The Old Record (1989-1992)

Released: November 19, 1996
Label: Honest Don's Hardly Used Recordings

The re-released version of 1989-1992 on Fat Mike’s Honest Don’s Hardly Used Recordings.

TRACK LIST

1. Othello \ Lyrics
2. Nuisance \ Lyrics
3. North Pole \ Lyrics
4. He Wants Me Back \ Lyrics
5. My Problem \ Lyrics
6. Blind Leading The Blind \ Lyrics
7. Pick Up Lines \ Lyrics
8. Street Sweeper \ Lyrics
9. State Of Mind \ Lyrics
10. Keep On Running \ Lyrics
11. Java Junkie \ Lyrics
12. Old and Grey \ Lyrics
13. Babushska \ Instrumental
14. Truth Hurts \ Lyrics
15. Better Than Anything \ Lyrics
16. Skinhead BBQ \ Lyrics
17. Fight All Night \ Lyrics
18. DHC \ Lyrics

FACTS

  • The original version of 1989-1992 was released on Moon Records and featured an additional track titled “Time to Ease Up”.

LYRICS

OTHELLO

How can you say that you need me when you never look me in the face
How can you say that you love me when you’ve been messing around all over the place
I went downtown yesterday and I was walking in the marketplace
Everybody laughed at me, they whispered that i was a disgrace

You’ve been out all night drinking again, you never even bother to call
Been crossing blades with god knows who, you’re headed for your rise and fall
Sooner or later I’ll wake up and wipe the sleep out of my eyes
Later that day when you wake up you’ll be in for a big surprise

You talk about yourself all night when really you are such a bore
You give me flowers to my face, behind my back you call me a whore
I’ve had enough of your god knows what, I think it’s time for you to leave
I’ve forgiven you too many times before, this time you get no reprive

The bed’s too big without you but I suppose it’ll have to do
Better to lay in an empty bed than to spend another night beside you
People talking all over town about the way you’ve been putting me down
People talking all over town, they don’t want to see you around

NUISANCE

He don’t leave when it’s time to go
He don’t leave at the end of the show
He’s no friend an acquaintance at best
A scary guy in a leather vest
Cause he’s a nuisance

When he speaks it’s a scary sound
It’s hard to keep him from hanging around
the girls won’t give him the time of day, they just hope he’ll go away
Why won’t he go away, why does he always stay
Cause he’s a nuisance

I wish he’d move to another place or at least get out of my face
It seems that there is nothing left to do
I wish he would just get a clue
Cause he’s a nuisance

Why won’t he go away, why does he always stay
Cause he’s a nuisance

NORTH POLE

In the snow, I sleep freezing, constantly coughing and wheezing
Been awake the whole night through, my mind reeling with thoughts of you
Sitting in the north pole, it is really cold, but i’m still waiting for you

My blood is cold as ice, if you were here that would suffice
Staring blankly at the wall, waiting patiently for your call
The bread you baked when you left is now a solid rock, a footrest
Tried to keep it warm for you, it didn’t last four years, only two
Sitting in the north pole, it is really cold, but i’m still waiting for you

You said you’d be back in 10, good thing I believe in zen
You’ll be back, this I know, even though that was 3 years ago
Sitting in the north pole, feels like I’m getting old, but I’m still waiting for you

I know that you’ll be back soon, so I’ll stay awake until you do
Borrowed a book from a friend of mine, I’ve read it so many times
Sitting in the north pole, it is really cold, but I’m still waiting for you
Sitting in the north pole, feels like I’m getting old, but I’m still waiting for you

HE WANTS ME BACK

Yesterday the leaves were brown, and I was wearing a big frown
because my lover left me for the girl that he had loved before
The sky was cloudy then turned blue, because I saw it was no use to
want someone whose heart was elsewhere so I’ve decided not to care

He wants me back but he can’t have me
He wants me back, there’s no denying
He wants me back, he’s on his knees
Now we’ll see who’s crying

The grass is greener without you, it’s true, so many things for me to do
Living my life for me and on my own
It’s so great to be alone
And now you’re knocking on my door, ha, ha, you’ve realized you love me more
Well I’ve no time to hear apologies, I’ve got the world to see

He wants me back but her can’t have me
He wants me back, there’s no denying
He wants me back, he’s on his knees
Now we’ll see who’s crying

MY PROBLEM

Never thought of leaving you today
Never thought I’d ever feel this way, but now I’m gone and you are alone
I hope you’re not waiting by the phone cause I am never coming back,
not because of anything you lack
Believe me there’s nothing you can do
The problem’s with me and not with you
You’ve been there for me each and every time
Trust me it’s not your problem it is mine
I’m sorry I don’t know what’s going through my head
I didn’t mean for you to be mislead

For some reason I don’t know, it doesn’t feel right so I have to go
Don’t let it hurt your self-esteem
You’ll be some girl’s everlasting dream
It has nothing to do with you, please trust me for I’m being true
I’m sorry for the pain it will bring, it’s just another dumb girl thing
You’ve been there for me each and every time
Trust me it’s not your problem it is mine
I’m sorry I don’t know what’s going through my head
I didn’t mean for you to be mislead

BLIND LEADING THE BLIND

Goals turned toward consumption away from the way we think
More concerned about what’s in our pockets than the water that we drink
Apathy increasing where skepticism once prevailed
Ignorance covering the youth like a bride’s white veil
It’s the blind leading the blind, happens all the time
In our politics and our schools, now’s the time to wake up before we end up fools

Convenience is the rule, in life from day to day
Reduction of ambition is becoming the way
Education lowers its standards in an attempt to be fair
Lack of encouragement causes students not to care
It’s the blind leading the blind, happens all the time
In our politics and our schools, now’s the time to wake up before we end up fools

Wake up and smell the coffee, separate the fiction from the fact
Look at the world today and you’ll see it’s time to act
Changing one’s actions is certainly a start but only if the change comes truly from the heart
It’s the blind leading the blind, happens all the time
In our politics and our schools, now’s the time to wake up before we end up fools

PICK UP LINES

I opened up the door and then I walked into the bar
Through the smoky dime lit haze, I saw him from afar
Moved a little closer just to get a better view
He looked at me and smilied and said “I’m the one for you”
We’ve heard one too many over used pick up lines
Give us some credit we’re not sleazy, dumb, or blind

Saw another guy right then, his suit was tailor-made
Unfortunately so were his lines much to my dismay
Thought he had me pegged, tried to impress me with is cash
“You’d look great on my yacht” was the best line that he had
We’ve heard one too many over used pick up lines
Give us some credit we’re not sleazy, dumb, or blind

Over in the corner I saw this one all alone
Looked like Mr. Natural, the kind you would take home
At least until he opened his mouth “Hey babe, what’s your sign?”
We’ve heard one too many over used pick up lines
Give us some credit we’re not sleazy, dumb, or blind

Got fed up, decided to leave after one last drink
Felt a tap on my shoulder and started to think…
I can’t take this anymore, what will this line be?
That’s when he let his line fly “Hi, my name is Steve”
Where have you been all my life sweet thing?
Can I buy you a drink, marry you, anything?
We’ve heard one too many over used pick up lines
Give us some credit we’re not sleazy dumb or blind

STREET SWEEPER

There he goes running down the stret
He’s moving and panting and stomping his feet
He’s hoping and trying to lose the law
He’s alsmost away but there is a flaw
He hit a dead end and there is no way ou, but it seems as if he has not doubt
Look at that hole in the wall to his right
He’s punching the bricks out with all of his might
He’s making his way through little by little
One minute more and he’ll get to the middle
He gets to the other side and sees it, his big black car with his driver in it
The cops are gaining with each passing moment
It’s making him nervous but he’ll never show it
He’s too rough for anyone…
He’s the 7th street gangster

He looks in the mirror and pulls out his gun, cocks it and aims it ready for fun
Got a big problem, his bullets are gone
But even worse his driver named Don is passed out on the floor of the car
With him down there they won’t go far
The only solution is under his seat, he pushed the button –the ground leaves his feet
Once again the 7th street gangster has won
Why do people challenge him when they know what will be done
He’s never lost and I doubt he ever will
A word of warning to you all–don’t mess with the SSG

STATE OF MIND

I can’t believe the time–it’s getting to be late, so crowded in the state of my mind.
I can’t seem to think straight, it’s hard to tell my fate anymore
So would you be so kind to tell me which direction is the door
How will I manage to survive while I’m fighting this fiend
Welcome to the american machine

Blame–blame it on the game, the move of the technocrat, watch him tip his hat, he’s got no name
Corporation enterprise always tries to justify the end
Only for the short term, profits will be just around the bend
How will I manage to survive while I’m fighting this fiend
Welcome to the american machine

Oh I see the river red, the government, the pentagon, choose to feed the green beret instead
The streets are filled with homeless, the ignorant have nowhere to go
So tell me where’s the medicare, admist all the nuclear show
How will I manage to survive while I’m fighting this fiend
Welcome to the american machine

KEEP ON RUNNING

I keep on running but I’m starting to tire
I keep on moving cause my mind’s on fire
It’s an uphill climb but my feet are gettin heavy
I keep on running cause I’m feeling ready
Keep on running…

I’m getting tired but I try to ignore it
Cause if I don’t I’ll be heading for it
I know if I stop I’ll be a dead man
The way it is for me it must be in the plan
Keep on running…

I keep on running cause I can’t turn back
I’ve got no choice my body’s keeping track of the miles I’ve gone and the miles left to go
If I stop now, everyone will surely know
Keep on running…

JAVA JUNKIE

It started when he was just a young boy
Coffee soon became his favorite toy
A cup in the morining began his day, soon he was drinking coffee all day
Java junkie–always has a cup of
Java junkie–never gets enough of
Java junkie–drinking coffee all day
Java junkie–to a coffee god he prays
He’s an addict and that’s a fact
But at least he’s not smoking crack
You can’t be sure of that

His parents found his new found addiction
So they hid all the coffee away in the kitchen
Nothing could stop him, they knew it was true
He was totally hooked on the java brew
Java junkie–always has a cup of
Java junkie–never gets enough of
Java junkie–drinking coffee all day
Jave junkie–to a coffee god he prays
He’s an addict and that’s a fact
But at least he’s not smoking crack

OLD AND GREY

Sometimes i think that my life has just begun
And someday I’ll have my day in the sun
But the best days of my life have past
And they went by so very fast
It scares me to think just where my life has gone
And that I may never see tomorrow’s dawn

I remember sitting on the swing
I was nearly seven years old
Contemplating, planning out my dreams
Which of course woudl later be sold
I would be happiness and grace
Then wake on this track of life and find that I am losing the race

I find myself looking forward into time
Do as they say and you will be fine
Don’t try to argue and don’t try to complain
Hide your anger and your pain
It scares me to think just where my life has gone
And that I may never see tomorrow’s dawn

I remember when I used to be so young and so carefree
Now my life is filled with problems and responsibilites
Getting home by four to watch richie rich and scooby-doo
Was all that ever worried me, it was all I had to do
Looking at the older kids, always thought they were so great
Saw them hanging out at parties, always got to stay out late
By the time I reached that age the novelty had all but faded
Now that we are old and grey we’ve become annoyed and jaded

Thinking back to the time when I was young
I thought it would be so fun to grow up
And do anything I want
It didn’t turn out the way that I thought
It would be happiness and grace
Then wake up on theis track of life to find that I am losing the race

TRUTH HURTS

Telling me what to do with my life
Telling me that I’m no good
Telling me that you are the very best..
You’re driving me up the wall
At one time you were on top
You thought you were a hot shot
You never thought the ride would stop
Now the roller coaster’s over
Your only pal is your dog Rover
So much for your stay at the top

Talking about your lucky big deals
Demanding to top the bill
Boring, it’s all so boring
I’m so glad the spotlights gone
At one time you were on top
You thought you were a hot shot
You never thought the ride would stop
Now the roller coaster’s over
Your only pal is your dog Rover
So much for your stay at the top

Now that the spotlight is gone
Running towards the bandwagon
Claiming everything is fine
You can’t hide from truth
At one time you were on top
You thought you were a hot shot
You never thought the ride would stop
Now the roller coaster’s over
Your only pal is your dog Rover
So much for your stay at the top

BETTER THAN ANYTHING

As I was walking on the bridge the other day
I thought I saw you but you ducked and drove away
I could’ve sworn you told me you were gonna be out of town
I wanted to make sure but I couldn’t track you down
And then the other night I tried to surprise you at your work
But the guys in you office told me you’d gone home early with a smirk
Funny thing, you weren’t at home and I began to sense a change
It was then I figured out that something was a little strange
For so long I thought you were better than anything
But now I realize that you’re not the way you seem

You must’ve thought that I was much too dumb to figure out
That you’re a lying cheat that’s always running about
Like all those nights you told me you were going out with the guys
Did you think I’d believe you after you told 26 lies?
For so long I thought you were better than anything
But now I realize that you’re not the way you seem

SKINHEAD BBQ

We always need a skinhead BBQ back in the month of june to ward off
all the bad feelings left over from the fall and spring
We must rely on common sense to keep us out of any mess, protect all
those who do attend, and entertain them until the end
Why can’t all things be simple just like a BBQ
A summer skinhead BBQ–someday they will
Hamburgers and hotdogs, chips and onion dip
Watermelon and hawaiian punch to sip
Don’t forget the oreos, double stuff–of course

FIGHT ALL NIGHT

I don’t wanna go out with you tonight
I just wanna stay home and fight
Nothing sounds more fun than what we do
Can’t imagine more fun with you
Do I remember what fun you can be
No–it’s been too long since you had it with me
Why would I want to have a good time
When we can stay home and not spend a dime
It’s always fun to be with you
And never have anything to do
Why go out when we can fight
It’s what we’re used to every night

DHC

Woke up this moring and I looked outside
Just an average day with no new surprise
Pick up the paper and I read the front page
And what it said just blew me away
Top of the page and printed in red
Caught my eye and here’s what it said–
Something is wrong in the world today
Work, war, and crime can’t walk a straight line
Out on the dance floor everything’s gonna be alright
Out on the dance floor
Dance Hall, Dance Hall Crashers tonight

The world’s a mess some people always say
Well you know they’re right, but who am I to say
We keep on living and we take it all in stride
Cause if we worry too much we’ll never stay alive
Just keep on what you’re doing, don’t always look back–
What happened then, it’s all in the past
Just live for the moment and do what you will
We’ll keep on playing cause we know the bill
Out on the dance floor everything’s gonna be alright
Out on the dance floor
Dance Hall, Dance Hall Crashers tonight

So if something’s wrong in the world today
Well that’s alright, that’s what we say
Worry about the next day when its time has come
Just get up on your feet know and don’t miss this song
We’re all rocking steady, you should try it too
Don’t worry about your image, it’s just me and you
We’re here right now, that’s all we care about
Don’t worry about tomorrow, let’s go all out
Out on the dance floor everything’s gonna be alright
Out on the dance floor
Dance Hall, Dance Hall Crashers tonight