r.stevie moore recalls
Thoroughly Years: Phonography II read the word as volume increases
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1. UNDER THE LIGHT

under the light it looks so splendid
the time is right for us to send it
under the light it shines so bright

it's in my heartbeat, time to go onstage
start beat within the drum cage
under the light

under the light it can't be described
it's very right that i'd been prescribed
the lights of spot shine down so hot

it's in the program, try to find my name
no ma'am, printer is to blame
under the light

now the emcee looks at me with a smile
i nervously try to see crowded aisles
they're crowded tight
now there's applause with a pause not so sure
i stopped because santa claus is a viewer

under the light back to the artwork
we do it right, me and the smart turk
we do it well so go to hell

it's in my heartbeat sorry but it's true
brain heat brings hate for you few 
under the light

1976 r.stevie moore
from play

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2. JUST ANOTHER SIGH

Is it you I'm dealing with?
Or well, is it me?
The days pass by
Just another sigh.

Isn't music horrible?
Isn't it unfair?
The songs pass by
Just another sigh.

Time doesn't rhyme
Maybe I need another line.

Is it over? Tell me yes
Didn't I do right?
The nights pass by
My life passed by
Just another sigh
Good-bye.

1975 r.stevie moore
from returns

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3. YOU CAN'T WRITE A SONG 

tumors and rumors
this is nothing like
i've ever seen instead of
copy too sloppy
vast improvement must
become a food that's breaded
lyric let's hear it
nothing can help you along

you can't write a song
i can't write a song
so don't sing along unless you suck king kong

i know and you know
i can't say a thing
like that in front of mother
ulcer get seltzer
we are getting sick
of looking at each other
listen while pissin
nothing can help you along

you can't write a song
i can't write a song
so don't sing along unless you saw king kong

get your own picture
friendly though you seem
i'll dynamite your manor
music for cusic
i would send him to the
right place with a hammer
senseless relentless
nothing can show us the wrong

you can't write a song
i can't write a song
so don't sing along unless you saw king kong
you can't write a song
i can't write a song
so don't sing along unless you think i'm wrong
i'm wrong
i'm wrong yes i am wrong.

1975 r.stevie moore
from moore often

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4. DON'T LET ME CRY ON YOU

News got out in several days
Reached me on the first
You were out to leave me
But I hadn't heard the worst, and
As the rain from night came in
Awaiting on your call
I don't want to hear it
I already know it all 

Don't let me cry on you
Let it do what it do
Don't make me blue
I'll cry on you. 

As my heart was filled with pain
I thought I heard a car
Too upset to look and see
Dropped a falling star
There might be another one
Who's taken you today
Should I want to think I want
To take his life away? 

Oh don't let me cry on you
Let it do what it do
Don't say we're through
I'll cry on you. 

Now the day is over
It was all too much for me
You're across the world by now
I'm in misery
They say you say I say the things
Nobody understands
As I'm about to weep, my love
In shaking cupped-up hands 

Oh, don't let me cry on you
Shelter your sweet hair-do
Don't make me sue
I'll cry on you
On you
On you
On you.

1975 r.stevie moore
from moore often

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5. YOU ARE YOUR SEER

i'd like to know exactly what you see in Jesus
my appetite appears a trifle small
when your boyhood or girlhood disappears
don't you wonder what you've gained
in all those years? 

i'm ashamed and embarrassed at your fears
don't you understand yourself?
you are your seer! 

1973 r.stevie moore 
from invites comparison

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6. DATES 
 
mrs. josianna smith, now now
can i have a kiss, now now
love you anyway, now now
can i spend today, now now
with you?

i took her to the liquor store
she smiled, she was asking
for the best i could get
so i gave her some promises
josianna come, now now
serve you little rum, now now, oh 

mrs. deboreah jones, now now
call you on the phone, now now
love you anyway, now now
physically play, now now
with you?

i took her to the movie show
she smiled and she made me
lift her skirt to her head
so i made her some promises
deboreah please, now now
lemme see you tease, now now, oh

who is left to ask? now now
lemme make a pass, now now
love me anyway, now now
don't know what to say, now now
to you

bom dooby dooby wah
i need just a little bit more
close the door
i can't make no more promise
say me no promise
save me no promises now 

1973 r.stevie moore
from invites comparison

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7. HEAVEN ON EARTH

(no text deserving enough for the musical notation)

1976 r.stevie moore
from returns

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8. BOY IS RUNNING

boy is running
boy runs from northtop to southbottom
and below he sees reminders
mental games with no object
just for funkicks
he plays no turns
he run back to where he once depart
top to bottom
bottom to top
and everything in between
every other person watch boy run
he does not run at them
but by them
sideways sickofit

boy is running faster than usual
with pearl hand in hand
feet running by one another
not at one another
travel
travel
trans

boy is running out of life instantly
it was too late yesterday.

1976 r.stevie moore 
from returns

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s i d e 2


9. FOR T. S.

(poetry for this anthem escapes me)

1975 r.stevie moore
from returns

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10. IF ONLY I WAS A GIRL (AND HAD A BOY LIKE ME)

If only I was a girl
And had a boy like me
I would be dying to please
It's too easy to say
But anyway
But anyway
But anyway... 

If only I was a person
Outside of myself
I would be trying to see
Into my eyes
Is it too much to pay?
But anyway...

If only I was a girl
And loved a boy like me
I might turn into a nymph
It's too easy to fantasize
Watching my eyes
If only milk was a quarter
And lids were a buck

If only I was a boy with
Nothing to think of
I would be going to school
I would learn how to love
But anyway
I gotta go (That's...)
So long, bye. (Bye.)

1975 r.stevie moore
from moore or less

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11. MASON JAR

Phil and Throwpy asked me:

"How in the world
How can you live with a girl?
How can you possibly feel
You gotta stay?
How do you do what you do
With all the pressure on you?"

What then could I say? 

I thought, then I answered:

"Well, I don't know
What makes me activate so
I really do wanna go
And yet I stay
I don't know who I will be
With all the pressure on me.
What else can I say?" 

North pole is a bit too far
And South pole is a bit too far
And England is a bit too far
I want to hide in Mason Jar
So I won't have the chance to breathe
The vacuum won't let me sneeze
And sneeze I wouldn't cause I couldn't
Figure how to. 

Phil and Throwpy asked me:

"R. Stevie Moore,
How can you be such a whore?
How could you walk out the door
Without a key of C?
Where is the goodness in you?
We hear your album is due."

Where are you doing to me?
Can't you see I'm trying?

1975 r.stevie moore
from returns

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12. THE WINNER

who is the man doing everything he can
the winner the winner
at the finish line first one every time
the winner the winner

he spends his life in a box
of ideas he can use
but every night you can find him alone
a loser

now he's won himself but he's getting nowhere else
the winner the winner
and he needs a friend cause it's getting near the end
the winner the winner

he sits at home with the toys
that he has to amuse
just hear his moans he's so sad who he is
a loser

the winner is a sinner
has a minnow for his dinner
the winner is a sinner
has a minnow for his dinner

who is this man doing everything he can
the winner
it happens every time
when he wins he knows he's lying
the winner the winner
a winner

1975 r.stevie moore
from returns

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13. NIGHT MAYOR OF THE CITY

In a rage I happened to tell
Someone of my dreams
I happen to know
How stupid it seems
I happen to believe 
If a brain lives 24 hours
In spite of the way
It happens to roll
Then the reason goes without
Staying out of control

So indeed I happened to show
Too much of my past
I happened to know
How long it would last
I happen to believe 
If a brain lives 24 hours
In spite of the way
On which it was made
Then the reason certainly
Hates the price to be paid
Is it right?

Is it right I'm night mayor of the city?
Could it be that bad in the day?
Should I fight the night mayor of the city
Cause I'm pretty well tired of this way.

All I need are a few instructions
I can handle the job
All I need is a secretary

Reassured I happened to go
To work with a smile
I happened to think of it
For awhile
I happen to blieve 
If a brain works 24 hours
In spite of the things
It happens to see
Then the evening promises
Rest inside of the key
Is it right?

Is it right I'm night mayor of the city?
Could it be that bad in the day?
Should I fight the night mayor of the city
Cause I'm pretty well tired of this way.

1975 r.stevie moore
from moore or less

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14. I NEED YOUR LOVE

i need your love
just as i need my love also
i need your love
i wanna make you mine

go into your room, little girl
and i'll tell
everyone here how we kiss
something they won't wanna miss

cause i need your love
everything makes me feel funny
i need your love
i wanna make you mine

go and do your skit, little girl
and i'll give
everyone here the programme
someone they won't think i am
i need your love

working on desire i call your home
you're not alone, uh huh
twenty minutes later you stall my moan
you've got no phone, uh huh

i need to know
why would they think i'm plain habit?
i need to know

thirty days will pass and you'll be gone
and i'll be gone too

1974 r.stevie moore
from next

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15. ANSWERS 

asked a horse and the horse said yeah
asked a blind man and he said braille
asked a mouse and the mouse said fail
asked the wind and the wind said gale

asked a convict and he said jail
asked the rain and the rain said hail
asked a hammer and it said nail
asked a boat and the boat set sail

asked a pig and the pig said sty
asked a gal and the gal said guy
asked a friend and the friend said hi
asked another one and he said bye

asked a shirt and the shirt said wear
asked a barber and he said hair
asked a tom tom and he said snare
asked a preacher and he said prayer

asked a foot and the foot said shoe
asked a ghost and the ghost said boo
asked a pear and the pair said two
asked myself and myself said you

asked a wheel and the wheel said tire
asked a plug and the plug said wire
asked the boss and the boss said hire
asked another one and he said fire

asked a mouse and the mouse said fail
asked the wind and the wind said gale
asked a man and the man said why
asked an apple and it said pie

asked a bug and the bug said fly
asked a monster and he said die
asked a convict and he said jail
asked the rain and the rain said hail

1976 r.stevie moore
from aviation

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s i d e 3

16. BEIN' A KID

1975 r.stevie moore
from the voice

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17. NEW YORKUS 

going to new york for a change
i'm gonna take my guitar cords with their father
baby bought me a ticket on a plane
i'm gonna visit in the hometown of my mother

i'm on my way
i'm gone today
i'm on my way yeah

gonna make a futile round of the clubs
gonna rock that big ole city to pieces
maybe i should be my own judge
gonna pick up everything new yorkus leases

i'm on my way
i'm gone today
i'm on my way yeah
i'm on my way
i'm gone today
i'm on my way yeah
yeah oh yeah oh yeah

north vacation gimme a thrill
i'm gonna tribute all the beauties i'm after
big big city just over the hill
i'm gonna bless each yankee boy with my laughter

i'm on my way
i'm gone today
i'm on my way yeah

1974 r.stevie moore
from next

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18. THE GHOST OF STRINGBEAN

I slipped down to the park
And kissed his tombstone
It was all in fun
But maybe I wasn't the one to blame

This kept continuing bi-weekly
And I got in trouble
It was all in fun
I did what I had done the same

Stringbean, ole bean
Ya think I'm mean?
I never seen you grinnin' at me 
You and Estelle watched me sinnin' actively

I saw String and his banjo
I was astonished!
He was having fun
"A biscuit in a bun" he sang

Son, they shot his poor head off
They ate that banjo
No one saw the fun
But I laughed a ton of twang

Stringbean, ole bean
You ain't no teen (Bean!)
I never saw you grinnin' at me 
You and Estelle watched me sinnin' profusely

The old men die, I don't miss them
Or either need them
They applaud me none
Although I'm just the Son and Savior
(suck that bible)

And everyday a Ghost comes
Tells me I'm worst best
Yessir I'm still young
Consider myself the one in behavior

I don't like eating corn
I'd hate to molest you ever again
It is all in fun
Maybe I'm the one to blame.

1973 r.stevie moore 
from invites comparison

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19. WORLD'S FAIR

1973 r.stevie moore 
from invites comparison

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20. APOLOGIES TO MR. GOTTLIEB

Hey Mister Gottlieb, please
Don't die with the Aborigines
I beg you to take me
Why won't you take me?
Hey Mister Gottlieb, please
You're a jukeboxking indeed
I'm sure he's successful
Your kind of party's alright
I'm naked in the night
Like you

Hey Mister Gottlieb, please
I'm sorry that I would sneeze like that
It's a fact, sir:
I love your act, sir
Hey Mister Gottlieb, please
Now you got me in a freeze
I'm sure I'm successful
I wanna be in your band
I'm certain that I can like you

Someone told me????
You need a drumman!
A healthy wealthy man
A rich bitch-of-a-man
A kind of art fan, too?
Hey Mister Gottlieb, please listen. 

1974 r.stevie moore 
from apologies to mr. gottlieb

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21. YOU MISSED, YOU FELL

i tell you 
"let me lay in bed with you
may i share some head with you?
our love was a peaceful cheeseburger at midnight
and in my jaws now
my juice turns black
we are finished talking.
thank you. come back." 

i tell you 
goddamn the feeling that envelopes you
deep does it cut?
i think you've lost my face
you nut 

and how could you judge my scenes as beans?
growing daybyday
towering over your little tiny seed
you make me mad but glad
you've had it
(wait a minute!)
it's the truth
you've built your swollen ego
but you've got no proof 

i tell you 
goddamn the love that has fought all the way
enemy/friend, we've reached the end
you missed, you fell.

1975 r.stevie moore 
from moore or less

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ENDING NOW HERE



all of those lyrics composed by moore
and protected under law by
the public companies
h.p. music
and
spunky monkey music
both of ascap affiliation

the early ears
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