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"Somewhere Under Wonderland" (2014)

Palisades Park lyrics - Counting Crows

Somebody screamed and all of Jim Jeffries' dreams
Explode into a black fist, he falls to the floor
He stares up at the sky and he may wish he knew why
But you can't go back there no more
Future sounds so crazy, we've all heard that song before
Tomorrow's the name we change from yesterday to blame
When the train just don't stop here anymore

I got starry-eyed on the coaster ride
Andy says, "Man, I need a break from the world outside"
And these days my life just careens through a pinball machine
I could do so much better but I can't get off the tilt
And there's a photograph on the TV, black and white and
Andy says something to you
Jack Johnson straddling Reno, Nevada like
She says, "I forget myself sometimes too"

But out past the doorways where we are sleeping
Well, the white queen's creep and the tom cats peep

Now I'm not breaking, the train's just shaking
I never made it here before
And there's a wild mouse spinning the girls around
Till they can't take it anymore
I used to dream in the dark of Palisades Park
Up over the cliffs and down among the sparks
It's a long life full of long nights

But it's not what I was waiting for
Everybody's seen the horses diving down the shore
It's a miracle they don't make them anymore

So "make up ladies", oh wake up baby
You walked into the bar like some Saturday star
Stud-straight on spiked heels and needles and nerves
And you're a downtown pride, fully amplified Clyde
Gin-tight and aging, but well preserved
Remember Andy outside your bedroom window
Saying "Come on, let's drive across to the Palisades"
"Keep going till we hit Reno, Nevada"
I don't see Andy all that much these days

Still there are pages in back of the action stacks
Where the white queen's creep and the tom cats peep and

The train's not braking, the track's just shaking
I never made it here before
And there's a sky rocket turning the world around
Til I can't take it anymore
You can carry that spark from Palisades Park
Down over the cliffs and out into the dark
It's a long life full of long nights

But it's not what I was looking for
Everybody dreams of horses flying 'round the shore
It's a bad dream we're not having anymore

Man, have you seen Andy?
Hey man, hey man, have you seen him around?
Hey man, have you seen my my my my my Andy?
Hey man, have you seen him, have you seen him
Have you seen him, have you seen him?
Hey, have you seen Andy around?

Dressed up in our pirate best, all leathers and feathers and pearls
Andy said, "Look at me, man! I'm cooking
These hands could finger up this whole world"
He said, "Come outside, climb out your bedroom window
Shimmy down the fire escape and say goodbye
Come outside," Andy says, "I'm dressed up just like Edie
Changing all the time, my leopard spots to polka dots, and say good-bye"
Come outside, well maybe we could move to California
Just meet me at the subway and say good-bye
Come outside, the cops all think we're crazy
If you stay, you'll just get married
To a girl who'll never know you and then say goodbye

Hey man, have you seen Andy?
I lost her in the sun
I was high as a kite on lovely and white
Man, you could lose anyone
Hey, hey man, have you seen Andy?
I don't know where she's gone
But real love outlives teenage lust
Oh, we could get wet and it keeps us warm
Love is like angel dust
Lovely sometimes changes us

Sometimes not
Have you been aching to trust or just...?
Have you been waking yourself with lust...?
Have you been making us up or just taking us home?

It's a long wait
At a long light
Cars frozen in flight
All the traffic stops to stare
At a crosswalk in Reno, Nevada
Wearing nothing but air and a pair of grey paper wings
Andy thinks, "Man, I have got nothing to wear"
We got nothing new and
We got nothing to wear
We got nothing to wear
We got nothing to wear

Earthquake Driver lyrics - Counting Crows

I was born again a little north of Disneyland
Somewhere under Wonderland in Hollywood, but then I had to go
Skipping and diving and bouncing back to New York City
Straight through the heart of America where all the wild things grow

I wanna be an earthquake driver
I wanna be an aquarium diver
I just don't wanna go home

I live alone, but I am hungry for affection
I just struggle with connection til the water calls me home
Down under the ocean among millions of other lonely people
Drowning among the only people we are ever going to know

I wanna be an earthquake driver
I wanna be an aquarium diver
I just don't wanna go home

I wanna be like the people I see
They want a rover just like me
I wanna stay but what keeps me away
Is I'm tied into the lightning line
I wanna see if the sun is shining
Long night's just a waste of time
I don't wanna see people like me
Just sleeping and waking and hoping and hating and

You look at me like I'm some kind of carnival attraction
You say love is an abstraction, just some ghost that you chase
Well, I am a cypher, I am a blank space
Filled up with words you remember from whenever you saw my face

I wanna be an earthquake driver
I wanna be an aquarium diver
I just don't wanna go home

I wanna be like the people I see
Hey man, they want a rover just like me
I wanna stay but what keeps me away
Is I'm plugged into the lightning line
I wanna be where the sun is shining
All night chasing time
I don't wanna see people like me
Just creeping and waking and hoping and hating and

Now what is the price for all of this fame and self-absorption
We turn ourselves into orphans and then spend our nights alone
Living in fear of some imaginary consequence
Terror, incognito, ob-la-di, li-bi-do

I wanna be an earthquake driver
I don't wanna be an aquarium diver
I just don't wanna go home

Truth is, I don't wanna be an earthquake driver
And I do not want to be an aquarium diver
But hey, I just don't wanna go home
Oh man, I just don't wanna go home
Oh, I do not wanna go home

Dislocation lyrics - Counting Crows

I was an alien in utero
somehow missed New Mexico
fell to earth in Baltimore I know
Now they lay a case in empty rooms
birthday cards and red balloons
and me, I know, I know, I know, I know
I invited Johnny Legs and Jackie-O
Empty parties filled with people I don't know

I am written in the radio
I dream on my TV
dislocation, dislocation
I'm fading out in stereo
I don't remember me
dislocation, dislocation

telling lies and taking shots
getting laid in parking lots
getting high and getting caught, I know
All my broken paper planes
parachutes and window panes
I'm a shooting star gone novocaine, I know
So I write to all the girly magazines
Splash my passion on the pages in between

I am written in the radio
I dream on my TV
dislocation, dislocation
I'm fading out in stereo
I don't remember me
dislocation, dislocation

Rising from the afterglow
a dodo bird with polio
and me, I know, I know, I know, I know
I'm playing with a rock and roll band on a subway
It keeps me far away from the gamma rays
We live between the boom boom crash and the fade away,
I know
Come on wake up the congregation
we will see the light tonight
the spark the flash the bang the bite
I know, I know, I know, I know know know know know know

I am written in the radio
I dream on my TV
dislocation, dislocation
I could fade away in stereo
and you won't remember me
dislocation, dislocation
If they dropped a bomb on London
swallow LA with the sea
dislocation, dislocation
Say a prayer for Oklahoma
say another one for me
dislocation, dislocation

God Of Ocean Tides lyrics - Counting Crows

Close the door on a short night
Lift the lid on the daylight
6:09 West Tennessee time
And I buy all my days

At the same place where the girl sells her nights
To a God of ocean tides.

All night long,
Writing poems to California
Melodies of failure
And the people I have thrown away
Meanwhile, somewhere west of Carolina
In a congregation of strangers
We are digging holes to China
Then we pray to our reflections
In the water when it rises.

I said headlights pin the highway down
Jesus spins the world around
And I’ll spend all my tomorrows coming down
Goodbye all my days.
I know I said I never loved you
But I might just try again tonight.

Truck stops and river Gods
Gas stations of the Cross
Following a ghost,
Following a ghost,
I pray the water wash away
The memories and the cost.

Carry me south, to the sea
Along with your memories of me
We were born in the water
Now we'll return to Thee.

Colored lights
And birthday cakes
Candle wax
On paper plates.

Breathe the water
Hush-a-bye, hush-a-bye.
You can see through water
All the way up to the sky.

Gods of water, Gods of rain
Cover up the sun again
We are crossing it at the Mississippi line
And I tried all my days
To love you just the way you hoped I might,
But I’m leaving here tonight.
I can’t remember yesterday
I tried, if I said I could I lied.

Scarecrow lyrics - Counting Crows

Mary steers clear of the men from space
Back alley kid with an American face
She wants the wine, he brings a case
To carry them on through
I said you know what I know about the bedroom boys
Undercover Russians in a pink Rolls Royce
They bang the drum, she sets the beat
They carry Miss America out into the street
She sings, "snowman, scarecrow, john doe, buffalo"

I wish you wouldn't go
I got the arms to reach you, I am the scarecrow
Do do, do do do, do do, do do do
Oh, I guess you ought to know
I got the hands to teach you
I am the scarecrow, do do, do do do
Snowman sideshow, do do, do do do

I fell out of love in the snowbound days
Riding the subway in a Valium haze
I need the whites, she gets the blues
It carries us on through
All these American boys at the Park N Shop
Selling their memories for a dollar a pop
Ivan the ancient spaceman race fan
Corners the market on American taste
And says, "spaceman, scarecrow, peep show, freak show"

I wish you wouldn't go
I got the arms to reach you, I am the scarecrow
Do do, do do do, do do, do do do
Oh, I guess you ought to know
I got the hands to teach you
I am the scarecrow, do do, do do do
Punk rock video, do do, do do do

All the sudden the light inside you dies
Maybe you're going on alone
Maybe you're going all alone
She dreams of sunlight, sings of smaller things
White sugar bowls and wedding rings
You're going on from me alone
You're going on, you're on your own

She was married alive in a Moscow surgery
Hoping to die in a cold war nursery
All of the kids back home believe in much more than we do
It's a memory play where the memory fades
Into pictures you took, into records we played
Spy versus spy, scarecrow and I
Out across the darkness where the bomber jets fly
Singing, "spaceman, smoke show, scarecrow, Geronimo"

I wish you wouldn't go
I got the arms to reach you, I am the scarecrow
Do do, do do do, do do, do do do
Oh, I guess you ought to know
I got the hands to teach you
I am the scarecrow, do do, do do do
Snowman peepshow, do do, do do do

I wish you wouldn't go
I got the arms to reach you, I am the scarecrow
Do do, do do do, oh hell no, do do, do do do
Oh, I guess you ought to know
I got the hands to teach you
I am the scarecrow, do do, do do do
Listening on the midnight radio, do do, do do do

Elvis Went To Hollywood lyrics - Counting Crows

November promises, it seems
are broken February dreams
That don't come true,
Do you remember me?
I don't remember you.
Were you the one who liked to sing?
Or just some other one.
It's strange how Paige remains
She stays the same
We're always changing.

We are driving on the ceiling
There are aliens on motorcycles
Riding in the radio while we destroy the world
I said - oh oh, oh no no
The news it read, the future's dead
When Elvis went to Hollywood
That's when everything went wrong.

So long Goodbye,
The taste of wedding cakes
The sound of nursey rhymes
The ghosts of Fredericksburg, of Alex Chilton,
of Victor Frankenstein
the girl you'll always love
the one you have no memory of
It's strange how Paige remains
She prays for rain on The Invasion

We are driving on the ceiling
There are aliens on motorcycles
Hiding in the radio while we devour the world
I said - oh oh, oh no no
The future said, the news is dead
When Elvis went to Hollywood
That's when everything went wrong.

The God of Maine proclaims the last evacuation of The Dream
The gospels scream a song of movie stars and girlie magazines
And spacemen too from somewhere far away
You have to say it's strange
We prayed in vain,
The rockets came and now we're fading.

We are hiding on the ceiling
There are aliens on motorcycles
Riding from the radio while they destroy the world.
I said - oh oh, oh no no
The paper said, the King is dead
When Elvis went to Hollywood,
That's when everything went wrong.

Cover Up The Sun lyrics - Counting Crows

1, 2, 3, 4

Colorado passes by like writing on a wall
Headed eastward down to New Orleans
Dipping into Texas as the stars are fading out
There's still a lot of country in between

When I left California I was 29 years old
And the world just spun me around
Now I watched Louisiana scroll across the window pane
And I'm facing the direction I am bound

Cover up the sun
Let the river run
Make that waters come
Wash me away

Me, Clifton and the king of cats
We sat down in the road
Pedro said, boys, we're three of kind
He said I sat with river rats and I hung my hat with diplomats
Had four brothers once upon a time

He said they tore the country far away from the Rio Grande
And the road just wore them down
So they bought a house beside a lake, outside of New Orleans
And they stared in the direction of the escalating sound

Cover up the sun
Let the river run
Take this good man's son
And wash him away

Well Sister indeciperable is talking to a wall
Back in New York city, she's a queen (in New York she's a queen)
Well, resurrect or genuflect, she saves the one she can't protect
Keeps the chapel Pris', if not Sis' tine

She drinks Absinthe mixed with Kerosene to keep herself upright
But the word still brings her down
If you can't keep your shit together
When God is on your side
What chance do you have when he's not around?

Cover up the sun
Make that water run
Let the river come
To wash me away

People of the Mardi Gras, in their Tuesday best
Waiting for the South to rise again
Children of Geronimo grieving for the West
Feather dressed and marching their refrain

Oh in the dark of Armstrong Park the marching bands ascend
But they never make a sound
Just a quiet prayer for Congo Square
A silent conversation there
With the night to rest our eyes in
We just look to the horizon for a change

Cover up the sun
Let the river run
I pray the water come and wash me away
Color in the sky
Make that diesel fly
Oh, just lay me down to die and just take me away
Yeah

John Appleseed's Lament lyrics - Counting Crows

I stepped out the front door into winter and the world outside
I stepped out the door to New York City, my hair was barely dry
I could not remember where I was going, so I went back inside
Nothing happening in the elevator, nothing happening on the stairs
Nothing ever happening when I am sleeping, I cannot stay there
How'd you find a party when you're in your room
How'd you find the action?
Man, the action is everywhere!

And inside to climb outside your bedroom window, paint a picture on a cloud
Oh if you decide that you can't hide inside
Your mind provides the slide to get you out
Feels just like you're falling and you're going down
But everybody loves you when you hit the ground

I say a prayer, I say a prayer, I say a prayer to Pocahontas
I pray to John Appleseed
Oh I cigarette the winter air, then I Fred Astaire my way down seventh street
Some chick yells Jesus love me more than I know but less than I need
I parade down the bowery to the battery then I step off into the air
Point my sunglasses east towards Jerusalem and then follow all the pharoahs there
They're building pyramids in Leicester Square
Driving in circles round the circus til the circles in the air
My love says come on Adam tell me what the hell is wrong with you
She says, come on Adam tell me, what the hell am I supposed to do?
She says, I could love you, I could leave you, I can't live what you put me through

I call the winter Maria cause I do not know her face
I call the endless sky Emilia because she stays with me from place to place
I call the sun my love Emanuel, she cradle me in her embrace
I left, nothing happening in the kitchen, nothing happening on the floor
Nothing happening in my bed, she don't sleep there no more
Hard to find the bottom when you're in the air
How'd you find the circus?
Man, the circus is everywhere!

Possibility Days lyrics - Counting Crows

It was a cold 3 A.M. at JFK
I guess you stayed because you wanted to stay
And we went from zero to everything all in a day
And then Kennedy took you away

I thought of a short robe that was keeping you warm
And the moments that make up your life until you wake up
You sit on a swing in the dark with a girl
And she tells you she wanted to kiss you

And you know the worst part of a good day
Is hearing yourself say
Goodbye to one more possibility day
It goes on and on

I go west but your weather has changed
You're just scared I mistake it for strange
When you want me to leave then
You start to believe I should stay
But I gotta get out of L.A.

It seems like the short days are over
Cause you just don’t sleep in the daylight
So I don’t sit up nights
I lie on my back on the top of a hill and your body
Is breaking the sky because you're shaking

And the worst part of a good day
Is knowing it's slipping away
That's one more possibility day
That is gone

We were waiting for winter this year
But you came and it never appeared
Me and you we know too many reasons
For people and seasons
That pass like they weren’t even here

Now "living in smiles is better", you say
But we carry the burdens of all of our days
So I'm scared that you’ll leave
And you’re scared that I'll stay
It's an impossibility day
And we only saw half of the ballet

I said good night, goodbye
Seems like a good thing
So you know it's a good lie
You can run out of choices
And still hear a voice in your head
When you’re lying in bed

And it says that the best part of a bad day
Is knowing it's ok
The color of everything changes
The sky rearranges its shade
And your smile doesn’t fade
Into a phone call
And one bad decision we made

And the worst part of a good day
Is the one thing you don’t say
And you don’t know how but you
Wish there was some way

So you pull down the shades
And you shut out the light
Because somehow we mixed up
"Goodbye" and "good night"

And the one thing you won’t say
Is "everyone knows possibility days are impossible"
It just feels wrong
So wrong
Still you’re gone
Long gone

"Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)" (2012)

Untitled (Love Song) lyrics - Counting Crows

(originally by The Romany Rye)

If tonight’s the night, then today’s my day
That I should hang it all on display.
Yours was just a loser's game,
And I decided that I should play.

Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.
Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.

Felt the wind’s direction beginning to change.
Clouds so softly full of rain.
The Summer fell and the Winter sprang.
Now it’s all a feeling I can’t get back again.

Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.
Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.

Cloudy thoughts against a clear blue sky.
When the feeling came, I felt like getting high,
With no sense to try to find my peace of mind.
‘Cause maybe I was born to win, dissatisfied.

Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.
Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.

Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.
Throw your arms around my neck,
I won’t be soon to forget.

Start Again lyrics - Counting Crows

(originally by Teenage Fanclub)

I don't know if you can hear me,
I'm feeling down and can't think clearly,
Even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

Some things I'd change but it's too late,
I'd take the past and make it straight,
And even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

Even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

I'm sorry for the things I've said,
But some thoughts just won't leave my head,
And even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

Even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

Even though it's complicated,
We've got time to start again,
I don't know if you can hear me.

Hospital lyrics - Counting Crows

(originally by Coby Brown)

Hospital bound, so you know there will be treatment.
Hey alright, it's too late to put up a fight.
Hospital gowns, so you know you should be sleepin'
Wide awake, there's some pills that you shouldn't take.

Honest to God, X is always an unknown
I said alright, Y gets buried in the bones.
I said honest to God, if you don't get it off your chest
you don't have to stay around, you don't have to solve for X.

I'm afraid I found it's eternally unequal
hey alright, it's too late to put up a fight.
On the way back down, finally a sequel,
Hey alright, in a hospital room tonight.

Is it alright, and your exit's always an unknown
It's hard to hold on too tight, cuz I got buried with your bones.

And I said honest to God, if you don't get it off your chest
all your reason gone tonight, you don't have to solve for X.

Hospital bound, so you know there will be treatment
Hey alright, in a hospital room tonight.
Hospital gowns, so you know you should be sleepin'
Wide awake, there's some pills that I shouldn't take.

And I said alright, X is always an unknown
I tried to hold on too tight but I got buried with the bone.
And I said honest to God, I got to get it off my chest
I don't want to stick around, cuz I don't need this sufferin'.

Mercy lyrics - Counting Crows

(originally by Tender Mercies)

I got a feeling
of unrighteousness
bitter cold
hollow bitterness
down the road
I walk with loneliness
mercy will follow me I'm told

My sister sang
songs so sweet and sad
bout a man
who's love I never had
there's a train
bound for gillian?
mercy will follow me I'm told
mercy will you follow me
mercy will you follow me
till my final breath at last I take
mercy will you follow me
mercy will you follow me
Till the chains of this old world I finally break

Under this skin
there lies a heart of stone
It's growing old
so very far, from home
but a heart of gold
I may someday own?
and mercy will follow me, I'm told
mercy will you follow me
mercy will you follow me
to my final breath at last I take
mercy will you follow me
mercy will you follow me
Till the chains of this old world I finally break
Till the chains of this old world I finally break
Till the chains of this old world I finally break