Violent Femmes I Held Her In My Arms

I’m gnawing on the knowledge that I have been burnt

And I’m learning things that I should’ve already learnt

Everyone I ever knew was so kind and coy

I was with a girl, but it felt like I was with a boy

I can’t even remember if we were lovers, or if I just wanted to

But I held her in my arms, I held her in my arms

I held her in my arms but it wasn’t you

I will not kill the one thing I love

In this world of wreckage, I look above

Help me, Lord, help me understand

What it means to be a boy and what it means to be a man

I can’t even remember if we were lovers, or if I just wanted to

But I held her in my arms, I held her in my arms

I held her in my arms but it wasn’t you

Violent Femmes Ugly

Crossed the path, then I followed your face

It was hard to believe, it was hard to trace

I saw you today, seems like I see your everyday

But there’s something I figured out ’bout you…

You’re so ugly — I’m tellin’ you straight

You’re so ugly — don’t make a mistake

‘Cause you ugly — you can bet it on the bank

Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?

Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

You’re so ugly — all the time

You’re so ugly — you ain’t no friend of mine

‘Cause you ugly — you can bet it on the bank

Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?

Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

When you smile or a frown, I’m so tired of you being around

Engaged in some sexual acts, well, I’m just gonna have to tell you all the facts

What could that be about, well, here’s a clue…

You’re so ugly — I’m tellin’ you straight

You’re so ugly — don’t make a mistake

‘Cause you ugly — I’m tellin’ you that

Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?

Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

You’re so ugly — all the time

You’re so ugly — you ain’t no friend of mine

‘Cause you ugly — you can bet it on the bank

Say, why, why, why would I lie to you?

Why would I lie? Why would I lie?

You’re so ugly — a-la, la, la, la…

You’re so ugly…

Violent Femmes It’s Gonna Rain

Now who, who, who do you think I am?

Well, I built this ark with Japheth, Shem, and Ham.

Now what, what, what do you think it’s gonna do

when I live by faith and now my work is through?

It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

I said it’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

Yes, It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain.)

I’m so happy to say (It’s gonna rain)

Oh It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain) on the world today

Now when, when, when I am in doubt

and I think that things for me will never work out,

but where, where, where the heart is true,

ya know Lord, your God, will never forsake you.

It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

I said it’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

Yes, It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain.)

I’m so happy to say (It’s gonna rain)

Oh It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain) on the world today

[repeat verse 1 (drums only)]

It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

I said it’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain)

Yes, It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain.)

I’m so happy to say (It’s gonna rain)

Oh It’s gonna rain (It’s gonna rain) on the world today

Forty days and forty nights (It’s gonna rain)

Forty days and forty nights (It’s gonna rain)

Hallileua, it’s alright (It’s gonna rain)

Everybody’s sleepin’ tight (It’s gonna rain)

Oh, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s gonna rain tonight.

[repeat chorus three times]

Violent Femmes Sleepwalkin’

Someone sucked me

late last evening

And it was time to make a change

And i Wonder

am i too late

am i too far a strange

For what i have been doin for all of these years

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

I have so few good memories

somethings terably wrong

As a singer singing badly

As he tries to sing the wrong song

Look what i have been doing all of these years

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Something moving in the light

Something spoke to me and said “go, go, go, go”

Something’s moving in the house show

Something to show

For what ive been doing for all of these years

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Someone sucked me

late last evening

And it was time to make a change

And i Wonder

am i too late

am i too far a strange

For what i have been doin for all of these years

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Sleepwalkin’ Sleepwalkin’ Slee-ee-eepwalkin’

Violent Femmes Dahmer Is Dead

Dahmer is Dead

Dahmer is Dead.

A broomstick bashed him upside his head.

Upside the head, upside the head.

Bloody broomstick.

Dahmer is dead.

Am I supposed to feel outrage?

Am I supposed to feel sorrow?

Jeffery Dahmer has no right tommorrow.

Dahmer is Dead

Dahmer is Dead

A broomstick bashed him upside his head.

Dahmer is Dead

Dahmer is Dead

Bloody broomstick.

Dahmer is Dead.

Along with a broomstick upside his head.

Along with broomstick.

Dahmer is dead.

Violent Femmes Breakin’ Hearts

See that girl

She put me in a whirl

She’s got a way of breakin’ hearts

Man o man

I wonder if I can

She’s got a way of breaking hearts

Seems like she is always

Workin’ on the sly

Then she tells her poor man

Good bye

Holy smoke

I wonder if there’s hope

She’s got a way of breakin’ hearts

I will not tarry

I’m askin’ her to marry me

Even though she’s got a way of

Breakin’ hearts

Violent Femmes Nightmares

It seems that the problem is very deep

‘Cause every time I try to sleep

I have nightmares

Thinking about

Getting together with you

No, no, I wouldn’t say so

I would not call it a curse

But what worries me then

Is when I wake up if it might be worse

Violent Femmes New Generation

It’s a new generation

Telling it the way they feel

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

singing it loud and clear

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

really know whats happening here.

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

looking for a peace of mind

(new generation)

New generation

groovin’ it down the line

(new generation)

new generation

groovin’ it all the time

(new generation)

take it over

take it over,

sock it to ’em

sock it to ’em,

let ’em have it

let ’em have it,

give it to ’em

give it to ’em (2X)

It’s a new generation

Telling it the way they feel

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

singing it loud and clear

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

really know whats happening here.

(new generation)

It’s a new generation

looking for a peace of mind

(generation, new generation)

New generation

groovin’ it down the line

(generation, new generation)

new generation

groovin’ it all the time

(generation, new generation)

take it over

take it over,

sock it to ’em

sock it to ’em,

let ’em have it

let ’em have it,

give it to ’em

give it to ’em [2x]

new generation

new generation

new generation

its a new generation

new generation

new generation

new generation

new generation

Violent Femmes Life Is A Scream

She said to me oh I don’t know what you mean

All I’m trying to do is

Trying to make your scene

I said to her no way baby life ain’t what it seem

Well don’t you know baby that life is a scream – aagh

She came up to me in her high fashion and sheen

Well don’t you know that she was trying to come clean

I said to her no way baby life ain’t what it seem

Well don’t you know baby that life’s a scream – aagh

She said to me oh I love it when you’re mean

Don’t you know it’s boring when it’s quiet and serene

I said to her no way baby life ain’t what it seem

Got to get it through your head that life is a scream – aaheeii!

Violent Femmes Outside The Palace

I’ve been outside the palace

I’ve been outside the gate

I still don’t feel that I made any mistake

when I got off that train

I felt my feet hit the ground

I didn’t want to go

where that gravy train was bound

GOD help me to see

I’ve been loved all along

and not to get too confused

between the moonlight and the dawn

if I go back to the palace

I’ll walk right thru’ the gate

nobody knows how much here was at stake

I might get on that train

in feel the wheel on the train

move it on up the mountain like a foregone fact

GOD help me to know

I’ve been in love my whole life

and not to get so confused

between the struggle and the strife