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MUSIC / Lyrics - Things You Can't Undo

Try

Was it something I said or something I didn't say
These thought in your head, these games you don't think you play

Ch
And I try, I try, I try
Get nothing at all

I try to have grace, I try to stay away
Show me your face
say what you need to say

Ch

We need this veneer, we need to not let it show
We need to be clear, maybe I need to go

Ch

There is no solution
There can never be resolve
There must be a substitution for this
But what does it involve

Was is something I said or something I'm gonna say
What goes on it your head, what will I get today

Ch

© Helen Austin 2006

Simple

Now she can't find herself in all the games they play
She wanted out, was all she had to say
All this time she thought it was fun but they had begun
To walk away from all the games

Ch
Why can't it be simple, simply just work it out
Count to ten, she's not like them at all
Why can't it be simple, simply just work it out
One day she won't be so small

So kind so sweet, won't get her what she needs
So be discreet and watch where all this lead
All this time she thought it was fun but they had begun
Without her there, she's pretending not to care

Ch

All this time she thought it was fun but they had begun
Without her there, she's pretending not to care

Ch
Why can't it be simple, simply just work it out
One day she won't be so small
She's not like them at all

© Helen Austin 2006

Home

Sitting on the front deck looking at the sea
Looking at the small child sitting on my knee
I can see the ocean, mountains in front of me
This is where I want to be

So many times I returned to this place
So many times the need to go was written on my face
I can see the changing water from my door
Don't need the bright lights anymore
I call this

Ch
Home, I call this
Home, I've come thousands of miles and now I know my home

If I wasn't here then where would I be
You see I've come so far from the city
This is where I wanted to rest my mind and leave it all behind, leave it all behind

Ch

If I wasn't here then where would I be, I tell you
If I wasn't here then where would I be

Ch

Sitting on the front deck looking at the sea
I spent my whole life wondering
I can feel this place inside of me
This is where I want to be
This is where I want to be
This is where I want to be, I call this home

© Helen Austin 2005

You

Quietly it's fading all those words that you were saying
Til you know I can't recall
Every minute every hour, it gets small and sweet gets sour
Til there's nothing left at all

Ch
But it's you when I close my eyes
And it's you when I have to say goodbye
Only you, you see, you so easily
And now, there's only me

Were you happy did you smile, did it fade after a while
Do you remember anything I said
I can picture you face, sense a fragrance see a place
But your presence here might as well be dead

Ch

Bridge
Yeh, me yeh, me yeh yeh yeh

Ch

I know, i've just been told, you can't keep what you can't hold
But I can't let go right now
Maybe tomorrow or another day I'll speak your name and I can say
I'll be good, I'll be free somehow

Ch

when I close my eyes
And it's you when I have to say goodbye
Only you, you see, you so easily
And now, there's only me yeh
Me yeh, me yeh yeh yeh

© Helen Austin 2006

No Matter What

D'you know how much it hurts to see you cry
D'you know the pain I feel with every lie
I thought I'd got it right but now I wonder why you look at me so cold

Ch
I'll be here no matter what, no matter what you do
I'll be here to pick up the pieces when everything falls through
I'll be here when you get so mad you don't know what to do, you know
I'll be here

What you don't know you don't know could fill a room
I know you'll get there someday very soon
Don't be too hard on yourself, cos when you do
You look at me, you look so cold

Ch

Bridge
I was there when you felt like there was nothing to be had
I was there when you needed me to be your punching bag
I was there, you know I really gave it all I had
But you were there for me when I was sad

D'you know how much it hurts to see you cry
D'you know the pain I feel with every lie
I thought I'd got it right but now I wonder why you look at me, you look at me

Ch

© Helen Austin 2004

Why couldn't I

Tell me where to go, tell me what to say and when to say it
Tell me what do I know
This so isn't me why couldn't I

Is it time to leave, is it time I was saying goodbye
How can I conceive
This so isn't me why couldn't I

Ch
Oh oh here I go again
Oh oh on the road again
Oh oh uh oh
You know I know, you know I know

Should I fade away, should I take centre stage and shout it out
What would they say
This so isn't me why couldn't I

Would it make you proud if I just threw it all away
Should I say it out loud
This so isn't me why couldn't I

Ch x2

Maybe one more time, maybe one more laugh will be enough
Maybe this is just fine
This so isn't me why couldn't I

Ch x2

© Helen Austin 2006

You were here

I don't know what I've done to make you nearly come undone
I'm not about to walk away from this
It's nearly morning and I can hear them calling me
I know the price, I know the risks
Go home, it's really time to go home

Ch
It now stands in your hands, I've said all I can say
You were wrong and not so strong, but I can finally stay
In this place , in any case I'm not afraid to say
You were here

I may be many things I know you may be wondering
It wasn't me I wasn't there
Blame me for your bitterness, I will always come out best
Try to find some time to care
Go home, it's really time to go home

Ch

Bridge
Cry, tell me why, do you cry

Go home, it's really time to
Go home and you really ought to
Go home and I really need to go home

Ch

© Helen Austin 2005

Long After You've Gone

Everything changed when you walked out the door
Everything stopped and waited just like it did before, like we needed more

This room may be clean there's n mess left behind
The only thing that's cluttered is the caos in my mind, I think you'll find

Ch
I'll still be here long after you've gone
I'll still be here when you've moved on

Maybe I didn't act quite right, maybe I didn't start the fight
Maybe I'll never see the light, but i think I might

Maybe it's been far too long, maybe it's not where I belong
Maybe I won't do this song, but it won't be long

Ch x2

I'll be standing here
When you've gone I will know you're near
When you've gone I still feel that you're around

Everything changed when you walked out the door
Everything stopped and waited just like it did before, like we needed more

Everything changed when you went away for good
Everything stayed the same just like it should, I wish I could

Ch x2

© Helen Austin 2006

Don't pass it on

Long lasting, in passing
Shallow thinking, what were you thinking
Surpressed laughter, the comments come after the way I appear to you

Ch
Don't pass it on to me x2

Narrow minded, you've always been blinded
By the way I'm thinking, what were you thinking
Passive mother, not one or the other, it was too hard for you

Ch x4

You're the casual observer who never went further than outside your door
You let me do it, how could you let me do it
What were you really there for, what were you really there for

I've had enough of it, I'm rising above it
I'm thinking, what am I thinking
Your little stories, your triumph and glories
Come at my expense

Ch
Don't pass it on to me x4

< You're the casual observer who never went further than outside your door
You let me do it, how could you let them do it
What were you really there for

Ch
Don't pass it on to me x4

© Helen Austin 2005

Somehow

In times of joy and happiness
From break-ups to what should I wear
Even when it was hard for you
Somehow you're always there

In times of doubt and confusion
From double dates to double dares
If I have hurt or challlenged you
Somehow you're always there

Ch
You'll never see all I see and
How much your kindness has meant to me

One day you'll find what you're searching for
One day we'll meet up again
Even when tiredness takes over you
Somehow you're always there

Ch

Through all these years and all the many tears
I know that I can always count on you

Ch

In times of joy and happiness
In times of doubt and depair
If I have hurt or challenged you
Somehow you're always there

© Helen Austin 2006

Won't Go back again

There was a time I looked at you Just one look and I knew
But that time was passing through and it won't go back again

I'm tired and I am done, there was a time that this was fun
But i don't like what you've become and I won't go back again

Ch
I'm not saying you're not worth it
I'm just saying it's too soon to see
it's not you it's me

I fought for more, I thought I could ignore
All the things I can't adore in you where other's do

Do you think of me, I saw things differently
But now it's all history and I won't go back again

Ch x2

I was sinking
I want to free from all this thinking
It's just all the things you do
It's not me, it's you

Caught me unaware, I thought that you'd be there
I know that it wasn't fair and I won't go back again

Ch
I wish you well

© Helen Austin 2006

Without You

Driving home to you
This time you won't be there and I won't be going anywhere
Things you can't undo
Tonight I'll be alone and you couldn't even phone, could you

I wake up from a dream
I dreamt that you were here and it felt so real and clear
The place is neat in clean
You see I get a lot done but it isn't any fun without you, without you

Ch
Without you there are no towels on the floor
Without you, I don't need to remind you anymore
Without you I can watch my TV
Without you there isn't any you and me.

I need you here tonight
I need you in this room, I need you to come home soon
I can do anything I like
I can write or play a game but it doesn't feel then same
without you, without you

Ch

Without you there are no socks on the floor
Without you, I don't need to put the seat down anymore
Without you I can see who I wanna see
Without you there isn't any you and me.

Driving home to you, things you can't undo
I learned a thing or two, no more me and you

© Helen Austin 2006

Smile

There was a time when you were new to me
There was a sign that we were meant to be
Gone are the days when I don't know you and now, and now

Ch
Why do I smile when I think of you
Why do I smile when I think of you
Why do I smile after all this time
After all, after all this time

Years have gone by and still I want you
Doesn't time fly with all these little things we do
There are still moments when you don't get me and now, and now

Ch

How did we get here
After all this time, how did we end up here
Years have gone by, didn't time fly
After all this time, how did we get here

Turn out the light and I still know your face
This isn't home without you in my space
There are still times when I can't read you and now, and now

Chorus x2
After all,after all this time

© Helen Austin 2007