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Track Name: evil under the sun (edit)
It seems so easy to lose the thread
Of the things I’ve done
And the things I’ve said
To hurt you

And so much harder to pick it up again
And pretend it’s just the same
Nothing has changed
Nothing has been said

I was only joking
So sorry it never comes across that way
Like spring is new
I’m the same as you

I just ignore the things you say that hurt me
And move on

As life unwinds you meet a man
Who says God is time and Time’s not kind
But money was the one
That always hurt you

And those who say that money is time
And time is money
Commit a crime against your mind
More fool you to believe it

Well I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor
And I feel it’s time to settle the score
Cause it seemed to me
That being rich felt better

As you unwind you might find
You change your mind
Grow tired of being defined
By the things you have or have not got

Fine if you are thinking
Of keeping me the way you think I am

Like spring is new
I need room to move
The things that make me what I am
Are the things that you can’t stand

So you think you are the one
Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun (with nothing to believe in)

So you think you are the one
Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun

It seems unwise to live off lies
To sell your soul to compromise
When the truth slips noose-like
Loose-like round your neck

As you unwind you search and find
No self respect
When you break one heart
And move on to the next

I was only joking
So sorry it never comes across that way

Like spring is new
I need room to move
The things that make me what I am
Are the things that you can’t stand

So you think you are the one
Evil under the sun
Evil Under the sun (with nothing to believe in)
So you think you are the one

Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun

It seems so easy to lose the thread
Of the things I’ve done
And the things I’ve said
To hurt you
And so much harder to pick it up again
And pretend it’s just the same
Nothing has changed
Nothing has been said

I was only joking
So sorry it never comes across that way

Like spring is new
I’m the same as you
I just ignore the things you say that hurt me

And move on

So you think you are the one
Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun (with nothing to believe in)
So you think you are the one

Evil under the sun

Evil under the sun

Look at what you have begun
Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun


Look at what you have become
Evil under the sun
Evil under the sun

It seems so easy to lose the thread
Of the things I’ve done
And the things I’ve said
To hurt you


I was only joking

So sorry it never comes across that way.

Hey hey.
Track Name: take me home
I find myself in the city
Looking up
The city's just too big for me

I find myself walking too long
Forgotten which street
I'm supposed to be on

So I catch a cab in the city
Make up some place
I'd quite like to be

And then direct him to somewhere entirely different

And I find myself in the city
Stop in a bar
And ask for coffee

They only serve beer
so I stay for a while
Trading smiles with the mirror

And I find myself in the city
Tonight
I'm here as they turn on the lights
I find myself in the city

Take me home/home/home
I've been waiting too long-long in the city
Take me away - way to the country
Where everyone's happy (...)

At home/home

Alone once again
I find myself outside as it starts to rain
But I don't move
'Cause it feels like a picture to me

And I find myself in the city
Tonight
I'm here as they turn off the lights

Take me home/home/home
I've been waiting too long-long in the country
Take me away- way to city
Where everyone's happy
At home - home


Take me home
I've been wasting too long-long in the city
In the country
Take me away back to the city
Where I was happy at home/home

Take me home
I've been wasting too long long in the country
Take me away - way to the city
Where I was happy
for an hour or two

Wasted too long in the country
Take me back home to the city
Where I'll be happy for an hour or two.

Take me home.


© T.Zaldua/J.Thraves 1998
Track Name: explaining a thrill (edit)
If I found a reason
If I knew there was a God
Would you cast me out
If I took away your doubt

If I found a meaning to love
Should I write it down
And spread the word around

All the years you spent studying
In the hope of some return
On everything you've learned
You know everything
And understand nothing

So if I found a reason to life
I wouldn't tell you
You wouldn't tell me

What would you do
What would you do

Why do you get so mad at traffic lights
If I'm a second behind
You lose your mind
What would you do
With the second or two you'd saved

If you hadn't been delayed
You're two steps closer
To an early grave

You've got to slow down
You've got to slow down
Who told you who told you
To rush around

Consciousness is changing
We all want so much more
We're all looking for answers
Behind locked doors

We like looking for answers
We like explaining a thrill
So many explanations
We're standing still

And then one day
Youll explain it all away
You'll have to fly up to the stars
You'll float out in outer space
And think you're better then the human race

So if I find a reason to life
I wouldn't tell you

Words and Music : T.Zaldua 1998
© Tobias Zaldua 1998
Track Name: entropy (edit)
I’ve been reading
Mathematics to
A man I know

And he’s listening, listening
To you talking, talking

Listening, listening
To you talking

And sometimes the numbers dance in his head
And make music

She’s been reading mathematics to
A man like you

And he’s listening, listening
To you talking, talking

Listening, listening
To you talking

And sometimes the numbers dance in his head
And make music

They make music…

Don’t want to hang with the big boys
But then again who does

I’ve been reading
Mathematics to
A man I know

And he’s listening, listening
To you talking, talking
Listening, listening
To you talking

And sometimes
the numbers dance in his head
and make music



She’s been reading
Mathematics
Endlessly
To a man like me

And he’s listening, listening
To you talking, talking
Listening, listening
To you talking

And sometimes the numbers dance in his head and make music
They make music…

And he’s watching, watching
As you’re reading, reading
And sometimes he can just make out
A slip of satin under the dress you’re wearing

And he’s watching, watching
As your reading, reading
And he’s listening, listening
To the rhythm of your breathing

And sometimes he can feel
The texture of your skin
Under the dress
You should be wearing

Ssssssssshhh
Ssssssssshhh

Is this love a projection of
The things that I’ve been thinking of
Velocity of you and me guided to infinity
All is action and reaction
Thinking of some vulgar fraction
With sinful closed curves

Is this love a projection of
The things that I’ve been dreaming of
Velocity of you and me
Accelerate to infinity
All is action and reaction
Thinking of a vulgar fraction
Venn diagrams of who I am

In your sinful closed curves.


© T.Zaldua/T.Zundel 2001
Track Name: I wake up
Come in the sky is falling
No don’t sit down
Got something to say to you

Walked through 27 rooms to find you
And when you know
I’ll be waiting
The way you sit in chair

You play with your hair
Your legs your eyes
The way that you stare
I forget what I was thinking

And the only time these people laugh
Is when they’re laughing at you
So leave it all behind

We could fight until the end
Ignore it all and start again
I’m waiting for your call
Don’t stop me

And we could solve this compromise
We’re dark trees against bright skies
And I’m watching
The world go by

Waking up with you
I’m waking up with you

So come in come in come in
No don’t sit down
Got something to say to you

Walked through 27 rooms
To find you
And on the floor below
You were waiting

And I won’t deny I tried to fit in
But they wouldn’t let me in
To the over ground
The underground

Or a space in between

So sad to find you trying to fit in
And suffering
And when you know
I’ll be waiting

Cause we could fight until the end
Ignore it all and start again
I’m walking away from it all

Don’t stop me

Cause we could solve this compromise
We’re dark trees against bright skies
And I’m watching
The world go by


Waking up with you
I’m waking up with you
Waking up with you
I’m waking up with you.

We could fight unto the end
Ignore it all and start again
I’m waiting for your call
Don’t stop me

And we could solve this compromise
We’re dark trees
Against bright skies
And I’m watching the world go by




Waking up with you
I’m waking up with you.


©T.Zaldua/T.Zundel 1999
Track Name: all the hotels
All the hotels in Australia
There's a girl with a baby

All the hotels in Australia
There's a girl with a baby
Leans against a red car

And the sky is too blue
In this photograph
Sometimes she is smiling at you

And she's telling you
You'll never have a problem over here
And she's telling you
Life is so much simpler over here

And she's telling you
I love you but I'm staying over here
In all the hotels in Australia
Your problems were travelling with you


All the hotels in Australia
There's a couple at a bar
Looking out of place
And you can't see the sky
In this photograph
But you know that its blue

In a the cinemas in Australia
They play the same film as back home
Another emotional drama
In a large house in winter
With heartfelt strings
Over every little thing

And she's telling you
You'll never have a problem over here
And she's telling you
The sky's always blue
The water's always clear

And she's telling you
I love you but I'm staying over here
In all the hotels in Australia
You're problems were travelling with you

And she's telling you
And she's telling you
And she's telling you
And she's telling you

So I sit in tacky bars
Like a gallery without art
Thinking about a girl
A baby and a car

And she's telling you
And she's telling you
And she's telling you
And she's telling you.

Music © T.Zaldua/J.Thraves 1999 Lyrics © Tobias Zaldua 1999
Track Name: as soon as I hit the motorway (edit)
as soon as I hit the motorway

As soon as I hit the motorway I'm happy
He says

As long as the right song comes on

In his dreams he's always driving home
Full of sadness and regret
He says I wish I could feel guilty for all the things I've done

Hey kid where'd you get your attitude
Were you born with it
Where did you see it
Did you cut it and paste it
Did you borrow
Did you steal it
Do you mind if I try it

She says
On this island I'd be lucky
Just to find a friend
On this island I'd be lucky
Just to find a friend

Wasting time is always at the weekend
Sun was shining all through my weekday
When I wake up
I wake up a little more than the day before

Soon as I hit the motorway I'm happy he says
As long as the right song comes on

In his dreams he's always driving home
Always running
Always escaping
He says I wish I could have more fun
So I could fell guilty for all the things I've done

Don't make me feel guilty for things I haven't tried

She says
On this island I'd be lucky
Just to find a friend

So I keep driving
To Land's End and back again

Excuse me have I got the wrong trainers on
Have I got the wrong skirt on
Do I have the wrong T-shirt and coat and hat and shades
Is that the wrong CD I just put on

Is that the wrong magazine

On my living room floor

Am I at the back of the queue

Till I become you

Wasting time is always at the weekend
Sun was shining all through my weekday
When I wake up
I wake up a little more
Than the day before

Wasting time - always at the weekend
Sun was shining all through my weekday
When I wake up
I wake up a little more
Than the day before

Wasting time is always at the weekend
Sun was shining all through my weekday
Saw a total eclipse of the sun
And now I'll never see a better one

Wasted time is always at the weekend.

words/music: T.Zaldua
Track Name: doorways
She’s always hiding in doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along

She’s always hiding in doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along

She’s always hiding in
Doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along
And keep her warm

She’s always hiding in
Doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along
And keep her warm

But the only man to come along
Wants to do her harm

And though she’s nothing like the photograph
He finds he loves her more
And though he’s not the man she always wanted
He’s better than the man she had before…

She’s always hiding in doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along


But he’s not here,
He’s on the other side of town
Locked in a room,
Playing with sound

And now he’s travelling miles to find her
She’s flying away leaving the past behind her

And soon all the passengers are all long gone
He finds himself sitting with his Walkman on

And though she’s nothing like the photograph
He finds he wants her more

And though he’s not the man she always wanted
He’s better then the one she had before

This is not what I would do if I was you
But if I was you we would be lovers

This is not what I would do if I was you
But if I was you we would be lovers

This is not what I would do.

She’s always hiding in doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along

She’s always hiding in
Doorways in the storm
Waiting for him to come along
And keep her warm

But the only man to come along wants to do her harm

This is not what I would do.

© T.Zaldua/T.Zundel 1998
Track Name: only theory (of anything)
Seventeen years old
She sings so eloquently
About love, loss and memory
But it means nothing to me

Where is your energy?
Where is your energy?

Fourteen years old
She sings so eloquently
About love, loss and memory
But it means nothing to me

Where is your energy?

Where is your energy?

But she's so young they say
What a marvellous thing
But you know it means nothing

Where is your energy?

No universal meaning
To your dreaming only dreaming
No universal meaning
To your thinking only thinking

No universal meaning
To your philosophy
Only theory

Not a couple you and I
Only you and me

There's an older man
On a magazine
Claiming to be revealing
But it means nothing to me

Where is your energy?
Where is your energy?

And your drug experiences were interesting
But not enlightening
And hardly essential reading
Might as well talk about arrogance

Where is your energy? 'Scuse me -
Where is your energy

Try and force meaning on a chemical thing
But loves a chemical thing they say
But I think you're missing something

Where is your energy?
Where is your energy?

No universal meaning
To your dreaming only dreaming
No universal meaning
To your thinking only thinking

No universal meaning
To your philosophy
Only theory

Not a couple you and I
Only you and me

And yes yes yes I know it's easier to sing about violence
Not tenderness

And yes I know that ugly is easier than beauty
Because your tenderness leads to blandness
And your beauty is contrived

There's a whorehouse by the roadside
You can stop or pass by

There's a dead cat by the roadside
That lost count at eight of it's nine lives

No universal meaning
To your dreaming only dreaming
No universal meaning
To your thinking only thinking

No universal meaning
To your philosophy
Only theory

Not a couple you and I
Only you and me

© T.Zaldua 1999
Track Name: every moment every day (edit)
every moment every day

Now that I'm here I'm in your mind
Your mind
Your mind

There's nothing left to fear
We start to fly inside Inside

Now that I'm here I'm in your heart
We're starved of things to find
To start your life
Your life
Your life

Your life

uh uh uh
I was always ready to meet you

uh uh uh
You're too high to do your own thinking

Yes you are

uh uh uh oh
You still can't decide to come and see me
See me tonight
And get it off your mind before

New doubts are shifting your way
Except you find you can't wait
Seems you'd rather find new ways to die
Than rest your eyes
Die

Now that I'm here inside your mind
Your mind
Your mind

We start to fly inside Inside

Now that I'm here

Now that I'm

Now that I'm here
Now that I'm here

Now that I'm here I'm in your mind

We start to fly inside Inside
We start to fly inside Inside
We start to fly inside Inside

uh uh uh oh
I was always ready to meet you

uh uh uh oh
You're too high to do your own thinking

Yes you are

uh uh uh oh
You still can't decide to come and see me
See me tonight
And get it off your mind before -

uh uh uh oh
I was always ready to meet you

uh uh uh oh
You're too high to do your own thinking

Yes you are

uh uh uh oh
You still can't decide to come and see me
See me tonight
And get it off your mind before -


words/music: T.Zaldua
© T.Zaldua 2000
Track Name: the silence that could follow (part 2)
I was in love and she said
You’re better off dead

I was in love and she said
You’re better off dead

I was in love and she said
You’re better off dead

Charming…

This dream is building like the tension around you
Dream interrupted by the fools that surround you

You think you’re something special,
And there’s nothing wrong with that

The silence that could follow
The silence that could follow

I’m not scared of tomorrow
And the silence that could follow

The silence that could follow
The silence that could follow

I’m not scared of tomorrow
And the silence that could follow

© T.Zaldua 2001
Track Name: a heart in winter
I’m building violins
I shape the wood, tune the strings
Find comfort in little things

I’m building violins
I go for hours without talking
Sitting and waiting

And when she comes in
And she sees me
Building this fragile thing
She thinks I am the same

But a heart in winter is already cold
Doesn’t feel the first fall of snow

Snow

I’m building violins
71 parts and counting

I collect old violins
The oldest coats of varnish you can see
The colour hasn’t changed

And when I walk in
And she plays her violin
Her heart is aching
But I don’t feel a thing

And when I leave the room
The tension leaves with me
And her playing falters slightly

A heart in winter is already cold
Doesn’t feel the first fall of snow

Heart in winter is already cold
Doesn’t feel the first fall of snow

I’m building violins
I touch your face
Stretch the skin
Find flaws in everything

If I was alone with you I would tell you
If I was alone with you I would show you

A heart in winter is already cold
Doesn’t feel the first fall of snow

Heart in winter is already cold
Doesn’t feel the first fall of snow

Heart in winter
Already cold
Little house in the woods
Gathering snow

Heart in winter
Growing old
Fragile thing

Waiting for spring.



©Tobias Zaldua 2000
Track Name: aerial views of snowbound towns (edit)
aerial views of snowbound towns

Sitting in the market square
In one of a hundred empty chairs
I wait for you to come
Or anyone

Girls that used to gather round me
Sit in corners and laugh about me
Their drinks are bought by other men
With sharper suits and better friends

Girls that used to gather round me
Sit in corners and laugh about me
Drinks are picked up by their government
Not mine

Cold war is over
Cold war is over

Your missiles used to point at me
I found it strangely comforting
To know it was just you and me

And ballerinas dance
But not for me
Casinos are busy
Without me

So sitting in the market square
In one of a hundred empty chairs
I wait for you to come
Or anyone

All the years you sold me
Simplicity of one enemy
I miss the time
When it was just you and me

And so we share the same disease
Of looking for new enemies

And all the films aren't the same anymore
There's no mystery and intrigue to me

No honey traps
Vodka, Schnapps
Park benches, trilby hats
Rendezvous me and you
Sunday papers

Aerial views of snowbound towns

Travelling-
Cross the border
Beautiful Russian girl
Late night trains
Empty stations
Cross the border
I'll look after you
Falling from planes
I'll look after you

And ballerinas dance
But not for me
Casinos are busy
Without me

And ballerinas dance

Without me.


© T.Zaldua/T.Zundel 1999
Track Name: I play piano (edit)
here I am in a large room playing piano
Songs about you you'll never hear and never know
Sometimes I play too fast or a little bit too slow
But it doesn't really matter cause you will never know

You walk slowly down the hall
You walk slowly down the hall

Here I am in a large room playing piano another day
It's the same tune but played in a slightly different way
Maybe you'll stop by and stand by my side
As I sit in a large room playing piano

Someday soon you'll walk in the room
And time won't pass so slow
Someday soon to the same old tune
Time won't pass so slow

Here I am in a bar playing piano
Don't care where you are - of course I care
Think of a time I used to spend in a room
And watch you walking down the hall

Slowly down the hall
You walk slowly down the hall

And someday soon you'll walk in the room
And time won't pass so slow
Someday soon to the same old tune
Time won't pass so slow

Here I am just playing piano and it goes...

Here I am just playing piano another place
To a different crowd but similar faces
I've been across towns
Been across cities
And slowly down the hall


You walk slowly down the hall.


music:T.Zundel/T.Zaldua
words:T.Zaldua
© T.Zundel/T.Zaldua 1998
Track Name: a boy and a girl
and maybe you’ll find me here
alone or with someone
and maybe the timing’s wrong
but you see I need someone

Why did the road get so long
I’m travelling for days

never noticing what I lost
along the way

it’s just a boy and a girl
alone in the world

Murderers lie because they have to
Witnesses lie cause they feel they ought to
everyone else lies for fun
everyone else lies for fun.

Just like a boy and a girl
Alone in the world

A boy and a girl.

and maybe you’ll find me here
alone or with someone

and maybe my timing’s wrong
but you see I need someone

why did the road get so long
why did the road get so long

for a boy and a girl

a boy and a girl
alone in the world.

(©) Tobias Zaldua 1996
Track Name: slightly breathless
Slightly breathless


and all the things you say
at the end are a waste of time
with thoughts that you pretend were
thought by yourself
but they were thought by someone else
from someone elses book

and all the little things you say
at the end of the day
to make it alright for the night
to make it all okay

and when you sleep
you’ll dream of things
that you’ve never seen
and hope they’ll stay with you
after the dream

and wake with all the things you’ve learned
and all the things you’ve done
when you were half asleep
and the dream was half begun
but love is always leaving you by the wayside

and half a dozen times you swear
that this girl could be your wife
and half a dozen times
you claim that you’re settled for life

and so you stake it all
on one small hope
and wake up one day
with nothing more to say

and half a dozen friends
will swear that this girl
is the one for you
spend half a dozen lives
and try and find if it’s true

and one night when you sleep
you find you meet God in a dream
but don’t have time
to ask him what it means

and wake with all the things you’ve learned
and all the thing you’ve done
when you were half asleep
and the dream was half begun
but love is always leaving you
by the wayside

and how many times
have you told yourself
that this time it’s real
you’ll love nobody else

And swear to yourself
you can’t stand the pain
falling in love
again and again...

who’s going to love you now
who’s going to love you now
who’s going to love you now.

so you finally run away
and then you try to find yourself
but all you ever find
is that you want somebody else

the only girl you’ve loved
you find out just couldn’t care less
she left you lonely
and slightly breathless

and all the little things you say
at the end of the day

to make it alright
to make it okay

and when you sleep
you’ll dream of a world
you’ve never seen
and hope you’ll be there

after the dream.


©Tobias Zaldua/Jamie Thraves 1997
Track Name: looks like rain
LOOKS LIKE RAIN

The last thing that I needed
Was to forget
That I loved you

But some things
Play to hard
In my mind

I wanted to believe
All I needed was love
But I -I - I
I was full of questions.

The last thing that I needed
Was to forget
Why I loved you

But some days
Play to hard
On my time

I wanted to believe
All you needed was love
But I - I - I
I was full of questions

Though your smiling now
I see cloudy days
And though it’s bright outside
Somewhere there is rain

It looks like rain

It was on a cloudy day

Smiling now,
Cloudy days,
It’s bright outside,
It looks like rain

The last thing that I wanted,
Was to forget
Why I loved you
But some things
Play to hard in my mind


I wanted to lose myself
With someone who’s lost themselves
But I - I - I
I was full of questions


It was on a cloudy day
Smiling now
Cloudy day
It’s bright outside
And it looks like rain


Smiling at the thought
The last thing that I wanted
Was to forget that I loved you
But some things play to hard
In my mind


I wanted to lose myself
With someone who’s lost themselves
But I was full of questions


This is me
In a bar
With a girl
Ordering a drink
Leaning over
Making eyes
Getting scared
Of replies


I see cloudy days
It was on a cloudy day

©Tobias Zaldua 1997
Track Name: walking through New York (original mix)
walking through new york

In the early hours
First thing in the morning
Before the hassle begins

Thought I was walking through New York
The way the sun was this morning
The whole street was burning white

Though I was walking with you
The way the sun was this morning
The whole street was burning

Later at my apartment
Try to put a record on
Ten songs and I can't find one

The beat's too fast
The lyrics aren't right
To catch the way I feel tonight

In the early hours
First thing in the morning
Before the hassle begins

Thought I was walking with you

Thought I saw a dog with a bright blonde wig
Running down a sidewalk
I had to stop to take a look

It's just a toy being pulled by a man
who looks like a boy with a long moustache
I stop to ask
Excuse me what's it's name

He says - it's just pretend not man's best friend
And it's getting a little bit spoiled

'Cause it's raining
It's always raining

Thought I was walking through New York
The way the sun was this morning
The whole street was burning white

You find me driving
Rain glistening on a sidewalk
Neon lights in the window pane
Soft sound of rain

A woman with a pram and a man
With dark glasses on
How can he see a thing this evening
It's getting dark

Thought I was walking through new york

The way the sun was this morning

The whole street was burning white

There's a million things going on
Go on and pick one
The sirens go all night

The sirens go all night
The sirens go all night
The sirens go all night
The sirens go all night
The sirens go all night
Sirens go all night

All night

In the early hours before the hassle begins.


words:T.Zaldua
Music:T.Zaldua/T.Zundel
©T.Zaldua/T.Zundel 1999