SONGS FROM A BROKEN CHAIR

 

Angels & Demons

 

oh lord have mercy they’re takin hold

the old kind of spirit from down below

you can have my money don’t take my soul

singin lord have mercy won’t save me though

 

ooh

 

ah heaven help me she’s dangerous

like an angel sent here to play with us

and you know damn well she won’t stay with us

ah heaven help me she’s walkin away

 

ooh

 

i swear to god i’ll never tell

but you still might hear me if you listen well

drownin in the sound of the ringing bells

oh goddammit i’m goin to hell

 

ooh

 

 

 

Road Again

 

i remember that night in room 663

seems long ago you were tellin me

about things goin wrong in italy

while i talked about my favourite sport again

 

and i remember that night on the danube

with a beer and a joint i can hand you

and all the talk of the things that we planned to do

on the walk through the dawn at 4 am

and i aint ever goin out on the road again

 

and i remember that night at the szimpla kert

i couldn’t read the signs i didn’t know the words

we got sassmouth and balktalk we did not deserve

felt that lump risin up in my throat again

 

and i remember that night on the statues

when you told me those demons attacked you

and now you aint got a thing to go back to

and how you’re scared that you might just explode again

and i said man you better get back on the road again

 

and i remember the time 

and i remember the place

i don’t remember the lines 

i don’t know what to say

and i’ve been there before

but i don’t know the way

to go home

 

but i remember that night in the mirror

there’s peace in my soul when i’m near her

and she don’t sing all the much but i still hear her

every night as i try to stay afloat again

and i wonder will i be out on the road again

 

and i remember that night when the sushi came

and you said if you think about the game then you lose the game

and if i come back to this town it won’t be the same

i’ll just hide behind my accordion

so i ain’t ever goin out on the road again

no don’t ever want to go out on the road again

don’t think i’m ever going out on the road again

no i ain’t ever goin out on the road again

no i aint ever goin out

on the road again 

 

 

 

Apollo

 

you wait so long

and it takes so much longer

when you paint it on

and take on the colours

and the race goes on

and you hate one another

all failin strong

like waves in the water

like waves in the water

 

and all i see 

fallin tomorrow

is these apologies 

all of em hollow

and when the autumn leaves

fall on chicago

you can follow me 

and i’ll be apollo

i’ll be apollo

 

but i don’t want to know why you do it

i don’t want to know i don’t want to know

i don’t want to know why you do it

honey i don’t want to know

 

stay don’t leave

cuz i got a couple

old memories

that float in a bubble

and they’ve stayed with me

through oceans and puddles 

so patiently

just waitin for trouble

just waitin and waitin and oh

 

but i don’t want to know why you do it

i don’t want to know i don’t want to know

i don’t want to know why you threw it

i don’t want to know

 

and i don’t want to know why you do it

i don’t want to know i don’t want to know i don’t want to know

and if you gotta go then just do it

but i don’t want to know

i don’t want to know i don’t want to know

 

cuz all i see

fallin tomorrow

is these apologies

all of em hollow

and when the autumn leaves

fall on toronto

you can follow me

or you can fall on me

 you can fall

 

 

 

Never Gonna Get My Love

 

i think i told you baby you’re the one

that i been thinkin of

but i oughta tell you when it’s said and done

that you’re never gonna get my love

 

remember when i held you tight

and you couldn’t get enough

it doesn’t matter what i said that night

cuz you’re never gonna get my love

 

and you think that you see change in me

and you say that you’ve got faith in me

but you’re only just a game to me yeah

and i’m sorry baby 

now i hate to say it 

but you’ll never take me alive

 

remember when you said to me

you want to tie me up

it doesn’t matter what you do to me

you know you’re never gonna get my love

 

and i could use you every now and then like a

like a baseball glove

and i will probably pick you up again

but you’re never gonna get my love

 

and you say that could wait for me

and you say that you feel safe with me

but oh girl just get away from me

cuz i’ll tale it baby

but i’ll never be able 

to return what you gave me no

 

and i’m sorry that i’m not the man

that you thought i was

and you can cry and you can reprimand me

but you’re never gonna get my love

 

i said I’m sorry that i’m not the man

you clearly thought i was

and you can cry and you can hold my hand

but you’re never gonna get my

never gonna get my

never gonna get my love

 

 

 

False Alarms

 

i don’t know how it happened but i’m all shook up

cuz i can see you dance with another man

and it isn’t in my hands

you gotta know you can cut a rug

and now i’m tryin to figure out where to stand

do i want to fall in love with you

do i want to fall in love with you

yeah but i don’t want to fall in love with you

if i’m gonna fall apart with you

 

well i don’t know a lot but i’ll tell you what

i used to be immune to you but I’m not

anymore girl you’re in my head

and i could try to lie i could try to bluff

or i could try to dance with you instead

 

oh but i want to fall in love with you

i want to fall in love with you

yeah but i don’t want to fall in love with you

if I’m gonna fall apart with you with you with 

you

 

so what would you pick if you had to choose

between taking a risk or playin safe

cuz i would say 

that i don’t want to play if i’m gonna lose

but i don’t want to lose cuz i didn’t play

yeah yeah yeah

 

and i’ll tell you somethin that you didn’t know

i could get used to havin you around

yeah baby in my arms

but how does the old expression go

somethin bout settin off false alarms

 

oh but i want to fall in love with you

i want to fall in love with you with you

but i don’t want to fall in love with you

if i’m gonna fall apart with you with you with 

you

 

 

 

TIFF song

 

i was young then

how could i know

that the mistakes i made would fade away like names pissed in the snow

seems like young men

have a reputation to uphold

go get drunk do somethin dumb

kiss a girl bite your tongue 

do what you’re told

 

i’m getting over

getting older all the time

i guess a toenail makes no difference in a good bottle of wine

these images that fade

in and out of focus

looking for that magnum opus

hell i hope it’s down the line

as I’m smokin down this phony showbiz shine

 

it seems so seamless

when you see it all at first

when the photo flashes burst

and then the smilin starts to hurt

who could dream this

it’s like i’m drownin in my thirst

the fabrication of appeal

lets keep it real

except what’s real is all rehearsed

 

i bought this jacket

because the front said montreal

that’s a town i had to leave i didn’t want to leave at all

and when i wear it

it makes me feel alone

it’s a reminder that i needed a reminder 

of a place i once called home

 

but in toronto

there’s a couple parks i know

where the trees flow in the breeze and the people all walk slow

and i could sit there hours

even in the snow

i can always find the time to waste my time 

i hope i never let that go

 

 

 

Villain

 

it was supposed to be a good year i guess that aint to be

but i can’t deflect what isn’t aimed at me

so i you want my autograph I’m sellin em cheap

tell the warden I’m escapin but don’t say nothin to the preist

 

and I’m willin to try

being a villain for a while

so i’m killin some time 

with a blindfold on my eyes oh yeah

 

and i’ve made mistakes and i have regrets

but i won’t apologize for what ain’t taken place yet

so no more questions please only statements of intent

and don’t you look at me like you’re some kind of fuckin sufragette

 

and i’m willin to try

bein a villain for a while

so I’m stealing from a child

and it feels just fine on yeah

 

ooh man i never stood a chance

ooh goddamn girl you make me want to dance

on the graves of mormons

and decimate new orleans

and get laid in portland

and escape in the mornin

 

and I’m willin to try

being a villain for a while

while I’m still in my prime

and the devil’s on my side

 

well i think i’m allergic to your bullshit and your cat

if i was supposed to be a good man well honey so much for that

when you said get off of me and never talk to me again

i laughed like your were jokin but baby i knew what you meant

 

and i’m willin to try

been a villain for a while

and i’m not tellin you that you’re a liar oh no

but your pants are on fire oh yeah

 

 

 

Still Don’t Know

 

make money like an old cartoon now you

take from me on the risin moon

but i know

things are gonna turn out fine

pray for me in a burlap sack i got a 

freight formin on down the track 

but i know

things are gonna turn out fine

but i don’t know why

no i don’t know why

no i don’t know why

 

flag twistin all around the pole and the

wind rippin through my heart and soul

but i know

things are gonna turn around

stone smashin through a window pane i’m

unravellin down the drain 

but i know

things are gonna turn around

but i don’t know how

no i don’t know how

no i don’t know how

i still don’t know

 

truck stop on the side of the road and the

cuffs on all tight and cold

but i know

i’m almost there

split lip and a swollen eye but

shit you should see the other guy 

and i know

baby i’m almost there

but i don’t know where

no i don’t know where

no i don’t know where

i still don’t know

 

held breath in a bathroom stall and the 

footsteps on down the hall 

but i know

the sun’s gonna rise again

wet shoes and a broken nose and a

tailpipe and a garden hose 

but i know

the sun’s gonna rise again

but i don’t know when

no i don’t know when

no i don’t know when

i still don’t know

 

 

 

Mostly To Yourself

 

well it’s mostly in the mornin

when your eyes ain’t openin

but it’s mostly that you won’t even try

and it’s mostly in the gutter

with your voice broke you sing

now it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

 

you say fuck it man you’re better off 

it’s better this way

you’re mostly in the shadows and that’s fine

or you say fuck it man you’re not fine

but you’re doin it your way

yeah it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

 

you put your keys on the counter 

check your phone

and you surround yourself with sounds 

just to be sure you’re not alone

cuz when it’s quiet you’re reminded

of all the things that you won’t do

you just let em pass you by

or you reach halfway and say

fuck it man you tried

 

and you let yourself off easy 

and when your heart is on the ground

you say this won’t last forever

give it time

but time keeps movin forward 

and you mostly come around

but it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

it’s mostly to yourself that you lie

 

 

 

Runaway

 

why do you run away

from everything

well i don’t need an answer this time

i’m not gonna complicate

just for the sake of the war in my mind

oh yeah but it’s hard to say

anything

though i feel more articulate now

than i did yesterday

but tomorrow’s a whole nother town

and i’m already on the way down

 

man what is it gonna take

i wanna pull up my stakes and go home

but no it’s a longer play

can i talk to myself all alone

man say what you wanna say

anything

well i don’t need you hangin around

when it’s not comin easily

put my faith in this hole in the ground

and i’m already all the way down now

oooh

 

and so will you run away

once again

now that you’ve cursed every soul in the room

now that you lost the day

and you’ll be losin another one soon

but i want to believe again

in anything

and i don’t know the answer this time

to how do you operate

when you think you’re supposed to be fine

or how do walk a straight line

when you’re already on the long windin

oooh