‘the waiting room’ words

   follow me
second chance man
   were we once lovers?
     help youself
  hey lucinda
     this fear of emptiness
        how he entered
  the waiting room
planting holes
    we are dreamers!
   like only lovers can

second chance man

I found love before I could identify it
I found grace before I could be mystified by it
(You know) I never even saw it around the place
‘looking to be enlightened by you

But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan
But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan

There was a wall, you know I never saw it coming
I was scattered on my back still
Feeling sorry for you

But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan
But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan

There was a night, you know I never heard you crying
In this second life, maybe I was lying to myself

But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan
But I’m a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan

I don’t know what now, I’ve heard it before
Waiting all evening, watching the door
And I was feeling this hard over my head
And I was feeling the walls that were leaning over our bed

Give me a second chance man
I’m a last a last chance Dan
Give me a second chance man
Cos I’m a last a last chance Dan
Give me a second chance man
I’m just a last a last chance Dan

were we once lovers?

Can you see me darling in this light?
Talking to the shadows. Can you recognize?

Were we once lovers?
Were we once lovers?

I can remember the feeling of fingertips
Tracing the shape of my mouth, between my teeth
Lips down a line that’s whispering forgotten sighs
These secrets fading through the back of my mind

Were we once lovers?
Were we once lovers?

            (Like in the song, it goes)
Kiss me in the morning
            (Like in the song, it goes)
Kiss me in the morning
            (Like in the song, it goes)
Were we once lovers?
            (Like in the song, it goes)
Were we ever lovers?

How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?

Did I take your number? Did I give you a call?
Did we spend our lives together? I can’t recall
There’ something in the shadows, a trace of cologne
An ache I had for you darling, I need to know

Were we once lovers?
I can’t remember, we ever lovers?

How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?
How can I care if it’s the caring that’s killing me?

help youself

Got no charisma? Got no escape?
Cant feel the loving, just a distaste?
Well there are tigers and there are fawns
You decide yourself which side you’re on

And you just help yourself
You just help yourself

Can’t find the stature?
Can’t find the speed?
Got no books to stand on that might give you that little peep?
Got lazy swimmers?
Feeling dead in the sac?
Got a woman who is ticking and moaning behind your back?

Well you just help yourself
Take what you can
Make yourself a man

Like a tease, you got a little smile
Got that iddy-biddy feeling that you got more going on inside
‘Got no money? Got no style?
Don’t waste your time, y’gotta life to find, s‘gonna leave you behind

Well you just help yourself
Take what you can
Make yourself a man

Can’t see the reason?
Can’t see the light?
Got no books to read on your shelf that’s gonna give you some of that insight?
If I could tell you, I surely would
But all the gods I’ve known baby are made out of flesh and blood
Got no love, got not style, etc

Well you just help yourself
Take what you can
Make yourself a man

Etc, etc

hey lucinda

Hey Lucinda, won’t you come out drinking with me tonight?
The summer’s almost gone
Hey Lucinda, time’s running out
Hey Lucinda, our time is running out

I’m getting tired of those guys, tonight I’m gonna stay home
‘Tired of hanging out, maybe I’ll just stay home tonight

When will you learn Lucinda, that feeling… is a creeping one

Hey Lucinda, won’t you come out drinking with me tonight?
The summer’s almost gone
And soon the path that leads to your house will be treacherous with the frost
And I may get lost in these cold and lonely nights

I could drink all that body could hold,
But for the fear I might fall over and break these brittle bones
And these dirty little cigarettes we smoke,
And the liquor only throws a cloak over the feelings we should show

(But) Hey Lucinda, time’s running out

I may be waiting for you

Hey Lucinda,

I may be waiting for you

Our time is running out.

Hey Lucinda, won’t you come out drinking with me tonight?
We could find some dancing…

I only dance to remember how dancing used to feel
And I wake up every morning to find you waiting for me

Time’s a wasting Lucinda, those college guys…
They’ll be changing all the records, sitting in our favourite spot

But they drink to the future, not to forget the past

(But) Hey Lucinda, time’s running out

I may be waiting for you

Hey Lucinda,

I may be waiting for you

Our time is running out.

how he entered

This is how he entered, how he came in

With an open heart and his eyes wide
A rubber in is pocket
With odd socks and a skip in his step
In an ill-fitting suit and something up his sleeve
A sliver of a dream, a last chance
And the fear in his eyes of how dear it was held

This is how he entered, how he came in

Falling from the back of a transit van, crumpled
Each a step a story, a song in the making
Each step cemented the leaving
The broken hearts left behind
They were just material to him
And how they would come to pursue him
How they would eventually come to drag him back there

This is how he entered, how he came in

With his hair combed, he stood in the doorway
Like a lost dog holding his missing poster
Just to be sure, to be sure everyone knew just how lost he was
Telling his stories, he broke onions and sang his songs
‘The street-walkers carol’, ‘Soft tissue’, ‘The fear of emptiness’
‘Planting holes to grow some longing’
These were his songs and this was how he came in

This is how he entered, how he came in

With chips in his pocket
Just waiting for a chance to get into the game
With his hair combed and the checks on his shirt just right
He sang of it, but knew nothing of it
A house of cards by an open window
A bag of fragments, an unsolvable puzzle
He knew nothing of what you needed from him
He knew nothing of giving
He only knew of his desires
He only knew of that moment

This is how he entered, how he came in

the waiting room

‘Been hanging around, another day
Waiting for collection, feeling blue
I was putting up a fence to keep the birds out
I got caught in a landslide of feeling unsure

And don’t let me suffer, don’t let me suffer
And don’t let me suffer, don’t let me suffer

Talking aloud for anyone to hear
Just faces of strangers in a place I don’t know
I was packing my things, getting ready to go
Just photos in my wallet of people I don’t know

And don’t let me suffer, don’t let me suffer
And don’t let me suffer, don’t make me suffer

The others, they writhe without sense or words
Begging without knowing to be released
Don’t let me fall only being half done
Just make it quick boys and put your love aside

And don’t let me suffer, don’t let me suffer
And don’t let me suffer, don’t let me suffer

we are dreamers!

It’s out there, skulking around
Shuffling outside of our door
Whispering, it beckons us still
Tapping away at our locks

Through breaking days and falling nights it waits…
When the hunger creaks inside us then
It breathes its offer again

This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!
This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!

You can rob us, you can trick us
Peer over our shoulders and steel our ideas
Come inside, there is nothing left here
Just a table to dance and a song we might hear
And the as the cold creeps and the night falls (We are dreamers!)
And as the cold falls and the hunger creaks (We are dreamers!)

This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!
This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!

And we hang on as we hurtle through this space
Together we cling as we are spun in the beauty of our dreams
So don’t wake me, don’t shake these bones, don’t rattle those keys
Don’t wake me, don’t make me look, just let me dream!

This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!
This is not us, not us, we are dreamers!

When the night it falls and the four winds blow (We are dreamers!)
With the hunger creaking inside us (We are dreamers!)
When the cold it creeps and there is nothing to burn (We are dreamers!)
The great tree already felled and sliced (We are dreamers!)

You can rob us, you can trick us (We are dreamers!)
Peer over our shoulders and steal our ideas (We are dreamers!)
Come inside, there is nothing left here (We are dreamers!)
Just a table to dance on and a pot we can piss in (We are dreamers!)
And the as the cold creeps and the night falls (We are dreamers!)
And as the cold falls and the hunger creaks (We are dreamers!)

like only lovers can

Where do we go, who do we see now
Now our meeting place is gone?
Where do we hide, where do we cry now
Now our meeting place is gone?
I’m yours and your mine, two of a kind, you never know what you’ll find
When you stay too long
Still searching for you, searching for me, you never know what you’ll see
When you stare too long

And we can only hurt the way that lovers can
We can only hurt each other the way that lovers can

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