AFTER HOURS

POISONOUS TRUTH
 

Hanging with the Skulls
At closing time
Running with the bulls
In the dizzy moonshine

Pulling on a thread
Tearing at her dress
A Bettie Page dream
That you can't confess

If it's a poisonous truth
Or a precarious lie
Still I'll love you baby
'Til the day I die

Out of my head
When you don't come quick
I go crawling after you
And you give me a kick

I go swimming through the night
Among the glittering fish
A tarnished spoon
Looking for a dish

If it's a poisonous truth
Or a precarious lie
Still I'll love you baby


HEAD FOR SUNSHINE

The stage is set
A marionette
Swinging on a star
Frowning sparrow
I'm lying low
Sinking in the tar

She surrounds herself with candles
When there's no one else around

She's got a head for sunshine
I've got a head for rain
She's gotta head for sunshine
I've gotta head for rain

Trouble in threes
I'm down on my knees
White pine blister rust
See how she holds
On to marigolds
Pink smile, yellow dust

She sees angels in the darkness
When there's not one to be found

She's got a head for sunshine
I've got a head for rain
She's got a head for sunshine
I've got a head for rain

Down, down is my direction
Gazing up, up at her reflection



LOSE YOUR MEMORY (Tabula Rasa)

Punks and daggers
Late night staggers
Wound up tight as a snare

Swimming with sharks

In the black brick dark

Never coming up for air

What's it gonna take
To lose your memory

Who do I see
To get the slate wiped clean

What's it gonna take
To lose your memory

Make me feel like a human being

Lips and breasts

Hair is a mess

Sleeping in a thrift store dream

Reading my star chart

Smelling like a pop tart

Dipped in a jar of Vaseline

What's it gonna take
To lose your memory

Who do I see
To get the slate wiped clean

What's it gonna take
To lose your memory

Make me feel like a human being


WRONG SIDE OF THE
WRECKING BALL


If I could only remember
To take the time to forget
That warm night in November
When you and I first met

You said your marriage was over
Before it ever began
It made me start to wonder
If I could be your man

I put myself on the line
You hung me out to dry
I tell you I'm feeling fine
I hope you know it's a lie

I'm on the wrong side
Of the wrecking ball

I had a couple of bad days
That turned into a year
A DUI and a blank gaze
I couldn't get into gear

You come around with your girlfriends
Every once in a while
You like to play with the distance
You still like to make me smile

I put myself on the line
You hung me out to dry
I tell you I'm feeling fine
I hope you know it's a lie

I'm on the wrong side
Of the wrecking ball

And I'm gonna feel it
Yeah, I'm gonna feel it


FEEDING TIME

He's conquered the bars
The babes and the bitches
He's fulfilled nightmares
Stereotypes and wishes
He'll stay in his seat
Til they show him the door
But there's time left to scuttle
Across the dance floor

And it's feeding time
It's feeding time

She wonders why he's
So suddenly cold
When last night his actions
Were razor sharp and bold
He jumped when she'd hint
At the slightest desire
Now he's turned into ice
After stoking her fire

And it's feeding time
It's feeding time

He lies through his teeth
Through threats and through tears
He's pawned credibility for
Sympathetic ears
She stares in his eyes
And she feels so alone
The hunger inside her 

So great still has grown

And it's feeding time
It's feeding time

MAKE A MOVE

Time for you to make yourself scarce
Pretend to be somebody else
Wake up in a different circumstance
A new shirt and a different style of pants


It ain't no mistake
You got to make a move some day
Bend or break
You're gonna make a move one day

Take the other road 
If you please
Trade the forests for
A fresh set of trees
Rent a car and
Visit a strange town
Change your hair to
Red or black from brown


It ain't no mistake
You got to make a move some day
Bend or break
You're gonna make a move one day

Grow some wings or
Get down on all fours
Get in the stream or
Underneath the floors
Turn your telescope
Around the other way
Chase the night into another day

It ain't no mistake
You got to make a move some day
Bend or break
You're gonna make a move one day

LOVE'S LOOKING FOR YOU

Chasing flamingos
Under the stars
Foreign accents
Tremelo guitars

It takes time
Sometimes a lot
Might seem it's hiding
More times than not

Love's looking for you
Love's looking for you
Even in the darkest places that you go
Love's looking for you
Love's looking for you
From the face of everyone you'll ever know

Dancing castles
Fragrant stares
Running with Thrill Dogs
Through the evening air

You think it's over
Not true my friend
You can feel it growing
Inside again

Love's looking for you
Love's looking for you
Even in the darkest places that you go
Love's looking for you
Love's looking for you
From the face of everyone you'll ever know

Distant trumpets in your desolation
Call you from darkness to illumination

THE WORLD IS FULL OF HOLES

The world is full of holes
You can take that to the bank
Nothing is safely locked away
Any space can be made blank
The world is full of holes

The world is full of holes
You can take that to the shrink
Love's a missing persons report
Made with disappearing ink
The world is full of holes

The world is full of holes
Fissures, cracks and leaks
Some things vanish all at once
Some things take days or weeks
The world is full of holes

The world is full of holes
Ask your wisest friends
Boom! another mystery rises
From the deep then right back down again
The world is full of holes

The world is full of holes
And you can hold on to the sides
Try to cover it up with palm leaves
Witticisms, snark and lies

Still the world is full of holes


All Songs Kirk Adams 2017

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