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Lost Cuts 1
Lost Cuts 1

2001

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The Basics: Janis wrote "Heart of a City" in the summer of 2001, began singing it in concert, and was immediately inundated with demands that we make it available on CD. What to do? No way we were ready to make a new record! Concurrently, the country was sliding into a recession... Janis liked the idea of everyone being able to afford to take home something from the show, so even though it cost us as much as a "regular" CD to manufacture, we priced it as a "Five bucks for five cuts" item. We picked the 5 current most-requested songs, and included them, then went to town with the cover!

Inside Scoop: When Janis looked at the songs she'd assembled, she realized it was turning into a homage to NYC and the World Trade Center, where she'd played two weeks before the disaster struck. Hence the cover art. We were all in love with the demo of "Save Somebody," produced by co-writer Jimmy Collins, and it seemed to fit the mood perfectly. And "Last Great Place," which was recorded for a Windham Hill special project that never got released, seemed to sum up everything we felt.

Lyrics

Save Somebody

Janis Ian/Jimmy Collins

In the heart of the city is the beat of a soul
and it stares out the window as the cars come and go
And it hungers for heroes, and it dreams of open skies
and there's no expectation that the sun will rise

You better save somebody
Save somebody
before the moment slips away
You better save somebody
who'll be lonely
when you walk away

There's a crack in the heavens, and a tear in the sky
It cuts through the shadows living in her eyes
And the gates of the city are closed until dawn
when the ghosts of midnight have come and gone
And the hearts of the weary carry on

You better save somebody
Save somebody
before the moment slips away
You better save somebody
who'll be lonely
when you walk away

And I'm thinking of your silence
How the memory lingers on
And I wonder do you miss me
now that I am gone
Now that I am gone

You better save somebody
Save somebody
before the moment slips away
You better save somebody
who'll be lonely
when you walk away

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Nervous

Janis Ian

I was walking down the street, when I spied CNN
in the window of a bar and I thought Here we go again
So I stood there in the crowd, and I watched the world go by
while everyone around me kept on glancing at the sky
I was nervous

So I went back to my house, and I got down on my knees
It was quiet as a mouse when he spots a chunk of cheese
I said Lord won't you help me, 'cause I cannot see the light
Then I thought about the bomb, and I shut the curtains tight
I been nervous

I been nervous about love. Should I go or should I wait?
If I tell you that I want you, will you say I came too late?
I'm nervous that my nerves aren't ready for my fate
I'm worried that my worrying is too much and much too late
I'm really nervous

I am nervous about time. Does it start or does it end?
If we mess up evolution, do we get to try again?
And if I was a potato, could I see you in the dark
underground where I'll be if they light the final spark?
I'm nervous

I'm nervous for the president, and for the FBI
I'm nervous for the government, and I don't want to fly
I'm nervous 'bout the Arabs, when I look up at the sky
and I think I'm being hijacked when you look me in the eye
I'm really nervous

I'm nervous in the morning, and I'm nervous late at night
and I want to be alone, but I don't want you out of sight
and I don't know what to do, and I don't know where to turn
I just walk around in circles, and I wish I was a germ

'Cause if I was a germ, I would never be scared
I could hide in a finger, or a little piece of hair
I could give 'em all the clap. I could kill them in their sleep
and they couldn't fight back, and they wouldn't scare me
or make me nervous

I don't want a revolution. I don't want to fight a war
I don't want to think about it, or be nervous any more
so I'm going back to bed With a dirty magazine
and I'm hoping when I wake up, it'll all have been a dream

Well, if you're feeling nervous, you can come up to my place
We can drink a glass of wine and pretend we're on a date
Or we can sing Kumbaya by the light of the T.V.
Or we can move to Dakota It's all okay with me
Don't be nervous

I think I'll throw a party for the end of the world
and I'll wear a formal cocktail dress, and my Grandma's' pearls
and we'll talk about the theater and the movies and pretend
that we never saw a thing on CNN
to make us nervous

It'll be all right. It'll be okay
We will live our lives, and face another day
but until that time, let me say, my dear
That I'm nervous and I'm very, very glad you're here

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Heart Of A City

Janis Ian

There stood the observation deck
where none had stood before
We stared down at the smoking ground
and one man took the floor
He said "you know, I'm just five blocks from home
"I was in it from the start
"And they might have struck the flesh and bone
"but they did not strike the heart"

'cause the heart of a city is the soul of a man
and it runs like a river through the heart of the land
You can tear down a building. You can tear down a park
You can strike at a symbol, but you can't touch the heart

There were ashes on the windowsills
and ashes on the leaves
The were ashes on the tongues
of everybody who still breathed
and flames so high they blocked the sky
'til only cinders flew
but the Phoenix rises from the ash
and I'll be rising, too
The Phoenix rises from the ash
and I'll be rising, too

'cause the heart of a city is the soul of a man
and it runs like a river through the heart of the land
You can tear down a building. You can tear down a park
You can strike at a symbol, but you can't touch the heart

I heard the lady's torch
across the harbor calling me
and a hundred thousand immigrants
who came here to be free
and I thought about the cowards
who were claiming victory
Well, if you see them on the street
you can tell 'em this for me

'cause the heart of a city is the soul of a man
and it runs like a river through the heart of the land
You can tear down a building. You can tear down a park
You can strike at a symbol, but you can't touch the heart

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On The Other Side

Janis Ian

They say there was a fire on the night I died
All I am is gone
Still the soul goes on
They tell me I'm a hero on the other side
Oh, but all that I remember
is the children were in danger

on the other side
Children laugh and sing
On the other side
angels earn their wings
On the other side

They say that you were with me
when the building fell
Strange to have you near
after all these years
They say I couldn't possibly
have done it by myself
Did you see our photograph
as it crumbled into ash?

On the other side
children laugh and sing
On the other side
angels earn their wings
on the other side

And I, who never could believe
Never saw the need
Wanted just to see your face again
With nothing to hold on to
Now I've found you...

On the other side
Children laugh and sing
on the other side
The angels earn their wings
On the other side

Requiem:
Vocatus atque non vocatus, deus aderit (seen and unseen, God is)
Sursum, Domini, sursum Domini (lift us Lord)
Ora pro nobis, in ora pro nobis pacem, (let there be peace on earth)
Kyrie (Lord)
in ora Kyrie eleison (on earth, Lord, peace)
Kyrie (Lord)

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The Last Great Place

Janis Ian/Philip Clark

Time has come
To be with the moon and sun
Here at the edge of the sky
Shake off this city and fly
Lost so long
Can't find where I belong
Feet firmly set to the ground

Tear down the walls
Let me stand in the heart of the land
I want to breath it and see it
and touch it whenever I can
It's the last great place
It's the last great place to stand
The heart of the land

Oh my soul
Cannot believe what I'm told
I've heard the river and sky
are dying to keep my alive
I'm hungry for mercy
Even my body can't be denied

Tear down the walls
Let me stand in the heart of the land
I want to breath it and see it
and touch it whenever I can
It's the last great place
It's the last great place to stand
The heart of the land

Tear down the walls
Let me stand in the heart of the land
I want to breath it and see it
and touch it whenever I can
It's the last great place
It's the last great place to stand
The heart of the land

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