Lyrics:

Back on Earth

(Valentine Smith)

 

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Dress You Up

I got my mail today

It was engraved from someplace far away

It said they’d love to dress you up

As far as I can see

What you wore was more than fine with me

Still, they want to dress you up

 

It’s all they’ll ever ask

Some event to mark the time that’s passed

But that could never be enough

What did they promise you?

A pretty ring to prove you’re gone for good

They shined it up and called it love

 

Some things you’ll always have

They’ll take a photograph

But I’ll remember who you used to be

 

They changed your name today

Booked a hall and hired a band to play

And all they did was dress you up

 

They’ll dress you up

Then they’ll have to throw a party

They’ll dress you up

Then I guess we’ll both be sorry

They’ll dress you up

Then they’ll have to throw a party

They’ll dress you up

And I won’t even recognize you

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

Katie’s A No-Show

She signs all her letters with X’s and O’s

Three hugs and a kiss and she laughs when it’s over

She sends out her heart into places unknown

The pieces are sealed in small envelopes

Saving the best parts for someone who asks

Smoothing the rough spots right out of her past

Katie’s a no-show

Ask anyone who knows

That girl you see isn’t real

No doubt about it

She slipped out a while ago

Maybe she just disappeared

 

She says it was time to stop being a child

I’m looking for clues at the scene of the crime

Who’s that imposter who’s using her name

Making me think that they’ve stashed her away

Katie’s a no-show

Ask anyone who knows

That girl you see isn’t real

No doubt about it

She slipped out a while ago

Maybe she just disappeared

 

Mmmm she’s never on time

Tell her I’m waiting for some kind of sign

Is this her own way of saying goodbye?

Katie’s a no-show

Ask anyone who knows

That girl you see isn’t real

No doubt about it

She slipped out a while ago

Maybe she just disappeared

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

 

Private Downtown

While your guests were getting older

I found my place to stand

All your records sounded broken

You asked me to dance

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

You were safe and sound

Safe and sound

In your private downtown

 

Your foreign films just make me nervous

But you still love to go

Nothing ever comes between us

We’ve got our video

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

You were safe and sound

Safe and sound

In your private downtown

 

Where a simple hello always sounds like goodbye

It’s more of a cell than a pure state of mind

Downtown

I was a little too lonely, a little too scared

To forget all my troubles, forget all my cares

Downtown

Way downtown

 

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

I was wrong, I was wrong, I was wrong

You were safe and sound

Safe and sound

In your private downtown

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

 

Disappointing Mary

I saw her yesterday

She took my hand and tried to lead the way

Talkin’ ’bout her dreams

And all of us who stood in between

Calling my name

I’ll take your blame

’Cause to shame us all is all you really need

 

Wish she had the time

For all her distant Valentines

Takes the time to pray

But I’m number ten on her list today

Stand up your cross

Then count your costs

Won’t you kneel on down and stand one up for me?

 

We’re all disappointing Mary

While she’s trying to save the world

We’re all disappointing Mary

And we don’t know what she’s crying for

Or what she’s trying for

I bet she wouldn’t die for me

 

Put me to the test

I looked for answers but was forced to guess

She found me with the weak

Just counting promises she couldn’t keep

Take what you find

Then leave what’s mine

When it’s said and done there was nothing there for me

 

We’re all disappointing Mary

While she’s trying to save the world

We’re all disappointing Mary

And we don’t know what she’s crying for

Or what she’s trying for

I bet she wouldn’t die for me

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

 

Back On Earth

I wish I only had the time

To sit and watch all the clouds in your sky

As they drift and they float all around

I heard you’ve been talkin’ ’bout the rain

Yeah, it’s the same story day after day

But still I hope and I pray

That it will change

Well these stories of mine won’t take up your time, oh no

It’s so sad and so true I’ll still waste them on you

Before I’m through

 

Tonight I won’t end my life

I will stick a knife in that memory of you

I’ve met all your heroes and stood in their shadows

And found out just what that’s worth

Back on earth

 

Weren’t you at the OK corral?

Yeah, you’re the one who stood so tall and so proud

I knew that we’d met once before

How’s it going in these gunslinging times?

Do you ever think it’s just your gunslinging mind?

Draw your pistols

Shoot your problems

To the wind

 

Just don’t point that thing at me

That’s all that you need

To keep it short and sweet

 

Tonight I won’t end my life

I will stick a knife in that memory of you

I’ve met all your heroes and stood in their shadows

And found out just what that’s worth

Back on earth

 

Back on earth

I saw you look away

Back on earth

Don’t it break your heart to stay?

Back on earth

Caught you working on your dream

Back on earth

To try and leave your little scene

Back on earth

Where you walk without a sound ’cause your feet won’t touch the ground

Back on earth

Out in a place you’ve never known it’s getting hard to be alone

Back on earth . . .

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

 

Nelson G.

Dear Nelson G.,

Could you say a prayer for me?

How far is this sleep

Gonna take you?

This world’s not so mean

It just has a fast pace to keep

It can’t touch and it can’t feel

What it can’t see

Like in the movies

I’ll forget you in time

You’re just a friend of a friend of a friend of mine

And all good Marines must die

Nelson G.

 

by Bill McGarvey and Stephen Dima

From the Valentine Smith EP, Back on Earth

© 1994 Billy Liar Music, BMI

 

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