As Good As Gold

1. As Good As Gold

Kicking and screaming into the world
Tolerance threshold low
Bowing to demands of a guilty conscience
And out of your control
Innocent eyes tell forgivable lies
In a spirit that’s so pure
Marching into the madness of youth
And no hope of a cure

He’s trying he’s fighting all the laws of gravity
No signs of achievement no responsibility
In a world of his own

Cos the right of the world pushed him oh too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold
Cos the right of the world pushed him oh too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold
Cos the right of the world pushed him oh too far
But his Mother always said he was good as gold

Tricking and scheming into the world
Flying his flag so high
From the turret of a battle tank
Drowned out by his own war cry

He’s trying he’s fighting all the laws of gravity
No signs of achievement no responsibility
In a world of his own

2. Bird Of Paradise

Born of pure Brazilian blood
On the wrong side of town
A street fighting neighbourhood
An innocent victim of circumstance
One day surely you’ll get your chance
Staring at herself in the mirror’s reflection
Far from a world of mystery and perfection
Picking at painted fingernails
Tossing her hair when all else fails
Sulking into large cocktails until the strangers fade away
And she starts to wonder what her life might be
If the flower bloomed
And the princess blossomed and became the queen
She walked into a crowd
And everyone would stare
Would they laugh outloud?
Would anybody care?
And the dream dissolved and she had to hide
When they crushed her soul and fed on her pride
Bird of paradise
Proud as a peacock with a thousand eyes
Soaring high as your heart might take you
They’ll say in the years she made dreams come true

Now has come the time to see her shine
And cross that line
There’s nobody here today can stand up and say that she ever walked away
There’s nobody here today could look her in the eye and say that she ever walked away
Bird of paradise
Proud as a peacock with a thousand eyes
Soaring high as your heart might take you
They’ll say in the years she made dreams come true
Now has come the time to see her shine
And cross that line
There’s nobody here today can stand up and say that she ever walked away
There’s nobody here today could look her in the eye and say that she ever walked away
There’s nobody here today can stand up and say that she ever walked away
Half closed eyes scan the papers of lies
For her name to be written in lights
So long gone the jesters and judges
The painful and dark Friday nights
How come it’s taken this long for the good to be right
and so strong?
Did she just lose her soul in the fight
And stole away in the night
And she starts to wonder what her life became
As the flower bloomed
And the princess blossomed and became the queen
She walked into a crowd
And everyone would stare
No one laughed outloud
And everybody cared
And the dream held true and she never had to hide
With her head held high with dignity and pride

Bird of paradise
Proud as a peacock with a thousand eyes
Soaring high as your heart might take you
They’ll say in the years she made dreams come true
Now has come the time to see her shine
And cross that line

And the paper boy hold the news of what might have been
With his hand held high
He shouts to the bustling crowd
That the princess grew up and became the queen

3. Midnight Running

Midnight running
Are we homeward bound?
Pandora’s box is lying open on the ground
Got needles in your backbone
Got those needles in your head
The spotlights flashing frozen in your tracks

And your just playing dead
You know you know you gotta go
Make a break for the border
Make the break of a life
Take your sons and daughters
Keep them safe right under your wing
Throw your past behind you
And put history to the knife

Too fast too bitter too late
To change your mind again
Too fast too bitter too late
It’s driving you insane

Wherever I go I’ll take you there
Whatever you say can’t help me now
I’ve swallowed my pride
Let go the fear
Followed the tears
I’m so excited something new is about to happen

Midnight running
Have we lost our ground?
Freedom’s in the hands of those who pickup on every sound
For he that stands alone and by his actions judged
Will carry the burden of a thousand souls
Lying helpless caged and drugged

You know you know you gotta go
The seeds are all now sown
It was written down in stone
Now the time has come to break away the chains
And midnight run alone tonight
And it’s driving you insane

Wherever I go I’ll take you there
Whatever you say can’t help me now
I’ve swallowed my pride
Let go the fear
Followed the tears
I’m so excited something new is about to happen
[repeat]

Can we cross the border?
Can we cross the water?
Will we keep our sons and daughters?
And finally see the bright light of freedom

The bright light of freedom

The rare light of freedom

The torchlight shines on the path ahead
And the weak walk in the footsteps we tread
To feel the warm light of freedom

[chorus]

4. A Million Miles Away

When she speaks to you in a soft voice
Makes makes you feel secure
Makes you feel good at things you do

When they speak to you in a loud voice
They just don’t understand
And although you’re there you’re a million miles away

And I could be a million miles away
I’m a wandering stranger just trying to find some answers
And although you’re there you’re a million miles away

I could be a million miles away
I’m a wandering stranger just trying to find some answers
And although you’re there you’re a million miles away

When she speaks to you in a soft voice
Makes you feel secure
Makes you feel so good at things you do

When they speak to you in loud voices
They just don’t understand
And although you’re there you’re a million miles away

And I could be a million miles away
I’m a wandering stranger just trying to find some answers
Please try to understand