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Track Name: Tonight
Don’t rush me if I move too slowly
I’ve got something I wanna get out of me
You’re pretty, and I’m ready
But my mouth is dry and my palms are sweaty

So just stay til the morning
You can take what you want or just leave me,

if you don’t believe me at all
Just wait till I’m done
Cause you’re making me want to just lose my head
And tell you it all tonight

I’m gonna open doors and leave them open
Move around like a roller coaster

I’ll push your back down
Pick myself up I’m gonna pull you close,
I want to tell you something

So just stay til the morning
You can take what you want or just leave me,

if you don’t believe me at all
Just wait till I’m done
Cause you’re making me want to just lose my head
And tell you it all tonight

Now if I seem too coy

You’ve got to give me time
To finish all these puzzles baby

Put together words here in my mind
You think I’m just a boy

I’ve only got one track
But if you wait here til morning

I think you might take that back

So just stay til the morning
You can take what you want or just leave me,

if you don’t believe me at all
Just wait till I’m done
Cause you’re making me want to just lose my head
And tell you it all tonight
Track Name: Go
I wake up with the sun
And I’m chasing down the stars
But by noon I’m home again… I’m always home again
I guess it’s cause I’m scared
This is such a scary job
When you’re laying out your heart in another shitty bar

So you go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will lead you
Go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will take you though

Dreams, I’ve got dreams

Lifetimes full of dreams
But then waking up it seemed to make them head back down
I’m underneath a fog, and I’m praying for a wind
To blow me out of here, to take me out

So you go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will lead you
Go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will take you though

But there’s this voice, up inside my head telling me to stay home

It says “you’re better off at home”
But there’s this voice, down inside my heart telling me to stay out

It’s saying stay out boy and go

So you go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will lead you
Go, you only go

You only go as far as your heart will take you though
Track Name: One Bright Pearl
There’s a gray line
Cutting the blue above from the blue below
And it’s a long road And everybody’s heading home

And you alone are the one bright pearl
Tall and shining down on this empty world
And you’re high for all to see
And I am you as you are

It takes a clear mind
To sort through all the things that you think you know
And a warm heart
Knows that it’s alright here on its own

And you alone are the one bright pearl
Tall and shining down on this empty world
And you’re high for all to see
And I am you as you are

Walking around on this circle and
Reaping the things you sew you go
Walking around on this circle on and on

And you alone are the one bright pearl
Tall and shining down on this empty world
And you’re high for all to see
And I am you as you are
Track Name: Four Bare Walls
I’ve called home to my four bare walls
Every thing that I’ve owned

It’s here in my four bare walls
It’s just me with my head

In my four bare walls
And all the things that I did
And you can write me off as the carpenter’s son
Who was afraid of life, so he decided to run to songs
But you better believe me boy, when I tell you I’m gone
Cause I’m gone, I’m gone

I told my lies to my four bare walls
Let my eyes slip from the prize in my four bare walls
But I’m made of more than my four bare walls
So Imo break them down
And you can write this down as a quote from the kid
See I’ve done those things I said I did
But before I’m done and my curtain falls

Imo break them down

My four bare walls

But life, it can be so hard

And you, you can get lost in your own walls
And I know that you think you’ve seen the world
But I know you’re blind
Cause your walls, all of your walls

They’re all in your own mind

I’ve called home to my four bare walls

Cause every little thing that I’ve owned was here in my four bare walls
It’s just me and my head

In my four bare walls
And all the things that I did
Track Name: Mental Hygiene
I’ve seen them standing in the hall
Like a hawk on a thermal steady watching me
Through the two way mirror
Locked up til I get out

Kind of lonely
Everybody knows me, don’t nobody know me
But the blues and the grays meet deep in the winter
At the top of Harlem by the Hudson River
The cold wind blows you down on your way in
Don’t eat, don’t drink, don’t sleep, you just stay in

They call it “Mental Hygiene”,

I’m just here for a cleaning
Trying to make a little green and get up and stay out
They call it “Mental Hygiene”,

I’m just here for a cleaning
Trying to stay up even and get up and stay out

Down 1-6-8 off of the A or the C

Across Broadway down at the end of the street
Through the revolving door where you don’t sign in
It’s just the same thing again and again and again
They give you time to think, cold food and hot drinks,
They give you tiny towels for your baths in the sink
And measure your reactions to the strangest things
From the worst bartenders that the city’s seen

They call it “Mental Hygiene”,

I’m just here for a cleaning
Trying to make a little green and get up and stay out
They call it “Mental Hygiene”,

I’m just here for a cleaning
Trying to stay up even and get up and stay out

They say that twenty-five that’s a mighty fine age
They say to take it slow, cause it fades away so fast.
But when you’re old that’s just something you’ll say
Cause when you were twenty-five you didn’t feel that way

Well the lessons aren’t lost at the top of Gotham
Where they give you drugs and time to solve your problems
And institute ain’t just a fancy word
For some men in suits driving fancy cars

They call it “Mental Hygiene”, I’m just here for a cleaning
Track Name: Blue
Blue green stayed low
She got high and dropped out of school
She don’t mess around much anymore
We used to scream and chase the moon
Ice cold cases opened up at noon
We were just kicking the world around

Now she don’t need no more songs
Says she’s putting them where they belong
But they’ll keep playing in my mind Lou Reed, Beach Boys,
we were children once playing with toys
Skipping under that waterfall was something new
And I want to go but I can’t move
I’m stuck here looking like a fool
I have no idea how blue green has turned into you

She says ‘16, that was nice’, now she’s breaking our old 45’s,
by throwing them out that open door
She says ‘You know I’ve grown, and I left you back long ago’

Hell, like I didn’t know

Now she don’t need no more songs
Says she’s putting them where they belong

But they’ll keep playing in my mind Like Jackson Browne, and CCR
We’re rolling around in the back of my father’s car
And working on our old night moves
And I want to go, but I can’t leave
I’m stuck here shaking like a leaf

and I have no idea how blue green has turned into you

The colors are still the same, but my blue green has gone away

She’s just a shadow throwing stones at my soul
We used to laugh, but now we don’t
We just pay bills and float around the home
And she might be walking but I’m dancing into those old lines

But she don’t need no more songs
Says she’s putting them where they belong
But they’ll keep playing in my mind

The Rolling Stones singing I Miss You, that disco beat always made you move
I watched you shatter them on the concrete next to my old Zeppelin II
And I want to go, but I can’t move
I got nothing left, I have nothing to lose

and I have no idea how my blue green has turned into you
Track Name: No Apologies
Well you’re calling to me, but I can’t hear you
Cause my ears are angry and they’re full of sinew
And we used to be closer, but now I’m pulling away
I’ve got no apologies

And you’re writing about me, but I can’t hear it
And there’s something left open and I’m dying to seal it
And if it don’t stop itching well, I’m gonna scratch it till it bleeds
I’ve got no apologies

But like it or not, it’s not like that any more
Cause pre-fab and new wave have replaced the boys next door
With the people we were playing for

You didn’t die, but you’re in hibernation
And your den of choice well that’s the classic rock station
See you’re living in a heyday when you held the nation at bay
You have no apologies

You’re no longer ground breaking you’re just mildly amusing
And you shock me to grab me but in the long run you’re loosing
When you’re shock wears off, the money’s gonna fall away
I’ve got no apologies

-chorus

So wake up, wake up, wake up little Suzzie
I’m no longer angry I’m just lonely and moody
But there was a time and a place, where that was more than I could ever need
I have no apologies.
Track Name: Breathe
You better watch your mouth when you speak, think
You don’t wanna look like a creep
End up in a bed of your own
Cold down to the bottom of your soul know
Nothing is quite as it seems
Dreams too become realities
See I once was blind but now I’m me

But I know you just wanna go home
Drop your little things and just run, don’t
Take a moment to breathe slow
Just sit back and be
And I know what you mean when you’re too old
To bounce up and down like a yo-yo
Take a moment to breathe slow, and just sit back and be
Take a moment to breathe

I get lost on the city streets
Beats up in my head control my feet
And take me where they want to go
You’re lost in a way of your own see
You know it ain’t hard to tell
Hell is knowing something all too well
And you seem to understand

But I know you just wanna go home
Drop your little things and just run, don’t
Take a moment to breathe slow
Just sit back and be
And I know what you mean when you’re too old
To bounce up and down like a yo-yo
Take a moment to breathe slow, and just sit back and be
Take a moment to breathe

Your life moves too goddamn fast
The last thing you need to do is stress
Rest and try to slow it down
When I feel I’m about to scream I take a little second

and I breathe to I see I’ve got everything I need

But I know you just wanna go home
Drop your little things and just run, don’t
Take a moment to breathe slow
Just sit back and be
And I know what you mean when you’re too old
To bounce up and down like a yo-yo
Take a moment to breathe slow, and just sit back and be
Take a moment to breathe
Track Name: Rock Star
Making out, well that sounds like fun
Drink it up, the night’s just begun
Getting out, well that sounds alright but getting in,

that sounds like fun, why don’t we say good night
What’d you say, you’re gonna meet me by the car?
Well I’ll be right out, I’m a big rock star

Cocaine? Ok... Free drinks, now that sounds more like me
Hot girls hot girls, I think I’ll burn myself
Go on and melt one down, til there ain’t nothing left
What’d you say, you met me at the bar?
Well I don’t remember you but I’m a big rock star

So take me out
We’ll paint the town in a cherry red
If I’m all strung out, I guess you’ll just take me home instead

Now what’d you say, your apartment’s not too far?

Well that sounds cool by me, I’m a big rock star
Track Name: Cool
Well it was late, and I’m sure that it was raining
Cause it always felt like rain there where I stood
and I was wet, and sure that you were off laughing
At some dry sense of humor on some warm man
But how could you have known that I bought you flowers
And how could I have known that there was nothing wrong
But if you’re cool, then I’m cool

So we’d fight, and argue over circumstances
And totally ignore the cause
We just saw the same thing from different situations
And neither one of them was wrong
So if you’re cool, then I’m cool
Track Name: Dancing Anita
We could wake up in the morning
Before the sky starts to swell
And we could head into the city
And catch breakfast at the Chelsea Hotel
You can be Janis, and I’ll be Leonard singing low
As you dance in the daylight, quietly stealing the show

You’re my dancing Anita
And all I want is for you to dance for me

I’m not the sensitive one I’m just a realist and a singer
But this here song ain’t about me So let me just lay low
See you’re my lullaby, and I can’t sleep without you
And this song is about you cause I want you to know that

You’re my dancing Anita
And all I want is for you to dance for me

And it’s okay for you to let yourself go
And it’s not my job to tell you so
You already know
That you’re a beautiful mystery
So keep on dancing

I want to take you out walking
In some diamond-plated shoes
With a bottle of tequila baby we could shake off these poor boy blues
And as I sing on the subway
You can show off your moves
We’ll make a little bit of money, and I’ll head on home with you

You’re my dancing Anita
And all I want is for you to dance for me
Track Name: Free
It’s easy to make a habit you just need money and time…
You can’t have a reason to back down, and I’ve just lost mine
So I’m gonna get fucked up, tore down, twisted til I go blind
I’m drinking for two, and I’m making up for lost time
I’m gonna get blown up, get into a fist fight
If I don’t win, well that’s all right
Don’t help me stand, I don’t need nobody’s arm
I’m just gonna smoke weed, til my eyes bleed
Drink Jim Beam til it cures me and I’ll explode like
a rocket on the Forth of July

And don’t even try
And don’t even try to stop me because I’m a free man
And fuck you for ever trying
You used to tell me to stop when all the lights were green
But now I’m burning down the old fence that I called indifference…
I didn’t care before, but I’m learning how not to feel
So I’m gonna get my head right, gonna get my mind numb
Walk a crooked line, and then some

I was a sober man when you were the boss of me, but fuck you, I’m free

And don’t even try And don’t even try

To tell me that I’m stupid, cause I know that, you asshole
I’m not better than this, but I’m better than you
So I’m gonna get twisted, gonna get cross-eyed,
as wasted as my sweet time…
I’m gonna be much more fun now that we’re through
And I’m gonna be passed out on the front lawn naked with your mom

And we’d have gone inside but then you’d have never seen
Fuck you, I’m free
Track Name: So Hep
He suffers from a socially acceptable addiction,
black coffee no sugar no cream
He’s reading Dosdoyevsky and he’s learning French
He says he’s going to expatriate with all his friends
He spent his teen years drinking
While his parents paid the tab because he’s so hep

He doesn’t own a suit
He says he’ll never cut his hair
All his credit cards say check and all his checks say cash
I’m sure I’d remember him fondly if I could pick him out of a line-up
I guess he’d be the one with 11211 son written on the side of his water gun
He’s so hep, he’s so smooth

So just love him
Take him high into the clouds
And talk to him about Vince Vaughn
Cause he loves him
Oh, he loves that man
He’s so hep, he’s so smooth
Track Name: Monique
Come to me Monique and I’ll tell you a secret
that I haven’t told for a while
I could use a soft ear and a warm gentle mouth
to hold in my deepest desire
Don’t confuse me, it’s dark but I could swear
that you’re lying right here by my side
Don’t forget me, when you’re out there looking for love in another man’s eyes

I’m playing it now, and it’s that old sweet song
And I’ve been singing it out, for way too long
Now my chords are all wrong
And my words have all gone
And it’s just a melody dancing around in the back of my mind

So come closer Monique, you can believe when I speak
because I couldn’t tell you a lie
I have the heart of a fighter, who’s been fighting too long
and he’s ready to lay down this time
You’re right about me and it’s easy to see why you’re happy
just playing your part
And I’ll watch from afar, cause when I’m chasing your star,
I know I am beat from the start

I’m playing it now, and it’s that old sweet song
And I’ve been singing it out, for way too long
Now my chords are all wrong
And my words have all gone
And it’s just a melody dancing around in the back of my mind

If I can’t hold out Monique it’s just cause I’m weak
and I feel like my head is on fire
To you I am new, and I know that that’s true
but it feels like I’ve known you a while
So I’m trusting in you, though I might be a fool
well I feel like this feeling is right
But I’ve been wrong before and I’ll do it again,
I just can’t stop singing tonight

I’m playing it now, and it’s that old sweet song
And I’ve been singing it out, for way too long
Now my chords are all wrong
And my words have all gone
And it’s just a melody dancing around in the back of my mind
Track Name: Overrated
Well I think you’re so overrated, I saw
Saw you out dancing around
Shaking and clapping your hands
If it’s useful you’ll use it in time
And hope that it comes back again
You’re wading around through your friends
Telling them you’re dying
Just to see if they might wait around.
But now you’re so clear to me
And you’re thirty-three going on fifteen

Well it’s easy, easy to think for your self
It’s like there’s no one around
And we’ll all be strangers in time
So keep on hoping and praying for that
Your steps up push people down
And I think you’ve forgotten the point
Of what goes around
It always comes back to you in this life
But now it’s so clear to me
That you’re thirty-three going on fifteen

And I know, I know you’ve got something to say
But you’re too scared to open your mouth
You’ve got a system for everything
Let me know how that’s working out.

You’re so overrated.
I saw you out dancing around
Shaking and clapping your hands
If it’s useful you’ll use it in time
And hope that it comes back again
You’re wading around through your friends
Telling them you’re dying
Just to see if they might wait around.
But now you’re so clear to me
And you’re thirty-three going on fifteen