Albums:Can I Say

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Music by Brian Baker, lyrics by Brian Baker & Dave Smalley.

What'd you say
when I said we'll be here through tomorrow
in my heart and in my head
fear of failure
fear of reprimand
two big problems
I've never had
I never doubted what I had inside... what I have inside
values here in my heart
and we'll be here through tomorrow
every day's a brand new start
fear of failure
fear of reprimand
two big problems I've never had
I never doubted what I had inside... what I have inside
fear of failure
fear of reprimand
two big problems I've never had
I never doubted what I had inside... what I have inside

One To Two


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

There are things I'd like to say
that I've said too many times before
things I should have done
instead of looking for a way to get out
you'll never know the sorrow I felt
or the hours I've laid awake
thinking about just what you said
how could you know how I felt?
I never took the time to figure it out
or see how the problems arose
I tried to blame the two of you
I can only blame myself
for the pain we felt
there are words I should have spoken
but I kept my f~cking mouth shut instead
words would've made the difference
but they always stayed unsaid
why won't you ever see?
why won't you even see?
it's not just me

Circles


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

I wouldn't speak my mind
I didn't want to make them mad
I looked up to them
for the courage I thought I didn't have
I never bothered to lift a finger to make my point
now I'm spelling it out
and nobody's listening
it's hard to take it to heart
it hurts to be apart
but I can't watch and not be heard
the days go by and things get worse
but they say they can only get better
I try to make a dent
but it blends in with all the damage
I try to look the other way
but there's a mirror behind me
I see images of what can be done
it seems like I'm the only one
I wouldn't speak my mind

Thin Line


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

There's a thin line
between love and hate
I'm standing in a no-man's land and I'm afraid
to try and reach
the other side
how could you give back what you took and tried to hide?
I should have never trusted you
left you by yourself
I watched for far too long
you made me think
you were in touch
and oh the pain I felt when I knew you'd moved on
I never realized
you were running in circles
I let you lead when I knew damn well you were blind
I trusted you

Justification


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

We have tried and failed
we have stumbled and fallen
we have tried a new taste and spit it back out
we have taken a left turn when we meant to turn right
we lost sight of our origins
but our past never lost sight of us
it's not emulation - cause that's not this hard
not imitation - cause that won't take you far
not digression - cause I'm falling straight up
it is progression - I'm not afraid to stand up
I don't know what is expected
but I expected it to be great
I said "I'm trying my hardest"
but he didn't like the tape
take a look at what you're doing
and tell me I'm too late
you say we're walking backwards
well, that dead horse sure can run
the truth
I know I can
I know I will
I know -I know what I have to do
and now you'll listen
and I hope it won't hurt
I've seen your poison
you've done your worst
I've seen your better
and I can't believe it's true
you've lost the truth that used to live inside of you

What Now?


Music by Brian Baker, lyrics by Brian Baker & Dave Smalley.

Silly boy
in over his head again
silly boy
doing his best again
silly boy
why don't you ever learn?
silly boy you
can't help getting hurt
behind us - lying and hiding
behind us - the lying and hiding

I've Heard


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

I heard this
I heard that
what do I believe?
it's hard to give
it's hard to get
and once you've lost it it's always gone
I know I shouldn't accept
one person's word as truth
without at least
giving you the benefit of the doubt
I get so mixed up
by the things you say
and the way you act
too many times
this has happened before I always thought the wrong thing
I never gave you a second chance
now it's happening all over again

Under Your Influence


from the "Can I Say" lp and the "Field Day" lp. Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

It's hard to hold
when the world is spinning
learned nothing from the night before
or the weeks before that
under your influence - right goes wrong
under your influence - crossed my mind
under your influence - right goes wrong
under your influence - you crossed my mind for the last time
twelve ounces of courage
makes the world look better
you love the attention
you never had it before
no safety comes from your numbers
nothing said or gained
shirking responsibility
true freedom from what?
from what? (spoken part from Field Day version:
- you know I walked by you on the street the other day..
...you were going one way...I was going the other..
..and we both walked right by and we don't say a word..
... we used to be this close ..we used to be like brothers..
..but now 'cause of one time one word one phrase one time one word one phrase .. it's all over)

Can I Say


from the "Can I Say" lp and the "85-86" lp.

Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

What can I say?
why should I try?
I tried to love
what I knew I hated
I took a lie and I made a truth
I defended
what I should have denied
I never gave a second thought
I followed blindly part of the lot
I never gave
I never gave a second thought
I followed blindly part of the lot
how can I say I'm really free?
how can I say I'm really me?
what can I say?

Never Go Back


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

Sometimes it gets so cloudy
it's hard to see
everything gets distorted
it's all a dream
all these smiling faces
have lost their shine
I guess I'm getting older
I just don't relate
never go back
I wish I could learn
to never go back
there's something wrong inside
but I will never release my pride
I wish I could learn to never go back
I'm looking at pictures
and I'm thinking of those times
those times have changed
and so have I
I stopped my dreaming
I know I can't go back
I started looking closer
and I know what it's become
I wish so bad it was the same
how could it ever be the same? never go back
never go back
I stopped my dreaming
I don't want to go back
I started looking closer
and I know what it's become

Another Wrong (bonus track)


Music by Brian Baker, lyrics by Dave Smalley, Shawn Brown and Brian Baker.

No matter what I say
Or how I try
I can't redeem myself
Strip clean - pick up the pieces
Start over again
Who made the rules
Who decides
when I've made up
paid up
Ten months this time
twelve before
Few others could take much more
Do it right
How can I
When I'm not even given the chance
To correct the mistakes I've already made?
It's so hard to live up to standards
When you don't even know what they are
How can you expect me to change?

My Dog's A Cat (bonus track)


my dog's a cat but he's really fat and i shove him under the welcome mat
doesn't know where he's going to and he doesn't know where he's been

I've Heard (Live, bonus track)


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

I heard this
I heard that
what do I believe?
it's hard to give
it's hard to get
and once you've lost it it's always gone
I know I shouldn't accept
one person's word as truth
without at least
giving you the benefit of the doubt
I get so mixed up
by the things you say
and the way you act
too many times
this has happened before I always thought the wrong thing
I never gave you a second chance
now it's happening all over again

Another Wrong (Live, bonus track)


Music by Brian Baker, lyrics by Dave Smalley, Shawn Brown and Brian Baker.

No matter what I say
Or how I try
I can't redeem myself
Strip clean - pick up the pieces
Start over again
Who made the rules
Who decides
when I've made up
paid up
Ten months this time
twelve before
Few others could take much more
Do it right
How can I
When I'm not even given the chance
To correct the mistakes I've already made?
It's so hard to live up to standards
When you don't even know what they are
How can you expect me to change?

Trying (Live, bonus track)


Music by Brian Baker, lyrics by Peter Cortner & Brian Baker.

You say it's the crossroads
the place we meet
all I'm seeing is a dead end street
think of where you're going
think of what you said
I used my heart 'till it was broken
now I'm trying to use my head
we'll bide our time and there we'll stay
for you it's tomorrow for me it's yesterday

Justification (Live, bonus track)


Music and lyrics by Brian Baker.

We have tried and failed
we have stumbled and fallen
we have tried a new taste and spit it back out
we have taken a left turn when we meant to turn right
we lost sight of our origins
but our past never lost sight of us
it's not emulation - cause that's not this hard
not imitation - cause that won't take you far
not digression - cause I'm falling straight up
it is progression - I'm not afraid to stand up
I don't know what is expected
but I expected it to be great
I said "I'm trying my hardest"
but he didn't like the tape
take a look at what you're doing
and tell me I'm too late
you say we're walking backwards
well, that dead horse sure can run
the truth
I know I can
I know I will
I know -I know what I have to do
and now you'll listen
and I hope it won't hurt
I've seen your poison
you've done your worst
I've seen your better
and I can't believe it's true
you've lost the truth that used to live inside of you

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