bristol hits vol. 3

by Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys

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released August 25, 2012

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Chuck Zak & the Oxford Boys Cherry Hill, New Jersey

neo-prog-merseybeat for the people.

music and lyrics by bristol, pennsylvania's currently-in-exile chuck zak, except where noted.

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Track Name: secret keeping machine
it works when it's told what to do
it knows when not to be seen
i showed it somebody new
now my secret keeping machine
is in the news again

no more running at the mouth now
if i was
come close enough to show you
i wanna show you what it does

the hum of the motors at night
they trouble my other's dreams
i thought everything was alright
now my secret keeping machine
is in the news again

no more running at the mouth now
if i was
come close enough to tell you
i wanna tell you what it does

the letter was read and it ran:
how about coming clean?
how much of yourself can you stand
now your secret keeping machine
is in the news again
Track Name: the universal
using the infinite
to measure the permanence
of money and influence
wherever they went
better let the sun set on them

to gather up one degree
he walked 200 miles between two trees
the formula can be easy
invisible in the tea leaves

apply the universal
and rub the words off

vote for degenerate
sign on to the settlement
cost analysis benefit
wherever they went...

to gather up one degree
it took a million wolves and a million sheep
the formula came in pieces
but when it came it was easy
Track Name: serendipity is the fifth beatle #1
can you help a brother
out of his mind
and into another?
an appeal to chance

'cause I'm gonna hold my head high again
and all through the dark I wave a needle
from under a mountain of debris
it shone like the skin of a golden steeple
serendipity is the fifth beatle

I consider us brothers
in this sylvan expanse

where I'm gonna hold my head high again
and wander the crowd in a weary sequel
to wait for her moonlighting fancy
her keys are behind a tower of speakers
serendipity is the fifth beatle

now it's out of my hands

so I'm gonna hold my head high again
lost in the sound of the shore in a seashell
the roar of an ocean years away
and the sound of a voice singing peaceful
serendipity is the fifth beatle
Track Name: stay goodbye
so long, said i
so what, whatever, say goodbye
but say it and go roll your wheels a while
and when a brand new sky
disturbs your daydream while you drive
remember your promise and stay goodbye
you can wonder all you want about it but
stay goodbye

my sad, sad eyes
have cried enough, you think i'm lyin'?
i'm sorry you do if you're truly dyin'
but there's a thousand miles
we need between us for a while
so stick to your promise and stay goodbye...
Track Name: talking dog
at night i'm listening for
for the sound of water and shore
in the city, what's there to live for?
gimmee a cause
and a talking dog

like a bolt from out of the blue
whatever that might mean to you
some revelation in the form of a light
through the fog
or a talking dog

how does he know
what i'm thinking
how does he know
that i've changed my mind once again
some revelation
was here and it waited
then it went

i'm being kept wide awake
this in spite of the measures i take
i could be happy
with the life of a lonely, spinning cog
with a talking dog
Track Name: stars in the backyard
moving everywhere
rootless and despondent
breathing the midnight air
outside my apartment
isn't the same

it's like fishing for inspiration
and when it came
throwing it right back again

but when the stars in the backyard are shining
we can disappear with the light
and travel the whole wide world
on a single night

moving every year
so no ties can bind us
but each blade of grass from here
can only remind us
nothing has changed

your saving your imagination
from an early grave
then throwing it right back again

but when the stars in the backyard are shining
we can disappear with the light
and travel the whole wide world
in a single night

returning the following evening
more alive than we have a right
we traveled the whole wide world
in a single night
Track Name: buyer's remorse
well she's money in the bank
i'm guaranteed a future
but what kind of future
have i put my money in?

and she's feeling buyer's remorse
so when she tells me
of course she loves me, well
i consider the source

but she's money in the bank
I'm gonna make her work for me
though i know no one works for free
not in this world
you know this girl's no exception

when she was young
she was thrown from a horse
so when she tells me
of course she remembers, well
i consider the source

and she defies all the rules i enforce
so when she tells
of course she's on my side
well i consider the source
Track Name: robbery
I can see why
robbery is so
so maybe we'll just see
see for ourselves
what flies
when you flip a switch and the room is revealed
to the night

I can see why
jealousy is so
so maybe we'll just see
see with our own
two eyes
how easy the nights have been leading me
deep in disguise
Track Name: sister city
some mornings
when the silence is golden
not cold

into the open
half awake
going through motions
too soon to soothe the ache

in the waking hour
sister city i am under your power

some people
like to walk all over
your back

but out in the open
eventually
silence is broken
try holding this hour with me

in the dawning hour
sister city i am under your power
Track Name: life is a henway
if life's a mote inside a nuclear moment
within a boundless youll never get over
you put an awful lot of weight on your shoulder
if lifes a henway i might not have known

will people stay home?

it was summer in a garden of eden
my throat was burnin' and my eardrums were bleeding
well it must've been some book I was reading
said lifes a henway and youll never know

will people stay home?