Big White Lies

by Chris von Sneidern

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released September 27, 1994

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Chris von Sneidern San Francisco, California

Chris von Sneidern (CvS) is a San Francisco-based singer/songwriter and recording artist with thirteen critically acclaimed, self-produced albums. CvS has entertained audiences with his music in Japan, Spain, and throughout the UK and USA. He owns and operates a commercial recording studio in San Francisco. ... more

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Track Name: Without A Prayer - Mindreader
Now, what is your life, is living everything you wanted tonight?
Hey, when will the time of living foolishly be same as
seriously shameful waste of your time
Wondering what to do with all these prayers

Mindreader C. von Sneidern

A mindreader you see me clearer than I see
people that come to me as friends
Come to knock on my door, step light on the bell
and then they're inside taking my life time taking up space
and my patience, what do you want from me?

Mindreader tell me what I fear to feel and why
Hey Mindreader let me see the scene behind the lie

Can I take something you have, bring it back in a
weak friendship to lean upon, don't you think
that I could tell 'em like that, instead of
pleasing them all in spite of me
stuck there on the phone, struck out on excuses
getting used to their abuses

Mindreader tell me what I fear to feel and why
Hey Mindreader let me see the scene behind the lie

How did you know how this would feel
Giving away my right to be real
and now that I know the part of the deal that tells me no
I want to try to take you out of here with me

If all the world is a fake, lies leading the truth
How do I know it's not the same with you?
Give me some kind of sign, something where I can find
the peace of mind games filling my head still I want to
trust you, maybe it comes in time

Mindreader tell me what I fear to feel and why
Hey Mindreader let me see the scene behind the lie

Mindreader tell me what I fear to feel and why
Hey Mindreader let me see the scene behind the lie
Track Name: On My Hands
ON MY HANDS C. von Sneidern


Never got along with anyone
Long enough to get past argument one
She'd have a word to say when I got away
In time to tell the birds I'll meet on the way
Yes, on my way I would be
I love you if you make love to me

How will you go on when everyone is gone
I'm doing fine and I see a light on my line
How do you get by, You're living out a lie
Can't tell you now I got too much time on my hands

History should tell me how to be
Forty-five looks much like thirty-three
Never got straight on trying something new
So I go on and tell the tired story too
This is the way I will be
I love her while you make love to me

How will you go on when everyone is gone
I'm doing fine, don't try to pay me no mind
How do you get by, You're living out a lie
Can't tell you now I got too much blood on my hands

So don't give me your grief
Don't say I stole your heart
Don't speak to me again, I believe in easing the pain
Don't speak truth to me again

You'll have a word to say for our separate days
In time to tell the birds I'll meet on the way
And on their way they will be
Lover takes love and makes more than me

How do you go on when everyone is gone
I'm doing fine shine a light in my eye
How will you get by, still living out a lie
Can't tell you how I got so much time on my hands
Can't tell you how I live myself, understand?
Can't find the truth we demand.
Track Name: Hard Again
HARD AGAIN C. von Sneidern

Wasn't it easier for you then, and didn't it feel like someone cared
when trouble fell upon your head and lately no one seems to see
how times are getting

Hard again I don't see how
Hard again it will work out
Hard again hard to think about a different feeling

I saw you in a dark place
Hiding from any reminder of better days I knew you looking well
I'm sorry to see you falling
Times are

Hard again I don't see how
Hard again it will work out
Hard again hard to think about a different feeling

I'll say I'm harder than you, say you're harder than me
I guess I'm learning to play you are starting to see
Draw me a heart with an outline of how it should be

I found out all the hard ways
Goodness it comes to you only one day
You will feel it back again
Trade it with me and see how times are

Hard again I don't see how
Hard again it will work out
Hard again hard to think about a different feeling
Track Name: Big White Lies
BIG WHITE LIES C. von Sneidern

Somebody asked me if the sun was really shining
and if it's different if I stand next to you
If you can stand in the sun
Listen and worship the sun

Of course I can't explain the force of the sea
A poisoned power with a will to be free
Yet it prays up and down to the sun
While you sway up and down like the moon

Fool my eyes with illusion
Set the clock with my hands
tied to my head in the sand

Big White Lies in the sunny skies (Big White Lies, White Lies)
Darkness surrounding my head (Round my head)
I'm alright when I'm in the light (I'm alright, all right)
Black on white brings truer sight ahead (I'm ahead)

The talk I make encounters trouble every minute
The story doesn't move as fast as before
the pitch impossible I see and won't admit it
The underground is shaking down to the core
and I won't crawl into the earth
Just burn me up with the earth

Big White Lies in the sunny skies (Big White Lies, White Lies)
Darkness surrounding my head (Round my head)
I'm alright when I'm in the light (I'm alright, all right)
Black on white brings truer sight ahead (I'm ahead)

I'm bowing down and bowing the strings of disgrace and delight
I break the silence and bring the daybreak back to the light

I'm warming up to thoughts I never thought I'd dream of
Somebody asked me if this house is on fire
You can't start the fire in my room
Until you lasso the moon
Fool the crowd with confusion, promising a dock to the Land
Dying with the Head of command

Big White Lies in the sunny skies (Big White Lies, White Lies)
Darkness surrounding my head (Round my head)
I'm alright when I'm in the light (I'm alright, all right)
Black on white brings truer sight ahead (I'm ahead)
Track Name: Dream Away
DREAM AWAY C. von Sneidern

Have you ever been too aware of thoughts along the nightmare
Got a ticket all the way upstairs you get off before it gets there
At the top, windows in my way, you were right to let me go bare
So dream away and while that fear subsides you find me

Get somebody to take my place with no scenery or reality
Get somebody to take my place, one better suited to feeling the way that you do,
instead of crying on my tombstone blues

Have you ever looked around the room and seen all of her beauty
All the wonder of the one I love was standing right before me
Saw my baby taking off her clothes, she said I love you, too
So I dreamed away, and found it easier than waking
Dream away, and found how easily you cry

Get somebody to take my place, a freer disability
Get somebody to take my place, please give me some relief beneath me

So you think you're misunderstood, walking on ice to prove it if you could
Your cowardice isn't very attractive
Now that you've ended it I'm never reactive
I can't come to you with my magic sympathy
To wake you up from your dreams of misery

Can't even speak to apologize, I've been so weak all along
Journey to bottom of the sea below smooth blue currents there
I wrote a note tied around my neck, it said, I love you too
I love you too

So dream away, remember dreams can coincide
Dream away, I'm on my way to killing time

Get somebody to take my place with no scenery reality
Get somebody to take my place, one better suited to feeling the way that you do,
instead of dying in my sunday shoes

Get somebody to take my place...
Track Name: Here I Go
HERE I GO C. von Sneidern

Here I go, tell me how I found
nothing was around for opportunity
I want to know, why right from the start
I can't steal a heart to fascinate me

If you would like to know
nobody ever calls or asks my name
You'd think I'd want to go
back to the time and place from where I came

But you arrive, take me by surprise
I will not disguise my wishful mind
In spite that I've fallen once before
You're the one I'd swore I'd never find

You'll see a light that shines upon the gloom
pretending to presume he knows everything you need
and then proceed
He'll make your life a peaceful means to end
and then you'll both pretend you're satisfied

(solo horn)

We're much too young to judge
Don't throw away the days that come our way
I'll lay my knife in blood
just tell me where to be and name the day
and let the others go their way
when all is said and done
you won't regret this one

So now you know, suddenly aware
Life without a care to come along
How I know if it's going well
only time will tell if I am wrong
and here I go, here I go, here I go
Track Name: Doctor
DOCTOR C. von Sneidern

Doctor, can you save her heart?
Scattered dreams show in her art
Battlegrounds and Ancient Age are creeping through
the ink onto the page

She would rather be alone than face the loss of any ones that had to go
This will always show

Twenty years of sacrifice for her children, not a wife
When they left, she heard no shout
Just a dying sound inside and out

She would rather be alone than bear the cost of losing everything again
Bring them back again

Can you resurrect her dreams?
Like the way she gave this life to me
She would rather not have to say no to happiness
instead say yes to willingness to survive

Operation a success
I can see her striving's on the fall, but one problem, I confess,
there's still a piece of heart that's repossessed.

Would she rather be alone than bear the loss of opportunity unknown?
Bring it back again,
have your own again.
Track Name: Inside Outside
INSIDE OUTSIDE C. von Sneidern

I said long ago, don't leave me out, let me in
show me around the place
Take me in your hand bolt the door behind me now and memorize my face

Outside Inside my wall stays up
Inside Outside still isn't enough

Friends came easily, everyone who had a chance got out alive in time
Others left behind might have given me the chance to walk away with them
Learn to talk to them, not to let them leave untouched, to be in touch with me

Outside Inside my wall stays up
Inside Outside still isn't enough

It seems very clear
if I'm afraid, I won't have things you want,
just what I got

So I made the rule, now I see how hard I'd become while
standing on softer ground
No one's nowhere man, lonely heart, I will reply
If I can trust in you
What will await for me, rushing off to see the end
as if I'd beat the queue

Outside Inside my wall stays up
Inside Outside still isn't enough.
Track Name: Roll On
ROLL ON C. von Sneidern

Sunshine in the tropical tourist town
Flying is the least of my fears right now
Mother Anne-Margaret and her sister Sin
Entertaining thousands on a head of a pin

I've been taking pills to cure vertigo
but in the air I see nobody down below

Roll On, Roll On, Roll On, Baby it's alright, nothing to do
Roll On, Roll On, Roll On, Maybe make it all night, you're doing alright

Leaving on a Saturday, won't be time
Friday I was waiting here, drinking wine

I've been takin' turns between fear and love
and if I'm fakin' her I'll give up to above, so

Roll On, Roll On, Roll On, Baby it's alright, nothing to do
Roll On, Roll On, Roll On, Maybe make it all night, you're doing alright

The flower girl just got her wings
the rain, the park, and other things and me,
the light that shone out from your sweet molested ever loving heart

Roll On, Roll On, you're doin' alright, so Roll On...
Track Name: Summertime Sun
(There's no sign of the)SUMMERTIME SUN C. von Sneidern

Holden Caulfield, is that you? Fields of grain surrounding you
This autumn sun won't shine on Central Park
this evening where I'd meet you if it wasn't dark
But the sun sets easier without the grace of the two of us
begging for time to reach each others place

There's no sign, when the leaves are turning brown
There's no sign, when ducks go underground, of summertime sun.

Some things futile can be beautiful
although it's cold, the lake reflects the changing leaves
Feelings turn around as I look at the setting sun
Change my mind and change the time of season coming on
so it might as well snow, maybe go all night
I'm digging directly toward darkness with no summer light

There's no sign, when the leaves are turning brown
There's no sign, when ducks go underground, of summertime sun.

Autumn morning, is that you? Fields of grain have fallen too

There's no sign, when leaves are on the ground
There's no sign, and geese won't stay around
There's no sign of the summertime sun
There's no sign, when leaves are on the ground
There's no sign, and bears go underground
There's no sign of the summertime sun.

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