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Old Man/Young Man

(Parsons)

 

No need to be in any kind of hurry,

Pushing on won’t get me further along with it.

I woke inside a clearer view, 

I had time for me and I had time for you.

 

People said I was stone cold lazy,

Working overtime in my head going crazy.

Wouldn’t write a word unless it echoed in my heart,

It takes too long when the whole becomes a part.

 

Just like an old man didn’t always live alone,

I’ve had to lead my life drawing blood form stone.

Just like a young man has to make it on his own,

I’ve got to lead my life on the road.

 

I’ve just begun but the year’s half over,

Pretty soon I’ll be twenty-four growing older.

The latest thing’s in town, I hear about it last

To understand the future I guess you have to know the past.

 

Just like an old man didn’t always live alone,

I’ve had to lead my life drawing blood form stone.

Just like a young man has to make it on his own,

I’ve got to lead my life on the road.

 

 

 

 

Close Your Eyes, Let it End 

(Parsons)

 

He thew his body into the wind

The ambulance came, the sun set again

Everybody told me there was always hope.

 

He owned a Soarer, drove 185

Got wasted and drove it so many times

Everybody told me there was always hope

Always hope.

 

Crawling out, leave by the stairs

Can you close your eyes, let it end?

I believe you made it alright,

Can you close your eyes, let it end?

 

Busted my lip open when I was three

Came running across the field to help

Since I can remember you always lived next door

 

I’m sorry your song was never clearly sung

Laughed in the face of a loaded gun

Since I can remember you always lived next door,

Always lived next door.

 

Your wore out your soul,

Weren’t even that old,

Now everyone cries and I can just stare.

 

 

 

I Don’t Want to Talk About It

(Parsons)

 

You thought you figured out a way inside my mind

But I am here to tell you babe, I got it locked up tight.

You could be more like a lover and less like a mother

You don’t understand the way I think before I say

I don’t want to talk about it.

 

I know your girlfriends like the conversation hot,

Now when I’m walking out the door I have to lie a lot.

You could be more like a lover and less like a mother

You don’t understand the way I think before I say

I don’t want to talk about it.

 

With everything clear, the weight on my shoulder’s gone

And I can confide in you, and it’s real.

But my head’s a mess and I can be as cold as ice,

And honey I told you twice.

 

You thought you figured out the only way inside my mind,

There’s a reason go left unsaid, it gives us things to write.

Tell me now, why would you bother? Push it into a corner.

I can’t think of what to say when you ask if I’m okay,

I don’t want to talk about it.

 

 

 

Battle Scars

(Parsons)

 

My face is so unclear, that’s why I ask for black and white.

My face is so unclear, that’s why I ask for black and white.

That’s why I ask for black and white.

 

My mind is so unclear, that’s why I see it black and white.

My mind is so unclear, that’s why I see it black and white.

That’s why I see it black and white.

That’s why I see it black and white.

That’s why I want it black and white.

 

 

 

Waiting on the Line

(Parsons)

 

Days in an ever state of fading,

Upturn the world and you could answer me, reassure me things aren’t changing.

 

I’ve been wasting so much time, conversations with the ceiling.

I’ll make believe until I can’t conceive I’m not harming both our spirits.

 

See it, want it, waiting on the line for you tonight.

Got it, waste it, waiting on the line for you tonight.

 

Nights when the atmosphere is clearer

I can surrender as I curse the sky and I try to draw you nearer.

 

We’ve been making up the time but the line is always fleeting

I’d like to call you but it seems so strange, I’m so high and you’re still sleeping.

See it, want it, waiting on the line for you tonight.

Got it, waste it, waiting on the line for you tonight.

Lay it all Down

(Parsons)

When you're in town, I ring the bells on the street.

Even the shit stuck on the kitchen vinyl doesn't look so bad.

But don't say you'll stay if you won't,

Just lay it all down and I'll lay it all down.

She mentioned the sun and custom cliche surrounding California,

I said 'I don't think anyone's at home so we can smoke inside'.

Just like you, I too have been to California,

I know how it tastes and don't it feel fine?

Gee it's great to see you I swore that our race had already run.

Man it's good to see you, let's pour a drink on the headstones for people who've gone.

A smile doesn't change, everything else grows older around it

Somebody's haircut never changed the shape of someone's heart.

And I held you close up on High Street, 

So lay it all down and I'll lay it all down.

Gee it's great to see you I swore that our race had already run.

Man it's good to see you, let's pour a drink on the headstones for people who've gone.

Shoalhaven Night

(Parsons)

 

I’ve given up on giving up again,

So welcome back my welcome ready friend.

Now you deserve a toast for the ambush on my post,

You got me.

 

The road lent a pillow for my soul,

I made a solitary pledge to follow.

But I had my fingers crossed, tried to run away with moss beneath my heel.

 

So if it’s the last time make it real.

I’m done depending on blue skies to make it real.

 

Woke with the sun on New Year’s Day,

Now a Shoalhaven night is on it’s way.

The first song I heard this year is still playing in my ears

It’s ‘County Line’.

 

So if it’s the last time, better make it real.

I’m done depending on blue skies to make it real.

 

Forgot about myself inside a mood,

Was dreaming but really breaking through.

The place that I call is home is two state lines away from all I’ve ever known.

Just time away from all I’ve ever known

Just time away from all I’ve ever known

 

I’ve given up on giving up again.

I’ve given up on giving up again.

 

 

 

Oh Baby, When You ay it Like That

(Parsons/Brennan)

 

Maybe I said something I shouldn’t said,

Maybe I did something I shouldn’t have done.

You can call me anything under the sun but I won’t be second to none.

 

What kind of trouble did I invite?

Told a joke but didn’t tell it right.

All the words come crashing down on me

I’m the clown at the party tonight.

 

Oh baby, when you say it like that,

Oh baby, when you say it like that,

What’s my come back?

 

Woke up in the driver’s seat,

Need to pick something quick up to eat.

Cause’ all through town the bells ring ten,

Now I got myself a maker to meet.

 

Need to pull in for some fuel,

Seems I’m fresh out of Ruby too.

And if I knew what was good for me,

I’d sit myself down in a pew.

 

Oh baby, when you say it like that,

Oh baby, when you say it like that,

What’s my come back?

 

Now I can hardly wait,

To be done with the West Gate.

I won’t scream or make a sound,

Til’ I get myself out of this state.

 

 

 

Everybody’s Waiting

(Parsons)

 

Had my mind on the ocean and my feet on the shore,

And it came to me then from out of nowhere;

‘Everybody’s waiting to see what you’ll do’.

 

Now I handle most things in time with my stride,

But I’ve got no time to think when the man in the wings says

‘Everybody’s waiting to see what you’ll do’.

 

As it often goes I can’t make bail, I watch them bargain me down.

Here I go again wading out into the break of mind.

 

The penny keeps falling but I don’t hear it drop,

Now I hear all my thoughts like a voice through the wall,

‘Everybody’s waiting to see what you’ll do’.

 

I remember floating over thoughts that I thought;

I would never hold myself back from the verdict of a court

Stacked up in tiers behind my eyes, they’re selling everything I knew

There’s so much more to this man, more than anybody could assume.

There’s so much more to this man.

 

As it often goes I can’t make bail, I watch them bargain me down.

Here I go again wading out into the break of mind.

 

 

 

Bad Circulation 

(Parsons)

 

Don’t know where to stand, my life like a candle flame

Dancing around when there’s no tune to be heard.

But I don’t want to fight these instincts that overcome 

All of my mind when there’s no truth among the words.

 

Is this what normal people feel?

I’ve got such hesitation, high expectations.

Love feels right with trust in hearts,

But I’ve got bad circulation, bad circulation.

 

Most people I know surrender their lives for love,

I know it in theory but it’s something undefined.

I’ve been running at speed in hope that no one will see.

I know it sounds crazy and it’s hard to justify.

 

Is this what normal people feel?

I’ve got such hesitation, high expectations.

Love feels right with trust in hearts,

But I’ve got bad circulation, bad circulation.

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