Once I Was CD

Once I Was

DCD, Avant Garden Records Taiwan 2007

01.Always on My Mind

Maybe I didn’t love you
Quite as often as I could have
Maybe I didn’t treat you
Quite as good as I should have
If I made you feel second best
Girl, I’m sorry I was blind

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Maybe I didn’t hold you
All those lonely, lonely nights
I guess I never told you
I’m so happy that you’re mine
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time

Tell me
Tell me that your sweet love hasn’t died
Give me
Give me one more chance to keep you satisfied

02.Once I Was

Once I was a soldier
And I fought on foreign sands for you
Once I was a hunter
And I brought home fresh meat for you
Once I was a lover
And I searched behind your eyes for you
And soon there’ll be another
To tell you I was just a lie

And sometimes I wonder – just for a while
Will you ever remember me?

And though you have forgotten
All of our rubbish dreams
I find myself searching
Through the ashes of our ruins
For the days when we smiled
And the hours that ran wild
With the magic of our eyes
And the silence of our words

And sometimes I wonder – just for a while
Will you ever remember me?

Ever remember me?

03.I Want You

The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
And the the silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it’s not that way
I wasn’t born to lose you

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

The drunken politician leaps
Upon the streets where mothers weep
And the saviors who are fast asleep
They wait for you
But I wait for them to interrupt
Me drinkin’ from my broken cup
And ask me to open up the gate for you

Now all my fathers, they’ve gone down
True love they’ve been without it
Cause all their daughters put me down
And I don’t think about it

Well, I return to the Queen of Spades
And talk with my chambermaid
She knows that she’s not afraid to look at her
She is good to me
And there’s nothing she doesn’t see
She knows where I’d like to be
But it doesn’t matter

Now your dancing child with his Taiwanese suit
He spoke to me, I took his flute
No, I wasn’t that cute to him, was I?
But I did it, because he lied
And because he took you for a ride
Because time was on his side
And because I


I’ll lose some sales and my boss won’t be happy
But I can’t stop listening to the sound
Of two soft voices blended in perfection
From the reels of this record that I’ve found

Every day there’s a boy in the mirror
Asking me “What are you doing here?”
Finding all my previous motives
Growing increasingly unclear

I’ve travelled far and I’ve burned all the bridges
I believed as soon as I hit land
All the other options held before me
Would wither in the light of my plan

So I’ll lose some sales and my boss won’t be happy
But there’s only one thing on my mind
Searching boxes underneath the counter
On a chance that on a tape I’d findc
A song for someone who needs somewhere to long for

Homesick – cause I no longer know where home is

05.Be Good or Be Gone

If you happen to read this
Rose was born
A child actress
On the fifth day of the snow

Be good or be gone
Be good or be gone

Her range was staggering
Movement and timing
Frame by frame
It did unfold

I read to you on Saturdays
The museum has closed down
Sell all your things
At the end of the drive

I have become
An aerial view
Of a costal town
That you once knew


When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eyes
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
I wish I was special
You’re so fuckin’ special

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special

Oh, oh, she’s running out again
She’s running out
She runs runs runs runs runs

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special