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Sophie B. Hawkins Album


Tongues & Tails (1992)
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That old dog has chained you up alright
Give you everything you need
To live inside a twisted cage
Sleep beside an empty rage
I had a dream I was your hero

Damn I wish I was your lover
I'll rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm
I am everything
Tonight I'll be your mother I will
Do such things to ease your pain
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed

Open up on the inside gonna fill you up gonna make you cry

This monkey can't stand to see you black and blue
Give you something sweet each time you
Come inside my jungle book
What is it just too good
Don't say you'll stay
'Cause then you go away

Damn I wish I was your lover
I'll rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm
I am everything
Tonight I'll be your mother I will
Do such things to ease your pain
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed

Shucks, for me there is no other
You're the only shoe that fits
I can't imagine I'll grow out of it
Damn I wish I was your lover

If I was your girl believe me
I'd turn on the Rolling Stones
We could groove along and feel much better
I could do it forever and ever
Give me an hour to kiss you
Walk through heaven's door I'm sure
We don't need no doctor to feel much better
Let me in
Forever and ever and ever and ever 

I sat on a mountainside with peace of mind
I lay by the ocean making love to her with visions clear
Walked for days with no one near
And I return as chained and bound to you 

Damn I wish I was your lover
I'll rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm
I am everything
Tonight I'll be your mother I will
Do such things to ease your pain
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed

Shucks, for me there is no other
You're the only shoe that fits
I can't imagine I'll grow out of it
Damn I wish I was your lover

Just open up I'm gonna come inside I wanna fill you up I wanna make you cry.....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)
Gettin' on the subway and I'm comin' uptown....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)
Standing on a street corner waiting for my love to change....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)
Feelin' like a school boy, too shy and too young....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)
Open up I wanna come inside I wana fill you up I wanna make you cry....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)
Gettin' on my camel and I'll ride it uptown....
(Damn I wish I was your lover)

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Oh angel it's understood
What we could
Do together's every bit much better than good
I ain't looking for the sky to
Cover my head
Cover me I'll cover you again and again and again

Stay up all night to feed your fire
My day's a dream with you on my mind
I wake up tight full of desire
And you are the one who can unwind
My weather's always a surprise
Don't think you'll ever come prepared
But love's the lighthouse in my life
If you get scared

When you look in my eyes
Do you have faith like me
Love can heal the wounds
That cry us all to sleep
When you hear nature's voice
Whispering in your ear
Is heaven a-rejoicing
Even through the tears
When you become your light
Shining like the sun
Is peace within your mind
Where everything is one
Evil will not destroy
When love is in your hand
Now we can make believe
The mysteries we understand

Us angels we give it up
Just enough
Keep each other hanging on with a heavenly touch
I ain't playing with a goal to
Cover my ass
I am naked like a baby in the summer grass

New York's the only place I know
I'll take you on a guided tour
Through Central Park where only those
With seven senses feel secure
Then from my rooftop in the clouds
We'll drive into the glowing sea
And when we're falling look around
And tell me what you see

When you look in my eyes
Do you have faith like me
Love can heal the wounds
That cry us all to sleep
When you hear nature's voice
Whispering in your ear
Is heaven a-rejoicing
Even through the tears
When you become your light
Shining like the sun
Is peace within your mind
Where everything is one
Evil will not destroy
When love is in your hand
Now we can make believe
The mysteries we understand

. . .



Hey child
You're so wise
Will you tell me what you're thinking
I don't need an answer
Just to talk to you awhile
I stop searching
When I see you smile

Yeah child
I am crying
'Cause I know just how you're feeling
But there won't be an answer
For a long long while
So promise me
You won't stop dreaming

Color rainbows in the rain
And follow to a heart of gold
There's a saviour born every day
In the valley of your soul

It's you child
So learn the truth
Though most folks they'll keep on lying
There will be an answer
Just you give yourself the time
And promise me
You won't stop trying

Color rainbows in the rain
And follow to a heart of gold
There's a saviour born every day

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Do you love your mother
The way I love mine
Expecting nothing of her
'Cause she was changing all the time
I couldn't take my mother
And I'll never hate my home
But I learned to rock myself child
And get on

Do you feel your mother
The way I feel mine
I tried to change the nature
But now I like it 'cause it's mine
And I let you love me up
And I let you bring me home
And I could go away
But I don't wanna

I don't wanna be too smart
I don't wanna talk too fast
I don't wanna look too precious
First impressions never last
There's always complications
Weird vibrations
Frustrations
Have patience

Do you love your mother
'Cause God I love mine
In a dream she let me love her
Gotta hand it to my mind
In case you never meet her
I'll tell you what it is
She was lonely like a woman
But she was just a kid

Oh mama....
What are ya doin'?........
Yeah yeah yeah.....
ooohhh......
shit.....

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The guilty undertaker sighs,
The lonely organ grinder cries,
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you.
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn,
But it's not that way,
I wasn't born to lose you.
I want you, I want you,
I want you so bad,
Honey, I want you.

The drunken politician leaps
Upon the street where mothers weep
And the saviors who are fast asleep,
They wait for you.
And I wait for them to interrupt
Me drinkin' from my broken cup
And ask me to
Open up the gate for you.
I want you, I want you,
I want you so bad,
Honey, I want you.

Now all my fathers, they've gone down,
True love they've been without it.
But all their daughters put me down
'Cause I don't think about it.

Well, I return to the Queen of Spades
And talk with my chambermaid.
She knows that I'm not afraid
To look at her.
She is good to me
And there's nothing she doesn't see.
She knows where I'd like to be
But it doesn't matter.
I want you, I want you,
I want you so bad,
Honey, I want you.

Now your dancing child with his Chinese suit,
He spoke to me, I took his flute.
No, I wasn't very cute to him,
Was I?
But I did it, though, because he lied
Because he took you for a ride
And because time was on his side
And because I ...
I want you, I want you,
I want you so bad,

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I lied
I stole in the name of fear
But I won't be silent here

I don't want somewhere to run to
I don't want somebody I can shake
Lord I want my dignity again
Before I walk on fire
You gotta look me in the face

I won't flinch
And I won't turn away

I'm sorry
I'm sorry for being scared
But I won't drop you there
Oh darling
Let me show you I love you
Oh world
Let me show you I care

I don't want somewhere to run to
I don't want somebody I can shake
Lord I want my dignity again
Before I walk on fire
You gotta look me in the face

Give me back my touch
Give me back my feeling
Give me everything
I wanna be your witness

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I used to view the world as
Some things good and most things bad
But if you'd be my lover
I'd be more than what I am
And drifting on your ocean
I could shut my engines down
But deeper currents were in store
And I'm not anchored anymore
Your kiss your kisses set me free
I wasn't listening before
Your lips your tongue your hands your feet
You gave everything back to me
I want you need you to feel free
Now all I want is to be this free
To touch to feel what you give me

We are one body
We are one spirit
One breath
One dream of life and death
One God
One sex

It's in your solar system
It's in my super star
There's nothing more persistent
Than the planet of our heart
The flame that is between us
Could set every soul on fire
And I would love to take that heat
Let's fill the whole world with desire
Your kiss your kisses set me free
It's too painful to deny
Your lips your tongue your hands your feet
History it's illusion
I want you need you to feel free
Come on make love to exclusion
To touch to feel what you give me

We are one body
We are one spirit
One breath
One dream of life and death
One God
One sex

We are one body
We are one spirit
One breath
One dream of life and death
One God

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Listen
I love the way life screwed up the way you're looking at me
I love your face
Listen I don't mind a temper
But baby I can't chew my supper
I can't even swallow water
I'm all filled up
With my sweet disorder
And I'm about ready to take my elbows off this table
I'm about ready to take this whole world all inside
I'm about ready
To cry

I'm gonna turn you on
You're gonna set me free
I'm gonna make you come
You're gonna live with me
And all the ways I twirl my hair
And all the ways I tie my shoe
I walk away to make sure you care
I shimmy back to you
Oh darling love is real
That's why it seems insane
'Cause all these things we feel
Comes down like pouring rain
And when I say your name

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I busted homes
I gave up everything I own
To come in here
Now ain't it clear
I'm true
Baby you've changed
But ain't I just the same
As the little girl
Who's gonna give her world to you
Don't break my heart again

I'm closing this door
Kiss me
Kiss me once more
You're the one who taught me how to do it

Love and let love be our desire
Live and let life be our fire
Stand by yourself and I'll stand by you
Live and let love be our truth

These walls are high
But I was born to climb
I've got a monkey mind
And I will always find the groove
I trust your rhythm so
Do what you feel
Kiss me
Kiss me for real
I'm the one who'll show you now to do it

Love and let love be our desire
Live and let life be our fire
Stand by yourself and I'll stand by you
Live and let love be our truth

Love and let love be our desire
Live and let life be our fire
Stand by yourself and I'll stand by you

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I saw you there
All I wanted was to start with you
Was the hardest thing I ever had to do
Till I made you care

Yo brother
You sure heard me
Banging on the big drums for your love
You called me baby then
Talked to me like your best friend
When the time was right you were so good
Asked me what I like
And I said

Don't stop swaying baby
You soothe my soul and I stop searching
When I get lost in the rhythm
Everything stops hurting
Don't stop swaying baby
Take it slow
And I keep yearning

Again I fall
Lighter than the morning dew
Fresh
'Cause I always never knew
What I'm stumbling on

Yo sister
You sure heard me
Singing in the rain for some love
You took me unaware
Said things to make me care
Now the time is ripe and you're so good
Ask me what I like and I say

Don't stop swaying baby
You soothe my soul and I stop searching
When I get lost in the rhythm
Everything stops hurting
Don't stop swaying baby
Take it slow
And I keep yearning

Spoken:
Hansel and Gretel are holding hands deep in the forest. They are lost. This is
their own story. The two have fallen in love, and so, after a long quietness
amidst the creatures of the night, they begin to kiss. Traveling like heat
through each other's bodies, they pass through centuries of insecurity and into
a rhythm where they are not afraid.
(Don't stop swaying baby...)
Mamma has led these children into the wild unknown for reasons, known, with
father's help, of course, they tried very hard to get back home, but of course,
they could not.
(Don't stop swaying baby...)
And so, they find themselves through the darkness, through the sadness, making
love, making peace, making music. They find themselves, through the chaos,
making sense. This is what they want. This is who they are. These are the
things they need.

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