Hard Candy

On certain Sundays in November
When the weather bothers me
I empty drawers of other summers
Where my shadows used to be
She is standing by the water
As her smile begins to curl
In this or any other summer
She is something all together different
Never just an ordinary girl

And in the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade
She wears a silly yellow hat
That someone gave her when she stayed
I didn’t think that she returned it
We left New York in a whirl
Time expands and then contracts
When you are spinning
In the grips of someone
Who is not an ordinary girl

And when you sleep
You find your mother in the night
But she stays just out of sight
So there isn’t any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake the morning covers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it’s just the same hard candy
You’re remembering again

You send your lover off to China
Then you wait for her to call
You put your girl up on a pedestal
Then you wait for her to fall
I put my summer’s back in a letter
And I hide it from the world
All the regrets you can’t forget
Are somehow pressed upon a picture
In the face of such an ordinary girl

And when you sleep
You find your mother in the night
But she fades just out of sight
So there isn’t any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake the morning showers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it’s just the same hard candy
You’re remembering again

Go ask her to come around
And see me late after dark
Don’t ask me to come around
Then wait to if there’s a spark

American Girls

She comes out on Fridays every time
Stands out in a line
I could have been anyone she’d seen
She waits another week to fall apart
She couldn’t make another day
I wish it was anyone but me
It could have been anyone you see
She had something breakable just under her skin

American girls all weather andnoise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible

She comes out of closets every night
But then she locks herself away
Where she could keep everything from me
I could have been anyone you see
She’s nothing but porcelain under-neath her skin

American girls all weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle right up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible

Little shivers shaking me everyday
But I could get this same thing anywhere
So if she goes away
well it’s alright and I’m ok
hey, she said come back again tonight
I said I might I might I might
She said well that’s alright
If it’s alright, it’s alright with you
If it’s alright if it’s alright with me

I waited for an hour last Friday night
She never came around
She took almost everything from me

I’m going through my closets
Trying on her clothes, almost everyday
I could have been anyone you see
I wish it was anyone but me
Theres nothing but pills and ashes under my skin

American girls all weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle right up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible
If I make you cry please tell me why
I can try again if you ask me to try
American girls all feathers and cream
come into bed so edible

Good Time

The gentle man caller in the blue suede shoes
He don’t know what to do
he just wants to look good for you
So he rushes in to tell you what he did today
but he can’t think of what to say
I think you listen anyway

He wants to have a good time
just like everybody
He doesn’t want to fall apart

You watch him as he stutters over what to say
It’s just a little game you play
it’s no easier for you some days
You wish you could tell him it’ll be okay
but you feel a little shy these days
cause everybody goes away

You just want to have a good time
Just like everybody else
You don’t want to fall apart this time

I can look into your eyes and see the mess we’re in
Well darling if it’s shit came out
Then I suppose that it’s shit went in
Even though I couldn’t say I’ve been the
places that you’ve been
You know he made my heart real strong
even if he made my head real thin

I want have a good time
just like everybody
And I dont want to fall apart this time
so would you please invite me in

I really love the red haired girls
I’m just another boy from Texas
C’mon and take a spin
I got a brand new set of wings

If I could give all my love (Richard Manuel is Dead)

Got a message in my head
that the papers had all gone
Richard Manuel is dead
And the daylight’s coming on
I’ve been wandering through the dark
now I’m standing on the lawn

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things I do
I’m an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you

It was cold when I awoke
and the day was halfway done
Nearly spring in San Francisco
but I cannot feel the sun
you were sleeping next to me
but I knew that you’d be gone

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things I do
I’m an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you

Take some time before you go
think of Mondays coming down
and the people that you knew
The ones that aren’t around
you’ve been fading day to day
I’ve been moving town to town

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
but I’m just not coming through
You’re a pill to ease the pain
of all the stupid things I do
I’m an anchor on the line
of a clock that tells the time
that is running out on you

Goodnight LA

I said “goodnight LA”
Cause I’m awake in my room
I’ve been up for 38 hours
And it don’t look like sleep’s coming soon

Cause I could break like a bird
Or I could swallow the sea
It seems like the daylight is coming
And no one is watching but me

But I don’t mind the dark
Discovering the day
Cause the night is a beautiful bright blue and gray

What brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough
And what brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough of love

And it’s a dangerous time
for a heart on a wire
Shuttled from station to station
noisily not knowing why

So I put my head on the ground
and the sky is a wheel
Spinning these days into things that I’ve lost
But you can keep all the years

But I don’t mind the days
gone rolling away
Cause all this sunlight feels warm on my face today

But what brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough
What brings me down now is love
cause I can never get enough

Butterfly in Reverse

Mary-ann
you’re better than the world
They took a lot of time
getting it right on this girl
I said Mary-ann
you’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Had a lot of girlfriends
I should have known them
Click your heels and count back from three
Do you want to go back?
You should have known
That the butterfly in reverse here is me

Mary-ann
you’re better than the world
They took a lot of time
getting it right on this girl
I said Mary-ann
you’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Where’d you want to go to
with nothing beside you
But webbing and curfews and rain?
And everything that hurts you
Gets stuffed up inside you
Like butterflies with wings
And other perfect things
We go swimming in the sunshine
Dangling from clotheslines
Seperate and fall into me
And did you ever see me ?
Me absolutely ?
Me, but all you, but still me?

Mary-ann you’re better than the world
They took a lot of time getting it right on this girl
I said Maryann you’re better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Miami

I guess I think I feel alright
You come circling through the light
The skyline baby is bright tonight
What more perfect rendezvous?
The sundown paints the shadows through
the daylight, Amy, on what we do
It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami

Can I say
“I wish that this weather would never leave”?
It just gets hard to believe
That God sent this angel
to watch over me
Oh my angel,
she don’t receive my calls
Says I’m too dumb to… (fuck)
Too dumb to fight
Too dumb to save
Well, maybe I don’t need no angel at all

It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami
Miami
She could pull the sunlight through me
Coming down, into Miami
Miami

Make a circle in the sand
Make a halo with your hands
I’ll make a place for you to land
The bus is running, it’s time to leave
The summer’s gone, so are we
So come on baby, let’s go shut it down
in New Orleans

New Frontier

(Come on children mind the gap)
Miracle people with marvelous hair
And a knack to do anything better than anyone’s
I got a home with electrical air
And I live in a world
Smaller than anyone

But I got a line on a new frontier
I got a line on a new America
All of the people are vanishing here
I could be huge, If I could just get home

From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you

Purest Aluminum people
are walking the streets of London
So hysterical
Nobody here gets a word that I say
and the problems I’m told, are more than medical

But I got a friend from the new frontier
And Galen, she says, “this is not america”
You need a girl with electrical hair
And the words that you wanted was al-u-min-ium

From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside

I was in bed with
The girl at the end of the world
She said “I’m going home,
You should come home too

But I’m at the end of a new frontier
here at the edge of the flat earth ending
I’m getting off to get lost in the air
At the end of the world where the light is bending
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you

Carriage

If anything
it should have been
a better thing

From underneath you
staring at the ceiling
There’s another world
of chocolate bars and baseball cards
That hides inside of all
this tension that I’m feeling
But It’s all inside of you

Surprise surprise
I miss your hair, you miss my eyes
And all this solitude
is my confidence eroding
So we slide inside of
someone’s mouth and someone’s eyes
Until there’s a sound
of something intimate exploding
But it’s all inside of you

I wish that I was anesthetized
and sterilized And then you wouldn’t have
this evidence congealing
Surprise surprise,
another pair of lips and eyes
And that is the consequence
of actually feeling
It was all inside of you

Black and Blue

Fading everything to black and blue
You look a lot like you’d
Shatter in the blink of an eye
You keep sailing right on through

Every time you say you’re learning
You just look a lot like me
Pale under the blistering sky
White and red
Black and blue

You’ve been waiting a long time
To fall down on your knees
Cut your hands
Cut yourself until you bleed
Fall asleep next to me

Wait for everyone to go away
And in a dimly lit
room where you’ve got nothing to hide
Say your goodbyes

Tell yourself we’ll read
a note that says
I’m sorry everyone
I’m tired of feeling nothing goodbye
Wash your face
Dry your eyes

Cause you’ve been waiting a long time
To fall down on your knees
Cut your hands
Cut yourself until you bleed
But fall asleep next to me

And have a dream I’m falling down
On my face
I scrape my knees
I scrape my hands until they bleed
Cause you’re fast asleep next to me

Why Should You Come When I Call?

It’s 1:30 in the morning
but that’s alright by me
Weren ‘t you just waiting by the phone
I should give a little warning
but I need the things I need
I’m not proud to need a hand
but I just don’t understand

So, Why should you come when I call?
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go?
it’s leaving me here all alone
You ought to get out on your own

Ain’t necessarily a bad thing
to believe the things I say
cause you can make yourself feel good
you know it’s really not a good thing
to give everything to me
I’m just waiting for the show
cause I got no where to go

So, Why should you come when I call?
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go?
it’s leaving me here all alone
you ought to get out on your own

Cause nothing makes me feel so good
gets me high
so I sleep at night
and lets me know that everythings alright
I feel nice

I’m so sorry in the morning
could believe what you believe
I’m used to waking up alone
And if you think about it
Anyone you think about is better love than me
but if you’ve not fallen quite asleep
I might call tonight
if that’s alright…

Why should you come when I call?
I never say nothing at all
why do I go, when I go?
it’s leaving me here all alone
you ought to get out on your own

Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)

Is everybody happy now
Is everybody clear
We could drive out to the dunes tonight,
Because summer’s almost here

I’ve been up all night,
I might sleep all day
Get your dreams just right
Then let ‘em slip away,
I might sleep all day…

And when the roads are clear,
You head on out of here,
And If you’re coming back,
I’ll see you in the morning
I’m just staring at
the ceiling staring back at me,
Just waiting for the daylight to come crawling in on me…

And I’ve been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Then let ‘em slip away,
I might sleep all day….

It’s too late to get high now

Fix your hair just right
Put your jeans on tight,
Or wear a dress, so I can get it off real easy
I’ve been thinking I’d
like to see your eyes
open up real wide the minute that you see me.
If you don’t come through,
I wouldn’t wait for you.
I understand that everyone goes disappearing,
into the greater grey
that covers over everyday,
and hovers in the distance

I’ve been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Then let ‘em slip away,
I might sleep all day.
It’s too late to get high now

Holiday In Spain

Got no place to go
but there’s a girl waiting for me down in Mexico
She’s got a bottle of tequila, a bottle of gin
And if I bring a little music I can fit right in
We’ve got airplane rides
We got California drowning out the window side
We’ve got big black cars
And we’ve got stories how we slept with all the movie stars
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drink my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new

Hop on my choo-choo
I’ll be your engine driver in a bunny suit
If you dress me up in pink and white
We may be just a little fuzzy ‘bout it later tonight
She’s my angel
She’s a little better than the one that used to be with me
Cause she liked to scream at me
Man, it’s a miracle that she’s not living up in a tree
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
And fly away to someone new
Everybody’s gone
They left the television screaming that the radio’s on
Someone stole my shoes
But there’s a couple of bananas and a bottle of booze
Oh, well happy new year’s baby
We could probably fix it if we clean it up all day
Or we could simply pack our bags
And catch a plane to Barcelona ‘cause this city’s a drag
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Flush my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new
Take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
Fly away to someone new