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Lyrics to "mostly True Stories"

Love Is

In a world without magic

In a world without faith

In a life without spirit

In a world without grace

 

In a world without dogma

In a world without sin

In a life that's worth living

In the world we're in

 

Gonna write a book

Gonna write a play

Paint it on a wall

Gonna lead the way

Gonna tell my boy

Gonna tell my girl

Gonna tell a friend

Gonna tell the world

Gonna sing

 

(Chorus)

Love is the treasure

Love's the key

Love is the feeling

Love's the need

Love is the yearning

Love is deep

Love gives the purpose

Love is sweet

 

In a world without answers

That fall from the sky

In a life that's uncertain

No reasons why

 

In a world without mysteries

In a world without prayer

In a life of our choosing

If we only care

 

Gonna find the truth

Gonna find all the lies

Gonna work it out

'Til the day that I die

Gonna take a look

Gonna lend a hand

Gonna try to help

Any way I can

Gonna sing

 

(Chorus)

Love is the virus

Love's the meme

Love is the culture

Love's the scene

Love is the message

Love is trust

Love is the motive

Love is lust

 

Love... (2)

 

(Chorus)

Love is the genius

Love's the news

Love is creative

Love is true

Love is crazy

Love's insane

Love gives meaning

Love's to blame

 

(Re-Intro)

 

In a world without masters

In a world without fear

In a life of real freedom

In the world that's here

 

In a world without heaven

In a world without hell

No God will save us

We must save ourselves

 

Love... (4)

 

(Chorus)

Love is the journey

Love's the way

Love is the reason

Love today

Love's for the asking

Love is right

Love's for the giving

Love tonight

 

Love tonight

(Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, guitars, vocals, percussion)

(Note: This song is intended to help liberate the concept of love from the supernatural.  Love is the appreciation of everything there is to appreciate, including just being alive. G.D.)

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Xena*

I think I'm in love with Xena

Warrior Princess of my dreams

I think I'm in love with Xena

She carries a sword that's alright with me

 

I'm thinkin' of no one but Xena

Long dark hair and big blue eyes

I'm thinkin' of no one but Xena

If there's trouble she'll hack it down to size

 

She used to be evil now she's doin’ it for good

I wish we had a Xena in my neighborhood

We wouldn't need the Police or the F.B.I.

She whoops and she hollers and she flips like a coin

Better watch your step here comes that kick in the groin

Forget your bad intentions and don't even try

 

So don't you go messin' with Xena

She'll cut off the flow of blood to your brain

Don't you go messin' with Xena

A heart of gold but she can cause some pain

 

When times are at their darkest and you're needin' someone

With a flash of leg and leather it's over and done

Well you can keep your Capt. Janeway, Dana Scully too

Just hate those chicks on Baywatch and their silicone boobs

Xena's ridin' to the rescue like no woman could

 

I think I'm in love with Xena

Warrior Princess of my dreams

I think I'm in love with Xena

She carries a sword that's alright with me

She carries a sword and that's alright with me

(Sam, all instruments and vocals)

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Man and God

A man was betrayed by his children

His wife and his family

His friends denounced him, his partner's lies

Plunged him into poverty

 

Pervaded with a hate

For all of humanity

He lived inside a cave

He shunned society

 

What could he do to punish them?

And pay for this calamity?

He'd contemplate revenge for this injustice

And for their dishonesty

 

He said "Imagine if I could

Create for them a fantasy

More important than their lives

About which they cannot agree"

 

(Chorus)

He thought, God!  God!  God!

He said God!  God!  God!

 

He ran back to town to spread this fearful Word

They'd echo him, they began to pray

Soon everyone would see the Holy Signs

Now prophets knew what He meant to say

 

A spirit filled their souls

And faith led their way

But in speaking they would disagree

How to love Him and to best obey

 

Their feelings grew more bitter each passing day

Curses turned to hate, hate made them kill

And with each throat that they'd cut for Him

The fatal wish became fulfilled

 

For such has been the past

And such will be the days ahead

A Being at all times so great

About which nothing can be said

 

(Chorus)

Except God!  God!  God!!

God!  God!  God!!

They'd shout God!  God!  God!!

They'd shout God!  God!  God!!

We shout God

(Tom, keys; Gerry, vocals)

(Note: Inspired by Denis Diderot who probably wrote the original idea for this song in prison while serving time for writing things like this.  G.D.)

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Vengeance

Three young brothers, asleep in the night

Innocent children, in Ulster's fight

In their garden

A man with a bomb

In their garden

 

He knew their mother, she didn't belong

He swore he'd kill her, her faith was wrong

In their garden

A man with a God

In their garden

 

(Pre-chorus)

Great hate, little room

Maimed him from the start

Carried from his mother's womb

A fanatic's heart

 

(Chorus)

Now he can't think, he just believes

His soul is pure, his mind diseased

What he prays for is misery

Hell on earth is his legacy

 

Facing Mecca, their hearts at peace

A holy temple, their minds at ease

In the doorway

A man with a gun

In the doorway

 

He was a healer, but now he kills

They were not chosen, their prayers defile

In the doorway

A man with a God

In the doorway

 

(Repeat Pre-chorus)

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

There is none beside me, I form the light

I stretch the heavens, I made the night

I create the evil

I make the peace

I create the evil

 

Love not the living, I am the end

Every tongue shall swear it, every knee shall bend

Vengeance is mine

 

I will repay

Vengeance is mine

(Bob, guitars; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, guitar, vocals, percussion)

(Note: For the three brothers murdered by a fire bomb in Northern Ireland and the thirty or more Muslims shot in Israel while praying in their Mosque by a religiously fanatic Brooklyn-raised physician.  The last few verses are a collection of supposed utterances by the Deity from the Bible.  G.D.)

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Bad Habits

Well the night is getting late

But the dawn will have to wait

There's just so many things I got to do

Well there's people to meet

Somewhere out on the street

Is a place somebody thinks I'm due

Bad habits

Just ain't no excuse

 

How I got here I don't know

I'm just goin' with the flow

I'll see where the currents carry me

Through the jungle and heat

Slow natives under feet

Survival of the fit is the rule

Bad habits

Just ain't no excuse

 

(Bridge)

Oh me oh my

I'm surely gonna die

That is if I'm not already dead

I walk the line

On borrowed time

I'll probably be just some statistic yet

 

So the cupboards always bare

And the wardrobe's rather spare

I got all of the answers I can use

I'm feeling just fine

No worries on my mind

Just can't remember where I put my shoes

Bad habits

Just ain't no excuse

 

(Repeat Bridge)

Oh me oh my

I'm surely gonna die

That is if I'm not already dead

I walk the line

On borrowed time

I'll probably be just some statistic yet

 

To the lady I just met

And whose name that I forget

Well your offer was more than could be refused

But I had to leave so soon

No sunny honeymoon

You see I have just one more deal to do

Bad habits

Just ain't no excuse

 

Bad habits

Just ain't no excuse

(Bob, guitar; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, vocals, percussion; Fred Reiter, saxophones)

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Who You Know*

Let me start from the beginning and I'll try and make it brief

If you wanna get ahead, you gotta start with this belief

That it doesn't really matter if you get there on your own

If you find this hard to swallow, then you'd better get on home

Cause I found out for myself maybe simple but it's true

If you ain't got no connections, then that's it you're done you're through

 

Solo

 

You stand in line

You wait your turn

You take a number but you're never gonna learn

That you can even go to school get yourself an education

No matter how you slice it-it's a no win situation

You can run around in circles hold your breath until you're blue

If you ain't got no connections well that's it

You're done you're through.

 

You stand in line

You wait your turn

You take a number but you'll never ever learn

That you can even go to school get yourself an education

No matter how you slice it-it's a no win situation

You can run around in circles hold your breath until you're blue

If you ain't got no connections well that's it

You're done you're through

 

Cause it's a sad fact honey

But that's the way the story goes

When you realize baby

It's not whatcha can do but who you know

You know you know

When you realize baby

It's not whatcha can do but who you know

(Sam, all instruments and vocals)

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Where They Kill Love

(Chorus)

Don't lay me down

Where they kill love

Don't say a prayer

To a God above

Just let me lie

In land untouched

By creeds of hate

Where they kill love

 

They tied him up

Called him a queer

Bathed him in blood

Save for a tear

But they could quote

Leviticus

He's crucified

Like gay Jesus

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

In Aghalee

She broke the rule

When she fell hard

And he fell too

But some young man

Watched from afar

He made her part

Of holy war

 

(Instrumental bridge)

 

An Israelite

He took a wife

But she was cursed

As Midianite

Now Phinehas

He drew his sword

And he was blessed

As his reward

 

(Repeat Chorus)

(Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, guitar, vocals, percussion)

(Note: Of course the first reference is to Matthew Shepard, and the second to a young Irish woman murdered while sleeping by a man who knew her from a local pub.  She was dating a man of a different faith.  I seem to remember that Jim Dwyer of Long Island Newsday wrote a story about her called "Where They Kill Love" and I could not forget it.  The reference to Phinehas is from the Old Testament where he and his offspring are blessed for killing an inter-racial couple.  This passage inspires racist religious terrorists to this day who fancy themselves "Phineas Priests."  G.D.)

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Bad, Bad Time

I used to be a rich man

I used to be king

I used to walk on water

You could kiss my ring

 

She knows just where I'm goin'

And whatever I do

My life's her own to ruin

Over something like you

 

(Chorus)

I picked a bad, bad time

To fall in love again

I picked a bad, bad time

To fall in love again

 

Now I feel like I'm living

In a waking dream

I can choose between the devil

And the deep blue sea

 

(Repeat chorus)

 

(Bridge)

A bad, bad night

To breathe again

A bad, bad life

That never ends

A bad, bad time

To play that game

A bad, bad sign

I'm going insane

 

It makes me crazy

When you do those things

Now after she kills me

Will you feel the same?

 

(Repeat Chorus) (2)

 

(Sam, bass; Gerry, guitars, vocals, percussion)

(Note: Written while flying to Las Vegas on the same day that I wrote "Last Prayer" from the rock opera "My Name is Thomas..." Great flight!  G.D.)

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I Just Want to Look at You

I just want to look at you

I just want to look at you

The hair around your shoulders

The fullness of your lips

The color of your body

The way you move your hips

 

I just want to hold you near

I just want to hold you near

I feel your arms around me

You pressed against my chest

The rhythm of your heartbeat

The warmness of your breath

 

(Chorus)

I don't know

What brought us together

I just know how I feel

I just know that it's real

Everyday we'd search for the answer

But this is what it meant

It feels so innocent

 

(Bridge)

Can't give you Paradise

Can't ask you to believe

We only have this life

Everything will die

All the rest's a lie

 

I just want to sleep with you

I just want to sleep with you

To know that you're beside me

And know that you are there

To wake with you each morning

Each moment that we share

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

I just want to look at you

(Bob, guitar; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion)

(Note: This is the missing love song from "My Name Is Thomas."  Written after the CD was completed so that's why it's not on it!  It belongs just before "I'm So Scared" and would end the first act.  The bridge lyrics are stolen from the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam."  G.D.)

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Blind, Broke, Naked and Lonely*

Well I was walkin' with my baby through the park the other day

Long legged woman joggin' by the other way

Couldn't help but notice worst mistake I ever made

That's when my jealous woman put a whoopin' on my head

She said, "what are you starin' at?"

I said, "I'm just enjoyin' the view"

She said, "I've had it with your excuses and I don't wanna hear your lies

If I catch you once again I'm gonna scratch out both your eyes"

 

You know I get up every mornin', break my back from sun to sun

Always busy workin' never seem to have much fun

So I stash a little money in a jar beneath the bed

That's when my greedy woman puts a whoopin' on my head

She said, "why you hidin' that?"

I said, "I'm savin' it all for you"

She said, "I've had it with your excuses and I know you be talkin' trash

If you wanna get my love you'd better give me all your cash"

Now I'm flat Broke-Busted

 

(Solo)

 

Well you know I'm not an angel and it's not always my fault

But sometimes I get the feelin' that I'm locked inside a vault

So I took a run for daylight thought I had it made

That's when my evil woman put a whoopin' on my head

She said, "why you steppin' out?"

I said "I've had enough of you"

She said, "now you won't be goin nowhere, I know how to make you stay"

That's when my evil woman went and gave my clothes away

Salvation Army I do believe

 

I never saw it comin' never even had a clue

I never knew what hit me always thought that she'd be true

I come walkin' through the front door, I hear my back door slam

My cheatin' woman went and found another man

I said, "why you steppin' out?"

She said, "I've had enough of you"

She said, "now even if you beg me ain't no way I'm gonna stay"

That's when my cheatin' woman packed her bags and ran away

 

My jealous woman, my greedy woman, my evil woman, my jealous woman

My cheatin' woman left me Blind, Broke, Naked and Lonely

Yes she did

My jealous woman, my greedy woman, my evil woman, my jealous woman

My cheatin' woman left me Blind, Broke, Naked and Lonely

(Sam, all instruments and vocals)

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All I Want Is Everything

A cool night walking on Main Street

She can talk real smooth and not miss a beat

How did I get stuck with you?

How do I get lucky with you?

 

She can run, she can run so fast

She's got defenses I just can't attack

How do I get you home tonight?

How do I get it just right?

 

(Chorus)

All I want is everything

All I want is everything

All I want is everything

All I want is you

 

We find a place just for a drink

I never really know just what to think

Am I in your master plan?

Do I really have a chance?

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

(Bridge)

Everybody's looking everywhere

All the lonely faces, well I don't care

Everybody's talking all the time

They can get their own 'cause I got mine

 

A cool night walkin' on Main Street

Angelo's is closed, there's no place to eat

How did I get stuck with you?

How do I get lucky with you?

 

(Repeat Chorus)

(Bob, guitar; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion)

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Mr. Bug*

Sittin' here tryin' to write a song

Suddenly you came along

Whizzin' by my head so effortlessly

Should I be good and spare your life

Let you go home to your kids and wife

Or should I mash you just for annoyin' me

 

You may not think I have the right

To take a swat put out your light

But I'm bigger and I'm stronger can't you see

Who would miss you who would care?

There's a million just like you everywhere

Why should I treat you so differently?

 

If you don't stop buzzin' round my head

It's not my fault if you end up dead

I ain't got the time to deal with you

I'm only human that's how we act

You're just a bug besides the fact

I got more important things to do

 

If you leave me all alone

Then I'll let you go back home

And we'll both live in peace and harmony

Thought I was talkin' to myself

Then Mr. Bug lands on the shelf

I look at him and he stares back at me  

 

Now the question is it life or death?

 

Mr. Bug has taken his last breath

And I just got an idea for a song

(Sam, all instruments and vocals)

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BQE

I was a Boy Scout going to waste

She was the fruit I could never taste

Hit in the eye with a blinding light

I try to tell myself it'll be all right

 

She's not the kind of girl you take home to mom

Try to hold her hand you might lose your arm

Caught in a landslide I felt the weight

Hooked like a fish well I took the bait

 

(Bridge)

You want her now, you'll have to wait

Everybody's got a date

Like poison from a rattlesnake

She hits you like a heavyweight

 

(Chorus)

Thrown from a car on the BQE

To think I was taught sex was a disease

Lost in the borough with a gun in my face

Something tells me that I may have loved in haste

 

She needed a ride to visit an old friend

He just got out from doing 5 to 10

Somehow the truth gets so hard to find

But when she looks my way I must lose my mind

 

(Bridge)

He wants her now, I'm in the way

I'm gonna go, he's gonna stay

I might have made a slight mistake

I guess that I've been tempting fate

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

(Instrumental verse)

 

Licking my wounds down in Williamsburg

When someone asked me if I was hurt

She looked like she meant every word that she said

I said don't tell your friend that I'm not quite dead

 

(Bridge)

She wants me now, she'll have to wait

Until I know I didn't break

A thin line from love to hate

I didn't think I'd hesitate

 

(Repeat Chorus)

(Note: The truth is I have never been a Boy Scout, and neither will my son.  They discriminate against the non-religious and consider them incapable of being the "best" kind of citizens.  Every parent whose children are scouts must agree that this is true, or lie about it when taking the oath.  G.D.)

(Bob, guitar; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, vocals, percussion)

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Bosko and Admira

He prayed to Jesus, she prayed to Allah

They loved each other, it was forever

They met in high school, it was so easy

Now there was shelling, it got so crazy

They knew that somehow

He'd answer their prayers tonight

 

They'd go to movies, she cried at E.T.

They'd go out dancing, he loved his Iggy

Then there was no food, there was no power

Now there was no hope, hour to hour

Their love was outcast

He'd answer their prayers tonight

 

(Chorus)

In your arms he'd say to her

He would always be

She would say the war could not

Ever change the world for you and me, my sweet

 

We'll go to Belgrade, he said don't worry

The war was growing like grandfather's stories

She packed her diary, her golden bracelet

The soldiers told them they'd have safe passage

She wrote a letter

They were in His hands tonight

 

(Instrumental Verse)

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

She hugged her parents, he held her hand tight

Down to the river, the bridge was in sight

He fell behind her, now she was bleeding

And as she sinks down, she crawls up to him

They die embracing

Around the world tonight

 

He prayed to Jesus, she prayed to Allah

They loved each other, it was forever

The gunman was blessed

His prayers were answered tonight

(Bob, guitars; Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, acoustic guitars, vocals, percussion)

(Note: Bosko and Admira were the Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.  Though of different faiths they tried to escape the war and ethnic cleansing together but were shot dead in each other's arms just shy of the bridge out of town and supposed safety.  Their bodies lay in plain sight for a week until prisoners were forced to retrieve them.  In the event that they were to die they had requested that they be given secular burials together, disowning the belief systems that led to their deaths.  Their families complied.  G.D.)

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Charlton Heston High School

Catch the bus every day

Do my homework on the way

Pack a book, pack a gun

Eat my breakfast on the run

Every boy, every girl

It's a dog eat dog type world

Just act like you're lame

While they try to steal your brain

 

(Bridge)

You can be a pain in the ass

If you're in the right group in class

You could even be yourself

But you gotta realize

It's a living hell

 

(Chorus)

Say a prayer, say a curse

I don't know which is worse

Charlton Heston High School

It's a war, it's so cool

Where guns and Jesus rule

Charlton Heston High School

 

(Bridge)

You can fall asleep in the back

If you're the school quarterback

Or you can say enough is enough

But you gotta realize

They're gonna kick your butt

 

(Chorus)

 

Got no drugs over here

But don't touch my can of beer

Got no dope, got no weed

Just the cigarettes I need

No one's gay, no one's queer

They're too scared to come out here

The NRA is the boss

And the Decalogue the law

 

(Bridge)

You can make the geeks all cry

And be a cool kind of guy

Or you can do what's right

But you gotta realize

You're gonna lose that fight

 

(Repeat Chorus) (2)

(Tom, keys; Sam, bass; Gerry, guitars, vocals, percussion; Bill Dean, harmonica)

(Note: In the aftermath of the Columbine High School tragedies, Congress decided that public schools lacked the Ten Commandments, leading to the killings.  Guns, of course, they decided, were irrelevant to the problem.  Charlton Heston, a devout Christian, once portrayed Moses in a movie and is now the leader of the National Rifle Association, a natural progression it would seem.  "It's a Madhouse" is a line from "Planet of the Apes."  I am the drafter of the "Standard Ten Commandments," a constitutionally compliant and ethically superior alternative to the intolerant biblically-based Commandments.  For a copy, email InfidelsRe@aol.com.  G.D.)

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Circling the Drain*

Work our fingers to the bone and make our little plans

Buy a house, have some kids, take out the garbage cans

Mow the lawn, rake the leaves, shovel all that snow

Round and round and round and round and down the pipe we go

 

Hey look at us we got it made we're really on our way

We made the deal boy what a steal must be our lucky day

Let's toast to our good fortune seal it with a kiss

Round and round and round and round and into the abyss

 

Circling the drain my friends we're circling the drain

With a little hope we'll stay afloat

While circling the drain

 

Guess it's not so funny when you think of what's in store

We paid our dues and sang some blues and wish that we had more

We'd gladly pay the devil to do it all again

Circle once or twice before our time to spiral in

 

Circling the drain my friends we're circling the drain

With a little hope in a leaky boat

We're circling the drain

 

Destined for the cesspool be that as it may

We go about our daily lives with not much else to say

At least we'll go down happy

Sit back enjoy the ride

Round and round and round and round

Till we're taken by the tide

 

Circling the drain my friends, we're circling the drain 

With a little hope we'll stay afloat while circling the drain

Circling the drain my friends we're circling the drain

So don't rock the boat and we'll stay afloat circling the drain

With a little hope in a leaky boat we're circling the drain

(Sam, all instruments and vocals)

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All lyrics (c) Gerald Dantone 1999

Except * (c) S. Cimino 1999

All Sound recordings copyright Gerald Dantone 1999

Except * copyright S. Cimino 1999

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