Paroles
PAROLES



ALBUM AFTER LIFE
Overkill
Keep calm
Child in arms
You're the one
Goodbye
After life

Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas (en français) ?
Pourquoi pas (deutch) ?
Pourquoi pas (italiano) ?

The wilbrahams
Box for the year 3000
a beautiful end


OTHER ALBUMS
Welcome To The World
You Won't Get Me Down
Telephone Call
New York Thousand
Destination anywhere
A two-minute song
Clockwork
Are You Satisfied ?
Absolutely positive
Close to zero
For me for you
Gone
Jumping the gun
Love in the 21st century
My home town
My Sacred Heart
Romania
The man who ran for everything
A closer look
Just kids
Silly cow
Mornington road
Little by little


OVERKILL

(words & music Mark Brenner)



You only hear what you want to hear,
So you don’t understand that I’m
Half the way out of the door,
You’re in your own world of fantasy,
But I can’t live on dreams or on
Lies that you tell anymore.

Is this the future you’ve planned for me?
Is it time to decide if I’m in or I’m out of your game,
Well I was hoping for so much more,
And the energy is leaving me.

I tried to fight for what I thought was right
But I let it go,
I let it go,
Turn out the lights and kiss me goodnight ‘cos
I’m letting go,
I let it go.

Your ultimatums are overkill,
Can you be so demanding?
There’s no understanding besides,
You make up rules as you go along,
And it’s no surprise when it’s you who decides,

Don’t give me anything I can’t keep,
If it’s all for yourself then there’s
No need for help anymore,
I’m taking back what I gave to you,
‘Cos the fairy tale has gone to hell.

I tried to fight for what I thought was right
But I let it go,
I let it go,
Turn out the lights and kiss me goodnight ‘cos
I’m letting go,
I let it go.

The worst of you
Brings out the worst in me,
Is it any wonder we can’t be
The people who we ought to be,
Is there any other destiny?

© 2007 Mark Brenner



KEEP CALM

(words & music Mark Brenner)



You had a house on the prettiest side of town,
Well it was pretty ‘til they came along and pulled it down.
You had a wife, she was sweeter than candyfloss,
Until you found her eating candy in bed with your boss.

You and I are not the kind of people who can fake,
Comes a time when even we can feel as if we’ve
Taken more than we can take,

So keep calm,
And carry on,
Don’t stop and think about what you have done.
Keep calm,
And carry on,
Remember that your life has only just begun,
All that phony paranoia is holding you down,
No-one controls you or pushes you around,
Keep calm and carry on,
It’s the same deal for everyone.
You had a job that was beyond your widest dreams,
Until the company came apart at the seams,
You took your holidays far away in the sun,
But now you’re checking into places where there’s room for one.
You and I are not the kind of people they can beat,
No no,
Comes a time when people get together And revenge can taste so sweet,
So keep calm,
And carry on,
Don’t stop and think about what you have done.
Keep calm,
And carry on,
Remember that your life has only just begun,
All that phony paranoia is holding you down,
No-one controls you or pushes you around,
Keep calm and carry on,
It’s the same deal for everyone.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



CHILD IN ARMS

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Night-time falls on a distant land,
An eleven year-old soldier sleeps with a gun in his hand,
His eyes are closed but his mind’s awake,
Is he dreaming of tomorrow and the lives he’ll take?

Do do do do…

An orphaned child who’s been taught to kill
By and older kid who’s stamped on his future and snapped his will,
No space left for his innocence,
‘Cos to live a different what would simply make no sense

Do do do do…

Childhood is too precious to be wasted on a war
That nobody can win and no-one
Knows just what it’s for.

Bullets fly and a shell explodes,
They’ll be picking up the pieces for years along these roads.
I don’t know what the answer is,
But I’m positive we can’t keep going on like this.
Give each and every child you know a better life,
Give them better things to play with than a gun or a knife.
Educate them and watch them grow,
Give them water, give them food
And give them seeds to sow.

Do do do do…

What can we do to save
A child in arms?


© 2007 Mark Brenner



YOU’RE THE ONE

(words & music Mark Brenner)



We were living in a different world,
A southern boy and a northern girl,
Looking out for something but we
Never knew what.
Taking sides had never made much sense,
We broke the barriers and jumped the fence,
We were happy with the life we had,
We took what we got.

Comes a time you’ve got to break that chain,
Something better something less mundane,
Doesn’t matter where you go it’s just the journey you need.
Instead of acting like an automat,
Running ‘round until your battery’s flat,
Someone comes along and makes you
Feel you’ve been freed.

You’re the one taking me higher,
You’re the one taking me so much higher,
You’re the one taking me higher,
And I’m stronger than I was before,
Lift me up and bring me back for more.

You get your motivation where you can,
Find a way to be a better man,
You need a partner with the strength
To let you do as you choose.
Well you’d better believe in yourself
So she’ll believe in you,
You get together in the end and find she’s pulling you through.

You’re the one taking me higher,
You’re the one taking me so much higher,
You’re the one taking me higher,
And I’m stronger than I was before,
Lift me up and bring me back for more.

Well you’d better believe in yourself
If you want it to get any better,
She can take you to the top of the World,
She can lift you right up if you let her…


© 2007 Mark Brenner



GOODBYE

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Thinking about you and what you left behind,
It’s been almost a year to the day,
And though I can’t pretend it was unexpected
There were things I didn’t have time to say.

Thinking about you,
Do you sense the attention,
Do you feel anything at all?
Did the last chance we had to communicate
Terminate with that final call?

Call it pain,
call it pride,
But it tears me up inside,
‘Cos I always believed we’d have more time you and I.
I can’t grieve,
I can’t cry,
Something stops me,
God knows why,
But I never thought I’d be here to say goodbye,
To say goodbye.

Thinking about us,
Trying to piece together
Some memories of me as a child.
Did you hold my hand
As we walked together
As the storms blew us black and wild.
Are you thinking about me
But you can’t remember
If you ever held me oh so tight?
Did you answer my calls
As I cried in my sleep
When the nightmares came to me each night?

Thinking about you,
in a secret garden,
Surrounded by the ones you love:
Your daddy stands with his hands on your shoulders,
High in the skies above,
High in the skies above.

Call it pain,
call it pride,
But it tears me up inside,
‘Cos I always believed we’d have more time you and I.
I can’t grieve,
I can’t cry,
Something stops me,
God knows why,
But I never thought I’d be here to say goodbye,
To say goodbye.

What do we have,
Do we go through the motions?
What’s left to say
When the time has run out?
Wind back the clock,
But the hands are all broken,
Father and son are history
And that’s the way it has to be.

Thinking about you.
Goodbye.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



AFTER LIFE

(words & music Mark Brenner)



There’s a kind of love that lasts
When the breath of life has passed,
We are humbled by it’s grace
And we tremble at it’s trace,
Call it belief
You can call it anything you like,
A family’s grief,
Sonny’s fallen from his motorbike.

There are many ways to live,
How you take and how you give,
Do we get a second chance,
Or is this our only dance.
Say what you think,
Some religions preach eternity.
After this life
You can come back who you want to be.

Whatever chord we’re strumming
It’s the same old engine that’s humming,
Well they’re standing still and we’re running,
We’re all the same,
we’re all the same.

You could come back as a bird,
But would your song be truly heard?
Or return as king or queen
Or as something in-between.
Somebody kind,
Someone cruel or a lilac tree,
Create a cure for the blind,
Be a flower or a fish in the sea.

Whatever bets you’re placing,
It’s the same dilemma you’re facing,
Do we slow right down or go racing?
We’re all the same,
we’re all the same.

What will you be?


© 2007 Mark Brenner



POURQUOI PAS ?

(words & music Mark Brenner)




Well if you want to be the king of the world,
Pourquoi pas ?
If you’re a girl and you like sleeping with girls
Pourquoi pas,
Vu comme ça
Pourquoi pas ?

It doesn’t matter what you do
Or how you do it,
All that counts is the feeling you get
When you go through it.

Well if you want to dress in rubber and chains
Pourquoi pas ?
Vu comme ça
Pourquoi pas ?
And if your losses come to more than your gains
Pourquoi pas ?

Stop wasting your time thinking
« How can I get it?
» Twenty years on from now,
You’ll look back and you won’t regret it.

Well if you’re happy living just for your job,
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Be a dandy,
be a slut,
be a slob,
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?

Don’t sigh and complain about the things that you won’t be,
You’ve gotta
Stand up for yourself,
Take a deep breath and just say « tant pis ».

Well if you want to spend your life on the bench
Pourquoi pas ?
Dit comme ça
Pourquoi pas
Well you could even try and sing it in French
Pourquoi pas ?
Un peu comme moi,
Pourquoi pas ?


© 2007 Mark Brenner



POURQUOI PAS ?

(words & music Mark Brenner) (traduction par Katy Plokarz)




Tu veux être le roi du monde,
Pourquoi pas ?
Tu es une fille qui aime les filles
Pourquoi pas,
Vu comme ça
Pourquoi pas ?

Peu importe ce que tu fais,
ou comment tu le fais,
Seul compte ce que tu ressens
Dans le cœur de l’action.

Tu es branché latex et chaînes
Pourquoi pas ?
Vu comme ça
Pourquoi pas ?
Et si au final, tu perds plus que tu ne gagnes
Pourquoi pas ?

Ne perds plus de temps à chercher
comment obtenir ce que tu veux
et dans 20 ans, tu verras,
tu ne le regretteras pas.

Tu ne vis que pour ton travail,
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Sois un dandy,
une pouffe,
un flemmard,
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?

Arrête de t’apitoyer, de rêver à tout ce que tu ne seras pas
C’est à toi de t’affirmer,
Respire un bon coup et dis-toi « tant pis ».

Et si tu veux rester sur la touche
Pourquoi pas ?
Dit comme ça
Pourquoi pas
Tu pourrais même le chanter en français,
Pourquoi pas ?
Un peu comme moi,
Pourquoi pas ?


© 2007 Mark Brenner



POURQUOI PAS ?

(words & music Mark Brenner) (Translation by Alexia Vallembois)




Na,
du möchtest gern König der Welt sein,
Warum denn nicht ?
Du bist eine Frau und gehst gern mit anderen Mädchen ins Bett
Warum denn nicht ?
So gesehen
Warum denn nicht ?
Egal, was du tust
Oder wie du es tust
Wichtig ist nur das Gefühl,das du hast,
wenn du's tust.

Na, du ziehst gern Gummisachen mit Ketten an
Warum denn nicht ?
So gesehen
Warum denn nicht ?
Auch wenn du am Ende mehr verlierst als gewinnst
Pourquoi pas ?

Hör doch auf,
deine Zeit zu vertrödeln und zu denken,
« Wie kann ich's schaffen ? »
In 20 Jahren schaust du zurück und bereust nichts.

Na, wenn du nur für deinen Job lebst
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Sei doch ein Dandy, eine Schlampe, ein Gammler,
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Pourquoi pas ?
Jammere nicht darüber, was du verpasst hast und was du nie sein wirst
Du mußt,
du selbst sein,
durchatmen und bloß sagen « tant pis » (dann eben nicht).

Na, du willst lebenslang im Abseits stehen
Warum denn nicht ?
So gesehen
Warum denn nicht ?
Na, du könntest ebenso versuchen, auf Französisch zu singen
Pourquoi pas ?
Etwa wie ich es tue
Pourquoi pas ?



© 2007 Mark Brenner



POURQUOI PAS ?

(words & music Mark Brenner) (translation by Sarah Di Vigilio)




Beh, se vuoi essere il re del mondo ,
Perchè no ???
Se sei una ragazza e ti piacciono le ragazze ?
Perché no ???
Se la vedi cosi?
Perché no???
Non importa quello che fai?
O come lo fai,
Tutto ciò che conta è quello
Che provi quando lo fai ?

Beh, se vuoi vestirti di pelle e catene?
Perché no???
se la vedi così?
Perché no???
E anche se la perdita è più grande del guadagno?
Perché no???

Smettila di sprecare tempo a pensare? "Come posso arrivare??"
Fra vent’anni,
Ti guarderai indietro e non te ne pentirai .

Beh,
se sei felice di vivere solo per il lavoro , Perché no???
Perché no???
Perché no???
Essere un dandy, una putanella, un balordo ?
Perché no???
Perché no???
Perché no???

Non sospirare e lamentare di quello che non sarai?
Reagisci,
Prendi un bel respiro per dire " pazienza " .
Beh, se vuoi passare la vita in panchina?
Perché no???
Detto così???
Perché no???
Beh, si potrebbe anche provare a cantare in francese?
Perché no???
Un po 'come faccio io??
Perché no???


© 2007 Mark Brenner



THE WILBRAHAMS

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Where did you go to?
Was it a distant and exotic place?
A new existence and another face,
Somewhere on the farthest side of the World?
Where did you run to?
Was it a planet on a different scale?
Were you the Jonah or were you the whale?
Are the oceans wide enough for one girl?
I got your postcard
And I’m looking so hard,

But where the hell are the Wilbrahams?
Is this Bermuda or Pakistan?
The map you gave me was just a sham,
‘Cos I have no idea where I am.
Where the hell are the Wilbrahams,
And why and where did we take that turn?
We’re set on getting our fingers burned,
I guess some people will never learn.

Where did you fly to
And did you get the feeling that I’d clipped your wings?
How could you blame me for so many things?
Was it so damn hard to be there by my side?
So how do I find you?
I’m in the middle of an open field,
Somehow your whereabouts are well concealed,
Something tells me this is the end of the ride.
The sooner the better,
Until I got your letter,

So where the hell are the Wilbrahams?
Is this Bermuda or Pakistan?
The map you gave me was just a sham,
‘Cos I have no idea where I am.
Where the hell are the Wilbrahams,
And why and where did we take that turn?
We’re set on getting our fingers burned,
I guess some people will never learn.

I got your letter,
The sooner the better,
I’ve got to find you,
I’m back to remind you…
Where the hell are the Wilbrahams?
Is this Bermuda or Pakistan?
The map you gave me was just a sham,
‘Cos I have no idea where I am.
Where the hell are the Wilbrahams,
And why and where did we take that turn?
We’re set on getting our fingers burned,
I guess some people will never learn.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



BOX FOR THE YEAR 3000

(words & music Mark Brenner)




Well we’re starting a box for the year 3000
What’re you going to put in it?
So the mums and the dads and the kids of the future
Can see the way we lived a bit
Well the day they open that vault
Will they say everything was our fault?
Before the fall
We blew it all.

Well they’re starting a box for the year 3000
What’re you going to sacrifice?
Is there just one thing you can live without,
Is there anything without a price?
Well the morning they pick that lock We will all appear in the dock,
When they judge us
They’ll begrudge us.

Well they’re starting a box for the year 3000
What’re you going to put in it?
So the mums and the dads and the dogs and the cats
Can see the way we lived a bit,
Well the folks gathered ‘round that hole
Will discover all the things that we stole,
Run away now,
Nothing to say now.

What’s the sum of what we did?
Fill the box and close the lid.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



A BEAUTIFUL END

(words & music Mark Brenner)



I’m not the man that you dreamed of,
I’m not the one that you need.
Some things are programmed for failure,
Some things are doomed to succeed.

Call me your rock,
Call me a freak,
Call me your one loyal friend.
All we have done
Divided by one
We’ve come to a beautiful end.
Fade to black,
Don’t look back.

Where is the life that we longed for,
How did it all come to this?
Wave me goodbye if you want to,
Separate us with a kiss.

So far down the road,
Sharing the load,
Wounds that time couldn’t mend.
All that we had
Wasn’t so bad,
We’ve come to a beautiful end.
Fade to black,
Don’t look back.

So far down the road,
Sharing the load,
Wounds that time couldn’t mend.
All that we had
Wasn’t so bad,
We’ve come to a beautiful end.
Fade to black,
Don’t look back.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



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WELCOME TO THE WORLD

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Well if everyone was half as good as you
There’d be so many things that we could do,
Positivity would be the rule,
Maybe even loving would be cool.
I finally found a chance to start again,
Someone I could fight for and defend,
I know it’s gonna work out in the end.

Welcome to the World,
Welcome to the World my son,
You’re gonna meet a little girl,
You’re gonna have yourself a whole lot of fun,
Welcome to the World,
Act like it’s the only one,
Every oyster needs a pearl,
And you’re only just a lifetime away from the Sun.

Well I had enough of living with the pain,
And I wouldn’t want to go through that again,
You can fix a broken day with just a smile,
It’s enough to help me run that extra mile.
I think of all the years I left behind,
I’ll make a future fit for you to find,
You’ll never have a deeper love than mine.

Welcome to the World…

Watching you start a new day,
Changing before my eyes,
Seems like you’re bringing my way
Love without compromise.

Welcome to the World…


© 2007 Mark Brenner



YOU WON'T GET ME DOWN

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Break us apart, say what you have to say,
Shatter my heart,
Throw all that’s left away,
You’re dragging me down,
You’re dragging me down,
But I’m way ahead of you,
Covering ground,
I do what i have to do.

Well couldn’t try to hide it,
Running across your tracks,
The truth is I’m tired of filling the cracks,
So come around and waste my time,
Draw me ‘cross the line...

But you won’t get me down,
You can kick, you can bite,
You can tear me up and take all that’s mine,
But I’ll still be around,
Ring the bell, dim the lights,
Tell the rest of them I’m calling time,
Get out of my mind.

Yesterday’s news, see if the picture fits,
Battered and bruised, trying to pick up the bits,
No camouflage can hide what you are inside,
It’s all a mirage, I watch you as you slide.

Well I never meant to change you,
I never dared to try,
The truth has turned into one more lie,
So call me up and do it fast,
Make this call the last.

But you won’t get me down...


© 2007 Mark Brenner



TELEPHONE CALL (To A Friend)

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Hey friend, why such a sullen face?
You’re pacing up and down like your life’s a disgrace,
There must be something I can do
To make it all a little bit better for you,
It seems like you’ve wasted your life,
I know you’ve had your fair share of trouble & strife,
There has to be a better way I’d say.

Hey friend, why d’you try to put me down?
And are you feeling better now that I’m not around?
Was it something that I said,
That got so much attention going ‘round in your head?
And was it worth the fights and the tears,
Maybe things can change after all of these years
There has to be a better way I’d say.

Give yourself a little time to think about the future,
Help yourself to unwind,
And get the past right out of your mind

Who’ll come around when it all falls through?
You’ll never keep a friend acting like you do,
Who’ll hold your hand in the final hour?
You think that you’re the cream but the cream’s gone sour.

Hey friend, why’d you make up all those lies?
Nobody was fooled, guess it wasn’t so wise,
Did it make you feel supreme?
And have you woken up after dreaming your dream?
How’re you gonna make amends,
Now you’re getting fucked by your foes & your friends?
There has to be a better way I’d say.

Give yourself a little time...


© 2007 Mark Brenner



NEW YORK THOUSAND

(words & music Mark Brenner)



As good as it gets,
Bigger than the rest,
Brighter than the strongest lights
You’ve ever seen on the TV screen.
Your heart misses a beat,
The sights, the sounds, the streets,
You’re moving in for good,
You think this really could become your neighbourhood,
It’s enough for me...
Well it’s one of those places
You never want to leave,
It’s a place that gets you high.

Well a New York moment is an hour in the rest of the World,
You wanna sleep with the lights on,
So you don’t miss a minute,
And a New York Thousand is a million parts pure gold,
Can a city be so beautiful?
So beautiful...

Cooler than cool,
Bending every rule,
So complex yet so clear,
You disappear when you step into here.
The further you go,
The less you seem to know,
You’re just another stranger who’s been drawn into this rendezvous,
And it’s enough for you.
Well it’s one of those feelings
You never want to end,
It’s a feeling takes you high.

Well a New York moment is an hour in the rest of the World...


© 2007 Mark Brenner



DESTINATION ANYWHERE (Lovers & Friends)

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Would you like to follow me?
There’s somewhere I’d like you to see...
Far away from here.
Put your foot down driver, don’t want to be late,
Don’t give a thought for tomorrow,
Come on, come on let’s go.
You want it, you got it...

All over a sudden the nightmare was over,
Sunlight poured in through the cracks in the door.
I pulled back the blanket and saw you beside me.
I stroked your cheek just to be sure.

After the rain, after the winter,
In spite of the storms you are still here,
Right to the end, whatever the future,
Our destination lovers and friends.

Nobody knows when the party is over,
Who gives a damn if the guests have all gone.
I’ve all I need lying beside me,
We’re two helpless souls entwined into one.

After the rain, after the winter,
In spite of the storms you are still here,
Right to the end, whatever the future,
Our destination lovers and friends.

Straight from my head,
Out of the window,
Over the hedge,
Over the fields,
Along the hillside,
Up on the the mountain,
Over the moon, up to the sun, we will be one.


© 2007 Mark Brenner



A TWO-MINUTE SONG

(words & music Mark Brenner)



She was a lover unlike any other
She gave herself freely away,
She wasn’t cheap and her passion ran deep,
Which at times might have got in our way.
Our love was as brief as a sigh of relief
But her memory is fixed in my brain,
The pictures will always remain.

Invited, delighted, but over-excited,
But what else would any man do?
The very name Lisa means you’ve got to please her
In everyway, all the night through.
Rustling the chintz we were screwing to Prince,
Forgetting about everything,
Especially my wedding ring.

Too many ties mean that love often dies
Before it can truly awake.
With a heart full of lead well you fall from the bed,
But it’s better to love and to lose,
And in any event, who can choose?
And maybe it didn’t last long,
But it’s enough for a two-minute song.

© 2007 Mark Brenner



CLOCKWORK

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Tick tock, there's a bomb just waiting to go off,

A cocktail of Prozac and of Molotov,
She'll make him pay for yesterday,
He made her life a mess in one too many ways.

She could be what they want her to be,
If they'd stop
The voices in her head...

Too many hours have passed her by,
She's made her mind up and tonight he'll die.
Could use the poison, could use the knife,
She'll make a widow out of someone else's wife.

She could be what they want her to be,
If they'd stop
The voices in her head...
And so the page is slowly turned,
Between the rages and the places she got burned,
Relieve the pressure, relive the pain,
She's sinking deeper and she can't get out again.

She could be what they want her to be,
If they'd stop
The voices in her head...

© 2001 Mark Brenner



ARE YOU SATISFIED ?

(words & music Mark Brenner)



You got flaking paint
On your bedroom walls,
You watch your girlfriend faint
When the bailiff calls.
Got a dead-end job,
You got nothing at all.
Ain't gonna bruise your pride,
You're in line for the fall.

Are you satisfied
With your working day
Are you satisfied
With the place you stay
Your life goes on
The same old way
Day after day...

You got a beat-up car,
That keeps letting you down,
Even your girlfriend's dog
Doesn't want you around.
Life is looking through windows
That are covered in grime,
You think you're pretty Cinderella
In a pantomime

Are you satisfied
With your working day
Are you satisfied
With the price you pay
Your life goes on
The same old way
Day after day... ( X 2 )

bridge:
You
They'll be calling your name
The last one laughs the longest,
The brightest burning flame (A)
You,
They'll be calling your name
Destiny smiles on the innocent child,
The winner of the game (intro)

(guitar solo)

You tell yourself it's gonna change,
Some day your time will come,
Every failure makes you stronger,
Some day you'll have fun.

Are you satisfied
With your working day
Are you satisfied
With the place you stay... X 2

© 2001 Mark Brenner



ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE

(words Brenner, music Brenner / Barincourt)



I'm in love, but it's not with you she said,
She said,
A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do she said,
She said,
Don't you know you've got it all so wrong in your head,
She said,
Stick with me, and you'll wish that you'd wound up dead,
She said.

Don't try calling me
'Cos it's no good,
I'll never love you
Like I said I would,
Just walk away I'm only wasting your time,
I'm only playing with your mind.

But I'm absolutely positive
That she's the one for me,
I'm absolutely positive,
I'm certain as can be

Did you think that I'd change your life, she said,
She said,
Raise your kids and be an adequate wife she said,
She said,
Who in the world's putting all those ideas in your head,
She said,
Spend your days and your nights chasing 'round my bed,
She said.

Don't try calling me
'Cos it's no good,
I'll never love you
Like I said I would,
Just walk away I'm only wasting your time,
I'm only playing with your mind.

But I'm absolutely positive
That she's the one for me,
I'm absolutely positive,
I'm certain as can be
I'm absolutely positive,
I'm certain as can be
I'm absolutely positive,
I'm certain as can be

© 2001 Mark Brenner



CLOSE TO ZERO

(words & music Mark Brenner)



I'm feeling tired and wasted,
On the way down,
Sick of the life I've tasted,
Run out of town.
Been here before, it's nothing new to me,
There's nothing more this world can do to me,

Open the bottle,
See what's inside.
Drained to the bottom,
Emptied of pride.
Looking around, I see what's become of me.
I thank the Lord there's only one of me.

Well I feel so cold from my head to my toes,
Ask myself how I've come so close
To zero.
So close.

I pray to the heavens,
They watch and laugh.
They see me sliding
Right off the graph.
Pieces of me lie in disarray,
No lord above has anything more to say,

Well I feel so cold from my head to my toes,
Ask myself how I've come so close
To zero.
Will I just disappear after all these years,
Drift down a river on a flood of tears,
To zero.

Well I'm already dead and I don 't know why,
And there's room down here for a losing guy.

One more forgotten,
Ignorant soul,
Twisting and turning
Straight down the hole.
Been here before, it's nothing new to me,
There's nothing more this world can do to me,

Well I feel so cold from my head to my toes,
Ask myself how I've come so close
To zero.
Will I just disappear after all these years,
Drift down a river on a flood of tears,
To zero.
So close...

© 2001 Mark Brenner



FOR ME FOR YOU

(words & music : Mark Brenner)



You put me down
But I fell on my feet oh yeah,
Walked into the kitchen and
Out went the heat, oh yeah.
You threw me out but
I left you with no regret,
Well I got the picture
As clear as a man can get,
I wanna shout it out
From the top of a tree,
It's over now between you and me.

Call it all a big mistake,
Or a chance I have to take,
Only one thing left that's true,
You're not for me, I'm not for you.

Feels like I'm breathing again for the
First time in years,
Wiped the slate clean
With laughter in the place of tears.
You played your joker and
I threw it back in your face,
Let's see how easily
I am to be replaced.
I wanna shout it out from the
Top of a hill,
If it don't work now then
It never will.

Call it all a big mistake,
Or a chance I have to take,
Only one thing left that's true,
You're not for me, I'm not for you.
Call it all a big mistake,
Or a chance I have to take,
Only one thing left that's true,
You're not for me, I'm not for you.

© 2001 Mark Brenner



GONE

(words & music : Mark Brenner)



The kids that played in my street,
The places we used to meet,
The broken gates of my school,
The sentimental and cruel.

White fingers numbed by the cold,
And boys that do as they're told,
The girls that I tried to kiss,
The places we used to piss.

All the things that made us real,
Programmed us with how to feel,
Made us seem invincible,
When I thought I had it all,

They've gone... away X 2

A tender clip round the ear,
And days with nothing to fear
You putting me in my place,
My hair as long as my face

All kinds of shit we were taught,
And all the records we bought,
Not showing we were afraid,
Trying so hard to get laid.
All the things that made us grow,
Taught us what we had to know,
Made us feel the best and worst,
Masters of the universe,

They've gone... away X 2

A lost cause, try as we might,
The future seemed to be so bright, yeah... (piano solo)

The kids that played in my street,
The places we used to meet.
Not showing we were afraid,
Trying so hard to get laid.

A lost cause, try as we might,
The future seemed to be so bright, they've gone... away

© 2001 Mark Brenner



JUMPING THE GUN

(words & music : Mark Brenner)



It's as hot as hell, in fucking nowhere.
When it comes to mistakes, well I've seen my share.
You dragged me out to this godforsaken place,
And wiped away trust like the dust from my face.

I said I'd go where you wanted to go.
My love was blind, how was I to know.
Bogey and Kate on the African Queen
But I got rubbed in the dirt, somewhere in between.

Sinking like lead,
Yeah you wrecked my head, and it's dragging me down.
Scream and shout
'Cos I found you out and I won't hang a round.
Sink or swim,
But you threw me in, and it's only begun.
I think you should know
If you're letting me go, well I'm jumping the gun.

There's the finest of lines between Heaven and Hell,
And living with you, I walked it so well.
Dirt to the East, scrub to the West,
You wiped away love and you sullied the rest.

Sinking like lead,
Yeah you wrecked my head, and it's dragging me down.
Scream and shout
'Cos I found you out and I won't hang a round.
Sink or swim,
But you threw me in, and it's only begun.
I think you should know
If you're letting me go, well I'm jumping the gun.

© 2001 Mark Brenner



LOVE IN THE 21st CENTURY

(words Brenner, music Brenner / Sullivan)



It's been a long time coming,
And now it's finally here,
We're all sitting here waiting,
Hoping for a new kind of happy new year.
Too many promises broken,
And so many life gone to waste,
So stand up and take a bite at the future,
I know you're gonna like the taste.

Learn how to love
In the 21st century,
Rising above
All that happened before,
Learn how to love
In the 21st century,
There's never enough,
And we've gotta have more.

You know the door's wide open,
There's a whole new world out there,
It's up to us to find it,
Gotta start looking for it everywhere.
All the dreams, all the hopes, all the fears,
All the things that we never did...
Are gonna be there waiting,
You know you've only got to life the lid.

Learn how to love...

Who knows what tomorrow will bring,
But it's going to be better than yesterday,
And there's only survivors that's left today,
You and I,
You and I.

Learn how to love...

© 2001 Mark Brenner



MY HOME TOWN

(words & music Mark Brenner)



They say the factory is closing,
900 people for the dole,
The public gardens are empty,
'Cos it's getting cold.
Say did you hear that the bypass
Is going underground,
And that your good friend, the loser,
Is nowhere to be found.

There is more to life than my home town
There is more to life than my home town.

There was a bus lane disaster,
Twenty people in a state,
It was the fault of the driver,
They died because the bus was late,
And in the papers they're saying
I've disappeared without trace,
Didn't they notice, I left the pictures,
The grey hairs and the lines on my face.

There is more to life than my home town
There is more to life than my home town.

That's why they make planes,
That 's why they build ships,
That's why they put the world at our fingertips.

I know that housework is housework
Anywhere in the world,
But it takes fresh winds to help you
Get your flag unfurled,
I miss my children, but I can't stay
In a place where I can't breathe,
I tried for so long, I tried to fight it,
But I knew I had to leave.

There is more to life than my home town
There is more to life than my home town.

That's why they make planes,
That 's why they build ships,
That's why they put the world at our fingertips.

© 2001 Mark Brenner



MY SACRED HEART

(words & music Mark Brenner)



They say that faith
Can bridge the distance
That lies between
You and me,
And if I knew
Just where you were
That's where I'd be.

They say that time
Can be a healer,
Dulls the ache,
Numbs the pain,
But I can't wait
Another second
To see you again.

Long nights alone,
Long weeks apart,
Oh how I want you,
My sacred heart,
You give each day
Reason to start,
Oh how I want you,
My sacred heart

And if I'm weak,
If I am helpless,
Who's to say
You're helpless too,
My only life,
My only purpose
Is to be with you.

Long nights alone...

Long nights alone,
Long weeks apart,
Oh how I love you,
My sacred heart,
You give each day
Reason to start,
Oh how I love you,
My sacred heart.

© 2001 Mark Brenner



ROMANIA

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Picture a journey down a long, long road,
Way too scared to look behind us,
Me and my sister, in just the clothes we wore,
Hoping that nobody would come out to find us.

We were the outcasts, ten and twelve years old,
Moving ahead, sticking together,
Leaving behind a world that had kicked us out,
And told us to follow through, and stay out forever.

We came a long, long way
To find the light of day,
'Cos they told us that we couldn't stay
In Romania.

High in the mountains we were almost safe,
Deep in the valleys we were a target,
Had to move faster, had to stay alive,
And spend our days in a haze,
Trying to forget.

We came a long, long way
To find the light of day,
'Cos they told us that we couldn't stay
In Romania.

I can remember when Mama and me
Took a walk by the river one day,
And she told me that I had to run find my sister,
And take her a long way away.
Mama stayed,
And was betrayed.

We came a long, long way
To find the light of day,
'Cos they told us that we couldn't stay
In Romania.

© 2001 Mark Brenner



THE MAN WHO RAN FROM EVERYTHING

(words & music Mark Brenner)



He had a wife,
Who ran his life,
He had a car, a yard, a cul de sac,
He had the perks,
He had the works,
He had a suit, the fruit of an aching back,
He liked to spend
The odd weekend
At the coast, with toast, at B & Bs,
Curried delights
On Friday nights,
With a middle-aged strip-a-gram on his knees,

He made a plan to disappear,
To leave the Bensons and the beer,
To find a place they'd never find,
To leave reality behind,

The man who ran from everything,
The working week, the telephone ring,
The man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing

He liked to smoke,
And tell a joke,
And get his wife to do the laundry
He liked a drink,
It helped him think
About the kids, the car, the VAT,
Too many names,
Too many games,
And how he'd never win the lottery,
Too many plays,
And holidays,
And now his wife was into pottery,

He made a plan to get away,
He set the date, he named the day,
He left them all asleep in bed,
They're better off alone he said,

The man who ran from everything,
The working week, the telephone ring,
The man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing


The man who ran from everything,
The kitchen sink, the wedding ring,
The man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing.

Bridge:
Funny how material possessions change a man,
Look at what's around you, try to own it if you can.

He made a plan to get away,
He set the date, he named the day,
He left them all asleep in bed,
They're better off alone he said,

The man who ran from everything,
The working week, the telephone ring,
The man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing

The man who ran from everything,
The kitchen sink, the wedding ring,
The man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing.

(I was) the man who ran from everything,
The working week, the telephone ring,
(I was) the man who ran from everything,
To find a place where birds could sing

© 2001 Mark Brenner



A CLOSER LOOK

(words & music Mark Brenner)



On the face of it, we’re the perfect couple,
A couple of freaks with the same ideas,
Identical dreams,
But scratch away at the surface,
Peel away the years,
And the game of happy families isn’t what it seems.

Oh, if we could zoom in closer,
We’d only wonder ‘what do we have here’,
Doesn’t take a genius or X-ray vision
To see a myriad of cracks appear.

Chorus

Do you know me, and do I know you,
Do we walk away from everything that we’ve been through?
Do we turn the page, do we close the book,
Do you think that we could stand up
To a closer look?

Let’s be open, yeah let’s be brutal,
A little more open than we’ve been before,
Would it be an end, or a new beginning
If I spun on my heels and walked back out the door?

Chorus

Bridge

Should I feel guilty, do I need forgiveness?
And who exactly should I confess to?
I’ll find excuses out on every corner,
In the end it all comes down to you.

We drift along, in the wrong direction,
Someday we’ll end up where we’re s’posed to be,
It’s not that I’m in search of any other,
I guess I’m just in search of being free.

Chorus x 2

© 2001 Mark Brenner



JUST KIDS

(words & music Mark Brenner)



Pretty girl with eyes of blue,
I've got just the job for you.
Pretty boy with eyes of green,
Guess you know just what I mean, yeah.
I'm gonna make you someone, oh,
Gonna make you something.
I'm gonna make you someone, oh,
Gonna make you something.

Chorus:They're just kids with the means to pay,
They're gonna buy it anyway,
Are you strong enough to save the day,
They're just kids.
They're just kids from across the street,
You've got 'em right down there at your feet,
Are you strong enough to take the heat,
They're just kids.

Be their lover, be their friend,
Always give them a happy end, yeah.
Show them how to think and move,
As long as mom and dad approve, yeah.
You've gotta give 'em something, oh,Gotta give 'em everything.
You've gotta give 'em something, oh,
Gotta give 'em everything. (Chorus x 2)

Take a look at the camera,
You're a natural breaker of hearts.
Just one look in the mirror,
Tearing every mother and every teenager apart. (Chorus ad lib)


© 2001 Mark Brenner

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SILLY COW

(words & music Mark Brenner)



It seems to me you're over me
And rolling around on the floor
With someone who is just like you
I couldn't ask for anything more,
Are you happy now, you silly cow,
He's rich and he's handsome and kind,
And I'm sure he'll be happy to pay for you,
I'll pray for you, get you out of my mind singing...

Nah nah nah nah...

If your masterplan includes that man,
It's not very clever it seems,
You'll dominate and you'll demonstrate
The way to fulfill all your dreams,
And then one day he'll run away,
And leave you the way you left me,
And then you'll get just what you've given me,
You've driven me
Out of my head singing...

Nah nah nah nah...

Now that you've gone I'm incredibly free,
I'm back to one and I'm glad as can be...
Are you happy now, you silly cow,
You got what you wanted so fast,
And I'm sure he'll be happy to play with you
And stay with you, for as long as it lasts.

Nah nah nah nah...

© 2001 Mark Brenner



MORNINGTON ROAD

(words & music Mark Brenner)



I skipped the short walk
Back from town as the rain came
Pouring down
Over Chapelfield, and Theatre Street,
Where my friends and I we used to meet
Under grey and leaden skies
Life went by, to our total surprise

Mornington Road,
I grew up fast there but I wasn’t alone, wo-wo,
Mornington Road,
Bring back the innocence and
Carry me home,
Carry me home.

I caught the last bus from the park
As the sky turned light to dark,
My first love and my first frustration,
The merest flirt was a celebration,
The smell of fresh cut grass
Sends my senses back to the past.

Mornington Road,
I grew up fast there but I wasn’t alone, wo-wo,
Mornington Road,
Bring back the innocence and
Carry me home,
Carry me home.

The place is still the same,
My childhood bears the name...

Mornington Road,
I grew up fast there but I wasn’t alone, wo-wo,
Mornington Road,
Bring back the innocence and carry me home.

© 2004 Mark Brenner



LITTLE BY LITTLE

(words & music Mark Brenner)



I don’t need your anger
I don’t need your fear
I don’t need your hangups,
Get me out of here,
Cos your frustration
Is a waste of time,
Take care of your life
Instead of changing mine.

The day I met you well you seemed so close to me
I started thinking it’s as good as it can be.
But little by little, slowly but surely,
You’ve been doing something to me,
You can hit me with the hardest of things,
All those words just go right through me.

I don’t need your anger...

There’s a time and a place to get
Out of the race
And the time and the place is now,
Everybody’s gonna get on your case
So you’ve gotta get away somehow.

I never thought you could be so damn hard to please,
No satisfaction ‘til I got down on my knees
But little by little I’ve tried to ignore you,
While you’ve been thinking how I adore you,
You can hit me with the largest of lies,
I’ve made up my mind
I’m gonna get out before you.

I don’t need your anger...

© 2004 Mark Brenner