Lyrics


BOOKMARKS (June 11, 2013)

Stand Up
What If
Heaven Knows
Down
I Don’t Want Your Love
Road To You
She’s My Girl
Symphony Lane
You’ll Never Change
Your Man
The Day I Died


SLICE (October 13, 2009)

Slice
Note to the Unknown Soldier
Tuesday
Chances
This Dance
Above the Timberline
Transfer
Hope
Story of Your Life
Love Can’t Change the Weather
Augie Nieto


Two Lights (August 1, 2006)

Freedom Never Cries
World
California Justice
The Riddle
Two Lights
65 Mustang
I Just Love You
Policeman’s Xmas Party
Road to Heaven
Johnny America


The Battle for Everything (February 3, 2004)

NYC Weather Report
The Devil in the Wishing Well
If God Made You
100 Years
Angels & Girlfriends
Dying
Infidel
Disneyland
Maybe I
The Taste
One More for Love
Nobody
Silent Night [Bonus Track]
Something About You [Bonus Track]
Sister Sunshine [Bonus Track]
2 + 2 Makes Five [Bonus Track]


America Town (September 26, 2000)

Easy Tonight
Bloody Mary (A Note on Apathy)
Superman (It’s Not Easy)
America Town
Something About You
Jainy
Michael Jordan
Out of Love
The Last Great American
Love Song
Boat Parade
Alright


Message for Albert (March 11, 1997)

Bella’s Birthday Cake
Day by Day
The Garden
Ocean
Happy
Love Song
Wise Man
White Picket Fence
2 Frogs
10 Miles from Nowhere
Last Great American
(European B-Side)


BOOKMARKS (June 11, 2013)


Stand Up

If you write a tragedy
where you can’t be saved
If your dreams put you asleep
Cause your bed is made

Stand Up Stand Up
Stand Up Stand Up
Cause you’re falling down

If you have to paint your face
and you’re not a clown
If you’re naked lost in space
And all you wear’s a frown

Stand Up Stand Up
Stand Up Stand Up
Cause you’re falling down
Stand Up Stand Up
Stand Up Stand Up
Before you hit the ground

There is no perfect man
We are just who I am
If you don’t understand
Well don’t give up

Cause one and one is two
Enough to get us through
If I can count on you
To just stand up

Can anybody out there hear me, hear me
Can anybody out there hear me, hear me

Stand Up Stand Up
Cause you’re falling down
Stand Up Stand Up
Before you hit the ground

Stand Up Stand Up
Cause you’re falling down
Stand Up Stand Up
Before you hit the ground

If you have to paint your face
And you’re not a clown
If you’re naked lost in space
And the world lets you down

If you write a tragedy
where you can’t be saved

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What If

Threw a line out to pull you to me
If you don’t get it then you don’t get it
You made your mind up before you knew me
If you don’t get it then you don’t get it

Take my hand for a minute
We’re in it
Imagine all the pain that might be forgiven

What if I had your heart
What if you wore my scars
How would we break down
What if you were me
What if I were you

What if you told my lies
What if I cried with your eyes
Could anyone keep us down
What if you were me
What if I were you

Had a dream of a new tomorrow
If you don’t get it then you don’t get it
I took a step hoping you might follow
If you don’t get it then you don’t get it

Take a chance for a minute
Jump in it
Imagine if you asked yourself for a minute

What if I had your heart
What if you wore my scars
How would we break down
What if you were me
What if I were you

What if you told my lies
What if I cried with your eyes
Could anyone keep us down
What if you were me
What if I were you

Do the ones who make it better find
To get out, got to touch the other side
What if all that it took to save our lives
Together was to rise up

What if I had your heart
What if you wore my scars
How would we break down
What if I were you

What if I told your lies
What if you cried with my eyes
Could anyone keep us down
What if you were me
What if I were you

What if your hand was my hand
Could we hold on and let go
What if your life was my life
Can we love what we don’t know

What if your hand was my hand
Could we hold on and let go
What if your life was my life

And what if I were you

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Heaven Knows

There’s no time to waste
In this famous goodbye
There’s Angels landing on the shore

So lay down with me
Let the river run dry
It’s Sunday in the six-day war

Smile darling don’t be sad
Stars are going to shine tonight

Tell me where the good men go
Before I wash away
Walk me down the old brick road
So I can die where I met you
Hold me like we’re going home
Turn your tears to rain
Bury me beautiful
Heaven knows how I loved you

There’s a children’s choir in perfect parade
Singing like they found the Lord
I can’t say it they’ll let me in
But we can dance the way we did
High above up the seventh floor

Smile darling don’t be Sad
Stars are going to shine tonight

Tell me where the good men go
Before I wash away
Walk me down the old brick road
So I can die where I met you
Hold me like we’re going home
Turn your tears to rain
Bury me beautiful
Heaven knows how I loved you
And How I loved you

Father hear your Son
Do the good die young
Did I raise you up, raise you up
Make you Proud

Let the sun go out
Tear the bridges down
I’m on my way, on my way
I’m going home
Home

Tell me where the good men go
Before I wash away
Walk me down the old brick road
So I can die where I met you
Hold me like we’re going home
Turn your tears to rain
Bury me beautiful
Heaven knows how I loved you

Tell me where the good men go
Before I wash away
Walk me down the old brick road
So I can die where I met you
Hold me like we’re going home
Turn your tears to rain
Bury me beautiful
Heaven knows how I loved you

Heaven Knows

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Down

Hey good looking
What you got cooking
I can see but I can’t find the light

Please forgive me
If I don’t have a smile to smile tonight

Don’t you know
Life ain’t pictures and words
And I don’t care if you know that I’m hurting cause

I won’t let you get me down
I won’t let you get me down
This time around

I see you’re happy
Out there laughing
Must be nice to have your sweet revenge

I might be crazy
But I think I won this in the end, the end

Don’t you know I can build my own house
You can try, but you can’t throw me out because

I won’t let you get me down
I won’t let you get me down

They say you don’t get what you want
But you get what you need
I don’t know who they are
Or how they believe it

The truth’s in the tears
The fire and the fears
I’m standing on

I won’t let you get me down
I won’t let you get me down
I won’t let you get me down
I won’t let you get me down
This time around

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I Don’t Want Your Love

If I lived so long to be the last man alive
My heart would never change
If I had the choice between a million eyes
I’d see you just the same
It’s no secret you’re the one for me
It’s obvious to all
But, I don’t want your love
I don’t want your love

You say that providence brought me to you
That you would be my wife
Together we could start a family
And live a decent life
There’s nothing more I’d rather say to you
Than swear the words I do
But, I don’t want your love
No, I don’t want your love

I would kill
I would die for you
I always will be true
If I could fix this thing you know that I would
But, only you can do
Cause it don’t matter how much you love me
Or how I might love you

I don’t want your love
I don’t want your love
I don’t want your love
My love

Until you love you too

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Road To You

I can’t believe how I love you
You’ll be the last
You’ll be the last turn I take
All of the signs are in color
Baby, I’m on my way

I hear a song on the radio
And it sounds like something I miss
But, I don’t need those old melodies
With you on my lips

I was born a fool on the run
I’ve broken hearts and lost at love
There’s not one thing I would change or undo
Cause all my life’s been a road to you

Watching you walk down the aisle
Every step, every step takes a year
Baby, you can count on the man
That’s standing right here

Today is the way to forever
I made a map to find you when you’re alone
Wherever we’ve been don’t matter
We’re this close to home

I was born a fool on the run
I’ve broken hearts and lost at love
There’s not one thing I would change or undo
Cause all my life’s been a road to you

Road to you
Road to you

I was born a fool on the run
I’ve broken hearts and lost at love
There’s not one thing I would change or undo
Cause all my life’s been a road to you

I was born a fool on the run
I’ve broken hearts and lost at love
There’s not one thing I would change or undo
Cause all my life’s been a road to you

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She’s My Girl

She turns wine to water
She’s nobody’s daughter
A stranger to the lovers at her feet

She makes potions between kisses
And wishes on the sun
Because the stars late at night she can’t see

She’s my best friend
She’s standing right beside me
I’ve waited my whole life
For somebody to find me
I know you don’t like her
But she’s my girl

She’s better than ice cream
I know you know what I mean
Better than the real thing
She can make my heart scream

She’s my girl
She’s my girl

There’s beauty in disaster
You can just ask her
But you won’t like what you will hear

Her name has stitches between letters
Goes on forever
In a skyline rainbow made of tears

She’s my best friend
She’s standing right beside me
I’ve waited my whole life
For somebody to find me
I know you don’t like her
But she’s my girl

She’s better than ice cream
I know you know what I mean
Better than the real thing
She can make my heart scream

She’s my girl
She’s my girl

We all need someone to love
Fire to touch
Reasons to rise above the cold

In a paralyzed world
It’s not enough to pretend alone

She’s my girl

She’s better than ice cream
I know you know what I mean
Better than the real thing
She can make my heart scream

She’s my girl

She’s my best friend
She’s standing right beside me
I’ve waited my whole life
For somebody to find me
I know you don’t like her
But she’s my girl

She’s better than ice cream
I know you know what I mean
Better than the real thing
She can make my heart scream

She’s my girl
She’s my girl
She’s my girl

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Symphony Lane

Symphony Lane is a private court
That runs away from you
Symphony Lane is made out of notes
Silent as they’re true

Symphony Lane is a shaded drag
With one house on the block
Park your car at the violins
Leave your heart unlocked

It’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you
Overtures

Symphony Lane has sidewalks of gold
Providing no escape
Symphony Lane is one hundred years old
Born just yesterday

She’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you
Overtures

It’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you, oh
It’s all around you
Overtures

Symphony Lane is a one-way road
Wide enough for two
Symphony Lane is the only hope
I’m holding out for you
Symphony Lane is straight up ahead
Right around the bend
Think too fast
Drive too slow

You’ll miss her once again
You’ll miss her once again
You’ll miss her once again
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You’ll Never Change
I know you have big plans ahead
Alterations
Filling up your mind
A little patience
Before you start to sand these corners
I’m warning you

I know you’ve put down
Our second chapter
But as an actor
Darling read between the lines
Before you take up the role of the reformer

You’ll never change
You’ll never change
Change me

You know I have this deep desire
For how you’re wired
Intrigues me to no end
And I’m willing to do what I can do
Push the boundaries
Hang your picture
Mix your mixture
But don’t expect to fix the color, the color of my eyes

You’ll never change
You’ll never change
Change me

Is it so wrong to be strong

Change
Change

You’ll never change
You’ll never change
Change me

I know you have big plans ahead

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Your Man

Let me be clear
Look in my eyes
Don’t ask me why
They’ve gone from brown to blue
Let yourself in
Don’t be surprised
In what you find
All that you see is true

I don’t want to have a horse in the running
I don’t want to spread the news of the storm that is a coming
I don’t want to be a saint on your shoulder
I don’t want to be young
Be another day older
I don’t want to be the son of a better man
I don’t want to love you any more than the best I can
I just want to be your man

Old fairy tales built up on lies
Meant to disguise what we have left to lose
Turn me to stone
Offer me twice
Into the fire
Into the fire I choose

I don’t want to have a horse in the running
I don’t want to spread the news of the storm that is a coming
I don’t want to be a saint on your shoulder
I don’t want to be young
Be another day older
I don’t want to be the son of a better man
I don’t want to love you any more than the best I can
I just want to be your man
Your man

Daddy was a fool when he walked out on the wire
Waited for the wind, the wind was on fire
She took him at his word and they never turned back
Never turned back again

I don’t want to be a saint on your shoulder
I don’t want to be young
Another day older
I don’t want to be the son of a better man
I don’t want to love you any more than the best I can
I just want, I want, I want to be your man (I wanna be your man)

I don’t want to be a horse in the running
But I could spread the news, a new day is coming
All I need to find is the place on your shoulder
Baby we could grow young, yeah we could grow older
We could have a son who’s a better man
With baby blues eyes
Don’t you understand
I just want to be your man

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The Day I Died

I woke up
You next to me
You said Good Morning
Are you Free
The sun crept in
For one last time
I was alive the day I died

The clock struck noon
But did not care
I saw a child
In my old chair
A shadow fell across your face
But all the years
Could not erase

I was alive, I was alive
You pulled me close
I held you tight
Though my smiles told a few lies
I was alive the day I died

I was the first to see a star
It seemed so close
It was so far
Wind started to roar
Screamed time to go
You know all you need
You need all you know

I was alive, I was alive
You pulled me close
I held you tight
And though our smiles told a few lies
I was alive the day I died

Oh Sweet Angel you call
Oh Sweet Angel you call
Oh Sweet Angel

White went black
Black went white
Universe cracked
I saw the light
You called my name
I did not respond
But I heard you well
Carried you on

Midnight came and I was gone
The planet shrugged and moved along
A few people noticed and sang my songs
I was alive the day I died
I was alive the day I died

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SLICE (October 13, 2009)


Slice

There was a time a long, long time ago
Chevys and levees played on the radio
No cell phones
Just 20,000 lights
Swaying on a Saturday night alright

Can you imagine that slice of time
Rock n roll was young
People stood in line
To hear music that played into their lives
That you could carry till the day you die

Hey Man Sing me a song
When we were everyone
We were more than just a Slice of American Pie

Have you read my blog today
300 million little USA’s
Your doorstep is just a click away
We’ll get together one of these days

How can you be as nice as me
You’re not from the same slice as me
Where do we go from here my friend
Is this the way our story ends
Hey Man Sing me a song
When we were everyone
We were more than just a Slice of American Pie

I can’t stop singing along
Can you join in…Come on
Are we more than just a Slice of American Pie

We’re top down lovers
It’s Saturday Night
The Band’s running
And it feels so right
The moon’s dancing
And the stars are free
I caught your heart on a Summer breeze
Whatever was or what’s meant to be
Our Melodies are Memories

There was a time a long, long time ago
Chevys and levees played on the radio
No cell phones
Just 20,000 lights
Swaying on a Saturday night alright

Hey Man Sing me a song
When we were everyone
We were more than just a Slice of American Pie

I can’t stop singing along
Can you join in, come on
Are we more than just a Slice of American Pie
We’re more than a Slice
We’re more than a Slice
We’re more than just a Slice of American Pie

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Note to the Unknown Soldier

I don’t know you
I never met you
For Laughs I’ll call you Sam
You were the son
Of Mrs. Someone
I hope she understands

Sam you were all that you had
Are you happy or sad
I never knew you
But I’m told you’re the best that we had

Were you so tall
Did you play Basketball
Was there a sweetheart at home
Did you write her letters
Did it make you better face the great unknown

Sam did you feel alone
You were so far from home
I never knew you
But I know you’re the best man I know

Could you tell it was time
See it coming in the back of your mind
When it was over
Was it over
Sam I’m glad you’re on my side

I don’t know you
I never met you
Can I call you Sam
Did you have a son
A daughter with a little one
I might go and thank

Sam you’re the best that we have
You make me happy and sad
If you were here, I’d buy the beers
I’d shake your hand and say good man
And though the sun would shine about the same
It’s a better World because you came
Sincerely Yours,

My kids will know your name

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Tuesday

One year like any old other year
In a week like any week
Monday lying down
Half Asleep
People doing what people do
Loving, working and getting through
No portraits on the walls
Of Seventh Avenue

Then Tuesday came and went
Like a helicopter overhead
The Letter that she left
Cold Addressed in Red
Tuesday Came and went one
One September
When will she come again

The thing about memories
They’re sure and bound to fade
Except for the stolen souls
Left upon her blade
Is Monday coming back
That’s what Mondays do
They Turn and Turn around
Afraid to see it through

Tuesday came and went
Like a helicopter overhead
The Letter that she left
Cold Addressed in Red
Tuesday Came and went one
One September
When will she come again

Tuesday Came and went one
One September, When?
Cold and dressed in red
How could I forget
Tuesday Came and went
Like a Helicopter overhead
Will she come again

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Chances

Chances are when said and done
Who’ll be the lucky ones
Who make it all the way
Though you say I could be your answer
Nothing lasts forever
No matter how it feels today

Chances are we’ll find a new equation
Chances roll away from me
Chances are all they hope to be
Don’t get me wrong, I’d never say never
’Cause though Love can’t change the weather
No act of God could pull me away from you
I’m just a realistic man
A bottle filled with shells and sand
Afraid to look beyond what I could lose
When it comes to you
And though I’d see us through

Chances are we’ll find two destinations
Chances roll away from me
Still chances are more than expectations
But possibilities over me

8 to 5 we’re 2 to 1
Lay your money on the sun
Until you crash what have you done
Is there a better bet than love
What you are is what you bring
You gotta cry before you sing

Chances

Chances lost are hope’s torn out pages
Maybe this time

Chances are we’ll be the combination
Chances come and carry me
Chances are waiting to be taken
And I can see

Chances are the fascination
Chances won’t escape from me
Chances are only what we make them
And all I need…

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This Dance

This is not our favorite song
But the night’s moving right along
May I have your hand
May I have this dance

I sense that you are amused
But you just bought those brand new shoes
It would be such a shame
Not to give us the chance

My love, there’s only so many dances
We can take across the Nile
So while it’s just me and you
I thought I might say to you
You put the beautiful in life

I know at times that you feel alone
When I’m here and I’m never home
You’ve said it before
It’s the price that you pay

On matters of clarity
It’s no secret you carry me
But should the sky start to fall
I will keep you safe

My love, there’s only so many dances
We can take across the Nile
So while it’s just me and you
I thought I might say to you
You put the beautiful in life

This is not our favorite song
But I wish it’d go on and on
It’s moments like these singers do all they can to stop time
So let me just say to you
Before the DJ changes the tune
You put the beautiful in life

You put the beautiful in life

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Above the Timberline

I get a little tired
Looking through the trees
Sitting on the 405
Hoping for a breeze
Everybody’s gunning
They got something to see
I got to sell this ticket
Get the Shadow off of me

So what is your problem
You been moping around
You need to find a mountaintop
Get out of this town
She says, Sometimes
You got to get away
Clear out that noggin
Open up the day

Above the Timberline
The higher I go
The harder I climb
I’m closer to you
It’s clear in my mind
Love shines bright Above the Timberline

Things get slower
When it’s harder to breathe
I can almost touch the stars
That are hanging over me
You never been more beautiful
Here it’s easy to see
All that really matters
You’re all I’ll ever need

I’m getting to the bottom
At the top of the world
Leaving trivialities
Parked down at the curb
All That noise between us
Now it can’t be heard
I’m listening to the wind
I’m writing down the words

Above the Timberline
The higher I go
The harder I climb
I’m closer to you
It’s clear in my mind
Love shines bright Above the Timberline

Now I’ll be coming home
I’ll be coming home soon
Before I head on down
I’m going to kiss the moon

Above the timberline
The higher I go
The harder I climb
I’m closer to you
It’s clear in my mind
Love shines bright Above the Timberline

Above the Timberline
No hitting the brakes
No waiting in line
The farther you go
The higher you’ll climb
Love shines bright Above the Timberline

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Transfer

Bought a ticket
Destination Nowhere
I am going
Then he smiled
It’d been a while
He Said
Goodbye, bye, bye, bye, love…

She worked at the transfer station
No last words or consolations
Why, I never lied
She cried
Goodbye, bye, bye, bye, love…

He then took her off
He checked his line
The years went by
He found himself best he could find

Then A letter
Posted Nowhere
Regards I’ve arrived
Am doing fine
I missed you mine
Come Save my Life
My Love, My Life

She then put him on
She checked her line
She took her time
And on her heart she relied

Bought a Ticket
Destination Nowhere
I am going
Then she smiled
It’d been a while
That smile
Goodbye, bye, bye, bye, love

Train pulls into nowhere
There he stands
A field of flowers
For his hands
My love he cries
I missed you mine
Come Save my Life

She says don’t cry
Was only time
Moves in a line
And then she smiled
And said Besides
I’m just passing bye

Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye Love
Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye Love
Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye Love
Goodbye

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Hope

When life’s got you down
And you can’t make a sound
’Cause Love has forsaken you
When you’re burning on fire
But have no desire
To put out the flames and move

You got to have Hope
You got to have something
There’s always a reason to break
Hope
’Cause Nothing Less
Will Save The Day

When you are in pain
And step off the train
And nobody’s waiting for you
You can knock down each door
Of old metaphors
Or embrace the cold hard truth

But you got to have Hope
You got to have something
There’s always a reason to break
Hope
’Cause Nothing Less
Will Save the day

I see that look in your eyes
I’ve seen it before
Each to our own disguise
If you need me
You’re not alone

When Life’s got you down
And you can’t make a sound
’Cause despair has stolen your song
Raise up your fist
And into the abyss, Scream…
Coward, get off my lawn

Hope
Something
There’s always a reason to break
Hope
’Cause Nothing Less
Will Save the day

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Story of Your Life

At 17 she left Long Island bound for Hollywood
Another Story like the ones you’ve heard before
He left her broken like you figured, like you knew he would
She shut her heart after his ring rang off the door

It’s the story of your life
You’re tearing out the page
New chapter underway
The story of your life
You live it every day
You can run, you run
But you won’t get away
I don’t know what’s coming up
Where will you go now
It’s the story of your life

She hit the ground
She built a fine career
Every weekend walked her dog beside the sea
In the salt she met a man who knew at once but wait
Is he the one we need him to be

In the story of your life
You’re moving down the page
As the words begin to change
The story of your life
You live it every day
You can run, you run
But you won’t get away
I don’t know what’s coming up
Where will you go now
It’s the story of your life

Look around
Look around and the world will find you

There’s a reason that we live so far from Hollywood
In the country looking hard to find a home
We’re nothing perfect
All considered
But we’re So Damn Good

It’s the story of your life
You’re moving down the page
And you know you’re on your way
The story of your life
You live it every day
You can run, you run
But you won’t get away
No one knows what’s coming up
Where will you go now
It’s the story
It’s your story
It’s the story of your life

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Love Can’t Change the Weather

Love comes in
Love goes out
Moves in Circles
Roundabout
We’ve been tired
We can’t make it anymore

Love is Young
Love gets old
Ages better
Then love goes cold
We’ve been tried
We can’t take it anymore

Love can’t change the Weather
She says I’m out of my mind, over my head
Love can’t change the Weather
But I’ll rise to shade the sun when it blinds your eyes
Love is Born
Love is dead
Runs in colors
Blues and Reds
We can’t die
We can’t waste it anymore

Love in Me
Loving You
Makes it Better
When Love is True
We are one
We can face any storm

Love can’t change the Weather
She says I’m out of my mind, over my head
Love can’t change the weather
But I’ll be holding you when the rain walks in
Holding on…

And if you’re wondering
What is my take on this
If you’re wondering
I’m out of my mind, over my head
But I’ll shade the sun if it blinds your eyes

Love can’t change the weather
But I stand
Holding your heart
Keeping your hand

Love can’t change the weather
I Believe
No act of God is stronger than you and me

Love Comes in
Love goes out
We can’t die…

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Augie Nieto

Augie Nieto’s got a story to tell you
Though it’s hard to hear him speak
He caught Lou Gehrig rounding third one day
Now he’s happy as he’ll ever be

He’s running through the night
He’ll die before he sleeps
Augie’s found what I’ve been looking for

Augie Nieto can tell you he loves you
He’s two wheels closer to God
His Captain Lynne sailing by his side
He’ll never leave you lost

Though his arms can’t squeeze you tight
He’ll hold you when you sleep
Augie’s found what I’ve been looking for

Hey Yea…Hey Yea…Take it any way it goes
Hey Yea…Hey Yea…
Open up your never mind
Open up your mind

Augie Nieto has never been happier
You got to see to believe
He caught Lou Gehrig rounding third one day
Now he’s carrying the whole team

It’s not the breaths you take
It’s how you breathe
Augie’s Found what I’ve been looking for

Augie’s Found what I’ve been looking for

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Two Lights (August 1, 2006)


Freedom Never Cries

I took a flag to a pawn shop
For a broken guitar
I took a flag to a pawn shop
How much is that guitar
I took a flag to a pawn shop
I Got me that guitar
What’s a flag in a pawn shop to me?

I Saw a man on the T-V
In a mask with a gun
A man on the T-V
He had a ten-year old son
I Saw a man on the T-V
His son had a gun
He says that he’s coming for me

I never loved the soldier until there was a war
Or thought about tomorrow
’til my baby hit the floor
I only talk to God when somebody’s about to die
I never cherished freedom

Freedom never cries.

I Wrote a song for a dead man
To settle my soul
A song for a dead man
Now I’ll never grow old
I Wrote a song for a dead man
Now I’m out in the cold
What’s a song to a dead man to me?

I never loved the soldier until there was a war
Or thought about tomorrow
’til my baby hit the floor
I only talk to God when somebody’s about to die
I Never cherished Freedom

Freedom never cries.

You can cry for her
Die for her
Make up your mind to her

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World

Got a package full of Wishes
A Time machine, a Magic Wand
A Globe made out of Gold

No Instructions or Commandments
Laws of Gravity or
Indecisions to uphold

Printed on the box I see
A.C.M.E.’s Build-a-World-to-be
Take a chance – Grab a piece
Help me to believe it

What kind of world do you want?
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now…

Should there be people or peoples
Money, Funny pedestals for Fools who never pay
Raise your Army – Choose your Steeple
Don’t be shy, the satellites can look the other way

Lose the Earthquakes – Keep the Faults
Fill the oceans without the salt
Let every Man own his own Hand

What kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now…

Sunlight’s on the Bridge
Sunlight’s on the Way
Tomorrow’s Calling

There’s more to this than Love

What Kind of world do you want
What Kind of world do you want

What Kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let’s start at the start
Build a masterpiece

History Starts Now

Be careful what you wish for
Start Now

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California Justice

Early one morning at county line
The swells 4-6 approaching 9
The barrel of my life hit the Malibu Sky
A Golden State Pipe – Conchita was mine

Suddenly a local on a Boogie in a Thong
Cut in on my line – My Barrel was gone
Her Pepperdine Stud screamed “Val that’s what you get”
I shot him with a gun behind Neptune’s Net.

Killed a man I don’t know what the fuss is
I’m just looking for some California Justice…

Took off in the Mustang for the 395
Double Double in Mohave – Took a left at Lone Pine
I Powered up the top of Mt Whitney
They may not have a Jamba Juice but here they’ll never get me…

While working my tan looked down the cliff to see
A line of Black and Whites Dropped by a yellow Jersey
Called Uncle Arnie said, “What’s going on
He said, “New Sheriff in town…Name’s Lance Armstrong”

Killed a man I don’t know what the fuss is
I’m just looking for some California justice

Hired a fixer to keep things blurry
Sent the shuttle to space for the perfect jury
The judge dropped the bar and to the court decreed
You can lay down all you like
Tell me what you see

I’m free
Heading up the Truckee River
To catch me a brown though the water makes me shiver
Mistake I made was crossing the border
Casinos for me are cooked and made to order

I didn’t intend to kill the dealer last night
But I doubled down to 20 – His 16 pulled a 5
Now I’m heading back to Cali bound for TAHOE CITY…

Killed a man I don’t know what the fuss is
I’m just looking for some California justice

Moral of the story keep the straight and narrow
Your eyes on the ball
Your hands off the sparrow
Every country needs one broken arrow
At least we gave you Ronnie Reagan, Sonny & Chero

I’ll meet you down behind Neptune’s Net
Catch my honey in the thong
Do you get it yet?
We’ll catch barrels every day
I’m just surfing U.S.A.

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The Riddle

There was a man back in ’95
Whose heart ran out of summers
But before he died, I asked him

Wait, what’s the sense in life
Come over me, Come over me

He said,

Son why you got to sing that tune
Catch a Dylan song or some eclipse of the moon
Let an angel swing and make you swoon
Then you will see… You will see

Then he said,

Here’s a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I…

Picked up my kid from school today

Did you learn anything cause in the world today
You can’t live in a castle far away
Now talk to me, come talk to me

He said,

Dad I’m big but we’re smaller than small
In the scheme of things, well we’re nothing at all
Still every mother’s child sings a lonely song
So play with me, come play with me

And Hey Dad
Here’s a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I…

I said,

Son for all I’ve told you
When you get right down to the
Reason for the world…
Who am I?

There are secrets that we still have left to find
There have been mysteries from the beginning of time
There are answers we’re not wise enough to see

He said… You looking for a clue I Love You free…

The batter swings and the summer flies
As I look into my angel’s eyes
A song plays on while the moon is high over me
Something comes over me

I guess we’re big and I guess we’re small
If you think about it man you know we got it all
Cause we’re all we got on this bouncing ball
And I love you free
I love you freely

Here’s a riddle for you
Find the Answer
There’s a reason for the world
You and I…

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Two Lights

What is Courage
Is it Brave
What are Lions
I’ve only seen them in parades
How is love supposed to read
In a footnote of history
What’s a tap on your shoulder
That you’re afraid to look over
A soldier’s down in a fire fight
No one can look me in the eye

This is what it means to be alone.

Tear out my Heart
Feed it to Lions
For this one wish I beg you this tonight
Show me no mercy
But spare me my pride
I’m going for a drive

And if you find out he’s coming home
When I come around the corner
I’ll know that it’s alright
Just leave me two lights

He was young just 23
Didn’t have to go
But it was the man he wanted to be
Like every son he was an only one
One day he came to me, said
Freedoms nothing to look over
Till each man can stand upon its shoulder
I’ll right you mountains of letters
Each one a little bit better
And know I’ll never be alone

Tear out my Heart
Feed it to Lions
For this one wish I beg you this tonight
Show me no mercy
But spare me my pride
I’m going for a drive

And if you find out he’s coming home
When I come around the corner
I’ll know that it’s alright
Leave me two lights

Silent Angels
Light the road up ahead
As the sentries guard the way
On the avenue of borrowed time

I’m almost home
The sun’s to rise
I got to know
I’ve been driving all the night
There’s our corner up ahead
I’m alive and I am dead
I drive right through the stop sign
I turn my head
As I lift my eyes
My eyes burn

Tear out my Heart
Feed it to Lions
For this one wish I beg you this tonight
Show me no mercy
Spare me my pride

I’m going for a drive

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65 Mustang

She’s my time machine
She’s my rolling memory
She’s my family
And I love her so

She knows my secrets well
But her back seat won’t ever tell
She’s no Jezebel

My ’65 Mustang rides along
Every mile’s another song
And what I don’t remember
She never forgets
That little girl ain’t let me down yet
It all comes back to me
When I turn that horse’s key
I’m 17 or 23
Or bringing home my first baby
Like Dad did when the ’65 was three

She’s been four colors
We’ve broken forty laws
She goes where she wants
No matter what the cost

No power nothing here
AC’s 2 by 75
Yea you got it man
You roll em down and drive

My ’65 Mustang rides along
Every mile’s another song
And what I don’t remember
She never forgets
That little girl ain’t let me down yet
It all comes back to me
When I turn that horse’s key
I’m 17 or 23
Or bringing home my first baby
Like Dad did when the ’65 was three

Don’t need to play no new CD’s
She’s enough music for me
I Don’t need no new AC
Cause she’s cooler than I’ll ever be

My wild Mustang
She’s waiting on me
Ready to take us away
Sail across the sea

When I’m on her back
I’m the boy each man should be
She’s My Family Tree

My ’65 Mustang rides along
Every mile’s another song
And what I don’t remember
She never forgets
That little girl ain’t let me down yet
It all comes back to me
When I turn that horse’s key
And she roars to me…I’m 23
Or bringing home my first baby
Like Dad did when the ’65 was three

She’s my family

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I Just Love You

Lonely, yeah that’s the word
I leave my heart when I leave her
The days go on forever and the nights do too

One evening out on the road
A half a world away from home
I thought she was sleeping
When the call came through

I said, Darling, it’s late, is everything ok
Silence took over the room
Til she said

I… I just Love You
I Don’t Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I’m coming home soon
And I just love you too

Lonely lets me be
For a while she sets me free
I close my eyes and I dream of her

She’s lost in my arms
Her head on my heart
And softly she whispers the words

I…I just Love You
I Don’t Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I’m coming home soon
And I just love you too

I’ll never stop being amazed
How my 4-year old girl knows exactly what to say

I, I just Love You
I Don’t Know Why, I Just Do
When are you coming home
I’m coming home soon
Cause I just love you too

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Policeman’s Xmas Party

Welcome to the first day of the rest of my life
The tension is so think you can cut it with a knife
Something’s happened:Things will never be the same
There’s blood on the carpet – I’m rewiring my brain

I got some new friends down at West Valley PD
You can change the channel but I’m all that’s on TV
The only good news is that he’s going to be o.k.
Got a bomb in my stomach but I’m dreaming that one day

I’ll be going to a Policeman’s Xmas party
Have a couple beers get funky on the dance floor
Going to a Policeman’s Xmas party
Gonna have a good time for the rest of my life…

4 weeks later it’s still Raining in the Park
Marine with a gun guards my house now after dark
I look for clues like I’m Inspector Clouseau
You can have my money honey I just want to go

Go to a policeman’s Xmas party
Have a couple beers get my funky on the dance floor
Go to a policeman’s Xmas party
Gonna have a good time for the rest of my life…

There’s Cops on the ceiling
There’s Cops on the floor
There’s Cops in the windows
Cops breaking down the door
You’ll never feel safer in your life
The Captain even likes to get freaky on my wife

We’re going to a Policeman’s Xmas party
Have a couple beers get my funky on the dance floor
Going to a Policeman’s Xmas party
Gonna have a good time for the rest…

Welcome to the best day of the rest of my life
My buddies broke the case and now it’s gonna be alright
Moral of the story, it don’t matter who you are
Be careful what you wish for they’ll be calling you a rock star

People from Earth there’s never been a harder core
Party like this party in a million years or more
The floor itself is hopping like a freaking kangaroo
The D.J.’s in his P.J.’s playing…”everybody wants you!”

Going to a policeman’s Xmas party
Have a couple beers get funky on the dance floor
Going to a policeman’s Xmas party
Going to have a good time the rest of my life!

Take off your clothes
Take off everything you are
Take off your heart
Get funky on the dance floor

Going to have a good time for the rest…

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Road to Heaven

Sometimes I think about silly things
It’s easy to do if you have the time
Often happens when I’m falling off to sleep
After a second glass of wine

The clock is usually running out
Down by one or could be tied
I’m fading back
Winding up
The championship on the line…but…

What if there was a road to heaven
That’s what came to me today
Would there be Traffic jams with diamond lanes
Potholes filled up with rain
Would there be Tolls still left to pay

If there was a road to heaven
Made of gold or made out of clay
Would the Angels wave me up the hill
Or in my mirror just fade away

I’ve never been the kind a man who hits his knees
Got no answers for big questions
I don’t know…
Maybe tomorrow lightning will hit me on the head
And we can find out if we’re just a joke

Jesus I’m told can build a bridge
Finer than any other man
There’s a certain peace to an country road
With a wheel in your hand

If there was a road to heaven
Would there be laws I must obey
If I drove my mustang 85
Late one night turned out the lights
Would the stars still light the way

If there was a road to heaven
Made of Gold or Made of Clay
Would the Angels lead me up the hill
Or in my mirror just fade away

Night turns morning
The old man should be snoring
I got to get some sleep before I’m awake

Up with the monkeys
I sure love the monkeys
But This job ain’t all cookies and cake

Sometimes I think about silly things
It’s easy to do if you got the wine
In The Eagle we’re landing
I’m the President
Or a foreign king
With a harem from Encino to Brunei

But if there was a road to heaven
It’d be one long and crazy ride…
If there was a road to heaven babe
That’s a road that I’d like to find.

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Johnny America

Show me a better bike than the one I got
If it makes any difference you can keep the lot
There’s plenty of space in the parking lot

A head full of hopes
A pocket full of dreams
Handle bars coming apart at the seams

There goes Johnny America
Riding Hard up Mission Hill
Some think he’ll make it to the top today
Some say he never will
Though he’s just a child at heart
He’s old enough to fall
Nobody in 100 years
Can touch him faults and all…

What you going to say about my little man
Take another shot, do the best you can
They’re selling out souls in the grandstand

His Cap peeled back
Got Blood on his knees
Fighting back tears
Tearing through the breeze

There goes Johnny America
Riding Hard up Mission Hill
Some think he’ll make it to the top today
Some say he never will
Though he’s just a child at heart
He’s old enough to fall
Nobody in 100 years
Can touch him faults and all…

He’s come to far to fall

There goes Johnny America
Riding Hard up Mission Hill
Some think he’ll make it to the top today
Some say he never will…

GO!
Go Johnny!
Go Johnny!

There goes Johnny America
Riding Hard up Mission Hill
Some think he’ll make it to the top today
I say he will.

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The Battle for Everything (February 3, 2004)


NYC Weather Report

Got to get away from here…
Got to get away from all these thinkers… drinking up my thoughts again
Got to get away from here…
Got to get away from all these choosers, losers… all my best of friends
Sit back New York City
You’re not cute but you’re oh so pretty
When the rain comes you fall up again…
SUNNY… You are a part of me
SUNNY… You are the heart of me

Got to get away from here…
Got to get away from all these people who need people… You know it really makes me sick
Got to get away from here…
Got to get away from expectations, recreations, just for the sake of it

Sit back New York City
You’re not cute but you’re oh so pretty
When the rain comes you fall up again…
SUNNY… You are a part of me
SUNNY… You are the heart of me

Sit back New York City
You’re not cute but you’re oh so pretty
When the rain falls you come up again
Sit back New York City friend…

Got to get away from here…
Got to get away from what I’m thinking…I’m thinking…it’s too much for anyone…
Got to get away from here…
Got get away from what you’re drinking… you’re drinking…so I’ll take another one…

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The Devil in the Wishing Well

I met Jane at the center of the earth
It was dark there was dirt all around
But I gather you can figure that

Jane says I’m your body in the night
And I’ll lead you where you might find yourself
Better if you follow me

So go right you’ll be left at a big hotel
You’ll meet the devil at the bottom of a wishing well
You know you better give him something
Give him something good
Like everybody else he’s misunderstood

Jane says it’s a long way out…
I’m gonna make it out
Cause I’m about her

Jane says, you’re as Holy as a ghost,
But who loves you the most, if you offer
I might let you carry me

Jane there’s nobody here but yourself
In the end it’s the wealth of your spirit
Now hurry up get on with it

I went left I got right at some big hotel
There was a devil at the bottom of the wishing well
He said you better give me something
Give me something good
Like everybody else I’m misunderstood

Jane says it’s a long way out
I’m gonna make it out
Cause I’m about
Jane says it’s a long way out
I’m gonna make it out

I took a guess and cut a portion out of my heart
He said that’s nowhere close enough but it’s a damn good start
I wrote the secret that I buried on the wishing well wall
He said I’ve seen one… it follows that I’ve seen them all
We spoke of human destination in a perfect world
Derived the nature of the universe (found it unfulfilled)
As I took him in my arms he screamed I’m not insane
I’m just looking for someone to understand my pain…

It’s a long way out…
I’m gonna make it out

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If God Made You

Hey Kid… Your time has come to change
Though I need you more than I’ve needed anyone in any way tonight
Hey Kid… I know it won’t be long
The Captain’s calling…come to see you back where we belong

Something inside me is breaking
Something inside says there’s somewhere better than this…

Sunset sailing on April skies
Bloodshot fire clouds in her eyes
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you he’s in love with me

Hey Kid…Do wishes count at all
Can you give me a sign…give me anything I won’t tell a soul you told
Hey Kid…Will you hold me when I sleep
Will you find me when the tide decides that I got to leave

Something inside me is breaking
Something inside says there’s somewhere better than this…

Sunset sailing on April skies
Bloodshot fire clouds in her eyes
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you he’s in love with me

Sunset sailing on April skies
Bloodshot fire clouds in your eyes
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you he’s in love with me

Something inside me is breaking
Something inside says there’s somewhere better than this my love

Sunset sailing on April skies
Bloodshot fire clouds in her eyes
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you he’s in love with me

Sunset sailing on April skies
Bloodshot fire clouds in your eyes
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you… he’s in love with me…

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100 Years

I’m 15 for a moment
Caught in between 10 and 20
And I’m just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

I’m 22 for a moment
And she feels better than ever
And we’re on fire
Making our way back from Mars

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

I’m 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I’m a “they”
A kid on the way, babe.
A family on my mind

I’m 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I’m heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose yourself
Within a morning star

15 I’m all right with you
15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

Half time goes by
Suddenly you’re wise
Another blink of an eye
67 is gone
The sun is getting high
We’re moving on…

I’m 99 for a moment
And dying for just another moment
And I’m just dreaming
Counting the ways to where you are

15 there’s still time for you
22 I feel her too
33 you’re on your way
Every day’s a new day…

(oh oh ohs)

15 there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live

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Angels & Girlfriends

I met her down at a Pineapple Parking lot
She said I love you more
I said I love you not
And all the while I stood in line at the paint shop

She said I’ll take you where you’ll never go again
I’ll be your only love
You’ll be my only friend
And for your time I’ll let you dine at my office

Angels never come for free
If you know what I know you know what I mean
You can love em now – you can love em later

Girlfriends never fall for fun
They can tie you up make you come undone
You can learn to fly – But you can’t create her

She led me down though a forest of wooden chairs
As she ate my lunch I looked out for bears
And in a sense you could say she snared my attention

She said I am your perfect finality
And as I got her off she got off her knees
And for my grind I got honorable mention

Everybody needs one
Everybody’s bound
Everybody swings upon the Marry-Go-Around

Girlfriends never fall for fun
They can tear you up make you come undone…

[harmonica]

So now I’m stuck in this pineapple parking lot
I had what I was now I’m what I got
And if I may… may I lend you some kind of direction

If you go you may never come back again
She’s my only love
She my only friend
And for that there is no kind of protection

Everybody needs one…
Everybody’s bound
Everybody swings and meanwhile Mary Goes Around

Angels never come for free
If you know what I know you know what I mean
1st you hate to love and then you love to hate her

Girlfriends never fall alone
Now you know what I know you know what I’ve known
I’ll see you now…and I’ll see you later
I’ll see you later
I think I can save her
I wish I could date her

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Dying

I’m Dying, Dying to wake up without you, without you in my head again
I’m Dying, Dying to forget about you, that you ever lived
There’s a shade come over this heart that’s coping with laying down to rest
I’m Dying to live without you again

I’m Dying, Dying to find a distraction, get you away from me
I’m Dying, Dying to reach a conclusion, so that the world can see
It’s the same old story of love and glory that broke before it bent
I’m Dying to live without you again

The first time you left I said goodbye
Now there’s not a prayer that can survive

Dying, Dying to die just to come back so we can meet again
Dying, Dying to say what I always should have said
It’s a strange emotion this but there’s still hope in this
As long as there’s a breath…
I’m Dying and I can’t live without you again

It’s a strange emotion this but there’s still hope in this
As long as there’s a breath…

I’m Dying and I can’t live without you
I’m Dying and I can’t live without you again

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Infidel

Heaven fell from the sky tonight
There were virgins in my backyard chasing angels with fire sticks…
Heaven fell on herself tonight
And Moses lay in pieces from some 17-year-old bomb…

Here we go…someone’s knocking at my window
Here we go…I didn’t ask for this shit…
Here we go…someone’s knocking at my window
Here we go…I didn’t ask for it…ask for it…ask for it…

Heaven fell from the sky tonight
And the whole damn world invited themselves to my Sunday BBQ…

Heaven fell and it’s not all right
And God won’t dare show his face from of the bottom of my swimming pool…

Here we go…someone’s knocking in my window
Here we go…I didn’t ask for this shit
Here we go…someone’s knocking at my window
Here we go…I didn’t ask for it…ask for it…ask for it…

La lee be la lee
La lee be lo
Here comes the fire trucks… open the show
Here in the spotlight…which way did they go…
Which way did they go…

Heaven fell on herself tonight…

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Disneyland

I Woke up got my lazy ass out of bed
I Watered all the rocks growing in my head
I Had a thought…and fell asleep on you…

There I was somewhere West of Tomorrow Land
Flying through the stars just like Peter Pan
I said…Damn this looks too good to be true…

There she goes… my heart again (would you mind rolling over)
I can feel it in the air (something’s coming down)
I don’t know and I don’t care that it’s a small world

It’s a nice day if you wake up in Disneyland…
It’s a nice day when you wake up in Disneyland…

In my dream everybody’s got a little house
A dog, a bank account managed by Mickey Mouse
And the only thing we fight about is the Lakers…

In my dream all the pirates down in Neverland
Never get the Hook… they just get a hand
While the crocs sing Superman till we just can’t take it…

There she goes… my heart again (do you mind rolling over)
I can feel it in the air (something’s coming down)
I don’t know and I don’t care if it’s a small world

It’s a nice day when you wake up in Disneyland…
It’s a nice day if you wake up in Disneyland…

We can fly away…

I Woke up got my lazy ass out of bed
I Watered all the rocks growing in my head
I Had a thought… and I looked up to see

The sign read the park she’s closed today
E-tickets don’t work here no more anyway
Where every day’s a magic day to be free You see…

It’s a nice day when you wake up in Disneyland…
It’s a nice day should you wake up in Disneyland…
It’s your L.U.C.K.Y. day should you wake up in Disneyland…
It’s a nice day should you wake up in Disneyland…

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Maybe I

You were right
You came over me
What’d never been before
You slid under my door and now I find
A Reason to admit I’ve been too lazy

But in this light
In this atmosphere
I’m starting to believe
The other side of me but who’s to know
Honey… surely one of us is crazy

Maybe I… I’m not so easily stung
Maybe I… I got some love for someone
Maybe I… I’m not the story for you
Maybe I… I’ll be the do you ought to do

So now I stand
I never stood before
What’s better left unsaid is done, buried and dead and you’re alive
Girl I think you might just stay the night

Maybe I… I’m not so easily stung
Maybe I… I got some love for someone
Maybe I… I’ll write a story for you
Maybe I… I’ll be the do you ought to do

I’m not trying to take it easy
I’m not trying to help you see
I’m not trying to take us over
I’m just trying to believe

Maybe I… I’m not so easily stung
Maybe I… I got some love for someone
Maybe I… I’m just the story for you
Maybe I… I’ll be the do you ought to do

Maybe I… I’m not the one for your love
Maybe I… I’ll be your heaven above
Maybe I… I’ll write a story for two
Maybe I… I’ll be the do that you do

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The Taste

So I seen her
In a land that was forgotten
She brought a candle to my mind
But it got no easier then
So I snuck out of her apartment
I went down to buy a premium
But all that settled was my mind, for a time
Till she showed me what a fire was

I will be a happy man if you’re my sacred son
I could be a dividend if you’re my only one

So I bought 12,000 acres
Suddenly it was a dozen
And for a moment I was blind but for the time
I caught a glimpse inside the universe there
I couldn’t handle the dimensions
See 2+2 can = 5 here
So I sold off unto a lamb, but it was a scam
And he giggled like he’d won the lottery

I will be a happy man if you’re my sacred son
I could be a dividend if you’re my only one

And all the children started singing
There I fell into a coffin
Brought the water in my eyes
(Surprised) I wondered at the miracle there

When it all was finally over
I thought about our time here
Here where everything’s divine
Well I find I still got the taste for you
I still got the taste for you
I still got the taste for you
I still got the taste for you

If you’re my only one

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One More for Love

Baby there’s something on my mind tonight
There’s a reason to believe we almost got it right
There’s a fire burning in the firelight
As we roll on tonight

There’s paper promises and alibis
There is certainly uncertainty in all our eyes
But as long as you are here I’ll be all right
As we roll on tonight

So you go out…I’ll go on
If there’s a doubt…we’ll be strong
As we go on singing
One more for love my love
One more for love…

There’s always blood to fill the heart betrayed
There are children being born to every house that’s raised
And we’re getting closer to where we got it made
As we roll on tonight

So you go out…I’ll go on
If there’s a doubt…we’ll be strong
As we go on singing
One more for love my love
One more for love…

I’m never going to wait for anything
Never going to break for anything
Cause I am one more for love my love
One more for love
One more for love my love

Baby there’s something on my mind tonight
There’s a reason to believe that we got it right
And all and all you’re all that’s on my mind tonight As we roll on…

One more for love my love
One more for love

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Nobody

Take off your shoes… Take off yourself
Take off your rented mental health
Take off your raincoat… settle down
Take off your nightmare and your frown
There is a place for you to go
To see another ringer in a rock show
Take my pretense for a time
Cause I want to say to you

I’m nobody without you…buddy
My long lost friend

If you’re not here to hear me scream
Am I silent like a dream
Where all the dragons are my friends
Each night we meet our bitter ends
Do I need you to make me real
Like Wheeler spinning his own wheel
Quantum strings within my brain
Popping sanities insane

I’m nobody without you…buddy
My long lost friend

Not everybody has a brain
Not everybody’s going sane
Not everybody wishes well
Not everybody’s heaven’s hell
Sometimes there’s someone to blame
Sometimes a place for shame
Sometimes good’s better than bad
Sometimes good’s better than bad
Sometimes good’s better than bad
Sometimes you’re better than me

Heaven fell on herself tonight
As the devil met me in the wishing well
And in that moment I found myself knowing
That in the end it’s just about you and me
Nothing smaller or larger
Though dragons are good for the soul
Nothing can be better than baring yourself for another…
Open for scrutiny, ridicule, and indulgence
Therein lies the balls, and the mind, and the heart…
As fear is truly the Mindkiller…
When nothing is left…
Everything is gained…
You see I wish I was a poet
But I know as we go round and round
Though endings are never ever happy
It’s the happy moments along the way
That in the end
Make it…ok…

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Silent Night [Bonus Track]

Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
Oh, night divine, oh night when Christ was born
Oh, night, oh holy night, oh night divine

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices
Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born

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Something About You [Bonus Track]

I don’t know where to begin
I don’t know how to get out there to see you
I don’t know where to dig in.
I don’t know how to get in there:to feel you

It’s been to long and I’m about to be in time for me
It’s been to long and I’m in time

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

I never thought I would win
I never thought much about that.
(It’s been a long time coming)
I never stopped to begin
Thinking about the process.
(It’s been a long time coming)

It’s been to long and I’m about to be in time for me
It’s been to long and I’m in time

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

I don’t know where to begin
I don’t know how to get out there to see you

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

It’s been a long time coming
I’m going to hold on to that

And I’m going to be there:be there:alright

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Sister Sunshine [Bonus Track]

I trade ’em a smile for a pain pill
I needed a place
Maybe I could feel better but all the while
I can never get you off my mind

I had a chat with the universe
I’ll never understand why the good man’s cursed
If you’re gonna have a heart
Then you gotta be the one to die

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
Show me love

I pray though I’ve never been a God man
You never know maybe that your smile meant something
I switched back, see if anything is going right

[Incomprehensible] called me a bloody elf
Said you’re gonna save one better save yourself
And you’ll never know me
Till you find your own piece of light

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?
Oh brother, can you help me?

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
Show me love, love, love
Gonna show me love, love
Love, love

And if you fly away
I won’t let you fly away
That’s that and nothing more
That’s that and only that and nothing more

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?
Oh brother, can you help me?

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?

Say, hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?
No one ever gonna help me

Hey yeah, sister sunshine
You’ve been living in the sky
Are you ever gonna come on down?

Hey yeah, sister sunshine

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2 + 2 Makes Five [Bonus Track]

I live in a house,
Somewhere on your street,
Don’t be afraid,
We’ve got it made,
If you were to marry me.
I live in a house,
In the stairway on your shelf
Collecting clouds to cry out loud,
At your calamity.
I can’t wait,
For you to discorporate,
I don’t need your empty bait,
In this world of smoke and chives,
Where 2 plus 2 makes 5.
While walking cross the lake,
I fell onto the moon,
Imagine that,
The world is flat,
It’s really crowded here.
The martians soon attacked,
And tied the laces on my hair,
And moved to France,
And learned to dance
On the craters of Normandy.
I can’t wait,
Maybe you will evaporate,
I don’t even need your empty bait,
In this world of smoke and chives,
Where 2 plus 2 makes –
I can’t wait,
Yea, for you to discoporate,
Can I even get one last blind date,
In this world of smoke and chives,
Where 2 plus 2 makes 5.
And only good men die,
I’ll be a Jesus Christ,
And only good men die.
Ooooh…
I can’t wait,
Yea baby I can’t wait,
Yea baby I can’t wait,
Yeah baby I can’t wait.
This statement is false!


America Town (September 26, 2000)


Easy Tonight

You were wrong
You were right
You are gone
Tonight
You were free
So alive
You were wrong
You were right

You were down
You could see
You wore hearts
for me
You were sharp
Sharp as knives
You were wrong
You were right

Shot down: said you never had the chance
Took a ride on a suicide romance
Could have sworn there was somebody home
To facilitate the great unknown
Woman, I ain’t going to meet you anywhere
Don’t know where I’m going yet:
But I sure am getting there
Shotgun fire: anybody home
I got two dimes in the telephone
Alright: It’s not easy tonight

You were bound
You were free
You wear black
for me
You were dark
Dark as night
You were wrong
You were right

Shot down: said you never had the chance
Took a ride on a suicide romance
Could have sworn there was somebody home
To facilitate the great unknown
But woman, I ain’t going to meet you anywhere
Don’t know where I’m going yet:But I sure am getting there

Shotgun fire: anybody home
I got two dimes in the telephone
Alright: It’s not easy tonight

She’s In. Over my head:and it’s not easy it’s not easy tonight

Shotgun fire: anybody home
I got two dimes in the telephone
Alright: It’s not easy tonight

You were free:Now your not:You were free

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Bloody Mary (A Note on Apathy)

Over by the still she says,
“Man I think you better wait for tomorrow!
Take this pillow for your head
And I’ll take you.”

Back against the beast I went
To feel her coming, hot for a follow up
Here comes the sun again:(to see me through)

On and on she takes me from you, my love
On and on she rakes me from you

Happily I leave her fed
Tonight I swear, I swear on tomorrow:(wait)
Here comes the sun again
To see me through:

On and on she takes me from you, my love
On and on she rakes me from you

Bloody Mary’s for all:
Bloody Mary’s for all:

On and on she takes me from you, my love
On and on she rakes me from you

All of my dreams for you:to follow
All of my dreams for you:to swallow
All of my dreams for you:

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Superman (It’s Not Easy)

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naïve
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird,
I’m more than a plane
I’m more than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

I wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
‘Bout a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd but don’t be naïve
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
And it’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away, away from me
Well, it’s alright
You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy or anything

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naïve
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
Inside of me, inside of me [2x]

I’m only a man in a funny red sheet
I’m only a man looking for a dream
I’m only a man in a funny red sheet
And it’s not easy.
It’s not easy to be me.

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America Town

I know I should be happy in your land
It’s not all that wild to me
Not that I want to be any other where
I know its hell out there

Here in the borders of America Town
All of the dollies are spinning round and round
Hail to the chief
Lets just drag them all down
There’s got to be a hero somewhere

Used to get annoyed at the fire and the flag
Now it just seems old to me
(Everyone is old to me)

And I know we’d kick your ass
But first I’ll take a nap tonight
And know someone’s looking out for me

Here in the borders of America Town
All of the dollies are spinning round and round
Hail to the chief
Lets just drag them all down
There’s got to be a hero somewhere

I tried it
I’ve seen it
I bought it all

Not that I’m upset
I can still make my bet on the basketball game
And I got my spare change
I’m even O.K. with the hoodlums on the hill
They’re in my will
Like her and you
Whom and who
In America Town
We all spin around
In America Town
I’m really not down:
We all spin around
In America Town
America Town
America Town

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Something About You

I don’t know where to begin
I don’t know how to get out there to see you
I don’t know where to dig in.
I don’t know how to get in there:to feel you

It’s been to long and I’m about to be in time for me
It’s been to long and I’m in time

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

I never thought I would win
I never thought much about that.
(It’s been a long time coming)
I never stopped to begin
Thinking about the process.
(It’s been a long time coming)

It’s been to long and I’m about to be in time for me
It’s been to long and I’m in time

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

I don’t know where to begin
I don’t know how to get out there to see you

Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that
Baby there’s something about you that
I can hold on to
I’m going to hold on to that

It’s been a long time coming
I’m going to hold on to that

And I’m going to be there:be there:alright

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Jainy

Jainy sells for three dimes a night
Morning helps her find her way blind
And I love her more than I can tell
Heaven help me now
Seems I found to find her just as well:

Jainy Yea:
Jainy Yea

Jainy takes me three times a night
Morning Saves me and I find my way blind
And she loves me more than she can tell
Heaven help her now
Seems she’s found to find me just as well

Jainy Yea:
Jainy Yea:

Jainy stares at stars every night
Morning takes her eyes every time
And she’ll love you more than you can tell
Heaven help us now
Seems you’ve finally found us: just as well:

Jainy Yea:
Jainy Yea:

She’ll be all right
She’ll be all right

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Michael Jordan

My shirt, my hat, my books
A trip to the zoo
My couch, remote, a large coke yea
I’d get on my knees, my God,
If I could

I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give to be you

My job, my car, my cash
My house on the hill
My piano, I’d burn to ashes (yea)
I’d get on my knees, my God,
If I could

I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give to be you

My voice, my worm, my wife
A first born or two
I’d give the knife, my Mike if just,
Cut me at the knees
My God (My Jordan)

I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give anything
I would give to be you

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Out of Love

I’m Out of love again
And I need anyone
I’m out of love again
And I need everyone
I’m out. I’m in again
And I need some love
I’m out of touch again
And I need you babe

I’m out of love again
But I got your stuff
I’m out of love again
But I got your love

I’m out of wack again
And I need soft heat
I’m down to far too bend
And I need something sweet

I’m out of love again
But I got your stuff
I’m out of love again
But I got your love
I’m out of love again
But I got your stuff

People in my life:you’re the one
Of people in my life you’re the one

I’m out of love again
But I got your love
I’m out of love again
But I got your stuff
I’m out of love again
But I got your love

I’m out of love again
Not while you’re by my side

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The Last Great American

Mr. Merry cries in his coffin for days he says he can remember
And through the town some pallbearers sing old songs of a beautiful
and purple mountain
From every walk of life we’ve come to see the last great American

So may I now present you the speaker
….friends he was a man of men, yeah a man of gold
….he had a (how to you say) ethical like sense
That’s when the President started to giggle

Then the children gave the blessing
though the service weren’t half done
each of them sued the other one…for the last great American

Wait…Time for my coffin
Wait…Time for my break
Wait…Time for my coffin

Merry reaches up and we bow our heads
Pulls the lid on down and his stone is read

Here lies our Merry
The man with the heart so spent
That in this day in age
is sick of living

Still judges argue letters
And fabric comes undone
For every daughter…every son..of the last great American

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Love Song

Put away your tears and your sleepy eyes.
Put away your bullshit.
Big Boys they don’t cry to their mammas.
She’ll be back soon.

Put away your rain coat and make your bed.
Take another bullet right to your head now.
We’re going on a picnic
and we’ll get there soon.

And she says maybe it’s over.
And he says, there’s plenty more fish in the sea
But I say, don’t go away…from me.

So put away your dinner and have a snack.
Tie your little brother up in a sack.
We’re moving to the country
And we’ll get there soon.

Pack up all the things that you don’t deserve.
Take another swing, well here comes a curve ball.
I betcha can’t hit it
Cause you’ll swing too soon.

And she says maybe it’s over.
And he says, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.
But I say, Don’t go away…
Don’t go away…
Please don’t go away…from me

But can you take it to heart…
I’ll never leave…

So take those damn pictures off of that shelf.
Put away your mommy. You don’t need her.
I found you a new one.
And she’ll be here soon.

And she says, My God it’s over.
And he says, I found another fish in the sea

But I say, why me…why me
why…is it me?

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Boat Parade

There’s a crack in the hull
Where the penitents used to live
There’s a crack in the hull
Where the Penitents used to live
And we can make it right if we row all night
Give all that we can give
There’s a crack in the hull
Where the penitents used to live

There’s a leak in the hold
Where the infantry used to sleep
There’s a leak in the hold
Where the Infantry used to sleep
And we can make it right if we roll all night
Baby dust off your knees
There’s a leak in the hold
Where the infantry used to be

Little monsters (on the table)
Crazies here to play
Little monsters in the boat parade

There’s a hole in the hat
Where the captain kept his dreams
There’s a hole in the hat
Where the Captain kept his dreams
And we can make it right
If we sail all night
Better pray for a breeze
There’s a hole in the hat
Where the captain used to be

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Alright

I Took her leaving like I did before
I Turned around and I asked for more
And she didn’t even mean a thing to me

I Left my spirit at the chapel door
I Sailed around til I lost the war
And you didn’t even think to send a thing

But I’m alright, alright, I feel alright
I never been better in my life
You know the score

I’m just fine, I’m fine, feeling fine
A regular sawed off valentine
That nothing more

I Hit my head upon the chamber door
And all the marbles rolled on the floor
And all the pyschos in the ward start screaming:

I’m alright, alright, I feel alright
I never been better in my life
You know the score

I’m just fine, I’m fine, feeling fine
A regular sawed off valentine
That nothing more

My Baby

I’m alright, alright, I feel alright
I never been better in my life
You know the score

I’m just fine, I’m fine, feeling fine
A regular sawed off valentine
That nothing more

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Message for Albert (March 11, 1997)


Bella’s Birthday Cake

Bella played the bridge every second loneliest night of the year
Took a certain liking to a fellow there – Bella
She said I brought her back to some old better man – fellah
Bella she was born today feeling kinda spry
Bella’s Birthday Cake was burning
Like Lightning, Like Fire
Bella’s Birthday Cake was burning…

Bella made her bed in red every loneliest night of the year
Tied me to the rages of her rocking chair – Bella
Fed me quiet offer through her ever wares – I’ll tell ya
Bella she was born today feeling kinda spry

Bella’s Birthday Cake was burning
Like Lightning, Like Fire
Bella’s Birthday Cake was burning
Ever yearning Forest Fire

and all of her lines she left unread
“spirits and battles won,” she said
and over her mountian tops she ground me off
where…I can’t remember…

Bella played the bridge on the second loneliest night of the year
Bella she was born today…

BELLA’S Birthday Cake was burning
Bella’s BIRTHDAY Cake was burning
Bella’s Birthday CAKE was burning
Bella’s Birthday Cake was BURNING…50 years gone.

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Day by Day

Day by Day I wake up for you I do
and I rise to who knows who
well if I can say…some other day

Day by Day I reach out to you I do
and I pretend there’s something to it
And if I can say…I’ve had better days

Day by Day I resort to you I do
and I wash up after you’re through
If I can say…that’s O.K.

You’re in my head again
You’re in my bed again
You’re in my mirror again

And if you don’t mind me…I don’t mind you

Day by Day I reflect on you I do
I reflect on you I do

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The Garden

Do you believe in the man in the garden
Do you believe that he was there
Do you believe in the man in the garden
Do you believe or do you care

Did he rise from the ashes and lead the sky above
Did he lie in the name of love

….in the garden

Do you believe in the path that you follow
Do you believe it takes you where you want
Do you believe in the lies that you swallow
Do you believe it takes you where you go

See the man. He never lies he never will
Did he fight for the right to kill

….in the garden
….in the garden

There’s a little man in a house alone…waiting
He doesn’t lie.
He doesn’t wait for love to hold on to
He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t wait…

Johnny’s in the garden
I see the err in my ways

….in the garden

Do you believe in the man in the garden

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Ocean

I got a thing for fish with no eyes
Who swim deep in the sea
With nothing to see

I’ve got a thing for mountians of sand
Left all to their own
To quietly stand

won’t you help me now…

Take me to the bottom of…
Take me to the bottom of…
Take me to the bottom of…the ocean

I got a thing for mermaiden tails
Swim naked with me
Your hair of seaweed

I got a thing for sunken shipwrecks
With booty of gold
I don’t care if it’s wet

won’t you help me now…

Take me to the bottom of…
Take me to the bottom of…
Take me to the bottom of…the ocean

I don’t need no air.

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Happy

Big Daddy’s in the back seat taking to the Mammas
God don’t the world smell good today
I’m bigger than a fruitcake
Smaller than your honor
A farmer for a daughter..HEY

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Love Song

Put away your tears and your sleepy eyes.
Put away your bullshit.
Big Boys they don’t cry to their mammas.
She’ll be back soon.

Put away your rain coat and make your bed.
Take another bullet right to your head now.
We’re going on a picnic
and we’ll get there soon.

And she says maybe it’s over.
And he says, there’s plenty more fish in the sea
But I say, don’t go away…from me.

So put away your dinner and have a snack.
Tie your little brother up in a sack.
We’re moving to the country
And we’ll get there soon.

Pack up all the things that you don’t deserve.
Take another swing, well here comes a curve ball.
I betcha can’t hit it
Cause you’ll swing too soon.

And she says maybe it’s over.
And he says, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.
But I say, Don’t go away…
Don’t go away…
Please don’t go away…from me

But can you take it to heart…
I’ll never leave…

So take those damn pictures off of that shelf.
Put away your mommy. You don’t need her.
I found you a new one.
And she’ll be here soon.

And she says, My God it’s over.
And he says, I found another fish in the sea

But I say, why me…why me
why…is it me?

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Wise Man

You talk about one
You talk about reason and the nature of unity
You talk about rust
Good voice of freedom through your light of diversity

You are news confusion
I can feel
I can feel
I can feel
Wise man do you believe in love?
Wise man do you believe in the things that I’m thinking of?
Yeah! Woo!

So talk about truth
Talk about justice in the world of impurity
Talk about wars oooh
And the glory as a kingdom would rule
Ahhh kings, yeah!
See some dissolution

I can feel
I can feel
I can feel
Wise man do you believe in love?
Wise man are you sure of the power from above?
Wise man who do you see in me?
Me, yeah…
Ooooh

Wise man do you believe in love?
Wise man can you show me the power from above?
Wise man who do you see in me?
In me, yeah…

Talk about one
Talk about one
Talk about one
Talk about one
Talk about one
Talk about one

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White Picket Fence

I’ve cut off the curls
I shaved half my face
Became half the man you asked to replace.
I’m willing to save you
You said you’re worth saving
But half of my appetite’s lost half it’s craving
Stand in the mirror
That’s me beside you
The one with the smile, the one who abides you.
Don’t mind the madman
The killer, the lover
He’s slowly fading one into the other.

Where is that white picket fence
That I painted myself in the late days of April?
Where are the daffodil mountians?
I know that they’re somewhere around here by the garden.

You say that you’re happy
Well you should know better
I see that you’ve sewn up that rip in your sweater
That some lover tore off you
That left you both shaking
That bled deep inside you the wound you’d forsaken

Where is that white picket fence
That I painted myself in the late days of April?
Where are the daffodil mountians?
I know that they’re somewhere around here by the garden.

Don’t fear I will save you
Don’t shout you’ll awaken
The corpse in the desert staked out beside you
I cut off his wing
And shaved half his face
But I thought that I saw his eyes…move

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2 Frogs

I sing above my vision. I sing above my face.
A fat old amphibian speaker for the dead.
Gather round ye animals. Gather round this lake.
Take upon your vigil. Wallow in the wake.

It was glorious of glories-a maple April day
With a pocket full of horseflies and eyes as bright as rays
They said walk away walk away if you can
but one leap out the village and our caravan began

Traveled to a forest, nestled in the sky.
He ran beside the buffalo-wrestled with the lions
Every day a saturday, a summer waking morn,
His skin burned golden ember due the shine that toad had born.

While riding back an eagle, laughing with the sun
He spied an old hairy fairy man upon the river Young.
and Sol said, fly away fly away if you can
But he settled next the oarsman, said I’m my own man and this is my life…

Heed above my meter, Heed above my fate. Can’t go back again…
I got a reason to be fevered-summer waking morn.
Back back when the poor poor boy was born.

Now cross into his fortune. While enchanted by the queen.
A lone shady shelter stood beckoning his lean.
And in the time it takes a pillow to figure out a face.
Out from in the white tree she rose to take its place.

And the battle for his spirit then caused him to remain.
And he fought as a thousand Visigoths and he cursed the night in vain.
She said run away run away if you can
But last he heard a voice of…I’m my own man and this is my life…

Off to in her castle, laid upon the stairs
She showered him with daffodils and tied ribbons in his hair.
He woke for bare a moment but she wouldn’t let him weep.
With lips of only roses kissed him down to sleep.

So royal loyal subjects now let your ears unbend.
For here ye this traveled tail must sadly meet it’s end.
What’s fate done to our hero I cannot reply…
The last that I saw him, a flection in her eye.

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10 Miles from Nowhere

How have you been
in the shape you were in
I’m suprised that you got where you’re going

Who would believe
What a date you would be
If I knew I’d have thought about knowing

And in between now and the last time we met
I’d open the door if I met you again
And I swear that we’d be better/fair ever friends
From here until 10 miles from nowhere

What is that there
In your brown paper box
I can see that you kept all the memories we’d lost

I’d sworn it was you
Who was destined and gone
To the pressure of past undertakings

Had I had known that it might have been me
I might have returned a letter or three
Or gave you a call from the sanctuary

for the cracks in these walls tell time for a fee

From here until 10…
From now until 10…miles from nowhere

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Last Great American

Mr. Merry cries in his coffin for days he says he can remember
And through the town some pallbearers sing old songs of a beautiful
and purple mountian
From every walk of life we’ve come to see the last great American

So may I now present you the speaker
….friends he was a man of men, yeah a man of gold
….he had a (how to you say) ethical like sense
That’s when the President started to giggle

Then the children gave the blessing
though the service weren’t half done
each of them sued the other one…for the last great American

Wait…Time for my coffin
Wait…Time for my break
Wait…Time for my coffin

Merry reaches up and we bow our heads
Pulls the lid on down and his stone is read

Here lies our Merry
The man with the heart so spent
That in this day in age
is sick of living

Still judges argue letters
And fabric comes undone
For every daughter…every son..of the last great American

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(European B-Side)

Finally in the meantime since you paid for my room
I thought I’d write the European B-side or 2

See Mr. Merry’s in the garden
Trying to tie his high top shoes
Johnny’s off of daff-dill mountian
Praying for the news

and Oh what a piece I am
if you’d…be my friend

Thanks to all that you made me replace
For all you gave to me you left on my face

See Mr. Merry is the garden
Bella’s taking ludes
Daddy’s off without a pardon
But nothing left to lose

and Oh what a piece I am
Oh what a piece I am
If you’d…be my friend
if you
would you
be my friend

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