Songbook

by Allison Crowe

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about

Allison Crowe enjoys a wonderful opportunity - invited by movie Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder - to appear in the newest Hollywood Superman blockbuster – “Man of Steel".

Appearing pretty much as herself – it's an inspiring experience to witness the professionalism and artistry of a stellar cast and crew – and all the team united in making this epic science fiction adventure.

Allison cameos as "Singer in Cassidy's", (an actual historic inn and bar - located only 20 minutes drive from her birth-place of Nanaimo, BC), where Clark Kent is working incognito. She performs "Ring of Fire", a song penned by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and made legendary by 'The Man in Black'. “I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison Crowe fan. So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen,” explains “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder.

Coincident with this fun event, and new audiences discovering the music, is the creation of "Songbook". It's a richly diverse, oeuvre-spanning, collection of tracks representing each album+ release from Allison Crowe's Rubenesque Records - 'Taking the Road Less Traveled since 2001'. This collection debuted in June 2013, with the premiere of "Man of Steel" and's globally released via iTunes+ on March 17, 2014.

As a first such volume of Allison's recorded repertoire it's a resonant playlist here and now.

Speaking with Steve Younis of Superman Homepage, Allison says: "Songbook is basically a collection of songs, originals, and covers, of mine going all the way back to 2001 up until now! I think it's a great introduction to my music for anyone who has no idea who I am and has never heard of me, and for people who like to kind of have all the songs in one place!"

We hope you will enjoy these 22 song performances.

Cover drawings by Allison Crowe, and design/artwork by our long-time graphics collaborator, Alix Whitmire.

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released 17 March 2014

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Track Name: Crayon and Ink
Crayon and Ink
Words and music composed by Allison Crowe

The Arctic surrounded my cold wooden room
I don't think I've ever felt so warm
these waters brought back to me
what I reluctantly believed
and I watched as the 4 corners gave way
to the ice and the life and the death

and the warmth
and they were all joined together

In that one instant I could
feel you crushing me
but I didn't want to remember what it felt like

to be alive
and still feel so cold

in crayon and ink
what I understood the least
were these words not spoken
out of fear of the law
or self sacrifice

and I never thought that confirmation
would come in to play
and these words were never going to be on
the tip of your tongue

and I was locked in a place
that I'd never seen before
without windows but
with curtains hanging on the walls
and I was forced to believe
all I had
I had to self-deprivate
and I was proved wrong
when you came back

in a room filled with nothing
this table looked away from me
a kick to your foot and a twist of your head
and I saw that you were afraid
but if you think that I was just being cold
you don't know how scared I was

in crayon and ink
what I understood the least
were these words not spoken
out of fear of the law
or self sacrifice

and I never thought that confirmation
would come in to play
and these words were never going to be on
the tip of your...
Track Name: When I'm Gone
When I'm Gone

Words & Music by Phil Ochs
As performed by Allison Crowe

There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone
And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone
And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't feel the flowing of the time when I'm gone
All the pleasures of love will not be mine when I'm gone
My pen won't pour out a lyric line when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't breathe the bracing air when I'm gone
And I can't even worry 'bout my cares when I'm gone
Won't be asked to do my share when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

And I won't be running from the rain when I'm gone
And I can't even suffer from the pain when I'm gone
Can't say who's to praise and who's to blame when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here

Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone
And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone
Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here
Track Name: Arthur
Arthur

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

And the weight of this war
We are fighting
Is a door that is opening
And sighing

You say come back inside
It is warm here
You have seen it out there
And you ran
away

If you lift without strength
Can you move it
Or the sword in this stone
Would you lose it

Are you Arthur
Or only pretending
And this hope you have burned
Are you sending
away

Away, away…

Would you hold me
If I disappeared now
And if I didn’t know
Who I was

Would you stay with me
While I was losing
Or lay down your sword
And run
away

Would you still love me
If I forgot you
If my heart held to
Only a thread

In the flicker of eyes
I would see you
Would you carry me back
from my dread
away

Away, 'way, away

away, away
Track Name: Lisa's Song
Lisa's Song
Words and Music by Allison Crowe

I want to be the one
To say that I found you safe
And held you in my arms
I want anyone else in the world
To tell me
That they did too
And took you home

Across the field and to your door
And said, hey baby it’s cool,
There’s no reason to be scared anymore.
Took you home
And held you in, held you in, held you in.

Just stay home
Don’t come outside to play
Circumstance beyond control
I feel so helpless
Mind is racing and breaking
Me into a million pieces
Because I can’t

Take you home
Across the river and to your door
Take you home and
Cut through the darkness
You don’t have to cry anymore
Take you home
And hold you in, hold you in, hold you in.

Take you home
Across the sea and to your door
Take you home
But I’m so scared
That home isn’t here anymore

Take you home
And hold you in
Through the nightshade and under the stars
And hold you in...
Track Name: Skeletons and Spirits
Skeletons and Spirits

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Take your sympathy and shove it
as for the pain,
well, I love it
I'll eat your words
I'll devour your soul
I will laugh like a lemur
as you crawl back into your hole

I won't deny you,
but I'll pay you no heed
And, if you keep stabbing me,
I will probably bleed
But, I'll pretend I'm a cloud
and my rain will surround you
And if you keep hurting me
I'll eventually drown you

And, yes I know
I'm a little bit off

But, you, you can't leave, you can't open the door
you think you're unique but I've seen you before
so run, run away from the fires that burn
you will do this again and again
but you will never learn

So keep looking down
as you crush me keep smiling
'cause I will get up
and there's no denying
that I am one of your punching clowns
you can keep on striking
but you can't keep me down

You always think that you
are fearless and right
but I think that you
are afraid in the night
of the ghosts, of the spirits
that crawl into your head
of the skeletons that'll haunt you
until you're dead

but, now, you can't leave, you can't open the door
you think you're unique but I've seen you before
so run, run away from the fires that burn
you will do this again and again and again and again

but, now, you can't leave, you can't open the door
you think you're unique but I've seen it all before
so run, run away from the fires that burn
but you will never learn
you will never learn
you will never learn
Track Name: Why (v2)
Why

Composed by Annie Lennox
As Performed by Allison Crowe

How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But every time I go to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey, this kind of trouble's only just begun

I told myself too many times
Why don't you learn to keep your big mouth shut
That's why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth

Tell me
Why
Tell me, why

I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking

And I've heard it said too many times
That you'd be better off
Besides
Why can't you see that this boat is sinking
this boat is sinking, this boat is sinking

Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away your doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out,
turning inside out

Tell me
Why
Tell me
Why

This is the book I never read
And these are the words I never said
And this is the path I'll never tread
And these are the dreams I'll dream instead
And this is the joy that's seldom spread
And these are the tears,
The tears we’ve shed

This is the fear
And this is the dread
And these are the contents of my head

These are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
This is how I feel

Do you know how I feel?

I don't think you know how I, why I, feel
Track Name: How Long
How Long
Words & Music by Allison Crowe

It took me so long to understand
who I needed to be for myself
and it took me too long to realize
that I didn't need anybody else
so now I'm sitting here in silence
and all I can feel is regret
and it seems to be so easy for you now
but its not so easy for me to forget

how long do I have to wait here?
you leave me standing in the cold
how long will it take you to remember
while you're still alive and growing old
I'm the only one who cares about you

so roll me over
shut me out
if that's what you feel possessed to do
whatever helps to get you through the night
yeah it may kill me
but I'll still love you

how long do I have to wait here
you leave me standing in the cold
how long will it take you to remember
while you're still alive and growing old
I'm the only one who cares about you

I am
I am the only one
I am
I am...

how long do I have to wait here
you leave me standing in the cold
how long will it take you to remember
while you're still alive and growing old
I'm the only one, I am the only one
I am

you leave me standing in the cold
how long will it take for you to realize
that I am gone?
Track Name: I Don't Know
I Don't Know

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I don’t know how to deal with this
So maybe I’ll just descend into madness
Looking out of the corner of my eye

Maybe I’ll just run away
If I can’t think of anything nice to say, to save my life,
before we all fly away

And I’d like to think I did something worthwhile

And I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgmental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
But I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

I’m tired of watching so many people
Systematically destroy themselves
Go ahead this one is on me

I think we’re all hiding from an invisible monster
Some part of ourselves we don’t want anyone to see

I’d like to think this did something worthwhile
Besides killing everyone I know

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgemental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this
And I am not going to pretend I do

And I’d like to think this did anything at all
But, I think I know better by now

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
And I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgmental
I won’t try to be holier than thou

But, I don’t get this, I don’t get this
I don’t get this

I don’t know what is wrong with everyone
But, I guess, I don’t even know what’s wrong with me
And I won’t try to be judgmental
I won’t try to be holier than thou
I don’t get this and I am not going to pretend I do

Cause I do
‘cause maybe I understand too well
Track Name: Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Words & Music by Leonard Cohen
As performed & Transcribed by Allison Crowe

I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, baby, I've been here before.
I've seen this room, and I've walked this floor.
I used to live alone before I knew you.
But I've seen your flag on the marble arch,
And love is not a victory march,
It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, there was a time when you'd let me know
What's really going on below,
But now you never show that to me, do you?
But remember when I moved in you,
And the Holy Ghost was moving too,
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Well, maybe there is a God above,
But all that I've ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you.
It's not a cry that you hear at night,
And it is not somebody who has seen the light
It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Track Name: In My Life
In My Life

Words & Music by John Lennon/Paul McCartney
As performed by Allison Crowe

There are places I remember
In my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain

All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends
I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
there is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I'll love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I'll love you more
In my life I'll love you more
Track Name: Time After Time
Time After Time

Words & Music by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman
As performed by Allison Crowe

Lying in this bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles, confusion
is nothing new
Flashbacks and warm nights
almost left behind
Suitcase of memory,
Time after time

Sometimes you picture me
walking too far ahead
You're talking to me, and I can't hear
What you have said
You say go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting
Time after time

After your picture fades darkness has
turned to grey
Watching through windows you're wondering
If I'm ok

You say go slow
I fall behind
The drum beats out of time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I'll be waiting
Time after time

If you're lost you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall I will catch you I will be waiting
Time after time

Time after time

Time after time

Time after time
Track Name: Wedding Song
Wedding Song

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

At the turning of another moon
comes time to end this day
and only so many have to pass
as I am gone away

So I sing you now this lullaby
though it is bittersweet
for we have to part when we close our eyes
but every morning meet

These words fall down upon this page
I never do get to sleep
but to be so far away from you
I lay my head and weep

I know this night will be over soon
there's another day in sight
though darkness falls on empty sheets
only you bring in the light

I will never be the perfect wife
I don't even know what that is
but I will be here and he'll always know
that my heart is his

So count down the days
and draw the curtains back
pour the wine and say
that we'll love as much as we both can do
until our dying day
Track Name: Snow
Snow

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Ice blue
Beautiful silence
The first snow falls
And whispers peacefully

Floating and reeling
you land in a snowflake
On everybody’s jackets
Keeping them company

Set about the air
And find without formation
No lines, no barricades
Just abstract light

A different shape
For every eye that sees
A comfort, a brush
through all of our eyes

lively and dancing
through the air
in the Winter's night
on the winds

falling and landing
landing and fixing
leaving an imprint
on all you have seen

and in this ice blue silence
this beautiful memory,
do not guard jealously
no time to despair

no pain in this cold
Just good, just kindness
A blanket of memory
Soft in the night

So smile and watch
As the snow falls around us
Landing on us all
Leaving peace to remember

Never one shade,
Never one shape
Always in motion
And beauty inspired
Track Name: Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Composed by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
As performed by Allison Crowe

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I’ve traveled the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Hold your head up
Keep your head up
Keep your head up
Keep your head up

Keep your head up

movin' on
movin' on

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
Track Name: Secrets (That Aren't My Own)
Secrets
Words & Music by Allison Crowe

verse 1
you know I hold these in
and I take them for myself
I'm covered in guilt
but it's not my own

there isn't any reason
for me to feel like I'm dying
I'm done with being afraid
I'm done with lying

chorus:
and I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I know that I'm not perfect
and maybe I am the court jester
I'm the life of the party
and I know too much about the court...

I have these secrets that aren't my own

verse 2
so take this how you want to
I'm not here to judge you
I just want to be in love with you
I just want to forget myself

i want to just be ignorant
please take this pain away from me
down to the river and out to the sea
down to the river and out to the sea

chorus:
and I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I know that I'm not perfect
yeah, I am the court jester
I'm the life of the party
and I know too much about the court...

I have these secrets that aren't my own

verse 3
it's too far to reach.
but I'm too scared to let go.
it's too close to ignore
but I feel so far away now

I'm crawling in the ceiling
I'm scratching through the walls
I'm trying to scream
but my own hand is on my throat

chorus:
And I am not an angel
I'm more like Mona Lisa
there's something hiding in me
there's always something behind my smile

and I want to be like Venus
to just bare it all and face the world
but I'm tangled in these blankets
I'm caught in between the lines

I have these secrets that aren't my own
Track Name: Disease (Tidings Concert)
Disease

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Stepping on
the thoughts of all pain
released from this anger
is some place I would like to be
and when I feel myself defeated
I bleed
and when I see them twist around
dancing in their own wake
I rage

And I don't want to exist on this plane
crashing down to the level of
depth of skin
flesh and bone
all wrapped up in pages
flashed in our faces
laughing and spiteful

Run away

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool

Try to hold on to what I believe
disappeared
no longer here as anything but
wretched and disfigured
so I slash myself again
and I drown my hopes again
lose myself in this disease

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool

Cut yourself to the mold
Nothing left to rid yourself of
but bile and blood
torn skin screaming
and silenced as we
replace marble with plastic

Lost again
misdirected and folded
drowned in bones
and thrown away
they told me to disappear
and slowly dive
into the shallow end
of the gene pool
Track Name: There Is
There Is

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Open up your door
I know we've both been here before
But there's a shadow fading here
A revolution on its way

Open up your mind
I know I've drowned in there before
But my wings are drying off
And I am ready to dive in
I am coming back again
To you

A way
There is a way
Out of this
There is

Give me a minute
I'll try to explain myself to you
I am the girl who is always with you
The one who's always watching

Give me a break I thought that you
understood this already
And I'm not trying to deceive you
I don't have that much time on my hands
And I am not going to leave you alone

A way
There is a way
Out of this
There is

I see you in the rain
and you are more beautiful
than I have ever seen

And when I walk I want you with me
And I see your smile above me
and I know, I know there is

A way
there is a way
out of this
there is.
Track Name: Imagine
Imagine

Words & Music by John Lennon
As performed by Allison Crowe

Imagine there's no heaven,
It's easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today...

Imagine there's no countries,
It isn't hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one
Track Name: Me and Bobby McGee
Me and Bobby McGee

Words & Music by Fred Foster & Kris Kristofferson
As performed by Allison Crowe

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' for a train
An' I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained
I headed all the way to New Orleans

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues, Lord
Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine
We sang every song the driver knew

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
Ah, nothing, honey if it ain't free, Lord

Feeling good was easy, Lord,
when he sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

From the Kentucky coal mines to the California sun
Yeah, Bobby shared the secrets of my soul
Through all kinds of weather, through everything we done
Yeah, Bobby baby kept me from the cold

I pulled up near Salinas, Lord, I let him slip away
He's lookin' for that home, and I hope he finds it
Well, I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday
To be holdin' Bobby's body next to mine

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose
Ah, nothing, well that's all that Bobby left me, Lord

Feeling good was easy, Lord
when he sang the blues
Feeling good was good enough for me
Good enough for me and my Bobby McGee.

La de di, la de di da, la de di de di di da, la di da, la de di da Bobby
McGee

La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da Bobby
McGee

La da la la la, la da la la la da la La da da la d da hey, hey, I said my Bobby
McGee, Lord

Lo do da la da da da, lo da la la la da la La da da la la la hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby
McGee, oh yeah

I said I called him my lover, called him my man, I said called him my lover
do the best I can, yeah, c'mon Bobby, now, c'mon Bobby McGee, Lord, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, Lord, hey, hey, hey, yeah, I said my Bobby McGee, yeah

La da da la da da da, la da la la la da la La da da la la la da da

Hey hey I said Bobby McGee Lord

Lord lordy, lordy lordy lord oh Lord

Hey, hey, hey, I said my Bobby McGee, Lord
Track Name: Going Home Tonight
Going Home Tonight

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I know the night is on us
and la lune it moves above
just try not to close your eyes

The windows float around
and the ice flies by our heads
and skirts the surface now

And you've seen
the darker side of me
and you still find a light
it's not much further now
We're going home tonight

Le soleil is a reminder
that what once was cold can warm
the dark can fall behind her
it's in your shadow now
the winter's at its end
and all can fall to blindness of the freezing rain

and I see the darker side of me
and I still find a light
it's not much further now
We're going home tonight

Forget what you have learned here
it doesn't matter now
not while the grass is greening

L'oiseau is loudly singing
and the sun becomes her home
and everything is fallen
the curtains drop as she takes hold

And sees the darker side of me
and she still finds a light
it's not much further now
We're going home tonight

And I see the darker side of me
and I still find a light
it's not much further now
We're going home tonight

We’re going home
Tonight
Track Name: This Little Bird
This Little Bird

Words & Music by Allison Crowe
As performed by Allison Crowe

This little bird
has a wander lust
Yes, I am going to see everything
I'm going to feel
I'm going to understand
something here
something good

In a land in a different ocean
same idea, but different sea
just to have you
lying next to me

Oh, I'll be dancing in the fire
You'll be laughing at the stars
We'll be shouting from the buildings
We'll be waving at the cars
that pass us by as we stand here
as time moves around us
we are steady in this moment
no, time doesn't seem to phase us at all

This little bird's
flying East
for the Winter
And you may think that
my navigational equipment
is out of order
but I know
exactly what I’m doing
and yes I know
exactly where I'm going

To a corner in the East
after travelling so far
just to be with you
just to be where you are

I'll be dancing in the fire
You'll be laughing at the stars
We'll be shouting from the buildings
We'll be waving at the cars

that pass us as we stand here
as time moves around us
we are steady in this moment
No, time doesn't seem to move us at all
from where we are

We are standing in this moment
no, time…

This little bird’s
gonna see
the good life has to offer
and how you can give your heart
and still feel free
Track Name: Whether I'm Wrong
Whether I'm Wrong
Words & Music by Allison Crowe

Don't want to raise my head
The world is covered in rage
Voices calling out in anger
Entering erratically into another age

Shadow puppets on the wall
I don't know who to believe
In the darkness standing tall
With a smile upon your face

And I have a right, to
Have a voice, have a say

Whether I'm wrong, or whether I'm right
It doesn't really matter anymore
You've put up a wall
We've put up a fight
And now it seems we've forgotten
What all that was for

Whether you don't want to
Or whether you can't see
What is right in front of your face
Time is running out
And we're already losing ground
With the human race

I don't want to raise my hand
I don't know why I'm scared to say
Feel like I want to call out
Feel like I want to run away

And I don't know why anyone
Should have to suffer anymore
I don't know a whole lot of anything
But I do wonder what all of this is for

And you have a right, too
To have a voice, have a say

Whether I'm wrong
Or whether I'm right
It doesn't really matter anymore
You've put up a wall
We've put up a fight
And now it seems we've forgotten
What all of that was for

Whether you don't want to
Or whether you can't see
What is right in front of your face
Time is running out
And we're already losing ground
With the human race