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A Girl Like You

While lace and cobblestone, not much of a home
But you were never one to complain
These warm summer nights, this town can’t shake the blues
This old ford will never take us nowhere new
And I wonder what I did ever do to find a girl like you

Seems I spent so many years looking for a place to go
These bags have been packed such a long, long time
I think I’ll hang up my shirt, press my pants
And I wonder what did I ever do to find a girl like you

Blue sheets and a moonlight smile I don’t know how
Long I’ve sat staring at you
Those flowers on your dress wrinkled pink and red
I can’t think of nothing else

It only takes a word or two, a whisper will do
Soft breeze and a white curtain
In you I found my soul, thought I’d never know
This gift you give to me
And I wonder what did I ever do to find a girl like you

American Town

Blackjack was played only once when things got too hot
Tiny said your no damn good & shot Jackie down to the ground
Well, they carried him off & cleaned up the mess
Then dealt another hand that’s all that was said

This is the story of An American Town
Tucked away so neatly never to be found

Well, Caroline lives with her mom on the corner of 4th & Main
Such a fine young girl looking for a little sin for just one night
Well, Bobby’s got the truck, Caroline’s got the smile
They head out on the highway for the lost mile


Little Eddie walks home from school never dares to stop along the way
Eddie’s brother was killed something about money & crack cocaine
And the boy don’t know what he can’t see
And he wishes he was blind, blind as he could be

Another Round for the West End Kid

Well this life ain’t so gracious
What you give is only taken
And if your dad could see you now
He’d be laughing right out loud
To see the boy with the golden hair
The champion of them all

It’s another round for the West End Kid

In a steel town you do what’s expected
No one here has high expectations
So you set out on your own
Fought your way up to the stars
If the devil got in your way
You’d show him just who you are

It’s another round for the West End Kid

With a fighter’s breath and gin soaked eyes
A jukebox heart and a street smart mind

And this life ain’t so kind
Well, the kid stealing food to survive
Frankie and Caveman
Sitting down at Paige’s bar
Where a picture hangs beneath the neon light
A tribute to the West End Star
All along Wabash Street
Dirt hanging off the walls
The boys will tell you twenty years ago
He was the champion of them all

It’s another round for the West End Kid

At the Grave of Rosie O’Leary

So what was I thinking when I stopped in this town
You never needed tempting to bring me down
If my heart was aching, it’s on the floor right now
Your motherless children, cold eyes to the ground

The chill of the evening, streets we once stood
I promised my faith, then it was gone for good
Grey skies turn darker, it’s hard to believe
To be so sad and don’t feel a thing

And the wind and the rain
Wild Irish rose
Black Iron Gate
With a tombstone glow


There’s a blue eyed mule ahead, where the yellow river bends
Just like they said it always did
Baking in the darkness, they say the suns going to shine
I can’t be so sure of that this time


Black water churning, I’m going home
To the girl that I love, my young bride Leona
The crack of the fire, shadows dance in these hills
I’m waltzing Matilda

 Back to Memphis

I’m gonna face my fear
I’m gonna walk one hundred miles
I’m gonna face my fear
I’m gonna walk one hundred miles

I’m coming back
I’m coming back
I’m coming back to Memphis

I’m gonna free your soul
I’m gonna knock upon your door
I’m gonna free your soul
I’m gonna knock upon your door

I’m coming back
I’m coming back
I’m coming back to Memphis

This train is rollin on
These old tracks will lead me home
This train is rollin on
These old tracks will lead me home

I’m coming back
I’m coming back
I’m coming back to Memphis


Ballad of Jimmy Jones

Keep your hands held high, my friend
Shot the voice in the night
Throw the pistol in the yard, my friend
Everything will be alright
You know this place is surrounded
You have no choice

On this night it is hard to see
Through the fog and the rain
I can’t see beyond the evergreens
Lined up all the same
I left a wife with child in Morgantown
Chasing silver with Sally Mae
This gun never felt so good
As it does today

My brother died in Canada
Face down, heading west
He had a girl they called Destiny
She was never seen again
Only takes a moment
To make a sinner from a saint
This gun never felt so good
As it does today

It’s only fate that brought me here
No reason to pretend
All the faces that cross my path
Melt away at days end
Before you look into my soul
Think about what I say
This gun never felt so good
As it does today

My name is Jimmy Jones
What that matters I can’t tell
They’ll dig me from the fire that burns
Another lost soul in hell
I was your neighbor
Your lover and your friend
This gun never felt so good
As it does today

Born on the Streets of Heartache

Message came right before midnight
Hung up the phone walked down the hall
Kissed my babies goodnight
In my mind I will live that life over and over again

Cause I was born on the streets of heartache
Yes I was born on the streets of heartache

I came to know the man I was twenty-three
I could never bring myself to call him pop he was just Frank to me
I was my father’s only son but the blood runs thin sometimes
I’ll drink the water from the well but man I ain’t drinking wine

Nobody walks straight in this life
The sins I’m paying for ain’t mine

As a boy I remember when my mother took me by the hand
Led me from town to town said I hope you understand
I’d like to make a home for you, settle down somewhere
See your daddy’s waiting for us I’m going to find him I swear

Chasing a Dream

Mister politician promising the world
Got a hand in his pocket
Reciting the word, take it all man
Seven thousand people stand in a cold winter rain
The symbol of my freedom
Calling out my name, come on down boy

Chasing a dream but the nightmare remains

I want to march through Dixie, I want to see the rebels burn
Daddy says just aim high son & keep your head down low
I’ve seen the fires of Richmond & heard the cries at night
I fought like a banshee with the devils delight
I was a strong man, I was a brave man

Chasing a dream but the nightmare remains

With his dying breath Johnny looked me in the eye
Said I hope my family knows how I died

Give them what they want, they’ll take more than they need
Hang a man on suspicion, let the criminals run free
It’s in your heart man, runs in the blood
Walking through the fields at dusk like a thousand times before
Bobby says, who you fighting dad, you’ll never win that war
Let it go dad, let it go

Chasing a dream, the story’s the same

City Of Fear

Can you please tell me what’s up ahead

Four lanes but no one has moved an inch
Charlie’s always running, but getting nowhere
I’m talking real loud, but no one hears
Well it’s so hard
It’s so hard

And when these walls come tumbling down
And there’s nothing left to keep me hanging round
I will run, run beyond the pain
I will run beyond that city of fear
And then, I’ll be free
Yes I’ll be free

A false destination on the horizon
Makes a sane man lose what’s left of his mind
He’s been shot so many times, he don’t feel the pain
Dark clouds keep rolling in
And it’s so hard
It’s so hard

And when these walls come tumbling down
And there’s nothing left to keep me hanging round
I will run, run beyond the pain
I will run beyond that city of fear
And then, I’ll be free
Yes I’ll be free
I’ll be free, yeah yeah

Saints don’t smile that much anymore
I’m tired of fighting I can’t fight anymore
I can’t even afford to be who I’m supposed to be
Your fortune can be told in a moments like these
And it’s so hard
And it’s so hard

And when these walls come tumbling down
And there’s nothing left to keep me hanging round
I will run, run beyond the pain
I will run beyond that city of fear
And then, I’ll be free

Code of Honor

I ran away at 16 across the tracks I run
Taking all I needed never listen to anyone
I was a child not a man if it’s not my style I ran
Hiding everyday underneath the same code of honor

Crossed the Ohio line making good time
Laid my head to rest behind a five and dime
It’s not that mansion on the hill steered my ship I was ready to sail
I’ll take shelter from the storm underneath that same code of honor

Fly me over the Rio Grande
Let me soar let me land
In a place I’m free to roam

Met a girl in Houston gave me the moon and the stars
I gave her, her freedom she said it’s the thought that counts
And the wind in my face desert rain clear the way
Hiding everyday behind that safe code of honor


Colleen Goodbye

Colleen, there’s nothing moving.
It’s dark in here,
And the mirror on the wall
Isn’t giving me a sign
Colleen goodbye

Colleen, the bar is empty now.
The rain is slowing down.
Wish I could stay with you awhile.
But I’m just stalling for time.
Colleen goodbye

The tip jar is empty tonight.
The story of our lives
Like a film black and white
From a long time ago

Colleen, the sun don’t shine
On a waitress and a fool
Just dreamers in disguise
Can I kiss you one more time?
Colleen goodbye
 


Cover it Up

It’s the same old story it’s the same old line
Troubled youth gets shot and dies
The difference is I’ve seen his face
We were childhood friends we were lost in space

Cover it up, kick it under the rug
Out of site is out of my mind

School yard chums we liked the same girl
16th Street was our only world
And Daddy’s down at the bar
Every night

Cover it up, kick it under the rug
Stick your head in the sand my love

Well we all lose all our innocence
Tony has lost his sense
Killing people left and right
The wheels have turned on him tonight

These funked up times flow like wine
Another star in the headlines
It’s hard to keep my heroes
In line

Cover it up, kick it under the rug
Haven’t we learned one think my son

Desperate Times

Well there’s peace in the valley
Silence across this land
But there’s a full, full moon rising
These are desperate times for a desperate man

Raise your hands and be counted
Lift your voice, take a stand
Power to my union brother
Family farm and the desperate man

If you see me on the road
Have a drink share a laugh
Cause there’s darkness over yonder
Desperate times are at hand

There are words we can share now
Knowledge in our past
Lessons learned from our father
From desperate times, from a desperate man


Devil’s Train

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
My mind keeps rolling like a devil’s train

I’ve been hurting now for so long
Hurt so many years
Just an old lost soul
Wandering thru the desert of my fears

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
My mind keeps rolling like a devil’s train

Shattered all the windows
Of my house upon the hill
Sun was shining bright
But all the warmth has been killed

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
My mind keeps rolling like a devil’s train

My stubborn mule won’t move
The truth is only lies
The wind is picking up
I want to lay down and die

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, free me from this place
My mind keeps rolling like a devil’s train


Don’t Ever Say I let you Down

Put another log on the fire
Put another man on the moon
Replace that drummer in that rock & roll band
Cause he couldn’t carry a tune

But don’t ever say I let you down
Don’t ever say I let you down
Don’t ever say I let you down

Tell all your friends how I hurt you so bad
I don’t mind you stretching the truth
Take another stab at making love to yourself
Bury yourself in your room

I drove myself to the edge of town
Found white lace sprinkled with gold
While dogs bark in the distance
Her gates unfold

If you think I was doing you any favors
Sticking around longer than I should
I think you received that gift my love
So many years ago

Dying to Live Again

I walked these streets till sundown
I understood this old hard town
I’d sit at the bar till 3 am
Hustlin’ jobs you steal the food
I’ll wait and listen, then make my move
I can’t see beyond these walls I built

I was chasing those lights
While the time slipped on by
I’m dying just to live again

The hardest thing I ever done
Was hold my love light in my arms
And watch while those steel strings bleed
Take me up, take me down
Put my feet back on the ground
Now I don’t think I’m ever gonna leave

Lay yourself down on the bed
Call my name like you never did
It just so happens I’m free tonight
I’m tired of being pulled so hard
My wisdom has knocked down the stars
Things ain’t what they seem at all

Faraway Eyes

We were destined for this moment
Standing on the corner fresh with rain
Blackbird on the horizon
Two hearts filled with sorrow and with pain
So you keep the car running
Say you got to be someplace by eight
In one lonesome moment
I feel my world crumble and break

And the river runs deep
Dark clouds will rise
I’m seeing you Sherry
With faraway eyes

This room looks so empty
These walls just staring at my face
Turn the stereo loud
Cheerful voice of Tom Waits
Picture on the table
You and me in Santa Cruz
There’s fog in my mind
Waters dripping down in my shoes

Walk these city streets
I see your name lit up in lights
Your picture on the poster
Funny how the camera at the Blackbird lies
From a booth in the corner
Dirty wallpaper and cheap perfume
The neon light prevails
Sugar coat the stench in this room

Gilbert Connolly

Hey Gilbert Connolly, where are you headed now
You’ve been walking these streets for thirty years
You know every brick in town
Sleep underneath the exit ramp, ear at the Light of Life
The hopes and dreams that you once knew
Just memories in your mind

It’s one more night
Followed by one more day
One more breath, your life slips away

Somebody said your only son, he died three weeks ago
Worked in a high rise building, had two sons of his own
Picture stained with tears of joy, tears of loneliness
Of that little boy, big blue eyes, and a sweet young loving wife

It’s one more night
Followed by one more day
One more breath, your life slips away

Loneliness is like a brother
Solitude is peace at hand
Battle lines were drawn so long ago
Now you’re hanging by a thread in the best of times
Hanging by a thread in the best of times

Hey Gilbert Connolly, what are you thinking now
Is it a hero’s wish or your mother’s voice
Just shadows on the ground
Grant Street suites go walking past, can’t look you in the eye
They couldn’t hold your hand in the Saigon night
Or mend your broken mind

It’s just one more night
Followed by one more day
One breath, your life slips away

(Had enough of these) Hard Times

Searching for my angel of mercy
Searching for my loving cup
Try to find the light in the darkness
Hey man can you change my luck

Had enough of these hard times
Had enough to last a lifetime
I ain’t goin’ down again
Had enough of these hard times

Getting tired of this job I’ve been working
Loading freight just ain’t my style
Gonna take my guitar and run now
Run like a shooting star

Daddy said “boy you ain’t worth a nickel”
Chasing what my hands could never reach
Living just around the corner
Now I’m walking around the bend

Hard to Say Goodbye

It’s so easy to love you
It’s so easy to do
It’s so easy to touch you
Like a leaf in the morning dew

But it’s so hard to say goodbye

I’ll be home in the springtime
I’ll be home before the widows cry
I’ll be home as the crow flies
I’ll be home by your side

But it’s so hard to say goodbye

Well I need your tender love baby
I need to rest my weary soul
I need your breath on my skin
I need peace before the storm

If you hear the news I’ve fallen
If you’re told my end is here
If you hear I’ve crossed to Jordan
Know I’ll wait for you there

But it’s so hard to say goodbye


Here with you Tonight

My dear ex wife burned down my house
Said she couldn’t stand to have me around
The waters rising beneath these wheels
If I stop I’m sure to drown

But it’s alright, I’m here with you tonight

Lost my job, someone stole my car
Maxed out the visa, couldn’t find the dog
Can’t help but wonder what shakes the tree
All I know is gravity’s always finding me

You say a light will shine on me
I’ll tell you nothing ever shines for free
They got the come on they got the take
Who’s got the nerve we’re all losing faith

 Hold On

When the train is Rocking side to side
When the worried look turn to fear inside
When the embrace of darkness lingers on and on
When the spirit cracks and hope is gone

You got to hold on with all your strength
You got to hold on with all your might
You got to hold on to peace
You got to hold on to the warm sunlight
You got to hold on to your confidence
You got to hold on to independence
You got to hold on to my love

When the waters rise and you’re too weak to fight
And you’re finding it hard just to do what’s right
And if your faith is lost and the road is blocked
And the windows to the world are all closed and locked

And when the hateful ways surround and keep you in
And when the silver lining is pale and thin
When the thunder claps and the echo of the sound
Shakes your soul and your standing on muddy ground


How Much More Can We Endure

My brother lies bleeding on a crowded street
My brother dying in the summer heat
My father cursing the holy name
My father dying just the same

How much more can we endure
How much more can we endure
How much more, tell me now, can we endure

Baby cries. Takes shelter in his mother’s arms
Baby cries as the battle rages on
Hatred in the eyes. Eyes can only see
The color of my skin. They’ll never see me

How much more can we endure
How much more can we endure
How much more, tell me now, can we endure

You pray to God you pray so loud
A change is gonna come anytime now
Seems the doors wide open, closes somehow
Where’s it all end, where’s it all end, where’s it all end

Young woman on her knees, tears running down her face
Young woman pleads, it’s more than I can take

How much more can we endure
How much more can we endure
How much more, tell me now, can we endure

I’d Be a Rich Man Today

She cries out for love
Then tells me I’m no good
Smothers me in kisses
I guess I misunderstood
I thought I had her once
She slipped right through my hands
She gave me so much sorrow
I gave her everything I had

And if I had a penny for all the pain
If I had a dime for all the rain
If I had a dollar for every teardrop
I’d be a rich man today

She said she’s gonna leave me
Take my new cadillac
I said wait now baby
I’m only borrowing that
And when we make love
She says what do you call that
She said I’ll be back in a minute
I haven’t seen her in a month and a half

And if I had a penny for all the pain
If I had a dime for all the rain
If I had a dollar for every teardrop
I’d be a rich man today

There’s no silver, there’s no gold
Just a broken heart, a piece of my soul
These lonely nights are leaving me cold
All I do is cry, cry, cry, cry

She picks me up so easy
Let’s me down so hard
She steps a little closer
Then drives away so far

And if I had a penny for all the pain
If I had a dime for all the rain
If I had a dollar for every teardrop
I’d be a rich man today


 

I Don’t Live There Anymore

Walking in the shadow Lord
Keep my head above the line
Hear the whistle blowing Lord
But I know it ain’t mine

I don’t live there anymore
I don’t live there anymore

The long road of darkness Lord
Turn my collar to the wind
Candles are burning Lord
But the flames are growing dim

I don’t live there anymore
I don’t live there anymore

There’s a train crashing Lord
I can see it in her eyes
She can have everything
Leave my corpse for the flies

I don’t live there anymore
I don’t live there anymore

Sitting on that mountain Lord
See desolation in disguise
There’s someone standing Lord
He’s standing in my light

I don’t live there anymore
I don’t live there anymore

I Was in Love with You

You’re standing in the doorway
Lit up like a devil’s fire
I’d like to take my fortune and run
Run for my life
What brought us together
I still can’t say
All I want to do
Is get away

And all that we’ve been through
I still can’t believe that it’s true
I was in love with you

I walk down Third Street
Just to forget your face
But every time I turned a corner
You got in my way
Diamonds and quicksand
Shadows in the rain
Faces in this dusty hallway
Breathing in the pain

And all that we’ve been through
I still can’t believe it’s true
I was in love with you

I was in love, you were misunderstood
Now our little girl is standing
With a strangers look
I can’t begin to think
How can I tell her the truth
In this heartbreak world nothing’s
Written in blood
Nothing’s made of steel

Well brains and looks
You got it all
With a love like ours
These courthouse walls will never fall
There’s staleness in the air
Teardrops on the floor
Tears of sadness mixed with
Tears of joy

And all that we’ve been through
I still can’t believe that it’s true
I was in love with you
And all that we’ve been through
I still can’t believe that it’s true
I was in love with you

I’ll Take My Pride

I thought I found what I was looking for
Only found it wasn’t there
I cheated my way up the ladder
Sat in the easy chair
I had a secretary, her name was Jane
She made me Chinese tea
Never looked me in the eye
Never put her trust in me

You can dance on d diamond stage
But I’ll take my pride
I’ll take my pride, it’s a better life

I threw away my suit and tie
No need for things like that
I reached out my hand and to my surprise
Someone was reaching back
Like my father before me
I’ll put on my working shoes
With blood and dirt on my hands
I’ll do what I need to do

You can dance on a diamond stage
But I’ll take my pride
I’ll take my pride, it’s a better life

Generals and CEOs
They think they know where it’s at
But the salt of the earth
Are taking the world back
The shifting of the sand
Better move your feet
You better make a choice, man
Stand up for what you believe

You can walk on streets of gold
But I’ll take my pride
I’ll take my pride, it’s a better life


I’m Getting Closer

Sometimes I take myself to serious
Sometimes I don’t take enough
Sometimes I wonder who really rules this world

Sometimes I stray to far off course
I let the wind drive my sail
Sometimes I hurt myself and don’t even feel the pain

I’m getting closer now. I’m getting closer now
I’m getting closer to the presence of the king

Sometimes I pause to question fate
Sometimes it walks right through my door
And when I least expect it, love is there for me

Sometimes I turn and look away
When I see the ugliness and disgrace
Sometimes I raise my voice and hope someone heeds the cry

I’m getting closer now. I’m getting closer now
I’m getting closer to the presence of the king
I’m getting closer now. I’m getting closer now
I’m getting closer to the presence of the king

I used to walk with pride and air
Until I was brought down to my knees
And looked in the eyes of the wounded and hungry souls

Sometimes I took all I wanted
And left the things I needed most
Sometimes I could never see the forest for the trees

I’m getting closer now. I’m getting closer now
I’m getting closer to the presence of the king
I’m getting closer now. I’m getting closer now
I’m getting closer to the presence of the king


I’m Getting off this Train

Everybody’s trying to be my friend
But I’m the loneliest man on earth
Policemen and housewives and hardware clerks
Have a name for me
I’m so misunderstood
Cause I often talk out loud
Mistrust and deceit
Follow me tonight

So I’m gettin’ off this train
This scene has got to change
Ya, I’m gettin’ off this train
And find a better place

Bad habits are hard to break
Good ones are even worse
When I lay my head down tonight
I’ll think of who I’ve hurt
And those that find their place
Are the luckiest ones of all
And to all the rest I wish the best
But me I’m walking alone

So if you see me in the street
If you see me in the mirror
Don’t turn away, it’s ok
I can’t be loved any worse

I’m Going Home

I’m going home
I’m going home
No more crying
No more to be alone
I found peace in the glory
Now I’m going home

I feel the noose
On my skin
I hear the bells
Toll once again
There’s no sadness
There’s no tears
Cause I’m going home

I’m going home
I’m going home
No more crying
No more to be alone
I found peace in the glory
Now I’m going home

Well the train
Rolls on by
A sinners journey
The angels cry
But I’ve touched the sword
I felt the shame
Dirt on  my hands
Cleansed by the rain


I’m Sad, No More

No more crying, no more tears
No hatred, no more fear
No more rich, no more poor
Hallelujah, ain’t sad no more

I been locked behind sorrows door
Yes I been locked behind sorrows door
Doors been locked, yes it’s been locked
Ain’t locked no more

No more crying, no more tears
No hatred, no more fear
No more rich, no more poor
Hallelujah, ain’t sad no more

I was starving down in my soul
Yes, I was starving down in my soul
I was hungry, so hungry
Ain’t hungry no more

No more crying, no more tears
No hatred, no more fear
No more rich, no more poor
Hallelujah, ain’t sad no more

I was low down and in pain
Yes, I was low down and in pain
I was down, so far down
Ain’t going down again

No more crying, no more tears
No hatred, no more fear


 
I’m Walking with and Angel Tonight

I will never know how to turn back time
And I will never find the meaning of this life
And high upon this hill I can see for miles
I’ve been down so long I’m taking back what’s mine

I ain’t looking for gold
Diamonds just aren’t right
A touch of heaven on my soul
I’m walking with an angel tonight

I’ve been working so hard, redemption is here today
I warm myself by the fire, let the coldness slip away
And I’ve walked in the shadows and I’ve dug through hell
There’s a change a’coming, I can feel it in myself

I ain’t looking for gold
Diamonds just aren’t right
A touch of heaven on my soul
I’m walking with an angel tonight

There’s a western moon
Music floating through the trees
There’s an ocean of hope
And a boardwalk of dreams

And I can finally stand without that weight
Bearing down, bearing down on me today
If I could steal this night, this night with you
That would be alright for this lonely man to do
I ain’t looking for gold
Diamonds just aren’t right
A touch of heaven on my soul
I’m walking with an angel tonight
I’m walking with an angel tonight
I’m walking with an angel tonight

Into the Storm

I came a knockin’
I came a bleeding
I came a crying
Have mercy on me
My child is hungry
My boots well worn
You kicked me right back
Into the storm

In the land of milk
In the land of honey
I ate the truth
And chewed the lies
My labors feed
Your house of scorn
But you kicked me right back
Into the storm

I stand accused of crimes unknown
Just trying to find my way home
I gave my heart, I gave my soul
Then you kicked me right back into the storm

I came by land
I came by sea
I came for you
I came for me
I gave my heart
I gave my soul
Then you kicked me right back
Into the storm


I Won’t Go To Memphis No More

Well, I’m waiting, waiting at the station
Destination, destination unknown

And I won’t go, I won’t go, I won’t go to Memphis no more

There’s a man there, a man that I know
He’s gonna kill me. This I know for sure

And I won’t go, I won’t go, I won’t go to Memphis no more

There’s a crossroad in every man’s life
There’s a pretty girl messin with your mind

So if you go there, tell her from me
That her love, ain’t worth the agony

And I won’t go, I won’t go, I won’t go to Memphis no more

And I won’t go, I won’t go, I won’t go to Memphis no more

In the Paradise

Well Terri says hello, pours a drink
Teddy’s talking sweet to the girls he just met
It’s a shadow of a life down on Ninth Street
A carnival of souls under the neon lights

And it’s another night in the Paradise
Outside the moon is full and the stars are bright
Time stands still in the Paradise

There’s a card game in the corner, black velvet on the wall
Nothing ever changes here, nothing at all
Well Freddy’s talking fast, no one listens to him
It’s a fool’s parade, and they keep on marching in

And it’s another night in the Paradise
Outside the moon is full and the stars are bright
Time stands still in the Paradise

Without hope (people stop living)
Without faith (some have nowhere to turn)
Without love (there’s just emptiness)
But it’s all there in the Paradise

Terri hands Freddy a silk red rose
He looks up at her and smiles- she knows
It’s human kindness like a heart felt kiss
No one needs more than this

And it’s another night in the Paradise
Outside the moon is full and the stars are bright
Time stands still in the Paradise

It’s Just the Rain Suzanne

We walked away from yesterday
Held on to tomorrow
And you smiled through the tears
And you smiled through the pain
And you smiled out of fear
It’s just the rain Suzanne

There’s nothing I can say
This is all so clear
They will tell me I’m doing right
They will tell me I’m doing fine
They will tell us it’s ok
It’s just the rain Suzanne

And you don’t live in Memphis
And I’m not calling on the phone
And I will hold you in my arms
Yes I will hold you in my arms
And I will tell you its ok
That it’s just the rain Suzanne

It’s Just You

Well I stand, I can’t move
I was blind, didn’t care to see
You came down, just for me
In a room full of strangers, I was a man in need

It’s just you baby comin through. It’s just you baby comin through
It’s just you baby comin through, comin through to me

This dirty town never looked so fine
A girl like you hanging around
In my mind you’re a snow white dove
I’m a New York poet under a western sun

A city boy out on the plains with a maiden so fair
Timeless eyes the highways long, leads us to where we belong

I could tell you’re a restless child
You’re a beating heart tougher then nails
I just thought I could move along
But your smell seeps in and the pull is strong

Jessica

Jessica where are you now
Feels like I lost my best friend
You left me when I was down
Don’t think I’ll ever get up again

Everything that you said
Is the truth I’m sorry to say
And I’d give my right hand
To have it all back again today

When it’s all said and done
It’s just you and me
And wherever you may run
I’ll still pray that I see
Jessica, my sweet Jessica
You here with me

So I’ll stand this lonely night
While you ride that freedom train
You left me when I was down
Don’t think I’ll ever get up again

Long Farewell

Well I had not prepared for this
Never would have guessed
Everything seemed just right
You and I in the pale moonlight

While the world is spinning round
I can’t seem to touch the ground
This long farewell

A little house on Oakmont Drive
Everything looked so bright
Me in blue and you in red
I hung on every word you said

Where the bottom fell out I can’t remember
It doesn’t matter much to me now

Many years have passed me by
These four walls suit me fine
Nothing more nothing less
One days just like the rest

I still see your face at night
Though you long been out of sight
And I still hold some part of you
Deep inside what’s left of me

Lord, Don’t Take Me Now

I was just a poor man,
I roamed and I roamed
Now my pockets are filled with gold,
But the Lord wants to take me home

There’s a brighter day ahead
From what I used to know
The suns just starting to shine
But the Lord wants to take me home

Lord, don’t take me now

Well I was living in pain
Searching high and low
Now that I found my way
The Lord wants to take me home

Lord, don’t take me now

And all my worries, and all my cares
Have finally disappeared

Down to the river
I got to go
I’m gonna tell sweet Jesus heaven can wait
But the Lord wants to take me home

Lord, don’t take me now
 


Losing you is Killing Me

Somebody carried away my soul
Somebody walked right out the door
I can see the silhouette through the window frame
Somebody’s laughing to the wind
Somebody’s chasing demons within
I think I’ve seen all I want to see
Losing you is killing me

I’ve seen the bottom, took my turn on top
Where I’m standing now all hope is lost
Feel like the world is caving in on me
Something old and something new
Something borrowed baby something blue
The candles are burning but it’s still to dark to see
Losing you is killing me

The queen of misfortune turned out just right
I had a woman now she’s drifting in the night

Harvest moon in the October sky
Chilled to the bone and I feel like I’m dying
Loneliness has made a believer out of me
Losing you is killing me
 


Made in America

Walked into a post office, tried to mail a letter
Nobody spoke English, I must be in France
I don’t even understand myself
Hey lady, can you give me a hand
Well I got into a taxi, wanted to see the Eiffel Tower
Wound up at some mall, spending my last dollar
New York City would look good to me right now
Well, its calling my name, made in America

I met a friend of mine in the former East Berlin
He said its good to have my freedom
I’m not sure what to do then
I said “wrap it up son, save it for later”
My darling Shelia, she called me on the phone
Said I found another man to call my own
She said “ I’ll take the dog too, he always liked me better”
It’s calling my name, made in America

Well I’m lost, set out on my own
Looks like I stayed just a little too long

Now I’m walking down the street camera round my neck
Sixteen bags and a sign on my forehead that said
“ Tourist, that’s all”
Oh, it’s calling my name, made in America

I met a senorita on the sunny side of Spain
Pretty little smile, big brown eyes in the rain
I never understood what she was saying
I think its better that way
It’s calling my name, made in America
 

Million Miles from Home

I was born a steel workers son
I ride the raids, daddy laid the track
Brother, there ain’t no going back
I fought the battles, never won the war
I was looking for the ladder, I was looking for the door
Man I was never going back

And I was blessed with these sins
They were handed down to me
Now I’m walking that lonesome road
A million miles from home

My sister married, she was just sixteen
Last I seen her smile she was a blushing bride to be
Daddy shed not a tear
Same moon shines from one year to the next
Grass is always greener just around the bend
Never looking back

I had a lover finer than a summer sun
Her lips were heaven, they were paradise on the run
How I loved that woman so
She slipped away running towards the night
I didn’t move, I just turned out the lights
She never looked back
 


Misery

There’s a stranger at the door. I won’t let him in
The winds are howling, someone’s paying for their sins
In New York town there’s a woman I know
The boys at the bar are only there for the show

It’s misery. It’s misery
The blues in my mind are eating away my soul. It’s misery

When my father left this earth, he never said goodbye
When my father left this earth, I just sat down and cried
I saw my brother face down in the mud
I held his dying hand felt like water turned to dust

It’s misery. It’s misery
The blues in my mind are eating away my soul. It’s misery

Oh, oh it’s misery
Oh, oh it’s misery

Grey skies are looming over most of Tennessee
Man, I’m a coffee drinker. I never liked tea
Doc Boggs is singing “Old Joes Barroom”
Kentucky whiskey will take my life soon

It’s misery. It’s misery
The blues in my mind are eating away my soul. It’s misery

Oh, oh it’s misery
Oh, oh it’s misery
 


Mona Lisa Smile

Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
I can’t get you out of my head, give me that Mona Lisa Smile

I’ve been up and down and I’ve been tossed around
Taken for granted sometimes all forgotten
I lick my wounds back on that train
One thing I know can take away the pain

Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
I can’t get you out of my head, give me that Mona Lisa Smile

Times have changed nothing seems the same
Feel like I’m in a foreign land out of the game
I just can’t believe all the shit I see
Just one look could set me free

Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
Give me that Mona Lisa Smile
I can’t get you out of my head, give me that Mona Lisa Smile

Bless my soul you set my heart on fire
My trembling lips are filled with made desire

Met you down in that old coal town
You were lost at sea and I was going down
Just take my hands and wrap those legs
I think I know where we’re heading now
 

Moonlight Mystery

7 hours in the midnight rain, Chi town’s just a memory
Working off a show I’d soon forget
We’ll it’s hard times or no times, nothing in between
An empty road, an empty set of dreams

Chorus:
And the Pennsylvania moonlight turns out to be
The only friend I ever really need
You never know what’s around the bend
Another moonlight mystery

Man said hey boy your gonna be a star someday
They way you play guitar takes my breath away
And I’m telling you son it won’t take long you’ll see
That was 18 years and a million miles away

These boots have seen some miles, I’m lucky they didn’t walk away
My girl Sally, she’s sitting home waiting patiently
I’m swimming up stream in a whirlpool of uncertainty
I’m so tired I can barely see
 

MOVE IT ON DOWN THE ROAD


I’m gonna take my heart and soul
And move it on down the road
Move, move it on down the road

Well I roller coasted around the heartland of life
And open up the door and let my spirit fly
Gonna move, move it on down the road

Well a Gypsy breeze blowin through my mind
My arms are empty, but my heart is doing fine
Gonna move, move it on down the road
 

My Own Eyes

Living on the outside
Thankful just to be alive
Never had much as I recall
Always had a gift
For noticing what’s right and wrong
Following my hearts desire

And one will stand while the other will fall
These things I’ve seen with my own eyes

Met a man in Tucson
Moving on down the track
Land of milk and honey takes its toll
Picking up some dust
Coughing up a lung or two
Hey buddy it’s just a job

Down in the valley tonight
Shadows dance the fires burning bright
Don’t believe what’s written on the walls

I’m just one man
One man in this long line
Just another face in the crowd
Set out young
They weren’t going to put no chains on me
Try to make the most of his life