Long Road Out Of Eden Album

Business As Usual

 

Look at the weather, look at the news 

Look at all the people in denial 

We’re burning time, bleeding grace 

Still we worship at the marketplace 

While common sense is goin’ out of style 

I thought that I would be above it all by now 

In some country garden in the shade 

 

But it’s business as usual 

Day after day 

Business as usual 

Just grinding away 

You try to be righteous 

You try to do good 

But business as usual 

Turns your heart into wood 

 

Monuments to arrogance reach for the sky 

Our better nature’s buried in the rubble 

We got the prettiest White House that money can buy 

Sitting up there in that beltway bubble 

When “el jefe” talks about our freedom 

This is what he really means… 

 

Business as usual 

How dirty we play 

Business as usual 

Don’t you get in the way 

Yeah, make you feel helpless 

Make you feel like a clown 

Business as usual 

Is breakin’ me down 

 

Boy, you can’t go surfing in Century City 

Yeah, them sharks out there are lurking beneath the curb 

Yeah, they rob you blind, chew you up, and it ain’t pretty 

And it’s a soul suckin’, soul suckin’, soul suckin’, soul suckin’ 

Soul suckin’, soul suckin’ world 

 

Business as usual 

Day after day 

Business as usual 

Feel like walking away 

A barrel of monkeys 

Or band of renown 

Business as usual 

Is breakin’ me down 

Breakin’ me down 

 

Busy Being Fabulous

 

I came home to an empty house 

And I found your little note 

“Don’t wait up for me tonight” 

And that was all she wrote 

 

Do you think I don’t know that you’re out on the town 

With all of your high-rollin’ friends? 

What do you do when you come up empty? 

Where do you go when the party ends? 

 

And you were just too busy being fabulous 

Too busy to think about us 

I don’t know what you were dreaming of 

Somehow you forgot about love 

And you were just too busy being fabulous, uh-huh 

 

A little time in the country 

A day or two to slow down 

A bottle of wine and a walk in the moonlight 

Maybe some foolin’ around 

 

But you think time is just a magazine 

And money’s just a thrill 

I’ve waited so long for you to change your way of livin’ 

Now I realize that you never will 

 

‘Cause you were just too busy being fabulous 

Too busy to think about us 

Lookin’ for something you’ll never find 

You’ll never know what you left behind 

‘Cause you were just too busy being fabulous, uh-huh 

 

You tell a joke and everybody’s laughin’ 

That’s something you know how to do 

You’ve always been the life of the party 

But now my baby, the joke is on you 

 

‘Cause you were just too busy being fabulous 

Too busy to think about us 

Running after something that never comes 

What in the world are you runnin’ from? 

 

And you were just too busy being fabulous 

Too busy to think about us 

To drink the wine from your winner’s cup 

To notice the children were growin’ up 

 

And you were just too busy being fabulous 

Too busy, too busy 

Too busy 

Aw, baby 

 

Center Of The Universe

 

I come before you with my heart in my hand 

Hoping you can see me through this veil of tears 

Somehow I’ve got to make you understand 

Ah, don’t you know me after all these years? 

 

Oh, love, I hate to disappoint you 

But there’s something you should know 

 

This is not the center of the universe 

That’s alright with me 

This is not the center of the universe 

But it’s where I wanna be 

 

I will be with you everywhere you go 

In gentle breezes that caress your skin 

And you will see me in the silent snow 

In everything that comes around again 

 

Oh, love, I’ll always be beside you 

Wherever you may roam 

Someday, with all the stars to guide you 

You will find your way back home 

 

This is not the center of the universe 

That’s alright with me 

This is not the center of the universe 

 

Do Something

 

I’ve been walkin’ through the fields 

And on the streets of town 

Trying to make sense of what you left me 

Everything that I believed in 

Has been turned upside down 

And now it seems the whole wide world’s gone crazy 

 

But when I feel like giving up 

And I’m ready to walk away 

In the stillness, I can hear 

A voice inside me say 

 

Do something 

Do something 

It’s too late for saving face 

Don’t just stand there takin’ up space 

Why don’t you do something? 

Do something 

It’s not over 

No, it’s never too late 

 

You were always on my side 

Love was all we had 

Now I sit and watch our love unraveling 

I pick up the morning paper 

All the news is bad 

How did we get on this road we’re traveling? 

 

But when I feel like giving up 

And there’s nowhere left to go 

That’s the time I dig down deep 

The only thing I know 

 

Do something 

Do something 

Don’t leave it up for someone else 

Don’t feel sorry for yourself 

Why don’t you do something? 

Do something 

It’s not over 

No, it’s never too late 

 

Run away 

Don: You can’t run away 

For your honor 

For your pride 

You’ll sleep better 

Knowin’ you tried 

 

To do something 

Do something 

It’s too easy not to care 

You’re not ready for the rockin’ chair 

Get up and do something 

Do something 

Don’t wait too long 

Even if it’s wrong 

You’ve got to do something 

Do something 

It’s not over 

No, it’s never too late 

 

Fast Company

 

Now, where you going? 

Now, what’s the rush? 

You listen here 

No, you just hush 

I know what you think 

That man don’t know anything 

But I’ve been around a while 

I know what’s happening 

 

Everybody wanna check you out 

Everybody wanna be your friend 

And all this pressure 

Where do I fit in? 

They don’t know nothin’ you don’t know 

Ain’t got nothing you ain’t got 

But you keep on runnin’, you keep on runnin’ with the 

 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

 

Now it’s alright 

To have some fun 

This is your turn 

Your life has just begun 

You’re racin’ out the door 

Don’t have very much to say 

Your motor’s runnin’ hot 

You can’t wait to get away 

 

Lookin’ up the road ahead 

You can’t see very far 

Remember where you come from 

Remember who you are 

Be careful what you say 

Be careful who you trust 

This world is beautiful 

This world is dangerous 

 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere… 

 

Talk to me and help me try to remember 

How it feels to be so in doubt 

Turn to me and help me try to remember 

That ragin’ fire that the years put out 

 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

Fast company 

Fast company 

You’re going nowhere, you’re going nowhere fast 

 

Frail Grasp On The Big Picture

 

Well, ain’t it a shame 

(a)bout our short little memories 

We Never seem to learn 

The lessons of history 

We keep makin’ the same mistakes 

Over and over and over and over again 

And then we wonder why 

We’re in the shape we’re in 

 

Good ol’ boys down at the bar 

Peanuts and politics 

They think they know it all 

They don’t know much of nothing 

Even if one of them was to read the newspaper 

Cover-to-cover 

That ain’t what’s going on 

Journalism’s dead and gone 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

Light fading and the fog is getting thicker 

It’s a frail grasp on the big picture 

Dark ages 

 

You my love-drunk friend 

All that red wine and candlelight 

Soulful conversations 

That go on until the dawn 

How many times can you tell your story? 

How many hangovers can you endure 

Just to get some snuggling done? 

You’re living in a hollow dream 

You don’t have the slightest notion 

What long-term love is all about 

All your romantic liaisons 

Don’t deal with eternal questions like 

Who left the cap off the freaking toothpaste? 

Who’s turn to take the garbage out? 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

You keep on rubbin’ that, you’re gonna get a blister 

It’s a frail grasp on the big picture 

I’ve seen it all before 

 

And we pray to our Lord 

Who we know is American 

He reigns from on high 

He speaks to us through middlemen 

And he shepherds his flock 

We sing out and we praise His name 

He supports us in war 

He presides over football games 

And the right will prevail 

All our troubles shall be resolved 

We have faith in the Lord 

Unless there’s money or sex involved 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

Nobody’s calling them for roughing up the pitcher (?) 

It’s a frail grasp on the big picture 

Heaven help us 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

All waiting for that miracle elixir 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

I don’t wonder anymore 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

Somebody says, “You brought her here so go ahead and kiss her 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

Light fading and the fog is getting thicker 

It’s a frail grasp on the big picture 

 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

Frail grasp on the big picture 

 

Guilty of the Crime

 

How Long

 

I Don’t Want To Hear Any More

 

It’s not the first time 

That I’ve had the sense that something’s wrong 

But I’m old enough to know 

That things don’t always work out like they should 

I know you’re tryin’ hard 

To break it gently to me, now 

But there’s no easy way 

To tell it like it is, so baby… 

 

I don’t want to hear any more 

You don’t need to tell me it’s over 

I’ve been here before 

 

I’ve seen that look before 

I know it well; it comes as no surprise 

You’ve been avoiding me 

But now you want to talk it over 

Before you take my hand 

And tell me softly in a whisper 

There’s no need to explain 

I’ve read the book; I know how this all ends 

 

I don’t want to hear any more 

You don’t need to tell me it’s over 

I’ve been here before 

 

I won’t ask you to stay 

I won’t stand in your way 

Look me right in the eyes 

Let me walk away with my head high 

 

If there’s some other guy 

I don’t need to know why 

 

But I don’t want to hear any more 

You don’t need to tell me it’s over 

I’ve been here before 

 

I won’t ask you to stay 

I won’t stand in your way 

And I don’t want to hear any more 

No, no, baby

 

 

I don’t want to hear any more

 

I Dreamed There Was No War

 

I Love To Watch A Woman Dance

 

I love to watch a woman dance 

She bows her head and lifts her hands 

Her hips begin to circle slowly 

Her eyes have closed; her face is holy 

She holds the whole world in trance 

I love to watch a woman dance 

Yeah, I love to watch a woman dance 

 

She likes the slow songs of love lost 

They take her a million miles away 

‘Cause to dream, sometimes, is the only way 

To go places you can’t get to any other way 

Our eyes connect; she takes my hand 

I love to watch a woman dance 

Yeah, I love to watch a woman dance 

 

I feel my heart beating, and I wonder 

Will it ever satisfy my longing? 

I’m gonna hold on to you for as long as I can 

For who knows, this dance may be our only dance 

 

So we danced together, close and slow 

So slow we’re almost standing still 

Her warm breath against my neck 

Slowly breaking down my will 

The room spins so I can barely stand 

The song ends; then, she lets go of my hand 

There’s so much I don’t understand 

But I love to watch a woman dance 

Yeah, I love to watch a woman dance

 

It’s Your World Now

 

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low 

As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow 

The time we shared went by so fast 

Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last 

But I’d do it all again 

If I could, somehow 

But I must be leavin’ soon 

It’s your world now 

 

It’s your world now 

My race is run 

I’m moving on 

Like the setting sun 

No sad goodbyes 

No tears allowed 

You’ll be alright 

It’s your world now 

 

Even when we are apart 

You’ll always be in my heart 

When dark clouds appear in the sky 

Remember true love never dies 

 

But first a kiss, one glass of wine 

Just one more dance while there’s still time 

My one last wish: someday, you’ll see 

How hard I tried and how much you meant to me 

 

It’s your world now 

Use well the time 

Be part of something good 

Leave something good behind 

The curtain falls 

I take my bow 

That’s how it’s meant to be 

It’s your world now 

It’s your world now 

It’s your world now

 

Last Good Time in Town

 

Long Road Out Of Eden

 

Moon shining down through the palms 

Shadows moving on the sand 

Somebody whispering the twenty-third Psalm 

Dusty rifle in his trembling hands 

Somebody trying just to stay alive 

He got promises to keep 

Over the ocean in America 

Far away and fast asleep. 

 

Silent stars blinking in the blackness of an endless sky 

Cold silver satellites, ghostly caravans passing by 

Galaxies unfolding; new worlds being born 

Pilgrims and prodigals creeping toward the dawn 

But it’s a long road out of Eden. 

 

Music blasting from an SUV 

On a bright and sunny day 

Rolling down the interstate 

In the good ol’ USA 

Having lunch at the petroleum club 

Smoking fine cigars and swapping lies 

“Gimme ‘nother slice of that barbecued brisket!” 

“Gimme ‘nother piece of that pecan pie” 

 

Freeways flickering, cell phones chiming a tune 

We’re riding to Utopia; road map says we’ll be arriving soon 

Captains of the old order clinging to the reins 

Assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains 

But it’s a long road out of Eden 

 

Back home, I was so certain; the path was very clear 

But now I have to wonder – what are we doing here? 

I’m not counting on tomorrow and I can’t tell wrong from right 

But I’d give anything to be there in your arms tonight 

 

Weaving down the American highway 

Through the litter and the wreckage, and the cultural junk 

Bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda 

Now we’re driving dazed and drunk 

 

Went down the road to Damascus, the road to Mandalay 

Met the ghost of Caesar on the Appian Way 

He said, “It’s hard to stop this binging once you get a taste 

But the road to empire is a bloody, stupid waste” 

 

Behold the bitten apple – the power of the tools 

But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools 

And it’s a long road out of Eden 

 

No More Cloudy Days

 

No More Walks in the Wood

 

No more walks in the wood 

The trees have all been cut down 

And where once they stood 

Not even a wagon rut 

Appears along the path 

Low brush is taking over 

 

No more walks in the wood 

This is the aftermath 

Of afternoons in the clover fields 

Where we once made love 

Then wandered home together 

Where the trees arched above 

Where we made our own weather 

When branches were the sky 

Now they are gone for good 

And you, for ill, and I 

Am only a passer-by 

 

We and the trees and the way 

Back from the fields of play 

Lasted as long as we could 

No more walks in the wood 

 

Somebody

 

Waiting In The Weeds

 

It’s comin’ on the end of August 

Another summer’s promise almost gone 

And though I heard some wise man say 

That every dog will have his day 

He never mentioned that these dog days get so long 

 

I don’t know when I realized the dream was over 

Well, there was no particular hour, no given day 

You know, it didn’t go down in flame 

There was no final scene, no frozen frame 

I just watched it slowly fade away 

 

And I’ve been waiting in the weeds 

Waiting for my time to come around again and 

Hope is floating on the breeze 

Carrying my soul high up above the ground and 

I’ve been keepin’ to myself 

Knowin’ that the seasons are slowly changing you 

And though you’re with somebody else 

He’ll never love you like I do 

 

I’ve been biding time with the crows and sparrows 

While peacocks prance and strut upon the stage 

If finding love is just a dance 

Proximity and chance 

You will excuse me if I skip the masquerade 

 

And I’ve been waiting in the weeds 

Waiting for the dust to settle down along the 

Back roads running through the fields 

Lying on the outskirts of this lonesome town 

And I imagine sunlight in your hair 

You’re at the county fair 

 

You’re holding hands and laughing 

And now the Ferris wheel has stopped 

You’re swinging on the top 

Suspended there with him 

 

And he’s the darling of the chic 

The flavor of the week is melting 

Down your pretty summer dress 

Baby, what a mess you’re making 

 

I’ve been stumbling through some dark places 

Now I’m following the plow 

I know I’ve fallen out of your good graces 

It’s alright now 

 

And I’ve been waiting in the weeds 

Waiting for the summer rain to fall upon the 

Wild birds scattering the seeds 

Answering the calling of the tide’s eternal tune 

The phases of the moon 

The chambers of the heart 

The egg and dart 

A small gray spider spinning in the dark 

In spite of all the times the web is torn apart 

 

And I’ve been waiting in the weeds 

Waiting for the time to come around again and 

Hope is floating on the breeze 

Carrying my soul high up above the ground and 

I’ve been keepin’ to myself 

Knowing that the seasons are slowly changing you 

And though you’re with somebody else 

He’ll never love you like I do 

 

What Do I Do with my Heart

 

You don’t have to say a word 

I can see it in your eyes 

I know what you wanna say 

It’s so hard to say goodbye 

 

I can hold back my tears 

And try to be strong 

While our love is fallin’ apart 

I know what I’ll say 

If you walk away 

But what do I do 

What do I do with my heart? 

 

I’m not gonna say a word 

I know I can’t change your mind 

You know where you need to go 

I know I’ll be left behind 

 

I won’t hold you back 

I won’t stand in your way 

If you need to make a new start 

But I still wanna know 

When my arms let you go 

What do I do 

What do I do with my heart? 

 

Oh, girl, don’t you remember? 

It was not so long ago 

We were makin’ plans for two 

Just me and you 

Now you tell me that you’ve found somebody 

Someone who loves you better 

No one could ever love you 

The way I do 

 

Tell me you’re not leavin’ now 

Tell me you’re not leavin’ 

Tell me that you’re gonna stay 

Please say you’ll stay with me, baby 

Tell me that you love me still 

Say you love me still 

For this and this alone I pray 

Fall down on my knees and pray 

 

I’ll do anything 

Yes, I would 

To save what we have 

To keep you by my side 

I’ll love you ’til death do us part 

But what do I do 

What do I do 

When I’m still missing you? 

What do I do 

What do I do with my heart? 

 

You Are Not Alone

 

Say goodbye to all your pain and sorrow 

Say goodbye to all those lonely nights 

Say goodbye to all your blue tomorrows 

Now you’re standing in the light 

 

I know sometimes you feel so helpless 

Sometimes you feel like you can’t win 

Sometimes you feel so isolated 

You’ll never have to feel that way again 

 

You are not alone 

You’re not alone 

 

Never thought I’d find the road to freedom 

Never thought I’d see you smile again 

Never thought I’d have the chance to tell you 

That I will always be your friend 

 

You are not alone 

You’re not alone

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