Lyrics


Michael Morrissey

Singer/Songwriter


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 A LITTLE BIT HOME TONIGHT

 

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A LOVE ONLY POETS KNOW

 

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AND ALL GOD´S CHILDREN SANG AMEN

 

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ANNA LIVIA PLURABELLE

 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO YOU

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A TITHE OF MY LOVE

 

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BLACK IRISHMAN

 

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BURY ME STANDING UP

 

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COME BACK MISS JUDY

 

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CURLED LIKE A QUESTION MARK

 

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COMING SOON

 

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Lyrics by © Michael 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 up and left an hour or two ago and that ´aint right

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

 

Woke up under your mothers´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 it´s 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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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 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 widow´s 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 widow´s 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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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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COMING SOON

 

Songtext by Michael Morrissey

Singer / Songwriter

 

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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 it's own two feet and held me in it's arms

Instead of trying to put up a fight, I relented

Love stood on it's 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' 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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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

Vapourised fossils floationg 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 EVERYTIME

 

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 everytime

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

Love will do that to you everytime

But dont 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 everytime...

 

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 everytime...

 

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MAYBE GIVEN TIME

 

 The churchbells chime the quaters, hours and halves

The night will lose it's 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 witche'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

Temtations change but feelings stay the same

Called by another name

 

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

 

Th 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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COMING SOON

 

Songtext by Michael Morrissey

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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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COMING SOON

 

Songtext by Michael Morrissey

Singer / Songwriter

 

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COMING SOON

 

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Singer / Songwriter

 

 

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