Counterparts


Counterparts

Animate

Polarize me Sensitize me Criticize me Civilize me Compensate me Aniumate me Complicate me Elevate me Goddess in my garden Sister in my soul Angel in my armor Actress in my role Daughter of a demon-lover Empress of the hidden face Priestess of the pagan mother Ancient queen of inner space Spirit in my psyche Double in my role Alter in my image Struggle for control Mistress of the dark unconcscious Mermaid of the lunar sea Daughter of the great enchantress Sister to the boy inside of me My counterpart--my foolish heart A man must learn to rule his tender part A warming trend--a gentle friend A man must build a fortress to defend A secret face--a touch of grace A man must learn to give a little space A peaceful state--a submissive trait A man must learn to gently dominate

Stick It Out

Trust to your insticnt If it's safely restrained Lightning reactions Must be carefully trained Heat of the moment Curse of the young Spit out your anger Don't Swallow your tongue Stick it out Don't swallow the poison Spit it out Don't swallow your pride Stick it out Don't swallow your anger Spit it out Don't swallow the lies Natural reflex Pendulum swing You might be too dizzy To do the right thing Trial under fire Ultimate proof Moment of crisis Don't swallow the truth Stick it out Each time we bathe our reactions In artificial light Eath time we alter the focus To make the wrong move seem right You get so used to deception You make yourself a nervous wreck You get so used to surrender Running back to cover your neck Stick it out

Cut to the Chase

It is the fire that lights itself But it burns with a restless flame The arrow on a moving target The archer must be sure of his aim It is the engine that drives itself But it chooses the uphill climb A bearing on magnetic north Growing farther away all the time Can't stop--moving Can't stop--moving Can't stop-- You may be right It's all a waste of time I guess that's just a chance I'm prepared to take A danger I'm prepared to face Cut to the chase It is the rocket that ignites itself And launches its way to the stars Racing the oblivious cars It's the motor of the western world Spinning off to every extreme Pure as a lover's desire Evil as a murderer's dream Young enough not to care too much About the way things used to be I'm young enough to remember the future-- The past has no claim on me I'm old enough not to care too much About what you think of me But I'm young enough to remember the future And the way things ought to be What kind of difference Can one person make? Cut to the chase

Nobody's Hero

I knew he was different, in his sexuality I went to his parties, as the straight minority It never seemed a threat to my masculinity He only introduced me to a wider reality As the years went by, we drifted apart When I heard that he was gone I felt a shadow cross my heart But he's nobody's-- Hero--saves a drowning child Cures a wasting disease Hero--lands the crippled airplane Solves great mysteries Hero--not the handsome actor Who plays a hero's role Hero--not the glamor girl Who'd love to sell her soul If anybody's buying Nobody's hero I didn't know the girl, but I knew her family All their lives were shattered in a nightmare of brutality They try to carry on, try to bear the agony Try to hold some faith in the goodness of humanity As the years went by, we drifted apart When I heard that she was gone I felt a shadow cross my heart But she's nobody's-- Hero--the voice of reason Against the howling mob Hero--the pride of purpose In the unrewarding job Hero--not the champion player Who plays the perfect game Not the glamor boy Who loves to sell his name Everybody's buying Nobody's hero As the years went by we drifted apart When I heard that you were gone I felt a shadow cross my heart Hero

Between Sun and Moon

There is a lake between sun and moon Not too many know about In the silence between whisper and shout The space between wonder and doubt This is a fine place Shining face to face Those bonfire lights in the mirror of sky The space between wonder and why ahh yes to yes ahh ahh to yes why the sun why the sun There is a fine line between love and illusion-- A fine place to penetrate The gap between actor and act The lens between wishes and fact This is a fine place To hesitate Those bonfire lights in the lake of sky The time between wonder and why Some need to pray to the sun at high noon Some need to howl at the midwinter moon Reborn and baptized in a moment of grace We just need a break-- From the headlong race ahh yes to yes to ahh ahh to yes why the sun why the sun

Alien Shore

You and I, we are strangers by one chromosome Slave to the hormone, body and soul In a struggle to be happy and free Swimming in a primitive sea You and I, we must dive below the surface A world of red neon, and ultramarine Shining bridges on the ocean floor Reaching to the alien shore For you and me--Sex is not a competition For you and me--Sex is not a job description For you and me--We agree You and I, we are pressed into these solitudes Color and culture, language and race Just variations on a theme Islands in a much larger stream For you and me--Race is not a competition For you and me--Race is not a definition For you and me--We agree Reaching for the alien shore You and I, we reject these narrow attitudes We add to each other, like a coral reef Building bridges on the ocean floor Reaching for the alien shore For you and me--We hold these truths to be self-evident For you and me--We'd elect each other president For you and me--We might agree But that's just us Reaching for the alien shore

The Speed of Love

Love is born with lightning bolts Electro-magnetic force Burning skin and fireworks A storm on a raging course Like a force of nature Love can face with the stars at dawn Sometimes it takes all your strength Just to keep holding on At the speed of love A radiance that travels At the speed of love My heart goes out to you Love is born with solar flares From two magnetic poles It moves toward a higher plane Where two halves make two wholes Like a force of nature, Love shines in many forms One night we are bathed in light One day carried away in storms At the speed of love Nothing changes faster Than the speed of love My heart goes out to you We don't have to talk We don't even have to touch I can feel your presence In the silence that we share Got to keep on moving At the speed of love Nothing changes faster Than the speed of love Got to keep on shining At the speed of love Nothing changes faster Than the speed of love My heart goes out to you

Double Agent

Where would you rather be? Anywhere but here When will the time be right? Anytime but now On the edge of sleep, I was drifting for half the night Anxious and restless pressed down by the darkness Bound up and wound up so tight So many decisions, a million revisions Caught between darkness and light... Wilderness of mirrors World of polished steel Gears and iron chains Turn the grinding wheel I run between the shadows Some are phantoms, some are real Where would you rather be? Anywhere but here When will the time be right? Anytime but now The doubt and the fear I know would all disappear Anywhere but here On the edge of sleep, I heard voices behind the door The known and the nameless familiar and faceless My angels and my demons at war Which one will lose--depends on what I choose Or maybe which voice I ignore... Wilderness of mirrors Streets of cold desire My precious sense of honor Just a shield of rusty wire I hold against the chaos-- Amd the cross of holy fire Wilderness of mirrors So easy to deceive My precious sense of rightness Is sometimes so naive So that which I imagine Is that which I believe On the edge of sleep, I awoke to a sun so bright Rested and fearless, cheered by your nearness I knew which direction was right The case had been tried by the jury inside The choice between darkness and light...

Leave That Thing Alone!

Instrumental

Cold Fire

It was long after midnight When we got to unconditional love She said sure, my heart is boundless But don't push my limits too far I said if love is so transcendant I don't understand these boundaries She said just don't disappoint me-- You know how complex women are I'll be around If you don't let me down Too far It was just before sunrise When we started on traditional roles She said sure, I'll be your partner But don't make too many demands I said if love has these conditions I don't understand these songs you love She said this is not a love song This isn't fantasy land I'll be around If you don't let me down Too far Don't go too far-- The phosphorescent wave on a tropical sea Is a cold fire Don't cross the line-- The pattern of moonlight on the bedroom floor Is a cold fire Don't let me down-- The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond Is a cold fire Don't break the spell The look in your eyes as you head for the door Is a cold fire Love is blind if you are gentle Love can turn to a long, cold burn

Everyday Glory

In the house where nobody laughs And nobody sleeps In the house where love lies dying And the shadows creep A little girl hides, shaking, With her hands on her ears Pushing back the tears, 'til the pain disappears Mama says some ugly words Daddy pounds on the wall They can fight about their little girl later But right now, they don't care at all No matter what they say... No matter what they say... Everyday people Everyday shame Everyday promise Shot down in flames Everyday sunrise Another everyday story Rise from the ashes-- A blaze of everyday glory In the city where nobody smiles And nobody dreams In the city where desperation Drives the bored to extremes Just one spark of decency Against the starless night One glow of hope and dignity A child can follow the light No matter what they say No matter what they say... If the future's looking dark We're the ones who have to shine If there's no one in control We're the ones who draw the line Though we live in trying times-- We're the ones who have to try Though we know that time has wings-- We're the ones who have to fly