Wood + Wire

by Chris von Sneidern

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released March 2, 1998

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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: Love
Love (There You Are)

I have everything to say
but nothing to offer when the day is through
except what I want

I find excuses to bring you back
and fill up your head with pictures of your dreams
but never see them

Love, oh, there you are so oft misled
and left for dead
Love, you drew the crowds back in your day
they've gone away


Reason I'm hearing the voice again
It's not so easy to answer anything today
when I'm alone tonight
Dreams repeating the nightmare scene
the one who could pass a lie was
the last to cry during our big fight


Love, oh, there you are so oft misled
and left for dead
Love, you drew the crowds back in your day, they've gone away, and there you are...

You want perfection, don't ya
You aren't perfect, but you are loved
With love and perfection:
What are you looking for?


Fun that gave you a ball to roll
The damage is done
and everything is gone unwittingly

Run and catch her before she knows
the magic is gone but with the time she'll go
unwilling, instilling thee with misery

Love, oh, there you are so oft misled
and left for dead
Love, you drew the crowds back in your day,
but they've gone away
And there you are, and there I am, and there we are
Track Name: Lines
Lines C.von Sneidern

she wouldn't mind if he talked less half the time
then, she thinks, everyone would know what's on her mind
He likes all he hears and dosn't seem to mind
funny 'cause he only has to listen half the time

lines drop the lines 'tween the lines
ties who and why you must speak forever and ever and ever...

Save all the words, I hear everything you say
Mint in my mind, I think anything you say, everything this way, still remains

People speak, dialing into their own sound
tone, monotone, man-machine was all around
I sang along, faking all the clever lines
wonderful words, melody betrayed design

lines drop the lines 'tween the lines
ties who and why you must speak forever and ever and ever...

Save all the words, I hear everything you say
Mint in my mind, I think anything you say, everything this way, still remains

Lay the boundries, share the guilt the topic's not allowed
Next time that we broach the subject I won't speak aloud
Take give, learn live, both sides try to win
if you can't do without the best, suggest the worst within

Save all the words, I hear everything you say
Mint in my mind, I think anything you say, everything this way, anytime today, still remains
Track Name: Sun
Sun

the sun doesn't shine on the love that she's wasting
the love doesn't mind all the time that she's shining
but time can't hold up for the life that he's waiting for and noone speeds it along
all for the moment of breaking the silence, leaving a shadow of doubt

and nobody notices the mess in the making
and nobody sees all the promise he’s breaking

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind never blows you away
and time needn't hurry along now but it will, and i'll wait

the two in the forest are seeing a new way
the mashing of mouths isn't making it my day
a card in the mail isn't bringing the news, no, you can just cry when you want
a flash in your head or a crash on the bed, take it outside if you can

and nobody notices the sky and what's breaking
and nobody sees all the mess in the making

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind will never blow you away
and time needn't hurry along now but they will, and they do

and nobody notices the sky and what's breaking
and nobody sees all the mess that we're making

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind never blows you away
and time needn't hurry along now but it will, all for you
Track Name: Don't Worry Now
Don't worry now c. von sneidern


Don't worry now, that's what the letter said someone else will take up where I leave
I gotta go and find another way
to please the world, myself, and still believe it's all the same to you in the end

Don't worry now, you've got the rest of your life to wonder why this change has come (and how)
Don't hurry now to figure out my life

I'll be replaced, you'll see, you'll have the time to rediscover who controls your mind
Sleepness nights won't go away without the sight
The truth of what it means to be upright in bed alone on the darkest night

Don't worry now, you've got the rest of your life to wonder why this change has come (and how)
Don't hurry now to figure out your life
To see yourself so different now but much the same as I knew how
instrumental break
solo

Sleep little lover hold your head up high outside I have a story to complete
You'll start to heal with every one you meet
And with that course my image has to die to make way for the curse in my reply

Don't worry now, you've got the rest of your life to wonder why this change has come right now
Don't hurry now to figure out my life
I see myself a different guy without the charms that you can buy


See yourself so different now but much the same as I knew how
see myself a different guy without the charms that you can buy
Track Name: I Can See
I CAN SEE C. von Sneidern

Seen your share of everything
No one can tell you anything
You’ve seen it all- all before
Dropped a name or two before the elevator closed the door
and dropped a clue- two more!

All in such a short amount of time
and all without a doubt inside your mind

I can see (You can see) You will be in the finest of company
I will be (You will be) far enough in the dark to get over me

A few of these and more of those and now you won’t take off your clothes
I’ve heard it all- all before
Clandestine afternoon with someone smart enough to know the tune
and sing along too well

All in such a short amount of time
and all without a doubt inside your mind

I can see (You can see) You will be in the finest of company
I will be (You will be) far enough in the dark to get over me

Leaving alone will remind you
Sure enough you’ll get by too
All the things you said won’t do
any good now for yourself

You take a hint from Heloise don’t put your honey in with bees
and lie around Oh please
The rest is history you leave the rest to probability and still look back
on me

All in such a short amount of time
and all without a doubt inside your mind

I can see (You can see) You will be in the finest of company
I will be (You will be) here to see enough now to get over you
I can see (You can see) you will find in the middle of leaving me
Track Name: As You Are
As You Are C. von Sneidern

Go, go as you are. I wouldn’t change you, stay as you are
Now there you stand, foot in the door that we left ajar
still unsaid now

No, I don’t think that’s bad. The blue and the green they sing like the sea
Love, lovely as she. I chance to believe the secrets we’ll never have
Time for bed, now

Come, come as you please. Please, if I do, know it’s for you
Go, go if you must. Trust me for now. Now, if you must

Then, a simple desire to make this my place feel at home for a while
Here I once stood alone I come back again, I laugh in spite of a smile
Not so bad now

I’m calling out for answers, endless possibilities
The way that things are now I hope somebody sees
I’m preaching to myself to alter what I need not be
I spend a good life thinking of the good time I will see

Now as it gets dark I think of tomorrow with a hint of delight
and hope that my will has some hold throughout the days as it descends out of sight.

Come, come as you please. Please, if I do, know it’s for you
Go, go if you must. Trust me for now. Now, if you must
Now, if you must
Track Name: Feel
FEEL C. von Sneidern

I feel like falling like rain,
being from nothing, to earth
Then I would run around inside
Fill the small holes
Be the king of unknown
Feel your power bouncing off the mirror, alone.

I feel like stalling the pain
Raising my hand to my eyes
Feeling at ease in the darkness
In absence of clear cool surprise
But I'm still afraid to die, alone.
Fear and silence won't grow mellow with age
Be your own solvent
Mixture's around to rust your cage

I feel like calling again
As I complete my flight
Now I will run outside, alone
Into the lake of fire, alone
Taking a lower tone, alone.
Track Name: Like Me That Way
LIKE ME THAT WAY C. von Sneidern

I am a fool
you may be right but then again
you may be wrong
and you just like me that way

Off for the night
lately the time has come around
now you're not here
my mind has wandered off what I had said:

I won't be afraid to stay here alone
Stay in the darkness of night at home
but home isn't what my heart had in mind tonight
I want to stay out as long as I can
walking back alone with my heart in hand
turning round looking for a place I'd love to light

I'll keep it cool
I'll play it straight for one more night
and I'll think of you
and you'll still like me that way

What good does it do?
If I feel this way, it's only true
but if I tell you
it never comes out the same way for two

Now it's a good time that I cross my heart and pray I never fail
But that was such a good time, and now I'm on my knees
and you cross your heart out with my knife
Guess I'm the fool...

Remember the rules
I may be outside them once again
I may be wrong
and I may just like it that way

I know the truth
brightly it shines upon my hands
idle sometimes
grip worsening on the matter at hand
working on callous and building up arms
Idling, waiting for this light to change for the better.
Track Name: Split It
Split It C. von Sneidern

This is a photograph, how you looked before we met
You quote the paragraph I read to you, but now forget

What did you come here for?
No one can see, nobody cares
Who weeps for anyone?
Pursue your lives in different pairs

I thought to throw away momentos of our better days
to make it easier to cope nowday’s malaise in here

This is the fairest way to split it
You can keep the picture book, but I’ll retain the vision

Our path a narrow cut, ironically, the right of way
roots need a place to grow
split the pavement, block your way

I tripped and fell away, recovered slowly with the soul
The echo would not decay
No comfort in the open hole

Way laid, I held you up, I dawdle never to erupt
You must agree with me your pleasure was the scenery

This is the fairest way to split it
You can keep your picture book, but I’ll retain my vision

The wait, the lake, the wake, I’m late
again, pretend, my friend, we’ll end
our deal, this way, and say, how we feel
although, we know, how it goes, when we say

This is the fairest way to split it
You can keep your picture book, but I’ll retain my vision

Like any photograph, see back in time so easily
I wrote a paragraph on what I think, but never see.

Like any photograph, a way to look at what it meant
I wrote a paragraph on what I see, but never sent
Track Name: Got A Way With Her
Got A Way With Her C. von Sneidern

I got a way with her
Didn’t leave, but I showed her how
with a whisper I can talk so loud
now she don’t even care

Took the day off to
walk around, for a different view
first the clouds, then exploding sky
as if i’d disappeared

I ran away from her
didn’t know how to say to her
close to heart but so far from words
as if I didn’t care

Just thought I could stay with her
and in time make a place for her
she patiently waited out for me
and now i wish i was there

i had a way with her, but i wished she could stand alone, strong on her own
the dream she believed somehow, has become mine now
and somebody else, got away with her, one who cared to see even more

I wonder if she’s better now
Some say that she’s better now
and that I’ll get over her
as if I didn’t care

Sometimes I get my jealous frown
and think of ways I could take her down
and make it all better now
but I won’t even dare
Track Name: Starting Out
Starting Out C. von Sneidern

In the dead of the night give us a little light
My habit's holding me down
I'm nearly coming around, around

Feel nice, I'm starting out with nothing better to lose
Feel nice, but I'm selling out the future still left to choose

I got a piece of the rock
they know my steps by the clock
The take is less than we give
Our picture now negative, the way we live

Feel nice, I'm starting out with nothing better to lose
Feel nice, but I'm sorting out where did it go

What will it matter if they can't stay around
Don't let us down
We hurt no one and make no sound

Feel nice, I'm starting out with nothing better to lose
Feel nice, but I'm selling out the future still left to choose
Track Name: Circles
CIRCLES C. von Sneidern

Have you noticed how little fun I have when he's around
Distractions and the fact that he's here
It tends to make you quite unaware of yourself

Today, I'm lucky, I'll have sometime to be myself with you, instead
possessing and obsessing on him, and always thinking of the greatest thing to say
(just as he's walking away)

I could run in circles around you...

Habit holds home, we see much more of him than I can stand
I'm losing interest and security
and want to wonder: Could he be better than me?

I show it less now
but getting clever with the telephone
calls waiting for me tell me I'm right,
that I'm no longer Mr. Mrs. Me
(for the night)

I would run in circles without you...

Do you have any time? Is there reason to ask? Do you still like to look in my eyes?
Do I have something to say? Is there reason to doubt? Not if you would sympathize now.

Would it work out?
It doesn't matter if you think it through-
You'll never know and better off
for it will always be there and in the back of minds that played with you
Their story tells a similar tale
Your heart is different, it serves you first and true

I could run in circles around you
I've been running circles behind you
Little vicious circles into you
Little little circles over you
I can run in circles around you
I see little circles over you
Little little circles over you
Track Name: The End
The End c. von sneidern


Is it always impossible, is there no one to understand
I got a lot of explaining to do so I'll start with a reference to you
A simple desire to feel right when I notice a difference in time
Make corrections myself and I'd rather it not make a difference to you

Why don't we keep on the light, now and we'll shine it on and think
Why don't I let you just talk a while let the argument lead us to think
yet we make up the ending and I sigh a while as your friend
waiting for you to make up your mind in the end

Shoot the bird with a pellet gun, I give up on the courtesy plan
If it turns off the neighborhood I don't expect them to turn up again

Go on for the rest of our time
thinking no one can trust in a man
who bumps in the night tryin' to find
what his comfort and promise commands
Don't start with the middle, in turn don't
expect for to uphold the end
Now all we can do is to forgo excuses and what I suspend
waiting for you /waiting for you
waiting for you to make up your mind in the end

Cry out to the public and tell me the ending is coming today
I don't know what I have but it's good to know what they had to say

Jump into the truth of it all have some fun with absurdity, man!
You're wasting your time feeling guilty and covering obvious goals
Just go with your conscience and heart,
but stop dealing your ace in the hole
There's sorrow there waiting for you on the ground when you decide to land

Why don't we keep on the light, now and we'll shine it on and think
Why don't I let you just talk a while let the argument lead us to think
yet we make up the ending and I sigh a while as your friend
waiting for you / waiting for you
waiting for you to make up your mind in the end
waiting for you to make up your mind with me in the end
Track Name: Can You See Me?
CAN YOU SEE ME C. von Sneidern

A funny face, a laughable sort of fellow you don’t even know arrived today just to report your side that doesn’t show.
He’s plenty sane, and stronger than you
He’s your conscience and will, although he gets the same respect from few here as he has for you
He’s all alone, in your special place, doing the headhold on your bended knees.
Look at me, can you see me?

Don’t look so down- (repeat)
just watch my eyes, I’ll turn your head, obscure and blind
Looking behind

Now I hear another voice, resembles mine with better choice
Until the time that I hear mine, I’ll take your sign.

At ten o’clock you kiss it goodbye to what you haven’t seen in three weeks
He says you need some fresher air instead of the midnight sun
In all the time you put him down for a lack of a better mind you saw yourself and what’s around-
Keep track of the thoughts you find
We’re all alone in our special place, doing the headhold on a bended knee
Look at me-
Can you see me? See me? See me?

Don’t look so down-
just watch my eyes, I’ll turn your head, obscure and blind
Looking behind
Don’t look so down-
just watch my eyes, I’ll turn your head, obscure and blind
Looking behind
Track Name: I Disclaim This World
I disclaim this world c. von Sneidern

I laughed and smiled to try to think of something comfortable
today's the same as yesterday
but now I doubt I'll see tomorrow

I guess you're not to blame for everything you did last night
But wasn't it your idea to destroy someone's night out?

I disclaim this world tonight
'cause everything I see tells me to stop
Yeah, I disclaim this world

Some crack and cry but I'm not the one who shows the pain
I could entertain for hours, no end, and lose control precisely when I'm done

I guess you're not to blame for everything I did tonight
But wasn't it your idea to destroy someone's night out?

I disclaim this world tonight
'cause everything I see tells me to stop
Yeah, I disclaim this world

<solo verse>

Don't do it, Don't do it
the red light warned as I drove through
the lady loves a fight, yeah
acceleration through the knee
A fun hundred miles an hour should suicide thoughts disagree
How the road goes I know from here
yeah, I'm really starting to have a good time
(I'm gonna do whatever I want right now
I'm gonna lay me down to die)

I guess you're not to blame for everything I did tonight
But surely it's your idea to destroy my life alright

I disclaim this world tonight
'cause everything I see tells me to stop
Yeah, I disclaim this world
Yeah, I disclaim this world!
Track Name: Sun (demo)
Sun

the sun doesn't shine on the love that she's wasting
the love doesn't mind all the time that she's shining
but time can't hold up for the life that he's waiting for and noone speeds it along
all for the moment of breaking the silence, leaving a shadow of doubt

and nobody notices the mess in the making
and nobody sees all the promise he’s breaking

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind never blows you away
and time needn't hurry along now but it will, and i'll wait

the passing of years and the making of hist'ry
the mashing of mouths is reflection that gets me
the goddess of dreams has a picture to show you, take it don't break it apart
it crumbles to pieces of thoughts to confuse you, leaving a trail from your mind to your heart

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind will never blow you away
and time needn't hurry along now but they will, and they do

and nobody notices the sky and what's breaking
and nobody sees all the mess that we're making

the sun never shines in the darkness the wind never blows you away
and time needn't hurry along now but it will, and i'll wait for you
Track Name: Can You Find It?
Can you find it?

Flavor of my savor taker lover in the nighttime, oh
Can it be a favor from a goddess bearing lightning
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Couldn't get no better, I got the neater upper straighter meet her
feed her til she's better then I clean up on the meter

Go baby go baby Granny had it sat around and gave it to the
needy beaty hipper skipper run-a-miller

Can you find it? Who's got it?
Gotta be more, findin' more in the middle of lookin around for you

Go into the closet looking for my Uncle Fred
he had a song he used to sing me 'bout the girl up on the hill
Her sister had a habit and a little can of pills
so when her brother wouldn't do it Uncle Fred would foot the bill

Go baby go baby Auntie found it hid it rid it from her mind and
let another generation transgress it

Can you find it? Who's got it?
Gotta be more, findin' more in the middle of lookin around for you

Flavor of my savor taker lover in the nighttime, oh
Can it be a favor from a goddess bearing lightning
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Couldn't get no better, I got the neater upper straighter meet her
feed her til she's better then I clean up on the meter
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Can you find it? Who's got it?
It’s payday, boys! Come an’ get it!
Who’s got it?

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