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Success

Success Released 18 February 1998
Label PopLlama
Produced/Recorded/Mixed The Posies, Johnny Sangster & Conrad Uno at Egg Studios.
Mastered Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering
Cover design & illustration Rusty Willoughby
Photographs Bootsy Holler

01. Somehow Everything
02. You’re the Beautiful One
03. Looking Lost
04. Fall Apart With Me
05. Placebo
06. Who to Blame
07. Start a Life
08. Friendship of the Future
09. Grow
10. Farewell Typewriter
11. Every Bitter Drop
12. Fall Song

 

Somehow Everything

So you think you’re pretty cool
The exception to the rule
As the keeper of the fuel
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

And you’re hardly getting wise
To the problems you surmise
As the lightning leaves your eyes
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

And the hours fly
As the demons play
And you’re paralyzed

When did it begin?
When you started to give in
To the prickle of the pin
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

And you think you know the score
As you shut another door
You search around for more
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

Such a sad demise
For your saving grace
Now you realize…

Somehow everything will
Somehow everything will
Be a little different than you thought
Somehow everything will
Somehow everything will
Be a little different than you thought

The lights are fading low
The candle losing glow
And who are you to know
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

Now you lock yourself inside
And you do your best to hide
On a roller coaster ride
You should’ve known
It wouldn’t last you

Somehow everything will
Somehow everything will
Be a little different than you thought
Somehow everything will
Somehow everything will
Be a little different than you thought

 

You’re The Beautiful One

There’s no kiss, no kiss I’d trade for you
There’s no kiss, no disciple I wouldn’t betray for you
You’re the beautiful one
Of course you knew
And the wind, it blew smoke circles around your eyes

I can’t teach you
I can’t tell you
I can’t know you
But I want to
I can’t sense you
I can’t move you
I can’t kill you
I can’t stop you
There’s no tailor making a four hundred dollar disguise (not this time)
Just an unhappy wind blowin’ smoke in your eyes

There’s no trust big enough for this room
And you know the certainty will be your doom
You’re the beautiful one
You can take that home at night
Turn your body to the sun
And soak up what you can this life, (this life), this life

There’s no backspace
There’s no comma
There’s no hyphen
There’s no ribbon
There’s no tab skips to the place where it writes out:
“All is forgiven”
There’s no accusation that comes as a big surprise (not this time)
Just an unhappy tire throwin’ dirt in my eyes

Funny how you can cure yourself
But what made you sick’s still there
Funny how you can detach yourself when you wanna show you care

You’re the beautiful one
You’re the beautiful one
You’re the one
You’re the one
You’re the one
You’re the one
You’re so far gone a distant planet is picking up your goodbyes on TV
What’s so beautiful about you is you didn’t have to explain it to me

 

Looking Lost

Don’t get too smart
Don’t react
Hide your knowledge
Fight the facts

Know your lesson
Stay intact
Forget the message from a simple mind
Save your back

Little puppies looking lost
Waiting for a train of thought
Never see the meaning free

No hard feelings
No more shame
This dopin’ sees us
An easy blame

Hopeless people
Profit pain

Keep it under like a simple mind
Keep it tame

Little puppies looking lost
Waiting for an avalanche
Never slow the endless snow

Little puppies looking lost
Waiting for an avalanche
Never slow the endless snow

Sons and daughters looking lost
Notice how they always laugh
But you never see them smile

 

Fall Apart With Me

Oooh, met you in the summer
In the summer wave
Oooh, but little have you come-a
Why’d you come my way

Let’s make a plan that lets us both win
And wear a shady grin
Let’s stay up late and let it all in
And watch how the others get lost

Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you
Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you

You hypnotized me through your skin
It’s where I wanna begin
You think like I do and that scares me

Oooh, waiting for the winter
Just to go away
Oooh, a dagger or a splinter
Was the price we pay

To fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you
Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you

Oooh, waited for the summer
But it never came
Oooh, waited to discover
What’s your summer name?

Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you
Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you
Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you
Fall apart with me
I’ll fall apart with you

 

Placebo

I’m just not sure
Of where to stand
But I don’t need to have a sense of judgement
I don’t need everything

If you don’t know
You never might
And you could try to have a sense of wonder
You could try anything
You could try anything

But if you think i’m gonna let it show
Well, it’s something we may never know
Placebo
Placebo
Placebo
Placebo

Inside myself
Words will not tell
I can’t stand it when the cupboard’s barren
And all my sweet saccharine
And all my sweet saccharine

But if you think i’m gonna let it show
Well, it’s something we may never know
Placebo
Placebo
Placebo
Placebo

 

Who To Blame

Blame it on false childhoods and false reason and false shame
Blame it on false travel, false explanation and false blame

But you don’t know who to blame
But you don’t know who to blame
Blame it on false blood, milking rivers from a corpse
Blame it on false tendons from the body of a horse, but —

You don’t know who to blame
No, you don’t know who to blame

And I’m not just here ’cause I believe you
I will make it so
Grasping rays like photographic paper, emanating glow

Blame it on false leather and false nectar and false weeds
Blame it on what you or I would never say we believe, but —

You don’t know who to blame
No, you don’t know who to blame

And I’m not just here ’cause I believe you
I will make it so
Grasping rays like photographic paper, emanating glow
And I’m not just ’cause we have to
Go inside at night
I will overrun you and settle
With military might

 

Start A Life

I don’t know why
I even try to be simple
When all I find
Is everything complicated

When I left home
I found the holes in my pockets
My parents smiled
They didn’t know I was frightened

Try to start a life
Try to make a point
Try to start a life, it’s harder than you think

As I shoved off
I took a good look behind me
My tether gone
A greater binding awaiting

Try to start a life
Try to make a point
Try to start a life, it’s harder than you think
Try to start a life
Try to make a point
Try to start a life
Thought I heard the shot
But I cannot tell
Think that I can run
But I cannot tell
Wish I had it made
But I cannot tell what I do not know

Still I press on
Into the ground I am keeping
With any luck
I hope to make an arrangement

Try to start a life
Try to make a point
Try to start a life, it’s harder than you think
Try to start a life
Try to make a point
Try to start a life, it’s harder than you think
Try to start a life
Try to start a life
Try to start a life
Try to start a life

 

Friendship Of The Future

Everyone sworn to protect us in a dreaming state now
All the nations sharing it, they are the dreaming states now

Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
Maybe ours is a friendship of the future

All the things that you hold dearly
Well they hardly help now
All your impulses unruly cannot be upheld now

Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
Is there a legal place for us to touch?
Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
A petal for the powerful to crush

In their halo I see a noose
Will they ever learn to be loose
We did nothing — is that the best we’re gonna do?

Zaires designed it but we implied it well before the fact now
Tell me when the next flesh wound is scheduled for impact now, well

Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
Maybe ours is a friendship of the future

All the carbon copy bodies in fields where they lay
Exercise your right to grieve before they take it, take it away
Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
Is there a legal place to push too much
Maybe ours is a friendship of the future
Is there a legal place for us to touch

Can we exercise our excuse?
Will they ever learn to be loose?
We did nothing — is that the best we’re gonna do?
We did nothing — is that the best we’re gonna do?

 

Grow

He closed his eyes
And was alone
He held his hand and felt it grow
He had become
A gyroscope
All wound inside and no control

And all the tiny tendrils
How they longed for reassurance
As the little boxed-in bushes
Pay the price of perseverance

A wasted day
Had come and gone
He searched his wrist for extra time
And finding none
To his remorse
He pulled the plug and left for good

He cracked a smile
And no one laughed
“I’m just an inside joke,” he thought
But who was he
To say his thing to anyone about this stupid selfish stuff?

And all the tiny tendrils
How they longed for reassurance
As the little boxed-in bushes
Pay the price of perseverance

He closed his eyes
And was afraid
He held his hand and felt it grow

 

Farewell Typewriter

Farewell, typewriter
Now you’ve gone away
Overdramatic and underfed
To visions unheard of in any bed
I checked my mailbox, but you weren’t inside
Would calling be trouble? i bet it would be
Please greet the angel with courtesy

Full color pictures of a black and white world
A slow dissolve as a new scene’s unfurled

I’m tired, so tired my jaw won’t move
Never providing a method to prove
That we love typewriter
More than she’ll know

Searching through cupboards to reprobate
The evil bestowed her when she was eight

No dollar signs in her asterisk face
Now just a hyphen, and i can’t replace

Farewell, typewriter
I love typewriter
More than he’ll know
Oooh, oooh

Who said that being in one place was dull?
I never answered when my arms were full

I’m never competing with history again
I’m never to write on typewriter, my friend

 

Every Bitter Drop

Behind, beneath, below a certain
Level of intoxication
Hidden like a joyful bundle
Prisoner of inebriation

If you had the chance
Would you realize
That every bitter drop
Is clouding up your eyes
And it’s clouding up your eyes

The motive come of sympathy
And portrait from the empathetic
More than just a head is aching
Now you are apologetic
Wouldn’t have the need to doubt you
If your trappings weren’t synthetic

And if you had the chance
Would you realize
That every bitter drop
Is clouding up your eyes
And if you stop to think
Would you be surprised
That it’s clouding up your eyes
And it’s raining from your skies

You’ll have to be the one
To let you know
What you already know
You’ll have to be the one
To let you know
To let you know

Don’t pretend the scapegoat’s heavy
I see little stacked against you
Don’t invent another venom
Self infliction will prevent you
By the time you get this message
Some poor notion might expect you

If you had the chance
Would you realize
That every bitter drop
Is clouding up your eyes
And if you stop to think
Would you be surprised
That every bitter drop
Is clouding up your eyes
And it’s raining from your skies
It’s clouding up your eyes
And it’s draining your supplies

 

Fall Song

It’s too nice to breathe
And I was feeling dirty
‘Til now
Now witness me silent
Now I’ve got over thirty
Good reasons to live
It’s too nice to breathe
No longer I’m embarrassed
To have lungs like these

In fall the sky is dark
As summer’s urges soon submerge
But beautiful to see
Is your reflection on me
Is your reflection on me

There’s a spark in the air
The oxygen is burning
But we are safe
Returning from work
You know the names of every streetlight
By your mother’s driveway
It’s too nice to breathe
I know you’re sick of the same skyline
And hate the evergreens

But someday they will fall
As their base is choked by frightening worms
Whose blind organs can see
Your reflection on me
Your reflection on me

It’s too nice to breathe
A glow is cast orange
On every single taxi
No one will ride
And when I am weary
The statue will ungrip me
And the leaves will die
It’s too nice to breathe
I’m freer than the living
If that’s what they’re called

Now it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe
it’s too nice to breathe