Sailor's Song

Sailors sing their songs of seas
Miners dwell in darkened deeps
They both sing songs in major keys
The miners keep what the sailors leave

Sometimes I feel my homes a boat
I had a miner’s gal but I never wrote
A message to my love not even a note
But I told when I left to never give up hope

The last three days I’ve been asleep
Drunk or dreaming for half a week
I’ve gone distance too far to speak
And I’m praying to the lord
My soul to keep

I gave my girl a carnival ring
She said that it turned her finger green
Next time I know that I’ve got to bring
The best that the world is offering

Cause if misfortune drags me down
My boat may sink and I might drown
Check my pockets when I’m found
There’s no telling what I’m bringing round

Ocean shores and reservoirs
One half dozen apple cores
Windmill mountains and valley floors
Truck stop shops and liquor stores

 

Save Us (Dreams of Orestes)

I am so heavy
Covered in dust
I broke down the levee
Disappeared and rusted

I followed desire
Followed rivers of fire
But they only lead down ward
And never retire

We waited so long
For some one to come
And save us
There never was
Anyone

Dreams of Orestes
Break down, rebuild
But there's miles of silos
With missiles ready to spill

Into the night, we all fade
Collapse, decay
And we're taken away
At the end of the day

But we waited so long
For some one to come
And save us
There never was anyone

Saw Your Mama

Saw your mama
Saw your daughter
In the village
Village square
Selling flowers
And homemade ales
That they claimed could put the wind back in your sails

Take a hit
Let it drip, drip, drip
Let it slip on deep into your soul

Saw your mama
Saw your daughter
In the forest
On Halloween
They were dancing
They were singing
Which told me the condition they were in

Take a hit. . .

I saw the man
At the fruit stand
Asked him
Could you catapult me to the moon
He said brother
With this at least
I’ll shoot you to the rising east.

Take a hit. . .

 

Sea Monkey

Sea monkeys
Where did you come from
I got you on the pond scum
On the reservoir
Sea money
You’re my favorite creature
My favorite little creature
In the whole wide world

You used to have some duck weed
But then it died
You’ve got no place to run to
And no place to hide

Microscopic
Packages of love
Monkey boots and bolo ties
All lodged beneath the mud
Handfuls of house holds
Swimming in the mire
Beside that old spare tire
Left there many years ago

People come
And people go
Sea monkey’s are always there
And if you’re watching them
You just might see a show

 

Seventh Story

C7
1. Seventh story heaven’s window
C7
There’s a shadow that’s been spread
C7
And her eyes are looking downward
C7
Catching the last rays of sunshine
F
The nights are getting cold here
C7
And her quilt is only patchwork
F
Not much against this winter’s chill
C7
And the darkness that is
tacet
Those screaming midnight coyotes
Am
Are getting closer every night
She’s at the top of her tower
G C7 (G7)
Trapped seven stories up

Bridge:

E
If you can’t take it
If you can’t make it back home
The power of love is only a shadow
Hold while you’re sleeping wake up screaming
Wanting it more

2. With the wind for her reason
And sunlight for a clock
She’s been pulling electrical wires
Didn’t pay the bill so she wouldn’t get shocked
‘Cause she can’t let her hair down
She’s been weaving electric wires
Until someone comes to save her
She’ll be weaving electrical wires
All day long until she’s tires
Up there at the top of her tower
Trapped seven stories up

Bridge (alt):

Sometimes you take it
Sometimes you break it
Sometimes you make it
All the way home
But the power of loving is only a shadow
Cast by a fortress
And ruined by war
If you don’t get it or some how forget it
I’ll hold out by sleeping
And wake wanting more

 

Ships

Fm7
1. My loves like a rusty razor
C7
Shaving the belly of a drunken sailor
Ab7 Bb7
Lucky he’s not walking down the plank

2. Shanghied down in guatamala
Suckled on the breast of dark skinned mama
Oh that milk that no man should ever drink

3. Half way on a ferry boat crossing
Waters wide churning and tossing
At a loss for land on either side

4. Side-ways stabbing safe house cracking
Seiging the town before its sacking
Carrying off the spoils of war

Chorus:

Fm Ab Bb Gm Bb Cm

Ab Eb
loose lips
Fm Cm
and tight hips
Ab Eb Fm Cm Bb Ab
Sink ships that won’t float right
Ab Eb
I’m hit
Fm Cm
Believe it
Ab Eb Fm Cm Bb Ab
Two ships pass in the night

5. My love is a rusty razor
Feel like I’m sitting in the belly of a whale
Pondering the morale of the fable

6. Told to me by a church mouse squeeking
About how the roof has been leaking
And asked me how the missus has been

7. My girls a pitch fork weilding
Thunnder on the back of a chestnut gelding
But sometimes she takes too hard

8. Feeling like a rusty razor
Cutting through the belly of a hump back whale
The salty air is turning me on

Loose lips
And tight hips
Sink ships like mine each night
I’m hit
Believe it
My ship just won’t float right

 

Slip Away

There is an old lady
She lives by the sea
She brings her laundry out each day
She sees how all the mussels and the cockles on the seashore
In the waves slip away

Slip away slip away
Like the mussels and the cockles on the seashore
In the waves are gonna slip away

There is a tired hobo
Resting in the sand dune
Behind the lady’s shack
He sees how all her bed sheets and her dressed and her panties
On the clothes line in the wind are billowing

Slip away, slip away
Like the bed sheets and the dresses and the panties on the clothes line
In the wind slip away

The old lady was dying
Her heart was tired of tring
To keep the ocean out
One day the waves will come and wash away her home
And then she’ll swim on out

Slip away, slip away
One day the waves will come and wash away her home
And she’ll slip away

The dress was first to be set loose
Followed by the bed sheets
And the panties too they flew
The old lady was struck down
By the coldness of her heart
She never saw or turned around

Slip away, slip away
Struck down by the coldness of her heart she never turned or saw them
Slip away

There is a tired hobo
Dressed in bed sheets and old lady’s panties
Walking with the wind
The old lady is standing naked
By the ocean waiting
For the waves to take her in

Slip away, slip away
Standing naked by the ocean waiting for the waves to come and
Slip away

 

Sober as a Judge

I love you when you're drunk
You're an awful lot of fun
I've known a lot of gals
Who can only bring me down
But you can bring me up
And I will drive you home
I haven't drunk a drop
I'm sober as a judge
And we will not get stopped

All the cops around here are dicks
They know all your drunk driving tricks
And they're looking out for chicks just like you
Well, I am too

That's all right with me
Go ahead, have another shot
Just give me your keys
I'll be right here until you drop
I will drive you home
This I swear to do
I'm sober as a judge
And I'm still in love with you

All the cops are dicks around here
Especially if you've had a couple beers
You've had more than that, it's clear my dear
It's clear my dear I'm gonna drive you home

I have had my share
Of wild and reckless nights
Throwing back a bottle and stepping on the throttle
It's a wonder I'm alive
I don't know how I made it to my bed
The judge is way too drunk
The jury was never read

All the cops are dicks around here
Especially if you've had a couple beers
Yes you can always count upon the cops
I know that they are dicks, but that is just their job

Oh baby I wanna drive you home tonight
I'm sober as a judge
Yes, I'm sober as a judge
And I'm driving you home tonight

 

Someday


Someday I’m gonna catch a breakt hey say but is it true?
My heart is full of blood, my feet covered in mud and I can’t get through


To you though I try so hard I knew I’d never get this far
So why am I still here? At the end of another year that’s three hundred and sixty-five bad days

I’ve been let down, kicked around and wrecked
What did you expect from living large?

I’m gonna light the fuse, shoot it for the moon
We got nothing to loose but our minds

I tried and tried to break my fall
I nearly died and I lost control

My head was full of lead as I fell into your bed
And dreamed that we might just have a chance

As we laid down, wrestled ‘round and ‘round
Tangled up I found that we are free

I’m gonna light the fuse, shoot it for the moon
We got nothing to loose but our minds

And I finally found when the fever break
The limited time we have is just a joke
And all we can hope is to dream big dreams
I finally found what I’m looking for
Light at the end of a corridor
Cannon ball breaking down my door

Someday I’m gonna catch a break
They say but I don’t care


My legs are made of steel, put the breaks on and hear them squeal
The rails have failed to hold me down tonight

I’ve been let down, kicked around and wrecked
What did you expect from living large?
I’m gonna light the fuse,shoot for the moon
We’ve got nothing to loose but our minds.

Steal Your Imagination

She’ll steal your ‘magination
She’ll put it in her pocket
With the needles from her eyes
She’ll make you feel that you alone are her’s to hypnotize

She’ll steal your ‘magination
She’ll take away your dreams
And send you on your way
Leaving you without a thing to say

But fee-fi-fidli-o-my
I can’t imagine why I feel so nice
My path is drawn I’ll walk a straight line
Can’t think about tomarrow cause I don’t know how to try

There’s a cloud hanging over the city tonight
Like the smoke curling up from our cigaretted lights
And a steam engine’s churning underneath the city streets
Faster now more than ever this city never seems to sleep
That’s all that’s all right

Fee-fi-fidli-o-my . . .

She’ll steal your ‘magination
She’ll fill you up with butane
And kindly light a match
She’ll tear apart the word to which you’ve become attaches

She’ll steal your ‘magination
She’ll take away your dreams
And send you on your way
Leaving you without a thing to say

But fee-fi-fidli-o-my ya

 

Storm Cloud

Just like a storm cloud
There’s stranger in the desert
Walking a highway with no one on it
In the darkness before the morning

Riding on a broken wing
He’s the song that a black bird sings
But he’ll do almost anything
But he don’t know what he’s done

How will they preserve you
When you’re gone
How will they preserve you
When you’re gone

Nothing’s ever lasting
If you’re the last human left standing
And you spend your last days passing
From the mountains to the sea

How will they preserve me
When I’m gone
How will they preserve me
When I’m gone

Dreaming of his virgin daughter
She was raped and she was slaughtered
They cut the skin right off her
To make a costume to dance round the fire

How will they preserve you . . .

 

Strange Ode to Nature

Dm E A
1.Strange ode to nature
Dm E A
He he made it out of clay
Dm E A
Showed it to his grandma F C E Am
Just to see what she would say
F C E Am A7
Just to see what she would say

2.Strange ode to nature
He built it in the woods
Brought it to his doctor
Just to see if it was any good
The doctor just misunderstood

Interlude:

A D Dm A
A D Dm A
F Bdim
C Em
F C E Am
F C E Am
F C E Am A7/G Dm/F E A

3.Strange ode to nature
He sent it in the mail
To his politician
And they threw him into jail
Yes they threw him into jail

Outro:

Before he had to go
He put them in a jar near the window
Where they had room to grow
By sun or by the moon for ever more

 

Succeed

Southern storms
Can help you out
I’ve been down and out

Smokey mountain leaves
Fallen cursed
To be swallowed up in verse

Do you mind the fall
Do you fall bad at all
Cut loose like me
For the moment free
But eventually gravity succeeds
Succeed

Fugitive in flight
Cops with dogs surrounding
Patterns past our understanding

Alian so bold
Come beating back the cold
Or desert stroke behold
What the sand can’t hold

Do you mind the fall . . .

 

Sunk

Sunk
I founder on your shore
A ship wreck at your door
All my sails are torn

Sink
Like the sunset in your eyes
I never realized
How in need I am of you

So in the end
An S.O.S I'll send
But no one's listening
To the call

Until I fix the hole
In my boat I'll hide the gold
In the forest beyond the shore
Of your heart land

Deep
I cannot go to deep
For that of which I seek
And hide my treasure chest there

Gold
I've got so much damn gold
My life's worth nothing more
Than these blessings and these curses

Down, down
The weight it pulls me down
The weight of all this gold
It pulls me down

Low, low
My fortune is too low
What would you think
To see them guineas sink

Angels call my name
Devils take the blame
If I had it all to do again
I'd leave the gold behind
And swim on in

There
On your desert isle
Where I was beguiled
By your golden smile

Sink
I let that treasure sink
I came back from the brink
And you breathed my life back into me

To sing a song
A sailor on a farm
Plowing through the fields
Of your heart land

Life at sea is short
A new one can't be bought
And love of gold will only hold you down
Love of gold will only hold you down.

 

Sweet Country Girl

D C G
1. I’ve got my family
Am F D
Hid by the swamp
G D C
Thats where they wait for me
D C G
Until my work is done

2. And then they give to me
What I deserve
What more could I ask
From a sweet country girl

Chorus:

C G
Not one penny more
D C G
Not one penny more C G
What more could I ask
D C G
of this sweet country girl

3. Her mamma washes sheets
At the local laundry matt
For the man that keeps the beds
Up at the hotel round the block

4. And I know that she is dreaming
Bout the time that she’ll be free
Riding down the road getting high
Just like she always thought she’d be

With not one penny more . . .

Bridge:

A7 C
And you find yourself
G
And you take it on
A7 C
And you find yourself
G
In this skid row town
A7 C
And you find yourself
G
And you turn it on
A7 C
You’ve got to pay your dues
G D C A7/C#
With no money down

5. She hooked up with a carnival hand
He took her all cross this land
And left her in a motel in phoenix
Without a penny in her hand

6. And she woke up in the morning
Put her sun block on
And walked down to the corner
Where she knew that she belonged

With not one penny more . . .