You should have seen us

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    You never liked dark limousines,
    Sunday mornings or crowded scenes.
    I fell in line between the roses beyond silent gates,
    it’s like you to be late.
    The chill of winter digs deep within,
    you would have spared us the violines.
    A trail of people from wayward places gather close,
    steal the air, because you were there.

    You should have seen us,
    there was laughter in every tear.
    You should have seen us.
    Let the stories be told,
    you would have loved to be this loved.

    One family member started to sing.
    Soon all others joined in.
    A song you sang when you were down about holding up the ground,
    giving in to the sound of life!

    Don’t let me fall in love with you

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    You’ve got sapphire eyes
    but that’s okay
    I’ve seen that before
    it’s nothing new
    You can look at me that way if you want
    but don’t let me fall in love with you

    You’ve got one of those smiles
    I’ve heard about
    That can tear us all
    in two
    Almost afraid to see you happy
    I just might fall in love with you

    Don’t let me fall
    Don’t be so cruel
    Don’t let me fall
    If I can’t have you

    When we touch
    electricity gets through
    It’s a good trick if you can do it
    to make me fall in love with you

    Don’t let me fall
    Don’t be so cruel
    Don’t let me fall
    If I can’t have you

    You talk with tongues of angels
    and there is grace in all you do
    My heart aches to see you sway like that
    Oh please, please, don’t let me fall in love with you
    Please, don’t let me fall in love with you
    Please, don’t let me fall in love with you

    Letter from Alex

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    The end of February,
    a garbage truck
    is backing up outside my window.

    Four years ago
    my father died,
    that’s more than a thousand days.

    Emily is across from me,
    her head cocked like a curious dog.
    She’s muttering lines from an upcoming show,
    broken into jazz standards.
    Something about “Baby leaving”
    and “Never coming back.”

    Where are you
    in the winter
    when I need some camaraderie?

    I’m disappointed
    about my job.
    It’s definitely not what I envisioned.

    Emily is staring out the window,
    the three armed lamp is out one bulb.
    I hear you are travelling around towns I can’t pronounce.
    You know, I used to live in them!
    Now I must get some rest.

    All the good symptoms of art will always bring some restlessness.
    In the februaries of my late twenties and, I suppose, my thirties.

    Start wasting my time

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    I live for deadlines,
    dying for just a minute’s peace.
    I swallow headlines,
    always running from the time police.

    Will I ever get used to this?
    Will I ever get used to this?

    Racing car driver,
    I’ll beat you to the next light.
    Born again survivor,
    I never lose a dog fight.

    Start wasting my time.
    Let’s rent a sad movie
    and drink some bad wine.
    And stare the sunset.
    Just make sure that I’m
    wasting my time.

    Will I ever get out of here?
    Will I ever get out of here?

    Everything you do
    seems to be in slow motion.
    It must be some voodoo.
    Could do with some of that potion.

    Start wasting my time.
    Let’s do something stupid
    my partner in crime.
    Let’s listen to Dido and Madonna.
    Just make sure that I’m
    wasting my time.
    Start wasting my time,
    ‘cos I’ve got too much on my mind.
    Give me no good reason why.
    Start wasting my time!

    Legendary afterparty

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    We bought a six-pack and headed to the Austin Motel.
    Stars were aligned between heaven and hell.
    The door was open, we sat on the floor.
    You rolled those cigarettes like you’d been to war.

    You told me how you met Andy Warhol when you arrived on the New York scene.
    I may not remember everything just right.
    I was more impressed by the music you had played that night.
    You said that songs were what the world needed.
    That you liked those singers that really mean it!

    You don’t even say that you ain’t going back to rehab.
    You kept that pretty silent.
    Guess I wasn’t meant to know.

    Your mouth was aching, you said it would be alright.
    You traveled alone and your girlfriend cried at night.
    Forsaken talents feel so sorry for themselves.
    I felt sorry for you and all your shame.

    I told you to shut it, to stop complaining.
    I felt like beating you up with your guitar.
    But you had your reasons and now you are gone.
    You are still my hero, if I ever had one.

    You don’t even say that you ain’t going back to rehab.
    You kept that pretty silent.
    Guess I wasn’t meant to know.

    It takes a great man to go the way you did.
    My picture of you is when you played your “Dirt Floor” music.
    The crowd was electric and you stomped your feet.
    The whole place was shaking, I had never seen anything like it.

    Guilt by association

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    The joke is that we thought we were shooting a dog.
    We sure didn’t see no man in that fog.
    It was just a boring day that we decided to betray.
    Me and him are outlaws now.

    There ain’t no stopping now.
    They are coming to get us now.
    “You fired that shot and I simply had to watch.
    I am putting the blame on you!”

    He looked at me and we looked away.
    The fog was getting closer.
    Our gun was still smoking.
    We saw this as a token that we could still run away.

    Run, run away.
    There ain’t no stopping now.
    I’ll always run away.
    Run, run away.
    They are coming to get us now!

    Minutes later we came back.
    We would say that we had found this man in a crack.
    Something kept an eye on us,
    the eye that always watches us
    and we finally told the truth.

    A killer is a cold blooded one.
    Just like us, he shoots stray cats for fun!
    What happened there is beyond, I swear,
    we’d never aim to kill or scare!
    There ain’t no stopping now!

    Run, run away.
    There ain’t no stopping now.
    I’ll always run away.
    Run, run away.
    They are coming to get us now!

    Catherine the waitress

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    Catherine the waitress,
    if you only knew where my mind is.
    “Is there anything you’d like?”
    If I could only tell you!
    You haven’t even noticed me,
    but, oh you are so good to me!

    Catherine the waitress,
    I don’t intend to seduce you.
    I’m not a resident, I’m not a regular.
    But if I lived here this would be my favourite bar!
    Cross my heart and hope to die,
    I’m not drunk, and I’m not high!

    The accident happened one year ago,
    according to the lines in my hand.
    A requiem is playing behind my eyes,
    but you don’t see it, Catherine, do you?
    Do you?

    Catherine the waitress,
    if you only knew where my mind is.
    “Is there anything you’d like?”
    If I could only tell you.
    You haven’t even noticed me,
    but, oh you are so good to me!

    We still drink the same water

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    You have moved to the outskirts of town.
    I bet you like it more when no one is around.
    I bet you spend most days in your dressing gown.
    Word is out that you are working again.
    That you look good with coloured chins.
    I’m glad to hear that you are seeing our friends.

    It’s still the same, nothing has changed.
    We still drink the same water.

    All those women on our street look at me strangely when we meet.
    They smile politely and nod with sadness.
    It’s as if they’re saying: “Please, go get her back.
    You poor old thing, you look like a wreck!”
    As if all of their dreams did not come true.

    It’s still the same, nothing has changed.
    We still drink the same water.

    I might take a holiday, I need to get out of my own way and put an end to all of this running away.
    I’m thinking that we might as well quench our thirst and get up where we fell.
    Since we float in the same well we still drink the same water.

    It’s still the same, nothing has changed.
    We still drink the same water.

    The girl I don’t know

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    I’m in love with a girl I don’t know
    I carry her with me wherever I go
    I walk these streets with her name in my shadow
    All for the girl I don’t know

    And flags are waving proudly in the air

    And I’m selling flowers on the square

    And the evening turns to watch tomorrow
    All for the girl I don’t know

    Before we said hello
    It was just another day
    You must learn to love the rain
    I said to the girl I don’t know

    And if she wonders tell her where I am

    And then I am blindly finding my way through these lands

    And tell her how I don’t believe in sorrow
    And fall for the girl I don’t know

    Before we said goodbye and the sky began to gray
    You must learn to love the rain
    So said the girl I don’t know

    Your great book

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    I thought it would never end
    We would always be friends
    I didn’t see it coming
    Your book is wisely done
    And you don’t talk to me no more, never like you did before

    In your great book I am the crook
    You have given me a gun
    And black glasses on
    You make me do awful crimes
    And say all the bad lines

    In your great book
    You got the good looks
    In your great book

    In chapter 2
    you admit I loved you
    But the funniest part
    is where I’ll break your heart
    You’ll have to leave the country to rise again from misery

    I read it everyday
    And you got things to say
    You are reminding me of jazz
    You are sometimes too fast
    But that was then and this is now
    I learned a trick or two somehow

    In your great book
    You got the good looks
    In your great book

    And you are the star
    Oh yes you are
    And I break your heart
    Well of course I break your heart
    Well of course I break your heart
    Of course I break your heart
    Well of course I break your heart