Paul Heinz

Original Fiction, Music and Essays

WARTS AND ALL: LYRICS

Daisy Chain

© 2012 Paul Heinz - All Rights Reserved

She takes her time
To finalize her plans
She'll turn the tide
With the fate of just one man
She puts the car in drive
A couple dozen miles are all that stands between them

The light is on
He will not see her face
And when he's gone
She'll finally erase
The times he put her down
She doesn't make a sound as she creeps ever closer

The Daisy Chain
The one that's wired in her brain
Goes round and round
And keeps her coming back again
She can't move on until all evidence is gone
With what's gone wrong
And it went wrong

She feels her breathe
Along the window pane
Perhaps in death
He'll finally see the stain
Of all he's left behind
Of all the hurt combined
Into one flash of fire

 

The Part of You

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The part of you
The part that pulls me through
The part that makes me think like
There's nothing I can't do
I need to feed
Off of the energy
And tap into that part of you
That energizes me
I can feel the road that leads to heaven

Amidst the daily grind
You know it's hard to find
That loving touch that means so much
And lets the mind unwind
I need to be
Part of the ecstasy
And tab into that part of you
That reaches part of me
I can feel the road that leads to heaven

I wait around for an answer
It's hard to find, what's on my mind
Always leaves me wanting more

I'm past the point of pretending
I need the lift, the mental shift
That makes me stronger than before

The part of you that pulls me through
The part that makes me think there's nothing I can't do

 

I Can't Take You Back 

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I saw the liquor line had lowered
A couple inches over night
And I see those eyes that used to burn so bright
And we both know this house is haunted
But I don't want to turn away
The ghost who visits in the creases of the day

I can't take you back
Though you know I wish I could
I can't take you back
To when life was understood
I can't take you back to when times were good
All I can do for you is try to love you the way I should

You don't want to face the evening
And you don't want to face the dawn
But there's so much more to life than carrying on
And there are days I feel like screaming
But I can't bear to put you down like some dog that's been beaten
Could you be beaten any more?

 

There is no Reason 

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There is no reason
This sentimental season should tarnish all that's good
You pray for tomorrow
You beg, or steal or borrow
An ounce of joy from the place where you once stood

The world is ending and there you are
Saving for a rainy day
But just how long 'til you feel okay
When you feel like you carry the weight of the world
Carry the weight of the world
You feel like you carry the weight of the world

Where are the hopeful eyes of your father's son?
Are they buried in stone?
Buried in stone
One wife, two kids, one dog, two cars
A Rockwellian home
You feel so alone
Is your heart made of stone?
A doorbell rings and there's a man at the door
He wants some food

You've tarnished all that's good

 

Man on a Wire 

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Well I'll tell you
I make the same mistakes I made last year
Create the same bad breaks
Is there any way out of this maze?
I need divine intervention

Locked the keys in the car
Picked a fight with the boss
Put on twenty-seven pounds
Sold a stock at a loss
And I can't keep from counting the cost
Despite the best intentions
I lost all sense of direction

You think this house is on fire
I'm just a lonely man who's burning with desire
Stay here and help me please
Before my date expires
Use your loving arms like a net for the man on a wire

Well I'll tell you
That there are people who
Are so into themselves it's hard to know what to do
But what if all the stories are true
And there's no place to run?

Bad luck is never far behind
Could be peering through the pane
Could be nipping at the wine
And it's not afraid to work overtime
Once the rally's begun

You think this house is on fire
I'm just a lonely man who's burning with desire
Stay here and help me please
Before my date expires
Stay here and help me please
The situation's dire
Use your loving arms like a net for the man on a wire

 

No Way, No How 

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You were only passing through
The way some ladies do
Hell-bent on breaking hearts
Of a couple dozen who would just as soon
Forget about you now
But there's no way, no how

You'd carefully select
Your prey and then elect
To exploit their vulnerabilities
The kind they can't forget
The kind their hearts won't let them ever live down now
There's no way, no how

So where does all this lead?
A couple dozen men who need
The guiding care of counselors who
in the end just have to concede
You'll have to let it be and try to live in the now
But there's no way, no how

I wonder where you've gone
Or if you found a place where you belong
And if you ever think of me
Or if you'll ever hear this song
Or is that a wrong, a thing the fates will not allow?
Is there no way, no how?
Yes there's no way, no how

 

FEED THAT FIRE 

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There was a motion passed in Brussels
There was a banquet in Berlin
There was a summit at Camp David
With rhetoric thick and substance thin
There was a poet in a courtyard
Of a self-made millionaire
There was a pundit of the people
Spouting venom in the air
I'd like to wave a flag in protest
But I'll only do it on a dare
We feed that fire
We feed that fire

There was a sheet of ice off Greenland
There was a forest in Brazil
There was a bomb blast south of Kabul
Over a dozen young souls killed
There was a priest with slanting eyebrows
There was a drug best in Peru
There was a stripper in Las Vegas
With very little left to lose
And how I'd love to point my finger
But I have yet to pay my dues
We feed that fire
We feed that fire

There was an undernourished Hatian
There was an educated cad
There was a CEO on Wall Street
Playing the part of a fading fad
There was corruption in the Sentate
There was a rape behind closed doors
There was a suicide in Soho
Broken glass and looted stores
We feed that fire
We feed that fire

 

Falling by Degrees 

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I need silence
I need space around me
And it's okay
It's got nothing in the world to do with you

I hear music
Even when the band stops playing

It's been so long
Since so many things went wrong
And there's not much left of who I used to be
I'm not as strong
But still I soldier on
Despite the drag of all a dreamer sees
Falling by degrees

I hear voices
And I can't help but answer

I can't go on
If I feel all hope is gone
So I pretend
It's not the end

'Cause there's still something to be gained
By living this double life
It helps to ease the pain
And keep the child alive

It's been so long
Since so many things went wrong
But there's so much more than who I used to be
And I'll stay strong
Yeah, still I'll soldier on
Despite what everyone around me sees
Just a dreamer
Who's falling by degrees

 

Given the Slip 

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Easy now
No more pain
Lie in bed
Think it over
And drift away

Going on again
Nothing gets resolved
We keep repeating
And keep on hanging on

Can it wait 'til morning?
No, it cannot wait at all
This time tomorrow
I'll be gone

Don't run away
I'll be hot on your trail
Like a man in his prime
This is the life
And I've been given the slip for the last time

Can it wait 'til morning?
No, it cannot wait at all
This time tomorrow
I'll be gone

Don't run away
'Cause I'll be hot on your trail
I'm a man in his prime
This is the life
And I've been given the slip for the last time

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