Album: Presence [1976]

Achilles Last Stand


It was an April morning

When they told us we should go

As I turn to you

You smiled at me

How could we say no?

With all the fun to have

To live the dreams we always had

Woa the songs to sing

When we at last return again

Sending off a glancing kiss

To those who claim they know

To know the streets the seaman hears

The devil is in his hole

Oh to sail away

To sandy lands and other days

Oh to touch the dream

Hides inside and never seen, yeah

Into the sun the south the north

Lies the first of hope

The shackles of commitment fell

In pieces on the ground

Oh to ride the wind

To tread the air above the din

Oh to laugh aloud

Dancing as we fought the crowd

To seek the man whose pointing hand

The giant step unfolds

With guidance from the curving path

That churns up into stone

If one bell should ring

In celebration for a king

So fast the heart should beat

As proud the head with heavy feet, yeah

(Cool Guitar Solo)

Days went by when you and I

Made an eternal summers glow

As far away and distant

Our mutual time to grow

Oh the sweet refrain

Soothes the soul and calms the pain

Oh Albion remains, sleeping now to rise again

Wandering upon the rings

What place to rest the search

The mighty arms of Atlas

Hold the heavens from the earth

The mighty arms of Atlas

Hold the heavens from the earth

From the earth

Ooooooooooooooh

I know the way, know the way, know the way, know the way (2x)

Ooh, ahh, etc...

Oh the mighty arms of Atlas

Hold the heavens from the earth

Oooh, ahh, etc...

For Your Life


You said I was the only, oh, oh

With my lemon in your hand

Exhibition is your habit

Emotions second hand, oh, oh

Had to pull away to save me

Maybe next time around

And she said, don't you wannit?

Don't you want coca-coca-cocaine?

Hadn't planned to, could not stand to

Try it, friend, yeah, na, na, yeah

Whoo ooh ooh ooh

Heard a cry for mercy

In the city of the damned

Oh oh babe, damned

Impossible to go lower

The next stop's on the ground

Oh, low on the ground

You want to know is it quite over

To fame and tears and losing hair

And I said didn't mean to... did not mean to f-fail

You didn't plan it, you overran it...yeeeeeeah!

You wanna do it, you wanna

You wanna do it when you wanna

You wanna do it, do it when you wanna

When you blow it, babe

You got to blow it right

Oh baby, if you fake it, mama

Baby, fake with all your might

When you fake it, mama

Please fake it right

For yourself, babe, will you fake it?

You're fakin' it for your life

For your life

For your life

For your life

Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it

Do it when you wanna

Do it, do it, do it

Do it when you wanna

Oh, I can have you, baby

But I don't know what to do, yeah

Sometime, baby, nothin' I could do

Wanna find myself a crystal

Payin' through the nose

And when they couldn't resist you

I said "Just go with the flow"

And now your stage is empty

and now the curtain, baby please.

Fold up your show

Hadn't planned to

Could not stand to

(fryin!)

Hadn't planned it

I over ran in

(fryin!)

For your life

For your life

Royal Orleans


One town love

You better take care how you use it

Try to make it last all night

And if you take your pick

Be careful how you choose it

Sometimes its hard to feel it bite

Feel it bite

A man I know, went down to Louisiana

Had himself a bad, bad fight

And when the sun peeks through

John Cameron he sees (sandy???)

He kissed the whiskers and left and right

Whiskers!

Now, now, now

A fight subsides

Out at a hotel in the quarter

A friendship took a bash tonight

Now love gets hot

Look far for a sea with water

Grew whiskers sittin' there through the night

Whiskers!

Down on Bourbon street

You know it's right

You can see my friend

When they run around us in the night

Most everywhere

Until the closet's bare

Run for the razor, fun

Doin' up my hair

New Orleans queens

Sure know how to schmooz it

Maybe for some that seems alright

When I step out

I'm struck down with my sugar

She wears my cloak like fairy white

Now, one town love

Take care how you use it

And try to make it last all night

Take your pick

Be careful how you choose it

Sometimes it's hard to feel it bite.

Nobody's Fault But Mine


Ah, ah, ah ...

Oh, nobody's fault but mine

Nobody's fault but mine, yeah

Trying to save my soul to light

Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

Devil he told me to roll

The devil he told me to roll

How to roll the line tonight

Nobody's fault but mine

Ah, ah, ah ...

Somebody show me the (gun? door? gong?)

Somebody show me the ding dong ding dong

I will get down rolling tonight ?????????

Oh, it's nobody's fault but mine

That monkey on my back

The m-m-m-m-monkey on my back, back, back

Gonna change my ways tonight

Nobody's fault but mine

Candy Store Rock


Well

Oh baby baby

Don't you want a man like me?

Oh baby baby

Im just as sweet as anybody could be

Oh baby baby

I want to look to your eyes, of blue

Oh baby baby

It's more than anybody else could do

Well

Oh baby baby

You know when I see you walkin down the street

Oh baby baby

Well you lookin good enough to eat

Oh baby baby

I dont believe I've tasted this before

Oh baby baby

I want it now

And every mouthfull more of you ???????

Talk about you

Yeah

Talk about yeah

Oh baby baby

You know that I wanted it more

Oh baby baby

Im about to kiss goodbye to this store

Oh baby baby

It aint the wrappin that sells the goods

Oh baby baby

I got a sweet tooth when my mouth is full of you ?????????

Talk about you

Oh yeah

Talk about you

(solo)

Yeah

Talk about you

Oh yeah

Talk about you

Ooh baby oh baby its alright, its alright

Ohh baby its alright...its alright

Oh baby baby

Well now you sting me like a bee

oh baby baby

I like your honey; it sure does me

Oh baby baby

I got the spoon inside your jar

Oh baby baby

Dont give me too much, dont make me starve

Oh baby baby

Sugar sittin on a silver plate huh

Oh baby baby

Ill eat em up, I just cant wait you know

Oh baby baby

You see me shakin my head

Oh baby baby

Dont give me (clover???) cuz it tastes so bad ??????????

Tastes so bad

Tastes so bad

Tastes so bad

Ohhh baby its alright, oh its alright

Ohhh baby its alright, oh its alright

its alright (repeated)

Hots On For Nowhere


I was burned in the heat of the moment,

Oh! it could've been the heat of the day

When I learned how my time had been wasted,

Dear fellows I turned away

Now I've got friends who will give me their shoulder,

When I should happen to fall

Time and his bride growing older

I've got friends who will give me fuck all ???????????

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, na, na, baby

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, la

Corner of Bleeker and nowhere

In the land of not quite day

A shiver runs down my backbone

Face in the mirror turns grey

So, I looked 'round for a hitch from a reindeer

Said you oughtta find him out in the day

I turned 'round to look for the snowman

To my surprise he'd melted away, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, na, na, baby

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, la

The moon and the stars out of order

As the tide tends to ebb and sway

The sun in my soul's sinking lower

While the hope in my hands turns to clay

I don't ask that my feet fall on clover

I don't roam at opportunity's door

Why don't you ask my advice, take it slower

Then your story'd be your finest reward ??????????

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, na, na, baby

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, la

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

[guitar solo]

Lost on the path to attainment

Search in the eyes of the wise

When I bled from the heart of the matter (matchhead?)

I started bleeding without a disguise

Now everything's finally happened

Now and then you've got to take time to pause

When you're down on the ground, don't be messin' around

Or you'll land in a boat without oars

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, na, na, baby

La, la, la, la, la, la, yeah

La, la, la, la, la, la

Hey babe, Hey babe, Hey babe,

I lost my way.

Hey babe, Hey babe,

I really, really did now.

Hey babe, Hey babe,

I don't know where I'm gonna find it.

Hey babe, Hey babe,

Do you wanna know,

Do you really, really, wanna help me, yeah?

Let me tell you now, babe

Let me tell you

That it feels so good that it must be right

Now my babe,

Let me tell you

That it feels so good that it must be right

Now my babe,

Let me tell you

If it feels, if it feels, if it feels, if it feels so good, so good, so good

Oh, yes.

Tea For One


How come twenty four hours

Baby sometimes seem to slip into days

Oh twenty-four hours

Baby sometimes seem to slip into days

When a minute seems like a lifetime

Ooh baby when I feel this way

Sittin, lookin at the clock

Oh time moves so slow

I've been watchin for the hands to move

Until I just can't look no more

How come twenty four hours

Baby sometimes seems to slip into days

A minute seems like a lifetime

Baby when I feel this way

To sing a song for you

I recall you used to say

"Oh baby this one's for we too"

Which in the end is you anyway

How come twenty four hours

Baby sometimes slip into days

A minute seems like a lifetime

Oh baby when I feel this way

There was a time that I stood tall

In the eyes of other men

But by my own choice I left you woman

And now I can't get back again

How come twenty-four hours

Sometimes slip into days

Well well well

A minute seems like a lifetime

Baby when I feel this way

A minute seems like a lifetime

Oh baby

When I feel this way...I feel this way

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