Nine Lives Album


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BE A GOOD BOY

Mama said, don’t you ever leave me
Papa said, don’t try to deceive me
Be a good boy,
Our little pride and joy
Be a good boy,
Here’s another brand new toy.

Puppy love just across the border
With a girl who said I can’t afford her
What should I do,
When my body’s turning blue
It’s a taboo,
Moving in and out of view

Give me a reason, simple and true
I’ll be a boy for all seasons for you
Grant me a pardon, make it forever
Show me the garden of Eden again
I’ll be a good boy from now until then

College girl worships Che Guevara
She’s pearl from a different era
Give me the gun,
I’ll show you what a good boy can do
And as soon as I’m done,
Will you love me too.

Holy man, has a perfect answer
Leela sang, I’m a cosmic dancer
Apple a day,
Chasing evil spirits away
Now there’s a man at the gate
Checking out my résumé

Give me a reason, simple and true
I’ll be a boy for all seasons for you
Grant me a pardon, make it forever
Show me the garden of Eden again
I’ll be a good boy from now until then

Angels cry tears across the heaven
Counting sins all the way to seven
When will I know
If I’m really gonna make it
Cause faith is too slow,
Maybe I’ll just fake it

© 1996 Jan-Edward Vogels

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IT’S ALL ABOUT BREATHING

It’s all about breathing
While holding my breath
It’s all about living
Haunted by death
These (strange) emotions
What should I do
With an ocean
Of feelings left over for you

You sleep beside me
I’m wide awake
Can’t shake this feeling
Can’t lose the ache
We are drifting
Our separate ways
I know you’re leaving
Sometime today

It’s all about breathing
While holding my breath
It’s all about living
Haunted by death
These (strange) emotions
What should I do
With an ocean
Of feelings left over for you

The way a falling star
Lights up the sky
I fell in love with you
Not knowing why
Years of living
In paradise
Changed so suddenly
From fire to ice

Pour me a glass of wine
Hold me near
I know you’re going soon
But I’m still here
Tell me anything
Tell me lies
I don’t care what is real
I’ll close my eyes

It’s all about breathing
While holding my breath
It’s all about living
Haunted by death
These (strange) emotions
What should I do
With an ocean
Of feelings left over for you

One sweet moment
One last time
Just to feel your heart
Next to mine
I would give anything
For yesterday
As if just one more night
Could make you stay

(chorus)

© 2001 Jan-Edward Vogels

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I’M GONNA GET THERE JUST THE SAME

She put on a wig, a bright red wig
Made her so happy, she was dancing a jig
But now her head looked way too big
I told her so, she called me a pig

She looked so lazy in her easy chair
Relaxed too much, completely disappeared
All they could find were bits of her hair
But I knew it was a wig, so I left it there

And I went on my way, no reason to stay
My feet of clay, unfired and grey
Leaving tracks that seem to betray
That I was having some kind of a day, now

I can’t sing, but I can talk
Ain’t got no wings, but I can walk
I’ll get there just the same, yeah
I’ll get there just the same Chorus
I’m gonna get there just the same
One of these days
I’m gonna get there just the same

Now, both my parents came from Mars
Hard to tell, but they’ve got those little scars
I was born in a hail of shooting stars
Saw my dad with a box of cigars

Looked at the world with television eyes
Heard it sing those electric lullabies
Flickering ghost tends to trivialize
You lose a war, but you win a prize

Chorus

The end of thrill, I feel a chill
My heart was once so easy to fill
Now I try to coast, when it’s all uphill
I should be sad, but I’m happy still

The jaws of a whale, the want of a nail
Don’t let them see that I just might fail
Make believe I’m Roy and Dale
Make believe it’s an endless trail

Chorus

© 1990 Jan-Edward Vogels

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FIFTY BILLION GALAXIES

Fifty billion galaxies
Which one of them is ours
I wonder if it really matters
What I play on my guitars
I want to eat this world
And make it mine
Want to meet that girl
Standing in line
Fill my shopping cart
Fill my routine
Feel my pumping heart
It’s a rhythm machine

I take it all too serious
If my pants are loose or tight
It soon becomes delirious
Should I go in peace or fight
Don’t matter if we make it or not
Before we’re gone
Time will have forgot
That there ever was
A little planet out here
Or that evolution could ever
Make a little man appear

I wish I was an astronomer
Looking back in time and space
Fall into the deepest regions
I think I’m touching God’s own face

Go put your make-up on
See if it lasts until the dawn
Kings and queens are in a shock
All these rookies on this tiny rock
Just a few more
Life forms out there
Don’t have to point
Cause they’re everywhere
Better fill it up
Got a long way to go
Sure hope this is the road
To the end of the rainbow

Fifty billion galaxies
Which one of them is ours
I wonder if it really matters
What I play on my guitars

© 1996 Jan-Edward Vogels

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ALL NINE LIVES

When I was a little boy
I fell into a river
I was drowning
I was dying
Going under
For the last time
For the last time

Down the road came sisters nine
With their black robes flying
They came running
Into the water
I was rescued
For the first time
For the first time

When I find myself held in the hands of an angel
Will I believe in a miracle when it arrives
When I find myself touched by the hands of the reaper
Should I believe in a miracle if I survive

All Nine Lives have found me
All Nine Lives appear
All Nine Lives surround me
All Nine Lives are here

When I was an older man
I fell into my lover
I was drowning
I was dying
Going under
For the last time
For the last time

In my dream you carried me
Far away and crying
As you touched my
Tears to a river
I was rescued
For the first time
For the first time

When I find myself held in the hands of an angel
Will I believe in a miracle when it arrives
When I find myself touched by the hands of the dreamer
Should I believe in a miracle if I survive

All Nine Lives have found me
All Nine Lives appear
All Nine Lives surround me
All Nine Lives are here

© 2009 Jan-Edward Vogels

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I BURN FOR YOU

Sometimes I catch you
When you’re dancing
You dance alone, can I cut in
You say you’re through
With this romancing
True love is out, the fix is in

You’ve had a bad day
Night without sleeping
What more can you say
When you wonder
If life is worth keeping

I know my words
Can never mend you
They drift away, the talk is air
Still I can stay here
To defend you
When sightless days give you a scare

And I’ll wait for your return
The flame is lit, I watch it burn
I burn for you, all through the night
I burn for you, I burn so bright

A faded photograph
A letter
The past you carry through the years
The secret ties
That bind and fetter
This house of cards, this house of tears

You’ve had a bad day
Night without sleeping
What more can you say
When you wonder
If life is worth keeping

I don’t suppose
You have the answer
And I don’t suppose you have a clue
But that’s okay
Cause you’re a dancer
And it’s okay, ‘cause I love you

And I’ll wait for your return
The flame is lit, I watch it burn
I burn for you, all through the night
I burn for you, I burn so bright

© 1988 Jan-Edward Vogels

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CLOUD DANCING

Too many weapons
All over this place
Too much emotion
And not enough space
Scars that we’re wearing
Were bought on this field
Way too much bloodshed
That can never be healed

Step on a land mine
That’s covered with pride
Come out with hands up
Got nothing to hide
Soon as I’m turning
You, you shoot to kill
Jealousy burning
All over us still

I’m floating over my body
I’m cloud dancing right next to you
I’m cloud dancing over
What used to be both of us (chorus)
Loving has died
And it’s over and through

Too many weapons
And way too much fear
Think this is over
But nothing is clear
It’s my new girlfriend
It’s your new boy
Insults exploding
As our love is destroyed

Said you want loving
But this is too much
You said please get closer
But no, no, don’t touch
You like illusion
I like black and white
These were the grounds
For one final fight

(chorus)

© 1994 Jan Edward Vogels

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TEARS OF JOY

Within my darkness
Within my night
I can’t find my way
There is no light
The years exhausting
Unending sleep
My aching spirit
The water deep

Out of the darkness
You call my name and
Tell me that everything is okay
No matter how much time goes by
You still know how to make me cry
These tears of joy

I still remember
That summer day
Down by the river
We went to pray
The healing water
The blazing sun
All of our secrets
One by one

Out of the darkness
You call my name and
Tell me that everything is okay
No matter how much time goes by
You still know how to make me cry
These tears of joy

Within my winter
The air so still
The rain descending
Against my will
A deep emotion
Across the sea
I feel your ocean
Inside of me

Out of the darkness
You call my name and
Tell me that everything is okay
No matter how much time goes by
You still know how to make me cry
These tears of joy

© 1996 Jan-Edward Vogels

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BEHIND THIS DOOR

I am so tired of you
I am so tired of all the things you do
It doesn’t matter no more
How many times will you walk right out that door
And come right back the next day
It doesn’t matter what you or I may say
We always end up back here
Back in each other’s arms but never clear
What we come here for
Behind this door

Why can’t we just say goodbye
Why must we keep on trying till we cry
What does it matter to me
We’re gonna die someday and then we’ll see
That there’s no meaning at all
We climb and we climb and then we all fall down
Just like billions before
We struggle and fight and we never know what for
What are we doing this for
Behind this door

Why can’t we just fall in love like we did before
And just forget all this crazy stuff
Why can’t we go back to when we were so sure
And just leave it alone cause I’ve had enough
Of this awful stuff
You’re playing too rough
Behind this door, behind this door, behind this door

You don’t know who you are
I don’t know what you want from me so far
I don’t know where I have been
Or how to get whatever back again
And I don’t know why I stay
When we treat each other bad in every way
We’re just like strangers in love
We can’t remember what we were thinking of
And what we came here for
Behind this door

(chorus)

© 2002 Jan-Edward Vogels

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