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Grant Lee Buffalo
Jubilee - 1998


1. APB

I put an APB on you tonight searchlights citywide
I flash your face upon the news at nine
I put the heat on high whatever I gotta do to find you
Won't let fair-weather friends step in to hold ya back or blind you

I need you more than ever
You are the only one
Better be sure
Put out an all-points bulletin
All-points bulletin

I gaze through infrared done lost my head a long long time ago
I've got no hounds to sic upon your trail ya know
Just desperation on my breath I have to sit back stabilize
So I don't scare you when I'm close enough to catch your eye

I need you more than ever
You are the only one
Better be sure
Put out an all-points bulletin
An all-points bulletin
Bulletin


2. SECONDS

I need a second just to catch my breath
I need a second wind to blow my wad
I'll play the second fiddle second best oh
Shang lang lang

That second coming is a second guess
Won't need a second hand there on my watch
My second nature takes a second to kick in oh
Shang lang lang

Soon very soon it's a common sensation
Soon very soon

I need some second sight to see this through
You know that second rate it just won't do
I'll make a second strike a looking out a second story room

And then at second thought I might get bored
Of playing soldier in the Second World War
Second generation from the secondhand store
Shang lang lang

Soon very soon it's a common sensation
Soon very soon a-like-the-fate-a-the nation
Soon very soon such a common sensation

I need a second just to catch my breath
I need a second wind to blow my wad
I'll play the second fiddle second best oh
Shang lang lang

Soon very soon it's a common sensation
Soon very soon a-like-the-fate-a-the nation

Soon very soon
Very soon


3. CHANGE YOUR TUNE

Well it may be hard to swallow
It may come as some surprise
I ain't askin' for apologies
I done tried them on for size

Lay your head back on the pillow
Let your eyes roll 'cross the floor
See the center of the universe
Just isn't you no more

Right now you could use a change of tune
Right now no one needs it more that you
I know everyone is wicked
Won't you change your tune
Change your tune

I've been such a pollyanna
I just rolled back like a rug
Oh but you can't understand that no
'Cause you're in the hole you dug

Right now you could use a change of tune
Right now no one needs it more that you
I know everyone is wicked
Won't you change your tune
Change your tune

It's a dead-end street
It's a dead-end street
That's what you're tryin' to tell me
It's a dead issue
When it's done it's through
But I said it all so help me

Right now you could use a change of tune
Right now no one needs it more that you
I know everyone is wicked
Won't you change your tune
Change your tune


4. TESTIMONY

How can I give a testimony of my life
When I'm still trying hard to hold my head up high
I'm trying so hard to hold my head up high

And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let you down
Always something else
And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let ya down
But I can't outrun myself

How can I give a testimony of my time
When it's so hard to pen a simple valentine
It weighs a little heavy on my mind

And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let you down
Always something else
And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let ya down
But I can't outrun myself

Oh oh you know
If I told ya once I've told you loads before
I couldn't love ya more

And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let you down
Always something else
And every time I turn around
Feel as though I've let ya down
But I can't outrun myself


5. TRULY, TRULY

I was hanging with some friends
In the parking lot one night near the summer's end
I leaned back against the glass
Of a car to watch all those speeding comets crash
It made me think about us

Truly truly truly I want you
Truly truly truly I do
Truly truly truly I want you

You were lying by the pool
And the surface of the water was a lapis jewel
I dove in to make a splash
Woke ya from your dream nodding off out on the grass
It made me think about us

Truly truly truly I want you
Truly truly truly I do
Truly truly truly I want you

It's just been too long that
We set aside some time alone
I sure could see your point of view
And it's been awhile
Since we dropped our guard and cracked a smile
Don't you think it's overdue
Well how about you

Truly truly truly I want you
Truly truly truly I do
Truly truly truly I want you

Truly truly truly I want you
Truly truly truly I do (oh yes it's truly)
Truly truly truly I want you


6. SUPERSLOMOTION

Sleepy rhythms were lulling us
Trolling down a long canal
Onto savage shores and gilded floors
Of coliseums through the load-in door

Certain of this one thing
Certain of this one thing
Certain of this one thing
That super slow motion got the upper hand on me
On me

Holy visions had ceased to come
My tongue was numb and I was feeling tired
Crying out in a wordless howl
Screeching off to the underground

Certain of this one thing (of this one thing)
Certain of this one thing (of this one thing)
Certain of this one thing (of this one thing)
That super slow motion got the upper hand on me
On me

Sleepy rhythms were lulling us
Syrup sweet and poisonous
How I found my way back I'm not sure
Through the channels and little streets that curve

Certain (certain) of this one thing (of this one thing)
Certain of (certain of) this one thing (this one thing)
Certain (certain) of this one thing (of this one thing)
That super slow motion got the upper hand on me
On me


7. FINE HOW'D YA DO

Now the troubadours are outside the court
With their gramophones and rifles
And an awful cloud is daring to pour
Such a wild scene a 3-D picture bible story

And the floats of tinsel garland are downed
Stalled for blocks on the parade route
But the majorette still twirls in the rain
And the marching band goes soaking wet
And that's a fine how

Do ya do do ya do
That's a fine how

See the ladies in their queen union suits
Shuffling gaily for the camera
Doing high kicks in their felt button boots
While the men puff their cigarettes from Panama

Like the baby dolls of bisque on display
In the shops of Barcelona
There's a blankness that falls over his face
As the speaker makes his way up to the podium
Could he be so blind to sip lemonade
In such a dire time well that's a fine
That's a fine how

Do ya do do ya do
That's a fine how

Holding hostage in the opium dens
That are tucked behind the alleyway
Where the corridors of Amsterdam bend
'Neath the windows where the harlots pose like mannequins
No one thinks of them on Valentines (do ya do)
There's no chocolate box or cards to read
And that's a fine how

Do ya do do ya do
That's a fine how


8. COME TO MAMA, SHE SAY

A storm it was blowin' in
Twister was about to spin my way
Her kitchen door was swingin' wide
As if to say come on inside to stay

Come to mama babe
Come to mama she say
Come to mama baby

Get yourself into a cellar
Gals go grab yourself a feller 'fore it's too late
Friend you'd better run for cover
Don't be caught alone out on lover's lane

Come to mama babe
Come to mama she say
Come to mama baby

It's best to make the most of this
Fate is known to twirl and twist
Even the face of the first girl I kissed
I can't recall
Not at all

Preachers was a reachin' out
The speaker wires callin' out my name
Son we're in the final hour
Making love you ought to be ashamed
But if'n that woman ever stars him down
The way she do he'd see it ain't that plain

Come to mama babe
Come to mama she say
Come to mama baby

It's best to make the most of this
Fate is known to twirl and twist
Even the face of the first girl I kissed
I can't recall
Can't recall

Come to mama babe
Come to mama she say
Come to mama baby

Well come come to mama babe she say
Won't you come come to mama she say
Won't you come come to mama baby

Come come come come to mama


9. 8 MILE ROAD

Daisies in the chain
Woven in your hair that falls
Into a braid
Woven' round the statue's toes
In the gardens you made

Bells that sing and chime
Little crystal bells that toll
All through the night
Never once did angels break
Away from your side

Won't ya hurry home
Won't ya hurry home
Hurry down that lone eight mile road
Won't ya hurry home
Now your seeds are sewn
Hurry down that lone eight mile road

Poppies red and gold
Growin' wild as weeds beside
Yellow Brick Road
Growin' in the ditch where I
Sailed a milk carton boat

But how can you deny
When the spirit wraps in broad
Daylight
And it looks you right between
The eyes

Won't ya hurry home
Won't ya hurry home
Hurry down that lone eight mile road
Won't ya hurry home
Now your leaves are strewn
Hurry down that lone eight mile road

All those talkin' sculls
Ma they don't scare me much
Not anymore
Think I finally got my head
'Round the door

Won't ya hurry home
Won't ya hurry home
Hurry down that lone eight mile road
Won't ya hurry home
While the breeze is blowin'
Hurry down that lone eight mile road

Won't ya hurry home
Now won't ya hurry home
Hurry down that lone eight mile road
Hurry home
Down that lone eight mile road
Hurry home


10. EVERYBODY NEEDS A LITTLE SANCTUARY

Swarm 'round the hive sweet honey bee
Swarm to and fro just as ya please
You're always welcome with your queen
Everybody needs a little sanctuary

Some men will seek it in the church
Only to find it on the sea
Or where pay women walk the streets
All of them seeking sanctuary

I only hope I can provide
That which you truly gave to me
You never made me stand outside
You always offered sanctuary

[One more]

You always offered sanctuary


11. MY, MY, MY

Fine fine strychnine free the mind n' cure the blind
Ho ho recline to the country a-goldmines
I got it comin' out-a my ears
Fine fine take your time stay put in the alpines
Ho ho Cocteau you get mixin' the moonshine
He'll teach you how to walk through mirrors

My my my you're petrified
My my my you're sick inside
My my my you're stupefied
And I know what it's like

Touche Broadway's no place for a padre
No way Jose ya hike back to the country
Those brooks are tremblin' there for you
Nix nix on the card tricks carve your name in the candle stick
Make haste double click they may call you a lunatic
Oh man but they haven't got a clue

My my my you're glorified
My my my you're sick inside
My my my you're certified
And I

My my my you're sanctified
My my my you're squinty eyed
My my my my tongue is tied
But I know what it's like

Delta high tide pack your bags and take a bride
Brush fires mud slides plug your ears and overt your eyes
Be still and it'll pass by you

My my my you're mortified
My my my you're chicken fried
My my my it's a nationwide
Tonight

My my my you're spirit guide
Has up and fled and stole your ride
My my my you're stupefied
But I know what it's like

Fine fine


12. CROOKED DICE

Hey I'm gentleman
But I can take it 'bout as long as long can last and then
I'll take it on the chin
Mud is handy only when it comes to slingin' it

Oh 'cause you ain't playing nice
You've been rolling crooked dice

Hey all you fakir men
Get me when I'm goin' get me while I'm comin' in
I need not to pretend
But it's handy when I have to treat ya like a friend

Oh 'cause you ain't playing nice
You've been rolling crooked dice

Hey all you gamblin' souls
Ya play the horses and ya put me through your rigmarole
But I can feel you sinking low
And in fact you've fallen right in your own pigeonhole

Oh 'cause you ain't playing nice
You've been rolling crooked dice


13. JUBILEE

Have ya seen us out my honey and me
Knockin' on the doors of fortune for weeks
In a big dead town where nothin' is free
Lord up above throw me down the keys

Have ya seen us out my baby and me
Have ya seen us crouchin' elbow on knee
In the curbside light of yellowed marquees
Lord up above are ya out of reach

Have ya seen us stroll my honey and me
With complete control my honey and me
Have ya seen the likes of Annabel Lee
She's a little songbird singing dweedle dee dee


14. THE SHALLOW END

Where in the world have I been
I must have tripped on the way in
Diving into the shallow end
I must have gone and broke the skin

Hold me close and let me know
I'm not alone for once
Hold me close and tell me that
I never really was

Why on the earth could I not see
The cloud a hangin' over me
But I did a dance to make it rain
And it just overflowed the drains

Hold me close and let me know
I'm not alone for once
Hold me close and tell me that
I never really was