LYRICS

LYRICS MATTER.  I'M KNOWN TO SPEND A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TIME OBSESSING OVER A SINGLE WORD OR PHRASE. I'M USUALLY EDITING RIGHT UP TO RECORDING DAY. I CHANGE LYRICS OF MY OWN SONGS AFTER THEY ARE RECORDED. LYRICS MATTER.

SOONER OR LATER

 

SOONER OR LATER / I’M GIVIN UP ON YOU / SOONER OR LATER / THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO 

SOONER OR LATER / TRY TO QUIT YOU GIRL / SOONER OR LATER / IT’S WHAT I WANNA DO 

I’VE BEEN HANGING AROUND / ANOTHER FACE IN YOUR CROWD 

I’VE BEEN A SHOULDER FOR YOUR TEARS 

I’VE BEEN BIDING MY TIME WHILE / YOU’VE BEEN DESPERATE TO FIND 

WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE RIGHT HERE…I’VE BEEN HANGIN ON FOR YEARS…BUT 

MY FRIENDS SAY I’M A FOOL / KEEP ON WAITING ON YOU 

THEY NEVER SEE YOU LIKE I DO 

 NOW IT’S WEARING ME DOWN / TIRED OF BEING YOUR CLOWN 

LOSING THE WILL TO SEE IT THROUGH… YOU CAN’T SEE MY AIM IS TRUE – BUT 

CHRS 

YOUR PRINCE HAS COME AND GONE / AND COME AND GONE ONCE AGAIN 

CHARMING AND LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH 

I’VE BEEN HERE ALL ALONG / YOU ARE JUST SEEING ME WRONG 

MAYBE IT’S BEST FOR ME TO LEAVE  / MAYBE THEN YOU’LL FINALLY SEE

YA GOT THAT RIGHT

 

YUP, YA GOT THAT RIGHT/THAT’S THE WAY IT IS / THAT’S WHAT I’M LIKE 

I SAID YUP, YA GOT THAT RIGHT / THAT’S THE WAY I AM…..THAT’S WHAT I LIKE 

I GOT A MISSION, A BELIEF, NO BACK UP PLAN 

GOTTA BELIEVE I’M NOT THE ORDINARY MAN 

YOU THINK I’ll NEVER MAKE IT BUT I KNOW THAT I CAN – AND I AIN’T LAZY 

SHE SAID: YOU WRAPPED UP IN THOSE SONGS ALL DAY 

AND I GOTTA ADMIT YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO PLAY 

 IF YOU ACTUALLY THINK YOU’RE GONNA MAKE IT ONE DAY – BOY, YOU CRAZY 

AND I SAID 

CHORUS 

I SAID I AIN’T NO GENIUS BUT I AIN’T DENSE / MAYBE GOT MORE TALENT THAN I GOT SENSE 

I AIN’T LACKING IN CONFIDENCE…I GOT A FEELIN 

SHE SAID:  THE WORLD DON’T KNOW AND THE WORLD DON’T CARE / THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF TALENTED FAILS OUT THERE 

LIFE AIN’T EASY AND ART AIN’T FAIR...BOY, YOU DREAMIN 

CHORUS 

SOLOS 

 SO I KNOW THAT I GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS SPACE / I GOTTA GET MY SHIT INTO THE MARKETPLACE / GET OUT OF MY HEAD INTO YOUR INTERFACE… I AM RIPPIN 

SHE SAID: IT’S ALL YOU EVER CARED ABOUT AND ALL THAT YOU KNOW / MAYBE IT’S THE BEST THING JUST TO GET OUT AND GO 

 TIME MAKE THE MOVE AND  GO GET ON WITH THE SHOW 

YOU ARE DRIVEN 

CHORUS

   

LOVE SONG 44

 

THIS WAS 38TH TIME I TRIED  / TO WRITE A LOVE SONG JUST FOR  YOU 

THREW IT ALL AWAY,  AND I STARTED 39 / NOW I’M UP TO 42 

CAUSE EVERY LOVE SONG HAS BEEN SUNG / THERE’S NO ORIGINAL APPROACH 

THERE’S JUST TOO MANY SONGS, & YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE 

EVERY SINGLE WORD & EVERY SINGLE NOTE 

AND OHHH, I KNOW IT'S OVERDUE / UNTIL NOW IT HAS BEEN TRUE 

I GUESS I HAVEN’T BEEN GOOD ENOUGH TO WRITE A SONG FOR YOU 

CHORUS: 

BUT NOW I’M DONE -THIS IS YOUR  LOVE SONG /NOW IM DONE / THIS ONE’S FOR YOU 

BUT NOW I’M DONE -THIS IS YOUR  LOVE SONG 

NOW IM DONE / THIS ONE’S FOR YOU 

ALL I CAN SAY / ALL THAT I FEEL / ALL THAT  KNOW….   IS I LOVE YOU 

SOME OF THESE SONGS COME EASILY / SOME ARE WORK & SOME ARE FUN 

SOME I PUT AWAY –TO FINISH LATER ON / BUT THIS ONE NEVER QUITE GETS DONE 

YA SEE /I’VE TRIED ROMANTIC POETRY / & I’VE TRIED BEING DIRECT 

SINCERITY AND COMEDY  / AND THIS IS WHAT YOU GET 

BRIDGE: 

DO I REALLY HAVE TO SING IT / I THINK YOU ALREADY KNOW 

THERE'S NO ONE I'D RATHER BE WITH / EVERYONE KNOWS IT'S SO 

I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN WONDERING WHY / THERE'S NEVER THAT SWEET LOVE SONG 

GIRL I HAVE BEEN TRYIN AND TRYIN / IT JUST TURNS OUT WRONG 

SO THIS IS THE 44TH TIME I’VE TRIED / TO WRITE A LOVE SONG JUST FOR YOU 

I FINALLY HAD IT DONE & I THREW IT ALL AWAY / & I STARTED OFF ON SOMETHING NEW 

SO NOW THE CHORUS IS MORE CATCHY / & THE MELODY IS NEW 

IF I SELL A MILLION STREAMS / I’LL BUY YOU SOME NEW SHOES

FAME AND FORTUNE (sad little boy) 

 

I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SAYIN / I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN 

I SEE WHAT YOU’RE PLAYIN / YOU CAN’T FOOL ME 

 I SEE TO YOUR CORE / FEAR AND NEED AT WAR 

AND I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT 

YOU WANT MORE AND MORE AND MORE / THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN KEEP SCORE 

YOU HAVE NO SOUL, THERE’S JUST A HOLE / LIKE YOUR GOLD-PLATED COMMODE 

I KNOW WHY YOU RAGE / YOU POOR LITTLE BOY 

YOU CAN’T PLEASE YOUR  DADDY / YOU CAN’T FEEL JOY 

DEAREST MOM AND YOUR OLD MAN / WHERE IT ALL BEGAN 

 THEY SENT YOU AWAY 

YOU NEED MORE AND MORE AND MORE / THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN KEEP SCORE 

YOU HAVE NO SOUL, THERE’S JUST A HOLE / LIKE YOUR GOLD-PLATED COMMODE 

YES THEY SENT YOU AWAY 

RENT SOME WIVES, SPAWN SOME LIVES / TRY TO TAME YOUR MORTAL FEARS 

LOVE THE ONES THAT YOU CREATE  / LIKE A NARCISSIST LOVES MIRRORS 

ONLY SEE YOURSELF 

FAME AND FORTUNE / ALL YOU KNOW

I'M READY NOW

SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS MORE THAN I REALLY WAS / UNTIL I PROVED HER WRONG, WRONG, WRONG 

WHEN EVENTUALLY NEEDED HER SHOULDER / SHE WAS ALREADY GONE, GONE, GONE 

IF I WAS HANDLING THE SAME SITUATION / I’D DO IT DIFFERENTLY NOW 

BUT I WAS UNDER THE MISTAKEN IMPRESSION / I COULD FINESSE IT SOMEHOW 

I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE GRASS MIGHT BE GREENER / SOME OTHER PLACE I'D YET TO SEE 

THE FARTHER DOWN THAT ROAD I DESCENDED / THE LESS OF US SHE COULD SEE IN ME 

I WASN'T READY FOR FOREVER AFTER / I WAS STILL LOOKING AROUND 

I WASN'T READY THEN FOR HOW SHE NEEDED ME / BUT I'M READY NOW 

 

I'M READY, I'M READY NOW / I'M READY, I'M READY NOW 

I'M READY, BUT SHE'S LONG GONE 

 

I CAME AROUND TOO LATE TO REDEEM MYSELF / SHE'D BEEN NEGLECTED TO LONG, LONG, LONG 

A GOOD MAN CAME AND TOOK HER HEART AWAY / I COULDN'T SAY IT WAS WRONG 

I WAS INVITED TO THE BIG OCCASION / I WATCHED HER TAKING HER VOW 

I HAD THIS FANTASY OF BENJAMIN BRADDOCK / I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IT SOMEHOW 

 

SHE HUNG AROUND MUCH LONGER THAN I EVER WOULD HAVE / BUT SHE FINALLY GOT WISE 

WHEN EVENTUALLY I REALIZED SHE'D GONE FOREVER / WHY WAS I SO SUPRISED 

 

SHE STAYS IN TOUCH, SHE SAYS SHE STILL CARES FOR ME / SHE TREATS ME LIKE A WOUNDED PAL 

WHAT'S EVEN WORSE IS THE GUY SHE'S MARRIED TO / ISN'T THREATENED AT ALL 

NOW I'M READY FOR FOREVER AFTER / BUT I'M STILL LOOKING AROUND 

HAVE TO BELIEVE THERE IS ANOTHER LOVE FOR ME / BUT I DOUBT IT SOMEHOW

 

GRADUALLY BLUE

 

WE WERE SO YOUNG / HOW COULD WE KNOW / THAT PASSION FADES, AND DISTANCE GROWS 

STARTED SO GREEN, / SO FRESH, SO NEW, / AND EVERYTHING SINCE HAS GONE GRADUALLY BLUE 

YOU GET THE BEDROOM / I’M ON THE COUCH / SEPARATE LIVES / DIVIDED HOUSE 

I SHOULD HAVE NOTICED, WHEN DID LOVE GO? / DRIFTING AND DRIFTING / EVER SO SLOWLY …INTO 

 

BLUE…GRADUALLY BLUE / A LOVE THAT WAS REAL/ A LOVE THAT WAS TRUE / HAS GONE 

BLUE….GRADUALLY BLUE / DEEPER AND DEEPER/ OUR LOVE SLIPPING THRU, INTO 

BLUE…. 

WHO ARE WE NOW, WHAT WILL I BE / HALF OF US, OR ONLY ME? 

IF YOU DON’T WANT ME, CAN WE AGREE / LET’S PUT AN END TO OUR MISERY….. 

 

WE WERE GOLDEN, EVERYONE KNEW / CAN OUR ROMANCE, REALLY BE THROUGH 

WHY CAN’T WE TALK, WHAT CAN I DO / I’M IN SUCH PAIN, BUT I STILL LOVE YOU ……..WE’VE GONE

HERE, AGAIN

 

WE BOTH PLAY.....THIS CIRCLE GAME / ROUND & ROUND.....FIXING BLAME 

& IT ALWAYS.....ENDS THE SAME: HERE, AGAIN…HERE, AGAIN 

NO I’M NOT......WHO I SHOULD BE / YOU DON’T NEED...... TO REMIND ME 

AND MY FAILURES.... ALWAYS LEAD: HERE, AGAIN…HERE, AGAIN 

WE’VE SAID IT ALL BEFORE / NOT LISTENING ANYMORE 

WE’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE / SEEN IT ALL BEFORE / DONE IT ALL BEFORE 

 

I DON’T CHANGE - YOU DON’T CHANGE / STILL WE EXPECT SOMETHING DIFFERENT 

NO DIFFERENCE 

DRAW A LINE - CROSS A LINE / ALL THE TIME WONDERING WHY 

DAMAGE DONE - THEN UNDONE / STILL OVER TIME LEAVES A BRUISE 

WE BOTH LOSE 

A VERY un-MERRY-GO-ROUND WE CAN LEAVE IF WE CHOOSE.... 

 

WORDS ESCAPE.....& TRAUMATIZE / LOVE WOUNDS...... LOVE SURVIVES 

& WE LEAVE IT ......AS WE LIE… 

HERE, AGAIN…HERE, AGAIN…..

A LITTLE PROBLEM

 

ONE OR TWO RELAX ME / THREE OR FOUR FEEL FINE / AFTER FIVE I’M CHARMING / THAT LASTS UP TILL NINE 

THEN EVERYTHING IS FUNNY / THEN I’M EXTRA COOL / THEN I FEEL SO CLEVER / AN AMUSING FOOL 

ANOTHER LAST CALL WARNING / ANOTHER CLOSING TIME / ANOTHER CHANCE TO DROWN / THIS OLD FRIEND OF MINE 

WHO THINKS I’VE HAD ENOUGH / BUT I DISAGREE / ANOTHER BAD DECISION / ANOTHER I’LL SHOW ME 

-IF I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM / ONE MORE DRINK WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY 

 

BUT NOW… HERE I AM / I’M DRUNK AGAIN / PUTTING OFF TOMORROW (THE FUTURE?) WITH MY BEST FAIRWEATHER FRIEND 

YEAH… HERE I AM / I’M DRUNK AGAIN / TELL MYSELF TOMORROW THAT I WON’T DO THIS AGAIN 

BUT I’M RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW / SO CAN I GET ANOTHER SHOT MY MAN 

 

USED TO BE EXCITING / THIS USED TO BE FUN / SO INTOXICATING / NOW THOSE DAYS ARE DONE 

NOW I’M FEELING OLDER / AND I LOOK OLDER STILL / SHOULDN’’T HAVE ANOTHER / BUT I KNOW I WILL 

IF I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM / ONE MORE DRINK WILL MAKE IT GO AWAY 

 

AND I’M SORRY FOR THE THINGS I SAID / SORRY FOR THE THINGS I’VE DONE 

I DON’T LIKE THE WAY I FEEL RIGHT NOW / I MIGHT NEED ANOTHER ONE

 

ON OR TWO RELAX ME/ THREE OR FOUR FEEL FINE / THERE'S NO PROBLEM HERE / I CAN QUIT ANYTIME....

GET OUT

 

DON'T LIKE MY MUSIC - DON'T LIKE MY HAIR / DON'T LIKE MY ATTITUDE - OR THE CLOTHES I WEAR 

THEY LIKE IT BLAND - I LIKE IT SPICY / THAT 9 TO 5 DEAL - NEVER ENTICED ME 

I'M JUST TOO LIBERAL - I'M JUST TOO URBAN / IN MY OPINIONS - I'M JUST TOO CERTAIN 

THEY LIKE THE OLD RULER - I LIKE IT METRIC / I'M NOT A WIERDO - I'M JUST ECCENTRIC 

 

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - GET WHILE THE GETTING’S GOOD / THEY JUST DON’T GET ME HERE - I’M SO MIS-UNDERSTOOD 

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - I GOT TO GET AWAY….. 

 

THEY LIKE it SMOOTH - I LIKE IT FUNKY / THEY LIKE THAT DISCO BEAT - I’M JUST MORE PUNKY 

THEY ARE SO MIDWEST -I’M JUST MORE COASTAL / STICK AROUND HERE - MIGHT GO POSTAL 

WAIT - I APOLOGIZE FOR - THAT POSTAL CRACK / I THINK THE POST OFFICE - IT GETS A BAD RAP 

BUT, ANYWAY I SAY - I GOTTA MOVE ON / I GOTTA FIND A PLACE TO - GET MY GROOVE ON 

 

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - GET WHILE THE GETTING’S GOOD / THEY JUST DON’T GET ME HERE - I’M SO MIS-UNDERSTOOD  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - I GOT TO GET AWAY…..  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - MAYBE TO HOLLYWOOD / I BET THEY’D GET ME THERE - I REALLY THINK THEY WOULD  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - I GOT TO GET AWAY…. 

 

MAY BE A COUNTRY BOY-- BUT I HAVE CITY DREAMS / SOMEWHERE THERE IS WORLD-- WITH ALL THE FINER THINGS 

MY BE A FOOL TO BURN THE BRIDGE WITHOUT A PLAN / HOPE I DON’T HAVE TO FIND MY WAY BACK HERE AGAIN 

 

SMALL TOWN SOCIETY – IT’S JUST NOT RIGHT FOR ME / I WON’T BE SATISFIED – WITH MEDIOCRITY 

THEY THINK I’M FOOLISH – THAT I’M BIG HEADED / I GOT A LOT GOIN’ ON - THEY JUST DON’T GET IT 

I’LL TAKE MY BEST SHOT- AND I MAY FALL / BUT IF I MAKE IT BIG- THEN FUCK Y’ALL 

 IF I FLAME OUT – COME CRAWLING HOME / IF I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH – AT LEAST I’LL KNOW

 

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - GET WHILE THE GETTING’S GOOD / THEY JUST DON’T GET ME HERE - I’M SO MIS-UNDERSTOOD  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - I GOT TO GET AWAY…..  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - MAYBE TO HOLLYWOOD / I BET THEY’D GET ME THERE - I REALLY THINK THEY WOULD  

GOT TO GET OUTA HERE - I GOT TO GET AWAY….