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(1991)

Once

Even Flow

Alive

Why Go

Black

Jeremy

Oceans

Porch

Garden

Deep

Release

 

 



ONCE

I admit it, what's to say, yeah
I'll relive it, without pain, mmm
Backstreet lover on the side of the road
I got a bomb in my temple that is gonna explode
I got a sixteen gauge buried under my clothes,
I play

Once upon a time I could control myself
Ooh, once upon a time I could lose myself, yeah

Oh, try and mimic what's insane... ooh, yeah
I am in it, where do I stand?
Oh, Indian summer and I hate the heat
I got a backstreet lover on the passenger seat
I got my hand in my pocket, so determined, discreet,
I pray

Once upon a time I could control myself
Ooh, once upon a time I could lose myself, yeah, yeah

You think I got my eyes closed
But I'm lookin' at you the whole fuckin' time

Ooh, once upon a time I could control myself, yeah
Once upon a time I could lose myself, yeah, yeah, yeah
Once upon a time I could love myself, yeah
Once upon a time I could love you, yeah, yeah, yeah

Once (4x)
Yeah... once, once... yeah, yeah
Yeah... yeah, yeah... yeah, yeah... oww

 







EVEN FLOW

Freezin', rests his head on a pillow made of concrete, again
Oh, feelin' maybe he'll see a little better, set a days, ooh yeah
Oh, hand out, faces that he sees time again ain't that familiar, oh yeah
Oh, dark grin, he can't help, when he's happy looks insane, oh yeah

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Life again, life again

Kneelin', looking through the paper though he doesn't know to read, ooh yeah
Oh, prayin', now to something that has never showed him anything
Oh, feelin', understands the weather of the winters on its way
Oh, ceilings, few and far between all the legal halls of shame, yeah

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again
Whispering hands, gently lead him away
Him away, him away
Yeah!
Woo... ah yeah... fuck it up

Even flow, thoughts arrive like butterflies
Oh, he don't know, so he chases them away
Someday yet, he'll begin his life again, yeah
Oh, whispering hands, gently lead him away
Him away, him away
Yeah!
Woo... uh huh... yeah, yeah, fuck em up again

 

 







ALIVE

Son, she said, have I got a little story for you
What you thought was your daddy was nothin' but a...
While you were sittin' home alone at age thirteen
Your real daddy was dyin'
Sorry you didn't see him
But I'm glad we talked

Oh I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey, oh

Oh, she walks slowly
Across a young man's room
She said "I'm ready for you"
I can't remember anything to this very day
'Cept the look, the look
Oh, you know where
Now I can't see, I just stare

Oh I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Ooh yeah... yeah yeah yeah... oh... oh

"Is something wrong?" she said
Well of course there is
"You're still alive" she said
Oh, and do I deserve to be?
Is that the question?
And if so, if so, who answers, who answers?

I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I, oh, I'm still alive
Hey I... ooh, I'm still alive
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

 







WHY GO


She scratches a letter
Into a wall made of stone
Maybe someday another child
Won't feel as alone as she does
It's been two years, and counting
Since they put her in this place
She's been diagnosed by some stupid fuck
And mommy agrees, yeah
Whoa... yeah... hey yeah yeah

Why go home? (3x)

She seems to be stronger
But what they want her to be is weak
She could play pretend
She could join the game, boy
She could be another clone
Ooh... whoa... ah yeah

Ooh
Why go home? (4x)
What you taught me
Put me here
Don't come visit... mother

Whoa... ooh
Why go home? (4x)
What you taught me
Put me here
Don't come visit... mother, mother, yeah

Why go home? (7x)
Whoa

 







BLACK

Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul
As the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn

Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black
Tattooed everything

I take a walk outside
I'm surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear?
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I'm spinning, oh, I'm spinning
How quick the sun can drop away?

And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything
Oh the pictures have all been washed in blac
Tattooed everything
All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am
All that I'll be... yeah

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life
I know you'll be a star
In somebody else's sky, but why, why...
Why can't it be, why can't it be mine?

 







JEREMY

At home, drawing pictures of mountain tops with him on top
Lemon yellow sun, arms raised in a V
And the dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
Oh, to the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked... oh, ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Clearly I remember pickin' on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
Oh, but we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady's breast
How can I forget?
And he hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurtin'... ooh, dropped wide open
Just like the day... oh, like the day I heard

Daddy didn't give affection, no
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn't wear
King Jeremy the wicked... oh, ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today (3x)
Woo... (14x)

Try to forget this, try to forget this
Try to erase this, try to erase this
From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today (2x)
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in... (2x)
Jeremy spoke in class today
Woo... (29x)
Woooooohhh... spoke in, spoke in
Woooooohhh... uh huh, uh huh

 






OCEANS

Hold on to the thread
The currents will shift
Glide me towards you
You know something's left
And we're all allowed
To dream of the next
Oh, ooh the next, time we touch

Oooh (4x)

You don't have to stray
The oceans away
Waves roll in my thoughts
Hold tight the ring
The sea will rise
Please stand by the shore
Oh, oh, oh, I will be
I will be there once more

Oooh (4x)
Uh huh, oh yeah (2x)

 







PORCH

What the fuck is this world running to?
You didn't leave a message, at least I
Could have learned your voice one last time
Daily minefield, this could
Be my time, 'bout you?
Would you hit me?
Would you hit me?
Oh oh oh... oh whoa whoa... ow

All the bills go by and
Initiatives are taken up
By the middle
There ain't gonna be any middle any more
And the cross I'm bearing home
Ain't indicative of my place
Left the porch
Left the porch
Oh oh oh

Hear my name, take a good look
This could be the day
Hold my hand, walk beside me
I just need to say

Hear my name, take a good look
This could be the day
Hold my hand, lie beside me
I just need to say
I could not take a-just one day
I know when I would not ever touch you
Hold you... feel you... ever hold... never again
Yeah (12x)


 






GARDEN


She don't wander in here, don't wander in here, she
She don't wander in here, don't wander in here, she

The direction of the eye, so misleading
The defection of the soul, nauseously quick
I don't question our existence
I just question our modern needs

She don't wander in here, don't wander in here, she
She don't wander in here

I will walk with my hands bound
I will walk with my face blood
I will walk with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden of stone

After all is done and we're still alone
I won't be taken
Yet I'll go with my hands bound
I will walk with my face blood
I will walk with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden of stone

I don't show, I don't share
I don't need, yeah, what you have to give

Oohooh, I will walk with my hands bound
I will walk with my face blood
I will walk with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden, oh

I will walk with my hands bound
I will walk into your garden

Garden of stone

I don't know, I don't care
I don't need you for me to live


 






DEEP


On the edge
A windowsill
Ponders his maker
Ponders his will
To the street below
He just ain't nothin'
But he's got a great view
And he sinks the needle deep
Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom

On the edge
Of a know-nothin' town
Feelin' quite superior
The aged come
To the sky above
He just ain't nothin'
But he's got a great view
And he sinks the burning knife deep
Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom
In too deep

On the edge of a
Christmas clean love
Young virgin from heaven
Visiting... yeah
To the man above her
She just ain't nothin'
She doesn't like the view
She doesn't like the view
She doesn't like the view
But he sinks himself deep
Can't touch the bottom
In too deep
Can't touch the bottom
Can't touch the bottom
Deep... yeah

Can't touch the bottom
The bottom


 






RELEASE



I see the world
Feel the chill
Which way to go
Windowsill
I see the words
On a rocking horse of time
I see the verse in the rain
Ohh... ohh... ohh... ohh

Oh, dear dad
Can you see me now?
I am myself
Like you somehow
I'll ride the wave
Where it takes me
I'll hold the pain
Release me
Ohh... ohh... ohh... ohh

Oh, dear dad
C
an you see me now?
I am myself
Like you somehow
I'll wait up in the dark
For you to speak to me
I'll open up
Release me
Release me (3x)
Ohh... ohh... ohh... ohh

 

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