Valley of the Shadows Lyrics page

Track Listing

  1. Red Arrows Down
  2. Valley of the Shadows (Instrumental)
  3. Not the Real World
  4. Bit of a Chill
  5. Levitating Gravity (no words)
  6. Money Men
  7. Change of Pace
  8. Time Travel (Instrumental)
  9. America the Beautiful Pharmaceutical
  10. In My Heart
  11. RIF'd Again (Instrumental)
  12. Perfect Life
  13. Out of the Loop
  14. Vapor on Blue (Instrumental)
  15. The Final Goodbye


Red Arrows Down

(Braly)

Red arrows down, broken apart
Black out the future, nowhere to start
Lies in the paper, stories to tell
The faster you run, the harder they sell
Stabbed in the back, put down again
Purple confusion, close to the end

They're comin' to take you so far away
Put on the blindfold, make you pay

Everyone wasted, in the next war
Don't ask the question, won't tell ya what for
Put out the candle, burning for years
Let out a scream nobody hears
Colder than dyin', harder than life
Blue in the window, blood on the knife

They're comin' to take you so far away
Put on the blindfold, make you pay

Make you pay
Make you pay
Make you pay


Not the Real World

(Mishler)

I dreamed for years of a California day
Walkin' though sunshine and havin' my way
Seems a million people had the same idea
Who could've known that we'd all end up here?

(chorus)
And it seems to me this is not the real world
Valley of heart's delight's thrown in a whirl
Can't cruise a highway that's packed as a lot
I've given all I can, and that's all that I've got

I need a kind woman but I ain't had much luck
All they seem to care about is Beamers and bucks
Silicon insanity's infected the masses
But I refuse to be another one of the asses

(chorus)
And it seems to me this is not the real world
Opened my oyster but I ain't found my pearl
Can't cruise a highway that's packed as a lot
I've given all I can and that's all that I've got


Bit of a Chill

(Purdum-Braly-Mishler)

Dark clouds hang over everything
And the President's running wild
I wish someone had some hope to bring
To every woman, man and child

I feel like something's coming on
I don't know what to do
It's hard to know what's right or wrong
Can we leave it up to you?

What if some crazy man gets the bomb
Like on that Tom Clancy show?
At least those who he drops it on
Would likely never know
But what about those who are left
To suffer and go on?
Would they feel heartbroken and bereft
Or like I do in this song?

I feel like something's coming on
A feeling I can't describe
I still don't know what's right or wrong
What's a truth or lie

People marching want us to join
If we don't, do we not give a damn?
I've got half a mind to say
That this ain't vietnam

I feel like something's coming on
I don't know what to do
It's hard to know what's right or wrong
Can we leave it up to you?

Now we're at war with Iraq
The tension fills the air
Was it really right to attack?
There's confusion everywhere
We still don't know what's true or lies
And we probably never will
So every time I see their eyes
I get a bit of a chill


Money Men

(Braly)

Victor is a VP high up in the company
Movin' things you can't see, bringin' in the big fee
Takin' down your dream, and you will never know it
He's takin' down your dream, and you will never know it

Edgar lives on Wall Street, eatin' all that red meat
Risin' to a board seat, smilin' like a tax cheat
Takin' down your dream, and you will never know it
He's takin' down your dream, and you will never know it

Money men, they say when,
It's what they do, turn the screw
Money men, they say when,
But they never think about you
No, they never think about you

Michael is a top boss, writin' off the big loss
Working out the doublecross, ready with the whitewash
Takin' down your dream, and you will never know it
He's takin' down your dream, and you will never know it

John Snow, CEO, made it to the D.C. show
Tellin' workers time to go, millionaire mojo
Takin' down your dream, and finally you know it
He's takin' down your dream, and finally you know it

Money men, they say when,
It's what they do, turn the screw
Money men, they say when,
But they never think about you
No, they never think about you
No, they never think about you
They never think about you


Change of Pace

(Mishler-Braly)

Change of pace
I've got to get out of the race
New point of view
Finally, I can see you
Change of scene
I'm tired of feeling so damn mean
Now I know
There's a whole lot better way to go

Change your mind
And things are gonna work out fine
Take a new road
There's a whole 'nother row to be hoed
Change your style
And try to go the extra mile
Now I see
There's a whole lot better way to be


America the Beautiful Pharmaceutical

(Braly)

Caffeine, cocaine, morphine, dexadrine, lose your hair, rogaine, ecstasy and dramamine
Novocaine, no pain, pop a 'lude, no attitude, outta whack, prozac, a starbucks on every block
Reds, whites, up, down, never any middle ground, when do we want our drugs?
We want 'em now

Pot shots, dope, coke, take a break, go out to smoke
Needle, spoon, smack, crack, drug test, pee, lsd
Vicadin, codein, thorazine, a mushroom dream
Sniffin' glue and gasoline, up your nose with blow
Jim and Jimi and Janice, we miss you

Demerol, cannabis, indian peyote bliss, beer, wine, do a line, ritalin, vermouth and gin
Valium, on a whim, zoloft, get you off, seconal, took 'em all, love that phenobarbitol
Booze, jack, toot, shoot, what they hey, chardonnay
Everybody must get stoned on television

Light a jay, ben-gay, nasal spray, twice a day, nicotine, in between
Lose yourself in weed and speed, roll 'em, smoke 'em, freebase, yeah,
We're gonna hook 'em, acid, nitrous, hash stash, don't you hate those
Flashbacks?

America, the beautiful pharmaceutical
America, the beautiful pharmaceutical
America, the beautiful pharmaceutical
America, the beautiful pharmaceutical


In My Heart

(T. Purdum)

Ooh, baby, it seems like I just met you.
Can't believe it's time to say goodbye.
Sure we'll write, but that won't keep me happy.
Looks like it's time to sing a song about you.

(chorus)
There is a song in my heart.
There is a melody I sing in my mind.
It's the song of someone I love.
When I think of her
Of how I'm missing her, I sing.

I've sung many songs before.
Seen many girls walk through the door.
Of my life. my life.
But each one left me by and by.
Leaving me alone to cry.
Is every song I sing destined to die?

(repeat chorus)

This song is a song for me.
you're the one baby can't you see?
I need you. I love you.
Even though we're miles apart
Doesn't mean we must lose heart.
I'd wait a thousand years to be with you.

(repeat chorus)

Alone I walk down the street.
See your face, but there's no one to greet.
I can't take another step without you.
so I'll sing this song one more time...

(repeat chorus)

Should I let this song fade out
Like all the ones before?
Should I keep on holding on to a dream?
Tell me babe just what to do
Don't you know I still love you?
No matter what you say,
I wish you weren't so far away.

(repeat chorus)


Perfect Life

(Braly)

I did everything right, went to school, didn't drop out
Never took drugs, didn't even smoke pot, strongest drink was a ginger ale
Completed my degree in economics, got a job in a small town bank
Worked real hard, became an assistant, never once looked at online porn

(chorus)
Save me, from this perfect life,
I can't stand it anymore
I'd take a dive if I had the nerve,
But then I'd miss "Friends" on Channel Four

I married my high school girlfriend, made the same moves every Saturday night
Produced two kids, a boy and a girl, named them Ross and Monica
Drove around to soccer practice, got involved in the PTA

(repeat chorus)

I bought a lotta stuff out of catalogues, paid all the bills right on time
Then some guy stole my ID, you could say it was no big deal
I didn't know who I was myself, nobody there in the mirror

(repeat chorus)

Nobody there in the mirror...


Out of the Loop

(Mishler)

Don't upbraid or castigate me
I'm just trying to life my life free
I know I've got so much to learn
The price I pay for the money I earn

I'm so out of the loop
I don't march with your troops
I don't much care for your goals
I just can't play by your rules

My wheels are 7 years old
Your Infinity sparkles like gold
You go on about fine food and wine
I prefer supper, for dessert, peace of mind

I'm so out of the loop
I don't march with your troops
I don't much care for your goals
Just write me off as a fool


The Final Goodbye

(Braly)

Never had nuthin', but that was enough
Tried to ride easy, everybody played rough
Walked through fire, lookin' for proof
Gave myself up, lost my youth
I knew the apostles by their first names
Never figured out how to play their game
Made the right moves, got the wrong girls
Didn't know the difference, wasn't my world

This is it
Gonna lay down and die
This is it
The final goodbye

Got hooked on junk, never got free
Man on the corner wouldn't let me be
I left downtown, tried to kick
Sixteen times, never made it past sick
Used to believe, but it didn't work out
Everywhere I looked, same old doubts
Preacher told me, "Son, you're going to Hell"
I was already there, but I just couldn't tell

This is it
Gonna lay down and die
This is it
The final goodbye

They gave me a war, I didn't understand
Boys of nineteen in a foreign land
Gonna end evil, that's what they said
They might be right, but we'll all be dead

This is it
Gonna lay down and die
This is it
The final goodbye

The final goodbye


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