Sight & Sound

by Chris von Sneidern

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1.
Gemini 02:33
My baby calls me Gemini My evil fortune's a curse She filmed me with her metal eye What's coming back will be worse If you see my girl, tell her... Love, so long, dead and gone I'm lost, pissed, broke, and New York's not far off they're dumping bodies back in the river when the driver keeps nodding off If you see that Gemini, tell him... Love so long, dead, and gone Gemini followed me crosstown he caught me with the sound of steel burn my picture to seal my fate as the train came off its rail If you see that Gemini, tell him... Love, so long, dead and gone.
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Open Wide 02:38
OPEN WIDE C. von Sneidern You’ve got to take a lot, there’s no escape or a way to explain My heart’s the same, wondering what will come of tomorrow Find some regard for a life full of sorrow I’ve got to try to get over the line, open wide will you give me a try Someone is talking, I want to hear, open wide I am listening now Don’t give up easily, keep you grip on all you know Your number’s coming up You can leave us on the ground, take the other way around I’ve got to try to get over the line, open wide will you give me a try Someone is talking, I want to hear, open wide open wide, open wide, open wide... Do you ever curse out loud, trying to find out the reason now or ever wonder how so many go without making a sound, some refusing to die until they’ve been found I’ve got to try to get over the line, open wide will you give me a try Someone is talking, I want to hear, open wide I am listening now I’ve got to try to get over the line, open wide will you give me a try Someone is talking, I want to hear, open wide Open wide.
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Somedays 03:22
SOMEDAYS C. von Sneidern Did I think that you would ever go far enough to never return The rest could go and I would never know Yes, you’re still very young Somedays I think a lot of you Why is it now, when I just got a hold of you, the sun went down Maybe I should go now and take some ride for a very long time Where was it you went? Leave me the tortured palm, leave me a place at the back of the line, and I’ll carry on But somedays I think a lot of you, yeah, somedays I think a lot of you You said let’s stay home from work and play that tape ‘til it wore thin Well, nothing seems the same without you Without that sensibility SOLO Did I think that you would ever go far enough to never return The rest could go, man, I would never know Oh, you’re so very young Leave me your final word, the one expected and never heard Although I don’t too often Somedays I think a lot of you, Somedays I think a lot of you Oh, somedays I would think a lot and somedays I would not forget Somedays I think a lot of you, of you, of you.
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BAD BLACK LONESOME C. von Sneidern I was the happiest man you ever knew Thought only the weakest heart could fall into the darkest empty pit Bad Black Lonesome, she lives with me Bad Black Lonesome, don’t let me fall Although I know that I can’t hide the lies that we both see I’ve pursued an understated isolated love affair with Bad Black Lonesome, I’m gonna fall, back into Bad Black Lonesome, she lives with me solo verse A thousand commands from every side told me to stay with you and I asked does love exist when I reached out, you were gone to Bad Black Lonesome, don’t let me fall back into Bad Black Lonesome, she lives with me and you Bad Black Lonesome, don’t let me fall Bad Black Lonesome, she lives with me.
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Annalisa 03:33
ANNALISA C. von Sneidern Head full of words, one thing to say One word alone is all I want today But not tonight, I cannot stay this one word game can only be her name Annalisa, Annalisa Annalisa, I know it’s just her name, but it never sounds the same if I think of her again, Annalisa Such perfect lines must cross in time She’s one too many lives to never meet She’s very sweet, makes Jesus weep, yet makes me laugh while putting me to sleep Annalisa, Annalisa Annalisa of the lights and the sights of you around my life is right, all in line, pull it down when the idea is mine You can’t believe it now solo verse Annalisa, Annalisa, Annalisa Annalisa, I know it’s just your name, but it never sounds the same if I think of you again Annalisa
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I Want You 02:27
I WANT YOU C. von Sneidern High above the crowd I know you can see me up there I want you You have better times than me, waiting for you when you get home In there I want you You look down to me, and you fall right into my eyes and there I want you You’re looking at the light, but you’re the only one I see and I know I want you Trapped inside the nighttime my promise was to be believed I think I want too much at once and never see the cost solo I want you After the light went out, I couldn’t find love in the dark and there I want you
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LIFE START LIVING C. von Sneidern Chasing you around the nightclub That is my dream You can change the way I am right now A moving picture of the wall The scenery gives back all that I bring But what I want to know is, when can I start living? Late tonight inside my room I let you take the lead and silently watch water fill the sink Kiss me before the next drop falls Don't speak, or you'll destroy your mystique Chasing the night all around the town doesn't make sense to me anymore But alright, just for tonight, Let's go out and try again Chasing you around the nightclub That is my dream You can change the way I am right now 'cause right now this scene is sinking us and no one's supposed to notice those kind of things What I want to know is, when can I start living? What I want to know is, when do my eyes start seeing? When can my life have meaning? When can I start living?
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SEE GREEN LIKE NEVER SEEN C. von Sneidern Let's see green like I've never seen green It's raining by now in New Orleans Stretched out for miles by love makes a sweet dead pact Underneath the trees there's a swamp black and green that'll never let me back See Green Like Never Seen, See Green Like Never Seen I lie in the road and call down a curse The girl at the station has eyes full of fear What made me crazy there in the middle Your sweet apparition gonna save me while I'm here See Green Like Never Seen, See Green Like Never Seen and I see Green Midnight Man going to Beaumont Texas now Dark Side speak to me from the middle of the road Call out the name of an angel that couldn't go I'm losing my mind to the thought of destination unknown See Green Like Never Seen, See Green Like Never Seen See Green Like Never Seen, and I see Green.
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On the Run 03:37
ON THE RUN C. von Sneidern Will you get out of my way, my dear? I’m running faster than I ever have I’m used to stopping for everyone I’m gonna go to the mountain top I’ll tell you if I see your name carved in the stone that bears the saying Life is only a ride Just take it in stride I’m on the run I get lost in an open field You flag me down and let me in then ask me for my fingerprint Beautiful and twenty-five you want to keep me in the house I look around to figure out You are my mother of ancient time look me in the eyes, remember when you taught me how to fly Life is only a ride Just take it in stride I’m on the run Hold my hand while you try to steer Hold your head when I disappear Reaching the point of no return I stop for one last look at where I came from then I turn away Now the fog is a dark raw dream Take me where I’ve never been with the chance to start again Life is only a ride Just take it in stride I’m on the run Hold my hand while you try to steer Hold your head when I disappear Life is only a ride Just take it in stride I’m on the run Life is only a ride Just take it in stride I’m on the run
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WALKING ENDLESSLY C. von Sneidern Why can’t I think of the last time I grew Why did I forget all of my youth Why do I spend every day with you Walking Endlessly, I can’t get out... Of this house where I have stayed Every day means more as I look back ‘cause I still think of unresolving past Walking Endlessly, walking endlessly I don’t think I can brave another mile walking endlessly I see I can’t get out, get out, get out... Of this mind that I can’t make The longest road’s the one I always take Have I set myself up for the breakdown Walking Endlessly, walking endlessly an absolutely horrible demise walking endlessly I see I can’t get out, get out, get out, get out, get me out.
12.
The Ballad 02:01
THE BALLAD C. von Sneidern I left the simple pleasure Goodbye to all my leisure I’m leaving it, I’ve left it all to you You can go wherever you like now making love, forgetting the day that I knew I would not be coming back Did I lose my common sense? Or did I think that you would never let me leave I look down on the dark side and remember all the good times then I see there’s nothing left for me solo verse Did I lose my common sense? Or did I think that you would never let me leave I left the simple pleasure Goodbye to all my leisure I’m leaving it, no I never look back No, I never look back so I’m saying so long to you.
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SIGHT & SOUND C. von Sneidern When I think of David Drive sweet and sour in ‘65 I get the feeling that I made a big mistake the way I stayed When we left the shout was heard I laughed I didn’t know the words just like then he left the ring I that a real uncanny thing? Oh, I don’t know why... Sight and sound remind me now time and place beat my brow shut in silence blind in fear knowing the past behind me here So I ignore the warning sign a time in the past that I resign it keeps on coming closer now a tragedy is creeping down My room was bright with my t.v. the night catastrophe hit me he taught his killer what to sing Is that a real uncanny thing? Oh, I don’t know why... Sight and sound remind me now time and place beat my brow shut in silence blind in fear knowing the past behind me here She held my hand and drove the car of the man that held the bar between his teeth and lifted up the final check and winner’s cup Oh, I don’t know why... Sight and sound remind me now time and place beat my brow shut in silence blind in fear knowing the past behind me here.
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I THINK I’LL BE GOING C. von Sneidern The names have been changed so I won’t have to remember well The story sounds the same, it’s one I hope you never tell I hang around, and I swing with the crowd Having no problem when singing out loud But, ah, what do I see, thought it was me I think I should be going now Yeah, I think I should be going now I said it myself, these times will leave an evil score Welcome back again, the punishment I was heading for But I’ll hang around and just see what you do Never say never’s my story with you But I never can see what side’s for me Oh, I think I should be going now I think I should be going now Everyone’s clutching the bottles they stole They’re telling me stories that you never told The crowd sings a sad song I don’t know too well I had to turn and say, “I don’t feel well.” So, in spite of shame, I raise my glass and lower my head I wish you’d tell the truth so I could look afar instead But I’ll hang around and just see what you’ll do ‘cause never say never’s my story with you I never can see what side’s for me I think I should be going now I think I should be going now I think I should be going and I see what I’m showing I think I should be going now.
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Carry On! 03:04
CARRY ON! C. von Sneidern The first one is free, the others take all you got You'll hang from a tree and I get to see them cut you down A time to have fun, for you to fall on your face I resign to the side and I get to see you fade away and knock the things I say One day when this all has past When I put my mind to rest Then I'll see what we have done but for now, you carry on Pull me up by my heels stare into the mirror there I'm looking at you and I get to see myself break down while everything's still around I know it's a lonely erosion when you can't do what you want So go down a road to the place where the only direction is out The last word is free let's agree to disagree wouldn't you like to be one I get to see go all the way without the chance to say, "Carry on!"
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NEVER AGAIN, MY LOVE C. von Sneidern I look better than I feel I hold my coat closer to my heart thinking this could be some escape for me Never again, my love Never again, my love That door and the line below opens every time she falls asleep Never again, my love Never again, my love to be Somewhere under all that snow my bed, dark as anything and I, after all this time will think of one still afternoon Never again, my love Never again, my love to be.

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released October 19, 1993

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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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