Liz Phair Baby Got Going

Baby got goin’ on a southern train, you know

Fired up the pistons driving below

And the whole vibration, seat upholstery

Silky underwear, oh conductor, let’s roll!

Baby got goin’ but I can’t complain, you know

It knocks me out when she acts so strange, it’s like a

Big Mac truck cut across three lanes in my soul, conductor

Let’s throw some metal down, roll!

Squeeze her knees underneath a book, you know

A real good shakin’ is all it took

Cause my baby’s hooked on me, and as you can see

I’m wild about her!

She gets mad when it goes too slow, so I’m beggin’ you man

Keep a shovelin’ that coal and let’s roll!

Dinah, blow your horn!

Liz Phair Bionic Eyes

I love my bionic eyes

I love my crystal vision

If there’s anybody out there

Baby I’m not gonna miss ’em

I watch the years go by

These are the same old guys I never had any use for

Beyond the feeling of pleasure

Or the thrill of the fight

I scored again last night

I said thanks for the drinks, nice party

Then I turned out the light

I’ve got timing and attitude

That can get to the baddest dude

That’s when I hypnotize them

With my bionic eyes

As I got older I had to step out of the lines

And make up my own mind

As I got light as a feather they got stiff as a board

I can’t feel any more, but I can fake it forever

It’s easy in the beginning

When I can dazzle them

All night

Make ’em do what you wan’ ’em to

Get ’em running after you

It’s just the same old guys

Wearing the same old ties

As I got older I had to step out of the lines

And make up my own mind

As I got light as a feather they got stiff as a board

I can’t feel any more, but I can fake it forever

I love my bionic eyes

I love my bionic eyes

I love my bionic eyes

If there’s a parallel nation

And I’m a secret weapon

Show me a man you cannot break

And I will show you heaven

As I got older I had to step out of the lines

And make up my own mind

As I got light as a feather they got stiff as a board

I can’t feel any more, but I can fake it forever

Liz Phair Soap Star Joe

He’s just a hero in a long line of heroes

Looking for something attractive to save

They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up

And he won’t leave town till you remember his name

He’s just a hero in a long line of heroes

Looking for some lonely billboard to grace

They say he sprung from the skull of Athena

Think about your own head and the headache he gave

He’s just a hero in a long line of heroes

Looking for action at a price he can pay

They say he’s famous, but no one can prove it

Make him an offer just to see what he’ll say

Check out the dashboard lights

Glowing all green and white

He feels safe in the dark

He wears his bluejeans tight

He’s just a hero in a long line of heroes

Looking for something attractive to save

They say he rode in on the back of a pick-up

And he won’t leave town till you remember his name

Check out the thinning hair

Check out the aftershave

Check out America

You’re looking at it, babe

Liz Phair Canary

I learn my name

I write with a number two pencil

I work up to my potential

I earn my name

I come when called

I jump when you circle the cherry

I sing like a good canary

I come when called

I come, that’s all

Send it up on fire

Death before dawn

Send it up on fire

Death before dawn

I clean the house

I put all your books in an order

I make up a colorful border

I clean my mouth

‘Cause froth comes out

Send it up on fire

Death before dawn

Send it up on fire

Death before dawn

Liz Phair Bomb

I was flying into Chicago at night

Watching the lake turn the sky into blue-green smoke

The sun was setting to the left of the plane

And the cabin was filled with an unearthly glow

In 27-D, I was behind the wing

Watching the landscape roll out like credits on a screen

And I said, “look, look to your left, passengers

Look, look to your right

You can pretend that you’re here from outer space

And this, this is your very first sight”

The earth looked like it was lit from within

Like a big manmade electrical ball

As we moved out of the farmlands and into the grid

The plan of a city was all that you saw

And all of these people sitting totally still

As the ground raced beneath them 30,000 feet down

And I said, “look, look to your left, passengers

Look, look to your right

You can pretend that you’re here from the fifth century

And this, this is your very first flight”

And I was pretending that I was in a Galaxie 500 video

The stewardess came back and checked on my drink

And I swear that she looked just like Brigitte Bardot

As I had on my walkman, and I had on those eyes

That you get when your circumstance is movie-size

And I said, “look, look to your left, passengers

Look, look to your right

You can pretend that the plane’s going to crash in five minutes

And this, this is your very last sight”

“You’d better look, look to your left, passengers

You’d better look, look to your right

Cause I’m going to take this plane out in less than five minutes

And this, this is your very last sight”

Liz Phair Jealousy

He’s got a million dollar car

He’s got a thirty-seven year old guitar

He’s got a family who deals heroin,

you’re on the edge of your chair and then

You feel it

He’s looking at you

He’s laughing at you

It’s happening.

I can’t, I can’t believe it.

But it’s here on the pages I’m reading

It’s all I can do to conceal my feelings of jealousy… jealousy…

I know it’s just a drawer of photographs

They’re ex-girlfriends, I try to remember that

I don’t wanna look, but I’m already hooked on jealousy… jealousy…

I can’t believe you had a life before me

I can’t believe they let you run around free

Just putting your body wherever it seemed like a good idea

What a good idea…

Standing

On the corner

Watching

The ladies

Pass by

Imagining me behind your eyes

And then what did I see?

I saw hips, I saw thighs

I saw secret positions that we never try

I saw jealousy

I saw jealousy

I can’t, I can’t believe it

But it’s here in this place and I see it

It’s all I can do to conceal my feelings of jealousy… jealousy…

Standing

On the mud flats

Watching

The salmon

Fly

Wonder if I’ll ever bury the hatchet inside.

Imagining me behind your eyes

And then what did I see?

I saw hips, I saw thighs

I saw secret positions that we never try

I saw jealousy

I saw jealousy

I can’t believe you had a life before me

I can’t believe they let you run around free

Just putting your body wherever it seemed like a good idea

What a good idea…

Liz Phair Support System

I don’t need a support system

Lifting me into prop-position

What I need is a man of action, I need my attraction to you

Driving me down all those dangerous avenues

Lions and tigers tearing at their food.

[whistle break]

I know the gossip

Flies around at breakfast

One of them rings in your hand

Where the fuck do you get off thinking

I was there at the party ’cause

All of my friends feed me evil reasons

Why you and I should not be friends…

Let’s think this whole thing through,

Tell me, just what the hell is a lover supposed to do?

I got the wrong reaction

A slap in the face from you.

[whistle break]

This is such a stupid picture,

Wrap me in a steak Why don’t you

Throw it in the panther cage and

Maybe then I’ll like you better (No Way)

I don’t need a support system

Lifting me into prop-position

What they make is a separation of beauty from attitude

What satisfaction is left when all you do tells everyone

You’re acting untrue

[whistle break]

This is such a stupid picture,

Light a cigarette why don’t you

Stub it in a carburator,

Maybe then you’ll sell me something

(No Way)

I don’t need a support system

Put your hand on my heart and listen

What I need is a dedication to last me all the way through

Pointing the finger, I’m counting on loving you

Over and above the passion

I’m connected to you.

Liz Phair Shane

I know that it was the night

The war broke out because

You and I were driving around

You were doing a story

About if people understood

What had happened to their world

Tonight

In bed

Sleeping

The world tonight

In bed

Asleep

You said that you were in touch

With the draft resistors

In case the big boys called you up

You’re gonna have to let ’em

Dick you around

But don’t let ’em make

You do

What you can’t live with

Tonight

In bed

With me

Sleeping

You looked like you were just a little kid

Shane, I said, you’ve got to watch your ass

You’ve gotta have fear in your heart [x8]

Fear in your heart.

Liz Phair And He Slayed Her

Everything you’ve got is mine

And you won’t get away with it this time

I’m comin’ for you with a wooden stake

Nail you right through your heart and up to your gate

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Dang-dong, this crooked soul

Hanged himself on rock ‘n’ roll

I mean, what kind of kid were you when you were a kid?

What kind of man would do what you did?

What kind of life did you think you were gonna live

When everyone in town put a price on your head?

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Dang-dong, this crooked soul

Hanged himself on rock ‘n’ roll

The mob sang as the pitchforks rang

And the torch flames swang up to light the way ahead

He fled in the darkness and dread

And the tower it bled till it trembled and swayed

And he fell straight to Hell and there he stayed

He fell straight to Hell and there he stayed

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Dang-dong, this crooked soul

Hanged himself on rock ‘n’ roll

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Dang-dong, this crooked soul

Hanged himself on rock ‘n’ roll

I mean, what kind of kid were you when you were a kid?

What kind of man would do what you did?

What kind of life did you think you were gonna live

When everyone in town put a price on your head?

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Dang-dong, this crooked soul

Hanged himself on rock ‘n’ roll

Ding-dong, the witch is dead

Come out of your house, uncover your head

Liz Phair Help Me Mary

Help me, Mary, please

I’ve lost my home to thieves

They bully the stereo and drink

They leave suspicious stains in the sink

They make rude remarks about me

They wonder just how wild I would be

As they egg me on and keep me mad

They play me like a pit bull in a basement, and for that…

I lock my door at night

I keep my mouth shut tight

I practice all my moves

I memorize their stupid rules

I make myself their friend

I’ll show them just how far I can bend

As they egg me on and keep me mad

They play me like a pit bull in a basement, and for that…

I’m asking you, Mary, please

Temper my hatred with peace

Weave my disgust into fame

And watch how fast they run to the flame