Bio

"Paul Fogarty is the quintessential 
Singer/Songwriter..."  

(Joe Lamont of Pipeline Entertainment Group - whose clients include
music legends and Grammy winners Jose Feliciano and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT)



Paul Fogarty at the Pony Bar, Hamburg, Germany 2010. Photo by Peter Scheibner

Pic by Peter Scheibner, Hamburg, Germany 
 
"Is This Too Deep For Anyone?"


Singer-songwriter Paul Fogarty is not your regular guitar strumming troubadour. 

Before turning full-time to music in 2001 Fogarty worked as an Investigative Journalist in Australia, exposing fraud, corruption, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement at all governmental and corporate levels across multiple industries and portfolios. He rose to national editor of two bi-weekly industry publications.

Paul’s dogged, hard line questioning and natural sense of irreverence made him a formidable force in the ranks of the fourth estate.  But in 2001  at the behest of his girlfriend Paul turned his back on his burgeoning career for a simple, grass-roots life writing songs. He was still writing about  global and local issues but with a freedom he’d not been able to approach as a journalist. 

“When you work in investigative journalism,” says Fogarty, “you have gatekeepers who can and do stomp on a lot of your hard work - because it’s too sensitive, too close to home, or creates some kind of conflict within the organisation. What you end up with, as a journalist and writer, is a load of printed hogwash that crushes your soul every time you read it”.

“In songwriting,” he says. “You can work unimpeded and the truth has at least a chance of surviving.”

Fogarty has written more than 1200 songs on topics as diverse as corruption, love, loss, rural life, suicide, family, foreign policy, sexuality, bias, bullying, fast cars, slow boats, madness, contemporary life, social media, mis-used technology and even medical equipment. 

Paul’s songs come to him at all hours of the night and day.  “Being asleep is no excuse for not working,” he says. “Most of my song ideas and even complete songs come to me in my dreams.”

Fogarty hammers out new songs every week, some of which have made it into movies and TV shows seen and heard by millions. 

“My job in life is to tell the truth,” he says. “And to help people equip themselves for the task of finding their own authenticity.”  


He's been a featured  artist at music festivals in Switzerland, Holland and Germany. 

Paul wrote his first songs at age 15. "They just came into my head," he says. "I thought that's what you did when you turned 15..." 

He played his first solo songwriter concerts straight out of high school and played 150 gigs his first year. That same year he 
started writing jingles for radio commercials and enrolled at University in a journalism degree course. 

For the next decade Paul worked in dead-end jobs, took an eight-year hiatus from study, and wrote hundreds of songs.

"The songs wouldn't leave me alone," he says. "They were always tapping me on the shoulder, like, driving me insane."

Since quitting his job as a national editor for Thomson Legal and Regulatory Group Paul has released four independent albums. Breathe (2001) and Stagefright (2002) met with rave reviews and prompted Paul's first concert tour in Germany. 

Born Naked (2006) was released prior to the birth of Paul's first daughter, Bonnie in 2007. "Universal Records in New York and also Joe Lamont in Nashville were interested in my music by the time that album came out," he says. "I was teaching guitar and playing my songs at small local area gigs on the Sunshine Coast and trying to improve."

In 2008 Fogarty and his wife and daughter moved back to Germany for good. "I had the feeling the Europeans were more open to listening, to giving new music a chance," he says. 

By 2010 Fogarty was a regular on the singer-songwriter circuit in Germany, playing up to 100 concerts a year in every city and town that would have him. 

In 2014 he released his fourth independent album (Winds of Fortune) and started getting his songs featured in TV crime series and specials as well as film mainly in Germany. 

By 2016 Fogarty's songs had already appeared in a number of TV shows and movies in Germany.

2016-2017:   Paul continues to tour his solo show to rapt audiences in Europe. He's also working on recording a catalogue of songs for investors and interests in the USA.

"The sky, apparently, is the new limit."
 

As a live performer Paul's authentic lyrics and passionate delivery are enhanced by his dead-pan humour and natural stage presence. Here below is a list of some if his most requested songs.

Song Lyrics Baby....

# 600 Solid Days Of Pain

Babe I miss you more than I can say
Four feet on the floor
I can’t break away
I got my left hand flapping
Where my right-hand man should be
I’m sinking idiot chasers
Til I’m bended on a perilous knee

    Now don’t you take me for
    One of your good year guys
    I got 600 solid days of pain
    Raining out of my eyes

Oh Lord…Oh Lord

Babe don’t give me no reason
Just be who you are
Don’t flip, don’t trip
Don’t slip into the footprints of a fallen star
Keep your eyes wide open
And your ears both nailed to the ground
I’ll be the first to let you know
When your stagecoach is about to blow this town
And I do mean blow
And I do mean town
And I do mean blow
And I do mean town

    Now don’t you take me for
    One of your good year guys
    I got 600 solid days of pain
    Raining out of my eyes
    I’ve got 600 solid days of pain
    Raining out of my eyes.
    And I do mean blow
    And I do mean town
    And I do mean blow
    And I do mean town

Babe I miss you more than I can say
More than I can say
More than I can say
I do mean blow, I do mean town
I do mean blow, I do mean town…


Ain’t We All Got Shit To Sort Out
Baby please, don't make me reach back
for memories of things long past
baby better yet don't make me regret
ever fallin' for your line so fast

    Hold me love me tell me I'm your lovin' man
    If you gotta try then you could never understand

It's cold down here you know but the air is clear
and there's a promise of a better day to come
I'm only living in fear cos I forgot how to steer
I'm still kicking though my feet have gone numb
I'm still kicking there's a better day to come

    Hold me love me tell me I'm your lovin' man
    If you gotta try then you could never understand

Don't go all Southern preacher while I still feel glad to meet ya
ain't we all we all got shit to sort out
ain't we all we all got shit to sort out
Every face I see is sleeping
all made up and wet from weeping
ain't we all we all got shit to sort out
ain't we all we all got shit to sort out
ain't we all we all got shit to sort out...

    Hold me love me tell me I'm your lovin' man
    If you gotta try then you could never understand


All I Ever Wanted
All I ever wanted was a place to belong
All I ever wanted was someone to sing along
And all I ever needed was a place to hang my head
To slip beneath the sheets and pray Lord, let me wake up dead….

    And all I ever got was “boy, you’re a slave unto the world…
    There ain’t no freedom, love or peace, slave unto the world
    Bend your back, nose to the grindstone, slave unto the world
    Well I can’t believe in the lie no more….

All I ever asked for was a roof over our heads
Some warmth from wind some sustenance
To lay upon our bread
And all I ever hoped for was a world without disease
A world a god could hold in hand and rest upon his knees

    And all I ever got was “Boy why don’t you read between the lines…
    Bow down your head, lift up your game, it’s only hard and harder times
    Bend your back, nose to the grindstone, you’re a slave unto the world
    Well I can’t believe in the lie no more….

All I ever wanted was a place to belong
All I ever wanted was someone to sing along
And all I ever needed was a place to hang my head
To slip beneath the sheets and pray Lord, let me wake up dead….

All I ever wanted
All I ever wanted 
All I ever wanted



Already On Your Way
"Don't you leave me, this way
I don't have nothing much more to say,
you never come, you just arrive,
every time I see you I feel more alive
    well I don't know how to love you
    less than I did yesterday
    you accuse me of a love that's dying
    but babe I see you're already on your way...

Snow is falling down on the ground
little yellow beaked bird don't make no sound,
sky is swirling, down a drain hole
somehow you drained all the colour from my soul
    well I don't know how to love you
    less than I did yesterday
    you accuse me of a love that's dying
    babe I see you're already on your way...

Feeble speakers speak in feeble herds,
I never understood a single solitary word
like all the junk mail that clutters up my floor
somehow our love is no longer welcome any more
    well I don't know how to love you
    less than I did yesterday
    you accuse me of a love that's dying
    babe I see you're already on your way...

Don't you leave me,. this way,
I don't have nothing much more to say
you never come, baby, you just arrive
you never come, you just arrive...




Another Dimension
You can live with the whole world on your shoulder
It’s just a rehearsal for when you get older
You can break your stupid neck 
Just to cash that old paycheck
And lose yourself like some working class soldier

    But I live, I live, I live I say I just do live
    I live in another dimension

    I live in another dimension
    I live in another dimension
    I live I live I live I say I just do live
    I live in another dimension…

You can see through the words if you want to 
They are just words and they break when you speak them
You can drag both your feet 
When you are out on the street
But they are just steps and they are gone once you take them….

    I live in another dimension
    I live in another dimension
    I live I live I live I say I just do live in another dimension

I live in another dimension
No repo man on the wire no tension
Live in sorrow and fear
On ship you will never steer
But just don’t look to me
I ain’t gonna give in
Live in sorrow and fear
On ship you will never steer
But just don’t look to me
I ain’t gonna give in


Baby Don’t Go
"Baby don't go, baby don't go
now you've made a lovin' bed inside my heart
Baby don't go, the river is low
and every soul is born a suffering work of art

Child you don't have to hide your head
a mind can be full of ideas that never met
and every heart is a continent
far better it is to give what you came to get,
and every soul is a universe
we are born to make the most and not the worst
and every teacher has a truth to tell
and we hang on every word like a magic spell

Baby don't go, baby don't go
now you've made a lovin' bed inside my heart
baby don't go, the river is low
and every soul is born a suffering work of art

    Freedom comes, freedom goes
    like a hand that reaches long to touch the wind
    and memories are made for those
    who somehow just forgot how to begin
    to build again, like a soul rebirthed,
    from a silent grave laid low beneath the earth
    to rise again, like a continent
    and find the strength to carry on when all seems spent
    baby don't go...

Baby don't go, baby don't go
now you've made a lovin' bed inside my heart
baby don't go, baby don't go
every soul is born a suffering work of art
every soul is born a suffering work of art
every soul is born a suffering work of art


Back To The Mainstream

So it’s on again my dear old friend
Submarine beneath the waves
And now I think I’m falling 
Losing hold
Cursing myself for being so bold

I tried to make you look inside
Tried to make you face all the things you used to hide
Now you’ve gone back to living your life
As if you’ve already died

    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream if I can’t help you….

You’re locked inside your own space
With your head upon your knees
Your eyes are blazed and bloodshot
Life is a cold without a sneeze
You slip into the shivering shade
Crying in the deep freeze
And you wonder at the world outside
Life is a forest without trees

    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream if I can’t help you….

You say goodbye one more time
Life is a cup of tea
And you’re like a dead fish moving south
Life is a river to the sea
Old school friends dive in eagerly
So you wade in up to your knees
Old Leonard died this morning
He was always hard to please

    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream for you
    For you
    Back to the mainstream if I can’t help you….

Banker Man
My home town ain’t no town, it ain’t no home
Banker came and took away everything 
We never got the chance to own

Sell your soul banker man
You won’t ever rob me of mine
Sell your soul banker man
Now I know there’s some things worse than dying

My home town ain’t no home it ain’t no town
My home town is out on loan
Every inch of solid ground

Sell your soul banker man
Don’t look back
Don’t you ever look around
Sell your soul banker man
In for a penny
Might as well be in for a pound….

Sell your soul banker man
But you won’t ever rob me of mine
Sell your soul banker man
Now I know there’s some things worse than dying

My home town ain’t no town, it ain’t no home
Banker came and took away everything 
We never got the chance to own

Sell your soul banker man
Take your place in the great downsize
Sell your soul banker man
Ain’t no face not filled with lies

Sell your soul banker man
You won’t ever rob me of mine
Sell your soul banker man
Now I know there’s some things worse than dying

You won’t ever rob me banker man
You won’t ever rob me banker man…

My home town ain’t no home it ain’t no town….


Blood Red Sky (aka “Big Boys”)

I’ve been swimmin’ in the ocean
Underneath the burned out stars
Swimmin’ in the ocean
Salt water don’t heal the scars
I took out a piece of my heart
Held it up to a blood red sky
Blue whale smoking cigarettes
Says “big boys ain’t supposed to cry”

I met a girl who gave her heart
To a memory of love gone wrong
She cried to me, but I could not see
Any place I could belong
She kissed me on the cheek one day
Blew her breath across my face
I held her still, I could not fill
Her sorrow with a brief embrace

She smiled a smile that broke my soul
In scattered pieces on the soft white sand
She touched my heart with tenderness
she couldn’t hold my trembling hand
I told her I would love her til
The seas had all run dry
She swims upon the ocean now
Crying tears to a blood red sky

She locked herself in a gilded cage
Like a bird that broke its own wings
She dreamed her dreams through frosted glass
Nobody heard the songs she’d sings
She stood beneath a rainbow
All the colours flowed into her feet
When I reach out to touch eternity
She is the only one in my street

She is the only one
She is the only one
She is the only one



Born Naked
I don’t know much but I do know one thing my child
every civilised man is born naked, terrified and wild
what don’t lift you up will only bring you down
they may take your cup 
but don’t ever let ‘em steal your crown

I don’t know much but I lived my life a free man
follow every road but you won’t find a better plan
don’t be imprisoned by the voices in your head
you’re better off to listen to your heart and soul instead

I don’t know much but I love your Momma,
you know she was never afraid to fly too close to the sun
Don’t look for heroes in a world of fleeting fame
your Momma gave you breath so you could speak your own name



Breathe

Breathe, 
Sometimes I can breathe
Even when you leave
A gift that I can keep…

Rise,
Sometimes I can rise
The heaviness belies
The lightness of my soul…

(Chorus)
    Dream
    Always I can dream
    Swim against the stream
    And all is as it seems

    Dream
    Always I can dream
    Swim against the stream
    And all is as it seems…

    Dream…

Speak,
Sometimes I can speak
Maybe not this week
My senses are oblique

Rise,
Sometimes I can rise
The heaviness belies
The lightness of my soul

Breathe,
Sometimes I can breathe
Even when you leave
A gift that I can keep

Dream
Rise
Speak
Breathe


Burning Bed

Tell myself to forgive to forget
Tell myself it ain’t over yet
I go to sleep with a fire inside my head
I wake up in a burning bed

Tell myself to move up to move on
Tell myself just to sing my song
I dig the earth for a heart made of stone
Lose myself so I’m never alone

    I wake up in a bed full of flames
    I try to reach out for somebody
    I can’t remember any names
    I wake up and my head’s on fire
    and my heart is sick and tired
    of riding the high wire...

A wicked wind came to steal my soul
Touched my shoulder, lord I felt the cold
I set sail for the seven seas
I turn in circles just to keep the peace

Tell myself to believe to belong
Tell myself just to sing my song
I walk the streets calling out her name
It ain’t so lonely once you take all the blame


Busted Six String Guitar

I don't mean to be the one to break the news
but it's time we laid it all down on the line
see I ain't no good for you, it's plain
you ain't no good for me,
why don't you keep all our things I don't need mine
why don't you keep all our things I won't be needing mine

    I got my busted six string guitar
    she fits neat in the seat of my car
    I got a feeling deep in my gut
    we gonna travel far
    follow a lucky star
    me and my six string guitar

I know you don't mean to complain
but honey you drove me half way insane
I never claimed to be a saint
even Jesus knows I ain't
But I know when a thing is broke
cos I broke a few
damn near broke in two

(repeat Chorus)

I got to move on with my life
find me a woman wants to be my wife
I know it sounds funny but honey that's the way it is...
and you can blame me for everything
your squeaking wheel's already done you in
I hear tomorrow calling collect
I got to pick up that line
I got to make it mine

(repeat Chorus)


But You Can’t Come In

I hear you knocking babe, but you can’t come in
Turn around be on your way, wipe off your stupid grin
I know you’re only looking for somebody else you can do in
I hear you knocking babe, but you can’t come in…

Say your Momma treats you now like unwelcome company
I know she could never see what you thought you could see in me
I wonder if you feel so all down low or just looking for sympathy
Say your Momma treat you now like unwelcome company


    I should have known, by the shadow in your tone
    That our love had been overthrown
    I realise by the look in your eyes
    That our love was a compromise
    Our love was a compromise….

Say your building castles, building castles up in the air
I could always pick your mood by the way you combed your hair
I wonder if you feel so all down low or just got too much time to spare
Say you’re building castles, building castles up in the air….

Say your burning bridges now, burning bridges for the poor
I see you still drinkin cappuccinos babe, you got somebody else to pour
I wonder if you feel so all down low, or is it just another tiresome chore
Say your burning bridges now, burning bridges for the poor…



Can’t You See
Can’t you see
you ain’t the one for me
if I can never be your only lover
Being free
may be your only plea
but that don’t mean it’s me
who has to suffer

a two-edged sword 
may be its own reward
have faith that your Lord
God will deliver
one edge to reap what’s sowed
all your seeds are overgrowed
and your wishing well 
has become my raging river

Can’t you see
you ain’t the one for me
if I can never be your only lover


# Cripple Street

I don’t think that I can love you 
I don’t know and I don’t care
If you told me how you felt at first I might
Might just love you like a flower
Touch you like the setting sun
Ain’t it sad to know our time is all but done

    I won’t go down to the darkness where the cripple-hearted meet
    I won’t sink down into the sadness they call home
    When I hear their voices beckoning me down that cripple street
    I will walk away as if I was unknown…

I will not squander all my days on cheap wine and cheaper talk
I will choose to choose my choices as I roam
You can call out from your dungeon of despair til time forgets
I will walk away as if I was unknown

    I won’t go down to the darkness where the cripple-hearted meet
    I won’t sink down into the sadness they call home
    When I hear their voices beckoning me down that cripple street
    I will walk away as if I was unknown…

You can sink down in your dungeon of defeat til time forgets
I will walk away as if I was unknown….
I will walk away as if I was unknown….
I will walk away as if I was unknown…


Daddy Come Home
He's been sittin' on the back porch of his life
for many a wasted year
and he never knew how to love a woman
he never knew how to shed a tear
he always said you could not see the flies on him
but you could see where they had been
his every breath was like a dead man's dirge
every cigarette one more nail in the coffin

Daddy...

He's been sittin' on the back porch of his life
it never used to be that way
he would rise before the angels pullin' plough
from the back of old bay
and he would rest only when the restin' was good
and the rain was too far away
and he cut a lonely silhouette in the sky
at the end of every day

Daddy...

    Daddy come home
    don't you take your life away
    Daddy come home
    Momma cries herself to sleep every day
    Daddy come home
    we don't mind, we don't mind being poor
    Daddy come home,
    we miss you now
    and forever more....

He's been sittin' on the back porch of his life
just resting wasting time
and he never knew how to tell his children
he could not look us in the eye
he sunk down in a river of shame
but he always tried to find his feet
and we watched the dirty water fill his eyes
with the poison of defeat

    Repeat Chorus


Dead Or Alive

Well I know it don’t make that much difference to you
Whether I am dead or alive
But I would crawl across this continent on my hands and knees 
Just to be sure you had safely arrived…

But don’t expect me to tell you how to live…

I’ve seen a lot of pain in this crazy old world
And I got to get me to the other side
And if you would take me back again 
For one more day and night
Baby I know we could do more than just survive…

But don’t expect me to tell you how to live…
Cos I won’t expect you to tell me how to love….

    Everyone I know falls down sometime
    But you don’t ever have to let it keep you down…

    Every time I pick my feet up off the ground
    Well it feels like they ain’t never ever ever coming back down


And I know it don’t make that much difference to you
Whether I am dead or alive
But I would crawl across this continent on my hands and knees 
Just to be sure you had safely arrived…
Just to be sure you had safely arrived…

Don’t expect me to tell you how to live
And I won’t expect you to tell me how to love….

Don’t Bring Me Down

Don't bring me down
don't tell me I'm the one
the only one for you
don't bring me down
don't tell me I'm the one
the only one for you...

Hold me, kiss me with your lips
sing me love songs you make ‘em sound so sweet
Kiss me, hold me in your arms
sing me love songs you make me feel complete

    And if you ever leave me
    baby don't deceive me
    I may be broken 
    but my song it ain't no token, darlin' 

    don't bring me down
    don't tell me I'm the one
    the only one for you
    don't bring me down
    don't tell me I'm the one
    the only one for you

Softly, the night time closes in
and the moon floats through a cloudless sky
surely, like wolves unto their prey
we have torn each other one eye for an eye
we have torn each other still I don't know why

    And if you ever leave me
    baby don't deceive me
    I may be broken 
    but my song it ain't no token, darlin' 

    don't bring me down
    don't tell me I'm the one
    the only one for you, yeah yeah...
    don't bring me down
    don’t tell me I’m the one
    the only one for you

(Lose me, turn your back and walk
I will love you til the seas have turned to stone
leave me, fill your head with talk
I will feast on memories clean to the bone
I will love you till the seas have turned to stone...)


Don’t Be Sorry

Don’t be sorry, for me
Don’t be sorry, for me
If I die, before I wake today
If I die, before I wake today

Don’t you cry for me
I only wanted to be free
And even if I close my eyes
You can tell by the smiling skies
Every soul must claim its prize
Every soul must claim its prize

    Don’t be sorry for me
    Don’t be sorry for me

If I die before I see your face
If I die before I see your face
Don’t tell me I’m wrong
I still got a place to belong
And even if I close my eyes
You can tell by the smiling skies
Every soul must claim its prize
Every soul must claim its prize

    Don’t be sorry for me
    Don’t be sorry for me

If I die before I see you again
If I die before I see you again
I still got you in my soul
It\s a love that can never grow old
And even if I close my eyes
You can tell by the smiling skies
Every soul must claim its prize
Every soul must claim its prize

    Don’t be sorry for me
    Don’t be sorry for me


Don’t Ever Let It Get You Down

Every thing I ever learned I learned the hard way
And it’s what I aim to save you from
Listen careful now
Give me your full attention
You gotta lean in hush your thinking mind some

Most everything any old fool can ever tell you
Ain’t worth nothing ‘less you feel it to be so
Pay no heed to headlines, catch phrases or slogans,
Let the silence point out which way you should go

But don’t ever let it get you down
You can still fly high with your feet on solid ground
I know no one ever told you you could be
Anything anyone you ever wanted to be….

It ain’t a voice, a cry, a riff, a plea, a promise
It’s like a blanket in your head on which you lay
And all your life is laid upon it like a puzzle
So keep your blanket safe and warm through come what may
Keep your blanket safe and still through come what may

    But don’t ever let it get you down
    You can still fly high with your feet on solid ground
    I know no one ever told you you could be
    Anything anyone you ever wanted to be….
    Anything anyone you ever wanted to be…

Don’t let it get you down
Don’t let it get you down

Everything I ever learned I learned the hard way
And it’s what I aim to save you from…
And it’s what I aim to save you from…

Don’t Ever Go Away

You won’t believe me darling Or what I have to say
I know you won’t believe me At any time of day
Now well you won’t believe in me
But somehow you don’t ever go away

I know you won’t believe me  Or what I have to do
I know you won’t believe in me Cos that ain’t about you
You won’t believe in me Not until my time is through…

You won’t understand me baby,
Or what I have to say
You never listen to me
Never give the time of day
There ain’t nothing more to feel up close
You don’t feel when you’re away

Well you’re saving up your faces, baby
Saving up your faces
And you drown them in the sorrow 
of that long last sad embrace
Of every love you thought never knew
You thought you never knew

You’re picked down to the bone now baby
All picked down clean down to the bone
Like every homeless loner 
You yourself have ever known

Don’t you pretend like baby
As if you understand
Forgive me like as if you feel it
The tremble in your hand
I won’t believe it
Like there ain’t no one else 
To shoot me through

But I’m damn sure there ain’t no one darling
That ever had a clue
But I’m damn sure darling there ain’t no one 
Who ever had a clue

I know you don’t believe me darling
Or what I have to say
I know you don’t believe me at any time of day
You won’t believe in me
But somehow you don’t ever go away
Somehow darling you don’t ever go away

Don’t You Think

Don’t you think
I can see through you
You say your shit don’t stink
Tell me something new
Don’t you think
We could ever come together darling
I know you won’t ever read about it
But we are on the brink
Don’t you think
Don’t you think

Don’t you think
I see the dead love in your eye
I seen it sink under the weight of the years going by
Don’t you think some people
Get just what they deserve
I know you won’t ever read about it
Your love ain’t fit to serve
Don’t you think
Don’t you think

Don’t you think
I can see through you
You say your shit don’t stink
Tell me something new
Don’t you think 
We could ever come together, darling
I know you won’t ever read about it
But we are on the brink
Don’t you think
Don’t you think
Don’t you think

I’ve seen the bleeding sun
Shining in the light of your eye
I’ve seen the broken hands of Jesus 
Falling from the sky

Don’t you think some people 
Get what they deserve
I know you won’t ever read about it
Your love ain’t fit to serve
Don’t you think
Don’t you think

Drowning In My Home Town

Well I’m drowning in my home town
I am drowning in my home town
I am drowning in my home town
Deeper than space and just as still
Older than a time you cannot kill
Only God knows the things upon my mind
And every day the world gets further left behind

    I am drowning in my home town
    I am drowning in my home town

I remember what my momma said to me
She said “don’t be afraid of the light”
She said in darkness there’s many a chance to run
But the light will burn a hole in every lie
Oh I can remember a time
Another life, another mind
I and all my friends like me
We were all free to be what we wanted to be
Reach higher than the clouds
Don’t ever look down
Fly higher than the sky
Take your time
Have a good look around
Cos we are drowning in my home town
Still drowning in my home town
I’m drowning in my home town

Sometimes I feel like laying down
Dying in that place I lay
Sometimes I wanna suffocate the sounds
That steal my only mind away
But even when it’s gone it fills me full
Behind it all I see the times to come
They ain’t no fantasy no piper’s pull
No history no prophets tiding drum

Deeper than space and just as still
Older than a time you cannot kill
Only God knows the things upon my mind
And every day the world gets further left behind

I am drowning in my home town
I am drowning in my home town
When I’m drowning in my home town
When I’m drowning in my home town….

Elevator Music

I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down

See they’re pumping elevator music
Like a sewer up and down my street
Yeah…
They’re pumping elevator music
Like a sewer sticking to my feet

I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
No…

They’re pumping pools of boy-band music
Like a skewer stabbing in my head
They’re pumping pools of boy-band music
Like a skewer making me wish I’m dead

I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down

Say they’re pumping petrochemicals
Pissing like a river down my spine
They’re pumping plastic demo jingles
Pissing like a river full of slime

I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down

They’re pumping elevator music
Like a sewer up and down my street
They’re pumping elevator music
Like a sewer up and down my street
(sticking to my feet….)

I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down
I can’t stop falling down

Everlovin’ Arms

I went sailing clear across the heavens just the other day
I went sailing, across the blue skies so far away
I never thought I’d ever be so far from homesome
I never thought I’d ever feel so all alonesome
You may slam your door in my face
You may cut me off without a trace…

    But in your everlovin’ arms, that’s where I’ll be
    In your everlovin’ arms, that’s where I’ll be…

I went sailing clear across the ocean just the other day
I went sailing clear across the ocean, so far away
You say love is just a fanciful scheme
You may say I’m a hopeless dreamer
I don’t know if I’m right or if I’m wrong
And I don’t care who hears my song

    Cos in your everlovin’ arms, that’s where I’ll be
    In your everlovin’ arms, that’s where I’ll be…

# Every Man Has A Tale To Tell

Every man has a tale to tell
But no one ever hear it if it ain’t gonna sell

Every woman has a song to sing
No one ever hear it 
‘less the register rings
No one ever hear it
‘less the register ring …Kerching 

Every momma has a dream for the world
Peace love and freedom for every boy and girl

Every monster has a bedside face
No one ever see it til they fall from grace
Every child has a dream to fly
You can’t ever live if you’re afraid to die
You can’t ever live if you’re afraid to die

You can’t… oh you can’t be afraid to die

Every man has a tale to tell
No one ever hears it if it ain’t gonna sell
 
Every woman has a song to sing
And no one ever hears it unless the register ring
Unless the register ring
No one ever hear it unless the register ring
Alright
Alright

Fire In My Soul

Well I’ve been looking, I’ve been searching for
The one who lights the fire in my soul
I never found her til I stopped looking
I just raised my lonesome head and she was there…
Pulling coffee from a counter
With the lamp light glowing soft upon her hair
She looked into me, I thought she knew me
Behind her blue eyes shone a heart she longed to share…

    And now she…
    Somehow already knows 
    True love ain’t that hard to find
    If you just give it some time…
    And now she…
    Wonders if I will
    Darlin’ I will love you until
    The end of time….

Well I’ve been looking, I’ve been searching for
The one who lights the fire in my soul
I never found her til I stopped looking
I just raised my lonesome head and she was there…
She told me sad things,
That broke my heart strings
Of how a love can leave you withered to the core…
I told her good things
Like what the truth brings
And how a wounded heart
Can mend itself once more…

    And now she…
    Somehow already knows 
    True love ain’t that hard to find
    If you just give it some time…
    And now she…
    Wonders if I will
    Darlin’ I will love you until
    The end of time….
    I say this ain’t no rhyme
    It ain’t no rhyme
    It ain’t no rhyme….

Well I’ve been looking, I’ve been searching for
The one who lights the fire in my soul



Flowers At My Feet

Don’t let the rain come in on me
Don’t let the walls fall down on me
Don’t let the flashing light stab my brain
Don’t let the moaning trees drive me insane

Oh I am alone
Oh I am alone


Don’t let the darkness strangle me
Don’t let the thunder paralyse me
Don’t let the turning earth throw me to the street
Don’t let the blackened wind throw flowers at my feet

Am I the only person left here in the world
Am I the only person left here in the world

Don’t let me lose myself tonight
Don’t let the hours numb my fight
Don’t let me give in to those hypnotised clowns
With their plastic white faces staring at wishes on the ground
With their plastic white collars   staring at wishes all around…

Oh I am alone
Oh I am alone

Am I the only person left here in the world
Am I the only person left here in the world….

Franjipani

She came out of the west,
gave her love the best she could give...
she gave it all she had,
Momma don't be sad, just believe
I got nowhere to go
I got no place left to be
less'n you're right here with me
less'n you're right here with me

I got nowhere to go
I got no place left to be
Nowhere to go
I got no place left to be

Franjipani in the morning light
just to soak up all your tears
Franjipani in the morning light
just to make up for all those years
just to make up for all those years
I got nowhere to go
I got no place left to be
nowhere to go
less'n you're right here with me
less'n you're right here with me....


Free Ride Babe
I say I can't get through to you
I say I can't get through to you
I feel like a wallpaper puppet
...I'm coming undone
I feel like a windblown revivalist
talking in tongues
I feel like a slip-slide bent down
on a perilous knee
I feel like the illegitimate child
of an idea called liberty … liberty…
Yeah you feel like a free ride babe?
Ain't nothing that's free
I feel like every choice I make
already chosen me
Well I feel like a farmer
feeding thieves and the ignorant elite,
I feel like a black man
in a waiting room, dead on my feet..
I feel like a promise half broken
coming further undone
I feel like a bent politician
but I ain't the only one
Yeah you feel like a free ride babe?
Ain't nothing that's free
I feel like every choice I make
already chosen me
I feel like a drowning man
and fat cats are standing on my head,
I feel like a dying man walking
cos I can't find a bed
I feel like a slip-slide bent down
on a perilous knee
I feel like the illegitimate child
of an idea called democracy
Yeah you feel like a free ride babe?
Ain't nothing that's free
I feel like every choice I make
already chosen me
I can't get through to you
I say I can't get through to you
I say I can't get through to you...

Freight Train
Every time I see your face
I feel how undone I have become
Your eyes make their own fingertip trace
in case the parts are greater than the sum
A nerve of steel still ain’t equipped to feel
every limit of my pleasure and my pain,
I would not sympathise 
with any talk of compromise
and here’s where you run me over like a freight train.

Maybe I am forsaken like a blind man in the rain
and maybe I am mistaken all over again
babe don’t come raking through what’s left of my remains
here’s where you run me over like a freight train

And if you ever get back from Palookaville
if you could ever stand to see my face again
I’ll be the one in the corner with a hole cut out of my heart
I ain’t the man, I ain’t the man you once knew
and if you ever get lonely won’t you write so I can know
there are so few things to be thankful for these days
but don’t you send it to me here
somebody’s opening all my mail
like I said I ain’t the man, I ain’t the man that you once knew

Maybe I am forsaken like a blind man in the rain
and maybe I am mistaken all over again
babe don’t come raking through what’s left of my remains
here’s where you run me over like a freight train

Every time I see your face 
I feel how undone I have become
you eyes make their own fingertip trace
it seemed so innocent and now it just seems dumb
a nerve of steel still ain’t equipped to feel
every limit to my pleasure and my pain
I would not sympathise with any thoughts of compromise 
here’s where you run me over like a freight train

Frozen
If I could only open the window to my soul
but whatever ain’t frozen
is wasted to the bone
I can hear you call me 
every time I close my eyes
I love you too much to let it die 
but I die a little more each time

I can’t ever hope to make up for all your woes and pains
and whatever ain’t frozen has seen to much of rain

If I could only open the windows to my soul
but whatever ain’t frozen 
is wasted to the bone
when every creek is swollen
all your troubles are just begun
the impotent and token
got no place left to run

I can’t ever hope to make up for all your woes and pains
and whatever ain’t frozen has seen to much of rain

If I could only open the window to my soul
but whatever ain’t frozen
is wasted to the bone
I can hear you call me 
every time I close my eyes
I love you too much to let it die 
but I die a little more each time


Girl I Aim To Make You Mine

My head is broken
My spine won’t bend
My pockets are a burnin’
For a dollar one to spend
Your tickled-pink laughter 
Was a bird-song call
Your silver-toned thighs
Left a stain on the wall

Well I don’t have much money
I don’t have much time
But Girl I aim to make you mine

I can’t think I can’t speak
Lord I’m tryin’ to breathe but my breath too weak
Well you live so big you make the world feel small
Wise men act a fool under the weight of it all

Well I don’t have much money
I don’t have much time
But Girl I aim to make you mine
Oh Girl I aim to make you mine

Well they will steal from you your clothes
They will steal from you your car
They will steal from you your haircut 
baby they will keep it in a jar
They will love you yes until
all the love runs dry
Then they’ll come back yes again
Just to sit and watch you fry

Well I don’t have much money
I don’t have much time
But Girl I aim to make you mine
Oh girl I aim to make you mine
Oh girl I aim to make you mine…

Gonna Build Myself A House 
(Rise To The Thunder)

Im gonna build myself a house like the back of my mind
You can choose to lose yourself and be one of a kind
Well nobody with skin will be allowed in
No inflated ego ever has to know
Im gonna build myself a house like the back of my mind

Well alright

I will rise every morning to the thunder of my own ideas
I will kiss all the meek and ugly til they break into tears
I will gather all the children just to let them run
I will instruct the old folks Hey have some fun
Im gonna rise every morning to the thunder of my own ideas
My own ideas, my own ideas
Well alright

Im gonna love all my enemies just cos they dont want me to
I will declare all depression a more interesting shade of blue
Every conversation will turn into song
Every refugee and nation have a place to belong
Im gonna love all my enemies just because they dont want me to
They dont want me to
They dont want me to

I will smile at every anger ever visited upon me
I will take my evil jailers and bounce them up and down on my knee
I will check all abusers on the devils caboose
No pass-outs allowed once he steps on the juice


I will reclaim my own name and repeat it til it dont sound new
I will ignore every bore with a story that dont ring true
I will rinse every brain that got sucked down a drain
Declare to be sane those who sing in the rain
I will reclaim my own name and repeat it til it dont sound new

I will reclaim my own name and repeat it til it dont sound new

Goodbye and Good Luck
I just kissed my old love goodbye
the sunlight exploded off a teardrop in her eye
she went looking for her freedom,
found it with some other guy,
I just kissed my old love goodbye

I took her for her sorry solemn word
I said "I'm sad to see you leave"
I'm a broke and flightless bird
she whispered softly in my ear
but the message seemed absurd
I took her for her sorry solemn word

And you could fill a library with what she don't know about me
you could build yourself a bridge to the moon
with what she don't know about me

I wonder why I just can't get to sleep
what crazy wind of fortune blew me up along her street
I wonder if my sentences will ever be complete
Oh I just can't get to sleep

I see her sometimes by the riverside
and of all the words she spoke I broke a little more each time
it's just as well I never fell from a cliff I could not climb
I see her sometimes by the riverside


Hannah’s Song

Come with me
oh Daddy come with me
you don't need eyes to see
I'm alive and living free
come with me
oh Daddy come with me...

Little Hannah you are the sunshine 
that the sun wishes it had
little Hannah you are the blood running through my veins
Little Hannah just let me know
that it's time to let you go
God knows we'll never forget you
Hannah...

Dry your tears
Oh Momma dry your tears
you don't need ears to hear
I'm alive and always near
dry your tears
oh Momma dry your tears

Little Hannah you are the sunshine 
that the sun wishes it had
little Hannah you are the blood running through my veins
Little Hannah just let me know
that it's time to let you go
God knows we'll never forget you
Hannah...


Here She Comes Again
Here she comes again
by my window pane
so beautiful to me 
you know she’s driving me insane
Here she comes again
and asked if I could stay
I don’t know if I love her
but she just blew my mind away
and I don’t know if I’ll ever come again
and I don’t know if I’ll ever come again

Take your clothes off now baby
roll around with me
we got to get a little daily exercise
but I fear you’re too much for me
making love after midnight
underneath the pouring rain
we both said it was so symbolic
with a casual refrain

and I don’t know if I will ever come again
and I don’t know if I will ever come again



Hole In My Head

I got a hole in my head
And I’m losing the thread
And I thought that you just might like to hear
About the man you once knew
Before he broke clean in two
And agreed to make himself disappear
I got a hole in my head
I don’t need to be fed
What I do need is a brand new idea
I got a hole in my head
And the weatherman said
It was average for this time of year
He said it was average for this time of year

I got a hole in my head
I got a hole in my head
I got a hole in my head

I got a hole in my heart
And when the haemorrhaging starts
It’s gonna take just one more beat
Before it shows
Don’t you hang around too long
Neither one of us is so strong
We can reveal what a terrible meal
We made of it all
In the meantime maybe I
Should let you know I’m about to die
And you could pick an appropriate time to leave
I got a hole in my soul
Now I sleep like the old
And I wake in the middle 
Of an otherwise fatal fall
I wake in the middle 
Of an otherwise fatal fall

I got a hole in my head
I got a hole in my head
I got a hole in my head



# Home
You will never understand it so you may as well not try
the road is long we must move on I could not tell you why
and you’re never gonna tie me to some ideology
where the followers are forsaken 
and the believers can never be free

though my mind is in confusion
and my heart is aching still
I can find my own way home 
and you know I will

I could not tell you why she left me on that fateful day
nobody knows and I don’t suppose they would tell me anyway
they say she’s gone you must move on
pick up where you left off
but the secrets of a heart ache are as deep as they are soft

though my mind is in confusion
and my heart is aching still
I can find my own way home 
and you know I will

    I’m gonna find my own way home to you
    I’m gonna find my own way home
    I will find my own way home to you
    

Many’s the time I spoke too soon
and many times I did regret
but it’s a better world for the speaking out
than to let the world forget
You will never know what heaven holds just
by looking to the sky
and you will never know the truth
til you can drive it through a needle’s eye

though my mind is in confusion
and my heart is aching still
I can find my own way home 
and you know I will


How Insane

How insane do you have to be
To think you could make a better man out of me
To think you could be some kind of guiding light
To draw me in on a cold dank night
How insane
How insane
How insane
How insane

How insane do you have to be
To see your children’s faces in me
I got patience by the bible-load
But my best intentions walk
Down many a long road
How insane
How insane
How insane
How insane

How insane do you have to be
To think you could make a better man out of me
To think you could be some kind of guiding light
To draw me in on a cold dank night
How insane do you have to be
To see your children’s faces in me
I got patience by the bible-load
My best intentions walk down many a long road….


Hummin’bird
so much more to say that I ain't said,
so much more to say that's in my head,
but choosing words just to get me heard
is kind of like an elephant sitting on a hummin'bird

And catching dreams in a feather bed
that's just overkill,
see they're already dead,
and fixing a fish to fry don't make no common sense
I never know'd a meal that didn't proclaim it's innocence
I never know'd a meal that didn't proclaim it's innocence

I never know'd a neighbour who wouldn't do what his neighbour done,
I never know'd a father who didn't wish he was a better son
it's the hardest hearts that hide the softest pain
it's the hardest earth that needs the softest rain

I never know'd an anger grow that wasn't sewed in a field of fear
I never know'd a wind to blow that didn't whisper in my ear
it's the hardest hearts that hide the softest pain
it's the hardest earth that needs the softest rain

So much more to do that ain't being done
so many songs to sing that ain't being sung
but choosing words just to get you heard
is kind of like an elephant sitting on a hummin'bird
kind of like an elephant sitting on a hummin'bird


I Can’t Bear To Die

Well I’m bound to leave you in the mornin’
On a silver-wing bird I will fly
I can’t bear to die in the mountains
With the hope of the sun in my eye

Well I can’t bear to die in the valley
I can’t bear to ditch in the sea
I can’t bear to wither in the desert
How will my soul ever know that it’s free

Well I’m bound to leave you in the mornin’
On a silver-wing bird I will fly
I can’t bear to die in the mountains
With the hope of the sun in my eye

Well I can’t bear to die down in the valley
I can’t bear to ditch in the sea
I can’t bear to waste in the desert
How will my soul ever know that it’s free
How will my soul ever know that it’s free
I Got Nothing
I got nothing, nothing at all
I got my back up against, but it ain’t my wall
I got nothing, nothing at all

I got nothing, nothing you need
never had time for stealing, never paid it no heed
now I got nothing, nothing you need

Steal from the wealthy
give it all to the poor
you can’t keep the wolves out
if you ain’t got no door
right now they got nothing
nothing at all

Got so disenfranchised
don’t notice the bad from the good
keep dreaming about some kind
of modern day Robin Hood

History shows us the rise
of the crooked and mean
they say the guilt and the greed
can only be freed by the guillotine

I got nothing 
nothing you crave
had it stole by the system from the cradle to the grave
and now we got nothing
nothing at all
now we got nothing 
nothing at all



I Never Thought I Would Lose My Soul
I never thought I would see the day
when all my dreams had lost their way
I never thought I would see the time
when love would spin me on a dime
I save my money, spend my time
I nurse my mouth through a cursory rhyme
a cursory rhyme
I save the children, respect the dead
I pushed every envelope until it bled
I never thought I would lose my soul
I never thought I would lose my soul

I watch every whale with complete concern
I count my chickens til my fingers burn
I pump the light gas
I answer the call
I drive my pumpkin up to the charity ball
well I love my neighbour
I give to the poor
my feet so clean I can eat off the floor
I pray to the father, holy ghost and the son
I bathe in guilt
I smoked my last gun
I never thought I would lose my soul
I never thought I would lose my soul

wake up one morning,
find you're alone
a voice in the distance is calling you home
Look back to the future
ahead to the past
you may get what you always wanted
but you know it never lasts
it never lasts

Well you pick up the good things
you kick out the bad
you're reliving memories that you never had
I never thought I would see the wall
and writ large the words "Shopping Mall"
say Eden is for dreamers up on level two
limbo is for losers, has a painted-in view

nobody went to heaven and came back alive
the saints are taking kick backs just to survive
God ain't a token
he sits on the board,
he never shows  his face
but you can call him Lord.

I never thought I would lose my soul
I never thought I would lose my soul

I never thought I would see the day
when all my dreams had lost their way
I never thought I would see the time
when love would spin me on a dime
I save my money, spend my time
I nurse my mouth through a cursory rhyme
I save the children, respect the dead
I pushed every envelope til it bled

I never thought I would lose my soul
I never thought I would lose my soul...



I Will Wait

I will wait for you my love
I will keep a place for you
Keep a place within my heart
In my heart for always

I would never leave you
Now I know
What you’ve been through
I would do most anything
I’d take you anywhere
I would not care…
Long as we are one us two

I will wait for you my love
I will keep a place for you
Keep a place within my heart
In my heart for always






I’m Gone
well after seven long years
of mistrust, abuse
I'm at the end of my line babe
I'm about to cut you loose
Tired of dragging my feet
all over town
picking up after all the folks
you drove clean into the ground
I'm gone,
I'm gone
I'm gone
and it's a long sad song

Don't wanna be your wailing wall
and I don't wanna be just your friend
I ain't gonna make myself available
when your heart is on the mend
No
baby I'm gone
I'm gone, I'm gone
well it's a long sad song....

Well you can blame me babe for everything
I did or didn't do,
I got no fight left inside
and all my nerve is burned through,
my get up and go up and left me
can't remember when or where
and that ain't the half of it darling
truth is, I couldn't care....

I'm gone,
and it's a long sad song
I'm gone, I'm gone
I'm gone, I'm gone....

Don't wanna be your wailing wall
and I don't want to be just your friend
I ain't gonna make myself available
when your heart is one the mend

I ain't gonna do it now

Baby I'm gone
I'm gone
and it's a long sad song
I'm gone, I'm gone
and it's a long sad song...

I’ve Already Said Goodbye

I don’t expect you to ever understand me baby
I know you know it’s always gonna be that way
Feel like nothing I could do would ever be good enough for you
and it’s just something you never seem to get around to say

    We gave each other everything and more
    Til our hearts were battered, bleeding on the floor
    We dug down deep like prisoners of war
    Kept digging til there weren’t no hurt no more…
 
    But I don’t wanna know about it, darlin’ …

Cos I’ve already said goodbye
If only you would look me in the eye
maybe if we were better than we are
We never would have let it get this far
I’ve already said goodbye

Your heart ain’t so much broke in two
As torn between the known and the new
Torn between a rock and a hard place
It disappeared without a trace
Your heart ain’t so much broke in two

    We gave each other everything and more
    Til our hearts were battered, bleeding on the floor
    We dug down deep like prisoners of war
    Kept digging til there weren’t no hurt no more…
 
    But I don’t wanna know about it, darlin’ …

Cos I’ve already said goodbye
If only you would look me in the eye
If only we were better than we are
We never would have let it get this far
I’ve already said goodbye
I’ve already said goodbye
I’ve already said goodbye

Jesus Knows
Tomorrow is another day
come what will and come what may
nobody seems to want to stay for another day

I’ve been down on my knees for so long now
Jesus knows my face by now
he smiles at me with open arms
he smiles at me with open palms
he never moves 
he cannot move
just to save himself
how on earth can he save me

Tomorrow is another day
come what will and come what may
nobody seems to want to stay
We make a bed in which to lay
we never move
we cannot move 
just to save ourselves

I’ve been down on my knees for so long now
Jesus knows my face by now
he smiles at me with open arms
he smiles at me with open palms
he never moves 
he cannot move
just to save himself
how on earth can he save me

Jesus knows my face by now
Jesus knows my face by now


Just Living Alone

It was a hot summer’s evening
And I don’t know if I will see her again
With four walls around me
I don’t know if I will see her again

When you don’t know where to go
Are you lonely or just living alone
Lonely or just living alone
Are you lonely or just living alone

I can see her on the back porch
Sitting beneath the stars
Eating her curds and whey
Editing her heart-felt pars

When you don’t know where to go
Are you lonely or just living alone
Lonely or just living alone
Are you lonely or just living alone

Ain’t no thoughtfulness can ease me
As I lay down upon my lonesome bed
Ain’t no loving arms can please me
As I write down all the things I should have said

When you don’t know where to go
Are you lonely or just living alone
Lonely or just living alone
Are you lonely or just living alone
Just Say So

well you left me sittin'  here in the seat of my pants
broke both my legs baby cos you didn't want to dance
you sewed my eyes shut 
cos you didn't wanna  know
if you're so over it baby, just say so...
 say so... say so...
oh just say so, say so...

Well you cut out my heart cos you didn't wanna feel
you dragged me through hell and back 
just to watch my skin peel
rubbed salt into my open wounds
something's gotta go
if you're so over it baby
just say so, say so
just say so, say so

I can’t lie
someone’s stealing you away
I can’t lie
I will be over you some day

You pushed me up a sail
you set me out to sea
you got no intention of rescuing me
I take you to the park baby,
hear the sparrows sing
you take off your glove, baby
show me your ring
baby

well you left me sittin'  here in the seat of my pants
broke both my legs baby cos you didn't want to dance
you sewed my eyes shut 
cos you didn't wanna  know
if you're so over it baby, just say so...
 say so... say so...
oh just say so, say so...

Leavin’ Town

Well I'm leavin' town tomorrow
I'm gonna catch that morning train
tired of worrying for you baby
 tired of misery, I'm so tired of  pain
I'm leaving town tomorrow
you're gonna miss me when I'm gone
you can write me, oh you can call me, 
but don't let it linger, don't let it linger on...

And if you've been loving me
won't you tell me once 
before I go
And if you've been true to me
won't you let it out
just so I can know, I'm gone...

Well I'm leaving, I'm leaving
Oh I must be on my way
Well I'm leaving, I'm leaving
ain't nothing you can do 
that's gonna make me stay
I'm outta  here...

I'm leaving town tomorrow
You can bid your last farewell
ain't gonna beg no steal, Lord I won't borrow
I won't sink back down into my shell.
I'm leaving town tomorrow
can't stand to hear them wedding bells
say what you like about me
but please just say I'm doing well
I'm doing well... 

And if you've been loving me
won't you tell me once before I go
And if you've been true to me
won't you let it out so I can know

Well I'm leaving, I'm leaving
I must be on my way
I'm leaving, I'm leaving
ain't nothing you can do to make me stay
I'm gone
I'm gone

Let Your Bygones Go By

Well it’s like this
we got a long way to run
I know for certain 
We never hurt no one
Well it’s like this
We got a long time to die

So lay down your burden 
no need to cry
Lay down you burden
and let bygones go by

Well it’s like this
For even a fool like me 
All we got is each other
And I ain’t but half of what I should be
Well it’s like this
we got almost no time left to live

So lay down your troubles
no need to cry
Lay down your worries
girl let bygones go by


Well it’s like this
We got a long long way to run
I know for certain
girl we ain’t the only ones

Well it’s like this
There ain’t no sense left here in the world
So let go your heart aches
Let them run dry
Baby nothing else matters
Let bygones go by
Let your bygones go by
Let your bygones go by

Love Me Today

Love me today 
For tomorrow I sail away
Love me today
Every dog must have his day
Don’t let your heart run dry
Just because I could not stay
Don’t treat me like a child
This child will not obey

Love me today
For tomorrow I sail away
Love me today
Every dog must have his day
Don’t let that sad feeling 
Turn you into a pile of stone
Don’t let that thought be keeping you
From a love you’ve never known

    Tell me why-y-y-y-y-y
    Can’t you love me today
    Tell me why-y-y-y-y-y
    Can’t you love me today
    Can’t you love me today

Love me today 
For tomorrow I sail away
Love me today
Every dog must have his day
But don’t let that sorry situation
Leave you crying yourself to sleep
Though I’m on the other side of the nation
This love is one thing I can keep
    Don’t treat me like a stranger
    Do not throw me from your roof
    Don’t tell me I’m your enemy
    Cos you know it’s far from the truth
    Far from the truth…

    Tell me why-y-y-y-y-y
    Can’t you love me today
    Tell me why-y-y-y-y-y
    Can’t you love me today


Make Rain

There comes a time in the life of every man 
when the rubber must at least meet the road
When all hope is lost and nothing adds up the same
take the reigns before you get yourself throwed...

Any man can drown in a river of fear
but there's few who can find a way out...
Ain't no life worth living til you wipe away the tears
and make rain in the face of a drought
make rain in the face of a drought...

Now some folks'll tell you you got to bend or you'll break
but that ain't the way I was made,
I never could bow to any other man's will
never bought, never sold, never trade...

See I'd just as soon die as lose the shine in my eye
it's the one thing ain't no one can take
live the life I's born, keep the word I's sworn
follow a dream and never forsake it
follow a dream and never forsake it

Any man can drown in a river of fear
but there's few who can find a way out...
Ain't no life worth living til you wipe away the tears
and make rain in the face of a drought
make rain in the face of a drought...

There comes a time in the life of every man 
when the rubber must at least meet the road
When all hope is lost and nothing adds up the same
take the reigns before you get yourself throwed...

# Momma’s House

Children tell me have you heard the news
She lost her head,
Children tell me have you heard the news
She left me crippled
Broken up inside oh Lordy Lord,
And now I wish I’d had the nerve to hide…
Now I wish I’d had the nerve to hide

My Momma says her house is burnin’ down
She called her children 
But they all left town
My high school sweetheart
Fell in love and drowned, oh Lordy Lord
She raised her arm 
But she could not raise a sound

My father cries out from his lonesome grave
“It don’t seem to matter how bad you misbehave,
Just be sure before your time is done, my son.”
He said to me, “Don’t leave your heart where it can come undone
Oh don’t leave your heart where it can come undone….”

Children tell me have you heard the news
She lost her head,
Children tell me have you heard the news
She left me crippled
Broken up inside oh Lordy Lord,
And now I wish I’d had the nerve to hide…
Now I wish I’d had the nerve to hide




Murder Fail 

Last night you tried to take me down,
what a fright, no end in sight, oh yes you tried to take me down,

well honey last night you tried to take my life
oh but you see how I survived

Now honey don't look so pale at your murder fail
the proof is in the song,
it's in the song
in the song...

Last night you tried to brush me down (cut my throat)
what a plight, you got no right,
yeah but you tried to brush me down (that’s all she wrote)

last night you tried to take my life
oh but you see how I survived

Now honey don't look so pale at your murder fail
the proof is in the song,
it's in the song
it's in the song

Now honey don't look so pale at your murder fail
you see the proof is in the song
it's in the song
in the song
in the song

Last night you tried to set my house on fire
I told you I would be out of town but you know I am a liar

I was sleeping butt naked on the fresh green grass
I heard footsteps and turned the water cannon on your ass

yes I did

Now honey don't look so pale at your murder fail
the proof is in the song
in the song

Now honey don't look so pale at your murder fail
the proof is in the song
it's in the song..

your murder fail
your murder fail
your murder fail

the proof is in the song

your murder fail

your murder fail





















Nobody Knew Where It Was She Came From 

Nobody knew where it was she came from
But she sure blew the brains out the back of my head
It seems so few goodly people ever come around here…
Never stay but long enough to be washed and fed
To be washed and fed…

The more I want the less I get
The more I need the less I have
The more I take the less I get to keep with me
It’s a serious business baby
And the way is forever steep
Forever steep

Nobody knew where it was she came from
But she sure blew the brains out the back of my head
It seems so few goodly people ever come around here…
Never stay but long enough to be washed and fed
To be washed and fed…

Oxygen

The rain
Trickling through the trees
Willowing with the breeze
The trees 
Waving their arms around
Dragging their fingers along the ground
The ground
Smothered with blackened tars
Checkered with signposts for the cars
The cars 
Driven by manic men
Poisoning life-giver oxygen

My love
Given too easily
Til there’s nothing left for me
My friends 
Gather round if you may
For I have something to say
You know 
The way through for you can’t be found
When you walk with your head on the ground
In life
Do what you want to do
After all it’s left up to you

Planetary Suicide

Well my friend I have come to realise
The truth is obvious 
once you find the hidden lies
You cannot fight them
You cannot make them see
This is their security 
and they guard it religiously

I believe we must be true to ourselves
Keep our petty inhibitions on the shelf
Love your brother
Set your children free
 Give yourself a chance at peace
A sense of harmony

Well if you feel it in your heart
there ain’t no better place to start
in love we must abide
there is no place left to hide
it’s just love, love, love....

In these days of planetary suicide
The truth will guide us 
from the words of those who lied
So why not sooner
Why not sooner see
We only have ourselves to blame
This is the tragedy
We only have ourselves to blame
This is the tragedy

Well if you feel it in your heart
there ain’t no better place to start
in love we must abide
there is no place left to hide
it’s just love, love, love....

I believe we must be true to ourselves
Keep our petty inhibitions on the shelf
Love your brother
Set your children free
 Give yourself a chance at peace
A sense of harmony
Pushin’ Pencils

I’m every weekday pushin’ pencils
There’s nothing else to do but toe the line
And all my friends are just like human coffin nails
And everything we do is such a waste of time

I woke myself in the middle of a dream
Too far gone to face the world
And I couldn’t care less if the world 
Didn’t want to face me
I never asked for all that much
I never brung nobody down
I just need someone to understand and set me free
Everybody needs somebody 

Cos we’re all trying to find
Our way back home

I never was good enough for nothing my whole life
That’s the way it seems
Too slow too short too thin too fat too much in between
I never asked for all that much
I never brung nobody down
I just got to keep on waking up 
Or else I’ll never know it was all just a dream
















Put Your Head Down (Babe)
Put your head down babe,
don’t you worry ‘bout a thing
put your head down babe
you don’t know what troubles you will bring
put your head down baby
put your whole damn head in the ground

Work your whole life long
rent your body like a slave
work your whole life long
you got to learn how to behave
put your head down baby 
put your whole damn head in the ground 

Let your children drown
you never taught ‘em how to swim
let your children drown
why’s it always got to be your whim
put your head down baby 
put your whole damn head in the ground

Kiss your Momma’s eye
so she can see into your soul,
Kiss your Momma’s eye
taste the tears as they gently roll, roll, roll
put your head down baby 
put your whole damn head in the ground














Rainbow Child

She came to me like a rainbow child
torn and wasted and running wild
she came to me like a rising sun
said she never needed anyone 

She built four walls with sacred shells
she hung on words like they were magic spells
she circled me like a wayward moon
she came so close and left so soon

I know you won’t believe me darling
what I have to say
Give your love with all your heart
they can’t take it away 
they can’t take it away
my Rainbow Child     


She broke my heart with her broken mind
shifting and shapeless to unwind
she left me like a song undone
she whispered for no other one

With my broken heart I healed her soul
I spoke of children and growing old
she left me like a song undone
she said she never needed anyone




















 Sad Sad Songs

Well I found myself in the middle of a sad song
So sad nobody else would sing along
A song about a simple man 
Who looked like me
A song about a poet and the lake he drowned in
We never would have known it but for the sake of a sad song…
This sad song…

I knew a girl named herself Sue-icide
She blew her frozen breath in my lung
I damn near died
She called me to come on over the other side
I said “girl you got some kind of nerve, I guess…”
She said “The wicked we may well get no rest…”
She pushed her burning fists inside my chest
She said “You won’t be needing this,
You and your sad sad songs.”

Sad songs
Sad songs 
Sad songs
Sad sad songs
Sad sad songs

I wish I had been more than I have been
Wish I was a little more kind, a little less mean
Cos I’ve seen what lies awaiting on the other side
Yeah but I ain’t seen nothing to write home about
Anything worth having you can never be without
Anyone worth loving always loves you full
Ain’t a song worth singing 
But for the pull of a sad song
This sad song

Sad song
Sad song
Sad song
Sad sad song
Sad sad song
Sad sad song sad sad song

I found myself in the middle  of a sad sad song…
Say What You Want

I don’t know if I can
I don’t know if I will
Ever love no one the way that I love you

I don’t know if I can
I don’t know if I will
Ever forgive myself 
For what I put you through

I don’t know if you know
I don’t suppose you do
But honey I ain’t ever coming back here again

You can say what you want
You can say what you will
But I ain’t worth wasting your pretty breath upon

I ain’t worth it

I don’t know who I am anymore
And I can’t bothered enough to care
I don’t remember who I am anymore
And I can’t be bothered enough to try

I don’t know if I can
I don’t know if I will
Ever forgive myself 
For what I put you through

I don’t know if I can
I don’t know if I will
Ever love no one the way that I love you

I don’t know if you know
I don’t suppose you do
But honey I ain’t ever coming back here no more

You can say what you want
You can say what you will
But I ain’t worth wasting your ever lovin’ breath upon

I don’t know who I am anymore
And I can’t bothered enough to care
I don’t remember who I am anymore
And I can’t be bothered enough to try

Say You Love Me Only

Say you love me only
Say you love me true
Say you love me only
It’s the least that you can do

Don’t say you’ll love me forever
Like a bird that never flew
Don’t say you’ll love me forever
You got to save some love for you

Well the rain came late December
And my walls were caving in
My heart was a dying ember
Remember how I took it all on the chin

Well we all were children one time
But now that time is through
A dollar a dime to the street myme
Forgot where we are and who

Say you love me only
Say you love me true
Say you love me only
It’s the least that you can do

I feel an emptiness left behind
An emptiness left to fill
And now it’s burning up mid-July
And my bed is half-empty still






















See How She Runs
See how she runs
see how she flies
see how she stick that needle
right through her eye
see how she laugh
see how she cry
revel in the desecration baby
you don’t have to try

cos Momma got your tongue
and she just don’t know how to speak
Daddy got your trust
and he just don’t know about the gift he seeks

See how she rock
see how she roll
see how she came to blame
the hole in her soul
see how she live
see how she die
revel in the desecration baby
you don’t have to try

cos Momma got your tongue
and she just don’t know how to speak
Daddy got your trust
and he just don’t know about the gift he seeks

See how she runs
see how she flies
see how she runs
see how she flies

















Set Your Children Free

I saw the old man, he had a gun in his hand
His head was too big to blow
He looked at me like he never could see
None of his blood in my blood flow
None of his blood in my blood flow

Momma she cursed, she said it’s all for the worst
No matter what the worst might be
She wrung my neck, baby
Just for the heck,
She left me hanging off the old oak tree

    Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    And it’s all the same to me
    Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    You got to set your children free
    You got to set your children free

Sister she cried like a part of her had died
But she cut me down in between her sobs
She said it’s OK if I just up and runned away
Just to save what ain’t been robbed
Just to save what ain’t yet been robbed

Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    And it’s all the same to me
    Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    You got to set your children free
    You got to set your children free

I wonder now and then if I will ever see you again
My head was too big to blow
The way you looked at me 
Under the old oak tree
And your eyes cried “Please don’t go!”
And your eyes cried please don’t go…

    Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    And it’s all the same to me
    Love don’t flow like the river don’t flow
    You got to set your children free
    You got to set your children free
One thing you do you’ve got to set all your children free…
I saw the old man, he had a gun in his hand….



Shame On You

Many times the world has tried to 
make me smaller than I am
many times the world has hammered
hammered me down into the ground

shame on you
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you

And many times the world has told me
What to say and how to say it
And many times the world has pushed me
Into the rabid madness of a living death

shame on you
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you

yeah but I rise up I got  a star in my eye
I push my face up through to a clear blue sky
A clear blue sky

Folks will tell you lies by the dozen
Tell you truths by a pale blue moon
Folks will batten down against the non-believer
As if he reeks of the devil’s perfume

shame on you
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you

Too many a so-called civilisation
Drowned its own people in lies and hate
And every soldier who stands his station
Knows his conscience reveals his fate

shame on you
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you





yeah but I rise up I got  a star in my eye
I push my face up through to a clear blue sky
A clear blue sky

yeah but I rise up I got  a star in my eye
I push my face up through to a clear blue sky
A clear blue sky

Many times the world has tried to 
make me smaller than I am
many times the world has hammered
hammered me down into the ground

shame on you
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you

shame shame shame
shame on you
shame shame shame 
shame on you

She Is My Baby

She  is my baby
She is my gal
She is the one who picks me up
When I feel down

And every mornin’ 
When I wake
She is the one who will forgive 
And not forsake

Well I can’t understand 
How she could need me
Or how she could save me from myself 
I know of no circumstance
Why she should love me
My whole damn life is such a mess

She is my baby
She is my gal
She is the one who picks me up
When I feel down
She is the one to pick me up
When I feel down
She is the one to bury my sorrow 
Deep under ground



She Says She Wants

She says she wants a better life
But she don’t know how to go about it
She says she wants her thing in life
But she don’t know what it is….

And another day goes on down through the teapot
And into the yellow sea
And she smiles and she cries all again in a day
But she saves up a brave face for me…

She says
She wants
She says
She wants

She says she’s seen it all before
And I just don’t have a part to play
She says all the things I say are no more
But she won’t let her heart feel

And another day goes on down through the teapot
And into the yellow sea
And she smiles and she cries all again in a day
But she saves up a brave face for me…

She says
She wants
She says
She wants

Shine On
When I see you there with your long blonde hair
and your lips like the cherry pie too sweet to try
you're gonna give your love to me
cos the more you give
the greater love can be....
you may wish you'd never been born
but there never was a rose that chose
to lose its thorns
your worldly woes and weary ways
gonna disappear and head for the hills some sunny day
some sunny day

I just want you to shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine
baby why don't you shine on, shine on
I just want you to shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine
baby why don't you shine on, shine on

I'm gonna give it all my best
I will make the grade I must confess
I will go where the others won't go
and I will find
what was left behind

I just want you to shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine
baby why don't you shine, shine on, shine

I just want you to shi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine
baby why don't you shine

When I see you there
with your long blonde hair
and your lips like the cherry pie
















Silent Soldiers

Words fly out like silent soldiers 
From the government’s wishing well
Saviours stoop in the alphabet soup
Cos they don’t know how to spell
Mothers weep while their children sleep
Yeah the time is coming soon
When there ain’t no gain
Til you leave your brain 
In the government’s waiting room

Words fly out like silent bullets
From the corporate gattling gun
Fat business men
Stick fountain pens
Of everyone
the screaming noise
from the drinking boys
says the ritual has begun
see there ain’t crime 
like the nursery rhyme
in which we have been stung

Words fly out like silent faces
Spitter-spattered ‘cross the evening news
And the news reader’s face
Is a vacant place
Full of somebody else’s views
Mothers weep while their children sleep
Cos the time is coming soon
When there ain’t no gain
Til you leave your brain
In the talk-back show green room

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah…
Six White Horses

Ride your six white horses
Across my lonesome grave
Ride your six white horses
And this time don’t be late

I’m fixing to die 
Before I wake
You will find my body 
At the bottom of a lake
I’m fixing to die 
Before it’s too late

This world turned out to be a joke
This world ain’t nothing but mirrors and smoke
This world is what you get when you take the wrong door

Well I begged them to take me 
back to the gate
They gave me a number 
said “son, you’ll just have to wait…”
Ride your six white horses and don’t be late…


Small Small Heart

 It takes a small small heart
To lead a world to war
It takes a small small heart
That don’t care any more
It takes a small small heart
To let the children die
It takes a small small heart
To watch their momma’s cry

It takes a small small heart
It takes a small heart
It takes a small small heart

It takes a small small man
To bathe his hands in blood
To make his final stand
On faces pushed into the mud
It takes a small small man
To take what he came to give
To preach what he cannot live
To preach what he cannot live

It takes a small small man
It takes a small small heart
It takes a small small man
It takes a small small heart
It takes a small small man…
It takes a small small heart
To lead a world to war
It takes a small small heart
It takes a small small heart

Small Town Ways

I live in a small town, I lived here all of my days
I live in a small town, I can’t seem to change my small town ways
Old folks don’t seem to get out much 
Say the big wide world is just some kind of crazy maze

I live in a small town, I lived here all of my life
But I got to get myself up and out and on the road
To some place else tonight
I say I have got to get myself up and out and on the road
To some place else tonight
Ain’t nothing here movin.... damn thing

Chorus
Well the sun comes up, and oh the sun goes down
And the moon she drags her fingertips all along the ground
All along the ground…

I live in a small town and the breeze blowing the trees
It always blows the same damn thing
I live in a small town walking dead end feet on streets
Itching to claim my name
Just like my daddy before me sinking those bottles of booze
Just to ease his pain
Momma sink in depression down so deep 
She can hardly keep her mind from going insane
Insane
Ain’t nothing here moving… damn thing

I live in a small town and that small town alive inside of me
I live in a small town oh why can’t that small town just a let me be
I got to kill that small small town or else that small town gonna kill me
Every city made up of small small towns
Every one got its own brand of shit going down…

So Afraid To Fly

I never thought I would see your face again
I never thought I would see your face again
And of all the time we shared this much is true
When you came to me I couldn’t help loving you
Couldn’t help loving you
    Your open heart still beats upon my floor
    I just keep it safe I will wait behind the door
    Wait behind the door, wait behind the door

I’m sorry for ever loving you too soon
But when the silver singing river played our tune
You spread your open wings to touch the sky
I never knew a soul so afraid to fly
So afraid to fly

I’m sorry for ever loving you this deep
All the times before my heart was mine to keep
But they never filled my heart with fear so fine
As the pain I feel knowing you should be mine
    My broken heart still beats upon your floor
    Just keep it safe I will wait behind the door    
    Wait behind the door, wait behind the door
    Wait behind the door…

I’m sorry for ever loving you too soon
But when the silver singing river played our tune
You spread your open wings to touch the sky
I never knew a soul so afraid to fly
So afraid to fly
So afraid to fly
So afraid to fly
So afraid to fly

I never thought I would see your face again
I never thought I would see your face again
I never thought I would see your face again
I never thought I would see your face again….

Somebody Already

Everywhere I look, somebody lookin’ back
Everywhere I go, somebody going to,
Everywhere I been, somebody get there before I do,
Everywhere I roam, somebody’s footprints all over the place..

Chorus
And every turn I take somebody set up a shop on the corner
And every street I sweep, somebody already cleaned it up,
And every house I pass somebody already got the light on,
And every girl I meet, somebody already know’d…

Every song I sing
Somebody already sing it better than me
Every word I write
Somebody already write it neater than I do
Every line I drop 
Somebody already caught it in their grip
Every baby’s cry
Somebody already heard it cry

Chorus
And every turn I take somebody set up a shop on the corner
And every street I sweep, somebody already cleaned it up,
And every house I pass somebody already got the light on,
And every girl I meet, somebody already know’d…



























Someone
So hard being easy
so easy being hard
I’m trying hard to find a lover
someone who ain’t afraid to show their heart
she left me in the claws of summer
walked into the arms of someone else
she spoke as if she had forgotten
silences can speak up for themselves

for someone, someone
someone, someone, looking for someone

I took myself down to the river
slipped beneath its skin and flowed away
I saw your face was lined with worry
I closed my eyes to dream of a better day
I saw the earth as it was turning
I felt the moon pulling at the tide
I lost my love when it was churning
only oceans know how much I’ve cried

for someone, someone
someone, someone, looking for someone
always looking, always looking....Songwriter (Write Me A Song)

I’ve been lookin’ to write a song
That’s gonna make me a star
Been lookin’ to write a song
I don’t seem to get too far
People say I’m crazy
Cos I stay inside all day
They open up their mouths
But all their words just float away

They tell me “Songwriter, write me a song,
Songwriter write me a song,
Songwriter write me a song,
To help me through my day
Just to help me through my day….”

I’ve been lookin’ to write a song
to represent my mind
it don’t have to be too darn long
it don’t have to be unkind
I’ve been lookin’ to write a song
To express my love for you
I seem to make you crazy
No matter what I do…

And you tell me “Songwriter, write me a song,
Songwriter write me a song,
Songwriter write me a song,
To help me through my day
Just to help me through my day….”


















Stagefright
well it was far ago and long away
I didn’t know a stranger from the time of day
and I was crawling on my hands and knees 
just to change my view

you may be proven right, in the long run
I may be proven wrong
love is no place to suffer stagefright
and all that’s left to do 
is just to keep on keeping on

Well it was two for you and none for me
I thought it better just to let it be
and I cried myself to sleep 
like a lonesome window in the rain

you may be proven right, in the long run
I may be proven wrong
love is no place to suffer stagefright
and all that’s left to do 
is just to keep on keeping on

Well it was up for the money
down for the show
after the introductions no one really wants to know
there’s always so much going on 
in the minds of the thinking few

you may be proven right, in the long run
I may be proven wrong
love is no place to suffer stagefright
and all that’s left to do 
is just to keep on keeping on

well it was all for none and none for all
I never understood how we could let it fall
ain’t nothing ever gonna put us back together again

you may be proven right, in the long run
I may be proven wrong
love is no place to suffer stagefright
and all that’s left to do 
is just to keep on keeping on




Stay
Why don’t you stay
make yourself feel right at home
and stay
we don’t have to talk too long
stay yeah, stay yeah
You don’t have to be alone
and I don’t ever want to be alone

Drop your cares and woes and come inside
listen to the whisper of your wounded child
Drop your barriers, drop your denial
higher voices beckon us to rest for a while....

Why don’t you stay
light the candle draw the shade
and stay
forgive me for my bed’s unmade
stay yeah,  stay yeah....
you don’t ever have to be alone
and we don’t ever have to be alone

Suburbs Of My Brain

Every time I see your face
Every time I see your face
I am walking empty forests 
To the suburbs of my brain

Every time you smile at me
Every time you smile at me
I can feel the sensitivity 
And my heart is yours to take

And I love you
I cannot tell you 
But I love you, 
Love you…

Every time I see your face
Every time I feel your warm embrace
I feel a fire burning deep within my soul

Every time I’m over you
Every time I think I’m over you
You come to haunt me once again
I’m yours to break

And I love you
I cannot tell you 
But I love you, 
Love you…

Talk About Love

Love is a cruel and foolish thing
It don’t wait for the weary 
Or the gifts they bring
It don’t want no piece of paper
Or the words therein
It don’t care about our crisis
Or the mess we’re in
And don’t go thinking it was all a waste of time
And don’t go telling me I’m just losing my mind
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Talk about love, talk about love
    Talk about love, talk about love

Love will not follow like the sheep in the heard
It never listen to one of those meaningless words
It don’t know no music but for the song it sings
It don’t see no colours it don’t feel no strings
And don’t go thinking it was all a waste of time
And don’t go telling me I’m just losing my mind
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Talk about love, talk about love
    Talk about love, talk about love

I saw you today with that look in  your eyes
You smiled like an ocean baby I could not realise
Love came a rolling like a wave to the shore
And I could not keep my heart to myself anymore
And don’t go thinking it was all a waste of time
And don’t go telling me I’m just losing my mind
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Love is a cruel and foolish thing
    Talk about love, talk about love
    Talk about love, talk about love

Teardrop In My Heart

I feel a teardrop falling in my heart
I feel a sense of weariness
By now a form of art
I struggle through the quagmire
Of my uncertainty
It’s a darkness and it’s blinding me
And so I cannot see

I close the curtain tightly
I leave the front door closed
It’s just one more lonely night time
And a thousand years exposed

And the friends and the lovers 
Who were martyrs to the call
Leave their footsteps on the pages
Leave their laughter on the walls
I wash unpleasant memories
Down the sink like flooding rains
Wash the city, clean the alley
Damp the spark of weathered brains

I close the curtain tightly
I leave the front door closed
It’s just one more lonely night time
And a thousand years exposed

Tell Me I’m Ill

I woke up this morning
My head was full of noise
I woke up this morning
I been out, I been drinking with the boys
They tell me I’m ill
They don’t understand me
They never will

I got in my car
I drove down to the library
Pick up my baby
She been waiting down there
Three hours for me
She tell me I’m ill
She don’t understand me
She never will

I quit my job
Took me a holiday
I drove down to Sydney town
Never could let no sleeping dog lay
They tell me I’m ill
They don’t understand me
They never will

I went back into work
You know I had to pick up my termination pay
They told me it weren’t ready
And that’s why I had to blow them all away (bang bang bang bang)
They tell me I’m ill
They don’t understand me
And now they never will

Well the neighbours all say
That I look just like the boy next door
And momma and poppa say 
I ain’t no good for nothing no more
They tell me I’m ill
They don’t understand me they never will

Well I’m sitting here in prison
I’m serving out my ten to twenty-five
They say they’ll let me out on one condition
If I can just leave the folks I meet alive
They tell me I’m ill
They don’t understand me
They never will
The Bird Don’t Sing (Hole In The Sky)
Baby baby let me be 
I ain’t strong enough to set you free
baby baby don’t mean a thing
but the sun won’t shine 
if the bird don’t sing
I say the sun don’t shine
if the bird don’t sing

Baby baby let me breathe
when you come too close 
I just got to leave
baby baby don’t bring me down
no need to drag my name
all over town
I say there ain’t no need
to drag me down

When will we ever learn
I say when will we ever learn

Hole in the sky
big as the sun
everything you won
has come undone
hole in the sky
big as the world
ain’t no amount of loving
gonna save us girl
ain’t no amount of loving
gonna save us girl












The First Hello
Honey you had me from the first hello
You floored me Lord I had no place to go
We undressed each other never laid a hand
The soul got secrets the heart can't understand

Honey I don't mean to treat you bad
And I don't mean to make you cry
I wish I could take back all those stupid things I said
I got crazy notions baby they're steaming up my head

I don’t mean to be the one to break your heart in two
I don’t mean to make you wonder what you got yourself in to
You had me from the first hello
You had me from the first smile
And every word you spoke it sunk me another mile
Honey I got so high, I forgot how it felt to come down
I need to thank you but my tongue don't make a sound

I don’t mean to be the one to break your heart in two
I don’t mean to make you wonder what you got yourself in to
You had me from the first hello
You had me from the first hello
floored me Lord I had nowhere to go
Undressed each other never said a word
yeah the soul got secrets the heart ain't never heard
I say the sould got secrets the heart ain't never heard
the soul got secrets the heart ain't never heard...













The Flip Flop Song

Yeah well she roll like thunder,  she sleep like rain

and I don’t ever wanna   be without her again

she go flip flop walking,  on a heavenly stair

nobody understands, but she don’t care

she she she she she she she don’t care
she she she she she she she don’t care

she go flip flop

Yeah well she make her own decisions
I say that’s her way
she got a secret mission
make the world a brighter day
she go flip flop walking
up on her heavenly stair
nobody understands... but she don’t care.....

2nd Verse
she gather up the sun and the moonlight see
she will mend a broken heart just to set it free
she kiss you in your hour of deepest despair
nobody understands and she don’t care


chorus
she e e e e e e e don’t care
she e e e e  e e e don’t care
      
  
she float like a feather just to ease my pain
she whisper in my ear “come on, love me again...”
she caress the sky, make the day begin
she put me back together again 

she gather up the sun and the moonlight see
she will mend a broken heart just to set it free
she kiss you in your hour of deepest despair
nobody understands and she don’t care

she go flip flop walking on a heavenly stair
nobody understand and she don’t care
 

The One And Only You
Here’s a little song I wrote 
For the one and only you
Whispered words that I kept afloat
While waiting to break through
And just in case you want to hear
How I’m doing day to day
My heart suicided
The earth and sky collided
The day you went away…

Here’s a little song I wrote 
For the one and only you
Whispered words that I kept afloat
While waiting to break through
And just in case you want to hear
How I’m doing day to day
My heart suicided
The earth and sky collided
The day you went away…

The Party’s Over

The party’s over the  band’s gone home
I feel so bleak, feel so alone
Why did you make me do it God, tell me why

Well fuck I miss you, do you miss me
miss the fall of your hair, the bend in your knee
and I miss the way you laugh
at my every single word

Vinnie was there with his rock’n’roll band
And I was so alone with my wooden hand
I don’t think I can stand to play 
For those kind of people any more

Yeah the party’s over the band’s gone home
I feel so bleak, feel so alone
Why did you make me do it God, 
Tell me why

I played “Love is a Cruel and Foolish Thing”
And the voice did stir and the guitar sing
But the people just didn’t want to bring ‘emselves 
In through that door

So I wandered home
My heart was a bone
My last five dollars on a cab was blown
And I put my guitar away to soundly sleep
Yeah I put my guitar away to soundly sleep

The party’s over the  band’s gone home
I feel so bleak, feel so alone
Why did you make me do it God, tell me why
Tell me why
Tell me why
Tell me why
Tell me why
The Slack of Jaw

I can’t stand to be here
I can’t stand to go away
I can’t stand to see the smile in your eye
When I was shooting for a sense of dismay
See everyone I ever knew
Is like a stranger with a broken face
We’re all headed south,
No trace of a doubt
We just travel at a different pace 
We’re all headed south
No trace of a doubt
We just started at a different place

It’s true you know babe, what they say
I ain’t the love machine I used to be
I’m gettin’ old man hands and I can no longer stand
the sight or the feel of me
there’s a church bell ringing
calling me home, ain’t no place for a one-man-band
Oh sure they’re all singing, feel the chill in my bones
ain’t no place for a one-man-band...
a one-man-band

I guess you always thought you would live long
And stay younger than you came to be
I never cared for such disillusion
But at least it made you seem carefree
See Jesus I learned was a preacher
A healer to the sick and the poor
I never cared a damn if he’s a saviour
But he made believers of the slack of jaw

Jesus died for the sake of my sins
on a cross made out of carpenters wood
baby why’s that tear in your eye 
loom so much larger than it should
I don’t know much about love sure as hell
it don’t know a damn thing about me
I never cared that much for disillusion
I just hope it made me seem care free

I can’t stand to be here
I can’t stand to go away
I can’t stand to see the smile in your eye
When I was shooting for a sense of dismay
See everyone I ever knew
Is like a stranger with a broken face
We’re all headed south,
No trace of a doubt
We just travel at a different pace 
We’re all headed south
No trace of a doubt
We just started at a different place

The Windscreen Song

I saw her lying there on the road
Her face was cut 
The windscreen exploded
And all of the people standing around
Thanked God it wasn’t none of them on the ground…
Thanked God it wasn’t none of them on the ground..
And all of the cars keep driving by
The people inside 
they keep a sad eye
They keep a sad eye…

I saw her lying there on the road
Her face was cut the windscreen exploded
I saw the old man in the other car
He was blind drunk but that’ll never hide the scars
They say he was blind drunk but that’ll never hide 
None of the scars
And all of the cars keep driving by
The people inside they keep a sad eye
They keep a sad eye
    All of the people have to have a good look
    Just to see that it wasn’t none of them 
    That was took…
    That was took…
I saw her lying there on the road
Her face was cut 
The windscreen exploded
And all of the people standing around
Thanked God it wasn’t none of them on the ground…
Thanked God it wasn’t none of them on the ground…
And all of the cars keep driving by
The people inside 
they keep a sad eye
They keep a sad eye…
    All of the people have to have a good look
    Just to see that it wasn’t none of them 
    That was took…
    To see that it wasn’t none of them
    That was took…
    To see that it wasn’t none of them
    That was took….
I saw her lying there on the road
Her face was cut 
The windscreen exploded



Things To Discuss

I’ve been riding on a bus
Thinking about things to discuss
Playing with my mind and with your heart
I’ve been riding on a train
Winding arteries through my brain
And I feel the pain I felt from the very start
I feel the pain I felt from the very start

I’ve been playing masquerades
With a young girl in dark shades
And the man at the ticket window
Knows my name
I’ve been scheming with the trees
Casting shadows on the breeze
And my momma says all is fair
No one’s to blame
And my momma says all is fair
No one’s to blame

I need to be loved for myself
Or I just need to be on my own for a while
I need to be loved for myself
Or I just need to be on my own for a while
I just need to be on my own
I just need to be on my own…

I’ve been staying up all night
Trying to tell myself I’m right
And that no one else can understand but me
I’ve seen strangers in the park
And they say “it ain’t so dark
When you tear yourself away
You will be free,
When you tear yourself away
You will be free,
When you tear yourself away 
You will be free…

I need to be loved for myself
Or I just need to be on my own for a while
I need to be loved for myself
Or I just need to be on my own for a while
I just need to be on my own
I just need to be on my own
I just need to be on my own…
This Bitchin’ Farm

There ain’t no livin’ Lord,
There ain’t no living ‘round here.
I say there ain’t no living Lord,
There ain’t no living ‘round here

Better off you don’t come ‘round
This bitchin’ farm will only bring you down

Well the rain don’t come
And the sun refuse to shine
I say the rain don’t come
And the sun refuse to shine

Better off you don’t come ‘round
This bitchin’ farm will only bring you down

I say there ain’t no living ‘round here
I say there ain’t no living ‘round here

My hands are broken
My fingers can’t feel to touch
My hands are broken
And my back is broke from working too much

Better off you don’t come ‘round
This bitchin’ farm will only bring you down

I say there ain’t no living ‘round here
I say there ain’t no living ‘round here


My daddy died tryin’
My momma she just watched him die
My daddy died tryin’
My momma she just watched him die

Better off you don’t come ‘round
This bitchin’ farm will only bring you down

I say there ain’t no living ‘round here
I say there ain’t no living ‘round here
I say there ain’t no living ‘round here….

Til The Mornin’

Let me stay until the mornin’ 
I wanna see what the mornin’ brings
Let me stay until the mornin’
I wanna hear that sparrow sing
Let me stay until the mornin’
I wanna know about everything
And if it don’t work out 
I will turn about 
Rest assured I will not ring
    Let me stay, darling
    Let me stay,
    Let me stay-ay-ay
    Let me stay
    Let me, let me stay
    Let me, let me stay

Let me stay until tomorrow
So much I have yet to say
Let me stay until tomorrow
I know it seems a long time away
Let me stay until tomorrow
I’m gonna love you every which way
And if it don’t work out 
I will turn about
Rest assured I won’t delay
    Let me stay, darling
    Let me stay,
    Let me stay-ay-ay
    Let me stay
    Let me, let me stay
    Let me, let me stay



Tombstones

I’ve been looking for a place I can call my own
Looking for a place I can sing my song
And the memories speak of years just standing still
And all the girls I knew are tombstones to the time we killed

…tombstones, to the time we killed
Tombstones, to the lie we lived…

Well the summers came and took my rent
The winters told of a cold night spent
In thoughtful contemplation of a single spoon
In the solid isolation of a single room

So I surrounded myself with people who live in fear
And what they’re afraid of ain’t never been too clear
Clear of a misrepresent or a deed done wrong
Fear of fear itself if nothing else comes along

They’re tombstones to the time we killed
Tombstones to the lie we lived…

I’ve been working in jobs that stole my soul
I gotta do my thing before I get too old
I been swatting short people as if they were flies
Tired of making a living telling great big lies

I gotta find me an angel, take her for my wife
I gotta learn to live the saintly live
We will gather our children about our feet
Sing ‘em love songs so our souls can meet
We will find a place to call our own
Say a prayer for the cities we have only known

As…tombstones to the time we killed
Tombstones to the lie we lived

Tomorrow

Why can’t we live in a world without sorrow
Where all our tomorrows come today?
Why can’t we love without fear of it ending
Rules are for bending, that’s what they say…
They should know
Shouldn’t they

Baby I love you so
I want you to know
I love you still
Even though I know I drank my fill
Of you…

If to love you is to own you
I’d just as soon phone you
From some undisclosed location out of town
If to leave you is to grieve you
I would just as soon believe you
Cos I hear you best when you don’t make a sound

Baby I love you so
I want you to know
I love you still
Even though I know I drank my fill
Of you…















Tumblin’ Down
I threw my heart on the table,
you packed yours away on the shelf
I was ready, willing and able,
you could not even be yourself
I spoke so openly to you
you treated me like a joke
I only wanted to free you
and now all my dreams are up in smoke...

how can you live in your world of fear
when it's always bringing you down, down, down
speak the truth and your walls of fear
will all come tumbling down
tumbling down
tumbling down...

I saw through your fake persona
saw through it right from the start
I knew the previous owner darling
I guess you see that you ain't so smart
I told you my deepest secrets
until they covered the floor
you said you had only one regret
I did not know you were keeping score

I did not know

How can you live in your world of fear
when it's always bringing you down down down
speak the truth and your walls of fear
will all come tumbling down
tumbling down
all your walls come tumbling down













Walkin’ On Water
I don’t see you walkin’ on water
I don’t see you crackin’ the sky
I don’t see you laying your hands on
the broken-souled bodies 
of those about to die

I don’t see you coming by my place
I don’t see you taking my calls
I don’t see you giving the time of day
I don’t see you at all

I can’t give you everything babe
but I can give you love
I can’t give you everything babe
but I can give you love

I don’t care what your soothsayer tells you
you’ll get more sense out of a barking frog
I don’t care what your momma done told you
she’s never been hip to her own back yard

I can’t give you everything babe
but I can give you love
I can’t give you everything babe
but I can give you love





















Way Up Back Up

Momma never told me there would be days like this
She sold my soul to the devil I guess
I saved it with a kiss
Daddy never told me there would be girls like you
From the first time I saw your face 
I knew what I had to do…

I bought myself up back up in the hills
I taught myself everything I know
I got caught up myself back in the hills
Way up back up in the hills

My preacher tried to preach to me
He called it Jesus’ word
He closed the doors on the screams of the poor
It’s as if they never heard…

My teachers tried to teach me
But I learned it for myself
They tried to keep me ignorant
But I lived on a bookshelf

I bought myself up back up in the hills 
I taught myself everything I know
I got caught up myself back in the hills
Way up back up in the hills

Granddad played accordion 
He used to sit me on his other knee
He’d say “son forget the rules of those two-bit fools
And just be what you can be…”

Daddy never told me there would be girls like you
From the first time I saw your face 
I knew what I had to do…

Way up way up back up in the hills
Way up way up back
Way up way up back
Way up way up back up in the hills






Wherever You May Lay
Stumble out of bed, mile wide head,
fumble down the Clayton's hall to the kitchen...
I pop another pill from the window sill,
it's all I can do to stop this itchin'.... lord lord lord...
I rinse out a glass, wipe it on my ass
just to put out the fire that's on my tongue...
yeah, mouth is an ashtray, head is a rainy day
and all my friends are mad dogs and englishmen... englishmen...

but I'm on, I'm on, I'm on my way back home to you
baby I'm on my way alright alright....

I'm so tired of waking up alone
and full of dreams that never make it to the end...
I never had the energy to make it through a day
I never knew a road that didn't come without a bend...
and I'm so tired of all my friends
not a one of them nothing new to say
they stood there, glassy eyed
like I might as well have died
I felt the burning lost suburban in their stares

But I'm on, I'm on, I'm on my way back home to you
baby I'm on my way
I'm on my way back home to you and home is wherever you may lay, home is wherever you may lay,
home is wherever you may lay

talk about home...

I told 'em I was going, I didn't know where I would be or how long it might take for me to get there
well they got their own roads,
you can rest yourself assured
they never took a step they didn't see a coming...
and I wish them all the best of all the luck the world can bring and I hope they never never pity me
I just hope they never never pity me...

cos I'm on, I'm on, I'm on my way back home to you,
baby I'm on my way,
well I'm on, I'm on, I'm on my way back home to you and home is wherever you may lay
home is wherever you may lay
home is wherever you may lay

Stumble out of bed, mile wide head
I fumble down the Clayton's hall to the kitchen....Why Can’t This Be Love 

Tell me why can’t this be love? 
Darlin’ why can’t this be love?
I heard a choir of angels singing up above me, darlin’ 
Why can’t this be love?
Tell me why…

I seen a diamond sun 
Shining in the sky
Tell me why can’t this be love
And don’t say the old grey moon
Lost his only alibi,
Tell me why can’t this be love?

Why can’t this be love?
Tell me why… can’t this be love?
Why can’t this be love?

Well this world is just a dream 
I’ve been trying to wake up from
Tell me why can’t this be love?
I could sell you all my schemes
Yeah but why don’t you just come?
Tell me why can’t this be love

Why can’t this be love?

They say the good are dying younger
We are struggling to survive
Tell me why, can’t this be love?
You may think you know me darling
But I’m a stranger to myself
Why can’t this be love?
Why can’t this be love?
Why can’t this be love?
Why can’t this be love?

Why can’t this be love?
Why can’t this be love?

I seen a diamond sun
Shinin’ in the sky
Why can’t this be love?





Why Should I

Nothing is the way you said it would be
Nothing is the way you said it was
No one is the way you said they would be
No one is the way you said they was

So why should I believe
Anything you say
And why should I give you
The time of day

Now that you see that I see through you
The dark of the lie meets the light of the true
Sad secrets are burned in the flame of my eye
Ain’t no ill-gotten gains going with you when you die

Nothing is the way you said it would be
Nothing is the way you said it was
No one is the way you said they would be
No one is the way you said they was

So why should I believe
Anything you say
And why should I give you
The time of day

# Winds Of Fortune

I have stumbled on the winds of fortune
Sailed the seas of fate,
Deserted my last dollar
Just to see your face again…

You are the mind in the eye of knowing
The breath in the word of God
The tender touch to soothe me
When I’m cut to the chase again

I’ve had many lives and lived them
As if each life would be the last
But I always come back to this place
Every skin to start anew

I have stumbled on the winds of fortune
Sailed the seas of fate,
Deserted my last dollar
Just to see your face again…

You are the mind in the eye of knowing
The breath in the word of God
The tender touch to soothe me
When I’m cut to the chase again

I’ve had many lives and lived them
As if each life would be the last
But I always come back to this place
Every skin to start anew












World Of Pain
Why live in a world so full of sorrow
why live in a world so full of pain
why love must be begged stole or borrowed
why so many die young and so few remain
so few remain
so few remain
I ain’t got no one to talk to any more
I ain’t got no one who’s gonna stand on my shore
well my howling heart is just longing to be freed
I stay up late every night just to feel it bleed

Why live in a world full of sorrow
oh why live in a world so full of pain
my only fear is to be robbed of tomorrow
my only burdens well they’re too few to name
too few to name
too few to name
I ain’t got no one I can talk to any more
I ain’t got no one who’s gonna stand on my shore
my howling heart is just longing to be freed
I stay up late every night just to feel it bleed...


















You Won’t Be Keeping Me Down
Well you won't be keeping me down
don't go thinking you can just bury your head in the ground
I got to speak up now for what I do believe
you can bid me farewell
but it ain't my intention to leave
you can bid me farewell but
it ain't my intention to leave
you can bid me farewell
but it ain't my intention to leave...

Well you won't be keeping me down
you won't be keeping me down.....
You can take back all those stupid things
you ever said
long as you're asking, yeah,
well I gave you up for dead
don't need no more poison
no soil that's been soured and spoiled
there ain't a child been born'd trade clean water
for coal or oil

No you won't be keeping me down
oh I say you won't be keeping me down

you can take back all those stupid things
you ever said
long as you're asking yeah well I gave you up for dead
I gave you up for dead

Don't go thinking you can just bury your head in the ground
I got to speak up now for what I do believe
you can bid me farewell
but it ain't my intention to leave
you can bid me auf wiedersehen
but it ain't my intention to leave
you can bid me bonsoir
but it ain't my intention to leave
you can bid me arrivederci
but it ain't my intention to leave 
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