#246

it's a scene she's into it like a dream she's into it but how she used to fight it pushing all of us around the truth is she was paralyzed I'm trying to go faster here and I can see disaster here I'm doomed if I confide it but we're dying to move on we're dying in front of everyone look at you nowadays you'd have thrown it all away I believe in ending this I believe in rending this do wishes go to heaven or are they buried in the ground?

Act of Quiet Desperation

it's sunday morning she gazes at his head and wished he were dead pick it up open your eyes the bed is sinking she notices it too late laments there sorry state a lonesome fate birds fly by kids outside I promise we're fine love will tow the line I'll take it over the ships are leaving port and I'm waving from the shore till I can't wave no more someone is speaking their voice is clear as day but I don't know what they're saying who cares anyway birds fly by kids outside I promise we're fine love will tow the line please don't cry I've saved what's mine we're tired of trying I can't tow the line

Betty

a steady rain fell and froze on the sidewalk while Betty made her way among the crowd wondering aloud... which guests would be invited to the do and worrying who'd sit next to... who's the most talented hostess of all? she lived in a basement apartment moved cat-like through the rooms he had died and left her to struggle ten years ago last June now he's walking across to her once again he's the boss of her it's important to understand.

Boots

tripping down assaulted streets and keeping her nose in the air with her go-go boots and a dime store wig she's a creeper but seems not to care and although it's all so sordid we can see a little girl peeking from the bushes back at home in a car on a darkened street he bends and he fixes his head points his eyes at the road ahead and drives home happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness is certainly an old shill living on a corner like a vagrant in disguise passerby feels sorry but refuse to catch his eye and he wishes he were younger then he'd make them all regret it it could get him down but he won't let it happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness uncertain wanders lost in hell happiness is certainly an old shill happiness in people who are bound to die happiness in politicians while they lie happiness in working people everywhere happiness in children's vacant stares

Brave Beyond the Call

I asked you for an answer I wish that you would be a little more dishonest babe the truth is bad for me when last weeks generation has grown too old to see you'll be alone and miserable just like you like to be in fifty million houses there's fifty million lies and fifty million brains avert a hundred million eyes you want to be my baby you want it to be so well here to you is my advice if you love it let it go (what a drag.

Chowdertown

she's a groovy child yes and I'd like to make her day in some way and when I drop to my knees I see the sun looks like a halo and I don't care what people say anyway red wine it takes me far away now babe it lets me say what I want to say oh can you come out and play now I don't know who your friends are baby and I don't care what your boyfriend say cuz I grew ten feet just the other day and let me tell you something I am not afraid of taking over today sunshine it takes me far away now babe it lets me say what I want to say oh can you come out and play in my summertime and groove to this simple rhyme the air is warm and I feel fine hey come play in my summertime

Croton Harmon (Local)

I'm in line right on time trees and sky rails are fly here we go through the snow you and I rails are fly the train you ride has gone and shaken away your rhyme you'll waste just anyone's time

Disappear

the children of the radio like lemmings to the sea will swallow what they're given cuz it's easy and it's free at war and in pursuit of what the jockeys want to hear they watch it all disappear the few who are posessed by this will have to pay a price because the search is on for that infectious pop device and they will lie to get their name in lights or on the evening news lie for the power to abuse she lay in bed and the songs rushed into her head and time stood still for awhile the dial glowed in the darkness and it filled her up with a dream and time stood still for awhile yes time sood still for awhile.

Everything Worthwhile

there's the sadness on a clear night when the wind is up and we go stumble through the sand drunk and yet awed sober in a special place which made almost everything absolutely everything worthwhile there's the sadness on a clear night when the wind is up and we go boating on the pond drunk and yet awed sober by the size of things above almost everywhere absolutely everywhere above in his mind it's time for saturday it's time for holiday in his mind it's time for blue.

Factory

in the evening I close my eyes and slip away in the morning I wake and greet a brand new day all around us the oldest have the far away eyes in their auras my future seems to wither and die wither and die all that we can do baby today is touch down in every possible way waiting for the breakdown let's drive to the factory that thrived when plastic was a fad we'll throw rocks at the seagulls and sit along the blackened riverside riverside all that we can do baby today is touch down in every possible way waiting for the breakdown there's plague in my hometown and I wish my dreams would leave me alone the gods they just wait for sundown to turn my neighbors into stone all around us the oldest have the far away eyes in their auras my future seems to wither and die wither and die all that we can do baby today

Fourth Wave

god and earth decide rewards for what you've tried wonder why the world don't get me high i'm a fourth wave guy shame it should end this way with the winter coming down around the shoulders of our town someone pass the tragedy around head on open up your mind to all the brand new sounds listen to the music from the sky and say goodbye goodbye

Fragile

the winter chills you to the core and everything's been said before you're hoping she'll deliver more add color to the grey but everywhere you look it's bleak and no one has the guts to speak about the mile-wide yellow streak you all rode in on today well she's mine yeah she's mine and even though her eyes are made of steel she's fragile porcelain I feel that force would shatter them I have to look away and as we lie in bed I watch the light that breaks in through the window "everything in time" she whispers isn't that a shame well she's mine.

Frail

they stuck in her throat the words that she whispered and lies fill the room and reside in her eyes he felt like a dog and he chuckled through tears and told her his love was as real as her lies she asked in a quiet dispassionate way if he cried to himself much when he was alone and this hung for a moment suspended in air like a feather which suddenly dropped like a stone everything rings with truth and amazement and every voice sings its' particular praise I am frail and gone over the rail she's young and she's lonely her bedroom is dark and the friends that she knew once have all moved away the shadows surround her and swallow her whole like a blanket they've come to extinguish the day how many times she said she'd never go?

Freetime

the sun’s gone gone today the sun’s gone today dear gone today come dead come today you’re down gone away the sun’s gone today

Goodnite

giant footfall restless motion in the hall goodnite one all post his likeness in the local station I'll deny everything and so will you I'm down but what's done is done this is true to the picture I'm ashamed aren't you grownup heartbreak show the missus to the door secret teacakes served at the wake I'll deny everything and so will you I'm down but what's done is done this is true to the picture I'm ashamed I want to walk just where I please and never feel the need to run I want to be her son I want to be her son and when I close my eyes I see a world where we can be as one I want to be her son well she's a sun

John's Dream

left my worries back in my room took the red-eye to the moon saw a man there looked just like me bathing on the shores of tranquility saw a plane slide into the bay fought the urge back to run away saved a woman looked just like me saved a groom and a bride to be saved an old man saved his cane saved a senator saved his aide took a trip in a boat that was carved from a woman's shoe spent the night in a house on the banks of the sea wonder how I can breathe in a place where the sky ain't blue wonder who in this world gonna recognize me who indeed?

Lama

looking at the ground below I see it all and realize there's nothing there to overthrow there's nothing there to dignify I do what I've done before I walk where I've been so I know the way and now I can't walk no more I think that I'll slide into space so where'd we go wrong with the gift that was given I wished to stop livin' and a wish can come true for all of the hours that we've taken for granted I'd kill for a mile in another man's shoes fly on dream on breathe on fly away open up your eyes today learn all the things that you want to know take it all in stride today and fight when it's your turn to go I passed over water and looked to the sky while no one was watching I said goodbye adrift in a void I'm negated in darkness and I'd kill for a mile in another man's.

Listen Up

who was listening to the wall when the call went up? hey driver drive me the long way round to dark and bloody ground to where we're free to be everclear (all this looks different to me) and it's hard to believe who heard the man fall down but ignored the sound? hey driver drive me the long way round to where the sun abounds to where he's free to be everclear (all this looks different to me) and it's hard to believe it's hard to believe

Little Sister

I see you there I hear your testimony everywhere the day is clear don't mind you knowing I still live in fear the home we had was rather frightening it was rather sad and so dear dad this son is setting for the promised land I think of the little sister that I never had and I know we've all really missed her the sister who would have kept bitter at bay my mind divides when I'm a witness to the pain you hide my hands do time I think you need it now (although what for I can't decide) my little sister would have smiled my little sister wouldn't lie I think of the little sister that I never had and I know we've all really missed her the sister who would have kept bitter at bay

Lost in the World

lonely, and lost in the world the spaceships are coming down hiding, he waits for his orders and blends with the merchants uptown shoot straight my son see them for what they are and when it's done you'll see it's best by far my son we'll let things grow and soon there'll be no sign of their presence, no memories will fade in time my son when the spaceships come down from the sky who will stand by your side when your factories and cities are gone who will answer your cries and laugh at your tired alibis this time the tyrants are falling in line when the word comes down plan ahead don't be around the cleansing fire will engulf this blackened ground when the spaceships come down from the sky who will stand by your side when your factories and cities are gone who will answer your cries.

Love You Better

I didn't mean to make you mad but you were grumpy anyway and this morning I doubted the things that you said looks like we're in for a very bad start today today wrench is gone and the tools that you used have rusted up and lost their bite right is what people spend their time showing others what they are I'll show you open up your sky let my truth in your third eye do your friends all know the score?

Love in the Dakota

Guy and Ro belong together Guy and Ro moved in today he's a struggling entertainer she's there to help him make his way meet the neighbors in the elevator stop and chat to pass the time Guy and Ro were asked to dinner by the folks who lived next door they were glad for conversation but they got more than they bargained for meet the neighbors in the elevator they'll help you out once in awhile Rosemary knows in water blue eyes and in her secret smile Rosemary knows her love is a lie but nothing's keeping Rosemary down Guy and Ro expect a baby gonna happen very soon and though they seem to be elated looks like the neighbors are more tickled by the news meet the neighbors in the elevator they'll pick you up when you are down Rosemary knows in water blue eyes and in her secret smile do you suppose she's losing her mind she thinks she hears her child somewhere there's hope for her place in the day her face regards the sun Rosemary knows her love is a lie but nothing's keeping Rosemary down

Lovely Arrhythmia

lovely Arrythmia sighs and bats her eyes tucked into her favorite booth on the lower east side just to her left is Muab who thinks she should break up with Rob she'd like to but what would she do if she didn't get the modeling job hey it's a riot hey do you buy it now they go down to the show cuz Thad forced them to go to the pulse of the music Arrhythmia's moving out slow we're restless and mean and we're waiting for nothing today we're down with the scene and we're waiting for nothing today I'd check my machine but I'm waiting for nothing today we're young and we're clean and we're getting our way we're getting our way we're getting away Darby is always the clue that nothing's wrong with you take one look at her and you'll find all your hopes have come true

Me and My Dog

it's a lovely day in sunny so cal my gal says dig the park where we go down and run with all her friends smell the trees the birds and bees I'm glad she's on her chain some day though I know she'll break free and find another man don't sob don't cry cuz there's plenty more to find no blame perish shame it's a lovely day to start a park stroll to cleanse her pet soul sight and sounds roll by time flies see how easy treats and games sways her weighs on my mind how could she forget so quickly how I treat her kind don't sob don't cry cuz there's plenty more to find no blame perish shame it's a lovely day to start a park stroll to cleanse her pet soul sight and sounds roll by time flies.

Miss Happiness

she's got the glower on she's not miss happiness today have I done something wrong to make her glower in this way but it's alright on the holidays hooray isn't it a shame scowling for days on end he's got his waders on and he's as happy as a clam and when his shadow's long he'll make his way back to the land but it's alright on the holidays hooray isn't it a shame scowling for days on end

Overgrown

please show me what I want but haven't got please row me out and drown me like a cat we lost our purpose back aways now we while away the days overgrown she calls me up and scares me half to death these days I wonder when she'll have had enough dreams keep me coming back for more keep evening the score overboard weren't you afraid I'd be somewhere far away didn't you trust in love I got burned that way wasn't I afraid you'd stay to watch me struggling through the day and pray upon my soul while drudgery takes its' toll we've lost our purpose back aways while following the latest craze while spitting out some catchy phrase and bathing in our parents' praise while we while away the days overgrown

Quiet Time

today is a quiet day yeah gives me time relax my mind but you a daughter of the rich babe I guess that every day's the same you walked up to her face and tell her that you love her so but she turns and walks away we are alone and you you're far from home oh my you got the time and the place but she's no-show you had your foot in the door but she's no-show no-show today is a quiet day yeah gives me time relax my mind but you a daughter of the rich babe I guess that every day's the same you should have known better that time when I took you to the groove and you lost your mind

Settled

hey who's afraid of growing old and settled stay while you can you make it all better streets and empty doors broken glass and puddles fear is everywhere it leaves me bare and troubled downright free and lost I'm down but I'm learning not to care love's been known to make the best of it but love was never here love was never here here's to the boys in their summer dresses breeze blows 'em up and silently caresses downright free and lost I'm down but I'm learning not to care love's been known to make the best of it but love was never here love was never here

She Can Smile

Jean's serene and pleased to be around today but as she sits upon the stoop she wonders why she doesn't always feel quite this way it seems like every day she's deeper underground when the light from the day goes down she can smile and it makes her astounded it's a game later on she settles into the routine where there's a certain kind of liberation sees an old acquaintence in a magazine and is reminded she forgot to take a shower now that things are all sorted out in the buisness that everyone goes about while the sugar-plum world goes round it's a game Jean's serene and pleased to be around today but we're tired of having to hear about it now she's found a way tp make the feeling stay so we'd better all get used to her new powers when the light from the day goes down she can smile and it makes her astounded while the sugar-plum world goes round it's a game

Shine

I'm sorry I couldn't shake my gaze she's crying now as he slides away in sweets it charms and led us all a bit astray and so disarms brings peace to a world in decay shine into me was his trust in love betrayed? he spurned allegience far inside away and leaned on friends who lived a lie and hung on for the ride

Showers Down

someone's gone put their mind to the cork and the drink spilled all over the floor now we fall and we soil our knee drink it up cuz there might not be more someone's gone dropped a bomb on our house now the t.v. don't work good at all all your favorite channels are blurred and you're banging your head on the wall here stands the fence I build there is a crime someone died but their soul couldn't rise cuz it was too weighted down with the guilt so it slithered around on the ground for awhile till it found a small hole in the tomb we'd built someone's lost but they feel like a fool cuz they were so sure they'd find their way through without your offer of help but you've abandoned yourself and let them get them into you here stands the fence I build there is a crime so he got upset with himself and carved out a hole in his head yeah so he got upset with himself and carved out a hole in his head and these were the friends in their cry-suits who showed him the way to the dead bed showers down

Smoothing the Ride

through gate three and feeling free I love her and she loves me in the air into the sky I will blow away now I'm home and we're alone except for the telephone she walks in all sheepish grin I wait and listen and this is what she says rock this down rock this down again and when she feels that it's all hopeless deep inside he is there to smooth the ride and though she knows that folks think it's great just to be alive she don't buy that jive and while she watched her favorite television show he checked the color of her eyes and though he loved her he felt the tug of compromise rock this down rock this down again

Stood Up

her heart was broken like a cup she stood stood up where will she go what will she do she's wishing all the things she'd said before had talked him into loving her my baby's brittle little life collapsed around her overnight around the corner there's a brand new day that's waiting for her my baby's brittle little life was draped around her like a shroud and all her misery allowed was that she saw his figure big as life in everything she took the train home in a daze saw not a soul along the way and when it dawned on her too late that she had missed her stop she smiled my baby's brittle little life collapsed around her overnight around the corner there's a brand new day that's waiting for her my baby's brittle little life was draped around her like a shroud and all her misery allowed was that she saw his figure big as life in everything

Subway

riding in the subway on a snowy afternoon avoiding people's eyes noticing how many different kinds of shoes there are watching them go by riding in the subway on a snowy afternoon dreaming about you thinking how the light in here makes everyone look blue I look like I feel my body keeps its' distance from the couple that dozes awkwardly in a love embrace I'm happy cuz I've found a little inner space could you love me?

Sunnymede

while grownups sleep in Sunnymede the children leave their beds and tiptoe down the creaky stair where only children tread they slip into the wondrous night down to the moonlit shore and watch as phospherous fishes play in waters deep and warm across the waves a ship's horn sounds in greeting to it's friends and beacons dance across the tides where dancing never ends the children lie flat on their backs and gaze up at the sky and pick which stars they'd go to if they had the power to fly while grownups sleep in Sunnymede this magic comes alive and while they dream their grownup dreams an ocean kingdom thrives in darkness where a precious few can trust in what they see it's special children everywhere who set the night world free

Sunshine M.

in God we trust I must confess I've found that trust is meaningless when even love can make you tired and all your thoughts are uninspired reject the unkind machine the sky is blue the grass is green my feet are dragging through the rain I cringe when people use the phrase get back up on your feet again I've heard you use that phrase before reject the unkind machine I've heard you use that phrase before.

Tree in Orange

a tree in Orange was witness to a man fall down it's not a large disply today but tree has been here for other days when cars have lost control and houses burned to their foundations in the cold and children played in the open street on four July they watched the summer sky turn blue then gold then white and dogs hid under a thousand beds their eyes drawn wide with fear while couples huddled in the darkness of their final year.

Turn

Sarah goes down to confession while priest he tows the line Sarah likes to think she's good at wasting priesty time Charlie goes down to the boy's room and locks himself inside it's sad to think of all he could have done if he'd only set his pride aside she shrouds her eye she's far away...

Twinkle & Shine

we watched and were awed at the war that she waged with herself and we saw that she swayed with the weight of her father and brothers and boyfriends who piled like a landfill and swallowed her smile in their wake till at five o'clock sunday she purged them away it shifted all into grey like cops conceal holsters beneath their lapel she hid dangerous things but she downplayed them well and instead chose to focus on twinkle and shine while her watch ticked off seconds and bang was in time for the party they threw when she turned twenty-nine so welcome to twinkle and shine as an encore she faded away stepped out of the party and into the street she had nowhere to go what would she say to the relatives who came to see how she had grown and who could have known that the time was approaching when she'd be alone yeah who could have known that the time was approaching when little miss wonderful stepped out on her own

Up & Out

soul rocket fuel pushes me up and out of sight of the people on the street keeps me away from the common man I pull the pin on the grenade of frustration and three-two-one bang it's all here locked inside this skinny brain so come on and sing a song that fuels you too please can we talk about it please stop talking and just listen for awhile

What a Day

we raised our glasses all in celebration of the news their separation was the best thing at the time the past few weeks had been a trying time for all involved but now the smoke had cleared their eyes could see that it was way too late we are the friends of the unhappy couple we are the friends of two who broke their ties today and what a day it is to waste away it's Bob and Carol's blackest birthday the wedding plans had stalled and everyone had seen the truth they faced the wall and touched eachother now like total strangers all in all they'd felt the call for distant solitude and chapters from a Russian novel spring to mind to find description and everyone cried and everyone sighed and watched their boat go down and what a day it is to waste away it's Bob and Carol's blackest day.

Zero Day

a million little light bulbs went on over the minds of the dogs and cats and bureaucrats who change what we see through our eyes like nothing went wrong deep in the rainforest a ritual occured and somewhere in the embers of the funeral pyre something was done so all our machines couldn't run on zero day it's amazing how New York defends it's city to the death though now the earth is warmer you'll all find youselves shorter of breath on zero day and the weathermen will stop and they'll listen awhile for some sign of improving conditions remember the summers we spent by the sea we would lie on our backs while the sun baked our bodies first I'd lotion you and then you'd lotion me in the old days when sunlight was easy and free a million little postcards were dropped into the mail.