Pieces of You

Who Will Save Your Soul

People living their lives for you on TV.
They say they're better than you and you agree.
He says, "Hold my calls" from behind those walls cold.
The Boss says, "Come here boy. There ain't nothin' for free."
Another doctor's bill, a lawyer's bill,
Another cute cheap thrill
You know you love him if you put him in your will but

Who will save your souls when it comes to the flowers now
Who, who will save your souls after all the lies that you told, boy
Who will save your souls if you won't save your own?

We try to hustle them, try to bustle them, try to cuss them
The cops want someone to bust down on Orleans Avenue
Another day, another dollar, another war, another tower
Went up to where the homeless had their homes
So we pray to as many different gods as there are flowers
But we call religion our friend
We're so worried about saving our souls
Afraid that God will take his toll
That we forget to begin but

Who will save your souls when it comes to the berries now
Who will save your souls after all the lies that you told, boy
And who will save your souls if you won't save your own?

Some are walking, some are talking, some are stalking their kill
Got social security, but that it doesn't pay your bills
There are addictions to feed and there are mouths to pay
So you bargain with the Devil, that you're o.k. for today,
You say that you love them, take their money and run
Say, it's been swell, sweetheart, but it was just one of those things
Those flings, those strings you've got to cut,
So get out on the streets, girls, and bust your butts.

Who will save your souls when it comes to it baby
Who who will save your souls after the lies you told
Who will save your souls if you won't save your own?

Adrian

Adrian came home again last summer
Things just haven't been the same round here
And people talk
And people stare
Oh, Adrian, come out and play

An unfortunate accident in a canoe
Doctor said, 'I'm sorry, not much I can do'
And the air was so still
And his eyes they did not blink
Oh, Adrian, come out and play

Little Mary Epperson liked him
And she vowed always to watch after him
But he still did not move
And the doctor said 'it's no use'
Oh, Adrian, come out and play

She sat by his side, and watched the years fly by
He looked so fragile, he looked so small
And she wondered why he was still alive at all

Everyone in town had that 'I'm so sorry' look
They talked in a whispered hush, said
'I'd turn the machines off'
But still she sat by his side
She said, 'life, he won't be denied'
Oh Adrian, come out and play

Yellow flowers decorate his bedroom
Sign above his door says 'Welcome Home'
But he just sits and stares
He's awake but still not there
Oh, Adrian, come out and play

She sat by his side, and watched the years fly by
He looked so fragile, he looked so small
And she wondered why he was still alive at all

And little Mary Epperson grew up lovely
And she still comes to visit him on Sunday
He's like an unused toy
He's got big hands but the mind of a little boy
Oh, Adrian, come out and play

Adrian came home again last summer
Things just haven't been the same round here

Pieces of You

She's an ugly girl, does it make you want to kill her?
She's an ugly girl, do you want to kick in her face?
She's an ugly girl, she doesn't pose a threat.
She's an ugly girl, does that make you feel safe?
Ugly girl, ugly girl, do you hate her
Cause she's pieces of you?

She's a pretty girl, does she make you think nasty thoughts?
She's a pretty girl, do you want to tie her down?
She's a pretty girl, do you call her a bitch?
She's a pretty girl, did she sleep with your whole town?
Pretty girl, pretty girl, do you hate her
Cause she's pieces of you?

You say he's a faggot, does it make you want to hurt him?
You say he's a faggot, do you want to kick in his brain?
You say he's a faggot, does he make you sick to your stomach?
You say he's a faggot, are you afraid you're just the same?
Faggot, faggot, do you hate him
Cause he's pieces of you?

You say he's a Jew, does it mean that he's tight?
You say he's a Jew, do you want to hurt his kids tonight?
You say he's a Jew, he'll never wear that funny hat again.
You say he's a Jew as though being born were a sin.
Oh Jew, oh Jew, do you hate him
Cause he's pieces of you?
Do you hate him cause he's pieces of you?

I'm Sensitive

I was thinking that I might fly today
Just to disprove all the things that you say
It doesn't take a talent to be mean
You words can crush things that are unseen

So please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way

You always tell me that it's impossible
To be respected, and be a girl
Why's it gotta be so complicated
Why you gotta tell me if I'm hated

Oh please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way

When I was thinking, that it might do some good
If we robbed the cynics and took all their food
That way what they believe will have taken place
And we'ss give it everybody who has some faith

Please be careful with me, I'm sensitive
And I'd like to stay that way

I have this theory, that if we're told we're bad
Then that's the only idea we'll ever have
But maybe if we are surrounded in beauty
Someday we will become what we see
'Cause anyone can start a conflict
It's harder yet to disregard it
I'd rather see the world from another angle
We are everyday angels
Be careful with me cause I'd like to stay that way

Little Sister

Hey little sister I heard you went to Mr. So and So,
Knock knock knocking on his door
again last night, said you needed it bad -
you know that ain't right
Cause you've come to me crying
Trying to stop, you said it hurts so bad
But please don't let you
Go back for more
My little sister is a Zombie in a body
With no soul a role she has learned to play
in a world today where nothing else matters
but it matters, we gotta start feeding our souls
Not our addictions or afflictions of pain
to avoid the same questions we must
Ask ourselves to get any answers
We gotta start feeding our souls
Have been lost to the millions with lots
Who feed on addiction selling pills and what's hot and
I wish I could save her from all their delusions
all the confusion
of a nation that starves for salvation
But clothing is the cloest approximation
To God and He only knows that drugs
Are all we know of love

Every day we starve while we eat white bread
And beer instead of a handshake or hug
We spill the pills and sweep them
Under the rug yeah
My little sister is a Zombie in a body
With no soul a role whe has learned to play
In a world today where nothing else matters
But it matters, we gotta start feeding our souls
Hey little sister I heard you went to Mr. So and So's
Knock knock knocking on his door last night
Said you needed more

You Were Meant For Me

I hear the clock, it's six A.M.
I feel so far from where I've been
I got my eggs, got my pancakes too
Got my maple syrup, everything but you
I break the yolks and make a smiley face
I kinda like it in my brand new place
Wipe the spots off of the mirror
Don't leave the keys in the door
I never put wet towels on the floor anymore cause

Dreams last so long
Even after you're gone
I know, that you love me
And soon you will see
You were meant for me
And I was meant for you

I called my momma, she was out for a walk
Consoled a cup of coffee but it didn't wanna talk so I
Picked up the paper, it was more bad news
More hearts being broken or people being used
Put on my coat in the pouring rain
I saw a movie it just wasn't the same
Cause it was happy oh I was sad
It made me miss you oh so bad cause

Dreams last so long
Even after you're gone
I know, that you love me
And soon you will see
You were meant for me
And I was meant for you

I go about my business, I'm doing fine
Besides, what would I say if I had you on the line
Same old story, not much to say
Hearts are broken every day

I brush my teeth, I put the cap back on
I know you hate it when I leave the light on
I pick up a book, and then I turn the sheets down
Take a deep breath and a good look around

Put on my pj's and hop into bed
I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead
I try and tell myself it'll all be all right
I just shouldn't think anymore tonight cause

Dreams last so long
Even after you're gone and
I know, that you love me
And soon you will see
You were meant for me
And I was meant for you
Yeah, you were meant for me
And I was meant for you

Foolish Games

You took your coat off and stood in the rain,
You were always crazy like that
And I watched from my window,
Always felt I was outside looking in on you
You were always the mysterious one
With dark eyes and careless hair,
You were fashionably sensitive, but too cool to care
Then you stood in my doorway, with nothing to say
Besides some comment on the weather
Well in case you failed to notice,
In case you failed to see,
This is my heart bleeding before you,
This is me down on my knees

These foolish games are tearing me apart
And your thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart

You were always brilliant in the morning
Smoking your cigarettes and talking over coffee
You philosophies on art, Baroque moved you,
You loved Mozart and you'd speak of your loved ones
As I clumsily strummed my guitar
You'd teach me of honest things
Things that were daring, things that were clean
Things that knew what an honest dollar did mean
I hid my soiled hands behind my back
Somewhere along the line I must have gone off track with you
Excuse me, think I've mistaken you for somebody else
Somebody who gave a damn,
Somebody more like myself

These foolish games are tearing me
You're tearing me, you're tearing me apart
And you thoughtless words are breaking my heart
You're breaking my heart

You took your coat off and stood in the rain
You're always crazy like that

Don't

Don't walk too close
Don't breathe so soft
Don't talk so sweet
Don't sing
Don't lay oh so near

Please, don't let me fall in love with you again

Please let me forget
all those sweet smiles
All of the passion
All of the heat, the peace, the pain
All those blue skies
Where your words were my freedom

Please, don't let me fall in love with you again

Too many times
I've cared too much
I stood on the edge
And saw that you held my hand
And knowing too well
I couldn't hide from those eyes

Please, don't let me fall
Please don't let me fall in love with you again

Near You Always

Please don't say I love you,
Those words touch me much too deeply
And they make my core tremble
Don't think you realize the effect you have over me
And please don't look at me like that
It just makes me want to make you near me always

Please don't kiss me so sweet
It makes me crave a thousand kisses to follow
And please don't touch me like that
Makes every other embrace seem pale and shallow
And please don't come so close
It just makes me want to make you near me always

Please don't bring me flowers
They only whisper the sweet things you'd say
Don't try to understand me
Your hands already know too much anyway
It makes me want to make you near me always

And when you look in my eyes
Please know my heart is in your hands
It's nothing that I understand, but when in your arms
You have complete power over me
So be gentle if you please 'cause
Your hands are in my hair, but my heart is in your teeth
And it makes me want to make you near me always
Your hands are in my hair, but my heart is in your teeth babe
And it makes me want to make you near me always
Want to be near you always
Want to be near you always
Want to be near you always

Daddy

My bones are tired, Daddy
I don't get enough sleep
I don't eat as good as I could, Daddy
What's that say about me?

You know sometimes I sleep past noon, Daddy
I drink lots of black coffee and I smoke like a chimney,
Yes, I left the refrigerator door half open, Daddy
What's that say about me?

You know sometimes I want to rip out your throat, Daddy
For all those things you said that were mean,
I'm gonna make you just as vunerable as I was, Daddy
What's that say about me?

You know sometimes I want to bash in your teeth, Daddy
I'm gonna use your tongue as a stamp
I'm gonna rip your heart out the way that you did mine, Daddy
Go ahead and psycho-analyze that

Cause I'm your creation, I'm your love Daddy
Grown up to be and do all those sick things that you said I'd do
Well last night I saw you sneak out your window
With your white hood, Daddy
What's that say about you?
I'm sloppy, what's that say about you?
I'm messy, what's that say about you?

My bones are tired, Daddy.

Painters

Eighty years, an old lady now, sitting on the front porch
Watching the clouds roll by
They remind her of her lover, how he left her, and of times long ago,
When she used color carelessly, painted his portrait
A thousand times, maybe just his smile
And her canvas would follow him wherever he would go

Cause they were painters and they were painting themselves
A lovely world

Oil streaked daisies covered the living room wall
He put water colored roses in her hair
He said, "Love, I love you,
I want to give you the mountains, the sunshine, the sunset too
I just want to give you a world as beautiful as you are to me
Cause I'm a painter I want to paint you
A lovely world

So they sat down and made a drawing of their love,
They made it an art to live by
They painted every, passion every home,
Created every beautiful child
In the winter they were weavers of warmth,
In the summer they were carpenters of love
They thought blue prints were too sad so they made them yellow
And they were painters, and they had painted themselves
A lovely world

Until one day the rain fell as thick as black oil
And in her heart she knew something was wrong
She went running
Through the orchard screaming,
'No God, don't take him from me!'
And by the time she got there, she feared he already had gone
She got to where he lay, water colored roses in his hands for her
She threw them down screaming, 'Damn you man, don't leave me
With nothing left behind but these cold paintings, these cold portraits
To remind me!'

He said, 'Love I only leave a little, try to understand
I put my soul in this life we created with these four hands
Love, I leave, but only a little, this world holds me still
My body may die now, but these paintings are real'

So many seasons came, so many seasons went
And many times she saw he love's face watering the flowers,
Talking to the trees and singing to his children,
And when the wind blew, she knew he was listening,
And how he seemed to laugh along, an how he seemed to hold her
When she was crying
Cause they were painters, and they had painted themselves
A lovely world

Eighty years, an old lady now, sitting on the front porch
Watching the clouds roll by
They remind her of her lover, how he left her, and of times long ago,
When she used color carelessly, painted his portrait
A thousand times, maybe just his smile
Her and her canvas would follow him wherever he would go
Yes, her and her canvas still follow
Because they are painters and they are painting themselves
A lovely
Yes they are painters and they are painting themselves
A lovely world

Angel Standing By

All through the night I'll be watching over you
And all through the night I'll be standing over you
And through bad dreams I'll be right there, baby
Telling you everything's gonna be all right
And when you cry I'll be there baby
Telling you you were nothing less than beautiful
So don't you worry
I'm your Angel standing by

Morning Song

Let the phone ring, let's go back to sleep
Let the world spin outside our door,
You're the only one that I wanna see
Tell your boss you're sick, hurry, get back in I'm getting cold
Get over here and warm my hands up, boy, it's you they love to hold
And stop thinking about what your sister said
And stop worrying about it, yes the cat's already been fed
Come on darling, let's go back to bed

Put the phone machine on hold
Leave the dishes in the sink
Do not answer the door
It's you that I adore
I'm gonna give you some more

We'll sit on the front porch, the sun can warm my feet
You can drink your coffee with sugar and cream
I'll drink my decaf herbal tea
Pretend we're perfect strangers and that we never met
My you remind me of a man I used to sleep with
That's a face I'd never forget and
You can be Henry Miller and I'll be Anais Nin
Except this time it'll be even better,
We'll stay together in the end
Come on darling, let's go back to bed

Put the phone machine on hold
Leave the dishes in the sink
Do not answer the door
You that I adore
I'm gonna give you some more

Let the phone ring,
Let's go back to sleep

Amen

You're mother's child
But night lays you down
Hair aflame, wild look in your eyes
Naked belly to the ground
A forest fire
Nibbles at your veins
Crawls up your arm
Runs away with your mind
And burns dry thoughts like leaves
Amen

Eyes stare up
But something's in the way
In the Bible only angels have wings
And the rest must wait to be saved
A dry tongue
Screams at the sky
But the wind just breathes words in
As a strange bird tries to fly
Amen

Pieces of us die everyday
As though our flesh were hell
Such an injustice, as children we are told
That from God we fell,
Where are my angels?
Where's my golden one?
And where is my hope
Now that my heros have gone?
Some are being beaten
Some are being born
And some can't tell
The difference anymore
Amen
Amen
Amen
Amen

Hallelujah
Hallelujah

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