LIFE IN THE CITY

LIFE IN THE CITY

Livin’ day to day
People find a way
To smile and look to the future

They've got more to say
And got no time to play
So they think, but it's just an illusion

Life in the city
Nights in the string of lights
Life in the city
Blind in the spotlight

From an eagle’s eye
Nothin’ but time to fly
Lookin’ down it’s just a disaster

Years pass lookin back
You caught that heart attack
Each day is just goin’ faster

Life in the city
Nights in the string of lights
Life in the city
Fighting the good fight

Holdin’ our heads up high
Livin’ the good lie
Holdin’ our secrets near
Fearin’ the good fear

Heads are spinning
Lights are dimming low
No one winning
Feelin’ the thinning hope

Time stops moving
Can't stop losing now
No improving
Have to survive somehow

Life in the city
Nights in the string of lights
Life in the city
Fighting the good fight
Life in the city
Days in the ring of fire
Life in the city
Blind in the spotlight

SUPERSTATIC

Superstatic
Astro acrobatic
A snapshot, automatic
But you cannot hear

Silver lining
Upset but you're shining
Searching never finding
Oh it's so unclear

You're lookin’ tough - don't let up
Do all the things they cannot do
You've had enough - you're fed up
It's time to take us where you're going to

Don't drop that ball
Don't play in a game you cannot master
Best be sure when the feet hit the floor everybody go, you go faster

Just down the hall
They say there's somebody comin’ for ya
Keep your eyes locked in on the prize and forget that paranoia

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Get up!
Ooh ooh ooh ooh

Shake that fever
Golden like retriever
Hold and push that lever make your mind appear

Outsmart thinking
Rise above the sinking
Tide now eyes are winking and the time is near

You clean the clock - it's tickin’
You move the hands, they cradle you
Things start to work - they're clickin’
The door appears and now you step on through

Don't drop that ball
Don't play in a game you cannot master
Best be sure when the feet hit the floor everybody go, you go faster

Just down the hall
They say there's somebody comin’ for ya
Keep your mind focused and you'll find that they never ever can destroy you

Get up!

Don't let it turn into a tragedy
It's time to get yourself out in the heat - yea
You close your eyes, you see a shining light
Now long behind you are the sleepless nights you’re

Superstatic
Automatic

MAKE YOU FAMOUS

Move along
You cannot be sedated
Thrill be gone
But never gonna get you down

Turn around
Gyrating and you're wasted
Found a sound
That's never gonna let you down

Light in your eyes
You fantasize, your island
No demise
Is ever gonna hunt you down

Turn around
There stands a guardian angel
Treasure found
He's never gonna let you down

Talking numbers
3,2, wait! go
Seeping into the chromatic glow

Raging thunder
What do you know?
Leave it to the rest of them
You belong with the best of the best of the -

Walking blunders
See them, Stop! go
Creeping under and into the show

We'll teach them all a lesson
They tried to blame us
Gonna put you in the T.V.
Gonna make you famous

Movin’ on
Outside the burning spotlight
Everyone
Is always tryin' a take you down

Turn around
A million more are comin'
To hold you down
You only wanna move around

Mister man
Won't stop demanding answers
Peter pan
Is tryin' a get you out of town

Murder face
He's in the place you wanted
Take him down
And never let him make a sound

Never gonna let you down
Chromatic glow
Put you in the T.V.
Gonna make you famous

THE ONE AND LONELY

Oh my love
I feel it for the first time
From above
I'm droppin’ fast I'm fallin

Oh my love
I dream it for the last time
Dream of
A home that I've been calling

Livin’ inside a place
Where the emptiness and space
Make me vanish but a trace still left behind

Swimmin’ inside a world
Where the loneliness just swirls
Around my head and I can't make it through this time

I turn it up
I burned it up!
I know you know feel like I feel and ya
Can't get enough
I've had enough!
You know I know it's true

I turn it up
I burned it up!
I know you feel like I feel and ya
Can't get enough
You called the bluff
You know I know it's you

Oh my love
I drink it for the first time
Drink up
The thing that I've been chasin’

Oh my love
I leave it for the last time
Last time
I saw you I was wasting away

Gettin’ hard to breathe
And I wish that I could leave
But the door just seems to move farther away

The faster that I run
The more I become undone
And tomorrow's not a promise - not today

I won't fall in love with another
Long as I am alive
This I swear to you my love
I swear it on my life

I won't play around with another
Till the day that I die
Once or twice I've stumbled but then
I get back in line   

I'll never dance with another
Long as the sky is above
That's my promise to the one
The only lonely love

THE QUESTION

Tell me something
Do you feel it now?
If you do, then please won’t you show me how?

 Take me there
Take me where you go
‘Cause if you don’t my love then I will never know
So tell me, tell me

 Do you know the answer to the question?
Do we ever really stand a chance?
Now you know the way to do it better
But we never go back

Do you know the answer to the question?
Is the rest just circumstance?
Do you know a way to do it better?
Or to let it go?

Up above
Down below
The only places that I seem to ever go
 

One of these days
Maybe someday soon
I’m gonna go and get my head in tune
But till then won’t you tell me, tell me

My head is overflowing
Can’t stop the rain
My garden’s surely growing
But i feel the pain

Do you know the answer to the question?
Do we ever really stand a chance?
Now you know the way to do it better
but we never go back

Now you know the question is the answer
And the rest just circumstance
Do you know a way to do it better?
Or to let it go?

IF I EVER FALL ASLEEP

I'm running circles in my mind
I'm getting closer all the time
And yet the faces chase me still

I'm running out of things to say
These pills won't make it go away
The hounds are nipping at my heels

If I ever fall asleep
I pray my soul stays out of reach
And if I die before I wake
That's one more soul the devil may take

I'm shoutin’ at my shadow
I'm shakin’ in my skin
The television's mocking me
But I won't let him win

I'm dancin’ without moving
I'm singin’ without sound
I'm naked and I'm hungry
And there's evil all around

Gotta keep, gotta keep running away,
Gotta keep on running away

Why are all the colors turning red?
It's getting crowded in my head
I'll keep the lights on just in case

And you, you look deliciously divine
Your features perfectly aligned
The gloom sits pretty on your face

There's mozart in the madnes
There's sickness in my skin
I'm thrilled about the sadness
And I can never win

There's nothing worth improving
There's nothing going on
There’s nothing that is soothing
And silence is a song

LADY LOVELY

Little freaky creature                                
Yes, I'm pleased to meet ya
The feature of my earthly desire

Burnin’ like a hot sun
Goes off like a shotgun
She has undone all of my wires

She's a magic something
Not sure what she's mumbling
But I think she may be okay

Lady lovely
Beautiful and bubbly
But she's got some bugs in her brain

She's from another planet I know
But she just couldn't stand it at home
Now she's here driving me insane
She undid my brain

Lady lovely
Warm and fuzzy
Yes, she's certainly one of a kind
Lady lovely
She does not love me
And it's startin’ to get to my mind

Head just won't stop twistin'
Just too much existin'
I think I've gotta throw it away

No, there's no detecting
What she is projecting
Behind me when I'm looking away

Way back when she thrilled me
Now she's out to kill me
She'd love to see my body decay

Best beware this creature
Yes, she will defeat ya'
She'll take away the human race

She's from another planet I know
(she’s from another world)
But she just couldn't stand it alone
(an interstellar girl)
Now she's here tryin’ to take us away
Our dyin day

She's from a different planet I know
(she’s from some other place)
But I guess she wanted one more
(a girl from outer space)
Now it's all for her to enjoy
The world is her toy

Lady lovely
Warm and fuzzy
Yes, she's certainly one of a kind
So deceiving'
Don't believe in
Little creatures you create in your mind

She’s from a distant planet you see
(she’s from beyond the stars)
But it’s a bad, bad place to be
(she’s travelled very far)
Now she’s here and she’s here to stay
She blew us away

RULE THE WORLD

If i could rule the world I'd start it up again
If i could rule the world I'd make you all my friends
If i could rule the world I'd take it day by day
If i could rule the world I'd make it all okay

Doin’ all the things that I gotta do
Doin’ all the things that you want me to
Sayin’ all the things that I gotta say
Layin’ that love where it needs to lay
Shakin’ all the hands that I gotta shake
Doin’ my job like everyday
Layin’ all the eggs that I gotta lay
Takin’ all the heat that I need to take

Got a little peace of mind right here
Got a big love for the heart so near
I got a bit of love for the strange so close
I got a lotta feelin' for the people (coast to coast)
 

Layin’ all the eggs that I gotta lay
Doin’ my job like every day
Shakin’ all the hands that I need to shake
Takin’ all the heat that I need to take

Gotta lotta fuel for the fire right here
Gotta lotta love and desire so clear
Gonna let it take me the places I go
Gonna let it make me into the faces I know

Gotta a little fuel for the fire right here
Gotta lotta love and desire so clear
Gonna let it take me the places i go
Got a lotta feelin' for the people coast to coast

FIGHT THE FIRE

City lights and a nice cool breeze on ya
It's just how you wanna feel
Good advice but just no need for it
Never had to beg or steal
Up one click now you're sick no cure for it
This is gonna take all night
Once you're fixed you're nixed it's sure boring
So do it once and do it right

Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Tell me how you feel about it
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Are you sick and tired?
Are you sick and tired are ya?
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Tell me can you live without it?
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Can you fight the fire?
Can you fight the fire?
 

The best yet but I bet you want better
Let's just see what you can do
Ready set go let go lower-case letter
Make it bigger see it through
Next phase sex crazed ex-caveman killers
Hunting ancient history
Stone faced, slow paced, long phrased land fillers
Slow unfolding mystery

Turkuaz

Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-power groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom. Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage, the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is the performance.