Alliance - Missing Piece

1999
Escape Music

Track Listing:

01. I'd Give Anything
02. Missing Piece
03. Building Wisdom From The Wounds
04. Call Of The Wild
05. Young Blood
06. I Gotta Know
07. It's A Long Way To Go
08. Without You
09. It's My Life
10. Don't Turn Away
11. Gotta Find That Woman
12. Do It For Free


I'd Give Anything
(R. Berry)

You start out running
Motor on through
Signs keep changing
But you're running
No looking back
Ain't no fool
You were smothered
By hopes and dreams
And get rich quick schemes
Just smothered yeah

But I'd give anything
I'd give anything
To hold it in my hands
To be a better man
I'd pay almost any price
Just about any price
For the future of my children
To make it better than the world
I leave behind

I've made my mark
On the world and the girl
That stole away my heart
On the friends and family
I've become a part
Of the sun and moon
And changing tides
I've made my mark yeah

Chorus

I've made my livin'
With this old guitar
And a bit of luck
I kept trying
And I followed through just enough
I got a small boy now
With dreams of his own
No soil to plant his feet on
Just concrete sidewalks
And silicon aggravations

Chorus


Missing Piece
(R. Berry)

I was a lonely man
Hard and destructive
Shy and reclusive
Buried in something
I couldn't understand
Self destructive
Highly delusional
Empty and hurtin'
I was a lonely man
A lonely man

I was a tender touch
Lookin' for a fallen angel
Running away from changes
Watched my arrangement fall
From the highest mountain
To the valley so deep
Love was emotion
That I couldn’t be
I was a lonely man

Then you set me free
The silence
That once deafened me
And blackened my eyes
I totally denied the mystery
My tragedy
I'm wiser now
That missing piece

I was looking for something
More than time
Deeper than words
Brighter than eyes
I tried
To pull up inside of me
The bone and the blood
The earth and the sun
That was covering me
It covered me

Chorus

There was a time
When days were empty
There was a time
When the truth was lost
There was a time
When the end
Of the world seemed near
I could give
The whole thing a toss
Oh I was lost


Building Wisdom From The Wounds
(R. Berry)

Just one doubt the shortest word
Could break the hold
That fragile balance
That drives me
That fuels my flame
The fine line
Between state of mind
And what is real
Those hidden fears
That surface
Then disappear

In those broken dreams
You hide away
On the battlefields
Of the human race
In the darkness
Of your room

Building wisdom from the wounds
You gather up the strength
Building wisdom from the wounds
The path we choose to take

There's a light in every heart
In every soul
The glow we need to guide us
To play the game
You gotta fly each day
And follow through
Carry on
Lead the charge
Then fight it
Not look away

In those broken dreams
You hide away
On the battlefields
Of the human race
In the darkness
Of your room
Building wisdom from the wounds

Chorus

Somewhere, somehow
Nothing ever stays the same
Stand tall, shout out
Everything is all right
Take a look around you
Find the path
That carries you through

Chorus


Call Of The Wild
(G. Pihl, R. Berry)

I had this dream
Just the other night
It was you and me baby
It was working out fine
It was hot then cold
And slippery and wet
You were in my reach
Then out again

It's the call of the wild
And I'm hearing my name
Crashing like thunder
Rushing through my veins
The rage of emotions
As it twists and spins
It's the call of the wild
And it's pulling me in

Something in the corner
Of my darkened room
Broke the silence
Way too soon
It could have been sunlight
Could have been mood
Could have been my feelings
Dreamin' about you

It's the call of the wild
And I'm hearing my name
Crashing like thunder
Rushing through my veins
The rage of emotions
As it twists and spins
It's the call of the wild
Pulling me in

Find a place to hide the need
There's no other way
Sometime scattered plant the seed
Before they blow away

I had this dream
Same time and place
It was you and me baby
But it all blew up in my face
Smoke filled
Fire burned
Water flowed
And passion turned
You were in my reach
And then out again

It's the call of the wild
And I'm hearing my name
Crashing like thunder
Rushing through my veins
The rage of emotions
As it twists and spins
It's the call of the wild
Pulling me in


Gotta Know
(R. Berry, A. Fitzgerald)

Time seems to run away
It's a breakdown
Knocks you from left to right
Then to the ground

I---Gotta know
I---Gotta know

It's a slice of the common man
And we hold on
It's a chance that you gotta take
Before it's all gone

I-Gotta know

Slip and sliding your life away
Lookin' for the sign
But the world has changed
The doors are heavy
And the price is high
Just open it up
And let it fly

Time seems to slip away
It's a breakdown
Lost if you don't awake
Before you hit the ground
I gotta know


Young Blood
(R. Berry)

It's all mine here
The earth the wind the sun
In a world where
No one's allowed to come
Wrap up my feelings
Block that innocence
Start to run

Young Blood burnin
Young Blood must stay strong
One look, searchin
Young Blood
Gotta make it til the morning sun comes on

Give up nothing
The knife, the gun, my soul
Won't tell you something
My grip the hand can't hold
Without a warning
The world starts caving in
All this fighting

Young Blood burning
Young Blood must stay strong
One look, searching
Young Blood
Gotta make it til the morning sun comes on

Close my eyes and nothing changes
Lined up all the same, nothing's gained
It's a life just what you make it
One, two, three
Can you show me you from me

Not giving up, not giving in
I'm tired and weak seems I just can't win
Still I'm turning round, moving quick
I don't see nothing that a boy can't fix

Young Blood


It's A Long Way To Go
(Pihl/Berry)


So we all got our life you say
Like you're the chosen one
Others just fade away
I lie in my bed
Safe like you each night
While on my television
People are dyin'

Maybe some country
On the other side of the road
Holdin' their children - Man
That could be my girl
With the house knocked down
And the struggle all around
The flame still burns

It's a long way to go
To find your freedom
It's a far cry
From the life we know
Someone paid the price
For what we're reaping
Sacrificed their heart and soul

I sit here in my easy chair
The blood of my brothers
All but forgotten
You know I had friends
That went off
And never came back
So that I
Could grow to my tallest

We were all sitting in a circle
And singing our favourite song
Never knowing that
Off in the distance
That sound we hear
Was war

Chorus

Off in the distance
It starts to rain
The blood of innocence
The face of loneliness
Pain drops like water
On the empty game
Played on the battleground
They hid without a sound
Holding their hands out
Trying to wash away the shame

So we come out
With our life and limb
And the blood in our veins
Grabs a chance to live
Gotta ticket to freedom
That shields me
From all I fear

Here in the arms, Of a nations warmth
We sail to the edge
And push across the shore
In the strength of her belly
With open eyes
We find what the fighting's for

Chorus


Without You
(Berry, Pihl)

Life's a game
I swear it's a game
Fields of fiery mountains
Gone insane
It's a test
Watching who comes out
The other side
Held up by truth
Burdened by the lies

Learning something new
About my life
Without you
Letting go of feelings
Locked inside

It's a shame
A God damn shame
That we trivialize
Someone else's pain
In the comfort zone
Beneath the sun we lie
In the belly of the beast
Where the deal is hot
We wait

Learning something new
About my life
Without you
Letting go of feelings
Locked inside

Safe and warm
The memories, the feelings lost
Cold and lonely
The end of it all

So I fall
But I've seen it all
And nothing is like I saw
Along the way
So baby open up
And let me in
I'll never think that love
Is for the weak
And leave again


It's My Life
(R. Berry)

Found myself workin'
Nine o'clock every mornin'
Someone said a job
Could do some good for me
I thought it was my ticket
To the things
That I really wanted
Now I'm livin my life
For a telephone ring

Well it's my life
Baby don’t you know it
It's my life
We're talkin' about me
Well it's my life
You know I don't control it
I just gotta break free

Now early in my bed
Hear the radio blowin'
Talkin' about things
That I never have seen
Music in my head
Keeps my eyes wide open
Now something in the rhythm's
Gonna set my soul free

But it's my life
Baby don’t you know it
It's my life
Now we're talkin' about me
Well it's my life
I know I don't control it
I just gotta break free

Now I know it's not an easy life
Livin' outside these walls
But I'm going to
Give it everything I got
Ain't givin' up
Not givin' in
Gotta tell you baby
I had enough

Runnin' 'round in circles
Acting like I don’t know better
Wonderin' if the company is
Happy with me
How I hear the whistle blowin'
But my head ain't feelin' better
I guess I should have told them
Exactly what I need

Oh it's my life
Baby don’t you know it
It's my life
We're talkin' about me
Well it's my life
You know I don't control it
I just gotta break free


Don't Turn Away
(R. Berry)

Never said I was the hero type
Never said I knew wrong from right
But now I sit here
Trying to save the love
I have with you
You see my mind's
Full of questions
Things I should
Have been asking
To face it is hard
But the two of these hearts
Will soon end

I see it again and again
Your eyes always show it
You think I don’t know it
Each piece of the life you spend
Living right on the edge
Keeps you safe from the lonlieness
Here it comes again
Closing your eyes
As you try to hide the emptiness
Will it ever end

No don't turn away

Looking back through old photographs
Start to finish
Did you look like that
Now all I see
Sitting next to me
Is someone I've never me
And baby
Denying the reasoning I've figured out
You say there's nothin'
We should talk about
Ain't it just like you
To take it or leave it again
Oh I see it again and again
Your eyes always show it
You think I don't know it
Each piece of the life you spend
Living right on the edge
Keeps you safe from the lonlieness
Here it comes again
Closing your eyes
As you try to hide the emptiness
Will it ever end

No don't turn away

I see it again and again
Your eyes always show it
You think I don't know it
Each piece of the life you spend
Living right on the edge
Oh keeps you safe from the lonlieness
Here it comes again
Closing your eyes
As you try to hide the emptiness
Will it ever end
No don't turn away


Gotta Find That Woman
(Fitzgerald, Berry, Pihl, Lauser)


Do It For Free
(S. Hagar, J. Harms)

Would you do it for love
Would you do it for pride
If you gave it away
Would you be satisfied

On your hands and knees
If the price is right
You know you say you believe
But would you stand up and fight

You better ask yourself
Before you criticize me
Are you a victim of the system
Or the powers that be
If there was nothing to gain
Would you do it for free
Would you do it for me

You give it away in the bedroom
What you sell on the streets
You spend a fortune on a rise
Then strip it down to the beat

You better ask yourself
Before you criticize me
Are you a victim of the system
Or the powers that be
If there was nothing to gain
Would you do it for free
Would you do it for me

Are you satisfied
Do you love what you do
Is your head straight and tight
Or will money make you tell
A bold face lie

I think you better ask yourself
Before you criticize me
Are you a victim of the system
Of the powers that be
If there was nothing to gain
Would you do it for free
Would you do it for me

 
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