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The City of Angels

The City of Angels

Angelically blessed, I lay to rest
four million tormented souls
So sweetly to die
in the city that I
vowed I'd never go

An angel mistaken -
Never a halo -
Just an aura from a Hollywood scene

An angel forsaken-
Never unwaken-
Dejected just to dream

We should've known it
by the heat of the winter,
the misnomer's only a name

Never to leave,
only to enter
We'll never leave again



Decrepit vagrant at your feet
Nickel begged from your hand
Living life is never sweet
Living sweet - you'd never stand

And still the world's a spinning top
The slow unraveled bits of string
From the bottom to the top,
we live to question everything

Until our spin is nevermore,
we're all like vagrants on the floor
If life is what we implore
Life is this and nothing more

The Valiant Must Perish

The Valiant Must Perish

I feel as though I've fallen
I've felt as though I fell
I've walked as though my crawlin'
would lead me to my hell

I've looked upon a pile
of burning ensign rags
Reflected for a while
upon the burning flags

White to choose surrender
Colored be my death
to have forever rendered
the dying of my breath

I reached in pyred ardent
I chose my own demise
I waved the white disheartened
just to stay alive

I wish I waved the colored
even if it meant my death
I lived for coming years
but I wish I lived the rest

The Calm of the Dark

The Calm of the Dark

Now I don't know if it's the calm of the storm
or the dark of the dawn,
but something's about to happen

I sit in the dark of the calm
right before dawn
with a storm right on the horizon

With you in a frame,
I picture again
as I wait for Fate to try to destroy me

You lighted the sky,
so I'd fight till I died
if death wasn't such a part of me

I'm gonna say what I say
and die as I may
whether you ever love me or not

I'm gonna say what I say so I can live in a way
that you're in every memory I've got

Hopeless Romantic

Hopeless Romantic

I'm a hopeless romantic and a hopeful fool,
and I'm afraid that's all I'll ever be
I'm a hopeless romantic who died for love
before my first breath ever came to me
I'm a man who cared
I'm a man who cares
I'm a man who still believes
that there's someone out there
who should be somewhere in here
so deep, down inside of me

I've had a high school sweetheart who stole my heart
and left it somewhere in the broken dark
I've had a crush who crushed the soul of me
I've had a fire turn into a dying spark

I've had a fling and a thing and a broken wing
I've sang a song I didn't want to sing
I've had a dream untrue and an angel who
knew she wasn't everything

I've had many stories tug a hearted string
I've kept many more inside
I've brought a tear to an eye a thousand times
from one who had never cried

And still I know she's out there, but even more
I know that she'll be inside
I'll always be a hopeless romantic
until the day that I die...

I only hope by then that she'll be by my side



She peaked around the corner in disrepair
to see disquietly if he's still there
Then not so quietly, she ran up the stairs
Shut the door to lock out all her fears

Tossed the key and covers above her head
Thanking God that only her heart was dead
One by one dropped water sewn like tears
The anger of a daughter through all the years

The mirror held a black and the bluest trace
The mirror that she held to see her face
The dream that she dreamt within her day
was for the night to come and take her day away

Her once hated figure took away her fright
The warmest of embraces through all the night
Then another scene within her dreamy sight -
to see her Dad leave the house and all her life

with his hand not again to ease her strife
But a dream, so it was...
This was not her life

The life she owned wasn't a dream to see
The bruises to a girl and the house to he
Her legs far too small to run away
That's how it was... That's how it is today

But any day her hand will avenge her heart
and shatter like the shattered had been torn apart
and piece together all her puzzled heart
So much is going on within the dark

to try to cease the family's pain, to ease her own
With her teddy bear and thoughts, she's all alone
The key fallen quietly upon the floor
She's locked her heart and locked her bedroom door

Life's Too Short

Life's Too Short

She lied about
her age so he would kiss her
He lied about
his feelings deep inside

These lies of theirs
were more than they could handle
The truth of theirs
was more than they could hide

Life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to let it pass you by
Life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to lie

She cried about
opinions that were spoken
She cried about
what they had to say

She lied about
her heart not being broken,
but her heart was broken anyway

Life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to let it pass you by
Life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to cry

She died about
six in the evening
He called her up
on the telephone

She's still alive
but living's deceiving
when two love each other
and have to be alone

But life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to let it pass you by
Life's too short for living and dying
Life's too short to die

Made to Last

Made to Last

Hearts were made to be broken
That's why they're made of glass
Dreams should stay unwoken
and time's not made to last

Living's not everything
It's how you feel the pain
It's how you feel the happiness
and how they're both the same

It's how I want you to see me
To see me here at last
I've made this heart within me,
and all I had was glass

You're just a dream that's never-
a dream that's never true
I tried to sleep forever
so I'd always be with you

I always thought I'd never
feel what's so surreal
But I feel my chances fleeting
and I know they always will

'Cause hearts were made to be broken
That's why they're made of glass
Dreams should stay unwoken
and time's not made to last

Give and Take

Give and Take

She gave him her innocence
on a warm, winter day
He gave her his heart, they say
And as he took another look in her gorgeous eyes,
love took 'em both by surprise.

Now they've given and taken for so long of a time
that he says "I don't know what's yours or mine"
She gave him a smile
she used to hide
She smiled for him and no other guy

He gave her a kiss-
first of a million-
but she just took 'em all in stride
She said "we've given and taken for so long of a time
that I don't care what's yours or mine"

But he took her for granted
on a cold, summer day
as they took it out on each other
on a cold, lonely night
She gave him a chance
to win her back
as he gave her so many reasons they didn't have to fight

She borrowed his shirt for the cold, lonely nights
He gave it to her along with a rose
He gave her a promise on a cold, lonely night
that there wouldn't too many of those
He said "we've given and taken for too long of a time
to worry about what's yours or mine"

They took a picture
with an outstretched arm
accidentally cutting off their foreheads
But still it's framed
A time recalled
in a picture beside their bed

Later they would take it down
as they both took on their separate lives
It took this to realize
that not even memories survive

She said take it or leave it
but he wanted to stay
He took it to heart
as she took it away
He wouldn't give up
but she wouldn't give in
She took off before their love would end

And when she wanted him back-
him back again
He could've given an answer like some other men
But that's not what he did - he didn't want it to end
He wouldn't let his pain take a hold of him

So he took a chance
and took her back
He gave his girl a little slack
He gave her a second chance
knowing he
might one day need it back

She gave him a look
but it would take him a minute
to let it seep into his heart
So she gave him some time
She gave him some time
to try to fix all that had been shattered apart

She was in the wrong, but still he gave her a call
because she gave him a smile so long ago
when he had nothing at all

He took a deep breath and said "I'll give you my all,
and I'm sorry to say that's all I can give"
She smiled and said "I'll take your all
and you can have all my life to live...
'cause we've given and taken for so long of a time
that what's mine is yours and what's yours is mine"

Outside the Box

Outside the Box

The box that we're thinking
outside of is shrinking
because we've only been thinking
from within all along

The times that we've wanted
are somewhat unwonted
and somewhat unrisen
with the rise of the dawn

The times that we've wanted
to leave our own pain
Those times never wanted
us anyway

We're deep in our prison,
still never unfree
Within our own prison
holding the key

Through bars of misfortune
Through chances unseen
Through tears of distortion
Through years that we dream

Through locks of compassion-
sheltered unfree
We'll take heaven or hell
to end misery

Now the box that we're thinking
outside of is gone
because we've only been thinking
from within all along

We've only been thinking
from within
all along.