THE ANIMATORS - Home By Now

by Alex Wong

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released May 1, 2003

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Track Name: Nice Guy
I know that she won't admit
but half the time she likes it
some days I think it's all she gets
bad attention is better than none at all
she won't call
but it's nice to know that she exists
if not in heart and mind
at least as ass and tits

I wanna be a nice guy
I wanna be a good guy
(now it's time to get off the fence
I don't care about consequence
you might call it self-defense
it's just lack of confidence)

I don't believe; I won't admit
that's the way she likes it
I just ignore the things she says
while in her bed
(now it's time to get off the fence
I don't care about consequence
you might call it self-defense
it's just...)

I am the nice guy!
I am the nice guy!
I don't even know why
I am the nice guy!
always the nice guy!
I don't even know why

I know, I know
she won't admit
but half the time she likes it
some days I think
it's all she gets:
bad attention
(i am the nice guy!
I am the nice guy!
I don't even know why
I am the nice guy!
always the nice guy!)
I don't even know why
any attention

I wanna be a nice guy
I wanna be a good guy
I don't even know why
bad attention
any attention
Track Name: Rearrange
It's like you turned around and found yourself alone
Disbelieving all the things you thought you'd known
And if you never were a loner
Maybe childhood's finally over

It's not as if you have a terror of camaraderie
But everybody knows that company loves misery 'cause
Naked need is an attraction
But you can't feign the right reaction

Rearrange each day
So no one's gonna ask how you're feeling inside
Rearrange each day
Keep the phone ringing and just watch the dollar sign
You can't change what you can't change
No one told you to change
When your friends are strangers who's gonna change your mind?

So intent on finding a place you belong
But discontented when you're anywhere for long
Were you ever so impatient?
Or is it more like desperation?

Rearrange each day
So no one's gonna ask how you're feeling inside
Rearrange each day
Keep the phone ringing and just watch the dollar sign
You can't change what you can't change
No one told you to change
When your friends are strangers who's gonna change your mind?
Track Name: Girl #3
Some days she lies in her bed
living someone else's life in her head
Blazing a brilliant trail
up to the Hollywood hills
Drop the bills in someone else's mail

Another day of sun in her face
In the Valley air it's so hard to concentrate
Another day of not yet
And she swore fame before regret
But it's so quiet on the set

There's a light in the sky
All these years she's been steering by
Is it so far from a starlet to a star?

A sea of S.U.V.'s and minivans
Where there should have been a throng of adoring fans
The trailer promised so much more
before the best years of her life fell to the cutting room floor

There's a light in her eyes
that's still waiting to be televised
Is it so far from a starlet
to a star?

Ten thousand light years
through a telescopic lens
You can just make out the light it sends
Ten thousand light years
through a telescopic lens
Do you think we're gonna be here when it ends?
Is it so far from a starlet
to a star?
Track Name: The Drive
You take the wheel, I don't know how long i've been driving
Have another drink, another cigarette, to setle you down
Just twenty-four hours to go, if we stay on 'till morning
So keep your eyes on the road
Breathe deep but don't make a sound

From what I recall, this was the time of my life then
even thirty-six hours awake couldn't settle me down
Believe what you want — I never said I wasn't ready
So keep your hands on the wheel
Look back but don't turn around

I live alone in a beautiful home
There's only so much to see
Well you still look amazing to me
Fever pitch is coming
The crowds are stampeding
Nobody's making a sound
When the world still looks amazing on the way down

The faster we went, the days only seemed to get longer
Even red and white lights in the rearview weren't slowing us down
The seatbelts, the airbags, the rollbars all waiting and ready
But I didn't know you could crash just by staring at the ground

I live alone in a beautiful homeT
There's only so much to see
But you still look amazing on TV
Fever pitch is coming
The crowds are stampeding
Nobody's making a sound
When the world still looks amazing on the way down

So just tell me the truth:
Should I do what i'm told?
Did we get there on time?
Should I have the car towed?
Am I just growing up
or am I growing old?
Am I growing old?
Am I growing old?
Track Name: Better Not Say
I would say I'm happy for you
if only it were true
And i could count the ways i adore you
but what good would it do?
While I was wishing for perfection
on some romantic star
I let you go the wrong direction
as perfect as you are

You're better than candy
You're better than cake
You're better than all that I asked you to take
You're better than whiskey
So you better not tell me
If you're better off without me
you better not, better not say

You won't send an invitation
and I won't send a card
You'll collect your congratulations
while I show off my scar
And I can live with this conclusion
'cause I know you'll be fine
But won't you leave me my illusion
that i could change your mind?

'Cause you're better than Amy
You're better than Kate
You're better than one more desultory date
You're better than whiskey
So you better not tell me
If you're better off without me
You better not, you better not say

You better not write me
You better not call me
You better not come to my door
You better not hold me
'cause what if you told me you were better off without me?
If you're better off without me
If you're better off without me
you better not
You better not say

There's a world that's just like this one
in some far galaxy
here someone just like you is embracing
someone just like me
Track Name: Medicine
I'm not brave enough; give me one more drink
I'm not smart enough, and it helps me think
I'm not happy enough, and i want to be happy

I'm not tall enough, so I take this pill
I'm not calm enough 'cause i never could keep still
I don't know if it's good for me
but everyone else is doing it around me

Everybody take your medicine
Everybody do the drug you do
Everybody take your medicine
So you keep on muddling through

If it's strong enough, it could make my day
Is it wrong enough that you'd take it away
I'm not healthy enough and it helps me feel better

I'm not cool enough to just say no
I'm not fool enough to do what i've been told
I don't know if it's good for me
but it works
Yeah it works for me

Everybody take your medicine
Everybody do the drug you do
Everybody take your medicine
so you keep on muddling through with your medicine

In thousands of centers nationwide
we got the best minds working overtime
and they won't stop until
they put happiness into a pill
So will you take it?
I bet you will!
I know I will!

Everybody take your medicine
Everybody do the drug you do
Everybody take your medicine
Everybody do the drug you do
Track Name: A Perfect World
It should have been okay
We could have walked away
before the sirens sounded
This was just another score
I've gotten out before
but now you've got the place surrounded

In a perfect world
the leaves don't turn
The seasons never come around
In a perfect world
the sun don't burn
and I never let you in
so I never had to let you down

Now I wish I had a plan
for meeting your demands
You refuse negotiation
and i'm trying to decide
the shootout or my hands held high
I'm afraid of confrontation

In a perfect world
the leaves don't turn
the seasons never come around
In a perfect world
the sun don't burn
and I never let you in
so I never had to let you down

So this is how it all plays out
This is how it has to be
It was the perfect crime
I could've left without a sound
but you were not supposed to fall for me
Track Name: Simple
Her eyes are too wide for a city girl
but she was downtown born and raised
Don't even try to surprise her
but she can be easily amazed
She's seen enough, she oughta be jaded
but she still feels all that she can
And she's clever enough to be all complicated
but she's easy enough to understand

She's simple like a circle
Simple like a smile
Kisses like a grownup
and loves me like a child
After all this time I've been running away
she makes it so, so simple to stay

It's easy to start her laughing
She can't hold anything inside
And it's easy to bring the tears to her eyes
but it's hard to imagine that anyone would try

She's simple like a circle
Simple like a smile
Kisses like a grownup
and loves me like a child
After all this time I've been running away
She makes it so, so simple to stay

And when the light falls on the Chrysler building right
she can be glad about it
Through the day into the night
Well i guess you'd call that simple right?

She's simple like a circle
Simple like a smile
Kisses like a grownup
and dreams like a child
Simple like a love song
Simple like a ring
She might get the words wrong but she's gonna sing
She's simple like an ocean
Simple like sigh
She'll tell you a story but she can't tell a lie
There's nobody like her
so why would i run away?
She makes it so, so simple to stay.
Track Name: If Only
The sun is slowly sinking on the turnpike
The color of the flares on the road
On the radio they say the driver jackknifed
and walked off across the marshes

Jet planes on approach to the runway
Landing lights like pearls on a burn
When you never even knew where you came from
You can't return

If only you told me where we were going
If only you told me how i should feel
If only the crimes we've done were made for these times
We'd be home by now

I was never any good at navigation
I can barely read a compass rose
And I never want to know the destination
Just that someone knows

If only you told me where we were going
If only you told me how i should feel
If only the crimes we've done were made for these times
We'd be home by now
Track Name: How To Get By
Keep the rhythm up and
keep the timing up and
Don't let them know you've lost your place
Keep the curtains drawn and
keep the nightlight on
Disappear without a trace
I remember when, well,
things were different then
You said they'd never understand us

And all I want to know is that we're not so crazy
All I want to know is that we're not cracking up
Just a word or two
is all I need from you
And maybe, maybe, maybe
maybe that's enough

Keep your makeup on and
keep your cellphone on and
keep that suntan on your face
Keep the payments up and
keep on keepin' up
'cause everybody else is keeping pace
I remember when you
took me back again
You said you knew that we'd regret this

And all i want to know is that we're not so crazy
All i want to know is that we're not cracking up
Just a word or two
is all I need from you
and maybe, maybe, maybe

Safety bars on the roller coaster
don't fit right on my shoulders
I'm still afraid of falling out
Here comes another drop
I wish that you could make it stop
I'm tired of living upside-down

I want to know we're still getting somewhere
I want to know we're still doing it right
I wish you would tell me
we're all going crazy
But maybe, maybe, maybe
it's just me
it's just me
Track Name: Help Is On The Way
Holding on
with all of your strength
Counting on
what's left of your faith
with every breath feeling it fading
The broken plans
the chances you missed
your aching hands
balled into fists
days into weeks, weeks into floating

You have the training for this
Just keep your cool and
you'll walk out

Catch your breath
in the eye of the storm
It's coming back
much worse than before
and it takes some time
to mount a search and rescue
So bite down
and gather your strength
You'll find out
just how much you can take
It's such a vital thing to learn


We're coming now
just as fast as we can
but you have to know
you must understand
there's so many others!
Stay at your post
stick to your guns
stay on the trigger till your cavalry comes

Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
Help is on the way
HELP IS ON THE WAY
HELP IS ON THE WAY
HELP IS ON THE WAY
HELP IS ON THE WAY