B i o g r a p h y
 (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Growing out of the American underground of the late '80s, Liz Phair fused lo-fi indie rock production techniques with the sensibility and structure of classic singer/songwriters. Exile in Guyville, her gold-selling debut album, was enthusiastically praised upon its 1993 release, and spawned a rash of imitators during the following years, particularly American female singer/songwriters. For her part, Phair wasn't able to fully break into the mainstream, even with the support of the press and MTV. Whip-Smart, her second album, was heavily promoted upon its 1994 release, yet despite its relatively strong chart positions, it was viewed as a disappointment, and Phair's momentum declined steadily during the mid-'90s, as she took several years to record her third album. Phair was born on April 17, 1967, in New Haven, CT. She was adopted by wealthy parents who raised her in the Chicago suburb Winnetka and later send her to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she studied art. At Oberlin, she became fascinated with underground indie rock and eventually became friends with guitarist Chris Brokaw, who would later join the alt-rock outfit Come. Following their college graduation, Phair and Brokaw both moved to San Francisco, where she tried to become an artist.

Eventually, Brokaw moved out east and Phair headed back to Chicago, where she began writing songs in earnest. She also started releasing homemade tapes of these songs under the name Girlysound. While she supported herself by selling her charcoal drawings on the streets of Wicker Park, she became entrenched in various portions of the Chicago alternative music scene; in particular, she struck up friendships with Urge Overkill, a drummer named Brad Wood, and John Henderson, the head of the Chicago-based indie label Feel Good All Over. Henderson and Phair tried to re-record some of the Girlysound tapes with Wood, yet the pair had a falling out during the sessions, leaving Wood as Phair's only collaborator. Brokaw, who had by then joined Come, was still receiving Girlysound tapes, and he eventually gave a copy to Gerard Cosley, the head of Come's record label, Matador. By the summer of 1992, Matador had signed Phair and she began recording her debut album in earnest.

Adapting its title from an Urge Overkill song, Exile in Guyville was released to strong reviews in the summer of 1993. Many articles focused on Phair's claim that the double album was structured as a response to the Rolling Stones' classic Exile on Main St. Over the course of the year, the record slowly built a dedicated following in America, both among critics and alternative rock fans. At the end of the year, it topped many Best of the Year critics polls, including The Village Voice and Spin. With all the attention focused on Phair, many indie rock figures -- particularly members of the Chicago noise rock scene like Steve Albini -- were developing a resentment toward her and launching an attack at the singer and the heavy media attention Exile in Guyville received. The criticism couldn't halt Phair's progress, though, and in early 1994 she launched her first tour, which was plagued by her stage fright. Around the same time, MTV began airing "Never Said" and, as a result of all the hype, the album briefly appeared in the charts in February. By the spring of 1994 it had sold over 200,000 copies -- a remarkable number for an independent release. It eventually sold over 500,000.

By that time, Phair had begun work on her follow-up record. Matador had signed a distribution deal with Atlantic Records in 1994, and her second album was going to be one of the first to be heavily promoted by the alliance. Indeed, Whip-Smart was released to a whirlwind of media attention -- including Phair, dressed only in negligee, on the cover of Rolling Stone -- and debuted at number 27 upon its fall 1994 release. "Supernova," the first single from the album, received heavy airplay on MTV and alternative rock radio, becoming a Top Ten modern rock hit. However, Whip-Smart received mediocre reviews and never developed into the hit that it was expected to be, although it still went gold. Phair didn't tour to support the album and was slow to deliver a second single. By the time the title track was released as a single in the spring of 1995, the album had disappeared from the charts. Phair quietly retreated from the spotlight during 1995, marrying Jim Staskausas, a Chicago-based film editor who had previously worked on Phair's videos. Later that summer, she released the Juvenilia EP, which was essentially the "Jealousy" single amplified with the first official release of Girlysound material. During the summer of 1996, she released "Rocket Boy," a single pulled from the Stealing Beauty soundtrack that received little attention. For much of 1996, Phair worked on her third album with producer Scott Litt, but she remained unsatisfied with their sound and had officially scrapped the sessions by the time fall came around. Toward the end of 1996, Staskausas and Phair announced she was several months pregnant. On December 21, 1996, Phair gave birth to her first child, James Nicholas Staskausas. Her long-delayed, much-anticipated third LP, whitechocolatespaceegg, finally appeared in mid-1998.

Five years later, Phair returned with a controversial self-titled album. Liz Phair, which appeared in June 2003, and found her working with singer/songwriter Michael Penn and the Matrix, the latter of whom had risen to prominence in the pop world by launching artists like Avril Lavigne. Jimmy Chamberlin, Wendy Melvoin, and Pete Yorn also contributed to Phair's newly slick sound. When Liz Phair appeared, though, it was panned by purist rock critics and militant Liz nerds who felt she'd sold them out with the record's pop star sensibilities. Phair stood up for her work in typically brash fashion -- at times, it seemed like she even invited the fan boy ridicule -- and the album was a decent hit, with the leadoff single "Why Can't I" peaking at number 27 on the Billboard charts. Another album, Somebody's Miracle, appeared in fall 2005, but its relatively soft sound resulted in the slowest sales of Phair's career. After reissuing Exile in Guyville in 2008, Phair began working on a number of offbeat, highly unconventional songs, many of which dealt with her recent departure from Capitol Records. Tired of working with record labels, she chose to release the material herself. Funstyle was appropriately released on her own website in July 2010, with the bhangra-influenced "Bollywood" becoming the album's first single; a physical release of Funstyle, paired with an EP of Girlysound demos, appeared in the fall.




The Girlysound Demos
- 1992-xx-xx -



White Babies
Elvis, Be True
Fuck Or Die
Beg Me
Go, Speed Racer
Six Dick Pimp
If I Ever Pay You Back
In Love With Yourself
Hello, Sailor
Wild Thing
Can't Get Out Of What I'm Into
Sometimes A Dream (Is What Makes You A Slave)
Do You Love Me (It's In My Kiss)
Soap Star Joe
I Know It's Not Easy
Miss Lucy
One Less Thing

Exile in Guyville
- 1993-06-22 -



6'1"
Help Me Mary
Glory
Dance of the Seven Veils
Never Said
Soap Star Joe
Explain It to Me
Canary
Mesmerizing
Fuck and Run
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Divorce Song
Shatter
Flower
Johnny Sunshine
Gunshy
Stratford-on-Guy
Strange Loop

Whip-Smart
- 1994-09-20 -



Chopsticks
Supernova
Support system
X-ray man
Shane
Nashville
Go west
Cinco de mayo
Dogs of L.A.
Whip-smart
Jealousy
Crater lake
Alice springs
May queen

Juvenilia
- 1995-08-08 -



Jealousy
Turning Japanese
Animal Girl
California
South Dakota
Batmobile
Dead Shark
Easy

 


'96 Shelved Demos/Studio Recordings
- 1996-xx-xx -



Oh My God
Hurricane Cindy
Rocket Boy
Russian Girl
Stuck On An Island
Tell Me You Like Me
Girls' Room
I'm Like That
Waiting For The Bird (White Bird Of Texas)
Freak Of Nature

Whitechocolatespaceegg
- 1998-08-11 -



White Chocolate Space Egg
Big Tall Man
Perfect World
Johnny Feelgood
Polyester Bride
Love Is Nothing
Baby Got Going
Uncle Alvarez
Only Son
Go On Ahead
Headache
Ride
What Makes You Happy
Fantasize
Shitloads Of Money
Girls' room


Liz Phair
- 2003-06-24 -

Extraordinary
Red Light Fever
Why Can't I?
It's Sweet
Rock Me
Take A Look
Little Digger
Firewalker
Favorite
Love/Hate
H.W.C.
My Bionic Eyes
Friend of Mine
Good Love Never Dies
(Alternate Mix)
 


Somebody's Miracle
- 2005-10-04 -



Leap of Innocence
Wind in the Mountain
Stars and Planets
Somebody's Miracle
Got My Own Thing
Count on My Love
Lazy Dreamer
Everything to Me
Closer to you
Table for One
Why I Lie
Lost Tonight
Everything
(Between Us)
Giving It All to You
 

Funstyle
- 2010-07-03 -



Smoke
Bollywood
You Should Know Me
Miss September
My My
Oh, Bangladesh
Bang! Bang!
Beat Is Up
And He Slayed Her
Satisfied
U Hate It

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Beginning To See The Light
Blood Keeper
Bouncer's Conversation
Can't Get Out of What I'm Into
Carnivore
Combo platter
Don't Have Time
Down
Fine Again
Give a Little Bit
Greased Lightning
Hurricane Cindy
I'll Get You High
Jeremy Engle
Oh My God/That's The Way I Like It
Shallow Opportunities
Sorry baby
The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)
Wasted
White Babies
Winter Wonderland
You Have No Idea


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The Girlysound Demos

White Babies

My black market white baby dealer
Is hunting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Brings back clean, fresh white babies to me
Clean, fresh white babies to me

My black market white baby dealer
Is rooting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Kidnaps clean, fresh white babies for me
Clean, fresh white babies for me

My smile is dime a dozen
My lips are cherry red
My eyes are blue like the sky is blue
I got good shoulders under my head
I look like your mother
I look like your great-aunt
So sit me down in the family photo
And everyone tells me that I, I look just like you

My black market white baby dealer
Is hunting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Brings back clean, fresh white babies to me

He brings back
Oh my God, he brings back
He brings back clean, fresh, white expensive babies
He brings back
Oh Charlie, he brings back
He brings back clean, fresh, white expensive babies

I come post-production
I don't need natal care
I'm already fully assembled
Down to the very last part, it's all there
So take me to your family
So take me to your home
Buddy, take me in as your next generation
And I'll take you out of the lost one and into mine

My black market white baby dealer
Is hunting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Brings back clean, fresh white babies to me
Clean, fresh white babies to me
Clean, fresh white babies to me

Elvis, Be True

Everyone's talking 'bout Elvis
'Cause it seems like the thing that we do
Elvis is walking around listlessly
Seems he can't even die if he wanted to
It's a bad business to be in
You don't get thanked and you don't get paid
It's a hard world to be in with
And to end with, and to think about leaving behind

Exhuming the body in Memphis
Waiting five hours to get into Graceland
Is this anybody's idea of a good time or a good joke?
Airport biographies are usually true
Fame and fortune took its' toll
He's not the king of rock and roll anymore
He's just a junkie redneck

Pull the sheet over your head
Fold your arms across your chest
Lie back in bed, you can call folks constantly tomorrow
Ohhh, everyone's talking 'bout Elvis
'Cause it seems like a thing that we do
Elvis is living too fat and slow now
To care what we say about him
Picking up hitchhiking Elvises
Christening babies at the foot of his grave
He was watching TV and laughing to himself
Just had to tell someone how he did it

Elvis, be good to me
Elvis, be true
Elvis, I love you
Elvis, be true

Elvis, be near me
Elvis, be mine
Elvis, come back to me
Please, Elvis, be fine

Everything's coming up roses
Everything's coming up Elvis
Everything's coming up roses
Everything's coming up Elvis

Elvis
Elvis
Elvis
Elvis, be true

Fuck Or Die

I keep a close watch on this twat of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
And the condom on your dick's the tie that binds
Because you're mine

You're gonna sleep with me even if it kills you
You're gonna sleep with me even if we die
You're gonna sleep with me, better get used to it
There's no use in fighting because it's do it or die

Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die

You're going down on me even if it kills you
You're going down on me even if you die
You're going down on me, better get used to it
There's no use in fighting because it's do it or die

Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die

All that's left is to take off your clothes
And do it, do it, do it till you're bone dry
Do it till you're all worn out
Just do it, do it, do it till you're bone dry
Do it, there is no doubt
Do it, there is no doubt

I'm gonna give you head even if it kills you
I'm gonna give you head even if you die
I'm gonna give you head, better get used to it
There's no use in fighting because it's do it or die

Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die
Fuck or die...

I keep a close watch on this twat of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
And the condom on your dick's the tie that binds
Because you're mine, I walk the line

Beg Me

Take one more step and it's over
Back up slowly inside
Breathe too loud and I'll kill you
Get down on your knees and beg me
Beg me, beg
Beg me, beg me, beg

Take off all of your clothes
Lie face down on the bed
Move one inch and I'll shoot you
Make like a woman and beg me
Beg me, beg
I said, beg me, beg me, beg

Every night on TV
I see things that should make me blush
Looks like it's going to be another open season
Open season on us
Open season, open season on us

It's the first hot day of the summer
Looks like there's gonna be thunder
I've been sitting here all afternoon
Watching the clouds

You can see the sky from my window
Can feel the wind and smell the rain
And I don't see what difference it makes
If I'm a man or a woman

Go, Speed Racer

Don't give me that sucker fish shit
Your love life ain't that hurting
And you always seemed to get what you wanted without flirting
You're not the only one who's used to playing dirty
And all I ever wanted from you is to leave me alone

So don't give me that sucker fish shit
'Cause I'm not that strong a swimmer
But I'm not afraid to be moving in a slower river
You're not the only one who used to watch Speed Racer

The very first car in a race around the world
Is somewhere in the middle of a race around the circle
And the very first car in a race around the world
Has got to wipe out somewhere
Well, that somewhere isn't me

So don't give me that sucker fish shit
'Cause I'm not getting younger
And I'm not a floatable to keep you from going under
And you're not the only one who used to watch Speed Racer

The very first car in a race around the world
Is somewhere in the middle of a race around the circle
And the very first car in a race around the world
Has got to wipe out somewhere
Well, that somewhere isn't me

Six Dick Pimp

The six dick pimp is just doing his job
Making sure that business isn't going under
He's got the studs lined up in their stalls
Put a couple of bills in, you see six minutes of balls

Justine has got a plastic baggie on her dick
Cherry's got a couple Prince Alberts through her prick
And nobody's in number four and number six
Put a couple bills in, man, you really shouldn't miss it

I don't care how much time it takes
I don't care what kind of money he makes
I just want my honey back
I'll be on my way
You're gonna gimme my boyfriend back

You thought you were smart
Thought I wouldn't leave home
You rented a car, and now you're halfway to Idaho
You thought you were smart
Thought I'd leave you alone
But you have no idea what kind of hell is coming down on you

I don't care how much time it takes
I don't care what kind of money he makes
I just want my honey back
I'll be on my way
You're gonna gimme my boyfriend back
You're gonna gimme my boyfriend back

The six dick pimp is just doing his job
Making sure that business isn't going under
He's got the studs lined up in their stalls
Put a couple bills in, man, you really shouldn't miss it

If I Ever Pay You Back

I don't have what it takes to stay with you
And I'm leaving in under ten days, it's not what I'd planned
But anyway, you know, by and large anywhere I go
I won't find anyone who loves me enough to make you look bad

All the cars on the road are driving away from here
But I'm still looking under my nose to see who I am
But anywhere I go, standing at any kind of show
I won't find anyone who'll tell me what I need to know
That's not how it's done

But anyway, you know, by and large anywhere I go
I won't find anyone who loves me enough

If I ever pay you back
If my money and wallet's intact
I'll probably be in a box lying down
Loosely suited in black

If I ever pay you back
If my money and wallet's intact
I'll probably be in a box lying down
Loosely suited in black
Loosely suited in black
Loosely suited in black

In Love With Yourself

He came over to my house
Didn't even knock, he just walked inside
And when I didn't want to talk
He said, "Oh God, what a lot of bullshit."

Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself 'cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not?

And I said, "You've got a lot of nerve
Coming here after all of the times
That you've tried to pull the wool
Over my eyes and my ears and nose and mouth and..."

Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself 'cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not?

And he said, "You've got a lot of nerve
Painting me like I'm the villain.
What about all of those words, like 'he's just a friend'?
Oh God, what a lot of bullshit..."

Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself 'cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not?

And I said, "You've got a lot of nerve,
After all, it wasn't me who left.
And now you're sleeping with that girl
That you used to say that you have always hated."

Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself 'cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not?

And we took off all of our clothes
Had a lot of sex and then fell asleep
And when I finally awoke
I held him close and I whispered in his ear and said,
"Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself
Don't be so in love with yourself 'cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not?"

And he said, "I know, don't you think I know?"

Hello, Sailor

Hello, sailor, buy you a drink?
Hello, sailor, tell me what do you think?
How was the big beach, how was the sand?
Did you fly an aeroplane, did you get a tan?
How does it feel to be back on American soil, hearing no blood for oil?

Hello, sailor, tell me what do you think?
Hello, sailor, will we get him next week?
How does it feel to be hated and loved back home?
I'm telling you, you should have known

That I'm a little despot, short and stout
Here is my handgun, here is my crowd control
When you tick me off then the bullets fly out
Because free love is a whole lot of bullshit
Free love is a whole lot of bullshit

Hello, sailor
Hello, sailor, buy you a smoke?
Hello, sailor, can I tell you a joke?
Knock knock, who's there?
No, I'm just happy to see you
It'll be a hundred if you come

Hello, sailor, tell me how does it feel
Hello, sailor, to be fighting for real?
Sailor, they got you coming and going
Sailor, look out 'cause your pussy is showing
How does it feel to be back on American soil, hearing no blood for oil?

I'm a little prostitute, I put out and sell
Here come the market monkeys with their little fontainelles
When they tip me over, they better tip me well
Because free love is a whole lot of bullshit
Free love is a whole lot of bullshit

Hello, sailor, buy you a fuck?
Hello, sailor, you had much more than luck
You had the US of army on your side
And that red, white, and pride

Hello, sailor, I mean women and men
Hello, sailor, you gonna be up for it again?
How does it feel to make shooting stars in the sky?
Was it a rush to almost die?

Hello, sailor
I said, "Hello, sailor."
How does it feel to be back on American soil, hearing no blood for oil?

I'm a little liberal, I'm stupid in doubt
Here is my platform, here is my holy roller
When you snow me under, I rock and roll you out
Because free love is a whole lot of bullshit
Free love is a whole lot of bullshit
Free love is a whole lot of bullshit

Wild Thing

Wild thing
You made the boys spring
You made everything expensive
Spend it, spend it, wild thing

There's hardly a man left around that you haven't sought out
There's hardly a dress shop in town that you haven't bought out
In case you're wondering why the hair salon wouldn't take you
There's hardly a woman left in any state that doesn't hate you

Wild thing
You made the boys spring
You made everything expensive
Spend it, spend it, wild thing
It's truly awesome

When she was younger she thought her mother had missed her calling
And she, in turn, thought that her daughter's conduct was appalling
After each date she had the boys, went home and dreamed of spiders
She never fell for any man who wasn't rich as Midas

Wild thing
You made the boys spring
You made everything expensive
Spend it, spend it, wild thing
It's truly awesome

If there's a lesson to be learned then I'm sure I don't know it
We've all been waiting twenty years to see her finally blow it
But as far as I can tell she's happy, rich, and worry-free
And that's a hell of a lot more than I can say for me

Wild thing
You made the boys spring
You made everything expensive
Spend it, spend it wild thing

Wild thing
You made your heart sing
You bought everything you wanted
Spend it, spend it, wild thing
It was truly awesome
That's my girl, go baby!

Can't Get Out Of What I'm Into

The things they say are getting harder to take
But I can't get out of what I'm into
And the jokes they tell are meant to wish me well
But I can't get out of what I'm into
'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to laugh about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny

The looks they give are starting to make me sick
But I can't get out of what I'm into
And the lines they try might as well be from a guy
But I can't get out of what I'm into
'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to cry about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny

Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?

The things I have to do would make a slut blush blue
But I can't get out of what I'm into
I figure two more years, then I'll go back to queers
But I can't get out of what I'm into
'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to laugh about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny

Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, ooooh Lord
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?

Sometimes A Dream (Is What Makes You A Slave)

I can't remember the last time that I felt good for more than a week
I mean really good, for more than a month

'Cause I'm chasing a dream
Makes you wanna feel, makes you wanna cry
Makes you wanna tear the stars from the sky
And sometimes a dream doesn't set you free
And you're halfway there, but you're halfway down
And you just can't get your ass out of town
And sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
And you can't back up 'cause you're against the wall
And it's the same goddamn thing I told you
Sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
Baby, it's alright
Sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
Baby, it's alright

And I think that's what's happened to me
'Cause I'm walking almost everyday blind
And I'm searching through my past

In a way that isn't healthy, I'm hoping to find
Makes you wanna feel, makes you wanna cry
Makes you wanna tear the stars from the sky
A good list of reasons to know that I'm special
And you're halfway there, but you're halfway down
And you just can't get your ass out of town
To know that I'm different, to know that I'm better
And you can't back up 'cause you're against the wall
And it's the same goddamn thing I told you
Sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
Baby, it's alright
Sometimes a dream is what makes you a slave
Baby, it's alright

Look around
Do you see anyone for themselves, like you see yourself?
So why do you still feel so all alone?

Bubblegum, bubblegum in a dish
Bubblegum, bubblegum in a dish
How many pieces do you wish?
Bubblegum, bubblegum in a dish
How many pieces do you wish?
My mother told me to pick the very best one
And you are it

Do You Love Me? (It's In My Kiss)

The last time we made love you said my name to make me come
But it was just a speaking offer
It means nothing without your love
Means nothing without your love
Means nothing

I can wake up any day
And see a million things that I could say
But then you're just an easy target
It means nothing without your love
Means nothing without your love
Means nothing
And nothing means nothing

Each time the world turns 'round
It doesn't make a fucking sound
It doesn't mean that we don't feel it
It means nothing without your love
Means nothing without your love
Means nothing
And nothing means nothing

So if you want to know if I love you so
If you want to know if I love you so
If you want to know if I love you so
It's in my kiss, that's where it is
It's in my kiss, that's where it is

Do you love me 'cause I am in the mood?
Do you love me for a funky groove?
Do you love me 'cause I can mash potato?
Do you love me 'cause I'm an alligator?

Singing oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa

Do you love me 'cause I can walk on water?
Do you love me 'cause I'm the President's daughter?
Do you love me 'cause I am queen of England?
Do you love me just 'cause I'm sitting here singing?

Oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa
Oooh, whoa, whoa

So if you want to know if I love you so
If you want to know if I love you so
If you want to know if I love you so
It's in my kiss, that's where it is
It's in my kiss, that's where it is

So the next time we make love
Drop the words, just do the stuff
Speak softly and use that big stick
It means nothing without your love
Means nothing without your love
Means nothing
And nothing means nothing to me

Soap Star Joe

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for something attractive to save
They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up
And he won't leave town till you remember his name

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for some lonely billboard to grace
They say he sprung from the skull of Athena
Think about your own head and the headache he gave

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for action at a price he can pay
They say he's famous, but no one can prove it
Make him an offer just to see what he'll say

Check out the dashboard lights
Glowing all green and white
He feels safe in the dark
He wears his bluejeans tight

Check out the thinning hair
Check out the aftershave
Check out America
You're looking at it, babe

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for something attractive to save
They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up
And he won't leave town till you remember his name
Make him an offer just to see what he'll say

I Know It's Not Easy

Call me when you think the coast is clear
I've been hiding out almost a year
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

You said if I waited it'd pay off
But my eyes are growing wild and my body's gone soft
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

You said I should let go of your hand
But I don't even know if I can
You're the only one
You are the very sun to me
And you know it's not easy

You'd tell me, wouldn't you, if we needed to talk?
And you'd tell me, wouldn't you, if I'd pissed you off?
Is there something wrong?
What's taking you so long?
And yeah, I know it's not easy

Well, I look at the stars and I know you're under them
I look at the cars and I know you insure them
I look at the books and things people are reading
I know that you've written them, too
You've got so many little things to do
But then I look at my life and I know you've forgotten
The promise you made to me
I think that's rotten
I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound anymore
Coming through that can show me around
'Cause I'm endlessly, endlessly searching the crowd
Looking for something from you
Just one fucking measly clue
Any shitty little tip-off would do
But I'm just an ant in Alaska to you

Then I look at the stars and I know you're under them
I look at the cars and I know you insure them
I look at the books and the things people are reading
I know that you've written them, too
You've got so many little things to do
But then I look at my life and I know you've forgotten
The promise you made to me
I think that's rotten
I'm hopelessly lost and there's hardly a sound anymore
Coming through that could show me around
'Cause I'm endlessly, endlessly searching the crowd
Looking for something from you
Just one fucking measly clue
Any shitty little tip-off would do
But I'm just and ant in Alaska to you
I'm just an ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska
An ant in Alaska to you

Miss Lucy

Miss Lucy had a steamboat
Miss Lucy had a steamboat
Miss Lucy had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
Miss Lucy went to Heaven
And her steamboat went to...

Hello operator
Can't know my number
And if you disconnect me
I'll cut off the...

Lyin' by the refrigerator
There was a piece of glass
Miss Lucy fell upon it
And she cut her little...

Ask me no more questions
I'll tell you no more lies
The boys in the parlor
Zipping down their flies
I'm in the meadows
The boys are in their pockets

And the boys and the girls, they are fucking
And the girls and the girls, they are fucking
And the girls and the boys, they are fucking
In the dark
In the dark
In the dark
In the dark

One Less Thing

I took my dog to the vet today
He gave her a shot and put her away
And when I got home and got ready for bed, I realized what I'd done
And that's one less thing on my mind

I left the man I'm in love with behind
I moved to Chicago and told him I'd write
But now when I wake and I see the wrong face I realize what I've done
And that's one less thing on my mind

Did you think that I knew what I was doing
When I said that I had to grow up on my own for a while?
Now I'm dog-less and loveless and cold in a midwestern winter
If I'd known what I was doing I sure as fuck wouldn't be here

Now I like to think that I like to learn from mistakes
But I've made that error in judgment one too many times
And I'm not the wiser and sure not the wealthier
I wish to God that I had've been healthier mentally
When I decided to make up my own mind
But that's one less thing that takes up my time

Well, I'm lining up six or seven good jobs
My hair's looking great and my friends are all snobs
But I don't have my man and I don't have my dog
And I don't have very much fun
And that's one less thing on my mind



Exile in Guyville

6"1

I bet you fall in bed too easily
With the beautiful girls who are shyly brave
And you sell yourself as a man to save
But all the money in the world is not enough

I bet you've long since passed understanding
What it takes to be satisfied
You're like a vine that keeps climbing higher
But all the money in the world is not enough
And all the bridges blown away keep floating up

It's cold
And rough

And I kept standing six-feet-one
Instead of five-feet-two
And I loved my life
And I hated you

(yeah)

It's cold out there
And rough

And I kept standing six-feet-one
Instead of five-feet-two
And I loved my life
And I hated you


Help me Mary

Help me, Mary, please
I've lost my home to thieves
They bully the stereo and drink
They leave suspicious stains in the sink

They make rude remarks about me
They wonder just how wild I would be
As they egg me on and keep me mad
They play me like a pit bull in a basement, and for that...

I lock my door at night
I keep my mouth shut tight
I practice all my moves
I memorize their stupid rules

I make myself their friend
I'll show them just how far I can bend
As they egg me on and keep me mad
They play me like a pit bull in a basement, and for that...

I'm asking you, Mary, please
Temper my hatred with peace
Weave my disgust into fame
And watch how fast they run to the flame


Glory

He's got a really big tongue
It rolls way out
Snaking around in the club
It slicks you down
Scratching his face like a bum
He pulls you back
Circa nineteen-eighty-one
He pulls you back

You are, you are shining some glory
You are, you are shining some glory
On me, on me
You are, you are shining some glory
You are, you are shining some glory on me


Dance of the seven veils

Johnny, my love, get out of the business
It makes me wanna rough you up so badly
Makes me wanna roll you up in plastic
Toss you up and pump you full of lead

Johnny, my love, get out of the business
The odds are getting fatter by the minute
That I have got a bright and shiny platter
And I am gonna get your heavy head

I only ask because I'm a real cunt in spring
You can rent me by the hour
I know all about the ugly pilgrim thing
Entertainers bring May flowers

So Johnny, my love, we got us a witness
Now all we gotta do is get a preacher
He can probably skip the "until death" part
'Cause Johnny, my love, you're already dead

I only ask because I'm a real cunt in spring
You can rent me by the hour
I know all about the ugly pilgrim thing
Entertainers bring May flowers
May flowers
May flowers
To you


Never said

Yeah
I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing

I don't know where you heard it
Don't know who's spreadin' it 'round
All I know is I'm clean as a whistle, baby
I didn't utter a sound

I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing

I don't know what they told you
Don't even care what about
All I know is I'm clean as a whistle, baby
I didn't let the cat out

So don't look at me sideways
Don't even look me straight on
And don't look at my hands in my pockets, baby
I ain't done anything wrong

I never said nothing
No, baby, I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing
I never said nothing
No, not to anyone
I never said nothing
I never said nothing


Soap star Joe

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for something attractive to save
They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up
And he won't leave town till you remember his name

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for some lonely billboard to grace
They say he sprung from the skull of Athena
Think about your own head and the headache he gave

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for action at a price he can pay
They say he's famous, but no one can prove it
Make him an offer just to see what he'll say

Check out the dashboard lights
Glowing all green and white
He feels safe in the dark
He wears his bluejeans tight

He's just a hero in a long line of heroes
Looking for something attractive to save
They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up
And he won't leave town till you remember his name

Check out the thinning hair
Check out the aftershave
Check out America
You're looking at it, babe

Explain it to me

Head underwater
Keeps getting harder
Give 'em your medicine
Fame injection

Tell him to jump higher
Tell him to run farther
Make him measure up
Decades longer than you

Piece it together
It's like weather
Watch him travel
Kiss the gravel

Tell him to jump higher
Tell him to run farther
Make him measure up
Ten times longer than you ever should
You never could explain them to me
Explain them to me


Canary

I learn my name
I write with a number two pencil
I work up to my potential
I earn my name
I come when called
I jump when you circle the cherry
I sing like a good canary
I come when called
I come, that's all

Send it up on fire
Death before dawn
Send it up on fire
Death before dawn

I clean the house
I put all your books in an order
I make up a colorful border
I clean my mouth
'Cause froth comes out

Send it up on fire
Death before dawn
Send it up on fire
Death before dawn


 Mesmerizing

You said things I wouldn't say
Straight to my face, boy
You tossed the egg up
And I found my hands in place, boy
After backing up as far as you could get
Don't you know nobody parts two rivers met?
Don't you know I'm very happy?
You know me well
I'm even happier
I like it
I like it

With all of the time in the world to spend it
Wild and unwise, I wanna be mesmerizing too
Mesmerizing too
Mesmerizing to you

With all of the time in the world to spend it
Wild and unwise, I wanna be mesmerizing too
Mesmerizing too
Mesmerizing to you


Fuck and run

I woke up alarmed
I didn't know where I was at first
Just that I woke up in your arms
And almost immediately I felt sorry
'Cause I didn't think this would happen again
No matter what I could do or say
Just that I didn't think this would happen again
With or without my best intentions

And whatever happened to a boyfriend
The kind of guy who tries to win you over?
And whatever happened to a boyfriend
The kind of guy who makes love 'cause he's in it?

And I want a boyfriend
I want a boyfriend
I want all that stupid old shit
Like letters and sodas
Letters and sodas

You got up out of bed
You said you had a lot of work to do
But I heard the rest in your head
And almost immediately I felt sorry
'Cause I didn't think this would happen again
No matter what I could do or say
Just that I didn't think this would happen again
With or without my best intentions

And I want a boyfriend
I want a boyfriend
I want all that stupid old shit
Like letters and sodas
Letters and sodas

I can feel it in my bones
I'm gonna spend another year alone
It's fuck and run, fuck and run
Even when I was seventeen
Fuck and run, fuck and run
Even when I was twelve

You almost felt bad
You said that I should call you up
But I knew much better than that
And almost immediately I felt sorry
'Cause I didn't think this would happen again
No matter what I could do or say
Just that I didn't think this would happen again
With or without my best intentions

And I can feel it in my bones
I'm gonna spend my whole life alone
It's fuck and run, fuck and run
Even when I was seventeen
Fuck and run, fuck and run
Even when I was twelve


Girls! girls! girls!

You've been around enough to know
That if I want to leave, you better let me go
Because I take full advantage of every man I meet
I get away almost every day
With what the girls call, what the girls call
What the girls call, the girls call murder

You've been around enough to see
That if you think you're it, you better check with me
Because I take full advantage of every man I meet
I get away almost every day
With what the girls call, what the girls call
What the girls call, the girls call murder


Divorce song

And when I asked for a separate room
It was late at night, and we'd been driving since noon
But if I'd known how that would sound to you
I would have stayed in your bed for the rest of my life
Just to prove I was right
That it's harder to be friends than lovers
And you shouldn't try to mix the two
'Cause if you do it and you're still unhappy
Then you know that the problem is you
And it's true that I stole your lighter
And it's also true that I lost the map
But when you said that I wasn't worth talking to
I had to take your word on that
But if you'd known how that would sound to me
You would have taken it back
And boxed it up and buried it in the ground
Boxed it up and buried it in the ground
Boxed it up and buried it in the ground
Burned it up and thrown it away
You put in my hands a loaded gun
And then told me not to fire it
When you did the things you said were up to me
And then accused me of trying to fuck it up
But you've never been a waste of my time
It's never been a drag
So take a deep breath and count back from ten
And maybe you'll be alright
And the license said you had to stick around until I was dead
But if you're tired of looking at my face, I guess I already am
But you've never been a waste of my time
It's never been a drag
So take a deep breath and count back from ten
And maybe you'll be alright


Shatter

I know that I don't always realize
How sleazy it is messing with these guys
But something about just being with you
Slapped me right in the face, nearly broke me in two
It's a mark I've taken heart
And I know I will carry it with me for a long, long time

I don't know if I could drive a car
Fast enough to get to where you are
Or wild enough not to miss the boat completely
Honey, I'm thinking maybe
You know, just maybe

I don't know if I could fly a plane
Well enough to tail spin out your name
Or high enough to lose control completely
Honey, I'm thinking maybe
You know, just maybe
Maybe

Flower

[high part:]
Everytime I see your face I get all wet between my legs
Everytime you pass me by, I heave a sigh of pain

[low part:]
Everytime I see your face I think of things unpure, unchaste
I want to fuck you like a dog
I'll take you home and make you like it
Everything you ever wanted
Everything you ever thought of
Is everything I'll do to you
I'll fuck you and your minions, too
Your face reminds me of a flower
Kind of like you're underwater
Hair's too long and in your eyes
Your lips a perfect "suck me" size
You act like you're fourteen years old
Everything you say is so obnoxious, funny, true and mean
I want to be your blowjob queen
You're probably shy and introspective
That's not part of my objective
I just want your fresh, young jimmy
Turning, slamming, ramming in me
Everytime I see your face I think of things unpure, unchaste
I want to fuck you like a dog
I'll take you home and make you like it
Everything you ever wanted
Everything you ever thought of
Is everything I'll do to you
I'll fuck you till your dick is blue

Everytime


Johnny Sunshine

You took the car, it was my favorite one
A little white Dart, and drove it to Idaho
You took the horse, it was a thoroughbred
Saddled it up out on the interstate

You killed the cat, burned it in antifreeze
Dumped in the trunk with the rest of the cattlefeed
You took the house, you went and changed the locks
Now I am stuck living out of a box

I think I've been taken
For everything I own
I've been hurt so badly
I'm alone, baby, I'm alone

You left me nothing
You left me nothing
Johnny Sunshine

You left me nothing
You left me nothing
Johnny Sunshine

You left me nothing...
You

Gunshy

Rifle in hand and two in the bush
Three count delay, I may need a little push
Take out the garbage on Tuesday nights
Seems like the small things are the only things I'll fight
Seems like the small things are the only things I'll fight

Gunshy, gunshy, gunshy, gunshy

See-monkeys, do-monkeys
Story of my life
Send three bucks to a comic book
Get a house, car and wife
Send three bucks to a comic book
Get a house, car and wife

(wife)

Gunshy, gunshy, gunshy, gunshy
Gunshy, gunshy, gunshy, gunshy


Stratford-on-guy

I was flying into Chicago at night
Watching the lake turn the sky into blue-green smoke
The sun was setting to the left of the plane
And the cabin was filled with an unearthly glow
In 27-D, I was behind the wing
Watching landscape roll out like credits on a screen

The earth looked like it was lit from within
Like a poorly assembled electrical ball
As we moved out of the farmlands into the grid
The plan of a city was all that you saw
And all of these people sitting totally still
As the ground raced beneath them, thirty-thousand feet down

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away

And I was pretending that I was in a Galaxie 500 video
The stewardess came back and checked on my drink
In the last strings of sunlight, a Brigitte Bardot
As I had on my headphones
Along with those eyes that you get
When your circumstance is movie-size

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away
But once I really listened the noise just fell away


Strange loop

The fire you like so much in me
Is the mark of someone adamantly free
But you can't stop yourself from wanting worse
'Cause nothing feeds a hunger like a thirst

Baby, I'm tired of fighting
I always wanted you
I broke up at the roadhouse
I wouldn't know you were alive
You haven't seen me for weeks now
It wouldn't shock you if I drove right out the back of your eyes
I can't be trusted
They're saying I can't be true
But I only wanted more than I knew

Baby, I'm tired of fighting
I always wanted you
I only wanted more than I knew

Whip-smart

Chopsticks

I met him at a party and he told me how to drive him home
He said he liked to do it backwards
I said, "That's just fine with me,
That way we can fuck and watch TV."

It was four a.m. and the light was gray, like it always is in paperbacks
He asked if I liked playing jacks
I told him that I was good to sixes
But all hell broke loose after that

I told him that I knew Julia Roberts when I was twelve at summer camp
We didn't say anything after that
I dropped him off and I drove on home
'Cause secretly I'm timid

Supernova

I have looked all over the place
But you have got my favorite face
Your eyelashes sparkle like gilded grass
And your lips are sweet and slippery like a cherub's bare wet ass

'Cause you're a human supernova
A solar superman
You're an angel with wings afire
A flying, giant friction blast

You walk in clouds of glitter and the sun reflects your eyes
And everytime the wind blows, I can smell you in the sky
Your kisses are as wicked as an F-16
And you fuck like a volcano, and you're everything to me

'Cause you're a human supernova
A solar superman
You're an angel with wings afire
A flying, giant friction blast
You're a giant, flying friction blast

'Cause you're a human supernova
A solar superman
You're an angel with wings afire
A flying, giant friction blast


Support system

I don't need a support system
Lifting me into prop position
What I need is a man of action
I need my attraction to you
Driving me down all those dangerous avenues
Lions and tigers tearing at their food

I know the gossip flies around at breakfast
One of them reins is in your hand
Where do you get the fuck off thinking I was there at the party
'Cause all my friends feed me the evil reasons
Why you and I should not be friends?
Let's think this whole thing through
Tell me, just what the hell is a lover supposed to do?
I got the wrong reaction, a slap in the face from you

This is such a stupid picture
Wrap me in a steak
Why don't you throw me in the panther cage
And maybe then I'll like you better
(No way!)

I don't need a support system
Lifting me into prop position
What they make is a separation of beauty from attitude
What satisfaction is left when all you do
Tells everyone you're acting untrue?

This is such a stupid picture
Light a cigarette
Why don't you stub it in the carborateur
And maybe then you'll sell me something
(No way!)

I don't need a support system
Put your hand on my heart and listen
What I need is a dedication to last me all the way through
Pointing the finger, I'm counting on loving you
Over and above the passion
I'm connected to you


X-ray man

(What I sense...)

As far as I know, baby, you can see
As far as I go, funky baby, digging deep inside of me
(Uh uh uh uh uh, uh uh uh uh uh...)

As far as I know, sister, I'm alright
As far as I know, funky lady, I'm coming home tonight
(You can see through the smoke...)

You're an x-ray man
You got x-ray eyes
This is no reflection on you, it's just what I see inside of me
(Why don't you put on your two-way sombrero and leave?)

(Uh uh uh uh uh, uh uh uh uh uh...)

You're an x-ray man
And you got white-wall tires
Iodine tan
Cheap, unpleasant desires

You're an x-ray man
You've got an X-rated mind
You're not satisfied looking at me
You're always checking out the girl behind

You're an x-ray man
You've got secret plans for me


Shane

I know that it was the night the war broke out
Because you and I were driving around
And you were doing a story
About if people understood what had happened to their world
Tonight in bed sleeping
The world tonight in bed asleep

You said that you were in touch with the draft resistors
In case the big boys called you up
You're gonna have to let 'em dick you around
But don't let 'em make you do what you can't live with
Tonight in bed with me sleeping
You looked like you were just a little kid
"Shane," I said, "You've gotta watch your ass."

You've gotta have fear in your heart (x 8)
Fear in your heart.


Nashville

They don't know what they like so much about it
They just go for any shiny old bauble, and nobody sparkles like you
But I can't imagine it in better terms
Then naked, half-awake, about to shave and go to work

And I'm starting to think it could happen to me like it did to you
And I'm starting to actually feel it seep through the slick divide now
I don't crack the door too far for anyone who's pushing too hard on me

They don't know what they like so much about it
Maybe it goes on the other side of the hallway
The writing's so small from here
But I can't imagine it in better terms
Then naked, half-awake, about to shave and go to work

I won't decorate my live (x 6)

Go west

Safe on the interstate
New York is three thousand miles away
And I'm not looking forward to following through
But it's better than always running back into you
I've closed my eyes and my bank account
And gone west, young man

Take off the parking brake
Go coasting into a different state
And I'm not looking forward to missing you
But I must have something better to do
I've got to tear my life apart
And go west, young man

And it feels like I've got something to prove
But in some ways it's just something to do
My friends turn me around and say,
"You go west, young man."

Stepping down off my platform shoes
Sixty-nine in the afternoon
And I'm waiting for someone in the know
Like Pirner tells me on the radio
Says "Take it from someone who's been there before,
You go west, young man."

And I'm looking for somebody to do my thinking for me
Till I come through
The state-line highway sign says,
"You have gone west, young man."

And it feels like I've got something to prove
But in some ways it's just something to do
The state-line highway sign says,
"You have gone west, young man."

Cinco de mayo

Cinco de mayo, blowout, denial
It wasn't fun this time, letting you go
What if I never, a bullet forever,
Held out my hand to you?
We wouldn't have known beautiful flow

Absolute measure, I ain't no pleasure hound
Bus out of control, ploughing the road
Out on a bender
Just Alice falling down a deepening hole

I'd never been to Rome until you smiled
You're about as old and piled

Used to pray for snow
Now I just wonder
What spell I was under
Thinking you thought of me as something to hold

I'd never been to Rome until you smiled
You're about as old and piled

Cinco de mayo, burn-out Ohio
It wasn't me this time letting you go


Dogs of L.A

The canyon air is like a breath of fresh L.A.
I was a Star Trek crew member, with my Beatle boots and my Super-8
And I raced you to the top, the camera gets a stuttered shot
Of me approaching a painted shrine
I kissed the Buddah and made him cry
I kissed the Buddah and made him cry
Georgie, I'm your friend
And the shit-brown reservoir is a testament to the dogs of L.A.
They hold the place like the mafia, and say, "Run me around again."

The sawed-off tree trunks stand among the living palms
You were beaming as I focused in, and I panned along
And I raced you to the top, kicking snakes up from dusty rocks
Young Abe Vigoda plays Frankenstein
I kissed the Buddah and made him cry
I kissed the Buddah and made him cry
Georgie, I'm your friend
And the shit-brown reservoir is a testament to the dogs of L.A.
They hold the place like the mafia, and say, "Run me around again,
I wanna go again."

The shit-brown reservoir is a testament to the dogs of L.A.
They hold the place like the mafia, and say, "Run me around again."

Whip-smart

I'm gonna tell my son to grow up pretty as the grass is green
And whip-smart as the English Channel's wide
And I'm gonna tell my son to keep his money in his mattress
And his watch on any hand between his thighs
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till I write my whole life story on the back of his big brown eyes

When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing

I'm gonna tell my son to join a circus so that death is cheap
And games are just another way of life
And I'm gonna tell my son to be a prophet of mistakes
Because for every truth there are half a million lies
And I'm gonna lock my son up in a tower
Till he learns to let his hair down far enough to climb outside

When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing
When they do the double dutch, that's them dancing...


Jealousy

He's got a million dollar car
He's got a thirty-seven year old guitar
He's got a family who deals heroin
You're on the edge of your chair
And you feel it
He's looking at you, he's laughing at you
It's happening

I can't, I can't believe it
But it's here on the pages I'm reading
It's all I can do to conceal my feelings of jealousy
Jealousy

I know it's just a drawer of photographs
They're ex-girlfriends, I try to remember that
I don't wanna look, but I'm already hooked on jealousy
Jealousy

I can't believe you had a life before me
I can't believe they let you run around free
Just putting your body wherever it seemed like a good idea
What a good idea

Standing on the corner watching the ladies pass by
Imagining me behind your eyes
And what did I see?
I saw hips, I saw thighs
I saw secret positions that we never try
I saw jealousy
I saw jealousy

I can't, I can't believe it
But it's here in this place and I see it
It's all I can do to conceal my feelings of jealousy
Jealousy

Standing on the mudflats watching the salmon fly
Wonder if I'll ever bury the hatchet inside
Imagining me behind your eyes
And what did I see?
I saw hips, I saw thighs
I saw secret positions that we never try
I saw jealousy
I saw jealousy

I can't believe you had a life before me
I can't believe they let you run around free
Just putting your body wherever it seemed like a good idea
What a good idea


Crater lake

Once you've left a lonely rage on its own, it grows
And dynamite stuffed in a mailbox doesn't smoke until it blows
And, oh, all the tears in four tiny years
Well, look at me, I'm frightening my friends
You better roll me...

I bought a map of the moon
There was a crater with my name on it and a really good view
There I was, getting drunk in your room
Because I wanted to throw my weight around

And, oh, all the tears in four tiny years
Well, look at me, I'm frightening my friends
You better roll me home
You better roll me home
You better roll me home


Alice springs

See the sun rise so loud
This whole town gets drowned out
Sky-writing with the sweep of a flashlight
I'm driving over that way
Some pot of gold, it's just a carpeting store on opening day

See the moon rise so slow and shallow
It burns halos in my eyes
It's harder to swallow
It's harder to breathe
So many opals, nobody here knows what to believe
They've got me underground


May queen

Don't be fooled by him, he's fine
Rock-and-roll Ken doll, he's a national end-all
He's an off and on friend of mine

Where have I been?
Got any what?
Who have I seen?
I spy a May queen
You were miles above me
Girls in your arms
The changing of her majesty's guard is truly amazing

Got any what?
Disease, hashish, a mind?
Do I have any what?

Where have I been?
Got any what?
Who have I seen?
I spy a May queen
You were miles above me
Girls in your arms
You could've planted a farm, all of them hayseeds...




Whitechocolatespacegg

White Chocolate Space Egg

Orange and blue, green and pink
I see you in everything...

Don't need money, don't need wine
I've got better ways to spend my time

I'll see you around
Every hollow has its favorite sound
And my heart is holding on...

Purple, yellow, reddish brown
Once I felt you, I couldn't lay you down

Don't be shy, baby, don't be careful with me
Let it go, let it soak me down

Every rock and tree and leaf abound with your face
Your face, your face...
Trace...
Don't tell me I've been wrong...
Don't tell me all the magic's gone

Every corner has its favorite clown
I'll see you

Big Tall Man

I'm a big, tall man
I cut the grass
My left eye hurts
I am waiting and reading parts
I can be a complicated communicator

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

Zeus and Athens
Florida driveway
Asphalt and tires
Sand and the beach
Rocker panel
Headlights in the dark
I am drag racing
Drag

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

Fog and the distance beyond it
Boats and the quiet morning noises
I'm walking the shoreline
A beer and a cigarette
A bug with twitching antennae
A button-up short sleeved shirt

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

I'm a big, tall man
I cut the grass
My left eye hurts
I can be a complicated communicator

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

Yes, I'm winning, spinning
I feel energy being pulled off from all sides
And it feels good
Like relieving a headache

Yes, I'm careening down!
Winding the canyons, now!
Yes, I am broadcasting myself!


Perfect World

What a pretty life you have
Oh boy, it's a pretty life
And I would need a map
Just so I could navigate the back yard

Home is very ordinary
I know I was born to lead a double life
Of murder, strife, and misery
And when I find it, I know I'll make sense of me

I want to be cool, tall, vulnerable, and luscious
I would have it all if I'd only had this much
No need for Lucifer to fall if he'd learn to keep his mouth shut
I would be involved with you

I know the girls
That live inside your world
Just sitting next to a mortal makes their skin crawl

I want to be cool, tall, vulnerable, and luscious
I would have it all if I only had this much
No need for Lucifer to fall if he's learn to keep his mouth shut
I would be involved with you...
With you.

Johnny Feelgood

Johnny feel good, Johnny right on
Johnny miss you, Johnny light on
Johnny makes me feel strangely good about myself

Moderation is a memory
Dive right in and let him send me
I could take this in doses large enough to kill

I never met a man who was so pretty inside
He's got diamonds on the bed of his thumbnails and I
Never realized I was so dirty and dry
'Til he knocked me down, started dragging me around in the
Back of his convertible car...

And I liked it
I liked it more and more
Crimson and Clover, soon he's taken over all my senses

He's got petals on the bed of his sweat sock drawer
And who the fuck am I to criticize him
'Cause I really need him now, in fact
I'm kinda freaking out
And I'm wondering where the hell you all are...

I've never met a man I was so crazy about
It kinda has become an obsession to me
I hate him all the time, but I still get up
When he knocks me down and he orders me around
'Cause it loosens me up
And I can't get enough
And I'd pay to spend the night with him
Some more!

'Cause I liked it...
I really, really, really liked it...

Polyester Bride

I was talking, not two days ago
To a certain bartender I'm lucky to know
And I asked Henry, my bartending friend
If I should bother dating unfamous men

And Henry said, "You're lucky to even know me.
You're lucky to be alive. You're lucky to be drinking here for free cause I'm a
Sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes."

And then he said, "Do you want to be a Polyester Bride?
Or do you want to hang your head and die?
Do you want to find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale?
Do you want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"

I was sitting, not two days ago
Feeling lonely 'cause I'm just feeling low
And I asked Henry, my bartending friend
Why it is that there are those kind of men

And Henry said, "You're lucky to even know me.
You're lucky to be alive. You're lucky to be drinking here for free cause I'm a
Sucker for your lucky, pretty eyes."

And then he said, "Do you want to be a Polyester Bride?
Or do you want to hang your head and die?
Do you want to find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale?
Do you want to flap your wings and fly away from here?"

"Princess, do you really want to flap your wings and fly
Because you've got time."
He keeps telling me, "You've got time."
But I don't believe him
"You've got time."
I keep on pushing harder...
I keep on pushing farther away
But he keeps telling me baby
He says baby yeah

"Do you want to be a polyester bride?"
Do you wanna hang your head and die
Do ya wanna find alligator cowboy boots they just put on sale
Do you wanna flap your wings and fly away from here

Do you wanna be a polyester bride
Away from here
Do you wanna be a polyester bride
Away from here

Do you wanna be a polyester bride
Away from here

"Princess, do you really want to flap your wings and fly away from here"


Love is Nothing

You thought I was something from afar
You thought I'd totally excite you

I guess it's just another thing to stand up close and ignite you

Love is nothing, nothing, nothing
Like they say...
You gotta pick up the little pieces every day

You were telling me the friends we have in common...
By the time I figured it out you were yawning

Love is nothing, like they say

You gotta get up and work the people everyday

And I thought, "Who am I?"
"Who's this guy?"
"Would I lie
To make the day blur into the night...?"


Baby Got Going

Baby got goin' on a southern train, you know
Fired up the pistons driving below
And the whole vibration, seat upholstery
Silky underwear, oh conductor, let's roll, roll, roll, roll
Let's roll, roll, roll, roll, roll...!

Baby got goin' but I can't complain, you know
It knocks me out when she acts so strange, it's like a
Big Mac truck cut across three lanes in my soul, conductor
Let's throw some metal down, roll, roll, roll, roll

Squeeze her knees underneath a book, you know
A real good shakin' is all it took
'Cause my baby's hooked on me, and as you can see
I'm wild about her!

She got goin' but I can't complain, you know
It knocks me out when she acts so strange, it's like a
Big Mac truck cut across three lanes in my soul, conductor, let's roll...
Let's roll, roll, roll, roll, roll...!
Let's roll

She gets mad when it goes too slow, so I'm beggin' you man
Keep a shovelin' that coal and let's roll!
Let's roll, roll, roll, roll, roll...
Dinah, blow your horn!


Uncle Alvarez


There's a portrait of Uncle Alvarez
Hangin' in the hall
Nobody wants to look at it
But Uncle Alvarez sees us all

Oh, oh, oh, imaginary accomplishments
Hey, hey, hey, you visionary guy
You might even shake the hands of Presidents
Better send a postcard and keep the family quiet

He's not really a part Cherokee Indian
He didn't fight in the Civil War
He's just Eugene Isaac Alvarez
We feel sorry for the wall

Oh, oh, oh, imaginary accomplishments
Hey, hey, hey, you visionary guy
You might even shake the hands of Presidents
You're gonna make 'em sorry when you die

And it's a long way down
You're hoping for a heart attack
Runnin' around
Investing in this and that
And your beautiful wife keeps your life on a shelf for you
Safe in the bedroom
Where there's no dust or mildew
And it's hard to believe you were once a beautiful dancer

Better just to shake it off
As you write your resume
Don't think of Uncle Alvarez
And the price he had to pay

Oh, oh, oh, imaginary accomplishments
Hey, hey, hey, you visionary guy
You might even shake the hands of Presidents
You're gonna make 'em sorry when you die

Oh, oh, oh, imaginary accomplishments
Hey, hey, hey, you visionary guy
You might even shake the hands of Presidents
Better send some money to the alma mater


Only Son

All these babies are born
To the wrong kind of people
And I wish I had known
I was not good enough
I'm the worst kind of son
Bringing shame to my family
And I know I have worn
My mother's heart out, believe me
I saw it
I saw it coming

All these things I have done
To my little little sister
When I try to support her
She don't believe
Why should she?
I hurt her
I mean I hurt her

So goodbye, so long, I'm gone already
I'm running out of time
I'm losing my mind
Won't you come take me home?
Won't somebody hold me?

All these babies are born
Like a field full of poppies
Who's gonna know which are torn?
I believe I'll soon leave the meadow
I see my shadow

I think I'm losing my soul...


Go on-Ahead

You go on ahead, honey
You have a good time there
You make me feel funny
I'm no ordinary lover or friend

I believe we have things to do
I believe in myself and I believe in you
I believe when I sleep you are near to me
When you sleep I am near to you

You walk out of the room with your hands so deep in your pockets, I don't
Recognize you
You say you're a ghost in our house and I realize I do think I see through you

It's a death in our love that has brought us here
It's a birth that has changed our lives
It's a place that I hope we'll be leaving soon
And I fear for the year in his eyes

And it goes around in circles; one night is lovely, the next is brutal
And you and I are in way over our heads with this one, it's hard
To admit it, but you hold me and I can't feel you
We hurt but we smile
I promise I'll make it back when the summer has warmed me awhile


Headache

I can see the Russian Army rolling through my heard
On one side of me lies the enemy, the other half is dead
I've got diamonds and I've got pearls...
And I said, "Hey mister, won't you come for me?"
You can take me home, but I will never be your girl
I won't let your mystery unfurl

That's the whole thing about it...
I'm so in love today
I've been waiting at the bus stop
Come my way?

I'm a
Psychosomatic sister
Running around without a leash
Snow is falling, January's all across the land
I've got seven other men in the ditches behind me, and
I think I'm the last survivor...


Ride

As I stumble into bed, I curse the devil in my head
And if I die before I wake, I hope the Lord won't hesitate
To pluck my coffin from the ground
He need not heed the neighbors now
And throw me up for all to see the flies of
August swarming me...

I get a ride
Right by your side
Under your skin
I'm digging in

Well, I don't know, but I've been told
The road to heaven is paved with gold
And if I die before I wake, I need a ride
From you

I get a ride
Right by your side
Under your skin
I'm digging in

Well, sticks and stones can break my bones
And boys can make me kick and moan
But when I want it, I don't drive, I get a ride
I get a ride
From you

I get a ride 98.5 Positive T-cell Regeneration
Regeneration Regeneration Positive T-cell Regeneration


What Makes You Happy

But don't worry, mom, I met him in a restaurant
And all this time I've been getting to know him
He's got an ex-wife in Pasadena, and sometimes she's a mess
To deal with, but mostly we've been living here
Uninjured

There's a silence, and she says, "Listen here, young lady, all that matters is
What makes you happy, but you leave this house knowing my opinion won't
Make you love me if you don't care to."

I'm sending you this photograph, I swear
This one is going to last and all those other bastards
Were only practice
I feel the sun on my back...
I smell the earth in my skin...
I see the sky above me like a full recovery...

She said, "Listen here, young lady, all that matters is what makes you happy,
But you leave this house knowing my opinion
It won't make a difference if you're not ready.
Won't make you love me is you don't care to..."


Fantasize

He's a friend of mine
Kind of special guy
He's a run-around

Hey, you've got to hide your love away!
I hear people are talking about us
And I just have to say
I lie awake every night
Thinking about you, I fantasize...
All around us people are changing

He's a special guy
Kind of sentimental inside

I hear people are talking about us
That's ok with me
Get it easily inside...


Shitloads of Money

Louis is probably thirty years old but he looks like a solid forty five
Louis says he's got a headache
I look in his eyes, and I believe him
The big L.K.'s and the gangster disciples
Louis can't think of who else could take over, but he just can't
Get up in the morning
A genuine face, braced for survival

It's nice to be liked
But it's better by far to get paid
I know that most of the friends that I have don't really see it
That way
But if you could give 'em each one wish
How much do you wanna bet
They'd wish success for themselves and their friends and
That would include lots of money

Don't know how many times you were stuck in the morning
You just couldn't move, though your mother was calling
You know, what you need
Is a Lotto revival
A train flashes by and you're lost in a spiral

It's nice to be liked
But it's better by far to get paid
I know that most of the friends that I have don't really see it
That way
But if you could give 'em each one wish
How much do you wanna bet
They'd wish success for themselves and their friends and
That would include lots of money

Take the train on up to the zoo, don't look back
On what you've been through
Cause everyone's got a Monday
It looks like shit and it must be America
It burns so quick, then it must be America

It's nice to be liked
But it's better by far to get paid
I know that most of the friends that I have don't really see it
That way
But if you could give 'em each one wish
How much do you wanna bet
They'd wish success for themselves and their friends and
That would include lots of money

We all need a shitload of M-O-N-E-Y, money


Girls' Room

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the sky
I'm sleeping in the water

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room tonight

Here comes Tiffany
My best friend, Tiffany
Wearing a size too small of sweater

Me and Tiffany
Dressing up pretty
We love to ride, we love to canter

My best friend Tiffany
She is so popular
We're going from site to site and pool to pool tonight

And we hear Terry say that Tricia's okay
But she ought to learn to shave her bikini line better
And Tauren was born, like her mother in a storm
And Tracey's been away forever...

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the sky
I'm sleeping in the water

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room tonight

Juvenilia

Turning Japanese

(The Vapors Cover)

I've got your picture
Of me and you
You wrote, "I love you."
I love you, too
I sit there staring when there's nothing else to do

Oh, it's in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there's no one else around

I've got your picture, got your picture
I'd like a million of 'em over myself
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up, I'm turning down, I'm turning in, and I'm turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

I've got your picture, I've got your picture
I'd like a million of them over myself
I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well
You've got me turning up, I'm turning down, I'm turning in, and I'm turning 'round

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it's dark
Everyone around me is a total stranger
Everyone avoids me like a cyclone ranger
Everyone

That's why I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
(Think so, think so, think so)
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
Turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so
(Think so, think so, think so...)

Animal Girl

It's an animal girl, and it's lying on the beach
It's ass can surf in the sand while it's head's asleep
It's fingers roll a reefer cigarette
It's skin can decompose beneath the sweat
I know all I need to know
I know how much girl to go

Drinking iced scotch and soda
I proclaim the ocean like a Coppertone baby
Wait and see
You don't know who I am
Fig or tree
Lex or Superman

The owners may dim the lights
The sailors may start to fight back the dinner
They wolfed at the taco joint
But maybe a blue moon will shine in the heart of the hood

It's an animal girl, and it's knees are turning black
The spitomatic flips it on it's back
There's a gathering crowd of heavy-breasted men
The burn patrol is freaking out again
I know all I need to know
I know how much girl to go

California

Okay, this guy walks into a bar
No, I'm just, I'm just fucking with you, I'm kidding
No, there's this, this young bull and this old bull
And they're standing on top of a hill

And I tried to tell you before
That that's why I left California

So they're standing on top of this hill, right?
And they're looking out over a pasture full of cows
Whole fucking pasture
And the young bull turns to the old bull, and he goes,
"I got this really good idea."
And they old bull's like, "Yeah?"

And I tried to tell you before
That that's why I left California

"Yeah," he's like, "yeah, yeah, I got this really good idea.
Let's run down that hill and fuck one of those cows."
And the old bull just looks at him, you know he's just looking at him
He's like, "Look, I got a better idea."
And the young bull's like, "Oh yeah, what's your fucking brilliant idea?"
And the old bull goes...

And I tried to tell you before
That that's why I left California

And the old bull goes, "Let's walk down that hill and fuck all of those cows, dig?"
You know, like he ain't been in town long or something, I dunno

And I tried to tell you before
That that's why I left California

South Dakota

For a mean baby, well, I like your pants
Born in South Dakota
For a mean baby, well, I like your hips
Born in South Dakota
I was born in South Dakota

Man, I feel lucky tonight
I'm gonna get stoned and run around
Born in South Dakota
Hey, we're going to a rodeo town
I'm gonna get drunk and fuck some cows
Born in South Dakota
I was born in South Dakota
I was born in South Dakota

Hey, all you city fucks, it's a prairieman's world
It's wide open
Hey, all you city fucks, it's a prairieman's world
Masons and lumberchucks, says God as my squirrel
It's wide open
I said it's wide open
Dakota

Man, I feel lucky tonight
I'm gonna get stoned and run around
Born in South Dakota
Hey, we're going to a rodeo town
I'm gonna get drunk and fuck some cows
Born in South Dakota
I was born in South Dakota
I was born in South Dakota

Hey, all you city fucks, it's a prairieman's world
It's wide open

Hey, all you city fucks, it's a prairieman's world
Mason and lumberchucks, says God as my squirrel
Mr. Fliptop and Razorback, you know I'm your girl
I'm wide open
I said I'm wide open
Dakota
Dakota
Dakota

Batmobile

Fire up the batmobile, 'cause I gotta get outta here
I don't speak the language
And you gave me no real choice
You gave me no real choice
You made me see that my behavior was an opinion

So fire up the batmobile, 'cause I gotta get outta here
It's the mouth of the gift horse, I know
But I gave it my best shot
I gave it my best shot
I gave you the performance of a lifetime

So I hope you all will see
There just isn't a place here for me
I look around and feel like somebody must be fucking with me
I just can't take any of you seriously
And I can't keep keeping myself company

Fire up the batmobile, 'cause I gotta get outta here
Big shoulders block the view
You can't get your money back
You can't get your money back
You can't pretend that isolation is the same as privilege

So I hope you all will see
There just isn't a place here for me
I look around and feel like somebody must be fucking with me
I just can't take any of you seriously
And I can't keep keeping myself company

Dead Shark

Don't be so rude
I was only trying to make conversation
Hey, don't go down, this is not going anywhere
Got a dead shark on our hands
Got a dead shark on our hands
Got a dead shark on our hands

I'm just trying to get a handle on this
I'm just trying to figure out where to stand
I'm just trying
So sue me for trying

Do I just have a problem, or did you also think that this was hot?

I really hate talking to you on the telephone
Can't we just work it out
That you come on over?
Can't we just work it out
That you stay here tonight?
I'm not looking over my shoulder
I'm not gazing up at the stars
I'm not thinking of five years in the future
I'm just wondering where you'll sleep tonight

Do I just have a problem, or did you also think that this was hot?

I'm not looking over my shoulder
I'm not gazing up at the stars
I'm not thinking of five years in the future
I'm just wondering where you'll stay tonight

Easy

I think you're trying to scare me
So that I will stop thinking about you
I think you're trying to scare me
So that I will stop trying to be you
It's not that easy
It's not that easy

I laughed when I heard you died
'Cause I didn't know what else I was gonna do
Now I laugh when I see you alive
'Cause I think you're just pulling my leg
It's not that easy
It's not that easy

Well, it must have taken a whole lot of anger
And it must have taken a whole lot of time
And I can't believe that you found me after all these years
I guess you must have something heavy on your mind

And I can't believe that you thought I'd be happy
To see you up and around, like it's any warning
You look like shit, and the smell is even better
And I feel like shit, and I wanna go back to bed

You can walk through walls
You can make the head on a doll spin around
And you can haunt the halls
But you can't ask me to make you feel at home
It's not that easy
It's not that easy

'96 Shelved Demos/Studio Recordings

Oh My God

Oh my God
Oh my God
I've been saved
What are you asking of me?
I saw the light today
What have I done to you
And it flung me back to the edge
That could make you treat me so badly?

Oh my God
This is the world
I've been sitting by the fence
As you made it to be.
Wondering which one of you
Whatever in it of strife and pain
I'm going to visit in the end
You put there for us to see, for us to see.
And I see it.

Hurricane Cindy

What's that piece of ass I see walkin' over here?
What's that piece of ass to me, who is she standin' near?

And when I walk on a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip out of me
My emotions rip out of me

Hold me close and never let me go
All my life I've wanted you to know
A few things 'bout me
I feel beautiful today

Today is Saturday...

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
(I can't stand myself)
Saturday, Saturday, what's on the heel?
(I can't stand my life...)
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
What's on the heel, what's on the heel?

And when I walk on a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip out of me
My emotions rip out of me

Put it on the stereo and play
All my life I've wanted them to say
A few things about me
I feel beautiful today
Lovely, I feel beautiful

When I walk on a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip out of me
My emotions rip out of me

And when I walk I'm in high school
You should see the commotion
A hundred people drowning in oceans inside me

Rocket Boy

Rocket boy, rocket boy, rocket boy...

Didn't see, didn't know, hadn't heard it before
I'm missing everything this time
And you're closing the door
You used to be my favorite toy
Now you're just my rocket, rocket boy

Rocket boy, when are you gonna land?
Rocket boy, they just don't understand
You used to be my pride and joy
Now you're just my rocket, rocket boy

Wouldn't it be nice if I'd been an ordinary girlfriend?
Laughin' 'bout it makes it real
It makes it happen to me
Well, I can reach you

Didn't see, couldn't know, hadn't heard it before
You're slipping out on a mission
And (?)
You used to be my favorite toy
Now you're just my rocket, my rocket boy

Rocket boy, when are you gonna land?
Rocket boy, they just don't understand
You used to be my pride and joy, my boy
When you had me

Russian Girl

I've been frozen, now it's so hot I can barely see
I've been cutting them down so they can't make fun of me, yeah

Been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl

Young child sitting all alone
Hot child, she wants to take you home

I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you
I've been rushin' you

I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you
Been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you

I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin'
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you
I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you

Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you
Been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you
I've been rushin' you

I've been a Russian girl, I've been a Russian girl
I've been a Russian girl, I've been rushin' you

Stuck On An Island

When I was young
I crashed the car
I tried to bend it back into shape
With a rake for a crowbar

I wasn't dumb
But I was so naive
I saw the signs
But I didn't believe them

Now it's dark
And I'm tired
All my messages got erased
And I don't know where my friends are

Tell me, who can I turn to when things are so blue?
You've got me crying over you

Dad was home
It was getting lighter
I knew he had to take it to work
In about a half an hour

I wasn't thinking clearly
It was like a panicking sweat gripped my body

And I was stuck on an island
On a cold November morning
Doing coke with Henry
And I totalled my car

Yes, I was stuck on an island
Wondering where my mind went
Getting a cold, wet shower
If I could just black out this hour
From time

Aloha, Doctor Phair

Tell Me You Like Me

I'm not fucking around
I only tell jokes when I think they're funny
You oughta think about it
You oughta think about how I feel

Tell me that you like me
Do you think that it's frightening?

Tell me you like me
Baby, tell me you like me
Make me come down to earth
Tell me you like me
Tell me you like me

I'm not fucking around
You had a dream in which I was a spider
While I was dreaming that you were in love with me

Tell me that you like me
Do you think that it's frightening?

Tell me you like me
Baby, tell me you like me
Make me come down to earth
Tell me you like me
Tell me you like me
And make me wanna come
Baby, make me come down
Make me come down to earth

Tell me you like me
Baby, tell me you like me
Make me come down to earth
Tell me you like me
Tell me you like me
Make me come down to earth

Girls' Room

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the sky
I'm sleeping in the water
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room tonight

Here comes Tiffany, my best friend Tiffany
Wearing a size-too-small of sweater
Me and Tiffany, dressing up pretty
We love to ride, we love to canter
My best friend Tiffany, she is so popular
We're going from sight-to-sight and pool-to-pool tonight

And we hear Terri say that Trisha's okay
But she ought to learn to shave her bikini line better
And Tauren was born, like her mother, in a storm
And Tracy's been away forever

I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the sky
I'm sleeping in the water
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room
I'm sleeping in the girls' room tonight

I'm Like That

Don't come and play
I like to be on my own
Don't miss me
People say I'm better off alone

Ask me, ask me why I'm like that
Ask me, ask me why I'm like that
Ask me, ask me why I'm like that

'Cause I'm like that, I'm just like that
I'm like that, I am like that

Waiting For The Bird (White Bird Of Texas)

The last time I spoke to my aunt before she died
She was describing to me this incredible owl
That was sitting in a tree
It meant nothing to me
But it means a lot more now

Because I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the bird
I'm waiting, I'm ready, I know it is my turn
All those cigarettes, alcohol, this body's through
You're gone for sure when the bird comes for you

And the last time I spoke to my uncle before he died
It was the very same week, but one year before her
He was sitting alone in his study, on the phone
When a giant hawk flew by

Said, "I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the bird,
I didn't expect to be noticed or heard.
Oh, Elizabeth, help me, I can't find the room,
You're gone for sure when the bird comes for you."

And, oh, it is scary
And, oh, it is cold to the bone

My body's not ready for my mind to learn
I have just been consigned here to rot in the earth

Said, "I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the bird,
It comes in and takes you away from this world.
Gate twenty-seven, I can't find the room.
You're free to board now, they're waiting for you."

I'm waiting, I'm waiting, I'm waiting for the bird
I've seen it three times now, there's nothing to learn
And don't be surprised if the sky's bright and blue
And the white bird of Texas comes barreling through

Freak Of Nature

Don't it please you, daddy, don't it feel good?
Well, I always say, that's enough reason not to call it a freak of nature

Don't it stand out, daddy, don't you see it?
Well, I always say, that's enough reason not to call it a freak of nature

Man, if you've got a one in a million girl, don't let her get away
'Cause the next one in a million girl is a million girls away
So get up off of your ass, daddy, and call me on the phone
'Cause I'm sitting here waiting for you to ask me to be your one and only
This isn't lonely, just serious

Don't you want to, daddy, don't you need it?
Well, I always say, that's enough reason not to call it a freak of nature

Liz Phair

Extraordinary

You think that I go home at night,
Take off my clothes, turn out the lights,
But I burn letters that I write to you, to make you love me

Yeah, I'd drive naked through the park
And run the stop-sign in the dark,
Stand in the street, yell out my heart
To make, to make you love me

I am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me
I am extraordinary
I am just your ordinary, average, everyday, sane/psycho super-goddess

You may not believe in me
But I believe in you
So I still take the trash out, does that make me too normal for you?
So dig a little deeper, 'cause
You still don't get it yet
See me licking my lips, need a primitive fix, and
I'll make, I'll make you love me

I am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me
I am extraordinary
I am just your ordinary, average, everyday, sane/psycho super-goddess

See me jump through hoops for you, you stand there watching me performing
What exactly do you do
Have you ever thought it's you who's boring
Who the hell are you?!

I am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me
I am extraordinary
I am just your ordinary, average, everyday, sane/psycho super-goddess

Red Light Fever

Lying wide awake in the dark
Trying to figure out where you are
Always going nowhere, afraid of going somewhere
And somewhere's a place in your heart...

Sometimes when I think about you,
Why you're always running away...
Sitting in your car, changing who you are
And drowning the thoughts of your life in the music

Scared the lights will turn green, you'll have to be seen
You'll be like anybody else
Scared the lights will turn red, you're stuck in your head
Too scared to commit to even her, how are you gonna get through the year?

You can't.
Playing on both sides of the net
Too many people want too many things,
And you only want to forget...

Scared the lights will turn green, you'll have to be seen
You'll be like anybody else
Scared the lights will turn red, you're stuck in your head
Too scared to commit to even her, how are you gonna make it through?

You're always listening, you're always listening, you're always listening to yourself
You're always thinking, you're always thinking you know what everybody else
Should do with their lives

Lying wide awake in the dark
Trying to figure out where you are...
Always going nowhere, afraid of going somewhere
And somewhere's a place in your heart

Scared the lights will turn green, you'll have to be seen
You'll be like anybody else
Scared the lights will turn red, you're stuck in your head
Too scared to commit to even her, how are you gonna get through the year?

Why Can't I?

Get a load of me, get a load of you
Walking down the street, and I hardly know you
It's just like we were meant to be

Holding hands with you when we're out at night,
got a girlfriend, but you say it isn't right
and I've got someone waiting, too

What if this is just the beginning? We're already wet and we're gonna go swimming...

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you?
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it, so tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

Isn't this the best part of breaking up: finding someone else you can't get enough of
Someone who wants to be with you, too
It's an itch we know we are gonna scratch,
Gonna take a while for this egg to hatch,
But wouldn't it be beautiful?

Here we go, we're at the beginning
We haven't fucked yet but my head's spinning

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you?
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it, so tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

High enough for you to make me wonder where it's going
High enough for you to pull me under
Something's growing out of this that we can't control
Baby, I am dyin'....

Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?
Why can't I speak whenever I talk about you?
It's inevitable, it's a fact that we're gonna get down to it, so tell me
Why can't I breathe whenever I think about you?

It's Sweet

Down on the Lower East Side
In the dirtiest apartment you could find
You took me up to your place
But the elevator threw me into space
And I really didn't even ask
What time it was...
I could tell the way you draw the curtain back

It's sweet
How you believe
You're in love with me
You're in love with me

You come round & open the gate
To a million empty bottles on the slate
You can over-think anything you want
But it really doesn't matter

'Cause it's sweet
To believe
You're in love with me
You're in love with me

In the early light, I catch you staring
And you make a joke about it

It's sweet
How you believe

You're in love with me
You're in love with me

Rock Me

Oh baby, you're young, but that's ok.
What's give or take nine years, anyway?
I'll bet your last cigarette you won't regret my time
I want to be with a guy like you, so uncomplicated, so in tune
Just take off my dress, let's mess with everybody's mind. I've gotta tell you

Baby, baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night
Baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night
All night, yeah, rock... me... all... night

I want to play Xbox on your floor, say hi to your roommate who's next door
You don't have a dime, but I don't mind. Who gives a damn?
Your record collection don't exist. You don't even know who Liz Phair is.
Pure potential with no credentials...
Your Mama taught you how to be a sensitive man
I've gotta tell you

Baby, baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night
Baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night, ALL night, yeah, rock... me... all... night

Yeah, I've been waiting all my life for,
Yeah, for this feeling.
Who'd have guessed you could rock me all night
Rock me all night!

You think I'm a genius, think I'm cool
I'm starting to think that young guys rule
Oh God, let me save you, life might change you, and I might change my mind...

Baby, baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night
Baby, baby, if it's alright
Want you to rock me all night
All night, yeah, rock... me... all... night

Take A Look

I don't know what you're after, wanting to know all the details of my disaster
Like an accident on the side of the road, and you're driving past slow
But there's nothing to see here

You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.

I am some kind of freak now, and you'll never see me the same
What's all the fuss about? Are you sure you want to find out?
'cause once you know the truth, you might wish you'd walked away

You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.

What if I'm not able
To put my cards on the table?
And would it liberate you
If you knew what I knew?

It's been over a year now, and I never saw him again
The facts and the fiction collide as the bodies untangle and the traffic moves on like it did

You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.
You wanna take a look? Take a look.

Little Digger

Dig, little digger, don't be shy
You saw your mother with another guy
You think you'll tell her that she's one of a kind,
You say, "my mother is mine."
You put your trucks up on the bed next to him
So he can get a better look at them, you say, "this one's my favorite one,
"this one, you can't have. I got it from my dad,"
You say, "I got it from my dad."

And now you're thinking little thoughts about it
Taking every inch of him in
What does it mean when something changes how it's always been?
And in your head, you keep repeating the line, "my mother is mine."

I've done the damage. The damage is done.
I pray to God that I'm the damaged one,
and all these grown-up complications that you don't understand
I hope you can, someday, I hope you can

And now you're thinking little thoughts about it
Taking every inch of him in
What does it mean when something changes how it's always been?
And in your head, you keep repeating the line, "my mother is mine."

Firewalker

My hopes are like embers lying around inside a fire bed, and
Your mind is a firewalker. It steps on them like they are dead

But I can grow. In spite of all you know,
You might not recognize me tomorrow...
Yes, I can change, in spite of all they say
Become something strange and beautiful, like joy like joy

Me, I'm like a wild flame that catches on whatever's near, but
Your mind is a firewalker. It sets its course and never veers

But I can grow. In spite of all you know,
You might not recognize me tomorrow...
Yes, I can change, in spite of all they say;
Become something strange and beautiful, like joy like joy

Take offers from every side and give my attentions about anywhere, well
Do I recognize my actions? I look like I'm so unaware, like I don't care...

But I can grow. In spite of all you know,
You might not recognize me tomorrow...
Yes, I can change, in spite of all they say
Become something strange and beautiful, like joy like joy


Favorite

Don't look sexy, but it just feels right. Not too dirty and it's not too tight.
Why I never threw it out, I'll never know exactly why
Keep it in the drawer beside my bed. It's faded pink now, but it used to be red
Starting to fray at the seams, but I know that you'll still love me
Like you did, like before, like we will be doing it once more

Oh Baby, know what you're like
You're like my favorite underwear
It just feels right
Oh Baby, know how you feel
You feel like my favorite underwear
And I'm slipping you on again tonight...

Leave you lying on the bedroom floor, leave you hanging on the bathroom door
Take you for granted, but I'll always know exactly where you are
Lost you once, you were hard to find. Got you back, you didn't look like mine
Thought we were falling apart, but you made me feel so pretty
Like you did, like before, like we will be doing it once more

Oh Baby, know what you're like
You're like my favorite underwear
It just feels right
Oh Baby, know how you feel
You feel like my favorite underwear
And I'm slipping you on again tonight...

Slipping you on again tonight...
Wrap me and roll me, hold me tight
Tear me apart and make me new
Like you always do

Oh Baby, know what you're like
You're like my favorite underwear
It just feels right, you know it

You feel, you're like, this is what I want
You feel, you feel

Oh Baby, know what you're like
You're like my favorite underwear
It just feels right

You feel, you're like, this is what I want
You feel, you feel

And I'm slipping you on again tonight

Love/Hate

I was a mess in my open-eyed youth, I grew up thinking
What's good for one, oppresses the other
It's my turn! My life! My way! Mine! Me!

It made me crazy. I couldn't fight it. I couldn't wait to get away.

It's a war with the whole wide world. It's a war with the boys and girls.
It's a war, and nothing's gonna change. Nothing's gonna change.

It's sister and brother, mother and daughter, father/son, husband/wife thing
It's drugs. It's hunger. It's race, sex, and government.
Any way you look at it, you're part of it, you know it.
The wrong inside you can't get it right
You might as well get on the train

It's a war with the whole wide world. It's a war with the boys and girls.
It's a war, and nothing's gonna change. Nothing's gonna change.

The screen is so white, and it's so big
It's hard to get over the feeling
You're losing your mind
You offer the usher your ticket, you open the soda
See what guy you're sitting behind
You get excited, the lights go down
You get it fed on a plate

It's a war with the whole wide world. It's a war with the boys and girls.
It's a war, and nothing's gonna change. Nothing's gonna change.
It's a war. All the give and take. It's a war. All the love and hate
It's a war, and nothing's gonna change, nothing's gonna change.

H.W.C.

Give it to me, don't give it away
Don't think about what the others say
My skin's getting clear and my hair's so bright
All you do is fuck me every day and night

You're my secret beauty routine
Na na na na, what my body has seen!
I am looking good and I'm feeling nice
Baby, you're the best magazine advice

Give me your hot, white come
Give me your hot, white come

I'm gonna pull you back down between the sheets
Everything is fresher when the day is sweet
In the morning light, when you're already on the phone...

Face it one of these days, without you I'm just another Dorian Gray
It's the fountain of youth, it's the meaning of life
So hot, so sweet, so whet my appetite!

Give me your hot, white come
Give me your hot, white come

Face it one of these days, without you I'm just another Dorian Gray
It's the fountain of youth, it's the meaning of life
Baby, you're the best magazine advice

Give me your hot, white come
Give me your hot, white come

My Bionic Eyes

I love my bionic eyes. I love my crystal vision.
If there's anybody out there baby, I'm not gonna miss him

I've watched the years go by
These are the same old guys I never had any use for
Beyond the feeling of pleasure
Or the thrill of the fight
I scored again last night
I said, "thanks for the drinks. Nice party," then I turned out the light

I've got timing and attitude
That can get to the baddest dude
That's when I hypnotize him
With my bionic eyes

As I got older, I had to step out of the lines and make my own mind
As I got light as feather, they got stiff as a board
I can't feel anymore, but I can fake it forever

It's easy in the beginning when I can dazzle them all night

Make 'em do what you want 'em to
Get 'em running after you
It's just the same old guys
Wearing the same old ties

As I got older, I had to step out of the lines and make my own mind
As I got light as feather, they got stiff as a board
I can't feel anymore, but I can fake it forever

I love my bionic eyes
I love my bionic eyes
I love my bionic eyes
I love my bionic eyes

If there's a parallel nation
And I'm a secret weapon
Show me a man you cannot break
And I will show you heaven

As I got older, I had to step out of the lines and make my own mind
As I got light as feather, they got stiff as a board
I can't feel anymore, but I can fake it forever

Friend of Mine

Not a lot of patience, you're not a patient man
Don't have the heart to stay with...
You get it while you can
Just because you can
Get out of it
And I wasted your time denying
That that's the reason we fight all the time
It's been so long since you've been a friend of mine

Gonna take a vacation
Stop chasing what I lack
Am I gonna get blown off as soon as I get back
On another track
Without you?
'cause I don't have the heart to try
One more false start in life
It's been so hard to get it right, it seems like
The moment I catch up, the farther you fly

And I wasted your time denying
That that's the reason we fight all the time
It's been so long since you've been a friend of mine...

And I wasted your time, didn't I?
And that's the reason we fight all the time

It's been so long since you've been a friend to me
It seems like I dreamed and now I'm waking up to daylight
What happened? When did you let go of me?
I miss you so badly

Good Love Never Dies (Alternate Mix)

For the rest of my days, I want you by my side
Tell me what can I say to keep you in my life?
'Cause I can never relax
I've got to keep it exciting, make it attractive
Keep it alive, keep you coming back
I'm always so frightened you'll see through my act

When the fire's out
And I've given up
You come running out
And you build it up
You tell me good love never dies
It only hurts when we burn our eyes
From staring too long at the sun
You've got to throw your hands up, and let the night come

Tell me, what can I say to keep you in my life?
All the words slip away when I look in your eyes, because
I can never relax,
I've got to keep it exciting, make it attractive
Keep it alive
Keep you coming back
I'm already fighting to keep what I have

When the fire's out
And I've given up
You come running out
And you build it up
You tell me good love never dies
It only hurts when we burn our eyes
From staring too long at the sun
You've got to throw your hands up, and let the night come
Take your chances, and let the night come

Somebody's Miracle

*** Thanx a lot to Stephen for this one ***

Leap of Innocence

I saw John
He looked so sad
I want you to know that I feel bad
For not making our dreams come true
We had so many dreams me and you
I want you to know
I love you
You're my favorite thing from the past
And all of those nights we spent together
I never had such a blast

Anyone could tell
You were my instrument
He said, "I understand you
You want to play me"
Everything about us had an innocence
But everything around us was changing

It's hard to believe
So much happened so fast
Remember the way we'd always laugh
While thinking up things to do
We were kings of the world me and you
I wish it had stayed like that forever
But everyone was dropping off like flies
I had so many friends in rehab
A couple who practically died

Anyone could tell
You were my instrument
He said, "I understand you
You want to play me"
Everything about us had an innocence
But everything around us was changing

And my mistake
Was being already married
I wanna make a leap of innocence to you

I guess when you're living the high life
It's one of those things that just can't last
Kind of like love in California
But I never had such a blast

Anyone could tell
You were my instrument
He said, "I understand you
You want to play me"
Everything about us had an innocence
But everything around us was changing

And my mistake
Was thinking I'd already made it
I wanna make a leap of innocence

My mistake
Was thinking that you and I could change it
I wanna make a leap of innocence to you

Wind in the Mountains

You lose your way
You've got to land
You've gotta make another plan
But sometimes I am too tired

You've gotta smile
You've gotta play
You've gotta work another day
But sometimes I am too tired

You've gotta raise your hand
And say I don't understand
But there are days when I'm too tired
There are days when I'm just too tired

And the wind that I'm in
Screams on me
Screams on me
Howls around me
Howls around me

And I feel like I am a naked man
I've got nothing and no one
In a stranger's land
And the wind will do me in

Every day you've gotta run
You've got a job
You get it done
But sometimes I am too tired

You wanna roll in the grass
Kick your shoes off
Have a laugh
But sometimes I am too tired

I wanna raise my hand
And say I don't understand
But there are days when I'm too tired
There are days when I'm just too tired

And the wind kicks in again and says
Lean on me
Lean on me
Rise above me
Rise above me

And it says sailor
Don't leave the channel now
Deep blue rollers are breaking across your bow
And the wind will guide you in

So I went up the mountain
But all I saw was another mountain
So I came down the mountain
And I said leave me here Lord
So I went up the mountain
But all I saw was another mountain
So I came down the mountain
And I said leave me here Lord
Leave me in the valley
Let me rest my weary head
Give peace to your survivor
Put all my fears to bed

You lose your way
You've got to land
You've gotta make another plan
But sometimes I am inspired

You're gonna sing another song
You're gonna right another wrong
And sometimes I am inspired

You're gonna raise your hand and say I don't understand
And there are days when you get an answer
There are days when you find your answer

Stars and Planet

Oh my, look at you!
The wide-eyed ingénue
See me coming
Whisper something
Who are you looking through the glass at me
Like you're gonna make it happen
Let me tell you something true
You know it's just the same old story

Stars rise and stars fall
But the ones that shine the brightest aren't stars at all
They're the planets just like us
And from big to small
We all shine, shine, shine
We all shine

Raise a red flag
Say you're hot, young, available
Spend their money
Chase their honey
Who are you boogaloo
We've seen ten of you
Just this morning
At least as pretty too
You know it's just the same old story

Stars rise and stars fall
But the ones that shine the brightest aren't stars at all
They're the planets just like us
And from big to small
We all shine, shine, shine
We all shine, shine, shine
We all shine

Everybody wants to go far
Don't be such a hog in the spotlight
Try to see how precious you are
And if you catch that wave
It can be death defying

Blinded by the flash
You're in a fashion/entertainment affiliated
Listener-rated
Pamplona race to see who
Makes it to the Grammy's
Well you better start running
The bulls are coming
You know it's just the same old story

Stars rise and stars fall
But the ones that shine the brightest aren't stars at all
They're the planets just like us
And from big to small
We all shine shine shine Stars rise and stars fall
But the ones that shine the brightest aren't stars at all
They're the planets that unite us
And from big to small
We all shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine

Shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine
Shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine
Shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine shine shine
We all shine

Somebody's Miracle

I'm so far,
So far away from it now
That it seems like I may never know how
People stay in love for half of their lives
It's a secret they keep between the husbands and wives

Baby
There goes somebody's miracle
Walking down the street
There goes a modern fairy tale
I wish it could happen to me
But I look at myself
Wondering if I'm just too weak
To have such faith in myself

Once upon a time
I was so restless in love
When things were fine
I'd change my mind just because
Now I see how wrong and reckless I've been
Each frog has a prince just waiting inside of him

Baby
There goes somebody's miracle
Walking down the street
There goes a modern fairy tale
I wish it could happen to me
But I look at myself
And I think what the hell
Maybe I'm just too na?e
To have such faith in myself
You know I'm praying for it

But the queen
She likes to sit on her throne
Doesn't mean
You two are never alone
It's just love has needs that love only knows
Watch a couple stay close
It's like the bloom of a rose

Baby
There goes somebody's miracle
Walking down the street
There goes a modern fairy tale
I wish it could happen to me
There goes somebody's miracle
Walking down the street
There goes a modern fairy tale

I never cry out loud
I keep my tears to myself
But I woke up one day and I found my life
Had left me for someone else
I guess it must be unhappy with me

Baby
There goes somebody's miracle
Walking down the street
There goes a modern fairy tale
I wish it could happen to me
But I look at myself
Wondering if I'm just too weak
To have such faith in myself
You know I'm praying for it
You know I'm praying for it
You know I'm praying for it
You know I'm praying for it

Got My Own Thing

I've got my own thing
Feel it, it is strong
As short as people think
But really it is long
I don't have to wait for a miracle
They say I'm pretty as a song
I don't have to save for a rainy day
I know that something comes along
(It always comes along)

Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And watch the silly things you do
Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself and
I hope you're swinging this way too
Boy I do

I've got my own thing
Feel it in a room
Everybody change
When I do what I do
'Cause I do what I do
Don't have to say what I'm thinking ‘cause
Everyone's radio is on
And they've heard my latest song
You have to stand there with a drink because
They say that we would get along
So let's just get along

Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And watch the silly things you do
Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself and
I hope you're swinging this way too
Boy I do

I know
You're not like other guys
I don't expect you to normalize
I won't get into what you do
Because I'm betting, betting, betting, betting, betting
All my money on you

I don't have to wait for a miracle
They say I'm pretty as a song
(They've heard my latest song)
You don't have to stand there with a drink because
I know that we would get along
So let's just get along

Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And watch the silly things you do
Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And I hope you're swinging this way too
Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And watch the silly things you do
Oooh boy
I'd love to help
Give you enough rope to hang yourself
And I hope you're swinging this way too
Boy I do

Pretty girl, there she goes x6

Count On My Love

Don't know where we'll be tomorrow
But we'll beg and borrow everything we need
You standing next to me
Where I wanna be is anywhere you are
Some day if we never said it
We might live to regret it
Come on don't let us slip away in a daze

You can count on my love
An umbrella when it's raining
When you feel your hope is fading
You can count on my love

Blue eyes bluer than the blue sky
Smiling down like sunshine everywhere you are
For you I only want the best
You only have to ask and I'll be there for you
Some day if we never said it
We might live to regret it
Come on don't let us fade away in a haze

You can count on my love
An umbrella when it's raining
When you feel your hope is fading
You can count on my love
With me you'll feel protected
And you'll never be rejected
You can count on my love

You go through your whole life waiting
But you don't know what you're waiting for
One day you meet somebody and your whole world now is an open door

You can count on my love
You can count on my love
An umbrella when it's raining
When you feel your hope is fading
You can count on my love
With me you'll feel protected
And you'll never be rejected
When you need a friend to lean on
You know you never need a reason
To count on my love
You can count on my love
You can count on my love

Lazy Dreamer

You fall hard
You fall deep
Even when you're awake
You look half asleep
Do you even know what you did last summer
Wandering around deaf, dumb and blind
With the girls all hanging around you

Is that no or yes
We'll have to guess
Mysterious eyes let you see what you want
Half the time you didn't know any better
But half the time you did
Hanging around like tomorrow doesn't apply to you

Lazy dreamer
You never want to rise
Stubborn in-betweener
You're almost paralyzed
Makes no difference to you
The sun shining in your eyes
Or the buzzer that's whining
They're waiting for you
They don't even realize
You're still out like a light

Still late at home
Bet that's you on the phone
Like a dog you show up
And wag your tail for a bone
Half the time you didn't know any better
But half the time you did
Hanging around like tomorrow doesn't apply to you

Lazy dreamer
You never want to rise
Stubborn in-betweener
You're almost paralyzed
Makes no difference to you
The sun shining in your eyes
Or the buzzer that's whining
They're waiting for you
They don't even realize
You're still out like a light
You're still out like a light

Dude gets him off
What the neighbors say
Lives in a room by himself
Nudge him awake and he blinks his eyes
Doesn't recognize anyone at all

Lazy dreamer
You never want to rise
Stubborn in-betweener
You're almost paralyzed
Makes no difference to you
The sun shining in your eyes
Or the buzzer that's whining
They're waiting for you
They don't even realize
You're still out like a light
You're still out like a light
You're still out like a light
You're still out like a light
You're still out like a light

Everything to me

I bet it makes you laugh
Watching me work so hard to reach you
You never gave a damn
About all of those things I did to please you
All that you wanted
You found somewhere else
And nothing could drag you
Away from yourself

Do you really know me at all?
Would you take the time to catch me if I fall
Are you ever gonna be that real to me
Everything to me

Lucky I've been through hell
Back roads and shortcuts I know them well
Baby just stick with me
We'll make it together
Just wait and see

Do you really know me at all?
Would you take the time to catch me if I fall
Are you ever gonna be that real to me
Everything to me

The walls they close in
The air it goes out
We're left with nothing but a shadow of a doubt Nobody talks
No one is here
It's just you and me
Do you really know me at all?
Would you take the time to catch me if I fall
Are you ever gonna be that real to me
Do you really know me at all?
Would you take the time to catch me if I fall
Are you ever gonna be that real to me
Everything

I bet it makes you laugh
Watching me work so hard to reach you

Closer To You

I see the things you do
Do you think I wander through half blind?
I see the things you hide
The fear you have inside is nothing new
But I would never want to find out everything about you
'Cause I would never want to find out
What I thought, wasn't true

Your mind is a place
I don't need to embrace
What you've got in your heart is enough for me to start
Breaking through
And closer to you
Closer to you

I love you as you are
Near and not too far out of view
I love the way you walk, to hear it when you talk
Like you do
But I would never want to choose
What I like best about you
'Cause I would never want to spoil that
Mystery with a clue

Your mind is a place
I don't need to embrace
What you've got in your heart
Is enough for me to start
Filling up holes in my soul
I don't need your rock and roll to stay in tune
And open to you

Oh, the obviousness of all those frustrating fools
They wander all around, black and white,
No sound. No improvements.
But I see something like TV
But with a smell and a choice
When I feel yours and my heart beating
With the wealth of the universe

Your mind is a place
I don't need to embrace
What you've got in your heart
Is enough for me to start
Making your happiness my own Open up and let me show what I can
do
When I am closer to you
Closer to you

Table for One

I'm walking down in the basement
I'm leaning on the washing machine
I'm reaching back through a hole in the wall's insulation
I'm pulling out a bottle of vodk
Replacing that with a pint of Jim Beam
I'm lying down on the floor until I feel better

It's morning and I pour myself coffee
I drink it 'til the kitchen stops shaking
I'm backing out of the driveway and into creation
And the loving spirit that follows me, watching helplessly
Will always forgive me

Oh I want to die alone with my sympathy beside me
I want to bring down all those demons who drank with me
Feasting gleefully on my desperation

I hide all the bottles in places
They find and confront me with pain in their eyes
And I promise that I'll make some changes
But reaching back it occurs to me
There will always be some kind of crisis for me

Oh I want to die alone with my sympathy beside me
I want to bring back all those moments they stole from me
In my reverie
Darkening day's end

Oh I want to die alone with my memories inside me
I want to live that life when I could say people had faith in me
I still see that guy in my memory

Oh I want to die alone with my sympathy beside me
I want to bring down all those people who drank with me
Watching happily
My humiliation

Why I Lie

If you ask me why I lied to you
I couldn't tell you
I don't know myself
It's amazingly dishonest
But I'd have to recognize it as part of myself

Straighten up
Why can't you straighten up
I've heard you tell me this so many times

It doesn't even stick
I get it all the time
I get it all the time
You know I love to make a joke of it

And if you ask me why I hurt you
I don't understand it
I can't help myself
It's a special combination
Of predatory instinct and simple ill will

I would give some thought to it
If I thought that it might do me some good
Some good

Straighten up
Why can't you straighten up
You always say I'll lose control of it

And thirty is not too old

Well mama I would give some thought to it
If I thought that it might do me some good
Some good
Some good
Some good

Lost Tonight

Yeah, you've got a pretty young face
And a pretty old soul
Got a pretty old soul

And yeah you know you got what it takes
But you're never too cold
You're never too cold

And I wanna get lost tonight with you
Let me know if it's alright that I do
'Cause I wanna get lost tonight with you
What you've got is what I'm running to

Yeah, you've heard it all before
But this time it's true
This time it's true

Yeah, I'm not that kind of girl
But I could be for you
I could be for you

And I wanna get lost tonight with you
Let me know if it's alright that I do
'Cause I wanna get lost tonight with you
What you've got is what I'm running to

Wouldn't you know there's a blackout tonight
We're stuck here with
Nothing to do
But lean out the window and find paradise
We've both got nothing to lose

And I wanna get lost tonight with you
Let me know if it's alright that I do
'Cause I wanna get lost tonight with you
What you've got is what I'm running to

Everything (Between Us)

We have everything we need here
We have everything between us
You have nothing left to fear dear
'Cause it ain't ever gonna leave us

We might get a room downtown now
Get away for a half day
We might drive a car down to the next town
Get away from our family

Let your body move real slow
Tell your body we left yesterday
Let your body hold me close
Let your body move you

We have everything we need here
We have everything between us
You have nothing left to fear dear
'Cause it ain't ever gonna leave us

Let your body move real slow
Tell your body we left yesterday
Let your body hold me close
Let your body move you

Let your body move real slow
Tell your body we left yesterday
Let your body hold me close
Let your body move you

Let your body move real slow
Tell your body we left yesterday
Let your body hold me close
Let your body move you

We have everything we need here
We have everything between us

Giving It All To You

They can say what they want
But I don't hear a thing
'Cause they can't read my thoughts
Or the secrets between us
All of this time you were a part of me
Shining like a star in my galaxy

And I reach out
Trusting you're there
It's like walking on a high wire into thin air
And I'm waking up to the dream
It's like bouncing so high on a trampoline
And I know that there's one thing
Between me and nothing
Baby you are that something that pulls me through
So I'm giving it all to you

Could it be you and me?
Can't stop thinking about all of the crazy possibilities
I don't want to keep my feelings locked inside
Every time I see you, you just blow my mind

And I reach out
Trusting you're there
It's like walking on a high wire into thin air
And I'm waking up to the dream
It's like bouncing so high on a trampoline
And I know that there's one thing
Between me and nothing
Baby you are that something that pulls me through
So I'm giving it all to you

Others have tried to get to me
But I see through them eventually
'Cause you're the only one that I wanna be with
So I'm giving it all to you
Giving it all

Every time I see you all my systems align
You explode on me just like a meteorite
And I reach out
Trusting you're there
It's like walking on a high wire into thin air
And I'm waking up to the dream
It's like bouncing so high on a trampoline
And I know that there's one thing
Between me and nothing
Baby you are that something that pulls me through
So I'm giving it all to you
So I'm giving it all to you
I know that there's one thing
I know that there's one thing
Baby you are that something that pulls me through
So I'm giving it all to you
Giving it all to you

Could it be you and me
Can't stop thinking about all of the crazy possibilities

Funstyle

Smoke

"Hey, Liz, what's in the box?"
"What's in the box?"
"What's in the box?"

It's my little voice of self-doubt

Liz, ATO will never put this out!
You won't be washing dishes in this town!
They'll make mud out of you! Is that what you want?!
You're well on your way, kid!
Kaput! Kablooey! Kablam!

There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!

"Um, 'Liz Phair'?"
"Sorry, you're not on the list."
"Could you check it again please?"
"I already checked it. Please move to the back of the line."
"Which list do I have to be on?"
"If you have to ask, you're not on it."
"Wait... Whoa! Whoa, whoa!"
"You're not getting in."
"Fine - fuck you!"
"Have fun on land!"

There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!

"No, I mean, Jon Brion's really cool"
"I just think we should do something a little more 'Chicago'."
"Yeah, we could give a track to iTunes."
"I don't know John Mayer. I met him."

You dummy!

There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy!
There, smoke on that!
You dummy...

Bollywood

I was tripping looking at my portfolio
Wondering how I was gonna make enough dough y'know
Called up a friend who wrote for One Tree Hill and Jericho
He had a job for me, and check it, with a four-letter company

Get it on
Get it on

Hey, I got a proposition for ya
How 'bout you let me keep my profits as a scorer
Record sales are shrinking, I'm gettin' poorer
I got a kid to feed, how about you cut a deal with me

Ha! Hey look, Liz we see you as a commodity
We've been with you since Day One and that's an oddity

And after a series of phone calls
To the great publishing houses of Ursa Minor,
I reached my representative, who pulled out the contract
From the File Cabinet
On microfiche
In the form of Tablets
Made of stone
Then he said

Let me see, it's here in my folder
Oh shit, you're twenty years older
Still hot, but getting a lot colder
And you wanna cut a what with me

Let me tell you how it's done here in the Hollywood
Maybe you was thinking you was in the Bollywood
If I wanna break the rule, you know I probably could
C-B-S has gotta R-E-S-P-E-C-T
C-B-S has gotta R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Liz, I'd love to help you out
But we have what we call Standards & Practices

In legal terms, we're referring to this as a recoupable interest
In an artist's compositions on vinyl, plastic, digital
And all transmittable airwaves
For a period of no less than six or nine years
In all territories of the Earth
The solar system and the known universe

And I replied

Listen here, my dear little Roni
Don't you give me no phoney-baloney
This is not my first Pretty Pony
Don't you know you're fucking with me

Oh, it's a bad day for the pool boy
Come to clean, and discover you, boy
Face down and feet turning blue, boy
Now your eyes are closed, you finally have the sight to see

It's all mine
It's all mine
It's all mine

You Should Know Me

Not supposed to talk about it
Analyze it
We should be there together
With our hearts in our hands
We should feel it
Come together
Like the wave meets the sand
Well, you should know me better than that

Not supposed to try and move in
To dive in
We should meet there together
At our pace, with our plan
On dry land
Clement weather
So we both understand
Well, you should know me better than that

I get down
I get up
I get angry
I get sad
I get sad
I get even a little misty
When I think of what we had
But you're building a dam where our lives should be
And you're lying on top of the beauty
And your closing eyes turn away from me
Refusing to see who I am
Well, you should know me better than that

You should know me better than that

Miss September

Well, I've been in this garden of Eden a long time
And I've never seen Adam do anything I understand
When I see you gunning for me double four time
Then I probably haven't been doing the best that I can

So if you miss how we were in September
And you wonder if I know what we had
Well, I'm sorry that you have to remember
But don't be sad
Because I've been happy too
Yes, I have
I wanna spend my life with you

They've got you in ropes and they're prodding you all night
The lion must roar if the crowd's gonna fill up the stands
Right now it's struggle to just hold your head high
Well, baby, hang on, 'cause I'm coming as fast as I can

So if you miss how we were in September
And you wonder if I know what we had
Well, I'm sorry that you have to remember
But don't be sad
Because I've been happy too
Every day
I wanna spend my time with you

And I'll take you down
Through your pain, and your tears, break it down
And I'll stay in your eyes 'til you sleep
And I'll lay with your prize inside of me
Keep it calm, and keep it safe
Until you awake

I've been happy too
Yes, I have
I wanna spend my life with you

I've been happy too
Every day
I wanna spend my time with you

My My

Take a good look at your dead-end life
Tell me you don't long for the good times
Just a moment to your self again
Worries disappear where you begin

You got a lot more money and my bitch got style
Gonna drive that honey down the road for a while
Take me far away
Got no reason left to stay

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been a good girl but I'm not
Little attitude is what I got

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been lies, could've been free
Could've been something in between

Take a slow train to a better place
Wake up somewhere to a sweeter face
Life is short before you realize
You're pushing daisies straight up to the sky

You got a lot more money and my bitch got style
Gonna tap that honey and they come for miles
To take me on the road
Gonna lose my self-control

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been a good girl but I'm not
Little attitude is what I got

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been lies, could've been free
Could've been something in between

Take this person you've never known
Find a love you can call your own
Someday maybe you'll recognize
That your beauty lies inside
If you'd just let it out sometime

Oh come on
Oh come on

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been a good girl but I'm not
Little attitude is what I got

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been a good girl but I'm not
Little attitude is what I got

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been a good girl but I'm not
Little attitude is what I got

My my, all good
Feels a bit better than it should
Could've been lies, could've been free
Could've been something in between

Oh, Bangladesh

Why do you treat me so good
With all the love that you have
You chase me into the wood
And feed my baby-bird mouth

I turn my back for a moment
And all the love starts to swell
Don't need no pill to take me under
And love you so well

Wake up and sing
Wake up dancing
Wake up and sing

How dare you be you, how dare I be me
The two of us lost in our own fantasy
Oh, Bangladesh, you're all I think of
And nothing, oh nothing is ever enough

Wake up and sing
Wake up dancing
Wake up and sing

Wake up dancing
Wake up and sing
Wake up and sing

Why do you treat me so good
With all the mess that I'm in
I feel the reach of the cue
Whenever we begin
You shoot your ball in my pocket
And all the love starts to swell
One good reason to get under
And love you so well

Wake up and sing
Wake up dancing
Wake up and sing

Oh, Bangladesh, how could you believe
There's nowhere on Earth that I'd rather be
With Hell down below and Heaven above
And nothing, oh nothing
Nothing, oh nothing
Wake up dancing
Nothing
Wake up and sing
Is ever enough

Bang! Bang!

Oh, let me put it all back
This runaway train is running out of track
No more tricks in the old trick-sack
The minutes tick by till the watch face turns black

I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…

On the phone
But you're not at home
And the trees are blown
By the wind
Please let me say,
I had a hard one today
I never could feel okay
Alone

I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…
I wanna go
Bang, bang, bang, bang…

Beat is up

The trick to happiness is to ignore anything negative you might feel about yourself:
That people don't really like you that much
That you got fat because you're lonely
Or that your parents are going to die

I like to get my coffee with all the little frothy things on the side
And I like to put in those little sticks

The trick to freedom is to deny your past regrets
Questionable lovers, lies, drunken weekends

I just like to have a lot of energy
My life demands it
Everything's up, all the time
Up, up, up!

What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!

People like positive people
Positivity makes good things happen

My husband doesn't let me buy those tabloid magazines
'Cause he says that it makes me fight with him more

Pills that you mix with wine
That your husband and you aren't having sex any more
That you got married for the money
It's been positively proved that most Top forty hits have a BPM of one twenty or more

I definitely like the gin-sing
And the gingko bal- ... boa?

What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!

Sometime you picture yourself getting impaled
On an imaginary spike sticking out from over your bed
When you keep forgetting to call somebody back
But the more time goes by, the less you feel like calling
Because you're embarrassed

'Cause it kind of makes you freaky
And you don't want people to think you're freaky
Even though you are kind of freaky
But only in the bedroom
L-O-L

My mom says I'm really hard on my kids
I don't want them growing up thinking
That everything's just gonna be handed to them
They're gonna have to work their asses off, just like I did!
You know, we get them up at six in the morning
We're like, "Come on, get up! Get outta the bed!
It's gonna be a great day! C'mon!" "Up, up, UP!"

What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!

What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
What's the beat? The beat is up, ah!
How high? To the sky!

And he slayed her

Everything you've got is mine
And you won't get away with it this time
I'm coming for you with a wooden stake
Nail you right through your heart and up to your gate

Ding Dong, the witch is dead
Come out of your house, uncover your head
Dang Dong, this crooked soul
Hanged himself on rock 'n' roll

I mean, what kind of kid were you when you were a kid
What kind of man would do what you did
What kind of life did you think you were gonna live
When everyone in town put a price on your head

Ding Dong, the witch is dead
Come out of your house, uncover your head
Dang Dong, his crooked soul
Hang yourself on rock 'n' roll

The mob sang as the pitchforks rang
And the torch flames swung
Up to light the way ahead
He fled in the darkness and dread
And the tower it bled till it trembled and swayed
And he fell straight to Hell, and there he stayed
He fell straight to Hell, and there he stayed

Ding Dong, the witch is dead
Come out of your house, uncover your head
Dang Dong, this crooked soul
Hang theirself on rock 'n' roll
Ding Dong, the witch is dead
Come out of your house, uncover your head
Dang Dong, this crooked soul
Hang yourself on rock 'n' roll

Satisfied

I fell in love along the way, somewhere I couldn't stay
But it's nice to take a detour sometimes
You drove me out in your rented car, we didn't have to go too far
To look back on the city lights

Some things aren't that different
But other things, they change

You've got the world at your feet
With everything you need
Tell me, are you satisfied
It all comes easily to you
With everything you do
Tell me, are you satisfied

I came, I saw, I kicked its ass
I walked away, and I never looked back
I remember you, when you held my hair
As I puked, oh, everywhere

Some things aren't that different
But other things, they change

You've got the world at your feet
With everything you need
Tell me, are you satisfied
It all comes easily to you
With everything you do
But tell me, are you satisfied

I want to be like you
You want to be like me

You've got the world at your feet, with everything you need
But tell me, are you satisfied
It all comes easily to you, with everything you do
But tell me, are you satisfied

I felt it turn along the way
Somewhere I couldn't stay
But tell me, are you satisfied

U Hate It

Oh no, yeah
"Hey, so I got the new Liz track
Have you heard it? Did you like it?"
"No, I hate it"
"You hated it?"
"I hate it"
"Yah, you hated it, huh? I hated it too"
"I really hate it"
"Oh, you really hate it?"
"I really, really hate it"

Uh oh, you don't agree on it
Uh oh, I totally love it
Uh oh, I think I'm a genius
Uh oh, you're being a penius
Colada, that is

"I hated it that much as well"

Hate it
"I think you and I are exactly hate for hate, you know?"
Oh, how you hate it
"That may be, but mine's enormous"
You hate it
"Yes, although, my hate could grow."
"My hate is growing."
"Oh."
So much
Oh, how you hate it
"It's getting... larger and hotter. And with the dog that bit me? that I got rabies from?"
"Yeah, I hated it more than..."
"That was the neighbours' dog, but it was still my rabies."
Oh, how you hate it
"I don't think you hate it as much as I hate it"
"Remember that time they wouldn't let me back into the country?"
You really hate it, so much
"That guy at the, at the airport? The security guy?"
"Yeah."
"That I said I was gonna hunt down and ... hate?"

No wonder that you hate it, 'cause it's all about you
Funny you should say that, 'cause it hates you too
I wonder if you hate it 'cause it's something you can't do
And I'm losing love for you
"You hated him?"
"I hated him. Well, I hate the record more"

Uh oh, we don't agree on it
"I hate it"
Uh oh, I totally love it
Uh oh, I think I'm a genius
"Hate it"
Uh oh, you're being a penius
Colada, that is
"Yeah, no, I really hate it. I really do."

Hate it, oh, how you hate it, you hate it, so much
Oh, how you hate it, oh, how you hate it
"You know, I listened to it twice. The second time was worse"
You really hate it
"on a scale of 1 to..."
"Oh, it was P.U., was the scale of..."
"Wow, so a 10 for..."
"We should open a window."
So much

No wonder that you hate it, 'cause it's all about you
Funny you should say that, 'cause it hates you too
I wonder if you hate it 'cause it's something you can't do
And I'm losing love for you

"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!
Oh! Oh, um, oh, thank you so much!
There's, there's, oh my God, thank you!
I wanna thank ATO, and I wanna thank Will Gatlin(?)
Evan Frankfurt, you're the best!
Shoutout to Evan Frankfurt! Doc Dauer, um
Jon Salter, and Will Botwin, and, keys, keys!
Can you believe it?! Oh God, Oh my God, I'm so nervous!
Um, I wanna thank my boyfriend, Andrew, and, mom, dad!
And Nick, Nick! Oh, God. Who am I forgetting?
Who am I forgetting? Oh, Jack Trott, and Dave Matthews!
Dave Matthews, you're the best..."

"You know, I always loved that record"
"I liked it too. Always, from the beginning."
"From the very beginning."
"She's a great artist, I told you."
"Way back, I knew this was gonna be a hit.
You know, the concept design of the album, the cover itself..."
"Solid gold. Solid gold."
"And the marketing level? To the audience, demographic we chose had a lot to do with it."
"You know, I don't wanna blow my own bugle, but, er, this was coming."
"I liked it a lot. The way it was handled, you know
"The exposure, and the way we didn't overexpose the exposure."
"Well, we kept a low profile."
"And the profile we did have, was, our profile, so, we're right up in there."
"But now I think we can, you know, take a deep bow of self-congratulatory..."
"Obeisance to the industry and to us in particular."
"Well said."

Non Albums Tracks

Beginning To See The Light

( performed during many of the April 1995 shows; featured on the Pottymouth Girl bootleg)

You want me home, but I'm gone all night
And we've probably been in some kind of fight
But if that's not real, and that's not right...
And I'm beginning to see the light
Yes, I'm beginning to see the light

When all the stars up in Heaven were rushed by an angel
To see the light in your face better
And if God would only listen
He would surely create us
A hope of his everlasting grace

And I may be young, but I still know
The things you put down can rise from below
And I can hardly believe you would lay this at my door
'Cause I have heard that song before
Yes, I have heard that song before

When all the stars up in Heaven were rushed by an angel
To see the light in your face better
And if God would only listen
He would surely create us
A hope of his everlasting grace

You want me home, but I'm gone all night
And we've probably been in some kind of fight
But if that's not real, and that's not right...
And I'm beginning to see the light
Yes, I'm beginning to see the light

Blood Keeper

Do it right
Save time
Make love
Feel fine about everything

I'm obsessed, I'm a wreck, I'm insane
Isn't that what you want me to say
Don't you need to feel my blood on the tracks today

Look right
Shield my eyes
Cough it up
Apologize to everyone

I'm obsessed, I'm a wreck, I'm insane
Isn't that what you want me to say
Don't you need to feel my blood on the tracks today

Lovely body parts for everyone
Come and take them off right now
What do you need them for, it’s just the two of us
No one's asking you why

I'm obsessed, I'm a wreck, I'm insane
Isn't that what you want me to say
Don't you need to feel my blood on the tracks today

Do it right
Save time
Close the nest
Wash your hands of everyone

I'm obsessed, I'm a wreck, I'm insane
Isn't that what you want me to say
Don't you need to feel my blood on the tracks today

I'm obsessed, I'm a wreck, I'm insane
Isn't that what you want me to say
Don't you need to feel my blood on the tracks today

Bouncer's Conversation

( Comeandgetit EP )

See that girl alone
Dressed all in her evening clothes?
She's dying
'Cause her boyfriend didn't show up

Pull her out of line
Stick her in a waiting room
And ignore her
'Til her face gets really bloated

And I wonder what it's like
To be suckin' all the time
You never get it right
And you're never gonna win
And your ass is on your face
And your life is such a waste
And there's sugar
Leanin' in the window

See that amazon?
Her head looks like its connected to her shoulders
They look like little boulders

Turn her 'round and 'round
Take a mental picture of her naked
Inebriated
Face down on the linoleum

And I wonder what it's like
To be suckin' all the time
You never get it right
And you're never gonna win
And your ass is on your face
And your life is such a waste
And there's sugar
Walkin' to the dressing room

What would I give to be her
Joyride, daddy-o, tonight

And I wonder what it's like
To be suckin' all the time
You never get it right
And you're never gonna win
And your ass is on your face
And your life is such a waste
And there's sugar
Headin' to the barrio

With a faggot on her left
And a faggot on her right
And my dick is getting limp
'Cause the chicks all suck tonight
And the band is such a bore
And I've seen it all before
And there's sugar
Making me a video

What would I give to be her
Joyride, daddy-o, tonight

Can't Get Out Of What I'm Into

( I-Tunes Bonus Track for Somebody's Miracle LP )

The things they say are getting harder to take
But I can't get out of what I'm into
And the jokes they tell are meant to wish me well
But I can't get out of what I'm into

'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to laugh about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny

The looks they give are starting to make me sick
But I can't get out of what I'm into
And the lines they try might as well be from a guy
But I can't get out of what I'm into

'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to cry about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny
Yeah my real life ain't fucking funny

Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?

The things I have to do would make a slut blush blue
But I can't get out of what I'm into
I figure two more years, then I'll go back to queers
But I can't get out of what I'm into

'Cause it's a steady job
And it's the only thing that makes me money
And it gives me something to laugh about
'Cause my real life ain't fucking funny

Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?
Ooooh Lord, ooooh Lord
Ooooh Lord, why have you forsaken me?


Carnivore

(from the Carnivore 7" single)

You've told me maybe a thousand times
A smart girl would've recognized
There isn't any business in the street

But some nights, Daddy
I catch you wrapped up tight like a sleeping bag
You're softly twisting a pinata suspended out of reach

But I know with one good slap
I could take care of that
But who wants to loose the beast of spring?

I guess it started off slow
But it's picking up speed
And it's gaining on me
Like a carnivore

Daylight catches me by surprise
Almost every night
And kicks my way another hole to sleep

I guess it started off slow
But it's picking up speed
And it's gaining on me
Like a carnivore

Combo platter

She said that it's probably a bad place to be
But it's probably worse than Manhattan
Looks like shit and it feels like America
Looks like shit and it feels like America
Take the train right up to the zoo
Don't look back on what you've been through
Cause everyone's got a Monday
Looks like shit and it feels like America
Looks like shit and it feels like America
It's nice to be liked
But it's better by far to get paid
I know that most of the friends that I have
Don't really see it that way
But if you could give em each one wish
How much do you want to bet
They'd wish success for themselves and their friends
And that would include lots of money
I would surely include lots of money
So if there are any of you little green elves
Sitting out there today
Step right up wish me old Irish luck
But I also need shitloads of money
And if there are any of you dirty rich old men
Sitting up there in the shade
Step right up I'm a lucky fuck
But I'm gonna need shitloads of money
I have got to have shitloads of money
I have got to have shitloads of money
(backwards part-"Johnny Sunshine", acoustic)
(new music and lyrics fade in)
You came over to my house
Didn't even knock you just walked inside
And when I didn't want to talk
You said, "Oh, god, I know all the bullshit"
Don't be so in love with yourself (x3)
Cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not
And I said, "You've got a lot of nerve
Coming over here after all of the times that
You've tried to pull the wool over my eyes
And my ears and nose and mouth"
Don't be so in love with yourself (x3)
Cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not
And I said, "You've got a lot of nerve
After all, it wasn't me who left and now
You're sleeping with that girl that you used
To say that you have always hated"
Don't be so in love with yourself (x3)
Cause I'm not
Don't you know I'm not


Don't Have Time

(from the Higher Learning soundtrack)

Take a look around
This is what it's now
It's a little bridge now, baby
It's a little bridge now
Just a photograph
Kinda makes me laugh
It's a little kid now, baby
Some little kid

If I could solve your problems
What do you think I would be
One stupid seagull picking styrofoam up out of the sea?
Don't have time
Don't have time
Don't have time for all your problems
Why don't you solve them?

Take a look around
This is what it's now
It's a little bridge now, baby
It's a little bridge now
Just a photograph
Kinda makes me laugh
It's a little kid now
Pudgy, dumb little kid

If I could solve your problems
What do you think I would see?
All of my beautiful banquet receipts have been laid out for me
It's been played out for me

Don't have time for your fear, and your tea, and your queer little feats
And your joy, and your sweet little boy
And you're trapped in your sphere
I'm sorry but no one's home

I couldn't hear you, and now I think I've lost you
I could've made it easier and you would think that's good
Don't remember feeling older any worse than feeling wooden and alone
Wooden and alone

Down

Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down

Butterfly lets her wing brush past your shoulder
I know you know her around by the way she's so familiar

You keep bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Keep bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down

All the time you were telling me you loved me
You've been sleeping around
And the shame of it hangs above me like a cloud

You're bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down

I'm hearing lies
I'm feeling the sting of surprise
I make myself stand up and leave
And turn my back on your hollow pleas

Let it ride
Let the wind blow past my shoulders
Let the road like a ribbon unwind
And the pain of it make me older

Let the world keep bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Keep bringing me
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down

Fine Again

( Comeandgetit EP )

You travel back
Unwind and unpack
And it's fine again

I get a ring
You're bringing me things
And it's fine again

Everyone wonders
How we stay in love
And I tell them
That it's hell when it's bad
But it's good
Good
Good when it's good
And boy it is good to be back
To be back
To be back

I give a shake
You don't even break
Cause it's fine again

All the world looks like
It's taking a bath
Cause it's fine again

Everyone wonders
How we stay in love
And I tell them
That it's hell when it's bad
But it's good
Good
So good when it's good
And boy it is good to be back
To be back
To be back

Give a Little Bit

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
Give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care
C'mon
Give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you

Greased Lightning

I had a dream, and you were in it.
You ran a race, but you didn't win it.
And I wasn't sorry to see you lose
I would have paid good money, to have them grease your shoes

Grease lightning, going no where at all
It was frightening to watch you skid, right into a fall

You spent your life expecting me to watch
So each time you slipped down, I cut a lower notch.
So I wasn't sorry to feel you slide.
If this is your body, I'm a thorn in your side.

Grease lightning, going no where at all
It was frightening to watch you skid, right into a fall

If you think that it's gone and forgotten, then you're wrong

Grease lightning, going no where at all
It was frightening to watch you skid, right into a fall

Grease lightning, going no where at all
It was frightening to watch you skid, right into a fall

Hurricane Cindy

( Comeandgetit EP )

What's that piece of ass I see walkin' over here?
What's that little shiny thing?
Make it disappear.

And when I walk I'm a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip outta me.
My emotions rip outta me.

Don't you want to kill her?
Knock her off her chair?
God, I think I will if she keeps playin' with her hair.

And when I walk I'm a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip outta me.
My emotions rip outta me.

Hold me close and never let me go
All my life I've wanted them to know
A few things about me
I feel beautiful today

Today is Saturday
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
Saturday, Saturday, what's on the heel?
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday
Saturday, Saturday, what's on the heel?

And when I walk I'm a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip outta me.
My emotions rip outta me.

Put it on the stereo and play
All my life I've wanted them to say
A few things about me
I feel beautiful today
Lovely, I feel beautiful

I can't stand my self.
I can't stand my life.
I can't stand in these six-inch heels anymore.

And when I walk I'm a cyclone
You should see it get rolling
Open my heart and emotions rip outta me
My emotions rip outta me.

And when I walk I'm in high school
You should see the commotion
A hundred people drowning in oceans inside me


I'll Get You High

(performed at a couple of the shows on the April 1995 solo electric tour)

Saw your car, so I know you're here
It's been such a long time, looking totally weird
But I don't remember why
Pull the trigger and die

What a beautiful day for a drive
Not a cloud left in the sky
Why don't you give me a ride to the studio
I'll get you high
I'll get you high

[sung to the tune of the Flintstones theme:]
Bimbo, meet the bimbo
She's a modern stone-age family
Drowned out, thrown out of Glencoe
She's a face without a history
Now that cat will stay out for the night
Fred gets in a terrifying fight
We all back down and beg him not tonight
Come in the living room and dry your eyes
Dry your eyes

In that old familiar valley
Where I have dumped my heavy load
Mom and Dad sit back in the loveseat
From too much loss, from too much hope

What a beautiful day for a drive
Not a cloud left in the sky
Why don't you give me a ride to the studio
I'll get you high
I'll get you high

Jeremy Engle

( Comeandgetit EP )

Jeremy Engle
Lives in a tangled
Rent controlled apartment
With his communist family
There are books all around them
The dining room table is lacquered
With news clippings
Yellowing badly
They argue at dinner
His brother's friends drop by
To throw a line in or two
About Tolstoy
They all play guitar
And they're all very far away
In their own minds
From the upper west side
Of manhattan
I never got past his
Googly eyes
That looked at me sadly
In mocking surprise
The way a lord looks at his placemat
Or a stain on his tie
It never happened for me
And Jeremy Engle though
Wanted to step through that portal
And try on that other dimension
Of high high browism
Jeremy's hair and brow
Grow very high
And no not I
I'm more of a napkin
Not blessed with the vision
Beyond how I'm matching
The china and wine
Now there are the Engles
Skewering Lenin
And chewing through
Six pounds of venison
Thigh that they shot up
In upstate New York
At their uncle's
Jeremy needs me
To wipe off his eye
Some gelatinous thingy
That his brother's rebuttaling
Mouthful let fly
Sometimes all you need is a napkin
Sometimes all you need is a napkin


Oh My God/That's The Way I Like It

(as performed on Squirt TV, April 1996)

Oh my God
(Oh my God)
I've been saved
I saw the light today and it flung me back to the edge

Oh my God
What are you asking of me?
What have I done to you lately that could make you treat me so badly?

Oh my God
I've been sitting by the fence
Wondering which one of you I'm going to visit in the end

This is the world, brother, as you made it to be
Whatever in it of strife and pain, you put there for us to see
For us to see
And I see it

That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh
You should wash your hair first, uh huh uh huh

I'm going out tonight, gonna get it on
I'm gonna go to the bar
Gonna spend all my money, innit that funny?
That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
That's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh
You should hold me down, cross my legs

Here it comes now
You can feel it stretching down the street like two pairs of legs
They're walking your way
And you like it, you like it
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it, uh huh uh huh
Yeah, that's the way, uh huh uh huh
You would like it, uh huh uh huh
You would like it if I played that way
That's the way, uh huh uh huh
That's the way, uh huh uh huh
That's the way, uh huh uh huh
I like it

Shallow Opportunities

( Comeandgetit EP )

I don't understand you
You're just a man who talks at me
I'll just sit and take your pleasantry
Until you run out of things to run past me

I don't have a reason
I don't have a plan
I operate on instinct

I give you the best of me
My sexy sexy slight of hand

I'll wait right here
Till you get back
And take my shallow opportunity
If you can't guess that I'm hanging out to see
What you can do for me
Cause you were new to me
And that's what this game is all about (is all about)
And that's what this game is all about (is all about)
And that's what this game is all about...

Sorry Baby

(Minnie Driver feat. Liz phair)

I wish you everything good
It's no less than you deserve
Wish I could fake what you want
Oh, I give you my love

Sorry baby
Sorry baby
Sorry baby, I’m sorry baby
I miss you now

You grow like a tree in my life
Yeah, but I’m like a vine
Can't let you carry my weight anymore
Baby, it's mine

Sorry baby
Sorry baby
Sorry baby, I’m sorry baby
I miss you now

You are a thousand miles away
And I can't come find you anymore
Anymore

Oh, I’ve got a ghost in my head
Yeah, he's a bad man
Some kind of lingering dept
Oh, I pay what I can

Sorry baby
Sorry baby
Sorry baby, I’m sorry baby
I miss you now

The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)

(theme for The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, from the Saturday Morning Cartoons compilation)

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la

One banana, two banana
Three banana, four
Four bananas make a bunch
And so do many more
Over hill and highway
The banana buggies go
Comin' on to bring you
The Banana Splits Show

Makin' up a mess of fun
Makin' up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la

Four banana, three banana
Two banana, one
All bananas playing in the bright warm sun
Flippin' like a pancake, poppin' like a cork
Fleagle, Bingo, Drooper an' Snork

Makin' up a mess of fun
Makin' up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la

Two banana, four banana
One banana, three
Swingin' like a bunch of monkeys
Hangin' from a tree
Hey there everybody
Won't you come along and see
How much like banana splits
Everyone can be

Makin' up a mess of fun
Makin' up a mess of fun
Lots of fun for everyone

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la
Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la

Wasted

(performed on a number of radio broadcasts and at many live shows)

All the people we all know
Are wasted away on a holiday
Everywhere these people go
They're wasted away
There's nothing to borrow
Wasted today, they're wasted tomorrow
And I wouldn't want it from you
And I wouldn't take it anyhow
I just want to borrow time and to give my body peace of mind

All the people we all know
Are wasted away on a holiday
Everywhere my buddies go
They're wasted away
Their eyes are like pinholes
Nothing to say, we're acting like assholes

White Babies

(from the Chinny Chin Chin: 4 N.Y. Bands compilation)

My black market white baby dealer
Is hunting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Brings back clean, fresh white babies to me

He brings back
Oh my God, he brings back
He brings back clean, fresh, white expensive babies

My smile is dime a dozen
My lips are cherry red
My eyes are blue like the sky is blue
I got good shoulders under my head
I look like your mother
I look like your great-aunt
Sit me down in your family photo
And everyone tells me that I, I look just like you

(I changed this verse for you)

My black market white baby dealer
Is hunting around overseas
My black market white baby dealer
Brings back clean, fresh white babies to me
Clean, fresh white babies to me
Clean, fresh white babies to me

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening?
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking
In a winter wonderland

Gone away
Is the bluebird
Here to stay
Is a new bird
He sings a love song
As we go along
Walking
In a winter wonderland

In the meadow
We can build a snowman
And pretend
That he is Parson Brown
He'll say are you married?
We'll say No man
But you can do the job
When you're in town

Later on, we'll conspire
As we dream, by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Walking
In a winter wonderland

In the meadow
We can build a snowman
And pretend
That he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun
With Mr. Snowman
Until the other kids
Come knock him down

When it's cold
Ain't it thrilling
When your nose
Gets to chilling
We'll frolic and play
The eskimo way
Walking
In a winter wonderland

Walking
In a winter wonderland


You Have No Idea

(performed during the April 25, 1995 show in New York City)

You have no idea how much I love you
What I would do for your natural touch
And you have no idea just how I'd hold you
When I am woken from a dream, something bad had happened to us

But I would talk my mouth off
If I thought, oh yes, baby
It would glue you forever to me

And I've worn out my pride
And I've torn at the sky
And I've beaten at the devil
With one heathenist sigh

And I'd never let anyone harm you while I'm alive
I'd never let anyone harm you while I'm alive

You have no idea how much it moves me
Just staring deeply into your green eyes
And you have no idea just how completely I adore you
You would be so surprised

But I would talk my mouth off
If I thought, oh yes, baby
It would glue you forever to me

And I've worn out my pride
And I've torn at the sky
And I've beaten at the devil
With one heathenist sigh

And I'd never let anyone harm you while I'm alive
I'd never let anyone harm you while I'm alive
I'd never let anyone harm you while I'm alive

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