Hard Shell

Written by Tim McCaffrey

Hard shell on the outside, but you're soft in the middle
I'll take a hammer to your shell just to watch you fall
Well, it seems you lost sight of that fire burning underneath that griddle
Just one slip and you'll lose it all

Now you play that game of lies, but your eyes they tell the truth
I guess my daddy, he raised me different
Keep your enemies tight and you won't end up all black and blue
So when the sun sets, you're not left there shivering

Pre-Chorus:
Because the madness is a gift
If you can learn to deal with it
You got to live more than exist

Chorus:
With the Mayhem, this disorder
The pandemonium, and all the uproar
Of the bedlam, this craziness
My insanity, it's just foolishness
To Deal with the madness, the madness

When they brought you in you knew, you were ready for fighting
You didn't realize that they take your eyes away
Then they tied you to the floor, man, that must have been so damn frightening
But you had no choice you had to stay

When mama dropped the spoon, you didn't feel a thing
It was a blanket on a cold winters day
You were just a pawn, though you thought yourself a king
Now you had to find a better way

Pre-Chorus:
Because the madness is a gift
If you can learn to deal with it
You got to live more than exist

Chorus:
With the Mayhem, this disorder
The pandemonium, and all the uproar
Of the bedlam, this craziness
My insanity, it's just foolishness
To Deal with the madness, to deal with the madness

Hard shell on the outside, but you're soft in the middle
I'll take a hammer to your shell just to watch you fall


Miss America

Written by Tim McCaffrey

Hey Miss America how do you think we're living?
When all of your pepople are taking more than they're given
We have twice as much crap but a tenth to believe in
Now we don't have to do a damn thing to achieve it

Hey Lady Liberty where have you been hiding?
Half the world's blind while the other half's fighting
I thought I heard it all when my old man was crying
They promised us a dream, well they must have been lying

Chorus:
Well I won't give up on you that quick
I'd put my life down deffending this team
But as the smile ranaway from my children's face
I said goodbye to the American dream

Hey there Lady Justice where have you been lately?
Now more than ever, we need you quite greatly
For the ones who speak for you have been acting pretty shady
They got a bunch of us running, because we fear for our safety

Chorus:
Well I won't give up on you that quick
I'd put my life down defending this team
But as the blood ran into my brother's eyes
He said goodbye to the American dream

Hey there Uncle Sam is this what you really wanted?
A world full of hate and a house that's dishonest
Brothers killing brothers all based on a promise
that there's a prize for the little man at the end of this contest

Chorus:
Well I won't give up on you that quick
I'd put my life down defending this team
But astears fell from my forefather's eyes
I heard goodbye to the American dream

I can tell you right now, it won't be this way forever
We've been through a lot worse than this nasty weather
We will all make it through for worse or for better
If we hold hands and march on together

Chorus:
Well we won't give up on you that quick
We'll put our lives down defending this team
And as the men in their suits all hear us cry
We want back our American dream
As the onse who believe they control all our lives
We'll fight for our American dream


Let's Steal Away

Written by Tim McCaffrey

The wind blew in from the west but the sea was quiet and still
I dreamed of a time when I found myself feeling indestructible
Her hair it shown like gold, her eyes shined like the bay
Her smile revealed her soul, as her heart rolled in with the waves

We rode tandem down a cobbled stone road
We weren't afraid of a thing
We felt our love was the definition of bold
and this is the song that we'd sing

Chorus:
Let's steal away
we'll be kings and queens and not slaves
We'll do our damndest to make this all count
Before we lie down in our graves

The room it had such a beautiful view, but that's not what occupied my mind
I was thinking of her and she was thinking of me too, it was love we were trying to define

We laid down on a feather bed
I never felt so free
I could of held her until we reached the end
But that's when she whispered to me

Chorus:
Let's steal away
we'll be kings and queens and not slaves
We'll do our damndest to make this all count
Before we lie down in our graves

The days seemed to go on forever, as time stood still for us two
our hearts had left us both breathless, and we decided to break all the rules

That fire it burned so bright
and each flame reminds me of our song
We both knew there was nothing more right
When we sang the world sang along

Chorus:
Let's steal away
we'll be kings and queens and not slaves
We'll do our damndest to make this all count
Before we lie down in our graves


Bittersweet

Written by Tim McCaffrey

Sat down near the fire to rest my battled, weary bones
Well the homes of our fathers are so far away
I lost my desire to throw my enemies sticks and stones
I hope the thrones of the kings will just wash away

I hear the whispers through the trees
"Stand up and fight or live on your knees"
I don't know if I can take this heat

Chorus:
But in the end my dear friend it's bittersweet

Bent down in the bunker as the battle rages on
To gone to give a damn about all that noise
Held the hand of my brother, but his card's already drawn
Just a pawn in this game like the rest of us boys

So I take one down and they take two
There won't be any left by the time this war's through
Pretty soon I think we'll all be obsolete

Chorus:
But in the end my dear friend it's bittersweet

Bridge:
But they're going to raise a glass for you
Talk about all the good you'd do
I wish you were here with me at home
To watch your children grow

They call me a hero as the shame it settles in
The sins on my hands just won't wash away
I feel less than zero as they show me those medals I'd win
Now the nighttie seems more conforting than the day

So I laydown to take my rest
And thank you lord for doing your best
I tried to fight but you know I had to retreat

Chorus:
But in the end my dear friend it's bittersweet
But in the end my dear friend it's bittersweet
But in the end my dear friend I'm incomplete


Two Bit Lenny

Written by Tim McCaffrey

Two Bit Lenny he moves just like a grizzly
But his words were soft like the quiet snow
He didn't say much 'casue his mind it kept him busy
Until the storm came and knocked on his door

The storm started soft like slippers on the carpet
Then the wind picked up and blew thwalls down
Lenny did everything he could to try and stop it
But that wind turned Lenny's life around

Chorus:
He tried to build a fortress wrapped around his heart
But the storm came and tore it apart

Now Two Bit Lenny, he lives just like a bird
Gathering sticks to try and build up his nest
His whole damn family thought that the boy was disturbed
Living life stuck in the past

Chorus:
He tried to build a fortress wrapped around his heart
But the storm came and tore it apart

Bridge:
Lenny was raised by a soft hand
No one ever taught him how to be a man
He figured it was time for him to make a stand
But that foundation was built on a pile of sand

Oooh, Storms going to pass

Now Lenny, he moves just like a man
Living life like his grandad said
He knew it was time that he must make a stand
Before the storm leaves his soul for dead

Chorus:
He tried to build a fortress wrapped around his heart
But that storm came and tore it apart
He tried to build a fortress wrapped around his heart
But that storm came and tore it apart


Next To Me

Written by Tim McCaffrey

I was down on my luck, I felt the rug get tugged right under
I felt like I was stuck, "How could things get better?" I wondered

I was pucnch drun and out, I was down on my knees
Just searching for someone to stand next to me

I went walking these street, I was looking for some love
When my heart just skipped a beat, I was shown an angel from above
Some say that love is blind, but now I know I can see
Because here you are standing next to me

Chorus:
Here you are next to me
I never thought something like this could ever be
You wrapped your arms around my heart
And despite my foolish ways, hey, hey, hey
Thank you for loving me today

Bridge:
I don't think it will be easy street
Smooth sailing all the time
But as long as you are here with me
We'll be fine

Now the sun is shing through and all my days they are brighter
I thank my stars I found you, you push higher, higher and higher
When I think of my future now, there's one thing I know that I see
That is you standing next to me

Chorus:
Here you are next to me
I never thought something like this could ever be
You wrapped your arms around my heart
And despite my foolish ways, hey, hey, hey
Thank you for loving me today
Thank you for loving me today
Thank you for loving me today


Girl With The Golden Heart

Written by Tim McCaffrey

The sun tucked behind the clouds today
I guess I didn't really feel much like dancing
Sometimes being alone can bring on the rain
But why am I always the last man standing

I waited 7 long days to see the stars
Filled with conversations of comfort
I'm tired of brokedown, burned-out old wooden bars
I guess I'm marching to a different drummer

Chorus:
But she can see right through my disguises
She can take my ego and tear it apart
She can bring out the fire that's deep insinde of me
The girl with the golden heart

We made a promise for just one day
A 24-hour love affair
We wanted more, but there wasn't really wasn't any other way
She stole my heart then left my soul bare

Chorus:
But she can see right through my disguises
She can take my ego and tear it apart
She can bring out the fire that's deep insinde of me
The girl with the golden heart

The sun tucked behind the clouds today
I guess she really didn't feel like dancing


The Mysteries

Written by Tim McCaffrey

I was hell bent but busted as we pulled into 3rd and Bell
Any highway feels like hell after 1000 miles
Henehan was a hawkeye and copped in less than an hour
The sun set on the sound and it brought me a smileWe went straight up to Broadway
Because we thought that it's be safe
But we didn't know that town like the San Francisco Bay
I really wouldn't want it any other way

Chorus:
Still I say, Thank you for the mysteries, the questions left unanswered
It keeps me rolling on down the road for all my days
Thank you for your dreaming and all the dreams you left un-shattered
It's those dreams that are going to light my way

I was busking down on Pike Street, she was trying to earn a dollar
Funny how a pretty face can earn a profit in no time at all
A bill dropped in my hard case, she offered me a shower
I still remember her curves but her face I don't recall
I guess I don't remember that girl at all

Chorus:
Still I say, Thank you for the mysteries, the questions left unanswered
It keeps me rolling on down the road for all my days
Thank you for your dreaming and all the dreams you left un-shattered
It's those dreams that are going to light my way

Bridge:
I can still hear you calling my name
Do you hear me scream your name
Yes I'm crying

I sold my last possession, I was trying to be discreet
We were swapping poems and you know that you had me beat
I miss my mother's cooking and all the places that I called home
The phone rang, the door slammed and I hit the street
That's the last that you ever heard from me

Chorus:
Can you say, Thank you for the mysteries, the questions left unanswered
It keeps me rolling on down the road for all my days
Thank you for your dreaming and all the dreams you left un-shattered
It's those dreams that are going to light my way
It's those dreams that are going to light my way


Thank you for Loving Me

Written by Tim McCaffrey

The sun rose, I felt the heavy in the air
Mascara stained pillow gave you away
I picked up my guitar, thought I'd sing you this song
Try and put some color in grey

You came out of the kitchen, that bacon burning on the stove
But I can't blame my angel of virtue
You kissed me and your lips taste like honey covered clove
And I'm reminded of all the reasons that I love you

Chorus:
Because you still see rainbows
You whisper with the breeze
You speak just like the elders
It brings me to my knees
You see beauty in the darkness
It sets my mind at ease
Thank you honey, for still loving me

You used to site for hours all alone

Chase the shadows of this life far away
Seems so much harder now that we've found our selves full grown
We point to the twilight of our days

But time is just a concept, built inside our mind
On a line from birth to death
All these people, all alone, waisting all their time
I'd rather waist mine with you instead

Chorus:
Because you still see rainbows
You whisper with the breeze
You speak just like the elders
It brings me to my knees
You see beauty in the darkness
It sets my mind at ease
Thank you honey, for still loving me
Thank you honey, for still loving me


I Found Love

Written by Tim McCaffrey

It's cold
And spring is so far away
It's growing old
Of winters blanket of gray, where's my sunshine today
I've been told
A watched kettle will never boil
And so
I'll just walk away from it all, before I slip on that ice and fall

Chorus:
And as the warmth from her heart
Thaws this broken work
I found love
And as the warmth from her heart
Thaws this broken work
I found love, I found love

My mind
It just won't let me go
And time
marches on so slow, but the hell do I know
This grind
It's been killing me for years
Now I find
The only thing left to conquor is the fear, breaks me down, brings me to tears

Chorus:
But as she carries me through the door
I tell my self once more
I found love
Yes as she carries me through that door
I tell myself once more
I found love, I found love


Bare-knuckled Boxer

Written Tim McCaffrey

The dust has settled on the canvas
But that crowd refused to sing
I think it's best to quit before all this madness
Just forces you right out of the ring

But you've been training for this moment
Spending hours throwing punches at that bag
It's time to walk away before you're completely brokken
And we raise that white flag

Chorus:
But you can stand tall you bare knuckled boxer
No, you can't win this 12 round bout
This ain't no walk-out fight, but no matter what it costs you
Drop your gloves before you get knocked out

So your name's going to go down in history
You had your hands on that prize-fighting belt
But the spot light has shifted and it ain't no mystery
That's just how them cards are dealt

Chorus:
Still you can stand tall you bare knuckled boxer
No, you can't win this 12 round bout
This ain't no walk-out fight, but no matter what it costs you
Drop your gloves before you get knocked out

Bridge:
Here I am standing in your corner
While everyone else just left you alone
I lifted you up when no one else was gonna
But now it's time for you to come, for you to come home

You ain't never going to be forgotten
You had so many up against the ropes
You know, the sweetest fruit is right before it's rotten
You keep them cheering with the highest hopes

Chorus:
Still you can stand tall you bare knuckled boxer
No, you can't win this 12 round bout
This ain't no walk-out fight, but no matter what it costs you
Drop your gloves before you get knocked out


Ignorance Is Bliss

written by Tim McCaffrey

I walked out into the bright sunlight
And I see all my children start to fuss and fight
They got their hands all up in vain
'Cause the man upstairs is the one cntrolling this game

He gets us all to march right off and die
Convincing every one of us that we're doing this to get by
But getting by has kept us underneath his thumb
If ignorance is bliss than you're better off being dumb

Chorus:
I'm tired of this stuff that they're putting all of us through
Listen real good, 'Cause I got sime news for you
If ignornace is bliss then they've pushed us to the brink
"Cause I know that we're smarter than they think

We're running off to work and the sun aint even up
Shower, shoes, shave boy, coffee in my cup
We're running out to earn ourselves that decent wage
But the money that they pay us keeps us locked up in a cage

Yes they dangle that dollar like a carrot on a string
But pretty soon that dollar won't mean a god damn thing
But that's how they keep us underneath his precious thumb
And if ignorance is bliss then you're better off being dumb

Chorus:
I'm tired of this stuff that they're putting all of us through
Listen real good, 'Cause I got sime news for you
If ignornace is bliss then they've pushed us to the brink
"Cause I know that we're smarter than they think

Nowonce you hear these words and your head is sewn on straight
You'll see this aint a party that you'll want to show up late
All the people at the party are waiting for you to see
That if your mind is willing then the admission it is free

So join all us now with your hands clenched in rage
This is history in the making, get ready to turn the poage
He aint gonna keep us underneath that coward thumb
Because ignorance ain't bliss and we sure as hell ain't dumb!

Chorus:
I'm tired of this stuff that they're putting all of us through
Listen real good, 'Cause I got sime news for you
If ignornace is bliss then they've pushed us to the brink
"Cause I know that we're smarter than they think
Yes I know that we're smarter than they think
Yes I know that we're smarter than they think


Coming Back to You

written by Tim McCaffrey

You said to me the road was long and winding
But you left out the emptiness
Walking with giants must be mezmorizing
If you can deal with the lonliness
The cold ground and the colder flesh

You Set the controls to Head for the stars
Man, that must have set you back a few
I never thought that you'd go so far
Now I'm so far away from you
So far from your fire too

I watch you pierce that atmosphere
Just one thing I ask of you
Five simple words I'd love to hear
I'm coming back to you
I'm coming back to you

Chorus:
Well I'm, coming back to you (repeat)