Sight & Sound

by Chris von Sneidern

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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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Track Name: Gemini
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.
Track Name: Open Wide
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.
Track Name: Somedays
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.
Track Name: Bad Black Lonesome
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.
Track Name: Annalisa
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
Track Name: I Want You
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
Track Name: Life Start Living
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?
Track Name: See Green Like Never Seen
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.
Track Name: On the Run
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
Track Name: Walking Endlessly
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.
Track Name: The Ballad
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.
Track Name: Sight & Sound
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.
Track Name: I Think I'll Be Going
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.
Track Name: Carry On!
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!"
Track Name: Never Again, My Love
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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