Beware of Plato's cavemen

by Bram Cools

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'Beware of Plato's cavemen' is the third album in the 'cyberluddism' series. It is rather loosely a concept album but the unifying theme might have something to do with false realities versus Reality, and the futility of all of our human constructs, and in between there's everything from depression to world peace, and from problems with human relationships to questions about God.
The number of languages has gone up, with 2 songs in Flemish or Dutch, one and a half in toki pona, and some lines in liturgical Latin, while the musical genres are less extreme now, and often more folky/poppy than ever...

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released October 31, 2016

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Bram Cools Antwerpen, Belgium

Bram Cools is an eclectic singer-songwriter from Belgium with lo-fi roots, with an own musical universe that moves somewhere in between weird folk, electro-acoustic noise and christian antifolk. He'll never be rich and famous, but that's not really the point. ... more

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Track Name: Welcome outside
Welcome outside the cave
Welcome in the daylight
Take time to adjust your senses
And remember not to pigeonhole Reality again
Just let it be
Just let Reality be

Don’t take the blue pill
Don’t take the red pill
The anti-system sucks as much
As the system, it sucks your soul!
Take my hand let’s run away
To a place in between the worlds
Where we can rest and detox around a bonfire

There must be something much more real
Than all this empty nonsense
I see it in the tiniest plant
I see it in the galaxies
This empty shell is splintering
At least it is for me and you
But like they say it’s through those cracks
That light will enter and light will shine!
Track Name: Selfmade universe
building you universe
out of separate worlds
they're all made of another
set of lies

in each of your worlds
you're another person
another style, another life
another conscience

playing the game of keeping silent
always watching every world you say
the right words to the right people
are keeping your universe together

living your life
moving in your theater
with a constantly changing
set of rules

but some bad day someone may stumble in
travelling bethween the different worlds
and breaking down the information walls
that keep your universe together

what's leftover now
do you still know for sure
who you really are
after the images have crumbled

reaching out
from the ashes of a selfmade world
you're a king now of a selfmade hell

and your savior is still there
where you left him
far on the outside
faraway but knocking
Track Name: Muggles gonna muggle
muggles gonna muggle
and push their boring universe
onto the rest of us
lest something magical happens

the new inquisition
is scientifically approved
please follow it
lest something magical happens

Man controls this universe
even though free will is unscientific
So their will be done
Your magic’s too unpredictable (miracles)
not orderly enough
so get rid of it
or we'll cure you
we'll cure you good

muggles gonna muggle
and transform this old universe
into their likeness and image
lest something magical happens

the new enlightenment
will only allow for electric lights
so lightproof all doors and windows
lest something magical happens


We’ve got pills now
against seeing angels
And we’ve got medicine
To cure prophets
We know the truth now
Dreams are deceit
Nothing will happen
That’s unapproved by science

Oh yes they’ll gaslight you
Until every memory
Of every single miracle
Has been erased
By all means available
They’ll disenchant the world
And tell you it’s natural
And tell you it’s safe

Muggles gonna muggle
Track Name: Splintering dimensions
This virtual world
and the physical dimension
Seem to be falling apart
splintering even
Sometimes I get lost
in between the different worlds
other times I seem to realise
That I've been lost all along

The more everything is connected,
the more it seems to falls apart.
The more people are plugged in
The more they fall drift away.
The more our society follows progress
The more it becomes a multiverse.
The more new realities we build
The more we get trapped in illusions

We're all aliens in the end.
No cohesion or coherence,
but we can all define ourselves now
make up our own identity on the fly.
deconstruct the social construct
bring in the personal construct
even the niches will splinter every time
and turn against themselves

every person is a single island
In this chaotic mess of irrelevance
unconnected and lost for translation
in a multiverse that's drifting apart
in between the splintering dimensions
I’m floating in my raft
flying whales floating overhead
Fragments of planets collapsing

Please sit here with me for a while
To watch this weird spectacle
while the worlds collide
And even the gods seem to be lost
Please tell me that I’m exaggerating
Tell me it’s not so bad
Tell me it’s all going somewhere
please don’t tell me lies

Please tell me that the world is still one
That God is one, that humans are one
Tell me that we’re not aliens
And that there’s still hope
Track Name: mi wile e ni
mi wile e ni:
jan ali li jan pona.
mi wile a ni:
jan ali li olin e jan ali.
mi wile e ni:
sina olin e mi.
mi wile olin e sina,
ni li pona mute.
jan ali li jan sama li jan lili pi jan sewi.
jan ali li jan sama li jan lili pi jan sewi.
mi wile ala e utala.
mi wile ala e pakala.
utala li ike. pakala li ike.
mi wile olin. mi wile olin.
o weka e utala ali tan ma ali
o weka e pakala ali tan ma ali
ni li pona tawa mi,
li pona tawa sina,
li pona tawa jan ali.
Track Name: Cyberluddism VIII
none at all
Track Name: In het niks
Alles wordt kouder
Alles vervaagt
En ik weet niet eens meer
Hoe ik mezelf bijeenhoud
Als de mist steeds dichter wordt
En ikzelf compleet oplos
In ‘t niks in 't nergens

Pak mijn hand vast
Ik grijp door de uwe
Alsof ik ne geest ben
Ik zak door de grond
En vlieg weg tegelijk
In alle richtingen
In ‘t niks in 't nergens

Alsof er nooit iets bestaan heeft
Alsof er nooit iets zal bestaan (X2) kan

Nee ik wil ni verdwijne
Nee ik mag ni verdwijne

Kan ik nog vechten
Nu alles uiteenvalt
En ik helemaal vervaag
Samen met de wereld
Die misschien nooit echt was
En ook compleet oplost
In het niks

As dit ni stopt
Is’t hier rap gedaan
Asof er nooit iets was
niemand om derover na te denken
Maar ik ben der wel
Minstens geweest (denk ik)
In het niks

Alsof er nooit iets bestaan heeft
Alsof er nooit iets zal bestaan (X2)

Nee ik wil ni verdwijne
Nee ik mag ni verdwijne

Deze vijand is anders
Track Name: Shadows of shadows
This precious virtual hideout
Is not really an escape from the cave
It’s only a new layer of shadows
And more shadows of shadows

With no actual connection left
Between all of our human constructs
And any real deeper Reality
A badly copied picture with no original

Can I say that I’m tired of this game
I’m sort of losing my substance
In the quicksand of this thoughtfield
Where our creations clash and burn

Meanwhile serious stuff is happening
In the actual world, material and beyond
But I’m stuck in an illusion
And in illusions of illusions

Beyond our self-fulfilling prophecies
And law of attraction manipulations
The things that fill our vision
Claim our allegiance and suck our energy

Can I say that I’m tired of this game
I’m sort of losing my coherence
In the quicksand of this thoughtfield
Where our creations clash and burn

And yet I have a longing
A longing for a longing
Of the Reality beyond these shadows
And shadows of shadows
Track Name: Hold on
Hold on the light that’s been given to you
Hold on the light that’s been given to you
Let it be your beacon here under the moon
Hold on the light that’s been given to you

Hold on to the Love that’s been put in your heart
Hold on to the Love that’s been put in your heart
let it shine through you in dark and cold places
Hold on to the Love that’s been put in your heart

Hold on to the Beauty that shines all around us
Hold on to the Beauty that shines all around
Don’t let it be corrupted by advertisments and TV
Hold on to the Beauty that shines all around

Hold on to the Truth wherever you find it
Hold on to the Truth wherever you find it
Even in the most unexpected of places
Hold on to the Truth wherever you find it

Everything good comes from the Father of Lights
Life and Being are from the Father of Lights

Hold on to the faith that puts life in your heart
Hold on to the faith that puts life in your heart
Keep it till the end when the curtain falls
Hold on to the faith that puts life in your heart

Hold on to the hope that goes way beyond death
Don’t let anyone steal it out of your heart
Hold on to the hope that goes way beyond death
Hold on to the hope that goes way beyond death
Track Name: Cyberluddism IX
none at all
Track Name: Mixed bags
never trust the left, never trust the right
never trust anyone who wants you to join their side
who'll exclude all but his own in a 2 party system
such package deals are toxic, without any exception
there is truth on each side there is lies on each side
but the packages as they are are always poisoned apples-
affirm the truth on the left, affirm the truth on the right
but endorse no-one who'll exclude a whole other side
truth and justice will never recognise party lines
and party lines can never keep truth and justice out or in
they'll always be present in different forms on different sides
even the worst dictator has some things right even the best idealist has some things wrong
a human being or his creation is always a mixed bag
a human being or his creation is always a mixed bag

some things we should conserve and some other things need progress
we need both, not one or the other, and usually we’ll need them both together
let's conserve it if’s good and go beyond it if it's wrong
Let’s transcend all this nonsense before we fossilise again

fleah and blood are never ever the actual enemy
a human being can be wrong and be bound by lies and systems
but she or he is still a sister or brother to ourselves
with the lies and systems and things between us as the real enemy

a human being or his creation as always a mixed bag
a human being or his creation as always a mixed bag
Track Name: Hoelang blijven we spelen?
hoelang blijven we spelen
met adders en geweren
in het mijnenveld
hoelang blijven we spelen
op ons drumstel in't midden van de nacht
terwijl de draak slaapt

Hoelang blijven we gokken
me onszelf als inzet
ons eigen lichaam, onze eigen ziel
zonder dat we weten wie er wint
als wij het zijn die verliezen
zonder dat we ooit zullen weten
wat we hebben verloren
Track Name: Salva mea
Oh God save me from the systems of this world
Oh God save me from myself
Oh God save me from the monsters in the dark
Oh God save me from the beast inside me
Oh God save me from the evil done to me
Oh God save me from my sins

Domine salva mea
Domine salva mea

Salva mea God same me God save me
Salva mea God same me God save me

From evil and violence
Oppression and hate
Greed and selfishness
And worship of selfmade idols
From lies and deception
Lust and lovelessness
Destruction and pollution
Track Name: Untitled in C-minor
none
Track Name: Unseen disconnect/mi sona ala
I know I can’t explain to you
the thoughts and feelings that I have
You would never understand my words
Even if I could describe things perfectly

And there’s no real connection
Because There’s no intersection
There’ll be no actual understanding
Cause We live in different worlds

So I’ll hurt your feelings
And you’ you’ll hurt mine
And It’ll happen, it’ll happen again
Time after time

Without knowing what went wrong
We’ll both blame the other again and again
Without seeing those solid differences
standing between us as a wall

mi sona ala e ni:
sina pilin e seme?
sina sona ala e ni:
mi pilin e seme?
mi sona ala e ni:
seme li lon insa sina?
sina sona ala e ni:
seme li lon insa mi?

(solo)

The things you do that hurt me
Wouldn’t hurt you if done to you
But to me they’re rather destructive
and you’re unable to even see it

The things I do to you that hurt you
They wouldn’t hurt me if done to me
But to you they’re is rather destructive
and I’m unable to even see it

So I’ll hurt

mi sona ala e ni:
sina pilin e seme?
sina sona ala e ni:
mi pilin e seme?
mi wile sona e ni:
sina pilin e seme?
sina wile sona e ni:
mi pilin e seme?

mi sona ala e ni:
seme li lon insa sina?
sina sona ala e ni:
seme li lon insa mi?
mi wile sona e ni:
seme li lon insa sina?
sina wile sona e ni:
seme li lon insa mi?
Track Name: Transatlantic unfriend blues
hello stranger from over the ocean
coming in wireless in ones and zeros...
what is friendship in this digital world?

do you want to know more people
completely different from you
and the narrow culture around you that you try to escape
or just people who'll affirm
things you already know

I'm not here to take sides in foreign conflicts
or affirm alien shibolets
but to make friends and learn
I can try to be a virtual friend to you
but I can’t mould myself into the mindset
Of an alien culture7...

I wanna be a friend
to everyone regardless of
Culture, gender, sex, race or even musical taste
I believe it’s from our difference
That we learn the most
So I'm not taking sides
between two poles of whatever trivial culture wars
You seem to think thinks universal
And you really should get rid of
Both sides of that nonsense

I learned your language
but you never knew mine as a monolingual
and even in English we use the same words
and say completely different things
there's hidden connotations and double meanings to words
assumptions and really weird connections
that we don't get that don't get cleared up
and listening to the other in case of misunderstanding
instead of assuming the worst is important from every side not just mine
but I see that you've already hit the unfriend button