Fruit by Big Umbrella



You Know Better

Shame on you
You saw the whole thing comin'
Let me build my house of cards
And then you, you turned so quick
I believe the whole thing came tumbling down
From the breeze off your skirt
You let me know not one of my tears ever came close
To pay dirt

And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
You know better

I could pretend that you were just part of a chain
One of many
But, honey, who on this earth could I ever persuade
To believe me?
So, once, again I've got to pour another shot of deliverance
This time of night any old flavor will do.
It don't seem to make any difference.

And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
You know better

And when they say, again they say
Forget her
Keep your wits about you boy
Don't be stupid
She can live without you boy

You know better
You know better
And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
And when they say "There's nothing to love"
You know better
You know better
You know, you know, you know, you know

Something 'bout Mary

Somethin' bout Mary's changed
And I'm not sure what it is
Lately, she's acting strange
Running scared from a secret storm
Somethin' has been arranged
But I don't know all the details
Somethin' bout Mary's changed
Trade a secret for a secret

I suspect she's got herself in a bit of trouble
But she don't want to take another soul on a sinking ship.
Oh, but Mary
This is scary

Somethin' bout Mary's changed
And I'm sure that it's dangerous
Watch the way she says his name
It's a deadpan echo from a face of stone
Whispering a cold refrain
That I beg her to explain
She said that last thing I recall
Was the counting backwards

I suspect she's got herself in a bit of trouble
But she don't want to take another soul on a sinking ship
Oh, but Mary
This is scary
Listen Mary

This is the way it's gotta be for you, Mary
Cloudy for awhile
These are the bones that you gotta carry
And no one can go with you

This is the way it's gotta be for you, Mary
These are the bones that you gotta carry
On your murder mile

Somethin' bout Mary's changed
Somethin' bout Mary's changed
Trade a secret for a secret
One secret for another
Somethin' bout Mary

Big Umbrella

Sometimes I use you like a shield,
Cut down the rows of stinging rain. 
Sometimes I use you like a pillow
Bury my face and I shout the pain. 
You're like a rainbow on a field.
You break the melancholy.
You've become a sort of sanctuary to me. 
You are the power that I wield.

Big Umbrella
Over my head
Big Umbrella
Cut down the rows of stinging rain

And when I'm feeling kind of hollow
Like a rusting hull at the bottom of Truk Lagoon
And when this world gets hard to swallow
And I just can't take another spoon,
You're like a secret just revealed.
Push out the stale air.
You've become a sort of sanctuary to me.
Anytime you're looking, you can find me there.

You're the Big Umbrella over me.
Anytime it rains.

Advice

When the wrecking ball swings wild
And knocks you down a peg
Reality is as hard as a rock.
In a desperate moment
Make sure you don't get fooled.
Spare yourself the worry and shock.

I know it now.
Having been knocked over
Once or twice.
You can't follow everyone's
Advice.
You can't follow everyone's advice.
You can't follow everyone's advice.
No, No, sooner or later
Its got to come out of you.
You can't follow everyone's advice.

It's a pride and passion thing
That has the truthful ring.
Don't cut yourself on someone else's tongue.
'Cause they can paint a flowery view
But in the end it's up to you.
The sweetest blossom sometimes leaves you stung.

Bleach the Needle

I have waited long enough for this tear
Now, it comes, it comes
Falling in slow motion
My heart is falling in slow motion

And they're telling all the junkies to bleach the needle
But the thing I'm addicted to is just as strong
Your love has got a hold on me that I just can't break
And your leavin' here
Is killing me
You got what you wanted
You got what you needed, baby
And I don't feel like pickin' myself up
Today
I'm broken

I knew it had to happen
You'd find a way, you'd find a reason
To bring it all down, bring it all down
'Cause there's never enough for you, girl

And they're telling all the junkies to bleach the needle
But the thing I'm addicted to is just as strong
Your love has got a hold on me that I just can't break
And your leavin' here
Is killing me.
You got what you wanted
You got what you needed, baby
And you don't seem to care who you step on
Today
I'm broken
Today
I'm broken

I
Never been hurt so bad
I
Gave you everything I had

And they're telling all the junkies to bleach the needle
But the thing that I'm addicted to is just as strong
Your love has got a hold on me today
I'm broken today
Today
I'm broken
Today
I'm broken

Sell It Back (Caroline)

Oh Caroline, don't put this distance between us
Sell back your ticket out of town
(And) oh Caroline, don't do irreparable damage
I'll find the rent, we will manage
Sell it back Caroline

Oh Caroline, look what I've done for you
More than you asked me to
And what a price to pay
Time after time, I let you run me through
I sold my soul to you
Sell it back Caroline

Anything that I can do
You know I've always tried
To keep you
Anything at all
I won't let you go without a fight
And every word is true
Anything you say, I believe it
Even when you lie, I believe it
Sell it back Caroline

What will it take to get this back now Caroline?

I want it all back
If you're gonna leave
I want it all back

The Way of All Storms

Hey Delilah, you've always been a sight for sore eyes
And a winter come and gone couldn't knock you from your course
You're gonna make a lucky man's prize
You are gonna command a fine price someday

You don't need a poor boy like me
I go the way of all storms

Hey Delilah, darlin' you know better than that
Honey now is the time that you should open like a flower
Falling short, I'm falling short,
Seems like that's all I ever do
I'm falling short of you

You don't need a poor boy like me
I go the way of all storms
I'm not the one to ever hold you down

And when I say it's over
Don't make me say it's over
Over and over again
Please have mercy on me

Long Blue Word

You'd try to tear down the pyramids
But I would let them stand
One by one by one our differences
Tumbling grains of sand
Something ain't right

Long blue word

I am only one, one against your many
I try to keep my worries small
If in fact there are any
So overcome it my love
Overcome it my love

Long blue word, gonna come true some day
Long blue word, gonna look up at you and say
Long blue word, it's just around the corner
Long blue word, goodbye

Why should we challenge the sky
When every drop of rain is proof that we will never fly
So overcome it my love
Overcome it my love

Long blue word, gonna come true some day
Long blue word, gonna look up at you and say
Long blue word, it's just around the corner
Long blue word, goodbye

Then it's gonna be too late
Ali ali all come free
Then it's gonna be too late
Ali ali all come free, in the end we all get free

Long blue word, gonna come true some day
Long blue word, gonna look up at you and say
Long blue word, it's just around the corner
Long blue word, goodbye

Skin and Bone

There was a time when Georgie Boy had everything
I mean everything.
But she took away his King Kong
Took away his magic.
Left him nothing to pray to, nothing to pray for.
Now, Georgie don't feel much like anything,
But drinking some more.

He's a man without religion.
He's a man without direction.
Georgie Boy is suffering
From a curious infection.
He found out the hard way.
He's only skin & bone.
Only skin & bone.

If a tear comes to your eye,
I'll cry with you.
And if there's something you want me to try,
I'll try for you.

I'm a man without religion.
I'm a man without direction.
I'm the one who's suffering
From a curious infection.
You showed me the hard way.
I'm only skin & bone.

Only skin & bone
I'll never stop the rain.
Only skin & bone
I'm gonna feel some pain.
Only skin & bone
Time and time again.
I'm only skin & bone.

I got no miracles,
And I got no thorny crown.
Cut all your crucifixes down.

Joy

I've been a simple man most of my life
And I feel the sun on my shoulder
I'll take a simple girl and make her my wife
'Cause I feel the sun on my shoulder
Yeah, I feel the sun on my shoulder

Joy
It's Joy
It's Joy

I may stand in the shadow of a better man
But I feel the sun on my shoulder
And I live in a world that I don't understand
But when I do get older
I will carry my son on my shoulder

Joy
It's Joy
It's Joy
That's what I'm after

And if you say there's gotta be more
I don't know what for
(I guess it's true that there's never enough for you)
If you say there's gotta be more
What for?

I've been a simple man most of my life
And I feet the sun on my shoulder
I'll take a simple girl and make her my wife
'Cause I feel the sun on my shoulder
Yeah, I feel the sun on my shoulder

Joy
It's Joy
It's Joy
That's what I'm after

And if you say there's gotta be more
I don't know what for
'Cause it's Joy, it's Joy, it's Joy, it's Joy, it's Joy

All songs written by Big Umbrella and copyright 1992 by Cornfed Music. All rights reserved. These lyrics were uploaded with the permission of the publisher and the artist.