I hear you've got a pocket full of words
That you keep in the garage
Together with the feathers and the fireworks
A surf town hero who's got one foot in the garden
Where the neon-lighted cocktail glasses bloom
And they built you a model airplane
Like the one that brought you back to Lindbergh Field
Now you're counting your change by the streetlights on India
"Hey, it's me again, I'm faded...could I please come over?"

You can do what you want
In Umbilical Town
In a waterfront bar

Old gap-toothed Annie was a friend of mine
The third time around she was born again
She must have burned at least a half-a-million dollars
In the little rooms next door to Wash-And-Fold
And there ain't no consolation prize
There is no back door to innocence
Just the wild-eyed faces and names that you've forgotten
"Hey, the money's gone, I'm broken, could I please come over?"

You can do what you want
In Umbilical Town
In that waterfront bar

I've been dreaming we were born together
I've been thinking about it
Been lurking back streets - kicking down alleyways
I've been thinking about it
How it's always worse than it appears
Raskolnikov's out on the stairs
Howling at the man in the moon
They say he lost control
Between the suburbs and the barrio
Tired from too much too soon
Now the air is thick with compromise
We're always on the way
So I take comfort in the only life I know

Where you can do what you want
In Umbilical Town
At the waterfront bar
In Umbilical Town
You can do what you want
You can do what you want
You can do what you want


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    General Comment"raskolnikov's out on the stairs
    howling at the man in the moon
    they say he lost control"

    .. is one of the best lyrics i've ever heard.
    sebharperon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and amazing that it makes me cry and I dont know why other people don't know it
    kozmikon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'ive been thinking we were born together'
    'ive been thinking sbout it'
    'how its always worse that it appears'

    I agree 100%. I can lay down on my own and tune out of the world and into this song. Its like a complete story, with so many characters and a strong sense of home, and family and friends.
    Also, it just makes me happy to be alive.
    thisbirdhasflownon February 22, 2007   Link

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