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Michael Penn... Bunker Hill

March(1989 BMG Music)

All songs written by Michael Penn, 1988 Liafail Music and Careers Music, Inc. Recorded in Los Angeles.

I remember listening to this album over and over for the whole day when I was sick in bed in 6th grade. That was the year the album came out, too, as far as I know (1989). I still have not tired of it...

  1. No Myth (4:11)
  2. Half Harvest(4:04)
  3. This & That (3:30)
  4. Brave New World (4:32)
  5. Innocent One (3:16)
  6. Disney's a Snow Cone (Patrick Warren)/Bedlam Boys (Penn) (5:15)
  7. Invisible (3:45)
  8. Cupid's Got a Brand New Gun (3:27)
  9. Big House (2:57)
  10. Battle Room (3:38)
  11. Evenfall (3:54)

No Myth

Running time: 4:11

So, she says it's time she goes
but wanted to be sure I know
she hopes we can be friends
I think, yeah, I guess we can say I
but didn't think to ask her why
she blocked her eyes and drew the curtains
with knots I've got yet to untie
        what if I were Romeo in black jeans
	what if I was Heathcliff, it's no myth	
	maybe she's just looking for
	someone to dance with
See, it was just too soon to tell
and looking for some parallel
can be an endless game
We said goodbye before hello
my secrets she will never know
and if I dig a hole to China
I'll catch the first junk to Soho
	what if I were Romeo in black jeans		
	what if I was Heathcliff, it's no myth 
	maybe she's just looking for
	someone to dance with
Sometime from now you'll bow to pressure
some things in life you cannot measure by degrees
I'm between the poles and the equator
don't send no private investigator to find me please
'less he speaks Chinese 
and can dance like Astaire overseas
	what if I were Romeo in black jeans
	what if I was Heathcliff, it's no myth
	maybe she's just looking for
  	someone to dance with. 

Half Harvest

Running time: 4:04

I don't care that you won't quit this notion
of burying the carnival
but what the hell is in your potion
that's made you so dull?
So I cannot make a blind from sawdust
much less a cool millennium, but I'd
much rather feel the heat of August
than be sheltered and numb
	So move out of your bed of roses, now
   	I'm putting in a bed of nails,
 	'cause missiles, guns and rubber hoses
   	will land me in jail
This paradise is slowly crumbling
from here to Wilshire Boulevard
but the rubble over which you are stumbling
just isn't that hard
What did you do with all that grace, now?
what did you do with all my wine?
what makes you think that just 'cause you dress bright
it means that you shine?
	So move out of your bed of roses now
	I'm putting in a bed of nails
	'cause when this whole production closes
	this innocence fails
	(and weren't we supposed to)
SHINE...like half harvest never shone
SHINE...like half harvest never known.

This & That

Running time: 3:30

Well you cut me to the quick
with some kind of abandon
and I'm poring over every word in my mind
And it isn't making sense
'cause it's coming back at random
and I already forgot what I expected to find
So maybe it's the wrong game
I shut down the replay
maybe it's a case of hardness of heart
but I'm down for the count
and there's got to be someway
to clear out whatever keeps us apart
	I'll do this
 	and I'll do that
 	I'll be burning canyons for you
 	I'll do this
 	and I'll do that
 	and I will wait forever if you'll be there
Now I haven't got a chance
if there's no silver lining
I'm far past the point of doing what's right
I can still strike the match
that'll start the mountains shining
there might be something new in that light 
	I'll do this
	and I'll do that
	I'll be burning canyons for you
	I'll do this
	and I'll do that
	but I can't wait 'till heaven
	I won't be there...

Brave New World

Running time: 4:32

Baby's busy hiding in the bassinet
wonderin' if the third world war started yet
I told her I was pulling up and heading west
she said she would have come but she was overdressed
so I sent a picture postcard of a midwest bank
she wrote me that she showed it to her new friend Frank 
who noticed in a window on the 19th floor
a guy my age about to prove that man can't soar
and he would also like to know
if I could just check around before I left this town
for slow-mo footage of the tumble down so
This may not be my best day
but this ain't no golden age
You looked pretty on the freeway
let's drive into the brave new world.

A van pulls up and someone offers me a ride
the driver lost the map and he was terrified
everybody whispering to save his pride say
"son would you be kind enough to be our guide?"
The driver yells "the one in back already tried,
but his memory is rusty and his vision tied."
glasses and a lubricant were by his side but
the tin man was inanimate, the lion lied
They did not want to see me go
but I did not want to be another muskateer
plus the gas runs out before the van's in gear 
Please don't hit me if I do say
but this ain't no golden age
You looked so pretty on the freeway
let's drive into the brave new world...

Buster and his company look good in black
they're looking for a way out of the cul-de-sac
tearing through the phone book and the almanac
they all have dusty noses 'cause they sniff shellac
they finally found the number of a matador
who rode up in a Beemer with a pricey whore
but Buster wasn't quick enough
he'd lock the door
and rode off sayin' he'd be back before the war
by then the night was falling slow
and I did not want to stick around and just look old
when I saw you pulling onto my soft shoulder

This may not be my best day
but this ain't no golden age
You looked pretty on the freeway
let's drive into the brave new world.

Innocent One

Running time: 3:16

Sweet Miranda brings me the wine
We have had our fill
of almost everything
turning thistledown laughter
I would take her blue cue too late
I would say the words
almost anything
just to catch what she's after
	but you don't believe that I'm
	a partner in this game
  	how can you believe that I'm the innocent one
When the bow broke in pieces we fell
we would scream and shout
almost anything
but the point is we fell dear
There will be no more wishlessness
There may be some doubt
No new day without
Best that we say farewell here
	but you don't believe that I'm
	a party to the pain
	how can you believe that I'm the innocent one
I saw this girl crying 
by the wheel of her car
she had balloons in the back seat
the front door ajar
She never moved so I just whispered goodbye
she reminded me of you when you cry
and I didn't mean to make you cry

Sweet Miranda brings me the wine
We have had our fill
of almost everything
turning thistledown laughter
I would take her blue cue too late
I would say the words
almost anything
just to catch what she's after
	but you don't believe that I'm
	a partner in this game
	how can you believe that I'm the innocent one

Disney's A Snow Cone

Interlude by Patrick Warren

Bedlam Boys

Running time: 5:15

Years away
with foreign girls
the bedlam boys
took sand from pearls
The tide went out
the time was ripe
it's so much more subtle
to be the silent type
and I'm in no mood to reunite
if they came with her tonight
The bedlam boys
make some noise for me
the bedlam boys
Lisa's knocking at 
my open door
with a chance to makeup 
and a hope for more
So I just whispered to her
underbreath
"This love has suffered
such a quiet death"
The keys in your pocket
have turned to rust
You brought suspicion
and I was put in trust
she says "time and tide abide"
yeah 'cause time and tide's been fried
by the bedlam boys
make some noise for me
the bedlam boys
Well, it's history my baby
like ruins in textbooks
that's making you stare
with come-hither-type looks
and that's why your touch seems 
so baited with all those old hooks
this ain't part of the deal
see all that counts is how you feel
about the bedlam boys
make some noise for me
the bedlam boys
make some noise for me...

Invisible

Running time: 3:45

She's there separating 
orange from rind
and i sit at her station every time
so what ever happened to
common courtesy
now one in a million
seems one more than me
i don't mind just watching her
parading for customers
but everybody bayed as i
slowly fade
	i go invisible 
	don't give me away
She's there pouring coffee 
watching the time
and i sit half amazed
that she's pouring mine
she said that she'd always 
pegged me as gay
and she only plays for keeps
when she plays
well isn't that something
you're pulling my heart strings
but what you gonna do when you
slowly fade
	i feel invincible
	she went invisible
	don't give me away
	i go invisible
	don't give me away

Cupid's Got a Brand New Gun

Running time: 3:27

It's hiding in the corner
of every sacred place
before the ambush you won't want to 
recognize its face
It slithers like a viper
readies its attack
tears your flesh and soul apart
then clings on to your back
But not till it turns away 
can you feel the pain of all the damage done
and you may notice that
this quick opiate
might wear the wings of angels
that's when you realize
you've been shot down
wounded unto death by something called love

It followed you to hell, Ange
a double agentwho
will listen your every lie
but never tell on you
(just whisper to you true)
It promises you silk things
but burns the clothes you wear
gives you leave in heaven 
and you scream that it's unfair
to force you to compare
But not till it turns away 
can you feel the pain of all the damage done
and you may notice that
this quick opiate
might wear the wings of angels
that's when you realize
you've been shot down
wounded unto death by something called love...

Big House

Running time: 2:57

Without an invitation
it used to be more fun
surveillance through the dry bush
you knew the art of ring and run
and hid behind the t-bird
unless the door would open first
you had a talent for excuses...
an innocent who'd been coerced
you had to have it all rehearsed when
knocking at the big house
knocking at the big house
It always seemed the easiest
when it didn't mean that much
though you welcomed competition 
you had an ace no one could touch
but didn't have a short clue
that this gift's a given thing
call it camouflage or filthy rags
it was not enough to let it ring
you had to sign this offering by
knocking at the big house
knocking at the big house
Now there's nothing to conceal you
you come in from the front
the hedges have been cut back
and you're much too old for scavenger hunt
maybe you're collecting 
donations for the cause
it may be now or never
so let it ring
don't you pause
you are not breaking any laws when
knocking at the big house
knocking at the big house
keep your eye up to the keyhole
what do you see now
you'll be
	knocking at the big house
	knocking at the big house

Battle Room

Running time: 3:38

This one is a bad one
It's no lie
but that's not why I'm standing, dear
I only want to whisper to your heart
but I'm too smart for starting here...
we get into that battle room
we choose to get into the battle room
in twos, we get into the battle room
It doesn't have a floor
it's kind of small
but there's no wall between us here
Every move you make's a somersault
in this altered atmosphere
we get into the battle room
we choose to get into the battle room
in twos, we get into the battle room
	windows, cover the windows
	don't you know the neighbors talk
	windows, cover the windows
	if you don't then I might walk away...
there will always be a different key
always be a souvenir
but when we're at the door we never pause
It's not because we've got no fear
to get into the battle room
into, we get into that battle room.

Evenfall

Running time: 3:54

If you wipe the slate
let me start again from this moment on
We've been through this before
every single time that i thought you had gone
Well I'm out of reserve
I'm out of my wherewithal,
but when the moment comes
when I've got nothing left
I find I've got it all
	 see what I know
	 I can't always believe
	 a poison kiss 
	 can taste like a reprieve
 	 and once again, i'm caught up from the evenfall.
I know it's late
I'm never in this frame of mind any earlier
I can judge the hour by
how much of what I see
is no more than a blur
Well I'm down on my knees
looking for some kind of antidote
When that moment comes
I keep one thing in mind that keeps my head afloat
	What I believe
	ain't always what I feel
	another chance can sting like naked steel
	and once again I'm caught up from the evenfall
It's a mystery can't you see
why you'd still be here with me
I don't need no guarantee
but don't even turn from me
don't ever turn me away.

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September 29, 1996
Modified on July 22, 1998.


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