Baby Please Come Home
Beloved Woman
Black and White
Black is the Color

Cyclone Eye

Flashlight Tornado
Foolish King
Foreign Hotel Garden
Francie

Glad You're Here With Me

High Lonesome Moan

I Am The Light
Icicles
I of Mine

Jaded Lover

Lass of Roch Royal
Let It Be Me
Let Me Bleed
Local Boy Makes Good
London Homesick Blues
Long May You Burn
Lo The Rose Cease To Bloom
Lovely Room

Manson Twins
Many Splendored Thing
Mary of the Wild Moor
Mary was the Kind

Nickel Song

Oh No No
Orange World
Over Jordan

Person and the Skeleton
Petals Weep
Pissing in the Wind
Prescription Blues
Purple Eyelid

Rainbow of Gloom
Red Curtains
Roses in the Snow

Sabotage
Sorrow Reigns Blue
So Warped

Ten More Days
The Trees do grow so high
Truckstop Girl
True Love

Unquiet Grave

Walk Through The Dark
War is Dead
We Get Along, Mostly
Who Knows
Who I Am
Who's That Knocking
Wild Mountain Thyme
Will To Live
World's Greatest Sin
Wrong Turn




Baby Please Come Home
girl it's clear that you didn't want me
girl well it took a little time to see
you said that you adored me
but your actions would betray
if you didn't want me
why not come out and say
girl you left when I needed you most
girl I nearly gave up the ghost
admit mistakes confusion brought
I nearly lost my mind
got so messed up I'm sorry I
didn't mean to be unkind
I want you around I miss you still
I need your honesty be sworn to me
we can do it if we want it to be
girl my love can't be denied
girl guess I'll have to say goodbye
pining for a family
the one we never had
not blaming I'm just saying that
the whole thing's rather said
I want you around I miss you still
I need your honesty be sworn to me
we can do it if we want it to be
o baby please come home
I'll take you back in arms
why can't you see
that we were meant to be
there is tea on the stove
there is food in the fridge
and the bed is warm
o baby please come home

Beloved Woman

beloved woman of my mind
the rose of many men
in your strength I find
the will to rise again
my horse has long since died
my fever kicking in
and I long to ride
through the grass again
beloved woman of my mind
the rose of many men
in your strength I find
the will to rise again
though my horse has died
my fever kicking in
I know that I will ride
through the grass again

Black And White
better to unwind
than to be unwound
better start looking round
get your shit up off the ground
what you feel inside
is an empty room
in black and white
hear my plea
start thinking of me
love me

Black is the Color
(trad)
black is the color of my true love's hair
her lips are like some rosy fair
the purest eyes and the neatest hands
I love the ground whereon she stands
I know my love and well she knows
I love the grass whereon she goes
if she on earth no more I see
my life will quickly fade away
I now go to chicago to mourn and weep
but satisfied I never can sleep
I'll write to you in a few short lines
I'll suffer death ten thousand times
winters past and the leaves now again are green
the time is past that we have seen
but still I hope the time will come
when you and I will be as one

Cyclone Eye
well I locked him in a basement
with a gun to his head
well I locked him in a basement
with a gun to his head
he was a muddy flowing river
when they found him full of lead
reach into his bosom
take whatever you can get
reach into his bosom
take everything that you can get
entrails then for breakfast
followed by a cigarette
will you walk me to the corner
will you walk me to your room
will you walk me to the corner
will you walk me to your room
your breath is sweet as honey
and your eyes are like perfume
I was born like this I had no choice
I'm the luckiest man alive
I was born like this I had no choice
I'm the luckiest man alive
and if you see me trolling down your street
you better stop and give me a ride
unbearable pain I share with you
this carnal past I deny
unbearable pain I share with you
this carnal past I deny
timeless death with share with you
a rebirth through demise
fearless to the grave
I'll kiss your love goodbye
fearless to the grave
I'll kiss your love goodbye
instead of crying like a babe
look further into the cyclone's eye

Flashlight Tornado
flashlight and tornadoes
cooling
uppity cadence
it's a bold move, little girl
that you're impressing
perhaps a stylus
or a curtain
would elude
from the truth
of our depth
a little longer
what a fortunate
collapse of dignity
has ensued
we bask
in the freedom
of our youth
a woman searches
for a man of clay
and golden light
that my name
displays on a marquee
of silent films
a man looks for
a woman of light blue clay
it's your summertime
skippity do skippity dee
doo rye yea
I saw us in there we were
in a gospel church
we broke down
at the dance the white chick
in black pants the deacon
blew the cap
right off my head
a congregation can lift
the boxes of this world
the flowers come
alive we do more
than just survive
it's your summertime
skippity do skippity dee
do rye yea
a woman searches
for a man of clay
and golden light
that my name
displays on a marquee
of silent films
a man looks for
a woman of light blue clay
it's your summertime
skippity do skippity dee
doo rye yea

Foolish King
if i cared about the insults
my friends have made to me
I wouldn't be on this path
of debauchery
they call me the foolish king
of tormented men
but my foolishness has lifted me
far beyond them
beloved please believe me
and pass this message on
the religion I adhere to
is you beloved one
am I sinner or saint
o which shall it be
only I may know
this useless mystery
who, who
though my cup has not been filled by you
who serve the gods their wine
still I pray that I may live
the life of the divine
won't someone please tell her
she caused my heart to break
but I swear on my soul
I'll survive this heartache
who, who

Foreign Hotel Garden
in a foreign hotel garden
and out of cigarettes
my mind is blunt from sleep
look how late the morning gets
the troops went out exploring
I wish I knew what that meant
the world I long to open
is not from this earth sent
the beauty I desire is void in form
a vast nothing has taken its place
just a depressed imprint of love
filled with empty space
my mind swung open its gates to me
and I walked bold into each one
only to find myself etched into every wall
without an open place to run
I'm careful to move between the voices
whispering in ancient tongue
stopping only when I'm beside
the person and place that I belong
sometimes when I awaken
unsure of where I might be
I can't even tell a ray of light
from a longing of the sea
a belly filled with nameless fruit
a dull rapping at the door
what is offered is too predictable
to even get up off the floor
give me your temple key dear woman
where the albatross leads your desire
and the game of dead end labyrinth
is left for the gamblers and liars
reflection is twisted into fiction
I prefer to ascend where I stand
some want to die in their footsteps
others prefer to rise when they can
please don't scalp me now for thinking
of the love that went unshared
its not that I'm better off without you
its that neither of us really cared
let us change our thinking
and rule by the lord of our fist
we cannot go on sinking
below a leader lost in the mist
forever ain't as long as it is wide
I'll wait until the ices rise
better to walk upon it later
than to drown trying to reach for the skies

Francie
francie folded her winter clothes
and put them in a cedar box
she stacked her belongings
in a corner by the bed
she wanted everything left behind
to be in order
in the pocket of a torn jacket
francie found a glass orb
given to her by her father
long since forgotten
she held it up to the light
and looked into the glass
"where have you been
I was too angry to say goodbye"
francie returned the orb into the pocket
and placed the folded jacket at the top of the pile
she pulled aside the curtains
to let the candlelight cast shadows
on the snow outside

Glad You're Here With Me
maybe you'd be better off with another man
for there's a weight that must be relieved
I dread the thought of losing you but I would understand
until that day I'm glad you're here with me
I have friends that may be better for you
friends that have not the fears of I
it pains me just to think of you leaving
I don't ever want to say goodbye
lover these powders are compelling
I don't claim that it's the way to be
if I am fucking up there ain't no telling
I'm just glad that you are here with me
this morning they killed the candymaker
three shots to his head from a forty five
I don't want to end up in the paper
or kill a man just to watch him die
I don't mean to judge the man that murders
I don't care to un-sympathize
I am neither victim nor killer
I see myself in both of their eyes
but what drives a man to kill another
and leave his body in the dirt to bleed
ain't he also my brother
ain't you happy you are here with me

High Lonesome Moan
how far you are when close
how near to me when gone
the dark is full of ghosts
that howl into the dawn
that howl into the dawn
the sky has opened
the power is down
deserted in this town
high lonesome moan
how far you are when close
how near to me when gone
the lone forsaken voice
so broken and withdrawn
broken and withdrawn
the sky has opened
the power is down
deserted in this town
high lonesome moan

I Am The Light
(Rev. Gary Davis)
I am the light of this world
just as long as I'm in this world
you don't believe in Jesus
and not a word is said
when he came down to Lazarus
and raised him from the dead
I am the light of this world
just as long as I'm in this world
we've got firey fingers
and we've got firey hands
when I get up to heaven, Lord
gonna play in that firey band
shout out over the water
I won't be there long
my soul is anchored in Jesus, Lord
he won't do me no wrong
I am the light of this world
just as long as I'm in this world

Icicles
tis the season to be vulnerable
and loosen up your mind
the frost is forming on your dreams
icicles on your thoughts of me
if it makes you happy go your way
I saw a skeleton in the photograph
I know that face so well
I guess the memories go on and on and on
if it makes you happy go your way
I was leaning in the doorway
waking up to hit the ground
I was hoping that you'd come around
if it makes you happy go your way
I am the architect the father of man
an offering of grace
though the creature has long since passed
o not my love
if it makes you happy go your way

I of Mine
though his feet leave their imprints in my footsteps
and his hands carry my belongings
if his mind is diseased
he is far from me
but he who is free of all temptation
and his mind is pure and peaceful
he is always with me
though he be a thousand miles away
and you who are my homeless brother
joy will be your arrow of direction
and the world is the path
that leads to my home
this home where there is no suffering
is indeed most peaceful and happy
when a breeze moves through the leaves
twisting them from emerald to silver
I will be the sound

Jaded Lover
(Chuck Pyle)
well it won't be but a week or two
till you'll be out loving someone new
must have happened a hundred times before
well I can see that you're spreading yourself thin too
it's a lonely place we been going to
don't get up I can't find my own way to the door
I can see that you are an angel
whose wings just won't unfold
tune up your harp, polish your old halo
the only kind of man that you ever wanted
was one that you knew you'd never hold very long
sitting there crying like I'm the first one to go
well you may have thirty lovers behind you
I can feel you but I sure can't find you
seems like you would have found your own self by now
but late at night your old lover's tears come back
faces in your dreams, fingers in your back
voices of the memories crying out loud
I can see that you are an angel
whose wings just won't unfold
tune up your harp, polish your old halo
the only kind of man that you ever wanted
was one that you knew you'd never hold very long
sitting there crying like I'm the first one to go
o what a joyous sight to see you in your sleep
I believe I'm leaving, I'm in too deep
but that seems easy enough for a man to say
well we would never agree if we talked all night
things are getting kind of heavy, I'm travelling light
bye jaded lover you undercover queen for a day
I can see that you are an angel
whose wings just won't unfold
tune up your harp, polish your old halo
the only kind of man that you ever wanted
was one that you knew you'd never hold very long
sitting there crying like I'm the first one to go

Lass of Roch Royal
o who's going to shoe your pretty little foot
and who's going to glove your hand
and who's going to kiss your red ruby lips
when I'm in that far off land
the pretty little birds did choose sad notes
as they sang a roundelay
they sang a sad little goodbye song
they knew I was going away
o when my eyes are smiling
my heart is full of pain
I know when they put me in
I'll never see you again

Let It Be Me
I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
and so I beg you
let it be me
don't take this heaven from one
if you must cling to someone
now and forever
let it be me
each time we meet love
I find complete love
without your sweet love
what would life be
don't ever leave me lonely
tell me you love me only
and that you'll always
let it be me

Let Me Bleed
hole in my boat where the damage is leaking the
beasts in the bushes are pleasantly shrieking the
sky is a slideshow of planets enflamed and we
dream of the spaces that lie between frames
thrown out of bars again I'll take the heat for you
I can't say I think about things that we didn't do
now your life story is padding your bank account
fill in the blanks there ain't much to talk about
you don't let me bleed
all these years have made a man of me
I was chosen I never asked to be free
flickering halos that flare up like car bombs
books where the endings are written in margins
we all cross our fingers we all cross the line sometimes
don't get discouraged that what's yours is mine
flotsam and jetsam on avenue a you wind
down a black window of a white limo and
take in a nostril of new city sewage reflect
on your daughter that's left in the ruin
you don't let me bleed
all these years you can't say something nice to me
you just act like I'm fucking crazy

Local Boy Makes Good
hustle way through town
hustle the fucks that show concern for you
hustle cheat beat them down
its the hustle that exalts you
I see your skin right through your veil
your hands your face every detail
youre counterfeit so full of shit
youre clothes dont fit you hypocrite
con them one and all
con your way into their hearts
set them up to fall
con them with your god given smarts
I see your skin right through your veil
your hands your face every detail
youre counterfeit youre full of shit
youre clothes dont fit you hypocrite

London Homesick Blues
(Gary P. Nunn)
when you're down on your luck
and you ain't got a buck
in london
you're a goner
'cause even london bridge
is falling down
and moved to arizona
now I know why
and I'll substantiate the rumor
that the english sense of humor
is dryer than the
texas sand
and you can put up your dukes
or you can bet your boots
that I'll be leaving
just as fast as I can
I wanna go home
with the armadillo
good country music
from amarillo to aboline
the friendliest people
and the prettiest women
you've ever seen
well it's cold over here
and I swear
I wish they'd turn the heat on
and where in the world
is that english girl
I promised I would meet
on the third floor
and of the whole damn lot
the only friend I've got
is a smoke
and a cheap guitar
my mind keeps rolling
my heart keeps longing
to be home in a texas bar
I wanna go home
with the armadillo
good country music
from amarillo to aboline
the friendliest people
and the prettiest women
you've ever seen
well I decided that
I'd get my cowboy hat
and go down to
marble arch station
'cause when a texan fancies
he'll take his chances
chances will be taken
that's for sure
and them limey eyes
they were eyeing the prize
some people call
manly footwear
and when you open your mouth
they say you're from down south
and you always seem to
put your foot there
I wanna go home
with the armadillo
good country music
from amarillo to aboline
the friendliest people
and the prettiest women
you've ever seen

Long May You Burn
I had a dream last night about a firefly
she came into my room and my bed sat by
I asked at once how in the world do you burn so bright
she laughed and said she learned from watching the stars at night
and she cursed the robin that eats her young
and lies in every song he sung
and insults her at every turn
and her only wish to him
long may you burn
I plan on going home and starting life anew
maybe even have ourselves a kid or two
I'm almost there, I can feel the heat
of horses breathing down my neck
and serpents wrapping round my feet
and lo the talons digging in
breaking bones and tearing skin
the moon looks on without concern
and my only wish to you
long may you burn

Lo The Rose Cease To Bloom
lo the rose cease to bloom
on the trellis of a california room
please don't forget me when you leave
when you leave, lord when you leave
o please don't forget me when you leave
your lips last to kiss
your body last slept with
it's my own true love that I miss
that I miss, lord that I miss
it's my own true love that I miss
I was working in a store
doing my daily chore
when I heard the news from a friend
said you finally met your match
you done and made your catch
and would I be there on your wedding day
wedding day, lord wedding day
would I be there on your wedding day
no shirt on my back
not a penny on my name
I can't go and see you this a-way
this a-way, lord this a-way
no, I can't go and see you this a-way
how them wedding bells did ring
and them birdies took to sing
I saw it all ten miles away
with no shoes on my feet
no words upon my voice
how I prayed for you on your wedding day
wedding day, lord wedding day
how I prayed for you on your wedding day
lo the rose cease to bloom
on the trellis of a california room
o please don't forget me when you leave
when you leave, lord when you leave
o please don't forget me when you leave

Lovely Room
the day the healer took ill
there is but one law
thou shalt have no constraint
I can love you still
I don't speak much but I
ponder these things in my heart
in my lovely room
I get lost in my mind
flying off a bird's behind
ten cents to a dollar
life ain't so bad
let's go into town
I don't want much 'cause
everything good is free
no more friend no more fun
no more time has begun
no more fun no more friend
no more time till the end
I can't go anywhere and find you
it's different being lost without you
what's that in my head I'm thinking
maybe I should just say forget it, fuck it

Manson Twins
little bitty bird with the flaxen hair
can I help you with the weight of the cross you bear
oh loveless love
soulmate wanted you wrote it on a sign
but a house mate is what you're really itching to find
oh loveless love
never have I ever heard a single sound so sweet
as the creaking of the step when it meets your feet
joined by the pressure of a heart in two and
the loss of a lover that we thought so true
revenge is way of life these days
measured by the joy and the noise we raise
oh loveless love
up all night toot tooting on the horn
bitter that you got to go to work in the morn
oh loveless love
clink your glass and slap my hands
make a little vow that we'll always stay friends
I'm dancing with the ladies while we're apart
but I keep a little bird inside my heart
you said "I like crazy dudes its true
but not that crazy and not that dude"
oh loveless love
there's so many in the city but it's you I greet
hot steaming head for my lover to eat
you're little boy blue I'm little bo peep
winking pink brownie cake eaten with greed
never feeling bad for the gluttonous deed
we lost our minds and pulled the fuck through
little bitty bird I was hurt like you
revenge is a way of life these days
measured by the pleasure and the noise we raise
oh loveless love

Many Splendored Thing
love is a many splendored thing
when your heart is ready
you may hear it sing
love is a many splendored thing
I live my life on the road
the view is never changing
just the viewer's mode
I live my life on the road
she is a dream of the sea
in that perfect water
I have never been so free
she is a dream of the sea
love is a many splendored thing
both of us together
listen to it sing
love is a many splendored thing

Mary of the wild Moor
one cold winter night
the wind blew on the moor
mary came wandering with her babe
oh father she cried
open up the door
or my child will surely die
oh why did I leave home
when once I was so free
now doomed to roam without friends
but the old man couldn't hear
her voice never reached his ear
and the wind blows on the wild moor
how the father felt
when he came to the door
with mary dead but the child still alive
well he tore at his grey hair
and his tears they did pour
and the wind blows on the wild moor
the old man pined away
and the child died soon
no one has lived there to this day
and the willow weeps at the door
where mary died a bride
and the wind blows on the wild moor

Mary was the Kind
mary was the kind
that gives selflessly
and many was the time
I let her give to me
I offered her a sparrow
soaring gracefully
I offered her a postcard
written in the ink of the sea
she chose the silence next to me
release the birds from my pillow
let them flow into your voice
like a breath upon the willow
we change without choice

Nickel Song
(by Christina Rosenvinge)
slowly I reach the door
push
and your coat's missing
your footprints on the snow
stop and go
stop and go
stop and go
suddenly I'm so little
alone without a nickel
why you're going away
not much to say
smoke of my cigarette
fades into the ceiling
can't say I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know
I didn't know
you were never real
and how am I to feel
of this winter love

Oh No No
wind in the starry sky
never have to say goodbye
no no no
lesson from a lonely bitch
left her in a sorry stitch
oh no no
moaning over tea and toast
have another overdose
oh no no
I can believe if you want me to
what you think is best
or take off that stripey thing
while I get undressed

Orange World
I am at one
with the burned out buildings
a dark orange breeze
the motors humping
and my eyes
are two full moons
this dream so real
I can touch it
a dream so real
I am moved by it
ladies bend
in a road of shuffling brick
their voices
twisting in my ear
through a small
set of speakers
somewhere far off
a seagull moans
to nothing
with a gnarled leg
caught in a smoking vent
a dream so real
I can touch it
a dream so real
I can bathe in it
I proceed carefully
through the barking crowd
the engines
make ripples of heat
when I walk by
mother nature arcs
over the rooftops
and slithers
in asphalt cracks
a dream so real
I can touch it
a dream so real
I can touch it
a dream so real
I can be hurt by it
o chicago

Over Jordan
I am a whore
wayfaring stranger
traveling through
this town alone
there are no drugs
no fear of danger
in that gold land
that I call home
I'm coming home to see my father
I'm coming home no more to grieve
I'm coming home just over jordan
I'm coming home to never leave
one of these nights
and it won't be long
we all will rise
and stand side by side
hand in hand
bound for glory
our foes will fall
to be death's bride
I'm coming home to see my brother
I'm coming home no more to grieve
I'm coming home just over jordan
I'm coming home to never leave
I'm coming home to see my mother
I'm coming home no more to grieve
I'm coming home just over jordan
I'm coming home to never leave

Person and the Skeleton
(Mac Finley)
well I've climbed your
plastic buildings
flew over your skies
high on helium
turned the shadows into
kaleidoscope colors
watched as your city
your pretty city
lit up like lightning rainstorms
so now we sit in this movie
having our candlelight dinners
watching sunday morning cartoons
listening to the weather
sometimes I feel like I'm walking
on a tightrope
in a complete circle
so I keep my paper dolls
and my crayons
close to heart
and take a blind dive
into the center of you
splash splash splash
your rubber soul is so thick
crystal clear fuses I drown
in your bath water
so now you've cut me down to size
this size doesn't fit your foot
milk me like olive oil cream pies
send me to the kingdom of fruits
but let me blurt out one last thing
before I leave this place
at least the end of the world
is something
we can all
do together

Petals Weep
bleeding rose
weeping from the pounding of the rain
will I ever see you again
too fragile to touch
too lovely not to try
bleeding rose
petals weep
misty from the pounding of the wind
will I ever see you again
too fragile to touch
too lovely not to try
petals weep for you and I

Pissing in the Wind
(Jerry Jeff Walker)
pissing in the wind
betting on a losing friend
making the same mistakes
we swore we'd never make again
pissing in the wind
and it's blowing on all our friends
we're gonna sit and grin
and tell our grandchildren
about the time I called this guy
it was four in the morning
to teach me the words
to the song I was humming
he just laughed and said that
the old grey cat is sneaking down the hall
and all he wants to know is
who in the hell is paying for this call
pissing in the wind
betting on a losing friend
making the same mistakes
we swore we'd never make again
pissing in the wind
and it's blowing on all our friends
we're gonna sit and grin
and tell our grandchildren
how this dude called me up
it was eight in the morning
he wanted to know
how in the fuck am I doing
he just laughed and he said
get it together boy
and fall on by the house
me and some buddies would like to play
anything you're picking now
pissing in the wind
betting on a losing friend
making the same mistakes
we swore we'd never make again
pissing in the wind
and it's blowing on all our friends
we're gonna sit and grin
and tell our grandchildren
how we worked and we suffered and struggled
making our record till we got it right
now we're waiting on the check to come
sneaking down the hall
(come on, drag city)
like that old time feeling
that we never should have ever
put that record out at all
pissing in the wind
betting on a losing friend
making the same mistakes
we swore we'd never make again
pissing in the wind
and it's blowing on all our friends
we're gonna sit and grin
and tell our grandchildren
that the answer my friend
is just pissing in the wind

Prescription Blues
o grief
won't you sing this song to my friends
this blood-drenched song to my friends
for to open my heart to
just one flash as beautiful as her
black eyelash
don't let this blood spill on you
lest you be infected
with this madness too
o grief
won't you bring that cup to my side
that wine-filled cup to my side
for the sun is a spark flashing out in the sky
from this hidden flare in the center of my eye
don't let this spark fall on you
lest you be enflamed by this madness too
it's alright, it's alright
this old fight can't be solved
with our minds

Purple Eyelid
purple eyelid
on steel paper
purple fold
one vast unknown
setting yonder
prepared for sleeping
I really am
so far from home
arching backwards
deep in the meadow
smell of blood
the wind has teeth
to my left
death does linger
and to my right
a golden wreath
come the vulture
come the dove
coming silent
coming undone
recall the future
infinite love
infinite violence
under one sun
go on and simmer
in the gold
let your hair
fall where it may
the sun blew up
in a blaze of glory
you may never
bring back this day

Rainbow of Gloom
winter had its way with me
summer never comes
how long must I wait for thee
while the water runs
I left the water running
and slowly left the room
descending down the stairs
into a rainbow of gloom
I walked into a rainbow of gloom
I wake up at the break of day
and tumble through the night
my courage hunts down everything
yet I'm still held captive by the light
I won't wake tomorrow
I'll stay up with the moon
counting every stripe
upon this rainbow of gloom
upon this rainbow of gloom
and when the clouds have had their fill
the rain has washed away the scum
the anger of the wind at midnight
every blade of grass will hum
you can find me here
in my little room
waiting for death to come
and take away this rainbow of gloom
and take away this rainbow of gloom

Red Curtains
I know that its over its come to an end
and I cant reply to the words that you send
I know that youll never go back to work
but deep in the answers of life do you lurk
I cant forget the red curtains you hung
I cant even taste the wine on my tongue
I realize your supper is just getting cold
with no chance to be dignified and old
you whose laughter I still hear
you whose tears I still feel
you whose hair I still touch
if only in my heart

Roses in the Snow
I was singing like a bird
from my porch just to hear
my own voice echo in the canyon
when she appeared before me
protected from the cold
ringing with the echo in her heart
she walked up to the porch
and I sang a good bit further
until we both sat there in silence
I asked her to my living room
a place where we can warm our bones
she said, but I am warmed by the singing
and I can hear my husbandman
returning from his labor
and I have no food on the table
as quick as she came earlier
she went back to the forest
with a trail of roses behind her
it snowed for many weeks
until I couldn't see the forest
and the blush had faded from the roses
and while it dropped I worked a lot
to gather wood and keep it hot
and clear the porch off for singing
it was brighter than the other nights
the snow was filled with moonlight
there was not a sound in the canyon
so I sang softly o my old song
building for a time so long
until my echo traveled through the forest
and there she was standing there
the moonlight in her auburn hair
completely protected from the cold
and all about her in the snow
ruby red and black as coal
roses had blossomed all around her

Sabotage
sabotage
all the lights at sea
destroy your chances
sail in darkness
prove that you are free
sabotage
(I am the shepherd)
all the lights at sea
(come you flocks to me)
destroy your chances
(and the butcher)
sail in darkness
(we work together)
prove that you are free

Sorrow Reigns Blue
sarah jane, sorrow reigns blue
sarah jane, sorrow reigns blue
there was something like a wall between us
that stopped your going down on my penis
the ghost of lover's past still await your response
was I just a medium in your seance
I had to turn off all my feelings towards you
for I am not the one that rewards you
I'll be with other women you'll be with other men
still I can't help but wonder about
what could have been
sarah jane sorrow reigns blue
you didn't love me the way I loved you

So Warped
(Aubrey Rozier)
baby I sit here and waste my life
now that I think about it I just might
maybe it's all just a waste of my time
maybe I'll sit here and drink my mind
'cause I'm a rock, I'm a pebble
a grain of sand in your hand
I'm a god, I'm the devil
easily misled and unstable
maybe I should turn the table
get up and run if I'm able
take the day with you
take the stars away too
you make it all so true
when you take it all away with you
so warped
I can't tell the ceiling from the floor
so warped
I can't read your mind anymore
so warped
what would I read them for
so warped
I found the door but there's no outside
so warped
standing at the end of an infinite line
so warped
I think it's been a good time
so slow
I think I feel it but I don't know
so fast
the feeling comes but it don't last
we were so high
just to get things off our minds
fuck the truth
yeah the truth has only made me wonder why
two girls sitting on a swing
watching them come
closer and farther away from me
one's got my mind and one's got my soul
but I can't tell either of them anything I know
two girls sitting on a swing
watching them come
closer and farther away from me
one's got the heart and one's got the smart
but I don't even know where to start
two girls sitting on a swing
watching them come
closer and farther away from me
one sees me laugh and sees me smile
but all I can do is cry after a while
all I can do is cry cry cry
say goodbye

Ten More Days
I'll try and keep this short
now that we're not at war
all I'm asking for is
ten more days
fall between the lines
that crisscross my mind
put it all behind in
ten more days
so much left to climb
and we're out of time
waiting for a sign in
ten more days
ten more days to design
ten more days of life
ten more days of terror
ten more days
why can't we be like friends
and give our hearts to mend
and pretend it's not
ten more days
ten more days to define
ten more days to decide
ten more days of life

The Trees do grow so high
(trad. arranged by Papa M)
the trees grow so high
the leaves they are green
the times they are past
that we have seen
in the long winter's night
it's he that lies alone
he's young but he's daily growing
o daughter dearest daughter
I have done you no wrong
I wed you to none other
than a wealthy man's son
and he will be a man to you
when I am dead and gone
he's young but he's daily growing
well one day as I was walking
down by the old schoolyard
I saw the boys they were
playing at the ball
and my own true love
was the fairest of them all
he's young but he's daily growing
at the age of sixteen years
he was a married man
by the age of seventeen
he was the father of a son
at the age of eighteen years
round his grave the grass grew long
cruel death had put an end to his growing
springtime is coming later now
and summer's coming on
great ornaments and veils
the ladies all have on
well once I had a true love
but now I have none
but I watch his blue eyed son while he's growing

Truckstop Girl
(written by george/payne, performed by Little Feat)
pair of lights flickering
as he pulled up to the truckstop
the same old crowd was hanging out again tonight
he said fill up my tank while I check my load
it feels like its shifting all around
he was the kind of man that would do all he could
above all he had integrity
but he was so young and on a kansas city run
in love with a truckstop girl
and as he went inside he was
merrily greeted by the girl
with whom he was in love
she held out a glass and said have another
this is the last time we can meet
with her hair piled high and a look in her eye
that would turn a good man's blood to wine
and all his eyes could see well all his eyes could see
was the stares from all those around him
he went out to the lot and climbed into his rig
and drove off without tightening down
it was a terrible thing to see what remained
of the rig that poor danny was in
and he was so young and on a kansas city run
in love with a truckstop girl
but he was so young and on a kansas city run
in love with a truckstop girl

True Love
true love will find you in the end
you'll find out just who's your friend
don't be sad I know you will
don't give up until
true love will find you in the end
this is a promise with a catch
only if you're looking will it find you
'cause true love is searching too
but how can it recognize you
unless you step out into the light, the light
don't be sad I know you will
don't give up until
true love will find you in the end

Unquiet Grave
the wind blew up the wind blew down
it brought some drops of rain
my own true love is only one
and she in the grave has lain
ah weep your tear and make a moan
as many a lover may
and sit and grieve upon her grave
for a season and a day
and when the season's past and gone
the fair young maid did say
what man is weeping on my grave
the night and most the day
tis I tis I my fair young love
that can no longer sleep
for want of a kiss of your darling lips
the day and night I seek
cold clay I am my lips cold clay
to kiss them would be wrong
for if you go against God's law
your time will not be long
see there see there the sun has set
the day has past for e'er
you cannot bring it back again
by means foul or fair
see there alas the garden green
where often we did walk
the fairest flower that e'er was seen
is withered at the stalk
our own hearts too will die my love
and like the stalk decay
so all that you can do my love
is to wait your dying day

Walk Through The Dark
walk through the dark
walk with dark eyes to see
move through the black
move with black wings that beat
dark sounds of night
running black dark feet
restless and worn
boat in the rainy lake
tossing and turn
against the shore's stake
flooding and drown
like the love we make
where once was three
now is but only two
where once was three
now is but only two
where once was we
now is but only you
la la la la la la la la la
I can't go on

War Is Dead
running on the runway
dodging all the planes
drying out on monday
do it all again
we can hitch a ride on a saturday night away
torch it on a weekday
pounding on the floor
maybe in october
try it once more
we can hitch a ride on a saturday night away
fasten your seat belt
buckle down tight
wicked little pony
putting up a fight
we can hitch a ride on a saturday night away
war is dead! war is dead!

We Get Along, Mostly
winter's come and gone
found yourself at home
ever since your cancer chose to go its way
ten sixty nine
eleven twenty five
thirty rounds by the oceanside
do you care what the chorus says
about the reign of other men
we get along
cooing through the night
saying all things right
I found my heart beneath the blanket bare
the storm has come and gone
finally alone
to take up the reins and hope to ride
is it fair to believe
all the lies your mama said
we get along
just not tonight

Who Knows
you don't seem to understand
her skin is cool like water to the tongue
her eyes smooth like a stone
when her heart strings come undone
she's a star that I wish upon
she's a dream I couldn't own
lord please tell me what to do with that girl
the sheriff shared her bed
and he claimed her as his wife
she loved him once for the man
that he was in another life
now I like the sheriff just fine, my friends
but I long for his wife
o lord please tell me what to do with that man
the town where I was born
I hold dear to my heart
when the townsfolk heard the news
tempers flared, ropes formed a noose
get the traitor, burn that loathsome whore
wake the hangman from his sleep
o lord please tell me what to do in this town
to walk through the night
without love, no kisses on my lips
a world without end
my throat is parched, please give me a few sips
she offered the spread upon her table
and the wine went to my head
o lord please tell me what to do with myself
who knows what to do
from one minute to the next
the hunters spill my blood
tear my clothes, break my bones, place their bets
shuffling boots and screams were heard
in the darkness of the night
o lord please tell me what to do I'm confused
I fell for the sheriff's wife

Who I Am
who it is that I am is bigger than my body
who I am is bigger, bigger than my body
who it is that I am is bigger, much bigger than this town
who it is that I am is bigger, much bigger than my body

Who's That Knocking
who's that knocking at the door
at the door, who's that knocking
at the door
it's the devil knocking at the door
at the door, it's the devil that's a-knocking
at the door
what's that sliding 'cross the floor
'cross the floor, what's that sliding
'cross the floor
it's my dead body on the floor
on the floor, it's my dead body
on the floor
florence o florence
yeah, you've got a friend
all of your silence
has come to an end
you can pack up your suitcase
and make your amends
for the devil demands
his revenge
where's my mama she said she'd come
she's my only friend
where's my mama she said she'd come
she's my only friend
well my poor mama may never come
for she's been talking to the dead

Wild Mountain Thyme
(trad. arr. by Papa M)
o the springtime is a-coming
and the leaves are sweetly blooming
and the wild mountain thyme
grows among the purple heather
will you go, mama, go
and we'll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all across the purple heather
will you go, my sweet potato, go
I will build my love a tower
by yon crystal flowing fountain
and on it I shall pile
all the flowers of the mountain
if my true love will not go
then I'll surely find another
to pull wild mountain thyme
all across the purple heather
will you go, sugar, go
and we'll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all across the blooming heather
will you go, lover, go
I will build my love a shelter
by yon clear mountain stream
and my true love shall be the fairest
that the summer sun has ever seen
and we'll all go together
to pull wild mountain thyme
all across the blurple heather
will you go, lover, go

Will To Live
the clouds are hanging in the air
the grass is green but I don't care
I've just restored my will to live again
the wings are whooping to and fro
it's curious but all I know
is I've just restored my will to live again
take me with you where you go
it doesn't matter anymore
my life is long no end in sight
so dare me to o I just might
'cause I've just restored my will to live again
a thousand paces behind me now
this old heart broken is gone
you may be sorry may be unkind
but I don't pay it any mind
for I've just restored my will to live again

World's Greatest Sin
promise me you'll make it through
your sweater is torn your friends is too
what are you waiting for, give me an in
there's nothing between us but the world's greatest sin
the coyotes are lean they're hugging my leg
circling tighter and starting to beg
stomachs a-rumble and eyes like a pin
waiting around for the world's greatest sin
all this racket and I can't sleep now
the moonlight is bent and the mountains howl
I shun the hunger that's keeping me thin
down in the valley of the world's greatest sin
they cut her and cast her and shattered the mold
the fragments are turning from dust into gold
I gathered them up drank them down with my gin
it formed in my gut as the world's greatest sin
now all you men with women so pure
and all you women yet without cure
listen to the words that are blowing in the wind
the answer my friends is the world's greatest sin
the streets are naked down to a thread
as I retire to a tightly made bed
my thoughts drift higher, linger, and then
returning to you and the world's greatest sin
crawling to where my body lay prone
night-dreams of appetite scaling the throne
splitting beasts savaged time and again
refining the glory of the world's greatest sin
up from the echoes of a foolish wealth
churning the batter of power and health
great endless murmurs without and within
blowing out the concept of the world's greatest sin

Wrong Turn
here they come
hillbilly killers on the run
with shotgun
cut her up
and cut her down in a pickup truck
giddy up
now my fingers starting to bleed
from all this hiding out in the trees
they're coming home someday
and I will be there
city meat
we are the one thing they can eat
what a treat
sharpen teeth
by the light of moon and summer heat
heartbeats
if the sky comes crashing down
with the crossbows whistling sound
you're coming home someday
and I will be there
all my friends are bloody and dead
and my vision's going to red
your coming home someday
and I will be there
let's embrace
I'll put an axe right to your face
end the chase