5000 Camels

He made an offer for you
5000 camels for you.
That’s a lot of humps
for one pretty girl.

We thought about it,
Talked about it.
I’d miss you.
I’d miss you.

He made an offer for you
5000 camels for you.
That’s quite a caravan
for one pretty girl.

We thought about it,
laughed about it.
I’d miss you.
I’d miss you.

 

Alaska

To build a fire
isn't always easy
in a storm
but you can try.
Just when I was thinking what's an Eskimo to do.
Something in the fog says I can find my way with you.

The walls are white
the room feels bigger than is.
On into the night
the wind will be whistling a tune.
Just when I was thinking what's an Eskimo to do.
Something in the fog says I can find my way with you.
Sun in my Alaska.

Time to go outside,
time to read the writing on the wall.
Facing up to this
I kiss the light.
Colder than a polar bear this much is true.
Just when I was thinking what's an Eskimo to do.
Something in the fog says I can find my way.
Sun in my Alaska.


Blue Gone Green

I lost the bow
you tied round my finger.
Somewhere on the trail
I threw in my hand for a heart full of holes.
I rode through the night
thinking of you
and whatever it was
I couldn't pin down or tame
or lay blame at the feet of.

This is not the end, no.
This is not the end,
it's just another scene.
Blue gone green.

I let you go
like a balloon at the fairground.
I ran after you
saw all the signs saying give up the ghost.
But I know there's more to the picture.
I've got a good feeling.

This is not the end, no.
This is not the end,
it's just another scene.
Blue gone green.

 

Bottle
(D. Manning/S. Mozgawa)

Happy kinda.
Happy kinda.

This is meant to be a song
of joy for you.

Motorcycles, wind up toys
cowboy hats and polaroids.

This is meant to be a song
of joy for you.

Lost your bottle,
couldn’t think of what to say.
Lost your bottle,
that’s ok.

Happy kinda.
Happy kinda.

 

Broken   

There’s a hole in this and a crack in that.
Some of the pages are torn and stuck together.

When it all seems broken, maybe it always was,
it’s just the way it feels today.

When the colours run, faded in the sun
and nothing is how you remember.

When it all seems broken, maybe it always was,
it’s just the way it feels today.

When it comes undone
and the voices whisper run,
run run baby run.

When the lines are crossed, rhyme and reason lost.
The wheels spin but nothing is turning.

When it all seems broken, maybe it always was
it’s just the way it feels today.
Maybe it always was.

 

Buddha Baby 

Hey what's your problem? 
You make me so uneasy. 
Have you ever thought about it? 
Everything's so black and white to you. 
Do you wake up every morning
cursing the colour of your skin? 
There's nothing you can do about it. 
I got to stop running into you. 
To you, everything’s so black and white to you.
 
We had a conversation
but you were talking to yourself. 
I just happened to be standing there
I could've been a fishbowl on a shelf.
And it's a crying shame 
cause i've done all i can do. 
you're living in an ancient fortress, 
you're letting nothing new come through. 
To you, everything’s so black and white to you.

Hey mister bluesky 
you're looking grey, 
your face is flushed
but it's never red. 
there's a shadow
hanging over your head. 

You could be a buddha baby
to be free where you belong. 
There's never any misconceptions
when everything you know is wrong. 
And it's a brave new world
it's a carousel come true. 
That's why it gets me down
sitting here listening to you.

 

Buzz

Hey Buzz
Lewis Carroll would have loved you.
Hey Buzz
there's a cloud around the room now.
I am so so sorry.
Hey Buzz
this town doesn't hold me anymore.

Hey Buzz
come on over here with me.
Hey Buzz
you just sit there are you happy?
We are running low.

Counting crosses on the wall
marking the days.
This scene is fading.
Hey Buzz
this town doesn't hold me anymore.

Hey Buzz
funny how we ended up here.
Hey Buzz
we will find our lucky feet again.
Just around the corner.
 
Counting crosses on the wall
marking the days.
This scene is fading.
Hey Buzz
Lewis Carroll sure will love you.

 

Coming Back For My Wings

I’m coming back for my wings.
Please please,
I need the things
that set me free.

How long has it been?
Well it feels like an eternity.
Hundreds of bottles thousands of kisses.
How many waves have broken
How many words have been spoken
Hello and goodbyes
How many tears have fallen from your eyes?

I’m coming back for my wings
Please please,
I need the things
That set me free.

I was in a spin
I was in a spin
But I woke up in time.

How many cities have fallen down
How many times has love picked you off the ground
And told you everything would be ok?

I’m coming back for my wings.
Please please.
I need the things
that set me free.

I was in a spin
I was in a spin
I was in a spin
But I woke up in time.

 

Diamond in the Mine

She’s a diamond in the mine.
She’s a beautiful scar.
If we could travel I think we’d go far.

She’s a circus girl.
She’s a shepherds delight.
I couldn’t love her anymore tonight.

All’s well in my tree.
I’m not looking down.
When I fall will she catch me
is she with me now?

She’s a mardi gras.
She’s a house of fun.
It’s awful quiet when she’s gone.

 

Disappear

You make me feel like I'm so worthless
you cut me down like a pedestrian.
You make me run when I'm happy walking
you pick me up and put me down again.

I don't need you hanging round me
I don't need you in my ear.

I look at you and it makes me nervous
I hope I don't turn out that way.
You're so caught up in your public service
you're so lost in what your friends will say.

I don't need you hanging round me
I don't need you in my ear
I don't need your conversation
I just wish that you would disappear.

You say it's only 'cause you're worried about me
I'm not worried so why should you.
You better get another occupation
there's got to be something else to do.

I don't need you hanging round me
I don't need you in my ear
I don't need your conversation
I just wish that you would disappear.

 

Dog House

I get so lonely
out here on my own
I get so lonely baby
can I come back home?

Let me out of the dog house baby
set me free.
Let me out of the dog house baby
throw me the key.

Maybe I went too far
maybe I just didn’t think.
And maybe maybe
maybe baby
all these maybes lead me to drink.

Let me out of the dog house baby
set me free.
Let me out of the dog house baby
throw me the key.

Streets are empty
my pockets are too
and no matter which road I take
all of them are leading to you.

 

Dog With Wings

He’s on fly
The dog with wings.
He’s on fly.

 

Dreamship

There's a girl, there's a girl
she really turns my world
round and round.
Can we be, can we be
like two birds in a tree
free and found?

Who's to know which way it will go.

Sister sun, sister sun
you know who is the one
to brighten your sky.
Mister moon, mister moon
yeh you in your balloon
don't let it all go by.

Who's to know which way it will go.
My dreamship. 

Run baby run
grab whatever you can.

 

Dust Bunnies

I’ve got a pocket full of dust bunnies
my imagination is hard to please.
Walking barefoot on a cold stone floor,
remember when I saw you last and what you wore.

Living in a snow dome town
shake it up and turn it all upside down.
It’s pretty I confess
I keep an eye on your stars out of habit I guess.
I don’t pretend to know why,
how what or where it all begins and ends.

There’s a movie running through my head
what we could’ve would’ve should’ve said.
Every empire returns to sand
Napoleon and Caesar walking hand in hand.
I don’t pretend to know why
how what or where it all begins and ends.



Eat a Peach 

I eat a peach
at the foot of your grave,
Monsieur Gainsbourg.
And it drips down like honey
on you in the afterworld.

Le temps de l’amour
j’suis d’accord
c’est maintenant ou jamais.
Aujord’hui nous sommes ici vivant
qui sait, qui sait 
demain.  

Je bois du vin
a votre vie 
je chante une chanson pour vous.
Heure d’aller
la fin du jour 
le soleil a disparu.

 

Even When I'm Sleeping

Don't be confused by my apparent lack of ceremony
my mind is clear.
I may be low or miles high off in the distance
I want you near.

I love you even when I'm sleeping.
When I close my eyes you're everywhere.

And if they take me flying on the magic carpet
see me wave.
If our communication fails I'll reconnect it
I want to rave.

I love you even when I'm sleeping.
When I close my eyes you're everywhere.

No matter where the road is leading us remember
don't be afraid.
We have a continent that sometimes comes between us
that's ok.

I love you even when I'm sleeping.
When I close my eyes you're everywhere.

 

Everybody Wants To Take You Home

Everybody wants to take you home
you sat on your bed and cried.
I wrap myself round you
you and your stupid pride.
Ditch the dark angel
climb up on this pedestal.

Everybody wants to take you home
we stepped across the line.
Now pleasure's a crown of thorns
and pain is a valentine.
Sometimes we have to learn
when to let the bridges burn.

Why do you want to be
where no-one can find you
nobody knows you
set all your ghosts free
the house is so haunted
is this what you wanted?

Everybody wants to take you home
you try to live up to that.
You feel like you're falling short
like a washed up acrobat.
Mirror mirror on the wall
raise your arm against it all.

 

Faith
(D.Manning/J. Johnston)

Phone won't ring when you sit by it waiting
toast don't pop when you're watching the clock.
We could be waiting on a sign
until the end of time
and there's still no guarantee
of it making sense to anyone.
All we need's a little faith.

Now we can question ourselves
every book on every shelf.
We can run a marathon
and still be where we started from.
Roll with the punches
swim with the tide
even an angel
can get taken for a ride.
All we need's a little faith.

I tell myself time and time again
somedays I am stronger
some days go for ever.
There's always heart while the dream is there
you have to let it come through
it's better when it finds you.

Phone won't ring when you sit by it waiting
toast don't pop when you're watching the clock.
We can only do
whatever can be done
we all eventually
take our place beside the sun.

 

Faces in a Passing Car    

I carry my friends around with me
not that my shoulders are so wide.
More in the things they say and see
I am the sum of everyone.
I am a concertina doll
like the books and records on the wall.
Some are dark and some are light
some are here and some are gone.
Faces in a passing car.

You said I was talking in my sleep
right on through the night.
They’re all there in my dreams
like a midnight choir.
I can hear them in my ear
like a radio.
Some are loud and clear
some are awful quiet
some are here and some are gone.
Faces in a passing car.


Falling Up
(D. Manning/A. Hart)

You show me
how it could be.
Whenever I tumble in turmoil
you catch me.
Ooh, I want to be that for you.

I’m falling up above the ground.
I’m in the trees when you’re around.

Keep me connected
like a kite.
Reel me into you
every night.
Ooh, I want to be that for you.

I’m falling up above the ground.
I’m in the trees when you’re around
the world looks so much better.

I’m falling up, I’m in the clouds.
I’m with the birds when you’re around
the world looks so much better.

 

Fingers Crossed
 
Everyday is a hurricane
in the china shop.
Looking down
but seeing up.

Everyday Everest is small
from a cloud above.
A high wire act,
no net below.

Fingers crossed,
we find the ladders
skip on past the snakes
to the places we have what it takes.

Everyday it washes up
at our feet again.
Just as sure
as a fridge will buzz.

Fingers crossed,
we find the ladders
skip on past the snakes
to the places we have what it takes.

 

Flower
(D. Lane/D. Manning)

Is it you, is it me,
is it something in between?

Is it strange, is it weird,
is there something that’s disappeared?

I’ll be giving you a flower,
every other hour.
Is it wrong, is it right,
will this keep us up all night?

Is it up, is it down.
Is it lost, is it found?

Is it clear, are we blind.
Was I really so unkind?

I’ll be giving you a flower,
every other hour.
Is it wrong, is it right,
will this keep us up all night?

 

Fortune

She wraps her arms around you
comes on like a friend.
You love her cause she’s beautiful
and she promises you everything.
I don’t want to let her get too close to me
I don’t want to let her get a hold of me.

She sits on a bubble
she only wears one shoe.
Flicks a finger in your eye
smiles and scatters you.
I don’t want to let her get too close to me
I don’t want to let her get a hold of me.

There’s nothing that she doesn’t dare
nothing she won’t do.

She has my number
and I know she’ll use it one day soon.
Snap me like a rubber band
send me sailing to the moon.

I don’t want to let her get too close to me
I don’t want to let her get a hold of me
I don’t want to let her get the better of me.

There’s nothing that she doesn’t dare
nothing she won’t do.


Forty-one False Starts 
 
I’ve been feeling like the old man and the sea.
You asked me if I was over it.
I'll never be.
It's all been torn apart
forty-one false starts. 
If I could be so brave
a little Lenny Bruce
like I didn't care. 
 
I'm working on it
I am working
see these hands are so very tired. 

I feel like such a loser on some dumb crusade. 
I feel so caught between
this whole love and hate thing. 
So what if I wear
a bullseye on my heart
forty-one false starts. 
So much is left unsaid. 
I wanted to clear the air
you said it was perfectly clear.
 
I'm working on it
I am working
see these hands are so very tired. 


Get Up and Fall Down 
 
The man with the voices in his head said
‘be quiet, please be quiet’.
There’s mayhem in the attic
can you hear it there’s a riot,
there’s a riot.

And I see you and me in him
like puppets on a string,
we dance and fall down,
we laugh and fall down,
get up and fall down.

He knows that life is just a hoop
you have to jump through,
you have to jump through.
Still he wonders as the whip comes down
does he have to, does he have to?

And I see you and me in him
like puppets on a string,
we dance and fall down,
we laugh and fall down,
get up and fall down.

The man with a pocket full of stones
stood beside the running river.
He wishes he could just let go and enjoy the show
but he’s so tied up, he’s so tied up.

And I see you and me in him
like puppets on a string,
we dance and fall down,
we laugh and fall down,
get up and fall down.

 

Good Day 

Woke up late again,
didn’t make the bed.
Friend of mine came by,
sun was in the sky,
no reason to complain.

Sat there for a while,
that’s what I do best.
Read a little more Bukowski,
ordinary madness
is surely everywhere.

Nothing broken or loss, it’s been a good day.
Nothing broken or loss, it’s been a good day.

Kicking out the jams,
habits die hard.
We can only try,
occasionally we fly,
have you got somewhere to land ?
I don’t want to think too hard about it.

Nothing broken or loss, it’s been a good day.
Nothing broken or loss, it’s been a good day.



Great Big Old World

Bones by the road in the sun
that’s what we are, what we are.
And all these mistakes we have made
will wash away, wash away.

Great big old world,
great big old world.
And it doesn’t stop for anyone.

Broke like a spoke in a wheel
what goes around comes around.
And all we think is so real
is it ever there, is it ever there?

Great big old world,
great big old world.
And it doesn’t stop for anyone.

Someone said, watch your head
you could loose it round here.
Someone said.

Bones by the road in the sun
that’s what we are, what we are.
Burning up like a star
here and gone, here and gone.

Great big old world,
great big old world.
And it doesn’t stop for anyone.

 

Here Comes Your Ride 
 
Goodbye beautiful it’s time
the daisies are trampled
it's such a crime.
You looked so far ahead
and left so much behind.
Here comes your ride. 

I want to remember how we were
in those days of gold
when we shone like stars.
We were bright
we were bold.
Here comes your ride.  
 
Surely we will laugh again
it’s too soon now
you’re all around me.
I waited so long
guess I’ll be here a little longer.
Here comes your ride.   

 

Hey Hey 
(D. Manning/J. Johnston)

Hey hey my friend
you're upside down again. 
My my your hair's a mess 
now it's anybody's guess. 
Funny how life can be a desperation. 
You don't have to go for that. 

Hey hey my friend
whose hands are on the wheel? 
Are they taking you for a ride
or are you just too numb to feel?
The knives in your back
the thorn in your side. 
You don't have to go for that. 

There's a school of thought
there's a bull in a china shop. 
There's a bird in a cage
there's a penny that wants to drop. 
Is this what you want? 

Hey hey my friend 
guess I'll be seeing you round now. 
When it happens again
when you feel it drag you down.
You don't have to swallow it every time. 
You don't have to go for that. 

 

How Love Came into the World

And the moon whispered to the sun
the sweetest thing ever heard.
And the sun burst through a cloud
told it to a bird.

And the bird sang it out to the wind
who carried it far and wide.
Whispered it to a bee
in a flower on a mountain side.

That’s how love came into the world.
That’s how love came into the world.

And the mountain ran down to the ocean
told all the fish in the sea.
And the fish told a whale the story
and the whale told me.

That’s how love came into the world.
That’s how love came into the world.

 

I Don’t Care
(D. Manning/D. Lane/I. Shadwell)

I don’t care if you want to leave me
I don’t care if you have to go.
I don’t care what your friends are saying
I don’t care if you think it’s so.

Oh, there’s a great big hole.
Oh, when you close the door behind you
can you give me back my soul.

I don’t care if you don’t want to see me
I don’t care one little bit.
I don’t care how I’m going to feel better
I don’t care how I’ll get used to it.

Oh, there’s a great big hole.
Oh, when you close the door behind you
can you give me back my soul.

 

I Love You Honey But The Season is Over

The caravans are rolling out
on the closing day.
I see you standing in the crowd
I want so much to say.
If I don't look as lost as you
it's just because I've learnt to hide it.
Walking the tightrope every night.
That was all we ever needed to know.

I love you honey but the season is over.
Where are you going ?

My conscious is up and down
I'm a human cannonball.
I don't feel so holy now
have I ever been at all?
If I don't look as lost as you
it's just because I've learnt to hide it.
Walking the tightrope every night.
That was all we ever needed to know.

I love you honey but the season is over.
Where are you going ?

 

If I Was a Spy

If I was a spy you probably wouldn’t know me.
I’d be a master of disguises,
someone nobody recognizes.
A sailor or a cook,
I could be a book.

There’d be alleyways and get-aways,
aeroplanes and plans to save the world.
Waiters with one eye
nods and winks and secret handshakes.
Foreign papers in attaché cases
Beautiful women and double agents.

If I was a spy there would be some shady characters.
I’d have to keep my wits about me,
But I wouldn’t let it cramp my style.
The flower in my lapel,
would be a camera as well.

There’d be alley ways and get-aways,
aeroplanes and plans to save the world.
Waiters with one eye,
nods and winks and secret handshakes.
Foreign papers in attaché cases
Beautiful women and double agents

If I was a spy I would be diplomatic.
I’d know when to say the right thing,
I’d be witty and amusing.
From Havana to Tokyo
Down to Mexico.
If I was a spy.

 

I'll Believe You

There's a world of trouble on my mind
tell me everything will work out fine.
I'll believe you.

They've knocked me to the ground again
tell me what I'm feeling isn't pain.
I'll believe you.
I wish I could be sure of more than I am now my friend.

I lost my needle in the hay
tell me I will find it again someday.
I'll believe you.

If love is not my greatest defense
tell me nothing's ever meant to make much sense.
I'll believe you.
I wish I could be sure of more than I am now my friend.

 

I've Stared at the Sun

Morning comes, surrounds me
nowhere to run, nowhere to go.
The days are so long, without you
no sense of time, no senses at all.
Planet earth is turning
over and over like a merry-go-round.
I'm stuck on the horse
with no name.
Where would I be without your love?
I've stared at the sun.

The truth is
cheering for a puppet show.
It's a thin thin line
we're walking
got to hold on with our arms open wide.
Red red square is burning
don't let the flames of freedom die.
Picture us, together.
Where would I be without your love?
I've stared at the sun.

Overexposed, it's too late
to disconnect the way I feel.
Baby I'm lost, I'm falling
I took every number on the roulette wheel.
But it wasn't enough
so tell me what is
you who know me better than that.
Chelsea girl, forever.
Where would I be without your love?
I've stared at the sun

 

Kissing Bedrock 

You've been kissing bedrock I can tell.
By the way you carry round the world. 
On your shoulders high
ever wonder why? 
The only way to go is up from here. 

You've been kissing bedrock I can see.
By the way you walk straight through me.
Staring at your shoes nothing else to lose. 
The only way to go is up from here. 

You will come around
you will come around
soon enough you'll laugh about it. 
You will come around,
you will come around. 
What could have ever shot you down? 
 
You've been kissing bedrock that's ok.
Let the moon go on her wicked way. 
Dust yourself off now
time will tell somehow. 
The only way to go is up from here.

 

Leonardo’s Bride

She turns the tv on
it's 9 a.m. she's bored again.
She has no place to be
nothing going down
she just hangs around.

She surrenders to it
there's a white flag blowing.
She hangs her shoulders with a sigh
mona lisa smile.

Another cup of tea
she throws the window wide
it's cold inside.
Another cigarette
not a lot to say
she's giving nothing away.

She surrenders to it
there's a white flag blowing.
She hangs her shoulders with a sigh
mona lisa smile.

If I could give her the world I surely would
but it's not that easy.
But I can give her my love
and if that's enough
she'll be Leonardo's bride.

Don't want to bring her down
but it gets to me
just to watch her be.
But who am I to say
cause I've been there
we make such a fine pair.

 

Let me Come Over

You stop yourself before you start
no-one is allowed inside you.
The desert of your heart
the one I want to ride through.
Let me come over.

If you want to shoot the moon
if you want to sail for the sun.
If you want to shake the monkey
baby I'm the one.
Let me come over.

I like how you're holding out
for who I wonder
I like your easy blush.
And when you swing your wrecking ball
down like thunder
baby I can take the crush.
Let me come over.

 

Like a Train

Like a train would a track, like a spy would a clue.
Like an itch would a scratch, I am missing you.
Like a drum would a beat, like a lock would a key
Like a cowboy would a horse, like a sailor would the sea.

I am missing you
missing you,
so I’ll go missing too.

Like a circus would a clown, a boxer would a ring.
Like a lion would a roar, like a puppet would a string.
Like a song would a melody, like one and one would two.
Like the birds would the bees, I am missing you

 


Living in the Red
(D. Manning/J. Johnston)

These days are so pell mell.
Toss me some sleep will you find me down deep
in this dark well.
Unpaid bills and an unmade bed.

I tried, tried that whole bit.
That merry-go-round
that goes round that went round
is not worth it.
Stop yourself now
before it goes to your head.

Ah, take what you want
take what you need.
Ah, take what you want
what you want from me
but no pictures please
no pictures please
living in the red.

Judge me
though I've sentenced myself.
This labour of love
is a love that leaves no time
for much else.
I'm not alone as a dreamer once said.

Ah, take what you want
take what you need.
Ah, take what you want
what you want from me
but no pictures please
no pictures please
living in the red.
shoo ......
   

                                 
Love is a Fashion 
 
Love is a fashion
love is a war
love is a hairdo
love is a see-saw
love is a circus
love is a train yeh.
It comes and goes, comes and goes.

Love is a crush
love is a queen
love is a popstar
love is a dream
love is a speedy motorcycle yeh.
It comes and goes, comes and goes.

Love is a flower
love is a bee
love is a lapse of rhyme and reason.
love is an arrow right on target .
It comes and goes, comes and goes.

 

My Street Is Steep

My street is steep
my dragster really moves.
It’s got a glitter seat.
and it matches my shoes

And when we go out riding
there’s nothing better.
And when I double you
We are so together

My street is steep
I have the scars to show.
On my hands and feet
on my knees and elbows.

And when we go out riding
it’s something special.
You’re always laughing
you’re a real dare devil.

My street is steep
anything but flat.
Either high or low
you get used to that.

And when we go out riding
you wrap your arms around me.
We’re like two birds flying
ever so free.
Like two birds flying
ever so free.

 

No Roses Grow on a Sailor’s Grave

What is going on round here?
The sea is high
tonight.
I hope this boat
won’t let me down,
I think about you all the time.
No roses grow on a sailor’s grave.

Land ahoy a part of me
wants to turn around.
I’d loose the tattoos if I could
only settle down.
No roses grow on a sailor’s grave.

We could be strong
and I want to come along with you.
But if you just want to spin the wheel
to keep me hanging on
I may as well be gone.

I’m just riding out the storm
40,000 leagues away.
I’d carry your books
carry your anchor
just to see you smile again.
No roses grow on a sailor’s grave.

 

Oh Yeh

I have one foot on the shore
I have one foot in the sea.
Has no mans dagger here
a point for me?

When it all comes down to dust
who will you satisfy?
He who lives more lives than one
more deaths than one must die.

Oh yeh, I get this feeling
Oh yeh, will it ever leave me
Oh yeh, will it ever leave me alone.

To the center of the earth
where the wild darkness grows.
To the edges of the universe 
is there anyone who knows?

Oh yeh, I get this feeling
Oh yeh, will it ever leave me
Oh yeh, will it ever leave me alone.

 

One Push

You say good morning
I say good morning to you.
If you ignore me
i’ll ignore you too.
We are connected
like concertina dolls.
One push
and everybody falls.

Once I would have broken down.
Once I would have wanted to run.
It’s getting better.

You say good evening
I say good evening to you.
If you believe me
i’ll believe you too.
Call me a loser
and a loser is what I’ll surely be.
Throw me halo,
make a saint of me.

Once I would have broken down
Once I would have wanted to run
It’s getting better.

 

Out of the Mud

I’m cutting the strings one by one.
I’m letting go I’m slowly coming undone.
I've opened the gates
welcomed the flood.
I’m making a lover out of the mud.

No master to please no need for the whip.
No reason to hide away, I’ve jumped the ship.
Bread for your body
wine for your blood.
I’m making a lover out of the mud.

I’m taking my time about it,
no need to rush about it.

I lay you a while out in the sun.
A little touch here and there I’m nearly done.
That’s all I have, I hope it’s enough.
I’m making a lover out of the mud.

 

Pink Pony

There are stars on the ceiling when you look up at the pink pony.
You can sit under the milky way ever so comfortably.
There's a juke box in the corner and the music is bitter sweet.
That's how I'm feeling now it's raining and it's so complete.
 
I saw a hero he was walking down the street last night.
He was cruising, floating like a satellite.
In a motor cycle t-shirt and jet black hair.
Everyone was looking but he didn't seem to care.
                     
When time is on your side and there's nowhere to be.
You can watch it all go by at the pink pony.
 
Anything you're looking for you'll find it anytime of day.
You can get a tattoo from the palour just across the way.
And the corner boys will do their best to set you straight.
No-one's in a hurry it's always open late.

When time is on your side and there's nowhere to be.
You can watch it all go by at the pink pony.

 

Problematic Art of Conversation 
 
So there I was at the party 
and everybody seemed to be so well rehearsed. 
Come the time to play my part I tried 
but I couldn't find the page 
I stumbled through the scene 
and out the door onto the street 
and off the stage 
now I'm thinking of Marcel Marceau. 
Marcel why is it so? 
In the problematic art of conversation.
 
I'm sitting down to tv
almost every waking moment of my time 
now I find I eat I sleep I dream in hour episodes. 
It sure is hard remembering the names of everyone I meet 
so pardon me but who are you and am I wrong 
but are you talking to me? 
In the problematic art of conversation.
 
So I watch the prince and princesses of prose 
pissing in pockets everyday 
and it only makes me think of Oscar Wilde 
and the fickleness of pop, 
popularity. 
If I had a silver tongue I would have sold it long ago 
while poetry is dandy, 
there are handier collectables. 
In the problematic art of conversation. 

 

Rachel Lets Go of the Handlebars

We were in the park this morning riding along.
Hardly anyone around, night had barely gone.
And there among the trees,
the birds and fading stars.
Rachel lets go of the handlebars.

‘There’s only so much crap you can bear’ she said.
‘This merry-go-round we’re riding is messing with my head.
I’d sooner pack it in and move on up to Mars’.
Rachel lets go of the handlebars.

Everything looks different now.
So much clearer somehow.

We agree a visit to the continent is due.
Maybe all that’s needed is a taste of something new.
Anyhow we’ll always have these pretty little scars.
Rachel lets go of the handlebars.

Everything looks different now.
So much clearer somehow.

 

Rear View Mirror

Another sleepy hollow
another broken motel sign.
Now the fog has lifted
you don’t look as fine.

Another lone dog walking
another empty tidy town.
I guess it feels better
when there’s no-one else around.
You are in my rear view mirror.

Another mile further
static on the radio.
I’ve seen a hundred payphones
how many more to go?
You are in my rear view mirror.

 

Ribbon Round A Bomb

Baby you’re a ribbon round a bomb.
Baby you’re a ribbon round a bomb.

I can hear a tick but it’s not a clock,
It’s getting louder and it just won’t stop.
Baby you’re a ribbon round a bomb.

I could run, I could fly,
I’m sleeping with an open eye.
Baby you’re a ribbon round a bomb.
Round a bomb.

Think I saw a flash of light
Wherever you were last night
Baby you’re a ribbon round a bomb.
Round a bomb.

 

Sailor Girl 
 
Sailor girl is all at sea, she says, 
‘I‘m looking for something real
something to set me free.
What will it be, what will it be?'

Sailor girl is up and down, she says,
‘I need an anchor to keep me in this town.
What will it be, what will it be?'

Captain, my captain,
what do you do when your dreams are sinking.
What do you hold on to?
Captain, my captain,
what do you say when the boat is leaking.
What do you hold on to?

Sailor girl gives in and sighs, she says,
‘Is my head in the clouds
are there stars in my eyes.
What will it be, what will it be?’

Captain, my captain,
what do you do when your dreams are sinking.
What do you hold on to?
Captain, my captain,
what do you say when the boat is leaking.
What do you hold on to?

 

Sing a Song

Sing a song
full of minor chords.
Some people say minor chords are sad.
I don’t really mind.

Got a lot of love
got a lot of love for you.
Want to give you what I can.
Give you what and then some.
Come along, come along and see.

Tossed around
deep inside the belly of a whale.
Is this the measure of a man ?
What I mean is, never mind.
Come along, come along and see.

So take a walk around
we’re sure you’ll love the place.
There’s room to find yourself.
We hope you’ll stay a while.
Come along, come along and see.
Sing a song, sing a song with me.

 

Sonnet For a Fool
(D. Manning/S. Mozgawa)

Music sounds better when I watch you dance.
I’m not sure what to do with hands.
God looks after fools I should know.

Much as I try, much as I try, I will stumble.
If I could fly, if I could fly, surely I would.
God looks after fools I should know.

 

Sleepyhead

Somebody made the wheel
someone said what's the point?
Critics come and critics go
the faithless follow fashion mister
don't you know?
Whatever you've got under your hat
you'll need a whole lot more than that.

This reminds me 
of all the reasons why I hated school.
It seemed so black and white I mean
every moment had a rule.
Maybe that's why I see red
boy you're such a sleepyhead.

I wonder what will ever wake you up
the bells of a thousand fire trucks.
I sure hope that one day you wake up
sleepyhead.

Higher higher even higher
don't stop till my head is way up
in the clouds.
I don't feel any different
but you sure seem so much smaller now.
The door is always open wide
if you ever want to climb inside.

I wonder what will ever wake you up
the bells of a thousand fire trucks.
I sure hope that one day you wake up
sleepyhead.

 

So Brand New

Strange news from another star is floating around.
Now I know why when I try to stand up I fall down.
There walks a giant and the earth is just a stone in his shoe.
Believe me baby when I tell you we are so brand new.

How can anything be of importance.
Embrace confusion when it's making sense.
If you have a moment I know what we could do.
Go bathing in the glory of it baby we are so brand new.

You already know what you need to know
you know it's all in your mind.

Any hour any moment could well be the first.
Our love is wide spread across the universe.
Leave your window open and all your dreams come true.
I can feel it coming baby we are so brand new.

 

So Easy

It’s so easy
to forget
how you made
a mess of it.
You didn’t want it
all that bad.
You set fire
to what you had.
It’s so easy.

You figured what the fuck
didn’t you baby?
You had it all worked out
what to wear
how it would be so easy.

It’s so easy
to pretend
that it would never
happen again.
It’s so easy.

You held all the cards
didn’t you baby?
You took it all for a ride
sitting pretty
making it look so easy.

 

Sonic

Sand in my eyes, sand in my hair
sand in the places I never knew.
People are cruel when they want to be
they turn into monsters out of the sea.
You're not like all of the rest.
You're always smiling and waving.

When I was younger I was sure
I could fly above it all.
I remember looking down
but I'm so tied up to the ground now.
You're not like all of the rest.
You're always smiling and waving.
Can I be sonic too?

Stars in my eyes, stars in my hair
stars and footprints in the air.
Could I ever be that tall
wrapped up in this mortal coil?
You're not like all of the rest.
You're always smiling and waving.
Who catches you when you’re falling.
Can I be sonic too?

 

Stay 
 
Stay another change of heart
stay another memory
stay another great expectation
stay another late movie. 
Stay with me.

Stay another rush of blood 
stay another shooting star
stay another revolution 
stay another fallen czar. 
Stay with me.

Stay another spin of the bottle
stay another night of holding on
stay another sweet inspiration 
stay another love song. 
Stay with me.

 

Swimmingly
(D. Manning/A. Dobson)

If a dark cloud should follow me
if it only rained where i stood
wondering why
it wouldn't be the first time.

If I fell from the edge of the universe
if I tumbled in nothingness
knowing my screams were a mime
it wouldn't be the first time.

Oh, isn't it lovely now everything's going
so swimmingly.
Oh' isn't it lovely now everything's moving
so swimmingly

If I walked the streets with my shadow
if I turned around to see it
with some other guy
it wouldn't be the first time.
If I stormed the tower of song tonight
if only when morning came did it 
surrender the rhyme
it wouldn't be the first time.

Oh, isn't it lovely now everything's going
so swimmingly.
Oh, isn't it lovely now everything's moving
so swimmingly.


Temperamental Friend
(D. Manning/J. Johnston)

If I only said the things you want to hear
what kind of friend would I be?
Why try hiding it
you gave yourself away
you took offence so easily.

My temperamental friend
my temperamental friend
it doesn't have to end.

Yes I love you as you are
don't be mistaken
I was only having fun.
That's ok with me
if that's ok with you
the joke's on everyone.

My temperamental friend
my temperamental friend
it doesn't have to end.

If one day you see the humour
in the situation
please drop me a line,
let me know you're fine.

My temperamental friend
my temperamental friend
it doesn't have to end.
My temperamental friend
my temperamental friend
will I see you again?

 

Titanic 
(D. Manning/J. Johnston)

Now I've said all I wanted to say, 
try to sleep, something just won't go away. 
Not alone, there's a party of ghosts in my bed. 
These times are so twisted, busted, 
there's no rhyme or reason. 

So I stare at a photo a friend of mine sent 
from New York, she's finding it hard paying rent. 
Out of sorts, looks like everybody's feeling the same. 
The camel's back is bending 
but it hasn't broken yet. 

Everything's turning upside down 
where will it end? 
Yes hello hello I see
the Titanic has sunk again. 

So I ride to wherever it is I will lay
as I read from the book of mercy everyday, 
understand where this parade is headed for. 
Do what you want to do boy
sleep whenever you can.
 
Everything's turning upside down
where will it end? 
Yes hello hello I see
the titanic has sunk again. 

 

That Boy

He got a tattoo of her name
he only met her yesterday
always in a rush that boy.

He always reads the last page first
he's always cutting to the chase
always in a rush that boy.

Like a bee
like a bear in honey
here he comes 
there he goes again.

Don't play hide and seek with him
he never counts to ten
always in a rush that boy.

Like a bee
like a bear in honey
here he comes 
there he goes again.

 

The Long Way Around

The Long Way Around
The Long Way Around.
Take the Long Way Around.



The Moon is a Peephole

The moon is a peephole
tonight it’s open wide.
If you had a secret
it would be hard to hard.

Everyone would know it when morning came around.
It’s so hard to keep a secret in this town.

The moon is peephole
what’s on the other side?
Poets and dreamers
astronauts have tried.

All I can tell you and it’s the strangest thing.
When it’s burning bright I feel like a puppet on a string.

The moon is a peephole
thought I saw a giant eye.
Staring back at me
from up there in the sky.

I’ve tried knocking but no-one will answer the door.
I guess soon enough we’ll out what it’s for.

 

Tricks

See the giants
waving their arms.
Like a row of windmills in the sun.
Come along sister,
we’ll lead this horse to water.
This heat is playing tricks on our eyes.

A quiver full of arrows
is not enough.
You need a steady hand
and a lot of love.
Come along sister,
they will never catch us.
This heat is playing tricks on our eyes.

 

 
Wednesday 
 
Wednesday girl, wednesday boy. 
Comes around in the morning 
stepping lightly, 
taking coffee in the garden 
where the sunflowers inspire you 
to paint a picture, 
write a letter. 

Wednesday girl, wednesday boy.
Lunch is brie 
and a little wine and music 
on the sofa, 
soon enough siesta 
now you're finally with the one you love. 

Nothing demanding here, 
there's an understanding here, 
No mind for matters permanent. 

Step out 
on another perfect afternoon for walking 
back to the tower 
where the battle rages on 
armed with love. 
Wednesday girl, wednesday boy. 

 

Where It Starts
(D. Manning/A. Hart)

Tried it all
I’ve been big and small
and everything fits
but I don’t want just this there’s more
to the story.
A hotel floor
a lot goes on
in every room but the ending’s not for.

Here now
right here right now
right here right now
is where it starts.

And it’s not gone
no never for long
no shock to the plot
no tongue twister a puzzle it’s not.
Put here to scare you
to derail your train
take a step I dare you
make a bet on the farm and win the game.

Here now
right here right now
right here right now
is where it starts.

 

Your Love
(D. Manning/J. Johnston)

This situation's out of hand
my friends don't really understand.
What have I let myself into
how did I ever fall for you?
Your love is going to be the death of me.

Your humour hits me like a train
don't tie me to the tracks again.
You say I should be grateful
cause everything in life is fatal
Your love is going to be the death of me.

You say relax that it's all inside of my head
I ought to try to enjoy myself instead.
It isn't easy being brave
when you're only inches from the grave 
Your love is going to be the death of me.

 

 

All songs published by Mushroom Music