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Lyrics to "Out of Many, One"

LYRICS - Out of Many, One

 

The Master of Low Expectations © G. Dantone 2004

(Intro)

When I'm talking about...

When I'm talking about myself

When he's talking about myself

All of us are talking about me

 

(Verse)

I think we all agree

The past is over

Rarely is the question asked

Is our children learning?

 

(Chorus)

I’m the master of low expectations

And stand by the misstatements I’ve made

Knock down the tollbooth

Make the pie higher

I believe what I believe is right

I think war is a dangerous place

Hold our allies hostile

Make the pie higher

 

(Intro)

It was us versus them

It was clear who them was

Now we’re not so sure who they are

But we know that they’re there

 

(Verse)

I know it’s very hard

To put food on your family

The future will be better tomorrow

Vulcanize society

 

(Chorus)

I’m the master of low expectations

And stand by the misstatements I’ve made

Knock down the tollbooth

Make the pie higher

I believe what I believe is right

I think war is a dangerous place

Hold our allies hostile

Make the pie higher

 

(Outro)

When we’re talking about war we’re talking about peace; It’ll take time to restore chaos and order; Remember it’s the birds that’s supposed to suffer, not the hunter; Human beings and the fish can co-exist peacefully.

 

To The Fundamentalists © G. Dantone 2004

If you blow out the candles in my eyes

If you freeze all the liquid in my tears

If you fill the air I breathe with your pious curses

You will not begin to wipe away your fears

 

If you silence all my anguish and my pain

Steal my land and take everything that is dear

Beat the smile from my face with your dying empty code

You will not begin to wipe away your fear

 

(Bridge)

Raise a thousand walls, a thousand measures high

You’ll be on the side that never can get out

Take a thousand lives, take a thousand lives more

We won’t believe what you never doubt

 

Enemies of woman, man and child

I will not run, I will not compromise

And to the end of my life, until my own last breath

I will not stop, I always shall defy

(Repeat Bridge)

 

If you blow out the candles in my eyes

If you freeze all the liquid in my tears

If you fill the air I breathe with your pious curses

You will not begin to wipe away your fears

 

God Wants Me to Hate You Gerry Dantone © 2004

When I see you walk down the street

Holding hands, it nauseates me

Someday soon you’ll get what you deserve

You don’t belong here, you better run

I won’t shed a tear for you when you’re gone

‘Cause the Good Book says that surely your blood will flow

 

(Chorus)

God wants me to hate you, God wants me to hate you

God wants me to hate you, God wants me to hate you

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

 

You don’t believe in the things that we do

We don’t need no fools here like you

Someday soon you’ll get what you deserve

You’re the cause of evil no doubt

So you better shut up and get the hell out

‘Cause the Good Book says that surely your blood will flow

 

(Chorus)

God wants me to hate you, God wants me to hate you

God wants me to hate you, God wants me to hate you

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

 

(Bridge)

Your knee will bend in fear

You will confess to Him

‘Cause this country belongs to me

 

(Repeat chorus)

 

(Alternate verse: You don’t look like the rest of us do

You can’t trust the kind of people like you

Someday soon you’ll get what you deserve

Go back home from where you came

If something happens it’s yourself to blame

 ‘Cause the Good Book says surely your blood will flow)

 

FGM (Take the Knife Away) © Gerald Dantone 2000

She was a single woman

She was a piece of property

 

They had to change this woman

They had to save her purity

She had to bleed

 

No one would hear her young voice

She had no right to her choice

There was just one way it could be

 

Chorus:

Take the knife away, take the knife away

Take the knife away, take the knife away

 

Now she's a married woman

She's still a piece of property

 

They took away her passion

A part of her humanity

She had to bleed

 

No one can hear her weak voice

She has no right to her choice

There's just one way that it can be

 

Chorus:

Take the knife away, take the knife away

Take the knife away, take the knife away

 

Bridge:

Every day would go by

Cursing the veil in her heart

All of her life would be lived

A servant of men and their god

 

Now she's a frightened mother

She's just a piece of property

 

Now they will take her daughter

And now the circle is complete

She has to bleed

 

No one would hear her sad voice

She had no right to her choice

There's just one way that it could be

 

Chorus:

Take the knife away, take the knife away

Take the knife away, take the knife away

 

One Good Thing copyright 2003 Gerald Dantone

I would be everything that they’d ask for

Everything an altar boy could be

Father would say that I had a future

Father would say he’d be very pleased

 

Then came the visits and attention

Then came the trust in a man of God

Then came the secret I could not speak of

Then came the childhood that was robbed

 

(Chorus)

One Good Thing from all the darkness

One Good Thing that’s for sure

One Good Thing from all the heartache

One Good Thing

 

I’d worry ‘bout my next confession

I would pray to save my wicked soul

And He never really sent an answer

Until I knew I was alone

 

I was dreaming when he’d come calling

It was my body, it wasn’t me

And he promised no one’d believe it

It was the promise he would keep

 

(Chorus)

One Good Thing from all the darkness

One Good Thing that’s for sure

One Good Thing from all the heartache

One Good Thing, I don’t believe anymore

 

(Bridge)

I don’t believe in your heaven

I don’t believe in your grace

I believe in your money

I believe that you lie

I believe in the cowards you are inside

 

It’s like I never quite existed

It’s like I never was a boy

And the thing they say that never happened

Was put away like a worthless broken toy

 

And they never said that they were sorry

And they never try to tell you why

And they never think of what they’re doing

And they won’t until the day they die

 

(Chorus)

One Good Thing from all the darkness

One Good Thing that’s for sure

One Good Thing from all the heartache

One Good Thing, I don’t believe anymore

 

I Am the Woman Who Has Awoken © G. Dantone 2002

I am the women who has awoken

I am the women who has awoken

 

I have grown into a tempest

From the ash of my burned village

For the lives of my own children

I will resist my enemy

 

I am the women who has awoken

I am the women who has awoken

 

Oh my friend, oh my brother

I am not weak, I will not falter

With all I have, I will be with you

On the path to liberty

 

(Bridge)

My voice has mingled with thousands

My hands are joined with their hands

My veins are flowing with their blood

My heart is filling with their love

I’ve found my life and will not look back

This is my destiny

 

I am the women who has awoken (2)

 

WELCOME TO 1984   copyright 1979-93 Gerald Dantone

I closed a door and I

Went to sleep, it was

Not so bad anymore

And in a blink I had

Let the years roll forward

Roll forward

 

I watched my step and I

Played the game and I

Didn't fight anymore

I feel so weak that I

Can't get off the floor

The floor

 

  Chorus:

 

Welcome to 1984, welcome to 1984!

Welcome to 1984, welcome to 1984!

 

They have security

And moral purity

And most of everything at all

And in time they'll have

All they want for sure

For sure

 

  (repeat chorus)

 

I left my family

I left my rosary

I just can't pray anymore

It's been a long time

Since I knew what it's for

What it's for

 

It's all a mystery

It's all hypocrisy

That's all

I know for sure

And some day you'll be

Up against the wall

The wall

 

Out of Many, One © Gerald Dantone 2004

If you feel the pain that hope is gone

And to make it right will take too long

Don’t be afraid to spend the time

‘Cause I got your back if you got mine

 

(Chorus)

Out of many, one

Out of many, one

No matter where you come from

Out of many, one

 

Yeah this world can be a lonely place

You might never find a familiar face

When you wonder far away from home

But if you need a hand, you’re not alone

 

(Chorus)

Out of many, one

Out of many, one

No matter where you come from

Out of many, one

 

The truth, they say, will set you free

But the truth is the first casualty

In war and peace and history

But the truth is this from you to me

 

(Chorus)

Out of many, one

Out of many, one

No matter where you come from

Out of many, one

 

Letter to the Wall copyright 1995 Gerald Dantone

I won't forget you

We met the summer of '65

Our time was short but our time was right

I won't forget you

 

I won't forget you

They say that war is a fact of life

That may be so but it don't make it right

I won't forget you

 

  Bridge:

 

  Remember how we danced (to Smokey's hits)

  Remember how you taught (me to kiss)

  I always knew as long (as I was alive)

  My love for you (would always survive)

 

I'll always miss you

I'll always miss the funny look on your face

Is the world a really better place?

I'll always miss you

Uh-uh oh-oh

 

  (repeat Bridge)

 

I won't forget you

Though this wall is all I have of you

Is there something you'd want me to do?

I won't forget you

 

Still Alive in the USA © G. Dantone 1985, 2001

Well you want my love and you think you’re right

If it’s all that good why do we always fight

And I just don’t know

 

Should I hide our face when I ask you why?

It’s a big disgrace, I should do and die

And I just don’t know

 

I feel it almost everyday, no matter where I go

I feel it when I lie awake, from my head down to my toes

 

Well I closed my ears, and I closed my eyes

And I closed my mouth, and I closed our mind

And I just don’t know

 

Is it us or them, is it black and white

Is it life and death, is it wrong or right

And I just don’t know

 

I see it in the papers, I see it in the street

I see it on the faces of everyone I meet

 

Still Alive in the USA

Still Alive in the USA

 

Now the world’s gone mad and it’s full of hate

And all hope seems lost, and it’s getting late

And I just don’t know

 

Though I’m filled with doubt and I’m filled with fear

I’m still reaching out, does everybody hear

And I just don’t know

 

Now do we come together, and do we draw the line

We’re running out of questions, and we’re running out of time

 

Still Alive in the USA

Still Alive in the USA…

 

Peace, Love copyright 2003 Gerald Dantone

Peace, love

Is all that I’m saying

Peace, love

Is that all there is?

Peace, love

The world is slowly turning

Peace, love

It comes down to this

 

There is no one who’ll change your heart

It’s all of your own choosing

There is no word, no perfect truth

There’s just the souls you’re touching

Everyday

 

The time to live is now

The place to live is here

 

Freedom

Do words have a meaning?

Freedom

Is this all there is?

Freedom

The world is surely hurting

Freedom

It comes down to this

 

There is no prayer to save our lives

There’s only understanding

There is no fate to guide our way

There’s just the world we’re making

Everyday

 

The time to live is now

The place to live is here

 

(Bridge)

The leaves of life keep falling, falling one by one

Take the hopes that we set our hearts upon

Make the most of what time we have to spend

For dust into the dust we shall descend

 

(instrumental)

 

Peace, love

Is all that I’m saying

Peace, love

Is that all there is?

 

Just Begun to Fight copyright 1995 Gerald Dantone

Everyone has a dream they're keeping

Everyone has a special feeling

Even when you come to question

Everything you believe in

 

You gotta get up off the floor

You gotta show 'em you got more

 

If they say that you just can't do it

If they think you're less than zero

As long as you want to prove it

Someday you can be a hero

 

And when hear the opening bell

You know it's time to give them hell

 

(Chorus)

I've just begun to fight, whoa, I've just begun to fight (4 times)

 

Though they knock you to the ground

They'll never keep a good man down

 

Think about all the times you've dreamed it

Think about all the time you've waited

And you swear you that you almost see it

Don't you swear you almost taste it

 

You're gonna go and never stop

You're gonna give it all you've got

 

(repeat chorus and fade)

 

Innocent Girl copyright 1995 Gerald Dantone

I fell in love with an innocent girl

She took my hand and hand she took my world

She made me feel like she needed me

Or just the thing I needed to believe

 

We were screaming sown Cross Bay Blvd.

A hand on my leg, I was breathing hard

I was driving her, she was driving me

And nothing seemed as it seemed to be

 

                Bridge:

                Took her down to Lenny's, took her out to eat

                She took me for the taking, I knew that I was beat

                She hit on a waiter, while I sat around

                She had me waiting in her lost and found

 

I fell in love with an innocent girl

I knew that she was in her own strange world

She never said aloud what she'd really mean

She only showed what needed to be seen

 

Went to a concert, standing on our chairs

She rushed the stage and disappeared

I looked around I was all alone

Felt like a zombie on the long drive home

 

                Bridge:

                I knew I couldn't beat her, I knew I couldn't win

                So I swore her off like a drunk swears gin

                When she called me later, I didn't want to know

                Somehow I felt sentenced to my own death row

 

(Instrumental verse)

 

                Bridge:

                Days became months and months became years

                Peace became boredom and freedom was fear

                She called me up from a clear blue sky

                Where had I been she just had to know why

 

She fell in love with an innocent boy

I gave her trust and I gave her joy

Things would be different from the way they'd been

Give her a chance, we can try it again

 

It seemed ok and it seemed alright

I held her close and held on for life

The world stood still but I still spun

Just waiting for the shoe to drop again

 

                Bridge:

                I didn't ever think she'd turn into a monk

                But she'd stay up late, getting really drunk

                I always got the feeling but I never really knew

                What she really thought, what would she do

 

I fell in love with an innocent girl

She took my hand and she took my world

 

Invisible Man © 1995 Gerald Dantone

  Chorus:

 

  I don't wanna be invisible man

  The air is pretty thin in invisible land

  The time goes by, I don't understand

  I don't wanna be invisible man

 

I went to work, I was feeling bad

I had the worst cold that I ever had

I found my desk in another spot

They had to let me go 'cause I got too smart

 

  (repeat Chorus)

 

I got a strange call from a long lost friend

I had to take a ride on a DC 10

The airport guard said please step this way

He said he knew my name from the CIA

 

  (repeat Chorus)

 

Gonna stay at home gonna stay in bed

My own pet dog bit me in the leg

I hardly ever hear from my family

My neighbors treat me like I have a disease

 

  (repeat Chorus)

 

Plug Me In copyright 1985 Gerald Dantone

Plug me in

Before it gets too late

I'm losing touch

With my own fate

Plug me in

So I can talk

My hands just sweat

My legs don't walk

Plug me in

 

Plug me in

Am I getting lost

I just don't know

How much things cost

Plug me in

To the TV screen

It's just a game

What does it mean

Plug me in

 

The kids don't sing no more

They don't learn to kiss

They're not afraid of war

And god's a silicon chip

 

Plug me in

Do I protest too much?

Am I just too old for that kind of stuff

Plug me in

Is the passion gone

They pass me by

I just go home

Plug me in

 

Plug me in

To another life

The one I'm on

Just isn't right

Plug me in to the younger set

I'm not quite ready

For the home just yet

Plug me in

Plug me in, plug me in, plug me in

 

Coney Island Girl copyright 1996 Gerald Dantone

Coney Island Girl

Run away with me

Though we just met

On a crazy chance

Pick up your things

Pick up your pants

 

Coney Island Girl

‘Cause your eyes are gray

Though I don’t seem

What you might expect

Just let me try

I’ll be the best

 

(repeat intro. theme)

 

Coney Island Girl

The castles in the sand

We’ll leave them here

Where we both came from

Let’s lose the past

And steal the sun

 

Coney Island Girl

Don’t you ever dream?

Just you and I

We’ll find a home

Just tell that guy

You have to go

 

                (bridge)

                Coney Island Girl

                I’ve made some mistakes

                I’ll change my name

                They’ll forget my face

 

(instrumental)

 

                (repeat bridge)

 

Coney Island Girl

Don’t you laugh at me

We’ll change the signs

On the road ahead

With just some time

I’ll turn you head

 

Business as Usual in the Human Race (Seven Beauties)  copyright G. Dantone 1995

The ones who say that's the way it was

And that's the way it is

And that's the way it will always be

Oh yeah

 

The ones who always have their faith

The ones who believe

That things will always work out for the best

Oh yeah

 

The ones who wave the flag

The ones who do their job

'Cause if they don't someone would do it anyway

Oh yeah

 

The ones who know the problem

The ones who know the cure

And just need a chance to prove it

Oh yeah

 

The ones who kill in war

The ones who die

Unless they're the ones who kill

Oh yeah

 

The ones who pray to God

That they will prevail

The ones who know that they're right

Oh yeah

 

The ones who say that's the way it was

And that's the way it still is

And that's the way it will always be

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

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