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Lyrics - Pretend You're Happy 

EVERYONE'S TIRED IN BOSTON 

Here is a shotglass now take off your pants 

or stand with us here by the coffeeshop.  
Yes you're invited but try not to speak
sit and look pretty and laugh at the jokes we tell 
strut like you mean it and go with the flow 
the world is a footnote to social grace 
it's all the same 
old empty game 

everyone's tired in boston and time moves on 
so i'll walk out in the sun through the streets 
feeling its breath on my skin 

where am i now 
where are my friends 

i'm gonna let myself live again 
i'm gonna let my blood flow again 
i'm gonna take in the world i've been hiding behind this bitter wall 

let go the pain 
let go the past

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EARTH 

i'll know how to give without contempt 
and be open without fear 
learn to rest inside another's eyes 
i'll know i'm home every time i breathe in 
when i make it to the other side of the earth 

all of the people there will be 
happy glowing safe and free 
every prison made a playground 
i'll know i'm home
every face that i see
when i make it to the other side of the earth 

all of my scars will melt away
as i give into the sun 
free from all my twisted memories 
i'll know i'm home as i float on the wind 
when i make it to the other side of the earth 

no more police and no more laws 
no more judges no more bombs
no more money no more politics 
i'll know i'm home
and i'll know home is me
when i make it to the other side of the earth 

WHERE DO THE CIRCLES ALL LEAD?

i dreamt i could fly so i left it all behind 
spread my wings lift off the ground 
up to the big blue sky over the houses 
and over the highways
all perfectly placed in a grid 
all of the poeple like ants on a mission
not knowing the world i can see 
speeding around in their shapes 
always looking ahead rushing past 
everyone.i thought who am i 
some strange ant up in the clouds 
looking down on stone and steel 
and lives of those like me 
moving in straight lines that end up in circles 
but where do the circles all lead 
all of the people pretending they're happy
not wanting to fall or to bleed 
or let others see all the pain and the fear underneath 
but it's in everyone so i cried for us 
cried my insides out of me 
and when it was gone i faced a void and i dove in 
i found a glow underneath all the sadness 
and that's the place i'd rather be 
why waste me flight in these tormented circles 
when i can be happy and free 
if i rest my head in the heart of this great mystery
swallowing everyone

PRETEND YOU'RE HAPPY MUST DIE
easy avarice the undertoe
they're dead in the gutter while the trumpets blow
and i see the scars and bullets in your eye
pretend you're happy
pretend you're happy
pretend you're happy must die
.


IF THERE'S NO LIGHT IN THIS WORLD

i used to dream that my screams could tear down walls 
or that i'd find something magical to overcome the misery 
that crushes from above into dust 

if there's no light in this world let's stand in the dark and build our own 

pointing the blame smashing bricks into my disbelieving face 
cynical songs of hypocrisy and unacknowledged pain and love 
that crushes from inside into mud 

if there's no light in this world let's stand in the dark and be our own


THE TOWN WHERE THE VISIONS FALL DOWN

walk into town and i hear the same sounds 
as i end up alone once again 
drowning in jokes of my friends 
curtains are drawn and the actors come on 
and the spectators cheer for the team 
hiding what's under the dream 

clear the oceans out as you scream your heart is open 
but it's only at the doorway and the bar 

known you for years let's go get thirty beers 
and then shotgun our fingers to spew 
that's what good friends like us do 
home is too hot but it's all that i've got 
to escape form the empty refrain
link after link on the chain

clear the oceans out as you scream your heart is open 
but it's only at the doorway and the bar 

walk into town and i hear the same sounds 
as i get in my car and i go 
leaving the ice and the snow 
leaving the town where the visions fall down 
and the hopes are shrugged off with a sneer 
nothing is left for me here

clear the oceans out as you scream your heart is open 
but it's only at the doorway and the bar
 


TEAR DOWN THE WALLS 

stick to standard protocol makeup makes no face at all 
rationed captions crouch and hide 
please say no one saw inside

tear down the walls and kick open the gate 
and set fire to the door where you're hiding and waiting 
for death to come slowly while you store your breath 
safely where no eyes can see


WHERE UTOPIA LIVES 

here's to the dreams and the promises who breathe despite it all 
when it comes down to it there's nothing to come down to at all 
soothing sounds of disillusion safe behind the iron wall 
scars and bullets worldly hopeless rest 
safe behind the iron wall 

friends and strangers us and them the good ones and the bad 
safe illusions distance kept with answers far outside 
you said goodbye to the womb 
when the doctors pulled out your head 
the world has got you now 

all or nothing truth or lies the bottom or the top 
frustrated familiar lines with answers far outside 
you said goodbye to the womb 
when the doctors pulled out your head 
the world has got you now

and i've never met infinity so she's no longer my judge 
and i've never met eternity 
so she's no longer my judge
and i've never met with certainty so she's no longer my judge

but i've met you and we're here now and that's where
 utopia lives

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