Opera Alley

Opera Alley
 
I am walking down Opera Alley way.
Somehow some things never seem to change.
Couples, hand in hand, stop to browse at shop displays.
See who is out and who has come to play.
 
Across the street is some someone that I used to know.
We glance and look away, there's no "hello."
She slips on by, you know, she's just a piece of yesterday.
You never do forget. I know she knows.
 
  Opera Alley's seen the best of me, I know.
  It's seen the worst. It knows my past.
  Opera Alley, where did the good times go?
  To the bottom of an hourglass.
 
Sunny afternoons are just the perfect thing for me.
I stroll alone and take in every scene.
Opera Alley knows what I think and feel.
Knows when I'm in and when I'm in between.
 
  Opera Alley's seen the best of me, you know.
  It knows that some things just can't last.
  Opera Alley, where did the good times go?
  Good times always go so fast.
 
I can't turn back time or summon any yesterdays.
If I could I'd surely have it made.
I would right my wrongs and honor all my promises.
Make up for mistakes made along the way.
 
  Opera Alley's seen the best of me, I know.
  It's seen the worst. It knows my past.
  Opera Alley, where did the good times go?
  To the bottom of an hourglass.
 
  Opera Alley's seen the best of me, you know.
  It knows that some things just can't last.
  Opera Alley, where did the good times go?
  Good times always go so fast.
 
Somebody To Adore
 
I dance in the shadows.
There's safety in solitude, my dear.
Do you want to dance with me?
Yeah, we could have such fun in here.
 
Willing and able.
Are we trying hard enough?
TV's so easy.
But try to find a real love.
 
  Tell me why we don't speak.
  Do we see things differently?
  Have you ever felt love?
  In my hands it's slippery.
 
Is it so simple?
The world will kill you in the end.
Look out for my love.
I wish I could call her my friend.
 
But something is missing.
She gets security where she sleeps.
And he hits harder sometimes.
But she'd still never sleep with me.
 
  Tell me, do you still laugh?
  Is it funny anymore?
  I just want someone who cares.
  I want somebody to adore.
 
He takes her for granted.
She should take him for everything.
I think she's so pretty.
I think that I should let it be.
 
If nothing is easy,
Should it be easier for us?
Patience, persistence.
You know someday our day will come.
 
  Tell me why we don't speak.
  Do we see things differently?
  Have you ever felt love?
  In my hands it's slippery.
 
  Tell me, do you still laugh?
  Is it funny anymore?
  I just want someone who cares.
  I want somebody to adore.
  I want somebody to adore.
  I need somebody to adore.
 
Hollywood’s Dreams
 
Hollywood took another friend tonight.
There was nothing we could do about it.
She took our hearts, we took her inside.
She couldn't scream out any louder.
 
Hollywood's made up like a princess.
But her heart is tired and rusted.
Hollywood's dreams come in black and white.
Technicolor dreams just can't be trusted.
 
  Holly, would you come home now?
  Holly, would you get your head out of the clouds?
  Holly, would you shine your light down on me now?
  Hollywood, you call my name out loud.
 
Hollywood rises from the ashes.
Hollywood churns 'em out again and again.
Hollywood, you are my everything tonight.
I still love you. I don't care where you've been.
 
  Holly, would you come home now?
  Holly, would you get your head out of the clouds?
  Holly, would you shine your light down on me now?
  Hollywood, you call my name out loud.
 
You couldn’t sell your soul today?
No one's buying, so they say.
Don't be down, it's okay.
They won't remember yesterday.
Ho ho, Little Jo.
Don't you know it's time to go?
Take it fast or take it slow.
Well I just don't know.
 
  Holly, would you come home now?
  Holly, would you get your head out of the clouds?
  Holly, would you shine your light down on me now?
  Hollywood, you call my name out loud.
  Holly, would you come home now?
  Holly, would you get your head out of the clouds?
  Holly, would you shine your light down on me now?
  Hollywood, you call my name out loud.
  Holly, would you come home now?
  Holly, would you get your head out of the clouds?
  Holly, would you shine your light down on me now?
  Hollywood, you call my name out loud.
 
Star Route Nine
 
She lives on star route nine.
She says she's doing all right.
She just rocks back and forth all the time.
Says she's doing fine.
 
I'd see her way back when.
Running with her circle of friends.
I thought she'd be someone in the end.
Someone to befriend.
 
  I could try.
  I should fly... Free...
  I could run.
  I should run...Free...Free...
 
It doesn't take any time.
For a couple of years to go by.
Years go by fast on Star Route Nine.
When you're killing the time.
 
It's time to move on again.
It's time to make some new friends.
I feel like I'm running in circles again.
Again and again.
 
  I will run.
  I will run...Free...
  I will try.
  I will fly...Free...Free...
 
She lives on star route nine.
She says she's doing all right.
She just rocks back and forth all the time.
She just rocks back and forth all the time.
She just rocks back and forth all the time.
Says she’s doing fine. 
 
Janie Sims
 
I'm in love with Janie Sims.
I just can't wait to see her again.
Don't know if she knows who I am.
But how I long for Janie Sims.
 
Janie works the corner grocery store.
I try to make excuses to go in more.
I get in line and I look at the floor.
I get my change and I walk out the door.
 
  Janie Sims, won't you let me in?
  You don't have to get to close to me.
  Janie Sims, I want to be your friend.
  You don't have to commit emotionally.
 
Tell me all the things you've ever known.
And tell me all about the seeds you've sown.
Tell me, do you have a boy at home?
Or are you like me and all alone?
 
  Janie Sims, won't you invite me in?
  Or does everybody want a piece of you?
  Janie Sims I want to be your friend.
  I get good feelings when I'm close to you.
 
She doesn’t notice when I come around.
She doesn’t notice. I come down. 
 
I'm in love with Janie Sims.
But I don't think she knows who I am.
She's got her world and I'm not in.
But how I long for Janie Sims.
 
  Janie Sims, won't you let me in?
  You don't have to get to close to me.
  Janie Sims, I want to be your friend.
  You don't have to commit emotionally.
 
  Janie Sims, won't you invite me in?
  Or does everybody want a piece of you?
  Janie Sims I want to be your friend.
  I get good feelings when I'm close to you.
 
Solo
 
I know...
I should be going solo.
'Cos I feel like you don't want to know.
The way I've got to go.
Yesterday...
I learned it all the hard way.
I learned there are mistakes to be made.
But you don't want to know.
 
  Why should we try this all again?
  I don't think I have a life to lend.
 
I tried...
I let you see my inside
There was nothing that I tried to hide.
I know I was right.
Sometimes...
I know it's not the right time.
I guess we had no love to define.
It's no use to fight.
 
  Why should I do this all again?
  Don't think I have the time to spend.
 
If you'll dance.
I guess I'd like to take a chance.
I guess I'd like a new romance.
And somewhere to go.
I know...
I said I should go solo.
I thought I'd spend some weekends alone.
It just goes to show.
 
So come with me...
Drop your plans and come with me.
You're a super catchy melody.
That I'd like to know.
That I'd like to know.
That I'd like to know.
That I'd like to know.
That I'd like to know.
 
Promise Me
 
I live out in California.
Land of honey, sweet sunshine.
Yeah, there are days it rains a bit more than I'd like it to.
'Cause how I love the summertime.
 
Someday seems like it's slipping.
Time, it takes our dreams away.
In my younger days I had my dreams of everything.
Someday I will act my age.
 
  Promise me that you'll live forever.
  Promise me you'll stay awhile.
  Promise me that I can always get a hug from you.
  Promise me I'll get your smiles.
 
Another long cold lonely winter.
Another novel down the drain.
Another person who just lied to get my sympathy.
Another song about the rain.
 
  Promise me you won't tell my secrets.
  Promise me they'll stay inside.
  Promise me that you'll laugh at every joke I tell.
  Promise me I'll get your smiles.
 
You said with your love,
With your love the sun will come.
With your love the sun will come. 
 
I can't wait until tomorrow.
No one ever has to know.
We'll take our sins and we'll just throw them to the ocean.
Feed them to the undertow.
 
  Promise me that you'll live forever.
  Promise me you'll stay awhile.
  Promise me that I can always get a hug from you.
  Promise me I'll get your smiles.
  Promise me you won't tell my secrets.
  Promise me they'll stay inside.
  Promise me that you'll laugh at every joke I tell.
  Promise me I'll get your smiles.
 
Where Red Roses Fall
 
Sometimes these things happen.
It's a lying, waking dream.
She's sparkling in her innocence.
Some things aren't as they seem.
 
She drives a little I-don't-know-what.
She drives too fast 'round curves.
She’s driving me a little bit crazy right now.
I guess you get what you deserve.
 
  I'm always waiting for her call.
  I'm a sucker for a knuckleball.
  I can always be found where red roses fall.
 
She takes me down to the deep end.
She tries to make me swim.
She leaves me all alone, all alone out there.
And I'm just sinking in.
 
  Times like this I climb the walls
  Getting stuck in stress and alcohol.
  I'm always waiting for her call.
  I'm a sucker for a knuckleball.
  I can always be found where red roses fall.
 
She won't let me in. She doesn't kick me out.
She wants to be my friend. She wants me to go without.
 
She won't let much affect her.
She has so much effect on me.
She's steady in her march toward something.
Just like I should be.
 
  At times like this I climb the walls.
  Getting stuck in stress and alcohol.
  I'm always waiting for her call.
  I'm a sucker for a knuckleball.
  I can always be found where red roses fall.
  Yeah, I can always be found where red roses fall.
  I can always be found where red roses fall.
  I can always be found where red roses fall.
 
Sunny Day
 
I pace around. I’m a nervous wreck.
I’ve got no sense of humor. I’ve got no self-respect.
Out the window all I see is gray.
All I hear a whispers that are nothing but hearsay.
She’s gone. She says we’re “on hiatus”.
If you stick around I’ll tell you about it later. 
Right now I don’t know myself.
With someone like her you never can tell.
 
  So I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish the sun would come out and
  Just melt those dirty old clouds away.
  Well I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish she’d come on back to me and
  Make everything better.
  Make me feel okay.
  At least for one day.
 
A page of paper blows across the vacant lot.
Yesterday’s news today isn’t so hot. 
The air inside smells like it’s two months old.
It’s been at least that long since she left me here stone cold. 
Her red shoes are sitting by the bedside.
A blouse hangs in the closet. She says she’ll pick ‘em up sometime.
She doesn’t care. She’s got too much, anyway.
If she needs some more she’ll get it from her fiancé. 
 
  So I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish the sun would come out and
  Just melt those dirty old clouds away.
  Well I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish she’d come on back to me and
  Make everything better.
  Make me feel okay.
  At least for today.
 
Sun… sun… sun… Here it comes.
Shine on me.
Sun… sun… sun… Here it comes.
Set me free.  
 
I lay around, waste another week.
The black and white TV spouts half-true double-speak.
I look outside, I’m still seeing gray.
I look at my calendar, it says, “Hey, it’s Saturday!”
Where’s it gone? I just sit here and rust.
I don’t know who my friends are. I don’t know who to trust.
This year’s been eating me alive.
I need to make some changes or I’m never gonna survive.
 
  So I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish the sun would come out and
  Just melt those dirty old clouds away.
  Well I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish she’d come on back to me and
  Make everything better.
  Make me feel oh...
  I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish the sun would come out and
  Just melt those dirty old clouds away.
  Well I’m waiting for a sunny day.
  I wish she’d come on back to me and
  Make everything better.
  Make me feel okay.
 
Someday Soon
 
We can't be looking over shoulders.
Realize we're all getting older.
So take the time to count all the blessing in your life.
 
Yeah, life's not just the kicks and the riches.
We've all got our pains and our bitches.
Easy come, easy go, going, going, gone.
 
  Someday soon we'll have a lot of time to
  Live our dreams. Do anything we want to.
  Someday soon we'll have the time of our lives.
 
The world is full of letdowns and frustrations.
Of broken souls and lonely hearts aching.
Keep on trying, tomorrow will bring brand new things.
 
So count the hugs that made you feel special.
Count the memories you'll always treasure.
Count them now, count them big, count them small, count them all.
 
  Someday soon we'll have time for each other.
  We'll laze our days, spend all our nights together.
  Someday soon we'll have the time of our lives.
 
Laugh again, there you go.  
It's coming your way, you know.
Smile slightly, face aglow.
Don't come on too slow.
Try me, I'll try you too.
I like what I see in you.
Peek-a-boo, break on through.
You reap what you sew.
 
You've got to move. You've got to keep on trying.
If you tell yourself "someday" then you’re lying.
Someday's now, or someday never ever comes.
 
So use your time, make your days the fullest.
Live your life, be beyond the coolest.
Don't sit still, don't sit still for anything.
 
  Someday soon we'll have a lot of time to
  Live our dreams. Do anything we want to.
  Someday soon we'll have the time of our lives.
 
  Someday soon we'll have time for each other.
  We'll laze our days, spend all our nights together.
  Someday soon we'll have the time of our lives.