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Sloan is:

Jay Ferguson - mostly guitar
Chris Murphy - mostly bass
Patrick Pentland - mostly guitar
Andrew Scott - mostly drums
 
 

Lyric Index

All uncited lyrics were done by me and guaranteed to be  20 - 80% correct. Italicized lyrics
are ones that fall into what's left. If you spot any obvious errors, please e-mail me .

Song titles in green are sung by Jay.
Song titles in red are sung by Chris.
Song titles in grey are sung by Patrick.
Song titles in blue are sung by Andrew.

An asterisk indicates a cover song.

 
 
 
By album




Peppermint e.p.

Marcus Said
Underwhelmed
Pretty Voice
Lucky For Me
Sugartune
Torn



Smeared

Underwhelmed
Raspberry
I Am the Cancer
Median Strip
Take It In
500 Up
Marcus Said
Sugartune
Left of Centre
Lemonzinger
Two Seater
What's There To Decide?
Rag Doll (Japanese bonus)
Laying Blame * (Japanese bonus)
 


Twice Removed

Penpals
I Hate My Generation
People of the Sky
Coax Me
Bells On
Loosens
Worried Now
Shame Shame
Deeper Than Beauty
Snowsuit Sound
Before I Do
I Can Feel It
D is for Driver (Japanese bonus)
 


One Chord To Another

The Good In Everyone
Nothing Left To Make Me Want To Stay
Autobiography
Junior Panthers
G Turns to D
A Side Wins
Everything You've Done Wrong
Anyone Who's Anyone
The Lines You Amend
Take the Bench
Can't Face Up
400 Metres
 


Navy Blues

She Says What She Means
C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)
Iggy & Angus
Sinking Ships
Keep On Thinkin'
Money City Maniacs
Seems So Heavy
Chester the Molester
Stand By Me, Yeah
Suppose They Close the Door
On the Horizon
I Wanna Thank You
I'm Not Through With You Yet
Work Cut Out (Japanese Bonus)
Out to Lunch (Japanese Bonus)
 


Between the Bridges

The N.S.
So Beyond Me
Don't You Believe A Word
Friendship
Sensory Deprivation
All By Ourselves
A Long Time Coming
Waiting For Slow Songs
Losing California
The Marquee and the Moon
Take Good Care of the Poor Boy
Delivering Maybes
Summer's My Season (Japanese bonus)
At the Edge of the Scene (Japanese bonus)
 


Pretty Together

If It Feels Good Do It
In the Movies
The Other Man
Dreaming of You
Pick It Up and Dial It
The Great Wall
The Life of a Working Girl
Never Seeing the Ground for the Sky
It's In Your Eyes
Who You Talkin' To?
I Love A Long Goodbye
Are You Giving Me Back My Love?
Your Dreams Have Come True
 Had Enough
Helen


Singles, Rarities and other Etc.'s


Glad to Be Here


Gimme the Keys (Otis Haynes)



Pillow Fight



Rag Doll (live)



Stood Up * (Sloan Party version)



Stood Up (7" version)
Same Old Flame



Stove *
Smother *



Waterfalls*


Fubar soundtrack
In the Mood*


A Case of You*
Amped
Every Needle Has Two Eyes (Chris solo) 
Foxy Incorporated
Guidance Counselor  
One Professional Care
Pretty Together
Sediment
Sleepover

 
By title


#

400 Metres
500 Up
 

A
A Case of You*
All By Ourselves
Amped
Anyone Who's Anyone
Are You Giving Me Back My Love?
A Side Wins
At the Edge of the Scene
Autobiography
 

B
Before I Do
Bells On
 

C
Can't Face Up
Chester the Molester
C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)
Coax Me
 

D
Deeper Than Beauty
Delivering Maybes
D is for Driver
Don't You Believe a Word
Dreaming of You
 

E
Every Needle Has Two Eyes
Everything You've Done Wrong
 

F
Foxy Incorporated
Friendship

 

G
Gimme the Keys
Glad to Be Here
The Good In Everyone
The Great Wall
G Turns to D
Guidance Counselor
 

H
Had Enough
Helen

I
I Am the Cancer
I Can Feel It
If It Feels Good Do It
Iggy & Angus
I Hate My Generation
I Love A Long Goodbye
I'm Not Through With You Yet
In the Mood*
In the Movies
It's In Your Eyes
I Wanna Thank You
 

J
Junior Panthers
 

K
Keep On Thinkin'
 

L
Laying Blame *
Left Of Centre
Lemonzinger
The Life of a Working Girl
The Lines You Amend
A Long Time Coming
Loosens
Losing California
Lucky For Me
 

M
Marcus Said
The Marquee and the Moon
Median Strip
Money City Maniacs
 

N
Never Seeing the Ground for the Sky
Nothing Left To Make Me Want To Stay
The N.S.
 

O
One Professional Care
On the Horizon
The Other Man
Out to Lunch
 

P
Penpals
People of the Sky
Pick It Up and Dial It
Pillow Fight
Pretty Together
Pretty Voice
 

R
Rag Doll (lp version)
Rag Doll (live)
Raspberry
 

S
Same Old Flame  
Sediment
Seems So Heavy
Sensory Deprivation
Shame Shame
She Says What She Means
Sinking Ships
Sleepover
Smother *
Snowsuit Sound
So Beyond Me
Stand By Me, Yeah
Stood Up (7")
Stood Up * (party album)
Stove *
Sugartune
Summer's My Season
Suppose They Close the Door
 

T
Take Good Care of the Poor Boy
Take It In
Take the Bench
Torn
Two Seater
 

U
Underwhelmed (Peppermint)
Underwhelmed (Smeared)

 

W
Waiting For Slow Songs
Waterfalls*
What's There To Decide?
Who You Talkin' To?
Work Cut Out
Worried Now
 

Y
Your Dreams Have Come True

 



400 Metres

Can’t you see the black strap?
It holds me up for the last lap
I know I said I had a good time
but now I’m sprawled across finish line
I’m picking up the straws
and now I’m wondering how I did because
the situation’s heavy and the competition’s thin
now I’ve got to wake up so I can get back on my feet again

Could you spare some common sense?
It’s a brave gamble, so just give it up
And now you know about those people in the sky
They’re the same folks that helped me up
I’m sorting out my flaws
because I’m running last place and the look on my face says
this record’s disappearing and my system’s on the mend
but I’ll never know who wins until I make it to the end

Take care of what you preach, right
‘cause no one cares about your mic fright
but when the pen is to paper I never stop to think
that I should stop thinking about you that way
Signing of this mock simulation
plots a course for some verification
It’s a keenly realized fabrication
coming from your radio station
But I’ll be running 400 metres again


Index


500 Up

She comes running down like water
to splash around with the ones that taught her
She’s just like that farmer’s daughter
Everybody laughs at the joke and when they’re laughing
she don’t know what it means
She just knows that it’s not what it seems

Everybody knows that she’s going nowhere
Everybody always tells her how much they care
But all they really care about is growing their hair
and getting it cut

She’s running down much faster
Home base is around the corner
All she can hear is laughter
and that’s all that’s in store for her

Sliding down would scare the batter
That’s what they say
500 up on the ladder

She comes running down like water
She comes running down

Everybody knows that she’s going nowhere
Everybody always tells her how much they care
when all they really care about is cutting their hair
and letting it grow


Index

All By Ourselves
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Say what you want about me
Yeah yeah yeah
Say what you want about me
Right now

All by ourselves
She wanted to show we can do anything
All by ourselves
You can read all about it in the book that's been flying
Off the shelves
There's dozens of sales but they say that all good things
Come in twelves
And that is scary at times

Say what you want about me
Yeah yeah yeah
Say what you want about me
Right now

All in good time
This story could work as a tellable tale
All in good time
But the do-it-yourselfers want to do it so they can see a dime
Chances are you could see us selling as south as Anaheim
Keep dreaming if you know me well then you know that I'm willing to take that chance

Keeping in mind I believe that we're history makers
But the do-it-yourselfers are preparing for that one too
I only hope we can make it in time
But nothing's for sure is for sure
Oh yeah

Say what you want about me
Yeah yeah yeah
Say what you want about me
Right now (x2)

You've got me
Turning and tearing
Tearing and turning
Turning and tearing out

Tearing and turning
Turning and tearing
Tearing and turning off

Turning and tearing
Tearing and turning
Turning and tearing out
 

Index
 

Amped

I bought pills that made me happy
Not about to count on you
Drinking ain't to bring me down
I fall apart and need the glue
It's funny, sometimes I'm the eight ball
Funny, sometimes I'm the cue
Took a page out of the phonebook
the only listing was for you

Sometimes I see everything
so most times I close my eyes

Took a bite out of the brick wall
to taste its bitter concrete truth
Outer space just knocks me down
hit the floor and pass on through
I have no faith in lots of conscience
I place my trust in rocket fuel
I want a house out in the country
to walk around and share with you
 

Index
 

Anyone Who's Anyone

Things can happen if we stay

I missed my chance but I think I’m gonna get another
Assume a stance that will take you this long to recover
Everyone has played a part but altogether now
Everyone who’s played a part should stand and take a bow
Anyone who’s anyone should be here today

Let’s lose this crowd, anyone who’s anyone’s invited
We were all loud, maybe on our own but as united
we’re insular, wherein cooler
Things can happen if we stay


Index


Are You Giving Me Back My Love?
(source: Pretty Together CD)

Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?
Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?

'Til the words flow like the pro's
And the meaning shows
I'll be quick and state my case
Underlined and single spaced
'Cause I need to know

Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?
Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?

When the pencil's on the page
And thoughts just slowly engage
Hope you're hearing this last line
Waiting for the signs
And then you'll know

I'm singing my heart out, but you were so out of range
I'm singing my heart out, but you were so out of range
I'm singing my heart out, and it was out of my range
I'm singing my heart out, and you were so out of range

Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?
Oooo - Are you giving me back my love?

Johnny and Noelle are drifting
 

Index  

A Side Wins

Where is my camera?
This picture denies all my ties to the side of the road
And maybe in Florida
I’d hold up myself for the keys to the cramp in your style

I raise my glass to the cut and dry
to the amplified
I raise my glass to the B side

I live through everything because I’m overdressed
Overdressed when I’m put into a test

If news of every inch of you
is sold by Friday, in my way
I’d spread your wealth
and drink up to your health


Index

 

At the Edge of the Scene
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Well you've got your bags together
And you're off in to the new world
The mother is impatient
With four sons, she wanted four girls
The father's wrapped in memories
Of European relations
Counting flurries on the window
As he dials another station coming home

It's black upon black, he's still cutting the track
Old Ireland's heart may still call him back
At the edge of the scene, the old glasses were round
The siren is heard, it's the cue for his sound

As sovereign of all, he's likely second to none
The change is complex and it's only take one
At the edge of the scene, he's revered by the most
Not just under our feet, but from here to the coast

The ties that are loose are the ones that he binds
If we wander off track he'll keep us aligned
At the edge of the scene, no unlike in D.C.
It's the sound from down there, years ago set him free

My story is tame, no it's not very wild
Expectations were debated for this only child
At the edge of the scene, when our secret's revealed
You know it's my life and it's the way that I feel

When you're miles above Pacific
Ocean waters without angels
Wings will help with getting closer
When my headphone chord untangles
Oh pilot, can you hear me
Our destination beckons
Counting raindrops on the windshield
Yet skies are clear he reckons for tonight
 

Index  


Autobiography

I’m writing “young and gifted” in my autobiography
I figured who would know better than me?
I’m certainly the former but I’m not so much the latter
but no one’s gonna read it so I’m sure it doesn’t matter
When you find that you’re the former, take pride in how you form
And when you find that you’re the latter, don’t let those people walk under you

I’m writing “sharp and adult” with my finger on the steam
on the mirror in my bathroom and I’m applying shaving cream
which would suggest that I’m the foamer but how can I be the lather?
Something tells me it’s the opposite, I’d rather
When you find that you’re the foamer, be careful what you foam
And when you find that you’re the lather, don’t shave too high
You’ll regret it later

I’ve stayed in school this long but still no one will tell me why
They figured who would know better than I?
I know I’m a conformer but I’m sure it doesn’t matter
My new friends are all adults and my old friends all have scattered
When you find you’re a conformer, take pride and swallow whole
But if you’re trying to climb the ladder, don’t let people walk over you
because that’s just what they’ll do


Index

 

Before I Do
(source: Twice Removed lp)

There's no more fame to address
Did you impress
In all fairness yes
So just cancel my game - if it's all the same to you

I've had clear thoughts
tied in black and blue knots
But you remember that I forgot to track them down
To track you down
Track me down

Call me if you need my help
to watch you, help me, help you

I've tried it all before
and it's not a lot of laughs
and there's a hole in my heart

You carried your vice - twice
like a basket full of roses
and the pearly gate now closes with you inside

How should I drink to this
My train's been stalled for ages
and this means me standing still with a first class ticket
So stick me with it
I'll stick with it

I'm usually in mourning
in the afternoon and night
Otherwise I'm asleep
At least I've got a lot of room
and the alarm is set for noon - and it's going to go off
before I do
 

Index
 

Bells On
(source: Twice Removed lp)

While I'm at this funeral, you're in New York
I've been dividing my grieving
You're sleeping with a mutual friend

I dreamed that I kissed your mouth
And you thought about me over Christmas
Oh you might know who I am
But I know who you are

Your heart is in your art and mine's in New York
I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve
You're sleeping with a mutual friend
And I want to be with you again and again and again
I've thought about you a lot lately
So flash me your metal smile

I'm thinkin about you, you're thinkin about New York
To you your friend was hurt
To him I owe him money
Will you pay back the thirty dollars
That he thinks I owe him
But I don't owe him anything

If you had a funeral, I'd be there with bells on

If I had a funeral, would you even care?
Would you wear your silver dress?
Would you actually wear lipstick?
Would you lie upon my grave?
And be there with bells on
So you could ring me from this life
 

Index  


Can't Face Up

Turn around, you can’t face up to me
I stand my ground. I’m just what I seem to be
Why in the world would you give me a second look
except that I’m up here and you’re down there
but you never know what it took
You don’t care what it took

The look in your eyes as I turned on the lights
The look in your eyes, a look of surprise

Sneaking around in this one trick town
You can’t face up to me
I know your crowd and I’m not that proud
at least not from what I see
Flies in the ink leave footprints across the sea
Trace them back to where it all gets hacked
you find the cuts never run too deep

How many times have I tried just to get away from you and you reeled me back?
How many times have I lied that there’s nothing that I can do?

I stand my ground, I’m just what I seem to be
It’s run me down for so long
The weight that I carry knowing what they’ve done to us
But how many names does it take to lay blame on the people you always should trust?

How many times have I tried just to get away from you and you reeled me back?
How many times have I lied that there’s nothing that I can do?
I can’t face up to you


Index

 

Chester the Molester
(source: Navy Blues lp)

Chester the molester's not without his charm
She can see herself hanging off his arm
He's saying, "Hey bartender put it on my tab
Unless my limit's running out again" (out again)
He's generous but when he's tired of coughing it up
There's a bill that says he will
But he's never concerned
If he gets burned

Because it's hotter than lava
At the centre of the sauna
But you know you're gonna get it
When I get ya where I wanna
I know it can't be too soon

Chester the molester's trying to hide his ring
But he's the only guy who's halfway interesting
He's saying, "Hey bartender can you fill her up
Because you see she's running out again" (out again)
You thought I was the type of guy that never put out
But I'm not anymore than you were

Because it's hotter than lava
At the centre of the sauna
But you know you're gonna get it
When I get ya where I wanna
I know it can't be too soon

Don't give in
Say you're gonna turn around and leave

Chester the molester never kept his word
He never bought that drink and now he's lost his bird
He's saying, "Hey bartender can I look you up
If I'm ever coming out again" (out again)
She's courteous but shuts him down he's wondering still
If there's a pill that says she will
Cause he's never concerned
But he'll get burned

Because it's hotter than lava
At the centre of the sauna
But you know you're gonna get it
When I get ya where I wanna
I know it can't be too soon
 

Index
 

C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get It Started)
(source: Navy Blues lp)

C'mon c'mon c'mon
We're gonna get it started yeah, yeah, yeah
The only thing that's left to do
Is cure the broken hearted, yeah (x2)

There's been debate and some speculation
Have you heard? Well here's the word
Whether you're part of this constellation

Your reading light is the subway, darling
You've memorized those lines
Leading the life that you always thought
You'd hope you'd love

So c'mon c'mon c'mon
We're gonna get it started yeah, yeah, yeah
The only thing that's left to do
Is cure the broken hearted, yeah (x2)

Oooo . . and we can help you clear this little problem
Oooo . . put on your leather jacket so you can rock them
Oooo . . and take your final bow tonight

You're right on time but the ones that you love
Have left you miles behind
Leading the life that they always thought
They'd hope you'd love

C'mon c'mon c'mon, it's time you got it started (x2)

C'mon c'mon c'mon
We're gonna get it started, yeah, yeah, yeah
The only thing that's left to do
Is cure the broken hearted (x2)
 

Index
 

Coax Me
(source: Twice Removed lp)

It all seemed to happen so fast
Will you ever believe the way it passed
I saw his widow speak on her fortune
She was feelin' pretty apathetic

Coax me, cajole me

If I drink concentrated o.j.
Can I think Consolidated's o.k.?
It's not the band I hate, it's their fans
Three cans of water perverts me

Coax me, cajole me

And after he died
By rights she'd have cried
I gave mine away

I saw a widow's peak on her forehead
It was full of lines and sinkers

Coax me, cajole me
 

Index
 

Deeper Than Beauty
(source: Twice Removed lp)

I suppose that I've seen you three times now
And I guess that I'm wondering how
You keep the boys at bay
I have a feeling that they are wondering too

I've seen you with your hair down
At least five times, I've always wondered
What makes a man commit crimes
But even I would sometimes
If it were for the likes of you

And your glasses, your hideous glasses
When you remove them I would rather
Skip my classes and be caught
Than to entertain the thought
That someday you'll just put them on again
But I can make the best of it until then

Still I know you go deeper than your beauty
You go well above and beyond the call of
Duty to your country and your school
But I grew up too cool
I'm like the rest of them
With our thumbs up our asses
If you call I will come but
I'm about as quick as molasses
When I dream of you, you're not wearing your glasses
 

Index
 

Delivering Maybes
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

What you did after what you said
Will never mean a thing to anyone
What you wrote and then what I read
Could sugar free the oldest kids instead

But I'm alright
Whenever you get out
You'll be looking up to me
You're so uptight
Whenever you make out

Innocence is an accident
Even if it comes by two or three
And in a sense, it's a consequence
Of everything you took away from me

But I'm alright
I said when I got out
Nothing ever came for free
I'm up all night
Pretending to make out

Remember the time when you called me out from my school
And we got caught by the cops but we'd never to to prison
Because we made the rules

Well alright
Whenever you got out
You'll be looking after me
And we'll be making it right
All right

On and on we roam around this world
On and on we roam around this world
Delivering babies
And maybe it's not that bad now

What you did after what you said
Will never mean a thing to anyone
And what you wrote and then what I read
Could sugar free the oldest kids instead
But you remember the time when you saw me smiling at you
And with December in mind we'll keep the pilots filing
Their rusty nails all around
And maybe it's not that bad now

On and on we roam around this world
Delivering babies
And maybe it's not that bad now (x3)

On and on we roam around this world
Delivering maybes
And baby it's not that bad now (x3)
 

Index
 

D is for Driver

Handsome girl, and pretty boy
I'm thinking of your love
I can see it as it passes by

Hands are tied
your helmet's hot inside my head
Hold on tightly to her shoulders
as she drives around

He's so sweet, and she's so cool
All his toys are in the plastic
except her, she's not
when she's not out driving around, pathetic and content

Handsome girl and pretty boy
I'm thinking of your love
I can see it then, as it passes by
Heads inside your helmets and your hearts inside my head
Hold on tightly to her shoulders
as she drives around
 

Index
 

Don't You Believe A Word
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Don't you believe a word
Don't you believe a word

Blue is the colour of baby's ride
And I wish that it would take me away
And if those black wheels are pointed uptown baby
I know what they're bound to say

C'mon girl, don't you believe a word
Don't you believe a word

She kept her head close to her heart
Waiting for someone worth writing
Everybody's read for the part
She took centre stage and proclaimed
"Can't you see that I've been lost so long"

Pray for inspiration from guiding lights
And you name a new planet each day
You said, "The only good thing about the weekend, baby
Is that Monday's two days away"

C'mon boy, don't you believe a word
Don't you believe a word

Can't you see that I've been lost so long

Don't you believe a word
Don't you believe a word
I don't believe a word
I don't believe a word
 

Index
 

Dreaming of You
(source: Pretty Together CD)

You, I wish I knew you better
Then again I can wait 'til next September
Slowly buying time
These conditions make me restless
Then again I admit that this will test us
'Cuz everywhere now
I can see the number one followed by the nine
I wonder if a year or two will matter because I'm . . .

Dreaming of you, all day, hardly seems appropriate
Tested and true, all day, the situation's delicate

You, I dreamt the seven towers
Were slowly falling down
And in the last remaining hours
Still everywhere now
I could see the number one followed by the nine
Just this once I think I might cast the rules aside

Dreaming of you, all day, hardly seems appropriate
Just drifting through, all day, no one seems to notice it

Everyone's behind us
We don't dare lead the blindest
Still the promise of the victory
Eliminates stakes against me

Dreaming of you, all day, hardly seems appropriate
Just drifting through, all day, no one seems to notice it

You, I wish I knew you better
 

Index
 

Every Needle Has Two Eyes

Every hurricane has an eye and I am one
But I don’t know where it’s found
Because you see, it’s not up to me
I stand still while everything spins around

Expectations are high and so am I
But I mean that figuratively speaking
I’ve got a surprise if you close your eyes
I’ve got to keep you from peeking

I know it’s been said that you share my bed
I bet you know exactly where and when
I’ll have you know that you use him for his money
And private eye has blinded me again

Hawaii has two i's and vacuum has two u’s
All the things that suckers can’t refuse
Every needle has an eye that I pass through
I wish I could say the same for you

Mississippi has four i's and I’m all four
Spread out all over the river
That she wouldn’t want to drink from and she wouldn’t want to count on
It’s something that I’d still like to give her

Every overtime breaks a tie and we have won
But I didn’t realize we were bound
Now I see that you’re not for me
Fast still that everyone sticks around

Every needle has an eye that I pass through
I wish I could say the same for you
Every needle has an IOU
And an eye I can pass through
 

Index  


Everything You've Done Wrong

Do your time to pay the price for everything you’ve done wrong
In your life you get so high, there’s nowhere left to go but down
Don’t believe that no one cares, ‘cause we’re here waiting for you
Do your time and then come home for good

So don’t hide yourself away
Let it shine

If you ever feel in doubt, you’ll have a place in my heart
If I ever feel left out, I know I’ve got a place in yours
Don’t believe that I wouldn’t dare to go and take you right back
Do your time and then come home for good


Index
 

Friendship
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Jolene you were the best friend I ever had
It's beyond me how you could go and treat me oh so bad
Somebody get me a doctor, yeah

Who is your one true friend?

You're jealous, and it's all because of one thing you know that you'll never have
And I don't really care if you can hurt me, I'm going to take as much as I can grab

Who is your one true friend?
In the end you'll have to come to your own defense

Jolene you were the best friend I ever had
You're jealous and it's all because of one thing
yeah yeah yeah
And I don't really care if you can hurt me
yeah yeah yeah

In the end your one true friend has to come to your defense
 

Index
 

Gimme the Keys

Let’s go driving off into the sunset
Let’s go see what trouble we can find
All we need is you and me and the highway
Fuck the rest, we’ll leave them all behind

Gimme the keys, yeah
Gimme the keys to the car
Gimme the keys, yeah
Gimme the keys to the car

Let’s go find out what we’ve both been missing
Let’s go find out where this winding road leads
All we need is somewhere to be going
 

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Glad to Be Here

I while away the hours
High on nicotine, yeah
Light up another
Just glad to be here

Pretty girl in case
You didn’t know, I feel it too
Trying to hide your face
Behind your tangled curls

I lie beneath the covers
And try to stay asleep, yeah
Lie a little longer
Just glad to be here

Just glad to be here
I’m glad to be here

Waiting for the pace
To slow enough to find the door
You know when it does
It’s the end of the world
 

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The Good In Everyone

First off, is what you do to me
You get rough, attack my self-esteem
It’s not much but it’s the best I got
and I thought you saw the good in everyone

The good in everyone
You see the good in everyone

I close my eyes, I can’t give it up
I close my mind, I can’t get enough
I’m in no shape, I gotta turn it off
Just let it play


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The Great Wall
(source: Pretty Together CD)

Time may flow over realising goals that no one knows
And my friends - They'd never admit it though
Because they can block it out and continue to roll on
But me - I know
That everything's about to blow away
For real this time and no one's watching

All of my life I've dreamed about it
And now that it's gone I can't do without it
All of my life I've stood behind it
Like trying to hide The Great Wall of China

Flying above Heathrow
Never dreaming of the time or my dwindling cashflow
And I know - I never said
That a European climb isn't starving my ego
One thing - I know
Is everything about to blow away
For real this time and no one's watching

All of the time I've wasting on it
Preparing to see what the others think of it
Keeping in mind I'm still above it
But not very high because I'm only hovering

All of my life I've stood behind it
Like trying to hide The Great Wall
 

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G Turns To D

These songs are all about you
and I’m telling everyone I’m doing fine without you
I hurt you but I helped you
You may think I’ve a lot of nerve but I deserve some credit
or at least an edit
Take out the part that breaks my heart and makes me sound uncaring
If you eliminate the swearing
then I can show my mother
that you can go from one chord to another

G will turn to D
You’ll turn to me and you’ll say
“You have done me wrong. I wrote these songs about it.”

She’s aware it’s all been done before
It’s another song in this key, but this one’s about me
That’s all the validity she needs
Her criticism’s brutal but I don’t really mind
that she put it out on vinyl
‘cause it’s pretty hard to find

I wish I’d never taught her how to play. I knew she’d get me. I should have known
Now my hands are on the fretboard in an unfamiliar way and it’s telling me
she’s aware it’s all been done before
It’s another song in this key but this one’s about me
I may not want to hear the words to G when put with D
but if you take what you’re shown and learn on your own
then everything you do belongs to you
but know that you are on your own


Index


Guidance Counselor

Hey, guidance counselor
may I be excused?
I am outraged by the PTA

They and other students think
they have to cause a stink
to keep their kids from me and others my age

I will not wear my school colours
I just want to diss the mothers
who took grade 6 from junior high
It was the only chance that I

had to share my school
with my sister, she will barely whisper
if you try to ask her what she thinks

of keeping us apart
She'll cry and break your heart
We'll count our losses

We can share the field at lunchtime
We can go to Gert's together
You can try your hardest
but we won't let you come between us
But you can try

We can share a field of vision
and she is almost my prescription
Sometimes I see clearly
but then sometimes I feel like

I am ten feet tall
I wander through the hall
To the can, into a stall
No one can see me
I'm alone

My feet up on the bowl
so you cannot see a soul
I expect a lump of coal
from St. Nicotine
 

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Had Enough

I don’t know if you think about me much today
Ever since you started to doubt me when I say
that I love you, so when push came to shove
you went away

I don’t think that you were mistaken
anymore than I think I was godforsaken
I was under the weather when you got it together
but I knew you would
You always did
but if you ever auction off your love
I’ll make the highest bid

But you were not for sale
You often said you’d rather be alone then settle for me
because you’ve had enough
Enough of this
You’d rather steal yourself for solitude
than have me steal a kiss

You don’t even look back with fondness anymore
I think you even took back your letters
Who’s to start reminiscing
now my memories are missing?
I need them back
If I can’t have you, I need at least a photo album’s worth of pictures all of you

And each is worth a thousand words
but you’re the life that I preferred
before you finally had enough
Enough of me
You’d rather be alone, apparently
Because you’ve had enough
of this song and dance
You’d rather give me two weeks notice than to give me one more chance

I don’t know if you think about me
but I sure think about you
cause I’m lonesome without you
but I know you, though

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Helen

Well, we meet again
This time it’s like a drive-by in the rain
And right beside us, our will is done
it simplifies us and keeps us as one

And tonight is the night all that night is coming true

There’s no need to complain
cause there are so many others we could blame
There’s something about the way that I spend my time
I complicate things to keep you in mind

And tonight what will you do?

One more down the drain
Every added penny sends another shooting pain
I never dreamed it would end like this:
a twenty thousand dollar cease-and-desist

And tonight is the night all that might is coming true


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I Am the Cancer

So long Matthew, I will miss you
There is too much to do or I’d go with you
It’s a bad time, I haven’t got a dime

So long Allison, I now know where you’ve been
but I don’t know where you’re going. There’s security in knowing
But I know some morning, without any warning
you’ll be gone

Kiss me, kiss me
Now you’re supposed to miss me

So long Andrew, I will miss you
I just wrote you a long note you’d better answer
I am the cancer removed from you

Miss me, miss me
Now you’ve got to kiss me
Kiss me good-bye

So long Scarecrow, at least with you I know
you’re going nowhere. What do you care?
There’s nothing up your sleeve, you can never leave
Why would you?

Stay there, Scarecrow. Sorry I had to go
But I shall return. It was my turn to get away
Someone had to stay so I can go

I miss you most of all
Kiss me, kiss me
I can’t wait until you kiss me again

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I Can Feel It
(source: Twice Removed lp)

She came running "I hate everything that came before me"
Crushed, I'm breaking under the crush
Don't ignore me because you know I can always make it louder - 3
3 is nothing out of 10

You've got a thing for me, I can feel it
And I've got a thing for you too, you can have it

I've been running just to get away from what's inside me
Rush, I'm drowning under the rush
Happy Birthday. To the best brother in the world
At least I'm still cool to one girl

No strings attached. No copy to match. No drift to catch.
No plans to hatch. No itch to scratch, just infatuation is all you need

You could tell a million lies, and I'd think they all were true
Trust, that's my trust in you
It's what I value and it's what I refuse to lose
'Coz you've got a thing for me and I've got a thing for you too
 

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If It Feels Good Do It
(source: Pretty Together CD)

I can't invest my time
I've tried it all and I'm tired of trying
You think you've got it all figured out
And everything you think it's about
When you found yourself finally released
You hit the ground and kept running East
And now it's all catching up to you
As these things usually do

Saw it all and I can't deny
It's a hard life living a lie

If it feels good do it even if you shouldn't
Don't let people mess you around
Feels good do it even if you shouldn't
Nobody can mess you around

You're running away
Things would have been different
If you decided to stay
You can't wear your heart on your sleeve
If you're just going to leave
I can't invest my time
I've tried it all and I'm tired of trying
Saw it all and I can't deny
It's a hard life living a lie
 

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Iggy & Angus
(source: Navy Blues lp)

Someone better get insurance
To take good care of me
'Coz if I'm stuck with my own bad luck
Well that's the saddest sight you'll see

'Coz if I stumble then I''l fall
& get back up
& try to brush  the dust off
& everything goes black
When I close my eyes
& I lose all Sense of Time
If it hurts it's cruel
But if it feels real good
I'm gonna do it after all

We're still the same after all these years
It's funny how you get a feel for it
When you finally lose your sense of fear

But when Iggy said he's Loose
Down on the Street
Livin' in the City
& Everything Went Black
'Coz it's In My Eyes
Everything Denied
Kurt's still cool & Angus rules
I'm gonna plug it in again

If it hurts it's cruel but if it feels real good
Well that's all right
Kurt's still cool & Angus rules
& that's all right
 

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I Hate My Generation
(source: Twice Removed lp)

What could you both possibly share?
Other than the colour of your hair
Sean said "We both play guitar"

And never even have to say a word
That's the best thing that I ever heard

You have left a fingerprint on me
Just dust and then you'll surely see

I've got me reservations
And I hate my generation

If I was born in the 40's
I'd be a teen in the 50's
And maybe I'd watch too much T.V.
And maybe, maybe it's my fault
I should take it with a grain of salt

I've got my hesitations
Wait on your generation

S.E.A.N.S.A.I.D.
P.L.A.Y. yeah yeah yeah yeah

What could you both possibly share?
Other than the colour of your hair
Sean said "We both play guitar"

And never even have to say a word
That's the best thing that I ever heard
I have got my reservations
As I skate by my generation
 

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I Love a Long Goodbye
(source: Pretty Together CD)

And though no one knows for certain
Where or when I'll draw the curtain
It's because it's been said that
I love a long goodbye

We broke it off I've not forgotten
But I thought that this could be
An opportunity for us to try

To examine my reluctant leaving
Since I'm sad and if you're lonesome call
I love a long goodbye

Ooooh
That's unworthy of me
Mind you
I need to know you love me

Look at things from my perspective please
Just what about me makes my motives seem
So hard to justify

Talk to me tomorrow
I might have another story
I'll make sure I do
I love a long goodbye

Ooooh
That's unworthy of me
Mind you
I need to know you love me
Goodbye, you
Can know this for certain
I love you
And I hate to draw the curtain
 

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I'm Not Through With You Yet
(source: Navy Blues lp)

She cried "Bingo! You finally clued in!"
I guess I never thought to look there
What you took you can give back
But I never kept track
I guess I never thought I'd have to

& you wait one cotton pickin' moment
'Coz I'm not through with you yet

She closed her eyes & walked right past me
She crossed her fingers & walked right through me
Tryin' to make it to home base
But I never keep pace
I guess I'm always right behind her
 

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In the Movies
(source: Pretty Together CD)

In the time it takes us to walk another city mile
We could do it in the movies
Do it in the movies like what you're on about

By the time I show you
A reason why you're out of style
You could see it in the movies
See it in the movies

Clearly I don't even know what I'm doing
Or what I'm on about
It feels like somebody else's lights came on
I'll take another look around

And the feeling I get when I watch you
Day in or day out
Can make me feel I can turn it off or on

Every day you wonder
If I can read between the lines
I could do it in a movie
Do it in a movie - that's what it's all about

It feels like somebody else's lights came on
I'll take another look around
And I don't even know where I'm going
Or where I'm coming from
And now I'm traveling down the Autobahn
And I'm too afraid to turn around
And I can't even see where I'm going
But I'll take another look around

Like they did it in the movies
Just like they did it in the movies
We could do it in a movie
 

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It's In Your Eyes
(source: Pretty Together CD)

You're so crazy, crazy for me
And I know just why, yeah I know just why
Because I've got something so elusive
To the naked eye, to the naked eye

Get your elevator off of my ground floor
Your elevator
And I guess my odd behaviour
Comes down to human nature
You're too good for this, you don't deserve it

And I can get behind anything you tell me to
And I believe about anything you say is true

You're so crazy, crazy for me
And I don't know why, yeah I don't know why

It's in your eyes all the time, all the time
It's not hard to find
 

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I Wanna Thank You
(source: Navy Blues lp)

You had the best of intentions now
But the bad inventions let us down
And now it's gone
Who really cares if we ever find a home

I wanna thank you
Thank you for all the times we had
Too bad there's no more money
Next part ain't so funny
Everybody's leavin'
It seems to be the season
When your thoughts return to home
Can't you see I'd rather be alone

Goodbye so long
See you some time
(repeat)

Let me know if you're back this way again
We'll sing a song that reminds us of our friends

I wanna thank you
You know all those times don't seem so bad
We live in the reflection
Eliminate detection
As well as rhyme or reason
We always aim to please and then
My thoughts begin to roam
Still I think I'd rather be alone
Yeah yeah

Goodbye so long
See you some time
(repeat)


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Junior Panthers

You touched my hand, I’m not a fan
You held the dance in your basement
the mirror ball, the horse’s stall,
there was no arrangement
You’re so thin. Where have you been?
I never got the chance to tell you yes or no
I let it go too long around

Out and about with the Junior Panthers
now I’m riding on the black
looking over your shoulder so you know I’m there
I forgot to signal right, now I’m running the red light

What about your sister? I often miss her
but I see her more than you
Now I see you
I don’t see you at all in the mirror ball
 

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Keep On Thinkin'
(source: Navy Blues lp)

I just wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
Cause the last time you told me (what you told me to do)
I just wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
But the last time we talked I wasn't hearing you

All rights that you cannot buy away
At least what I want
You to pay
I knew all along
I'd have to come good with what was going on

Go ahead baby/Gonna have to tell you baby
Go ahead and tell me now/Gonna have to tell you oooh
Go ahead and tell/Gonna have to tell you
The reason that I want you to stay
Is a reason you don't wanna know

The reason this rules by the way
At least what I want
You can pay
And I knew all along
I'd have to come good with what was going on
Now that you're gone
I can see

I just wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
Cause the last time you told me (what you told me to do)
I just wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
But the last time we talked I wasn't hearing you

I knew all along
 I'd have to come good with what was going on

Go ahead baby/Gonna have to tell you baby
Go ahead and tell me now/Gonna have to tell you oooh
Go ahead and tell/Gonna have to tell you
The reason that I want you to stay
Is a reason even I don't know

I wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
Cause the last time you told me (what you told me to do)
I wanna keep on thinkin' bout you (thinkin' bout you)
Cause the last time we talked I wasn't hearing you
Cause the last time we talked I wasn't hearing you
Cause the last
Time we talked
I wasn't hearing you
 

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Laying Blame*

Fame and fortune don't interest me
just as long as I have you
Notoriety wouldn't phase me
just as long as I have you

Just as long as I have you

Wealth and success - I couldn't care less
Next to you they leave me unimpressed
Sex and fame seem pretty tame
next to knowing that you feel the same

Next to knowing that you feel the same

Love and romance don't stand a chance
'cause I'm drinking for the dance
Laying blame by any other name would sound as sweet
'cause once I have you at my feet, you'll feel the shame

I will know that you will feel the shame


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Left Of Centre

I remember Uncle Owen because his story’s aimed at me
but that was 1977 and I was in grade 3
Since then I’ve got to thinking. I really can’t remember
the last time I was the centre of the target of pop culture

You see, I’m slightly left of centre of the bulls-eye you’ve created
It’s sad to know that if you hit me, it’s because you were not careful

I’ve got the middle child blues
I couldn’t wear your platform shoes
Now it’s safe to go back in the water
but I prefer Neptune’s daughter

My older brother’s pushing 40
My kid sister’s only 9
Everything he knows is retro
The only word she knows is “mine”

You see, I’m just outside of nowhere but pretty soon you’ll be in my care
And there’s just so many of you but not enough like me to love you


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Lemonzinger

Sound asleep with the radio, your favourite show
Play the song, the one that hits your heart from the start

Melody so sweet you want to die violently
Electric guitar and a teenage superstar in stereo

The perfect verse sung by the perfect voice means the world to me
“I’m on your side” – those were the sweetest words spoke to me

 

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The Life of a Working Girl
(source: Pretty Together CD)

All the resumes were splendid
But she's the one they recommended
For the job but starting late in life
Means she can't celebrate

She hasn't time or energy
To spend on friends and family
She's got some catching up to do
And precious hours are few

Oh the life of a working girl
I used to see her all the time

She's young at heart but no teenager
Early thirties I would wager
I came along a little later
So I could merely carbon date her

Age, she's not keen to
It's a trap, I a door
In the stage she can go through
Until the encore

Now she's the one who gives belated
Birthday wishes devastated
She forgot it on the day
But this is not a job that pays her

By the hour so she'll be set
Before the sun so she forgets
These things like light upon her face
Who'll spring her from this place

Oh the life of a working girl
I used to see her all the time
Oh the life of a working girl
I used to see her all the time

Now someone's had a few successes
Who, I'll give you 20 guesses
Take some credit just admit it
Everybody knows you did it

It's not that I'm not happy for her
But it's not easy to adore her
From afar does she get lonely
Like I do if I could only    see her all the time

See her all the time
Oh the life of a working girl
I used to see her all the time
Oh the life of a working girl
I used to see her all the time


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The Lines You Amend

Said you found a way to end it peacefully
I remember finding your shoes near the lake, under a tree
And I’m sitting on the shore, I thought I saw your charm float by
It doesn’t matter now ‘cause all you wanted to do was die

If only you’d stuck around
I know who would have made a sound
but now you’re on the ocean floor
and I’ve opened a brand new door

Swimming out to sea, trying to find something else
while I’m skipping stones and I’m listening to the shells
I won’t forget you if someone else comes along

I found the words you wrote
but I would not dare to quote my friends
The lines you amend
like “What’s so bad about dying anyway?”

You’ll always come to mind whenever I hear that song
The one about photographs, sung by Ringo Starr
Especially in the chorus part, you always said, “Now don’t you start.”

 

Index

 

A Long Time Coming
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

I walk the line for you each and everyday
And there's a bullet with my name on it, or at least that's what they way
You take me for granted, and it's such a crying shame
Because I would gladly give my life for you, each and everyday

It's been a long time coming, it took a long time to get to me

It doesn't matter which side I'm on, I always feel like I'm in the wrong
It doesn't matter which side I'm on, I just keep losing

I walk the line for you each and everyday

It doesn't matter which side I'm on, I always feel like I'm in the wrong
It doesn't matter which side I'm on, I just keep losing

It's been a long time coming, it took a long time to get to me
 

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Loosens
(source: Twice Removed lp)

Somehow it grew, cut me in two, to tell you the truth
I don't know what I'm doing
So this is it, from where you sit, I should be going

Put it back into the same place
where you found it when you came in
Put me back into the same shape
how you found me, before you broke me

Somehow I know, you'd tell me soon, to tell you the truth
I thought you'd tell me sooner
Frozen where I stand, take you by the hand
Your grip just loosens

This hasn't happened for the first time
And I know it won't be for the last time
 

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Losing California
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

You hit rock bottom and everybody knows it but does anybody care how you got there?
Admit to yourself that everything is a problem, but when it comes down what do you care

They're losing California inch by inch, sit back and watch it go
Coming in clearly, dance dance dance to the radio

And everybody loves it but nobody knows what it stands for
Get into yourself in dark sunglasses and elevate it all 'til it means more

And move out to California inch by inch is all you need to go
Coming in clearly, dance dance dance to the radio

Sometimes it's too much, you want to get right out of your mind
Sometimes it's too much, you're going to go right out of your mind

You hit rock bottom and everybody knows it but does anybody care how you got there?
Admit to yourself that everything is a problem, but when it comes down what do you care

Sometimes it's too much you want to get right out of your mind
Sometimes it's too much you're going to go right out of your mind
California inch by inch sit back and watch it go
Coming in clearly, dance dance dance to the radio (x2)
 

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Lucky For Me

Congratulations on your deal
I imagine you saved up your spiel
a thousand times, so take your time

I’m sure that someone’s dying
to tell me, even if it isn’t you
But if you want to, I’m all ears
That’s why I grow my hair so long

Lucky for me . . .

. . . that you’re inspired
Then how come I’m tired?

I need a rest, so here’s a test
Are you going to move out west?
That would be all I need
to earn a set of misery

I’ve collected all my life
All I need is to be your wife
then misery belongs to me
Rent it out if you’ve got a TV

I know how you feel
Do you know how I feel?

I guess the ball is in my court
I suppose you want me to abort
our whole relationship
cause I’m not about to

I’m sure that someone’s dying
to tell you, even if it isn’t me
but if you want me, I’m all yours
that’s why I stayed around so long


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Marcus Said

Halloween: the night the artist caused a scene
The night I heard about his dream
I’m just glad my clock was clean

Hit the wall, hit the ceiling
hit my friends
and watch while it ends

Hard, harder, hardest
I am the artist
that makes it easy for you
to paint you in a corner

Marcus said,
or at least he might have said,
“I know what it is to be sad
You should have seen what I once had.”

Eighty-three
Man, that’s where I’d like to be
God help me

Alcoholic alchemy
write a song for me
I can turn it into gold
Just don’t let me get old

What I find
is I can drink until I’m blind
but I don’t mind

Have a heart
Just take one look at my art
it should give me amnesty
It means everything to me

Alcoholic alchemy
write a song for me
I can turn it into gold
How did I get old?

 
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The Marquee and the Moon
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Cabaret license
I haven't been by since
It goes against all that I've learned
But it seems that the tables have turned

But could we have stopped it
We all get co-opted
To some kind of system it seems
But they can't take away all our dreams

Like the one where I'm in a balloon
Floating above I can see
The Marquee and the Moon
The monkey, the dog and Neptune

They're all in good spirits
I'm happy to hear it
But haven't the sweetest idea
To me buzz is onomatopoeia

Will something be happening soon
To settle the difference
Between the Marquee and the Moon
They're passing the torch, knife and spoon

And so it goes
I guess there are those
Who want to get out like me
Their clientele
Can go to hell
If they want to get in for free

But hell ain't a bad place to be
Am I any different than either
The Moon or Marquee
Not a lot if you ask me

Cabaret license
I've been coming by since
The action continued past two
Before this what did we used to do


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Median Strip

I can’t tell you what I want to
I can’t tell you I can smell you a mile away
Measured arms you flex before next to a battleship
You may be mad I made you sad, but now I’m glad you’re gone
Take me on

Count to ten, I’ll be there
Tone it down, I’ll be in the barrel
when it came for you to be Glenn Close to me
Can’t you see I can’t. Maybe I-M-I-S-S-
I asses the situation differently

You should hit the median strip

Three day bender set you straight
Two flights, we’re both on time
to find what is on your mind
tonight I don’t feel fine
Feel free to dwell on what you feel
Free to say I don’t feel free
You may be mad and now I’ve had to say that I was wrong
 

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Money City Maniacs
(source: Navy Blues lp)

All you've found is another back door
That no one sees a reason for
At the heart of the traveling band
You have to understand
There's a driving need to hit the yellow line

& the joke is
When he awoke his
Body was covered in coke fizz

Hey you, we've been around for a while
If you'll admit that you were wrong
Then we'll admit that we're right
Hey you, come along for the ride
We'll hit the Money City if it takes us all night

Hey you, you've been around for a while
If you'll admit that you were wrong
Then we'll admit that we're right
Take the heart of the traveling band
You'll never understand that
All they know is the yellow line

& the joke is
When he awoke his
Body was covered in coke fizz
Yeah yeah yeah
 

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Never Seeing the Ground for the Sky
(source: Pretty Together CD)

I can see the light
Shining down above from Tokyo
I turn from wrong to right
On a less than supersonic flight
And all I really want to know
I really really need to know

Is how many times
Can a person try to hold it together
Flying too high
Never seeing the ground - For the sky
Just revolving

Look in my eyes
And try to tell me that you're seeing another
And how many ways
Do you feel it when you're flying above her
Believing the lows
Not the highs - Problem solving
Never seeing the ground - For the sky
And revolving

Now the time is right
Under brand new ultraviolet light
I turn from wrong to right
On a subway underneath Tokyo

And just before I have to go
There's something that I need to know

How many ways
Can a woman sympathise with her mother
Something isn't right
And the family life is touch and go
Nobody knows anymore
Whether love can go from one to the other
Believing the lows
Not the highs - Never knowing
Well I'm taking a piece of the blue sky
And revolving

Never seeing the ground - For the sky
Never feeling the lows - Only I can see the light


Index


Nothing Left To Make Me Want To Stay

There are those who live their life as if there is no other
so they burn their bridges but they couldn’t care any less
There comes a time it catches up, they pay no matter, pack their bags
and take off to another place to start from scratch
They never get attached

Growing up was wall-to-wall excitement but I don’t recall
another who could understand at all
And I didn’t try to find what I just had to fall

It’s alright, I’ve had it up to here with everyone and so I say
that there’s nothing left to make me want to stay

There are those who live their life afraid of consequences
so they learn to sit on fences and they can’t step on toes
My heart goes out to those
They’re right under my nose

Growing up was really dull. I oftentimes exaggerate
the ones I hate that I could never save
And I realize, of course, that there will come a day that I will say
that there’s nothing left to make me want to stay
but I can never go away
And there’s nothing left to make me want to stay
and I will never go away
 

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The N.S.
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Free for all so choose your places well
But you won't believe all the thing we're telling you
End it all before the curtain falls
Because all time will tell
Is that everything
Is a lie

I lost the fight but won the war
And no one really knows what it is we're fighting for

But if you
Think that it's cold when you're swimming in the ocean
It's hard to believe you're a Nova Scotian boy
Have you considered the cost of abusing your devotion
And if we get lost we can find out where it was we used to be when time
stood still for you

You or I could tell a story well
But attention fell before the lights came on again
Without the sense of hearing
My thoughts are disappearing
And all time will tell
Is that anyone can decide

I lost the fight but won the war
And no one really knows what it is we're fighting for

But if you think that it's cold when you're swimming in the ocean
It's hard to believe you're a Nova Scotian boy
Have you considered the cost of abusing your devotion
And if we get lost we can find out where it was we used to be
We're following signs to the sea

So take your time
If you're leaving before me
And say good bye
 

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On the Horizon
(source: Navy Blues lp)

These are a few of the states I'm in
The first one Jersey
The second one thin
The nicest thing of mine is yours
So take a letter down
And send it to the highest bidder
On my team and my horizon
And we'll shine in that scene capitalizing
Now just the thing for me is maybe let me be
Because someone's got to sign on the dividing line

I'll be setting up my sights
To watch me programming all the glamourites
The thing for you to do was leave
I'll see you when it's snowing
And give me back the master key
To my place on the horizon
And we'll shine all of the time capitalizing
And we'll beat out all the odds of staying thin

Wouldn't you like to keep moving
Your life would be slightly improving
When you're better come on by
And take a letter down and send it out as
Sympathy for my team on the horizon
And you'll shine in that scene capitalizing
Now just sign it
Underline it
And represent the scape goats
And we will blame it on you
Someone had to state it
So I could imitate it masterfully.
 

Index
 

The Other Man
(source: Pretty Together CD)

You know he's not the one for you
But that's no fault of mine
He knows that I'm a friend of yours
But doesn't know I've crossed the line
I know you've got a man in the picture
But it hasn't stopped me yet
We've all been in one situation or another
We regret

Now I'm the other man, no one's rooting for me
If I'm the other man nature will abhor me

You know I wanna keep my distance
'Cause it's happening anyway
He knows you're gonna drift apart
And there's nothing he can say
I know that he's a stand up guy
But that's none of my concern
We've all been in one situation or another
And it's my turn

To be the other man, no one sympathises
When you're the other man, everyone despises

He's gonna find out that the rumours are true
Though they are still unbeknownst to you
He'll find out so I'll tell you because
You gotta find out before he does
 

Index
 

Out to Lunch

Burn it down, now we can’t have anymore
So turn it south, we’re headed for sunny shores
Pick me up in your limousine, take me out to lunch
Ply my mind with the best champagnes and make me talk too much

Something’s always wrong with this situation
'Cause when it comes down to you and me, we never get along
I know someone that looks like you, but they don’t have the fire you do
In your eyes

Heads up, here she comes
Eyes glazed over and a bottle of fun
She keeps moving, but she’s fading fast
She says she’s never felt sicker, but she’s having a blast
But look inside, she feels like crying
Bottle’s dry and no one’s buying

Have a drink to toast yourself
And another to your health
And one more for the road and the good times
 

Index
 

Penpals
(source: Twice Removed lp)

I write you from a far country
In north of Africa
It is Algeria
And my city is Oran

I know you'll find this letter strange
That is because I am strange

My first name is Amal
And I am a girl, I am a girl la la la

I am a Norwegian boy
Which have some question
I have only thirteen years
But I am crazy of you

Can I have a souvenir?
And if you can a wick of hair
Send me documents
And a photo of you alone

Here's my photo dedicece
One of you would be canon
I worship all your handsome words
To me you seem giant

You're so cool but you know that
I hope your letters never stop

You are surely special
I like you, I'm like you la la la
 

Index
 

People of the Sky

I once knew a pair that used to fit very tight
But now a man standing tall in the wake of this night
His eyes are watering in anger at the thought of her sight
The scene of adultery sets the stage for his plight

On an innocent trip how can one ruin so much?
A belief in a soul, in a beauty or in a touch
He's like a three legged dog in search of a crutch
Dissecting in paths all the motives of such

She once loved this person, a trial out of sight
Disposing of the present situation, it felt right
Two winters and summers passed over like a sound
And now the two of them are lost in a screaming battleground

With support all around him like a fence or a drink
He realizes in sadness that now he must begin to think
To filter his energy upon losses and fame
She'll think of the restful, the peaceful, or the gain

His sister's a friend, she's like a relative to both
Obliged to her brother under silhouetted oath
But she's there for the two with her bias undone
And she'll help see it through under moonlight or sun

But today they have yet to look each other in the eye
And in a second he manages to dip to the other side
Up to the people of the sky
And now he'll never die
 

Index
 

Pick It Up and Dial It
(source: Pretty Together CD)

People people
This is a poll
Are you one of the ones who went and
Gave up on rock and roll

People people
Do you know what I mean?
If you think you do then
Call the number on the screen now

Pick it up - Pick it up and dial it

People people
Pick up the phone
There's a lot to do and
I can't do it alone

People people
I'm losing steam
So if no one answers when you call
Leave it on the machine but

Pick it up - Pick it up and dial it

People people
Where did you go?
You've been gone so long and
There's no one here that I know

People people
It's up to you
They say rock and roll is dead again
You tell me if it's true

Pick it up - Pick it up and dial it
 

Index
 

Pillow Fight
(note: the verse lyrics are speculative at best)

If you start a pillow fight
I don’t want to get involved
You’re so restless, I need my rest
Just please leave me alone

If this battle goes unresolved
as have all the rest
Save your feathers, I’m so breathless
so I’m saving my breath

Cause I’ve been thinking about it lately
I know I’ve been put to test
Cause I’ve been thinking about you lately

I keep a journal, everybody knows my thoughts sit in my head
If I put them down in words, I couldn’t bear to have them read
I never add the things you say, and I can’t make up my mind
That’s my excuse right now, it’s not would you or I

But I’ve been thinking about it lately
I feel that I’ve been wasting time
But I’ve been thinking about you lately

It’s the hardest thing to do
Just getting back at you
Not something I want to do
Just tell me when you’re through
It’s the hardest thing to do
Just getting back at you
Not something I want to do
Just getting back at you

If you start a pillow fight, I’ll just thank my lucky stars
if I remember to close my door instead of keeping it ajar
Guess the battle will go unresolved
as have all the rest
Save your feathers, I’m so breathless
and I’m saving my breath

But I’ve been thinking about it lately
I know I’m dumb sometimes
But I’ve been thinking about you lately
I know I’m dumb sometimes
But I’ve been thinking about it lately
I know I’m dumb sometimes
But I’ve been thinking about you
 

Index


Pretty Together

They use what they have and they think what they lack
whether or not it’s true
But after awhile they showed up in style
and nobody thought they were blue

The dog days are down, and then you know they’re always here

Love you more when you’re out of my sight
Would I love you less if I see you all the time?
Did you ever think the situation would work out fine?

And we’re pretty together
You never think I care
But everything works now if you let it
Open your life and don’t regret it
but you gotta save your life, baby blue

Leading your arm song after song
your intentions are no less true
But after awhile you’ll be sacked without style
and turncoats will make you feel blue

The dog days are down and will remind you I’m always here

You’re pretty together
you never think I care


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Pretty Voice

You have got such a wonderful chance
at doing something really cool
Instead you could be hanging around with us
I bet you thought I would say, “Fool.”

I understand your point
so don’t get your nose out of joint
at the things that I will say to you in due time

I see you going into the feast;
the only girls I know least
so I’ll turn my back and be on my way, not much to say

You’ve got such a pretty voice
no one wants to hear

You demand a second choice
to sing in a second voice
and to do the things they won’t let you do

Funny how things work out this way
together for just one day
to see what we could do

You’ve got such a pretty voice
no one wants to hear
Sometimes I wish you’d shut your mouth
and open up your ears
Sometimes it’s awfully loud
usually not clear


Index


Rag Doll (lp)

I see when you sleep
and I wonder what you dream
so I open up your eyes
Inside I see you
fall around, fall around
like a rag doll

Suffocated by your breath
Sucked into the foaming crest
of the white wave that you ride
Inside we both
fall around, fall around
just like rag dolls

On a beach of bleached white sand
Soothing ocean of your hand
pushes me to wonder why
sometimes we both
fall around, fall around
just like rag dolls
 

Index
 

Rag Doll (live)

I see when you sleep
and I wonder what you dream
so I open up your eyes
Inside I see you
fall around, fall around
like a rag doll

Suffocated by your breath
Sucked into the foaming crest
of the wave of sleep you ride
Inside we both
fall around, fall around
just like rag dolls


Index


Raspberry

Through the music, there’s a dancing girl
She can be broken in your hands
She knows you’re looking at her but that’s what scares her
You’re in the space that she commands

She still likes you, you might get a call
She’ll ask you why you stood and stared
You will be hearing from her, but that should scare you
She still likes you. Be prepared.

Pardon me for calling, but I’m just checking in
You don’t know who I am but I know where you’ve been
You sit and tap your fingers when you should tap your phone
Tap all your resources until she leaves you alone

That girl’s got nothing on you, but that’s what bugs you
because you still let her get to you
 

Index

 

Same Old Flame

Drank it all to the last taste
I woke up with a fresh face
Another date in the UK, and everybody surrounds us
Living high on the tour bus
It's not that bad, the best we've had

I ate Italian in Germany
Spent my money on magazines
that taught me and my friends, but the phone wouldn't reach her
I burned it down to the filter
Another date away, she'll see my face

Are you gonna tell me soon
what the hell I'm supposed to do
to make it feel alright
I've got more to say than you
but I'm not sure what that proves
Stamping out the same old flame
It's not my fault, I'm not to blame
Dancing 'round the same old flame

Had some problems when I went south
You had to come down and bail me out
And it's the damage between us
When the storm blew me out of town
And when my feet finally hit the ground
I was miles away with no one around

It's a major cause of damage between us

Cigarettes that burn too fast
but the same old flame just lasts
I've got more to say to you
but I'm afraid to follow through
Are you gonna tell me soon
What the hell I'm supposed to do
to make it feel alright
 

Index
 

Seems So Heavy
(source: Navy Blues lp)

There's an aircraft somewhere down by the river
The thing ran underground
And was completely soundless
Until we cut it down to size and then we galvanized it
I stare into the sky and it keeps me flying high

Head to head we're staring equal sharing empty eyes
You've given everything to me
So if you really have to take off
I guess there's nothing I can say

Except I can't believe your plane is flying
It seems so heavy
I can't believe your plane is flying
It seems so heavy

Take a look around
You maybe think that you've found us

But nothing lies like no parade
For the highest grade
And it's time to call a spade a spade
And it takes a while to realize
That everything around you is too beautiful
She keeps me out of telling lies
And understands that giving personality
Is what she's done for me
Oh yeah

I can't believe your plane is flying
It seems so heavy
Watching from below I'm reminded
My girl is ready (repeat both lines)
 

Index
 

Sensory Deprivation
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Don't take it from me
But Altered States scared me

Should have realized it
It's when he tore apart the lab
With the monkey on his back

I never recognized him
And now he'll never give up
Until security can pull him aside

The goats don't mind
Only the doctors disagree

He's playing his lover like a broadmind
and now it's happening to me

Don't take it from me
Everyone can try to save his life
Because evidently he's unable

Should have realized it
It's when he tore apart the lab
with the monkey on his back

I never recognized him
And now he'll never give up
Because he knows what he's going to do
 

Index
 

 Shame Shame
(source: Twice Removed lp)

Shame shame --
Because you didn't say your girlfriend's name
For sure -- I'll say it next time for sure
She has got the saddest handle that I know
No one even holds a candle
Who would blow out her flame?
I'm overcome with shame

Shame shame --
Because you didn't read all of Dames Dames
You knew -- you knew the damage it would do
She is just the brightest candle that I know
I hope her holder has a handle on her though
But keep your head, I can't accept your head

I would love to, I would love to
But I am overcome with shame

Shame shame --
Because you couldn't say your girlfriend's name
You knew -- you knew that problems would ensue
I wrote your name for all to see
I wrote your name for all to see

I would love you, I would love you
But I am overcome with shame
I never read all of Dames Dames
I can't identify the change
But something isn't quite the same
And then I couldn't say your name
 

Index
 

She Says What She Means
(source: Navy Blues lp)

When in the world
I'm gonna get it together?
Tellin' you girl
I'm gonna make it all better

But I don't know how I'm going to
Cause I don't know what she's going through
What I know is that's even mean for me

Cause she means what she says
And she says what she means

What is the word?
It's like you don't even know me
Haven't you heard?
This sort of thing is below me

But I don't know what I'll stoop to
Have you got another jump I can hoop through?
Now I don't know if that's even meant for me

Cause she means what she says
And she says what she means
When she says that I'm mean
Does she mean what she says?

Cause she says what she means
And she means what she says (x2)

Maybe I don't stay in touch much
Music makes me feel I'm going dutch

Maybe I'm the sort who's sorted
Yeah but I won't be extorted

Whenever you want me
Whenever you need me
I know that you're angry
You know that I'm sorry
This situation
Has come back to haunt me
Whenever you need me
Whenever you want me (x3)
 

Index
 

Sinking Ships
(source: Navy Blues lp)

You take control of having what you want around you
And every blink of your eye
Can make an old man seem younger
Than every single day of his life before you
Carried around his weight
Like it was yours to show the world
I'm kind of level headed too
But this loose lip of yours could sink Fifth Avenue
We all tried to share your point of view
Before we set the wheels in motion
And launched into the ocean
All aboard, the sinking ship is leaving
With all the secrets that you sold me
The ones without replies
All aboard, you'd better start believing
We've only watered down the smallest town
So we can multiply
I want a special meeting too
With Captain Everyday of station Navy Blue
We all tried to share your point of view
But you've completely undermined us
And now I'm here to drop a line
Let's turn around
There's nobody around for miles
There's no one around (repeat 3x)
We got along
We got along
We got a long way to go
(First verse and chorus repeat)
 

Index
 

Smother*

Taint of colours in your hair
Tangled knots are _____ in there
Running fingers as you swear
Looking up with eager stare

Red melts in as black comes out
Smells so strong you talk about
the other girls you think are dumb
but coloured hair won't make you come

I watched you sigh and I watched you shout
while you struggle to cut your coloured mess out
Won't you help me dry my eyes?
Your mother tries to comb the knots out
You cry and yell while you cut your knots out
I watched your hair fall past your eyes
I saw your hair slowly die
 

Index
 

Snowsuit Sound
(source: Twice Removed lp)

Pushed off of the silver swings, I got my braces full of sand
When all I ever wanted to do was hold on to your hand
Lost you once, I never had a second chance
Would you have changed your mind with a second glance

I think I'll take you down now, take you down from that shelf
Let you be and set you free instead of keepin' you for myself
I guess it'll always be the same and it might be just as well
Let you think, fill your sink, I've already smashed that shell

You're the sizzleteen, and you're older than me
I'm just walkin' around, I made that snowsuit sound
It's not up to me now, la la

Pushed off of the silver swings, I got my braces full of sand
Never got to tell you that I was your greatest fan

You're the sizzleteen, and you're older than me
I'm just walkin' around, I made that snowsuit sound
It's not up to me now, la la
 

Index
 

So Beyond Me
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Yet another thing that I didn't know
Why is it seemingly so beyond me

I feel that we're on a roll
So now I feel it's time to rock
Now that we're out of the hole
We're only running down the clock

You know that every so often
It so happens the planets align
The paper said my moon's in Venus
So I'm taking it as a sign

I for one feel that this is the time
Let's return to the scene of the crime
Rock and roll is alive and alright
Let them know vis a vis classifieds

It should be understated
But don't make it oversimplified
Like your eulogy related
How I lived and then I died

Yet another thing that I didn't know
Why is it seemingly so beyond me (x2)

Dance with the creeps and the queens
The kings have all gone home to bed
Gone is the American dream
That would have gone right to my head

'Cause we couldn't get accustomed
And we couldn't find a thing to wear
Yeah you underestimate us
You can hate us for all I care

Yet another thing that I didn't know
Why is is seemingly so beyond me
 

Index
 

Stand By Me, Yeah
(source: Navy Blues lp)

You've got to roll with the punches to get to what is real
Knock down the bastards & show them how it feels
'Coz you know

It's not easy
When you feel they
Go out of their way to get to you

& all your dreams are coming true
& now you wish they'd stayed inside you

Stand by me, yeah

Line them up
Know them down
They all come running when the word gets around
 

Index
 

Stood Up (7")

I gotta meet my friends
You go ahead, I said I'd wait here
I was suppose to meet them, I guess I was mistaken

This is a waste of time
They made it clear that they're not coming
I'm glad I didn't hold my breath, I'm already so blue

I couldn't take a hint
and it slapped me in the face

Stood up in my time
It helps to put me in my place

Given they won't show
then what should be my recourse?
Should I draw a line, do you suppose they'd come and meet me?

Even if they did
it's not for certain I would know them
Keep in mind I've yet to meet them, all I know is you

I couldn't take a hint
and it smacked me in the face

Stood up. And recognize
that I have yet to find my place
 

Index
 

Stood Up (Party Album)*

You said you would meet me at quarter to five
and I'm sitting at the Quarter Past Six Cafe
The chinese girl brings another fortune cookie
and it's cracked like the coffee cup. It says:

Na na na na na na na, hey poor boy

And I'm still sitting here, wish you were here
But you never showed up, I guess you stood me up
It's just me and the cup, I guess you stood me up
Why you left me here

Got to the bottom of my coffee cup
Expected a tuck, but no luck
I'm still here at the Quarter to Seven
Spot another cobweb on the hand of the clock
 

Index
 

Stove*

Used to wonder if you understood the way I felt about the stove
At my friend Peter’s house, I wish you’d slow it down
I thought you’d listen to me, I wish you’d try to stop and show me
But you could even slow it down a bit, at least for me

Used to wonder if you understood the way I felt about the stove
At our friend Eric’s house, I wish you’d leave me be
I thought you’d listen to me, I wish you’d try to stop and listen
There’s other ways I could get it. You know that, don’t you?
 

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Sugartune

I wrote for you this sugartune
to help you through what you've got to do
When you’re on the ground and keep falling down
remember how I made this sound

When you’re on your own, feeling all alone
Remember that you’ve always got a home
I’m outside trying hard to hide
the fact I’m scared to be by your side

I know when everybody’s got one
you want one too


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Summer's My Season
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

Just for laughs
Let's stay in and we'll
Perfect our autographs
So when the people ask for them
We can oblige
Is that what we want girls
Not at all
Not at all

I must be losing track
If brown is the new black
But style's in denial
The models shall be hung
They're painted and they're dry
Pointed down the runway
Towards the sky

Just for fun
Let's come out tonight
And get our colours done
Or when the seasons change
We'll look ridiculous
Is that what we want boys
Not at all
Not at all

I'm certain that summer's my season
So I can't take the fall for that reason
It hurts my complexion
And I hate my reflection
Yeah

You must remember this
Kiss is still just Kiss
Their style is denial
I'll meet you when we're older
Consider it a race
But who will be the one
To paint their face
Ace

Just for once
Let's come out tonight
Let's come out
Tonight

I wanted to use this occasion
For trying to test my foundation
It hurts my complexion
But I hate my reflection
Without it

Not at all
Not at all
 

Index
 

Suppose They Close the Door
(source: Navy Blues lp)

Hey, you've shed your reputation
Now deny your compensation
So put the pardon in me
It pays to tell me I'm forgive
Raise the standard
Stop relivin'
Don't worry that anyone won't want you to
Cause nobody like acquitters

I need a list of all the ways to get even
If I'm gonna keep track of them
I'll need to list off a number of reasons
Why I'm turning my back on them

Suppose they close the door
Suppose they close it for good

Don't worry that anyone won't want you to

An eye for an eye is no way to get even
When you think that fair is square
You can be forgiving
I will not forget

There are times I wonder why that you should forgive
I fantasize that you can hit them right where they live

Don't worry that anyone won't want you to
Cause nobody knows

I made a list of all the ways to get even
If I'm gonna get back at them
I made the list up and you made it
I'm teasin'
But it's hard to keep track
When you're watching your back
But I gotta get back at them

Suppose they close the door
Suppose they close it for good

Gonna put you on and on and on and on and on
Gonna put you on and on and on and on and on
Gonna put you on and on and on and on and on
 

Index
 

Take Good Care of the Poor Boy
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

You've got lots to say, don't take this too seriously
There's plenty of believers
We hang on every word, almost deliriously
Yes, we're the believers
You could say it's borderline fanatic
Hit the chord, we're basically ecstatic
We can't afford to lose you can't you see

Take good care of the poor boy
Oh well he's new in town and he won't settle down

You won't sit around waiting for it to happen to you
There's plenty who will listen
If you hide yourself away, your country may honour you
But a brighter future glistens
Pulled alarms in shows of mere defiance
Draw the looks but don't choose this reliance
You're the crown of our creation, we're on our knees

Take good care of the poor boy
Oh well he's new in town and he won't settle down
Good luck saving the poor boy
If the city's down and he's gone underground

Oooo if you leave us behind
Your songs they will stand for all time
Oooo if you leave us behind
There'll be streets with your name on the sign

Oh Lord
Take good care of the poor boy
Oh well he's new in town and he won't settle down

Hey poor boy, hey poor boy
He'll never settle down
He'll never settle down


Index


Take It In

I know it’s none of my business what you do
but you don’t have a clue
He’s just a friend but he’s got it out for you
I thought I should tell you

Hold this close to your chest, no one can know
he won’t let his feelings show
He keeps them under wraps although
they would love to flow

What he never told you is that he would love to hold you
Take a look around and take it in

I don’t think that it’s appropriate to cry
Here’s something to wipe your eye
His only fault was that he was much too shy
and he didn’t even try

Sobbing at home by yourself is no way to be
There’s plenty of fish in his sea
It’s not the end of the world, take it from me
You can take from me

Cause you have more to offer than you will ever know
Take a deep breath, take it in

Hold me close to your chest before you go
There’s something that you should know
Put your mouth on my back and lightly blow
Where does the warmness go?

Up to my arms and shoulders. Could I be any bolder?
It looks like you’ve been taken in


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Take the Bench

You played those notes a year ago
but nobody ever seemed to mind; you’re so sweet
Upon request from her dad, she takes a seat centre stage and starts to play
When she’s done, we take our roles as assigned
A few kids whine, but everyone behaves

So take the bench little girl
Sing your little heart out
The fact the notes are right
doesn’t mean she has any feeling

This year yields something new
a reason for the downcast eyes, the buttoned lip
The irony that rings so true
is in the corner holding hands that played the keys
that bored the kids and the adults alike
but made the teenagers laugh at your precociousness

So take the bench little girl
Sing your little heart out
Take note the facts are right
but she hasn’t any feelings
and we’ll be appealing

Upon request from her mom, she takes the seat centre stage and starts to cry

 

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Torn

I have a feeling that I’ve been torn
What can I do?
I say what you want me to say
but now I’ve got to say what’s true

You give me a word in edgewise
but sometimes I need more

I have a feeling that I’ve been freed
but I don’t know what from
I’m certain of what I was
but I don’t know what I’ve become


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Two Seater

For what it’s worth, you’re on my turf
and my roots go deep into the earth
How deep they go you’ll never know

I’m sorry

First it was me and then it was you
Thought it was a lifestyle built for two
You know how I feel and what do you do?

I’m sorry about the way I’ve acted

You wanna be one, you wanna have one
Which is it and what is the reason?


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Underwhelmed
(Peppermint)

She was underwhelmed, if that’s a word
I know it’s not, cause I looked it up
That’s one of those skills I learned in my school

I was overwhelmed, I’m sure of that one
Cause I learned it back in grade school
when I was young

She said, “You is funny.”
I said, “You are funny.”
She said, “Thank you,” and I said, “Never mind.”
She rolled her eyes, her beautiful eyes

Point is not the grammar, it’s the feeling
that is certainly in my heart
but not in hers

We were talking about people that eat meat
I felt like an ass, cause I was one
She said it’s okay
but I felt like I just ate my young

She is obviously a person with a cause
I told her that I don’t smoke or drink
She told me to loosen up on the way to the LC

She skips her classes and gets good grades
I go to my courses, rain or shine
She’s passing her classes, while I attend mine

She wrote out a story about her life
I think it included something about me
I’m not sure of that, but I’m sure of one thing:
her spelling’s atrocious

She told me to read between the lines
and tell her exactly what I got out of it
I told her affection had two f’s
especially when you’re dealing with me

I usually notice all the little things
At one time I was proud of it, she says it’s annoying
She cursed me up and down and rolled her r’s,
her beautiful r’s

She says I’m caught up in triviality
All I really want to know is what she thinks of me
I think my love for her makes me miss the point

I miss the point . . . .
I missed it


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Underwhelmed (Smeared)

She was underwhelmed, if that’s a word
I know it’s not, cause I looked it up
That’s one of those skills I learned in my school

I was overwhelmed, I’m sure of that one
Cause I learned it back in grade school when I was young

She said, “You is funny.” I said, “You are funny.”
She said, “Thank you,” and I said, “Never mind.”
She rolled her eyes, her beautiful eyes

Point is not the grammar, it’s the feeling
that is certainly in my heart
but not in hers

We were talking about people that eat meat
I felt like an ass, cause I was one
She said it’s okay but I felt like I just ate my young

She is obviously a person with a cause
I told her that I don’t smoke or drink
She told me to loosen up on the way to the LC

She skips her classes and gets good grades
I go to my courses, rain or shine
She’s passing her classes while I attend mine

She wrote out a story about her life
I think it included something about me
I’m not sure of that, but I’m sure of one thing:
her spelling’s atrocious

She told me to read between the lines
and tell her exactly what I got out of it
I told her affection had two f’s
especially when you’re dealing with me

I usually notice all the little things
Once I was proud of it, she says it’s annoying
She cursed me up and down and rolled her r’s,
her beautiful r’s

She says I’m caught up in triviality
All I really want to know is what she thinks of me
I think my love for her makes me miss the point

I miss the point
I missed it


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Waiting For Slow Songs
(source: Between the Bridges Japanese CD)

When you and your cast of friends arrive
And the party reaches a new high
Don't you think it'll last too long
Before you know it baby
They break out into that song

I know I've heard it once or twice
From where I just can't be precise
Even though it's irrelevant
It's as if I've woken from
A confused and cloudy dream

But you write the saddest songs
Turn around and make it a singalong
The heart scratch melody
Means more than this for you and me

When you wait by the door, look for your ride
Where the shoes are piled up on the side
And the dancing's out of hand
Don't leave cuz they won't play your favourite band

And the night goes on and on
And I'm waiting for slow songs
But I block out most of the singing
Replaced by bells, is that your ride?
You only just arrived

Could you write the saddest songs
Turn around and make it a singalong
The heart scratch melody
Means there's more to this than you and me
If words could be combined
To describe your trademark look tonight
I would write it out to boost my career
But you know that writing always takes me years


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What's There To Decide?

Where did you go to and how did you get there?
Hope you come back soon
I’ve left you an empty room
You’ve left me with plenty of room to breathe
but I feel like I’m choking, you see
Can’t you see?

Whether it’s a half a mile or a thousand miles
you won’t put on your shoes just for something to do for me
It’s probably too far, more like a trip across the stars to you

What’s there to decide?
You think one step forward is one step back
Stuck on a circus ride
It always stops up in mid-air
No one even knows you’re there

Self-assured but you don’t care
Don’t get blinded by the glare
 

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Who You Talkin' To?
(source: Pretty Together CD)

Who you talkin' to
To say it won't work out right
Who you talkin' to
To say it won't work out right this time, baby
I've got a little story to tell
Some of it might ring a bell
It goes
Don't give up like you're supposed to do

Cruise, tonight, let's cruise
Past the harbour lights
Cruise, tonight, let's cruise
Until we're out of sight
The ones that you've known for so long
Make you feel like you don't belong
But don't give up, like you're supposed to do
Like you're supposed to do

Listen very carefully
Don't think that you're the rarest breed
Of ones who lead the lonely sheltered lives
The brothers may abandon you
Your sisters leave you standin'
Waiting in the wings until your time arrives
Don't give up like you're supposed to do

Who you talkin' to
To make it all work out right
Who you talkin' to
To make it all work out right tonight, until then
Everybody's playing along, nobody writes the song
Everybody's playing along, nobody writes the song
Everybody's playing along
 

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Work Cut Out

I feel lied to
I don’t believe a word that you say, cause you said
You were gonna help me out
But what’s the first thing that you do
I guess you got your work cut out for you

I have tried to
Forget about the things that you say, cause you said
You were absolutely sure
It can’t be that hard to get through
It’s worst thing they could do

You said, “Come over here, boy”
What could I do?

It’s the worst thing they could do

I feel lied to
Cause you said
You said, “Come over here, boy”
And what could I do, yeah

I had to get my work cut out for you

You read what I had written
Why wouldn’t you

I had got my work cut out for you
It was the least that you could do

I feel lied to
I don’t believe a word that you say, cause you said
You were gonna help me out
But what’s the first thing that you do?
I guess you got your work cut out
Your work cut out for you
 

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Worried Now
(source: Twice Removed lp)

I think I've lost my sense of humour
'Coz I can't seem to get a laugh
I keep forgetting all the punch lines
And I can't make them up that fast

Remember the time when you told me not to worry
I'm worried now

I think I'm losing all my patience
And I know I'm too quick to judge
I don't give up all that easily
But I'm too relieved to hold a grudge

Remember the time when you told me not to worry
I'm worried now

You told me not to care, so now I don't care
But anytime that you told me, told me not to worry
I'm worried now
 

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Your Dreams Have Come True
(source: Pretty Together CD)

Your dreams have come true
Everything's up to you
You can't change what you lose
But you can turn into someone new

You can't see
But believe that
The mess you make
The toll it takes
It's worth it your dreams come true

It's time to let heal
The damage that you can feel
That sense of hope you steal
Can turn into something real

You can't see
But believe that
The mess you make
The toll it takes
It's worth it your dreams come true

Your dreams have come true
Your dreams have come true
Turned into something new
 

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This page was created October 6, 2001 (It's time I got it started!)
Last updated, January 13, 2003