Neon and Gold

Neon and Gold - Dan Wallace
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Fell
Ladies, Gentlemen
Too Soon
Jacques
Vante Left Them Human
Pindrop
The Lizard and the Cat
Maybe
Before We Sleep
Sonatina (No Lyrics)
Homage
Swollen
Back of My Mind
Le Néant

1. Fell

i fell into a sleep
it was so deep, it was so deep
it took me on a trip
so far away, so far away
i spiraled like a snake
winding through town
winding through town
i left without a trace
without a trail, without a sound

far away away, far away away

i fell upon a face
tattooed in bronze
tattooed in bronze
it had an air of grace
knee-deep in sin, knee-deep in sin
i left it in the ground
couldn’t keep up, couldn’t keep up
with treasures on my back
weighing me down, holding me back

far away away, far away away

i ran into a man
he was alone, he was alone
he met me long ago
on my way out, on my way out
to nowhere left to go
covered in sand, covered in sand
with hands invisible
he reached inside, put me inside

far away away, far away away

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2. Ladies, Gentlemen

ladies, gentlemen
i’m so happy you could attend
noone’s challenging you to understand
all we ask is you sit still and listen
though there’s no rule against
pretending to care

someone, someone you know
he’s on fire from head to toe
noone’s challenging him to be a man
all they ask is he do the best he can
nobody over here even gives a damn

someone, someone you know
she’s grown tired, bitter and cold
noone’s challenging her to run a scam
all they ask is she find herself a man
she thinks they’re full of it
prefers life alone

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3. Too Soon

heaven is a place on earth
give it to the dirty people
count their blessings as a curse
i’ve been counting mine
since my first rebirth

someone’s got to give it a name
so we can call it out when we’re in the dark

everything’s got something to tell
have to learn to read the language
every word i ever said
has fifty meanings i can choose from later

someone’s got to give it a name
so we can call it out when we’re in the dark

there’s a face, there is a photograph
dig it up, go deep into the past
when you find there is an alibi
we will be in touch…don’t mourn too soon

it’s surprising what is there
it’s surprising what is not there
everything i ever had
evolved from some sort of illicit bargain

someone’s got to give it a name
so we can call it out when we’re in the dark

there’s a face, there is a photograph
dig it up, go deep into the past
when you find there is an alibi
with a little luck, we will be in touch…
don’t mourn too soon

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4. Jacques

when they speak, they’ll speak of you
running around
you’re always open to anything
wandering around nowhere to go
closing your eyes till there’s something to see

what about them, could they make you happy?
they need somebody
someone like you and so do you
what about me, could i make you happy?
i need somebody, someone like me
and so do they

when they drink, they’ll drink to you
praising the way you’ve always shown them
how to be free, they wonder why
you’re so alone, closing your lips
till there’s something to breathe

what about us, could we make you happy?
we need somebody
someone like you and so do you
what about you, will you make you happy?
you’ll need somebody
someone like her, and so will she

all we can do now is wait
wait for you to come down here
where we are where we are we are here

when they dream, they’ll dream of you
holding their hands
nobody’s better at that than you are
clutching their skin so close to the bone
closing their lives till there’s something to be

what about me, could i make you happy?
i need somebody, someone like me
and so do you
what about you, will you make you happy?
you’ll need somebody
someone like her and so will they
don’t be afraid

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5. Vante Left Them Human

god only knows what you have done
to become who and what you are
today is a new day, where will you go?
will you leave us here to wonder
who you are and what you know?
all you know or is all this just for show?

god only knows what you have seen
to become who and what you seem
today is a new day, where will you go?
won’t you stay here teach us
how to forget everything we know?
all we know, even if it’s just for show

is it life, is it time, is it everything combined?

god only knows what we’ll become
now that your time
here’s done and gone
today is a new day, seen it before
when our skin is still skin
and our time’s running thin
yes we’ve seen it all happen before
all before, before you and all your lords

is it light, is it night, is it all these things combined?

god only knows what we will do
now that your time
here’s done and through
today is a new day, seen it before
still our skin is still skin
and our time’s running thin
yes we’ve seen it all happen before
all before, before you and all your lore

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6. Pindrop

keep up the good fight, your chin high
soon you will win the prize
i know you, you’re all right you’re just fine
the big appetite, the reason for the ride
the first of your kind

hold on, keep it up, it’s not done
till you say you’ve had enough, not yet
‘cause you’re everyone’s type
the reason for the night, the end of all time
the biggest reason why

still you have to ponder and wonder
how things would have been for you
if you had been born of thunder
not just a little pin drop

don’t drop, wake up
pounce like the panther whose time is up
remember that 9 times out of 10
you will not win
9 times out of 10
you’ll have to give in

one shot, that’s all it takes
for you to make the kill
one shot, here it comes no not quite yet
we’ll just have to keep on dreaming

still you must hold your head high
waiting till the time is ripe to strike
and still i, i think you’re fine, you’re all right
the key clipped to the kite
the reason for the flight
the biggest little tike

still you sit there pondering, wondering
how things might have been for you
if you had been born of thunder
not just a tiny pin drop

still you must hold your head high
waiting for the holy light to shine on you
because 9 times out of 10
you will not win
10 times out of 10
you’ll want to give in
the reason for the wine
the pearl in the rhine
the hello not goodbye
the bravest of the knights

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7. The Lizard and the Cat

i see you looking back from behind the lizard and the cat
from between the shadows and the cracks
i know it’s hard to be you always
i know you’re not the you I see today
i hope you’ll be someone who I can know sometime

above you there’s a man flying so low you could touch his hair
flying happily without a care
he sees you looking at another face
he knows you’re not the you he sees today
he hopes you’ll be someone that he can know sometime

you will be anything or anyone you want to
and you will be anyway and any flavor you want to
to be…I need you every day

i see you looking back from behind the posers and the hacks
from between the crevices and cracks
i know it’s hard to be you always
i know you’re not the you I see today
i hope you’ll be someone who I can know sometime

you will be anything or anyone you want to
you will be any way and any kind of color
you will…I need you every day now

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8. Maybe

maybe it’s the time for something different
hope we’re not too late
we will keep on trying
till there’s nothing left to live for
nothing left to save
keep on pushing at the door
until you break the hinges
don’t you hesitate – we’ll all escape

we will escape the fitting rooms
riding away on silk balloons
some things may never change
but i’m on my way

maybe it’s the time for something better
hey, we can deal with that
we’ve got every boy and girl
and every lonely sinner ready to attack
keep on banging at the door
until it turns to splinters
then bust right through the cracks – don’t turn back

we will escape the living rooms
riding away on magic brooms
some things may never change
but i’m not to blame

maybe you’re the crazy one they sing of
hey, i can deal with that
keep on doing to me what you’re doing
keep me blooming, weed my habitat
don’t you listen to a word they tell you
keep on groovin’
you’re worth far more than that:
the best they’ve had

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9. Before We Sleep

there is a feeling i get when you’re near me
like mud being changed into wine
we’ll have a party for you and my body
you’ll drink for the rest of your life
we are supposed to believe in each other
before we shrink
can’t get much smaller than this

there is a symptom of which you’re a victim
i sense when your defense is down
so i’ll learn to be your disease’s procedure
to cure and to keep you around
we are supposed to believe in each other
before we sink into another ice age

open a window, look out at the people
below, they don’t know we exist
so let’s close our eyes
till our minds become blind to the world
we will live in a kiss

we are supposed to believe in each other
before we sink into another ice age
we are supposed to believe in each other
before we sleep
can’t get much smaller today

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11. Homage

she’s a hostage to his laughter
he’s the needle at her hip
they both know what’s coming after
they know it’s nasty but it fits

give them everything they ask for
on their sticky honey trip
if you give them what they’re after
i know they’ll give us all a hit

there’s no shame now, there’s a reason

she’s the reason for his laughter
he’s the pleasure in her grip
they both know it spells disaster
they know it’s deadly, but it clicks

there’s no shame now, there’s a reason

they’ve got the sweetest smile
you’d ever hope to see
they’ve got the sweetest kiss
that lips could ever need
they’ve got the sweetest breath
you’d ever hope to breathe
they’ve got the sweetest lives
that anyone could lead

everybody leaves before they learn to stay
everybody cheats before they learn to pay
everybody lives a little bit too late
everybody tries, everybody tries

she’s the heathen in his rafters
he’s the razor at her wrist
they both know what they are after
they know it’s buried and it’s rich

here we are now, this is an homage
an invitation, we are the ones
that you saw there in the dark

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12. Swollen

darlin’, swollen dreams
stretch the ceiling
ball of music in tan skin
and gold miners dancing
look out they’re coming through
with their glass-scratching fish-hooks’
cold rusty gleam

if they pop this cockloft top off us
drifting in, sifting out, clogging
unclogging quiver, quivering
pick one, we’re going up
through a hole in the ceiling
so dust off your wings

let’s fly to the summer wind
that made them all give in
to all their hopeless whims
we’ll start again

if they try and drag us back down there
with their spear-guns and fish-claws
and chrome-plated pictures, picturing
look out they’re watching you
with their sin-chasing eyeballs
bobbing about

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13. Back of My Mind

stay one more night in the back of my mind
can’t quite forget you stuck there in my throat
thrown out just one time too many in one day
12 just to get there, 50 more to stay

play us a song but a real one not your own
we will sing along, whatcha’ say?
you won’t play it our way?

no more reversing of sundown and dawn
just one more look…i’ll be gone
grown ups still play all their old games in the rain
cylinders humming, black crust smoke remains

play us a song but a real one not your own
we will sing along, watcha’ say?
you won’t play it?…go away

i won’t play along, i won’t sing that song
you can’t say i’m wrong to escape
from that old tired dry cliché

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14. Le Néant

what do i see
past the landscape of bones and debris?
past the rampage of lost legacies?
oh baby i see you touching me
oh baby i see heaven and earth
swallowed up like the early bird worm
universes colliding head first
oh baby i see us taking turns, till one day

when there’s no one left to line up
nothing to touch
nothing to hide or to dig up
who will find us flickering lights
lost in the cracks of space and time?

what will i be
once this world turns to dust and debris?
but a soft flash, a lone memory?
oh baby will you remember me?
oh baby i’ll be neon and gold
bottled up in a vacuum tight hole
spit out light years beyond what we know
oh baby will i have you to hold?
till one day

when there’s no one left to find us
nothing to crush
nothing to fight or to climb up
what designer will sublimate what is left
of our love and rotten brains?

what will it be?
nonsense worlds for an eternity?
dried up dew drops with botched histories?
oh baby where did you become me?
oh baby there’s still heaven and earth
twisted up like a school-boy’s self worth
like the tongue of a baby’s fist words
oh tell me what have we learned

‘cause lately i see nothing
through the hot tide convulsing and blind
reaching and rushing right through me
spinning supine suspended in time
watching the sand and stars combining

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