Planet Life

by Melborne Moon

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released January 1, 1995

All songs written by Melborne Moon
Produced by Melborne Moon and Don Barker
All vocals and instruments by Melborne Moon except:
Drums and percussion by James R. Sutton.
Bass guitar by Michael Carrisosa, except on tracks 2 and 12.
Electric guitar, keyboards and bass guitar on tracks 2 and 12 by Don Barker.
Electric guitar on track 6 by Don Barker.

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“a stunning collection of introspective songs... the dude can sing up a storm”
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Track Name: You Don't Have To Do Anything
you don’t have to be polite
you don’t have to act like you care
you don’t have to lift a finger
or get up out of your chair

you don’t have to think it over
you don’t have to follow through
you don’t have to do anything
you don’t want to
I just hope you want to

you don’t have to get to know me
you don’t have to give me a chance
you don’t have to hear the music
you don’t have to do a dance

you don’t have to treat me kind
you don’t have to show any respect
you don’t have to accept the charges
when I have to call collect

you don’t have to think it over
you don’t have to follow through
you don’t have to do anything
you don’t want to
I just hope you want to

when it comes down to power
it’s always been yours to take
when it comes to a decision
it’s always been yours to make

you don’t have to feel good
you don’t have to have any fun
you don’t have to be proud
of the things that you have done

you don’t have to think it over
you don’t have to follow through
you don’t have to do anything
you don’t want to
I just hope you want to
you don’t have to think it over
you don’t have to follow through
you don’t have to do anything
you don’t want to
I just hope you want to
do you want to

you don’t have to do anything
do you want to
you don’t have to do anything
do you want to
you don’t have to do anything
Track Name: All The Pathways Are Paved Here
all the pathways are paved here
there’s no rocks to rough up the road
great for smooth sailing, but now easy...
easy’s getting old
I used to hike up around the mountains
cutting and clearing myself a trail
I need a grant for an expedition
to fight the fear that I might fail
to fight the fear that I might fail

I’ve grown lazy
my soul’s out of shape, it needs to stumble
staying in one place can make you crazy
falling down the hill, it keeps you humble
I’ve taken a look around and come to find

conquered and confused
resting by the wayside
what will cause the courage
to gather up inside

all the pathways are paved here
there’s no rocks to rough up the road
great for smooth sailing, but now easy...
easy’s getting old
I used to hike up around the mountains
cutting and clearing myself a trail
I need a grant for an expedition
to fight the fear that I might fail
to fight the fear that I might fail
to fight the fear that I might fail
to fight the fear that I might fail
Track Name: The Present
I know no moment like I know now

the way things are
is where I want to stay
I’m tired of tomorrow
and bored with yesterday

I know no moment like I know now
(I know no moment like I know now)
(I know no moment like I know now)
I know no moment like I know now

I’ve been on the outside
watching my life leave
forgetting about the present
a gift I’m ready to receive

I know no moment like I know now
(I know no moment like I know now)
(I know no moment like I know now)
I know no moment like I know now

this is the present
this is the present
this is the present

I know no moment like I know now
(I know no moment like I know now)
(I know no moment like I know now)
Track Name: Do Me A Favor
do me a favor
keep me alive
don’t let my heart close up inside
keep my blood from running dry
do me a favor
keep me alive

do me a favor
keep me a child
don’t let me fashion go to far out of style
keep me innocent, keep me wild
do me a favor
keep me a child

do me a favor
keep me free
when I’m in jail, give me the key
when I feel like like is leaning on me
do me a favor
keep me free

so, do me a favor
keep me alive
don’t let my heart close up inside
keep my blood from running dry
do me a favor
keep me alive
Track Name: Help Yourself
it would be easy for me lift you up
so hard on you when I let you down
‘cause one of these times when you fall
nobody’s gonna be around

every ounce of my heart
wants to reach through my hands
and help you back to health
please know I believe in you
but, that’s all I can do
to help you help yourself
help yourself to life

I know you need a mother and a father
and lord knows you need a friend
but, only one person’s always gonna be there
and that’s you in the end

every ounce of my heart
wants to reach through my hands
and help you back to health
please know I believe in you
but, that’s all I can do
to help you help yourself
help yourself to love

I guess I am turning my back
but, this is something you must do on your own
I think what hurts me most
is I know how it feels to be alone

every ounce of my heart
wants to reach through my hands
and help you back to health
please know I believe in you
but, that’s all I can do
to help you help yourself
help yourself to life
help yourself to love
and one day you’ll love life
Track Name: A Long Way Back
amid the calm of seclusion
came to me a conclusion
I stood up a statue to represent
a monument of emotion
I’d taken away all the action
sat outside satisfaction
thought I could think my way free
losing a great part of me
along the way

and it’s a long way back
back before I left me there
racing along the track
I threw away the thrill
a long way back

in the midst of all the thoughtfulness
I was taken by the idea of lonliness
took a shortcut to get to poety
passing over a part of me
along the way

and it’s a long way back
back before I left me there
racing along the track
I threw away the thrill
a long way back

instead of riding the waves
I Iooked to reason
instead of cutting class
I asked the questions
acting old for my age
losing youth and rage
along the way

and it’s a long way back
back before I left me there
racing along the track
I threw away the thrill
a long way back
Track Name: Building My Clock Tower
when I’m telling the time
to leave me alone for a while
to stare inside myself
and reevaluate my smile

I come across a scar
running across my mind
feeling the moments ticking past
sneaking up from behind

I set my watch back
go to my clock tower
slowly standing by
as the minutes turn into hours

the race continues on
through eternity
seconds chasing minutes
minutes chasing hours
and the hours are chasing after me
Track Name: Down in this Dark
walking through the deep
the demons have gone undercover
take hold this fear
I’ve come here to discover

all the nights of terror
all the pieces of pain
it’s all fitting together
the picture’s becoming plain

I fired the guards that watch the gate
that leads into the ground
I must sheath my sword to kill
the demons I track down
down in this dark

I’m looking for the cavern
where the heart beats
to break the pattern
of this dream that repeats

somewhere in the shadows
the creatures realize
for every step I’m taking
another demon dies

I fired the guards that watch the gate
that leads into the ground
I must sheath my sword to kill
the demons I track down
I fired the guards that watch the gate
that leads into the ground
I must sheath my sword to kill
the demons I track down
down in this dark
Track Name: Held Up In Arms
You kept me covered by firm embrace
told me out there I’d catch my death of cold
but, I’ve got leaving on the other line
and it’s getting tired of being put on hold

held up in arms
held up in mercy
held up in kindness
it’s got a hold on me
holding me down
holding me hostage
holding me here

you’ve been trying so hard to keep me in
for fear that my strength was too unstable
hmm... but, I wonder is this really about me
were you also taught to be unable

held up in arms
held up in mercy
held up in kindness
it’s got a hold on me
holding me down
holding me hostage
holding me here

I feel I am ready to stand the storm
to stop me would be your only crime
and whenever my pain wants protection
I hope I remember I’ve done my time

held up in arms
held up in mercy
held up in kindness
it’s got a hold on me
holding me down
holding me hostage
holding me here
Track Name: Tea Time
here I am
passing road signs again
twisted in ebony

following no direction
looking for a pot of gold
I think it’s lying next to me

what have I done
why am I trying to run
what’s this building up inside of me
I never took the time to drink that tea
I never took the time to drink that tea

here I am
driving fast down the road again
striking a fight with time
question mark with an exclamation point
dancing with a maniac’s charge
across the prairies of my mind

what am I doing
I just keep on moving
what’s this red flag waving in front of me
I never took the time to drink that tea
I never took the time to drink that tea

here I am
racing through life again
frightened by the sight of me
bound to a curious freight train
madly blazing in the breeze
through midnight toward the sea

I guess I’ll never slow
I’m always on the go, go, go
what’s this face in the mirror saying back to me
you never took the time to drink that tea
you never took the time to drink that tea
you never took the time to drink that tea
you never took the time to drink that tea
Track Name: Warm Winter's Day
the air is getting restless
it’s turning into wind
not a cloud in the sky
buy, I can feel ‘em moving in

something ain’t right
I think what I’m trying to say
is my body’s warm, but my heart is cold
like a warm winter’s day

waiting on the weather
to make up its mind
the rain is almost ready
but, the sun it still wants to shine

something ain’t right
I think what I’m trying to say
is my body’s warm, but my heart is cold
like a warm winter’s day

the leaves have left the trees
new grass is starting to grow
but, as I watch this transition
it’s telling me I know

that something ain’t right
I think what I’m trying to say
is my body’s warm, but my heart is cold
like a warm winter’s day
day
day
Track Name: View Beyond the View
wake up
draw the blinds
paint the times in a different light

see the scene
find the means
stop trying to make wrongs act right

see the other side
don’t let the fact that you’ve tried
hold old pride over you
break on through
open your eyes
see the view beyond the view

open up
look about
let it out and let it leave

clear the skies
realize
your heart needs you to breathe

turn off the alarm
lay down your arms
and reach out inside of you
break on through
open your eyes
see the view beyond the view

wait up
let the past
rest at last within your soul

clean the slate
lose the weight
you know where to go to grow

it’s been quite a while
since you’ve truly let your smile
take control over you
break on through
open your eyes
see the view beyond the view

view beyond the view
view beyond the view
view beyond the view
view beyond the view
Track Name: Planet Life
this planet life was made to fill me
to shape and style my soul
keep my power in perspective
and show me who’s in control

it’s more than vegetation
it’s more than earth and bone
it’s a seed for celebration
that can grow through any stone

this planet life was made to thrill me
to keep me entertained
on my way to a destination
that’s never properly explained

it’s more than a million dollars
it’s more than a loaded gun
it’s more like a Monday morning
and the feel of a new day sun

this planet life was made to kill me
so that I may live again
will I gracefully surrender
or fight it ‘til a bitter end

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