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30 Seconds - lyrics

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1. 30 Seconds of Happiness
2. Man of Wood
3. The Barefoot Bride
4. Ordinary Mystery
5. These Feelings
6. Between the Darkness and the Deep
7. The Porch Set
8. Your House
9. She Moved Through the Fair
10. The Polka-Machine
11. Love is Good
12. Breathe



30 Seconds of Happiness

(G.Bryce/C.Trengove)

One day we were busking
down in the central tunnel
People were laughing and dancing by
and the coins were goin' jingle jangle
A smiling face came up to me
said “Thank you, for making my day
I really love to walk to work this way”

And she said
“You are giving me a chance to smile
No matter what will come my way
A little sparkle for my day
Is what you’re gonna give me for a while
And what we need is a little less stress
And what you’ve got is 30 seconds of happiness”

So we played a jig and we sang up big
And we even sang some old favourites for a while
Then along came a man with frown
An upside down smile
He said “Why don’t you do us all a favour
And go out and get a real job
And earn your pay?”
And we said “We really love to work this way
And what you need is a little less stress
And what we’ve got is 30 seconds of happiness”

The city loves to agitate, to speculate, to
perpetrate
We feel we have to insulate ourselves
We live our life in our briefcase
“Don’t invade my personal space”
We drive home at a reckless pace, oh yeah

And what we need is a little less stress
And what we’ve got is 30 seconds of happiness
We are giving you a chance to smile
No matter what will come your way
A little sparkle for your day
Is what we want to give you for a while

You don’t have to pay it’s for free
No paperwork, no GST
You can even have our personal money back guarantee
30 seconds of happiness
you can get your problems off your chest
if you have no money have no fear
you don’t even have to buy us a beer
We got candy for your ear, oh yeah…



Man of Wood

(E.Frencham)

There are girls out looking for a great big
Man of steel to ride down the street
To cruise on over in a suit of armour
And sweep them off their feet
But I ain't the kind to be bossed around
By some macho superman
I’ve got two strong arms and a mind of my own
And I’ve got another plan

Got a man of wood
Responding to every caress
He speaks in tones so sweet and low
I feel my soul undress
And I forget all about all those other guys
Who left me with emptiness
For life is good with my man of wood

There are girls out searching for a shiny smooth
Man of silk to slide down the street
To ooze on over like a big screen lover
And sweep them off their feet
But I ain't blind to your lines and pretty promises
A sucker I am not
I need a man who means every word he says
So I’ll stick with the man I’ve got

Cos he don’t complain about my cookin’
And damn, he’s so good lookin’
And he don’t smoke, don’t get drunk
But he knows how to groove and funk
Oh, well he won’t let me down
He won’t start playing around
No lyin’ cheatin’ misbehavin’
And that’s the kind of man I’m cravin’
Ooh how he cries and sings
I don’t need no other things
Because I just gotta pull these strings
And those low notes they just do things
He's my man of wood
makes me feel so good now



Ordinary Mystery

(E.Frencham, G.Bryce, C.Trengove)

A shining path that stretches on into the distance
We all seek to tread, along a strange, silken thread
some are nameless, some walk aimless
some are straining their eyes, just to catch a
glimpse of grace

Elusive answers are the bane of our existence
We long for final proof so we can rest inside the
truth
who is shameless, who is blameless
who will take us by the hand & kiss the fear away

Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history
Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history

Our feet are drawn towards the path of least
resistance
So easy to resign until we’re blind to the divine
who will reach us, who will teach us
To open our hearts, & kiss the fear away

Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history
Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history

I’ve cowered long enough
I’ve fought to hide my scars
But now I’ll paint them brightly
‘til they’re shining like the stars
silver & gold like royal treasures
are these lessons that we’ve learned
The flame is never truly beautiful ‘til after you’ve
been burned
& the story’s never finished ‘til the pages have been
turned
so read on, fear not, lead on & on & on…

Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history
Living an ordinary mystery
Leaving a small but sacred history

Kiss the fear away…



These Feelings

(G.Bryce)

Thoughts and emotions can be tricky at the best of
times
They build you up just to bring you down
And create chaos in your mind
Erupting like a mountain
Need some strength that I can count on

They’re comin’ up to bring me down
But I won’t be afraid

Sometimes it’s fear or anger or despair
And it’s easier to blame someone else or something
out there
But I know that I gotta get real
I’m the only one who can change how I feel

They’re comin’ up to bring me down
But I won’t be afraid
They’re comin’ up to bring me down
But I will find my way, through these feelings

Maybe it’s an old trauma
Or an unconscious memory
That keeps me revolving on this roundabout of misery
I can hold on white knuckled as it spins me around
Or jump off this not so merry-go-round

And I’ve heard that when selfishness comes in the
door
Humility slips out the front
And I’ve seen those comings and goings in my life
But there’s an angel of compassion on my shoulder
and there’s wisdom in my bones
and there’s help if I’m willing to ask for it
if I can be humble

and here they come again
I’m digging deep for strength



Between the Darkness and the Deep

(G.Bryce)

Oh
Thunder out to sea
Your waves come crashing through my soul
Yeah
Washin’ over me
Between the Darkness and the Deep

Love won’t you take me
And break me, reshape me
For heaven’s only sake we must change

Oh
Mars is in your eyes
Your storm comes lashing through my soul
Yeah
Washin’ over me
Between the Darkness and the Deep

Love won’t you take me
And break me, reshape me
For heaven’s only sake we must change
Love come and find me divinely incline me
Forever in my heart won’t you stay



Your House

(E.Frencham)

There is a place in the eye of the storm
Back at your house, your house
When I’m long past fighting to keep my soul warm
It’s always welcome, always a home

Miss your sweet faces & open places
At your house, your house
I’ll take just one more step, escape to your doorstep
It’s always welcome, always a home

Your house is an island
When my life is at sea
A safe harbour to drop my anchor

Coffee & laughter & freedom when I’m
Back at your house, your house
A taste of red soothes the torn edges of time
It’s always welcome; always a home

The clock on the shelf, he keeps to himself
At your house, your house
He’ll have to wait, we don’t care if it’s late
It’s always welcome; always a home


Pain follows growing, I long to be going
Back to your house, your house
The tide keeps flowing but I’m safe in knowing
I’m always welcome, & I feel your welcome…



She Moved Through the Fair

(Traditional)

My young love said to me
“My mother won’t mind
and my father won’t slight you
for your lack of kind”
And she stepped away from me
and this she did say
“It will not be long love
‘til our wedding day”

She stepped away from me
And she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her
Move here and move there
And she made her way homeward
With one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake

Last night she came to me
My dead love came in
So softly she entered her feet made no din
And she laid her hand on me
and this she did say
“It will not be long love
‘til our wedding day”



Love is Good

(G.Bryce)

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in my life
Love is good, Love is good, Love is good
And if you give it out comes back to you ten times
Love is good, Love is good, Love is good

The time is always right
to be kind to one another
To be kind to yourself
this is my experience

And sometimes we may fight
over petty differences of opinion
and I have to remind myself
again and again and again

And in this world of ours
There’s always pain enough
No need to spread more of it around

Gonna say a little prayer
And you’re all welcome to share
Forgiveness and understanding
We can make heaven on earth, heaven on earth

Don’t wait ‘til tomorrow
Tomorrow may never come



Breathe

(E.Frencham)

When you speak,
I feel the colour of my smile
Shifting like a crystal in an unexpected ray of
sunlight

When you listen,
It’s like trying to hold the ocean
Words gush through my fingers ‘til they’re crashing,
splashing
‘round your feet

If I could only sing my life with you
A different voice would come shimmering through
This fear would disappear then I could breathe.

Oh…
When I wrap my arms around you
Like a tender fortress you will love me gently
Safe at arms length

No…
It leaves me choking on desire
All this deeper music I must wrangle, strangle
Swallow in defeat

If I could only sing my life with you
A different voice would come shimmering through
This fear would disappear then I could breathe
If only I could breathe