Little Light (Back Issue Series)

by GrooveLily

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released November 1, 2000

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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: Prayer For The Unrequited
Love, gold in the sand
So hard to find, and harder to understand
It stops you in your tracks
Sparkles and shines, then leaves you empty-handed
Love screws up your life
A party for two - sorry, you're not invited
Now the one that you want
Wants someone new
Say a prayer for the unrequited

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
Tell me how does anybody see it through?

Love, dragging you down
A short road to hell, burning you up inside and still
Your heart lingers on, under the spell
Of a prayer for the unrequited

CHORUS

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
So imagine my surprise when I found you

Love scares me to death
But I let you in, and I pray you won't break my heart in two
Prayer for the unrequited
Track Name: Hole
Do what you think is right
Do not cause any pain
Do not start any fight
Do not sleep in the rain
And if you follow every rule
That everyone has ever told you
Everything will work out fine
Just sign here on the dotted line

CHORUS: Someone help me save my soul
Wash away my doubt
How did I get in this hole
And how do I get out?
How do I get out?

Keep your heart locked up tight
Never out on your sleeve
Do not stay overnight
Close the door when you leave
And when you're safe inside your room
With everything all neat and tidy
Remember as you lie awake
A lonely heart will never break

CHORUS

...of here?
Now I've dug so deep
And insincere
What I thought was free
From fear
Is just a deep dark hole where my heart has disappeared...
And if you follow every rule
That everyone has ever told you
Everything will work out fine
Just sign here on the dotted line

CHORUS
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Fall In Love
CHORUS: I don't wanna fall in love with you tonight
I don't wanna give my heart to you tonight
I only wanna lose myself in someone else's arms

Well, summer comes and then it's gone
You'd be wise to find romance before too long
Another taste of something sweet
You can rest assured that everything will be discreet
Unless you put your heart
Where your libido's supposed to be

CHORUS

First she came, now she's going
Picking up her things and you can see her smile glowing
Now she's walking out the door
And now you realize you'll miss her all the more
There's something wrong with what you're feeling
Deep inside your heart

CHORUS

And now you've got this brand new heartache in your soul
And you've got something you can dream about
You cross that bridge and now you've got to pay the toll
Were you better off without?
I don't wanna fall in love

CHORUS

For a little while

CHORUS

For a little while
For a little while...
Track Name: Weight Of The World
I don't know how I got so serious
The sun obscured by clouds in the dreariest way
And all the weight of the world
Is so holding me down

CHORUS: But I feel like the world's getting lighter today
And I feel like the sun's getting brighter today
And I feel if I stand and I open my eyes
I will see everything's going to be OK

I'm undersea, so deep I can't measure it
My periscope is down and the pressure is high
And all the weight of the world
Is so holding me down

CHORUS: But I feel like the world's getting lighter, I swear
And I feel I'm beginning to come up for air
And I feel if I reach for the crest of the wave
I will see every answer to every prayer

Take a step back, get off the track, contemplate the universe
World's a big ball, you're feeling small, we weren't even on it first
Don't lose control, you're feeling old, that'll only make it worse
Where you can't go on, and you can't go on,
and you can't go on, and you won't go on
And you reel...and you kneel...and you deal...and you heal

CHORUS: And I feel like the world is my oyster, my pearl
And I feel like my wings are becoming unfurled
And I feel when I'm not standing in my own way
I will see that I don't bear the weight of the world
Track Name: Little Nemesis
I've always been a pretty good girl
Basically
What you see is what you get
And you got to me
Oh, you're the one who couldn't take a little joke
Now the whole damn playground's up in smoke
I threw a paper airplane, you threw a bomb
Well that's OK if you don't want to play fair
Here's sand in your face and gum in your hair
Now you've got a little drama
And you've got a little color
When you clench your fist, yeah yeah
Now I've got a little spice
I've got a little danger
And now I've got myself...

CHORUS: ...A little nemesis, little nemesis
I never thought that it would come to this
Little nemesis, little nemesis

I've always been a pretty good girl
Basically
But I'll introduce the bitch in you
To the bitch in me
Oh, I can see that you got a little hurt
But you didn't have to go and draw a line in the dirt
Your claws are out, you want to settle the score
Oh, you were the one who had to draw a little blood
And now the line in the dirt is a line in the mud
Now you've got a little drama
And you've got a little color
When you clench your fist, yeah yeah
Now I've got a little spice
I've got a little danger
And now I've got myself...

CHORUS

You are free
To be my enemy

CHORUS
Track Name: Thaw
All of my strength, all my pride, these two eyes of blue
Everything I call my own first came from you
Age five: I ask why the ice melts - is it alive?
You smile and talk to me as we drive
You say everything changes when winter's gone
Ice melts and water flows on
I looked around
At the snow on the ground, and I saw...

CHORUS: The sun growing hotter, the ice cracking free
Clear rushing water as it raced toward the sea, past me

Then came the silence, the fury, the wars that we'd wage
Our house was colder than hell, heated only by rage
I grew tall
And stopped asking why 'cause I knew it all
The ice thick between us, a solid wall
You tried with fire and you tried with steel
Only to reveal
Nature's strange design
Warmth can only come in time

CHORUS: Now the sun's growing hotter, the ice cracking free
Clear rushing water from you to me

CHORUS: Mother to daughter, the ice cracking free
Clear rushing water from you to me
Track Name: I Want To Know What Love Is
Mick Jones has the unalienable right to reproduce these lyrics. We don't.
Track Name: Little Light
I always thought I'd set the world on fire
With my dreams as kindling, the match was my desire
Now the rain won't stop - it's all too wet to burn
And as I try to light this sodden wood I learn
This was never in the blueprint
This was never part of my plan
I've been struggling here forever
And everybody's running past me to the dry land
I see all the other torches
Lighting up the night
I am right here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS: And no one needs my little light
No one needs my little light
No one needs my little light

With my coat turned up, my back against the rain
I will cup my hands to shield this fragile flame
There's a bonfire blazing just around the bend
And it would be so easy to toss my match right in
All my friends are there together
Warmth, safety and a soup can
I've been struggling here forever
And everybody's running past me to the dry land
I see all the other torches
Lighting up the night
I am right here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS

I'll be shining like a beacon
When the other embers are dying
I'll be flying like an eagle
Burning up the skyline, or die trying
It's a lonely mission and a solitary fight
But I will stay here with my matches burning bright

CHORUS: If no one needs my little light
If no one needs my little light
It's there for me, my little light
I'll never leave my little light
Track Name: Captain Of A Ship On Fire
There you were, like an albatross
The party like a crowded harbor under darkening skies
Spread your wings, then you flew across
Enchanted me, encircled me though to my mast I'm tied
But my doubt will eat away at my resolve
And my solid moral doctrines will elude me
For in my mind, around you I revolve
No I haven't been the same since you pursued me

CHORUS: I am like the captain of a ship on fire
Burning yet still I fear the sea
I am like the captain of a ship on fire
Nowhere to run and no relief
The rain may wet the burning sail
The waves may wash above the rail
The sea grows rough, it is not enough
I am captain of a ship on fire

Took my hand, flew away with me
Led me to forbidden skies of heavenly delight
Now my ship is not the same to me
She is no comparison to your ecstatic flight
Now the wind across the deck is blowing cold
My mind no longer does as I'm commanding
The crew reports there's water in the hold
I feel the anchor's weight with every landing

CHORUS

I've poisoned the waters, darkened the sky
Burned every map and every chart
The smoke billows around me
Obscuring my lies
But it's not enough to hide my guilty heart...
You fanned the flames that bring my schooner down
But in the end you're not the one to blame
No, I knew all along that I would drown
I grab a torch and kerosene and set the mast aflame

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
That 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
I know, I can hear
When you're holding it in, then it rings out clear
That you hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can learn through the grapevine

CHORUS

What do I do to show you how I care?
OCause your silence hurts me more than I can bear...
You hide what you feel
And there's only so much I can read without asking

CHORUS
Track Name: Love Song Without Metaphor
I haven't gone outside today
It feels so long since you've been away
The sun is bright, the sky is blue
And I'm all right and I make do
The house is dark, the shades are drawn
I check for mail, I mow the lawn
I cannot sleep, I cannot dream
And it's enough to make me scream

CHORUS: I want you back and here with me
I don't care how, I'm too blind to see
I hurt so bad when you're away
I can't go through another day
Without you back and here with me

I wish that I could wish you well
But I can't pretend that life without you's not a living hell
I wouldn't waste a wish on that
I'd wish that wish to wish you back

CHORUS

I'm alone and disenchanted
I've got lots of time to grieve
Have I taken you for granted?
And is that what made you leave?...
Well there it is, I've said my piece
This song won't bring you back but it may give me some release
I got no more words in my pen
I might as well sing it again

CHORUS
Track Name: Coming Home
I'm low as a crater and filled with dust
I feel like a traitor to the thought of us
I hardly remember the heat of your hand
Memory fails me and crumbles like sand

CHORUS: Oh, hey ah, hey ah
Now my heart grows fonder
Through all these long long nights alone
Oh, hey ah, hey ah
Now my faith grows stronger
Soon I'll see your face
I'm picking up the pace
I am crossing land and sea and space
I am coming home

Your voice sounds so distant on the line
We chase every minute with a dollar sign
All that I want is to comfort you
My voice is my body...just without the view

CHORUS

Coming home, but not for long
I've got to make my way out in the world
And if I don't go back out there
There will always be another pretty girl
To do what I can do, play what I can play
And the prospects are so few
There will not always be another day
And there will never be another you
I'm coming home
I'm coming home
I'm coming home

Soon I'll see your face
I'm picking up the pace
I am crossing land and sea and space...
Track Name: Prayer For The Unrequited (demo) - Bonus Track
Love, gold in the sand
So hard to find, and harder to understand
It stops you in your tracks
Sparkles and shines, then leaves you empty-handed
Love screws up your life
A party for two - sorry, you're not invited
Now the one that you want
Wants someone new
Say a prayer for the unrequited

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
Tell me how does anybody see it through?

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
So imagine my surprise when I found you

Love scares me to death
But I let you in, and I pray you won't break my heart in two
Prayer for the unrequited

Love, gold in the sand
So hard to find
Prayer for the unrequited

Love screws up your life
A party for two
Prayer for the unrequited

So hard to find, and harder to understand
It stops you in your tracks
Sparkles and shines, then leaves you empty-handed
Love screws up your life
A party for two - sorry, you're not invited
Now the one that you want
Wants someone new
Say a prayer for the unrequited

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
Tell me how does anybody see it through?

CHORUS: Nobody knows the way to find the love they're looking for
No magic words to say to make it last forever more
I am a wounded soldier seeking out another war
So imagine my surprise when I found you

Love scares me to death
But I let you in, and I pray you won't break my heart in two
Prayer for the unrequited

Love, gold in the sand
So hard to find
Prayer for the unrequited

Love screws up your life
A party for two
Prayer for the unrequited
Track Name: Big City Love Song (demo) - Bonus Track
Standing under lavender skies
Watching the stars in your eyes
I hope the sun forgets to rise
So tonight will never end

Falling, flying, going nowhere
Rooftop, starlight, a chill in the air
I catch my breath and say a prayer
That tonight will never end

And soon the shadows give away our secrets
Soon we'll be descending from this height
A promise can be lost on crowded sidewalks in the harsh daylight
But not the ones we made tonight

I know in my heart
The promise is true
Tonight's just the start
Of forever with you
My love

Soon the shadows give away our secrets
And soon we'll be descending from this height
A promise can be lost on crowded sidewalks in the harsh daylight
But not the ones we made tonight

I'm standing under lavender skies
Watching the stars in your eyes
I hope the sun forgets to rise
So tonight will never end
Track Name: Wrecking Ball (demo) - Bonus Track
I am not blameless
'Cause it always takes two
You are so damn shameless
I can hardly stand to look at you
We built this house together
Every brick, every wall
Strong to last us forever
Now, now, now I watch it fall

Ball on a chain
Crashing into my hall
Thunder and rain

You're my wrecking ball
You're my wrecking ball
Ball on a chain, swing from a crane
Rollin' me to ruin like a runaway train
You're my wrecking ball
You're my wrecking ball

Blood, sweat, tears, mortar
In our own private hell
We built this house together
You, you, you built a prison cell

Ball on a chain
Crashing into my hall
Thunder and rain

CHORUS

Every day you'd laugh a little less
And you would push a little more
You saved your best for her, I guess
You barred the gate and locked the door
And as the spark crept up the fuse
And as you tried to fence me in
Did you consider what you'd lose?
Did you consider what you'd win?

CHORUS
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Fall In Love (demo) - Bonus Track
CHORUS: I don't wanna fall in love with you tonight
I don't wanna give my heart to you tonight
I only wanna lose myself in someone else's arms

Well, summer comes and then it's gone
You'd be wise to find romance before too long
Another taste of something sweet
You can rest assured that everything will be discreet
Unless you put your heart
Where your libido's supposed to be

She arrived and she was leaving
You said "please stay the night" - she wondered if you were deceiving
And you embraced and went to bed
And as she kissed you you heard music in your head

She pulled you down
And she turned you round
And she whispered in your ear
She said

CHORUS

For a little while
For a little while
For a little while...

First she came, now she's going
She's picking up her things and you can see her smile glowing
Now she's walking out the door
And now you realize you'll miss her all the more
There's something wrong with what you're feeling
Deep inside your heart

And now you've got this brand new heartache in your soul
And you've got something you can dream about
You cross that bridge and now you pay the toll
Were you better off without?

As you wrap your arms around yourself
Remember what she said
She said

CHORUS

For a little while
For a little while
For a little while...

CHORUS

For a little while
For a little while
For a little while...

CHORUS

For a little while
For a little while
For a little while...