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1.
Probably our mother is crying But you would know nothing about that Praying that she could resign From all of the things you said you that wouldn't take back Maybe there's no one to blame Or how do we know who's at fault For a brother that's dirtied our name And now makes demands from behind a glass wall It's another gray root Showing through On the head of a stubborn old mule Mama couldn't make any daughters But that doesn't mean she's ashamed Of two sons and two different fathers God knows it's nothing but the American way And you did you think I'd forgotten? So full of yourself you don't know That madness comes every so often But we always hoped that you wouldn't lose control It's another gray root Showing through On the head of a stubborn old mule Steps going up may be difficult And steps going down may lead wrong Though step dad was always so pitiful It's not an excuse that you can lean on I'd offer to help but why bother When I know you'll just build a new fence And duck behind walls of desire Besides the fact you thrive on tragic events It's another gray root Showing through On the head of a stubborn old mule Remember the speech you gave father Declared you wouldn't turn out like him Now it seems I'd beg to differ Though I have no right to judge anything It's funny your struggle unending A shame that it's come down to this Continuing the fight for independence But in here you have to get permission to piss It's another gray root Showing through On the head of a stubborn old mule
2.
03:10
I don't mind being your backup It gives me time all to myself I call it freedom But who am I fooling I don't want to lead your queue if I can help I can tell that I'm your backup plan I'm afraid you're not my biggest fan But I'm optimistic towards the women I think I love Instead I'll see you sometime Play the victim in this crime And never be able to tell enough's enough I don't mind being your backup It gives me time all to myself I call it freedom But who am I fooling I don't want to lead your queue if I can help The ones that are available Are the ones that give me trouble Because I pessimistic towards the women I think love me Instead I leave them crying And I can't quit denying That I ain't got no aces up my sleeve I don't mind being your backup It gives me time all to myself I call it freedom But who am I fooling I don't want to lead your queue if I can help I don't want to lead your queue if you can help
3.
08:43
I want to see results now You'll just have to wait And if I don't stick around That's your mistake You know it just isn't fair How can I help? It's hard to tell if you're there That's not my fault Sneeze like comments Need your blessing Talk like vomit Keeps me guessing Still I'm prostrate Please get back on your feet When I'm needy You're embarrassing me For your rebate How much more can I do? Please redeem me It's all up to you Silent answers That's what you choose to hear Try my patience Only twenty-odd years Often offer How much more can I say? Bad translations I do it my way On the pavement Please get back on your feet We the people Still embarrassing me Feel your movement The only vibration Read each signal . . . wrong Is instant gratification If you think you can take it I'd really appreciate A sign of approval, direction, my fate Meanwhile time changes tempo And it must be difficult To get my attention, some patience, my soul I am weathered by inaction
4.
The sun emerged from a cloudy sky A spectrum was revealed as the clouds ceased to cry We abandoned our shelters from the east to the west Amidst a raging storm and a harvest But when the day sadly came to an end The sun began to weep Unfortunately we were weak The night put us to sleep The night began to conquer and distribute its mark While darkness took control of all but one last spark The clouds returned and resumed their tears While we awoke to our greatest fears With all hope resting on that light To be warmed with a brand new day And prayers for the sun to shine bright So that some day our offspring will say It's great to be alive today
5.
03:34
Appetite for reduction Caused by lack of production Failure and loss of attack Now it is time to cut back Appetite for destruction Caused by an earlier reduction Boredom controls the mood Sign says will work for food Appetite for production Lacking adequate instruction Can barely get by alone With a broken money bone
6.
07:20
In the city The park is the best place to get away In the city The park is the worst place to feel safe I couldn't pay the rent So I'm sleeping in a tent in the park I couldn't find a job So I vandalize and rob in the park I didn't do well in class So I kicked some white boy grass in the park I couldn't drop this fix So I started turning tricks in the park I had a hectic day So I'm going out to play in the park Lets all have a picnic in the park I can ride my bike Skateboard roller blade Jogging in the rain Or on a stroll with a blind date Mom says walk the dog Take a nap get some sun I'll meet you at the swing set Feed the birds shoot my gun Lets all have a picnic in the park
7.
Thank you, I'm pleased that you noticed Yeah, I've been working out Out raising hell, with a barbell Miracles never cease And you? What have you been up to? Say, you're looking great... What's that about? Now cut it out I only aim to please Oh well, enough with the small talk Now, what's your deal? Can I hazard a guess? You're in a mess Wonders never cease Well well, you hear what you're saying? "Damn, life is too short" This is bad news if that's your excuse Forget it if you please Uh uh, I don't know what came over me Lately, I've been shooting it off It isn't fun being under the gun Old habits never cease Uh huh, I'd completely forgotten And, I thank you much I could say more but this is your war Take it easy won't you please

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released January 1, 2003

Maid Marion vocals: Visiting Hours, Background, Unsteady, Humboldt

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