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D I S C O G R A P H Y



Go Down Swingin'

All songs written by Dirk Hamilton, except 6, 9, 10 and 12 by Dirk Hamilton and Eric Westphal. Cruel World by Dirk Hamilton and Tony Hodson.

All lyrics by Dirk Hamilton

©1991 Rabbit Songs BMI

Appaloosa Records AP 071-2

 

 

 

 

 

1 Go Down Swingin' listen
2 With Your Heart on Your Sleeve listen
3 The Borderline listen
4 Under the Bottom
5 Cruel World listen
6 Wild and Free
7 They Think They Know So Much
8 Who Said, "On With the Show"?
9 He's Dumb About Girls
10 Resurrection Day listen
11 I Have Come of Age listen
12 Entitled Untitled listen
 
 



 
    LYRICS  
   

GO DOWN SWINGIN' listen

Well they were all in cahoots with the cops
They kept him locked up in a box
'til he fell in with Goldilocks where they threw their receipts and their dirty socks
Then they strapped down in a bed
Shot him up 'til his body felt like lead
But the places he went in his head brought magic to the words that he said
Oh ... and he freed 'em all instead

When he told 'em to
Go Down Swingin'
Their swings made wings
Go Down Swingin'
Until the last bell rings
and Iron Mike Tyson taught them that
There isn't anybody who can't be knocked flat
But still they'll Go Down Swingin'
Swingin', swingin', swingin'

I'm feeling strong and terrified
As I watch the other guys
With their comfortable lives made of comfortable lies
With a comfortable woman who's a stranger by their side
But I'd rather be found dead in a ditch
Then to find my self livin' like this
I can understand seekin' out a shelter in a storm
But they trade away their freedom just so they can die warm
I don't wanna die warm

I wanna Go Down Swingin'
Let my swings make wings
Go Down Swingin'
With every song I sing
And I know that the truth has to talk for itself
And if I win this fight I know I'll lose somewhere else
But still, I will, Go Down Swingin'

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WITH YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE listen

Let me tell ya' honesty's it's own reward
Honesty won't float you up when you fall overboard
And it is no lie when your body washes up on shore
Nothing in the physical world's achieved
With Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Tell the truth
They'll just ignore you
Unless fashion swings your way
Then they'll adore you
But don't come cry to me
When it absorbs you
Your will come to know brutality
With Your Heart On Your Sleeve

No one will remember that
You're the one that stood up
When the rest sat pat
Help someone find their coat
get back, they've stole your hat
Walk around all day backwards
Never get a pat on the back
Every little cut ya' get will bleed
With Your Heart On Your Sleeve
Your heart on your sleeve

Get a motorcycle you can kick to start
This is only for the pure of heart
Be true to yourself
And you have done your part
There's no better way to be
Than livin' With Your Heart Upon Your Sleeve

May the flame of innocence and anger guide you
May you always listen to the child inside you
The myth of human power won't survive you
May you always leave
Your Heart On Your Sleeve
Your Heart On Your Sleeve
Livin' With Your Heart On Your Sleeve

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THE BORDERLINE listen

Bring the all night girls all in a chain
Move 'em 'round the room, then right back out that door again
And try to be kind
We're gonna get there
Under a 60 watt shine
We're gonna cross
The Borderline

See that bum over there?
We'll buy him a beer
It seems we spend our whole lives either hidin' from or facin' fear
It makes some more real, while some just get weird
Let take our drinks to a table
'Cuz we've got something big on tonight
We're gonna cross
The Borderline

When we cross the borderline
You'll show me your country
And I'll show you mineI've waited for so long
And we've wasted so much time
But starting with trust and confession
Ending up with your hand in mine
We're gonna cross
The Borderline

I've waited for so long
And we've wasted so much time
There will be trust and compassion
Just like in those old golden times
after we cross The Borderline

And we're goin' across
we're gonna get it right
Across The Borderline

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UNDER THE BOTTOM

I'm Under The Bottom
And I gotta get back up
below the bottom
And I gotta get myself back up

I need a little attention
But nobody listens
I get no honorable mention
Heck, I'm not even listed

I'm Under The Bottom
And I gotta get back up
below the bottom
And I gotta get myself back up

One by one my friends crystallize
Their souls escape and flicker in the night like fireflies
I'm shakin' up the dice and rollin' out the numbers now
I just gotta get up to zero somehow
Somehow get me back up to zero

When there's a bust in the government you can almost bet
The long arm of the law will be around the wrong guy's neck
And that's the justice of this great nation
The poor man takes the rap
While the rich man
Takes a vacation

I'm Under The Bottom
And I gotta get back up
below the bottom
And I gotta get myself back up

There's smoke in the rain where they slash and burn
Ya' see the bust of Bullwinkle overturn
And lie face down by the epitaph plaque
That says "God gave us reason - we gave it back"

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CRUEL WORLD listen
Tony Hodson and Dirk Hamilton

What do ya' do when you're doing' what ya' wanna?
Playin' it safe and stickin' with your Momma
Help her bake a cake then lick that spoon
Kindergarten kids are hard and hit ya' with a shovel when ya' don't play right
Kindergarten will be hard on you

Lonely world, such a cruel place
Sometimes you're hard to face Cruel World
Lonely times in this unwinnable race
Sometimes you're hard to face Cruel World

What do I do when I'm doin' what I like?
I go outside and I ride my trike
Across the crosswalk headin' for the store
Peddlin' hard and six feet four
In that car you people laughin' better not laugh 'cuz you can cause
A crash and casualties too terrible to tell

Lonely world, such a cruel place
Sometimes you're hard to face Cruel World

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WILD AND FREE
Dirk Hamilton and Eric Westphal

It's four in the morning' when I come to you
And ya' kinda' wanna read me out but that's somethin' ya' won't do
So ya' stop
And ya' turn it all around
Sayin' "how ya' doin' baby?"
"Come and lay your body down"
'cuz this is something

Wild And Free
You know it's all mystery
And we gotta learn to let it be
Wild And Free

I have looked at love with a kind of second sight
And it needs a tender heart as much as a shadow needs a light
So I stop
And I turn it all around
Knowin' this is no possession
This is all defenses down
Yeah this is something

Wild And Free
It's not just in you and me
Love is livin' somewhere in between
Wild And Free

So how ya' doin' baby?
Come and lay your body down

What teaches the birds how to sing
Is what tells the world when to spring
What makes the flowers bloom
Is right here in this room
Right here
Right now

Wild And Free
And you know it's all mystery
We gotta learn to let it be
Yeah we gotta learn, we gotta learn,
We gotta learn, we gotta learn to let it be
Wild And Free ...

It's four in the morning

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THEY THINK THEY KNOW SO MUCH

Chemical half life rock and wave, God threw a party and look who came
The Poobah's got 'em jumpin' every time he crack a whip
(A penny for his thoughts? Ya know that's a gyp.)
He wanted a handout, I gave him a quarter
He put it in his mouth and swallowed it quick
He said he'd reduced all justice and order down to
one and one and one and one and one and one is six

He thinks he knows so much (I think he knows too much)
He thinks he knows so much (I think he knows too much)

Clembali say "I don't eat the cow!"
So we knock him on the head and baptize him on the ground
There's Shiite Muslim's slittin' throats
We watch 'em fall from the wall (go flop in the moat)
I guess you're doin' your duty or kissin' the pooch
I guess Holy War means all heaven breaks loose

They think they know so much (I think they think they know too much)
They think they know so much (I think they think they know too much)

and Ya' can't quite trust it
it just ain't musical
like when G. Gordon Liddy
played the piano

Spell God backwards, take him for a walk
put him in a collar like a man of the cloth
Put him on television, let him beg and bark and sing
Attention all dimwits: it's spiritual big time wrestling!

Now if you want a universe of flip side yes
keep doin' what you're doin'
they'll do the rest

They think they know so much (I think they think they know too much)
They think they know so much (I think they think they know too much)

"I am a wise man
from a thousand years ago
This body is my channel"
Channel this asshole

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WHO SAID "ON WITH THE SHOW"?

Trans World Airlines, from a runway to a runway to you
Get in the car, tune guitar, to the bar for a double or two
And then the spotlight's in your eyes and it's time to advertise

Sometimes I think I could grab a spotlight beam like a pole
and swing it over my head, bash it on the stage like so...
Stars or spangles?
Angels or angles?
I wanna know who said "On with the show"?
I wanna know who said "On with the show"?

Hideehideehideehi (Hideehayhay)
Hideehideehideehi (Hideehayhay)
You gotta look like you're hot
If you're hot or if you're not
I wanna know who said "On with the show"?

Look like you're hot
If you're hot or if you're not
I wanna know who said "On with the show"?
I wanna know who said "On with the show"?
Who was that man among men who said "On with the show"?

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HE'S DUMB ABOUT GIRLS
Dirk Hamilton and Eric Westphal

He's honest as the day is long
and a technical wizard
He'll fix your amp and write a song
That makes ya' feel like a beginner
He's a straight-up guy
He'll bust ya' when ya' need it
lookin' you right in the eye
No the boy don't take no crap
The only problem's that
He's dumb about girls
He's an intelligent cat that's
Dumb about girls

She's in a universe all her own
on her very own planet
that she wants everyone to circle around
'cuz that's the way she planned it
Her phony sing-song talk
is bad enough to make a coffee table take a walk
It only stops at dollar signs
(and that's not a real good sign)
He's dumb about girls
The unfortunate fact is
He's dumb about girls

Yeah when it comes to things of the heart
the boy just ain't that smart
No, he's dumb, dumb about girls
It's an unfortunate fact that he's dumb about girls
How could such a bright guy be so stupid?
Blame it on a bad joke shot by Cupid

She insists that he throw her a party
then she's nowhere to be seen
He finds her alone upstairs on the potty
with a Better Homes magazine
I look at him with her and think of all the lonely women in the world
No one gets what they deserve, oh no
He's dumb about girls
He's a real sharp cat that's dumb about girls
Yeah when it comes to things of the heart
the boy just ain't that smart
No, he's dumb, dumb about girls
It's an unfortunate fact that he's dumb about girls

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RESURRECTION DAY listen
Dirk Hamilton and Eric Westphal

Have you noticed how the dogs all bark
every time a shot's fired in the dark
It's impossible to sleep and getting' hard to see
what all this noise and movement has to do with you and me

We're floating on our easychairs
down technicolor channels that take us everywhere
it's all o.k. I guess 'cuz the universe says "yes"
we navigate by movie stars and can't remember who we are

Are we alive, can we survive, can we go on this way?
Can we survive, are we really alive, can we hang on 'til
Resurrection Day?

Mankind's love affair with himself
will break like frozen roses falling from a shelf
And signaled by the sound the angels will come down
to join what's best of you and me in bright eternal now

Are we alive, can we survive, can we go on this way?
Can we survive, are we really alive, can we hang on 'til
Resurrection Day?

Life is but a dream (yea, yea)
Gently down the stream (yea, yea)
Row, row, row your soul

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I HAVE COME OF AGE listen

Happiness is easy as a chuckle from a plum
and all the world's in circle harmony
But show me a life that won't be torn by strife
and end in tragedy
Nothing here is changed
Everything's the same
But singing in my chains
I Have Come Of Age

Well ya' put me on hold and ya' don't return my calls
Do ya' think because you're busy you're important?
There are galaxies of color that fade to grey
When an imagination's dormant
You can be so cruel
In your world of grey
While you never grew
I have Come Of Age

Nothing here is new
Night still follows day
But I see me and you since
I Have Come Of Age

Happiness is easy as a chuckle from a thumb
But we all wear our mittens
As we go out in the cold and roll in the snow
And laugh like contradictions
There's no need to grieve
Everything's o.k.
When you see you in me
You Have Come Of Age

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ENTITLED UNTITLED listen
Dirk Hamilton and Eric Westphal

I will write some songs
And sing my songs
I will write some songs
And then I'll be long gone

I will play for you
And pray for you
I will stay for you
And see that you get through

If you believe
This dying world can get better
Write me a letter
Upon a leaf
And on a breeze
Mail it to me
For something to pin on my sweater
Rain weather wetter
With cryin' eyes

After "you and me"
Grow to "us and we"
We'll touch eternity
"Cuz love's the only thing that's really free
Our lives are like letters
On flying leaves

We who write the songs
We who sing the songs
We who play the songs
Soon will be long gone

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