The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner



Narcolepsy
Don't Change Your Plans
Mess
Magic
Hospital Song
Army
Your Redneck Past
Your Most Valuable Possesson
Regrets
Jane
Lullabye



Narcolepsy

I should warn you I go to sleep
I know you don't know what I mean
Yet, I get upset or happy
I go to sleep

Nothing hurts when
I go to sleep

But I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired

I know it seems that I don't care
But something in me does I swear
I don't remember all last year
I left you awake to cry the tears

While I was dreaming (he really is)
Dreams calling between the shores of joy and sadness
Drowning, save me wake me up

I should warn you I go to sleep
You won't know when I go to sleep
'Cause I'm not tired

I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired
I'm not tired

Just sleep

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Don't Change Your Plans

Sometimes I get the feeling
That I won't be on this planet for very long
I really like it here
I'm quite attached to it; I hope I'm wrong

All I really want to say
You're the reason I want to stay
I loved you before I met you
And I met you just in time
Because there was nothing left

I sat here on my suitcase
In our empty new apartment
'til the sun went down
And I walked back down the stairs
With all my bags and drove away
You must be freaking out

All I know is I got to be
Where my heart says I ought to be
It often makes no sense, in fact
I never understand these things I feel

Don't change your plans for me
I won't move to LA
The leaves are falling back east
That's where I'm going to stay

You have made me smile again
In fact I might be sore from it
It's been awhile
I know we've been together
Many times before
I'll see you on the other side

Don't change your plans for me
I won't move to LA
The leaves are falling back east
That's where I'm going to stay

All I really want to say
You're the reason I want to stay
But destiny is calling
And I told them when my time is up
I'm out of here

All I know is I got to be
Where my heart says I ought to be
It often makes no sense, in fact
I never understand these things I feel

I love you, good bye
I love you, good bye


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Mess

There was a time that I had nothing to explain
All this mess I had made
But then things got complicated
My innocence has all but faded
All this mess I have made

And I don't believe in god
So I can't be saved
All alone as I learn to be
In this mess I have made

Oh, the untested virtue
The things I said I'd never do
Least of all, to you

And though he's kind and true
I know that he is good to you
He'll never care for you more than I do

But I don't believe in love
So I can't be tamed
All alone, as I've learned to be
In this mess I have made

The same mistake
Over and over again

There are rooms in this house
That I don't open any more
Dusty books and pictures on the floor

But she will never see
She'll never see that part of me
I want to be for her
What I could never be for you

And I don't believe in God
So I can't be saved
All alone as I've learned to be
In this mess I have made


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Magic

From the back of your big brown eyes
I knew you'd be gone as soon as you could
And I hoped you would

We could see that you weren't yourself
And the lines on your face did tell
It's just as well
You'd never be yourself again

Saw you last night
Dance by the light of the moon
Stars in your eyes
Free from the life that you knew

Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la la la la
La la da la la la

You're the magic that holds the sky up from the ground
You're the breath the blows these cool winds 'round
Trading places with an angel now

Saw you last night
Dance by the light of the moon
Stars in your eyes
Free from the life that you knew

Saw you last night
Stars in the sky
Smiled in my room

Sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la la la da da
La da la la la la

Sha la la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la la la la da da
La da la la la la


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Hospital Song


Lying here awake in my hospital room
Silas Creek Parkway is my only view

And the doctor just came by
And told me the news

I need a second opinion
I don't believe that it's true


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Army

Well I thought about the army
Dad said, 'Son you're fucking high'
And I thought, 'yeah there's a first for everything'
So I took my old man's advice

3 sad semesters
It was only 15 grand
Spent in bed
I thought about the army
I dropped out and joined a band instead

Grew a moustache and a mullet
Got a job at Chick-fil-A
Citing artistic differences the band broke up in May
And in June reformed without me
And they got a different name
And nuked another grandma's apple pie
And hung my head in shame

Been thinking a lot today
Been thinking a lot today
Think I'll write a screenplay
Think I'll take you to LA
Think I'll get it done yesterday
(ah shit!)

In this time of introspection
On the eve of my election
I say to my reflection
God please spare me more rejection

'Cause my peers they criticize me
And my ex-wives all despise me
Try to put it all behind me
But my redneck past is nipping at my heels (ha ha ha ha)

Thinking a lot today
Been thinking a lot today
Been thinking a lot today

I thought about the army

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Your Redneck Past

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
La la la la la la la la la
La la la la la

Choose from any number of magazines
Who do you want to be
Billy Idol or Kool Moe Dee

If you're afraid they might discover your redneck past
There are a hundred ways to cover your redneck past
They'll never send you home

Roots-the funny limbs that grow underground
That keep you from falling down
Don't you think that you'll need 'em now
Just find a place where no one knows of your redneck past

Yeah you can easily dispose of your redneck past
You'll show them all back home

Désolé, je suis Américain
Please cook my steak again
Je suis Américain
Désolé, je ne parle pas Français

Laws-they vary from state to state
Get you some books on tape
To learn about holes in space

If you're afraid they might uncover your redneck ass
There are a hundred ways to cover your redneck past

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
It's good to be back home
Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh

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Your Most Valuable Possession

"Good morning, Mr. Ben. It's about 6:30, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Just laying here in the bed, half awake, half asleep, thinking about you. I was, uh, wondering if you were looking after your most valuable possession--your mind. I was thinking about John Glenn, his space journey and all. They said that when you're in space you lose muscle mass...and the body mass...and I wondered if there was any...end to it.  Or whether if you didn't exercise in space, how long it would be for you were just...a head, or a mind, and have no body or arms--you would have them but you couldn't use them.  I was wondering if, uh, if your body mass would drop to a certain level, and then it would stop right there and keep whatever you needed to use your mind, because it would still be working. 30 seconds remaining...anyway, I was just pondering that.  What do you think about that?  I hope everything is going all right, I'm going to wake up here in a little while--I forget what I was thinking about."

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Regrets

I thought about sitting on the floor in second grade
I couldn't keep the pace
I thought I was the only one moving in slow motion

While the other kids knew something I did not
But if I acted like a clown
I thought it would get me through
It did, but that don't work no more
You're not a kid no more
I thought I'd do some traveling, I never did

Regrets
Regrets

I thought about the hours wasted watching TV, drinking beer
I thought about the things I thought about
Until immobilized with fear
And all the great ideas I had
And how we just made fun of those who had the guts to try and fail
And then I ended up in jail

Regrets
Regrets
Regrets
Regrets

Every day it seems the police
have made a computer mistake
Said 'there must be thousands like me
with the same name'
Anyway, I thought about the things I settled for
I never tried
I never visited my grandma even once
When she was sick before she died
So I don't blame if you never come
And see me here again

Regrets
Regrets
Regrets

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Jane

Jane, be Jane
You're better that way
Not when your trying
Imitating something
You think you saw

So Jane, be Jane
And sometimes that might drive them away
Let them stay there
You don't need them anyway

You worry there might not be anything at all inside
That you're worried should tell you that's not right
Don't try to see yourself the way that others do
It's no use

You're worried there might not be anything at all inside
That you're worried should tell you that's not right
You've had it harder than anyone could know
So hard to let it go

But its your life you can decorate it as you like
Beneath the pain and armour
In your eyes the truth still shines

Jane, be Jane
Jane, be Jane

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Lullabye

Good night, good night, sweet baby
The world has more for you
Than it seems, good night, good night
Let the moonlight take the lid off your dreams

We took a small flight
In the middle of the night
From one tiny place to another

And my parents remain at the shack with Lorraine
And my aunt and my Grandpa and brother
We walked past the tarmac and boarded the craft
The rain had me chilled to the bones

Just the three of us took flight that night
Uncle Richard, me, and James Earl Jones

And the pilot he gave me a blanket
And the tall dark man sang to me in deep rich tones
Good night, good night, sweet baby
The world has more for you
Than it seems, good night, good night
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