DETOURS - LIVE (1998)

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NOTES: This is SAGA's 2nd live album, released in 1998. The double CD set includes videos for "Intermission" and "Pitchman".

TRACK LISTING
DISC 1

01. Intro
02. How Long
03. The Perfectionist
04. Careful Where You Step
05. Ice Nice
06. Don't Be Late
07. The Interview
08. Wind Him Up
09. Welcome To The Zoo
10. Take A Chance
11. Williams Walkabout
12. The Cross

DISC 2

01. Scratching The Surface
02. On The Loose
03. The Security of Illusion
04. I Walk With You
05. Time's Up
06. Heaven Can Wait
07. The Flyer
08. You're Not Alone
09. Framed
10. Humble Stance


( RELEASED IN 1998 )

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(Disc 1)

1. In The Hall of The Mountain King William

(instrumental)

2. How Long?

You thought you had it in the bag
Thought you had it all figured out
But now you're having second thoughts
You don't really know your ins from outs
You won't accept the lot you've drawn
You can't face the error of your ways
You turned your back and walked away
Seem bent on finding better days
How long did your dream carry on
How long did your dream spin around
You'd better grab your things and run
All your friends have left you behind
I have no answers for you now
I just wish you had an open mind
How long did your dream carry on
How long did your dream spin around
How long did your dream carry on
How long did your dream spin around

3. The Perfectionist

Ellery Sneed had one great need
To do everything just right,
If things were not planned and all done by hand
He would ready himself for a fight
One afternoon while sitting alone
He came to a great realization
When it's his turn to die
Will there be enough time for plenty of planned preparation
With a few minutes thought his decision was clear
A fate most perfectly neat
Not a friend could remain to witness his death
So a terminal wine he would treat.
The plan was to hold a very large feast
Serving the wine at the end
Joining the fun would be everyone
He'd been calling his friend
Invitations went out, all guests did arrive,
The meal looked a great success,
Deciding the time he brought out the wine,
Up stood a familiar guest.
Here's a toast to our gracious host
Said Ell's friend Billingford Bluffer
Never in my life will I taste but a bite
Of a more perfectly planned out supper.

4. Careful Where You Step

Can you see the day,
When everyone can say they've got one?
A cloud is moving in, blotting out your landmine vision
So many are afraid, concealing all their secret weapons
You can see it in their eyes,
Like the brake lights on a highway glisten
Three billion is a lot, it's impossible to separate them
A career is made and lost, in sorting out the devastation
What you get you've got, the rest can be imagination
And what you lose you've lost,
Here comes the instant separation
Careful where you step
There may be a mine under there

5. Ice Nice

You look at him twice
Think of how nice
His one on one face
He promised no bite
And finish a fight
Place coin in slot provided
Ice, Nice, everything's twice as bright with money in your hands.
Ice, Nice, everything's twice as bright with money in your hands.
How long have you been listening?
How long have you been listening?
Three in a row is your reason To go on spending your money
You've been here before
You've spent a lot more
This makes it less funny.
How long have you been listening?
How long have you been listening?
Just a few feet away
Just a little to pay
You thought you were cured
Now you've been lured here
Face your own desire
To this smiling toy
Which brings you the joy
No harm just to enquire
Ice, Nice, everything's twice as bright with money in your hands.
Ice, Nice, everything's twice as bright with money in your hands.
How long have you been listening?
How long have you been listening?
Just a few feet away Just a little to pay

6. Don't Be Late

Look at him running there's so far to go,
He's very short of breath
And he'd said don't be late
Just don't be late
With his parcel tucked tight under his arm
He's sure he's passed half way
And he'd said don't be late
Just don't be late.
DID YOU DO EVERYTHING YOU'RE TOLD
THE INSTRUCTION YOU HAD WAS OLD
I wasn't sure if I'd hear you
I'm glad you're still alright
IT'S ALL BEEN ARRANGED FOR TEN
THE STREETS SHOULD BE CLEAR BY THEN
I've done all that you told me
I'm sure that they will wait
THEIR TIMING WAS MADE QUITE CLEAR
IF WE'RE LATE THEY WILL NOT APPEAR
They don't know, they don't know
They don't know how far we've had to go
CAN YOU PICK UP THIS SLOWING PACE
YOU'RE RUNNING A LOSING RACE
No! Soon we'll see them
Then you'll know
That I have not delayed, he said
Chorus
Hurry and don't be late
You'd better hurry you might be late
Just hurry and don't be late
You'd better hurry you may be late
IF WE'RE LATE I WILL NOT SURVIVE
THEY WILL KEEP ME ALIVE
It's not too far now
And I can only wish you luck friend
I'M SORRY I GO ALONE
THIS METAL IS A COLD HOME
I can see they're waiting
A few more steps and you'll be there, he said
Chorus
Just hurry and don't be late
You'd better hurry you may be late

7. Interview

Good afternoon!
May I introduce myself?
With a story to be told you may need help
I know you were a headline for some time
But now you're part of a motionless mime
Lights have dimmed and times have changed
And the world is watchinga different stage
Don't you think it's time we had a younger face?
You can slip away with no disgrace
So tell me...
How long should we wait around
Don't you understand, when you're down we're down?
The memory of a lasting fame
Is better fed on reruns, no shame
So tell me...
There's one thing I must know
Tell me why you can't let go
There's one thing we must know
Tell me, why won't you let go?
How long do you think you'll last
Living with a continuous past
As you stare at us we say
"You're looking less like me each day!"
And there's one thing I must know
Tell me why can't you let go
There's one thing we must know
Tell me, why won't you let go?
Tell me
Why can't you let go?
Tell me
Why can't we let go?
Tell me
Why can't you let go?
Tell me
Why can't we let go?
(Repeat)

8. Wind Him Up

Aldo's standing at his table
And he's wondering if he's able
To pick the number right this time
He watches as the wheel stops spinning
Sees the number that is winning
As he reaches for his glass of wine
Once he starts it's hard to stop
He's keepin'up a pace like a tight wound clock
Be sure you don't step in his way
He'll keep those numbers rolling
This may be his last day.
As all the bets are taken
Aldo lights a smoke, he's shakin'
From carnation right to the ground
He knows tonight holds one last chance
'n gives the wheel a final glance
Slippery fingers drop the money down
Once he starts it's hard to stop
He's keepin'up a pace like a tight wound clock
And as he leaves the table, [ No luck today ]
You can rest assured
He's comin' back to try again
Wind him up, he can't stop
He's wound up tight just like the clock
That's winding its second hand down
Wind him up, he can't stop
He keeps on going 'round the clock
He's winding his second hand down
Wind him up, he won't stop
He's wound up tight just like the clock
That's winding its second hand down
Wind him up, he won't stop
He keeps on going 'round the clock
He's winding his second hand down
Wind him up, he can't stop
He's wound up tight just like the clock
That's winding its second hand down
Wind him up, he can't stop
He keeps on going 'round the clock
He's winding his second hand.

9. Welcome To The Zoo

Annie's got a thing about leather
Bobby's got a thing about lace
Maryanne's getting light as a feather
Just like the nose that
used to be on her face
Somebody tell me
what the hell is goin' on
Oh Please
Cause I've bin standing here
for way too long.
Welcome to our Zoo
Welcome to the Zoo
We saved a room for you.
Sally's got a ring in her naval
Larry's got a spoon up his nose
Peggy Sue likes to eat
when she's able
Just how she's able to,
God only knows
Billy's got a piece in his pocket
Suzy's got some rocks to grind
Johnny wants to shoot off his rocket
But everybody knows that
he's almost blind
Will someone tell me
what the hell is goin' on
Oh Please
Cause I've been standin' here
for way to long
Welcome to our Zoo
Welcome to the Zoo
We saved a room for you.

10. Take A Chance

I can see by the look in your eyes
You're searching your heart once again
And you want me the there, but I don't know if I can do it
We've already been through it
And now too many days have gone by
Too many nights, I've sat, wondering why
Don't you know that you're wasting your time
What you want is so hard to find
So how can I- take a chance on you?
One more time
Why should I- take a chance on you?
One more time Every time I see you come around
You know a part of me can't turn you down
Now you want me to be there tonight
But I don't know If I can do it
I've already been through it
So how can I- take a chance on you?
One more time And why should I-take a chance on you?
One more time I wanna know what makes you tick
I wanna know I wanna know what makes you tick
So tell me-how can I-take a chance on you?
One more time And why should I-take a chance on you?
One more time
So how can I-take a chance on you?
One more time And why should I-take a chance on you?
One more time So how can I-take a chance on you?
One more time
And why should I-take a chance on you?
One more time

11. William's Walkabout

(instrumental)

12. The Cross

The boy is here, he won't say much
I don't know why
One thing is clear, we know he's had a troubled life
You are not who I had in mind
I don't know where I belong, but I'm sure that it's not here
Is he just shy, what do you think he's got to hide
Maybe in time, we'll find out what's behind those eyes
I don't think that you understand
All I want is to find out who I am
Father, when will I get my cross?
When will I get my cross?
I don't know how,
I wonder what would make him smile
Look at him now, he stares at me like I'm on trial
I need to know is he still alive
And if so, is my mother still his wife?
He's just a child, he's got time to start again
Give him a while
The boy just needs a friend
Father, when will I get my cross?
When will I get my cross?

13. The Pitchman (Bonus Video Track)

What have you got for me this time
Can you make it the sparkle
Can you make it shine
Have you got anything brighter
Something like that but a little bit tighter
Pitchman, Pitchman
Sell me that Pitchman
Something I need has slipped my mind
I've come here to barter
I've come here to buy
I've got this town tucked in my back pocket
I can't seem to stopped
I just wish I had more time
I'm in a hurry can we wrap it up
Will you try not to scratch it
Don't mark it up
I've got a hunger for the things that sparkle
I've got a thirst for the things that shine
Everyone a winner
Everyone amazing
Everyone a shocker
Everyone to tantilize
Don't mark it up
Everyone a sure thing
Everyone's tempting
Everyone must tantilize
But don't mark it up
Pitchman, Pitchman
Sell me that Pitchman

(Disc 2)

1. Scratching The Surface

So you won't tell me where you have been up to now
I don't know they have seen you come and go
(Oh) You are well on your way but never leaving the chair
Playing scenes on TV screens
Watching widely to glimpse the full view
While the hours have their hands all over you
You say that you see me, well I see you too
I look behind, what do you find, all but an empty room
Scratching the surface and you can't get away
You've travelled far and so far you have nothing to say
Chorus Scratching the surface
You better come up for air
A new experience to get you there
Scratching the surface
You better come up for air
Strapped to the media, a machine for fear
You're onto something then it slips right away
It's in your hand, follow through right in front of you
You say that you hear me, well I hear you too
My secret is no secret outside of the tube
So you won't tell me, what you've done up to you
You're watching me, I'm watching you decide
(Oh) Scratching the surface, you can't get away
You tried so hard, and so far you have nothing to say

2. On The Loose

One day you feel quite stable
The next you're comin' off the wall
But I think that you should warn me
If you start heading for a fall
I see the problem start
I watch the tension grow
I see you keeping it to yourself
And then instead of reaching conclusions
I see you reaching for something else
No one can stop you now
Tonight you're on the loose
No one to tell you how
Tonight you're on the loose
I see no harm or danger in escaping
If the method suits the style
We put the mind on idle
And let the others take it for awhile
When the pace is too fast
And I think I won't last
You know where I'll be found
I'll be standing here beside myself
Getting ready for the final round
No one can stop me now
Tonight I'm on the loose
No one to tell me how
Tonight I'm on the loose
The time we feel most stable
Is the time we're comin' off the wall
And there's every indication
We may be heading for a fall
So let the problems start
And let the tension grow
We'll be keeping it to ourselves
And while they're busy reaching their conclusions
We'll be reaching for something else
No one can stop us now
Tonight we're on the loose
No one to tell us how
Tonight we're on the loose

3. The Security of Illusion

Don't be fooled by what you see
I'm just an ordinary man
So many years I've sacrificed my needs
So give the gentleman a hand
I can make you look the other way
I know exactly what you'll see
It never ceases to amaze
What you're watching is my dreams
But oh if you want some more
All you have to do is ask
Oh you think you've seen it all
But I always save the best for last
I was alone until I learned
The security of illusion
I can't explain but you must observe
The security of illusion
But oh if you want some more
All you have to do is ask
Oh you think you've seen it all
But I always save the best for last
Now just look into my eyes
I've found the way
Through the confusion
That's why I've lived my life
Safe inside the security of illusion
The security of illusion
The security of illusion
The security of illusion
Oh if you want some more
All you have to do is ask
Oh you think you've seen it all
But I always save the best for last
Now just look into my eyes
I've found the way
Through the confusion
That's why I've lived my life
Safe inside the security of illusion
The security of illusion
The security of illusion
I was alone until I learned
The security of illusion
I've found a home and it's safe and sound
The security of illusion
I can't explain the security of...

4. I Walk With You

It's days like these
That resurrect all the memories
I wonder what I'd say if you were here today
When I think of you
Mixed emotions cloud my view
Would you be proud or have I let you down
I don't look back in anger
I look back in awe
'Cause every time I stumbled
You never let me fall
I don't believe in miracles
I don't believe wishes come true
But I do believe I still believe in you
I don't believe in fairy tales
Or the man in the moon
But I do believe each day I walk with you
My thoughts of you
Will keep me awake tonight
But if sleep I dream in black & white
I don't believe in miracles
I don't believe wishes come true
But I do believe each day I walk with you

5. Time's Up

I spend half of each day just eyeing the clock
And dream of all the things I'd like to do
'n nothing ever changes from day to day
I've just been guarding this desk for you
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
There must be something else I could do
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
Instead of guarding this desk for you
Time's up!
You've been wishing your life away
Time's up!
You've been wishing your life away
I'm getting very tired of waiting for the weekend
Then there's nothing when it comes around
I need a little more excitement, give me some adventure
I don't know how you've held me this long
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
Time just marches on
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
I don't know how you've held me this long
Time's up!
You've been wishing your life away
Time's up!
You've been wishing your life away
Chances are chances and I know I've had a few
But at the time it just seemed wrong
Now I'm sitting here wondering, waiting
Watching out his window
And I'm sure my day will come
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
Time just marches on
It's a mayday, it's a mayday,
And I know my day will come

6. Heaven Can Wait

Some come early, and some come late
Some hold back and some can't wait
Some have nightmares and some have dreams
Life's not always what it seems.
Don't wanna know about the chains
That still hold you.
Don't wanna hear about the games
That we Play.
I Wanna know just who I am
And where I stand and who will hold
My hand if once again I find my life in disarray.
Don't wanna know about the final solution
I'm in no hurry to find it out
What comes next.
Heaven can wait.
Some come early, and some come late
Some hold back and some can't wait
Some have nightmares and some have dreams
Life's not always what it seems.
Don't wanna know about the dreams
That still haunt you.
Don't wanna know about the lives
That We've lived
Don't wanna know what's on you mind
Or how you find the time to separate the
Truth from fiction, when we go our separate ways.
Heaven can wait.

7. The Flyer

Back in ten minutes
And I'll just hang the sign I've got to find the place
To clear my mind
I'm the flyer
With only one desire
I'm the flyer
Nobody's gonna shoot me down
I've got an urgent appointment
And I can't be late
I've got a million things
That have to wait
Just hang on a minute
I'll try hurry back
I hate to make you wait
But I'm going and I'm going fast
I'm the flyer
With only one desire
I'm the flyer
Nobody's gonna shoot me down
I fly - and never look back
I fly away before they shoot me down
I fly I'll hang the sign and find the place
To clear my mind
I fly - and never look back
I fly away before they shoot me down
I fly Mate to make you wait.

8. You're Not Alone

There was a man who thought
He could avoid all of the things
That stood up in his way
Friends would say that he should
Plan to spend more time
There's lots of trouble in a day
With just enough work
And a short line to a goal
He was so sure he could secure his place
He wanted a lot and was so
Quick to say how this small
World was unfair to its race
He'd spend his time, spends his time
Deciding routes with lines, routes with lines
There was no time, was no time
For corners in the lines, corners in lines
Your pathway grows dark
Was clear at the start
You're not!
You're not!
You're not alone
Your pathway grows dark
Was clear at the start
You're not!
You're not!
You're not alone
Not listening to the people we were close
There always seemed to be an easy way
The work was tiresome, a thing to avoid
Leaving lots of time so he could play
He'd spend his time, spend his time
Shortening lines, shortening lines
There was no time, there was no time
To spend too long on the line, long on the line
Your pathway grows dark
Was clear at the start
You're not!
You're not!
You're not alone
Your pathway grows dark
Was clear at the start
You're not!
You're not!
You're not alone

9. Framed

Early morning intrusion
The accusations spelt conclusions
I'd been under suspicion
Now my fate was their decision
That's why they took me away
Midnight courtroom confusion
The sentence of guaranteed seclusion
(no more Ernie Bilko)
Next day found me in isolation
Working on my rehabilitation
I've been framed
Have you no shame?
Yes, but I've been framed...again!
I've been framed
No, you're to blame
No! I've been framed...again!
I've been framed
You're taking the blame
Yes, but I've been framed...again!
I've been framed
No, you're to blame
No! I've been framed again!
Two weeks later I saw the daylight
No way of knowing who to credit
(for the education
Confused and anxious, I started walking
Next time I'll watch just who I'm talking to
I'd been framed
Had you no shame?
Yes, but I'd been framed...again!
I'd been framed
No, you're to blame
No! I'd been framed...again!
I'd been framed
You took the blame
Yes, but I'd been framed...again!
I'd been framed
No, you're to blame
No! I'd been framed again!
I'd been framed
I'd been framed, again!
I'd been framed
I'd ben framed again!

10. Humble Stance

Lately I've been watching a little complex grow
You know, you gotta know
That's why I chose to tell 'ya
That humble stance and timid glance
Makes your world turn so slow
You know, you gotta know
There's no one going to help you
Watching you, that shyness too, with everyone you know
You know, you gotta know
That's how they step around you
It takes you twice the time to find the things you're looking for
You know, you're moving slow
No one will stop to tell you
You can light up anyone you please
You should spend less time down on your knees
Lately I've been watching a little complex grow
You know, you gotta know
That's why I chose to tell 'ya
That humble stance and timid glance
Makes your world turn so slow
You know, you gotta know
There's no one going to help you (x5)
Lately I've been watching a little complex grow
You know, you gotta know
That's why I chose to tell 'ya
That humble stance and timid glance
Makes your world turn so slow
You know, you gotta know
There's no one going to help you

11. Intermission (Bonus Video Track)

See the man
Watch another man
See their lives
Dissolve into one
See the boy is his eyes
Remember other times
I fall inside
Reflecting eyes
Dissolve in time
The same man
Doesn't try to understand
How the time
Slipped through his hands
It's so hard to see
Through those failing eyes
I fall inside
Reflecting eyes
Dissolve in time

 
 
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