Skid Row - Subhuman Race
Lyrics

My Enemy (Affuso, Bolan, Hill)

Play the fence, one way you're gonna fall
Sometimes I don't know who you are at all
Your opinion is something that you've got inside
But I see the loyalty has up and died

Your skeletons, my skeletons
Life is only getting shorter

Chorus:
You can be my enemy and I don't care
Keep throwing stones at yourself

Stories run in circles that have no end
I hit on luck, then you bum me out again
There's a way that you keep the truth in check
Scratch the surface and treat it like a
broken neck

Keep the peace when face to face with the scene
I got a hunch that ain't what you really mean
Weather's fair, does that change where
you stand?
My back is turned, the knife is in your hand

Your genocide, my genocide
Life is only getting shorter

(chorus)

You can be my enemy and I don't care
You try too hard, I can tell

Firesign (Bach, Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Sailing ships go through my mind
Past wreckage on the way
Glory seekers fall in line, getting closer

Summer laugh, some will cry
What will summer bring?
Some will take her by the reins,
And ride the suffering

Chorus:
On a carousel through my yesterdays
Doubt sees the obstacles, and faith sees the way
On a carousel through my yesterdays
Doubt sees the obstacles, and faith sees the way
All the ways you kill me, they've begun to thrill me,
Nothing there fulfills my firesign
Brotherhood betrayal, sabotage to no avail
Nothing there can kill my firesign

Beaten, burned, I'll take the fall
And get up right in your face
Walk all over what I believe
I'm still here, you disappear without a trace
No need to follow, no need to lead
No need to beg or borrow
I just need to be me

(chorus x2)

 

Bonehead (Bolan, Snake)

Is there a problem? The laugh of the rich man
Has got you crying poor
Are you as heavy as hell in a handbag?
Or just a virgin whore?
If the weight of the world is on your shoulders,
Then carry it for a day
Do you cry for peace or peace of mind,
Is reality in the way?

Enter the martyr out through the in door
The savior has arrived
Is all your anger force of habit
And keeping you alive?
An empty shotgun shooting your mouth off
Something's on your mind
The cheap messiah of persecution
Is alive and doing fine

I won't leave if you stay, I don't buy what
you say
If you're a new God, let me see a miracle
I won't leave if you stay, I don't buy what you say
I can't say that you're a fool but
If you're a new God
Let me see a miracle

Beat Yourself Blind (Bach, Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Give me a minute, cause I'm wrapped in superstition
Pour me a chemical to take away the edge
Don't make up anything that's breaking all your fingers
Just slap around a bit of what it takes to pledge

Carry out another stone as a slave
Ask General know-it-all who's juggling the earth
Tease all the natives that will walk across your grave and
Shove aside your nation all for what it's worth

Chorus:
Beat yourself blind (x6)
An open eye and a closed mind

Look at the suit in suspended animation
A faded outline that used to be a man
A piece of paper that's fallen out a window
Has got a better chance to know where it lands

(chorus)

To bleed in vain, to bleed in vain
Under my eyes are painted skies

Down at the boneyard, they're diggin up the relics
Handfuls of parasites thrown into machines
I got the phone call, they're tearin' down the mission
The zombies had a ball, but they don't know what it means

(chorus)

 

Eileen (Affuso, Bach, Bolan, Snake)

There are things we cannot see
That hang within her sight
There are people we won't remember
That dance with her at night

Chorus:
Eileen is calling me
To sit awhile and talk to trees
Eileen can't you see
The songs you sing are scaring me

Eileen, Eileen

She romances with the moon
Full and alone
It's really a street light
It's something we all know

(chorus)

Remains to be Seen (Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Shy a quarter's headroom
I saw the half-moon was burning down
Play with your reflection,
Cause an infection is going around

Dive head-on into me, dive head on into me (x2)

Meet my neighbor's widow
A black and blue doe, she's up a tree
Trip the lightning spastic
Captain Fantastic
The 1970's

Dive head-on into you, dive head-on into you (x2)

Bury the news with the views from behind the door
Rattle the bones with the drones at the corner store,
See them for myself

Commies, kinks, and masochists
Weirdos, love and homicide
Witches, freaks and 45's
Kick a painted pony, let the spinning wheel ride

 

Subhuman Race (Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Jesus, he knows my story
He knows the position that I'm in
A hooker knows thw feeling
To get fucked the way I've been

Turn my inside out
Your mouth drank my water

Chorus:
You
Look at me like I'm subhuman
You
Talk to me like I'm subhuman
You're
Treating me like I'm subhuman
You
Jumping into the subhuman race

Brothers, hear my story
But don't you take no pity out on me
A soldier knows the feeling
To be pushed out in the field
Taking liberties, burned by
your dictation

(chorus)

Frozen (Bolan, Snake)

As I stare into the fire
All my thoughts go up in flames
Here I stare into the fire
I'll be waiting on the rain

The box I keep myself in
Closes off my air
So I build a fire
So I can sit and stare

Chorus:
Can it be I'm frozen (x4)

As I stare into the weather
My eyes drying from the cold
As I stare into the weather
I sense my thoughts growing old

(chorus)

I listen to the prophets
Predict the stem of tides
I stare into the weather
That's keeping me inside

(chorus)

As I stare into the fire
Will the prophets change my mind?
While I stare into the fire
All the colors treat me kind

I'll dust away the fallings
The winter leaves for me
I'll stare into the fire
And set tomorrow free

(chorus)

 

Into Another (Bolan, Snake)

Slowly I heal the love that's found
its way
Onto another path in times of change
Crossing a bridge unknown,
Hoping our strength wil hold
Should they both go, then let me lay
Let me lay

Chorus:
Show me a sign
To a light that shines
One direction into another
Sheltered peace of mind

Somewhere I lost a piece of memory
Somehow I know my legs will
carry me
Searching for circle's end
Hoping the wounds will mend
Should this scar, then it was meant
to be

(chorus)

Face Against My Soul (Affuso, Bach, Bolan, Snake)

How can I see tomorrow if you keep me in the dark?
When will I see forever if you damn me from the start?
There must be a way to get through to your
blackened heart

You build a wall
Inside a wall
And there's no door

Chorus:
Lay your body by the water
Press your face against my soul
Wading through all your convictions
We can come in from the cold

Searching greener pastures, and finding desert sands
Cycles on the treadmill turn up empty hands
Do I have to bloodlet just to get another chance?

Inside of you
There is a view
That sees me there

(chorus)

 

Medicine Jar (Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Caught the mother jack knifin'
A little bit of low lifin'
Goin' twenty paces with the medicine man
Runnin' from the girl in pigskin
A little gun shy but shootin'
Hidin' in the kitchen with his head in
his hand

Bleed me
Why can't you say what you mean?

Chorus:
Well how far has it gone? It didn't take
you long
To put your hand in the medicine jar
In your private hell, now you've
found yourself
In the hands of the medicine jar

Sittin' here with all your bitchin'
Cookin' up a new addiction
Prayin' that the light of day ain't wakin'
the dead
Droppin' like a bomb on Hiro
Shakin' like San Francisco
Only to be diggin' out to do it again

Bleed me
Why can't you say what you mean?

(chorus)

Make it go away, make it go away

Caught the mother jack knifin'
A little bit of low lifin'
Goin' twenty paces with the medicine man
Droppin like the bomb on Hiro
Shakin' like San Francisco
Hidin' in the jungle with your head in the sand

(chorus)

One step from bein' free, what did you think?
You'd see the bottom of the medicine jar

Breakin' Down (Snake)

What was it you once said?
That there would be things in life that can't be
Not for a second did I believe you
Not for a minute did I believe that

Within your need you lie alone
This empty space you call your home

Chorus:
If you just let me in
I wouldn't let you break down
I'm breakin' down

As if you thought the rain could wash away the day
And could heal you
Not for a second did I believe it
Not for a minute did I believe that

Within your need you lie alone
This empty space you call your home

(chorus)

What was it you once said?
That there would be things in life that can't be
Not for a second did I believe you
Not for a minute did I believe that

(chorus)

 

Ironwill (Affuso, Bolan, Hill, Snake)

Life comes and goes, quick as does the day
Greed, for those who know, is just a step away
Time's a breathing bomb, going with the flow
Stand atop it all outside the status quo

No see, no speak, then know where you're goin'
Drag your feet then nothing you're showin'
Take your place or fall to the lions
Lose your face and stand where you're dying

Chorus:
Living in a hole is taking its toll
My iron will's in position
Seize you are not owed, stand or fall
And refuse to be denied

Pride is all in vain without the blood of need
Bones can break in shame from taking charity
Hide from all the hell and wash up with the tide
Wait, and you commit psychological suicide

Break the molds of beg and submission
Wake the dead or no one will listen
Holding ground is just the beginning
It's uphill bound and in for the killing

(chorus)

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