It must be hard being an angel when the devil in your heart won't set you free it must be hard being an angel when the world has let you down imperfection all around Hey look at me it must be hard it must be hard it must be hard. Nobody's perfect all of the time nobody's perfect we are what we are there's no perfect reason and no perfect rhyme for most of the time that's what we're looking for. Gentlemen gentlemen please! can you please support the notion of what I'm saying here that the person here in question must be an angel here on earth if they can't see a human being for what a human being's really worth gentlemen please! Nobody's perfect all of the time nobody's perfect we are what we are there's no perfect reason and no perfect rhyme for most of the time that's what we're looking for. It must be hard being an angel it must be hard when the world has let you down it must be hard being an angel it must be hard. Nobody's perfect all of the time nobody's perfect we are what we are there's no perfect reason no perfect rhyme most all of the time that's what we're looking for...
The Living Years (Rutherford/Robertson)
Every generation Blames the one before And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door I know that I'm a prisoner To all my Father held so dear I know that I'm a hostage To all his hopes and fears I just wish I could have told him in the living years Crumpled bits of paper Filled with imperfect thought Stilted conversations I'm afraid that's all we've got You say you just don't see it He says it's perfect sense You just can't get agreement In this present tense We all talk a different language Talking in defence Say it loud, say it clear You can listen as well as you hear It's too late when we die To admit we don't see eye to eye So we open up a quarrel Between the present and the past We only sacrifice the future It's the bitterness that lasts So Don't yield to the fortunes You sometimes see as fate It may have a new perspective On a different day And if you don't give up, and don't give in You may just be O.K. Say it loud, say it clear You can listen as well as you hear It's too late when we die To admit we don't see eye to eye I wasn't there that morning When my Father passed away I didn't get to tell him All the things I had to say I think I caught his spirit Later that same year I'm sure I heard his echo In my baby's new born tears I just wish I could have told him in the living years Say it loud, say it clear You can listen as well as you hear It's too late when we die To admit we don't see eye to eye
Seeing Is Believing (Rutherford/Robertson)
I believe in Jesus his father's only son I do believe he sees us with the loaded gun. I believe in the magic Of the Mujahedin I still believe in Daniel Ortega the sun in Omega, the Lord of the Rings I believe in most everything. I believe, I believe I have a friend in England who says I must escape the meetings of Mao and Nixon it's an old debate. But I believe in the magic of the King and the Queen And I still have a young rebel's sympathy radical symphonies still have a ring I believe in most everything. I believe I fear this muddled thinking has to go some time I fear this sinking feeling's not the best of signs I feel I'm in trouble as the Eighties close I look to the future I'm frightened, I'm scared U suppose. You may think it's foolish that I still believe in love You laugh and you sneer -it's cruel It's what I'm thinking of. I believe in the magic in the power of the soul one to one's my equation that carries the nation on to the goal we're all brothers and sisters, I'm told. I believe, I believe, I believe in love do you believe what you're seeing Oh I believe in love. I believe in love I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe, I believe in love.
Nobody Knows (Rutherford/Neil)
There is nothing wrong with me there's nothing wrong with you maybe we're just blind to see each other's point of view. Nobody knows what we had. You could do much better, you could do much worse than me. I could have walked right out on you there was nothing stopping me Nobody knows what we had. We were running of passion we were running out of time there's a face to fit the future there's a face to fit the crime. Now the truth is on the table and the ghost is plain to see there's nothing wrong with you or me. I won't live in your world, you can't live in mine We don't hate each other darlin' we just gave up trying. Nobody knows what we had. Maybe I'm not crying maybe I don't mind But it hurts just knowing your children won't be mine. Nobody knows what we had.
Poor Boy Down (Rutherford/Neil)
He's a poor boy in his pocket he's a poor boy in his shoes. he's done his time he's stood in line that boy has paid his dues. He ain't looking for a handout he's just looking for a start he don't hate anyone he don't carry a gun you can tell that kid is smart. So you can' t keep that poor boy down you can be unkind you can rob him blind but you can't keep that poor boy down. you can lie and cheat you can chain his feet but you can't keep that poor boy down. And all down throughout the ages the kid's been treated rough just take a look in any history book you can see that times were tough. Now we move up to the nineties up to the 21st one day he'll stand a full grown man and be the same as all of us. So you can't keep that poor boy down you can lock him up you can break his cup but you can't keep that poor boy down. You can fight and steal you can drag your heels but you can't keep that poor boy down You can kick his ass if the kid's got class you can't keep that poor boy down. Let's stop the truck go back and pick him up you can't keep that poor boy down. Let him go!!
While you're defending yourself maybe you'd like to explain are you a king for a day is it some ancient campaign Warpaint your flag on your face Gather the troops on the line you never made a mistake There at the scene of the crime.
blood on your hands blood on your feet down in the pouring rain what do you care out on the street we're gonna drive you insane nobody else to blame for all that. Where are the angry young men where are the fighters or yore looking for trouble again looking to settle a score. Why do you reincarnate why will you always be here pour out a nation of hate pour out an ocean of tears.
Nobody questions the power elite who's gonna take up the strain nobody else to blame!
I don't want to condescend I just want to be your friend I don't want to drive your car I just want to make a start with you I don't want to touch your lace I just want to touch your face but everytime I reach for you you say you don't want me to - you say don't don't hold my hand you don't understand don't push too hard don't go too far - don't you don't seem to be concerned when you make my body burn you don't want to torture me it's just a little purgatory I don't want to call you names you insist on playing hames when I try to state my case you just put me in my place -- you say don't will you walk with me will you talk with me open your heart and be human to me it's not fantasy it's reality This need for you that's Consuming me. I don't want to tempt no fate you just won't communicate when I try some sympathy You just turn your back on me You say don't
Black & Blue (Rutherford/Robertson/Young)
Hey, hey one fine day you're going away ooh what do you say, little girl. Yeah it's you I'm talkin' to tell me what right have you to leave me black and blue. You say nothing lasts forever no never, ever, ever but the goods you got oh God, you know it's hot, hot, hot, hot, hot. Ooh, it's hot. That's right it's black and white you're saying day is night But you leave me black and blue. You say nothing's everlasting and that love is just the last thing that you feel you want. You know you got You know it's hot, hot, hot, hot, hot. We'll I've tried to make it on my own But I just can't leave your love alone. Maybe just maybe, I'll get it sometime from a boat or a plane or a magical sign Send me the pieces, that make up my heart I'll put them together, a part by a part by .... Hey you I'm talking to, Tell me what right have you to leave me black and blue yeah what right have you, what right to leave me black and blue you wanna fight you're saying day is night you leave me black bring back the pieces that make up my heart and I'll put them together, a part by a part by a... Hey you I'm black and blue.
Beautiful Day (Rutherford/Neil/Young)
Four o'clock in the morning waiting for the light it's another day dawning another day a better life. Walk out in the morning sun I'm always going to be with you Lay down when your day is done I'm always going to be with you. I don't blame you for crying no-one else could see but today we'll be flying forever you forever me. Walk out in the morning sun I'm always going to be with you Lay down when your day is done I'm always going to be with you No doubts now we're free to run I'm always going to be with you. It's a beautiful, Beautiful day....
Why Me? (Rutherford/Robertson)
These are dangerous times that were living in and there are dangerous signs that were giving in to fear late one night, I'm lying here I thought I heard a sound. Tell the mothers and the babes tell the old, tell the sick they will be safe get the young males. Tell them to be brave I was so concerned with saving live I never saw you pull the knife. High on the mountains across seven seas All of the people why me, why me? Do you feel so frustrated Frightened and feared answer my question Why me, why me, why me why me, why me, why me? You're such an angry young man with all your grievances people don't understand, they just can't understand what you must do to stay alive. So you try to justify all the violence and hate, before your eyes. Through the ages better men than you have tried to give what is not theirs to give to take the land where others live. High on the mountains across seven seas all of the people why me, why me? Do you feel so frustrated frightened and feared answer my question why here, why now, why here, why now, hey here, why now, why me? Oh, for now you have the power the guns and all the swords but nature has a nasty habit of balancing her flaws. Now you may try to break my body lock me up and throw away the key but you'll never break my spirit I'm free!
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