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Kerosene Man

Steve Wynn

Release Date: 1990
Album Notes:

The first post-Dream Syndicate record.

Featuring: Fernando Saunders, Johnette Napolitano.

Re-released on Prima Records, with 6 additional bonus tracks, on October 24 1998.

Item 1: cd
# Track Title Play
1Tears Won't Help

Lyrics

Oh, my friend what have they done to you?
Held you down until you liked the view
Strangers on the street, they mock you
Phantoms in your sleep might shock you

I don't want to be the one to hold you down
I don't want to be the one to turn away
I don't want to play wolf when you call
'Cause tears won't help at all

Oh, Delilah is the message clear?
It's been raining down for years and years
Never said I was a saint
The whiskers they betray the greasepaint (ch)

Oh the answer to my greatest fears
Oh the reason for the wasted years
So in love with your own pain
You stay inside and pray for rain
Where losers always win the game
You fall in love with your own shame (ch)

 
2Carolyn

Lyrics

In this town there's a joke going around
And everyone says it's you
They're fazed, they're crazed, they're constantly amazed
At the thing you say and do
He lies, he steals, he cheats on you
And comes back in the end
You say "man, I'll do anything you want,
don't leave me again"

Carolyn, can't you see what you're doing
Carolyn, step outside of the ruin

You sit home alone by the telephone,
Playing it tit-for-tat
Well, I don't mean to get all in the air
But I think you're better than that
He'll hold you down, he'll pin you down
and make you holler, "When!"
You say, "man I'll do anything you want
Don't leave me again" (ch)

Well I ain't no knight in shining armour
coming to rescue you
I'm crazy, I'm lazy and I think you know I get mean
When i've had a few
But I'm not the kind to shake you down
and peck at you like a hen
C'mon baby, take a walk with me now
and start all over again (ch)
Kerosene Man
3The Blue Drifter

Lyrics

Outside of Memphis
just after midnight
got on the Grayhound
and he sat next to me

He said,
"Ain't no pathway that I'm looking for.
Ain't no end to the line
I think I shouldn't think about it all that much
I guess I shouldn't think about it all the time"

He had a woman
He had a family
he got restless
now he just doen't care (ch)

After a while you lose direction
Follow the first path that you see
and you say,
"I never thoght that this could happen
could never happen to me"

Here comes the Blue Drifter
Lost on the highway
Talks in a whisper
And he looks just like me

Kerosene Man
4Younger

Lyrics

Strip the hero of his skin
and see the freak show within
An attic space in the house of sin
With pompadours and paraffin
She strokes your hair and says with a grin
"Here's the door but don't come in
Come back when you're younger"

Someone asked me, "Why is youth
Wasted on the rude and uncouth
Blinded on cheap vermouth
A would be poet in Duluth
Short on time, long in the tooth
Fantasies of John Wilkes Booth
Come back when you're younger
Come back when you're younger"

She dreams of an older man
Who holds delusions he still can
Deny he's an also-run
Clutching to an empty plan
"Come and sit on my divan
Don't say a word I'm your biggest fan"
Come back when you're younger

Better minds and bigger hearts
Larger scale and cheaper parts
Faded patrons of the arts
High heeled post-operation tarts
Bitter ale and blunted darts
Sliding quickly down the charts
Come back when you're younger
Come back when you're younger
Come back when you're younger

Kerosene Man
5Under The Weather

Lyrics

It's not the way that you smile
That makes me tremble
Phrases that beguile
It's never that simple
You say it could have been
Anyone anywhere anytime
Under the weather

It's like a wave that never breaks
A heartbeat that never fades
Another cigarette another sleazy escapade
It's all the same to me
If it's all the same to you
Under the weather

So much can happen by accident
No rhyme no reason no one's innocent

And all the people that are there
You'll have to excuse them
Take the ribbon from your hair
You never used them
I'm closing down I'm checking out
Under the weather
Kerosene Man
6Here On Earth As Well

Lyrics

There's a god in hell
I see god when I close my eyes
here on Earth as well
here on Earth as well

I was lost in confusion
down on my luck for a spell
I found truth in a sing that I heard
here on Earth as well
here on Earth as well

and they say heaven help you
you can do what you want
but don't leave when it's done
and they say time will heal you
but you need more than faith to get by
yes you need more than faith to get by

the man said Adam got justice
he was stupid and he fell
I said I fell once too in a dream that I had
here on Earth as well
here on Earth as well yeah

Kerosene Man
7Something To Remember Me By

Lyrics

You pull thorns from my hands
and then wait for your reward
When you know they're the same ones
you placed there the night before
You glance in the mirror every time that you lie
You're well rehearsed every time that you cry
Well here's a little something to remember me by


You fed me the skin off my back
and asked me if it tasted good
You knew I never loved you
when you asked me if I always would
I'm leaving now but don't ask why
If you don't know then don't even try
But here's a little something to remember me by

Yeah, kindness and love
are only the means to an end
Unless the end is the beginning
and we start all over again
If there's a place where evil goes to die
I'm certain that you'd qualify
Till then, here's a little something to remember me by
Yeah, here's a little something to remething to remember me by
Kerosene Man
8Killing Time

Lyrics

We were always talking
under the assumption that I'd care
nothing could be further from my mind
we were always searching
under the assumption that it was there
turn around and I'll be hard to find

and it gets harder and harder every day
things we never do and never say
we just go on talking to keep from crying
you say you're killing me
we're just killing time

we were always reconciling
under the assumption
that it was right
goes to show how wrong it really can be
we were always
always trying
under the assumption we saw the light
all these stupid things that I never could see (ch)

and it gets harder and harder every day
little things they just get in the way
we just start out loving and end up lying
you say you're killing me
we're just killing time
Kerosene Man
9Conspiracy Of The Heart

Lyrics

Faded dreams and buried schemes
they never worried me
promises lost and secrets tossed
they have no remedy
yeah, you can lay your head
down in the ground
or move on with me yeah

photographs fade easily
they need to be locked away
I don't ask much of anything
but conspiracy
conspiracy of the heart
of the heart

well we made mistakes before
and I know that we'll make them all again
I can take all that along the way
'cause I know that from here and out
that you will always be my friend
well it's yesterday, today, and tomorrow
another bend in the road (ch)

and there's so many things that try to pull us apart
and there's so many things to deny
it's harder everyday to find the love in our hearts
it's not easy but I'll try

Kerosene Man
10Kerosene Man

Lyrics

Once I was down in the promised land
In a borrowed tent with a caravan
The leader of the pack stuck out his hand
He said, "Pleased to meet you
I'm the Kerosene Man"

And I jump and run and steal the show
Where it's heading I don't know
When these things get out of hand
Look out baby, it's the Kerosene Man

Three day bender with Ray Milland
Scotch and soda and candied yams
Things they were getting out of hand
Ray was dancing with the Kerosene Man

And I jump and run and steal the show
Where it's heading I don't know
When these things get out of hand
Look out baby, it's the Kerosene Man

Me and Mickey Mantle and Stan the Man
Were talking about a kid we couldn't understan
He batted .360 in Birmingham
Got fooled by a curveball by the Kerosene Man

And I jump and run and steal the show
wher it's heading I don't know
When these things get out of hand
Look out baby, it's the Kerosene Man

Chinese food in Alabama
I was looking at the menu, according to plan
Ate too much moo goo gai pan
Had one more dream about hte Kerosene Man

And I run and jump and steal the show
Where it's heading I don't know
When these things get out of hand
Look out baby, it's the Kerosene Man

Kerosene Man
11Anthem

Lyrics

There will be a hero born tonight
a bright flash of light and then glory
a hero's story
look at all the medals on your coat
the lump in your throat,
nobody knows
it's 3 a.m. and the TV glows and
play the anthem one more time

All of the gratitude and praise
is wasted and misplaced on foolish pleasures
and wasted treasures
and though you wouldn't tell a soul
you'd like to see them all learn some lesson
you taught some lessons not too long ago and
play the anthem one more time

somewhere down the corridor tonight
there is a light that shines through
shines down on you
and if you were looking for a sign
a place to draw the line, well there you are
the guns are loaded and there's gas in the car and
play the anthem one more time
Kerosene Man
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Kerosene Man

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