The Monster Within

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Track Name: The Slightest Slight
Risin’ from the dust again
Can we be so tender
Do we really mean it?
I’ve been feelin’ blessed again
What flowers do I send her
Will I really mean it?

Rose, orchid and impatiens
Well, I never had—

Mixin’ up the dust again
We climb over each other
Never to redeem it
I will never trust again
I’m puzzled in the sandbox
Can you say you’ve been it

I’ll climb out into that light
And get the purse at our prizefight
If you shake your fist at the slightest slight
At the slightest slight

La la la…

Well, I’ll climb out into that light
And get the spoils at least tonight
If you shake your fist
If you bite your lip
At the slightest slight

© 2002 Derek Wu
Track Name: A Small Crumb
You’ve given me a small crumb
But I want to have a feast tonight
You’ve given me a strong thumb
Do I have to be a beast tonight?
Now give me…Money

You started me on my race
So I will run in place with might
You’ve given me a nice place
To not blow up with dynamite
Now give me..Loving

Working and loafing
Hell, what else do I know
That is my reason for living
I’ve got some hope too
A thimbleful or so
If I were more driven
Well, what could I become?

You’ve given me a small drum
And I wanna bang too late tonight
You gave me the smallest drum
And I wanna celebrate tonight
And I wanna do what’s right tonight

La la la….

You’ve given me a small crumb
And I will have a feast alright
Now I have a big fat gun
Do I have to read a book tonight
Or do I have to be a crook tonight?

© 2001 Derek Wu
Track Name: BMX Motorcade
Ahhhhhhh...
Is that where I wanna be
In 30 years or so?
Three dirty mouths to feed
Thumbin’ their nose at me

Is that where I wanna be
When I grow up - grow low
Gettin’ some groceries
For people other than me

I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
Leavin’ my girl up there
Leavin’ my girl up there
High and dry

I am a renegade
Got my own motorcade
I like drinkin’ lemonade
I sleep in a bed Mom made

I fight with the other boys
Little girls cheer for me
It don’t matter what the noise
It’s not like we have a choice

I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
Leavin’ my girl up there
I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
High and dry

I’d do what Dad told me to
If I wanted to be like him
I know I should be in school
Be showin’ up ain’t so cool

Is that where I wanna be
Watch as my mailbox blows
Mowin’ the lawn for free
I’d rather play rock shows

I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
Leavin’ my girl up there
Leavin’ my girl up there high and dry

I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
HUH! Leavin’ her up there
I’ll be leavin’ my girl up there
High and dry

© 2003 Derek Wu
Track Name: Gigantaur Obscura
I’m out my window gazing at him
Staring back at me
What is he?
The city is dark and hazy
He’s bigger than big to me
What is he?

Gigantaur obscura (repeat)
He’s on the horizon

Am I just going crazy
Or is it the ecstacy?
What is it?
Or are my eyes just to lazy
To set this city free?
What is it?

Gigantaur Obscura (repeat)
Take us to your leader
He’s after me
My imagination says
He is reality

The hellhounds are among us
They know what we deny
What is he?
Betcha’ they won’t believe us
He’s a giant from the sky
What is he?

Gigantaur obscura (repeat)

© 1995 Derek Wu and Steve Delisi
Track Name: Common Mind
You’ve given up so much of yourself through these many short passing days
You’ve gotten so far now but have you ever really gotten your way?

Only now do you have a common mind (repeat)

The accolades of others you can’t touch it snakes inside of your soul
They’ve dangled your dreams like so many carrots so their pain is your new goal

Only now do you have a common mind (repeat)

Inside out
Let me help me let me help me now
My mind’s cracked up
Let me help me let me help me now
Find me out
Let me help me let me know
Let me help me let me not-

You put it out in their laboratories still they won’t light your way
The best discovery you ever made was that you must make them pay

Only now do you have a common mind (repeat)
To focus on your venture beyond unkind
So peace with yourself will be hard to come by
Unless you act

Inside out
Let me help me let me help me now
My mind’s cracked up
Let me help me let me help me now
Find me out
Let me help me let me know
Let me help me let me not- (repeat)

m© 2002 Derek Wu
Track Name: Love My Keyboard
Must find a way for me to see and clean up this mess inside of me (repeat)

Love my keyboard (repeat)

I found a place where I can be to clean up this mess so I can see
I found a place where I can see to clean up this mess inside of me (repeat)

© 2003 Derek Wu
Track Name: Derailment
This is derailment, this is derailment
So, this is derailment
This is a car crash, this is a car crash
This, a car crash
This is a bank heist, this is a bank heist
This, a bank heist
This is a flat line This is a flat line
Your corpse in the sunshine

If you experience death so that you can live, so that you can live
Experience death so that you can live, so that you can live (repeat)
Again

This is a conquest, this is a conquest,
This, a conquest
This is excitement, this is excitement,
This, excitement
This is a tin can, this is a tin can
Oh- that’s just a tin can
And these are the showgirls, these are the showgirls
These, the showgirls

You should experience life so that you can die, so that you can die
Experience life so that you can die, so that you can die (repeat)
In peace

The TV’s the end of me
The TV’s the enemy
NO! The couch will not swallow me

Shake your arms out, shake your arms out
Shake those arms out
This is a conquest, this is a conquest
This, a conquest
This is excitement, This is excitement
Your excitement
So bring in the showgirls, bring in the showgirls
‘Cause this is your showtime

We should experience life, now that we’re alive, now that we’re alive
Experience life, now that we’re alive, now that we’re alive (repeat)
My friend

© 2003 Derek Wu
Track Name: Criminal Boy
Criminal boy
Lookin’ so fine
Criminal boy
Why’s he talking so kind?
Criminal boy
Served out his time
Criminal boy
I’m makin’ him mine

Guilty boy got me outta’ my mind
Guilty boy make my eyes go-

Criminal boy
How do you do?
Criminal boy
Yes, I’m talkin’ to you
Criminal boy
Your tie’s out of place
Criminal boy
Please get in my face

Guilty boy got me outta’ my mind
Guilty boy, he’s got a nice behind
Guilty boy, I’m a basket case
Guilty boy, I’m gonna slap his face

I’m trippin’ with speed into the arms of a friendly foe
Dippin’ my feet I can feel the undertow of you

My criminal boy
Does way more than dance
My criminal boy
Puts me in a trance
Criminal boy
He’ll stay outta’ my pants
My criminal boy
I’m gonna teach him romance

Guilty boy has got me outta’ my mind
Guilty boy makes my eyes go blind
Guilty boy got me outta’ my mind
Guilty boy got my heart this time
Got my heart this time
Got my heart this time

© 2003 Derek Wu
Track Name: Clouds In Your Room
Tell us why you left us alone
We are the clouds in your room we’re still here
Tell us why you left us alone
We are the clouds in your room

Don’t deny, respect we’re alive
We are your pleasures and fears when your near
Don’t deny, respect we’re alive
We are your pleasures and fears

Don’t deny, we never died
We’ll turn your head on its ear when your near
Don’t deny, we never died
We’ll turn your head on its ear

Gloom is a garden (repeat)

Tell us why you left us alone
We are the clouds in your room we’re still here
Tell us why you left us alone
We are the clouds in your room

© 2003 Derek Wu
Track Name: Hi Love You
There was a time, you know
When you told me it was time for me to go
Don’t you know
When my world again will glow

Hi love you
There was really nothin’ else I could do
Hi love you
What else could I do but follow through?

You reap what you sow
As any half-assed Buddhist would surely know
Now you’re feelin’ low
So sad and out of dough

I can’t sit around
I can’t cry and whine myself into the ground
What I found is my heart is safe and sound

Hi love you
There was really nothin’ else I could do
Hi love you
What else could I do but follow through?

I can’t sit around
I can’t cry and whine myself into the ground
What I found is my pride is safe and sound

There was a time, you know
When you told me it was time for me to go
Don’t you know
When my world again will grow

Hi love you
There was really nothin’ else I could do
Hi love you
What else could I do but follow through?
I feel so blue
Now I gotta do what I gotta do

© 2002 Derek Wu
Track Name: Bullshit
This is bullshit
Here I am hangin’ around
This is bullshit
Here at the auto pound
This is bullshit
And my poor wallet can’t be found

I can’t afford to get gored
I can’t afford to get gored
To prop up your underground economy
I can’t afford to get gored
I can’t afford to get gored
To finance your little brown bureaucracy

Uh huh….Hell yeah (repeat)
This is bullshit
Show seven forms of ID
This is bullshit
We look like cattle to me
This is bullshit

I can’t afford to get gored
I can’t afford to get gored
Drive a car in this city and you’ll go hungry
I can’t afford to get gored
I can’t afford to get gored
To line the pockets of tricky Dick Daley

Uh huh….Hell yeah (repeat)

© 2002 Derek Wu
Track Name: Too Odd to be a Star
You think you’re too odd to be a star
Odd enough is good enough
Especially who you are

You think you’re too together to be insane
Sane enough ain’t odd enough
Especially in your brain

You think you can’t devote to playin’ guitar
Don’t dis it till you’ve tried it out
Gigging with a beat-up car

You think you’re too cool to knuckle down
Be yourself and rock it out
But don’t let that nose go brown

To be a star, no matter what you are
You are a star inside you
To be a star, no matter who you are
You’re a star to me

You think you’re too old to be a star
Old enough is good enough
Especially who you are
You think you’re too upstanding to be a shame
Low to you is go enough
Especially if you’re to blame

To be a star, no matter what you are
You are a star inside you
To be a star, no matter who you are
You’re a star to me

You think you’re too odd to be a star
Odd enough is good enough
Especially who you are
You think you’re too insane to go too far
Insane enough is odd enough
Especially when you’re a star

You’re a star

© 2001 Derek Wu

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