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released March 19, 1996

All instruments played by: CVS
with the indispensable contributions of: Bennett Bowman
Jim Le Blanc
Peter Straus

Realized and registered at Ordophon-upon-Avon, mixed at DCP by Chris von Sneidern
Mastered by Daniel Presley for Brilliant Studio
Photos by Yuri Ono, Billy Douglas, Susan Johannsen and Phyllis Christopher
Motorcycle photos by Brian J. Nelson
Cover design by Chris Israel
Thank you especially to Sandy, Chris, the Latin, Lover, Orbit, Wade, Chuck, and Jerker.
Dedicated to Ella Mae Hodge McCormick.

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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: Blinded Eyes
Blinded Eyes C. von Sneidern

I thought of a statue, grey and hard as stone
stubborn like the ways I know you are
Move enough to suit the change today
but can you tell me how to see the changes?

'cause I can't see a thing with blinded eyes
give my tired eyes a better face
'cause I can't see my way when I am down
and the hardest work is mine all the time

I see the old man heard it all
his hindsight genius pissed-off talk's real nice
Oh, yeah, it's inspiration to us all that heard
but his knowing stare still sets me back tonight

A peaceful place I thought I had at night
turns out to be my nightmare in the light

'cause I can't see a thing with blinded eyes
give my tired eyes a better face
'cause I can't see my way when I am down
and the hardest work is mine all the time
Track Name: Lose Yr Mind
LOSE YR MIND C. von Sneidern

Girl I fancy in a hundred nowheres
bound in the land of the freeze
Scored a number and a letter sweater
finding your mark was a breeze

But I’m a difficult matter
I’m hard and soft in the right place
Can you imagine a lamb being slaughtered with grace?

I’m gonna make you lose your mind...

All you’re wishing for is happy endings
Peaceful in the bliss of your charm
Here I go the doctor said we’re dying
I didn’t mean to cause you alarm

This is a difficult matter
a higher price than the last time
I’m always watching the birds and the .bees in their prime

I’m gonna make you lose your mind...

I’m coming back in the next life angry
and pay back my happiness now
to see the end of a twisted reaction
still sane as the old sacred cow

Your mind is under this matter
but where we’re going’s serene
can we imagine a better place to be? and scream!

I’m gonna make you lose your mind...
Track Name: When You're Right
When You're Right c. von Sneidern

I made some love into a little paper cup
and poured a vintage cherry wine
another chance to try the flavor of the month
in an offer down the line

When you're right, it's right
and all these thoughts unite
but when it's wrong, you're on your own
No chance for you tonight

Goin' in the corner, lookin' for another drink
everybody gets them all for free
I take it easy, maybe wait outside the show
enjoy my sweet ennui

Going to the border takin' pictures of a fiddle
waitin' for that little thing to start a song
Us in the middle huddled 'round a little pitcher doin' right

I tried a line, I tried a block and tackle too
I've pulled a few and all have seen
If everybody tried to pick up all the trash
I swear I'd come home clean

When you're right, it's right
and all these thoughts unite
but when it's wrong, you're on your own
No chance for you tonight
Track Name: Tell Me Again
Tell Me Again C. von Sneidern

I take too long to get along
these things were not so obvious to me right at the start
I must go on, my time is gone
but someone wants to know the reason why I have to go

Tell me again, tell me why
I don't remember sayin' goodbye
Tell me again, tell me why
If I did, I don't know why

It's up to me, too blind to see
I threw away the only chance to live an honest life
Back in my pad, first thought I had
Now what do I do I made the rules I'm still confused

Tell me again, tell me why
I don't remember sayin' goodbye
Tell me again, tell me why
If I did, I don't know why
Did I say, Did I say, Did I say, Did I say...

I take too long to get along
these things were not so obvious to me right at the start

Tell me again, tell me why
I don't remember sayin' goodbye
Tell me again, tell me why
If I did, I don't know why

Did I say, Did I say, that I wanted it that way?
Track Name: One Side in Heaven
ONE SIDE IN HEAVEN C. von Sneidern

I look upon the time I promised truer love
My head up in the sky to stay a step above
knowing not to fight to keep what I had found
Someone strikes the iron, I throw her to the ground

One side of me is in Heaven, the rest of me trying to get down
But I look, look, look and I’m seeing the way that I am

Troublesome to find a friend who’s true and tough
who could come around when no one’s good enough
I look behind my back each time I take my leave
What could all this mean, I’m starting to believe

One side of me is in Heaven, the rest of me trying to get down
But I look, look, look and I’m seeing the way that I am right now

Love isn’t here, love isn’t there,
Love’s not at all what I want
Love shouldn’t come when I want
I admit to the love of my wont

One side of me is in Heaven, the rest of me trying to get down
But I look, look, look and I’m seeing the way that I am
the way that I am, the way that I am right now.
Track Name: Thru The Mirror
THRU THE MIRROR C. von Sneidern / J.W. Harding / P. Straus

I could buy you a diamond ring, but could you look me in the eye
If I got you a bird that sings would it sing a lullabye
I’d get you anything
I’d take you anywhere but here, right through the mirror

I would pull you through
I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through
It’s a one way mirror and there’s no way to you

You’re bored as hell as they line you up and you know they’re looking through
You can see the belt buckle shining as they throw your lies back at you
and you’d give anything if you could see them just as clear
as they see your tears

I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through, but I can’t stand the way all you see is you
I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through
It’s a one way mirror and there’s no way to you

When I hear the sound of breaking glass, it’s bad luck tears for seven years
You’re gonna keep that curse in your black leather purse
Well, I can set you free, but you gotta come with me

I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through, but I can’t stand the way all you see is you
I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through
It’s a one way mirror and there’s no way to you

You wipe your hand right across my eyes
Where your breath has misted me
Is it the heat or the atmosphere, but I’m as close as I can be
You put your makeup on, make up the mess beneath your eyes
That’s no surprise

I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through, but I can’t stand the way all you see is you
I would pull you through, I’d pull you through if you wanted to
I would pull you through
It’s a one way mirror and there’s no way to you

Won’t reflect what’s left behind you...
Track Name: Going Back To See
GOING BACK TO SEE C. von Sneidern

You should call, it’s easier to take a fall
than to die fighting
For this this hack, it’s harder to accept the fact
than to try writing

Little gets so big when left all alone
in a world that lives and dies by the phone
Is there anybody home? Oh, I---

Now I’m going back there to see, to see what you meant to me
and if I find hope I’ll know that time will pass while I go
away or make me quit, forever regretting it

Never walk away from ties that bind
Never throw away the first idea that you had
Your first bet wasn’t all so bad...

Make a move to spite the two that disapprove
one of your choices
Pull up a chair and tell me how it died and where
in your own voices

Little gets so big when left all alone
in a world that lives and dies by the phone
Is there anybody home? Oh, I---

Now I’m going back there to see, to see what you meant to me
and if I find hope I’ll know that time will pass while I go
away or make me quit, forever regretting it
Now I’m going back there to see, to see what you meant to me.
Track Name: Calling Out To You
Calling Out To You C. von Sneidern

In my yesterdays I'd look the other way
and never try to see the loving time I need
and why it is I've never been connected
Did I see your face in another place
somewhere that I could not describe
the one I know is never found the ordinary way

But I'll wait the time 'til the turn comes round to me
Can't you hear me calling out to you
Can't you hear me calling out to you

I'm paralyzed, can't compromise with anyone else now
You've made me stay awake and think of everything I don't have yet
But I'll wait the time 'til I hear you say you're mine
Can't you hear me calling out to you
Can you hear?

I see her kissin' at the traffic light
through the red to seal the love she thinks is right
turning green I wish I was the evening light to shine one more night

But I'll wait the time 'til I hear you say you're mine
Can't you hear me calling out to you
Track Name: Go!
Go! c. von Sneidern

A world of girls, we court for the same sort rivaling with me
now any chance is good as happenstance with not good memory
she could recall the faces of all but not six and nine and threes
but where could it go?
Go compete confuse completely

So nice, yet twice, I read when the message said
Look Before You Leap
Refuse to lose, I said, while I laid in bed, who will play to keep?
Sowing seed a man could take the lead but leave before he'd reap
and where would he go? Right out of here!
Go compete confuse completely

Indiscreet in finding the woman fantastic
Incomplete in binding a friendship elastic
and no one knows how far it can stretch

For feeling's needs she went down on her knees
while I fell at her feet
Somewhere in there I knew somebody cared I'm halfway in the street
By chance I glanced behind the curtain blind; his taste is bittersweet
And where could it go?
Go compete confuse completely
Where would it go? Where could I go? Right out of here!
Track Name: North Country Girl
North Country Girl C. von Sneidern

Where does it come from the north country girl has a question
someone is turning around with the backdoor key
and we all want to know what the answer is
if she's leaving home, you'll be holding it in your hand

Martyrs were born to fulfill all of what we can't take on
Someone's still standing alone out on highway five
and she looks at you like she knows the score
but she wants to be there when you open the door with your hand

Take me aside and have whispers get into my soul
You know the answer just stop hiding there in the corner
Still she wants to know what's the name of this game
I finally heard when you're walking my words in the sand

Come, take me away
Love, then we can play
Oh, I can play

Play me a tune, oh girl what I'd do when you say that
and everyone smiles as we drift past for the last time
and you want to be heard for the final word
and I want to be there I might take a hold of your hand
Track Name: Four Fifty-One
Four Fifty-One C. von Sneidern

In the beginning before the sun would go down
The circle spins while pieces fall to the ground
A dream creates the darkest semblance of thought
then someone rattles my door, oh!

She's twenty-five; A cartoon magazine of your mind, girl
I'm ninety-five; I speak but can't remember my lines now
She's thirty-three with a mind to swinging in time on the vine, girl
One hundred three; the colors glow in the heat of the blood flow
Two hundred twelve; I'm boiling tea and meeting my wife, girl
Four fifty-one; who set the fire that died in the night, girl?

In between the time that I came and you went
I forgot to read the little note you had sent
"Four scones and seven cups of joe," writ as read
Our founding fathers should have stayed in bed

The planet spun but slowly groans to a halt
"We're very sorry, sir," she said, "it's your fault."
and in the end a sleeping cat in the sun
has better dreams than anyone, oh!

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