Has-Beens and Never-Weres
LYRICS


01. INTELLIGENCE (3:45)
02. NEAR TONIGHT (4:15)
03. LOVE IS THE WAY TO MY HEART (2:42)
04. SKIN MAGS (6:48)
05. BONUS TRACK (LP ONLY) (1:15)
06. YOU CAME ALONG JUST IN TIME (3:00)
07. I'M OUT OF MY MIND (7:20)
08. SIT DOWN (4:35)
09. BANANA JERSEYJAM (1:08)
10. I WILL WANT TO DIE (4:50)
11. MARTYRDOM (4:10)
12. POW WOW (3:43)
13. THE RESIDENTS (2:20)
14. WHAT'S THE POINT? (2:42)
15. IF YOU SEE KAY (2:40)
16. 14 MONTHS BACK (1:50)



INTELLIGENCE

it
the whole idea creates
senselessness

god bless intelligence
fulfilled obliging
gets in the way
don't remind me
my mind in your body
unfortunately insane

intelligence
i need to know i need to know
i need to know i need
intelligence i need to know know know yes

am i as smart as i think?
probably not, that's good
daily disease cannot feel pain of
only consider the thought
of the symptom of hurt

intelligence
the hat you wore
didn't cover up my ears
they were freezing
intelligence
and i could hear nothing
and i was screaming at you
can't understand the words
intelligence
i don't have a dictionary yet
living language
intelligence
i need to know
teach me
at weehawken stadium we kissed
and it was awful

the words
the words and lyrics
lines and phrases
half-sentences subtleties
your description was
think i'll say this without using words
had i known the truth
speech impediment
thinking about what to say
next time we meet
can't understand the words
bring up the vocal
i would not have come
i would not have come
i would not have come
we had at the jersey shore
and you had brought your paintings
something your spare time depended on

intelligence
the weather had nothing to do with
what you must have thought of me
i need to know i need to know
i need intelligence
but it prevented us from
understanding the words
intelligence
know know
lines and phrases half-sentences
can't understand the words
yes
no
intelligence
i need to know
i need to know
i need for somebody to tell me
intelligence
know
yes

intelligence
limiting

1980 r.stevie moore


NEAR TONIGHT

you came to me on a summer night
then you were gone
now i'm alone on a winter night
cold

don't you wish that you were with me
would you like to hold me near tonight

i can recall on those summer nights
we were in love
what is it that makes this winter night
cold

don't you wish that you were near tonight?

1978 r.stevie moore


LOVE IS THE WAY TO MY HEART

love, love is the way
what can i say?
love is the way to my heart
please, please understand
make me your man
love is the way and i say
sing a song but write it wrong
you can live with me

hey, hey do you feel
complex and real
love is appeal and i know
you, you help me see
what i can be
love is the way and i say
think a thought but learn what's taught
you can stay with me

love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
and i know it's time to start
you can play your part in love
way to my heart

love, love is the way
what can i say?
love is the way to my heart
please, please understand
make me your man
love is the way and i say
sing a song but write it wrong
you can live with me

you, you help me see
what i can be
love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
love is the way to my heart
love is the way
love is the way to my heart

1975 r.stevie moore


SKIN MAGS

skin mags
skin mags
skin mags
i got a thing for
skin mags
i gotta buy more
skin mags
i got too many damn
skin mags

and it's embarrasing, ya know
when someone comes over
and finds something so offensive
they would never stoop to pay
hard earned cash for this trash

ever since i was a kid with
daddy's playboys in the attic
nude photography simply appeals to me

skin mags

they're piling up, no room
what am i gonna do?
how come nobody i know
has this problem?

well here i go down to the store
to browse upon the racks
i'm gonna get 3 or 4 or maybe more
and just bring 'em back to my shack
i got shots of girls from all around the world
and i know 'em like friends
and they show me what i want to see
you don't have to pretend when you got some

s m
hard core
soft core
porno

a little boy in an old man
images of girls on paper
a little boy in an old man
images of girls on paper
it's merely another addiction
merely another addiction

1983 r.stevie moore


BONUS TRACK (LP ONLY)


YOU CAME ALONG JUST IN TIME

you came along just in time
oh my love
you finally showed me that
you would soon be mine

fell in love at the shopping center
looked into your little MGB
told you i would like to be your steady
can i buy you a stereo?

you let me get in your car
oh my love
you drive around and i
tell you who we are

fell in love by the parking meter
fooled around until a quarter to three
you told me you would like to be my baby
i gotta kiss your knees

you came along just in time
oh my love
you came along just in time
in time

1978 r.stevie moore


I'M OUT OF MY MIND

tell me again
i'm out of my mind
no one understands
i don't understand
i'm left all alone
is that what i want?
isn't that what i want?
i'm out of my mind

condition worsening
why am i the only one getting older?
i forget
tell me again
who brought me here?
i'm out of my life

no one's left, that is true
i don't think about you
except right now
as a matter of fact
we think about each other
at exactly the same time
but i'm out of my mind
how could i be in yours?

tell me again
i'm out of my element
my vessel has risen and departed
leaving me hopelessly stranded on a planet
over-saturated with carelessness
it seems certain
my new role on earth is gone
back to nerve endings
arteries and tissues
dermis and follicle
bile and plasma
i'm out of my mind

i have not learned from experience
file away another thought
store away another goal
replace one goal with another
condition worsening
organ donor, check yes
except brain
no one will need it
it's just a pile of discarded 1/4 inch tape
tell me again

my only purpose was my belief
it was not enough
god? father? fathergod?
outer space ends here
look at my finger
godfather?
no
god?
father?
no!

1986 r.stevie moore


Side Two

SIT DOWN

sit down
sit down
sit down
sit down

you've had your chance
when you tried to dance
you're such a fool
you ain't so cool

sit down
people in the city
they ain't so pretty

sit down
keep a seat don't get up
sit down
keep a seat don't you dare stand up

you think you're hot
is that all you've got?
go rest your feet, brother
forget that beat

you've got to lose that groove, y'all
if you wanna be with me
give it everything you got
remember to be free, child
concentration is essential for your grooving
in the ghetto everybody
wants you to stop moving

sit down
keep a seat don't get up
sit down
keep a seat don't you dare stand up

i wonder what color is my skin, y'all?
i'm wondering:
what social class is my ass in?

sit down

1980 r.stevie moore


BANANA JERSEYJAM


I WILL WANT TO DIE

borrow the melody
sorrow and tragedy
borrow the melody
sorrow and tragedy

a new song i will write about
a girl i've lived my life without
and if we never meet
i will want to die, die
what in the world can i do?

a new generation is taking over
a fact my nerves are breaking over
the old man lost his chance
i will want to cry

it's impossible for me
to give up my
original teenage attitudes
will it become customary for me
to hide my actual year of birth?
i'll be an ancient blues man down
in some obscure small texas town
with an audience of nine
i will want to die

okay i'll give it one more year
to see if top forty will ever hear
the greatest composer of all time
i can say i tried
i won't know i died

borrow the melody
sorrow and tragedy
borrow the melody
sorrow and tragedy
borrow the melody
sorrow and tragedy
borrow a wheelchair

1986 r.stevie moore


MARTYRDOM


POW WOW

people, listen to my song i'm singin
people, drop your weary load right now
i wanna sit you down and tell a story
about a little man we call pow wow

pow wow's very nice
he's always wanting to trick you
pow wow's fun
he smiles up at everyone

pow wow is thirteen
he's always trying to show you
he's fourteen

pow wow is a child
he always says he's an adult
like his dad

people, listen to my song i'm singin
people, dry your weary tears right now
i wanna sit you down and tell a story
about a little man we call pow wow

pow wow's kind of cute
he always wants to impress you
pow wow's smart
he loves you with all of his heart

people, listen to my song
right now
right now

1978 r.stevie moore


THE RESIDENTS

the residents are moving
into this locality
they brought their wives and kids with them
without consulting me
i see a station wagon
pulling in without a sound
they must be planning to invade
our private little town

now the residential neighborhood
we never knew
transforms into another
kind of automotive tool
in retrospect i reminisce
when they were far away
the air was clean and
people were expected to obey

now things are changing overnight
the snakefinger is here
i better hide the closet from
the cryptic overseer
it looks like mr. fox is
pointing over at my room
but i got just the weapon
to ensure his very doom

the residents are jumping back
inside their west coast car
i must have made them realize
exactly where they are
they oughta know to call me up
before they visit me
i'm not the one to fight
until the year 1980

1978 r.stevie moore


WHAT'S THE POINT?

hey steve!
what's the point?!!

yes i'm through
with without you
yes when i'm free
you broke me
now please leave
with without steve
time stands still
i lost my will

baby baby doncha know?
i warned you a long time ago
maybe now you'll understand
you got to leave without your man

yes i've had
all was sad
don't you know
i can't say no
cause i attract
and you won't act

baby baby don't you realize
i pleaded when you looked in my eyes
maybe now regretfully
you've forgotten my honesty

tell me what's the point
the point is: what's the point

1983 r.stevie moore


IF YOU SEE KAY

listen to me tell the story
of one girl who is going to pay

if you see kay
tell her to meet me
in the parking lot
any empty spot
at midnight on the dot

if you see kay
ask her when she will
take her vitamins
i ain't seen her since
you became her prince

bleu space bleu space sky display
look up and see images
there's a blue background
over which clouds surround
bleu space bleu space sky display
reach up and feel passages
there's transparental signs
wind and the sun combine
bleu space

if you see kay
i'm going to kill you
and if she sees you
she'll know what i'll do
when i'm sad and blue
she'll know what to do
f-u-c-k-u

bleu space

1978 r.stevie moore


14 MONTHS BACK

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1986 r.stevie moore





























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