PLEASE AGREE

(2021)

 

1.  I promise

Singing for my supper

the canary got the diamond instead

bringing me down now with the upper

you always knew how to get in my head

 

*smiles are just the muscle not the bone

 

are you the mid-wife?

or rent-to-own wet nurse

are you swift with your heads or tailor

making everyone a sow-ear purse

I would kill myself if I had to die here

 

are you a make-believer?

have you heard yourself talk way too much?

now you’re a paid deceiver

who couldn’t be more so out of touch

 

*smiles are just the muscle not the bone

the cavity is better left alone

 

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I would kill myself if I had to die here

 

I promise this isn’t a cry for help

I promise I couldn’t even help myself

 

 

 

2.  All night forever

 

There are two types of people left here in this world

you and everybody else confirmed

 

but you can brave the weather

and you can make it better

 

it can’t just be your circumstance

 

it’s all night forever

all night forever

 

*Bad dreams again

when will this nightmare ever end?

 

There are two choices out there  doesn’t that seem absurd?

Right and left belong to the exact same bird

 

but they’re birds of a feather

and they just work together

 

and we will kill ourselves, ourself

 

it’s all night forever

all night forever

 

*Bad dreams again

when will this nightmare ever end?

 

it’s all night forever

all night forever

all night forever

all night forever

 

 

 

3.  Hero in you

 

 

If I said that I missed you

would I be able to misuse

all the intended miscues

that I planned that along?

 

If I said that I missed you

and that I missed out on bliss too

could I then dismiss you

so we could reminisce soon?

 

*Feel me in your arms

I’m the hero in you

Feel me in your heart

are you ready for something new?

 

And if I never see you again

then I won’t have to flee you again

I could just be carefree from sin

or free of caring from within

 

*Feel me in your arms

I’m the hero in you

Feel me in your heart

are you ready for something new?

 

*Feel me in your arms

I’m the hero in you

Feel me in your heart

are you ready for something new?

 

are you ready for something new?

are you ready for something new?

are you ready for something new?

 

 

 

 

4.  Wake up

 

Wake up

Wake up

 

I know too much now

I forgot it all

don’t know no one’s number

so I don’t call

 

Wake up

Wake up

 

Now I don’t nothing

maybe I never did

30 seconds ago

I tried to sell my wit

 

Wake up

Wake up

 

there’s a big difference in our pipe dreams

mine are empty, yours are always full

 

there’s a big difference in our pipe dreams

mine are empty, yours are always full

 

Wake up

Wake up

Wake up

Wake up

 

 

5.  Let Down

 

What if I was to tell you that I’m

that I’m somebody else

would you still be you?

What if I was to tell you I want to be

somebody else

would I still not even be your number two?

would I still be the last on the list for you?

 

*But I’m 1/2 a “handle” down

and I’m never coming down

so tired of being let down

*But I’m 1/2 a “handle” down

and I’m never coming down

so tired of being let down

 

what if I was to tell you that I…

that I’m no longer here

would you even know at all?

what if I was to tell you what you

don’t want to hear

would you just blame the alcohol?

or would you understand at all?

or finally see the writing on the wall?

 

*But I’m 1/2 a “handle” down

and I’m never coming down

so tired of being let down

*But I’m 1/2 a “handle” down

and I’m never coming down

so tired of being let down

 

I’m taking my ball and going home

I’m taking my ball and going home

 

because I don’t belong

I don’t belong

anywhere

 

*But I’m 1/2 a “handle” down

and I’m never coming down

so tired of being let down

so tired of being let down

 

 

6.  Hear for you

 

I’ll request the number and identity please

and hope you don’t outnumber all our common enemies

 

*because we bleed at the same speed

with a real need to get out of here

but we’ll be taking one knee

and only we see what we need to hear

 

I’m here for you

I’m here for you

 

I’ll request nothing at all

from anyone anymore

and I’ll put all my weapons down

you can have your war

 

*because we bleed at the same speed

with a real need to get out of here

but we’ll be taking one knee

and only we see what we need to hear

 

We just to listen for once

and throw away our arrogance

We just to listen for once

and throw away our arrogance

 

*because we bleed at the same speed

with a real need to get out of here

but we’ll be taking one knee

and only we see what we need to hear

*because we bleed at the same speed

with a real need to get out of here

but we’ll be taking one knee

and only we see what we need to hear

 

I’m here for you

I’m here for you

 

 

 

7.  My only brother

 

Alone on a tandem

I’ll be riding alone

pick the cologne at random

just to mess with Mary Kay

but when I finally get there

to the place that’s not known

will there still be any air

or will it all be overblown?

 

*death makes brothers of us all

my only brother is alcohol

 

keep your knives on the table 

so I can see where they’re at

but until I am able

to forgive this still in my back

 

*death makes brothers of us all

my only brother is alcohol

 

I don’t have to hear your story

you told it yourself

but go on and take all your glory

to the personnel

 

*death makes brothers of us all

my only brother is alcohol

*death makes brothers of us all

my only brother is alcohol

 

my only brother

 

 

 

8.  Meaningless

 

I don’t want to be here

It’s just too cruel

I don’t want to be seen here

it’s just too cruel

arguing with a fool 

only proves that there’s two

 

*so I’ll just keep staring at the ceiling

and try to find some kind of meaning

 

I don’t want to be here

it’s just too cold

there’s just no room to breathe here

and too many molds

 

*so I’ll just keep staring at the ceiling

and try to find some kind of meaning

 

if there is any at all

if there is any at all

 

*so I’ll just keep staring at the ceiling

and try to find some kind of meaning

*so I’ll just keep staring at the ceiling

and try to find some kind of meaning

 

if there is any at all

if there is any at all

 

 

 

9.  Pretty Death

 

Here I am as lonely as God

drawing trees on paper again

but the fact checker has taken the whole year off

and has eloped with a favorite part-time vegan

 

*pouring salt in the wound by saying

“pouring salt in the wound”

pretty death come hold breath

petty debt is all you will get

pretty death come hold breath

pretty death

 

Here I am again as lonely as God

tearing down the walls of wolves

but the logical thinker has taken the whole year off

and paid all tolls with their souls

 

*pouring salt in the wound by saying

“pouring salt in the wound”

pretty death come hold breath

petty debt is all you will get

pretty death come hold breath

pretty death

 

*pouring salt in the wound by saying

“pouring salt in the wound”

*pouring salt in the wound by saying

“pouring salt in the wound”

pretty death come hold breath

pretty death come 

 

 

 

 

10.  Ears of the wise

 

It’s hard to tell on one hand

the number of you that have made a plan

it feels as though we’ll have to escape at night

because in my life, I know I won’t see this place unite

 

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

 

 

The past has reared it’s ugly head again

tainting the hearts and minds of simple men

who think they should be ruled with an iron fist

but it’s their own book’s message they have missed

 

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

 

you’d burn me for heresy

when peace is all I want to see

 

if you think that I’m wrong

then think that I’m wrong

but if I’m right

everything will be alright

 

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

*the sooner religion dies

the sooner humanity thrives

gossip and folklore and lies will die

when it reaches the ears of the wise

 

 

 

 

11. Please agree

 

Spread a little common sense on the bread for me

try to live your life in the present tense is what she plead to me

hope to find the lining in the silver screen through the red in my eyes

and make believe your life can be your favorite scene is what she said before I died

 

*but we’ve all seen this told before

and we’ve all seen them close the door

 

a woman’s hardest job is probably juggling wolves in sheep’s clothes at home

leave a finger on the barely beating pulse before it goes alone

 

*but we’ve all seen this told before

and we’ve all seen them close the door

 

!

Because nothing’s left of me

who would have guessed I need

I need some rest from me

please agree

please agree

 

*but we’ve all seen this told before

and we’ve all seen them close the door

*but we’ve all seen this told before

and we’ve all seen them close the door

 

!

Because nothing’s left of me

who would have guessed I need

I need some rest from me

please agree

please agree

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HER EYES ON

(2017)

1.  Cozy

Come on inside

Make yourself at home

And give me your coat

Come on inside

And hide from the cold

Our oldest foe

cuz now I’m home

 

Go on and lay down

Cuz this one’s for you

If wishes came true

Go on and lay down

This time it’s for real

Someone’s here for you

 

cuz now I’m home

 

but this house is not a home

I’m always here alone

Wherever I may roam

When you’re not around this house is not a home

 

You’re huffin’ and puffin’, blowin’ my house down

But now we’ll build it all again

 

cuz now I’m home

2.  Seven Years

I’m moving on

But it’s hard when everyone around me

Won’t let you be gone

 

I wish you well

I’ve been over all of this for years

I hope that you can tell

 

But if it wasn’t for the time to say 

Thank you

 

For seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But that would be a shame

seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But we’d still be the same

 

I hope you forgive

Me for all the times that you had tried

To help me to live

I know I’ve been wrong

But it’s taken me forever to accept

That I’m not strong

 

But if it wasn’t for the time to say 

Thank you

 

For seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But that would be a shame

seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But we’d still be the same

“So long”…I wait for you to say

“So long”…been waiting every day

“So long”…you can walk away

Cuz you know that you want to say

“Thank you”…

 

For seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But that would be a shame

seven years to blame

We could stand here looking backwards

But we’d still be the same

3.  Never the bride

Where should you run now?

Where should you hide?

At the shotgun wedding

The only one armed is the bride

 

she knows what she’s up against

It’s you

She knows we all want the best 

So on cue

Always the bride’s maid

Never the bride

You had it all once when

Before you lost sight

 

Where should you run now?

Where should you hide?

The tears are all dried from 

Before when you cried

 

You know what you’re up against

It’s you

You say you still want the best

So on cue

Always the bride’s maid

Never the bride

You say you’re happy for both of them

But deep down inside

It should be you up there

All dressed in white

You had it all once when

Before you lost sight

 

Always thinking ‘bout yourself

Always thinking ‘bout yourself

Always the bride’s maid

Never the bride

You say you’re happy for both of them

But deep down inside

It should be you up there

All dressed in white

You had it all once when

Before you lost sight

 

4.  Raised Questions

Nodding your head while looking down

Everyone else is important now

What’s the world to do when no one’s looking out?

I miss the days when there was no doubt

 

and we could just talk for days

And we could both count the ways

That we would be amazed

With questions that we raised

 

Looking back up but I don’t know why

Always the one with an alibi

If I bring it up, then I’m the bad guy

But I think this is worth saving if we try

 

and we could just talk for days

And we could both count the ways

That we would be amazed

With questions that we raised

5.  Takeaway 

Featuring Dallas Riffle and Scott Paris

Who we’ve met

Where we’ve been

What we’ve done

No one could ever understand

But it’s just for us

 

What we’ve seen

Why we dream

Trash the scene

Just because we can

But it’s still just for us

 

no one could ever take that away

No one could ever take that away

 

(DALLAS)

Just for fun

Let’s play dumb

Play possum

And see how everyone else reacts

We can fool them all

 

Let’s just say

If we play

The same old game

Where only we have the facts

We can still fool them all

 

no one could ever take that away

No one could ever take that away

 

Take away

What we’d say

To make everyone happy

What’s at stake

Could just break

And end up badly

 

(SCOTT)

up till now

Not allowed

To take a bow 

For everything that we’ve done

That’s ok with me

 

Cuz until that time

We’ll try to find

A lifetime

To not be the forgotten sons

That’s ok with me

 

no one could ever take that away

No one could ever take that away

6.  No one is to blame 

(Howard Jones Cover)

You can look at the menu, but you just can't eat

You can feel the cushion, but you can't have a seat

You can dip your foot in the pool, but you can't have a swim

You can feel the punishment, but you can't commit the sin

 

And you want her, and she wants you

We want everyone

And you want her and she wants you

No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

 

You can build a mansion, but you just can't live in 

You're the fastest runner but you're not allowed to win

Some break the rules, and live you cut the cost

The insecurity is the thing that won't get lost

 

And you want her, and she wants you

We want everyone

And you want her and she wants you

No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

 

You can see the summit but you just can't reach it

It's the last piece of the puzzle but you can't make it fit

Doctor says you're cured but you still feel the pain

Aspirations in the clouds but your hopes go down the drain

 

And you want her, and she wants you

We want everyone

And you want her and she wants you

No one, no one, no one ever is to blame

No one ever is to blame

No one ever is to blame

7.  Webs…

How many times before you tried?

Before you realized it was a waste of time

The many crimes…you swore…you lied

The whore advised the aftertaste of mine

 

but you looked into her eyes

And she caught you like a fly

And she trapped you in her web

Never to be heard from again

 

Under the thumb of something more

Not needing to escape to foreign lands

Wonder the sum, the final score

Misleading with the shape of where we stand

 

but you looked into her eyes

And she caught you like a fly

And she trapped you in her web

Never to be heard from again

 

But the widow, she’s not black

And there’s no looking back

And now you’re too far gone

Caught up in the web she spun

 

but you looked into her eyes

And she caught you like a fly

And she trapped you in her web

Never to be heard from again

7.  …destiny

If you find that you’re trapped

Open the door

If you cannot adapt

Try once more

Your life has been mapped

All out before

Before

Before

Before

 

I have to tell you honestly

If you believe in destiny

You might not like just what you see

But you see

 

If you find out that you

Can’t take any more

You still have time

You know that’s for sure

And it’s not a crime

If you ask for more

For more

For more

For more

 

I have to tell you honestly

If you believe in destiny

You might not like just what you see

But you see

 

I have to tell you honestly

If you believe in destiny

You might not like just what you see

But you see

9.  All Aboard

If you say I’m a trainwreck

Then you have to be the engineer for me

If you say I’m a trainwreck

Then you have to be the engineer for me

 

Help me stay on the track

 

all aboard, all aboard

Help me, lord

Still ignored

All aboard, all aboard

Won’t be off the track 

No more

Won’t be off the track

No more

 

If I’m still a trainwreck on the wrong track

Hauling baggage at the highest speed

Won’t you

Help me stay on the tracks

 

all aboard, all aboard

Help me, lord

Still ignored

All aboard, all aboard

Won’t be off the track 

No more

Won’t be off the track

No more

 

The quality of quantity

From the machinery of you and me

 

all aboard, all aboard

Help me, lord

Still ignored

all aboard, all aboard

Help me, lord

Still ignored

all aboard, all aboard

Help me, lord

Still ignored

All aboard, all aboard

10.  King

The pope is a lion

Even though he may be lying

The queen is in mourning

Since yesterday morning

 

we see the trouble we’ve all been through

I have seen it, so have you

 

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I could take control of you

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I could take control of you

 

Black and blue

Bruises on you

You shouldn’t tell

I confess

You’re a princess

 

we see the trouble we’ve all been through

I have seen it, so have you

 

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I would take control of you

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I would take control of you

 

You and I

Cannot fight

You’re the queen and I’m the king

In you I must confide

 

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I would take control of you

Sometimes I want to be king

Just for something to do

If I was king, then I would take…I could take control of you

Sometimes I want to be king

King

I could take…I would take control of you

Sometimes I want to be king

King

I could take control of you

11.  Look with your eyes

You’re saving all your pennies 

But you can’t take them with you

You try your damndest anyhow

But you can’t take them with you

Earned from the sweat you wiped off of your brow

But you can’t take them with you

Pride’s the sin that still will make you proud

But you can’t take them with you

 

it would be so easy

Look with your eyes

Not with your hands

It would be wise

For you to understand

Look with your eyes

Not with your hands

It won’t hurt to try

To lend a helping hand

 

You’ve been watching what they’re telling you

But they’re just entertainment

With the advertisement follow-through

But they’re just entertainment

When your dividends start to accrue

You’ll forget just what they meant

Cuz it’s for you and you know ONLY YOU

Know just how to spend it

 

But it would be so easy

Look with your eyes

Not with your hands

It would be wise

For you to understand

Look with your eyes

Not with your hands

It can’t hurt to try

To lend a helping hand

To lend a helping hand

To lend a helping hand

To lend a helping hand

To lend a helping hand

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1889

(2014)

1.  Listen

You’re so good

You’re so good to me

But I’m misunderstood, you see?

But I’m misunderstood, you see?

 

All I want…

 

Is for someone to listen to me

Someone to listen to me

Someone to listen

Someone to listen to me

To me

 

It’s so good

It’s so damn good for now

But time will not allow me

No, time will not allow me

 

To just get…

 

Someone to listen to me

Someone to listen to me

Someone to listen

Someone to listen to me

To me

 

It’s been a long road

It’s been a long road

It’s been a long road

It’s been a long road

 

Just want someone to listen to me

Someone to listen to me

Someone to listen

Someone to listen to me

To me

2.  Nowhere

And I couldn’t see the start

From the bottom of my heart

I couldn’t see the start

But I have to ask one thing

 

where do we go from nowhere?

Where do we go from nowhere?

When the beginning is the end

Where do we go?

 

And I couldn’t see the end

And I couldn’t quite pretend

I should’ve known that when

I had to ask that question

 

where do we go from nowhere?

Where do we go from nowhere?

When the beginning is the end

Where do we go?

 

From nowhere

From nowhere

From nowhere

From nowhere

 

where do we go from nowhere?

Where do we go from nowhere?

When the beginning is the end

When the beginning is the end

And I couldn’t see the end

Where do we go from nowhere?

 

 

3.  Up

Waking up always seems to be

A chore when you don’t get much sleep

 

So I’m going back to where I belong

Locked up where I’ve been all along

I’m going back to where  I belong

Giving up

 

Giving up is always easier then

I didn’t have what could have been

 

So I’m going back to where I belong

Locked up where I’ve been all along

I’m going back to where  I belong

Giving up

 

Giving up is easy when you’re down

Saving up to go another round

 

So I’m going back  where I belong

Locked up where I’ve been all along

I’m going back where  I belong

Giving up

4.  Knockout

I’ll be the 1, 2

Punch to knock all who

Been knocked down times before

Don’t come back asking for more

 

Steady yourself is what they’ve always said

Ready yourself, you can’t fight back when you’re dead

But I disagree, if you know me, you’ve known a wall

That’s harder to move, to just talk to, but I won’t fall

 

I’ll be the 1, 2

Punch to knock all who

Been knocked down times before

Don’t come back asking for more

 

Now that you’ve learned, it’s your turn to take a swing

At all those that burned their bridges in the ring

It’s the same as your life but with a better outpouring

Of sympathy for you now, but that don’t mean a thing

 

I’ll be the 1, 2

Punch to knock all who

Been knocked down times before

Don’t come back asking for more

Get in, get in the ring

Get in the ring

 

After you bleed all that is me, you can return

To your old routine, at least the lessons have been learned

Up until then, where or when, you’ll have to fight

You’ll have the tools for fools for all of the next times

 

I’ll give you the knockout of your life

I’ll give you the knockout for all times

I’ll give you the knockout

 

You’ll be the 1, 2

Punch to knock all who

Been knocked down times before

Don’t come back asking for more

5.  On & On

Still looking for something I can’t find

Still hoping for some way to have piece of mind

 

*so on and on I’ll go alone

So on and on to know…alone

 

Still searching for one thing I don’t know

Still hoping for some way just to show

 

so on and on I’ll go alone

So on and on to know…alone

 

It must have been too much ask for

It must have been too much ask for

It must have been too much ask for

It must have been too much ask for

 

Still hoping for something to search for

Still looking but it must have been too much ask for

 

so on and on I’ll go alone

So on and on to know…alone

6.  Everybody wants to rule the world 

(Tears for Fears Cover)

Welcome to your life

There's no turning back

Even while we sleep

We will find you

 

Acting on your best behavior

Turn your back on mother nature

Everybody wants to rule the world

 

It's my own design

It's my own remorse

Help me to decide

Help me make the most

 

Of freedom and of pleasure

Nothing ever lasts forever

Everybody wants to rule the world

 

There's a room where the light won't find you

Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down

When they do, I'll be right behind you

 

So glad we've almost made it

So sad they had to fade it

Everybody wants to rule the world

 

I can't stand this indecision

Married with a lack of vision

Everybody wants to rule the world

Say that you'll never never never never need it

One headline why believe it ?

Everybody wants to rule the world

 

All for freedom and for pleasure

Nothing ever lasts forever

Everybody wants to rule the world

7.  My Poor Friend

Don’t even try to wash your sins away

It’s not easy to hide…they’re written on your face

There’s no way to hide away

So don’t play the same old game

 

you’ll never win again…my friend

 

Don’t even try to give yourself a brand new name

They’ll uncover the lies and won’t even let you stay

There’s no way to hide away

So don’t play the same old game

 

you’ll never win again…my friend

you’ll never win again…my friend

8. Blame

This time we’ll know

This time we’ll know 

We’ll know who to blame

 

It won’t be you

It won’t be me

You’d think you could see

 

This time we’ll know

This time we’ll know 

We’ll know who to blame

 

When it could be you

When it could me

You thought you could see

 

This time we’ll know

This time we’ll know 

We’ll know who to blame

 

Everyone else that’s around

Take what’s left in the lost and found

 

This time we’ll know

This time we’ll know 

We’ll know who to blame

 

*This time we’ll know

This time we’ll know 

We’ll know who to blame

9.  Once upon a time…

Featuring Dallas Riffle

Once upon a time

You all were mine

But there comes a time

When you have to draw the line

 

This is the story of your life

(And now you’re skipping to the end)

Dying to read between the lines 

(And if there’s more than you An-)

ticipated, dreaming jaded, you wished upon a star that faded

And everything you ever knew is frozen in time

 

In a world far away

Another time, another place

There were those with words to say

But life became a human race

(Ready, set, go)

 

This is the story of your life

(And now you’re skipping to the end)

Dying to read between the lines 

(And if there’s more than you An-)

ticipated, dreaming jaded, you wished upon a star that faded

And everything you ever loved is frozen in time

 

I would kill everything new

 

*This is the story of your life

(And now you’re skipping to the end)

Dying to read between the lines 

(And if there’s more than you An-)

ticipated, flipping pages, clinging to a dream that faded

And everything you ever knew is frozen in time

 

Once upon a time

Once upon a time

10.  Regift

What do you think?

What do you know?

I’m on the brink of nobody knows

 

And if they knew, would they care?

I don’t know…I swear

 

If we could be better than…

We are now, then tell me when

We all could be better then…

Why don’t we all begin?

 

Why do you think?

Why do you know?

If you could bring, more to the show

 

You haven’t already brought it

For me it’s always the re-gift

 

If we could be better than…

We are now, then tell me when

We all could be better then…

Why don’t we all begin?

 

It’s too easy to think about yourself

I’m just as guilty as everyone else

But I’d like to try to be a better “me” for you

Questioning why, is the worst thing that I could do

 

If we could be better than…

We are now, then tell me when

We all could be better then…

Why don’t we all begin?

11.  Lost

We’re…

Where?

12.  Blue Gray

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

 

Picking your battles 

Never seemed to be so hard

Until you gave up life to punch the card

But now she’s wondering

Where she went wrong

Always worried if I’m here writing her songs

 

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

 

Picking your friends

Never seemed to be a chore

They just showed up and told you what’s in store

But one thing they forgot to mention to

You was how they’d someday all be fighting you

 

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

 

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

She is blue gray

She is blue gray

Just fighting with herself every day

13.  Arms length

Here we are, once again

Trying to save it all

Here we are, once again

It’s what you want, it’s what we are

 

It’s what we do if we see through

Doin’ as much as we can do

 

*Wrapping your arms around the world

Wrapping your arms around the world

 

There we were, years ago

A picture can say what we all know

There we were, years ago

When all our dreams still gave us hope

 

It’s what we do if we through

Doin’ as much as we can do…

 

*Wrapping your arms around the world

Wrapping your arms around the world

 

Here we are, once again

Still trying

 

*Wrapping your arms around the world

Wrapping your arms around the world

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SUNSHINE

(2011)

 

1.  Moonshine

The shadow of the pen

You see it crosses the page

And meets with the edge of the paper

Now ripe with age

 

And what does it say to you?

And what could it mean to you?

 

It tells of a trek

A hearty voyage

That releases the unknown

Locked out courage

 

And what does it say to you?

And what could it mean to you?

Does it shine for you?

Is it blinding you?

Is it a one of a kind for you?

Or do you just skip ahead?

 

To what you got

was it all for all, or all for not?

 

And what could I say to you?

To make something mean something to you?

 

And could it shine for you

Could it be mine for you

A one of a kind for you

Or would you just turn the page?

2.  Hello to goodbye

You looked so good tonight

No one can take that from me

Except maybe Father Time

What a bastard he can be

Because when you were young

And when you were dumb it all came easily

So now what do you do

When getting what you choose seems to leave?

 

But everyone’s gotta’ have a backup plan

And no love could cuff, no love could cuff

These two hands

 

So goodbye to smiles

Hello to goodbyes and miles

Cuz these eyes don’t lie

Hello to goodbye

 

And you made me laugh tonight

So hard I can’t breathe

and if it’s the lasting times

That you had with me

Could make you say

You appreciate 

Everything that is me

So now what do you do

When I’m still so confused

I’m sorry

 

But what happens when I don’t understand

When you hate yourself so much

That you can’t be a man

So goodbye to smiles

Hello to goodbyes and miles

Cuz these eyes don’t lie

Hello to goodbye

Cuz no one will know 

Above or below

How hard it is

Just to go

But if I don’t leave 

It’s the end of me

And you know

 

So goodbye to smiles

Hello to goodbyes and miles

Cuz these eyes don’t lie

Hello to goodbye

3.  Farewell to old friends

What could I say to make you believe in me?

What could I say to make you NOT leave

 

But it just happened again

And I can’t prevent my own end

 

So long clarity

So long charity

hello…goodbye…sobriety

 

What could I do to just repay you?

What could I do to just have some faith in you?

 

But it just happens again

And I can’t prevent my own end

 

So long clarity

So long charity

hello…goodbye…sobriety

 

4.  Thank you for you

Johnny was a son of a banker

Sometimes I’m a son of a bitch

Who knows what Johnny really wanted

I’d give a lot just to know what makes him tick

 

But all I just want to know 

Is why he did it all for me

And I know it’s hard to show

But all I really want is to see

 

what did you want to be when you grew up just like me?

President, astronaut, fireman…any of these?

Because when I asked it, you had no answer for me

I just hope what you wanted worked out, cuz it did for me

 

So thank you for you

 

So now I’m a son of a banker

I’m still just a son of a bitch..sometimes

Who knows what I want now

That’s what the question really is

 

And all I just want to know 

Is if I do it all for me

And I know it’s hard to show

But all I really want is to say

 

What did you want to be when you grew up just like me?

Ball player, actor, teacher…any of these?

Because when I asked it you had no answer for me

I just hope what you wanted worked out, cuz it did for me

 

So thank you for you

5.  Cancervive

Being with me is a privilege, not a right

If you don’t trust anyone, you can’t survive

It’s kind of nice to still need someone 

For that smallest something

 But I don’t need you souvenirs and I don’t care anything

About your deepest fears

 

Cuz love’s the only four letter word that I won’t say

So up until then, I’ll just be forced to say

I’m sorry…But I can’t survive

 

Falling tall just seems to be the hardest thing to do

But you need me more than I need you

But I’m only saving up for my own funeral

But there’s no “fun” in funeral…

Maybe there is

 

Cuz love’s the only four letter word that I won’t say

So up until then, I’ll just be forced to say

I’m sorry…But I can’t survive

 

If you wished you’d never be hurt, you’d never learn anything again

But I warned you from the start to guard your heart

Cuz I can’t survive

 

 

6.  Thinking Big

Where do you get off?

Feeling the way you do

Where do you get off?

Havin’ that attitude

 

If you want to attract success

You’ll have to get it all off your chest

 

2 steps forward and 3 steps back

Turn around if you prefer

I’ll take 2 steps forward, you take 3 steps back

Take 4 steps back to where you were

 

How do you get turned on?

If you turn on at all?

Maybe if I sang a song

You’d stop shutting up and talk

 

But if you’re scared of showing it all

There’s no sense in getting up at all

 

2 steps forward and 3 steps back

Turn around if you prefer

I’ll take 2 steps forward, you take 3 steps back

Take 4 steps back to where you were

 

2 steps forward and 3 steps back

Turn around if you prefer

I’ll take 2 steps forward, you take 3 steps back

Take 4 steps back to where you were

 

 

7.  Fiddaliddleloop

This mess is a place

This house is not a home

Never put all your eggs in one basket

Cuz you’re counting your chickens before they’re all hatching

 

and I’ve got mouths to pay 

And I’ve got bills to feed

A razor and some bags

Is all the inspiration I need

I’ve been paying off my friends 

To get the fuck away

She gave the sweetest anarchist (kiss)

Vitamin based apology

Fiddaliddleloop

Feel a little loopy

 

Trying to get there just as fast

 As you can just to slow down

Walk, don’t run, take some time

To stop and smell the roses

 

and I’ve got mouths to pay 

And I’ve got bills to feed

All I need is a razor and some bags

Is all the inspiration I need

I’ve been paying off my friends 

To get the fuck away

She gave the sweetest anarchist (kiss)

Vitamin based apology

Fiddaliddleloop

Feel a little loopy

8.  No Such Thing

So you think you know the secrets of all the unknown

Well, I think you’re wrong

Kill all that you’ve learned

Kill all that you’ve burned

There’s no such thing

As loving 

Someone with “all your heart’

 

So you think you know the secrets to the seeds we sow

Well, I think you ‘re wrong again

So you think you know the signs but when you stop, I go

Because you’re wrong again

 

Kill all that you’ve learned

Kill all that you’ve burned

There’s no such thing

As loving 

Someone with “all your heart’

 

But still you talk yourself into believing

There’s no such thing

As loving 

Someone with “all your heart’

9.  You might just think

Just feeling that one thing

Could make you turn right back again

And though you might just think

That you can’t start from the end

I know it’s inside me

Just need some help to pull it out

And though you might just think

That it’s too late for me now

 

read my lips

It’s not a gift from God, a gift from up above

Read my wrists

Don’t need a lift, a nod, or any reassurance

Cuz I’ve got what I’ve got

And you are who I am not

And I know what I know

That this is heaven don’t go searching anymore

 

Just seeing that one thing

Could make you change all your beliefs

And though you might just think

That it’s so easy being me

But I’ll tell you just one thing

I’m tryin’ hard to understand

And though you might just think

It’s what it takes to be a man

Cuz I’ve got what I’ve got

And you are who I am not

And I know what I know

That this is heaven don’t go searching anymore

 

You might just think

You know it all

you’re sitting still

While I’m standing tall

You can’t see heaven 

Right before your eyes

What you might think 

May be a big surprise

Cuz I’ve got what I’ve got

And you are who I am not

And I know what I know

That this is heaven don’t go searching, don’t go searching anymore

10.  Bluewater

It seemed just like it was a yesterday

We’d wake up real late and look out at the waves

And we’d dream that we could keep that moment there

With deep breath, a shrug, a nod and only one care

 

before we even knew

The week had gone too soon

So close your eyes again

And let me take you back

 

The sun would always know just when to sneak

A ray or two on through the drapes with a peek

And push the cobwebs from your eyes

Out on the deck with a new day, a new surprise

 

before we even knew

The week had gone too soon

So close your eyes again

And let me take you back

I don’t ever want to come home

The sun, the sand and I am having 

A conversation so leave us alone

Leave us alone

before we even knew

The week had gone too soon

So close your eyes again

And let me take, let me take you back

I don’t ever want to come home

The sun, the sand, and I am having 

A conversation so leave us alone

Leave us alone

11.  Real Estate

You bought the bed and she made it

She’s in your head and you hate it

 

and you say “I don’t make a living, I’m just trying to live”

A mistake is simply not forgiven

But what you took is what I’d give

 

All you had to do is not do what you did

Cuz I’d rather be fooled by someone new

Than to be fucked over again by you

Really, how far can the apple fall?

Lookin’ up, look out from the inside…

You know the worm has seen it all 

 

and you say “I don’t make a living, I’m just trying to live”

A mistake is simply not forgiven

But what you took is what I’d give

And he says “I don’t make a living…I’m just saving up”

What you take is still not forgiven and probably never could

 

I’m been curled up down here to get warm up there

And I ask myself who develops the developers’ developments

Is there just an empty place in the heart of those who were kind enough to care

 

Is your heart for sale?

 

I don’t make a living, I’m just trying to live

A mistake is simply not forgiven

But what you took is what I’d give

And he says “I don’t make a living…I’m just saving up”

What you take is still not forgiven and probably never could

12.  Sunshine

And I never want to be a kid again

But I don’t want to ever grow up

And if I really said what I really meant

There’d be no one here to pick it all up

 

where did they go?

where did they go?

where did they go?

They all did what they’re told

where did they go?

where did they go?

where did they go?

Who knows?

 

And everywhere is a nice place to visit, yeah

And the feeling of leaving, leaves me reeling, yeah

For the next trip back if there is even one, yeah

But I only want to see the sun, yeah

 

where did it go?

It’s just playing possum

where did it go?

where did it go?

where did it go?

No one knows

No one knows…

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Critic City

EP 3-Brand New War

1, Latency

it’s been slowing us all down

but I’m too nervous for breakdowns

been waiting for the new put down

but I’ll be plugging my ears now

 

! why should I

please stand by?

 

*we’ve been waiting for the brand new day that we can

just do all the things that we had dreamed that we planned

 

$ not yet

 

it’s been stalling us all now

but yet we still don’t quite know how

how we ever did allow

but we’ll make it out somehow

 

! why should I 

please stand by?

 

*we’ve been waiting for the brand new day that we can

just do all the things that we had dreamed that we planned

 

born too late X2

we were born too late

born too late

it’s not my fault…no it’s not my fault

 

! why should I 

please stand by?

 

*we’ve been waiting for the brand new day that we can

just do all the things that we had dreamed that we planned

 

born too late

2. Letters

I’m writing these letters again

I’m writing these letters I’ll never send

 

*for you my

for you my friend

 

(there’s nothing else to say

you wouldn’t listen anyway)

 

! there’s nothing that I’ve said

that should be said again

so much I haven’t said

that I now regret

 

$ if only I have the time to X3

say just what I meant

 

I’m writing these letters again

I’m writing these letters I’ll never send

 

*for you my

for you my friend

 

! there’s nothing that I’ve said

that should be said again

so much I haven’t said

that I now regret

 

$ if only I have the time to X3

say just what I meant

 

Steal it again to say it again

 

I’m writing these letters again

I’m writing these letters I’ll never send

 

3. My Charity

what would you like to do on this beggar’s evening now?

what would you like to do?  Could you steal the heart from someone else?

 

from somebody else but me…please, please, please

from somebody else but me…could you steal?

 

could you steal?

 

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now, now, now

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now

 

blood from a turnip

turn tips to blood

where do we go now? X2

 

locked up tight

mock the buy

credit’s high

rate is nigh

 

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now, now, now

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now

 

my charity

 

skimmin’ the till

with overfill X2

 

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now, now, now

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now, now, now

 

my charity

 

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now, now, now

*I’ve given all I can 

it never will be enough

I’ve given all I can…now

 

my charity

 

4. Going Dizzy

turn around again like you did before

and we’ll begin this brand new war

turn around again like you did back then

and we’ll re-arm like we’ve always been

 

! where were we going?

why did we try?

where were we going?

I don’t know why

why were we going dizzy?

 

Going

 

*if you’re tired and far from home

look inside, you know you’re not alone

but if you like, you should know

that I’m here for you if you ever feel that you need to go

 

turn around again it’s like you were never gone

and we’ll all begin…you said it’s said to come back home

turn around again you said so many times before

 

Going…

 

*if you’re tired and far from home

look inside, you know you’re not alone

but if you like, you should know

that I’m here for you if you ever feel that you need to go

 

Going dizzy again

(you know you’re going dizzy again)

you’re going dizzy again

(you know you’re going dizzy again)

 

I just keep spinnin’ around

you just keep spinnin’ around

 

*but if you’re tired and far from home

look inside, you know you’re not alone

but if you like, you should know

that I’m here for you if you ever feel that you need to go

*if you’re tired and far from home

look inside, you know you’re not alone

but if you like, you should know

that I’m here for you if you ever feel that you need to go

5. Sink or Run

If no one gets out of here alive

why have we all been wasting our time?

 

*who would’ve thought those years ago

we’d see the death of all we’d know x2

 

I’m going’ back to the drawing board

to come up with what cannot be ignored

 

*repeat

 

$it’s time to sink or run…sink or run

 

how did we let it happen…should we have known?

how did we let it happen…those years ago?

 

who would’ve thought those years ago

we’d see the death of all we know

we’d see the death of rock ’n roll

 

$repeat

6.  Watermelon Sugar

(Harry Styles cover(

EP2-In the silence there's a sound

1.  Honor Amongst Thieves

what’s your stereotype?

I wanna’ hear everything I can

what’s your love life like?

and does it come with a pension plan?

 

! what are your thoughts like now?

are they still stuck on repeat?

still connecting the dots

to a game that you can’t beat

 

$ but you’ll keep on trying 

while your honesty’s dying

 

*it’s honor amongst thieves

honor amongst thieves

it’s the fool who still believes

in honor amongst thieves, you know it’s me

 

what’s your best way out?

how many doors have been slammed in your face?

without reasonable doubt

i’ll always be your best disgrace

 

! what are your thoughts like now?

are they still stuck on repeat?

still connecting the dots

to a game that you can’t beat

 

$ but you’ll keep on trying 

while your honesty’s dying

 

*it’s honor amongst thieves

honor amongst thieves

it’s the fool who still believes

in honor amongst thieves, you know it’s me

 

no honor anymore X2

what could I ask for?

no honor anymore

 

honor amongst thieves

 

*it’s honor amongst thieves

honor amongst thieves

it’s the fool who still believes

in honor amongst thieves, you know it’s me

 

you know it’s me

Quid Pro Quo

yet still I know your eyes give you away

yet still I know it’s just your way to say

yet still I know you can think for yourself

yet still I know what you want and I can tell

 

*c’mon, c’mere, the coast is clear, don’t be so shy

no need to fear, c’mon, c’mere, I’m not like those other guys

c’mon, c’mere, you know you like me, I know it’s true

just like that, now I can teach you

 

yet still I know you’re not that innocent

yet still I know I thought this is what you meant

yet still I know how to pick alibis

yet still I know, let’s just go on with our lives

 

*repeat chorus

 

you know…that you brushed me on my way by

you know…that you gave me the eye

 

*repeat chorus

 

you love to shake and show

all the girlies hate you so

reverse how the story goes

to turn around the quid pro quo

Let Go

it’s hard not to dwell on the past

when you would go change the path

if you could only go back

you’d pick the moment that’s now at hand

 

!it’s better to travel well than to arrive

it can get better still, so let’s take a drive

 

*out on the open road

still with no place to go

why was I never told?

this is something I should’ve known

out on the open road

still with no place to go

why was I never told?

I should’ve known it long ago

 

$ but they kept it a secret from me

you kept it a secret because you were scared I’d leave

 

better one thing that can bring you peace

than a thousand empty things

what if we became just what we think?

then maybe we all will win

 

! it’s better to travel well than to arrive

it can get better still, so let’s take a drive

 

*out on the open road

still with no place to go

why was I never told?

this is something I should’ve known

out on the open road

still with no place to go

why was I never told?

I should’ve known it long ago

 

$ but they kept it a secret from me

you kept it a secret because you were scared I’d leave

 

all that we are is the result of what we have thought X2

 

so let’s go X2

so let go X2

REcoiled

last night told everything about my life

I can ask you all your favorite place to go

 

but when the question comes around

my answer won’t be found

 

because no one asked me

no one cared to know just what I think

 

no one ever has

no one ever asked

 

*this conversation now is over

I’ll be absent, far removed away from nowhere

this conversation now is over

I’ll be fine, hangin’ out with my new hangover

 

last night told everything about my life

I can ask you all your very favorite things

but when the question comes around

I’m left out of the crowd but that’s alright…that’s alright with me

 

but in the silence there’s a sound

and the walls, it will tear down

 

in the past, we

always acted like we cared

 

still here lyin’ on the ground

naked king still has his crown

 

*this conversation now is over

I’ll be absent, far removed away from nowhere

this conversation now is over

I’ll be fine hangin’ out with my new hangover

 

could you act like you cared?

just one moment to spare?

this conversation now is over…

 

*this conversation now is over

I’ll be absent, far removed away from nowhere

this conversation now is over

I’ll be fine hangin’ out with my new hangover

War Dodger

where you going, Insane?

we’re still playing your old games

moving pieces for your sake

it’s hard to be real when you’re fake

 

*me of little faith in my employer

if you put “war” in “warrior”

 

$ I could’ve found a better way

or maybe found a better war to stay away from x2

now

 

who you talking to these days?

just people that decide who stays

 

*repeat

 

$repeat

now

 

I could’ve stayed away from you x4

 

*repeat

 

I could’ve stayed away from you x4

 

 

6.  We built this city

Starship cover

Ep1-Four Chambers or Six

1.  Arson of a bitch

we know who set the fire…

everyone of you

we know who let the liars…

kill the truth

and now it won’t be long

to feel the new decay

and now it won’t be long

this fire burns away

 

*everything that we ever loved

everything that we’d ever hate

 

now we blame

 

$ arson of a bitch…you know it’s me

no more hiding…from…

x2

 

we know who set the fire…

everyone of you

why’d you have to kill?

 

*repeat

 

$repeat

 

lit up now

 

now we blame

 

$repeat

 

2.  Shoulders

how many times could I

try to lie and say I’m alive?

how many times should I

keep up this act and try?

 

*with the weight of the world

 

$ up on my shoulders

I should have told her

x2

 

goodbye

 

how many times should I

keep to myself my war cry?

how many times could I

when I could simplify?

 

*repeat

 

$repeat

 

goodbye to everyone

goodbye

 

*repeat

 

$repeat

3.  Heart Roulette

*what you think and what you know

are not the same but you can’t let go

of what you think that what you know

can’t be the same but it will show

 

X2

$ four chambers or six

if you take the heart, I’ll take the risk

 

behind these eyes

you’ll realize

that behind these lies

you’ll despise

 

of what you think that what you know

can’t be the same but it will show

 

X2

$repeat chorus

 

you’ve got to get it all out

but you’ve been running your mouth

you have to get it all out

but that’s not what you’re about X2

$repeat chorus

4.  Hostage

you drank the potion to feel the motion

if you get in, you’re never getting out

laid to rest or getting laid just to rest

the unabashed name tag whore now

 

! Jesus didn’t know the year, it’s not who said it first

but who said it loud enough to pierce your ears

 

*if you’ve got something to sell me

why don’t you just tell me so that I can switch?

if you’ve got something to show me

act like you still know me, make me your hostage

 

you put a dollar in the change machine but nothing ever changes

no one’s at the missing person’s office and the dog with no hair tells you what mange is

the dog trained the scientist by having him ring the bell

we’ve allotted one day for training walking tall on your eggshells

 

! Jesus didn’t know the year, it’s not who said it first

but who said it loud enough to pierce your ears

 

*if you’ve got something to sell me

why don’t you just tell me so that I can switch

if you’ve got something to show me

act like you still know me, make me your hostage

 

Come on and release me

 

5.Cliff Diver

buckle up, get yourselves strapped in

knuckle grip all the way to the end

hold on for the ride

turn it up till you can’t even hear

don’t look back we’re the only ones here

let’s fly…let’s dive

 

*can you see me go?

where I’ll end up who knows

I just know I’m never coming back to you

can you see us go?

where we’ll end up, who knows

we just know we’re never coming back to you

 

pedal down till you push through the floor

metal drowns when the road is no more

we’re goin’ on for the ride

flying’ high, no need for no wings

gorgeous night, let it out go and sing

until they have to hear us

 

*repeat

 

*repeat

 

and we’re taking off

we’re leaving now

we’re making off

with a dollar amount

of nothing

cuz we don’t need

anything from anyone

anywhere…anymore

 

 

6.  Livin’ on the edge (Aerosmith Cover)

Sindust 

1 Takes-2017

 

1.  Acceptance Speech

Music and Lyrics:  Donley

there’s been many times, in my head I rehearsed the lines

it’s just that they never heard the words:  “Come on out”

there’s been many times, theatrics show signs of the times 

but what decides performance prize is you…only you

 

so now I see you work so hard

turn around for me so I can watch you take your seat

so now I see you play so hard

it’s all fun and games for me, I’ll watch you play your part

 

there’s been many times, don’t know if I could count the lines

just know the script was full of lies writtten by you…only you

there’s been many times, trip over lines, lines of all kinds

directions given just you want…your own way

 

so now I see you work so hard

turn around for me so I can watch you take your seat

so now I see you play so hard

it’s all fun and games for me, I’ll watch you play your part

 

you know you wanted it so bad

you do whatever you can

like me, I’ll pick apart your head

too bad it’s something that you’ll never let happen

 

so now I see you work so hard

turn around for me so I can watch you take your seat

so now I see you play so hard

it’s all fun and games for me, I’ll watch you play your part

 

you know you wanted it so bad

you do whatever you can

like me, I’ll pick apart your head

too bad it’s something that you’ll never let happen

 

there’s been many times, in my head I rehearsed the lines

it’s just that they never heard the words:  “Come on out”

 

 

2.  Tongue Tied

Music and Lyrics:  Donley

I don’t want to waste all my 

good words on this

and all of my “thought-provoking” 

lines of shit

 

I can only say the word “I”

so many repeated and pointless times

I’ve been trippin’ for too long because my shoes aren’t tied

it’s such a shame to all of you that I am not tongue tied

 

The only reason that I’m not saying more

is the simple fact that any cleanliness will distort

and burn the ears of all of those who can’t hold their tongue

and spark more interest in the fitness of exercise to some…shut your mouth

 

if you all think that

talking smack will lead the attack

and maneuver all your pawns for the final strike

against just us and this overbite of words

 

I can only say the word “I”

so many repeated and pointless times

I’ve been trippin’ for too long because my shoes aren’t tied

it’s such a shame to all of you that I am not tongue tied

 

I can only say the word “I”

so many repeated and pointless times

I’ve been trippin’ for too long because my shoes aren’t tied

it’s such a shame to all of you that I am not tongue tied

 

3.  Team to the top

Music and lyrics:  Donley

So sick and tired of being sick and tired

I should be grateful if I’m actually admired

Show me the irony when I reach the farthest feat

Glad to see you go, put out your hand to meet

 

You know it’s all I want

The want, the need, the need to want

And when I reach it, I’ll still be unsatisfied

To finally reach that point

Who’s feet to wash, who to anoint?

Will we have to sign our dotted lives away?

 

So sick and tired of being sick and tired

Show me the hidden ones, the teams that co-inspire

They say it’s apathy, but what they say is what they don’t see

Come join the flock of all the wolves dressed up in clothes of sheep

 

You know it’s all I want

The want, the need, the need to want

And when I reach it, I’ll still be unsatisfied

To finally reach that point

Who’s feet to wash, who to anoint?

Will we have to sign our dotted lives away?

 

So now I see who wants on the winning team

You wouldn’t believe how relieved I am

Because they all said it can’t be done

It’s one for all and all for one

I’m so glad to see

 

Snuff out the stars

Collect the dust

Crush all the minds

That matter to us

Keep up your guards

That keep back the stars

Because they speak the truth

Mind your own affairs that have nothing to do with me

 

Nothing to do with me…

 

You know it’s all I want

The want, the need, the need to want

And when I reach it, I’ll still be unsatisfied

To finally reach that point

Who’s feet to wash, who to anoint?

Will we have to sign our dotted lives away?

 

So now I see who wants on the winning team

You wouldn’t believe how relieved I am

Because they all said it can’t be done

It’s one for all and all for one

I’m so glad to see

 

I’m so glad to see

 

Snuff out the stars

Collect the dust

Crush all the minds

That matter to us

Keep up your guards

That keep back the stars

Because they speak the truth

Mind your own affairs that have nothing to do with me

4.  Sucking the inspiration

Music and lyrics:  Donley

If I attempt to write something from my heart will believe?

If I still find that I cannot give but just receive

will you walk me through steps, steps that will show me the way

and hope this world that you’ve shown will help me see another day

 

but what do I do if it’s wrong?

Do I cover up with another song?

Cuz my heart has no cornerstone

I guess I’ll build the foundation alone

 

the bloodsucker sticks it’s big nose in

and tries to steal the inspiration

the bloodsucker sticks it’s big nose in

in my vein, in my brain

 

no more sucking my inspiration

 

Let me see the flatline…go on run across the screen

the beauty of the color…of the line that’s colored green

please go on and go through all the plans I’ve laid for you

just follow what I say, I doing this for all of you

 

but what do I do if it’s wrong?

Do I cover up with another song?

Cuz my heart has no cornerstone

I guess I’ll build the foundation alone

 

the bloodsucker sticks it’s big nose in

and tries to steal the inspiration

the bloodsucker sticks it’s big nose in

in my vein, in my brain

 

no more sucking my inspiration

 

Obey and dissolve any thoughts of your own

kill your company so that you’re all alone

because solitude puts you in the mood

and that’s all you need…but all mosquitos have pain libidos and have x-ray vision to make them bleed

bloodsucker, no more

sucking my inspiration

no more sucking my inspiration

 

 

5.  Solilquey

Music and lyrics:  Donley

Can I have all your attention please?

As the playwright writes in acts with subplots we call “scenes”

and conflict for good play is something we need

so bear with me on my soliloquey

the playwright works alone

 

point of attack is where plot 

begins to unfold, if not

performed play closet drama

objection…no dialogue

 

Hi pro and an tag onist now you’re it

good guy, bad guy;  who knows the crisis?

the idea is germinal to make life unfold right

the right is terminal and confined by time

the playwright works alone

 

point of attack is where plot 

begins to unfold, if not

performed play, closet drama

objection…no dialogue

 

the play can seem to start anywhere

turning point depends on your character

exposition can be andled in

monologue and phone calls that are written

but the playwright works alone

 

performed play, closet drama

objection…no dialogue

6.  So is love

Music and lyrics:  Donley

Have you ever wondered why?

I feel the need to be

the one without a heart

the one without a sleeve

do you even think like me?

and what puts you in that mode?

if you could cease to be the one to crack the code

or would you be gone?

for so long…

gone for so long

 

so is love

so is love

still can’t crack the code

so is love

so is love

why was cupid alone

so is love

so is love

under the microscope

so is love 

so is love 

gone for so long

 

I’ve heard stories, I’ve heard fables

all one thing

and in those stories, after glory

crown the king

but rights are lefts 

just flush the past on down the drain

cuz all new stories have no glory

just the same

 

for so long…

gone for so long

 

so is love

so is love

who will kiss the toad

so is love

so is love

I only had 1 bow

so is love

so is love

poison tipped arrow

so is love 

so is love 

why was cupid alone?

 

Because he was misunderstood

Because he was misunderstood

7.  Patch Blinder

Music:  Donley/Leavitt

Lyrics:  Donley

What results in being blessed?

Turns out, you’re just like the rest

change your thoughts and your behavior

and let me now become your savior

 

cuff the wrists

cover eyes

shush the lips

wear your blinds

 

because whatever feels good

must really be bad

remember there’s always “rage” 

in encou”Rage” ment

 

everything is meaningless

nothing is the key

to my door of desperation

trying to open up to me

 

shush the lips

cover eyes

cuff the wrists

to desensitize

 

because whatever feels good

must really be bad

remember there’s always “rage” 

in encou”Rage” ment

 

broaden the mind

change all your views

keep trying 

to seduce

me in any way

me in every way

I’ve read all the bold print

read between the lines

leafed through unneeded rules

it turns out I’m still wearing blinds

8.  P’s and Q’s from me to you

Music and lyrics:  Donley

Some say that you should always love yourself

some say that you should always watch your health

I say to those some that say, worry about yourself

I say to those some that say, that I know how you felt

 

can you say “me”?

it’s so easy

and you are not me

so can you say “me”?

 

Some say that you always watch your back

some say that you always stay on track

I say to those some that say, what happens if I break?

I say to those some that say that rules aren’t for me

 

can you say “me”?

it’s so easy

and you are not me

so can you say “me”?

 

I love me

I don’t love you

I know that’ s such a bad attitude

 

can you say “me”?

it’s so easy

and you are not me

so can you say “me”?

 

I love me

I don’t love you

I know that’ s such a bad attitude

 

Novacaine

Music and lyrics:  Donley

 

bribery is so sly to me

it gets worse before it gets better

show your teeth…they are

so trustworthy

that smiles’ for me

with built in cavity

 

I got that aching feeling

X3

that you know you give to me

 

can you even feel it

if you even feel at all

that lovely nagging feeling

of me right here inside your jaw

 

my words, my drill

jack it out, you gotta’ fill

all the people pulled

from your life, you fill

with whatever you have

just to kill the pain

after you know me

you need novacaine

 

I got that aching feeling

X3

that you know you give to me

 

can you even feel it

if you even feel at all

that lovely nagging feeling

of me right here inside your jaw

 

I’m so numb

 

can you even feel it

if you even feel at all

that lovely nagging feeling

of me right here inside your jaw

10.  Limprist

Music and lyrics:  Donley

I need a break from all of this

my candle’s burning in the middle and at both ends

come see the chores that mounted right here on my list

with all the chores I count, I feel the weight on my chest

 

I ran out of air

I ran out of drive for all of you

So I close my eyes 

and roll up my tongue and think of you

and I cannot breathe, the air that I breathed is what I missed

so open my eyes X2

and wipe the drop

off of my head 

off of my head with limprist

 

I just got a break from all of this

everyone’s helping me burn off loose ends

unless those ends were already wrapped up

after success we all raise our cup

 

I ran out of air

I ran out of drive for all of you

So I close my eyes 

and roll up my tongue and think of you

and I cannot breathe, the air that I breathed is what I missed

so open my eyes X2

and wipe the drop

off of my head 

off of my head with limprist

 

But I’m so tired

And I’m so tired

 

there’s just some things you wouldn’t understand

you couldn’t comprehend unless you were a man

it’s just there’s so much stress

it’s boredom, more or less

 

and for now

I’m so close

edge of seat

on my toes

 

on my toes

 

there’s just some things you wouldn’t understand

you couldn’t comprehend unless you were a man

it’s just there’s so much stress

it’s boredom, more or less

11.  Kill your friends

Music and lyrics:  Donley

I'm on a mission

w/full ambition

and no one can stop me but me

I'm on a mission

what definition

could I give you to see

*Kill all your friends so that you don't

have that many enemies left

kill all your thoughts that you had

while you were holding your breath

birth the new friends that you'll find

hiding under similar rocks

birth the new thoughts that you now have

new friends, new love, new thoughts

$Cuz now you and I have different lives

I'm all grown up with grown up knives

but I'm not the one stuck with wives

cuz I am living, I am alive

dangerous mission

no ears to listen

and no backup for me

I'm on a mission

w/1 condition

that I will be fighting me

*(repeat)

$(repeat)

I don't want to start on 4

years that I cannot ignore

12.  Gifted Class

Music and lyrics:  Donley

you + me=we

- the + and you get us

/ so many x's

+ w/the dream of the piece of the pi

*there are so many lessons 

that I know I have to learn

on top of all the sessions I lost, 

so I'll just wait my turn

sit back and wait patiently 

to be called upon

cuz in the back of my mind I have the right answer 

but I'm still in detention

there is no "I" in "team"

but there's a "me", how about irony?

there is a "u" in "you"

but the "why"(y) is asking what happened to "me"?

*repeat

mr. know it all can you see the handwriting on the wall?

*repeat

 

13.  Ghosts

Music and lyrics:  Donley

The ghosts of the day wear me out

So the demons at night

Can control my moves and drop me down

From the shortest heights

 

What right do we have to sit on his scented gift?

I’m lying, it’s not what’s really there…it’s love

But no one seems to care, either that or they care

Too much to understand what they are saying…

 

Overuse of any tool makes it so passe’

You’ve been foolin’, playin’ it cool and

The tattoo says it all

The tattoo says it all

 

*I’ll just hide behind distortion

Why the fuck not?

The truth is distorted

*I’ll just hide behind distortion

Why the fuck not?

The truth is distorted anyway

 

You’ve keep haunting me

 

The ghosts of the day lead the way

So the demons at night can go out and play

And not have to bother with

Or go and recruit more ghosts and demons for me

 

*I’ll just hide behind distortion

Why the fuck not?

The truth is distorted

*I’ll just hide behind distortion

Why the fuck not?

The truth is distorted anyway

 

14.  Fasting on Happiness

Music and lyrics: Donley

I seem to have some sort of charm

that seems to do you all real harm

your feelings for it are so warm

until your pests begin to swarm

all you fuckers just need to relax

you don’t let your thoughts fuel your acts

 

*human reasons

reasons for humans

the human being

will never get better

human reasons

reasons for being human

the human being 

will never get over the wall

 

“I’m so sorry”, this phrase is going out of style

“Don’t take offense” before the statement

there’s no way, so don’t try

don’t even apologize to me

I’ve heard it too many times

brighten up the skies, the lies

but just butter up the lines

 

*human reasons

reasons for humans

the human being

will never get better

human reasons

reasons for being human

the human being 

will never get over the wall

 

I’ve been fasting on happiness

it’s always that time of year

the minor war is against the enemy

the major war is against ourselves

justice is the poor man’s salvation

the only reason that you are just

is because you’re too weak

to be unjust

 

what a wonderful fantasy

 

what a wonderful fantasy

it’s total bliss and ecstacy

pinned to a wall

you’d have it all

a nice scar through the back and through the knees

but the back is broke and the knees are weak

if you looked on back you’d see what I see

 

*human reasons

reasons for humans

the human being

will never get better

human reasons

reasons for being human

the human being 

will never get over the wall

15.  Creativity

Music and lyrics:  Donley

some believe that creativity is a

recognizable trait

that is learned and not simply given

out at the time of birth

 

to develop sophisticated

abilities to produce

describe, interpret, and assess art

children must create

 

lack of guidance or support can be

argued to enhance creativity

due to eager drive to somehow prove

their parents wrong and use it as a tool

 

but the difference of creativity

from one person to another

can be explained by many possible reasons

but just blame it on father and mother

 

for example:  Someone can be

totally originally 

to blame for the things that he creates

and providing a better workplace

 

or give exciting and brand new ways

to help a business grow

preachers can be creative and try

to see everything and claim to know

 

lack of guidance or support can be

argued to enhance creativity

due to eager drive to somehow prove

their parents wrong and use it as a tool

 

but the difference of creativity

from one person to another

can be explained by many possible reasons

but just blame it on father and mother

 

 lack of guidance or support can be

argued to enhance creativity

due to eager drive to somehow prove

their parents wrong and use it as a tool

 

but the difference of creativity

from one person to another

can be explained by many possible reasons

but just blame it on father and mother

16.  Celibacy T.V.

Music and lyrics:  Donley

he said

she said

we said

need respect because I know I’m

so deep 

what you need

is in me

you should just say that you’re right

 

your celibacy

gets the best of me

let’s discuss the simony

that is evident right here

it’s so hard

to be caught off card

I’m so hard

 

you already knew me

you bought all your freedom

with my apology

scrape ‘em off, you’ll never need ‘em

 

let me

channel

all feelings

to let you change the channel when

you’re sick

of me

which means

when turned on, I’ll turn you off

 

your celibacy

gets the best of me

let’s discuss the simony

that is evident right here

it’s so hard

to be caught off card

I’m so hard

 

you already knew me

you bought all your freedom

with my apology

scrape ‘em off, you’ll never need ‘em

 

you already knew me

you bought all your freedom

with my apology

scrape ‘em off, you’ll never need ‘em

17.  All the red

Music and lyrics:  Donley

you know I started this with someone else

someone else who cannot speak for himself

all I know…know all I cannot know it all

told you so, up to you if you choose to walk or crawl

 

I still have so much hope for you

I’m just confused why you do what you do

I know I should take a look at me

but it’s you, not me that I see

 

so I try to be honest with myself

wonder why the days explain themselves

and tell me that I’m not quite yet done

but I feel, I can’t walk, I’m always forced to run

 

I still have so much hope for you

I’m just confused why you do what you do

I know I should take a look at me

but it’s you, not me that I see

 

I can’t run, I might fall

can I know?  Know it all?

if I could, I would help

but I can’t help me help myself

 

just tell me what I can do

outstretched arm was here for you

what I think is you are afraid

if only I could have made you…

 

I still have so much hope for you

I’m just confused why you do what you do

I know I should take a look at me

but it’s you, not me that I see

 

I can’t run, I might fall

can I know?  Know it all?

if I could, I would help

but I can’t help me help myself

FRENCH DONKEY

SELF TITLED

2006

1.  Cerrado

Breathin’ in a wealth of pestilence

as we dance with roman candels in the fire

takin in the fact that you’re taking really doesn’t 

leave a lot of space for time

 

But you belong here and I appear as silent 

as a mine

but you’d have been as soft as porceline

cracking all the time

 

I complain so much I can’t explain

you’d think that I had never really felt alive

but I remain the one and only frame not

to yellow in this film on how to try

 

but all the same, I’ll pay the check and

I’ll be well upon my way

and you’ll remain the fringe, that’s always

frayed and were better off that way

 

Heaven isn’t any way

connected to this feeling

Behind every closed door

Is another open room

 

2.  Waiting for your summer

Winter is coming again

it seems like it will never end

where will we be when it begin 

and so we begin

 

how long must we wait

for the day when we can say

how long must we be

stuck in the cold that is me

 

Spring is coming again

it seems like it will never end

one season will end then we wait for 

another summer to begin

 

how long must we wait

for the day when we can say

how long must we be

stuck in the cold that is me

 

how long must we wait

for the day when we can say

how long must we be

stuck in the cold that is me

 

3.  Attempting Fate

Time fleets again and I don’t mind

I don’t mind if you’re 

Gone with the wind and I’m just fine and I don’t mind cuz I’m 

 

too old to be standing around 

staring at the walls, watching the paint dry

just for you to say goodbye

 

So time wastes away, that’s just fine, I’m on mine

and it’s burned and blown away

and in time, you will find that you

 

wasted your whole life

waiting for someone to change your mind

just to run out of time so

 

Now I’m days away and I don’t mind if you don’t reply cuz

all I had to say is I’m just fine and I don’t mind

anymore

I don’t mind anymore

 

4.  Repeat Words of Chorus

Where, where have you been

how long till you fit in?

Where, where have you been

Seen the world and now you’re back again

 

first you’re coming, then you’re gone

who misses who now?

and now becoming what you all along

seemed to be back, seemed to be back then

 

Where will you go from here

cuz you’re never anchored down

and the crystal ball is crystal clear

but you’re stuck in this town

 

first you’re coming, then you’re gone

who misses who now?

and now becoming what you all along

seemed to be back, seemed to be back then

 

So when your picket fence

crumbles to the ground 

and no one is around

 

first you’re coming, then you’re gone

who misses who now?

and now becoming what you all along

seemed to be back, seemed to be back then

 

5.  Nocturina

you shook the center

all lines were erased

you fold her like paper 

airplanes

 

Caffeine on the brain

a vampire’s champagne

Oh…Sure beats sleepin’ the night…away

 

Did she have “it”?

no re morse code

ex communicated

or so you were told

 

Caffeine on the brain

a vampire’s champagne

Oh…Sure beats sleepin’ the night…away

 

6.  A night on fire

Spend all your time

while wasting all of mine

 

It’s just another night on fire

it’s just another night on fire

 

Look around…everyone’s gathered around

to see what we both found

 

It’s just another night on fire

it’s just another night on fire

 

And you can be

And you can be anyone

But me

But me

Anyone but me

 

It’s just another night on fire

it’s just another night on fire

7.  Watch your Watch

Come inside if you are cold

take your time if only you are

here for awhile so now I know

how slow time moves

 

and the clock hasn’t budged

I kept a close eye

so you could be the judge 

of whether or not it flies

 

state your case if you are bold

or keep it inside if only you are

here for awhile then you can go

there’s no time to spare

 

and the clock hasn’t budged

I kept a close eye

so you could be the judge 

of whether or not it flies

 

So you chose instead to hide

and you told loose ends goodbye

no one will be waving as you go

 

and the clock hasn’t budged

I kept a close eye

so you could be the judge 

of whether or not it flies

 

8.  The Bends

If only once

you could see

if only me

if only we

 

every moment is clear

while down here

slow moving life

passes by

 

you can only go so far down

until you reach the top with me

you can only go so far down

just make sure you forget to breathe

 

pay no mind

to gravity

and tragedy

completely

submerging

and carefree

 

every moment is clear

while down here

slow moving life

passes

 

you can only go so far down

until you reach the top with me

you can only go so far down

just make sure you forget to breathe

 

and  if you bend

remember when 

you used to break instead

9.  Sad Mexican Love Letter (From Hell)

I got your letter

that you never even meant to send

hope you get better

and if you don’t, please don’t pretend

 

what made you think that things would change?

as you write the things you could never say

 

I got your postcard

sent to me with postage due

a wish on dirty ground and falling stars

with no hope of coming true

 

what made you think that things would change?

as you write the things you could never say

 

10.  Mahalo

Short lived, like everything you’ve ever thrown away

then missed just as soon as it was gone…you know the way

far fetched, stories you made on your own, they say

drag you like a prisoner set to be stoned

 

we’ve all set our sails for new ground to tread

lost with ourselves and the ghosts you keep in your head

 

Thank you for everything you’ve ever thrown away

now treasured by everyone else that you know

and yet those who you thought would never go away

have mapped out everything except for what to say

 

we’ve all set our sails for new ground to tread

lost with ourselves and the ghosts you keep in your head

 

we’ve all set our sails for new ground to tread

lost with ourselves and the ghosts you keep in your head

the bounties been paid and you’re as good as dead

anchors away and all your prayers have been said

 

 

11.  You Are

There’s a light on distant shores

 a beacon for the lost

a place for the abandoned

who can afford the cost

 

I nearly drowned

when I was found

I tried to bite the hand that keeps me tied 

in spite of man who knows no why

the trite, the bland is something we know more

 

so we’re looking out so far

wearing blinders that you are

trying hard to steal the light

from the left that isn’t right

 

I nearly drowned

when I was found

I tried to bite the hand that keeps me tied 

in spite of man who knows no why

the trite, the bland is something we know more

 

and you are 

so far

so far away it’s hard to say

you’re so far away from yesterday

So far away…so far

and you are…

SINDUST

KISS OF THE NAPALM (1999)

1.  Soar

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

If you let the dust finally settle around my feet

I’ll be tied down just long enough for you to break me

 

Siphon the wounds til dry

Glue my wrists back together

Broken now, pushed to the right

When it comes to you I’m even better

 

It’s howling again tonight

I’ve talked to too many

They told me exactly

What I didn’t want to hear

That’s why I brought you here

 

*Can’t you see one of us is supposed to be fucked up?

Can’t you see one of us is supposed to be fucked 

 

Just let me be free

I can’t take anymore

Just let me be free

I’m feeling sore, let me soar

 

Such is the challenge, such is the goal

Let the undertow pull me below

Since I gave in long ago

Just let me soar

 

*Can’t you see one of us is supposed to be fucked up?

Can’t you see one of us is supposed to be fucked 

 

 

2.  Progress of the lowly worm

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

Say it again

Just repeat what you know

The only problem is

That’s all the cells could hold

 

*The progress we need

Has taken a back seat

Has taken a knee

And raised the flag so easily

 

And forget what you learned

In days, you lost what you learned

To pass on the ‘ledge

How proud to sharpen the edge

 

*The progress we need

Has taken a back seat

Has taken a knee

And raised the flag so easily

 It wasn’t just me

 

And to those who have tried

You really wasted your time

You could’ve been

The start of the slide

 

*The progress we need

Has taken a back seat

Has taken a knee

And raised the flag so easily

 It wasn’t just me

3.  Mother of Pearl

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

Sweet is the sound

Echoing all around

Underground

Is where I found

 

Mother of pearl

Mother of the world

Mother of pearl

 

The best place to begin

Is right where I ended

Though I am torn inside

My heart you have mended

 

Mother of pearl

Mother of the world

Mother of pearl

 

You’re the world to me

There’s nothing else, you see

You’re the world to me

 

Don’t ever change, I love you

Though I don’t know what that word really means

 

Mother of pearl

Mother of the world

Mother of pearl

4.  Sinimin

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

Don’t you know that you lie

Just string it out to last

Your fuck machine is running out of gas

 

You really rape me

You really take me

You really break me

I won’t let you in

No more lies to fuck with

 

 Running into a wall

Just find a way around

Until you crawl back on down

 

You really rape me

You really take me

You really break me

 

I won’t let you in

To much Sin Im In

For me take

What’s on my plate

What do you want from me?

My own misery?

 

You really knew me

I lie constantly

You really thrill me

You really kill me

 

I won’t let you in

To much Sin Im In

For me take

What’s on my plate

5.  Question me

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

Set me a trap

Let me hatch all of the eggs

Of your diffusion and clap

Clap off on me

 

Do you question me?

Do you question J.C.?

 

Beg me, selfish

On my shelf if you could piss

Me away

Just to pass the day

 

Do you question me?

Do you question J.C.?

 

So easy to ignore the faith

That’s a bore

And such a chore

Use any and every chance to squeak by

For lead

 

For lead

Nothing compares to questioning me

 

6.   Drift

(Music:  Donley, Leavitt

Lyrics:  Donley)

I miss you

Less than I miss me

There’s a crowd, then there’s you, then me, then you

Kissing me

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

The given-ups from the real tries

I want to be born again

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

They only make me aware of the severed ties

I wanna’ talk about love and butteflies

But those days will not be re-lived

 

So now I drift away

Not able to truly say

What should’ve been said

So long ago

Just take the word of those who know

 

Chase the faithful charm

It sure won’t do you harm

Spring is finally here and gone

Just like all of my favorite songs

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

My mind is frail and ready

Ready to unwind

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

They only make me aware of the severed ties

I wanna’ talk about love and butteflies

But those days will not be lived

 

So now I drift away

Not able to truly say

What should’ve been said

So long ago

Just take the word of those who know

 

You don’t need

 To keep tabs on me

I’m out of your hair

I’ll soon be gone from here

 

You don’t need 

To keep tabs on me

 

I miss you

Less than I miss “we”

The crowd is gone and the vision faded

I don’t want to be complicated

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

The mark of my failures to the ones I’ve denied

And I have denied

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

They only make me aware of the severed ties

Now there’s no more love or butteflies

But as of now I’m still alive 

 

So now I drift away

Not able to truly say

What should’ve been said

So long ago

Just take the word of those who know

 

Certain patterns don’t disguise

They only make me aware of the severed ties

Now there’s no more love or butteflies

But as of now I’m still alive 

 

You don’t need 

To keep tabs on me

 

 

7.  Your rose

(Music and lyrics:  Donley)

I wish you away

Every hour of every day

Though be gone you will

Your memory’s instilled

Inside my head in every crack

If you break my spirit, I’ll break you back

Does anyone even care

Of those of us young Eros spared?

To pull the tipped arrow out

Will surely was away

The hopes presented now

To those of us who never wake

 

To see the real

Inspire and fell

To see the real

Inspire

 

There’s no such thing as love

I’ve said it all before 

To those who have it that don’t care

Can pass some on to those who need a share

But no, the selfish reign

On ours, the real “love parade”

And those who treat the needed bad

The needed ones still had

Because they opened up too fast

They should’ve known it wouldn’t last

I know it’s easy for me to see

Because I’ve always been on the outside

Peeking in to see

 

What’s going on in you

Is going on in me

And what you couldn’t see

Has finally come around to you

 

I always make the same mistake 

Of getting in too deep 

No matter what occasion springs up

The noose is stretched for me

And the trophy handed to you

With the winner’s name engraved

Too bad the judges never knew

Your plan to enslave

Anyone that gets in your way 

But it’s only you that knows

My gift to you becomes me

Your rose

 

Now see the real

Inspire and feel

Now see the real

Inspire

 

Addiction Fundamentals

Music:  Donley, Leavitt

Lyrics:  Donley

do you know what it takes to feel good

If I knew I wouldn’t fuckin’ tell you if I could

Because there you go spreadin’ all the news

Fundamentals set the stage of all the abuse

 

*Because the drug only adds to the false

Display of shit, poor me!  Now I’m at a loss

Put up with all you fuckin’ fakes for now

I’m addicted anyhow

 

So go ahead and peel me off the floor

All the shit inject don’t know how much more

Do you think the fuckin’ level is surpassed?

You always want it like that

 

Addiction fun for me

How easy

Addiction fun for me

Do you fuckin’ know what the fuck it takes

 

*Because the drug only adds to the false

Display of shit, poor me!  Now I’m at a loss

Put up with all you fuckin’ fakes for now

Nothing matters anyhow

 

Addiction fun for me

How easy

Addiction fun for me

Do you fuckin’ know what the fuck it takes

 

*Because the drug only adds to the false

Display of shit, poor me!  Now I’m at a loss

Put up with all you fuckin’ fakes for now

Nothing matters anyhow

 

 

9.  If it weighs on your mind

Music and lyrics:  Donley

A picture tells a thousand

And steals your soul with every frame

Just like the words that we were told

It gets so old, myself, I’m cold

 

If the bush is burning will we feel the flame?

If the water’s drowning, will we feel the same?

If it’s a beautiful night, could we take a walk?

If not, I won’t call…I won’t fall

 

But if it weighs on your mind

Would you stop and take the time

To figure what I’m trying to say

Just save it for dissection another day

 

I’ve sold myself before

For all acceptance that I want more

I’ve been trusting my mirrors too much

So much so that I’m now out of touch

 

If the heart’s in season will you go to the hunt?

For no real reason, you just missed the “fun”?

If you think real, will you find a cause?

and pick apart all my necessary flaws

 

But if it weighs on your mind

Would you stop and take the time

To figure what I’m trying to say

Just save it for dissection another day

 

It’s no good

 

But does it weigh on your mind?

Is it the kind of thought that’s one of a kind?

Is it the kind of thought that burns you inside?

At least you’ll feel the same thoughts as mine

 

But does it weigh on your mind?

Is it the kind of thought that’s one of a kind?

Is it the kind of thought that burns you inside?

At least you’ll feel the same thoughts as mine

 

And since the words lost their meaning Long ago

Just jump the ship to see if you float

Because I know you gave in when you said

“I understand”

I understand

I understand

I understand

I under stand

 

But how could you?

 

It’s not that easy to get by me

So just try…

Go down, go down

First Person Point of View

(2007)

1.  The Colonel (For Justina)

 

Have you ever known real value?

Has your face ever hurt from smiling?

You know I have know real value

So ignore me now if I’m crying

 

*And I could of sworn if was you on the phone tonight

Are you calling just to check on us down here?

Was it a call to wake me out of my sleep tonight

Are you helping me to see things way more clear?

 

$Are you telling me I should keep an eye out?

Are you smiling?  Always smiling with your arm out?

Throwing cards, aiming hard, go pick it U P

I’ve been thinking that you’re viewing since the phone rang

 

Is it nice where you are?

Or are you here in our hearts?

Have you seen me try to act hard?

Tell me am I throwing away my card?

 

*repeat

$repeat

 

Since that day I’ve been finding more Lincolns

Is it you that’s been placing them there?

But my head still hurts from thinking

Maybe soon I’ll throw cards with you up there

 

*repeat

 

We miss you

2.  Dandelion

One minute everything goes your way

The next you’re forced to say to yourself

Where is it that I went wrong?

Can I retrace my steps or am I too far along?

 

Too far along and I don’t belong

Too far along

 

*I wish there was a way that I could

Change the word so you wouldn’t believe what I’d say

 

From that minute the other day

I somehow planted a weed, not a seed in your brain

Now it’s taking root and it will consume every thought from you

Because that’s just what I’d do

 

It’s what I’d do

But not to you

 

*repeat

I wish there was a way

 

Now I’m taking root

*repeat

 

3.  Hold

One hand washes the other

On the other hand, you know it’s just like any other

A back hand, a hand to hold, to hold the knife in

On the other hand, it ends the life you had to begin with

 

*no longer will I hold, hold you down

No longer will I hold, what I’ve found

No longer will I hold, hold you down

As my fingers cross behind my back now

 

One hand claps but sees the other silent

On the other hand, it just sits there and covers ears for silence

I’ll give you a hand as soon as the sign is lit for applause

On the other hand, both hands come equipped with the sharpest claws

 

*repeat

*repeat

4.  Passion vs. Reason

Passion still takes the place of reason

My passion makes decisions, decisions made for all the reasons

If only there was a scandal that would make me hard handle, I would

Because if all of this was easy, you’d applaud just to please me if you could

 

*but your hands are all tied and your tear ducts all dried

You tell me you tried, but deep down you still lied

For once I’m all alone in this place that’s not a home

Where are you now?

 

Do you really know what it means to be truly sad?

I’d ask you about happiness but I know you know nothin’ ‘bout that

Does makeup and blush make the real you hush when I say

That I need to know the truth, the essence that is you kept away

*repeat

$I need to concentrate on me

It’s women, I know but it’s something I need

You tell the truth when you’re drunk but not to me

Define for me, your life…Because I need…Because I need…Because I need…

Because I need…

 

*repeat

$repeat

5.  Sleepwalkers

Only people who are awake

Will be the ones to communicate

And the people who are asleep

Will be the ones that are envied

 

*are you one of them?

Are you one of them?

Are you one of them?

And if you are, will you be 

 

Able to reel ‘em in?

With the bait that’s attention

And will they relate to you?

Like so many claim to do

 

*repeat

$Able to sleep at night?

*repeat

$Repeat

 

6.  Hide and seek

(Featuring Scott Paris)

 

Where did everyone go?

Where did everyone go?

Why was I the last to know?

Where did everyone go?

 

*And why am I still trying

To make everything work out?

And why am I still trying?

Won’t someone please just shut my mouth?

 

Where did everyone go?

Where did everyone go?

Why was I the last the know?

Where did everyone go?

 

*repeat

$And I’m still wondering why am I still here alone?

And I’m still wondering where did everyone go?

 

Where did everyone go?

Where did everyone go?

Why was I the last to know?

Where did everyone go?

 

$Repeat

7.  From me to you

It’s all you took from me

You gave that look to me

But took it back from me

I gave it in to you

 

*what made you think that we could

Last cuz you know we’re no good

 

So here’s a card…from me

Don’t think too hard…to you

Meant what I said…from me

Easily read…to you

 

*repeat

 

$From me to you

We met too soon 

And you know it’s true

From me to you

In my words 

You deserve much better

 

You took it all…from me

I gave it all…to you

So give it back…from me

And here are the words…to you

 

$Repeat

8.  I’m sorry…I don’t love you

Do I love you?

Let me count the ways

I’ll tell you the answer

But you’ll be amazed

 

*cuz how could anyone not love you?

I don’t know why

How could anyone not love you?

And why is it this guy?

 

Do I love you?

Let me count the ways

Two letter word answer 

That’s not so easy to say

 

*repeat

 

$I’m sorry that I don’t love you

 

Do I love you?

Let me ignore the ways

When I was above you

I never heard you say

 

How could anyone not love me?

I don’t know why

How could anyone not love me?

I don’t know why

 

$I’m sorry that I don’t love you

9.  Sellout

There’s too many steps to take

Just push the button to the top

At the top floor there’s hands to shake

And then you’ll have to stop

Creating what you live for 

Because now they know what to expect

Dilating as you’re looking for the whore

As you cash in your paycheck

 

*thank you for everything

 

$Now I know

Yes, now I know why so many throw it away

 

That’s why the smiles were faked

Because they know deep down inside

The years and trials would break

Their backs but at least they tried

Until they reached the point

Of cutting corners for everyone of you

But still each one of them knew

That that day would come too soon

 

Thank you for everything

 

$Repeat

 

You thought that you might miss your chance

You wanted to lead, but if all else fails

You at least wanted to dance

 

$Repeat

 

 

 

10.  Veins

 

What conclusion do I compare confusion with

What emotion do I create to cause commotion within?

All the smallest cliques that I don’t fit in at all

That’s okay…Because I have sin

 

*and I think I have you all…again

 

$But still you think you know me

Still you have to show me

With just words and action 

And give me satisfaction

 

What direction should I take to avoid infection

And if infected would you be there to sterilize my wound

Cuz it’s been healed up shut for years to come…it’s stitches worn away

Dissolved to nothing…though it’s nothing that was there anyway

 

*and I think I have you all…again

 

$Repeat

 

So now what road to travel to make my life unravel more?