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Melissa Etheridge Album


Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (10/18/2005)
10/18/2005
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Refugee (new track)
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6.
No Souvenirs (remix)
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9.
Come To My Window (single edit)
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15.
Piece Of My Heart (new track)
16.
17.
I Run For Life (new track)
. . .


(Tom Petty and Mike Campbell)

[Originally by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]

We got somethin', we both know it, we don't talk too much about it
Ain't no real big secret, all the same, somehow we get around it
Listen, it don't really matter to me baby
You believe what you want to believe, you see

You don't have to live like a refugee
(Don't have to live like a refugee)

Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
Tell me why you want to lay there, revel in your abandon
Horny, it don't make no difference to me baby
Everybody has to fight to be free, you see

[Chorus:]
You don't have to live like a refugee
(Don't have to live like a refugee)
No baby you don't have to live like a refugee
(Dont have to live like a refugee)

Baby we ain't the first
I'm sure a lot of other lovers been burned
Right now it seems real to you, but it's
One of those things you gotta feel to be true

Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have kicked you around some
Who knows maybe you were kidnapped tied up,
Taken away and held for ransom
Horny, it don't make no difference to me baby
Baby, everybody has to fight to be free, you see


. . .


(M. Etheridge)

Go on and close your eyes go on imagine me there
She's got similar features with longer hair
And if that's whit it takes to get you through
Go on and close your eyes it shouldn't bother you 

You never had to wait for nothing in your life
I guess wanting me must have been a steel blue knife
And when night after night the scent of passion would linger
You had to have the jewels wrapped around your finger
Now you keep running down the road in your midnight state of mind
Curiosity kills if you cant read the signs 

Go on and close your eyes go on imagine me there
She's got similar features with longer hair
And if that's what it takes to get you through 
Go on and close your eyes it shouldn't bother you 

Dancing with the wall made you bitter and sweet
There ain't much you can do when they just lay it at your feet
But could you tell by the song I wanted to be the one
Did you listen again when the damage was done
Now the paint's still wet in your do it by number dream
Are you gonna tell me how it felt will you tell me what it means 

Go on and close your eyes go on imagine me there
She's got similar features with longer hair
And if that's what it takes to get you through
Go on and close your eyes it shouldn't bother you 

Was it want with no desire
Was it smoke with no fire
Did I say it doesn't rip me apart I lied
I'm sorry dear my hands are tied 

Go on and close your eyes go on imagine me there
She's got similar features with longer hair
And if that's what it takes to get you through
Go on and close your eyes it shouldn't bother you

. . .


(M. Etheridge) 

Is it so hard to satisfy your senses
You found out to love me you have to climb some fences
Scratching and crawling along the floor to touch you
And just when it feels right you say you found someone to hold you
Does she like I do 

chorus 

Tell me does she love you like the way I love you
Does she stimulate you attract and captivate you
Tell me does she miss you existing just to kiss you
Like the way I do
Tell me does she want you infatuate and haunt you
Does she know just how to shock and electrify and rock you
Does she inject you seduce you and affect you
Like the way I do 

Can I survive all the implications
Even if I tried could you be less than an addiction
Don't you think I know there's so many others
Who would beg steal and lie fight kill and die
Just to hold you hold you like I do 

chorus 

Nobody loves you like the way I do
Nobody wants you like the way I do
Nobody needs you like the way I do
Nobody aches nobody aches just to hold you
Like the way I do 

chorus

. . .


(M. Etheridge)

Tonight I feel so weak
But all in love is fair
I turn the other cheek
And I feel the slap and the sting of the foul night air
And I know you're only human
And I haven't got talking room
But tonight while I'm making excuses
Some other woman is making love to you

chorus 

Somebody bring me some water
Can't you see I'm burning alive
Can't you see my baby's got another lover
I don't know how I'm gonna survive
Somebody bring me some water
Can't you se it's out of control
Baby's got my heart and my baby's got my mind
But tonight the sweet Devil, sweet Devil's got my soul 

When will this aching pass
When will this night be through
I want to hear the breaking glass
I only feel the steel of the red hot truth
And I'd do anything to get it out of my mind
I need some insanity that temporary kind
Tell me how ill I ever be the same
When I know that woman is whispering your name 

chorus 

Oh, Devil's got my soul 

chorus

. . .


(M. Etheridge) 

Come on baby let's get out of this town 
I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down 
There's a chill in my bones
I don't want to be left alone
So baby you can sleep while I drive 

I'll pack my bag and load up my guitar 
In my pocket I'll carry my harp
I got some money I saved 
Enough to get underway 
And baby you can sleep while I drive

We'll go thorough Tucson up to Santa Fe 
And Barbara in Nashville says we're welcome to stay 
I'll buy you glasses in Texas a hat from New Orleans 
And in the morning you can tell me your dreams 

You know I've seen it before
This mist that covers your eyes
You've been looking for something 
That's not in your life 
My intentions are true 
Won't you take me with you 
And baby you can sleep while I drive

Oh is it other arms you want to
Hold you the stranger 
The lover you're free
Can't you get that with me

Come on baby let's get out of this town 
I got a full tank of gas with the top rolled down 
If you won't take me with you 
I'll go before night is through 
And baby you can sleep while I drive

. . .


(M. Etheridge)

Hello, hello this is Romeo 
Calling from a jackpot telephone
Shame, shame but I love your name 
And the way you make the buffalo roam 
Oh fly, fly I guess this is goodbye 
Oh you packed up your heart 
And you left no souvenirs

chorus
But if you want me you can call me 
In the night you know where 
I'll be Broken lover you can touch me 
In the dark the innocent can't see 
You lock it up now hide the key 
It would mean surrender to let me see
Oh brave, brave soldier keep it under cover 
You fell alone like no other lover
Burn the pictures break the records
Run far away to a northern town 
Sell your fear and leave me standing here
With no souvenirs 

Once, twice I thought it might be nice 
To come into your kitchen and play 
Cool, cool just a crazy fool 
I never saw it any other way 
Oh wait, wait I guess I'm just too late
Oh you made up your mind
Love shouldn't be so hard 

chorus

No shirts, no shoes
No jackets, no blues 
You car's for sale 
You forward your mail 
You're growing your hair 
You don't want to know where
I'm calling you from 
Or how come

chorus

. . .


(M. Etheridge)

Sometimes I know that it's never enough
Survival is fine but satisfaction is rough 
I try with an angel tonight 
Spread these wings and I'm on for the ride
Cruise these streets where my innocence hides 
There's some things you can't deny 
What is it about this human condition 
I need some kind of promise 
Some kind of submission tonight

chorus
Heavy 
Ain't it heavy 
Ain't the night heavy 

I'm feelin' kinda loose I'm feelin' kinda mean
I've been feeling kinda wild since I turned seventeen 
Or is it madness 
Tell me where can a woman find any kind of peace 
When does the fury and the agony cease 
How long have I got to say please 
There's a hole in my jeans I only wanted to fade
I've been ripping out seams 
Somebody else made tonight

chorus

. . .


(M. Etheridge)

Please baby can't you see 
My mind's a burnin' hell 
I got razors a rippin' and tearin' and strippin' 
My heart apart as well 
Tonight you told me 
That you ache for something new
And some other woman is lookin' like something 
That might be good for you 

chorus
Go on and hold her till the screaming is gone
Go on believe her when she tells you
nothing's wrong 
But I'm the only one 
Who'll walk across the fire for you
I'm the only one 
Who'll drown in my desire for you 
It's only fear that makes you run
The demons that you're hiding from 
When all your promises are gone 
I'm the only one 

Please baby can't you see 
I'm trying to explain 
I've been here before and I'm locking the door 
And I'm not going back again 
Her eyes and arms and skin won't make
it go away 
You'll wake up tomorrow and wrestle the sorrow 
That holds you down today

chorus

. . .


(M. Etheridge) 

chorus
Come to my window 
Crawl inside, wait by the light of the moon
Come to my window
I'll be home soon

I would dial the numbers
Just to listen to your breath
I would stand inside my hell 
And hold the hand of death
You don't know how far I'd go 
To ease this precious ache
You don't know how much I'd give 
Or how much I can take

Just to reach you 
Just to reach you 
Oh to reach you

chorus

Keeping my eyes open 
I cannot afford to sleep
Giving away promises 
I know that I can't keep
Nothing fills the blackness
That has seeped into my chest
I need you in my blood
I am forsaking all the rest
Just to reach you 
Just to reach you
Oh to reach you

chorus

I don't care what they think 
I don't care what they say 
What do they know about this 
love anyway

chorus

. . .



Hello
Yes that's what I said
Guess I thought that I was dead
So I just called you from my bed
To say hello

See I've got this funny notion
life is only just an ocean
I've been drowning in emotion
Now I'm swimming back to shore
And I'd like to talk to you

(Chorus)
If you want to
You can call I'll be around
If you want to
You can write this number down
If you want to
If you want to
Leave a message at the tone
If you want to
You can call me here at home
If you want to
I'll be alone

So now I've called
So it's been a couple days, ok seven this I know that I've been moving kinda
slow
So I called
Oh it must be so appaling if you think that I've been stalling
This is me now I am calling
And I'm better than before
And I'd like to talk to you

Don't you wanna know, don't you wanna be
Someone who takes a chance on a fool like me
Staring at the door, starin' down the hall
Waiting my whole life just for you to call

Hello
Yes that's what I said
I'm not breathing I'm not dead
Waiting here now in my bed
And I'd like to talk to you

If you want to
You can call I'll be around
If you want to
You can write this number down
If you want to
If you want to
Let your fingers do the walk
If you want to
I've got hours I can talk
If you want to
If you want to
Leave a message at the tone
If you want to
You can call me here at home
If you want to


. . .


(M. Etheridge)

I know you're home 
You left your light on 
You know I'm here 
The night is thin 
I know you're alone 
I watched the car leave
Your lover is gone 
Let me in 

Open your back door
I just need to touch you once more 

I want to come over 
To hell with the consequence
You told me you loved me 
That's all I believe 
I want to come over 
It's a need I can't explain
To see you again
I want to come over 

I know your friend 
You told her about me 
She filled you with fear
Some kind of sin 
How can you turn 
Denying the fire 
Lover I burn
Let me in 

Open your back door
I just need to touch you once more 

I want to come over 
To hell with the consequence 
You told me you loved me 
That's all I believe 
I want to come over
It's a need I can't explain
To see you again 
I want to come over

I know you're confused 
I know that you're shaken 
You think we'll be lost
Once we begin
I know you're weak 
I know that you want me 
Lover don't speak
Let me in

I want to come over 
To hell with the consequence
You told me you loved me
That's all I believe 
I want to come over 
It's a need I can't explain
To see you again

. . .


(M. Etheridge, J. Shanks) 

The rope that's wrapped around me
Is cutting through my skin
And the doubts that have surrounded me 
Are finding their way in 
I keep it close to me 
Like a holy man prays 
In my desperate hour
It's better that way 

So I'll come by and see you again 
I'll be such a very good friend 
Have mercy on my soul
I will never let you know 
Where my mind has been

Angels never came down
There's no one here they want to hang around
But if they knew 
If they knew you at all
Then one by one the angels 
Angels would fall 

I've crept into your temple 
I have slept upon your pew
I've dreamed of the divinity 
Inside and out of you
I want it more than truth 
I can taste it on my breath
I would give my life just for a little death

So I'll come by and see you again
I'll be just a very good friend
I will not look upon your face 
I will not touch upon your grace 
Your ecclesiastic skin 

I'll come by and see you again
I'll have to be a very good friend
If I whisper they will know 
I'll just turn around and go 

. . .



I wanna see how lucky lucky can be, yeah

Ride with me

I saw you through my blind intoxication
My shock induced insane self-medication
You looked at me and smiled
Said get ready to get wild.
sugar you just need a brief vacation

(chorus)
I wanna see how lucky lucky can be
I wanna ride with my angel and live shockingly
I wanna drive to the edge and into the sea
I wanna see how lucky lucky can be

I was dried up I was starving I was mangled
I looked like hell, twisted up and tangled
You whispered in my ear
The ghosts are gone it's clear
For too long you've been tied up you've been strangled

(chorus)

I don't wanna ride on a shotgun side
Don't wanna be a quaint observer on this supersonic ride
Double down, split the aces, to the races
I feel lucky tonight

(chorus)

I wanna see just how lucky lucky can be
Ride with my angel how I love being free
Drive to the edge and into the sea
I wanna see how lucky lucky can be

Ride, ride with me, yeah.

I wanna see how lucky
Lucky can be

. . .



I picked out a tree
And I tied it to the car
There's a wreath up on our door
Eight tiny reindeer in the yard
I drove under the downtown lights
Red and green and blue
The silver neon snowflakes
Only made me think of you
It's Christmas all around me
You're in someone else's land
So I'm sending out my only wish
Hey Santa tell the man

Hey mister send my baby home
This December I don't want to be all alone
Oh Christmas in America
I need you in my arms
Far away from harm
Mister send my baby home

I hear someone singing jingle bells
No wait that deck the halls
And the teenagers with candy canes
Ramble through the malls
The girls are down at Ruby's
Trying to find some Christmas cheer
There's not much to do but drink too much
When everyday's unclear
So here I am on Christmas eve
This silent holy night
And I reach up to the stars for you
And I pray that you're alright

What happened to the peace on earth
All that goodwill toward men
Oh come on all ye faithful

. . .


(Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy)

[Originally by Big Brother & The Holding Company]

Didn't I make you feel like you were the only man - yeah!
An' didn't I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can ?
Honey, you know I did!
And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I've had enough,
But I'm gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.

I want you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
You know you got it if it makes you feel good,
Oh, yes indeed.

You're out on the streets looking good,
And baby deep down in your heart I guess you know that it ain't right,
Never, never, never, never, never, never hear me when I cry at night,
Babe, and I cry all the time!
But each time I tell myself that I, well I can't stand the pain,
But when you hold me in your arms, I'll sing it once again.

I'll say come on, come on, come on, come on and take it!
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a!
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby,
You know you got it, child, if it makes you feel good.

I need you to come on, come on, come on, come on and take it,
Take it!
Take another little piece of my heart now, baby!
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, c'mon now.
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby.
You know you got it - whoahhhhh!!

Take it!
Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
Oh, oh, break it!
Break another little bit of my heart, now darling, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
Oh, oh, have a
Have another little piece of my heart now, baby, hey,

. . .



Bravely you let go of my hand
I can't speak yet you understand
Where I go now I go alone
This path I walk these days of stone

And the angels are calling

[Chorus:]
I must go away
Wait for me here
Silently stay
And don't ask me why
Only believe
This is not good bye

All of my strength all my desire
Still cannot melt this breath of fire
I go to meet some kind of test
Bury the truth that scars my chest
And the angels are calling and calling

[Chorus]

I gathered all my courage
I shaved off all my fear
With this banner on my shoulder
I hold your essence near


. . .


(Melissa Etheridge)

It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete

[Chorus:]
I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend I run for life

It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To waken when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running
I'll tell you I run for us all

[Chorus]

And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers

. . .


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