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Lyrics from Contraband's First Album, 
Welcome to the Neighborhood 

 

Painful Recollections

V1:      I was born on the run in the dead of night
          To a two fisted thief and a woman with a bite

V2:      I was taken for a ride by some unrepentant men
           I was made to look inside once again & again 
          And the pain cut deep from the sight.

Pre:      I was schooled by the old
            Who tried to teach me how to pray
            On my bended knees I learned to crawl away

Ch:       Well Iíve never seen a guardian angel
            That could show me the light-of a new dawning day
            Iíve only heard painful recollections 
            Of thousands of souls

 V3:     I was shown the doorway too many times 
           I was told I could stay, if Iíd do the crimes
           And I did to be one of the boys

V4:      Now I'm riding down the road in a car I donít own
           With a bag of tools and a box of bones
           And Iím trying to find heaven or the truth.

Pre:      I was schooled by the old
            Who tried to teach me how to pray
            On my bended knees I learned to crawl away
            To the dead end of the night

Ch:       Well Iíve never seen a guardian angel
            That could show me the light-of a new dawning day
            Iíve only heard painful recollections 
            Of  thousands of  souls  

Br:       Iíve got a whole lot of stories and no place to go
           And Iím running out of time, or so Iíve been told  
           And I need to find my own way home

Ch:       Well Iíve never seen a guardian angel
            That could show me the light-of a new dawning day 
            Iíve only heard painful recollections
            Of thousands of souls

Ch:       Well Iíve never seen a guardian angel
            That could show me the light-of a new dawning day 
            Iíve only heard painful recollections 
            Of thousands of souls  

Out:     Coming home to play
           Coming home to play
           Coming home to play

          
I got to find my own way home

 

 

 

Always You

A1:      Always you
           Forever true
           Never blue
           You donít know how much
           You mean to me
           Sometimes it
           Doesnít seem to be true

A2:      Always you
           Wonderful you
           Your soulís the glue
           That keeps me together
           When things look bleak
           Makes me strong
           When Iím weak
           Itís you

B1:      So goodnight
           So long
           Say farewell
           With this song
           Your love is light
           It makes me strong

           When Iím gone
           Donít cry
           Donít let the tears
           Roll by
           Iíll be back
           Once again
           In your arms
           My dear friend

           So goodnight
           Gotta go
           Another trip
           JustÖone more show
           Iíll be home
           Before you know

A3:      Always you
           Forever true
           Never blue
           You donít know how much
           You mean to me
           Sometimes it
           Doesnít seem to be you

B:        So goodnight
           So long
           Say farewell
           With this song
           Your love is light
           It makes me strong

           When Iím gone
           Donít cry
           Donít let the tears
           Roll by
           Iíll be back
           Once again
           In your arms
           My dear friend

           So goodnight
           Gotta go
           Another trip
           JustÖone more show
           Iíll be home
           Before you know

Out:     So goodnight
           So long
           Say farewell
           With this song
           Your love is light
           It makes me strong
 

Paved in Gold

V1:      As the night falls
           Across my window
           I can feel all
           Slip away
           And the first stars
           In the night sky
           Shine to show me
           A brand new day

V2:      And Iím looking
           Towards tomorrow
           And Iím looking
           To the east
           We were promised
           Milk and honey
           We were told of
           A coming feast

Ch:      And this city keeps walking by us
           And itís starting to get cold
           And the young men making small talk
           On the sidewalks paved in gold

V3:      For tomorrow
           Is my Saviour
           I donít think I can
           See the light
           All together
           As we travel
           We can make it
          
Through the night

Ch:      And this city keeps walking by us
           And itís starting to get cold
           And the young men making small talk
           On the sidewalks paved in gold

Br:      And the city...keeps walking by us

V4:      We have wandered
           Far together
           Through the crowded
           Restless town
           Mrs. Moses
           In the morning
           Bringing all that
           She has found
           Bringing all that
           She has found

 

River of Years

V1:    The king of broken hearts
         Fell for the queen of lies
         Never knew she was cruel
         Till he won the prize
         He tried to escape
         As his smile turned to a frown
         By then it was too late
         His heart had checked, checked out of town

Ch:    Welcome to the land of broken dreams
         Honesty replaced by cunning schemes
         Be sure you donít reveal your fears
         Unless youíre ready for the tears
         That flow down the river of years

V2:    The jester said
          I could have told youÖking
         She didnít want the love
         That you really wanted to bring
         You gave up your control
         For the darkness that is her soul
         Why did you only choose to see
         The perfect life that can never be

Ch:    Welcome to the land of broken dreams
         Honesty replaced by cunning schemes
         Be sure you donít reveal your fears
         Unless youíre ready for the tears
         That flow down the river of years

Br:     Tell me what he sees
          (heís blinded by his heart)
          Tell me what he feels
          (a love thatíll never part)
          Tell me why he believes
          (true love is the only way)

          Didnít anybody tell him
          Why couldnít he see
          That pictures of perfection
          Are never taken of you and me

V3:    The kingdom wasnít happy
         As the queen now flamed the pyre
         Thereís such a huge difference
         Being lead by a born liar
         The jester, he remained loyal
         To no single person he knows
         Guess the way to get what you want
         Is to be selfish, I suppose

Ch:    Welcome to the land of broken dreams
         Honesty replaced by cunning schemes
         Be sure you donít reveal your fears
         Unless youíre readyÖreadyÖfor the tears
         That flow down that river of years
         That river of years
         That river of years
         That river of years
 

Are You Ready

V1:      Charlie doesnít know what heís doing
           Got some memories stuffed in a coat
           Going down to meet a friend of a friend
           With his thoughts memorized by rote
           Katie spends Sunday mornings
           Trying to remember whatís gone
           Cat haired dress thrown upon the floor
           Talk about tired and worn

Ch:      Are you ready for the lightning
           Are you ready for the rain
           Are you ready for the storm that is coming
           Are you ready for the thunder again
           Are you ready for the thunder again

V2:      Two flawed people on a Saturday night
           Having met when the sun went down
           Waiting for the lines that they knew would come
           Gonna play it around & around & around
           & around & around
           Some men know all the right words
           Some women jump right in
           Sometimes storms meet between the two
           And they do it again & again & again
           Talk about tired and worn

Ch:      Are you ready for the lightning
           Are you ready for the rain
           Are you ready for the storm that is coming
           Are you ready for the thunder again
           Are you ready for the thunder again

Br:       Katie passes time
           Brushing her long dark hair
           Waiting for her prince to arrive
           Charlie waits for no one
           In particular to appear
           Two hopeless souls
           Talk about tired & worn

V3:      Charlie doesnít know what heís doing
           Got some memories stuffed in a coat
           Going down to meet a friend of a friend
           With his thoughts memorized by rote
           Katie spends Sunday mornings
           Trying to remember whatís gone
           Cat haired dress thrown upon the floor
           Talk about tired and worn

Ch:      Are you ready for the lightning
           Are you ready for the rain
           Are you ready for the storm that is coming
           Are you ready for the thunder again
           Are you ready for the thunder again
           Are you ready for the thunder again
 

The Light

V1:      All my words are meaningless
           My thoughts get tossed around
           My life has never meant much less
           Till the light in you I found

Ch:       Itís a light that brings me comfort
            Itís a light I truly heed
            Youíre the darling of my happiness
            The only one I need

V2:      My days were filled with darkness
           My nights were filled with fright
           With loneliness surrounding me
           You came and brought the light

Ch:       Itís a light that brings me comfort
            Itís a light I truly heed
            Youíre the darling of my happiness
            The only one I need

Br:      You have shown me who I am
           Much more than I would know
           The light that's shining from your eyes
           Lifts my spirit so
           I never knew that loving you
           Would be so warm

V3:      Now I feel like I belong
           My heart is growing strong
           My candleís out in full plain sight
           My voice is filled with song

Ch:       Itís a song that brings me comfort
            Itís a song I truly heed
            Youíre the darling of my happiness
            The only one IÖThe only one I...The only one I need

 

 

Are We Scared

V1:      I watched all the boys march off
           They're going off to fight
           They were promised fortunes
           If they fought with all their might

V2:      They were told the union needed them
           For honor and for love
           And a patriot always gives his life
           For country and god above

Ch:      Are we scared
           Is the fear running our lives
           Are we scared
           To believe those god damned lies
           Are we scared
           Are we scared

V3:      But what about the god that lives
           Right behind our eyes
           Does he live above in some great house
           Is he born inside our lives

V4:      Does he really care or give a shit
           In which country we reside
           The god I was taught to love
           Is always found inside

Ch:      Are we scared
           Is the fear running our lives
           Are we scared
           To believe those god damned lies
           Are we scared
           Are we scared

Br:       Ahh he was pushed out long ago
           Replaced to meet a need
           You can't have ethics in your way
           As youíre marching off to greed

V5:      Now I dream of a future
           Where I sit beside a man
           And we tell each other stories
           Disregarding foreign lands

V6:      And we talk about our sorrows
           Our joys and all we love
           And with god as man - we are hand to hand
           With no need to look above

Ch:      Are we scared
           Is the fear running our lives
           Are we scared
           To believe those god damned lies
           Are we scared
           Are we scared

V7:      My enemy lives inside me
           I needn't look outside
           The fear is told for money sake
           We've been taken for a ride

V8:      I watched all the boys march off
           They're going off to fight
           They were promised fortunes
           If they fought with all their might
 

Too Much Fun

V1:      Summer of Ď04
           In the great outdoors
           We came to play and chased the rain away
           Didnít get there too soon
           Past the month of June
           We came to play and chased our blues away

Pre:      We laughed and cried
           Sharing all of our inside feelings
           A better day would not have been

Ch:      Too much fun
           Now weíre having way too much fun
           But too much fun
           Is never enough

V2:      Our friends were there
           In the country air
           Yasgarís farm was only a dream away
           Sunny afternoon
           Life was in full bloom
           We wished it all would never go away

Pre:      We laughed and cried
           Sharing all of our inside feelings
           A better day would not have been

Ch:      Too much fun
           Now weíre having way too much fun
           But too much fun
           Is never enough

Br:       Was it a dream
           We didnít have a care
           Back home life
           Doesnít seem to compare
           The daily pace of ours
           Moves way too fast
           We got to find a way
           We got to find a way
           We got to find a way
           To make this last

Ch:      Too much fun
           Now weíre having way too much fun
           But too much fun
           Is never enough

V3:      Memories are pure
           Friendships secured
           We lived a rich life in just a day
           Same time next year
           Weíll be back donít fear
           The ties that bind us wonít ever disappear

Pre:      We laughed and cried
           Sharing all of our inside feelings
           A better day would not have been

Ch:      Too much fun
           Now weíre having way too much fun    
           But too much fun
           Is never enough

 

Backwards Vision

V1:     Thereís a girl with rear view eyes
           Telling all these bitter lies
           Look in that mirror, focus on behind
           There I am in front of you all the while
           All the time I needed you
           You toyed with me, itís a crime
           My heart was always broken in two
           I might as well have ripped out mine

V2:     Live in the past, remember your first
           Never got over how much that hurt
           Thought he was yours the rest of your days
           Never getting over parting ways
           Twenty years later, been through them all
           Donít care how they feel
           Until the first one comes back to you
           Until then loveís not real

Ch:      Backwards vision, look in front of you
           Canít see others point of view
           Know whatís passed, but canít see ahead
           Gonna break all their hearts instead

V3:      Your seductive stare gets to them all
           Bedroom eyes set them up for the fall
           Wonít know what happened till itís too late
           Another one out on a deadly date
           Hanging them all out to dry
           Clueless as to why
           Hopeless romantic up on the mount
           Another battered psyche down for the count

Ch:      Backwards vision, look in front of you
           Canít see others point of view
           Know whatís passed, but canít see ahead
           Gonna break all their hearts instead