Lyrics

EXPO 86
Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
Palm Road
What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
Little Golden Age
In the Direction of the Moon
Ghost Pressure
Pobody’s Nerfect
Two Men in New Tuxedos
Oh You, Old Thing
Yulia
Cave-o-Sapien

At Mount Zoomer
Soldier’s Grin
Call It a Ritual
Language City
Bang Your Drum
California Dreamer
The Grey Estates
Fine Young Cannibals
An Animal in Your Care
Kissing the Beehive

Apologies to the Queen Mary
You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son
Modern World
Grounds for Divorce
We Built Another World
Fancy Claps
Same Ghost Every Night
Shine a Light
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
I’ll Believe in Anything
It’s a Curse
Dinner Bells
This Heart’s on Fire

Others (With thanks to Karpe and Marshy)
Disco Sheets
Killing Armies
Lousy Pictures
Secret Knives
The National People’s Scare
Wits or a Dagger
No One Saves The Day
Things I Dont Know



You are a Runner and I am my Father’s Son

I got a number on me
I got a number
Won’t make it through the high noon sun
Well I am my Father’s Son
I am my Father’s Son
His bed is made

I was a hero
Early in the morning
I ain’t no hero
In the night

I am my Father’s Son

And I’ll build a house inside of you
I’ll go in through the mouth
I’ll draw three figures on your heart
And one of them will be me as a boy
And one of them will be me
And one of them will be me watching you run
Watching you run
Into the high noon sun
Watching you run
Farther than guns will go
You are a runner
With a stolen voice
You are a runner
And I am my Father’s Son

I am my Father’s Son

I am my Father’s Son


Modern World

I’m not in love with the modern world
I’m not in love with the modern world
It was a torch driving the savages back to the trees

Modern world has more ways
And I don’t mention it since it’s changed
While the people go out and the people come home again

It’s gotta last to build up your eyes
And a lifetime of red skies
And from my bed saying your haunted hissing in my bed

Modern world don’t ask why
Cause modern world will build things high
Now they house canyons filled with life

Modern world I’m not pleased to meet you
You just bring me down
Modern world I’m not pleased to meet you
You just bring me down
Modern world I’m not pleased to meet you
You just bring me down
Modern world I’m not pleased to meet you
You just bring me down


Grounds for Divorce

You said you hate the sound
Of the busses on the ground
You said you hate the way they scrape their brakes all over town
I said pretend it’s whales
Keeping their voices down
Such were the grounds for divorce I know

On the radio
And the bouncing body’ drone
Found eighteen reasons I can’t pick up on the phone
I said look at the clouds
It’s a show all on its own
Such were the grounds for divorce I know

But the darling is dead
We hit her on the head
It looked like a wedding cake
Though the darling is dead
We hit it on the head
It looked like a newlywed

But look at the lovers
And they way they stand
And the way they move and the way move their hands
And look at their babies
And their tiny little hands
And the way they get loved and the way they get loved oh

Oh look at the lovers
And they way they stand
And the way they move and the way move and the way move their hands

You said you hate the sound
Of the busses on the ground
You said you hate the way they scrape their brakes all over town
I said pretend it’s whales
Keeping their voices down
Such were the grounds for divorce I know

Looked like a newlywed

On the radio
And the bouncing bodies’ drone
Found eighteen reasons I can’t pick up on the phone
I said look at the clouds
It’s a show all on its own
Such were the grounds, such were the grounds, for divorce I know


We Built Another World

At the party we got chained at the wrists
Outside there’s girls saying falling bricks
It’s not gonna be just only a kiss
Everyone’s disguised just a little bit

I had a bad bad time tonight
I had a bad bad time tonight
Bad things happen in the night

Where we built another world
Styles surround you here comes the night time
Where we built another world
Evening time

I made a loud sound and shake some teeth
Outside the lights pale across the street
It’s not gonna be just only a kiss
Everyone’s disguised just a little bit

I had a bad bad time tonight
I had a bad bad time tonight
Bad things happen in the night

Where we built another world
Styles surround you here comes the night time
Where we built another world
Evening time

Where we built another world
Hang ghosts from the trees and that’s what I saw
Where we built another world
Hang ghosts from the trees and that’s what I saw

Where we built another world
Where we built another world
Where we built another world
Here comes the night time
Where we built another world
Here comes the night time


Fancy Claps

Oh behold
The parapet’s falling out
We’ll behold
When it reaches the ground
We’ll behold
We’ll behold, when
We can sing
To cracks in the crossbeams
We can sing
Very very quietly
We can sing
We can sing for each other

Until then don’t tear your hair out
I won’t tear it out if you don’t

When I die
I’m making you my feet
When you die
You can stand up for me
Make a lie and all they can do you can put me in your hair I’ll be happy there

Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh

Oh behold
When my parapet’s fallen out
You’ll behold
When we’ve picked it up off the ground
We’ll behold then
We’ll behold then
We can sing then
We’ll behold then


Same Ghost Every Night

When you’re on your own
Spread out on the mat, dead
The highway’s endless drone
Something familiar
How we love the seasons that hide in our stomachs
That howl and howl and howl as if dropped from a great height
And I thought the hours that lie in the kitchen
They drag him drag him drag into black night

Dropped from a great… height
Dropped from a great height

It was strange
Cops turn blue
And the same ghost every night
It was strange
Cops turn blue
And the same ghost every night

I go walking
Just to find
My own breath my own breath through the path
I go walking
Just to find
My own breath my own breath through the path

Dropped from a great… height
Dropped from a great… height

It was strange
Cops turn blue
And the same ghost every night
It was strange
Cops turn blue
And the same ghost every night

I go walking
Just to find
My own breath my own breath through the path
I go walking
Just to find
My own breath my own breath through the path

We are raised up very high
We are raised up very high

My own breath


Shine a Light

I keep my head uptight
I make my plans at night
And I don’t sleep I don’t sleep I don’t sleep ’til it’s light
Something’s flowing, someone buried alive

There is an awful sound
This haunted town
And it will not it will not it will not just be quiet
Some ghosts sing, someone get called to the life

Spend boring hours in the office tower
In a bus on a bus back home to you and
That’s fine I’m barely alive

It’s just a matter of time
No one gets out alive
And I’m content I’m content I’m content to be quiet
It’s only six. Someone get called to the life

You know our hearts beat time out very slowly
You know our hearts beat time
They’re waiting for something that’ll never arrive

You know our hearts beat time out very slowly
You know our hearts beat time
They’re waiting for something that’ll never arrive

I keep my head on tight
I make my plans at night
And I don’t sleep I don’t sleep I don’t sleep ’til it’s light
Pulse flowing, someone buried alive

And if that head opens we built a life of work
Where we’re chain chain chain chain, chained to the life
But that’s fine, our blood is alive

You know our hearts beat time out very slowly
You know our hearts beat time
They’re waiting for something that’ll never arrive


Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts

I got a hand,
So I got a fist,
So I got a plan
It’s the best that I can do
Now we say it’s in God’s hands
But God doesn’t always have the best God damn plans, does he?

I ain’t quite the beauty
Who holds up two guns and shoots at the pretty pretty view
And God I keep thinking things of hunter and kings
To block out the view
I gotta get a new bell to ring
A new song to sing
A steady hand to ring
A readiness of things
A new plan to bring to the people
People, I can trick ‘em into thinking anything
‘Cause you know
Rust sits just right in the light it’s gold
It’s gold and you know
I got watering holes in my hand
I’m a digger of holes in the land of holes
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
So I go

La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
I got water and I got holes, oh
La la la la la la
Dear Sons and Daughters of hungry ghosts, oh
La la la la la la
I got water and I got holes, oh
La la la la la la
Dear Sons and Daughters of hungry ghosts oh go go
La la la la la la
I got water and I got holes, oh
La la la la la la
Dear Sons and daughters of hungry ghosts oh go go
I got a hand (La la la la la la)
So I got a fist
So I got a plan it’s the best I can do
Say is it in god’s hands? (La la la la la la)
But god doesn’t always have the best god damn plans, does he?
Say ‘La la la la la la’
I can’t believe in the guns
I can’t believe in the view
I say ‘La la la la la la’
I can’t believe in those hunters and kings
You know
Say ‘La la la la la la’
I got a new plan to bring
I got a new song to sing it goes
La la la la la la
I got a new plan to bring and you know
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
And you know it’s the easiest way
So I go


I’ll Believe in Anything

Give me your eyes, I need sunshine
Give me your eyes, I need sunshine
Your blood, your bones, your voice, and your ghost

We’ve both been
A very brave
Walk around with both legs
Fight the, the scary day
We both pulled the tricks out of our sleeves
I’ll believe in anything and
You’ll believe in anything
I Said
I’ll believe in anything and
You’ll believe in anything

If I could get the fire out from the wire
I’d share a life and you’d share a life
If I could take the fire out from the wire
I’d share a life and you’d share a life
If I could take the fire out from the wire
I’d take you where nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn
I said nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn

And I could take another hit for you
And I could take away the trips from you
And I could take away the salt from your eyes
Take away skin and salt in you
And I could give you my apologies
By handing over my neologies
And I could take away your shaky knees
And I could give you all the olive trees
And look at the trees and look at my face and look at a place far away from here

So give me your eyes, I need sunshine
Give me your eyes, I need sunshine
Your blood, your bones, your voice, and your ghost
We’ve both been very brave
Walk around with both legs
Fight the, the scary day
We both pulled the tricks out of our sleeves
But I’ll believe in anything and
You’ll believe in anything

If I could take the fire out from the wire
I’d share a life and you’d share a life
If I could take the fire out from the wire
I’d share a life and you’d share a life
If I could take the fire out from the wire
I’d take you where nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn
I said nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn

I said nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn either way
About your blood, your bones, your voice, and your ghost
Because nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn either way
You know I’ll believe in anything and
You’ll believe in anything
Because nobody knows you
And nobody gives a damn either way


It’s a Curse

Just the other night
Body twisted in a pattern
You know they stare at the light
They are too dead but the body don’t mind

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

You know a neutral sky
And nothing to do at night
Little highway lights
They shine

From the top of the mountain to the rock and sand
Drive a dead farther west til they ran out of land
We walked five whole minutes to the dark edge of town
Took a long look at nothing and turned back around

Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

You know the neutral sky
And nothing to do at night
Little highway lights
They shine

From the top of the mountain to the rotten sand
Drive a dead farther west til they ran out of lead
We walked five whole minutes to the dark edge of town
Took a long look at nothing and we turned back around


Dinner Bells

I heard all your reasons
I heard all your plans
I have seen the seasons
Clutched up in your hands
You’re the one eyed feather
You’re the lion’s mane
Swear you’ve heard the weather
Calling out your name
There’ll be no more winters
There’ll be no more spring and
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Left for you to ring
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Dinner bells to ring
Maestro learns the music
Musicians learn to dance
There’ll be no more trumpets
There’ll be no more flutes
No more clapping hands
I’ve heard all your reasons
I’ve heard all your plans
I heard of your treasons
and I’ve heard all your pleas
And i’ve made friends with the hang man
So there’ll be no more winter
There’ll be no more spring and
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Left for you to ring
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Dinner bells to ring
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Dinner bells to ring
There’ll be no more dinner bells
Dinner bells to ring


This Heart’s on Fire

Sometimes we rock and roll
Sometimes we stay at home and it’s just fine
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

I have my Mother’s hand
Left the body in the bed all day
We don’t know what to do
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

A thousand little gloves
What makes you know you’re alive
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

It’s getting better all the time
It’s getting better all the time
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

And now my favorite thing
Tell it everywhere I go I don’t know what to do
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

Sometimes we rock and roll
I’d rather stay at home and build a life
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire

It’s getting better all the time
It’s getting better all the time
It’s getting better all the time
It’s getting better all the time

This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire
This heart’s on fire


Disco Sheets

I saw a secret place
Oh yes, show it to me again show me to
Your secret place
Oh yes, show it to me again, show it to me.
I know everybody’s got something disgraceful
Everybody, that’s what the sake of
It looks so pretty in the light
In the night’s light
Show it to me again, show it to me again,
Show it to me again, show it to me, oh

I’m sorry about the dark
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum
I’m sorry about the dark
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum [bum]

You breathe (clapclapclap)
Deeper than I do, (clapclapclap)
I do. (clapclapclapclapclap)
He breathes (clapclapclap)
Deeper than I do, (clapclapclap)
I do. (clapclapclapclapclap)
I breathe shallow like I could’ve spied on spite
One time I spied on you.

I’m sorry about the dark
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum
I’m sorry about the dark
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum

Everybody got their lid on tight,
Everybody says, “Come with me,
I’m easy, and then we’ll see who’s got the secrets.”
So if you’re looking for romance I got answers
Where the dancers evidently say, “Come with me,
I’m easy, and we’ll see who is the deepest.”
And everybody got their hair just right,
And their lips just right, and their eyes say, “Come with me,
I’m easy, and then we’ll see who gots the secrets.”
No one has to see, believe me

Oh, I’m sorry about the dark
Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum [bum]


Killing Armies

I got a party started up
I let my hair down
I heard she’s ready to start to leave
I heard you’re coming home

I won’t believe what they say
I’m not too good for you
I’m going to leave for just today
I’ve nothing else to do

You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down

I heard you’re killing armies now

So
Don’t let your head get too big
Don’t let your party go
I’m really not going to bed today.
I’ve nothing else to do
But no one said I can’t put up a fight
That’s why she’s breathing like I’m holding a light
Well I never asked for something from you
I got the party ‘PARTY!’ papers and the candles are ready to light
But no one said I can’t put up a fight
That’s why she’s breathing like I’m holding a light
Well I never wanted any but answers
You know you’ve owed me for a thousand nights

You’re holding out, when holding out
When holding out, when holding out

I got a party started up
I let my hair down
I heard she’s ready to start to leave
I heard you’re coming home

So come home
You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down
I heard that you can kill things
You’ve got your hair down


Lousy Pictures

Where did you go?
Across the sea?
Sat on the beach
With the rusting machines?
Where did you go?
Across the sea?
Sat on the beach
With the rusting machines?

I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing
I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing

An angel with its wings on fire
Become an angel with its wings on fire
I’m in the basement delivering the hours

With famous sticks we
Threw rocks at the sky
Old cities where they built things high
Got famous sticks we
Threw rocks at the sky
Old cities where they built things high

I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing
I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing

They had a photograph (All I wanted were)
A Lousy Picture Of You (Lovely pictures of you)
Just something to remind me (All I have are lousy pictures of you)
They had a photograph (All I wanted were)
A Lousy Picture Of You (Lovely pictures of you
Just something to remind me (Oh, oh, oh, lousy pictures of you)
They had a photograph (All I wanted were
A lousy Picture Of You (Lovely pictures of you)
Just something to remind me (Oh, oh, oh, lousy pictures of you)
They had a photograph (All I wanted were pictures of you)
A lousy Picture Of You (All I have are lousy pictures of you)
Just something to remind me (Oh, oh, oh, oh, lousy pictures of you)

An angel with its wings on fire
Become an angel with its wings on fire
I’m in the basement delivering the hours
I’m in the basement just killing the hours.


The National People’s Scare

Daughter, we stayed up all night.
Hearts drowned in the hollow light
And saved them where rotten bears stood
Down there, there

Dollar keeps me up at night
Cars sound like a ruined choir
And all the songs on God’s radio
Oh, why always

Thousand people scare was a lie
Birds called the country bears over
Bye Bye Bye Bye
Bye Bye Bye Bye
Bye Bye Bye

Dollar, we stayed up all night
Hearts drowned in the hollow skies
Saying down by the rotten bears
Bye Bye Bye

Daughter keeps me up at night
Cars sound like a ruined choir
The sounds of God’s radio, why?

Thousand people scare was a lie
Birds caught the country bears over
Bye Bye Bye Bye
Bye Bye Bye Bye
Bye Bye Bye


Wits or a Dagger

I feel the minotaur’s eyes on my tenderloin
I see him looking to bite me
La la la

I see him getting a rise
I see him shaking his horns
I see him gettin’ excited
La la la

Gone crazy in a maze
Oh, dollar signs, and
Trade the days and
I’ve gone crazy in a maze
Bling-bling bling, and
Blood red teeth

Should have had to pull that string
Oh, I know now I should have had it with me
Oh, I know now I should’ve had my wits or a dagger
To cut him

These horns are not for honking.

I feel the minotaur slide right beside me in the room
I see him looking to ride me
la la la

I see him getting a rise
I see him shaking his horns
I see him getting excited
La la la

Gone crazy in a maze
Oh, dollar signs, and
Trade the days and
I’ve gone crazy in a maze
Bling-bling bling, and
Blood red teeth

Gone crazy in a maze
Oh, dollar signs, and
Trade the days and
You are going crazy in a maze
Bling-bling bling, and
Blood red teeth

I know, I know, I know
Oh no, Oh no, oh no
La la la la la la la la la la la la


No One Saves The Day

The way he wanted it to go
Is the way it went
Don’t think we’re letting him
Get away with it

You say you saw him on the hillside
Well I swear I saw him in the meadow
Do you believe in ghosts or do you
Believe in fate

So don’t throw the bones away
We’ll find a place to pray
Because I can see him and
You can see him
but no one saves the day

I say don’t throw the bones away
We’ll force them into place
Because I can see him and
You can see him
but no one saves the day

He sent you to the east and he
Kept Me West
Ive got a compass and
You’ve got a compass
To see with

And I know you’ve heard of such authors
Do you think the judge will ever die?
And captains are cruel when captains are cruel
You can’t blame the horses they ride

So don’t throw the bones away
We’ll find a place to pray
Because I can see him and
You can see him
but no one saves the day

O C’mon
O C’mon
O C’mon
O C’mon

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh


Things I Dont Know

I sing in ways
Youll never hear
i am a christian on sundays
i am looking for ears
if i could turn turn 100 songs i could turn 1 but I dont

there are things i dont know is my claim just piss in the snow oh oh
is the air between lovers when you measure it out that close?
and things i dont know

i sing you in houses
with the television on
if i keep getting the sunset down or just falling the sun?
in the coming of nothing boys will be boys
and they will gaze on
but i dont

there are things i dont know is my claim just piss in the snow? oh oh
is the air between lovers when you measure it out that close?

but how does it feel
how does it feel
to be sung in songs
how does feel
oh how does it feel
to be sung in songs about kicking the sunset down or just pissing you off

sing you in songs
i sing you in songs
and you have my hand
string me along
i sing you in songs
i sing you in songs
and you have my hand
and you my hand
you string me along
you string me along
well i sing you songs
well i sing you in songs
and you have my hand
and you have my hand
string me along


Soilder’s Grin

In my head it’s a city at night
Static gauge with the rush and the lights
And on this concourse you look very fine
But this place here is no friend of mine

And what you know can only mean one thing
And what you know can only mean one thing
Rooted to the place that you sprang from

And this dirt was a building before
Tore it down before they opened the door
Don’t shout, don’t holler, don’t you cry
What’s past we’ll just leave it behind

and i rode
horse-shaped fire draggin’ stereo wire
and we rode
chemicals until the breaking of dawn
and i rose
over a town, raised up by the sound of its drum
and i rose
out on the porches, again making horses lay down

and this place here is no friend of mine
what’s past, we’ll just leave it behind
and what you know can only mean one thing
and what you know could only mean one thing
rooted to the place that you sprang from


Call it a Ritual

Well, into the desert we must go
So into the desert we go
Call it a ritual
Call it whatever you will

And you will grow out of me
As naturally as branches from a tree
Call it a ritual
Call it whatever you will
But you know they will swing
Swing their swords for show
While you turn your flower pedals so slow

You said the desert will eat us alive
I said I make the decisions
You just drive
You just drive

And I saw the windmill raise from the ground
And I heard the wind come creeping around
Call it an act of easy mercy
To tear the structure down
Call it whatever you will

Call it whatever you will
‘Cause you know they will swing
Swing their swords for show
While you turn your flower pedals so slow

But I am amazed at how they go
I am amazed at how they go
I am amazed at how they go

So call it whatever you will

Call it a ritual
Call it whatever you will
‘Cause you know they will swing
Swing their swords for show


Language City

Language City is a bad old place
We all know
Where eyeballs float in space
We all know

We were tired, we can’t sleep
It’s crowded here, none of us leave
Language City don’t mean a thing to me

Audiences, the same program is always on
I’d infer, it’s best to avoid the law
When your wife wakes up and sees
Shut the blinds and block out the street
Language City don’t mean a thing to me

All this working
Just to tear it down
All this working
Just to tear it down

Language City is a bad, old place
We all know
Eyeballs float in space
We all know

We’re tired, we can’t sleep
It’s crowded in the street
Language City don’t mean a thing to me

I been here so long my heart is a parking lot
Hollow feet rooted to the spot
But the fields are beyond belief
From tower out to where I can see
Language City don’t mean a thing to me

All this working
Just to tear it down
All this working
Just to tear it down

On the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone
Someone’s counting the hours
In a paper room
In a paper room
In a paper room
Somebody’s counting the hours

Know I know it’s true
From above this room
Somebody’s counting the hours
The hours
The hours
The houuuuurs

Oh the long bitter road
Let us down
Oh the ringing telephone
There’s no one around

We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home

We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home
We are not at home

Hang on the telephone
Hang on the telephone
Hang on the telephone
Hang on the telephone


Bang Your Drum

The dying light was nearly dead
by the time we reached the water’s edge.
We saw the river beating on the river bank
Oh the way that it (something) the riverbed.

It’s cold
It’s dark
It’s not for people with uneasy hearts,
But if you’re with me on the other side
Strike up the band; we have survived.

Oh do they beat that drum to get you back home,
Or do they beat it to keep you away?

Don’t be surprised at your regrets.
Don’t be surprised that the water made you wet.
There’s a shallow down river
Where the water will forgive you,
So spend your lukewarm bets

Follow me, oh follow me;
Allow me to play the voyager.
I’ll try to keep as dry
As the hollowed out tree that
You would be wrapped in another man’s fur

So Take a Dive
Oh Take a Dive
Oh take it out on the stepping stones that make the water rise
So Take a Dive
Oh Take a Dive

Ohohohohoh

Take that hair out of your damned eyes
While the waves are away
Now the sun will fade.

Do they beat that drum to get you back home,
Or do they beat it to keep you away?

Will you burn your bridges down
Singing lalalalalalala

Will you burn your bridges down
Singing lalalalalalala

Will you bang your drum to the blazing sound
Singing lalalalalalala

Will you bang your drum to the blazing sound
Singing lalalalalalala

Will you turn away?

How can you turn away?


California Dreamer

California dreamer
Tell me why did you go?
I carved your ever fading figure
Into the ever dying snow

I’ll be around
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
Like a teenager in town
Where all the other young lovers are found

And I think I mighta heard you on the radio
But the radio waves were like snow

And you were dreaming of Los Angeles
While I was singing songs you wrote
You quietly gave away the winter clothes I made for you
While I made angels in the snow

I would have left if you just asked me to
Or come to me before the preacher
Now you’re surviving

And I thought I mighta heard you on the radio
But the radio waves were like snow
And I thought I mighta heard you on the radio
But the radio waves were like snow

Do the young stay pretty?
Do the pretty stay quick?
You know, but you never surrender
The city doesn’t belong to you anymore
California dreamer

You dream of seasons that never die
You go to oceans that never touch the ice
You dream of seasons that never die
You go to oceans that never touch the ice
You dream of seasons that never die
You go to oceans that never touch the ice

I surrender, the city to slender
Creature’s getting younger and younger

And I think I mighta heard you on the radio
But the radio waves were like snow
And I think I mighta heard you on the radio
But the radio waves were like snow

Do the young stay pretty?
Do the pretty stay quick?
You know, but you never surrender
The city doesn’t belong to you anymore
California dreamer

I’ll be around
I’ll be around
I’ll be around
Like a teenager in town
With all the other young lovers, their mothers have been found
California dreamer


The Grey Estates

Darling please, let’s get out of here
On a train to who-knows-where
I got a feeling that I can’t explain
We have to leave this place, we won’t go back again

Getting tired of landscapes, were just floating
Rolling past the grey estates
Oh oh, oh oh

We’ll put the fire in your stomach out
Movie tans all across your mouth
Up through the window, the neon sing
It blinks the telegraphs that don’t mean a thing

And we crawl on to our destination
Rolling past the grey estates
Oh oh, oh oh

Rushing through a new world
A new world, a new world,
It’s just a minute away

So let the needle on the compass swing
Let the iron in your heart’s blood ring
Strike up the band as the ship goes down
And if it’s loud enough it will erase the sound

Of a hundred thousand sad inventions
Let them rot inside the grey estate
Oh oh — oh oh

Rushing through a new world
A new world, a new world,
It’s just a minute away

I’m half-awake and the world is ending
All across the border just a minute away
I’m half-awake and the world is ending
Across the border just a minute, just a minute away


Fine Young Cannibals

In this house
There’s no order
There’s no loss of love out here
If it’s over

And though I call out to you
something is haunting these four walls
Baby, you know it’s true

I will crawl
Right back to you
Under swollen summer sky,
I’ll be there soon

I feel tall, tall,
On new, fast days
There’s no room to breathe but I don’t think twice
We’ll be there soon
Soon

Well I’ll answer my trick of the hour, let me breathe
I’ll answer my trick of the hour, let me leave
I’ll answer my
And we hold it

My heart is clean
Like a cratered moon
And the sea
Of darkling mood

And I’ll be true
True to you
We may consume ourselves but then I don’t think twice
We’ll be there soon
Soon

I’ll answer my
Trick of the hour
Let me breathe

I’ll answer my
Trick of the hour
Let me leave

I’ll answer mine
Then we hold it

Oh, oh
There’s nothing here
Oh, oh
There’s nothing here
Here


An Animal in Your Care

Time after time you will forgive me
Like an animal in your care
But give it time and you will outlive me
And take the bow back you put in my hair

Made a parade of myself in the street outside your house
For the New York photographer there
I fell for crime I fell for beauty
I fell for you because you’re the one that cared

And when I die you can put on costumes
In the style of the clothes I wore
And sing the songs your mother taught you
When you were too young to know that this was what they were for

Like some dead relative you will remember me most
By my funeral and all the beautiful toasts you made
Take back the spade
We’ve both been filling up our days like we were filling a grave

You let me hang hang hang around
You put your ribbons in my hair
It’s in this language that I found
I am an animal in your care

Animal in your care
Animal in your care
Animal in your care

It’s in this language that I found
I am an animal in your care


Kissing the Beehive

While stumbling where our hearts beat regular time
Where the landscapes dump on rivers flowing by
We’re just drifting all night long, hands to the sky
And our captain, oh, he is never denied

I hear them sinking out from shore, hands at their sides
And we find a rock to hold the head to tear at the sky
We’re just drifting all night long here with the flies
And our captain, oh, he is never denied

As if you didn’t know that it would sting
Kissing the beehive
Pissing down the mountainside while nude in the rain
As if you didn’t know that it would sting
Kissing the beehive
And fucking up your finger from pushing on the ring

Well, we lie on frigid shores of light
We knew nothing of this bitter hand of war
Something strange in the coals tonight
Still we knew nothing of these bitter hands of war

I wish I could believe in you
Crashing all the weddings wearing white
But we all hate the landlord, baby, it’s alright, it’s alright

I wish I could believe in who you are
You held your cap in the air and you called it a guitar
You put your face on the glass and you call it good cinema
As if you didn’t know that it would sting

Oh, oh, oh, oh

Jonathan, Jonathan, waterfalls are running thin
You know here’s a holy grail for you to hold and
Fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole

I’m not a wild party, I’m just an evening at the show
Put the ring back on, and take your husband home and
Fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole, oh, oh, oh

Radio, radio, why did you leave Virginia’s side
It’s an alibi, we all know how the music died
Fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Jonathan, Jonathan, waterfalls are running thin
You know here’s a finger made for me, for you to hold and
Fire in the hole, fire in the hole, fire in the hole
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Estranged from the captain’s light
And his bitter hand
Oh, oh, oh, oh…


Cloud Shadow on the Mountain

I was asleep in a hammock,
I was dreaming that I was a web.
I was a dreamcatcher hanging in the window of a mini-van
parking along the water’s edge.

I’d say that I was all alone,
I’d say that I was all alone,
I’d say that I was all alone,
but I will never be born as a scorpion.

You’re gonna be okay come morning,
find your legs and find your horns.
Everybody’s gotta be reborn,
but never be born as a scorpion.
Oh! – Everybody’s gotta gotta be reborn
but you will never be born as a scorpion.

You’re gonna be okay come morning,
find your legs and find your horns.
You’re not just another pair of boat shoes
walking away from the harbor.

Cloud shadown on the mountain,
cloud shadow on the plains,
cloud shadow make an island nation
on the fabric of this terrain.

You gotta jump,jump over the island
like a gazelle.
You gotta jump
over the island
like a new long legged gazelle.

But you will never be born as a scorpion,
or just another pair of boat shows
walking away from the harbor.

You’re gonna be okay come morning,
find your legs and find your horns.
Everybody’s gotta be reborn,
but you will never be born as a scorpion.
Oh! – Everybody’s gotta gotta be reborn
but you will never be born as a scorpion!


Palm Road

My baby woke from an awful dream of rotten tropics b the sea
Just up from her father’s place
Cutting through some empty space
Where trash would turn to gold
Palm Road

We could see it from the shore,
the cities ragged burning core
Hole in the sky and the fish get drowned
Something moving underground
The world was ending slow
on Palm Road

Take your lover all apart
Looking for his shipwrecked heart
but his heart could not be found
baby it just can’t be found
’cause they turned the lights down low
on Palm Road

You said it’s killing me it’s killing me the way we go
But as we’re running over miles they turned to gold

So teach your darlings how to dance
Tell them how to make romance
And whisper things they don’t know
From a thousand years ago

Something began to glow….
You said it’s killing me the way we go
I saw it coming…


What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)

What did my lover say
when she was driving with you?
I could not see her face from my new bed.

I don’t think I should be sorry
for things I do in dreams.
Just let the tumbling birds come tumbling down.

I’ve got a sandcastle heart
made out of fine, black sand.
Sometimes it turns into glass when shit gets hot.

I wonder if all the beaches
in all your holiday towns
will turn to giant shining earrings
against the cheek of the sea
when, finally, this supernova goes down.

Just like my love said, say,
“It always had to go this way”.

I sleep all night with the light on
and dream about the sun
maybe because of the light, maybe because of the sun.

I’ve got a friend who’s a genius,
Nobody listens to him.
I’ve got some friends that got famous:
la la la la la.

I don’t think I should say sorry
for things I do in dreams.
Some people live like they’re falling,
Some people die in their sleep.

“It always had to go this way.”


Little Golden Age

You lived in a place long, long ago
Where nothing moved and time went slow
And someone sang about a Golden Age
In Cenetaph Park, drinking in the dark
This place was the machine that put the iron in your heart

So we hung around and we hung around
and we hung around for days
In the parking lot stoned, stars shone out of phase
And the rain came down, cassettes wore out, Oh No!
Then you left town feeling pretty down
With your headphones and your coat and
your dirty graduation gown you were
In the bedroom singing radio songs
Sing them loud
Sing them all night, Emily
You need something to help you along
Freeze, freeze, freeze Little Golden Age

I don’t miss my Little Golden Age
‘Cause the body takes the heart, takes the heart
around from place to place
And this place still stands, this place remains unchanged
And you can’t go back
Oh, who would want to anyway

You were in the bedroom singing radio songs
Sing them loud
Sing them all night, Emily
You needed something to help you along
My Little Golden Age


In the Direction of the Moon

I – I’m the wall of sand, and stone, and
you – you’re some kind of ivy
I’m trying to hold
as best as I can.

But I’m a disaster!
I could not be burning faster!
I stick my arms into webs!

I take my meals with weirdos,
and play with my rocket ships.
And all the while, you –
– you – are so composed.

You are the most gracious thing I know –
touched by cooking fires, touched by snow.

And I – I think you’re fantastic,
and I – I know that you care.
I’ll put my rockets away,
if you let fall
your house of skin and air.

I’ve been running off of fumes, again.
I’ve been running off my mouth.

I’ve been running in the hours
between midnight and dawn
in the direction of the moon,
with the impression
that’s the way to find your house.

So hey, have you built your bastion?
And hey, how long can you put up with these questions,
when you’ve got nowhere to go
except into the terrible air?

And I – I think you’re fantastic,
and I – I know that you care.
I’ll put my rockets away,
if you let fall
your house of skin and

– Erring on the side of caution – apparently past,
come down from the rim of that crystal glass.

I – I’m wall of sand, and stone, and
you – you’re some kind of ivy
I’m trying to hold
as best as I can.


Ghost Pressure

Maybe I just don’t understand
Made me feel like another man
When I kissed you there on Orchard Road
Oh oh

Heard a call from the empty street
An empty room, empty seats
I know they’re dancing there invisibly
Oh oh

Little vision come shake me up, shake me up

You said your heart was a swarm of bees
Held your through sot they could never leave
I hear them buzzing there invisibly
Oh oh

And this night was for you and me
Walking through a little mystery
And you just had to know
Oh oh

Little vision come shake me up, shake me up
Ghost Pressure gonna shake me up, shake me up


Pobody’s Nerfect

Early morning Sun has risen gold and chrome for Anastasia
Wake up slowly out the window someone calls for
Anastasia
And I don’t know how to stop it at all I just don’t know how
to stop it at all and I don’t know how to stop it Anastasia

He wants your heart in his little fictions
But he just hasn’t earned it yet baby
So raise your hands
As he’s explaining how he built this city on cocaine lasers
And he don’t know how to stop it at all he just don’t know
how to stop it at all and he don’t know how to stop it
Anastasia

Morning will turn turn everything back to gold

So kill the lights
For slow slow dancing
Oh as if no one would notice
And sing your songs
Sing them all night baby
If it’s out of key well nobody’s perfect
And you don’t know how to stop it all all you just don’t
know how to stop it at all and you don’t know how to stop
it but morning will turn turn everything back to gold

Oh! You’ll never know you’ll never know know about
How his little heart his little heart was feeling so down


Two Men in New Tuxedos

In the aftermath of storms
I’ll let you use my hammer.
I was emboldened, so I went and stole it,
in the cover of the wailing
of the storm.

My man, I can see us smiling!
I can see us smiling my mad,
When the old, bone dry day
has whipped into a night
of dancing
Because I,
I can see into the future!

And no one is ever gonna touch you,
or get closer than they could to the sun.
You’ve got the promise that I gave you –
you’ve got the strongest one.
We are two mean in new tuxedos,
And we are ready to jump from behind the wall!

Hey teacher!
Love is never dead!

In the aftermath of storms
I’ll let you use my hammer.
I was emboldened, so I went and stole it,
in the cover of the wailing
of the storm.


Oh You, Old Thing

Oh you,
old thing.
Still got vibrations
in your streets.
They move me to come down
from the chandelier
I have been watching you from.

Bon soir,
bon soir ma ville.
I’m gonna leave you now
in the arms of babes.

I’ve got a new way to live
through the storms you’re so famous for –
oh, that’s the sound of some new rocket
upon the door.

Who’s gonna steam up all your dancehalls?
Who’ll put your lilies in a vase,
when all the good men have had all their daughters, and
all the other men have fallen in with daises?
I don’t want to be the last one standing,
I don’t want to reach the bitter end.
As much as I have always loved your dancing,
I hate the sounds that come from crowds
that just don’t get
my moves.

From here,
in the sky,
I see rows of lgihts
as as violent web.
And I will miss
the way I got caught up in you.

Oh you,
old thing.

I’m gonna leave you now
in the arms of babes.
I’ve got a new way to live
in the storm, in the storm
in the storm.


Yulia

Diamonds in the face of night time
Watch them as they float along
I was up there floating with them
And you know that I am gone
The radio sings a patriot’s song it’s the devil that you know
Yulia

We were standing on the platform
The favorite sons of history
While you’re back in Prostronaya
Writing in your diary
They flip on switch at mission control and I’m never coming home
Yulia

Oh! I woke up from a fever dream
Oh! Of floating in the salty sea
I’m stranded up here floating along
and my heart beats slow and I hope they
Bring my body back
Yulia

So when they turn the cameras on you
Baby please don’t speak of me
Point up to the dark above you
As they edit me from history
I’m 20 million miles from a comfortable home
And space is very cold
Yulia

There’s nothing out here nothing out here nothing out
nothing out here nothing out here there’s nothing out here
nothing nothing out here nothing out here nothing nothing out


Cave-o-Sapien

Cave-o-sapien –
you were made for breaking of my back.
As I carried you past quiet houses,
kicking through the roses in the yard, I spied
the wildflower kisses on your neck – saw the garden
had been trampled past repair.

Oh, Cave-o-sapien.

You look like the sunrise!
– purple, lemon, baby-blue and gold –
but I knew it sounded bad when you said NO REGRETS
and then said nothing more.
And while you;re leaning deep into the smoke
of those sticks
you keep rubbing together,
I keep thinking about how bad it’s gonna burn,
and all the people I loved, back home,
who i loved, and love,
that you turned on.
People just offering shelter from the wind.
So bow your head into the wind,
my Cave-o-sapien.

I had a vision of a gorilla,
and he was a killer,
A killer!

Alone,
in fields of stone,
you’re not the sunrise,
you’re just alone.

But I’ve got you, until you’re gone

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