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America lyrics

Album: Silent Letter [1979]

Tracks11
 01  Only Game in Town
 02  All Around
 03  Tall Treasures
 04  1960
 05  And Forever
 06  Foolin'
 07  All Night
 08  No Fortune
 09  All My Life
 10  One Morning
 11  High in the City
all America lyrics



Only Game in Town
Spectators line the avenue
The players step out right on cue
And every night just seems the same
Nameless faces play their game

The midnight gamblers place their bets
The tight-rope walkers check their nets
Then comes the queen of broken hearts
This is the way it always starts

Finders find love for the evening
Keepers keep the love they've found
Losers lose and wind up weeping
But it's the only game in town

All hail the third string debutante
She tries to act so nonchalant
Chasin' the prince of alibis
Into a smokescreen made of lies

Finders find love for the evening
Keepers keep the love they've found
Losers lose and wind up weeping
But it's the only game in town

My window looks down on the set
Each night the players strut and fret
So if you'd like to join the rest
Just choose the part that suits you best

Finders find love for the evening
Keepers keep the love they've found
Losers lose and wind up weeping
But it's the only game in townback to top
All Around
I look to the east when the day
Is done and think of it all
All the thoughts that I've seen of
Satin seams and tide pool dreams
I look to the sun
As the day is dawning
I carry my dreams
From a moment before
I try to recall
But I find myself yawning
I guess they are gone but there's more
So I head out the door

All around, listen and you can
Hear the sound
On cloudy days seems like i
Always feel this way

First break in the day if the time
Is right and nobody minds
I stroll down the lane take a breath
Of air and drift on a dream
I look to the sun
As the day is warming
Consider the things
That have happened before
I feel like I'm one
With the wind on the hillside
I feel like I'm one with the
River that runs by my door

All around, listen and you can
Hear the sound
On cloudy days seems like i
Always feel this way

All around, listen and you can
Hear the sound
On cloudy days seems like i
Always feel this way

I look to the sun
As the day is dawning
I carry my dreams
From a moment before
I feel like I'm one
With the wind on the hillside
I feel like I'm one with the
River that runs by my door

All around, listen and you can
Hear the sound
On cloudy days seems like i
Always feel this way

(repeat and fade)back to top
Tall Treasures
Golden rings and hair tied with ribbon
Early spring when winter's forgiven
Laughing past pleasures warm by the fire
Come inside

Silver vase, take a drink flower petal
Whistling songs like steam from the kettle
Carry silence like driftwood that rides
On the tide, on the tide, on the tide

Tall treasures, large as alaska
There forever, never put out to pasture
Then the night will fall
Bringing peace to all
Darkness there together

Soft light bells and tea, draw the curtain
China cups, some shatter for certain
Laughin past pleasures warm by the fire
Come inside

Tall treasures, large as alaska
There forever, never put out to pasture
Red river runs here beside us
Grey morning will never divide usback to top
1960
How 'bout a tear for the year of 1960
I watched the fins of the cadillac fall
I remember dad explained about the berlin wall

How 'bout a tear for the torment and the trouble
That was brewing in the asian way
I wore a smile like the faces that surround l.a.

In the city of the lost and found
It's hard to get a break
Hard to stop from getting turned around
And make the same mistakes

My reputation's on the line
The final day of '59
But like the sun, just watch me shine
Today

How 'bout a cheer for the piano virtuoso
I practiced 61 minutes a day
I could never reach the keys
But it was all ok

How 'bout a cheer for the humour in my brother
That could brighten up the darkest nights
It's just another sign of love
Whenever we would fight

It's all the same twenty years ago
As it is right now
Like a tour at the closing show
When I take my bow

My reputation's on the line
At the start of '79
But like the sun, just watch me shine
Today
I've played this part so many times
Since the end of '59
But like the sun, just watch me shine
Todayback to top
And Forever
Written by dewey bunnell, ©1979
Found on silent letter.

I remember sidewalk laughter down new orleans, la
A hot wet night at the fight with you
Had to push through the crowds and talk
Very loud it's true

But you were on my mind that day
You were on my mind each day
You were on my mind that day and forever

Had a drink, stop to think we had a few
Afterwards we went down to the dance side of town for the view
You went blushing inside and you pinched me to see
If I knew

But you were on my mind that day
You were on my mind each day
You were on my mind that day and forever, and forever

We were lovers then and forever
There was nothing that we couldn't do
A hot wet night at the fight with you
Times like that weekend remain in my heart crystal clear
Walking along to the song you have helped me to hear

Yes you were on my mind that day
You were on my mind each day
You were on my mind that day and forever, and foreverback to top
Foolin'
You let me follow you around
It helped your status in the town
Well I didn't know your name
There's no truth in what you claim
So I think you better stop this foolin' 'round

I think it's called a lesson learned
When one so close suddenly turns
Leaves you standing on your own
Got no place to call your home
So I think you better stop this foolin' 'round

Now it's my time to make amends
Hope my message don't offend
And I hope this doesn't drive you round the bend

Leaves you standing on your own
Got no place to call your home
So I think you better stop this foolin' 'round
Yes, I think you better stop this foolin' 'round

Yes, I think you better stop this foolin' 'round
(repeat and fade)back to top
All Night
Written by dewey bunnell, ©1979
Found on silent letter and live in central park.

When the day breaks
Something begins
When your heart aches
Do you give in?
I heard that you were lonely
One careful look shows you're lonely

All night you'll fight
With your mind, with your mind

After lights out, don't make a sound
Apple blossoms, come fallin' down
Black and white sun shining brightly
Shelter your eyes, hold on tightly

All night you'll fight
With your mind, with your mind

Love thy neighbor
You will understand
Coffee flavor, yours or any brand
I heard that you were lonely
Nothing is real when you're lonely

All night you'll fight
With your mind, with your mindback to top
No Fortune
Written by gerry beckley, ©1979
Found on silent letter.

We were dancin' in the middle
We could hardly hold our heads up
I think we had too much to drink
I remember wondering what they'd think
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da

We were thinkin' 'bout the future
We were trying not to laugh
Then you made me cry instead
I remember wishing I was dead
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da

No fortune pays for wounds like these
It's been too long a time now please
Just say you will, we can call it a day
It's not as though we ain't sinned
It's just a game we all play
There was nothing to win

Well I'm coming home lady
I'm your homecoming man
Trying hard to stand the rain
Gettin' back on my feet again
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da

No fortune pays for wounds like these
It's been too long a time now please
Just say you will, we can call it a day
It's not as though we ain't sinned
It's just a game we all play
There was nothing to win
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da

No fortune pays for wounds like these
It's been too long a time now please
Just say you will, we can call it a day
It's not as though we ain't sinned
It's just a game we all play
There was nothing to win
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da
Da, da, da, da, da, da, daback to top
All My Life
All my life, without a doubt I give you
All my life, now and forever till the
Day I die, you and I will share

All the things this changing world can offer
So I sing, I'd be happy just to
Stay this way, spend each day, with you

There was a time, that I just thought
That I would lose my mind
You came along and then the sun did shine
We started on our way
I do recall that every moment spent
Was wasted time but then I chose to lay it on the line

I put the past away
I put the past away
I put the past away

All my life, I will carry you through
All my life, between each hour of the passing days
I will stay with you

There was a time, that I just thought
That I would lose my mind
You came along and then the sun did shine
We started on our way
I do recall that every moment spent
Was wasted time then I chose to lay it on the line

I want this all my life
I want this all my life
I want this all my life
I want this all my life
I want this all my life
I wanted this all my lifeback to top
One Morning
One morning when the mist came down
I woke up early and I looked around
My baby slept, the sky was blue
I started walkin' thinkin' only of you
Up the hill and down the road
Past the people that I barely know
Round the bend to the run-off wash
I found a feather that a quail had lost

Where are you goin' now my friend
Where are you goin' now
Are you going to see them on the mountain now
Goin' to see them trees
Goin' to watch the circles take a bow
Goin' to help agree
To be
Today

Some people like to play out loud
I like them always, they're a laughing crowd
To catch the wind then come slidin' down
You reach the bottom fallin' upside down

Touch a hand and see the world turnin' circles
Brushin' every curl back again
To those sunset walks
That special summer and those all night talksback to top
High in the City
Written by gerry beckley and dewey bunnell, ©1979
Found on silent letter.

Now I'm high in the city
Feel the evening air
The crowds in the city
Compete for a share
It's all so busy, a complete affair
Down here...

As I walk through marble
Finding my way out to daylight
One drinking orange vodka
Someone inside here
Will give us a ride dear

I know a place where we both can go
To set our hearts on fire
I know the city's the only show

Can I take you for a ride
I can make you satisfied
All 'n all it's worth your while
Change that frown back to a smile
Tonight

Do or die in the misty city
All night long
A nightclub in the middle
Tappin' time to my song
Catch hell for leavin'
They are always wrong
Down here...

As I walk through marble
Finding my way in the night-light
Two people sit and argue
Someone inside here
Will give them a ride clear

I know a place where we both can go
To set our hearts on fire
I know the city's the only show

Can I take you for a ride
I can make you satisfied
All 'n all it's worth your while
Change that frown back to a smile
Tonightback to top
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