Lyrics and Chords of the Songs of Slim Stevens (in alphabetical order)
(Not included: Excuse Me, Ms., Live at the Hi Ho Lounge, and The Chubby Bunny Floor Show.)

 

Compilation by Hans Lieberman.

 

How Slim Plays It

When I started analyzing what Slim was doing musically, I was surprised at how simple everything was. And how easy to recreate. (I also realized that if you look up "C Marine Band Harmonica" in the dictionary, you should see a picture of Slim!)


On the guitar, if he isn't strumming or flat picking, he is using the basic fingerpick of "thumb, one, thumb, two, thumb, one..." For two songs (I'm Ready and The Locket) he uses "thumb, one, two, three, two, one, thumb, one..."

As to the keyboard, simplicity reigns, as the video re-creations show. It only needs to be noted that three songs are played on electric keyboard and transposed: Is this a Japanese Painting is fingered in Am and transposed down three steps and played with an A harmonica; I Heard You Say is fingered in C and transposed down seven steps and played with a Bb harmonica, and The Few Times is fingered in C and transposed down four steps and played with an Ab harmonica.


As to the harmonica, everything Slim does is simple, just keep the low notes to the left (unless you play upside down; then keep them to the right).

For video on how to play each guitar song click here:

For video on how to play each piano song click here:


-H.L.

 

 

 

A Spinning Ball

You brushed off the north Missouri coal dust,

And you took the last train to the west.

You found children who needed a man they could trust.

And you brought them face to face with their best.

 

Chorus:

Somehow we got onto a spinning ball,

And I got to my grandfather here.

His heart pounding back at the seagulls' call

Is the only sound I hear.

 

On a rainy day in a rented car

We pick up a small brown box.

In front of your house the waves fall hard

As we scatter your dust on the rocks

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C You brushed off the north Missouri Dm coal dust,

And you Em took the last train to the Dm west.

You found C children who needed a Dm man they could trust,

And you Em brought them face to face with their Dm best.

F Dm F Dm

 

Am Somehow we got onto C a spinning F ball,

And I Dm got to my grandfather F here.

His Am heart pounding back at the C seagulls' F call

Is the G only sound I F hear. F G Am F G Am (C)

 

 

 

All We Needed to Know

When first you turned your eyes to me,

I saw all I needed to know

I felt my heart finally breaking free,

And I packed my bags to go.

 

Chorus:

I think we can take it

We're ready to fly.

I think we can make it

And I know we're gonna try.

 

Today we rose and faced the dawn,

And saw all we needed to know.

That fire in the sky was calling us on

And we were ready to go.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C When first you G turned your Am eyes to F me,

I C saw all I G needed to F know

I C felt my G heart finally Am breaking F free,

And I C packed my G bags to F go.

 

I Am think we can G take it

F We're Am ready to C fly.

I Am think we can G make it

And I F know we're G gonna Am try. F G Am

 

 

 

Angel on the Track

She lies there in the morning,

And she wonders what to do.

It came without a warning,

But the life she had is through.

Horses dance against the sky,

Children play below

But she finally said good-bye.

Now it's time for her to go.

 

Chorus:

So hold back the toy train, t

There's an angel on the track,

Cut her free of your chains,

She's never coming back.

Take the crayons to the basement,

Put the dollhouse on its side

Because he'll never know just what she meant,

She'll never know he tried.

 

She sits before her mirror,

With his diamond in her hand,

Last night it was so clear,

But he couldn't understand.

His voice cries out from in the stone:

"Oh No! What have we done?"

But she walks to the window,

And throws it at the sun.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

She F lies there in the G morning,

and she C wonders what to F do.

It F came without a G warning,

but the C life she had is F through.

F Horses dance G against the sky,

C children play F below

But C she finally G said good-bye.

Now it's F time for her to C go.

 

So F hold back the G toy train,

There's an C angel on the F track,

F Cut her free G of your chains,

She's C never coming F back.

Take the F crayons to the G basement,

Put the C dollhouse on its F side

Because C he'll never know just G what she meant,

She'll F never know he C tried.

 

 

At the Gate to Hell

At the Gate to Hell

They say they know you

At the Gate to Hell

They say you'll win

At the Gate to Hell

Diamonds they show you

But I don't think you'll go in.

 

On your bedroom floor

Your skirt ain't weepin'

On your bedroom floor

My shirt ain't torn

On your bedroom floor

They lie sleepin'

They're not hurtin' any more.

 

At the Gate to Hell

They say they know me

At the Gate to Hell

They say I'll win

At the Gate to Hell

Dollars they show me

But I don't think I'll go in.

 

Chords:

Em

At the Gate to Hell

Am                  Em

They say they know you

Em                 Am

At the Gate to Hell

Am                   Em

They say you'll win

Em

At the Gate to Hell

Am                Em

Diamonds to show you

G                                       B7

But I don't think you'll go in

 

 

August Morning

Forgive me please; I know I startled you.

I'm sorry, but I must hide.

Your boat, fair maid, will it carry two?

Downriver I must ride.

 

Indeed, bold sir, you have frightened me,

Stepping from the wood so black.

In the morning many boats you'll see.

To mine I must go back.

 

Oh, fair maid, don't let them capture me.

My eyes must be my bond.

Look in as far as you can see.

Please help me get beyond.

 

And why, dear sir, are they pursuing you?

Pray, what was your crime?

My own tears fill the morning dew

And I have little time

 

Oh beauty rare, what lucky man

Will live to wake with you?

I understand and bless your way.

May I one kiss to love renew

For which I soon must pay?

 

With wings so swift, this morning light,

So swift this kiss does come

But distant shouts now fill the air.

Your touch warms like yonder rising son.

My boat will take you there.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C Forgive me please; I Em know I F startled C you.

I'm G sorry, but I must C hide.

Your C boat, fair F maid, will it carry C two?

G Downriver I must ride.

 

 

 

Back

I never did pay you back

for taking all my hard-earned pay,

for wrapping your binoculars around my neck

and chasing my friends away,

for handing out matches at my birthday party,

putting gunpowder on my shoes,

for telling me I'd never learn how to win

because I just don't know how to lose.

 

I still remember that Saturday morning

when your dolls came filing in.

Venus ran in with her dress on fire,

begging you to take her in.

She said, "My whole world is inside out,

and the sky is beginning to crack."

You ran for the door, but you didn't realize

it was padlocked from the back.

 

You were cornered by the beast;

I saw you going down.

It was then that I got free

but I have to wonder now,

Sittin' by the rusty cage,

waiting for the very last breath:

What's the point of being saved

if I'm the only one left?

 

Chords:

(F Harmonica)

C I never did pay you back

For taking all my hard-earned pay,

For F wrapping your binoculars around my neck

And C chasing my friends away,

For G handing out matches at my birthday party,

Putting F gunpowder on my shoes,

For C telling me I'll never learn how to win

Because I just don't know how to lose.

 

 

 

Ballad to a Thin Man

I stood upon my brother's grave

As the fire hit the town.

I heard you say, "You can still be saved,"

So I took the road you went down.

 

Chorus:

You paid the price of going alone

You gave out, you gave in and you gave up.

Then you fell in love with a rolling stone

When blowing in the wind was enough.

 

You pointed to the promised land

And then you walked across the sea.

Well, I'm going to follow you if I can

Until I'm finally free.

 

Chords:

(D Harmonica)

I D stood A upon my G brother's D grave

As the D fire A hit the G town.

I D heard you A say, "You can G still be D saved,"

So I D took the A road you went G down.

 

G You paid the A price of D going alone

You gave G out, you gave A in and you gave D up.

Then G you fell in A love with a D rolling G stone

When D blowing in the A wind was G enough.

 

 

 

Carolyn

Carolyn, I stood with you at the window of our doom,

And you know you saved my life when you pulled me from that room.

I've never been as part of anything as I've been a part of you,

But now the sky is falling, please tell me what to do.

 

I know that I left you on a nightmare mountain pass,

And I see our faces fading from this old photograph,

But the desert sand has covered all the bones of our past,

And you're still the best friend that I think I ever had.

 

I've carried my tombstone everywhere I go,

But I'm going out to bury it where the cold winds blow,

Then I'm coming there to tell you what I think you've always known:

For as long as I live you'll never be alone.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

G Carolyn, I stood D with you at the Am window of our C doom,

And you G know you saved my D life when you C pulled me from that D room.

I've G never been as part of D anything as I've Em been a part of C you,

But G now the sky is D falling, please C tell me what to D do.

 

 

 

Diamond in the Night

On the dark snowy mountain she walked all alone.

The knife of cold had touched her skin and soon would reach the bone.

She pushed on so steady, searching for a light.

The wind whispered to her, "He'll see your soul tonight."

 

She looked up in the sky: A thousand lights did shine:

Her mothers' mothers' mothers back to the start of time.

"Mother in the sky, which way shall I go?

"Will this be my final bed here in this deep snow?"

 

In his dark mountain cabin, the hunter lay alone.

The loneliness of ages was on him like a stone.

Suddenly in the sky a thousand voices cried:

His fathers' fathers' fathers said, "Son, come outside."

 

He fired up his lantern and ran out in the night.

The memory of treachery falling from his eye.

"Mother in the sky, I think I see a light."

She reached out to touch the diamond in the night.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C On the dark snowy mountain she Em walked all alone.

Am The knife of cold had touched her skin and Em soon would reach the bone.

C She pushed on so steady, Em searching for a light.

The Am wind whispered to her, "He'll Em see your soul tonight."

 

 

 

Did She Just Split the Atom?

Did she just split the atom? What a surprise.

Another fit of passion beneath that disguise.

Forgive me for laughing, but I just realized:

I should've stopped in heaven, if this is paradise.

 

Chorus:

Reach out your hand, take hold of your fate,

There's a new land, beyond that gate.

You're still trying to cross over,

You're still thinking that you can try.

You can try to cross over.

 

I was the orphan who heard it prophesied:

The king shall save the morning when the queen destroys the night,

The prince shall take the forest, never knowing why

The star of the wanderer is burning in his eye.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

C Did she just split the atom? Bm What a surprise.

C Another fit of passion Bm beneath that disguise.

C Forgive me for laughing, but Em I just realized:

I Bm should've stopped in heaven, if Em this is paradise.

Am

 

Em Reach out your hand, take Bm hold of your fate,

Em There's a new land, C beyond that gate.

Em You're still trying to cross Bm over,

Em You're still thinking that C you can try.

You can Am try to cross Bm over.

 

 

 

Doug's Castle in the Sky

Your castle in the sky is private and safe,

You've got a greenhouse and a solarium,

You couldn't find a better place,

And on the cover of vogue Magazine

I've never seen anything half as good as you look to me right now.

So why are you on the roof crying,

"Oh Lord, what ever am I going to do now?"

 

You've got a guarded gatehouse, you've got fencing on all sides,

You've got a cocktail bar, you've got a marble balcony,

You've got a trail for horseback rides.

Estee Lauder brings you your medicine

Sara Lee comes over and fills you with all kinds of cake,

So why is there a sign in your window saying

"Oh Lord, this is just not what it takes."

 

Your plate is full of hamburgers cooked by the Jack of Hearts,

Your whirlpool is set at a hundred and five

You've got a Mercedes golf cart.

Every day in the newspaper

I see a picture of you with two or three glamorous men.

So why'd you send me this telegram saying

"Slim, you're my very last friend

 

Well, my treasure chest still has a diamond

For every finger on your hand

I've got a Chevrolet engine inside of my chest,

I bought from a medicine man,

Saint Christopher gave me his ferris wheel,

I always, always always ride for free.

So tell me, honey, why don't you come and live with me?

 

Chords:

(A Harmonica)

Your E castle in the sky is private and safe,

You've E got a greenhouse and a solarium,

You couldn't find a better E7 place,

And on the A cover of vogue Magazine

I've A never seen anything half as good as E you look to me right now.

So B eleventh w3 why are you on the roof crying,

E "Oh Lord, what ever am I going to do now?"

 

 

 

Famous

I woke up and dusted off my undershirt

and went out to get famous today

so I would never hear another angry word

until I had something to say.

I went to see Pete the PR Man

Who said, "What can you do any good?"

I said, "Well I guess I could be good at being famous."

He said, "For a price I could

make everybody think they like you

and everything you do,

and if you can pay just a little bit extra

I'll make you think you like me too."

 

I tried running for President

but the Secret Service followed me around.

I would've won Wimbledon

but the balls were just too damn round.

I almost took Daytona

but got cut off by a truck.

I had my own TV show

till the laugh machine got stuck.

Then Pete found a telescope

and held it to my eye.

I saw a meteor coming.

Now I'm a very famous guy.

 

My chauffeur has a driver,

my chef an Italian cook.

my pilot has his own skydiver

and Pete has his very own crook.

my preacher has an evangelist,

my butler his own valet,

my doctor has his own psychoanalyst,

my bathrobe a negligee.

my drummer has a percussionist,

my captain has a a yacht .

my astrologer's an exhibitionist

and exhibits everything she's got.

 

Now life is really thumpin';

that Pete is a talented man.

Every time that I say something

fifty people grab my hand.

When I wake up in a panic,

my bodyguard tells me a joke.

I got a dozen people living in the attic,

and only half of them are broke.

And when I get a little depressed,

it's only temporarily

because that great big rock that's coming down

is named after me.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

I G woke up and dusted off my undershirt

And went out to get famous today

So I would never hear another angry word

Until G7 I had something to say

I C went to see Pete the PR Man

Who said, "What can you do any good?"

I G said, "Well I guess I could be good at being famous."

He said, "For a price I could

make D everybody think they like you

and C everything you do,

And G if you can pay just a little bit extra

I'll make you think you like me too"

 

 

 

Forever

You must have flown forever to find this patch of sand,

A thousand miles across the Southern Sea.

The little boy remembers but he cannot tell the man,

And now he wants to talk to you for me.

 

"Please say no more I'm lying because I don't know the truth,

"Or I would end your sorrows with a word.

"The North Wind is still rising, and I don't know what to do.

"I think it's time to ask the little girl."

 

So this is what I'll say as she shies away:

"How do aching wings forgive the wind?

"And what do children pray when they know that they can't stay,

"But don't know if they can fly again?"

 

Chords

(D Harmonica)

You D must have flown F#m forever to D Major,6 find this patch of Em sand,

A G thousand miles G Major,7M across the Southern D Sea.

The D little boy F#m remembers but he D Major,6 cannot tell the Em man,

And G now he wants to G Major,7M talk to you for D me.

 

 

 

Frank and Francoise

I went back to Europe, I was looking for myself,

I had a glass of syrup from the Continental Shelf.

My pockets were empty, I was through with romance.

Then I heard a soft voice saying, "Want to take another chance?

What is your name? Do you need a place to stay?

I said, "My name is Frank from the U.S. of A."

 

We went to a party at the Art Institute

I got to feeling very arty, when I'd had a glass or two,

She said, "If you'll be my lover, I'll give you a big reward,

Like a book without a cover, like a parachute without a cord."

I said, I'd really like to stay, we could work something out."

But then the band began to play, and all the lights went out.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

I G went back to Europe, I was looking for myself,

I had a glass of syrup from the Continental Shelf.

My C pockets were empty, I was through with romance.

Then I G heard a soft voice saying, "Want to take another chance?

D What is your name? Do you C need a place to stay?

I G said, "My name is Frank from the U.S. of A."

 

 

 

Goddess from the West

I can't believe you're back: Straight lines don't bend.

I was at the beginning; so what's this? The end?

A legend of my time, goddess from the West!

Now appearing live, on another quest.

 

I had love behind the curtain; you had romance on the stage.

I was lost to all who left me; you were found by those who stayed.

I made a promise that night you were singing with Claire,

When you saw me watching at the top of the stair.

 

Do you still have followers chanting out your name?

I just need bread and water and someone to blame.

Why didn't I major in history? Do you think I could still?

Give up all pretension, get my license to kill?

 

I gave up making promises, never got me anywhere.

But I can wash that dollar, and that dress you have to tear.

A legend of my time, goddess from the West!

Now appearing live on another quest.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

Drop D open tuning

 

 

He Gets There at Dawn

He gets there at dawn and waits by the window,

his brown duffel bag at his side.

His eight year-old son uses it for a pillow,

And dreams that things will be alright.

 

An old man limps up, says "I've made a few blunders.

But I still have something to sell.

I'm not giving up but I'm startin' to wonder

if this world is another planet's hell."

 

Ch:

Pleasures and treasures in feathers and leather

With those I love they are gone

I thought I was clever and could hold them forever

But now I see I was wrong

 

The boy rubs his eyes as the door opens slowly,

Revealing a hungover man,

says C'mon "Old Guy, what can you show me?

I'll give you the best price I can."

 

Here is the carbine of deaf Black Coyote

Take it and give it a look

And this is his bible his granddaughter sold me

It must have been his favorite book

 

I don't need a Bible so dusty and dirty

But I'll give you the best price I can

For it and the rifle, here's three hundred thirty

What's in your bag young man?

 

Here is the guitar my grandmother gave me

Take it and give it a strum

And here are the words to the song she would play me

The last one she ever sung

 

 

Chords (capoed up two frets):

G                        Em          Am              C
He gets there at dawn and waits by the window,


      G                   Em          Am
his brown duffel bag at his side.


       G                    Em        Am      C
His eight year-old son uses it for a pillow,


        G                 D                      C
And dreams that things will be alright.

 

      G           Em                           Am             C
An old man limps up, says "I've made a few blunders.


         G             Em                Am
But I still have something to sell.


       G              Em            Am         C
I'm not giving up but I'm startin' to wonder


           G            D                     C
if this world is another planet's hell."

 

G                    D                 Em              C
Pleasures and treasures in feathers and leather


         G         Em                Am
With those I love they are gone


   G                    D              Em                          C
I thought I was clever and could hold them forever


       G       D             C
But now I see I was wrong

 

 

He was Twelve

He was twelve when he first heard you; the future was cold and long.

Lying in his living room as Peter, Paul and Mary sang your song.

How many roads must he walk down before he's called a man?

Trying to forget the blows he couldn't understand.

He crawled to the speaker and tried to climb inside.

Now all these years later he hears your mother has died.

 

Below the summer camp theatre, their cave was enough

On the green army blanket bed with the girl he so gently loved,

The daughter of a Puritan and a reclusive saboteur,

The son of a utopian and an abused frontier girl.

He had rode all night on a bicycle on the New York interstate

To buy your latest album, and now the sad eyed lady played.

 

Addicted to the other side he could never get to

In every house they're happier, in every building too.

He hustled the marble corridors, shook every famous hand,

Where the dirty little secret was: Never take a stand.

But late at night he'd roll one, and hear you trying to get it right,

Haunted by grandiosity, with nowhere to hide.

 

At the money-changers' table, he began to make a name,

But he was stopped in his betrayal by the sad and ancient pain,

From guru to professor, from lobbyist to clown,

He sampled all their medicines with champagne to keep them down.

Try this one for duplicity, try this one for deceit,

But here he is at two am singing your songs on the street.

 

Now I must confess I got a message to her.

I said, "In my loneliness, he helped me endure."

Could I have still been trying to reach the other side?

After years of you describing the price of being glorified.

Well, thank you for asking, "How does it feel?"

I'm invisible now; I have no secrets to conceal.

 

Chords:

(E Harmonica)

He was E twelve when he first heard you; the A future was cold and E long.

E Lying in his living room as Peter, A Paul and Mary sang your E song.

B How many roads must he walk down A before he's called a E man?

E Trying to forget the B blows he A couldn't E understand.

He B crawled to the speaker and A tried to climb inside.

Now E all these B years later he hears you're A mother has E died.

 

 

 

He's Clinging - See: The Flower Shakes the Vase

 

 

 

I Feel the Earth

I feel the earth spinning round the sun.

I see the ships leaving for the sky.

I see the lightning flashing in the corners of your mind.

I see the shooting stars in your eyes.

 

Chorus:

Oh Babe, I know you know it;

You always know what's true:

I've got nothing but the future in my hands

And nothing in my arms but you

 

I've caught the diamonds falling from a rainbow.

I've held an open map against my chest.

I've held back the sea so my dreams could fly by.

But the time that I held you was the best.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

I C feel the earth D spinning round the G sun.

I C see the ships D leaving for the G sky.

C I see the lightning D flashing in the G corners of your Em mind.

C I see the shooting G stars in your D eyes.

 

C Oh D Babe, I know you G know it;

You C always know what's D true:

C I've got D nothing but the G future in my Em hands

And C nothing in my D arms but G you

 

 

 

I Heard You Say

I heard you say again

That you never put a curse on any house.

Could you please tell me then

Why I had to lose my shirt to save your blouse?

 

I heard you say again

That you never ever tortured any man.

F Could you please tell me then

Why are you hiding those photographs ?

 

I had to look again

Where I dreamed that all I had to do was try,

And took some crooks for men

Who rented out my name for a beggar's lie.

 

I had to win alone

In the palace with the scoreboard lights all out.

I had to sing alone,

Never heard another singer's voice--till now.

 

Chords:

(Keyboard transposed down seven steps so F chords sounds as Bb; played with Bb harmonica)

F I heard you say again

F That you never put a curse on any C house.

F Could you please tell me then

Why I had to lose my shirt to save your C blouse?

 

 

 

I See the Earth--See: I Feel the Earth

 

 

 

I'm Ready

I'm ready, Columbus, discover me now,

Take back your compass from the girl on the bow.

I'm still on this island, a thousand leagues west,

Surrounded by silence, with nothing in my chest.

 

I sailed from home at fourteen like you,

Before the pirates closed off the bay.

When I saw you in Bristol buying maps from every crew,

I knew that I would sail with you one day.

 

For sixty days, I'll give you this: You dared the setting sun

To pull us to the last abyss or let the morning come.

A warning star fell to the sea, the compass twisted south,

But you knew there is no retreat in a wind that only blows out.

 

We finally gave you one more day to turn the ship around,

Or walk the plank into the brink,

At two a.m. you pointed to a light that you had found.

Welcome to the Bahamas, would you like a drink?

 

Am I glad I stayed behind when you went back with the news?

Well, who's to tell before the time whose life we're going to lose?

If it's mine, I know you will tell the story true

To my children in Seville: Why I sailed with you.

 

And the people that you bring here, I'm sure that they'll be fine,

But please explain this mystery:

Why does one man always have to die

When another says he must be free?

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

I'm C ready, G Columbus, Dm discover me F now,

C Take back your G compass from the Dm girl on the F bow.

I'm C still on this G island, a Dm thousand leagues F west,

C Surrounded by G silence, with F nothing in my C chest.

 

Am I sailed from G home at C fourteen like F you,

Am Before the G pirates closed off the C bay.

When Am I saw you in G Bristol buying C maps from every F crew,

C I knew that I would G sail with you one Am day.

 

 

 

If Wishes were Horses

I see the dying sun falling from the sky; I say, "What have I done?

"What's that anger in your eye?"

You stand in our doorway, and you say "The seeds don't grow."

You say you're goin' your way, and you say you're free to go.

 

Chorus:

I wake in the night with tears in my eyes.

I turn on the light: There's no-one at my side.

I open the window just in time to hear you cry,

"If wishes were horses, even you could ride."

 

I've walked against this winter wind but my eyes are now dim.

I've fought against this empty plain but my fingers are now thin.

I'm leaving on that morning star that's rising in the sky.

But deep inside my heart I know I'll love you till I die.

 

Chords:

(E Harmonica)

I E see the dying sun B falling from the sky; I A say, "What have I done?

"What's that C#m anger in your eye?"

You E stand in our doorway, and you B say "The seeds don't grow."

You A say you're goin' your way, and you C#m say you're free to go.

 

I B wake in the night with C#m tears in my eyes.

I B turn on the light: There's C#m no-one at my side.

I B open the window just in C#m time to hear you cry,

"If B wishes were horses, C#m even you could ride."

 

 

 

In this Light

In this light beside your pillow,

I see all I need.

I don't need no magic potion,

I don't need no magic leaf.

 

Stop, don't move a muscle,

I've still got my magic wand,

I'm going to freeze this moment

Before it's gone.

 

Why does this feel so dangerous?

Shouldn't we be feeling free?

Trusting, strong and loyal,

Like your sheepdog at our feet.

 

This scar upon your ankle

Did they chase you from your home?

And you were a child so gentle

Cast out alone.

 

And you were chased by another

Is this the face he struck?

And the paintings by these fingers

Thrown from a moving truck.

 

In this light beside your pillow

I will wave my magic wand.

Then we'll lie forever 'neath your window

And wait for the dawn.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

In this C light F beside your C pillow,

G I see all I C need.

I don't C need F no magic C potion,

I don't G need no magic C leaf.

 

F Stop, don't move a C muscle,

I've still G got my magic C wand,

I'm F going to freeze this C moment

G Before it's C gone.

 

 

 

Invisible River

I watch you paddle this invisible river's run,

It's Sunday morning, you are my seven year son,

I want to tell you just where I've come from,

These words will find you if some day I cannot come.

 

One more life for Mario, A trusty bike in space,

Touchdown pass, karate chops, second grade girls to chase,

Three point shots, fear of the dark, safe at second base,

New wheels on your roller blades, would you like to race?

 

I was a little boy on heartache summit drive,

I sat alone on the curb away from the giant inside,

I killed ants with tar tomahawks, like me they could not hide,

Too scared to go back in and tell her "Pick on someone your own size."

 

My father's lonely fantasy that politics could save,

Peace on earth, goodwill to men, just a paragraph away,

While he idolized humanity, we fixed a fallout shelter cave,

I waited after every siren for the last crashin' wave.

 

They sent us home from school on a bright November day,

I rode to the station with my mother to meet my father's train,

We sat in a Chinese restaurant wondering who was to blame,

His fantasy died before my eyes when they shot JFK.

 

My sister and I one summer heard a different tongue,

Voices that dissented in a camp Unitarian,

Bob Dylan's voice cried out to me "You're old enough to run."

Agnostic patron saint and his prophet-driven son.

 

Did the family die the day of the divorce,

Or was it dead already from all the dyin's that went before?

A file cabinet from my Dad replaced the room I had no more,

A bible from my sister as we stumbled out the door.

 

Then a boarding school with two things I'd requested,

Football and girls, plus some sadists I detested,

Mike and Bob. Dolly, Peter and John were the home I'd never had,

I knew she really loved me; why did that make me so sad?

 

There were some teachers there who challenged me to learn,

But I found other classrooms with grades easier to earn,

Dylan cried over and over, "How does it feel?"

But I had no idea; in the Ivy League maybe I'd turn real.

 

Chameleon college freshman, I climbed on every rock,

Telescopes, dissections-just whatever they had in stock,

From wandering privileged orphans, little green leaves that talk.

I marched against the war but my own war couldn't stop.

 

I found a girl whose misery reminded me of me,

I held her with my right hand with my left I set her free,

Board chairmen raised police salaries to put my friends in jail

For selling their drug of choice, while they bought theirs on sale.

 

My loneliness exploded, I dropped my stick and left the game,

Never even imagining that the past was to blame.

I cancelled my audition with the professor of power and fame,

I got a passport with extra pages and got on a plane.

 

After many a millennia, I really can't tell you much,

The sky doesn't end, but the ends don't seem to touch,

A box of names and photographs is all I've got to pass,

Of a million generations before us in the grass.

 

Don't fight the contradictions you can fit in all your stuff,

Your heart needs sadness and will find it in love,

Do not try to fight this, don't take it all too rough,

Forgive her a thousand times if a hundred's not enough.

 

That's all I'll tell you now, the rest you'll learn someday.

I'll teach you about zodaical dust, your soul, and the milky way.

I've become a man, and my curbside dream came true.

I had a happy childhood, the one I've had with you.

 

Last night you told me no one can answer this:

Who came before God, but you know why we exist:

God got tired, and gave Adam and Eve a turn,

But who can answer this: Will Eve ever return?

 

Someday you'll think of me when I'm out of reach,

You'll see this blue canoe that you're steering to the beach,

You'll know I'm watchin' you, you can always talk to me,

And when you have your little boy, this river you will see.

 

One more life for Mario, A trusty bike in space,

Touchdown pass, karate chops, second grade girls to chase,

Three point shots, fear of the dark, safe at second base,

New wheels on your roller blades, would you like to race?

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

A I watch you C#m paddle this G invisible river's Bm run,

A It's Sunday C#m morning, you G are my seven year Bm son,

AI want to C#m tell you just G where I've come Bm from,

A These words will C#m find you if some G day I cannot Bm come.

 

F One more life for G Mario, A Am trusty bike in F space,

C Touchdown pass, G karate chops, Am second grade girls to chase,

F Three point shots, fear G of the dark, Am safe at second F base,

C New wheels on your G roller blades, Am would you like to race?

 

 

 

Is this a Japanese Painting?

Is this a Japanese painting: You, me and the sky?

I can't make God keep waiting but I'll try.

Chained down on this schooner, pushed by a hostile wind,

Toward the civil war prison. We didn't win.

 

Do you think they have a piano? I've got to write you a song.

Should I ask for pen and paper? It won't take long.

Can you come up with one last poem: Something I can use

To help me in the morning if I wake up without you?

 

Name the one who betrayed me: Anger lost in a lie:

Who didn't have to hate me but who tried.

These soldiers all around us: Just children still at play.

Do they see this last goodbye here? Your last day.

 

And you take this Japanese painting: You, me and the sea,

So you'll have something in the morning without me.

Look who died in the night. One more blanket for the boys.

Now move that weeping prisoner; he's making too much noise.

 

Chords:

(Keyboard transposed down three steps so C chord sounds as A; played with an A harmonica)

Dm Is this a Japanese Am painting: Dm You, me and the Am sky?

I Dm can't make God keep Am waiting but Abm I'll try.

F Chained down on this Dm schooner, F pushed by a hostile Dm wind,

F Toward the civil war Dm prison. We didn't Abm win.

 

Do you Am think they have a Dm piano? I've Am got to write you a Dm song.

Should I A mask for pen and Dm paper? It won't take G long.

Can you Dm come up with one last Am poem: G Something I can Amuse

To Dm help me in the Am morning if I G wake up Dm without Am you?

 

 

 

It Wasn't You

It wasn't you who killed

You were many miles away

You never saw the bill

You never paid it anyway.

 

They're pickin' up pieces around here today

I've heard that's what survivors do.

Some are cryin', some just look away

Maybe they're cryin' for you

 

You didn't steal the bed

You were never in that room.

You were miles away, you said.

But she looked a lot like you.

 

They're pickin' up pieces around here today.

I've heard that's what survivors will do.

Some are cryin', some just look away.

Maybe they're cryin' for you.

 

You never touched the cash.

No-one saw you touch.

You never saw the crash.

It was pretty rough.

 

They're pickin' up pieces around here today.

I'd heard that's what survivors will do.

Some are cryin', some just look away.

Maybe they're lookin' for you.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C It wasn't Em you who Am killed.

You were F many miles G away

C You never Em saw the Am bill

You never F paid it G anyway.

 

F They're pickin' up G pieces Em around here Am today.

F I've heard that's what G survivors will Am do.

F Some are G cryin', Em some just look Am away.

F Maybe they're Em cryin' for Am you.

 

 

 

Looking for Treasure

I was out in the Town Car up on I 95.

I was looking for treasure just as fast as I could drive.

I took the Beltway exit and saw something to my right.

It was a man in a long blue coat flagging down a ride.

I pulled up and said "Howdy where are you going to?"

He said "I'm looking for a pot of gold and my name is McAdoo."

 

We turned on the radio and got loose-lipped Ed.

Every other sentence he took back what he'd just said.

So we turned up the dial, got some rock and roll.

It was Rockaday Bobby playing Please Give Back My Soul.

We shifted down the Town Car as we hit the county line.

My heart was going like an old air hammer; I was having a real good time

 

Just then I heard a voice saying "You can call me ëMack.'

"I sure could use that treasure; I've got some debts I've gotta pay back.

"Pull over here. Stop on the bridge.

"Can't you see that light from the foot of the ridge?"

It was a big pot of gold with a white marble base.

I said, "You know Mac, I think we're gonna like this place."

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

G I was out in the Town Car up on I 95.

I was looking for treasure just as fast as I could drive.

C I took the Beltway exit and saw something to my right.

It was a G man in a long blue coat flagging down a ride.

D I pulled up and said "Howdy where are you going C to?"

G He said "I'm looking for a pot of gold and my name is McAdoo."

 

 

 

Marry Me Today

Did you say you'd marry me today?

The mountain wears a veil for the sky.

Did you say you'd marry me today?

Do you know a thousand reasons why?

 

Do you feel the angels drawing near?

Do you feel the aching of my heart?

Do you feel the angels drawing near?

The eyes of children in the dark.

 

When you hear my singing in the air

Do you hear a blessing from the ground?

When you hear my singing in the air,

From this aisle you're walking down.

 

Can you see the future from this place?

Does it look something like your dream?

Can you see the future in my face?

Can you see what's never been seen?

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C Did you say you'd G marry me Am today?

The F mountain wears a C veil for the G sky.

C Did you say you'd G marry me Am today?

C Do you know a G thousand reasons Am why?

 

 

 

My Father's Letters

You tore my tree

From the ground

So I planted one

That can't be found

 

You made my dog

Sleep on a stone

So I took him to a meadow

Where you can't go

 

My father's letters,

You tore each one.

So I took em to a place

That you can't come

 

You told my boy

Shoot from behind

So I took him to a place

That you can't find.

 

Chords:

(capo up two frets; A Harmonica)

E

 

 

 

Noah

Noah watched the rain where the earth lay trembling.

Then he came down from the mountain, and stopped the carriage of the king.

He said, "Silver Hill is sinking, and the Iron Forge is gone.

"Before the night is over we must be sailing on."

 

So the shepherd blew a note on his wooden flute so shrill

It was heard from the Blue Fort to the woods on Candy Hill.

The bluebird told the farmer, the pirate told the swan:

Before the night is over we must be sailing on.

 

The smuggler and the sheriff said a prayer for peace.

The sailor found the North Star deep in the galaxy.

The princess turned away in the stardust of dawn.

I said, "Goodbye forever," and we all sailed on.

 

Chords:

A Noah watched the rain where the D earth lay trembling.

Then he Bm came down from the mountain, and stopped the Em carriage of the king.

He said, A "Silver Hill is sinking, and the D Iron Forge is gone.

Bm "Before the night is over we Em must be sailing on."

 

 

 

Nothing Left to Lose

Nothing left to lose; I've got to tell the story.

Whatever you choose, at least I'll know I tried.

Nothing left to use; you're running out of glory.

It's dark in the castle tonight.

 

The torch you lit lies cold and dead,

But you can't quit burning with rage.

The empire sits at the foot of your bed,

Trapped inside your cage.

 

You look at me, and you see a stranger,

A refugee from a wandering tribe.

I can lead you from this danger

But tonight we have to ride.

 

Down in the square, waiting your decision,

The soldiers tear your last banner down.

Where are the prayers of your new religion?

Can you say one now?

 

Chords: (Low E string dropped to D; F Harmonica)

Dm Nothing left to Gm lose; I've got to tell the Dm story.

Whatever you Gm choose, at least I'll know Dm I tried.

Nothing left to Gm use; you're running out of Dm glory.

It's C dark in the Am castle Dm tonight.

 

 

 

One Blue Leather Shoe

The salt air now tastes bitter,

And I know what means.

The fog will now get thicker.

What do you see?

 

You said God had good ideas:

Apple sauce, aspirin and ink.

I know you mentioned some others:

I've got to think.

 

Each time you look back you're farther.

You're slippin' out to sea.

The fog horn just got louder.

Or is that me?

 

At least I have your sweater

And one blue leather shoe,

A suitcase full of letters

I sent to you.

 

You said God had good ideas:

Pancakes, champagne and gloves.

I just remembered two others:

Morphine and love.

 

You left something by my shirt:

A small brown figurine:

A baby sandpiper bird.

Or is that me?

 

Chords:

(Bb Harmonica)

The Eb salt air now tastes Gm bitter,

And I Eb know what Gm means.

The Eb fog will now get Gm thicker.

What do you D see?

 

You Eb said God had good Gm ideas:

Em Apple sauce, aspirin and Gm ink.

Em I know you mentioned some Gm others:

I've got to D think.

 

Em Each time you look back you're Gm farther

You're Em slippin' out to Gm sea

The Em foghorn just got Gm louder

Or is that D me?

 

 

 

One Fire

One fire in the forest can't keep the night away.

The sunset waited for us, but now it's turning gray.

 

The castle crumbles near us, dark against the sky,

But if no-one can hear us, can I say goodbye?

 

This fire begs for water if you beg to be free

So with these tears of sorrow, I'll bid farewell to thee.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C One fire in the G forest can't AM keep the night C away.

The F sunset waited C for us, but Dm now it's turning G gray.

 

 

 

Our First Big Break

A truck stops for me in the desert. "Son, where you trying to get?"

I say, "Can we drive forever, there's a girl I'd like to forget."

He wakes me seven hours later: "Son, was she in your dreams?"

I say, "I know I should know better, but who exactly do you mean?"

 

I ask to see the boss man when I walk up to the bar.

I say, "Bring out the house band, and plug in my guitar."

He says, "They're sleeping in the attic but they do get up occasionally."

Just then I hear somethin' crashin', and I run outside to see

 

A silky exotic young lady in a smashed-up limousine

She says, "Don't talk to me, Baby, I am a beauty queen,"

I say, "What's new Your Highness? My best friends call me King'

"And just to get over your shyness, why don't you come in and sing?"

 

A skinny guy is dressing in the corner. He says, "I play lead.

"Our drummer there is quite a performer, but he can only count to three,

"And just in case you haven't guessed: Billy here plays the bass."

He had a pink and orange vest, and yellow lipstick on his face.

 

We start off singing discretely, just like royalty always should.

The band is swinging sweetly; I think the boys are pretty good.

But the crowd starts to yell and scream and sets fire to the stage.

So we run to the limousine and take it to L.A.

 

Chords:

(Capo up five frets; F Harmonica)

G A truck stops for me in the desert. "Son, where you trying to get?"

C I say, "Can we drive forever, there's G a girl I'd like to forget."

D7 He wakes me seven hours later: C "Son, was she in your dreams?"

G I say, "I know I should know better, but who G7exactly do you mean?"

 

 

 

Plastic Cowboy

She lies there in the morning, and she hears a whistle scream.

She doesn't need a warning: She just wants back her dream.

Frightened birds take to the sky. toys fall here below.

And one I recognize is getting up awful slow.

 

Chorus:

Plastic Cowboy, gallop, get that angel off the track,

Get her halo back up, get new wings on her back.

Keep pulling on her string, only real angels die,

She's just about to sing your favorite lullaby.

 

She sits before her mirror, my diamond in her hand:

One last souvenir from a cold and lonesome land.

My voice cries out from in the stone, "You're free, get up and run!"

But she turns to the window and throws it at the sun.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

F G F

She F lies there in the G morning, and she C hears a whistle F scream.

She F doesn't need a G warning: She C just wants back her F dream.

F Frightened birds take G to the sky. C toys fall here F below.

And C one I G recognize is F getting up awful C slow.

 

F Plastic Cowboy, G gallop, get that C angel off the F track,

F Get her halo G back up, get C new wings on her F back.

Keep F pulling on her G string, only C real angels F die,

She's C just about to G sing your F favorite C lullaby.

 

 

 

Seven Times

Seven times I held you close after seven years in hell.

And now you say I have to go, but your tears say something else.

Seven dragons follow me, clawing at my sword.

If only you were calling me to come back to your door.

 

Some men break into prison, and I guess I'm one of these.

But I need what I'm missin', and you miss what you need.

That shirt of mine you're keepin', if I could take its place.

I'd hold you while you're sleepin, find answers in your face.

 

Some women break into heaven, and I went with one one day.

But I just keep forgettin' why we didn't stay.

Noah, tear your ship apart; Shakespeare, break your pen,

And Bobby take this sad guitar, it's starting to crack again.

 

Chords:

(Capo up five frets; G Harmonica):

D Seven Bbm times I G held you Dadd9 close after G seven Dadd9 years in Dadd9sus46thno5 hell.

And D now you Bbm say I G have to Dadd9 go, but your G tears Dadd9 say something Dadd9sus4 6th no5 else.

D Seven Bbm dragons G follow Dadd9 me, G clawing Dadd9 at my Dadd9sus46thno5 sword.

If D only A you were G calling D me to G come D back A to your D door.

 

 

 

Sister; See Carolyn

 

 

 

Sorrow City

I go out every night but I'm all alone at dawn.

Can't remember who was right or which side I was on.

There's a cold wind at my back as I walk from your door.

Goodbye, Sorrow City. I can't stay here any more.

 

Was it just infatuation, nothing more from your side?

I'm waiting at your station for one last ride.

But I know the Southern Crescent doesn't stop here any more.

Goodbye Sorrow City, Hello New York.

 

Chords:

(D Harmonica)

I go D out every A night but I'm Em all alone at G dawn.

Can't D remember who was A right or Em which side I was G on.

There's a D cold wind at my A back as I Em walk from your G door.

D Goodbye, A Sorrow City. I can't G stay here any D more.

 

 

 

Stand at the Sky

You came when Columbus called out your name,

And you stood and pulled his anchor from the sea.

Then you drove a million wagons across the plain,

And you learned it isn't easy to be free

 

Chorus:

So stand at the sky, throw open the door,

Hear something calling you beyond,

Saying "This is the way to the earth's last shore,

"And it's time for you to fly on."

 

You say your work here has just begun.

You've got a thousand reasons to stay.

But your eyes now see far beyond the sun

Where a new world is waiting to be saved.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

You C came when G Columbus called D out your name,

And you C stood and pulled his G anchor from the D sea.

Then you C drove a million G wagons D across the plain,

And C you learned it isn't G easy to be D free

 

So C stand at the G sky, throw D open the door,

C Hear something D calling you G beyond,

Saying C "This is the D way to the G earth's last shore,

"And it's C time for D you to G fly on."

 

 

 

Star War at the Bar Door

On the Fourth of July I was feeling patriotic,

So I bummed a nickel off an alcoholic.

"Mr. Ticket Seller, what can you do for me?

Handed me a ticket for Washington, D.C.

 

I got off the bus at a big white saloon,

I walked up to the bar, "Will the boss be back in soon?"

"Yes, sir, he will, have you rode hard today?"

"Yes, I'm from America, far, far, far away."

 

The boss walked in with a flashlight in each hand.

I said, "Give me your badge and the keys to this land,

We won't sit and watch you smile while we die,

Our sails are set and we're almost ready to fly."

 

Chords:

(A Harmonica)

E

 

 

 

Straight On Through

You called your children to you on the desert sand,

And you lined them up against the sea.

Then you heard a voice cry out as you held out your hand

"Rise up if you're ready to be free."

 

Chorus:

No verdict, no history, no stories, please: No lies;

Your long lost dream is coming true.

Roll back the water where the fire meets the sky

The only way around is straight on through.

 

I stood on a mountain in the promised land,

And I saw a silver ship against the sky.

Then I heard a voice cry out as I held out my hand,

"Rise up if you're ready to fly."

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

You F called your children G to you on the Am desert sand,

And you F lined them G up against the Am sea.

Then you F heard a voice cry G out as you Am held out your hand

"Rise F up if you're G ready to be Am free."

No F verdict, no G history, no Am stories, please: No lies;

Your F long lost G dream is coming Am true.

F Roll back the G water where the Am fire meets the sky

The F only way G around is straight on Am through.

 

 

 

Tell Me

Tell me where are you going to.

Tell me where have you been.

Tell what you've been going through.

Will I see you again?

 

Monday is the day I just cut through

Tuesday I pay back my debt

Wednesday is the day I begin to miss you

And Thursday hasn't come yet.

 

I'll tell you where I am going to.

I'll tell you where I have been.

I'll tell you what I've been going through,

But don't ask me again.

 

Thursday is the night I spin cotton into gold.

Friday I put it all on.

Saturday I've got the whole world to hold.

And Sunday I ask where it's gone.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C Tell me where are you going to.

C Tell me where have you G been.

Tell me C what you've been going through.

Will I F see you C again?

 

Am Monday is the day I G just cut through

F Tuesday I pay back my C debt

Am Wednesday is the day I G begin to miss you

And F Thursday F hasn't G come Am yet. F G Am F G Am

 

 

 

That Would be Me

Your guy over there just set fire to this home.

I guess that clears the air, but for the smoke.

Look at that armchair, burning with those dolls.

Don't the rooms look kind of bare, with no curtains on the walls.

And isn't it pretty how those photographs all burn blue?

Who's smiling in that one? Let me give you a clue:

That would be you.

 

Remember this blanket? I just pulled it from the shed.

The last time I had it it was on our bed.

I said, "What about the others?" He said, "They're not too young.

"If they're old enough to suffer, they're old enough to run."

Who said that the darkness may teach you how to see

For every angry mother a child cries helplessly?

That would be me.

 

If I could dance with an angel and breathe in her hair,

I would hold her close to me and whisper this prayer:

Save the doe from the hunter, save the soldier from the king,

Save me from this moment, and what I've just seen,

And save the poor fool who believes so hopelessly

That you gotta be alone to be free.

That would be me.

 

This blanket has the smell of perfume and cologne.

Add a little smoke from Hell and I'm feelin' right at home.

Look now it's the morning, what a perfect name,

And it's bringin' me nothing, just a dying old flame.

Did you see an angel as you rose up from the sea?

She's lookin' for someone dancin' aimlessly.

That would be me.

 

Chords:

(D Harmonica)

D Your guy over G there just set fire to this home.

D I guess that clears the air, G but for the smoke.

D Look at that armchair, G burning with those dolls.

Don't the D rooms look kind of bare, with no G curtains on the walls.

And A isn't it D pretty how those G photographs all burn G blue?

Who's A smiling in D that one? G Let me give you a G clue:

That would be D you.

 

 

 

The Bus

The bus speeds toward the morning sky.

I still see your face through the cold.

And your pain still reaches out for me in the night

With nothing left to hold.

 

When I was poor I believed in giving.

Alone I believed in fame.

When I was sick I believed in living.

When I was beat I believed in blame.

 

Your people arrived just a little bit late.

Any chance you forgot to pay?

While they ransacked the station gate,

The bus drove away.

 

Do you still like magic tricks by strangers?

Well watch this: Here's the dawn.

If you decide to return the favor,

Make the hunter forgive the swan.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

The Em bus speeds Am toward the C morning Em sky.

I Em still see your Am face through the C cold.

And your Em pain still Am reaches out C for me in the Em night

With C nothing G left to Em hold.

 

Am When I was poor I believed in F giving.

Am Alone I believed in Em fame.

Am When I was sick I believed in F living.

When I was Am beat I believed in Em blame.

 

 

 

The Champagne of Innocence

On the day that my childhood died in its chains,

I stood by the prison crying in shame.

I threw down my dreams like a matchbook in flames,

And watched as my past disappeared in the fire.

 

Chorus:

The anger I felt has now turned to trust.

I ask no questions I just do what I must.

And the earth's last mystery leaves no tracks in the dust

Of those dead and dying I once loved.

 

With the champagne of innocence I joined you to me,

But the bottles that we drank from have drifted out to sea,

And this loneliness I feel is all that's left of being free,

But I'm ready for whatever it brings me.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

On the C day that my Em childhood F died in its C chains,

I C stood by the Em prison F crying in C shame.

I F threw down my Em dreams like a F matchbook in C flames,

F Watched as my Em past Dm disappeared in the G fire.

 

The AM anger I G felt has F now turned to C trust.

I Am ask no G questions I just F do what I C must.

And the Am earth's last G mystery leaves no F tracks in the C dust

Of those F dead and G dying I once Am loved.

 

 

 

The Claw

The claw of the law was reaching for me,

And you refused to save my child.

Just because I asked you once to see

A picture of you when you were wild.

 

Are you crying for me?

Send me the bill.

Just as soon as I'm free

I'll send over a pill.

 

You stared at me when I couldn't speak

And left me where I was hung.

Just because I asked you once to see

A picture of you when you were young?

 

I made a picture for you

Here in my cell

It’s an overhead view

Of the spot where I fell.

 

Chords;

(C Harmonica)

The C claw of the G law was F reaching for C me,

And C you G refused to save my F child.

C Just G because I asked you F once to C see

A C picture of G you when you were F wild.

 

Am Are you crying for G me?

F Send me the C bill.

Just as Am soon as I'm G free

F I'll send G over a Am pill.

 

 

 

The Closing Number

Is this the closing number? Take the microphone.

I think you'll like it better if you do it alone.

It's our last night at The Rainbow so let the truth be told.

I'll try this old piano but my fingers are so cold

 

He took one last drink of wonder from the fountain of relief.

He gave it up so willingly, a father to be.

He signed the purple promise, let the happiness begin.

He learned to trust so touchingly and was never touched again.

 

He saw her at the stage door late last Sunday night

Feed his papers to the fire cursing at the light.

She's got no more use for him; she knows he's all a bluff.

She blamed him so perfectly; could he ever get enough?

 

Well, take this ragged costume, the sugar and the flame,

And take these rolled-up dollars, and take this ragged name,

And take this empty locket, and take this jagged mirror.

Keep them with the secret that I will never hear.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

Is C this the closing G number? Gm Take the F microphone.

I Fm think you'll like it C better if you Dm do it G alone.

It's our C last night at The G Rainbow so Gm let the truth be F told.

I'll Fm try this old C piano but my Dm fingers are so G cold.

 

 

 

The Colesium

I left the colesium; I just can't see it through.

And before I start to weaken, I have to talk to you

You see your little boy there, playing so calm and slow?

I wish I'd learned that somewhere, far from fury's blow.

 

I bet to him it's obvious that a hand that hits can't hold,

And a mother's touch of tenderness is the planet's real gold.

And I guess I'll be forgiven for trying so hard to please,

Like that hypocrite just driven past the multitude on its knees.

 

So whisper to the warrior to cease the child's war.

And whisper to the boy here that he need fear no more.

Did you paint the sky this evening? It's finally pink enough.

If there isn't any love in freedom, how did freedom get in love?

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C I left the Am colesium; I F just can't see it G through.

And C before I start to Am weaken, I F have to talk to G you

You F see your little C boy there, Dm playing so calm and C slow?

I F wish I'd learned that Em somewhere, Dm far from fury's G blow.

 

 

 

The Dance Contest at Midnight

You call it the affliction. I call it the curse.

Maybe if I listen, it won't get worse.

In this hot bath of cold sorrow, you face me and the truth:

For thirty years no-one listened to you.

 

The doctor who gave you that pill hides bribes inside his desk,

turns runners into skeletons. Who's next?

You wrap me in your soft dog's blanket, his cold nose against my face.

I wrap you in my old green sweatshirt: I like this place.

 

He stares and nuzzles up against us.

Maybe he can tell us why your father forbid his children to cry.

At the dance contest at midnight, you whisper as they start the song,

"I think I'll trust my instincts from now on."

 

Who said you can sing in the kitchen? Who said I can have a life?

Who said we can dance with abandon tonight?

Are these our eyes in the mirror, scared and unafraid?

Everyone has to hurt somewhere. I like this place.

 

Chords:

(Capo up five frets; played with a G harmonica)

G You call it the D affliction. G I call it the D curse.

G Maybe if I D listen, it won't get Aadd11 worse.

In this D hot bath of cold G sorrow, you D face me and the G truth:

For D thirty years no-one G listened to Aadd11 you.

 

 

 

The Few Times

The few times you came near me

I spoke to you in the dark.

I never knew if you could hear me

So I might as well just start.

 

You're one step from everything you needed

But you've got to put an end to this sham.

It will never be repeated

Because you've got the perfect plan.

 

Run to the priest in the chapel!

He can help you get what you deserve.

He can make you keep it tactful

As you take back your word.

 

The pilots all received your dollars

So step to the end of the dock.

They come in high above the water.

Just take a seat and watch.

 

Now there's a powerful symbol:

Peasants petrified at the wall,

Meteors watched by mammals

Until they fall.

 

You were one touch from everything you wanted!

But now you've taken command

And you just heard another voice that taunted:

"Scared to dance, so hate the band?"

 

Maybe it's time to call your savior?

Just which mountaintop was he on?

The streetsinger used to have his number

But I hear he's gone.

 

"Mr. Savior, solve her this mystery,

"One last thing to think upon:

"The winner always writes the history,

But who writes the song?"

 

Chords:

(Keyboard transposed down four steps so C chord sounds as Ab; played with an Ab harmonica)

F A,6m E

The F few times you came Am near me

I F spoke to you in the Am dark.

I F never knew if you could Am hear me

So I E might as well just start.

 

You're Dm one step from everything you Am needed

But you've Dm got to put an end to this Am sham.

Dm It will never be Am repeated

Because you've E got the perfect E plan.

 

 

 

The Flower Shakes the Vase

He's clinging to your ankles,

Begging for a friend,

Saying how he wishes it could be.

It sure does rankle how a man can pretend

He don't know love from misery.

 

Chorus:

The walls are saggin', the flower shakes the vase.

You're feet are staggerin' to run

Your fingers are grabbin' at the edges of your face

But you don't understand what you have done.

 

He walks out to the bus stop as you slam shut the door

Maybe this time he's gone for good.

You look down at your knuckles where they're cut up and sore.

At least they were understood.

 

The judge's robe is tyin', the children hide in school,

The sheriff and the bailiff turn away.

What's wrong with lyin' when you're cursin' a fool.

It's time for someone to pay.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

Am He's clinging to your ankles,

E Begging for a Am friend,

D# 9th w3 Saying how he Am wishes it could E be.

It Am sure does rankle how a E man can Am pretend

He don't know E love from Am misery.

 

The Am aug5w5 walls are Am saggin', the E flower shakes the Am vase.

You're feet Amaug5 w5 are Am staggerin' to E run

Your Am fingers are grabbin' at the E edges of your Am face

But Am you don't E understand what you have Am done.

 

 

 

The Gift

As I left you said, you had a gift for me,

And I said, "I have one too,"

Then you pointed at a star and wept bitterly

While I pointed back at you.

 

Chorus:

Yes, there's someone back there I'll miss,

Far beyond these skies.

At least I learned to cross great emptiness,

Sailing through the tears in your eyes.

 

The reason for that boatride

I guess I'll never know.

But you got me to the other side

When there was no place left to go.

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

As I G left you said, you had a Am gift for me,

And C I said, "I have one Am too,"

Then you G pointed at a star and wept Bm bitterly

While C I pointed back at Bm you.

 

Em Yes, there's someone Bm back there I'll C miss,

Em Far beyond these Dm skies.

At Em least I learned to cross Bm great C emptiness,

Em Sailing through the Bm tears in your Am eyes.

 

 

 

The Golden Rule

I wake up when you curse me and hear my windshield smash

You say "It's time to reimburse me," I say you done been got all my cash.".

I say, "Ain't you got no mercy?" as you reach in for my stash..

"Oh and Happy Anniversary." You say, "I don't talk to trash."

 

When I need you, you hold me, and I hold you.

Indeed that's what they told me is the golden rule.

So you must have felt so lonely when you sold me to the zoo,

Where all could behold me: One sorry fool.

 

Should I do unto you here as you did unto me?

Hold you down by the ears, stungun your cheeks?

Or should I chain you to the pier most conspicuously

In a cage full of mirrors so you can finally see?

 

So nice to have met you, too bad we have to part,

For every tattoo I did get you at least I have a scar

Now if I could just get you to stand back from my car

I'd like to forget you just the way you are.

 

Chords:

(Capo up four frets; E Harmonica)

G I wake up when you curse me and hear my windshield smash

G You say "It's time to reimburse me," I say you done been got all my cash.".

G I say, "Ain't you got no mercy?" as you G7 reach in for my D7 stash..

G "Oh and Happy Anniversary." You say, "I don't talk to trash."

 

 

 

The Locket

Is this her locket, father dear?

I miss my mother sorely.

Why comes she not to hold me here?

Please will you keep it for me?

 

The heart that bore you, daughter brave

Now beats beyond all hurting.

The morning can't the evening save

Nor stop this cold ball from turning.

 

The lash is heavy on the land,

And poison eyes deceiving.

Join I fast the levelling band?

Fight for the prize believing?

 

Seize the flag and castle storm,

Every chamber taking,

And who at last will keep you warm

When your own soul is aching?

 

Oh, father dear, I'm lonely now,

No groom nor friend fulfilling.

Who shall return my own free vow

That I would give so willing?

 

Is he gentle, quick of limb,

Voices he his feeling?

When a soft child comes to him

Does he answer kneeling?

 

I need you now, my father dear.

Alone this hill I'm climbing

Hyenas howl the darkness near,

No village am I finding.

 

Sing this song, your heart so sad,

Her locket now you'll have it.

Wear it with our family plaid:

Yellow moon and blue planet.

 

Chords:

(D Harmonica)

Is D this her locket, Bm father dear?

I G miss my mother A7 sorely.

Why D comes she not to Bm hold me here?

Please G will you keep it A7 for me?

 

The G heart that bore you, A7 daughter brave

Now D sus2 beats beyond all G hurting. A7

The G morning can't the A7 evening save

Nor D add9 sus4 6th no5 stop this A7 cold ball from D turning.

 

 

 

The Miracle

Well, look who's here, Stranger.

I thought you'd be back one day.

I hear you're in some danger.

Do you still shout when you pray?

 

I heard you were coming last Saturday

It gave everyone a thrill.

I heard it ended badly

When they chased you up the hill.

 

Wouldn't that have been tragic

Local hero off the cliff?

His miracles were just magic

And his cures were just a trick.

 

Please tell me again what we believed in:

Twelve-year old boy and girl.

Me playing dead while sleeping,

You lost in the world.

 

Is the only one not forgiven

The father you never knew?

Weren't you caught saving women?

They caught him that way too.

 

Maybe we believed in believing.

That was all that we could do.

Stay with me this evening.

I have another miracle for you.

 

Chords:

(Ab Harmonica)

Well, Ab look who's here, Eb Stranger.

I Db thought you'd be Db back one Ab day.

I Ab hear you're in some Eb danger.

Do you still Db shout when you Ab pray?

 

I Db heard you were coming last Eb Saturday

It gave Ab everyone a Db thrill.

I Db heard it ended Eb badly

When they Ab chased you up the Db hill.

 

Db Wouldn't that have been Ab tragic

Eb Local hero off the Ab cliff?

His Db miracles were just Ab magic

And his Eb cures Db were just a Ab trick.

 

 

 

The Mirror I Saw Through

On a bright cold morning I stepped from the truck,

Bent by my memory's weight.

Orphans in rags came running

To lead their new teacher through the gate.

Chorus:

You wrapped your open hands around my heart.

Your eyes were the mirror I saw through.

Your voice made the walls of my fear crack apart.

You filled my ears with the truth.

 

One day you stood and you walked to the door,

Saying "Freedom is one gentle step,"

You held the world in the palm of your hand,

Tossed it high and left.

 

Chords

(C Harmonica)

Am On a bright cold morning I Dm stepped from the truck,

Em Bent by my memory's F weight.

C Orphans in rags came Dm running

To Em lead their new teacher through the Am gate.

 

You C wrapped your open hands G around my heart.

Your Dm eyes were the mirror I saw Am through.

Your C voice made the walls of my F fear crack apart.

You Dm filled my ears with the G truth.

 

 

 

The Morning Rain

The morning rain fell against our house on the hill:

We knew we'd reached the end at last.

I saw that your sadness could never be filled;

You cursed at the chains of my past.

 

Chorus:

What made me think I could make you belong?

Was the light so bright we both went blind?

What made us think that we were so strong?

We could hold back the passing of time?

 

The boat slowly pulled into the shore,

And I could still hear that whistle scream,

As I stood on the hill and locked up the door

On the empty house of our dream.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

The C morning rain fell against our F house on the hill:

We C knew we'd reached the end at F last.

I C saw that your sadness could F never be filled;

You C cursed at the G chains of my F past.

 

Am What made me G think I could F make you C belong?

Was the Am light so G bright we F both went G blind?

Am What made us G think that F we were so C strong?

Am We could hold G back the F passing of G time?

 

 

 

The Ring

It looks so small and plastic now.

You say I didn't mean my vow.

It didn't fit you anyhow.

You'll be better when you throw the ring.

 

We created these hands so small

Clinging to it so they won't fall.

I hear now their silent call:

"Please don't throw the ring."

 

I once held a ring so tight,

Like these children listening tonight,

Praying that they wouldn't fight,

And wouldn't throw the ring

 

The words "I love you," are they too old?

Why do they add to the pain you hold?

Look again: It's really gold.

Please don't throw that ring.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C It looks so small and F plastic C now.

Am You say I didn't G mean my vow.

C It didn't fit you F anyhow.

You'll be C better when you G throw the Am ring.

 

 

 

The Sailor, to his Girlfriend

I woke up when you cursed me and heard my windshield smash

You said "It's time to reimburse me," and reached in for my stash.

I cried, "Ain't you got no mercy?" as you counted up my cash.

"Oh and Happy Anniversary." You said, "I don't talk to trash."

 

When I need you, you hold me, and I hold you.

Indeed that's what they told me is the golden rule

So you must have felt so lonely when you sold me to the zoo,

Where all could behold me: One sorry fool.

 

Should I do unto you here as you did unto me?

Hold you down by your ears, stungun your cheeks?

Or should I chain you to the pier most conspicuously

In a cage full of mirrors so you can finally see?

 

I'll say goodbye your way and put the metal to the floor.

I'm going to find the little mermaid, I hope she makes it to the shore

I hope you find a girlfriend; that should even up the score.

And you get what you're deserving in your next holy war.

 

G I woke up when you cursed me and heard my windshield smash

G You said "It's time to reimburse me," and reached in for my stash.

G I cried, "Ain't you got no mercy?" as you G7 counted up my D7 cash.

G "Oh and Happy Anniversary." You said, "I don't talk to trash."

 

Chords:

(Capo up four frets; E Harmonica)

 

 

 

The Scientific Method

We were watchin' the news on her little tee vee

She said, "can lovin' you reduce my misery?

Her dog ran in and started growling at me

I said, "Doesn't he have somewhere else important to be?"

She said, "He loves meetin' people, and isn't he sweet?"

I said, "Unless you're people that he doesn't love to meet.

Such pretty teeth. Why don't he take a seat? Maybe count

his fleas?"

 

The Senator was saying, "I am so happy to say

That we got rid of all the cameras at the CIA

Where insomniacs are pampered for as long as they stay

And their drinks are poured a thousand times a day

And General, I hope and pray

You'll keep droppin' bombs until they see it our way.

Show 'em we don't play in the USA."

 

We clapped our hands, and took the dog for a walk.

He chased the repo man to the end of the block,

He tried to start a family with a collie dog, .....

He stole the mailman's bag and bit two cops.

She said "He's so very playful, I'd hate to make him stop,"

I said, "If that's playful, I'd hate to see pissed off."

"He does get a little cross. But he's so furry and soft."

 

She said, "I'm a scientist of high regard."

I said "Then give me a quiz so you can tell if I'm smart." ...

She said, "If we began to kiss and started feelin' the spark

Can you calculate the risk if we come apart?"

I said, "This experiment works best in the dark

But when I reached for the light

The dog began to bark

Don't you have a yard or a Saint Bernard that he can guard

 

She said, "It's dinner time so light the candles please."

Then she served him some wine with macaroni and cheese,

And some barbecued beef and cauliflower and peas.

I said, "Any chance that I could get somethin' to eat?"

She said, "Oh I'm so sorry. Here's a doggie treat."

I said, "My friend Adam got an apple from Eve."

"Don't be naive. She had no dogs to feed. He's as thin as a reed."

 

She said, "Let's take a bubble bath and make it hot!"

So I jumped in the tub and said, "Guess what I brought!"

She said, "You better move over, before you get caught,

It'll hurt his feelings if you're in his spot."

I played with a little boat, they played with his yacht.

He got a shampoo. I did not.

"Maybe you forgot his fur had a knot."

 

"You like to play dress-up, I do presume.

So close your eyes and wait in my room.".......

She sang, "Here comes the bride," and I started to swoon

I cried, "Me too! And none too soon!"

I opened my eyes, there already was a groom.

His leash was silver, his tuxedo maroon.

"Where's your honeymoon? Have you thought of Cancun?

You can dig on a dune."

 

I said, "I feel so sad and I don't know why."

She said, "There's somethin' in my bag that we can try."

She wrapped his shock collar... around me tight

She said, "I'll push this little button that says "Sit! Don't bite."

I said, "My teeth are jigglin', but I feel alright.

Now find the button that says.... 'Spend the night.

And hold me tight,' You look pretty in white. I'll take a seat if I might."

 

Chords:

(A Harmonica)

E We were watchin' the news on her little tee vee

E She said, "can lovin' you reduce my misery?

E Her dog ran in and started growling at me

E I said, "Doesn't he have somewhere else E7 important to be?"

E She said, "He loves meetin' people, and isn't he E sweet?"

B7 I said, "Unless you're people that he A7 doesn't love to E meet.

E7 Such pretty teeth. Why don't he take a seat? Maybe count

his fleas?"

 

 

 

The Sound of Nothin'

You said you'd bring us water

Before the week was done

You said you'd bring us water

But you brought us none

 

Chorus:

Did you ever hear the sound of nothin'?

It is an awful sound.

Did you ever hear the sound of nothin'

Can you hear it now?

 

I heard you told the soldier

How it feels to kill someone.

I heard you asked the soldier.

Did you say it's fun?

 

Please don't tell my mother

Asleep in the morning sun.

Please don't tell my mother

What you have done.

 

But you can ask my daughter

For one song to be sung

Yes, you can ask my daughter

To sing this one.

 

Chords:

(Low E string dropped to D; G Harmonica)

D You said you'd bring us water

Before the week was done

You said you'd bring us water

But you brought us none

 

D

Did you ever hear the sound of nothin'?

It is an awful sound.

Did you ever hear the sound of nothin'

Can you hear it now?

 

 

The Tangerine Valley

Some are born orphans, it took forever for me,

but here now the night has come.

I learned how to fight but not how to grieve.

Can you teach my mother's poor son?

 

She saved every crumb, every last piece of cord,

and longed for those whom she loved in vain,

made enemies with every fifteenth word,

who mocked me for feeling her pain.

 

How'd you learn this in your tremblin' house,

where you had to fear for your life,

to catch my tears in your tangerine blouse

and help me to say goodbye?

 

You say it took decades to be able to leave.

I say it took decades to stay.

You say you forgot so you could believe.

"Forgive, don't forget," I say.

 

Like the first grade friend that I so craved,

Whose amber braids I would hold,

only a tomboy could be this brave:

To knock at the attic of my soul.

 

Come and sit by my side, now you found me.

Do not hasten to bid me adieu,

but remember the Tangerine Valley

And the orphan who found you too.

 

 

Chords (capoed up two frets):

G                      Am                        C           Em
Some are born orphans, it took forever for me,

G                    Am               C
but here now the night has come.

G                         Am         C               Em
I learned how to fight but not how to grieve.

G                            Am                Em
Can you teach my mother's poor son?

 

       C                  G                   Am              Em
She saved every crumb, every last piece of cord,

       C                                   G                  Em
and longed for those whom she loved in vain,

          C                    G       Am        Em
made enemies with every fifteenth word,

        C                       G               Em
who mocked me for feeling her pain.

 

Things are Gettin' Ugly

Things are gettin' ugly at the True Love Cafe.

The girl who truly loves me says she truly cannot stay.

"I'm leavin' this shack forever, here's your guitar."

I'm gluin' it back together when she drives off in my car.

I stand at the window and wave as she puts it in the creek.

That was one expensive date, but then who said I was cheap?

 

A rusty green Corvette pulls up and Ricky's banging up against my door.

He says "Let's hit the road again. I'm back home from the war.

"I must be too damn loyal ëcuz I still can't understand

"Exactly how our oil got underneath their sand."

"Ricky can I drive? That's a funny cigarette."

He says, "Drive until you find the best place to forget."

 

I take a turn a little too hot and bust through the Hollywood Gate.

Ricky says, "I must've forgot, why we goin' this way?"

Every dream I've ever had has blown up in my face.

But things aren't goin' too bad, here's a pawnbroker,s place.

"Lady, it plays real sweet, we just need a little help."

She says "Aren't you unique? Like everybody else."

 

Chords:

(A Harmonica)

E Things are gettin' ugly at the True Love CafÈ.

The girl who truly loves me says she truly cannot stay.

A "I'm leavin' this shack forever, here's your guitar."

E I'm gluing it back together when she drives off in my car.

B I stand at the window and wave as she A puts it in the creek.

E That was one expensive date, but then who said I was cheap?

 

Three True Things

We find a rusty wreck deep in the forest

My dog nuzzles your neck, eager and curious

That must have been some ride for that boy and girl that day

You say "let's climb inside, there's a game we can play."

 

"It's called Speak to Who You Were, I brought a picture to show you.

Hello ninth grade girl, it took so long to know you

Why did close mean suffer? Why did beauty mean get back?

You painted in colors but all they saw was black."

 

"Hello ninth grade guy with your dimestore guitar

I bet that you're surprised that you even got this far.

Why did family mean alone? Why did close mean sad?

You found a million homes except the one you never had."

 

The tapedeck looks fine, I'll just touch these wires here,

Come and sit close by, so all three of us can hear,

It's the song that they heard, I always loved this line:

ëA happy dog and girl, and the universe is fine.'"

 

Is this a Cadillac? Let's get it up to speed,

Your warm hand on my back is all that I need

Let's drive it round the world, we can make it back in time

A happy dog and girl, and the universe is mine.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C We find a rusty G wreck F deep in the G forest

C My dog nuzzles your G neck, F eager and G curious

That F must have been some G ride for that C boy and girl that F day

You F say "let's climb G inside, there's a F game we can C play."

 

 

 

Ticket Out

She's the one at the bar with white tights and shoes.

She says she likes the band, especially you.

But don't bother with your usual how-do-you-do's.

She's going to help me do what I have to do.

I just couldn't resist dropping in to see the hometown crowd.

I should have guessed she likes her music loud.

Hey, I'm a little pressed, can you help me out?

I need a ticket out.

 

On my first day at the university,

I was sent to the professor of history.

He said "My manuscript--can you find it for me?

"It's called ëWhen I said freedom I meant freedom for me.'

"It'll be a success without a doubt.

"I'll be very distressed it if doesn't sell out."

He emptied his glass and lay down on his couch.

I let myself out.

 

I moved into the infirmary

Next to an instructor in divinity

She said, "Read to me Napoleon's biography,

"And I'll teach you some comparative fidelity."

But I couldn't get the padlock off of her blouse.

She said "Just undress, and break it with your mouth."

I heard the nurse suggest, "Let's get the hell out.

"You're not that devout."

 

We ran into the hall of public policy

And waved to the crowd from the gallery

I shouted, "It's your manifest destiny."

They started to cheer most vociferously.

I blew them a kiss and took a bow.

The instructor ran in and cried, "He won't put out!"

I said "A terrorist, without a doubt."

They dragged her out

 

At Saigon Prep, the Professor decreed:

"Line up for your diplomas in security.

"I've stacked them all up on the balcony.

"Fifty eight thousand seven hundred and three."

"Dear Honored Guest: Please don't talk so loud.

"You may have guessed why they can't come out.

"But they passed your test without a doubt

"On the way out."

 

Chords:

(A Harmonica)

She's the E one at the bar with white tights and shoes.

She says she likes the band, especially you.

But don't bother with your usual how-do-you-do's.

She's going to help me do what I have to do.

I just A couldn't resist dropping in to see the hometown E crowd.

B I should have guessed she likes her music loud.

Hey, I'm a A little pressed, can you help me E out?

I need a ticket out.

 

 

 

Twice a Day-to his Brother Doug

I never did pay you back for taking all my hard-earned pay,

For wrapping your binoculars around my neck, for chasing all my friends away,

For handing out matches at my birthday part, puttin' gunpowder on my shoes,

For saying, "Doug, you know you're bound to win because you just don't know how to lose."

 

I still remember that Saturday morning when your dolls came filing in.

Venus ran in with her dress on fire, begging you to take her in.

She said "My whole world is inside out, and the sky is beginning to crack."

Your ran out the door, and until today I never even knew you were back.

 

Yes, I used to be angry and hungry, I used to try to hypnotize myself.

I dreamed about geometry, I thought history protected my health.

But then I found an American Dream with more than one picture to play.

But don't feel so bad: you know a broken clock is still right twice a day.

 

Chords:

(F Harmonica)

C F G

 

 

Two Girls

Two girls stand beside you at a wet November grave,

Looking down, looking down.

If it hurts too much inside you to remember how to pray,

Then look around, look around.

 

See the last frightened smile on the face of your father

And the woman there who made you want to crawl.

See the last frightened child who tried to save her mother.

See them all, see them all.

 

Your guard stops me here at the cemetery gate,

And makes me wait behind the hearse.

To him it might appear that you're bending there to pray,

But I brace for something worse.

 

Will you curse the frightened smile on the face of your father?

And the woman there who made you want to crawl?

Will you curse the frightened child who tried to save her mother?

Curse them all, curse them all?

 

If the tears of this world, pretending to be rain,

Can wash away its fallen blood,

Then the tears of these girls can wash away your pain,

And bury it in this mud

 

See the last frightened smile on the face of your father,

And the woman there who made you want to crawl.

See the last frightened child who tried to save her mother.

See them all, see them all.

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

Am Dm Two girls stand beside you at a Am wet November grave,

Lookin E down, looking down. E7

If it Dm hurts too much inside you to Am remember how to pray,

Then look E around, look around.

 

See the F last frightened smile on the C face of your father

And the E woman there who made you want to Am crawl.

See the F last frightened child who C tried to save her mother.

See them E all, see them E7 all.

 

 

 

Two Wishes Left

(with thanks to Hank Cochran, Glenn Martin and Janie Fricke)


Well, here I am: You got two wishes left.

Just make it fast, I got a camel to catch.

I know you're not as rude as you might appear

But do all your bad moods last for eighteen years?

If you're ever a bride, stay away from the groom

Because you could start a fight in an empty room.

 

I don't want your body if your heart's not in it,

If you gave me your bottle, I sure wouldn't spin it.

The future just ain't what it used to be.

When your phone don't ring, you'll know it's me.

If you ever find yourself, you're in for a shock.

Now put my lamp back underneath that rock.

 



Who is that Boy?

Who is that boy opening the car door?

Who is this man watching him go?

He looks back one time and waves to his father.

Did you say this happened long ago?

 

He sees an angel through a door inside a bed of glass,

And smashes in to try to set her free.

He sees her slipping through the floor into her father's grasp.

Did you say this happened to me?

 

Who is that bride with a train of white flowers?

Who is that man dragging her away?

Why won't she fight as he locks her in the tower?

Wasn't this to be her wedding day?

 

He drives to the mountain and plays before a crowd

And wonders if they came alone like him.

His words are forgotten before they reach the clouds.

He wonders if he'll disappear like them.

 

Who is this man in the rear view mirror?

Is he still waiting for the magic to begin?

Why does he watch as the boy disappears?

Why can't he go along with him?

 

Did I hear a voice just now whisper from the past?

Did you say "I love you anyhow?"

Did I see a face just now? Is it you at last?

Did you say, "We'll make it somehow."?

 

Chords:

(G Harmonica)

G Who is that D boy C opening the G car D door?

G Who is this D man C watching him D go?

He G looks back one D time and C waves to his G D father.

G Did you say this D happened long C ago?

 

He Em sees an D angel through a door C inside a bed of G glass,

And Em smashes in to D try to set her C free.

He Em sees her slipping D through the floor C into her father's G grasp.

Em Did you say this D happened to C me?

 

 

 

Your Hands

Your hands remember mine,

how mine held them long ago,

in the graduation line,

before our final show.

 

What do our fingers say?

I think I can hear|

Why did you go away?

Why did you disappear?

 

Are you really in my car

in this evening April sun?

If I see who you are

Will you see what I've become?

 

This warm windshield sun

gives our hands an orange light.

Yours say what you have done.

Mine how hard I tried.

 

Look here in the Post

that came with you today:

An insurgent five year old

neutralized at play

 

What would her fingers say

if we could hold them here?:

Why did I go away?

Why did I disappear?

 

Chords:

(C Harmonica)

C Your hands remember G mine,

how mine Gm held them long F ago,

in the Fm graduation C line,

Dm before our final G show.

 

C What do our fingers G say?

I Gm think I can F hear|

Why Fm did you go C away?

Why Dm did you G disappear?

 

Are you F really in my C car

in this Am evening April C sun?

If F I see who you C are

Will you Dm see who I've G become?

 

 

 

Your Last Card

You shuffled your stack of dreams

And sat down at my side.

They started the limousine.

We played into the night.

 

Chorus:

I played my last card at the runway

When I said, "I'll see you soon."

When I saw you smile and fly in to the sky,

I knew you'd played your last card too.

 

You played your queen of gold

On my ivory jack.

I said "I think I'll hold."

You folded into the pack.

 

Chords:

You Dm shuffled your Eb stack of Dm dreams

And Eb sat down at my Dm side.

They Dm started the Eb limousine. Dm

Eb We played into the Dm night.

 

I Am played my last card at the Gm runway

When I Dm said, "I'll see you Am soon."

When I Gm saw you smile and fly Am in to the sky,

I Gm knew you'd played your last card Dm too.

 

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