STAGES: THE LOST ALBUM / BE TRUE TO YOU

Baby I'm Lonesome (Eric Andersen)    [Albums: Stages, So Much on My Mind, Riding on the Blinds, One More Shot (Molde bonus disc)]

Baby I'm lonesome I'm here I ain't going anywhere
Couldn't you show some
Some of the love that we shared
Like you did when I knew you still cared

You say there've  been others who
Made you feel better than me
But I'd rather lose you
Than lose your feeling for me

Baby I'm lonesome I'm here I ain't going anywhere
Couldn't you show some
Some of the love that we shared
Like you did when I knew you still cared

Please don't be mad
I'm tired oh sad I'm just blue
Just when you turn away
It's so hard to say I love you

Baby I'm lonesome I'm here I ain't going anywhere
Couldn't you show some
Some of the love that we shared
Like you did when I knew you still cared

You say for a while
You'd rather be free than be mine
But I turn to stone
Like a mountain alone
If I just could get you off my mind

Baby I'm lonesome I'm here I ain't going anywhere
Couldn't you show some
Some of the love that we shared
Like you did when I knew you still cared

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Moonchild river song  (Eric Andersen)    [Albums: Be True To You, Collection, The Best Songs, Stages, So Much on My Mind, Selected Songs]

Take the quiet like a river, like the silver streams that sing for you.
Love will make it better and I'm sorry that you saw me blue.
I'll tell you of the sunrise on a Texas plain so long ago.
I looked into your sad eyes and I couldn't say I loved you, so.

But I love you like the mountains, I love you like the sea.
I love you like this highway, that always comes for me.
I love you like the forest, the quiet of the trees,
I love you darling, like a river now that runs deep in me.

Oh, lonesome in a valley long ago you said you had a home,
Your lover, he went his way, now love has finally come and gone;
But love must find the answer in the Good Book, that's what I read.
Soon the moon will rise in Cancer, so stay and gently make my bed.

For I love you like the mountains, I love you like the sea;
I love you like this highway, that always come from me.
I love you like the ocean, the quiet of the breeze,
I love you, darling, like a river now that runs deep in me.

After we have waited and that old highway won't steal my song.
Together we'll lie naked, together we will catch the dawn.
You will see my devils, I will see your darkness, too,
And when the light has settled, I will sing this song to you.

Repeat 1st verse.

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Can't get you out of my life   (Eric Andersen)     [Albums: Be True To You, single--Can't get you out of my life, Retrospective, Stages]

Oh, baby, I miss you so, where did love go, baby,
On, no, was it just some foolish pride?
You tried so hard to tell me, but a fool can't see the light.
All the others showed me was that you were really right,
'Cause it's you who makes me feel just right,

And I can't get you out of my life.
On, no, can't get you out of my life.

When I look around me, only brings me down.
No one really making it these days.
You can't try and find it, there ain't that much around.
Love is one thing that I know that you can't replace,
'Cause it's you who makes me feel just right,

And I can't get you out of my life.
On, no, can't get you out of my life.

Other girls, they look like you, they don't know my soul.
They help me take away the blues I've known.
I thought independence would get me on my feet again.
Now loneliness is the only thing I can call my own.
I'm just a man alone.

Oh, baby, I miss you so, where did love go, baby,
On, no, was it just some foolish pride?
You tried so hard to tell me, but a fool can't see the light.
All the others showed me was that you were out of sight,
'Cause it's you who makes me feel just right,

And I can't get you out of my life.
On, no, can't get you out of my life.

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Woman, she was gentle  (Eric Andersen)     [Albums: Be True To You, Collection, Stages, So Much on My Mind, The Cologne Concert]

Woman, she was gentle, she took me for awhile;
When my soul was beaten, she held it like a child.
Once there as another, she looked so much like you;
She never could received these things that I'm telling you.

La la la la la la la la

She claimed she was the woman who knew the life I craved;
Some would call her a savior while some would call her a slave.
Her devotion, it betrayed me, always broke my thoughts,
She stabbed me with the silence and I bled and called it love.

La la la ...

But I was born a sailor with a sailor's lonely life;
She said the sea it frightened her, she couldn't be the sailor's wife.
She said our love was sacred, I agreed it was blessed;
While underneath we really knew neither one could be possessed.

La la la ...

Now even you my love have come to expect too much;
You should see you cannot reach for what you cannot touch.
So I will wander through your wounds lookng for an honest scar,
To teach me how to sing this song, now I will sing it well

La la la ...

Woman, she was gentle, she took me for awhile;
When my soul was beaten, she held it like a child.
Like a child, la la la la la la.

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Time run like a freight train   (Eric Andersen)    [Albums: Be True To You, Collection, The Best Songs, Stages, So Much on My Mind, The Cologne Concert, Selected Songs]

Outside the rain is falling, the doorways all are filled
With all whose lives just move so slow, leaving only space to fill
Oh, the rain is making patterns now on my windowsill
Of those who never asked to die and were too afraid to kill.

Chorus:
   Time run like a freight train, won't you take me down the line;
   There's so much much I can never say of the ruins left behind.
   Oh, my pockets they are empty, there's so much on my mind.
   Time run like a freight train, and take me down the line.

Pamela was anxious I kept her waiting long.
She asked me for a symphony, I only gave her songs,
But I'm weary of these petty wars, I long for perfect sin;
When gravity was my lover and silence was my friend.

Chorus

But Lila does not care for chains, prefering wind to stone;
Her hungry thighs they sing for me, her mouth moves like a poem.
We've loved in green desire's light so careful not to bruise,
All the secrets we so finely spun, knowing neither likes to lose.

Chorus

So gather all your shattered mirrors, I'll take them willingly
To the peddlers and the auction men who will trade them all for dreams,
For there's nothing left but mercy now for you the one-armed thief;
The poet who pawned his mystery in turn for some relief.

Chorus

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It's been a long time  (Eric Andersen)   [Albums: Stages]

It's been a long time
since we shared ourselves
the way we did
before love went away

What's yours is still mine
and all I felt
I must admit
is still with me today

How can we trust in it
when tomorrow seems to be so far away
it seems so distant
and sorrows always seem to get so far inside our way

Hey, hey, hey what do your dreams bring
I can't say what they mean anymore

It's been a long time
since we've had the time
to be ourselves
like we were together
now is it just rhymes
to describe the things inside
that still really matter

How can we trust in it
when tomorrow seems to be so far away
it seems so distant
and sorrows always seem to get so far inside our way

Hey, hey, hey what do your dreams bring
I can't say what they mean anymore

Have they changed
do they make you more afraid

Hey, hey, hey what do your dreams bring
I can't say what they mean anymore

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Be true to you  (Eric Andersen)    [Albums: Be True To You, single--Be True To You, Collection, The Best Songs, So Much on My Mind, Stages]

I've heard it said you'll never be content
Til you find somebody who will stay by you
For real love's hard to find sometimes like life
It'll come and it'll go by you.

I ain't trying that same old line
You're always hearing from time to time,
Of lonliness and of a love that'll always be true.
All I'm saying we're both alive, must survive,
It's alright if yo're into something new.

You be true to you,
true to you baby.

I believe that sometimes
Everybody's gotta have somebody who will hold 'em tight,
For love ain't always perfect, there are natura; times to feel
You know there are lonely nights.

So I don't mind if you find another guy to ease your mind
Cause sometimes it feel so good when love is new
All I ask is be yourself, free yourself
Love yourself when no one else will do.
You be true to you.

True to you baby, true to you baby, true to you

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I love to sing my ballad, mama (but they only wanna hear me rock and roll)  (Eric Andersen)     [Albums: Stages]

Thirty thousand feet travelling all alone,
My face is somewhat buried in a book of poems.
Oh, mama, I'm so far from home.

I love to sing my ballad, mama, but they only wanna hear me rock and roll.

They promised me a rainbow and a pot of gold.
They fixed me in a limo and I signed away me soul.
Oh, mama, it's the dumbest story ever told.

I love to sing my ballad, mama, but they only wanna hear me rock and roll.

Now it's velvet bans, one-nite stands,
They line up in a row.
Fancy meals, high class deals,
You're the one they want to know.
They say it's the only way to go.
Oh, mama, can I take much more.

I love to sing my ballad, mama, but they only wanna hear me rock and roll.

Well I think I'm gonna be just like a rolling stone,
Rollin', rollin', rollin' from now on.
Oh, mama, my head just turned to solid gold.

I love to sing my ballad, mama, but they only wanna hear me rock and roll.
I love to sing my ballad, mama, but they only wanna hear me rock and roll.

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Dream to Rimbaud  (Eric Andersen)     [Albums: Stages]

I was dreaming that I looked so pale
Dying was easy, hear the blackness wail
I was sailing without a sail
If you think that I cry alot
It's true, sometimes I cannot stop
Must be I got something you ain't got

You look so lovely sometimes
Like children out on the dawn of time
I just fell back into my mind

Words I've read, yes I've lived them all
Seasons of sorrow I was lost and small
I'll know your voice well before I hear you call
There are mysteries we don't know
Angels may follow you where you go
Don't ask why just fall into the flow   flow

We look so lovely sometimes
Like children out in the dawn of time
I just fell back into my mind

There are promises we must keep
Morning mist, it's so hard to sleep
Silence is, it's so hard to speak
Hush now baby, don't you cry
Time I know it is rushing by
Don't you know child, you was born to die
Born to die  born to die

We look so lovely sometimes
Like children out in the dawn of time
Forgive me   forgive me
I just fell back into my mind   my mind

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Make it Last (Angel in the wind)   (Eric Andersen)     [Albums: Stages]

It's 2 am and pitch black
And I've got so far to go
My hands are hangin' from the wheel
But my mind it only roams
The sun went down behind the hills
And the miles are draggin' past
This highway rolls forever
But I'm comin' home at last

Refrain:
   Make it last
   I want to feel the mornin' come
   Make it last
   I want to see the mornin' sun
   I want to fly
   Like an angel in the wind
   Make it last
   'til I'm in your arms again

By the highway is a diamond
Glowin' in the night
All along the dark horizon
First sign and crack of light
Up the road I see a hotel
Better pull in off the line
Tomorrow seems forever
But I'll make it home on time

Refrain.

Ridin' 'neath the shotgun moon
The clouds watch from above
The things we do to keep this life
The things we do for love
The chain they call the highway
Can nail you like a stone
What I wouldn't do to have one hour
To be with you alone

Refrain.

Up ahead I see a woman
I can see her silhouette
It's 4 am, the lights are out
I can see the empty bed
She's starin' out the window
She puts out a cigarette
The night rolls on forever
Like the prairies in the West

Refrain.

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Lie with me  (Eric Andersen)    [Albums: Stages, Riding on the Blinds, One More Shot (Molde bonus disc)]  [Comparison of the lyrics on different albums.]

Chorus:
   So lie with me and be my love just for now
   Stay with me all through the night
   Be as close to me as you can be
   Til morning sets you free
   (Once) again

When you saw me I was broken,
I was scattered in the dust
Like the way you feel sometimes,
when you feel too much
You put your hands around my face
like a circle 'round the sun
When I thought that it was finished
it had only just begun

Chorus

You shine across the morning
as I turn to face the east
You told me how to give away
things never meant to keep
Your love is rolling like a wave
that breaks right over me
One hand can hold the ocean
but will never stop the sea

Chorus

Your skin it looks so golden
standing naked in the sun
Your soul it feels so holy
as close as the earth can come
A wave can cut a stone to sand
and the wind can break your bones
I'm wondering how you're doing now
when you are alone

Chorus

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Soul of my song  (Words by Ole Paus. Translation into English by EA and Willie Nile. Music by Jonas Fjeld.)

Here is a song for one who's the fire in my soul
The one who saw so many faces, who healed and made them whole
She who let me in when I stood outside the door
Who is waiting when I come, who follows when I go

She's the one I hear
Knocking at my door
She's the one who came to me
The one who gave me more

More than love, more than light
More than starts burning up my night
More than sun, more than sea
More than heart burning inside of me
More than time that flows along
Here is my song

She's in the morning light, my evening, and my dark
Who's here when I'm far away, she travels through my heart
My fire beneath my skin, the deep nerve of my soul
She's the promise of my night, she's the colors in the dawn

She's the one I hear
She's the one I see
She's the one who came alone
The one who gave to me

More than love, more than light
More than starts burning up my night
More than sun, more than sea
More than heart beating inside of me
More than time that flows along
Here is my song

She's the one I hear
She's the one I see
She's the one who showed me
More than I believe

More than love, more than light, etc... (2nd chorus)

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Ol' 55  (Tom Waits)   [Albums: Be True to You, single--Canít get you out of my life, Retrospective, Collection]

Well my time went so quickly
I went lickety-splitly out to my old '55
As I drove away slowly feeling so holy
God knows, I was feeling alive.

Chorus:
   Now the sun's coming up
   I'm riding with Lady Luck
   freeways, cars, and trucks
   Stars beginning to fade
   and I lead the parade
   Just a-wishing I'd stayed a little longer
   Lord, donít ya know
   the feeling's getting stronger.

Six in the morning
gave me no warning
I had to be on my way
Now the cars are all passing me
The trucks are all flashing me
I headed home from your place.

Chorus

Well my time went so quickly
I went lickety-splitly out to my old '55
As I drove away slowly feeling so holy
God knows, I was feeling alive.

Now the sun's coming up
I'm riding with Lady Luck
freeway cars and trucks
freeway cars and trucks...

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Liza, Light the Candle  (Eric Andersen)   [Albums: Be True to You, Retrospective, Collection]

Oh it gets so weary mama, ridin' on the midnight line
Sometimes I think I see so much I sense I'm losin' sight
Liza, take me slowly from the darkness to the morning
'Cause I wish those times I'd been born deaf, dumb, and blind.

Chorus:
Oh, Liza, bring your candle light
There's somethin' that I'm lackin'
And I just ain't seein' right
Lovers they make promises, but lovers they tell lies
Don't you know that I need a freind 'til the nighttime end
So Liza, sweet Liza, light the candle
Won't you stay with me tonight?

Some days I'm a sunny boy, and I'm happy as a lark
Other times I'm driven to the darkness
and I just can't seem to find a spark
I almost feel like sailin' to an island... to a stranger
I could blame it on the blues...

For I swear I lost my heart.

Chorus

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Love is just a game   (Eric Andersen)   [Albums: Be True to You, So Much on My Mind, Collection]

Love is just a game
A game that I have played
To make believe there's something more in store
But somewhere in the end, I see that I've failed again
I can't see the shoreline from the shore
(I just can't make it)
I'll find a way back to the door.

Chorus:
Is there any doubt or wonder
Nothing really lasts forever
That you need a brand new lover now
Who will hold you like no other one...
Like all those times I felt like crying
Now I almost feel like laughing
'Cause ain't it sweet
Like a brand-new leaf
Ain't it sweet... It only took a little understanding...

It's hard to be alone sometimes
I'm scared to even phone a friend
'Cause everyone's heard the same old shit before.
I've tried to show the world I'm strong
But really I know all along
I can't see the sunshine anymore.
I'll find a way back to the door.

Chorus

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All songs by Eric Andersen except where noted.
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Last revised: June 2011.