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buckpets lyrics: The Buck Pets - Mercurotones - tothequick - non-album tracks




tothequick

(1993)



living is the biggest thing

shave

walk it to the payphone

to the quick

nothing's ever gonna be alright again

the smiler with a knife

c'mon baby

crutch

rocket to you

carchase

worldwide smile

manatee

bargain* [CD only]




- lyrics 1993 songs of polygram international/gettin' weird with the music (bmi) -

*except bargain, by pete townshend. 1971 by track inc. music [bmi].


all songs by the buck pets:

chris savage - guitar, vocals;
andy thompson - guitar, vocals;
ian beach - bass;
ricky pearson - drums; with

jack irons - drums on rocket to you.



These are the lyrics as I hear them, slightly modified off the lyric sheet. Comments and corrections are welcome.



living is the biggest thing 2:51

i was up at eleven
in the bitter cold
now i'm drunk as the devil
and i'm going home


and walking down my street,
it occurs to me
you know that living
it's the biggest thing

and i don't waste my time
saying prayers to the past
you know that i just want
these good times to last


longer than they have
for as long as they can
and the stars begin turning
when we're together,
the stars move for us
we were making it right

now my ears are ringing
the rain pours in the sun
it just goes to show
somebody's always beating on someone


so, i thought a lot about
maybe checking out
you know that living
it's the biggest thing
yeah, i thought a lot about
maybe checking out
you know that living
it's the only thing.



shave 3:47

we are riders on a caffeine binge
in our good shoes and our messed up skin
breaking down and starting over again
moving forward against the sun

loaded head, empty hands
ready to go, and making it better


i saw the stars dancing in his eyes
and the blood beneath his face
feeling bitter and drunk with desire
he'd do anything to get a taste

a clean blade, plenty to gain
sharp and cold, ready to go

shave, cut you clean
shave, cut you clean


a desperate man, he turns his head from temptation
but money is power and greed is a seed
now he's got a garden growing in his head
and a vacuum where his soul used to be

shave, cut you clean
shave, cut you clean
shave, cut you clean
shave, cut you clean
shave . . . .



walk it to the payphone 2:19

gotta walk it to the payphone
wanna find out if you wanna go
you'll tell me yes or maybe even no
i let it ring
twice-
and turn and
go

said we'd meet again on sunday, but i
gotta check again anyway
leaves a lot of time for a call,
and a sense of arrangement
seems to be the key to it
all

look at what your closed soul has done to you
so fuckin' cold, your lips are blue
but really wasn't me bruising you

strange girls and stranger dreams
of broken glass and movie magazines
and yes i try to hide it nicely
just for you...
for you...
for you to see

so i walk it to the payphone
i wanna find out if you wanna go



to the quick 3:21

"everything's gonna be okay"
was the last thing
that he said that day
and i still believe it
so cut my losses, cut my hair
hold out you hand
and sometimes all you get
is cut to the quick

i try to do what's right
try to understand
and let the bitterness slip
like dirt through your hands
i know it's easy to complain
harder to fix, hard to explain
but if there's a point, would you get to it
and cut to the quick

to the quick!


if i could change anything
i'd change everything
if i could change anything
i'd change everything
if i could change anything . . .

[solo]

"everything's gonna be alright"
was the last thing
she ever said that night
i still wanna believe it
so i cut my losses, cut my hair
today is ours every minute
i just want to get -
get to the quick

to the quick!


if i could change anything,
i'd change everything
if i could change anything,
i'd change everything
too many years of doubt
ready to throw it out

if i could change anything . . . .

Note: Live, Andy sometimes said "twenty years of doubt" instead of "too many years of doubt."



nothing's ever gonna be alright again 4:05

early morning, and you're going to bed alone
with a head full of scenes that repeat and scream
and just won't go
dreaming- into smiling faces
you close your eyes and try to smile to yourself

try to smile

later in the evening, and you wake up
you're going nowhere,
don't even look at the door
thinking- over what you told me
sometimes it seems like i might just believe


nothing's ever gonna be alright again
nothing's ever gonna be all right
but it's ok

whatever you say

i always wanted you like, i still always do,
you know that you know
that's still true
you got what you wanted
you didn't want it,
anymore
so i'm still here on the floor,
believing


nothing's ever gonna be alright again
nothing's ever gonna be all right
and it's okay

nothing's ever gonna be alright again
nothing's ever gonna be all right
nothing's ever gonna be alright again
and it's ok



the smiler with a knife 5:00

people talk, all the time knowing nothing
but you're not at home,
so you must be doing something

can you pick him out
the smiler with a knife
moving closer now
the smiler with a knife


i walk the cold,
look for faith on the sidewalk sunday
and feel so old
but i'm too young for thinking that way (that way)

you won't pick him out
the smiler with a knife
you just can't sort him out
the smiler with a knife


so practice patience
know what you trust, and use it
just take the chance
try not to lose it use it

you won't pick him out
the smiler with a knife
moving closer now
the smiler with a knife
he's gonna take you out
the smiler with a knife



c'mon baby 3:31

you spend most of your time
walking backwards in front of me
spitting out senseless words
like a little baby
so let go of my hands
stand up and take a look outside
don't you think it's time
to start living our lives

and baby if you could, would you
open your soul bare into the world
maybe even pass it around
when the sun goes down


are you happy
with everything that you've got
would you still be
happy
with nothing at all

yes i'm happy
with everything that i have
i will be
happy

we're ready for a new thing
c'mon baby, can't you feel it starting to swing?
you're alive, but are you living?



crutch 5:14

all that you can say is that you don't know
and i don't even have to tell you i don't
she's talking like an article in cosmopolitan
solutions in black and white

if it's so simple, why
are you so angry?

i walk across the ice until i watched it break
then i sunk on down into your frozen lake

well you just left me cold,
and i'm still freezing

i should have been the one to make you realize
the sun doesn't disappear every time you close your eyes
but the flesh gets weak, the spirit leans just a bit too much
now it seems everybody is looking for a crutch


[spoken third verse]

there was a time when we both stood on our own two feet
now she fakes a smile for everyone she meets
now it seems you give it all away for half as much
now it seems everybody,
everybody's got a crutch



rocket to you 3:58

there's a phantom feeling going down in my room
i wake up haunted
alone and blue
and all this time that i've been killing-
you know it's almost killing me

you can catch depression through the telephone
a lonesome line that stretches
across seventeen area codes
and it would be so nice to see you
well, at least for a minute or two

the colors around me start to run and bleed
when i want to
rocket to you


don't suffer yourself because i'm far away
with every day that goes by,
that's one more less to wait
so if you can, please try to smile-
i'll keep trying too

but when the sun falls out of the sky
where are you tonight?
i close my eyes...
and hold on tight
countdown to go
straight on through...
and rocket to you



carchase :30

[instrumental]

[Note: They usually played an extended version of this song live]



worldwide smile 2:52

never wanted these hard feelings
you sitting alone inside your room
and i could be anywhere
sitting in my room-
alone too

never wanted to say goodbye
y'know i only wanted to see you
smile worldwide


and it feels so good when we get it together
just like the sun without pain

[solo]

so where is the lesson in this
separation
wearing me out just standing around

oooh, yeah, she's all moonlight,
and i'm stuck dreaming all day about it
familiar chills when she comes near


and god is gonna shed his grace
but i'd give it all away to put that look on your face
now i need another pain killer
some kind of mental filler, pure eternal hope
i never wanted to say goodbye
i only wanted to see you smile worldwide



manatee 2:35

just stand and watch her wave
across the field, with a friend
her name is like second and seven
i think it started with an m

[Note: This song became a much longer jam live. I don't remember any extra lyrics, though.]



bargain 4:55

[written by pete townshend. published by track inc. music [bmi].
Lyrics will be here ???.]