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Written by John Mellencamp

Cain told Abel, "Brother, you'd better get busy
We got watermelon burnin' up out there in the sun"
Abel said, "Cain, brother, you're drivin' me silly
Raisin' up this fruit trader bull, you know it ain't no fun"

(Chorus)
We're just yellin' in the dark
We're just pissin' in the wind
From underneath the sheets that we pray from
Better let a little bit of this goodness get in

So Cain rose up and he slay his brother
The human soul and violence sometimes can be the next of kin
And feelings are real in moments of desperation
When the lowest dimension of the animal is let in

(Chorus)
We're just yellin' in the dark
We're just pissin' in the wind
From underneath the sheets that we pray from
Better let a little bit of this goodness get in

Ain't got no purpose, ain't got no direction, I ain't got no morals
Ain't got no politics, ain't got no particular point of view
What I've got is plenty of time on my hands, Ol' Skinny's playground
Hey, Lord, tell me again, what you want me to do

(Chorus)
We're just yellin' in the dark
We're just pissin' in the wind
From underneath the sheets that we pray from
Better let a little bit of this beauty
Better let a little bit of this goodness get in




Written by John Mellencamp and George M. Green

See the moon roll across the stars
See the seasons turn like a heart
Your father's days are lost to you
This is your time here to do what you will do

(Chorus)
Your life is now your life is now your life is now
In this undiscovered moment
Lift your head up above the crowd
We could shake this world
If you would only show us how
Your life is now

Would you teach your children to tell the truth
Would you take the high road if you could choose
Do you believe you're a victim of a great compromise
'Cause I believe you could change your mind and change your lives

(Chorus)
Your life is now your life is now your life is now
In this undiscovered moment
Lift your head up above the crowd
We could shake this world
If you would only show us how
Your life is now

Would you teach your children to tell the truth
This is your time here to do what you will do

(Chorus)
Your life is now your life is now your life is now
In this undiscovered moment
Lift your head up above the crowd
We could shake this world
If you would only show us how
Your life is now
Your life is now
Your life is now
Your life is now




Written by John Mellencamp, George M. Green, and Andrew York

We rode our horses in the city
Didn't we love living there
Now it's gone to those more beautiful
'Cause younger is always so pretty
The marmalade the bed we made
Seemed to stretch out into forever
And we tried to stay together
Yeah we tried to stay together

Yeah, hey we had some good times
Reckless the heart but never, never unkind
In a perfect world we'd have done just fine
We're positively crazy now
You know I think you're great




Written by John Mellencamp

Holly told me, "You better give me a child"
I said, "Holly, there's no way
We don't even like each other all that much
We couldn't make it one more day"
She said, "You better look out, buster
The next time you see me you're gonna pay"
I said, "Holly, I'm not running anymore
But I'm on my way"

(Chorus)
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
And I'm not running anymore

Well I got two circus clowns here who like to fight
They got one black eye and a bloody nose
They are the hoodlums of my third wife
Whatever I say they will oppose
I try to teach those clowns something
Like how to make it day to day
I say, "Hey, you kids, I'm not running anymore
But I'm on my way"

(Chorus)
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
And I'm not running anymore

Well I look in the mirror - what the hell happened to me
Whatever I had has gone away
I'm not the young kid that I used to be
So I push the hair back out of my face
That's o.k., I knew this would happen
But I was hopin' not today
Hey Baby, I'm not running anymore
But I'm on my way

(Chorus)
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
And I'm not running anymore

(Chorus)
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
And I'm not running anymore

For sure




Written by John Mellencamp and George M. Green

I stand here a black man I have no history
I was brought up in East Chicago and I grew up on the streets
The chains around the playground were the chains around my heart
The brand upon my shoulder
Well it reminds you who you are

(Chorus)
And it all comes true
Yes it all comes true
Like a wheel inside a wheel
It turns on you
And you think, what have I done what can I do
What you believe about yourself
It all comes true

I was just a young girl
My mother called me "Hon'"
My father was unhappy
'Cause I should have been his son
They said, "Learn to be a waitress and learn to be a wife
And be thankful for a chance to live an ordinary life"

(Chorus)
And it all comes true
Yes it all comes true
Like a wheel inside a wheel It turns on you
And you think, what have I done what can I do
What you believe about yourself
It all comes true

My life is a contradiction of sorrow and desire
I drag my heart across the ash to throw it on the fire
Maybe there's a reason and could there be a plan
Or are we all just fools to think we'll understand

(Chorus)
And it all comes true
Yeah it all comes true
Like a wheel inside a wheel
It turns on you
And you think, what have I done what can I do
What you believe about yourself
It all comes true

(Chorus)
And it all comes true
Yeah it all comes true
Like a wheel inside a wheel
It turns on you
And you think, what have I done what can I do
What you believe about yourself
It all comes true




Written by John Mellencamp

Diane and Jack went to the movies
They went to see Richard Pryor
Screamin' on his knees for his lover
How could have I been wrong about you?
How could I have been so wrong about you?

(Chorus)
Eden is burning (Eden is burning)
I can see it from my window (Eden is burning)
Better take it to the water
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Thinking of Havana
Eating cream and bananas
You and me in the sunshine
How could have I been wrong about you
How could I have been so wrong about you

(Chorus)
Eden is burning (Eden is burning)
I can see it from my window (Eden is burning)
Better take it to the water
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

How could have I been wrong about you
How could I have been so wrong about you
With love on our side
With love on our side

Hey

Here's the masquerade of our living
Well, I hope it makes you feel better
It's for our own protection
I thought we were forever, me and you
But nothin's forever, I guess it's true that

(Chorus)
Eden is burning
I can see it from my window
Better take it to the water
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

(Chorus)
Eden is burning
I can see it from my window
Better take it to the water
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Eden is burning
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah




Written by John Mellencamp and George M. Green

I'm tired of being grateful for a chance to take a dive
I'm sick of everything I do just to keep myself alive
When you cut away the skin that bears the brand
Standin' in the darkness, Baby, there I am

(Chorus)
Standin' in the darkness
Someone call my name out
Standin' in the darkness
Someone put the flame out
Standin' in the darkness
Baby, there I am
Where the world began

Saw the man in Jamaica, he had a shadow on his back
I recalled the ring of fire, and he wore his suit of black
When the legend and the ocean meet the sand
Standin' in the darkness, Baby, here I am

(Chorus)
Standin' in the darkness
Someone call my name out
Standin' in the darkness
Someone put the flame out
Standin' in the darkness
Baby, there I am
Where the world began
Where the world began
Where the world began
Where the world began yeah yeah yeah
Where the world began

Everyone is so fabulous, hey, we all got our gun
Old Snakey's not a sinner, no, he just shows us how it's done
When you separate the wretched from the damned
Standin' in the darkness, Baby, here I am

(Chorus)
Standin' in the darkness
Someone call my name out
Standin' in the darkness
Someone put the flame out
Standin' in the darkness
Baby, there I am
Where the world began
Where the world began
Where the world began




Written by John Mellencamp

There's a band playing down the street we could see, yeah
Movie showing down at the Von Lee
A church supper with Grandma and Grandad
Let's go out and have ourselves the best time we've ever had

(Chorus)
Say goodnight, my Miss Missy
Goodnight, it's time to go home
Hey, I might call you later
Oh Missy, girl, it's late, it's time to go home

Weight of the world's now on your head
I take back all those mean things I said baby
Little baby kicking down in your gut
I hope it donít grow up to be as crazy as us

(Chorus)
Goodnight, oh my Miss Missy
Goodnight, it's time to go home
Hey, I might, I just might, call you later
Oh Missy it's time to go home

So let's dance slow just one more time
Let me hold your face close to mine, yeah
Let's pretend that Jesus has come
To take us out one more night just for fun

(Chorus)
Goodnight, oh my Miss Missy
Goodnight, it's time to go home
Yeah I might call you later
Oh Missy, girl, it's time to go home

I Say

(Chorus)
Goodnight, oh my Miss Missy
Goodnight itís time to go home
Yeah I might, I might call you later
Miss Missy itís late, its time to go home
Hey
Miss Missy




Written by John Mellencamp

Hey, don't I know you from somewhere
Yeah, it was down in New Orleans
In one of those back-street bars in the quarter
Between Desire and Honalee
You were dancin' with a friend of Michael's
I remember how we met
You were talkin' to ol' Jimmy
And you lit my cigarette

(Chorus)
How come you can't remember?
This is me you're talkin' to
From May through September
It was all about me 'n you, Baby
It was all about me 'n you

Well it looks like to me
That you have conveniently forgotten everything
This confusion that has surrounded you
Is this your morality and not your brain
You've got a birthmark below your navel
You wear a size seven and a half shoe
You got this Rolex watch that I suspect you cobbled
From that doctor who said he loved you

(Chorus)
How come you can't remember
This is me you're talkin' to
From May through September
It was all about me 'n you, Baby
It was all about me 'n you

Well you told me that you lived on the wind
Like a bird who never touched the ground
And if you did you would surely die without making a sound
"Live, let's live", that's all you kept sayin'
And our summer was full of life
We're gonna send them a postcard, to show 'em what it's like to be alive
But I never wanted to leave your side
No, I just couldn't believe that you'd lie
No, I never wanted to say "good-bye" baby

(Chorus)
How come you can't remember
This is me you're talkin' to
From May through September
It was all about me 'n you, Baby
It was all about me 'n you




Written by John Mellencamp, Moe Z. MD, and George M. Green

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

You're wicked, baby so do what's right
Break me off a piece of that love tonight
Like a steel guitar that I love to play
Everyone loves Jesus on judgment day
You get me hot just like gasoline
In your cashmere shirt and your cut-off jeans
I've been workin' all day here's what I made
Baby what you say beak me off some

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

Down in Mexico there's a man I know
Who gave away his future for a piece of gold
He washed his hands in Noah's flood
Now those mountains they're just red as blood
I left this place just to come with you
Walkin' off the mesa in some dead man's shoes
I've been workin' all day here's what I made
Baby what you say break me off some

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie
Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie
Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie
Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie

I like the way you're movin' on the dance floor baby
I like the way you're moving' on the dance floor baby

Shake shake shake 'til my eyes are sore baby
Shake shake shake 'til my eyes are sore baby

Bounce bounce bounce 'til your body is sore baby
Bounce bounce bounce 'til your body is sore baby
Feel the heat Moe Z Put his hands on

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie
Eie yie yie yie yie yie yie

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

(Chorus)
Babe break me off a piece of your love
Once it's on I can't seem to get enough
So keep it up keep it comin' uh
Break me off some baby

Break me off some
Break me off some
You gotta break me off some baby
Break me off some
Break me off some
Break me off some baby
Break me off some




Written by John Mellencamp and Andrew York

Exotic cars scream down the sunset of dreams
On a hot sunny afternoon
I'm in a hot dog stand
With a strange love holding my hand
And we're both playin' it real cool

(Chorus)
It's the summer of love
It's the summer of love, Baby
It's the summer of love
Leastways, I'm hopin' it is

So we talk about her favorite movie star or something
She says, "Ya know, I've never done this before" (Yeah, sure)
"I know it sounds strange, but I can't remember your name
But I remember last night on the floor"
And we both laughed like she told a joke or something
She takes her neckerchief off and wraps it around my head
And says, "Hey, you"

(Chorus)
It's the summer of love
It's the summer of love, Baby
It's the summer of love
Leastways, I'm hopin' it is

(Chorus)
It's the summer of love
It's the summer of love,
It's the summer of love Baby
Leastways, I'm hopin' it is, sit it down

So we both walk along alone
She says, "Hey, Mister, you sure make a strange kind of lover"
And I say "yeah"
I say "yeah"

(Chorus)
It's the summer of love
It's the summer of love, Baby
It's the summer of love
Leastways, I'm hopin' it is
Leastways, I'm thinkin' it just might be
It's the summer of love
It's the summer of love

This is the summer of love
Hope I see you again sometime




Written by John Mellencamp and Toby Myers

Be careful how you walk
These days are evil look how you talk
I hear there are people that are listening
This mysteryís up to you
So you be careful what you do
I know There are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell
Halfway undecided That's our peace That's our peace

Be careful the friends you keep
He might not really be your friend
He belongs to the wishing and the wandering
Be careful too much at stake
You don't want ever to be wronged
Don't you ever let the dirty business make you clean

These are the days of farewell
Halfway undecided that's our peace Amen Amen

Glory be to God I will bless the Lord at all times
His words shall continually be in my mouth with praise
For I am here today 'cause He said that I would live
There's no reason why HIV shouldn't have missed my daughter and my life
But it did Through the eyes of God, he saw fit for me to be here
I will praise the Lord at all times
As we live in the last days the Devil will always be up under my feet
And I will praise his name
Hallelujah

Don't you pretend to be something
That you are not hear me my friend
I'll tell you what I know It will only sicken you
Let us be grateful for what you've got
Help me to know what I am not
Oh my friend there are people who are wondering

These are the days of farewell
It's undecided it's undecided
Oh my friend, oh my friend, oh my friend
My friend, my friend, my friend
It's undecided
Too much, too much, too much
Too much at stake for you and me




ALBUM CREDITS:

Dane Clark: Drums, Percussion
Toby Myers: Bass, Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic: Guitar, Background Vocals
Miriam Sturm: Keyboards, Violin, Background Vocals
Andy York: Guitar, Indian Instruments, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Moe Z. M.D.: Keyboards, Loops, Background Vocals
John Mellencamp: Vocals

GUESTS
Lisa Germano: Harmonica, Violin *
Stan Lynch: Drums *
Pat Peterson: Background Vocals *
Jimmy Ryser: Background Vocals *
Izzy Strandlin: Guitar *
Janas Hoyt: Background Vocals
Killa: Background Vocals
Vess "Elvis" Ruhtenberg: Bass **
* = "Miss Missy"
** = "It All Comes True"

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Produced By: John Mellencamp
Co-Producers: Mike Wanchic and Paul Mahern
Enigineers: Paul Mahern, David Thoener
Mixed By: David Thoener, Paul Mahern, John Mellencamp
Assistant Engineer: Rick Fettig
Technical Engineer: Mike Stucker, Ross Alexander
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine
Recorded and Mixed at: Belmont Mall Studios, Belmont, Indiana
Art Direction: Christopher Austopchuck
Design: Peter Ciccotto
Photography: Antonin Kratochvil
Management: Hoffman Entertainment INC.

 

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