with the front cover, I have passed it over because, frankly, I just wasn’t ready to write on it yet. This is the type of thing that isn’t a simple artistic expression that someone has put out on record — there is so much more depth, meaning and importance to something like this than some journalists would have the chance to experience in their career, though not all of which are of Manson’s choosing. Symbology, music, artwork and text aside — all the things that normally make up a concrete release for a project — this is at it’s most basic, core level one man’s ability to reach out and show society that the walls that contain his physical body cannot contain his spirit, his writing, or even his music. That man’s modern inhuman, flawed systems can only hold that vessel that carries him, but not that which IS him. That man can implement their forced view of morality and put in chains the body which disrupts their fickle societal reality, but what really makes someone “real” transcends those barriers so long as there are few outside those walls who still believe in what freedom actually means.
I could go into great length and detail about my feelings on the subject of Manson’s incarceration, the hypocrisy involved, the lies and the ignorance/apathy that plagues modern society into simply swallowing what they’re fed instead of looking at facts and taking the time to research much of anything. I could go into great detail on what kind of man Manson really is to myself and others. However, this record comes with a lengthy article as written by Nikolas Schreck whom — and I feel this should go without saying — has had his own battles with media portrayal and backlash from society, both from his spiritual beliefs which have steadily evolved over the years and his musical endeavors (see: Radio Werewolf). In the end, Schreck puts Manson and his life-long ordeal into perspective in a more profound and educated way than I could ever hope to, which shouldn’t come as any surprise given his known sympathies towards Manson as seen in his book “The Manson File”. Regardless, the problems that he speaks of transcend the individual and reach far past Manson himself to other controversial subjects and individuals like Boyd Rice or Adam Parfrey and the rest of “Apocalypse Culture”, though the stigma against both is far less intense. However, this is neither the time nor the place for that discussion.
Moving on, the one thing that Schreck did not hammer home about Manson with his article on the subject that I personally believe is one of the most important characteristics about him is that he is the ultimate symbol of a spiritual man’s unending quest to transcend that which makes him human and live closer to the deity that he is drawn to. In Manson’s case, his belief in and his love for the Gnostic deity Abraxas has led him to constantly have to fight the duality of his own existence in prison — the hatred and the love, the criminal underworld in which he lives and the society which contains and restrains him — to consider and represent in himself the complete reality of right AND wrong / light AND dark that Abraxas himself wholly represents. Equally, Manson represents the human weakness to need a leader or need followers, so much so that murders that were carried out, in some minds, in his name — not on his command — have landed him the legend that he has become, when in reality he merely wishes for individuals to be responsible for their own actions and beliefs — to leave him as a neither a leader nor a follower, but simply a man with a voice. As can be seen on both a literal political and a metaphorical personal level for Manson, Lynette Fromme perhaps put it best when she was quoted in the documentary “Charles Manson Superstar” as writing: “As for Manson’s revolutionary right-wing cause, I believe that if Manson had wings, he’d have at least two of them and a substantial soul-self in the center.”
Horsefly Back Image
Now that we’re through that, it’s time to focus on the most important part of Manson’s being and ultimately the most important idea that he has to offer humanity from the cage that it has left him in, and perhaps the second biggest influence on this record — the ecological idea of ATWA. It might seem strange to some whom are reading this review and are already disillusioned by my personal sympathies for and ramblings on Manson, but the man himself is an environmentalist, someone who identifies with the ways of wildlife more than he does with the ways of his own species — and for good reason. ATWA simply stands for Air, Trees, Water, and Animals, and has had an “R” for Revolution added to it to create “ATWAR”, a movement and entity completely separate from “ATWA” but based off it’s ideas. This ecological idea is simple and uncompromising on several levels, both preaching the return to the natural world because of our parasitic habit of obliviously destroying everything that we depend on and the realization that one man’s gain in modern society is another man’s labor, that instead of loving our brother, we’re enslaving him. These are obvious thought patterns that have a very modern reality that should need little explaining to the environmentally conscious mind — though it seems the majority of us in the Western world continue to live under the illusion that what we’re afforded here doesn’t come with consequences to someone else (or for ourselves further down the line). Symbology aside, the back cover of the 7″ pictures, in a realistic manner, Manson as a champion for that natural cause, surrounded by the forest and wildlife that he so identifies with, from wolf and raven to the subtle presence of scorpions and a trio of horseflies. There is also a supernatural quality to the art as well, with eyes completely white and the forehead swastika that he has become known for becoming ignited, reaching up and faintly touching the center of a Germanic black sun halo which symbolizes his (in his own way) alignment with the beliefs of pre-christian and pre-industrial thought. Even in those few years in the late 60′s when he had his freedom, he was avoiding the post-modern coming-of-age realities of feminist (and other) philosophies and reverting himself and his followers to look towards the natural world. The wolves being white and black symbolize, once again, the duality of Abraxas through color (black/white and dark/light) and symmetry (left/right). The horseflies at his head remind of old superstitions that state that a horsefly signals the coming of a visitor. Given Manson’s (hinted at) belief that he can astrally project his thoughts out into the world from his confines, it would seem that these symbolize the vehicle for those projected thoughts. The fact that these objects have obvious significance to his ties to occult subjects should go without saying.
This review has become somewhat of a biography, but it’s imperative that if you’re reading this that you try to open your mind beyond whatever preconceived notions that you have about the man and understand who Manson is from a perception that lies beyond the usual media hysteria. This record represents a man towards the end of his life who is simply just doing his thing as he has always done. It’s a genuine piece of music from a soul who has carried a banner of authenticity even through his flirtation with Hollywood and the “big time”. This isn’t meant to simply be a historical artifact or an attempt to document someone who may soon no longer be part of our reality. It’s certainly not a fickle attempt to make a dime off a famous figure. The very nature of the movement behind this release, A.T.W.A.R., firmly aligns the people behind this release as being behind Manson himself, and when this is looked at in relation to the other recent releases of similar themes, it should show that this release envelopes and captures who Manson is on a level seen in only glimpses before.
The music was released on November 11th, 2011, which was Manson’s 77th birthday — a mathematical anomaly that one has to admit is stranger than fiction. The music itself is what one would expect from an older Manson whom hurriedly recorded his soul on two tracks via a smuggled recorder. Grimy Southern old-time prison folk that heralds back to the influences of his youth but in that unique Manson sound that concentrates more on a linear path of thought that is streaming out of him rather than a concrete, constructed song — a style that symbolizes the chaos that Manson has faced in his life, both internally and externally, since his birth. The lyrics and vocal style, especially on side A are somehow incredibly similar to the likes of both Captain Beefheart and David Tibet (Current 93) in their psych overtones and, specifically Tibet’s spiritual ramblings, yet are also completely different, simply meeting somewhere in a combination of those two gentlemen with a little bit of bluesy soul. The guitar can act as both an accent to his current mood in the track or as a simple backdrop to his spoken word, but it is always changing and not necessarily evolving — it’s always becoming something new, not simply progressing from the previous line. The other side of the insert that contains Schreck’s article on Manson contains a beautiful portrayal of how I prefer to see him — as one with the wilderness, raven on wrist. This side of the insert also contains the lyrics for both tracks that, like the songs themselves, contain no structure and are only transcriptions by the label — a truth that is made apparent through segments that are marked “[inaudible]” and can unfortunately only be heard as such on the recording.
With ATWA, it appears that his primary reasoning is that words don’t mean anything. Only action matters in this life, and it has to be action that doesn’t utilize a hypocritical engine (“You can’t protest cutting down trees by writing papers”). In the end though, even if he could read them, Manson couldn’t care less about my thoughts on who he is or his music. He isn’t concerned with having followers, but only his own survival — he doesn’t want the attention, but rather to return to where he was before his latest incarceration — to the desert. So in the end, that soul that reached out and will be touching 1,000 individuals through this release, in reality, it’s just one man doing his thing and nothing more. Music is his religion, and he’s going to express that religion by any means necessary. But to the listener, he offers only words. Whether we choose to do anything with them is on us, but if you do, be prepared to take responsibility for your actions, and to do it alone. This realization doesn’t change the fact, though, that in his own way, intentionally or not, Manson is slowly influencing a growing number of people on an ecological front, and perhaps one day, will fully overturn the perspective that he has achieved falsely in life through disinformation that he is a murderous mastermind and turn that legend towards the status of folk hero. It would seem that this is quickly becoming the state of things as recent years have seen an influx of activity from Manson’s musical offerings via this release and a few offerings from Magic Bullet Records. The basic point in the end though is that if you want to get into Manson’s head — REALLY get into his head — this is the release to do so with.
“If you see it all goes in a circle and life is
like a wheel – then Remember Tomorrow
and realize at one time it was in and
with the past and if you can get your
tomorrow to catch up to yesterday you
can then open your minds grave to
Gods who spoke through Men when
they said there is no teaching
when you can remember – LOVE
BROTHER HONOR and it ALL is a good day
Charles Milles Manson
“PUT COVER OVER the eyes –
go out in the night – for 60 seconds take the eye
covers off and let the eyes look at the
Milky Way Stars for 60 seconds and
it sees Billions of Billions of Stars
and Zillions of light-years in 60 seconds
How old will that make your mind
You can see forever then why can’t
we think it, be it, become a part of 4EVER –
25,000 years before that is 100 seconds after”
Charles Milles Manson