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I wake up in a panic every morning, like there's something I forgot to do.     Something so important I start shaking.   It takes a lot of coffee to calm me down. 

                                                                                                                                                    " Another Successful Breakfast""

I’ve got every disease known to man Waiting patiently,  inside me,
To surprise me, when I least expect it
 

                                                                                                                                                                  "Santa Claus"

FOR AN INSTANT  I thought I knew you. That day you broke down and smashed up the cooler.  crystal cool water drenched all the carpet.  wild nervous laughter filled our department 
                                                                                                                                                                 
"Company of Strangers" 


“Muscular legs stompin’ out the boulevard,                                                            Muscular face and lips about a mile large.”
                                                                                                                                 " Let’s Make Love  (on the floor  of the liquor store) "



“It takes a twelve-pack of beer just to look in the mirror "
                                                                                                    teenage acne


"There’s somebody layin’ in my doorway,                                                                They appear to be breathin’, but who really cares ?”
                                                                                                                                                                 " Another Successful Breakfast"


“If I do what I wanna do, I’ll go to jail for a year or two                                        if I stay in my living room, I’ll never get over the hill.”
                                                                                                                                                                                  " Over the Hill"

“I keep my eyes open and my mouth shut   and I don’t take from the till,
     You gave me a number but my name is Bill”

                                                                                                                                                                              "Ideal Employee #743"

Daddy raised his children to believe eccomonical dreams                                      When prices started fallin' that's when Daddy got down on his knees"

                                                                                              corporate wars

‘Lookin' out for rocks and twigs, you know you miss majestic things “
                                                                                                                                                                                    " House of Love"

“Went to an auction, over my head.                                                                      Old lady died, 40 bucks to get in.
  She had some fine stuff, went for millions,
      She didn’t get a dime, neither did I.”

                                                                                                                                                                                         " Why Try ? "

“What’s so great about Happiness anyway?”
                                                                                                                                                     " What’s So Great About Happiness ?"


“She makes him toast and irons his clothes
     He learns there's things he’ll never know.”            
                                                                                                                                                                                   " Another Train"

“I went down to the shopping mall  but I knew I wouldn’t buy a thing,
   Just walk around with my head held down
     Tryin’ to be a part of something”

                                                                                                                                                                            " Nowhere in the World"

“We never had time for the things that we wanted to do,
    when we saved up enough to be happy,
      its true in the end all you have is a moment or two.

                                                                                                                                                                              " Company of Strangers"

“They set you up while you’re still in the swing,
   with one big push you could have anything.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    "An American Bum"

“It feels so good sometimes, to reset your mind
    to the Universal Time
      and simply let your fleshy body go.”

                                                                                                                                                                            " A Little Livin’ Left To Do"

“Imagine the shocked surprise on your friends and family,
   As you leave the comfort of home for the raging sea,
     with a guy like me, on an insane trip
        to trace the roots of humanity.”

                                                                                                                                                                              " Voyage to Afghanistan"

“I stole 5 dollars from myself .”
                                                                                                                                                                                                      "  Off  "

“Pluckin out a leaf from a tree  as she passes by,                                                    I touch greenery a lot , when i walk                                                                        She's a lot like me . "             

                                                                           " Let’s Make Love  (on the floor  of the liquor store) "     

when I saw myself standin’ next to me
     I couldn’t help but see the similarity
        had faded like somebodies
          two-week vacation summer tan.”

                                                                                                                                                                                   "A Dog Called Man"

                                                                                                    




I wake up in a panic every morning, like there's something I forgot to do.  Something so important I start shaking.   It takes a lot of coffee to calm me down.  I'm living in an old abandoned drug store.  Probably couldn't compete with the CIA. I should've listened to Jim Morrisson.  Only lawyers survive the heat in LA

another smoke                                                                                                                                                another drink                                                                                                                                              another dirty magazine                                                                                                                                    another slow suicide attempted

another successful breakfast

There's someone laying in my doorway.  They appear to be breathing but who really cares.Summer sun can't cut the fog of air polution.   We're all being cooked for breakfast today.  another smoke , another drink, another dirty magazine    another slow suicide attempted

another successful breakfast

A dollar-thirty-nine,  gets me three eggs. potatoes and time,Time to figure out a place to stay, A quarter buys a paper. New statistics on tne Homeless. There's not a whole lot left to say. 

another smoke , another drink, another dirty magazine       another slow suicide attempted

another successful breakfast.



the company of strangers

hi, how are you ? how was your weekend  ?   and what are we going to do.  today ?   No.  I'm OK.  It's just that this office is starting to feel like a cage.  in the distance, it shines like a beakon.  offering shelter to the lost and the weakened.  but here. in this room. I've whiled away hours and planted the flowers of doom, in my life.  smiles, like they say, can wipe away saddness, but this little game's here to stay.  FOR AN INSTANT  I thought I knew you. That day you broke down and smashed up the cooler.  crystal cool water drencend all the carpet.  wild nervous laughter filled out department.  as you screamed out, " Hey what you say ?  Why don't we start our own company, and we'll call it the Company of Strangers."

for twenty-five years I have sat by your side typing letters and memos for people who hide behind doorways with titles in hallways of horrible crime. we never had time for the things that we wanted to do when we saved up enough to be happy.  it's true in the end all you have is a moment or two.

but, "Hey what you say ?  Why don't we start our own company, and we'll call it the Company of Strangers." 


                                         Find Lyrics for Individual CD's below

Another Successful Breakfast     Voyage To Afghanistan   Children of the Milkman    Wind is Falling in Love     Cruelty of Gravity            Other Releases

LEARNING TO PRETEND 
When you wake up in the morning,
Can of beer in your hand,
And your mouth feels like a pillow,
And your head is hurting bad,

When the wind comes crawling through your window,
Calling you to follow it again,
You might feel that your life is not your own

It’s always waiting up around the bend,

            LEARNING TO PRETEND

As you drive down crowded freeways,
Bright-White-Fear fills your eyes,
And you think you feel so desperate,
But we all feel that way most the time.

Don’t be scared of fantastic new illusions
They may turn out to be your only friends,
Find a groove and let it
take you down the highway,
You might never find
that kind of groove again,

          LEARNING TO PRETEND

And the magic of the moment just lasts an instant 
When you see it gotta’ grab it, Won’t be hangin ‘round,
Won’t be hangin’ round  too long.
    
         LEARNING TO PRETEND
         LEARNING ALL YOUR LIFE THEN  
          YOU’RE LEARNING ONCE AGAIN
        LEARNING TO PRETEND

When the view you used to be so used to
Gets flattened by some fat and angry men,
And you can’t remember why you came here
but you’re leaving once again, you’re

                                          LEARNING TO PRETEND

ANOTHER TRAIN
A mother tries to tell  her son,
where she’s been and what she’s done,
She never can reveal  a thing
and hates herself for makin such a scene.
The wild enchanted world awaits,
he’s itching so, to cr'ash the gate,
Through all the long and sleepless nights,
she pictures him in senseless bloody fights.

IF ITS ALL THE SAME TO YOU
I’LL  JUST TAKE ANOTHER TRAIN

His father who’s been far away,
shows up inside his head one day,
His questions pierce her very soul,
truth is one thing no one can control.
She makes him toast and irons his clothes,
he learns there’s things he’ll never know,
He goes to bed with doubts so deep,
dreams of vengeance, one day they’ll all see.

IF ITS ALL THE SAME TO YOU
I’LL  JUST TAKE ANOTHER TRAIN

years fall down  like dying leaves,
they never fill a hole this deep,    
the  need for someone never seen ,
consumes his heart and burns relentlessly...........

Bar to bar and bed to bed,
a child is born the dream is dead,
He never can reveal a thing
and hates himself for creating such a scene.

IF ITS ALL THE SAME TO YOU
I’LL  JUST TAKE ANOTHER TRAIN,

A LITTLE LIVIN’ LEFT TO DO 


All around this town
 they’ve been knockin’ me down,
Sayin’ I’m a hopeless case.
They’ve seen me drunk
on the street too many times,
Fallin down on my face.
I know the drinkin’s gotta go,
But it feels so good sometimes,
To reset your mind to the universal time,
and simply let your fleshy body go.


 RAISE YOUR GLASS TO ME
‘CAUSE I’LL BE QUITTIN SOON
‘TIL THEN,
 I GOT LITTLE LIVIN LEFT TO DO

Lazy afternoon in the middle of June,
And the sun has been so kind,
Girls are laughing
and wearing next to nothing,
Gotta’ get that next to mine.

I fill my glass like I filled up the last,
I know my life is slippin slowlydown the tube,
Soon Im smilin’ and swayin’ in the breeze
Of an old familiar tune.
    
Monday morning, though I’ve sworn it all off
I find myself at the liquor store,
Just a few to round it all out,
Soon Im back for more.

Six beers and a pack of smokes later
and Im back on the phone,
Callin’ friends all around the world
‘Cause I don’t wanna’ drink alone.
    
 RAISE YOUR GLASS TO ME
‘CAUSE I’LL BE QUITTIN SOON
‘TIL THEN,
 I GOT LITTLE LIVIN LEFT TO DO 

                                                             (and it never feels out of place)

IDEAL EMPLOYEE #743 
       
I’m just lookin’  for a job,
Maybe I could mow your lawn,
Cool lemonade in the warm suburban sun,
After the job was done, ‘cause

I WAS IDEAL EMPLOYEE #743
I KEEP MY EYES OPEN
AND MY MOUTH SHUT
AND I DON’T TAKE FROM THE TILL
YOU GAVE ME A NUMBER     
BUT MY NAME IS BILL

I’m just lookin’ for a job,
Somethin’ to keep me occupied,
I wanted to save the world,
But that doesn’t pay,
I’m back on the streets today,

I WAS IDEAL EMPLOYEE #743
                        
I CAN PASS YOUR PISS TEST
THEN YOU CAN PISS ON ME
I’M UNDER THE GUN  
IN THE LAND OF THE FREE

And I’ll do a good job for you,
 Yeah I’ll do my best,
And  I’ll do everything for you,
  I’ll do my best

I WAS IDEAL EMPLOYEE #743
    
THEY PROMISED THE WORLD TO ME
BUT I DIDN’T GET ANYTHING
PROGRESS MARCHES ON,  AN’ SO SHOULD I
UNDER THE GUN IN THE LAND OF THE FREE
           I WAS PROUD TO BE 743
           HERE’S TO YOU 744.

SANTA CLAUS   (2:46)            
I’ve got every disease known to man
Waiting patiently,  inside me,
To surprise me, when I least expect it,
But I ain’t got no one to love,

Got a notebook full of words,
Wood guitar,  plastic bird,         
Got a bus pass to Vegas
And two condoms,  just in case,
But I ain’t got no one to love,
      
“LOVE EVERYONE,”
SANTA CLAUS SAID,
AS HE PERCHED
NAKED ON MY BED
“LOVE EVERYONE
AND YOU’LL BE FREE,
BUT FIRST  YOU GOTTA LOVE ME”.

Do you remember the day
You found out Santa Claus  
was just a game ?
Were you angry or afraid ?
Could you ever trust anyone
in your life again?    
You just lost someone you loved,

OVER THE HILL (3:41)            
If I do what I wanna’ do,
I’ll go to jail for a year or two.
If I stay in my living room,
I’ll never get over the hill.     

Sherman Oaks, they got a lot to do,
Shopping malls, swimming pools,
A lotta’ pretty people
an they all wanna’ screw,
But I never got over the hill.   .

I tried to analyze this fear inside
breakin’ through.
If you agree to run off with me ,
We’ll run in the sun
‘til the sun finally finds its way out,
    check it out,

Met a girl under somebody’s table,
Shared a smile an a mashed potato,
Said she loved me but she just wasn’t able,
She couldn’t get over the hill

Thinking’ back to the days
spent in high school,
Science teachers would always
eyeball you,
Wish I’d seen the left side of the menu,
I might gone over the hill

a dog called Man

when I saw myself standin' next to me
I couldn't help but see the similarity
had faded like somebody’s  two week summer tan
one had a problem and one had a dog he called Man

when the king came down to the truck-stop town
there was a big parade and a big let-down
we thought that an answer was there in his uncalloused hand
one had a problem and one had a dog he called Man

meanwhile outside,  noone walked alone at night
the missionaries left on ferries bound for foreign sanctuaries
one held a sign that said, " Its Time
to forget your problems and find food for that dog called Man

From the mountain tops to the corner bar
the word went out, it was happy-hour
we all went searching for meaning in tiny little cans
to help solve the problem we called on that dog he called Man

It was a giant dog, almost 40 feet
as the day went on we knew it had to eat
we offered our lemons we offered our tasty homemade pies
the dog ate religion with soda and large order fries
 

God

God came down from heaven yesterday
gave me somethin everybody else threw away
found it made my life  much beter than before
to tell you the truth I can’t explain too much at all

I can’t tell anybody
what happened to me
I can’t tell anybody
How does that make you feel

Crossin the street and the lights all look the same
but people seem hypnotized and incapable of change
You start up your engines and you run all your life
tryin’ to find somewhere where you finally have time

I can’t tell anybody what happened to me
I can’t tell anybody how does that make you feel

time is a concept, that ruins everything
time was a mistake, everything is
the whole is impossible to a tiny little mind
gotta take the leap of faith and leave  death far behind

I can’t tell anybody
what happened to me
I can’t tell anybody
How does that make you feel

I can’t tell anybody
the answer is an obvious thing
I can’t tell anybody
What am I supposed to sing


i understood, i could never understand
thats where faith comes in an takes you by the hand

God came down from heaven yesterday
appeared in the face of a queer an tokd me what to say
the leaf cannot understand its nurishment
just bst to admit you know nothing at all

god invited me to a garden far away
and there was my mother , though i know she passed away
and i had to ask, if anyone at all
had any idea who ,or why or when it was

time is a concept, that ruins everything
time was a mistake, everything is
the whole is impossible to a tiny little mind
gotta take the leap of faith and leave  death behind

what do you do now, you know what can be done
who do you call when the notes have all gone wrong
what do you climb , when the mountain is a word
who do you ask when the answer is a bird

the mob came down from heaven yesterday
to collect a bet that had longgsince washed away
told me i was to do their dirty deed
where to go , and exactly what id need

 

1974

Jn 1974, the world was destroyed in a nuclear war
and no one can remember except for me
‘Cause I was up on a hill
as the sky grew white and still
adn I felt completely at peace while i was melting

        I imagine you, and you iimagine me
    together we’re making love imaginarily

It shoook me straight to the bone
To be instantlly so alone
But one by one the trees all re-appeared
I guess every tree lives on in memory]
and memories never die ,
they just fet better


        I imagine you, and you iimagine me
    together we’re making love imaginarily
    I fall in love with you
    you hate me like you do    
    But Id imagine thats what you’re supposed to do

        don’t question what we’re feeling
        one doubt could send us reeling
        back into the nothingness of 74

In 1975 after a year of wondering if Im alive
I finally realize just what my life is
anything you dream is alive as you and me
and anything you want you already have

the children know its true
they believe in me and you
listen to them laugh their day away

        back down to the deserts killing floor
        back in a box looking for something more

I imagine you, stand ing in the nude
out in the forrest of a million dreams
i fall in love with you,. then we’re touching too
isn’t that wwhat were supposed to do
OUR LITTLE PLACE

you know I run a home for the hopeless
formerly good people gone astray
Im here to ask you all for some money
To keep our little place warm and safe

I’d like to thank you first for the dinner
the chocolate moose was such a grand delight
but do you care about the lost and the forgotten
enough to write a big fat check tonight ?

        our little place
        we’ve got prostitutes and aids
        we’ve got burglars. deviant poets, and thieves

        religious nuts who act out Bible stuff
        like killin their kids for publicity

Im sure you must agree that its our duty
To help a fallen Birdie fly again
We’ve gotta lift them up, so they can live like us
Eat Dorrittos, take vacations and watch TV

        Our little place
        we’ve got a man with half a face
        whose step-dad took a blow-torch to his head

        in our little home
        we’ve got a girl who sits alone
        combing her pubic hair with a chainsaw

            but its nice in the evening, when everything calms down
            and you can hear little crickets in the darkness makin that chirpin
                    sound.....

        Right down the hall you’ll find heroin
        and tall little vials of a drug you never heard of

        On a trip to the john
        You might cross paths with cross-eyed Juan   
        swingin his knife on a three-day binge

       
        and though he means you no harm   
        hes hearin voices than alarm
        and inform him that you have a secret plan


        Thank god you got me
        to contain this surly lot
        or they’d be climbin the walls up onto your yacht


            but its nice in the evening, when everything calms down
            and you can hear little crickets in the darkness makin that chirpin
                    sound.....

and have you ever known a cricket who went bad ?
           
       

 

Another Successful Breakfast       Voyage To Afghanistan      Children Of the Milkman     The WInd Is Falling in Love       Cruelty of Gravity                                          
                                                                                                                 
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