Darkness, Sweetness & Light

by Venetic ®

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Venetic's debut effort, and some still say his best. Originally released on CD-R in 2002, it was painstakingly remastered from May to June 2005 for CD release in order to give it that extra lo-fi shine.

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released September 21, 2002

(c) Wayne Stuart McCallum

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Venetic ® New Zealand

Since 2002, Venetic has independently released 8 albums with more on the way. Healed by the flames of purgatory, he is now back from the undead.

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Track Name: We're Through
Every day you come up with some new reason
for the things you do
But I can tell you now I’ve heard all your excuses
and I think we’re through
Yeah I’ve heard enough I think we’re through!

It ain’t your drinking habits, all the men you’ve had,
or the drugs you do
It’s your rank lies, your falsities, and your failure
to tell me the fucking truth
You can’t even tell me the fucking truth!

Leave me alone! Leave me alone!
Leave me alone! Leave me alone!
Leave me alone! Leave me alone!
Leave me alone! Leave me alone!

And don’t think I’m scared of your hoodlum friends
and what they might do
Regardless of their pain, it’ll be worth it just to be rid of you
It’ll be worth it just to be rid of you!

And if on some dark and dreary night,
by chance we should ever meet
You can be sure baby I’ll cross over to
the other side of the street
I’ll cross over to the other side of the street!
I’ll cross over to the other side of the street!

You can be sure of that girl!
I’d walk a mile to avoid you!
You know it’s true!
Track Name: Never Good Enough
I’ve been up for hours and hours and hours
You’ve been out carousing seedy bars
Don’t know what I’m gonna do with you
Seems to me like it’s all through
Reckon I’d be better by myself

CHORUS
Nothing’s ever good enough for you
Makes no matter exactly what I do
Yeah it’s true!
Yeah it’s true!

Then you come home, crumpled like a fag end
You come on to me as if you were my friend
But I’ve had enough of you
Seems to me like it’s all through
Reckon I’d be better by myself

CHORUS

You fall over and tumble into bed
Me, I think I’m going out of my head
All the trouble I’ve been through for you
Seems to me like I’ve been screwed
Reckon I’d be better by myself

Never good enough for you!
etc.
Track Name: Ruled With Fear
Mama’s in the kitchen, daddy’s in the lounge
The sports is on, you’d better keep that noise DOWN!
We don’t want no trouble around here
No noise and commotion
IS THAT CLEAR?!

Twenty years ago they loved each other
Had me my sister and my brother
Somewhere along the line they lost the plot
Better cling to a marriage than lose the lot!

CHORUS
It’s a house ruled with fear
It’s a house ruled with fear
Wish I could get out
Wish I could get out OF HERE!

Mum and the kids, they never go out
Don’t ask him why unless you want him to shout!
All the neighbours talk behind their backs
But you’ll never see them do more than that!

None of the kids’ll have their friends around
Even if they did it wouldn’t last an hour
Somewhere along the line they lost their mates
Now they only come as far as the garden gate!

CHORUS

Once dad was happy,
he used to have hopes
Now all he wants is the right length of rope!
He was happy and carefree
Now he’s a drone to a queen bee

He hides in the lounge, watching TV
Drinks his beer and stares at the screen
Somewhere along the line he lost the plot
Stuck with a family - he could have had the lot!

CHORUS
Track Name: It's Not Like
It’s not like I really need you there to hold my hand
It’s not like I expect you to understand
It ain’t even as if I really give a damn
I just want you to take me for who I am

CHORUS
Don’t think you can change me!
‘Cause I’m not going to change!
Don’t think you can change me!
I don’t want to change!

Don’t think I really need you there to hold my hand
Don’t think that I expect you to understand
Don’t even think I really even give a damn
I just want you to accept me for what I am

CHORUS

The truth is I really need you there to hold my hand
The truth is I expect you to understand
And you know I really do give a damn
And I want to be made into a new man
Track Name: My Baby Gets Drunk
My baby gets drunk every night
Hangs out in discos and picks fights!
Yeah she gets drunk every night
Hangs out in discos and picks fights!

My baby’s as mean as an alley cat
She won’t take no nonsense or no crap!
My baby’s as mean as an alley cat
She won’t take no nonsense or no crap!

CHORUS
Ain’t no telling what she’ll do
When she’s had a drink or two!
Ain’t no telling who she’ll do
When she’s had a drink or two!

My baby always gets what she asks
You’d better give it or she’ll take you to task!
My baby always gets what she asks
You’d better give it or she’ll take you to task!

CHORUS

But baby I love you!
I said I love you!
You know I love you!
You know I do!
You know I love you!
You know I love you!
Every word is true! I said it’s true!
You know it’s true!
Track Name: Evil Hoodoo
She’s got that evil hoodoo
Evil hoodoo on me
She’s got that evil hoodoo
Evil hoodoo on me
And I’m trying, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
But I just can’t get free!

She’s got that old black magic
Things’ll never be the same
She’s got that old black magic
And it’s doing in my brain
And I’m trying, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
But it’s driving me insane!

I know she’s out to get me
Her heart’s gone cold
There’s nothing gonna stop her
Or so I’ve been told
And I’m trying, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
But my fate’s just been sold!

She said Satan’s coming
He’s gonna take me below
She said Satan’s coming
I’m gonna bur n real slow
And I’m trying, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
But nothing’ll save my soul!
I’m trying, I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’!
I’m trying!
But nothing’s gonna save my soul!
Track Name: It's Tough On The Outside
It’s tough on the outside, looking in
Wondering what you’ve done to suffer for your sins
Come along and stand with me
Tell me exactly what it is you see

CHORUS
It’s gonna be a long road
If you follow me
You know you’re in for a hard time
If you follow me

For some it’s money, others sex and sin
Come on buddy, what’s the bag you’re in?
Power and lies are all that count
Unless you want to be down and out

CHORUS

Don’t give a damn if I make the grade
Don’t really care about the money you’ve made
Don’t give a shit about the latest trend
Just want to know if you’re a real real friend

CHORUS

Oh yeah!
A hard time!
If you follow me!
etc.
Track Name: What Are You Gonna Do?
She said you’re not her type
She went and left you
(You’ve found you’re all alone)
What’s it like on the outside?
Out there in the cold?
(You’ve found you’re all alone)
Out there in the cold
You’ve found you’re out on your own

Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Slash a razor across your face?
Or jump off a building
And splatter yourself
All over the place?

And so in spite of yourself
You’re back up on the shelf
(You’ve found you’re all alone)
It’s a cold place all by yourself
Way up on the shelf
(You’ve found you’re all alone)
Out there in the cold
You’ve found you’re out on your own

Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do now she’s gone?
Get yourself pissed
And totally smashed out of your brain?
Or tie yourself down
And slash your wrists?

Look here’s another one
Go out and have some fun (You’re no longer all alone)
Cross your fingers, hope it lasts
Unlike the ones in the past (You’re no longer all alone)
Out there in the cold
You’ve found you’re out on your own

Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Put your head in a plastic bag?
Or go out and pray like mad
That you’re not going to die all alone?

Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do when she’s gone?
Whaddya gonna do?
Track Name: Shallow Girl, Shallow Guy
She’s a shallow girl
Such a shallow girl
But I miss her now
Now that she’s gone
Such a shallow girl
Such a shallow girl
But I want her back
Want her back with me
It won’t take long
It won’t take long

Gonna buy a new car
A big flash car
It’ll catch her eye
It’ll turn her head
Gonna buy a new car
A flash sports car
She likes a petrolhead
She loves a petrolhead

And all I need’s a new suit
The right set of threads
A bigger bank balance
A bach on the coast
And a nice suntan
A work-out at the gym

Then she’ll come back to me
Yeah she’ll come back to me
I’m sure she’ll come back to me
She’ll come back to me
Track Name: Going Downtown
We’re going downtown
We’re gonna get drowned in a pool of beer and spirits
We’re going downtown
We’re gonna clown around and forget life for a few minutes
But Monday’ll soon come around
Monday’ll soon come around

We’re here in our car
We don’t have to drive far - It’s good to get out for a ride
We’re cruising downtown
We laugh and joke around, if only for a little while
But Monday’ll soon come around
Monday’ll soon come around

We get pissed at the pub
Watch skirt and dream of love or even a one-night stand
But we don’t need them
‘Cause we’re real men
And it’s okay to drink by ourselves
But Monday’ll soon come around
Monday’ll soon come around

And then it’s back to work
With bosses who are jerks and try and kick us around
Five days of grind
Muck dirt and grime
Then the weekend comes around
Monday soon comes around
Monday’ll soon come around

We’re going downtown
We’re gonna get drowned in a pool of beer and spirits
We’re going downtown
We’re gonna clown around and forget life for a few minutes
But Monday’ll soon come around
Monday’ll soon come around

We’re going downtown
We’re going downtown
etc.
Track Name: You Know
You know it’s been a long time
When you look and see empty eyes
You know it’s been a long time
When she’s looking at some other guy

You know the emotion’s gone
When she leaves you there all alone
You know the emotion’s gone
When you’re left there all alone

CHORUS
There’s nothing you can do
Nothing you can do
(There’s) nothing you can do
You can do

You know there’s nothing left to do
When all she does is argue with you
You know there’s nothing left to do
When you don’t give a damn what she thinks of you

CHORUS

When all things are said and done
You know it’s time to move on
When all things are said and done
There’s nothing left to keep you hanging on

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Emptiness
I saw you there in the bed
Your eyes wide open
Lying there
Emptiness in your eyes
Staring me
In the face

I want you back
In my arms
Close to me
You can’t go, you can’t go, you can’t go,
you can’t leave me
All alone
By myself

There was a time
You held my hand
Led me through
Troubled times

Now your hand lies limp
Your grasp is broken
Your flesh turned cold

I lose composure
Lose my strength
And my faith
There’s nothing else left
But dread and horror
Fear and loathing
At your fate

I don’t want you to go
And leave me here
All alone
And the hardest thing for me to do
Is leave you
On that bed
Lying cold

And the loneliness
It surrounds me
And the darkness
Closes in
Emotion stone cold broken
Lies abandoned
On the floor

I want you back
In my arms
Close to me
You can’t go, you can’t go, you can’t go, you can’t leave me
All alone
By myself

All alone here by myself
All alone
By myself
Track Name: You'll Forget
When you’re dead and gone
You’ll forget what all the fighting was for
When you’re dead and gone
You’ll forget what all the fighting was for
What all the fighting was for
What all the fighting was for
What all the fighting was for
What all the fighting was for
What the fighting was for
What all the fighting was for:
Love