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MT. MATCHBOX {Mt. La Stella's Tribute to Matchbox Twenty}
Lyrics

On this page you'll find the lyrics to all of Matchbox Twenty's songs (released and non-released).

ANGRY
So scream you, out from behind the bitter ache
Heavy on the memory, you need most
still want love, ugly, smooth and delicate
not without affection, not alone

And instead of wishing that it would get better
man you're seeing that you just get angrier

And it's good that I'm not angry
I just need to get over,
I'm not angry, anymore

Cry when you cry, run when you run
love when you love
represent the ashes
that you leave behind

And instead of wishing that the road had shoulder
man you're seeing that you're sinking over time

And it's good that I'm not angry
I just need to get over
I'm not angry
it's dragging me under
I'm not angry

I'm not angry it's never been enough
it gets inside and it tears you up
I'm not angry but I've never been above it
you see through me don't you



ARGUE
She don't, but she will
He says anything to keep her by him
She takes, what she gets, and she never did flinch

So over, and over, well anyone
With any mind would think that's all she gets
(chorus)
If you want you can get to know me well
We get along so we shouldn't argue
And I don't know, said I don't know
All these feelings cloud up my reasoning
Cloud up my reasoning

I know, but I still
Believe in ignorance as my best defense
So go on, wreck me
Funny how I carry on, and not be taken over
Will not roll over on anyone,
cuz anyone would stand up on my side
(chorus)
You know it's funny how sometimes,
It don't work out like you want to
No you never get nothing at all
Then she tells you that it's nothing at all
Then she tells you that it's over, boy don't you hate it
When it's over
I guess something just got lost, and it deeply saddens me
So over, and over anyone, who's anyone
(chorus)



BACK 2 GOOD
It's nothing, it's so normal you
Just stand there I could say so much
But I don't go there cuz I don't want to
I was thinking if you were lonely
Maybe we could leave here and no one would know
At least not to the point that we would think so

Everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about
Somebody else
It's best if we all keep it under our heads
I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling the way I do
But I'm lonely now, and I don't know how
To get it back to good

This don't mean that, you own me
This ain't no good, in fact it's phony as hell
But things worked out just like you wanted too
If you see me out you don't know me
Try to turn your head, try to give me some room
To figure out just what I'm going to do

And everyone here, hates everyone here for doing just like
They do
It's best if we all keep this quiet instead
And I couldn't tell, why everyone here was doing me like
They do
But I'm sorry now, and I don't know how
To get it back to good

Everyone here, is wondering what it's like to be with
Somebody else
Everyone here's to blame, everyone here
Gets caught up in the pleasure of the pain, everyone hides
Shades of shame, but looking inside we're the same, we're
The same
And we're all grown now, but we don't know how
To get it back to good

Everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking 'bout
Somebody else
It's best if we all keep this under our heads
I couldn't tell, if anyone here was feeling the way I do
But it's over now, and I don't know how, it's over now
There's no getting back to good



BED OF LIES
No I would not sleep in this bed of lies
So toss me out and turn in
And there'll be no rest for these tired eyes
I'm marking it down to learning
I am

Don't think that I can take another empty moment
Don't think that I can fake another
hollow smile
It's not enough just to be sorry.
Don't think that I could take another talk about it

Just like me you got needs
And they're only a whisper away
And we softly surrender
To these lives that we've tendered away

No I would not sleep in this bed of lies
So toss me out and turn in
And they'll be no rest for these tired eyes
I'm marking it down to learning

I am
Don't wanna be the one who turns the whole thing over
Don't wanna be somewhere where I just don't belong
Where it's not enough just be sorry

Don't you know I feel the darkness closing in
Tried to be more than me
And I gave 'til it all went away
And we've only surrendered
To the worst part of these winters we've made

I am all that I'll ever be
When you - lay your hands
Over me
but don't go weak on me now
I know that it's weak
But God help me I need this
I will not sleep in this bed of lies



BENT
If I fall along the way
pick me up and dust me off.
and if I get too tired to make it
be my breath so I can walk

If I need some other love
give me more than I can stand
and when my smile gets old and faded
wait around I'll smile again

shouldn't be so complicated
just hold me and then
just hold me again

can you help me I'm bent
I'm so scared that I'll never
get put back together
you're breaking me in
and this is how we will end
with you and me bent

If I couldn't sleep could you sleep
could you paint me better off
could you sympathize with my needs
I know you think I need a lot

I started out clean but I'm jaded
just phoning it in
just breaking the skin

start bending me
It's never enough
I feel all your pieces
start bending me
Keep bending me until I'm completely broken in

shouldn't be so complicated
just touch me and then
just touch me again



BLACK & WHITE PEOPLE
one more day down
everybody has those days
where one soft sweet song's
just enough to clear my head

fall on real life
is anybody left there sane?
if we slide on over and accept fate
then it's bound to be a powerful thing

if it's just that you're weak
can we talk about it
it's gettin' so damn creepy
just nursing this ghost of a chance
the fiction, the romance
and the Technicolor dreams
of black and white people

one boy head strong
thinks that living here's just plain
He's pushed down so hard
you can hear him start to sink

and it's one last round of petty conversation
you hold on boy 'cuz
you won't go down like this?
just roll on over
lay down till it's more than you can take

so one more day down
and everybody's changin'
one more head down
just enough to reach my head

yeah if you're weak
can we talk about it
it's gettin' so damn creepy
just nursing this ghost of a chance
the fiction, the romance
and the Technicolor dreams
of black and white people

We are black and white people



THE BURN
I thought about
Leaving - but I couldn't even get outta bed
Hitchin' - but I couldn't get a ride outta town
Now anyone who really wanted me to be down
Come 'round

Thought about
Singin' but I couldn't remember all of the words
Breakin' but I couldn't get the pieces apart
Laughin' never knowing what the joke was about
Now I'm down
And I wonder how I never got the Burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time

Forgot About
Everything and everyone I needed before
Tryin' to get a handle on a reason to shine
Pickin' up the pieces that are falling behind takes time

So I wonder how I never got the Burn
And if I'm ever gonna learn
How lonely people make a life
One strain at a time and still shine



BUSTED
I forget when words were only words
She knows the party makes me nervous
In this stage we can't get hurt
Don't try to understand me

We're too cool to be alone
But, not too crazy to get busted

I found out one life ain't enough
I need another soul to feed on
I'm the flame I can't get burnt
I'm wholly understated

I found silence in this space
An on and off again attraction
I need such amazing grace
Heaven sweep me away
(chorus)
Love don't change, don't come around here
Don't wear my heart on your sleeve
Like a high school letter
Don't strain, cuz nothing ever comes from it
And the people we've become, well
They've never been the people who we are

I strap on one horse and prayed for luck
I dug another hole to bleed
I know exactly how this works
I need a new feel dirty

I don't need you crowding up my space
I just want to get inside you
You can't blame the heart you save
Giving something awa
(chorus)
I dreamed that the world was crumbling down
We sat on my back porch and watched it
I dreamed that the buildings all fell down
We sat on my back porch and watched it
In my head I heard the sound
Like fifteen strangers dancing

But oh how I want you to know me
Oh how I want you to know me
Oh how I wish I was somebody else, baby
Oh how I wish you could own me
(chorus)



CRUTCH
I don't want to be the crutch
one step away from down
i don't want to be the crutch
one step away from...

man i feel like hell so come on over
be a love machine and i could be your friend
ain't no shame feel strong for one another
make a real true color come end to end then
god damn. change of pace
i think there's still a piece of my heart on your face

it's a shame to let it waste
how does it taste?

break it down in pieces, make it simple
'cause you know damn well that i'm a simple man
all these things go changing like the weather
and they stay that way until the weather man says
one down, gone to waste
i think there's still a piece of that smile on your face
and i would like to see it erased
there ain't no two ways about it.
(chorus)
bring it on then gone, use a lover
like a cigarette the way that lovers do
one sweet song that starts a little slow and
then goes on and on and makes you want to
move around the room in circles
everybody wants to be you
try to find my place up on the map
of all the men you've been through
dig a little deeper and you'll realize
all i'm building up you're tearing down.
(chorus)



DAMN
This old world well
Don't it make you wanna think damn
This cold girl well
Don't she wanna make you scream, damn

What's the matter girl
Don't you think I'm good enough
This old heart's had a whole lot a breakin' down
She's got all these reasons in her head

(chorus 1)
All that time she knew if I lied
You can bet she will
She's taking her time 'til I thought I would die
And I can't sit still

Things got turned 'round
Don't know where I started from, damn
Can't eat, can't sleep
Could have been a bigger man, damn
What's the matter girl don't you think I'm bright enough
This old man had a hard time getting here
You can leave your number at the door

(chorus 1)

And there's nothing at all
Yeah there's nothing at all
Well there's nothing at all
To make her change her mind

This old house been quiet since
You went away, damn
Mixed up fixed out
Don't forget who got you here, damn

What's the matter world
Don't you see I opened up
This whole part been played by another man
I pulled out the reason card instead
(chorus 1)
(chorus 2)

Says she can find
The things that make up a life
I bet she will
She stays behind, I could stay here all night
I could stay here until

Until there's nothing at all
Yeah there's nothing at all
Well there's nothing at all
To make her change her mind



DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT
I was talking with a friend of mine
Said a woman had hurt his pride
Told him that she loved him so
And turned around and let him go
Then he said, 'You better watch your step
Or your gonna get hurt yourself
Someone's gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size'

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
What if I love you baby
Don't do me like that

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
Someday I might need you baby
Don't do me like that

Listen honey, can you see
Baby, you would bury me
If you were in the public eye
Givin' someone else a try
And you know you better watch your step
Or you're gonna get hurt yourself
Someone's gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
What if I love you baby
Don't, don't, don't, don't

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
What if I need you baby
Don't do me like that

Cuz somewhere deep down inside
Someone is saying, 'Love doesn't last that long'
I got this feeling inside night and day
And now I can't take it no more

Listen honey, can you see
Baby, you would bury me
If you were in the public eye
Givin' someone else a try
And you know you better watch your step
Or you're gonna get hurt yourself
Someone's gonna tell you lies
Cut you down to size

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
What if I love you baby
Don't, don't, don't, don't

Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
I just might need you honey
Don't do me like that

Wait
Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
Baby, baby, baby
Don't, don't, don't

No
Don't do me like that
Don't do me like that
Baby, baby, baby
Oh, oh, oh



DON'T LET ME DOWN (cover song - The Beatles)
Don't let me down, don't let me down.
Don't let me down, don't let me down.

Nobody ever loved me like she does,
oo, she does, yeh, she does.
And if somebody loved me like she do me,
oo, she do me, yes, she does.

Don't let me down, don't let me down.
Don't let me down, don't let me down.

I'm in love for the first time.
Don't you know it's gonna last.
It's a love that lasts forever,
It's a love that had no past.

Don't let me down, don't let me down.
Don't let me down, don't let me down.

And from the first time that she really done me,
oo, she done me, she done me good.
I guess nobody ever really done me,
oo, she done me, she done me good.

Don't let me down, don't let me down.
Don't let me down, don't let me down.



EMINENCE FRONT
The 1 shines
And people forget
The spray flies as the speedboat glides
And people forget
Forget they're hiding
The girls smile
And people forget
The snow packs as the skier tracks
And people forget
Forget they're hiding.
Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - It's a put on.
Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Won't you come and join the party
Dress to kill.
The drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they're hiding
The news slows
People forget
The shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget
Forget they're hiding.
Behind an eminence front
Eminence front - it's a put on
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Dress yourself, dressed to kill.



FAME
Fame
Makes a man take things over
Fame
Lets him loose, hard to swallow
Fame
Puts you there where things are hollow
Fame

Fame
It's not your brain
That burns the change to keep you insane
Fame

Fame
What you like is in the limo
Fame
What you get is no tomorrow
Fame
What you need you have to borrow
Fame

Could it be the best
Could it be
Really be, really babe
Could it be, my babe
Could it, babe
Really be, really babe

Is it any wonder I reject you first
Fame, fame, fame, fame
Is it any wonder
You're to cool to fool
Fame

Fame
Bully for you, chilly for me
Got to get a rain check for me
Fame



FASCINATION STREET
Oh, it's opening time
Down on fascination street
So let's cut the conversation
And get out for a bit
Cuz I feel it all fading
And I'm begging to drag you down with me
To kick the last nail in
Yeah, I like you like that
Like I like you to scream
But if you open your mouth
Then I can't be responsible for what goes in
I don't care what comes out
So just pull on your hair
Just pull on your pout

And let's move to the beat
Like we know that it's over
If you slip going under
Slip over my shoulder
So just pull on your face
Just pull on your feet
And it's opening time
Down on fascination street

And let's move to the beat
Like we know that it's over
If you slip going under
Slip over my shoulder
So just pull on your feet
And let's hit opening time
Down on fascination street



FAST CAR
You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we'll make something
But me myself I got nothing to prove

You got a fast car
And I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money
We won't have to drive too far
Just 'cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

You see my old man's got a problem
He live with the bottle that's the way it is
He says his body's too old for working
I say his body's too young to look like his
My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody's got to take care of him
So I quit school and that's what I did

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so we can fly away
We gotta make a decision
We leave tonight or live and die this way
I remember we were driving driving in your car
The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk
City lights lay out before us
And your arm felt nice wrapped 'round my shoulder
And I had a feeling that I belonged
And I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someone

You got a fast car
And we go cruising to entertain ourselves
You still ain't got a job
And I work in a market as a checkout girl
I know things will get better
You'll find work and I'll get promoted
We'll move out of the shelter
Buy a big house and live in the suburbs

You got a fast car
And I got a job that pays all our bills
You stay out drinking late at the bar
See more of your friends than you do of your kids
I'd always hoped for better
Thought maybe together you and me would find it
I got no plans I ain't going nowhere
So take your fast car and keep on driving

You got a fast car
But is it fast enough so you can fly away
You gotta make a decision
You leave tonight or live and die this way



GIRL LIKE THAT
You think this life would make me bolder
But I'm running scared is all
I hang on everything about you
You think I'd settle down cuz I'm older
But I roll with the changes is all
I'm same old trailer trash in new shoes

She gets sad when there's nothing going on
She says it makes her feel damn worthless
(chorus 1)
Well you got to think with a girl like that
Any love at all, is better than nothing
It's better than nothing

I put my hands around your shoulder
You're saying you're scared is all
I think I know too much about you
You think this life would make me colder
I'd give in to the alcohol
I put my loving arms around you, child

You knew damn well there was nothing going on
Is that what makes you feel damn worthless
(chorus 2)
Well you got to think with a girl like that
Any love is better than nothing
It's better than nothing
You got to think, with a girl like that
Any love at all, is better than nothing
It's better than nothing
Yeah she drags you down and she pulls you up
She pulls you up
Says that she's sorry now but it's not enough
To pull you up
She's sorry

I wake up quick just like I want to
Yeah but I stay out much too late
You think this life can get a bit unkind but she stays
Down till the worth is gone
And pulls you up, she pulls you up,
She pulls you up and over, over
(chorus 2)
(chorus 1)



HANG
She grabs her magazines
She packs her things and she goes
She leaves the pictures hanging on the wall, she burns all
Her notes and she knows, she's been here too few years
To feel this old

He smokes his cigarette, he stays outside 'till it's gone
If anybody ever had a heart, he wouldn't be alone
He knows, she's been here too few years, to be gone

And we always say, it would be good to go away, someday
But if there's nothing there to make things change
If it's the same for you I'll just hang

The trouble understand, is she got reasons he don't
Funny how he couldn't see at all, 'til she grabbed up her coat
And she goes, she's been here too few years to take it all in stride
But still it's much too long, to let hurt go (you let her go)
And we always say, it would be good to go away, someday
But if there's nothing there to make things change
If it's the same for you I'll just hang
The same for you
I'll always hang
Well I always say, it would be good to go away
But if things don't work out like we think
And there's nothing there to ease this ache
But if there's nothing there to make things change
If it's the same for you, I'll just hang



HEAVY
It's bad enough that we had to learn the hard way without giving up
Never thought that you were joking
And I'm broken
And you run for a little while
Pass it on, try something else
Yeah you know that you're the one

And it's hard on me
Cause that's the way I heard it was susposed to be And big sinners
So tell me cause I don't understand
Just how to be off to the right
Oh you know that means so much

(chorus)
Well it's hard on me
Yeah cause I'm so sick of it
And you remember where you were
The way when things were heavy

So go
You could sell me about anything
And I'll buy because I like your face
Well yeah you know I'm a sucker
A little f*cker
Well tell me something when we
I'll tell you it's only you
Cause only you can make me weak
Oh you turn on me

(Chorus)

Oh when things were heavy
I'm so sick of it

It's bad enough that we had to learn the hard way about giving up
I never thought that you were joking



IF YOU'RE GONE
I think I've already lost you
I think you're already gone.
I think I'm finally scared now
You think I'm weak - But I think you're wrong
I think you're already leaving
Feels like your hand is on the door
I thought this place was an empire
But now I'm relaxed - I can't be sure

I think you're so mean - I think we should try
I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - I think too much
I know this is wrong it's a problem I'm dealing

If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
Cuz there's a little bit of something me
In everything in you

I bet you're hard to get over
I bet the room just won't shine
I bet my hands I can stay here
I bet you need - more than you mind

I think you're so mean - I think we should try
I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling

If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me
In everything in you

I think you're so mean - I think we should try
I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - do I talk too much
I know it's wrong it's a problem I'm dealing



LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL
This will all fall down like everything else that was
This too shall pass and all of the words we said
We can't take back

Now every fool in town would've left by now
I can't replace all the wasted days
The memory of your face - can't help thinkin'

Maybe if we ever coulda kept it all together
Where would we be
A thousand lost forevers
And the promises you never were giving me
Here's what I'm thinking
(chorus)
It won't be the first - heart that you break
It won't be the last - beautiful girl
The one that you wrecked - won't take you back
If you were the last beautiful girl in the world

Tell me one more time
How you're sorry about the way
This all went down - you needed to find your space
You needed to still be friends
Needed me to
Call you if I ever couldn't keep it all together
you'd comfort me
Tell me but forever
And the promises I never should have believed in
Here's what I'm thinking
(chorus)
It won't be the first - heart that you break
It won't be the last - beautiful girl
The one that you wrecked - won't take you back
If you were the last beautiful girl in the world

It's over now - And I've gone without
Cuz you're everybody else's girl
It seems to me - you'll always be
Everyone else's girl

This will all fall down
Like everything in the world
This too must end
And everything else that was
We can't take back



LEAVE
It's amazing
how you make your face just like a wall
how you take your heart and turn it off
how I turn my head and lose it all

It's unnerving
how just one move puts me by myself
there you go just trusting someone else
now I know I put us both through hell

I'm not saying
there wasn't nothing wrong
I just didn't think you'd ever get tired of me
I'm not saying
we ever had the right to hold on
I just didn't wanna let it get away from me

But if that's how it's gonna leave
straight out from underneath
then we'll see who's sorry now
If that's how it's gonna stand, when
you know you've been depending on
the one you're leaving now
the one you're leaving out

It's aggravating
how you threw me on
and you tore me out
how your good intentions turn to doubt
the way you needed time to sort it out

Tell me is that how it's going to end
when you know you've been depending on
the one you're leaving now
and the one you're leaving out



LONG DAY
It's sitting by the overcoat
The second shelf, the note she wrote
That I can't bring myself to throw away
And also
Reach she said for no one else but you,
Cuz you won't turn away
When someone else is gone

I'm sorry 'bout the attitude
I need to give when I'm with you
But no one else would take this shit from me
And I'm so
Terrified of no one else but me
I'm here all the time
I won't go away
It's me, yeah I can't get myself to go away
It's me, and I can't get myself to go away
Oh God I shouldn't feel this way
(chorus)
Reach down your hand in your pocket
Pull out some hope for me
It's been a long day, always ain't that right
And no Lord your hand won't stop it
Just keep you trembling
It's been a long day, always win't that right

Well I'm surprised that you'd believe
In anything that comes from me
I didn't hear from you or from someone else
And you're so
Set in life man, a pisser they're waiting
Too damn bad you get so far so fast
(chorus)
It's me, yeah and I can't get myself to go away
It's me, yeah and I can't get myself to go away
Oh God I shouldn't feel this way
(chorus)



MERCY MERCY ME
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
Where did all the blue sky go
Poison is the wind that blows
From the north and south and see

Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
Oil wasted on the oceans and our seas
Fish full of mercury

Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
Radiation in the ground and in the sky
Animals and birds that live nearby are dying

Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain't what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand



MOMMAS DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS
CHORUS:
Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
Don't let'em pick guitars and drive big old trucks
Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such
Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Even with someone they love

Cowboys ain't easy to love
They're harder to hold
They would rather give you a song than diamonds and gold
Lonestar belt buckles and old faded Levi's
And each night begins a new day
If you don't understand him, he won't die young
He'll probably just ride away

CHORUS

Cowboys like smoky old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings
Little warm puppies
And children and girls of the night
Them that don't know him won't like him
And them that do sometimes won't know how to take it
He ain't wrong, he's just different
And his pride won't let him
Do the things to make you think he's right

CHORUS

Love, love, love, love
They'll never stay home and they're always alone
Even with someone they love



MAD SEASON
I feel stupid - but i know it won't last for long
i've been guessing - i coulda been guessin' wrong
you don't know me now
i kinda thought that you should somehow
does that whole mad season got ya down

i feel stupid but it's something that comes and goes
i've been changin' - think it's funny how no one knows
we don't talk about - the little things that we do without
when that whole mad season comes around

so why ya gotta stand there
looking like the answer now
it seems to me - you'd come around
i need you now
do you think you can cope
you figured me out - i'm lost and i'm hopeless
bleeding and broken - though i've never spoken
i come undone - in this mad season

i feel stupid - but i think i been catchin' on
i feel ugly - but i know i still turn you on
you seem colder now, torn apart, angry, turned around
will that whole mad season knock you down

so are you gonna stand there
are you gonna help me out
you need to be together now - i need you now

now i'm cryin' - isn't that what you want
i'm tryin' to live my life on my own
but i won't
at times - i do believe i am strong
so someone tell me why, why, why
do i feel stupid
and i came undone



NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN
She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I've been

Been down one time
Been down two times
Never going back again

Remember what it means to win
Come down and see me again

Been down one time
Been down two times
Oh, never going back again

Oooh, never going back again
Oh, oh, oh

Never going back again
Never going back again



NOTHING COMPARES 2 U (cover song - Sinead O' Connor)
It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since U took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since u took your love away
Since u been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues
'cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 U

It's been so lonely without U here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby were did I go wrong
I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they'd only remind me of you
I went to the doctor guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said girl U better have fun
No matter what U do
But he's a fool
'cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 U

All the flowers that u planted mama
In the back yard
All died when u went away
I know that living with U baby was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try
'cos nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 U



PUSH
She said I don't know if I've ever been good enough
I'm a little bit rusty, and I think my head is caving in
And I don't know if I've ever been really loved
By a hand that's touched me, well I feel like something's
Gonna give
And I'm a little bit angry, well

This ain't over, no not here, not while I still need you
Around
You don't owe me, we might change
Yeah we just might feel good
(chorus)
I wanna push you around, I will, I will
I wanna push you down, I will, I will
I wanna take you for granted, I wanna take you for granted
I will

She said I don't know why you ever would lie to me
Like I'm a little untrusting when I think that the truth is
Gonna hurt ya
And I don't know why you couldn't just stay with me
You couldn't stand to be near me
When my face don't seem to want to shine
Cuz it's a little bit dirty well

Don't just stand there, say nice things to me
I've been cheated I've been wronged, and you
You don't know me, I can't change
I won't do anything at all
(chorus)
Oh but don't bowl me over
Just wait a minute well it kinda fell apart, things get so
Crazy, crazy
Don't rush this baby, don't rush this baby
(chorus)



REAL WORLD
I wonder what it's like to be the rainmaker
I wonder what it's like to know that I make the rain
I'd store it in boxes with little yellow tags on everyone
And you can come see them when I'm...done, when I'm
Done

I wonder what it's like to be a super hero
I wonder where I'd go if I could fly around downtown
From some other planet, I get this funky high on yellow
Sun
Boy I bet my friends will all be...stunned, they're stunned
(chorus)
Straight up, what did you hope to learn about here
If I were someone else, would this all fall apart
Strange, where were you, when we started this gig,
I wish the real world, would just stop hassling me

I wonder what it's like to be the head honcho
I wonder what I'd do if they all did just what I said
I'd shout out an order, I think we're out of this man get
me some
Boy don't make me wanna change my...tone, my tone
(chorus)
Please don't change, please don't break
The only thing that seems to work at all is you
Please don't change, at all from me
To you, and you to me
(chorus)



REST STOP
Just three miles from the rest stop
And she slams on the breaks
She said I tried to be but I'm not
And could you please collect your things
I don't wanna be cold
I don't wanna be cruel
But I gotta find more
Than what's happening with you
If you'd - open up the door

She said - while you were sleeping
I was listening to the radio
And wondering what you're dreaming when
It came to mind that I didn't care
So I thought - hell if it's over
I had better end it quick
Or I could lose my nerve
Are you listening - can you hear me
Have you forgotten

Just three miles from the rest stop
And my mouth's too dry to rage
The light was shining from the radio
I could barely see her face
But she knew all the words that I never had said
She knew the crumpled-up promise of this
Broken down man - and as I opened up the door



SHAME
What we learned here is love tastes bitter when it's gone
Past yourself forget the light, things look dirty when it's on
Funny how it comes to pass, that all the good slips away
And there's no one around you can remember being good to
You

(chorus 1)
Shame, shouldn't try you, couldn't step by you
And open up more
Shame, shame, shame

What we lost here is something better left alone
Second steps have been forgotten, will you tell me how
They go
Set yourself, situate, like a fool try again
There's no one around you can remember being good, for you
So

(chorus 2)
Shame, shouldn't try you, couldn't step by you
And open up more
Shame, shame, shame
Shame, shouldn't try you, couldn't step by you
And open up more
Shame, shame, shame

We never thought we'd get so troubled
We could never think that much
It should never get this bad

So let the wind blow ya, across a big floor
But there's no one around who can tell us what we're here
For
Funny in a certain light, how we all look the same
And there's no one in life you can remember ever stood
For you, so



STOP
Yes it's true that I believe
I'm weaker than I used to be
I wear my heart out on my sleeve
and I forget the rest of me

Yes there's times I've been afraid
and there's no harm in that I pray
cuz I'm more frightened everyday
someone will take the hope I have away

But you gotta give it up
to get off sometimes
you gotta give it up
to get off sometimes
you gotta give it up
to get get off sometimes I know

All the times I've given in
you fit me like a second skin
and one by one I will begin
to wear you on the days I'm feeling thin

You'd better stop, stop, stop
using me up
you'd better stop
cuz I've had enough
and I'm ready to forget the reasons
that keep me here



3 AM
She says it's cold outside and she hands me my raincoat
She's always worried about things like that
She says it's all gonna end and it might as well be my fault
And she only sleeps when it's raining
And she screams and her voice is straining
(chorus)
She says baby
It's 3 am I must be lonely
When she says baby
Well I can't help but be scared of it all sometimes
Says the rain's gonna wash away I believe it

She's got a little bit of something, God it's better than nothing
And in her color portrait world she believes that she's got it all
She swears the moon don't hang quite as high as it used to
And she only sleeps when it's raining
And she screams and her voice is straining
(chorus)
She believes that life is made up of all that you're used to
And the clock on the wall has been stuck at three for days, and days
She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway
But outside it's stopped raining
(chorus)



TIME AFTER TIME (cover song - Cyndi Lauper)
Lying in my bed
I hear the clock tick
And think of you
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new
Flashback
Warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcase of memories
Time after
Sometimes you picture me
I'm walking too far ahead
You're calling to me
I can't hear what you said
And you said go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

CHORUS:
If you're lost you can look
And you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you
I'll be waiting
Time After time

After my picture fades
And darkness has turned to gray
Watching through windows
You're wondering if I'm ok
Secrets stolen
From deep inside
The drum beats out of time

CHORUS

CHORUS

Time after time

And you said go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

CHORUS

CHORUS

Time after time
Time after time
Time after time



TIRED
You've been talking for an hour, and I swear to God that I can't hear a word you say
So would you come to me, come to me
I get caught up and the waves of conversation they wash over me
And they cover me, they cover me
Should I just pack my things and leave
Would I be a bigger man if I built a wall around your heart and dared you to come in
I could lie to you and say I didn't mean it
But hurts a funny thing and it makes you stronger

All is nothing in moderation
It's a dirty feeling and it makes you stronger
Well I believe I'm just plain tired

There's a funny way your lip shakes when I know that you've been lying, and it touches me
It swear that it comforts me, it comforts me
I guess I should be satisfied, did you say you love me half the time
Well let's settle there, we can build from there, build from there

Would you be happier if I was only half the man I am
You could shadow me and dare me to come in
I could lie to you and say I didn't mean it
But it really doesn't matter when you stop to think about it

All is nothing in moderation
It's a dirty feeling and it makes you stronger
Well I believe I'm just plain tired
The end is coming she don't even feel it
It's a strange sensation, I'm almost happy
Well I believe I'm just plain tired, I'm tired

Should I just pack my things and leave
Would I be a bigger man if I
Built a wall around your heart
And dared you to come in
I can lie to you
Say I didn't mean it
But hurts a funny thing, hurts a funny thing

All is nothing in moderation
It's a dirty feeling and it makes you stronger
Well I believe I'm just plain tired
The end is coming she don't even feel it
It's a strange sensation, I'm almost happy
Well I believe I'm just plain tired

All is nothing in moderation
It's a dirty feeling and it makes you stronger
Well I believe I'm just plain tired
The end is coming she don't even feel it
It's a strange sensation, I'm almost happy
Well I believe I'm just plain tired



YOU & I & I
Well its for sure, well things came down hard
But you couldn't wait, well all I think about is myself and anyone else
Well they get strung out but I get high
Well buddy something you better get straight I ain't got no room in my life pick up the anchor set it swinging
And well stop well I - I don't want to thank you honey I don't think so You better oh stop and try 'cause if there's a distance here between us Well its you and I and I

Well it's a shame you pander to me C'mon stroke on my ego Well like it's never been broke before a' well by anyone else
And what doesn't kill you it makes you linger And it makes you wonder

Hell goodness sake do you ever get sleep
Think one thing I believe that if one thing doesn't kill you it doesn't stay

And well stop well I - I don't want to thank you honey I don't think so You better oh stop and try 'cause if there's a distance here between us Well it's you and I and I

Well buddy something you better get straight I ain't got no room in my life Pick up the anchor set it swinging

And well stop well I - I don't want to thank you honey I don't think so You better oh stop and try 'cause if there's a distance here between us Well its you and I and I



YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT (cover song - The Rolling Stones)
I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was her foot-loose man

CHORUS:
And you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes
You just might find you get what you need

We went down to the demonstration
To get our fair share of abuse
Singing we're gonna vent our frustration
If we don't we'll blow a fifty amp fuse

So, I went down to the Chelsea Drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing with my friend Mr. Jimmy
And man, he did look pretty ill
We decided that we could have a soda
My favorite flavor was cherry red
I sing this song to my friend Jimmy
And he said one word to me and that was dead

CHORUS

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
I could tell by her blood stained hands

CHORUS

CHORUS



YOU WON'T BE MINE
Take your head around the world
See what you get
From your mind
Write your soul down word for word
See who's your friend
Who is kind
It's almost like a disease
I know soon you will be

Over the lies, you'll be strong
You'll be rich in love and you will carry on
But no - Oh no
No you won't be mine

Take your straight line for a curve
Make it stretch, the same old line
Try to find if it was worth what you spent
Why you're guilty for the way
You're feeling now
It's almost like being free
And I know soon you will be

(chorus)
Take yourself out to the curb
Sit and wait
A fool for life
It's almost like a disease
I know soon you will be
(chorus)

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Rob Thomas's powerful lyrics are the reason why he was BMI's SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR in 1999.

This page contains lyrics for the following songs:

"ANGRY"

"ARGUE"

"BACK 2 GOOD"

"BED OF LIES"

"BENT"

"BLACK & WHITE PEOPLE"

"THE BURN"

"BUSTED"

"CRUTCH"

"DAMN"

"DON'T DO ME LIKE THAT"

"DON'T LET ME DOWN"

"EMINENCE FRONT"

"FAME"

"FASCINATION STREET"

"FAST CAR"

"GIRL LIKE THAT"

"HANG"

"HEAVY"

"IF YOU'RE GONE"

"LAST BEAUTIFUL GIRL"

"LEAVE"

"LONG DAY"

"MERCY MERCY ME"

"MOMMAS DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS"

"MAD SEASON"

"NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN"

"NOTHING COMPARES 2 U"

"PUSH"

"REAL WORLD"

"REST STOP"

"SHAME"

"STOP"

"3 AM"

"TIME AFTER TIME"

"TIRED"

"YOU & I & I"

"YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT"

"YOU WON'T BE MINE"

Rob Thomas on songwriting and singing: "I never wanted to sing. I hear myself and everything sounds really good, or I see myself on television doing something, and everything sounds good until words and vocal come out of my mouth, and then I cringe, every time. But at the same time I realize that if I was going to write songs, I have an enormous ego, and I didn't want anyone else to sing these songs but me. I'll be a singer -- until someone comes up to me and says, 'Please stop singing.'"


























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