How To Love And Be Loved

Smiling Thru The Tears


There are times when everything I do is wrong
There are times I see no reason to go on
Saw your face in this place
Dressed in those prehistoric clothes
And it hurt inside and something died
But I'll never let it show

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Cause I'm smiling through the tears
Cause I'm smiling through the tears
Cause I'm smiling through the tears

Thought by now all those black clouds would pass away
Thought by now I'd seen my errors and mistakes
I wait and I wait
For a meaningful sign
I'm so sick of the rain and trying to explain
That I'm really doing fine

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I can't be hurt, I can't be hurt any more
I've been hurt so many times
I just laugh when I cry, what I mean to say
Is that I can make up my mind
So I wait in the dark, just like St. Joan of Arc
And it closes in on me
I just stop, go, hot, cold
Everything I feel has got victory

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Something Inside Of Me


Something inside of me
Makes me say things to you that I don't mean to say
Something inside of me
Makes me drink until I have to be carried away
Something inside of me
Makes me walk on my friends and all the people I love
Something inside of me
Oh, I don't know what it is

Something inside of me
Brings me nothing but pain way down deep in my soul
Something inside of me
Makes me jealous and angry and hard to control
Something inside of me
Well, I tried to be cool, it just won't let me go
Something inside of me
I don't know what it is

Well, there's something inside of me
A voice in my head
That tells me to do things I usually dread
Sometimes I think I'd be better off dead
I just don't know what it is

Something inside of me
Makes me say these things to you, you, you
Something inside of me
Oh Lord, what can I do
Something inside of me
Makes me crazy inside
Something inside of me
I don't know what it is

Something inside of me
Something inside of me
Something inside of me
I don't know what it is



Getting Over You


You don't understand
You never understood
The way I feel

You don't understand
You never understood
The way I feel

You never had the time
Always something on your mind
You never gave me love
Like I gave to you

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You
I'm getting over you
I'm getting over you
I'm getting over you

We never had a chance
Never had a chance
Had a chance in hell

We never had a chance
Never had a chance
Had a chance in hell

Before it all began
You had another man
Could he give you love
Like I gave to you?

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I'll meet you on the street
You talk and talk and cheat
Could you give me love
Like I gave to you?

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Romance Will Never Die


I'm lying by the riverside
Sleeping under a sunny sky
The young girls take their stockings off
Romance will never die

Old men selling photographs
Baby, they've all been torn in half
The young girls lean on window sills
Romance will never die

So why do I keep seeing you
Dressed up in rags with pointed shoes
Why do I remember you
And the way you looked at me
When our innocence had flown away

My whole world has come crashing down
Laughing as it hit the ground
The young girls still look clean and white
Romance will never die

So why do I keep seeing you
Your face is wet and bathed in blue
So why do I remember you
And the way you looked at me
Everything there is too see

I'm lying by the riverside
Sleeping under a sunny sky
The young girls are flowers floating by
Romance will never die



For Love Or Money


I've only got one memory
I see you sitting on your uncle's knee
With a diamond ring and a string of pearls
I know what your uncle does with little girls
It always turns me off when I think of you touching him
The way people would sell themselves for gold

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Look what we do for love or money
Look what we do for love or money
Look what we do for love or money
How much does it cost?

This year big is always best
And every boy and girl are over dressed
Well, might is right, more is most
They'll try to change if you don't look too close
Everyone is pairing off and preparing vacant fallacies
And trying to find each others pride

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So call me jealous if you will
And consummate yourself with a dollar bill
Just ask your uncle if you're safe
He's not your real uncle anyway
It always tears me up when I lay awake and wonder why
You must make everything so cheap

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Tell me how much it will cost this time

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Completely Blue


She started out with nothing
She didn't have a clue
There'd come a day when she'd hear herself say
She's completely blue

And all her dark depression
Is because of you
You took a ride to the other side and now
She's completely blue

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She's completely
She's completely
She's completely blue

Oh, she's been awfully lonely
You'd be lonely too
If all you heard were discouraging words
You'd be completely blue

So someone better go and help her out
You know her love is true
Up in her bed she was completely red, but now
She's completely blue

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Violins Are Playing


Violins are playing
Something sad and sweet
The dancing girls are dancing
They're stepping on each other's feet
The drummer boy is trying
To drum up something to get by
But violins are playing that song tonight

Violins are playing
Something soft for me
The singing group is singing
They're just a little out of key
The brass band has banded together
They're looking for a fight
But violins are playing that song tonight

Violins are playing
Underneath the noise
The ballerina stumbles
They're jealous of each others' poise
Everybody wants to scream at me
And I just don't think that's right
But violins are playing that song tonight

Violins are playing
Violins are playing
Violins are playing
Violins are playing




Empty Buildings


Kids don't remember when we ruled the earth
And everything belonged to us by right of birth
Good and bad were simple shades of black and white
God Almighty looked down and told us we were right
So much for heaven

Look at all those empty buildings
Empty houses, empty yards
Used to live in all those empty buildings
Loved our wives in those empty buildings
But we never come

You kids don't remember back when things were good
And a man always knew exactly where he stood
He could beat the living daylights out of anyone
He could blow the whole damn world to kingdom come
So much for caring

Look at all those empty buildings
Empty houses, empty yards
Used to live in all those empty buildings
Raised our kids in those empty buildings
But they never grew

Kids don't remember patriotic songs
We'd never learn from our mistakes, cause we were never wrong
We put 'em out of sight and out of heart and out of mind
We partied just like it was 1999

We waved out flags at the purple mountains majesty
And the spacious sky filled with air almost fit to breathe
And a man and a woman could make freedom ring
But nowadays freedom, it just don't mean a thing
So much for caring

Look at all those empty buildings
Empty houses, empty yards
Used to live in all those empty buildings
Said our prayers in those empty buildings
But they don't come true

Look at all those empty buildings



Royalty In Exile


Well listen, I'm not going to tell you how it feels when we kiss
Oh baby, I'm not going to tell you how it feels when we kiss
Some times it feels like that, baby
Most of the time it feels just like this

Well listen, I'm not gonna wake up even though I'm not asleep
Yeah, yeah, I'm not gonna wake up even though I'm not asleep
Well I dug myself a hole
And I dropped me down here way too deep

Well listen, I saw you in your bedroom with a Spanish speaking man
I saw you in your bedroom with a Spanish speaking man
Now you want me to forgive you
I don't think that I can

So, I wrote this little message, sent it to your ma and pa
Yes, I wrote this little message, sent it to your ma and pa
Just to tell them what their little girl's up to
Tell them what the butler saw

Hey girl, get up
Who taught you to talk like that?
Well, just like royalty in exile
Now you're out here on your ass

Well, just like royalty in exile
Princess out here on her ass
You just go rocking in the ballroom
With a piece of broken glass



This Town Is Dying


This little song won't mean a lot
You'd miss the point likely as not
And I'd get mad, make you cry
Slam the door and run outside

These little words will make a rhyme
Can't tell it all, there isn't time
To say what's wrong, to say what's right
I'll just get drunk, stay out all night

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This town is dying right before our eyes
This town is dying, comes as no surprise
We put the pistol up to it's head
This town is dying if it's not already dead

All my friends have gone away
They used to write about today
I've seen them go, one by one
I've said goodbye, watch them run

All these stores are boarded up
And in the bar a paper cup
We fill with dimes to give to those
Who are out of place and have no clothes

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There are no sounds in the city
There are no sounds in the city
There is no life in the city

In the sky, a pretty face
This used to be a pretty place
Can't stand the sight of either one
You know it too, what's done is done

This little song won't change a thing
No one will hear, no one will sing
'Cause no one sings 'round here but me
And no one cries another sea

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