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