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Van Halen lyrics

Album: Van Halen III [1998]

Tracks12
 01 Neworld
 02  Without You
 03  One I Want
 04  From Afar
 05  Dirty Water Dog
 06  Once
 07  Fire in the Hole
 08  Josephina
 09  Year to the Day
 10 Primary
 11  Ballot or the Bullet
 12  How Many Say I
all Van Halen lyrics



Without You
Hey you, wake up, get yourself together
Yeah you, so you think you made it better
'cause you know it's coming at you
While your back is turned
Look too long and I can't help you
So clear your head, find a way home
Better make up your mind

First you say that you will
Then you say you won't
Well I'm just trying to figure
Try and figure you out

How long can this go on
Tell me what is wrong
And maybe there's a way
That we can work it out

There must be some kind of way
That we can make it right
But i, I just can't do it all
Without you, without you

Hey fool, wise up, better late than never
Yeah you, you know that nothing lasts forever
Nobody ever told you that your
Time is running out
Too bad and I can't help you

How long can this go on
Tell me what is wrong
And maybe there's a way
That we can work it out

There must be some kind of way
That we can make it right
But i, I just can't do it all
Without you, without you

The point I'm trying to make
You got to give more than you take
You gotta give, give more than you take
Gotta, gotta, gotta work it outback to top
One I Want
Poorman, he just want a little
Richman, want a little bit more
Superman, he looking for lois
Salesman, try and sell you his soul
Fatman, he's ordering seconds
Pizzaman, just wanna slice
Badman, looking for attention
A goodman, he's hard to find

Mailman, looking more like your daughter
Strawman, don't have a leg to stand on
Gayman, looking for another
Candyman, yeah the candyman can
Blackman, he looking for justice
Whiteman, try to get a tan
Woman, just wanna fly in first class
Holyman, take me to the promise land

Everyone's looking for something
Wanting their piece of the pie
Searching for their slice of heaven
I gotta have mine, yeah mine

And you're the one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)
Yeah, the one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)

Boogieman, he giving me the creeps
Sandman, kicking mud in your eye
Pianoman, in the mood for a melody
Strongman, yeah he knows how to cry
Apeman, ain't nobody's uncle
A luckyman don't always know who they are
Deadman, living for tomorrow
Wiseman, following a star

Well I ain't saying I'm different
Wanting my pie in the sky
I'm just a little impatient
Until I get mine, yeah mine

And you're the one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)
Yeah, yeah the one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)

Yeah!
The one I want!
The one I want!

The only one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)
Yeah, yeah the one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)

The only one I want (the one I want)
The only one I want (the one I want)
Yeah, yeah the one I want (want)
The only one I want (want)

Yeah, the one I want (want)
Want! want! yeah! yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah!

Hey-hey-hey! oh!
Yeah!back to top
From Afar
If I cannot see you from afar
Look into your eyes, that hint of depth
Hidden inside

If I cannot hear you from afar
Whisper in my ear, rest assured that
You are near

And I know not what it's like
The aforementioned
For the distance between us
As are the stars, I only have you
In my imagination
In my imagination
Just to love you
From afar

If I cannot kiss you from afar
Press against your lips, taste the
Sweetness of your breath

If I cannot touch you from afar
Hold you in my arms, keep you warm
And safe from harm

Though our circumstances
Cause separation
In the absence
There's a presence in my heart
I will surrender, I'll surrender to my
Quiet contemplation
My quiet contemplation
I'll just, I'll just love you
From afar

There must be a better way
A better way of passing the time
'cause' I can't seem to get her out
Get her out of my mindback to top
Dirty Water Dog
No candidate would I support
His platform could I endorse
Another accomplice slinging dirt
Campaign promises falling short
I don't belong to any race
Pledge allegiance to a place
No borderline in the sand I'd trace
I'm just a sucker for a pretty face

Uncomfortable in the realm of the political
Position's always been a little left of cynical
I'm fundamentally for the individual
Preoccupied purely with the physical

When heavy is the weight of the world
And the river runs a little too deep
Like a hound dog chasing a bird
Sometimes a certain tom's gotta peep
I'm a peek-a-boy, looking at girls
And I think I like, I think I like, I like what I see

I don't wanna find religion
Or another man's opinion
I can't choose what's not my decision
When there's only one under the sun
There's no need to be denied
Chew before swallowing pride
I want to live so let me die
Oh by the way, what's your sign?

Can't comprehend the meaning of the metaphysical
I'd rather leave that to your so-called intellectual
But what I do know I know feels only natural
I'm just a red-blooded heterosexual

When heavy is the weight of the world
And the river runs a little too deep
Like a dirty water doggin' a bird
Sometimes a certain tom's he gotta peep
I'm a peek-a-boy, looking at girls
And I think I like, I think I like, I like what I see

When heavy is the weight of the world
And the river runs a little too deep
Like a dirty water doggin' a bird
Sometimes a certain tom's he gotta peep
I'm a peek-a-boy, looking at girls
And I think I like, like a hound dog, chasin' a bird

And I think I like
A dirty water dog
And I think I like, I think I like, I like what I seeback to top
Once
Once embraced, can't ever be let go
Once revealed, can't ever be not shown
Once believed, can't ever lose faith
Once shared, can't ever be separate
Once sown, once can't ever be not reaped

Like the dawn of a brand new day
With the power of deity
Well, I can feel it inside of me
Feel it. can you feel it?

Once born, can't ever be not conceived
Once present, can't ever be past
Once first, once can't ever be not everlast

Returning home of the prodigal
Holding the intangible
To believe in a miracle
Believe it. can you believe it?

Have you ever been touched?
Once whoa, really touched?
Could it ever be too much?
Whoa-oh-oh, can you tell me?

Once seen, can't ever lose sight
Once dawn, can't ever be not light
Once, once felt, once felt
Can't ever be untouched

The assurance only hope can bring
With the conviction of the unseen
See it's greater than everything
See it, oh can you see it?

Have you ever been touched?
Once whoa-oh really, really touched?
Could it ever be too much?
Whoa-ooh-oh oh, can you tell me?
Have you ever really touched love once?

(oh!)

Oh! have you ever been touched?
Once whoa-oh-oh really touched?
Could it ever be too much?
I don't know. did you tell me?
Have you ever really touched
Once. whoa-oh really, really touched?

Could it ever be too much?
Oh-ooh somebody tell me
Have you ever really touched
Love once?

Ah, have you ever really touched
Love once?
Have you ever really touched love
Touched love?
Woooo-ooooo
Woooo-ooooo
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah
Wooo-oooo
Wooo-oooo
Wooo-oooo-oooo
Oh, love once. yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!back to top
Fire in the Hole
In a word to the wisdom tooth
To tell, or not the truth
So open up and say ahh-men
Rinse cup, then spit again

Forked tongue in double speak
Pretty soon you just might
Spring a leak
Inhale before you begin
Your iron lung's a bag of wind

There's a fire in the hole
Fire in the hole
There's a fire in the hole, fire

Sweet 'n' sour, filiblister
Faucet pouring, fresh 'n' bitter
Come on smile and say cheese
On a count of three
Got a mindful of decavities

Chew your words, lest you choke
You better watch your mouth
Wash it out with soap
Tongue tied in a tangled web
Your bile inside better left unsaid

There's a fire in the hole
Fire in the hole
There's a fire in the hole, fire

Rudder of ship, which sets the course
Does not the bit, bridle the horse
Great is the forest, set by a small flame
Like a tongue on fire, no one can tameback to top
Josephina
Josephina, there's so much I want to know
I've known you for all of mine
But not all of yours
You're not a stranger
No, nothing could be further
I look back and I wonder
What you were like, long before

Josephina, if I asked you, would you tell me?
The fact from the fancy
And the dreams in between
Tell me a story
All about yours truly
Photographs from the past
Imagine the mystery

Didja get your head lost in a daydream?
Cinderella, waiting for her charming
Did ya break a heart, like little girls often do?
Pigtails and painted toes
All dressed up in your mother's clothes
Can you shine the light?
Ah, can you shine the light?
Oh, please can you shine some light?
Yeah, can you shine the light?
Shine the light on a shadow

Josephina, would you lay down your defenses?
So I can make sense of
Those colors fading to grey
It's not that you're hiding
Something, I'd never imply
Yesteryear I may be gone
Can't say the same for today

Yeah, josephina!

Ah, josephina!

How else am I to know, that all the while
There was a mischievous look, behind that smile?
It's hard to tell, when innocence comes and goes
I'm sure that there were times, life could be unkind
Without a shoulder to cry on
Can you shine the light?
Ah, can you shine the light?
Yeah, please can you shine some light?
Yeah, can you shine the light?
Yeah, can you shine the light?
Shine the light on a shadow

(ah-ah-ah)
(ah-ah-ah)
(ah-ah-ah)back to top
Year to the Day
I woke up to yet another day
Grown to expect
Expect more of the same
Except for, for a subtle change
And that is, I'm slowly fading away

Harvest moon, soon will pass
Crop is gone, left only chaff
A bitter pill, and an overcast
A flag unfurled, at half mast

A year to the day
Since you went away
A moment in time
When you were last mine
I'm here standing still
With more time to kill
I barely survived
I barely survived

Like pouring salt on an open wound
Memory filling
Filling this empty room
I'm as bare, I'm as bare
As a barren womb
Still like the air
In a whitewash tomb

A year to the day
Since you went away
A moment in time
When you were last mine
I'm here standing still
With more time to kill
I barely survived
I barely survived
Three sixty-fiveback to top
Ballot or the Bullet
Give me liberty or give me death
No truer words have ever been said
Well are you prepared for your very last breath?
Don't you dare start what you cannot finish

So when we face, face the adversary
No longer are we the minority

And when history repeats her hour
The pendulum will swing, swing into power
Though not in vain like our forefathers
Freedom, never had no room for cowards

For in the end, there will be equality
By any means necessary

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen
Can be held by the same hand

What's it gonna take to liberate?
An emancipation, a false proclamation?
All these token words that you legislate
Sound a little bit absurd. hey! and a little too late

When a house is divided, it just will not stand
Once it's decided, a line drawn in the sand

Ah! the ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen
Can be held by the same hand

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do

The ballot or the bullet
The choice is up to you
The ballot or the bullet
Tell me what you gonna do
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
The sword or the pen can be
Held, held by the same hand!back to top
How Many Say I
Are you ever so silent, when she wanted to talk
Or couldn't keep quiet, when she needed a hug
Come on too strong, when a little's too much
How many, how many, say i

Go on and say yes, and really mean no
Would you rather guess, when you just don't know
And then say I love you, but aren't willing to show
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i

How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i

Say live and let live, then so quick to judge
Slow to forgive, when you're holding a grudge
Don't always believe, all you need is love
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i

How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i

Did you ever look down when the homeless walked by
Or changed the channel when you saw a hungry child
Know something to be true, then deny
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say i
How many, how many, say iback to top
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