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VARIOUS ARTISTS : A TASTE OF MOLOKO + (2016)

Resurrection Day


RESURRECTION DAY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I know there's gonna be a price to pay …

I've been evil, I've been sad
I've wasted every chance I had
I know there's gonna be a price to pay

Now the future's coming fast
Nothing here was built to last
But it won't matter anyway

Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day

There's a feeling you can't touch
When it goes you hurt too much
You gotta lose to find out what is true

Oh Lord, now I feel sad
How everything has turned out bad
It doesn't matter what you say or do

Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day

Now the future's coming fast
Nothing here was made to last
You gotta face that truth inside of you

Oh Lord, now I feel sad
How everything has turned out bad
Nobody here knows what to do

Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day
Resurrection Day



DIM LOCATOR : WORMHOLE (2013)

Carolyn
Rudi
Dan The Man From Ampellang
Touch


CAROLYN
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Dim Locator
Carolyn - with eyes that see the darkness in the sun
Carolyn - a prisoner of the image she's become
Carolyn - heaven knows, I once believed in you
Carolyn - one day I'm gonna find out what is true

There's fever in her eyes   
She shuns the world outside
Sweet and bitter, calm and trouble
There's no air inside her bubble
No remainders left to gain
An endless sea of mystery and pain

Carolyn - with eyes that see the knife in every hand
Carolyn - victim of the game that she began
Carolyn - whispers like the voices in her dreams
Carolyn - tells me nothing's ever what it seems

There's darkness in her eyes
She sits alone and cries
What to do and what to say
When all the feeling's stripped away
Carolyn, the things you do...
One day I'm gonna get my hands on you

There's darkness in her eyes   
She fears the world outside
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
What to do and who to blame
Carolyn, the things you do...
One day I'm gonna get my hands on you



RUDI
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Dim Locator
I'm a rock star baby
My name is Rudi baby
I'm so groovy baby
I'm a rock star baby

See me walking down the street
I'm the coolest guy to meet
The chicks are falling at my feet
It feels so good, yeah it feels so sweet

To be a rock star, baby
Yeah I'm a rock star, baby
Call me Rudi, baby
I'm a rock star, baby

Everybody wants to be just like me
Well that’s cool
But it could never be

Any chance, I'll put you down
You're nobody when I'm around
You're a zero, you don't exist
I don't know why you still persist

Cos I'm a rock star, baby
Yeah I'm a rock star, baby
Call me Rudi, baby
I'm a rock star, baby

Everybody wants to be just like me
Well that's cool
But it could never be

Take a look, it's plain to see
Your girlfriend's got the hots for me
It's time for you to disconnect
What the hell did you expect?

Cos I'm a rock star, baby
Yeah I'm a rock star, baby
Call me Rudi, baby
I'm a rock star, baby


DAN THE MAN FROM AMPELLANG
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Dim Locator
Dan the Man he pulled a scam, got a million dollar loan
Bought himself a Cadillac and built a brand new home
One day while he was out driving he came upon a man
A traveller with a suitcase selling diamond ampellangs

He said his name was Murphy, he's the one that wrote the song
Now he's shacked up in a hotel room, everything about him is wrong
Murky Dave and Minky Jane had sex with Dan the Man
I heard it through the wall with a recorder in my hand

And I wasn't meant to be there
They got me in a bind
It must have been the Devil
That made me drop that dime
And my angel was incognito
She came here in disguise
Watching from the shadows
Like she was hypnotized

They robbed a store and killed a cop and now they're on the lam
Murky Dave and Minky Jane and Dan from Ampellang
Cops and investigators are crawling around the hall
If they come for me I'll be ready, I'll be waiting for the call

Dan the Man from Ampellang is turning in his grave
Things have gone from bad to worse since Janey ran away
Murphy's sitting pretty with his million dollar tune
Every day's a party day up in his hotel room

And the rain falls down
It looks like the bitter end
Holed up in a shotgun shack
Around the river bend
Dan the Man is dying
A bullet hole in his chest
Dave and Jane made a sweet getaway
Now they're headed west



TOUCH
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Dim Locator
Everything I touch
Everything I see
Slips away from me
Slips away from me            
Slips away from me

Slips away from me
Slips away from me            
Slips away from me
 
All those words I said
Echo in my head
Make me feel so cold
Make me feel so cold
Make me feel so cold
 
Make me feel so cold
Make me feel so cold
Make me feel so cold
 
There’s a place inside
Where I go to hide
To get away from me
To get away from me
To get away from me
 
To get away from me
To get away from me
 
Everything I touch
Everything I see
Every place I go
Slips away from me
Slips away from me
Slips away from me





PHIL SHOENFELT & SOUTHERN CROSS : PARANOIA DOT COM (2010)

Paranoia Dot Com
Stupid Rock Star
Footsteps Of A Dream
Undertow
Bloodshot Eyes
Bitter Man
Tired Of Loving You
Forgiven
Shrine



PARANOIA DOT COM
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I took a drive by the side of the ocean
I took a ride to the end of the line
I was looking for the celebration
I left the streets and the city behind
I climbed to the top of the mountain
I crawled through the Valley Of Death
Looking for the keys to the Promised Land
I haven't found them yet
No, I haven’t found them yet

Propaganda, lies and corruption
The world is spinning out of control
All the people gonna need protection
When the walls of the citadel fall
Idiots and criminals rule my life
I see them on the TV
Selling that snake oil, they don't give a damn
I've been sold down the river to the sea
I've been sold down the river to the sea

Is it false or is it true
No one here knows what to do
It's just a dirty compromise
I can't escape this web of lies
TV images, cheap sensation
It's just emotional masturbation
The world is slipping sideways
And I've got this sinking feeling in my heart

Now I'm standing at the edge of the future
Where the present and the past collide
The train is rolling out of the station
I'd better get aboard while I can ride
Paranoia dot com feeds my fear
With visions of mayhem and death
Agents of happiness feed my need
Everything's cool, I guess
And I feel like I've been blessed


STUPID ROCK STAR
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Watching the rock star on the TV
Talking about saving you and me
Making his money, pushing his line
He feels like Jesus, yeah he feels so fine
I don't care, I don't care
I don't care

Too many crazies out on the street
Everyone hating everyone they meet
What in this world are we coming to
What in this world are we gonna do
I don't care, I don't care
I don't care

What I feel is what I know
The human race has just got to go
This is ego, this is greed
Get out of my way, gimme what I need
I don't care, I don't care
I don't care

Look at the faces out on the street
Zombies and cannibals giving me heat
We've got no future, we've crossed that line
Stupid rock star, you're out of time
I don't care, I don't care
I don't care


FOOTSTEPS OF A DREAM
written by Phil Shoenfelt
As I walk alone
Down these dark and empty streets
Feeling like a stranger
Hating everyone I meet
Did I lose my soul?
Did I give it up too soon?
Tossed around on a stormy sea
Beneath the bitter yellow moon

And should I fall
Would you take my hand?
Lead me through adversity
I'm sinking where I stand
Or would you look down on me?
And turn your heart to stone
Abandon me to fatality
Leave me down here all alone

When I first set eyes on you
A cold wind filled my soul
The devil walked beside me
And I stepped into that role
And as the lightning flashed
I saw your face unveiled
I fell into your empty arms
Imprisoned and curtailed

And as I twist and turn
Through this endless space
Everything I believed was true
Disappears without a trace
The rain falls down on me
It chills me to the bone
A sense of utter futility
I'm so far away from home

I try to find my way back to you
In the footsteps of your dreams
Blinded by your mirrors
Where nothing is ever what it seems
I'm locked inside this hole
Waves of darkness crashing in
Poisoned words and memories
That burn right through my skin

And as I rise and fall
Through this dark and shining night
Cast out into eternity
Forever banished from your sight
Lord, I feel so cold
Yeah I feel so dead inside
I can't even remember
What I believed in and what I denied


UNDERTOW
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I feel such fascination
When I look into your eyes
I'm lost in your evasions
I'm mesmerised
And though my life is stranger now
I don’t believe in it anyhow
There is no beginning and there is no destination

I bring you my confessions
Right here on bended knee
I crave a love imperious
This beauty that I see
The stars are windows in the sky
I kneel to kiss your evil eye
I sink to the bottom and I wait for the next illusion

I put myself in this situation
I embrace this degradation
I've fallen under your spell
Where it's leading I can't tell

There is no mercy when I look into your eyes
No hint of recognition, but that comes as no surprise
You maintain a distance with the rules that you impose
You play the Ice Queen, so perfectly composed

The words you say are hateful
Your lies are too profound
I find myself unworthy
As if by rings and shackles bound
There's too much pleasure, too much pain
I crawl to you, I'm not ashamed
I lost my soul to the power of the undertow

I put myself in this situation
I embrace this degradation
I've fallen under your spell
Where it's leading I can't tell

There is no mercy when I look into your eyes
No hint of recognition, but that comes as no surprise
You maintain a distance with the rules that you impose
You play the Ice Queen, so perfectly composed

But now this story's ended
The veils have disappeared
The power has slipped away from you
That much is clear
And all the things you say and do
And after all the trials you put me through
I don't believe, I don't believe in you – anymore


BLOODSHOT EYES
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well, I call her the Raven
She flies high up in the sky
Her naked body rises above me
And the planets shine in her eyes
She's my curse, she's my addiction
I can't tear myself away
I'm in pain, I'm in trouble
Still I beg for one more day

I took a walk to see my friend the doctor
I said "Hey Jim, I wanna take the cure
For my heart is sorely troubled
And I can't raise my spirits anymore"
His yellow eyes were bloodshot and empty
There was nothing there for me
From a great distance I heard him laughing
He said, "Don’t you know, I died in 1983"

Late last night while I was sleeping
Someone came knocking upon my door
The stars were shining through my window
Like a shadow I crossed the floor
She's my gold, she's my silver
And her love will bleed me dry
If I don't leave this place of sorrow
Then I know that I will surely die


BITTER MAN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
If you leave me this way
You can go right to hell
I don't need you anyhow
And I won't wish you well
I won't get down on my knees
I won't beg you to stay
And if that's how you feel
By all means walk away

Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down anymore
Don't bring me down, baby
Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down anymore

I can see by the look in your eyes
You're just selling alibis

I mean what I say and I say what I mean
You can take it or leave it but just do it clean
All the games that you play don't impress me at all
Yeah, I don't want you anymore

Take a look at yourself
Do you like what you see?
How could I be your friend
When you act like my enemy?
You're so stupidly cool
You've got nothing to say
You just follow the crowd
You're so foolish and fey

Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down anymore
Don't bring me down, baby
Don't bring me down
Don't bring me down anymore

I can see by that look in your eyes
You're just selling alibis

I mean what I say and I say what I mean
You can take it or leave it but just do it clean
All the games that you play don't impress me at all
Yeah, I don't want you anymore

Keep all your secrets, I don't wanna know
The names and the faces and the places you go
Your friends they just bore me and I don't dig your scene
And I won't be a part of your second hand dream
So take all your actors and go make a play
You can pull on their strings but their feet are still made of clay
How can you lose when there's nothing to win?
Yeah, I don't want you anymore


TIRED OF LOVING YOU
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Every day I sit and watch you cry
How long until this well of tears runs dry?
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

All of my friends they say I've got it made
I don't believe a single word they say
Cos I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

You were so happy when I first met you
Now you're acting like your life is through
And I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

I'm so sick of hearing you complain
Your voice is like a needle in my brain
Yeah, I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

There's nothing more that I could say or do
No way that I could make it up to you
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

I'll free myself from your dark embrace
Then you can disappear without a trace
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

Now weep and wail is all you ever do
Is suicide the end you're coming to?
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

All of your friends say I'm selfish and vain
That all I ever did was bring you pain
Well, I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

Every day I sit and watch you cry
How long until this well of tears runs dry?
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

All of my friends they say I've got it made
I don't believe a single word they say
Cos I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

There's nothing more that I could say or do
No way that I could make it up to you
I'm tired - tired of loving you babe

I'll free myself from your dark embrace
Then you can disappear without a trace
I'm tired - tired of loving you
Tired of loving, tired of loving
Tired of loving you babe


FORGIVEN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
You say a stranger lives inside of me
And all those poisoned words won't set me free
I try to live but I just fake it through
The fear inside that leads me back to you

I never thought I'd see it end this way
And I can't find the words that I should say
I try to reach that place inside of me
But I don't think it's gonna set me free

And will your sins all be forgiven
When the light fades from your eyes
And all the beauty that you left behind
Joins with the love that never dies

I hear your voice, it lives inside of me
A certain touch, a sense of destiny
It leads me to another side of you
When you lose you find out what is true

And as you rage against that dark night
Will the world just disappear
And will it justify existence
You came so far, so very near

And will your sins all be forgiven
When the light fades from your eyes
When all the beauty that you left behind
Joins with the love that never dies


SHRINE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A child goes down to the ocean
Throws his arms around the sky
He sees how the stars are turning
He laughs then begins to cry
And the moon is blessed
She rises in the west
In his heart he feels uncertain
His dreams are pinned like the wings of a butterfly
And he hides behind the curtain

And the sins and the lies of the fathers
Shall rain down on the heads of their sons
And the dreams of the daughters and the mothers
Shall turn to dust in their hands
And all of this will surely come to pass
And nothing in this world will stay the same
Just the wind and the dust and the ashes of a dream
No winner at the end of the game

And the child screams, "I see nothing
There's darkness at the heart of the sun"
And he calls to the souls of the children
Who lived and died by the gun
"Graves and lies and crooked alibis
Pay heed to the words that were spoken
Cast out your hate, touch me with your love
Don't let yourselves be broken"

And I see your face in my dreams sometimes
Like a vision I had so long ago
In the chamber where the books and the keys were laid
Buried so far below
And all of this will surely come to pass
And nothing in this world will stay the same
Just the wind and the dust and the ashes of a dream
No winner at the end of the game



FATAL SHORE : REAL WORLD (2007)

Black Venus
Six Miles Deep
Blind Jesus
Rainy Sunday Morning
Out Of The Sky
Faithfless
Vivi The Flea


BLACK VENUS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
The light of love is shining in your eyes
You can’t deceive, I see through your disguise
I feel, I bleed and I wait for you
To say you don’t need me anymore

Don’t turn away
I need to feel your touch
Like a flower needs the sun
To keep from dying
Give me something to believe
A kiss or a dagger or a tear

How can you deny all that you feel
And give yourself to those who only steal
You kill my heart with those cruel games you play
I want you, I’ll love you endlessly

Don’t hush your lips
I need to hear you call my name
Like a whisper on the wind
Take this heart
That beats for only you
And crush it like a slave beneath your heel

Don’t walk away
If I lose you now, my dear
How can I go on living
Should I take this dagger to my vein
Or kill you and set my spirit free





SIX MILES DEEP
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Seven nights and seven days
Since my baby went away
Now I’m sitting in the ruins of a broken world
All those poisoned words I said
Must be some demon in my head
Oh honey, won’t you come back one more time?

I hear those footsteps walking outside my door
I feel disconnected, I’m sick inside
Ain’t got no future, just a twisted sense of pride

I’ve seen the sun rise in Berlin
I’ve been to Paris in the spring
And I ain’t gonna play that way no more
Life ain’t easy, life is tough
I drink that whiskey and shoot that stuff
I’m getting by, but this ain’t rock & roll

Every day I just sit here in my room
Dead in the water, caught in a spin
There ain’t no cure for the state of mind I’m in

I’m feeling empty, I‘m cold inside
But I ain’t thinking of suicide
I’m just sitting here doing time
My hands are shaking, I got the fear
The demon whispers in my ear
I need protection, nothing feels right at all

I get so lonesome living here by myself
Feel like a killer, feel like a fool
I’m just a shadow of that ghost walking in my shoes





BLIND JESUS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Blind Jesus was down on the corner
A white cane in his hand
The mountains of the moon shining in his eyes
Looking for the Promised Land
Along came old Ebeneezer
In a beat up cadillac
He said, “Hey Jim, we’re leaving home
And we ain’t never coming back“

He took Blind Jesus by the hand
And led him to the Miracle Mile
And while the angels wept, Ebeneezer slept
And Jesus he began to smile
The children they all came running
And the women they gathered round
Cos when Jesus sang, the church bells rang
Man, it was a beautiful sound

Down in the square by the market
Stood a man with a big cigar
He joined the crowd and gasped out loud
When Jesus played guitar
He watched those lightning fingers
Dollar signs in his eyes
And when Jesus sang the cash bells rang
He stood there hypnotised

He took Ebeneezer by the arm
And led him to the nearest bar
He said, “Name your price
I’m gonna treat your boy nice
I’m gonna make him a star“
A moment’s hesitation
Then Ebeneezer shook his hand
He said, “A deal’s a deal
I need a set of new wheels
I can see you’re The Man“

Well Jesus he went travelling
All across the land
From honky-tonk bars to the Street of Stars
Playing with a rock & roll band
All the people came to see him
It was a wonder to behold
The sick and the lame, he cured their pain
Chased the evil from their souls

Fame and riches came and went
Wine and women too
The angels cried and hid their eyes
Said, “Jesus, you’re untrue!“
But all those lost believers
They followed him to the end
And when Jesus died the women testified
From Delaware to Bethlehem





RAINY SUNDAY MORNING
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A rainy Sunday morning
Church bells are ringing
They pull me from some twisted dream
Of the night before
I feel so low-down
My head is spinning
I’ve got to change my stupid life
I can’t do this anymore

I could sail a ship across the ocean
I could take a plane across the sky

And free myself from yesterday
I don’t read those pages anymore
I don’t need those cold and empty feelings
Poisoning my soul
And all the friends I left behind
Love is a faded memory
It slips away between my fingers
There’s nothing left to hold

But if this life is just an illusion
Then there’s nothing there for me to fear

I walked out this morning
The city streets were shining
Some crystal vision filled my soul
And then it slipped away
And all those words I said
Well, I was only dreaming
Now she’s so far from me
And I’ve lost my way

I’m gonna sail right down that river
And let this pain just disappear





OUT OF THE SKY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Love is a river
That flows to the sea
And it closes the distance
Between you and me
Stars keep on falling
Right out of the sky
This love’s forever
Until we die

Oh my darling
I’m so deep inside you
And when you walk away
I walk beside you

We live together
I see you each day
You are my lover
I guess I like it this way
Eyes like an ocean
Deep blue and wide
I’m gonna sail on this ocean
Till the day that I die

And when we touch
A shock goes right through me
And when we kiss
Oh, it moves me

And the river it whispers
Between you and me
And this river keeps rolling
All the way to the sea
And the sky keeps on turning
And the stars up above
Are falling like diamonds
From a velvet glove

Oh my darling
You’re so deep inside me
And when I walk away
You walk beside me





FAITHLESS
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Phil Shoenfelt and Yoyo Röhm
You shine like the sun
Before you my life hadn't begun
And you can make me believe
In a soul conditioned to deceive

And you are fresh as the wind
Without you I could never win
Cos the world, oh it murders your heart
You know the game, you've played your part

And tears fall like rain
I kneel to kiss you once again
And my flesh burns with a holy fire
Corrupt and consumed with desire

You are deep as the ocean
While I spin around in perpetual motion
And I've fallen as far as I can
Nobody else could understand

And tears fall like rain
I kneel to kiss you once again
And my flesh burns with a holy fire
Corrupt and consumed with desire

And your eyes look right into me
At my lies and my stupidity
And I know that I've hurt you again
Cold and faithless till the end

And tears fall like rain
I kneel to kiss you once again
And my flesh burns with a holy fire
Corrupt and consumed with desire

Baby don't walk away
Baby don't walk away
Don't walk away
Baby don't walk away




VIVI THE FLEA
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Vivi the Flea, scars on her hand
Dances in bars from Berlin to Taiwan
Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes
A diamond and silver pin through her nose

And her dance is the dance of oblivion
Her darkest and truest romance
And her eyes are the eyes of a victim
Of tragical circumstance

Up in her room she closes the door
Drowning her sorrows, her life is a bore
She’s saving one bottle but nobody calls
Her life is a prison and she’s climbing the walls

And her life was the life of a gypsy
New York, Paris and Rome
But now she’s washed up completely
In this hovel that she calls a home

Down by the docks in a smokey old bar
She dances all night and she winks like a star
At Jimmy and Johnny and all of the boys
Lost in a world of chaos and noise
And she waits for the bells of the morning to ring
With fear in her heart for what the daylight will bring
Avoiding the eyes of the strangers who stare
Everywhere…

Vivi the Flea, head like a tree
So many bad apples in her memory
Haunted by visions that come in the night
Abandoned and lost in the grey morning light

She remembers the French Riviera
Champagne and moonlight on the beach
And she wonders just how to get back there
But now it’s so far out of reach

Vivi the Flea
Head like a tree
Dances for you
Dances for me…





FATAL SHORE : FREE FALL (2003)

Free Fall
Angel Street
Don't Know Why
The Fields Of Summer
Devil's Gate


FREE FALL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Crackheads on the corner by the liquor store
My hands are shaking and my body's sore
Cops crawl by, look me in the eye
The sun beats down from the pale blue sky
I got all these scenes going through my head
The things we did and the things we said
I closed that door, threw away the key
Now it's just another faded memory

All my friends have gone away
On this cold and empty day
And I've got nothing left to say
'Cos I've been down
Yeah, I've been down

Sitting in a room with the motel blues
Watching all the killing on the late-night news
Sirens in the canyons of the cities of the night
My dreams are evil and I don't feel right
It seems I left home a long time ago
I'm feeling disconnected and I just don't know...
If life's an illusion and death is a dream
Then I'm just sitting here in between

All my friends have gone away
On this cold and empty day
And I've got nothing left to say
'Cos I've been down
Yeah, I've been down

On the corner with the junkies and the funky whores
I've lived downtown, I've been there before
I know the self-hate and I know the pain
Don't ever want to be back there again
And I don't know where it goes from here
The sky's all hazy and the view's unclear
So many things that I wanted to do
But the plans I make keep falling through

All my friend's have gone away
On this cold and empty day
And I've got nothing left to say
'Cos I've been down
Yeah, I've been down





ANGEL STREET
written by Phil Shoenfelt
The darkness is falling
Down on Angel Street
The whores and the junkies are walking around
My life is so beat
My body lies broken
On the cross of your love
There's some kind of evil
Coming down from above

Oh baby, you're using
Your sexuality
Like some lethal weapon
The waters around you run muddy and deep
Oh yeah, but I'm wondering
Just how it'll be
When the devil in you
Meets the devil in me

I sit by my window
Down on Angel Street
The cops and the dealers are nervous
In this summer heat
The moon shines like a mirror
And I'm thinking of you
You're cheating me, baby
I know that it's true
'Cos the devil in me
Knows the devil in you
'Cos the devil in me
Knows the devil in you




DON'T KNOW WHY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Oh my pretty darling, can't you see?
The love we had is just a memory
I'm so burned out I can't even cry
Crucified beneath the empty sky
I've been bad, I've been untrue
I fooled around, I cheated you
Don't even know the reason why
No excuse, no alibi
No excuse, no alibi ...

Oh my darling, when you're over me
And all this pain is just a memory
Don't sacrifice your heart to bitterness
It's down to me, it's my own emptiness
I've been bad, I've cheated you
Even though your love was true
Yeah, I was born with an evil heart
Cold and fucked up from the start

I feel sad and I feel sorry
It's gone too far for me to change
Your eyes are filled with disappointment
Everything is messed up
It's gone too far to ever rearrange

Oh my darling, I'll make a deal with you
Hurt me bad now, just like I hurt you
Shine a light right down into this hole
Suck the poison, try to cure my soul
I feel sad and I feel blue
I fooled around, I cheated you
Don't even know the reason why
No excuse, no alibi
No excuse, no alibi ...





THE FIELDS OF SUMMER
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Another cold and rainy afternoon
The shadows deepen in this empty room
All our promises have some untrue
The fields of summer where we used to play
The icy blast of winter
Stole away
There's nothing left to say
Nothing left to do
As we sit and watch love die
On this cold and empty day
And the leaves fall from the sky
I heard a voice inside me say
"You ain't gonna make it this way
It's time to stop this lying
Something beautiful is dying
You've got to face it some day ..."

The mirror stands amidst this disarray
Our faded lives within its depths portrayed
Tear down the walls my love
Let the light shine in
These swelling waves of sorrow fill my soul
With bitterness and bile
As black as coal
Let's drink to Destiny
We could never win
As we sit and watch love die
On this cold and empty day
And the leaves fall from the sky
I heard a voice inside me say
"You ain't gonna make it anyway
It's time to stop this crying
The light of love is dying
And all the fields of summer fade away ..."

And all the fields of summer fade away
And all the fields of summer fade away
And all the fields of summer fade away
And all the fields of summer fade away ...





DEVIL'S GATE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Outside the gates of Heaven
There's evil going down
I can feel it all around me
It's time that I left town
The Devil walked beside me
With a suitcase in his hand
He said, "Hey son, I'm just like you
I was born a travellin' man ..."

Once I had a woman
Her heart was sweet and true
I filled it up with evil
I left her sad and blue
I walked down to the river
With a pistol in my hand
The Devil sat by my shoulder
He said, "Yeah, you're my man!"

Aboard the ship "Endeavour"
I sailed the seven seas
I put it all behind me
I thought that I was free
Then one day I met a stranger
With eyes as black as sin
He said, "My name is Abadon
But you can call me King ..."

Now my soul it lies abandoned
Kept under lock and key
And I drink to the Devil
Underneath the gallows tree

So I took my sack of silver
And I wandered back alone
I never looked behind me
For years and years I roamed
And all that I held precious
Turned to ashes in my hands
And I'm lost without direction
On the road to the Promised Land






PHIL SHOENFELT & SOUTHERN CROSS : ECSTATIC (2002)

Closer
Twisted
Don't Look Down
Magdalena
The Spirit And The Flesh
Waiting For You
Wasted Life
Love And Destruction
Heaven Or Hell
The Streets Tonight



CLOSER
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Oh, these empty streets
How they shine with rain
I can feel my life
Burning like a flame
I can see further
Than I used to see
Now I'm so far away
From the place I used to be

And the words you say
And the things you do
Turn the world around
Then lead me back to you
You are my angel
I know where you hide
You never show your face
You keep it deep inside

And these fears I've known
They're so far behind
In a different place
And a different time
You take me higher
Than I've ever been
You show me all those things
That I've never seen

All those empty rooms
And those winding stairs
Twisting through my soul
Back through all the years
When I get closer
To where I have to be
I won't need all those things
That I used to need

Oh my precious love
You're so deep inside
I can see you now
There's no need to hide
This is forever
You know where I've been
Out on those windy streets
That follow me like a dream

Now I'm standing here
By the shining sea
I've got to get myself
To where I have to be
Then I can figure
How it was before
I don't need those deceptions
I don't need that anymore
Now that I'm older
Than I used to be
I can see further
Than I used to see


TWISTED
written by Phil Shoenfelt
You sit alone in a darkened room
While the shadows fill your mind
Your life is a mess, you're in distress
The world has treated you unkind
I can't tell you what to do
You've got to find your way
But I feel sick and I feel tired
Of the stupid games you play

There's no use in talkin' about it
'Cos you don't understand…

What are you living for?
Say, what are you living for?
Oh baby, there's so much more…
So what are you waiting for?

Lost in the deeps of a waking dream
The world just passes you by
One day you feel like Jesus Christ
The next you hold your head and cry
You fill your heart with jealousy
And you're so underhand
All of the words I say to you
Just turn to weapons in your hands

But your evil eye don't work on me
Oh baby, you're so twisted

What are you living for?
Say, what are you living for?
Oh baby, there's so much more…
So what are you waiting for?

No, your evil eye don't work on me
Desperation is all I see
When that poison comes back to you…
It's time for you to wake up!

What are you living for?
Say, what are you living for?
Oh baby, there's so much more…
So what are you waiting for?



DON'T LOOK DOWN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
She turns around for just a moment
And lights a candle in her room
Outside the streets are cold and rainy
Big black clouds across the moon
And I can see the pain she's hiding
Like a veil behind her eyes
The world has turned and left her naked
With no defence against its lies

And she said, "Don't look down
We're safe while we're dreaming
Don't open your eyes to the cruel day…"

Well, I walked out again this morning
Back to this lonely hotel room
Deep inside my soul was aching
Love is a dark and evil bloom
And I can't see the light come shining
No, I can't hear the angels sing
I thought of love as my salvation
Now love has taken everything

And she said, "Don't look down
We're safe while we're dreaming
Don't open your eyes to the cruel day…"



MAGDALENA
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Magdalena, you're killing me
Love is a prison and I can't get free
When we're together I'm alone
The sky's black and the wind it moans
I sleep all night by your wishing well
My dreams are evil and I feel like hell
There's too much sadness and too much pain
Silver tears falling down like rain

Magdalena
Magdalena
Oh Magdalena, Magdalena
Oh Magdalena

On my knees in the Church of Love
Weeping angels up above
The sky's black and the stars they shine
Can't let her go, I can't make her mine
And in my dreams I fall away
Lost in these evil games we play
Magdalena, you're killing me
There's too much pain, too much jealousy

Magdalena
Magdalena
Oh Magdalena, Magdalena
Oh Magdalena

She holds the key to the wishing well
Love is a secret that she won't tell
A magic mirror to kill my bones
The sky's black and the wind it moans
I feel my life start to slip away
Black as the thunder at the break of day
There's too much madness and too much pain
A fever burning in my veins

Magdalena
Magdalena
Oh Magdalena, Magdalena
Oh Magdalena



THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH
written by Phil Shoenfelt
The lights are shining
On the city streets tonight
We walk down to the river
And sit beneath the pale moonlight
My body is open
I feel so far away
My head is spinning like a carnival ride
I can't find the words to say

And like a sacred vision
From somewhere deep inside
The light shines around you
So deep and so wide
My body is falling
Through fields of emptiness
And I'm caught somewhere between
The spirit and the flesh

She said, "I'll be with you
And if your heart is true
There's nothing on God's earth
That I would not do for you…
And if you take my hand
I'll show you the promised land
And I'll wrestle your adversary
Together we will stand"

Take me down to the ocean
Let me disappear
See my shadow pass across the moon
She said, "Don't you fear…

'Cos I'll be with you
And if your heart is true
There's nothing on God's earth
That I would not do for you…
And if you take my hand
I'll show you the promised land
And I'll wrestle your adversary
Together we will stand"

And when all these trials
Have come to nothing in the end
Nothing left to cling to
And nothing left to defend
Well, maybe I'd feel better
Knowing that I'd tried
Or am I my own worst enemy
Forever to be denied?

She said, "I'll be with you
And if your heart is true
There's nothing on God's earth
That I would not do for you…
And if you take my hand
I'll show you the promised land
And I'll wrestle your adversary
Together we will stand"



WAITING FOR YOU
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A candle's burning in the window
Throwing shadows on the wall
Outside the wind is blowing in the trees
It's getting colder every day
Down the stairs and back again
Past the junkies by the door
It's just a day like all the rest
This cold and empty life is killing me

But when I fall into your arms
The storm inside my heart is calm
You wait for me, I wait for you
That's all we can do

I saw you standing in the shadows
By the fountain in the square
Walking through the backstreets
Past the ruins of the places you once knew
Now that everything has changed
They can't reach you anymore
Your heart is aching
And you need a new direction in your life

But when I look into your eyes
I don't remember all the lies
I told for you, you told for me
So that we could be

Standing by the station where I left you
On that cold and rainy day
Down the road and back again
I sit and watch the riverboats go by
Now you're half the world away from me
And I can't reach you anymore
And all the words we ever said
Come back to me like voices in the wind

But when I fall into your arms
The storm inside my heart is calm
You wait for me, I wait for you
That's all we can do



WASTED LIFE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
We sit together up in her room
She combs her hair by the light of the moon
People say she's a little insane
She lost herself in a dangerous game
I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
"Don't try to set me free
I'll bring you pain and misery"

Well, we go walking out in the street
She feels unsteady on her feet
Back up the stairs to a darkened room
Another wasted afternoon
I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
What's in her mind?
The more I look, the more I find

And she says
"It's a drag to be alive today
So come on …
Come on and take my blues away…"

She calls me up when she's feeling down
We watch T.V. and we sit around
She lights another cigarette
She can't remember but she don't forget
I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
I wanna look inside
The more I look, the more she hides

Her eyes are heavy and her skin is pale
She paints her lips and her fingernails
Down the stairs and back again
With pills and powders to kill the pain
I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
I wanna make her mine
A weeping saint in a painted shrine

And she says
"Time has taken all my dreams away
I don't know
How it all ended up this way…"

I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
What's in her mind?
The more I look, the more I find
I wanna look inside
"You can't come in", she cried
I wanna make her mine
A weeping saint in a painted shrine
A weeping saint in a painted shrine



LOVE AND DESTRUCTION
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I poisoned my soul
With the fruit of deception
I stumbled and fell
And I cried out for more
I laid myself down
In the path of destruction
Pain was my friend
And love was a war

I went down that road
I never came back again
Now heartache and sorrow
Are all I can feel
And I'm sitting here crying
All wounded inside
Oh my darling, I wish
That we'd never taken that ride

I've been alone and it seems like forever
Since you said goodbye
Goodbye …

She went down that road
She never came back again
She froze up inside
Though her heart was a torturing flame
She laid herself down
In the path of love and destruction
And I loved her much more
I could never abandon my claim

Nobody knows about my baby
Nobody knows anymore
Anymore …

Now I'm sitting here thinking
That I was wrong from the start
Possession and jealousy
How they tore us apart
So fierce and defensive
In a fight for your life
You run like a river
And you cut like a knife

We went down that road
We never came back again
Now heartache and sorrow
Are all I can feel
And I'm sitting here crying
All wounded inside
Oh my baby, I wish
That I'd never taken that ride

I've been alone and it seems like forever
Since she said goodbye
Goodbye …



HEAVEN OR HELL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I've got this empty feeling
Deep inside my soul
Nothing to believe in
Nothing left to hold
There's a cold wind blowing
Down the avenue
And all the streets I walk along
Just lead me back to you

My life keeps changing
And the time goes by so fast
So many beautiful feelings
But feelings never last …

I couldn't close the circle
I couldn't find the key
I took a wrong direction
But it led me where I had to be
And if I wake up dreaming
Under an evil moon
I'll walk through that mirror
Into a different room

Sometimes it feels like heaven
Sometimes it feels like hell
But I don't ever listen
To those lies I tell myself

My life keeps changing
And the time goes by so fast
So many beautiful feelings, yeah
But feelings never last …

I'll choose a destination
Some kind of different view
Can't live in isolation
That's not what I wanna do
But the world's so phoney
Futile, absurd and cold
And I've worn too many faces
I've got to clean my soul

Sometimes it feels like prison
Sometimes it hurts so bad
But there's no use in crying
For those things I've never had



THE STREETS TONIGHT
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Nico Mansy
All these nights I'm without you
Tender kisses so far away
A love that aches so deep inside
I want to live while I'm still alive

The lights are shining on the streets tonight
Like stars reaching out to eternity
I've been alone and it seems like forever
Locked in my time, so near and so far

Oh my darling, how I need you now
And this twisting pain, it won't go away
And while you sleep I'll be there beside you
This is a dream, this is our destiny
This is a dream, this is our destiny
This is a dream, this is our destiny



PHIL SHOENFELT & SOUTHERN CROSS : DEAD FLOWERS FOR ALICE (1999)

Ballad Of Elijah Cain
Shining World
Veronika's Veil
Darkest Hour
Demon Seed
Traitor's Eyes
Dead Flowers For Alice
Letter From Berlin



BALLAD OF ELIJAH CAIN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I dreamed that I was a sailor
John Pilgrim was my name
I sailed a ship out of Bristol town
Headed for the coast of Maine
My love she was a young girl
To me she was a queen
Her daddy was rich, I was poor
She was just seventeen

I held her close beside me
And I told her my goodbye
How could I know that within a year
She was doomed to die?
Now my fortune is a legend
Won by force of arms
But I'd give it all up just to get her back
With all her woman's charms

And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
On me

The Lord came down on Moses
And he said, "Now listen well,
Write these words in stone
And take them down to Israel."
As the thunder came crashing
I went reaching for my gun
When in truth I was only aching
To put an end to what I'd become

When I woke up the sun was shining
And I knew that you're gone
I know I said that I didn't care
Ah, but honey, I was wrong
And I felt just like a soldier
When I walked into your room
You said you'd never betray me
But you spoke too soon

And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
On me

Now the road goes on forever
And the sky it never ends
East to west and north to south
And right back again
And as I lose my vision
Like some leper refugee
Out of space and out of time
And out of destiny

The last time that I saw her
She was standing in the street
The crowd flowed all around her
Like a river at her feet
I remember how she looked at me
With her dark and haunted eyes
Like a saint thrown to the fire
Stripped of all disguise

And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
And the rain falls down
On me



SHINING WORLD
written by Phil Shoenfelt
When I lay down beside you
All I heard was the sound
Of wheels in motion
Spinning in the ground
You can't tell
What it means to me
To be here beside you
Beneath this hanging tree

I walked out this morning
Under the cruel sun
The world was shining
Like it had just begun
But I felt so empty
Way down inside
With words of anger
I rode her till she cried

"You need salvation"
Is what she said to me
"You put yourself on trial
So you can be set free
Nobody knows
About those torture games you play
But I don't care
I've got you anyway
I've got you anyway"

The wind was howling
All around the door
She said, "I'm leaving you -
I can't take anymore"
And I looked in the mirror
Saw the mark of Cain
I walked out of the garden
Out through the wind and rain
And I cried, "Oh Father -
What have I done?
Save me from this vision
Of what I have become"

I don't understand
No, I don't understand
Save me from this vision
I'm just a hollow man
I don't understand
No, I don't understand
Save me from this vision
I'm just a hollow man
I'm just a hollow man



VERONIKA'S VEIL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
There's a street at the edge of town
That I used to walk down
The wind blows through the broken doors
She don't live there anymore

It's so long ago
Where she is now, I don't know
She stayed just out of reach
Love cut me much too deep

Time slips away
Oh the time slips away

She was young and she was cold
I felt the dagger in my soul
Something inside me died
With a smile I was denied

I felt down on my knees
She was like a saint for me
Too proud and too damn pure
I couldn't open up her door

Time slips away
Oh the time slips away
Time slips away
Time slips away
Oh the time slips away

Oh my darlin' I loved you so
But it's so long ago
And in the deeps of the darkest night
I kiss your lips and I hold you tight

You were young and you were cold
I felt the dagger in my soul
But babe, if I could find you now
I'd tear your veils and I'd break your vows

Time slips away
Oh the time slips away
Time slips away
Time slips away
Oh the time slips away



DARKEST HOUR
written by Phil Shoenfelt
In my darkest hour of need
I stop and I wonder
Just what the hell I'm doing here
The thunder crashes down
From the angry heavens
I hear the demon clawing at my door

Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm guilty, but I'm innocent
Gone are the riches that I stole
Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm stupid, but I'm innocent
For that whore I sacrificed my soul

I hear those church bells ring
But I shall not weaken
I will not take my eyes from you
Build a river in my sight
I'm out of season
My love, you know I'd kill for you
Oh, I'd kill for you

Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm false, but I'm innocent
Deep in this tangled web I spun
Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm blinded, but I'm innocent
Show me all this evil that I've done

And with these words
You seek to criticise
Blind to the values
That you compromise
And should I lie
And say that I sympathise
Then I'd shrink to less than nothing
In your eyes

The road goes on and on
Through the Vale of Sorrow
I swear I did not foresee your downfall
So take the chains from my eyes
Give me direction
You cannot choose but heed my call
Oh, heed my call

Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm evil, but I'm innocent
Should I not reap this blood I sow?
Oh Lord, I'm innocent
I'm weak, but I'm innocent
Don't leave me lying down here below
Don't leave me lying down here below



DEMON SEED
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Oh my darlin'
With your skin as white as snow
Your arms are a prison
Your heart is on death row
Arms that encircle
And hold me, oh, so tight
And keep me from falling
To the end of the night

In a room filled with shadows
Above the neon liquor sign
I'll come back to you baby
Time after time after time
Ectoplasmic and strange now
As you turn and slip away
As pale as a candle
At the break of the day

And I turn my face
And I pull the curtains down
And explode inside myself
Without a sound
Everything that I feel
I buried underground
Underground

In a hotel called Sorrow
Down a street called Shame
I'll come back to you darlin'
Again and again and again and again
For this poison that kills you
Is the cure that I need
Come softly my darlin'
My tiny demon seed

And the lightning hits me
Right between the eyes
My nerves are shot
And my hands are paralysed
And the flower of love
Within your heart, it dies
And I cry, yeah, I cry



TRAITOR'S EYES
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I never wanted you
The way that you wanted me to
In a wilderness
Of anger and dismay
And from myself concealed
To deny my own existence
Far away from you
Beneath the dark and empty sky

And black as Gideon's bible
The night came thick and fast
And the flower of love
It died within me

Now I'm locked inside
These shadows of my own design
To those traitor's eyes
Still enmanacled and chained
And to myself betrayed
For one blind and passing moment
In a shining world
Lord, have mercy on my soul

And black as Gideon's bible
The night fell thick and fast
And the flower of love
It died within me

Now the stars they shine
While in this tangled web I twist and turn
Far away from you
Who all these secrets did unveil
And in a winding world
Behind the shadows of existence
Where I wait for you
Lord, have mercy on this soul

And black as Gideon's bible
The night came thick and fast
And the flower of love
It died within me



DEAD FLOWERS FOR ALICE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I'm up in her room
There's nothing living here
All the windows are closed
I can't breathe this air
She doesn't sleep at night
She listens to the rain
I'm a drowning man
In her sea of pain

Dead flowers for Alice
Dead flowers for Alice

There's tears in her eyes
As she walks down the street
And she goes to a place
Where young lovers meet
And she sits for awhile
Feeling empty and small
And she thinks once again
What's the point of it all?

Dead flowers for Alice
Dead flowers for Alice

Back in her room
She closes the door
She's sick of her life
She can't face it anymore
And I don't understand
What I'm doing up here
Locked in her world
Of sickness and fear

Dead flowers for Alice
Dead flowers for Alice
Dead flowers for Alice
Dead flowers for Alice



LETTER FROM BERLIN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well, you say your time is running wild
And you're not the girl you used to be
You've lost direction in your life
You can't see the things you used to see

And the crooked moon is shining in the sky
You say your life is like a river running dry
But your eyes still shine with an inner light
I'll walk you home again tonight
I'll walk you home again tonight

And I know you've thought of suicide
When your heart was breaking with despair
Your friends are dead, or dying, or insane
Sometimes it's too much for you to bear

And that crooked moon keeps shining in the sky
You say your life is like a dream that's passed you by
When the cruel sun is out of sight
I'll walk you home again tonight
I'll walk you home again tonight

Now, I hear, you're living in Berlin
Like a princess in a story or a song
Working hard on your disasters
Talking tough and acting strong

And that sick old moon keeps shining in the sky
Like some obscene, all-seeing eye
I don't know what's wrong or right
I'll walk you home again tonight
I'll walk you home again tonight




NIKKI SUDDEN & PHIL SHOENFELT : GOLDEN VANITY (1998/2009)

Cloak Of Virtue
Love Makes Her Shine
Waiting For You
Wage A Crown
Hangman's Daughter
Angel Wings


CLOAK OF VIRTUE
written by Phil Shoenfelt & Nikki Sudden
All the things that you said
Are going through my head
But the things that you do
Make me lonely and blue
And these roads they never end
They take me down and back again
And I’m crushed beneath the weight
Leaving pebbles at your gate

With your cloak of virtue
You can break my heart in two
Spanning decades of dignity
And all the things that you do
And all the things that she gave me
Are vanished beneath the cloth
All the things that she gave me
Are stolen back from where they are

On this winter’s day
The skies are cloudy and grey
And I dream for you
Cause what I dream is true
This well of loneliness runs deep
Spinning faces in the wall
With all the secrets that she told me
Where the velvet shadows call

Loneliness still leaves you
Blessed beneath its depths
Turning shadows to solid gold
As you stove in the hold
Never let it be said
Never let it be said again
That she ever gave me
More than a handful of pain

All the things that you said
Lie buried in the depths
And I’m cursed beneath the weight
Of your cloak of virtue

Now I feel so cold
Deep down inside
Dark mirror flame of eternity
An ocean I can’t hide
For these stars are haunting me
And your shadow’s all I see
Behind this cloak of Spanish gloom
In the corner of  a darkened room

All the things that she gave me
Are scattered beneath the depths
All the things tha she gave me
Are washed in her scent
All the things that she gave me
Are stained so deep inside
All the things that you gave me
Can never - never be denied



LOVE MAKES HER SHINE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
My wheels are turning
I'm in motion
But I need more energy
Feel like I'm dying
When I could be flying
My eyes are blinded by this light I see

Well I get lost in adoration
I can't tell where she's coming from
Cars are crashing
Fields are burning
This revolution
All night long

Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine

Sister-lover
Have mercy
I can't tell myself away
I'm on my knees to you, baby
And I like these games we play

Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine

And she shines like the stars in the sky
Like a ship at sea
She's a mystery
And she holds the key
To the gates of the kingdom
And her love is gonna set me free
And her love is gonna set me free
And I got to let her go
Then her love will surely grow
She's a mystery and she holds the key
Love makes her shine

Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine
Love makes her shine



WAITING FOR YOU
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A candle's burning in the window
Throwing crazy shadows on the wall
Outside the wind is blowing in the trees
It's getting colder every day
Down the stairs and back again
I put my shopping bag upon the shelf
It's just a day like all the rest
I wonder if it matters anyway

But when I fall into your arms
The storm inside my heart is calm
You wait for me, I wait for you
That's all we can do

I can still remember
Drinking whisky by the fountain in the square
You were just a young girl
Selling jewels at the end of the arcade
Now you say that everything has changed
And you can't reach me anymore
Clothes you wear don't suit you
And you need a new direction in your life

But when I look into your eyes
I don't remember all the lies
I told for you, you told for me
So that we can be

Standing by the station
Where your fathers used to work the morning trains
Down the road and back again
I sit and watch the river boats go by
Now you're half the world away from me
And I can't reach you anymore
And all the words we ever said
Come back to me like voices in the wind

But when I fell into your arms
The storm inside my heart was calm
You wait for me, I wait for you
That’s all we can do



WAGE A CROWN
written by Phil Shoenfelt & Nikki Sudden
I waged a crown
You found me around the bend
And the gate fell in
Our love was down
Crashing and reeling
All over the ground
And the light came shining
Unbound and unblessed
And the raven she flew
She knows I’m waiting there
And my love she's waiting
By the tower gate
And she waits
Yeah, she waits




HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER
written by Phil Shoenfelt & Nikki Sudden
She was standing in a broken doorway
Down by the river at the break of day
She was smiling like a hangman's daughter
Ten silver pieces and a wedding veil

I said, "Well, hello, and please forgive me
But don’t I know you some time ago?"
She said, "Hey, your stars are burning
That's not the question that I'm looking for"

Then I met her mother down by Buck’ House
I followed her down Gallows Lane
Jack Ketch just stood there, a noose in his hand
And a wallet for his pay

He’d hoisted many a scoundrel up to the gates of heaven
Far better men than ever he would be
But then his colleague, a Mr. Sampson
Said, “Jump aboard for the jamboree!”

I was walking through the burning streets
Up to the bridge of the suicides
I saw her standing like a Vision of Mercy
She said, "Come with me, let's take a ride"

Well, we fell down through the shining stars
Onto the debris by the cellar door
All wrapped around me like a snake-eyed woman
From the ancient gates of old Babylon

Then I saw her standing in Shepherd's Market
Just by the sign of “The Dank Dubloon”
She was dressed in crushed velvet
And on her legs she wore satin loons

I walked on by, past “The Dark Lantern”
Around the dungeon and the old wine press
Past the exhibition, where on display
Was the hangman's daughter without her dress

“Right this way, ladies and gentlemen, right this way…”




ANGEL WINGS
written by Phil Shoenfelt & Nikki Sudden
Well, it's a sweet place of refuge
Here in your arms
If I fall you keep me safe from harm

With angel wings
Spreading all around
I keep you from flying too close to the ground

Perfumed memories
Of your silken heart
I hold them close when we’re far apart

When I'm in darkness
And I can't break free
I see your eyes shining down on me

Spreading wings to hold you close
(Spreading wings to hold you close)
Don't let them read our lovers' notes
Angel wings to lift you high
(Angel wings to lift you high)
Don't let them see the tears you cry

I was tossed by the waves of a stormy sea
Cast up on the sands down by your sanctuary
Betrayed and stranded beneath a burning sky
I watched the waters of my soul run dry

A candle shining
Deep in the night
Leads me home like some guiding light

Ghosts and memories
That don't make a sound
In your house love is all around

Spreading wings to hold me close
(Spreading wings to hold me close)
Don't let them read our lovers' notes
Angel wings to lift me high
(Angel wings to lift me high)
Don't let them see the tears you cry

Spreading wings to hold me close
(Spreading wings to hold me close)
Don't let them read our lovers' notes
Angel wings to lift you high
(Angel wings to lift you high)
Don't let them see the tears we cry




FATAL SHORE : THE FATAL SHORE (1997)

City Of Dreams
Town Called Misery
Where Are You My Lover?



CITY OF DREAMS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I’m going down to the city of dreams
Where nothing is what it seems to be
The women are evil, the streets are tough
And the boys on the corner of the neighbourhood
Are all looking at me like I’m some freakshow
Hey baby, where do you go?
When the lights go down and the heat is high
And your soul is running dry
You go down to the city
The City of Dreams
Where nothing is what it seems to be

Now I’m sitting here in my room
Where nothing is what it seems to be
The future’s unreal, the past is a dream
Everything else is in between
And the lights from the street are shining through my window
Shadows creeping all around my door
The temperature’s rising and the streets are wild
That low-rent baby, she ain’t got no style
She’s going down to the city
The City of Dreams
Where nothing is what it seems to be

Down in the City of Dreams
Nobody’s who they seem to be
The cop is a dealer, the killer’s a priest
And all of my friends are so indiscreet
And I’m looking down this old stairwell
Hotel blues have got me on the run
And I stick my cash through a hole in the wall
When I get that stuff I don’t care at all
I‘m going down to the city
The City of Dreams
Where nobody’s who they seem to be

I’m going down to the city
Down to the city
Where nothing is what it seems to be



TOWN CALLED MISERY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Oh pretty baby, we’ve been down too long
I’ve got the feeling it’s time that I was gone
Oh pretty baby, you’re looking good tonight
Your eyes are shining in the candlelight

Well I was born in a town called Misery
Between the river and the factory
Yeah, I was born to be a ramblin‘ man
I let the Devil lead me by the hand

Oh I was born in a town called Misery
Yeah, I was born in a town called Misery
And if you let me in then I’ll take you down with me

Well I was cursed with a heart so cold
I’ve been used, I’ve been bought and sold
And I know that I’m no good for you
There’s bitterness in everything that I do

Oh I was born in a town called Misery
Yeah, I was born in a town called Misery
And if you let me in then I’ll take you down with me

Oh pretty baby, you’ve been down too long
Our love was beautiful, but now it’s gone
Last night I heard you crying next to me
Feel like I’m drowning, I’ve gotta set you free

Oh I was born in a town called Misery
Yeah, I was born in a town called Misery
And if you let me in then I’ll take you down with me



WHERE ARE YOU MY LOVER?
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I‘ve been lost, I’ve been found
I buried my head in the ground
In the streets and the bars
Everybody knew me by name

And I suffered like a saint
For the money I stole and then spent
On the drugs and the booze and the moonlight
That shines when the wind blows

So where are you my lover?
Did you run for cover?
Where are you my lover
When I call your name?

I got down on my knees
I’ve been tossed like a sail on the sea
Through the heartache and struggle
I kept up my side of the deal

And I laughed at my pain
Cos the world is so fucking insane
For the wars of religion
And the wars of self-determination

So where are you my lover?
Did you run for cover?
Where are you my lover
When I call your name?

And I long for your touch
And your carnival smile
Oh I need you so bad now
Even just for a while

So where are you my lover?
Did you run for cover?

Oh my darling, take me down
You’ve been beat up and kicked to the ground
But you stand up so proud and so true
I can’t hope to contend

You don’t care anymore
You dress like a ten dollar whore
But I love you for more than the pain
And the fear that you show

For the wind in your sails
And the moon in your eyes
And the vision of truth
That cuts through my lies

So where are you my lover?
Did you run for cover?
Where are you my lover
When I call your name?




PHIL SHOENFELT & SOUTHERN CROSS : BLUE HIGHWAY (1997)

Blue Highway
Damage
Draggin' Me Down
Saviour's Day
Black Snake Woman
The Ghosts Of My Dead Lovers
Back In The Underworld
Candlemas
Lonely Street
House Of Pain



BLUE HIGHWAY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Blue highway
Has taken her away
Left me in this hotel room
Where the crazy shadows play

Yeah, blue highway
This time she's gone to stay
When I saw her walking
Through that door
I got down on my knees and prayed

Oh, blue highway
There's nothing left to say
The jack of hearts
Is on my back
I got a crooked hand to play

Blue highway
Has taken her away
Big silver bird
Fly, fly away
Down the blue highway

Day after day
I dream my life away
I close my eyes
And disappear
Down the blue highway

Yeah, blue highway
There's a heavy price to pay
She said, "I've had enough
Of your cheating heart
And your double-dealing ways"

Blue highway
Has taken her away
Big silver bird
Fly, fly away
Down the blue highway

Love sits at her shoulder
Love lies at her feet
Love is at her fingertips
Her love is so sweet

Day after day
I get down on my knees and pray
Oh Lord, won't you send her
Back to me
Down the blue highway

Yeah, blue highway
This time she's gone to stay
Left me in this hotel room
Where the crazy shadows play

Blue highway
Has taken her away
Big silver bird
Fly, fly away
Down the blue highway



DAMAGE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Pretty baby, you've been down so long
I've got the feeling it's time that I was gone
Pretty baby, you're looking good tonight
Your eyes are shining in the candlelight

Well I was born in a town called Misery
Between the river and the factory
Yeah, I left home to be a ramblin' man
I let the devil take me by the hand

Oh my darling, can't you see?
I was born for misery
Look into my eyes, you'll see
I'll take you down with me
And you know it's true
I'll damage you …

Well, I was cursed with a heart so cold
I've been sad, I've been bought and sold
And I know that I'm no good for you
There's bitterness in everything that I do

Oh my darling, can't you see?
I was born for misery
Look into my eyes, you'll see
I'll take you down with me
And you know it's true
I'll damage you …

Oh pretty baby, we've been down too long
Our love was beautiful, but now it's gone
Last night I heard you crying next to me
Feel like I'm drowning, I've got to set you free

Oh my darling, can't you see?
I was born for misery
Look into my eyes, you'll see
I'll take you down with me
Oh pretty baby, I'll take you down with me
Oh pretty baby, I'll take you down with me
Oh pretty baby, I'll take you down with me
Down, down, down, down, down with me …



DRAGGIN' ME DOWN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
What did you do?
The world is so down on you
For the seeds that you sow
Of trouble and woe
And I look into your eyes
For the beauty that hides
And the love that you gain
Between pleasure and pain
Oh my darlin'
I reached out my hand to you
But you pushed me down to my knees
Tell me, please …

What did you do?
Your eyes are so blackened
And so blue
With all the tears that flow
So much trouble and woe
And that poison you threw
Is all coming back onto you
Now you're losing the game
Between pleasure and pain
You need somebody to blame
Oh my darlin'
May all the bells in heaven's kingdom
Ring for you
You stole the lock
You stole the key
Can't you see?

You're draggin' me down
You're draggin' me down
Like a hole in the ground
Why you draggin' me down?

What did you do?
Why's this hoodoo keep on following you?
Cold and twisted and unkind
Like a knife from behind
And I'm so sad that it's this way
But I can't stand
The things you do or say
You're the ruler
You're the queen - yeah, yeah
I'm bowing out of your scene
I'm bowing out of your scene
Oh sweet darlin'
Please don't bring your troubles
To my doorstep anymore
You stole the lock
You stole the key
Can't you see?

You're draggin' me down
You're draggin' me down
Like a hole in the ground
Why you draggin' me down?
Why you draggin' me down?



SAVIOUR'S DAY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
It's time for you to wake up
She don't love you anymore
When silence is her weapon
You can't fight it any way
And the words have all been spoken
And she's walking out the door
It's too late for you to make up
She don't need you anymore

And I can't see
Any hope for me
Till Saviour's Day
Till Saviour's Day

Sooner or later
There's a price you've got to pay
What was taken, what was given?
Well, it's hard enough to say
And the snow falls down like candy
And you're crawling in the street
And you write your book of lies
Illuminations and deceit

And I'll wait and see
Who'll forgive me
On Saviour's Day
On Saviour's Day

Well, you've hit a losing streak
You can see it in their eyes
Your friends they don't believe you
They say your moves are all unwise
And the wind blows down the alleys
And the backstreets shine with rain
And you wait to hit the bottom
Then you crawl back up again

And I'll wait and see
Who'll still love me
On Saviour's Day
On Saviour's Day



BLACK SNAKE WOMAN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well, the Devil sent me a woman
She fights me all the time
She put some kind of hoodoo
Over my body and my mind
Yellow moon is dripping
With honey, milk and blood
Drowning me in energy
I'm swimming in the flood

I went down to the doctor
To get myself a cure
In a house down by the railroad tracks
With a ju-ju on the door
He took me to the swampland
And he led me to the lake
I swam right down to the bottom
And there I found the snake

She's a woman
Black snake woman
Black snake woman
She's a woman

Well the ocean moves within her
She falls like the healing rain
Earth and blood and fire
She sets my soul aflame
She moves like a panther
Crawlin' on her hands and knees
Old mojo is workin'
I can feel her body heave

She's a woman
Black snake woman
Black snake woman
She's a woman

I went down to the preacher
I said, "Preacher save my soul"
He scourged my flesh with fire
To keep the Devil down in the hole
Then he opened up his bible
And there I saw the snake
Curled in a pit of fire
Waiting on his mate

She's a woman
Black snake woman
Black snake woman
She's my woman
Black snake woman
Black snake woman



THE GHOSTS OF MY DEAD LOVERS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
In my end is my beginning
I heard a voice call out to me
I saw you standing by the window
A face unveiling
And her face is now unveiled
Behind the cloak of skin
And our bodies fall away
And our bodies fall away

And the ghosts of your dead lovers
They pass right through me
Right through me
They pass right through me

And the burden now is shifting
Without end is my beginning
Truth made flesh between us
Beneath the bitter yellow moon
Dark mirror flame of endless night
Who shall be witness to this slaughter?
Hate I will endure thee
Grace I still await thee

And the ghosts of my dead lovers
They pass right through you
Right through you
They pass right through you

In the darkness of this room
In a place beyond despair
In my end is my beginning
We are no longer sacred
All down these empty murderous streets
I deny my claim to virtue
Love is lust in the beginning
Then our bodies fall away

And the ghosts of my dead lovers
They pass right through me
Right through me
They pass right through me



BACK IN THE UNDERWORLD
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Standing in the rain
Waiting for the man to show
The lights are flashing on across the river
I took a ride downtown
Then up to 42nd street
Don't even know the name
Of the place that I'm looking for

In the silence of the night
Down the broken avenue
A doorway yawns
And steps lead down to the underworld
See all of my friends
Looking so strange
Yellow skin
And fingers held up to their eyes

I'm back in the underworld
Can't see a way out of here
I'm back in the underworld
I need a way out of here

I wake up in the morning
And I feel so scared
I bought a one-way ticket
There's no way back from here
Oh, I'm out of control
I need it too much
It hits me deep inside
It's better than a woman's touch

Well, I saw my life
Down the barrel of a gun
Faces I knew
They flashed before my eyes
"Take off those shoes!
Get up those stairs!
Don't even think to run
There's nowhere you can hide…"

I'm back in the underworld
Can't see a way out of here
I'm back in the underworld
I need a way out of here

I had a dream last night
Well, I was back ten years ago
I've seen the light my darlin'
But still won't let me go
I was shaking like a thief
As if my soul had died
I've got this hollow feeling
It haunts me deep inside

I'm back in the underworld
Can't see a way out of here
I'm back in the underworld
I need a way out of here
I need a way out of here
Oh baby, get me out of here
I need a way out of here …




CANDLEMAS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
When I look into your eyes
All my walls come tumbling down
There's nothing that I could say
That would take this pain away
And the darkness crashes in
And all the candles burn out slowly
Love has brought us here again
And the streets they are so lonely

And you say to me
"Why can't you see?
That I need you
Much more, than you need me …"
I thought our love was strong
But now the feeling's gone
And I grieve, my dear
For everything that we did wrong

Out in the street the dawn is breaking
And the night is fading fast
So many promises lay broken
All buried in the past
And I'm standing in the corner
Of some faded mystery
Take me walking through the chambers
Of your dark and haunted sea

And you say to me
"Why can't you see?
That I love you
Much more, than you love me …"
I thought our love was strong
But now the feeling's gone
And I grieve, my dear
For everything that we did wrong

And the rain falls down
Like the blood of Christ
Your skin is pale
As cold as ice
This well of tears
Is all run dry
Love has gone
So let the spirit fly
And it's gone forever
And it's gone forever …



LONELY STREET
written by Phil Shoenfelt
She waits until
All of her friends have gone away
She sits alone and wonders
About the price she's got to pay
Her mother stares
Into the darkness of her eyes
Was it love?
Or just an ordinary lie …

Out in the street
The rain is falling on the ground
Up in her room
She cries, but doesn't make a sound
She thinks about
All of the love she used to know
It's hard to believe
That she could ever let it go

There is a place
Down by the winding riverside
Beneath the trees
Where lovers go to hide
She waits until
There's no-one else around
She sits alone and wonders
While the leaves fall to the ground

I saw her today
I was walking down some lonely street
I looked in her eyes
But we did not stop to speak
I thought about
All of the love we used to know
It's hard to believe
That we could ever let it go …




HOUSE OF PAIN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
My love she keeps rolling
Deep as a river
You don't know her
Like I know her
There's a shadow in her eyes
Like a cloud across the sky

Wheels keep on turning
All through the dark night
Till the light comes shining
I see it shining
Down these dirty city streets
That lead me back into your arms

And I feel no shame
In your house of pain
I'll come back again
And watch you cry

And deep as a river
My body is aching
Oh my darling
You're sweeter than sorrow
Take this poisoned cup away
I don't need it anymore

Red lights are flashing
In the wind and rain
This stormy weather
Is clouding my vision
And though my heart
Still aches for you
I can't stay here anymore

We've been holding on
For way too long
Come on, break these chains
And set us free
Set us free

Out on the ocean
Dark ships are sailing
I can hear the sirens
Weeping and wailing
Floating down these empty streets
That lead me back
Into your arms

But I see a vision
Of sweet love and mercy
Shining like heaven
On all of these sorrows
Oh my darling hold me close
We will never meet again

We've been holding on
For way too long
Come on, break these chains
And set us free
Set us free




PHIL SHOENFELT : GOD IS THE OTHER FACE OF THE DEVIL (1993)

Charlotte's Room
The Gambler
Alchemy
Hospital
Black Rain
Only You
Martha's Well
The Killer Inside
Well of Souls
Pale Light Shining



CHARLOTTE'S ROOM
written by Phil Shoenfelt
In her room
It's black as night
She can see with second-sight
She's just an image
That you try to define
The shadows weep
She never sleeps
She keeps a silver spoon
Day turns to night in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room

Voices echo in her trance
And twisted strangers dance
Between the shadows
In her eyes
And every day
She fades away
The games you play
All end too soon
Candles light the gloom in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room
In Charlotte's room

Lay the cards
Upon the floor
She can't see you anymore
Now she's gone so far away
Her mother weeps
She never sleeps
She just stares into the moon
Day turns to night in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room
In Charlotte's room...
Lay down to die in Charlotte's room


THE GAMBLER
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Each day I wake up and wonder
Just what I'm livin' for
Can't see no release from this prison of time
The walls of this empty room
Won't take me away
I can't forget all the sin that I've done
No, I can't forget
All the sin that I've done

But I'll take my chances
I put a gun against my head
Yeah, I'll take my chances
I'll play a little Russian Roulette
With my life
My empty wasted twisted life

A candle is burnin' in the window
At the break of day
I poisoned my life
Ran poison through my veins
An' I pray to Jesus, Son of Heaven
To deliver up my soul
I bin livin' too long
In the Devil's ragged hole
Bin livin' too long
In the Devil's ragged hole

But I'll take my chances
I put a gun against my head
Yeah, I'll take my chances
Play a little Russian Roulette
With my life
My empty wasted twisted useless life

Take me down to the river
Put a gun in my hand
Take me down to the river
I'm a gamblin' man
Take me down to the river
Put a gun in my hand
Take me down to the river
I'm a gamblin' man
Take me down to the river
Let me swim to the sea
Take me down to the river
Where my spirit, my spirit is free
Take me down to the river
Put a gun in my hand
Take me down to the river
I'm a gamblin' man




ALCHEMY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Love has thrown a shadow over me
She takes me as far as I can see
She is in each second that I breathe
Love has thrown a shadow over me

In her eyes I see The Spirit shine
She lives outside space and time
Love is changing everything I see
Love has thrown her shadow over me

Love has thrown her shadow over me
Love has thrown her shadow over me
Love is changing everything I see
Love has thrown her shadow over me

She can touch this darkness in my soul
She can turn this metal into gold
Love will kill your heart or set you free
Love has thrown her shadow over me

Love has thrown her shadow over me
Love has thrown her shadow over me
Love is changing everything I see
Love has thrown her shadow over me
Love has thrown her shadow over me




HOSPITAL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well, I wake up in the morning
As the sunlight hits the stain upon my window
I reach to touch your body
But my body is the cross on which I'm dying
And the whores and the junkies and the winos
Are all down on Park Avenue South
Oh my dear - it's a brand new year
And I just can't remember
The words or the feelings

I'm staring through the darkness
As the streetlights cast a shadow on the ceiling
I start my thirty second year
In this hospital of fools and sad-eyed killers
And the silver ball is falling on the square
And all the cops are looking nervous tonight
Ah my dear - it's a brand new year
And I just can't remember
The words or the feelings

Some kind of darkness
Feeds my soul
But what it is - I just can't say
All I feel is emptiness
As you slip away …

Now I'm standing in the corner
Of some memory that I used to be so sure of
Looking down upon some crazy stinkin' scene
That I no longer recognise
And the years come spinning 'round me
Like some carnival of dreams
All dressed in rags and bows
Oh my dear - it's a brand new year
And I just can't remember
The words or the feelings
Ah my dear - it's a brand new year …




BLACK RAIN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Black rain fallin' down on me
Storm clouds keep on buildin'
An' the sun don't shine
Black rain put a spell on me
These ghost wheels have bin turnin'
For such a long time now

An' my body is just a notion
That I still cling onto
But I can see right through
These holes in my skin
Yeah, I see a shinin' perfect vision
Rainin' mercy down on me
But this hoodoo keeps on changin'
The shape that he's in

Black rain fallin' down on me
Storm clouds keep on buildin'
An' the sun don't shine
Black rain put a spell on me
These ghost wheels have bin turnin'
For such a long time now

An' this blinded ol' river
Just keeps on rollin'
Somebody must have bin around here
An' fixed these holes in my skin
An' I feel just like a weepin' Jesus
But don't you cut me down
I've bin a-changin' the shape
Of this flesh that I'm in

Black rain fallin' down on me
Storm clouds keep on buildin'
An' the sun don't shine
Black rain put a spell on me
These ghost wheels have bin turnin'
For such a long, long, long, long, lonely time
Turnin' an' turnin' an' turnin' an' turnin' …yeah …




ONLY YOU
written by Phil Shoenfelt
The summer's over
Fields have turned to brown
Winter shadows fill our souls with fear
The carnivals and festivals
Have all gone away
Another faded love, another year
Sometimes I lie awake at night
Staring at the view
Twisting, tuning in my head
I think of you …

Only you
Could ever save me from myself
Only you
Could ever take me from this hell
Only you
Could ever save me from myself
Only you
Could make me feel like someone else

I see the light within your darkness
I seek beauty in your pain
I could search a thousand years
And never quench this flame
You build the walls around you
And you fill your head with fear
And fade into the distance
Every time I get too near
And whispered conversations
That echo in my brain
Through walls of twisted shadows
They still haunt me just the same …

Only you
Could ever save me from myself
Only you
Could ever take me from this hell
Only you
Could ever save me from myself
Only you
Could make me feel like someone else

I see the light within your darkness
I seek beauty in your pain
I could search a thousand years
And never quench this flame
Oh, the days they are so empty
And the nights they burn so cold
Nothing I could do
Could chase those shadows from your soul
Oh my darling, do you think of me
The way I think of you
I try to kill my memory
But there's nothing I can do …
Only you
Only you
Only you




MARTHA'S WELL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Martha take these chains from my soul
My heart is sick, my blood runs cold
I need guidance from above
To lead me through this jungle you call love
I see darkness, I see pain
An' Sorrow spreadin' like a stain
Now love has gone
An' I feel so underhand
When I kiss your lips
Do you get what you demand?

When I look into your eyes my pretty one
I can see the battle's just begun
There's poison flowin' through my veins
An' bitterness cloudin' my brain
Lord, won't you take these dreams away?
This well of Sorrow floods each day
I've been crucified
I've been pushed down to my knees
By the cross of love
Oh honey, won't you please
Have mercy on me …

Well, I've been behind those walls where you came from
An' I've seen that fallen house where you belong
There's a candle burnin' in the window
An' a shadow that follows me wherever I go
Lord, won't you heed me when I pray?
I can't tear myself away
I'm goin' down
Into this well of pain
My heart is sick
But I feel no shame
Have mercy on me
Have mercy on me …




THE KILLER INSIDE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
"Well, I just got in on the 6.59
An' I'm lookin' for somethin'
That's bin on my mind
I can see by your face
That you're the helpful kind
I'm a stranger in town
Just a stranger in town …

Take me where the action is
Where the liquor flows
An' the girls are free
My desires have bin kept under lock and key
For so long now
An' I feel like bustin' out if you know what I mean
Yeah, I feel like bustin' out
If you know what I mean
Said I feel like bustin' out if you know what I mean
Ah, you know what I mean …"

Well, she looked in his eyes
He was a short little guy
Something about him made her smile
He had a bulge in his pants
Worth a hundred dollar bill
She got up, she moved in for the kill
On the stranger in town
He was just a stranger in town

He said, "My body is achin'
I'm all broken inside
I don't even know my name anymore
An' the church bells are ringin'
They're way out of tune
An' I'm stuck in this bottomless pit
With a scum-suckin' whore…"

Well, they went to a room
And he laid out his cards
She poured him a drink
The she lowered her guard
She asked him the name
Of the game that he played
He was a stranger in town
Just a stranger in town

Then he looked at his watch
And he looked at his ring
He looked down at the cage of her body
All covered in skin
He said, "I know a way
That I could set you free
Lie down and relax, close your eyes
An' let me come in …"
Then he cut his way in…

Well, they pulled her from the river
With her shoes full of sand
Her head full of memories
Still spinning like a hurdy-gurdy man
Her eyes they were open
Just frozen in time
By the stranger in town
He was just a stranger in town

Then the police came
And they broke down the door
They said, "Hey son what did you do that thing for?"
He said, "The church bells were ringin'
They were way out of tune
I was stuck in this bottomless pit
With a scum-suckin' whore
She was just a scum-suckin' whore…."




WELL OF SOULS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Your anger is your only virtue
I see that dagger in your glove
And if the path of love's a trial
You'd bear false witness to a hanging judge

All your prisoners cry for mercy
And all your missionaries sing
You say compassion is a weakness
Like a fool I throw my heart into the ring

Drawn by a fatal taste for danger
I did not see the warning sign
I cried, "Oh Jesus, Lord, I'm drowning -
Won't you turn this water into wine...?"

Then I crawled back to my dungeon
My jailer's arms were open wide
As I hit the ground my head was reeling
My sins were envy, jealousy and pride

Oh sweet Mother of Mercy
Do not desert this Well of Souls
And for myself, I am no stranger to these terms
Gone is the fire that I stole

And so I quit that fortune-teller
All the lessons had been learned
And I will live within my body
Although my spirit has been burned

And the circus sky just keeps on falling
Clouded and broken in the mire
And like a thief I'm only turning
Caught in the chains of my own desire

Oh sweet Mother of Mercy
Do not desert this Ship of Fools
And for myself, I am no stranger to these terms
I serve, but you were born to rule

Oh sweet Mother of Mercy
Do not desert this Well of Souls
And for myself, I am no stranger to these terms
Gone is the fire that I stole




PALE LIGHT SHINING
written by Phil Shoenfelt
She's the final destination
Though I've seen her in my dreams
Her face is always hidden
Or at least that's how it seems
She is sweeter than religion
She's the end of all emptiness
An' I keep my eyes upon her
She's the Spirit and the Flesh
An' when I feel her arms surround me
Then I'll know that the end is near
And I'll leave behind this prison
Of darkness and despair …

I thought I saw a pale light shinin'
All across the universal night
Like some ancient revelation
Reachin' back behind my sight
An' I stood behind the curtain
Between this world and the next
I thought I was beyond all Good and Evil
Well I was cursed, yeah, but I was blessed
Then I chose my victim
I let murder fill my soul
I laughed as I pulled the trigger
An' I watched as his blood ran cold

Then I wake up an' look around me
An' I see these four walls still standin' here
An' I realise there's no turnin' back the pages
This life of mine is just history
And though I stand in the shadow of the gallows
I feel her presence walkin' next to me
An' I know that she will not desert me
Her everlastin' love is gonna set me free
As I walk from the shadows into the light
I walk from the shadows into the light
I walk from the shadows into the light
Into the light




PHIL SHOENFELT : BACKWOODS CRUCIFIXION (1990)

Garden Of Eden
Marianne, I'm Falling
The Light That Surrounds You
Psyche
Devil's Hole
Hateful Heart
Walkaway
Salvation Hotel


GARDEN OF EDEN
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Dancing colours all around
I lost my head in a web of sound
Now I don't know what to do
Like Kubla Khan in Xanadu
I need inspiration
I got no motivation
Life is a dream but I'm not sleeping
Life is a dream but I'm not sleeping
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden

All the city lights go out
All her friends have gone away
She doesn't need a helping hand
But she thanks you anyway
She needs inspiration
There's been too much hesitation
Life is a dream but she's not waiting
Life is a dream but she's not waiting
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden


I went down to the City of Night
I stepped up and took a look inside
I went down to the City of Night
I stepped up and took a look inside
I went down
I went down
I went down
And I stood outside the Garden of Eden
I closed my eyes...

And I walked right in
I walked right in
I walked right in
I said I walked right in
Into the Garden of Eden

All the bridges are in flames
I kiss your tears like the falling rain
All the city lights go out
Everybody scream and shout
We need inspiration
There's been too much hesitating
Life is a dream but we're not waiting
Life is a dream but we're not waiting
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Outside of the gates of the Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden



MARIANNE, I'M FALLING
written by Phil Shoenfelt
She wakes up in the morning light
Her eyes are dark, her skin is white
She's not the girl she used to be
I wonder what's inside her head
To make her say those things she said
Well, you know how it can be

Marianne, take my hand
I'm slipping backwards, Marianne
Marianne, take my hand
And lead me home, Marianne

Her friends all say it's just a laugh
And take another photograph
She sends it home across the sea
She messed up all her mother's plans
They sent her off to Switzerland
Where she's got everything she needs

Marianne, take my hand
I'm slipping backwards, Marianne
Marianne, take my hand
And lead me home, Marianne

Oh Marianne, I'm falling
Oh Marianne, I'm falling

In the darkness of her room
She reaches for a spoon
She feeds her body dreams enough to spare
Her eyes reflect the morning light
Death was an oversight
Life was a cross she had to bear

Marianne, take my hand
I'm slipping backwards, Marianne
Marianne, take my hand
I'll lead you home, Marianne

Oh Marianne, I'm falling
Oh Marianne, I'm falling



THE LIGHT THAT SURROUNDS YOU
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Never thought I'd fall so hard
Down on my hands and knees
The sky was dark and the door was open
I said, "Oh baby please don't leave..."
She built a wall
Back in the corner of her mind
That she just sit behind
And the nightmares never end
They just go on and on forever
Like a river to the sea
And it's killin' me

Said, "Baby turn your lights up high
Lead me to the other side"
Said, "Baby turn your lights up high
Lead me to the other side"
And I swear one day I'm gonna crawl
Said I swear one day I'm gonna crawl
I'm gonna crawl right to the top of that wall
Reach down under
Pull her out of that hole
I'll pull her out of that hole
Pull her out of that hole, yeah
I'm gonna save my baby's soul

She said, "Baby, if you please
I've been diggin' this hole forever
Don't you try to set me free
Just let me be..."

Take me down under the ocean
The night is so dark I can't breathe
And we'll meet at the end of forever
And I'll know when I've found you
By the light that surrounds you

And sometimes
I still think I see her standing there
Sunlight shinin' in her hair
But the Sandman came
And took that little girl away
Dragged her down beneath the waters
Cold and grey
Beneath the waters cold and grey
She walks on waters cold and grey
Yeah, this time I know she's gone to stay
Where the nightmares never end
They just go on and on forever
Like a river to the sea
And it's killin' me

Take me down under the ocean
The night is so dark I can't breathe
And we'll meet at the end of forever
And I'll know when I've found you
By the light that surrounds you



PSYCHE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
When I look in her eyes
My whole life flashes by
I'm drowning in her mystery
I can't draw another breath
I must be close to death
There's no escape that I can see
She lives inside her mind
She's out of space and out of time
But she's not mine

She sits up in her room
Clothed in her robes of gloom
Her face is turned to yesterday
She stares with eyes forlorn
And waits to be reborn
Within the words that you must say
And she has no shame
I turn around, she's gone again
What's her game?

And she walks among the willows
There's danger when she's near
I don't know if I can reach her
Her intention is unclear...

I used to know my way
But that was yesterday
And now confusion fills my life
She kills all certainty
With demonic energy
I think she is the Devil's wife
Could you set her free?
Break the chains and let her breathe
She's so deep...



DEVIL'S HOLE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Last night I dreamed I saw Saint Peter
The Book he held was black with sin
We stood outside the gates of Heaven
He would not let me in

Last night I dreamed I saw Saint Peter
He looked at me, my blood ran cold
"Abandon Hope all ye who enter
And may the fires purge your soul
Down in the Devil’s Hole"

I told this story to my woman
Last thing I heard, she was still runnin'
My words of love remained unspoken
Drowned by the sound of the thunder comin'

I told this story to my woman
Last thing I heard she was on the run
With my best friend who was discovered
Shot through the head with his own gun
Shot through the head
With his own gun...

I saw them standin' by the river
A crowd of people 'round the Hangin' Tree
An' that Laughin' Boy, he was fairly swingin'
He looked a lot like me...

Last night I dreamed I saw Saint Peter
He looked at me, my blood ran cold
We stood outside the gates of Heaven
He said, "The Man Downstairs has won your soul
Now get down to the Devil’s Hole
To the Devil's Hole
To the Devil's Hole
The Devil's Hole
To the Devil's Hole..."



HATEFUL HEART
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well, I hear those church bells ringin'
Like a madman singing at the moon
I feel like a sinner sittin' in jail
On a Sunday afternoon
And I look for the eyes of some angel
To deliver me from myself
I sit like a bird in the Valley of Death
Knockin' at the gates of Hell
Don't turn around, baby
Just walk away
Don't turn around, baby
Just walk away

She whispers the names of the Stations
Of the Cross that Christ died on
She laughs at me with my thorny crown
Says, "You gotta be puttin' me on..."
Then she drives the nails through her fingers
Says, "Don't leave me here all by myself
I can't face another night alone
I'm in need of some kind of help..."
Don't turn around
Just walk away
No, don't turn around
Just walk away

'Cos I don't want to see your face again, baby
And I won't be comin' back this way again, baby
My heart is so full up with hate for you, baby
Oh baby, can't you see

Like a stranger asleep in the shadows
I've been runnin' like Abraham's son
I can feel that sword right over my head
I've been runnin' till the Kingdom comes
And I look for the eyes of some angel
To deliver me from myself
But the angel I need
She rides a white horse
Right through the gates of Hell
Don't turn around
Don't open your eyes
No, don't turn around
Don't open your eyes
Don't open your eyes

'Cos I don't want to see your face again, baby
And I won't be comin' back this way again, baby
My heart is so full up with hate for you, baby
Oh baby, can't you see

My blood runs cold
My eyes don't see
My spirit is already gone
My dreams they creep
So dark, so deep
I've been runnin' so long
I've been runnin' so long
So where are you now
My pretty young babe?
Tell me the place that you've gone
And if we're alive
Then there's nothing to hide
For right or for wrong
For right or for wrong
So where are you now
My pretty young babe?
Tell me the place that you've gone
Your heart is unsaved
As cold as the grave
You've been runnin' too long
You've been runnin' too long
Too long...



WALKAWAY
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I tried everything I can
To make you understand
I can see you don't believe
A word I say
Stranded all alone
With all your senses blown
How you can say
That I don't know what's going on

I lost everything I owned
To stand crucified and stoned
I don't want your promises or alibis
The fire in your eyes
Flickers then dies
Nothing I could say
Could ever change your mind

As you walk away
You walk away from me
You walk away
You just walk away from me
You walk away
You just walk away from me
And you walk away

The thunder in your heart
Tears my soul apart
I can't understand
A word you're saying to me
You're lying through your eyes
You don't even realize
Your plans and dreams and evil schemes
Are just a fantasy

As you walk away
You walk away from me
You walk away
You just walk away from me
The fire in your eyes
Flickers then dies
Nothing I could say
Could ever change your mind




SALVATION HOTEL
written by Phil Shoenfelt
At Salvation Hotel
They're pullin' down the shades
That woman's heart is
Black as the Ace of Spades
My body is achin'
And I don't know why
Each day I sit here cryin'
Till my tears run dry

She walks alone up in her room
A candle is burnin'
In the light of the moon
I can't go on feelin' this way
She hides in my dreams each night
I can still hear her say:

"Come stay for awhile
At Salvation Hotel
See the Beautiful People
Get all shot to hell
Step inside of this evil spell
You'll never leave
Salvation Hotel"

Long gloves of black satin
She got her high heels on
Now I'm callin' her name out loud
But she's already gone
I gave my love to her
Ah, but she don't care
She just stand by the mirror
Combing her long black hair

She walks alone up in her room
Burnin' a candle
To the lonesome moon
I can't go on feeling this way
She hides in my dreams each night
I can still hear her say:

"Come stay for awhile
At Salvation Hotel
See the Beautiful People
Get all shot to hell
Just step inside of this evil shell"
Now I'm climbin' the stairways
Of Salvation Hotel

Well, I close my eyes
Ah, but she's still there
I don't eat or sleep much anymore
Honey, I don't care
There's cracks in the ceiling
An' there's cracks in the floor
An' the sounds of love
Comin' from behind her door

She walks alone up in her room
A candle is burnin'
By the light of the moon
I can't go on feelin' this way
She just hides in my dreams each night
I can still hear her say:

"Come stay for awhile
At Salvation Hotel
See the Beautiful People
Get all shot to hell
Yeah, just step inside of this evil spell
You're never gonna leave
Salvation Hotel... Salvation Hotel... Salvation Hotel..."




PHIL SHOENFELT : CHARLOTTE'S ROOM (1989)

Charlotte's Room
The Long Goodbye


CHARLOTTE'S ROOM
written by Phil Shoenfelt
In her room
It's black as night
She can see with second-sight
She's just an image
You try to define
The shadows weep
She never sleeps
She keeps a silver spoon
Day turns to night in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room

Voices echo in her trance
And twisted strangers dance
Between the shadows
In her eyes
And every day
She fades away
The games you play
All end too soon
Candles light the gloom in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room
In Charlotte's room

Lay the cards
Upon the floor
She can't see you anymore
Now she's gone so far away
Her mother weeps
She never sleeps
She just stares into the moon
Day turns to night in Charlotte's room
Never too soon in Charlotte's room
In Charlotte's room...
Lay down to die in Charlotte's room



THE LONG GOODBYE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Well they say
She is strong
And you know
Life goes on
Well so do I
Yes so do I
Will I see you tomorrow
Or is this our last goodbye?

There's a price
That you pay
When you go
You go to stay
So far away
So far away
Well I'll miss you like a prison
But I haven't got a word to say

By the look
In your eyes
I see the past
Is just a lie
Just a lie
Just a wicked lie
Will I see you tomorrow
Or is this our last goodbye?

Well you say
That Life is strong
But sometimes
Things go wrong
And then you're gone
Now you are gone
Well I'll miss you like a prison
'Cos I can't tell the right from the wrong
Yes, I'll miss you like a prison
'Cos I can't tell the right from the wrong
Will I see you tomorrow
Or is this our last goodbye?
Will I see you again tomorrow
Or is this just a long goodbye?
Will I see you tomorrow
Or is this just a long goodbye?




MUSTER
written by Phil Shoenfelt

That lau







KHMER ROUGE : NEW YORK - LONDON 1981-86 (2004)

New Assassins
Labyrinth
Shoot
Hinterland
Africa
Perspective
Silence Fills Our Lives
City Primeval
Age Of Iron
Ghosts Of Love
Information
Tunnel Vision
Parasites
Paradise Row
Generation




NEW ASSASSINS
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A room of empty faces
The new assassins stand in a line
Waiting for their orders
Waiting for their time
 
How can we go on pretending
Day after day?
Living our lives in the same way
Day after day
Day after day
Day after day
Day after day
 
The forces of darkness
Guide us into decay
The room becomes a prison
As I dream my life away
Dream my life away
Dream my life away
Dream my life away
 
Things are getting harder
All the time
Is there a future
Or is this the end of the line
End of the line
End of the line
End of the line
End of the line
 
Dream my life away …


LABYRINTH
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Running in circles
Locked in time
Under the walls
Too tall to climb

We were the first
To understand
We made the rules
We made the plans

You saw us fall
You saw us rise
You saw the murder
In our eyes

You gave us power
You set us free
We called it Truth
We called it Destiny

Where are we now
Where are we now
Where are we now, now
Where are we now?

We strained your souls
With repetition
We gave you masks
And television

We dreamed of an order
Pure and true
We saw the end
We neglected you


Disgraced by hate
We could not win
It's over now
Too late to begin

We’re caught in illusion
Line on line
We are the deaf
And you are the blind
We are the deaf
And you are the blind

We are waiting for you
We are waiting for you
We are all waiting for you

Where are we now
Where are we now
Where are we now, now
Where are we now


SHOOT
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Barry Myers
Danger in the East
There's danger in the West
Nation against nation
Who's hardest who’s the best?

Zion on the loose
Shout “Death!” to the PLO
America steps in
There's nowhere left to go

Fascists in control
How long will we survive?
Power leads to fear
Death and genocide

Assassins in the street
Gun the heroes down
Religion makes them fools
Propaganda all around

Shoot Shoot Shoot
Move your body to the beat
Shoot Shoot Shoot
There's murder in the street
Shoot Shoot Shoot
Confusion everywhere
Shoot Shoot Shoot
There's danger in the air

Soldiers of fortune
Controlled by the CIA
War in Africa
Gets closer every day

No jobs for the youth
Government tell them lies, lies
Royal wedding celebration
Hunger striker dies

Shoot Shoot Shoot
Move your body to the beat
Shoto Shoot Shoot
There's a riot in the street
Shoot Shoot Shoot
Confusion everywhere
Shoot Shoot Shoot
There's danger in the air

There's murder in the street
Move your body to the beat
Confusion everywhere

There's murder in the street  / Move that body, move that thing…
Move your body to the beat
Confusion everywhere / Move that body, move that thing…

There's danger in the air
Danger everywhere
Confusion in the air
Danger in the air
Confusion everywhere


HINTERLAND
written by Phil Shoenfelt
You never remember the things you do or say
You never remember the stupid games that you play
You call it perfection, it's just control
You think that it's all true, that's what you're told

And all of these dangers you can't ignore
You stand in your own world, that's what you're for
The streets of the old town where no one goes
And no one remembers and no one knows

When we're dancing
We feel no pain inside
It's too late to question why
All we feel is all we hide

Torn by destruction, now confusion shows
Our eyes look between us and the distance grows
We're losing emotion, afraid to fall
Our feelings betray us and leave us cold

When we're dancing
We feel no pain inside
We will live, we will survive
All we feel is all we hide

When we're dancing
We feel no pain inside
It's too late to question why
All we feel is all we hide
When we're dancing …


AFRICA
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Undercover operators
Crawl around the doors
White man in the jungle
They’re only making sure

T.V. images flicker
Mass security
The hills are all on fire
Like rivers to the sea
Like rivers to the sea

There’s loss in all directions
Our destiny has changed
It comes like second nature
This legacy of shame

Scale the walls and prisons
The fear that builds inside
Our hearts are filled with darkness
We fight against the time

In Africa
In Africa
In Africa
In Africa

Distorted situation
Mass psychology
Listen to the radio
See the murderers on T.V.

A self-destructive master raise
All with strings attached
The gold mines and the factories
Are safe against attack

In Africa
In Africa
In Africa
When will we see?

Africa


PERSPECTIVE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
A change of direction, a change of ways
Motion in silence through the final days
Stand on the outside and wait for the time
There’s beauty in danger, only fit for the blind

We fight without anger, we feel no pain
The final solution, nothing left to gain
Nowhere to run to and nothing to hide
It's already over, we could never decide

We see all the dangers, we stare out ahead
Remember the lies, all the things that they said
We’re living like strangers, your rules or mine?
Parallel lives in parallel time

I see the world through your eyes
But losing sight in the distance
Our bodies are changing
Only futile resistance
As we run from destruction
As we run from destruction
As we run from destruction

I see the world through your eyes
Losing sight in the distance
Of the times we remember
Though we treasure each instant
I see the world through your eyes
I see the world through your eyes
I see the world through your eyes
Through your eyes
Through your eyes
Through your eyes
You were right
You were right
You were right


SILENCE FILLS OUR LIVES
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I remember it all
The Truth and the Beauty, the Word and the Law
Present and future, future and past
I remember it all from the first to the last

When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives

Moving in closer, open your eyes
See the pain in their faces
Loved then abandoned
By television, communication
Takes away the sensation
Takes away the sensation
Takes away the sensation
We’re losing sensation

When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives

Held at a distance
Stand and watch
In helpless anger
As language dies in the face of hatred
And genocide kills the seed of the future
And we're the spectators, losing sensation
We're the spectators, losing sensation


When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives
When silence fills our lives


CITY PRIMEVAL
written by Marcia Schofield and Phil Shoenfelt
Sooty metal city / sun rises grey /coal dust in the air / smudges of people / drip along the sidewalks / like slug trails glisten / dirty canals / floating iridescent scum / smeared across the landscape / rises metal city / clanging, pile-driven / welded flowing metal /no sparks to stone towers / bleached bones under a steely sky…
 
When I found you in this part of the city
Down here, here, where the sun never shines
You were surrounded by the smiles of indifference
Wounded, all broken inside
 
Your parents they told you about the City Primeval
You left home, home, for a season in hell
And abandoned by the councils and government
No place, no place, to ever call your own
From station to basement, you gotta keep moving
You go around and around and around and around
Down and down and down in the City Primeval
City Primeval, City Primeval, evil, evil, City Primeval
 
Dull angry people, stupid with fear
Clocks in their veins, the time’s drawing near
Sooty metal city, dark jagged towers
Teeth to devour souls by the hour
The rain that deafens, too botched to change
Glistening streets, rivers of souls
And the smack and the speed and the pushers you need
And all too soon another mouth to feed
Is this what you wanted, is this what you need
Down down, down, down, down in the City Primeval
City Primeval, City Primeval, evil, evil, City Primeval
 
From station to basement, from the park to the pavement
You gotta keep moving, no place of your own
Or the councils and government take away your subsistence
Then you go down, down, down, down
Around and around and around in the City Primeval
City Primeval, City Primeval, evil, evil, City Primeval


AGE OF IRON
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I followed you
To the heart of the night
To a world of silence
Where the dark meets the light

And I called your name
And I called your name
I can hear the echoes in my brain
I can hear the echoes in my brain

These empty streets / I followed you
They never end / To the heart of the night
Never rise up, rise up, rise up
They just descend

Then I called your name / I followed you
And I followed you / And I called your name
Too far to fall
Too much to lose
Too far to fall
Too much to lose

No place to run / These empty streets
No place to hide / They never end
I heard a voice call from within
And I stepped inside
And we prayed for the children / And we prayed for the children
For the beautiful children / For the beautiful children
They closed their eyes and turned away
They closed their eyes and turned away
Turned away
They closed their eyes and turned away


GHOSTS OF LOVE
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Standing at the edge
We close our eyes and move on by
In the distance moving fast
Forms receding never last
Never last

All the laughter and the tears
And all your dreams and all my fears
And your secrets and your shame
And all your beauty and your pain
Take me back again
Take me back again
Take me back again
Take me back again

All the laughter and the tears
And all your dreams and all my fears
And all your demons and your saints
And all your beauty and your pain
Take me back again
Take me back again
Take me back again
Take me back again

Lying on my side
In the darkness try to hide
But these doubts return again
To haunt my mind until the end
But these doubts return again
To haunt my mind until the end
Until the end

And the faces I have seen
Come back to me – what might have been
And the friends we used to know
And the lovers we held so close
And the friends we used to know
And the lovers we held so close
Now turn to go
Again and again
Turn to go
Again and again and again…


INFORMATION
written by Phil Shoenfelt
You sit alone in the dark
You never make your mark
Outside history
Outside society
You're just a moment in time
Just a face in a line

And it's breaking your heart
There's no place to begin
And you're trying to break out
And you're trying to break in
You're just a moment in time
Just a face in a line

No information for me
No information for you
No information for free
No information, it's true
No information
Only frustration

And there's a look in your eyes
Sometimes it seems like despair
You don't know where to look
You know that nobody cares
You're just a moment in time
A face in a line

You think you're going insane
There's so much you could do
Is it all in your head?
Well, it's up to you
Yes, it's up to you
It's always up to you


No information for me
No information for you
No information for free
No information, it's true
No information
Only frustration

No information for me
No information for you
No information for free
No information, it's true
No information
Only frustration



TUNNEL VISION
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Now the end is getting nearer
Will I see things any clearer?
Is this how it's got to be?

Lost in a sea of dead emotion
Is this what you call devotion?
What do you want from me?

I scan your eyes like television
Though our worlds are in collision
I wonder what it is I see

I closed the door, there's no way out
Now feel the implosion of suspicion and doubt
It's nothing words could say

You needed someone to complete you
You needed someone to defeat you
Now this is the price you pay

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?
It feels like we’re sliding back into the funnel
Look at what you've done

Time has passed, now hold your fire
We could speak across the wire
This battle never will be won

Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?
It feels like we’re sliding back into the funnel
Look at what you've done


Time has passed, now hold your fire
We could speak across the wire
This battle never will be won


PARASITES
lyrics by Phil Shoenfelt / music by Barry Myers
We’re never alone
There's someone on our tracks
To subvert our ideas
And distort all the facts

Stay out of here
It's someone else’s affair
They're building a future
Where nobody cares

There's too many faces
And too many views
And too many voices
Singing the blues

In love with the danger
That's all we can feel
When love and affection
Seem so unreal

Singing the blues
Keep singing the blues
They keep singing the blues

Look into to our faces
See we're having fun
Welcome to the party
The party's just begun

Look into to our faces
See we're having fun
Welcome to the party
The party's just begun
The party's just begun
The party's just begun
The party's just begun


They kill you with pleasure
They kill you with pain
They kill you with boredom
Again and again
They kill you in anger
They kill you in jest
And if you succeed
They're gonna love you to death

Keep singing the blues
They're gonna love you to death


PARADISE ROW
written by Phil Shoenfelt
I've got to find
Something to believe in
Living like this
Is driving me wild

There's nothing left
Of the things I've believed in
Mistrust and delusion
Are driving me crazy

Day after day
In a world with no values
Living like strangers
We touch in the dark
Go on pretending
With nothing to say

There's nothing left
When I look in your eyes
No trace of emotion long gone
Sweet love sensation
Yielded to lies
The moment of truth passed us by
Now let it die

Drifting around
Now my life is a dream
Working and working
My hands to the bone
War and repression
And more exploitation


Who stands to lose
And just who stands to gain
By playing the rules of the game
Trapped by these words
That just keep us apart
We fall for them time and again
Where will it end?
Yeah, where will it end?

And all I have
Are these memories
I do what I have to do
To set me free
I’m making up for lost time
Love is the last thing on my mind
Yeah!

I've got to find
Something to believe in
Living like this
Is driving me wild
Love turns the wheels
Keeps your eyes on the road

There's nothing left
When I look in your eyes
No trace of emotion long gone
Sweet love sensation
Yielded to lies
The moment of truth passed us by
Bye-bye
Now let it die


GENERATION
written by Phil Shoenfelt
Safe from redemption
No place inside
This is our future
The world outside
We search without vision
For sanctuary
We doubt the existence
Of the things that we see

Follow this road
To wherever it leads you
Signs in the night
Only there to deceive you
Follow this road
You’d better follow this road

Another walks beside you
Another walks behind you
Another walks beside you

Generation – we’re born again
Generation - until the end
Generation – what will become?
Generation – into the sun

Look in those eyes
Do you think that they’ll feed you
Look in those eyes
Do you think that they need you
Can you see to the end?
Can you see to the end?

Another walks beside you
Another walks behind you
Another walks beside you

Generation – we’re born again
Generation - until the end
Generation – what will become?
Generation – into the sun


Circle on circle
In the heart of the storm
The limbs of their bodies
Lay broken and torn
A silent desertion
Now the armies have gone
A temple of ashes
Both the weak and the strong

Follow this road
To wherever it leads you
Signs in the night
Only there to deceive you
Follow this road
You’d better follow this road

Another walks beside you
Another walks behind you
Another walks beside you

Generation – we’re born again
Generation - until the end
Generation – what will become?
Generation – into the sun
Into the sun
Into the sun
Into the sun