Sons of the Never Wrong

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Consequence Of Speech

Consequence of Speech

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1. Maybe Just Maybe
(Roper)

Well a crazy woman and a neurotic man
Should never, ever, ever make a wedding plan
And a wistful day and a night on earth
Make a poor man sit and contemplate what it’s all worth

Well maybe, just maybe you should dance with me
Maybe just maybe you should dance with me
Maybe just maybe you should dance with me
Sun, moon, star, deep blue sea

And a hundred years of solitude
Give an otherwise happy women an attitude
And the mystery of the long embrace
The art of kissing face to face

And I’ve had my eye on you from the beginning
But never a thought that I’d ever be winning
And we’ve all made decisions, we’ve all had to choose
From amongst the skeletons in our closets
Where’s my dancing shoes?

Years from now you might be sad
Thinking these were the best days you ever had
But the building of the pyramids
Took husbands, wives, kings, queens, and kids

And I’ve had my eye on you from the beginning
But never a thought that I’d ever be winning
And we’ve all made decisions, we’ve all had to choose
From amongst the skeletons in our closets
Where’s my dancing shoes?

2. #253 in the Red Book
(Roper, Walker, Demel)

Go now leave, I don’t care
How many heartaches can one man and one woman share
And every time I needed you, you were never there
Go now leave, I don’t care

What about me, what about me
I’ve waited a lifetime, all that’s left to concede
And it seems every turn you’d just disagree
What about me, what about me

3. Small Bird
(Roper)

Well I dreamed you were a small bird
Flying just below the clouds
And there I stood amongst the strangers
And I look up and I said I love you from the crowd

That’s how love goes
That’s how love flies away

And I dreamed that my heart was never broken
Lost in time or held at bay
By tiny birds to whom I had spoken
And then sailed away

Oh what am I gonna do
Grow wings of virtue
Learn to fly or live without you

And one fine day, I’ll be an arrow
Of quiet passion to pierce your side
And I trust you’ll be aware though as I rise

And shall I lie you down in fields of flowers
Or in some secret place from your childhood you recall
Or upon my bed for hours and hours
To take the fall

Oh what am I gonna do
Grow wings of virtue
Learn to fly or live without you

4. I I I Love You
(Roper)

It’s true, the sky is very clear and very blue
And when I fall I fall right through
Because I I I I I’m in love with you

Come, the heart is like the beating of drum
Rhythms now I know only one
Because I I I I I’m in love with you

For as many reason as I have thoughts of you
The pain I take to stay within your view
The magicness that stains me with your touch
And acquires taste when nothing else will do
Cause I love you

Light, found alone in practice taking flight
Waiting for the day it can change the night
Because I I I I I’m in love with you

Aware, one step before the other isn’t fair
A leap of faith on a lover’s dare
Because I I I I I’m in love with you

5. Consequence of Speech
(Roper)

I want to talk of the consequence of speech
As formed in the mouth or walked on beach
Perhaps as remembered or maybe endured
Which sounded better and which sounded truer
Which sounded better and which sounded truer

And I want to tell you that I have no shame
Coming from who must share the blame
And I have to tell you that I am cannot cry
I have no water left in my eyes
I have no water left in my eyes

I I I I I I I got no where to go, I got nothing to do
You you you you you you you’ve got all different stuff but there ain’t nothing new
We we we we we we we we we’ve had all our reasons but would not be denied
And if the truth were a matter that I could not comprehend
As if my heart was a castle I was forced to defend
And I don’t understand were you ever my friend

And I’ve had to suffer to labor of pain
Taken too far but never explained
Of weighty ambition or simple desire
Which was misfortune and which was acquired
Which was misfortune and which was acquired

And I have to tell you that I cannot stay
That same quiet matter I always betray
So if you see running you may ask why
The answer, I’m running cause I cannot fly
Good lord I’m running cause I cannot fly

6. Modern Dating
(Walker)

Stay… just stay
You’re in the walls
You’re in the bed
In my head

Your eyes
Waking the day
Your eyes

I don’t want to loose my place it was long in coming
Stay… just stay…
Go… just go…
If it makes you feel better just go
And I won’t ask permission to miss you like I do
It’s hard the climbing out but these strings I know
Go… just go…

7. Sun Song
(Roper)

Does anyone remember a simple thing like the sun
The day they fell in love

Well I do
It was black and tarnished
I should have heeded the warning
But in the dark I stood a fool

Don’t call me out in the this
Don’t make me go through this again
Don’t call it fate
Don’t call it anything my friend
Cause I was looking of the part
Where this thing ever had any heart
But over and over and over she took all I’d give
And now I try to remember
The part of my life that I never lived

So hello sun
My old friend
It’s good to see you shining again
If anybody understands, please say amen

Does anyone remember a simple thing like direction
The day they fell in love

Well I do
There was no east or west
No up or down though I tried my best
Take this forest from the fool

So hello home
My old friend
It’s good to see your walls and your windows with the sun shining in
If anybody understands please say amen

8. In Your Dreams
(Roper)

Tell me all your secrets what is it you see
In your dreams when you’re all alone
A house trimmed with birds some poplar trees
A seven-year old or two or three
And am I there beside you is that how it’s to be
In your dreams when you’re all alone

You’ve got paper carnations and old city maps
Wrapped up in boxes unseen
Like ransom notes the letters I have sent
Remind you well of the hours we’ve spent
And am I still there beside you even though I picked up went
In your dreams when you’re all alone

It’s a shallow haven in black and white
Predictable company to help you though the night
But still you keep burning like a candle on a sill
A message there you’re waiting for me still
Or do those stories bring you any comfort
Or do they just help you fill
In your dreams when you’re all alone

Why is it one relationship can’t have two dreamers
Heavy laden with self esteem and endless schemers
So you draw the battle lines with egos ablaze
You push your love around in fits of rage
And I wish I had the compassion so that I might gaze
In your dreams when you’re all alone

Well I saw you yesterday but I did not get close
For fear of what you might say or maybe you’d cry
And my hair’s a little longer these days I don’t do much with it though
Don’t live in that old place got some place new I go
Guess I still really miss you and love you
Thought these things you should know
In your dreams when you’re all alone

9. Girl Shanty
(Demel)

I am a girl
And you are not

Seven Chinese baby girls have flown across the sea
Singing in their mother tongue what seems a mystery
Well I know that it’s not your fault and I’m sure that it’s not mine
So together we can raise them up and let their girlness shine

And I’m a girl and you’re a girl and your mom’s a girl
So it is time, time, time
Seven Chinese baby girls have flown across the sea

In London gender clinics you can pre-select the sex of your baby
It’s y-chromosomes that couple like the best
In Bombay of Korea or China they want sons
Statistically the men outnumber women 10 to 1

My grandma made spaghetti after working on the line
Assembling motorolas for $1.29
My mom worked in a warehouse where she dreamed of writing prose
She told us girls pursue your hearts no matter there they go

For centuries we’ve studied men from Moses to Tolstoy
But my sister’s a history teacher in a catholic school for boys
And she reminds them of the ladies who worked for peace and served in war
So pardon me while I proclaim I’m a woman hear me roar

10. Waiting
(Roper)

I’ve got a lot to do
I’ve got a lot to do
I’ve got a lot to do
Til I get over you

I’m waiting here I am waiting
I don’t want to be in your dreams anymore

I’m waiting here I am waiting
I don’t want to be in your dreams anymore

I’ve got you’ve got we’ve got blue
All that shit that we went through
And when I walked out I just hadn’t a clue

But now I’ve got a lot to do
Til I get over you
Yes I’ve gotta gotta a lot a to do

I’m waiting here I am waiting
I don’t want to be in your dreams anymore
I’m waiting here I am waiting
I don’t want to be in your dreams anymore

Redder hair darker lips nothing seemed to do
You kept changing into something new
And in all the confusion
I never know if any of this was really true
But now I’ve got a lot to do

Laughing crying there’s no rewards
Wasted hours we could ill afford
And when I looked back I could have sworn
I’d seen you before
But now I’ve got a lot to do

11. All That I’ve Known
(Roper)

Well now all that I have known
I’ve known only
And all the that I have grown
I’ve grown only
And the tears that I’ve shown
You know I’ve shown only you

And there are no expectations here in this matter
No replacements for the former or the latter
And no hesitations it just doesn’t matter I’m with you

And the moon has a picture of you near its heart
In a locket I sent it one night on a lark
And it promised forever it would give back to me
So now when I look in the sky it is you
It is you that I see

Well now all that I need
I need only
And all that I see
I see only
And all that I bleed
And you I bleed all the time but it’s only you

And there is an acquired sense of passion
Remarks that inspire this simple reaction
And a heart of desire that finds satisfaction in you

Any my ears do this trick when the carillon rings
They pretend that those bells are calling out your name
And I sit and I wonder
It’s so profound and clear
But now when I listen to the world
It is you, it is you that I hear

And all I that I feel
I feel only
And all that is real
It’s real only
And all that I love
You know I love only you

All songs © 1997 Sons of the Never Wrong, Faintly Spoken Music, BMI