Paul Banks & The Carousels

Yelling At The Sun

Art By Dave Eggers

Tell Me Why I Don't Cry

Yelling at the Sun

 

We could go on vacation
Meet you down at the station
All the way to Carolina
We can put on a record
Sit back and love
I could stay till mid-July
Oh but tell me why
I don't cry
Anymore
When I still feel just as sad

We could buy a cake
We could celebrate
I could sing you a new song
Ignore all the phone rings
We can listen as the girl sings
We won't ever drive the car
Oh, but tell me why
I don't cry
Anymore
When I still feel just as sad

I don't mind
The way things go
I, I, I, I, I
I, I, I, I, I, I

We can make a livin'
It's so easy!
Then we'll fly around the world
Stop in every little town
Spread the love around
We won't even catch a name
Oh, but tell me why
I don't cry
Anymore
When I still feel just as sad

Come on down from your high chair
Children, see what's down there
It won't last at all but damn it's fun
Now we're talking and a-laughin'
And we're yelling at the sun, man!
I can see for miles around
Oh, but tell me why
I don't cry
Anymore
When I still feel just as sad

I don't mind
The way things go
I don't mind
And I don't know
I, I, I, I, I
I, I, I, I, I
I, I, I, I, I,
I! I! I!

[Yelling at the Sun album cover art by Dave Eggers. He is one of Paul's heroes and has written a lot of incredible books and a couple of great screenplays, like Where The Wild Things Are. Graphic design by Greg Leppert and Matt Genitempo at Public School. Greg is a genius, and Matt co-founded Lamebook.]

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My Friends Give Up

Yelling at the Sun

Wives have always loved their husbands
Husbands always lay down their lives
For them

Skies are always blue in daytime
Moonlight always bumps the thoughts around
Pinballs

My friends give up
And I give up
And you give up once more
In fourteen years
I've given up but four

Pain always gets through the wooden
Guts that have become so very lame
Always

Green eyes brings me back to who I am
The bad and good and brains gone numb
Always

My friends give up
And I give up
And you give up once more
In fourteen years
I've given up
But for the words and songs like trees
Planted in the ground
I can't remember where
I can't remember where
I can't remember where

For the words and songs like trees
Planted in the ground
I can't remember where
I can't remember where
I can't remember where

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Forever Muse, But

Yelling at the Sun

I wanna know where love has gone; you
Showed me, told me
It wouldn't be so long

I'm in love
But it's not with the world
And I see one woman's face
In the face of every little girl

I wanna know where secrets go; they
Travel into vapor in blue skies

I've got faith
But it's not in the world
And I see one woman's face
In the face of every little girl

And she comes in the night
Like a thief who's stealing light
From the moon, but
I will never sing of this again
Oooo

And she comes in the night
Like a thief who's stealing light
My forever muse, but
I will never sing of this again
Oooo

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I Won't Fall Asleep

Yelling at the Sun

Lately I am never honest
With myself, and that is why
You don't know me, baby
But I won't fall
I won't fall
I won't fall asleep

Lately you are always honest
With yourself, and that is why
You still
Don't know me, baby
But I won't fall
I won't fall
I won't fall, and I won't fall
I won't fall asleep

And I'll tell you, boys: stay away from girls!
Just go out and have lots of beer with your friends!

You will always know that I am near
It's very hard to see
But you can hear me!
And I won't fall
I won't fall
I won't fall, and I won't fall,
I won't fall
Asleep

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Stick With What You Know

Yelling at the Sun

If you could step outside yourself and tell me what you see
Why are we on red light avenue, and why are you alone with me?
You don't ever see it from the outside the way the others do
You've heard it said in times of peril you should always stick with what you know
But you won't know
What it is
When it comes around

When they knock on your door
They don't love your heart

You see the heart of all creation, one who knows yours better than yourself
The beauty that you need surrounds, you turn your back for something that they sell (to you, every day)
You don't ever see it from the outside the way the others do
You've heard it said in times of peril you should always stick with what you know
But you won't know
What it is
When it comes around

When they knock on your door
They don't love your heart

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Secrets and Lies

Yelling at the Sun

You don't need no secrets in your life
You don't need no secrets that you hide
You don't need no secrets
You don't need no secrets at all

You don't need no lies in your heart
You don't need no lies in your heart
You don't need no lies
You don't need no lies at all

There's a world inside a world that you do not know at all
A world inside a world
If you would only let it be
It finds you
You don't find it

You don't need no secrets in your life
You don't need no secrets that you hide
You don't need no secrets
You don't need no secrets at all
At all
At all

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Floats on Satellites

Yelling at the Sun

Call your man on the phone
He'll always answer you
When you think you are alone
'Least you won't feel it, too
You got a guy
He's in the sky
You got a fall-back plan
In case you don't find what you need
So what you want from dear old me?

Go out dancing with a friend
And read a book or two
But cage it off if words or feelings
Crawl inside of you
You'll never share
What's growin' deep in there
But you got a fall-back plan
In case you don't find what you need
So what you want from dear old me?
(That's you!)

So call your man on the phone
He'll always answer you
When you know you are alone
'Least you won't feel it, too
You got a guy
He's in the sky
He floats on satellites
In case you don't
Find what you need
So what you want from dear old me?

I can't compete with a cloud, because
I challenge those I love
And I do it out loud
Every time
I guess I'm kinda sorry
Yeah, I s'pose I'm sorta sorry
But you could do it right back

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Life for the Charm

Yelling at the Sun

Got a cast for the arm
I know you know it's broke'
Got a life for the charm I know you know is empty as the bottle you've been drinking from

Got a love for the girl
I know you know she's far out
Got a light for the long black hallway where you spoke with words we'll never know

Can you bide the time and know it's right for me?

Got a knife for the bear
Who's crowding your pillow
Got a color for your hair as natural as the suitcase sittin' in your good ole rockin' chair

Can you bide the time and know it's right for me?
Can you bide the time and know it's right for me?

Got a life for the charm I know you know is empty as the bottle you saw me drinking from

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Dale's Girl

Yelling at the Sun

Jesus Christ
Can turn a human heart
And I
Can't turn a page

Your daddy sees the yellow line
He sees it all so clear
Believe me
Believe me
It hurts him just as much as you
That's why he's so afraid

And many men
Have fallen in love
Truer to their own wives
But Dale sees it clearer
'Cause he was there when ya started
Believe me
Believe me
It hurts him just as much as you
That's why he's so afraid

Many men
Have fallen in love
Truer to their own wives
But Dale fell harder
'Cause he was there when you started
Yeah, he held ya in his arms
On the day that you were born
Oh, believe me
Believe me
It hurts him just as much as you
Mmmmmm

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Jealous

Yelling at the Sun

Even Solomon had the hots for about a thousand girls or more
Skeletons were waiting behind many palace doors
And the psalmist and Bathsheba found no hope inside the dark
As they looked with jealous eyes

And the children were all sages who moved mountains with their faith
While the old man crouched and cried in his ecclesiastic state
And Wisdom, she shouted loud and clear on closed and bitter ears
As he looked with jealous eyes

And me, I gnaw, and I scratch at nearly every single thing in sight
I gotta eat it all, swallow all I see, I gotta win every single fight
While a king, he sits upon a throne, and he weeps at the turn
As he looks with jealous eyes

And Consequence, well, she was there, but Justice, she was not
And the old man tipped his hat to the hand that he had got
And he went about his merry way as blameless as can be
As he closed his dying eyes

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Live To Share

Paul Banks (self-titled)

You can seek, but you won't find it, my love
That is, if you're seekin' it all on your own
'Cause we were meant to share it
Yeah, we were made to share
When your'e alone, you're wrong, my love
My love

The very worst moments can't be shared, love
And that's the very worst, 'cause I live to share
Yeah, we live to share
And I know if I'd suck in my pride I'd find ya standin' there
My love

And you know that we can dance if you want to
I won't push you away
We can carry all the baggage
To the edge of the sea
'Cause when God made the oceans
He knew all about you and me
And we can share in that, share, so easily
My love

Still, I'm afraid to talk to you, my love
Still, I'm afraid to talk to you, my love

[Paul Banks (self-titled) album cover art and design by Whitney Kay. She designs ads and such for Frito Lay at The Marketing Arm in Dallas and is funny.]

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Tell Me Your Thoughts

Paul Banks (self-titled)

Tell me your thoughts and I'll tell you my blues
We'll keep with our hearts and we'll never lose
And all of the things that we couldn't understand
We don't need to get 'em but I think that we can
We don't need to get 'em but I think that we can

Mystery to me, am I a mystery to you?
The road underneath is gonna tell us the truth
And all of the things that we couldn't understand
We don't need to get 'em but I think that we can
We don't need to get 'em but I think that we can

Will you know
If you don't
Even try?

Will you know
If you don't
Even try?

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Color

Paul Banks (self-titled)

 

Ooooooo

I've got my mind made up, I've got my bags packed
I've got my brain all sorted out, but that won't last

Where do you go? Where do you go when you're alone?

Ooooooo

I see the orange and the red of the sun
I see each color of your face, every one

Beautiful soul, beautiful soul, you're not alone

Ooooooo

I see the orange and the red of the sun
I see each color of your face, every one

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The World

Paul Banks (self-titled)

I could sit here and tell you that I want
To change the world
But I don't have a clue about it at all

If you want to see it all
Then I'll want to see it all
Let's go
'Round the world in a boat
Or take a rocket ship to mars

We want to change the world
But we don't know
Anything about it at all
Ain't it humbling, my friend?

I wanted my best friend to come
Along with me to some-
Where, I don't know
I would have given everything
I wouldn't even want to sing
If thought it would make a difference

Because we want to change the world
But we don't know
Anything about it at all
Ain't it humbling, my friend?

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Family

Paul Banks (self-titled)

She's no more than a mother hen
Just incubatin' eggs
Oh
She don't wanna to be the bird
That lets the others fly
My, my
She'd be alone

See the crow, the robin, and the dove are flyin' high overhead
Mmmm
But she won't let the one she loves be tellin' her goodbye
'Less she's dead
Mmmm

So when the farmer comes 'n' sticks his head in
We won't move or budge
'Cause we're fine just sittin' here on the eggs, and
Who are you to judge?
Said I wanna be a man
But it's hard

Times are changing, so do you
I've gotta see the light
Mmmm
I'll always love my dearest one, but she won't see me fight
I just can't take care of her now

So when the farmer comes 'n' lifts us all up
I won't put up a fight
And I won't keep sittin' on a beauty
Who flies toward the light
Said I wanna be a man
But it's hard
To let go
Of family

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Medicine

Paul Banks (self-titled)

Pretty dress
Need arch support?
Find what suits you best
See what the others think, and
Does it compliment her chest?

Plane ride and cigarettes
Face that's fat with smiles
TV screen and name-brand jeans, and you
Never saw a reason

So you reach
For the medicine
But you don't
Read the label
And you think
You need a man
But you don't
Need their plans at all

Plane ride and new contacts
Face that's fake with smiles
TV screens and brand new scenes, and you
Never saw a reason

So you reach
For the medicines
But you don't
Read the labels
And you think
That you need a man
But you don't
Need their plans at all

You've just gone away
To the place they've deemed worthy
And you seek your own way
You've gone and written you're own story
Some story
You've got
You've got it, girl
Maybe not
Maybe not

You never saw a reason

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Introduction

Paul Banks (self-titled)

[Instrumental]

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Someone To Watch Over Me

Yelling at the Sun

 

Composed by George & Ira Gershwin, 1926. Arranged by Paul Banks & The Carousels and Mike Odmark.

There's a saying old, says that love is blind
Still we're often told, seek and ye shall find
So I'm going to seek a certain gal I've had in mind

Looking everywhere, haven't found her yet
She's the big affair I cannot forget
Only girl I ever think of with regret

I'm a little lamb who's lost in a wood
I know I could
Always be good
To one who'll watch over me

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