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SOMETIMES

Large fingers pushin' paint... You're God and you got big hands... The colors blend... The challenges you give man...

Seek my part...devote myself... My small self...like a book amongst the many on a shelf... Sometimes I know, sometimes I rise Sometimes I fall, sometimes I don't Sometimes I cringe, sometimes I live Sometimes I walk, sometimes I kneel Sometimes I speak of nothing at all... Sometimes I reach to myself, dear God...

HAIL, HAIL

Ah, is there room for both of us? Both of us apart? Are we bound out of obligation? Is that all we've got? I get the words, and then I get to thinkin' But I don't want to think, I want to feel! How do I feel? And how do I...

If you're the only one, well I'll never be enough, yeah... Hail, hail, the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah...

A-how I love you till the day I die...ah, and beyond... Are we going to the same place? If so, can I come? It's egg rollin' thick and heavy...all the past we carry... Oh, I could be new...you underestimate me... If you're the only one, well I'll never be enough, yeah... Hail, hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah...

I sometimes realize...I could only be as good as you'll let me... Are you woman enough to be my man? Bandaged hand in hand... Yeah...

I find it on my run in a race that can't be won, yeah... All hail the lucky ones, I refer to those in love, yeah... If you're my only one...so good, you only one... I want to be your one...enough, you won...your one...your hun...

WHO YOU ARE

Come to send, not condescend Transcendental consequences to transcend... Where we are...Who are we? Who we are...

Trampled moss on your souls... Changes all, you're a part... Seen it all, not at all... Can't defend the command...

Take me a for a ride before we leave... Circumstance, clappin' hands... A-driving winds, happenstance... Off the track, in the mud... That's the moss in the aforementioned verse...

..miraculous...and a little...

Just a little time, before we leave... Stoplight plays its part... So I would say you've got a part... What's your part? Who you are You are who, who you are...

IN MY TREE

Up here in my tree, yeah... Newspapers meant enough to me, yeah...no... No more crowbars to my head, yeah... I'm trading stories with the leaves instead, yeah...

Wave to all my friends, yeah... They don't seem to notice me, no... All their eyes trained on the street, yo, oh... Sidewalk cigarettes and scenes, yeah...yeah...

Up here so high I start to escape Up here so high, the sky I scrape I'm so high, I hold just one breath here within my chest Just like innocence...

I remember him, yeah... I swore I knew everything, oh yeah... They say knowledge is a dream, yeah... He's growing up just like me, yeah...

I'm so light, the wind he shakes I'm so high, the sky I scrape, yeah... I'm so light I hold just one breath and go back to my nest Sleep with innocence...

Up here so high, the bars they break... Up here so high, the sky I scrape... Had my eyes peeled both wide open, and I got a glimpse... Of my innocence...got back my innocence... Baby, got it...still got it...

SMILE

Don't it make you smile? (2x) When the sun don't shine, it don't shine at all... Don't it make you smile?

Don't it make you smile? Don't it make me smile? Yeah... When the sun don't shine, it don't shine at all...yeah... Don't it make me smile?

I miss you already, yeah...I miss you always... I miss you already, yeah...I miss you all day... This is how I feel...

I...I miss you already, yeah...I miss you always... The crooked heart swells all around, yeah...I miss you all day...

The crooked heart swells around, yeah... Don't it make you smile? (2x) The crooked heart swells around...

OFF HE GOES

Know a man...his face seemed pulled and tense... Like he's riding on a motorbike in the strongest winds... So I approach with tact...suggest that he should relax... But he's always movin' much too fast...

Said he'll see me on the flipside On this trip he's taken for a ride He's been takin' too much on... There he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes There he goes...

He's yet to come back...but I've seen his picture... It doesn't look the same up on the racks... We go way back...

I wonder 'bout his insides... It's like his thoughts are too big for his size... He's been taken...where, I don't know? Off he goes with his perfectly unkept hope... There he goes...

And now I rub my eyes...for he has returned... Seems my preconceptions are what should have been burned... For he still smiles...and he's still strong... Nothing's changed, but the surrounding bullshit, that has grown...

And now he's home, and we're laughing, like we always did... My same old, same old friend... Until a quarter-to-ten... I saw the strain creep in... He seems distracted and I know just what is gonna happen next... Before his first step...he is off again...

HABIT

See it happen to a couple of friends See it happen and the message it sends Taking off for what's an obvious fall Just to see what all the fuss is about

It's not your way...not your way... It's not your way...yeah...

Another habit, sentence him up with you Another habit, says he's long overdue Another habit like an unwanted friend I'm so happy with my righteous self...

It's not your way...not your way... It's not your way...

Never thought you'd habit... (3x) I never thought you, never thought you... Never thought you'd habit... (3x) I never thought you, never, never thought you... Never thought you'd habit... (6x)

Speaking as a child of the nineties...

Never thought you'd habit... (3x) I never thought you, never thought you... Never thought you'd habit... (3x) I never thought you, never, never thought you... Never...never me...never you...never me...

RED MOSQUITO

Watched from the window with a red mosquito... I was not allowed to leave the room... I saw the sun go down, and now it's comin' up... Somewhere in the time between...

I was bitten...must have been the devil... He was just payin' me... A little visit, a-reminding me of his presence... Lettin' me know...he's a-waitin' for me...

Red man's your neighbor, call it behavior... While you're climbing up slippery hills... Two steps ahead of him, punctures in your neck... Hoverin' just above your bed... (2x) I was bitten...must have been the devil... He was just paying me... A little visit, reminding me of his presence... And lettin' me know...he's a-waitin'...he's a-waitin'... Up there...yeah...

If I had known then what I now know... (4x)

LUKIN

Drive down the street, can't find the keys to my own fucking home I take a walk so I can curse my ass for being dumb I make a right after the arches, stinking grease and bone Stop at the supermarket, people stare like I'm a dog

I've been goin' to Lukin's...I gotta spot that Lukin's... I knocked the door at Lukin's...opened the fridge... Now I know life is worth...

I find the key, but I return to find an open door So fucking freezin', they jump out the car, everybody wants some I find my wife, I call the cops, this day's work's never done The last I heard that freak was purchasing a fucking gun

PRESENT TENSE

Do you see the way that tree bends? Does it inspire? Leaning out to catch the sun's rays...a lesson to be applied... Are you gettin' something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone, redigesting past regrets, oh... Or you can come to terms and realize You're the only one who can forgive yourself, oh yeah... Makes much more sense to live in the present tense...

Have you ideas on how this life ends? Checked your hands and studied the lines? Have you the belief that the road ahead ascends off into the light? Seems that needlessly it's gettin' harder To find an approach and a way to live... Are we gettin' something out of this all-encompassing trip?

You can spend your time alone redigesting past regrets, oh... Or you can come to terms and realize... You're the only one who cannot forgive yourself, oh... A-makes much more sense to live in the present tense...

MANKIND

You'll be...going out with radio... Going out with disco...going out like bacchanal... I'll be...going out with telephone... Going out alone...to the radar zone...

It's all just inadvertent, imitation, and I don't mean mine It's all across this nation... If it's just inadvertent, simulation, a pattern in all mankind What's got the whole world fakin' it?

I'll be...playing with my magazine... Using up my Listerine...Like Ovaltine... And you'll be...you're dippin' in your battleship... For the latest tip...for the latest dream...

It's all just inadvertent, imitation, and I don't mean mine It's all across this nation... If it's just inadvertent, simulation, a pattern in all mankind What's got the whole world fakin' it?

If it's just inadvertent, imitation, a pattern in all mankind What's got the whole world fakin' it? What's got the whole world fakin'? (4x) What's got the whole world fakin' it, yeah?

I'M OPEN

A man lies in his bed in a room with no door He waits, hoping for a presence; something, anything to enter After spending half his life searching, he still felt as blank As the ceiling at which he stared He is alive, but feels absolutely nothing So, is he?

When he was six he believed that the moon overhead followed him By nine, he had deciphered the illusion, trading magic for fact No tradebacks... So this is what it's like to be an adult If he only knew now what he knew then...

I'm open... (2x) Come on in... (4x) I'm open... (2x) Come on in... (4x) I'm open...

Lying sideways atop crumpled sheets and no covers he decides to dream... Dream up a new self for himself...

AROUND THE BEND

I'm wishing you a-well...mind at peace within yourself... Covers up, I cast you off...I'll be watching as you breathe.... I'd lie still, you move, I'd send you off around the bend...

I hold your head deep in my arms...my fingertips they close your eyes... Off you dream, my little child...there's a sun around the bend... There's a sun around the bend...

All the evenings close like this...all these moments that I've missed... Please forgive, won't you, dear? Please forgive and let me share with you around the bend...

You're an angel when you sleep... How I want your soul to keep of and all around the bend...