lyrics/ the dogmatics

All words and music by Istvan csicsery-ronay

1.THE LAST ONE TO LET GO

When we first met, you played the little flirt,

you spun a little net, you played a little hurt,

I thought this could be fun, a little stop and go,

but then I saw that you’re always the last one,

to let go.

 

We played the game of love, acted out our parts,

Swore by the stars above, and we crossed out hearts.

When the curtain came down, it was time to go.

But then I saw once again you’re the last one,

To let go.

 

I saw you out on the street last night with your brand new man,

I remembered your sweet, sweet kisses, I want to taste them again,

I said baby baby come back, to a love you know.

Then I saw once again you’re the last one,

To let go.

 

2. IN THIS WICKED WORLD

In this wicked world

We’re not just alone

Millions of gods

Leave us here on our own

 

We struggle and strive

to follow their tracks

Then we run and we hide

when we hear their hooves at our backs

 

Cults of salvation,

and religions of fashion

Teach us to love our greed and ambition,

and abandon compassion

 

where is the love (3) that was meant to be

Where is the love (3x) to set us free

 

The masters of war,

and the locusts of profit

Steal all our blood and our water

and jail anyone who would stop it

 

And the beasts of the field,

are imprisoned like men,

We learn from their slaughter

just how to be slaughtered like them

 

And the ignorant armies

And imperial guards

Come to our streets to beat us

And aim their guns at our hearts.

 

3. THE HONKY TONK CREDO

They say that when we die, we’ll meet our sweetest guides,

The ones who always lift us up or never let us fall,

Some will see sweet Jesus, Mohammed, or old Moses,

Me, I’ll see a coffeepot, a big spliff, and a glass of single malt.

 

I believe in honky tonk Jesus, I believe in honky tonk God,

I believe when they lay me in the earth it will be in honky tonk sod,

I believe in a holy trinity, you know what I mean,

Holy ganja, holy whiskey, and holy coffee bean.

 

I believe in honky tonk Tantra, I believe in honky tonk Tao,

I believe in honky tonk Adam Smith, and honky tonk Chairman Mao,

I believe when the pressure gets too strong you have to lift the weight,

So bless you java, bless you ganja, bless you Kentucky straight.

 

I believe in honky tonk evolution, in the big old honky tonk bang,

I believe in honky tonk Buddha-Nature, and good old honky tonk Ram,

I believe in honky tonk revolution – here comes the flood,

Of Coffee black, and whiskey straight, and fields of darling buds.

 

When alimony and peristalsis put you in jam,

Just call on honky Popeye, who is just what he am,

He’s got his holy spinach, Sherlock his holy coke,

So pour a cup, and raise a glass, and take a holy toke.

 

I believe that in this troubled world joy sometimes comes so late,

We wonder if we’ve wasted life, and sometimes curse our fate,

But I say why wait to be wasted, let’s get wasted now,

Bless you Islay, bless you French roast, bless you Maui Wow.

 

Some people think it’s blaspheming to praise such carnal joys,

Of playing hookie, getting nookie, and hanging with the boys,

But I think pleasure is a blessing to keep the spirit sane,

So thank you Johnny, thank you Joey, and thank you Mary Jane.

 

I believe in honky tonk Jesus, I believe in honky tonk God,

I believe when they lay me in the earth it will be in honky tonk sod,

I believe in a holy trinity, you know what I mean,

Holy ganja, holy whiskey, and holy coffee bean.

4. I'VE BEEN TRYING TOO HARD

I’ve been trying too hard

to make you love me,

I’ve been straining my heart

to make you want me,

my smile is too white,

my eyes are too bright,

what would I do, if I made you love me?

 

I used to stand so tall,

now I’m on my knees,

I used to be a mountain, baby,

now I’m under your seas,

I’m diving too deep,

making promises I can’t keep

oh, what would I do, if I made you love me?

 

Baby, I’ve got miles to go,

I can’t just lie down with you and sleep,

I’ve got promises from another life,

that I still have to keep,

why can’t I let you be beautiful and free?

why do I need you to give up everything

just to want to be with me?

 

I’m just a sucker, baby,

for your proud power,

I’m drawn to your strength,

like a bee to a flower,

why can’t I just let you

be beautiful and free?

why do I need to make you give up everything, just to make you love me.

 

I should turn away, baby,

when you come walking by,

I shouldn’t see you coming,

I shouldn’t meet your eye,

I should put up a fight

I shouldn’t hold you so tight,

Tell me, what would I do, if I made you love me?

5. MARCHING TO FALLUJAH

If I believed in karma

I might not sleep at night

if I believed in honor

I might not join the fight

 

and if I believed in God and country

I might ask a question

but I don’t believe in anything

but getting home on the next connection

 

Marching to Fallujah, gonna bring it down,

Marching to Fallujah, level with the ground,

level with the ground, level with the ground

Slept in my gear last night,

never took off my vest,

you know they have the advantage

sun sets in the west

 

Ashes to ashes, sand to sand

my time is trickling down

if I can make it through this week alive

I might turn my glass around

 

Marching to Fallujah, gonna bring it down,

Marching to Fallujah, level with the ground,

level with the ground, level with the ground

 

Just step over that heap boy

breathe deep and don’t get riled

that’s no child’s mother now

that’s no mother’s child

 

what happens in Fallujah stays in Fallujah

no tongue can tell

never been so far from Geneva

never been so near to hell

 

Marching to Fallujah, gonna bring it down,

Marching to Fallujah, level with the ground,

level with the ground, level with the ground.

6. YOU KEEP COMING IN MY HEAD

You should get out of my head,

you shouldn’t be here,

I shouldn’t see you anymore,

and still you haunt me --

you keep coming into my head

 

you shouldn’t look at me that way,

your eyes on fire,

your promise of desire,

it terrifies me

you keep coming into my head

 

Well you came into my quiet life,

my children, home, my job, and wife,

you pushed them out, your pulled me in,

you want me for yourself –

I see your face, I hear your voice,

I lose my way, I lose my choice,

you say I’m irresistible, and you’re like gravity to me.

 

I shouldn’t have gone with you that night,

the things you showed me

put a spell on me,

I close my eyes,

and you keep coming into my head.

7. SOME MEN

Some men just like the rough and the tumble

They like to push around the poor and the humble

Conquistadors looking for their conquistas

Big brothers looking out for little sisters

But listen here fellas, you know that just won’t do,

Cause you’ve got to do right if you want to be done right to.

 

Well some men think that understanding’s hard to come by

That woman just demand and men just supply

And some say yes, and some say no,

That women run men like a puppet show,

But listen here fellas, this is a talking to,

You’ve got to do right if you want to be done right to.

 

Well some men think that women and smarter,

But they don’t mind, they still have to work harder,

Some men think that by talking the talk,

They’ve got an exemption from walking the walk

Excuses, excuses, I’ve heard a few,

Well, you’ve got to...

 

Well, I guess you can tell there’s a story to my song,

My man thought he was doing right but he was doing me wrong,

So listen here fellas and take my advice

Don’t condescend to your woman or you’ll ruin your life

This is a true truth, you know it’s true,

You’ve got to, etc.

8. STUMBLING IN THE DARK

It was a dark and stormy night, and the rain was falling down,

It was a dark and stormy night, and the rain was falling down,

I went looking for my baby, I was stumbling through the town.

 

My baby’s gone, and she did not even say goodbye,

My baby’s gone, and she did not even say goodbye,

A big black bird flew across the sky.

 

I heard some big men talking, round the corner, out of sight,

I heard some big men talking, round the corner, out of sight,

They left me stumbling in the darkness, while they were laughing in the light.

9. BABY'S GOT IT

I’ve got a gal who lives up on the hill (2x)

when she loves me, you know I get my fill

she’s got beehive hair, and a body like a hourglass (2x)

when she loves me, you know she loves to last

 

yes my baby’s got it, got me in her pocket,

she’ll reach right down and touch me, put my finger in the socket

I live a life of ecstasy, ‘cause my baby’s loving me

 

you know I love you baby, yes I do (2x)

there’s nothing in the world I would not do for you

baby’s not ostentatious, she’s not anorexemacious,

she’s got a heart that’s so capacious, and a body so bodacious,

goodness gracious! I love that baby mine

 

you know my baby loves me, yes she does (2x)

she don’t give me reasons, she tells me it’s just because

she don’t love me because I’m nice, or because I’m smooth as ice,

or because I’m hot like lava, or because I’m like her father,

all these things and none of these

is why my baby’s loving me

10. DON'T CATCH ON FIRE

The house is quiet, the kids are in school,

The days were short, but now they’re long,

You internalized every rule,

But now you sing to yourself when you’re all alone

Don’t catch on fire (4x)

 

You’re with your husband most every night

Lounging on the couch watching Jon and Dave,

There’s peace in the neighborhood, you never fight,

Then you feel it coming on like a small heat wave

Don’t catch on fire (4x)

  

Don’t catch on fire, my friend

Let it smolder underground

stand away from the embers’ glow

before you burn it all down

 

You run into me in the halls,

Then you call me on the telephone,

First it’s hi, then it’s how’re you doing?,

Then it’s all about the bad boys you have known,

Don’t catch on fire (4x)

 

You say I remind you of the brown eyed boy

Who stood outside your door when you started to get thin,

He was burning, you were acting coy,

Now sometimes wish you’d let that burning boy in.

Don’t catch on fire (4x)

 

Repeat Chorus 2x

11.  BUZZ ME

Buzz me baby, buzz me up at home,

Buzz me baby, buzz me up at home,

till you call me I’ll be waiting by the phone

 

Ring, ring, you really ring my bell, (2x)

whisper those sweet words, I’ll never tell

 

Put that receiver up to your ear (2x)

I’ve got to love you long distance cause I can’t love you here

 

Oooo baby it feels so fine                                    

when you call me on your party line --

 

Put that receiver up to your head (2x)

I’ve got to love you long distance cause I can’t love you in my bed

 

Buzz me baby, buzz me up at home,

Buzz me baby, buzz me up at home,

till you call me I’ll be waiting by the phone