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  • MONTY (05:25)


    i ain't asking for better times
    i ain't hoping for a better life
    you got sugar, man
    that's all i want
    no surprise just something
    that will take me away

    well i'm clearing the rail railroad
    i gotta clear the rail railroad
    you got freedom
    that's all i want
    i see it coming
    it's happening someday

    i tell you what i see and you'll see what it is
    and if you call the landlord
    i tell him what i see and he'll see what it is
    i see it coming
    i see what's there

    while i work you're not on my train
    i gotta kill what i love
    and when i lie i'm feeling much better
    than you ever will
    but it still causes me pain

    you're all alone
    you are afraid
    with nothing on your own
    but a goddamn prayer
    you're not strong
    and you wonder why
    you've waited too long
    well that's a double lie

    your heart is cold
    your will is gone
    your soul's so old
    it's nearly over


    SICK DOG VOMITING (05:48)


    she said it's late, mac
    as he turns away
    maggie's tired now
    and she grabs herself

    another cigarette
    and she heard him say
    you built a wall around yourself
    you can't escape

    i used to believe it's getting better, mac
    what else could i do
    the animals need to be fed, he said
    i think i'd better be off here

    and he walks slowly through the storm
    the snow lies two feet deep
    it's the most innocent season he's ever seen
    as the wind blows his soul gently out of time

    barry walsh, now come on down
    we are in the making of better times
    we tried to change you
    tried to make you believe in you

    we think you should realise
    that you can't always hide
    barry throws his money in the streets
    but he still counts his fortune like everyone

    barry still walks on the wrong side
    he's been cheating himself over and over again
    but how can he forget?
    how can he come over it?

    and the virgin whispers gently in his ear
    she puts the flowers on the table
    it's the most beautiful sound he's ever heard
    as the blood reddens the needle

    johnny sits in the basement
    still thinking bout the government
    he was in trouble so many times
    that he couldn't even think of

    river lost weight
    he couldn't handle the man in the mirror every night
    i hardly knew you, johnny said
    i had to catch the train, river said

    hank said i gotta go to the hospital
    my neck is hurting since christmas
    i think i need a little body check

    two weeks later his dog larry was sitting
    on the sidewalk barking and howling
    like a mother who's lost her only son
    like a sick dog vomiting

    come on let's get out of here
    if you fail you always have one more chance
    if you fall you always have one more dance
    no one will get out of here alive
    but you won't get away with it


    THE ITHAKA CHRONICLES VOL I (04:02)


    well i travelled the seven seas
    i undid the secrets of ancient greece
    i've overcome several diseases
    still i travel alone

    i died in vain so many times
    i called the world my own
    i played the most dangerous game
    still i am not home

    i spent seven years in custody
    i have been fooling my enemies
    i'm a stranger wherever i roam
    still i am not home

    i stayed with the master of the winds
    i fell in love with many women
    i am still undefeated
    still i travel alone

    i'm the king of anything


    AS FOR THE STARS (04:45)


    the stars are shining bright
    i feel it slowly taking over
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    as for the stars they're always on
    it seems there is no life anywhere
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    no one taught me how to
    catch the sky and stay alive
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    well i still see your silhouette
    in every shadow and i regret
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    i'm gently slipping out of time
    i feel it slowly taking over
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    i thought that i could never fall
    but you consumed it all
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    the stars are shining bright
    i feel it slowly taking over
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    but how can i forget
    with the voice still in my mind
    and how can i forget
    if i won't leave you behind

    no one taught me how to
    catch the sky and stay alive
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    i'm gently slipping out of time
    i feel it slowly taking over
    i'm holding on
    i'm holding on

    all i've ever wanted and all i've ever needed
    was right here by my side
    all i've ever wanted and all i've ever needed
    o i'm slipping out of time


    PAX AMERICANA (03:39)


    they caught us red-handed
    as they called it
    they've been hunting us down

    they brought us in the other night
    no one knew what happened
    the trail led nowhere

    no one talked to us
    as we drove through the desert
    in silence, in agony

    the wicked ones should be
    standing in line
    they said with a big smile

    the heavens are waiting for you
    you have nothing to fear
    you just believe in the wrong god

    you're in no man's land, man
    you're gonna love this
    we're gonna make it over
    soon it will be over

    you lie - we cut off your tongue
    you steal - we chop off your hands
    you don't collaborate - we drown you
    just bring it on, no problem, man

    they want me to live their life i can't
    but i can't help myself at last
    i know the truth the only thing that matters
    that matters when you're waving goodbye-bye

    i know i am not what was intended
    but i can't help it no matter how hard i try
    i really tried be like you
    it's time for final goodbye-bye

    you get your hands chopped off
    no problem, as quick as you can think
    and you don't look like a slow learner

    just think it over
    you can always choose the winning side
    just think it over

    you are like me, we can both get hurt
    we're just ordinary men.

    and always remember what i said
    it's never too late to change sides
    just think it over


    THE TROJAN (06:52)


    she was lost deep inside
    as she got caught down the line
    she doesn't find an equal mind
    she's just looking for someone of her kind

    she was lost and never was found
    her boundless misery was so profound
    she knows how to pretend
    saying it's not over yet it's not the end

    she knows her songs well
    before she starts to sing
    it doesn't mean a thing
    if you don't know which lies you can tell

    i can taste your fear
    i can feel you hesitate
    it's way too late
    unless you won't get out of here

    if god is
    who you fear
    let it go

    let's go away
    we'll find a way
    while you breathe and you feel
    and you grieve and you fear

    i will follow you
    wherever go
    i will chase you like a dog
    don't be surprised
    i told you so

    if god is
    who you fear
    let it go


    THE WRONG MAN (06:19)


    no warning

    the day everything has changed
    was as regular as you might think
    and all that you said to me
    was simply breaking my heart

    the day everything went numb
    was as regular as you might think
    and the words that you've spoken
    were simply tearing me apart

    the way you're hunting me
    it's way out of control
    the way you put a spell on me
    i'm trying to break my fall

    they were looking for the man
    who wanted to change the world

    they were hunting down the man
    who wanted to sell the world

    they were searching for the man
    who proclaimed the end of the world

    they locked up the man
    who wanted to rule the world

    the fools
    they locked up
    the wrong man

    the way you're hunting me
    it's way out of control
    the way you put a spell on me
    i'm trying to break my fall


    COLLAPSED STAR - THE MAKING (06:08)


    i remember nothing
    the lights i see are blind

    the hands i feel are numb
    the eyes i see are blind
    the ears i hear don't recall
    the mind i shut is real

    the mouth i shut is hell
    the heart that feels is gone
    the dreams i have are hell
    the words i spell are broken

    the past i lived through is grey
    the wall of sound is gone
    the lights i see are blind
    the voice i hear went dry

    dead souls who took their share
    the last mistake i made was mine
    silent angels still won't care
    the end i hoped for was in time

    i remember nothing
    the lights i see are blind

    take a walk and then
    take a deep breath before you
    know that you'll discover

    your heart of darkness that
    beats inside your breast
    the best is yet to come
    and surely not good enough

    break the habits that's how
    you realize that you're
    one step closer to the
    other side of paradise

    kill the fragments, kill the king
    kill the dead man, kill the scene
    kill tomorrow, kill your sorrow
    kill the dream if it's the wrong one

    i didn't ask for much, no
    are you slowly taking over, no
    do you see this silhouette, no
    is this the last show, no
    and then you loose control




    tic II - FEED YOUR LUXURY


    come on feed your luxury
    from time to time
    get the beast fed, yeah
    feed it now
    look how the walls
    are breaking down

    push the envelope
    walk the strip
    get your brain washed
    clench your fist
    the big time is over
    the circus is closed

    we don't need you anymore
    suppose you have a bad day man

    erase all evidence
    you know who/what you are
    get back into the machine
    you know the truth
    you're not the one to blame
    you're a victim too

    we don't need you anymore
    suppose you have a bad day man
    the angels are dancing
    to the sound of god
    and the devil applauds

    the young ones are standing in line
    you made too many mistakes


    THE CON MAN COMETH


    i am the one
    and you are the one
    nothing is as it seems
    everyone is born
    everyone tries to stay alive

    they live a life they can't touch
    but you are different
    you're something special
    let me be your saviour

    i know you'll soon be begging for more
    no one will find us
    we'll be hiding in the shadows
    we still don't need no names

    you look beautiful today
    don't be afraid
    i won't do you no harm, darling
    you even look better than i could imagine

    everyone around is mad
    everyone just wants to get laid
    they are all victims of themselves
    but you, you are different

    no one, nowhere
    they won't find you
    no one will divide us
    i'm hiding you in my
    very human heart

    don't make a sound
    no one is around
    nothing will tear us apart
    i'll hide you in my very human heart

    i am the one
    and you are the one
    nothing is as it seems
    everyone is born
    everyone tries to stay alive

    they live a life they can't touch
    but you are different
    you're something special
    let me be your saviour

    i am the one
    and you are the one
    nothing is as it seems
    everyone is born
    everyone tries to stay alive


    BREAK DOWN


    take your time to break down
    drown the past in the river

    hide your face in the mirror
    your heart is like a ghost town
    as long as you remember
    that no one will surrender

    jumping someone else's train
    break down if you want to
    raise the stakes in anger
    all the signs will guide you
    as long as you remember
    that no one will surrender

    release your whole desire
    pretend no one can find you
    kneel and wait in silence
    how could someone forgive you?
    as long as you remember
    that no one will surrender

    you can find no reason
    there's no way to protect you
    you won't get away with it
    it's supposed to be a treason
    as long as you remember
    that no one will surrender

    now listen closely
    watch your back
    defy the undertow
    and squeeze the day

    no one's gonna save your soul
    you're looking for someone
    who makes it all go away


    ANTISEPTIC BALLAD


    if you don't want me
    i don't want you
    no need to break a draw

    if you don't change me
    i won't change you
    you can't change a world

    if you don't fool me
    i don't fool you
    so no one is weak

    if you don't lie to me
    i don't lie to you
    it's the only language you speak

    if you don't need me
    i don't need you
    i don't know
    who you are

    if you don't leave me
    i don't leave you
    you're not the queen
    of my heart anymore


    THE PARTISAN SONG


    there's no reason to hold on
    it's still delirious
    you my friend don't make it easier
    every man a story

    there's nothing out there
    this is the freedom
    and the more i try
    i try to be serious now
    this is the freedom
    this is it'sthe soul i searched

    i try to be serious now
    i've looked for it ever since
    i will not rest until the lights are out
    this is the freedom
    you're the soul i searched

    help me help me help me through the night

    i will not rest

    there's no reason to hold on
    it's still mysterious
    i will not rest until the lights are out
    this is the path of glory

    help me help me help me through the night

    i will not rest


    TIC III - THE WATERS


    it was dark
    the water was standing in the streets
    the windows were broke
    and the air was filled with smoke
    and the people were gone

    and the boat was full of water
    and the fire was on
    get rid of the poor
    drown the whores

    step down, all you leaders
    give way, all you traitors

    it was late
    and the air was filled
    with the smell of burnt tires
    and the dust was hanging in the streets
    the air was consumed by fire

    everyone was sick and tired of waiting
    they changed their names for no reason
    they left their homes behind
    but the boat is full of water

    step down, all you leaders
    give way, all you traitors


    NO LIGHT ANYWHERE


    they pass in line
    no light anywhere
    the fall of a crystal palace

    they move slowly
    the rats have all died
    it's the end of the line

    they don't speak
    the caravan has halted
    some wait alone
    some share their silence

    we all know
    who we are by now
    there is no way out

    they won't save you anymore

    you won't get away

    take all this love
    and the feelings as well
    take it slowly
    take it thoroughly

    take all the land
    take all of our money
    hope is all
    that we need

    watch your defense
    they're gone away
    we'll be all
    waiting on

    your heart's in a place
    you're walking on
    they say it ain't
    a true lie anymore

    they won't save you anymore

    you won't get away

    the evacuees are taken in lots
    in this vast dark hotel
    the gloves have come off now
    only the ghosts remain
    the children are crying
    soon it will be a spectacle
    you know no one was ever
    gonna take the trouble to save you


    LOST AT THE MOVIES


    it's good to be back, he said
    as he would go on as before

    existence what does it matter
    i exist on the best terms i can

    you need to get them out of your head
    silence is all you need, she said

    it's not the war that killed me
    but your indecision, he said

    he's longing for every word she said
    his senses left him

    let's go to the movies, he said
    and forget about the world

    but he was crying at the movies
    still his body was so quiet

    the past is now, he said
    the future is well out of hand

    it's good to be back, he said
    as he would go on as before

    existence what does it matter
    i exist on the best terms i can

    you took it the wrong way, babe
    it takes one to know one, she said
    she walks slowly towards the closet

    i need somewhere to go, he said
    but there's nowhere to go
    i'm so tired of pretending, she said

    you vanished too many times, she said
    i don't know where you are
    i can't spend another night with you

    they'll make me pay for what i've done
    they will track me down
    i can't escape
    i can't escape


    GHOST IN THE MACHINE


    the ones we know
    they vanish at any given time

    the ones we know
    it's making me o so sad

    the ones we love
    they abandon sometimes

    the ones we love
    it's making me o so sad

    on and on

    the ones we betray
    they disappear in a different light

    the ones we betray
    it's making me o so sad

    the ones we lost
    they hunt us down every night

    the ones we lost
    it's making me o so sad

    we run and run

    whatever you said
    whatever you did
    whatever you meant
    whatever it takes

    whatever i said
    whatever i meant
    whatever i've done
    whatever i left undone

    another one down

    the ones we became
    when everything is said and done

    the ones we became
    it's making me o so sad

    the ones we knew
    as the indecision was gone

    the ones we knew
    it's making me o so sad

    one down
    another one down


    THE GREEK SONG


    why, deniro and me in hell
    and he's claiming his innocence
    he exactly knows how to spell it
    but he's overdone his self-confidence
    and bobby said, pale and bleeding
    my body is aching from head to toe
    still he had this strange feeling
    that someone could give it a go

    it's in particular a great view
    but a threatening one
    just you and a few friends
    it's all fading away, son
    we were citizens of hell
    by the time you would know
    how the good things smell
    get ready for the show

    it's betty davies standing in the door
    getting out of her clothes
    but bobby still wanted some more
    that's why he got her a red rose
    it all will end up in a cold
    he asked her if she wanted to go
    wondering how the story would unfold
    but she still said no

    watch her smile in the rear-view mirrors
    as she's getting her lips done
    and her feet were shuffling (down) on the floor
    and her courage has long gone
    she's looking restlessly for an escape
    as there was no tomorrow
    still she was in perfect shape
    but she's lost her dignity many years ago

    i heard the tide coming
    it splashed outside the door
    and i thank god, wondering
    what we were waiting for

    they bring the silver bars
    i am begging for a turn
    what's the price for a star?
    what would you give in return?

    i heard the tide coming
    it splashed outside the door
    and i thank god, wondering
    what we were waiting for

    oh watch your time
    when you are on mulholland drive
    there's no need for another flashback
    take a big sleep as though you were alive
    but you won't get your dignity back
    there's another misquote on the way
    at least that's what i'm told
    even if it's needless to say
    you were in the wrong place three times in a row

    why, bobby and me still in hell
    watching the hookers passing by
    coming out of a no-tell motel
    another easy relief for a fall guy
    but deniro is taking on a sexy god
    and betty is caring about her sorrow
    she's having him down for a lightning rod
    there are so many things she had to swallow

    why, deniro and me in hell
    and he's claiming his innocence
    he exactly knows how to spell it
    but he's overdone his self-confidence
    and bobby said, pale and bleeding
    my body is aching from head to toe
    still he had this strange feeling
    that someone could give it a go

    this is how it feels
    when you go from rags to riches
    this is the deal
    when you've done all the bitches
    this is the price you pay
    when you give it a go
    and it's needless to say
    that someone told you so


    F.U.G.A.Z.I.


    i'm dying of innocence
    i know how it's done
    i've lost my senses
    they left me one by one

    it's like i fell from grace
    without knowing anything
    fate is laughing in my face
    whatever it may bring

    i wanna slow it down
    i wanna break it up
    i wanna rue the day
    i wanna curse it all

    i don't wait for anyone
    i know it's a failure
    but i can't always be wrong
    it's kind of a prayer

    i was not born to fight
    i made it by accident
    the future's out of sight
    looks like a dead end


    THE STRANGER'S LOVESONG


    we were waiting hypnotized
    underneath a starry sky
    the war was on

    our fortune was long gone
    looking desperately for home
    in the dawn

    we were silently awaiting
    all that things in the making
    the game was on

    we were done with our lies
    when we finally realised
    the war was on

    we would shiver for a while
    and dream that we get lost
    it all began too well
    let's forget about the past

    we were trembling in the rain
    murmurs creep along the wall
    and all the memories are useless
    but the useless memories remain

    we were blinded by the light
    as the remains of the night
    were fading away

    our future seemed so wrong
    and the fraction tied our tongues
    in the daylight

    we were lying still amongst
    a variety of sounds
    under the archway

    then we found you by surprise
    in this beautiful disguise
    in the hallway

    we have stayed for too long
    the city is a fort of solitude
    it all ended up too soon
    it's well out of hand

    let's go down to the river
    read the words from our lips
    and all the memories are useless
    but the useless memories remain

    we looked you in the eyes
    and we were so mesmerized
    about your glory

    we were shivering on the ground
    with the truth that we found
    in the end

    there's a reason to be here
    as all the shadows disappear
    from that story

    we were longing for an end
    curious bout what all that meant
    we still pretend


    THE CON MAN COMETH VOL II


    i know you hate your feelings
    but soon you will overcome
    we're bound together forever
    you won't suffer no more

    they are nothing but sharks
    they only want to tear us apart
    don't you see it?
    just a pack of lies

    let the word guide you
    believe me you can
    trust in your feelings
    they won't misguide you

    they won't come around
    i know what you're going through
    but i know where you belong to
    lend me your confidence

    i saw you yesterday
    a million miles away
    you set my world on fire
    like no one did before

    don't doubt your peace of mind
    you're the one that i admire
    you are one of my kind
    don't let our love expire

    i saw you yesterday
    i knew you long for more
    you set my world on fire
    like no one did before

    come on, come on over
    you don't have to be shy
    don't try to escape
    i know you ask yourself why

    as soon as we cross the border
    you will be safe in my arms
    and no one will do you no harm no more

    i need you and you need me, don't you?
    you know that we belong together
    they feel sorry for you
    but there is no reason

    your life was such a bore
    you didn't know what you were looking for
    i know you are afraid
    just relax and give yourself away

    i saw you yesterday
    a million miles away
    you set my world on fire
    like no one did before

    don't throw yourself away
    i know you feel betrayed
    don't raise your foolish mind
    it's time to loose your pride

    i saw you yesterday
    i knew you long for more
    you set my world on fire
    like no one did before

    imagine a world without you
    a world lack of beauty?
    can you? it seems impossible


    THE DREAM


    they won't tell you to come
    still i heard it all the way
    they slept in another mind
    i think they were afraid

    they are crawling back in time afraid of all the world while everything's in hold
    but they won't wait no more

    i wonder where they're coming from
    staring at the midnight sun
    they can't always carry on
    but it only has begun

    all thoughts consumed by light
    i do not feel alone
    i heard it all before
    won't give in at first sight

    i stared at what i've become
    still i hide it all away
    i heard you whisper in the dark
    as though as i killed someone

    i wonder where they're coming from
    staring at the midnight sun
    they can't always carry on
    but it only has begun



    ALL LYRICS BY RECHSTEINER

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