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The Jayhawks Album


Smile (05/09/2000)
05/09/2000
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Wake up, put your shoes on
Take a breath of the northern air
And rub those eyes
Genuflect beneath the starry skies

Before you climb the mountain
First the foothills must appear
Step high and light
And take up your staff and shining armor

(Chin up, chin up)
You don't really have a problem
(Chin up, chin up)
In your hour of despair

And smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)
Smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)

The stars on the horizon
Stretch as far as the eyes can see
They represent the souls of those like you and me

And smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)
Smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)

(Chin up, chin up)
You don't really have a problem
(Chin up, chin up)
In your hour of despair

And smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)
Smile when you're down and out
(Find something inside you)


. . .



The world never ends
It's only the beginning
And we can't pretend
To discover its meaning
We talked for hours at a time
Then I came to my senses
You're more than a friend
You're my perfect lover

I'll never be all you want me to
But that's all right

I'm gonna make you love me
I'm gonna dry your tears
And we're gonna stay together
For a million years

It's the least I can do
Just to make you my baby
No words could describe
Pinch me I'm dreaming
Your hair's long and black
As it lays 'cross my pillow
When I stare in your eyes
I get lost in your glory

I'll never be all you want me to
But that's all right

I'm gonna make you love me
I'm gonna dry your tears
And we're gonna stay together
For a million years

When you were a little girl
Your great big world came tumbling down
So sad

The river it bends
But it flows to the ocean
And baby here I am
I'm your sea of devotion

I'll never be all you want me to
But that's all right

I'm gonna make you love me
I'm gonna dry your tears
And we're gonna stay together
For a million years


. . .



What led me to this town
Room to roam but no place called home
Dazed at first but shaking off the Sunday gloom
What led me to this town?

Such a lazy afternoon
Eight shades of gray and I can taste the rain
Oh, how high the lovely have flown
What led me to this town?

Blue lights shining over my life
Blue lights shining over my life

Sometimes I can't get free
When you're standing right there in front of me
I woke up one day and my dreams were gone
What led me to this town?

Blue lights shining over my life
Blue lights shining over me

Are you keeping a secret?
Well I'm keeping one too
Can you keep it a secret, I'm in love with you

What happened to this boy?
Such a lovely mother's son

Blue lights shining over my life
Blue lights shining over me


. . .



Scarface you were out of place in Ohio
Too bad you were out ahead and you're slowin'
You were feeling like a bomb without a target
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba

Look out Joe I think the sky is falling
Seems that all the clouds have turned to stone
I'm calling you from somewhere deep in Ohio
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba

Skintight, you were up all night
And it's showin'
So tough you were breakin' up over the wire
Well I saw you heading up the Muddy River
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba

Look out Joe I think the sky is falling
Seems that all the clouds have turned to stone
I see the flashing lights along the highway
You sounded lost and desperate on the phone

Look out Joe I think the sky is falling
Seems that all the clouds have turned to stone
I'm calling you from somewhere deep in Ohio
Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba


. . .



I just want to remember you
The way you're standing there
With that hurry home look in your eyes
And flowers on the table

Sometimes I see too much
Sometimes I see too little
Sometimes shadows fall, darken all
And cover up the fable

Every time that I see your face
It's like cool, cool water running down my back
Cool, cool water running down my back

Sometimes I see my memories
Like a film that never stops
Although I know how it ends
Still I can't help but watch

There's a break in the clouds
As I feel myself shiver
Still there's no light coming through
No reflection on the river

Every time that I see your face
It's like cool, cool water running down my back
Cool, cool water running down my back
Cool, cool water running down my back


. . .



Just a face among the crowd
Another ship upon the sea of sweet confusion
Standing on your toes
While your jewelry was swaying to the music

You're a rose among the reeds
And you're the only one I'll ever need
And when I look into your eyes
I know that you will

Take me to a place I never go
You send me kisses made of gold
I'll place a crown upon your curls
All hail the queen of the world

Just an ordinary girl
With an ordinary life that you have choosen
But you're the fire in the snow
Though I believe that I'm the only one
Who knows it

You never liked to sleep alone
You left some lipstick on the telephone
And when I look into your eyes
I know that you will

Take me to a place I never go
You send me kisses made of gold
I'll place a crown upon your curls
All hail the queen of the world


. . .



Abuse me and confuse me
But never, never, never use me
You leave me so tired
So utterly uninspired

Thunder Bay was a drag baby
Thunder Bay was a drag baby

Upon the gravel and the dust
If I don't move I will rust
You're a faint recurring melody
I can't seem to recall

In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you
In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you

The sun shines off the powerlines
And the trees they wave me on
There's a black cloud of happiness
I can't finish what I've begun

We hit Duluth on a jag baby
We hit Duluth on a jag baby

I grab my coat, my hat and my paperback
From the corner of my eyes
I see you smile

In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you
In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you

I hear what they're saying
There's no use in praying
So I'll just slip away

In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you
In my mind, in my soul
I never really loved you


. . .



Gonna build a fire
Lead the choir in my song
As I climb the walls
Walk the halls to be strong

Once, it was around my schoolboy days
New lines were drawn and rules were made

I wear the scars
Smell the blood on the breeze
I weathered the storm
For a glimpse of the trees

When it seemed no matter what you gave
I took my secret to my grave

Broken harpoon
Broken harpoon
Broken harpoon

I could drown
In the sound of my dreams
Shiver and moan
Feel the need to be free

Once, it was around my schoolboy days
New lines were drawn and rules were made

Broken harpoon
Broken harpoon
Broken harpoon


. . .



Taking pictures of the boys
Passed out in your bed
True collector till the end

You burned your bridges well
With games of kiss and tell
Left me twisting in the wind

You occupy your days
Walking through a maze
Convincing everyone you've got a lot to say

You're such a pretty thing ...
I taught you everything you know

When you first came to town
Buying drinks until you drowned
So many wasted nights

The blood lay an your hands
Trying to make amends
But you're spilling on your dress

The gypsy's on the move
But the caravan remains
New backdrop but same old play

You're such a pretty thing ...
I taught you everything you know


. . .



Mister, Mister Wilson
Humble and brave, empty of hate
On your best behaviour
You can be sure, I won't ignore you
No one knows you quite like I do
You're so brand new

Alex flew to Memphis
Smug in his ways, big in his day
Claimed all children evil
Scared that his best is all in his past
No one knows you quite like I do
You're so used

Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me
Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me

Holly paced the desert
Twisted her dreams, hatched crazy schemes
Canceled her engagements
High on cocaine, jumpstart her brain
No one knows you quite like l do
It all fell through

Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me
Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me

Your doubt is your undoing
Afraid to open your door
You're still too busy screwing
Up the battle and the war

Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me
Can't you see my guardian angel
Looking over me


. . .



When you had a brief encounter
With your fortune and your fame
Well I stood beside and watched the fans that followed

I saw you from a distance
And I heard them call your name
But you winked at me as if to say "I'm sorry"
You winked at me as if to say "I'm sorry"

In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams

The more I get to know you
The less that I admire
I fade as the unholy light surrounds you

I'm mystified you got so high
You had so far to fall
What you don't own you beg, you steal
You borrow
What you don't own you beg, you steal
You borrow

In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams

I never felt this close to you
I never will again
As you gaze at me from on your ivory tower

You're pretending to be happy
You're pretending to be free
As you watch the minutes slowly turn to hours
As you watch the minutes slowly turn to hours

In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams
In my wildest dreams


. . .



Took a walk down Paramount
(I've seen better days)
Left behind a friend of mine
(I've seen better days)
Passed by a statue of Saint Augustine in prayer
Said for one, the only one
I turned my back at her

The elevator rose to the eleventh floor
(I've seen better days)
Her trenchcoat hangs inside her door
(I've seen better days)
A leaky window welcomed rain
And left me standing here
A black-haired girl who taught me truth
I turned my back on her

Too late for hope but a dream remembered
Lay me down, down, down
Too late for hope but a dream remembered
Better days

Made love in the Toronto rain
(I've seen better days)
From Hamilton I look the train
(I've seen better days)
"What you regret" you softly said
"Are things you never do"
I regret I didn't turn
And run back home to you

Too late for hope, but a dream remembered
Lay me down, down, down
Too late for hope but a dream remembered
Better days

Now I stand in sympathy
Not for her but for me
I could have turned
I could have stayed
But I just walked away
I could have done a lot of things
In my better days

Too late for hope, but a dream remembered
Lay me down, down, down
Too late for hope, but a dream remembered
Better days


. . .



Baby, baby, baby
I had to move along
I took my bags, I took my car
But it all went wrong

Beneath the gloom
I hear the sirens whine
they sound so far away
A darkened room
I hear you call my name
I had so much to say

I've been so faithful
I've been so true
There's a million flags flying
A million dreams that died
And I died too
As twisted metal rained
Across the interchange

I've been so faithful
I've been so true

I would have run (baby. baby, baby)
But I never saw it coming (baby. baby, baby)

I've been so faithful
I've been so true

I would have run (baby. baby, baby)
But I never saw it coming (baby, baby. baby)
I would have run (baby, baby, baby)
Flying, flying - ooooh

So beautiful, so beautiful
You'll cry your eyes
Just like Jesus Christ
Just like Jesus Christ
So beautiful, so beautiful
You'll cry your eyes
Just like Jesus Christ
Just like Jesus Christ

So beautiful
So beautiful
So beautiful


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