If You Have To Ask

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"If You Have To Ask"
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West cover
Song by Mark Eitzel from the album West
Released 1997
Format CD
Length 4:21
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel & Peter Buck
Producer(s) Mark Eitzel & Peter Buck
West track listing
  1. "If You Have To Ask"
  2. "Free Of Harm"
  3. "Helium"
  4. "Stunned & Frozen"
  5. "Then It Really Happens"
  6. "In Your Life"
  7. "Lower Eastside Tourist"
  8. "Three Inches Of Wall"
  9. "Move Myself Ahead"
  10. "Old Photographs"
  11. "Fresh Screwdriver"
  12. "Live Or Die"

"If You Have To Ask" is the first song on Mark Eitzel's 4th album, 1997’s West.

Lyrics

There's no way in - the street is all blocked off
Police lights spin: sirens and certain pain
So we drive around - don't worry, I'm not lost
The cab driver frowns.

If you have to ask, then you'll never know.

Later that night, all your black winter clothes,
the wind cuts right through you like you weren't there at all
You froze on the street, you froze to the glass.
You think I don't love you.

If you have to ask, then you'll never know.

My voice gonna sneak like smoke through a crack in your window pane
Gonna curl up your stair and light a fire in your brain

The music flows and echoes from the club on the empty street
As you walk away from me, footsteps, the useless beat
I watch your shadow, headlights and brick walls
You think I won't follow.

If you have to ask, then you'll never know

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