Hard Candy Album

Artist(s): Counting Crows

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Tracklist

Hard Candy

length: 4:21
guest background vocals: Matthew Sweet and Dave Gibbs
composer: Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz

On certain Sundays in November
When the weather bothers me
I empty drawers of other summers
Where my shadows used to be
And she is standing by the water
As her smile begins to curl
In this or any other summer
She is something altogether different
Never just an ordinary girl

And in the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade
She wears a silly yellow hat
That someone gave her when she stayed
I didn't think that she returned it
We left New York in a whirl
Time expands and then contracts
When you are spinning in the grip of someone
Who is not an ordinary girl

And when you sleep you find your mother in the night
But she stays just out of sight
So there isn't any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake the morning covers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it's just the same hard candy you're
remembering again

You send your lover off to China
And you wait for her to call
You put your girl up on a pedestal
Then you wait for her to fall
I put my summers back in a letter
And I hide it from the world
All the regrets you can't forget
Are somehow pressed upon a picture
In the face of such an ordinary girl

And when you sleep you find your mother in the night
But she fades just out of sight
So there isn't any sweetness in the dreaming
And when you wake
The morning showers you with light
And it makes you feel alright
But it's just the same hard candy you're
remembering again

American Girls

length: 4:36
guest background vocals: Sheryl Crow
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
She comes out on Fridays every time
Stands out in a line
I could've been anyone she'd seen
She waits another week to fall apart
She couldn't make another day
I wish it was anyone but me
I could have been anyone you see
She had something breakable just under her skin

[Chorus]
American girls all weather and noise
Playing the changes for all of the boys
Holding a candle up to my hand
Making me feel so incredible

She comes out of closets every night
Then she locks herself away
Where she could keep everything from me
I could have been anyone you'd seen
she's nothing but porcelain underneath her skin

[Chorus]

Little shiver shaking me every day
But I could get the same thing anywhere
So if she goes away
Well, it's all right and I'm OK
"Hey" she said, "Come back again tonight"
And I said "I might, I might, I might"
She said "well that's all right"
If it's alright with you
It's alright with me

I waited for an hour last Friday night
She never came around
She took almost everything from me
I'm going through my closet,
trying on her clothes almost every day
I could've been anyone you see
I wish it was anyone but me
There's nothing but pills and ashes under my skin

[Chorus]

If I made you cry, please tell me why
Cause I'll try again if you let me try
American girls all feathers & cream
Coming into bed so edible

[Repeat: x2]
American girls oh
American girls
American girls
Oh, oh, oh, oh

You make me cry,
you make me cry,
you make me cry
Yeah, ya made me cry
You make me cry
Hey, miss American girl
Oh, oh, oh, yeah

Good Time

length: 4:25
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
The gentleman caller in the blue suede shoes
He don't know what to do
He just wants to look good for you
So he rushes in to tell you what he did today
But he can't think of what to say
I think you listen anyway

He wants to have a good time just like everybody
He doesn't want to fall apart

You watch him as he stutters over what to say
It's just a little game you play
It's no easier for you some days
You wish that you could tell him it'll be okay
But you feel a little shy these days
Cause everybody goes away

You just want to have a good time
Just like everybody else
You don't want to fall apart this time

I can look into your eyes and see the
mess we're in
Well darling, if it's **** came out
Then I suppose it's **** went in
Even though I couldn't say I've been the
places you've been
You know he made my heart real strong
Even if he made my head real thin

I want to have a good time
Just like everybody
And I don't want to fall apart

I just want to have a good time
Just like everybody else
And I don't want to fall apart this time
So would you please invite me in

I really love the red haired girls
I'm just another boy from Texas
Come on and take a spin
I got a brand new set of wings

If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead

length: 3:53
composer: Matt Malley, Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück, Dan Vickrey, Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
Got a message in my head
That the papers had all gone
Richard Manuel is dead
And the daylight's coming on
I've been wandering through the dark
Now I'm standing on the lawn

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you
Well it was cold when I woke
And the day was halfway done
Nearly spring in San Francisco
But I cannot feel the sun
You were sleeping next to me
But I knew that you'd be gone

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you
Take some time before you go
Think of Monday's coming down
And the people that you knew
The ones that aren't around
You've been fading day to day
I've been moving town to town

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you

If I could give all my love to you
I could justify myself
But I'm just not coming through
You're a pill to ease the pain
Of all the stupid things I do
I'm an anchor on the line
Of a clock that tells the time
That is running out on you

Goodnight L.A.

length: 4:18
lyricist: Adam Duritz
composer: Adam Duritz
I said, "Goodnight L.A."
Cause I'm awake in my room
I been up for thirty eight hours
And it don't look like sleep's coming soon

Cause I could break like a bird
Or I could swallow the sea
It seems like the daylight is coming
And no one is watching but me

But I don't mind the dark discovering the day
Cause the night
Is a beautiful bright blue and grey

And what brings me down now is love
Cause I can never get enough

And it's a dangerous time for a heart on a wire
Shuttled from station to station noisily
Now knowing why

So I put my head on the ground
And the sky is a wheel
Spinning these days into things that I've lost
But you can keep all the years

But I don't mind the days gone rolling away
Cause this sunlight
Feels warm on my face today

And what brings me down now is love
Cause I can never get enough of love

Butterfly in Reverse

length: 2:49
conductor: Jerry Hey
guest background vocals: Ryan Adams
violin: Mario DeLeon, Liane Mautner, Josefina Vergara, Alan Grunfeld, Katia Popov, Ralph Morrison, Karen Jones, Robin Olson, Ken Yorke, Jacqueline Brand, Natalie Leggett and Sara Parkins
bass: Richard Feves and Ed Meares
viola: Carole Castillo, Brian Dembow, Karen Elaine–Bakunin and John Scanlon
cello: Tina Soule, Steve Erdody, Paula Hochhalter and Cecilia Tsan
flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
horn arranger & strings arranger: Jerry Hey
composer: Ryan Adams, Charlie Gillingham, Adam Duritz
lyricist: Ryan Adams, Adam Duritz
Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Had a lot of girlfriends
I should have known them
Click your heels and count back from there
Do you want to go back?
You should have known
That the butterfly in reverse here is me

Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl
I said, Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Where'd you want to go to
With nothing beside you
But webbing and curfews and rain?
And everything that hurts you
Is locked up inside you
Like butterflies with wings
And other perfect things

We go swimming in the sunshine
Dangling from clotheslines
Separate and fall into me
But did you ever see me?
Me, absolutely?
Me, but all you, but still me?

Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They took a lot of time
Getting it right on this girl, I said
Mary-Ann
You're better than the world
They did a lot of things right on this girl

Miami

length: 5:02
conductor: Jerry Hey
violin: Mario DeLeon, Liane Mautner, Josefina Vergara, Alan Grunfeld, Katia Popov, Ralph Morrison, Karen Jones, Jacqueline Brand, Natalie Leggett, Sara Parkins, Robin Olson and Ken Yorke
bass: Richard Feves and Ed Meares
viola: Carole Castillo, John Scanlon, Karen Elaine–Bakunin and Brian Dembow
cello: Tina Soule, Steve Erdody, Cecilia Tsan and Paula Hochhalter
strings arranger: Adam Duritz and Charlie Gillingham
strings arranger & horn arranger: Charlie Gillingham and Adam Duritz
composer: Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück, Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
I guess I think I feel alright
You come circling through the light
The skyline is bright tonight
What more perfect rendezvous?
The sundown paints the shadows through
The daylight, Amy, on what we do

It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami

Can I say,
"I wish that this weather would never leave"?
It just gets hard to believe
That god sent this angel to watch over me
Cause my angel
She don't receive my calls
Says I'm to dumb to,
To dumb to fight
To dumb to save
Well, maybe I don't need no angel at all

It looks like darkness to me
Drifting down into Miami
She could pull the sunlight through me
Coming down into Miami

Make a circle in the sand
Make a halo with your hands
I'll make a place for you to land

The bus is running
It's time to leave
The summer's gone
And so are we
So come on baby,
Let's go shut it down in New Orleans.

New Frontier

length: 3:52
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
(come on children, mind the gap)

Miracle people with marvelous hair
And a knack to do anything
Better than anyone
I got a home with electrical air
And I live in a world
Smaller than any one
I got a line a new frontier
I got a line on a new America
All of the people are vanishing here
I could be huge if I could just get from

The outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside of you

Purest Aluminum people
Are walking the streets of London
So hysterical
Nobody here gets a word that I say
And the problems I'm told,
Are more than medical
I got a friend from the new frontier
And Galen, she says,
"this is not america"
You need a girl with electrical hair
And the word that you wanted was al-you-mi-ni-um

From the outside of everything
To the inside of you
From the outside of everything
To the inside

I was in bed with
The girl at the end of the world
She says I'm goin' home
And you should come home too
I'm at the end of a new frontier
Here at the edge of the flat earth ending
I'm getting off to get lost in the air
At the end of the world where the light is bending

From the outside of everything to the inside of you
From the outside of everything to the inside of you
From the outside of everything to the inside of you
From the outside of everything to the inside of you
To the inside of you
To the inside of you
To the inside of you
To the inside of you

Carriage

length: 4:05
trumpet: Andre Carter
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
If anything it should have been a better thing,
From underneath you
Staring at the ceiling
It's another world of chocolate bars
And baseball cards and it hides
Inside of all this tension that I'm feeling
But it's all inside of you
And it's all inside of you

Surprise, Surprise
I miss your hair, you miss my eyes
And this solitude is my confidence eroding
So We slide inside of someone's mouth
And someone's eyes until
There's a sound of something intimate exploding.
But it's all inside of you
It's all inside of you.

I wish that I'd had anesthetized and sterilized and then
I wouldn't have this evidence congealing
Surprise, surprise
Another pair of lips and eyes
And that's the consequence from actually feeling.
But it's all inside of you
It's all inside of you

Black and Blue

length: 3:54
guest background vocals: Leona Naess
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
Cold empty bed, springs hard as lead
Pains in my head, feel like old Ned
What did I do to be so black and blue?

No joys for me, no company
Even the mouse ran from my house
All my life through I've been so black and blue

I'm white inside, but that don't help my case
Cause I can't hide what is on my face
I'm so forlorn. Life's just a thorn
My heart is torn. Why was I born?
What did I do to be so black and blue?

I'm hurt inside, but that don't help my case
Cause I can't hide what is on my face
How will it end? Ain't got a friend
My only sin is in my skin
What did I do to be so black and blue?
Tell me, what did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? Tell me, what did I do to be so black and blue?
What did I do to be so black and blue?

Why Should You Come When I Call?

length: 4:39
composer: Charlie Gillingham, Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
It's 1:30 in the morning
That's alright by me
You just waiting by the phone
I should give a little warning
But I need the things I need
I'm not proud to need a hand
But I just don't understand

[Chorus]
So, Why should you come when I call
I never say nothing at all
Why do I go, when I go
It's leaving me here all alone
You ought to get out on your own

Ain't necessarily a bad thing
To believe the things I say
Cause you can make yourself feel good
You know it's really not a good thing
To give everything to me
I'm just waiting for the show
Cause I got no where to go

[Chorus]

Cause nothing makes me feel so good
Gets me high
So I sleep at night
And that's enough and everything
Alright
I feel nice
So sorry in the morning
Could believe what you believe
I'm used to waking up alone
And if you think about it
Anyone you think about is a better love than me
But if you've not fallin' quite asleep?
I might call tonight
If that's alright

[Chorus]

Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)

length: 5:08
percussion & congas: Ethan Johns
composer: Adam Duritz
lyricist: Adam Duritz
Is everybody happy now?
Is everybody clear?
We could drive out to the dunes tonight,
'cause summer's almost here.
And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.

When the roads are clear,
We'll head on out of here,
If you're coming back,
I'll see you in the morning
I'm just staring at
The ceiling staring back at me,
Just waiting for the daylight
To come crawling in on me

And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
And let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Oh, it's too late to get high now.

And I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
And let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Oh, it's too late to get high now.

Fix your hair just right
Put your jeans on tight,
Wear a dress, so I can get it off real easy.
'Cause I've been thinking I'd
Like to see your eyes
Open up real wide the minute that you see me.
If you don't come through,
I wouldn't wait for you.
I understand that everyone goes disappearing,
Into the greatest gray
That covers over everyday,
And hovers in the distance
And the distance and the distance

I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Oh, it's too late to get high now.

I've been up all night,
I might sleep all day.
Get your dreams just right
Let them slip away,
I might sleep all day.
Oh, it's too late to get high now.

Baby I'm not alone
Only want to get high.

Holiday in Spain / Big Yellow Taxi

length: 8:45
composer: Joni Mitchell
lyricist: Joni Mitchell
Got no place to go
But there's a girl waiting for me down in Mexico
She got a bottle of tequila, a bottle of gin
And if I bring a little music I could fit right in

We got airplane rides
We got California drowning out the window side
We've got big black cars
And we got stories how we slept with all the
Movie stars

I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drink my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new

Hop on my choo-choo
I'll be your engine driver in a bunny suit
If you dress me up in pink and white
We may be just a little fuzzy 'bout it later tonight

She's my angel
She's a little better than the one that used to be with me
Cause she liked to scream at me
Man, it's a miracle that she's not living up in a tree

I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
And fly away to someone new

Everybody's gone
They left the television screaming that the radio's on
Someone stole my shoes
But there's a couple of bananas
And a bottle of booze

Oh well, happy new year's baby!
We could probably fix it if we clean it up all day
Or we could simply pack our bags
And catch a plane to Barcelona 'cause this city's a drag

I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Flush my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new

Take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drive this little girl insane
Fly away to someone new
Fly away to someone new
Fly away to someone new

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin' hot spot
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Ooh, bop bop bop
Ooh, bop bop bop

They took all the trees, and put em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half to see them
No, no, no
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot

Ooh, bop bop bop
Ooh, bop bop bop

Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey now, they paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not?

Ooh, bop bop bop
Ooh, bop bop bop

Listen, late last night, I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took my girl away
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Well, don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
Why not?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Hey hey hey
Paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Ooh, bop bop bop
Ooh, bop bop bop

I don't wanna give it
Why you wanna give it
Why you wanna giving it all away
Hey, hey, hey
Now you wanna give it
I should wanna give it
Now you wanna giving it all away

Hey, paved paradise to put up a parking lot