The Lovell Avenue Song

The Lovell Avenue Song I think I hear it question mark, mysterians Or maybe it’s sam the sham Something cool from ‘FIL I always got off Farfisa and some fuzztone Sir Douglas, Dave Clark Five Pop was rock on radio We were kids with crap guitars Dreams of Jags, no, not the cars Waiting for my Sloopy scream In Rick’s garage, you can’t do that Cuban heels and Beatles caps Take our bow and Linda claps Little Girl, nothing to hide Nobody can’t do the shake Surfin’, roddin’, Liverpool Three chords and a middle eight Pluggin in to dad’s hi-fi Mr. Kay’s mike’s chord is frayed A Heathkit amp that Rick’s dad made A new tom tom on Christmas Day CYO, Fair Acres, too Turtles, Cyrkle, Blues Magoos For Your Love, For What It’s Worth A Battle of the bands we’d lose Mom would yell to turn it down But we’re the coolest band around At least on Lovell Avenue Dad would buzz our hair each week The mop tops made us look like geeks As we played Eight Days a Week Sure, it’s 1965 As long as one of us survives Won the girls and made ‘em cry But making music still gets a rise Time Won’t Let Me wait that long Though 40 years sure makes me wrong Check my pulse ‘cause is still pounds To Beach Boy’s I Get Around So, turn it up and play it right Go All day and all of the night Green River keeps on flowing Just like some red rubber ball The morning sun’s still shines on us all So come on down to my boat, baby

It's Kinda Creepy, Baby

It’s Kinda Creepy, Baby It’s kinda creepy baby… that kill-look in your eyes There’s nothing worse than love that’s gone, headed south-wise Where you stayed is haunted…by the girl I knew And she wanders looking for a life that’s through She’s got the chains a rattlin’ She’s got the tortured heart She’s got the pieces of a life that’s torn all apart She doesn’t know what’s happenin’ Can’t tell day from night But she’s scared of you, too, Because you’re such a fright It’s kinda creepy baby…the way we disappeared Poof, the love is gone, mold grows where there once were tears Swing the wrecking ball. Screams still shatter night The air is much too thick to breath or to let in any light I’ve got the silver bullets I’ve got the wooden cross I’ve got the bitter memories of the love we lost There’s no more guilt There’s only pain And a hollow place inside where my heart once had been It’s kinda creepy baby … that you can’t move on At least I’ve exorcised my soul in the lyrics of this plaintive song It’s kinda creepy baby…if you look ahead Bitter ain’t no better than the ghost of a love that’s dead

Old Belle's Bop

Old Belle's Bop We’re here to please somebody And our work is just to be Here to count what we got And dance to Old Belle’s Bop You adorned in riches And you, who is swathed in shame We are standing in our places, The wealthy and the lame Cry, cry me a puddle A puddle in the sand Then watch the sea wash over That’s what becomes of man Just dancing to Old Belle’s Bop Once I had me religion But I found the hand of man Between me and my Lord Taking tithings for His Word So we’re here to please somebody But beware who that body be Not your, your priest, your master Just your God who’ll set you free Won’t dance to Old Belle’s Bop

This End

This End In the night, we creep closer to the edge Of our 50 story ledge In the day, we wear down our mortal souls Tear it up, tear it down And we say, it’s alright though we know And we say, it’s alright though it hurts We’ll never be what we once were Say goodby, though it seems like yesterday We’ve moved on today Say goodby, like we gave a tinker’s damn Wrapped around ourselves And we say, it’s alright though we see And we say, it’s alright in full retreat We are not what we thought we’d be Regrets only…neglect’s lonely But that’s alright, that’s alright So they rise, replacements for us as we go Better luck, next time Lessons learned, but maybe not and never will After all, the path is worn And we say, it’s alright but, no, it’s not And we say, it’s alright but feel the shock We never guessed this end we got


Prayer WE Pierce Hold your light Walk on step stones Don’t your ever fall down Who you are And who they know Are you one the same? (short lead) In the daylight In the dark night Better know both sides (bridge) Is there something left to say? Is there nothing more to hide? Is there someone who should know? Go your own way Leave tomorrow You will never look back Never more cry Never more lie I’ve been praying now

Out of Sight

Out of Sight High from a newfound adventure, Scared of my racing heart, Thoroughly lost, I'm a new man with you tonight. Scraping the clouds as you fly me, A kite with a crazy tale, Out of control and so sky-high, That I'm out of sight. You have the power to raise me, Tied to the end of your string, Wrapped around your little finger: You pull, I swing. The wind at your back, I sail onwards So, girl, won't you hold on tight Cause if you let go, I fear I'd fly to Icarus' height. Nothing is clear any longer, Gravity's upside down, The earth and its laws are suspended, Now that you're around, I'm so out of sight.

August Avarice

August Avarice The earth wilted from the touch of summer's sticky fingers As I measured every step by the blisters in boiling tarmac Though my mind summoned the memory of a spring breeze My heart knew it was long ago lost to the courage that I lack Suddenly, a draft of cool air and the sound of rushing water My soul was filled with the redemptive life force I stood awhile studying the scene's remarkability But self-indulgence led me to yearn for full intercourse I stepped into the river, whose cloak enveloped body and soul In the sure current, I swirled, twirled, spun and reeled Til I exploded in elation and locked the pleasure away Resting upon the shore, I thanked God my soul was healed On the road with miles to go, pleasure recalled over and over I looked back and thought I could snatch one more chance to be free Hell, yes, I ran for one more ride, one more stolen moment But I lost my way, what I had is gone, and worse, the memory haunts me. August avarice -- one last chance to find a real romance. August avarice -- this life ain't long and I won't wait till my Fall. August avarice -- Life's been good, unkind and in between. August avarice -- gonna take a chance and find out what you mean to me.

Ordinary Man

Ordinary Man There's a man who would give his right hand to be free, but he knows he must give his life. So he works all day long filled with hate and spite, then goes home and takes it out on his wife. Ordinary man, ordinary man, ordinary man, he tries. Ordinary man, ordinary man, ordinary man, he lies Sweating bullets if he's late, getting hard for a thrill from good to bad to the grave. Has some kids who he raises to be like him, and they'll live, but they hardly are saved. God will help you when you're gone until then say your prayers. Treat the world with love and joy and hide the grief that you bear. Hide the grief that you bear. In a future generation many will live in peace of the world of the mind, of the soul . But no ordinary man will see the day. It will come from the ground where he toiled Ordinary man, ordinary man, ordinary man, he cries. Ordinary man, ordinary man, ordinary man just dies.

Someone I Used to Love

Someone I Used to Love In an age of ignorant youth, emotions, lust and trust, I indulged In a time before season, reason, skepticism I found all I wanted, all I needed and I stole it She found all she wanted, all she needed and she gave it By the day, we saw the sky was blue, the earth was green. By night's light, we felt our way to ecstasy and ran away She was someone that I knew, someone I grew with someone I used to love Life is ironic change. Life is the bubonic plague But we all learn how to dance, don't we? Twenty years and the river's long gone dry There's not a green field, a warm sun, a dry eye In a hundred years, in a thousand lives, there's no reason Just a host of helpless, long lost souls.

Stamen and Pistil

Stamen and Pistil The masks, the roles…worn so long I can’t remember who I am. But I know we started out the same Stamen and pistil The two sides of one man The ying and yang, Me and my reflection I know why it feels all wrong Distaff or malice or both But I know we started out the same Stamen and pistil The two sides of the femme Give and receive Me and my reflection I’ll strip myself down, every pore Open to receive, to accept cause I know we started out the same Stamen and pistil The two sides of creativity Written and sung Me and you, you and me

She's All Mine

She's All Mine A cool wind came in from Canada and blew the clouds away. The heat and haze have cleared out like my mind. And the girl I love arrives today. She says she's right on time. I've a smile a mile wide 'cause she's so fine...'cause she's all mine. Awake can be a nightmare, yet a dream can make you feel. That this moment lasts forever if you pray. Well, she came to me in a dream and she made my cold life real, spinning magic, giving hope that love was mine. And she showed me my life, showed me my strife could change. If I found my self-worth, took what I deserved, what's mine. I am sure this baggage gets you down sometimes, B ut we must fight the urge to give up our own happiness just to make things nice. There's a price so don't wait til the afterlife. Don't think I can give her back all that she's done for me. But I'll try to show her my love's string in kind. When we're back together, nothing's gonna tear us apart. She's my sunny day, my easy nights and she's all mine.

Living Dead

Living Dead The night's upon you and the wind sends a tingle chill. The moon is hiding and the fear creeps up 'gainst your will The man you knew is someone else instead Your love is living dead The eyes are strange and the stare is something quite unknown though he lies beside you as a ghost and you are all alone The love that flowed has dried, your heart's unfed It's love that's living dead Lock you doors, your windows and heart up, too His words sound familiar, but his voice now rings untrue. It's over, but he's still haunting you I am nothing but the hollow version of myself Leave the past where it belongs, behind, there is no where else Remember "Never more", the raven said Our love is living dead.

Cupid's Painted Blind

Cupid's Painted Blind The course of true love never did run smooth. My needle rakes the record in search of a groove. The woman's love was fleeting, I could not hold on. Thrown from a bucking bronco who so soon was gone. Now I'm looking to the left. And I'm looking to the right. Despair won't get me down. Nor the darkness of the night. Cupid's painted blind. Suns burn out and planets die, are we through? Chaos reigns, no love remains, so bid adieu Breakfast bars with caviar, it now makes sense Since we're no more, I'm naked without pretense So, I'm looking to the sky. And I'm looking underground. And I'll never be fed up though your leaving's got me down Cupid's painted blind Hey, love is real and love's a lie. So, count me in. Hey, love is binding, love's secure. Love ends and begins Everlasting love? Maybe from Spring til Fall. We all just hope for nothing til we hit a wall. Then, we cry in pain until the spark is back. Love lives forever cause it's common sense we lack Now I'm looking out in front. And I'm checking out behind broken wings won't keep me down. And I'll never touch the ground Cupid's painted blind.


Deceived Well I told you a story about the edge of night When ghosts from the past come to give us a fright And they say "don't repeat our mistakes". And they scream out their fears and they moan and they shake But I seek out reflections of the sun in the dark And I know there is love in the darkest heart Cause the fear is overcome. By the knowledge that there is a morning sun And the mirror shows the image of someone we know and believe Yet, the truth is there to be seen, and we're still deceived Trip with no fall, flap wings without flight. You say that you can't, but I think that I might. Look at the rain with new eyes. And the flowers bloom and a baby cries And the bell tolls for departed who once achieved. And the truth is there to be seen, yet we're still deceived Hold me when you're lonely; love's transmission received. Someone to keep us sane when we've been deceived For the plane, it does fall in controlled descent, but we wonder where the day just went. Cause it's over before we've just begun, and we've arrived before knowing where we came from. When ghosts from the past come to give us a fright And they say "don't repeat our mistakes". And they scream out their fears and they moan and they shake We're still deceived.


Untrue Blew the hell out of Camelot. Broke the bond of God: I’d do it again before lying to you In the rubble and dust, we’re dazed, but still alive And we wonder and wander. We live. We survive. The universe is bleak, but the sparks still fly. The soul is black, but yearns to be clean. When love’s untrue. When love’s untrue Rake the coals, look for clues and spill tears on parched earth. Find the shards of our lives and the ghosts of the past. Are there lessons to learn, Is there hope for today. Carry on a new song, maybe something secure The man you love is just the crippled kind: Just walk away while time’s on your side When love’s untrue. When life’s untrue. Wringing the tears of a life soaked through. Where’s happiness when love’s untrue? There’s a spirit of sunrise that’s deep inside our souls. There’s a spirit of night that leaves questions of doubt, and it’s left to the heart to weather the raging storm And it’s all in my head. Will I understand why? In time, God reveals and the pain starts to heal Don’t be afraid, we’ll get better every day. The world’s untrue. The world’s untrue.

When I Looked Up

When I Looked Up When I looked up, I saw the sky cracked open In seeped the sun, pouring light upon us and, then I knew that it's be okay Seems that, sometimes, gray clouds overhwlm us And we forget that there's blue behind them and that the sadness goes away with the gray Little boys kiss pretty girls, turn red and run away Party dresses, like rainbows, appear as they may, as they may When I looked up, I saw your sweet smile and then I knew, we'd walk many a mile and never look back on the pain, free again And when you saw that I loved you, too. You held me so tight that your heart beat through and now I know that I'll never let you go and so we thought so Flowers blossom with the sun because the rain came down. I'll be happy ever more as long as you're around. You're around

In Its Place

In Its Place And I sweep up all that's fallen in both time and space because nothing is in its place. You told me: careful, there's a way of doing things. So when I tested your resolve I found all the hidden stings. Yeah, love is a hurtin' thing There is no two ways. There's no gray. There's no venial sin. There's only your way or the highway, thus my masked grin. I just kept myself within And I stole a moment, stole an hour, stole a whole new life. And I told myself there is no way out, after all, she's your wife. And everything's in its place Life's a wasteland of nuclear fallout here. Blown to pieces are the little things you once held dear. Yeah, it's oh so clear And, it's written in the lines all across your face The air is thick with decay, and I know it's only me. Another lost soul in history And I tried to think, tried to guess, tried to rationalize. But all I heard and all I knew were your angry eyes cause everything's in its place I know you were locked away yourself burdened by the weight a dated mind. But I must admit I was only thinking of myself. Your problems weren't something for which I had time Life's a wasteland of nuclear fallout here Blown to pieces are the little things that you once held dear. Yeah, it's oh so clear And, it's written in the lines all across your face The air is thick with decay, and I know it's only me: another lost soul in history And you carry on, pray to God, must to see his face And I sweep up all that's fallen in both time and space cause nothing is in its place.

One Moment

One Moment Remember the look across the lobby? The corner-of-your-eye, sideswipe glance? Did he? Did she? No, it couldn’t be! But, it was…the thrill of that one moment! A second when all that wasn’t, could be. In the fractionation, all that could be became real An instant when all I ever felt before, felt empty All in the thrill of just one moment! You saw a knight; I saw myself in your eyes I liked it, I loved it, I needed it more and more You fed my ego; I fed you sweet nothings Just to relive the thrill of that one moment! You thrived on words; but I starved, a glutton… For the moment, gone; for the image, distorted Too-soon leaving you behind to indict my dichotomy While I was, am still, just bloodhound-crazed for the thrill No apologies, given or received, for who we are You had a strength and I had a weakness They were both our charms and our undoing But I will never forget the thrill of that one moment

Get Outta Dodge

Get Outta Dodge. Get Outta Dodge. Don't you come near. Don't give me your thoughts on the reason we're here, oh no. I gave you my all. My mind's worn out. You gave me back nothing and now there's no doubt, we're through. I don't want to try again, for sure. I won't give the time of day…don't want you in my way, no more. Get outta Dodge. You shot me down. You watched me bleeding all over this town, oh yeah. Now I am gone. And, you're asking why? You don't remember when you bled me dry? You've got gall to think I'd even try. The day I take you back, the sun will turn to black and pigs will fly. Tell me, baby. Whatcha gonna do? Now that I won't beg to make love to you. Who will bother to meet you on their knees? What will you do when the next one leaves? Who will you blame if you never came again? I won't get down. I will land with my feet on the ground. Next time, it's love you've landed don't take it all for granted. Get outta Dodge. Midnight, you're through. There's no room in this town for someone like you, clear out. Get outta Dodge. Answer the call. Don't want you 'round here on the day that you fall, get out. The noon day sun fires up my mind. I'm gonna take my time, find someone with love that's blind I know I can't turn back, I need the love you lack. You're a bad memory. I thank God that I'm free of you.

When Philip Died

When Philip Died I knew it by his voice before the words arrived. My father squeezed them out through clenched teeth: "Philip died last night, boys..." Right away, the fight for calm began. Not a breath, Not a motion. Just a tear or two falling to the floor. And, with a high, unsteady voice That betrayed his strength, he said: "We're gonna have to be strong. I'm counting on you, To help your mother get through." Not a word. Not a sound. No eyes to meet. As always, we take the pain in silence. "Let's get dressed and start cleaning up." There should have been more. He wanted to say more. But he never did.