in a perfect world i'd have been the boy you need i'd have been somebody else in a perfect world you'd have been the girl for me you could have been yourself we're dying for love but we're afraid to drop our guard we're lost in a world gone crazy where the men won't grow up and the women get so hardA few years down the line, one of the songs from this album became "our song" for Shari & I when I put it on a mix tape for her (along with Ivan Neville's Not Just Another Girl and Boy Meets Girl's Waiting For A Star To Fall - yes, it was the late 80's... sue me!). You Belong With Me is still one of the best love songs I know of:
two o'clock the moon is down we say goodnight you're headed for bed across town we haven't even known each other that long but it doesn't even matter 'cause when you leave it feels all wrong you belong with me darlin' we belong together and every time you leave it's obvious we're still connected you live in your worldand i live in mine but the collision of worlds is just a matter of time you belong with me now i can tell you're so afraid you've been lied to and taken for granted and treated like some kind of slave i'm not after your freedom, i'm after your heart and i know it's gonna happen and i knew it right from the start what happens to people in love is some kind of mystery yeah but what passes for love on the streets these days is a joke so when people like us finally stumble into each other we've got to hold on tight, gotta never, never let goNotes From The Lost Civilization was his second & final album on What? Records... it doesn't hang together as well thematically as Romeo Unchained, but it still has some real gems. My favorites include You Were There, Without Love and The Executioner's Song. Chances are pretty good if you were hermetically sealed in the CCM subculture during the late 80's, you never heard the best song on the album. Just as Julie Miller would be forced to wait to put the angry & beautiful Sick of Sex on a later album because it made the CCM label nervous, What Women Want wasn't on the version of the album released to Christian bookstores.
i know what these women want they want sex yeah, that's true, but i know what these women want they want money yeah, that too, but i know what these women want i know what these women really want i know what these women want they want champagne and jewelry and german cars i know what these women want they want roses by the dozen wanna break your heart, but i know what these women want i know what these women really want they want love it's been a problem for a couple thousand years can't seem to find it 'cause it always disappears they want love don't need no forgery, don't need no substitute they need somebody honest, not just somebody that's cute they want some affection and some protection that's what they want i know what these women want they wanna fight we've got 'em pretty mad, boys i know what these women want they wanna lay down and die sometimes 'cause it hurts i know what these women want i know what these women really want they want love they want a lover, they don't want no little boy don't wanna wind up bein' someone's broken toy they want love they want somebody they can maybe even trust they've got a feeling they're not asking all that much some affection and just a little protection that's what they want i think that's all they wantMakes me angry 20 years later all over again when I think about how squeamish our evangelical subculture can get about telling the truth without sanding off all the rough edges. (If you'd like to hear the song, there's an unofficial video on You Tube using clips burned off VH-1 of 80's pop videos... can't recommend the visuals, but the song is great.) And that, in a nutshell, is why I love(d) these two albums - they were loaded with capital "T" Truth in lyrics that didn't feel like they were printed inside the Baptist Sunday School Board building in Nashville, TN, wrapped up in music that was cool enough to enjoy then... and still is today. For more info about Tonio K, you can check out: