Planet Life

by Melborne Moon

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
The Present 05:51
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)
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
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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
9.
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
10.
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
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12.
Tea Time 04:53
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
13.
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
14.
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
15.
Planet Life 04:38
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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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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