Of Skins And Heart

For a Moment We're Strangers

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

In the empty place the soul stripped bare
Of skins and heart and I come apart
In your icy hands
I forget my role, as I stare into your soul

In the empty place you change your mind
You change your clothes, you change your pose
For a perfect fit
I forget the cast, as I stare into your past

For a moment we're strangers
For a minute you look away
For a second or always
For an instant another day
Such strange things you say

In the empty place we dress our wounds
Collect our coats, and a window gloats
Above a street
I prepare my case, as I stare into your face

For a moment we're strangers
For a minute you look away
For a second or always
For an instant another day
Such strange things you say

Just one me one you
This world contains a few
Is it true, is it truly new
Are we through the stolen door once more

In the empty place we dress our wounds
Collect our coats, and a window gloats
Above a street
I prepare my case, as I stare into your face

For a moment we're strangers
For a minute you look away
For a second or always
For an instant another day
Such strange things you say
Such strange things you say

 

Chrome Injury

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Cut your life into the steel
Take your place behind the wheel
Watch the metal scene just peel away
Don't forget me, don't regret me
Don't replace and don't upset me
But don't forget to come and get me someday

I was somewhere far away
But I knew I couldn't stay
German girls in an expose
Sitting on an empty train
Staring at the winter rain
Going through the scene again and again

Poor tormented automan
Giant pincers for a hand
Sinking slowly in the sands

Chrome injury on his cheek
Three days strong, four day weak
Listen as he tries to speak
If only I could feel

Falling down, standing still
Always there's more time to kill
Flamingos startled in a shrill display
Don't forget me, don't regret me
Don't replace and don't upset me
But don't forget to come and get me some day

Poor tormented automan
Giant pincers for a hand
Sinking slowly in the sands

Chrome injury on his cheek
Three days strong, four day weak
Listen as he tries to speak
If only I could feel
If only I could feel
If only I could feel
If only I could feel
If only I could feel
If I only wasn't steel
If only I could feel

 

The Unguarded Moment

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

So hard finding inspiration
I knew you'd find me crying
Tell those girls with rifles for minds
That their jokes don't make me laugh
They only make me feel like dying
In an unguarded moment

So long, long between mirages
I knew you'd find me drinking
Tell those men with horses for hearts
That their jibes don't make me bleed
They only make me feel like shrinking
In an unguarded moment

So deep, deep without a meaning
I knew you'd find me leaving
Tell those friends with cameras for eyes
That their hands don't make me hang
They only make me feel like breathing
In an unguarded moment
In an unguarded moment
In an unguarded moment

In an unguarded moment
In an unguarded moment
In an unguarded moment
In an unguarded moment
(In an unguarded moment)
In an unguarded moment
(In an unguarded moment)
In an unguarded moment

 

Memories In Future Tense

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Last year today seemed a long way away
And ahead of me (the memory)
A new face and street, people who meet you
Instead of me (remember me)
They bring you, they take you
They own you, they make you

Last year today you turn and you say
Here's a dream for me (but it's a memory)
You close your eyes and the moon starts to rise
And you scream for me (do you remember me?)
I calm you, I'm with you
What did they ever give you

Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense
Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense

Last year today radio plays
Such a simple song (a simple song)
The music's surreal and you almost could feel
That there's nothing wrong ('cause it's a simple song)
They bought you, they sold you
And all the things they told you

Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense
Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense

Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense
Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense

Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense
Memories in future tense
Memories don't make much sense

 

Bel-Air

[rev. Aug. 28, 2015]

A palm tree nodded at me last night
He said, "Hey, you look so pale"
I don't know if it was the air or the breeze in my hair
I had a feeling I had failed
So down to the beach just out of reach
The moon was being trailed
A girl and a sailor and a hot dog trailer
That's their holy grail

The sand whispered heat and burned the feet
Of gulls landing on the shore
In the motel pool the waitress cools
She doesn't ask for more
She makes a wish, she takes a risk
She opens up her door
Through human eyes she's a dolphin in disguise
It's the last night of the war

Somewhere far away there's another day
And someone's getting out of bed
She puts on her face in the morning space
She doesn't know she's dead
Her ruby lips can't excite me anymore
And paint spills on the chair, it's always there
And he descends the stairs, he doesn't see
The sunburnt landlord glares, for all the people
He can never be

He can never
He can never
He can never be
He can never
He can never
He can never be
He can never
He can never
He can never be
He can never
He can never be

 

Is This Where You Live

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Oceanic lights are cleverly dim
Bluish features in the lower reaches
We raise our traffic flares to him
Fishnet, girlish, the red ones spark
Holy arcs tracked in the dark

The more I see the less I look
Here's another name I took
Glisten in the early morning air
The remnants of their evening wear

Branching off, the road winds east
Deluxe locations just near completion
Come dine with wine and oyster feast
The pearls are real, have one for free
They're washed up by the foam-waved sea

The more I look the less I smile
Never mind, let's stay awhile
The fans blow secrets on the night
Out of mind but not out of sight

Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live

Broken voices, the nylon choir
Nothing left to stoke that fire
All they own is on their tongues
They never see or wonder if

Is this where you live
Is this where you live

Thin dog's don't vie for bones
Why desert just to be alone
All they own is on their backs
They can't believe it's you I'm with

Is this where you live
Aww, is this, is this where you live

Don't blush when I brush your touch
No need for any speed or rush
All you own is on the floor
I'm buying all you're gonna give

Is this where you live
Aw-ha, is this, is this where you live

Is this, is this where you live
Is this, is this where you live

Coffee stories, the lying truth
Electric lights don't help my youth
All I owned is on this face
Urbane mirror, anger myth

Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Ha, is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live
Is this where you live

 

She Never Said

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

I'm not exact but I'm not insane
I clutched at someone in the dark again
It's so hard to remember her name she never said

It was in a story that I wanted to write
The details weren't important, the plot was slight
No one asked what happened that night, she never said

Get out of bed, lets pull on a shoe
I've got a notion what we ought to do
Here's a number you can try to ring
But I'm still thinking about all the things she never said
She never said
She never said
She never said

I parked my car by some memories
And told my story to the laughing trees
They don't know what's wrong with me, she never said

Get out of bed, lets pull on a shoe
I've got a notion what we ought to do
Here's a number you can try to ring
But I'm still thinking about all the things she never said

She never said
She never said
She never said

All the letters had the wrong address
Did you notice who cleaned up the mess
What the date was is anybody's guess, she never said

She never said
She never said
She never said
She never said

 

Fighter Pilot....Korean War

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

A thousand powdered parts past the sun and moon
The hint of timelessness splashed on this afternoon
And they tell me I'm inside (you're only human)
But when I run, when I hide
I want to touch you

I think my courage must never leave this room
It's like the history that hides in the monsoon
And they tell me I'm alive (you're only human)
But when I lean into a dive
I want to touch you

At home they think we must be fools
The sky or street, they're both as cruel
When you're running low on fuel
And I ran out books ago
Last night I overheard your prayers
It's emptiness that scares
Disappearing in thin air
To a lost place down below

Once upon a time in a distant land
I felt the rising sun focused through my hands
And they tell me I'm so changed (you're only human)
But if I ever was the same
I want to touch you

At home they think we must be fools
The sky or street, they're both as cruel
When you're running low on fuel
And I ran out books ago
Last night I overheard your prayers
It's emptiness that scares
Disappearing in thin air
To a lost place down below

The action (action) calls me away
The action (action) calls me away
The action (action) calls me away
The action (action) calls me away

(You'll never know!)

(But I'm human)

At home they think we must be fools
The sky or street, they're both as cruel
When you're running low on fuel
And I ran out books ago
Last night I overheard your prayers
It's emptiness that scares
Disappearing in thin air
To a lost place down below
Last night I overheard your prayers
It's emptiness that scares
Disappearing in thin air
To a lost place down below

 

Don't Open the Door to Strangers

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Don't open the door to strangers
Don't let them in to your heart
They only want to take you far from me
Don't open the door tonight

Don't trust the man in the windows
Don't let him buy all your dreams
He only wants to make them all his own
Don't open the door tonight

See the angry sea, it's a sign for me
There's another shore, what we waiting for
Feel the wind is sad, all the things I had
Blown away and falling around me

Don't leave your thoughts unguarded
Don't let them float where they will
They never tell me what I want to know
Don't open the door tonight

Don't open the door to strangers
Don't let them in to your heart
They only want to take you far from me
Don't open the door tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Open the door

 

Too Fast For You

[rev. July 17, 2017]

Come down, another day
Morning streaked on a perspex screen
The screaming beaked blackbirds peck
The wrecked eyes of last week's lies

The sandman gets shallow sleep
He tries to weep for the grown-up things
One last peep for policemen
A'resting in the woodland sides so steep

Oh and I hope I'm not going too fast for you
And don't believe it when they say it's over
It's not over

There's an ice age due on Wednesday
Overcast sky, blocks of fortune
The bridges sigh, the sweethearts are blank
They never thank you, no, they never even try

Winking paperboy
Paperwork, overloaded portrait
Let it jerk you back to yesterday
That's where the curtains start to fray

Oh and I hope I'm not going too fast for you
And don't believe it when they say it's over
It's not over

Oh and I hope I'm not going too fast for you
And don't believe it when they say it's over
It's not over

Fast for you
Too fast for you
Fast for you
Too fast for you
Fast for you
Too fast for you
Fast for you
Too fast for

 

Tear It All Away

[rev. Sept. 5, 2015]

People say to see is to believe
Then they just believe in that they can perceive
What they see is not the total view
Filtered between the me and you

But I'm trying so hard just to tell you I care
And I've wanted so long to tear it all away
Tear it all away

People say well you just had to be there
And all the time you know they've never been there
And it makes me sad to sit and think
All those empty souls are nearly at the brink

But I'm trying so hard just to open my eyes
To seeing some things that tear it all away
Tear it all away

People grow up and learn to drive some car
But I did that and it doesn't get you far
The things you want are never to be found
And in the end it's all some run around

But I'm trying so hard just to keep to myself
The things that I hope will tear it all away
Tear it all away

I thought you would know
Oh, I thought you would know

People say they think that they are sure
But then they turn away and don't go back no more
What they saw was not the perfect sight
Just their own face reflected in the night

But I'm trying so hard just to tell you it's now
And I'm gonna keep on trying to tear it all away
Tear it all away

 

Sisters

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Anna sits beside her research
Silence in the dappled moonlight
Sleeping cat and dying fire
Embers of the past conspire
All her books are closed and scatters
And she feels that nothing matters to her

Outside the dream her sister frequents
Like a cobweb catching fragments
She approaches like a vision
She says 'Anna, do you hear me?'
But the picture's always shuttered
All the distant thoughts that flutter to her

I can see them all, I can hear them call
And as she falls I lean to say good-bye
Breathing all the wasted hours
Talking to the dying flowers
Dwarfed by spires and tangled towers
We don't ask the reason why

Anna comes and goes in shadows
Paintings of the open windows
Her photograph is always faded
Her sister's eyes are blank and shaded
Don't you understand her science
Merging in a strange alliance to her

We're together in the future
You and I and her together
All our fates are intermingled
We are plural, we are single
We are leaving for a meeting
And last seen the weather sleeting for her

[Last two stanzas repeated once]




In A Heartbeat

[B-side on the She Never Said single]

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

Your room is damp, your love's turning cold
Where is the meaning that I thought we could hold
I can't believe what has happened to you
So I stand back and watch 'cause there's nothing I can do

What poetry, a delicious joke
All your flame going up in smoke
Just once more, just once again
If I ever get caught here, they know who to blame

In a heartbeat
And a heartbeat's all that it takes
In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat see your heartbreak
You can see your heartbreak
That's all that it takes

I play some records but the words are too strange
I call you sometimes but your number's been changed
I will remember every smile and tear
But when I listen to you I just don't want to hear

In a heartbeat
And a heartbeat's all that it takes
In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat see your heartbreak
You can see your heartbreak
That's all it takes
Just like this

In a heartbeat
And a heartbeat's all that it takes
In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat see your heartbreak
You can see your heartbreak
That's all it takes

In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat
In a heartbeat

 

Busdriver

[B-side on the The Unguarded Moment single]

[rev. Aug. 21, 2013]

Busdriver, busdriver, you have taken me too far
And I feel that I've been lost
And I don't know where we are

Busdriver, busdriver, I never saw your eyes
When we left the sun was up
Now, moons are in the sky

I woke up this morning
But I don't remember how
There was nothing left to care about
Oh busdriver, where are we now

Busdriver, busdriver, I don't recognize this town
Someone called me miles ago
You must have heard the sound

Busdriver, busdriver, there's no one else but us
And I can't picture any time
When I wasn't on the bus

I was late this morning
It was early I was sure
There was nothing left to think about
Oh busdriver, just must be more

(Busdriver)

Busdriver, busdriver, there's no one else but us
And I can't picture any time
When I wasn't on the bus

I woke up this morning
But I don't remember how
There was nothing left to talk about
There was nothing left to think about
Now there's nothing left to care about
Oh busdriver, where are we now

 

You've Got To Go

[B-side on the Too Fast For You/Tear It All Away double single]

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

There's a distant light shining over you tonight
You've been transformed, you'll always be my storm
Out in the Tuscan dusk you're swooning under moons of musk
You touch the texture of the tiles and miles away
A visitor waits for you to show
You've got to go
You've got to go

In the plum sun dunes rippling to a frail tune
You've been conveyed, you'll always be my lifetimes blade
Along the alpine drive uncertain how to be alive
You love the fragments of a smile and miles away
A courier invokes your name you know
You've got to go
You've got to go
You've got to go
You've got to go
Then go

And another heart breaks, you're wasting all the time it takes
You've been assigned, you'll never be too far behind
Wait for a bus to come, you know another verse to hum
You thrust the windows for a while and miles away
Your servants searching high and low
You've got to go
You've got to go
You've got to go
You've got to go
You better go
You better go
You better

 

Fraulein

[B-side on the Too Fast For You/Tear It All Away double single]

[rev. Aug. 19, 2013]

One night I saw all this
The ship that drifted in
And from that afternoon you changed (you changed)
Some fallen leaves were in the drive
A stranger's voice above the wind
The difference was the color of Lorraine

Said that mourning almost tasted blue
Oh Fraulein, that was you

Your phone would ring and ring and ring
The shadows on the beat
A car abandoned long before, when I was free
A message crumpled said something
Yet the language was unknown
Are old mistakes forgotten just like me

Said that mourning almost tasted blue
Oh Fraulein, that was you

She said she's leaving with the crowds
She wants to throw this all away
She said I'm thinking this out loud
But that's what I thought you'd say

One night I saw all this
The man who paid the bill
A glance along the noise
Hey baby that's our song
The seagulls all flew away
And when I turned to ask you where
And when I turned to ask you why why why why why
You've gone

Said that mourning almost tasted blue
Oh Fraulein, that was you