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Welcome to the New World
Needle In A Haystack
Doug Engaged
Creatures of Habit
Little Skipper
This Is The Way

Comfort Me
Two Men
Leave Me
Doug's First Date
Square Deal
Lullaby

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Welcome to the New World

Nice jacket
New tie
Pressed blue jeans
Breaking at the top of the boots
Nice haircut
Good smell
Walk lightly
Look before you step in the street

No curfew
No guilt
Hot number
Waiting on the top of the stoop
No wife now
No ring
Walk softly
Think before you're ready to speak

Late sixties
Real romance
True love song
Warm shoulder
Cold fingers
Old dance steps
Gone, gone, gone with the old girl
New fashion
New number
New mustache
New funding
New captain
New voyage
Welcome to the new world

Fine perfume
Fresh flowers
New sideburns
Sharper than the cut of your suit
No tightrope
No leash
Walk slowly
Look before you're ready to leap

Old habits
New decade
Same faces
New paint job
Cold starter
Old feelings
Gone, gone, gone with the old girl
New passion
New power
New promise
New program
New sandbox
New sunrise
Welcome to the new world

One marriage
Two children
Four stages
Twelve steps and
Cold reason
Old headaches
Gone, gone, gone with the old girl
New buyer
New seller
New angle
New shelter
New datebook
New future
Welcome to the new world


Needle In A Haystack

Into the room like a target
Into my heart like a knife
I can lead you to water
I can lead you to drink
I can lead you into changing your life
But if you're looking for a girl to hold on to
Better than the one by your side
You can try to change horses
In the middle of the stream
If another horse is ready to ride

You came into the fray like a soldier
Into the night like a whore
And I could leave you for no one
I could leave you for dead
I could leave for something new to explore
Now you got everything that you ever wanted
You got piece of ass and peace of mind
Still there's another to the left
And there's another to the right
If you think that theirs are better than mine

And you've been searching for devotion
And you've been outside looking in
And you've been hoping for a sign to save the day
I am the one who's always been here
I am the unoriginal sin
I'm the needle in the haystack

Into the soul like a surgeon
Into the pain like a smile
I could love you forever
I could love you for now
I could love you like a motherless child
But if you're waiting for a woman to offer
More than just the love on these lips
Well you can take another prisoner
Or take another road
And I'll pack a little food for the trip

'Cause you've been out there on your ocean
And you've survived the undertow
And you've been waiting for the tide to turn your way
I am the one who's always been here
I am the secret that you know
I'm the needle in the haystack

'Cause you've been wasting emotion
And you've been angling for it all
And you've been trolling while the big one slips away
I am the one who's always been here
I am the shadow on your wall
I'm the needle in the haystack


Doug Engaged

Doug doesn't call anymore
He's wearing a ring that inhibits his dialing
And this time he really seems sure
All calm and content
All that drooling and smiling
Everyone knows that a romance is great
(Cupid take aim at the couple ascending)
But everyone knows that the tree isn't straight
If the roots were all formed
With habitual bending

Doug doesn't call anymore
He fell into love but he couldn't stop falling
And maybe he stopped keeping score
Maybe he's stubborn or maybe he's stalling
And everyone follows a poetic theme
(And the fork of the path that is usually taken)
But everyone knows at the end of a dream
There's a hell of chance that you'll finally awaken

Tie the knot, Doug
Tie it tighter
Seal the package with a kiss
Open wide, Doug
Open wider
Something might still come from this

Doug in step
Doug inspired
Doug uncovered
Doug unstaged
Doug released
Doug retired
Doug enlightened
Doug engaged

Doug doesn't call anymore
Mr. and Mrs., a powerful mixture
And now that he's safe and secure
He doesn't need anyone clouding the picture and
Everyone knows that behind a great man
There's a women of strength
With a great constitution
But everyone knows it's an unnatural plan
To be locked up inside of an old institution

Tie the knot, Doug
Tie it tighter
Pay the rabbi, pay the priest
See the sights, Doug
See the spider
Mates for life then starts to feast

Doug revealed
Doug remembered
Doug undaunted
Doug uncaged
Doug de-clawed
Doug dismembered
Doug encumbered
Doug engaged

Here's a toast to wedded bliss
Here's a toast to mother
Here's a toast to that first kiss
And may there be another
Here's a toast to calmer seas
To less inclement weather
A toast that you'll remember me
When you're not still together

Doug doesn't call anymore
He's gotten so old he's forgotten my number
But that's what a phone book is for
In case he comes out of his emotional slumber

Doug denied
Doug dependent
Doug old fashioned
Doug old-aged
Doug redeemed
Doug resplendent
Doug impassioned
Doug engaged

Doug deboned
Doug delivered
Doug devoured
Doug displayed
Doug debriefed
Doug deflowered
Doug empowered
Doug engaged


Creatures of Habit

We held our breath for hours and hours
With adolescent lungs
And all the rhymes of younger times
Came tripping off our tongues
But we lost some sight
We lost some timing
Backed away from social climbing
All the way from saccharine to sweet
This is not an honorable defeat

We watched the TV closer, closer
Read by candle-light
Held our views and turned the screws
And served our appetite
But we lost some height
We lost some courage
Grew so tired of being discouraged
All the way from nursery to grave
This is how the old-at-heart behave

Creatures of habit
Suffering our conceits
All we learn from history is history repeats
Creatures of habit
Creatures of habit

We held our breath for hours and hours
In adolescent truth
All the cars and lovers scars
Were symbols of our youth
But we lost some strength
We lost some hearing
Lost the things we thought endearing
All the way from dangerous to dumb
This could be the best of what will come

Creatures of habit
Calm and incomplete
All we learn from history is history repeats
Creatures of habit
Creatures of habit

All the way from saint to second-hand
This is not the way that it was planned
Less to lose and less to plunder
Only dreams to pull us under

(Creatures of habit)
Almost obsolete
All we learn from history is history repeats
And we are creatures of habit


Little Skipper

Little Skipper's got a brand new boyfriend
Found him out in aisle number two
Stuck between the scrabble and the twister
All dressed up with nothing else to do
And Barbie's tryin' to keep from feeling jealous
Little sister's got an older man
Comes to town with action-packed accessories
To teach her to be flexible and stand

Little Skipper's got a brand new boyfriend
Showed up on the shelf like some mirage
Ready for a sun 'n fun adventure
With tons of khaki green and camouflage
And Barbie never had her choice of fellas
Now Skipper's moving up from boys to men
Found a muscle-mannikin to relish
Someone who could rip the arms off Ken

GI Joe's got shore leave
And Joe's got cash to spare
Joe brings pearls from foreign worlds
For girls with plastic hair
GI Joe's got shore leave
And Joe's got friends in town
Joe's got glands and moving hands
And plans to settle down

Little Skipper's got a brand new boyfriend
She keeps an extra six-pack in the fridge
Stole the keys to Barbie's Country Camper
To hit the beach with Alan, Joe and Midge
And Barbie's always dreamed of being rebellious
But doesn't have the heart to break the mold
Little sister's sending off the soldiers
She has no reputation to uphold

GI Joe's got shore leave
And Joe spares no expense
Joe wants girls with painted curls
And worlds of fashion sense
GI Joe's got shore leave
He's got an itch to scratch
GI Joe's got girls who pose
In clothes that always match

And Skipper wants to dress herself in leather
But Skipper needs assistance to unzip
Joe is armed and ready, willing, able
With his trusty hand-grenade and kung-fu grip

Little Skipper's got a brand new boyfriend
Found him out in aisle number two
Tucked between the twister and the scrabble
All dressed up to head to Malibu
And Barbie's got a lot of things to tell her
But little Skipper doesn't have the time
Little sister's got a brand new boyfriend
She's leaving all the other dolls behind


This Is The Way

Even with our clothes on
And a thousand miles of wire
You watch me like a painting
And you touch me like a fire
How could you imagine I would stay
This is the way

And even in the darkness
Through the neon on the street
You take me in the shadows
And you make me incomplete
How could I have known what you would say
This is the way

This is the way that you hurt me
Through the richer and the poorer
In sickness and in health
From dust to dust
This is the way that you hurt me
In a place you'll never know
This is the way that you hurt me
Hurt me so

Even with my eyes closed
And the shattered stare of shock
You haunt me like a photograph
And taunt me like a clock
How could I surrender every day
This is the way....

....that you hurt me
Through the richer and the poorer
In sickness and in health
From dust to dust
This is the way that you hurt me
In a place you'll never know
This is the way that you hurt me
Hurt me so

No family to betray me
No phone that I won't answer
No stairwell too well lit for me to breathe
No sentimental sadness underneath
No sacrificial sorrow I can see

This is the way that you hurt me
Through the memory and the shame
In silence and in fear
From dusk to dawn
This is the way that you hurt me
With a face you never show
This is the way that you hurt me
Hurt me so


Comfort Me

I need a place to call home
Give me the half-hearted smile
I need a place to come down for a little while
Give me the luck of the draw
I've done so well on my own
I need a face I can trust when I'm alone

Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Now that I'm lost and lonely
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me

I need place to call home
Give me a life to begin
I need a place when I'm tired and the skin is thin
Give me a face I can read
I've seen some terrible sights
Give me a reason to breathe when it's late at night

Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Now that I'm lost and lonely
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Now that I've lost control

If not the weight of the world
If not the trick of the light
If not the sign of the times
I could be somewhere tonight
Here at the end of the line
Here at the peak of my form
I'm at the prime of my life
Here in the eye of the storm

Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Now that I'm lost and lonely
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me
Is anybody gonna comfort me

I need a place to call home
I've left scene of the crime
I need a face I can trust with all this time


Two Men

Count them on your fingers
With fingers left to spare
Turn your head, blink your eyes
They're no longer there
Two men, Two men
Drinking in the corner
Waiting for their wish
Shooting for the young ones
Barrels full of fish
Two men, Two men

Printed in the papers
News that you can trust
Dresses us in stretch-pants
Covers us with dust
There were two men
There were two men
There were two men
And three of us

Take it slow and steady
Toughen up your heart
Take longer to get ready
You're further from the start
Two men, Two men
Waking in the new world
With men who have to breed
Breaking in the new girl
Johnny Appleseed
Two men, Two men

Shorter in the saddle
Smaller in the bust
Kept away from battles
Anything can rust
There were two men
There were two men
There were two men
And three of us

Some go out too often
Some come on too slick
Some speak really softly
(But carry a big stick)
Some of us are graying
Some of them are bald
None of us are chosen
But all of us are called

Knit another sweater
Pick another flower
Dream of getting better
Not older by the hour
Two men, Two men
Take it like an eyesore
Disposable and quick
Fewer men to die for
More of us to pick
Two men, Two men

Heed the living legend
Feeding off his lust
Leads us to the edge and
Throws a little crust
There were two men
There were two men
There were two men.....


Leave Me

A rose is just a rose is just a rose
A simple lie that everybody knows
But even filled with poetry and prose
You could be a wolf in sheepish clothes
There's an explanation I suppose
How the love you came with comes and goes
That even as your precious antler grows
You're keeping one eye out for other does

Sometimes I start out believing men
Then right before my very eyes
Somehow I'm on the receiving end
Of some inconceivable lies

And a lie is just a lie is just a lie
And here in our cocoon they flutter by
'Cause even underneath the naked eye
A gypsy moth is not a butterfly

If you want to please me, please be gone
You are not the favorite thing I've done
You'd be so much better on your own
If you're gonna leave me, leave me alone

A rose is just a rose is just a rose
Even when the perfect petals close
All the crumpled color never shows
Trampled underneath your careless toes

Sometimes I start out by running 'round
With manly men with manly poise
But somehow I end up a dumping ground
For uninspired little boys

If you want to please me, please be gone
You've got all these choices, slim and none
Why not throw another girl a bone
If you're gonna leave me, leave me alone

Maybe for the final word
I'll try to be more delicate
I only want to help the next in line
What's the final damage worth
I figured, for the hell of it
That you could be the only man on earth
And I'd be celibate

A rose is just a rose is just a rose
But even when it's right beneath your nose
There's a kind of odor that just flows
When the rose is in it's dying throes
You were just another one of those
Tossing women off like dominoes
And even as I learned to love that rose
Everything in life can decompose


Doug's First Date

Doug pets his dog
Dog watches Doug
Dog feels the stress
Doug gives dog bone
Dog sniffs his butt
While Doug gets dressed
Dog seems impressed
With Doug's cologne

Doug feeds his fish
Fish don't do shit
Fish don't play fetch
Doug hates fish so
Fish hides in fern
While Doug has fits
Fish don't do shit
Fish got to go

First you're born
Then you walk
Then you boy scout
Then you drive
Then you drink
Then you leave
Then you marry
Then you die

Doug calls to Mom
Mom checks his tie
Mom checks his breath
Doug looks so young
Mom gives Doug cash
While Doug shifts weight
Mom hates first dates
Mom bites her tongue

First a flicker
Then a flame
Then an ember
Then an ash
Take the cash, Doug
Take the cash

She's a lovely girl
She's a lovely girl
Such a lovely girl

Doug greets his dog
Dog smiles at Doug
Dog feels relief
Doug fills dog's dish
Dog settles in
While Doug finds bone
Dog's glad Doug's home
Dog, Mom, Doug, Fish

First an acorn
Then a tree
Then an acorn
Then a tree
Then an acorn
Then a tree
Then an acorn
Then a tree


Square Deal

A girl of little consequence
Was dying to be a bride
When she saw him at the laundromat
And she followed him inside
He offered her some softener
But could not stem the tide
The water flowed, they shared a load
And she thanked him for the ride

Now this girl of little confidence
Was tired of being alone
So she fed him through the afternoon
And she let him drive her home
She swore that she'd adore him
With a love so overblown
That he grabbed some air and left her there
And promised he would phone

She wants a big square man
With a big square jaw
And a big square life so real
All she wants is love and a square deal

A girl of little competence
Sits waiting for a call
With perfumed air and perfect hair
And a love affair that's stalled
She faults herself for faltering
So frantic she might fall
For someone she knew secretly
Was nothing after all

She wants a big square man
With a big square house
And a big square hand to feel
All she wants is love and a square deal

She wants a big square man
With a big square job
And a big square heart of steal
All she wants is love and a square deal


Lullaby

Darling you should know by now
That if everything should end tonight
We would still come through somehow
With a head full of flavors and a handful of light
And the voices that are singing inside us
Will provide us with the faith to go on
And they'll bind us together and guide us
Through the dark of the dawn

Darling you should know by now
That our souls will never quite be still
We'll stay heart to heart somehow
With the sleep of the angels
And the strength of our will
And the voices that are singing around us
Will surround us with the words we inspire
And they'll drown us together
With sounds of our death and desire

And the voices that are singing behind us
Will remind us of the time at the start
"To love and to honor and cherish 'til death do us part"
And keep us together forever with love in our hearts

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