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Paul Westerberg 14 Songs



Knockin' On Mine


All right
Ya read common knowledge, stockpile your brain
You get burned in the sun, you get wet in the rain
What they teach you to fix, needs to be broke
I say he who laughs first didn't get the joke
Go on, untap your mind
Quit knocking on mine

An English teacher from Vancouver
She asked me to write something for her students
I wrote knowledge adds, wisdom let slide
She says now really? I wanna tap your mind

Quit knockin' on mine
Walkin on
Knockin' on mine

Knowledge is power, got your books go read 'em
Wisdom is ignorance; stupidity I call freedom
Knockin' on mine
Get out

Comic books, the Bible, roadmaps, pornography
Anything you wanna read
Go out and sit in a field sometime
Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)
Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)

Power got your books go read 'em
Wisdom is ignorance, stupidity, I call freedom
Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)

You read common knowledge every day
You're as common as that newspaper you throw away
You get burned in the sun, you get wet in the rain
Won't you ever change?
Won't you ever learn?

Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)
Yes sir
Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)
Quit knockin' on mine (knockin' on mine)


First Glimmer


Do you remember me long ago?
Used to wear my heart on my sleeve
I guess it still shows

We watched the sun fall down and
I hop on my bike, still that night

You're my first glimmer of light
You were my...You was my first
Glimmer of light

And the leaves were burning up in the street
I guess they tore that bridge out
Where we used to meet
And no one can see there

You're my first glimmer of light
You were my...You was my first
Glimmer of light

Wore my jacket and I wore your sweater
Underneath the bridge was an Indian summer
Purple mascara, safety pins kickin' the dirt
Took off your jacket, took off my sweater
And we made a wish things would never be better
Train whistle blew, my wish was heard

You were the first glimmer of light
You was my first glimmer of light
You're my first glimmer of light
You was my first
You was my first

Wore my jacket and I wore your sweater
Underneath the bridge was an Indian summer
Purple mascara, safety pins God did it hurt
Took off my jacket, took off your sweater
And we made a wish things would never be better
Train whistle blew, my wish came true

You was my first glimmer of light
You was my first glimmer of light
You was my first glimmer of light
You was my first glimmer of light

Oh baby now
Yes you were
Oh baby now
Yes you were


World Class Fad


Well you look fantastic in your gassed up casket
At least the thing still runs
This 9 to 5 bullshit don't let you forget
Whose suicide you're on
I'm the one you trust
& The world owes you nothing
You really, really want it that bad
You gotta come get it
It's your life, go live it
'Round the corner, give it some gas

If you want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember where you started from
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad

You wax poetic about things pathetic
As long as you look so cute
Believe these hills are starting to roll
Believe these stars are starting to shoot
If you want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember where you started from
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad

And the pressures gonna build yeah
Higher and higher (I know)
Something's gotta move here
Ain't knocking on wood
I see ya found Serpico

Don't be sad you're a world class fad
Well you look fantastic in your gassed up casket
At least the thing still flies
I believe this road is starting to wind
And where we're going, starting to like

If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Remember leave a trail of crumbs
You want it that bad
Be a world class fad
Remember where you started from

If you want it that bad
A world class fad
If you want it that bad
You're a world class fad
Don't be sad
You're a world class fad
Don't be sad
That you're a world class fad


Runaway Wind


You don't blow like the breeze you were born to be
You die down in the trees and try to hide
Will you witness the dark?
All you need is a spark
A cathedral of torches to light the night

On your mark here I am
I'm your spark
Runaway wind
Run, run away wind

You trade your telescope for a keyhole
Make way for the gray that's in your brown
As dreams make way for plans
See ya watch life from the stands
Come on I'll help you burn 'em to the ground

On your mark here I am
I'm your spark
Runaway wind

He sees ya like a river
Deep and silent
And he runs to you like
A shallow noisy stream
I see what you've become and try to hide it
You need someone who sees
What you were born to be

Here I am

You don't blow like the breeze
You were born to be
You don't know what to do with your life
As day returns to dark
Flame returns to spark
Come on I feel I'm blowing out tonight

I'm your spark here I am
I'm your spark here I am
I'm your spark here I am
On your mark run away wind
Watch you run
Watch you run
Watch you run


Dice Behind Your Shades


Dice behind your shades
Roll the dice behind your shades
Everybody's trying to make you feel stupid
And you know they're lyin'
'Cause their lips are moving
Bet this one is twice your age

Come on Roll the dice behind your shades
Roll the dice behind your shades

Safer way to be strange
Roll the dice behind your shades

The avant garde unlock the door
You're takin' notes and nothing more
A guy snaps your picture on roller blades

Come on roll the dice behind your shades
Roll the dice behind your shades

Safest way to be strange
Roll the dice behind your shades

Take it to a higher place
Where this world ain't in your face
You and me, Carson McCullers
Take it to a higher plane
Take me where the action ain't
Open windows
Open shutters

Bet this one is twice your age
Ohhhh...
The avante gardes unlock your cage
And you're sick to death of the latest rage
Afraid of love it always fades.

Come on
Roll the dice behind your shades


Even Here We Are


Beautiful flowers in your garden
But the most beautiful by far
The one growing wild in the garbage dump

Even here even here we are

Song of the bird lives in the sky
But the most beautiful by far
Scream of the man who never learned to fly

Even here even here we are

Sun shines bright, it's a beautiful sight
But the most beautiful by far
Is the blind girl alone with the angel of the night?

Even here even here we are


Silver Naked Ladies


1-2-3-4
Road maps and bra straps
8 tracks and mud flaps
I don't give a damn
Cause I'm a free old man

Pulled it right up
Shoot her the shady
All that I want
Is silver naked lady

I sink and I swim
Down the road again
I hook; I cook
What you doing tonight

Pulled it right up
Pulled her nice caddie
All that I want
Is silver naked lady

Lets please, please, please, please
Silver naked lady

Road maps and bra straps
8 tracks and mud flaps
Don't give a damn
Cause I'm a free I'm a free I'm a free old man

Pull her right here
Put her nice caddie
All that I want
Is silver naked lady


A Few Minutes of Silence


Play me what I want to hear
Don't make me have to come down there
Forgot how to think and I don't wanna dance
I wanna hear few minutes, few minutes, few minutes, of silence
Few minutes, few minutes, few minutes, of silence

It's me, I'm back for my request
Cut me some slack and give it a rest
Sex and money and violence
I wanna hear few minutes, few minutes, few minutes, of silence
Few minutes, few minutes, few minutes of silence

Silence
Silence

You know the reason I'm listening for
One more note and I'm out that door
Is it too much to ask for my request?

Silence

Few minutes few minutes few minutes of silence
Few just a few, few minutes

Few just a few, few minutes all I ever wanna hear is silence
Few just a few, few minutes few minutes of


Someone I Once Knew


I was smoking a roundie
Thank God you found me
All by myself
And then you bounced through the door like nobody else

Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down
Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down

Watchin' my Japanese TV
With my six string buddy
I was barely tickin'
And then you bounced through the door come alive and kickin'

Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down
Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down

You got brains, all the way down
You never changed
I just never got past
The ones you sit on

Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down
You got brains all the way down
You've never changed
I just never got past
Your little rock & roll ass

Shot bolt upright
When you mention the whole night
I was on the mend when
You let a smile crack
& It all came back

Hey you someone I once knew
Hey you someone I once knew, sit your butt down


Black-Eyed Susan


Two
Beads of sweat glimmer to the ground
Golden tears shimmer soft and round

Throwing small shadows
I catch those that fall at my feet
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze

See your slight body relax
Soon your young veins will collapse
Still throwing small shadows
Catch those that fall at my feet
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze

Painted your curb, they know where to park
Painted your face, can't find you in the dark
You're a night girl, come on dance with me
See the bright pearls sink in a sky of ebony

Throwing small shadows
I catch those that fall at my feet
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze

Throwing small shadows
God knows you move with ease
Throwing small shadows
Catch those that fall at my feet
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze
Black-eyed Susan dancing just for me
Black-eyed Susan dancing in the breeze

Mmm just for me
Mmm just for me


Things


Things I wanna tell you
How you make me feel
How you look to me
And how good it feels
Things I don't wanna tell you
Every little thing's all right
What I was before
And where I was last night

Always things
All these things
Always things

Things I try to tell you but come out oh so wrong
Seem to feel pretty good, seem to last pretty long
Things I don't wanna tell you
Now there ain't no doubt
You lit a fire in me
Can't seem to put out

Always things
All these things

Things I long to tell you but I don't know how
Things I don't wanna tell you but I have to now
Packed my things

Things I'm bound to tell you like that dress looks great on ya
I could use some breathing room but I'm still in love with you
Things I'd never tell you, down the line someday
You'll be a song I sing, a thing I give away
Pack my things today, I packed my things today


Something Is Me


You've gotta get something off of your chest
Well Something is me and let me guess
Something always changes eventually

Well something is me (something is me)
Now something is me (something is me)

Through the top of the porch, through the top of the wall
Something went wrong, my name is Paul
Something always happens eventually

Well something is me (something is me)
Something is me (something is me)
Something, something, something, something
Something, something, something, something
Eventually something is me (something is me)
Woe is me (something is me)
Something, something, something, something
Something, something, something, something

Whose suicide are you on?
Take a left turn, you hop on my lawn
Something's got to grow eventually

I know something is me (something is me)
Something is me (something is me)
Something, something, something, something
Something, something, something, something

Gotta take something to make you feel good
Something ain't me but I wish it could
Finally find something to believe

Something is me (something is me)
Something is me (something is me)
Something is me (something is me)


Mannequin Shop


You look fine, a little strange. been working out? losing weight?
You got that hunger and I can see
You're looking younger than you're supposed to be

One little nip, one little tuck ohhh you're looking hip
You never ever stop
Chop chop mannequin shop
The mannequin shop

You look bitching you look taut
I'm a itchin to know what was bought?
Are those yours? Are those mine?
Are they paid for? It's a lie.

One little nip, one little tuck ohhh you're looking hip
You never, never stop
Chop chop mannequin shop
The mannequin shop

You're looking great
You're losing face
You're looking fine
My little Frankenstein

Mannequin shop
Chop chop mannequin shop

You've got the face that you chose.
Honey, can you spare a nose?

You're looking great
You're losing face

You look fine a little strange. been working out? losing weight?
Are those yours? Are those mine?
Are they paid for? It’s alive ! (a lie?)

One little nip one little tuck ohhh you're looking hip
Good enough to...

Mannequin shop
Chop chop mannequin shop

You're looking great
You're losing face

My little Frankenstein
Mannequin shop Chop chop
Mannequin shop


Down Love


I'd love to turn you way, way down
I've got to turn you way, way down
If I could only find your volume
If I could only find your volume knob

You're always up to no damn good
Up to my neck in Hollywood
I'd love to turn you way, way on
Only find your volume knob

Keep it down, down, down love down
Keep it down love I hear ya
Keep it down love down, down love
Keep it down love I hear ya

Oh yeah
Beat me on the top

Keep it down love, down, down, down
Keep it down love I hear ya
Keep it down love, down, down love
Keep it down love I hear ya

When it's free, is it all right if I left
Don't ask me
Love is deaf
Love is deaf
Love is deaf

If I could only find your volume knob
Love to turn, turn you back down

Keep it down love, down, down love
Keep it down love I hear ya
Keep it down love, down, down love
Keep it down love I hear ya