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Steve Wynn

Release Date: 1993

 

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1Follow Me

Lyrics

If you feel like going down
So do I. Stick around
Follow me, follow me, follow me.

If you see a shooting star
Or a broken tail light on an old blue car
follow me, follow me, follow me.

If you're looking for a sign
I hope it's mine.
Follow me. Follow me. Follow me.

Sometimes enchanting,
Sometimes reprimamding.

If you'd like to be a child
Or lose yourself for a little while,
follow me, follow me, follow me.

What are yout expectations ?
I'll leave it tu your imagination.

If you feel like going down
So do I. Stick around.
Follow me, follow me, follow me.
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2Collision Course

Lyrics

Two t-shirts in a plastic bag, tennis shoes underneath the seat
I lost my license in the last hotel or maybe this morning when I stopped to eat.
Left San Francisco late Tuesday night.
Three day ride through the desert sun.
Riding down on a collision course.
I don't want to talk to anyone.

And I wait and pray. Try to find a way out of this mess.
And I take the blame and let off a call of distress.

Donna left Dallas two weeks ago in a beat-up Ford that her father gave her.
She was tired of all the people that had let her down.
She was tired of all the people that had tried to save her.
Shielding her eyes against the sky, she stopped off at a diner close to Arizona.
I was thinking about a friend that l'd left behind.
I stopped off at a diner and I tried to phone her (ch)

Stopped off at the diner and I got some coffee.
Two seats down Donna asked for tea.
I was tired of learning things that I already knew.
I looked at Donna and she looked at me.
Twenty minutes later she was out the door
Thirty minutes later I was gone for good.
I wish I had a better story to tell you
But sometimes things don't work out
just the way they should(ch).
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3Carelessly

Lyrics

Was it mostly aggravation
Was it just a train that pulled out from another station?

I always understand over my shoulder. Carelessly.

Did it come with some restrictions?
Did I try to read too much into a work of fiction? (ch)

Is there nothing to be savored
When the best things are bewildered and much belabored ? (ch)
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4Carry A Torch

Lyrics

Havana was burning and there was nothing I could do
Put a record on the stereo and wrote a letter to you.
I read it for you as well; stories I couldn't tell that came true.

Carry a torch, carry a torch. It's allright now.
Carry a torch, carry a torch. It's time to burn it down.

Robert Mitchum was dying but I wouldn't take the blame.
The blood looked better in black and white but it was color just the same.
The heroine looked like you. What else could I do but turn away ? (ch)

The national anthem was playing but I didn't bother to rise.
So, I unplugged my phone and I closed my eyes.
These days when I dream, nothing ever seems to make any sense (ch)

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5Open The Door

Lyrics

But if you open up your heart
You know what you'll see
A little bit of light and a lot of misery.
Open the door. See what it all was for.

Like a ship without a mast rolling through the ages.
A man without a past rattling the cages.
Open the door. See what it all was for.

In another place and time you might find the way.
But when it all comes down you'll find you've lost another day.

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6Older

Lyrics

Morning comes by the fluorescent light
What a fright!
And every line reminds you of what used to be
Crawling back into bed
You laugh, raise your head
and say "hey, do you remember me?"

Now that you're older and the mornings are colder
And the lights are less forgiving
Forgive me for living

The morning time was about to begin
But then the fog rolled in,
Leaving stains across your fingers
Now you're finding that it's not a game
What a shame
That beauty fades but reputation lingers (ch)

It's an emotional residue
that washes over you
Leaving everything much clearer
Oh, it's not so bad
What you had
to face in the mirror (ch)
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7Layer By Layer

Lyrics

Take a piece of paper from the wall
Take in your hands and let it fall
Do you believe there's a reason for everything you see?
Well, that's alright with me

Stand a little closer to the light
I want to see everything you try to hide in the night
Do you believe that there's somebody watching over you?
I do believe that you do

Take off the shades you wear
Can't you see that I just don't care
Layer by layer by layer
it will come down to you

Ah, there's nothing in the language
Nothing in the way that you close your eyes
Do you believe... there's someone watching you?

Strip a piece of paper from the wall
Take it in your hands and let it fall
Do you believe that the center of everything is you?
I do believe that you do

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8That's Why I Wear Black

Lyrics

Now the highway's gone and the signs are bare
And the bad wind blows no good
And the roads aren't headed anywhere
Like I always thought they would

Out in the fields that cold rusted steel
Has jumped the track
And there won't be no returning now
That's why I wear black

In my mind there's a picture of Sally-Anne
She's the last, she was the first
Now she's dead or in the arms of another man
And I'm not so sure what's worse (ch)

In my dreams there's a road that leads me home
In my dreams I'm turning back
But my dreams they fade and the chains remain
That's why I wear black
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9Wedding Bells

Lyrics

Cut the cameras, dim the lights
You look so perfect all dressed up in white
You know that wedding bells are ringing again
Wedding bells are ringing again

Silk, black satin and lace
It's alright, it's all over your face
You know the wedding bells are ringing again
Wedding bells are ringing again

Open up! Step outside!
Fasten your belts it's gonna be a bumpy ride
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride again

Quicksand, ashes and lime
Why does it have to hurt so much every time?
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride

Open up! Step outside!
Fasten your belts it's gonna be a bumpy ride
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride again

Quicksand, ashes and lime
Why does it have to hurt so much everytime?
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride again
Here comes the bride
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10The Sun Rises In The West

Lyrics

The telephone rang from across the hall
And it felt like Christmas morning
Seagulls smashed their prey against the wall
And devoured them without warning

Through a fool's eyes
Every place is paradise

And the mystery won't be revealed to me
Until the sun rises in the west

747 crashed outside my window
And the media arrived
Cameras and reporters asking questions
Was anyone left alive?

Some things are so obvious
But you know i couldn't care less (ch)
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11Look Both Ways

Lyrics

If you wanna be with any woman uptown
Better get a deal and a wedding gown
What ended with a lawyer started with a kiss
I swear no amount of loving is worth all this

Look ahead, look behind
Never say what's on your mind
First you're found and then you're lost
You better look both ways or you're gonna get crossed

There's a man on the phone trying to tell me what to say
Dog's in the kennel but the cat's gone away
Monkey see and monkey do
She'll steal it from me and sell it back to you (ch)

She got fired and I got dropped
We split up when the money stopped
Now I'm counting all my money--my nickels and dimes
She can have what's hers, I'm keeping what's mine (ch)

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12Never Ending Rain

Lyrics

Last night the dealer offered me a new hand
Laid out so simply, thought I'd understand
With a different name, different face, different town, different place
In the same little world

When there's nothing left to salvage
When losing it all doesn't mean a thing
I pray for the never ending rain
To wash it all away

I set out on foot straight down the grade
Laying crumbs and seeds to mark the paths I'd laid
I found the northern lights, western shore, eastern front southern cross
And soon I was home (ch)

Every day I read the paper and I pray for the flood
But the rain always stops at the first sign of mud
I want to feel it fall, feel it burn, watch it twist and feel it turn
And leave nothing behind (ch)
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13Animation Fluorescent
14Gospel 1

Lyrics

The lion and the monkey were walking through the jungle
Till the light they were seeking wasn't there no more
The monkey said "Leo, we're a team, that's right"
The lion licked his chops and then he set to bite

It's all been said before
I don't take it as gospel no more

The lady and the lover were talking to each other
With satin tones and candy corn
Five years later there's pain and resentment
And a stony silence that's as thick as mud (ch)

Me and the governor were talking to each other
'Bout the power of one man to change the world
Two months later I was taken by surprise
When the governor put his vote on the other side (ch)

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15Counting The Days

Lyrics

She was too tough to take any shit but too weak to give it out
Never ever saw her cry and never made her shout
So it turned into a lifetime, what started as a phase
We sit calmly and quiet, alone and in love
Waiting and counting the days

Her father was a dockworker and my father drank and fought
We searched for something better and that's just what we got
But we still see "On the Waterfront" every time it plays
We sit calmly and quiet, alone and in love
Waiting and counting the days

She dreams of the future and I dream of the past
Late at night we dream aloud until the die is cast
Conspirators and combatants, oh let me count the ways
We sit calmly and quiet on the verge of a riot
Waiting and counting the days

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17The Subject Was Roses

Lyrics

Somebody slammed on the table to say we were finished
Well, that was all right 'cause our good sense had long since been diminished
And everyone was blind from staring way down past their noses
The old times were swinging again, the subject was roses

The newspaper man said "You're crazy to let it go sour."
He said "I was singing your praises last night in the shower."
But a fool is a fool when he starts believing his poses
The old times were swinging again, the subject was roses

He reached for his wallet and started to show me a picture
I reached for my bible and started a-reading from scripture
But he didn't laugh, I guess I'd stepped on his toes-es
The peak was passing us by, the subject was roses

And they say a fool and his money soon gotta say goodbye
But a drunk and his memory split when he starts getting high

There's nothing to learn from the past when you get right down to it
You'll do what you do when you do so you just gotta do it
And I'll do whatever the situation proposes
And I'll call it a night the next time the subject is roses

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18Dead Roses Fluorescent
19Gospel 2

Lyrics

The lion and the monkey were walking through the jungle
Till the light they were seeking wasn't there no more
The monkey said "Leo, we're a team, that's right"
The lion licked his chops and then he set to bite

It's all been said before
I don't take it as gospel no more

The lady and the lover were talking to each other
With satin tones and candy corn
Five years later there's pain and resentment
And a stony silence that's as thick as mud (ch)

Me and the governor were talking to each other
'Bout the power of one man to change the world
Two months later I was taken by surprise
When the governor put his vote on the other side (ch)

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20Our Little House

Lyrics

The only thing left but the shouting
Is the packing up and canceling the phone
Call the phone, change mail

The only thing left but the crying
Is who gets the dog and who gets the stereo
And those letters written in better times
Well, you can have your memory and I'll have mine
Of our little house

The only thing left but the blaming
Is the explanations to our closest friends
You'll get a guest house and I'll find a couch
And we'll make sure that it's nothing like the way it was
In our little house

The only thing left but the heartache
Is a promise never to need anyone again
With one eye open for the next place to fall
And a vow to never say the same sweet things again
In our little house

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Fluorescent

  • CMJ

    Throughout the `80s, Steve Wynn gained notoriety as the guiding force behind Los Angeles' renowned Dream Syndicate. His third solo outing, the self-produced Fluorescent, only vaguely recalls that outfit's psychedelically-edged......more>
  • Rolling Stone

    With the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn laid Lou Reed-like vocals atop tunes recalling Crazy Horse. Recording as Danny and Dusty (with Green on Red's Dan Stuart), Wynn softened somewhat. On this, his third solo bid, he's singing neofolk alongside John Wesley Harding and Victoria Williams. Stripping down suits his songwriting: "That's Why I Wear Black" sounds almost like a rediscovered Woody Guthrie tune, and "Wedding Bells" seems a country standard. But along with the mandolins, brushed snares and strummed acoustics, there's something subversive going on. Wynn's fatalistic lyrics darken the tone, making his story songs tales of our exhausted times. (RS 683) 3/5 stars PAUL EVANS

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