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Stephen Cummings: Unguided Tour
Uncrowned

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

You will go, yeah straight, straight to heaven
While I'll probably hang around
And let down 
And uncrowned
Here at my window
I see everything
Every falling leaf
That silently falls
To the ground

  Uncrowned
  Just playing around
  This is the way that we do it
  This is how life goes
  It goes around

A curve of children 
In a line
Playing cricket
Shrieks and cries
As the sky turns dark
And my thoughts, they swim back
To when that was me
Laughing joyfully
In that park

  Uncrowned
  Just playing around
  This is the way that we do it
  This is how life goes
  It goes around

I seem to have forgotten
Something, ah, something important
Some idea that came into my head and just went
I tried to eliminate what's unnecessary
But it was like untangling a ball of string
I never guessed
It'd be that difficult
And unrewarding

  Uncrowned
  Just playing around
  This is the way we do it
  This is how life goes
  It goes around
  Uncrowned

Around and around...
Keep The Ball Rolling

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Lost things must have a place to go
Fury and laughter
And the ability to say no
No security, no promises
No self righteous amen
If you don't wanna play
Then what are you doing in my garden
Three little girls playing dress ups
They all want to be queen
You are the most demanding person that I've ever seen

  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling

You're crazy crazy crazy
You kinda remind me of me
Yeah I'm upset but I haven't killed anyone recently
So let's drink to life
This is a hell of a wine
You were built for me alone
For eternity our lives will be entwined
Three little girls playing dress ups
They all want to be queen
You are the most demanding person that I've ever seen

  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling

Keep it rolling...
Keep it rolling...

Felt as though a dreadful fate
Was always hanging over me
Some terrible thing
I couldn't name or see
But now I feel better than that
Now I make some sense
There's a right way and a wrong way
And the truth's always the best defence
Three little girls playing dress ups
They all want to be queen
You are the most demanding person I've ever seen

  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling
  Keep the ball rolling

Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Keep it rolling
Ah
Ah
I Hope She's Happy Now

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Someone passing by my door
Someone I don't see anymore
A bird singing outside my window
They were gone before I could say hello
That bird took fright
Flew off into the light
And I had to admit
That I still wasn't quite over it

Morning's my time of day
Everybody else is away at work
Saw no signs, no words were said
Watching the clouds overhead
Sweet smells of summer
In the air
In the breeze
Rustling through the trees

I hope she's happy now
I hope she's happy now
I hope she's happy now

Outside my window there's a park
Draw the curtains when it gets dark
And while I slept
My imaginary life swept over me
The night is dark, full of doubt
Stand your ground, ya won't have to shout

I hope she's happy now
I hope she's happy now
I hope she's happy now
Walk Softly, Carry A Big Stick

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Just give me a hard boiled egg
And three minutes of your time
Don't ever change that smile
That smile will always be mine.
The night before Christmas
In a convenience store
Talking to an apparition of loveliness
Behind the counter, near the door

Coloured button on her uniform
It said, have a nice day, we aim to please
She was a minor league beauty
Veronica Lake meets Thelma and Louise
Do you mind if I ask a question
And that moment seemed to last forever
I said, have we met before?
And she said well maybe...nah...no never

Walk softly, but carry a big stick
That's not a philosophy, it's just a technique
That I learned, it's my favourite trick
Walk softly, but carry a big stick

The night before Christmas
And summer rain was really pissing down
Trying not to pay too much attention
To the way my life seemed to have run aground
I'd made my own bed
Now I went to it, to sleep
But I just watched the ceiling,
Watched it's a wonderful life on TV

Alone in my bedroom, flicking the radio
From station to station
I thought the road is long
And that girl at the convenience store, was a strong temptation
How there was something familiar about her
Something that belonged in my past
She and I had been lovers years ago
But it didn't go well or last

Is it the glimmer of dawn or just
The flashing lights from the pizza place
I rushed back to the store
She and I stood face to face
We were both feeling sentimental
We agreed, life was quite a trip
I said, Jane, look at it this way, ours has just been
A growing together apart relationship

Notes:

Two By Two

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

A wind has blown my love away
Day and night, night and day
It's finished now, it's over and done
Sun and rain, rain and sun

It's true hey what they say
You never miss something 
'till it's taken away
'till it's out of reach
And can't be taken back
Your love was a treasure
I'd ransacked

Two by two
I'd walk with you
At twilight as the sky was turning red
Two by two
I'd walk with you at twilight

Nobody believes
In anything anymore
She said, I don't want you
Knocking at my door
Promising me stars and flowers
Promising me white veils
Promising everything except the details
You can't get drunk everyday
You can't take my heart and throw it away
You can't treat people like 
A construction site
Then go out wearing your
Smiley t-shirt at night

This is where it hurts
It's all normal enough
No one is indispensable
No one likes a rebuff
So, I'll tell you everything I know
Yeah, this is all that I found
Life is sometimes full of fury
And regularly we all run aground
Everybody's Always Pissing In The Swimming Pool

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

I spent my life in the service
The service of the state
The state of high anxiety
And no matter how hard I, hard I tried
I could never, never rest easy
Because you understand me
I feel I can tell you this
I know that sounds a little dubious
A moment of panic
Just slipped through my fingers on to the floor
I don't wanna, won't feel like that anymore

  'Cowards die many times before their deaths'
  Swimmers they just hold their breaths
  I guess I was the fool
  Everybody's always pissing in the swimming pool

In books everything looks easy
Yeah but life is a little more
A little more, a little more difficult
And the greatest irony
Is that if ????? wisdom comes
It comes too late, comes too late to do anything about it all

  'Cowards die many times before their deaths'
  Swimmers they just hold their breaths
  I guess I was the fool
  Everybody's always pissing in the swimming pool

I spend my life in the service
The service of the state
Yeah the state, the state of high anxiety
And no matter how hard
Hard I tried
I could never, never rest easy
I'll be ?singing? that...

  'Cowards die many times before their deaths'
  Swimmers they just hold their breaths
  I guess I was the fool
  Everybody's always pissing in the swimming pool

Pissing in the pool
Pissing in the pool
Everybody's in the pool
In the pool
She's Too Dumb To Care

Cummings/Talbot

She watches the world outside her window
Brushes her golden hair
Seasons come and seasons go
She's too dumb to care
What's that waiting 'round the corner
Hello is anybody in there
Well she can't see anything
And even if she could
She's too dumb to care

  She doesn't know what she doesn't know
  It's a whole generation lost out there
  You can look for her where she ought to be
  But you won't find her there

Footsteps down a dark corridor
Strangers they stop and stare
It's not worth the effort anymore
She's too dumb to care
And all her friends have lost their way
And she's too dumb to care
Nobody's at her door anymore saying
Hello is anybody there

  She doesn't know what she doesn't know
  It's a whole generation lost out there
  You can look for her where she ought to be
  But you won't find her there

She watches the world outside her window
Brushes her golden hair
Seasons come, seasons go
She's too dumb to care
Yeah, she's too dumb to care
She's too dumb to care
Didn't Anybody Ever Say No To You Before

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

I talk to you the same way that you talk to me
Your question doesn't have an answer I could give readily
I might be forced beyond words, I might make animal sounds
A frightened little soul in ankle socks and hand me downs

Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
Didn't anybody ever say no to you before

Here is a line that runs between you and me
A willing arm that stretches all the way from her to eternity
You can't stop all the clocks, but if I could, you know I would
I'd stay holed up in my castle and I'd try to ignore this world

Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
Didn't anybody ever say no to you before

I was a 'desire in search of a desire'
That was something I'd read, don't know where
If somebody sees me, caught out in the rain looking up at the moon
Don't be timid, point me in the right direction, send me home
The moments they just come and go, like a blur or a whisper
And I'll get sulky at the slightest look of disapproval from her

Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
Didn't anybody ever say no to you before
I've Gotta Lot Of Faith In You

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Aren't you here in my arms, in my bed
And deep down inside
I can't get you outta my head
What do I have to do
The instant that I first saw you
Jerking me off balance right outta the blue

  I, I gotta lot of faith in you
  I, I know that dreams they do come true

What I'm having difficulty trying to say
Is that words get in the way
Oh, It takes too long to explain
But you're a friend of mine
Between us runs a line
That's far too complicated to ever define

  I, I gotta lot of faith in you
  I, I know that dreams they do come true

Rinsed my socks and shorts in the sink
Got up and took a shower, I tried to think
I always pay attention to the weather
Somehow I know this is just gonna come together

It's been on the cards that you and me
Would wind up together on a journey
Who knows how far it will run
But you make me feel secure
And I'm sure
Whatever fate has in store, it'll be fun

  I, I gotta lot of faith in you
  I, I know that dreams they do come true
  I, I gotta lot of faith in you
  I, I gotta lot of faith in you
Rise And Fall

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Two big yellow roses
Sit on my window sill
Making faces at me
Sitting perfectly still
Daily papers spread out
In front of me
Gulp down my breakfast
Slurp my coffee

Rise and fall
Rise and fall
Makes my skin crawl
Every day is the day of reckoning

Doubts and anger
Arise from the past
Finally you get
To see your real self at last
The picture's not pretty
Like that yellow rose
And the road that you travelled on
You wish you'd never chose

Rise and fall
Rise and fall
Makes my skin crawl
Every day is the day of reckoning

Each night to bed I go
And solemnly hope
I'll wake in the morning
Better able to cope 
With the hurtful stupidity
Of the life you've led
And the nagging feeling
You shouldn't bother getting out of bed

Rise and fall
Rise and fall
Makes my skin crawl
Every day is the day of reckoning
Rise and fall
Rise and fall
Makes my skin crawl
Every day is the day of reckoning

You might be sitting
In some anonymous shopping mall
Jingle jangle of the muzak
Might make you reach for a highball
When a guy with a semi automatic
Sticks a nozzle against your head
A minute later twenty people are dead
For no reason at all
Like A Shadow

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

Her face grew small and her eyes filled with tears
Make yourself so miserable, that you fumble changing the gears
Get yourself in such a tangle, even an angel couldn't fix
Well you were always irresistible, you don't need the theatrics

  Like a shadow following everywhere you go
  Tantalising glimpses, like trailers at a picture show
  I don't want to quarrel, don't want you to change your mind
  Sometimes life does seem to be unfair and unkind

She shook as she spoke, she wanted adventure, a quest
Everything changes and the simplest things they're always the best
So be careful what you say, I couldn't stand much more of this
Well you could always rescue me with a loving kiss

  Like a shadow following everywhere you go
  Tantalising glimpses, like trailers at a picture show
  I don't want to quarrel, don't want you to change your mind
  Sometimes life does seem to be unfair and unkind

Love and glory is not the full story, no, it's just a part
Don't speak ill of me, your words stab me in the heart
Way down deep, long, sharp, hurtful and black
Things we'd both said we'd regretted and wanted to take back

  Like a shadow following everywhere you go
  Tantalising glimpses, like trailers at a picture show
  I don't want to quarrel, don't want you to change your mind
  Sometimes life does seem to be unfair and unkind
  Like a shadow following everywhere you go
  Tantalising glimpses, like trailers at a picture show
  I don't want to quarrel, don't want you to change your mind
  Sometimes life does seem to be unfair and unkind

Like a shadow
I'll be following you
Everywhere
Everywhere that you go
Everywhere that you go
Everywhere
Play It As It Lays

Cummings/Shane O'Mara

She was beautiful, burnt out brilliant and lost
Somehow though in describing her, I am just describing me
Lovers lost keep reappearing, as you slip into sleep
Forgotten faces, names and promises that you couldn't keep
I said I'd get back to you, and I did, but it took a few years
There's a proper time for everything, some things do fall into place
Fragments remembered from childhood, a father you hardly knew
You're unable to determine exactly what to do

Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays
Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays

It's autumn in Lovetown, the sun's out but there is a chill in the air
It's not the big chill, it's a standstill, with no discernible pattern
It soothes me, staring at the sun through a haze over the bay
Watching the Westgate Bridge motorway

Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays
Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays
Play it as it lays

Time to reconstruct yourself, keep all the lines open and free
I'll cry over anything, nothing's wasted, it's all stored in ya memory
Every day there's a dilemma, being conscious pays
The best you can do is just to play it as it lays

Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays
Don't you wanna say it - just play it as it lays
Play it as it lays

Notes:

When It Rains Outside

Cummings/Chris Abrahams

Passing cars skid in the rain
Screeching sounds, railway train
Let's leave it at that
Let's just leave it at that
I take my time
I get the willies all by myself
I'm not that strong
Don't think I'm that strong
But I know when I've done wrong
When it rains outside it rains inside me

I'm slipping, I'm slipping
I'm falling hard
No inclination to do anything
Some people never have a worry
No self doubts
No anxiety
Does that astonish you
Well, hey, it astonishes me
When it rains outside it rains inside me

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