Big Science (1980? 1982) Album

FROM THE AIR

Good evening
This is your Captain
We are about to attempt a crash landing
Please extinguish all cigarettes
Place your tray tables in their
upright, locked position
Your Captain says
Put your head on your kness
Captain says
Put your head in your hands
Captain says
Put your hands on your head put your hands on your hips, he he
This is your Captain
We are going down
We are all going down together
And I said uh-oh
This is gonna be some day
Stand by

This is the time
And this is the record of the time
This is the time
And this is the record of the time

Uh, this is your Captain again
You know, I've got this funny feeling I've seen this all before
Why? Cause I'm a caveman
Why? Cause I've got eyes in the back of my head
Why? It's the heat
Stand by
This is the time
And this is the record of the time
This is the time
And this is the record of the time
Put your hands over your eyes
Jump out of the plane
There is no pilot
You are not alone
Stand by

This is the time
And this is the record of the time
This is the time
And this is the record of the time

O SUPERMAN

(This song begins with Laurie's vocoded voice providing the tempo, it is made to sound like a heartbeat. The vocals are also vocoded. Various samples punctuate the song, and a low bass line comes in after she says, "so hold me mom..." This can be an intense song.)

O superman
O judge
O mom and dad
Mom and Dad
O superman
O judge!
O mom and dad
Mom and dad
Hi! I'm not home right now, but if you want to leave a message, just start talking at the sound of the tone

Hello? This is your mother.
Are you there? Are you coming home?
Hello? Is anybody home?

Well you don't know me
But I know you
And I've got a message to give you
Here come the planes

So you better get ready
Ready to go
You can come as you are
But pay as you go
Pay as you go

And I said Okay, who is this really?
And the voice said,
This is the hand
The hand that takes
This is the hand
The hand that takes
Here come the planes

They're American planes! Made in America!
Smoking, or non-smoking?

And the voice said
Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Gloom Of Night Shall Stay These Couriers From Swift Completion Of Their Appointed Rounds

[Note: This is inscribed above the columns and stairs of a huge post office in Manhattan- USPS motto?]

Cause when Love is gone
There's always Justice
And when justice is gone
There's always Force
And when force is gone
There's always Mom
Hi mom!

So hold me Mom
In your long arms
So hold me Mom
In your long arms
In your automatic arms
Your electronic Arms
In Your Arms
So hold me mom
In your long arms
Your petrochemical arms
Your military arms
In your electronic arms

Life on a String album, 2001

SLIP AWAY

What's this? A little dust in my eye
Well I'm not the type to cry
It's four a.m. I'm standing by the bed where you lie
Sleeping the sleep of the newborn
I put my finger to your lips. Warm air
Five a.m. You lift your hand and open it
Then you slipped away. You slipped away
Oh death that creep that crooked jerk...
He comes, he comes walking. He comes sneaking
down that long irreversible hallway
Grabs you in your sleep

I walk outside to the parking lot. Bright coins of
water on the sidewalk
Big white building where your body lies
Stands in the middle of the fields. Icy air
And after all the shocks the way the heart unlocks

And ooo we slip away. We slip away

I'm thinking about the way that lost things always come back
looking like something else
A fishing pole, a shoe, an old shirt, a lucky day
Ooo then they slip away into the remains of the day
Ooo they slip away. They slip away

I'm thinking about how you taught me how to win
and how to lose
And how to fight the crippling blues that I was born with
Bad dreams and nightmares
Ooo they slip away. Ooo they slip away into the
remains of the day

I know that sometime I'll stopping looking for you
Stop seeing your face every day
Bad dreams and nightmares and big bad wolves
Ooo they slip away into the remains of the day
Ooo they slip away into the remains of the day
They slip away

You told me you had no idea how to die but I saw
the way the light left your eyes
And after all the shocks the way the heart unlocks
And oo then you slipped away. You slipped away

BROKEN

You say: Where have you been?
I say: Nowhere
You say: There, you're doin' it again
You know I can't keep, I can't keep,
I can't keep doin' this

I wanted our life to be so sweet
To live in harmony
But there are so many things
You just don't want to hear anymore from me
You know I can't keep, I can't keep,
I can't keep doin' this

Where did it go, the heat?
I can't keep doin' this

I wanted to tell you so many things
But I lost my voice somewhere along the way
I think to myself where did it go?
Maybe it lives somewhere
Outside the city and it's waiting there for me
And all I have to do is say the word
And it will come back to me, it will come back to me
But I can't even recall
How to ask for something as big as that

You say: What are you thinking now?
I say: Nothing
You say: There, you're doin' it again
How did you get to be my conscience?
You know I can't keep, I can't keep
I can't keep doin' this

Where did it go, the heat?

Silence can be a beautiful thing
But only when it can be broken with a kind word with a soft word
With a word
Our love unspoken
Our love lies broken

STATUE OF LIBERTY

Moon rises and sets in the real world
Islands and hurricanes
Wind blows in from Jersey
It floats across the bay into the open ocean
It's a good day to run away

Freedom is a scary thing
Not many people really want it

Me, I keep my distance
I'm always leaving. That's just my way
Cool water
Now you're just another speck on the horizon
Just another speck on the sea
Cool water, cool me

Statue of Libety stands in the harbor
Holding her torch
Hello, goodbye to all the men and women
Who pass through her port
Into the open ocean
Now you're just another speck on the horizon
Just another speck on the sea
Cool water, cool me

Freedom is a scary thing
Not many people really want it

ONE BEAUTIFUL EVENING

One beautiful evening in the Garden of Eden
A snake came walking in the twilight
He was leaning on his ivory cane
And he said, let me tell you a littel secret about life
There's a certain sharpness to a knife or diamond
Come here. Watch it glitter

Oh it's another blue day in a nowhere place
We're singin' hey hey nonny nay

I'm a little teapot short and stout
Tip me over pour me out

You know when the Egyptians built their steam
trains they didn't have any fuel to burn- no wood,
no trees anywhere. But what they did have a lot of was old mummy rags lying around. So they gathered up all the rags and they burned them in their trains. Yeah, they burned their ancestors for fuel.

Ooo I'm a crocodile floating down the river
I'm a tree catching my own oranges as they fall
from my hand

I'm a little teapot short and stout
Tip me over pour me out

And hello to all the people who sent me on the way
A pat on the back. Have fun, it's your moment now
It's your turn to walk along the runway road
And me? I sent my better self on ahead.
Your attention, please

It's like at the end of the play and all the actors
come out and they line up and they look at you...
and horrible things have happened to them during
the play and they stand there while you clap and
now what? What happens next? And the fire dies
and there were furious winds where we went.

We're singin' hey hey nonny nay
We're singin' hey hey nonny nay
It's another blue day in a nowhere place
We're singin' hey hey nonny nay

I'm a little teapot short and stout
Tip me over pour me out

Oh beauty in all its forms. Funny how hatred can
also be a beautiful thing.
When it's sharp as a knife. As hard as a diamond. Perfect.