Jolie Holland Discography

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Discography:
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Catalpa (2003)
Escondida (2004)
Springtime Can Kill You (2006)
The Living and the Dead (2008)
Pint of Blood (2011)
Wine Dark Sea (2014)
Wildflower Blues (w/Samantha Parton, 2017)

Track Listings:
(all songs by Jolie Holland unless otherwise noted)
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Catalpa
 Alley Flowers
 All the Morning Birds
 Roll My Blues (Mike Good)
 Black Hand Blues (Hattie Hudson)
 December, 1999
 I Wanna Die
 Demon Lover Improv
 Catalpa Waltz
 The Littlest Birds (Holland, Samantha Parton, Syd Barrett)
 Wandering Angus (words: W.B. Yeats, music: Brian Miller)
 Periphery Waltz
 Ghost Waltz

Escondida
 Sascha
 Black Stars
 Old Fashioned Morphine
 Amen
 Mad Tom of Bedlam (traditional)
 Poor Girl's Blues
 Goodbye California
 Do You?
 Darlin Ukelele
 Damn Shame
 Tiny Idyll/Lil Missy
 Faded Coat of Blue (traditional)

Springtime Can Kill You
 Crush In The Ghetto (Holland, Brian Miller)
 Mehitibell's Blues
 Springtime Can Kill You (Holland, Brian Miller)
 Crazy Dreams
 You're Not Satisfied (adaptation of Riley Pucket's Though You're Not
  Satisfied)
 Stubborn Beast
 Don't Tell 'Em
 Moonshiner
 Ghostly Girl
 Nothing To Do But Dream
 Adieu False Heart (traditional)
 Mexican Blue

The Living and the Dead
 Mexico City
 Corrido Por Buddy
 Palmyra
 You Painted Yourself In
 Fox In Its Hole
 Your Big Hands
 Sweet Loving Man
 Love Henry (traditional)
 The Future
 Enjoy Yourself (Herbert Magidson, Carl Sigman)

Pint of Blood (Jolie Holland and the Grand Chandeliers)
 All Those Girls
 Remember
 Tender Mirror
 Gold and Yellow
 June
 Wreckage
 Little Birds
 The Devil's Sake
 Honey Girl
 Rex's Blues (Townes Van Zandt)

Wine Dark Sea
 On and On
 First Sign of Spring
 Dark Days
 Route 30
 I Thought It Was the Moon
 The Love You Save (Joe Tex)
 All the Love
 Saint Dymphna
 Palm Wine Drunkard
 Out on the Wine Dark Sea
 Waiting for the Sun

Wildflower Blues
 You Are Not Needed Now (Townes Van Zandt)
 Wildflower Blues
 Make It Up To Me
 Little Black Bear (Blue Rooms version)
 Jocko's Lament (Michael Hurley)
 The Last
 Minstrel Boy (Bob Dylan, with new verses by Jolie)
 Biding My Time
 Johnny Said To May
 Gooseberry Rag

Lyrics:
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(Album titles preceded by ##, Song titles by --)

##
Catalpa

--
Alley Flowers

Some people say you got a psychedelic presence
Shinin in the park with a bioluminescense
Down these city streets I see you comin'
From afar and I know

In this world ain't nobody's
Got the shine like you
Got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine
In this world

Nobody sings like Mary Sue Bell
Nobody prays like Willie MacTell
Nobody walks a mile in my stolen shoes like I do

In this world ain't nobody's
Got the shine like you
Got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine
In this world

I still miss my lonesome lover
And I cain't find no single other
To take his empty place in my heart of hearts
I told him

In this world ain't nobody's
Got the shine like you
Got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine
In this world

The ghost of Shakespeare's on the street
Corderoy hat layin at his feet
Howlin in the harp these dirty city blues fallin hard

In this world ain't nobody's
Got the shine like you
Got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine
In this world

Zora Neale Hurston told her story
And they kicked her out of new york city
Just like jesus christ in gallilee like I said

In this world ain't nobody's
Got the shine like you
Got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine
In this world

Some people say I got a psychadelic presence
Shinin' in the park with a bioluminescense
Down these city streets I see you comin'
From afar, and I know
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine in this world
Ain't nobody's got the shine
Like you got to shine in this world.

--
All the Morning Birds

By three a.m. all the morning birds will be crying
And that old highway will be sighing
And my dreams feel as cold as my bones on the long walk home.

And my coat is old and growin thin
And my feet are numb and stumbling
And it's many the thought of a long lost friend
That comes to me again and again.

And I want to thank my Sarah Bell
Who blessed me more than words can tell and who
Picked me straight up out of hell
And I miss her real bad but I love her well.

And I remember Don Clancy as a wild young man
But I haven't seen hide nor hair of him since he lost his mind
And was born again off the coast of Oregon.

Oh where are you now, oh where are you now
And do you even think of me
I'm telling you now
You are the stars that I'll follow
Endlessly, endlessly, endlessly, oh

Well, I'm singin' this song but it won't take long.
On these frozen streets I'm half way home
And the sky above me forms a beautiful dome
Of blue and pink and starry gold.

Oh where are you now, oh where are you now
And do you even think of me
I'm telling you now
You are the stars that I'll follow
Endlessly, endlessly, endlessly, oh

--
Roll My Blues

I've been knocked out
Drugged and loaded
River's roarin' on before me
And I look down at my reflection
Where its headed, no direction

River
Won't you roll my blues away

All my life I've been alone
And never have I had a home until you came
But now love's gone bad
Its kind of sad
But I guess that I'm to blame
'Cause I'm just untamed

Oh I can see that I have fallen
From your grace which was my calling
West wind is blowin' hard against me
Flat out road is all that I see

Highway
Won't you roll my blues away

All my life I've been alone
And never have I had a home until you came
But now love's gone bad
It's kind of sad
But I guess that I'm to blame
'Cause I'm just untamed

Oh never have I longed so dearly
My mind sees you oh so clearly
Freight train is coming fast and strong
Steady rollin' on and on

Freight train
Won't you roll my blues away

All my life I've been alone
And never have I had a home until you came
But now love's gone bad
It's kind of sad
But I guess that I'm to blame
'Cause I'm just untamed

Oh I can see that I have fallen
From your grace which was my calling
West wind is blowin' hard against me
Flat out road is all that I see

Highway
Won't you roll my blues away

--
Black Hand Blues

Just take your black hand down
Just take your black hand down

Well this man is won all the money, good Lord
Take your black hand down

A rooster crowed in Germany
They heard him 'way in France
He said the flappers are doin' all the moochin, good Lord
Won't give the women no chance

A new pebble on your beach
A new pebble on your beach
A new pebble on your beach
But I cross my heart, I raise my hand, good Lord
I make no fool decree

You know the time ain't long
You know the time ain't long
You know the time ain't long
And if you don't believe I'm really leavin' you
Watch the train I'm on

Just take your black hand down
Just take your black hand down
Just take your black hand down
Well this man is won all the money, good Lord
Take your black hand down

Please don't three on me
Please don't three on me
If you just can seven or eleven, good Lord
Little bones please don't three
Little bones please don't three

--
December, 1999

I'll see you in the Springtime
After the battle is won
I know I'm crossin over
As far as we have come
And I want your hand in mine, dear
As we face that shining dawn
Eyes open
I'm hoping
You'll be there with me
So gently
I want your hand in mine
I want you by my side
In the midst
Of our great victory

The storm clouds had all gathered
We drew our forces nigh
And entered into battle
Though it clamoured to the sky
And we faced that fateful lightning
With saints on our side
Eyes open I'll follow that lonesome road
To the top of the mountain
Where the fire is blazing
And the heat is astounding
What's even more amazing
Is to see you by my side

--
I Wanna Die

I wanna die
I wanna die
Down south Louisiana
And the gray evening sky

I wanna die
I don't care how
I'm getting out
Down south Louisiana
And the lonesome highway sound

Well there's a cajun lady
Down in New Orleans
There's a cajun lady
And I saw her in my dream

Well if I'd held her in my arms, girls
Oh and if I'd held her in my arms
Our friendly love
Might have kept my heart from harm
But I'm out here on this road, girls
And I'm out here on the road
And I'm just a poor girl
And I ain't got a home

And I wanna die
I don't care how
I'm getting out
Down south Louisiana
And the lonesome highway sound

Oh I ain't got a home, girls
And I ain't got a home
And it's through this world I ramble
And it's through this world I roam

Well, as through this world I ramble
And as through this world I roam
I'm just a poor girl
And I ain't got a home

And I wanna die
I wanna die
Down south Louisiana
And the gray evening sky

Well I wanna die
I don't care how
I'm getting out
Down south Louisiana
And the lonesome highway sound

--
Demon Lover Improv

They hadn't been gone
But about two weeks
I swear it was not three
When she espied his cloven hoof
And wept most bitterly
They hadn't been gone
But about three weeks
I swear it was not four
When she espied his cloven hoof
And knew she'd never go home no more.

--
Catalpa Waltz

I waltzed this whole town
Through every nook and corner
And cranny and bar

I know you're out there somewhere
Wherever you are

Maybe the sun will rise
I saw it go down
And scattered its golden light
Across the ground
I held you in the alley
My hand on your waist
And your eyes were like diamonds
With the light on your face
Your gentle soul was open to me
And I am so in love
With who you be
With who you be

I always will love
To waltz across this city with you
From the rising of the moon
To the falling of the dew
There's a young catalpa tree
Out behind the record store
I'll always remember
The way you looked at me
Your light was so pure
I could hear the door of our fate creaking ajar
I could hear the key in the hand of God
Turning inside the lock

--
The Littlest Birds

(Sammy Parton/Jolie Holland/Syd Barrett)

Well, I feel like an old hobo
I'm sad, lonesome and blue
I was fair as a summer's day
Now the summer days are through
You pass through places
And places pass through you
But you carry them with you
On the soles of your travelling shoes

Well, I love you so dearly
I love you so clearly
I wake you up in the morning
So early just to tell you
I got the wandering blues
I got the wandering blues
And I'm going to quit
These rambling ways one of these
Days soon

And I sing
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
And the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs

Well it's times like these I feel so small
And wild like the rambling footsteps
Of a wandering child
And I'm lonesome as a lonesome whippoorwill
Singing these blues with a warble and a trill
But I'm not too blue to fly
No I'm not too blue to fly

'Cause the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
And the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs

But I love you so dearly
I love you so fearlessly
I wake you up in the morning so early
Just to tell you
I've got the wandering blues
I've got the wandering blues
And I don't want to leave you
I love you through and through

Well I left my baby on a pretty blue train
And I sang my songs to the cold and the rain
And I had the wandering blues
And I sang those wandering blues
And I'm gonna quit these rambling ways one of these
Days soon

And I sing
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
And the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs

Well I don't care if the sun don't shine
And I don't care if nothing is mine
And I don't care if I'm nervous with you
I'll do my loving in the wintertime.

--
Wandering Angus

( Words by W.B. Yeats, Music by Brian Miller )

I went out to the hazelwood
Because a fire was in my head
I cut and peeled a hazel wand
And hooked a berry to a thread

And when white moths were on the wing
And moth-like stars were flickering out
I dropped a berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout

When I had laid it on the floor
And went to blow the fire aflame
And something rustled on the floor
And something called me by my name
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossoms in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And vanished in the brightening air

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hand

And walk through long green dappled grass
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon
And the golden apples of the sun

--
Periphery Waltz

When the supreme authorities of our culture
Tell us to get down on our knees
And beg for salvation from some divinity
Is it any wonder there are people
Begging on the street for salvation from poverty

Well, it's no surprise to me
It's no surprise to me

I left my home in the church
I left my home in the suburbs to wander
Now I did it all for my dreams
And the star that I followed fell from the periphery
And the street lights
Slipping down my windshield fell like falling stars

Down a dark country road
I first left my home when I was seventeen
And I paid my respects to my fellow rejects
But I tended to wander alone
Like I was listening to the words of a song
Whispered soft and low

Well it's kind of like dancing
It's kind of like losing your mind
And I've often considered
The impractibility of my life
And the moon behind the clouds is ill-defined

Well I got lost so many times
But I could not be consigned
To a fate of obsolescence and decline
So I'll take the chance again
And the Mockingbird is my friend
When he sings a song in the warm midnight wind
So I'll follow my old tune
And I'll wish you good morning

--
Ghost Waltz

Broken by the silence
That echoed in my heart
I couldn't help waving
When the waves rushed my way
And the world tilted over
I saw in my dreams
Things aren't the way
I hoped they would be

You are so kind to be civilized
Don't think that I haven't noticed
'Cause I've been too sad to think
And too sick to care
But someday I'll meet you in the cold midnight air

I've been a ghost in houses I've loved
I've been a stranger to heaven above
But as for the world below
This is the one I know
My poor beloved home.

You are so kind to be civilized
Don't think that I haven't noticed
I've been too sad to think
And too sick to care
But someday I'll meet you in the cold midnight air

I've been a ghost in houses I've loved
I've been a stranger to heaven above
But as for the world below
This is the one I know
My poor beloved home.

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Escondida

--
Sascha

Tonight, my heart is full of a sad song
My lonesome lover has taken off
I'm wandering around on a cloud
Empty-hearted and down and out

It's been a week, I think, since he rolled into town
And it's been years that I've heard these stories about
This fellah he's so brave and so alive
Turning this world around from the out to the inside

Well, our courtship was brief and magnetic
I was singing at the corner bar
And we both felt so romantic
We took a walk with the moon
Down to the train yard

Well, it was too much for me
My gypsy heart was inflamed
Put me at the head of your list
And don't forget to call my name
Well, I fell in love with a boy
Who has a real live romance with a train

Oh, my beautiful lover and friend
This is exactly what I wanted
And now I'm feeling so haunted
And I can't get you out of my mind

I can't forget him as he's rolling away
And it's all I can do is just to stay here
Is just to stay

--
Black Stars

I saw you tonight by the light
Of the shining black stars that circle my heart
I saw you come in, though it was dim
I have been listening from the beginning

When you arrived
It was as if we had both died
And gone somewhere else
You and myself
That otherworldly feeling
Came over me stealing

My mind was reeling
Blood bleeding
Red like my guitar
Whoever you are
Cold in the night
I think you're right
To whisper and listen
Like flowers glisten
In a quiet garden
The moon is wizened and it is old
As a toad in a Chinese story

The fallen glory of my ego
Is laid at the feet of all our purposes
And my purpose is to keep on dreaming
I am fishing for wishes that's where you come in
Though it was dim when you arrived
It was as if we had both died
And gone somewhere else
You and myself

--
Old Fashioned Morphine

Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
It's good enough for me

What was good enough for my grandpa
It was good enough for my grandpa
It was good enough for my grandpa
It's good enough for me

Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Because the world is almost done

Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
It's good enough for me

It was good enough for Billy Burroughs
It was good enough for Billy Burroughs
It was good enough for Billy Burroughs
It's good enough for me

Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Because the world is almost done

Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
Gimme that old fashion morphine
It's good enough for me

It was good enough for Isabelle Eberhardt
It was good enough for Isabelle Eberhardt
It was good enough for Isabelle Eberhardt
It's good enough for me

Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Sister don't get worried
Because the world is almost done

--
Amen

Amen
There's a ring around the moon
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
There's a road
Drifting through the mountains
I'm gonna fly down that road
Until I get to where I'm going

Amen
There's a ring around the moon
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
There's a light
Inside my chest
That switched on
When we first met
And it will
Not let me rest

Amen
There's a ring around the moon
I'm gonna fly all night
Down to see you
I'm gonna fly all night
Down to see you
And the silvery moon so fine
And the air
Tastes like wine
And the road
Slips and slides

Amen
There's a ring around the moon
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
I'm going to fly all night
Down to see you
There's a road
Slipping through the mountains
I'm gonna fly
'Til I am there
I'll put a kiss
Behind your ear

Amen
There's a ring around the moon
I'm gonna fly all night
Down to see you
I'm gonna fly all night
Down to see you
There's a road
Drifting through the mountains
I'm gonna fly down that road
Until I get go where I'm going

Amen

--
Mad Tom of Bedlam

For to see Mad Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand miles I've travelled
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes
For to save her shoes from gravel

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

I went down to Satan's Kitchen
For to get me food one morning
And there I got souls piping hot
All on the spit a-turning

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

The spirits white as lightening
Did on my travels guide me
The sun did shake and the moon would quake
Whenever they espied me

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

My staff has murdered giants
And my bag a long knife carries
For the mince pies from children's thighs,
And feed them to the faeries

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

Tonight I'll gonna murdering
The man in the moon to a powder
His staff I'll break and his dog I'll shake
And there'll howl no demon louder

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

To see Mad Tom of Bedlam,
Ten thousand miles I've travelled.
Mad Maudlin goes on dirty toes,
For to save her shoes from gravel

Still I sing bonney boys, Bonney mad boys
Bedlam boys are bonney
For they all go bare, and they live by the air
And they want no drink nor money

--
Poor Girl's Blues

Oh maybe I'm a poor girl
But it doesn't bother me at all
Maybe I'm a poor girl
But it doesn't bother me at all
When this world comes crashing down
I know that I'll be standing tall

I used to be an angel
Now I'm just like everybody else
I used to be an angel
Now I'm just like everybody else
I left my wings in the gutter
And my halo is lost
Dusty on a shelf

I know a rambling girl
She's driving me crazy and wild
I know a rambling girl
She's driving me crazy and wild
Wild wild wild
I'd have Austin as my footstool
And the world as my throne
If only she were by my side again

I got a couple of foodstamps
And a caffeine buzz
I got a couple of foodstamps
And a caffeine buzz
So I'd be set for right now, darling
If I only knew
Just where she was

I'd tell her to hold tight honey
Don't you lose your spirit to the wind
I'd tell her to hold tight honey
Don't you lose your spirit to the wind
I know you and I know you'll be a long time rambling
Before you see your rest again

Oh maybe I'm a poor girl
But I don't worry about it none
Maybe I'm a poor girl
But I don't worry about it none
When this world comes crashing down
I know that I'll be standing in the sun
I'll be standing in the sun

--
Goodbye California

I'm pre-meditating crime of a personal kind
I'm about to go out of my mind
I'm just about sick to death of taking breath
And walking this line of mine
Now, folks that know what's good for them
Are good at ignoring them
But I just can't put these thoughts down
I'm harrowed and abused
And broken and pursued
By this notion that follows me around

My heart is hurting
My spirit's burdened
I feel like a liar and a thief
For taking air
For being here
Unwanted
I look for my final release

Goodbye, goodbye, California
Goodbye and I'll be moving on
I sang you my songs
I know I'm wrong
Fare thee well
And I'll be moving on

When I'm dead and gone
My immortal home
Will hold me in its bosom
Safe and cold
No more desires
Will light their fires
Or disturb my immaculate calm
And the birds of the air
And the beasts of the soil
And the fishes of the desperate seas
Will know who I am
And our substance will expand
As part of everything

As part of everything, my God
As part of everything
And the clouds will roll
And the wind will blow
And the beautiful birds will sing

Goodbye, goodbye, California
Goodbye to your waving trees
To your succulent wind
And all my friends
Fare thee well
Goodbye
So be it
Amen
Amen

--
Do You?

Do you have to go crazy?
Is that the best thing that you can think to do?
I know I'm lost without a place to go crazy.
I know there's a sunrise on the other side
To pull me through.
What did you do when I called?
Did you hear me at all?
It's a long night that seems to have no end.
There's big stars falling down, down, and twinkling as they fall.
Do you have to go crazy?
Is that the best thing that you can think to do?
I know I'm lost without a place to go crazy.
I know there's a sunrise on the other side
To pull me through.
What did you do when I called?
Did you hear me at all?
You Motherfucker
I wanted you.

--
Darlin Ukelele

Darlin Ukelele
That I've been dreaming of
Darlin Ukelele
That I love

When I'm in San Francisco
I'm dreaming all the time
Deep in the park
Where the constellations shine

Darlin Ukelele
That I been dreaming of
Darlin Ukelele
That I love

Dreaming by the ocean
Walking by the sea
Talking to a starfish
And the mermaids sing to me

--
Damn Shame

I hid out on the front porch
I laid up in my mind
I looked for me a love
The best one I could find
He got himself a ticket
On an international flight

Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame
Is what it is
Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame

The smell of burnt exhaust
Drifts into the bar
It's midnight in California
It's high noon where you are
Motorcycles and booze
Dirty old perfume

Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame
Is what it is
Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame

I tried to go to sleep
In my haunted little room
The shadows are churning
In the passage of the moon
It'd break my heart to tell you
I couldn't come so soon

Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame
Is what it is
Oh, it's nothing
But a goddamn shame

Tell me one more time
Why you went away
It makes a little sense
In the light of day
When evening comes around
All my senses fly away

It's nothing
But a goddamn shame
Is what it is
Oh it's nothing
But a goddamn shame

--
Tiny Idyll/Lil Missy

Hey little Missy
Don't think we won't miss you
When you go out on the road
When you go out on the road
I know half of the story
Has never been told

Well, I heard you're going up in California
Oh don't you think we won't be praying for you
Oh don't you think we won't be praying for you
Oh we can't do nothing but adore you

Hey little Missy
Don't think we won't miss you
When you go out on the road
When you go out on the road
I know half of the story
Has never been told

--
Faded Coat of Blue

My brave lad sleeps in his faded coat of blue
In a lonely silent grave lies the heart that beat so true
He sank faint and hungry among the famish'd brave
And they laid him sad and lonely within his nameless grave

He cried, ";Give me water and just a little crumb
And my mother she will bless you in all the years to come
Oh! tell my sweet sister, so gentle, good and true
That I'll meet her up in heaven, in my faded coat of blue."

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest, noble spirit in thy grave unknown
I'll find you and know you among the good and true
When a robe of white is given for the faded coat of blue

Long, long years have vanished, and though he comes no more
Yet my heart will startling beat with each footfall at my door
I gaze over the hill where he waved a last adieu
But no gallant lad I see, in his faded coat of blue

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Rest, noble spirit in thy grave unknown
I'll find you and know you among the good and true
When a robe of white is given for the faded coat of blue

##
Springtime Can Kill You

--
Crush In The Ghetto

I'm floating with the birds
I'm talking to the weeds
Look what you've done to me

I'm still dressed up from the night before
Silken hose and an old Parisian coat
And I feel like a queen at the bus stop on the street
Look what you've done to me

It's a beautiful morning in the ghetto
Finer than the day before
The ants are crawling over my pants as if to say
They know where the honey is

There's really old roses blooming in the ghetto
Birds of paradise are taller than me
The weeds grow high, the birds flicker by
Children are walking to school

In the midst of all of this profusion
The bus pulls up to take me back home
The bus driver looks like an African prince
The babies have tears in their eyes

And I feel like a queen
On this sunny city bus
Look what you've done to me

--
Mehitibell's Blues

Feeling my blues
I tear myself away
He will never have to hear
What I had to say
My little words
Are lost in the wind
With no where to go
And I am just like them

There's a voice in the alley
In the cold bare arms of a tree
When the moon sails high, a ghost ship
In a dark and lonely sea
Mockingbird, your song burns right through me

Like that little mockingbird
High up in the pine
All I do is worry, all I do is cry
We're lost in the shadows of a beautiful spring
Empty-handed lovers, all we do is sing

--
Springtime Can Kill You

Go down the backroads
Don't take it too slow
You don't have the time for a long flirtation
You don't have the time for the least hesitation

Roses all are blooming
Lilacs all aglow
Honeysuckle vine shine shine
Oh get out, get out of your house

Springtime, springtime can kill you
Just like it did poor me
Don't you see we're all hurt the same way
So get out, get out of your house

High on the moonshine bodies entwine
Don't you see it's better this way
Don't you see it's better this way

You can't be too shy
You know the reason why
If you don't go get what you need
Something's going to break on the inside

Springtime, springtime can kill you
Just like it did poor me
Don't you see we're all hurt the same way
So get out, get out of your house

--
Crazy Dreams

Crazy dreams been calling me
Steam Whistle, state line
Wind did howl

Crazy dreams been calling me
Got caught in the thistle
Someone stumped on my pride
But I won't throw in the towel
I can't throw in the towel

Crazy dreams been calling me
Got my wooden pistol
I got my lucky dime
And I was born a night owl

These crazy dreams been calling me

--
You're Not Satisfied

No you're not satisfied with me
Still you call me your dearie
Oh you had your way but someday you'll pay
For the heartaches you brought to me

Oh we'll say goodbye forever
And I'll be a rolling stone
Oh sweetheart you know that I love you so
Though you're not satisfied with me

Oh we'll say goodbye forever
And I'll be a rolling stone
Oh sweetheart you know that I love you so
Though you're not satisfied with me

--
Stubborn Beast

My sullen songs have taken me
Far down this darkened road
I have seen the campfires burning
I have heard the drunkards howl

I'm silent in my solitude
I'm quiet as a thief
I have stolen all these hours
I have gotten no relief

My crazy dreams and tragedies have taken me for a ride
But I can see strange glory on the other side
Oh this has been my misery and the source of my pride
But all along I'm thinking I've been taken for a ride

Why don't you take me when I'm willing
Why don't you take me when I'm willing

But like a stubborn beast when the barn is on fire
I might resist you when you try to save my life
I might resist you when you try to save my life
When the flames rise around us and I can't see the door
This is still my home and it has never burned before
This is where I've taken my solace and my peace
The walls are caving in but I am still a stubborn beast

Why don't you take me when I'm willing
Why don't you take me when I'm willing

--
Don't Tell 'Em

The twelfth day of never came faster than ever
For the likes of you and I
I used to adore you but now I implore you
To quietly pass me by

It's unseemly how I hate myself
I don't want anyone to see
Least of all someone like you
Who knows so much about me

Oh please don't tell 'em what you know about me

I can never be beholded to you
Our affairs are our own
Most of all for someone like me
Who is always alone

Oh please don't tell 'em what you know about me

--
Moonshiner

Moonshiner, moonshiner
Pass it here one more time
Moonshiner, moonshiner
Pass it here one more time
You've got that good, hard stuff that always gets me high

You can break that ground and plant that field
Hole up in the backyard and work that still
You know we're gonna miss you around here
You've got that good, hard stuff,that always gets me high

Moonshiner, moonshiner
Why don't you come back home?
Now I got to drink this store-bought stuff and go to bed all alone
Moonshiner, moonshiner
Why don't you come back home to me?
By the time you get back, there's no telling where I'll be

I loved you in summertime, when we kissed goodbye
I loved you in the fall and I missed you all the time
I loved you in the winter, when you were far away
And the springtime almost killed me
With hot blood in my viens

Moonshiner, moonshiner
I know you're comin' back again
Moonshiner, moonshiner
Oh it's probably a sin, 'cause I'm down in the alley with my old drunk
friend
Yes I'm down in the alley, with my old drunk friend

--
Ghostly Girl

Ghostly girl
Too light to stand on the ground
Nothing you do is done
And I can tell
You are not real
Girl, what are you doing here
I don't know why I am here myself
No one else seems to know

Nobody likes a spook
Or so I've deduced
But I have loved some ghosts in my time
But that doesn't mean I want them around
I'd rather be lost than found
I thought I would loose my mind
But through your eyes I see
Past the billboards to the trees
And the flowering weeds
Grow through the cracks of the city
And all these things will go
And all these seeds will grow
And you'll be home in the sky

--
Nothing To Do But Dream

The sun's too bright
And the mountains are too far
And there's nowhere in town
I can get to in my broken car
I've got nowhere to go but to sleep
I would shut my eyes but I've got promises to keep
I can't go crazy and I can't get sane
And I don't want to leave-I'd just have to come back again
I've got nowhere to go but to sleep...
I remember, I remember something about who we were
I remember, I remember something about who we could be
I've had nothing to do for years but dream
I got reckless
And I broke my baby's rule
And I'm sick and restless
With the wandering blues
Cause most of my friends are gone down the line
And I'm sitting in town on the proceeds of my crimes
I've got nowhere to go but to sleep...
I took my sister to the river and I came back alone
And this sickness that's on me is settling in my bones
And my Daddy is suspicious but I know how he does
He won't find out about it till she's safe down in the mud
With nowhere to go but to sleep
I would follower her down but I've got promises to keep
I remember, I remember something about who we were
I remember, I remember something about who we could be
I've had nothing to do for years but dream

--
Adieu False Heart

Adieu false heart, since we must part
May the joy of the world go with you
I've loved you long with a faithful heart
But I never anymore will I believe you

I've seen the time I'd have married you
And been your constant lover
But now I'll freely give you up
For one whose heart's more truer.

My mind is like the constant sun
From the east to the west it ranges
Yours is like unto the moon
It's every month a-changing

When I lay down to take my rest
No scornful morn to wake me
I'll go straight ways unto my grave
Just as fast as time can take me

--
Mexican Blue

You're like a saint's song to me
I'll try to sing it pure and easily
You're like a Mexican blue
So bright and clear and pale in the afternoon
I saw you riding on your bike
In a corduroy jacket in the night
Past the hydrangeas that were blooming in the alley
With a galloping dog by your side
When I was hungry you fed me
I don't mean to suggest that I'm like Jesus Christ
Your light overwhelmed me
When I lay beside you sleepless in the night
And when you dreamed my guardian spirits appeared
And the moon stretched out across your little bed
They said they'd started to get worried about me
They were happy we had finally met
We had finally met

A mysterious bird flies away
Seemed to be calling your name
And bounced off the top of a towering pine
And vanished in the drizzling rain
There's a mockingbird behind my house
Who is a magician of the highest degree
And I swear I heard him rip the world apart
And sew it back again with his fiery melody, melody

When you were mad at me I didn't care
And I just loved you all the same
And I waited for the wind to push the hurricane
Out to sea, and the sun could shine again
Oh I don't mean to give you advice
It's just like Delia said, "oh, Jesus Christ"
Just don't get so high you leave the ground
Everything is so much better when you're around
Just don't float so high you drift away
Stand tall, with your feet on the ground
I love your songs, I love your sound
Everything is so much better when you're around

When the moon is as clear as an opal
And the amethyst river sings a song
I'll remember all your dreams and the mysteries
You have borne in your crystalline soul
That you sing from your golden throat
That you shine from your sparkling eyes
That you feel from the goddess in your thighs

You're like a saint's song to me
I'll try to sing it pure and easily
You're like a Mexican blue
So bright and clear and pale in the afternoon
In the afternoon

##
The Living and the Dead

--
Mexico City

Jack and Edie lying across my bed
Flying high like the spirits of the dead
The living and the dead, the living and the dead

Our Lady of Sorrows and the long dark night
How many candles could I light
For the living and the dead, the living and the dead?

What's that black smoke rising Jack, is the world on fire?
What's that distant singing, is it a heavenly choir?
Of the living and the dead, the living and the dead

I think about you Jack, watching the TV
And drinking booze
Shame on you, shame on me
But how can we help it
There was nowhere else to go
I sent Julie and Billy out on that long hard road
On that long hard road, on that long hard road

I'm just back from Mexico City
I came back north to Texas to rest my weary head
My true love is fresh from the battle field
Sewing up the dying and carting off the dead
My baby don't stand for no fighting
Amongst the living or the dead

What's that black smoke rising Jack, is the world on fire?
What's that distant singing, is it a heavenly choir?
Of the living and the dead, the living and the dead
The living and dead, the living and the dead
The living and dead, the living and the dead

--
Corrido Por Buddy

Oh, listen my dear friends and I'll tell you a story
About someone I barely knew at all
He was a friend of my friends and they told me about him
How he had nothing to break his fall

He had that bad religion in his blood
The kind that brings you down and can never lift you up

He was a beautiful young man on the streets of Austin
He was a ghost faced junkie on the streets of New Orleans
I could barely recognize him when I saw him
He had to look me in the face and say my name before I knew it was him

Oh buddy, I wish I'd been a better friend

What if they only gave you love when you lied?
It's bound to really rip you up inside
Pressures a person into that horrible mouth that leaves a bloody aftermath
Everything minus one is everything

He treated me with what I considered kindness
When I crawled off to sleep in my car he was worried about me
When we paid our respects to the moon on the outskirts of Austin
I'm sorry to say I was too shy to stay in touch with him

Oh buddy, I wish I'd been a better friend

And I wonder what it takes just to save one little life
Icarus almost made it back to the shore
When I was really down, there were three little words
From a couple of good people that kept me holding on

Oh buddy, I'll never get a chance again
Oh buddy, I wish I'd been a better friend
Oh buddy, I'll never get a chance again
Oh buddy, I wish I'd been a better friend

--
Palmyra

Only a few old petals left
On the rose that touched your hand
My little heart is a graveyard
It's a no-man's land

You could tell I didn't care, you kept pushing till I did
Woke up in a pit of despair on your bed
And I wondered how I could do without you
How absurd, how absurd, how absurd

Put my lipstick back on. Looked myself in the eye
I'm headed out in the cold, hard world
And I'm getting very good at saying my goodbyes
My goodbyes, my goodbyes
My goodbyes, my goodbyes

Can you read the inscription?
It seems to once have said
"He better take me with him
When he goes I'm good as dead"

Put some roses on the stones. Look your friends in the eye
If nothing else we've got that old second line
And I'll dance at your funeral if you dance at mine
You dance at mine, you dance at mine
You dance at mine, you dance at mine

They took it all and I don't care
I already said my farewell
Sweet Palmyra and the old Ninth Ward
Had to hit that long, hard road that passes straight through hell
Straight through hell, straight through hell

I wish you well sweet Palmyra
I wish you well sweet Palmyra
I wish you well sweet Palmyra

--
You Painted Yourself In

You paint the floor back up in the corner
And when the floor is shiny and wet
You have no choice but to rise over
The painted trap that you have set

So place your foot up on the air
And climb upon that invisible stair
And when you rise into the wind
Remember that's exactly the place
You painted yourself in
You painted yourself in
You have no choice except but to fly

So fly on invisible wings
Until you reach your secret home
And when you lay your weary head down
Dream a dream of the suffering world
You painted yourself in
You painted yourself in

Invisible light in your lover's heart
Will show the way through the fiery furnace
And what burns up is torn away
And what remains is a beautiful promise
You painted yourself in
You painted yourself in
You have no choice except but to fly

--
Fox In Its Hole

I live just like a fox in its hole
I live just like a fox in its hole
And they'll never know

A fox in the city burrowed under the hive
You bees can buzz around all you want
You'll never know my life

I live oh just like a fox in its hole
And they'll never know

My teeth are just like razors and sharp as the night is long
And honey holds no sway for me, I don't need what they got

I live just like a fox in its hole
I live just like a fox in its hole
And they'll never know

My God owns the ocean, the river belongs to him
And when that honey all dries up, those bees won't know how to swim

And they'll never know
I live just like a fox in its hole
And they'll never know

--
Your Big Hands

Your big hands, your big heart and your pretty mouth
Saying all those sweet things to me
It's plain to see you're as crazy as me
It only seems to set my mind at ease

Oh, I've got a bird of silver, I've got a bird of gold
I've got a bunch of stories I should never told
Oh, I've got the second best, I've got the start
You remind me of what I was shooting for

I wanted to let love come in and save me
Oh, why you wanna break my heart?
I wanted to let love come in and save me
Oh, why you wanna break my heart sweet baby?

Standing there where you left me
Like a stack of bones all the winds cut right through
Standing there where you left me
And the bottom fell out when you cut out,
When you cut out on me.

I wanted to let love come in and save me
Oh, why you wanna break my heart?
Oh, why you wanna break my heart?
Why you wanna break my heart?

I wanted to let love come in and save me
Why you wanna break my heart?
Oh, why you wanna break my heart?
Why you wanna break my heart?

I wanted to let love come in and save me

--
Sweet Loving Man

Sweet loving man you got something to prove
That's alright darling I'm trying too
I'm trying to figure it out and it's the best I can do
Just to keep from flying off into the blue

My mind goes wandering and I keep drifting south
Your velvet tongue on the roof of my mouth
Your kisses break my heart and I hope that stays true
My poor heart is shattered and fixed with crazy glue

Sweet loving man you got something to prove
That's alright darling my money's on you
You gotta figure it out, let me know when you do
That dark horse you're riding has gotta carry me too

--
Love Henry

"Get down, get down, Love Henry.", she cried
"And stay all night with me
I have gold chains, and the finest I have
I'll apply them all to thee."

"I can't get down and I won't get down
And stay all night with you.
There's a pretty little girl in Cornersville
I love far better than you."

She laid his head on a pillow of down
And kisses, gave him three
With a penny knife, she held in her hand
She murdered mortal he

"Get well, get well, Love Henry.", she cried
"Get well, get well.", said she
"Oh, don't you see my own heart's blood
Come flowing down so free."

She took him by his long yellow hair
And also at the knee
She plunged him into well water, where
It runs both cold and deep

"Lie there, lie there, Love Henry.", she cried
"Till the flesh rots off your bones
Some pretty little girl in Cornersville
Will mourn for your return."

"Hush up, hush up, my parrot.", she cried
"Don't tell any tales on me.
These costly beads around my neck
I'll apply them all to thee."

"I won't fly down and I can't fly down
And light on your right knee.
A girl who'd murdered her own true love
Would kill a little bird like me."

"Fly down, fly down, my parrot.", she cried
"And light on my right knee.
The doors to your cage shall be decked with gold
And hung on a willow tree."

"I won't fly down and I can't fly down
And light on your right knee.
A girl who'd murdered her own true love
Would kill a little bird like me."

--
The Future

Everything around here makes me sad
Everything is part of the dreams that we had
That will never be the way we wanted them to be
When we dreamed these dreams that we had

We wanted them to be the future
That is now is not how we dreamed of the future
With a house and a love that I would ride into the future
With my arms around you tight

My love in your heart, my lust on your shoulder
Is like a beautiful (incomprehensible)
Flashing gallant as a stallion on parade through the city

A beautiful dream, a bohemian love song
That would only sound more gallant as the years would perfect it
But I can see in my heart which is beating in the present here and now
I can see that this is only a dream

Come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me

Everything around here is so beautiful
Everything is part of the dreams we will paint
That will never look the way we thought that they would look
When we began to step into the future

From the place that we are standing
It don't look too good right now
But I know you're a wonderful painter
You're a master with your colors

And as mine get fainter and your pallet
There will always be an afterglow of a beautiful dream
That will never be the way we dreamed it to be

But hey, come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me
Hey, come on and wake up with me from our beautiful dream

--
Enjoy Yourself

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

##
Pint of Blood

--
All Those Girls

I can't believe you're treating me like all those girls
All those sweet girls go home to cry and wonder why
All those sweet girls

The rain is coming down and petals on the ground
like fallen snow -- You turn to go and I walk away
And I hear you say

I can't believe you're treating me like all those men
all those fine men that took you in
into their hearts, with open arms

I looked up and wished that I could disappear
into the sky or else to dive into the core
of this burning world

I can't believe you're treating me like all those girls
All those sweet girls go home to cry
and wonder why.... all those sweet girls

--
Remember

It brings a smile to my lips
when I think of your fist
Narrowing in on and cracking his ribs
It brings a smile to my lips

Can I stay here till dawn?
I don't know how to get home
My phone is broken and my
friends are gone
Can I stay here till dawn

Mocking birds sing at the moon
and the stars fall from the sky
If you don't catch me when I fall for you
I'm gonna have to remember how to fly

Can I stay here all night?
Just until it gets light?
My heart is heavy and the stakes are high
Can I stay here all night?

Mocking birds sing at the moon
and the stars fall from the sky
If you don't catch me when I fall for you
I'm gonna have to remember how to fly

All it takes is a little lift
and the feathers in your arms
Take a little jump at the top
of your jump and fly away
and fly away from, fly away from HARM

I've been betrayed and I'm not afraid
To call a spade a spade
It's gonna hurt like hell
When he rips the bandage away
And I stay away, oh....

Mocking birds sing at the moon
and the stars fall from the sky
If you don't catch me when I fall for you
I'm gonna have to remember how to fly....

--
Tender Mirror

What I got, they ain't got
I got something, I got a lot
What I lost on a broken sphere
I'll find in a tender mirror
In the love from the heart

What he's got he's got it to spare
They can't hold a candle there
They're lost without a spark

What she's got she's got it in spades
Cast adrift on the rolling waves
Rocking out on the stormy sea
Her spirit comes to me
In the love from the heart

I'm not in love with a stranger anymore
I slipped out of the spell, you can go to hell
If that's what you're headed for
Unintelligible cries of an animal in the night
Mean more to my ear than the noise I hear
You trying to get it right
That's fine -- you know -- I'm so happy that you're gone
All the bells ring out we can sing and shout
And drink and carry on
In the love from the heart....

--
Gold and Yellow

Gold and yellow Mermaid of the southern sea
Open up your honeyed lips and speak Spanish to me
Mi hormiga y mi tia y mis primas argentinas
Your dress is wet from the grass
And you give the bottle a pass
Oh ashes to ashes and gold to gold
The night is over before I'm tired and we grow cold

Motorcycle jacket and a pair of boots
From back when all the cowboys of Brooklyn had the blues
When I look into your eyes I can tell that you've been crying
I'm gonna give the drummer his due
After I've had a few
Oh sweet baby Jesus, come and hold my hand
I know you told me, I tried so hard to understand

Drive all night and listen to the gamelan
And one thousand bells are ringing as we make it to the dawn
All a tremble and a shiver as you climb out of the river
And we sing a lullahello to our friends from long ago
Oh satin is satin and gold is gold
I come unravelled -- you come unfastened
And we take hold

--
June

June is so gigantic, I've been walking out
Falling further every time I'm lost and found
I caught the moon coming down the side the hill
High on the reverie and the music of the wind

Butterflies and buzzards in the heavy air
Lightning bugs light up the dusk and disappear

I'm imagining tall mountains out of clouds
And dreaming on your honeysuckle mouth

--
Wreckage

If disappointment was like a drug
I've overdosed again
I can't take the razor sharp edge
off your crooked grin
I lost the war -- I lost it all
and I can't get it back again
I can't set you right when you
go into a spin -- All I can do
is survey the wreckage from here

There you were in silk and fur
So very fine to behold and I was
hanging onto your every word and
hoping for something more
Then you took my fondest wish
and twisted it into a cord
and now here I hang -- strung up
By my hope for something more

You knew that I really loved you
I loved you first
You knew I'd take what you were giving
You could do your worst, your worst

If disappointment was like a drug
I've overdosed again
I can't take the razor sharp edge
off your stupid grin
I lost the war -- I lost it all
and I can't get it back again
I can't set you right
when you go into a spin
all I can do is survey the
WRECKAGE from here

--
Little Birds

(Sammy Parton/Jolie Holland/Syd Barrett)

Oh I feel like an old hobo
I'm sad, lonesome and blue
I was fair as a summer's day
Now the summer days are through
You pass through places
And places pass through you
But you carry them with you
On the soles of your travelling shoes

I love you so dearly, I love you so clearly
I wake you up in the morning
So early just to tell you
I got the wandering blues
I've got the wandering blues
And I'm gonna quit
These rambling ways one of these days

It's times like these I feel so small and wild
Like I could disappear and never be found
And I'm lonesome as a lonesome whippoorwill
Singing these blues with a warble and a trill
But I'm not too blue to fly -- no I'm not too blue to fly

'Cause the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs
The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs....

I love you so dearly, I love you so fearlessly
I wake you up in the morning so early
Just to tell you I've got the wandering blues
I've got the wanderin blues
And I don't want to leave you
I love you through and through

But I left my baby on a pretty blue train
I sing my songs to the cold and the rain
And I have the wandering blues --
I sing those wandering blues
And I'm gonna quit these hard rambling ways
one of these days....

And I sing the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs....

--
The Devil's Sake

I got drunk on an old photograph of you
That I'd taken in my mind -- Only an angel
Sent from up above -- can tell me if you're the devil
or the one I should love -- Where is that angel?
I'm praying with all of my might

Oh, take me into your heart again
With kisses sweeter than lies
Don't tell me the truth -- I can already hear it
In the way you howl in the night
Only your bones can tell my hands
That you're right

I'm trying to be innocent as a dove
But I'm smarter than a nest full of snakes
Oh, Heaven help me, if only for the devil's sake

I got drunk on an old photograph of you
That I'd taken in my mind
Only an angel sent from up above
Can tell me if you're the devil
or the one I should LOVE

--
Honey Girl

Oh honey girl, let's go see the pretty stars
And talk about your magic superpowers
I think I know where the moon is gonna rise
We can walk around the hill and take it by surprise
Honey girl, let's stay awake all night
And give the dreams no single place to hide
Except between our sweet here and now
And that just might keep the blues
From chasing me down
Just might keep from getting the blues....

I grab my smokes and I walk it off
I round up my friends and talk about it all
Oh, honey girl, you know my song
There ain't no sweet honey girl
like you in the whole round world --
I've got three cities stuck in my heart
And a broken arrow shows me the way to go
Through the valley of tears that I must cross
Just to keep the blues from catching up with me
Just to keep from getting the blues....

--
Rex's Blues

Ride the blue wind high and free
She'll lead you down through misery
Leave you low come time to go
Alone and low as low can be

If I had a nickel I would find a game
If I won a dollar I would make it rain
If it rained an ocean I would drink it dry
And lay me down dissatisfied

It's Legs to walk and thoughts to fly
Eyes to LAUGH and lips to cry
A restless tongue to classify
All born to grow and grown to die

So tell my baby I said so long
Tell my mother I did no wrong
Tell my brother to watch his own
And tell my friends to mourn me none

I'm chained upon the face of time
Feeling full of foolish rhyme
There ain't no dark till something shines
I'm bound to leave the dark behind

Ride the blue wind high and free
She'll lead you down through misery
Leave you low, come time to go
Alone and low as low can be

##
Wine Dark Sea (liner notes)

--
On and On

Like a far off storm come rolling up the plains
Like the pull of the tide (with) the full moon again
Like the low and distant rumble getting closer to the falls
I can feel this love coming on and on

Lightning flash Thunder crash
And the night comes down (and the) stars swing around
(When you) take my hand I swoon like I was stoned
I can feel this love coming on and on
I can feel this love coming on

Please be gentle with my heart
Cause I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you

And I know you do me justice
And I know you won't do me harm
And I hope you do me the honor
Of letting me love you so strong
Let me love you on and on
Let me love you like I want

Please be gentle with my heart
Cause I'm in love with you
I'm in love with you

--
First Sign of Spring

Dark Eyed Juncos are deep in the park
We've got a long way to go
Fairy Wren and the Jewel Weed
Are deep in the ground or out across the sea
Sidewalk is frozen. I'm tired of my coat, and the snow drifts in
 again
I keep forgetting to bring my hat, and I'm shivering in the wind
Only two people on the big city block who can't stop slow dancing to a
 silent song
And it looks like you and me are the first sign of spring.
You and me are the first sign.
In a darkened bar, before I ever touched your face,
I made the inevitable profession of love.
But it didn't cross my lips, and it echoed in my skull
When you were back at your place, you said the very same thing when
 you were all alone in the dark.
And it looks like you and me are the first sign of spring.
You and me are the first sign.

--
Dark Days

Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Long shadows reaching out
I lost my sweet lover
Trying not to lose my mind

Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Storm Clouds rolling in
I lost my sweet lover
I just can't keep from crying
And the stars refuse to shine

(And when) every little thing
Reminds me of him
I want to smash it all up
And never start again

Dark Days Coming Down
I lost my sweet lover
Dig a hole in the ground
I lost my sweet lover
Say goodnight to the beautiful light of the
Day

Goodbye, Dear Old Moon
Goodbye to the Sun
Goodbye to the Stars
I will miss you, every single one
For I've been condemned to spend the rest of my days in the darkest
 dungeon.

--
Route 30

(for the love of Billy Strayhorn, Memphis Minnie, and Michael Hurley)

--
I Thought It Was the Moon

I thought it was the moon
But it was not
It was a street light shining out to light your way
Nothing in this world I wouldn't steal for you
White birds flying across the patinaed sky
The bright bronze sky and the dark green sea
Colored cloud
I'm a fearless thief

--
The Love You Save

I've been misled, and I've been afraid
I've been hit in the head and left for dead
I've been abused, and I've been accused
I've been refused a piece of bread
But I ain't Never in my life before
Seen so many love affairs go wrong as I do today
So I want you to Stop-- Find Out What's Wrong
And get it Right, or Just Leave Love Alone
Because the Love that you save today
May very well be your own

I've been pushed around, and I've been lost and found
I've been given til sundown to get out of town
I've been taken outside, and I've been brutalized--
And I alwyas had to be the one to smile and apologize
But I ain't Never in my life before
Seen so many love affairs go wrong as I do today
So I want you to Stop-- Find Out What's Wrong
And get it Right, or Just Leave Love Alone
Because the Love that you save today
May very well be your own

--
All the Love

I'm saving all the love that I ever had for you
I'm saving all my love
I'm not going to lose
I'm not going to lose my love
I'm not going to lose

Rattlesnake inside the box and an old top hat on the stand
Rose silk and the cherry wine if you ever come back here again
I got it for you -- I'm not gonna lose -- I won't lose my love

Blackbird come to say hello, and I busted out into tears
Take it fast or take it slow. You could give it a minute or a year.
I've got it for you -- I'm not gonna lose -- I won't lose my love

I'm saving all the love that I ever had for you
I'm saving all my love
I'm not going to lose
I'm not going to lose my love
I'm not going to lose

--
Saint Dymphna

Back when I was living in the Quarter
You had just moved in with
Trouble's daughter
I was insisting that I loved you better than her
All of the rhymes that I committed,
I left them to lie in the sun for a minute
I couldn't bear to be a sinner in your sweet name

What do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?

Down on the cobblestones where I found you
Way out on Rampart, by Toulouse
Come on upstairs -- I'll tell you my story -- I'll sing you my song.
You know that the cold ground was my bed last night
blanket of clouds, stars for my nightlight
All that I had was a pocketful of prayers and unanswered dreams.

What do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?

I'm calling on Dymphna to heal and protect us
Remember your sisters down in this world below
I been in the trenches and I'm here to tell you
It's a hard row to hoe.
Most of my heroes died in the gutter --
Johnson and Foster, MacTell, and Hurston
I follow them down, and ride with the current that's pulling me home.

What do you mean by that?
Do you mean to break my heart?
Do you mean to break my heart in two?

--
Palm Wine Drunkard

You can drop me off in Limbo on your way to West Hell
I will give your regards to the moon and the stars from the
Bottom of a wishing well

Sounds like you heard all my secrets on that inside track
Aw, I laid it all bare -- I left nothing to spare now I'm
Never gonna take it back

But if you ever need for me to steal something for you,
Just call my name on that inside track
You know my secrets. You got my number.
I crossed my heart. Now I'll never take it back

Just like a Palm Wine Drunkard playing ghost guitar,
I'maw shake you right down and take you right back to the
Place where you already are

Let's get that sweet little girl back on the snakerophone--
Would you crank it up high? Would you shoot out the lights? Would
 you hand me down my Stratotone?

I took it right down to the crossroads -- I held my babe in my arms.
And we danced until dawn to those old creole songs then they
Slipped into Les Barres De La Prison

And then I kissed all my diamonds -- I got my hands on the dice
And I screamed and I raved and I begged and I prayed I could Step into
 that river twice

Now, Baby, Who do you think you're fooling?
Everybody knows and understands
You got me walking on pins and needles
But everybody knows that you're my man

--
Out on the Wine Dark Sea

Out on the wine dark sea -- my pretty baby and me
What do you mean when you say life is so long?
All I know is that I'm coming home to Maman
and Maman is so Erzulie Danto

Upon my tete
I wear my hat
An a long black coat
Sunglasses cracked

The smoke rise up
I pull you down
down to the floor
drag you around

Ghostly girl sure has grown
I ain't going to tell you what her car runs on
Sweet Mama in a yellow dress
Leave your heart in a white hot mess
Maman, Maman is so Erzulie Danto

That Loup Garroux will come for you
When you come to, you're all black and blue
Walking past the graveyard (on) your way home
Sing that song pour Ma Baron
Maman! Maman is so -- Maman is so Erzulie Danto

Ma Belle Jolie Madame Ochun
We'll sing your song pour la Claire de Lalinn
Meet her by the gate
Dance on the stones
Never get out of this world alone
Maman take you by the hand
Lead you out of this sorrowful land
Maman Maman is so Erzulie Danto

--
Waiting for the Sun

Wating for the sun to come out of hiding -- Waiting for the sun

You've got that long road ahead -- make you wish you were ____
All of your broken dreams in tow -- you've got that hard ____

##
Wildflower Blues

--
You Are Not Needed Now

Well, the birds were talking all at once
Old man mowing down his lawn
He didn't seem like much too bad a guy
I was thinkin' Hang on, man, something's wrong
Your blues they do seem to be gone
Heaven ain't bad but you don't get nothing done.

Lay down your head a while
You are not needed now
You are not needed now

Well, Allison laid a hex on me
And every time I turn around
It's swimming through the air above my bed
I asked Miss Higgs and she said fine
As long as you're back in your room on time
I'll keep you clean and the girls will keep you fed

Lay down your head with mine
You are not needed now
Oh we got things to do

Between the blankets made of wool
The trains roll by every half an hour
And a body can't get no restin' done, that's true
Well I spend my time as best I can
Thinkin' big and making plans
And wondering where those trains are rolling to

Lay down your head poor boy
Feel how the ground does move
Hear how those drivers sing

Well it's goodbye friends, it's time to close
Everybody knows that's the way it goes
And where is it you live in case I'm ever there
Well, three doors back and two behind
And it gets a little bit out of hand sometimes
Don't let it fool you into thinkin you don't care

Lay down your head and fly
I'll quietly pass you by
You won't even see me go

Well, if I thought about it long enough
I just might make some kind of move
Watchful lies are too hard on the soul
With the smoke house just across the way
And its fog upon the light of day
I'd be hard pressed comin' up with somewhere to go

Lay down your head poor boy
Feel how the ground does move
Hear how those drivers sing
What now, my darling one
Go find a little fun
You are not needed now

--
Wildflower Blues

There ain't nothin I wanna do
There ain't nothin I want from you
Baby you go your way and I'll go mine too

Well I know the truth about you baby but I'll never tell
Yeah I know the truth about you baby but I'll never tell
But you know what I mean when I wish you well

I'm a wildflower standing in the sun
I'm a wildflower standing in the sun
Well I bust through the cracks when the springtime comes

Summer breeze blowing, storm coming in
Summer breeze blowing, storm coming in
Gotta stand on the mountain
Throw my petals to the wind

I'm a wildflower and I'm growing like a weed
I'm a wildflower growing like a weed
All the bees come down from heaven
Making honey outta me...

--
Make It Up To Me

Well you know -- I know you know
I'm in love with you
And you know -- I know you know
That my love it true
But you are wearing me down
With all these foolish things
And you are a hard man to live with
Each and every day

I need you to make it, make it up to me
Oh come on and make it, make it up to me

I work so hard to make this house a home
Lately you've been acting like you would
Rather live alone
Well if that's the way it is,
You can just go on and be free
But if you want me you better TCB

I need you to make it up to me
I know you can find a way
Oh come on and make it up to me, I know that you can find a way
Oh make it up, make it up to me

The world outside is beating down our door
Our love could stand like a shelter in a storm
I'm on your side. Won't you be on mine?
I hate to have to beg you
But I've got to lay it on the line

I need you to make it up to me
I know that you can find a way
Oh come on and make it up to me
I know that you can find a way
Oh make it up to me
I know that you can find a way....

--
Little Black Bear

Horses in the meadow
Chickens in the stable
If you'll be my one true love
I'll love you when I'm able
Oh I'll love you when I can

Well I built a little cabin
Way back in the pines
Yonder come a little black bear
With honey on his mind....

When the moon is shining cold
The wind howls like a choir
Come into my cabin bright
We'll light a little fire,
Light a little fire....

--
Jocko's Lament

When I was a puppy dog
I never had the blues
Go to sleep every night
And wake up feeling new

I think I'll get a girl
Cause then when I ain't got nothing
I still got my girl
And you know what she's got

When I was a puppy dog
I never had the blues
I'd go to sleep every night
And wake up feeling new

I think I'll get a girl
Cause then when I ain't got nothing
I still got my girl
And you know what she's got

--
The Last

My baby sister told me
And my grandmother too
If I wasn't such a dreamer
I'd have soon known the truth about you
But I was lost and I courted the trouble I would fall into
But you are the last
You are the last
You are the last crazy person who'll break my heart

And this is all just so strange
And I may never come back to love
I know it's just me to blame
What the hell was I thinking of
When I set my heart on the sweetest spirit
That I'd ever seen
Like I was lost in a dream
Like I was lost in a dream

Well the mirror is broken
But the rain is shining on the road
I'm setting my sails to the wind
Because the river has overflowed
If I can be certain of just one thing I know

You are the last
You are the last
You are the last crazy person who will break my heart....

--
Minstrel Boy

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him roll down the road?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down easy to save his soul?

Oh Lucky's been driving a long long time
And now he's stuck on top of the hill
With twelve forward gears, it's been a long hard climb
With all of those ladies, though, he's lonely still

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down the road?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down easy to save his soul?

Oh Jesse's been gone now, more than twenty years
But I think I see him coming over that tall trestle bridge
Oh Jesse, my brother, how can it be true
With your big dark frames and your fingers tattooed?

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him roll down the road?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down easy to save his soul?

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down the road?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna throw it low and let him go home?

Oh Billy's in London singing his songs
The eternal angels are singing along
And the lion and the tiger lying down with the lamb
I'm gonna meet you next year in Jerusalem

Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him roll down the road?
Who's gonna throw that minstrel boy a coin?
Who's gonna let him down easy to save his soul?

--
Biding My Time

Times ain't like they useta be
I've been weeping by the willow tree
Oh Darling
I'm biding my time

I'm not so wise, nor very smart
I took you for your word when you gave your heart
Oh Darling, I'm biding my time

Some of what you said must have been true
I'll do nothing till I hear from you
Oh Darling, I'm biding my time

You know what they say
Old habits die so hard
You know what I do
For the love of you
I just keep on hanging on
Have mercy on me
You know I'm just a fool who
Got hypnotized by the light in your eyes
Now what am I to do?

I've got nothing to be proud of
Lying shipwrecked on the bottom
Of the ocean of love
Oh Darling, I'm biding all my time

--
Johnny Said To May

Johnny said to May
I can't wait for judgement day
When all the secrets are to be revealed
You got me in the eternal now
Let me know you love me how I love you
How I love you

Gabriel can blow his horn
A million colors come undone
The gentle moon and the solemn sun
Go dancing hand in hand
Lion lying down with the lamb
You send my soul and here I am
To roll and flow to bring it all home to you
My bosom friend

May looked Johnny deep in the eye
She said we'll know all about it by and by
When all the secrets are to be revealed
How can I know what the Fates have in store
But I know my heart and
I could not love you more
I could not love you more

Gabriel can blow his horn
A million colors come undone
The gentle moon and the solemn sun
Go dancing hand in hand
Lion lying down with the lamb
You send my soul and here I am
To roll and flow to bring it all home to you
My bosom friend

--
Gooseberry Rag

[instrumental]

Douglas Brick / dbrick@kom.net
Fri Nov 17 22:35:10 PST 2017