The Trouble With Success or How You Fit Into the World

by Paula Kelley

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released September 21, 2003

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Track Name: A New Time
A time to breathe a sigh inside a time of love

You promised you’d be here with me

Now that’s a reality 

A time to breathe a sigh inside a time of love

There’s no need to be wondering
How could I question anything
Heavens above it’s a new kind of love you’re feeling right now

It’s always there when you’re not even sure you’re feeling at all

Don’t be so shy don’t keep inside with all your love

Don’t savor it inside of you

I’ll put it to better use

Don’t be so shy don’t keep inside with all your love

Just lavish it all over me

Cause it’s the only thing I need

Heavens above it’s a new kind of love you’re feeling right now

It’s always there when you’re not even sure you’re feeling at all

Look up above at the moon and the sun

Then give it to me please

You’re love is like an anchor for me

Sometimes it’s hard to play the part when you’re in love

I often want to say to you

Yeah I’ve felt that way too

Sometimes it’s hard to play the part when you’re in love

You can’t account for everything

Just hope for what tomorrow brings

Just give it to me please
Your love is like an anchor for me

Your love is like a warm August breeze

Oh let me feel your starlight shining down

True love is all we really need
Heavens above it’s a new kind of love you’re feeling right now

It’s always there when you’re not even sure you’re feeling at all

Look up above at the moon and the sun

Then give it to me please

Your love is like an anchor for me


A time to breathe a sigh inside a time of love
Track Name: Could There Be Another World
Nobody inside

Could there be another world 
(I’ve got to let go)

Is it strange to be unkind

I will take myself more seriously this time

How’s it going to take eighty or nine

Every day’s a steeper climb

Just to find some new way out of your fatal mind

But it’s the same one every time

Nobody inside

Could there be another world
 (I’ve got to let go)

Is it strange to need an out

Do I have to be the one that they talk about

Maybe I create, but I’m devout

Everyday a plan well drawn

Not to be the first I happen to land upon

But something’s leading me along

Nobody inside

Could there be another world
 (I’ve got to let go)

Created for your life

Debated in your mind

Could there be another world
Track Name: The Girlfriend
Write about the simple way that I don’t

Oh she’s staring at the sky

There’s quite a lot of space there
But nothing in her eyes
Calling to her number one

She’s got an ample ego
From all the sops she’s won

Everybody’s talking about her messing around with your mind

It’s such a tired town

Everybody’s waiting around for you to decipher her signs

It’s she who’ll wear the crown

You’ve got to live it down

If god is still around

Write about the simple way that I don’t

What if someone’s out of sight?
I’ll find a way to tell her that something isn’t right

What if you’re not coming home?
I’ll find a way to tell her I’d rather live alone

Everybody’s talking about her messing around with your mind

It’s such a tired town 

Everybody’s waiting around for you to decipher her signs

It’s she who’ll wear the crown

You’ve got to live it down 

If someone’s still around

Is someone still around?

Write about the simple way that I don’t
Track Name: How Many Times?
How many times must I throw the line
Before this tiny ship comes crashing to the shore
And tell me how many times must I say goodbye
Before I start believing it for sure

When one of you gets word of what I do
It shall be forgone
That pretty soon you all will know the tune
I’ve been screaming from the gutter for so long
And pretty blue the sky from which you flew
I saw you dive
Over time
Filled with circles in my mind

How many times must I throw the line
Before this tiny ship comes crashing to the shore
And tell me how many times must I say goodbye
Before I start believing it for sure

I misconstrue
So much I see right through
Love’s great rewards
I make things up
And blur the lines and such
That telling me won’t matter anymore
Through dizzy blue the ground comes into view
I’m still alive
Despite time
All the circles in my mind

How many times must I throw the line
Before this tiny ship comes crashing to the shore
And tell me how many times must I say goodbye
Before I lose my fear of thinking
I’m too late to hear it anymore

Before the wind
Before the oxygen that kills us from within
Oh this world had lost its way
The murmuring decay still fills our heads

Tell me how

I misconstrue so much
I never knew
I caused your dive
Over time
Track Name: My Finest Hour
I want my finest hour to be
When everything that’s closest to me is a part of you
Tell me is it true
That we can be each other

I want my greatest power to be
That everything I wanted to see comes shining through
Tell me is it true
This life of love
The sight of it all

Why is everything I do a little frightful
Everything I do just seems a little wrong
Life, what a fabulous place to live
What a wonder to carry on

Every time I think I finally have the answer
In comes someone else who did in half as long
Life, what a terrible place to learn
What a struggle to carry on

I want my finest hour to be
When everything I struggle to understand is true
Then what would I do
But sit around and wonder

Tell me is it true, This life of love, In spite of it all

Every time I think I finally have the answer
In comes someone else to tell me that I’m wrong
Life, What a puzzling place to live
What a wonder we’re taking it on
Track Name: The Rest of You
Where was someone when I needed to get through
Dark and cloudy like the rest of you
My head’s so stormy I can never get it right
I just know
Something’s wrong with my life

Where was someone when I needed to get through
Bright and sunny like the rest of you
My head’s so stormy I can never see the day
I just know
Something gets in the way
Something’s always getting in the way

Where was someone when I knew a thing or two
Dark and cloudy like the rest of you
My heads so sore that I can never get it right
I just know
Something’s wrong with my life
Something’s always missing from my life

How was I bad to you
What did I say
How’d I deserve to get brushed away
My plea
My call
(It’s my heart that loses it all, so...)
Please look my way
Look my way
Look my way
Track Name: I'd Fall In Love With Anyone
You live in fear
The animal in you
Just can’t accept the cold veneer
You perceive to be the truth
Just when you think you’re safe
A new one comes along
And settles in your place

How do you rate
If you could hear the truth you would
But defeat would be too great
It’s never worth the pain
The luxury of life
So wasted on the vain
A million losing battles can’t explain

When you escape
You’d love to find the place
Where a glance is just a glance
And a face is just a face
But up until you do
You’ll find a fresh young friend
Who’s got a friend or two
And what a problem it creates for you
You never see the old within the new

I’d fall in love with anyone
I’d fall in love with anyone
Tell me what needs to be done
Because I’m dying over here under the sun


Resigned too late
To the damning way of fate
You’re not the fairest of the fair
Or the greatest of the great
You scrutinize your face
And everything you see
Is everything you hate
The mirror has this way of reading you
The way you hope that people never do

I’d fall in love with anyone
I’d fall in love with anyone
Tell me what needs to be done
Because I’m dying over here under the sun

So is it really still that game
Wallow in your shame
Until you wish it were last year
Or every other day
Silent in your cell
Slowly being swallowed by your hell
And is it me who can’t address
The trouble with success
Or how you fit into the world
But never in that dress

It’s hard to get your way
When everything you do
Trumps everything you say
So which one is it going to be today
The lying and the truth just feel the same

I’d fall in love with anyone
Tell me what needs to be done
Because I’m dying over here under the sun
Track Name: Night Racer
Could be the night of the time of your life
Waiting to show
Could be the sight of the wrong with the right
You’d never know

To close your mind
You make a circle with your little tired eyes
Until the bumper cars inside
Tuck in for the night

Could be the sound of your voice in a round
Deeper you go
But time is lost in the dark and the dust
To the unknown

Just close your eyes
And make a circle with your little tired mind
Until the bumper cars inside
Tuck in for the night

Why won’t people change

Could be the night of the time of your life
Waiting to show
Could be the sight of the wrong with the right
You’d never know
Track Name: September Eyes
September eyes
Nothing you would ever talk about
September lies
All that wasted effort just to block her out
Don’t mess around, it’s sad and true

August we tried
Save our money save it for a better day
September cries
All those hours didn’t they get ripped away
Don’t look away
It’s sad and true
I’m telling you it’s over for me
More loneliness than anyone can see

September eyes
Trying hard to keep the dirty three away
Forget the time
You were headed down the road to sadder days
Don’t look away
I swear it’s true
I’m telling you its better for me
Just stick around as long as I can breathe

I need someone
Please be the one
To put some sun and night into me
I’ll clear the way so we can think we see

September eyes
Track Name: Friday Came
First sign
Burning in the wind
Friday came and settled all the truth for me

Real time
Everybody’s in
Friday came and banished all the words from me
It’s everything you want it to be

Roll your body down into the earth

Free ride
Living with our sins
Friday came and buried them inside of me

Big time
Everybody wins
Saturday’s a shell of what it used to be
Tomorrow he’ll be walking the sea

Throw your body down into the air

The air is full and lush
Suspends the sky and grass
You’re there between the gusts
Who cares why you’re there in the smoky air
Who cares why you’re there
We are there, We’re floating in the air

It’s everything you want it to be

Throw your body down into the air
Track Name: Where Do You Go?
And the bride you thought you’d won
Don’t come around
Everybody’s getting on

Where do you go
So you’re not alone with your thoughts that keep you in
Hung up from your life and your state of mind
Till it’s summer once again
Cling to the young oh the twenty-one
Cause it’s over now
It’s over now

And the place where you belong
Don’t feel the same
Is it you or have they changed

What have you now
Oh the friends you know well they know you all to well
Beat up from your chides and your reckless lies
They’d hoped landed you in hell
Spring to your feet with your bottled fleet
Cause it’s over now
It’s over now

Where do you go
So you can live it out
Where things are slow
And no one knew you while
You played a part
And never thought about it

And the girls who used to smile
Don’t talk to you
And you’re worth nobody’s while

So there you go
Oh it’s over now and so what’s become of you
You look at yourself in a different light and there’s nothing you can do
Wasting away all your precious days
And your thin desires
Your skinny lies

Where do you go
So you can live it out
Where things are slow
And no one knew you while
Track Name: Why Won't People Change?
Why won’t people change
Why won’t people change
Someone knew your name and suddenly she’s all the rage

Though you know her head is empty
You will find another one
Who never will impress me
Of course you will resent me once again

Why won’t people change
Why won’t people change
It’s written on your face although you think you’re being cagey

Though you say your world is over
You will find another one then look over your shoulder
And not look one day older then
I don’t need to know your reasons
When you find another one
Someone who’s more in season
And only half as pleasing as her friend

Why won’t people change
Track Name: Earth Oddity
You’ve descended from your ride
You relax and step outside
Something’s ticking
But it’s not time
You’ve retained your earthly glow
Still in touch with things you know
But you’re moving, you’re moving so slow
Hold it down
Stay on track

And you’ve gathered from the start
What is setting you apart
Something’s beating
But it’s not your heart
They can think and feel and see
But their faces aren’t like me
Am I losing my memory
Hold it down
Stay on track
You’re on your own
You can’t turn back

Planets know this from afar
Nothing here makes you a star
It’s an ordinary place you see unfurl
Silly creatures on the street
Kicking hands and holding feet
It’s a modern day reactionary world

You begin to feel unwell
What it is is hard to tell
Are you losing, you’re losing yourself
And you really wish you knew
What the odds already do

You can’t calm down
You can’t relax
It’s not worth it now
You ain’t going back

Planets know this from afar
Nothing here makes you a star
It’s an ordinary place you see unfurl
Silly creatures on the street
Kicking hands and holding feet
It’s a modern day reactionary world

And I pray
For what it would take
If you let me go away
Because tomorrow isn’t time
Your world is past its prime