Just Like A Vacation

Br Justlikeavacation
Warner Music Canada

1999

Produced By

Blue Rodeo

All Songs By

Keelor/Cuddy

  • 1
    Til I Am Myself Again (Live)
    4:19
    I want to know where my confidence went
    One day it all disappeared
    And I’m lying in a hotel room miles away
    Voices next door in my ear

    Daytime’s a drag, nighttime’s worse
    Hope that I can get home soon
    But the half-finished bottles of inspiration
    Lie like ghosts in my room

    I want to go
    I know I can’t stay
    But I don’t want to run
    Feeling this way
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself again

    There’s a seat on the corner I keep every night
    Wait til the evening begins
    I feel like a stranger from another world
    But at least I’m living again

    There are nights full of anger
    Words that are thrown
    Tempers that are shattered and thin
    And the moments of magic, are just too short
    They’re over before they begin

    I know it’s time
    One big step
    I can’t go
    I’m not ready yet
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself again

    I had a dream that my house was on fire
    People laughed while it burned
    I tried to run but my legs were numb
    I had to wait til the feeling returned

    I don’t need a doctor to figure it out
    I know what’s passing me by
    When I look in the mirror
    Sometimes I see traces of some other guy

    I want to go I know I can’t stay
    But I don’t want to run
    Feeling this way
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself
    Til I am myself again
  • 2
    What Am I Doing Here (Live)
    3:22
    On this useless night
    With you so far away
    I stand in front of this ferris wheel

    And I wonder what am I doing here
    And I wonder what am I doing here

    And all the drunks just stumble by
    And mumble their abuse
    Tell me what is the use

    And I wonder what am I doing here
    And I wonder what am I doing here

    After so long nobody’s wrong
    After so long nobody’s right
    After so long nobody’s wrong
    After so long nobody’s right

    On this useless night
    With you so far away
    I stand in front of this ferris wheel

    And I wonder what am I doing here
    And I wonder what am I doing here
    And I wonder what am I doing here
  • 3
    Better Off As We Are (Live)
    5:00
    We sat around at night and talked about so many things
    Lay on the floor till the morning appeared
    You laughed at me and said I just don’t get it
    You said we should be making plans for getting out of here

    Somebody told me when I was just a little kid
    Don’t follow leaders just think for yourself
    But everybody minds everybody else’s business here
    Why can’t they turn their eyes to somebody else

    Tell me no use thinking
    We could ever be something
    We could rise with the stars
    Better off as we are

    My older brother he left the day he finished school
    Moved down to New York to Washington Square
    He calls me up and says you should come and see me
    Watch the waves of people rolling everywhere

    Tell me no use thinking
    We could ever be something
    We could rise with the stars
    Better off as we are

    Late in the evening I’m up in my room
    Trying to think of nothing, clear away the day
    I lie awake and let my body wander
    Up into the moonlight floating away

    Tell me no use thinking
    We could ever be something
    We could rise with the stars
    Better off as we are
  • 4
    Floating (Live)
    8:11
    These late night conversations
    Leave a strange taste
    Like French cigarettes
    And these coloured drinks
    That you keep on throwing at me
    Just keep on reminding me
    That I came to forget

    So now every night
    You insist on reminding me
    Of my lost possibilities
    And the stains on the wall
    Well I don’t mean to complain
    Still it hurts just the same
    And both of us know
    The leaves will fall on their own

    Just throw me a line
    That’s all that I ask
    It’s sink or swim and I’m going fast
    I need love and it’s you
    And I feel like William Holden floating in a pool

    Yeah you tell me
    Life is for living
    It’s best in the giving
    But it’s so hard to be free
    Still I do my best
    But you refuse my gift
    Now all we share is a collection of tears

    Just throw me a line
    That’s all that I ask
    It’s sink or swim and I’m going fast
    I need love and it’s you
    And I feel like William Holden floating in a pool
  • 5
    After The Rain (Live)
    6:21
    If I had my way
    I would never go back
    With my back to the wall
    I just let myself fall
    Watch the days turn black
    But now and again I find
    You cross my mind

    If I was a train
    I would never slow down
    With my head in the sky
    And the world going by
    Every nowhere town
    As I write one more letter to you
    I know I can’t change the things that I do

    One day
    You will discover
    Just why I ran
    Ran away from you lover
    I know I’m to blame
    I feel so ashamed
    Call out your name
    After the rain

    What do you want me to do
    I’ve thrown away everything for you
    I’ve wasted my dreams
    Each day it seems
    I’m losing my way back to you

    It’s time for a change
    What else can I do
    The clock ticking time
    I better make up my mind
    Is it me or is it you
    Tonight as I’m losing control
    I will drink to the queen of my soul

    One day
    You will discover
    Just why I ran
    Ran away from you lover
    I know I’m to blame
    I feel so ashamed
    Call out your name
    After the rain
  • 6
    Fallen From Grace (Live)
    4:02
    The sun won’t ever shine
    Not like it used to do
    And there will be moonlight in the sky
    Won’t mean a thing to you

    Friends and relations say you’ve changed
    They say it is written in your face
    Better get used to living like this
    Now that you’ve fallen from grace

    And you will walk across the floor
    As the night becomes day
    There will be trouble coming round
    Sent down to test your faith

    And when the friends you used to wait for
    Stop coming around to your place
    You better get strong somehow
    Now that you’ve fallen from grace

    Better get used to the sorrow
    Better get used to the pain
    Don’t even worry about tomorrow
    You know it’s only today all over again

    Better get used to the sorrow
    Better get used to the pain
    Don’t even worry about tomorrow
    You know it’s only today all over again

    Never mind the paper and the pen
    They can’t help you anymore
    Forget about the music
    That used to lift up your soul

    And when the lover that you lean on
    Turns round and shows you a stranger’s face
    Better get used to living like this
    Now that you’ve fallen from grace

    Better get used to living like this
    Now that you’ve fallen from grace
  • 7
    The Ballad of The Dime Store Greaser and The Blonde Mona Lisa (live)
    3:15
    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
  • 8
    It Could Happen To You (Live)
    5:12
    They broke off the locks and they opened the doors
    Fixed up the windows and painted the floors
    Grew a little garden outside in the rust and sand
    Raised up the roof till it touched the sky
    Picked up the pieces that were left to die
    Brought this building back with a healing hand

    When you see trouble
    You’re bound to move in on the double
    You leave your mark upon everything
    In your head those Liberty Bells still ring
    But we know that you don’t even mean
    A thing you say

    So you brought in the army to do your job
    Kicking in doors and swinging their clubs
    Back in the morning to watch themselves on the news
    You’re doing the bidding of the money man
    If it turns out right they’ll call you friend
    One little favour how could you really refuse?

    Oh my heart is sinking
    Same old useless worn out thinking
    You live your life in the court of kings
    Bow to the ruler and kiss the ring
    But we don’t even understand a thing you say

    It could happen to you
    It could happen to you
    It could happen to you sometime
    When you least expect it
    Done by the ones that you never suspected
    All your bills come due
    It could happen to you

    You really got to wonder why you did it for
    Cause you don’t need an army
    To move out the poor
    You brought it out once I know
    You could bring it again

    Oh my heart is sinking
    Same old useless worn out thinking
    Live your life in the court of kings
    Count your money as the Raven sings
    Safe and sound when the wrecking ball swings
    But all your riches won’t mean a thing someday

    It could happen to you
    It could happen to you
    It could happen to you
  • 9
    Girl In Green (Live)
    7:10
    It doesn’t matter what you say
    No it don’t matter how many times you turn away
    And I don’t care what all your so-called friends say
    You’ll never ever change the way that I feel

    We will be anything
    We could be everything you want
    We could be anything
    We will be everything you want

    What do I have to do to make you see the obvious
    ’cause if I deceive you I just deceive myself
    Yeah I have faith but I feel so misunderstood
    Are you what I think you are or just what I think I want ?

    We will be everything
    We will be everything you want
    We will be everything
    We will be anything you want

    Am I your lover or a substitute
    You say time will reveal all the truth
    So I stopped loving you and I started wanting you
    You slip away into your pleasant solitude

    We will be everything
    We could be everything you want
    We will be everything
    We will be everything you want

    It’s all for the girl in green
  • 10
    Try (Live)
    4:07
    Don’t tell me I’m wrong
    Cause I’ve been watching every move that you make
    Hearts you steal with your make-up and heels
    Trouble for the men that you take

    Every time you walk in the room
    I couldn’t even be sure of a smile
    You were never the same way twice
    But I’m falling in love

    Night after night – oh it’s crazy

    So many people who said
    Girl you’ve got nothing but time
    Oh you are a shining star
    Don’t you worry about what you’re leaving behind

    Every time you walk in the room
    I couldn’t even be sure of a smile
    You were never the same way twice
    But I’m falling in love

    Night after night – oh it’s crazy
    Oh you got to try try try
    Don’t you know you’ve got to try try try
    Oh baby you try

    Every time you walk in the room
    I couldn’t even be sure of a smile
    You were never the same way twice
    I’m falling in love

    Night after night – oh it’s crazy
    Oh you got to try try try
    Don’t you know you’ve got to try try try
    Oh baby you try
  • 11
    Trust Yourself (Live)
    6:07
    Someday soon
    I don’t know when
    Your little world
    Will come crashing in
    Don’t think twice
    I’ll be around
    Turn your back
    Someone’s gonna let you down

    You know that it’s true
    Nobody led you on
    They left that to you
    Now you’ll be alone
    When the sun comes up
    With your tattered little dreams
    And a broken cup
    Then you’ll have to
    Trust yourself
    And don’t believe in anymore lies

    You waste your time
    Think too much
    Really make a mess
    Of the things you touch
    Poor little bird
    With a broken wing
    Better look around now
    You know you’re losing everything
    It’s just a game
    Thought you had it all lined up
    But somehow that’s changed

    Now you’ll have to run
    And not get caught
    And you’ll have to hide
    If you like it or not
    Then you’ll have to
    Trust yourself
    And don’t believe in anymore lies

    Someday soon
    And it won’t be long
    You’ll ring the bell
    But they’ll all be gone
    They took your jewels
    And your statues too
    Left you with a pile of things
    You never learned how to use

    Here it comes again
    You showed us where it all began
    Well here’s where it ends
    And you’ll be alone
    When the sun comes up
    Tattered little dreams
    And a broken cup
    Then you’ll have to trust yourself
    And don’t believe in anymore
    Trust yourself
    And don’t believe in anymore
    Trust yourself
    And don’t believe in anymore lies
  • 1
    Dark Angel (Live)
    5:14
    I met this girl
    She’s walking through one of my dreams
    She kissed my eyes
    And everything that she said
    Made so much sense to me
    That I still feel like I’m half asleep

    My dark angel
    She gave me diamonds for eyes
    She walked by
    Now I’m hypnotised
    By this dream
    That just won’t stop
    And I feel
    Like I’ve always been lost in this dream

    The rumours of heaven
    Only speed the truth on earth
    My dark angel
    Shine your light on my curse
    You are the other that I have to find
    Until I do
    I guess I’ll see you ’round my mind

    So Colorado
    Is a place I have to go
    I heard a rumour
    She loves the mountains and the snow
    My dark angel
    She gave me diamonds for eyes
    My dark angel
    I offer you my heart
    My dark angel I think I loved you from the start

    ‘Cause there is this face I know
    That I’ve never seen
    Sometimes I feel I’m living in
    Someone else’s dream
    Still I’d like to thank you
    For stopping to talk
    And I wonder
    Just into who’s dream did who walk
    Oh my dark angel
    Shine your light on me
    Shine your light
    Shine your light
    Shine your light on me
  • 2
    Cynthia (Live)
    4:43
    So you saw that fire in the sky
    Well I think that’s so cool
    And I know that nothing will change you
    You are nobody’s fool

    Cynthia
    Won’t you take me to
    Pyramid Lake with you
    We could watch the spaceships
    Maybe they’d take us on a trip
    Into that never ending sky
    Into that wide and endless night

    And you stood in their beam of light
    And they showed you the bones on the moon
    Well I hope I get to go there
    With you real soon

    Cynthia
    Won’t you take me to
    Pyramid Lake with you
    We could watch the spaceships
    Maybe they’d take us on a trip
    Into that never ending sky
    Into that wide and endless night

    We could get there
    Before the sun sets
    And we’d put up your tent
    Watch the stars
    Dance all night
    And watch that sun come up

    Cynthia
    Won’t you take me to
    Pyramid Lake with you
    We could watch the spaceships
    Maybe they’d take us on a trip
    Into that never ending sky
    Into that wide and endless night
  • 3
    Montreal (Live)
    4:13
    We met in Montreal
    Far from the crime
    Moving in circles
    Running with so little time
    Sat and we talked
    About rumours and lies
    Stayed til the sun hit the floor

    You wore the dress
    From the old market stall
    People and places
    Said you were forgetting them all
    I don’t know if I
    Believed you or not
    As I stared at you outside your door

    Those were the times
    That was our life
    I probably couldn’t change
    One little thing if I tried
    Moments together mapped out
    Like the stars in the sky
    Now you’re in the things that I do
    Still I miss talking to you

    Late in your bed
    You said don’t you be sad
    Think of how lucky we are
    For the things that we’ve had
    Life that’s around me I’m letting it go
    But you stay up here in my head

    Those were the times
    That was our life
    I probably wouldn’t change
    One little thing if I tried
    Moments together mapped out
    Like the stars in the sky
    Now you’re in the things that I do
    Still I miss talking to you
  • 4
    Piranha Pool (Live)
    5:11
    Leaning over the piranha pool
    You just wave your magic wand
    Dangling your fingertips
    Into the world of the just beyond

    Sitting ever so quietly
    In your private dining room
    Guiding the waves of destiny
    Into the face of oblivion

    So you’d rather be an opera star
    At the turn of the century
    You never asked for this miracle gift
    A genius in the military

    You’re try surprised with your own success
    Hanging out with the judges and the corporate heads
    You never anticipate the final toll
    Still shining all your medals

    For the final curtain call
    You’re always talking about the here and after
    But it don’t make much sense to me
    Still for all the men that you condemn

    I hope there’s some kind of heaven
    And there’s got to be some kind of hell for you
    Leaning over the piranha pool
    You just wave your magic wand

    Dangling your fingertips
    Into the land of the just beyond
    Sitting ever so quietly
    In your private dining room

    Guiding the waves of destiny
    Into the face of oblivion
    You’re always talking about the here and after
    But it don’t make much sense to me

    Still for all the men that you condemn
    I hope there’s some kind of heaven
    And there’s got to be some kind of hell for you
  • 5
    Bad Timing (Live)
    5:11
    Hey it’s me what a big surprise
    Calling you up from a restaurant
    Around the bend
    I just got in from way up North
    I’m aching tired now
    And I could use a friend
    I might be a fool
    To think that you do
    Want to see me again

    It’s been awhile since I talked to you
    Nothing wrong
    Just nothing ever goes as planned
    Many times I thought I’d call
    I didn’t have your number in my hand
    I know it’s true
    You’d never do
    The same thing to me

    I never meant to make you cry
    And though I know I shouldn’t call
    It just reminds us of the cost
    Of everything we’ve lost
    Bad timing that’s all

    Maybe soon there’ll come a day
    When no more tears will fall
    If we each forgive a little bit
    And we both look back on it
    As just bad timing that’s all

    We used to have so many plans
    Something always seemed to turn out wrong
    I never could catch up to you
    Moving on and doing what you’ve done
    I don’t know why
    The harder I try
    The harder it comes

    I never meant to make you cry
    And though I know I shouldn’t call
    It just reminds us of the cost
    Of everything we’ve lost
    Bad timing that’s all

    Maybe soon there’ll come a day
    When no more tears will fall
    If we each forgive a little bit
    When we both look back on it
    Just bad timing that’s all
  • 6
    5 Days In May (Live)
    8:19
    They met in a hurricane
    Standing in the shelter out of the rain
    She tucked a note into his hand
    Later on they took his car
    Drove on down where the beaches are
    He wrote her name in the sand
    Never even let go of her hand

    Somehow they stayed that way
    For those 5 days in May
    Made all the stars around them shine
    Funny how you can look in vain
    Living on nerves and such sweet pain
    The loneliness that cuts so fine
    To find the face you’ve seen a thousand times

    Sometimes the world begins
    To set you up on your feet again
    It wipes the tears from your eyes
    How will you ever know
    The way that circumstances go
    Always going to hit you by surprise
    I know my past
    You were there
    In everything I’ve done
    You are the one

    Looking back it’s hard to tell
    Why they stood while others fell
    Spend your life working it out
    All I know is one cloudy day
    They both just ran away
    Rain on the windshield heading South
    She loved the lines around his mouth

    Sometimes the world begins
    To set you up on your feet again
    It wipes the tears from your eyes
    How will you ever know
    The way that circumstances go
    Always going to hit you by surprise
    I know my past
    You were there
    In everything
    I’ve done
    You are the one
  • 7
    Hasn't Hit Me Yet (Live)
    5:21
    You say that you’re leaving
    Well that comes as no surprise
    Still I kinda like this feeling
    Of being left behind

    Yea this ain’t nothing new to me
    Well it’s just like going home
    It’s kinda like those sunsets
    That leave you feeling so stoned

    Hey hey I guess it hasn’t hit me yet
    I fell through this crack
    And I kinda lost my head
    I stand transfixed
    Before this streetlight
    Watching the snow fall
    On this cold December night

    I never thought this could happen
    But somehow the feeling is gone
    You got sick of the patterns
    And I got lost in this song

    Hey hey I guess it hasn’t hit me yet
    I fell through this crack
    And I kinda lost my head
    I stand transfixed
    Before this streetlight
    Watching the snow fall
    On this cold December night

    Hey hey I guess it hasn’t hit me yet
    I fell through this crack
    And I kinda lost my head
    I stand transfixed
    Before this streetlight
    Watching the snow fall
    On this cold December night

    And out in the middle of Lake Ontario
    The same snow is falling
    On the deep silent water
    The great dark wonder
    Into the waves of my heart
    Into the waves of my heart

    Of my heart
  • 8
    Diamond Mine (Live)
    10:31
    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
  • 9
    Falling Down Blue (Live)
    5:33
    Everyone tells me I’m lucky
    Got my whole life to live yet
    I can’t say they’re wrong
    But the days seem so long
    Living inside of my head

    Maybe I’ll get some relief now
    Now that your things are all gone
    I won’t sit here staring
    At nothing all night
    Bleary-eyed greeting the dawn

    All right I miss you tonight
    And I’m not really sure what to say
    It keeps rolling in like a slow moving train
    It gets harder and harder each day
    Each time I think that the worst of it’s through
    I am stopped in my tracks by some vision of you
    All right I miss you tonight
    I admit that I’m falling down blue

    She lived outside of the city
    On days when I’d visit her there
    I’d watch her out dancing
    All lit by the moon
    The cold winds of time in her hair

    Then we’d go driving for hours
    Turn off the lights and just glide
    Moving like spirits
    Along through the night
    The light through the trees as our guide

    All right I miss you tonight
    And I’m not really sure what to say
    It keeps rolling in like a slow moving train
    It gets harder and harder each day
    Each time I think that the worst of it’s through
    I am stopped in my tracks by some vision of you
    All right I miss you tonight
    I admit that I’m falling down blue
  • 10
    Lost Together (Live)
    6:16
    Strange and beautiful
    Are the stars tonight
    That dance around your head
    In your eyes I see that perfect world
    I hope that doesn’t sound too weird

    And I want all the world to know
    That your love’s all I need
    All that I need
    And if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together
    Yea if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together

    I stand before this faceless crowd
    And I wonder why I bother
    So much controlled by so few
    Stumbling from one disaster to another

    I’ve heard it all so many times before
    It’s all a dream to me now
    A dream to me now
    And if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together
    Yea if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together

    In the silence of this whispered night
    I listen only to your breath
    And that second of a shooting star
    Somehow it all makes sense

    And I want all the world to know
    That your love’s all I need
    All that I need
    And if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together
    Yea if we’re lost
    Then we are lost together
  • 11
    Florida (Live)
    7:16
    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