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Album: Throwing Copper [1994]

Tracks14
 01  The Dam At Otter Creek
 02  Selling The Drama
 03  I Alone
 04  Iris
 05  Lightning Crashes
 06  Top
 07  All Over You
 08  Shit Towne
 09  T.B.D.
 10  Stage
 11  Waitress
 12  Pillar Of Davidson
 13  White, Discussion
 14  Horse
all Live lyrics



The Dam At Otter Creek
when all that's left to do
is reflect on what's been done
this is where sadness breaths
the sadness of everyone

just like when the guys built the
dam at otter creek and all the
water backed up
deep enough to dive

we took the dead man in sheets
to the river flanked by love
deep enough to dive
deep enough to dive
be here now

we took him there and three
in a stretcher made from trees
that had passed in the storm
leave the hearse behind
to leave the curse
be here nowback to top
Selling The Drama
and to love: a god
and to fear: a flame
and to burn a crowd that a name

and to right or wrong
and to meek or strong
it is known, just screem it from the wall

i've willed, I've walked, I've read
I've talked, I know, I know,
I've been here before

hey, now we won't be raped
hey, now we won't be scarred like that

it's the sun that burns
it's the wheel that turns
it's the way we sing that makes 'em dream

and to christ: a cross
and to me: a chair
I will sit and earn the ransom
from up hereback to top
I Alone
it's easier not to be wise
and measure these things by your brains
I sank into eden with you
alone in the church by and by

I'll read to you here, save your eyes
you'll need them, your boat is at sea
your anchor is up, you've been swept away
and the greatest of teachers won't hesitate
to leave you there, by yourself,
chained to fate

I alone love you
I alone tempt you
I alone love you
fear is not the end of this!

it's easier not to be great
and measure these things by your eyes
we long to be here by his resolve
alone in the church by and by
to cradle the baby in space
and leave you there by yourslef
chained to fate

oh, now, we took it back too far,
only love can save us now, all these riddles that you burn
all come runnin' back to you, all these rhythms that you hide
only love can save us now, all these riddles that you burn
yeah, yeah, yeahback to top
Iris
I liked the way my hand looked
on your head
in the presence of my knuckles
but the beauty of this vision alone
just like yesterday's sunset
has been perverted by the sentimental
and mistaken for love

the felix of your truth will always break it
and the iris of your eye will always shake it
and the armies, the armies I have created
will always hate it
will always bait you on

I liked the way my hand looked on your head
in the presence of my struggle
but the beauty of this vision alone
I can't shake from my tree just yet
it keeps invading all my private moments
listen to me nowback to top
Lightning Crashes
lightning crashes, a new mother cries
her placenta falls to the floor
the angel opens her eyes
the confusion sets in
before the doctor can even close the door

lightning crashes, an old mother dies
her intentions fall to the floor
the angel closes her eyes
the confusion that was hers
belongs now, to the baby down the hall

oh now feel it comin' back again
like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it.

lightning crashes, a new mother cries
this moment she's been waiting for
the angel opens her eyes
pale blue colored iris, presents the circle
and puts the glory out to hide, hide

Barbara Lewis (1973-1993)back to top
Top
this is not helping me at all
what you are doing here
in the name of god and love
it's the distribution of fear
pyramids, healing wires, analysts with fame
I haven't got your degree
and I forgot your name

pick me up and put me on the ground
set me up and spin me all around
no, you are not the one I wish to see

this is not helping me at all
where did we get this plan?
that you could give to me
what I might already have
pyramids, healing wires, a musician's fame
I volunteered you my eyes
in place of facing me

oh hitler, in a robe of truth
my emptiness has built your altar
and I've worshipped myself in you forever
until now!back to top
All Over You
our love is like water
pinned down and abused
for being strange

our love is no other
than me alone
for me all day
our love is like water/angels
pinned down and abused

all over you, all over me
the sun, the fields, the sky
I've often tried to hold the sea
the sun, the fields, the tide
pay me now, lay me downback to top
Shit Towne
the weavers live up the street from me
the crackheads, they live down the street from me
the tall grass makes it hard to see
beyond my property

hey man, this is criminal,
this hard line symmetry of people and pets

we don't bother anyone
we keep to ourselves
the mailman visits each of us in turn
we don't bother anyone
we keep to ourselves
the mailman visits each of us in time

gotta live, gotta live, gotta live
in shit towne
gotta live, gotta live, gotta live
in our town.back to top
T.B.D.
in the moment I was losing my head
and I was
reachin' forward, I was already there
readin' too much and losin' my head

this information caused a cut in the line
now I'm remembering God and readin'
too much it's so nice
the print is smaller than the ants in the grass
I'll have to put it away now
in the morning there are things to be read
words to be said and food to be fed but I
won't be there. I'll be clutchin' on a
megaphone pointed at my head, would you be
there, would you kindly, read this word for
word so loud and clear, I can't remember
it all, it needs to be clear, I tell you, if
the feeling drops out of your voice, would you
kindly pick it up

this is how, I'll go out tonight
dressed in blue, by the book tonight
this is how, I'll go out tonight
but I don't need a book.

we're talkin' anchors, talkin' ships, we're
talkin' seas, we're talkin' everything you need
you should be workin' now, not only askin'
how and the whereabouts of where you'll
be. I don't suspect you will be thinking
when the brain is dead and the mind
has taken over, this is a skill, this
is not a game, where have you been,
are you with us? can you hear us? got
the megaphone pointed at youback to top
Stage
I wanna feel
I wanna try
I wanna rock in the city tonight
I wanna deal
don't wanna die
I wanna bring my captain hook into the light

people I've seen my day
ranting and raving this beauty away
we are by and large the same
but words are too feeble, they cannot contain

he was a "rock and roll messiah"
she was known for her childcare
the truth is gonna give up the world
if you can give up the stage
if I can give up the stage
if we can give up the stage

come to this, I can't come to you
don't do this, wake me up tonight
come to this, I can't come to you
don't do this, wake me up tonight
(p.s. do not drive and swear!)back to top
Waitress
come on baby leave some change behind
she was a bitch, but I don't care
she brought our food out on time
and wore a funky barrette in her hair

come on baby leave some change behind
she was a bitch but good enough
to leave some change, everybody's good
enough for some change

the girl's got family
she needs cash to buy aspirin for
her pain, everybody's good enough
for some change

we all get the flu, we all get aids
we've got to stick together
after all, everybody's good enough
for some change, SOME FUCKING CHANGE!!!back to top
Pillar Of Davidson
warm bodies, I sense
are not machines that can only make money
past, perfect, tense
words for a feeling and all I've discovered
I'll be along son
with medidince supposed to, designed to
make you high
I'll be along son
with words for a feeling and all I've discovered

old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes

on lonliness comes
go see the foreman, go see the profiteer
on lonliness drives
we're takin' our time movin' shit for
this holy slime

old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes
old, bad eyes, almighty fear

the sheperd won't leave me alone
he's in my face and I
the shepherd of my days
and I want you here by my heart
and my head, I can't start till I'm deadback to top
White, Discussion
I talk of freedom
you talk of the flag
I talk of revolution
you'd much rather brag
and as the decibels of this disenchanting
discourse continue to dampen the day

the coin flips again and again, and again,
and again as our santity walks away

all this discussion
though politically correct
is dead beyond destruction
though it leaves me quite erect
and as the final sunset rolls behind the earth
and the clock is finally dead
I'll look at you, you'll look at me
and we'll cray alot
but this will be what we said
this will be what we said

look where all this talking got us baby.back to top
Horse
all the things that they make you say
and all of the love that you hide away
I'll pick you up and it will be all right
I'll pick you up and it will be tonight
she rode a horse into my head
she won't discipline the children
and now they're running wild on the beach
and I don't care
oh, I don't care
no I don't care
hey, hey, hey
it's the middle of the night and you're here
playing dominoes and drinking beer
I tried to think of something deep to say
but my well is dripping dry today
hey, hey, hey, heyback to top
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