Lyrics


Michael Morrissey

Singer/Songwriter


all Lyrics by © Michael LOUIS Morrissey


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A LITTLE BIT HOME TONIGHT

 

A little bit home tonight I'm trying to get a little bit home tonight

I climbed into a bottle of wine 

And now I'm trying to get a little bit home tonight

My friends all upped and left an hour or two ago and that ain't right

Now I'm trying to get a little bit home tonight

 

Woke up under your mother's grand piano with a ringing in my head

Every time I try to stand up gotta sit my arse down instead

I thought you were the cutest thing I'd ever seen

Now you're nowhere in sight

And I'm trying to get a little bit home tonight

 

A little bit home tonight...

 

Woke up under your father's billiard table with a ringing in my head

Every time I try to stand up gotta sit my arse down instead

The hair of the dog that bit me still wrapped here in my hand 

And I'm hoping it might

Help me get a little bit home tonight

 

 

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A LOVE ONLY POETS KNOW

 

Gonna dizzy up my heart for you, gonna dizzy up my heart

Gonna dizzy up my heart babe, every day a little more for you

Gonna dizzy up my heart 'cause I care for you so 

With a love only poets know

 

I'm back in the ring I'm back in the race

With a melt-in-my-mouth smile on my face

Oh, my gorgeous life is a gorgeous lie no more

Oh, my gorgeous life is a gorgeous lie no more

 

Gonna dizzy up my heart...

 

Back in the fight I'm back in the game

Wondering how far I could fly into that flickering flame

Oh, my gorgeous life is a gorgeous lie no more

Oh, my gorgeous life is a gorgeous lie no more

 

Gonna dizzy up my heart...

 

 

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AND ALL GOD'S CHILDREN SANG AMEN

                                        

I've heard it say that love is corrosive

And I've heard it say that love's its own reward

It don't give you nothing that you can't afford

It's less a shield, more like a sword

 

You and I we were Joni & Graham

So perfect for each other but you'll never take my name

Maybe I overglamorize it

But you blinded me like a sunrise

 

Suddenly the spirit moved 

And the day just kind of broke into a million little pieces and

Right there, right then, all God's children sang Amen

 

Passion is fire, torment is fire

Dressed in a cloak of scarlet and gold

My love is greedy and non-negotiable

It's less unspoken, more like untold

 

Suddenly the spirit moved and

The day just kind of broke into a million little pieces

And right there, right then, all God's children sang Amen

 

 

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ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE

 

Plurabelle Anna Livia girl you're a long way from home

Your heart has been haunted to hell 

But it don't seem to bother you none

Lie-do-lie-do-lay

You know no harvest no moon

Lie-do-lie-do-lay

Everything's over so soon

 

Plurabelle Anna Livia how I'm inclined

To wander your long corridors

And cold corners, so divine

You've been inspired and inspirational 

But do not let your waters softly

Out into the night, not yet

Lie-do-lie-do-lay

You know no seasons change

Lie-do-lie-do-lay

Everything's interchangeable

 

 

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ANNE BOLEYN

 

Oh my little Anne Boleyn

Lay your pretty head down one last time

For a sword so sharp and thin so predestined

 

I feel it's my duty to bear witness

That your courtly lady likeness cannot change your fate

See every story must earn its ending

Right or wrong there's no use pretending

The history books won't wait

 

Oh my little Anne Boleyn

 

I feel it's my duty to bear witness

That though unfounded those incestuous rumours

Will be your shame

See sons and heirs not unwanted daughters

Were my future now I feel I ought to

Wash my hands of blame and take back my name

 

Oh my little Anne Boleyn

Lay your pretty head down relinquish your crown

It's all so predetermined, so predestined

 

So sharp and thin

 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO YOU

 

I let the music do my crying for me it's where I find my relief

Na-na-na-na-na, hey-hey love, where I find my relief

I don't have no regrets like unsmoked cigarettes

Waiting for the chance to burn me down

Waiting for the chance to burn me down

 

Your sorrows always hurt me and your pain like the rain

Na-na-na-na-na, hey-hey love, your pain like the rain

When it falls on you and soaks you through

Babe it soaks me too

To the bone 'cause I'm stone in love with you

 

My song is only complete in the white heat of the language I have made

Sad and tough enough to melt the vinyl

On which it gets played

 

I let the music do my crying for me...

 

 

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A SONG INSIDE A SONG

 

Like a sparrow caught in a spire

My desire climbed higher and higher

You took my breath away

When you turned around and said you'd stay

'Cause once desire is born

That funny little underwater storm

It can never be wrong

In this song inside a song

 

We kissed like Lady & The Tramp

Over the table warm and damp

We kissed

'Til our eyes fell asleep

Under the covers warm and deep

'Cause once desire is born...

 

Like a stylus kisses a 45

I kissed you and the future tasted so alive

We kissed 'til our mouths could not speak

Anticipating the wonders of the waiting week

'Cause once desire is born...

 

 

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A TITHE OF MY LOVE

 

Throwing notes from this guitar some of them fell on stony ground

Some of them fell on fertile soil, it's true 

Some of them wind their way to you

 

Throwing kisses from these lonely lips some of them fell on stony ground

Some of them fell on fertile soil, it's true 

Some of them wind their way to you

 

Babe if a tithe of my love came back from you somehow

I could learn to love both of us enough for both of us

Starting now

 

Throwing affection from this old heart some of it fell on stony ground

Some of it fell on fertile soil, it's true 

Some of it winds its way to you

 

 

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BLACK IRISHMAN 

                                                         

I am a Black Irishman

It's I before me Sir, except after she

I sing Minor lines in dark Major keys

Proud of who I am, a Black Irishman

 

I speak a secret language full of ashes and rain

And the untrustworthy wisdom of the grape and the grain

Though cursed with the burden of a jealous mind

A gentleman always inclined

 

With a tongue like ice and a voice like fire

Breath a little boozy but full of desire

I've dried widows' tears in the half-light of the dawn

A Black Irishman 'til the end of the 23rd Psalm

 

I'm so frequently drunk on the things that I say

I've spent time in heaven but there was hell to pay

See I'm not afraid of dying for I know I'll be safe

With a Cross of the Celts at the head of my grave

 

I am a Black Irishman

It's I before me Sir, except after she

I sing Minor lines in dark Major keys

Proud of who I am, a Black Irishman

 

With a tongue like ice and a voice like fire

Breath a little boozy but full of desire

I've dried widows' tears in the half-light of the dawn

A Black Irishman 'til the end of the 23rd Psalm

And it's Eugene O'Neill and Gene Kelly

Brendan Behan and Samuel Belly

Errol Flynn and Oscar Wilde

Steven Morrissey and Michael Louis Morrissey

 

 

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BURY ME STANDING UP

 

Hey don't I know you, think I've seen you before

The one with those words that cut right to the core of me

Come play my song boy, play it once again

Hey don't I know you,  think I've seen you before

The one with that beat up 6 string guitar

Come play my song boy, play it once again

 

Don't let them lay me down in the cold, cold ground

Or stretch me out under the trees

Bury me standing up

I've spent my whole life down on my knees

 

Hey don't I know you, think I've seen you around

It's no secret you've been wandering our burial grounds

Come play my song boy, play it once again

Hey don't I know you,  think I've seen you before

The one with that beat up 6 string guitar

Come play my song boy, play it once again

 

Don't let them lay me down...

 

Hey don't I know you, I never forget a face

You're looking for your kin aren't you, your rightful birthplace

Come play my song boy, play it one last time

Hey don't I know you, think I've seen you before

Playing your Daddy's old 6 string guitar

Come play my song boy, play it one last time

 

Don't let them lay me down...

 

 

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COME BACK MISS JUDY

 

A tornado hit Kansas the day that Judy Garland died

The hourglass overturned forever, her beauty swept aside

I don'´t know why suffering makes us stronger

But it makes us stronger

Come back Miss Judy, come back Miss Judy

Don't make us wait a minute longer

 

Like a stained-glass window you shone from within

A child of such promise before that pre-ordained tailspin

I don't know why suffering makes us stronger...

 

Drunken evenings, drunken mornings

Pills to keep you working night and day

Friends and lovers never calling

And the four walls closing in 

 

A tornado hit Kansas the day that Judy Garland died

Some say they saw an angel, a weeping angel by her side

I don't know why suffering makes us stronger...

 

 

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         CURLED LIKE A QUESTION MARK

 

I send my prayers out behind the sun, out behind the dark

But they come back home one by one

Curled like a question mark

 

Like raindrops dance on an empty street my heart used to pound a steady beat

Now it trembles in 2/4 like a soldier off to war

 

I send my prayers out behind the sun, out behind the dark...

 

Like raindrops dance on a windowsill my heart just can't keep still

No, it trembles in 2/4 like a soldier off to war

 

I send my prayers out behind the sun, out behind the dark...

 

Like raindrops dance on rooftops bare my heart used to rumble without a care

Now it limps along in 2/4 like a soldier coming home from war

 

 

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Coming soon

 

 


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EVERY SONG KNOWS YOUR NAME

 

 Every song's a mixture of truth and fiction

White notes rubbing black notes, creating friction

And every mood is blue, every song is you

 

Every song is stealing from every other song

Sound is born of silence and they both feel they belong here

Every perfect 4th I sing is true, every song is you

 

Now I look as if I never really saw

I listen as if I've never really heard

I dream as if I've never really known

 

And though I work myself to the bone

Somehow I still keep going

 

Every song's a little superstitious

Like a canvas knows a brush they know your funny little wishes

And every measure's right on cue, every song is you

Every song knows your name

 

You're my twin flame and every song knows your name

 

 

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EXPLICITLY IMPLICITLY

 

I'll say this slowly so I don't break it 

Slow as the sensual speed of sound 

We're two mirrors reflecting rivers into infinity and beyond 

Making sport making play making love baby making hay

Exposing our secrets every day explicitly implicitly 

 

Oh the morning light's already jealous

Of your sweet smile the day has just begun 

Don't it know eight short minutes ago it was part of the very surface of the sun 

Making sport making play making love baby making hay

Sending out subtle signals everyday explicitly implicitly

 

I love the golden mysteries of the spirit 

And the silver mysteries of the dance

 I love the silent conversation of you moving under my hands 

Making sport making play making love baby making hay

No pre-conceived notion's gonna get in our way explicitly implicitly

 

 

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FAR AWAY IS HERE LONG AGO IS NOW

 

That which is no longer that which is yet to come

All that restless yearning unlearning what's been and gone

Easy to teach but not so easy to learn

Wrapped up and labelled long before you were born

Far away is here long ago is now

 

Words are always moving east while the sun hungers for the west

Dividing sub-dividing time til you wish you were blessed with forgetfulness

Easy to grasp but not so easy to hold

Wrapped in a cloak of scarlet and gold

Far away is here long ago is now

 

I hit my highest when I sing

Stronger than piano strings

 

That which is no longer that which is yet to come

All that restless yearning unlearning what's been and gone

Easy to teach but not so easy to learn

Wrapped up and labelled long before you were born

 

Far away is here long ago is now

 

 

 

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GONE WITH THE MORNING SUN 

 

 I'm gonna chase the moneychangers out of my head

Like rainfall on a spider's web they'll be gone

With the morning sun

 

Like a dreamer don't know he's dreaming

Waking up crying and screaming

There's so much more to me than what you see

I've been through every heartache known to man

Made every bad decision you possibly can

But there's so much more to me than what you see

 

Gonna chase the moneychangers...

 

Been pushing the river up that hill

Pushing so long and I'm pushing it still

But there's so much more to me than what you see

A bag o' bones boxer on the ropes

I look like I've all but given up hope

But there's so much more to me than what you see

 

Gonna chase the moneychangers...

 

Take a look into these eyes, stop a while

Spend some time with my unsmiling smile

There's so much more to me than what you see

I look like I've been to the wars

I've got a pillowful of bite-sized battle scars

But there's so much more to me than what you see

 

Gonna chase the moneychangers...

 

 

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HUSH-A-BYE MY BOO

 

Pull back the covers, pull down the shutters

Shut out the afternoon light

Climb in beside me, I want you beside me

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

 

Turn 'round to face me let your will embrace me

My body feels so full of life

Let's set free the bee from the bottle and see

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

 

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

 

You do an emotional striptease just to please me

Layer after layer 'til I'm down on my knees

I'm down on my knees

 

Pull back the covers, pull down the shutters

Shut out the afternoon light

Climb in beside me, I want you beside me

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

 

Hush-a-bye my baby my boo

 

 

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I CAN'T GO ON, I'LL GO ON

 

Love stood on its own two feet and held me in its arms

Instead of trying to put up a fight, I relented

Love stood on its own two feet daring me to look away

Could something more demanding be imagined

Tell me all I need to know to know you really well

Pour it on

You think I only love you now and then

But let me tell you I'm a strong, strong man

I can't go on, I'll go on, I'll go on

 

Little by little we meet in the middle

You're gonna feel like you've never been kissed

Little by little we meet in the middle

But we'll see it through regardless

I can't go on, I'll go on, I'll go on

 

I've never been in love

With anyone like you

  

I can't go on, I'll go on, I'll go on

 

 

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I CAN'T SAY I LOVE YOU

 

Every time I see your face it tells me something new

All that loving, flowing grace

It's like a window with a view 

Sure I can read you like a book

I can tell your mood from just one look

I can hold the moment in the palm of my hand

Can do almost anything but I still can't

Say I love you even if I wanted to

I can't say I love you better than I love you

  

Wanna be the centre of your universe 

If there's such a thing

Stuck in a bar on that day of judgement with you

When last orders ring

'Cause I can keep secrets and I can tell lies

I can be cruel sometimes

Then apologise

I can promise I'll still be around

Swear on the virgin spit on the ground

But I can't say I love you even if I wanted to

I can't say I love you, better than I love you

 

Your body was always lost 

In the art of your clothes

And is it fair to say who knows?

But the remarkable thing I suppose

Is that although I can be helpful 'round the house

I can tell you funny stories

Be as quiet as a mouse

I can carry water and I can chop wood

And understand you a little 

When you need to be understood

But I can't say I love you even if I wanted to

I can't say I love you better than I love you

 

 

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I LOVE YOUR ALIBIS

 

She said I can't deny, I can't deny

Sometimes I love it when you lie

I can't deny I love your alibis

 

I know where angels sleep at night

But I did not wake them from their silver slumbers

I did not lay down with them

I just couldn't allow myself to join their numbers

Please don't say I'm blindly ruthless

Don't say I'm ruthlessly blind

Just 'cause I've always got me a song to hide behind

 

She said I can't deny...

 

If I could only learn to stand the heat

Embrace the ties that bind below and above me

Kick this life aside and start to live

Come in from the cold outside and let someone love me

Please don't say I'm blindly ruthless

Don't say I'm ruthlessly blind

 

Just 'cause I've always got me a song to hide behind

 

She said I can't deny...

 

 

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INTO THE CIRCLE OF THESE ARMS

 

They're talking about the end of the world

But I don't even listen I'm so wrapped up in you

The night's closing in but I don't even notice

I'm so wrapped up in you

'Cause the moment always slows down whenever you're around

 Everything just seems so full of meaning

And into the circle of these arms I hoped you'd fall

 

Deep inside us we all carry the seeds of our completion

We're all just looking for that someone

To bring it to fruition

Yes there are signs in many different colours

That even lazy lovers could read without the light on

 

Can't you hear me calling

Won't you listen to my gospel prayer now...

 

At the blinding flash that was creation you were waiting for me

At the moment before time began I loved you

And into the circle of these arms

I hoped you fall

 

They're talking about the end of the world

But I don't even listen...no

 

 

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I WISH A MAID I HAD

 

I wish I wish, I wish a maid I had

With cap in hand I'd ask her father for her hand

And ever yes

She'd be my lovely lass and me I'd be her handsome lad

I wish a maid I had

 

I wish I wish, I wish a bride I had

Next to hers on that holy book would sit my wedding band

And ever yes

Come what sorrows may we'd sail through the changes and be glad

I wish a maid I had

 

The pendulum would swing 

The water wheel would turn

And everything that I'd learned 

Would seem of no earthly use to me now

 

I wish I wish, a babe in arms I had

With hair as black as a blackbirds wing

Me and her mother we would sing her lullabies and time would cease even to exist

Imagine being in love like that

I wish a maid I had

 

 

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JET FUEL GEOMETRY

 

I walk in ancient footsteps, I walk in ancient footsteps

No jet fuel geometry is gonna cloud my mind

I walk in ancient footsteps, I walk in ancient footsteps

No jet fuel geometry is gonna turn my head around

 

Crisscrossing smoketrails fill my eyes

Hairline fractures captured in the southern skies

I've been drinking dry water far too long

Now I finally know where I belong

 

I walk in ancient footsteps...

 

Perfect calculations, precision care

Vaporised fossils floating in mid-air

I've been drinking dry water far too long

 

Now I finally know where I belong

 

I was never meant to voyage far but voyage far I did

I only ever meant to follow my own star

 

I walk in ancient footsteps...

 

 

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LOVE WILL DO THAT TO YOU EVERY TIME

 

The phone's about to ring and I haven't even thought about

What it is I want to say

And that crazy little butterfly's wing beats around inside of me

What the hell is wrong with me now?

 

Love will do that to you every time

When you're least expecting it is when it's at its most affecting

Love will do that to you every time

But don't let it drive you crazy, no

Don't ever let up don't stop amazing me

 

I don't search for the distance between you and I

I always try to find the you and I in our differences

We've got to get ourselves together

This fooling 'round has got to stop

Or we'll lose ourselves forever

 

Love will do that to you every time...

 

In the time before you go to sleep spare a little moment

Remember love, my hands upon your face

Then close your eyes, breathe in deep

We'll be lovers once again

This I promise in so many ways

 

Love will do that to you every time...

 

 

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MAYBE GIVEN TIME

 

 The church bells chime the quarters, hours and halves

The night will lose its darkness without being asked

Maybe given time you'll change your mind

See I never knew waking alone

Was so much harder than sleeping alone

Maybe given time you'll change your mind

 

On a day as dry as a witch's breast

I tried to stop you leaving, came out second best

Thinking maybe given time you'll change your mind

See I never knew drinking alone

Was so much harder than being drunk alone

Maybe given time you'll change your mind

 

 

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MY LAST MISTAKE

 

The sisters of beauty, truth and good

Those jealous ladies never understood

Of all the missed chances I can recall

You're my favourite one of all

 

Heartache's an ache you never get over

And I've taken all I can take

No word of a lie baby you're my last mistake

 

The sisters of beauty, truth and good

Manipulate my every mood

Temptations change but feelings stay the same

Called by another name

 

Heartache's an ache you never get over...

 

The closer you get to falling apart, the more you see what was amiss

And that one-man southern choir singing in your head

Feels like eternal bliss

 

Heartache's an ache you never get over...

 

 

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NO HEART BUT THE HEART

 

A team of handsome horses pulls the sun

Across the sky each day, they say

And every circumnavigation

Brings you closer to coming back to stay

Didn't we say no heart but the heart

Didn't we say no love but love

Promises made in the dead of the dark

No heart but the heart, no love but love

 

I haven't been right in my mind

Since the day you had to go

So I just live in the now with my axe and my plough

But my hands baby miss you so

Didn't we say no heart but the heart...

 

Life is full of second chances

The gates of heaven are open wide for you

Like a wave folds itself back into the ocean

Every day we'll find our love anew

Didn't we say no heart but the heart...

 

 

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Coming soon

 

  


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PURE WHITE GOLD

 

It's a mean old world you stumble through it

Thinking no one really knows me and no one ever will

It's so hard to keep believing belief is such a thief

But I believe in it still

 

I lay my head down and feel your heartbeat inside me take hold

The way you allow me to hold you is pure white gold

Now even the words we speak

Wrap themselves 'round each other like lovers

 

It's a mean old world...

 

I once gave you my rib like Adam of old

A fiery breath was exchanged and a tale was told

I gave you my rib like Adam of old and it was pure white gold

 Now even the words we speak

 

Wrap themselves 'round each other like lovers

 

It's a mean old world...

 

 

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Coming soon

 

 


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ROMANCE, THAT LOST LANGUAGE OF LOVE

 

Your love done wounded me in such a beautiful way

I don't want nobody else

You taught me how tenderness can possibly be

And I hugged this piece of knowledge to myself

'Cause I belong to you and God up in his heaven surely knows

How much I love you

So come write to me in romance that lost language of love

My beloved

 

I know things about you, your dirty little secrets

The things you think you hide so well

You let me look behind the veil but I promised baby

Not a soul would I tell

'Cause I belong to you and God up in his heaven surely must

Excuse this madness

'Cause not kissing you right now is much more fun

Than kissing you right now

 

I want to reach out into the world

Bring you things you don't understand

And feed them to you by and by

With a calm and patient hand

 

Chop you out in lines on my shaving mirror

'Til you're nothing but powder and dust

Just to breathe the very essence of who you are girl

I can never have enough

So come shoot that old emotional black ink through my veins

'Til nothing else remains

'Cept some simple words in romance that lost language of love

My beloved

 

 

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SWEET LATE SUMMER RAIN

 

Weep not for winter, it's just passing through

Order is heaven's law

Weep not for winter, winter never weeps for you

Is now and shall be forever more

Tripping on a high of my own supply

Again and again 

I will rise to meet it all

Love is gonna pour down like sweet summer rain

 

Be kind to the moment, it's just passing through

Order is heaven's law

Be kind and that moment will be kind to you

Is now and shall be forever more

Tripping on a high of my own supply

Again and again 

I will rise to meet it all

 

Love is gonna pour down like sweet summer rain

 

Never trust your troubles, they're just passing through

Order is heaven's law

Never trust your troubles, they never trusted you

Is now and shall be forever more

Tripping on a high of my own supply

Again and again 

I will rise to meet it all

  

Love is gonna pour down like sweet summer rain

 

 

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THAT'S WHY THE SONG WILL NEVER DIE

 

That's why the song will never die, that's why

The cheating goes on

As long as a lie of omission's still a lie

The song will never die

 

As I preach so do I learn

Things good wishes could never mend

And though the past gets reinvented every day

Still the pain won't go away

 

That's why the song...

 

The blue numbers on my radio

Put the time at almost three

There's a shadow here on my sheets

Babe where you ought to be

 

That's why the song...

 

The days go by so slow

I go out walking in the rain

Tell me when did my life become

The words to some old sad refrain?

 

That's why the song...

 

 

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THE BEAUTY OF AN OUTSTRETCED HAND

 

If this old world gets you down

Look for the beauty of an outstretched hand

Feel the wonder unspoken splendour of pleasure unplanned

Start a tiny revolution right now

Take a rebel stand

With an outstretched hand

 

History's full of foolishness

But there's kindness there to be found

See every shoe of selflessness has walked on holy ground

Start a tiny revolution right now

Take a rebel stand

 

With an outstretched hand

 

It's easy to feel like a stranger in this century

Shivering rivers overflowing

Rising mercury

But there's a tiny revolution waiting

There at your command

It's the beauty of an outstretched hand

 

 

 

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 THE BOY FROM HOBOKEN

 

A million skinny hearts were broken

By that skinny boy from Hoboken

No-one's married mother was safe from his charms

A million skinny truths were left unspoken

By that skinny kid from just over the Hudson

Come on now Hoboken

Open your arms

 

There was always shards of glass hidden in his songs

And a person could innocently cut themselves

Just singing along

I listened to his hurt and hoped maybe

He was listening to mine

Him and his immigrant hymns

Soaked in a voice like wine

 

A million skinny hearts were broken...

 

He sang my soul straight into heaven

With every single weary whispered confession

I listened to his cries and thought maybe

He's listening to mine

Him and his immigrant hymns

Soaked in a voice like wine

 

A million skinny hearts were broken...

 

 

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THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE

  

Wishes only lead to wishing more wishes

Will I ever learn?

That every new altitude I fly cries out for more fuel to burn

Climbing down I'm turning 'round

Crawling back I'm safe on solid ground

Slipping through the eye of the needle

Didn't I promise you

I'd be coming straight home to you

 

My dreams are always miles and miles and miles

Away from me

 Ghostly suns that will shine forever

That I will never see

Climbing down I'm turning 'round...

 

Nobody told me down by the river

I never learned it at my Mama's knee

Even though I love this music

Sometimes this music sure don't love me

 

The secret to this world is to live each day

Like it was one you chose 

So enjoy the handsome highs but don't be too coy

To enjoy the handsome lows

Climbing down I'm turning 'round...

 

 

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THE JOKE WAS ON ME

 

Sometimes a stone breaks the surface of a river

Sometimes a knife cuts right to the bone

Sometimes a fist in the face will get you answers

But maybe not the ones you want

Sometimes a book you read will give you a childhood 

You never really had

Sometimes people waste their precious lives away

Throwing good love after bad

You and I laughing at this crazy old world

Defying gravity

Walking hand in hand on the bottom of the sea

But I just couldn't see the joke was on me

 

Sometimes the road meets the horizon

Sometimes prophecies come true

Sometimes you find comfort in all the wrong places

Hiding your face while you do

Sometimes a wound you never knew you had just bleeds

Sometimes you solve the uncertainties

Sometimes you take the measure of yourself

Dot your i's and drink your teas

You and I laughing at this crazy old world...

 

Sometimes the hounds of merciless memory

Come a-barking at your boots

Reminding you stories get stronger

The further they get from the truth

You and I laughing at this crazy old world...

 

 

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THIS TIME SHE'S GONE FOR GOOD

 

This time her leaving took me by surprise

I've got no-one to blame here I stand accused

But I'm raging now

Can it be I misunderstood?

But no this time she's gone for good

 

This time she left early to avoid saying goodbye

Delighted with the letter she wrote

In which she explained everything but why

But leaving no reason to be misunderstood

This time she's gone for good

 

Back when she and I were still growing

Lovers only learning that's what we were

And my feelings for her flowed like a song

Now it's all gone so wrong

 

This time a candle moon on a table of stars

Highlighted what was missing

As much as what was there

But it's much too late

This time she's gone for good

 

 

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TOGETHER AS THE YEARS SLIP BY

  

A tree with no birds cut down to make a book with no words

Telling a story so absurd

It just cannot be ignored

 

Let your lover change you though it scares you half to death

But don't let your lover try to fix things 

That haven't been broken yet

Help your lover pick up the pieces

From yet another try

Do something foolish every day

Together as the years slip by

 

A tree with no birds...

 

Let your lover show you kindnesses unknown

Let your lover save you from

Future blindness to come

Help your lover pick up the pieces

From yet another try

Do something foolish every day

Together as the years slip by

  

A tree with no birds...

 

 

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TRICK OF THE MIND

  

7,000 gold guineas and more I'd pay

Just to throw my arms around my memories

Hold the shoulders of older days

7,000 gold guineas seeds growing after their kind

Taking off after a dream

Running it down what do you find?

Another trick of the mind

 

7,000 gold guineas I'd gladly sacrifice

If my losses could be more loving

My victories more precise

7,000 gold guineas seeds growing after their kind

Taking off after a dream

Running it down what do you find?

 Another trick of the mind

 

7,000 gold guineas I'd lay my money down

Just to talk to the boy trying to learn

How to be a man

7,000 gold guineas seeds growing after their kind

Taking off after a dream

Running it down what do you find?

 Another trick of the mind

 

 

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 3-6-9 DAYS WAITING

 

3-6-9 days waiting

3-6 praying celestial motion

Brings me a notion of your return

'Cause somehow we've gone and run ourselves off the rails

And nothing short of a miracle's gonna save us now

 

I was a prisoner in your arms 

I was a prisoner in your arms but you gave me the key

 

3-6-9 days waiting

 

3-6 trying not to misread the signs down these

Fibre optic lines

'Cause somehow we've gone and torn ourselves asunder

And nothing short of a natural wonder's gonna save us now

 

I was a prisoner in your arms...

 

Baby please don't let me die in the arms of a stranger

Let's worry about figuring this out a little later

By and by

'Cause somehow we've gone and burned our bridges

One by one

And nothing short of the love that powers the sun's

Gonna save us now

 

I was a prisoner in your arms...

 

3-6-9 days waiting

 

3-6 in a paradigm shift so rare

There you were

 

 

 

 


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WHEN THE KEYSTONE GOES

 

Don't let them take your kindness for a weakness

I heard my mother say

Invest in people wisely and it will pay and repay

'Cause when the keystone goes it all goes

Do what's right in all you do 

Learn your lessons well

See beyond the doctrine never kiss and tell

'Cause when the keystone goes it all goes

 

Don't be a feeder of swine among strangers

Hold your loved ones dear

The family you created and the one that brought you here

 

'Cause when the keystone goes it all goes

In this world of Caesar

Have the courage to sing

Ponder the workers in the vineyard and the message there within

'Cause when the keystone goes it all goes

  

 

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WHEN I GET THERE PLEASE BE THERE

 

Gazing at the colours of the water

Full of peacock greens and blues

When I get there please be there

I'll throw you a rope

With these words woven through it

When I get there please be there

 

We'll share a holy kiss from the holy ghost you and I

Two hearts that were never born can never die

 

My eyes could find your face in a sea of a million faces

When I get there please be there

I'd carry you o'er the waves

Over time and the curvature of spaces

When I get there please be there

We'll share a holy kiss from the holy ghost...

 

They say the sun is burning out 

Without a doubt love

When I get there please be there

And when the skies begin to fall

We'll laugh about it all

We'll laugh about it all

As we share a holy kiss from the holy ghost...

 

 

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WIDOW'S PEAK

 

Can only stay 'til the end of the week

In that little house on Widow's Peak

Don't carelessly wait 'til it's too late tonight

Can only stay 'til the end of the week

 

In that little house on Widow's Peak

We'll make those bedsprings sing 

Like some ancient pagan rite

 

Never let the planets get under your skin

They'll tyrannise your cowardly compass

Really do you in

And you'll be left to wonder as they eat you alive

Are we surviving just to suffer

Or suffering to survive

 

Can only stay 'til the end of the week...

 

There's cries of ghostly lovers hanging 'round these halls

They live in every dusty corner

Of every crack here in these walls

I'm afraid that things are only real

Because I believe them so

Come lay your five senses next to mine

And let your feelings show

 

Can only stay 'til the end of the week...

 

  

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YOUR LOVE TURNS TO SUGAR ON MY TONGUE

 

Blue as a bluebird sings his song to the world

I'm blue as that faithful old flattened 3rd

You smile at me and suddenly you right all that was wrong

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

 

Pretty as a poppy in a wheat field fair

Your open arms always catch me unaware

Sweeter than a song too sacred to be sung

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

 

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

 

In a perfect line like the three of diamonds entwined

My body, mind and soul

Had to fight not to lose control

 

So many shadows share a single day

With breakneck speed a cloud can chase them all away

My intoxication with your loveliness goes on and on

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

 

Your love turns to sugar on my tongue

 

 

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YOUNGER THAN CREATION

 

Five days younger than creation building it up from the ground

Many hands from many nations building it up from the ground

 

The world is shrinking faster than thinking men can agree

Take a photograph before it crumbles into the sea

You crawled from that ocean and back to that ocean

You shall return

Back to the bosom of the Almighty

The Father of Abraham

 

Five days younger than creation...

 

St. Cecilia pray for us in these turbulent times

'Cause a fistful of songs can't save us 

We've got to heed the warning signs

We came from dust and unto dust we shall return

Back to the bosom of the Almighty

The Father of Abraham

 

Five days younger than creation...

 

One world, one hope, one family, one plan

One fight, one future, one brotherhood of man

You came from the light and back to the light you shall return

Back to the bosom of the Almighty

The Father of Abraham

 

Five days younger than creation...

 

 

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