Lisa Marie Presley Says "So Long" to Scientology

Last month, we noted that Lisa Marie Presley's single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," which she released ahead of her new album, Storm and Grace, came with lyrics that read like a kiss-off to the Church of Scientology, even using some of Scientology's jargon -- like the very telling word suppressive. (For several years there have been rumors that Presley was disillusioned with the church.)

This week, the rest of the album comes out, and we got our hands on the lyrics to the rest of the tracks. After you read the words to the song "So Long" we have a feeling you'll agree with us that there's no longer any doubt how Presley, 44, feels about Scientology.

We managed to find a partial video of the song, which you can see above, but it doesn't contain the crucial opening verse. Here are the lyrics of the song in their entirety, as they were supplied to the Voice by Presley's label (Presley has previously indicated that she wrote the lyrics to all songs on the album, with some help from others)...

So Long

This here is a city without lights
Those are all the people without eyes
Churches, they don't have a soul
Soup for sale without a bowl
Religion so corrupt and running lives
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can't say I'll miss you in the end

Chorus:
So long, seems that I was so wrong
Seems I wasn't that strong
Dead wrong, and now I'm long gone
Wrong side, I've been sleeping on the wrong side
Stains all over my soul I can't hide
Nothing's more clear than goodbye

These roads they don't lead to anything
These people they talk, they say nothing
Actors who don't have a part
Heartfelt people with no heart
I'll find a new crowd
Make a new start
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can't say I'll miss you in the end

(Chorus)

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, say nothing at all if you've nothing nice to say

Wow.

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We've made multiple requests to Presley's publicist for an interview with the singer. This week she begins a push for the new album, including appearances on Good Morning America on Tuesday. She'll show up on American Idol Thursday night, and on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel's shows the next week. What are the chances that one of them will actually ask her about these lyrics?

We turned once again to Jefferson Hawkins for his thoughts on the song. Hawkins was once responsible for selling Scientology to the masses, and knows a thing or two about media messages. He left the church in 2005 and wrote a book about his experiences. He's especially good at describing what Scientologists go through when they leave the church.

"Wow, that kind of says it all, doesn't it?" he said when I first showed him the lyrics. Then he sent this lengthier assessment:

I think it expresses how a lot of people feel when they leave Scientology -- they have realized that it is a corrupt church, and is trying to control its members, micromanage their lives. They realize that it is a church without a soul. That is, it tries to present itself as a religion but has no compassion or tolerance or real care for people -- it's just all about money and control. I like the lyric "heartfelt people with no heart." Scientologists are so seemingly sincere and earnest, but the bottom line is they just don't care about their members or anyone else. They have no heart. It's an empty shell, and I think more and more members are coming to that same conclusion.

I also called up Jason Beghe, the Californication actor who became well known for very vocally defecting from Scientology in 2008. While he was still in the church, he was a favorite at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and he knew other famous Scientologists -- such as Presley and Kirstie Alley -- very well.

He too said there is little question, looking at Presley's lyrics, that she is making a public disavowal of the church.

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Jason Beghe has become a regular on Californication
"The honesty and the passion are clear, and it seems as though she's woken up," he says.

"It's what I would expect, having spent time with her," he goes on to explain. "Some people, when they leave Scientology, get very sad. Some get scared. But some, like me and apparently like Lisa, get fucking pissed. It has the same tone as my own thing, when I said publicly, show me a motherfucking 'Clear'."

Beghe is referring to one of Scientology's bedrock principles, that if you engage in the arcane and increasingly expensive rituals of church founder L. Ron Hubbard's "technology," you will eventually unburden your mind of distracting clutter and go "clear" -- and become somewhat superhuman. Scientologists spend years, and increasingly expensive rates, chasing the state of clear (and beyond), telling each other that just one more level, one more training routine, will get them to superhuman status. It never comes, and eventually, longtime members tend to drop out from sheer exhaustion. Beghe says Presley has obviously reached that point. (Records show she was attested "clear" by Scientology in 1980, when she was only 12 years old.)

"My heart goes out to her. It's not an easy moment. But it seems that she's seized control of it and used it artistically. I think that's the strongest artistic communication I've heard her make," he says.

"Coming out of Scientology has freed me up, artistically," he adds, and his career does seem to have benefited from his decision to defect in 2008. He's now a regular on Californication and is just wrapping up his involvement in an Ayn Rand movie. When I interviewed Beghe after he first went public with his defection, he really wasn't sure how it would affect his career.

"You put a clamp on your soul and it affects everything," he says, explaining that it isn't easy to break out of that confinement.

"It takes guts, it takes courage. Lisa was in forever, since she was a little kitten. I don't know where her mother's at, but I'm moved, frankly."

When I asked Beghe if he thought Presley would take another step and speak publicly about her decision, he said it might not happen.

"Everybody's got their own process. But it seems to me that at least she's found a way to express herself that's penetrating, to say the least," he says.

Like Hawkins, Beghe says he was struck by the line, "Heartfelt people with no heart."

"These people in the church are decent people. And the fact is, their hearts have been taken out of them. That's how I read that. They're heartfelt, but it's not their fucking heart," he says.

I also pointed out a line that, to me, seems an obvious slap to the church: "Nothing's more clear than goodbye."

Beghe explained that many longtime Scientologists are being driven away from the church because of the way current leader David Miscavige has tinkered with L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" -- at one point telling advanced, longtime members that they would have to redo expensive levels of training and, essentially, go "clear" all over again. It made no sense to Beghe, he tells me, and started him on the road to breaking free. Many other veteran members now coming out of the church make the same complaint.

"A lot of people are waking up because of that thing," Beghe says. And then he added something that really surprised me.

"I also think Kirstie has one foot out the door. And Kirstie and Lisa are two hearts with one beat. They're close. They're good friends," he says.

We'll be paying attention as Lisa gives interviews this week. Will a reporter please ask her about these lyrics?


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Scientology Sunday Funnies!

Just about every day, we receive the latest wacky and tacky fundraising mailers put out by Scientology orgs around the world. Thank you, tipsters, for forwarding them to us! On Sundays, we love to reveal them to you.


When we think of the Phoenix org raising money for a new building, we naturally think of the fabulous Dede. But in this flier, the Arizona folks are trying to class things up a bit.

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Never been a better time? Well, you can't fault this South African flier for trying.

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OMG! Catch the fever as the OC org ropes you in for Central Files work needed for the new building! As we've seen in videos, you can help out even in the middle of the night!

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As usual, we look forward to your illuminating comments about these mailers.


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Commenters of the Week!

Last week, we started things off with some delicious Sunday Funnies, including a flier that promised after listening to Rick Alexander you'd be able to convince anyone -- even those in no "need" of it -- to put down hard earned cash for Scientology training.

We enjoyed MarkStark's syllabus for Rick Alexander's seminar...

The 12 parts of Mr. Rick's dissemination course:

1. How to get relatives to report to an Org on command, using Tone 40.
2. How to deal with relatives who threaten to kill you or themselves, if you mention Scientology or L. Ron Hubbard one more time.
3. How to disseminate onto newspaper, when no relatives are available.
4. Inseminate and disseminate: The 2-pronged approach.
5. Disseminating from 3 feet behind the head.
6. Disseminating up the rear.
7. Full-frontal disseminityness.
8. Finding their ruin, and going in for the kill.
9. It's like Disneyland! Selling kids on the Sea Org, even when their parents are against it.
10. Disseminating as if your life depended on it.
11. Disseminating to the dead.
12. Disseminating after you're dead.

BroekerBroekerBroeker, meanwhile, saw a mention of Kate Bornstein's memoir in last week's Commenters of the Week, and added his own impression of the book...

I finished reading Kate's book the other day, and I can't recommend it enough to any Scn watcher. It's much less about Scn proper than many of the other exes' books -- because Kate has been out (of CoS) for three decades and lived a number of fascinating lives since -- but it still provides riveting first-hand detail of life on the Apollo. And that's something relatively new.

Rolotomasii noted something about the layout of the page in last week's post...

Don't now if this is purposeful, Village Voice you scoundrels, but next to the Rick Alexander promo and the testimonials is a sex toy ad for something called Smitten Kitten and a sex toy that looks suspiciously like a demonic carrot. It juxtaposes nicely with M.B.'s comment in the Rick Alexander nonsense regarding learning a new tool that is great and useful. I would like to believe that this is circumstance or karma, but one thing it is damn funny. Bravo, Village Voice, bravo.

Well, we do try!

Monday evening, we took a close look at the sex-assault lawsuit filed against John Travolta and found many dream-like elements in it.

mirele was quick with an apt judgment on the lawsuit...

This has the whiff of Eau de Ambulance Chaser...you know, the heady mix of hot asphalt and freshly-printed tabloid.

MarkStark, as usual, made us nearly spill our coffee...

Travolta wouldn't touch this guy with an 8-inch pole.

And Jonathan W. Hendry added this jab...

The plaintiff should have held out for a really talented attorney, like Orly Taitz.

And then Miles Biondo had us nodding with this perceptive read of the situation...

John Travolta's self-imposed Scientology Prison has always made him a tragic character to me. An eminently likable man who, in interviews, exhibits a warmth and humanity that would be difficult to fake, I've always been pulling for him to see the light and make the brave escape. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, comes off as an arrogant, delusional, brainwashed tool. Perhaps it's as they say -- that Scientology makes you "more of who you are." I would be happy to hear that Travolta has finally parted company with these slithering criminals, as I would be happy to see Cruise go down with the sinking ship.

I couldn't care less about Travolta's -- or any celebrity's -- sexuality; it is categorically none of my business. But everything about John Doe's complaint smells like bullshit. I've heard dozens of rumors about Travolta's alleged proclivities. It is only the looming presence of Scientology, and L. Ron Hubbard's brutally bigoted anti-gay doctrine, that gives these rumors any significance.

On Friday, we brought more analysis to the Travolta lawsuit, courtesy of our legal expert, Scott Pilutik. We also got a look at the rambling, loony statement from John Doe #1, who wished Travolta well even though he was suing him for $2 million.

We liked this characterization of that message, by Noah Miller...

Translation of John Doe's statement: "Please stop calling me a liar. It is really hard to get paid to go away when everyone is calling me a liar."

We had to smile at this bit of honesty by scnethics....

I read about the case here and I know it's bullshit. Then I read about it somewhere else, and it seems plausible. Damn, I'm impressionable!

And finally, we couldn't help laughing at this jibe from LoyalOfficer...

Why does John put himself in these types of situations? He should just do what the rest of us do when we feel that urge to tickle another's pickle. Just go exterior and zoom off to the Throbbing Thetan Bath House. Tom C. gets greeted there like Norm from Cheers.

Well, this was a wild week. The Travolta lawsuit came out of nowhere, and I know it wasn't everyone's favorite subject. We're working on several very meaty new investigations, and should be able to start unveiling them soon. In the meantime, send in those fundraising mailers and any other tips! Our tipsters are the very best!

And please remember to check our Facebook author page for schedules and updates.


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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.


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Hjaksd
Hjaksd

I am hard pressed to find a bigger pack of lies than what appears in this article.

Digs
Digs

Isn't Priscilla Presley still in the cult? That'll be interesting, given the Church's policy of Disconnection. Mother and daughter, both in the public eye - will the CoS go ahead and risk the colossally bad publicity, or will they let it slide in the case of the Presleys, with the attendant risk of other members who've been made to Disconnect asking awkward questions? Either way, I'm getting some popcorn in.

Artoo45
Artoo45

If there is an afterlife, Elvis is smiling . . .

Too Much
Too Much

I would love to find out how many paying customers went to the Orange County shilling. 3? 4 at most?

It would also be awesome to find out how much money the fucking crooks rooked and swindled out of Lisa Presley, bet you it's in the tens of millions of bucks.

Lea_turner
Lea_turner

Tony- Lisa's site is revamped and running and the Scientology links are GONE. Worth noting, yeah? ;)

mad_world
mad_world

Wonderful stuff! Every person trapped in that cult is one too many.

Good for you, Lisa!

A good indication of Scientology's sinking into the abyss, is their Alexa ranking - heading straight down at an impressive speed.

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

 Lisa Marie Presley breaks free with 'Storm & Grace'http://www.usatoday.com/life/m...

She won't name names but suggests that the damage was both personal and professional. "I got bad advice. I was insulated with no grip on reality," she says. "They were taking my soul, my money, my everything."

Rolotomasii
Rolotomasii

Wow - that Orange County Org flyer really has me re-thinking this whole "Scientology is a dirty stupid cult/scam" line of thinking.  Who knew from May 9th until May 18th one could have so much fun?  What activities!!!  File Labeling and switch out?  Wow!!!! Where do I sign up???.  Forget enjoying the beautiful spring weather with family and friends when you could be "QCing" files.    Thinking of throwing out a fishing line, going for a hike or simply sitting in the sun drinking a few beers?  Well friend not when there is furniture hauling and dekluge (is that a made up word?) - Fuckin-A right!!!! 

scilonsxchools
scilonsxchools

"Theres Never been a better time to call yourself a scientologist"?

Unless you are Uzbekian!! (see The Australian article)

"AN Uzbek asylum-seeker who claims he endured two days' torture by police for being a Scientologist has won protection in Australia by arguing the documents he used to reach Australian shores were actually falsified"

The mind boggles on that one!

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC wish to inform VV readers that Lisa Marie Presley has not written up a KR and sent it uplines to us per Church policy. Therefore, and more factually to the point, no matter how she may cryptically bleat in a song about her case being in chronic restim, she has zero confront when it comes to the Church.

It is frankly 1.1 to speak in innuendos through songs. There is such a thing as a service facsimile which works by making self right and others wrong. If Lisa Marie Presley is trying to prove to the world that the Tech did not work on her then she is solely responsible for her "no case gain" downstat condition. We in RTC know that the Tech is flawless and guarantees superhigh spiritual states. Lisa Marie is serfacky. What more can we say?

Lisa Marie has only herself to blame because only continuous withholds and overts cases do not make the grade in Scientology. We in RTC hope that Lisa Marie comes to her senses. Until she does, her only way back into our good graces is to raise her IAS Patron status by $10,000,000 to Patron Meritorious Overweightium.

And I'm Cute, Too
And I'm Cute, Too

Here's how I read the OC flyer:

Day 1: Pointless paperworkDay 2: More pointless paperworkDay 3: Even more AND manual labourDay 4: See aboveDay 5: QC (???) of files, which will require 300 man hours (*%$?!)Day 6: More QC + mindless paperworkDay 7: More of sameDay 8: More of sameDay 9: Oh, just kill me already....

And the photos on the flyer attempt to make this look like fun....

P.S.  I really hope Lisa Marie is out.  And I really, really hope she talks about it. Now THAT would be fun.

Heather G
Heather G

Way to go, Lisa Marie.

I just hope that, along with the upset and anger, Lisa Marie is enjoying her new freedom. That's gotta ease the pain a good deal.

Also, "Full-frontal disseminityness" cracked me up.

Anon!
Anon!

This week's funnies are disparate while unified in the presumption that one capable and in command of critical thinking would ally oneself with such a nonsensical group.

#1.  Phoenix and $cn... cool! Are there tours? Will ALL questions be answered? Is one permitted to "see the sights" without giving these buggers adequate information for them to harass the sightseer to the end of their days?

#2.  The quote, "The Force that Guarantees the Future of Scientology", at the bottom of the South African flier has me feeling: amused, annoyed and sad.

Amused because he looks so happy in an artificial manner, like "Wow, I can't believe I finished all those TR's, etc." with a look on his face like he has arrived at CLEAR and is looking forward to his OT powers with everything that includes.

Annoyed because this guy is one of how many that have been sucked in by $cn's garbage and will eventually be spewed from the presence of the "good and faithful $cn's" when he asks too many questions, reaches the end of his finances and is unable to "take the next course" or "buy those books" which help support DM's lifestyle, the bigger, better, EMPTY buildings that are "helping save the world" which is generally accepted by those in command of their critical thinking skills as large@facebook-100003702978399:disqus amounts of bull#@&*.

Saddened because I know there is a real person behind this picture who has a life with family, responsibilities, etc. and I hope, for his sake, that DISCONNECTION never becomes part of his reality. DISCONNECTION is one of the most hurtful and harmful things to be forced on another person, especially in the $cn application as those who are being abandoned most often are NOT informed why this is happening and IF there could ever be a way to bridge this chasm.

#3. Team OC and the org opening? Hmm, how many ways are there to say No! The flier is supposed to make it all fun and games; although, as I read the text and what's unspoken between the lines, I want to SCREAM about: labor laws, minimum wage, families, the right of women to have children, being able to sleep adequately. I trust that you get my drift.

Perhaps $cn will wake up, smell the coffee and change its methodologies; however, I find that as likely as the USA becoming a colony of England on 4 July 2012. I hope I have given you food for thought.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

I do hope Lisa Marie leaves the cult but I don't see a high profile split in the same manner as Jason Beghe or Paul Haggis. It's been seven years since her last album and when you consider the time required for the song writing and music recording process, warning signs had to be flashed. This is a breakup years in the making. Lisa Marie is Scientology royalty and minders (spys) have been assigned and reports were made. If the cult goes full bore against Lisa Marie, they could scare off mom Priscilla and daughter Riley. Keep it low and they can prevent a celebrity exodus and still be able to chip away at the Elvis fortune. She's well aware of the disconnection policy, but because of her status in the church, she might be able to push the envelope and get away with this.

anne
anne

Been a tad depressed ever since the Deb Cook case settled,and feeling somewhat defeated. But along comes Lisa Marie singing this song,and once again I feel the warmth of the sun. Here comes the sun..... Bless you Lisa is all I can say, bless you.

N. Graham
N. Graham

 Smart?  Hell Yeah!  Clear by 12!  She must have repeated Secret Celebrity OT 11 three times by now!  But it's true!  I bet a lot of SciOs WILL buy the album!  But they'll probably think she's talking about psychiatrists.

Jgg
Jgg

 Orange County: it's a ground floor opportunity!

MarkEbner59
MarkEbner59

I for one am hoping that the nutty Juliette Lewis, her nuttily named brother Lightfield and their dad Geoffrey blow the cult and get into family therapy.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

It's odd though, it just seems too bright and at too perfect an angle for how slapdash the rest of it is. 

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

I wonder if they will try to get Priscilla (she was beautiful before all the plastic surgery) to disconnect from Lisa Marie.  

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I love this line, hehe "Churches, they don't have a soulSoup for sale without a bowl "

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

The lyrics to the entire album are at her site.  Here's a friendly little ditty called "Turbulence".  Ignore the grammatical errors; those are hers, not mine.

Could "Little Jack Horner" be DM?

TurbulenceImagine that I can’t be comforted at all In pieces I went from crawling into a ball Evidence, it’s in my breathing every day Less and less and lessHey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you your the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this yeah it’s true Turbulence auto pilot to control down and down and down And if he’s there then I’ll take my order to go He shouldn’t see he shouldn’t know Hey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you your the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this yeah fucker it’s true And over there in the corner of the room Sat little Jack Horner in his gloom Do you like it there Na na na na naHey you you slither around while you rip every vein out And you your once so charming self inflicted tortured act It’s a loser and a poser’s toolHey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you you’re the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this Yeah fucker it’s trueImagine thatImagine that

Epic Sword Guy
Epic Sword Guy

Phoenix Org:  The barren desert with the cactus pretty much sums it up...

Jgg
Jgg

  Does this make her an SP?

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, should'nt line 5 be "ruining lives"?

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

I just had a comment go into moderation for approval the first time.  I have no idea why: it mentioned the $cientology website but without the www. 

It was a good comment (imho) and I don't want to retype it if it will eventually appear.  Has this happened to others?

Elizabethan
Elizabethan

Brilliant! You're probably right that she is thinking strategically, makes sense, don't see why not, she is a smart girl.

Elizabethan
Elizabethan

You got that.  He's smiling now, huh, wait a month or so, if that - Biggest laugh of a lifetime. Yahoo!  Completely insane!

Are_sics
Are_sics

I hope the released version of this new Lisa Marie Presley song really does have that first stanza -- especially "Churches, they don't have a soul" and "Religion so corrupt and running lives". Of course she can say that's a general critique of religion, but it's a bit hard to say it's anything other than her own experience that would lead to writing such things.  So you don't really need the "S word". 

The Orange County poster -- where it says "Tribute" in bold -- is that an overt (sic) statement translating as "you will be hit up for cash. Really Hard."??

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

"Help is available for room, board and transportation..." Translation: Dede will pick you up at the bus station in her 71 AMC Gremlin, you'll sleep on her sofa and enjoy all the beans and rice you can afford. Enjoy pilgrim and don't forget your cash, credit cards and check book. The limited edition LRH bobble head is available for just $79.99 with purchase of the Ron Encylopedia.

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

It's about time that the cult that 'lived by its 'celebrities' dies by them.  But, it's not David Miscavige who claims the 'State of Clear'; it's L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology itself; Corporate, 'Independent' *and* FreeZone.

Without the magic of 'Clear', Scientology has *nothing*.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Thanks Tony for finding and sharing this.   I like the song and the words have very clear meaning as you say.  She is a good writer.

You may be exposing Lisa Marie's strategy to connect with more Scientologists so that they get the message by letting them know about the meaning of the lyrics.   Maybe Lisa Marie is waiting to speak out in public or in the press once the album releases and many Scientologists purchase it and listen to it.

Once she is outed, Im sure Scientology will issue the orders for no one to buy it.

I'm probably wrong and she is not thinking that strategically!   Go Lisa Marie!!

Claude
Claude

So let's say you become a "Lifetime Member" of the IAS, like the grinning dupe in the Funnies today. 

How long do you suppose you could respond to further financial solicitations from Scientology by saying "Sorry - I'm a LIFETIME member!  I don't have to pay anymore!!!"

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

Tony you should link her interview on her site. It is a Youtube video from the 8th. " It was not a good situation. Friends, people I trusted, turned out to be criminals and vampires. I was living in a lost ???, I suppose, and then I got rid of it all"

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Lord almighty, I feel my " Temperature Rising" This is so amazing! Lisa Marie is now a badass rebel in my book, like Jason Beghe.

Lisa had me at, *You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.*

I will be buying her CD and it will be a treasured addition to my music library.

Lisa Marie Presley is helping save mankind from a corrupt cult/church...one song at a time.

skippress
skippress

It's a long way from listening to Danny Keogh and Chad Corea's band rehearsing in that garage in our house near Celebrity Centre to this glorious day. Way to go, Lisa Marie - your career will rise monumentally now. Damn good song on "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", girl. Now I can see you smiling!

Paul Jay Salerno
Paul Jay Salerno

I'll believe it the CCHR link comes down from her official website. The same same official website being used to shill this very CD.

California
California

Congratulations to Lisa Marie Presley. The lyrics are loving and heartfelt.  I wish her success with this new album.

Can anyone knowledgeable report on the status of her mother, Priscilla Presley, re: Scientology, please?

Bradley Greenwood
Bradley Greenwood

The Travolta story really tugs at one's heart. I am sure it also caused closeted Tom to tug at his "Cruise missile".

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Dear BroekerBroekerBroeker, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the book. Thanks for the shout out. I didn't see that post when you first put it up cuz I'm working on *another* book deadline that's due June 1. I'm trying to stay in touch here as much as I can, but I really hafta be writing, so I'm not around this blog as thoroughly as I'd like to be. So I'm glad Tony thought enough of your comment to highlight it—it sure made me smile. xoxo K

UncleGrandfather
UncleGrandfather

Get ready for an in-depth, slanderous article about Lisa Marie courtesy of Freedom Magazine.

"Failed singer, Lisa Marie Presley was kicked out of Scientology last May. She simply wasn't strong enough to go the distance and she may have come into contact with psychiatrists, which would explain her odd behavior. Her husband Michael Lockwood will be issued a replacement wife within the month. Now that Lisa Marie has been removed from our ranks we can truly prosper...not that we haven't been. We're expanding like never before!"

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

QUESTION: What did Ed Dearborne say to the fish that would not join staff?(A) Don't be Koi

Hey Ed don't be coy with us, show us the vids!

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

I was declared a Suppressive Person about a year ago by scientology.Why? I was posting on ESMB.

Then they declared my wife a Suppressive Person, shortly after.Why? She choose not to disconnect from me, that's all.

Now my teenage son who was born into scientology is trying to makenew friends, while his heart is bleeding about his old friends he grew upwith, but can't be friends with anymore, since his parents are "SP's".

It makes me sad and angry, every day of my life. I'll leave it at that.

This is scientology.

Thank you, Lisa.

hgc
hgc

Here's the thing about all those files in OC:  They could throw every last file box in the trash (dekluge?), and it wouldn't make an iota's worth of difference in the future of the church. They might as well be digging ditches and filling them back in again. 

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

I agree. That the song signals Lisa Marie Presely's blow from scientology, so I'm going to write like that's the case. Congratulations, Miss Lisa Marie. It could not have been easy, but you make it sound proud, and that's going to help a lot of people. You made me stronger with your song. 

I heard on NPR the other day in an interview with Elaine Pagel that the word "apocalypse" simply means "revelation." So, leaving the church is your own private apocalypse. It's gut wrenching and soul rending. It's when the holodeck stops working, and you see the black room and that awful grid. It's when you take the red pill and you realize the truth about the Matrix. Or it's the moment in all those movies when someone gets the message that all their family died in a car crash. Something on that magnitude went on in Ms. Presley's life. Imagine that. Her life was already huge, just by being a star. How huge was that shattering moment when she went, "Oh fuck. Oh fuck. Oh fuck" ? Brave, brave Lisa Marie Presley, who came right out and sang it.

So yay, freakin' you, Miss Lisa Marie! It was scary hard for me to write my own story. And I swear it feels wonderful, now that my memoir is finally out. I hope you're filled with joy that your song is out and inspiring people like me. I only have an inkling of how hard it must have been for you to write your song. And I can only hope that you sing even more of your story in your own time. Wishing you all the comfort and strength you'll be needing during your re-entry to the real world.

And if you ever want a fun conversation about all this, I know you'd be welcomed with heartfelt radical wonder, here on this blog, by people with radically welcoming hearts. 

kiss kiss, Your Auntie Kate

DodoTheLaser
DodoTheLaser

"It takes guts, it takes courage. Lisa was in forever, since she was a little kitten. I don't know where her mother's at, but I'm moved, frankly." ~ Jason Beghe

That says it all, I'm moved too, very much so.

brianculkin
brianculkin

She makes an interesting point in the line "heartfelt people with no heart"

It's rather hard for an outsider to believe the complexity of the various modes of psychological control the church implements to make that line a reality. I experienced this directly. Far before I did the St. Pete Times interview, I voiced a series of concerns to specific people I considered quality human beings in regards to the blatant money grabbing and inhumanity rampant in the church. The depth of their response: "write it up."  It's a very sad situation. And yes, "heartfelt people with no heart" nails the phenomenon perfectly. There's a wonderful line from one of the plays by the great playwright/existentialist Gabriel Marcel. I read it the other day and feel it applies so precisely to the situation described by Lisa Marie and what so many of us have painfully experienced.

"Don't you feel sometimes we are living ... if you can call it living ... in a broken world? Yes, broken like a watch. The mainspring has stopped working. Just look at it, nothing has changed. Everything in its place. But put the watch to your ear, you don't hear any ticking."

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