Diamond Mine

Diamondmine
Warner Music Canada

1999

Produced By

Malcolm Burn and Blue Rodeo

All Songs By

Keelor/Cuddy

  • 1
    Swells (Instrumental)
    0:49
  • 2
    God and Country
    3:33
    Forever lost in comparisons
    Between you and the better man
    Yea you’re always so quick
    To take a bow
    I’ve got to laugh at your circus sympathy
    And your postcard sincerity
    Don’t you ever get tired
    Of being yourself

    It’s getting so hard to find you
    As you fade into your world of reprisal
    As you slip into the comfort
    Of your denial
    Your patriotic smile
    You go down in style

    And you say that you’re not to blame
    That you’re proud of what you did
    And you’d do it again
    All in the name of God and country
    But that’s too bad about the little snag
    ‘Cause getting caught is such a drag
    Even in the name of God and country

    Yea you’re all the same to me
    You’re just trying to make points on national TV
    Yea you try to make points for God God and country
    You call this justice
    I call this self-service

    And I hope that I never find
    What you call good conscience
    Or peace of mind
    As another man dies for God and country
    ‘Cause I’m sure while you’re sitting there talking
    That the bombs are falling
    All in the name
    All in the name
    All in the name of God and country
  • 3
    How Long
    3:59
    I hear you talking everywhere
    Words on the loudspeakers
    Hanging in the air
    Everywhere

    And I remember the words
    You told me too
    This town’s full of losers
    Trying to get a piece of you
    You really think that’s true

    How long will it take
    Til you open up your eyes
    I’ve been gone for years
    You never even realized
    How long how long
    How long how long

    In a corner of the world on election day
    You watched your star shatter
    Then fade away
    Too many wasted days

    With your eyes wide open a hand on the wheel
    You looked back hard trying to
    Remember just how it feels
    How does it feel?

    How long will it take
    Til you open up your eyes
    I’ve been gone for years
    You never even realized
    How long how long
    How long how long

    What does it take
    To let you know
    It’s all coming down
    Don’t waste my time

    You used to walk down the street
    Like the chosen one
    Everybody got your blessing
    Now they’re gone
    Where have they gone?

    Did I ever tell you what I thought
    Of what you did for me
    Some things cost too much
    Even when they’re free
    Even when they’re free

    How long will it take
    Til you open up your eyes
    I’ve been gone for years
    You never even realize
    How long how long
    How long how long
  • 4
    Blues Piano (Instrumental)
    0:43
  • 5
    Love and Understanding
    4:49
    I live on this rock
    Where the grass don’t grow
    Talk is cheap well I ought to know
    And I’m not proud of this world we’ve made
    Still it’s a part of you and me
    And we’re the only ones who can
    Make it change

    Many have tried
    In many ways
    All I see are longer rows of crosses
    On the soldiers’ graves
    So do what you have to
    And when it’s all been said
    Love and understanding are the best answers
    I’ve heard yet
    I’ve heard yet

    Tell me what’s the price of our achievements
    What’s the cost of our pride
    When our obvious brutality
    Is lost before our eyes
    So we choke down the pills
    So you don’t have to bother
    Trading one hypnotic state for another

    Many have tried In many ways
    All I see are longer rows of crosses
    On the soldiers’ graves
    So do what you have to
    And when it’s all been said
    Love and understanding are the best answers
    I’ve heard yet
    I’ve heard yet
  • 6
    Girl of Mine
    4:34
    Girl of mine
    Where did we go wrong
    You never once said you loved me
    And you never once called my name

    Now I can see the way
    My memories like cigarettes
    Blow smoke upon the screen
    I stare up to the empty face

    That hangs inside my dreams
    In the words of love I hesitate
    They all come rushing in to me
    Too late too late

    Days and nights, wondering what could it be
    Did you need somebody stronger?
    Someone to see you through
    Girl I never knew

    Now your lipstick and your powder
    They’re all put away in drawers
    But the traces of our love affair
    Still hide behind the doors

    I lie awake afraid to sleep
    And see the face I knew
    I’d never keep
    I’d never keep

    Too much to bear
    Too much I fall down drunk
    Too much I care
    Tell me now

    Do the words of love still seem the same to you
    Now we learned the angry lesson
    And we still came back for more
    Forget somehow what came before

    My senses have been shocked
    And I’m alive to every pain
    Your quiet laughter comes to me
    It echoes in the rain

    In the darkness of my lonely room
    I pray that you won’t fade
    Away too soon
    Too soon

    Too much to bear
    Too much I fall down drunk
    Too much I care
  • 7
    Diamond Mine
    8:18
    You say the party’s over
    But like a drunken fool
    I never know when to leave
    It’s just that in the eyes of this beholder
    You mean everything to me

    You say you don’t love me
    You talk about the other boys
    And you laugh in my face
    But I know when you’re feeling sad and lonely
    No other boy can take my place

    ‘Cause when I look into your eyes
    Our love shines
    Our love shines
    Like a diamond mine

    Nothing’s as obvious as what is lost
    Nothings’ as painful as the cost
    So let it shine
    Let it shine

    And I hear all these rumours about you
    Yea the trash lines up at my door just to bring me the news
    But all it does is make me kind of wonder
    Why are people so eager to be so cruel

    ‘Cause when I look into your eyes
    Our love shines
    Our love shines
    Our love shines
    Like a diamond mine
  • 8
    Now and Forever
    3:06
    I don’t know if I ever wanted
    The things you said we wanted together
    Now and forever

    Too many nights I’d lie awake
    Listening to every breath you’d take
    Like a stranger

    Feel so out of place there
    I don’t wonder what went wrong
    But I wish your memory would leave me alone
    Now and forever

    I sit alone in this empty house
    And your voice just like a ghost
    It comes to me
    Chill passes through me

    I packed your clothes and photographs
    Sent your little treasures back to where you’re living
    Guess now all’s forgiven

    I can’t believe it’s true
    I thought I’d always be in love with you
    Now and forever

    My life goes on just like before
    In and out of closing doors
    I don’t love it
    But I learn to rise above it

    I found a girl now who will love me the way I want her to
    She don’t shout it
    We don’t even talk about it

    I can’t believe it’s true
    I thought I’d always be in love with you
    Now and forever
  • 9
    Percussive Piano (Instrumental)
    1:07
  • 10
    House of Dreams
    4:39
    Can’t stand the sight of myself
    Lying in bed all day with curtains drawn
    Staring at the clock on the window ledge
    The angry words you said come back so strong

    Sometimes love quits
    When the pieces don’t fit
    And suddenly all your world falls to the floor
    Then all your wild days fall away
    You can’t see much point in them anymore

    In this house of dreams
    I let you walk like a ghost unseen
    Girl on the day you left
    Out walked my everything

    I must have thought you’d always be there
    I never even noticed when the changes came one day
    Seems one minute you were standing close
    I turned around again
    And girl you were far away

    And every plan we made I just let them fade
    And pile up on the floor beside the bed
    Now you’re gone away
    But your memory stays
    I sit here thinking of the things I never said

    In this house of dreams
    I let you walk like a ghost unseen
    Girl on the day you left
    Out walked my everything

    Sometimes love quits
    When the pieces don’t fit
    And suddenly all your world falls to the floor
    Then all your wild days fall away
    You can’t see much point in them anymore

    In this house of dreams
    I let you walk like a ghost unseen
    Girl on the day you left
    Out walked my everything
  • 11
    Nice Try
    6:52
    Oh well the best defence is the bright lights
    Underneath which you commit your dark crime
    Look I was there
    I watched it all go down
    I still can’t believe my eyes
    Nice try it’s so wild

    It’s like a car burning on the side of the road
    Someone got torched for not doing what they’re told
    It’s like a paid vacation when they change your name
    It’s like yesterday’s news is the same again and again and again

    So when you dish the dirt you may as well dish the worst
    ‘Cause no one expects you to tell the truth
    And when they turn around you think
    Something must be wrong
    ‘Cause no one could make up a story so far gone
    It’s so wild, nice try

    Fact or fiction all parties deny
    Any involvement at the scene of the crime
    They look you cold straight in the eye
    And say man you got the wrong guy
    But nice try it’s so wild
    Nice try it’s so wild
  • 12
    Fall In Line
    3:22
    I don’t know where it all began
    I only know what I was told
    Now rumours flying from everywhere
    People get so cold

    I don’t mind
    I’ll stand anywhere with you anytime
    When the night is falling
    Conversation just wastes your time

    I’ll fall in line
    I’ll fall in line

    People make up the wildest things
    I know that sometimes they’re true
    But you don’t have to hide a thing from me
    I’ve had my troubles too

    I’ve got time to keep walking beside you forever
    Girl I don’t mind
    When the streets are empty
    Girl and you’re feeling lost and left behind

    I’ll fall in line
    I’ll fall in line

    I’ve seen the shadows coming over you
    When some fool drags you down
    You know they’re watching everything you do
    Don’t let it turn you around, walk on by

    Don’t let the world of suggestion catch you eye
    And when the night is falling and you need
    Someone to hide behind
    I’ll fall in line

    I’ll fall in line
    I’ll fall in line
  • 13
    One Day
    3:17
    Never been a mess like this before
    Coming apart at the seams
    I feel like a fugitive
    Running through another man’s dreams

    I go to bed thinking about caving in
    Cursing everything I’ve done
    Wake up lying in a sweat
    In a new day’s sun

    One day out of the blue
    I’ll just walk away
    Out of your life
    No alibi
    This time maybe we got through it
    I don’t think next time we’ll do it

    One day I will
    One day I will
    One day I will
    I’ll be set free

    You never can tell where the nightmares dwell
    People change everyday
    I guess it only matters
    Whose side you’re on anyway

    But I remember a time you didn’t look so fine
    Your words had a different sound
    Now when you get in
    Honey I don’t want to be around

    One day I will
    One day I will
    One day I will
    I’ll be set free

    You know everyone watches you
    When you walk
    You don’t care at all
    But I’ll be there when the pieces start to fall

    One day I will
    One day I will
    One day I will
    I’ll be set free
  • 14
    Florida
    3:40
    I remember Florida
    The land of endless malls
    Images of Elvis flicks
    Convertibles and blondes
    And I remember crying
    As you walked away along the shore
    The last words I heard you say were ‘what a bore’

    And I remember drinking
    In those air-conditioned bars
    Putting all my quarters in a jukebox
    With big silver stars
    And I remember Nat King Cole
    Singing a song about the rain
    Oh I’m feeling blue again
    Oh I’m feeling blue again

    And it was just like a vacation
    Yea I’m sure we had us some fun
    Yea it was just like a vacation
    And I swear we even sat out in the sun

    You see my mother owned a trailer home
    On West Broward past A1A
    And to beat the North wind
    We took a spin
    To that tin can by the sea
    Well I thought she was mine
    But she was just passing time
    She even passed out of town in my car
    And left me with Nat King Cole
    And the silver stars
    Nat King Cole and the silver stars

    And it was just like a vacation
    Yea I’m sure we had us some fun
    Yea it was just like a vacation
    And I swear we even sat out in the sun
  • 15
    Fuse
    4:21
    Single file in the work line
    You need a card to die in my mine
    Life ain’t so bad working underground
    Better than dodging bullets and army rounds

    Shut your mouth
    Don’t complain
    If you want to see your family again
    I can’t explain
    All these accidents in your work camps

    All we’re doing
    Is pissing on a fuse that’s burning
    All we’re doing
    Is pissing on a fuse that’s burning

    Politics goes in and out of fashion
    Like mood rings and new religion
    Tight lipped on the news wire
    While the noose around your neck gets tighter and tighter

    All we’re doing
    Is pissing on a fuse that’s burning
    All we’re doing
    Is pissing on a fuse that’s burning
  • 16
    The Ballad of The Dime Store Greaser and The Blonde Mona Lisa
    3:26
    As the seconds are ticking in the corner of her eye
    Nothing comes as fast as a glib reply
    Like a kid who’s tired of a busted old toy
    The pleasure’s worn thin so she makes a little extra noise

    So the dime store greaser and the blonde Mona Lisa
    Twist on smiles just to please each other
    Until one of them finds that someone new
    Well the other one is just going to have to do

    Sometimes you get what you want
    So be careful what you ask for
    Remember what you got
    Tossing her pennies in the wishing well

    Mona Lisa reaches over for the sleeping pills
    Like a jerk that butts into the front of the line
    She’s got her reasons and he don’t mind
    Absence is supposed to make the heart grow fonder

    He’s hoping her vacation lasts a little bit longer
    And they both have their tickets for the promised land
    Still they don’t appreciate what they have
    They can’t see what’s right in front of their eyes

    They’ve been looking so long they finally went blind
    And they lost what was right in front of their eyes