Live Between Us (1997) Lyrics And Backing Vocals
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Grace, Too
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He said I'm fabulously rich
Come on just lets go
She kind of bit her lip
Geez, I dont know

But I can guarantee (I can guarantee)
There'll be no knock on the door (I can guarantee)
I'm total pro here (There'll be no knock on the door)
That's what I'm here for (Here for)

I come from downtown (I...)
Born ready for you (I...)
Armed with will and determination (I...)
And grace, too

The secret rules of engagement
Are hard to endorse
When the appearance of conflict
Meets the appearance of force

But I can guarantee (I can guarantee)
There'll be no knock on the door (I can guarantee)
I'm total pro here (There'll be no knock on the door)
That's what I'm here for (Here for)

I come from downtown (I...)
Born ready for you (I...)
Armed with skill and it's frustration (I...)
and grace, too

Fully Completely

Bring me back in shackles,
Hang me long out in the sun
Exonerate me, forget about me

I recommend measures for ending it.
Lover, she simply slammed the door.
She said, "you're gonna miss me.
Wait and you'll see;

Fully, completely"

I ponder the endlessness of the stars,
ignoring said same of my father:
"Either it'll move me
or it'll move right through me;

Fully, completely"

Springtime In Vienna
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Instructions from the manual
Could not have been more plain
The blues are still required
The blues are still required again
Past territorial piss-posts
Past whispers in the closets
Past screamin' from the rooftops (Past screaming from the rooftops)
We live to survive our paradoxes (We live to survive our paradoxes)

Men here of the secret
They pass in upholstered silence (Upholstered silence)
They only exist in crisis (Only exist in crisis)
They only exist in silence (Only exist in silence)
Past territorial piss-posts (Past territorial piss-posts)
Past whispers in the closets (Whispers in the closets)
Past screamin' from the rooftops (Screaming from the rooftops)
We live to survive our paradoxes (We live to survive our paradoxes)
We'll live to survive our paradoxes (We live to. Survive our. Paradoxes)

Twist My Arm
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There she blows, Jacques Cousteau
Hear her sing so sweat and low
Lull me overboard, cold-out
Gathered in a swallowed hole.

Do I want to? With All that charm
Do I want to? Twist my arm

You just hit me where I live
I guess it looked quite primitive
What was that supposed to prove?
Throw the calf or he'll throw you

Sucked in by the victim world
Thirsty as a cultured pearl
Culled and wooed, bitten chewed
It won't hurt if you don't move

Do I want to? With All that charm
Do I want to? Twist my arm

Musical chairs, double dares , memorized stairs
Shootin' of flares, springtime hairs and broken down mares

Coward phones , big soup stones, pride less loans
Grill-sick cows, motel moans and big fat Jones

Martyrs don't do much for me
Though I enjoy them vicariously
After you No, after me
No I insist please after me

Do I want to? With All that charm
Do I want to? Twist my arm

Giftshop
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The beautiful lull, the dangerous tug
We get to feel small, from high up above
And after a glimpse, over the top
The rest of the world, becomes a giftshop

The pendulum swings
For the horse like a man
Out over the rim, is ice cream to him
The beautiful lull, the dangerous tug
We get to feel small, but not out of place at all

We're forced to bed, but we're free to dream
All us human extras, all us herded beings

And after a glimpse (Bah Bada Bah)
Over the top (Bah Bada Bah)
The rest of the world (Bah Bada Bah)
Becomes a giftshop

I don't know what to believe, (I don't know what to believe)
Sometimes I even forget (Sometimes I even forget)
And if it's a lie, (And if it's a lie)
Terrorists made me say it (Terrorists made me say it)

The beautiful lull (Bah Bada Bah)
The dangerous tug (Bah Bada Bah)
We get to feel small (Bah Bada Bah)
From high up above (From high up above)
From high up above (From high up above)
(Bah Bada Bah)

Ahead By A Century
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First thing we'd climb a tree and maybe then we'd talk (First we'd climb a tree and maybe then we'd talk)
Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts (Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts)
With illusions of someday casting a golden light (With illusions of someday casting a golden light)
No dress rehearsal, this is our life (No dress rehearsal, this is our life)

That's where the hornet stung me (That's where the hornet stung me)
And I had a feverish dream (I had a feverish dream)
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoke them out (Tonight, we smoke them out)

You are ahead by a century (This is our life)

Stare in the morning shroud, and then the day began (Stare in the morning shroud, and then the day began)
I tilted your cloud, you tilted my hand (I tilted your cloud, you tilted my hand)
Rain falls in real time and rain fell through the night (Rain falls in real time and rain fell through the night)
No dress rehearsal, this is our life (No dress rehearsal, this is our life)

And that's when the hornet stung me (That's when the hornet stung me)
And I had a serious dream (I had a feverish dream)
With revenge and doubt
Tonight, we smoked them out (Tonight, we smoked them out)

You are ahead by a century (This is our life)
and disappointing you's gettin' me down

The Luxury
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Zoo Lion sobers up and starts to scream and shout
A little dose of home-fire got him all smoothed out
Melancholy wine-soaked tenderness
She hated it here and she couldn't care less

Prisonyard stares and fleur-de-lis tattoos
Cannibals are saving all their bones for soup
Eating with my fingers and sucking hulls of ships
My parasite don't deserve no better than this

The Golden Rim Motor Inn (The Golden Rim Motor Inn)
Soft water and colour TV (Soft water and colour TV)
So consumed with the shape I'm in (So consumed with the shape I'm in)
Can't enjoy the luxury (Can't enjoy the luxury)
The luxury

She says, "Why are you Partial to that Playboy con?
When you can see me naked anytime you want?"
If I had loads o' money To make me tame and sour
I could pay you to remind Me of my baby by the hour

Zoo Lion sobers up and starts to scream and shout
A little dose of home-fire got him all smoothed out
If this is where it all starts getting good
Then I'll be here waiting for you, like I said I would

The Golden Rim Motor Inn (The Golden Rim Motor Inn)
Soft water and a colour TV (Soft water and colour TV)
So consumed with the shape I'm in (So consumed with the shape I'm in)
Can't enjoy the luxury (Can't enjoy the luxury)
The luxury

Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
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Full Courage Exhibit

Watch the band through a bunch of dancers
Quickly, follow the unknown with something more familiar. (Something more familiar)
Quickly something familiar (Quickly something familiar)
Courage, my word it didn't come it doesn't matter (It didn't come it doesn't matter)

Sleepwalk, so fast asleep in a motel
that has the lay of home and piss on all of your  (And piss on all of your background)
background and piss on all your surroundings (And piss on all your surroundings)
Courage, my word, it didn't come, it doesn't matter (It didn't come it doesn't matter)
Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time

So there's no simple explanation
for anything important any of us do
and yea the human tragedy
consists in the necessity
of living with the consequences
under pressure, under pressure.

Courage, my word, it didn't come, it doesn't matter, (It didn't come it doesn't matter)
Courage, it couldn't come at a worse time. (It couldn't come at a worse time)

New Orleans Is Sinking
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Bourbon blues on the street, loose and complete
Under skies all smokey blue-green
I can't forsake a dixie dead shake
So we dance the sidewalk clean
My memory is muddy what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking man and I don't wanna swim.

Colonel Tom, what's wrong? What's goin' on?
You can't tie yourself up for a deal?
He said "Hey North, you're South, shut yer big mouth!
You've gotta do what you feel is real."
Aint got no picture postcards, aint got no souvenirs
My baby, she don't know me when I'm thinking 'bout those years

Pale as a lightbulb, hanging on a wire
Sucking up to someone just to stoke the fire
Picking out the highlights of the scenery
Saw a little cloud that looked a little like me

I had my hands in the river
My feet back up on the banks
Looked up to the Lord above
and said "hey man thanks."
Sometimes I feel so good I've gotta scream
She said Gordie baby I know exactly what you mean
She said, she said, I swear to God she said...

My memory is muddy what's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking man and I don't wanna swim.

Don't Wake Daddy
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Sled dogs after dinner close their eyes on the howlin' wastes
Kurt Cobain, reincarnated, sighs and licks his face
Then they drift past strips of Serengeti and the gates of Sleepy Hollow too
You can pause in wonder, they paused in wonder and yea, I paused in wonder too
Just don't wake daddy

They can lay their heads on their futon-beds, so many miles from home
You teach your children some fashion sense and they fashion some of their own
For when the policy-weary commune on the untamed land
Through white sheers whispers in their ears, you're damned
And don't wake daddy

You can stuff yer void with the asteroid that's hurtlin' toward the earth
You can drop the bomb that restores some calm then promises rebirth
Just don't wake daddy

It's the perfect time now (Sing to end)
For an eclectic choice (All songs to end all songs)
They're all asleep but us now (Sing to end)
It's time to hear your voice (All songs to end all songs)

Sing to end all songs to end all songs (Sing to end all songs to end all songs)

Scared
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I could make you scared
if you want me to
I'm not prepared, but if I have to
He said, I can make you scared,
it's kinda what I do
If you're prepared,
here's what I propose to do
You're in Russia
and more than a million works of art
are whisked out to the woods
So when the Nazis
find the whole place dark
They'd think god's
left the museum for good

I make you scared, if that's what I do
If you're prepared, if I have to
If I make you scared and you pay me to
If that's the deal
now here's what I can do for you

Now there's a focus group
that can prove
this is all nothing
but cold calculation

Tests have shown
that suspicious or hostile
Their lives need not be shortened
truth be told
they can live a long, long while
Tickled to death by their importance

If you make me scared,
if that's what you do
If I'm unclear can I get out of this thing
with me and you
If you feel scared, a bit confused,
I gotta say
this sounds a little beyond
anything I'm used to

Now there's a precious few
that can prove that at the root
This is all nothing but a cold calculation

Clearly entranced,
you're leaning back now
Defanged destroyer limps into the bay
Down at the beach
it's attracting quite a crowd
As kids wade through blood
out to it to play

OK you made me scared,
you did what you set out to do
I'm not prepared, really had me
going there for a minute or two
He said, you made me scared too,
I wasn't sure I was getting through
I gotta go, it's been a pleasure
doing business with you.

Blow At High Dough
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They shot a movie once, in my hometown
Everybody was in it, from miles around
Out at the speedway, some kinda Elvis thing
Well I ain't no movie star
But I can get behind anything

Yea I can get behind anything

Get it out, get it all out, yea stretch that thing
Make it last, make it all last, at least until the supper bell rings

Well the taxi driver likes his rhythm, never likes the stops
Throes of passion, throes of passion, when something just threw him off

Sometimes the faster it gets the less you need to know
But you gotta remember, the smarter it gets, the further it's gonna go

When you blow at high dough
When you blow at high dough

Whoa baby I feel fine, I'm pretty sure it's genuine
It makes no sense, no it makes no sense, but I'll take it free any time

Whoever fits her usually gets her, it was the strangest thing
How'd she move so fast, move so fast, into that wedding ring

Out at the speedway, same Elvis thing
Well I can't catch her, but I can get behind anything
Yea I can get behind anything
Well I can get behind anything

Out at the speedway, same Elvis thing

Nautical Disaster
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Full Nautical Disaster Exhibit

I had this dream where I relished the fray
and the screaming filled my head all day.
It was as though I'd been spit here, settled
in, into the pocket of a lighthouse on some
rocky socket, off the coast of France, dear.

One afternoon, four thousand men died in
the water here and five hundred more were
thrashing madly, as parasites might in your
blood. Now I was in a lifeboat designed for
ten and ten only, anything that systematic
would get you hated. It's not a deal nor a
test nor a love of something fated. The
selection was quick, the crew was picked in order
and those left in the water got kicked off our
pantleg and we headed for home.

Then the dream ends when the phone rings,
you doing alright he said it's out there most
days and nights, but only a fool would
complain. Anyway Susan, if you like, our
conversation is as faint as a sound in my (Faint as a sound in my memory)
memory, as those fingernails scratching on my hull. (As those fingernails scratching on my hull)

The Wherewithal
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Richard talks too slow (Richard talks too slow)
he'd get interrupted long before (He'd get interrupted long before)
I always loved that guy (I always loved that guy)
and he's not on T.V. anymore (And he's not on T.V. anymore)
To get out before he had (To get out before he had)
the wherewithal to get out before (The wherewithal to get out before)
He had the wherewithal (He had the wherewithal)

You've got to coax him slow, (You've got to coax him slow)
that's the only way that he'll confess. (That's the only way that he'll confess)
Tell him that the truth will (Tell him that the truth will)
help him live with less. (Help him live with less)
To get out before he had the wherewithal (To get out before he had the wherewithal)
to get out before he had the wherewithal. (To get out before he had the wherewithal)
That's a breathy body of work (breathy body of work)
set your sights inward for a leaner look.

Richard died real slow, (Died real slow)
He won't get interrupted anymore. (He won't get interrupted anymore)
I always loved that guy (I always loved that guy)
and he's not on T.V. anymore. (And he's not on T.V. anymore)
To get out before he had the (To get out before he had the)
wherewithal to get out before (Wherewithal to get out before)
He had the wherewithal





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