Gin

 

I'm Still awake, and these birds they sing

Nightingales up in the tops of the trees

 

And I've stepped so far over that great divide

I just don't know if I am low or i'm high

 

I'm still awake, and these birds they sing

Nightingales up in the tops of the trees

 

And I've found my faith in the strangest place

I'll walk this line until the day that I die

 

I've been through thick, yeah I've been through thin

Down on the pavement here just drinking my gin

 

 

Faith

 

Falling, and praying

Just to live one more day

radiant, like a saint

We gonna make it, I know

through some way

 

I broke down and cried

You said it's gonna be alright

You said it's gonna be alright

You said it's gonna be alright

You said it's gonna be alright

 

I don't know, I don't know how

Anyone, could ever do that to you

They scarred your heart, now didn't they

But they could really never touch a woman like you

 

I have faith, I do

Somehow, some way we goin' to make it through

They say there's pain, behind everything that's beautiful

But I know, I know it doesn't have to be that way

 

 

Rainchecks

 

As you walk through that Devil's garden

You gonna need some company

When you don't know whether to plow or to harvest

You gonna need him there with thee

 

He's a Romeo

He's that rising tide

He's a black bird

In a blue sky

 

Writing rain checks

In the pouring rain

Yeah he's the blue note

He's the refrain

 

Dancing underground

To a cuban band

He's a stranger 

In a strange land

 

He's a white horse

In a field of snow

He's a red hand

He's a black crow

 

He's a Romeo

He's a suicide

He's a black bird 

In a blue sky
 

He's a howling loon

He's that hunter moon

He's that rising sea 

A weeping willow tree

 

He's a day late

He's a dollar short

He's a bishop

In the kings court

 

He's a white lie

He's a blue flame

He's a distant cry

He's a crying shame

 

He's driving west wind

To begin again

He's the king of hearts

A southern gospel hymn

 

As you walk through that Devil's garden

You gonna need some company

You've got to beg, steal or borrow

You gonna need him there with thee

 

 

Please Don't Go

 

What if I cannot overcome, my mortality?

And tonight is the only night, and after this i'll be free

Can we pretend, this is how it was meant to be

Don't ask me any questions, but woman, please don't leave

 

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

 

While the blood rolls through my veins, i'm gonna stand as a tombstone does

As the darkness closes in, i'll walk into the dusk with you my friend

When the ground begins to shake, begins to tremble and shake

Don't you fret, i'll be on my way

 

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

Please, please don't leave, 'cause i'm begging you, please don't go

 

 

Negotiations

 

You're standing in the kitchen

The fan is spinning, the phone is ringing

 

You're standing in the kitchen

The fan is spinning, the phone is ringing

But really I don't care

 

The shadows climb the walls

My telephone just rings

 

The shadows climb the walls

My telephone just rings

I have so much to do and so many people call

 

Oh, my obligations

All my negotiations

 

Oh, my obligations, negotiations

And I just tried to feel alright

 

You with your violin

Me with my guitar

 

You with your violin

Me with my guitar

And that changed my temperament

 

The shadows climb the walls

My telephone just rings

And I just tried to feel alright

sometimes I really don't at all

 

 

I'm going to pass one more night

Drinking with my friends

That's how I make amends

 

I'm gonna pass just one more night

Drinking with my friends

I guess that's how I make amends

 

Oh, my obligations

All my negotiations

 

Oh, my obligations, negotiations

 But really I don't care

 

Oh, my obligations

All my negotiations

 

Oh, my obligations, negotiations 

And I have so much to do and so many people call

 

Oh, my obligations

All my negotiations

 

Oh, my obligations, negotiations

And I just tried to feel alright

 

 

Just Like Rain

 

Said in your eyes I see my face, no longer black and blue

Well I could live in harmony, that harmony with you

But when I reach out touch your face, my hands melt away

Skeleton hands can't hold the love, that I feel for you

 

Roll off of the rooftop, Just like rain, just like rain

You've got to roll off of the rooftop, like rain

 

You got that melody or malady, that song came out in a minor key

Just drifting through my memories left me sitting here and crying

 

Roll off of the rooftop, just like rain, just like rain, rain

You've got to roll off of the rooftop, like rain

Roll off of the rooftop just like rain, roll off of the rooftop like rain

Just like rain

 

Well the sun went down behind the hills, left the land cool and still

I was waiting for you then, I guess i'm waiting for you still

My feet they're rooted down in this dirt, to the molten earth

My mind's been drifting above the clouds, my body's been pulling down

And I listen to them spirits, been whispering to me

Said that boy your days are numbered unless you seek that harmony

 

Roll off of the rooftop, Just like rain, just like rain, rain

You've got to roll off of the rooftop, like rain

Roll off of the rooftop just like rain, Roll off of the rooftop like rain

Just like rain
 

 

St. Lukes

 

Here I stand, out on the steps here at St. Luke

Trying to write just one song to get through to you

And if I don't belong right here, I won't stay

I'm just trying to get through one more day

 

And you said 'darlin' don't be so heavy'

And you said 'darlin' don't let it get to you'

You said 'it's all in the stars, that's the way that it's written'

And anyways 'there's nothing else that you can do'

 

When you fly, i'll be right here, down on the ground

And I will catch you when you fall down

And as I walk Alcatraz Avenue

I think of death and I just stand right here

 

And you said 'darlin' don't be so heavy

And you said,'darlin' don't let it get to you

And you said 'darlin' don't be so heavy'

You said 'it's all in the stars, that's the way that it's written' 

And anyways 'there's nothing else that you can do'

 

 

Turpentine

 

That lady, she walks a thin line

She don't wear Chanel, she got that turpentine

Every man notice her when she come down the street

No she don't notice them, my Euridice

 

And i'll play that song to make the sun rise

Just wipe those tears from your eyes

Give me something bitter, give me something sweet

Euridice, please don't take that fall for me

 

That lady, she walks that razors edge

That girl, she stands out on the ledge

That woman, she crossed that stormy sea

Euridice, please don't take that fall for me

 

She said, 'you're the kind of man that holds this place up right

Won't you walk me through this stormy night?'

Let me down soft, let me down sweet

Euridice, yeah you're drifting out to sea

 

That lady, was born in the eye of the storm

That girl, she came from a distant shore

That woman, she's sweeter than that sugar cane

And I  would be your Romeo, No you'll never be my Euridice

 

And that's alright with me

That's alright with me

Now that's alright with me

Yeah that's alright

 

 

Shine

 

Stone drunk on shine

Fill my glass just one more time

I'm trying to find any way out

There is no way out

They said kid, figure it out

No i've found no solution

 

I've been searching for a long, long while

No I ain't found, no kind of peace of mind

I put that bottle to my lips

Yeah the bottle to my lips

And I made this old God-Damned world shine

 

Stone drunk East Burnside

Well I can make this old world shine

I just can't turn back the time

There is no way out, no there is no way in

No i've found no solution

 

 

Nevermind

 

Alright, OK, nevermind

I can't say anything at all

Anything at all

So nevermind anyway

 

They don't understand

They can't see my plan

They always turned away

I never said much anyway

So much talking, nothing to say

 

Keep quiet now, don't make a sound

Don't act so strange

Feelin' strange, nothings right

So much runnin' through my mind

 

There's no reason, there's no rhyme

Just sitting here passing time

She don't care, well I don't mind

It's all gonna pass, in it's time

 

That's alright, that's OK

It's all gonna pass, anyway

So nevermind anyway

Nevermind anyway

 

Alright, OK, nevermind

I can't say, anything at all

Anything at all

So nevermind anyway

Nevermind

 

 

Leavin' Here

 

Two white owls and three black cats

I'm laying down my burden and picking up my hat

I'm leaving here

 

Rain comes down and that sky turn black

The streets just turn to rivers and that thunder cracks

my my

 

Two white owls and three black cats

I'm laying down my burden and picking up my hat

I'm leaving here

 

And it's just ruin, tribulation, just struggle and pain

The sky opens up and down comes the rain

Bye 'n bye

 

And I saw two white owls and three black cats

I'm laying down my burden and picking up my hat

I'm leaving here

 

 

Rust, Memories & Dreams

 

Of the strange, and the wicked, and of strangers on the train

Of the dead, and the living, who wished for death and the they still are living

Of the saintly and the soft, and that soft cheeked girl across the way

Of the saints, and the thieves, out in the streets with their knives

 

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes 

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes 

 

When I'm alone, I write down words instead of speaking

And when it rhymes, I've got a flame that's worth feeding

Now I'm alone, but that's alright, I guess that that's o.k.

Now I'm alone, she took that train, eighty-eight-five-seventeen

 

Of the flames, that licked the wood, engulfed that house in hungry flames

Of rust, memories & dreams, that I've pushed back and hidden under dust

Of those who wished and they prayed, up to the heavens about

Of those who died up in the hills, they left their daughters down in town

 

Here's a smile, 'cause i'm alive anyway

Here's a smile, 'cause i'm alive anyway

 

Of the strange and the wicked, and of strangers on the train

Of the dead, and the living who wished for death and they still are living

Of the saintly and the soft, and that soft-cheeked girl across the way

Of the saints and the thieves out in the streets, with their knives

 

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

I look up, into the rain and close my eyes

Tell Me Lies

 

Tell me, what's the truth down in these streets?

Tell me,  what am I doin' here? what do I believe?

Tell me, what's goin' on down in Memphis, Tennessee?

Tell me lies if that is all that you can see

 

I'll go north when I want to go home

And I'll take south when I want to roam

Managua, Nicaragua, I'll swim the deep blue sea

I need this world, all it's joy and misery

 

Tell me, the stories behind your scars

Tell me how it hurts, tell me how it are

The first freight train that you rode

The first kiss back home

Take all that time in between

Now won't you send it out to sea

 

I need this world, no this world don't need me

Guess i'm headed down to New Orleans

As I walk through this heavy rain

Tryin' to leave this trouble and pain

Yeah, this troubled world just spins

I've been searching for that joy within

 

Just a little love is going to get me through

Dreams of tomorrow, dreams of some place new

And the lonesome road, down beneath my feet

And all those dreams, down underneath

 

Tell me, what's sweeter, joy or sorrow?

Tell me, how we gonna make it through tomorrow?

Tell me, what's goin' on down in New Orleans?

And could I belong, if I believe?

Could I belong if I believe? 

 

 

From the East to the West

 

Magnolias, from East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

Magnolias, from East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

 

I'd find you, 7th St. & Pine and walk with you, for a while 

While the sun was sinking low, rust and rain, St. Louis sky

 

Magnolias, from East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

Magnolias, From East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

 

The highway is open, the sky is blue

There's a world out there for you 

It's summertime, the fruit is on the tree

The sun is shining and the birds they sing

 

Magnolias, from East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

Magnolias, From East to West

I saw you dancing in a long white dress

 

Magnolias, Magnolias

Falling from the tree

 

 

 

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