Original music from the great Northwest…

Lyrics

  1. Perspective
  2. Can’t Stand the Pain
  3. Hypocritical
  4. Behind the Smile
  5. Calling you Home
  6. A Friend Like Me
  7. Road to Hell
  8. If You Don’t Mind
  9. Off the Wagon
  10. Give Me Something
  11. You and Me

Perspective


You’ve paid your dues
Nothing to lose
Some folks walk in the rain some just get wet

I’ll shoot the bull
With my glass half full
Some folks perspire some folks just sweat

Give me some… give me some perspective
Give me some… give me some perspective

You may be right
But I’ll stay all night
Some fire out of the gate, some folks endure

You find the path
I’ll do the math
Some just treat the symptoms, some folks cure

Give me some… give me some perspective
Give me some… give me some perspective

You found your groove
Not a thing to prove
Some play the game some just observe

Half leave appalled
The other half enthralled
Some folks bring the heat, some throw the curve

Give me some… give me some perspective
Give me some… give me some perspective

Can’t Stand the Pain


Demons, we may never see
Hopes and dreams, that may or may not be
Feelings are so often left unspoken
Hard to fix when no-one knows they’re broken

Seasons, blink once they disappear
(Seems) time passes faster every year (after year)
Ventures, abandoned incomplete
Mistakes we never learn from are bound to repeat

Oh…. You can’t enjoy the trip, if you never catch the train
Oh…. You cannot take a sip, once it all goes down the drain

I, can’t stand the pain
I, can’t stand the pain

Paralyzed, fear of the unknown
Some things must be lived before they’re shown
Burying emotion such a waste
Nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Oh…. No-one learns to fly until they’re falling through the air
Oh…. The path of least resistance rarely gets you anywhere

I, can’t stand the pain
I, can’t stand the pain

Oh…. hard to make your point if you never speak your mind
Oh…. dont take off your glasses if its leaving you blind

I, can’t stand the pain
I, can’t stand the pain

Hypocritical


I was reminded by some high school friends about how I used to drive
Must have been divine intervention somehow kept us alive
I never thought it was obscene
But now my daughter’s seventeen….

Save your money honey, but we both know I haven’t saved a cent
Certainly made enough but now I can’t account for where it went
Study hard and learn the golden rule
But please don’t ask me how I did in school

Whether I practice what I preach
Won’t sway the substance of my speech
Don’t take a lot to see, I’m hypocritical

Do as I say not as I do
If I was smart I’d have done it too
Don’t think it’s news to me, I’m hypocritical

Children, listen up and please don’t make the same mistakes I made
I am preaching on this pedestal and I demand to be obeyed
Daddy we will do what we were shown
And our mistakes will be our own

Whether I practice what I preach
Won’t sway the substance of my speech
Don’t take a lot to see, I’m hypocritical

Do as I say not as I do
If I was smart I’d have done it too
Don’t think it’s news to me, I’m hypocritical

I feel sorry for my parents, imagine how they must have felt
Doing their best to steer me right, did not deserve the hand I dealt
They were there to catch me when I fell
Probably hypocrites as well

Whether I practice what I preach
Won’t sway the substance of my speech
Don’t take a lot to see, I’m hypocritical

Do as I say not as I do
If I was smart I’d have done it too
Don’t think it’s news to me, I’m hypocritical

Behind the Smile


You’ve been talking about me
You think that I can’t tell
My ears start burning so distinctly
Every time I break out of your spell
I can’t stand it any longer
Kiss and tell
I guess I’m not that strong

Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
I know what you’re hiding, and I know what’s in store
Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
It’s time I grab my coat and hat, and walk my ass right out of your front door

I been hearing whispers
People look away
Sat here staring at your picture
Got me in a state of disarray
I can’t fight it any longer
Go or stay
I guess I’m not that strong

Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
I know what you’re hiding, and I know what’s in store
Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
It’s time I grab my coat and hat, and walk my ass right out of your front door

Bending over backwards
Walking on a wire
Like a chemical reaction
When there’s smoke there must be fire
I can’t take it any longer
I retire
I guess I’m not that strong

Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
I know what you’re hiding, and I know what’s in store
Don’t try to hide behind that smile anymore
It’s time I grab my coat and hat, and walk my ass right out of your front door

Calling You Home


I’m boiling over, I’d rather take one on the chin
The mind it wanders wondering where in the hell you’ve been
The minutes are crawling by at a stairmaster’s pace
Just like that it seems you’re gone without a trace

It’s getting late, I keep on calling you home
I can’t think straight, I keep on calling you home
Shivers down my spine I keep on calling you home
Out of my mind I keep on calling you, but you’re not home

Sitting here alone, I know you charged your phone it doesn’t even ring
Maybe it never ends, I guess it all depends, baby here’s the thing
I’m not a jealous man, but now I guess I am, my mind’s a prison cell
I think I’ve lost control, this prisoner needs parole, somebody break the spell

It’s getting late, I keep on calling you home
I can’t think straight, I keep on calling you home
Shivers down my spine I keep on calling you home
Out of my mind I keep on calling you, but you’re not home

Watching the lights coming round the corner are they slowing down
Then they pick up speed as they pass they driveway on the way downtown
I figure sooner or later you’ll come right back through that door
I hope for your sake by then I have passed out on the floor

I’m a nervous wreck, I keep on calling you home
Hold myself in check, I keep on calling you home
Pacing to and from, I keep on calling you home
What have I become I keep on calling you, but you’re not home

A Friend Like Me


I have been a good friend to almost anyone who’s given me the chance
I’ll keep you laughing and when the chips are down I’ll help you make your stance
I’ll have a beer with you, well maybe not cuz beers are not my thing
Maybe a scotch or two, and we can grab the axes and start picking at the strings

We can throw the ball around and watch the games on Sunday afternoon
If you’re feeling crazy I will stand beside you howling at the moon
Rest assured that I’m the kind of guy on which you know you can depend
Except that time I fell head over heels in love with the love of my best friend

love of my best friend….

Let’s play russian roulette, I’ll be the gun (Is it loaded)
Let’s play russian roulette, it’s too late to run (Is it loaded)

I may seem gun shy, it may seem I keep my friends at an arm’s length
I may be untried, but my conscience knows I didn’t have the strength
To tell you honestly instead over your eyes I pulled the wool
I can’t take it back and wouldn’t even if I could my life is full

Almost 20 years now and my family is solid and content
I wouldn’t change the way it ended but I’d sure change the way it went
Treasure the cards I’ve got but not so much the way the hand was dealt
I’d never ask for your forgiveness because I won’t forgive myself

I won’t forgive myself… (3 times)

Let’s play russian roulette, I’ll be the gun (Is it loaded)
Let’s play russian roulette, it’s too late to run (It was loaded)

So fire away, I don’t look that evil
The chambers are all empty, except the one that’s lethal

Road to Hell


Rolling out of bed think I’ll roll back in
Makes it easy to keep track of where I’ve been
Procrastinating just like I did yesterday – and the day before
Just waiting to be someone’s next of kin

Rolling back in bed I’m contemplating
Getting up, but I crawl back in again
Alarm is ringing I think I’ll hit the snooze
Another seven minutes I’m prepared to lose

Rolling back in bed I’m contemplating
Getting up, but I crawl back in again

The road to hell is paved with good in…
The road to hell is paved with good in…
The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Drinking from the well I’ll take a stab
Getting by on my natural gift of gab
Now it seems I’ve had a little much – a little too much
I guess I’ll walk, I can’t afford a cab

Drinking from the well again I’m sinking
I can’t afford to be picking up the tab

The road to hell is paved with good in…
The road to hell is paved with good in…
The road to hell is paved with good intentions

If You Don’t Mind


Have I overstayed my welcome, imposed a bit too long
Sacrifices made too seldom, or come on a bit too strong
Should I just go down easy, should I just take the fall
You wouldn’t dare appease me, you would never make that call

I’m looking out for what is real when what’s real’s so hard to find
You think I should be going but I think I’ll wait right here if you don’t mind

I see a different angle, got a slightly different take
I see a truth that’s mangled, choices you’ve refused to make
Two sides to every story, this one’s got yours and mine
One side gets all the glory, one side gets left behind

I’m looking out for what is real when what’s real’s so hard to find
I bet you think I should be going but I think I’ll wait right here if you don’t mind

I’m looking out for what is real when what’s real’s so hard to find
You think I should be going but I think I’ll wait right here if you don’t mind

Off the Wagon


Obscene…
Swimming just like salmon
Upstream…
Either feast or famine
Not fazed
As you lie right to my face
Your body’s right here but your head has been replaced

You’re slippin’, slippin’ right off the wagon again
You’re slippin’ right off the wagon again

Defied
Each day’s a game of jeckyl and
Hyde
I can tell when you half ass heckle me
Crazy crazy
It’s crazy how there’s no depth behind your stare
So many times I wish I didn’t care

You’re slippin’, slippin’ right off the wagon again
You’re slippin’ right off the wagon again

No class
You see I’m not gonna cover
Your Ass
Better go find another
I’m so through with this noise
Do what you want but keep it to yourself
I’ve had enough not drinking to your health

You’re slippin’, slippin’ right off the wagon again
You’re slippin’ right off the wagon again

Give Me Something


Hamstrung, I’m hanging by a thread here
Its no fun, I heard just what you said dear
It’s cold out, you sold out and left me here with no doubt
Passed over, trying to get my head clear

Give me something baby
Give me something baby
I’m a candle, light my fuse

Dropped cold, treated with irreverence
Fool’s gold, to think I wouldn’t get a sense
Someday, you’ll say, I’m the one that got away
But now, left in the dust without a severance

Give me something baby
Give me something baby
I’m a candle, light my fuse

Give me something baby
Give me something baby
Give me something I can use

Loose lips, I can feel my ears burn
Sink ships, really makes my gears turn
I’m a sad sack, an empty rack, guess there ain’t no turning back
Let’s face it, this court is now adjourned

Give me something baby
Give me something baby
I’m a candle, light my fuse

Give me something baby
Give me something baby
Give me something I can use

You and Me


I’m missing you tonight
I never know ’til the tears stream down my face

You and me, since forever until now
You and me, you told me why and you showed me how
You and me, and the stones at soldier field
You and me, taking off my training wheels

I’m missing you tonight
I never know ’til the tears stream down my face

You and me, and your old chevy Malibu
You and me, and the house on woodlawn avenue
You and me, Oscar gamble and butter love
You and me, and peter townshend with the volume up

The training wheels are off for good this time
It’s a damn good thing you taught me how to ride
The training wheels are off for good this time
What I wouldn’t give to have you sitting by my side

You and me, singing miss you in the sand
You and me, you’ve always been my biggest fan
You and me, and our family so much love
I promise you, I’ll take care of everyone

I’m missing you tonight
You never know ’til the tears stream down your face

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