B i o g r a p h y
 (by James Christopher Monger)

Singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron and Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" while working on a film. Raised in South Carolina, Beam received his bachelor's degree in art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and later his Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University Film School. Although Beam would later expand his sound to include electric instruments and rich, lush textures, he was firmly exploring the former style when several of his lo-fi recordings caught the ear of Jonathan Poneman, co-owner of Sub Pop Records. The songs had been recorded in Beam's bedroom without the aid of studio flourishes, but Poneman nevertheless requested that additional material be sent to the label for submission, and Beam responded by sending two CDs in the mail -- both of them full-length albums. Poneman considered releasing them both, but instead slimmed down the set to 12 songs and released it in September 2002 as The Creek Drank the Cradle. The similarly themed The Sea & the Rhythm EP followed in 2003.

It was Beam's 2004 full-length, Our Endless Numbered Days, that signaled his arrival on the indie pop scene. Recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck, the album was resolutely hi-fi, but the addition of a full band only illuminated Beam's deft lyricism and intimate vocal delivery, resulting in one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year. Late 2004 found the newly marketable Iron and Wine popping up on television commercials and movie soundtracks (In Good Company, Garden State), culminating in a busy 2005 that saw Beam release two EPs, the lush Woman King and In the Reins, a collaboration with Arizona spaghetti Western aficionados Calexico. The politically charged Shepherd's Dog, Beam and company's most diverse -- and most listenable -- record to date, was released in 2007. A two-disc collection of B-sides, rarities, soundtrack inclusions, and discarded tracks from the Iron and Wine archives called Around the Well arrived in early 2009. Kiss Each Other Clean, Iron and Wine's first collection of new music in nearly three years and one that found Beam further expanding the group's sound, was released in January 2011 by their new label, Warner Bros. After a move to 4AD and Nonesuch, Iron and Wine released the more relaxed and intimate Ghost on Ghost in early 2013. The Brian Deck-produced album featured jazz drummer Brian Blade and bassist Tony Garnier of Bob Dylan's band, among others. Together with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, Beam released a covers album titled Sing Into My Mouth in 2015. The record featured versions of songs from the likes of Talking Heads, John Cale, and Sade.




The Creek Drank the Cradle
- 2002-09-24 -



Lion's Mane
Bird Stealing Bread
Faded from the Winter
Promising Light
The Rooster Moans
Upward over the Mountain
Southern Anthem
An Angry Blade
Weary Memory
Promise What You Will
Muddy Hymnal
 Her Tea Leaves (Vinyl Release)
Carissa's Weird (Vinyl Release)


Our Endless Numbered Days
- 2004-03-24 -

 

On Your Wings
Naked As We Came
Cinder and Smoke
Sunset Soon Forgotten
Teeth in the Grass
Love and Some Verses
Radio War
Each Coming Night
Free Until They Cut Me Down
Fever Dream
Sodom, South Georgia
Passing Afternoon

 
THE Shepherd's Dog
- 2007-09-25 -



Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car
White Tooth Man
Lovesong of the Buzzard
Carousel
House by the Sea
Innocent Bones
Wolves
(Song of the Shepherd's Dog)
Resurrection Fern
Boy With a Coin
The Devil Never Sleeps
Peace Beneath the City
Flightless Bird, American Mouth
 
Around The Well
- 2009-05-19 -


Dearest Forsaken
Morning
Loud As Hope
Peng! 33
Sacred Vision
Friends They Are Jewels
Hickory
Waitin' For A Superman
Swans And The Swimming
Call Your Boys
Such Great Heights
Communion Cups and Someone's Coat
Belated Promise Ring
God Made The Automobile
Homeward, These Shoes
Love Vigilantes
Sinning Hands
No Moon
Serpent Charmer
Carried Home
Kingdom Of The Animals
Arms Of A Thief
The Trapeze Swinger

Kiss Each Other Clean
- 2011-01-25 -



Walking Far From Home
Me And Lazarus
Tree By The River
 Monkeys Uptown
Half Moon
Rabbit Will Run
Godless Brother In Love
Big Burned Hand
Glad Man Singing
Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me

Black Candle (I-tunes Bonus Track)
Lean Into The Light
(i-tunes bonus track)

Ghost On Ghost
- 2013-04-15 -



Caught in the Briars
The Desert Babbler
Joy
Low Light Buddy of Mine
Grace for Saints and Ramblers
Grass Widows
Singers and the Endless Song
Sundown
(Back in the Briars)
Winter Prayers
New Mexico's No Breeze
Lovers' Revolution
Baby Center Stage

Archive Series Volume No. 1
- 2015-02-24 -



Slow Black River
The Wind Is Low
Eden
Two Hungry Blackbirds
Freckled Girl
Judgement
Sing Song Bird
Beyond The Fence
Quarters In A Pocket
Loretta
Everyone'
s Summer Of '95
Minor Piano Keys
Your Sly Smile
Halfway To Richmond
Wide Across The Water
Postcard

Sing into My Mouth
- 2015-07-17 - With Ben Bridwell



This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Done This One Before
Any Day Woman
You Know More Than I Know
Bullet Proof Soul
No Way Out of Here
God Knows
(You Gotta Give to Get)
The Straight and Narrow
Magnolia
Am I a Good Man
Ab'
s Song
Coyote, My Little Brother

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

All Tomorrow's Parties
A Book Unfinished
A History Of Lovers
Beauty And Family
Beneath The Balcony
Blue Leaves
Broken Spinning Wheel
Burn That Broken Bed
California
Calm On The Valley
Cattle on Calvary
Chelsea Hotel #2
Cold Town
Cowgirl In The Sand
Dead Man's Will
Evening On The Ground
(Lilith's Song)
Expecting To Fly
Fistful Of Roses
Foot Of The Manger
Foreign Photos
Freedom Hangs Like Heaven

God Gave A Stone


Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Gray Stables
He Lays In The Reins
In My Lady's House
In Your Own Time
It's The Same Old Song
Jesus The Mexican Boy
Jezebel
John's Glass Eye
Love Is The Foundation
Love You This Hound
Mothers Of The Rodeo
Mr. Soul
My Lady's House
My Side Of The Road
Our Friends Shine
Overhead
Phoenix
Place To Be

Prison On Route 41
Rattling Bone
Red Dust
Sacrifice Burning


Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Sixteen Maybe Less
Sleeping Diagonally
Smokestack Lightning
Someday The Waves
Stolen Houses
(Die)
Summer In Savannah
The Night Descending
The Sea and The Rhythm
The Specter Of Jasper County
The Sun Will Rise
The Waves Of Galveston
The Years Seal Their Beauty
This Solemn Day
Thousand Miles
Wade Across The Water
Watch And Chain
We All, Us Three, Will Ride
Wild Horses
Woman King
Your Blue Eyes


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The Creek Drank the Cradle

Lion's mane

Run like a race for family
When you hear like you're alone
The rusted gears of morning
To faceless busy phones
We gladly run in circles
But the shape we meant to make is gone

Love is a tired symphony
Tou hum when you're awake
Love is a crying baby
Mama warned you not to shake
Love is the best sensation
Hiding in the lion's mane

So I'll clear the road, the gravel
And the thornbush in your path
That burns a scented oil
That I'll drip into your bath
The water's there to warm you
And the earth is warmer
When you laugh

Love is a scene I render
When you catch me wide awake
Love's a dream you enter
Though I shake and shake and shake you
Love is the best endeavor
Waiting in the lion's mane

Bird stealing bread

Tell me baby tell me
Are you still on the stoop
Watching the windows close
I've not seen seen you lately
On the street, by the beach
Or places we used to go

I've a picture of you
On our favorite day by the seaside
There's a bird stealing bread
That I brought out from under my nose

Tell me baby tell me
Does his company make
Light of a rainy day
How I've missed you lately
And the way we would speak
And all that we wouldn't say

Do his hands in your hair
Feel a lot like a thing you believe in
Or a bit like a bird stealing bread
Out from under your nose

Tell me baby tell me
Do you carry the words
Around like a key or change
I've been thinking lately
of a night on the stoop
and all that we wouldn't say

If I see you again
On the street, by the beach
In the evening
Will you fly like a bird stealing bread
Out from under my nose

Faded from the winter

Daddy's ghost behind you
Sleeping dog beside you
You're a poem of mystery
You're the prayer inside me

Spoken words like moonlight
You're the voice that I like

Needlework and seedlings
In the way you're walking
To me from the timbers
Faded from the winter

Promising light

Time and all you gave
I was the jerk who preferred the sea
To tussling in the waves
Tugging your skirt singing please, please, please

Now I see love
Tracked on the floor where you walked outside
Now I seek love
Looking for you in this other girl's eyes

Time and all you took
Only my freedom to fuck the whole world
Promising not to look
Promising light on the sidewalk girls

Now I see love
There in your car where I said those things
Now I see love
Tugging your skirt singing please, please, please

Time and all you gave
There on your cross that I never saw
Well beyond the waves
Dunking my head when I heard you call

Now I see love
There in the scab where you pinched my leg
Now I see love
There on your side of the empty bed

The rooster moans

Crack of dawn the rooster moans
Wake up boy you're far from home
Serpentine the tracks in flames
Longest path the devil laid
Led you straight aboard this rusty train

Lift your head cuz you can't sleep
Bite your lip cuz you can't eat
Darkest den the devil made
Jesus weeps but he's been paid
Not to ride inside this rusty train

Buzzard's breath the rooster moans
Stow it boy you're far from home
Stow your sorrows stow your fear
What'd you do to end up here
End up on the devil's rusty train

Upward over the mountain

Mother don't worry, I killed the last snake that lived in the creek bed
Mother don't worry, I've got some money I saved for the weekend
Mother remember being so stern with that girl who was with me
Mother remember the blink of an eye when I breathed through your body

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds flying upwards over the mountain

Mother I made it up from the bruise on the floor of this prison
Mother I lost it all of the fear of the Lord I was given
Mother forget me now that the creek drank the cradle you sang to
Mother forgive me I sold your car for the shoes that I gave you

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons can be birds taken broken up to the mountain

Mother don't worry I've got a coat and some friends on the corner
Mother don't worry she's got a garden we're it planting together
Mother remember the night that the dog had her pups in the pantry
Blood on the floor and the fleas in their paws
And you cried 'til the morning

So may the sunrise bring hope where it once was forgotten
Sons are like birds flying always over the mountain

Southern anthem

Just like the way that you ran to wine
When they made the new milk turn
Jesus a friend in the better times
Let your mother's Bible burn
Freedom a fever you suffered through
And the dog drank from your cup
Frozen the river that baptized you
And the horse died standing up

But when a southern anthem rings
She will buckle to that sound
When that southern anthem sings
It will lay her burdens down

Just like the way that you lost your guns
When they cut the clothesline loose
Jesus a friend of the weaker ones
Said "I'm all they stole from you"
Freedom a thistle that withered dry
Still a baby in your hands
Frozen the ground refused to die
And the guitar rose again

But when a southern anthem rings
She will buckle to that sound
When that southern anthem sings
It will lay her burdens down

An angry blade

Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Who left you so?

Striking a match for the keyhole
Dark as the evening laid
When he left you all alone

Turning to fade through the sawgrass
Tall as the only love
That you'll ever really know

Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Who left you so?

Grace is a gift for the fallen dear
You're an angry blade and you're brave
But you're all alone

Turning a shade of an angel born
In a bramble ditch when the doors
Of heaven closed

Weary memory

Found your mittens behind a box of pictures
You would wear them before I brewed the tea
That's one memory I can easily conjure
Weary memory I can always see

Found your rosary broken into pieces
Every night by the bed you'd kiss the beads
Those are moments that I can always relive
Weary memories I can always see

Found a photo of you when we were married
Leaning back on a broken willow tree
That's one memory that I choose to carry
Weary memory I can always see

Promise what you will

Lately she don't care for a warmer breeze
Or shade around the base of the maple trees
Spring was on the mountain we climbed upon
Stopped to see how high and how far we'd gone

I said "love is waiting and better days"
She smiled and placed a kiss on my waiting face
Promise what you will something good for me
Time will take it all and it will you'll see

Muddy hymnal

We found your name across the chapel door
Carved in cursive with a table fork
Muddy hymnals and some boot marks where you'd been

The shaking preacher told the captain's man
The righteous suffer in a fallen land
Then pulled the shade to keep the crowd from peeking in

We found your children by the tavern door
With wooden buttons and an apple core
Playing house and telling everyone you'd drowned

The begging choir told the captain's man
We all assume the worst the best we can
And for a round or two they gladly drag you down

We found you sleeping by your lover's stone
A ream of paper and a telephone
A broken bow across a long lost violin

Your lover's angel told the captain's man
It never ends the way we had it planned
And kissed her palm and placed it on your dreaming head

Her Tea Leaves

( Bonus 7" with vinyl of The Creek Drank The Cradle LP )

Come the evening of my days
The dark birds in the trees and in her garden
I think I'll be there somewhere too
The yarrow by my head where I have fallen

And she will lick her thinner thumb
And ringless finger too and douse a candle
And though she never gave a thing
The way she said my name, we'll be together

When autumn comes, she'll be there
Jasmine still in her hair
Her tea leaves dry by the sea

Many men behind her door
Have heard the bathtub run and longed to love her
And though she doesn't wait for me
We never ask the time when we're together

Carissa's Weird

(Bonus 7" with vinyl of The Creek Drank The Cradle LP)

Is there a race involved?
You run and hide, you get two stars
Last night two fat skinheads whistled at her
But she sleeps it off
A whiskey scent on her kitten's fur

And when it's time to go
I'll push her high as she wants to go
Red pants down, she's pissing out by the car
And though she'll never know
Carissa's weird but I love her so

Our Endless Numbered Days

On Your Wings

God, there is gold hidden deep in the ground
God, there's a hangman that wants to come around

How we rise when we're born
Like the ravens in the corn
On their wings, on our knees
Crawling careless from the sea

God, there are guns growing out of our bones
God, every road takes us farther from home

All these men that you've made
How we wither in the shade
Of your trees, on your wings
We are carried to the sea

God, give us love in the time that we have

Naked As We Came

She says wake up, it's no use pretending
I'll keep stealing breathing her
Birds are leaving over Autumn's ending
One of us will die inside these arms

Eyes wide open
Naked as we came
One will spread our
Ashes round the yard

She says if I leave before you darling
Don't you waste me in the ground
I lay smiling like our sleeping children
One of us will die inside these arms

Eyes wide open
Naked as we came
One will spread our
Ashes round the yard

Cinder And Smoke

Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is burning down

Give me your hand
And take what you will tonight, I'll give it as fast
And high as the flame will rise
Cinder and smoke
Some whispers around the trees
The juniper bends
As if you were listening

Give me your hand
Your mother is drunk as all the firemen shake A photo from father's arms
Cinder and smoke
You'll ask me to pray for rain
With ash in your mouth
You'll ask it to burn again

Sunset Soon Forgotten

Be this sunset soon forgotten
Your brothers left here shaved and crazy
We've learned to hide our bottles in the well
And what's worth keeping, sun still sinking
Down and down
Once again
Down and down
Gone again

Be this sunset one for keeping
This june bug street sings low and lovely
Those band-aid children
Chased your dog away
She runs, returning, sun still sinking
Down and down
Once again
Down and down
Gone again

Teeth In The Grass

And when you give me your clothes
And when we're lovers at last
Fresh air, perfume in your nose
There will be teeth in the grass

And when you give me your house
When we're all brothers at last
There will be food in our mouths
There will be teeth in the grass

And when there's nothing to want
When we're all brilliant and fast
When all tomorrow's are gone
There will be teeth in the grass

Love And Some Verses

Love is a dress that you made long to hide your knees
Love to say this to your face
I'll love you only
For your days and excitement
What will you keep for to wear?
Someday drawing you different
May I be weaving in your hair?

Love and some verses you hear
Say what you can say
Love to say this in your ear
I'll love you that way
From your changing contentments
What will you choose for to share?
Someday drawing you different,
May I be weaved in your hair?

Radio War

Did the wine make her dream
Of the far, distant spring?
Or a bed full of hens?
Or the ghost of a friend?

All the while that she wept
She'd a gun by her bed
And the letter he wrote
From a dry, foundered boat.

And the train track will take
All the wounded ones home.
And I'll be alone.
Fare thee well, Sara Jones.

Now we lie on the floor
While the radio war
Finds its way through the air
Of the dead market square.

And the beast, never seen,
licks its red talons clean.
Sara curses the cold
No more snow, no more snow.

No more snow.

Each Coming Night

Will you say when I'm gone away
"My lover came to me and we'd lay
In rooms unfamiliar but until now"

Will you say to them when I'm gone away
"I loved your son for his sturdy arms
We both learned to cradle then live without"

Will you say when I'm gone away
Your father's body was judgement day
We both dove and rose to the riverside

Will you say to me when I'm gone
"Your face has faded but lingers on
Because light strikes a deal with each coming night"

Free Until They Cut Me Down

When the men take me to the devil tree
I will be free and shining like before
Papa dont tell me what I should've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me home"

When the wind wraps me like the reaper's hand
I will swing free until they cut me down
Papa dont tell me what I could've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me home"

When the sea takes me like my mother's arms
I will breathe free as any word of God
Papa dont tell me what you would've done
She's the one who begged me
"Take me home"

Fever Dream

Some days her shape in the doorway
Will speak to me
A bird's wing on the window
Sometimes I'll hear when she's sleeping
Her fever dream
A language on her face

"I want your flowers like babies want God's love
Or maybe as sure as tomorrow will come"

Some days, like rain on the doorstep
She'll cover me
With grace in all she offers
Sometimes I'd like just to ask her
What honest words
She can't afford to say, like

"I want your flowers like babies want God's love
Or maybe as sure as tomorrow will come"

Sodom, South Georgia

Papa died smiling
Wide as the ring of a bell
Gone all star white
Small as a wishing well
And Sodom, south Georgia
Woke like a tree full of bees
Buried in Christmas bows
And a blanket of weeds

Papa died Sunday and I understood
All dead white boys say, "God is good"
White tongues hang out, "God is good"

Papa died while my girl
Lady Edith was born
Both heads fell like
Eyes on a crack in the door
And Sodom, south Georgia
Slept on an acre of bones
Slept through Christmas
Slept like a bucket of snow

Papa died Sunday and I understood
All dead white boys say, "God is good"
White tongues hang out, "God is good"

Passing Afternoon

There are times that walk from you like some passing afternoon
Summer warmed the open window of her honeymoon
And she chose a yard to burn but the ground remembers her
Wooden spoons, her children stir her Bougainvillea blooms

There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days
Autumn blew the quilt right off the perfect bed she made
And she's chosen to believe in the hymns her mother sings
Sunday pulls its children from their piles of fallen leaves

There are sailing ships that pass all our bodies in the grass
Springtime calls her children until she lets them go at last
And she's chosen where to be, though she's lost her wedding ring
Somewhere near her misplaced jar of Bougainvillea seeds

There are things we can't recall, Blind as night that finds us all
Winter tucks her children in, her fragile china dolls
But my hands remember hers, rolling around the shaded ferns
Naked arms, her secrets still like songs I'd never learned

There are names across the sea, only now I do believe
Sometimes, with the window closed, she'll sit and think of me
But she'll mend his tattered clothes and they'll kiss as if they know
A baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone

The Shepherd's Dog

Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car

Love was a promise made of smoke
In a frozen copse of trees
A bone cold and older than a body
Slowly floating in the sea
Every morning there were planes, the shiny blades
Of pagan angels in our father's sky
Every evening I would watch her hold the pillow
Tight against her hollows, her unholy child
I was still a beggar shaking out my stolen coat
Among the angry cemetery leaves
When they caught the king beneath the borrowed car
Righteous drunk and fumbling for the royal keys

Love was our father's flag and sewn like a shank
In a cake on our leather boots
A beautiful feather floating down
To where the birds had shit on empty chapel pews
Every morning we found one more machine
To mock our ever-waning patience at the well
Every evening she'd descend the mountain stealing socks
And singing something good where all the horses fell
Like a snake within the wilted garden wall
I'd hint to her every possibility
While with his gun the pagan angel rose to say
"My love is one made to break every bended knee"

White Tooth Man

Said the plain clothes cop to the beauty queen
“I've seen nothing but a spoke in a wheel”
So she gave up her crown to a kid with a crutch
And they both felt cheated after closing the deal
And the white tooth man I ran with him
Got all cut up from pissing out in the weeds
And a fight upstate with a broken blade
And a wife whose finger never wanted a ring

Said the plain clothes cop to the Indian chief
“I've made nothing but an honest mistake”
The postman cried while reading the mail
And we all got trampled in the Christmas parade
And the white tooth man who sold me a gun
A map of Canaan and a government bond
Said “I love this town, but it ain't the same”
The ski mask ripped as he was putting it on

Said the plain clothes cop to the holy ghost
“i've heard nothing if it wasn't the wind”
And we all got sick on a strip club meal
While the statehouse was frying all the witches again
So the white tooth man with his kids in the car
And a wad of money that was already spent
Said “I love my dog but she just ran away,
She'll keep running like the world never ends”

Love Song of the Buzzard

In the failing light of the afternoon
Lucy in the shade of the dogwood blooms
Yesterday the solace of a poison fish
Tomorrow i'll be kissing on her blood red lips

And no one is the saviour they would like to be
The lovesong of the buzzard in the dogwood tree
With a train of horses laughing through the traffic line
And the cradles unimaginative sense of time

Springtime and the promise of an open fist
A tattoo of a flower on a broken wrist
Lucy tells me jokingly to wipe her brow
With a pocket map to heaven and the sun goes down

Carousel

Almost home
When I missed the bottom stair
You were braiding your grey hair
It had grown so long since i'd been gone

And the perfect girls
By the pool they would protest
A cross around their necks
But our sons were overseas
We all know 'bout the hive and the honey bees

Almost home
With an olive branch and a dove
You were beaten on a Persian rug
With your bible and your wedding band
Both hidden on the TV stand

And the cruel wind blew
Every city father fell
Off the county carousel
While the dogs were eating snow
All our sons had sunk in a trunk of Noah's clothes

Almost home
We got lost on our new street
While your grieving girls all died in their sleep
So the dogs all went unfed
A great dream of bones all piled on the bed

And the cops couldn't care
When that crackhead built a boat
And said "Please, before I go
"May our only honoured bond
"Be the kinship of the kids in the riot squad."

House by the Sea

There is a house by the sea
Two jealous sisters, they're waiting for me
And one is laid on the floor
And one is changing the locks on her doors
And i've been buying the time on my knees
And i've been selling their blankets to bleed

Around the house by the sea
The scent of roses and raspberry leaves
And there is smoke in my clothes
Too much time with just smoke in my nose
And i've been making the meaning they lack
And i've been burning that book they come back to

There is a house by the sea
And an ocean between it and me
And like the shape of a wave
The jealous sisters will sing on my grave
And i've been living to run where they've led
And i've been dying to rise from their bed

But i've been sparing my neck from their chain
And they've been changing the sound of my name
And i've been swimming to them in my sleep
But i've been dreaming our love and our freedom

Innocent Bones

Cain got a milk-eyed mule from the auction
Abel got a telephone
And even the last of the blue-eyed babies know
That the burning man is the colour of the end of day
And how every tongue that gets bit always has another word to say

Cain bought a blade from some witch at the window
Abel bought a bag of weed
And even the last of the brown-eyed babies see
That the cartoon king has a tattoo of a bleeding heart
There ain't a penthouse Christian wants the pain of the scab but they all want the scar
How every mouth sings of what it's without
So we all sing of love
And how it ain't one dog who's good at fuckin'
And denying who he's thinking of

Cain heard a cat tumble limp off the rooftop
Abel heard his papa pray
And even the last of the black-eyed babies say
That every Saint has a chair you can borrow and a church to sell
That the wind blows cold across the back of a master and the kitchen help
There's a big pile of innocent bones
Still holding up the garden wall
And it was always the broken hand
We learn to lean on after all
How God knows if Christ came back
He would find us in a poker game
After finding out the drinks were all free
But they won't let you out the door again

Wolves (Songs of the Shepherd's Dog)

Wolves by the road
And a bike wheel spinning on a pawn shop wall
She'll wring out her colored hair
Like a butterfly beaten in a summer rainfall
And then roll on the kitchen floor
With some fucker with a pocketful of foreign change
Song of the shepherd's dog
A pitch in the dark in the ear of the lamb
Who's going to try to run away
Whoever got that brave

Wolves in the middle of town
And the chapel bell ringing through the wind-blown trees
She'll wave to the butcher's boy
With the parking lot music everybody believes
And then dive like a dying bird
To any dude with a dollar in the penny arcade
Song of the shepherd's dog
Waiter and the check or a rooster on the rooftop waiting for day
And you know what he's gonna say

Wolves at the end of the bed
And a postcard hidden in her winter clothes
She weep in the back of a truck
To the traitors only trying to find her bullet hole
And then run down the canopy road
To some mother with a baby and a cross to bear
Song of the shepherd's dog
Little brown flea in the bottle of oil
For your wool and wild hair
You'll never get him out of there

Resurrection Fern

In our days
We will live
Like our ghosts will live

Pitching glass at the cornfield crows
And folding clothes
Like stubborn boys across the road
We'll keep everything

Grandma's gun and the black bear claw
That took her dog
And when Sister Lowry says “Amen,”
We won't hear anything

The ten-car train will take that word
That fledgling bird
And the fallen house across the way
It'll keep everything:
The babies' breath, our bravery wasted, and our shame

And we'll undress beside the ashes of the fire
Both our tender bellies wound in baling wire
All the more a pair of underwater pearls
Than the oak tree and its resurrection fern

In our days
We will say
What our ghosts will say

We gave the world
What it saw fit
And what'd we get

Like stubborn boys
With big green eyes
We'll see everything

And the timid shade
Of the autumn leaves
And the buzzard's wing

And we'll undress beside the ashes of the fire
Our tender bellies all wound around in baling wire
All the more a pair of underwater pearls
Than the oak tree and its resurrection fern

Boy With a Coin

A boy with a coin he found in the weeds
With bullets and pages of trade magazines
Close to a car that flipped on the turn
When God left the ground to circle the world

A girl with a bird she found in the snow
Then flew up her gown and that's how she knows
That God made her eyes for crying at birth
Then left the ground to circle the earth

A boy with a coin he crammed in his jeans
Then making a wish tossed in the sea
Walked to a town that all of us burned
When God left the ground to circle the world

The Devil Never Sleeps

Dreamin' again of a train track ending at the edge of the sea
Big black cloud was low and rolling our way
Dog at the barbed wire barkin' at my buzz-cut friends
Friend with a switch blade shinin' in the summer rain
No one on the corner had a quarter for the telephone
Everybody bitchin' there's nothing on the radio

Dreamin' again of a city full of fathers and their white clothes
Chatterin' boys and a chicken at the choppin' block
All of us lost at the crosswalk waitin' for the other to go
Didn't find the field but boy you're really waterlogged
Someone bet a dollar that their daddy wasn't comin' home
Everybody bitchin' there's nothing on the radio

Dreamin' again that it's freezin' and my mother's in a flower bed
Long dead rows of daffodils and marigolds
Changin' her face like a shadow on the ground
This is what she said
No one lives forever and the devil never sleeps alone
Everybody bitchin' there's nothing on the radio

Peace Beneath the City

Here's a prayer for the body buried by the interstate
Mother of a soldier, a tree in a forest up in flames
Black valley, peace beneath the city
Where the women hear the washboard rhythm in their bosom when they say
"Give me good legs and a Japanese car and show me a road”

Sing a song for the bodies buried by the riverbank
A well-dressed boy and a pig with a bullet in the brain
Black valley, peace beneath the city
Where the white girls wander the strip mall, singing all day
“Give me a juggernaut heart and a Japanese car and someone to free"

Say something for the body buried like a keepsake
Mother of million mouths with the very same name
Black valley, peace beneath the city
Where the women tell the weather but never ever tell you what they pray
They pray "give me a yellow brick road and a Japanese car and benevolent change"

Flightless Bird, American Mouth

I was a quick wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your street-light eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
And stole me a dog-eared map
And called for you everywhere

Have I found you
Flightless bird, jealous, weeping
Or lost you
American mouth
Big bill, looming

Now I'm a fat house cat
Nursing my sore blunt tongue
Watching the warm poison rats
Curl through the white fence cracks
Pissin' on magazine photos
Those fishing lures thrown in the cold and clean
Blood-of-Christ mountain stream

Have I found you
Flightless Bird, grounded, bleeding
Or lost you
American mouth
Big bill, stuck going down

Around The Well

Dearest forsaken

To my dearest forsaken
Who the earth now has taken
Empty, the bottle drains no more

It is true that i loved you
Despite the harm that i own you
Wash out the river has you boy

Here on the eve of too long
Where you'll think i've done wrong
Waking in fear of you no more

I'll put my trust in the savior
Fielding forces of nature
Strength of the stump i tied you boy

To my dearest forsaken
Dearest vow i have broken
Afraid of your angry hands no more

I'll put my trust in the savior
River may help me later
Sleeping my lost love for you boy

Morning

Hard light, take the wings of the winter
Song bird, they were strong hands that held her
Miles above ground, we can't see you now

Morning took the reins from the rider
Strong hands on the lap behind her
They tear her nightgown, we can't see you now

Loud As Hope

Darling behave, though your boy is gone, or so we've heard
I feel you would rise if it was a song who'd say these words
Summer comes with its color all to take your breath away
Winter turns all the summer's love to grey

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ah, ah, ah, ah

Darling behave, though the barnyard won't say where he's gone
I feel you would sing if the orchard let on what went wrong
Summer comes, yeah, as loud as hope and takes your breath away
Winter takes what the summer had to say

Peng! 33

(Stereolab cover)

Curiosity was far greater than our fear
It felt so simple, so prodigious at the same time

Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in this world

Across the river there are all kinds of magical instruments
While we really keep on living like monkeys

Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in this world, yeah

Sacred Vision

“There's no way to temper your thirst
With lasting' impressions or pictures of home
There's no way to grow that don't hurt”
She growled from the station then hung up the phone

There's no sacred vision like her
No eye-crushing mountain or jewelry to wear
There's no granted wish I prefer
Then she to be with me, for us to be there

“I'd rather to be all alone
Forgiveness is fickle when trust is a chore
It's not every sin that's atoned”
I heard her speak softly then heard her no more

Friends They Are Jewels

Dreamless sleep will fall like a deep, poisoned well
On the steeple birds and this red-light hotel

So lay your pistol down, Granny
The company men never came to you
But don't unknit your brow, Granny
The mice in the yard ate the potted plants you grew

Pour your bitter tea for our sweet, liquored host
Perfect polished stones but this breeze beats you both

So lay your pistol down, Granny
The duty of men never fell to you
When you unknit your brow, Granny
Your friends, they are jewels, twice as beautiful and few

Hickory

He kissed her once as she leaned on the windowsill
She'll never love him but knows that her father will
Her fallen fruit is all rotten in the middle but her
Breast never dries when he's hungry

The money came and she died in her rocking chair
The window wide and the rain in her braided hair
A letter locked in the pattern of her knuckle
Like a hymn to the house she was making

Blind and whistling just around the corner and there's a
Wind that is whispering something
Strong as hell but my hickory root there

She kissed him once cause he gave her a cigarette
And turned around but he waits like a turned down bed
And summer left like her walking with another and a
Sound of a church bell ringing

The money came and he died like a butterfly
A buried star and the haze of the city lights
A gun went off and her mother dropped her baby on the
Blue feathered wing - we were lucky

Blind and whistling just around the corner and there's a
Wind that is whispering something
Strong as hell but my hickory root there

Waitin' For A Superman

(Flaming Lips cover)

I asked you a question
I didn't need you to reply
Is it getting heavy
And then realize
It's getting heavy
Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Is it overwhelming
To use a crane to crush a fly
It's a good time for Superman
To lift the sun into the sky
Cause it's getting heavy
Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Tell everybody
Waiting for Superman
That they should try to
Hold on the best they can
He hasn't dropped them, forgot them or anything
It's just too heavy for Superman to lift

Swans And The Swimming

“Take me again," she said, thinking of him
“To the pond with the swans and the swimming"
Far from his room the familiar perfume
How it left her aware she was naked

The lesson she learned when her memory serves
Is to marvel with love at the sunset
And walking away at the dark end of day
She will measure and break like a habit

Oh, how the rain sounds as loud as a lover's words
And now and again she's afraid when the sun returns

“Take me again,” she said, thinking of him
“I don't care for this careful behavior”
A brush through her hair, children kissing upstairs
Keeps her up with her want for her savior

The sun on the sand, on her knees and her hands
As she begs for her fish from the water
But turned them away, she's a whip and a slave
Given time she may find something better

Call Your Boys

Call your boys now that the table's set and shining
No one's seen any of them in many days
Call your boys they shut a buzzard on a Chrysler
And you still taste all that you swallowed before grace

And you'll forgive even the time they burned the hen house
And ran from you ran to the hills with burning hands

Setting sun framed in the doorway right behind you
Several chores, surely some lessons left to tell
Setting sun was in the hills and now before you
Set your boys each with their shining silverware

They'll bury you under the wood beside the carport
They'll bury you some neon stop along the way

Radio fuzz on the fence post by the pasture
Long ago Liza and you would dance all day
Now you lay buried, the stern and sacred father
And sacred earth under the billboard in the rain

For one last toast here's to the brave who went before us
Who died in vain, died in a movie for a dream

Such Great Heights

(Postal Service cover)

I am thinking it's a sign
That the freckles in our eyes
Are mirror images
And when we kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate
That God Himself did make
Us into corresponding shapes
Like puzzle pieces from the clay
And true it may seem like a stretch
But it's thoughts like this that catch
My troubled head when you're away
When I am missing you to death
When you are out there on the road
For several weeks of shows
And when you scan the radio
I hope this song will guide you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
"Come down now" they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
"Come down now" but we'll stay

I've tried my best to leave
This all on your machine
But the persistent beat
It sounded thin upon listening
And that frankly will not fly
You'll hear the shrillest highs
And lowest lows with the windows down
When this is guiding you home

They will see us waving from such great heights
"Come down now" they'll say
But everything looks perfect from far away
"Come down now" but we'll stay

Communion cups and someone's coat

Talk of yesterday and
She will show her
Brothers photographed
In callous clothes
Say tommorow and
She'll say come find me
On a beach, and there will no moon
But say today, and she will kiss your face
And maybe forget

Talk of yesterday like baragain shoe strings
She will kick the car and find her friends
Say tommorow and then
She'll describe some old communion cups
And someone's coat
But say today and she may look your way
And lead you home

Belated Promise Ring

Sunday morning my Rebecca sleeping in with me again
There's a kid outside the church kicking a can
When the cedar branches twist she turns her collar to the wind
The weather can close the world within its hand

And my mother says Rebecca is as stubborn as they come
They both call to me with words I never knew
There's a bug inside the thimble, there's a band-aid on her thumb
And a pony in the river turning blue
They say," Time may give you more than your poor bones could ever take"
My Rebecca says she never wants a boy
To be barefoot on the driveway as they wave and ride away
Then to run inside and curse the open door

I once gave to my Rebecca a belated promise ring
And she sold it to the waitress on a train
I may find her by the phone but with a fashion magazine
She may kiss me when her girlfriends leave again
They say, "Time may give you more than your poor bones could ever take"
I think I could never love another girl
To be free atop a tree stump and to look the other way
While she shines my mother's imitation pearls

Sunday evening my Rebecca's lost a book she never read
And the moon already fell into the sea
Saw the statues of our fathers in the courthouse flower bed
Now they blend with all the lightnin' tattered trees
They say, "Time may give you more than your poor bones could ever take"
My Rebecca said she knew I'd want a boy
A dollar for my boardwalk red balloon, to float away
She would earn a pocketful to buy me more

God Made The Automobile

God made the automobile to pass all the pretty girls
The smoke by the side of the road, the blues lovin' boys in tow
To drive to the end of the day and bow to a borrowed flag
To ride all the brave and the blind, and men without men in mind

To pass all the things He made and then never bothered to name
And no one will tell the truth, and no one will hide it from you
Like birds around the grave

God made the automobile and I made a little boy
To pass on the blissfully young, the snake with a forked tongue
To praise on the wanting for time, and makes in the sleepless waves
The fear of the Black and the Jew, and blood for the camera crew

And passes the things He made and then never bothered to name
And no one can tell the truth, and no one can hide it from you
Like birds around the grave

Homeward, These Shoes

Homeward the new road meanders
Washed out the old road as to what did I bring
Flowers, a verse about spring time
Perchance in the tree line she's awaiting for me

Homeward these shoes worn to paper
Thin as the reason I left here so young
Homeward and what if I see her
There in the doorway I walked away from

White house asleep on the hillside
Firm as a habit I struggled to shed
Homeward with heaven above me
Old road behind me, a door up ahead

Love Vigilantes

(New Order cover)

Oh, I've just come from the land of the sun
From a war that must be won in the name of truth
With our soldiers so brave your freedom we will save
With our rifles and grenades and some help from God

I want to see my family
My wife and child are waiting for me
I've got to go home
I've been so alone, you see

You just can't believe the joy I did receive
When I finally got my leave and I was going home
Oh, I flew through the sky, my convictions could not lie
For my country I would die, and I will see it soon

When I walked through the door my wife she lay upon the floor
And with tears her eyes did soar, I did not know why
Then I looked into her hand and I saw the telegram
Said that I was a brave, brave man, but that I was dead

Sinning Hands

Midnight, and her eyes
Hide like kittens, new and wet
Mine are sinning hands
On her lying on my bed

The river still may rise
Wild and water take us both
Mine are sinning hands
Take our bodies, take our clothes

Bloodless moonlight, may my lady
Give her lovely skin and bones

Midnight, and my bride
Treads in distant water now
Mine are sinning hands
And my teeth have fallen out

The river still may rise
Though it took more than it gave
Mine are sinning hands
On a broken windowpane

Bloodless moonlight, like my lady
Gave me only skin and bones

No Moon

Black dog bit through the keeper's chain
Small and angry when the Devil came
Sold my soul like a pocket knife
There was no moon, there'll be no milk as sweet

Tomcat curled on a rabbit cage
Brittle fingers in the potter's clay
Sold my soul and I laid her down
There was no moon, there'll be no milk as sweet

Blue bird laughs on a fallen tree
Sunset burns on a quiet sea
Sold my soul and they ran me down
There was no moon, there'll be no milk as sweet

Serpent Charmer

There's a woman hater with a broken record player
And a dusty compass, off to map the country's new behaviour
Strange words, and we all roll back into the river
Brave boys in the empty coats of men

There's a kitchen timer, distractions and reminders
Look, a roly-poly slowly crawling across your family china
Strange words, and we all roll back into the river
Dead dogs only want to live again

There's a serpent charmer with a pair of shoes and wander
A speeding ticket, you got leading that last lamb to slaughter
Strange words, and we all roll back into the river
Good girls come and kick you in the shin

There's a hopeful hunter with a hapless sense of wonder
And a million claw marks on the rock he hid his money under
Strange words, and we all rolled back into the river
And made men only want to live again
(close your eyes, you can too) [in reverse]

Carried Home

The kettle burned ‘cause I left it too long
When we were kissin' with the radio on
The cat was chokin' on a rattlesnake bone
The town had gathered ‘round the soldier boy
Carried home, carried home
The sick kids ate a bowl of red clay
And every summer day was endin' in rain
The late judge teetered in a john boat
The town had gathered ‘round the soldier boy
Carried home, carried home
The broken window and the pretty blue sky
And cold water for my swollen black eye
We shook some money from your mother's old clothes
When all had gathered ‘round the soldier boy
Carried home, carried home…

Kingdom of the Animals

Jenny was gone and the moon blooms all shinin'
As we dragged our panic up and down the riverbed
Sweatin', wild, and weird in our Sunday clothes
Jenny was gone, though I thought that I knew her
And the rain came howlin' out of Virginia
Blue tick blowin' the water out her nose
Jenny and me in the front row and singin'
About how heaven calls the kingdom of the animals
All and all revealed to us one day
Jenny and me on the hilltop and peekin'
At all their upturned bottles
Jumpin' like a leopard's jawharp
Teasin' the brushfire in its rage
Jenny came back and the wet road was still shinin'
And our eyes an angel clear and coronal
Clothed in all that's prodigal and strange
Jenny came back and I thought that I heard her
Murmur something about no men in Virginia
Spat on the ground like a letter tossed away
Jenny and me in a dead truck and turning
Over just where heaven calls the kingdom of the animals
Scratchin' our heads where the wolf would go to lay
Jenny and me as the moon blooms were closing
Both her wide-eyed brothers runnin' like shepherds
Dreamin' the heat of the fields all in flames

Arms of a Thief

Mr. Henry and the muscle man, yeah
With shoes on a night there was no road to stand
Like a letter in a stolen purse
She was bored of her weight, she was bored of her words
The daughter of a soldier told the fallen priest
"That's a cold, cold place in the arms of a thief"
And reaching out to touch the steering wheel
She said, "Leave me alone but just don't leave me here, all right?"
Aye, all right

Mr. Henry and another guy gave her gold
On a night that it fell from the sky
And like a body when the buzzard came
She was bored of her look, she was bored of her name
The daughter of a lawyer told the fallen priest
"That's a cold, cold place in the arms of a thief"
And tapping at the air with her heel
She said, "Leave me alone but just don't leave me here, all right?"
Aye, all right

Mr. Henry was a dying man with a vice
And a tongue that she didn't understand
Like the water when the sea got rough
She was bored with the breeze, she was bored of her luck
The winner and the loser told the fallen priest
"That's a cold, cold place in the arms of a thief"
And holding everything he made her steal
She said, "Leave me alone but just don't leave me here, all right?"
Hey, all right

The Trapeze Swinger

Please, remember me
Happily
By the rosebush laughing
With bruises on my chin
The time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house beneath the hill
And up until
Someone caught us in the kitchen
With maps, a mountain range
A piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention
But

Please, remember me
Fondly
I heard from someone you're still pretty
And then
They went on to say
That the pearly gates
Had some eloquent graffiti
Like "We'll meet again"
And "Fuck the man"
And "Tell my mother not to worry"
And angels with their gray
Handshakes
Were always done in such a hurry
And

Please, remember me
At Halloween
Making fools of all the neighbors
Our faces painted white
By midnight
We'd forgotten one another
And when the morning came
I was ashamed
Only now it seems so silly
That season left the world
And then returned
And now you're lit up by the city
So

Please, remember me
Mistakenly
In the window of the tallest tower call
Then pass us by
But much too high
To see the empty road at happy hour
Leave and resonate
Just like the gates
Around the holy kingdom
With words like "Lost and Found"
And "Don't Look Down"
And "Someone Save Temptation"
And

Please, remember me
As in the dream
We had as rug-burned babies
Among the fallen trees
And fast asleep
Aside the lions and the ladies
That called you what you like
And even might
Give a gift for your behavior
A fleeting chance to see
A trapeze
Swing as high as any savior
But

Please, remember me
My misery
And how it lost me all I wanted
Those dogs that love the rain
And chasing trains
The colored birds above there running
In circles round the well
And where it spells
On the wall behind St. Peter's
So bright with cinder gray
And spray paint
"Who the hell can see forever?"
And

Please, remember me
Seldomly
In the car behind the carnival
My hand between your knees
You turn from me
And said, "The trapeze act was wonderful
But never meant to last"
The clown that passed
Saw me just come up with anger
When it filled with circus dogs
The parking lot
Had an element of danger
So

Please, remember me
Finally
And all my uphill clawing
My dear
But if I make
The pearly gates
Do my best to make a drawing
Of God and Lucifer
A boy and girl
An angel kissin on a sinner
A monkey and a man
A marching band
All around the frightened trapeze swingers

Na-na
Na-na-na
Na-na
Na-na...

Kiss Each Other Clean

Walking Far From Home

I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along the wall
Saw a building high as heaven
But the door was so small, door was so small

I saw rainclouds, little babies
And a bridge that had tumbled to the ground
I saw sinners making music
And I dreamt of that sound, dreamt of that sound

I was walking far from home
But I carried your letters all the while
I saw lovers in a window
Whisper "warn me like time, warn me like time"

I saw sickness blooming fruit trees
I saw blood and a bit of it was mine
I saw children in a river
But their lips were still dry, lips were still dry

I was walking far from home
And I found your face mingled in the crowd
Saw a boat full of believers
Sail off talking too loud, talking too loud

I saw sunlight on the water
Saw a bird fall like a hammer from the sky
And woman on a speed train
She was closing her eyes, closing her eyes

I saw flowers on a hillside
And a millionaire pissing on the lawn
Saw a prisoner take a pistol
And say "Join me in song, join me in song"

Saw a car crash in the country
Where the prayers run like weeds along the road
I saw strangers stealing kisses
Given only their clothes, only their clothes

Saw a white dog chase its tail
And a pair of hearts carved into a stone
I saw kindness and an angel
Crying, take me back home, take me back home

Saw a highway, saw an ocean
I saw widows in the temple to the Lord
Naked dancers in the city
How they spoke for us all, spoke for us all

I saw loaded linen tables
And a motherless coat then it was gone
I saw hungry brothers waiting
With a radio on, radio on

I was walking far from home
Where the names were not burned along the wall
Saw a red road form a circle
And it came like a call, came like a call
From the Lord

Me And Lazarus

Me and Lazarus, we shovel all the ashes out
Black bare linens blowing 'round
Back and forth and up and down
Guess I had nowhere else to go

Me and Lazarus kept bailing on the riverboat
Floating by the choir rose
Bobbing in the ebb and flow
Guess I had nowhere else to go

He's an emancipated punk and he can dance
But he's got a hole in the pocket of his pants
Must be a symptom of outstanding circumstances

Me and Lazarus, we fiddle with a baby spoon
Fever flowing through the room
Far too long and way too soon
Guess I had nowhere else to go

Me and Lazarus, we pick up papa's white boy blues
Hand-me downs and Sunday shoes
Never made the local news
Guess I had nowhere else to go

And I'm a liberated loser that can roll
But where my pocket was I'm peeking through a hole
A couple second-chances surely would console me

Tree by the River

Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen

Dark canyon wall, the call and the answer
And the mare in the pasture
Pitch black and baring its teeth

I recall the sun in our faces
Stuck and leaning on graces
And being strangers to change

Radio and the bones we found frozen
And all the thorns and the roses
Beneath your window pane

Now I'm asleep in a car
I mean the world to a parted-mouth girl
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds

"Time isn't kind or unkind," you liked to say
But I wonder to who
And what it is you're saying today

Now I'm asleep in a car
I mean the world to a parted-mouth girl
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds

"Time isn't kind or unkind," you liked to say
But I wonder to who
And what it is you're saying today

Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen

Dark canyon road, I was coy in the half-moon
Happy just to be with you
And you were happy for me

Monkeys Uptown

I knew you well, I know you best
A baby mouth and I the breast
A lazy bone, an eagle eye
Circling a city that's higher than the sky

And it's looking like you better do what they say
Those monkeys uptown, I told you not to fuck around
Heaven's the name and the river is brown
With all the mud and the rain, it never settles down
It never settles down

Your baby left you unimpressed
But no one likes a beggar slightly overdressed
Trouble comes in funky clothes
You can always find a razor lying in the road

And it's looking like you better do what they say
Those monkeys uptown, I told you not to fuck around
Heaven's the name and the river is brown
With all the mud and the rain, it never settles down
It never settles down

I knew you well, I know you best
Everybody owes something to everybody else
Gabriel gave me some news to give to you
Maybe taken for granted, you've nothing better to do

And it's looking like you better do what they say
Those monkeys uptown, I told you not to fuck around
Heaven's the name and the river is brown
With all the mud and the rain, it never settles down
It never settles down

Half Moon

Halfway home in the hilltop trees
And all our footprints in the snow
And the evening glow, leaving

Low night noise in the winter time
I wake besides you on the floor
Counting your breathing

I can't see nothing in this half moon
Lay me down if I should lose you

Halfway working on a worn out house
And all our friends, the ragged clothes
The naked bones, whining

Where are we when the twilight comes?
The darker valley and the breeze
And the frozen leaves, chiming

Because I can't see nothing in this half moon
Lay me down if I should lose you

Rabbit Will Run

Last I saw mother she rose from a chair
When they caught me I'd just finished combing my hair
'Cause a rabbit will run, as a colt does along with the mare

We've all learned the earth while we carried the throne
We dove under the rivers and under our clothes
Now I still have a prayer, as sure as my settling bones

Last I saw mother she covered my ears
When they caught me I offered the captain a beer
'Cause a rabbit will run, and a lion has nothing to fear

We bricked up the garden and oh, what it means
And we've all kissed a virgin as if she were clean
And I still have a prayer, despite all the colors I've seen

And judgment is just like a cup that we share
I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
Well past the weeds and our vision of things to come

We've all heard the rooster and all been denied
And we've seen through the haze and the spit in our eyes
And I still have a prayer, a well-weathered word to the wise

Last I saw mother she smelled like a rose
When they caught me the captain, he opened my nose
'Cause a rabbit will run, and the wind takes a bird where it blows

We all traded lovers and woke up alone
And we clapped for the king, though our fingers were cold
And I still have a prayer, because I love what I cannot control

Last I saw mother, she acted surprised
When they caught me the captain, he cried like a child
'Cause a rabbit will run, and good dogs together go wild

We all live in grace at the end of the day
And we've armed all the children we thought we'd betrayed
I still have a prayer, but too few occasions to pray

Judgment is just like a cup that we share
I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
Well past the weeds and our visions of things to come

And we've all found a reason for hiding the gun
We've helped out a few if we've hurt anyone
I still have a prayer and so be it, I've done what I've done

Last I saw mother, she blew me a kiss
When they caught me the cups caught the blood from my wrist
'Cause a rabbit will run, and a pig has to lay in its piss

We've all given half to the hand in our face
We've all taken a stone from the holiest place
Now I still have a prayer, and I've furthered the world in my wake

Godless Brother in Love

Godless brother in love
You might as well
Lay down that rose
And fold the flag

She is money and tabs
That broken freedom bell
See her big children burning rags
By the riverside

And you can hear them on the hilltop laughing
Cursing every bird in the air
Telling her what fun they're having
Driving eyes closed

Godless brother
As far as I can tell
The night won't compensate the blind

She looks lovely
As lightning
Aw, but what the hell
Her big kids all run down the road
With no memories at all

And you can hear them on the hilltop laughing
Cursing every bird in the air
Telling her what fun they're having
Driving eyes closed

Big Burned Hand

When the arrogant goddess of love came to steal my shoes
She had a white-hot pistol and a homemade heart tattoo
Singing, "one's to give and one's to take away,
But neither of them will keep you off your knees"
Her children bowed ad bolted off the stage
While the lion and the lamb kept fighting for the shade tree

When the winsome god of war came to set me free
He had a couple of coke bottles full of gasoline
Singing, "all I love is all hat I allow"
And he blew me a kiss off a big burned hand
I nearly choked with smoke and fell down
While the lion and the lamb kept shooting at a tin can

When the gun shy goddess of love came back to patch things up
She had a purple heart and mother's milk in a plastic cup
Singing, "one will lay you gently in the grave,
And one's the flag you fold before you go"
When the curtain rose the crowd was blown away
While the lion and the lamb kept fucking in the back row

Glad Man Singing

I've become a glad man singing a song
About a soldier wanting food and fallen angel
Naked as a fish at night
About a sad man climbed up a willow bough
And the cops are on the fence around the dog in the manger
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide

I've become a glad man singing a song
About the bushes by the gas pump gone to flower
And a constant star collides
About a sad man singing they forgotten how
And the baby quit sucking when the milk went sour
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide

About a sad man lost in the hammock sway
When the bridal gown came on and spit out the window
And the cops say the dog won't bite
And the sad man's saying they've forgotten when
And the blood running black in the valley shadows
And the river running all the while

Yeah I've become a glad man singing a song
About a lover rolled over, said you must be tired
And the truth coming towards the light
About a sad man knocking on a chapel door
And a burned out boat called "Tried by Fire"
And the mouth of the river is wide
Wide

Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me

Fake watches in your broken hand
Barely keeping time
Barefoot in the city and your phone is ringing
Bet you're watching all the happy kids
Climbing on a car
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
"Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become"

Your fake money gave you everything
Left along the road
You're cursing by the furnace and your phone is ringing
Bet you're watching all the happy kids
Clapping in the cool
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
"Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become"

Your fake name is not for everyone
It's good enough for me
Forgotten by the garden and your phone is ringing
Bet you're watching all the happy kids
Kiss each other clean
They were singing something
Maybe they were singing:
"Become the weeds, we will become
Become the sea, we will become"

Become the rising sun
We will become, become
Become the damage done
We will become, become
Become the river sway
We will become, become
Become the love we made
We will become, become
Become the endless chain
We will become, become
Become forgotten name
We will become, become
Become sinner and the saint
We will become, become
Become bandage and the blade
We will become, become
Become the word and the breath
We will become, become
Become the card in the chest
We will become, become
Become the liked and the loathed
We will become, become
Become the bruise and the blow
We will become, become
Become the fruit and the fall
We will become, become
Become the caress and the claw
We will become, become
Become glory and the guilt
We will become, become
Become the blossom and the wilt
We will become, become
Become both right and wrong
We will become, become
Become the sound and the song
We will become, become
Become tooth and the tongue
We will become, become
Become the target and the gun
We will become, become
Become so cruel and kind
We will become, become
Become the weary and the wild
We will become, become
Become allegiance and doubt
We will become, become
Become the whisper and the shout
We will become, become
Become the honest and the veiled
We will become, become
Become the hammer and the nail
We will become, become
Become the blessing and the curse
We will become, become
Become their crooked words
We will become, become
Become the blood and the bone
We will become, become
Become an ice cream cone
We will become, become
Become the way and the wall
We will become, become
Become a disco ball
We will become, become
Become both now and then
We will become, become
Become again and again
We will become, become

Black Candle

(I-tunes Bonus Track)

I gathered my luck and I went with my brother
To where the witch on the hill threw the bones of her mother
To where the bravest birds in the height of the sky
Tumble down the mountainside
And gather to pray like a blanket on the fallen pines
Like praying ain't a waste of time

She told me again that she knew I'd be coming
And she padded her gown with all my counterfeit money
She said your love is locked in the garden you grow
A soldier's wound that bleeds through his clothes
Pick up your gun and pray there's no one left to fight
Like praying ain't a waste of time
Ain't a waste of time
Ain't a waste of time

I said you've given me less than you know I can handle
So the witch on the hill lit a single black candle
Said the name of God is carved on a blade
The wheels you make will turn in flames
So pray for love and the world to praying kind
Like praying ain't a waste of time

Lean Into The Light

(I-tunes Bonus Track)

We're not happy most of the time
We're not sad too often
We'll keep walking blind in the sun
While the rain's falling and then we'll
Laugh 'bout the rage and never sigh
Laugh just as long as we're side by side
Laugh as we lean into the light
Laugh

We're no better off than we were
We're no worse for trying
We'll keep walking blind by the gates
Now the church bells chiming
But we'll laugh as the tears roll from our eyes
Laugh holding hands and our knuckles whine
Laugh as we lean into the light

Every morning, every good night
Every wrong word in our minds do make me say come right
Every welcome, every goodbye
Every dark room our bodies made
We're leaning towards the light

Ghost On Ghost

Caught in the briars

The back alley's full of rain and everything's shining
As holy as she can be, the trick's in the timing
Free as the morning birds, fragile as china
She's stuck in the weakest heart of South Carolina

Where all of the naked boys who lay down beside her
Sing her the saddest song, all caught in the briars
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I never meant to fall so hard in her doorway
All of the sinners here have crosses for Sunday
Kissed at the county fair, frisked in the city
Where proof is an answered prayer but ain't it a pity

That all of the naked boys who lay down beside her
Sing her the saddest song, all caught in the briars

The Desert Babbler

It's New Year's Eve
And California's gonna kill you soon
The Barstow boys
Buckeyes in the shadow of the moon

Black houses in the hills and roadside hearts
Dying for a place to fall apart
Who knew what you could learn to live without
Mother Mary's lying in your mouth, now
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Back home the kitchen's warm with Christmas wine
And every girl has got an axe to grind
You live to look for heaven
But you're far from that hard light tonight

So quietly we've lost another year
The desert put a babbler in your ear
Mean fireweed and I miss you again
Barstow boys are spit into the wind

Back home the hammer always has to fall
Crosses barely hanging on the wall
Someday I know you'll never leave me
But we're far from that hard light tonight

Joy

Deep inside the heart of this troubled man
There's an itty bitty boy tugging hard at your hand
Born bitter as a lemon but you must understand
That you've been bringing me joy
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And I'll only lie when you don't want the truth
I'm only frightened cause you finally gave me something to lose
And it's as loud as a thunderclap and you hear it, too
But you've been bringing me joy

Deep inside the heart of this crazy mess
I'm only calm when I get lost within your wilderness
Born crooked as a creek bed and come to confess
That you've been bringing me joy

When I'm alive I'm living for you
Another blue bird dying but singing the blues
And it's a heartfelt silly sort of bumbling tune
About how you're bringing me joy

Low Light Buddy Of Mine

He's in a white car waiting for the light to change
He's a buddy of mine but I can't complain
He can make a lot of money, he can touch his toes
He knows you never look until the lights are low
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
But I love you and you love me
So we never demand and we never agree
I love you and you love me
And there's new fruit humming in the old fruit trees

He's in a white car waiting in a parking lot
And he's jealous of me and what we've got
He can buckle his belt, he can shine his shoe
But he can never end up where I found you

And I love you and you love me
So we don't talk back and we don't say please
I love you and you love me
And there's new fruit humming in the old fruit trees

He's in a white car waiting for the rain to pass
He's a buddy of mine but that won't last
Cause he ain't the dumb grin on an empty cup
We both took him for when he showed up

Cause I love you and you love me
So we both get stuck and we both get free
I love you and you love me
And there's new fruit humming in the old fruit trees

Grace For Saints And Ramblers

But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)

There were banged up heads stealing first base
Underneath the table so we never said grace
Falling out of bed for the workday week
There was kissing in the cracks of the flashflood street
There were budding blossoms blaring Johnny Rotten
Chewed up and swallowed by the prophet they were trying to follow
Picked to green and we payed no tax on our quick romantic cul-de-sacs

But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)

There were crashed out cars in our barcode clothes
There was rubbing on each other, rubbing ghost on ghost
There were jumped-up punks and the Jesus freaks
Weaving in and out of trouble, wrapping round and round a leash
There were sleepless dreamers, doomsday preachers
The message and the messenger, the gun beneath the register
The sweet gum tree by the tough drunk tank
We could never give enough to the bad blood bank
There were hopeless sinners, sweepstake winners
They danced with the farmer's daughter, capered with the corporate lawyers
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
All came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I

There was laughing in the light, sugar in the shade
There were backstab handshakes made on faith
We were never out of time and we'd never entertain
Anybody say the habit of the wind was gonna change
There were mislead misfits, teething biscuits
Fountains full of penny wishes, potties full of pretty fishes
Side by side with the birds and bees
And we never said grace, never ever took a knee
With the saints and ramblers, movie star handlers
High above the aviary, underneath the cemetery
And we never wondered why
Cause the sun was in our eyes
There was seed for the field, there was grease for the wheel
We were drinking with the luminaries eaten with the missionaries

All came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I (down to you and I)
But it all came down to you and I

Grass Windows

We found each other blown between the trees
Waning moons wanting to be swallowed by the sea
Like we finally saw the colors of the world

We grew the garden snake within the weeds
Laid each other long across a flat backstreet
Like we finally saw the colors of the world

We felt the sun leave us for the west
Little lips always folding farther from the breast
Like we finally saw the colors of the world

We ran a white flag up the mast
Puckered up like a widow dreaming in the grass
Like we finally saw the colors of the world
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Like we saw black
Like we saw black and blue
You pressed a pillow full of snow on my bruise
Like we saw black
Like we saw God green too
You saw it awful but it's over too soon

Like we saw black
Running around red ripe vines
I find you in the folds of lonely red night
Like we saw black
Lying in golden white
Lonely so you tried to love me alright

We threw our money to the river stones
Led each other through the woods to wander back alone
Like we finally saw the colors of the world

We let the taste linger in the mouth
South Chicago never gave us more to sing about
Like we finally saw the colors of the world

Singers And The Endless Song

When we all ran back into the briars
We told our children about the foreign shore
When we threw our boots into the fire
We told them all about the tug of war

Gonna tell them about the seed and the shovel
About the prison and the promised land
Gonna tell them about the dream of the devil
About the hurting and the healing hand, that hand
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song

When we held our words up in the mirror
We told our children how to hold their tongues
When we held our heads beneath the river
We told them all about the iron lung

Gonna tell them about the sins of the father
About the junkie and the jubilee
Gonna tell them about the roots in the water
About the killing in the quiet line of trees

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song

All our morning kisses in the covers
And told our children what 'worthy' means
And then you wrapped your arms around another
And told them what was worth a pile of beans

Gonna tell them about the call of the ocean
About the singers and the endless song
Gonna tell them about the body and the motion
And how the music never lasts too long, too long

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the low lit alley and the wedding bed
About the first born sucker and the spider's web

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the mind and the muscle and the weary mile
About the heart and the hustle and the empty sky

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the tangled up truth in the perfect teeth
About the pilgrim and the picking through the chaff and wheat

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the butterfly kiss and the call for blood
About the pig and the preacher and the holy mud

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the breeze in the summer and the nose will know
About the sleep through the winter when the cold wind blows

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the lame duck lion and the thorny crown
About the proud punk mule and the heavy plow

Cause the music never lasts too long for the singers and the endless song
About the sunburned belly and the mother's moon
About the end of the music coming way too soon

Sundown (Back In The Briars)

There go the cops with the tomcat teeth
Here come the church mice trying too hard
She had a way to be kind with words
I had a knife in the back of my car
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Nobody knows when the rain may come
Nobody wants to wake up and be cruel
She locked the door and the sun went down
In South Carolina with nothing to lose

All of her naked boys
And not even I was true

Winter Prayers

Well it's cold and you're bored
From counting the Smart cars on 94
When you dream, you're back home
But the lakeside don't trust you to walk alone

Hollow trees talk offhand
All the neckties are toasting with empty cans
And you know why she's gone
Like the clothes in the river drifting on

Slide down south
Cause once in a while your confidence leaves you
Like smoke falls out her red mouth

Well she left you the holes
That tracks in the backyard December snow
But those sad souvenirs
They end at the fence line and disappear
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Why'd you follow her there
Milwaukee's a deaf ear for winter prayers
There's no night, there's no day
With only hope in your pocket and hell to pay

Slide down south
When once in a while your confidence leaves you
Like smoke falls out her red mouth

New Mexico's No Breeze

God gave you red light on every green road sign when you left Santa Fe
We were two string beans and you were too nineteen to be blowing away
There were thieves in the square hiding hands and hiding prayers in all their mumbling
Nothing left you alone, tangled hills and tiny verio singing something

Stuck with her pin curls, your mama was scared of the world, it was born with a bang
I was stepping on sea shells by the old Mission San Miguel when a bell tower rang
And the sky fell apart heard the rain, I heard your heart, and what was spoken
Was "nothing begs for a name, nothing wants to stay the same, and nothing's broken"
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
When your friends and their friends passed the pipe or tied the knot
Honeymoon music played in the drive thru parking lot
I woke up by your bed, you were wandering around the yard
Window wide as a day but the sun just hit too hard

Little low votive doors, Mama's house slowed a little more every evening
Naked boys throwing stones, beady eyes and desert bones, they saw you leaving

God gave you bobwhites and the good kind of black night when you left Santa Fe
New Mexico's no breeze and you were so nineteen, you were blowing away

Lovers' Revolution

I came to you and you to me
And we were tapping on the window at the children when the piggy bank broke
Pitching quite a fit
About how the makers of the medicine will always say you're looking sick

I came to you and you to me
And we would whimper to the women washing milk off of their formal white clothes
But the funny thing
Was how when God was in his people we were dreaming about who else to be
And all the fingers that we damaged when all we wanted was a diamond ring

I came to you (came to you) and you to me (came to me)
And we were barking at the drug dogs, blood dried black on their hands
And never realized
You never tussle with a giant til you can hit him right between the eyes
(I came to you, I came to you)
And that no matter how we chewed it, we'd be choking on a compromise
(I came to you, I came to you)
Cause all the jaws, all the claws lay restless by the riverside
(I came to you, I came to you)
And it wasn't muscle in the shadow that was shoving us into the light
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I came to you and you to me
And we were snatching at a war baby's bottle just to trade it for change
But now it's come to pass
That every eye beneath the mountain saw the smoke but no one heard the blast
That no one knew the arm was broken although everybody signed the cast
And until the government was good, she said “Man, I thought you'd never ask”
And when love wore out her welcome, they just booked her for a bag of grass
That while she cried on the cross, we were sucking on the laughing gas
And when the head had left the body, not a flag was hanging half-mast

(I came to you, I came to you)
I came to you and you to me
And then we lost our own lovers' revolution but it started again
And now we're one
One of the parade wake widows walking home into the setting sun
One of the soldiers lost in the dreams that never lose the gun
(I came to you, I came to you)
One of the wise men wandering the podium without a tongue
One of the trophies tarnished by the mess we made of being young
(I came to you, I came to you)
One of the prayers, one of the promises swallowed with our chewing gum
One of the deaf ears, dumber all the time for all the years of drums
(I came to you, I came to you)
One of the wide-eyed soap boxes buried under Washington
One of the beat cops combing every sidewalk crack for love
(I came to you, I came to you)
One of the crowded stars uncounted when the map was done
One of the withered in the garden left to wonder when the rain will come

Baby Center Stage

Mama called you "Baby Center Stage"
She could really run her mouth
Baton Rouge called you "Petite Ange"
When Birmingham had run you out

Doesn't anybody see how scared you are?
There was a time when I was running you down
But the world kept spinning around
Doesn't anybody see how scared you are?
There was a time when you were running to me
But the lightning spared the tall tree
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
When your moon lights up the riverside
Slinging mud and bad blood
You can call me anytime
For all it's worth, Louisiana's still not enough

In your restless days
I got lost, I got saved
In your restless nights
I swung blind, somehow falling into the light

Doesn't anybody see how scared you are?
There was a time I was running you down
But the world kept spinning around
Doesn't anybody see how scared you are?
There was a time when you were running to me
But the hurricane had mercy

In your restless days
All that wind, all those waves
In your restless nights
We closed our eyes, killed each other, and came to life

In your restless days
I made my bed and dug my grave
In your restless nights
We both swung blind, somehow falling into the light

Archive Series Volume No. 1

Slow Black River

Lost my watch, watch and chain
But time's not lost
This time we walk together beside the slow black river

Water-walking over mud
You whisper something
Something good in my ear
So I stop so I can hear:

"Darling, I'm the one to blame
I threw your watch and chain
To where I don't know
Inside the tall grass meadow

You'll forget, forget in time
Remember this:
Your hand in mine forever
Beside the slow black river"

Lost my watch, watch and chain, to her today
But time it has no meaning
When her and me are walking

Darling, I'm the one to blame
I love you still
And timeless now forever
Together by the river

The Wind Is Low

You, strong as a virgin birth
Me, keeping your every word
Two dots where a single was
Three, counting the little one

We sail in the smallest boat
Sleep just when the wind is low

You see from the sparrow's height
Me, seeking you every night
Two sailing towards the sun
Three, counting the little one

Eden

Whisper in my ear everything my dear
Every wicked legend that you carry
On your naked breast
I believe it was your best
... since we married

As God will be my judge
I'm not the man I was
Before I found you lying in the garden

Let's go buy some clothes
Some warm socks for your toes
Cause it might be much colder in the morning

Two Hungry Blackbirds

Lovers accustomed to tragedy
See every kiss in the window across the street
Breezes and blessings passing by, ah ooh-oh

I'm in the shade of the dogwood tree
Not the one where you told your name to me
Two hungry blackbirds land near by, ah ooh-oh

If I could be over you when the sky starts falling
Would you be happy under me?
If I could be under you if the earth was burning
Could you be trusted over me?

Spoke to a mother whose baby drowned
Gave me advice, or a rumor she once heard:
“Heaven's a distance, not a place,” ah ooh-oh

Gave her an ear from the corn we grew
You were away but she gave her thanks to you
That was a year ago come May, ah ooh-oh

If I could be over you when the sky starts falling
Would you be smothered under me?
If I could be under you if the earth was burning
Would you be cryin' over me?

I could hear kids in the yard next door
Cats in the brush when the calendar fell down
Wait by the shade-tree one more year, ah ooh-oh

Poetry tempered with tragedy
Tempted and pulled when you cry upon my sleeve
Two flocks of blackbirds meet the air

Freckled Girl

Someday soon I'll just live over yonder
Bring you coffee to taste
Crossword puzzles to ponder

And I hope you're well
And you know that I love you
Though I write so seldom
And call every blue moon

There's some tall Georgia boy
Searching out a freckled girl with style
Wait 'til tomorrow

Someday soon when we hail from Atlanta
We won't need some Christmas to spend time together
And I hope you're well
And you sleep every evening
Never lying awake for your dreaming of children

There's some tall Georgia boy
Searching out a freckled girl with style
Wait 'til tomorrow

Judgement

Day walks out and there's no sound
There's a candle burning by me now
Light enough for to see the things beyond me
Door is wide as a rise on me
So the night comes in and starts to breath
The only name that I really know

Tell me did he think of me
At a drop of rain, or when you see
When it rakes as it moves across the water
Judgement comes when I'm all alone
Like a spyglass on the furthest coast
Favored now that it's left behind

When you talk to me you could swallow me

Nighttime brings me a place I fear
Where I hear your words and feel you near
Fingers only to find a frozen memory
Sometimes clothes chosen long ago
A direction down a gravel road
Makes you wish you could take him back

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh

Days walk on and when there's no sound
I go straight to you and find you down
Kneeling next to the water where I left you
Knee-deep now in the creek I made
From the landscape lost I want to save
Save it now or be punished more

When you talk to me you could swallow me

Nighttime brings me a place I fear
Where I hear your words and feel you near
Fingers never to find a warmer memory
Sometimes friends we knew long ago
Or affections we set free to go
Find you right where you ran to hide

Sing Song Bird

Give me your shoulder, I'm a sing song bird
My savior says that I'm the words
I map across a daylight blinding you

Chicken-boned and with a 10-cent bunk
Claimed Jesus spoke, though I was drunk
Untied my shoe and told me what to do:

"Warn the boys are about the dimmer rooms
That try to woo them all with their cheap perfume
Rooms like this, a pathway to the fall
Warn the girls about the dimmer stars
That try to woo them all with the cheap guitars
The morning fades the glitter on their song

Warn the boys are about the dimmer rooms
That try to woo them all with their cheap perfume
The sun don't sweat the souls that get the call
Warn the girls about the dimmer stars
That try to woo them all with the cheap guitars
Dear Lord, give me the strength to shade you all"

Beyond The Fence

Two flat tires on the Model T
Two birds fightin' for a worm
Faded squares like snowy TV screens
Where your photographs were hung

Keep Old Glory folded on a shelf
In a cabinet full of guns
Sell that engine block to someone else
Maybe they can make it run

How'd that calf get out beyond the fence
How'd that hole get in your jeans
Movie show was once but twenty cents
That mud there was once a stream

The moon is high, your nose is burnt
Your dog is gone
Your mouth is dry, the milk is turned
But Barbara's home

Hand in hand you watch the sun go down
Colored lullabye of God
Barbara wears her mother's old nightgown
Sleepin' with a nightlight on

White sheet blowin' on a short clothesline
New tree bendin' to the breeze
This clock's beautiful but can't keep time
What's that scar on both your knees

The moon is high, your nose is burned
Your dog is gone
Your mouth is dry, the milk has turned
But Barbara's home

Quarters In A Pocket

Like the setting sun
And more than anyone
You look warmer when you're sinking down

Find your favourite tree
And come sit next to me
I've a sheet that's softer than the ground

This time spent with you
Feels like charcoal sketches for a painting
That you won't let me see
But I've come to find
That comfort comes like quarters in a pocket
I thought were lost to me

All your favourite clothes
And all the pain we know
Came from those you favour for a time

Take it off your chest
And throw your loneliness
In a surly river, cold and wild

This time spent with you
Feels like charcoal sketches for a painting
That you won't let me see
But I've come to find
That comfort comes like quarters in a pocket
I thought were lost to me

Lie about your sign
And hang your worry line
On a missing poster for a dog

Find a promise ring
And blind affinity
For a match the gypsy said was wrong

This time spent with you
Feels like charcoal sketches for a painting
That you won't let me see
But I've come to find
That comfort comes like quarters in a pocket
Discovered accidentally

Loretta

"Look at the shadow on our tree
Seems we'll meet an early dusk"
Loretta looked up, the grey sky low
Two-by-two on the bus

Water and anger in our house
Though she spoke of rainbows
Reaching the roof with soaking shoes
River's up, where'd she go

You're wiser, Loretta
You're wiser, and only twenty-five

Churning, the TV floating by
Through our room and out the door
Loretta, she prayed for what to do
If it rained anymore

She was a washcloth wet with love
I was not. She was mine
I'm in the olive tree next door
River's up to my eyes

You're wiser, Loretta
Much wiser, and only just in time

Everyone's Summer Of '95

They heard a car sputter away too soon
Me and the boys from the billiards room
Found a shady tree
Halfway home and going nowhere

Casey was asked for his favorite joke
Fluttered away just before he spoke
But he came to me
Halfway home and going nowhere

All I can tell you, is how we spent the time
Friends are made in the strangest ways
And I'll miss them by and by

Late in the day and the dust kicked up
Me and the boys with the windows shut
And the music on
Halfway home and going nowhere

Everyone's summer of '95
Vivid and there till the tape had died
On our favorite song
Halfway home and going nowhere

Hitching a ride with a crusty girl
Me and the boys stole her tie dye shirt
And a kiss or two
Halfway home and going nowhere

Casey wars words with the mud flap guy
Smothered and bruised in the neon lights
And we all went down
Halfway home and going nowhere

All I can tell you is how we spent the time
Friends are made in the strangest ways
And I'll miss them by and by

Back on our feet, and the car backs in
Me and the boys at the billiards room
Coming back on beer
Halfway home and going nowhere

Casey will crack up, a fight broke lose
I'm in the back, thinking I must choose
But I like it here
Halfway home and going nowhere

Minor Piano Keys

Say, say something nice to her
Fragrant and sturdier
Delicate hands for shoulders sliding down
Days, days like a summer rain
Blink and they're gone again
Soaking she sits alone, outside and down

Prays, prays for a soldier boy
In fire and angry noise
Under the thumb of the Lord
And waits, quilting and quietly
Her minor piano keys
Slip through the screen of the door

Say, say what you mean to her
Washing her colander
Eyes on the stranger cresting ‘round the bend
Days, days like the winter snow
Linger ‘til heaven knows
Naked she sings the table grace and then

Prays, prays for her soldier boy
In fire and angry noise
Under the thumb of the lord
And waits, quilting and quietly
Minor piano keys
Slip through the screen of the door

Your Sly Smile

Blue light setting lotus style in your A-frame in the countryside
Stillness slides the door and walks inside
Candle on the windowsill
Burnt wickless through our low-lit meal
Heaven only knows the things you hide

In your blue eyes, in your sly smile

Tangerine on both your hands
Smells strong as the tobacco can
Roll me up a smoke if you don't mind
Touch me like that afternoon
When your friends would all be over soon
And you said, “"what the hell, we'll make the time”"

With your blue eyes, in your sly smile

Halfway To Richmond

I'll make supper for myself
I'll watch the clock upon the shelf
I'll clean this broken house you denied
Is your time much better spent
By giving such a small percent
To every pleasantry that I tried

What's the ugly thing I see
When was this cold and uncomely
Animosity begotten
Fucking with the lights left on
Till every ounce of strength was gone
Is there something you'd forgotten

When a new sun warms the bedroom wall
I'll be halfway to Richmond
I'm a fool just to care at all
You're the free vagabond

London Bridge is falling down
And Simon says to turn around
These games ain't too fun when you're grown
Where'd you go, and why'd you leave
I'll close my eyes and count to three
Then hurry up and wait by the phone

But when a new sun warms the bedroom wall
I'll be halfway to Richmond
I'm a fool just to care at all
You're the free vagabond

Wide Across The Water

I saw you wade across the river
Winter coat across your shoulders
Calling out, what did you say?

If I wade across the water
When I rise will you be there
Holding on or turned the other way?

I saw you wade across the river
Handkerchief in your fingers
Just in case, well, just in case

If I lose to the water
Lose it all for you, lover
You were all I wanted anyway

Postcard

This postcard tells you where we've been
And dirty dreams of pious men
Who wake in fear but sleep again
With what they've done
With what they've done
With all they've done

Some profit died but wrote it down
Our serpent bell is on the ground
And all the ladies sing it loud
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The meadow birds have found the bones of righteous men
Like ragged clothes, like precious stones
And fell like evil in the end and eight of them
Those evil men, those perfect men

Some knuckle broken heart disease
Which pulled a preacher off his knees
A callous whisper through the trees
Blows patience boy
More patience boy
More patience boy

And watch her children by the flame
The ones you gave your father's name
Whose evil and his love remained
Inside you boy
Inside you boy
Inside you boy

The meadow birds have found the bones of righteous men
Like ragged clothes, like precious stones
And fell like evil in the end and eight of them
Those evil men, those perfect men

We'll sing a song we've never heard
Formed out of small forsaken words
And all the while that this occurs
We'll love you all
We'll love you all
We'll love you all

And for the beauty that we've lost
The measures time for love it cost
Despite our feelings for the cross
We love you all
We love you all
We love you all

Sing into My Mouth

This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)

(Talking Heads)

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me round
I feel numb, born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground
Head in the sky
It's ok I know nothing's wrong, nothing

Hi yo I got plenty of time
Hi yo you got light in your eyes
And you're standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight, say goodnight

Home, is where I want to be
But I guess I'm already there
I come home she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can't tell one from the other
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time, before we were born
If someone asks, this where I'll be, where I'll be

Hi yo we drift in and out
Hi yo sing into my mouth
Out of all those kinds of people
You got a face with a view
I'm just an animal looking for a home
Share the same space for a minute or two
And you love me till my heart stops
Love me till I'm dead
Eyes that light up, eyes look through you
Cover up the blank spots
Hit me on the head

Done This One Before

(Ronnie Lane)

Well, in the morning we'll have to pretend again, smiling
You'll be my good friend again, hold me
The light comes a-creeping in the morning, the curtain will rise again
I know, I know, cause I've done this one before

Well, it's the end there, just the beginning, and I'm here
Caught in the middle, loving you comes
As easy as breathing, loving you comes when everyone's leaving
I know, I know, cause I've done this one before

I know, I know
Why must it be so
Why ask for the moon

Well, there's just so much, to want to be with her
Where was I when she was in trouble? Now I'm here and
Too late, as usual in the morning
Well, she'll be returning
I know, I know, because I've read this one before

I know, I know
Why must it be so
Why ask for the moon

Any Day Woman

(Bonnie Raitt)

If you don't love her you'd better let her go
You'll never fool her you're bound to let it show
Love's so hard to take when you have to fake
Everything in return
You just preserve her
When you serve her a little tenderness

If she's a woman she'll try to make it last
If you're a man now you'd better end it fast
There's no reason here, no treason here
Just the way a womans mind
Well she has no blame, she has no shame
She just loves you

It's not easy to undo what's done
Or to speak too freely to just anyone
And if this takes more than you bargained for
Boy it's time you learned
Not to talk so loud or walk so proud
When you're comin' on

You Know More Than I Know

(John Cale)

But us, like other angry whores
Discuss what threats were made before
You don't need them anymore

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

Instead I read the morning news
In bed, what endlessness ahead
And there's no more to be said

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

The blind may see but stay behind relief
Of all liability and greed
And there's nothing more you need

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

No one listens to it
They don't believe it
But it's the only way for me

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

What crap, old chap, fills up the gap we set
Like traps, like traps for us, the rats
And there's nothing more to catch

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

Then bury me deep down among the weeds
That creep into the hearts of all the weak
And there's nothing more so weak

You know more than I know
You know more than I know
You know more than I know

Bullet Proof Soul

(Sade)

I was so in love with you
You rarely see a love that's true
Wasn't that enough for you
Wasn't that enough for you
I would climb a mountain
I wouldn't want to see you fall
Rock climb for you
And give you a reason for it all

You keep on thinking
You were the only one
Too busy thinking
Love is a gun

Hit me like a slow bullet
Like a slow bullet
It took me some time to realise it

You keep on thinking
You were the only one
Too busy thinking
Love is a gun

I know the end before
The story's been told
It's not that complicated
But you're gonna need a bullet proof soul

You were trigger happy baby
You never warned me let me free
It's not that complicated
But you're going to need a bullet proof soul
I think you got it
But you got all the trouble you need
I came in like a lamb
But I intend to leave like a lion

It hit me like a slow bullet (like a slow bullet)
It hit me like a slow bullet (like a slow bullet)
It hit me like a slow bullet (like a slow bullet)
It hit me like a slow bullet (like a slow bullet)

There's No Way Out of Here

(Unicorn)

There's no way out of here
When you come in you're in for good

There was no promise made
The part you played the chance you took
There are no boundaries set
But time and yet you waste it still

So it slips through your hands
Like grains of sand you watch it go
There's no time to be lost
You'll pay the cost so get it right

There's no way out of here
When you come in you're in for good

And never was there an answer, there an answer
Not without listening without seeing

There are no answers here
When you look out you don't see in
There was no promise made
The part you played the chance you took

There's no way out of here
When you come in you're in for good

And never was there an answer, there an answer
Not without listening without seeing

There's no way out of here
When you come in you're in for good
There are no answers here
When you look out you don't see in
There was no promise made
The part you played the chance you took

(There's no way out of here
When you come in you're in for good
There are no answers here
When you look out you don't see in
There was no promise made
The part you played the chance you took...)

There's no way out of here

God Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)

(El Perro Del Mar)

God knows
I've been taking a lot without giving back
God knows
I've been taking a lot without giving back

You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back
You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back
You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back to the love

God knows
I've been taking a lot without giving back
God knows
I've been taking a lot without giving back
God knows
I've been asking a lot without giving back

You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back
You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back
You gotta give to get
You gotta give to get back to the love

Get back got to get back
Get back got to get back
Get back got to get back
Get back got to get back

Straight and Narrow

(Spiritualized)

The trouble with the straight and the narrow
Is its so thin, I keep sliding off to the side
And the devil makes good use of these hands of mine

And if Jesus is the straight path that saves
Then I'm condemned to live my whole life on the curb
On the crossroad with the devil, I'll dwell and I'll count my years

You know that I got a little something I should say
I guess that I'm just so easily led astray
It's alright because I know my own way back home from here

And I don't fall of the wagon you know
I take a dive and go as deep as I can go
Don't hold your breath cause I'm coming up slow, this time

And the trouble with the straight and the narrow
Is its so thin, I keep sliding off to the side
And the devil makes good use of these hands of mine

You know a little problem or two
I guess that I keep on taking a few
I've been told its not the best thing that I can do, right now

And I don't go looking for my sins you know
They come out waiting, and I just get on and go
Don't hold your breath cause I'm coming up slow this time

And the trouble with the straight and the narrow
Is its so thin, I keep sliding off to the side
And the devil makes good use of these hands of mine

And if Jesus is the straight path that saves
Then I'm condemned to live my whole life on the curb
On the crossroad with the devil, I'll dwell and I'll count my years

And the devil makes, the devil makes, the devil makes, good use of these hands of mine
And the devil makes, the devil makes, the devil makes, good use of these hands of mine

Magnolia

(JJ Cale)

Whippoorwill's singing
Soft summer breeze
Makes me think of my baby
I left down in New Orleans
I left down in New Orleans

Magnolia, you sweet thing
You're driving me mad
Got to get back to you, babe
You're the best I ever had
You're the best I ever had

You whisper "Good morning"
So gently in my ear
I'm coming home to you, babe
I'll soon be there
I'll soon be there

Am I A Good Man

(Them Two)

Am I a good man
Am I a fool
Am I weak
Somebody tell me or am I just playin' it cool

I have a woman and I know she's no good
Still I hold my head up high
And try to do the things that a good man should

Does that make me a good man
Am I a fool
Am I weak
Somebody tell me or am I just playin' it cool

She has made my whole life a mess
Still I work day and night for her
So she can always have the best

Does that make me a good man
Am I a fool
Am I weak
Somebody tell me or am I just playin' it cool

The best of her love she gives to someone else
But still before I hurt my little girl
I'd rather hurt myself

Make me a good man
Am I a fool
Am I weak
Somebody tell me or am I just playin' it cool

She's made my whole life a mess
Still I work day and night for her
So she can always have the best

Does that make me a good man
Am I a fool
Am I weak
Somebody tell me or am I just playin' it cool

Am I a good man? Am I a good man
Am I weak? Somebody tell me
Am I just playin' it cool

You know I love her
Am I a fool
Am I a fool

Ab's Song

(Marshall Tucker Band cover)

And if I died at twenty-three
Would you bury me in the sunshine?
Please let me know that you're still mine
Though I'm gone
My love for you is oh-so strong

And when the grass grows over me
Let me know you still love me
Never put nobody else above me
Then I'll know
My love for you will always grow

Coyote, My Little Brother

(Peter La Farge)

Coyot', Coyotee-ee-ee!
What have they done
My brother, where
Brother, where
Where do you run?

They strychinined the mountains
They strychinined the plains
Brother, the coyote
Won't come back again
Won't come back again

When you hear him singing
The few that are left
He's warning the human race
Of his death, of his death

Don't poison the mesas
Don't poison the sky
Or you won't be back
Little brother
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

There will be no one to listen
And no one to sing
And never ever be...
Be spring...

Non Albums Tracks

A Book Unfinished

You returned the book unfinished about a girl with raven hair
And a gentleman, her lover, who presented her a mare
Which she rode across the country, leaving him to tend the land
Which had turned to drier quarter when it met his lonely hands

No more weeds left in your garden
No more green and no more stone
No more guilty left to pardon
Only evil of your own

Blind man found a baby, and the virgin kissed a man
From the farmland proven fertile since the rain returned again
But you returned the book unfinished to your friend around the bend
Who had scribed a closing passage but you never reached the end

No more sparrows in your garden
Since you lost your telephone
No more guilty left to pardon
On your hilltop all alone

A History Of Lovers

(In The Reins EP)

Louise only got from me innocent poetry
Although she played to not listen
But still I can hear myself speak as if no one else
Ever could offer the same

Some say she knowingly tasts like a recipe
Although so foolish and willing
I said Babe I can picture you bend as if wanting to
Bow as the curtain went down

Coddle some men, they'll remember you bitterly
Fuck ‘em, they'll come back for more
I asked my Louise would she leave and so cripple me
Then came a knock at the door

“I came for my woman,” he came with a razor blade
Bound like us all for the ocean
I hope that she's happy I'm blamed for the death of
The man who would take her from me

Some they saw in me innocent poetry
Some, some they'll never be certain
But still it's been written, a history of lovers
Given and taken in ink

Coddle some men, they'll remember you fittingly
Cut ‘em, they'll come back for more
I asked my Louise would she leave and so cripple me
Then came the knock at the door

Louise came to rescue me; listen, the irony:
Blood made her heart change its beating
I hope that she's happy I'm blamed for the death of
The man she found better than me

All Tomorrow's Parties

(The Velvet Underground / In The Reins EP Japanese Release)

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
A hand-me-down dress from who knows where
To all tomorrow's parties
And where will she go, and what shall she do
When midnight comes around
She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown and cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
Why silks and linens of yesterday's gowns
To all tomorrow's parties
And what will she do with Thursday's rags
When Monday comes around
She'll turn once more to Sunday's clown and cry behind the door

And what costume shall the poor girl wear
To all tomorrow's parties
For Thursday's child is Sunday's clown
For whom none will go mourning

A blackened shroud
A hand-me-down gown
Of rags and silks - a costume
Fit for one who sits and cries
For all tomorrow's parties

Beauty And Family

Reading letters
Ancient coins
And pockets full of earth
Chance I'll see you
Next December

Bathtub running
Joining hands
And naked as a bird
That's a vision
I'll remember

Pull the covers of the bed
The papers of the ground
Now a baby
Walks where you do

Take her book off of the shelf
And put your teacup down
Know my hopes
Lay beside you

You're camera set in motion
Take a picture of the ocean
Catch the seagull up above
Make a whisper of your love

Put your hair and watch it grow
This time durates the floor
You're a beauty in the family
Spend your money for the month
He can afford you more
Keep your courage like memory

You're camera set in motion
Take a picture of the ocean
Catch the seagull up above
Make a whisper of your love

Beneath the balcony

(The Sea and The Rhythm EP)

Let's go out and dance, darling
Our last of days
And grace the game with a blindfold on
The cheaters came to play
And outside the soft-handed boys
Screaming cars and all their speed
Music, math, a hero beggin change
His sword across his knees

And how he prays to find a man to blame
For every sleepless night he spends
And for every well that he warned me of
But wound up falling in
And then for the kids beneath the balcony
Who disregard the rain
To make sure the king won't grant
The dead man one more day

Let's go out and see darling
What shines tonight
And temper your dream about the dying horse
With traffic, noise, and light
And somewhere the soft-handed boys,
Bleeding hearts, and worker bees
Give to the holy mother begging change
Christ across her knees

And oh how she prays to find a man to blame
For every loveless night she waits
And for every gun that she frowned upon
But still some fucker made
And then for the kid beneath the balcony
Behind the garbage can
Who waits for the king to come
And hold his sweating hand

Blue Leaves

Strength like a stone, a texture you know
And sewn in your children's quilts you made
Can you be meek, lowered and weak
Possibly tired as to see

Her eyes upon you under blue leaves at night
And what will you do with your new kind of sight?

Cluttered asides and marginal lines
Home to the closest jewels you owned
Strength like a stone, a pressure you've known
Better than footsteps leading home

And eyes wanting you under blue leaves at night
But you never knew until they sank out of sight

Broken Spinning Wheel

Stepping gently down the garden row
Susie she prays but yet nothing grows
Empty driveway and a flagpole tap
Breeze at her back & her hands in her lap
Susie says she'd like to talk
Sinking sunshine past his bedtime
He says, "Talk of what?"
Mother passed away and left her these
Porcelain cups and hidden memories
Photographs of who she used to be
Clothes and a broken spinning wheel
Susie says she'd like to talk
Sinking sunshine past his bedtime
He says, "Talk of what?"
In a book when he goes out of town
"....." Susie can't pronounce
Does she want a baby anymore?
Does she want the place she wishes for?
But Susie says she'd like to talk
Sinking sunshine past his bedtime
He says, "Talk of what?"

Burn That Broken Bed

(In The Reins EP)

How do you bust the clouds
Press on your back been hanging in the air
I wanna scope you out
I wanna touch your mouth when you're up there

When are you coming back
Bird on a branch will come back home to sing
When are you coming back
Bringing it back and singing what you bring

How do you bust the clouds
Head on the ground and feeling what you've seen
I wanna scope you out
I wanna be your eyes and show you me

When are you coming back
When are you gonna burn that broken bed
When are you coming back
I wanna see you drifting overhead

California

The postman passed me twice now, I have waited an hour
Blue sky churning black now, needled rain with the power
Of magnified abandon, soaking through to my moving
And vivid truth I'm doubting all the while that it's proven

Have you thought you might should be in California
Your tactile look of honesty, I know they'd love you, oh-oh-oh

A hundred thousand choices, words are stronger inside me
And wrote on angry voices spoken even and calmly
Do you pretend I'm docile, played it hard for to badger
Or disregard me futile, even for to remember

Have you thought you might should be in California
An actress of your quality, I know they'd love you, oh-oh-oh

Calm On The Valley

There's a rooster, a hen, a black dog
By my kid in the yard
And I've tattooed the head
Of the woman I've wed on my arm

We sit on the lawn
And she winks and she yawns
At the sound that the setting sun makes
As it lights up the lake and goes down

And you ease my troubles with your hands
Like the night puts a calm on the valley
Moved my shaking castle from the sand
When you gave me your soul for to marry

Dum da dum, da da dum . . .

The cicadas in tune ain't too noisy for you
But too fast, as the night eases in
Like dark wine on our skin and the grass

Now the moon's high above
You're the woman I've loved for so long
It's the last goodnight kiss and
These moments I miss when you're gone

Cattle On Calvary

Warm in the jailhouse in Brownsville, asleep
A bootful of liquor he borrowed
He dreamed he was colored and waiting to meet
The rich man drawing tomorrow

Head full of cotton, the scent in his mouth
White coat of paint on the steeple
Sharp pins and needles, he cursed, as he woke
The smug, sleeping town and its people

Sheriff Brown bit through his tongue when he shot out the black boy
He thought was stealing
Churches burned on the hillside like cattle on Calvary
Frightened and thirsty

The river swelled up till the valley could feel
Its moving like meddling fury
Brown asked the creek why the Lord had to steal
His horse, his house, and his baby

Grasping for branches while floating downstream
Scared, unfamiliar and stranded
Jumped on a dog, broke its neck on a tree
His feet all but once again planted

Sheriff Brown bit through his tongue when he screamed like a soldier
For justice and mercy
Churches burned on the hillside like cattle on Calvary
Frightened and thirsty

Brown left the jail for a bar across town
The street where the weight left his shoulder
He walked through the door, finding no one around
But Jesus, in a booth in the corner

Brown rubbed his eyes, turned his radio off
Seeing, but far from believing
Jesus stood up, and with a thick southern drawl
Said, "Brown, I'm the nigger you're seeking"

Sheriff Brown bit through his tongue when he strung up the savior
On a hook on the ceiling
Churches burned on the hillside like cattle on calvary
Dumb of their freedom

Chelsea Hotel #2

( Leonard Cohen )

I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so smooth
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousine waits in the street
And those were the reasons and that was New York
We were running for the money and the flesh
That was called love for the workers in song
But it still is for those of us left
Ah, but you got away, didn't you, babe?
You just turned your back on the crowd
You got away, never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
All of that driving around
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make exceptions
You're clenching your fists for the ones like us
Who are pressed by the figures of beauty
You fixed yourself, you said if I might
We are only, we have the music
And you got away, didn't you, babe?
You just turned your back on the crowd
You got away, never once heard you say
I need you, I don't need you
I need you, I don't need you
All of that driving around
I don't mean to say just that I loved you fast
I can't keep track of each fallen ribbon
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
That's all, I don't think of you that often

Cold Town

Magazines and paperbacks, the perfect rainy day
Jenny's packed the car by now and probably on her way
Rise and put the kettle on, this feeling calls for tea
Tommy get the telephone, it wouldn't be for me

Spring feels so far away when you're unforgiven
Now that Jenny's away it's a cold town to live in

Evening brings a breaking rain, the dog goes back outside
Tommy says that I should sleep in, just to past the time
Close the door and cross the room, the moonlight wanders in
Crawl in bed with her perfume, the rain begins again

Cowgirl In The Sand

(Neil Young cover)

Hello, cowgirl in the sand
Is this place at your command?
Can I stay here for a while
Can I see your sweet, sweet smile

Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you, is it the same?
It's the woman in you
That makes you want to play this game

Hello, ruby in the dust
Has your band begun to rust?
After all the sin we've had
I was hoping that we'd turn back

Hello, woman of my dreams
This is not the way it seems
Purple words on a grey background
To be a woman and to be turned down

Dead Man's Will

(In The Reins EP)

Give this stone to my brother
Cuz we found it playing in the barnyard
Many years ago

Give this bone to my father
He'll remember hunting in the hills
When I was 10 years old

May my love reach you all
I locked in myself and buried too long
Now that I come to fall
Please say it's not too late
Now that I'm dead and gone

Give this string to my mother
It pulled the baby teeth she keeps inside the drawer
Give this ring to my lover
I was scared and stupid not to ask
For her hand long before

May my love reach you all
I locked in myself and buried too long
Now that I come to fall
Please say it's not too late
Now that I'm dead and gone

Evening on the ground (lilith's song)

(Woman King EP)

Hey man
Evening on the ground
And there is no one else around
So you will
Blame me

Blame me for the rocks and baby bones
And broken lock on our garden

Garden wall of eden
Full of spiderbites and all your lovers
We were

We were born to fuck each other
One way or another

But i'll only lie
Down by the waterside at night

Hey man
Tiny baby tears
I will collect a million years
And you can
Blame me

Blame me, i will wear it
In the empty hollow part of my garden

Garden wall of eden in the clamour
As they raise the curtain
You will

You will never make me
Learn to lay beneath the mountain

Because i'll only lie
Down by the waterside at night

Expecting To Fly

(Buffalo Springfield cover)

There you stood on the edge of your feather
Expecting to fly
While I laughed, I wondered whether
I could wave goodbye
Knowin' that you'd gone
By the summer it was healing
We had said goodbye
All the years we'd spent with feeling
Ended with a cry
Babe, ended with a cry
Babe, ended with a cry

I tried so hard to stand
As I stumbled and fell to the ground
So hard to laugh as I fumbled
And reached for the love I found
Knowin' it was gone
If I never lived without you
Now you know I'd die
If I never said I loved you
Now you know I'd try
Babe, now you know I'd try
Babe, now you know I'd try
Babe

Fistful Of Roses

A fistful of roses ain't the best thing I could do
I called by the clothesline, and the fish pond Called out for you
You want an urgent, bent-guitar string kind of man
And you built a bridge now for to find him, if you can

And Betsy, I see you now that you're gone
Gone where I hate you, tell me I'm wrong
Wrong that I sent you over that bridge
And far from me now, although I don't know how

Betsy, I miss you, can't you see that I'm in pain
Might you, if I promise, if I behave, come again
Would you, if you came back, be beside me by the stairs
We're so far past the bridge now, though Faded, I see you standing there

Foot Of The Manger

Awake through the night, and this flood water ‘round her
Reminds her of the time and low country boys
And their bottles without her, though she's on their minds

Hands in black mud, at the foot of the manger
She'll always be young and free to be wrong
A black lamb licks the dirt off her feet with it's tongue

We are blessed, aren't we, in the shade of these large auburn leaves
Unexpectedly we arrive where we're all meant to be

Awake through the night, and she prays in the morning
For distance from harm and low country boys
With their wealth of protection and mean battle-arms

Hands in black mud, as she sits by the manger
And closes her eyes, the wind blows outside
A black car pulls the gravel and wants her to ride

So who will she love, with her head lowed like ashes,
The sky lost tonight, the wind blows outside
A glass jar in the window, her shape blocks the candle light

Freedom hangs like heaven

(Woman King EP)

Mary, carry your babe
Bound up tight like lips around a whimper
Your fingers over my face
Blind eyed sampson driven to the temple
And night birds digging until dawn
Freedom hangs like heaven over everyone
Ain't nobody knows what the newborn holds
But his mama says he'll walk on water
And wander back home

Mary, carry your shame
Well past all those eyes across the avenue
Fish heads running from rain
You know i'll do anything you want me to
Lamp oil lovers may say
"freedom hangs like heaven over everyone"
Ain't nobody knows what the newborn holds
But his papa's going to hide shaking gristle
And shaking like bone

Mary, carry my name
Hoof marks hacked up all i had to offer you
Looked all over this place
Lost your portrait lately when the winter blew
In like herod and them
Freedom hangs like heaven over everyone
Anybody knows what the newborn holds
But a dollar says he'll lick that devil
And do it alone

God Gave A Stone

She belongs back in western Kentucky
Or maybe somewhere in Tennessee
Far from home there's a way to her body
Though she's wind-blown and slightly

Long ago there were plums on the table
Where momma smoked in the afternoon
The guilty played half-asleep in the stable
And she would wake when she'd heard you

Papa was gone but he's still in the mud
And the river runs thick with his innocent blood
And God gave a stone but it rolled down the hill
It's the shape of His breath, or Her breath if you will

She belongs back in western Kentucky
Or even somewhere in Tennessee
She was born though the womb wasn't ready
To give it's love to the strength in this street

Papa was gone but he's still in the mud
While the river runs thick with his innocent blood
And God gave a stone but it rolled down the hill
It's the shape of His breath, or Her breath if you will

Long ago there was warmth from the kitchen
Across the baseboards through every room
She belongs back in western Kentucky
And I will pray maybe she'll see it soon

Foreign Photos

Run to the newsstand, boy
For a paper
Here's the change you will owe
Pass all the smoking girls
And their babies
Where they nurse in the road

And read me, read
What has taken place
And we might see
Sporting races fruitful today

Run to the newsstand, boy
I'm too tired
But I'll show you the way
Pass every chain-linked dog
Every fire
And that music they make

And read me, read
What building's blowing down
And we might see
Famous faces riding through town

Run to the newsstand, boy
I heard maybe
Of a chance for some rain
Pass every preaching man
Talking crazy
By the bus stop again

And we may read
The scandals of the fair
And we might see
Foreign photos, love changing hands
Somewhere

Gray stables

(Woman King EP)

Brave lady
I could see you through the mosses laid
Shameless in the sun
My lady with her porcelain and her weightless
Face, pleasing everyone

Gray stables, and the horses of the righteous
Pray daily for the brave

Lady, you were gorgeous in your weakness
Wet flowers on the ground
My lady never told me of her sadness
Bones floating in the sound

Brave lady, could see me in the darkness
Wait, nameless like a stone
My lady with her watches by the mattress
Bathes lately all alone

Gray stables and the horses of the righteous
Pray daily for the brave

Lady, would you love me if i left her
Laid breathless in the sun
My lady, like a teacup on the counter
Frail, pleasing everyone

He Lays In The Reins

(In The Reins EP)

One more drink tonight as your gray stallion rests
Where he lays in the reins
For all of the speed and the strength he gave

One more kiss tonight from some tall stable girl
She's like grace from the earth
When you're all tuckered out and tame

One more tired thing the gray moon on the rise
When your want from the day
Makes you to curse in your sleep at night

One more gift to bring we may well find you laid
Like your steed in his reins
Tangled too tight and too long to fight

In My Lady's House

There is light in my lady's house
And there's none but some falling rain
This like a spoken word
She is more than her thousand names

No hands are half as gentle or
Firm as they like to be
Thank god you see me the way you do
Strange as you are to me

It is good in my lady's house
And the shape that her body makes
Love is a fragile word
In the air on the wrinkly lane

No hands are half as gentle or
Firm as they like to be
Thank god you see me the way you do
Strange as you are to me

In Your Own Time

In your own time
You'll dream something evil
Sing like an old crow
And worship the land

Don't be scared
If I walk with the devil
Run down the mountain
And ask for your hand

'Cause we only want a life
That's well worth living
And sleeping is
No kind of life at all

Come meet the family
And sit by the fire
Someone will catch you
If you want to fall

In your own time
You'll dance in the moonlight
Smoke like a freight train
And fuck like a dog

Don't be scared
If I tell you I love you
I'll be good to you
Then I'll be gone

'Cause we only want a life
That's well worth living
And sleeping
Ain't no kind of life at all

Come meet the family
Get warm by the fire
Someone will catch you
If you want to fall

It's The Same Old Song

(Four Tops cover)

You're sweet like a honeybee
But like a honeybee stings you've gone
And left my heart in pain
And all you left is our favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
It used to bring sweet memories
Of a tender love that used to be

Now it's the same old song
But with a different meaning since you been gone

Oh, a sentimental fool am I
To hear a old love song and wanna cry
But the melody keeps haunting me
Reminding me how in love we used to be
I keep hearing the part that used to touch our hearts
Saying together forever, breaking up never

Precious memories keep lingering on
Every time I hear our favorite song
Now you've gone, left this emptiness
I only reminisce the happiness of when
We used to dance to the music
Make romance to the music

Jesus the mexican boy

(The Sea and The Rhythm EP)

Jesus the Mexican boy
born in a truck on the fourth of July
gave me a card with a lady naked on the back
Barefoot at night on the road
Fireworks blooming above in the sky
I never knew I was given the best one from the deck

He never wanted nothing I remember
Maybe a broken bottle if I had two
Hanging behind his holy even temper
Hiding the more unholy things I do

Jesus the Mexican boy
Gave me a ride on the back of his bike
Out to the fair though I welched on a $5 bet
Drunk on Calliope songs
We met a home-wrecking carnival girl
He's never asked for a favor or the money yet

Jesus the Mexican boy
Born in a truck on the 4th of July
I fell in love with his sister unrepentantly
Fearing he wouldn't approve
We made a lie that was feeble at best
Boarded a train bound for Vegas and married secretly

I never him nothing I remember
Maybe a broken bottle if I had two
Hanging behind his holy even temper
Hiding the more unholy things I do

Jesus the Mexican boy
Wearing a long desert trip on his tie
Lo and behold he was standing under the welcome sign
Naked the Judas in me
Fell by the tracks but he lifted me high
Kissing my head like a brother and never asking why

Jezebel

(Woman King EP)

Who's seen jezebel
She was born to be the woman i would know
And hold like a breeze half as tight as both eyes closed

Who's seen jezebel
She went walking where the cedars line the road
Her blouse on the ground where the dogs were hungry, roaming

Sayin' wait
We swear we'll love you more
And wholly, jezebel
It's we, we that you are for only

Who's seen jezebel
She was born to be the woman we could blame
Make me a beast half as brave and be the same

Who's seen jezebel
She was gone before i ever got to say
Lay here, my love, you're the only shape i pray to
Jezebel

Who's seen jezebel
Will the mountain last as long as i can wait
Wait like the dawn, how it aches to meet the day

Who's seen jezebel
She was certainly the spark for all i've done
The window was wide, she could see the dogs come runnin'

Sayin' wait
We swear we'll love you more
And wholly, jezebel
It's we, we that you are for only

John's Glass Eye

( On the Compilation Yeti Three - 2005 )

John don't see well in the evenings
Because of his one glass eye
That he got just as Martha was leaving
Shot him instead of saying goodbye
Though the door took the brunt of the buckshot
It scattered on the right of his face
He was blind to the traveling clothes she'd bought
When she caught him down at Lucy's place
Dah dah dum
Dah dah dah dum
Dah dah dum
Dah dah dah dum

Love Is The Foundation

( Loretta Lynn )

I've seen her as she wakes up in the morning
She reaches out a hand without a word
As her fingers softly fall upon my face
She lights the flame of desire and makes me want her

And love is the foundation we lean on
All you need is love to ease your mind
And does it have to be right to be called love
When she gives me more loving than a lifetime of looking could ever find

Love You This Hound

Walk on lightly far from sorrow
Walk and meet me, we'll meet tomorrow
Watch me growing, watch me dying
Hear my laughing, my hound a-crying

Walk on lightly, live what you do
While you're walking I'll be beside you
Watch you growing, watch you dying
Hear me love you, this hound a-crying

Mothers Of The Rodeo

Mothers of the rodeo
Like anyone who's watched a lover go
And their blood thrown down
Torn and tossed around
Baby, say you'll stay with me
We'll build a bridge across it carefully
Just let them lie, don't throw
At least our river goes

Do, do, do, do . . .

Mothers of the boys in grey
Palms and kisses that were blown away
Like this cask and drum
Music borne from blood
Baby, say you'll stay with me
I've lost my money and my family
Well I've got friends beside
We drink by riverside

Satan and the Holy Ghost
Like any mother of the rodeo
From the flaws they've found
Much like no one else
I'll be waiting faithfully
Until baby says she'll stay with me
Let their bible burn
Around this river's turn

Mr. Soul

(Neil Young cover)

Well hello Mr. Soul, I dropped by to pick up a reason
For the thought that I caught that my head in the event of the season
Why in crowds just a trace of my face could seem so pleasin'
I'll cop out to the change, but a stranger is putting the tease on

I was down on a frown when the messenger brought me a letter
I was raised by the praise of a fan who said I upset her
But any girl in the world could have easily known me better
She said, “You're strange, but don't change,” and I let her

Ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh

So in a while will the smile on my face turn to plaster
Stick around while the clown who is sick does a trick of disaster
For the race of my head and my face is moving much faster
Is it strange I should change, I don't know, why don't you ask her

Is it strange I should change, I don't know

My lady's house

(Woman King EP)

There is light in my lady's house
Then there's none but some falling rain
Less like a spoken word
She is more than her thousand names

No hands are half as gentle
Or firm as they'd like to be
Thank god you see me the way you do
Strange as you are to me

It is good in my lady's house
Every shape that her body makes
Love is a fragile word
In the air, on the length we lay

No hands are half as gentle
Or firm as they'd like to be
Thank god you see me the way you do
Strange as you are to me

My Side Of The Road

( Grace For Saints And Ramblers EP )

Saw you take it on the chin outside the Phoenix Motor Inn
You could always find a way to kill the bird and keep the flame
Somehow lighter on your feet, crossing the dark end of the street
Falling harder than a star cause you could hear the broken heart
Within the world, within the world
That ain't your song, it won't sing along

Mission bugs out every night, they throw themselves into the light
Always waking from a dream of blowing up and burning clean
Saw you cold and getting wet, sucking the ends of cigarettes
You learned how to love a scar cause you could hear the broken heart
But you won't sing that sad song

Saw you run and hide, I saw you slide across the sky
But I never saw you down on my side of the road

Saw you take it on the chin and fix it back with bobby pins
Saw you lose before the start, I saw you shining in the dark
Saw you chained, I saw you choke, saw you running out of rope
Saw you shaking off the blues, I saw you recognize the tune
But you won't sing that sad song

Frisco's too much for me to bear, I thought for sure you'd meet me there
But I never saw you down on my side of the road
 
Our Friends Shine

Yeah, you know this place
And your friends shine around you now
Yeah, you know this place
And their hands make the safest house
That you know, yeah, you know
And the sun's sinkin' slowly down
Over time, over time, and again

Yeah, you know this face
And it sleeps right beside you now
Yeah, you love this face
And it speaks from inside you now
Like your own, yeah your own
And the sun's sinking slowly down
Over us, over time, and again

Yeah, we chose this place
Though I don't recognize the ground
It's a lonely place
That our friend's shine around us now
And they glow, yeah, they glow
Like the sun sinking slowly down
Over us, over us, once again

Phoenix

You're a raven on a tractor wheel
They don't feel the world the way you feel, no
You spread your wings like a phoenix, girl
Burnin' out like a song you heard and forgotten since

Place To Be

( Nick Drake )

When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older, see it face to face
And now I'm older, got to get up clean the place

And I was greener, greener than the hill
Where flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day is done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh so weak in this need for you

Prison On Route 41

(In The Reins EP)

There's a prison on Route 41
Home to my father, first cousin, and son
And I visit every weekend
Not with my body but with prayers that I send

I've a reason for my absentee
And no lack of love for my dear family
But my savior is not Christ the Lord
But one named Virginia whom I live my life for

And if I don't mind to her
I'd rot in that prison for sure
Yeah, she'd toss me aside
And I'd surely wait to die

By decree, law, or demand
So unlike my uncle, grandpa, and great aunt
Whom I'd most likely see every day
If not for the righteous grand Virginia's way

There's a prison on route 41
Home to my mother, stepbrother, and son
And I'd tear down that jail by myself
If not for Virginia who made me somebody else

And I owe it to her
I'd rot in that prison for sure
Yeah, she'd toss me aside
And show me the way to die

By the precepts of her purity
So unlike the habits of my whole family
Whom I only see down on my knees
In prayer by Virginia whom I live for to please

Rattling Bone

A skull and a jewel on a wooden cane
A rattling bone on a boat, on the waves you sail away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

Whippin' the pig ‘til it broke the gate
A table and chair by the creek though his house was washed away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

God is asleep in the bed we made
Suckling bitch on the porch, and no stick might draw away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

Love in the shape of the close of day
Kissin' the face in a dream that i thought i tossed away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

Hobble and wade in the love we gave
Passing your lip from the wine that we raised then threw away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

Chuckling lamb by the anchor weight
Shuddering wolf on a ship, on the waves you sail away
I will lay awake ‘til all your power's gone

Red Dust

(In The Reins EP)

Dust gets red, and red dust plays
On the wind near Daniel's place
Danny's sick and smaller boy
Rhythm lingers on and on
On and on, on and on

Dust gets dead the sun gone down
Danny's boy lies in the ground
Guitar on the dead boy's chest
Devil's granting a last request
Play on and on, on and on

Sacrifice Burning

Jane sent her hand and then pulled it away
She said, "Here's the alternate proof that I love you
Two magic children that smile at your name
A body that pulls like a pack mule to meet you

Tell me, dear Robert, what turns you to town
Turns you to empty your place at the table
You prefer faces. You don't overthink
You prefer feeling you perform a favor

By kissing my cheek after brushing your teeth
Boots on your feet as you sleep through the morning
Loving your children the most as you leave
Pacing your walk like a sacrifice burning

I see your smoldering feet down the road
With smoke in the kitchen, my breath on the windowpane
Show me some victory that I can achieve
A gentle communion reminds me of yesterday

Downtown at work, or wherever you go
Does holiness grow with the distance created
My marriage was not to a martyr in flames
And martyrs don't light up so loved ones will love them"

Robert stepped back and he buttoned his shirt
The mirror revealed every stain he was hiding
Jane cleared her throat, changed her posture and said
"I miss you so much that I feel like I'm dying"

Sixteen, Maybe Less

(In The Reins EP)

Beyond the ridge to the left, you asked me what i want
Between the trees and cicadas singing round the pond
"I've spent an hour with you, should i want anything else?"

One grinning wink like the neon on a liquor store
We were sixteen, maybe less, maybe a little more
I walked home smiling, i finally had a story to tell

And though an autumn time lullaby
Sang our newborn love to sleep
My brother told me he saw you there
In the woods one christmas eve, waiting

I met my wife at a party when i drank too much
My son is married and tells me we dont talk enough
Call it predictable, yesterday my dream was of you

Beyond the ridge to the west, the sun had left the sky
Between the trees and the pond, you put your hand in mine
Said, "time has bridled us both, but i remember you too"

And though an autumn time lullaby
Sang our newborn love to sleep
I dreamt i traveled and found you there
In the woods one christmas eve, waiting.

Sleeping Diagonally

(Six Parts Seven cover)

Somehow when you laid here by my side
Somethin' whispered words like rain is falling
Heavy, and she hated, loved to fight
Someone from the sun-cracked sidewalk calling out, “Yoo-hoo”

“Hey, uh huh”

Sometime I may trade this bone-tired fist
Somewhere I'll remove this mattress lying
Heavy as a healing word and wind
Someone from the sun-cracked sidewalk calling out, “Yoo-hoo”

Smokestack Lightning

(Howling Wolf cover)

Ah-ha, smokestack lightnin'
Shinin' just like gold
Why don't you hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo

Ah-ha, tell me, baby
What's the matter with you?
Why don't you hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo

La dah, da da da da la dah

Whoa-oh, tell me, baby
What's the matter with you?
Why don't you hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo

Whoa-oh, stop your train
Let her go for a ride
Why don't you hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo

Ah-ha, fare thee well
I'll never see you no more
Why don't you hear me cryin'?
Whoo-hoo, whoo-hoo

Ah-ha, who been here baby since
I been gone, a little bitty boy
Girl, be on . . . a-whoo-hoo
Whoo-hoo, ah-ha

Someday the waves

(The Sea and The Rhythm EP)

Waking before you I've got a fever and a childish wish for snow
Seems like a long, long time since I spun you to this borrowed radio

You pick a place that's where I'll be
Time like your cheek has turned for me

Someday the waves will stop every aching old machine will feel no pain
Someday we both will walk where a baby made tomorrow is again

Waking before you I'm like the lord who sees his love though we don't know
Seems like a long, long time since I've been above you seen and loved you so

You pick a place that's where I'll be
Time like your cheek has turned for me

Stolen Houses (Die)

( Dark Was The Night LP )

Though our father's fathers slept in stolen houses
All that's over now
And our babies never cry
And we can look you in the eye
And say we're not afraid to die

And yes our mother's mothers saw in black and white
But all that's over now
And our children never lie
And no matter how we try
We are not afraid to die

Summer In Savannah

( Walking Far From Home EP )

Summer in Savannah slowed the jackrabbit down
But I'm in your car driving to town
Mama's missing finger had a mind of its own
And the dog that we lost keeps coming home

And now my health is hanging round a soda machine
And the birds don't move in the live oak trees
Pounding on the table Papa said I would learn
You take what you get and you get what you earn

Then he said you reap just what you sow
So I'm gonna take my white house, paint it gold

Summer in Savannah where the breeze never blows
But you laid on my lap wearing my clothes
Mama told me lately she was praying for you
So don't hate me just cause you're the best I can do

And I'm a no-neck cursing at a color TV
And the gas light swirls with junebug wings
Staring at the ceiling Papa struggled to say
You'll find it's all such a drag but don't get carried away

Someone said you reap just what you sow
So I'm gonna take my white house, paint it gold

Summer in Savannah takes a measure of faith
From under the bed you're kissing my face
When Mama told the cop that I was born in the cold
She meant in the shade free from the law

Now I'm a slack-jaw leaning on a newspaper stand
Papa bought a bullet 'bout as big as my hand
We trapped a little hornet in a teacup for fun
We cut off his head, we still got stung

I think that Jesus said you reap just what you sow
So I'm gonna take my white house, paint it gold

The night descending

(The Sea and The Rhythm EP)

Black hair, the night descending
Baby never puts her trust in
Tight black tie too quick to laughter
Ain't no telling what he's after

Found a friend without religion
Riding on a stolen engine
Far too fast to pacify you
Ain't no telling what he's up to

In time, the night may soften
Trust that I'm still hoping, darling
Wooden coin, he called my daughter
No good knowing what came after

Met a man with missing fingers
Shaking hands with shaded strangers
Far too strong to pacify you
Ain't no telling what they're up to

Late night, the cock crows shortly
Morning through the open doorway
All us servants beg the master
Ain't no knowing what he's after

In a year of fallen angels
Broken hands and boys in danger
Pray the lord may pacify you
Ain't no telling what he's up to

The sea and the rhythm

(The Sea and The Rhythm EP)

Tonight we're the sea and the salty breeze
The milk from your breast is on my lips
And lovelier words from your mouth to me
And salt in my sweat and fingertips

Our hands they seek the end
Of afternoon
My hands believe and move
Over you

Tonight we're the sea and the rhythm there
The waves and the wind, the night is black
Tonight we're the scent of your long black hair
Spread out like your breath across my back

Your hands they move like waves
Over me
Beneath the moon tonight
We're the sea

The Specter Of Jasper County

The girl down the street saw my ghost on the road
But I sailed the backyard asleep in my boat
Both paddles broken, no sail for the wind
A bathtub, a bottle, to drown myself in

And she ran through the town like the end was upon us
Screaming like birds above angry high seas
The newspaper boys pulled a high-dollar favor
And my drunk brother sang of where they could find me

The girl told the preacher her vision of doom
He petted the Book said, “It's slightly too soon”
A flashbulb, a nudge and I left my best dream
And rose like the specter of Jasper County

The Sun Will Rise

What if you were told that the sky would fall tomorrow night
Would you run and hide or go and play
What if you were told that a boy named Cain was right outside
Would you run and hide or go and play

A smile will bring a smile, a pail filled with rain
Your mothers milk will dry, the sun will rise again

What if you were told that your lover's hands were dead and cold
Would you run and hide or go and play
And what if you were told the only point to life is to get old
Would you run and hide or go and play

The sun will rise again and again and again

The Waves Of Galveston

Leave the waves of Galveston but only if you can
Cause you've been hit behind the seawall, gently folded in the sand
Papa left you for Heaven after your Mama lost her song
And though your baby left you for Houston, no one stays there very long

There's a graveyard by the pizza parlor, a gate that only closes
Snowbirds fly away like secrets sn one really wants to know
The climbing moon's always shining on the kind of shells you keep
The broken horse tied to the water tower's running in his sleep

It's too bad that you ain't got a soft place to fall
It's too bad Texas leans to the least of us all
And says, “If you can make the music then you can have the dance
If you can shoot the pistol then you can wear the pants”

So leave the waves of Galveston but only if you can
Cause it's the only place the Lone Star kind have offered you a hand
Your baby left you nothing and a dog was left for dead
You never knew you were a burden til it hit you on the head

It's too bad that you ain't got a soft place to fall
It's too bad Texas leans on the least in us all
And says, “If you can make the music then you can have the dance
If you can shoot the pistol then you can wear the pants”

The Years Seal Their Beauty

Settle down my frazzled bride
You might frighten the children awake
With that tempest you hang on your face
You raise your fist and it trembles there
Like a branch tapping the window pane
In the summertime before the rain
In the summertime before the rain

Come lay thee down my supple bride
The years seal their beauty in you
Like our time with our mothers can do
But how long now since we've been in school?
And we drew who we wanted to be?
We made love to our sincerity
We made love to our sincerity

Sitting down, my frazzled bride said,
"God takes the anger I save
When I save it to throw in your face"
But winter's here with it's memories
And it's clear that we don't want the truth
It's just comfort I'm wanting from you
It's just comfort I'm wanting from you
It's just comfort I'm wanting from you

This Solemn Day

You returned the book unfinished
About a girl with raven hair
And a gentleman, her lover
Who presented her a mare
Which she rode across the country
Leaving him to tend the land
Which had turned to dry a quarter
When it met his lonely hands

No more weeds left in your garden
No more green and no more stone
No more guilty left to pardon
Only evil of your own

Thousand Miles

Pull the braid from your hair, so it falls down your back
I just passed Spartanburg, cigarettes on the dash
Will you wait on the swing, in the front of the house?
Or the steps of the porch in a white cotton blouse?

Thousand miles that I drove, thirty more left to go
Will you cry when you wake, when you see me today?
Is your father at home? Does he know where I've been?
He don't like me because I remind you of him
Let's just drive to the point, watch the sky lose the light
I've been gone far too long not to kiss you tonight

Thousand miles that I drove, thirty more left to go
Will you cry when you wake, when you see me today?

Na na na
Na na na
Na na na
Na na na...

Wade Across The Water

I saw you wade across the river
Winter coat across your shoulders
Calling out, what did you say?

If I wade across the water
When I rise will you be there
Holding on or turned the other way?

I saw you wade across the river
Handkerchief in your fingers
Just in case, well, just in case

If I lose to the water
Lose it all for you, lover
You were all I wanted anyway

Watch And Chain

Lost my watch, watch and chain, but time's not lost
This time we walk together beside the slow black river
Water-walking over mud you whisper something
Something good in my ear, so I stop so I can hear:

"Darling, I'm the one to blame, I threw your watch and chain
To where I don't know inside the tall grass meadow
You'll forget, forget in time, remember this:
Your hand in mine forever, beside the slow black river"

Lost my watch, watch and chain, to her today
But time it has no meaning when her and me are walking
Darling, I'm the one to blame, I love you still
and timeless now forever
Together by the river

We All, Us Three, Will Ride

(Will Oldham cover)

In a small far room the bed is set
With trinkets all surrounding
Yet alone it rests, so dry it sets
With souls aside abiding
There moves legs warm, and close inside
No, no leg braces a hello
And pictures on walls where paint is lame
Where sinks are friendly running

Reflect, reflect metal cast
My toe has long been swollen
My knees are blue, my eyes are too
My love has not forgotten
We'll come, we'll come, oh he will come
And make me have a baby
Then i foresee we all, us three,
Will ride and all together

The hills have eyes, their trees have lives
Disjointed like a hero
No saga told, no things unfold
To make the ride much finer
The length is fine, his hand in mine
Does someone hear our chatter
A lover's laugh, a bleeding calf
A dog out in the harbor

Wild Horses

(The Flying Burrito Brothers Cover / In The Reins Japanese Release)

Childhood living is easy to do
The things you wanted, I bought them for you
Graceless lady, you know who I am
You know I can't let you slide through my hands

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses couldn't drag me away

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you've decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or off stage lights
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses couldn't drag me away

I know I've dreamed you, a sin and a lie
I had my freedom but I don't have much time
Faith has been broken, tears must be cried
Let's do some living after we die

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day

Wild horses couldn't drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day

Woman king

(Woman King EP)

Blackbird claw, raven wing
Under the red sunlight
Long clothesline, two shirtsleeves
Waving as we go by

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see
A woman king
Wristwatch time
Slowin as she goes to sleep

Black horsefly, lemonade
Jar on the red anthill
Garden worm, cigarette
Ash on the windowsill

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see
A woman king
Sword in hand
Swing at some evil and bleed

Black hoof mare, broken leg
Eye on the shotgun shell
Age old dog, hornet nest
Built in the big church bell

Hundred years, hundred more
Someday we may see
A woman king
Bloodshot eye
Thumb down and starting to weep...

Your Blue Eyes

Blue light setting lotus-style in your a-frame in the countryside
Stillness slides the door and walks inside
Candle on the windowsill burnt wickless through our low-lit meal
Heaven only knows what you hide
In your blue eyes, in your sly smile

Tangerine on both your hands smells strong as the tobacco-can
Roll me up a smoke if you don't mind
Touch me like that afternoon when your friends would all be over soon
And you said, “What the hell, we'll make the time”
With your blue eyes, in your slight smile

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