Lyrics

"Mark Geary"

01. America
02. It Beats Me
03. Gingerman
04. Sombrero
05. Watertight
06. Adam & Eve
07. By The Time
08. Christmas Biscuits
09. You're Not My Friend
10. Volunteer

 

America

I’m your waiter, my rule of thumb
Appetisers, are two for one
And I’m so sorry, what I have done
I have made heroes of everyone
I’d wash my hands, if America was blind
They’d understand
The water turned salty, from songs we sung
Beeswax beauty, on everyone
My eyes were burning, I looked inside
Camped out David, what did you find?

I’d wash my hands, if America was blind
They’d understand
There there, they’re baby arrows
There’s a war a-coming, are you trying

There there, the baby arrows
But they can’t hurt you even if they try
There there, they’re like baby arrows
The more I give them, the more you sigh
They’re aren’t feeling nothing tonight
They’re a heartbeat that just twists in your eye
Eye…
I’d wash my hands, if America was blind
They’d understand

 

It Beats Me

Did I watch you wash away your life
And polish up your forks and knives
And left the kitchen crystal clear
Did you put me in my resting place
Beside the cups there was no place for fear
There’s someone calling for me
Just seeing you talk
Don’t listen to me
We’ve been through the hoops
Before, you know, it beats me

Did I watch you wash away your life
And polish up the forks and knifes
And I watch the crystal disappear
Did I try to run to your defence
And make some jokes at my expense
And watch you boil some water for the sake of it
There’s someone calling for me
Just seeing you talk
Don’t listen to me
There’s someone it’s Colm for me
Just seeing you talk – you don’t listen to me,
Hail Mary, motherless grace
Hail Mary, marvellous grace

 

Gingerman

You loved the girl who loved the man
Who slipped away under the sand.

Open your eyes and you’ll understand
Who broke your back, the gingerman
We are only learning to dive
You learned it all when you were five
Holding your breath to stay alive
Escape from the heat under a fan
Learning to love your Uncle Sam
We are only learning to dive
You loved the girl who loved the man
Who slipped away under the sand

Open your eyes I bet you’d understand
Who broke your back, the gingerman
The sign on the door deserves a hand

Holding your breath to be a man
But down on the floor you’ll realise
The caterpillar-crawls and butter-flies
Escape from the heat under the fire
Learning to love our Uncle Sam
We are only learning to dive
Alison, the carousel
Broken hearts are not for sale.

Leave me here, I understand
Foreign girls are in demand
Alison, the carousel
Broken hearts will never sell
Leave me here, I understand
Foreign girls are in demand
Demand, in demand, demand
In demand, in demand
And we are only learning to dive
We are only learning to dive
We were barley learning to dive

 

Sombrero

Well I let her let go of my hand
And I don't like you talking about her
And your method of righting the wrongs
Was calling up your friends at the bureau
In five letters you've not said a word
But how you bought your friends a sombrero

The apple don't fall too far from the tree you see

It always, always, it's always on my shoulder
Always, always, it was always when you're older
Always, always, it's so cold and getting colder

The apple don't fall too far from the tree you see
The apple don't fall too far from the sea you see

 

Watertight

You're watertight and wasted
You're watertight and wasted
It's got the best of you

You're watertight and wasted
So watertight and wasted
It's got your sisters too

Don't it make you want to stop some say
Don't it make you want to stop they'll say
Don't it make you falling down your nights and days

You're watertight and wasted
So watertight and wasted
It's got the best of you
Don't it make you want to stop some say
Don't it make you want to stop they'll say
And don't it make you falling on your knees you'll pray

It was sounding so familiar
It was sounding so familiar
It was sad and so familiar
So let's just say goodnight without a word

They'll knife you in the streets for all those girls
So let's just say goodnight without a word

 

Adam & Eve

The pay-off’s on Tuesday
I’ll follow the crows
There’s pennies from heaven
I don’t suppose
And I woke up on Thursday
And fell for the floor
And my sister’s a beauty
A beauty no more
God doesn’t know me
Or answer my call
He don’t know me from Adam
Or Eve at all
And the rich man still chooses
To sleep in the hall
And he’s dying for your company
We could give him a call
God doesn’t know me
Or answer my call
He don’t know me from Adam
Or Eve at all

 

By The Time

And by the time the thought had crossed your mind
What you might have said
We end up fighting back
We're losing track and getting out of bed
Don't think I know the time
Well I have felt like this
You think I'd recognise
Perhaps a little bit
All this time I never cried for you
And I still can't

And by the time the word was out
That you had lost your head
We tried to substitute
We turned to mute to talk instead
And they all want it
But they won't lend a hand
And we have forgot it yeah
But we won't quit the band
And we all watch them draw lines in the sand
And all this time I never cried for you
And I still can't

By the time the thought had crossed your mind
What you might have said
We end up fighting back
We're loosing track and getting out of bed
Don't think I know the time
Well I have felt like this
I tried to recognise
The thoughts a little bit
All this time I never cried for you
And I still can't

They all want it
But they won't lend a hand
And we have forgot it
But we won't quit the band
And we all know it turns to dust in our hand

 

Christmas Biscuits

How are you fixed for Christmas?
And who you gonna see?
And who ate all the biscuits?
The memories, the memories

And now you've gone and missed it
It's come and passed you by
It's a shame that you've eclipsed
So let it fly and let it fly

I know this is not what you want to hear
Some other time, time.. time of year

You left me walls and pictures
And headed for the sea
And another lonely Christmas
It's not for me, it's not for me

I know this is not what you want to hear
Some other time, time.. time of year

And when it's up it's down
And takes a while look around
And of your hopelessness it takes a while I guess

And how are you fixed for Christmas?
And who you gonna see?
And who ate all the biscuits?
The memories, the memories

And now you've gone and missed it
It's come and passed you by
It's a shame that you've eclipsed
So let it fly and let it fly

I know this is not what you want to hear
Some other time, time.. time of year

 

You're Not My Friend

With my luck this won't last
With my luck it's going fast
Yes it is

With my luck this won't last
With my luck it's going fast
It's your chance to break free
With your luck it's not given by me

Yes I'm feeling fried,
You're clouds you're rain you're..
Turn this tide, and I can't stand you
Take delight when you turn and say

You're not my friend today
You're not my friend today
You're not my friend today, friend today

And there will never be another one like you again
And there will never be another one like you again
They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice
They say lightning never strikes in the same place, the same place, the same place, the same place, the same

You're not my friend today
You're not my friend today

 

Volunteer

My lover left me
She left me too soon
I shouldn’t blame her much
With the state of my room
I started stumbling and chasing the bells
The metal straps upon my knees
Made a sound when I fell
And you heard those words from your peers
I was just your volunteer
I loved my Uncle Georgie
Uncle Georgie’s my friend
He spent his life fishing,
Washing dishes weekends
And I tried to say something sincere
If you sign me up, I’ll volunteer
My father left me
He left me too soon
I thought he’d say something
Before he waltzed from the room
And all I remembered was my hands at my side
The face of a woman who once was his bride
And all I got left with was tears
And seven lonely volunteers
We look for Sister Mary
Sister Mary the pale
She holds her head sometimes
And walks close to the rail
She sings on a Sunday
And stands on the stairs
She haunts me at night time
When I’ve forgotten my prayers
And we don’t see much of her here
A winter weary volunteer

The captains need order
It helps them stay sane
The plumbers hate slaughter
It fucks up the drains
And hard-hats must be worn at all time on the site
It don’t make no difference if you’re lost in delight
The men here make loss, their career

They don’t talk to volunteers
Oh how your laugh cuts me
And rips through my bones
We pretend that it’s nothing
When we’re on our way home
And I wish you’d abandoned me here
So I can be your volunteer
I thought you were dreaming
I listened for days,
The crime wave it hurts you
Even though it still pays
And Babyface Mendoza and the Bruiser Mandrake
Had a plan for re-election using an old Jedi mind trick
The Tappan Zee Bridge has grown ears
To hear the drowning volunteers
Yeah the Tappan Zee Bridge has grown ears
I hear the drowning volunteers