Album Promised Land - 1994



1 9:28 Am

[Instrumental]

2 I Am I

Beating with life you promised life,
security, happiness
Unfortunate son cornered,
cowering in the pit of
circling panes of glass that
surround and reveal the ever present "It"

"It" is my move, my every look,
interpreting gestures,
informing other
what's undercover and
lurking beneath my mask
of this year's featured model
Is this too much?
Close your eyes
Care to look inside? I am I!

What may appear
might easily be explained,
but given the situation
of info saturation,
what you feel can never go away

Steering perception? I am!
Inviting contradiction? I am!
It's my insistence
you keep your distance
from the glare behind my stare
So this is the way
the game is played
You can leave now
but I think you'll stay I am I!

3 Damaged

Waiting for the feeling to subside,
Paranoid, I melt into myself
They say I'm to reach inside and find
the broken part of my machinery
Psychoanalyze the chapters
on the path to my darkest day
Searching for the answers,
all I see is damage through the haze
Picking up the pieces of my life
with no direction for re-assembly
The one that lays beside me
is sharing scars of my broken yesterdays
Will tomorrow find me hypnotized? Crying?
Mother Mary in control,
domineering stranglehold
sowing destructive seeds
for the scavengers to feed
Driving the nail into my head,
memory flows like a river
With the one that lays beside me
I'm healing scars from my childhood memories
Tomorrow finally found me
I'm hypnotized I'm trying
to understand the chapters
of the path from my darkest day
Searching for the answers
but there's DAMAGE!

4 Out Of Mind

Little girl sits in the corner, locked in a stare
Arms waving madly at something that sadly isn't there
Dressed in the day's best by a nurse who's nowhere to be
found

What does she see?
Maybe she's looking at me

Old man is strapped to the seat of his chair, wearing a
gown
Shouting and cursing at someone who clearly isn't around
Father Time has twisted his mind
The staff says, "He's not well!"

To whom does he speak?
Maybe he's speaking to me

So we keep these people inside these walls, from society
Their forgotten lives safe from the crowd, they can't leave
You've left them there with me

So we keep these people behind these walls, from society
Their forgotten lives safe from the crowd, they can't leave
Through the doors come people like me, good-bye to them
They see a picture few of us see They can't leave
You've left them there with me

5 Bridge

You called me up on the phone today
struggling with the right words to say
Time can change a thing or two
Time has changed the lives of me and you,
but you know it could have been different dad

The word brings back a sweet memory
I'm sitting on a bluff on a broken tree,
by my side a distinguished man
giving me encouragement, telling me I can,
and you know you're not there

You say, "Son, let's forget the past,
I want another chance, gonna make it last"
You're begging me for a brand new start,
trying to mend a bridge that's been blown apart,
but you know you never built it dad

So I sit here through the night,
and I write myself to sleep,
and time keeps ticking

Time has made you finally realize
your loneliness and your guilt inside
You're reaching for something you never had,
turning around now you're looking back,
and you know I'm not there

You say, "Son, let's forget the past
I want another chance, gonna make it last"
You're begging me for a brand new start,
trying to mend a bridge that's been blown apart,
but you know you never built it dad

6 Promised Land

Watching the sand fall, listening for the knock
upon my door,
and waitingfor Promised Land

Standing neck deep in life, my ring of brass
lay rusting on the floorIs this all?
Because it's not what I expected

Somewhere along the way
friends I once held close
fled the fast lane
I didn't notice,
I just had to make it
Head down, nose in the grindstone;
the kiss of life
placed on my brow
kept sliddin' to the ground
and now it's buried six feet under

Preaching from the floor again
the same old sad song,
"Bartender bring another drink for their favorite son"

Where did it all go wrong?
What's the use in even holding on?
Here's to love, hate and promises

Almost called it today
Turned to face "The Void"
numb with the suffering
and the question,
"Why am I?"
So many times I've
tried and failed to
gather my courage, reach again for that nail
Life's been like
dragging feet through sand,
and never finding Promised Land

Preaching from the floor again
the same old sad song,
"Bartender bring another drink for their favorite song"
Where did it all go wrong?
I feel like I'm dying
Here's to love, to hate,
to promises and Promised Land lies

7 Dis Con Nec Ted

I've got to do something
about the loathsome
state I'm in

DiS CoN NeC TeD
DiS CoN NeC TeD
DiS CoN NeC TeD

Everywhere I see decay
Mechanized and sterilized
visions of replay
I must release my rage

Oh
DiS CoN NeC TeD
I'm
DiS CoN NeC TeD
feeling so
DiS CoN NeC TeD

D ow n

Maybe all I need
beside my pills
and the surgery
is a new metaphor for reality

I'mDiS CoN NeC TeD
feeling so
DiS CoN NeC TeD
oh
DiS CoN NeC TeD

- you know -

8 Lady Jane

Sitting all alone, inside, today Jane
The other girls are home, we're playing a new game
The voice is very, very close, you like it that way,
and we're feeling rather warm inside

Are you smiling or afraid?
You can have it either way

Lady Jane your eyes are wide today,
and the world is looking very strange, you must proclaim!
It's quite a scary, scary ride we take, Lady Jane

Yesterday seemed very dark, but now it's bright,
your clouds have gone away
Sensory perception peaking at this time,
electric waves of sound are filling Janie's mind today
calling out to Janie as you drift away, "Don't be afraid,
they're only your illusion anyway"

Lady Jane your eyes are wide today
and we're sure you won't forget the things
you've seen today!

9 My Global Mind

There's hunger in Africa,
and anger on assembly lines
At the touch of a button
I'm miles away
I want no connection, just information,
and I'm gone

I feel so helpless,
so I turn my gaze to another place

My global mind reaches out for the truth

Why try holding back the wave?
You'll only drown in the changes
You've got to learn to let go
Just let go and experience the flight
Try to see from a different side
If balance is the key
maybe we'll see
a future understanding,

then we won't feel so helpless,
an turn away and hide from the change

My global mind searches for something new
My global mind zeros in on news

Time and rules are changing
Attention span is quickening
Welcome to the Information Age

I feel so helpless,
so I turn my gaze to another place

My global mind searches for something new
My global mind zeros in on news
My global mind reaches out for the truth
My global mind zeros in on you

It's searching everywhere,
across the mountains,
across the oceans,
across every man made line
No boundary gonna keep it from you

10 One More Time

Behind my eyes
I keep my truth from you
No one enters
this secret place,
the barrier only I embrace
Time is fleeing now
they say,
Take time to look inside
and face the change

Dig down deep
to find the man I thought I was
A dog on a treadmill panting,
the master pulls the leash, laughing
Now I can't remember why
I needed to run, needed to try so hard

One more time around
is all I ask for now,
a star to seek by, wind to
take me home again

"Work hard in life boy,
there's paradise in the end"
Year after year we struggle to gain
the happiness our parents never claimed
They told us all we had to do
was do what we're told, buy what was sold,
"Invest in gold, and never get old"

One more time around
is all I ask for now,
a star to steer by, wind to
take me home again

11 Someone Else?

When I fell from grace
I never realized
how deep the flood was around me
A man whose life was toil
was like a kettle left to boil,
and the water left scars on me

I know now who I am
If only for a while,
I recognize the changes
I feel like I did before the
magic wore thin and the "baptism
of stains" began

They used to say I was
nowhere, man,
heading down
was my destiny
But yesterday, I swear,
that was someone else not me

Here I stand at the crossroads edge,
afraid to reach out for eternity,
One step, when I look down,
I see someone else not me

Looking back and I see
someone else

All my life they said I
was going down,
but I'm still standing,
stronger, proud
And today I know there's
so much more I can be

From where I stand at the crossroads edge,
there's a path leading out to sea
And from somewhere
deep in my mind,
sirens sing out loud
songs of doubt
as only they know how
But one glance back reminds, and I see,
someone else not me

I keep looking back
at someone else me?

12 Dirty Lil Secret

Times have changed
for the better
You like to say
Nice house in the country
Now you're on your way
You took advantage of our possibilities
Got your sights set far
No time for sympathy

Keeping up with the Jones's
Smiling at the neighbors
Don't let them see your

Dirty, Dirty Little Secret
Keep your hands over your eyes and
Maybe it will go away
Dirty, Dirty little secret
Joe McCarthy is alive and well today

When you face the mirror
Consider this
Why judge another when you've got
Your own shit to fix
There's no solution
good enough for everyone
And your interpretations don't work
In every situation

You side with your religion
With your interpretation
But don't let them see your

Dirty, Dirty Little Secret
It seems the most opinionated
Are the ones who hide their
Dirty, Dirty Little Secret
I'll be leaving the status quo behind

How can you know someone
Until you walk in their shoes?
Our parents taught us segregation
Now we're singing the blues
The dynamic of America is progress for all
Well, can't hold us back we're right on the track
No wall is too tall
By the will of the people
We'll take a road to higher ground
And don't worry about that

Dirty, Dirty Little Secret
Everybody's got one
So many you can pass them around
Dirty, Dirty Little Secret
I'll be leaving the status quo behind

13 Someone Else?

[Full Band Version]

When I fell from grace I never realized
How deep the flood was around me
A man whose life was toil was like a kettle left to boil
And the water left these scars on me

The chains I wore were mine, dragging me towards my fate
Planned for me long ago

I played by all their rules, went to their right schools

Who was I to question?

They used to say I was nowhere man
Heading down was my destiny
But yesterday I swear that was
Someone Else not me

Here I stand at the crossroad's edge
Afraid to reach out for eternity
One step when I look down
I see someone else, not me

I know now who I am, if only for awhile
I recognize the changes
I feel like I did, before the magic wore thin
And the baptism of stains began

Sacrifice, the always say is a sign of nobility
But where does one draw the line in the face of injury?
I'm just trying to understand

Standing here at the crossroad's edge
Looking down at what I used to be
A drowning man, trying to stay afloat
Heavy with the past, but somehow keeping hope
That there's something more that is seen
But it's somewhere out of reach

So I keep looking back
Looking back and I see someone else

All my life they said I was going down
But I'm still standing stronger proud

And today I know, there's so much more I can be
I think I finally understand

From where I stand at the crossroad's edge
There's a path leading out to sea
And from somewhere deep in my mind
Sirens sing out loud, songs of doubt, as only they know how
But one glance back reminds and I see
Someone Else, not me

I keep looking back at Someone Else me?







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