Lyrics A Hell of a Time

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Twin Justice

  • Who is without sin cast the first stone
  • The usual suspect gets his windows broken
  • The mob outside is crying for justice
  • There´s none of that until the law has spoken
  • When the sword of justice fails to make a clean cut
  • Are hate mail and death threats all you can come up with
  • Don´t you understand that sword is all we´ve got
  • It´s all that keeps us from the big black nothing
  • We read about twin justice in a magazine
  • How none of us are evil, we just do evil things
  • Come to the defense of those that really need it
  • Hatred only grows when you feed it
  • Always two sides to a story
  • There ought to be a law
  • A lady with a blindfold
  • A pair of scales and a sword
  • Can you tell, can you tell, can you tell
  • Black crow from white dove
  • At a crossing
  • All we know for sure
  • Is next to nothing

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South

  • You can always count on Hope
  • She is fearless and she is kind
  • Whenever you´re in trouble
  • She will help you win the fight
  • When Hope turns a corner we start running
  • Not to let her out of sight
  • But it´s hard for me to run these days
  • It´s getting harder all the time
  • Hope will help you kill your demons
  • But I worry about mine
  • Even she cannot be invincible
  • Not all the time
  • So I have made my own plan
  • I guess that she won´t mind
  • With all those demons to deal with
  • She will not miss mine
  • I´ll just try to trick my demons
  • Sneak my way around them
  • Go down South
  • Drink in that Southern light
  • Before the sun goes down

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Circadian Driftwood

  • I walk this endless shore at night
  • Still bewitched by the moon
  • My feet in the surf that marks the line
  • Between too late and too soon
  • A heart that´s not broken once in a while
  • Is just a machine pumping blood
  • A lump in my throat tells me why
  • You are gone for good
  • With all the strength I can muster
  • I must go clean up this beach
  • Burn this wood and forget you
  • You are long out of reach
  • Circadian driftwood
  • Washed up on my beach
  • All this debris
  • Flooding me in my dreams
  • The way things were going
  • They could not go on
  • I still dream about you

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Alamo

  • Jim and Davy and some of their friends
  • Fought for Texas independence
  • When it looked like it was coming to blows
  • They found cover in the Alamo
  • Santa Anna came up from Mexico
  • Led his men down to the Alamo
  • He got orders to straighten out things
  • In a Tex-Mex reckoning
  • When in the end, soldiers stormed the fort
  • They were met with Jim´s last pistol shots
  • Upon hearing the news his mother said I bet
  • They found no knife wounds in his back
  • The young duke was thin and white
  • He took his name from the famous knife
  • Before long, he was known
  • To sprinkle stardust on his song
  • Our lives come to us as a gift
  • But time is sneaky and time is swift
  • We should not forget to pay
  • Respect to our heroes for more than one day
  • Even if Lazarus´ resurrection
  • Was nothing but a grand old lie
  • That doesn´t mean we cannot try
  • To keep the memory alive
  • The Alamo lies at the end of the road
  • Ashes to ashes the cycle goes
  • Some stand tall and some lay low
  • We all face our Alamo

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Ark no 2

  • The deckhand is a soldier
  • Who heard his death singing
  • He sawed off a digit
  • From his triggerfinger
  • The cook is a preacher
  • Who got thrown out of church
  • For preaching the truth
  • Oh, how the truth hurts
  • First mate´s an orator
  • Who never made himself heard
  • He´s a silent man now
  • Still a man of his word
  • The captain´s a drag queen
  • Who was living in sin
  • Up high in the crow´s nest
  • You can hear her sing hymns
  • The dirt in our pockets
  • Won´t buy us a home
  • The weight of the world
  • Will make it sink like a stone
  • So we´re out in the shipyard
  • With our God-given tools
  • And we´re building a ship
  • For drunkards and fools
  • We´re building a ship for drunkards and fools
  • God will protect us and give us the tools
  • The rich and the righteous say we´ll never survive
  • We´re gonna have us a hell of a time

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The Arkansas Toothpick

  • My father needed some kind of tool
  • So we went down to the hardware store
  • He watched his son stare at this killer knife
  • Made him worry because he´d seen the war
  • I was just a young boy, an ignorant gazing
  • At the display in the hardware store
  • Saw this beautiful sharp and shiny blade
  • A boy my age could never afford
  • The Arkansas Toothpick wants an eye for an eye
  • Like an assault rifle, like a hand grenade
  • Now I understand what it meant to him
  • To see his son crave such a cruel blade
  • How about the sermon on the mount
  • How about we count to ten before we hit
  • How about we cut this perpetual crap
  • How about we let all this blood
  • Dry up

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Black Leather Jacket

  • Crap on the radio
  • Crap on the internet
  • 24/7 crap, it can´t get worse than that
  • Once again, counter-culture was dead before it died
  • Ripped off and squashed
  • At least it up and tried
  • Music recorded in a benign conspiracy
  • A brave attempt to circumvent the industry
  • A rebel act against a shareholder´s format
  • Where only revenues matter
  • Where´s my black leather jacket?
  • I suddenly, desperately need to wear it
  • What do you mean, it´s in a box in the attic
  • I need to wear it right now
  • Elvis on pills in his latter days
  • Such a sad King
  • We love him anyway
  • Elvis growing fat in his latter days
  • Such a sad King
  • We love him anyway

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3.5 inch

  • The man had one of these expensive phones
  • He streamed me pictures of paradise
  • I had to pay him everything I owned
  • Still, that´s not much for a better life
  • All that I could take with me
  • Were my child, my wife and my prayer beads
  • I left behind my friends and family
  • For a better life upstream
  • I witnessed things I cannot tell, they lie
  • Behind a wall that I built in my mind
  • All that I can say right now
  • Is ´Thank God, we are alive´
  • I´ve seen a better life
  • Framed in 3.5 inch
  • With my own eyes I´ve seen
  • A better life

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Crossfade

  • Old times are fading out
  • While waiting for the second coming
  • New times are fading in
  • All this waiting seems for nothing
  • When vilifiers have their say
  • They always use the biggest words
  • And the Devil has his way
  • When they knock down the church
  • What if maybe there are
  • Different views on the same thing
  • Ask yourself, will you follow?
  • When someone else does the thinking
  • For everything gained
  • Something else was lost
  • Not until deliverance
  • We calculate the cost
  • Heard a choir of listless angels
  • Sing in an empty church
  • They followed the old arrangements
  • Seemed lost for words

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Record Store

  • Johnny B. Bad was struck by a lightning bolt
  • Heard ten strings and a drum and he sold his soul
  • End of each month, he was browsing the record store
  • Spent his cash, all his cash
  • On just one more
  • Just one more
  • He spun those discs again and again
  • Never played them backwards
  • Heard the Devil all the same
  • At night in the club they were jumping up and down
  • Spilling beer on each other
  • When told to behave, they could not be bothered
  • Could not be bothered
  • It is just hormones, that´s what it is boy
  • Just wait until you grow up
  • Those guitars and drums are just toys for boys
  • Wait until you have a proper job
  • Well, I´m still waiting...
  • Roll, roll to the record store
  • See what they´ve got
  • I still need more
  • Come on to the record store
  • See what they´ve got
  • I still need more
  • From the record store

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Something White

  • Here´s what I fear
  • Curl up and listen
  • It grows underground
  • Comes up in the mist and
  • I cannot let it pass
  • I feel angrier than that
  • Here´s what I hear
  • You can hear it if you listen
  • Hear them scream
  • See them raise their fists and
  • You should not let it pass
  • You should feel angrier than that
  • Here they come again
  • They won´t listen
  • They swing their crowbars
  • Draw up their lists and
  • They start waving flags
  • Start sticking on those tags
  • Go tell your brothers
  • Go tell your sisters
  • Gather them around you
  • And make them listen
  • They cannot let this pass
  • They should be angrier than that
  • There is something white
  • Fluttering in a corner
  • Of my eye

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Darkness Rising

  • There must have been a line
  • I did not see when I crossed it
  • That must have been the time
  • That I lost it
  • I lost my nerve
  • Something is hiding in the dark
  • I cannot see it, I can feel it
  • And I know it means to harm
  • It summons the darkness
  • Around me
  • This darkness looks so dense
  • It is slowly creeping up
  • I can barely see my hands
  • It´s creeping up
  • On me
  • I wish the moon would light the way
  • Like it always used to do
  • Back in its radiant days
  • Back when the moon
  • Showed the way
  • Darkness is rising, not falling
  • And I lost sight of my feet
  • Will you light a candle
  • And shine a light for me(/li>

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