Lyrics

These are the lyrics to all of the Connells’ songs of which we know. They are
grouped by LP/EP/Compilation upon which they appeared. To get more
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LPs
Darker Days

1. Hats Off

You love to change your mind.
Hate to see you lost in your ignorance, or is it just indifference?
What goes on behind?
What goes on within you, without you, there’s nothing to you.

Why are you so blind?
Why are you so hopelessly helpless, hopelessly helpless?
You can’t have it back.
No you can’t have the world as it once was with cowboys and Santa Claus.

With all your charm, all your cleverness.
It’s not enough, we’d be better off with something else.
It’s not enough, and all my thoughts, all my bitterness.
Still not enough with all your charm and all…

You love to change your mind.
Hate to see you lost in your ignorance, or is it just indifference?
Why are you so blind?
Why are you so hopelessly helpless, hopelessly helpless?

With all your charm, and all your cleverness.
It’s not enough, we’d be better off with something less.
It’s not enough, with all my thoughts and all my bitterness.
Still not enough…

Hats off to you, and yours and mine.
Hats off to you, and yours and mine.
Hats off to you, and to yourself…

With all your charm, and all your cleverness.
It’s not enough, we’d be better off with something less.
It’s not enough, and all my thoughts and all my bitterness.
Still not enough…

Hats off to you, and yours and mine.
Hats off to you, and yours and mine.
Hats off to you, and to yourself…

2. Holding Pattern

Once in a while I can see through
What is real and what is show.
Saving my colds for your purest thoughts.
It may come and it may go.

Chorus:
In a holding pattern, standing still as statues in a row.
It’s so hard to change the pose.
And if movement mattered, I can still be moved, so ask again
“Will they line us up in a row?”

Give me a glimpse of some distant time. (?)
Let me know what’s in store.
Keep me in mind when you cross yourself.
I couldn’t ask for anymore.

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

3. Seven

My brother told me
What had happened on that day.
Although I knew,
The feeling did not hit me right away.

Then I fell asleep into a dream and thought that it was real.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
Fell asleep into a dream and thought that it was real.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
And all seven knew that I would never see him again.

My brother told me
What had happened on that day.
Although I knew,
The feeling did not hit me right away.

The time was wrong, the feelings strong
Will I see you today?
And I thought of what we said, and I feel it too,
Will I see you today?

And I thought I heard you speaking as I fell into a dream.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
Thought I heard you speaking as I fell into a dream.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
Then all seven knew that all here would see him again.

So long, so long…
Then I fell asleep into a dream and thought that it was real.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
Fell asleep into a dream and thought that it was real.
And I knew that it was alright, I knew that he was alright.
And all seve knew that all here would see him again.

4. Unspoken Words

Call to myself and they locked me in.
Call to myself today, today.
Speaking to no one and feeling fine.
Thinking of you today, today.

If faith is the measure of what we feel,
Then I haven’t felt today, today.
And this is a feeling that isn’t real.
And I haven’t felt today, today.

Chorus:
Unspoken words, that say I, me I (?)
Unspoken words, that say I
Unspoken words, that say I, me I (?)
Unspoken words, that say, that say I.

Call to myself and they locked me in.
Call to myself today, today.
Speaking to no one and feeling fine.
Thinking of you today, today.

(repeat chorus)

If faith is the measure of what we feel,
Then I haven’t felt today, today.
And this is a feeling that isn’t real.
And I haven’t felt today, today.

(repeat chorus)

5. Darker Days

And if I do wonder, what to do.
Waiting on the mote, lead us through. (?)
I can see the season, for today.
There’s no need to reason, well I’d just run away.

Oh, I have seen, darker days.
Oh, I have seen, darker days.

Saw you in the half-dream, safe from view.
Lost you in the waking, but I knew.
Words are words and I would, try to find.
Better ways to let you leave those days behind.

Chorus:
Oh, I have seen, darker days.
Oh, I have…
Don’t have to wait ’til tomorrow, it’s on my mind.
Don’t have to wait ’til you come looking for me.
Don’t have to wait on the sorrow, it’s on my mind.

And if I do wonder, what to do.
Waiting on the mote, lead us through. (?)
I can see the season, for today.
There’s no need to reason, well I’d just run away.

(repeat chorus)

Darker days, the days you left undone.
Don’t have to wait ’til tomorrow, it’s on my mind.
Don’t have to wait ’til you come looking for me.
Don’t have to wait on the sorrow, it’s on my mind.

6. Much Easier

Fell out of bed this morning, find a new face.
I never felt the morning, perfect, pure grace.
I here would ask them, there’s no answer.
Safe in the searching, another chance here. (?)

Chorus:
It’s much easier this way.
It’s much easier just hangin’ around.
It’s much easier this way.
It’s much easier just…

I fess out of bed this morning, to find a new face.
I never felt the morning, perfect, pure grace.
I here would ask them, there’s no answer.
Safe and certain, another chance here.

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

7. 1934

I don’t know if I care any more.
The silver’s hidden under the floor.
It’s been there since the Civil War.
Oh I’ll be out by 1934.

Agree when they say yes.
Never differ when they say no.
It’s only my _________________
And I’ll be out by 1934.

My mother’s never been the same.
My father’s a forgotten name.
Torture, don’t know what for.
I’ll be out by 1934.

Oh I’ll be out by 1934.

8. Brighter Worlds

Tell them, won’t you tell them? I know, don’t you know?
What awaits the chosen. I know, I know, don’t you know?
Then I close my eyes and I feel fine.

Chorus:
Tell them, won’t you tell them? I know, don’t you know?
And I can go, can you?
And I can go, can you?

Tell them, won’t you tell them? I know, don’t you know?
Brighter worlds await them. I know, don’t you know?
Then I, I follow blind, and I feel fine.

(repeat chorus)

We can go so far from here.
And you can go so far from here.

Tell them, won’t you tell them? I know, don’t you know?
What awaits the chosen. I know, don’t you know?
Then I close my eyes and I feel fine.

(repeat chorus)

We can go so far from here.
And you can go so far from here.

9. Dial It

This is an instrumental.

Boylan Heights

1. Scotty’s Lament (M. Connell)

So surprised,
I fought windmills.
So surprised,
I saw angels.
I know my place in this…

So surprised,
I had visions.
So surprised,
You were in them.
I found my place in this world.

It’s you I swear,
it’s you I swear,
I delight in your despair.
(I’ll wait for you)
It’s you I swear,
it’s you I swear,
Giving me the right
(I’ll wait for you)
It’s you who lied,
it’s you who lied
When you had to swallow pride
(I’ll wait for you)
It’s you I swear,
it’s you I swear…

So surprised,
Thoughts escaped me.
So surprised,
Words escaped me.
I know my place in this…

2. Choose a Side (M. Connell)

When they said “Who won the war?”
You were in the war.
When they said to choose a side,
It made you want to hide.
When you fell in with the rest
We were not impressed.
When they said “Who won the war?”
It made you smile.

When they’ve torn you either way,
Put your past away.
When they said to choose a side,
It made you want to hide.
When you fell in with the worst,
It could be a first.
When they said “Who won the war?”
It made you smile.

This time, this time
And nothing will do
This time, this time
We’ll leave it all to you.
This time, this time
It’s all the same.

3. Try (M. Connell)

So wouldn’t you like to try?
You’re so alive and unusual.
I really don’t think you’d mind.
It’s not too dear,
it’s not too difficult.

Think of this for awhile.
You might decide
it’s not for you at all.
But if you should feel confined,
Then take the step and
you could leave it all.

“Seek and you will find”–
But I swear
it’s not what you’ll find.

4. Just Like Us (D. MacMillan)

The Young ones will step away.
How long will it take them?
How long ’til it breaks them?
Just walking into a new day.
How long will it take them?
How long ’til it breaks them?

They fight and they seem
Just like us.
Unaware that they’ll be
Just like us.
Yet you want them to see
Just like us.
And I hope to decide on my own.

It’s just too late to discuss.

5. If It Crumbles (M. Connell)

And for the first and
for the last time,
I’ll wait and see.
And if it crumbles all around me,
Then we’ll wait and see.

6. Pawns (M. Connell, D. MacMillan)

Pawns for a pauper’s son
Handouts for everyone
Please release me with your smile

Ashes to dust again
Save that for mortal men
Please release me with your smile

And when I rise
And when you fall
That’s the part
that weighs me down
The part that weighs me down

You are your own worst fears
Save them throughout the years
Please deceive me
with your smile

Anxious to understand
Who has the upper hand
Please believe me
if it takes awhile

7. Over There (M. Connell)

All right, pure delight
to see you stand in
all your glory.
Oh the joys when your boys
hit distant soil.

And I hope to try
to answer those who criticize you.
Lead the sheep in their sleep
to slaughter.

Won’t abide, pushed aside
Let me know when you’ve decided
I’ll decline when the sign
says “Over There”

Your game has a name
force and fury, fact and fiction.
Sound the call, and the walls
will tumble.

8. Elegance (D. MacMillan)

He’s home, and for the
first time ever
he walked alone
in a world he’d once known.

He’s home, just might be
for the better
he walked alone
in a world he’d once known.

They cheer to what you say
and it could be something.
Then they steer so far away
they’re missing nothing.

It reeks of common sense
and it could be something
to live in elegance
as the story goes.

GO home, just might be
for the better.
You’ll seem alone
in a world you’d once known.

9. Home Today (G. Huntley)

Coming home today,
a season spent away,
it is hard for me to see,
hard for me to say.
I like your face,
but I can’t anymore.

It was quite a time
and I’m sure that I’m
feeling very clear for me,
very clear for you.
I like your face,
but I can’t anymore.

Let’s do it again.
I will recall
there are things
I could have done.
I will recall
there are things
I should have shown.

Did you find the time
to keep us both in mind?
Did you wander far from me,
wander far from you?
I like your face,
but I can’t anymore.

Let’s do it again.
I will recall
there are things
I could have done.
I will recall
there are things
I should have shown.

To dream is not to say
I’ll take it anyway,
a year is song enough for me,
yet here we are today.
I like your face,
but I can’t anymore.

10. OT2

This is an instrumental.

11. I Suppose (M. Connell)

Spent time far away,
spent your days lost in grey
and wishes I suppose
mean nothing when
they’re tossed away.
And your form and your face,
like some place that I knew
still return to me now.

Oh well, I suppose
I’ve gone beyond
caring for those
who think like you.
And yes, I suppose
you were that way.
And yes, I suppose
I came to find…

All the way
to Boylan Heights-
How are you?
All the way but not today
they came looking for me.
All the way down to the park
and I never saw you there.

Fun & Games

1. Something to Say (M. Connell)

Oh, you never learned the “whens” and “wheres” and “whys”
And I still believe that you were dying to be everything
To everyone and for all time
Ah, the golden boy–did you stop trying?

Did it turn out stale, or did it simply lose its wonder?
Could you hold it up from out and under?
Does the distance seem to dim-dumb-dim your memory?
Does the distance seem to fell the hunger?

Chorus:
So you’re left with your thoughts and where do you go
Out the window or an open door
And once you believed they could keep you awake–
It’s so deceiving.
So you talk to yourself and what do you know
You answer back with a “Don’t say so”
And once you believed you had something to say…
It’s so deceiving.

So, you never learned the way to hold a crowd
And it turns out now that you were dying to be everything
To everyone and for all time
Ah, the golden boy–did you stop trying?

(repeat chorus)

2. Fun & Games (M. Connell, D. MacMillan), Tab

Let me tear down into your heart
Let me take a seat and stay awhile
Let me tear down into your heart
Ah, fun and games.

Let me steal a glimpse from your eyes
Let me pin it up and stare awhile
Let me steal a glimpse from your eyes
Ah, fun and games.

Let me have a half of your whole
Let me keep it for myself awhile
Let me have a half of your whole
Ah, fun and games.

Let me take the words from your mouth
Let me swallow them and speak awhile
Let me take the words from your mouth
Ah, fun and games.

Didn’t I offer less than I lost?
Didn’t I mean to find it all?
Look, don’t let me size it up.
Hey, right.

3. Sal (G. Huntley)

Hey there Sal, you sure are crazy
And boy you love to have a ball
Must be great with all the ladies
Watch it Sal, don’t you fall.

Chorus:
You can cry like a loser, like a clown
But it doesn’t seem to help at all
Oh, you and I aren’t used to what we’ve found
Love like rain will fall.

She left you but you still love her
You thought she was the easy part
She smelled a lie and the luck of the winner
Left you standing in the dark

(repeat chorus)

For a day or two you’re feeling dizzy
For a day there’s no alcohol
But tonight you’re dancing the song of the sinner
Tonight you’ll seem to have it all.

(repeat chorus)

4. Upside Down (M. Connell)

Don’t ask me what I think of this
I only think of that.
Try talking?
First I’ll try to hum
It’s just that my sum isn’t adding up.

Oh, let me state my case
I do as I am told
Keep within the keep, feed within the fold
As I brush away the flies. It’s so hard.

Don’t ask me, I don’t seem to know.
I’m a bit slow, yeah
Try walking?
I’ll just take the bus
It’s not worth the fuss–well, is anything?

Oh let me stat my case
I teach what I am taught
Filter in a fact, confuse it for a thought
Oh, I’d rather use my time to steep.

Well I keep my feet in the air
and my head on the ground
Oh, I’m walking around upside down.
When I stop I can’t see you stare
I can’t hear a sound
Oh I’m walking around upside down.

5. Fine Tuning (M. Connell)

You better open your eyes wide, it’s all here.
You been too long on the inside.
Time to try some fine tuning, focus in if you can.
You better open your eyes now.

Better seen as they say, there’s just no way.
I’m falling for all of that.
Just leave your things at the door, and nothing more.
But take what you can.

The sun better open your eyes wide, ’cause it’s all clear.
You been too long on the inside.
Time to try some fine tuning, focus in if you can.
You better open your eyes now.

Better seen as they say, there’s just no way.
I’m falling for all of that.
Just leave your things at the door, and nothing more.
But take what you can.

There’s one small problem I see, I disagree.
Falling for all of that.
Just leave your brain at the door, and nothing more.
But take what you can.

Better seen as they say, there’s just no way.
I’m falling for all of that.
There’s just one problem I see, I disagree.
Better before your fine (?)

6. Motel (G. Huntley)

There isn’t room in the Inn
The keeper wouldn’t be my friend
I could tell in his eye
He’d never change his mind

So, I’m left to walk in the cold
The light of day is growing old
But who’s to blame
Neither rain nor shine

Chorus:
That’s why this is the best of me
Giving up…
This is the rest of me
And I’ve had quite enough
This is the best of me
Giving up…
You’ve seen enough of me
To know that it’s tough

That is me in a scene
Father, he is tall ans so serene
I said I’d believe
I declare a proven sigh

Then I’m alone facing the snow
The rain falls hard and is blowing cold
I said I’d believe
When hell had frozen over

(repeat chorus)

But who’s to believe
That what I’ve seen really isn’t true

(repeat first verse)

(repeat chorus)

7. Hey Wow (M. Connell)

Is the sun out,
Has the wind died,
Or is this stillness here the calm between my ears?
And I know now why they put me here.

Things were clear once
‘Til the clouds came,
Now I don’t know when they’ll fall–
No, I couldn’t say at all.
And I know now why they’ve kept me here.

I’ve been paralyzed by a choice that lies
Well inside of me–
Which world to hold me now
And I believe I’m drifting…

Hey, the mist surrounds me more and more
Hey, wow. It swirls and it rains here.
Hey wow. And I have known this all before.
Hey wow. And nothing’s very…

Are the stars out,
Is the sun down,
Or is the darkness here the calm between my ears?
And I know now why the’ve left me here.

I’ve been mesmerized by a voice that cries
Well inside of me
Too loud to hold it down.
And I believe I’m drifting…

Hey, the mist surrounds me more and more.
Hey, wow. It swirls and it rains here.
Hey wow. And I have known this all before.
Hey wow. And nothing’s very clear.

8. Ten Pins (M. Connell)

All alone, you sit by the hour
You’re waiting for the sun to rise
In the night you sit by the fire
You’re waiting for the will to fight

Chorus:
But I won’t see you there
Ten pins down
No I won’t see you there
Ten pins down

And you know that lines get me down
I’m waiting for the sun to rise
In the night we’ll sit for awhile
We’re waiting for the will to fight

(repeat chorus)

Never needing to decide
There’s always another lie-down
You don’t seem to know
It’s happening over and over

(repeat chorus)

9. Inside My Head (G. Huntley)

Inside my head I hurt a lot
‘Cause I’m thinking about me
And what I did to you

I can’t imagine what I have lost
I’m not bold enough to be
Man enough for you

Chorus:
There’s no way to save
The dream that’s dead
The water has passed beneath us
On a bridge reaching down fro you.

Would you have been a movie star
Or would you have been like me
Nothing but a fool

I can cry and hide and pray a lot
But there’s nothing I can do
To save the dream for me

(repeat chorus)

(repeat first verse)

My home is just not big enough
To start a life for three
But I wish I could for you

10. Uninspired (D. MacMillan)

Well the steel in his strings
Cuts into his fingers
And the lines that are left
He knows so well

And the words that he screams
Sift through the smoke and sweat
While his wandering mind
Tries to tell…

To tell him he’s uninspired
In some weary, absent way
To tell him he’s simply tired…

Then the sound rolls in
And lifts him up and in to the place he should’ve been
Then the sound rolls in, and lifts him up and in

And when all has been drained
He wrestles with the feeling
Of an unfelt refrain that he knew too well

And the words that he hears,
Because they compliment
Are the words that he fears,
Because they tell…

They tell him he’s uninspired
In some weary absent way
They tell him he’s simply hired here.

Then the sound rolls in.
And lifts him up and in to the place he should’ve been
Then the sound rolls in…

11. Saturday Nite (USA) (D. MacMillan)

They say you’ve been around
They say you’ve been uptown
Funny, I was with you
I just can’t recall
But they say you’ve been around

They say you’ve been denied
A chance at yourself
They say you even tried
To make a go
Funny, it’s been so hard
To try and understand
They say you’ve been untied
I’ll see for myself

It’s a weird and wonderful time
It’s been so long I thought I’d better ask

Let’s settle it now
Isn’t there something that keeps us alive
Let’s settle it now
It’s got to get better
And better’s alright

12. Lay Me Down (G. Huntley), Tab

Sing to me sweetley as I turn sour
Lay me down, remembering
That the wind and the rain
Played a part in that dreadful hour

And so as I pass, I too feel the power
Laying here under the trees
Where three days before
I danced in a summer shower

Chorus:
And she said “There, look through the trees,
The sun always shines, always on time,
Dare, rest on your knees
And in a prayer, follow me there.”

Softly I slumber as I turn to powder
Blowing out over the sea
The wind and the rain billow me
Though I’m no longer fire

A bird is alone as the wind takes me higher
Now I don’t know where I am
The bird can’t hear me
As I shout out even louder

(repeat chorus)

La la la la…

(repeat chorus)

One Simple Word

1. Stone Cold Yesterday (M. Connell, D. MacMillan), Tab

I want a word with you, ’bout some average Jimmy.
He told me things that I guess I never knew.
He was a bad dancer, ’til he learned to shimmy.
He was adrift until the world came into view.

He had an old stand-by. Not your average Betty.
She showed me things that I guess I always knew.
She was a slow burner, ’til the world got steady.
She wasn’t found until the early afternoon.

Hey, get me out of this some way.
I wouldn’t feel so inhibited.
Gotta get me out of this some way.
I want to see what it is thay see.

Chorus: Stone cold yesterday, changed, how did it change me?
Don’t it make you wonder, man?BR> Stone cold yesterday, changed, how did it
change me?
Don’t it make you wonder, man??

Hey, get me out of this some way.
I wouldn’t feel so inhibited.
Gotta get me out to this some way.
I want to see what it is e see.

(repeat chorus)

And I walked, and I breathed, and I tried to not let it change me.
Don’t it make you wonder, man?
Stone cold yesterday, changed, how did it change me?
Don’t it make you wonder, man?

2. Speak to Me (M. Connell, D. MacMillan)

Slow down, I’m not looking for an answer.
But at least not today.
Instead entertain me for the moment.
Oh this won’t go away.

Chorus:
You speak to me then sentence me.
You change me around.
Turn me over and around you like that.
Then just let me be.

Outside, it’s always from the outside.
‘Cause you can’t hear a word.
Some things come cheaper by the dozen.
At least that’s what I’ve heard.

Too strong to be held tight,
Too young to be told.
Too strong to be so tired.
Seems like I would know.

(repeat chorus)

Slow down, I’m not looking for an answer.
But at least not today.
Instead, entertain me for the moment.
‘Cause this won’t go away.

Too strong to be held tight,
Too young to be told.
Too strong to be so tired.
Seems like I would know.

(repeat chorus)

And speak to me, them sentence me.
(And from the left side, the right side)
All that you see.
Turn me over and pound me out flat.
Then just let me be.

3. All Sinks In (M. Connell)

I’ve been turning a new direction.
And polishing my reflection.
To a dull glow, something to show.
My friends for awhile.

And I nod at the torn and tattered,
’cause my conscience is badly battered.
And it screams this time,
Yeah, this time, I am sure.

Then I recognize the classic signs.
Of this unkind disease.
Be advised,
Please realize.

Oh, and it all sinks in on us sometimes.
Oh, and it all sinks down around us.

I was wandering out this morning.
As the soup kitchen lines were forming.
and the no-choice,
lend-us-your-noise parade was in town.

And I turned around, and tunnelled in
And dared myself to breathe.
Now I’m seeing things that I don’t want to believe.

And it all sinks in on us sometimes.
And it all sinks down around us.

And this time I am sure.
That I recognize the classic signs.
Of this unkind disease.
Be advise, please realise.

Oh, and it all sinks in on us sometimes.
Oh, and it all sinks down around us.
Oh, and I know I’ve been tied (?)
Oh, and it all sinks down all around us.

According to Black Park:
All Sinks In:
I’ve been turning a new direction
and polishing my reflection
to a dull glow something to show my friends for a while.

And I nod at torn and tattered,
‘cos my conscience is badly battered.
And it screams,
“This time.” Well, this time I am sure.

Now I recognize the classic signs of this unkind disease.
Be advised, please realize that it all sinks in on us sometime.
And it all sinks down all around us.

I went wandering out this morning
as the soup kitchen lines were forming,
and the no choice, lend-us-your-noise parade was in town.
So I turned around, and tunnelled in,
and dared myself to breathe.

And I’m seeing things that I don’t want to believe,
and it all sinks in on us sometime.
And it all sinks down all around us.

4. Get a Gun (M. Connell)

When she came down, heading me home safe and sound,
All the rest was me.
What a laugh, neither the first nor the last.
All the rest was me.

Well, you’ve given it all that I won’t give.
And you laid it in my palms for me, remember.
And you’ve given it all that I won’t give.
And it’s all in a day’s work.

Chorus:
She never listens to me at night.
Get a gun, get a gun, we’re losing altitude.
She never listens to me at night.
Ah, but I remember.

Understand, this is the way things get planned.
The way to stand with me.
What a drag, was it the first or the last? All the rest was me.

And you’ve given all that I won’t give.
And it’s all in a day’s work.

(repeat chorus)

She never listens to me at night.
Get a gun, get a gun, we’re losing altitude.

And you’ve given all that I won’t give.
And you laid it in my palms for me, remember.
Well you’ve given all that I won’t give.
And it’s all in a day’s work.

(repeat chorus)

She never listens to me at night.
Get a gun, get a gun, we’re losing altitude.
She never listens to me at night.
Ah, but I recall, I recall.

5. What do You Want? (G. Huntley)

The room we’re in’s the only friend this evening.
If I wasn’t in here I’d be leaving.
It’s a room for viewing and a stage for dance.
So a dollar can buy cheap romance,
But its so on and so on for Sue

The midget’s stare can’t compare to the rich man’s.
Fools, they kneel at the wave of her hand.
She’s like a queen, when she’s standing there.
Legs are long beneath her flowing hair,
She’s pregnant and barely she shows it.

What do you want?
A mind untangled is a mind set free.
What do you want?
A laugh in a mirror, a cry for me.
What do you want?

The song has ended, she leaves the stage.
Clapping rings loud and clear.
It isn’t music that has brought us here.
Go on and ask us, say.
Say

What do you want?
A mind untangled is a mind set free.
What do you want?
Some can fake it, and some can not.
What do you want, do you want, to leave him?

Hand jive, hand jive.
She said hand jive, hand jive.
Hand jive, hand jive.

6. Set the Stage (M. Connell)

I see you shuffle on the set when you stand inside it.
And there’s applause raining down that won’t last.
And it’s the lines that I forget that keep me around, I guess.
For something better yet.

Now there are fair weather friends.
And there are fools besides us.
Who would learn every turn and twist somehow.
And they’re standing in the wings, and the the half light flickering

Chorus:
Set the stage.
Hey I’ll tell you about the part we’ll play.
Set the stage.
Hey I’ll tell you about the part we’ll play.

Well I’ve been looking to the past
‘Cause I’ve seen the future.
And there’s a song coming on that won’t last long.
And it’s the roles that I forget that keep me ’round, I guess

Overthrown and unwise,
In your mother’s eyes.
Overthrown and unwise,
In your mother’s eyes.

(repeat chorus)

Overthrown and unwise,
In your mother’s eyes.
Overthrown and unwise,
In your mother’s eyes.

(repeat chorus to fade)

7. One Simple Word (M. Connell)

Got the rest of the day, and I’ll share it with you.
But it’s coming ’round to feed you.

With the sun in his eyes, starin’ the 14 carat stare.
Yeah he’s coming ’round and his mind stops there.

But there’s world enough and time to decide again.
As if there weren’t enough and

One simple word, one simple word.
One simple word, one simple word.

Will he come on command? Will he fetch your paper?
Would you stand him in your favor?

With the sun in his eyes, starin’ the 14 carat stare.
Yeah, he’s coming ’round and his mind stops there.

Cause he’s taking all this time just to try again.
Yeah he’s taking all this time

One simple word, one simple word.
One simple word, one simple word.
One simple word, one simple word. (There you are, rustin’ like a tin can)
One simple word, one simple word. (And all the difference…)

But there’s world enough in time to decide again.
But there’s world enough in time to decide again.
And I knew you would.

One simple word, one simple word.
One simple word, one simple word.
One simple word, one simple word. (There you are, rustin’ like a tin can)
One simple word, one simple word. (And all the difference…)

One simple word. (5 times)

8. Another Souvenir (D. MacMillan)

I see you down in the back of the bar.
Accompanied and comforted, by what you are.
And there’s a place in the back of your mind
And you’d give anything to leave it behind
Cause it’s where you reside.

And I watch you stir around ’cause it keeps me busy.
Always willing to take the time so it won’t just waste away.
And it’s tearing you apart, I watch the pieces scatter
Pick one up and look around for another souvenir.

I’ve been trying to pin you down
Your bound to spot something that I shouldn’t see.
I’ve got a private view of this, and this I’ve seen before
And wouldn’t miss, ‘Cause it’s something to do

And I watch you stir around ’cause it keeps me busy.
Always willing to take the time ’cause it tends to waste away.
And it’s tearing you apart, let’s watch the pieces scatter.
I’ll pick one up and look around, maybe I’ll meet you down…

Yeah we watch you stir around and it keeps us busy.
Always willing to take the time so it won’t just waste away.
And it’s tearing you apart, we’ll watch the peices scatter.
Pick one up and poke around for another souvenir.

Yeah we watch you stir around and it keeps us busy.
Always willing to take the time ’cause it tends to waste away.
And it’s tearing you apart, watch the peices scatter.
Pick one up and look around for another souvenir.

I see you down in the back of the bar, accompanied and comforted.

Note: Doug has a vocal spliced into the song. The word he sings is: “divided.”

9. Link (G. Huntley)

Are you too young to play, too old to let me in?
One has his stone, take it, can you take it in?
And know when you laugh, oh how it’d make him grin.
Don’t bat an eye, please won’t you take in?
Well, oh will you ever be my friend?

10. The Joke (G. Huntley)

Here’s a man who can’t take a joke.
He wails and battles and bawls.
Here’s a man who lost his control.
And I can see, we all can see, that he’ll never get that joke.

Crowds of many makes a man of steel,
But alone he battles his rust.
I can’t tell if he’s the only one.
And I can see, we all can see, how he’ll never get that joke.

Why don’t you buy time, toss-around time
You want to get that joke.
Why don’t you find time, and realize
The walls won’t fall on you.

The critics came and changed the Earth.
Sticks and stones are all dust.
Oh, ________________ just fade away.
Words are cheap, all really deep, now we want to get that joke.

Why don’t you buy time, dance-around time
You’re really not that joke.
Why don’t you find time, and realize
The walls won’t fall on you.

Empathize and hide your eyes,
Let’s just talk about us.
Two friends walk into the dark.
Got to be, when he can sleep, and we never get that joke.

Why don’t you but time, toss-around time
We’re really not that joke.
Why don’t you find time, and realize
The walls won’t fall on you.

Why don’t you find time, kick-around time
You’re really not that joke.
Why don’t you find time, and realize
The walls won’t fall on you.

11. Too Gone (M. Connell, D. MacMillan)

And what am I too gone for you?
And when am I too gone?
And what am I too gone for you?
And when am I too gone?

Wasn’t I once on for you?
And what am I to say?
Wasn’t I once on for you?
And what am I to say?

One if by land, two if by sea, three if by chance.
Four for the door, five for the sky, six in my hands.

Chrous from: Shannon – “Let the Music Play.” From the album of the same name
We let the music play, we don’t get away.
There goes the music baby, we know how to use it, let it play.
Let the music play, we don’t get away.
There goes the music baby, we know how to use it, let it play.

One if by land, two if by sea, three if by chance.
Four for the door, five for the sky, six in my pants.

12. Waiting My Turn (M. Connell, D. MacMillan), Tab

I asked her to stay here with me a while.
Oh, she said “no.”
These words mean nothing, these thoughts won’t fly.
Oh, she said “no.”

And where would this lead us to anyway?
Oh, she said “no.”
And I crossed the line in half the time, and that’s insane.
Oh, she said…

Chorus:
“Hey now, keep yourself in town, won’t you?”
And “daylight keep yourself in sight, won’t you?”

So I asked her to come back some other time.
Oh, she said “no.”
These words ring hollow, these thoughts aren’t mine.
Oh, she said…

(repeat chorus)

So I’m sitting here and waiting my turn.
Oh well, maybe next time.
Yeah, I’m sitting here and waiting my turn.
Oh well, maybe next time, I will learn.
Oh yeah, maybe next time, I will learn.

(repeat chorus)

I’m sitting here and waiting my turn.
Oh well, maybe next time.
Yeah, I’m sitting here and wiating my turn.
Oh well, maybe next time, I will learn.
Oh yeah, maybe next time, I will learn.
Oh well, maybe next time, I will learn.

13. Take a Bow (M. Connell)

I heard you ring, so you’ll be there with bells.
I know you know, this side of things so well.
I’m standing here, and waiting for an answer.
And still in awe…

Somehow I knew it was impossible
and somehow I knew…
And it’s taking a long time, I knew it was impossible
and somehow I knew…
Yeah I knew

This time is closer
and somehow, now
It’s not what I wanted.

Think for yourself, it makes no sense to me
but I believe.
Hey, hey, in time you’ll know, you’ve know it all along.
To take a bow and leave them with a song.

Somehow I knew it was impossible
And somehow I knew…
Yeah I knew

This time is closer
and somehow, now
It’s not what I wanted.

And it’s taking a long time
I knew it was impossible
And somehow I knew…
Yeah I knew

This time is closer, and somehow, now
It’s closer
And somehow
It’s not what I wanted.

Ring

1. Slackjawed (M. Connell)

Someone tells me somethin’–
Well I’m prepared to listen.
Nothin’s goin’ on, nothin’s goin’ on.
Standing next to no one,
Well that was my intention.
Nothin’s goin’ on, nothin’s goin’ on.
But then you’re back and I’m guessing it’s not so bad at all.

And I’ve been standing slackjawed since you were here.
Yea, I’ve been standing slackjawed.

Something says this may be the strangest light I’ll mention–
Someone left you on, someone left you on.
Saying next to nothing–the words were my invention.
Someone left you on, someone left you on.
And now you’re here and I’m thinking it’s not so bad at all.

And I’ve been standing slackjawed since you were here.
Yea, I’ve been standing slackjawed.

2. Carry My Picture (M. Connell)

You never think to occupy my time,
And you never require.
And you never lean too much.
And it’s always been this way.

It’s wearing thin,
Your words come crowdin’ in,
But I want you to know
It’s the stuff that stirs me up and follows me away.

So write my name and carry my picture
There’s nothing wrong.
I’m willing, I’m willing, I will lead you on.
So write my name and carry my picture, there’s nothing wrong.

3. ’74-’75 (M. Connell), Tab

Got no reason for coming to me and the rain running down.
There’s no reason.
And the same voice coming to me like it’s all slowin down.
And believe me–

I was the one who let you know
I was your sorry-ever-after. ’74-’75
Giving me more and I’ll defy
‘Cause you’re really only after ’74-’75.

It’s not easy, nothing to say ’cause it’s already said.
It’s never easy.
When I look on your eyes then I find that I’ll do fine.
When I look on your eyes then I’ll do better.

I was the one who let you know
I was your sorry-ever-after. ’74-’75.
Giving me more and I’ll defy
“cause you’re really only after ’74-’75.

4. Doin’ You (G. Huntley)

I wouldn’t bet the whale that I’d ever see
The juvenile in your eyes like the one I see.
No I wouldn’t climb the highs thinking that I’d find
A reason for honesty without even tryin’.

Doin’ you and being new upon it.
Seeing your fog and drive on through it.
Being you with your creature comfort.
Doin’ you is like doin’ time.

I wouldn’t buy your time if it was for sale.
Might sic my dog on you if you brought the mail.
Don’t you dream of happiness when you’re feeling blue?
Never see modesty from the likes of you.

5. Find Out (D. MacMillan)

You’re thinking everybody needs to know
What sets you so far apart.
On a hunch I think I could show
But we’ll let you keep the part.

You gotta pull it off
When we least expect it.

Really need to see your face on the wall
Of a three or four star restaurant.
Shouldn’t take more than a call
You always seem to get what you want.

Gotta pull it off
When we least expect it.
Gotta pull it off…

Then we’ll find out
What this is really all about.
Then I’ll be the one who says “I don’t believe it.”
Then we’ll find you
Like you’d always want us to,
Face the first in your own favorite way.

6. Eyes On the Ground (D. MacMillan)

Really ought to check the hair.
Or maybe you don’t care.
Here it comes from the side.
You could see it if you tried.

Ought to check your shoes.
Hey, how about the shoes.
Here they come from the glass,
That you walk by extra fast.

Chorus:
Don’t you know that,
You need it sometimes.
Why not go and stare it down?
It’s better to see it all as someone,
Who keeps his eyes on the ground.

Nearly bought it all today, like every other day.
Seeing everything so clear, watch out for that…
There’s always something that almost turns you ’round.

(repeat chorus)

Don’t fail me now, don’t forget how,
Don’t believe it, leave it.
Gonna get it gonna see.

8. Hey You (D. Connell, M. Connell, D. MacMillan)
Tab

Standing back before the angels get to me,
Well it seems such a sorry waste of time.
Holding back on those who want the best for me.
I guess I can’t be blamed for trying.

It’s really very funny how it wears me down,
Waiting for that something.

Hey you, well I’m sorry but it’s time to let you know.
Hey you, and it sounds a bit like preaching.
I’d bend over backwards to let you know.

Rolling back around the numbers on the wall,
Well it’s sad ’cause I don’t have much to show.
Standing back before the angels get to me,
Well it seems the better way to go.

9. New Boy (M. Connell)

Sometimes I get the feeling things won’t fall apart.
Sometimes I think it’s gone too far.
Sometimes I get the feeling things seem pretty nice.
Then again sometimes I’d like to leave you twice.

Once we decide upon it
We won’t fall apart.
This time I think it’s gone too far.

And you get where you can’t decide–
Don’t ask any other.
And you get where you can’t decide.

Didn’t I say “sorry.”
Didn’t I say “dear.”
Didn’t I consider.
Didn’t I stand clear.
Didn’t you say “New boy get down on your knees.”
Didn’t I say “trying, I’m trying, I’m trying.”

10. Disappointed (M. Connell)

Change whatever gets strange in your aprons and your curls.
Ah, you really got lost, but you’ll string it back together.
You could never make do, and your storyline is a scream.
Change whatever gets strange in your neverending…

All in all it’s been quite a fall,
And these days are the days that I walk on,
It isn’t that you’ll understand…

If I disappointed you, I’m so sorry.
You’re a disappointment too.

Fear whatever comes near to your neverlasting home.
Ah, you really got crossed and of course it don’t get better.
You could never make do, and your storyline is a dream.
Fear whatever comes near to your neverlasting…

11. Burden (M. Connell)

And once said “please, some more”
And not even now and then.
Some place I know you swore
That you’d never go again.

I had this feeling once
That nothing was out of touch.
I found some comfort there
But that doesn’t matter much.

And did we start digging around?
And did we start dragging around?

Be my burden
Christ, I’m certain I’m already bound.
I’m not ever quite together
I’m not sorted out.

You talked to me some more
And that was worth waiting for.
Sometimes I can’t decide
If we’re ever half alive.

12. Any Day Now (D. MacMillan)

Any day now, they’ll have you down any way that they please,
Sayin’ just about everything.
Any day now, cuz I hear your voice, but it’s not the same sound.

All the luck, just in time to see it all come and go,
There goes another one.
Everyday now, I hear the noise, it’s not the same sound.
Take you by the hand and pull you around.
I hear your voice, and they watered you down.

As if anything were different in here.
All I know’s I’d like to shake it off forever.
If it all turned out the way we knew it wouldn’t I’d know.

…not the same sound,
Pat you on the back as they push you around.
I hear your voice and they watered you down.

13. Running Mary (M. Connell)

I was running Mary.
And the days were growing long.
And I was minding mine,
I was doing nothing wrong.

And the news you sent me.
and the bar’s upon the door.
And this one caught me blind–
Couldn’t stop me anymore.

Tell me how much do I forgive
‘Cause you laid one in on me, but I’m all right.
Tell me how much–this goes on and on.

I was running barely
And it’s hard to face me more.
And I was minding mine,
And doing nothing more.

——————————————————————————–

Weird Food and Devastation

1. Maybe (M. Connell)

Gonna plan my deliverance
Gonna plan it myself
Gonna stand my deliveror back up on the shelf.

Gonna turn to the only thing that I can obey
And maybe, just maybe, it won’t turn it away.

Gonna hold out for something else
gonna hold out my hand
gonna stay with the only thing that I understand.

And I’ll keep with the simple things, and I cannot say
And it keeps me alive and that is how I wanna be.
And it keeps me alive and that is how I am.

2. Start (M. Connell)

I hear you’re waving me off
I hear you’re moving on past
I hear you’re sending me on
At last

I hear your time has come
I hope your time will last
And on and on and on and on
At last. At last.

Though I confront you I want you better
Start

This time I won’t let it be…
Start

One thin time won’t let it…
Start

How much longer will it…
Start

There it is again.
I hear your time has come
I hope you timed it last
And on and on and on and on
At last. At last.

3. Fifth Fret (D. MacMillan)

He heard about those two.
He heard it from the back wall
Then he slowly turned his head
back toward set.

He always thought he knew
that they might hit on something.
Then he reached on for the remote
and spilled his beer.

She’s got everything but what she wanted
was all of your attention.
She’s got everything but what she wanted.

you know he’ll try and forget her
but barely out of reach is might have been.

They’ve got everything but what you need
is a pund of prevention.
They’ve got everything but what you need…

He’s taking everything with a grain.
He’s taking just about anything.

She’s got everything but what she wanted
was all of your attention.
She got everything but what she wanted.

4. Just Like That (D. MacMillan)

there you are and you can’t believe a thing
especially what you see.
Something kind of like a voice
makes its way across the desk.

You know we’re gonna put you
in a cadillac.
You’ll be laughing all the way
to the bank and back.
I really think I see you
Just like that.
Everybody wants to have it all.

At least there’s a door a few feet away
from your chair.
There’s a door and as you begin to stand
you take a last look at the man.

You know we’re gonna put you
in a cadillac.
You’ll be laughing all the way
to the bank and back.
I really think I see you
Just like that.
Everybody wants to have it all.

Nineteen and 70s Chevy
tricked out a time or two
I’ll let the Nova
call the shots again.

(Chorus)

5. Adjective song (M. Connell)

Bigger. Better. Smarter. Cleaner. Nicer. Younger.

These are the words we use to describe
These are the words we use to lie.

Sweeter. Wiser. Kinder. Bigger. Better. Smarter.

These are the words we use to describe
These are the words we use to hide
These are the words we use to get by
These are the words we use to describe ourselves

6. Any (P. Wimberley)

Be yourself
Be yourself so you won’t fade out
Keep yourself
Keep yourself so you won’t change at all

Anyone in a crowd
sees you fail to leave a definte scar
Don’t you hold back now

See yourself
See yourself as one turned ’round
Free yourself
Free yourself or turn back now

Everyone in the crowd
Seems to think you’re the greatest of all…
What if they found out?

Anything that you say
I don’t know about it
What you see what you’re sayin’
Just doesn’t matter
anymore

Leave yourself
Leave yourself time to get it right
Keep yourself
Be yourself make the red hot white

Don’t you hold back now
Everyone’s full of sparkle and charm
How can you bow out?

7. Hang On (M. Connell)

There’s peace in the valley and the scum’s moving in
And I’m here in Rallee, really.
But what does it matter when you’re doin’ well
I’m just here getting sadder, really.

Hang on, hang on, brother. Hang on, hang on.
Hang on to your head
hang on to your heart
Hang on, hang on.

There’s noise from the ‘hill side
And we’re all listening in
from here on the outside, really.

Hang on, hang on, brother. Hang on, hang on.
Hang on to your head
hang on to your heart
Hang on, hang on.

8. Black to Blue (D. MacMillan, G. Kendalll)

This new neighborhood ain’t no good
Am I understood
Something’s wrong but there’s nothing
I can put mu finger on.

I wanna get back to blue. Wanna get back to blue.

An acquired tast your smilin’ face
but just don’t get me wrong
It just gives me the creeps
When I hear you laughing in your sleep

I wanna get back to blue. Wanna get back to blue.

I wanna get back to the things
we used to do.
think I’m going back again tonight.

Ain’t it funny how it ain’t funny at all.
I think I’m going back again tonight.

I wanna get back to blue.
Wanna get back to blue.

9. Smoke (S. Potak, D. MacMillan)

Going to take you back, all the way to yesterday
when everything supposedly began.
Met some guy sight unseen, steady diet of everything
and a plan, oh man.

Why can’t a guy just let it go, forget it.
All I know is that I’m not home.

At least I know we had it planned in a rented mini van
and at least I know that somebody drove.
with a head full of steam I really hope
you don’t know what I mean, I really do.

Why can’t a guy just let it go, forget it.
All I know is that I’m not home.

How will you account for me.
You know they’re going to make you,
you know they’re going to make you.
Why is it just smoke I see.
Going to make you realize.

If you meet some guy sight unseen,
steady diet of everything and a plan, oh man.
He’s going to take you back, all the way to yesterday
when everything supposedly began

Why can’t a guy just let it go, forget it.
All I know is that I’m not home.
Why can’t a guy just let it go, forget it.
All I know is that I’m not home.

How will you account for me.
You know they’re going to make you,
you know they’re going to make you.
Why is it just smoke I see.
Going to make you realize.

Eyes. Smoke in your eyes.

10. Pretty Rough (M. Connell)

Got my feet up in a car
I’m not going where you are
It’s my sanity or bust
And it never really was everything I wanted
Everything I needed
Everything Complete.
Everything you’ve ever heard
And there’s not a single word to put your mind at rest
And yes I never guessed everything you wanted
Everything you needed
Everything. Complete.
I only hear what I want to, want to, I want to
And I just follow my feet, and I stumble on.
Everything you wanted
Everything you needed
Everything. Complete.
I’m almost giving it away
I’m almost near
I’m almost half-way home
I might be home

11. Let it Go (G. Huntley)

Tie me up don’t tie me down
Take it in and spin around let it go
Lead it through a train of thought
be released and let it talk let it go

And then I turn around to see a view
I wouldn’t know if not for you
count to three, don’t tell them all
how luck ran out on me like it did before

When I’m negative, no I’m not
soaking in what I forgot let it go
I read aloud what you have said
it’s not alive, it must be dead let it go

And then I turn around to see a view
I wouldn’t know if not for you
Your pack of lies my punky friend
don’t tantalize, don’t take me in
it isn’t love, it isn’t hate
you amplify what irritates
count to three don’t tell them all
I take it better now than I did before

Let it go

12. Friendly Time (M. Connell)

I saw the Parkers and Triefenbachs
I saw the Williams and the R.D. Gables
Friends of mine, friends of mine, friendly time.

I know the Christgaus and Considines,
I know the Jenkins and the Garbarinis
Friends of mine, frineds of mine, friendly time.
La la la la la la befriend me
La la la la la la friendly (please repeat).

13. Too high (D. MacMillan)

So the trouble got your tongue
and all you pulled it out together
Finally set things straight
sounds about right

Being something
well I don’t think so,
you do nothing like I doubt you will
being something

What’s that now and
what’s that you forced?
Better known as the answer
What’s that you now and
what’s that you forced?

On you own it’s just the same.
but you’re sure it’s for the better.
Always on the fence
well the words just won’t ring true.

Being something
well I don’t think so,
you do nothing like I doubt you will
being something

What’s that now and
what’s that you forced?
Better known as the answer
What’s that you now and
what’s that you forced?

14. On Your Honor (G. Huntley, D. MacMillan)

Did you see how long the party was?
We’re talking years here and
did you say how long you kept it up?
Be so much better
When you finally decide to take them down.
Your Christmas lights are the only ones still up in town.
Twice as funny when you pull the plug
on all you meant to do.

Better be on your honor
on your own.

Cleaning up is half the fun.
Be so much easier
if you wait up for the sun.
Half-way asking is it finally time
to hold down.
Those voices tellin’ you
now is the time to leave town.
When you clear the bench there won’t be any doubt
’bout what you need to do.

Better be on your honor
on your own.

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Here is one of the cuts that did not make Weird Food and Devastation:

Bitter Pill (Peele Wimberley)

Feeling apart from yourself while you’re feeling
when you’re alone, are you sure?
Guess you don’t have too much left, do you really?
Pick it all up and go.

Anyway, here’s something to make you feel better.
I guess you will, I can see.
Here’s something to make you feel alright,
I bet you’d kill just to be.

Keeping the friends that you keep
do they keep you from coming to terms with yourself?
Even your shadow knows how they see you,
and neither of you really cares.

Here’s something to make you feel better
a bitter pill at your feet.
Here’s something to make you feel alright,
make a wish, wait and see.

Having a ball with yourself, you’re defeated
will you turn back to what’s left?
Right at the moment it’s clear you’ve conceded,
will you go back to what’s there?

Anyway, here’s something to make me feel better,
I got you out of my mind.
Yeah, yeah,yeah.
Here’s something o make me feel all right
Keep it simple and kind.

yeah,yeah,yeah,here’s something to…….

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Note that the lyrics for Still Life are incomplete. I hope to finish this in June.

Still Life

1. Dull, Brown, and Grey (M. Connell)

Out of boredom, I decided I’d get with it
well, its dull, brown, and gray
like all the things we do
that don’t go away
its like all the things we do
its dull, brown, and grey
well, its dull brown, and grey…

2. The Leper (M. Connell)

Words, shallow words
and it all amounts to nothing
sounds, it just sounds, a little phony

yeah, its true I was the leper
yeah, its true I was the lad
yeah its true I was the better
and the bad

waiting for the part someone with a heart
poised and pissed and flowered
standing on the brink
trying not to think
I haven’t even showered
Yes, I am going to

yeah, its true I was the leper
yeah, its true I was the lad
yeah its true I was the better
and the bad

And the world keeps settling
in my way, in my way
damn it all, damn it all
And the world keeps settling
damn it all, damn it all

Christ what a life
and the most of it forgotten
listen to this
and the rest is pretty rotten

yeah, its true I was the leper
yeah, its true I was the lad
yeah its true I was the better
and the bad

3. Bruise (P. Wimberley)

So they say I’m doing fine
and they say your a friend of mine
well that’s very moving
but its not really soothing
insincere and color blind

hey ain’t it funny
everyone knows
how my skin shows

So they say I’m doing fine
they’ve got nothing on me but time
time to talk about it
yeah, that’s where I’m going
do they really know how I find

hey ain’t it funny
everyone knows
how my skin shows
black and bruised

hey ain’t it funny
everyone sees
how my skin shows
but you

hey ain’t it funny
everyone knows
how my skin shows
black and bruised

hey ain’t it funny
everyone sees

how my skin shows but you

4. Curly’s Train (G. huntley)

Twenty four in a car, in a car
rolling down a mountain train
When Curly asked where you were

5. Gauntlet (D. Macmillan)

Tell you about the first one
its all the same to me
might as well be the last one
all the same to see

everybody’s sweetheart
everybody’s so hard

tangled up for the better
its all cracked up to be
everybody’s sweetheart everybody’s blowhard

anybody’s fool
if you stick around this time
you might get a chance to be somebody
I’ll even watch the van for you
while you play

everybody’s sweetheart
anybody’s fool
if yous tick around this time
you might get a chance
to be somebody
I’ll even watch the step for you
along the way
If you stick around this time
you might get a chance
to be somebody
I’ll even watch the van for you
while you play
while you play…

6. Glade (S. Potak)

Anyday, your gonna to throw it all away
see you got it just throw away
now here you wind
how its coming in from all sides
you got it coming
riding in on you
this is what we should do

lets go to boy island
book a passage
for a few days in sun
waiting and watching for girls to come

waiting, watching

You know
you came up with it too long ago
see it happened
so long ago
how could you know

lets go to boy island
book a passage
for a few days in sun
waiting and watch for girls to come

waiting, watching
waiting, watching for girls to come
waiting, watching

Everyday
you’ve got to throw it all away
see you got it, just throw it away
that’s what I might say
lets run to boy island
book a passage
for a few days in sun
waiting and watch for girls to come

waiting, watching for girls to come
waiting, watching

just like mary waits in the sun
just like mary waits in the sun

waiting, watching for girls to come
waiting, watching

Boy, oh boy…

7. Soul Reactor (M. Connell)

It doesn’t matter if you are going to wait
but the lesson’s learned and its seems ok
and you might not like this at all
but I never thought that you cared much at all

Why don’t you beg out of your own disasters?
Hey now, hey now, let it out, let it out
Why don’t you lean onto your soul reactor, now?

It doesn’t matter if your coming out
when the whole damn world is still in doubt
it doesn’t matter if push come to shove
and the best there is, is the rest that was

Why don’t you beg out of your own disasters?
Hey now, hey now, let it out, let it out
Why don’t you lean onto your soul reactor
hey now, hey now, let it out, let it out, yeah
Why don’t you beg out of your own disasters?
hey now, hey now, let it out, let it out, yeah
Why don’t you lean on to your soul reactor, now?

8. Still Life (M. Connell)

Its the way that you repair the broken parts
Its the way that you assemble
and its wondering that keep the stops and starts

Oh, this still life has its virtues
’cause everything in motion leaves
or is just left behind
and I don’t think it could hurt you

it gets colder
holding out
holding out
holding out

There are days when I remember what’s been lost
there are days that I have forgotten
like an old friend that moved to Canada

and I held it up
and I held it out
and I stay…

Oh, this still life has it virtues
’cause everything in motion leaves
or is just left behind
and I don’t think it could hurt you

Oh, this still life has it virtues
’cause everything in motion leaves
or is just left behind
and I don’t think it could hurt you
to stay a little while
only for awhile
we’re crossing you in style

9. Crown (M. Connell)

The crown is off the one ahead of you
you down and out and side step through
been pounding out the crowded streets
ten o’clock in the morning

the streets rising up
your head is ringing
and everything…

gonna claim, gonna name, gonna shout it out
could leave me out again
gonna call, gonna call, gonna sound it out
something’s really here

you’ve got a world to tell
in the tower its round about
the cryer’s calling out
to warn against the things we want
In the tower its round and round and round and round

well you wonder
how I once used to be
its like your brother said
its only head

gonna claim, gonna name, gonna shout it out
its here, its here, its here
gonna call, gonna call, gonna sound it out
something’s really here
something’s really here

The crown is off the one ahead of you
you down and out and side step through
been pounding out the crowded streets
ten o’clock in the morning

the heat’s rising up
your head is ringing
and everything…

gonna claim, gonna name, gonna shout it out
could leave me out again
gonna call, gonna call, gonna sound it out
something’s really here

gonna claim, gonna name, gonna shout it out
could leave me out again
gonna call, gonna call, gonna sound it out
something’s really here
something’s really here

10. Circlin’ (D. MacMillan)

Say you going to shed that skin, oh yeah
will you stick with it man
what I can’t understand is

Why have you started circlin’
and did you feel like giving in
or will you stop at nothing?

If I could just make it through tonight
looks like your stuck with it man
what I can’t understand is

Why have you started circlin’
and did you feel like giving in
or will you stop at nothing?

everybody, everybody’s wrong but us
let’s hope that stuff is strong enough

Why have you started circlin’
and did you feel like giving in
or will you stop at nothing?

Why have you started circlin’
and did you feel like giving in
or will you stop at nothing?

Why have you started circlin’
and did you feel like giving in
or will you stop at nothing?

11. Gonna take a Lie (P. Wimberley)

fever in a blistser out, you know
it will simmer until its cold
even in a fleeting range
the suffering fills us full

are you going to win me around again
play that sound like you always do

its going to take a lie
nothing else will do
its going to take a lie
as if it really matters
its going to take a lie
this time
I want to see your face when its all through

why not think of this as pure intention
why not think of this as pulling through
will you ever win me round again
play that sound like you always do

its going to take a lie
nothing else will do
its going to take a lie
as if it really matters
its going to take a lie
this time
I want to see your face when its all through

Your never going to bring me round again
play that sound like you always do

its going to take a lie
nothing else will do
its going to take a lie
as if it really matters
its going to take a lie
this time
I don’t want to see your face when its all through

its going to take a lie
nothing else will do
its going to take a lie
as if it really matters
its going to take a lie
this time
I want to see your face

12. Queen of Charades (G. Huntley)

13. Pedro Says (D. Connell)
This is an instrumental.

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EPs
New Boy

1. New Boy (M. Connell, see listing under LP “Ring” for lyrics.)

2. Logan Street (M. Connell)

Oh yes I know, and believe me it gets worse.
I got told, ring, round and gold.
It’s hard enough, when everything we say
Is really fascination long away.

I just got up, and the motion left me cold.
And I found out, I’m growing old.
It’s not enough, your standing in your wealth
And there’s real infatuation with yourself.

Chorus:
Been down on Logan Street, been there having fun.
Been down on Logan Street, I’m done.

Bottoms up, and the rest is getting cold.
And I’m decieved, ring, round and gold.
It’s bad enough, when everything we do
Is really desperation coming through.

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

3. Wonder Why (M. Connell)

Oh, I was really very small,
When all that is sanity went up against the wall.
Oh, and before I could fall on my face.
A carnival was starting up and stirring up the place.

Oh, I went out into the world.
To find the majesty and all that I deserve.
Fastening, fastening onto my brain.
With militants and ignorants, and got a lot of pain.

And you wonder why, I’m crawlin’
And you wonder why, I never am.

Oh, I went marching off to war
Because her majesty desired a little more.
I could be strong and be long and be brave.
And all of us were suiting up and shooting up the place.

And you wonder why, I’m crawlin’
And you wonder why, I never see it through.
And you wonder why, I’m crawlin’
And you wonder why, I never knew.

And you wonder why, I’m crawlin’
And you wonder why, I never see it through.
And you wonder why, I’m crawlin’
And you wonder why, I never knew.

4. Living in the Past (I. Anderson)

Happy and I’m smiling, walking miles to drink your water.
You know I’d love to love you, and above you there’s no other.
We’ll go walking out while others shout on _______ disaster.
Oh no, we won’t give in, let’s go living in the past.

Once I used to join in, every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there’s revolution but they don’t know what they’re fighting.
We’ll just close our eyes, outside the lights go on much faster.
Oh no, we won’t give in, let’s go living in the past.
Oh no, we won’t give in, let’s go living in the past.
Oh no, we won’t give in, let’s go living in the past.

5. Fun & Games (live) (M. Connell, D. MacMillan, see listing under LP “Fun &
Games” for lyrics)

6. New Boy (live) (M. Connell, see listing under LP “Ring” for lyrics.)

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Compilations
Freedom of Choice
I Got You

I got you, that’s all I want.
I won’t forget, that’s a whole lot.
I won’t go out, now that you’re real (?)
Sometimes we shout, that’s not problem.

Chorus:
I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened.
You can see my eyes you can tell that I’m not lying.

I got you, you’re a pageant. (?)
You’re everything that I’ve imagined.
But something’s wrong, I feel uneasy.
You show me, ’til you’re not teasing.

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

There’s no doubt, of when I’m with you.
But I’m without, a stay in my room. (?)
But do you go, I get no answer.
It’s always out, and gets on my nerves. (?)

(repeat chorus)

(repeat chorus)

PCU Soundtrack

Track listing:

1. Slackjawed (see listing under LP “Ring” for lyrics)

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Brainjunk

Track listing:

1. Freeman

I’m a free man in the morning I’m gonna go home
Been serving for years, never too near, always too far
There was a young girl in the county who had an eye for me
We kissed for a while, that made her smile

Then it came down on me to fake it
I should have found a way to escape it
I was so wrong to say I’d see her one more time

I’m a young man like a preacher, no souls to mend
I’ve traveled too much to be known as just a traveling man
So they judged me for a crime I could never have done
They said I was one who carried a gun

In the cold light of the morning
I’m gonna go home,
It’s never too near, it’s always too far
I will have found a way to break it
And when I go home again I’ll see her one more time

2. One Good Reason

Hi, it’s me sorry it’s so late
The trip was hard that made you wait
You can yell and scream and not be heard

Low, on promises that were made
A love song rarely played
Is “goodbye” your only word?

And she said “Oh dear god
Give me one good reason
Why I should stay here
One more season with him.
This guy is so full of holes
And when he rains he pours.”

You say that you are here for me
But where we are is far from home
Have the children gone to sleep?

Now I can’t afford to waste my time
Fearing that I’ve left my prime
Can’t be wrong so I must be right

3. Honestly

Before you sleep at night, do you ever think of me?
I often wonder what our years of distance mean
Honestly

Have you looked around to see an opening?
Can you find a way to get here back to me?
Honestly

No, I need a hand to keep this man away from you
I wonder what our years of distance mean to you

When it’s late at night do you dance hypnotically
Can you feel my hand swing you gently close to me
Honestly

I try so hard to keep so far away from you
Imagine it’s the best I can do for you

Carousel can you slow down and take me on?
I need a change of company
Can you go past the stopping mark?
Go until it’s dark

It was hard to leave but it’s harder to be free
Cause I feel the best when she’s not leaving me
Honestly

4. Overdose

Stunned I am bewildered in my bed
An overdose on something that was said
Rollover time measured by the mile
Feeling knots that never will untie

Flecks of dust dancing in the sun
A ticking clock ticking for no-one
The phone is still and still is what it’s like
To hide the sun and sink into the night

Hanging from a tree is the passing time for me
Discomfort when the tonics simply aren’t
Initials in the tree in the vein of misery
At least I didn’t carve you in my arms

Did you know I saw you in a dream
Me on a limb, you looking up at me
I never smiled, you laughed until you cried
It’s better here at least I’ve come outside

5. I’ll See You There

Oh the family has gathered at least the ones that matter
To mourn the loss of dear Sue
They saw her last night, she was feeling alright
She likes it this way I am sure
There is nobody’s arms like dear Sue’s arms
Just look here and see
I’m here for the ride any old time

I’ll see you there, I’ll see you there
I’ll see you there, in shadows I see you in there

Daddy has manners he’s brown as leather
And tough like a hickory tree
If son is a barn, then daughter is yarn
And another is an MD
She’s fit to be tied when the family arrives
Just look here and see
I’m here for the ride, any old time

When you know a lady like this kind of lady
You know you’ve quite a find
A person of rarity, genuine as charity
Always a smile in her eye
There is nobody’s charm like dear Sue’s charm
Just look here and see
I’m here for the ride any old time

6. Tammy

With a bottle in your hand
Try and quench the thirst of a drowning man
How do you stand?
On a pair of legs like rubber bands
You see you really are not free
Step aside from foolish pride
Build yourself a bridge to the other side

Don’t come home from drinking
With heartache on your mind
And don’t say you’ve been thinking
About us this time
Don’t come here with roses
And breath that I can see
Expecting me to be thinking about anyone but me

Another aspirin down the chute
Another meatball flying through the hoop
I see the plan
Saving up your strength
To be the ham
You see, you really are not free
Step aside from foolish pride
Build yourself a bridge to the other side

7. Harry Lee

Gonna wander on the own
Find a way
Gonna find a way to run
If I should stumble on the way
Find a way
To get back into your arms

Grandmother won’t you please
Oh will you sing a song
I’m begging mama won’t you please
Oh you are the one
In every way, every day

When I point up to the moon, take me there
Gonna take me in your arms
Gotta feed me like a king
Yes, I’m Harry Lee
Harry Lee to all the stars

Grandfather won’t you please
Oh will you sing a song
I’m begging daddy won’t you please
Oh you are the one
In every way, every day

8. Feather

Feather row the boat stream and turn
Feather row the boat nothing to learn
All the other boats are far away
Featherweighted, your actions say it’s impossible

Feather row the boat if you like
On the river you will be allright
Look inside of her to see what is hate
She is sleeping but soon she’ll wake
She’s impossible

Sails cut right through it
Engines tear into it
Old people fear it
Young children won’t go near it
Swim into the starry ocean

Feather row the boat with friends I hope
You were in the sky but now you float
Were you afraid of me when you flew away?
Together we can kiss the ocean spray
So lovable

It’s so lovable of me
It’s impossible

9. Stand Up Man

No silence on the streets, dirty feet, you cannot sleep
Your taxi is your home
You want to clean it up, the dirty scum, the filthy bums
You write when you’re alone

But you cannot close your eyes and time goes on
And Betsy let you down
You thought you had it right

No you wouldn’t wait man
Took the trouble in your own hand
You wouldn’t believe it when she wouldn’t leave it
Stand up man

So the senator needs a ride, didn’t you
Didn’t you imagine if he died?
The jealous husband met his match, get a gun, darlin’ one
Did you thank him for his cash?

Your shooting days are done, drive a cab, pay the tab
Guess the war is won
No silence on the street, dirty feet, you cannot sleep
Your taxi is your home

But you cannot close your eyes and time goes on
And Iris let you down
You thought you had it right

10. Comfort Home

Tweety fell out of the nest Seven children laid it to rest May the love grow up
with them Oh I, where have I been?

And all around this comfort home
Now I’m in the yard
And every face that smiles for me
Where they were, they are
It occurs to me, I am a bird to you
The wind it occurs to me, carried the bird to you

Rent a treehouse by the week
Pets included, food is free
A wall of pictures takes me in
Oh I, where have I been?

By 9 o’clock the sun has set
Say a prayer for those who forget
settle down and plug me in
Oh I know where I am

11. Ever Want Me To

If there ever is any trouble
Gonna wanna be there for baby
When a fighter fights, he’s in there
I am the four letters of failure
You never were the acceptance
Fair is the condition I’m in

This call is not to make you feel sorrow
I can always take it back baby
If you ever want me to I will
There is a hole at the bottom
I can always say it got crazy
If you ever want me to I will

Hands wanna get it off of the pillow
Knees wrap around the still darkness
When I have an answer, know I will

Calls in the other room say you love me
I can always see it’s so baby
If you ever want me to I will

12. Catch Fire

Stumped the old lady with words she’d never heard
Kinda go crazy when I’m around her
I see who you are and I know what you want
I know what you have and I know you have not
Met her last summer was the last summer for me

Go on catch fire when you are happy
Go on catch fire when you are mad
If you desire make it a double
I know the troubles you think you have

Who in the world would take someone there
With eyes kinda crossed and a nose way up in the air
I see who it is when I turn the light on
Couldn’t pretend no I couldn’t hang on
Will the kind owner make a loner of me?

Everyone knows you can’t make it cold
Without a cinder a spark will never grow
I see who you are and I know what you want
I know what you have and I know you have not
Met her last summer was the last summer for me

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