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WORKING CLASS VOODOO

I guess Mona Lisa smiles

I’ve never been to Louvre

Wasted all my precious time

On dreams just like you

My phoenix from the flames

Died this afternoon

 

I might have lost my job

Still got my greasy spoon

Might have left my roots

Yet I’m no Danny Boone

Heros come and go

They end up in cartoons

 

JUST A LITTLE RAIN

NOTHING ELSE WILL DO

I KNOW IT SOUNDS INSANE

BUT I’M IN LOVE WITH BEING BLUE

JUST A LITTLE RAIN

JUST A LITTLE PAIN

WORKING CLASS VOODOO

 

Marriage is just like

Inhaling helium

First it takes you high

Then paints your face with gloom

Your consolation price

Sticky hands and balloons

 

The world outside my window 

Moves and grooves

I’m on my couch down with the blues

DAYTIME SUFFERING

Heal me

Come over here and baby feel me

You know you used to make me dream

I miss the days when you were mine

 

So be it

Life didn’t give us what we needed

That’s not the reason to delete it

I always stood right by your side

 

MCCARTNEY’S WINGS PLAY ON MY MIND

JUST WHEN I THINK I’M DOING FINE

THOSE SILLY LOVE SONGS LEAD TO NIGHT

AND DAYTIME SUFFERING

 

I kneel

I cross my hands in case he hears me

But God’s been way too busy lately

He keeps me hanging on the line

  

Daytime suffering you haunt me

Daytime suffering you taunt me

Babe I wish I knew just what I wanted

Indecision plagues the broken-hearted

WHAT IS LOVE?

Baby if I seem all blue

It’s only cause I’m missing you

Though I have come to realize

You will always be just fine

Laughing at your end of the line

Telling me you’re coming home tonight

If your flight leaves on time

 

TELL ME WHAT IS LOVE?

TELL ME WHAT IS PAIN?

THEY SEEM JUST THE SAME

YET I FORGIVE YOU SOMEHOW

THROUGH ALL THIS BLAME

THROUGH ALL THIS SHAME

I TURN OLD AND GRAY

YET I FORGIVE YOU SOMEHOW

 

I can take care of the kids

We can fool around a bit

I always knew how to make you smile

Addicted to the shows you like

I’ll try my best not to fight

I’ll drink another glass of bitter wine

Your disappointed Frankenstein

 

I really want to know

(What is love?) 

I don’t seem to have a clue

 

It’s so hard letting go

Because you know I love you so – I do baby

I really want to know what love is

You know I miss you sometimes

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GOOD OL' STUPID ME

(by Tom Tikka & Elina Suominen)

I watch the evening news

A kind of self-abuse

Those getting rich and fat

Still own my ass that’s that

I’ve seen the whole wide world

Been worshipped, I’ve been burned

Intoxication wise

There’s nothing I ain’t tried

 

I’M THROUGH

PRETENDING I AM GOOD

THAT I AM SMART AND TRUE

I JUST WANT TO BE

GOOD OLD STUPID ME

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

NA NA NA NA NA

GOOD OLD STUPID ME

 

My exes curse my name

And they’re right I am to blame

God only knows I’ve paid

A fortune for getting laid

Here’s just another song

About how things went so wrong 

Mine was shooting star

But I’m back playing guitar

 

Good old stupid me

Has put in a plea

Good old stupid me

Just wants to be set free

DRIVING ME INSANE

Mark Antony, I guess that’s me

He had Rome but I’m all alone

I think of you; I feel a fool

You’ll never leave

Your Hallmark fantasy, girl

Or your pedigree

 

I WISH YOU KNEW

JUST WHAT YOU DO

IT’S HURTING GOOD

YOU GIVE ME LOVE BUT YOU DRIVE ME INSANE

I WISH YOU KNEW

TO TELL THE TRUTH

I’VE GOT THE BLUES

YOU GIVE ME LOVE BUT YOU DRIVE ME INSANE

DRIVE ME INSANE

DRIVE ME INSANE

 

You Xbox me and play for free

Then run back home

To your big brownstone

And lots of gold

A name that's old

And family tree

Why would you prefer me, girl

I live reality

 

I heard you’re moving to LA

I guess you’ll find another lay

SWEET SUGAR

Sometimes loneliness can hurt

And lack of love can burn

That’s what we’re doing here

I keep seeing you every night

Under these neon signs

One of which says “beer”

 

How about more than a smile?

 

WELL I’M BY MY LONESOME

HOLD ME TIGHT

I GOT SWEET SWEET SUGAR ON MY MIND

IF YOU CONSENT

BABY I GOT THE TIME

I WILL PULL YOU CLOSE

STAY BY YOUR SIDE, GIRL

I WON’T LEAVE BEFORE DAYLIGHT

JUST GIVE ME SWEET SWEET SUGAR

BABY I’LL BE WORTH YOUR WHILE

 

Wish there was another way

To make it through the day

To make it through the night

You are thinking of your guy

I’m thinking of my wife

Lord knows I have tried

 

I can’t take another fight

 

We can just talk about it

Or try hard to live without it

So what if we’re fatally flawed?

SUMMER MEANS NEW LOVE

She’s got ribbons in her hair

And she puts flowers on his grave

She is down and out

Down and out

Down and out – she’s down

 

He’s been gone so very long

And yet her feelings are so strong

She is lost and found

Lost and found

Lost and found – she’s found

 

SUMMER MEANS NEW LOVE

SUMMER MEANS NEW LOVE

YET SHE’S PRAYING FOR 

GOD TO BRING HER HOME TO HIM

SUMMER MEANS NEW LOVE

SUMMER MEANS NEW LOVE

YET SHE’S PRAYING FOR

JUST ANOTHER DREAM SHE SPENDS WITH HIM

 

She can hear his gentle voice

See him playing with their boys

It’s all in her mind

In her mind – in her lonesome mind

 

When she’s alone at night

Holds his picture oh so tight

She lives in the past

In the past – in her distant past

 

Life is hard and it always will

Hit you hard, bring you to your knees

It brings you to your knees

It brings you to your knees, baby

DISMAL DAY

If you pardon me from sunset

I pardon you from pain

I am through dancing in the rain

So love was not what we expected

Life turned out much the same

Here’s to waking up to another dismal day

 

Yet through all the disappointments

And through all the wasted years

As I’m leaving, I’m holding back the tears

I won’t tell you that I’m going

I won’t even bid farewell

I’ll be happy to leave behind this hell

 

If I could go back in time

I know just what I’d do

I wouldn’t even glance at you

 

I know we had our moments

And we had our silly laughs

I got to face it

They are now my past

I got to face it

Sometimes the past is past

JUST LIKE XMAS (LOVE IS WAR)

I see the snow flakes falling

They cover up the trees

I feel just like calling you

But you’re not here

 

Another lonely heartache

Though this season’s dear

I’ve come to the conclusion

That Santa just ain’t real, now aint it

 

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

LOVE IS WAR

 

I wonder round the streets that

We walked hand in hand

Listening to John Lennon

And Plastic Ono band

 

Singing war is over

Man, it’s still going on

A new year’s resolution

That they got real wrong, now ain’t it

 

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

LOVE IS WAR, NOW AIN’T IT

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS

IT’S YOUR FAULT

 

Perhaps you will remember

Love letters in the sand

Perhaps you will remember

That I’m your man

TURN BACK THE TIME

I allow myself to weep

After you have gone to sleep

After I tuck in the kids

I fall into thousand bits

Knowing you don’t give a shit

 

WISH I COULD TURN BACK THE TIME

WISH I’D NEVER MADE YOU MINE

SO MANY THINGS I REALIZE JUST NOW

WISH I COULD TURN BACK THE TIME

 

We fight about your wedding rings

Work and sex, most everything

If they could whitewash my mind

I’d erase it all outright

So that I could sleep at night

 

I kiss my three-year old goodnight

Wish I could stay right by his side

 

I see a man all dressed in black

At a lonely cul du sac

Loading up a U-Haul van

Saying goodbye to his clan

Someday they will understand

ALL SHE WANTS IS YOU

She’s been my girl all of this time

And then you came and changed her mind

Now she hates the things I do

And all she wants is you

 

She used to love me and hold me tight

Kept me warm all through the night

Now she’s gone and I feel blue

And all she wants is you

 

All she wants is you

She’s made up her mind

All she wants is you I’m out of time

 

She’s been my girl all of this time

And then you came and messed up her mind

I tired to love her like best I could

And all she wants is you

MARY

(by Tom Tikka & Lappe Holopainen)

Mary loves her life

She’s got everything

A good girl should have

At a coffee shop

On 42nd Street

She serves people dreams

 

Hold me tight I’m falling down – she says

Hold me tight I’m breaking down – she says

Hold me tight I’m so down – love me

 

ALL THOSE HAIL MARYS

CUTE STORIES AND FAIRYTALES 

LEFT YOU UNAWARE OF 

THE DARK MERCENARIES OF LOVE

THEY COME WITH BOXING GLOVES

 

Once upon a time

In a smaller town

When she was still at school

Mary came across

A travelling salesman

Loved God but scarred her good

 

Mary loves her life

It’s all inside her mind

Preaches about crimes

Against eternal life

JADED MIND

(by Tom Tikka & Elina Suominen)

Closed my eyes and heard them all

10 000 people maybe more

A gathering of tribes

The window of an old drugstore

Had a sign make love not war

But peace you can’t prescribe

News clips of days gone by

Make me wanna cry

 

WE’VE BEEN ALWAYS BLIND

I’M WAITING ON SOMETHING THAT WOULD BLOW MY MIND

AND WE’VE BEEN ALWAYS BLIND

I’M WAITING ON A CHANGE THAT WOULD HEAL MANKIND

IT’S FINE

I’VE GOT A JADED MIND

 

An expedition to the stars

The history of Taj Majal

Richard Nixon’s memoirs

Educated by TV

My generation’s ruled by screens

The past one went to Mars

News clips of days gone by

Make me wanna cry

 

Got a jaded mind

Got a jaded mind

Wish I wasn’t blind

Got a jaded mind

THAT'S WHAT WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID

A man who lives alone

Is the man who dies alone

And winding is the road

I took long time ago

 

Kerouac was right, so damn right

There’s no end in sight on this rough ride

Life just stretches on

Then one day you are gone

 

SO FAR FROM HOME

SO FAR FROM HOME

IF YOU’RE IN HELL

JUST GO FULL STEAM AHEAD

THAT’S WHAT WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID

 

I thought you were my friend

I’d bring this to an end

But you know I am cursed

With my sexual thirst

 

Just one look from you, you can lie

A touch that feels real good, I won’t ask you why

I don’t turn you on

Or where the hell you’re going

A GOOD THING GOING ON

You got your daddy; I got my life

You want more but let me tell you right now

Come on baby we got a good thing going on

 

Ain’t nothing better than a bath with you

Come to think of it, I like ‘em showers too

Come on baby we got a good thing going on

 

You ain’t no cow and your milk ain’t free

We’ve been through this, so mamma just please

Call me over, make me reel

But don’t you tell me how I’m supposed to feel

 

I ain’t looking for another ring

Don’t want to be jealous or controlling

Come on baby we got a good thing going on

BULLET IN THE HEAD

Woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed

Woke up this morning, my mind was filled with dread

 

It’s hard to tell you how

It’s hard to say just why

I spent too long by your side

I need a bullet in the head

 

Woke up this morning with murder on my mind

Woke up this morning, I thrashed your Venetian blinds

 

LIFE GOES ON AND ON AND ON

BUT IT’S REALLY NOT THAT LONG

MY DAD SAID ON HIS DEATHBED

I WASTED SO MUCH TIME ON YOU

AND ALL YOU DID WAS MAKE ME BLUE

I HATE YOU NOW IT’S BEEN SAID

LISTEN NOW, I CAN’T LEAVE YOU SO INSTEAD

I NEED A BULLET IN THE HEAD

 

Let’s get one thing straight…

I woke up this morning praying you would die

I woke up this morning but God wasn’t on my side

 

HEART'S ON FIRE

Do you remember when we all sat down

And we swore we won’t get old

Steven married money and Tim lost his hair

Jake’s heart has turned cold

And I’ve been bought and sold

 

YET MY HEART’S ON FIRE

AND MY BLOOD BOILS HOT

I AM ALL DESIRE

I WILL NEVER STOP

I’LL SHOUT IT FROM ROOFTOPS

I’M ALIVE

 

Did I mention Ken hates his wife?

But just in secrecy

Bob got fired and Art’s in jail

Matt’s in therapy

It all sounds just like me

 

My life has gone it seems

Far from street of dreams

Yet, I’m hanging on

SPACE COWBOYS

 

My spaceship’s landing now

I'll be coming home

The man I was preflight

Had an astral liaison

My helmet's coming off

No damage to the brain

I flush my protein pills

I fold my gear; dye out my grays

 

SPACE COWBOYS

CAN GET LOST IN WINE

THEY GOT NO SPINE

SPACE-COWBOY SIMULATIONS BITE

MOST OF THE TIME

THEY ARE DESIGNED FOR FOOLS

WITH SPACE BLUES

 

A year of solitude

It's quiet out in Mars

Man, I was destitute

I missed my kids

I missed my wife

My furniture is gone

No pictures on the wall

They bandaged up my wrists

At the trusty ground control

 

My controller needs brand new batteries

I’ll go back as soon as I have had my tea

I hate reality, pretty baby

 

Space cowboys they go through life without a spine

They know it’s alright

The space is long and wide

And they get lost in wine

 

 

DOORMAT

 

I can see for miles

I know what you do

When I’m not around

There’s magic in my eyes

I ain’t no fool

I ain’t no clown

I heard from a friend

Who heard from a friend

You sleep around

There’s just one thing 

Left to do before I skip town

 

I WILL BRING YOU DOWN

I’M GONNA LEAVE YOU FLAT

I WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

MAKE YOU MY DOORMAT

 

I used to think you’re the one

Someone to hold

Someone to love

Now I know it’s a lie

You weren’t sent

From up above

I heard from a priest

A medicine man

That you’re from below

When you were born

The red-eyed demon

Took over your soul

Took over your soul

 

 

(I WISH I COULD) FLY TO THE MOON

(by Tom Tikka & Lappe Holopainen)

 

Wish I could find the reason

Wish I could find the rhyme

Wish I could fight injustice

Wish I could abolish crime

But the sun comes up each morning

And then goes down at night

My telescope says that it's time

To jump knee-deep in sky high

 

WISH I COULD FLY TO THE MOON

CAN'T YOU SEE THE END IS COMING SOON

WISH I COULD FLY TO THE MOON

CAN'T YOU SEE THE END IS COMING SOON

 

Wish I could make a difference

Wish I could end all fights

Wish I could rid of armies

Cure the cancer, bring foresight

Wish I could kill indifference

People need harmony

My telescope says that it's time

For some love and light and some peace

 

We clip the white dove’s precious wing

Our saviors drown in sin

How are we supposed to feel?

The earth is brought down to its knees

Deforestation kills the trees

Man, it all seems unreal

 

SWEET JESUS!

(by Tom Tikka & Anton Tikka)

Sweet Jesus! 

I’ve been walking up and down this road

Behind you

I follow you real slow

 

Sweet Jesus!

Once again, I’m on my tippy toes 

Behind you

I know just where you go

 

I know I left you but I’m back for more

 

WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO TONIGHT?

HOW ARE YOU GONNA FEEL ALRIGHT?

WHO DO YOU PLAN TO HOLD REAL TIGHT?

WHO AM I GONNA HAVE TO FIGHT?

 

Sweet Jesus

I will never be the same again

Why’d you leave me high and dry and spent

 

Sweet Jesus 

Now I’m all alone inside my mind

I feel as good as crucified

 

Yeah, I’ve been walking up and down this road

You know, following you real slow

Once again, I know just where you go

I know I left you but now I’m not so sure

 

 

WITH EYES CLOSED

(by Tom Tikka & Elina Suominen)

 

I want to hold your hand in mine, baby

I want to take up all your time, baby

Your daddy might not hate me

But I’m not the one he sees

As the prince who lassoes all your dreams

 

Our love will stand the test of time, baby

Your body wrapped up next to mine, baby

The hell with all these petty qualms

They disappear deep in your arms

You will always keep me safe from harm

 

I’LL TURN THE TRAILER LIGHTS DOWN LOW

LET’S KILL THIS BOX OF WINE REAL SLOW

WHILE WE WAIT FOR MORNING GLOW 

WITH EYES CLOSED

OUR WARDROBE’S JUST BLUE JEANS

AND WE MAKE DREAMS FROM PLASTICINE

BREAKFEST MENU’S NICOTINE

 

You are good for self-esteem, baby

You make me glad, you make me real, baby

The way you dance to Jocelyn Brown

And never take shit lying down

You’re a queen of hearts without a crown

 

The movies ends - it so ends

Our story won’t get told

No one died - no one died

Our scene just won’t get old

 

 

HUNGER LINES

He needs care

She needs love

That lady in the trash can

Needs a god damned miracle

Most of them are wondering

If they’ll ever sleep in a bed

Out in the streets, boy

Car-board boxes are all you get

 

I HAVE LIVED LIKE KINGS AND QUEENS

LOST EVERYTHING, I’VE SEEN

THE LONELY HUNGER LINES

YOU KNOW I HAVE

CRIED MY EYES OUT AND IT SEEMS

I’M STILL CHASING DREAMS

DON’T MISS THOSE HUNGER LINES

 

He’s been down

She’s been out

Out of sorts

Without a doubt

So many life stories

So many destinies

Reagent streets lawyers

Bankers, bums, and thieves

 

Hunger lines, hunger lines

The hungry streets will bite

Hunger lines, hunger lines

A depressing sight

I hate those hunger lines

 

 

THIS IS MY HAPPY FACE

(by Tom Tikka & Elina Suominen)

 

I don’t really have an avatar

But I’m the anti-Christ of greeting cards

I ended up like mom and dad

But their lives weren’t half bad

So, what if I’ve become a trained housecat?

 

THIS IS MY HAPPY FACE

THIS IS MY HAPPY FACE, AND

I DON’T NEED NO ONE TO TELL ME THAT IT’S NOT

 

Greek tragedies are lost not won

And I’m an Odyssey who burned his sun

Whatever happened to the mortal clan?

And the rank of an average lad?

Women want a seasoned superman

 

A happy face is all the rage yeah 

Everybody’s got to have one 

A happy face will halve your age

People like what’s sexy and fun

 

Lord, forgive me if I am wrong!

 

 

GARDEN OF JUDAS

(by Tom Tikka & Elina Suominen)

 

I went out walking

To the woods the other day

Shadows in the distance

Awaiting unsuspecting prey

I heard the voices whisper

I heard the voices say

The demon that’s within you

Let it out to play

 

IN THE GARDEN OF JUDAS

IN THE GARDEN OF CAIN

IN THE GARDEN OF JEZEBEL

IN THE GARDEN

IN THE GARDEN I’M SLAIN

 

The darkness grew around me

My mind was filled with rage

The wicked witch she cursed me

I spoke in tongues but could not pray

My heart let in the evil

I raised my fist and blade

My soul was lost forever

Imprisoned since that day

 

When I arrived at the lake

The congregation was there

I was baptized in muddy water

And my should as sent to Hell

ALL SONGS BY TOM TIKKA UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED