The Lyrics

Songs of the Spectrum: Lyrics

One Went Missing
Diagnosis
Shiny House
Hide and Seek
Understanding
Afraid (My Brother's Cries)
If It Were His Legs
House on Fire
Treatment
Day After Day (Dr. Maturin's Daughter)
When You Grow Up
He's Coming Back
It's Time
My Perspective


One Went Missing

Every waking hour
Got to keep an eye on
Every aching hour
Got to keep a hand on
Every bleeding minute
Got to keep him in it

Got to keep an eye on
Got to keep a hand on
Got to keep a hold on

Every aching hour
Someone keep a hand on
Every minute every hour
Someone keep an eye on
When a good thing happens
It means no bad thing happens

Let it never be said
Let it never be said
Let it never be said
That one went missing

We've given him the power
No longer need to hold on
Every minute every hour
Don't have to keep an eye on
Every waking hour, every aching hour
Never let it be said that we didn't

Keep an eye on
Got to keep a hand on
Got to keep a hold on

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Diagnosis

He
Can see
He can't look
But he can see
He can hear
But he can't listen

He
Can't join
The world
He can't talk
Or play
He could once
Some say

Falling down a well
He's falling down a well
And there go I

Where
Is he
In there?
How far
Will he fall?
Someone find me a ladder
To his soul

Alone
In a corner,
Rocking in a chair
Staring in the mirror
Alone while we're right there

Falling down a well
He's falling down a well
And there go I

Who
Will help me?
Who
Has got a clue?
Who's got the knack
To help me bring him back

Someone find a rope
Someone send a ladder
Has he given up hope
Or does hope just make you madder

Someday
Someday
We'll share the light of day
Someday

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Shiny House

I live in a shiny house
So many shiny things to see
My shiny house is a shiny world
Everywhere I turn things are shining at me

Big shiny things little shiny things
All the shiny things in a row
These are the only things, the only things
That I need to know

I look at your hand
And see your ring
I look at your face
And see a shiny thing
That's oh so strange
And such a familiar sting

My day is a shiny day
Can't say hello I'm busy right now
Checking out the breakfast tray
Where the light jumps over that moon and that cow

Shiny house by the shiny lake
Shiny gives and shiny takes
Shiny days and shiny nights
Everything can be so bright

I look at my mom
One earring is missing
You look at my face
My eyes are missing
Drops run down your cheeks
They're oh so glistening to me

I think I might by shiny, too.
Do you?

You can't imagine
The things I imagine
Cause you can't imagine
How real they are to me
You can't visit
The world as I see
To you one answer
Fragments for me

Every hour shiny
Every day shiny
Every face shiny
Every eye shiny

I live in a shiny house
Every window is something shiny to see
My shiny house is a shiny world
I hear you calling but the light's calling me

Shiny house
Shiny shoes
Shiny car
Shiny stars
Shiny light
Shiny day

Can you see it my way
Hey, I'm busy
I'm very very very very busy
It's simple

I'm busy

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Hide and Seek

Mommy's here and then she's gone
Playing with her golden son
Hide and seek with baby boy
Laughing loud with baby joy

Hide and seek
When will I find you
Hide and seek

Oh the look in your eyes
When you look my way
Hide and seek

The boy was here and then he's gone
No more games for him and mom
Hide and seek, it's not a game
We're searching through a steady rain

What I wouldn't do for you
What planets I would chase you to
To find your smile again
Come shining star, make darkness end

Hide and seek
When will I find you
Hide and seek

Oh the look in your eyes
Won't you look my way
Hide and seek

When will I see the look in your eyes

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Understanding

Don't need to know to understand
Don't need to understand to know what's wrong
To have an open heart
To see what
Not everyone can see
Not everyone can see

There's a boy inside
Who's having fun
Maybe maybe of a different kind
Like anyone
Maybe maybe he's lost inside
No more than you
Loving hearts can see what loving hearts can see

There's a boy inside
Understanding
There's a boy inside
Understand that
There's a boy inside
Locked away, mocked away,
Talked away, not tossed away

There's a time, there's a time, there's a time to let go all
All of things that used to meet you when you crashed the walls
There's a door just now appearing though it's not very high
And a window you can see it in the corner of his eye

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Afraid (My Brother's Cries)

It's so quiet
I can hear them crying
They say he's better
Might be lying

Always holding his hand
Let go and he is gone
I've got a feeling
That something's wrong

I'm afraid there won't be anyone to catch him he when he falls
I'm afraid that he'll live his life alone behind walls
I'm afraid that he's slipping away right before my eyes
I'm afraid that no one will hear my brother's cries

Boy is playing
Not like him at all
Laughing and jumping
And he cries when he falls

Try to talk to him, I try
He never responds
Sometimes I wonder why
He never looks back

I've got my own lies
I've got my own eyes
I've got my own life
I'm telling you

I've got to get away
I can't stay
I can't say
Nothing I can do

What do they say
When he's not there
Yesterday he got angry
I wish I was there

Everyone was talking
He doesn't know
He knows so much
How can he show

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If It Were His Legs

If it were his legs
If it were only his legs
How kind the world can be
To a boy who can't stand
Whatever it takes
Whatever it costs
If it were his legs
If it were only his legs

If there were a pill
If there were only a pill
How simple the world seems
When hope comes in a jar
Whatever it takes
Whatever it costs
If there were a pill
If there were only a pill

But there's no pill
No operation
Nothing easy to understand
Just a child with endless demands

If there were something to see
Only something to see
Like a crutch or a wheelchair
Then we'd answer the need
But there's nothing to see
Except what isn't there
It's like grabbing the air
When there's nothing to see

Brain, brain, invisible brain
All too visible pain
What the brain needs
Like pumpkin seeds
Is stuff to make it grow

If it wasn't his brain
If it wasn't his brain
Maybe I'd have been sane

If it wasn't his brain

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House on Fire


You always wanted to be a daddy
Talked for years and years
About what you'd do with a son

Baseball in the backyard
Working in the woodshed
Those dreams, well they've turned and run

Chorus:
Living in a house on fire
No getting around the short in the wire
I know you're way past tired
But will you be sticking around
Or will the flames go higher and higher

Are you walking?
Are you out the door?
Can't say I'd blame you for bailing out

He can't tell even you that he loves you
But you know he does, and he does with all his heart

Living in a house on fire
I won't cheer you up be being a liar
I know you're way past tired
Are you sticking around
Or will the flames go higher and higher

You've got to look at who is now
Not at your disappointed dreams now
It's more than your dreams now
He's more than he seems now
If you listen he might tell you what it means to be

Living in a house on fire
Nothing left but your Radio Flyer
I know you're way past tired
Are you sticking around
Or will the flames go higher and higher

Baseball glove is gathering dust
Tools in the woodshed rust

Maybe it's time to let go what is not
And start playing the part you got

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Treatment

At a little table
A little boy is building
Building something
Cause he is able
He's building up
He's making up
He's making up his mind
He is making his mind
Sometimes it's just a simple simple thing
Making a miracle

You know the angels
You know they're working
Down in the basement
Down at the table
Six hours a day
Seven hours a day
Eight hours a day
No more today

Nice job! Good work!
Keep it up! You're the best!
All right! Go baby!!

Maybe someday
There will be
An easy way
To the table
What every body knows
What every child knows
What every creature knows
Except those who forget
You got to get a little sweaty sometime
To make a miracle
You got to sweat to make miracle
Everything we know and everything we do to make a miracle
This is who we are and we do what we can do to make a miracle
Slow motion miracle

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Day After Day (Dr. Maturin's Daughter)

Day after day
Day after day
Day after day
Just like a flower opening

Nothing has ever brought me so much happiness
Nothing ever caused me so much pain

It's beyond my comprehension
Such a beautiful creation

When I came back from the sea,
She was silent,
Adrift in another world,
Enclosed in a shell.

Nothing has ever caused me so much pain.

Then I heard Padeen whispering,
Holding her and whispering
the steady whisper of the sea in the shell

In his village in County Kerry, he said,
such children are said to be
touched by the lainhai shee
and you hold them and whisper
whisper and hold them
to bring them out of their shell

Into this world rather than another

Sure, he has the gift.
When I came back again
she was with us entirely
a darling, a blessing
a bud that had opened
Into this world.

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When You Grow Up

When you grow up
Will you be strong
Will you be happy
Will you get along
When you grow up

When you grow up
Will you make your way
The life that's chosen
Will you have a say
When you grow up

'Cause I've seen
Where you come from
And I've seen
The beginning till today
But what I can't see
Is where you'll be
When I'm gone, when I'm gone
Where will you be
When you grow up

When you grow up
Who will you trust
Will you get tricked
Will you have good luck
When you grow up

When you grow up
Will you be alone
The love in your heart
Will it find a home
When you grow up

Who's gonna be there to give you the love that you need
Who's gonna be there to take you all the places that I can't be

When you grow up

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He's Coming Back

A little bit late
A little bit slow
A little bit long
A hard way to go
But he's coming
He's coming back to you

A little bit sweet
A little bit strange
Gonna take a little bit of courage
To get past the pain
But he's coming
He's coming back to you

When the sun rises up
O'er the mountain top
And light breaks into the valley
That's when you know the night has gone
And he'll be coming with the sweet golden dawn

It's been a long troubled night
Gotta keep on going
Keep on hoping
That he'll be coming
And he's coming, yes, he's coming
He's coming back to you

Might be a little bit late
A little bit slow
A little bit long
Still got a ways to go
But he's coming
He's coming back to you

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It's Time

It's time to call
The NIH
Tell the American Academy of Pediatrics
It's way past late
Hey, all you administrators
All you school board members
And you special ed directors
There's a simple message
You ought to hear

We got to get these kids some help!
Get these kids some help!
Stop messing around
Just buckle down
And get them what they need
I may be just a dad
But there's a reason I'm getting mad
We've got to get these kids some help

Now here's the deal
Here's what we parents will do
Spend every waking hour
And half of our dream time, too
Promoting social interaction
Data book satisfaction
We'll do the flash card lamination
Drilling simple computation
We're not complaining
We're just doing our job

We've got to get these kids some help!

Been quite a while
More than 20 years
Since a randomized, single-blind clinical trial
Gave a man a chance to cheer
Structured behavioral therapy
30 hour a week intensity
It's been repeatedly validated
So why oh why is it still hated?
Why do so few kids get it
When all the science is clear!

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My Perspective

You always have me hearing your side.
But I don't think you can hear mine.
My side has to be heard.

Nothing is true with a capital T
What I mean is that nothing is completely true
It's more than one idea.

Your mirror has been touched many times.
My canvas has been undrawn
The rainbow needs to be spread

You're imagination is like a city
My thoughts have just been a forest
Someone needs to switch.

Your mirror has been touched many times.
My canvas has been undrawn
The rainbow needs to be spread

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