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Melissa Etheridge Album


The Awakening (09/25/2007)
09/25/2007
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All there is
Is atoms and space
Everything else
Is illusion

. . .


Raised up on mid-western dreams
Only a few shall get
What everyone shall need
I took my family's burden
Strapped it to my chest
A few hundred bucks,
And a kiss for luck
And I pointed my dreams west

To California
Come rescue me
California
I am almost free

I kept on driving to the setting sun
Galaxies of angels
Welcome everyone
I took my heart out of its box
Attached it to my sleeve
Well, I will be here every night
Because that's what I believe

In California
Come rescue me
California
I am almost free

I will find my love
I will know my peace
I will seek my truth
I am almost free
I am almost free...

I am almost free
I am almost free
I am almost free

In California
I am almost free
In California
I am almost free
(Rescue me)
California
I am almost free

. . .


First time I saw you
Back in 1982
An LA bar
I've come so far
In my Kansas dancing shoes
I'm just a singer
And I'm looking for a song
Do you want to sing along?

Two greyhounds later
And I'm feeling alright
I've got to have you
And it must be tonight
Come on back to my place
Well, it's really just a room
But I'll be making some money soon

Goodbye and thank you
Oh, my number, yeah- please phone
Two or three weekends
On the 405 alone
You say come on and stay
And when you sing down at the bar
It will not be so far

Chorus:
And I tried to do my best
I never meant to hurt no-one
I was waiting for my break
That I knew one day would come
And I'd plug in my guitar
And I'd look out across the room
And I'd dig into my heart
And I'd try to sing the truth
And I know I did my best
I never meant to hurt no-one

As I recall
Back in 1982
I never said goodbye or why
I just left a note for you
Then one night I saw you
Across the road,
Across the dark
A shameful spear into my heart

Your look was haunting
An unexpected pain
I am so sorry
For the unexpected rain

The sadness that you kissed
The fresh scars on your wrist
I can't make it go away

(Chorus)

Good night ladies
Good night
I'm gonna leave you now,
Good night ladies
Good night
I'm gonna leave you now.
(Sleep tight)

. . .


I'm sending out a message to myself
So that when I hear it on the radio
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

I warned myself of the blackness in my chest
The razors in my heart would never rest
It's funny how you find just what you seek
Love is what you get when love is what you speak

I'm sending out a message to myself
So that when I hear it on the radio
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

I made every choice along the way
Each day I spent in hell I chose to stay
It's funny what you fear can make you weak
Truth is what you get when truth is what you speak

I'm sending out a message to myself
So that when I hear it on the radio
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

So if you are listening I am just passing through
You can take some for yourself 'cause it works that way too

Sha la la la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la la la
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

I'm sending out a message to myself
So that when I hear it on the radio
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

I'm sending out a message to myself
So that when I hear it on the radio
I will know that I am fine,
I will know that I am loved.

. . .


We keep thinking life is what it's not
We keep building this impossible facade
Why do we keep trying to turn people into gods
When God is in the people
God is in the people

. . .


All the people in your home town
And you were just teen
Said that you were pretty
Like in the magazine

And so you left your home town
To try out for the part
Of everybody's pretty little angel
With a pretty little heart

You studied hard
The map of the stars
All because you wanted
Yeah, you really wanted
Every night you wanted to be

Chorus:
One of the little angels
That flies between the stars
One of the little angels
With a pretty little car

So you eat a little less
And you smoke a little more
Waiting in the lines
For them to open up the doors
For all the little angels

So you got yourself an agent
You made a little deal
They got you on the TV
Everyone agreed you had the charm and the appeal

So you bought yourself a house in the Hollywood Hills
You bought yourself a tan
You fixed your nose and hair
Learned how not to care
Got a pretty little man

You landed hard
On the map of the stars
Now everybody wants you
Oh, they really want you
Every night they want you to be

(Chorus)

So you eat a little less
And you drink a little more
Waiting in your room
For them to open up the door
For all the little angels

Now you drink a little more
Your family's talking to the press
And the movie didn't score
So you eat a little less
Just a little bit less

Well the people on the street now
They're getting kind of mean
They read about your break up
In the magazine

And somewhere in your hometown
A girl tries out her best
Maybe she'll go far
She wants to be a star
So she eats a little less

All the little angels
All the little angels

. . .


Some people try to keep something alive
After it's gone, After it dies
They try all kinds of things
Like taking off rings
Swapping up keys
Seeing who swings

I'm happy to say that you and I've got no problem
Baby, I just wanted you to know

Chorus:
I don't wanna have a threesome
I don't wanna sleep with nobody else
I don't wanna be a swinger
I'd rather keep you all to myself

Now, sometimes at night
after the kids are in bed
I'm changing the channels
And you're surfing the web
I stumble onto that show
With all of those ladies
You know with those things
Acting all crazy

I don't know how they manage
To do all that damage
We barely find enough time to kiss

(Chorus)

I've got enough spice
In this family life
I don't need an affair with a friend

I don't wanna have a threesome
Ever again

So I'll get away
If you can slip away too
I'll meet you at three
Alright, I'll meet you at two
We know just where to go
We know just what to do
It's perfect that way
Just me and you

(Chorus)

I've got enough spice
in this family life
I don't need an affair with a friend

I don't wanna have a threesome
I don't wanna have a threesome
I don't wanna have a threesome
Ever again

. . .


All we can really do
Is love one another
All we can really do
Is love one another

All we can really do
Is love one another (yeah)
All we can really do
Is love one another

. . .


I think of how you know me,
no doubts no thinking twice.
When your smile can be so soothing,
a familiar paradise.
When there's no one else that makes me whole.
I have never needing more
I get this feeling I've loved you before

We were lovers in an army,
marching all for Rome.
side by side in battle,
did we bravely leave our home?
Did I hold you in my arms,
as you were taking your last breath?
Did shout to all the gods,
that I would love you beyond death?
I swear I've loved you before.

Did we hide in the dark ages,
from a vengeful god above?
Were our names too unfamiliar,
to ever speak of love?
Did I cling to every moment with you,
in every parting glance?
An accidental touch,
did we ever take the chance?
I know I've loved you before.

Have I wandered through the desert?
Have I looked and learned all the stars?
Have I rode the days and nights on rails,
to get back where you are?
And every time I foundered,
it's your eyes I know for sure.

When I think of how you know me,
no doubts no thinking twice.
When your smile can be so soothing,
a familiar paradise.
When there's no one else that makes me whole.
I never wanting more.
I get this feeling.
I know I've loved you before.

I know I've loved you before
I've loved you before

. . .


It's a simple love
That holds us together
It's a simple truth
That sets us free
There's a place we're bound
And they call it forever
It's a simple love
Between you and me

. . .


You can't take a trip
If you don't first say goodbye
You can't find a star
If you don't look up in the sky
You can't find a light
If you don't know where the dark ends
And you can't change the heroes and friends

You can't light a spark
If you don't first carry a flame
You can't take the weight
Of a single ounce of shame
You can't change the signal
Just the message that it sends
The message of the heroes and friends

You can't touch the screen
You can take the place of love
You can disappear in ether
When pushes come to shove
And you can walk the night
Into the dawn
And back again
Looking for the heroes and friends

You can ride the back roads
Of the hometowns of the world
You can collide on sidewalks
In a neon light of blur
You can rush the stages
And believe the words again
Looking for the heroes and friends

You can dedicate your life
To breaking down the walls
To ringing the alarm
Screaming down the halls
You can stand in judgment
Of the meaning in the air
Then we are all just heroes and friends

Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho

Oh yeah, yeah, yeah
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Looking for the heroes and friends
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Oooh-oooh-oooh-oooh-ho
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Why do we sacrifice our lives?
To what is left when it all ends
When all we want is heroes and friends

. . .


A suffering soul on the way to the Kingdom of Heaven
Held up a sign that says "God hates America"
A child has been lost
A mother is shocked and is grieving
And turning away, turning away

He said there is a love that is so hideous and destructive
We must drive it from Earth to save all of our children
He must know it well
In the night it's the hell that he speaks of
It keeps him awake, keeps him awake

My God is love
My God is peace
My God loves you
My God loves me

A suffering soul on the way to the Kingdom of Heaven
Prayed in the dark, "Death to the infidel"
He strapped all his desperate pain and his faith to his body
And blew them away, blew them away

A suffering soul on the way to the Kingdom of Heaven
Shouts on the news, "They are the godless ones"
The anger inside and the fear that it hides
never leave her
When the cameras are gone, when the cameras move on

Oh, people, c'mon? tell me where is your Kingdom of Heaven?
Where is your faith?
Where do you put your fear?
Do you have a price for truth and a price for believing?
And heaven is here, heaven is here

My God is love
My God is peace
My God is you
And my God is me

. . .


How come there's so many people willing to suffer
So they get up and suffer every day
They think they were put on this Earth to suffer
And, by God, they're going to suffer
Until they suffer their lives away

How come so many are willing to say
There is no sense
There is no plan
Yet they will not believe
The ancient mysteries
Passed down through time into their hands

If my choice is despair or wonder
On the line between truth and belief
Do I just let the tide take me under
Or do I let the fascination come on and rain all over me

Chorus:
Open your mind
'Cause you have been blind
Imagine the answers
Or questions will be all you find
Open your mind

The grooves in my life were unforgiving
Over the years I laid them down night after night
Work-eat-sleep
Work-eat-sleep
Work-eat-sleep
Work-eat-sleep
Work-eat-sleep
Work-eat-sleep
Suffocating my delight
I was dragged into the light
Into the stillness
Into the white hot flame of my deepest fears
And when I came crashing through
Humbled and true
I was better than I've been in years

If my choice is end or beginning
In my perception between death and life
I'll keep on with this message I'm sending
We may not know how or when,
But don't you wanna know why

(Chorus)

Open your mind
'Cause you have been blind

Open your mind

. . .


We do our best
We stay in step
As time goes marching by
But there's something wrong
We don't start living
Until we almost die

Chorus:
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah
And the universe listened

Well, I was born
A silver thorn
On a mid-west rose
I found out fast
Love is last
And it comes and goes
I made a deal
Hearts to steal
They will know my name
I'll pay the price
Any price
Just give me the fame

(Chorus)

A perfect song
My love wrong
So I ache the dark
A hero's close
The story goes on
But I hate the part
I chose to fall
Destroy it all
But I will rise again
I believe in love
Please send me love
And I will try again

(Chorus x 2)

Remove the dark
Heal my heart
Make my body whole
I found my angels
Found my spirit
Guess I found my soul
Teach me how
Show me now
This light has taken me
I'm not ashamed
Help me explain
This awakening

(Chorus x 2)

. . .


A mother was grieving her loss
Her soldier the ultimate cost
She went to the man
Who's been told that he's a king
Waited outside of his compound
To ask him a few things
She said
"For what noble cause did my son have to die
Where are their weapons
Why did you have to lie"
Imagine that

A lieutenant in the army
In his heart and his soul he believes
In the land of the free and the home of the brave
Now he's standing on trial
For he will not behave as they wish
He said
"I believe the constitution
To defend it and uphold
I will not fight your war for profit
No sir I will not go"
Imagine that

A scientist and his machine
The smallest of life he has seen
Inside matter inside atoms
As far as you can go
He saw the strings of life that vibrate
With the universal flow
He said
"I have seen the spirit
And all its creation
It's in each and every thought
And all our intentions"
Imagine that

. . .


I believe if I look hard enough
I will see
That there can be enough
I believe I can think clear enough
To conceive
A place where there's enough

If not now, when
If not today then
What about tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

I believe a woman can work hard and succeed
And we could be content
To believe that she could be in charge
Of the free
And be the president

If not now, when
If not today then
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow
If you become the change
You want to see you change
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

I believe that we are waking up from the spell
That those that profit from the fear
Cast so well
And good people of the earth now can tell
There is no us and them

If not now, when
If not today then
What happens tomorrow
What happens tomorrow

All is love
All is choice
Everyone and every voice
All of life that you see
All are possibilities
As above so below
To wed the sense into the soul
This is truth I believe
I believe I believe

Truth is of the people
By the people
For the people

. . .


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