Mike Quick
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist

Mike's Lyrics

House of Dreams

LYRICS FROM "HOUSE OF DREAMS"
Words & music ©2013 Mike (Michael Charles) Quick
All rights reserved

Short On Time

The creek's dried up, the river won't flow,
there's not enough water everyone knows
But never mind now, don't pay it any mind
One more winter in this low rise town,
ice on your soul draggin' you down
Never mind now, don't pay it any mind,
All you ever find out for sure is
You're just a little Short On Time

(Chorus)
Someone's in the window looking back as you look in
A face from long ago and far away
But now his hair is white as gin

Tired of living just in between, hanging in the same old scene
But never mind now, don't pay it any mind
Teach you everything that you need to know,
It's still a ragged world wherever you go
Never mind now, don't pay it any mind.
All you ever find out for sure is
You're just a little Short On Time

(Chorus)

Pawned that life you used to know
It never took you where you meant to go
But never mind now, don't pay it any mind
Paint a door on the wall by the rocking chair,
If they asked where I went say
"He walked right through there."
But never mind now, don't pay it any mind
All you ever find out for sure is,
You're just a little Short On Time


Snake Oil and Sin

Sell me the story, tell me the lie
About what's gonna happen in the sweet by and by
It's like blue sapphire a jigger of gin
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin

Spin me the voodoo, that righteous affliction
And it doesn't matter if you're fact or fiction
It's like blue velvet against your skin
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin

There are folks who just might try
To rain on your parade
Who are jealous of your sun
And tired of their shade
There are folks who just might try to keep themselves within
And hide out there taking comfort any way they can

I heard your circus is coming to town
Ringmaster in tow with all of the clowns
You're like blue midnight when you take them in
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin
Everybody loves a little Snake Oil and Sin


The Day That Jesus Comes Home From Sea

I got me a job on a fishing boat
Trying to catch the devil on a long line float
We had no rum we had no girls
We just sailed along on the edge of the world
Till we got to the place where the clouds all part
And the Captain proclaimed with a joyous heart

(Chorus)
The winds will rise up, moondogs will be barking
All you will know for sure is what will be will be
A man writing down names will be standing in your doorway
The day that Jesus Comes Home From Sea

They say that the devil is in the deep blue sea
Waiting for the ships from Galilee
He'll take the sons he'll take the daughters
Salvation is cold, cold, cold way down in the water
When the Flying Dutchman runs up its sails
You better take heed when the watchman wails

(Chorus)

I've fished everywhere man I've fished everywhere


House of Dreams

There's a gecko sitting on a limestone wall
Watching bugs by the waterfall
Sun so hot in the afternoon
But he knows his supper will be here soon.
Rain on the mountain floods the mangrove trees
I'm searching for the dolphins in the sea.
And I'll only be here for awhile
Just long enough to see you smile

Living in the House of Dreams
Living in the House of Dreams
Life is more than it might seem
Living in the House of Dreams

Eduardo's got tequila out in the kitchen
You oughta hear Lupita man is she bitchin'
But when Yata takes his guitar out and plays
Lupita begins dancing as Eduardo sways.

Dancing in the House of Dreams
Dancing in the House of Dreams
Life is more than it might seem
Dancing in the House of Dreams

The House of Dreams has a balcony
That looks out on the emerald sea
Where a young man waits watching the water
And the garden gate for a fisherman's daughter

Waiting in the House of Dreams
Take me to the House of Dreams


The King of Rock & Roll

With the bright lights shining in your face, backbeat goin' down
Walking on a razor's edge, you could not hear the sound
Of the lawyers and The Colonel counting out the cash
From the fans who loved The King of Rock & Roll
The blues they brought you riches, fame and legend as a stud
Mississippi guitar man with the fever in his blood
While our Lady of The Shadows waited backstage in the wings
For the last dance with The King of Rock & Roll

(Chorus)
And the gray pinstripe hit man he says "When this deal goes down,
you'll be in a golden Cadillac cruising sacred ground"
Tell me why did all your drivers always wheel out of control
And tell me who it was killed the King of Rock & Roll.

You been up in the lighthouse where all the saviors stayed
You been down in the bottoms where all the lost souls prayed.
$10,000 suits, diamond rings and silver chains
Could not save the King of Rock & Roll

(Chorus)


Fool's Gold

You have lived your life like a man who's not concerned about tomorrow.
So you paid a price it seems there's nothing left to beg or borrow.
Your past has followed you like a fire in the wind,
You been living like a runaway looking for a friend
What will you do when it all comes down on you

You've been wasting time looking for a place to lay your head down
You see it spinning by, your old lovers are all married
They all have their houses outside of town.
When you sit down at the table to tell the story of your life
Will you be someone whose able to hold his head up high.
What will you do when it all comes down on you.

(Chorus)
Fool's Gold, you held it in your hand.
Fool's Gold, it made you understand
You were the fool who almost turned his life into sand.

Like a constant star your dreams have led you onward, you can hear them call
But when you answer back your voice is just an echo on the canyon wall
At the well you met the woman who does not break who always bends
You may surely drink her water but you know you'll thirst again
What will you do when it all comes down on you

(Chorus)


Little Buddha Knows

Little Buddha Knows how the summer days pass by so slowly
And how the years fly by so fast
Little Buddha Knows how the first kiss will be the last.
Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows

Little Buddha goes down a long road to where nobody knows
He takes his time and gets there soon
And he sleeps tonight in a doorway warmed by the blood red moon.
Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows

(Chorus)
Great men are talking in the hallway of important things they've done
And how good life has become
A weary refugee walks on through the night, not far out of sight,
he lives from town to town
And the wheel goes round, and the wheel goes round

The lost homeless ones are a night river passing through this world
And no one knows they're there
But Little Buddha knows, he just keeps walking with his hundred mile stare
Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows, Little Buddha Knows

(Chorus)


Barbed Wire Rose

There's a school bus outside on the road, winter's creeping in
Looking out you still expect to see them once again
Kids' photos on a cereal box, small faces you don't know
Will the time ever come again when you won't wonder where they go?

(Chorus) If you ask about the children all anybody knows
Is that a dark angel passed through here last night
And left a Barbed Wire Rose
For every child who vanished,
and for the promise we could not keep
The only flower that grows there now
where they lay rocking in their sleep
Is a Barbed Wire Rose

There's voices out there on the wind and a distant steeple bell
Where Jason and the others went nobody's gonna tell
We used to sing them lullabies, bu those songs have all been lost
November wind bites on your skin, then comes the killing frost.

(Chorus)

Polly Klaas, Jared Klein, Brian Young, and Jimmy Rice
Amy Yates, Hannah Mack, David Raines, Jamie Gray
Jesse Keen, Riley Fox, Kelsey Briggs, Sara West
Danielle Franklin, Abby Volpe, Dylan Greene and all the rest

(Chorus)
For every soul there grows a Barbed Wire Rose


Johnny & The Hurricanes

The band pulled up in a black hearse wagon
Tires worn down and the muffler near draggin'
Johnny steps out in red cowboy boots
Slicked back hair and a black leather suit
The band rolls their own while they're hanging around
Johnny and The Hurricanes are comin to town

(Chorus)
Johnny and The Hurricanes are coming to
Johnny and The Hurricanes are coming to town
Johnny and The Hurricanes are coming to town
Mama says "Sister turn your damper on down."
Johnny and The Hurricanes are coming to town.

They got a drummer and a keyboard and a couple of guitars
They play the dance hall circuit and the roadhouse bars
They play the Red River Rock and The Beatnik Fly
Shout out a tune and they'll give it a try
We'll be rockin' all night with the hammer down
When Johnny and The Hurricanes come into town

(Chorus)

A million volts of homesick lightning Rolling cross the Kansas plains
They never got rich, they never got famous,
but I never heard a band could wail like The Hurricanes.

Down at Fournier's Ballroom standing in line
Finally got a ticket 'bout a quarter to nine
Grandpa was out dancin' with a full beer keg
He was twisting so hard he broke his wooden leg
And the band rolled their own when the curtain came down.
Johnny and The Hurricanes are coming to town.

A million volts of homesick lightning Rolling cross the Kansas plains
They never got rich, they never got famous,
but I never heard a band could wail like The Hurricanes

Johnny and The Hurricanes.


Wheels That Roll

Say "Good morning" to the night
Bless the days that give you light
These are the times when you finally know
You were meant to live on Wheels That Roll
Christmas Day of '63 A red bicycle by the tree
The old man said "Son take it slow.
But you got wheels, now make em roll."

(Chorus)
There's a road of least resistance
There's a road that will run you right
And if these dirt roads turn to streets of gold, streets of gold
We'll get there on Wheels That Roll

The circles come around again
When you got good wheels you got good friends
You can go anywhere you ever want to go
Traveling on those Wheels That Roll

(Chorus)

Say "Good evening" to the night
Remember days that gave you light
These are the times when you finally know
You were meant to leave on Wheels That Roll
You were meant to leave on Wheels That Roll


Playing Big Jim's Blues

Big Jim had a bad day down at the plant He got ripped at the Union Hall
Stumbled home at supper time and put his fist straight through the wall
He told all of his old friends "I ain't workin there no more.
I lost my center of gravity, I'm headed for the killing floor."

(Chorus)
And when you lay your money down make sure you bet to lost
It's always been the dealer's game when you're playing Big Jim's Blues,
Playing Big Jim's Blues

He started with Four Roses and he'll chase it down with wine
And chug a beer at every bar all the way to the county line
Big Jim is on a mission, he's living anyway he can
Now there's someone in his mirror looks like a alligator man.

(Chorus)

Mama's been making the paycheck lately dancing with a ball and chain
So Jim can get down to the well each night and drive home backwards in the passing lane
She gets 20 for the Birdland Backstroke, 30 for the Ginmill Strut
And 50 from the boys who make all the noise upstairs where the doors lock shut.

(Chorus)


Unconditional Friend

I heard his blues harp wailin' as I was driving into town
Right outside of Boulder just before the dawn
And up there on that mountain I thought a saw a soul fly by
I couldn't sleep at all that night, I didn't even try

Any pace is a good pace, life's more than just a race to the moon
Our Unconditional Friend would tell us life's races are over way too soon.
If you think you're going too slow just keep moving and you're going to get it done
'Cause any pace you choose to take eventually will be the perfect one.

(Chorus)
Old friends are the best friends
They will remain when the day ends
But who knows how love sends them here to us
Our Unconditional Friends

I had an unconditional friend who never lived his life in vain
His spirit wing has carried him from his trouble and his pain
From the valley of the shadow and the dark eye of the void
Spirit wing has carried him to a place of peace and joy

(Chorus)

So long, so long for now my unconditional friend
I know beyond beyond is where we'll meet again
And we will play the blues together, play every song we ever knew by anyone
And when the last song's over, that's when the music's just begun

Old friends are the best friends They will remain when the days end
And who knows how love sends them here to us
Those unconditional, those unconventional, those unforgettable Friends
Any pace is a good pace


Tell The Native Sons

24 dollars and a bottle of booze
You could say we got a deal
A pile of trinkets and a bottle of booze
On Manhattan they call it a steal
They say the New World has begun with land enough for everyone
Just let me know where the buffalo run and I'll ride out that way
When the New World is all done Go tell the Native Sons

There's a man up yonder with a big bass drum
Singing "Don't be grounded when the rapture comes."
And I said "Buddy, it seems to me. I'm already living in Eternity."
They say the New Age has begun And a light will shine on everyone
I will meet you in the sun When the New Age lights my way
When the New Age is all done Say a prayer for the Native Sons

The trail of tears begins right here
And where it ends just isn't clear
When all our crusades are finally through
This Earth will own you

There's a flag called Old Glory Say can you see?
The names of the dead each night on your TV screen
They say the last war has begun
And there'll be peace on Earth for everyone
Tell me the last war is won And every soldier's home to stay
And when the last war is all won Go tell the Native Sons
And when the last war is all won Go tell the Native Sons



Rain

LYRICS FROM "RAIN", All songs by Mike (Michael Charles) Quick
© words and music 2008, except "Fats Domino Is Missing" by Mike Quick and Michael Jerling and "Take Me To Juarez" by Michael Jerling

RAIN

I'm gonna take me trip to some other time on the Wayback Machine
All the way out past memory lane
Be there arm in arm with that sweet little one
Slow dancin' in the beautiful rain.

See how you get, you get a little deeper each day
Every step another link in that chain
Followed your chain out to the rainbow
In the beautiful rain

Chorus
In the beautiful, in the beautiful, in the beautiful rain
This rain is a beautiful rain

Sisters of mercy held you in that light
Where the sun has turned the roses into fire
Sisters of mercy held you in the long black night
Falling in the dreams of your desire

Chorus
Good Book says it won't be water but fire next time
I believe that when I see the flames
I'll be standin' at the river with my old guitar
Playing "Nearer My God To Thee"

Chorus


PENNY ARCADE

Hey now it feels like I'm playing in a Penny Arcade
Watchin' all the action and all of the people who got it made
The pin balls ring and the fat ladies sing but it ain't over yet
Man what a movie who knows how this ends Just place your bet

Chorus
When I said I love you, you know that it's true
And I wouldn't mind playin' in a Penny Arcade with you

Hey now, it seems like life is a roller coaster ride
All the ups and downs get your stomach feelin like it's flyin away outside
It's a slow ride up, a quick trip down so you gotta hold on
Zero to 60 in no time at all And then it's gone

Chorus

Hey now, seems like life is a carousel
You were on painted pony in your little red dress with your parasol
Around we'd go lookin out at the world on a perfect day
When I'm with you seems like everything fine gonna come my way

Chorus


TRAVIS CALFMILK'S LEFT ARM

There'll be no more chickens in the barn, in the barn
No more roosters up at dawn
No more hired man hanging round the farm
Things are different now that they're gone

There'll be no more chickens layin eggs any more
No more roosters layin chickens, that's for sure
No more hired man hangin round the farm
Things are different now that they're gone

I said "Foghorn, leghorn Have you any wool?"
"Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
Sheriff my brother I swear it was the hired man
Who stole our crops then away he ran."

I sharpened my axe about a quarter to four
And I shaved with it till five
Then I took a little stroll all around the farm
Now there's no more chickens in the barn

They found them chickens in the big fryin pan
They found that rooster in the stew
But all they found of the hired man was his left arm
Out in the pasture I swear that is true


GET RIGHT WITH YOUR CHURCH

Your were born with two eyes why could your eyes not see (2x)
Born with two eyes why could your eyes not see
You couldn't see you, you couldn't see me
Better Get Right With Your Church and bring it on home

You were born with a heart why could your heart not feel (2x)
You were born with a heart why could your heart not feel
In a world where nothing but money is real
Better Get Right With Your Church and bring it on home

Chorus
You better get right Let the church roll on
Better get right Let the church roll on
Get right with your church and bring it on home
There's a jug of baby Jesus on the corner goin round
Someone saw the Holy Spirit comin on down
Get right with your church and bring it on home.

Give you cool water, you were dyin of thirst (2x)
Give you cool water you were dyin of thirst
You wanted a drink but your whiskey came first
Get right with your church and bring it on home

You were born in a temple but you studied at sin(2x)
Born in a temple but you studied at sin
Now there's a six foot hole to put your life in.
Get right with your church and bring it on home


HOUSE FULL OF FRIENDS

Uncle Fred made whiskey in an old lard can
And he went with a smile to the promised land.
I watched him drift away as he said farewell
From a hole in the sky In a coconut shell

Chorus
Dream big, don't lie stand up for the little guy
Hold on if you're all alone
You'll have a House Full of Friends when you finally get home

If you're sitting in the back yard
Birds poopin on your head
It really doesn't matter if you're already dead
There's just no more time to be mad anymore
Forget about vengeance and settling scores

Chorus

There's a long old train coming round that hill
If you got a ticket you might feel a little chill
Just don't look back to the empty spaces
cause at the window of the train
Are all your old friends' faces

Chorus


FATS DOMINO IS MISSING

The great hurricane brought a mighty flood
Old folks in the park covered up in mud
Children crying from the rooftops families prayin for an airdrop
While the storm blew New Orleans away
While the storm blew New Orleans away

Folks went days without water or food
The Prez was at his ranch cookin possum stew
Those too weak to lift their heads lay drowning in their beds
While the storm blew New Orleans away
While the storm blew New Orleans away

Many were lost who could not afford to leave
Even if they owned a car they couldn't buy gasoline
The water took their homes as they huddled in the Super Dome
While the storm blew New Orleans away
While the storm blew New Orleans away

Somewhere some politician is doing some butt kissing
Hey did you hear Fats Domino Is Missing
The water's rising still on Blueberry Hill
While the storm blows New Orleans away
While the storm blows New Orleans away.


GET ME TO NIRVANA ON TIME

Get me to Nirvana my feet are on fire
Get me to Nirvana my feet are on fire
Get me to Nirvana my feet are on fire
Get me to Nirvana on time

We are temporary rangers in a permanent park
No room left for polluters or for narcs
You can't find a bison but they got Big Macs
Where the red man lives by the railroad tracks

(Chorus) Get me to Nirvana............

I got a good old buddy name of Herb Green
makes moonshine taste just like gasoline
He got a '55 Chevy with 4 on the floor
You oughta hear them women scream when his hot engine roars

(Chorus)

The tax man tried to give us all the bone
Emptied out our pockets and took away our homes
We called Homeland Security lights were on but no one home
They were all chasing prophets in the great ozone.

(Chorus)

The cops found the bodies on the kitchen floor
The heads were inside of the freezer door
Lawyers came in and cleaned up all the mess
That's the way the system works I guess

(Chorus)


TAKE ME TO JUAREZ

Off to see America where do we land
Some west Texas town with a guy named Dan
In a Dairy Queen with a root beer float
He had Buddy Holly glasses and a Sgt. Pepper coat

Broke the empty bottles on the railroad tracks
Light of the town burning at our backs
Dan said he'd been a cowboy and if we had our doubts
The wine and the time slowly

Chorus
Take me to Juarez I'll show you the town
I speak the language I'll show you around
Nothin as sweet in this whole wide world
As the big brown eyes of a Mexican girl.

West to Juarez was an all night ride
on a table top highway blank as the sky
The liquor wore off with the rising sun
I wanted to die or at least to throw up
Dan got us lost down dusty back streets
dark eyes stared, dogs nipped at our heels
And the only Spanish that he could speak
was Por Favor and Buenas Dias

Chorus

Thought we'd head west, put Dan on a bus
when he got real quiet and his eyes glazed up
He started to twitch and kick at the door
He started to shake and he fell to the floor
He foamed at the mouth I just wanted to run
Jim said "Don't let him swallow his tongue."
And when it was over he just fell asleep
we started the truck and pointed it east.

Chorus

Out to see America and where do we land?
Some west Texas town with a guy named Dan
He pointed the way to a small bungalow
Walked up the front porch through the old screen door.


HONEY TO MY SOUL

You were sunk down bout as low as you could go
Felt hung by the neck where the four winds blow
Could not find a cure like only true love can hold
Then she came like honey to your soul

You remember when you were the King of the street
You remember when you could not stand up on your feet
She left a candle in a window her love never skipped a beat
She came like honey to your soul

Some would say that love is mercy,
Some would say that love is blind
She will follow you down, turn your head around
She came like honey to your soul

You been downhearted noplace left to go
Alone in the dark at the last picture show
You felt your backbone and your navel doin the belly roll
She came like honey to your soul

Some would say that love is mercy,
Some would say that love is blind
She will follow you down turn your head around
She came like honey to your soul


VAMPIRES

A man looks in his rear view mirror, the mirror turns to black
Radio says "If you vote tonight boy, you ain't coming back.
You ain't comin back."

Chorus
Vampires, vampires they'll suck blood out of snow.
You can find a vampire anywhere you go.

They took a black man to the bridge
Wrapped barb wire round his neck
Tied both ends to a cotton gin fan
Drowned him in the creek.

Schwerner, Chaney Goodman
In blood the vampires wrote
They're drivin down our backroads boys
Tryin to teach them people to vote

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountains' majesty
Above the fruited plain

America, America God shed his grace on thee
Crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea

Save us from the vampires so prayed Dr. King
Save us from ourselves at last and let the whole world sing


THE OAK

I once knew a young boy who loved an old oak tree
And the great oak stood looking down at the sea
He would climb it's branches and sleep under its wood
The oak was a friend And life was pretty good

It gave him strength and was a shield
From a world closing in filling up all the fields
When he'd climb its branches and sleep under its wood
The oak was a friend And life was pretty good

Life was pretty good most everything was right
The sun in the daytime and wishing stars at night
He could feel the heartbeat of the earth all around
And sail into the sky just lying on the ground

The boy grew up, got a job, moved away
And he dreamed of the oak many a day
When he was old and tired And finally went back home
To sleep under the oak forever alone

But the oak was gone
Houses built to the sea
There was a sign that read "Welcome to Walden 3"
So enjoy life when it's good and most everything's right
The sun in the daytime and wishing stars and night.

You can feel the heartbeat of the Earth all around
And sail into the sky just lying on the ground
This old world don't always spin like it should
With an oak for a friend life was pretty good

You can feel the heartbeat of the earth all around
And touch the evening star just lying on the ground
You can ride a shooting star just lying on the ground
You can fall into infinity just lying on the ground

I once knew a young boy who loved an old oak tree



Down Bullfrog Road

LYRICS FROM "Down Bullfrog Road"
Words and music by Michael Charles Quick. 2004 BMI

BIG HAIR

I was down at the last chance with Captain Billy
Playing gin rummy and havin a brew
When the door swings open and in walks a woman
I said "You look like my baby, but honey is that you?"

You see she'd been down to the beautician's parlor
Working on a new look and a different hairdoo
As Billy pointed out she was a little bit taller now
She used to be 5 foot, now she's 6 foot 2.

(Chorus)
She had big hair great big hair
Hey honey that is sure some doo
She had big hair great big hair
Be-bop-a-lu-la baby I love you.

Billy said "Man that is a bee hive bouffant
With an Afro on the side and some sailors' knots too."
I turned to Billy and not thinking I said
"Or is it some kind of muskrat sittin on her head?"

My baby knocked me down on the bar room floor
As Billy snuck out through the back alley door.
When I woke up she was standin right there
She said "Learn to love a woman with great big hair."


LIPSTICK LIES

If you needed her company and the light was on
you'd stop and see her
Bringing tokens, that must be what they seemed
Whiskey and roses when you'd come

She hides herself in the course of conversation
Just conceal and not reveal is her law
She brings up memories that stall you while you wait on her
You can't forget her but you don't know what you saw.

Chorus
Lipstick lies, lipstick lies they come on slow
But they'll take you by surprise
Everytime you said goodbye you always realized
You did not really mind those Lipstick Lies.

You always remembered that her favorite color was rain
As the years go by and time takes you apart
And you always remembered that life is like a chain
Where once you love someone they're always in your heart.


IRON HORSES

Down between the railroad tracks and the river
Walking along by the old canal
6:09 rolled by so close it scratched my back
The whistle blew and the engineer yelled

I was two days out of Chamberlain
Rode a boxcar through the storm
It always seems that when a blizzard comes in
You're never sleeping somewhere warm

(Refrain) Money will not help you, you can't buy yourself a ride
There's only way freights running through
But if I could I surely would be a headlight on that diesel
Shining on the morning dew, shining on the morning dew

Section men with leather faces
Are working at the depot while the railyards freeze
Snow blows up against the station
Wind sounds like a freight train in the trees

The conductor sits with his feet up by the fire
Smokes his pipe with his head held in his hands
Late last night up along the Missouri
He dreamed he was the very last railroad man


STRANGER IN THIS LAND

Living down in Tombstone Town in between the muggers and the bones
Raising hell at the big hotel, Looks like a long way back home
You did your gig in a cowboy rig when the drugstore got you stoned
Cried to the sky for the land that you loved,
Now it looks like a long way back home

(Chorus) Hey lordy lordy Miss Clawdy
Somebody lend me a hand
Email the U.N. and call all my friends
Tell them I am stranger in this land
I am a stranger in this land

When I settled in here I was just passing through
Playing guitar and singing the blues
Before all the animals were running the zoo
Now it looks like a long way back home

The President proclaimed that the world was flat
And Congress declared "We'll second that"
You can't tell Republic guns from the Democrat
Now it looks like a long way back home

(Chorus)
They got a new flag now it's still red, white and blue
They just put dollars signs where the 50 stars flew
You elect them, but they don't listen to me or to you
Now it looks like a long way back home


MY FATHER'S SHOES

I am not my father, just my father's son
But if I was somebody else he would be someone
I would try to become in another life
Dressed in a suit made from his shadow
Tailored with his knife

I would wear his great coat, I would pay his dues
I would walk around the world in my father's shoes
I would smoke his cigars and wear his goofy ties
Then maybe I could see the world was kind
Through my father's eyes

My father was a Christian, a Buddhist and a Jew
An he was just a working guy maybe someone much like you
He was a Hindu and a Muslim, mister you could see
He knew we were all different leaves
Hung on the the same tree

I am not my father I guess it's not big news
But I'd love to walk this town all night in my father's shoes
I am not my father and it won't make the tv news
But I would give the blood he gave me to walk inside his shoes

I am not my father, just my father's son


NO PEAS, NO RICE, NO COCONUT OIL

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Mama don't eat no peas no rice no coconut oil
Mama don't eat no peas no rice no coconut oil
Mama don't eat no peas no rice no coconut oil
All that mama drinks is handy brandy all night long

Mama don't drink no gin because it makes her sin

Mama don't drink no whiskey cause it makes her frisky

Mama don't drink no wine because it makes her lose her mind.


CHICKADEE

Mr. Chickadee says to Lady Chickadee
I love the way you fly With your gorgeous wings
Open so wide Tailfeathers held up so high
They say that birds of a feather will flock together
Let me get this off my chest
I'm tired of talkin' I'm ready for some flockin'
Chickadee won't you feather my nest

Sometimes I think when I'm a wire
How you pick me up and help me fly higher
So close to the sun you melted my heart
Chickadee I had this thing for you from the start
They say that birds of a feather will flock together
Let me get this off my chest
I'm tired ofr talkin' I'm ready for some flockin'
Chickadee won't you feather my nest

Dark days, bad times, cold winds blow
We've stayed together it's true
Because bright days find us always find us
And we fly out into the blue skies

Mr. Chickadee says to Lady Chickadee
I love the way you shine
And my song's for you just asking you to only forever be mine
They say that.........


PUT IT ON THE PLASTIC

I got a letter in the mail last year one day.
And I'm gonna tell you what the letter did say.
It said we got your name on a plastic card
Interest rate won't hit you too hard

All you do is sign by the X on the line
We require nothing drastic to put your name on the plastic
Just say "Put it on the plastic, put it on the plastic."

So I took the card just to give it a try.
And I went out looking for some stuff to buy.
Every place I shopped the clerks all say
"Put it on the card sir, it's quite ok"
All you do is sign by the x on the line
Your credit's elastic with the card made of plastic
Just say "Put it on the plastic, put it on the plastic."

(Bridge) I bought a new refrigerator and an old Studebaker,
oh and large alligator for my mother-in-law.
Mohair pajamas, an inflatable llama,
oh and a long crocodile for my mother-in-law.
All you do is sign by the X on the line

Told my cat and I told my wife
All the money is running right out of our life
Every dime that we make each day
Goes to the plastic that we got to pay.
All you do is sign by the X on the line
Life was fantastic with the card made of plastic
Just say "Put it on the plastic, put it on the plastic."


GREAT FLOOD

They closed the river this morning the levee was all gone
Half a million sandbags, riverboats all shut down.
You can lead your horse to water,
but you know he might not swim
When the rain keeps pouring down and the river's closing in.

Father led us to the high ground and we looked back down below
To see the milk cow drowned and the pickup sunk down
where the green corn used to grow.
In the same boat as the neighbors, drifting by the rainbow's sign
You try to keep your head above the water
till the Great Flood comes next time.

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And we will build a boat and live out on the flood
I was born on the bayou, I was washed in the blood
With the people of the river from St. Paul to New Orleans
And we will ride that boat from this land of bitter dreams.

Went to Memphis on a Monday, came home Friday afternoon
About three feet of water in my living room.
You try and figure out if you should make just one more stand
When that Mississippi River keeps taking back the land.

(Chorus)
And we will build a boat...............
And we will ride that boat to a land of better dreams


IF YOU LOVE HER LET HER GO

There's nothing left here but the silence
Just your letter on the bed
But blue shadows on the pillow
Where you used to lay your head
I guess our love was not as strong
As I believed that it could be
There's a voice inside that's saying
"Man you better set her free"

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And if you love her let her go
Mister you're the one should know
That old fire ain't there no more
If you love her let her go

There's no more hope no more desire
I could see it in your eyes
I believe it's better to be alone
Than to live with all the lies
You could compromise yourself
Or give anything at all
I was blind not to see the handwriting on the wall

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