In a Perfect World​.​.​. The Best of Human Drama

by Human Drama

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The absolutely stunning In a Perfect World is a generous 16-song "best-of" that cuts out all of Human Drama's weaker moments, bringing Johnny Indovina's most brilliant turns straight to the top and never once putting a single toe out of place. From the opening "Death of an Angel" and the impassioned vocals and rocking guitar scythe of "I Could Be a Killer" on to a kicking live version of "Dying in a Moment of Splendor," in which Indovina, backed by a piano and brushed drums, sounds so sincere as to be laughable but isn't at all, In a Perfect World becomes a potent reminder of just how devastatingly important Human Drama was to the American goth scene. With a mixed bag of traditional goth twists and American glam guitar, and an appreciation of startling musical turns with piano and strings, the songs resonate in a way not many expected. That brilliance is particularly present on the introspective "Love's Way," which captures the spirit of Steve Harley, just one of the glam icons whose vision Indovina so skillfully channels. Adding a few early nuggets (including "This Tangled Web" and"Fascination and Fear") and the wickedly fiddled "The Ways and Wounds (Of My World)" completes the painting, ultimately rendering In a Perfect World a masterpiece that is absolutely true to the band's rock-solid career and breathtakingly individual intent. ~ Amy Hanson, All Music Guide

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released January 1, 2000

2000 Hollows Hills Sound Recordings

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Track Name: Death of An Angel
Death of an angel so beautiful to me
Shattered pieces fall to earth - Time can never heal

The story is over now, all points have been made
But when you hold out your hand I don’t see a thing

You can reach for the stars, but take what you get here

Was last December and all was milky white
Came December again and all is black
With hands to our mouths, we need food to live
But it’s poison’s nature to kill if we choose to swallow

You can reach for the stars, but take what you get here

So far
So far, so deep
So deep it burns
I burn until I cry
I cry
I die
Track Name: I Could be a Killer
Soft voice, Soft appetite
I’m hurt but I’m alright
I’m still chasing echoes, who is to blame
So call me a loser but I could be a killer

Mythical tales are not what I write
Because these colored eyes don’t want to fight
Now I might fall down succumb to your shove
And wondering, I know that I could be a killer
Track Name: This Tangled Web
For caring is a breeze that blows by
And returns only when, only when it wants to
So cry, cry little angel forever because

You can’t wrap your arms around the wind
Within lie the reasons for
This tangled web we weave

For love at once my shield and terror
Destination and cause for living today
And wanting to die tomorrow
Why is my whole life spent chasing my demise

You can’t wrap your arms around the wind
Within lie the reasons for
This tangled web we weave

In my face you see the torture lines from days gone by
But I was never touched these scars have risen from within me.

For memory take a knife it’s quicker
Plunge it deep into my soul
Go ahead make me a weaker man
And cry, cry little angel because

You can’t wrap your arms around the wind
Within lie the reasons for
This tangled web we weave
Track Name: Fascination And Fear
In stillness so much motion inside
In silence within I hold a deafening cry
My needs can never be satisfied
For my love will never be realized

I can almost feel your heart beating
See confusion in eyes so clear
The line between fascination and fear

I battle a thought every second
For I don’t feel as I was taught
I want to swim the river forbidden
I want to climb the mountain denied

I can almost feel your heart beating
See confusion in eyes so clear
The line between fascination dnd fear

My needs can never be satisfied
For my love will never be realized

I can almost feel your heart beating
See confusion in eyes so clear
The line between fascination and fear
Track Name: Fading Away
I can't tell what is right, what is wrong
What is far, what is near
Can't distinguish between truth, lies I fear

I am fading
Fading away

I can't find my strength
I really don't cherish the search anymore
I'm left without breath from making points I won't make anymore

I am fading
Fading away

I feel no need to borrow the crutches I borrowed before
Or to make another speech whose theme justifies what I am

I am fading
Fading away

I can't take the guilt - I feel like a thief when compared to my father
He fed me then, he feeds me still
What have I ever done

I am fading
Fading away
Track Name: A Million Years
Push a pin into my arm. I will bleed like anyone
Pull it out and I forget
On a trail blazed with words. One that I was lost upon
The road that I depended on, I follow no more

Tortured man take your hand, take it from the fire now
Place it in cool water
A hypocrite is one who prays only when he feels pain
It’s time to open your eyes. So open your eyes

I could wait a million years, look into a billion eyes
To find another love like this
I could wait a million years

The slamming door the unseen wall
The hurt I never could forget, I struggle to remember
And take my hand from the fire refusing all intended scars
You are cool water. Into you, I swim

I could wait a million years, look into a billion eyes
To find another love like this
I could wait a million years

Held still in one place for too long
Gone blind to the miracle of saving
I pray this angel in my eyes was put here to save my life

Through your eyes I feel your soul
What I feel I must believe
What I believe I live
This coming from a man who clenched the truth so tight in his hands.
Then opened to find evil
Found trusting love again

I could wait a million years, look into a billion eyes
To find another love like this
I could wait a million years
Track Name: Love Will Tear Us Apart
When routine bites hard,
And ambitions are low,
And resentment rides high,
But emotions won't grow,
And we're changing our ways,
Taking different roads.

Then love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You've turned away on your side.
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry.
Yet there's still this appeal
That we've kept through our lives.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

You cry out in your sleep,
All my failings exposed.
And there's a taste in my mouth,
As desperation takes hold.
Just that something so good
Just can't function no more.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Track Name: Sad I Cry
Are these the roses of which you speak
Where you stop everyday to scheme
Of what color you will paint tomorrow
On the canvas hung today
For I am a dreamer who fears never living his dream
And what I wouldn’t give for just one embrace
I picture it now and melt away

Sad I cry

Is that the sunset that moved you to tears
The colors they strike you so deep
It has risen on me every day of my life
But could never set without you
You are on a ship that is sailing as I yell from the dock, "Come back"
For without the nerve to chance the storm
We can never sail into the sun

Sad I cry

I am sad for my love for the painting I can have but never create
How the most vivid red orange sunset can only be color to me
I cry for my arms surround nothing - we can only hold what we are
The dreamer will dream
The ship it will sail without him into the sunset again

Sad I cry
Track Name: Tired
How many times will you extinguish love’s flame?
How many times will you deny holding the water?
The coward has been played
The weakest plan ever laid
And I feel nothing but tired

Why will you not confront your tears?
How many more will you blame for what they destroy?
The answer is clear, but you refuse to hear
And I feel nothing but tired

The answer is clear, but you refuse to hear
And I feel nothing
But tired

Yeah
Track Name: This Forgotten Love (1992)
See the water burning through my hands
Fight to cleanse the stain again
Feel the chilling wind rush by it tries to push all from memory

Pick up the pieces of discarded trust
I must learn to form that word again
Remove the blind from blackened eyes
That were told they did not see

Shield the sunlight from my eyes
It’s been so long since I have seen who I am
I used to feel so much.
Search please let us touch
This forgotten love

Hear the echo of wasted words ricochet in my emptiness
As the raging flame of passion scorned reflects on my frozen skin
Again
On my skin until then

Shield
The sunlight from my eyes
It’s been so long since I have seen who I am
I used to feel so much.
Search please let us touch
This forgotten love

I couldn’t see in my submission.The chains were attached to nothing
The word love cannot love for you
The word love, it cannot love for you
Beneath the shell in darkness waits a timid heart
To beat again for another
And these blackened eyes and bloodstained hands
Wait to give and receive

Shield
The sunlight from my eyes
It’s been so long since I have seen who I am
I used to feel so much
Search please let us touch
This forgotten love
Track Name: Remember Well
This is for everyone
That I have ever loved
Remember well
I will never love again

This is to everything
That I have ever touched
Remember well
I will never touch again

All that I held dear
All has disappeared

To the hope I carried
Every second of everyday
I release you
I hope no more

To whoever it was
That I prayed everyday
Wherever you are
I ask no more

All that I held dear
All has disappeared

This is for everyone
That I have ever loved
Remember well
I will never love again
Track Name: The Waiting Hour (Once Again)
When your bag of secrets opened up and spilled
That radiant glow just disappeared
You rained down from the clouds you were in

Sometimes we can be so blind
But how does pain so bad not bleed
You push, you push, sometimes you don’t expect to fall
But it’s the violent turning of the golden rule
A lifetime of hell for every minute of heaven

I know your heart is breaking
Here in the waiting hour
And I know it will never heal
Here in the waiting hour

So cross your fingers, or your heart
Your idle wish commands no more
The mirror you hate reveals all in this world you control
Just empty out that bag of tricks
Cause in this limbo they don’t exist
Just like your vanity, your hopes, your prayers, your dreams
Now did you hear the thunder when you realized
Your very own hands reached in and tore your heart out

I know your heart is breaking
Here in the waiting hour
And I know it can never heal
Here in the waiting hour

I know your heart is breaking
I know your heart is breaking
And I know how it feels the first time
In the waiting hour

I know your heart is breaking
I know your heart is breaking
I know your heart is breaking
In the waiting hour
Track Name: Dying In A Moment Of Splendor (Live)
I am a hero. I am an actor
I’m this violent shade of blue
I am newly discovered tension
Still confused by yesterday
I am a hero on a mission
Staking claims, yielding none
I am an artist with a vision
Seeing hell, his destiny
I know the simple sting of a tear
Sends the star crashing to earth

Dying in a moment of splendor
For a moment the glory and the death are one the same

I am an actor. So unfeeling
Then a flower, I am crushed
I am a villain, unstable and anguished
Then an angel, you trust
The heartless echo of memory
Sends the actor whirling twirling, falling to his knees

Dying in a moment of splendor
For a moment the glory and the death are one the same

I am a bubble, almost to bursting
Swollen by unrelinquishing pride
I am the shrinking remains of potential
Never growing as I should

Dying in a moment of splendor
For a moment the glory and the death are one the same
Track Name: Loves' Way
Love, need we ask why
Or wonder how
Season's turn, feeling fade
And slowly change

It's just love's way

Face to face, now we stand
But miles away on different lands
In different times our love lies
We can't know why

It's just love's way

The journey was our only rhyme
And reason to live this life
The crossroads came to our separate ways
We can't know why

It's just love's way

To your eyes I sing this song
Words formed by pieces of a shattered heart
Memory must fill the loss I feel
It's just love's way
Track Name: The Ways And Wounds (Of My World)
Feel a shadow coming up behind me
It's icy hand soon resting on my shoulder
Mother do you know what it's like
To be every bit the stranger in all that you know

Hey mother where's your little daughter
What do your arms surround
Do you remember the eyes that saw you for the first time
And never after

Well they're here and looking fast behind me
From side to side in every waking moment
From oceans near and oceans far
To the very biggest cities and towns so small

These are the ways and the wounds of my world

Every day I walk another mile and
Every night I dream another dream where
I curse everything I've ever loved
I've destroyed every home that took me in

I think of all the things that I would tell you
I picture how so tight I would hold you
And how I would forgive all I missed
And cherish every second that we would spend

Still I wait but how much longer
Mother please put to sleep your little daughter
I can't sleep I have no strenght
My blood boils fast from this fire within

These are the ways and the wounds of my wor
Track Name: A Single White Rose
My love I find myself in you
Too long the search
Will again we find?

Put on your face my love
Remember to forget
The mirror lies

One chance one love
In this life was ours
Your eyes to my soul
Two hearts as one

Put on your face my love
Remember to forget
The mirror lies

There is nothing I can do
There is nothing I can say
But what is written here
In music and verse
I carry every second of you
With me each day
Your innocent smile
And a single white rose

From me you turn
From truth we run
In loss I die
We are what love is

Put on your face my love
Remember to forget
The mirror lies