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Master of Disaster (fetters)

First came the clouds
Then came the rain
Then came trouble
Like a hurricane

I was born in Las Vegas
Raised in Hollywood
Gonna die in New Orleans
A voodoo woman said I would

I’m the master
Of disaster
Time flies fast, fate flies faster

God played a joke
A little joke on me
Took his worst nightmare
And made it reality

So I tightened up
I ate my fear
Saw a great white shark
When I looked in the mirror

At the master
of disaster
time flies fast, fate flies faster

For the master
of disaster
Time flies fast
Fate flies faster

Everything is strange
But everything will change

Grace under pressure
Baby, I wrote the book
You think pain builds character, why don’t you take another look

(Chorus and fade)

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Exaggeration (fetters)

Exaggeration, exaggeration
Exaggeration, baby
The truth strikes out again

Each time the coin gets tossed
I don’t know if I won or lost
Worrying how much it’s gonna cost
If I try and I still fail

Can’t tell the truth from false
Should I run, or should I waltz?
An open wound and a pitcher of salt
Make a tough guy look so frail

(Chorus)

An actress bows for her applause
Wishing she could hide her flaws
As the beast within her bares its claws
And tears her down to size

The best things in life are free
‘Till the world has got you on your knees
It’s the dark side of reality
Like a child telling a lie

(Chorus)

I bottomed out one awful day
in Detox City, USA
They said, “Come back again when you can pay, ‘cause we’re running out of room.”

I couldn’t dream away the hurt, so I made a shirt
And I decorated it with dirt
As I vacationed on the moon

(Chorus and fade)

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Stella (fetters)

Stella, I love the sound
Of your voice when I’m down
‘Cause I’m stuck in Detroit, and you’re in Hollywood
And you sound so good

I’ve got so many goals, so many places I want to go
Before I get too old
I’ll reach them all somehow, but I don’t want it half as much
As I want you right now, right now

Stella, if the answer is love
Someone give me a shove
And get me out of Detroit, back to west Hollywood

‘Cause I’m a rational man
Last time I fell in love, I just ran
So much for logical decisions

I’ve gotta be my own boss
I’ve got my freedom now, but what a cost
I think I need a physician, oh yeah

Stella, you’re my magical friend
Catch this song that I send
Direct from my heart, Rock City to Hollywood

California, here I come

Stella, if the answer is love
Someone give me a shove
And get me out of this mess
Back to Los Angeles, west Hollywood
And thank God for California, ‘cause here I come

Another Reminder (arduser)

I send myself another reminder
I cast another begging glance
I try to look straight in the mirror
but I catch myself staring past

Find the pen
Find the words
Lick the envelope
Tear it up
Hear the sound
I can’t pretend to hope
That next time will be different, ‘cause next time will be the same

Still, I send myself another reminder
I cast another begging glance
I try to look straight in the mirror
but I catch myself staring past

Simple things drag me down
I feel them start to pull
I want to rise above them all
But soon, my brain is full
And next time will be different, ‘cause next time will be the same

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Livin’ in a Lincoln (nyswonger)

My baby and I decided we want a brand-new car
But our paychecks together wouldn’t go that far
Went down to the lot and saw the dealer man
Signed the dotted line and then away we ran

Packed up our things, then headed over the hill
Now we got no home address for them to send the bill

Now we’re living in a Lincoln, yeah, we’re living in a Lincoln

We got a telephone, we got premium sound
We got courtesy lights for when the sun goes down
Don’t worry about the weather, we got climate control
Got a radar detector for the highway patrol
When we wanna start cookin’, we pull over and park
Plug a hot plate in the lighter, watch it glow in the dark

And we’re livin’ in a Lincoln, yeah, we’re living in a Lincoln

(fade out)

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Water Under The Bridge (fetters)

Beneath a shimmering surface, the river runs fast, and it runs cold
Under a glimmering surface, a whirlpool swallowed up my soul

And where it goes, I can’t follow
Water under the bridge
And does she know
I can’t let it go
Water under the bridge

True love has a power mortal men cannot control
Love can take a strong young man, make him weak and make him old

And where it goes, I can’t follow
Water under the bridge
And does she know
I can’t let it go
Water under the bridge

True love never dies
True love never dies

Beneath a shimmering surface, the river runs fast, and it runs cold
Under a glimmering surface, a whirlpool swallowed up my soul

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Artichoke (fetters)

Saw you at the show
With somebody I didn’t know
Heard you got busted, DUI
Well, things ain’t changed much since we said goodbye

Heart as big as an artichoke, a leaf for everyone
Make way for all these copycats pretending to have fun

Looks like I gained a few pounds
Don’t burn as much fuel like back when you were around
Seen a lot more frauds and fakes
Fancy meeting you here...

Heart as big as an artichoke, a leaf for everyone, a leaf for everyone
Make way for all these copycats pretending to have fun

You sure look sweet and young
Smell like Chanel, probably still suck your thumb
But old enough to know
Nothing comes free, everybody says so

I don’t know why
I always loved you deep down inside
Remember what I learned
When I saw the light, that’s when I got burned

(chorus and fade)

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I See Through You(fetters)

I told my mom and I told my dad
You got the best money I ever had
But now I’m actin’ like you and I know it’s bad
And you’re so proud and I’m so sad

I see through you
I can see through you
I see myself when I’m looking at you, I see through you
I’m a hypocrite too

I promised my wife and my girlfriend, too
“Don’t cheat on me, and I’ll be faithful to you.”
They laughed in my face as I told my lie
It hurt so bad that I pretended to cry

(Chorus)

Jesus Christ said it and it still applies
Don’t look for the fault in another man’s life
It just gets worse, but you can’t let loose
You’re just like me, yeah, we wear the same boots

(Chorus and fade)

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Open Window (arduser)

I know you won’t be alone for long
Even though you think you are that strong
Rearrange and blur the past
Memories can’t withstand the blast from an open window

Go ahead and pull the shutters down
The more you hide, the more they come around
Lock the door and eat your keys
Someday, you’ll be on your knees at an open window

I know you won’t be alone for long
Even though you think you are that strong
I didn’t say you commit a crime
I feel like you another time
Open window

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Sad Little Monkeys (nyswonger)

Saw Zippy the Chimp in a Robert Hall suit
Roller-skating around in circles
It was a real fine show, but I’ll never forget
How his hands were shaking as he lit his own cigarette

Sad little monkey
Sad little monkey

I learned a lesson from my cousin macaques
The primate art of surprise attack
Wait ‘till your victim is completely relaxed
Then jump down and sink your teeth into his back

Sad little monkeys
Sad little monkeys

They always want what they can’t have
Sad little monkeys
But a monkey’s hand was made to grab
Sad little monkeys

Saw Zippy the Chimp in a Robert Hall suit
Sad little monkeys

(fade)

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Creature of Habit (fetters)

Creature of habit
Cannot be controlled
Oh, creature of habit
Is already gone
You might think that you can change him
But baby, you’re wrong

You’re like a cat on the railroad track
Don’t know the future, don’t know the facts
Train’s comin’ down the line
Jump off there, kitty, you’re wasting your time
Monkey grip when the light goes dim
You got to, baby, but you ain’t got him

Wash it down with rocket fuel
When it burns, the man stays cool
Addicted to everything
Lives in a city where the birds don’t sing
And when he rises with the sun, he always reaches for his gun

Creature of habit
Cannot be controlled
Oh, creature of habit
Is already gone
You might think that you can change him
But baby, you’re wrong

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A Walk Thru The Garden (fetters)

Darkness under my eyes
Maybe a gray hair or two
Gravity feels awkward, it’s true
Everything’s changing as time flashes by
Except for the way, the truth and the lie

Holding hands, and down the path we’re led
“I’ll never feel this way before,” is what she said
On a walk thru the garden

Wisdom and energy
We want nothing less
But time is written on my face
Who’s gonna clean up this mess?
Who knows?
Watching the future come, watching the future go

Playing magic tricks with her nervous system
It doesn’t work, work, work, it doesn’t work

On a walk thru the garden
La, la, la, la, la
On a walk thru the garden

Holding hands, and down the path we’re led
“I’m not the one you thought I was,” is what she said
On a walk thru the garden

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Less Blue (arduser)

On the town, like a sailor on leave
I wanted no problems; I did not want to grieve
All was going well, but all for a fee

Well, I’m not really sure when you came into view
But for me now, this earth is less blue

The whole world stopped for her eyes and hair of brown
My head was reeling, my mouth made no sound
What once seemed stable, now shaky ground

Well, I don’t know how I met up with the likes of you
But for me now, this earth is less blue

The more you talk, the more I want to believe
I keep looking, but there’s nothing up your sleeve
Your sweet lips make my heart feel so clean

Well, I don’t know how I met up with the likes of you
But for me now, this earth is less blue

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Enough (fetters)

I pulled into the parking lot, and fit in the handicapped space
I qualify because of my emotions
I pressed the lock and slammed the door, the keys were still inside
The asphalt heard my daily devotion

It’s bad enough that I have wasted far too many years
But it was fun, so it was worth the squandered time
So string me up and cut me down, life got a little rough
Enough, enough, enough

I bought a dream sight unseen, because my eyes were closed
Expectation gripped me like a rubber glove
I lost the game to a ball and chain, but I don’t think it shows
With glass in hand, I know this must be love

(Chorus)

I bought a dream sight unseen, because my eyes were closed
Expectation fit me like a rubber glove
So string me up and cut me down, life got a little rough
Enough, enough, enough

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