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Adding The Blue

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Coming soon: a signed limited edition book and an accompanying collection of fine art prints featuring the oil paintings of Chrissie Hynde.

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Pretenders x PETA

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The Pretenders are set to play an intimate show at the newly reopened Subterania on the 26th April.

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D I S C O G R A P H Y
A N D
L Y R I C S
Pretenders

1980

Precious
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The Phone Call
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Up the Neck
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Tattooed Love Boys
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The Wait
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Stop Your Sobbing
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Kid
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Private Life
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Brass in Pocket
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Lovers of Today
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Mystery Achievement
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Tequila
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Pretenders II

1981

The Adulteress
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Bad Boys Get Spanked
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Message of Love
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I Go to Sleep
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Birds of Paradise
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Talk of the Town
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Pack it Up
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Waste Not Want Not
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Day After Day
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Jealous Dogs
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The English Roses
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Louie Louie
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Learning To Crawl

1984

Middle of the Road
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Back on the Chain Gang
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Time the Avenger
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Watching the Clothes
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Show Me
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Thumbelina
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My City Was Gone
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Thin Line Between Love and Hate
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I Hurt You
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2000 Miles
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Fast or Slow (The Law’s the Law)
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Get Close

1986

My Baby
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When I Change My Life
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Light of the Moon
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Dance!
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Tradition of Love
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Don’t Get Me Wrong
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I Remember You
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How Much Did You Get For Your Soul
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Chill Factor
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Hymn To Her
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Room Full of Mirrors
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Where Has Everybody Gone
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If There Was A Man
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Packed!

1990

Never Do That
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Let’s Make A Pact
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Millionaires
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May This Be Love
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No Guarantee
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When Will I See You?
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Sense Of Purpose
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Downtown (Akron)
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How Do I Miss You?
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Hold a Candle To This
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Criminal
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Spirit Of Life (Fall Down on your Knees)
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Last of the Independents

1994

Hollywood Perfume
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Night in my Veins
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Money Talk
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977
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Revolution
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All My Dreams
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I’ll Stand by you
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I’m A Mother
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Tequila
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Every Mother’s Son
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Rebel Rock Me
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Love Colours
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Forever Young
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Viva el Amor

1999

Popstar
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Human
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From The Heart Down
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Nails in the Road
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Dragway 42
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Who’s Who
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Baby’s Breath
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One More Time
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Legalise Me
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Samurai
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Rabo De Nube
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Biker
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The Homecoming [Street Version]
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Loose Screw

2002

Lie To Me
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Time
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You Know Who Your Friends Are
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Complex Person
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Fools Must Die
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Kinda Nice, I Like It
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Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
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I Should Of
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Clean Up Woman
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The Losing
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Saving Grace
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Walk Like a Panther
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Break Up the Concrete

2008

Boots of Chinese Plastic
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The Nothing Maker
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Don’t Lose Faith In Me
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Don’t Cut Your Hair
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Love’s A Mystery
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The Last Ride
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Almost Perfect
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You Didn’t Have To
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Rosalee
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Break Up The Concrete
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One Thing Never Changed
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Alone

2016

Alone
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Roadie Man
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Gotta Wait
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Never Be Together
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Let’s Get Lost
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Chord Lord
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Blue Eyed Sky
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The Man You Are
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One More Day
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I Hate Myself
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Death Is Not Enough
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Holy Commotion
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Pretenders

1980

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Precious
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I like the way you cross the street ’cause you’re precious
Moving through the Cleveland heat how precious
Taking rides and all the kicks was so precious
But you know I was shittin’ bricks ’cause I’m precious
Make me wanna, make me wanna, you made me make it
Oh, you’re so mean

East 55th and Euclid Avenue was real precious
Hotel Sterling coming into view how precious
It’s a pity that you bruised my hip ’cause I’m precious
You shouldn’t let your manners slip you’re too precious

Make me wanna, make me wanna to – Oh you make me make it

Oh, you’re so mean

We went around and round and round and round and round the Shoreway
We was a do it do it do it on the pavement
Oh maybe, maybe I’m gonna have a baby
We was a duet, oh we do it on the pavement

I was feeling kind of ethereal ’cause I’m precious
I had my eye on your imperial you’re real precious
Now Howard the Duck and Mr Stress both stayed
“Trapped in a world they never made”
But not me baby I’m too precious
I had to fuck off

Oh you make me wanna , you make me wanna Oh you made me make it

You’re so mean

Pretenders

1980

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The Phone Call
==============

This is a mercy mission
From a faceless messenger
Who don’t wanna see you hit
Here’s the word, listen to it

Somebody that you used to know
Is back in town you better go

This is a mercy mission
A voice you’ll never hear again
From a Southside call box
Winged demons are the hardest to outfox

The same one you lost on the run
Gonna show you that it ain’t no fun

You better get out of town cause you’re gonna get hit
I didn’t wanna see you hit

This is a mercy mission
You’ll find your schedule underneath the door
All the arrangements have been made
Major expenses have been paid as you know

Don’t forget the last detail
Accept no parcels in the mail

Pretenders

1980

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Up the Neck
===========

Anger and lust, my senses running amok
Bewildered and deluded, have I been hit by a truck?
When my tongue lay inside his lip
Felt like the time in the womb
But I woke up with a headache that split my skull
Alone in the room

I got down on the floor with my head pressed between my knees
Under the bed with my teeth sunk into my own flesh
I said, “Baby, oh sweetheart”

Lust turns to anger, a kiss to a slug
Something was sticky on your shag rug, look at the tiles
I remember the way he groaned
And moved with an animal skill
I rubbed my face in the sweat that ran down his chest
It was all very run of the mill

But I noticed his scent started to change somehow
His face went berserk and the veins bulged – on his brow
I said, “Baby, oh sweetheart”

Bondage to lust, abuse of facility
Blackmailed emotions confuse the demon and devotee
I was sure his intentions were sweet
And that mine was as well
But a wish is a shot in the dark
When your coin’s down the well

I got out in the hall with my teeth in my head
Up to my neck and I said, said, said, “Dead”
I said, “Baby, oh sweetheart”

Pretenders

1980

===-==============
Tattooed Love Boys
==================

The mid-twenty joys, around a heart that’s black and blue
The ‘T’ love boys, I tore my knees up getting to you
Cause I needed to find out what the thing was for

Been reading, but man the time came to explore

I went ape wire, cause I thought Like I’d like it.

little tease, but I didn’t mean it
But you mess with the goods doll, you gotta pay

A good time was guaranteed for one and all
The tattoos, did target practice in the hall
While waiting for their number to get called out
I, I, I, I found out what the wait was about

I was a good time, yeah, I got pretty good
At changing tyres, upstairs bro’
I shot my mouth off
And you showed me what that hole was for

Now I see you all impressed and half undressed
You got paint stick all over the scars and lumps and bumps
The ‘T’ love boys have got you where I used to lay
Well ha ha and too bad, but you know what they say

Stop snivellin’
You’re gonna make some plastic surgeon a rich man
Oh, but the prestige and the glory
Another human interest story,

You are that

Pretenders

1980

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The Wait
========

Said the wait child, magic child, work it on out , work it
The wait child, pinball child, pool hall child hurts
The wait child, pacing child, forth and back now hurts
The wait child, a neon light, late night lights hurt

Oh gonna hurt some child, child
Gonna hurt some, whoa my baby

Said the wait child, bruised ball child, pride slapped child hurts
The wait child, crest felled child, tear eyed child hurts
The wait child, bus stop child, late come child hurts
The wait child, platform walk, idle talk hurts

I said child, child stare into the street light
Messed up child, lonely boy tonight
Kick the wall, turn the street and back again
Oh boy you’ve been forgotten

Said the wait child, pacing child, forth and back now hurts
The wait child, bus stop child, late come child hurts
The wait child, pool hall child, pin table now hurts
The wait child, magic child, work it on out now work it

Gonna hurt some

Child child child

Gonna hurt some – Oh my baby

Pretenders

1980

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Stop Your Sobbing
=================

It is time for you to stop

All of your sobbing
Yes, it’s time for you to stop
All of your sobbing, oh oh oh

There’s one thing you gotta do
To make me still want you
Gotta stop sobbing now
Oh yeah , stop it stop it

Gotta stop sobbin now

It is time for you to laugh
Instead of crying
Yes, it’s time for you to laugh
So keep on trying, oh oh oh

There’s one thing you gotta do

To make me still want you

Gotta stop now oh yeah

Stop it stop stop

Gotta stop sobbin now

Each little tear that falls from your eye
Makes, makes me want
To take you in my arms and tell you
To stop all your sobbing

There’s one thing you gotta do
To make me still want you
And there’s one thing you gotta know
To make me want you so
Gotta stop sobbing now
Oh yeah, stop it, stop it

Gotta stop sobbin now oh

Don’t whinge,
Stop it stop it
Gotta stop sobbin
Stop it stop it

Pretenders

1980

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Kid
===

Kid, what changed your mood
You’ve gone all sad, so I feel sad too
I think I know
Some things you never outgrow

You think it’s wrong
I can tell you do
How can I explain
You don’t want me to

Kid, my only kid
Look so small, you’ve gone so quiet
I know you know
What I’m about, I won’t deny it

But you forgive
though you don’t understand
You’ve turned your head
You dropped my hand

All my sorrow
All my blues
All my sorrow

Shut the light, go away
Full of grace, you cover your face

Kid, gracious kid
Your eyes are blue but you won’t cry
I know, angry tears are too dear
You won’t let them go

Pretenders

1980

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Private Life
============

Your private life drama
baby leave me out
x4
( You’ve been lying to someone about me – stop!)

J’ai les glands with your theatrics
your acting’s a drag
It’s o-k on TV cause you can turn it off
but don’t try me
yes, your marriage is a tragedy
but it’s not my concern
I’m very superficial
I hate anything official

Your private life
drama baby
leave me out x4

Sentimental gestures only bore me to death
you’ve made a desperate appeal
now, save your breath
attachment to obligation through guilt and regret
shit, that’s so wet

and your sex life complications
are not my fascinations

Your private life dram baby leave me out
drama baby
leave me
out x4

You ask me for advice
I said ‘use the door’
but you’re still clinging to somebody you
deplore
and now you want to use me
for emotional blackmail
I just feel pity when you lie
contempt when you cry

your private life
drama baby, leave
me out

Pretenders

1980

===============
Brass in Pocket
===============

Got brass in pocket
got bottle, I’m gonna use it
intention ,I feel inventive

gonna make you make you
make you notice

Got motion, restrained emotion
been driving, Detroit leaning
No reason ,just seems so pleasing

gonna make ,make you
make you notice

gonna use my arms
gonna use my legs
gonna use my style
gonna use my side step
gonna use my fingers
gonna use my my my
imagination

Cause I
gonna make you see
there’s nobody else here
no one like me

I’m special so special
I gotta have some of
your attention
give it to me

Got rhythm, can’t miss a beat
got new skank, it’s so reet
got something, I’m winking at you

gonna make you ,make you
make you notice

Cause I gotta make you see
There’s nobody else here
no one like me

I’m special so special
I gotta have some
of your attention
give it to me.

Pretenders

1980

===============
Lovers of Today
===============

I tried to talk to my baby
I said, “No no no no baby
Please don’t cry
No, no, no, baby please
‘Cause all of the leaves come down
Every time babies cry
All of the leaves come down”

I put my arms ‘round my baby
I said, “Hush, hush, hush, hush
Baby sleep tight now
Hush, hush, hush, baby sleep
‘Cause all of the birds start to sing
Every time babies dream
All of the birds start to sing”

Nobody wants to see
Lovers of today happy, so assume
They’re going to part
Nobody wants to be with someone
So afraid they’ll be left with
A broken heart

I kissed the eyes of my baby
I said, “Dream, dream, dream, dream
Baby all night long
Dream, dream, dream all the night
Cause all of the stars in the skies
Twinkle on baby’s eyes
All of the stars in the skies”

I tried to talk to you baby
No, no, no, no
No, no
No I’ll never feel
Like a man in a man’s world

Pretenders

1980

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Mystery Achievement
=====-=============

Mystery achievement
Don’t breathe down my neck, no
I got no trophies on display, I sign them away
I mean what the heck

All of your promises
Don’t fill me with pride, no
I just want to get out on the floor
And do the Cuban Slide, Slide, Slide, Slide

But every day, every night time I find
Mystery achievement, you’re on my mind, on my mind
Every day, every night time I feel
Mystery achievement, you’re so unreal

Mystery achievement
Where’s my sandy beach, yeah
I have my dreams like everybody else
But their out of reach, I said right out of reach

I could ignore you
Your demands are unending,
I got no tears on my ice cream
But you know me, I love pretending

Pretenders

1980

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Tequila
=======

I drink tequila ’cause I can’t have your lips tonight
I don’t want to feel ya I don’t want to feel bad tonight
You make me suffer, suffer suffer
and you just don’t know
I’m muy barrocho down in New Mexico

I want to remember what I try to forget
That scene in the car park that I still regret
Just like before, five six times I even lost track
I ran away crawling ’cause I fall every time I look back

Miles, baby, hundreds of highways and truck stops I’ve used
Cars, baby, hundreds of cars have passed and refused
I stood on the shoulder with tears in my eyes

I drink tequila and watch the game in the bar
I don’t care who loses, I don’t know who the teams are
We had our time, time, time, but the bell’s finally tolled
And my Ohio winter was finally too cold

Pretenders II

1981

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The Adulteress
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I’m the adulteress but I didn’t want to be
But I’m convenient and I make good tea
I stand accused of the worst crime in history
That’s my mystery
I’m the adultress

I go to the park with a bag of crumbs for the birds
That’s where we meet without words
He takes my hand and stares into the wood
There’s nothing to understand, it’s understood
I’m the adultress

Look at the fool
Made up to go out
She’s desperate and lonely
But she’s puttin’ it about
Look at the spinster
Comin’ down off the shelf
She’s in love
And she hates herself

Don’t try to stop me, don’t get in my way
It’s too late, I’ve made my play
Does misery love company?
I’ll be in the bar, you’ll find me
I’m the adultress

Pretenders II

1981

====================
Bad Boys Get Spanked
====================

You’re not suppose to do that
and you know you’re not allowed to
But you seem to get your kicks
out of doing what you’re not allowed to
You deliberately defy the rules
’cause the law’s upheld by fools
But you know that Bad boys get spanked.
Huh!

You can look but don’t touch
but no, you can’t resist
Don’t you ever think about
the consequence?
guys like you never do
That’s the kind of stuff that floors
are made out of
that’s the kind of stuff
that whores are made out of
but you know that bad boys get spanked
Huh!

You don’t listen do you asshole
Don’t be a punk all your life
someone’s gonna sort you out
they’ll try to make a man out of you
now say ‘ yes sir’ say ‘ no sir’
say ‘ yes m’am’ say ‘ no m’am’
you know that bad boys get spanked

Huh!

Bad boys get spanked

Pretenders II

1981

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Message of Love
========-======

Now the reason we’re here
As man and woman
Is to love each other
Take care of each other

When love walks in the room
Everybody stand up
Oh, it’s good, good, good
Like Brigitte Bardot

Now look at the people
In the streets, in the bars
We are all of us in the gutter
But some of us are looking at the stars

Look ’round the room
Life is unkind
We fall but we keep gettin’ up
Over and over and over

Me and you, every night, every day
We’ll be together, always this way
Your eyes of blue, like the heavens above
Talk to me darling, with a message of love

Now the reason we’re here
Every man, every woman
Is to help each other
Stand by each other

When love walks in the room
Everybody stand up
Oh, it’s good, good, good
Say I love you, I love you, I love you
I love you, I love you, I love you

Talk to me darlin’
Talk to me darlin’
Talk to me darlin’
Talk to me darlin’

Pretenders II

1981

=============
I Go to Sleep
=============

When I look up from my pillow
I dream you are there with me
Though you are far away
I know you’ll always be near to me

I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me
I go to sleep, sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me

I look around me
And feel you are ever so close to me
Each tear that flows from my eye
Brings back memories of you to me

I go to sleep sleep
And imagine that you’re there with me x2

I was wrong, I will cry
I will love you till the day I die
You were all, you alone and no one else
You were meant for me

When morning comes again
I have the loneliness you left me
Each day drags by
Until finally night time descends on me

I go to sleep etc.

Pretenders II

1981

=================
Birds of Paradise
=================

I wrote a letter to you my friend
So many letters that I never send
I think about you at the day’s end

The time that we had
I laughed in my bed
The stupid things you said
We were two birds of paradise

When I was a little girl
With clay horses and lambs on the shelf
I caught frogs in ditches and listened for elves
My friends and I had a world unto ourselves

No grown-ups could find us when we
Made our plans so secretly
To run away ever to be
With the birds of paradise

Once upon a time, my mind still there wanders
Back in your room, the things I remember
One time when we took off our clothes
But you were cryin’, cryin’
You said ‘Nothing lasts forever.’
We were happy together

I thought about you in Stockholm and Rome
Me in my hotel room, you in your home
This is the life they say that dreams are made of
But don’t forget and please do forgive me
I still have that something you did give me
I meant to write but dreams will outlive me

And dream
of paradise

Pretenders II

1981

================
Talk of the Town
================

It’s such a drag to want something sometime
One thing leads to another I know
Was a time I wanted you for mine
Nobody knew
You arrived like a day
And passed like a cloud
I made a wish, I said it out loud
Out loud in a crowd
Everybody heard
‘Twas the talk of the town

It’s not my place to know what you feel
I’d like to know but why should I?
Who were you then, who are you now?
Common labourer by night, by day highbrow
Back in my room I wonder, then I
Sit on the bed and look at the sky
Up in the sky
Clouds rearrange
Like the talk of the town

Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
You’ve changed your place in this world
You’ve changed your place in this world

Oh, but it’s hard to live by the rules
I never could and still never do
But the rules and such never bothered you
You call the shots and they follow
I watch you still from a distance then go
Back to my room, you’ll never know
I want you, I want you but now
Who’s the talk of the town?

Pretenders II

1981

==========
Pack it Up
==========

You guys are the pits of the world

Oh whoa whoa whoa,
this is no place for me
Burnin’ down the innerbelt, from jacuzzi to jacuzzi,
It’s all right for you man, gettin’ smashed and gettin’ suntanned
But I know my place, where’s my suitcase?

Pack it up or throw it away
What I can’t carry – bury
Oh you’ll remember me and I’ll remember you
But that was a long, long time ago when I was passin’ through

All my family, all my friends, my lovers
I got to find them
My enemies, my new family, my new friends
My future enemies, I got to flush ‘em out

So pack it all up, nothing goes in storage
I’m burnin’ every bridge, burn, baby, burn
I see your dog got shot, well, hell, never mind
That’s showbiz, big boy, you’ve got to be cruel to be kind

Oh, whoa whoa whoa,
give over and admit it
I’ve been tearing down the interstate like some kind of bleeding git
It’s all right for the boss, his gain’s my loss
And it gets me down
It really gets me down

So pack it up – cut the crap
When the clock starts talkin’, I’ll start walkin’
And when you pass in your Porsche, please don’t offer me a ride
I may be a skunk but you’re a piece of junk

And furthermore
I don’t like your trousers,
And your appalling taste in women
And what about your mind?
And your insipid record collection.
Home video centre, the usual pornography
that all you scum lap up
you’re the pits of the world

Pretenders II

1981

==================
Waste Not Want Not
==================

Take, take, take, takin’ what you don’t need
You’re get, get, gettin’ what you don’t need
Stand back, take a look and take heed
All the children in God’s kingdom bleed

See the networks of concrete and steel
They’ve no mystery but what they reveal
Tells a story of a future that’s void
Of the beauty and the majesty that life on
Earth is meant to be

Talk, talk, talk, talk about the government
Not a word about political favour
Everything touched is my political choice
The life you take is your political voice

The sacred cow’s come crashing to her knees
The golden harvest reaped without intelligence
There’s no chance between the heavens and the seas
In a blood bath don’t laugh, grab your piece of golden calf

Waste not, want not, pick it up
Waste not, want not, pick it up
Waste not, want not, pick it up
Waste not, want not

Do unto others as you wish be done to you
There’s a million lies around everything true
You slaughter when you feast, you disrespect the beast
We make our bed and lie there, take your share

Waste not, want not, pick it up
Waste not, want not, pick it up
Waste not, want not, pick it up
Pick it up and eat it

Waste not, want not

Pretenders II

1981

=============
Day After Day
=============

Way up in the sky
Over the city, over Tokyo
Silver light, summer moon
You’ll be over somebody’s winter this afternoon

While the dolphins swim in the sea
You’re going grey, my baby
Still the war is waging endlessly
Day after day, day after day

Way up in the sky
Over the city and Lake Erie
You remember the flats, you were there
Out every night Mr. Moonlight

Round and round and round we go
Just like yesterday

Way up in the sky
Over the city where you sleep tonight
The light outside your window blinks
‘Hotel, hotel, hotel’
Open the blind and dream in a moonbeam

When the war’s finally over
We’ll meet again
And pick up where we left off

Pretenders II

1981

============
Jealous Dogs
============

Those jealous dogs, always on the alert
territorial rights
They’ll take your back and leave your shirt
Like that jealous bitch
Always wanting more
The courts have made her rich
And the click of high heels down the corridor
Jealous, jealous, jealous dogs

Those jealous dogs, detectives every one
Don’t be a sucker all your life
She’s gonna have you hung
Evidence, evidence, evidence
Suspicion invites treachery
Oh you really got taken
Bringin’ home the bacon
Jealous, jealous, jealous dogs

Bow, wow, wow
Here come the dogs
grrrrrr
Here come the dogs
ruff ruff ruff
Here come the dogs
Stand straight, don’t slouch
Get down off the couch!

(You’re not allowed on the couch
Get down off the couch!)

Those jealous dogs,
they get worse and worse
Every time you turn around
They’re sniffin’ at your purse
Who do they think we are?
What do they think we do?
It’s hard to get in the mood
When you’re treated like some kind of dog food
Jealous, jealous, jealous dogs

Bow, wow, wow, here come the dogs
Ruff ruff, here come the dogs
Get down, here come the dogs
Mind your leg, roll over and beg

Happy birthday darlin’
Empty heart
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Apart

Pretenders II

1981

=================
The English Roses
=================

Just before it rains
and the wind whips ’round the balcony
And the sky closes
On the English roses

She’ll be pacing
‘Round and ’round and
‘Round and ’round her room
These storms always find
her to remind her

Into the endless sky
The pink over grey
She looks for an answer
But it’s too late

Maybe it’s true
Some things were just
Never meant to be
–Maybe not

This is a story
Of fruit cut from the vine
Forgot and left to rot
Long before its time

This is a story
About the girl
Who lived next door
Looking for someone to hold

A wish made on a star
Brought her here tonight
In the courtyard she waits
A thousand broken dates

But she holds the hymnal
Where so carefully pressed
Is the English rose
She laid to rest

It’s only a story
Flowers in full bloom
Bouquets in every room

This is a story
Fruit cut from the vine
Looking for someone to hold

Pretenders II

1981

===========
Louie Louie
==-========

Shh, here they come…

Now Louie, Louie had his day
Nothin’ gonna change that now
The rats and snakes will never fade away
Not while I’m alive
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

There come the Cossacks
The Road Spiders
The Supergliders
Burnin’ trash, flickin’ class, all the white trash, yeah!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Now Louie Louie had his time
Seems like only yesterday
Sadie and Hattie got married and moved away
Cause they had nothin left to say, yeah!

You with the glasses, I’ll see you later
And we’ll find love I know
Rockin’, reelin’, double dealin’
One more time, this time with feelin’, yeah!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

Go boys!

Oh, you move so fine
Yeah what a scene I said
Mmm, kinda aquiline
Yeah baby saw through this now

You smell so good
Yeah, and your shirts always pressed
You’ll be the best inside my baby
Yeah, I’m all under arrest now!

Louie, Louie made his mark
On this tender heart of mine
The Jamaican moon don’t let it get dark
We rock out in the night time

Let’s get on outta here now, let’s go!

Learning To Crawl

1984

==================
Middle of the Road
==================

The middle of the road
Is trying to find me
Well I’m standing in the middle of life
With my past behind me

But, I got a smile
For everyone I meet
As long as you don’t try dragging my bag
Or dropping the bomb on my street

Now come on baby
Get in the road
Oh come on now
In the middle of the road yeah

In the middle of the road
You see the darndest things
Like fat cats driving around in jeeps through the city
Wearing big diamond rings and silk suits

Past corrugated tin shacks full-up with kids
And man I don’t mean a Hampstead nursery
But when you own a big chunk of the bloody Third World
The babies just come with the scenery

Oh come on baby
Get in the road
Oh come on now
In the middle of the road yeah

The middle of the road
Is no private cul-de-sac
I can’t get from the cab to the curb
Without some little jerk on my back

Well don’t harass me, can’t you tell?
I’m going home, I’m tired as hell
I’m not the cat I used to be
I’ve got a kid, I’m thirty-three, baby

Get in the road
Come on now
In the middle of the road, yeah

Learning To Crawl

1984

==================-===
Back on the Chain Gang
======================

I found a picture of you
oh
What hi-jacked my world that night?
Oh
To a place in the past
we’ve been cast out of
Oh
Now we’re back
in the fight

We’re back on the train
back on the chain gang

Circumstance beyond our control
oh
The phone, TV
and The News of the World
Oh

Got in the house
like a pigeon
from hell

And threw sand in our eyes
and descended like flies

And put us back on the train
back on the chain gang

The powers that be
that force us to live
like we do

bring me to my knees
when I see what
they’ve done to you

But I’ll die
as I stand here today
knowing that deep in my heart,
they’ll fall to ruin one day
for making us part

I found a picture of you
Oh

those were the happiest days of my life
Oh

like a break in the battle
was your part
in the wretched life
of a lonely heart

but now we’re back on the train

back on the chain gang

Learning To Crawl

1984

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Time the Avenger
================

Nobody’s perfect
Not even a perfect stranger
But oh what a gal
She was such a perfect stranger

And you, the best in your field
In your office with your girls and desk and leather chair
Thought that time was on your side
But not time the avenger

Nobody’s permanent
Everything’s on loan here
Even your wife and kids
Could be gone next year

And with what you’ll have left
You’ll be forever, under pressure to support her
And her lover who looks strangely
Like time the avenger

Time, time hear the bells chime
Over the harbour and the city
Time for one more vodka and lime
To help paralyze that little tick, tick, tick, tick

Nobody’s perfect
Not even a perfect gent
When your properly took the A train
I wonder where your manners went

You were standing at the station
In your briefcase was your aftershave and underwear
And can you hear the whistle blow?
Sounds like time the avenger

Time, time hear the bells chime
Over the harbour and the city
Time to kill another bottle of wine
To help paralyze that little tick, tick, tick, tick

Learning To Crawl

1984

====================
Watching the Clothes
====================

Oh, Saturday night,
everyone’s having fun
I’m down at the Laundromat
trying to get my washing done
Like I’ve done before, time and time again
Watching the clothes go ’round,
another week sees its end

Watching the clothes go ’round
Watching the clothes go ’round
Watching the clothes go ’round
Watching the clothes go ’round

Oh, I’ve been working hard,
trying to make some money
Would you like sour cream
on your potato, honey?
I’ve been kissing ass,
trying to keep it clean
Serving the middle class,
yeah, it’s a clean routine

watching the clothes go round x4

There go the whites,
getting whiter
There go the colours,
getting brighter
There go the delicates
through the final rinse
There goes my Saturday night,
Out cold without a fight

Watching the clothes go round x4

Learning To Crawl

1984

=======
Show Me
=======

Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
‘Cause I’ve heard so much about it
They say you can’t live without it

Welcome to the human race
With its wars, disease and brutality
You with your innocence and grace
Restore some pride and dignity
To a world in decline

Welcome to a special place
In a heart of stone that’s cold and grey
You with your angel face
Keep the despair at bay
Send it away, and

Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
‘Cause I’ve heard so much about it
I don’t want to live without it
I don’t want to live without it

Oh,
I want love,
I want love,
I want love

Welcome here from outer space
The Milky Way’s still in your eyes
You found yourself a hopeless case
One seeking perfection on earth
Some kind of rebirth, so

Show me the meaning of the word
Show me the meaning of the word
‘Cause I’ve heard so much about it
Don’t make me live without it

I want love

Learning To Crawl

1984

==========
Thumbelina
==========

Hush little baby
Don’t you cry
When we get to Tucson
You’ll see why
We left the snowstorms
And the thunder and rain
For the desert sun
We’re gonna be born again

What’s important
In this world
A little boy
A little girl

Hush little darling
Go to sleep
Look out the window
And count the sheep
That dot the hillsides
And the fields of wheat
Across America
As we cross America

What’s important
Here today
The broken line
On the highway

All the love in the world for you, girl
Thumbelina in a great big scary world
All the love in the world for you, girl
Take my hand and
we’ll make it through this world

Hush little baby
My poor little thing
You’ve been shuffled about
Like a pawned wedding ring
It must seem strange
Love was here then gone
And the Oklahoma sunrise
Becomes the Amarillo dawn
What’s important
In this life
Ask the man
Who’s lost his wife

Learning To Crawl

1984

================
My City Was Gone
================

I went back to Ohio
But my city was gone
There was no train station
There was no downtown
South Howard had disappeared
All my favourite places
My city had been pulled down
Reduced to parking spaces

I said’
A.O. Way to go
Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my family was gone
I stood on the back porch
There was nobody home
I was stunned and amazed
My childhood memories
Sort of swirled past
Like the wind through the trees

I said
A.O.
Way to go
Ohio

I went back to Ohio
But my pretty countryside
Had been paved down the middle
By a government that had no pride
The farms of Ohio
Had been replaced by shopping malls
And muzak filled the air
From Seneca to Cuyahoga Falls

I said
A.O.
Way to go
Ohio

Learning To Crawl

1984

===============================
Thin Line Between Love and Hate
===============================

It’s a thin line between love and hate
It’s a thin line between love and hate
It’s a thin line between Love and hate
It’s a thin line between love and hate

It’s five o’clock in the morning
and you’re just getting in
You knock on the door
and a voice sweet and low says, who is it?
She opens up the door and lets you in
Never once asks where have you been
She says “Are you hungry? Did you eat yet?
Let me hang up your coat, pass me your hat”
All the time she’s smiling, never once raises her voice
It’s five o’clock in the morning and you don’t give it a second thought

It’s a thin line between love and hate x4

The sweetest woman in the world
Could be the meanest woman in the world
if you make her that way
You keep hurting her, she’ll keep being quiet
She might be holding something inside
That’ll really, really hurt you one day

I see you in the hospital
bandaged from foot to head
In a state of shock,
just that much from being dead
You couldn’t believe the girl would do something like this
You didn’t think the girl had the nerve
But here you are,
I guess action speaks louder than words

It’s a thing line between love and hate x4

She’s gonna fool you one day

Learning To Crawl

1984

==========
I Hurt You
==========

I’ve been crying like a woman
‘Cause I’m mad, mad, mad like a man
If you’d been in the SS in ’43
You’d have been kicked out for cruelty

I hurt you
‘Cause you hurt me
So I hurt you
‘Cause you hurt me

I’ve been wonderin’ about your dependency
Your idea of defiance is a modern day mystery
Your arms and chest are cold
When your back is on fire
And the only time that you come clean
Is when you’re talking to your buyer

I hurt you x4

Forget our philosophies
That we admired when we were young
And our popular points of view
They can’t mean much
Or something or anything
If we can’t say “I love you”

Happy Birthday darling
And thank you for the schooling
Your correction mistress warned me
Man, she wasn’t fooling
Never trust a user with your television overnight
Don’t try to paint your masterpiece under artificial light

I hurt you , cause you hurt me…….

Learning To Crawl

1984

==========
2000 Miles
==========

He’s gone 2000 miles
is very far
The snow’s falling down
gets colder day by day,
I miss you
The children will sing
He’ll be back at Christmas time

In these frozen and silent nights
Sometimes in a dream
you appear
Outside under the purple sky
Diamonds in the snow ,sparkle
Our hearts were singing
It felt like Christmas time

2000 miles
Is very far through the snow
I’ll think of you
wherever you go

He’s gone – 2000 miles
Is very far
The snow is falling down
Gets colder day by day
I miss you

I hear people singing
It must be Christmas time
I can hear people singing
It must be Christmas time

Note: This song was written by Martin Chambers and I do not know what the lyrics are

Learning To Crawl

1984

==-==========================-========
Fast or Slow (The Law’s the Law)
============================-======-==

It’s happening in your own backyard
But finding it is very hard
Sitting on the garden fence
Knowing which is your size
Just a case of common sense

Fast or slow, the law’s the law
Doesn’t matter ’bout the truth at all
The evidence before your eyes
Your honour
Countryman is honest
So you’ll never hear the lies

Countryman is on the case
Clearing up a big disgrace
Your honour, your honour

It’s open to interpretation
The recording of the conversation
Taken out of context so they say
Your honour
Countryman will get there
Make that always a way

It’s hit the fan, so pay the price
We’re looking for the man with the right advice
The hunted hunter’s gone to ground
Your honour
The end of the day the job is done
But he don’t feel so proud

Clear it up and kick it in your face
Your honour, your honour

Get Close

1986

=====-=
My Baby
======-

I want you to love me
That’s all I want from you
I want you to love me one day
I know I’m a peasant dressed as a princess
But that doesn’t mean
You have to take my clothes away
If I could show you some happiness
Then I would feel like a real princess
That to me would be success
My baby

I see you dancing
A natural beauty
You make this dive seem sublime
You really get to the heart of the music
You’re the poetry of time
If there’s a method to writing a song
How come I’m getting it wrong
You write the beautiful songs
Baby

C’mon, c’mon c’mon baby
Take my hand,
C’mon, c’mon c’mon show me
To the loveland,
to the Loveland

Can this really happen
in this day and age?
Suddenly – turn the page
Like walking on stage
My baby
Hey

Get Close

1986

=====================
When I Change My Life
=====================

When I change my life
There’ll be no more disgrace
The deeds of my past
Will be erased
And you’ll forgive me
And then you will come back
Hold my hand and say “I still love you”
When I change my life

When I change my life
And all the scars have faded
I’ll be someone you look up to
Not excuse when your friends come around
And you’ll want me
Always to be there
You’ll be proud to say “I’m with her”
When I change my life

Everybody wants place in the sun, I believe
Everybody wants to be in love with someone
Everybody makes mistakes
Everybody cuts his thumb
Everybody wonders
What the moon is made of

I want to forget every regret
And all those rotten things that I put you through

When I change my life
And the idiot me
Leaves this town forever
Leaves us to be Together for the rest of our lives
Happily forever and ever
When I change my life

Get Close

1986

=-===============
Light of the Moon
=================

Take a message to my love
And don’t say where you saw me
Seven men crossed the river
And they took all the money

Colour the wind
And search deep within
And by the light of the moon
Light of the moon
Light of the moon
We begin again

Secrets whispered in shadows
While the village lay sleeping
Guiding me to the answer
Bang a drum and I’ll follow

Say they’re taking the children
Oh, I think they’ve forgotten
Does their innocence wander
On its way back to my love

Get Close

1986

===-==
Dance!
======

Dance
If you will
Dance
On your Capitol Hill
Dance
If you can
Dance
Like a twentieth century man

Take the public by the throat
Give ‘em a reason to give you a vote
Take your audience up on stage
Let them think you’re a sage, come on

Dance
If you want
Dance
Like you’ve got a house to haunt
Dance
Like a freak
Dance
Like you needed it all week

Take your people by the hand
Tell ‘em you’ll get ‘em to the promised land
Take your woman in the heat of the night
Make her think you’re right, come on

Dance
Like a chimpanzee
Dance
In the land of the free
Dance
Like a Russian ballet
Dance
Like a funky situe’

Let ‘em know that you’re well-read
Quote the things that Jesus said
Lift your face and your whiskey neat
To get you up on your feet, come on

Get up

Get Close

1986

=============-===
Tradition of Love
=================

Don’t you go away
Come on, get close to me
The hassles of the day
Have made a real mess of me
The moon is in the sky
And the stars are out tonight
They shimmer in the pools of your eyes
In the moonlight

You’re so nice to touch
Lovely to look at
Touch, touch
In the tradition of love

Hear the summer breeze
All the night time’s listening
Your eyes are sparkling now
And their oceans glistening
Sail upon a sea
Of love filling the room
Lilacs seem to be
Everywhere with their perfume

Love, love
Love, love
Love, love

You can in a breath
Blow the storm clouds out the sky
A hurricane retreats
In the blinking of your eye
A flame within my heart
Is ignited by your voice
Come on, baby, now
Let’s make love our final choice

Shri gouranga
Jaya gouranga
Gour, gour gouranga nam
Gour, gour gouranga nam

Get Close

1986

========================
Don’t Get Me Wrong
========================

Don’t get me wrong,
if I’m looking kind of dazzled
I see neon lights, whenever you walk by
Don’t get me wrong,
if you say hello and I take a ride
Upon a sea where the mystic moon
is playing havoc with the tide
Don’t get me wrong

Don’t get me wrong,
if I’m acting so distracted
I’m thinking about the fireworks
that go off when you smile
Don’t get me wrong,
if I split like light refracted
I’m only off to wander
across a moonlit mile

Once in a while,
two people meet
Seemingly for no reason,
they just pass on the street
Suddenly thunder,
showers everywhere
Who can explain the thunder and rain,
but there’s something in the air

Don’t get me wrong,
if I come and go like fashion
I might be great tomorrow,
but hopeless yesterday
Don’t get me wrong,
if I fall in the mode of passion
It might be unbelievable,
but let’s not say so long
It might just be fantastic,
don’t get me wrong

Get Close

1986

====-=========
I Remember You
==============

I remember you

I remember the first time we met
I may be a sentimental fool
Forever in your debt
For something I cannea forget
I remember you

I remember you
I remember the first time we spoke
Sound of your voice like a lover’s tongue
Got in my ear when I’d just begun
To wonder if springtime was through
I remember you

How do we change so easily?
You’ll always be a part of me
I thought you’d never go
It shows you what I know

I remember the first time we slept
What a surprise to wake up to
Someone I hardly knew
From asleep to a dream come true
I remember you

Get Close

1986

==================================
How Much Did You Get For Your Soul
==========-=======================

Hey baby, I wanna know
How much did you get for your soul?
You had the gospel
when you were shackled to a tree
Now you got your freedom,
you sing for the money
Soul, soul, soul, soul
How much did you
How much did you
How much did you get?

Hey baby, well tell me please
How much did you get that sleaze?
Finally made it, baby, right up to the top
Millions of kids are looking at you,
you say “Let them drink soda pop”
Soul, soul, soul, soul
How much did you
How much did you
How much did you get?

Who’s got soul?
From the African nation
to the Pepsi generation
Who’s got soul?
Who’s got soul?
It dwell from tree to sea,
every living entity
Share the super soul,
we got super soul
Who’s got soul?
Who could think that you’re for real,
a puppet in a cabaret
To increase your wealth,
baby, realize yourself

Hey baby, I wanna know
From the ‘a-go-go’ to the disco,
where did you really go?
You finally made it, baby,
you’re gonna make it rich
As long as some poor bastard in Africa
is lying in a ditch
Soul, soul, soul, soul
How much did you
How much did you
How much did you get?

Get Close

1986

============
Chill Factor
====-====-==

She’s getting older
yeah, she’s getting wise
but a change has changed the girl
gone’s the sparkle in her eyes
she wants to be a good mother
so she’ll do the best she can
but what about the other
what about the man?

Well it’s cold to leave a woman
with family, on her own
it’s chill factor to the bone

Resignation in her sighs
is a sorry indication
of how time can brutalise
take away the hope and
the will, will follow
take away the faith
and goodbye tomorrow

well it’s cold to leave a woman
with family on her own
it’s chill factor to the bone

She had her dreams too
but how can she pursue
her ambitions
be they great or small

you took her wings and flew
but remember when you’re through
your rise was due
to somebody else’s fall.

And when the hard part’s over
and the kids have almost grown
you’ll be their big hero
whenever you make it home
shower them with presents
things she could never buy
delight them with your stories
about the great big world outside

but dig – it’s cold to leave a woman
with family on her own
it’s chill factor
chill factor
chill factor
to the bone.

Get Close

1986

===========
Hymn To Her
===========

Let me inside you
Into your room
I’ve heard it’s lined
With the things you don’t show
Lay me beside you
Down on the floor
I’ve been your lover
From the womb to the tomb
I dress as your daughter
When the moon becomes round
You’ll be my mother
When everything’s gone

And she will always carry on
Something is lost, but something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Some things change, some stay the same

Keep beckoning to me
From behind that closed door
The maiden, the mother
And the crone that’s grown old
I hear your voice
Coming out of that hole
I listen to you
And I want some more
I listen to you
And I want some more

And she will always carry on etc

A-men

Get Close

1986

====================
Room Full of Mirrors
============-===-===

I used to live in a room full of mirrors
All I could see was me
Well I took my spirit and I crashed my mirrors
Now the whole world is here for me to see
I said the whole world is here for me to see
Now I’m searching for my love to be
Hey!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!

Broken glass was all in my brain
Cuttin’ screamin’ crying in my head
Broken glass was all in my brain
It used to fall in my dreams cut me in my bed
It used to fall in my dreams cut me in my bed
I said makin’ love was strange in my bed
Hey!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!

All right
Yeah yeah yeah

Nowhere to stumble
Nowhere to fall
Can’t find y’all
See only sunshine
All through the day
Yeah yeah yeah

Love comes shinin’ over the mountains
Love comes shinin’ over the sea
Love will shine on my baby
Then I’ll know exactly who’s for me
Then I’ll know exactly who’s for me
Until that time I still got a lot of groovy time
Hey!

Get Close

1986

====================-===
Where Has Everybody Gone
========================

[from “The Living Daylights”]

Where has everybody gone?
I’ve got this feeling,
God, am I here on my own?
Where’s my support now,
where’s the ranks of the strong?
In this faceless crowd,
where can I belong?

Everybody’s gone insane
to catch a plane to hold the heavens closer, oh
They want the kingdom
but they don’t want the king
They want his throne
There’s no time, there’s no time at all

Where has everybody gone?
With great pleasure I sing
your national song
Because your beautiful land
will soon be long gone
And the ashes of your memoirs
will be strewn across the lawn

Hack your face, save your case,
reserve your place in the ever-after, oh
Cause hallowed halls are lined with walls
That are cracked by the myriads laughter
There’s no time, there’s no time at all

Where has everybody gone?
There’s no time, there’s no time at all
You won’t survive and soon be long gone, gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

Get Close

1986

==================
If There Was A Man
==================

[from “The Living Daylights”]

If there was a man I could dream of
I’d dream about a dream come true
If there was a man I could ever love
I’d wait a million years for someone just like you

All my life I have been waiting
Never taking any chances, always hesitating
Where’s the pay off, where’s the glory?
Where’s the one I’m holding out for
When’s he walking through the door
the one that you walked through
If he isn’t you?

If there was a man etc

Happy endings never find me
I put all my fantasies and
hopes of love behind me
all my chances all fell through
but
If there was a man out there for me
I wish it would be
Someone who could love me too
If someone was you

Packed!

1990

=============
Never Do That
=============

Let me stay
one more day
It would mean so much to me
I won’t make a sound
I’ll just hang around
I’ll sit where the last one sat
But oh no, I’d never do that

Take my mouth as far as you can see
It stretches farther than I care to think
Put me out of my misery
If I could keep it shut
I wouldn’t be in this rut
With less chance than a laboratory rat
Oh no, I’d never do that

You’re a master of illusion
You say you do, but you don’t
You think I will, I know I won’t

When I see you sitting there
It sends a shock right through me
I never thought an ordinary chair
Could have such poetry
I don’t deserve your time
I haven’t got the tact
I live above my means in fact
Oh no, I’d never do that

Never do that
Never do that
I’d never do that

Packed!

1990

=======================
Let’s Make A Pact
=======================

Empty me
Like a dustman rids a rubbish bin
Fill me up with glimpses of you
And let the music begin
Oh oh oh
Take me to the altar

And let’s make a pact
One we’ll never take back
Let me prove that I’m true
Let’s make a pact

Alter me
The change could only do me good
Others have tried to and failed
I wish that somebody could
Oh oh oh
Do what no one can do

Lets make a pact
One we’ll never take back
Promise me you’ll be true
Let’s make a pact

Take me to the world
and let me wonder at the view
Set me off in motion and let me dance
After twenty years of doubt
and then a week with you
I’m ready baby,
follow through

Cover me in dirt
And leave me to the wind and the rain
If I should ever hurt
the one who made me human again
Oh oh oh
Take me to the altar

Let’s make a pact
One we’ll never take back
Let me prove that I’m true
Let’s make a pact

Packed!

1990

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Millionaires
============

They’re just millionaires
They got the money, but who cares?
They’ll never be like you and me
Cause money can’t buy poverty
They think they govern our affairs
They’re just millionaires

When they pass us in their cars
They look at us like we’re from Mars
Those distant eyes look sympathetic
We slash their tyres ‘cause we’re pathetic
And we get paid for the repairs
By the millionaires!

They’re just millionaires
They got the money
They got the money yeah!
They’re just millionaires
They got the money child
They got the money yeah!

If they’d just leave us in their will
We’d all be dressed to kill
And burn our polyester flares
With the millionaires!

Packed!

1990

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May This Be Love
===-============

Waterfall
Nothing can harm me at all
My worries seem so very small
With my waterfall

I can see
My rainbow calling me
Through the mysteries
Of my waterfall

Some people say
Daydreams are for all the
lazy-minded fools
With nothing else to do
So let them laugh
Laugh at me
So just as long as I have you
To see me through
I have nothing to lose
Long as I have you

Waterfall
Don’t ever change your ways
Stay with me for
For a million days
You’re my waterfall

Packed!

1990

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No Guarantee
============

No guarantee
Is what I’m getting today
Appetites so rampant
And they’re demanding money
Everybody want a good time
Yeah – yeah – yeah
And wild terms to agree
No credit taken
Oh oh oh whoa whoa whoa whoa
No guarantee

No guarantee
When we kiss
Your lips are tempting
Well baby, listen to this
I gotta have some action
Yeah – yeah – yeah
You know I got to be free
Contracts are binding
Oh oh oh whoa whoa whoa whoa
No guarantee

To my baby
To my love

Guarantee me for a month of good Sundays
Promise me every single one’ll be fun days
Give me a dime for every party revolution
Launder my debts in paragorical solution
Even the boss has been slandered and slagged
Now he’s sitting in the alley with a bottle in a paper bag

No guarantee
When we play
Turn the house lights up Bob
Fella’s look over dey!
This hall is empty
Yeah – yeah – yeah
Up to 17 B
But what’s depressing
Oh, oh, oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
No guarantee, yeah

Guarantee me
Guarantee, baby
Guarantee my love
Oh guarantee when you’re coming in me
You got a rubber on baby
Guarantee when I love you for free
I`m gonna pay one day
Oh guarantee
When you sock it to me
When you punch it to me
When you hook it to me
When you knock it to me
When you talk it to me
You guarantee my love
Oh!

Packed!

1990

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When Will I See You?
====================

When the days are getting longer
And the people come out on the streets at night
I’ll be among the starry eyes
I’ll be among the wishful sighs
I’ll be among the fools
forever fantasizing

When will I see you?
Summertime would be perfect
When will I see you?
It’ll be a long summertime
When will I see you?
Endless nights of love could be ours
When will I see you?

When the nights are getting warmer
And the dawn comes in on the wings of a song
I’ll be among the hopeful few
I’ll be among the morning dew
I’ll be among everything new

When will I see you?
Summertime would be perfect
When will I see you?
There’ll be no-one around
When will I see you?
Endless nights of love could be ours
When will I see you?

Demand the impossible,
everyone will be free
We’ll walk down the Avenue
openly – openly!

When the days are getting longer
And the people come out on the streets at night
I’ll be the one who knows your name
I’ll be the one who plays the game
I’ll be the one, again and again and again
And again

When will I see you?
Summertime would be just perfect
When will I see you?
Could be a long summertime
When will I see you?
Endless nights of love could be ours
When will I see you?

Packed!

1990

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Sense Of Purpose
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Everybody chokes
when they see someone
cut down in their prime
It may not show
when you look at me
but i know I’m in mine

I’m potent baby I’m potent
dangerous to the naked eye
rest your head on this bed of mother’s pride
and find out why

Don’t you wanna take me home?
don’t you wanna take me home?

Give me a sense of purpose
a real sense of purpose

Bully boys don’t bother me
I purse my lips and they run away
guys like you who are gentle and true
don’t come around here everyday

I’m potent baby I’m potent
just one swig of me would get most guys smashed
but a drop of yours makes me stagger and swerve
I guess I’m outclassed

Everybody chokes
when they see someone
cut down in their prime
take this plea to your heart
and lift me in mine

don’t you wanna take me home?
don’t you wanna take me home?

Baby!
give me a sense a of purpose
a real sense of purpose

Packed!

1990

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Downtown (Akron)
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Get to the heart
baby, the heart of the city
meet me in a fire fight
of lusty boys and candlelight

Move to the heart
baby the heart of the city
veins pop and cry for more
lick it off the killing floor

d- d- d- d-
downtown
C’mon!
d-d-d-d-
downtown
C’mon!
d-d-d-d
downtown
C’mon!

d-d-d-d-
Downtown Akron.

Move to the heat
baby, the heat of the city

rubber glove me when you love me
promise me protection
Dance to the beat
baby, the beat of the city
glorify my oozing head
raise me from the living dead

d-d-d-d-d etc

Downtown me, baby strip me
chop me ,adopt me
bend me like a rubber dolly

Downtown me, demolition me
raze me, appraise me
The Portage hotel and me

Downtown me with a lobotomy
take me to the Cuyahoga Valley
And make a man of me

Get to the heart baby,
the heart of the city
say you love it when you shove it
don’t be sentimental
Move to the heart ,baby
the heart of the city
This is where the future lies
beneath the burning sulphur skies.

Downtown, C’mon!
d- d- d- d-

Downtown – C’mon
Downtown Akron

Packed!

1990

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How Do I Miss You?
==================

How do I miss you?
How do I miss you?
When you’re gone
When you’re gone

You silly Welsh git
You were sold down the river
Like a slave changing hands
From master to master
The leaves will turn brown
And fall to the ground
And another summer is gone
Gone is the summer of you. oh

How do I miss you
How do I miss you
How do I miss you when you’re gone
When you’re gone

It got so when I looked at you
I did it for a laugh
Now your laughter fills the room
When I’m trying to take a bath
When the chorus of the dawn
Fills the valley with song
Baby what could be wrong?
My heart is breaking in two
Oh

That’s the way, the mighty they fall
Break their legs, and they don’t stand so tall

Bundled up and trussed up
Were the goods to be delivered
I stood in the doorway
And cried and I shivered
I be walking down the street
To the carnival beat
But I’m dragging my feet
Because I’m hopelessly blue
Oh

How do I miss you?

When you’re gone
You’re gone

Packed!

1990

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Hold a Candle To This
======-==============

So much for banning the bomb
The President’s wife is carrying a hand gun
If you want blood sports for fun now
They call me ‘The Hunter’ – better run now
You hear a crack in the distance baby
Your phoney mating calls resistance maybe
Don’t smile – we’re gonna get you
We’ll have your rifle off you too
Oh, gimme a kiss
And hold a candle to this

Foxy lady dressed to kill
You say you won’t but you will
What’s on your face and your breath Mama?
You wear your glory or death mama
But liberation’s on the way
Every dog gonna have it’s day
Pack up your rape racks and crush box out of hell
Farmer in the dell
Oh, please I insist
Now hold a candle to this

Bring on the ecstasy!
And the bliss
Bring on my wedding day
And everybody’s birthday
Blow up the abattoir
Detonate!
We’re going home
To where the buffalo roam

Old MacDonald had a farm, E I E I O
And on this farm there was a cow

There’s a new generation
From Osaka, Siam and Saigon
The sailors mixed it on the shore
They were making love and making war
Well here’s a present for The Navy
Same meat, different gravy
Those chicks will find you, that’s for sure
One, two, three, four, tell the people what she wore
You’re American Miss
Hold a candle to this
Oh

Packed!

1990

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Criminal
========

Look at me, high upon the hill
you could say, I’m on top of the world
Baby, I’m blue
all because of you
I can see this city crumble all around me
press me to your chest, block out the view
Oh oh oh oh
You made me some kind of criminal
you put me outlaw because I loved you

In my time, one thing I’ve learned
if you play with fire, you get burned

baby, it’s true
I got burned by you

I put everything i had into a bag
and trusted you to do what you
didn’t do
Oh oh oh oh oh

You made me some kind of criminal
you put me outlaw, because I loved you

the first thing I think when I wake up –
When can I see you?
The last thing I think when I’m drifting off –
When can I see you?

Oh look at me, I’m addicted still
at first I refused- now I just swallow the pill
baby, won’t you
fix me like you used to?

I could spend my time in hell
I might as well ‘cause hell is
where I’m bound to dwell
without you.
Oh oh oh oh oh oh

You made me some kind of criminal
You put me outlaw because I loved you

Packed!

1990

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Spirit Of Life (Fall Down on your Knees)
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Your body is trouble , rarely at rest
Running and wandering in sleeplessness
The stars are majestic, peaceful and all
But where in this room will a little light fall?

We all have to mourn and we all have to die
But can you fall down on your knees to
the spirit of life?

We’ve all lost something, just what I don’t know
The body it trembles, the tears overflow
Your breath comes and goes of its own accord
Out of your lungs to speak a few words

Mothers and fathers, lovers and friends
Parties and tantrums all come to an end
Memories washed out like cans to the sea
Lost in the joys of eternity

I saw death standing out by your car
When I called you up a strange woman was there
You lit a cigarette, she was dressed in black
I’m still waiting for you to call me back

We all have to mourn and we all have to die
But can you fall on your knees
To the spirit
Of Life.

Last of the Independents

1994

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Hollywood Perfume
=================

I went out on the balcony
In the middle of the night
The hotel was dark except for just one light
Television burning in the other room
I couldn’t sleep so I put on some of your
Hollywood perfume

I went out on the balcony
And looked across the way
Some guy was shadow boxing,
he looked like Sugar Ray
I was feeling dizzy, began to swoon
Was it his punch or was it just your
Hollywood perfume?

I feel like a fugitive escaped from my life
Seeking refuge in the sensual heat
These paper thin walls make me party to calls
Of love wafting through the room
The night jasmine bloom
Of your Hollywood perfume

I went out on the balcony to clear my head
I was burning up in my queen-sized bed
Down on the strip beneath the billboard moon
Teenage girls look for love in the
Neon, sex and doom
Of your Hollywood perfume

I went out on the balcony with your photograph
I dropped it in the pool and that made me laugh
You like your tan but you don’t like to swim
Meanwhile I feel like I’m drowning in
Neon sex and doom
The night jasmine bloom
Of your Hollywood perfume

Last of the Independents

1994

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Night in my Veins
=====-=========-=

I see him standing silhouetted in the lamplight
I cross the street and I quicken my pace
He cups his hands and he lights a cigarette
I find myself in the bones of his face

It’s just the night in my veins
Making me crawl in the dust again
It’s just the night
Under my skin, slipping it in

He’s got his hands in my hair
and his lips everywhere
Oh yeah!
It feels good, it’s alright
Even if it’s just the night in my veins

He’s got me up against the back of a pick-up truck
Out of sight of the neon and glare
We might as well be on a beach under the moonlight
Love’s language reads the same anywhere

He’s got his chest on my back across a new Cadillac
Oh yeah!
It feels good, it’s alright
Even if it’s just the night in my veins
Even if it’s just the night in my veins

I’ve got my head on the curb
and I can’t produce a word
Oh yeah!
I feels good
It’s aright
Even if it’s just the night in my veins x4

Last of the Independents

1994

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Money Talk
=-========

I’ll come in your car to talk business
No business, no money talk
Zero in on my full intention
I think you got it ’cause you pulled up and stopped

If money is the root of all evil
I’m begging at the feet of the Devil
Talk to me please
Money talk to me

Twenty gets you straight, forty gets you other
Think of what a hundred could do
I’ve been gifted with the thing that you want
So who’s better than who?

Never underestimate a woman like me
The kids have got to eat
And man, that’s reality, you see
Money talk to me

So deluded
You think that I’m real
You pass your hormones off as love
For five minutes you feel

Now you can buy a squidgy little silicone sack
But it won’t feed the world
Like the ones that I pack naturally
Money talk to me

Last of the Independents

1994

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977
===

Every time I end up waking up
in some hotel without my set of keys
coming to, remembering the way you turned me out when I was on my knees

you think that was ‘one up’ for you
but i know I scored something too.

When i see the way you have to struggle just to do
a little, simple thing
I feel apologetic just because I’m not particularly
suffering

So i let you take me down
I’m like your rent a clown

When I saw my baby cry
i knew that he loved me
That was some great victory
he cried because of me
he hit me with his belt
but his tears were all i felt
When I saw my baby cry I knew
He loved me.

When you try to cut me down
and push me back if I attack
your attitude
I rise up to the challenge coz I like to taste the sugar
of your violent mood
Just like a stormy sea
you’re natural poetry to me

When I saw my baby cry
i knew that he loved me
That was some great victory
he cried because of me
he hit me with his belt
but his tears were all I felt
When I saw my baby cry
I knew
he loved me

I knew
he loved me

Last of the Independents

1994

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Revolution
==========

When we watch the children play
Remember – when it was me and you
Those were the days,
The things we got up to!
The funfair of danger
That’s what set us apart
We couldn’t wait for the real world
To test the strength of the lion’s heart

Bring on the Revolution
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
Keep the pressure on –
I wanna die for something
Bring on the Revolution
I don’t wanna die for nothing

Cats like me and you have got laws
That they adhere to
Laws outside the laws as laid down
By those we don’t subscribe to
The world is getting stranger
But we’ll never lose heart
We can’t just wait for the old guard to die
Before we can make a new start

Bring on the revolution
Keep the pressure on
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I wanna die for something
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I wanna die for something
Bring on the revolution
I don’t wanna die for nothing

For every freedom fighter
I wanna hold on tighter
To the hope and will you gave
You were the brave, you were the brave

And one day
When I hear your children sing
Freedom will ring
Freedom

When we watch the children play
Remember, how the privileged classes grew
And from this day we set out
To undo what won’t undo
Looking for the grand in the minute
Every breath justifies,
every step that we take to remove
What the powers that be can’t prove
And the children
will understand why

Last of the Independents

1994

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All My Dreams
=====-=====-=

All my dreams
Still re-live you
If this is what you left for me
I forgive you
Never do I despair
When I kneel to say my prayers
When slumber fills my head
I’ll be visiting your bed

All my dreams
Recollect you
And so darling in a way
Our love remains new
Funny little things
You touch my fingers and fondle my rings
Then tenderly without violence
We make love in perfect silence

Come, come into my room again
Come, come again
Oh come, come into my gloom again
End this solitude again

I finally took that picture down
I’d been staring at it for hours and hours
Slipping in and out of consciousness
But what I can’t figure out
Why did you do that?
Disappear on me like that?
Oh, baby please, come back where I can touch you
Right here where I can see you

Come, come into my room again
Come, come again
Oh baby come, come into my gloom again
Break, break this solitude again

All of my dreams
Of your affection
Never have I known
Such sweet perfection
No drug induced bliss
Could ever reach the heights of this
Eternal and so pure
Help me to endure
To endure
all my dreams

Last of the Independents

1994

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I’ll Stand by you
=======================

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don’t be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
‘Cause I’ve seen the dark side too

When the night falls on you
You don’t know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

I’ll stand by you, I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you

So, if you’re mad, get mad
Don’t hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now

Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I’m a lot like you

When you’re standing at the crossroads
And don’t know which path to choose
Let me come along
‘Cause even if you’re wrong

I’ll stand by you, I’ll stand by you
Won’t let nobody hurt you
I’ll stand by you

Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you

And when, when the night falls on you, baby
You’re feelin’ all alone
You won’t be on your own

I’ll stand by you
I’ll stand by you
Wont let nobody hurt you
And I’ll never desert you
Take me deep into your darkest hour
And l’ll never desert you
I’ll stand by you

Last of the Independents

1994

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I’m A Mother
==================

I’m a mother, treat me like a mother
You want to suck on my breast, It’s no surprised you do
I’m the source and the force to your life to, brother
I’m a mother
I understand blood and I understand pain
There can be no life without it never doubt it
I’m a mother

I gave you all my money to help the family
But what you do to me -don’t humiliate me
Remember, I’m a life-long member
Oh, oh, oh, I’m a mother, treat me like a mother

In the middle of the night I be deep in a dream
You fancy little company you only have to scream loud, brother
Oh, oh, oh I’m a mother and I fake like a mother

I understand time and it isn’t on my side
But to service mankind I have to suffer his pride
Like a mother

Oh, oh, oh

You say your protection is proof of your affection
If I need security, I’ll keep a gun on me
Don’t, don’t barter with me, don’t barter with me

Little sacrifices, go straight to heaven
But hunting season’s over, this is the 20th century
Oh, don’t barter with me
Oh, oh, oh, I’m a mother and I ache like a mother

If there’s a terrible crash and bodies thrown everywhere
I’ll wrap them up and carry them, if someone has to bury them, brother
Oh, oh, call upon mother

I’m the vessel of life, I got the trauma here to prove it
When it’s time for me to labour for you everybody move it
Like a mother

Last of the Independents

1994

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Tequila
=======

I drink Tequila
And watch the game in the bar
I don’t care who loses
I don’t know who the teams are

We had our time
But the bells finally tolled
And my Ohio winter
Was finally too cold

Last of the Independents

1994

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Every Mother’s Son
========================

I was born with my hand in a fist
And my eyes shut tight
Any wonder that I cannae resist
Punching blindly, in a fight
First time I saw swans flying to the sun
I wanted to be one

Like every mother’s son
When I saw my life had begun
I wanted to be someone
Like my brother, and my one and only father
And like every mother’s son

I was raised within a cause
With a purpose to fulfil
I was taught to defend what was mine
And instructed not to kill
My small mortal eyes can see eternity
In the clouds that dissolve and then regroup endlessly

Like every mother’s son
When a man showed me how to use a gun
I wished I’d never need one
Like my brother, and my one and only father
And like every mother’s son

Everything in domesticity
Assumes its role better than me
I’m a displaced person whose culture let me down
I raise my own daughters in a pornographic town

Like every mother’s son
I’ve lost some and some I’ve won
Now I’m waiting for a new dawn
Like my brother, and my one and only father
And like every mother’s son

Last of the Independents

1994

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Rebel Rock Me
=============

I’m as solid as a rock
throw me at the powers
that be
I’m as solid as a rock
throw me at the powers
that be
I’m as user friendly as
a lead filled glove

Rebel Rock me

I’ve got money in the bank
come with me you can have it
for free

I’ve got money earning interest
in the bank
come with me you can have it
for free

I’ve got assets big as holes
up in the sky

Rebel rock me

I’m as heavy as a crowd
in east LA
fling me at the oppressor
and flee
I’m as heavy as a crowd
in east LA fling me at
the oppressor and flee

I’m a seething, burning
moving mass of love

Rebel rock me

Last of the Independents

1994

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Love Colours
============

The sun goes down, The sky turns black
I can hardly wait for you
I can’t believe the madness in Everything you do
I used to dream In black and white
Now I see the world In a different light

Your love colours, colour everything x4

Come into me
Fill me and fill me
Show me your colours, baby
Your love colours

I slept in fear, And woke in pain
‘Til you came in close to me
I was cold like frozen rain
Your kiss melted me
You speak your mind Just like a child
Won’t be defined By when you smile

Your love colours x4

Now come into me etc

Last of the Independents

1994

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Forever Young
=========-===

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay
Forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay
Forever young

Viva el Amor

1999

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Popstar
=====-=

So your girlfriend wants to be a popstar
And beat the charts out of me
She wants to move a million units man
Probably just to prove she can
And after a couple of hits
She’ll be buying a new pair of mitts
I can see just where she’s heading
She’s as predictable as Armageddon

Oh, they don’t make ’em like they used to
They don’t make ’em like they used to
No, they don’t make ’em like they used to
You should have just stuck with me

Your girlfriend wants to be a popstar
And live in Primrose Hill
Well, she’ll join the meritocracy
Get to meet all of rock’s aristocracy
And be someone everyone knows
Who all the designers send all their new clothes
When she starts to look like Kylie Minogue
She might even get her picture in Vogue

Your baby wants to be a popstar
Probably just to spite me
Well, she thinks it’s so easy to get to the top
But a girl like that, she won’t know where to stop
But when her most recent therapist
Suggests that maybe she become a Buddhist
She might even consider giving up red meat
Man, you’re gonna look back to when your life was so sweet

Oh they don’t make ‘em like they used to
No they don’t make em like they used to
They don’t make em like they used to
You should have just stuck with me

Viva el Amor

1999

=====
Human
=====

I play a good game but not as good as you
I can be a little cold, but you can be so cruel
I’m not made of brick, I’m not made of stone
But I had you fooled enough to take me on
If love was a war, it’s you who has won
While I was confessing it
You held your tongue
Now the damage is done

Well there’s blood in these veins and I cry when in pain
I’m only human on the inside
And if looks could deceive make it hard to believe
I’m only human on the inside

I thought you’d come through, I thought you’d come clean
You were the best thing I should never have seen
But you go to extremes, you push me too far
Then you keep going ’til you break my heart
Yeah, you break my heart

See I bleed and I bruise, oh, but what’s it to you?
I’m only human on the inside
And if looks could deceive make it hard to believe
I’m only human on the inside

I crash and I burn, maybe someday you’ll learn
I’m only human on the inside
I stumble and fall, baby, under it all
I’m only human on the inside

And the damage is done

Well there’s blood in these veins etc

Viva el Amor

1999

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From The Heart Down
===================

We watch each other even when we sleep
For some small protection
It’s a promise we keep
Love is hard to define
It runs in circles round the mind
But a circle ain’t a circle
If it’s not complete

Oh, love me from the heart down
If it hurts or if it’s bliss
Love me from the heart down
Reveal me with a kiss
My senses must compete
With a brain that lets me down
Down, down

We satisfy each other
But the hunger still remains
You sink into my flesh like a knife
When day comes to an end
We take off all our clothes
And stand naked face to face
With real life

Oh, love me from the heart down
Get me on the floor
Love me from the heart down
Go under and then come up for more
Analytical patter
Gives love the run around, around
You can’t hold a theory
Won’t you love me
Love me from the heart down

We misconstrue intentions
When there’s distance in between
Longing hurts the teeth
Like something sweet
When you’re not here with me
You become a memory
This aching feels like some kind
Of defeat

Oh, love me from the heart down
Get me on the phone
Love me from the heart down
Lie and say you’re coming home
True confessions need the make-up
Of a clown, clown
Smiles are deceiving
Won’t you love me
Love me from the heart down

Viva el Amor

1999

=================
Nails in the Road
=================

If this is public transportation
What are you doing here?
Royalty and people like thee
Should queue up in the rear

My patience has worn thin
My tyres are gonna explode
Yeah, yeah
Every time I try to get close to you
You throw nails in the road

This is a sticky situation
Will require a measure of tact
We just don’t like to mix it with y’ all
It’s a cultural fact

My patience has worn thin
My tyres’ about to explode
But every time I try to get close to you
You throw nails in the road

This is a clean-up job
Everybody grab a mop
You wanna further your position
Well look what floats on top,
on top

Well there’s class and then there’s class
But we’re above all that
The butcher and the baker and the thief and the witch
And the aristocrat

My patience has worn thin etc

Viva el Amor

1999

==========
Dragway 42
=-===-====

I walk the streets at night, under artificial light
Looking for somewhere to live
I’ve been on the East Side where a lady can reside
But I’m waiting for you, waiting for you

In the falling rain
Oh, heal me,
heal me again

What’s the cost of fame? What’s in a name?
Maybe, can you
vibrate and clarify
So that even lowly I
can find the road That leads to you

In the falling rain
Oh heal me, heal me,
Heal me again

One more little heartache
One more little heartache
One more little earthquake
Wash me down
Wash me down

Ghostly memory come back to me
Fill me and then
take me to your grave
I promise to behave
And let me in the whole of you

In the falling rain
Oh heal me heal me
heal me again

Viva el Amor

1999

===============
Who’s Who
===============

When we meet again
Just refer to me as ‘Back Then’
Or pretend not to recall
Ever knowing me at all
Or hanging round my door
Begging for more

When you begin- playing to win
That’s when the losers rush in
And I, I got better than you
At jumping the queue
To get closer to seeing who’s who

A man without a home
Is never alone
Well just look what he’s got
The whole parking lot
In those unsheltered places
There’s always other faces

Take mine for a start
It’s like a modern work of art
Disturbing and lacking in heart
And I – got better than you
At jumping the queue to get closer
To seeing who’ who

It must be so wonderful
Being you every day
Oh it must be so wonderful
Always getting your way

A common dialogue
Is the best thing that you’ll get
From the woman you call your wife
So try not to forget
To tear out and burn
The things you unlearn

Your future exists
In her shopping lists
Please call your office

And I got better than you
At jumping the queue to get closer
to seeing Who’s who

Viva el Amor

1999

==========-========
Baby’s Breath
===================

There was a time you thought
I was in love with you
Well, think again
you can’t read my thoughts
You’re so pretty
I’d like to break
your smile in two
You’re so correct
I’d like to disconnect
the dots

You’re such a child
but you’re not innocent
Another kid for rent.

Why did you send me roses?
Save them for someone’s death
The love you have to offer
Is only baby’s breath

There was a timeI thought
you were magnificent
but you’ve got nothing
to have or to hold
You’re so pensive
but your thoughts are
insignificant

Wrap ’em up
another 20 billion sold

You think you’re wild
and know what danger means
in your designer jeans

Why did you send me roses?
Save them for someone’s death
the love you have to offer
Is only baby’s breath

I’d like to have you alone tonight
and rearrange your mind
I’d like to have you but I know
I’d be wasting my time.

Why did you send me roses
Save them for someone’s death
The love you have to offer
is only baby’s breath

Viva el Amor

1999

=============
One More Time
=============

You believed in me
When you had nothing to gain
You stood by me
You walked out in the falling rain
To find me
Waiting in the shadows behind me

Baby please
Please
Won’t you do it one more time
Do it one more time
Do it one more time
Please
Won’t you do it one more time

You stayed when no one else would
When I was delayed
You understood
I’ve done some low down things
Alright but you said I was good
I couldn’t forgive myself
But you could

I know I’ve made you promises
Then I forget
I’ve let you down darling
I’m forever in your debt
In my darkest hour I’ve
Turned you out
But when the mood has passed
You came back in spite of me
Saying “This love,
this love was meant to last”

Wont you do it
One more time
One more time
With feeling

Viva el Amor

1999

=====-=====
Legalise Me
===========

Legalise me
Oh I want the legal right to be me
Only me
Legalise me
Bail me, jail me but they’re never gonna nail me
Pharmaceutically

I was sleeping like a baby in bed
When I woke up to a voice in my head
‘We’re all outta rooms try down the road’ is what I said”
I’m just a farmer and I grow marijuana

Oh, baby doll
Can you tell that I like that?
Oh, baby doll
We’re gonna rattle your combinations
Up and down

Legalise me
Oh, I gotta gotta gotta feel free
Really free
Legalise me
Wake me, shake me
If they’re gonna come and take me
Make it legally

I been campaigning for the rights of the meek
I’ve been holed up in a tree most the week
Hey sir your crush boxes are starting to leak
They’re saying ‘never’ but we’ll wait here
Forever and ever and ever and ever

And if I wanna shake my hair in the sun
Don’t try to flail me for offending anyone
I don’t take Prozac and I’ll never own a gun
I’m just a farmer but I swear I’d never harm her

Viva el Amor

1999

=======
Samurai
=======

When you came into my room last night
And took off all your clothes
Did you think I would resist
Letting you inside?
Did you think I could resist you?
My favourite Samurai

You swam across the bedroom
Drunk on my champagne
You got into the air
Across the River Wye
And pushed aside your headstone
My favourite Samurai

Then you showed me something
I didn’t know
How to let go
I was falling
Through the Tivoli sky
Expecting to fly
Expecting to fly

When I stood beside your tomb last night
Recalling how you rose
Did you think I would persist
Refusing to die?
See how I’ve persisted
My favourite Samurai

Viva el Amor

1999

============
Rabo De Nube
============

Si me dijeran pide un deseo
Preferiria un rabo de nube
Que se llevara lo feo
Y nos dejara el querube

Un barredor de tristezas
Un aguacero en venganza
Que cuando escampe parezca nuestra esperanza

Viva el Amor

1999

====-
Biker
=====

Biker they tell me
that you’re a dangerous lover
well that might be true
oh, but I’d never ride
with another
maybe they’ve never
had their arms around
anything so wild and free

you bring the biker
out in me.

I can’t understand it
why people give you grief
you play the one armed bandit
like an outlaw with a belief
to them it’s the norm
for a man to conform
to a Godless society

you bring the biker
out in me.

Because you’ve no interest
in the struggle to obtain
the status and bogus desires
that drive most people
insane
you who have nothing
have something
that only the 1%
could ever see

you bring the biker
out in me.

Viva el Amor

1999

===============================
The Homecoming [Street Version]
===============================

I fell
by the way
The reason you haven’t heard from me
I just didn’t want
to tell you
Or see me this way
Having fun with
my new someone
Circumstance,
who would’ve guessed?
Force my hand
when I was homeless
You just, wouldn’t understand
If you saw me
Holding his hand

I fell
from your grace
The reason you haven’t seen me here
I just, I didn’t want
to tell you to your face
But I left clues
you couldn’t refuse
Obvious, your friends would see
I knew you’d get the word eventually
and I’d rather have them tell you
‘It’s just as well
The bitch is gone’

I fell
while you were away
You leave a woman like that
Anyone will tell you
She’s gonna stray
Well I confessed
and you know the rest
Promises you never kept
Where were you baby?
You overslept
And when you hear that prison bell,
think of me
You’re not the only one

Loose Screw

2002

====-====
Lie To Me
=========

That’s not honest
Nothing you’ve said
Why don’t you tell someone
Who’ll believe you instead?
‘Cause I got this feeling
Is it what they call déjà vu?
I’m nodding my head, yeah
But I don’t believe you

If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…

I don’t even care
So there’s nothing to defend
It’s so long-winded
Like a story without an end
This elaborate yarn
You left behind, like a breadcrumb trail
It’s too hard to find the way out
Of your fairytale

If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
And you say that you’re my friend
And you take me to your bed
As somebody else instead
And I wonder where you’ve been
And the other one began
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…

Don’t take me there, oh, please, I do thee implore
Spare me the details
The entrails and the gore
I can see there’s a point
You want to drag me in
To impress me and depress me
With your web of sin

If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you lie to me again…
If you…

Loose Screw

2002

===-
Time
====

You’re always welcome
To stop on by
I’ll be there baby
To get you high
You’re thinking maybe
This one’s for real
You don’t know
How good you fell

Chorus:
Gimme some time
Real good time
Gimme some time
Time
Gimme some time
Real good time
Gimme some time
Time

Come on in
We can be free
No one will be here
No one will see
It’s nobody’s business
What we do
You want me
Baby I want you

Chorus

Life is too tough
To work all day
What does it cost
To earn your pay
If the man is breaking your will
He won’t reward you
But I will

Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

Loose Screw

2002

=============================
You Know Who Your Friends Are
=============================

Along by the canal
You can see the remnants of last night’s reverie
As left by the local tenants
But these aren’t the gifts they give free in shopping malls
This is real life that’s sprayed across the tunnel walls

You know who your friends are
You know who your friends are
They’re the ones who want to see you go far
You know who your friends are

The last time you tried to leave here for a working holiday
You said your mother needed you two thousand miles away
But no sooner on the tarmac you were met to be told
We’ve been waiting for you
You just can’t leave the fold

You know who your friends are
You know who your friends are
They’re the ones who want to see you go far
You know who your friends are

They’ll never let you go
They’ll never let you know who your friends are
Know who your friends are

They say that loyalty is just for those who’ve earned it
Is that why they stole the sofa from your parking space and burned it
You were hoping you could leave here with some teeth still in your head
But your friends on curtain row would rather see you dead

You know who your friends are
You know who your friends are
They’re the ones who want to see you go far
You know who your friends are

Loose Screw

2002

========-=====
Complex Person
==============

I’m a very very complex person
I try to improve but you see how I worsen
I’ll do anything to make you adore me
Or deplore me, but never ignore me

I got senses that I cannot control
My stomach’s like a bottomless hole
My desires command me like a slave
I’m a knave, I can hardly behave

I’m a very very complex person
I try to improve but you see how I worsen
I’ll do anything to make you adore me
Or deplore me, but never ignore me

I’m a peacenik but I’m going off to war
I couldn’t even tell you what I’m really fighting for
It seems right; at least it doesn’t seem wrong
I’m a mixed-up, fucked-up singer of a song

I’m a very very complex person
I try to improve but you see how I worsen
I’ll do anything to make you adore me
Or deplore me, but never ignore me

I refuse to keep a gun in my purse
Imagine if I was feeling perverse
The builders and the workers when they whistle and they shout
I’d like to give them something to shout at me about

I’m a very very complex person
I try to improve but you see how I worsen
I’ll do anything to make you adore me
Or deplore me, but never ignore me

I’m a very very complex person
I’m a very very complex person

Anyway I got a plan to give it all away
I won’t need a suitcase on judgment day
I’m a very very complex person…

Loose Screw

2002

==============
Fools Must Die
============-=

Fools must die
So it shall be
Take your place in history
Show your face
Don’t be shy
The world rejoices
When fools die

They die, they must die
They die, they must die
Everybody gather round
Watch them falling to
The ground

Fools must die
So it shall pass
Bow your head
Raise your glass
Don’t ask when
Don’t ask why
Ask for mercy
Cause fools die

They die, they must die
They die, they must die
Everybody gather round
Watch them stumble to
The ground

Fools must die
One by one
Indulge yourself
As I have done
As you are now
So once was I
Prepare for death
Cause fools must die

They die they must die
They die they must die
Everybody gather round
Watch them falling to the ground

Loose Screw

2002

=====================
Kinda Nice, I Like It
=====================

You came to me, I was alone,
Tried to drag me in to your danger zone.
You told me things got right inside
And showed me things I’d never tried.
You got a hold, you wouldn’t let go,
You lied and lied and lied
It was a great big show.
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.
(people talk) people talk, I hear them do it
(they think think they know)they think they know, when I never knew it
(you’re a gigolo) you’re gigolo I’ve heard it said.
(I’ve got a sweet name)I’ve got a sweet name for you instead.
They imagine, “what must give them a thrill?”
They’ll never know for sure, but I will
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.
Whispering is rude in public places
(its so obvious)it’s so obvious, written on their faces
They think your taking me for a great big ride
But you know whats more? they’re probably right I’m hoping on with you tonight…
You take me up and let me down
Don’t like my friends to come around.
(if your not center) if your not center of the stage
You sulk and rant and go into a rage.
Ohohoh but I can leave at any time,
But I’d miss the oh so absurd and so sublime.
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.
Everything about us looks wrong but I swear it feels right.

Loose Screw

2002

===========================
Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
======-====================

You don’t love me anymore
I can feel it
But I want you more than before
So I conceal it
Walk on, walk on baby
Don’t look back
This happy face is just a disguise
Oh baby
When love dies

Nothing breaks like a heart
Nothing breaks like a heart
Glass shatters, even cars fall apart
Nothing breaks like a heart

When you walked out
At first I celebrated
But this footloose, fancy free stuff’s overrated

Oh I got my way
Now I’m free to roam
These tears of laughter are just lies
Oh baby
When love dies

Nothing breaks like a heart
Nothing breaks like a heart
Glass shatters, even cars fall apart
Nothing breaks like a heart

Oh, oh, oh
I feel so bad bad bad
Oh, oh oh
I’m so sad sad sad
I wasn’t this shook in the L.A. earthquake
How much can one heart break?

You don’t love me anymore
I can feel it
But I want you more than before
So I conceal it
Walk on, walk on baby
Don’t look back
This crumbling heart is no surprise

Oh baby, when love dies
Nothing breaks like a heart
Nothing breaks like a heart
Glass shatters, even cars fall apart
Nothing breaks like a heart
Oh, nothing breaks like a heart
Oh, nothing breaks like a heart
Oh, nothing breaks like a heart

Loose Screw

2002

===========
I Should Of
===========

If I’d known then
If only I had known
What, where or when
I would of kept you on the phone
Hindsight is tough
It’s so obvious
Never enough for the two of us

I would of tried a little harder
I would have cried a little louder
I would have lied with more aplomb
I, I, I, I, I, I, I should have known

When we made love
Sometimes it was great
Just once or twice
I would have called it second rate
Anyway the days passed by in peace
I never though you needed
More release

I would of tried a little harder
I would have cried a little louder
I would have lied with more aplomb
I, I, I, I, I, I, I should have known

If I had…if, if, if
I should have, I should have
I could have, I could have
Oh fuck, I really miss you
I really miss you

I should have tried a little harder
I should have cried a whole lot louder
I should have lied
With more aplomb
I, I, If only I, I should have known

Loose Screw

2002

==============
Clean Up Woman
==============

I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess

Women think men belong in resorts
We watch the children
They watch the sports
A man wouldn’t help us
Even if he could
While we clean up the mess
He’s made of the neighborhood

I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess

Women refuse to witness the kill
Of man’s safaris and his battles of will
She washes the wound he sustains in his fight
She cradles him in her arms all night

Woman is there
At the end of the day
She works as hard
As a man can play
She carries the blame
She doesn’t deserve
She bears his name
When he loses his nerve

I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the cleaning woman
Here to clean up your mess
I’m the clean up woman
Here to clean up your mess

Loose Screw

2002

=========-
The Losing
==========

If it’s games you want I’ve played a few
Let me say up front I’ll lose to you
I can see you’re a beginner
Well beginner’s luck runs out
You think you’re a winner
But let me tell ya
The winning’s not what it’s all about
You see, it’s about the losing
Can’t rest until I’m losing

At first you feel hungry
Then you’re thirsty too
Then a desperate feeling comes over you
You think you can beat
What no one has before
Then you start to cheat
Before you know it
You’re back for more

You see it’s about the losing
Can’t stop when I’m at the top
It’s about the losing
Every time I win I have to start again
Can’t rest, rest until I’m losing
A bluff’s about as good as the getting will get
You see in this neighborhood
We’re all in debt

A little more money
A little more fame
Who amongst us, if anybody
Wouldn’t risk it all
To stay in the game
You see it’s about the losing
Can’t stop when I’m at the top
It’s about the losing
Every time I win I have to start again

Can’t rest, rest until I’m losing
Can’t rest, rest until I’m losing
Can’t rest, rest until I’m losing
It’s about the losing
It’s about the losing
It’s about the losing

Loose Screw

2002

===========-
Saving Grace
===-========

I’ve really made a fool of myself
I hit the wall but it never bothered you at all
Oohhh
My pony bolted out too soon
Left me howling at the moon

You are my saving grace (oo my saving grace)
You put me in my place (you put me in my place)
I see your smiling face (I see your smiling face)
The clouds disappear, and blue skies fill the space
You are my saving grace

I didn’t know what I was s’posed to be
I tried to bluff, but I never offered you enough,
Oohh
Now I’m feeling the remorse
I want you back because of course

You are my saving grace (oo my saving grace)
You put me in my place (you put me in my place)
I see your smiling face (I see your smiling face)
The clouds disappear, and blue skies fill the space
You are my saving grace

Do you remember when, you gave your heart to me
I want it back again, I want it back again
Oh baby, Sweet baby

Won’t you reconsider me?
Coz as anyone can see..

You are my saving grace (oo my saving grace)
You put me in my place (you put me in my place)
I see your smiling face (I see your smiling face)
The clouds disappear, and blue skies fill the space
You are my saving grace
You are my saving grace

You are my saving grace
You put me in my place
I see your smiling face (I see your smiling face)
The clouds disappear, and blue skies fill the space
You are my saving grace
You are my saving grace
You are my saving grace

Loose Screw

2002

=================-=
Walk Like a Panther
===================

Miguel has set up home
With a woman half my age
A half-wit in a leotard
Stands on my stage

The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear

Try if you can
To walk like a man
But if you don’t come near
You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight

The old home town just looks the same
Like a derelict man who has died out of shame
Like a jumble sale left out in the rain
It’s not good
It’s not right

The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear

Try if you can
To walk like a man
But if you don’t come near
You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight

Where did you leave your self respect
You like look like a reptile
Your house is a wreck
Your existence an insult
And stains that are suspect
Cover your clothes

The standards have fallen
My value has dropped
But don’t shed a tear
Some walk like they own the place
Whilst others creep in fear

Try if you can
To walk like a man
But if you don’t come near
You’ve got to fly like an eagle
Prowl like a lion in Africa
Leap like a salmon home from the sea
To keep up with me
You’ve got to walk like a panther tonight
Walk like a panther tonight
To keep up with me you’ve got to walk like a panther

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=========-==============
Boots of Chinese Plastic
========================

nam yo ho ren gay kyo – Buddah please
pity a humble little peasant who’s beggin’ on her knees
illusion fills my head like an empty can
I spent a million lifetimes loving the same man

Chorus:
every drop
that runs through the vein
always makes its way
back to the heart again
– and by the way you look fantastic
in your boots of Chinese plastic

Hari Krishna – Hari Rama too
Govinda I am still in love with you
I see you in the birds and in the trees
that’s why they call me ‘Krishna Mayi’

chorus

the prophet told us we should tolerate
the people and the things that make me want to hate
Allah have a little mixed mercy on me
To see some beauty in this human pageantry
Jesus Christ came down here as a living man
if he can live a life of virtue then I hope I can
do unto others as you would have returned
come back here and repeat until you’ve learned
learned learned

chorus

and every dog,
that’s lived his life on a chain
knows what it’s like
waiting for nothing
– and by the way you look fantastic
in your boots of Chinese plastic

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=-===============
The Nothing Maker
=================

he doesn’t make shoes
or design a new shirt
or take photographs
but not gets hurt
and he doesn’t look trendy
like guys in magazines
you won’t see him at parties
he’s not the face behind the scenes

Chorus:
he makes nothing
he’s the nothing maker
he’s the maker of nothing
he’s the nothing maker

and he doesn’t paint pictures
or write poetry
or act on a stage
for others to see
and he don’t expect much
santa clause knows
cause he doesn’t make lists
of toys and new clothes

chorus

everyone’s chasing
a reason to live
mostly they take more than they give
the succeeder justifies
why he needs more than the rest
and believes his own lies
and things he’s the best
but my guy

he doesn’t make movies
to suit an audience’s whim
he lives by a code
known only to him
and he doesn’t make money
to buy watches and cars
cause there’s no time and no place to go
for a man who has nothing to show

Chorus

Break Up the Concrete

2008

==-=========================
Don’t Lose Faith In Me
============================

don’t lose faith in me
don’t lose faith in me
if you lose faith in me
you lose faith in us

don’t lose harmony
don’t lose harmony
if you lose harmony
you won’t need me

look at me
can you see how I’m trying?
only you
see me crying
look at me
these tears ain’t lying
one pays the butcher
one pays the thief
I’m looking for you darling
show me some belief
the artist on the cover.
is a phoney and a crook
I’m looking for you love
show me where to look

don’t lose faith in me
please don’t lose faith in me
if you lose faith in me
you lose faith in us

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=====================
Don’t Cut Your Hair
===============-=====

from Ipanema to the Copacabana
the monkeys give their asses for a piece of banana
porn stars, playboys, they’re all after the money
but you never got a taste for that, that’s why
I love you honey

oh don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t
whatever you do!

beef steak, clothes and a box at the races
– they love that dirty paper with the ugly faces
if I could see you in your glory baby even for a minute
I’d give up my shelter and everything that’s in it

oh don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t
yeah!

don’t cut it
don’t chop it
it’s like a bomb
if you got it don’t drop it
if you got it man
go ahead and flaunt it

any guy is lying if he says he doesn’t want it
any guy is lying if he says he doesn’t want it!

from Miami to the sunset strip
all the guys are gay, it’s the way it is today
but though you look like a lady when reviewed from afar
when you close that curtain round my face I know what you are

oh don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t

don’t cut your hair
don’t cut your hair
don’t cut your hair
whatever you do!

Break Up the Concrete

2008

==-======-======-=====
Love’s A Mystery
======================

lovers of today
aren’t like lover of the past
they used to find a way
to get a love affair to last

I saw him leaving
that’s all I had to see

if seeing is believing
then love’s a mystery

Chorus:
love’s a mystery
it arrives with out a warning
leaving evidence and clues
making headlines in the morning
then it’s history
love’s a mystery

but I’d
do it again
do it again

lovers of today
are becoming too well versed
you get the feeling you’re on stage
badly unrehearsed

we had the moves
down so perfectly

I guess that all it proves
is love’s a mystery

chorus

but I’d
do it again
I’d do it again

a multiple offender should learn from his mistakes
I’m ready to surrender if that’s what it takes
we did our time
but I’m still in custody

if loving him’s a crime
then love’s a mystery

but I’d
do it again
I’d do it again

chorus

Break Up the Concrete

2008

====-========
The Last Ride
=============

I made my bed but I couldn’t sleep in it
with the man in red tracking me minute by minute
running like a horse
always looking behind me
but of course he would always find me

Chorus:
hey buddy
hey friend
my pal
my brother
we take shelter in each other
I’ll keep it true
I owe my last ride to you

heaven and hell ride in tandem
I used to mix them up at random
I spent my youth on a reckless futile race
where love and truth could never place

chorus

after all, nobody can save
the mortal body from the grave
who can arrest the soul’s sad journey in its plight?
– one more day to get it right

I decided to stop dying
no more cheatin’ no more lyin’
what kind of club opens its gates to sinner like me?
and bids them forth unto eternity

chorus

under the buckeye trees
where the rubber city grew
I owe the last ride to you

Break Up the Concrete

2008

==============
Almost Perfect
==============

Narcissistic, anorexic
So unstuck but so pretty
I love you
Vira lotta, very donkey
You’re the only truth in this city
Don’t ever change
Don’t change good champagne
For some sad idiot and then complain
– That’s good advice
But a lady who has two black eyes is not
The best one to advise
She’s already been told twice

Chorus:
Don’t ever change
Why oh why oh why oh
Would you ever change
Oh oh oh
Please don’t ever change
You’re almost perfect
You’re almost perfect
You’re almost perfect

Paranoiac, drug addicted
Pornographically afflicted
– Sleep with me
Two legs, a cock, a woman’s soul
Strange habits that you can’t control
– Show them to me
You can hardly say this woman
Only wants you
For yoru money
You who have naught
Come inside my hive
Where the bees are busy making honey
Ooo love is about!

1 – 2 – 3 1 – 2 – 3 1 – 2 – 3
Half of half
And half of half
And half of half
And half of that

Autistic, repetitious
People phobically suspicious
With an oversized schlong
Unemployable, illegal
You’re a whole film by Don Siegel
Write me a song
Go way and blow away
And fade away
And the next day
– You’re back in line
If love is leaving everything for
Homelessness and nothing
– You’ll be just fine

Chorus

You’re the best part of Ohio
(in 4th line of chorus)

Break Up the Concrete

2008

========================
You Didn’t Have To
========================

Thank you boy for your beautiful flower
Thank you boy for the stars in your eyes
Thank you boy for giving me your finest hour
What a surprise
– You didn’t have to

Thank you boy for the time that we wasted
Thank you boy for the things that you said
Thank you boy for every strange thought I tasted
You’re off your head
– You didn’t have to

And hearing my story
From your occupied territory

Thank you boy for the sound of your voices
Like a hammer or drill
Thank you boy for giving me no choices
You know I will
– You didn’t have to

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=======
Rosalee
=======

Rosalee
Where you been so long
Rosalee, Rosalee
Where you been so long
When you smile at me
All the lights come on

Rosalee, Rosalee
Come and dance with me again
Rosalee, Rosalee
Come and dance with me again
You’re my one true love
You’re my oldest friend

It don’t matter now
Who was right and who was wrong
It don’t matter now
Who was right and who was wrong
Cause you’re here with me
Back where I belong

Rosa come out here
In the summer night
Can you see off there
Almost out of sight
Your love calls to me
Like that far distant light

Oh Rosa

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=====================
Break Up The Concrete
=========-===========

There was a red brick road where I grew up on
And a pretty stone wall around a fragrant lawn
And fish in the pond that sparkled in the dawn
But it ain’t no more it’s all gone gone gone

Chorus:
Whoa
Ram it, cram it, grand slam it
Break up the concrete
Prod it, sod it, metal rod it
Break up the concrete
Whack it, thwack it, line back it
Break up the concrete
Shake it, bake it, earthquake it
Break up the concrete
Break up the concrete
Break up the concrete

And a depot over there right next to the tracks
That the slaves put down while breaking their backs
But those Texans knew no one would ever get into a carriage
Or anything that might lead to an interracial marriage

Chorus

Now don’t tell me it’s progress ‘cause that’s just a lie
And don’t even try to come up with an excuse why
We was so busy worrying ‘bout them dropping the bomb
We didn’t notice where our enemy was really coming from

Chorus

Break Up the Concrete

2008

=======================
One Thing Never Changed
================-======

That old train keeps blowing
Through the centre of this town
It restores my faith
When the chips are down
It don’t take no passengers
Since the streets got rearranged
But that whistle still blows
It’s one thing never changed

The boy I was loving
Had to say ‘so long’
Go back to a world
Where I don’t belong
It affected me so
You could say I was deranged
But that whistle’s gonna blow
It’s one thing never changed

Speak to me
Speak to me again
Speak to me
Speak to me again

That old train keeps blowing
I can hear it in the night
I hold on to myself
It’s gonna be all right
People come and go
Like cars changing lanes
But that whistle’s gonna blow
It’s one thing never changed
One thing never changed

Alone

2016

=====
Alone
=====

What am I gonna do today?
Walk to the newsstand,
Check out the warzone,
Check the listings, see what’s good on,
Oh, there’s one I’ve been wanting to see.
Anyone here up for a movie? I am.

Nobody tells me I can’t,
Nobody tells me I shan’t,
No one to say ‘You’re doing it wrong’,
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong,
Alone.
Yeah, I like it.

Now I’m out prowling the streets,
With the poets and the Greeks and the deadbeats,
I’m taking my time, sitting on park benches,
And all the glamour it all starts down here,
This is where the trends begin.
Life’s a canvas and I’m on it.

Nobody tells me I can’t,
Nobody tells me I shan’t,
No one to say ‘You’re doing it wrong’,
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong,
Alone,
I like it, yeah, I like being alone,

And the other thing I like to do,
Go to the graveyard and hang out with you,
And have a smoke and practice my autograph,
Then sit back and re-read your epitaph and it says:
‘Don’t you laugh as you walk by,
For as you are so once was I,
And as I am so you shall be,
Prepare for death and follow me,’

Alone.
Yeah, I like that. I like being alone,
Yeah, what are you gonna do about it?

Nobody tells me I can’t,
Nobody tells me I shan’t,
No one to say ‘You’re doing it wrong’,
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong,
Alone,
Yeah, I like it. I like being alone.
What are you gonna do about it? Hmm?
Absolutely fuck all,
Yeah. I’ll do whatever I want.

Alone

2016

==========
Roadie Man
=======-==

I’m in love with a man,
He’s in love with the road.
It’s no surprise, it’s no riddle,
A roadie’s wife plays second fiddle,
To the razzle dazzle on the stage,
She has to be a widow and a sage.

Roadie man,
Taking music to the people,
Any way he can.
Propping up the falling stars,
He’s there to bring light and sound and power,
He’s the man who’s standing in the tower,
He’s my long gone, doggone roadie man.

Christmas time’s a lonely time,
Even when the church bells chime,
Hark, the herald angels sing ‘boo hoo’…

What happens on the bus stays on the bus,
It don’t mean nothing, or require a fuss,
A vow of silence is the code.
That keeps the backline on the road,
Whatever happens, happens – has to be,
But don’t rely on domesticity.

Roadie man,
Taking music to the people,
Any way he can.
Propping up the falling stars,
He’s there to bring light and sound and power,
He’s the man who’s standing in the tower,
He’s my long gone, doggone,
He’s my gol darn, long gone roadie man.
He’s my long gone, doggone

He’s my gol darn, long gone,
He’s my doggone, long gone,
Road man,
Roadie man, roadie man, roadie man…

Alone

2016

==========
Gotta Wait
==========

I’m in love with a man,
He’s in love with the road.
It’s no surprise, it’s no riddle,
A roadie’s wife plays second fiddle,
To the razzle dazzle on the stage,
She has to be a widow and a sage.

Roadie man,
Taking music to the people,
Any way he can.
Propping up the falling stars,
He’s there to bring light and sound and power,
He’s the man who’s standing in the tower,
He’s my long gone, doggone roadie man.

Christmas time’s a lonely time,
Even when the church bells chime,
Hark, the herald angels sing ‘boo hoo’…

What happens on the bus stays on the bus,
It don’t mean nothing, or require a fuss,
A vow of silence is the code.
That keeps the backline on the road,
Whatever happens, happens – has to be,
But don’t rely on domesticity.

Roadie man,
Taking music to the people,
Any way he can.
Propping up the falling stars,
He’s there to bring light and sound and power,
He’s the man who’s standing in the tower,
He’s my long gone, doggone,
He’s my gol darn, long gone roadie man.
He’s my long gone, doggone

He’s my gol darn, long gone,
He’s my doggone, long gone,
Road man,
Roadie man, roadie man, roadie man…

Alone

2016

===--============
Never Be Together
=-===============

Promises and champagne and cigars,
Dizzy heights of passion’s ecstasy,
These are just some things that can’t be ours,
And will never be,

Restaurants and cinemas and taxis,
Walking through the city hand in hand,
Those are things for lovers, only lovers,
Do you understand?

Oh no, we’ll never,
We’ll never be together,
Never, never,
We’ll never be together,

I miscalculated what the price was,
Falling for a pretty face can cost,
Wondering for hours in the terminal
I’m lost,
The colour of your eyes are like a palette,
A thousand shades of blue are mixed up there,
Drowning in a wave that pulled me under,
I’m running, I’m running…

Oh no, we’ll never,
We’ll never be together,
Never, never,
We’ll never be together,

Oh no, we’ll never,
We’ll never be together,
Never, never,
We’ll never be together,

Never,
We’ll never be together,
Never, never, never,
We’ll never be together.

Alone

2016

====================
Let’s Get Lost
====================

Let’s get lost, let’s get lost,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost.

Well, I wear it like a charm,
A tattoo on my arm,
Your name in a horseshoe,
Talismans and such,
I rely on them to touch,
And get close to you,
Well, I try just a little,
Try just a little,
Keeping my fingers crossed,
Oh, I get high just a little,
High just a little,
Now I’ve found you,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost.

Riding on a bus,
Thinking about us,
And what you’d be saying,
If you and me were real,
And you feel what I feel,
And not just playing,

Ooh, I get high just a little,
Try just a little,
Keeping my fingers crossed,
Ooh, I get high just a little,
High just a little,
Now I’ve found you,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost.

It’s inexplicable, irrefutable,
Now it’s begun.
Ooh, it’s undeniable, non-negotiable,
You’re the only one,

Let’s get lost, let’s get lost,
Let’s get lost, let’s get lost.

Alone

2016

==========
Chord Lord
==========

He likes her better than me,
Everybody here tonight could see,
He liked her, better than me,
I couldn’t even get in the dance,
In fact, I didn’t stand a chance,
Clearly, it was her not me,

Ooh, that’s the way I’m going down,
Throw in the towel, that was my worst round,
Ooh, I’m outclassed, pound for pound,

I can’t compete on the street,
I haven’t got the heat,
Can’t keep up with the beat,
Like I should,
In this neighbourhood,
Thought I’d nothing to prove,
Then the bouncer made me move,
And that little piece of fluff,
Moved in and ran with the groove,

Ooh, that’s the way I’m going down,
Watch me now, as I hit the ground,
Ooh, take a look around.
You see me?

Ooh, that’s the way I’m going down,
Put a padlock on my door, they’re closing me down,
Ooh, I’m in the best hotel in town…

Sometimes, do you ever get the feeling it’s all over?
Sometimes, do you ever get the feeling?

Alone

2016

=============
Blue Eyed Sky
=============

No one understands me,
Like my baby,
No one understands,
Like that man.
He knows,
I will never leave him,
No one understands me,
Like him…

When the morning comes,
I go to him,
He’ll be standing in the sun,
Hair gone blonde,
He’s waiting,
For the waves to reach as high,
As the blue-eyed sky.

He knows, he knows,
My love overflows,
Like rivers to the sea,
He comes and goes,
My love it grows and grows,
And doubles when he leaves,

When the evening light,
Starts to dim,
I’ll be entering another starry night,
Without him,
The waves,
And the moon and I rely
On his blue-eyed sky,

He knows, he knows,
My love it overflows,
Like rivers to the sea,
He comes and goes,
My love it grows and grows,
And doubles when he leaves,
And doubles when he leaves,

No one understands me,
Like my baby,
No one understands,
Like that man,
Jiva spirits never die,
In his blue-eyed sky.

Alone

2016

===============
The Man You Are
===============

I don’t expect flowers,
I don’t expect rings,
I don’t expect promises,
Or sentimental things,

I just expect you,
To be the man you are,
I just expect you,
To be the man you are,

I don’t expect sobriety,
I don’t expect stealth,
I don’t expect you’ll ever be a man,
Defined by your wealth,

I just expect you,
To be the man you are,
I just expect you,
To be the man, you are,

When a woman loves a man,
She’ll do anything he asks,
She’ll do anything she can,
When a woman loves a man,

I don’t expect accolades,
I don’t expect prizes,
I don’t expect to ever see you babe,
In different guises,

I just expect you,
To be the man you are
I just expect you,
To be the man, you are

Be the man you are,
Be the man you are,
Be the man you are,
Be the man you are,
Be the man you are.

Alone

2016

============
One More Day
=====-======

When do I get
To see you again?
When do I get
To see you again?

I wait, I wait,
I wait…

One more week,
One more year,
One more day,

Time passes slow,
When you watch every minute,
The clock has two hands and a face,
But I can’t find you in it,

I wait, I wait,
I wait…

One more week,
One more year,
One more day,

Love, what a travesty,
It sure made a fool out of me,
I used to scoff at such lovers,
Now I’m tossing and turning,
In twisted covers

Walking the dog,
Singing my blues
Passing the synagogue,
Paying my dues,

I wait, I wait,
I wait.

Alone

2016

=============
I Hate Myself
=============

I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
For being jealous,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
For things that you can’t see,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
For using other fellas,
To blindside you,
To get inside of me.

Believe me I’m not saying that I’m proud,
To undermine and sabotage your scene,
I wouldn’t want to say some things out loud,
But everybody does it, and you know what I mean.

I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
For backing the wrong horse,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate my masquerade
Of black and blue,
I hate myself I hate my reckless, phoney
Self-destruction course,
And coming last, conceding second best to you,

And if on Judgement Day,
I’m told to make my way,
To take up lasting residence downstairs,

I’ll look to see if others,
Who backstabbed their own brothers,
Got a lighter sentence,
Showing mercy and repentance.

I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
I guess I’m just too smart,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
In body and in mind,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate these
Perversions of the heart,
I hate myself upfront, I hate myself
From behind.

So take my hand,
To the witness stand,
I deserve the worst,
My heart is gonna burst,
So validate me
Hate me where it hurts,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
I hate myself, I hate myself.
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
I hope that you do too,
I hate myself, I hate myself, I hate myself
I hate myself.
But most of all I hate myself,
Hating you.

Alone

2016

===================
Death Is Not Enough
===================

Goodnight,
Oh my sweet love,
Let me cover your heart with a rose,
Sleep tight,
My deceived love,
Well you saw only thorns
I suppose.

Funny how you look so peaceful,
No more anger no more fear,
On your cheek there shines a single tear,

I’m the one to mellow you,
Forever I will treasure you.
Hold your hand and pull you through,
When the going gets too rough.
I’m the one to mellow you,
Break the spell that’s killing you.
I’m so willing just to see you through,
‘Cos death is not enough,
‘Cos death is not enough.

Goodnight,
Oh my sweet love,
Let me shine the light of a million loves on you.

We tried so hard to make some sense of it,
But the world is just a joke.
I promise you I know what’s gone and broke.

I’m the one to mellow you,
Forever I will treasure you.
Hold your hand and pull you through,
When the going gets too rough.
I’m the one to mellow you,
Break the spell that’s killing you,
I’m so willing just to see you through…

I’m the one to mellow you,
Forever I will treasure you.
Hold your hand and pull you through,
‘Cos death is not enough,
‘Cos death is not enough.

Alone

2016

==============
Holy Commotion
=============-

I-I-I-I-I
Am a mass of devotion,
I-I-I-I-I
Am a Holy commotion,

I just want, I want, I want
To see your face,
I just want, I want, I want
To change your place,
Lift your veil up!

I-I-I-I-I
Am a mass of devotion,
I-I-I-I-I
Am a Holy commotion,

I just want, I want, I want
To lead the blind,
I just want, I want, I want
To free your mind,
Come on baby,

I-I-I-I-I
Am a mass of devotion,
I-I-I-I-I
Am a Holy commotion,

I just want, I want, I want,
To see the light,
I just want, I want, I want,
To dance all night,
Be my baby,

When the walls come tumbling down,
And the love shines all around,
And the dogs of war
Come around no more,
No more rape or torture or mutilation
One word, one love,
One humanity,
One word,
One love,
One humanity,
Ooo ooo

Baby Jesus
Yes love

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