Lyrics: City Lights (needs help!)

There is nothing like getting to the last mile of a tough 10-mile run and having this song hit my ears — I love it! It’s one of my favorites from Cap’n Swing. But those lyrics? HELP! This has been the hardest song for me to translate (which is why I saved it for last – haha!). It’s even worse because you think you hear things but it doesn’t make sense, and because Ric is Ric you can’t even say, “He would never write that…” He would write anything! Haha! So yes, I need help. Please feel free to take a listen and let me know what you hear. And please, don’t miss Benjamin’s amazing background vocals on the  third and fourth verses… oh my!

City Lights by Cap’n Swing

City lights, swinging scenes and money machines

Well, they’ll drain you from the pain

Yeah, oh, I’m singing at the Sea Stars on the slippery boulevard

You see there’s something wrong, there’s always something wrong

You do see there’s something wrong, (that’s right) there’s always something wrong

 

Huge arms???

Well I was given the come on, and I was paid with dead lights

And I was feeling like dynamite

I was pulling a look tonight

I can’t see my reflection, I can’t hear your rejection, I can’t feel your reception, I can’t hear your rejection

For one thing, there’s always something wrong, I gotta fix it up;  there’s always something wrong, I gotta fix it, fix this.

 

You had to frown at the picture

You had a telephone romance

You had a suit that was made of stone

And you had it coming in love pants

You had it tucked in a black box you pulled it out for your sister

You hear the dial, it went vroom vroom

You closed your eyes and you kissed her

 

You better open your crystal eyes, you better open your crystal eyes

You better open your crystal eyes, you better open your crystal eyes

 

Well I was dancing on sunsets and you golden girls with your shirts wet

Rockabilly, I’ll take chain

We were just sitting around in the silver rain

The war, it was crashing on TV

And television at CB’s

And I said, everybody was so high, everybody was so high, everybody was so high, everybody was so high

 

You say you want to get out of here

With your big fingers and ginger peel (??? appeal)

I think those kids would pop a tear

Everything ain’t too clear

 

I said, you know there’s not much I’m willing to think

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I don’t know how you feelin’ but

I know you feel so… so fine

 

Superior contributors to the lifespan of etheria

Some mutants, they work… ???

???????????

 

You better open your crystal eyes, you better open your crystal eyes

You better open your crystal eyes, you better open your crystal eyes

 

You know I just can’t hear your symphony, and I can’t look at your tragedy, I can’t sing to your harmony; I can’t even see your pornography. I can’t even relate to your artistry, that’s pretty bad

I just want to be set free

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Lyrics: It’s All I Can Do

It’s All I Can Do by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek ©1979)

One too many times I fell over you
Once in a shadow I finally grew
And once in a night I dreamed you were there
I cancelled my flight from going nowhere

It’s all I can do
To keep waiting for you
It’s all I can do
It’s all I can do

One too many times I twisted the gate
When I was crazy I thought you were great
I kept my renditions of you on the wall
Where holiday romance is nothing at all

It’s all I can do
To keep waiting for you
It’s all I can do
It’s all I can do

You wait in the wing like a Saturday flirt
Protecting the judge, you don’t want to get hurt
Once in a moment it all comes to you
As soon as you get it you want something new

It’s all I can do
To keep waiting for you
It’s all I can do
It’s all I can do

It’s all I can do
To keep waiting for you
It’s all I can do
It’s all I can do

It’s all I can do
To keep waiting for you
It’s all I can do
It’s all I can do

Lyrics: Tonight She Comes

Tonight She Comes by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek, ©1985)

I know tonight she comes
She’s taking a swipe at fun
She gives me a reason
For setting my sights
Well I know tonight she comes

Oh she jangles me up
She does it with ease
And sometimes she passes through me
Just like a breeze
She gives me a reason
For feelin’ all right

Oh well
(know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight
(know tonight, I know tonight)
I know tonight
(know tonight, I know tonight)
She comes

And I know she’s gonna do it to me
One more time (one more time)
I know she’s gonna stay implanted
In my mind
Why does she keep me hanging on the line, oh
(why does she keep me hanging on the liiiiiiine)

Ah yeah, I know she’s gonna do it to me
One more time (one more time)
I know she’s gonna stay implanted
In my mind
Oh, why does she keep me hanging on the line, oh yeah
(why does she keep me hanging on the liiiiiiine)

I know the way she feels
And all of the hearts that she steals
She tells me it’s easy
When you do it right
Oh well, well I know tonight she comes
(I know tonight she comes)

She tells me it’s easy
When you do it right
(know tonight, I know tonight) I know tonight
(know tonight, I know tonight) I know tonight
(know tonight, I know tonight) she comes

I know tonight, oh yeah
(know tonight, I know tonight)
(I know tonight) well I know tonight
(know tonight, I know tonight)
Know tonight she comes

Lyrics: You Wear Those Eyes

You Wear Those Eyes by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek, ©1980)

You wear those eyes that never blink
You always were the missing link
You paint your mouth, you let me know
You really are the only show

Just take your time
It’s not too late
I’ll be your mirror
You won’t hesitate
I’m easy to be found
Whenever you come down

You got that walk, you do the stroll
You make me lose my ground control
You got that look I can’t resist
Like something missing, never kissed

Just take your time
(Just take your time)
It’s not too late
(It’s not too late)

I’ll be your mirror
(Just take your time)
So you won’t hesitate
I’m easy to be found
Whenever you come down

You do the pogo without the bounce
You got the name I can’t pronounce
You fall in love (you fall in love) you like the sting
You make believe (you make believe) it’s everything

Just take your time
(Just take your time)
It’s not too late
(It’s not too late)
I’ll be your mirror
(Just take your time)
So you won’t hesitate
I’m easy to be found
Whenever you come down

(Just take your time)
(It’s not too late)

Lyrics: Indigo

Indigo by Cap’n Swing

Wake me up in the middle of the flight

Show me which way to go, oh… to indigo

Swing me up sweet purple June

Hold me like I’m a child, oh… that’s about to go wild

 

I’d like to know just where you’ve been

If you would like to try again

I’d like to slow the spin I’m in

Would you like to begin?

 

Silver Sunday tease my eyes

I am too dissatisfied, oh… with your other side

Roll me up and drop me down

Leave me back in New York town, oh… that’s where I’d like to be found

 

I’d like to know just where you’ve been

If you would like to try again

I’d like to slow the spin I’m in yeah

Would you like to begin, baby

 

Wake me up in the middle of the flight

Show me which way to go, oh

To indigo, oh

To indigo, oh

To indigo, oh

Indigo, oh

To indigo, oh

Indigo

Lyrics: You Can Have ‘Em

You Can Have ‘Em by Cap’n Swing (aka Blue Moon Saloon, aka Sleepy Wasted Afternoon)

I believe her, she takes me uptown oh yeah

She’s a driver, she throws me in gear oh yeah

Well I could take her or I could leave her here

Sitting on a wagon, twinkling Blue Moon Saloon

Honey you can have it on a sleepy wasted afternoon

 

I adore her, she looks like a treat oh yeah

When I’m around her I get to feeling so weird

And then she tells me she can be discrete and neat

Sitting on a wagon, twinkling Blue Moon Saloon

Well, honey you can have it on a sleepy wasted afternoon

Right on…

 

I believe her, she takes me uptown oh yeah

She’s a driver, she throws me in gear oh yeah

Well I could take her or I could leave her here

Sitting on a wagon, twinkling Blue Moon Saloon

Honey you can have it on a sweetly wasted afternoon

 

Yeah sitting on a wagon, twinkling Blue Moon Saloon

Honey you can have me but you better come and get me soon

Lyrics: Lover and a Holiday

Lover and A Holiday by Cap’n Swing

You always say you can see through my eyes if you want to

You always tell me you could bust my disguise if you want to

You always say you can change my way but I don’t want you here, that’s all you can say

I need a lover and a holiday

I’ll never ever come back to you again

I’ll never ever come back to you again

(Woah no, oh no no)

 

You always say you can change me around if you want to

But you know better, I’m not your hand-me-down down, and you know that’s true

You always say you can change my way but I don’t want you here, that’s all you can say

I need a lover and a holiday

I’ll never ever come back to you again

I’ll never ever come back to you again

(Woah no, oh no no)

 

You always say you can see through my eyes if you want to

You always tell me you can bust my disguise and you know that’s true

You always say you can change my way but I don’t want you here, that’s all you can say

I need a lover and a holiday

I’ll never ever come back to you again

No, I’ll never ever come back to you again

I’ll never ever come back to you again

(Oh no, no no no)