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released June 1, 1996

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GrooveLily Seattle, Washington

Bicoastal trio GrooveLily inhabits that contemporary space where creative musicians ignore the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. The success of their first concert-musical, the critically-acclaimed holiday show STRIKING 12, has led them farther into the world of theatre, where they have carved out a unique niche as a rock band writing and performing shows. ... more

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Track Name: Restless & Reckless
Far from the heat of you, I melt in your mind
Your voice is a candle of perfect design
You shiver my timbers and quiver my bones
I cannot take all this shaking alone

CHORUS:
Restless and reckless, I am running
Just to see if you'll follow me home
I can feel you behind me, engine gunning
I am high on that highway
Restless and reckless...oh

We are faster than wildest horses
And slower than time
I turn back to touch you once
And you're mine...

CHORUS

Restless, reckless -- come with me now

CHORUS
Track Name: Goodbye, Virginia
It's always Virginia ground I see
It's always your voice that's calling out to me,
"Won't you come on home?"
We used to be
Always together, you and I
You with the lushest leaves and clearest sky
That I've ever seen in my life
Forests of green and gleaming twilights
Now that you're just a dream in my life

CHORUS:
I'm out here alone
You know, I don't mind it
And though this concrete city has become my home, my way unknown
I will find it
And in my mind you're always with me...
Goodbye, Virginia, goodbye

Out where the Blue Ridge meets the sky
Oh Shenandoah, how you filled my eyes
With a thousand blazing sunsets
Just us and the stars out on the front steps
Dreaming of all the nights to come yet...

CHORUS

Looking out through my small barred window
I know this dirty city gives me freedom like I've never known
I traded you for the dreams I follow
And I can't go back --
Goodbye, Virginia, goodbye

We were together, you and I
You with the lushest leaves and clearest sky
That I've ever seen in my life
Forests of green and gleaming twilights
Now that you're just a dream in my life...

CHORUS
Track Name: Sister Siren
The salt winds sting like teardrops
As she prepares her deadly charms
A moment of heaven
And all that's left her now
Reluctant kisses, icy arms

CHORUS:
I sing the song of a siren
High on a cliff so lonely
With a wish so strong
Harmony in silence
Through dark and dawn
For sailors gone
Sister siren, sister siren

This time her love will hold him
A harbored heart at last
But sooner or later
It's vanished in his wake
Too strong the power of her past...

CHORUS

Broken on the rocks below her
Are those who could not hold her gaze
A fury and tenderness no one understands
Her love's chameleon ways

CHORUS
Track Name: Too Late
He is walking to her house
Fingers poised above the bell
But he cannot find the courage
So he walks away -- oh well
He writes a heartfelt letter
But he doesn't send it off
So he tiptoes through his life
Till every chance at love is lost
And he sees her now, as he sees her always
Looking like a lonely angel
He sees her now, as she was in those days
But that won't help him now
It won't help him now...

CHORUS:
Oh no -- it's too late
And time will pass you by
Words you don't say
Become the tears that you do cry

She is cradling her baby
In some ancient memory
But that dream is closer to her
Than that child will ever be
And she watches as he's growing
Just for six weeks every June
She yearns for some connection
But he always leaves too soon
And she sees him now, as she sees him always
Looking like a perfect stranger
She takes his hand, reaching for the old days
But that won't help her now
He won't have her now...

CHORUS

We ride this speeding train
Tunnel's dark, tracks are narrow
Moving faster every day
I look back for a glimpse of sun
And find you gone...
So many times we shy away
Waiting for the perfect moment
When we'll know just what to say
Now I'm ready, speech prepared
And you are gone
And the train goes on

CHORUS
Track Name: Tell Me What's On Your Mind
Sometimes I see a shadow come across your shining face
Sometimes your laughter fades away and silence takes its place
I know, I can see
There's a look in your eye when you turn from me
You hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can read without asking

CHORUS:
Tell me what's on your mind
Tell me you're fine, or you're hurt, or you're lonely
Are you moving ahead as I'm falling behind?
Oh I'm begging you please
Won't you tell me what's on your mind

I remember a time when we would talk the night away
Lately things have been changing -- you don't have that much to say
And I know, I can hear
There's a talkative bird whispering in my ear
That you hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can learn through the grapevine...
What do I do to show you how I care?
'Cause your silence hurts me
More than I can bear

CHORUS
Track Name: Cup Overflowing
This savage is different to me now
She is tender and wilder, more perfect somehow
I am racing and standing my ground
I am moving through jungle and sky high high
Inside...

CHORUS:
Oh I would not trade anybody
For this life, or this city, or this love
This night, or these kisses, or this country
This overflowing cup

This hunger long burning within
I can feel it now surging up under my skin
And i know it's a temporary thing
But for now all horizons are wide wide wide
Outside...

CHORUS

My cup overflows
And the feeling, it grows
Just to fade like a rose
As it goes
Track Name: I Won't Forget You
Sometimes I am sure my mind's defective
Thoughts are draining out my head like water from a sieve
As years go by my memory's more selective
The less that I remember and the longer that I live
So I can't recall just what I had for dinner
Sometimes I don't even know my name
But there is precious little doubt
In this precious little mind
Of one thing...I won't forget you

The brain has space for things that are important
Isn't there a word for that? I think I used to know
Time's our judge, emotion's our informant
And memories are imprisoned till the dullest overflow
So I can't recall just how this whole thing started
But I sure do know exactly how it ends
There is precious little doubt
In this precious little mind
Of one thing...
I won't forget

Some strips of time are indelible
Forever etched into our minds
Vivid moments stretching in a long straight line
Like when the lights go down
Or the countdown starts
And the crowd is hushed
Except the beating of your heart
Goes on and on
Till it's time to crash or fly
But that's just when you fled
The moment burns inside my head
How could I forget you?

Anger burns much brighter than affection
And a raging mind is like a trap of steel
I will keep you there inside
As a flame behind my eyes
It will blaze and it will burn
To keep the memory alive
And there is precious little doubt
In this precious little mind
Of one thing...I won't forget you
Track Name: Take It Slow
I've been waiting too long for love that's true
Looking with my sense of touch
I've been waiting too long for someone like you
And looking too much
I've been waiting too long for love that's real
So just give me a kiss and goodbye
I've been waiting too long for something to feel
With you I don't have to try

CHORUS:
Take it slow -- this is right
Will you dream of me tonight?
Take it slow -- let it bloom
Let your mystery float my empty room
Take it slow -- make it last
It's a bitter potion that's swallowed too fast
We know that this is sincere
Take it slow -- I'll be here

I've been waiting too long
For love that's true
Deliberate love at first sight
I've been losing myself in looking for you
Too long, too long...

CHORUS
Track Name: Love Lies
Love is everywhere around us
And a master of disguise
How it frightens and astounds us
It can be hard to recognize...
Fifty miles to forgive her
One last drive to keep the faith
Maybe it's not too late
One crucial line to deliver her:
"Sorry lover, my mistake"
But she waits and waits too long
And the words become
What she should have said
Could have done

CHORUS:
Love lies in a straight line
The shortest distance to my soul
Why, why can't the words rise up to reach you
I should have never let you go

I see you walking on the water
And heaven is a glance my way
I don't know your name
Before you vanish in the distance
I know what I must say
But I wait and wait too long
And the words become
What I should have said
Could have done

CHORUS

Oh, can't you hear me
Listen to my silent call
I'm drowning in myself like water on a cliffside
Afraid to cascade and fall...

CHORUS

I will never let you go
Track Name: Tell It Like It Is
The world is breaking down
I can feel it breaking down
And for the camera's eye I smile
Can't believe the things I say
Fifty children died today
And for the camera's eye I smile

CHORUS:
As I tell it, tell it like it is
Tell it, tell it like it is

I used to dream of what I'd do
Writing stories clear and true
In my small way
I'd help the world
Now I run to scenes of crimes
Get a closeup, watch them cry
I fix my hair, i wear my pearls...

CHORUS

I've got no time for grieving
Better leave before the story gets too cold...

CHORUS
Track Name: Desert Roads
This car is falling apart around us -- tires on fire...

There is a universe in motion
And another standing still
There is strangeness like an ocean
At the crown of every hill
We do not know devotion
Perhaps we never will
And these are like no other days
We travel on forgotten ways
And desert roads are those that bless the traveler
With namelessness

CHORUS:
We ride, we ride, we ride
Forgetting all the reasons we began
We ride, we ride
We drift like the sand
We ride -- we ride

This car is falling apart around us -- tires on fire...

There is a reckless inspiration
In the turning of a wheel
There is power and elation
In this chariot of steel
We have no destination
Just the hunger that we feel
And these are like no other days
We travel on forgotten ways
And desert roads are those that bless the traveler
With namelessness

CHORUS

I've been so long in the desert land
(my heart is full of sand)
I've been so long beneath the sun
(my name is known to none)
I've been so long on roads ablaze
(my dreams are full of days)
I've been so long beneath the sky
I've forgotten why

These are like no other days
We travel on forgotten ways
And desert roads are those that bless the traveler
With namelessness

This car is falling apart around us -- tires on fire...

CHORUS
Track Name: Phantom Lover
I've got one foot on the altar, and the other on the ground, safe in the daylight sun
I've got one hand to hold you, and the other slams you down; these things I've done
Sometimes I feel like you see right through me
You hear all my fears breathing on the midnight breeze...like

Phantom lovers
Am I just your
Phantom lover

There's sunlight all around you, and the ghost inside my heart...it chills my soul
Sometimes I feel like you see right through me
You hear all my fears breathing on the midnight breeze...like

Phantom lovers
Am I just your
Phantom lover
Track Name: Lose You Again
Tonight I'll save your life again
Will this excitement never end
Each time a few feet deeper
Into the undertow
Surrender may be sweeter
But I don't want to let you go

If you close your eyes...look inside...I've lost you
Look at me
See that I'm your friend
I will bring you in from where winds and storms have tossed you
Don't let me lose you again

Tonight your troubles disappear
I'll drag you back to face them here
It's getting so much harder
Why do I
I don't know
You cannot tell you're drowning
And I don't want to let you go

If you close your eyes...look inside...I've lost you
Look at me
See that I'm your friend
I will bring you in from where winds and storms have tossed you
Don't let me lose you again
Track Name: You Take Control
Well I've been wondering what you want me to do
With the things you left behind
I no longer understand what's with you
Or the workings of your mind
'Cause you took off in such a hurry that day
And my house is full of crazy things that you have thrown away
Without words, with that look, you react, take your bags
And take control

Lately people seem to flock to your side
In search of your guiding light
With your simple facts, you help them decide
It's either black or white
You've got the cleanest reputation in town
And people put their trust in you; you cannot let them down
Underneath, deep inside, you are weak
With your struggle for control

When I see you now, you're pouring water on your fire
Drowning love and passion, boxing up your soul
This desire for control is now controlling your desire
Pretty soon you won't have anything at all
Except your control

When life gets rough some people will hide
Some people stand and take the heat, and swallow up their pride
And then some sacrifice everything to remain
In control
Track Name: Tell Me What's On Your Mind (Live)
Sometimes I see a shadow come across your shining face
Sometimes your laughter fades away and silence takes its place
I know, I can see
There's a look in your eye when you turn from me
You hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can read without asking

CHORUS:
Tell me what's on your mind
Tell me you're fine or you're hurt, or you're lonely
Are you moving ahead as I'm falling behind?
Oh I'm begging you please
Won't you tell me what's on your mind

I remember a time when we would talk the night away
Lately things have been changing -- you don't have that much to say
And I know, I can hear
There's a talkative bird whispering in my ear
That you hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can learn through the grapevine...
What do I do to show you how I care?
'Cause your silence hurts me
More than I can bear

CHORUS
Track Name: Gotham City Breakdown
Feels like I'm headed for a Gotham City breakdown
The water level's rising up above the whole town
I'm like a minnow in the world's biggest fishbowl
I think I'm headed for the darkest night of my soul
I turn and paddle more...can't even see the shore
I'm in a whirlpool of city and I'm losing my mind

Feels like I'm headed for a Gotham City breakdown
My head is spinning on this urban merry-go-round
The bumper cars are lining every avenue now
The carnival is just an overcrowded zoo now
And everybody's rude...I need some solitude
We gotta stop this roller coaster 'cause I'm losing my mind

We got to break from Gotham while there's still a way out of town
We got to break from Gotham City 'cause if we don't break this party up
Then any day now Gotham City's gonna break us down

Feels like I'm headed for a Gotham City breakdown
Somebody kicked me off the stairway to the high ground
Nobody listens to the song I want to sing here
Nobody gives a shit about a single thing here
I'm sliding down a hill...though I am standing still
The world is spinning all around me and I'm losing my mind
Track Name: Goodbye, Virginia (Live At Wetlands, 1997)
It's always Virginia ground I see
It's always your voice that's calling out to me
"Won't you come on home?"
We used to be
Always together, you and I
You with the lushest leaves and clearest sky
That I've ever seen in my life
Forests of green and gleaming twilights
Now that you're just a dream in my life

CHORUS:
I'm out here alone
You know, I don't mind it
And though this concrete city has become my home, my way unknown
I will find it
And in my mind you're always with me...
Goodbye, Virginia, goodbye

Out where the Blue Ridge meets the sky
Oh Shenandoah, how you filled my eyes
With a thousand blazing sunsets
Just us and the stars out on the front steps
Dreaming of all the nights to come yet...

CHORUS

Looking out through my small barred window
I know this dirty city gives me freedom like I've never known
I traded you for the dreams I follow
And I can't go back --
Goodbye, Virginia, goodbye
We were together, you and I
You with the lushest leaves and clearest sky
That I've ever seen in my life
Forests of green and gleaming twilights
Now that you're just a dream in my life...

CHORUS