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"Code of Silence" and "Crowded Island"

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Schwartz's "Code of Silence" and "Crowded Island" are among the most popular of the songs recorded on Reluctant Pilgrim.

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"Crowded Island"

Everyone I know wants to be in love with someone
Just not with someone they know
Everyone I know will tell you they're a cynic
Then cry at some old movie on the video
Eight million people in twenty-two square miles
And there's never anyone to meet
We're like guests at a banquet
With nothing to eat
So we hunger for the waiter
Or crave the operator on the telephone
Just trying not to be alone
On this crowded island

Everyone I know wants someone to hold them
Just not in too tight a grip
Everyone I know believes that love will save them
Just not their current relationship
Over a beer or Stoli
My friends pour out their tales of woe
How they can't get a lover to stay
Or to go
We're all closet romantics
The soundtrack in our heads full of saxophone
Just trying not to be alone
On this crowded island

Everyone I know wants to be in love with someone
Just not with someone they know
Everyone I know will meet someone at a party
And think: should I start planning my trousseau?
Hopeful and horny, I smile at you
Feeling I could use more charm
Then you smile on back
And all I feel is alarm
I don't know if I want you
But I'm putting on my black jeans and lime cologne
And tonight we won't be alone
On this crowded island
On this crowded island
This little crowded island.


Stephen Schwartz
1994
Copyright by Stephen Schwartz

Lyrics "Code of Silence"

Code of Silence

She talks about the sidewalk sale and what she's planned for supper.
He reads the Times and rails against the news of the day.
And they talk of home improvements and what's playing at the movies.
And the more they talk, the more they hear the things they never say.

She doesn't say, "Why don't you love me like you used to?"
He doesn't ask, "Why can't you be the one I need?"
They stay away from talk of emptiness and longing.
Long ago, it seems they tacitly agreed to a code of silence.

She sits there with her herbal tea and he sips his cup of java,
And they talk of friends and fashion trends and a Seinfeld episode.
And they steer through conversations like soldiers in a minefield,
Knowing one false turn or one true word, the whole thing might explode.

He doesn't say, "When did you turn into my jailer?"
She doesn't ask, "When did you turn into a ghost?"
We all must pay for our security and comfort,
But they wonder if the thing that costs the most is this code of silence.

It's a code of silence
Strict as any mafia omerta
Profect the family secrets and pretend it's unawares.

A code of silence
Strong as any L.A.P.D. station,
Stonewall all investigation
Into internal affairs,
Keep away from those internal affairs.

So she's got her golf and girlfriends, and he's got his depressions,
And there's always lots to talk about, there's always something new.
And she bottles up her anger, and he swallows his confessions,
And again the evening passes and again they've made it through.

She hasn't said, "Why can't you love me like you used to?"
He hasn't asked, "Why is this life a heavy load?"
Turn down the bed for one more night of sep'rate dreaming,
Knowing well they won't discuss it down the road.
For they may break their hearts, but they'll never break their code of silence.

Copyright by Stephen Schwartz

Sheet Music

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