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Savatage - Streets

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Savatage'1991

StreetsRelease by: Atlantic Recording Corporation

Savatage - Streets
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. Streets

(06:52)

2. Jesus Saves

(05:15)

3. Tonight He Grins Again

(03:28)

4. Strange Reality

(04:55)

5. A Little Too Far

(03:26)

6. You're Alive

(01:51)

7. Sammy And Tex

(03:09)

8. St. Patrick's

(04:17)

9. Can You Hear Me Now

(05:12)

10. New York City Don't Mean Nothing

(04:02)

11. Ghost in the Ruins

(05:33)

12. If I Go Away

(05:17)

13. Agony And Ecstacy

(03:35)

14. Heal My Soul

(02:35)

15. Somewhere in Time

(03:18)

16. Believe

(05:41)

Bonus(es):
17. Desiree
    (Acoustic version)

(03:53)



 
Streets
As darkness falls so hard
Come and play, yeah

Somewhere
Out there
Alone and out of place
Streets of illusion
Sooth the shattered faith

I've been a runner
I've been a sinner
I've been inside my head
I sit here staring
Never quite caring
And this is where it has led

These streets
Glitter in the dark
Don't sleep
Red eyes sunken and stark
Dream deep
In her arms where you are safe
These streets
Never sleep still they never wake

Somewhere out there
Gardens bloom and grow
Children awaken
To a world they know

Somewhere there's sunshine
Somewhere the light's kind
Somewhere they seek the day

Somewhere there's no scene
Somewhere the air's clean
But somewhere is so far away

These streets
Glitter in the dark
Don't sleep
Red eyes sunken and stark
Dream deep
In her arms where you are safe
These streets
Never sleep still they never wake

Somewhere the light is kind, is kind... no... oh yeah

Welcome children
From the other side
In the darkness
Your eyes are opened wide

Here there are answers
On the edge dancers
Here the night hides our sins
And if you listen
While the streets glisten
Here's where our story begins

These streets
Glitter in the dark
Don't sleep
Red eyes sunken and stark
Dream deep
In her arms where you are safe
These streets
Never sleep still they never wake
 
 
Jesus Saves
[intro to Jesus saves spoken by the bum
"Hey, man, got a quarter?
You ain't got nothin' that's ok man, that's ok.
God bless you anyway. Here, I hope I didn't scare you or nothing like that. I, I ain't no bum or nothing
like that. Yeah, I I use to live uptown once once before too you know. No, no, I did I did really. Use to
come down here and look at all the characters. Never thought I'd be one of them though. Characters, man a
lot of characters.
He he, you got a minute, you got a minute, let me tell you a story about this friend of mine. D.T. Jesus
use to stand for Down Town Jesus. He use to sell drugs and stuff down there, and they called him - that's
why we use to call him DeTox. He was one character, one character that made it outa here.
Let me tell you about him."]

Jesus was a talker
Just an out-of-place New Yorker
He hung out on the boulevard
He was sellin' nickel candies
He was saving up all his quarters
Bought himself a cheap guitar
Started playin' bars
Kids came in their cars
Hear them shouting at the stage

Jesus saves
Jesus saves
Yes he does
Jesus saves

You know
Jesus he started changin'
Things got really strange
He saw his tee shirts everywhere
He started missing shows
The band came down to blows
But Jesus he just didn't care

Things got out of hand
And so he quit the band
Still the critics they would rave

Jesus saves
Jesus saves
Yes he does
Jesus saves

So the dice were cast
Today become the past
Jesus just disappeared
He was headed for New York
Or so his little label thought
And there he gave away the years

Last seen drinking wine
Beneath a flashing sign
Promising salvation to strays

Jesus saves
Jesus saves
Yes he does
Jesus saves
Hear him cut through the night
On those late night radio waves
Jesus saves
Yes he does
Jesus saves
 
 
Tonight He Grins Again
Nighttime again
Seems I'm my only friend
Wander the streets alone
The lost in search of his own

Once again I've played the clown
Used my friends and let them down
Walk the streets just staring out
Late at night the strange come out

Time, time, time again
I'm just looking for a friend
But no one seems to be around
Just this monkey that I've found
Still he is my only friend
And tonight he grins again
Tonight he grins again
Oh yeah
Tonight he grins again

It's cold this pain
It's burning inside my veins
I walk away
A shadow of Dorian Gray

Once again I've played the clown
Used my friends and let them down
Walk the streets staring out
Late at night the strange come out

Time, time, time again
I'm just looking for a friend
No one seems to be around
Just this monkey that I've found
Still he is my only friend
And tonight he grins again
Tonight he grins again
Oh yeah
Tonight he grins again

Oooh, livin' on the... edge
 
 
Strange Reality
Who's this before me
Dressed in rags, soaked in gin
Is it a sign or a warning
Am I now where he's been

Am I losing my way
Strange insanity
It's an illusion away
This reality

You know that could be me, oh yeah
That could be me

Wake every morning
I don't know where I've been
All my excuses
Showing strain wearing thin

Am I losing my way
This strange insanity
It's an illusion away
This reality

That could be me, oh yeah
That could be me

Another day
Another night
Another drink another fight
Somehow it's all the same
And so I wake in my gin
Never knowing where I've been
Still play the game

So strange
So strange
So strange to me
So strange
So strange... reality, yeah

I look to the future
With the eyes of the blind
Can't see much further
Than this haze in my mind

Am I losing my way
Strange insanity
It's an illusion away
This reality

You know
That could be me
Now that could be me
oh yeah

Another day
Another night
Somehow it's all the same
Another drink
Another fight
Still I play the game

So strange
So strange reality

So strange
So strange to me

So strange
So strange reality

So strange
So strange to me

I'm losing my way
Don't know where I've been
Don't know where I've been
 
 
A Little Too Far
Do you remember
Look at me
At all the things we said we'd be
We'd beat the house
We'd push the odds
We'd take it all we had the cards

With years to burn
And years to trash
Livin' life based on flash
But somehow reaching for the stars
I think we went a bit too far

Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back
I never meant to take it this far
Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back

When everything you touch turns gold
Can weigh you down
Can make you old
When metal doesn't ring the same
Reaction from inside your brain
And all the years we offered up
To gods who couldn't get enough
Though we still stay up all night
The mornings aren't quite as bright

Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back
I never meant to take it this far
Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back

And all those things we thought we learned
As we watch our bridges burn
While standing in the afterglow
I guess we gave them quite a show
And who's to say what it's about
When John Wayne caught the last train out
And Spock and Kirk have had enough
And no one's left to beam me up

Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back
I never meant to take it this far
Got to get back
Got to get back
Got to get back
I never meant to take it this far
Yeah
Oh ho
I never meant to take it this far
 
 
You're Alive
So D.T. returned
To the ground he had burned in the past
And the press they all laughed
And they said it never lasts

Well the crowd they came in
Just to see a man back from the dead
As he stood on the stage
It echoed in his head

When you're skating on ice too thin to take it
You got to move fast or else you'll break it
So throw back your hair and let the wind rush by
And you're alive

So people take care when you're chasing a dream in the night
That the walls of the past don't interrupt your flight
Never stop never turn
Never look never learn
So they say
Somewhere in time we must pay
For yesterdays

When you're skating on ice too thin to take it
Got to move fast or else you'll break it
Throw back your hair and let the wind rush by
And you're alive
Yeah you're alive
And you're alive
And you're alive
All right
 
 
Sammy And Tex
Hey D.T. what you been up to
It's been a real long time
And your bill's past due
Stop right there
Don't you look away
'Cause you've had your fun
Now it's time to pay

Well you know that I've been waiting
And I'm really very patient
But you've pushed me way too far
'Cause you own me thirty thousand
And with interest it's been growing
While you've hidden in these bars

Now I would have said duck it
But then money by the bucket
I hear you're raking in
So please forgive my diction
And prepare for crucifixion
While I write your next of kin

So please don't turn away
You borrowed now you've got to pay
Seems your mind's
Gone a bit off track
Time to readjust
'Cause Sammy's back

So Sammy started dealing
D.T. started reeling
As they tumbled to the floor
The furniture was flying
D.T. had thought of dying
When Tex walked through the door
Now Tex wasn't waiting
And without hesitation
Grabbed Sammy by the throat
Sammy started shakin'
A frightened slab of bacon
Hanging like a coat

Seemed things were going all right
Till Sammy pulled a knife

"If you want to cut the cards
Sammy's gonna up the odds"

Then everything was quiet
A street after the riot
Silence hung like death
And Tex he wasn't breathing
His body lay bleeding
A knife inside his chest

When D.T. saw his friend there
He quickly lost his terror
As something tore inside
His face was clenched in hatred
As his mind formulated
How this pimp would die

Sammy saw it in his eyes
Thought a retreat would be wise

"Seems I've stayed
A bit too long
So I'll take my things
And Sammy's gone"
 
 
St. Patrick's
Hey there Lord it's me
I wondered if you're free
Or not asleep
This just won't keep
It seem I just don't see

Why all the things we asked
Or prayed would come to pass
Have gone unheard
Like silent words
That slip into the past

'Cause Lord they're not schemes
Can't you tell dreams
Why do you let them slip by
Never even tried

Is it you don't hear
There's far too many tears
Or can't you feel
Are we unreal
To one who knows no peers

You say we must pay dues
But still I am confused
I need to walk
And with you talk
Instead of to statues

'Cause Lord they're not schemes
Can't you tell dreams
Why do you let them slip by
Never even tried

'Cause you take all the fame
Who'll accept the blame
All the hurt
Down here on earth
Unnecessary pain
Surely you must care
Or are you only air
Built in our minds
We're in binds
Never really there

Can we be tired of you
Is that something we're allowed to do
For even the blind change their views
And it's time we tried something new

So I pled my case
I'll now pull my escape
Didn't mean to doubt
What it's all about
Seems I forgot my place

But if you find the time
Please change the story line
Or give a call
Explain it all
I'll even leave the dime
 
 
Can You Hear Me Now
If I closed me eyes
Would it all subside
To an echo in the night
Of a distant fading light
Then a stranger's silhouette
A burning cigarette
And somewhere in the haze
A passage through the maze

Can you hear me now
Or are there just too many doors
Between then and now
For me to ever reach on through
Pull you back somehow
That don't happen anymore
Still in the night
I think I hear you calling

I have walked this stage
As the music played
They knew every word
But they never heard
For they never changed
It's all very strange
As I'm standing here
Contemplating years

Can you hear me now
Are there just too many doors
Between then and now
For me to ever reach on through
And pull you back somehow
Well that don't happen anymore
Still in the night
I swear I hear you calling

Can you hear me now
Are there just too many doors
Between then and now
For me to ever reach on through
And pull you back somehow
But that don't happen anymore
Still in the night
I think I hear you calling
 
 
New York City Don't Mean Nothing
I've been here since '81
That's a long time
I've seen all there is to see

Had a space on Astor Place
Had it all once
Now these streets
Are my reality

Because
New York City
Don't mean nothing
It's just a good place when you're running
Lights they cut so bright they make you bleed

Neon children live their lives there
Mad magicians tinsel nightmares
Still you know I'm never gonna leave

Never sleep alone on the subway
Never walk alone on the tracks
Never take a ride to the edge of your mind
Unless you've got a ticket back
Don't believe in T.V. preachers
Don't believe in talk show stars
Never follow trends if they turn on your friends
Just be sure you know who your friends are

'Cause if you're running blind
On a refueled mind
Better watch the time
Careful you don't go too far

Never burn the bridges before you
Never burn the bridges behind
Don't burn the one that you're walking on
Gonna hit the water in time

Don't believe in expectations
Don't believe in shooting stars
If you make a stand on a dead empty hand
Never let 'em see your cards

'Cause if you're running blind
On a refueled mind
Better watch the time
Careful you don't go too far
Too far

New York City
Don't mean nothing
It's just a good place when you're running
Still you know I'm never gonna leave
 
 
Ghost in the Ruins
Got a limousine
I wanna show it
Future's looking good
I'll probably blow it
Had some parents once
But you'd never know it
Bank roll oversize
So what if I stole it

But who am I foolin'
I'm the king of the ruins

But I'm doin' well tonight
Got dreams to sell tonight

Got to belong
Try to hang on
Got to belong

Ghost in the ruins
I'm runnin' the street scene
Ghost in the ruins
Burnin' like gasoline
Ghost in the ruins
I'm takin' you in deep
Ghost in the ruins
East Side West Side playin' for keeps

See the runaway there on the corner
Just a throwaway but somebody's daughter
Had a pretty face so somebody bought her
Sellin' her soul away so put in your order

She knows what she's doin'
She's a ghost in the ruins
She's doin' it well tonight
She got dreams to sell tonight
She wants to belong
She knows what to do
She's got to hang on
Ghost in the ruins
I'm runnin' the street scene
Ghost in the ruins
Burnin' like gasoline
Ghost in the ruins
I'm takin' you in deep
Ghost in the ruins
East Side West Side
Playin' for keeps
Playin' for keeps
Yeah, yeah

Wants to belong
Knows what to do
You got to hang on
Ghost in the ruins
I'm runnin' the street scene
Ghost in the ruins
Burnin' like gasoline
Ghost in the ruins
I'm takin' you in deep
Ghost in the ruins
East Side West Side
Playin' for keeps

You know
I don't know anymore
I know
I know that you know
I know
I know that you know
I know
I know that you know
I don't know anymore
I know
I know that you know
I know
I know that you know
I know
I know that you know
I don't know anymore
I'm tellin' you
I don't know anymore
No, no
I don't know anymore
 
 
If I Go Away
Somewhere on that long lonely road
We all stand alone
Looking for clues
From our different views

In the dark I've called out your name
It echoes in vain
Over again
In an empty room

If I go away
What would still remain of me
The ghost within your eyes
The whisper in your sighs
You see
Believe
And I'm always there

Staring down a long empty hall
Pictures on walls
All with your name
But it's not the same

Searching for the chord I can't hear
Been searching for years
It's somewhere inside
But it's well disguised

If I go away
What would still remain of me
The ghost within your eyes
The whisper in your sighs
You see
Believe
And I'm always there

Someday I'll take a chance
You find them where you can
They tend to slip away
Those doors to yesterday

Forever is a long time they say
Maybe some day
I'll meet you there
If you've time to spare
Tell me then
Where I can go
Where they won't know
Who I have been
Can we start again

And if I go away
What would still remain of me
The ghost within your eyes
The whisper in your sighs
You see
Believe
And I'm always there
 
 
Agony And Ecstacy
Listen to me from deep down inside
I'm the madness that just will not die
With no regrets of what I'll do to you
Before the night is over
You'll be crawling to me

Call me when you're weak
For me you'll lie and cheat
You'll never get away
With me me you're here to stay
Listen D.T. can't you see
You stay with me and you'll be free
Even as I soothe your soul
I tear you down and make you old
You just keep on coming back
To buy another nickel sack
Twelve o'clock time to greet
Agony and ecstasy
Ecstasy

I'm the cries from within
When the day begins
You know you'll follow me like sheep
This shepherd never sleeps
Tell me what's your price
Come skate on my ice
My blades they never rust
I'm asking you to trust

Listen now the time is right
And what a way to start the night
Spend your money endlessly
Another grand insanity
So D.T. here is the plan
I'll make your brain a rubber band
Time to stretch it out and greet
Agony and ecstasy
Ecstasy
Ecstasy
Ecstasy
Ecstasy
Ecstasy
Feel my whisper through your haze of pain
Hear the calling of the neon vein
See my name upon your soul's marquee
I am agony and ecstasy

And just remember
If you ever need me I'm here
 
 
Heal My Soul
I've been waiting, long forgotten
Shipwrecked on a distant shore
Am I drifting, no more wanted
Floating outward evermore

All the dreams that I have harbored
In the labyrinth of my soul
Gone forever
Not discarded
Only sleeping
Till they're whole

In the graveyard of my heart now
Sleep the years that I've long sold
For their markers is there nothing
Only ghost I cannot hold

And Father hear me
I am tired
Shall I waken
In thy home

And hold me closer
I am trying
Sweet Lord Jesus
Heal my soul
 
 
Somewhere in Time
So what can I tell you
If life's the length of this play
Perhaps God gave the answers
To those with nothing to say

The years are forgiven
If God's forgiving and kind
Perhaps we'll all find the answers
Somewhere in time
Somewhere in time

I've been changing
Redefining
All the things I thought I knew
So long ago
When I was flying
Through the years that seem so far away

In the back of a reason
In the back of my mind
Where I've piled up the seasons
That I've traded for time

I've been grasping at rainbows
Hanging on till the end
But the rain is so real lord
And the rainbows pretend
The rainbows pretend

I've been changing
Redefining
All the things I thought I knew
So long ago
When I was flying
Through the years
That seem so far away
 
 
Believe
So after all these one night stands
You've ended up with heart in hand
A child alone
On your own
Retreating
Regretful for the things you're not
And all dreams you haven't got
Without a home
A heart of stone
Lies bleeding

And for all the roads you followed
And for all you did not find
And for all the things you had to leave behind

I am the way
I am the light
I am the dark inside the night
I hear your hopes
I feel your dreams
And in the dark
I hear your screams
Don't turn away
Just take my hand
And when you make your final stand
I'll be right there
I'll never leave
All I ask of you
Believe
Your childhood eyes were so intense
While bartering your innocence
For bits of string
Grown-up wings
You needed

But when you had to add them up
You found that they were not enough
To get you in
Pay for sins repeated

And for all the years you borrowed
And for all the tears you cried
And for all the fears you had to keep inside

I am the way I am the light I am the dark inside the night I hear your
hopes I feel your dreams And in the dark I hear your screams

Don't turn away
Just take my hand
And when you make your final stand
I'll be right there
I'll never leave
And all I ask of you is
Believe

I never wanted to know
Never wanted to see
I wasted my time
Till time wasted me
Never wanted to go
Always wanted to stay
'Cause the person I am
Are the parts that I play
So I plot and I plan
Hope and I scheme
To the lure of a night
Filled with unfinished dreams
And I'm holding on tight
To a world gone astray
As they charge me for years
I can't pay

I am the way
I am the light
I am the dark inside the night
I hear your hopes
I feel your dreams
And in the dark
I hear your screams Don't turn away
Just take my hand
And when you make your final stand
I'll be right there
I'll never leave
And all I ask of you is
Believe

Believe
 
 
Desiree
(Acoustic version)
 
Lineup:
Jon Oliva - vocal, keys
Criss Oliva (Christopher Michael Oliva) - guitar
Johnny Lee Middleton - bass guitar
Steve Wacholz (Doc) - drums

Guests:
Abi Reid - back-vocal
Robert Kinkel - keys
 
Produced by Paul o'Neill.

The concept of Streets based on a book wriiten by Paul O'Neil.



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