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(1996)

Sometimes

Hail, Hail

Who You Are

In My Tree

Smile

Off He Goes

Habit

Red Mosquito

Lukin

Present Tense

Mankind

I'm Open

Around the Bend

 

 



SOMETIMES


Large fingers pushing paint
You're God and you got big hands
The colors blend
The challenges you give man

Seek my part
Devote myself
My small self
L
ike a book amongst the many on a shelf

Sometimes I know
Sometimes I rise
Sometimes I fall
Sometimes I don't
Sometimes I cringe
Sometimes I live
Sometimes I walk
Sometimes I kneel
Sometimes I speak of nothing at all
Sometimes I reach to myself, hear God

 







HAIL, HAIL


Ah, is there room enough for both of us?
Both of us apart?
Are we bound out of obligation?
Is that all we've got?
I get the words and then I get to thinkin'
I don't wanna think, I wanna feel
How do I feel? How do I?

If you're the only one, will I never be enough?
Hail, hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah

I swore I'd love you till the day I die, and beyond
Are we going to the same place?
If so, can I come?
It's egg rolling thick and heavy
All the past you carry
Oh I could be new, you underestimate me

If you're the only one, will I never be enough?
Hail, hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah

I sometimes realize
I could only be as good as you'll let me
Are you woman enough to be my man?
Bandaged hand in hand

I find it on the run in a race that can't be won
All hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah
If you're my only one, so could you, only one?
I want to be your one, enough, you won
Your one, your one

 







WHO YOU ARE


Come to send, not condescend
Transcendental consequence
Is to transcend where we are
Who are we? Who we are

Trampled moss on your souls
Changes all you're a part
Seen it all, not at all
Can't defend fucked up man
Take me a for a ride before we leave

Circumstance, clapping hands
Driving winds, happenstance
Off the track, in the mud
That's the moss in the aforementioned verse

Just a little time, before we leave
Stop light plays its part
So I would say you've got a part
What's your part? Who you are
You are who, who you are







IN MY TREE


Up here in my tree, yeah
Newspapers matter not to me, yeah
No more crowbars to my head, yeah
I'm trading stories with the leaves instead, yeah

Wave to all my friends, yeah
They don't seem to notice me, no
All their eyes trained on the street, oh
Sidewalk cigarettes and scenes (tem-pted)

Up here so high I start to shake
Up here so high the sky I scrape
I'm so high I hold just one breath here within my chest
Just like innocence

(Eddie's down in his home)
(Oh, the blue sky it's his home)
(Eddie's blue sky home)
(Oh, the blue sky it's his home)

I remember when, yeah
I swore I knew everything, oh yeah
Let's say knowledge is a tree, yeah
It's growing up just like me, yeah

I'm so light the wind he shakes
I'm so high the sky I scrape
I'm so light I hold just one breath and go back to my nest
Sleep with innocence

Up here so high the boughs they break
Up here so high the sky I scrape
Had my eyes peeled both wide open
A
nd I got a glimpse
Of my innocence
Got back my inner sense
Baby got it, still got it







SMILE


Don't it make you smile?
Don't it make you smile?
When the sun don't shine, don't shine at all?
Don't it make you smile?

Don't it make you smile?
Don't it make me smile? Yeah
When the sun don't shine, it don't shine at all, yeah
Don't it make me smile?

I miss you already, I miss you always
I miss you already, I miss you all day
This is how I feel

I miss you already, I miss you always
Three crooked hearts and swirls all around
I miss you all day

 







OFF HE GOES


1, 2... 1, 2, 3, 4
Know a man
His face seems pulled and tense
Like he's riding on a motorbike in the strongest winds
So I approach with tact
S
uggest that he should relax
But he's always movin' much too fast

Said he'll see me on the flipside
Of this trip he's taken for a ride
He's been takin' too much on
There he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes
There he goes

He's yet to come back
But I've seen his picture
Doesn't look the same up on the rack
We go way back

I wonder 'bout his insides
It's like his thoughts are too big for his size
He's been taken... where? I don't know
Off he goes with his perfectly unkept hope
There he goes

And now I rub my eyes
For he has returned
Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned
For he still smiles and he's still strong
Nothing's changed but the surrounding bullshit, that has grown

And now he's home and we're laughing, like we always did
My same old, same old friend
Until a quarter-to-ten
I saw the strain creep in
He seems distracted and I know just what is gonna happen next
Before his first step
He is off again







HABIT


See it happen to a couple of friends
See it happen and the message it sends
Taking off for what's an obvious fall
Just to see what all the fuss is about

It's not your way... not your way
It's not your way... yeah

Another habit says it's in love with you
Another habit says its love's overdue
Another habit like an unwanted friend
I'm so happy with my righteous self

It's not your way... not your way
It's not your way

Never thought you'd habit [3x]
I never thought you, never thought you...
Never thought you'd habit [3x]
I never thought you, never, never thought you...
Never thought you'd habit [6x]

Speaking as a child of the nineties

Never thought you'd habit [3x]
I never thought you, never thought you...
Never thought you'd habit [3x]
I never thought you, never, never thought you...
Never... never me... never you... never me







RED MOSQUITO


Watched from the window, with a red mosquito
I was not allowed to leave the room
I saw the sun go down and now it's coming up
Somewhere in the time between

I was bitten, must have been the devil
He was just paying me
A little visit, reminding me of his presence
Letting me know, he's awaiting... oh

Red man's your neighbor, call it behavior
While you're climbing up slippery hills
Two steps ahead of him, punctures in your neck
Hovering just above your bed
Hovering just above your bed

I was bitten, must have been the devil
He was just paying me
A little visit, reminding me of his presence
And letting me know, he's awaiting
He's awaiting, ooh

If I had known then what I know now [4x]

 






LUKIN


Drive down the street, can't find the keys to my own fucking home
I take a walk so I can curse my ass for being dumb
I make a right after the arches, stinking grease and bone
Stop at the supermarket, people stare like I'm a dog

I'm goin' to Lukin's
I got a spot at Lukin's
I knock the door at Lukin's
Open the fridge, now I know life is worth

I find the key but I return to find an open door
Some fuckin’ freak who claims I fathered by rape her own son
I find my wife, I call the cops, this day's work's never done
The last I heard that freak was purchasing a fucking gun







PRESENT TENSE

Do you see the way that tree bends?
Does it inspire?
Leaning out to catch the sun's rays
A lesson to be applied
Are you getting something out of this
All-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone
Redigesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who can't forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense to live in the present tense

Have you ideas on how this life ends?
Checked your hands and studied the lines
Have you the belief that the road ahead
Ascends off into the light?
Seems that needlessly it's getting harder
To find an approach and a way to live
Are we getting something out of this
All-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone
Redigesting past regrets, oh
Or you can come to terms and realize
You're the only one who cannot forgive yourself, oh
Makes much more sense to live in the present tense







MANKIND


You'll be going out with radio
Going out with disco
Going out like bacchanal
I'll be going out with telephone
Going out alone
To the radar zone

It's all just inadvertent imitation
And I don't mean mine
It's all across this nation
If it's just inadvertent simulation
A pattern in all mankind
What's got the whole world fakin' it?

I'll be playing with my magazine
Using up my Listerine
Like Ovaltine
And you'll be dipping in your battleship
For the latest tip
For the latest dream

It's all just inadvertent imitation
And I don't mean mine
It's all across this nation
If it's just inadvertent simulation
A pattern in all mankind
What's got the whole world fakin' it?

If it's just inadvertent imitation
A pattern in all mankind
What's got the whole world fakin'?
(6x)
Yeah... yeah



 



I'M OPEN


A man lies in his bed in a room with no door
He waits, hoping for a presence, something, anything to enter
After spending half his life searching, he still felt as blank
As the ceiling at which he stared
He is alive, but feels absolutely nothing
So, is he?

When he was six he believed that the moon overhead followed him
By nine, he had deciphered the illusion, trading magic for fact
No trade-backs
So this is what it's like to be an adult
If he only knew now what he knew then

I'm open (2x)
Come on in (4x)
I'm open (2x)
Come on in (4x)
I'm open

Lying sideways atop crumpled sheets and no covers he decides to dream
Dream up a new self
For himself







AROUND THE BEND


I am wishing you a well
Mind at peace within yourself
Covers up, I cast you off
I'll be watching as you breathe
I lie still, you move, I send
You off around the bend

I hold your head deep in my arms
My fingertips they close your eyes
Off you dream, my little child
There's a sun around the bend
There's a sun around the bend

All the evenings close like this
All these moments that I've missed
Please forgive me, won't you, dear?
Please forgive and let me share
With you around the bend

You're an angel when you sleep
How I want your soul to keep
On and on around the bend




 

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