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Grant Lee Phillips
Nineteeneighties - 2006


1. WAVE OF MUTILATION

Cease to resist giving my goodbye
Driving my car into the ocean
You think I'm dead but I sail away yeah

On a wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave

Kissed the mermaids rode the El Nino
Walk in the sand with the crustaceans
I've found my way to Mariana

On a wave of mutilation
Wave of mutilation
Wave


2. AGE OF CONSENT

Wonít you please let me go
These words lie inside they hurt me so

And Iím not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what I want to do
And Iím not the kind that needs to tell you
What you want me to

I saw you this morning I thought that you might like to know
I received your message in full a few days ago
I understood every word that it said
And now that Iíve actually heard it youíre going to regret

And Iím not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what you want me to
And youíre not the kind that needs to tell me
About the birds and the bees

Do you find this happens all the time
Crucial point one day becomes a crime

And Iím not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what I want to do
And Iím not the kind that needs to tell you

And Iíve lost you Iíve lost you
Iíve lost you Iíve lost you


3. THE ETERNAL

Procession moves on the shouting is over
Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone
Talking aloud as they sit round their tables
Scattering flowers washed down by the rain

Stood by the gate at the foot of the garden
Watching them pass like clouds in the sky
Try to cry out in the heat of the moment
Possessed by a fury that burns from inside

Cry like a child though these years make me older
With children my time is so wastefully spent
A burden to keep though their inner communion
Accept like a curse an unlucky deal

Played by the gate at the foot of the garden
My view stretches out from the fence to the wall
No words could explain no actions determine
Just watching the trees and the leaves as they fall

They fall
Yes they fall


4. I OFTEN DREAM OF TRAINS

I often dream of trains when I'm alone
I ride on them into another zone
I dream of them constantly
Heading for paradise
Or Basingstoke or Reading

I often dream of trains when I'm awake
They ride along beside a frozen lake
And there in the buffet car
I wait for eternity
Or Basingstoke or Reading

I often dream of trains till it gets light
The summer turns to winter overnight
And the leaves fall so suddenly
The sun sets at four o'clock
Exactly what I'm dreading

I often dream of trains when I'm with you
I wonder if you dream about them too
Maybe we'll meet one night
Out in the corridor
I'm waiting for you baby

Baby


5. THE KILLING MOON

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms too late to beg you
Or cancel it though I know it must be
The killing moon
Will come too soon

Fate up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your smile all hung with jewels
The killing time
Unwillingly mine

Fate up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him

Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you'll take me
Up in your arms too late to beg you
Or cancel it though I know it must be
The killing moon
Will come too soon

Fate up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him


6. LOVE MY WAY

Armies on the dance floor
It's a fashion with a gun my love
In a room without a door
A kiss is not enough

Love my way it's a new road
I follow where my mind goes

Put us on a railroad
Dearly make us pay
For laughing in their faces
And making it our way

Emptiness behind their eyes
Dust in all their hearts
They just wanna steal us all
And take us all apart

But not in love my way it's a new road
I follow where my mind goes

Love my way it's a new road
I follow where my mind goes

Swallow all your tears my love
Put on your new face
You could never win or lose
If you don't run the race

But not in love my way it's a new road
I follow where my mind goes

Love my way it's a new road
I follow where my mind goes

Where my mind goes


7. UNDER THE MILKY WAY

Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down on Memphis
Lower the curtain down all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
I might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Under the Milky Way tonight


8. CITY OF REFUGE

You better run you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

Well you stand before your maker in a state of shame
Your robes are covered in mud
And you kneel at the feet of a woman of the street
The gutters will run with blood
They will run with blood

You better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

In the days of madness my brother my sister
You're dragged toward the Hellmouth
You will beg at the end ain't gonna be one friend
The grave will spew you out
It will spew you out

You better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

You'll be working in the darkness against your fellow man
You'll find you're called to come forth
You'll scrub and you'll scrub but the trouble is bud
The blood it won't wash off
No it won't come off

You better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run you better run
You better run run run


9. SO. CENTRAL RAIN (IíM SORRY)

Did you never call I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
Trees will bend the cities wash away
The city on the river thereís a girl without a dream

I'm sorry

Eastern to Mountain third party call the lines are drawn
The wise man built his words upon the rocks but I'm not bound to follow suit
Trees will bend the conversation's dimmed
Go build yourself another home this choice isn't mine

I'm sorry

Did you never call I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The ocean sang the conversation's dimmed
Iíll build yourself another dream this choice isn't mine

I'm sorry


10. BOYS DONíT CRY

I would say I'm sorry
If I thought that it would change your mind
But I know that this time
I have said too much been too unkind

I tried to laugh about it
Cover it all up with lies
I tried to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes

ĎCause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry

I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness plead with you
But I know that it's too late
There's nothing that I can do

I tried to laugh about it
Cover it all up with lies
I tried to laugh about it
Hiding the tears in my eyes

ĎCause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry

I would tell you that I loved you
If I thought that you would stay
But I know that it's no use
You've already gone away

Misjudged your limit
Pushed you too far
And took you for granted
I thought that you needed me more

I would do most anything
To get you back by my side
But I just keep on laughing
Hiding the tears in my eyes

ĎCause boys don't cry
Boys don't cry

Boys don't cry
They donít cry


11. LAST NIGHT I DREAMT THAT SOMEBODY LOVED ME

Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope no harm
Just another false alarm

Last night I felt
Real arms around me
No hope no harm
Just another false alarm

So tell me how long before the last one
And tell me how long before the right one
The story is old I know but it goes on

It goes on and on