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“Elevator”

John’s fourth studio release is the double-album “Elevator” was released on September 6, 2005. It is currently available for free download from this web site.

Album Credits:

Music and Lyrics by John Maxfield
Engineered and Produced by John Maxfield
JM – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Piano, Drums, Violin, Harmonica
Album Recorded Spring-Summer 2005
Released on CD Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Music and Lyrics Copyright 2005 John Maxfield, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Lyrics:

01. Waiting For
02. The Town Fair
03. Your Face
04. Bring You Down
05. We’re Good Friends
06. Out Of This Town
07. These Are The Good Times
08. Sympathy
09. DGK Blues
10. Sweet As You
11. Slow Dancing Ghosts Part I (instrumental)
12. 22 Caliber Gun
13. Wishful Thinking
14. Location!
15. Headstone
16. Valentine
17. Slow Dancing Ghosts Part II
18. Anxiety Attack
19. Could She Make You Happy?
20. Wasted Time
21. Young
22. Pain
23. She Goes Away
24. Crash And Burn
25. Open Invitation
26. The Elevator

Waiting For

I left you in the morning
When you made your closing bid
I know I said I loved you
And I did, and I did
And its not because you’re hopeless
But your worries are not mine
I know now that we’re worthless
But I tried, yes I tried
And baby you shouldn’t have lied
Now I know you had a lot to hide
I’m not so sorry to say that I
Can’t see you anymore
I’m walking out the door
‘Cause she’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
She’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
When you speak its so redundant
And you seek my sympathy
But you won’t get no more loving
Not from me, not from me
You can call me cruel and senseless
Just don’t call and tell me so
I’m sadistic and relentless
And I know, yes I know
nd baby you shouldn’t have lied
Now I know you had a lot to hide
I’m not so sorry to say that I
Can’t see you anymore
I’m walking out the door
‘Cause she’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
She’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
She’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
She’s not ready for
What we’ve been waiting for
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The Town Fair

The girl from Illinois with the golden blonde hair
Is riding in her car to a small town fair
I’m riding at her right on a warm April night
Her telephone is ringing- its her boyfriend on the line
I don’t hear what he’s saying but she say’s, “I’m doin’ fine-
I’m not doing much,” she said, “I’m with this friend of mine…”
The grills were blazing smoke into the damp spring air
And you could smell the bratwurst from halfway there
And you could hear the DJ playing hits from yesteryear
As she parked her brand new maroon Mercury Cougar
The beer is overpriced at only five and fifty cents
We drink it and we duck our way through all the yellow tents
I say, “I think I love you” and other small laments
As the elderly continue to play bingo
“B! 21! Under the B! 21”
“G 39!”
She acts so surprised but by now I thought she knew
And standing next to her doesn’t need a good excuse
I’m holding up her hair while she vomits on her shoes
The big parade has ended and the dew is on the grass
And she’s feeling better since she dropped her plastic glass
And somehow I gain up the nerve to ask…
“Well I don’t mind talking to you,”
She says in the parking lot,
“And you know that I like you-
Just not an awful lot-
Now help me out- where’s my parking spot?”
It isn’t missing
Its behind those to kids who are kissing
Drunk she drives her car home and with no safety belt
She says I never should have told her how I felt
As an ash from her cigarette blemishes the felt
On her brand new maroon Mercury Cougar
90 miles an hour by the cop’s trap she does drive
He doesn’t put his siren on- he lets her pass on by
She turns on her radio and sings along with the top five
She took me home from St. Jacob Town Fair
Dropped me on the driveway and left me there
Drive off and crash your car for all I care
Crash your brand new maroon Mercury Cougar
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Your Face

You could use someone
Somebody who’d give you enough like me
Love me, say you do
And I need someone
That could make the world become a place
I could face- someone like you
And it feels like love
‘Cause you’re the only one I think about
And I need to see your face
It makes the darkest night the brightest day
Your face- it takes my worries and my blues away
And it feels like love
I don’t want to hear you say it
I want to see it on your face
Your face
I don’t mean to stare
I look at you and I am unaware
Of the rest of this angry world
And you’re the girl for me
I would make your life a dream
And to me you’re as precious as a pearl
And it feels like love
‘Cause you’re the only one I think about
And I need to see your face
It makes the darkest night the brightest day
Your face- it takes my worries and my blues away
And it feels like love
I don’t want to hear you say it
I want to see it on your face
Your face
Where do we go from here?
Is this gonna be what I’ve been dreaming about?
I’m telling you my dear
I’ll do anything to make you mine
Give anything of mine to be with you
And it feels like love
‘Cause you’re the only one I think about
And I need to see your face
It makes the darkest night the brightest day
Your face- it takes my worries and my blues away
It makes the darkest night the brightest day
Your face- it makes my worries feel like love
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Bring You Down

You can talk, talk, talk
You can do what you want
You can say what you say
And you can tell me anything
And I’ll never put you away
I won’t lie, lie, lie
I won’t start and I won’t try
To hide from the truth
Nothing you could say or do
Could ever take away my love for you
Don’t talk about it
I don’t want to
Don’t think about it
But I want you
Do anything that
You gotta do but
Never let my love bring you down
I could try, try, try
To let it go and get by on my own
But I don’t want to spend another minute of my life
All alone
I can’t stop, stop, stop
Let you go or give you up
‘Cause what’s the use?
I see everything I’ll ever need when I look at you
Don’t talk about it
I don’t want to
Don’t think about it
But I want you
To do anything that you gotta do
But never let my love bring you down
Don’t talk about it
I don’t want to
Don’t think about it
But I want you
To do anything that you gotta do
But never let my love bring you down
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We’re Good Friends

Walking down the boulevard
My mind was gone, my eyes were hard
And I thought I heard someone say my name
I turned around, I caught your stare
I didn’t see you standing there
But when I did I wished I’d never came
“You’re just as I remembered you”
You told me as I looked you over
“No,” I said, “I promise that I’ve changed”
“Well maybe just a bit,” you said,
“But you still have that hat on your head…”
“And you,” I said, “don’t look ten minutes older.”
Since I saw you last
A little time has passed
It didn’t go so fast for me you know
Now we’re here again
Good thing that we’re good friends
It’s just like you decided long ago
Invited you, you took me up
Speaking over coffee cups and
Trying not to interrupt each other
We exchanged some compliments
With no harm done and no harm meant
I’m glad I never asked about your lover
You asked me then if I had one
I said, “I don’t have anyone”
And desperately I tried to change the subject
You told me that you had to go
And its just such a shame, you know
I knew I’d never see you again
“And you,” I said, “don’t look ten minutes older.”
Since I saw you last
A little time has passed
It didn’t go so fast for me you know
Now we’re here again
Good thing that we’re good friends
It’s just like you decided long ago
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These Are The Good Times

The Maplewood diner
The Chase Park show
Cigarettes on the coffee shop patio
Your hands in my hair
The walk to the car
Strange as I am
Strange as we are
So much wasted time
So much wasted time
These are the good times
These are the good times
These are the good times
These are the good times
Drawings in sand
Strange lagoons
Backyard hideouts
Mud on your shoes
The chill in the air
The orange glass vase
The kiss on the stairs
Of the fire escape
These are the good times
These are the good times
These are the good times
These are the good times
So they were
So they were
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Sympathy

I’m your stranger
I’m a stranger to myself
And you you- someone else
That would tell you a story
Or sing it to myself
Well I think you’re afraid
You’re not shy, you’re just scared
As you drink under-age
To erase the pain that’s there
You won’t say a single word
But you’ll judge every one of mine
Open up your heart to me
And to yourself- open your eyes
And I know you’ve had your troubles
And I’ve had mine
We’re not perfect but we’ve got some time
And I know you’ve had your lovers
And I’ve had mine
But we’ve got each other now
And thats just fine
Thats just fine
Thats just fine
Thats just fine
In your youth you’re confused
And thats alright
I understand more than I might ever care to let you know
And how I feel when you go?
I’m a mess
I got stress
I got skeletons too
I’m a freak
I don’t speak about it
Not even to you
But I could and I would
If you wanted me to
And if you want me
I want you too
And I know you’ve had your troubles
And I’ve had mine
We’re not perfect but we’ve got some time
And I know you’ve had your lovers
And I’ve had mine
But we’ve got each other now
And thats just fine
Thats just fine
Thats just fine
Thats just fine
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DGK Blues

I got your number
I got your name
If I asked you again
Would you tell me the same?
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Don’t let go
You say we’re just friends
But we’re so young
And you’re so pretty
And I’m in love
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Baby, don’t let go
Its true romance
Thats what I say
Give me a chance
And don’t turn away
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Don’t let go
You tell me your lover
He treats you right
But he really don’t
And I just might
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Baby, don’t let go
Your boyfriend left you
And here am I
And here are you
And you need time
Get rid of that man
Hold my hand
Don’t let go
You know he’s insane
You know he’s the worst
You gave him a second chance, baby
And I’m still waiting on my first
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Don’t let go
You and he are back together now
It happened so fast
You think that you’re happy
But that won’t last
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Baby, don’t let go
He holds you so tight
Get out of his grip
He wouldn’t know love if it kissed him on the lips
Yeah- get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Don’t let go
You don’t wanna hear it, babe
But I love you still
You don’t love me now
But I promise you will
Get rid of your man
Hold my hand
Never let go
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Sweet As You

As the time ran out that evening
The sunlight faded through
And the curtains of your window
Had changed from grey to blue
And as you slept
As I held you
You held my hand
I thought I knew
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
She was just a kiss another
Ms. Understood Misinterpretation
Creation of my mind
Even though it didn’t go
How I hoped and wished and prayed
Vowed to make you mine
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Nothing could be as sweet as you
Time must pass
Dreams all die
Nothing lasts
Love’s a lie
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Slow Dancing Ghosts (Part I)

(instrumental)
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22 Caliber Gun

You won’t see me in this town
‘Cause I can’t be here when you’re around
But your face is every place it seems I turn
You won’t see me anymore
I won’t be a-knockin’ on your door
You weren’t no blessing
Just a lesson I didn’t want to learn
Here am I
21 with a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone
21 leaning on a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone, I’ll be gone
Give me a reason
And I’ll be gone, gone for good
Tried to please you and hold your hand
But it was held by another man
Who’ll keep you warm
But he will leave your shoulders cold
And now you’re happy, like you should be
I hope you’re happy without me
And he leaves you you will grow old
And die alone
21 leaning on a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone, I’ll be gone
21 leaning on a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone, I’ll be gone
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone for good
I know you won’t come looking for me
But I know where I will be
And you won’t miss me
That is why I have to leave
21 leaning on a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone
21 leaning on a 22 caliber gun
Give me a reason and I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone, I will be gone
Give me a reason
And I’ll be gone
Gone for good
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Wishful Thinking

Let’s sing another love song
A sensual diversion
From another worthless crush on
Another worthless person
No we can never go home
‘Cause we don’t know
Which way to go
I never have too much to do
So I’ll be here waiting for you
I’d rather blow my brains out
Or drown off in the ocean
Than have another day job
Or have another girlfriend
Let’s have a cup of coffee
Let’s smoke a cigarette
You’re not thinking of me
How quickly you forgetNo we can never go home
‘Cause we don’t know
Which way to go
I never have too much to do
So I’ll be here waiting for you
I’d rather blow my brains out
Or drown off in the ocean
Than have another day job
Or have another girlfriend
No we can never go home
‘Cause we don’t know
Which way to go
I never have too much to do
So I’ll be here waiting for you
I’d rather blow my brains out
Or drown off in the ocean
Than have another day job
Or have another girlfriend
I’d rather blow my brains out
Or drown off in the ocean
Than have another day job
Or have another girlfriend like you
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Location!

There’s a place that I’d rather be
Its not on my TV
We got it! We got it! We got it!
If there’s something that you wanna know
Its playing on the radio
We got it! We got it! We got it!
We got it! We got it!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
If there is something that you wanna do
We got dinner and a movie too
We got it! We got it! We got it!
We got it! We got it!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
Location! Location! Location!
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Headstone

Hello, my friend
We meet again
This time I’d like to know you
You knew me when
I lived inside a place I couldn’t go to
We’re back again I guess back then
You held the love I gave you
You lied and sinned and cheated
Like a fool, I forgave you
But everything we feel will die
Like a red rose
Thats cut away from the vine
From which it grows
And placed into a vase or
At a headstone
From me you won’t get one
One or both
Impulse erupts to call you up
And find out where you’ve gone to
What you’ve done and what you do
And who you belong to
A shadow casts this cloud of thought that
Has no silver lining
And with these words, I’m not concerned
The sun, it should be shining
But everything we feel will die
Like a red rose
Thats cut away from the vine
From which it grows
And placed into a vase or
At a headstone
From me you won’t get one
One or both
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Valentine

Oh was it worth it?
What you have done?
It wasn’t painful
To watch you run
Away from someone
Who was chasing you
With pills and vodka
And attitude
You didn’t want me
Or so you said
You didn’t want me
Alive or dead
And I believed it
You did not care
Have you been evil
Or just unfair?
Do you want it?
Do you need it?
Are you guilty?
Have you cheated?
I am your lover
I am your kind
I am your product
Of wasted time
I am your savior
And you’ll be mine
And you will
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Don’t say a word now
Don’t be so shy
Shut up your mouth now
Open your eyes
Wipe off your makeup
Wear no disguise
Wipe off your makeup
Open your eyes
Do you want it?
Do you need it?
Are you guilty?
Have you cheated?
I am your lover
I am your kind
I am your product
Of wasted time
I am your savior
And you’ll be mine
And you will
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
And if you want me to
I’ll never lie to you
And if you want me to
I’ll put my trust in you
And you will be the one
My one and only prize
And you will be my valentine
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Slow Dancing Ghosts (Part II)

Sweating shaking
Back is aching
Mind is racing
Can’t stop waking
Dreams cross the threshold
Of truth and sorrow
Wait until tomorrow
Just wait until tomorrow
Ghosts are dancing on the ceiling
Floor is falling underneath me
Lock the door and block the sunlight
There’s no more
I am dying
I am dying
This is not right…
Mother Mary?
Mother? Mary?
Mother Marry
Mother Mary?
Blood and sweating
With regret and solitude I suffer
There’s no pride left
This will not be the way that I’m found
But I can’t find the phone or the ground
Ghosts are dancing on the ceiling
Floor is falling underneath me
Lock the door and block the sunlight
There’s no more
I am dying
This is not right
I am dying
Ghosts are dancing on the ceiling
Floor is falling underneath me
Lock the door and block the sunlight
There’s no more
This is not right
There’s no more
There’s no more
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AnxietyAttack

Where has my mind gone?
I don’t think that its ever coming back
Leave the light on
I am having an anxiety attack
I get sicker
She is gone and I’m still on my back
Pills and liquor and cocaine aren’t
Gonna bring her back
I’m tired of the truth
I’m sick of everything
I wanted something good
I ended up with nothing
I’m tired and out of touch
I’m hooked on smoke and smack
It doesn’t help so much
Anxiety attack
Where has my mind gone?
I don’t think that its ever coming back
Leave the light on
I am having an anxiety attack
I’m tired of the truth
I’m sick of everything
I wanted something good
I ended up with nothing
I’m tired and out of touch
I’m hooked on smoke and smack
It doesn’t help so much
Anxiety attack
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Could She Make You Happy?

A beautiful face is never chaste
But chased away
Chased away
From your back
A weight just lifts
And in your mind
You wonder if
She is fiction, fabled?
Could she make you happy?
Is she willing? Able?
Could she make you happy?
Is her soul something full?
Is it something you could fill?
Is she someone to kiss or to kill?
Could she help you?
Would she try?
Would she be faithful?
Would she lie?
She is fiction- fabled
Could she make you happy?
Is she willing? Able?
Could she make you happy?
Is her soul something full?
Is it something you could fill?
Is she someone to kiss or to kill?
She is fiction- fabled
Could she make you happy?
Is she willing? Able?
Could she make you happy?
Is her soul something full?
Is it something you could fill?
Is she someone to kiss or to kill?
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Wasted Time

It isn’t easy being lonely until my friends start calling
And then I’m longing for my privacy
Its not so bad they only don’t pick up when I am calling
I guess they all get by
And they all get by without me
Well I stayed home last night
By myself, but I still had fun
Well I wouldn’t call it fun, but it was cheap
I turned out all the lights and the
TV had the same old rerun
It didn’t make it any easier to sleep
Didn’t take your time
Wasting mine
Didn’t take your time
Wasting my wasted mind
Wasted mind
Spent the weekend waiting for that girl to call me
Tried my patience and it didn’t work so well
But I paced a big black circle in the carpet
And then I called her up myself
She didn’t care too much for dinner or the movie
Regardless both of them were both her choice
And when I kissed her, well she knew I did it only
‘Cause I was sick of the sound of her voice
Didn’t take your time
Wasting mine
Didn’t take your time
Wasting my wasted mind
Wasted mind
Didn’t take your time
Wasting mine
Didn’t take your time
Wasting my wasted mind
Wasted mind
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Young

Wait I thought I heard you say
You would call me up today
I don’t hear my telephone
I don’t hear my telephone
I would call you but I know you’re never home
Great to hear that you’re okay
I’ve been fine until today
I don’t want your reasons why
I will just lay down and die
I will just lay down here for a little while
You’ll never grow old
And you’re beautiful
At least I remember you that way
You’ll never grow old
And you’re beautiful
I’m dumb and I’ll always be that way
Still I’d kill to see your face
Will you ever be replaced?
Someday I’ll be over you
Someday I’ll be over you
Someday I will realize that’s just not true
Still I’m waiting for the day
You and I will run away
Baby, I know you’re the one
Baby, I know you’re the one
I am waiting for a day that will never come
You’ll never grow old
And you’re beautiful
At least I remember you that way
You’ll never grow old
And you’re beautiful
I’m dumb and I’ll always be that way
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Pain

Fire torpedos
She wears nice clothes
She smiles when she knows I’m hers
Fire torpedos
She wears nice clothes
She smiles ‘cause she knows I’m hers
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Load your gun
Load your gun
Load your gun
Annie get your guy and shoot!
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Shoot
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
Bang bang bang bang
I want to feel pain
I want to feel pain
I want to feel pain
I want to feel pain from you
From you
From you
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She Goes Away

She reminds me of someone I met back in ’95
And I wish I could say that back then was a simpler time
That was back then and this other girls right here right now
And its kind of scary the way that she’s staring me down
She smiles, she waves, then she walks over an
Inch or two from where I stand
It lasts a moment then its over and she shakes my hand
And walks away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Its a simple exchange thats spoken and made
Without any arrangements
And after jokes and antidotes
Now we know we’re stranger
Than when we were strangers
But I still can’t explain her
Only a fraction of time in the rest of her days
Only a name and a dress and a hairstyle and face
God only knows if we’ll meet again someday
God only knows if I’ll even remember her name
Another girl, another ghost
That lingers in my mind a while
And then just like it was supposed to happen over time
She goes away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Everything happens for a reason
That’s what people say
For reasons unexplained
Joy and love and paid
All just fade away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Away, away, away, away, away, away, away
Every girl has a name and face and different place from which they came
In a way they’re all the same
In a way they’re all the same
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Crash And Burn

The scar has faded from my wrist
But if you look it still exists
Eleven staples through a jagged line
If something sacred still exists
If everything that fate permits
Comes with persistence and some passing time…
I still know I won’t be a star
I still know I can’t play guitar
I still know though that I will try
Before the day I die but
Wait…
These are the words I can’t say
These are my problems like
Accidental casual infatuations
I’ve made them to crash and burn
The love is fading from my soul
There’s nothing here for me to hold
There’s only ghosts slow dancing through my mind
I know that I will die alone
Like every dead man I have known
And everything that time creates
Will soon disintegrate but
Wait…
These are the words I can’t say
These are my problems like
Accidental casual infatuations
I’ve made them to crash and burn
Wait…
These are the words I can’t say
These are my problems like
Accidental casual infatuations
I’ve made them to crash and burn
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Open Invitation

When your garden dies before the chills of winter
If your well runs dry before you drink it down
If you think of me as the sky goes grey and bitter
If you knock on my door, I will be around
If you knock on my door, I will be around
If the wedding ring is misplaced from your finger
If your friends all become strangers in strange towns
And you think that there are none left who have lingered
If you knock on my door, I will be around
If you knock on my door, I will be around
If you travel to a place where no one knows you
If you feel your only home is underground
Remember that you have a place to go to
If you knock on my door I will be around
If you knock on my door I will be around
When all that you possess you feel is missing
And you can’t tell if you should sink swim or drown
And you feel like God Himself just doesn’t listen
If you knock on my door, I will be around
If you knock on my door, I will be around
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The Elevator

Skies of blue now are grey
Ending now another day
Another night now will fall
Silently on it all
Gradually the sun will die
Eventually so will I
And as the world fades to black
The sun will rise and bring it back
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
The Elevators coming down
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Lyrics 2005 John M. Maxfield. Reprinted With Permission.

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