LYRICS

  1. Evil
  2. Bubble
  3. I Am a Rock
  4. Helicopter
  5. New Jersey
  6. Uncle Joe
  7. Blindfold
  8. Star Spangled Banner

 

1. Evil

sad reminders of
what seems years ago
warm southern sun shines through
station wagon windows
like solar energy
and when in the night
your brother turned to me and said,
“god, do you look evil in the dark”

that made me feel good

sad reminders of
midwest winter snow
cold catholic church
heaven in stained glass windows
like rock candy
and when on sunday
their daughter turned at me and said,
“mom and dad, is it a boy or a girl”
“mom and dad, is it a he or a she”

that made me feel good

2. Bubble

i know i don’t know you
i know that we don’t think along the same lines
but what do i do
when i can’t reach out
through this iron-built
bubble of pain

your house settled in deep country
with acres and a farm and a stream to cleanse me
your house with a view of purity
overlooks a hillside of green
green as your eyes

i embrace the moment
i’m in love with a dream
and toy with ideas
that burn deep inside me
cause a picture is all you are to me
a picture is all you’ll ever be

i know you don’t know me
a nervous, wordless face brings shade to your light
but i want so bad
to walk beside you
but fall back into a world
where i believe

i embrace the moment
i’m in love with a dream
and toy with ideas
that burn deep inside me
because a picture is all you are to me
a picture is all you’ll ever be

3. I Am A Rock
(Paul Simon)

A winter’s day
in a deep and dark December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

I am a rock, I am an island.

I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mity
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
friendship causes pain
It’s laughter and loving I disdain

I am a rock, I am an island

Don’t talk of love
but I’ve heard the word before
It’s sleeping in my memory
I won’t disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried

I am a rock, I am an island

I have my books
and my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armour
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb,
I touch no one and no one touches me.

I am a rock, I am an island

And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.

4. Helicopter

helicopter falls to my
calm virgin island
it said i want to show you
new clouds and new sky
from shore to sun
we’ll soar like one
brave martyr pilot
so that i can know you
outside our cold-winded earth
feel part of your desolate pain
taste what has made you grow

at once with your oddness you enlighten
my slow unnurtured brain
be mine for a day
let your lids shut out that bad focus
to die in a storm
holding you in my last hour
our burning flesh will blow over
some nightmare sea

daylight won’t find a trace
where heaven finds us
living eyes won’t find a sign
where peace will hear our prayers

5. New Jersey

you’re and american girl
red headed eyes blank
living in a freckle on the face of the world
another dying kid that learned too much too soon
you’re not as good as your mom
but you’re as good as dead
you’re as good as dead
new jersey ain’t the whole world

which of your shots have sold?
twenty-nine with your child
who doesn’t give and eats what’s left
of your young soul
another dying spark that burned too fast too soon
you’re not as bad as your dad
but you’re as good as dead
you’re as good as dead
new jersey ain’t the whole world

don’t you leave me out here too long
will you bring me out there?

you’re an american girl
out of line in out of time
a cry for the leading role
your bum childhood stole
a mother tires and stuck
in her love-worn bed
you’re not as good as your mom
but you’re as good as dead
you’re as good as dead
new jersey ain’t the whole world

don’t you leave me out here too long
will you bring me out there?

6. Uncle Joe

where have all the people gone in my life
i’m looking at the ceiling
with an awful feeling of loss
and loneliness
the after late night television pain
i’m running out of strength

and it feels so wonderful
to swim in our fear
and it’s unacceptable
the awakening of life

oh, uncle joe
could you tell me what you know?
i’ve been having mental problems
and the solution is unclear
i’ll give anything a try once
i’ll try anything three times
i don’t care

but there’s no company
that i can stand to be with me
so my dependency on you grows
and i am not very well read
and did you say that i will lose my house
and can you spare me of my pain
and can you spare me of my tears

oh, uncle joe

it was unintentional
when i spit in your beer
i am overinfluenced
by movies

let’s all go to the pier tomorrow
the darkest pool
did you know lies below the sky

7. Blindfold

blood ridden hands are the first things
to come through the bed
when all the pain in your life
comes to a head
poor lost soul
with no place to go
wait until winter
and you’ll know
three years fold through your lies untold
innocence undoes her blindfold

who else’s hands have touched
who i best understand
held close the neck and waist
of my adult orphan
this summer ends
the evenings we spent
life under china dinner din
wishes best to mystery address
i found deep in your occult key chest

on my suicide cloud
left me in the pit of my morning pout
an emptiness throughout
this scarred and sullied soul you threw out
what possessed you not to include me
how have you failed to invite me
how could you laugh with her in that theatre
when you’re off and i’m alone

8. Star Spangled Banner
(Smith & Key)

Oh, say can you see
By the dawns early light
What so proudly we hailed
At the twilights last gleamings
Broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight
Over ramparts we watched
Where so gallantly streaming
And the rockers red glare
And bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night
Our flag was still there
Oh, say does that star spangled banner
Yet wave for the land of the free
And home of the brave