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by Brian Franklin

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Nearly every damn recording and more by Brian Franklin. From 1994-2014.

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released February 20, 2014

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Track Name: To Turn Back
You can go now - You can go escape
With your books and clothes - and your plastic cape
With your midnight oil - and your heart attack
Don't ever be afraid to turn back

With your shotgun head - and a wicked smile
With your angel moods - and a forced denial
With your social gifts - and the simple facts
Don't ever be afraid to turn back

When you're on the road five hours from here
Your youth you know - it's your age you fear
Pulls you hard and fast
From the bones you've cracked
Up ahead the forest disappears

In a muddy creek on a camping trip
You turn the corner on a mind that's good to flip
And you force away from all that you attract
Don't ever be afraid to turn back
Track Name: When I Fall in Love Again (live)
I’m only waiting for a call
I’m only waiting for a simple line from you
I’m only hoping that you’ll end my time of waiting
Take me out of this game

You know I could find a girl
I could find a girl who things I’m amazing
And she could talk in the same voice
As a thousand saints
But I’d reach for the ground

When I fall in love again
I hope its you again
When I fall in love again
I hope its you again

There’s a ringing of the bell
That happens every night I’m home
But downstairs the doorway is empty
And there’s nobody there

And yet, I know I’d find you fast
Somewhere far from the choir and the stained glass
And make you again, my savior

When I fall in love again
I hope It’s you again
When I fall in love again
I hope its you again
Track Name: She's My Falling
It's been a long way just to meet you
It's been a long night and I've been staring
But the light came, just like always
And the air rose, and I followed

the sweet sound of her calling
the sweet sound - she's my falling

I wasn't finishing with my ranting
but she took up new positions
but when i lost all of my standing
I had to stand down, and succumb

to the sweet sound of her calling
to no one's surprise, she's my falling

I've been waiting just to meet you
For a long night, and I'm hungry
But I'm a witness to your glory
I've see your medals, heard your stories
But when the blast comes
when the beauty hits like a road bomb from below me
I hear the angels drifting closer
just like a perfect, final chord

the sweet sound of her calling
the sweet sound - she's my falling
to the sweet sound of her calling
to no one's surprise, she's my falling
she's my falling...
Track Name: Ultimatum (w/Diane Ward)
he news feed comes up live mid chase
Full throttle down a dead end street
You’ve got the gun by your side and a brand new drink
A bomb in your mouth and you’re ready to speak

Is life getting you down? Tonight we both fall down.

You’ve got the knife to the neck and a gambler’s face
There’s a loser here at every turn
Got to push this one until I break
Until you win the fight and win this girl

Am I getting you down? Is it time to push around?

If you want to see the sunrise
If you want to make the night, oh yeah – Ultimatum
If you want to crash the car
If you push me too far, oh yeah - ultimatum

All this time my steps were wrong
No safe path through, no lesson learned
Take a swig and stumble to the door
And hope that tonight’s a different turn

Am I leading you down? Tonight we hit the ground.

If you want to see the sunrise
If you want to make the night, oh yeah – Ultimatum
If you want to crash the car
If you push me too far, oh yeah - ultimatum

There’s no running away from you tonight
There’s nowhere else, nowhere for this to go
Raise my hands, if you still want the fight
And see if this time I’ll still take the blows
Track Name: All These Lights
All these lights keep burning out
All my joints are creaking
Hush now all you speaking

Someone raise the ladder now
this roof above needs mending
the weight of air keeps bending

Drop your phones and diamond rings
You'll catch me when you're breathing
And all the while the carnival don't end
but will be leaving
Hold my hand, don't turn away
this ride is just beginning

Every little boy and girl, come sing a tune of longing
of stars and moons and drifting
where my days end and yours begin
and your days end, and the next one rings
and we'll teach each every one to sing

Drop your phones and diamond rings
You'll catch me when you're breathing
And all the while the carnival don't end
but will be leaving
Hold my hand, don't turn away
this ride is just beginning

All these lights keep burning out, but somehow we're still seeing.
Track Name: End of the Line
It's the end of the line for those who rode
Disembark and scatter off
And across the platform
We look back at different times

Down the stairs to the tunnel gates
Where a long parade of taxis wait
And off we go again
Pretending different lives

No one writes letters anymore
They just can't wait to send
I'm holding out for something more to say
No one sends post cards
Nothing here for me to hold
Just a song that's in my head
From when we drove along that road

the alcohol that you cant drink
the games my legs won't let me play
the things we pushed down, finally pushing back

But the river flows to where it goes
and you can try to cut it off
but in the end you'll find you're downstream anyway

No one writes letters anymore
They just can't wait to send
I'm holding out for something more to say
No one sends post cards
There's nothing here for me to hold
Just a song that's in my head
From when we drove along that road

And in this heat we always burn
Someone swerves and someone turns
And all my boxes, let my child someday unpack
I don't have answers for the questions
Someone's bound to make one up
And we will go with that, and never once look back

All our stumbling - just next steps
All our falling - just some rest
and all this talking - it's just breathing with a sound
the sun rises either way
he threw a stone into the lake
damn fish must have thought the world was falling down
Track Name: Cleveland
I've been scheming while
you've been sleeping
We've been holding these
hearts we've stolen
Questions answered
and voids we're filling
the rising of eyes
and the sadness we're killing
Just spend the night
even though this damn room
Will spin towards the light
and tomorrow too soon

You be the saint and
I'll be the savior
Then reverse and
return the favor
Cast your old clothes
into the fire
Damned by lost friends
But warmed by desire
The only restraint
is my arm round your side
Pulling you towards me for one more night

In this bar, I'm teasing now, your accent kicks, my eyes just start
my hands just fit around this glass, we take it slow and make it last
the eyes come up as we laugh and laugh and

You've been calling, and I've been holding
we've been betting
that they start folding
I've been traveling
and you've been waiting
for the calming of nerves
the anticipating
the landing of planes
and the pull of the gate
and the closer I get
the more it seems like fate
And later on
when the light starts streaming
You're still sleeping
but I've been dreaming
Track Name: No Comedy Here
There is nothing, there is nothing, there is nothing you can do
About this heart that you have stolen
There is nothing you can prove
You’ve done it all, done enough
There is nothing you can do
You feel the wall, feel the curtain
And it’s closing awful soon

Every day, another tick
Every day a little closer
You feel the arms of your beloved
Start to drift a little looser
Feel the weight, feel the balance
As it slips along the railway
And below you are the teeth
To the monster you’ve been feeding

And how we now?
How are we doing?
You keep a good smile, butÉ alas
there’s no comedy here.

There’s a boy on the sahara
There’re doing well in Lauderdale
There’s a fist in someone’s pocket
Here’s your shovel, here’s your pail
Take your suit, take your guitar
Them over there could use some kindling
And every day you hear the choir
But we never see you singing

You see the sky, you see the stars
You feel the writers on your back
But the words, you never read them
And there’s no clouds right where you’re at
And while we’re screaming for some rain
We’re screaming for some rain
The only water we are seeing
Is you pissing your Champaign

And how we now?
How are we doing?
You keep a good smile, butÉ alas
there’s no comedy here.
Track Name: Like a Postcard
A kiss in the hall, a tug on the shirt
I passed a note into your hand
And you walked with me with your arm in mine
We barely noticed it when the bell rang
Seven minutes, they go so fast when you're packed in the halls
And it's a mile to class.
With you on one end and mine over here
Three minutes to talk and a lunch to draw near

You called out, to me look out
You saw him first
I see like a postcard - So clear now
Like a postcard - So permanent

When a boy meets a girl for the first real time
All the bells in the world couldn't keep him on time
But when I saw you hit that dirty hall floor
The clocked stopped - there was all the time in the world

You called out, to me look out
You saw him first
I see like a postcard
So clear now
Like a postcard
So permanent
So permanent
So permanent
Track Name: Like you did just this very morning
I've been through it all with you
This lovers brawl and the huggers boot
Steeled toed kisses across my brow
No one said love would be painless

Don't you let your guard down 'til the rent gets paid
We've had to swallow pride and drink cheaper chardonnay
When the glass ran dry we drank the stuff we hate
No one said love would be shameless

I miss you telling me you love me
Like you did, just this very morning
We'll throw some swings and try to close the distance again
Just come again like you did before.

The alarm rang and damn you were a different girl
You jumped to your feet as if your back didn't hurt
I know we both can barely get around
No one said love would be graceful

But who needs grace when you've got blind brute force
Got this thing strangled, got it cornered and torn
We're holding it hostage but the ransom is shitty
No one said love would be pretty

I miss you telling me you love me
Like you did, just this very morning
We'll throw some swings and try to close the distance again
Just come again like you did before.
Track Name: Yours Again
Later on tonight we're gonna take a ride
In the car you'll lean back and my arm will side
And all the miles will come and go
And we won't even know

Do you feel the feeling now? Am I yours again?
I won't cede this hallowed ground, gonna make a stand
For the girl I adore, buddy I'd go to war
And leave nothing left to chance

And only time will tell if our fates were truly seal
they can all check their horoscopes
I'm grabbing for the wheel
to point this back on to the road
and bring my baby home

Do you feel that hum right down in your pants?
ain't no accident darling, I've been working on a plan
To keep you occupied, late into the night
Until I'm yours again.
Track Name: When I Fall Open
When I meet my expectations
When I find myself in luck
Half my head in water
Half my heart into the ground
I've got the blood
I've got the stone
I've got the girl to twirl around

You say you're scared of what
tomorrow will bring to your child
You know sometimes it kills to be alive

You are where you work
You are who you make
You are what you dream
You dream you're awake
Awake in a house that you made
Awake in a flurry, today.

When I'm backed into a corner
When I find myself in port
When I'm forced to make decisions
When I'm left with giving up
Half my hand in the jar
Half my foot on the scale
I've got to get back to Chicago
I've found it never fails

You say you're scared of what tomorrow
Will bring to you, child
You know sometimes it kills to be alive

You are where you work
You are who you make
You are what you dream
You dream you're awake
Awake in a house that you made
Awake in a flurry, today.
Track Name: Not Alone
So you think that it's crazy
for me to love your face
In the fluorescent lighting
In the awkward angled fade
But once upon a time
You liked the control
Ain't that a shame
You're not alone

And the dream that you proffered
was altered a bit
by the men with the nice clothes
and the watches that fit
Tight on their arms while
you get lost in the folds
Ain't that a shame
You're not alone

Don't be surprised
You're gonna follow it through
You'll hold on tight
while the world just steals from you
And though what you're left with
might be tired and torn
Don't be afraid
You're not alone

The cold and the restless
we're just warming up
Gonna meet on the frontlines
Won't be needing our guns
And as the sirens wail
Outside our homes
Ain't that a shame
You're not alone
Track Name: Across the Shining Sea
I’m calling to you baby
from halfway round the world
Got your clothes, got your shoes
Got your food, got your girls
Got your armies of technicians
Your entire shop room floor
Got your face on my poster
Got your goals, I’ll get your world

I’m feeling good, I’m feeling you right with me
We’re going to do this thing together, you will trust me, you will see

You can export all your wisdom
We can thrive on good intentions
We can eat the food we’re given
Live to dream of circumvention
And you’ll see that we are equals
And you’ll see that we can do it
You will learn to know our love
You will learn to know our children.

I’m feeling good, I’m feeling you right with me
We’re going to do this thing together, you will trust me, you will see

Liberty for all, you said
Opportunity
Liberty for all, you said - Across the shining sea
Track Name: On My Last Day
On my last day
I might miss you on the way out of my room
So this is my thanks and my regret
All packed up so don’t forget

You take the wheel, I’ll take the ride
You take the beat, I’ll draw a line
You’ll never know what corner I’ll be hiding
I’m sure somewhere I’ll be smiling

I’m all packed up, so don’t forget
I love you don’t forget
I left my keys somewhere but I love you
don’t don’t don’t don’t
Don’t forget.

On my last day
I might forget to say to you
In a rush as I leave the room
But don’t forget
Track Name: Desert Farmer (Sovereign Queen)
On a bridge across a dried up river
On a house right up the street
On a girl who dared to stand by her window
On a café where we used to meet

On a shop where my father worked for years
On a painting of a sunset and a balcony
On a hotel missed in the first engagement
On a rebuilt stage and silver screen

Oh, the cost of sovereignty
I pay with the death of my sovereign queen

Near the laser painted wall of a factory
On the rough longitude of a palace of fortune
Near the grain, near the milk, near the last clear water
And two hundred days to wait for the rain

Yeah, these are the days of miracles and wonders
Of pamphlets and sirens and legacy
But when you’re born as the son of a desert farmer
There’s no escaping destiny

And the cost of sovereignty
I pay with the death of my sovereign queen

And all my angels of progress and design
Go back from where you came, there’s no one on this line

And the cost of sovereignty
I pay with the death of my sovereign queen
Track Name: Advances
Your faith in me is all I see
But my star is falling
My bravery’s cast
In glass
And you don’t ask the questions
That we both want you to ask

Your advances
Are sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But you’re wearing me down

You keep both hands behind my back
But one hand is drifting
You keep the target under attack
But the front is now shifting

Your advances
Are sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But you’re wearing me down

Across the maginot line
Stepped into a land not mine
I hope I can make the return
I hope I can make the return, to

Your advances
your sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But they’re wearing me down
Your advances
Those sideways glances
Fending them off
But you’re wearing me down.
Track Name: A Girl Who Paints
She's smarter than you know, he said
She's got much more than that
She'd paint you into corners
And then she'd call you too abstract
She's got a sense for color
But no sense for timing
She can't drive a boat
But she's aquamarine
And cobalt blue

In the studio, by the studio
On a couch on wooden floors
On a coffee table carved to look
Bigger than the doors
There's a cat with extra tails and
A dog with human feet
There's a tension in the space
Where secret voices used to speak

And somewhere there's a picture
Of a German family and skinny little girl
Born with an American picture of a highly colored acrylic world

In a dance of decent manners
And a well scripted serenade
The song was lifted from a recording
Made in Europe in a drunken state
And while there's no paint on his tile
And no records in her room
Her ears ring constantly
The long regards of a dedicated tune

And somewhere there's a picture
Of little hearts and legendary local brews
Unburdened by your standard florida pallet of pastel hues
And local tunes.
Track Name: Big Problems Now (1999 version)
You got
You got problems now

Smile hard boy
You got big problems now

Think hard
Breath deep
You got big problems now

You've got
You've got problems now
Pray hard, boy
You've got problems now

No through-way
No exit
No way to change my mind
Fourteen
Dream long
You got big problems now

And I can see a glorious light shining
Good and bright
Deliver mine anyway or how
But still you've got big problems now

No through-way
No exit
No way to change my mind
Fourteen
Dream long
You got big problems now
Track Name: Circus Master
You’re a hard one to reach
You’ve been alone too much
Spent too much time with TV
Waiting for the world to crush
Under the weight of itself

And you never knew I was in front of you
Waiting to hold you tight
Waiting to pull you in
You can forget about the miscues
I think it’s time to try it again

You’re a hard one to see
You’ve been in the sun too much
You’re bleached, you hardly exist
And you get lost right when I start to touch
Under the weight of the sheets

And you never knew I was waiting for you
Waiting to hold you tight
Waiting to pull you in
You can forget about the mystery
I think its time to try it again

Your not a victim,
you’re an acrobat
Bending to the will of every
Circus Master
And the monkeys singÉ

You’re a hard one to break
But I’ve got a will of steel
You might say talk is cheap
Well, then babe, you got a real good deal

And you never knew I could sell it to you
Waiting to hold you tight
Waiting to pull you in
You can forget about the miscues
I think its time to try it again
Track Name: Only Once
They can vote you into a brand new crisis
They can vote you outcast
They can spark a riot
But you know by the stones they throw
That there's a single target

In a demonstration Of remarkable fairness
They gave you a say
Before they froze your assetts
And you know that they'd do it all over again
If only you'd allow it.

And you were so young, only minutes ago
It only takes one, and only once to know
And now you're keenly aware
That there ain't room for no beginners.

They took your favorite hour
And made it feel like seconds
They told you time was up
And then took turns directing you to
The door, and please come back for more
And don't you ever forget it

You've got a daunting choice
Between faith and pride
In one you hope to be saved
In one you're on the outside
Breaking through til you feel alive
And out of range

And you were so young, only minutes ago
It only takes one, and only once to know
And now you're keenly aware
That there ain't room for blind believers

And you were so found before you lost your pass
Driving fast before you hit the grass
And slid for the first time right onto your ass
And now your keenly aware
That the world won't hand you a warning
Track Name: Mechanic of Love
Broken streams feed broken minds
You were broken in
By the time I saw your eyes

You were standing on the hood of your half-broke car
Yeah the windshield starred spidered moonlight

Starred windshields don't stop you
From driving along
Banging dividers
And aiming for trees

You've broke into bottles
Pilfering wine
'til you could see right through to me

Yeah someday lady when you break down
I'll try to fix you up
When you drop your glass on the hard wood floor
I'll give you another cup
I am the mechanic of love

There's a spark, spark white
Light on my glass
It's a sign that there's still hope

If we could pull these parts together
In time, before you have to go

In a cloud of smoke and burning oil
And a crash five miles from here

They always hit too close to home
The always sound too near

Yeah someday lady when you break down
I'll try to fix you up
When you're running rough and your wheels don't grip
I'll try to rev you up
I am the mechanic of love

In the shops your welded bones still flex
In sharp turns and hair pins
And hard rights and lefts
I'm still waiting on the warehouse
To deliver the rest
I'm going to raise you up
I'm going to do my best

I am the mechanic of love
Track Name: Bills
I’ve got bills, so many bills
Think I’ll go and take some pills
Let the whole world go away
I’ll be smiling for a day
And like a dog I’ll stray
Back to my desk
Faithfully work til
I needed the rest
And then I’d sleep

Well I used to deal real well
Weaving through the highway hell
But I started to get tense
As the day began to end
And sweat would paint my brow and
Fall in my eyes
And blind behind the wheel
I knew I would die, but I was wrong

And Oh, I’m glad that you are here
To hold my keys as I hold this beer
And laugh at the bartender’s pretty rear
Pretend we wouldn’t love her
But we tip so good it’s clear

I’ve got bills, so many bills
Think I’ll go and take some pills
Make the whole world go away
I’ll be happy for a day
And like a thief I’d steal to her shift
Talk with her awhile
And leave a big tip to make her smile
Track Name: Long Nightmare
As I lay sleeping in my bed
I remember when I was believed
I was younger then
And the whole world danced with me
And as the band hit the chorus
Something pulled me away
It's a long nightmare
to find it's not a dream

You can take all you know
And sir, you can write it down
And you can throw it away
'Cause we both know the truth don't count
and on your seventh re-write
You might just get the girl, you see
'cause it's a long nightmare
to find it's not a dream

In the paper today:
a vindicated man
and on the five o'clock news they said
he never lost his tan
well, I'm as pale as a cloud
and I wish they all could see
that it's a long nightmare
to find it's not a dream

and some sweet day
in the truth they'll finally see
that it's a long nightmare
to find it's not a dream
Track Name: Wait for the Stars
Well I really don't wanna watch ethe news today
I might just take a week or two
And while you're counting down the days to election day
I'm counting on some days with you
I've been dreaming about buying a house
where every year the leaves turn red
Cause when Florida keeps its grip on you
You might not even know you're dead

Hey, hey, what did they say? The sun is blowing up?
You grab your lover, I'll grab the covers,
and wait for the stars to show up.

In a California summer, I must confess
I might have stole a kiss or two
And in the sparkle and burn of a new romance
I went and gave them back to you
Now my credit is thin, but believe me now,
I'd steal every last one you have
And make you chase me way down this steep ass hill
And then let you make the grab

Hey, hey, what did they say? The sun is blowing up?
You grab your lover, I'll grab the covers,
and wait for the stars to show up.

Before my wave sinks back to the big black sea
I want to cause a splash or two
And maybe on some little shore somewhere
I'll knock lose a bit of truth
It's hard to believe, all these broken dreams
We can't build it out of parts
It's an ugly machine - it grinds and leaks
But baby, it's just a start

Hey, hey, what did they say? The sun is blowing up?
You grab your lover, I'll grab the covers,
and wait for the stars to show up.

Wait for the stars...
Track Name: Sweet September Love
The rain finally lets up over Plantation skies
The black road is steaming and the drain pipes start to cry

Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again

Can you hear my transmission girl
My shift into the face
My teeth aren't grabbing hold of much these days

Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again

And all your ports are open for anyone to land
Give me your weak
Give me your lost
Give me another plan
than
Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again
Sweet September love again
Track Name: Ain't Half the Dream
You got a face full of regret
They got a face full of a smile
You get to carry the extra baggage]
They get to tip you and walk by
And it wouldn’t have hurt so bad
If you hadn’t been right there before
With a five spot in your hand
And the beggars at the door.

All the lies they believed them
While you stood there on the stage
And when the Jane Street Theater spotlight broke
You caught a heel on a venting grate
And you fell, and you fell
And no one in the band stopped you
Yeah you fell, you fell
And the orchestra pit caught you

All the fine girls up on the screen
And you, you ain’t half the dream you dreamed
You, you ain’t half the dream

Ain’t that a pretty dress.
Whoa, and look at that new suit
When you see the light glint off the silken threads
There ain’t no way a man can lose

But a coal mine’s not the place for a party
And this is not a good month to act cute
When you pull the pay check from your pocket
Yeah - That’s when you’ll get your soup

I’m here to tell you, it’s been written
Time and time again.
You turn a blind eye to the losers
You’ll never see it when they win
On the shores of the East Atlantic
They’ve stolen all your lines
And left you with a useless script
To a show behind the times

And as everyone watches on the screen,
There’s you - you ain’t half the dream you dreamed
You, You ain’t half the dream you dreamed

And your stock won’t buy redemption
And your faith won’t buy forgiveness
And your word won’t buy a widow
And your fall won’t end my sorrow
Track Name: Dove on the Ground
There's a bird up high
There's a dove on the ground
You know I found love long ago
Every time your voice would sound...

I'm coming in fast
To your heart to land
My last approach
But my best command

And in my dreams
I'm light as a feather
The streets are clean
And we all stand together

There's an empty sky
Where only stars can shine
They shine all night long
Between the buildings and the signs

There's a dove on the ground
There's a scar on a tree
There's a picture on a wall
And there's you and me standing free

And in my dreams
I'm light as a feather
The streets are clean
And we all stand together
And in my dreams
I'm light as a feather
The streets are clean and quiet
And we all stand together
We all stand together
We all stand together...

Who is your friend?
Who is the monster?
Who is the priest?
Who is the abuser?
Where is the killer?
Where is the child?
Who’s got the facts?
Who’s told the lies?
Where is the mother?
Where is the son?
In a pile of rubble - never hurt anyone
(And we all stand together)
Track Name: Find the Door
Steal your way through the darkness
Steal your way through the wine
You break through at the break up
You make it through alright

You got a reason to love, just not him anymore

Hey, happy to meet you, I hope you survive
You got to dodge the bombs, you got to draw a line

You got a reason to cheer, just not him anymore
You got a reason to go, so go on, find the door

You know the old sayings, you know the old lines
You got to change the world before you change their mind
You've got to level the factory before you show them the sky

Hey happy to meet you, I hope you survive
And I'll understand if you don't drop me a line

You got a reason to love, just not me anymore
You got a reason to go, so go on, find the door
Track Name: Advances
Your faith in me is all I see
But my star is falling
My bravery’s cast
In glass
And you don’t ask the questions
That we both want you to ask

Your advances
Are sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But you’re wearing me down

You keep both hands behind my back
But one hand is drifting
You keep the target under attack
But the front is now shifting

Your advances
Are sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But you’re wearing me down

Across the maginot line
Stepped into a land not mine
I hope I can make the return
I hope I can make the return, to

Your advances
your sideways glances
I keep fending them off
But they’re wearing me down
Your advances
Those sideways glances
Fending them off
But you’re wearing me down.
Track Name: Slowdown
You got caught in a slowdown.
You were working on midstream
Yeah, they caught you in a slowdown
Baby wasted on the balance beam

You’re feeling like the time is right
you’ve been dreaming about it for quite some time
You’ve been waiting for a new direction
You keep knocking but there aint no sign

And there in the backseat
A faint transmission of a girl
Not quite ready to let you hear her whirl

You got caught in a slowdown.
You were working on midstream
Yeah, they caught you in a slowdown
Baby wasted on the balance beam


You been listening for the next instructions
You’ve been diving down for all the drills
You gave up wishing for the night to come
You broke 30 then they pulled you in

But there on the wall
Is a nine hundred dollar guitar
And a cord that only lets you go so farÉ

You got caught in a slowdown.
You were banking on a old dream
Yeah, they caught you in a slowdown
Baby wasted on the balance beam

You got caught in a slowdown.
Just like you did when you were 19
Yeah, they caught you in a slowdown
Baby wasted on the balance beam
Track Name: Staring at the Blind
When your struggle to prove yourself has ended
When you've made your name to all that's come before
When your stature has been duly elevated.
Will you dare to stand outside your massive doors?

Will you curse the man who stands outside your sidewalk
Will you doubt the girl who tells you it's the truth
Will you look away from eyes that try to love you
Will you blame a heart once tortured and abused

When they shake you up
And they rattle your cage
When they turn you over
Check your pockets for change
Will you grab for your virtue
Or will you jump at the chance
To do a little dance

When your face reflects an eon full of struggle
And looks back at you from sidewalk stands and more
When you see eyes full of strongly held convictions.
Will you know which one to send right out the door.

Will you fantasize of quiet and belonging
And relish that your fantasy is true
Will you share the sense of awe in your sweet victory
While you give an awkward victory saluteÉ

When they shake you up
And they rattle your cage
When they turn you over
Check your pockets for change
Will you grab for your virtue
Will you jump at the chance
To do a little dance.

And I knew you once when you were different
We were idealists on a fourth of July
We were staring at families and the fireworks
Now I'm staring down, and you're staring at the blind.
Track Name: Reason for the World
My baby’s lost in Afganistan
My baby’s lost in Beruit
My baby’s losing in Freedom Town
My baby’s lost at school

She found a place to play
In a fly-bitten sand box minefield
She found a place to play
In a doll house of shells
She found a new disease
Amongst the rich uranium
She found an old pet
In the arms of a gun

Never have I seen
A face so quiet as hers was
Never have I heard
A reason for the world

My baby found a new house
My baby found a home
My baby found a bad idea
My baby found a stone
She found a place to stay
With broken hearts above her
My baby lost her way
And now we’ve lost another

Never have I seen
A face so quiet as hers was
Never have I heard
A reason for the world
Never have I seen
A face so peaceful as hers was
Never have I known
A reason for the world
Track Name: Formerly Oscar
Your head is down you don't say nothing to anyone
You won't yield so I just drive right through
You stare at the clouds
You stare at the sky
You won't give me a reason why

You look you're staring out at the passing strangers
I'm driving fast I ain't got much to lose
I'm passing cars
Left and right
It's going to be another lonely fight

It feels as though you got less to say
Each and every single day
I'm trying hard but the tax you weigh
Gets harder to handle
Each day you get you get harder to take
I feel as though it's time to say
I'm running out
Baby I'm running away

When we met I swore I'd want to lay it
All on the line - I'd lay it all out
I'd lay you in the strong sunshine
And show you what I was talking about

I'd hold you gently while the wind was blowing
Strong at our backs, I'd hold you up but
You hold on to nothing
You've done it before
You slam shut when I'm right at the door

It feels as though you got less to say
Each and every single day
I'm trying hard but the tax you weigh
Gets harder to handle
Each day you get you get harder to take

I feel as though it's time to say
I'm running out
Baby I'm running away

Your momma tells me something's aching inside you
You got to figure out what you want to do with
Your life your love your job your love
Your friends your love if you want to love someday

I've got a job to take down in California
I've got take this coldness inside
And warm it up
And make it good
And give it to someone that will treat it right cause

It feels as though you got less to say
Each and every single day
I'm trying hard but the tax you weigh
Gets harder to handle
Each day you get you get harder to take

I feel as though it's time to say
I'm running out
Baby I'm running away
Track Name: Tennessee (live)
Tennessee... you are my dream
With your blonde hair flowing
You're my country retreat
Everyone waits for me
I get lost
In Tennessee

No bright blue skies
No strong sunshine
Can cure the ills
Of a heartsick mind
But bright blue eyes
And your rich girl's skin
Will always beat
Dad's racist whims... in Tennessee
Whoa... in Tennessee

Are you here like me?
Are you here like me?
Are you here like me to see old kings?
In a rental car, in a light March breeze
You know the drawl is thick
But I can hardly hear
The words don't rhyme
But the thought is clear
There's no need to dream
With you here in Tennessee
Whoa... in Tennessee
Track Name: As It Was Ending
I was hanging around
To see what would happen
With a coin in the slot
And a ticket for the raffle
Didn't see a thing
A lone, lousy witness
To the world as it was ending

Bullet butterfly, dragonfly landing
In a field near the desert
My head was pounding
I turned my eyes away
I would not be spending
With the world as it was ending
With the world as it was ending

You see a rush to judgment
I see history repeating
You see progress in peril
I see faith is deceiving
You see a modern hero
I see a widow weeping
With the world as it was ending
And I'll play my guitar
Till her baby is sleeping
With the world as it is ending
Track Name: Sleep (live)
Face it brother we are losing
Losing ground in this big fight
Send our letters back to Momma
Tell her to keep her spirits bright
Lord, oh Lord I am so sleepy
It’s so damn cold here on the wire
I can’t keep from closing
Closing these war-torn hazel eyes

I have seen the outside
I have seen the birth of my child
I have witnessed the birth of the rebellion
I’ve seen distant stars expire in the sky
But I do not want to dream
These things that I dream
But Brother, Brother
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?

Brother, I don’t think my heart is beating
I think it stopped sometime when we arrived
They made me fit, so I could stand up tall
But here on the streets all we do is dive
And Lord, oh Lord, I think I’m swimming
In a cloud of sound no one could ever buy
This granite wall doesn’t have any comfort
And we do not know the reason why we die, we die

I have seen the outside
I have seen the birth of my child
I have witnessed the birth of the rebellion
I’ve seen distant stars expire in the sky
But I do not want to dream
These things that I dream
But Brother, Brother
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?

I swear, I will never leave you again
Track Name: Corporate World
I’m top of the world again
Say you believe that you’re a liar
Got my face to a mountain
And an a hand in the fire
And the kids just a symptom
Of this growing disease
Spread by the private jets
And all this fucking greed

And you hold out your dreams
you hold out for thirty
To buy pretty things for your pretty girl
Oh deep entrenched in a corporate world

Well I watched my father
pull blood from card
And I spent my youth swearing
Time wouldn’t make me hard
But we chip like stone
And we bend like clay
In spite of an intent
To never ever be that way

You’d think we’d learn
You think we’d hold back
every time we try to be stern
and hold our own in a corporate world


How’s that watch look
Wrapped around your cold wrist
And your car, your beautiful car
Wrapped around the pine
Your belly full, your shiny suit
Your garden full of flowers
Borrowed for a new engagement
Your sympathetic hour

You knew it every moment of your time
You saw it coming every single night
It’s no hard luck, you bought into the whirl
Another blip in a larger corporate world
Track Name: Sleep
Face it brother we are losing
Losing ground in this big fight
Send our letters back to Momma
Tell her to keep her spirits bright
Lord, oh Lord I am so sleepy
It’s so damn cold here on the wire
I can’t keep from closing
Closing these war-torn hazel eyes

I have seen the outside
I have seen the birth of my child
I have witnessed the birth of the rebellion
I’ve seen distant stars expire in the sky
But I do not want to dream
These things that I dream
But Brother, Brother
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?

Brother, I don’t think my heart is beating
I think it stopped sometime when we arrived
They made me fit, so I could stand up tall
But here on the streets all we do is dive
And Lord, oh Lord, I think I’m swimming
In a cloud of sound no one could ever buy
This granite wall doesn’t have any comfort
And we do not know the reason why we die, we die

I have seen the outside
I have seen the birth of my child
I have witnessed the birth of the rebellion
I’ve seen distant stars expire in the sky
But I do not want to dream
These things that I dream
But Brother, Brother
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?
How do you refuse the night when it comes?

I swear, I will never leave you again
Track Name: Warm
She slides next to you with no concrete plan
She stands by the door with a mask in her hand
Her eyes are just empty holes
They always let out her soul

There's a warmness you feel in the face of defeat
There are lies you can tell to keep you warm for weeks
Tell yourself it's not cold
But your doctor is getting old
All of his files are sold

Sha la la la la la

In the dark going's on in the diplomat's chair
In the dreams of the old and the versions of fair
And the underwhelming face of your past
Sinks in the ground like war
Takes you where you've been before
With blind hope to guide you through

Sha la la la la la
Track Name: Great Big Bend
Well I'm a lone drunk driver with his foot to the floor
I'm a lone, lone ranger on his favorite horse
I'm a boxer, baby, with no one to beat
I'm a gambler, baby, I'm light on my feet

Tell your momma that you're going out with your friends
I'll meet you tonight on the Great Big Bend

Everybody wants to be the one to judge
If I'm enough for you to win your love
Well I thought it would be easier to win your hand
Well, I just can't wait til they understand

Tell your momma that you're going out with your friends
I'll meet you tonight on the Great Big Bend

It's hard enough
to make things work
when you're tired and you're just
dying of thirst
and all you dream of on this lonesome night
is your mom in the trunk and your dad out of sight
for just one night

Well, the rich ones buy and the cool ones bluff
and the desperate jump off the edge for fun
I've got just the gas to make it there and back
Gonna drive like hell so my heart don't crash

Tell your momma that you're going out with your friends
I'll meet you tonight on the Great Big BendÉ
Track Name: Starting to Unfurl
I can walk myself
Know the way without you
No need for you to slow me down

I can dress myself
Don’t need your opinions
No need for you to slow me down

And if I can dream at night
without me holding the gun, I might
wake up feeling warm, I might
wake up in your arms
And if I can lose the feel
That I don’t trust the world, I might
wake up without my fists all tight
starting to unfurl


She can fool herself
No need for no deception
She knows when its time to call the game

She tries to cut him off
Doesn’t trust intentions
She’s mastered the science of the pain

And if I can dream at night
without me holding the gun, I might
wake up feeling warm, I might
wake up in your arms
And if I can lose the feel
That I don’t trust the world, I might
wake up without my fists all tight
starting to unfurl
starting to unfurl

out of nowhere the night spoke to me
whispered, no sleep, no sleep tonight
Track Name: Noeta
I can’t take the pain
of losing you over and over again
Every time I think you’re by my side
I turn and you’re not there
You’re out with the girls out on the town
You’re at the bar and you’re slowing down
I hear all the stories
But I wish I could never hear a sign

I turned on the radio
And I drove right through the night
I’ve racked up more than a million miles
Let the sun burn through my sight
I’ve spent six days counting the stars
on Sunset Blvd
But I know you well enough to know
you don’t know who you are

You’ve got a long way to go
A long way to go

You’re a liar and a lover
And you cheat right through the night
And in the day you lose the lover
In a knock down drag out fight
But I have seen the tricks of your trade
And you know you don’t fool me
Any more than you could talk a prisoner
Into thinking that he’s free

And your broken heart is bleeding
And it’s soaked you to the bone
To know your time is quickly fleeing
And you might end up alone
But you cant control your expression
So they know the signs real well
And she’s leaving with the secrets
She didn’t trust you enough to tell

You’ve got a long way to go
A long way to go
You’ve got a long way to go
A long way to go
Track Name: Happily Sedated
I read the latest tragic stories
Drank my coffee and ignored it
Took a sip and drove my car,
the world spun round and not that hard
I fell into another weekday
A nod to men and smiles to ladies
My progress measured by the daring feat o
f not been given warning

And aren’t we all happy now?
Happily sedated
My glass is full my tv shouts
Happily sedated

I woke from bed and felt the future
Full of creaks and holes and sutures
Ten more years that ended in ten
more pounds and tons of sin
My child is blissfully unaware
To him, the world don’t crush or stare
No market bombs, no chains or tethers
The only thunder is the weather

And all my visions turn to noise
Happily sedated
Lost in all the bills and toys
Happily sedated
No time to hear, no one to fight
Happily sedated
Where’s my song to wield tonight
Happily sedated

And there’s someone inside of me I no longer know
He’s pulling me apart from me, bone by bone
And everybody’s watching
As everybody’s freezing
And everybody’s standing by
You feel the slap in the face, and the effortless tries and
If I could only just warm up
If I could only just warm up
Track Name: Stir Fried World
In the middle of the day
Your race fees have been paid
Your cars were played out
But your hand did fade
Say good day to your sister
Say hello to the demons
They send you love messages
From the deep fryer

And it’s a stir fried world
And it’s a messed up girl
Gonna keep you awake
Until your dying day

Well, you’re hot in the summer
Cold in the winter
The garbage can lovers
Love all year round
With your parents in the next world
Your shopping cart is filled
With all the cancer agents
The rebellious void is filled

And it’s a stir fried world
And it’s a messed up girl
Gonna keep you awake
Until your dying day


And your hair’s becoming a quiet shade of gray
And love doesn’t seem to change her anyway

But it’s a stir fried world
And it’s a messed up girl
Gonna keep you awake
Until your dying day
Gonna keep you awake
Until your dying day
Track Name: Love Fades Away
The girl I once loved
She lived a few blocks away
We never got too far
But hell it was the seventh grade and

It’s funny how love fades away
You won’t want what you need to day
It’s funny how love fades away

When I moved in high school
I thought I’d miss my girl
Did for awhile
Until the next one came around

It’s funny how love fades away
You won’t want what you need to day
It’s funny how love fades away

I haven’t seen them for some time
Guess I wish them well
They’re just never on my mind

Now my heart is alive
And I’m hungry and inspired
I’ve got love to go around
Back and forth, up and down for you

It’s funny how love fades away
Just to come again today
It’s funny how love fades away

It’s funny how love fades away
You won’t want what you need to day
It’s funny how love fades away
Track Name: Ain't Life Grand
Bobby wanted a twinkie
But he didn’t have a penny
So he took a gun to the quickie-mart
And walked out with many

Sayin’ hey, alright, come on
See if you can dance with these shoes on
Ain’t life grand, being an American

Bobby walked over to Betty
Betty thought he was pretty
Bobby’s baby she did carry
She wanted them to get married

Sayin’ hey, alright, come on
See if you can dance with these shoes on
Ain’t life grand, being an American

Well there’s an angel in some broken shoes
She dropped a heel on a manhole on the avenue
And the homeless laugh and the rich folk cry
Ain’t it good to be alive

I was born near the city
But I’d rather live in the country
Some day I’ll drive a Ferrari
But right now a dented Chevy

Sayin’ hey, alright, come on
See if you can dance with these shoes on
Ain’t life grand, being an American

And Bobby spend the rest of his days
At peace in San Diego singing
Ain’t life grand, being an American
Ain’t life grand, being an American
Track Name: Lucky
I raise my head and I close my eyes
Though what you said ain’t no surprise
You don’t believe I could turn around
Become the child that you thought you found

Anne, she drives the cart past the shops on eight and main
She could sell you her best thoughts but she thinks they’re all insane
Claims she’s been here and back twelve times around the world
And everybody laughs at her

Ain’t it funny how lucky we are
It’s a real good thing we wished on that star
When the world falls down
There ain’t nothing come between us

Your suicides come everyday
Lord, you raise your eyes and then you look away
And boy you stand by your religion until the very end
While they tell you what is good, and they tell you where to bend

Are you crazy to believe, believe God’s in control
As the taxi drivers race and the valium takes hold
And the lane lines don’t mean nothing
And you’ve never liked cocaine
And all my actions are suspicious
But it’s my upbringing that’s to blame

Ain’t it funny how lucky we are
It’s a real good thing we wished on that star
When the world falls down
There ain’t nothing come between us
Oh, when the world falls down
Ain’t nothing come between us

And they say, you drive pretty fast for a woman
And you say, there ain’t no cause for no worry

When the world falls down
There ain’t nothing come between us
Oh, when the world falls down
Ain’t nothing come between us
Track Name: Sacred Place
In the peaceful state of Nevada
Out past the glowing structures
Where the sand shines just like glitter
I did inherit all this wonder

An in this land of warm terrain
Born with such defiant eyes
I feel the sand beat against my arm
And try no to doubt the faith they plundered

And I - I do not believe you
When you say that you once loved me
And I - I do not believe you
When you say

The green grass and the jungle gym
The school trips and the assemblies
Did not prepare me for the fall
Nobody made the connections

And I - I do not believe you
When you say that you once loved me
And I - I do not believe you
When you say

And those bombs blew before I came
Nobody told me straight
I’ve yet to see my smiling face
Since I left her sacred place

I was thought to follow you
Before born with this condition
Afraid to try to love
The very things I’m afraid to lose

And I - I do not believe you
When you say that you once loved me
And I - I do not believe you
When you say that you once loved me
And I - I do not believe you
When you said that you could please me
And I - I do not believe you
When you say that you once loved me
And I - I do not believe you
When you say
Track Name: Out Time Song
Open arms
Grab the girl
And as you roll
Tuck and curl
I humanize
I start to thaw
You and I
Avoid the fall

Lose yourself
In tugs and pulls
this world tries
To spin us off
Back to school
No simple days
Just an endless fight
Against slow decay

And there's no news but flood
And these people they never move
Just dry their stuff and move back in
Like water never should
All that land to claim above
All that fear below
Hold tight to the girl next door
take her up the road
Track Name: Big Problems Now (2000 version)
You got
You got problems now

Smile hard boy
You got big problems now

Think hard
Breath deep
You got big problems now

You've got
You've got problems now
Pray hard, boy
You've got problems now

No through-way
No exit
No way to change my mind
Fourteen
Dream long
You got big problems now

And I can see a glorious light shining
Good and bright
Deliver mine anyway or how
But still you've got big problems now

No through-way
No exit
No way to change my mind
Fourteen
Dream long
You got big problems now
Track Name: Necessary Losses
Neath half-gray skies I saw bows of red
While I intended to leave, I took instead
And spiraling forth, the wolf and the man
Dance to the tune and dance again

And the wolf strikes back to befriend the blade
And watch grown men go cry the days
The band trades the cage in
Makes a run for the stage
There’ll be no melody
There will be no blame

Hold my hand and I’ll drag you through
This little war has killed us two
And what remains of our great debate
Necessary losses

Under cover of black, I spied on their camp
Saw no trust in the old
And no strength in their stance
I tried an honest approach
But there was no understanding
And threats were hurled right to my back

Hold my hand and I’ll drag you through
This little war has killed us two
And what remains of our great debate
Necessary losses

And we fight for the lost
Who we all grew up with
And the trees keep us warned
When something’s amiss
And while some of them know
They can’t always protect us
From unholy cages and the lighter poison kiss

So back again the circle goes
And we smile up to our friends
And year by year more and more we send
And dancing together
The wolf and the man
With a minor part in the cave maker’s plan

Hold my hand and I’ll drag you through
This little war has killed us two
And what remains of our great debate
Necessary losses, necessary losses
Hold my hand and I’ll drag you through
This little war has killed us two
And what remains of our great debate
Necessary losses
Necessary losses
Track Name: Moving in All Directions
I feel like I’m running with chains tied to my laces
I’m caught up in the races
But I can’t win nothing
Feel like I’m spending too much time complaining
Is it wrong to complain when there’s something worth complaining about?

And I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time
And I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time

Well I can’t say nothing without saying something
Everytime I say a word it always comes out rude
Well I’m not sure I understand just where you are coming
When you say that at my smartest I just act confused

And I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time
And I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time

It’s a wonder I don’t tear apart

Well I’ve gone beyond my limit
Gone beyond my plan
I have lied face down on the beach
Counted grains of sand
But my extra strings are tangled
Making creases in my hands
If I knew where I’d be sitting
I’d try to make a stand


But I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time
And I’m moving in all directions
Moving in all directions all the time

It’s a wonder I don’t tear apart
Track Name: Bad Bad Day
I want to go for a drive and get hopelessly lost
And start again without paying the cost
No hesitation no small delay
I have you now I want to run away

Well I never thought I'd get so serious
Now my head's so screwed I'm delirious
I've got more love than I think I can take
I have you now I want to run away

So you think that I'm having a bad bad day
That I'll wake up tomorrow
and I won't feel the same
but you're not listing to a word I say

I could make believe everything's ok
and play those same little games you play
it would look real good but feel so fake
I have you now I want to run away

So baby call the police and the investigator
Put up files on the walls of the grocery stores
let the dogs sniff my trail from state to state
I have you now I want to run away

So you think that I'm having a bad bad day
That I'll wake up tomorrow
but I won't feel the same
but you're not listing to a word I say

So I think it's best just to disappear
So I won't have to deal with the things I fear
You'll love me now but soon you'll hate
I have you now I want to run away

So you think that I'm having a bad bad day
That I'll wake up tomorrow
but I won't feel the same
but you're not listing to a word I say
no you're not listing to a word I say
Track Name: Corner Mary
Every day you paint your eyes real bright
And you crawl your way to school
To your seat near the corner
Where you can sit and just cool off
But your suicidal girlfriends
Come complaining again
About how life ain’t worth living if their boyfriends ain’t with them

And you feel like Chicken Little
As the walls come in to meet you
They always come to meet you
Before the day is through
And they find you in a classroom
Huddled in a corner
You tell them you were dizzy and
Then you’re on your way

CHORUS:
Little Mary on the Corner
Doesn’t step into the street you tell me
God’s been disconnected
Little Mary on the Corner
Doesn’t wait for a sign
Holds the cup out in the air and drinks to her demise



Drinkin’ rain cause it’s clearer than the faucet
Drinkin’ rain cause you like the carcinogens
It reminds you of the factories where your
Father always worked in
Where he’d come home just to go out
and come back to throw his punches

CHORUS

And you know I’ll always care about you
And you know I’ll always want the best for you
And she said, Save me.
And all she said was, Save me

And your mother doesn’t know you
You’ve been cut off of your inheritence
Cause you refused quite loudly
The passed on family debt
And you take drugs to you see colors
And you drink until your blind
And the pebbles start to fill up
All the caverns in your mind

CHORUS
Track Name: Suburban Hallucinations
I put on my angel mentality
And walk out the door
To the burning air
And I sit on her broken steps
Wishing they were my own
In the cracks I see my faults
In the dust I see my destination
I’m not paying any attention
I fell off the rails and saw God upon the pavement

I thought I saw I monster in my closet
The children call it imagination
But they don’t know my limits
And I think it’s suburban hallucinations

Holding my life out at my side
Holding my hand out for a ride
I put on my outer shell
To brave the burning air
Lost my courage in a cup of coffee
I saw the handle melt
I feel the sun burn all my protection
And steal my secrets to tell

I thought I saw I monster in my closet
The children call it imagination
But they don’t know my limits
And I think it’s suburban hallucinations
She said the sky is truly falling
And I know that I believed her
I saw it falling from the window
Of some high rise corporate office
You spend half your life too small to hit
The rest of it afraid
That when the smog clears I wont feel
The same about the parts I played

I thought I saw I monster in my closet
The children call it imagination
But they don’t know my limits
And I think it’s suburban hallucinations

I thought I saw I monster in my closet
The children call it imagination
But they don’t know my limits
And I think it’s suburban hallucinations
Track Name: Delilah
There’s a fire in my kitchen
Where my microwave blew up
And there’s fires out on Main Street
Somebody’s lit up
And when the whole world has gone crazy
Nobody cares if you give up
But Delilah, Delilah knows the truth

That rough and ready officer
Dressed for the party lights
He knows that if he just skips town
No one would bat an eye
But if the whole world has gone crazy
No one cares who’s wrong or right
But Delilah, cause Delilah knows the truth

It’s gonna be alright she said
As the bullets went by her head
Some people would like us dead
But they never listened to what she said

Man, if some profits ever come down
Wouldn’t we be ashamed
If they knew what we’ve been up to
If they knew us by our names
But if the whole world has gone crazy
Then they must also be insane
We’d have to stick them in a cell somewhere
On a cold asylum day
Cause we know what they’ve been up to
Trying to take it all away
And you know there’s fifty profits
just in cell block number eight
And if the whole world has gone crazy
We don’t care what they’d have to say
But Delilah’s in their corner
As she gets down and starts to pray

It’s gonna be alright she said
As the bullets went by her head
Some people would like us dead
But they never listened, they never listened

So we run over the river, we run right through the woods.
Grandma’s house is somewhere and my arms are finally loose
Delilah brings me water, makes me feel real fine
Cause when the whole world has gone crazy
And there’s nobody outside
Except the doubters and the skeptics
The magicians and the blind
Who can’t understand the weight
And won’t leave it all behind
But Delilah writes me letters,
Cause Delilah sees the light.

It’s gonna be alright she said
As the bullets went by her head
Some people would like us dead
But they never listened, they never listened
It’s gonna be alright she said
As the bullets went by her head
Some people would like us dead
But they never listened,
they never listened to what she said
Track Name: Mr. Baker
Mr. Baker where’s your daughter gone
One day she’s here and the next day she’s gone
She never liked the way you picked her friends
She ran away to find some happiness

Mr. Baker what’s the latest news
She sent you postcards up from Santa Cruz
Said she hopes to find a job and maybe make some friends
But Bobby treats her right and she’s in love with him

Well why don’t you come out and say it
You don’t like life when you're not in it
You always thought he was so lazy
Some days the world can make you crazy

You fought the war against the communists
You pulled a gun and then you killed real quick
Came home to work until you could invest
You tried to buy a little happiness

Well why don’t you just admit it
When you want something you just take it
When you're angry you just break it
Some days the world can make you crazy

And you're starting to feel that you’ve lost control
The more you pulled the reigns the more the seem to go
And no ones listening to a word you're saying
Some days the world can make you crazy
Track Name: Angel Montgomery
My name is Angel Montgomery
I was born in Pennsylvania
I was raised in Seoul, Korea
My father was in the Army
My mother hated conflict
My mother loved to cook
My brother died real early
And she cooked for all his friends

I refuse to go out dying
And I’ll keep waking to each sunrise
I don’t believe in purity or sin
I believe there are so many ways to win

The day that I left high school
My father pulled me aside
Told me all the things that I could fear
And how the whole damn world’s so cruel inside
And he took another sip of bourbon
And he went out with his friends
Lost a nasty bar fight
And my mother cooked again

And I refuse to go out dying
And I’ll keep waking to each sunrise
I don’t believe in purity or sin
I believe there are so many ways to win

My name is Angel Montgomery
I’m trying to change the odds
I was born in Pennsylvania
My son was born in Oregon
And I do all the cooking
My wife, she don’t cook at all
We both work hard as teachers
And we catch him when he falls

I refuse to go out dying
And I’ll keep waking to each sunrise
Sherry holds me oh so tightly,
through purity or sin
I believe there are so many ways to win
Track Name: Different
Tuesday evening - gearing up for my big date
Bought a six pack
And another six so I’ll be safe
Pick up girlfriend- father gives me evil eye
I give him wink now - her mother wants to cry

We wander slowly - we hit the music halls
We don’t like movies - or sex in foreign cars
My generation - we like ecology
We dig the homeless - we bring them cans to eat

Oh- ... We think we’re different
Oh - ... I know we’re different

Ragged jeans now - my girl got ragged hair
Like the weed babe, we like it everywhere
No more whining
We want some instant change
Vote Democrat now, so pissed won’t vote again

Oh- ... We think we’re different
Oh - ... I know we’re different

I like to listen - I really hate TV
I know my parents - my parents don’t know me
I think I’m neurotic - my shrink is my best friend
My dog is happy - my credit line is thin

Oh- ... We think we’re different
Oh - ... I know we’re different
Track Name: Day One
I don’t want to live forever
I don’t want to hear you talk
I don’t want to be a dreamer
I don’t want to wake up
I don’t want to feel you near me
I don’t want to see you fight
I don’t want to live forever
I don’t want to see the light

I don’t want to hurt you badly
I don’t want to lie to you
I don’t want to answer questions
Cause I don’t want to tell the truth
I can feel the storm coming
I don’t want to look real brave
I don’t want my retribution
I just want this to go away

Somewhere deep in Mexico
The devil stepped out into the bright sunlight
Announced the start of the revolution
And the village danced all night
Track Name: It's Like That
Just a fairy tale life where
There’s always a happy ending
But this ain’t no children’s book you’re living
Girl you know it isn’t
And yet you dream and convince yourself it’s true
That before long the girl in your dreams
will be you

So you don’t get down
Don’t get pushed around
And when they kick you down
You don’t make a sound
And you never cry
Because everything’s tight
You don’t care why it’s like that
As long as you’re safe and alright

You waited years for your prince in shining armor
But he hasn’t arrived at your castle
Like you thought he would, dear
At night in the distance you hear
The hooves of his steed
Detained or afraid you don’t care
Just as long as yours he’ll be

So you don’t get down
Don’t get pushed around
And when they kick you down
You don’t make a sound
And you never cry
Because everything’s tight
You don’t care why it’s like that
As long as you’re safe and alright

Well you don’t stand there by your window
But girl when do you ever leave the house
You can wait if you want
But how will you know dear
If your prince is just like you, afraid to come out

So you wait around
And you don’t get down
And when you hear the sounds your heart
Begins to pound
Cause you know that one night
Maybe even tonight
He’ll come out of the shadows and make everything alright
Yeah, he’ll come out of the darkness and make
Everything alright
You don’t care why it’s like that, as long as your safe√â you’re safe and alright