King for a Night (2014). Velut Luna 225. 

King for a Night (2014). Velut Luna 225. 

King for a Night

King for a Night
Ask the trash can
Look inside 
Empty promises
The price of your paradise
Petrolkiller 
Top secret
Nothing new
The great escape
Are you there?


King for a Night

I don’t care about your autograph
I’ve done some things that are pretty good myself
You’re on the TV and you make ’em laugh
Meanwhile I’m sitting here on the shelf

I’m someone, I’m worth it
I’m ready, let me join the dance
Been out there, so often
I’m ready, give me my big chance

I know you’re asking who the hell I am
But all I want is just a minute of your time
I can see that you don’t give a damn
Just want to talk and that’s not a crime

And tomorrow the sun will be shining for me
‘Cos they all will have seen the TV
I’ll be a king for a night

Lots of people want to be a star
But I’m not just another fish in the sea
And sitting here now in your shiny car
I gotta tell you that it’s life or death to me

I’m someone, I’m worth it
I’m ready, let me join the dance
Been out there, so often
I’m ready, give me my big chance

I understand that you’re a busy man
But I’m an artist not some crazy fan
Thought you’d be the one who’d understand
Don’t you remember when you began?

And tomorrow the sun will be shining for me
‘Cos they all will have seen the TV
I’ll be a king for a night

I’m someone, I’m worth it
I’m ready, let me join the dance
Been out there, so often
I’m ready, give me my big chance

Had this conversation in my dreams
It was like you had always been my best friend
Now it’s all come apart at the seams
And I’m still waiting for the happy end

And tomorrow the sun will be shining for me
‘Cos they all will have seen the TV
I’ll be a king for a night

 

 Ask the trash can

I saw a pretty girl and then I talked to her awhile
Told her to call me up even though it’s not my style
Now where’s my number gone, where’s my smile?

Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
It’s all there, take a look

I loved a funny girl and she said that she loved me
We stayed home every night and we were happy as could be
Now where’s my photo gone, where’s my spare key?

Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
It’s all there, take a look if you want

I read a wanted ad, knew it was what I want to be
I had an interview and it seemed quite good to me
Now where’s my new job gone, where’s my CV?

Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
It’s all there, take a look

‘Cause it’s full to the brim and by now it smells as if it’s rotten
but  way down, deep inside I think you might find that there is somethin’
that you want

And who are they to say if what I do is right or wrong
And throw away the things that I’ve worked for so long

And they can close the door but they don’t know I’m too headstrong
They’ll open up the door and find me there the whole day long
And I won’t be gone, they’ll hear my song

Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
Ask the trash can
It’s all there, take a look if you want

 

Look inside

When it seems like nobody understands
and all the doors are closed
Waiting, hoping for an answer from the dark
but no-one ever shows

If you’re searching for a God   
Or something else…

When the people that you love have walked away
and left you in the cold
Trying but you may as well be talking to a wall
‘cause they don’t hear a soul

If you’re searching for a God   
Or something else…

Look inside, look inside,
Don’t look outside, look inside you
 
When you’re looking for something you had before
but now it can’t be found
Knowing you’re the one who lost it on the way
but you never turned around

If you’re searching for a God   
Or something else…

Look inside, look inside,
Don’t look outside, look inside you
It’s hard but it’s true we’re alone,
trying to get through everyday
If you want, lend a hand but if not
I can get by, yes, I can get by anyway

When there’s nothing that’s for certain but yourself
and you’re not even sure
What’s next, which way to go or why
there’s no-one caring anymore

If you’re searching for a God   
Or something else…

Look inside, look inside,
Don’t look outside, look inside you

 

Empty promises

Underneath the trees
And the glow of the moonlight
Caressed by a gentle breeze
We held each other tight

Empty promises, empty promises is all that we said
Empty promises, empty promises is all I have left

The time to vote has come
Our taxes will all go down Schools and health for everyone
And the world will be safe and sound

Empty promises, empty promises is just what we don’t need
Empty promises, empty promises is all that I see

Don’t ask me where the love is now, it’s all gone
Don’t ask me where the hope is now, it’s all gone
Don’t ask me where the truth is now, it’s all gone, it’s all gone
Empty promises, empty promises is just what we don’t need
Empty promises, empty promises is all that I see

Be honest and work hard
And it all will turn out right
One day you will go far And your future will be bright

Empty promises, empty promises is all that they said
Empty promises, empty promises is all I have left…

 

The price of your paradise

If you’re not one of those pretty faces
An’ you don’t have friends in high places
Sorry to say you got no silver spoon
Seems to me you’re going nowhere soon

Need a job but you got no green card       
To get that piece of paper is just too damn hard  
Sure as hell ain’t got no silver spoon
Seems to me you’re going nowhere soon

You got to pay, you got to pay, I got to pay

Only thing you’ve got is your sweat and blood
And you’re gonna need to use it
Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s the price of your paradise

Went to the bank to ask for some cold hard cash
They only lend you some if you got a stash
They only see you got no silver spoon
Seems to me you’re going nowhere soon

You got to pay, you got to pay, I got to pay

Only thing you’ve got is your sweat and blood
And you’re gonna need to use it
Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s the price of your paradise

Don’t you see it’s more than cash they want to steal?
Hopes and dreams and every ideal
Selling our future so that they can make a deal

Don’t you know that in this hard world of ours
Success is for the suits in their ivory towers
Don’t wanna hear I got no silver spoon
They’re the ones going nowhere soon

They got to pay, they got to pay, we got to pay

Only thing you’ve got is your sweat and blood
And you’re gonna need to use it
And you’re stuck inside all your fear and pride
Only thing you risk is to lose it
Grit your teeth, get no sleep
Don’t come cheap, what you’re buying…
Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s the price of your paradise

Don’t forget the rules of the game, though you might not like
the game they play
Don’t get bitter when they slam the door you can always find another way


Petrolkiller

They had to bring back the lost glory days
To my faded town, my ghost of a town
So they built a city of the future
Of grey factories and refineries

Rising up from the water like a modern-day Venus
Twentieth century goddess of jobs and progress
They gave me a job so that I could survive
What they never said was that they knew I’d be dead

There’s a Petrolkiller
Outside of my town
There’s a Petrolkiller
There’s a Petrolkiller

The boss told us all to try not to breathe
Just don’t cross the line and it all will be fine
It’s my son’s birthday and I know just what to give him
No carnival mask, a brand new gas mask

There’s a Petrolkiller
Outside of my town
There’s a Petrolkiller
There’s a Petrolkiller

And you’d better keep the windows closed
‘Cause no-one knows which way the wind blows
And don’t test the water where the river flows
As we dream the toxic cloud takes us away...
The voice of the judge echoed in the courtroom
All he said was “Not guilty”, we are nothing to Industry
But I won’t be stopped even though I heard the verdict
The case won’t be closed ‘til everyone knows

There’s a Petrolkiller
Outside of my town
There’s a Petrolkiller
There’s a Petrolkiller

 

Top secret

Now just forget your blues and get up from your chair
Because we’re gonna sing a song that will make you want to dance
I want to hear you stamp your feet and clap your hands
But don’t be disappointed when you find it ain’t about romance

What I’m about to say they’ve tried to hide for years
For them our silence sure is golden, keeps the world turning their way
Don’t turn your back or you’ll be wrapped up in their game
And do you really, truly think that it’s a game you want to play?

It’s top, top secret
Whoever gets too close is gonna get hurt
Top secret    
Top secret

Tried to write the truth and first they shot her in the back      
They didn’t stop at that, they want to kill her reputation too  
With their cover-ups and rumours made to measure to confuse
And do you really truly think that there is nothing you can do?

It’s top, top secret
Whoever gets too close is gonna get hurt
Look out
Look out

Motorcade in Texas in November 63
And everybody heard the shots that fired from the grassy knoll
Hauled in a guy that wasn’t even standing there
And do you really, truly think that there was no-one in control?

It’s top, top secret
Whoever gets too close is gonna get hurt
Top secret
Top secret

And we’ll never know how it really happened
They’ll never show how it really happened
But we all know that it didn’t happen
The way they said

Now just forget what’s in the paper everyday
They’re gonna try to give you something that will make you want to sleep
Open up your eyes and have a look into your soul
And don’t believe in what they tell you ‘cause they’ll try to sell you cheap

What I’ve been saying they’re gonna try to hide for years
And who knows what they will do to keep the secrets that they keep
We want to tell them that we don’t believe their word
And do they really, truly think that we are just a herd of sheep?

It’s top, top secret
Whoever gets too close is gonna get hurt
Look out
Look out

 

Nothing new

Today I got out of bed
Had a coffee, just to clear my head
“You’re late again” is all that you said
Missed the bus so I took the car instead

There’s nothing new
I know it’s true
There’s nothing new
I know it’s true

It’s all been done before
But I’ll still do it
It’s all been said before
But I’ll still say it
Don’t want to sit and watch life pass me by

Today I spent hours on the phone
Later I had lunch on my own
Then I headed back to the grindstone
The boss was angry, well I should have known

There’s nothing new
I know it’s true
There’s nothing new
I know it’s true

It’s all been done before
But I’ll still do it
It’s all been said before
But I’ll still say it
Don’t want to sit and watch life pass me by

This is no era of revolutions but do you think I look resigned?
And they can tell me they already heard it
But we’ll still put ourselves on the line

There’s nothing new
I know it’s true
There’s nothing new
I know it’s true
                 
Today I worked the whole day long
Waiting just to go back home
Got there and I wrote down a song
And now will you tell me I was wrong?

There’s nothing new
I know it’s true
There’s nothing new
I know it’s true

It’s all been done before
But I’ll still do it
It’s all been said before
But I’ll still say it
Not going to sit and watch life pass me by

 

The great escape

Seemed like it was all well planned
Since I was born they had it all in hand
But it’s time to stop and realise
That it was all just a pack of lies
And if you’re mad then I apologise

Roll over, roll over, roll over

And the train keeps moving, you can’t stop it going,
just keeps rolling down the tracks,
But when it’s me who’s driving, might just see a turn
and disappear between the cracks

The great escape
Gonna make a break
The great escape
From the gilded cage

Everybody wants to drag me back
It’s getting late, I’ve got to cut some slack
Now’s the time for courage, not for fear
But the move I’ve got to make is clear
Whatever goes I’m going to persevere

Roll over, roll over, roll over

And the train keeps moving, you can’t stop it going,
just keeps rolling down the tracks,
But when it’s me who’s driving, might just see a turn
and disappear between the cracks

The great escape
Gonna make a break
The great escape
From the gilded cage

This cage is getting way too tight
I got to see what’s out of sight
Could be nothing, all just one big fake
But that’s a risk I’ve simply got to take
Even if it’s all a big mistake

Roll over, roll over, roll over

And the train keeps moving, you can’t stop it going,
just keeps rolling down the tracks,
But when it’s me who’s driving, might just see a turn
and disappear between the cracks

The great escape
Gonna make a break
The great escape
From the gilded cage

 

Are you there? 

In this darkness and this fog, and this dust of empty sighs
Nothing out there comes to break the silence
And the people pass me by, they don’t look me in the eyes
If I died today would anybody realise?

And the night closes in and the lights start to shine
down the street, in the park but down here it’s still dark

When I’m almost sleeping I hold out my hands towards the sky
And I dream of feeling you are holding out your hands on mine
Are you there? Can you feel?

As the tears fall from my eyes, alone I whisper secret things
I feel like I’m slowly disappearing
Then I rise out of my bed and my arms turn into wings
I fly out over all the city sleeping

And the night closes in and the lights start to shine
down the street, in the park but down here it’s still dark

When I’m almost sleeping I hold out my hands towards the sky
And I dream of feeling you are holding out your hands on mine
Are you there? Can you feel?

I’ll be in the usual places
but instead of the usual faces
I’ll be searching for all the traces
Of something that nothing replaces

Now I’m sitting waiting here, and I’ve fixed my tinsel crown
I need someone to help me break the silence
So come on out tonight, and we’ll light up all the town
Laughing at the world that tries to hide us

And the night closes in and the lights start to shine
down the street, in the park but down here is there a spark?   

When I’m almost sleeping I hold out my hands towards the sky
And I dream of feeling you are holding out your hands on mine
And I wake up wondering, looking out upon the endless night
And I’m still here searching for something I can’t say, some kind of sign
Do you know? Are you there? 

 Journey of Hope (2006). Velut Luna 136.

Journey of Hope (2006). Velut Luna 136.

Journey of Hope

Journey of hope
Out of my skin 
Come to a new land 
Virtual love 
Complainer's disease 
A little story of war 
Song from the next world
Blooming roots 
Keep beating
What can I do?


Journey of hope

I worked, I worked the shirt off my back
Tried to move heaven and earth
But I can’t, I just can’t survive
There in the town of my birth

I got a kid to feed
There’s no future
Took my savings
Went to an office
They gave me the papers I need

I’ve started my journey of hope
In a country I don’t know
With different smells
And different ways
The people speak a strange tongue
I don’t understand

Well I looked through the smoky haze
At the “No Smoking” sign
In a truck, packed with others like me
I see their big sad eyes like mine

With a suitcase
On my head
Passed the border
Late at night
Searching for a place to live

I’ve started my journey of hope
In a country I don’t know
With different smells
And different ways
The people speak a strange tongue
I don’t understand


The questions “where am I?”, “what am I doing here?”
These questions persecute me, “what can I find here?”
So far away from home...

I miss, I miss that quiet room
Hours passed in that small square
Like a tiger in a narrow cage
Planning his way out of there

I miss my city
It’s late-night footsteps
I had no choice
Only one thing
And that’s to start again

So I’ve started my journey of hope 
In a country I don’t know
With different smells
And different ways          
The people speak a strange tongue          
I don’t understand


Out of my skin


The time is over of imaginary trips
Now I’m here in the subway
I know I’m not the first to leave the land that’s home
Searching for fortune so faraway
I’m a snake sliding out
Sliding out of my skin

One was you, one was my house
One was my job, one was my town
The clothes I wore, the food I ate 
The air I breathed, the sky above my head
I’m a snake sliding in
Into my skin
The clothes I wear, the food I eat 
The air I breathe, the sky above my head

Though I’m deaf and dumb my legs are fit and strong
And I want to be running
Don’t sleep much ‘cause there’s not the time to sleep
When you sleep you feel nothing 
I’m a snake sliding out
Sliding out of my skin

One was you, one was my house
One was my job, one was my town
The clothes I wore, the food I ate 
The air I breathed, the sky above my head
I’m a snake sliding in
Into my skin 
The clothes I wear, the food I eat 
The air I breathe, the sky above my head

Like a vagabond, rootless and free 
I go around knocking on doors
And I’m alone but in good company
D’you need someone to help you with your chores?
I’m where I want
Hang onto myself, much as I can 
And you too

See the city lights outside and wonder where to go
But I’ll find my way somehow
In the streets I’ve heard so many buskers sing their songs
They’ll hear my guitar too now 
I’m a snake sliding out
Sliding out of my skin

One was you, one was my house
One was my job, one was my town
The clothes I wore, the food I ate 
The air I breathed, the sky above my head
I’m a snake sliding in
In my new skin 
The clothes I wear, the food I eat 

The air I breathe, the sky above my head


Come to a new land

Today is finally the day
No doubts in my head
Now the wheel has turned
No enemies in my bed

It’s been a long time full of pain, I understand
Things we did didn’t turn out just how we planned

Give me your hand
Let’s start again
Come to a new land
With me

Don’t worry I will keep you warm
Though I know how cold it’ll be
Not even a fireman can put out
The fire that’s in me

The town down in the valley’s white with snow
I’m so excited going there with you, you know

Give me your hand
Let’s start again
Come to a new land
With me

I know that I broke your heart
Take this one chance to be happy
And I know this is just a song
But when you hear it maybe something
Will start to move again in you

Bring that dress of white
The dream is coming to be
It could be good or bad
But it’ll be reality

In the silence of the woods eternal love we’ll swear
An’ we’ll stay real close together 
On the long and twisting road that takes us there

Give me your hand
For a journey with no end
Come to a new land
With me


Virtual love

When I got up today
I looked at the empty bed
You’re still sleeping with another

Then I went out for a walk
Just to check the usual spots
But I only saw your mother

All my friends tell me to forget about it
But I still keep believing and I try to justify it

You said to me “it’s not the right time”
You said to me “our time will come”
But when?
Because it’s hard to settle for a virtual love

Then I saw someone walking past
And I nearly called your name
But then they turned around

Went home and fed the cat
And sat down beside the phone
But it didn’t make a sound 

All my friends tell me to forget about it
But I still keep believing and I try to justify it

You said to me “it’s not the right time”
You said to me “our time will come”
But when?
Because it’s hard to settle for a virtual love


Now you’re here in my kitchen
Standing drinking your tea
Must say I feel kind of strange here
It’s not how I thought it would be

When I got up today
Thought of the internet cafè
Gonna go looking for another

Someone I’ll never meet
Won’t find walking down the street
But they’ll know me better than my mother

All my friends told me to forget about it
And somehow I believe them, I don’t need to justify it

I said to you “it’s not the right time”
I said to you “our time won’t come” 
And then...
I think I’m addicted to virtual love


Complainer's disease

It’s boiling hot, it’s freezing cold, too dry, too damp, too cloudy and it’s windy...today
Didn’t get a wink of sleep, I tossed and turned and slept through my alarm...today
Today is a “no” day, now it’s a “yes” day

Run off my feet, got too much work, I’m bored because there’s nothing here to do...today
Ate too much, I stuffed my face, I had to skip my lunch and now I’m starving...today
Today it’s raining, now the sun is shining

Why am I so hard to please?
Want to know the reason for my unease
Don’t know why I’m so hard to please
Can you tell me the reason for my unease? 

My back is aching, neck is hurting, throat is sore, my feet are killing me...today
Feeling lonely, feeling horny, feeling hot, not now I’ve got a headache...today
Today I’m crying, now I’m laughing

Why am I so hard to please?
Want to know the reason for my unease
Don’t know why I’m so hard to please
Can you tell me the reason for my unease? 

Can’t find the thing that I want
Not really sure what I need
Maybe it’s something you don’t see on TV


Got out of bed this morning feeling worried ’cause I wasn’t feeling worried...today
Went to see the doctor, got more worried ’cause he wasn’t looking worried...today
Now I feel at ease, I’ve got complainer’s disease

Now I know why I’m so hard to please
The doctor told me the reason for my unease
Now I won’t be so hard to please 
It’s a simple case of complainer’s disease


A little story of war

My husband didn’t know how to hold a gun
He got sent to the front to shoot men of other women
That’s just what he has to do to survive

Two soldiers at my door, standing in the morning sun
I knew what they were here for but I didn’t want to see them
They said he didn’t suffer when he died

This is just a little story of war
One that’s still happening today
An’ so it doesn’t happen anymore
Listen and don’t turn away 

My kids said “goodbye”, running out the front door
“Hey Mum, we’ll see you later, we’re just going out to play”
Heard my daughter screaming way down the road

“My brother isn’t moving, he won’t play anymore”
I tried to stop the bleeding, it was already too late
Picked him up and then I carried him home 

This is just a little story of war
One that’s still happening today
An’ so it doesn’t happen anymore
Listen and don’t turn away 

Somewhere in the distance, I see a flash of light
I hold my daughter to me and I tell her not to cry
Tell her somehow that we’ll manage to live

The soldiers in the city, get lonely at night
Don’t care about me, but I see my child hungry
My body is the one thing I can give


Song from the next world

By now my story is the one that you’ve already heard 
If you have time give it to me for just another word
When you’re down there nothing is clear but it’s simple from up here

Don’t put flowers on my grave 
Leave them there where they stay 
An eye for an eye, the world is going blind

Now you’ve become my television and I don’t like what I see
Neither does the one you’re praying to, who’s sitting next to me
When you’re down there nothing is clear but it’s simple from up here

Don’t put flowers on my grave 
Leave them there where they stay
An eye for an eye, the world is going blind

You don’t have to be a singer to understand it
You don’t have to be religious to understand it
Don’t have to fight a war, don’t have to die

Don’t put flowers on my grave 
Leave them there where they stay


Running to the end of the world as fast as you can
Before it’s too late please turn around and stop what we began
When you’re down there nothing is clear but it’s simple from up here

Don’t put flowers on my grave 
Leave them there where they stay
Better tell the man-next-door
It’s no use making war
(don’t forget) 
An eye for an eye, the world is going blind


Blooming roots

There was a tree in my garden with big branches and a swing
With a big trunk too, birds’ nests in spring
They cut it down just to build some extra room
But the roots were too strong and they still bloom

There was something
They tried to make it nothing
But look around
I hear a sound
Something’s moving
Something’s growing
Just look down
New life is found underground 

There was a theatre full of stories in the middle of my town
But somebody’s greed burnt it down
Two towers in a city more than a hundred storeys tall
But somebody’s hate made them fall

There was something
They tried to make it nothing
But look around
I hear a sound
Something’s moving
Something’s growing
Just look down
New life is found underground 

You can take a chainsaw or you can take a match
You can take your hatred but there’ll always be a catch
Underneath the grime growing all the time there are blooming roots!

Sat lonely in a city just staring at the floor
Dreaming of things that were no more
But then I looked outside and saw the people walking by
And one of them smiled when I caught her eye

It’s not easy
Never said it would be
It’s hard to wait
And keep the faith
But if a glance 
Gives us a chance  
Maybe there’s more 
Outside the door

There was something
They tried to make it nothing
But look around
I hear a sound
Something’s moving
Something’s growing
Just look down
New life is found underground


Keep beating

Right now I’m here on the other side of the world
Those stupid things ain’t important anymore
Only thing I want, only thing is not to lose you
Tell your heart, tell your heart to wait for me
Don’t stop, keep beating

Took me by the hand when I didn’t know where to turn
Showing me the way, how to smile in this sad world
Everything I am, everything I owe to you
Tell your heart, tell your heart to wait for me
Don’t stop, keep beating

I want to say I love you
I want to say thank-you
For the faith
For the trust
Don’t stop, keep beating


You have the rarest gift, normal and special at the same time
Promise me you’ll still be there, don’t leave me behind
Something I hear, something calling out to you
It’s my heart, it’s my heart that’s telling me
Don’t stop, keep beating


What can I do?

I travelled everywhere from south to north from east to west
Trying to find some comfort, trying to find a place to rest
Met every kind of person but they only made me stressed

Perfection is a thing that now I know doesn’t exist

What can I do? (what can he do?)
I keep on falling down but I’ll pull through  (he’ll pull through)

At work they piss me off, just can’t be bothered to compete
They almost ran me down when I was trying to cross the street
The news is always bad, I watched my favorite team get beat

Perfection is a thing that now I know doesn’t exist

What can I do? (what can he do?)
I keep on falling down but I’ll pull through  (he’ll pull through)

Wandering ‘round inside my head
There’s a little idea that maybe I’ll try to be with you...

I get up in the morning and it’s pissing down with rain
Only thing I had for breakfast were some pills for my back pain
But somehow in the end I sit there smiling on the train 

Perfection is a thing that now I know doesn’t exist

What can I do? (what can he do?)
I keep on falling down but I’ll pull through  (he’ll pull through)

 Live at Home (1999) . Balancing Act Records 010.

Live at Home (1999) . Balancing Act Records 010.

Live at Home

Tight-rope walker
Wavelength
The night alone 
Pilgrim without a name
Work in progress
From the stables to the stars 
Force of habit
Time to choose
Love has come
Chasing the horizon


Tight-rope walker

The circus has come to color this town
Bright balloons rise into the air
The last show begins, the money's run out
It's the end for the travelling fair

The rich arrive late with their elegant dates
On parade as they jangle their jewels
On the opposite side, the kids hold their breath
They were laughing, excited as fools

And walking tall above them all
A ray of sun in his eyes...

Tight-rope walker suspended
Between the young and old
Between the dirt and gold

Between the two acts, here's the sly ballerina
Who glides towards the scent of cologne
The clown who for years brought a smile to the kids
Thinks it's time he found one of his own

The animals all will be freed from the cages
And left on their own to survive
The tables will turn as the trainer gets whipped
By a lady who's just caught his eye

And walking tall above them all
With streaming rain in his eyes...

Tight-rope walker suspended
Between the wrong and right
Between the shade and light

And when the last applause has died the lights go down
And everything appears to be one color now

Our walker continues his balancing act
And he holds himself up with his mind
A little boy hides in the dark fields tonight
And he's watching the man cross the sky

He wishes him the best of luck,
Says, "One day I'll catch up to you"...

Tight-rope walker suspended
Between the now and then
Between the where and when

 

Wavelength

Brothers by blood
Who looked so much the same
Raised in two worlds,
An' in such different ways

Arrived on a street,
From different directions, on opposite sides
And exchanging a glance,
Saw differing pictures with similar eyes

And neither one heard
                
The other one's music but only his own
It might've been magic, the light might've shone
But they never met on the same . . . wavelength

Waving two flags,
And wailing clashing themes
And neither can see
Why the other sees differently

How lovely it would be

A moment of silence to find harmony
Just think of the traffic that there'd have to be
If everyone rode on the same . . . wavelength

I . . . will never find you
The one on the stairs I've been waiting for
Know that my heart can't hold out much more

What's goin' on?
A trembling's begun far away
It's walking the line
And from the horizon, someone's on her way

And maybe this time,

I'll hear her music and she will hear mine
We might become magic, from shadow to shine
If we can just meet on the same . . . wavelength

 

The night alone

No-one knew her face
She went everyplace
In the silent company
Of her timeless enemy

And the night was theirs alone

Springtime filled with stars
And it filled her heart
With a man who came to stay
Scared the enemy away

And the night was theirs alone

Not a word was said
Slipping down to bed
On the sand and wind and waves
And their breath was all the same

And the night was theirs alone


But you know the grass is always greener
And he went away to find something he needed
There was nothing left for her to do
But watch him through her tears and know for sure that
Now her dream was leaving

Time came when doubts
Slipped into their heads
Time came when enemies
Slipped into their beds

And the water flowed away ...
Under the bridge

When the year had flown
And he came back home
He was taken by the hand
Led among those dunes of sand

And once again
The night was theirs alone

 

Pilgrim without a name

You know the story that we read
Under the blankets of my bed
At every thunder we shuddered and held onto each other
And the rain was drummin' drummin' drummin'

On a wet cat that climbed fast

Searching for a way
Just another place
Oh my Bobby Jean
I'm a pilgrim without a name . . .

A lonely rider fallen from a state of grace

When he landed he looked for what he lacked
Sitting backwards upon his donkey's back
And the sandy line he traced was the hero's track
And his mind was flyin' flyin' flyin'

Like a blind bird in the sunshine

Searching in the shade
Just another face
Oh my Bobby Jean
I'm a pilgrim without a name . . .

He says, "So I enjoy the countryside that's gone
And get surprised by the new things to come"

And so the moon is rising to the bait
Our man is sinking from the weight
And the dark side of the bright fish drags him down
Broken hearts are movin' movin' movin'

Like a lost ship from port to port

Just another dream
Is the reason to believe

 

Work in progress

Running along,
Too fast down a road
That I'd never seen
The fields were of gold
And I'd seen them in my dreams

An' if you don't hold
With a tight hand on the reins
That pull you along,
You're likely to roll
Back to the place from which you came

No-one would have known that I'd been Mr. Prudent,
Posting all those warning signs, "Don't get deluded"
I'd written this message: work in progress

Flyin' so high,
As the ground speeds by below
From up in the air
You're likely to find
That there's beauty everywhere

Not easy to glide
At a pace that lets you see
What you'd rather hide
You don't take the time,
You ignore reality

This is how I fell to earth without a warning
'N' falling hurts you more the higher you were soaring
I found your heart closed for work in progress

I'll keep on digging always further down
To find that cursed treasure in the ground
To grow back these burned wings
And fly me where all things
Are open to me
And nothing is closed for work in progress

When you dig a hole,
You could dig and never find
What lies at the core
But here in my soul,
I have found what lies in store

I've already lost
And already I have won
The battles ahead
Seen heaven and hell
And I've come back home again

The only thing to keep me back from where I'm goin'
Is me, I am the ally and I'm the opponent,
My head's undergoin' work in progress

 

From the stables to the stars (and back)

The sky and everything else
Have no more meaning
I'm staring at nothin'
Nothin' is staring at me

The few words I'm able to say
Are rambling in my body
I'm hobbling through my days
On these hard steps that are life

My soul seems to sit
On an electric chair
Blood hardly flows in my veins
Maybe it's better to stop it

Something's pushing me onto that train
The ticket says, "From the stables to the stars and back"

The fear of living dead
Bit me on my ass
The dark tunnel has an end
Like a magic spell

Slowly I find the light
She is sitting next to a man
Wasting away in his spite
I'm facing your beauty and soul

My feelings aren't too original
An iceberg could love you
So many things remain
For us to hear and say

Somebody is telling me to get off
The ticket said, "From the stables to the stars and back"

The train is fading away
Another appears from the sky
Death is not the last hope
Hope is the last to die

I'll get on that damned train
'Cause the ticket says, " From the stars to the stables and back"

The worst thing, believe me,
Is to stand here motionless at the station
So you get on once more
Though the realization of something
Comes to the same thing as its destruction

 

Force of habit

In the morning full of darkness,
I leave home still half asleep
And the garbagemen are sweeping
Up the crap that runs so deep

In the kitchen every workday
Washes down into the sink
And the steel and smoke and smells
Make it impossible to think

Look beyond the mirror,
Don't you turn your back no more
Try to see it clearer,
'Cause they're knocking at your door

Open up and escape the trap of the force of habit

Well by now I know by heart
Your stupid faces and your gripes
And I know out there some radio-listeners
Still believe the hype

In the bar we'll have the usual,
Stupid comments and a beer
And the clock is turning on the wall
And death is getting near

Look beyond the mirror,
Don't you turn your back no more
Try to see it clearer,
'Cause they're knocking at your door

Open up and escape the trap of the force of habit

But today somebody somewhere
In the land of sweat 'n' dread
Is gonna take a pin and pop
The soapy bubble 'round his head

I'm gonna take this hammer,
gonna use it against the wall

Gonna pull a brick, gonna break the line
Gonna peek beyond to see what lies behind

Look beyond the mirror,
Don't you turn your back no more
Try to see it clearer,
'Cause they're knocking at your door

I'm gonna take this hammer,
gonna use it against the wall

Open up and escape the trap of the force of habit

 

Time to choose

Well I was sitting on the threshold stairs
Tryin' to understand why no-one ever seems to care

It makes no sense
To just keep sitting on the fence
They say it makes no sense

Well I was lying in the river bed
Letting the water wash direction into my head

You gotta choose
'Cause if you don't you're gonna lose
They say I've gotta choose

It's not a choice, it's a mission, I'm telling you
A loaded guitar is the gun that I'm gonna use

Give me time to choose

Well I was standing where the street divides
In a pouring rain a ray of sun started to shine

The weather changed
And all my plans were rearranged
And again the weather changed

And if my cap is full of dimes today
And full of rain tomorrow, I will still continue to play

Upon a stone
Or if I'm sitting on a throne
Until this bird has flown

It's not a choice, it's a mission, I'm telling you
A loaded guitar is the gun that I'm gonna use

'Cause now's the time to choose

 

Love has come

Love has come
From the blue
After a thousand years
Look how the roses bloom
So strong we know they won't be faded by the winter gloom

A voice
We know
It sings
Our song

Love's arrived
Never fear
After a thousand tears
Hear how our hearts have come
To finally drum a rhythm woven into only one

A voice
We know
It sings
Our song

Love is here
Ghosts are gone
After a thousand dreams
We'll slide into the blue
And we'll be making love as only we know how to do

A voice
We know
It sings
Our song

 

Chasing the horizon 

Like flies who never see
How to fly to liberty
As they thrash
At the glass
And they crash once again

On a black and white terrain
Like a chessboard game
March the men
Let me say if you're a god at all I'll never
Understand a move or two you've made so far

Maybe you're a pawn yourself
In someone else's game
With no end and no beginning
With no queen or king

One more step in the dark
We're chasing the horizon...

It's a race we can't define
With a moving finishline
And we start
Where we end
On the great carousel

But I'll run it anyway
'Cause it's just the price you pay
As a slave
To a master who's a slave to someone higher
All the world's a trick that we conspire to play

I've begun to see the key is just
Part of the fun
Seeing there was no escape route,
I invented one

One more step in the dark
We're chasing the horizon...