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Grant Lee Phillips
Strangelet - 2007


1. RUNAWAY

Gutter trickle bombast a gunpowder wind
Wanna let it all sink in
Like a rain collecting I held on to you
Even when you begged me not to

And ya see I’m all bound up
A million knots down in my gut
Well I feel I’ve had enough enough
I just wanna

Run away
Run run away

And I can make it happen I’m magic and all
See me conjuring my downfall
Oh the gates are closin’ in swallowin’ the key
How am I to know you love me love me

And ya see I’m all bound up
A million knots down in my gut
Well I feel I’ve had enough enough
I just wanna

Run away
Run run away

Kill the pain
Kill the shame
Wanna feel nothin’ at all

Run run away


2. SOFT ASYLUM (NO WAY OUT)

In your soft asylum
Come to vanish again
When your thoughts are crushing
And you’re broken again

No way in no way out you hit the ceiling
No way not if you won’t let it
Oh you’re trying hard to overcome the feeling
No way in no way out

In your soft asylum
Wander out of the rain
When you’ve all but given out
And you’re broken again

No way in no way out you hit the ceiling
No way not if you won’t let it
Oh you’re trying hard to overcome the feeling
No way in no way out

No way out only you can save the hero of the story
How much longer can you wait to slay your misery

No way in no way out you hit the ceiling
No way not if you won’t let it
Oh you’re trying hard to overcome the feeling
No way in no way out

No way in no way out


3. FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

Brown doves on the wire
Do they ever tire
Up in the eggshell sky
I know if it was me
Wings a’ take ya far
The burden of flight is ours

Even ‘thout the sun in your eyes
Some things are hard to find
You could go the rest of your life
Till the fountain of youth runs dry

Ever in pursuit
Of another clue
The sea in response is blue
Take a look around
Have you any doubt
The heart is responding too

Even ‘thout the sun in your eyes
Some things are hard to find
You could go the rest of your life
Till the fountain of youth runs dry

Comes another freeze
All the barren trees
Under the eggshell sky
They may disappear
Splendor of the years
Unknowable without tears

Even ‘thout the sun in your eyes
Some things are hard to find
You could go the rest of your life
Till the fountain of youth runs dry

Till the fountain of youth runs dry


4. HIDDEN HAND OF FATE

Set your wooden horses to roam
In the dust come galloping home
Ah into the grave sooner or late
You’ll be led like a child by the hidden hand of fate

Oh the silver hearse is in wait
And she revs outside a’ the gate
Ah sooner or late sooner or late
To be snuffed like a flame by the hidden hand of fate

Set your nuclear rockets ta' aim
When ya mingle riches and faith
The rules of the game sooner or late

Set your fields of poppies aflame
In your one god’s heavenly name
Ah sooner or late sooner or late
You’ll be plucked like a fig by the hidden hand of fate

Set your wooden horses to roam
In the dust come galloping home
Oh into the grave sooner or late
You’ll be led like a child by the hidden hand of fate

You’ll be led like a child by the hidden hand of fate
To be snuffed like a flame by the hidden hand of fate
Plucked like a fig by the hidden hand of fate
By the hidden hand of fate


5. DREAM IN COLOR

Oh boy makin’ noise
For the love a’ Buddy Holly
My six string way gone
Real low let it roll
Like a motor ever purrin’
My machine rave on

Sentimental blood you spill
I’ll reach out to catch it

Oh boy makin’ out
Gotta try to make the most
Of a queer thing ah gotta shout
Real loud rock n’ roll
Cupid Charlie noddin’ off
In the mezzanine gotta shout

Sentimental tears you spill
I’ll reach out to catch them

I may never see the light
I may never dream in color
I may never see the light a’ day

Feelin’ dizzy feelin’ weak
Feelin’ dizzy like I’m gonna sink

Oh boy makin’ noise
For the love a’ Buddy Holly
My six string way gone
Real low let it roll
Like a motor ever purrin’
My machine rave on

Sentimental blood you spill
I’ll reach out to catch it

I may never see the light
I may never dream in color
I may never see light a’ day

I may never see the light
I may never win you over
I may never be in love

I may never see the light
I may never see the light a’ day


6. CHAIN LIGHTNIN’

Chain lightning young lions
Come thundering a dancin’ town
Chain lightning come to strike you down

Brute force oh gun crazy
Come roarin’ onto foreign ground
Chain lightning are you loosing count

Ramrods in the walled city
No mercy when the sun goes down
Chain lightning come to strike you now

Steel jungle big trouble
All greener than a dollar bill
Chain lightning strikin’ at your heels

Chain lightnin’ young lions
Boy you were never born to kill
Chain lightnin’ oh it’s so unreal


7. RAISE THE SPIRIT

Nothin’ gonna break heart your today
Nothin’ gonna steal your light away no
Even when the skies are turnin’ grey
Ah you’re gonna welcome in the rain yea

Come on come on ah let me hear it
Come on come on I’ll raise the spirit

Nothin’ gonna chain you once your free
Haven’t gotta live in misery no
Even when ya tried out every key
Still another door worth opening yeah

Come on come on ah let me hear it
Come on come on I’ll raise the spirit

Music in your heart comin’ on in waves love
Thunder in your head is rollin’ away

Nothin’ gonna twist your arm again
Nothin’ gonna sway you like the wind no
Nothin’ gonna get under your skin
Nothin’ gonna twist your arm again no

Come on come on ah let me hear it another time
Come on come on I’ll raise the spirit


8. SAME BLUE DEVILS

All my funny pages cartoon Saturdays ago
Carved my number in the door
Oh my revelation railway summers overcast
And the creaking of the boards

No use draggin’ down to the wire
Same blue devils leap from the fire
There’s no easy come easy go

Oh my happyender teacup manners under glass
My gravel blinded love
Oh my sorry jailer isn’t nothin’ here for you
To revel in the dust

No use draggin’ down to the wire
Same blue devils leap from the fire
There’s no easy come easy go

All my funny pages cartoon Saturdays ago
Carved my number in the door

No use draggin’ down to the wire
Same blue devils leap from the fire
There’s no easy come easy go

Easy come easy go


9. KILLING A DEAD MAN

Oh you rush and you run
To the ends of the earth
Is your work ever done
Oh and what is it worth

Blood on your hands killing a dead man
Time and again time and again

Oh this curse of your name
Ain’t no shower of stones
That’ll wash it away
So ya wander alone

Blood on your hands killing a dead man
Time and again time and again
Time and again

Knelt by the low waters and wept
Spilt every last secret ya kept

Oh my troublesome twin
On the verge of collapse
Will this night put an end
To your sorrow at last

Blood on your hands killing a dead man
Time and again time and again
Time and again


10. JOHNNY GUITAR

Johnny guitar ya wanna feel good
Johnny guitar ya wanna flail
Hop in the car and buddy we’ll ride
A hundred miles to hell

Johnny guitar ya gotta witness
Son of a gun ya wanna scream
In your velvety case ya got a mistress
Say she won’t ever squeal on me

Out on the highway of love
We gotta wreck on the road
Out on the highway of love
We gotta roll

Johnny guitar ya wanna feel them
Tires a’ touchin’ the street
Long as it take ya further
Long as it take ya deep

Johnny guitar ya wanna feel good
Give her the gas she got power
Hop in the car and buddy we’ll ride
A hundred miles an hour

Out on the highway of love
We gotta wreck on the road
Out on the highway of love
We gotta roll

Johnny guitar ya wanna feel good
Johnny guitar ya wanna play
Swallow your heart ya gotta sickness
No medicine a’ take away

Out on the highway of love
We gotta wreck on the road
Out on the highway a’ love
We gotta roll


11. RETURN TO LOVE

Suns burn away
Starlight exploding
There will come a day
When you return to love

Love love love

Souls tear away
Swallowed by oceans
Underneath the waves
You return to love

Love love love

Return to the open
Return to the stars
The infinite moment
The warmth of the heart

Love love love


12. SO MUCH

Whatta ya want that you can’t have
So high on the vine that you can’t grab
So much so much here so much here for the takin’
So much here so much

Whatta ya want that you can’t reach
Open your heart there’s plenty for each
So much so much here so much here for the takin’
So much here so much

Well there’s so much here

Whatta ya want that you can’t change
Haven’t ya learnt there’s a gift in the pain
So much so much here so much here for the takin’
So much here so much

Well there’s so much
So much here


13. JIMMY DEAN

Silver oh the glare of youth in your Spyder
Danger oh the road ahead is full of fire
Baby well you can't hold on no longer

Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Livin' fast all you want love is speed
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

Silver oh the death of you is a mirror
Anger in your veins of blue and your tears
Mama well you can't hold her no longer

Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Livin' fast all you want love is speed
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

Dreamer dream as if you're bound to live forever
Live as if you'll die today 'cause you never can say

Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean
Livin' fast all you want love is speed
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (say goodnight)
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean (say goodnight)
Livin' fast all you want love is speed
Jimmy Dean Jimmy Dean