Uphill Both Ways

by Murray The Cop

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A mammoth song cycle from Murray the Cop. "Uphill Both Ways" delivers 25 tracks of pure psych pop and new wave excellence. Uplifting at times, depressing at others, many stories are told. A highly recommended release and Murray's personal favorite of all his releases!

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released February 12, 2001

Bunk Nesbit - vocals, music. 2001 Red Nail Music. RNM062

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Track Name: Halo Rings
it had been raining for days
but when they took her away
the sky cleared up and opened

the sun had something to say
admidst the mood of dismay
"don't let your heart get broken"

it was the bluest of moods
i wished i could play the blues
to help my wounds get frozen

there's not a lot i could do
but hold a picture of you
and let my heart get broken

my head fell to the floor as i opened the door
and met my guardian angel
and i had seen her before, a million times maybe more
she'll steer me away from danger

you turned away from me when i needed you
it was so easy just to turn your cheek
she saw me from above and came to rescue me
can't you see her halo rings around me

it had been raining for days
but when they took her away
the sky cleared up and opened

the sun had something to say
admidst the mood of dismay
"don't let your heart get broken"

my head fell to the floor as i opened the door
and met my guardian angel
and i had seen her before, a million times maybe more
she'll steer me away from danger

you turned away from me when i needed you
it was so easy just to turn your cheek
she saw me from above and came to rescue me
can't you see her halo rings around me...
Track Name: Young
i had a dream that you were real and standing next to me
you played me songs i'd never heard and wrote them down for me
you told me to rehearse them all and add some melody
then i awoke and everything was gone

what message were you sending, could you make the point more clearer?
are you trying to speak your peace from other worlds
you came and went so fast, but you left your mark for years
until we meet again, i'll sing alone

all the things you had to prove - we'll never know
a gift you had to give the world - they let it go
it's hard as hell to catch a break - i'm one to know
we're a lot alike in ways - as losers go

you will always be young...

across the green before the blue turned white with fallen snow
i thought of you and made it through to where you'd always go
i drank a drink and stopped to think of all you meant to me
and everyone who knew you 'in the know'

what message were you sending, could you make it more sincere
i still wait for you to walk in through the door
you came and went so fast, but you left your mark for years
until we meet again and write a song

all the things you had to prove - we'll never know
a gift you had to give the world - they let it go
it's hard as hell to catch a break - i'm one to know
we're a lot alike in ways - as losers go

you will always be young...
we're a lot alike in ways...
Track Name: Please Talk Slower
i gave you up for missing
you're a welcome sight to these bloodshot eyes
how long has it been since i last kissed you goodbye?

sorry, i wasn't listening
apparently, i'm in a separate state of mind
what news have you brought? and please let it be good this time

and will you
please talk slower if you could
the winds blow colder and your teeth are chattering something
that i can't make out, i can't understand
sometimes i wish you could talk with your hands
please talk slower if you could
i know how hard it can be to show some restraint
to give and not take, to bend and not break
to shudder at the sound of a whisper
Track Name: Control Freak
you found me alone, you were there when i needed you
the world had thrown me a stone, you were there to see me through
soon, we melted our souls, we made one out of two
that's when you took control, i never had a clue

and i love how you lied when you told me that i was your soulmate
you took charge of my dreams and i did everything that you told me
and try as i might, i just can't break the grip that you're holding
and i know that you're true, but all you wanna do is control me

i became someone else and followed all your rules
i turned my back on my firends, i lost all my cool
regained my senses, i no longer play your fool
so i leave you alone like you found me, how could i be so cruel?

and i love how you lied when you told me that i was your soulmate
you took charge of my dreams and i did everything that you told me
and try as i might, i just can't break the grip that you're holding
and i know that you're true, but all you wanna do is control me
'cause you're a control freak...
Track Name: Haven't Been The Same Ever Since
i took a blow to the head
and i haven't been the same ever since
i started many things but i never seem to finish one

i put some things in my head
and i haven't been the same ever since
a brain full of chemicals would make one think of fun

but i haven't been the same ever since
i haven't been the same ever since
i never had a lick of sense
Track Name: Little Maroon
fix me up, i'll be prepared
for what i thought would never come
thinking of your red dress
showing all you are and all you're not

walking home with rain-soaked roses
kicking trashcans left and right
if i never see your face again
it'll be alright
thanks for nothing

you forgot to meet me there
you forgot to wear that shade of red
i forgot that you don't care
you make me see that shade of red
you forgot to meet me there
you forgot to wear that shade of red
i forgot that you don't care
you make me see that shade of red

i'm a little maroon...
Track Name: Girls Who Practice Witchcraft
dressed in black
they are trying to summon the dead
they sit in circles
like the pictures in the books they've read
they have their heart of toad and the skin of fruit
tell me, where did you get your eye of newt?

full of spite
they are higher above anyone
but their afraid of water and the light of the sun
they have their heart of toad and the skin of fruit
tell me, where did you get your eye of newt?

stirring up their cauldron and flying on brooms
they're making up spells in their bedrooms
got their pointed hats and their curly shoes
girls who practice witchcraft, they're so cool
stirring up their cauldron and flying on brooms
they're making up spells in their bedrooms
got their pointed hats and their curly shoes
girls who practice witchcraft, know no rules
girls who practice witchcraft, skip from school
girls who practice witchcraft, they're so cool
Track Name: The Times You Tried
sometimes you scare me
the way you look into my eyes and give a glaring scream
it chills me
i guess it's not enough just sleeping with a gun
sleeping with the enemy is fun

always debating
is this love worth saving?
is this role worth playing?
alone in the dark, only hope is remaining

but i would do anything but run from you
i'm not afraid of all your inner demons
i would just like for you to keep your cool
i've been schooled by the times you tried to kill me

sometimes you hurt me
i'm not a bleeder but i'm still so insecure
it confuses me
i guess it's not enough to smother you with love
to smother me is what you're thinking of

always confusing
sometimes it's quite amusing
always abusing
alone in the dark, only love is refusing

but i would do anything but run from you
i'm not afraid of all your inner demons
i would just like for you to keep your cool
i've been schooled by the times you tried to kill me
then tried to heal me
then tried agin to kill me
will you make up your mind?
Track Name: Possibly Possible
weather the storm
the rain will wash everything clean
possibly possible

lay on the floor
the sirens are pulling the strings
possibly possible

tear down the beams
supporting the weight with your screams
possibly possible

where it all leads
the end will never be seen
possibly possible
Track Name: Checking Knives
she's checking knives
'cause she thinks i want to kill her
my loving doesn't thrill her
but i would not resort to such a crime
but still, she's checking knives
'cause she thinks someone might steal them
the neighbors all envy them
they're peering through the windows late at night
she's there, and checking knives

she's checking knives
'cause she thinks they came from heaven
they were a wedding present
from someone who had hoped she'd take her life
but no, she's checking knives
but you'd think she's slicing onions
the tears just keep on runnin'
she realizes that she's lost her mind
but still, she's checking knives
Track Name: Solace
i'm your apathy, i'll turn my head when you speak
i'm your honesty, i'm just too far out of reach

you can't be everywhere
so i'll be there when you need

i'm your industry, i'll fill your world with disease
i'm your compassion, i could care less if you breathe

you can't be everything
or do whatever you please

i'm everything you are
i just don't have the degrees

you misplaced the solace with the grief...
Track Name: Greenhouse
water me, so i will grow
turn this seed into a rose
and tear off the leaves that go bad
there's no room for deadweight in this arc of glass
free from the fears, un-phased by the tears
and i've been awake for 10 straight years
but i won't worry about my fate
i know my water is on it's way

life's not bad in the greenhouse
where you'll always grow and hold your own
we're all the same in the greenhouse
there's no black or white
no wrong or right
no government to plan your life

hours have passed and no one's showed
the doors are locked, my roots are closed
the whole world is turning so sad
there's too much deadweight in this arc of glass
unable to breathe, wanting ot leave
and i've been dry for weeks and weeks
but i won't worry about my fate
i never had the brains anyway

life's not bad in the greenhouse
where you'll always grow and hold your own
we're all the same in the greenhouse
there's no black or white
no wrong or right
life's not bad in the greenhouse
where you'll always grow and hold your own
we're all the same in the greenhouse
there's no black or white
no wrong or right
no government to plan your life
Track Name: Born To Be Alone
down for the fold
forgetting what i'm told
but remembering when i was old

thinking about when
i never had a friend
who'd leave me in the freezing cold

bewildered and stoned
born to be alone
but i don't mind the walk back home

i can think of revenge
make the perfect plan
and execute it before dawn

i could bury the axe
cover up the facts and tracks
with kerosene

fullproof alibi
and i can tell a lie
to make all the world believe

throw me a bone
born to be alone
i'm better off on my own

throw me a bone
born to be alone
born to be alone

born to be alone
born to be alone...
Track Name: On About
tell me what you're on about
are you without your own defense

tell me how you feel about
your hanging doubt and consequence

you're old enough to share or pass the blame
and wise enough to give or take the pain

what is it about the rain that brings you down?
and how can you feel so high when you're underground?
Track Name: Angels Go Blind
angels go blind
when they see how you're living your life
they're shocked and frightened

devils will smile
when they find you at the end of your rope
and the knot's untightening

pull the mask over your eyes
you're always a jewel in disguise
shining from sea to see
your negative waves, they all but surround me

all you've ever known is no use trying
and all you've ever been is left behind
and all you've ever done is down in writing
repetitive explosions bend your mind

angels go blind
just by thinking of the secrets you hide
they crash while flying
they fall into the clouds
unaccustomed to the moisture inside
the sky starts crying

on all the sleeves you wore
reality evens the score
on a puppet without it's strings
but an angel that's blind can still have wings

all you've ever known is no use trying
and all you've ever been is left behind
and all you've ever done is down in writing
repetitive explosions bend your mind
and make angels go blind

na na na na
na na na na na
na na na na na
na na na na na na...
Track Name: Squirtguns
they put us in a cage to protect us from
all the creatures who would feed on weaker beings
they covered up our eyes so we wouldn't see
all the beauty in belonging

they lost us in a world full of decadance
and we barely made out to save our lives
we hide in the caves
with our innocence on display for the wronging

the hills are attracted to fields
and rivers to oceans
we're all separated by shields
but we have squirtguns

the friends that were with me
took a different path
and i ended up on solitude and main
the pleasures of the earth
held a greater wrath than the pain of longing

the hills are attracted to fields
and rivers to oceans
we're all separated by shields
but we have squirtguns
Track Name: Looky What I Can Do
i slashed my wrists to spite you
i shot poison in my veins
i took beatings to remind you
of the hurting that remains

i jumped from 30 stories
and i hung myself with wire
i drenched my clothes with gasoline
and set myself on fire

i get behind the wheel
when i've had too much to drink
i shoot the bullet in my head
so i won't have to think

don't let on, don't give up
don't let your feelings get the best of you again

don't let on, don't give up
don't let your conscience be the thing that does you in

don't let on, don't give up
don't let the world rest it's weight on all you've been
Track Name: River Burning Down
forests will rise when the darkness arrives
and winter will steal your skin
blankets are burned and cars overturned
there's no one who's safe from sin
an image is saved through a picture frame
a memory of what could have been
water turned to sparks at the slightest remark
and the fire caught life through the wind

i live in the stars outside your window
i look in everytime that you go by
but deeper in my dreams, you're just a cinder
in a river burning down, i'm floating underneath

they fought it for days through a smoke-filled haze
and admitted defeat to the flames
the thunder had roared through the ocean's floor
and the ashes were all that remained
we both ran for cover, away from another
i held my breath as it came
now i'm going under and you're left to wonder
what faces will match the names

i live in the stars outside your window
i look in everytime that you go by
but deeper in my dreams, you're just a cinder
in a river burning down, i'm floating underneath

there's a river burning down
and i'm floating underneath...
Track Name: He's Pete!
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in

He's Pete Rose...

let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in, let him in
let him in

He's Pete Rose...

He's Pete...
Let him in...

HE'S PETE!
Track Name: Suture Self
i know you need to see inside of me
i know you need to see inside of me

i know you need to see what's inside of me
but don't cut me open
i know you need to see what's inside of me
but don't cut me open
i know you need to see what's inside of me
but don't cut me open
i know you need to see what's inside of me
but don't cut me open
Track Name: Curled Up In A Ball On The Floor
lights flashing blue
and i'm seeing red again
eyes turning to glue
i'm lying in bed again

and when i think i can go it alone
i'm so wrong
i roll over and play dead
rocks in my head
i should go outside
but i'll lie here instead

passed me by in a rush
i'm feeling flushed again
my whole world's turning to dust
the paint is wearing thin

and when i think i can go it alone
i'm so wrong
i roll over and play dead
rocks in my head
i should go outside
but i'll lie here instead

i've turned off the heat
i've bolted the door
boarded up the windows
tore up the pillows
and scratched the sores
and i'm tired of being taken for granted
and being ignored
and when the time has come
that i am done and can take no more
i'll be curled up in a ball on the floor...
Track Name: Giant Hand
you can take this world, i've had it
i wish a giant hand would grab it
shake it up and down and smash it
get me out of here

you can take this whole damn planet
and everything we took for granted
all the seeds and weeds you planted
get me out of here
this world is all i fear
the giant hand is near

you can take this world, i've had it
i wish a giant hand would grab it
shake it up and down and smash it
get me out of here

you can take this whole damn planet
and everything we took for granted
all the seeds and weeds you planted
get me out of here
this world is all i fear
the giant hand is near