Jim Steinman - Lyrical Bits & Pieces

Unreleased songs and various bits and pieces found around the web.

Song of the Indoctrination

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the amputees sing?
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
Listen to their lovely old ring!
In the land of the pig, the Butcher is king!
In the land of the pig, the Butcher is king!
And I'm the only one that's free
For I'd rather have my country die for me!

Private of Privates

He was young, he was eager to learn
He was stung, with a passion to burn
He was hung, and he hung in return—
My private of privates

He was mean, flowers died where he spat
Full of spleen, when he took tit for tat
He was green, but I loved him for that—
My private of privates

At the height of passion, he would dangle me
When he wasn’t mashin’, he would mangle me
Mornings he would dash in and untangle me
My private of privates was empirical
If I’m still alive it’s a miracle

If I shut, both my eyes when we kissed
I got cut, at the neck and the wrist
At my gut, how his fingers would twist—
My private of privates

As my warrior grew gorrier
My body, it grew sorier

When he marched off to war, I was crushed
I was parched and downtrodden and hushed
Cause he marched on my back, while I gushed—
My private of privates

How much more in love could anybody be?
I kissed the ground he walked on while he walked on me
How much more in love could anybody be?
I kissed the ground he walked on while he walked on me

He wrote to me direct from overseas—
A note that made me weak at the knees
A depiction of war on a picture post card
A description of war that would make a ghost hard

How would I ever compete with that?!

Then and there I knew that I had lost
To a wanton bitch of a holocaust
Then and there I knew that I had lost
To a bitch … of a holocaust

Oh, my private of privates was gone
But his mark and his marks linger on
Yes, his mark and his marks linger on …

How much more in love could anybody be?
I kissed the ground he walked on while he walked on me
How much more in love could anybody be?
I kissed the ground he walked on while he walked on me

Rebel Without a Clue

I’m on a freeway to nowhere
Running on empty time
I gotta ticket to somewhere
Anywhere a long way down the line

I wanna go on the red light
I wanna go on the green
I wanna go on all the colors I see in between
There ain’t no holding us down

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be (alternate lyrics)

I never knew so many bad times
Could follow me so mercilessly
It’s almost surreal
All the pain that I feel
The future ain’t what it used to be

It doesn’t matter what they’re thinking
It doesn’t matter what they’re thinking of me
It’s always so cold
Guess I was born to be old
The future ain’t what it used to be

There’s never been anyone else
Who could believe in me exactly like you
And all I ever needed was another moment
And a chance to make it all come true

When I saw you I was sure that we must have been dreaming each other
It was just too perfect to last
Every memory that we made was golden
But memories often come and go in a flash
And all you got’s a lot of golden oldies
And I still don’t believe that the best of my future
Is forever just a part of my past
But I believe it when you—

Hold me now and then a little longer
Show me how to live a little stronger tonight
Dream on now and then a little harder
Show me how to go a little farther tonight
Touch me now and then a little gently
Tell me how the angels must have sent me tonight
Show me what the meaning of romance is
Show me how the dancers all get lost in the dance

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the broken hearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold of me
Dark days are pulling me forward
These ancient tears are washing over me—
I’m crying and I’m trapped forever—
In a future that ain’t what it used to be
No more, no more, no more, no more

It’s like a storm that’s never ending
It’s like a shadow on the land and the sea
There’s nothing so sad as
A tomorrow gone bad
The future ain’t what it used to be

Some days I feel so numb and empty
And those would be the good days for me
Nothing gets to me now
Unless I’m thinking of how
The future ain’t what it used to be

Were there ever any stars in the sky
Did the sun ever shine so bright?
Do you have any dreams I could borrow
Just to get me through the lonely night?
Is there anything left to hold on to
When the rivers wash it all away?
Is there anyone left to hold on to
Is there anything left I can say?

Say a prayer for the falling angels
Stem the tide of the rising waters
Toll a bell for the broken hearted
Burn a torch for your sons and daughters
The endless night has got a hold on me
Dark days are pulling me forward
These ancient tears are washing over me
I’m crying and I’m lost forever
In a future that ain’t what it used to be
No more, no more, no more

Hold me now and then a little longer
Show me how to live a little stronger tonight
Dream on now and then a little harder
Show me how to go a little farther tonight
Touch me now and then a little gently
Tell me how the angels must have sent me tonight
Show me what the meaning of romance is
Show me how the dancers all get lost in the dance

The future just ain’t what it used to be
It’s never gonna be like it was
The future just ain’t what it used to be
I wish it wouldn’t come but it does
I wish it wouldn’t come but it always does

What Part of My Body Hurts the Most

What part of my body hurts the most?
What part of my soul is crying — for crying out loud?
What part of my heart is beating — faster than the speed of love?
Is this the way that it’s supposed to be?

What part of my body hurts the most?
Come a little bit closer — come here now, and let’s see

There times in the still of the night
When I don’t think I’ll get over you
But I got no choice — I must
There are times when I need a new light
When your darkness has dissolved
And I can see — but only just

You’ll always be here with me, you’re a ghost and I’ve been cursed
But if you were excorcised, it would only make it worse
A demon or angel — it doesn’t matter all that much
I toss and I turn every night and I try to feel your touch

And I can’t stop wondering
I can’t stop wondering

What part of my body hurts the most?
What part of my soul is crying — for crying out loud?
What part of my heart is beating — faster than the speed of love?
Is this the way that it’s supposed to be?

What part of my body hurts the most?
Come a little bit closer — come here now and let’s see

Is it my arms? Always reaching out, but you’re never there
Is it my legs? Running after your image as it soon disappears
Is it my lips? I can trace all the kisses that I missed in the night
Is it my eyes? I can still see a vision of you but it’s out of my sight
You’re always out of my sight

And I’ll never get away from …
Never get away from it

What part of my body hurts the most?
What part of my soul is crying — for crying out loud?
What part of my heart is beating — faster than the speed of love?
Is this the way that it’s supposed to be?

What part of my body hurts the most?
Come a little bit closer — come here now, lets see

What part of my body hurts the most?
What part of my soul is crying — for crying out loud?
What part of my heart is beating — faster than the speed of love?
Is this the way that it’s supposed to be?

What part of my body hurts the most?
Come a little bit closer — come here now, let’s see
Faster than the speed of love
Love, love (for crying out loud)

What part of my body hurts the most?
Come a little bit closer — come here now and we’ll see

Dear Mama

Dear Mama,

The entire country is burning. You can see the flames like the inside of a mad jukebox. Lost children wander the streets, their heads rocking with dream lighting. Motorcycles reproduce in nocturnal alleys, groanin’ with greasy pleasure. And they’s blown up the YMCA like a giant balloon, full of screaming, lovely, lonely girls

And my best friend Kenny — you remember him mama, from Maple Drive — you know he’s been here a year, yesterday he stept on a mine and wasn’t hurt. It’s a miracle. But twelve hours he, he held is chest and he looked at me, and he said he felt a fluttering, which made him think of the birth of angels. Then a sudden awareness and a thrashing of wings. Then he was dead.

I cried a long time mama. I’m afraid of angels being born every minute. And mama, tomorrow, we learn to die.

And all around the world, it doesn’t matter where we’re going or whatever we do, ‘cause we got one thing in common, it’s true: we’ll never let a night like tonight go to waste. And let me tell you something, neither will you. Neither will you.

Braver Than We Are (Always It’s the War)

Boy: Always it’s the war
And all of us who sang this song
Have long since died
And now are only bloodied ghosts

The war is always here
And it’s always this damnnation
Its such a raging bore
And the whole world is open fire

Girl: Always it’s the war
And it robs us of our youth
Raping all our dreams
And stealing children far away

You and I are lost
Guarding us, we’ve all gone AWOL
Now the future is abandoned
And the present slips away

There are times I want to got run
Times I want to hide
Things I haven’t done
Boy:Things I cast aside
So many things to try
Boy:So many things denied
There is no denying
Boy:Sooner or later
I knew I could run now
Boy:Sooner or later
Has finally come now

How can we fly
Like the angels in the sacred air?
Higher and higher
Above the world and all it’s cares

Boy: Everybody’s ready to fly
But the bombs are never so very far
And I wish my life was shining like a star
But the fears are never very far, and …

We always seem
So much braver than we ever are
We always dream
We’d be braver but we never are

Both: I need so much
I need your touch

Girl: There are secrets I never can tell
They’re all minefields of darkness and heaven
There are so many suburbs of hell
And their hours are 24/7

Boy: There are so many wounds
Girl:We can’t heal
So many nightmares
Girl:Are turning too real
So much of paradise lost
Girl:And you added the cost
But there’s nothing to be sorry for
Girl:Now we can have so much more
Now I can be close to you
Girl:Nothing that we’re scared to do

Both: We always seem
So much braver than we ever are
We always dream
We’d be braver but we never are

Let’s run away
Go too far …

Girl: War is always here, and the way it seems to cry
And howl terrifying secrets in your ears
Always it’s the war, and we’re waiting for salvation
You know when you get it it’s the thing we need right here

There are times I gotta run
Times I gotta hide
Things I’ve left undone
Things I cast aside

So many things to try
So many things denied

If I ever tell you the truth
Would you ever believe me?
Boy:Show me the proof
I’m so scared that you’d leave me

We always seem
So much braver than we ever are
Both: We always dream
We’d be braver but we never are

Let’s run away
Let’s go too far....

All, building up: Say a prayer for those who crawl
Say a prayer for those who run
Say a prayer so all and all
There’s a better life to come

Say a prayer for those alone
Say a prayer for those apart
All those golden boys and girls
The crusaders of the heart

Say a prayer for all the lost
Say a prayer for the unborn
Say a prayer for all the young
It takes a fire to keep them warm

(why should we cry if we can’t be what we might have been?)

Say a prayer for all the dead
Sacrifices grow each day
Dead is dead and that is that
The inferno lights the way

(no questions why, we should let the future now begin)

Say a prayer for those obsessed
Say a prayer for those enslaved
Say a prayer to beat the drums
From the cradle to the grave

(we always seem so much braver than we ever are)

Say a prayer to all the gods
Some are near and some are far
Say a prayer to all the gods
Make us braver than we are

(we always dream we’d be braver but we never are)

Say a prayer for all the fools
Who unleash the dogs of war
They’ll be damned and turn to dust And we’re braver than they are

Say a prayer for all the fools
Who unleash the dogs of war
This damnation is their death
And we’re braver than they —

Single voice: The war is always here
And all of us who sang this song
Have long since died
And now are only bloodied ghosts

All: Make us braver than we are....

Speaking in Tongues (alternate verse)

Ooh-ee-oooh

For a mighty oak to grow
You got to plant a tiny seed
Words are all you know
Body language is what you need

Now I can barely breathe
Your fragrance fill my lungs
It’s time we started speaking in tongues
Speaking in tongues

Ooh-ee-oooh

It’s the time to start a fire
And I know we’ll make it good
We’re overflowing with desire
You got the spark — I got wood

Now the mighty oak’s a christmas tree
Ornaments and balls are so well hung
It’s time that we start speaking in tongues
Speaking in tongues

Ooh-ee-oooh
Speaking in tongues, ooh, ooh
In tongues

(Untitled)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

4AM
I just read your post Vin. It was really a casual aside, but if u want a song, here goes. Like I scribble lyrics all the time like this: Jim Steinman

I MISS THE LIGHTNING
AND IT ALWAYS WOULD IGNITE
I MISS THE STORMS
AND THE WAYS THAT IT WOULD STRIKE
I MISSTHE FIRES, WHICH WERE MORE THAN I COULD BURN
AND I MISS THOSE DAYS
MAY THEY NEVER RETURN!

I MISS THOSE DREAMS
WHICH WOULD INEVITABLY COME
I MISS THOSE VISIONS
WHICH COULD MAKE MY HEART BEAT RUN
I MISS MY YOUTH
WHICH I JOYOUSLY CRASHED AND BURNED
AND I MISS THOSE DAYS
MAY THEY NEVER RETURN!

I MISS THE FUTURE
NOW ITS COME AND’LL SOON BE GONE
I MISS THE PAST
HOW IT SEEMS SO VERY LONG
I MISS YOUR LOVE
IT MADE MY WHOLE WORLD ALWAYS TURN
I’LL ALWAYS MISS YOUR LOVE
IT WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN I COULD EARN
AND I MISS THOSE DAYS
MAY THEY NEVER RETURN!

Renegade Angel

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

940PM July 19 ‘06
I am STILL going to finish RENEGADE ANGEL, as Im only now realizing how to do it. It started with a boy losing his virginity and "another angel got its wings." Jim Steinman

We hope & dream & strive
Till one day
Theres nothing left but
A Renegade Angel
And Only Lovers Left Alive.

Paradise Lost

No matter how tragic the loss
No matter how heavy the cost
To this very day
I can stand tall & say
I fought for paradise
And Paradise lost
I fought for Paradise
But Paradise lost
Was it this or was it that
But Paradise lost in the final at bat
Paradise lost in the final at bat

The Monster is Out of the Cage

What’s the point of all this fury
All this bitterness and rage
Theres no point at all
We’re only young
And the monster is out of the cage

The Devil’s Playground

Friday, October 26, 2007

LANDMARK BLOG
Hi! I swore Id never do this but here it is!! I wrote these lyrics off the top of my head, stream of consciousness style. SO its not even first draft! But I thought it’d be interesting to get your responses. JUST THE LYRICS! Dont even imagine the music, unless you want to. But its not written yet, except I used my previously published PARADISE LOST chorus s it "seemed just right" at that moment. That does have a melody, a gr8 one, but that could all change as I develop this. This is a song for Hook in BOOH, "THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND". Read it & if u want, please write SPECIFIC detailed observations....each & every line if u wish......I hope you like it. Jim Steinman

I will decorate this city
With Ribbons Of Blood
I will find the endless tears
Soon to be a flood
I will conjure up the magic
Far beyond your sight
I’ll illuminate this city
With the ascension of the light

Eternal terrors hold us down
Keep us plodding in the mud
I WILL DECORATE THIS CITY
IN RIBBONS OF BLOOD.

Broken hearts
Are the Devil’s Playground
Shattered dreams
Disillusioned youth
And all of man
Is the Devil’s Playground
Shameless lies
And Shameful truth

We’ll all succumb!
And some time when
The Dark exults and moons arise
In the blink of an eye
The Devil’s Playground
Is Born Again!
The Devil’s Playground
Is Alive Again!
So Come On Down
To the Devil’s Playground!
Come On Down
Before It Disappears
In the blink of an eye
You see the Devil’s playground
Now it all seems dead
But it used to be here …Once!
(Once it was here)
Once!
Before it disappeared!

Once!
‘Once’ always disappears

Trembling hands
Are the Devil’s Playground
Empty plans
And hollow hopes
ETERNAL TERRORS HOLD US DOWN
AND WE’LL ALL BE DROWNING IN THE MUD!
I will decorate this city
With ribbons of blood …

In the blink of an eye
All is lost
The storms they rumble
And the winds are tossed
In the blink of an eye
You’re a sad old man
Trying to remember
Whatever you can
In the blink of an eye
Death will clutch you
No respect
For fortune or Fame
In the blink of an eye
It all awaits you
Thousand of tombstones
Waiting for the names
Just waiting for the names

In the blink of an eye …
In the blink of an eye …
In the blink of an —
I
I
I
I WILL DECORATE THIS CITY
WITH RIBBONS OF BLOOD!

(soft)

No matter
How tragic the loss
No matter
How heavy the cost
To this very day
I can stand tall and say:
I fought for Paradise
But Paradise lost
I fought for Paradise
And Paradise lost.
It wasn’t your fault or mine
Wasn’t this it wasn’t that
But Paradise lost
In the final at bat
Paradise lost
In the last at bat.

(DARK.)