Grave Dancers Union Album

Artist(s): Soul Asylum

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Soul Asylum Grave Dancers Union Cover Art

Tracklist

Somebody to Shove

length: 3:15
producer: Michael Beinhorn
mixer: Andy Wallace
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner

Grandfather watches the grandfather clock
And the phone hasn't rang for so long
And the time flies by like a vulture in the sky
Suddenly he breaks into song

I'm waiting by the phone
Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone
I'm waiting by the phone
Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone

Hello, speak up, is there somebody there?
These hang-ups are getting me down
In a world frozen over with over-exposure
Let's talk it over, let's go out and paint the town

I'm waiting by the phone
Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone

'Cause I want somebody to shove
I need somebody to shove
I want somebody to shove me

You're a dream for insomniacs, prize in the Cracker Jacks
All the difference in the world is just a call away

And I'm waiting by the phone
Waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone
Yes I'm waiting by the phone
I'm waiting for you to call me up and tell me I'm not alone

'Cause I want somebody to shove
I need somebody to shove
I want somebody to shove me
Yes I want somebody to shove
I need somebody to shove
I want somebody to shove me

Black Gold

length: 3:57
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
Two boys on a playground
Tryin' to push each other down
See the crowd gather 'round
Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd

Black gold in a white plight
Won't you fill up the tank, let's go for a ride
I don't care 'bout no wheelchair
I've got so much left to do with my life

Moving backwards through time
Never learn, never mind
That side's yours, this side's mine
Brother you ain't my kind

You're a black soldier, white fight
Won't you fill up the tank, let's go for a ride
Sure like to feel some pride
But this place just makes me feel sad inside

Mother, do you know where your kids are tonight?

Keeps the kids off the streets
Gives 'em something to do, something to eat
This spot was a playground
This flat land used to be a town

Black gold in a white plight
Won't you fill up the tank, let's go for a ride
Sure like to feel some pride
But this place just makes me feel sad inside

Black gold in a white plight
Won't you fill up the tank, let's go for a ride
I don't care 'bout no wheelchair
I've got so much left to do with my life

Runaway Train

length: 4:25
producer: Michael Beinhorn
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
Call you up in the middle of the night
Like a firefly without a light
You were there like a slow torch burning
I was a key that could use a little turning

So tired that I couldn't even sleep
So many secrets I couldn't keep
Promised myself I wouldn't weep
One more promise I couldn't keep

It seems no one can help me now
I'm in too deep
There's no way out
This time I have really led myself astray

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there

Can you help me remember how to smile
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile
How on earth did I get so jaded
Life's mystery seems so faded

I can go where no one else can go
I know what no one else knows
Here I am just drownin' in the rain
With a ticket for a runaway train

Everything seems cut and dry
Day and night, earth and sky
Somehow I just don't believe it

Runaway train never going back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there

Bought a ticket for a runaway train
Like a madman laughin' at the rain
Little out of touch, little insane
Just easier than dealing with the pain

Runaway train never comin' back
Wrong way on a one way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I'm neither here nor there

Runaway train never comin' back
Runaway train tearin' up the track
Runaway train burnin' in my veins
Runaway but it always seems the same

Keep It Up

length: 3:49
background vocals: Gary Louris and Kraig Jarret Johnson
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
I'm down here waitin' on a shattered heart
I'm gonna put it back together if it tears me apart
If I can keep it up
If I can keep it up
I've been complaining like a broken record
Gonna get what I want if it takes forever
If I can keep it up
If I can keep it up

Though the rain weighs down your wings,
Still the caged bird's got to sing

I know it seems funny tryin' to understand
It's just that things don't always go the way you planned
Still you keep it up
Still you keep it up
Nothin' in the world's gonna keep me down
I'm just a-holdin' out, just a-hangin' round
Tryin' to keep it up
Just to keep it up

Though the rain weighs down your wings,
Still the caged bird's got to sing

Keep it up, keep it up
Keep it up, keep it up

Seven-four-seven's gonna take us away
Take us up to heaven, gonna be okay
If we can keep it up
If we can keep it up

Though the rain weighs down your wings,
Still the caged bird's got to sing

Keep it up, keep it up
Keep it up, keep it up
Keep it up, keep it up
Keep it up, keep it up

Homesick

length: 3:34
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
I want to live with you in the fifth dimension
In a dream I've never had
Cause I just can't live like this in a world like this
I just want a kiss goodbye

And we are not of this world
And there's a place for us
Stuck inside this fleeting moment
Tucked away where no one own it
Wrapped up in a haste and by mistake got thrown away

And oh, I am so homesick
But it ain't that bad
Cause I'm homesick for the home I've never had

And though I sometimes get annoyed I know just where I'm at
This is my song of joy
And now I know there are no secret trick, no correct politics
Just liars and lunatics

And we are not of this world
And there's a place for us
Stuck inside this fleeting moment
Tucked away where no one own it
Wrapped up in a haste and by mistake got thrown away

And oh, I am so homesick
But it ain't that bad
Cause I'm homesick for the home I've never had

And though I would not take it personally, it's just the child in me
I never really knew how much I had

Woe is me, I am so homesick
But it ain't that bad
Cause I'm homesick for the home I've never had

Get On Out

length: 3:30
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
I gotta get on
I gotta get on out
All these worried troubled thoughts gotta get on out of my head
Gotta get on out of my head

Will I be on the streets tomorrow
Will I have to beg and borrow
Will I have to go back to the job I left behind
Could you still make it
With a guy who never made it
Would you look into my eyes if I were to go blind

Gotta get on
I gotta get on out
All these worried troubled thoughts gotta get on out of my head
Gotta get on out of my head

Now will you leave me for another
Send me running back to mother
Will I have the time to tell you how I really feel
Am I just getting slower
Or are you just talking faster
Do we need bad disaster to make it plain to see

That all these worried troubled thoughts gotta get on out of my head
Gotta get on out of my head

Do I just feel like cryin'
Cause I'm sick and tried of tryin'
Trying to convince you this ain't how it has to be
The ground you walk on's sacred
The sky above awaits you
So cast all your frustrations to the bottomless sea

Gotta get on
Gotta get on out
All these worried troubled thoughts gotta get on out of my head
Gotta get on out of my head

New World

length: 4:04
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
Lives in a little lonely town
No one's around except for the drinking
Nobody ever gets around
But those who leave the township sinking

May you rot in heaven
Gotta be home by seven

And the field burns away
The sky breathes it in
So why sit and wait for the new world to begin

I'm comin' out across your border
With new orders for you to take
I'd really like to take out your daughter
Down in the water, down by the lake

When the cold water's on her skin
I can feel how long it's been

And the neighbors will all be there
And no one will know what to wear
So why sit and wait for the world to begin

I got a lot I gotta do
Just to get through the end of the day
It hardly ever even happens
But I go to sleep the same anyway

And you can't believe in yourself
You can't believe in anyone else
So why sit and wait for the new world to begin

April Fool

length: 3:46
background vocals: Gary Louris and Kraig Jarret Johnson
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
Quittin' after one more last one
Tired of playin' the clown
If I want your opinion I'll ask ya
I can get myself down

Night driving without headlight
Wearin' sunglasses too
Lookin' good but sure don't feel right
Anything to be cool

Doin' hopscotch with my legs tied
Jumpin' rope in wet cement
Black leather in midday sunshine
All your mother's money's spent

Doin' time on the metal detector
Like to drown in your pool
Coverin' up everything that's defective
Anything to be cool

A burning heart could be so cool
Won't you be my fashion victim
Come on, I'm an April Fool for you

Holdin' on to what's left of real life
Anything to be cool (x4)

A burning heart like an April Fool
Won't you be my fashion victim
Come on, I'm an April Fool
I'm a mid-spring snowfall, joke's on you
I'm an April Fool for you

I'm an April Fool for you
I'm an April Fool
(x3)

Without a Trace

length: 3:33
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
I fell in love with a hooker
She laughed in my face
So seriously I took her
I was a disgrace

I was out of line; I was out of place
Out of time to save face
See the open mouth of my suitcase
Sayin' leave this place

Leave without a trace
Leave without a trace
Leave without a trace

I tried to get a good job
With honest pay
I might as well join the mob
The benefits are okay

Standing in the sun with a popsicle
Everything is possible
With a lot of luck and a pretty face
And some time to waste

Leave without a trace
Leave without a trace
Leave without a trace

I tried to dance at a funeral
New Orleans style
I joined the Grave Dancer's Union
I had to file

Trying to do the right thing, play it straight
The right thing changes from state to state
Don't forget to take your mace
If you're out walking late

I liked to see your face
You left without a trace
You leave without a trace

Growing Into You

length: 3:13
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
You never grow out of mischief making
You never grow out of taking
You never grow out of complicating
When simple things are waiting

But I'm growing into you
I'm growing into you

There's one thing that I know that's perfectly clear
You never grow out of fear
You never grow out of fear

You never grow out of contemplating
When it ain't worth debating
You never grow out of mistake making
You never grow out of faking

But I'm growing into you
I'm growing into you

There's one thing that I know that's perfectly clear
You never grow out of fear
You never grow out of fear

I'm growing into you
I'm growing into you

There's one thing that I know that's perfectly clear
You never grow out of fear (x6)
And will I ever, ever, ever get over it

99%

length: 3:59
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
I don't own you but I know you're mine
Never disown you, never treat you unkind

But once in a while, you get on my nerves
Once in a while, you get what you deserve
I need you ninety-nine percent of the time
Ninety-nine percent of the time (x3)

If I asked you what's on your mind
Would you say me, would they be thoughts unkind

But once in a while, I'm not myself
Once in a while, I think you're someone else
I want you ninety-nine percent of the time
Ninety-nine percent of the time (x3)

Let's move in together
Happily ever after

I can't touch you but you feel so f*cking fine
Let's just stay like this and waste some more time

Once in a while, you get in my way
Once in a while, you know I've got to say
I love you ninety-nine percent of the time
Ninety-nine percent of the time (x3)

The Sun Maid

length: 3:52
conductor: Sonny Kompanek
strings: Meridian String Quartet
strings arranger: Dave Pirner, Michael Beinhorn and Sonny Kompanek
composer: Dave Pirner
lyricist: Dave Pirner
Tell me how you get that shine
You must polish all the time
Though I know your job is thankless
They will thank you up in heaven

Oh, the sun maid
Looking for the shade

Though they say she's not too bright
She takes care of all the light
Without you it's cold and stark
We would all be in the dark

Without the sun maid
She never gets paid
Searching for the shade
Oh the sun maid

You are so taken for granted
With each and every seed that's planted
And the earth is so demanding
All the young girls are out tanning

With the sun maid
She's such an old maid
She never gets laid
Oh the sun maid

Now you're tired, your day is over
Now the moon is one day older