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Michelle's Closet

In Michelle's closet, all her clothes are black
It's not style, just color they lack
And sometimes she's afraid of opening the door
Even though she's the one who chose the decor

She asks you to go in, and grab her beret
So she can play the silent film star at a street café
Then she borrows your car, but sits there in park
'Cause there's no boom when you travel at the speed of dark

Michelle's closet is an empty space
Where you can hear a black dog barking through the mist
People open the door just to glimpse her face
They know she's never at home but they can't resist

Michelle sleeps on the couch, in the living room
With her boyfriend Robert who is always leaving soon
He says, "Sometimes we're so together, then I don't know what to think."
Michelle keeps our love soaking longer than the dishes in her sink

Michelle's closet is an empty space
Where you can hear a black dog barking through the mist
People open the door just to glimpse her face
They know she's never alone but they can't resist

In Michelle's closet, all her clothes are black
It's not style, just color they lack

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Shelly Shelly came from a little town, where a weaker girl might have drown, but she kept herself afloat on movies and magazines and dressing everyday like it was Halloween.
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Shelly Shelly came from a little town, where a weaker girl might have drown, but she kept herself afloat on movies and magazines and dressing everyday like it was Halloween. It left little to discuss, she graduated and took a bus, answered an add she found in the metro classified, part time in a coffee house on the lower east side. She shaved her head, bought combat boots and pierced her nose, worships in the church of Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs. She had a boyfriend who, talked her into a strange tattoo, a hawk standing on a horse with the world in its right eye, but Shelly says there's really nothing that it signifies. The boyfriend turned out to be a jerk. He stole her tips while she was at work. He took everything and left Shelly with the bills. "Oh well" she said "it wasn't really love it was just a drill". Alcohol, drugs and sex, of course all have their effects. But she was never hooked as a strict disciplinarian, she says there's too many planets to orbit where you'll see the sun. Shelly's beatnik and Buddhist Zen, she's always been different like them. 'Cause there's some kind of calm in knowing you're the hurricane. She loves to hear plain Jane sing her refrain.
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Movin' West A hot sunrise, opens your eyes, you paste on a smile, such a valiant disguise, grab your cup of coffee, do your thing at work, smile just a little for the money jerk. This livin' ain't easy, no matter what you say. easy come, easy go, and get out of my way! Get out of my way. I'm getting kinda hungry, give me somethin' quick. The last time I had that it made me sick, but it's easier I guess, than makin' all that mess, I'm a lazy American I must confess. This livin' ain't easy, they'll put you to the test, easy come, easy go, when you're movin' west! When you're movin' west. Well the telephone's ringin' ain't nobody you know, just a friendly reminder there's some money you owe. You can cut 'em off, cut the cards, pay the price, it'll take years to pay off the wedding rice. This livin' ain't easy, no matter how you try. Easy come, easy go, when you're learning to fly, when you're learning to fly. Easy come, easy go, and get out my way! Get out of my way. This livin' ain't easy, they'll put you to the test, easy come, easy go, when you're movin' west! When you're movin west.
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Two Souveinirs Little did I know her, Little did she care. Took more than she ever gave, of that I'm aware but when she left me here, she left me two souvenirs, A heartache and a tear. I don't know where I'm Goin', but I sure know where I've been. Ridn' all the blue roads, to heaven and back again since she left me here, with my two souvenirs, A heartache and a tear. Well it's a lonely ride, and there ain't much inside, except the tangled web that love can weave. And now it's plain to me, that I just could not see, past the heart, that I wore on my sleeve. Even though she never told me, I guess it's odd that I never heard, this loneliness was comin', it hits me hard while I'm sittin' here, through the years. With my two souvenirs, A heartache and a tear. Little did I know her, Little did she care. Ran that train into the sand, left me in disrepair She left me here, with my two souvenirs, A heartache and a tear.
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Parking Lot Ponies In a salmon pink Olds eighty-eight, I rode shotgun and Mom didn't hesitate, to drive me out to what I thought was the golden west. Just a parking lot at a California strip mall, but I felt ten feet tall, as they hoisted me up on the back of that parkin' lot pony. My pinto stepped so sad and slow, but I was just too young to know, I was riding a spirit chained and bound and broken. I felt free and I felt wild, but the Marlboro man inside the child, holds a snapshot of the wild west now and thinks "Man how phony!" And sometimes I feel just like that pony as 'round and 'round I go. I never seem to get no where. And if I had the money, I'd buy that pony, Then I'd take him with me And I'd saddle that refugee! And I'd ride him out through these asphalt plains, and my grid locked mind and the acid rains, to the place where we all lived before we took that ride. Where there's pastures of plenty and shady grove, Where the wild run free and the herds ain't drove, into corrals and turned into parking lot ponies. I felt so happy up on that pony, when they took my picture then. It was such a clear blue day. But it aged and yellowed and tinted the sky, and now it seems like I see through the ponies eyes. Well I hope that he got pastured out, while he still had the strength to know what he's about, yeah I hope he got to spend some time just runnin' free. And when those alarm clocks ring and the news comes on, and we face our jobs again at dawn, pray for the same, for all of us parkin' lot ponies.
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Backyard Tourists She drives her car a little off the wall Leaves the sun roof open in the rainfall She says, " where do I turn" "When will I ever learn?" She lies back on the couch and says, "It's relative." "Clocks are man-made and insensitive". "Let's pretend we're at a matinee, on a summer Sunday and it's my birthday." I don't love her 'cause she turned out to be just who I thought she ought to be I love her 'cause she's strong enough to be herself, and let me be me If you love me send me postcards 'cause we're all tourists in each others backyards Tryin' to catch the local flavor Don't do me any favors I don't love her 'cause she turned out to be just who I thought she ought to be I love her 'cause she's strong enough to be herself, and let me be me She shouts at the waves that crash ashore Says they're too loud and many to ignore But when the sun sets on the sand She says come hold my hand I don't love her 'cause she turned out to be just who I thought she ought to be I love her 'cause she's strong enough to be herself, and let me be me
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Half Out Of The Middle Well it's a rocky road in the middle of the night, cross the railroad tracks, you get blinded by the light, not too far to the left, or to far to the right, take your half out of the middle and you'll be all right Don't you worry 'bout fast or slow, just live your life, and put on your show. There's always someone watin' in the wings, to tell you how they would've done things. Now I'm a firm believer in lots of things, the four directions the earth and the sky, any way the wind blows through my wings, there ain't a livin' soul can tell me which way to fly. I remember the color of her eye, the smell of her hair and the touch of her skin, she touched my heart and I thought I'd die, but the wound opened up and let another love begin Travelin' on or settlin' down, it all depends on where you're bound, it might be heaven and it might be hell, just make your story one that you're proud to tell.
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Cheap To Keep My baby is cheap to keep, she eats like a parakeet she don't bug me over this and that, man she could look sexy in a burlap sack. With so many women I've lost my shirt but, with my baby I won't get hurt. The investment was worth the bucks. The day I found her I knew I was in luck. With so many women the market's too fast but, my baby now she's got class Easy on my wallet, easy on my heart, extended my credit right from the start. No finance charge no overdraft too. She's the teller made this feller very well to do. Always on time to open up. Never puts me on hold or interrupts. Service with a smile is her style, that's why we'll do business for a good long while. With so many women the price is too steep but, my baby is cheap to keep. my baby is cheap to keep. my baby is cheap to keep.
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Whatcha Got Up Yer Sleeve? Whatcha got up your sleeve little darlin' whatcha got on your mind? Tell me you ain't gonna leave little darlin' please tell me you're gonna spend some time. You just got here late this evenin', and I been waitin' on you. Baby, baby you got me believin', don't pull no switcheroo! Everybody's gonna find out little darlin' why can't I tell nobody 'bout us? Okay baby, I can keep a secret honey, honey I won't raise no fuss but you just got here late this evenin' and I been watin' all night don't pull no switcheroo on me honey come on let's down the lights! Ooh it ain't so complicated baby please it ain't that tough there's a reason I been waitin' I love you and I can't get enough Whatcha gonna do with me little darlin'? Now that you got this information in hand. Baby I ain't such a bad motor scooter I ain't just a dirty old man you just got here late this evenin' and I been waitin' so long you look sweet in that little kimono and you're the only one I want to bang that gong!
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This Film Has Been Modified (To Fit Your Screen) I've been down in the mouth ever since our deal went south. You know I drove all night just to make sure the kid was all right. And when I found out he'd disappeared, and the whole was worse than I had feared, then I came back to taunt you, and give the devil her due. I remember those nights at the Blue Buffalo Café. We all had those images that we had to portray. Johnny looked like Jesus he said "Here she comes". You looked like Audrey Hepburn, the kid was overcome. Now he's come back to haunt you, 'cause I know you wanted him too. This film has been modified, to fit your screen with some watered down version of, the American dream. You flipped a coin in the parking lot, said call it heads or tails. The kid said man I always loose at this, it never seems to fail. Then you slammed the car door and turned the key, and you never looked back at him or me, and you never let it daunt you, and us we never had a clue. This film has been modified, to fit your screen, with some watered down version of, the American dream. I hear you're livin' real high now, but it's hard to tell. 'Cause now I don't buy every act that you try to sell, Your truth and beauty they can fade so quick, and you know me I'm just a country hick. So if you see me on the avenue, remember we've already bid adieu.
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Gurus In The Meadow There's gurus in the meadow, they're listenin' to be-bop, they're waitin' for an airdrop, you can turn them on they're coin op, and they'll boogie for you nonstop in their flip-flops, so please stay off the blacktop! They gave the message to the hair lip, who was angry with his lordship, for causin' delays at the airstrip, and for comin' on so unhip. now he boards a pleasure cruise ship, cause his guru told him "Man just dig your own trip!" They're not in to self deprivin', but they don't care what they're drivin', the thing, for which they're strivin', is just soulfully survivin'. and the true enlightenment they know someday that they will be derivin' Now everybody knows, that where the gurus go, the zombie masses surely follow I sure hope they know their way, cause I hear people passin' say, "This world is heavy but it's hollow!" Somewhere in the Scottish heather, the gurus got together, they were wearin' patent leather, dreaming' up their next endeavor, to solve the worlds problems, but the game was called because of stormy weather. Now when the evenin' sun is fadin', and they come serenadin', and they ask you to go wadin', be careful of the shadin', 'cause when they're into masqueradin' man they don't care who they'll be degradin'! Now everybody knows, that where the gurus go, the zombie masses surely follow. I sure hope they know their way, cause I hear people passin' say, "This world is heavy but it's hollow! There's gurus in the meadow, they're listenin' to be-boop, they're waitin' for an airdrop, you can turn them on they're coin op, and they'll boogie for you nonstop in their flip-flops, so please stay off the blacktop!
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Girl Of My Dreams Somewhere in the back of my mind I dreamed up a girl, I have the design but how could I think she'd exist, in a crazy world like this and her eyes could ever see mine for now I guess I'll have to go on faith that's blind I always looked for somebody sweet not totally crazy, just a little off beat with eyes so personal a hue, they say I'll rob eternity with you then we'll stay in this little town so long that sooner or later the circus has to come back around And oh she'd be the girl of my dreams the one with the schemes, the one with the means to put me back into my smile but here I am alone on this desert Isle If I get the chance to be the man she thinks that she wants, I'll do the eat I can to show her in every way I know, she's the girl that I love so if she'll accept that from me we'll be together, and then we can both be free Every night when I close my eyes I say I need the rest but that's just an alibi I'm drifting off to meet the one who hangs the moon and heats the sun 'cause until her eyes meet mine I'll just have to dream and go on faith that's blind I'll just have to dream and go on faith that's blind I'll just have to dream and go on faith that's blind