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Men With Day Jobs

by Men With Day Jobs

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Upbeat 03:09
You are a revelation, stretching out on the sand / You set the dawn-pulse racing, to the reach of your hand Livin’ life on the upbeat, just a pace off the main street Makin’ moves to the new light, takin’ space on the in-sight, livin’... to the beat of your heart You’re pure imagination, elegant, self-possessed / You make the moves look easy - must admit, I’m impressed Livin’ life on the upbeat, just a pace off the mean, mean street Takin’ breath to the wave-time, makin’ salutes to the sunshine, livin’… to the beat of your heart Lookin’ for life on the upbeat, with you by my side / Lockin’ into the backbeat, keep you satisfied… You are an inspiration, you work it out so strong / While on the treadmill daily, we all sleepwalk along Livin’ life on the upbeat…
In the deepest lost valley, the trees stand untamed - mighty giants, unbridled by saw, axe or flame Still unbent and unbroken through years without name - when the world was one forest, they stood here Here the great clock ticks slowly, time under a spell - in a long morning here, Greece and Rome rose and fell In the silence and shadow, the air seems to swell , with the echoes of eons resounding Deep in the stillness, it’s clear where we stand: at the edge of a wisdom beyond our command Feel the once and forever that grows in this land / In the shadows of giants we’re walking Under layers of leaves on the dark forest floor, lie the footprints of those who have walked here before Giant creatures that tramped with a thunderous roar - and the people who held this place holy Deep in the stillness…. In a time bound to come when the last trees are down, Who will follow this path through a land cracked and brown? Will they stare at our footprints in wonder, and frown… and think "Oh, how the mighty are fallen"? Deep in the stillness…. Feel the once and forever we hold in our hand / In the shadows of giants we’re walking
Fragile Eyes 04:23
My fragile eyes stare out to sea / Soft hazy skies took you away from me Mixed emotions wash over me, as I wait in the gate lounge till it’s too dark to see If I close my eyes, I feel I can reach out and touch you I’m a ghost in disguise, and all I wanna be, is be there with you… My fragile eyes stare at the moon / Restless hearts fly away too soon You shrugged and smiled and you played with your hair / "Be strong", you said, "and I might still be there" If I was a strongman, I’d stand up and fight this despair But I’m not the Superman kind, and all I wanna be, is be there with you... My fragile eyes can’t be concealed / Life goes on, but you feel what you feel As I drift through a dream world, one thing I know must be real When I look to the future, all I wanna see, is you in my eyes… my fragile eyes ....
Everybody knows that the bowerbird (the male of the species, that is) Labours hour by hour to prettify his bower, making very certain that the grandest in the biz… is his The bowerbird’s a keen decorator, single-minded in what he’ll pursue And though it sounds bizarre, all his objects d’art They have this thing in common when it gets down to their hue: they’re all blue What a mixed-up bird is the bowerbird, his behaviour is bound to confuse He thinks nothing is duller than any other colour - and the only time he’s happy is when he’s got the blues The bowerbird has no time for purple - or crimson or scarlet, it’s true He’s not the kind of fellow to ornament with yellow Or black or green - only aquamarine to navy, and all points through… the spectrum of blue The bowerbird’s a blues collector - and you could say he’s paid his dues ‘Cause he’ll decry as B-Grade what isn’t sky-or-sea-shade, and he’s only really happy When he’s up to his neck in the blues… the Bowerbird Blues
I went down to the sandy shore / Back to the beach that I knew before Out the back where the big sets roar / But it’s not the same, it’s a different game The beach party is a brand name ball / They paved paradise, and put up a fast food hall / They just took it all We never knew the sky was wearing thin / We didn’t see the sharks closing in We felt the undertow drag us down / Ah, we shoulda been here yesterday Crazy paving on the boulevarde / But every crooked step is way too hard Every twist and turn a mystery / To a blonde like me We never thought the sun would slip away / Wiped out by a Brave New Day We saw the tidal wave way too late / Ah, we shoulda been here yesterday Surf’s down, now we turn the page / Endless Summer of a Greenhouse Age Burning slow / Ah, why did we let it go? / Ah, we shoulda been here yesterday….
Oasis 05:43
I chanced on her in dry and lonely climes I thought she was mirage, as she had been the other times / She was.... Oasis She soothed me with her milk and honeyed balm And brought the gift of peace, an echo of her calm / Her secret places / Oh, oh, Oasis Though lost again, with desert round me still I stumble on alone, for over some next hill / She waits.... Oasis
It’s a sad sad story, Mother England / But I fear you stayed abroad too long It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – things have all gone wrong They all bowed low before Your Highness / But we know that empires rise and fall It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – now you’ve lost it all Once half the world was in your hands / You sucked the life from foreign lands You ruled the waves and waived the rules Then all at once your sun went down / They plucked the jewel back from your crown And left you standing there like fools, fools, fools… And now there’s a whole new generation / Who don’t respect the Union Jack It’s a sad sad story, Mother England – now you can’t turn back Whatever happened to the Land of Hope and Glory? / Still rattling your sabre near and far You were born to rule, now you can’t even fool… Britannia / Fool Britannia…
The things I should have said to you, I kept inside / They were not things for shouting, across the Great Divide I thought I gave some truth to you; you think I lied / My truth was lost in emptiness, across the Great Divide I felt my love flow out to you / I sent my heart to be my guide Hoped it would find a path towards you, across the Great Divide But we are all so far apart, the gap is wide / Lonely strangers in the distance, across the Great Divide
I got your last communication / Re our most recent conversation I understand your consternation / But think about mine It might be my imagination (but I fear) / Could be a messy complication (we’ve got here) Can’t really break my concentration (this time of year) / So drop me a line Why don’t you… drop me a line / And I could get back to you sometime Maybe your people could talk to mine / And we could work something out Don’t mean to cause a confrontation (but you see) / I have this minor reservation (re you and me) Your immature infatuation (won’t let me be) / Wasting my time / Why don’t you… drop me a line… So let’s get past this altercation (such a shame) / Help find a win/win situation (play my game) Just tell the kids I’m no relation (change your name) / And drop me a line Why don’t you… drop me a line…
Two 04:34
You shoot straight, I dance round / We get up, and down / You stay young, I’m born old / We blow hot, and cold But we know... Two hearts can beat together / Two minds can shake it down Two lives can be so much better / Than life all alone with the mad world raging round I want still, you want loud / We need space, and crowd / You move fast, I go slow / We get high, and so low But we know... Two dreams can linger longer / Two flames can be twice as bright Two hands can hold on stronger / Here with a touch and a spark on a cold dark night You think this, I know that / We live lean, we grow fat / I get dark... you want light / We go wrong, and so right But we know... Two hearts can beat together…
On a cold night in a slow street, by the flicker of a broken neon light Caught your glance of invitation, softly smould’ring like an ember in the night I was drawn to the fire in your eyes… blazing bright From a discontented winter, I took shelter in your welcoming glow Striking flint above your tinder, sending sparks against the darkness and the snow Breathing life on the heat of a fire… burning slow Friendly fire / drew me in from the frost Between the darkness and desire / I found your flame… and I was lost Barely mindful of the danger, never heeding all love’s lessons we had learned Fanning flame into inferno, in the heat of wild abandon we burned We ignored every warning in sight / As we poured on the petrol full-flight Till it seemed all the world was alight… no return Friendly fire / Raging out of control Lost in our all-consuming pyre / Destroyed by a flame… too hot to hold Friendly fire / Back in this No Man’s Land Between the wasteland and the wire / Trying my best to understand… friendly fire
I was wasting my time / The weight of the world on my mind Now I’m out of the darkness, and into the light / Gonna be different this time I was waiting to be / Looking for love to set me free Now I’m out of the backroom, and onto the street / No more disasters for me Now I’m cruising in full colour / Wishing the night would never end Cruising in full colour / Back in the bright lights again / Again and again I was living under a cloud / Now I’m dancing and singing out loud No more deception, I am what I am / Open and carefree and proud ‘Cause I’m cruising… in full colour / Wishing the night would never end Cruising in full colour / Back in the nightlife again
I’ll keep a weather eye out for you / I’ll seem to know just what to do Up on Saint Michel, to the battlements we flew The walls were calling out to me / In voices of antiquity That all the love we’d make, would set us free to start anew We shouldn’t have to try so hard, easier to go with the flow Before we are stranded here, we could get into the car and go Racing on before the tide / As sun and moon kiss and collide Crescents on our path, flanked by conquest overgrown Where Hugo dreamed of ageless beauty / You go dreaming aimless need Every mad mistake, a pointless contest of our own We shouldn’t have to run so fast, easier to stand where we know Before we are swept away, we could get into the car and go / Get into the car and go with you…
Refugee 04:40
I Knock, knock! Is there anybody home? / I’m waiting on your doorstep, so tired and alone I have run through the fire, and braved the stormy sea Lost home and friends and family, to change my destiny Now I stand at the shore of a new world / Put your hand to the door, turn the key I am one in your millions / I have come so far to be free I am the voice in every wilderness / Crying, For mercy’s sake help me… Refugee You have a green and golden land / The sun of boundless fortune lights up your shining sand and they say that your people are quick to understand and when someone’s in trouble, you’ll lend a friendly hand So what’s this I hear about "security"? / What could you have to fear from me? I am one in your millions… / For mercy’s sake help me, a lonely refugee…


released January 1, 2005


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