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Sonic Youth lyrics

Album: Daydream Nation [1988]

Tracks14
 01  Teen Age Riot
 02  Silver Rocket
 03  The Sprawl
 04  'Cross the Breeze
 05  Eric's Trip
 06  Total Trash
 07  Hey Joni
 08  Providence
 09  Candle
 10  Rain King
 11  Kissability
 12  Trilogy: The Wonder
 13  Trilogy: Hyperstation
 14  Trilogy: Eliminator Jr.
all Sonic Youth lyrics



Teen Age Riot
sonic youth - teenage riot




You are it
No, you are it
Hey, you are really it
You are it
No I mean it, youíre it

Say it
Donít spray it
Spirit desire (face me)
Spirit desire (donít displace me)
Spirit desire
We will fall

Miss me
Donít dismiss me

Spirit desire

Spirit desire [x3]
We will fall
Spirit desire
We will fall
Spirit desire [x3]
We will fall
Spirit desire
We will fall

Everybodyís talking íbout the stormy weather
And whatís a man do to but work out whether itís true?
Looking for a man with a focus and a temper
Who can open up a map and see between one and two

Time to get it
Before you let it
Get to you

Here he comes now
Stick to your guns
And let him through

Everybodyís coming from the winter vacation
Taking in the sun in a exaltation to you
You come running in on platform shoes
With marshall stacks
To at least just give us a clue
Ah, here it comes
I know itís someone I knew

Teenage riot in a public station
Gonna fight and tear it up in a hypernation for you

Now I see it
I think Iíll leave it out of the way
Now I come near you
And itís not clear why you fade away

Looking for a ride to your secret location
Where the kids are setting up a free-speed nation, for you
Got a foghorn and a drum and a hammer thatís rockiní
And a cord and a pedal and a lock, thatíll do me for now

It better work out
I hope it works out my way
ícause itís getting kind of quiet in my cityís head
Takes a teen age riot to get me out of bed right now

You better look it

Weíre gonna shake it
Up to him

He acts the hero
We paint a zero
On his hand

We know itís down
We know itís bound too loose
Everybodyís sound is round it
Everybody wants to be proud to choose
So whoís to take the blame for the stormy weather
Youíre never gonna stop all the teenage leather and booze

Itís time to go round
A one man showdown
Teach us how to fail

Weíre off the streets now
And back on the road
On the riot trailback to top
Silver Rocket
[thurston]
Snake in it
Jack into the wall
Tv amp on fire
Blowin' in the hall
Gun yr. sled
Close yr. peeping toms
Turbo organizer
Crankin' on the knob

You got it
Yeh ride the silver rocket
Can't stop it
Burnin hole in yr pocket

Hit the power
Psycho helmets on
You got to splice yr. halo
Take it to a moon
Nymphoid clamor
Fuelling up the hammer
You got to fake out the robot
And pulse up the zoom

You got it
Yeh ride the silver rocket
Can't stop it
Burnin hole in yr pocket

Can't forget the flashing
Can't forget the smashing
The sending and the bending
The ampisphere re-entry
You gotta have the time
Got a letter in your mind
Gotta heart injection
That you got yourself a line

You got it
Yeh ride the silver rocket
Can't stop it
Burnin hole in yr pocketback to top
The Sprawl
[kim]
To the extent that I wear skirts
And cheap nylon slips
I've gone native
I wanted to know the exact dimension of hell
Does this sound simple?
Fuck you! are you for sale?
Does 'fuck you' sound simple enough?
This was the only part that turned me on
But he was candy all over

Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more

I grew up in a shotgun row
Sliding down the hill
Out front were the big machines
Steel and rusty now I guess
Outback was the river
And that big sign down the road
That's where it all started

Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
Come on down to the store
You can buy some more, and more, and more, and more
You can buy some more, more, more, moreback to top
'Cross the Breeze
[kim]
Let's go walking on the water
Come all the way please
I wanna know
Should I stay or go?

No need to be scared
Let's jump into the day
I wanna know
I think I oughta go

Close your eyes and make believe
You can do whatever you please
I wanna know
I think I better go

Let's go walkin on water
Now you think I'm satan's daughter
I wanna know
Please let me go!

Just too quick
Now I think I'm gonna be sick
I wanna know
Should I stay or go?

I'm trying for the future
It's funny that way
I wanna know
I wanna know!

I took a look into the hate
It made me feel very up to date
I wanna know
Should I stay or go?

Hold me tight, down on my knees
So I don't go burning 'cross the breeze
I wanna know
I wanna know!

I wanna know
Should I stay or go?

Burning 'cross the breeze
Burning 'cross the breeze
Blowing 'cross the breezeback to top
Eric's Trip
[lee]
Hatred
I hate the past

I can't see anything at all, all I see is me
That's clear enough
And that's what's important, to see me

My eyes can focus
My brain is talking
Looks pretty good to me
My head's on straight, my girlfriend's beautiful
Looks pretty good to me

Sometimes I speak
Tonight there's nothing to say
Sometimes we freak
And laugh all day

Hold these pages up to the light
See the jacknife inside of the dream
A railroad runs through the record stores at night
Coming in for the deep freeze

Mary: a simple word, are you there in the country?
Yr eyes so full, yr head so tight
Can't you hear me?
Remember our talk
That day on the phone?
I was the door, and you were the station
With shattered glass and miles between us
We still flew away in the conversation

My cup is full, and I feel okay
The world is dull, but not today

She think's she's a goddess
She says she talks to the spirits
I wonder if she can talk to herself?
If she can bear to hear it?

This is eric's trip
We've all come to watch him slip
He's slipping all the way to texas
Can you dig it?

(eric says the sky is blue...)
I see with a glass eye
The pavement view
A shadow forming, across the fields rushing
Thru me to you

We tore down the world, and put up four walls
I breathe in the myth
I'm over the city, fucking the future
I'm high and inside yr kiss

We can't see clear
But what we see is a alright
We make up what we can't hear
And then we sing all night

Scattered pages and shattered lights
A jacknife and a dream
There's something moving over there on the right
Like nothing I've never seenback to top
Total Trash
[thurston]
It start at the top
Now it's spiralling down
Works best when it's lost
Diggin' under the ground

Never mind it now
We can bring it back
It's total trash
And it's a natural fact
That I'm not no cow

It's never the same
It's more than a game
Can't take it away
Can't kill all the shame

It's a guilty man
That increased the crack
It's total trash
Sack 'em on the back
With a heavy rock

There he goes again
Magic monkey friend
Can I love the time
That he seems to spend
With all the kids in town

It start at the top
Now it's spiralling down
Works best when it's lost
Diggin' under the ground

Never mind it now
We can bring it back
It's total trash
And it's a natural fact
That I'm not no cowback to top
Hey Joni
[lee]
Hey joni put it all behind you
Hey joni now I've put it all behind me too
These times can't add up
Yr life is such a mess
Forget the past, and just say yes

Tell me joni, am I the one
To see you through?
In this broken town can you still jack in
And know what to do?
I remember our youth, our high ideals
I remember you were so uptight
That time in the trees, we broke that vice
We took some steps and now
We can't think twice

Tell me joni, am I right by you?
Tell me how yr gonna lose this hard luck?
Hey joni, when will all these dreams come true?
You'd better find a way
To climb down off that truck

Shots ring out from the center of an empty field
Joni's in the tall grass
She's a beautiful mental jukebox
A sailboat explosion
A snap of electric whipcrack

She's not thinking about the future
She's not spinning her wheels
She doesn't think at all about the past
She thinking long and hard
About that high wild sound
And wondering will it last?

Kick it

Hey joni, put it all behind you
There's something turning, joni, turning right to you
My head burns, but I know you'll speak the truth, hey!
Hey joni, put it all behind you
Hey joni, now I've put it all behind me too
Forget the future
These times are such a mess
Tune out the past, and just say yes

It's 1963
It's 1964
It's 1957
It's 1962

Put it all behind you
Now it's all behind youback to top
Providence
[mike watt]
Watt here! I'm downstairs from your window... if you're up...
Pub 'phone booth... if you're up...(I get tense) [beep]

[mike watt]
Thurston! watt! thurston! I think it's ten thirty, we're calling
From providence, rhode island. did you find your shit? you gotta
Watch the motin' thurston, your fuckin' memory just goes out tha window.
We couldn't find it in the van at all, we wonderin' if you looked in
That trash can. when we threw out that trash, man, was the bag in
Your hand, did you dump it? call later. bye.back to top
Candle
[thurston]
I see a dog star divin' at his magic, snatchin'
Keeps me up awake go crystal cracking
I can't wait
I can't stay, a candle
Gotta change my mind before it burns out

I'm the cocker on the rock
Wind is whipping through my stupid mop

I see a falling snowgirl walking broadway
Turns the corner at 14th and I know there's no way
It's alright
It's alight candle
And I know she'll be okay by sunday

I'm the cocker on the rock
Humming bash starts shining
In your electric clock

It's safe to say, candle
Tonight's the day, candle
It's alright now, candle
The wind's away, candle
Never thought I'd see a dog star falling

I'm the cocker on the rock
Wind is whipping through my stupid mopback to top
Rain King
[lee]
Rain king ensures there's nowhere to go
It's jet stream, daydream, cocksure hard luck show
His lips a fountain
His daylight sparks
He's a shotgun, schoolyard, street-wise, white-hot kid
Little whipcream, phone call, breakdown, rain king fist
His mind a countdown
His daydream sparks

I need three years to clear these thoughts, hey
I like to say I knew one true thing
It feels like years and all I've done is fought
And not turned up, anything

Little black, take roll and roll, over my bed
I'm waiting here for, some reality crease
There's one big deadend, in my head
And not a moment of peace

Crossfire, rain king, with his cadillac, kid
Marries every dictionary from his chain-yard bliss
His lips a fountain
His daylight sparks
He's got a shot in his kick forging the real, when
He's a steel drum, wedding ring, pontiac door knob ten
His mind a countdown
His daylight sparks

Hung up on a speed king nation, caught up on a nail
Hanging tight with time, at least, a little while
Your sister is a beauty when she's naked, like my kid
I hear this world, cool world, dreaming of a peaceful kissback to top
Kissability
[kim]
Look into my eyes, don't you trust me
Yr so good you could go far
I'll put you in a movie, don't you want to
You could be a star
You could go far
You've got twistability
You fly hard, don't you wanna
You've got kissability
You could be a star, it ain't hard

Yr driving me crazy, I feel so sick
Yr driving me crazy, give us a kiss

Look into my eyes, don't you trust me
Yr so soft, you make me hard
I'll put you on a movie, don't you wanna
You could be a star, you could go far
You've got kissability
You sigh hard, don't you wanna
You've got twistability
You could be a star, it ain't hard

Yr driving me crazy, you smell so sick
I feel so tired, you made me sick
Yr driving me crazy, if I feel so sick
Yr driving me crazy, if I feel so sick

Look into my eyes, don't you dis' me
You're so good, you could go far
I'll put you in a movie, don't you wanna
You could be a star, you could go far
You've got twistability
You fly hard, don't you wanna
You've got kissability
You could be a star, it ain't hard

You're driving me crazy, I feel so sick
You're driving me crazy, give us a kissback to top
Trilogy: The Wonder
[thurston]
See flashing eyes
They're flashing cross to me
Burnin up the sky
Sunshinin to me
Yr locus crown
Copkillin heartbeat
Head's lookin down
Bowin out to the street

I'm just walking around
Yr city is a wonder town

Lips red to white
Lips green in blacked night
Yr spirit flares
Flarin up leonine

I'm just walking around
Yr city is a wonder town

Transmitter rhyme
Transmitter all the time
Lookin up to the sky
I'm seeing ghosts flyin

I'm just walkin around
Yr city is a wonder town

I think I been there once before
Something tells me there's so much more
She's back in town to even the score
Time to go

See flashing eyes
They're flashing 'cross to me
Burnin' up the sky
Sunshining into me
Your locus crown
Cop-killin' heartbeat
Head's lookin' down
Bowin' out, to the street

I'm just walkin' around
Your city is a wonder townback to top
Trilogy: Hyperstation
[thurston]
Falling out of sleep, I hit the floor
Put on some rock tee and I'm out with the door
From bowery to broome to greene, I'm a walking lizard
Last night's dream was a talking baby lizard

All comin' from hu-man imagination
Day dreaming days in a daydream nation

Smashed-up against a car at three a.m.
Kids just up for basketball, beat me in my head
There's bum trash in my hall and my place is ripped
I've totaled another amp, I'm calling in sick

It's an anthem in a vacuum on a hyperstation
Day dreaming days in a daydream nationback to top
Trilogy: Eliminator Jr.
[kim]
Kids cruise away, pack of chickenshits
This guy is ours, dark stains on his pants
Enough to make a butcher out of the bone
Take a walk in the park? shit, yeah!

A poor boy, a rich boy
A poor rich boy coming right through me
Rich boy, poor boy
Poor rich boy coming right through meback to top
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