Tracks

01. Cult Of Personality
02. I Want To Know
03. Middle Man
04. Desperate People
05. Open Letter (To A Landlord)
06. Funny Vibe
07. Memories Can't Wait
08. Broken Hearts
09. Glamour Boys
10. What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)
11. Which Way To America?



01. Cult Of Personality

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Reid, Muzz Skillings, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun
(And during the few moments that we have left
We want to talk, right down to Earth
In a language that everybody here can easily understand)

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you wanna be
I'm the cult of personality

Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, nobel prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set me free

I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your T V
I'm the cult of personality
I exploit you, still you love me
I tell you one and one makes three
I'm the cult of personality

Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi
I'm the cult of personality
The cult of personality
The cult of personality

Neon lights, nobel prize
When a leader speaks that leader dies
You won't have to follow me
Only you can set you free

You gave me fortune, you gave me fame
You gave me power in your God's name
I'm every person you need to be
Oh, I'm the cult of personality
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of
I am the cult of personality


(Ask not what your country can do for you)
(The only thing we have to fear is fear itself)


02. I Want To Know

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Vernon Reid
Hey kids, let's go

Baby, you stole my heart
I don't know what to do
Got one problem on my mind
Do you feel the way I do?

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

When you walk down the street
The cats don't even make a noise
They worship at your feet
Acting just like little boys

I'm standing in the shadows, baby
I got one thing that's on my mind
Gonna make you love me, baby
If it takes the rest of my life

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

It takes a lot of guts to show you
How I feel, yeah, about you
Just say the words and let me know
It's real for you or is it just a dream

I'm very patient, baby
And I've got a lot of time
I can see a clear horizon
You and me standing side by side

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

I want to know
Give me a sign, girl
Open your heart and tell me
That you're mine

How ya feeling, baby, baby?
Let me know

I want to know
I want to know
I want to know


03. Middle Man

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Corey Glover, Vernon Reid
I don't have a need to be the best
Don't want to be just like the rest
Just stay who I am
Just an ordinary middle man

Give me the happy medium
Don't want to be the one
Whose leading them, no, no
I've got no master plan
Just a simple middle man

Standing on a fine line
Between this and that
Just biding my time
Waiting for a sign
To tell me that
I'm something special, well, well

My ideas are mine alone
Not yours, not theirs, what I care
I hurt for you, but not with you
I love that thing that's inside you

But I'm not your fan
I'm a stranger in a strange land
I'm your middle man

But I'm not your fan
I'm a stranger in a strange land
I am your middle man
Middle man, yeah-e-yeah
Yeah-e-yeah

I'm not your fan
I'm just the middle man
Just an ordinary man

I'm not your master plan
Just the way who I'm
Just a middle man


04. Desperate People

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Calhoun, Reid, Glover, Skillings
I see you cryin' in the sunshine
I hear you laughin' in the rain
You say you can't tell any difference
Between the pleasure and the pain

You say you never ever dream at nighttime
You say you only dream when you're awake
And say that TV looks like your life
And the life you lead is fake

Desperate people
Desperate people

You get your sunshine from a tab of paper
Then you're sittin' in a spinnin' room
The clock is tockin', it's laughin' at you
Your life's a mystery without a clue

The crowd you're in thinks you're so amusin'
They're oh so flatterin' and so sincere
They stand and laugh as they watch you crumble
And when you cry for help they don't hear

No more
Desperate people
Desperate people

You feel the earth revolving, you see the sun dissolving
You hear the night calling out to you
You have no direction and you have no protection
What you gonna do when your trip turns blue?

When you come crashin' down and there's no help around
You need friends, you need help
First you have to help yourself

The music stops and the party's over
The money's gone and your crowd is too
Can't break the chains that have kept you under
Has the monkey got the best of you?

Then I see you cryin' in the sunshine
And I hear you laughin' in the rain
You say you can't tell any difference
Between the pleasure and the pain

Desperate
Desperate
Desperate
Desperate people


05. Open Letter (To A Landlord)

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Tracie D Morris, Vernon Reid
Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

This is my neighborhood
This is where I come from
I call this place my home
You call this place a slum

You wanna run the people out
This is what you're all about
Treat poor people just like trash
Turn around and make big cash

Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

Last month there was a fire
I saw seven children die
You sent flowers to the families
But your sympathy's a lie

'Cause every building that you burn
Is more blood money that you earn
We are forced to relocate
From the pain that you create

Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

We lived here for so many years
Now this house is full of fear
For a profit you will take control
Where will all the older people go?

There used to be when kids could play
Without the scourge of drug's decay
Now our kids are living dead
They crack and blow their lives away

Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

Now you can tear a building down
But you can't erase a memory
These houses may look all run down
But they have a value you can't see

You, you got to fight for your neighborhood
You got to fight, you got the right
You got to fight for your neighborhood
You got to fight
You've got to fight for your neighborhood


06. Funny Vibe

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Vernon Reid
No, I'm not gonna rob you
No, I'm not gonna beat you
No, I'm not gonna rape you

So why you wanna give me that?

Funny vibe
Funny-funny vibe
Funny-funny vibe
Funny-funny vibe

No, I'm not gonna hurt you
No, I'm not gonna harm you
And I try not to hate you

So why you wanna give me that?

Funny vibe

Funny vibe

Why you wanna give me that?

Funny vibe


07. Memories Can't Wait

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by David Byrne, Jerry Harrison
Do you remember here?
No you don't remember anything at all
I'm here flat on my back
Never woke up, had no regrets

There's a party in my mind
And I hope it never stops
They party all the time
Gonna party till they drop

Other people can go home
Other people they can split
I can never stop
I can never quit

Take a walk through the land of the shadows
Take a walk through the peaceful meadows
Don't look so disappointed
Isn't what you hoped for is it?

There's a party in my mind
And I hope it never stops
I'm stuck here in this seat
And I may not stand up

Other people can go home
Other people they can split
I can never stop
I can never quit

Everything is quiet
Everyone's gone to sleep
I'm wide awake
But these memories
These memories can't wait
These memories can't wait


08. Broken Hearts

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Vernon Reid
I see the fragments of the dreams I used to have
And bits of aspiration lying in the sand
The stained glass wall of love that I cannot see through
Provides the only light here in my lonely room

A breeze reminds me of the changing time and place
A tear that takes forever rolls down your timeless face

I hear that they say that broken hearts will mend
But when they do they're never good as new
I wish right now that I could change it back
I never meant to do the things I did to hurt you

I never really thought that it would come to this
Sometimes the things you lose are often the things you miss
I see the reason for things I used to do
They're all transparent now and so I see the truth

I hear they say that broken hearts will mend
But when they do they're never good as new
I wish right now that I could change it back
I know you don't believe but I care about you
And I never meant to do those things I did to hurt you


09. Glamour Boys

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Vernon Reid
The glamour boys, swear they are a diva
The glamour boys have it all under control
Always dancin', always laughin'
The glamour boys are playin' the role

The glamour boys never have no money
The glamour boys wear the most expensive clothes
The glamour boys are always at the party
Where the money comes from? Heaven only knows

I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy, hoo
I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy

The glamour boys live off their ambition
The glamour boys have it all figured out
A very, very dubious position
When you got no clout

The glamour boys whole life is a gamble
They might get over or fall flat on their face
But if one does, there's no need to worry
Another G-boy will take his place

I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy, hoo
I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy

Glamour boys don't think about tomorrow
The glamour boys just need tonight to play
But just like things you can't afford on credit
Time catches up and you have to pay

The glamour boys are always on the guest list
You'll always find them in the hottest spots in town
They'll be your friend if you have fame or fortune
And if you don't, they won't be hangin' 'round

I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy, hoo
I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy

Yea, yea
I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy, aah, hoo
I ain't no glamour boy, I'm fierce
I ain't no glamour boy, no, no

(What do you mean my credit's no good?)


10. What's Your Favorite Color? (Theme Song)

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Corey Glover, Vernon Reid
What's your favorite colour baby?

What's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour
Whay's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour
What's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour
Whay's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour

Well Is it red?
That's what I said
Well is it gold?
You got me some sold
Well is it green?
It must have been
Well is it black?
Get back

What's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour
Whay's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour
Oh what's your favorite colour baby?
Living colour


11. Which Way To America?

Music by Living Colour
Lyrics by Vernon Reid
(Color catalog and bonus gift certificate
By return mail right away)

I look at TV
Your America's doin' well
I look out the window
My America's catchin' hell

I just want to know which way do I go?
To get to your America
I just want to know which way do I go?
To get to your America

I change the channel
Your America's doin' fine
I read the headlines
My America's doin' time

I just want to know which way do I go?
To get to your America
I just want to know which way do I go?
To get to your America

(Go West young man, go West young man)
(Go West young man, go West)
Don't want to crossover
(Go West young man, go West young man)
(Go West young man, go West)
But how do I keep from going under?

Where is my picket fence?
My long, tall glass of lemonade?
Where is my VCR, my stereo, my TV show?
Where is my picket fence?
My long, tall glass of lemonade?
Where is my VCR, my stereo, my TV show?

(Incomprehensible) News
If you look at oil prices lately
The answer is (Incomprehensible)

I look at TV
I don't see your America
I looked out the window
I don't see your America

I want to know how to get to your America
I want to know how to get to your America
I want to know how to get to your America
I want to know how to get to your America
I want to know, I want to know
I want to know, I want to know
I want to know, I want to know
I wo, I wo

(And one of the most prominent members of the community)