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Trouble Me

Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and you worries.
Trouble me on the days when you feel spent.
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burden when my back is sturdy and strong?
Trouble me.
Speak to me, don't mislead me, the calm I feel means a storm is swelling;
there's no telling where it starts or how it ends.
Speak to me, why are you building this thick brick wall to defend me when your silence is my greatest fear?
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burden when my back is sturdy and strong?
Speak to me.
Let me have a look inside these eyes while I'm learning.
Please don't hide them just because of tears.
Let me send you off to sleep with a 'There, there, now stop your turning and tossing.'
Let me know where the hurt is and how to heal.
Spare me? Don't spare me anything troubling.
Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and you worries.
Speak to me and let our words build a shelter from the storm.
Lastly, let me know what I can mend.
There's more, honestly, than my sweet friend, you can see.
Trust is what I'm offering if you trouble me.
 

Poison in the Well

Tell me what's gone wrong
I tilt my head there, under the faucet
But when I turn it on
Dry as paper
Call the neighbors
Who's to blame for what's going on?
In the dark without a clue
I'm just the same as you
 
Oh, they tell us there's poison in the well
That someone's been a bit untidy
And there's been a small spill
Not a lot, no, just a drop
But there you are mistaken, you know you are
 
I wonder just how long
They knew our well was poisoned
But they let us just drink on
 
Oh, they tell us there's poison in the well
That someone's been a bit untidy
That there's been a small spill
And all that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea
That someone's been a bit untidy
They'll have it cleaned up in a week
 
But the week is over
Now it's growing into years since I was told that
I should be calm
There's nothing to fear here
But I drank that water for years
My wife and my children!
 
So tell me, where to now
If your fight for a bearable life can be fought
And lost in your backyard?
 
Oh, don't tell us there's poison in the well
That someone's been a bit untidy
That there's been a small spill
And all that it amounts to is a tear in a salted sea
That someone's been a bit untidy
They'll have it cleaned up in a week
 

You Happy Puppet (LP Version)

How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How did you learn everything
That comes along with slavish funnery?
 
Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?
 
How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to live
Inside this tiny stage you can't leave?
 
Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?
 
A dullard strung on the wire
When the master's gone, you hang there
With your eyes and your limbs so lifeless
 
Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your nodding head?
 
How did they teach you to be
Just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to speak
Your mouth a frozen grin?
 
A dullard strung on the wire
When the master's gone, you hang there
With your eyes and your limbs so lifeless
 
Tell me something, if the world is so insane
Is it making you sane again to
Let another man tug at the thread
That pulls up your empty wooden head?
 
Your hollow head, your marble eyes
Your wooden hands and your metal jaw pins
All wait in limbo for the man
Who knows how to move you this way
 

Because the Night [Live version]

Take me now, baby, here as I am
Hold me close and try 'n' understand
Desire is hunger, is the fire I breathe
Love is a banquet on which we feed
 
Come on now, try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun goes down
They can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
 
Oh, because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
 
Have I doubt, baby, when I'm alone
Love is a ring, a telephone
Love is an angel disguised as lust
Here in our bed until the morning comes
 
Come on now, try and understand
The way I feel under your command
Take my hand as the sun goes down
They can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
Can't hurt you now
 
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
Because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
 
With love we sleep
With doubt the vicious circle turns and burns
Without you, oh, I cannot live
Forgive the yearning, burning
I believe it's time to heal, to feel
So take me now, take me now, take me now
 
Oh, because the night belongs to lovers
Because the night belongs to us
Because the night belongs to lovers
And everybody's saying, it belongs to us
 

Few and far between

Times are far between and few I bet
When we can look upon our lives without regret
Of all the things I have done
You think I'm proud of everyone
Without exception?

'Till you make your peace with yesterday
You'll never build a future, I swear by what I say
Whatever penance you do
Decide what it's worth to you
And then respect it
However long it will take
To weather your mistakes
Why not accept it?

My hands, for now, are tied
I'm a body frozen
I'm a will that's paralyzed
When will you ever set aside
Your pain and misery?

No matter how I beg
No matter how I wish or plead
You'll never be more than alive
You'll never do more than survive
Until you expect it
Do you want to build a world with our lives?
You better soon decide
Or you can forget it

My hands, for now, are tied
I'm a body frozen
I'm a will that's paralyzed
'Till you drop that heavy baggage you're dragging behind
There won't be room for us to both go this ride

Circle Dream

I dreamed of a circle, I dreamed of a circle round
I dreamed of a circle, I dreamed of a circle round
And in that circle I had made
Were all the worlds unformed and unborn yet
A volume, a sphere that was the Earth
That was the moon that did revolve around my room

I dreamed of a circle (I dreamed of a circle)
I dreamed of a circle round
And in that circle was a maze, a terrible spiral to be lost in
Blind in my fear, I was escaping just by feel
But at every turn my way was sealed

I dreamed of a circle (I dreamed of a circle)
I dreamed of a circle round
And in that circle was a face
Her eyes looked upon me with fondness
Her warmth coming near
Calling me sweetness, calling me dear
But I whispered no, I can't rest here

I can't rest here (I dreamed of)

I dreamed of a circle (I dreamed of a circle)
I dreamed of a circle round
I dreamed of a circle (I dreamed of a circle)
I dreamed of a circle round

Eden

We are the roses in the garden
Beauty with thorns among our leaves
To pick a rose you ask your hands to bleed
What is the reason for having roses
When your blood is shed carelessly
It must be for something more than vanity

Believe me, the truth is we're not honest
Not the people that we dream
We're not as close as we could be
Willing to grow, but rains are shallow
Barren and wind-scattered seed
On stone and dry land we will be

Waiting for the light arisen
To flood inside the prison
And in that time
Kind words alone will teach us
No bitterness will reach us
Reason will be guided in another way

All in time...

But the clock is another demon
That devours our time in Eden
In our Paradise
Will our eyes see well beneath us, flowers all divine
Is there still time?
If we wake to discover in life a precious love
Will that waking become more heavenly?

City of Angels

Heaven, is this heaven where we are?
See them walking, if you dare, if you call that walking
Stumble, stagger, fall and drag themselves
Along the streets of heaven.

Where is the blessed table to feed all who hunger on Earth
Welcomed and seated, each one joyfully served?
See them walking, if you dare, if you call that walking
Stumble, stagger, fall and drag themselves
Along the streets of heaven.

Where is the halo that should glow 'round your face
And where are the wings that should grow from your shoulder blades?
Show them to me
These are sobering sights I've seen in the City of Angels
Have all been one rude awakening
That was due to me in Heaven

There would have been heavenly music, I was convinced before
A host of the dearly to meet me with Hosannas sung at the door
But these are sobering sights I've seen in the City of Angels
Have all been one rude awakening that was due to me in Heaven
In this city of fallen angels

Eat for two

Oh, baby blankets and baby shoes
Baby slippers, baby spoons, walls of baby blue
Dream child in my head
Is a nightmare born in a borrowed bed
Now I know lightning strikes again
It struck me once, then struck me dead
My folly grows inside of me

I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Walk for two, eat for two, breathe for two now

Well, the egg man fell down off his shelf
All the good King's men with all their help
Struggled 'til the end
For a shell they couldn't mend
You know where this will lead
To hush and rock in the nursery
For the kicking one inside of me

I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now

When the boy was a boy, the girl was a girl
They found each other in a wicked world
Strong in some respects
But she couldn't stand for the way he begged
And gave in
Pride is for men, young girls should run and hide instead
Risk the game by taking dares with 'yes'

Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now

Walk for two? I'm stumbling
Walk for two? I'm stumbling
Breathe for two, how? I can't breathe
I can't breathe
Five months, how it grows
Five months now, I begin to show

How you've grown

'My how you've grown'
I remember that phrase from my childhood days, too
'Just wait and see'
I remember those words and how they chided me
When patient was the hardest thing to be
Because we can't make up for the time that we've lost
I must let these memories provide
No little girl can stop her world to wait for me

I should have known
At your age, in a string of days, the year is gone
But in that space of time it takes so long
Because we can't make up for the time that we've lost
I must let these memories provide
No little girl can stop her world to wait for me

Every time we say goodbye
You're frozen in my mind
As the child that you'll never will be
You never will be again

I'll never be
Be more to you than a stranger could be

Every time we say goodbye, you're frozen in my mind
As the child that you'll never will be
You'll never will be again

Every time we say goodbye, you're frozen in my mind
As the child that you'll never will be
Will be again

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