Lyrics: Shooting for You

Shooting for You by The Cars (written by Ric Ocasek, ©1983)

Simmer down, I got the shakes

When you touch me something breaks

You gotta let me know

You let me know you’re dangerous

 

I’ve seen ‘em all, I’ve seen ‘em twice

You left them all in paradise

You gotta let me know

You let me know that you’re dangerous

 

I’ll be shooting for you, I’ll be shooting for you tonight

I’ll be shooting for you, I’ll be shooting for you tonight

 

You don’t need no backdoor heart

Someday I’m gonna get real smart

You gotta let me know

You gotta let me know you’re dangerous

 

I’ll be shooting for you, I’ll be shooting for you tonight

I’ll be shooting for you, I’ll be shooting for you tonight

 

You don’t need no self-control

Put you in a pigeon hole

You gotta let me know

C’mon let me know that you’re dangerous

Lyrics: Dream Trader

Dream Trader by Milkwood/Cap’n Swing

There was a man from Maryland who said he could not feel

He had a hard time telling just what was real

To lie beneath the frozen sky searching for a sign

The clouds, they billowed gracefully in strange design (like crystal line, yeah)

 

And as he watched them wane, drifting off to sleep

To dream of sailing ships on down in the Chesapeake

He might have stayed there all day feeling so fine just chugging wine

So fine just chugging wine

So fine just chugging wine

 

They found him in the morning, he was facedown beside a stream

He never did awaken, oh no, from that dream

From that dream, from that dream

Lyrics: Open Your Eyes

This song was apparently written by Benjamin Orr and Diane Gray Page but left partly unfinished. It was given to producer Dave Harris to finish. He collaborated with Chris Horvath and Michael Willett to complete the song, and recorded it for a charity project to benefit the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.

Performed by Scott Bell on vocals, Elliot Easton on guitar, Greg Hawkes on keyboards, and John “JR” Robinson on drums. Recorded at Dark Horse Studios on October 9-12, 2015. Read the full article here: Scott Bell: Making a Connection

Open Your Eyes

You knew I wasn’t the one when I gave up the ring

You thought it couldn’t be done so you left it up to me

Do I have to break a heart again

Before I fall apart, my friend

 

Open your eyes because it’s getting clearer

Don’t be a boxer without a fight

 

I had to leave you alone to break free from myself

I’m in the sunlight zone and it’s so damn hard to see

Anything you have to say, you’ve said

But before you look away

 

Open your eyes because it’s getting clearer

Don’t make me worth the sacrifice

Open your eyes, look for something better

Don’t Frankenstein us back to life

 

We have been ‘round here before

Staring at the door

 

Open your eyes and see because it’s getting clearer

Don’t be a boxer without a fight

Open your eyes, look for something better

Open your eyes to paradise

Open your eyes, open your eyes

I’m in the sunlight zone and it’s so damn hard to see

Open your eyes to paradise

Lyrics: Do You Know What It Feels Like

Do You Know What It Feels Like (written by Benjamin Orr and John Kalishes ©1993)

 

No surprise, I got your call; there’s no regrets, we’ve said it all

Do you know what it feels like?

Guess you can’t go back again, so very hard to watch you act, my friend

Do you know what it feels like?

And so… a time to let go and see how it flows without you.

 

You lose a lead, a broken car, you drop a beat and there you are

Do you know what it feels like?

It’s said and done, now I’m the one who pulls the strings so dance for me

Do you know what it feels like?

And so… a time to let go and take to the road without you.

 

You know your looking glass has frozen me

And you know I’m not where I used to be

The tables have turned and the bridges have been burned

 

So in the end the truth rings true after all I’ve learned from you

Do you know what it feels like?

And so… it’s time to let go and see how it flows…

And so… I take to the road and see how it goes without you

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I found a couple different versions of this song; the lyrics I typed here go with this recording below. The image in the video is deceptive; this is *not* a Milkwood song.

Here’s the other studio recording I found; some slight variations in the lyrics:

 

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

??

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