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Track Name: One Too Many Things
One too many things, left me down
But now I’m on my feet, so watch me please
As I take these memories, place them in the corner
For the mice and mold, to use as they please.

So one too many tries, we should have left the highway
for the one way streets, going nowhere.
Lets heed to this advice, and end this strife
Now here I stand, singing hallelujah.

So goodbye Mona Lisa, your canvas has seen its day.
So goodbye Mona Lisa, your smile’s just not the same to me.

One too many lies, can make even hard-nosed people
Say goodbye, to their one true love.
So when the leaves fall, I hope I don’t regret it all
And lose my mind in a moment’s time.

So one too many times, I stepped over backwards
That fine thin line, of wasted time.
But now I’m back on my feet, never to return to
that part of me, singing hallelujah.

So goodbye Mona Lisa, your canvas has seen its day.
So goodbye Mona Lisa, your smile’s just not the same.
So one too many drinks, can make you sink
like a stone into a black abyss.
And there you will lie,
Smothered by the darkness
That fills the sky when only muddy waters they trickle down your sleeve
Reminiscent still of the unyielding pleads.
But listen closely cuz I won’t say it twice
The story remains the same.
Track Name: Insomnia
When the city sleeps

What’s the thing that keeps you up at night?

And I know you wanna dream

And tap into the repressed sights and scenes

Of yesterday’s happenings

Well I’ve wandered down these halls

Frozen in time like a cold dark night

this is still life it seems.

Well I’d tell you where I’m going

If I knew the way.

So one more drink I’ll set aside.

To pass these lonely hours.

So one more drink I’ll set aside

And maybe rest my tired eyes tonight.

Well the night grows old

As the shadows from the moon they grow greater still.

My mind runs like the wind

Racing through those thoughts that I’d left behind

In the cob webs of my mind.

Well it’s about high time

The wind settled down and the lights dimmed low

And the time began to fade.

Well I’d tell you where I’m going

Oh, If I knew the way.

So one more drink, I’ll set aside

To pass these lonely hours

So one more drink, I’ll set aside

And maybe rest my weary eyes tonight

To feel the bitter breeze

Or a lover’s touch to cure my mind’s disease.

But lonesome all the while

Staring at the ceiling so dull and white

Maybe God can hear me sigh.

I’ve counted every star

And thought and every thought about where you are

And where I ought to be.

And I’ll tell you where I’m going

If I knew the way.

So one more drink, I’ll set aside

To pass these lonely hours

So one more drink, I’ll set aside

And maybe get some sleep tonight

So one more drink, I’ll set aside

And maybe get some sleep tonight
Track Name: Then Baby I'll Be Nowhere to Be Found
If I could find an army
To do as I command
If I could paint a picture, love,
To make you understand
If I could dig to China,
Without making a sound
Then baby there is nowhere I’ll be found.

If I could kill a giant
With the tiniest of stones
If I could tell a Spanish tale
To the tourists in Rome
If I could talk to Jesus
High above the clouds
Then baby I’ll be nowhere to be found.

And it’s a long time to lie
A child beneath an endless sky
Who can only reach so high
And I love to wonder why
I feel I’m left with only my disguise

If I could find the secrets
to how the world began
if I could hold the key of life
in the palm of my hand
and If I could take you with me
we’d turn our lives around
then baby we’d be nowhere to be found

and it’s a long time to lie
a child beneath and endless sky
who can only reach so high
and I love to wonder why
I’m feel I’m left with only my disguise
And I love to wonder why
I feel I’m left with only my disguise.
Track Name: The Pauper
Wow won’t you look at the pauper
I can tell he’s got something on his mind.
The open plains have hope for the better
That draw bridges dare not confine

To hell with the west wind that’s calling his name.
Cuz the guards in the castle they’ve lowered their gates.
For two thousand new subjects to meet the remains,
And oh God for his sake I hope it’s not too late, for them.

Cuz it made me freeze,
When I first saw those lights,
Glistening like the gold from her clothes.
So let me please, let a blind man see,
When I’m done here.

Well excuse me sire I’ve got a little tale to tell to you,
I’m off to the Southland to learn a trade or two.
and talk about tomorrow and how it’s supposed to rain
and wash away my iniquities for things soon to change.

Cuz it made me freeze,
When I first saw those lights,
Glistening like the gold from her clothes.
So let me please, let a blind man see,
When I’m done here.

Well now I’ll open up my eyes
And feel the west wind blow
So I know that I’m not only dreaming
Of the land that I love.

But sooner or later he’s bound to find that with winter goes the world.
And when lonely eyes meet those disguised well hell it will make you hurl.
But until then I’m gone from here to figure what I’m worth.
So watch me go and soon you’ll see just what I can unearth.

Cuz it made me freeze,
When I first saw those lights,
Glistening like the gold from her clothes.
So let me please, let a blind man see,
When I’m done here.

Wow wont you look at the pauper
I can tell he’s got something on his mind.
Cuz soon he’ll be lost and gone forever
Gone in the blink of an eye
Track Name: Never Again
In the winter’s night
There was a distant hum
A thought of the Northland
And a cry of freedom
From a man as black as the night

So with a mind full of fear and a heart full of hope
He said ‘never again we screamed out loud
When the last Tutsi was dead
And the sky rained blood and lead’

But this time around let’s stop that sound
Of cries in the night and a love lost in the fight
So can we all try to see and start to believe
There’s hope in many hands and hearts

Cuz there’s blood in their eyes
There’s blood in their eyes
And there’s no reason why
There should be blood in their eyes

But this time around let’s stop that sound
Of cries in the night and a love lost in the fight
So can we all try to see and start to believe
There’s hope in many hearts and hands

Cuz there’s hope on the horizon
There’s hope in the sky
And there’s hope in the light
And there’s hope without a fight
Track Name: Where Have All the Good People Gone
Well I’ve never seen the Rockies,
but this white top’s calling my name.
And if you’ve never seen the sun, man,
Don’t you ever come walk my way.
Cuz when the blind man walks and the deaf man talks
It will make you turn and say:
‘Where have all the good people gone?’

The paperboy screams at the newsstand
Proclaiming what he’s read.
There’s thirty-five dead in Baghdad
And our President’s lost his head.
Cuz when you fight fire with fire and everyone’s a liar
Then you’ll never come out on top.
Where have all the good people gone?

When they call my name no I wont be there
Cuz you know that’s not my style.
I’d rather give my life to Jesus Christ
Than run through the wind and fire.
And I don’t know what I’ve been told
but this God damn war has gotten mighty old.
Where have all the good people gone?

Well fire and rain was an old man’s claim
And there’s a lot of truth to that.
And when it seems like all has gone to hell
you need to realize where you’re at.
Cuz I’ve been there and back again
And it seems a whole lot like this mess were in.
Where have all the good people gone?

Well twisted lies and battle cries
Are no good if you ask me.
Cuz when children cry cuz their Daddy’s died,
Whats left for you to see?
And how many widows must be made
Until all is good and our men are safe.
Where have all the good people gone?
Singing where have all the good people gone
Track Name: Black and White
Met you in the morning
Weathered from the rain
You stole my coat and asked me to dance
And sparked in me a flame
That warmed my weary mind
And saved my sodden soul
Well little lady take my hand, it’s with you I wanna go.

Patrick was a drinker
A smoker and a saint
Drunk and set to play love’s game
He rolled a twelve and found a date
So with Irish eyes a-smiling
And a cry for something new
Black and white they mixed alright and learned to make-do

And I like the view
And I’ll tell you soon

So patience, love
Throw me a line
Give me wings
And teach me to fly to Boston
cuz you know I wanna go

Ease your mind
Remember today
For tomorrow talks
With nothing to say to no one
So forget about the future

But it seems this time
We might have got it right
Cuz maybe black and white can mix alright
if grey stays away and hides her face

But it seems this time
We might have got it right
Cuz oh now lady hand let’s ride this wave
don’t fight the tide or it’ll pull you away

and I like the view
and I’ll tell you soon

Met you in the morning
Weathered from the rain
But Christmas came in March that year
And Saint Nick brought a change
So in December I’m gonna miss you
And spend the holidays alone
So little lady take my hand, it’s with you I wanna go.
Track Name: If I Could Turn the Clocks Back
Chemicals they walk and talk
And laugh and sing and say a lot
And pretty enough they’ll never leave us alone.
Chemicals swim through my veins
And dance around in my brain
And make me feel as cold as a stone.

AndThey said take a hit with me tonight
And in the morning you’ll feel alright
Well I’m still waiting for the morning to come.

Chemicals they fill the sky
And leave us asking each other why
The sea’s not as bright as it used to be.
And maybe I’m numb or just simply dumb
But I don’t think I’m the only one
Who can’t rid myself of this disease.

Cuz oh my my, if I could turn the clocks back
Then oh I might, turn them back to yesteryear.
And oh my my, it’s scary how the sky fades to grey.

Cuz the storm outside feels like ten thousand arrows
That swallow up the light
Until the dawn breaks if tomorrow…ever comes.

Well optimistic sights, can make shooting stars appear
Whenever you’d like, unless the smoke it dims the sky,
Like a tomb stone’s light, in the misty morning.
So don’t mind if I lie
To cover up a part of my life
When I couldn’t even smile.
And oh my my, if I could turn the clocks back
Then oh I might, I might.
Track Name: Little Man
Little man on that stage how does it feel
To be loved by you and me?
And what goes through your mind night after night
When twenty thousand people sing

They sing your songs
Without any rhyme or reason
And my oh my I’m on my knees
I’m begging Lord to make me be like you

Little man on that stage how do you make
Music that makes people quake
And melodies swim through their veins right to their souls
Of the young men and the old

And they sing your songs
And oh how they believe them
They sing your songs
And my oh my I’m on my knees I’m begging Lord to make me be like you

But oh I hear that song
And somewhere near in another town
Someone hears it too

Little man, people may put you down
But little man, oh, they can’t touch your sound
Cuz just as the sirens sang to the sailors
So you woo us too
So little man, little man
Little man, little man

Little man on that stage how does it feel
To be loved by you and me
And you make a city smile when the lime-light dims
And a hundred thousand people sing

They sing your songs
And oh how they believe ‘em
They sing your songs
And my oh my I’m on my knees
I’m begging Lord to make me be like you