"Mirage" Lyrics

by Derrick Bostrom in


MIRAGEScanning all around / Nothing there to see / Suddenly from from nowhere / Things that shouldn’t be / Big gunpowder falls / Tumbles underground / Drops of cardboard water / Ancient blocks of sound / Mirage... / Water sets the fire / Spinning on its tail / Shade grows to night time / Pleasures there for sale / Nobody sees / The way it goes / Timeless land / Nobody knows / Mirage...

QUIT IT Quit it give it up, ring that bell / You climb the walls, you might as well / Like golden roses fallin’ down / Ringing out all over town / Somewhere in the ballroom / Rain begins to fall / The dancers twisted on / Through the thunder and the walls / There is a haze out on the field / There is a fender over the wheel / A string of crows flyin’ out the haze / Settles on the fender, will not go away / Backwards to the sunset / On a horse without a brain / Met the moon one evening / As I stood out on the rain / Quit it give it up, ring that bell / Quit it give it up, you might as well / Dynamite lyin’ round / Blowin’ up, blowin’ down / Peekin’ up, divin’ in / Rosie ribbon howls let’s do it again / Feeling too far sideways / Flashin’ in the pan / Dove in through the window / Stumbled to a stand / Baby it give it up, ring that bell / Quit it give it up, you might as well

CONFUSION FOG I lost my mind a couple of gals ago / I left behind, never saw it go / Just a little bit of snow out on the leaves / Confusion fog drifting swirling to my knees / I took the time a couple of days ago / To cross my mind, the only thing I know / Just a little bit of snow out on the leaves / Confusion fog drifting swirling to my knees / Blue wind drift on / Blow through til the dust is gone / Gone, confusion fog / I drove too fast, hit the brakes too soon / I lost my wheels, blew my afternoon / There’s ust a little bit of snow out on the leaves / Confusion fog drifting swirling to my knees / Blue wind drift on / Blow through til the dust is gone / Gone, confusion fog / I took the time, they never saw i go / Left behind the only thing I know / Just a little bit of snow out on the leaves / Confusion fog drifting swirling to my knees / Blue wind drift on / Blow through til the dust is gone / Gone, confusion fog

THE WIND AND THE RAIN Doesn’t it blow so cold and lonely / Oh, and it’s blown’ your way / Thunder roads the clouds are reeling / A thousand shades of gray / And it falls; you see it all / All that you see / Comes from nowhere / Can’t be explained / No one can buy / The wind and the rain / Whistling wind, the stars are shooting / Night is falling somewhere / Gimme a door, I feel like walking / Putting the wind in my hair / As it falls the thunder calls / Calls it’s own name / Can’t be controlled / Can’t be contained / No one can buy / The wind and the rain / Throughout the years / Some things remain / No one can buy / The wind and the rain

THE MIGHTY ZERO Four sides of curves / You call it round / It’s saying nothing / Doesn’t make a sound / Doesn’t lift a finger / But it’s working all the time / Got to know it well / Cause it’s always on my mind / Hidden between the lines / The unsung hero / Taking the time to find / The mighty zero / It’s just a number / You can count it on your hand / But I still don’t seem to get it / There’s nothing to understand / Woke up this morning / Pulled on my shoes / Nothing going on / But I got no time to lose / Can’t seem to see it / Don’t seem to care / How you supposed to taste it / There’s nothing there / Noting there at all / The invisible hero / But you can write it on the wall / The mighty zero / It’s just a number / You can count it on your hand / But I still don’t seem to get it / There’s nothing to understand / Nothing ther to show / No big deal no / How would you like to know / The mighty zero

GET ON DOWN Way off down the road / Here comes Wagon Red / Found himself a nickle / Went straight to his head / Got on down / I looked out my window / I saw Medium Joe / Lighting both ends of his candle / Glowing from head to toe / Get on down / New car cherry tomato / Pulled off all the doors / Pulled off the steering wheel / Got the pedal taped to the floor / Get on down

LEAVES One day as dusk was nearing / I saw something I thought was worth hearing / Something I knew all along / Now listen to my new year’s song / Whoever made up the calender was wrong / It’s new years all year long / Each year is a minute / Only full of the leaes in it / Now daddy said this to his son / I know for sure this can be done / We’ll cover up our tracks and then / Walk back the other way again / One day in a forest clearing / I saw different things appearing / And now it’s been around so long / Now listen to my new years song

I AM A MACHINE I went outside, what did I see / I saw the sky, I saw some trees / I saw a girl, a beauty queen / I knew that I was a machine / There is a button that makes me go / She turned it on and let me know / That she could be my gasoline / She knew that I was a machine / The wildest thing she’s ever seen / I am a machine / There is a motor behind my eyes / She kicks it hard, I start to fly / I fly around electrified / I don’t slow down til something fries / I’m telling you this aint no dream / I am a machine / Now look at her, she’s quite a thing / She makes me feel just like a king / The finest lines you’ve ever seen / You know my baby is a machine / I’ll satisfy your crazy dreams / I am a machine / Built down low and mean / I am a machine

A HUNDRED MILES I’ve got a question, I got to know / I know right what I’m looking for / I’ve got no hurry, I’ve got no fight / I know it’s all in the hidden light / I can’t see it with my eyes / But I can feel it / And it might just be / A hundred miles away / I’ve got no business, I got no right / And I know it’s not very nice / I can’t see it with my eyes / But I can feel it / And it might just be / A hundred miles away

BEAUTY I know a place / Where the visitor always stays / Beauty runs ‘em down / When they chance to cross that way / Out on that plain / It’s anybody’s fault / Open up your heart / In pours the salt / Through the night I hear that strain / Beauty’s on my train again / Try to run but my legs are lame / Through the night I hear the strain / Open up your mind / In pours the trash / Open up your mouth / And the lightning starts to flash / Through the night I hear that strain / Beauty’s on my train again / Try to run but my legs are lame / Through the night I hear the strain

LOVE OUR CHILDREN FOREVER Some come away with an armload of hay / One sails to market on her sea / Some like to say they’ll do it yesterday / One starts his car without a key / Some come to play / And they blow it all away / Love our children forever / Some cut the trees and stack them in the sand / One looks up into the sky / Some do what they please, the world’s at their command / Some come to noting by and by / Some come to play / And they blow it all away / Love our children forever

LIQUIFIED Jelly roll fire cracker / Chicken farmer’s luck / Gutterball goldfish wedding / Rare new siamese duck / Outsize lavender basket / Linoleum money floor / Stubborn flewible hayride / Reborn plastic door / Liquified / Cowtown on the horizon / Boiled in twisted jade / Pearly wooden fish fight / Calico cascade / Portable nylon lobster / Big bad southern brew / Dreid up aluminum water / Spilling down on you / Liquified / Petrified lizard antlers / Asphalt orange wheel / Dog eared alphabetic / Rubber turns to steel / Platinum vegetation / Blue eyed chandelier / California milk dust / Freeze dried gerbil ears / Liquified

All lyrics by Curt Kirkwood

Lyrics reprinted with permission All songs ©1987 Meat Puppets Music (BMI) All rights reserved