Archetype Lyrics

 

 

 


TATTOO VAMPIRE

(Helen Wheels and Albert Bouchard)

I went down last night with a tattooed madman
to a nude dagger phantasy domain,
wrapped in hair I swear I lost my breath
with my chest to a flaming Chinese mask of death--

grisly smiles that don't flake off,
carny-colored demons leering,
vampire photos sucking the skin.

Needling the night baby at the inker's parlor,
bloody flesh perma-brand pricked for the dollar,
her wrist surreal a heart and flying skull,
lettered, "life and love pass swiftly."

grisly smiles that don't flake off,
carny-colored demons leering,
vampire photos stuck in the skin....

vampire
tattoo vampire,
tattoo vampire,
tattoo vampire,
tattoo tattoo tattoo tattoo,
vampire photos sucking the skin!

1976 Mastoid Music, Sony.



BREAK THE CHAINS

(Helen Wheels, Jack Rigg)

Young girl, she's alone at home in a smoky room,
in the darkness and in the gloom.
And they say, "this is where it all began for her.
She was nobody but she had a plan."

And every night with the radio
sang the songs that she loved so,
played around and around with an old guitar,
had the dream that would take her so far--

break the chains, don't you live now in a melody
break the chains, leave the past, come to reality

She heard this little far-away voice in her head
saying, "girl, what you really want to do,

you know, you gotta follow your own true heart,
and baby, then you'll find the key-- the key to the world."

Then that girl she would start to sing,
her voice would sound so strange
well, the lights they would seem to dim
and the girl, she'd be onstage--

break the chains, don't you live now in a melody
break the chains, leave the past, come to reality

Then the girl found herself back home alone in her room,
but a time bomb was ticking-- tick-tick-tickin'
down in her own true heart,
'cause something so real ignited a little tiny spark,
pulsing drums, hear the mighty roar
of the crowd and the loud guitar,
and from her guts there came a melody,
when she sang, she would feel so free.

What's holding you back to yesterday?
You want a way out, you can find that way
to break the chains, the chains that bind,
the chains that bind you to your mind!
No, no, no, no, don't look behind you
there ain't no time to cry the night away,
there's no looking back,
gonna leave you all in my tracks,
take what's mine, take what's mine
gonna make up for lost time now
can you see me rise, I'm rising-- rising--

Hey
we're ready today,
we're ready today,
we're ready today,
we're ready today,
hey, hey, we're ready today,
hey hey, we're ready today,
hey hey, we're ready today,
hey, hey, we're ready today!


1981 and 1999 Helen Wheels and Jack Rigg.



GET OUT OF TOWN

(Helen Wheels, Albert Bouchard, Mike Leslie)

I used to dream of foreign lands,
all the places I'd travel.
and if I could, I'd see the world
and mysteries would unravel.
I got myself a rockin' band,
we're playin' every day
we got the tunes and attitude;
we got somethin' to say.

Goin' out on tour and suddenly
a screamin' in the night,
wailin' out good news, there's gonna be
good rockin' tonight!


Get out a'town, no lookin' back,
and don't you turn around-- no, no, no, no
get out a'town! Huh!

Tonight we call and we tell all
troubadours in your castle.
And if you knew what we been through,
survived the thousands of hassles;
the fireman says, "too much smoke."
censors say we're immoral,
swear on their lies that there's no hope
for chicks with bulging pectorals!

Bursting at the seams,
and full of dreams
you better hold on tight,
gonna have some fun;
there's gonna be
good rockin' tonight!

Get out a'town, no lookin' back,
and don't you turn around-- no, no!
get out a'town! Huh!

Get out a'town, no lookin' back,
and don't you turn around-- no, no
get out a'town,
get out a'town,
get out a'town,
get out a'town!

1986 Helen Wheels, Albert Bouchard and Mike Leslie


SURVIVAL

(Helen Wheels, Jack Rigg)

I never fired a gun-- thought I'd be on the run.
And to protect myself I must take action;
can you hear my call? Get ready for the fall
and you can walk yourself right through the firewall

Survival! (eyeball to eyeball)
I said, "Survival-- keep me alive!"
Come back-- survival-- up against the wall
Survive-- I strive-- I got to keep me alive.

And now I fire my gun, I got 'em on the run.
To protect my ass, I must take action,
can you hear my call, get ready for the fall
you can walk yourself right through the firewall,

'cause the money's all gone, except for the gold
bread cost more than a treasure trove
they don't tell you it's just like war....
Sure ain't like it was before;
they got panic-looting, no fun,
gotta get my guy, get us gone.
People rising to the beat of revolution,
the city-- it's a desperate hell,
food all gone from the market shelves,
you got a shotgun, help yourself-- hey!
It's the end of the world that some loved so
when it all blows, ain't nowhere to go!

Survival up against the wall
I said, "Survival (eyeball to eyeball!),
come back, survival if I have to crawl!
Hey hey, Survival after the fall!
Come on, Survival.
survival yeah!
survival, keep it on, come on, come on,
survival come on get it on, come on get it on!
Survival oh yeah,
survival , keep me alive, gotta keep me alive,
survival hey, hey, hey, hey,
survival yeah!

Survival, up against the wall!
Survival, if I have to crawl,
come back, survival, after the fall!
I said, "survive, I strive,
survive, I strive
survive, I strive
keep me alive."
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1981 Helen Wheels and Jack Rigg


CARRY MY OWN WEIGHT
(Helen Wheels, Albert Bouchard, Tommy Morrongiello, Mark Barkan)


Tonight I'm gonna call you up;
tonight we're gonna take my car,
put yourself in my hands baby
I promise you we'll go far.

Tonight, I write the movie,
tonight you're coming home with me-- oh yeah--
pumped up muscles turn me on;
you gotta be strong to be free!

I can do what you do--- sometimes even better;
well, it took time, now I want mine,
got to be good for both of us that I carry my own weight,
took a little bit longer, it's not too late--
I carry my own weight,
I got a whole lot stronger, I sure feel great--
carry my own weight!

Last night you had the power,
last night, baby, you led the way all the way
but you won't have to work so hard,
if you let me lead today.

'cause I can do what you do-- sometimes even better.
Oh, it took time, now I want mine,
gotta be good for both of us that I carry my own weight,
it took a little bit longer but it isn't too late,
carry my own weight.
I got a whole lot stronger I sure feel great
I carry my own weight.

Oh yeah, I walk alone,
no, I'm not afraid, my life is my own
the new woman that you see in me
was there all along, but now she is free-- oh yeah.

Right now, it's a question of balance,
right now, I'm running the show.
I promise it will lift your spirit
if you --you let those old ways go.

I can do what you do-- sometimes even better,
oh, it took time, now I want mine,
gotta be good for both of us that I carry my own weight.
Took a little bit longer but it's never too late
'cause I carry my own weight,
I got a whole lot stronger, I sure feel great
carry my own weight.
I carry my own weight!

1984 Helenistic Tunes Inc./Barking Bush music/Pam Bar Music Ltd.


TUMBLIN' DOWN

(Helen Wheels and Jack Rigg)

Too much, I got too much to do,
oh I-- I need a rescue.
Don't know where to go, or what I should do

oh no, tumblin' down,
oh no, tumblin' down,

Everywhere I look around
i see the sky come tumblin' down.

Hey, hey baby, it's such a shame,
everytime I get a little, they take it away,
no money, I can't pay

oh no, tumblin' down
oh no, tumblin' down

Everywhere I look around
I see the sky come tumblin' down

through it all when I see you smile,
can forget for a little while, my chil'e
so warm (you) transform this old world-- so vile

oh no, tumblin' down
oh no, tumblin' down

Everywhere I look around
I see the sky come tumblin' down

So I don't know where I'm bound,
'cause everywhere I look around
I see the sky come tumblin' down

So I don't know where I'm bound,
'cause everywhere I look around
I see the sky come tumblin' down--

down down down down
DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!!!

1980 Helenback Music, Inc.


ROOM TO RAGE

(Helen Wheels and Roger Aaronson)

Well, I been beat to hell, I never get no help
and I made it-- made it through this lousy mess....
all by myself, that's right....
alone and filth-- what it is to hate,
and I made it made it through this long long night,
though it hurt-- so hurt-- so, so bad

I know where I'm going,
I see what I want.
Come hell or high water
I think I found the answer to my love.

Throw the curtains wide and clear the stage, clear the stage,
everybody you step aside and gimme room-- I need room to rage.

And I know how it feels to be so uptight,
laced in this straight straitjacket of my mind-- that's right....
I saw out of a little black hole
and now and now and now I am a part, I am a part
of this wide, wide, wide, wide world

I know where I'm going
I see what I want....
Come Hell or high water
I think I found the answer to my love.

Throw the curtains wide and clear the stage, clear the stage,
everybody, you, step aside and gimme room, I need room to rage

throw the curtains wide and clear the stage, clear the stage,
everybody, you step aside and gimme room, I need room to rage

You hear what I say, I need room to rage
C'mon , make my day, I need room-- room to rage,
you little fuck, just get out of my way, I need room-- room to rage
room to rage-- room to rage!

1978, Helenback Music ASCAP


BROTHERHOOD OF OUTLAWS

(Helen Wheels and Emanuel Caiti)

Highway life, she opened up black concrete jaws
and swallowed me on tiny speck with a rebel cause.
I made up my mind, met lots of my own kind.
We follow our own sign, we left the world behind.
Some sing for their suppers, some ride on choppers,
some are real bad ass, some are just showing class.

And don't believe the lie what you say,
your order we defy, we rule today.
We're not afraid to die to pave the way,
Don't care about the law, I tell you-- hey,
we fight for our own cause--
a brotherhood of outlaws!

We're outside, we don't believe their lie, we defy
We are not afraid to die to gain our true rights.
Made up my mind, met lots of my own kind,
you know we were born free, this is a free country.
Some have been stone wild, some have been exiled,
they dream and they ride now, they must be free or die.

And don't believe the lie what you say,
your orders we defy, we rule today.
We're not afraid to die to pave the way
Don't care about the law, I tell you-- hey,
we fight for our own cause--
a brotherhood of outlaws!

And some been split from here to here,
risked their necks for the wildest ride,
taken a life and shed no tear,
these rebels they all have strength and pride
and others who fight with a pen for a knife,
the message as deep as the blood in your life,
if together we'd band and united we stand
I swear a new age would burst on this land,
kick 'em up! Ride!

We don't believe the lie or what you say,
your order we defy, we rule today.
We're not afraid to die to pave the way,
don't care about the law, I tell you hey
don't care about the law, I tell you-- hey--
not us, we're millions strong.
C'mon join the brotherhood.


1981 Helen Wheels and Emanuel Caiti


SELF-DEFENSE

(Helen Wheels, Albert Bouchard, Mark Barkan)

Used to wear my heart on my sleeve,
tell me anything, and I'd believe.
Each time I picked myself up off the floor
I swore it wouldn't happen anymore.

I looked hard and I saw what was wrong,
made myself someone-- proud and strong.
Now no one's gonna rock me unless they rock with me.
Pity the fool who'd mess with me.

Self-defense, self-defense
You know that I don't scare.
self-defense, self-defense--
my eyes are everywhere.
self-defense, self-defense--
touch me if you dare.
Self-defense, self-defense, self-defense.

I'm not into teasing to be cruel,
It's not that I don't want you, 'cause I do,
but prove it to me, baby, your love is not a fake...
Lies in love are just like rape.

Self-defense, self-defense
You know that I don't scare.
self-defense, self-defense--
my eyes are everywhere.
self-defense, self-defense--
touch me if you dare.
Self-defense, self-defense, self-defense.

What you want, honey? It may or may not turn out just right.
Take your chance if you want to rock me tonight.
I'm out of sight, but then again we might fight.

Self-defense, self-defense
You know that I don't scare.
self-defense, self-defense--
my eyes are everywhere.
self-defense, self-defense--
touch me if you dare.
Self-defense, self-defense, self-defense.


1986 Helenistic Tunes/Barking Bush/Pam-Bar Music, Ltd.


LOUD CROWD

(Helen Wheels and Jack Rigg)

So tough, shake it up
We shake the people uptown;
They hate our guts
because we scorn their stuff
but then you come downtown,
do it our way or I'll shove it in your face
'cause we had enough.

And hey, we are the wolves at bay, we're howling now
and though you pray, you'll pay and pay-- yeah
We are part beast and part man--
taking the whole world into our hands.

Can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- hey!
Can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- c'mon
can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- nay

We see, we see it all--
the world through mirrored shades.
We know it goes two ways,
never see the light
but comes the night
zombies of the 1-4-5--
the music, it keeps us alive,
calls us to rise.

And hey-- fucking mean, we are, we mean to win now
we believe in our own skin, yea
we are part beast and part man,
taking the whole world into our hands.

can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- nay
can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- today
can't keep us down, can't keep us away-- no.

We are the loud crowd, you better come on
we are the loud crowd, you better come on
Loud Crowd.


Helen Wheels and Jack Rigg



DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN

(Helen Wheels, S. Arnold, R. Aaronson)


You say, "stay my loving friend,
these golden days will never end
though our paths may cross again."
I cannot hold on to the past;
you grow deep on what you're taught,
while I grow deeper into thought.
Relationships come and go.....
in the end we're so alone.

I don't know where I'm going but I gotta keep on;
don't know where I'll end up but then whoever does;
gonna follow my flame, gonna follow my love--

to destinations unknown.
Though we part with just a kiss,
in my heart you still exist,
and when I'm lonely as can be
I'll visit you in my memory.
If you need me, you will see
I'll be with you in all your dreams--
babe, I gotta go and grow.
In the end we're so alone....

I don't know where I'm going
but I gotta keep on;
don't know where I'll end up, but then whoever does?
Gonna follow my flame,
gonna follow my love

to destinations unknown!

If I go up in a ball of flames,
like the phoenix I'll rise up twice as big.
Nobody owns anyone else;
we are sailboats-- without land--

to destinations unknown--
ooh destinations unknown!

1977 Helen Wheels, S. Arnold, R. Aaronson


DOUBLE TONGUE

(Helen Wheels and Ed Steinberg)

I know she could do no wrong to anyone.
In this world she did not belong;
and you could hear her sing as she walked along,
and though they heard no one knew what she sung-- hey,

Do da lu da du-ooh, talk to every tree, to bird and bee,
Do da lu da du-ooh, she would feel so free-- hey,
Do da lu da du-ooh, life in all of these in sky and sea,
Do da lu da du-ooh-- That's what she believed.

No one knew where she came from
but for all time they could hear her strange song.
In the woods and the fields she would laugh along
and though they heard, no one knew she spoke a double tongue-- hey,

Do da lu da du-ooh, talk to every tree to bird and bee,
Do da lu da du-ooh, she would feel so free hey,
Do da lu da du-ooh, life in all of these in sky and sea,
Do da lu da du-ooh-- That's what she believed.

Double tongue she could do no wrong to anyone in this world,
she did not belong and you could hear her sing,
as she walked along and though they heard, no one knew
she spoke a double tongue-- hey,

Do da lu da du-ooh, talk to every tree to bird and bee,
Do da lu da du-ooh, she would feel so free,
Do da lu da du-ooh, life in all of these in sky and sea,
Do da lu da du-ooh-- That's what she believed.


Helen Wheels and Ed Steinberg



HELEN OF TROY

(Helen Wheels)

I'm taking a fall 'cause I want to maul you
right here on the stoop, watching your stickball
so charming it turns me, just watching you sweat...
I toss you a glance and it pulls like a magnet

I'm playing decoy, gonna get me a schoolboy--
pretty blond pet to turn on like a toy
to look at me like I'm Helen of Troy

The heat of your touch got me feeling so wicked,
think that you're just playing my chicken--
lickin' tongues through a barbed wire fence--
c'mon up to my hot house, enough of this nonsense

I'm playing decoy, gonna get me a schoolboy--
pretty blonde pet to turn on like a toy
to look at me like I'm Helen of Troy

Me and blue-eyed Paris in love like on stage
pressed like a cross bone, bound in the image
wired on war, a lover's wick--
doin' pony time till the well-known horse trick.

I'm playing decoy, gonna get me a schoolboy--
pretty blonde pet to turn on like a toy
to look at me like I'm Helen of Troy

Helen Helen of Troy
Helen Helen of Troy
Helen Helen of Troy
Helen Helen of Troy!!!

1975 Helen Wheels

KATHARINE

(Helen Wheels and G. DiFrancia )

Every man's lonely eye is trained upon the girl up on the stage--
a pretty blonde as hot as the night is young, sure makes it look like fun.
And the jukebox sings in a smoky room, the air is tinged with her perfume--
oh to the beat-- baby, she shakes her hip in the heat, now she's starting to
strip.


You don't get tired, you don't get sad
Katharine gets so high when she's feeling bad
have another hit now to give you power
'cause, girl, you gotta dance till the morning hour.

Hey, keep on dancing now,
oh, Katharine,
you gotta take it while you can
Katharine,
but give yourself a chance
oh Katharine,
no, don't dance away

You look so cool girl, you look so free-- have a drink baby, talk to me--
oooh, what you do when the night is through, do have a chance with you
and your body rocks as the dough rolls in; it ain't a crime girl to show your
skin,
but baby, keep your soul, how the light distorts, the only crime is to sell
yourself short

You don't get tired, you don't get sad--
Katharine gets so high when she's feeling bad.
Have another hit now, to give you power
girl, you gotta dance till the morning hour.

Hey, keep on dancing now,
oh Katharine
you gotta take it while you can.
Katharine, but give yourself a chance,
oh Katharine.
No , don't dance away your soul.

1980 Helen Wheels and G. DiFrancia



NIAGARA FALLS
(Helen Wheels / T. Morrongiello) with the Brain Surgeons


My tears are flowing
Niagara is falling
guess I'll be going
I hear the sound
snow falls so silent
drifts all around us
till the whole world dries up
she'll come crashing down
Crashing down on the rocks far below
me heart is telling me
telling me
time to go
I can feel the thunder
I can hear the roar
I can see the shore
far below
Niagara Falls
Snow driving blindly
purifying whiteness
some it will lead right to their silent night
minds spinning wildly
two souls colliding
one twisted wreck flames up
flipped inside outside
Crashing down on the rocks far below
my heart is telling me
girl
you gotta go now
I can feel the thunder
I can hear the roar
I can see the shore
far below
Niagara Falls
It feels like a blizzard
storming up inside me
whites out the whole world
these feelings inside
wish I could freeze up
but just like Niagara
I can't stop the tears flowing
hard as I try
Crashing down on the rocks far below
me heart is telling me
it's time to go
now
I can feel the thunder
I can hear the roar
I can see the shore
far below
Niagara Falls

Helen Wheels and Tom Morrongiello