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Trying To Get To You lyrics - Colin Hay

Trying to take that midnight train
But it's gone and broken down again
Now I'm stuck on Empty Avenue
Trying to get to you

Talking on the telephone
Only makes me feel more alone
Killing time with a chosen few
Trying to get to you

In this world of constant danger
I still look for kindness in strangers
And why oh why and why is not enough
And we cry oh cry our tears are not enough

Through firestorms and hurricanes
I'm 16 hours on an airplane
10 thousand miles of ocean view
Trying to get to you

In this world of constant danger
I still look for kindness in strangers
And why oh why and why is not enough
And we cry oh cry our tears are not enough

Walking through the driving rain
Just the thought of you remains
Lines are down I can't get through
Trying to get to you
Lines are down I can't get through
Trying to get to you

If I Had Been A Better Man lyrics - Colin Hay

There were kings and queens and could have beens
And pretenders to the throne
I was a sweet contender then
Now my seeds they’ve all been sown
I scorched the earth behind me
I could have made a better plan
Yeah if I had been a better man

My promises were not to keep
But thrown into the dirt
There must be more I told myself
As I buttoned up my shirt
Well I could paint myself in glory now
And be proud of who I am
Yeah I had been a better man

Stumbling through deep suburbs of my mind
As secrets of silence unwind
I will sing you so long
Now only love
Only love makes me strong

You charity I took as mine
I claimed it as my own
I followed my ascending star
To far away from home
Well I was mesmerized by shiny things
Now in frozen time I stand
Yeah if I had been a better man

Now I’m kneeling and I’m digging deep
Deep into the ground
I’m searching for my soul to keep
Like a burried treasure found
In dreams I speak in ancient tongues
Lost in wind and sand
Yeah if only I had been a better man

Did You Just Take The Long Way Home lyrics - Colin Hay

You always know where you can find me
I’m up here where the air is pure and true
The cleverness of words just binds me
They won’t help me to get over you

And maybe you got lost at the five ways
Took a wrong turn just like always
Or did you just take the long way home?

I hear the wind blow through the pine trees
I watch the frozen lights come into view
The stars above they don’t align me
They only shine a dim light on you

And maybe you got lost at the five ways
Took a wrong turn just like always
Or did you just take the long way home?

I wanna hear you walk up right behind me
But the dawn is come and it’s done me in

And could it be that you don’t love me
For who I am or what I could be
And from where I am it’s such a long way down

So maybe you got lost at the five ways
Took a wrong turn just like always
Or did you just take the long way home?
Did you just take the long way home?
Or did you just take the long way home?

I Want You Back lyrics - Colin Hay

I'd be glad to give back
All I have ever owned
If I could have seen into the future
If only I had known
Behind these walls of separation
I have learned to live alone
But I want you, I want you back

I could clearly see the letters
But not the writing on the wall
About what had come between us
How the mighty fall
And one thing keeps repeating
Is the only thing I know?
That I want you, I want you back
Yeah I want you, I want you back

Well I have taken that number
How can I have been so blind
Now I am coming up from under
It's you I have to find
My back is all up against the ropes
Only one way I can go
And I want you
How far is the distance
Have you gone beyond the sign
Have you passed the point of no return
Have you crossed that line
And if it burns me like a fever
I've got to tell you one last time
That I want you, I want you back
Yeah I want you, I want you back [x3]

Next Year People lyrics - Colin Hay

You can’t live without hope that things will change for the better
You can’t live without the dream of someone reading your letter
We’ve had dust storms before and spit out the dirt
We’ve had droughts before but none quite like this
We’ve had winds that cut up your face all to pieces
Black blizzards that stripped all the paint off your car
Fires like twisters no sisters of mercy
They come with no warning only that sound
God is roaring drunk and out on the town

Next year everything will come good
The rains they will fall and we’ll dance on the hood
We’ll fill up our bellies with plentiful food
We’ll eat drink and be merry
Yeah next year people wait and see
We’re next year people you and me

Henry got hit by lightning twice in the head
He stood and walked away, we thought he was dead
Now he talks funny says he’s wired to the sky
He walks for miles and miles and no one knows why
The bank men they came and wrote things down on paper
We all went outside and just stood around
We were glad when they left they brought nothing but heartache
And the seed we had planted it stayed in the ground

Next year everything will come good
The rains they will fall and we’ll dance on the hood
We’ll fill up our bellies with plentiful food
We’ll eat drink and be merry
Yeah next year people wait and see
We’re next year people you and me

Dry endless plains and we suffered the worst
Are we being punished or are we just cursed
It’s almost ten years and no drop of rain
Only mocking blue skies bringing more of the same
Our mother was crying when they sent us away
With strangers in a town and we both rain away
Back to the dust and see Henry again
We’re creatures of habit don’t you know
And one day we’ll reap what we sow

Next year everything will come good
The rains they will fall and we’ll dance on the hood
We’ll fill up our bellies with plentiful food
We’ll eat drink and be merry
Yeah next year people wait and see
We’re next year people you and me
Yeah next year people wait and see
We’re next year people you and me

Lived In Vain lyrics - Colin Hay

Walking with a crowded head
From nightmares of drinking
So I don’t believe in every dream
Or everything I’m thinking

Hey can’t you see just a little bit before you leave
Hey can’t you leave a little taste just for me
It’s not easy to explain
A life you think is lived in vain

Like a twisted wind that’s bearing down
That rearranges
Blowing through these prison bars
Of our imaginary cages

Hey can’t you see just a little bit before you leave
Hey can’t you leave a little taste just for me
It’s not easy to explain
A life you think is lived in vain

Waiting for my second spring
Where I’m connecting everything
No fixed address or destination
No more lines of separation
Where only love
Only love
Only love
And love is real

Nothing’s bad and nothing’s good and nothing changes
Day by day one by one I just turn the pages

Hey can’t you leave just a little light to shine on me
Hey can’t you leave a little light so I can see
It’s not easy to explain
A life you think is lived in vain

Scattered In The Sand lyrics - Colin Hay

Somewhere along the river bend
Maybe we will meet again
Things we thought were there at our command
Scattered in the sand, scattered in the sand

I saw the house on Minerva Lane
The gate was shut with lock and chain
Memories of what once was grand
Scattered in the sand, scattered in the sand

I watched you sleeping as you drifted away
Love’s for the keeping I still hear you say

I saw you in my flying dreams
On the bridge from here to there it seems
Only then I spread your ashes where
The ocean meets the land
Scattered in the sand, scattered in the sand

I watched you sleeping as you drifted away
Love’s for the keeping I still hear you say
I watched you sleeping as you drifted away
Love’s for the keeping

To There From Here lyrics - Colin Hay

Fan the fires of love that burn in our hearts eternally
Our eyes are not enough to see what we know internally
And how could we know there’s a place you and I can go
And I still can’t quite believe it, always want to leave it
Oh and there lies the love
And how do we get to there from here?

When storm winds rip the rains to far and beyond over silver sea
A brighter light remains, it glimmers and shines incandescently
And now we can almost hear it
Sometimes we get near it when time stands still
And I still don’t understand it, never could have planned it
Oh and there lies the love
And how do we get to there from here?

And as I look up above we’re bathed in universal love
Peace and happiness are here to stay

There’s no time for regret it sailed into the mists of yesterday
There’s no words to forget
Just as the dawn steals you dream away
And how could we know there’s a place you and I can go
And I don’t have to believe it, just have to receive it
Oh and there lies the love
And how do we get to there from here?
There lies the love
And how do we get to there from here?

Mr. Grogan lyrics - Colin Hay

Mr. Grogan he locks up for the evening and he
He buttons up his coat
Outside the temperature is thirteen below freezing so he
He makes a mental note
Tonight he’ll walk home as he’s grown soft in the middle
And his life is not what he had hoped
His Labradoodle waits and paces down the hallway and she
She loves him just the same

Mr. Grogan walks through fresh and fallen snow as he slows
And waves the streetcar on
Sometimes his tidy mind it wanders and remembers
And all he once knew is all gone
His slip is silent as he falls and hits the sidewalk
And leaves a small stain in the snow
His Labradoodle waits and paces down the hallway
And she cries until she wakes the neighbor Joe

Mr. Grogan he was taken to emergency and
He stayed there for a week
He answered questions from his many concerned customers
Who told him to rest and get some sleep

Mr. Grogan turned the lights on in his workshop and
Checked the black and blue upon his face
He touched the photographs that stood upon the mantel
And everything was in its place

Mr. Grogan he locks up for the evening and he
He buttons up his coat
Outside the temperature is thirteen below freezing so he
He makes a mental note
No more walking in the snow after midnight
Or even walking in the rain
His Labradoodle waits and paces down the hallway and she
She loves him just the same

Waiting In The Rain lyrics - Colin Hay

I’m dancing with the ghosts from my home town
I can smell the French polish still hangin’ all around
I’m following the footprints in the sea shores of my heart
I wake up from my nightmare and you hold me in the dark
I don’t want to lose the memories it’s how I keep you close to me
I know that you will always understand

And I will wait for you
Don’t fade into blue
I still see you in my dreams
And time it never heals the pain
I’ll be waiting in the rain

I’m standing in our street that’s all closed down
But the record’s still spinning
Going round and round and round
You’ll always mean so much to me
Took us further than the eye can see
I know you’ll always take me by the hand

And I will wait for you
Don’t fade into blue
I still see you in my dreams
And time it never heals the pain
I’ll be waiting in the rain

I will wait for you
Don’t fade into blue
I still see you in my dreams
And time it never heals the pain
I’ll be waiting in the rain
Waiting in the rain…

Are We There Yet? lyrics - Colin Hay

Going through the motions
Walking round the car
We’ve traveled many miles
Though not so very far
When I check the side view mirror
I think of you my dear
You’re always very close
Closer than you appear
And you’d say
Are we there yet?
As we drive into the sun
We are almost there my love
My innocent one

I find my mind wandering
Back down this old road
In my trusty time machine
My thoughts on overload
Child of mine your light still shines
Where did the time go?
It’s here there and everywhere
Always fast and never slow
And you’d say

Are we there yet?
As we drive into the sun
We are almost there my love
My innocent one
A picture perfect moment
A moment we could share
Laughter from the back seat
We’re always almost there

And you’d say
Are we there yet?
As we drive into the sun
We are almost there my love my innocent one
A picture perfect moment
A moment we could share
Laughter from the back seat
We’re always almost there
We’re always almost there

"Gathering Mercury" (2011)

Send Somebody lyrics - Colin Hay

Hello to who I’m talking to no more automation
I’m hoping you can walk me through and solve my situation
It’s after midnight and I’ve been on hold so long
You broke through the silence now I’m not alone

You’re asking me to help you see the words begin to flow
This was not my plan or my intention how was I to know
For such a short time feel I’ve known you for so long
And I don’t think I can make it all on my own

So send somebody ’cause I’m stranded and there’s no place left where I can run
Send somebody ’cause I’m hanging by a thread now the whole damn thing’s undone

You have to know I can’t let go now I’ve made this connection
It’s either love that runs the show or random speculation
In my desperation I’m a danger to myself
I need your direction yeah I need someone else

So send somebody ’cause I’m stranded and there’s no place left where I can run
Send somebody ’cause I’m hanging by a thread now the whole damn thing’s undone

From my window as the leaves begin to fall
Before the cold wind comes please hear my call

And send somebody ’cause I’m stranded and there’s no place left where I can run
Send somebody ’cause I’m hanging by a thread now the whole damn thing’s undone

Send somebody ’cause I’m stranded and there’s no place left where I can run
Send somebody ’cause I’m hanging by a thread now the whole damn thing’s undone

Somebody, send somebody, send someone…

Family Man lyrics - Colin Hay

Back in 1934
He came bangin’ on the backstage door
Askin’ for my hard earned pay
Then he drank it all away you know
That’s the way it goes
It was come what may

Off we all went to the war
They stole five years, and so much more you know
I was a stranger to my wife
This is the story of my life you know
Slow slow quick quick slow
Then we were on our way

I looked through my window and the slate was gray
Over the rooftops and far away
I had a secret I had a plan
One day I’ll be a family man

And on that Butlins holiday
I heard a calling seems like yesterday
We sailed off to that distant shore
40 years and maybe more you know
On and on we go
Then it all fades away

Out through my window and into the gray
Over the rooftops and far away
This was my secret this was my plan
Now I’m remembered as a family man

Out through my window and into the gray
Over the rooftops and far away
I had a secret I had a plan
One day I’d be a family man