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Favorite Song Lyrics
 
 these are a few songs I like for their lyrics starting with songs by Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear of Donna the Buffalo ...

 
 
   I Wish You Love
        By:Tara Nevins
      

Times will change, that's for sure
I'll be here, knock at my door
Seas will rise, seas will fall
Love will see you through it all

Chorus:
I wish you love
I wish you love

Look to the heavens
Thank your lucky stars
Your feet are on the dance floor
And your head is in the clouds

The sky is opening
Your face wears a grin
You just can't believe the way
It makes your head spin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Troubles
  Lyrics By:Traditional/Tara Nevins
  Music By:Traditional/Tara Nevins
   Unofficial Lyrics

Tara Nevins: Mule to Ride (1999)
First set list: 6/19/1999
Fly Me To The Moon Cafe
Telluride, CO

Oh Lordy Me, Oh Lordy My
See you when you haven't got a dime
Troubles are so deep, you can't even sleep
See you when your troubles are like mine
See you when your troubles are like mine

Red, red bird, wings in the sky,
Mother Nature, Father Time
Up above a moonlight sky
Here's a star for everyone who lied
Here's a star for everyone who lied

Oh Lordy Me, Oh Lordy My
See you when you haven't got a dime
Troubles are so deep, you can't even sleep
See you when your troubles are like mine
See you when your troubles are like mine

***
Like a single feather light, drifting on the wind
No one knows where the feather blows
Where it stops and where it begins
Where it stops and where it begins

Oh Lordy Me, Oh Lordy My
See you when you haven't got a dime
Troubles are so deep, you can't even sleep
See you when your troubles are like mine
See you when your troubles are like mine

***

Oh Lordy Me, Oh Lordy My
See you when you haven't got a dime
Troubles are so deep, you can't even sleep
See you when your troubles are like mine
See you when your troubles are like mine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sailing
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Run(ning) w/Sciszors:
                                    At the Rongo (1997)
                                    Rockin' In the Weary Land (1998)
                                    First setlist 3/29/96
                                    
                                    Outside in the middle of a field
                                    I can hold a finger high in the air
                                    Under the sky in the middle of it all
                                    I can feel the wind blow the same for us all
                                    
                                    In the middle there's a lot to know
                                    In the middle there's a lot to see
                                    Of a world that can be so cold
                                    Of a world with a heart of gold
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    Sailing, Sailing
                                    Sailing, Sailing
                                    
                                    So many ways the world does live
                                    So many ways the world does give
                                    So many ways the world does make
                                    So many ways the world does take
                                    
                                    So many different lives the world does live
                                    So many rivers the world must cross
                                    So many tears the world does stream
                                    So many eyes the world to see
                                    


 
 
 
Seems to Want to Hurt This Time
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
   Unofficial Lyrics
Live From the American Ballroom (2001)
                                    First setlist 12/16/00
                                    
                                    Life, love, potential love
                                    Causes so much joy
                                    Has the adverse power 
                                    To hurt you that much more
                                    It's the same dark that falls
                                    On the light that shines
                                    Everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    I take a look inside
                                    Nowhere to turn or go
                                    No clear distinction
                                    Above or below
                                    Surreal existence
                                    Casts its shadows to the blind
                                    Everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    Aw, the party's crashin' 
                                    Fade into a distant drone
                                    It only takes just one of us to be alone
                                    Nobody's going but I still feel left behind
                                    Everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    Red lights serenade me as I try to go
                                    Outside the wind crashes with the smell of blowing snow
                                    Three in the morning, cradled by a mental bind
                                    Everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    Someday I will return
                                    It will be none too soon
                                    Jump off the front porch
                                    Land on the crescent moon
                                    Until then these fancy dreams
                                    Are for another mind
                                    Everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    All I want to do is wake up
                                    Return to the loving kind
                                    But everything seems to want to hurt this time
                                    
                                    All I want to do is wake up
                                    Return to the living kind
                                    But everything seems to want to hurt this time

 
 
Ancient Arms
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
The Ones You Love
                                    (1996), Live From the American Ballroom (2001)
                                    First setlist 7/1/94
                                    
                                    Woah 
                                    Can you imagine 
                                    The farthest point from the naked eye 
                                    She can take you out there 
                                    Past the mystery in the night 
                                    There is simplicity 
                                    Out on a wave rolling in the weeds 
                                    There is simplicity 
                                    On the heels of south flying geese 
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    She must have been a primitive 
                                    She feels it in her bones 
                                    She can't tuck in these shirts 
                                    With these ancient arms 
                                    That have never moved this way before
                                    
                                    Woah 
                                    Can you imagine 
                                    The furthest point from the naked eye 
                                    3000 light years later 
                                    She's the nightmare of a corporate eye 
                                    There is simplicity 
                                    Out on a wave rolling in the weeds 
                                    There is simplicity 
                                    On the heels of south flying geese 
                                    
                                    The rise and the fall is our own creation 
                                    The rise and the fall is our own creation

 
 
 
 
Each and Every Direction
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
Rockin' In the Weary Land (1998)
                                    First setlist 8/23/96
                                    
                                    Blue petals - chocolate paste
                                    Smell of dirt - stair steps
                                    To an open space
                                    It's a long story - where to begin
                                    You're breathing out
                                    As we're breathing in
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    Twilight mystery mystic speak to me
                                    It's forever, it's so sweet
                                    It's forever, with no repeat
                                    Moonshine, twilight shine
                                    It's forever, it's so sweet
                                    It's forever
                                    
                                    Bending river - passing time
                                    Cracks are sweeping - on up my spine
                                    Impressions striking - out from the core
                                    This is big - this is big
                                    We've seen it before
                                    
                                    Each and every direction
                                    There's a case made for love like this
                                    Each and every direction
                                    There's a case made for happiness
 
 
 
 
Family Picture
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Positive Friction (2000), Live from the American Ballroom (2001)
                                    First setlist 1/28/00
                                    
                                    
                                    The world is a wonderous puzzle
                                    Everyone a piece and every piece fits
                                    Every piece is alive making energy
                                    Energy pulls the pieces together 
                                    Into a round ball
                                    And there is love
                                    It's a round ball
                                    And there is love
                                    
                                    The ball jumps the ball rolls
                                    The ball lives in the moment I am told
                                    The ball pumps and rolls with the flow
                                    The ball laughs as it bounces
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    Sure as the sunrise it doesn't matter the shape of the hat
                                    It all fits together in a family picture
                                    And every wall's got room for that
                                    
                                    Every piece is a part of the whole
                                    No one piece more important than the rest
                                    So stand up, take a number
                                    Every piece here's got someplace to go
                                    It's a round ball
                                    And there is love
                                    It's a rond ball 
                                    And there is love
                                    There is love
                                    
                                    Bridge:
                                    Hey there look at you, you got nothin' else to do
                                    you got any bright ideas
                                    Tumbleweed rolling by
                                    Catch the dust up in your eye 
                                    Saddle up the grey and ride out
                                    
 
 
 
 Front Porch

  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Positive Friction
                                    (2000)
                                    First setlist 2/2/00
                                    
                                    There's an easy feeling
                                    Can you feel it, you can feel it
                                    With an ease we're stepping out
                                    Are you ready, could you be ready
                                    
                                    Living's good on the front porch
                                    When we rock it, sure we rock it
                                    Stepping out with the front porch
                                    In your pocket, in your pocket
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    We're stepping out, get hip to the motion
                                    One step puts us in the groove
                                    Back to the shack for what it might lack
                                    One step forward, take the good life back
                                    
                                    Fitting in the very world
                                    That creates us and relates us
                                    One a blessing, two a curse
                                    Human nature, human nature
                                    
                                    Every life a lesson
                                    In humility, in humility
                                    Beauty graces the world
                                    With simplicity, with simplicity
                                    
                                    Bridge:
                                    Let it be you, surely free you
                                    May your life be a pleasure you've found
                                    Let it move you, surely clue you
                                    Bring your faith to a higher ground
                                    There's the needle in the haystack
                                    Now you can lay all your worries down
                                    Let it lift you, gently shift you
                                    Let it bring your world around
 
 
 
 
 
 
Healing In the Name
  Lyrics By:Kevin Kinsella
  Music By:Kevin Kinsella
   Unofficial Lyrics
Kevin Kinsella: I-Town Revival (2000)
                                    First setlist 8/15/98
                                    
                                    Here's a little song that I wrote for you, oh God
                                    All of my songs they are written by you
                                    Pardon my words if they ever seem rude
                                    I would gladly be what you want me to be
                                    I would be everything that goes unseen
                                    Let me humble myself one more time
                                    
                                    Oh God, look what I have done
                                    I hope my works they please you somehow
                                    Oh God, now look what you have done
                                    Ever since I met you, you make my heart stand still
                                    Let me humble myself one more time
                                    There's a healing in your name
                                    
                                    Oh God, guard my mouth, take me from my own vanities
                                    Oh God, bless my throat so I may always just sing thou praise
                                    
                                    Let me humble myself one more time
                                    Cause there's a healing in your name...
                                    
                                    

 
 
In This Life
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
   Unofficial Lyrics
Red Tape (1991), Live from the American Ballroom (2001)
                                    First setlist 12/13/90
                                    
                                    In this life, in this life, in this life 
                                    We leave a trail that's far and wide 
                                    Good or bad, bad or good 
                                    Our memories decide 
                                    
                                    There are some places where I've been 
                                    Where you can still see the wounds 
                                    Think to myself as I look at the scars 
                                    Just who do you think you are 
                                    
                                    Innocent, innocent no more 
                                    I saw what I saw and I shut the door 
                                    Innocent, innocent no more 
                                    I knew it was wrong but I did it some more 
                                    
                                    In '78 I went through a rude spell 
                                    I knew it was fate, but I couldn't really tell 
                                    I thought that this was the way it was always gonna be 
                                    I hated everyone and everyone hated me 
                                    
                                    In '88 I went through a great spell 
                                    I knew it was fate, but I couldn't really tell 
                                    I knew that this was the way I wanted it to be 
                                    I loved everyone and everyone loved me 
                                    
                                    Every action has a reaction 
                                    Every life has a life to lead 
                                    Every human needs a fancy reason 
                                    Why they should live or breathe 
                                    
                                    I sit here feeling sorry for myself 
                                    For one thing or another 
                                    I'm trying hard to blame somebody else 
                                    For the miseries that I've discovered 
                                    
                                    I make a wish over a boiling cauldron 
                                    That I pass only strengths onto the children 
                                    And may the spirit move me to laugh and to sing 
                                    And I won't be drowned by the little things 
                                    
                                    Until the day when there are no more desires 
                                    And I put out all my little fires 
                                    There's nothing left but a wishful song 
                                    And there will be no right or wrong 
                                    
                                    Until that day, until that day, until that day 
                                    Sights and sounds they'll get to me

 
 
 
 
 
 
It's A New Day
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
The Ones You Love (1996)
                                    First setlist 5/19/94
                                    
                                    Thank god so little remains 
                                    Of that mental ball and chain 
                                    I must admit I was going insane 
                                    It's such a waste
                                    
                                    Now the birds they're starting to flirt 
                                    Got my hands all in the dirt 
                                    So delicious this life on earth 
                                    And I'm getting a taste 
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    It's a new day 
                                    I feel it inside 
                                    In every way 
                                    We're up on holy ride
                                    
                                    We did it once we'l do it again 
                                    It's so good to see you my friend 
                                    We're busy buckin' a nasty trend 
                                    Sounds too good to be true
                                    
                                    Later there'll be a party in the street 
                                    Smiles on the people we meet 
                                    We're curing all the itchy feet 
                                    Cause it's all brand new 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let Love Move Me
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
Rockin' In the Weary Land (1998)
                                    First setlist 7/22/94
                                    
                                    Let love move through
                                    Let love move me
                                    
                                    Let love rise between us
                                    Let love make the difference
                                    There's a glory coming to me
                                    I'm feeling oh so naturally
                                    I'm not gonna force the issue
                                    I'm tired of this frustrate and cry
                                    I'm gonna live in full color
                                    I'm gonna spread my wings and fly
 
 
 
 
Life So Short and Sweet
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
   Unofficial Lyrics
First setlist 6/21/01
                                    
                                    Lately I've taken for granted
                                    The things we've had
                                    The seeds we've planted
                                    Every day should be a treat
                                    In a life so short and sweet
                                    
                                    Give thanks to the dream
                                    The good people
                                    Great things we've seen
                                    All the chances we've had to meet
                                    In a life so short and sweet
                                    
                                    Standing on the ground
                                    Watching the sun go down
                                    Another circle made complete
                                    In a life so short and sweet
                                    
                                    And now I say I'm sorry 
                                    For creating the sad part of the story
                                    What I fool I was to ever forget 
                                    That life's so short and sweet
 
 
 
 
 
 
Life's A Ride
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Life's a Ride (2005)
                                    First setlist 3/19/03
                                    
                                    Used to be I was younger 
                                    Used to be time moved slow 
                                    Used to be all was said and done 
                                    But I knew nothing 'bout the setting sun 
                                    
                                    Used to be days seemed longer 
                                    Used to be an infinite flow 
                                    Used to be days were nothing but time 
                                    But at the end of 'em I'd nothing to show 
                                    
                                    Chorus: 
                                    Who ever said one was better 
                                    Between night and the light of day 
                                    One is trying to get somewhere 
                                    While the other might have found his way 
                                    Life's a ride 
                                    Every bit of the way 
                                    
                                    Used to be I was restless 
                                    Maybe now I still am 
                                    Used to be I couldn't sit still in my seat 
                                    And now I find I'm jumping out of my skin 
                                    
                                    Used to be fooling someone 
                                    Could've been fooling me 
                                    Nobody's fooling anyone now 
                                    Now because you know that talk is so cheap 

 
 
 
 Lifetime of a Fool
  
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
   Unofficial Lyrics
Run(ning)
                                    w/Sciszors: At the Rongo (1997)
                                    First setlist 12/13/90
                                    
                                    I threw away everything I had
                                    Twist of life so cruel
                                    And the outcome is so sad
                                    In the lifetime of a fool
                                    
                                    Well, I left the ones that I love
                                    Thought fame and fortune would be mine
                                    You have to watch just what you look for
                                    The path of ambition is often blind
                                    
                                    I threw away everything I had
                                    Twist of life so cruel
                                    And the outcome is so sad
                                    In the lifetime of a fool
                                    
                                    Now I walk this acre of pain
                                    On the stepping stones of my loss
                                    There's no way to return
                                    When you burn every bridge that you cross

 
 
Living In Babylon
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
   Unofficial Lyrics
Red Tape (1991), Live From the American Ballroom (2001)
                                    First setlist 1/1/90
                                    
                                    Two old people lying in a bed
                                    One rolled over to the other and said
                                    If we had ever stopped and looked around 
                                    We might have seen the earth shaking under our town
                                    
                                    Two little babies lying in a bed
                                    One rolled over to the other and said
                                    Take this life you've got and live it well
                                    Don't get caught living under the spell we are
                                    
                                    Living in Babylon, Living in Babylon
                                    Out of control you tumble and fall
                                    Living in Babylon against the wall
                                    Living in Babylon with nowhere to hide
                                    
                                    With every step you wonder who you are
                                    Who is this frightened boy alone in his car
                                    Listen to the music coming out of its dash
                                    Taking his tired brain to a place in the past
                                    
                                    The light in your eyes like a sound in the dark
                                    Leaves a trail of mystery with its own spark
                                    Waiting for a moment to ease your stride
                                    You are living in Baylon with nowhere to hide
                                    
                                    Living in Babylon, Living in Babylon
                                    Out of control you tumble and fall
                                    Living in Babylon against the wall
                                    Living in Babylon with nowhere to hide


 
 
 
Movin' On
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics

Run(ning) w/Sciszors: At the Rongo (1997)
                                    Positive Friction (2000)
                                    First setlist 4/18/97
                                    
                                    You know all those conversations
                                    All them funky ones we had before
                                    Now they mean nothing to me
                                    'Cause I'm here movin' on
                                    
                                    Renewed spirit and a brave brave heart
                                    I'll face the odds and conquer I shall
                                    The future's all there is to me
                                    'Cause I'm movin' on now
                                    
                                    If getting drunk would help, drink up I would
                                    But drinkin' don't seem to work like it used to
                                    Sense of freshness is what we need 
                                    After all that we been through
                                    
                                    I'm takin' with me everything that I've learned
                                    And I ain't going anywhere anyhow
                                    With a sense of cosmic reborn
                                    I'm movin on now
                                    
                                    You can look at all of our great friends
                                    They're busy busy tied up in knots
                                    Well you know that I'm just like them
                                    Except this morning I've come untied
                                    
                                    This morning freedom paid a visit
                                    And lifted me from a funk ridden cloud
                                    All is right on these two feet
                                    'Cause I'm movin on now
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Off to Dreamland
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
The Ones You Love (1996)
                                    First setlist 7/2/95
                                    
                                    Off to dreamland in grandma's dress 
                                    They watched us depart through the upstairs window 
                                    Across forever with a lover's curse 
                                    At the center of the universe
                                    
                                    Arrived with dented fenders and golden rings 
                                    The weightlessness of fallen dreams 
                                    It's sure lovely, but we could never stay 
                                    We got too lost on the way 
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    My thoughts return to love 
                                    Such a simple charm 
                                    My thoughts return to love 
                                    So sweet and warm
                                    
                                    Hey there boy, what do you know 
                                    Hey there boy, what do you see 
                                    The rain is falling with the look of ghosts 
                                    Reminds me of something that used to be 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                    
                                    

 
 
Positive Friction
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics

Positive Friction (2000)
                                    First setlist 1/22/99
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    Positive friction, under the upper crust
                                    What does all this Hollywood really have to do with us 
                                    True grit, timeless love 
                                    There's no reason to pretend
                                    Lets get together and become natural once again
                                    Natural once again
                                    
                                    There is a certain vibe, circulating in the air
                                    Cast from all the energy that emanates from everywhere
                                    Ah, such a lovely truth 
                                    Beginning to unfold 
                                    It's our brothers and sisters
                                    All coming in from the cold...Natural once again
                                    
                                    There's a family growing
                                    I've seen it with my own two eyes
                                    There's something that we're all knowing 
                                    I hope its spreading like a wild fire
                                    Back to a place one might call home
                                    
                                    We have our own heroes 
                                    They're dancing in the living room
                                    We're busy, busy counting out from zero 
                                    Not one minute too soon 
                                    Back to a place one might call home 
 
 
 
 
 
 Rockin' Horse
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
Life's a Ride (2005)
                                    Debut 7/5/03
                                    
                                    From one floorboard to another floorboard
                                    Talkin' about the table leg, the couch and the rockin' horse
                                    The rug's telling the liquor shelf desert stories about being born
                                    And all the radiators started singing along
                                    
                                    Something happened on a routine trip across the room
                                    Sparkle of sunlight ended it's long journey
                                    By hitting a pan lid and splashing in your hair
                                    It was beautiful of course, told the rocking horse
                                    And the whole world became about just one thing
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    All the radiators sing
                                    Things are being realized
                                    Won't you step on over here
                                    Something's perfecting in your eyes
                                    Hope to find that you would be so inclined
                                    As to allow me the honor dear of loving you
                                    Let's shrink the world down to just us two
                                    
                                    There's a slow conversation rolling in our house
                                    Took four years for the first sentence
                                    And six years to figure it out
                                    But now I just take it as a point of pride
                                    Having smiling faces waking by my side
                                    
                                    All of failures invitations have been respectfully declined
                                    But destiny's destination is still destined to unwind
                                    Gratefulness is in order for an atmosphere I never could fully understand
                                    A way to be more than I really am
                                    
                                    



 
 
 
Rock of Ages
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Life's a Ride (2005)
                                    First setlist 11/3/01
                                    
                                    Isn't this world getting harder to live in
                                    Isn't this road getting harder to travel on down
                                    It doesn't really matter
                                    When it shatters the glass just falls
                                    It's never made a difference
                                    Now you've got your due reward
                                    
                                    Isn't one voice getting harder to come by
                                    Isn't one Love getting harder to imagine now at all
                                    It doesn't really matter
                                    When it tumbles the weed just rolls
                                    It's never made a difference
                                    Your lack of readiness is growing old
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    We keep running down the rock
                                    Were running down the rock of ages
                                    
                                    Isn't the truth getting harder to hide from
                                    Isn't what's right getting harder to better ignore
                                    It doesn't really matter
                                    When it catches the fire just burns
                                    It's never made a difference
                                    You'd think somewhere you might have learned
                                    
                                    Bridge:
                                    You reap what you sow
                                    You're making your bed
                                    Believe what you see
                                    And you get what you get
                                    You hope all's not lost
                                    You look over your shoulder
                                    Wondering what went wrong

                                    

 
 
 
 
Visitor
  Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
  Music By:Jeb Puryear
  Official Lyrics
The Ones You Love (1996)
                                    First setlist 3/2/96
                                    
                                    I'm just a visitor here, that's all right 
                                    I'm just a visitor here, that's all right 
                                    The prospect of dying makin' life so strange 
                                    Just a worker bee workin' out on the range 
                                    It's coming clear 
                                    I'm just a visitor here
                                    
                                    I feel the glory, the coming of the sun 
                                    I feel the glory, the coming of the sun 
                                    Behold the dawn it's setting just beyond 
                                    We're just getting started getting things done 
                                    Destiny's near 
                                    I'm just a visitor here 
                                    
                                    Chorus:
                                    But I've come busy doin' what I can 
                                    Furthering the world's gracious plan 
                                    Always at a loss when not applied 
                                    Furthering the world's gracious side
                                    Little birdie, little birdie 
                                    Won't you sing to me your song 
                                    Such a short time to be here 
                                    Such a long time to be gone
                                    
                                    But I've become attached to the things that I've seen 
                                    Mothers smile and the fields of green 
                                    The way the sun sets on the valley below 
                                    The way the things you love seem to come and go 
                                    Then disappear 
                                    I'm just a visitor here  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Big Parade

   Lyrics By:Jeb Puryear
   Music By:Jeb Puryear
    Unofficial Lyrics

Oh Mama, there's a madman climbing
Up the clock tower
Singing my favorite tune
About the desperate hour

Well, you know
I done lost my bag
Forgot all my charm
Now I raise my voice
And sound the alarm

Chorus:
We're gonna have such a BIG PARADE
Everybody's going
Yeah, we'll really have it made
When the trumpets start to blow

Oh where, oh where
Where is the beauty
I've seen in my dreams
It's just out of sight
Yeah, it's just out of reach

But somewhere, somewhere, there's a bus that's leaving
Love once strike the majic chord
Yeah, we're off to Cleveland
Why don't you get on board

Well the driver is an apparition
Leader of the cosmic dust
One more mystic reason
To get on that bus
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Wishing Well
  Lyrics By:Tara Nevins
  Music By:Tara Nevins
  Official Lyrics
Purple (1993)
                                    First setlist 12/13/90
                                    
                                    The world was at our feet until
                                    We stepped off of a wishing well
                                    Looked to the future and it looked so bright
                                    We just stood there on the edge of night
                                    
                                    Learned our lesson and we learned it well
                                    Love alone won't deliver us from hell
                                    Looked to the future and it looked so bright
                                    We just stood there on the edge of night
                                    
                                    In a world that we don't understand
                                    We couldn't count on each other
                                    What do you expect when the world begins to tumble down
                                    
                                    In my heart now the fire fades
                                    Looking down the road in the opposite way
                                    Looked to the future and it looked so bright
                                    We just stood there on the edge of night
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Ripple

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near, as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air (note 1)

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall, you fall alone
If you should stand, then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way, I would take you home

 

 

 

The Wheel

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann

Chorus 1
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down
You can't let go and you can't hold on
You can't go back and you can't stand still
If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will

Chorus 2
Won't you try just a little bit harder
Couldn't you try just a little bit more
Won't you try just a little bit harder
Couldn't you try just a little bit more

Round, round, Robin run around
Gotta get back where you belong
Little bit harder, just a little bit more
Little bit further than you gone before

[chorus 1]

Small wheel turning by the fire and rod
Big wheel turning by the grace of God
Every time that wheel turn round
Bound to cover just a little more ground


 

 

 

 

Uncle John's Band

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Well the first days are the hardest days, don't you worry any more
'Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door
Think this through with me, let me know your mind
Wo-oh, what I want to know is, are you kind?

It's a buck dancer's choice my friend, better take my advice
You know all the rules by now, and the fire from the ice
Will you come with me, won't you come with me?
Wo-oh, what I want to know, will you come with me?

God damn, well I declare, have you seen the like?
Their walls are built of cannon balls
Their motto is "don't" tread on me"

Chorus 1
Come hear Uncle John's Band, playing to the tide
Come with me or go alone
He's come to take his children home

It's the same story the crow told me, it's the only one he knows
Like the morning sun you come and like the wind you go
Ain't no time to hate, barely time to wait
Wo-oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?

I live in a silver mine and I call it beggar's tomb
I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune
Anybody's choice, I can hear your voice
Wo-oh, what I want to know, how does the song go?

Chorus 2
Come hear Uncle John's Band, by the river side
Got some things to talk about
Here beside the rising tide

[chorus 1]

Wo-oh what I want to know, how does the song go?

[chorus 2]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Star

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Garcia, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan, Weir

Dark star crashes (note a)
Pouring its light into ashes
Reason tatters
The forces tear loose from the axis
Searchlight casting
For faults in the clouds of delusion

Shall we go, you and I, while we can?
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds

Mirror shatters
In formless reflections of matter
Glass hand dissolving
To ice petal flowers revolving
Lady in velvet
Recedes in the nights of goodbye

Shall we go, you and I, while we can
Through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?

 

 

 

 


Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Astral weeks
Album: Astral Weeks
[" Astral Weeks " CD]

If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dream
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop
Could you find me?
Would you kiss-a my eyes?
To lay me down
In silence easy
To be born again
To be born again
From the far side of the ocean
If I put the wheels in motion
And I stand with my arms behind me
And I'm pushin' on the door
Could you find me?
Would you kiss-a my eyes?
To lay me down
In silence easy
To be born again
To be born again
There you go
Standin' ! with the look of avarice
Talkin' to Huddie Ledbetter
Showin' pictures on the wall
Whisperin' in the hall
And pointin' a finger at me
There you go, there you go
Standin' in the sun darlin'
With your arms behind you
And your eyes before
There you go
Takin' good care of your boy
Seein' that he's got clean clothes
Puttin' on his little red shoes
I see you know he's got clean clothes
A-puttin' on his little red shoes
A-pointin' a finger at me
And here I am
Standing in your sad arrest
Trying to do my very best
Lookin' straight at you
Comin' through, darlin'
Yeah, yeah, yeah
If I ventured in the slipstream
Between the viaducts of your dreams
Where immobile steel rims crack
And the ditch in the back roads stop
Could you find me
Would you kiss-a my eyes
Lay me down
In silence easy
To be born again
To be born again
To be born again
In another world
In another world
In another ti! me
Got a home on high
Ain't nothing but a stranger in this world
I'm nothing but a stranger in this world
I got a home on high
In another land
So far away
So far away
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
In another time
In another place
In another time
In another place
Way up in the heaven
Way up in the heaven
We are goin' up to heaven
We are goin' to heaven
In another time
In another place
In another time
In another place
In another face
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Sweet thing
Album: Astral Weeks
[" Astral Weeks " CD]

I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And drink the clear
Clean waterfall to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats and they'll get high

On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow's sky
And I will never grow so old again.
And I will walk and talk
In garden's all wet with rain.

Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
Oh my, my, my sweet thing.
And I shall drive my chariot
down you streets and cry
'hey its me, I'm dynamite and I don't know why'.

And you shall take me strongly in your arms again.
An! d I will not remember that I ever felt the pain.
We shall walk and talk
in gardens all misty wet with rain.
And I will never, never, never grow so old again.

Oh sweet thing, sweet thing.
My, my, my, my, my sweet thing.
And I will raise my hand up
into the night cloud's sky.
And count the stars shining in your eye.
Just to dig it all an' not to wonder that's just fine.
And I wil be satisfied
Not to read in between the lines.
And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain.
And I will never ever, ever grow so old again.
Oh sweet thing. Oh sugar baby
Sugar baby, sugar baby, sugar baby.
With your champagne eyes
And your saint-like smile.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Madame george
Album: Astral Weeks
[" Astral Weeks " CD]

Down on Cyprus Avenue
With a childlike vision leaping into view
Clicking, clacking of the high heeled shoe
Ford & Fitzroy, Madame George
Marching with the soldier boy behind
He's much older with hat on drinking wine
And that smell of sweet perfume comes drifting through
The cool night air like Shalimar
And outside they're making all the stops
The kids out in the street collecting bottle-tops
Gone for cigarettes and matches in the shops
Happy taken Madame George
That's when you fall
Whoa, that's when you fall
Yeah, ! that's when you fall
When you fall into a trance
A sitting on a sofa playing games of chance
With your folded arms and history books you glance
Into the eyes of Madame George
And you think you found the bag
You're getting weaker and your knees begin to sag
In the corner playing dominoes in drag
The one and only Madame George
And then from outside the frosty window raps
She jumps up and says Lord have mercy I think it's the cops
And immediately drops everything she gots
Down into the street below
And you know you gotta go
On that train from Dublin up to Sandy Row
Throwing pennies at the bridges down below
And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow
Say goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
And as you leave, the room is filled with music, laughing, music,
dancing, music all around the room
And all the little boys come around, walking away from it all
So cold
And as y! ou're about to leave
She jumps up and says Hey love, you forgot you r gloves
And the gloves to love to love the gloves...
To say goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
Dry your eyes for Madame George
Say goodbye in the wind and the rain on the back street
In the backstreet, in the back street
Say goodbye to Madame George
In the backstreet, in the back street, in the back street
Down home, down home in the back street
Gotta go
Say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Dry your eye your eye your eye your eye your eye...
Say goodbye to Madame George
And the loves to love to love the love
Say goodbye
Oooooo
Mmmmmmm
Say goodbye goodbye goodbye goodbye to Madame George
Dry your eye for Madame George
Wonder why for Madame George
The love's to love the love's to love the love's to love...
Say goodbye, goodbye
Get on the train
Get on the train, the train, the train...
This is the train, this is the train...
Whoa, say goodbye, goodbye.! ...
Get on the train, get on the train...
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Cyprus avenue
Album: Astral Weeks
[" Astral Weeks " CD]

And I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
And I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
And I'm conquered in a car seat
Not a thing that I can do
I may go crazy
Before that mansion on the hill
I may go crazy
Before that mansion on the hill
But my heart keeps beating faster
And my feet can't keep still
And all the little girls rhyme something
On the way back home from school
And all the little girls rhyme something
On the way back home from school
And the leaves fall one by one by one by one
Call the ! autumn time a fool
Yeah baby my tongue gets tied
Every every every time I try to speak
My tongue gets tied
Every time I try to speak
And my inside shakes just like a leaf on a tree
I think I'll go on by the river with my cherry cherry wine
I believe I'll go walking by the railroad with my cherry cherry wine
If I pass the rumbling station where the lonesome engine drivers pine
And wait a minute, yonder comes my lady
Rainbow ribbons in her hair
Yonder comes my lady
Rainbow ribbons in her hair
Six white horses and a carriage
She's returning from the fair
Baby, baby, baby
And if I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
And if I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
And I'm conquered in a car seat
And I'm looking straight at you
Way up on, way up on, way up on....
The avenue of trees
Keep walking down
In the wind and the rain, darling
You keep walking down when the sun shone through the treesNobody, no, no, no, nobody stops me from loving you baby
So youn g and bold, fourteen years old
Baby, baby, baby...
Ooooh-ee
 
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Into the mystic
Album: Moondance
[" Moondance " CD]

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was one as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
And w! hen that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
I don't have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will flow into the mystic
Come on girl...

Too late to stop now...
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Almost independence day
Album: Saint Dominic'S Preview
[" Saint Dominic'S Preview " CD]

I can hear them calling way from Oregon
I can hear them calling way from Oregon
And it's almost Independence Day

Me and my lady, we go steppin' (we go steppin')
We go steppin' way out on China town
All to buy some Hong Kong silver
And the wadin' rushing river (we go steppin')
We go out on the, out on the town tonight

I can hear the fireworks
I can hear the fireworks
I can hear the fireworks
Up and down the, up and down the San Francisco bay
Up and down the, up and down the! San Francisco bay
I can hear them echoing
I can hear, I can hear them echoing
Up and down the, up and down the San Francisco bay

I can see the boats in the harbor (way across the harbor)
Lights shining out (lights shining out)
And a cool, cool night
And a cool, cool night across the harbor
I can hear the fireworks
I can hear the people, people shouting out
I can hear the people shouting out (up and down the line)
And it's almost Independence Day

I can see the lights way out in the harbor
And the cool, and the cool, and the cool night
And the cool, and the cool, and the cool night breeze
And I feel the cool night breeze
And I feel, feel, feel the cool night breeze
And the boats go by
And it's almost Independence Day
And it's almost, and it's almost Independence Day

Way up and down the line
Way up and down the line...
 
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Listen to the lion
Album: Saint Dominic'S Preview
[" Saint Dominic'S Preview " CD]

All my love come down
All my love come tumblin' down
An' all my love come tumblin' down

All-a my love, all-a my love
All a-my love come tumblin' down
Oh, listen to the lion
Oh, listen listen listen, listen
To the lion, inside of me, inside of me
An' I shall search my soul

I shall search a-my, search a-my very soul
And I shall search my very soul
I shall-a search a my very so-
Woh-woh-woh-woh-woh-woh-woh-woh-woh
Oh-ah, whoa-ah
For the lion, for the lion
For the lion, for ! the lion

Inside of me
In-side-a, side-a me, side-a-me, side-a-me
Side-a me, side-a me, side-a-me, side-a-me
Side-a me, side-a me, side-a-me, side-a-me

Spoken:
Life is strange

And all my tears have flown
All-a my tears like water flown
Water! Water! Water!
All my tears like water flown

And all my and all-a my, all-a my, all-a my, all-a my
All-a my, all-a my, all-a my
Tears like a water flown
For, for the lion-a, ha
For the lion
For the lion, hu
For the lion
Lion!

Inside of me, inside of me

Oh-oh, ooh-oh listen, listen, listen
To the lion
Whoa-oh, whoa-oooh
Oh listen, listen, listen
To the lion

Side a-me side a-me, side a-me
Side a-me, side a-me

And we sailed, and we sailed-a
And we sailed, and we sailed
Away from Denmark
Went from Denmark, way up to Caledonia

Lookin' for a brand new start
Goin', for a brand new start
Lookin' for a brand new s! tart
Hey, hey, hey, hey-yeah
Lookin' for a brand new start
I want a brand new start

Oh-ooo-ah-ooo-ah-ooo
I-a-ooo-rah-ooo-wah-ooo
Ooo-wah-ooo-wah-ooo-wah-ooo-wah-ooo-wah-ooo

Ooo-wah, ooo-wah, ooo-wah

Da-da-dada, da-da-da,da-da-da,da-da-da
Da-da-da,da-da-da, da-da-da
Oh yeah

Lookin' for a brand new start
Lookin' for a brand new start
Lookin' for a brand new start

Lookin' for abrand new start

(Whispers)
Lookin' for a brand new start
Lookin' for a brand new start
Lookin' for a brand new start
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Saint dominic's preview
Album: Saint Dominic'S Preview
[" Saint Dominic'S Preview " CD]

Shammy [chamois] cleaning all the windows,
Singing songs about Edith Piaf's soul.
And I hear blue strains of "no regredior"
Across the street from Cathedral Notre Dame.

Meanwhile back in San Francisco
We're trying hard to make this whole thing blend,
As we sit upon this jagged
Storey block, with you my friend.

And it's a long way to Buffalo.
It's a long way to Belfast city too.
And I'm hoping the choice won't blow the hoist
'cos this town, they bit off more than they can chew! .

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview

All the orange boxes are scattered.
We get to Safeway's supermarket in the rain.
And everybody feels so determined
Not to feel anyone else's pain.

(You know that) No one's making no commitments
To anybody but themselves,
Hidin' behind closed doorways,
Tryin' to get outside, outside of empty shells

And for every cross-cuttin' country corner,
For every Hank Williams railroad train that cried,
And all the chains, badges, flags and emblems
And every strain on every brain and every eye (?)

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview.

And the restaurant tables are completely covered.
The record company has paid out for the wine.
Yo! u got everything in the world you ever wanted
Right about now your face should wear a smile.

That's the way it all should happen
When you're in, when you're in the state you're in;
You've got your pen and notebook ready,
I think it's about time, time for us to begin.

And we're over in a 52nd Street apartment,
Socializing with the whino few,
Just to be hip and get wet with the jet set.
But they're flying too high to see my point of view.

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview.

See them freedom marching,
Out on the street, freedom marching.
Saint Dominic's Preview.

 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Aryan mist
Album: Beautiful Vision
[" Beautiful Vision " CD]

Aryan mist
Among the bridges
You hang by the river
You've been here forever
Aryan mist

What can the matter be
In a world full of glamour
Does it lift you up
Or is it railway carriage charm

You just sit here
And look from your carriage
As you watch the scene go by

Gurus from the east
Gurus from the west
Does it lift you up
Or is it railway carriage charm

Aryan mist
Among the bridges
You hang by the river
You've been here forever
Aryan mist
Aryan mist

There's so m! any people
Going down by the river
Down by the river
To get clean

The fog of illusion
The fog of confusion
Is hanging all over the world

Gurus from the east
Gurus from the west
Does it lift you up
Or is it railway carriage charm

Aryan mist
You've been here forever
Remind me of Krishna
Love first sweet kiss
Aryan mist

Aryan mist
Among the bridges
You hang by the river
You've been here forever
Aryan mist

Does it lift you up
Or is it railway carriage charm
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: A Sense Of Wonder
Album: A Sense Of Wonder
[" A Sense Of Wonder " CD]

I walked in my greatcoat
Down through the days of the leaves.
No before after, yes after before
We were shining our light into the days of blooming wonder
In the eternal presence, in the presence of the flame.

Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn't I come to lift your fiery vision bright
Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame.

On and on and on and on we kept singing our song
Over Newtonards and Comber, Gransha and the
Ballystockart Road.
With Boffyflow and Spike
I ! said I could describe the leaves for Samuel and Felicity
Rich, red browney, half burnt orange and green.

Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn't I come to lift your fiery vision bright
Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame.

It's easy to describe the leaves in the Autumn
And it's oh so easy in the Spring
But down through January and February it's a very different thing.

On and on and on, through the winter of our discontent.
When the wind blows up the collar and the ears are frostbitten too
I said I could describe the leaves for Samuel and what it means to you and me

You may call my love Sophia, but I call my love Philosophy.

Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder
Didn't I come to lift your fiery vision
Didn't I come to bring you a sense of wonder in the flame.

Wee Alfie at the
Castle Picture House on the Castlereagh Road.

Whistling on the corner next d! oor where
he kept Johnny Mack Brown's horse.
O Solo Mio by McGim sey
and the man who played the saw
outside the city hall.
Pastie suppers down at Davey's chipper
Gravy rings, barmbracks
Wagon wheels, snowballs
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Enlightenment
Album: Enlightenment
[" Enlightenment " CD]

Chop that wood
Carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Every second, every minute
It keeps changing to something different
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It says it's non attachment
Non attachment. non attachment

I'm in the here and now, and I'm meditating
And still I'm suffering but that's my problem
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

Wake up

Enlightenment says the world is nothing
Nothing but a dream,! everything's an illusion
And nothing is real

Good or bad baby
You can change it anyway you want
You can rearrange it
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
Chop that wood
And carry water
What's the sound of one hand clapping
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

All around baby. you can see
You're making your own reality. everyday because
Enlightenment, don't know what it is

One more time

Enlightenment. don't know what it is
It's up to you
Enlightenment. don't know what it is
It's up to you everyday
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's always up to you
Enlightenment, don't know what it is
It's up to you, the way you think

 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: So quiet in here
Album: Enlightenment
[" Enlightenment " CD]

Foghorns blowing in the night
Salt sea air in the morning breeze
Driving cars all along the coastline
This must be what it's all about
Oh this must be what it's all about
This must be what paradise is like
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here

The warm look of radiance on your face
And your heart beating close to mine
And the evening fading in the candle glow
This must be what it's all about
Oh this must be what it's all about
This must be what paradise is like
So quiet ! in here. so peaceful in here
So quiet in here, yeah, so peaceful in here

All my struggling in the world
And so many dreams that don't come true
Step back, put it all away
It don't matter, it don't matter anymore
Oh this must be what paradise is like
This must be what paradise is like
It's so quiet in here, so peaceful in here
It's so quiet in here, so peaceful in here

A glass of wine with some friends
Talking into the wee hours of the dawn
Sit back and relax your mind
This must be, this must be, what it's all about
This must be what paradise is like
Oh this must be what paradise is like
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here

Big ships out in the night
And we're floating across the waves
Sailing for some other shore
Where we can be what we wanna be
Oh this must be what paradise is like
This must be what paradise is like
Baby it's so quiet in here, so pe! aceful in here
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here
So quiet in here, so peaceful in here
So quiet in here, you can hear, it's so quiet

 
 
 

Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Youth of 1,000 summers
Album: Enlightenment
[" Enlightenment " CD]

He's the youth of a thousand summers
He's the youth of a thousand summers
Like a sweet bird of youth
Like a sweet bird of youth
In my soul. in my soul, in my soul
In my soul. in my soul. in my soul

And he looks so radiant
And he shines like the sun
And he looks so radiant
And he lights up the world

He's the youth of a thousand summers
He's the youth of a thousand summers
Like a sweet bird of youth
Like a sweet bird of youth
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
In my soul, in my soul, in my so! ul
Yeah, love it, yeah, love it
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul

He's the king of the mountain
And the clear crystal fountain
He's the saint of the river
He's the ancient of days

He's the youth of a thousand summers
He's the youth of a thousand summers
Like a sweet bird of youth
Like a sweet bird of youth
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul

And he makes you go skipping
And he makes you go dancing
And he gets you in rhythm
And he moves you in song

He's the youth of a thousand summers
He's the youth of a thousand summers
Like a sweet bird of youth
Like a sweet bird of youth
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
In my soul, in my soul, in my soul
Oh, in my soul, in my soul, in my soul

And a sweet bird of youth

In my soul (repeat)
 
 
 
 
Artist: Van Morrison
Song: On hyndford street
Album: Hymns To The Silence
[" Hymns To The Silence " CD]

Take me back, take me way, way, way back
On Hyndford Street
Where you could feel the silence at half past eleven
On long summer nights
As the wireless played Radio Luxembourg
And the voices whispered across Beechie River
In the quietness as we sank into restful slumber in the silence
And carried on dreaming, in God
And walks up Cherry Valley from North Road Bridge, railway line
On sunny summer afternoons
Picking apples from the side of the tracks
That spilled over from the gardens of the houses on C! yprus Avenue
Watching the moth catcher working the floodlights in the evenings
And meeting down by the pylons
Playing round Mrs. Kelly's lamp
Going out to Holywood on the bus
And walking from the end of the lines to the seaside
Stopping at Fusco's for ice cream
In the days before rock 'n' roll
Hyndford Street, Abetta Parade
Orangefield, St. Donard's Church
Sunday six-bells, and in between the silence there was conversation
And laughter, and music and singing, and shivers up the back of the neck
And tuning in to Luxembourg late at night
And jazz and blues records during the day
Also Debussy on the third programme
Early mornings when contemplation was best
Going up the Castlereagh hills
And the cregagh glens in summer and coming back
To Hyndford Street, feeling wondrous and lit up inside
With a sense of everlasting life
And reading Mr. Jelly Roll and Big Bill Broonzy
And "Really The Blues" by "Mezz" Mezzrow
And! "Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac
Over and over again
And voices ec hoing late at night over Beechie River
And it's always being now, and it's always being now
It's always now
Can you feel the silence?
On Hyndford Street where you could feel the silence
At half past eleven on long summer nights
As the wireless played Radio Luxembourg
And the voices whispered across Beechie River
And in the quietness we sank into restful slumber in silence
And carried on dreaming in God. 

 

 

 

Absolutely Sweet Marie Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Well, your railroad gate, you know I just can't jump it
Sometimes it gets so hard, you see
I'm just sitting here beating on my trumpet
With all these promises you left for me
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Well, I waited for you when I was half sick
Yes, I waited for you when you hated me
Well, I waited for you inside of the frozen traffic
When you knew I had some other place to be
Now, where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Well, anybody can be just like me, obviously
But then, now again, not too many can be like you, fortunately.

Well, six white horses that you did promise
Were fin'lly delivered down to the penitentiary
But to live outside the law, you must be honest
I know you always say that you agree
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Well, I don't know how it happened
But the river-boat captain, he knows my fate
But ev'rybody else, even yourself
They're just gonna have to wait.

Well, I got the fever down in my pockets
The Persian drunkard, he follows me
Yes, I can take him to your house but I can't unlock it
You see, you forgot to leave me with the key
Oh, where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Now, I been in jail when all my mail showed
That a man can't give his address out to bad company
And now I stand here lookin' at your yellow railroad
In the ruins of your balcony
Wond'ring where you are tonight, sweet Marie.
 
 
 
 
 
Jokerman Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing.
Distant ships sailing into the mist,
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing.
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with the truth so far off, what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky,
You rise up and say goodbye to no one.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,
Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don't show one.
Shedding off one more layer of skin,
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

You're a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds,
Manipulator of crowds, you're a dream twister.
You're going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain't nobody there would want to marry your sister.
Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame,
You look into the fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

Well, the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy,
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers.
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed,
Michelangelo indeed could've carved out your features.
Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space,
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh. oh. oh. Jokerman.

Well, the rifleman's stalking the sick and the lame,
Preacherman seeks the same, who'll get there first is uncertain.
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks,
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain,
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin,
Only a matter of time 'til night comes steppin' in.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

It's a shadowy world, skies are slippery gray,
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet.
He'll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat,
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot.
Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants,
Oh, Jokerman, you don't show any response.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.
 
 
 
 
 
Like a Rolling Stone Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queen Jane Approximately Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

When your mother sends back all your invitations
And your father to your sister he explains
That you're tired of yourself and all of your creations
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?

Now when all of the flower ladies want back what they have lent you
And the smell of their roses does not remain
And all of your children start to resent you
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?

Now when all the clowns that you have commissioned
Have died in battle or in vain
And you're sick of all this repetition
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?

When all of your advisers heave their plastic
At your feet to convince you of your pain
Trying to prove that your conclusions should be more drastic
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?

Now when all the bandits that you turned your other cheek to
All lay down their bandanas and complain
And you want somebody you don't have to speak to
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
Won't you come see me, Queen Jane?
 
 
 
 
Visions of Johanna Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane
Louise, she's all right, she's just near
She's delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it's so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze
I can't find my knees"
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel

The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him
Sayin', "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him"
But like Louise always says
"Ya can't look at much, can ya man?"
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain
 
 
 
 
 
 
When I Paint My Masterpiece Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble,
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that you're seein' double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
Got to hurry on back to my hotel room,
Where I've got me a date with Botticelli's niece.
She promised that she'd be right there with me
When I paint my masterpiece.

Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum,
Dodging lions and wastin' time.
Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see 'em,
Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb.
Train wheels runnin' through the back of my memory,
When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese.
Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody
When I paint my masterpiece.

Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola.
Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!

I left Rome and landed in Brussels,
On a plane ride so bumpy that I almost cried.
Clergymen in uniform and young girls pullin' muscles,
Everyone was there to greet me when I stepped inside.
Newspapermen eating candy
Had to be held down by big police.
Someday, everything is gonna be diff'rent
When I paint my masterpiece.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Youre A Big Girl Now Lyrics

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off my feet
And I'm back in the rain
Oh, and you are on dry land
You made it there somehow
You're a big girl now

Bird on the horizon, sitting on a fence
He's singing his song for me at his own expense
And I'm just like that bird
Oh, singing just for you
I hope that you can hear
Hear me singing through these tears

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
You've known it all the time, I'm learning it these days
And I know where I can find you
Oh, in somebody's room
It's a price I have to pay
You're a big girl all the way

Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast
Oh but what a shame, that all we've shared can't last
I can change I swear
Oh, see what you can do
I can make it through
You can make it too

A change in the weather is known to be extreme
But what's the sense in changing horses in midstream
I'm going out of my mind
Oh, with a pain that stops and starts
Like a corkscrew to the heart
Ever since we've been apart
 
 
 
 
 
Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go Lyrics

I've seen love go by my door
It's never been this close before
Never been so easy or so slow
Been shootin' in the dark too long
If something's not right it's wrong
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Dragon clouds so high above
I've only known careless love
It's always hit me from below
But this time around it's more correct
Right on target and so direct
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Purple clover, Queen Anne's lace
Crimson hair across your face
You can make me cry but you don't know
Can't remember what I was thinking of
You might be spoiling me with too much love
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

Flowers on the hillside blooming crazy
Crickets talking back and forth in rhyme
Blue river running slow and lazy
I could spend forever with you and never realize the time

Situations have ended sad
Relationships have all been bad
Mine have been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's
But there's no way I can compare
All them scenes to this affair, honey
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

You're gonna make me wonder what I'm doing
Staying far behind without you
You're gonna make me wonder what I'm saying
You're gonna make me give myself a good talking to

I'll look for you in old Honolulu
San Francisco, Ashtabula
You're gonna have to leave me now I know
But I'll see you in the sky above
In the tall grass in the ones I love
You're gonna make me lonesome when you go
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Times The Are A-Changin Lyrics

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.
 
 
 
 
 
 Simple Twist of Fate Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark,
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones.
'Twas then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate.

They walked along by the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin' bright.
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train
Moving with a simple twist of fate.

A saxophone someplace far off played
As she was walkin' by the arcade.
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin' up,
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate.

He woke up, the room was bare
He didn't see her anywhere.
He told himself he didn't care, pushed the window open wide,
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate.

He hears the ticking of the clocks
And walks along with a parrot that talks,
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailers all come in.
Maybe she'll pick him out again, how long must he wait
Once more for a simple twist of fate.

People tell me it's a sin
To know and feel too much within.
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring.
She was born in spring, but I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Senor, senor, do you know where we're headin'?
Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?
Seems like I been down this way before.
Is there any truth in that, senor?

Senor, senor, do you know where she is hidin'?
How long are we gonna be ridin'?
How long must I keep my eyes glued to the door?
Will there be any comfort there, senor?

There's a wicked wind still blowin' on that upper deck,
There's an iron cross still hanging down from around her neck.
There's a marchin' band still playin' in that vacant lot
Where she held me in her arms one time and said, "Forget me not."

Senor, senor, I can see that painted wagon,
I can smell the tail of the dragon.
Can't stand the suspense anymore.
Can you tell me who to contact here, senor?

Well, the last thing I remember before I stripped and kneeled
Was that trainload of fools bogged down in a magnetic field.
A gypsy with a broken flag and a flashing ring Said,
"Son, this ain't a dream no more, it's the real thing."

Senor, senor, you know their hearts is as hard as leather.
Well, give me a minute, let me get it together.
I just gotta pick myself up off the floor.
I'm ready when you are, senor.

Senor, senor, let's disconnect these cables,
Overturn these tables.
This place don't make sense to me no more.
Can you tell me what we're waiting for, senor?
 
 
 
 
 
One Of Us Must Know Lyrics

I didn't mean to treat you so bad
You shouldn't take it so personal
I didn't mean to make you so sad
You just happened to be there, that's all
When I saw you say "goodbye" to your friend and smile
I thought that it was well understood
That you'd be comin' back in a little while
I didn't know that you were sayin' "goodbye" for good

But, sooner or later, one of us must know
That you just did what you're supposed to do
Sooner or later, one of us must know
That I really did try to get close to you

I couldn't see what you could show me
Your scarf had kept your mouth well hid
I couldn't see how you could know me
But you said you knew me and I believed you did
When you whispered in my ear
And asked me if I was leavin' with you or her
I didn't realize just what I did hear
I didn't realize how young you were

But, sooner or later, one of us must know
That your just doing what you're supposed to do
Sooner or later, one of us must know
That I really did try to get close to you

I couldn't see when it started snowin'
Your voice was all that I heard
I couldn't see where we were goin'
But you said you knew an' I took your word
And then you told me later, as I apologized
That you were just kiddin' me, you weren't really from the farm
An' I told you, as you clawed out my eyes
That I never really meant to do you any harm

But, sooner or later, one of us must know
That you a just did what you're supposed to do
Sooner or later, one of us must know
That I really did try to get close to you
 
 
 
 
 
New Morning Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Can't you hear that rooster crowin'?
Rabbit runnin' down across the road
Underneath the bridge where the water flowed through
So happy just to see you smile
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

Can't you hear that motor turnin'?
Automobile comin' into style
Comin' down the road for a country mile or two
So happy just to see you smile
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

The night passed away so quickly
It always does when you're with me.

Can't you feel that sun a-shinin'?
Ground hog runnin' by the country stream
This must be the day that all of my dreams come true
So happy just to be alive
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

So happy just to be alive
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.
New morning . . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Tambourine Man Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand,
Vanished from my hand,
Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.
My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet,
I have no one to meet
And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship,
My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wanderin'.
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,
I promise to go under it.

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Though you might hear laughin', spinnin', swingin' madly across the sun,
It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
And but for the sky there are no fences facin'.
And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme
To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind,
I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're
Seein' that he's chasing.

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues Lyrics

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outa you

Now if you see Saint Annie
Please tell her thanks a lot
I cannot move
My fingers are all in a knot
I don't have the strength
To get up and take another shot
And my best friend, my doctor
Won't even say what it is I've got

Sweet Melinda
The peasants call her the goddess of gloom
She speaks good English
And she invites you up into her room
And you're so kind
And careful not to go to her too soon
And she takes your voice
And leaves you howling at the moon

Up on Housing Project Hill
It's either fortune or fame
You must pick up one or the other
Though neither of them are to be what they claim
If you're lookin' to get silly
You better go back to from where you came
Because the cops don't need you
And man they expect the same

Now all the authorities
They just stand around and boast
How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms
Into leaving his post
And picking up Angel who
Just arrived here from the coast
Who looked so fine at first
But left looking just like a ghost

I started out on burgundy
But soon hit the harder stuff
Everybody said they'd stand behind me
When the game got rough
But the joke was on me
There was nobody even there to call my bluff
I'm going back to New York City
I do believe I've had enough
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Blowin' in the Wind Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 All Along the Watchtower Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

"There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th Time Around Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

When she said,
"Don't waste your words, they're just lies,"
I cried she was deaf.
And she worked on my face until breaking my eyes,
Then said, "What else you got left?"
It was then that I got up to leave
But she said, "Don't forget,
Everybody must give something back
For something they get."

I stood there and hummed,
I tapped on her drum and asked her how come.
And she buttoned her boot,
And straightened her suit,
Then she said, "Don't get cute."
So I forced my hands in my pockets
And felt with my thumbs,
And gallantly handed her
My very last piece of gum.

She threw me outside,
I stood in the dirt where ev'ryone walked.
And after finding I'd
Forgotten my shirt,
I went back and knocked.
I waited in the hallway, she went to get it,
And I tried to make sense
Out of that picture of you in your wheelchair
That leaned up against . . .

Her Jamaican rum
And when she did come, I asked her for some.
She said, "No, dear."
I said, "Your words aren't clear,
You'd better spit out your gum."
She screamed till her face got so red
Then she fell on the floor,
And I covered her up and then
Thought I'd go look through her drawer.

And, when I was through
I filled up my shoe
And brought it to you.
And you, you took me in,
You loved me then
You didn't waste time.
And I, I never took much,
I never asked for your crutch.
Now don't ask for mine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Well, I ride on a mailtrain, baby,
Can't buy a thrill.
Well, I've been up all night, baby,
Leanin' on the window sill.
Well, if I die
On top of the hill
And if I don't make it,
You know my baby will.

Don't the moon look good, mama,
Shinin' through the trees?
Don't the brakeman look good, mama,
Flagging down the "Double E"?
Don't the sun look good
Goin' down over the sea?
Don't my gal look fine
When she's comin' after me?

Now the wintertime is coming,
The windows are filled with frost.
I went to tell everybody,
But I could not get across.
Well, I wanna be your lover, baby,
I don't wanna be your boss.
Don't say I never warned you
When your train gets lost.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just Like a Woman Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand inside the rain
Ev'rybody knows
That Baby's got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls.
She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl.

Queen Mary, she's my friend
Yes, I believe I'll go see her again
Nobody has to guess
hat Baby can't be blessed
Till she sees finally that she's like all the rest
With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls.
She takes just like a woman, yes, she does
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does
And she aches just like a woman
But she breaks just like a little girl.

It was raining from the first
And I was dying there of thirst
So I came in here
And your long-time curse hurts
But what's worse
Is this pain in here
I can't stay in here
Ain't it clear that

I just can't fit
Yes, I believe it's time for us to quit
When we meet again
Introduced as friends
Please don't let on that you knew me when
I was hungry and it was your world.
Ah, you fake just like a woman, yes, you do
You make love just like a woman, yes, you do
Then you ache just like a woman
But you break just like a little girl.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Agai Lyrics

by Bob Dylan

Oh, the ragman draws circles
Up and down the block.
I'd ask him what the matter was
But I know that he don't talk.
And the ladies treat me kindly
And furnish me with tape,
But deep inside my heart
I know I can't escape.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Well, Shakespeare, he's in the alley
With his pointed shoes and his bells,
Speaking to some French girl,
Who says she knows me well.
And I would send a message
To find out if she's talked,
But the post office has been stolen
And the mailbox is locked.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Mona tried to tell me
To stay away from the train line.
She said that all the railroad men
Just drink up your blood like wine.
An' I said, "Oh, I didn't know that,
But then again, there's only one I've met
An' he just smoked my eyelids
An' punched my cigarette."
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Grandpa died last week
And now he's buried in the rocks,
But everybody still talks about
How badly they were shocked.
But me, I expected it to happen,
I knew he'd lost control
When he built a fire on Main Street
And shot it full of holes.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Now the senator came down here
Showing ev'ryone his gun,
Handing out free tickets
To the wedding of his son.
An' me, I nearly got busted
An' wouldn't it be my luck
To get caught without a ticket
And be discovered beneath a truck.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Now the preacher looked so baffled
When I asked him why he dressed
With twenty pounds of headlines
Stapled to his chest.
But he cursed me when I proved it to him,
Then I whispered, "Not even you can hide.
You see, you're just like me,
I hope you're satisfied."
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Now the rainman gave me two cures,
Then he said, "Jump right in."
The one was Texas medicine,
The other was just railroad gin.
An' like a fool I mixed them
An' it strangled up my mind,
An' now people just get uglier
An' I have no sense of time.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

When Ruthie says come see her
In her honky-tonk lagoon,
Where I can watch her waltz for free
'Neath her Panamanian moon.
An' I say, "Aw come on now,
You must know about my debutante."
An' she says, "Your debutante just knows what you need
But I know what you want."
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.

Now the bricks lay on Grand Street
Where the neon madmen climb.
They all fall there so perfectly,
It all seems so well timed.
An' here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice.
Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
To be stuck inside of Mobile
With the Memphis blues again.
 
 
 
 
 Mississippi Lyrics

(Words and Music by Bob Dylan)

Every step of the way, we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piling up, we struggle and we stray
We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape

City's just a jungle, more games to play
Trapped in the heart of it, tryin' to get away
I was raised in the country, I been working in the town
I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
Don't even have anything for myself anymore
Sky full of fire, Pain pouring down
Nothing you can sell me, I'll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well, the devil's in the alley, mule's in the stall
Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all
I was thinking about the things that Rosie said
I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie's bed

Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you're sorry, I'm sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some won't
Last night I knew you, tonight I don't
I need something strong to distract my mind
I'm gonna look at you 'til my eyes go blind

Well I got here following the southern star
I crossed that river just to be where you are
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
I know that fortune is waiting to be kind
So give me your hand and say you'll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
 
 
 
 
 
Catch The Wind Lyrics - Donovan

In the chilly hours and minutes,
Of uncertainty, I want to be,
In the warm hold of your loving mind.

To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand, along the sand,
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

When sundown pales the sky,
I wanna hide a while, behind your smile,
And everywhere I'd look, your eyes I'd find.

For me to love you now,
Would be the sweetest thing, 'twould make me sing,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.

When rain has hung the leaves with tears,
I want you near, to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind.

For standin' in your heart,
Is where I want to be, and I long to be,
Ah, but I may as well, try and catch the wind.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broken Sky-  Steve Johnson ( Big Leg Emma)
 
 
Can I find you in the morning
Can I see you in the broken sky
How can I tell if you are lonesome
Maybe as I see your tears roll by.

Well it's time to change
Oh, I'm feeling strange
And the years keep a rollin' by.

I know I know you from somewhere
Somewhere far off from this broken trail
Are you lost or are you lonesome
Did you sink your ship before you sailed?

Well, dreams are lost most everyday
And yours are nowhere to be found.

Oh yellow moon up in the evening
Shine down your light yes and help me see
I need your light so I can see her
I need your light so I can be free.

Well days go by and I
Well I just get high and
Leave the past behind.

Oh clouded skys of desile angels
Wet down this world oh yes and make it clean
Please tell me soon that you'll release me
Release me from this world of broken dreams.

Well there's a time to live
And there's a time to die and I say
Time is always on my side.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Moonless Night    
Music & Lyrics by:
Steve Johnson
2003


   
chorus)     I can feel you
      Stars like diamonds in the sky
      I can see you
      On a moonless night
      Chase it with me
      Dreams that always can come true
      And don't forget to
      Shine on a moonless night

It will be time and time again
To forget what you are after
Lost love forgiveness
Well I don’t know how to ask her
I do believe that it can do no harm
It will keep it sheltered
From the storm

chorus)     I can feel you
      Stars like diamonds in the sky
      I can see you
      On a moonless night
      Chase it with me
      Dreams that always can come true
      And don't forget to
      Shine on a moonless night

Take some time
To find your purpose
If you're happy I’m happy
That’s my concern
Take it lightly
Don’t bust open the curtains ‘cuz
You know one day well you might get burned

chorus)     I can feel you
      Stars like diamonds in the sky
      I can see you
      On a moonless night
      Chase it with me
      Dreams that always can come true
      And don't forget to
     

Shine on a moonless night

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 



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