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Heaven Is A Better Place Today
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Here's a glue guy a performance god
A makeshift shrine newly lain sod
Hardly even trying gives the nod

I sure hope I'm not the type to dwell
Hope I'm a fast healer fast as hell
Heaven is a better place today because of this
But the world is just not the same

If and when you get into the endzone
Act like you've been there a thousand times before
Don't blame don't say people lose people all the time anymore

A Twonie to the busker and a husky 'keep it comin' under my breath
But then said, 'though, if you wouldn't mind,
less crying and more trying more trying and less crying'

I'm not the type to dwell
I'm a fast healer fast as hell
Heaven is a better place today because of this
But the world is just not the same  

Oh if and - if and when you get into the endzone
Act like you've been there a thousand times before
Don't blame and don't say people lose people all the time anymore

If and when you get into that endzone
Act like you've been there a thousand times before
Don't change but don't say people lose people all the time anymore

It's just not the same because of this
It's not the same

 

Summer's Killing Us
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Does summer exist in its praises?
Does summer exist in its praises?
Summer lives here in its praises.

Come on up here we got something to show ya
Wanna show you everything we know
Wanna show you we can vanish before ya
Wanna show you we got our blind roads

And does your family know your wishes? (And does your family know your wishes)
Cause this chorus'll do ya like the dishes (Cause this chorus'll do ya like the dishes)

Summer's killing us!
It's just sing sing sing all day (Summer)
It's as if summer existed in it's praises (Praises)

Come on over I got something to show ya (Something to show ya)
Record sunshine it's the Shadow Band (Shadow Band)
We can have strictly cactus relations (Cactus relations)
Telling the waves to stop cra-sh-ing (Crashing)

And does anybody know your wishes? (And does anybody know your wishes)
Cause this tune'll do ya like the dishes (Cause this tune'll do ya like the dishes)

Summer's killing us!
It's just sing sing sing all day (Summer)
It's as if summer just exists in her praises (Praises)

It's a time for more to happen sooner
A time to be a person you still know
To float awhile on your shore power
Til you say
'Canada lost. Go home.'

Where summer's killing us!
Where we sing sing sing all day (Summer)
It's as if summer exists here in its' praises (Praises)

Summer exists in a doorway (In a doorway)
Summer exists at the fair (At the fair)
Summer is forever changes (Forever changes)
Summer's taken me unawares

Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park
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What's troubling Gus you sound demented
Is it because someone talked and she told me
He no longer thinks anything that moves and
Everything he sees is something to kill and eat?
What's troubling Gus is it nothing goes quiet? (What's troubling Gus)
The whip-poor-will at dusk.... (The whip-poor-will at dusk)

What's troubling Gus overhearing conversations
That it's because you're too either them or me
When it's either them or it's us anything that moves and
Everything you see is something to kill and eat
What's troubling Gus? Is it nothing goes quiet? (What's troubling Gus)
Is that what's troubling ya Gus the mere mention of the name (Is that what's troubling ya Gus)
Used to be enough to make every bird stop singing? (Used to be enough)
Is that what's troubling ya Gus? No one is afraid enough? (Is that what's troubling ya Gus)

What's troubling Gus is it nothing goes quiet? (What's troubling Gus)
Is that what's troubling ya Gus? The mere attention of the name (Is that what's troubling ya Gus)
Used to be enough to make every bird stop singing (Used to be enough)
The whip-poor-will at dusk tells you no one is afraid (The whip-poor-will at dusk)

No one is afraid enough
Is it afraid
Or is it afraid enough
It's troubling Gus
 

Vaccination Scar
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So, the chemistry's set
And I'm not the saddest cheerleader
To forget the American word
For the gang in the head
That dwindles to no members when
The mystery's met
And the sky looks threatened
Heading home in the dusk
Singing, 'life is forgetting
Good enough for the frivolous'

One thing I remember is (One thing I remember is)
This tear on your bare shoulder this (This tear on your bare shoulder this)
Little silver boulder this (Little silver boulder this)
Slowly falling star (Slowly falling star)
We're rolling so what (We're rolling so what)
Never getting older (Never getting older)
Where the moonshot curtains part (Where the moonshot curtains part)
At the start of enough (At the start of enough)
A tear dropped in a vaccination scar (A tear dropped in a vaccination scar)

I'll tell you if I'm able that is
I'll tell you like it is
It went down like a bad card table
Like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Swimming on a bit
Stop and treading water
As the sun assimilated the words
For lighthouse fire
Burning down to embers' end
The mystery met
The sky just-reddened
Heading home under dusk
Is life just for getting
Another word for frivolous?
Or little silver boulder (Or little silver boulder)
Or silence from Mars (Or silence from Mars)
For the heart of enough (For the heart of enough)
For a teardrop in a vaccination scar? (For a teardrop in a vaccination scar)

 

Wherever you are, scar.
 

It Can't Be Nashville Every Night
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He said 'fuck this' and 'fuck that'
And this guy's the diplomat
Stares into the blur of the tuner lights
It can't be Nashville every night

He said 'we are what we lack'
And this guy's the autodidact
Stares into the glare of them TV lights
It can't be Nashville every night

With its' la la oh oh ohs, (La la oh oh ohs)
Whoa-ohs and yeahs, (Whoa-ohs, yeahs)
La las, (La las)
Whoa-ohs and yeahs (Whoa-ohs, yeahs)

He sang 'I'll die before I quit'
And this guy's the limit
Stares into the queer of the firefight
It can't be Nashville every night

With its' la la oh oh ohs, (La la oh oh ohs)
Whoa-ohs and yeahs, (Whoa-ohs, yeahs)
La las, (La las)
Whoa-ohs and yeahs. (Whoa-ohs, yeahs)
 

If New Orleans Is Beat
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Your smile is fading a bit so I ration it
Don't think about it
Here where the Mississippi quits
Where its still got a bit of Minnesota in it

No one will give you a thing these days
They'd rather kill it or throw it away
You don't 'do' dark American streets so
If New Orleans is beat
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
Where's that leave you and me? (Where's that leave you and me)

The river takes takes takes and takes
It doesn't change and only changes
See it there in a picture with me
There's a caption beneath
"New Orleans is beat"
and if New Orleans is beat
If New Orleans is beat
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
If New Orleans is beat (New Orleans is beat)
Where's that leave you and me?
Where's that leave you and me?
Where's that leave you and me?

Your smile is fading a bit so I ration it
Try not to think about it

 

You're Everywhere
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You are everywhere, within and without
Where it don't matter what we used to do now
Where I feed my people when I get behind the plow
When I write the tiger hanging on by his eyebrows
Somehow where the gang in me (Somehow)
Is being all that it can be
Somehow part hope is a plan (Somehow)
And part vigilante streak

When I reel my Irish in
When I sleep on the train (I sleep on the train)
In straight lines through shadows you're there (Straight lines through shadows)
Where the future lies (Where the future lies)
Under no moon at night (Under no moon at night)
At the ballroom hanging you're there (Hanging)

You are there when I stop writing things down
And when I forget about who I am now
Forget about who's kissing her who's behind my plow
Now it's time to drown all of that poetry out
Somehow where democracy
Is how we all learn to sleep
With ourselves drawing to ourselves
Everything we can carry

When I reel my Irish in (Reel my Irish in)
When I sleep in the rain (I sleep in the rain)
In straight lines through shadows you're there (Straight lines through shadows)
Where the future lies (Where the future lies)
Under no moon at night (Under no moon at night)
At the ballroom hanging you're there (Hanging)

There's no escaping this dream
We're dancing with no distractions

When I reel my Irish in (When I reel my Irish in)
When I sleep on the plane (When I sleep on the plane)
In straight lines through shadows you're there (Straight lines through shadows)
Where the future lies (Where the future lies)
Under no moon at night (Under no moon at night)
At the ballroom hanging you're there (Hanging)
You're everywhere (You're everywhere)

You're there (You're there)
You're everywhere (You're everywhere)
You're there (You're there)
You've everywhere (You've everywhere)
 

As Makeshift As We Are
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You do the combat math, I'm the war artist
You can't take your shots back, I have to watch them miss
The basketball rim shook like a tambourine (Basketball rim shook like a tambourine)
Not an unlikely event in a game that means nothing (An unlikely event in a game that means nothing)
In a game that means nothing
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
Lead never leaves your system no matter who you are
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
As makeshift as we are

You're a complex dune, I'm a cloud of octopus ink
You're an elusive tune, I'm more ice sculpture than I think
You're the neutral tribe and I got the wrong openness (You're the neutral tribe, Wrong openness)
Here's where I slowly close my eyes and say, 'I'm too drunk for this.' (Here's where I slowly close my eyes and say, 'I'm too drunk for this.')
Yea I'm too drunk for this
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
'Weaklings Make Trouble' you played on your guitar
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
As makeshift as we are

We are. We are. We are.

The lonliest bouys on dolphin property
You're as quiet as a fish, I only sing for the whole sea
From memory metal tension springs we were gunsmoke and the truth
Let's shake some snow off of his shoulders
let's shake some snow off of the roof
Let's shake some snow off of the roof
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
Occurring to each other under the setup of the stars
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
We imagine us here and here we are
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
Through half-squinted eyes becoming a mirage
Makeshift we are (Makeshift we are)
 

Mean Streak
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Is it a mean streak
You'd swear you'd swear
We never seen a stranger round here
Is it the way the dust clings to the air
But you'd swear you'd swear

Is it a mean streak
A desolation sound
A copy of desire oh nothing's that far down
A mean streak on a western swing
On TV saying the damnedest thing

Meanstreak
You'd swear you'd swear
We never seen a stranger round here
It's the way the dust clings to the air
After a stranger's been there (A stranger's been there)
You'd swear you'd swear (You'd swear you'd swear)

Is it a mean streak
To a certain degree
Come whistlin' down the crookedest street
A mean streak in the ghost state
Between certain and the hesitating
A meanstreak
You'd swear you'd swear
We never seen a stranger round here
It's the way the dust clings to the air
After the stranger's been here (The stranger's been here)
You'd swear you'd swear (You'd swear you'd swear)

Was that you there?
That was you there
Was that you there?
That was you there

The sssh sound of the bottoms of their boots (Sound of the bottoms of their boots)
On the tops of the grass (On the tops of the grass)
As their haywagon (As their haywagon)
Rolled past (Rolled past)
And I'd swear I'd swear (I'd swear I'd swear)
The way the dust clings to the air
After the stranger's been here (Stranger's been here)
I'd swear I'd swear (I'd swear I'd swear)
That that was you there
 

The Heart Of The Melt
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There's me then there's you
And I could dance with the puck
In a telephone booth
You said,
"I don't give a fuck
Besides enough about you
And your 'evil's banal'
Cause as soon as Joni says 'blue'
You're somewhere else"

There's me then there's you
And I could not hear it yet
From a telephone booth
I do my hungover best
and say,
"Enough about you
And your representative hell
I jump in when you do
Like there's nowhere else
And then
Of course
There's the dorsal fin
Closing in that you can't outswim"

"It's not him that I gotta outswim" you said,
"Just you"
You said,
"Just you"
 

And at the heart of the melt
There's the narrowest flume
There's the somewhere else
When I'm with you
There's nowhere else
There's me and there's you
There's me and there's you
You could not say enough
If there were several of yous
That would not be enough
There's me and there's you
You're a beautiful you
A beautiful you
Are beautiful you
Could not say enough
If there were several of you
It would not be enough
We're a beautiful
Two
 

One Night In Copenhagen
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When the drugs hit you
Tingly begins
Conviction + tone = hope
Under the threat of separation
The nadir's fluorescent
The shriek of a gull
Suspended in air
The sound of the sea
Anywhere! Anywhere!

When the drugs quit you
As loyal as a fruit fly you'll mutter to yourself
'You talentless fuck, good fucking luck
Good fucking luck'
A delicatessen
Shriek of a horn
Suspended in air
The sound of the town
Anywhere! Anywhere!

It quits you in situ
And here it begins
Quits you at a payphone in the snow
One night in Copenhagen
One night in Copenhagen
And ya know
The nadir's fluorescent
The shriek of a gull
Suspended in air
The sound of the town
Anywhere! Anywhere!
 

Are We Family
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It's only human to want to inhabit every feeling you've got
And more often than not let's take it to the Nth degree
Here he goes
'Gimme ten bucks and a head start'
Here's where he goes
'the puzzle's pulling apart'
And here's the scene:
You're yelling calmly down the street
'Are we family?'
Or what

From happy-go-lucky to surly-go-crazy the lot
And more often than not Admission to the Battles is free
Here he goes
'Give ya ten bucks and a headstart'
Here's where he goes
Pulling the puzzle apart
And here's the scene
Where you whisper down the crookedest street
'Are we family?'
Or what

Are we family when it's only if not when
Sisters brothers wolf wolf lover
And the boy who stamped too many ants?
Are we family?

It's only human to want to inherit every feeling you've got
And like it or not let's take it to the Nth degree
Here we go
Give us ten bucks and a headstart
Here's where we go
The puzzle's pulling apart
And here's the scene:
Your horse is going the wrong way up the street
Are we family?
Or what

Are we family when it's not if but when
Taking care of each other one bullet to another
When it's all, 'if a song can't save us then nothing can'
Are we family?
Or what

To one another?
The lost to the recovered?
The new caledonian crow to the chimpanzee?
The tribal jury to the pakistani teen?
Ill-starred evenings to champion mystique?
Sick as a writer writing to be lighter than the uncanny
When the invasion of Antarctica's complete
Are we family?
 

Goodnight Josephine
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I remember a girl on her cellphone
Surrounded by her friends
Eyes flickering she's trying
To smother a smile in her hands
Is it someone for us
Someone more worry-free
Someone who can say
'Leave the worrying about him to me Josephine?'

 

Na Nah, Na Na Na, Nah Nah (Na Nah, Na Na Na, Nah Nah)


I remember you there in the last rays
Of light at diplomacy's end
Eyes flickering you're crying
'But, isn't this when the crimes begin?'
When the people you want to don't
And the people who do
You don't believe
Do you Josephine?

I remember you there at the table
Surrounded by all the days plans
Eyes flickering you're trying
To let a coffee cup warm your hands
Maybe we're born lost
Born to persevere
But honey I'd walk into your painting
Until I reappeared
As a speck of comet-tail dust
A blue-green northern light
Flickering just
In your eyes' deepest ravines
Goodnight goodnight Josephine

Night Is For Getting (Released as Bonus Track)

Here comes the night, ripped past disregard (Night)
Another night signifying ready (Night)
To sleep or fight through Sound Tigers out in the yard (Fight)
Night is for getting (Night is for getting)

Here comes the time, for dreaming the dream we are (Time)
Another time till slowly we weren't (Time)
The way you say ‘it's fine,’ ‘come home’ and ‘enough’ (Fine)
With a weird undercurrent, a weird undercurrent (Weird undercurrent)
A weird undercurrent (Weird undercurrent)

You sang hush, baby, hush (You sang hush, baby, hush)
Everything will turn out alright (Everything will turn out alright)
Hush, baby, hush, (Hush, baby, hush)
Now we really need some quiet (Now we really need some quiet)

Here comes the day, dewdrops on the newness for (Day)
Another day spent doing nutting' (Day)
You fight, you pay, spider legs on colder trail (You fight you pay)

War is forgetting (War is forgetting)

Fighter Fighter (Unreleased)
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Four a.m., the French countryside
I can hear them comin from miles away
It’s clear in any language that they fight
But I couldn’t tell you what they’re saying

Go to sleep and easily
And gradually the light fills my eyes
Enough so I could see
The dim outline of my wife

All I could make out
Was that poor girl saying,
"Qu'est-ce-que tu vas faire?"
"What are you gonna do?"
"Qu'est-ce-que tu vas faire?"
"What are you gonna do?"

Cuz I’m tired of the way I feel
Oh, fighter, fighter
Tired of the way I make you feel
Yeah, fighter, fighter

Oh, the Lord’s Resistance Army sent
Forty-five children to test
The Moroto river swellin
Was quite impassible as you might expect

Go to sleep and easily
And gradually the light fills your eyes
Enough til you can see
The dim outline of your child

And all I could make out
Was that poor girl saying,
"Qu'est-ce-que tu vas faire?"
"What are you gonna do?"
"Qu'est-ce-que tu vas faire?"
"What are you gonna do?"

Cuz I’m tired of the way ya feel
Yeah, fighter, fighter
Tired of the way you make me feel
Oh, fighter, fighter
Tired of the way ya feel
Yeah, fighter, fighter
Tired of the way I make you feel
Fighter, fighter
"Qu'est-ce-que tu vas faire?"
"What are you gonna do?"
 





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