alien tribe
send me pictures of a day like motor city, its all grey
gonna burst like fresh champagne, choking up in triple lane
its all ...
gonna lie to your face, i think its better this way i do
can't deny your race, except when your an alien tribe
gonna lie to your face ( i think its better this way i do )
can't deny your race ( except when your an alien tribe )
try to keep pace ( well you haven't learned anything, have you )
what's time and grace (well you've all ready hit that age, its not
for the penniless case .. )

august 27th
sailing on a moon with you
august 27th,
you came so soon
now that we're apart ...
the memories on my mind
they're golden so they'll last
but this life i just can't find
when i'm without you ...
calendar days are counting by
trusting you'll be mine
so forget me not!
i'll have you by my side
i'll have you by my side ...
i'm at sea and lost
floating on a plane
and if you're still confused
i'll be here to explain ... for you ...

beaten path
our day is done, you think its over, don't sigh ... (i need a disguise)
this little tree i used to know is so high! (so scared of heights)
so you dyed your hair today, didn't noticed it (things pass me by)
locked in a state of mind, i'd feel regret (it's draggin me down)
the mystery of we of the us we once knew now stands alone like a moon
on a dark night ...

book report
hey, would tommorrow still bring the same shame
and once, i forgotten how to spell my own name
and you were there to help me write my own papers on world affairs
and i got an 'a' ...
thought it was always cheaper to buy more, well sure
never mind those school loans, i'll pay them back someday
these days are getting colder, i sense another wave
a wrapper around confusion is coming this way ...
just a ship of fools, gone adolensence
all there is to show is my geriatric smile
so silver lining clouds fly over me
they fly over me, they fly over me ...

broken vcr
i want to be just like james dean
to be cool and dangerous and live on the east side
with all the rich kids and play lead
in a romeo and juliet school play
build a fort with all tough kids in the neighborhood
so i won't be alone ...
its a little bit nicer to
get what you want this time, well i know
it never comes true that you'll know
thinking of all the fictions of the common
of the treetops and the sunshines
others will probably will wilt leaves and grow up bad
i'm counting on love ...
so whats your favorite movie, wanna be friends
i like chocolate ice-cream, oh yeah, i guess you're right
i hate chocolate, too, so you wanna be friends?
i want to be just like james dean
to be cool and dangerous and live on the east side
with all the rich kids and play lead
in a romeo and juliet school play
build a fort with all tough kids in the neighborhood
so i won't be alone ...

canned goodness
gotten away from the sun eclipses, short handed the moon ( i wanted to say )
i broke away from the caring hands of confidence ( charlotte does care )
feel the shields that protect from the solstice cure
love all of us and together we'll shine ...
i can't recite the name, ... oh, oscar, walden, cartwright ... ??
color your senses, a world of lottery politicians who's selling bums
i don't know resistance a pelican mulling over my way ...
you're the king of the century, a real noble joker of a far fetched humor
we cry when you laugh, can you be more cautious, a little bit less sensible ... ??

c'est la guerra dans ma coeur
c'est la guerra dans ma coeur
on es froid dans le grand monde
je suis oublie ta devoir
mais decide avoir a la gorge
ils ont les rois de la duperie
les petroliers et de parter en guerra

coffee drops
you've wasted all your time on useless devotion
and look where it got you a empty life ahead
but looking right at you i see through
you know your silence speaks the most
come on and join our side
a willing and friendly tribe
dont say whats on your mind
well i guess that's why i guess and i'm not very good with falling in love
i'd like to count on you, if you would see this through
and telling me what to say
i haven't got a reason so what else could i be thinking
so the middle sheeps turn to roam
come on join the ride
and we'll share my disguise
we'll make everything will last forever
though you always try to read me like an open book thats easy
and i will wait someday
my brain is overworking with all talk and talk shows
while driving home from 'cisco
these eyes are getting heavy, i really can't see
can you please just take me home ...
come on and join our side
a willing and friendly tribe
dont say whats on your mind
well i guess that's why i guess and i'm not very good with falling in love

cow meat
color your senses, a world of lottery politicians who's selling bums
i don't know resistance a pelican mulling over my way ...
you're the king of the century, a real noble joker of a far fetched humor
we cry when you laugh, can you be more cautious, a little bit less sensible ...

deformed
i don't like what i'm becoming, i'm deformed
i can't look in the mirror, not the norm ...
cause deep down inside i miss my home
those feelings trapoped and my senes roam
i feel like i can't go on no more
and i feel ike a mirror, see my face, i wanna erase
the times that got left behind, and i'm feeling alone ...
the dawn seems so much clearer, not before
drawing accusations like before
and i've got a limit just like you
cause i'm only human if you think of me too
contemplating what my life is really for ...

do you mind
should i feel silly if i don't get what you're saying
guess i could pretend as if i do ...
do you mind ?
well do you mind ? ... i do ...
couldn't see farther than the headboard on his desk
knows not what to ask but knows what's best ...
do you mind ?
well do you mind ? ... i do ...
she gave me tourrette's syndrome
like a carnival sideshow
running around with these pills in my hands
need a precocious shady mustache
sitting in the fourth row
it feels like the first time, wiping condensation off
a tall glass of cold ocean
keep my eyes dry, these voices in my head are saying 'no!'
no! no!
is it rude if i walk out of this dirty place
did you see her face, i know it's cool
do you mind ?
well do you mind ? ... i do ...
i'm not one who makes a case for doing what i want
seal the deal and feel the bends again ...
do you mind ?
well do you mind ? ... i do ...

echo window
dubious girl starts to sing
and she goes, "la la la, la la, la la la"
and we all know where she lives
and we go, "la la la, la la, la la la"
when i call her my cinnamon pet
she dawns on a dress i'll never forget
and looks upstairs to see me crying out my eyes
and she knows ...

end of four
just stop and look around and you'll find
ten million pieces of nothing else
hands in your pockets, its a lonely world
when its dark at home and no one's around
you say good night because it's 2am
your mind is full of thoughts of the days ahead
you caught a breeze so you let the air come in
you swallow illuminations of the moon
pen to paper, nothing collaborates
it's not the words you were really meant to say
what was that drink the night before?
cracked up on blow and some red bull
the smell of grass brings you to your knees
hands in the dirt and you face the sky
another friend whispers and passes by
lighting your smoke, you wave good-bye
all four sign the contract so we're not pushing pressure anymore
calendar set in motion says we're not coming back here anyways ...

familiar scars
the calendar, the messenger, the failing of the teacher ... i'd meet her.
now i know, i finally read, it's only human nature, familiar ...
people often stare at me i wonder if i'm even, peculiar ...
the lesson learn, i'd finally take, i know its wasn't done before ..
no, not this time, not this time
the lesson learned, a lesson burned
i've been full of nonsense, and I've been a fool
but now it's love, it's definitely love...
the calendar, the messenger, the failing of the teacher ... i'd meet her.
now i know, i finally read, it's only human nature, familiar ...
people often stare at me i wonder if i'm even, peculiar ...
the lesson learn, i'd finally take, i know its wasn't done before ...
no not this time,
wasn't the last time that you call me last ...
familiar ... oh ... familiar scars ...

feelin sick at home
sayin good mornin how are you i missed you
sellin a good time to a long home away
standing on two feet, dizzy and comatose
thinking of a reason for you to just come home
please come home ...
just an inch of crawl space and nothing in between
holds a cup of spilled honey lemonaide, a gift that you made
staying in my bed and i'm bored and so alone
thinking of your pretty face ... you're lovely
(in your presence i feel warmth a feeling at ease)
... you're lovely ...
(in your presence i feel warmth a feeling at ease)
movin is easier than talking but trying is
harder than anything than this at all
so i'm stuck to the floor with my head in the door
listening to your favorite song, can't think, i'm passed out again ...
... passed out again?
its a common situation, never gonna leave me alone
(taking my time around around again)
holding your hand, it already gone away
(leave me at home but i'll always be thinking of you)

fisher the great
fisher was dreamer a cardboard believer
never understood just your saying ...
lived in a cardboard box and always set
himself up for a brand new day
always walked by never really knew him
finally threw some pocket change
'thank you very much god bless you sir,
if only everyone was as kind as you ...
and here i am its happening to me
i can't explain, what went wrong
too sad, no one to love me
see my hands they cold and empty
and i'm not going down without a fight
i'm not going down
down without a fight
i sleep through cold nights and take no bath
i eat what i can get, who's knows if i'll last
never thought it could happen to me
but here i am ... on my knees ... for help ...
poor investments, market crash
got no job and got no cash
open my hat do a song and dance
do my keep and i'll get my chance
someday ... someday ...

flat girl
you said you were a little frustrated
you said that you were even a little scared
and to think that you would try a stupid thing like that
and to think that i would try to fall for someone like you
cleaning up this mess it seems its over
like a little bug you were defenseless
so we stop and play those generals and kings
another day they say to leave it all behind
you ask me if i carry those phony pagers phony cell phones
you keep on asking me if its sexual not mental
to stuff your chest with those secret socks
and that static cling, clings
so they you're cute, so they say you're flat
but i think you're just small, can you live with that
i figure its not bad ...

folky shoes
it's garden of the silence to the wasteland
it's meant to be a measure of slow motion

fountainhead
told you that someday
i will discover a
a conscious disarray
upon a river
that makes and breaks occasions
of self rightiouness of our lives
setting up for disappointments in my life
whats the matter, you got no one to talk to
cracking down on your lying catastrophic mind
there's a reason for being
and thats being just me ...

gooey
sucking on a lemon way too hard
you're on your way to be a great star
there's no need to argue, its not your turn
this world is waiting and ready to burn
off steam you'll dream
and i'm not saying someday
that you'll be one soon
but you wanna be shining star
genuine little mind, you already are
and you laughed at me and you wanted to leave
take a deep breath and hide your face
shine at me and you wanted to leave
makes me know just how you feel

great space coaster
i think i dream in stereo, my chemical reaction
feeling this thorn in my side, battery over spent ...

traveling faster than my mind, my great space coaster!
dig around into the ground, a fragile creature is found ...

green covered
i came back from mountain tops and started creating ...
this scene says, so this is all i know to say, but where am i?
this reason is statable lost and fogettable
same day, so this is all i know to say, but where am i?
you're so sensible
in my room
you're so cynical
in my room
you're so unbelievable
in my room
you're so covered ...
green covers oh

heart beats
i'm sitting on a salad fork contemplating life
choose to die or choose to love it's all
the same swing to me to drive alone ...
so murray my barber, drops another dose of isopropyl
turns a bright red, his eyes kinda of dim with msg
he's telling me i should marry young and have a couple of kids
one boy and one girl and live happily ...
send me to heaven in a bag
send me to heaven in a bag
i know that st peter knows that customs check for smugglers and thieves
send me to heaven in a bag

heavy eyes
you're headin for reasons
with no chance to spare
your mind is made up now boy
your headed for that dare ...
theres no turning back now
you wish you were here
cant fight frustations and
the yellings fill your ear ...
the game looks over now
and your head is on heavy ice ...
theres no feelings in your hands nad
its all gone down your eyes ...
your love is gone
its in the air
uphold all your actions
please cease and despair
your mind is made up no boy
your staring at that dare ...
your colours turned green now
and your facing the dark
shadows come creeping in and
leaving you with a mark ...

honor student
shouldn't it be more, just like a monet
a little obscure and less on the fuzzy side
nothing like a little piece of fine art to fill your day
so i'm working all the senses today
i wanna know what the syllabus says and why i can't learn
am i too stupid? or am i just too slow? (you're just too damn stupid .. )
you wanna know what turns me on? those nurses uniforms and short plaid dresses
i won't admit it to me, you won't admit it to you
you won't fake it, i won't hide it ...
let's just be honest like good honor students
we'll have it only our way, we can't lose
the future looks bright for us and then we'll inherit the earth ...

in this world
there's a feeling in my head going down around
two sides are the same, impersonal ?
not one for the other, more or less, i can't really explain ...
to be honest i can only understand one thing right now it's something completely
out of hand, out of mind, the sickness of this world still survives
and many people we fear today has gone away to a holiday
and thats a reason to fear this world ...
there's a feeling in my head going down around
two sides are the same, impersonal ?
not one for the other, more or less, i can't really explain ...

miles standish
crossing over into the water feeling a cold incense, it sends intense
to open, ten cents is all it takes, to run all day and make it last tonight
mrs. aberseen comes in colours of grey and red, too dark to see
"mind your manners dear boy, can't you see, i'm not alone, it's miles standish ... "
blow away (and they can't make you do those things)
shine the light (and your face is on the ground)
but they stilll know (so you paint your hands white and together we'll sail away)
just a false start i can find my camels
so bum a light off me ?
i'm driving caravan, these four girls from africa
we're running over signs that shoulder from here to there ...

my life as a corkboard
it's a bit too late, my conscious weighs
if words can't follow truth and lies
beyond my breath, you'll understand
why love becomes a cruel desire
and i'll promise not to talk, i'm on my best behaviour
i'll try to be still, tainted quiet
so take another chance, slide into me
be on my guard, my own body guard
it seems as though we've come this far
feeding on words that fuel our lives
descernable amounts of thoughts that we are
watch our days by candlelight
disguises try to hide my inner lies
it pains my mind, but soothes my eyes
i'll number my days and count all the odds
perfected my art of condenscending ...

pre-ipo
i can't make up my mind for just second
to break down my mind a little more to reitereate the confusion
can't articulate for just a second
now i'm working for the man, and i don't even know him
we're living in a world of pawns, sharks and destroyers
econimic trade offs, dot com wannabe's, mp3's for you and me
oh i already know that song ...

oven cover
i can feel sentimental to me
sometimes "lost" is felt
because on screen is controversial before
solitude is a monotonous heavenly state
can't feel like sinking another day
bothered to, and sent away away
common shoe is sent away ...

polish triangle
this is not your typical american economy, this debauchery democracy
so put me down for another american marathon, chicago or los angeles
i'm alive not confused
and i've watched your problems over time
i know you better than you do
so listen up well and please heed these words ...
you are unique ...
you always speak your mind ...
people of the hostels always making pleasant time ...
life is one big hot spring, just need to find that one ...
right glass of red wine of clear and mountain rum ...
another life another day
any coffee for you, a roomy americano
when times get rough you get tough
so don't work so hard and take it easy
i'm alive not confused
and i've watched your problems over time
i know you better than you do
so listen up well and please heed these words ...

revenge
everything was written professionally
and she knew today was the day
in a evening as cold as icy burrows
as it hides as thick as the hate she wore
so she gathered up her courage to say
and she said ...
this is no good, its useless and lifeless
we're not in love so its over, over
this is an automatic disengaged diplomatic
i'm running over and it feels good, feels good
a note of desparation crawling on your back sensation
a cult of souls they're haunting over me
a moral payback to the years such a wasted
timeline, its calling, and its yelling, begging
this is no good, its useless and lifeless
we're not in love so its over, over
this is an automatic disengaged diplomatic
i'm running over and it feels good, feels good
a note of desparation crawling on your back sensation
a cult of souls they're haunting over me!

rock
if i could find another crime
would it be the same time to make these pensions the same
or would i make my stay a very special holiday
if i said something to offend you
would you care if i tried to make scene of these words
a painting on these walls, but not enough to make much sense at all ...
finding some motivations, feelings i've left alone
but i'd really prefer if i solved these problems on my own ...
i tried to pin these problems down on me, you see
a cold shoulder left to be
two broken fingers to mend, can't remember those words i sent
collasping over another line just to do the same time i made two years ago
a haunting memory, i can't define these concrete steps of time
finding some motivations, feelings i've left alone
but i always thought i could solve these problems on my own ...
finding some motivations, feelings i've left alone
but i never thought i could solve these problems on my own ...

seventy miles of grace
seventy miles of grace
trucking on foot tastes like alcohol
machines that hide your face
its apparent when we're not even lookin there
time casts away
your bitter food tastes bitter to me
in a world full of hate
crawling up confusion, i guess we really can fly at all ...

so long
i still want to know if you care for me
the ways you made me laugh and you cry
only ... only
tell me you want only me
i remember the day that you came by
we took turns singing and joking
so long so gone
tell me that time hasn't gone
we'll always be young and grow our separate ways
wishing that i was so strong
but nothing hasn't changed
not for me anyways
the time we spent ... so long

suicide note
i feel my life is wasted
twice my age ago ...
and now it seems forever that
i'll never see you again ...
to all my friends in my life
i shamefully acknowledge
for all the times i let you fall
i hope that i'm now forgiven
to feel no pain is golden
luminescence is glowing
forgiveness is for what you see
its all thats left for me ...

sumi das
tell me something i want to hear from you
your warm breath allows me to take in sunlight
i want to lie in your bed
i want to hear your words
its punctuated with a smile that comes from your eyes

its a caliss from an ocean, i'm feeling not so well
i've got it, lets celebrate by taking all of its charm
i've seen the light ... oh what's it like?
"your shadows all alone, interference i won't ... "

tell them that cause thats all they hear
those monotones are low in the stereos
i should've been off, could've been inside
would've been cold ... home inside
and all you know is gratitude
so you're taking it way too far
come on, lets settle for the little that got us this far

(extended)
there's no feelings left in the month july
and the moment was hidden
the lights of the garden striking
its such a curious shade of amber
too late too little how we always fancy ourselves
stronger when we're younger and wiser when we're older
i was overcome with such satisfatction over my head
to my toes ... again ...

summer rain leaves
this town doesn't get any better than this
all the apples on the trees are impressive to me
imagine what we'd become if smarter than these
a simple day becomes your rain and your summer leaves
its like my favorite shirt from 1985
a striped collar tee with a tiger on the sleeve
with crusty smells of salvation army stores
you strike another pose cause you knows gonna be alright

superficial superman
i wanna know things, assasinations,
my fascinations with plastic polished pop guns
corrupted politics, i'm watching all of it
just like conspiracies, we're smomking pot and drinking cause its fun
tech talk of nations, a generations
lost in crowds of all those younger teenage holocaustic webs
streaming is critical, high traffic citadel
embedded minds do say, we're writing these scripts is no holiday ...
we're talking every living on income
loving every minute when were sitting in the park
we're cashing in in all those broadband networks
sitting pretty call them witty wishing every worked ...
aging is fearing, blood engineering
and lots of freak shows, those city sections are looking pretty posh
without the nose bleeds, we're doing hard times
we're boching up the crimes, with all the castle walls and holy times ...

time step lilly
as i start to look back my strength weakens
i feel i've gotten older and wiser
and yet i've done nothing to educate myself
and i haven't even squandered an ivy league thought
to say the least
but i would trade all my free time in the world
for just one day with her by my side
so a drunken mind soothes my emotions all the time
and the bottle caresses my emptiness, oh well
another full glass of prosperity to bet
"fill it up to the rim" i yell
"and take away what makes me wiser"
there's nothing i haven't heard
that will help me through my life ahead
i'm surrounded by the round table
support for existence so i'll sit up on my bed and say
i've signed my life away
so what will i find out there ?
new life blows in like a ocean breeze passes by
you're a prism in a magnifying glass
its ten times the hope i've seen
i'm still waiting for a spectacle of you and me
for you and me ...

tiny girl in suv
here we go again and why does this happen to me
those tiny girls driving huge ass suv's ?
she's always driving and she's never looking for me
can barely see her as she races down the street
that tiny girl going 500 miles too fast
i wanna know why her car is so huge ass ...
maybe her boyfriend was a dick in the past
maybe her father used to beat her, i guess
but now's she's older
says she's got a death wish
i think we're road kill
if we get her really pissed ...
there should be written laws
to regulate this madness
5 foot and under
and no driving with pms
a constant danger to the world
all i can do is just say
pyscho bitches on the streets
i think we're all dead meat ...

tourrette's
she gave me tourrette's syndrome like a carnival sideshow
running around with these pills in my hands
need a precocious shady mustache
sittin' on the front porch and it feels like the only time
i'd have a conversation over a tall galss of cold ocean
keep my eyes dry 'cause these voices in my head are saying "no" ...
... no ...

underwear wisdom
another day of living (its all i know)
another day of starving (its all for show)
i'm too depressed to eat here, so what's for sale
another time to say good-bye to your ways
cause i've been motivated, turned around
(look in the face)
i take another bite of apathy
(i can't win this race)
cause i'm too good a set to find another tv
(i can't leave this place)
but what will it take to make you run?
because i've been around i've turned around, a sad look on your face
i wonder whats it gonna take for you to leave this place ?

upstate river
i'm tired of living these trying years
my life moves real fast but i move slow
i keep my head up on the ground
until i learn to sing
my hands are too cold to feel
the warm instance of your soft skin
i look all around for you
my heart stops scared but there you are
i tried to keep myself inside i won't let you go
i'm trying to keep perspective on all the little things that mean to me
picked up fruits they were marked for free
and you were standing next to me
i don't want to relax - i live to break my back
see how your eyes reflect on the pears ...

vanilla pancakes
looks like we're all thats left from yesterday (well lucky for me)
i guess we're the only ones that doesn't like all those old times
i have a notion, lets make some motion
vanilla pancakes and strawberry lotion
easy bake oven with all your lovin
she's something special without commericals
and on ... and on ... and on ...
she does, she will, she can, she'll try, she'll be the one
so wasteful to me, to throw away one when you already have one
its so easy for me to see you walking down the road with one
your eyes have me under your charming spell (something to see)
i can't resist not wanting to hold you (stay by my side)
your love's my potion, i'll swim in your ocean
vanilla pancakes and strawberry lotion
we'll be together like birds of a feather
we'll be like one like the rings of the sun
and on ... and on ... and on ...
she does, she will, she can, she'll try, she'll be the one
so wasteful to me, to throw away one when you already have one
its so easy for me to see you walking down the road with one

way out of here
charlie gonna wanna waste you
and i got no sense to shake at you
but he wants to run away from here
and he got one or two on the way out of here ... oh no ...
passing all those buildings with the cracked signs and a local bar
problem like a wonton son he got etched all around the corners
like a moth in the closet door ... oh no ... oh no ...
they'll people telling you you've got nothing to show
no amount contributions only egos will flow
and you've got no positions on the factions of this life
and the world can't leave the place alone
so thats a sign to go ... oh no ... oh no ... oh no ...

way out of nowhere
calling all those single slaves of purity
i'm trusting what they told to me (should believe)
well i never really looked good in your reality
so now i'm standing in the mist of all of this
all i had to offer you was all my trust
to fill me in your empty life (sweet little song)
i took some shots into my ego lemonaide
it seems like you would only see it half empty
not understanding what you wanted from me all along
the last thing i remember was that heated conversation on the line
tackled all the differences i'll dissappear
looking at my own reflections (i'll stand my ground)
waiting by the phone you said you would call me this time
watching all my life go by (why must i try?)
compromises all the time, i don't know why
oh darling i took some tears to bed with me
to know i that i count on you to lose your mind
i won't try to ignite the light that brings us spite

whimsical
slow down moment's delight
while we steal afternoon night after night
tell me something still bothers you
you wait for a moment until it goes away ...
slow down moment's delight
while we steal afternoon night after night



copyright(c)2001. all music and lyrics by mike pham