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...
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.
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.
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
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...
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...
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
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.
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.
September 29, 1996
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