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‘Suffocate’ lyrics

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I’m much less than you think I am …


Good morning baby, guess you wanna touch me now
You wanna put your hands on my face
Tell me you love me,
Tell me you need me
Don’t say you love me
Don’t say anything
‘Cause I am not that kind of man, I’m much less than you think I am
So many people are just like Jesus,
They drag all this weight, to get to anything better than
where they’ve been
or where they are
Well tell me what the hell’s the reason when we never get
anywhere
But you want me to say “Hey, it’s okay”
But I’m so dizzy baby, just get the hell away from me
How can you breathe?
How can you see?
I can’t even sleep when you’re with me
I’m sick of summertime
I know all of the best things in life are unkind
To be everything I could be, anything
But all the time I’m thinking, “If I only had a pair of wings”
But you want to touch me
Just get your hands off me
Don’t touch me
And baby, I can’t see that you see
How can you see?
How can you breathe?
I can’t feel a thing when you’re with me
I can’t take it this way, I hope you understand,
Don’t you fucking touch me
I can hardly stand to look at you
How can you breathe?
How can you see?
How can you breathe?
How can you see?
I can’t even sleep when you’re with me
How can you breathe?
How can you see?
I can’t feel
I can’t feel a thing
Can’t feel a thing

‘Goin Down to New York Town’ lyrics

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I met a girl with autumn in her eyes and summer in the way she makes me feel …


Well I feel just like a freight train baby,
running out of steam.
I wanna go on down to New York town,
but I’m stuck in between.
And I could stay on here at home alone
and have myself to thank,
But I just made a billion dollars
and I don’t wanna put it in the bank,
So if you call…
we could go to town.
Well dear mom,
if you could see me now here underneath the lights
I gotta keep ’em on from dusk to dawn
and everything’s alright.
I met a girl with autumn in her eyes
and summer in the way
She makes me feel
like I was only born today or yesterday,
And if she calls…
we could go to town.
But everybody here
hates everything I say,
and girl I just don’t know
if I can last another day.
So I guess I’m going back,
back where I belong,
I hope you come along
before I get back on that train that takes me…
home from New York City
to the things I left behind
And ‘though I ain’t got no money girl
, I’ll always have the time.
But I wish that you would hurry,
I hope you get here soon
’cause I just sold the sky to the sun
so I could buy for you the moon.
And if you call…
we could go to town. So if you call…
yeah, if you call…
girl, if you call…
we could go to town.

‘August and Everything After’ lyrics

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This is best estimation of Counting Crows fan, Ashlee Speight, of the fabled lyrics appearing on the front of the album, “August and Everything After” artwork. The song was performed live at a show in December 2003 dubbed “Live at the Dead Pigeon.” I slightly modified a couple lyrics myself based on the recording.

You look into her eyes, and it’s more than your heart will allow. In August and everything after, you get a little less than you expected somehow …


They’re wakin’ up Maria
‘cause everybody else has got some place to go
She makes a little motion with her head,
rolls over, and says she’s gonna sleep for a couple minutes more
I said I’m sorry to Maria
for all the cold-hearted things that I have done
I said I’m sorry by now at least once
to just about everyone
She says I’ve forgotten what I’m supposed to do today
And it slips my mind what I’m supposed to say
We’re getting older and older and older
and always a little further out of the way

You look into her eyes
and it’s more than your heart will allow
And August and everything after
you get a little less than you expected somehow
Well I stumbled into Washington Square
just as the sun began to rise
And I laid down on the lawn of the cathedral
and laid down and the shadow of St. Mary’s in the sky
And I’m just one of these late model children
waiting for the king
But there ain’t no sign of Elvis in San Francisco
it’s just me and I’m playin’ this rock and roll thing
She wants to be just like me
And I want every damn thing I can see
You know one day you’re Daddy’s little angel
The next day you’re everything he wanted you to be
They dress you up in white satin
and they give you your very own pair of wings

In August and everything after
I’m after everything
I said yeah yeah yeah yeah – lalala

Well you got your reservations
and you got your seven-million dollar home
You got the number of some girl in New York City
who’s always wide awake
so you never spend the night alone
You got a nasty little habit
of peekin’ down the shirts of all the little girls
as they pass you by
And I wonder when it all catches up to you
and they finally take you down–
are you gonna cry?
Well I already got my disease
So take your fuckin’ filthy hands off of me
Yeah well I hope you weren’t expecting to be crucified–
The best that they can do
is to hang you from the nearest tree
It’s midnight in San Francisco
and I’m waiting here for Jesus on my knees

In August and everything after
I want somebody else to bleed for me
I said yeah yeah yeah lalala…

They came down from North Dakota
with confidence in the military mind
And now everyone I know is turning showgirl
and dancing with their shirt off
in some Las Vegas hotel line
So I’m going’ down to Los Angeles
to plead for my immediate release
And the lawyer says, ‘yeah we’ll let you go
but you gotta give us a better reason
than ‘please, please, please”
But I no longer know how to pray
I live in dog town and it’s a Dalmatian parade
And I, I change my spots over and over
but they never seem to fade away
I am the last remaining Indian
looking for the place where the buffalo roam

In August and everything after
man them buffalo ain’t never comin’ home
And I said in August and everything after
man them buffalo ain’t never comin’ home
I said oh yeah yeah yeah lalala

‘Closer To You’ lyrics

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I don’t know how I’m gonna be alright. But I’m all messed up. Ya, I’m all messed up without you …


Come a little closer if you can
just forget your fears
Come to me
cause where I want to be
is closer to you
Put your little hand into my hand
throw off this disguise
Come to me
cause I just want to be
closer to you

I’m oh so tired of this awful fight
can’t get by without you
I don’t know how I’m gonna be alright
But I’m all messed up
ya I’m all messed up
without you
Don’t you wish we were younger
these things go to fast
Come to me
because I used to be
closer to you
Oo come to me cause
I need to be closer to you.

‘The Greening of America’ lyrics

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If there’s another life, and if get to choose, I’d like to be a daisy …


She’s closing all the shades
she finds the daylight just a little frightening
she pulls the pedals overhead each day
but she’s opening her business is blooming nightly
and every time it does it gets me hazy
the color of her head changing every day
A little breath of wind and I just go crazy
The greening of Americas progressing smoothly
cuz she’s choosing me

It’s later then I said
and all the worlds a shade of black and purple
everybody else has gone to bed
But when she makes me happy I just fly in circles
and every time she does I just get teary
The color of head changing everyday
a little puff of wind and she’s always near me
The greening of America is progressing nicely
it’s all right with me
ba ba ba ba na na na na na etc.

If there’s another life, and if get to choose I’d like
to be a daisy
I’ll stay up waiting for my dusky wife
to open and get high with just my jasmine baby
and every time she does it gets me crazy
The color of her head changing every day
A little breath of wind and I just get crazy
The greening of Americas progressing nicely
it’s all right with me-every time she
she does just get teary
The color of her head changing every day
A little breath of wind and she’s always near me
The greening of Americas progressing smoothly
cuz she’s choosing me

‘Love and Addiction’ lyrics (demo)

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I play piano and I sing like a hummingbird …


Put on your bad self
Get out your party dress and fix up your makeup
try to make a good impression
This is a new world. We’re all the same here,
Well maybe not the same you know what I mean.

I’ve got everything that you want
I’ve got everything and someday I’ll be president.
I’ve everything that you want.
I’ve got everything except the single thing you really need.

Separate love from addiction
It’s not the same I know I see desperation pulling my strings.
Hey Eliza now what do you want?
I play piano and I sing like a hummingbird
and oh I forgot that hummingbirds don’t sing,
It doesn’t matter really you know what I mean.

I’ve got everything that you want
I’ve got everything and its a brand new world Eliza.
I’ve got everything that you want.
I’ve got everything except the single thing you really need.

Sail away blood and rejection. They isolate.
I know I see, a generation staring back at me
Wasted away … wasted my time
This picture you see is nothing like
the one I wanted painted of me.
Eliza says “it’s all right with me,
if you’re sure … it wouldn’t be the first time,
you know it’s happened a couple of times before and
I don’t even expect much anymore and anyway…
it’s not as if I was waiting for you
to come and make it all okay”.
Shut away to wing blood and rejection
they isolate I know
I see visions of people grabbing hold of me.
Wasted away … wasted my time.
This picture you see is nothing like the
one I wanted painted of me.
Put on your bad self, get out your party dress
and fix up your makeup
try and make a good impression.

‘Open All Night’ lyrics

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She said “I was born the year the rockets landed. Circa 1969, and I got stranded. Yeah, but the comet’s getting close, and I can’t stand it” …


Exit 8
Small cafe
Georgia moonlight
It’s 3a.m.
I’ve been driving all night
Got a funny air
Red-brown hair
In the porch light
She said ‘We’re open all night
so won’t you come inside
it’s gonna be all right”

She said “Tired?”
I said I’m a little bit unstable
She said “Honey, I will help you if I’m able”
There’s a bottle of relief upon the table
And we’re open all night
So won’t you come inside
It’s gonna be all right”

She said “I was born the year the rockets landed
Circa 1969 and I got stranded
Yeah, but the comet’s getting close
And I can’t stand it.”
She said ‘We’re open all night
so won’t you come inside

Exit A
Small cafe
Smoke at three
Georgia moonlight
It’s 8 a.m.
I’ve been drinking all night
And there is nothing I will not do to make it all right
She said “We’re open all night
So won’t you come inside
It’s gonna be all right”

‘Good Luck’ lyrics

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It takes time to make these machines work …


Larry’s in Vegas with some chick from L.A.
The best things are sevens
And sex is just OK so please stay
She said just stay
‘Cause there’s a show at 11 and the drinks are all free
You can do better for yourself but not me …
So, please stay and keep me company.

All the while thinking this is the good luck, stays with her most of the time
Takes time to make these machines work, people are so unkind
Gets kinda nervous used to be hard.

She takes the edges off evenings in bedrooms and back seats in big cars.
All the while thinking this is the good luck stays with her most of the time
It takes time to make these machines work people are so unkind.

People are so unkind
She looks in the mirror to make (sure?) she’s here
She keeps disappearing and dreaming of movie stars, weddings and nothing is happening
He tries not to notice
She thinks he doesn’t care.
Capture yourself in a jar and you stay there,
until you vanish, thin air.

All the while thinking this is the good luck stays with her most of the time
It takes time to make these machines work but he ain’t got time while
She’s riding in black cars and pokes at the sky to see if he can make stars and
people are so unkind
People are so unkind
People are so unkind
People are so unkind
people are so unkind
People are so
Un …
Kind …

‘Margery Dreams of Horses’ lyrics (demo)

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This song is often considered to be a prelude to “Another Horsedreamer’s Blues.” It’s on the Flying Demos CD.

I have hollow eyes haunting only to myself. Even so I can’t stop carving, scraping hollows in myself …


In the still water she lies down
Shaking through the press of sunlight
We rolled into Lexington
She shakes off the drop of daylight
Water beading up her chest
Bleeding down between her knees
Rivers in Kentucky flow
Between the bluegrass wavy seas

But oh, Margery
twists the knife once more inside of me
Breathless with anticipation
Baited reelers set their hooks

Tuck their heads beneath the high grass
and lie and wait beside the brooks
We’re infants pushing slowly through
Frustration leading back along
The alleys of a childhood
That will not release us willingly

But oh, Margery ..sticks the knife in while I couldn’t see (strait into me baby)
Dust me off and shut me down
and dream of where I haven’t been

Close the door inside my heart
Stuck in the south Atlantic wind
I have hollow eyes
haunting only to myself
Even so i can’t stop carving,
scraping hollows in myself I took the train from California
to the far side of the continent
Woke up in Kentucky
Where a wedding was about to end
I looked up at Anna
she turned back to look at me
It’s best to kill the ones that matter
render blind the ones who see
But oh, Margery
takes the blade and walks away from me
Oh, Margery
love like blood is pouring out of me
Oh, Margery
my heart won’t stop bleeding over me baby
Oh, I can’t shut it in
it’s got far too many doors to block the wind
Oh, I can’t shut it in

‘Shallow Days’ lyics

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I’m falling, falling down. “I’m sorry”, she said. “I know I’m not the kind of girl you want” …


Mary Jane says it’s all right
She’s just around the corner from the main light.
Any day now, it’s all right
She’s standing on the precipice of big time.
And I know I’m a little uptight,
I’ve got to go before the sun shines.
We’re just a couple small people squeezing out a life,
We need a little good time.
It’s not far from the edge,
Mary comes and goes.
Drifting through the scenery of the shallow days below,
That is anybody knows.

You follow trains out of town and they vanish somewhere under the horizon.
Yeah well I saw Mary Jane dragged her shadow down the tracks, Stare off in the distance.
It’s not far from here,
Mary waves hello.
Smiling though she’s sinking in the shallow days below,
I can’t find a way out of here.
Out on the road again,
I’m much, much too concerned about Mary Jane.
I’m all alone again,
I like what she said, not what it means.
She leaves me drowning through the shallow days, down below.

You know I heard a band playing waltzes in a grange hall
The sun is sinking lower.
People staring, Mary Jane humming softly to herself,
Nobody really knows her.
Any day now it’s all right,
She tells herself that this will be the last time.
Mary Jane pulls her hair back and wonders what she’ll do with all her free time.
Not too far from here,

Mary turns to go.
Smiling while the waltz begins, dancing down the road

Hey hey Mr. Freedom,
What are we supposed to think?
‘Cause I’m a very tiny person and it worries me.
I’m all alone again,
I like what she says, not what it means.
She leaves me drowning in the shallow days way down below.
“I’m sorry”, she said,
“I know it’s not the kind of thing you want.”
I’m falling, falling down.
“I’m sorry”, she said.
“I know I’m not the kind of girl you want.”
We’re falling, falling, falling, falling down.