I've Been A Mess

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"I've Been A Mess"
Mercury cover
Song by American Music Club from the album Mercury
Released March 15, 1993
Format LP / CD / CS
Length 4:14
Label Reprise Records (US) / Virgin Records (UK)
Writer(s) Mark Eitzel
Producer(s) Mitchell Froom
Mercury track listing
  1. "Gratitude Walks"
  2. "If I Had A Hammer"
  3. "Challenger"
  4. "I've Been A Mess"
  5. "Hollywood 4-5-92"
  6. "What Godzilla Said To God When His Name Wasn't Found In The Book Of Life"
  7. "Keep Me Around"
  8. "Dallas, Airports, Bodybags"
  9. "Apology For An Accident"
  10. "Over And Done"
  11. "Johnny Mathis' Feet"
  12. "The Hopes And Dreams Of Heaven's 10,000 Whores"
  13. "More Hopes And Dreams"
  14. "Will You Find Me?"

"I've Been A Mess" is the 4th song on American Music Club's sixth album, 1993’s Mercury. Regarding the lyrics, Eitzel told Spin Magazine in 1993, "My biggest thing this year was the word desire, because desire is a beautiful and sacred thing. You're supposed to write a song to make art or some kind of beauty."[1]


Lazarus wasn’t grateful for his second wind
For another chance
Watch his chances fade like the dawn and leave
I can barely tell you just how pale I get
Without you

I’ve been a mess since you’ve been gone

What were the first words that crowd heard him speak
I bet he was cursing at the sky
I bet he wasn’t turning no other cheek
And was there still hope and desire left in his heart
For the last word in love

I’ve been a mess since you’ve been gone

Your beauty is just a slap in the face
That’s gonna bring me back to life
Back to another sky that’s blue
It’s gonna turn me into another great American zombie

So hungry for you

I’ve been a mess since you’ve been gone


American Music Club performing "I've Been A Mess" on November 5, 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Mark Eitzel performing "I've Been A Mess" on January 26, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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  1. "American Music Club". Spin Magazine. New York, NY: Eldridge Industries. 1993.