On Tenterhooks

by Mike Greene

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released August 20, 2012

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Track Name: On Tenterhooks
SHE’S THE ONLY DAUGHTER OF MATTHEW AND RITA OF DES MOINES
GRADUATED WITH HONORS IN THE STARRING ROLE OF HER HOMETOWN A FUTURE GARBO
COME ON AND THROW YOUR CLOTHS ON GIRL YOU’LL BE LATE FOR THE TRAIN
THE EXPRESS TO BROKEN DREAMS BOUND FOR THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD
PRETTY PEOPLE COME AND GO, THEY WRITE THE BOOKS, THEY MAKE THE EVENING NEWS
THE MODELS THEY’RE SO GLAMEROUS
THEY CLAMMOR JUST FOR A SPEAKING PART NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE
YOU GOTTA TAKE YOUR CLOTHS OFF GIRL IF YOU WANNA MAKE IT HERE
IS THAT WHAT JULIA ROBERTS DID TO WIN THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD
SHE WON THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD
THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A PART IN HOLLYWOOD
WILLIE MORRIS HE RING YOU UP HE FLASH THE BUCK HE HITS YOU UP FOR LOVE
A MILLION ASSHOLES IN DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT A CENT SELLIN’ DREAMS ON THE COME
DON’T LET THEM TAKE YOUR CLOTHS OFF REMEMBER MR. HALEY’S SMILE
WHEN THE WIZARD SHOWED HIM HOW TO BE THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD
DON’T GO AND CUT UP YOUR FACE DON’T BLOW UP YOUR TITS FOR HOLLYWOOD
DON’T GO MARRY SOME BIG FAT OLD BASTARD PRODUCER IN HOLLYWOOD
DON’T SELL YOUR SWEET SOUL TO HOLLYWOOD
YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE HEART OF HOLLYWOOD
Track Name: It's Over Now
PRAY WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND STAREING AT THE CEILING MOST ALL THE NIGHT
I STAB THE STUBBORN SILENCE WITH A DULL KNIFE
YOU’RE LOST IN ANOTHER WORLD LIKE A ZOMBIE GIRL
YOUR EYES FLASH AND MEET MINE
LIPS BETRAY THE MOMENT SWEARING EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
FEAR FALLS CASCADING DOWN LIKE A BILLION FLIES
FEEDING ON MAKE BELIEVE REVEALING THE TRUTH THAT HIDES
NOTHING’S WHAT IT SEEMS NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY
WHY CAN’T YOU SEE THAT IT’S OVER NOW WE’RE HANGING ON TO YESTERDAY
RUNNIN’ ON THE FUMES OF LOVE WITH NO WAY OUT
AND THE DIAMOND BREAKS THE BABY WAITS THE SOUL HESITATES
TO LOOK INTO THE FIRE YOU’LL SEE IT’S OVER NOW
Track Name: Million Miles Away
THERE ARE PEOPLE YOU CAN TURN TO
AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO TRY AND BURN YOU
LOOK BEYOND THEIR WORDS REVEAL THE HEART
THEY ARE THE MERCHANTS OF ILLUSION
THEY’LL HARVEST YOUR WILL AND PLANT CONFUSION
AND THE WORLD’S CONTROLLED BY MONKEYS IN THE DARK
OOH LOOK CLOSELY THERE’S LOVE ALL AROUND
SPIRITS LOST IN SMOKE AND MIRRORS NEVER LEAVE THE GROUND
AND WE’RE LIKE SHIPS OF THE HEART SO SCARED AND LOST AT SEA
CLOSE YOUR EYES
I’LL TAKE YOU TO A WORLD A MILLION MILES AWAY, MILES AWAY
BUT COME LOOK CLOSELY THERE’S LOVE ALL AROUND
LEAP THE TIME DIVIDE AND NEVER, NEVER LOOK DOWN
WE’RE LIKE TWO SHIPDS OF THE HEART SO SCARED AND LOST AT SEA
CLOSE YOUR EYES
I’LL TAKE YOU TO A WORLD A MILION MILES AWAY, MILES AWAY
Track Name: Leave The Light On
TURNED AROUND THE OTHER DAY
AND SAW YOU AND ME IN THAT SPECIAL WAY
JUST A BLINK AND YOU BLENDED GRAY NO GOODBYE
THIS OLD HEART PLAYS TRICKS ON ME
REFUSING TO SEPARATE DREAMS FROM REALITY
I’M SO DRUNK WITH YOUR MEMORY TOO WEAK TO FIGHT
SO I’LL BE HERE AND LEAVE THE LIGHT ON YOU KNOW OUR SPIRITS BELONG
YOU KNOW I’LL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON TO GUIDE YOU HOME
AIN’T NOBODY IN THE WORLD COULD LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO
YOUR SPIRIT IT CALLS TO ME I’M WAITING LORD I’M WAITING FOR YOU
MY FRIENDS THEY ALL TELL ME NOW YOU’RE NEVER COMING BACK
NO WAY NO HOW BUT THE’VE NEVER FELT THE POWER OF YOUR FIRE
SO I’LL BE HERE AND LEAVE THE LIGHT ON
MY FAITH IN YOUR SPIRIT’S SO STRONG
YOU KNOW I’LL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON TO GUIDE YOU HOME
Track Name: Mercy Street
LOOKING DOWN ON EMPTY STREETS, ALL SHE CAN SEE
ARE THE DREAMS ALL MADE SOLID
ARE THE DREAMS ALL MADE REAL

ALL OF THE BUILDINGS, ALL OF THOSE CARS
WERE ONCE JUST A DREAM
IN SOMEBODY'S HEAD

SHE PICTURES THE BROKEN GLASS, SHE PICTURES THE STEAM
SHE PICTURES A SOUL
WITH NO LEAK AT THE SEAM

LETS TAKE THE BOAT OUT
WAIT UNTIL DARKNESS
LET'S TAKE THE BOAT OUT
WAIT UNTIL DARKNESS COMES

NOWHERE IN THE CORRIDORS OF PALE GREEN AND GREY
NOWHERE IN THE SUBURBS
IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY

THERE IN THE MIDST OF IT SO ALIVE AND ALONE
WORDS SUPPORT LIKE BONE

DREAMING OF MERCY ST.
WEAR YOUR INSIDE OUT
DREAMING OF MERCY
IN YOUR DADDY('S ARMS AGAIN
DREAMING OF MERCY ST.
'SWEAR THEY MOVED THAT SIGN
DREAMING OF MERCY
IN YOUR DADDY'S ARMS

PULLING OUT THE PAPERS FROM THE DRAWERS THAT SLIDE SMOOTH
TUGGING AT THE DARKNESS, WORD UPON WORD

CONFESSING ALL THE SECRET THINGS IN THE WARM VELVET BOX
TO THE PRIEST-HE'S THE DOCTOR
HE CAN HANDLE THE SHOCKS

DREAMING OF THE TENDERNESS-THE TREMBLE IN THE HIPS
OF KISSING MARY'S LIPS

DREAMING OF MERCY ST.
WEAR YOUR INSIDES OUT
DREAMING OF MERCY
IN YOUR DADDY'S ARMS AGAIN
DREAMING OF MERCY ST.
'SWEAR THEY MOVED THAT SIGN
LOOKING FOR MERCY
IN YOUR DADDY'S ARMS
Track Name: My Love Is
MY LOVE MY LOVE IS A MOUNTAINSIDE SO FIRM SO FIRM IT CAN CALM THE TIDE
MY LOVE FOR YOU IS A MOUNTAINSIDE IT STANDS SO FIRM IT CAN CALM THE TIDE
AND THAT’S WHY MY LOVE IS A MOUNTAINSIDE
MY LOVE MY LOVE IS AN OCEAN ROAR SO STRONG SO STRONG I CAN NEVER LET GO
MY LOVE FOR YOU IS AN OCEAN ROAR IT’S GROWN SO STRONG I CAN NEVER LET GO
AND THAT’S WHY MY LOVE IS AN OCEAN ROAR
MY LOVE IS STRONGER THAN EVER AND ENDLESS AS THE MARCH OF TIME
AND 99 YEARS AFTER NEVER IN MY HEART YOU’LL STILL BE MINE
CAUSE MY LOVE MY LOVE IS A DEEP BLUE SEA SO DEEP SO DEEP I CAN NEVER BE FREE
MY LOVE FOR YOU IS A DEEP BLUE SEA IT’S GROWN SO STRONG I WILL NEVER BE FREE
AND THAT’S WHY MY LOVE IS A DEEP BLUE SEA
BABY THAT’S WHY MY LOVE IS A DEEP BLUE SEA
YOU KNOW I’LL NEVER BE FREE BABY THAT’S WHY MY LOVE IS A DEEP BLUE SEA
YOU KNOW THAT’S WHY…
Track Name: Stop Chasin' My Heart
SWEET, SWEET THING IN THE CORNER
SHE GOT LOVE ON HER MIND
GUESS I'M FATALLY ATTRACTED TO THE DANGEROUS KIND
UNCHAIN MY HEART THEY UNDRESS MY MIND
I NEVER KNOW WHAT HITS ME I'M SUPPOSED
TO BE A MAN IN CONTROL
THE DETAILS SEEM TO ESCAPE ME
JUST LET ME WALK ON BY DO A SOLID FOR MY SOUL
AND STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND TONIGHT
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND
DON'T ASK MY HEART TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE
LlVIN' LARGE IN THE CITY
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ALL AROUND
ANGEL EYES RAKE ACROSS MY FACE I LOSE ALL CONTROL
I'M JUST A ZOMBIE NOW
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND TONIGHT
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND
DON'T ASK MY HEART TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE
HIDE YOUR HEART AWAY SHE SPEAKS AND YOU OBEY
YOUR FEET THEY'RE MADE OF CLAY
HIDE YOUR HEART AWAY
AW THERE'S NO REASON TO FIGHT IT NOW
THING'S GONNA TURN OUT THE WAY THEY WILL
GUESS I'LL JUST LAY BACK ENJOY THE RIDE
'CAUSE I'M HIPNOTIZED COME ON
AND MOVE IN FOR THE KILL
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND TONIGHT
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND TONIGHT
STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND THRASHIN' MY HEART
UP AND DOWN STOP CHASIN' MY HEART AROUND
DON'T ASK MY HEART TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE
THAT WOULDN'T BE NICE NOW DARLING
Track Name: Taking The Long Way Home
I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU ABOUT HER AND TRIED TO CHANGE YOUR MIND
BUT ANYONE ELSE WOULD SAY THE SAME
ONLY A NEWBORN LOVER COULD ACT SO BLIND YOU’VE ONLY GOT YOURSELF TO BLAME
IT’S A PITY YOU’RE LEARNING YOUR LESSONS THE HARD WAY
ALL THIS TIME SHE’S BEEN KEEPING YOU GUESSING I KNOW
IF YOU’RE LYING AWAKE TONIGHT OR WAITING BY THE PHONE
SHE’S GONNA BE LATE SHE’S TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME
I REMEMBER THE DAY SHE TOLD ME BABY LOVE’S A GAME
NOBODY’S GONNA TIE ME DOWN
NOTHING ON EARTH CAN HOLD ME WHEN LIFE’S SO TAME
IT’S BETTER TO SWIM THAN SINK AND DROWN
IT’S A PITY YOU’RE LEARNING YOUR LESSONS THE HARD WAY
ALL THIS TIME SHE’S BEEN KEEPING YOU GUESSING I KNOW
IF YOU’RE LYING AWAKE TONIGHT OR WAITING BY THE PHONE
SHE’S GONNA BE LATE SHE’S TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME
SHE WRAPS YOU ‘ROUND HER LITTLE FINGER SHE WEARS YOU LIKE A RING
BUT NOW SHE NEEDS TO FEEL HER FREEDOM YOUR LOVE DON’T MEAN A THING
IT’S A PITY YOU’RE LEARNING YOUR LESSONS THE HARD WAY
ALL THIS TIME SHE’S BEEN KEEPING YOU GUESSING I KNOW
IF YOU’RE LYING AWAKE TONIGHT OR WAITING BY THE PHONE
SHE’S GONNA BE LATE SHE’S TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME
Track Name: Normal
EVERYBODY’S TALKING THEY’RE WALKING AROUND GOIN’ NOWHERE
THERAPISTS TELL THEM WHAT’S NORMAL AND THEY ALL OBEY, WELL OK
THERE’S SOMETHING IN MY HEAD IT DON’T GET IT FORGET IT AIN’T NORMAL
BUT ME AND MY FRIENDS WE ALL HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME
THEN I MET DOCTOR SALLY AND SHE GRACIOUSLY GAVE ME SOME POINTERS
SAID I NEEDED A CHANGE IN THE BRAIN OR THEY’D TAKE ME AWAY, WELL OK
BUT NOTHING SEEMED TO WORK THEY CALLED ME A JERK I HAD TO DESERT
I COULD NEVER BE NORMAL NOW I SIT PLAYIN’ HORN UNDER THE TAPANZEE
DON’T FORGET MAMA SAID YOU’RE A SPECIAL ONE
ANGELS DANCE THROUGH MY HEAD AS I STARE INTO A GUN
THEY DECIDED TO SHOCK ME DEFROCK ME THEN LOCK ME UP FOR MY OWN GOOD
A PUBLIC NUISANCE OF NO USE SINCE ANYONE CAN RECALL, THAT’S ALL
A CUP OF COLORED PILLS THEY CURE ALL YOUR ILLS
LOBOTOMY SPILLS YOUR BRAINS DOWN THE DRAIN BOY
NOW ME AND THE INMATES WE ALL HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME
Track Name: One More Try For Love
YOU CAN GIVE IT UP ‘CAUSE IT’S SO EASY JUST TO GIVE IT UP
BUT WE NEVER LEARN ‘TILL WE’RE PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN
SAY GOODBYE SPEND YOUR HEART SO YOU CAN SAVE YOUR PRIDE
TAKE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE ONE MORE DO OR DIE FOR LOVE
WIN LOSE OR TIE FOR LOVE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE
DO I NEED YOUR LOVE EVEN THOUGH I MAY NOT BE IN LOVE
LAY WITH ME IN MY HOUR OF NEED THEN PRAY FOR ME
DO YOUR BEST IF THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH THEN RAISE YOUR CLASS
TAKE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE ONE MORE DO OR DIE FOR LOVE
WIN LOSE OR TIE FOR LOVE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE
IT’S NEVER EASY TO GIVE YOU’RE HEART UP YOU PAY A PAINFUL PRICE
BUT THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO FIND LOVE
YOU TAKE A CHANCE AND ROLL THE DICE
YOU CAN CALL IT QUITS WHEN YOU KNOW FOR SURE THAT’S ALL THERE IS
TAKE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE ONE MORE DO OR DIE FOR LOVE
WIN LOSE OR TIE FOR LOVE ONE MORE TRY FOR LOVE
Track Name: It's You
EVERY NIGHT I SEE YOU WALK THE STREET POUND THE PAVEMENT FOR THE CALL
YOU LEAVE YOURSELF A LONG, LONG WAY TO FALL
ALL THE LONG NIGHTS AND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS MAKE YOUR BROW WRINKLE SO
I GUESS NOW DAYS IT’S JUST TOO HARD TO LET GO
BUT YOU NEVER UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE LOVE THAT’S HERE INSIDE
YOU MADE ME A HAPPY MAN THEN HE CAME AND CHANGED YOUR LIFE
AND IT’S YOU HE SENDS YOU DOWNTOWN EVERY NIGHT

OH SWEET PAINTED LADY I KNOW HE TEARS YOUR SOUL APART
I GUESS YOUR HEAD IS SPINNIN’ DARLING AS EACH MAN TEARS AT YOUR HEART
WHAT SORT OF MAN IS HE WHO WOULD PICK ALL THE PETALS FROM THE ROSE
NIGHT AFTER LONELY NIGHT HE THROWS YOU DOWN TO THE DOGS AGAIN
AND IT’S YOU HE SENDS YOU DOWNTOWN EVERY NIGHT

BABY SAY YOU’RE LEAVIN’ JUST TELL THE MAN YOU’RE THROUGH
‘ CAUSE ALL THOSE THINGS YOU NEED HIM FOR I CAN DO FOR YOU
COME ON AND SEE THE LIGHT IT’S THERE TO GUIDE YOU HOME TO ME
YOU MAKE ME A HAPPY MAN COME ON GIRL AND CHANGE MY LIFE
‘CAUSE IT’S YOU YOU SEND ME EVERY TIME YOU SMILE
Track Name: Over Queen City
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