songs

These are the songs that appear on Angel of the River.

Well I go out on the freeway and I drive like any man / and I bust my gut like some to make a deal / if you’re gonna sneak around me then you better have a gun / if you’re gonna pull around me pack some steel / well it’s true I broke some promises and left some dreams to die / I heard the screams but they were always from behind / and it’s true when all was said I wasn’t ready for today / but I’m going to be ready in my time / heaven help the man who signs up for the plan / and then thinks that someday soon he’ll just escape / hooks sink in / habits come around the bend to break the tape / well it’s true I broke some promises and left some dreams to die / I heard the screams but they were always from behind / and it’s true when all was said I wasn’t ready for today / but I’m going to be ready in my time / ready in my time.

A city bird above the street / it flaps its wings to keep the beat / I drink and smoke to do the same / it’s not the blues that’s all to blame / I know it’s killing me / but what can I do / I can’t live without the high / I can’t live without the high / someday soon I’ve got to say goodbye / no matter how low I might fly / I know the well is running dry / but I can’t live without the high / a city bird escapes the heat / it soars a mile above the street / I drink and smoke to feel the breeze / and hear the hidden melodies / I know it’s killing me / but what can I do / I can’t live without the high / I can’t live without the high / someday soon I’ve got to say goodbye / no matter how low I might fly / I know the well is running dry / but I can’t live without the high / I can’t live / I can’t live / I can’t live without the high.

Guess I’m going crazy / let’s just make this brief / see my hand is trembling now like a leaf / standing in the shadows / your legs so brown and thin / goodness sake I believe that I’m going to give in / angel of the river hear my cry / how this foolish life keeps passing by / in your hair is where these ribbons belong / angel of the river hear my song / once I was a young man / arrogant and proud / not afraid to stand outside of the crowd / once I was a young man / do believe it’s true / all these things in time are gonna happen to you / angel of the river hear my cry / how this foolish life keeps passing by / in your hair is where these ribbons belong / angel of the river hear my song / one kiss for the river / and once kiss for the moon / one kiss for the way that you light up the room / one kiss for your baby boy / and one kiss for the bed / one kiss for the way that you lay back your head / angel of the river hear my cry / how this foolish life keeps passing by / in your hair is where these ribbons belong / angel of the river hear my song / in your hair is where these ribbons belong / angel of the river hear my song.

If you are leaving then leave your dress next to me / I’ll pretend you’re still in bed / don’t wake me up now and try to confess to me / don’t cry and tell me you still want the best for me / as you go out of the door shut it quietly / watch that you don’t make a peep / slowly unfasten the ropes that you tied to me / don’t feel too bad for the way that you lied to me / take all my clothes and take all my money / take all the diamonds that glitter and gleam / take all the things I gave to you honey / but don’t take / no don’t take / please don’t take / my beautiful dream / don’t call me up now and say that you’re missing me / don’t let that telephone ring / I’m in a field and I’m happy and whistling / under a tree where the warm wind is kissing me / I see you now as the clouds are unpiling / you’re flying over to me / singing so sweet as you play on a violin / you’re still in love and you’ll always be smiling / take all my clothes and take all my money / take all the diamonds that glitter and gleam / take all the things I gave to you honey / but don’t take / no don’t take / please don’t take / my beautiful dream.

One of these days you’re going to wake up / find another bird is singing by the bay / so far away / the more that you listen / the more you’ll want to run and see / this bird so free / but take a key before you go / don’t believe that I won’t love you anymore / go and find the kind of life you’re looking for / but take a key / take a key for the door / out of the window you’re going to see flowers / and you’ll wonder how these flowers came to grow / you’ll have to know / the longer you wonder / the further your thoughts are gonna lead / your heart from me / but take a key before you go / don’t believe that I won’t love you anymore / go and find the kind of life you’re looking for / but take a key / take a key for the door / late in the night you’re gonna have visions / there are thoughts and dreams that no one else can tell / serve them well / the closer you follow / the sooner your eyes are gonna see / your destiny / but take a key before you go / don’t believe that I won’t love you anymore / go and find the kind of life you’re looking for / but take a key / take a key for the door / take a key / take a key for the door.

Let’s not turn our face away / before we seal the deal / eyes ahead let’s look into the coal / partner we’ve been traveling on this trail for many a year / no one here is dearer to my soul / still I know there’s different ways / and people have to roam / sometimes home’s alone on the inside / it would take a stronger man to roll away this stone / wish I had the will to still want to ride / flowers in the springtime soon are heading for a fall / happy / laughing times go by too fast / I’ve seen rivers beautiful and mountains oh so tall / but I’d give them all for something good that lasts / Lord I’d give them all for something good that lasts / look into the fire and begin to reminisce / laugh about the heists that went so wrong / seven bags of gold and not one penny to our name / wish I had the nerve to just run along / flowers in the springtime soon are heading for a fall / happy / laughing times go by too fast / I’ve seen rivers beautiful and mountains oh so tall / but I’d give them all for something good that lasts / Lord I’d give them all for something good that lasts.

North on the 101 / to Hollywood and Vine / we meet outside the metro line / big white sign up above / the streets and neon lights / we walk along the fabled sights / when little children come to see / and ocean waves rise up to dance / no need to wonder what will be / we’re getting closer to the trance / big white sign up above / the alley full of stars / always a line outside the bars / always a line outside until they let you in / the only way out now’s to win / when little children come to see / and ocean waves rise up to dance / no need to wonder what will be / we’re getting closer to the trance / we’re getting closer to the trance.

Six o’clock in the morning / in twenty minutes I’ll be gone / I can’t believe that time is over / and there’s no way to keep it on / you watch the moment slip away / and count the seashells on the beach / but there’s no way of getting over / the star that swings just out of reach / I tipped my bottle to a stranger / that stranger soon became a friend / many a story he surrendered / about the way it might have been / if every love was beautiful / and every lesson he could teach / but there’s no way of getting over / the star that swings just out of reach / and then he headed for the pavement / my friend looked up and came undone / his head was twisted in amazement / his heart filled up for everyone / he stretched his finger to the sky / and saw that pie just like a peach / there’s no way of getting over / the star that swings just out of reach / there’s no way of getting over / the star that swings just out of reach.

Rise up early this morning / what goes on in the street / lines are already forming / the crack of a rainstorm is backing the beat / big heads to the left of me / and big heads to the right / hands you better get ready / to batten things down for a terrible flight / into this world we run / until the day that we die / we never know what will come / under the invisible eye / from sitting pretty and young / to old and just getting by / we never know what is done / under the invisible eye / go out later this evening / what goes on in the street / hard to believe in the way that we weave / but yet never once manage to meet / big heads on the corner / big heads tending the store / hands you better get ready / it’s gonna get rough / right outside of the door / into this world we run / until the day that we die / we never know what will come / under the invisible eye / from sitting pretty and young / to old and just getting by / we never know what is done / under the invisible eye.

Rolling shadows on the wall / haunted memories and dreams / footsteps echo in the hall / silence ripples in the seams / all the past is put away / and the lock has heard the key / soon the moon is going to play / to a midnight melody / there’s a man down on the street / got no room to lay his head / just a paper for a sheet / just some pavement for his bed / he’ll just wait until the day / cold and lonely as can be / soon the moon is going to play / to a midnight melody / rolling shadows on the wall / twisted memories and dreams / telephones that never call / diamond ring that never gleams / but for all that’s gone away / and no matter what will be / soon the moon is going to play / to a midnight melody / but for all that’s gone away / and no matter what will be / soon the moon is going to play / you a midnight melody.

Shady Grove / Shady Grove / somewhere to hide / when it gets hotter than a stove / by a stream / beside a stream / I’m wide awake / and it’s the middle of a dream / no more will I run / no more will I rove / Ellie Mae / Ellie Mae / I’ll call you up / in the middle of the day / I’ll call you up / all through the night / you’ve got a way / of making everything right / no more will I run / no more will I rove / from Shady Grove / city street / city street / nowhere to run / there’s no escaping from the heat / in a haze / in a haze / you turn around / and watch them burning down the days / no more will I run / no more will I rove / from Shady Grove / no more will I run / no more will I rove / from Shady Grove.

These are the songs that appear on What was Waiting.

Late in the night / her friend was driving / over the fields of brittle / white snow / I reached out my hand / and felt her beside me / as gravel and ice / collided below / she was a wish so suddenly shining / I was a fool suddenly wise / her friend was a friend / that’s why she was driving / we drove through the night / but never arrived / I could feel her fingers curl around my sweaty hand / now I just have memories to show / if I would’ve known what was waiting ’round the bend / I’d never have let go / he was a friend / so easily trusted / he wasn’t the kind / to quarrel and steal / his farm had gone broke / and his tractors had rusted / but whenever he spoke / his words were for real / he’d work in the fields / from six in the morning / ’til whenever the sun / collapsed in the soil / one night I dreamed / black locusts were swarming / they carried my friend / away from his toil / as the locusts took him up he took me by the hand / not afraid to let his friendship show / if I would’ve known what was waiting ’round the bend / I’d never have let go / they were a town / full of people I needed / although I didn’t know / that I needed them then / I was on fire / and I couldn’t keep seated / I slipped the barbed wire /and ran after the wind / but when I got out / all alone in the fields / I turned to look back / at the lights in the sky / I saw a car / three kids at the wheel / I jumped out of the way / and they passed me by.

Amy girl now don’t be late for school / maybe I can teach you something new / continents and galaxies I’ll try to do my best / you should be there right among the rest / ask me any question that you please / Lord knows that I’ll answer some with ease / other ones might take some time / I’ll have to take a look / and see if I can find them in a book / Amy there are mysteries that I don’t even know / like why there’s black and white and high and low / and how someone could leave a girl / who giggles every time I catch her eye / you wonder why / Amy let’s go out and take the boys / I’ll be on the girls’ side again / Raphael and Mario are gonna cry and yelp / that’s all right the boys don’t need my help / this time kick it over by the fence / make sure that your foot’s on second base / give me just one little bounce / I’ll lift it to the sky / you run home and I’ll come right behind / Amy there are mysteries that I don’t even know / like why there’s day and night and fast and slow / and how someone could leave a girl / who won’t give up or settle for a tie / you wonder why / you wonder why.

Watch as the sun goes down in the west / the shadows start filling the wide open spaces / I’d like to run and spend all my breath / just chasing the light of the morning to come / would you be there to run right beside me / wind in your hair and a gleam in your eye / find me tonight my traveling girl / we’ll ramble right over the edge of the world / you be a bird and I’ll be the breeze / I’ll carry you back to a love you remember / there on a mountaintop under a tree / the river will run and a feeling will rise / what was that song your heartbeat was singing / does it belong to anyone new / find me tonight my traveling girl / we’ll ramble right over the edge of the world / there is a light that shines in the east / it could be a star or a piece of tomorrow / maybe we’ll find the journey has spun / the door opens wide and the morning has come / would you be there to wake right beside me / wind in your hair and a dream in your eye / find me tonight my traveling girl / we’ll ramble right over the edge of the world / find me tonight my traveling girl / we’ll ramble right over the edge of the world.

Somewhere on the prairie / he’s got that look in his eye / and he’s coming with a flower and a sweet candy box / and he’s gonna take his shoes off and sit down in his socks / mm-hmm / oh yeah / he is only human / he’s got it driving in his veins / but he’s loving my woman in vain / somewhere out on the plains / they’re getting in a Chevy / they’re gonna take a drive in the night / and he’s gonna start singing a radio song / and she’s gonna have to smile to keep egging him on / mm-hmm / oh yeah / she thinks that he’s happy / but he’s only holding back the reins / and he’s loving my woman in vain / somewhere out on the plains / she’s gonna read the Bible / and tell that scoundrel goodbye / then we’re gonna hear a banjo and a fiddling band / and a giant wave will take us from the face of this land / mm-hmm / oh yeah / he’s got lots of money / but he’s got spaghetti for brains / and he’s loving my woman in vain / somewhere out on the plains / yeah he’s loving my woman in vain / somewhere out across the plains.

Sunlight streaming through the wooden beams / sand has gathered on the dented floor / the sea is like a lion lying on the shore / all day long it’s roaring / she is sleeping in a T-shirt now / breathing lightly as a breeze / just last winter I was without reason / walking down those frozen blocks and freezing / now I’ve become the King of Mexico / down here there’s so much gold I can give her / she don’t know I’m no one back at home / don’t it make me shiver / when I get back to California / I’m driving those tomato trucks / and eating in those all night diners / playing cards and hoping to get lucky / now she don’t know about my tales / how some of them need lots of help to tell / she has only seen me when I’m winning / when on the shore those giant waves are swelling / now I’ve become the King of Mexico / down here there’s so much gold I can give her / she don’t know I’m no one back at home / don’t it make me shiver / she don’t know I’m flat broke back at home / don’t it make me shiver / don’t it make me shiver.

If I don’t get that insurance money / I’ll come up with a new strategy / I could borrow a suit / try to polish my boots / and go to work for a minimal fee / there’s a room that I’m thinking of renting / with a mattress and all that entails / when the winter wind blows / and it’s twenty below / I don’t want to be riding the rails / I don’t want to be searching for somebody to hold / I don’t want to be huddled in a corner so cold / I don’t want to ride off in a fit of despair / I don’t want to be leaving when I haven’t even got there / it’s dark and it’s cold in the valley I’m told / there’s a coffin of plywood and nails / when the winter wind blows and it’s twenty below / I don’t want to be riding the rails / there’s a man on the phone / he could give me a loan / he’s got plenty of credit for free / but I’ve been there before / when I walk in the door / that’s a gun pointing over at me / with one hand he’s up gripping and shaking / and with the other one tipping the scales / when the winter wind blows / and it’s twenty below / I don’t want to be riding the rails / I don’t want to be searching for somebody to hold / I don’t want to be huddled in a corner so cold / I don’t want to ride off in a fit of despair / I don’t want to be leaving when I haven’t even got there / it’s dark and it’s cold in the valley I’m told / there’s a coffin of plywood and nails / when the winter wind blows and it’s twenty below / I don’t want to be riding the rails / when the winter wind blows and it’s twenty below / I don’t want to be riding the rails.

California / I know about the dream / I’ve heard about the stream / that glitters in the sun / from the redwoods / to the land of Mexico / I know about the flow / and where it’s going to run / I’ve been around all over the place / Lord knows at times I’ve needed some space / but nowhere else could ever erase / my California / as a young man / she treated me so bad / she got inside my head / and made me feel so blue / but I did hold on / now I know what’s really gold / I’ve been down inside her soul / and I know just what to do / I’ve been around all over the place / Lord knows at times I’ve needed some space / but nowhere else could ever erase / my California  / California / I know about the dream / I know about the dream / I know about the dream.

Going down the rapids all alone / dead fish running down to take the sea / holy one the light is gone / each heart has turned to stone / going down the rapids all alone / stranded in the city of the night / no control and slipping on the street / holy one the light is lost / the stars are hidden from sight / stranded in the city of the night / going down the rapids now / the paddle snapped in two / you don’t know what you might have to do / holy one a ray of light / to melt each heart of stone / going down the rapids all alone / going down the freeway in a streak / each face unencumbered by a name / holy one the signs are set / the days grow into weeks / going down the freeway in a streak / going down the rapids now / the paddle snapped in two / you don’t know what you might have to do / holy one a ray of light / to melt each heart of stone / going down the rapids all alone / going down the rapids all alone.

First you jump out of bed / and go running to the dresser / fix your hair and roll your eyes / when the hound-dog starts to whine / then you call up your mother and you tell her that you miss her / and you fall into these arms of mine / there’s a storm from the west / with the voice of subtle thunder / it could be just a train or a jet-plane flying by / you climb out on the ledge / watch the flood go running under / then you fall into these arms of mine / arms of mine / arms of mine / if you want to you will find / that you can fall into these arms of mine / then you leap from a tree / and go swinging through the jungle / I can see that your fingers / are reaching for a vine / but it’s all just a dream / when you slip you only mumble / and you fall into these arms of mine / arms of mine / arms of mine / if you want to you will find / that you can fall into these arms of mine.

Take a right turn when you get past old Mesquite / soon you’re gonna enter Rocky Mountain zone / if you drive across that bridge you’re gonna meet / a world of stone / if you drive across that bridge you better run / if you start to run you’ll understand the sky / if you understand you won’t be so alone / in a world of stone / there are faces rising up out of the heat / there’s an ocean high above the ancient bone / if you drive across that bridge you won’t be beat / by a world of stone / if you understand you won’t be so alone / in a world of stone / take a right turn when you get past Santa Fe / you can make the cave or climb up the volcano / if you take the time you’ll find out what gets thrown / in a world of stone / there are faces rising up out of the heat / there’s an ocean high above the ancient bone / if you drive across that bridge you won’t be beat / by a world of stone / if you understand you won’t be so alone / in a world of stone.

Early in the afternoon / I sat around and listened through the wall / old man Ben was breaking down / like acid rain the words began to fall / I had heard it one too many times / I couldn’t stand to see it through / then I heard him crying and it seemed like I was seeing it anew / then I laid down and felt the change / all this love ran through my veins / and I began to understand / that only love can make a man / only love can take a stand / as the sun was setting / I got up and took a stroll down to the sea / all the fishing boats were now returning / and the sky was growing pink / walking down the beach I met a child selling bracelets made by hand / I bought two / before she left she knelt and spelled her name out in the sand / M-A-R-E / then I laid down and felt the change / all this love ran through my veins / and I began to understand / that only love can make a man / only love can take a stand.

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