Journey To The Sun: Lyrics So Far (1991-2004)

Journey To The Sun: Lyrics So Far 1991-2004
A compilation of lyrics on Kyp’s first seven albums up to and including The Miracle Business.

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Resurrection Gold (2011)

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1. PASSENGER
2. PICK ME UP BABY
3. LOVE BEYOND REPAIR
4. WANDERING HEART
5. ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
6. DRAGONFLY WING
7. DON’T EVEN KNOW
8. AS WE GO SPINNING MADLY ON
9. DIGGIN’ YOUR VIBE
10. ON THE BANKS OF THE ST. CLAIR

PASSENGER

In dreams I come upon the promised land
But I always hesitate before I enter
Only for a moment to entertain a passing thought
But that moment always becomes forever
But then I know if there’s a party goin’ on
It matters not if I’m an early or a late arriver
All that matters is that I get there in one piece
Whether I’m the passenger or I’m the driver

I dreamed that everytime I picked a flower
It was immediately replaced by another
So I gathered a bouquet from the Garden of Eden
And sent it to a child fifty centuries in the future
I make no claim to have any great aim
Other than to be something more than a survivor
And to follow the white line to the end of all time
Whether I’m the passenger or I’m the driver

I dreamed I spent a lifetime trying to clean a window
In a house where every other one was broken
And by the time I finally got it clean enough to see through
All I saw was curtains that would not open
Some people live at the bottom of the ocean
If you want to meet’em you gotta be a deep sea diver
All our problems are excuses for an inability to love
Whether we’re the passenger or we’re the driver

I dreamed I met a man who was running for his life
But he was really only running from it
I met another who believed that evil would be conquered
Only by those who would willingly become it
Joan of Arc is in the precinct house
They’re lettin’ her die in the very moment they could revive her
They’re pushing truth and goodness back wherever it might exist
Am I the passenger, am I the driver?

I’m going down to get a new light switch
‘Cause the old one doesn’t turn it on
I haven’t been this interested in being alive
Since the time I realized that my school days were gone
Sometimes the cage is lifted off your heart
Sometimes it’s everything you could ever hope or strive for
I’m heading for the light or I’m trying to blot it out of sight
Sometimes I’m the passenger, sometimes the driver

I dreamed I was stranded on an airplane
That had no safe place to land
I dreamed there was life preservers everywhere
But I had no hands
I’m floating in the very midst of what could save me
If only I could see it’s all I live and die for
But it will bide its time, it will triumph whether I’m
The passenger or I’m the driver

Pick Me Up Baby

I don’t like talkin’ on the telephone
I don’t like sittin’ here all alone
Sometimes it seems like I got nowhere to stay
I’m counting on you to take me away

You gotta pick me up baby
You gotta lift me up high
You gotta pick me up baby
I want to touch the sky

I’ve been a lone missionary by the city wall
Where the harder they came the bigger they fall
Where time is money and money is love
You either got too much or you never have enough

You gotta pick me up baby
You gotta lift me up high
You gotta pick me up baby
I want to touch the sky

I get so queasy livin’ in this place
I get so dizzy when I see your face
Sometimes it seems like I got nowhere to stand
I’m countin’ on you to lend me your hand

And pick me up baby
You gotta lift me up high
You gotta pick me up baby
I want to touch the sky

You’re the one who makes me laugh, you’re the one who makes me cry
You’re the only star shining in the sky
I’m runnin’ ’round the world lookin’ for somethin’ to do
Or runnin’ on home to make love to you

You gotta pick me up baby
You gotta lift me up high
You gotta pick me up baby
I want to touch the sky

You gotta be my mouth when I can’t talk
You gotta be my feet when I can’t walk
You gotta be my heart, I’m countin’ on you
You know I’d do the same for you

You gotta pick me up baby
You gotta lift me up high
You gotta pick me up baby
I want to touch the sky

Love Beyond Repair

The road is backed up, the bridge is out
I spent all my tickets without any doubt
Played too long on the fringes, stayed too long at the fair
Now I’m crawlin’ through the grass with a love beyond repair

I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
I lost everything that was in my keep
‘Cept this dirty old suitcase with no key anywhere
Such a shabby covering for a love beyond repair

The ocean is deep, the valley is wide
We’re livin’ on separate mountains of pride
Dying only for a touch of what we fear we can’t bear
Afraid to be annihilated by a love beyond repair

The admiral told me there’s only two destinies
You either refuse to kneel or you learn to walk on your knees
But there’s another comet flyin’ through the stars somewhere
Tradin’ sterile dead perfection for a love beyond repair

Too many houses burnin’ down, too many people cryin’
It’s enough to make anyone think of cuttin’ loose and flyin’

Too many things are hidden in the light
There’s an army that’s marchin’ down the highway in the night
You can hear the drums beating, hear the trumpets blare
As every broken heart surrenders to a love beyond repair

We stood in the pathway as the autumn leaves fell
Our hearts filled with secrets we never could tell
Can’t go forward or back, we’re bottlenecked there
Stranded in a crowd with a love beyond repair

So many dreams that haven’t come true
I swear that I’m gonna make them all up to you
By the blood in these veins, by the ghost of this prayer
That hovers in the air above a love beyond repair

Wandering Heart

First explosions of the morning
Wandering heart awakens roaming
Silently unfolding ‘cross the sky
And slowly forming on my eyes
She stands upon the edge of time
With her angel of doom as the cold sun shines
On the ice upon her ragged wings

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

A million years and a million tears
There’s nothing left to chain me here
My heart is full but my hands are empty
I need someplace to go where I’ll be
Free beyond this cloud of doubt and the bleak machinery of fear
Wandering heart
Don’t let me slide

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

Let the music of your beauty fly
Let the living live and the dying die
Let me disappear into the mystery
And the silent shadows of what will be
The world we know is fading and no-one will mourn its passing
Wandering heart
Come dance with me

I know your road is lonely
I can’t believe that you chose me
I will follow you
Even if this dream should be untrue
I will follow you

Elvis Has Left the Building

You don’t know how to love, but you’re trying to fake it
You put me through the wringer – how long did you think I’d take it?
Walkin’ around like you’re in the sorcerer’s robes
But you’re standin’ naked

Close the door, close the book
Close your eyes, don’t take another look
Elvis has left the building

If you hang around here long enough you could lose your senses
Or slowly commit suicide as a way of cutting down on expenses
The night is coming anyway,
So what’s the point of getting restless?

Close the door, close the book
Close your eyes, don’t take another look
Elvis has left the building

You’re walkin’ around punchin’ the air
As if you wanna see some kind of heavy scene go down
Well if you want me, you know where to find me
But level with me just for a minute now,
Please give me the lowdown –
What’s it gonna take for me to leave you behind me?

Now you’ve gone out to the desert, as if it’s big enough to hide there
And you’re livin’ in a house made out of bones
Of all the animals who died there
And your silence is like a condemnation
Though I can’t imagine why you’d think that I’d care

Close the door, close the book
Close your eyes, don’t take another look
Elvis has left the building

Dragonfly Wing

Forgive me now, if I forget somehow
How fragile we all are
You’re a delicate thing, you’re a dragonfly wing
Above the sky of stars

If I could hold back time
I’d save this moment where I’m with you forever

Sometimes we might shout and fight
Say things we don’t really feel
But through skies of grey a light shines the way
We have love so we can heal

If I could hold back time
I’d save this moment where I’m with you forever
Dragonfly wing

Sometimes we don’t know what we’re capable of
Sometimes the truest words are never spoken
We’ll never know how much love
Our hearts can hold unless they’re open

Your pretty face, floating in space
Flying though the sky
So much joy and fear in every smile and tear
As the years go by

If I could hold back time
I’d save this moment where I’m with you forever
Dragonfly wing

Don’t Even Know

I don’t even know what you’re talkin’ about
You’ve gone to places I’ve never been
I don’t even know why you move your mouth
Talkin’ ’bout things I’ve never seen

Are you the same person that
Was here before I turned away?
Or are you just another stranger
Passin’ before my eyes before you fade away?

I don’t know why you pretend these things are true
We both know they’re not and never will be
I don’t know why you talk about the things we’re gonna do
When you know you’re gonna do them all without me

Are you the same person that
Was here before I turned away?
Or are you just another vision
Passing before my eyes before you fade away?

I don’t know why you can’t come clean after all these years
As if you’re determined to hold on till your dyin’ breath
When all that you defend has only led to tears
And all that you call life just leads to death

Are you the same person that
Was here before I turned away?
Or are you just another dream
Passin’ before my eyes befire you fade away?

I don’t even know why I came to this place
As if wishful thinking could overcome cold fact
I don’t know what it was I looked for for so long in your face
I’m gonna leave while I can still find my way back

Are you the same person that
Was here before I runed away?
Or are you just another memory
Passin’ before my eyes before you fade away?

As We Go Spinning Madly On

Life doesn’t hesitate one single minute
We’re headin’ out every moment that we’re in it
But there doesn’t have to be a sad tomorrow
I know my time was never mine to borrow

I know one thing
Though days are changing like the weather
The light that shines around you
Is gonna shine forever
And I will always love you
As we go spinning madly on

You’re there, you’re everywhere around me
How could I dare to say life never found me?
When fear comes and tries to close my throat down
I know fear won’t win the final showdown

I know one thing
Though days are changing like the weather
The light that shines around you
Is gonna shine forever
And I will always love you
As we go spinning madly on

Diggin’ Your Vibe

Did I ever tell you you’re the queen of the crop?
Did I ever tell you you’re a symphony?
Did I ever tell you you’re the masterpiece of love?
Whatever you wanna do is alright with me

I’m diggin’ your vibe, I’m diggin’ your vibe
I’m diggin’ your vibe all the way down to the ground

Did I ever tell you if you were a broadway show
I’d be there everynight in the very first row
If I was assigned to write a review
I’d give all the stars in the sky to you

I’m diggin’ your vibe, I’m diggin’ your vibe
I’m diggin’ your vibe all the way to the other side of the universe

I don’t always say just what I mean
So let me try and make this clear –
You got the sweetest face I’ve ever seen
Even if I gotta look at it through tears

If you ever find the time in the night or in the day
To walk around or just to talk
Even if your house was a million miles away
I still got the key to turn the lock –

I’m diggin’ your vibe, I’m diggin’ your vibe
I’m diggin’ your vibe all the way to infinity

On the Banks of the St. Clair

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

There’s too many people starin’ in our direction
There’s too many people starin’ with no connection
Why can’t we get away from this, far from all their pryin’ eyes?
They don’t need to know our business, we’re not trying to advertise

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

When I’ve run out of excuses to keep livin’
That’s the time I see the truth is all about forgivin’
As I try to claw my way through this unholy mess
Forgive me if I stray here and there from the path of holiness

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

You know the one who loves you, you know it must be me
The one who puts no-one above you – who else would that be?
There is no problem we can’t solve,
There is no wrong we can’t make right
Just tell me where it hurts,
I’ll get on top of it tonight

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

My love is brighter than the flowers that are shinin’ in the sun
She’s darker than the ocean where the deepest waters run
Her heart is as tender and as gentle as the rain
She’s wedded to the world with bonds of love and pain

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

I’m tired of waiting, tired of watchin’ the door
I waited for so long I forgot what I was waiting for
They can put me in my grave, they can bury me at sea
But they can never take away the memory of you from me

On the banks of the St. Clair, on the banks of the St. Clair
I was lookin’ everywhere when I saw you there
On the banks of the St. Clair

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Fugitives (2006)

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1. FUGITIVES
2. I’M NOT SAYIN’
3. ALL THE LOVE
4. WHEN THE SPIRIT CALLS ME
5. LORD HELP ME
6. THANK YOU
7. CALM DOWN
8. MAN ON THE CROSS
9. DEVIL’S GOT A FOOTHOLD IN YOUR HEART
10. SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND

Fugitives

We might as well be fugitives, we’re always livin’ on the run
Never bein’ sure of where our next meal’s comin’ from
Down here in the coliseum where push always comes to shove
We’re dodgin’ lions as we’re wonderin’ what it is we’re guilty of
For all we’ve gained from running scared or from just hangin’ around
We might as well be fugitives, livin’ underground.

Some arise and some descend upon the tides of circumstance
The winners all believe it’s justice, the losers all believe it’s chance
While the last defenders of the faith are out there on the road
Tryin’ to spark the jaded interests of a public bought and sold
With alligator smiles and crocodile tears
We might as well be fugitives, a thousand miles from here

There’s a world wide war goin’ on
In case ya didn’t know
But it’s not the one that you see on the news
Or any television show
The battlefield is everywhere
The casualties displayed
Upon the streets of our fair cities
Or on video parade

We might as well be fugitives, livin’ under different names
Greeting each other in disguise with secret handshakes pre-arranged
Among these worshippers of wealth, among these connoisseurs of doom
You’re never quite sure who to trust, or whose soul belongs to whom
Somewhere beneath the hurricane, somewhere above the undertow
We might as well be fugitives, on the loose in Mexico

And as you look around the world
Two kinds of people will you see
The one who feels we’re never free to choose
The one who knows we’ve gotta choose to be
The one who believes that the lame may walk
And that the deaf may hear
The other becomes mute with rage
And paralysed by fear

We might as well be fugitives, settin’ off at dawn
Along a loose chain of connections, out into oblivion
Weavin’ in between the monuments of all the ones who froze
Into positions that they settled for when they all gave up the ghost
Beyond the silence of the graveyard we hear the music from afar
We might as well be fugitives, followin’ a star

I’m Not Sayin’

I never felt so free till I began to live in You
When you’re born into a lie it’s so hard to know the truth
I’m not sayin’ I’m worthy of your love but I’m tryin’ to be

Nothing could be easier than to criticize each other
To step over our own mess as we’re pointin’ out our brothers’
I’m not sayin’ I’m worthy of Your love but I’m tryin’ to be

I’m tryin’ everyday to fulfill the vows I made
Tryin’ everyday, but sometimes I feel so afraid

Spendin’ your whole lifetime tryin’ to be cool
Finally end up with a fistful of dust and you see who’s the real fool
I’m not sayin’ I’m worthy of your love but I’m tryin’ to be

I’m tryin’ everyday to fulfill the vow I made
Tryin’ everyday, but sometimes I might get waylaid

But if I ever should desert you, or make you feel abandoned
May a bolt of lightning come and strike me where I’m standin’
I’m not sayin’ I’m worthy of your love but I’m tryin’ to be

Tryin’ everyday to fulfill the vow I made
Tryin’ everyday, and sometimes I know I’ve got it made

When you’re born into a lie it’s so hard to know the truth
I never knew the truth till I was born again in You
I’m not sayin’ I’m worthy of your love but I’m tryin’ to be

All the Love

God sent His grace into my life
In a way that amazes me still
I’ve never gotten over it
And I don’t expect I ever will

It’s one thing to believe, it’s one thing to know
But it’s another to feel inside
The mercy that announces itself when His will
And our prayers are workin’ side by side

Givin’ us all the love, givin’ us all the love
Givin’ us all the love that we need to get by on

It was a perilous time when our luck had run out
And it seemed that the end was at hand
As our hearts opened wide in the time of our need
He entered in and His work He began

So how can I doubt the glory that is?
To see your face is all I need to do
To know the love of the One who cared for me so much
To send me somebody like you

Givin’ me all the love, givin’ us all the love
Givin’ us all the love that we need to get by on

Keep me far from the wiles of smug hopelessness
Or of sophisticated despair
Let the fire of Your being stay fresh in my blood
Keep Your majesty closer than air

For though the days may be stormy there’s now a light in our hearts
Like a beacon on a hill
That sends all the lies runnin’ for the dark
And makes the truth shine brighter still

Givin’ us all the love, givin’ us all the love
Givin’ us all the love that we need to get by on.

When the Spirit Calls Me

Got my heart stripped naked
Got my soul laid bare
Seems to be the only way
That I can see You everywhere
I got my mind wide empty
There is nothing left to say
There’s just a tiny voice that’s whisperin’
That it’s always been this way

When the spirit calls me
I want to be waitin’
When the spirit calls me
There will be no hesitatin’

I used to entertain some strange delusions
Not so long ago
I used to think I was goin’ somewhere
I used to think there was somewhere to go
But now I’m lookin’ up at the blue sky
And I know that if I don’t have it by now
What it is I want and need
Sure ain’t gonna come along someplace later anyhow

When the spirit calls me
I want to be waitin’
When the spirit calls me
There will be no hesitatin’

This world will betray you
Till you’re like a beast bein’ led to slaughter for its meat
Who you gonna bow down to, and pray to
But the One who bows before you now to wash your feet?

Now I’m sittin’ on my doorstep
Feelin’ like I’ve just been born
I lost my passport and my papers
My millstone and my crown of thorns
I’ve given up all loyalties
To this ragged bag of bones
Down the street crickets are chirping
As the whole world’s overthrown

When the spirit calls me
I want to be waitin’
When the spirit calls me
There will be no hesitatin’

Lord Help Me

Lord help me
I don’t want to be
Another television talkin’ head
Spoutin’ my opinions on ideas long dead
Polluting the air with useless trash
Singin’ for the man and dancin’ for the cash

Lord help me
Lord save me
Save me from myself, don’t let me be defined
By all the lowest thoughts to crawl across my mind
Keep my hands from wanderin’ where they don’t belong
Keep my feet upon the path, keep my courage strong

Lord help me
I don’t want to be
Just another sitting duck
For some psychopath marksman to try his luck
Don’t wanna die on this battlefield grim
Because of some politicians’ misguided whim

Lord help me
I don’t want to be
Another piece of waste goin’ along with the flow
Sittin’ on the fence with both eyes closed
Washin’ my hands with a smile so bland
Of all the pain around me, never tryin’ to take a stand

Lord help me
I don’t want to be
Another follower who gets lost along the way
Who quits when it gets tough and leaves it to another day
Keep me in Your heart, don’t let me into their game get drawn
Let Your truth be the foundation that my life is built upon

Lord help me
Lord save me
Help me to survive and turn the other cheek
When the flesh and the spirit are both so weak
I’m seekin’ Your protection from
The world that You have overcome

Thank You

How can I ever thank You
For what you’ve done for me?
You made my life into everything
Anyone could ever hope a life should be

You pulled me from my dozy dreamland
And opened up my eyes to see
Just when all of my worst inclinations
Had begun to get the best of me

And I just want to thank You
From the bottom of my heart
And I just want to say “Thank You”
For givin’ me a brand new start

You reached right through my shame to find me
Right through the pain no other eyes have seen
You saw right through the rags that I was wearin’
Into the very heart of me

No-one else could walk that lonesome highway
No-one else has the kindness or the strength
No-one else would lay themselves upon the line to find me
The way that you do everyday.

And I just want to thank You
From the bottom of my heart
And I just want to say thank You
For givin’ me a brand new start

I could feel it creepin’ up upon me
That death-like coldness all around
Who would have ever dreamed that You’d be the one
To come and claim me at the pound?

Who’d ever dare believe in love
In such a lost and lonely grave?
But I was able to, just because of You
And because of Your love I was saved

And I just want to thank You
From the bottom of my heart
And I just want to say thank You
For givin’ me a brand new start.

Calm Down

Well I got to calm down when times are tough
Got to calm down and trust your love
If I try every way and continue to fail
Got to calm down, believe the truth will prevail

Got to calm down when I want to attack
Just do the best I can and then step back
And give grace the time and the space to move in
Got to calm down to let healin’ begin

‘Cause all of our worryin’ and all of our strife
Won’t add a minute to anyone’s life
And all of our days pass by in a blur
As we worry about things that never occur

Got to calm down when the stakes are high
And stop bein’ controlled by what I should just pass by
Do I always have to jump at the bait, must I always respond?
Got to calm down when the pressure’s on

So much on our attention is makin’ demands
But you can count what’s important on the fingers of one hand
I don’t need an interpreter, I don’t need to be led
I don’t need to go out my door to know what’s goin’ on in my head

I got to calm down when things go wrong
Why should I get lost in the notes if I can follow the song?
When I feel hung out to dry, like an also-ran
Got to calm down and believe there’s a plan

Man on the Cross

When you’ve been freed from the bondage of Satan
There’s no more weepin’, there’s no more waitin’
Heaven opens up before ya
Everything you need’s provided for ya
God will give of His grace
And it’ll restore ya

When you fly with the wings of the Spirit
Don’t have to hate your life, don’t have to fear it
You can soar so high above
And your Father’s love
Will never let you fall
His strength is more than enough

You can gather up all your possessions
And judge your worth by their final cost
As for me and my house,
We’re followin’ the Man on the cross

I was lost, but no more lost than most
Followin’ the commandments of a ghost
Believin’ in what history
Had to say to me
Keepin’ me locked up in the chains
Of the world’s brutality

But life is a train wreck, I think you’ve heard it said
There’s just the walking wounded, the survivors and the dead
I became what I was meant to be
Through the blood He shed for me
I ain’t goin’ back anymore
To what used to be

You can study your astrology
And believe your life is up with the stars
As for me and my house
We know it’s with the Man on the cross

I know He’ll be good to me
He pulled me from the tomb and opened up my eyes to see
Saved me from the promises and lies
Of so many devils in disguise
He speaks for the humble and the low
Not for only just the faces everybody knows
His yoke is free and light
It’s not the kinda love that keeps you up at night

The grave is a doorway of a curious kind
You can’t take nothin’ with ya, you don’t leave much behind
In the fleeting moment we’re here
It seems to me to be so clear
We got to search for the truth
And it ain’t in the mirror

Naked we’ve come, naked we’re gonna go
There’s no rehearsal, only the show
Don’t you think the time has finally come
To pray for mercy to the One?
Start livin’ by forgiveness
Instead of by the gun

You can fight another war
To decide who’s gonna be the boss
As for me and my house
There’s only one boss
As for me and my house
It’s the Man on the cross

Devil’s Got a Foothold in Your Heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Is he leanin’ in your brain?
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Makin’ you insane
Does he make you feel crazy like you’re always on the run?
Make you feel queasy like you’re too long in the sun?
Make you feel finished when you haven’t had the chance to start?
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
And does it keep you weak?
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
You’re not unique
You see’em everyday, they’re called the walkin’ dead
Lost in their addiction, their bitterness and dread
In a mental labyrinth no map could ever chart
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Do you feel him ever-near?
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
You ever see him in the mirror?
Does he take you by degrees into his pit?
Givin’ you everything you need to keep you locked in it?
You think you’re livin’ life, but you’re just playin’ a part
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Makin’ you think that you’re the top
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Makin’ you think you’re never gonna drop
Puffed up with pride and arrogance on your little throne
Elite and so important you can’t talk to anyone
Might even be a genius, but you just ain’t that smart
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Makin’ you wanna fade away
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Tellin’ you it’s always been this way
Does he blind you with temptation so you’re always on the take?
Betrayin’ yourself and the ones you love with every move you make?
With the kind of ruthless greed tearin’ the world apart
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Makin’ you lose everything
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart
Have you forgotten how to sing?
How can he be banished, how can he be overthrown?
Gotta trust the One under Whose power it already has been done
Get on your knees and seek God’s mercy, that’s the only way to start
Devil’s got a foothold in your heart

Seek And Ye Shall Find

Seek and ye shall find or stay and you’ll go blind
From all of the distractions that the devil has designed
To re-arrange, derange, and estrange your troubled mind
To keep you left behind, to keep your soul in line
With all the oh-so-angry and the many so resigned

Keep knockin’ on that door for one million years or more
Whatever did you think this life was given to you for?
To be another brokenhearted soldier in an endless war?
Or to know you are a child of God in His care forevermore?
Once you feel Him movin’ through your life you’ll know the reason you were born

God is merciful, God will understand
Whatever you got buried in whatever land you’re standin’ in
But first you got to call to Him, reach out with your hand
And He’ll meet you half-way, if you just give Him the chance
To show that mercy, love and forgiveness are the foundation of His plan

Don’t doubt He’s gonna heal you, don’t doubt He gonna come
Don’t doubt He’s gonna free you from whatever drug you’re strung out on
He’s everywhere around you, there’s no place that you’ve gone
That He’s not been watching over you, over everything you’ve done
What did you expect? You’re His daughter, you’re His son

Once I was so doubtful, I was so convinced
Of the bitter truth of a heartless world there’s no defence against
But now I know that God is love and I cannot pretend
Like a remembered song from childhood it’s comin’ back again
After so long in exile, so long beyond the fence

I searched and I did find, I looked and I did see
I knocked upon the door and it was opened unto me
I stepped inside and was born again into the one reality:
The miracle of God’s compassion stretching to infinity
Now I’m never goin’ back again – Thank God – I’m finally free

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The Miracle Business (2004)

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1.    HERE I AM
2.    DIAMONDS IN THE AIR
3.    HEAD IN THE CLOUDS
4.    SOFT BLUE GAZE
5.    SOMEDAY SOON
6.    MAJOR OF CRAZYTOWN
7.    PASSIN’ THROUGH
8.    LITTLE JERK
9.    HORSEMAN
10.    SOMEBODY’S KNOCKIN’
11.    FIELDS OF PLENTY

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HERE I AM

Honey baby, please
don’t write me off as a dead man
Because the image I’m attempting to project
is more like that of a “get ahead man”
I’m still pickin’ myself up off the floor
I’m still headin’ back in for more
(through the door)
and anytime you want me, baby
Here I am

I’ve been travellin’ down some rocky roads
And I got to say I took a little bit of a knockin’
But to lose your life and regain it again around here
Well, it really isn’t all that shockin’
It’s just a surface wound at best
Everyday I’m getting’ more and more
From less and less (yes)
And anytime you want me, baby
Here I am

They opened up the gates of paradise
Out on the old main drag where we used to cruise
They offered me a free entry but I had to refuse
Compared to the sanctuary of your sweet love
There was nothing there that I could use

Well, I’m poised and primed for action
I’m ready, I’m able, I’m willin’
Point me in the direction of the enemy
I’ll hunt him down and kill him
You got me on this mission, dear
And I want all the world to hear (in their ear)
That anytime you want me, baby,
Here I am

I’m tryin’ to tow this vessel into the harbour
But you know I can’t do it all on my one and only
I can’t lift myself up by my own bootstraps
Can’t see beyond the wave that’s crashin’ on me
But when they ring that bell
I’ll be in there fightin’, I’ll be mad as hell
(Oh well)
And anytime you want me, baby
Here I am

And that’s one thing you’ll never learn in school
If you wanna win the game you got to break all the rules
And anytime you want me, baby
Here I am

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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DIAMONDS IN THE AIR

I see you there at the bottom of a hole
beneath the soil, beneath the clover
I see you there at the bottom of a hole
thinkin’ its over, you’ve been passed over

And there are diamonds in the air, love
Diamonds everywhere love
Diamonds in the air

I know the pain that’s eatin’ you
All that you remember I remember too
I know the pain that’s eatin’ you
all that you remember I remember too

And there are diamonds in the air love
Diamonds everywhere love
Diamonds in the air

There’s just two roads leadin’ out of this town
one you got to walk down
and on the other one you’re carried
There’s just two roads leadin’ out of this town
at the end of one you get released,
at the end of one you get buried

And there are diamonds in the air love
Diamonds everywhere love
Diamonds in the air

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

The sun comes up at the break of the day
The sunlight comes till it’s taken away
The sunlight comes when sunlight’s allowed
But you can’t see the sunlight
if you head’s in the clouds

All the glory of heaven was in front of me
All the joy and the wonder
that there ever could be
My feet were movin’ too fast, my mouth was
talkin’ too loud
My eyes never could see it,
for my head was in the clouds

Elegance and splendour are waiting for you
Elegance and splendour,
when you finally see through

How many times has the solution
to problems ’neath which I was bowed
Waited for me in the sunlight
when my head was in the clouds?

My head’s in the clouds
when I’m not grateful to you
My head’s in the cloud
when I refuse to see through
and I won’t let you

There’s a universe of love infinite and nigh
There’s a tapestry unfolding across the sky
Miracles and scenes of beauty all around us crowd
But our eyes never see them
When our heads’ in the clouds

My head’s in the clouds
when I’m not grateful to you
My head’s in the clouds
when I refuse to see through
and I won’t let you

Miracles and scenes of beauty all around us crowd
But our eyes never see them
when our head’s in the clouds

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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SOFT BLUE GAZE

I’m lookin’ hard through all my days
Lookin’ hard for your soft blue gaze
Lookin’ hard through this microscope for ya
In the middle of this dystopia

And I don’t wanna disturb or distress ya
But may I take this time to bless ya?
I bless the letters in your name
I bless the moment that you came

The wolf is standin’ at the door
Bigger than the one they sent before
He’s quite a fearful vision
But so’s the slingshot under my seat cushion

Bakers make bread, farmers make hay
We’re makin’ love all day
We’ve come too far to turn back now
It’s not even the same track now

You’re the whole nine yards and then some beyond
You rescue me from the shipwreck
you’re what I’m shipwrecked on
You’re one hundred and twenty proof
I know one day it could all go poof

I’m keepin’ to the narrow path
Let’em all go worship the golden calf
The last supper’s postponed for now
I wasn’t hungry anyhow

The butcher stands with his long sharp sword
Passin’ judgement on the works of the Lord
Well I’m just tryin’ to do my best
To tend this little garden of flesh

I’m holdin’ on to you
And to what you are holdin’ onto
Time crawls backwards in a panic
Do I look like a mechanic?

Everyday I thank God above for your beautiful soul
Beyond that, things are pretty much out of our control
The sun is sinking, evening’s nigh
Red and gold waves spread across the sky

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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SOMEDAY SOON

Someday soon you’re gonna find
You’re gonna get no response
for your old tried and true line
You’re gonna look around,
signs of approval to see
Little old man sweepin’ up the floor
is all there’s gonna be
You’re gonna know what it’s like
to cry beneath the moon
At the other end of the harpoon, someday soon

Someday soon that beast that you’re ridin’
He’s gonna turn on you
and you’ll have to do some decidin’
Gonna have to do some fast thinkin’
might have to change your tune
To save yourself from ruin, someday soon

Someday soon you better start givin’
as well as receivin’
Or someday soon somebody’s
gonna have to be leavin’
somebody will be grievin’

Someday soon you’re gonna see
Just what kind of a friend I tried to be
Never meant to wound or hurt you,
I only wanted the best
Someday soon you’ll see what happens
when you settle for less

Someday soon you’re gonna be frownin’
instead of smilin’
Someday soon you’ll find out the hard way
that no-one’s an island
Your woes’ll be pilin’

Someday soon you’re gonna know what it’s all about
To spend half your life just tryin’ to dig out
And if you’re needin’ my help,
I’m pretty sure I got nothin’ doin’
Some afternoon, someday soon

And if I’m needin’ your help,
I’m pretty sure I got nothin doin’
Some crazy afternoon, someday soon

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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MAYOR OF CRAZYTOWN

I wanna eat when I’m hungry, I wanna sleep when I’m tired
But then along comes The Man to legislate my desire
Tellin’ me what I should know, showin’ me what I should see
Tellin’ me where I should go, tellin’ me who I should be

To live your life manipulated by whatever force that’s hangin’ around
Well you can call me crazy, but if that’s sane
you can call me the Mayor of Crazytown

A thousand new recruits are goin’ out everyday
To try to receive what they can never repay
Suckin’ the last of the blood out of the earth
Tramplin’ all of the rubies into the dirt

The only long-term investment they make is in a hole in the ground
Well you can call me crazy, but if that’s sane
you can call me the Mayor of Crazytown

I wake up every morning and I have a cup of brew
Then I stand around dumbfounded because I got nothing to do
You got the market cornered, you got it all sewed up
You got the piledrivers drivin’, I hear them comin’ over the horizon

The old men plan, the old men frown
They say for freedom the young must lay their lives down
The freedom to make peace by wagin’ a war
To show other lands how civilized they are

The freedom of the old to send the young to lay their lives down
Well you can call me crazy, but if that’s sane
you can call me the Mayor of Crazytown

Well I wake up every morning and I have a cup of brew
Then I stand around dumbfounded, ’cause what can I do?
You got the waterfront covered, you got it all sewed up
You got the piledrivers drivin’, I see them comin’ over the horizon

We got our feet on the same planet, we’re breathin’ the same air
But when the whip comes down, all similarities end there
There’s a gunman at the border, there’s a line drawn in the sand
Which entirely determines if you got a givin’ or a takin’ hand

Depending on the colour of your skin, the god you worship
and from what country you’re bound
And you can call me crazy, but if that’s sane
you can call me the Mayor of Crazytown

Depending on the colour of your skin, the god you worship
and what’s in your account
And you can call me crazy, but if that’s sane
you can call me the Mayor of Crazytown

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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PASSIN’ THROUGH

How can I be whole
until you return?
Some things we never recover from
some things we never learn
And I was the one who only focused on
where I was goin’to
Until I realized
I was only passin’ through

If the sun comes up
then it’s a good day
If not for me
well I’ll just wait until it turns the other way
And the briars and brambles that clutch out
with their thorny crown lasso
No they can’t catch me
I’m only passin’ through

Floating along on the breeze
in between the trees
Singin’ whatever song I please
from the gatepost where I’m located

Goin’ along for the ride out
keepin’ my eye out
For where Lady Luck’s hide out
might be situated

There seems to be a limit
on how long we can park here
We’re here for a minute
then we disappear
But time won’t have the final say
on flowers I picked for you
In swaying fields beneath the sun
that I was passin’ through

Driftin’ downstream
dreamin’ my dream
While all the sunlight’s golden beams
were shinin’ ‘round me

When twilight shadows fill the skies
there’s always one or two I recognize
They’re always so pleasantly surprised
they’ve found me

There’s no way to measure
the love I have for you
No way to measure
where that love is goin’ to
From our hearts to our fingertips
and through the sky of blue
Our love like ourselves
keeps on passin’ through

Amblin’ down any kind of street
through the eyes of anyone that you might meet
Or anyone you might casually greet
through a window

On the hill where the widows
and widowers are cryin’
in the bedclothes of the perpetually sighin’
With the lovers fallin’ and arisin’
as the warm and lonesome evening wind blows

I’m on my way
I’ve got a job to do
Got a feeling that I won’t know what it is
till after it’s all through
I’m lookin’ at all the different coloured houses
along the avenue
I’m paintin’ pictures of the view
as I’m passin’ through

I’m savin’ it all up for you
as I’m passin’ through

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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LITTLE JERK

If heaven is forever,
then what are we waitin’ around here for?
It’s like when you walk into a room
and you can’t remember what you went there for
I’m quite willing to turn my hand
to any kind of useful work
I know that I’m no big fish pullin’ on the line
I’m just a little jerk

Mama always told me
Be careful where you walk
What will cause the evil man to rejoice
will cause the righteous one to balk
I was walkin’ down the street one day
one day the street went berserk
Behind every monumental disaster
there stands a little jerk

Oh how lucky I am history’s been good to me
I could be lyin’ in a ditch,
I could be swingin’ from a tree
But I’m free – as I can afford to be
He said with a rueful smirk

Oh you little jerk

I picked up my pointer
to teach a lesson to the crowd
But my pointer got entangled in my teacher’s robe
I fell down in a chalk dust cloud
Now I’m just hangin’ around the kitchen
waitin’ for the coffee to perk
Don’t take a locomotive to raise the windowblind,
honey baby
all it takes is a little jerk

Don’t need a locomotive to raise the windowblind,
honey baby
all you need is a little jerk

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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HORSEMAN

Just as water over a thousand years
may wear away a stone
So do the years over the span of a life
tear the flesh off of the bone
While all around
the merry buzzards fly
Pass by, horseman, pass by

I heard a man named Joseph
arguing with the innkeep
All about the sleep
of reason so deep
Someone’ll always have another reason
for you to lay down and die
Pass by, horseman, pass by

You were born beneath the cypress tree
with angels singin’ so divine
You were born in a combat zone
you just didn’t know it at the time
They talk of the pursuit of happiness
every move they make gives that line the lie
Pass by, horseman, pass by

Can’t walk the road anymore
of the ones that must always resist
It’s not that it’s goin’ nowhere
it’s just that it doesn’t exist
Puttin’ all their faith and hopes for security
on that which they can least rely
Pass by, horseman, pass by

I see you on the patio
I see you in the shattered glass
In the vacant lot behind the strip mall
and underneath the overpass
In the tormented grappling of need
in the sunset bleeding with the feeling I deny
Pass by, horseman, pass by

The masters of concealment
the emperors of the unreal
Are in the business of destruction
wholesale and piecemeal
With heartbreak and devastation
they swallow you up, then mourn you with a sigh
Pass by, horseman, pass by

They’re buildin’ a highway through the forest
it should be finished anyday
It’ll take us anywhere we wanna go
as long as we all want to go the same way
While somewhere beyond the courtyard
the lonesome whippoorwills cry
Pass by, horseman, pass by

You know I’m feelin’ for ya, honey
but it’s getting’ me withdrawn
The more things slip away
the more you’re tryin’ to hold on
It’s too dangerous to carry
you can’t sell it on the sly
Pass by, horseman, pass by

Too many livin’ life unconscious
too many eatin’ sorrow’s bread
Too many trapped in the collapsin’
empires of the dead
Swept away by the avalanche
undone by an evil eye
Pass by, horseman, pass by

My experience was not unusual
though some will say it odd
It was nothing more and nothing less
than fallin’ into the arms of God
Teachin’ me to look and look again
as I roam beneath the stormy sky
Pass by, horseman, pass by

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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SOMEBODY’S KNOCKIN’

Somebody’s knockin, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware while we were all just talkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

Look out the window, honey, tell me what it is you see
is it somethin’ that warms or chills your blood?
Look out the window, honey, tell me what it is you see
is it a live connection you got or is it a dud?

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware when we were all sleepwalkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

Lift up your shade, honey, tell me who it is you see
is it friend or foe or anybody else you know?
Lift up the shade, honey, tell me who it is you see
can we keep a lid on this thing for awhile or is it all gonna blow?

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware while we were all just talkin’?

There’s people hangin’ around from here to Watertown
all standin’ ‘round like little children with their wagons
There’s people hangin’ around from here to Watertown
at the slightest signal they’re gonna rise up like a dragon

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware when we were all sleepwalkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

Don’t you move a muscle, honey, sit back and enjoy the show
for there’s nothing here that time will not disclose
There’s nothing hidden now that won’t be later revealed
nothing whispered now that won’t be shouted from the top of the house

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware while we were all just talkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

No need to fear him, honey, he ain’t no interloper
no doctor nor no soldier of war
He’s just gonna give you a joy so big it’s gonna flow back into you past
and wipe out the memory of every pain you ever suffered before

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware when we were all sleepwalkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to catch us unaware while we were all just talkin’?
Somebody’s knockin’, who in the world could it be
to be so freely after midnight stalkin’?

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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FIELDS OF PLENTY

Fields of plenty
are right outside your door
Just when you think there is no more
when you’re down to your last penny

Fields of plenty
can be seen in the eyes
Of the ones who cause the sun to rise
Gazin’ on the world so old, knowin’ they behold
the fields of plenty

Fields of plenty
may seem beyond your touch
But you can reach them even with your crutch
if you start out late or early

Fields of plenty
they ain’t no ordinary field
You just step forward and you’re healed
In a blaze of light, day or night
in fields of plenty

Honey don’t wait up for me tonight
I’m goin’ down, I’m goin’ down
I’m goin’ down

To the fields of plenty
just on the other side of that wall
Where so many strive to have it all
and others don’t have any

Fields of plenty
brighter than the lights that shine on high
Appearin’ in the twinkling of an eye
On yonder hill, we’re dreamin’ still
of fields of plenty

On yonder hill, we’re headin’ still
for fields of plenty

© 2003 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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The Floating World (2002)

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DISC I
1.    THE ROCK
2.    GROUNDHOG BLUES
3.    (AIN’T NO) GETTIN’ OVER YOU
4.    WHEN I GET THROUGH
5.    THE VOICE
6.    TRUE AND BEAUTIFUL
7.    HANGIN’ ON
8.    EPISTLE TO THE DEMOLITION CREW
9.    HYMN
10.    SPECIAL PLACE
11.    GOOD TIME JOE
12.    TAKE CARE OUT THERE
13.    MAN ENOUGH
14.    HER SONG
15.    ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE TO BEHOLD IN YOUR LOVE
16.    BORDERLINE TOWN

DISC II
1.    PRIME OF LIFE
2.    OUTSIDER
3.    DRIFT AWAY
4.    DREAMS OF A RIDICULOUS MAN
5.    LONG LONESOME NIGHT
6.    TWO HEARTS
7.    OH MY LOVE
8.    WHY
9.    REALLY LOVE
10.    YOU MAKE IT EASY

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DISC I

THE ROCK

Got my head on straight and nothin’s gonna shake me
You’re welcome to try if you think you’re gonna break me
’Cause I’ve been through the mill and I’m here to say
Nothin’in the world’s gonna make me fade away
I’m bolted to the rock, a hundred and ten percent dedicated to love

Been up to the mountain, been out to the coast
Followin’ the faith of the promises of ghosts
But I had the scum cleaned from my eyes to see
Your pricetags and your labels don’t mean nothin’ to me
I’m bolted to the rock, a hundred and ten percent dedicated to love

I talk to the president, he says “We gotta write another law”
I talk to the policeman, he says “Won’t you stand up against the wall?”
I talk to the reverend, he says “Don’t tell anyone what you saw,
This could start another war!”

I don’t live for your approval or to be a millionaire
I ain’t livin’ for the weekend or brand new frigidaire
I’m livin’ by faith, you know the kind I mean
The kind that moves a mountain and can separate a sea
I’m bolted to the rock, a hundred and ten percent dedicated to love

I talk to the president, he says “We gotta write another law”
I talk to the businessman, he says “We can make off with quite a haul”
I talk to the policeman, he says “Don’t tell anyone what you saw,
This could start another war!”

You got people’s approval if you keep’em entertained
Talk about what’s real and they act like you’re insane
Hit you with their shame, fill you with their fear
I don’t wanna be aloof, so I try and persevere
But I’m bolted to the rock, a hundred and ten percent dedicated to love

Tryin’ to move a mountain one pebble at a time
Goin’ around in circles, tryin’ to walk the line
Livin’ fifty lifetimes in a single day
Talkin’ Japanese in the heart of Paraguay
I’m bolted to the rock, a hundred and ten percent dedicated to love

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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GROUNDHOG BLUES

Some people get lost in the darkness
Some people get lost in daylight
Me I got lost in a glimpse of your love
And I hope to remain out of sight

I hope no-one comes lookin’ for me
I don’t trust myself to be polite
I’m out here tryin’ to build wings
I don’t have time for these things
Honey, tell’em I’m gone for the night

I’m tired of all this nothin’ for somethin’
Sick of the ol’ runaround
Tryin’ to earn the respect
Or collect a paycheque
From some crook on the wrong side of town
I’ve seen all the city can offer
And I know all the tricks it can play
I’ve seen all the ploys
Of the girls and the boys
Makin’ life harder to live each day

Sometimes you wake up and find you been dreamin’
Sometimes in a dream you are oddly aware
Sometimes you find yourself caught
In places you never thought you’d be
And can’t recall how you got there

I once knew a man who died quickly
I knew another who died bit by bit
I know many who stayed till they faded away
And never even realized it

But hope sometimes comes from strange places
It appears when you expect it least
It’s somewhere off the stage
Past the cramped sticky cage
We erect in the midst of this feast

I held out my hand for the rain
That no-one believed would come down
I waited four days or more
By the fifth day it poured
By the sixth I swear I nearly drowned

Still I’m not gonna argue with strangers
I never did get this world anyhow
Where forces unknown
Are attempting to clone
More of what no-one looks after now

I’m just tryin’ to reach up to Heaven
Stayin’ one step ahead of my need
Stayin’ clear of our pals
And their calm rationales
For murder and torture and greed

No I don’t get too shocked or excited
’Bout any new deals that get handed down
Got so little invested,
Why should I get arrested
By the latest “Sieg heil!” shoutin’ clown?

Pardon me if I’m not fascinated
About the outcome of your race
It’s all fixed anyhow,
I’m in a different world now
That hangs suspended from a child’s shoelace

My veins keep rejecting this pipeline
Of poisonous gossip and buzz
Hey there, good neighbour
Won’t you do me the favour
Of forgettin’ that I ever was?

Some people get lost in the darkness
Some people get lost in daylight
Me I got lost in a glimpse of your love
And I hope to remain out of sight

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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(AIN’T NO) GETTIN’ OVER YOU

Well there ain’t no gettin’ over you
Because there ain’t no-one who can do the things you do
You got no real competitors, it’s true
You’re gonna conquer me because I want you to

There ain’t no way to live this down
Got to live up to this thing that’s pullin’ me around
I can’t escape it, might as well make friends with it, I’ve found
It only wants what’s best for me, that’s why I’m always trouble-bound

I’ve been a puppet and a poet
And by now you’d think I’d know it
You got me dead to rights
I’ve been a painter and a pirate
You’re the one that did inspire it
You keep turnin’ on the lights

There ain’t no way I’ll ever let you out
Got you tattooed upon my soul without a doubt
Anytime I sit down and try and think of what it’s all about
Your name comes up sometime before the lights go out

I’ve been a puppet and a poet
And by now you’d think I’d know it
You got me dead to rights
I’ve been a painter and a pirate
You’re the one that did inspire it
You keep turnin’ on the lights

There ain’t no gettin’ ’round the fact
I’m a believer and you caught me in the act
I’m a deserter, and I’m never goin’ back
I’m gonna follow you all the way down the track

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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WHEN I GET THROUGH

When I get through all of this trouble
And it disappears like it’s a bubble
See the city of sadness fall into rubble
When I get through, when I get through

When I get through all this agonizin’
About what is or isn’t on the horizon
There’s gonna be a fire, the flames’ll be risin’
When I get through, when I get through

When I get through all these hidden detours
I’m gonna have a new heart and it’s gonna be yours
You’re gonna see a few things that you never seen before
When I get through, when I get through

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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THE VOICE

I went lookin’ for my voice in a strange and haunted place
Far beyond the common courtroom where so many plead their case
Where football players never venture and the few know all-too-well
Where the flower of truth is growin’ surrounded by the fires of hell

Or so I believed it did, and so it did for me
Next time I’ll have to look into these things more carefully
Where the only faithful heart is resting in intensive care
Where the only love you can lean upon is nowhere and everywhere

Where the only words to live by have been uttered by the mouth
Of the head upon the chopping block before the axeman snuffs it out
By the toxic waste dump some refer to as society
Excreted by the corporate bowels on shores of accepted insanity

When in amongst the tumult, like a cricket in the wind
I heard a sound besmirch the air, I heard it once again
And though I knew not where it came from,
nor the words that had been said
I heard the voice around me, and I was comforted

Far beyond the starlit meadows, far beyond the moonswept field
Behind the beauty of the wild where more beauty is concealed
In the blood red womb of the rose where the universe is born
I stumbled to the armpit of the city, all fractured and forlorn

Where the father’s chair is empty, where the hero’s crown’s unworn
Where the only useful savior’s crucified or drowned in scorn
By the unprotected orphans, by abuse forever linked
Whose justice is delayed, then rendered finally extinct

By the billboard execution, by the soundbite masquerade
In the economy of suffering where progress is always bein’ made
By the sacred paycheque martyrs bled and fed into the mouth
Of the machinery of drudgery, then hastily spat out

On bleak commercial shores where children raised up by neglect
Get sold out at shopping malls where prejudice and power intersect
When in amongst the tumult I heard it once again
As big and wide as the tidal wave we all were swimmin’ in

Something like the sound of love behind the trembling of the sky
That seemed to see exactly where we were hangin’ and knew why
And though I knew not where it came form nor the words that had been said
I heard the voice around me, and I was comforted

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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TRUE AND BEAUTIFUL

True and beautiful
That’s what you are to me
True and beautiful,
Like an old oak tree
On a hilltop, with the sun shinin’ through
The branches blowin’ wild and free
True and beautiful
That’s what you are to me

Rare and magical
You took me by surprise
Like a shooting star on a pitch black night,
Like lightning in the summer skies
Or an unexpected garden
That suddenly appears before your eyes
Rare and magical
You took me by surprise

True and beautiful
That’s what you are to me
Like an icy stream in the wintertime,
Like an old oak tree
On a hilltop, with the sun shinin’ through
The branches blowin’ wild and free
True and beautiful
That’s what you are to me

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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HANGIN’ ON

I’m hangin’ on by the kin of my teeth
Hangin’ on while alligators snap beneath
In the middle of the night, when everybody’s gone
I’m at the very end of my rope but I’m hangin’ on

I’m hangin’ on by the dust on my fingers
Hangin’ on like an ol’ blues singer
When the party’s over and the shutters are drawn
I’m at the very end of my rope but I’m hangin’ on

Everybody says “Who’s that guy up there?”
I said “Don’t worry baby, I’ll be back when I got something to share”
’Cause this old world can thin you out
Capsize your little boat upon the waters of doubt

I’m hangin’ on to a vision of Heaven
Hangin’ on, twenty-four seven
For a glimpse of the spring and a hint of the dawn
I’m at the very end of my rope but I’m hangin’ on

Sittin’ in the basement, starin’ at the wall
“I’m sorry did someone say something?” “No, nobody at all”
Waitin’ for some kinda special bell to ring
Hopin’ that when it comes you’ll be able to tell if it’s the real thing

I’m hangin’ on in a blizzard of hatred
Hangin’ on, but I think I’m gonna make it
Like a wind-up doll or an automoton
I’m at the very end of my rope but I’m hangin’ on

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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EPISTLE TO THE DEMOLITION CREW

The honourable minister got caught sellin’
Secrets in a canister, slidin’ down the banister
Cultivatin’ blisters with somebody ’s sister
But the news ain’t new, it’s just sad and sinister

I don’t care, I just wanna spend my time with you
Love to see the things you do

The multicorporation got caught
Dumpin’ contamination in a conservation area
Characters from the Book of Revelation
Tryin’ to chew a hole through somebody’s basement

I don’t care, I just wanna spend my time with you
Love to see the things you do

Well I never ever know what you’re gonna do next
Never get a chance, never get a chance to take a rest
Could be sittin’ in a multilane car wreck,
I’d still feel blessed

Nike’s, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s
All got together to solve the world’s problems
A new theme park with a simulated rain forest
Free life jackets for the comin’ global warmin’

But I don’t care, I just wanna spend my time with you
Love to see the things you do

Well I never ever know what you’re gonna do next
Never get a chance, never get a chance to take a rest
Could be sittin’ in a multilane car wreck,
I’d still feel blessed

The honourable minister got caught sellin’
Secrets in a canister, slidin’ down the banister
Cultivatin’ blisters with somebody’s sister
But the news ain’t new, it’s just sad and sinister

I don’t care, I just wanna spend my time with you
Love to see the things you do

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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HYMN

You’re always in our minds, your always in our hearts
No ocean, sea, or mountain could ever keep apart
The soul from its creator where the two are gathered here
Led on by their desire form the broken homes of fear

Your gentleness more mighty than
Any force or fortress devised by man
The rifles fire, the cannons blow
But all for naught where your tiger lilies grow

You’re in the smoky haze of the burning stakes
You’re with the angels that hover ’round till the babe awakes
You’re in the desolated cities, on the bruised and beaten streets
Where the underdog and the scapegoats meet

Your slightest touch undoes the binds
On these souls in torment, these medicated minds
Let the meek heart dance, let the grass grow o’er
These blood drenched fields, let the caged bird soar

From the isolated mansion to hovels where all hope’s run out
Where the silver spoon’s exchanged for a revolver in the mouth
Let one moment of your grace undo the centuries of scorn
Here where the children still are waiting, where the foal’s still newly born

I can’t see the wind, but I can feel it blow
Let me read the sign, let my spirit know
In the slipstream of events let me never lose the trail
Let the kindness of the dewdrops on green spring leaves never fail

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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SPECIAL PLACE

Come along with me, my mademoiselle
Though your face is hidden I know you well
I remember you since you were born
In a one horse town with no blinders on

You’ve seen how ugly things can get
Worst part of is, you know it’s not over yet
But I know your sign and I know your name
Last thing that you’re lookin’ for is more of the same

(Chorus:) I want to take you into that special place
And we’ll disappear without a single trace
We’ll soar above this world and never leave the ground
Then lightly touch back without makin’ a sound
In that special place, that special place

You know who I am; I’m just like you
And I love and I hate all the same things as you do
I’ve had enough of plans, without any about
That look so good on paper but never work out

I used to work a job, but then I snapped
One day you’re in the book, the next you’re off the map
But that’s what happens to a life when it’s lived on the square
It’s like money in the bank, it just sits there

(Chorus:) I want to take you into that special place
And we’ll disappear without a single trace
We’ll soar above this world and never leave the ground
Then lightly touch back without makin’ a sound
In that special place, that special place

Now the well’s gone dry as a dead man’s dust
But it doesn’t really matter since the pump went bust
There’s a different kind of thirst I see in your eyes
Different kind of love we share beneath the disguise

I’ve read your heart like an open book
Fryin’ pan or fire, we’re gonna get cooked
The end won’t hesitate a single minute
Let’s make our bed, let’s lie in it

And you’re gonna take me into that special place…

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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GOOD TIME JOE

His loneliness covered him up like a cloud
And it followed him everywhere he went
And you were never sure just exactly what you’d find
In the very center of it –
A hand raised in hatred, a hand raised in love
And no-one was more surprised than he
In the very moment when your most trusted friend
Suddenly became your worst enemy

Let’s have another drink for Good Time Joe
He would drink to you, you know
He could always be depended on
To let you down whenever times were tough
And he could always be depended on
To drag you down into some new fresh hole he dug
Not a word of excuse, and no apology,
And no acknowledgment of pain That wouldn’t be his style – just a sheepish smile
As he does it again and again and again

Let’s have another drink for Good Time Joe
He would drink to you, you know

I can see him now, driftin’ through all the ruined lives
A trail of disappointment in his wake
Goin’ for the easy laugh, goin’ for the big finish
Goin’ for the hearty handshake
He’s everybody’s friend, he’s a real man’s man
The party doesn’t stop till he appears
Can’t you see him dancin’ now, with his lampshade on his brow
Until he starts cryin’ in his beer?

Let’s have another drink for Good Time Joe
He would drink to you, you know

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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TAKE CARE OUT THERE

You better take care out there
’Cause you got somethin’ that is so worth preservin’
You could travel anywhere
And never find another gem so deservin’
Of your care
Take care out there

You better just slow down now
Because I’ve heard these roads are precarious
I don’t like to lay the law down
But that’s my very heart you’re carryin’
Around
Better slow down now

This highway’s haunted
And I knew it from the day I got on
Half the time we can’t wait until it’s over
Then we’re wonderin’ where it’s all gone

So you better step carefully
Here where despair is growin’ like a cancer
Many go down so willingly
You can too, but if you do you’ll have to answer
To me
Step carefully

The woods are full of intruders
And invaders of the soul
What some might see as a cause for ecstasy
Becomes another chance to exercise control

So you better take care out there
’cause what you got is no mere possession
That you could replace anywhere
But it’s a miracle so precious
So rare
Take care out there

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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MAN ENOUGH

Am I man enough to do what needs to be done?
Am I man enough to fight the battle till the battle’s won?
Am I man enough to stand
With my family hand in hand?
Am I man enough not to be a man?

Am I man enough to stick it out and take a chance?
Am I man enough to retreat when they tell me to advance?
Am I man enough to do the job for which I been selected
To stand up for a woman when a woman’s disrespected?
Am I man enough to know how it’s all connected?

It’s easy enough to say that nothin’s broke
It’s easy enough to tell another joke
It’s easy enough until you start to choke
Upon the words before they even leave your mouth
Am I man enough to tell the north from the south?

It’s easy enough to go and join the herd
And follow along without a single word
It’s easy enough to be a mockingbird
And sing along with whatever tune they’re playin’
Am I man enough to hear what my heart is sayin’?

Am I man enough to be open to the pain in the night?
Am I man enough to believe when the truth is out of sight?
Am I man enough to see,
Not be blinded by the dogma of some false philosophy?
Am I man enough to be who God created me to be?

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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HER SONG

She’s just a little one
With a face like the morning sun
And she’s changing my world as she plays in the garden

Lookin’ up with two trusting eyes
Bright and clear as the summer skies
She takes my hand and she leads me away

And I follow behind
Scarcely believing my ears and my eyes

She takes me to that special place
Where grief and sorrow never show their face
And everything’s fresh and new as the day of creation

In a land of laughter, joy and play
Where past and future both fade away
She returns me to all I’d misplaced and forgotten

And I follow behind
Scarcely believing my ears and my eyes Lord thanks for this precious day
Lord thanks for this blessed change
Lord thanks for the way she’s uncovered my heart

She’s just a little one
With a face like the morning sun
And she’s changing my world as she plays in the garden

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE TO BEHOLD IN YOUR LOVE

Passin’ through this dreadful time
I’m almost grateful for the troubles we’ve known
Revealing strength we never knew we had
And sides of life that might have never been shown

And there’s always something more to behold in your love

I cast my mind back in amnesia trance
To where I wore my affliction like a crown
Behind a mask, crippled by the pain
I could not carry and I could not lay down

And there’s always something more to behold in your love

The sparrow swims in waves of mercy
That we once mistook for air
Gathering his bits of twine and twig
He never doubts that what he needs will be there

And there’s always something more to behold in your love

And if the wound did not last forever
And if we didn’t pass away as we speak
And if the fall was never neverending
I’d say you’re right, nothing matters, don’t bother to seek

But there’s always something more to behold in your love

The road’s as narrow as a tightrope
The sun’s as focused as a laser beam
Our hands are empty as an executioner’s eye
Spend all day tryin’ to figure out what’s real and what’s a dream

But there’s always something more to behold in your love

Passin’ through this dreadful time
I’m almost grateful for the trouble we’ve known
Revealing strength we never knew we had
And sides of life that might have never been shown

And there’s always something more to behold in your love

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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BORDERLINE TOWN

The hills of the countryside swam in moonlight
As the town fell to sleep in the deep of the night
The sky filled with dreams
Like a glass fills with wine
One looked like yours, one looked like mine

So I took them and hid them in an old wishing well
The mockingbird at my shoulder, he swore not to tell
For you learn to hide quickly any treasure you’ve found
When you’re born to be a dreamer in a borderline town

So many years later I met you one day
In the park by the church where the small children play
You smiled so politely but you were down, I could tell
So I went back to find that old wishing well

And the dreams that we’d hidden though so much had changed
They were just as I left them, everything was the same
For you learn to trust completely in miracles that abound
When you’re born to be a dreamer in a borderline town

So it’s goodbye to the country, farewell to our home
Farewell to the dark haunted streets we once roamed
Goodbye to each kind and familiar face
Goodbye comes easy when there’s so much to chase

We set off in the morning with no guide but the wind
With our dreams as our map and our mockingbird friend
For you learn you must travel to find where you’re bound
When you’re born to be a dreamer in a borderline town

And you know you’ve got to travel to find where you’re bound
When you’re born to be a dreamer in a borderline town

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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DISC II

PRIME OF LIFE

It’s the prime of life
There is no next time
See the moment shine
Then slip away

I see you next to me
Like two fish swimmin’ upstream
Tryin’ to live the dream
Today

And you, locked inside that room
I hope you find your way out soon

When I saw you there
It was like a prayer
That I never dared
To say

In the early spring
The chapel bells did ring
And sparrows came to sing
The day away

And you, out there in the wind
I hope today’s the day your life begins

And you, underneath that stone
I hope someday your secret will be known

It’s the prime of life
We got nowhere to hide
As we leave the past behind
To try our wings

I see you next to me
Two branches of one tree
Leanin’ out to see
What the mystery brings

And you, locked inside that room
I hope you find your way out soon

And you, out there in the wind
I hope today’s the day your life begins

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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OUTSIDER

He’s an outsider, he’s an outsider
He’s an outsider and he lives in a world of his own
The world didn’t want him so he lives in a world of his own

You can see him in the night, you can see him in the night
You can see him in the night, if you wander far enough he will be there
See him standin’ on the corner ’neath a streetlight in the rain
Before you have the chance to turn around and look at him again
He’s gone

He walks apart from the crowd, he walks apart from the crowd
He walks apart from the crowd ’cause he knows he don’t belong and he don’t care
He’s got the hunger in his eyes like a wolf in the wild
But you never hear him say a word, never see him smile
He’s an outsider and he lives in a world of his own

He stays amongst the shadows, he stays amongst the shadows
He stays amongst the shadows starin’ at the world with eyes that never close
There’s something in his solitude that grabs you by the heart
But there’s no way that you can reach him, so you don’t even start
He’s an outsider and he lives in a world of his own

You better take a good look, you better take a good look
You better take a good look ’cause you don’t know where you’ll see him again
Maybe in a railway station in some foreign land
Or on the front page of the news with a rifle in his hand
He’s an outsider and he lives in a world of his own

When the morning sun comes, when the morning sun comes
When the morning sun comes you may look around
But you won’t know why or where he’s gone
Tomorrow they might be carryin’ him through the cemetery gates
Or he could be shakin’ hands with the President of the United States
He’s an outsider and he lives in a world of his own

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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DRIFT AWAY

There’s so many things I think I’d rather do,
than have to find away to say goodbye to you
And there’s so many things I’d rather see
than the sight of you disappearing silently
But I don’t have much say
And I know you’d stay, if you had your way
And time is short on these broken shores
Where I watch you drift away

Thinkin’ ‘bout all the times we shared
It don’t seem right, it don’t seem fair
That you should have to leave this world behind
When there’s so much beauty left to find
And this catastrophe
Has left me speechless as I try helplessly
To make a stand
As I take your hand
And I watch you drift away

Into somewhere
That no one can know but you
I hope there’s comfort there
After all you’ve been put through
And as you’re goin’
I hope that you know
The love that is flowin’
From all us left down here below

The autumn comes
To destroy the leaves that cling
Still every flower returns again with spring
But there’s a treasure
That’s vanished from this place
And through each spring o come,
You won’t be replaced
I’m thinkin’ of a friend
The kind that’s lost and is not regained again
Whose will was strong
Who suffered long
And then drifted away

Who suffered long
Then had to drift away

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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DREAMS OF A RIDICULOUS MAN

There’s a man livin’ under the steps of a cathedral
Trying to recover from
The vision of walking one day through the sunlight
With the world and himself overcome

Where the air sang his name like a hymn of redemption
And the crowd placed a crown on his head
And he moved with the weight of some great revelation
To his promise most faithfully wed

I am that man, I dreamed that dream
A great vision which some say may deceive
But I still believe

He waited and he prayed for the great day to come
He drew up his plans scrupulously
Half-driven by visions of vast domination
Half-weeping with humility

He laboured with his head bent down to the table
And barely noticed the gathering fog
And the creeping suspicion his life had become
A hastily written epilogue

I am that man, I dreamed that dream
A great vision which some say may deceive
But I still believe

The bridge that you walk on between all these moments
Has been constructed from the purest of gold
And the cornerstone you reject so thoughtlessly
Is worth more than all this world can hold

So don’t trust me too quickly you who know my face only
Don’t believe I’m ever all on your side
For if I said I was content just to sit in the bleachers
And observe the procession, I lied

I am that man, I dreamed that dream
A great vision which some say may deceive
But I still believe

There’s a man livin’ under the steps of a cathedral
Trying to recover from
The vision of walkin’ one day through the sunlight
With the world and himself overcome

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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LONG LONESOME NIGHT

I can tell that you’ve been livin’ under somethin’
That you can’t even foresee the end of
It started out a stone, now it’s a mountain
All you can do is feel it press down from above
And you try and smile the calm and easy smile
But sometimes it’s all you can do to stand upright
With your eyes upon the doorway all the while
On this long and lonesome night

There ain’t no easy answer to this trouble
In spite of what you might hear on TV
You can talk to anyone and they’ll act puzzled
These things aren’t discussed in polite society
And you go back down to the little town you came from
Just in time to see the last fading taillights
Wonderin’ where this sorrow got your name from
On this long and lonesome night

I’d never say I’ve been exactly where you’re standin’
But I think I’ve been in the area enough to know
That all the fancy talk, all the highwire dancin’
Just comes down to Should you stay or Should you go?
Sometimes you don’t get too much choice about what you’re left with
To hang onto, and it’s way past wrong or right
Well anyway you’re not about to get that selective
On this long and lonesome night

And it’s not like you’ve got any huge ambition
To save the world or perform miracles of note
Sometimes the hardest task, the greatest mission
Is just to somehow simply stay afloat

Now everywhere you go you think you hear the cheerin’
Of a crowd that seems so distant and so far
The future, they inform you most sincerely,
Belongs to anyone with a computer for a heart
You’re just an other unknown rider through this ruin
Tryin’ to make sense and keep the palace gates in sight
And a touch of grace is all that you’re pursuin’
On this long and lonesome night

Just a touch of grace is all that you’re pursuin’
On this long and lonesome night

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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TWO HEARTS

If a foot’s got to stumble
If an eye’s got to weep
If a back has got to bend, let it have one godsend
Two Hearts, One Beat

And if a mind’s got to worry
If a body’s got to sleep
In an everlasting rest, let it be blessed
Two Hearts, One Beat

Yeah, you know it’s coming pretty soon now.
How long have we waited for this?
Beneath the high crescent moon now.
But look out, you know it’s never the way you think it is.

And if a light’s got to falter
If a body’s got to feed
From the toil of its hand, through all the years on the land
Two Hearts, One Beat

I go out walking with my loved one
Through the graveyards, we hold each other close
Sometimes it’s only when I’m out walking with my loved one
The world don’t seem like a dream, and I don’t feel like a ghost.

If a vision’s got to tarry.
If a soul’s got to bleed
Born to lose its way in the night or in the day
Two Hearts, One Beat
Two Hearts, One Beat

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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OH MY LOVE

Oh my love the lost you’ve had cannot be counted
It’s left a hole so wide there is no way around it
But to walk on through when every hope has foundered
And if it helps, I’m with you every single moment

Oh my love, oh my love

The winter branches bare against the sky
Could never be as bleak as the pain in your eyes
And how to start again, or even try
When the one so tightly wound around your heart has died?

Oh my love, oh my love

He was rare and true as anyone could be
And though his message to you says his soul’s at peace
Does it help you now, or calm you when you see
Where there was once four shadows, only three?

Oh my love, oh my love

It’s time for us to build our house on solid land
Far from the swamp, far from the shifting sand
We’ll construct a brand new life, a better plan
And try to live it out as best we can

But for now, my love, stand strong ’neath shattered skies
Console yourself with the memory of his eyes
Till every stitch of grief has fallen, till every tear’s been cried
Till we begin to dimly see the distant shrouded sun arise

Oh my love, oh my love

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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WHY

I grow old, you stay young
Your fears fade, mine live on
You can’t talk and I can’t stop
Wondering why

Your tears end where mine begin
How I tried not face the end
But that’s just my way, you know how I hate
Sayin’ good-bye

He conceals, He conceives
He’s not much for guarantees
He prepares a mansion, some declare
Up in the sky

You are gone, I remain
Your memory fades, I sustain
Till the day I drop I know I’ll never stop
Wondering why

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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REALLY LOVE

Look into my eyes
There’s something you must see
Behind these tears, a love that’s here
Waiting to flow to you from me

For if sadness must come
So must sadness go
And tears may fall but they’re not all
That does between us flow

It’s really love, and it’s really love
It’s comin’ on strong after so long
And it’s really love

Been so long since we’re together now
Sometimes I can’t recall
Who I was or what I was
Or if I was at all

Before you stepped out of a dream
Before you came into my life
Before you swept right in, more than a friend
And now more than a wife

It’s really love, it’s really love
Like a bolt from the blue, it’s comin’ on through
And it’s really love

And so why should we listen to the voice that tells us to despair
When the greatest gift that can be given
Is ours to share, ours to share

And why should we seek shelter
From whatever’s out there
When no mater where we wander
It’s everywhere, everywhere

Come and sit down beside me
For we both know so well
Where two are gathered close together
The spirit finds a place to dwell

With the faith that time makes stronger
With the hope the world can’t bend
With every moment growing longer
As they stretch towards the end

It’s really love, it’s really love
Lifting us higher, setting us afire
And it’s really love

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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YOU MAKE IT EASY

When I was a runnin’ boy
I heard the hymns of heaven’s joy
In a country church in a little town
But I never knew what they meant till now

And in between all I could see
About life was how hard it could be

But you make it easy
And life is joy, your love tells me
You make it easy
And everyday your love shows me
How easy it can be

Friends have come and friends have gone
Some depart, some are outworn
But the greatest loss by far’s the friend
Who fades from life to never come again

Left behind at such a cost
And how to believe when so much has been lost?

But you make it easy
Your love tells me that life goes on
You make it easy
And everyday your love shows me
That no-one loved is ever gone

So much has been shown to me
Sayin’ that love never dies
How could I not believe?
I’d have to be blind

Starin’ out at the autumn rain
Waitin’ for you to come home again
I see you walkin’ up the street
Where have you been and who did you meet?

And though the times may bring us down again
I’m not afraid ’cause something’s changed

And you make it easy
The future’s bright, your love tells me
You make it easy
And everyday your love shows me
How easy it can be

You make it easy
And life is joy, your love tells me
You make it easy
And everyday your love shows me
How easy it can be

© 2002 PorterBeach Records⁄Kyp Harness

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All Her Love (2001)

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1.    ALL HER LOVE
2.    LITTLE BIRD FLYIN’
3.    WILDFLOWER
4.    ANYTIME (IN THE LAND OF MIDNITE TERRORS)
5.    LITTLE WILLOW
6.    LONELY HEART
7.    HOMETOWN
8.    BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE
9.    THAT’S WHY I MADE MY VOW TO YOU
10.    CONTAMINATED LOVE
11.    HAS ANYBODY HERE SEEN JANE?
12.    IF I DIDN’T HAVE YOU
13.    ALL ROADS (LEAD TO HAPPINESS IN THEIR WAY)
14.    BONUS TRACK

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ALL HER LOVE

She gives me all her love
And all I gotta do I call her love
Then I know that by the stars above
She’ll chase the blues out of my day

She gives me all her time
And all I gotta do is call her mine
Then everything will fall in line
And we will find our way

So now tell me why should I worry
’Bout what will be or what has been?
When it’s all right here before me
All I gotta do is let it in –

She gives me all her heart
No need to go searchin’ for the missin’ part
It’s all been there right from the start
Never to part from me

So now tell me why should I worry
’Bout what has been or what will be?
When she stands right here before me
And she’s waitin’ just for me –

She gives me all her time
And all I gotta do is call her mine
Then everything will fall in line
And we will find our way

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LITTLE BIRD FLYIN’

Little bird flyin’, little bird flyin’
Little bird flies through the sky all alone
She’s lookin’ for a home, she’s lookin’ for a home
She’s lookin’ for a home

Little baby cryin’, little baby cryin’
Little baby cries in the night, wakes his mother and she wonders why
He’s cryin’ in the night, he’s cryin’ in the night again
He’s cryin’ in the night again, yeah

Long train ridin’, long train ridin’
Long train rides through the night, she sits by the window underneath a light
Waitin’ for her call to come, waitin’ for her call to come
Waitin’ for her call to come, yeah

Big lights shinin’, flashlights shinin’
Flashlights shine on the face of the man with a gun in his hand standin’
Up against the wall again, he’s up against the wall again
Up against the wall again, yeah

Little bird flyin’, little bird flyin’
Little bird flies through the sky all alone
He’s lookin’ for a home, he’s lookin’ for a home
He’s lookin’ for a home

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WILDFLOWER

The wildflower’s bloomin’ in the forest
The wildflower blooms amongst the weeds
Some sing of the violets and the roses
But wildflower you’re beautiful to me

Up atop of the highest snow-capped mountain
Or deep within the valleys down below
The wildflower won’t be found in the garden
Where all the other flowers grow,
From the seeds which have been sown
By the ones who never see the wildflower

Would you try to pluck her
And hold her in your hand?
The wildflower fades
But then she blooms again

Though through the years the forces have conspired
To tear her from the earth which is her home
Her beauty rages like a deathless fire
And when all the rest have gone,
She will greet the new day’s sun
Which smiles down upon the wildflower

Would you try to pluck her
And hold her in your hand?
The wildflower fades
But then she blooms again

The wildflower’s bloomin’ in the forest
The wildflower blooms amongst the weeds
I’ve seen violets and I’ve seen roses
But wildflower you’re beautiful to me

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ANYTIME (IN THE LAND OF MIDNITE TERRORS)

Anytime we’re under the covers
Anytime we’re talkin’ at night
You’re like a new land I’ve never discovered
You’re like a song I can never get right

Well you got a love as deep as the ocean
If the ocean never had a floor
Though sometimes it might get kinda stormy
I never want to stay that close to the shore

’Cause I’m holdin’ onto you like a Bible
And I’m readin’ you one line at a time
I’m drinkin’ you down to the very last drop
Like the kinda blood that’s so much sweeter than wine

Look out, I’m fallin’ down all around you
But I know that you’ll be there when I land
’Cause anytime I’m above or below you
You always know how to hold on tight with both hands

Sometimes I get that icy bone-chill feelin’
But I never want to stray that far
’Cause anytime there’s smoke on the water
It always gets traced to someplace near where you are

It’s like tryin’ to clean house in a hurricane
With an earthquake blowin’ in from the West
’Bout the only mystery that you got to figure out
Is what’s gonna get uprooted next

Sometimes in the night I hear a creepin’
Then I know that you’ll be comin’ on hot
Nailin’ me down where I start to come loose
And pullin’ me free where I’m not

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LITTLE WILLOW

Little willow on the pillow where you’re lyin
Little willow on the pillow where you sleep
While far above the songs of night are flyin
And far below the midnight shadows creep.

Where the calliope man is in his red suit
And he’s preparing all his horses for the ride
In an hour’s time he’ll pass beside your bedroom
And if you’re leaning out, he’ll let you jump inside.

Through a doorway in the moon someone left open
To the Big Top where the circus never ends.
Where the lion tamer’s whips have all been broken
And monkey man is dancin’ with his friends.

Where the ostriches all laugh with wild wonder
And the clowns and wearing smiles not pretend
As in their ship they take you gently down to slumber
Little willow on your pillow in your bed.

Little willow let me fill your night with dreamin
Little willow with your willow silhouette.
Until the morning sunrise finds them streamin
Down your windowpane just so you don’t forget.

That the calliope man is in his red suit
And he’s preparing all his horses for the ride
In an hour’s time he’ll pass beside your bedroom
And if you’re leaning out he’ll let you jump inside.

Through a doorway in the moon someone left open
To the Big Top where the circus never ends.
Where the lion tamer’s whips have all been broken
And monkey man is dancin’ with his friends.

Where the ostriches all laugh with wild wonder
And the clowns are wearing smiles not pretend
As in their ship they take you gently down to slumber
Little willow on your pillow in your bed.

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LONELY HEART

There was a man I used to know,
I used to see him on the street
He was the kind of a guy
who never looked surprised
anytime you happened to meet
He just turned like he expected you,
and he accepted you with grace
To me he was like a brother,
but to others he was like a man from outer space

He stood alone at the crossroads
where the traffic came and went
He was either just gettin’ out of jail
or on his way back in
Drinkin’ whiskey from a paper bag,
he’d greet the people there
Some were amazed as they went on their way,
But to most it was like he wasn’t even there

He was a lonely heart, a fallen angel in a world of stone
Without a thing to call his own
He was a falling star, and he tried to fight the battle all alone
He was a long, long way from home

In the rat race of the rush hour
he stood amongst the stream
Of working people running
like an old ship lost at sea
And he’d stop me and he’d talk to me
about the angels that he’d seen
On the shoulders of the businessmen
and in the wheels of the machine

The cops would come and hassle him
for standing there so long
But he’d just smile and close his eyes
like was listening to a song
The merchants they would come with brooms
to chase the man away
He’d run in fear and disappear
but they knew he’d be back again the very next day

He was a lonely heart, a fallen angel in a world of stone
Without a thing to call his own
He was a falling star, and he tried to fight the battle all alone
He was a long, long way from home

I’d ask him questions of his life
but none of them he heard
He’d just reach into his pockets
and he’d start to feed the birds
Except for one time when I asked him
why he lived this way
He just pointed to the rags he wore and said
“One day this all shall pass away”

In the summer’s rain and the winter’s snow
he stood alone there listening
To the bells which rang from the tower
with clock with both hands missing
Little children they would come
and throw tomatoes in his face
And scream with glee, and so would he
With a look in his eyes like he was in some other place

He was a lonely heart, a fallen angel in a world of stone
Without a thing to call his own
He was a falling star, and he tried to fight the battle all alone
He was a long, long way from home Me, I had a steady job in a shoelace factory
Each year I took a vacation, went up north where the air was clean
Till one time I was comin’ back,
I noticed that the streets had changed
I looked around, but he was gone,
and the spot where he once stood had been re-paved

I later heard a truck had come and taken him away
To cure him of the illness that made him act so strange
They said that he was crazy, they said he was an outlaw
But to me he was the closest thing to bein’ true I think I ever saw

He was a lonely heart, a fallen angel in a world of stone
Without a thing to call his own
He was a falling star and he tried to fight the battle all alone
He was a long, long way from home

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HOMETOWN

Far back in the memory of your evergreen past
There’s a sleepy little village by the railroad tracks
Each night the whistle blows as the train passes through
But it’ll stop there if you ask it to
You step off onto the platform, take a look around
There’s a gas pump, a bank, and an old fairground

Down in my hometown

There’s a barbershop, a hockey rink, a fire hall station
A playground and a church of both denominations
You can shoot your .22 down Main Street any night
And never hit a soul because there ain’t no-one in sight

Down in my hometown

That big house on the corner is the home of Mrs. Jones
Ever since her son went away she lives there all alone
She sits upon her porch and she watches people pass
Mrs. Jones and her memories and twenty-seven cats

You plant in the spring and you can harvest in the autumn
You can make it through the winter of the rain keeps fallin’
You can take your whole family to the country fair
You can show your cows and pigs, you can meet your friends there

Down in my hometown

“Did ya see that Mr. Haskett got himself a new car?”
“Yes, I saw it in his yard”
“Had to come pretty dear, so I hear”
“He must’ve had a very good year”

Sunday morning after church down the street the families wander
Neighbours lean upon their fences and talk to one another
“Hello, Mrs. Smith, how’s your husband been?”
“He’s been doing very well – thanks for asking, Mrs. Green”

Wintertime and everything is boarded up tight
As the wind cuts like a knife through the black cathedral night
Nothin’ but the silence of the snow fallin’ down
And a little red mitten left layin’ on the ground

Down in my hometown

Friday night the 4-H club has got a dance on
There’s a couple fellas with a bottle in a field behind a barn
Country western music and a square dancin’ crowd
But from the town cemetery you never hear a sound

Down in my hometown

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BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE

The night came down like a deck of cards
As she was lockin’ up the store
She headed home, feelin’ most unknown
Just like so many times before
She didn’t expect much and she never did get much
Oh, you could see it in her eyes
But was this solitude just a passing mood
Or a blessing in disguise?

She’d been loved by many, she’d loved a few
And many times she’d been deceived
When the cold dawn broke, though not a word was spoken
Still, she knew she had to leave
It wasn’t that she didn’t hunger for a lover
But she wanted true love,
And she wouldn’t compromise
Although sometimes she’d pray
These blues would fade away
Into a blessing in disguise

Everybody said that she was crazy,
Wasn’t she afraid of
Growin’ old alone?
She loved her freedom, but
Didn’t she know it was dangerous
In this world for a woman on her own?

Tea kettle whistle blew, as she took her cup over to
A table set for one
And leanin’ on the windowsill, she looked out to the hill
Turned red by the setting sun
At times like this she didn’t miss the kiss or the promises
Of anyone, and she realized
That all the pain she felt might fade away and melt
Into a blessing in disguise

Everybody said that she was crazy,
And wasn’t she afraid of
Growin’ old alone?
She loved her freedom, but
Didn’t she know it was dangerous
In this world for a woman on her own?

And though they knew a lot
She knew something they did not
As she counted her blessings in disguise

She spent her nights
Counting blessings in disguise

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THAT’S WHY I MADE MY VOW TO YOU

Darling, I won’t let you down
Although this world may come and turn my head around
You’re the brightest joy I’ve ever found
That’s why I made my vow to you

Sweetheart, this love won’t rest
Though outside pressures may grow stronger, I confess
One thing you’ll never be to me is second best
That’s why I made my vow to you

And you know that I wouldn’t be honest
You know that it wouldn’t be right
If I could not make good on this promise
Or at least try with all my might

Baby, you know that it’s true
The only game in this town for me is you
In spite of whatever troubles might ensue
That’s why I made my vow to you

And you know that I wouldn’t be honest
And you know that it wouldn’t be right
If I could not make good on this promise
Or at least try with all my might

Darling, I won’t let you down
The days roll by, seasons spin around
But you’re the brightest joy I’ve ever found
That’s why I made my vow to you

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CONTAMINATED LOVE

Once thought love was a safe and sure thing,
Clean and pure thing, but I found out
That no love lives that hasn’t been troubled,
That hasn’t had to struggle
Through a firestorm of doubt
To an operating table, for last minute surgery
There is no human heart that hasn’t been bent into
A pleasant deformity

It all starts out with the first desire
You’re dragged through the mire and left for dead
You lie there so disgraced till one fine morning
You find yourself reborn with a crown on your head
Oh, the river of love flows sweetly
But there’s a sewer pipe upstream
So help yourself to a heaping helping of my contaminated love.

It’s all been written down by the wisemen and the sages
In the sacred scattered pages
Of pink and purple prose.
It comes in jerks and it comes in flashes
But when your last chance passes,
That’s where true love grows
In the most unlikely places, it may take you by surprise
When the most deserted, barren wasteland
Becomes another Graceland before your eyes.

Tell me what does it mean?
Tell me what makes it stay?
Mostly love won’t be seen
Till everything else gets torn away

It’s a long highway of descriptions and disguises
Equipment and devices, detours and false starts
And it never really ends till you’re stretched out on the pavement,
Stripped so naked you don’t know who you are.
That’s when it starts to move you
Into some other place
Far from the road paved with all your best intentions,
Through the infinite dimensions of a human face.

You run out with your arms wide open
Then you fall down a manhole
Some say every heart must be broken
Before they ever can be whole.

It’s not locked in the refuge of the most devoted brethren
Or in some old decrepit reverend’s virgin kiss
It’s out on the streets where it’s battered and it’s beaten,
Rained, snowed, and sleeted on, yet still persists.
It’s not that it’s diluted,
It just gets polluted some.
It’s that little speck of extra dirt
That never did hurt a pearl,
It’s our contaminated love.

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HAS ANYBODY HERE SEEN JANE?

Has anybody here seen Jane?
Has anybody here seen Jane?
Never took much notice of her
But now she’s gone we’re thinkin’ of her
Has anybody here seen Jane?

Seems like it was only just last week
She was pickin’ flowers by the creek
As she sat upon the shore
But now she’s not there anymore
Has anybody here seen Jane?

Standin’ by the churchyard in the sun
With a smile for everyone
And though she never made a sound
She was so nice to have around
Has anybody here seen Jane?

She had a brightness in her face
And something else no-one could trace
Just a girl of seventeen
Now that’s all she’ll ever be
Has anybody here seen Jane?

Has anybody here seen Jane?
Has anybody here seen Jane?
Never took much notice of her
But now she’s gone we’re thinkin’ of her
Has anybody here seen Jane?

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IF I DIDN’T HAVE YOU

When the day is slow and the night is long
I have a dream, I have a song
And these would almost see me through
But I wouldn’t have nothin’ if I didn’t have you

When I’m alone I have my mind
To take me someplace outside of time
And I could live there, it would almost do
But I wouldn’t have nothin’ if I didn’t have you

If you take a look at all the things I’ve got
From a distance it might seem like quite a lot
But it really don’t amount to very much
Without the addition of your love

When the sky is black I have the stars
When the rain is fallin’, rainbows of course
Got a good umbrella and a raincoat too
But I wouldn’t have nothin’ if I didn’t have you

If all these things were taken from me now
With your love I’d make it through somehow
But if I had all of this and so much more
And lost your love I’d have no clue
As to what it all was for

When my TV’s broken I have a radio
Or I can have a look out my window
I’ll always have myself I can talk to
But I wouldn’t have nothin’ if I didn’t have you

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ALL ROADS (LEAD TO HAPPINESS IN THEIR WAY)

I woke up this morning
And found my house had burned to the ground
There was nothin’ left there of it but a smoking heap
The neighbours all came by and they asked me how it started
I said “How would I know?
It was already going when I went to sleep”

All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Anybody that you meet could be your savior
All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Just take a step, and where you stand that’s where your road begins

So I walked on down the road
And I left it all behind
I was thinkin’ that maybe with the circus I would run away
I got a job as a human cannonball and I was feelin’ most content
But I got discharged the very next day

All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Anybody that you meet could be your savior
All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Just take a step, and where you stand that’s where the road begins So I thought I’d go to the doctor
And get myself checked up
I was feelin’ kinda tired and I had a bad cough
I said “Doctor, no matter what I do, I still can’t get to sleep at night.”
He said “That’s easy son, just lay down on the very edge of the bed,
You’ll soon drop off!”

All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Anybody that you meet could be the savior
All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Just take a step, and where you stand that’s where the road begins

So I married my one true love
And we set off on a honeymoon
Went way down to the sunny shores of Spain
The man at the hotel
He asked us if we had a reservation
I said “Well, maybe one or two, but you know we really can’t complain.”

All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Anybody that you meet could be your savior
All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Just take a step, and where you stand that’s where the road begins

So I died and went to Heaven
And seen St. Peter at the pearly gates
He said “What took you so long, man?” I said “You know, I got detained –
I found my wife holdin’ hands with another man.”
“You bitter?” St. Peter asked
“Darn right, and I bit him too,” I explained

All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Anybody that you meet could be your savior
All roads, all roads lead to happiness in their way
Just take a step and where you stand that’s where the road begins

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BONUS TRACK

Well I wake up every morning and I got to scratch my head
What direction should I turn to, on what side of my bed?
On one side is the world and on the other side’s the wall
The wall could use some painting – the world, an overhaul

Lookin’ out my window, I see the people walkin’ ’round
They all got someplace to go, they don’t have time to stick around
Because they’re runnin’ in a race, to hesitate they do not dare
The finish line is in the graveyard and they can’t wait to make it there

I’m feelin’ like a square peg shoved into a round hole
They’re pushin’ me out upon the stage but no-one’s written me a role
It don’t have to be Shakespeare, Harold Robbins would be fine
If I could just know how to move, or make it to the next line

Mr. Genghis Khan the Second believes in absolute control
Prayin’ to his tiny god perched up atop of his console
My apathy disgusts him – don’t I know there’s money to be made?
Forests to be turned into deserts, people to be enslaved

But you know that I love you, you know that I do
The way you sewed me back together with your magic thread and glue
All except for that one part where you left me so exposed behind
But we don’t have to talk about that, it just reminds me to be kind

I’m not the kind to give up, you know that it’s a fact
If they throw me out the front door I’ll come crawlin’ in the back
If they throw me out the back door, I ain’t gonna hang around
I’ll just come back with gasoline and burn the motherfucker down

People say to me “Get real” and I say to them “What for?”
After that there doesn’t seem to be much to talk about anymore
Reality and me, we haven’t been on speaking terms
Since I stumbled out through the gates of Paradise into this cafeteria for worms

Now there’s shooting in the schoolyards, families bein’ torn apart
You’d almost think the world had been designed without our interests at heart
Still I salute the resolutions of the governing elect
Their eyedroppers of compassion, their steam shovels of neglect

I feel like cuttin’ out of here, I’m tired of all these crazy games
They keep recycling the plot, all that changes is the names
I lay hungover in this bed, so alone and full of trepidation
Like the morning after the apocalypse, or the first day of an occupation

But if I go I’ll take ya with me, of that there is no doubt
Whenever I’m invisible you can always make me out
I’ll keep on comin’ back for seconds as long as you’re with me in line
Till we defy the laws of gravity, till we forget how to tell time

So honey if you need me, I’ll be out here swingin’ from this noose
With all these stories without endings, all these tools that have no use
All these questions without answers, all these locked doors without keys
Except for the ones we build ourselves from what’s washed up upon the beach

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Houdini in Reverse (1998)

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1.    WAKE ME UP (WHEN WE GET THERE)
2.    DANCE MONKEY DANCE
3.    GOOD OLD DAYS
4.    THAT’S MY MIDDLE NAME
5.    ONE & ONLY
6.    REVENGE OF LAZARUS
7.    I BELIEVE IN YOU
8.    OLD GREY HOUSE
9.    CAT’S PAJAMAS
10.    YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER NOW
11.    HOUDINI IN REVERSE
12.    YOU’RE THE ONE

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WAKE ME UP (WHEN WE GET THERE)

See the handsome young man speakin’ his mind
You wouldn’t think it would take all that much time
Seems like everywhere you meet someone who knows
Just exactly the way it’s gotta go
The speakers scream and the megaphones wail
Just like a snake swallowin’ its own tail
Spare no expenses in buildin’ fences
Did I happen to mention that I couldn’t be less impressed?

But don’t mind me, it’s nothing crucial
I am only desperate as usual
You take the wheel and drive awhile
I’ll ride behind –
Wake me up when we get there

I woke up from a night-time vision
Walked right into a three-way collision
People took pictures, wrote down everything I said
Before movin’ on to the baby born with three heads
Saw a whole way of life and a world that once had been
Sacrificed to satisfy somebody’s drunken whim
What some must do to pay the rent
Is beyond belief and beneath contempt

But don’t mind me, it’s nothin’ crucial
I am only desperate as usual
You take the wheel and drive awhile
I’ll ride behind –
Wake me up when we get there

I’m only waitin’ for a miracle
Just one last chance for a human to stand still
And dream and lean upon a windowsill
And see the scenery
No expectations of gettin’ out of debt
Just wanna catch a ride and catch my breath
For one last moment before I’m chewed to death
By the machinery

See the young woman dancin’ with the chemical glands
See the mind of the outcast snappin’ like a rubber band
In a crippled crevice of a city wall
Where life is cheap if it’s even there at all
Politician says “Why help the needy?”
Scientist says “It’s all a matter of breeding”
All I’m lookin’ for is a few feet of space
Without somebody’s derriere shakin’ in my face

But don’t mind me, it’s nothing crucial
I am only desperate as usual
You take the wheel and drive awhile
I’ll ride behind –
Wake me up when we get there

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DANCE MONKEY DANCE

Dance monkey dance, with a fire in your pants
And your head lost in dreams of tomorrow
You spin ‘round the floor, down the long corridor
Of dark vacancies and of sorrow
Though the day of your doom
May be comin’ up soon
‘Neath the white frozen moon
Monkey, dance

Dance monkey dance, in a spell, in a trance
In a well-tailored velvet tuxedo
You can save the day, you make the band play
All the way from here to Toledo
With your tail up so high
So proudly you fly
Through the day, through the night
Monkey, dance

Dance monkey dance, while you still got the chance
Before somebody comes and destroys you
The whole world’s asleep, all the wolves, all the sheep
All the men, women, girls, and the boys, too
As the crows gather near
And the sky disappears
Through the smoke, through the mirror
Monkey, dance

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GOOD OLD DAYS

The morning sun comes down like a hammer
The ones that aren’t struck dumb just stammer
The meek ones crawl and the clever ones clamour
Up the tower where the gold still shines

Everybody’s in costume but nothin’ much is doin’
Silicon Mona Lisa and Leather Rasputin
Go divin’ in dumpsters to sift through the ruins
Of whatever is left out there to find

The good old days are gone at last
Thank God, I thought they’d never pass
The good old days are gone at last

He was the pride of his parents but nothin’ could hold him
He had stereo drugs and wall-to-wall boredom
The sissy boys fear him but the bully boys court him
For reasons of a monetary kind

His life was too soft, he needed some friction
A taste of the whip, some polite mutilation
Reborn as the savior of a new generation
Now they sell his blood like vintage wine

The good old days are gone at last
Thank God, I thought they’d never pass
The good old days are gone at last

Left me standin’ like a lamp with an empty socket in the rain
They pulled me inside out like a poor man’s pocket once again
As the howl of the misfit faded out
On the wind like the whistle of the midnight train
(in vain)

Now it’s Saturday night in the Land of Amnesia
The freaks in the Big Top pass out the anaesthesia
As Leather Rasputin and Silicon Mona Lisa
Disappear in a stretch limousine

And it’s blessed be the flag and blessed be the nation
Whatever it stands for, whoever creates it
Pull up the covers and let’s celebrate it
As our last prayer fades from the screen

‘Cause the good old days are gone at last
Thank God, I thought they’d never pass
The good old days are gone at last

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THAT’S MY MIDDLE NAME

Darlin’, I can see
Things are not going as you planned
All the promises that were made to you
Seem to’ve been written out in sand
And you’re not sure if you want someone to stand with
Or if you want someone to blame
A steadfast soldier or a scapegoat, darlin’
That’s my middle name

We stepped out of the garden
Into an avalanche of doubt
Now no matter where you’re standin’
The spotlight always seeks you out
And you’re not sure if it’s trouble that you’re wantin’
Or if it’s trouble that you’re trying to contain
A sun-scorched desert or a cloudburst, darlin’
That’s my middle name

That’s my middle name in times of worry
That’s my middle name, and all you gotta do is say it
If you’re wondering why you came here
Even if you’re wondering
Why on earth you’re stayin’ –

Now I see you in the shadows
And I see you in the light
I love the way you roll the dice
With both your eyes shut tight
And you’re not sure if you wanna pack it in for awhile
Or if you want to make the neighbours complain
A Sunday driver or a four alarm fire, darlin’
That’s my middle name

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ONE & ONLY

I was stranded in a city where the only known truth
Was industry and labour, hard work formed the noose
For the love of strange beauty and the fancies of youth
And the blue sky was blocked by the factory roofs

Solitude and loneliness, starin’ out the window
Lookin’ in the fields all smothered in the snow
Waitin’ for a sign to show me where to go
Countin’ every minute, not so long ago

The minds were straight and narrow and the friends were few
But there was always someone handy tellin’ me what I should do
I listened to them all then did what I wanted to
There was no choice, one voice comin’ on through

Singin’ out: Baby, don’t you know me?
I’m the one and only
Sanctified and holy
Lonely as a hounddog bayin’ in the moonlight
Check it out, baby!

I went into the city of saccharine and steel
Where the long-faced ones tried to show me what is real
Sterilized and compromised with so much to conceal
But I never could kneel nor settle for the deal

Never had a doubt I was on the right trail
Never gave a thought to what would happen if I failed
Runnin’ for my life with a dead man on my tail
By rail or sail, direct mail –

Singin’ out: Baby, don’t you know me?
I’m the one and only
Sanctified and holy
Lonely as a hounddog bayin’ in the moonlight
Check it out, baby!

As I explained to the judge and jury too, I only got one
As I explained to the judge and jury too, I only got one
As I explained to the judge and jury too, I only got one
So do you –

So don’t run and hide when you hear me call
I ain’t no Sunday driver, I’m in this for the long haul
Can’t be erased nor painted over like
Graffiti on the wall, no no no

Some like to weep and some like to sleep
You can read the news and count the sheep
There’ll always be enough to get yourself in deep
And raffle off your soul for what you cannot keep

Some speak of the future, some of what has been
Makin’ you forget that you’re a human, bein’
But life ain’t a dream and I ain’t a machine
So put the pedal to the metal, honey, don’t forget the gasoline

Baby, don’t you know me?
I’m your one and only
Sanctified and holy
Lonely as a hounddog bayin’ in the moonlight
Check it out, baby!

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REVENGE OF LAZARUS

Too many cooks spoilin’ the broth, little darlin’
Too many saviors on the cross
I’m goin’ out for to read the writin’
On all of the coins that get tossed
Five lonely mothers in a welfare line
And an irritated cop on the beat
Skinny little hippy man puts a fine shine
On the shoes on everybody’s feet

But not mine

Slack-jawed glassy-eyed enterprising college boy
With a collection of electric power tools
Big mouth back-slappin’ dirty little hypocrite
Sittin’ on the family jewels
He got a bridge that he built in nineteen sixty-nine
And it’s still collectin’ toll
All of the money that money can buy
And a lease on everybody’s soul

But not mine

Come along with me, honey, take ya out where
All the weeds and the wild things grow
It’s just a step away from the slaughterhouse gate
Or at least it was a week ago
Where no-one hides from the rain or remembers your name
Or cares what side you’re on
Or pays much attention to the wind’s direction
‘Cause all of their hope is gone

But not mine

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I BELIEVE IN YOU

I got a heart that takes no chances
On anything it can’t see through
It’s very trained to be aware
Of every trap and every snare
But I believe in you

I got a mind that won’t be swayed
By any passing point of view
I keep it set into its groove
Where it’s not easily moved
But I believe in you

I put my trust into so many things
And one by one I seen them fall
But like a fool who never learns
I’m willing to risk anything
Anytime I hear you call –

I got a love that strains and rages
I’m afraid of what it might get up to
I keep it under lock and key
So tell me how can it be
That I believe in you?

It’s closin’ time down in the gamblin’ house
And they’re takin’ all the tables away
It’s time for one last bet
Even though we’re deep in debt
Well, you can’t win unless you play

I got a life that rolls and plunges
Who knows where it’s gonna lead me to?
So much uncertainty and fear
And so much that’s unclear
But I believe in you

So much uncertainty and fear
Still, while I’m here
I believe in you

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OLD GREY HOUSE

There’s an old grey house by the side of the road
Faraway from the highway where nobody ever goes
Who once lived there, nobody knows
In the old grey house by the side of the road

It’s an old grey house half-hidden by the trees
With the shutters fallin’ off, hangin’ down in the breeze
With the laneway gone, overgrown with weeds
It’s an old grey house that no-one needs

Someday someone must have built it there
For some good reason
But now it is just cluttering up the air
It’s so displeasin’

One day they say there was parties there
There was dancin’ in the front room, people sat in every chair
You could hear the music float out on the still summer air
There was revelry and laughter, people came from everywhere

But now the old grey house sits in the middle of a field
With the windows boarded up and the doorways sealed
With the roof cavin’ in and the paint all peeled
It’s an old grey house with nothin’ to steal

The old grey house just sits there takin’ up ground
And that is all
Why the hell don’t someone tear it down
Put up a shopping mall?

As the old grey house rots and decays
Getting’ uglier and uglier with every passin’ day
Couldn’t sell it for a nickel, couldn’t give it away
‘Cause it’s all old grey house, and it’s a big disgrace

Have you ever seen anything so dumb
And don’t it make you wonder?
Waitin’ for the bulldozers to come
And plow it under

There’s an old grey house by the side of the road
Faraway from the highway where nobody ever goes
Who once lived there, nobody knows
In the old grey house by the side of the road

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CAT’S PAJAMAS

Cat’s pajamas, angel wings
Lovin’ cups and broken strings
It ain’t enough, it ain’t enough
Without your love
To keep me standin’ here
Tellin’ lies and cryin’ tears
Without your love

Been out in the wilderness, past the past fence and beyond
Seen the seven wonders of the world, they only made me yawn
It ain’t enough, it ain’t enough
Without your love
To keep me sittin’ on this fence
Pretendin’ that it all makes sense
Without your love

God said to Jesus: “Listen to me, son
If that’s the way they’re gonna treat us, I think we’d better run”
It ain’t enough, it ain’t enough
Without your love
The truth may still be true
But what good’s it gonna do
Without love?

You fill my cup to overflowin’
You drain my head when I get plugged
But I just don’t know where I would be goin’
Without the light of your love

Monkey feather, grizzle bone
Pink umbrella, purple telephone
It ain’t enough, it ain’t enough
Without your love
To keep me hangin’ on here
Long after you’ve gone, dear
Without your love

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YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER NOW

The moon is comin’ up over the trees
As if even it’s got someone it has to please
This room is crowded, though just the two of us are here
Waitin’ for the fever to break
And there’s still so much that I feel I’ve got to say
But nothing that hasn’t been repeated for ten thousand years
Outside a crowd is gatherin’, cryin’ out for vengeance
They’ll cry that way forever now, all along the road of good intentions
But you should know better now
You should know better now

We stepped off a cliff, but survived that fall
And now return again to confront the same old wall
And you’re thinkin’ of a doorway
But is it the same one I’m thinkin’ of?
There’s a tavern across the street where the old soldiers go
Now that the war is over, now that life is slow
Upstairs from a funeral parlour
And they call it ‘Heavens Above’
They got a brand new singer but it’s still the same old song
Where a man’s more punished for doin’ what’s right
Than for what he knows is wrong
But you should know better now
You should know better now

Outside there’s a figure
Movin’ through the shadows of the night
Could be another murderer,
Or another blackbird takin’ flight
As a blind man walks straight into the sun
Cryin’ out: “Won’t someone please turn on the light?”

Laughin’ Boy’s uneasy, sittin’ on the windowsill
He got so much space to fill
And so much time to kill
And tonight he’s desperate,
Like a ghost without a house to haunt
As you raise your eyes to me from the book you’re readin’, then
Let them drift down slowly, like the silence that descends
When somebody finally decides what it is they really want
And I’m hopin’ that you heard me
And believed me when I said
That my love for you is real, not just another accident
But you should know better now
You should know better now

And I should know better now

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HOUDINI IN REVERSE

Never had a stroke of luck but it was all bad
Never got a decent chance, wouldn’t know it if he had
The only road he ever knew was the one that went from bad to worse
That’s why everybody called him Houdini in Reverse

Anybody could’ve seen he was doomed from the start
Never got an even break but it broke all apart
And all the parents of the town
Would cry “My God, that boy’s been cursed!
Sons and daughters, stay far away from
Houdini in Reverse!”

He had a club on his foot and a sty in his eye
And an ugly rash on his knee
Deserted by his mom and dad, the only friends he had
Was the birds that sang in the trees
He could hear their sound from the hole in the ground
Where he lived when the people threw him out of the town
Sayin’ “Please stay far, far away from us,
Houdini in Reverse!”

One day somebody came and put him on TV
Sayin’ “Here stands the most afflicted man in all of history”
Suddenly all wars did cease, heavy storm clouds did disperse
‘Cause everyone was so grateful they weren’t
Houdini in Reverse

They put his face upon a postage stamp
As a symbol of hope
And everybody came to visit him
Lowered down upon a rope
All professors, priests, and presidents,
Even the Pope

When he died everybody paused to remember him
Then went right back out to fight all the wars again
But on his gravestone marker, which was relieved upon by birds
It said: Don’t Get Too Close For Here Lies the Ghost
Of Houdini in Reverse

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YOU’RE THE ONE

Always on the wrong side of a bloodbath or a mudslide
Or on an ocean liner when the ocean’s at an ebb tide
You’re the one, you’re the one

Always in crossfire of some maniac for hire
Or in the eighth floor window when the seventh floor’s on fire
You’re the one, you’re the one

You’re the one that makes this life worth livin’
You make this constant slaughter almost worth forgivin’
And because of you I wouldn’t miss a single minute of it
You’re the one

And even when I’m weary,
Just to know that you are near me
Is enough to keep me pumpin’ when the world outside is dreary
You’re the one, you’re the one

You ask me where the light is, I haven’t got the slightest
All I know is where you are is where the dark is brightest
You’re the one, you’re the one

You’re the one that makes this life worth livin’
You make this constant slaughter almost worth forgivin’
And because of you I wouldn’t miss a single minute of it
You’re the one

People come and offer their solutions
They’re all so certain
But I see nothin’ here much worth salutin’
Or preservin’

Except the thin blade of your smile as we walk the moonlit mile
Behind the backdrops of the world where the casualties are piled
You’re the one, you’re the one

Always on the wrong side of a bloodbath or a mudslide
Or on an ocean liner when the ocean’s at an ebb tide
You’re the one, you’re the one
You’re the one

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