Spill

by Andrew Hyra

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released June 1, 1999

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Track Name: Armand Hammer Museum
We were tranquilized, when we went out last night
there was all the sushi you could eat
and those movie stars at your feet

we were driven around, with the limo windows down
hoping we would get seen
we could keep on living this dream
that was so very nice, like champagne on ice

when I got to know ya at the Armand Hammer Museum
when I got to know you, really got to know you

You caused a sensation,
but you were known only by associations
basking in the klieg lights, shot up with the stars
you stayed up all night

when I got to know ya at the Armand Hammer Museum
when I got to know you, really got to know you
you were standing along on some deserted beach
standing alone so very far out of reach

I watch you pass your time away
Out in the sun on rollerblades
get as close as you can to a real life
that you might understand

When I got to know ya at the Armand Hammer Museum
When I got to know you, really got to know you
Track Name: House of Cards
She's hearing voices that are not her own
When she gets lonely she calls me on the phone
Brother they're too strong, brother they're too loud
When I try to break them, they start pushing me around

We talk it over, she cries out loud
I know where she fell and why she didn't shout
I have heard their poison lies and I just shut my mouth
It was easier to keep in then just to let it out

Don't speak, don't breathe,
don't ask for anything you need
Don't ask, don't listen, don't hear, don't see
this house of cards is falling down on you and me

When the lightning storms I crawl in bed with you,
in bed with you to keep warm
There were shadows on the walls
there were voices in the hall
I feel your kick, stir, kicking
but I never heard you call

Don't speak, don't breathe,
don't ask for anything you need
Don't ask, don't listen, don't hear, don't see
this house of cards is falling down on you and me
tear it down, burn it up, wipe it away
repeat this to yourself, everything will be ok

She's hearing voices that are not her own
When she gets lonely she calls me on the phone
Track Name: Here I Am
You'll come of age before you're meant to
Like a rose pressed to the page, to fade away
To run in circles, surrounded by walls
that you can't break through

Now I want you to hold on to
any dream that might come true
if what you're feeling is unreal
Here I am to help you find a reason

You walk the world to fight your battles
it's going off in yourself, it's going off on someone else
and I'm someone else, should be easy to see
who's your enemy

Now I want you to hold on to
any dream that might come true
if what you're feeling is unreal
Here I am to help you find a reason
if you're tossing in your sleep
hurry up won't cover me
Here I am, here I am

Tell you what to be, tell you what to say
gonna show you what you want
to hear, to feel
make it easy on you
to give yourself away

Now I want you to hold on to
any dream that might come true
if what you're feeling is unreal
Here I am to help you find a reason
Track Name: Great Expectations
You're gonna make us proud one day
Be a doctor or a lawyer, so we can say
that's our son with the three kids
and the pretty wife
look at how well he's done

Hey Ma and Pa don't you know me no more
Remember I was your little boy
Gluing models together
Well don't you think I'm someone
that you could know better

I call you now about once a week
it's polite talk, we never seem to speak
You like to tell me about my sister
she's a big star, much more of what you really are

sometimes it seems like I'm drowning out here
struggling just to see my way clear
not living up to expectations
excuse me but my life is not your invention

I might've ended up like Einstein
but I could've been Jack Ruby
it took some time getting used to
me just being me

Hey Ma and Pa don't you know me no more
Remember I was your little boy
We're in this life all together
Well don't you think I'm someone
that you should know better
Track Name: Cruel Joke
What kind of cruel joke are you playing on us?
What kind of cruel joke are you making this up?
To give us this flesh and eternal mind
Give us this flesh and so little time
I know I’ve been speaking out of line
Loneliness sits down with me too long on the vine

What kind of cruel joke to send her to me?
What kind of cruel joke to once be happy
But she was set apart by too many years
What kind of cruel joke to send in these tears
I know I could see it differently
But loneliness sits down way too often with me

I see your picture and I fill with lust
I see you picture and it’s turning to dust
Your beauty it was strong, your beauty was clear
I see your picture, after all these years, slowly disappear
I should never have opened up that box
I guess it just was not meant to be locked

What kind of cruel joke are you playing on us?
What kind of cruel joke are you making this up?
To give us this flesh and eternal mind
Give us this flesh and so little time
Track Name: Romeo Rising
She was his flower and he was her king
for him she might have done anything
a starry eyed bride with her knight by her side
all the world opens itself wide

It must've been sweet sweeping her off her feet
then standing over her dying
Cut like a lamb and the blood's on your hands
Covered in dirt from the lion

Oh swallow her up, swallow her up
as she's crying
Lay her down low where no one can go
where no one knows Romeo Rising

He was well known unti they were alone
and there a hideous creature was scheming
Waiting to strike in the safety of night
Under where their children lay dreaming

Oh swallow them, swallow them up
as they're crying
Look in their eyes, tell them that it's alright
They're in the hands of Romeo Rising

So high to climb, so far to fall
So much to keep you above it all
You play out your part with a rage in your heart
that leaves you so far outside the walls
When you're alone in your room
with no one to answer to
I hope you can't erase her pale lifeless face
and that it stays forever with you
forever with you
Track Name: Self Destruction Man
Autumn, late in the afternoon
Sun's in descent from the sky
he's leaving too soon
Now you're waiting on the moon
You got no one else to ruin now

As you tear it all down you're praying for release
Driving nails in your hands, watching them bleed

I understand your rage, I understand
turn it all in on your-self destruction man

Your flashy style, your polyester smile
are widely known
reading palms at the party
in the governors home
You're keeping yourself awake
sniffing icing off the cake
and jumping up with the band

I understand your rage, I understand
turn it all in on your-self destruction man
I came on this second hand
Preceded by a self destruction man

You bow to meet your parish priest
Wise words get spoken
token rosary beads and now your steeple is broken
You're keeping yourself alive
empty temples built on lies
just keeping yourself alive

I understand your rage, I understand
turn it all in on your-self destruction man
self destruction man
Track Name: Safe Hands
Close your eyes and let it come back again
Don't worry now, you are in safe hands
Watch the clouds as they float into space
The fallen leaves, the slightest trace
Give it back into the sun
to where everything comes from
Out past the slip the grinding of sand
Don't worry baby you are in safe hands

Smash the dirt down on the path
trapped inside an hour glass
When everything comes on too fast
Reach for me and let those troubles pass
Hold your hand up to the light
Come on back behind the night
I see your eyes take in all that they can
Don't worry baby you are in safe hands

If the rope slips in your grip
and it breaks up in your hand
If you need me to be here when you land
Here I am

I'll see your eyes take in all that they can
Don't worry baby, you are in safe hands

Close your eyes let it come back again
Don't worry now, you are in safe hands
Track Name: Spill
I've been stuffed down underneath the frozen ground
While they walk above in giant steps surround me
Ready wait til I lose my place
Breaking up, I'm standing still
I dissipate like an oil spill

Pile it up in bins (you don't need it)
Collect a bit of everything (so sink your teeth in)
Take what you want for yourself (plaster cake)
Take anything (is what you what you make)
No need to think about anyone else
Pouring out until you get your fill
Now it's all over your cup has spilled

I am underwater falling down
I am underwater
I am underwater falling down
I'm drowning under water

Why am I here can you please remind me
Why I'm waiting for you
to stumble through and find me
Have you heard all the while, I'm calling out

Breaking up, I'm standing still
I dissipate like an oil spill
You pour it out until you get your fill
Now it's all over your cup has spilled
Track Name: I Believe In Heaven
Wind me up it don't take much
Just the angel grace of your velvet touch
Now I'm at the seaside turning over
I'm feeling the sun, I'm hearing crimson and clover
I believe in heaven

Spinning around I'm a little kid
It's nothing you said but it's what you did
when you first laid eyes on me mirror blue
I'm feeling the ground slipping out from under me and you

1,2,3,4,5,6,7 all good people go to heaven
I believe in heaven
I believe in heaven

What's so bad about feeling good?
What's so wrong about doing what you should?
You dress yourself up all in black
this life is for love it's what you can't get back

1,2,3,4,5,6,7 all good people go to heaven
I believe in heaven
8,9,10 and 11 sing it over and over again
I believe in heaven
I believe in heaven
Track Name: New Morning Light
It's lonely here, it's late at night
You're back east just opening up your eyes
Comes creepin up over that hill, oh what a sight
oh what a sight
Comes creeping up over that hill, a new morning light

I swore to you I'd never let you down
I'd carry you across the rocky ground
I'd take you up high in that snow
to the valley below down to the valley below
I'd take you up high in that snow
I'd never let you go

And I never made no promise
that I thought I couldn't keep
And I never left you standing all by yourself
on some California street

Some things are bound to fade away
others just get stronger everyday
from the green of what was
to a darker gray, to a darker gray
from the green of what was
somewhere else today

It's lonely here, it's late at night
You're back east just opening up your eyes
Comes creepin up over that hill, oh what a sight
oh what a sight
Comes creeping up over that hill, a new morning light
Track Name: For The People
I'm gonna write one for the people
that they can all sing
reach my hand inside my coat
and kiss my diamond ring
all of the joy that I will bring
when I write one for the people
one that they can sing

Gonna write one for the people
so they can understand that I am an upright
and sensitive young man
who's time is now at hand
to write one for the people
one that they can understand

oh how happy they will be
to stand so very close to me

Gonna write one for the people
to fill up this hall
where onstage I am ten feet taller
than I am five feet small
to hear the applause, to hear them call
it's all worth it for the people
filling up the hall
it's all worth it for the people

Oh just to be a part of
feeling so far above it all
Track Name: Steady Betty
Purring like a cat when you're underneath
Go and let your motor growl for all to see
You're not there for them but you're here for me
You're not there for them but you're here for me
Take a ride, take a stroll down the avenue
Well you're thirty odd years old
and you're feeling mighty new

Steady, keep it steady Betty
You been around the block and back
But you're always ready
to keep it steady, keep it steady Betty
I check the oil underneath your hood
Keep it steady, steady Betty

I know that you're rolling
cause the steam is coming fast
from your exhaust as we're speeding up to pass
All the lightning bugs are smashing up against the glass
all the lightning bugs are smashing up against the glass
Don't worry bout no tickets or your tires blowing out
Just let it all go
This is what the night is all about

Steady, keep it steady Betty
You been around the block and back
But you're always ready
to keep it steady, keep it steady Betty
I throw the sparks underneath your hood
Keep it steady, steady Betty

Keep it steady, oh steady Betty
Keep it steady, oh steady Betty
Track Name: Born Again
Don't tell me no, don't tell me never
About a life shared together
We could brave the stormy weather
No one knows me any better
Reel me in, lift me up and bring me out
Into the light where I know your touch so well
Feeling brand new, I'm born again in you

Forget my head I feel my heart pound
As my life's blood it pumps out
When everything else just falls down
You're the only one that's left now
In my eyes and in my arms
From the cold wind made warm
I'm feeling brand new, I'm born again in you
I'm feeling brand new, I'm born again in you

And they could pierce my sides
open with their swords
For I have felt new life still in me being born

Standing out in the red light
A new day's blotting out night
Furnishing me some clear sight
How sweet it is to be in this life
Take me up high upon the hill
Out to where the river valley spills
Feeling brand new, I'm born again in you
Feeling brand new, I'm born again in you