Music

  • Bringing me down, I'm running aground
    Blind in the light of the interstate cars
    Passing me by, the buses and semis
    Plunging like stones from a slingshot on Mars

    But I'm here by the road, bound to the load
    That I picked up in ten thousand cafes and bars
    Alone with the rush of the drivers who won't pick me up
    The highway, the moon, the clouds, and the stars

    The black throated wind keeps on pouring in
    With its words of a life where nothing is new
    Ah, Mother American Night, I'm lost from the light
    Oh I'm drowning in you

    I left Saint Louis, City of Blues
    In the midst of a storm I'd rather forget
    I tried to pretend it came to an end
    'Cause you weren't the woman I once thought I'd met

    But I can't deny, that times have gone by
    Where I never had doubts or thoughts of regrets
    And I was a man when all this began
    Who wouldn't think twice about being there yet

    The black throated wind whispering sin,
    And it speaks of a life that passes like dew
    It forced me to see
    That you've done better by me
    Better by me than I've done by you

    Now what's to found, racing around
    You carry your pain wherever you go
    Full of the blues, and trying to lose
    You ain't going to learn what you don't want to know

    So I give you my eyes, and all of their lies
    Please help them to learn as well as to see
    And capture a glance, whoa and make it a dance
    Of looking at you looking at me

    The black throated wind keeps on pouring in
    With its words of a life that could almost be true
    Ah, Mother American Night, here comes the light
    I'm turning around that's what I'm going to do
    Going back home that's what I'm gonna do

  • Seems like I've been here before
    Fuzzy then and still so obscure
    And I don't want to see anybody cry
    Meet me some morning in the sweet bye and bye
    Bye and bye

    Song coming on
    So pleasing to see come and gone
    And you don't have to tell me why
    Meet me some morning in the sweet bye and bye
    Bye and bye

    Think that I'm the only one left darling
    About the time the sun rises west
    Feeling groovy
    Looking fine
    Think I'll come back here again
    Every now and then
    From time to time

    My, how lovely you are, my dear
    The ball game has gone much too far, my dear
    Sing to me
    Do your thing to me
    (Hop along honey, come along)
    I'll meet you some morning
    Meet you some morning in the sweet by and by
    By and by
    By and by

  • I have seen where the wolf has slept by the silver stream
    I can tell by the mark he left, you were in his dream
    Ah child of countless trees
    Ah child of boundless seas
    What you are, what you're meant to be
    Speaks his name, though you were born to me
    Born to me, Cassidy

    Lost now on the country miles in his Cadillac
    I can tell by the way you smile, he is rolling back
    Come wash the night-time clean
    Come grow the scorched ground green
    Blow the horn, tap the tambourine
    Close the gap of the dark years in between
    You and me, Cassidy

    Quick beats in an icy heart
    Catch colt draws a coffin cart
    There he goes and now here she starts
    Hear her cry

    Flight of the seabirds
    Scattered like lost words
    Wheel to the storm and fly

    Faring thee well now
    Let your life proceed by its own designs
    Nothing to tell now
    Let the words be yours, I'm done with mine

  • Hog of a Sunday
    Dog of a Monday
    Get it back someday
    What'd I say?
    Moving in closer (note 1)
    Cut from a long shot
    Fade on a downbeat
    Ready or not, ready or not

    (note 2)
    Corrina, shake it up baby
    Corrina, shake it up now
    Corrina, Corrina

    Cruise through a stop sign
    Logging up short time
    Bird on a phone line
    Soaking up the sun
    Salt on the crow tail
    What can I do?
    I'm down by law
    But I'm true to you, true to you

    If, what, when and where and how (note3)
    Told at the proper time
    Big black wings beat on the wind
    But they don't hardly climb
    There's a silver ocean
    Silver clouds on a silver sea
    A bird on the horizon
    Silver winging back to me

    Wake it up baby
    Shake it down easy
    Bring it in closer (note 4)
    What'd I say
    Moving in closer
    Cut from a long shot
    Fade on a down beat
    Ready or not

    Corrina, wake it up baby
    Corrina, shake it down easy
    Corrina, shake it on up now
    Corrina, shake it back down

    If, what, where and how
    Don't mean a thing to me
    I would love you even if
    You flew away from me
    I'll just stand here waiting
    On the far side of the sea
    There is no fear that lovers born (note 5)
    Can ever fail to meet

  • My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
    Been so long I felt this way, I'm in no hurry no
    Rainbows end down that highway where ocean breezes blow
    My time coming, voices saying, they tell me where to go (note 1)
    Don't you worry 'bout me--oh no no, don't worry 'bout me, no
    And I'm in no hurry--oh no no no, I know where to go

    California, preaching on the burning shore
    California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
    Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
    Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine

    My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
    It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
    Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passing slow (note 2)
    Still I know I lead the way, they tell me where I go

    Don't you worry 'bout me--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
    And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, no, I know where to go

    California, a prophet on the burning shore
    California, I'll be knocking on the golden door
    Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
    Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine

    You've all been asleep, you would not believe me
    Them voices telling me, you will soon receive me
    We're standing on the beach, the sea will part before me (note 3)
    Fire wheel burning in the air
    You will follow me and we will ride to glory (note 4)
    Way up in the middle of the air
    And I'll call down thunder and speak the same
    And my words fills the sky with flame (note 5)
    And might and glory gonna be my name
    And men gonna light my way

    My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
    It's gonna be just like they say, them voices tell me so
    Seems so long I felt this way and time sure passing slow (note 6)
    My time coming any day, don't worry 'bout me, no
    Don't you worry 'bout me--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
    And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, don't worry 'bout me, no
    And I'm in no hurry--oh, no, no, no, I know where to go
    [etc]

  • Inside you're burning
    I can see clear through
    Your eyes tell more than you mean them to

    Lit up and flashing
    Like the reds and blues
    Out there on the neon avenue

    But I feel like a stranger
    Feel like a stranger

    Well the music's thundering
    We're restless and hot
    You keep firing glances across the room

    And I can't stop wondering
    Just what you got
    Get the feeling I'm gonna find out real soon

    Still I feel like a stranger
    Feel like a stranger
    Well you know it's gonna get stranger
    So let's get on with the show

    Yes and the wheel
    Gets smoking round midnight
    You shoot me a look that said let's go

    Yes and it feels
    Just like running a red light
    There ain't no point in looking behind us, no

    But I feel like a stranger
    Feel like a stranger
    You know it keeps getting stranger and stranger
    If it's love then how would I know?

    Yes and it's gonna get stranger
    Some things you just know

    If this were love then how would I know
    (Feel like a stranger)
    (Feel like a stranger)
    Feel like a stranger
    (Feel like a stranger)
    It's gonna be a long hot crazy night
    It's gonna be a long long crazy crazy night
    Yeah crazy night
    Silky silky, crazy crazy night

  • I was born in Flatland, U.S.A.
    And all my dreams lead me to L.A.
    Another case of rags to riches
    I learned to throw some fancy pitches
    And I found out what ain't, and which is
    Just exactly cool

    Heaven help the fool
    Guess I showed the sons of bitches
    Heaven help the fool

    Got a place in Malibu
    Like you've never seen
    Pickin' out your lady friends
    From Penthouse magazine

    You ought to see the chrome gleam
    On my new Mercedes
    All shiny and new
    Hey, I'm the Jack of Diamonds
    The boy with all the clues

    Lotta pretty vanity
    No not me
    Glorified insanity
    No not me
    I'm a hyper-survivor, fast driver, star-driver
    Heaven help the fool
    Professional gimme-fiver (note 1)
    Heaven help the fool

    Anything you want to be
    You can buy, even get it free
    Make yourself a smoother dancer
    Fill your head with easy answers
    Never a backward glancer
    It's you who makes the rules

    Heaven help the fool
    No, never a backward glancer
    Heaven help the fool

    The middle of a pentagram
    Heart of a star (what you are)
    You can trade your soul for an electric guitar

    Fool, lotta pretty vanity
    No, not me
    Fool, glorified insanity
    No, not me
    When they offer golden apples
    Are you sure you'll refuse?
    Heaven help the fool
    Are you sure you'll refuse?
    Heaven help the fool

    Just like a deaf man dancin'
    Like a blind man shootin' pool
    Heaven help the fool

  • I need a woman 'bout twice my age
    A lady of nobility, gentility and rage
    A splendour in the dark, lightning on the draw
    Who'll go right through the book and break each and every law

    I got a feelin'
    And it won't go away, oh no
    Just one thing and I'll be OK
    I need a miracle every day

    I need a woman 'bout twice my height
    Statuesque, raven-tressed, a goddess of the night
    A secret incantation, candle burning blue
    We'll consult the spirits, maybe they'll know what to do

    And it's real
    And it won't go away, oh no
    Can't get around and I can't run away
    I need a miracle every day

    I need a woman 'bout twice my weight
    A ton of fun who packs a gun with all that other freight
    Find her in a side-show, leave her in LA
    Ride her like a surfer riding on a tidal wave

    And it's real
    Believe what I say
    Just one thing that I gotta say
    I need a miracle very day

    It takes dynamite to get me up
    Too much of everything is just enough
    One more thing that I gotta say
    I need a miracle every day

  • [All] We can share the women, we can share the wine
    We can share what we got of yours, 'cause we done shared all of mine
    Keep on rolling, just a mile to go
    Keep on rolling, my old buddy, you're moving much too slow

    [Jerry] I just jumped the watchman right outside the fence
    Took his rings, four bucks in change, ain't that heaven sent
    [Bob]
    Hurts my ears to listen, Shannon, burns my eyes to see
    Cut down a man in cold blood, Shannon, might as well be me

    [Bob]
    We used to play for silver now we play for life (note 2)
    And one's for sport, and one's for blood at the point of a knife
    And now the die has shaken, now the die must fall
    There ain't a winner in the game
    He don't go home with all, not with all

    [All]
    Leaving Texas, fourth day of July
    Sun so hot, the clouds so low, the eagles filled the sky
    Catch the Detroit Lightning out of Santa Fe
    The Great Northern out of Cheyenne, from sea to shining sea (note 3)

    [Jerry] (note 4)
    Gotta go to Tulsa, first train we can ride
    Gotta settle one old score, one small point of pride
    [Bob]
    There ain't a place a man can hide, Shannon, will keep him from the sun
    Ain't a bed can give us rest now, you keep us on the run

    [All]
    Jack Straw from Wichita cut his buddy down
    And dug for him a shallow grave, and laid his body down
    Half a mile from Tucson, by the morning light
    One man gone and another to go
    My old buddy you're moving much too slow

    We can share the women we can share the wine

  • Lazy lightning
    That sleepy fire in your eyes
    Is that desire in disguise
    I keep on trying but I
    I can't get through

    Lazy lightning
    I'd like to find the proper potion
    To try to capture your emotion
    [Alternative: To kind of capture your emotion]
    You're right beside me but I
    I can't get through

    You're a loop of lazy lightning
    Just a loop of lazy lighting
    Must admit you're kind of frightening
    But you really get me high

    So exciting
    When I hear your velvet thunder
    You seem so near I start to wonder
    Would you come closer if I
    If I asked you to

    So exciting
    [Alternative: So inviting]
    The way you're messing with my reason
    It's an obsession but it's pleasing
    Tell me a lie and I will swear
    I will swear it's true

    You're a loop of lazy lightning
    Liquid loop of lazy lightning
    Must admit you're kind of frightening
    You're a loop of lazy lightning

    Rope of fire round my heart (lightning)
    Rope of fire ever tightening
    Rope of fire round my heart (tightening)
    [Alternative: It's either lunacy or lightning]
    Come on come on lazy lightning

    You're a loop of lazy lightning

    Lazy lightning
    You say you never start the same place
    I want a double dose in any case
    I'd fly a kite if I thought
    Thought that would do

    Here's to lightning
    Well you always electrify me
    Someday I know you'll satisfy me
    And all that lightning will be
    My lightning too

    Loop of lazy lightning
    (My lightning too)
    [etc]

  • Long as we got to be
    Long as we are
    I just wanna be
    One of them little stars

    One of them little stars
    That'd just be fine
    All you gotta do now
    Just hang up there and shine
    Hang up there and shine

    Hang up there and shine
    Hang up there and shine
    Hang up there and shine

  • I woke today, and felt your side of bed
    The covers were still warm where you'd been layin'
    You were gone, my heart was filled with dread
    You might not be sleeping here again

    It's all right, 'cause I love you
    And that's not gonna change
    Run me round, make me hurt again and again
    But I'll still sing you love songs
    Written in the letters of your name
    And brave the storm to come
    For it surely looks like rain

    Did you ever waken to the sound of street cats making love
    And guess from their cries you were listening to a fight
    Well you know, hate's just the last thing they're thinking of
    They're only trying to make it through the night

    I only want to hold you, I don't want to tie you down
    Or fence you in the lines I might have drawn
    It's just that I have gotten used to having you around
    My landscape would be empty if you were gone

    It's all right, 'cause I love you
    And that's not gonna change
    Run me round, make me hurt again and again
    But I'll still sing you love songs
    Written in the letters of your name
    And brave the storm to come
    For it surely looks like rain

  • Compass card is spinning
    Helm is swingin' to and fro
    Ooh where's the dog star
    Ooh where's the moon
    You're lost sailor
    You've been too long at sea (note 1)

    Some days the gales are howling
    Some days the sea is still as glass
    Ooh reef the mainsail
    Ooh lash the mast
    You're lost sailor
    You've been too long at sea

    Now the shore-lights beckon
    Yeah there's a price for being free

    Yeah the sea birds cry (note 2)
    There's a ghost wind blowin'
    It's calling you to that misty swirling sea
    Till the chains of your dreams are broken
    No place in this world you can be

    You're lost sailor
    You've been way too long at sea
    Now the shore-lights beckon
    Yeah there's a price for being free

    Drifting yeah drifting
    Yeah drifting and dreaming

    'Cause there's a place you've never been (note 3)
    Maybe a place you've never seen
    You can hear her calling on the wind
    Go on and drift your life away
    Yeah just drifting and dreaming
    Maybe drift your life away
    Drifting and dreaming
    Yes I'm going on a dream
    Maybe going on a dream
    Maybe going on a dream
    Maybe going on a dream

  • My baby gives me the finance blues
    Tax me to the limit of my revenues
    Here she come finger popping clickety click
    She says "furs or diamonds, you can take your pick"

    She wants money
    (what she wants)
    She wants money
    (what she wants)
    She wants money
    (what she wants)
    She wants money
    (what she wants)
    Money, money, money, money, money
    Money, money, money, money, money

    She says "Money, honey", I'd rob a bank
    I just load my gun and mosey down to the bank
    Knocking off my neighbourhood savings and loan
    To keep my sweet chiquita in eau de Cologne

    Mama, don't send me down to rob that bank again
    I got a notion you're leading me to sin
    Won't you relax, won't you lay way back
    Don't you bug your honey about no Cadillac
    It's only bucks, you don't need no jack
    So won't you please relax and lay way back

    My baby's loving gives me such a thrill
    It gives me inspiration making counterfeit bills
    Now some folks say the best things in life are free
    I sure don't get no loving living honestly

    Lord made a lady out of Adam's rib
    Next thing you know you got women's lib
    Lovely to look upon, heaven to touch
    It's a real shame they got to cost so much

  • My brother Esau killed a hunter
    Back in nineteen sixty nine
    And before the killing was done
    His inheritance was mine
    But his birthright was a wand to wave (note 1)
    Before a weary band
    Esau gave me sleeplessness
    And a piece of moral land

    My father favoured Esau (note 2) (note 3)
    Who was eager to obey
    All the bloody wild commandments
    The old man shot his way
    But all this favour ended when
    My brother failed at war
    He staggered home
    And found me in the door (note 4)

    Esau skates on mirrors any more (note 5)
    Meets his pale reflection at the door
    Yet sometimes at night I dream (note 6)
    He's still that hairy man
    Shadow boxing the apocalypse
    And wandering the land
    Shadow boxing the apocalypse
    And wandering the land

    Esau holds a blessing
    Brother Esa

  • I went down to the mountain, I was drinking some wine
    I looked up into heaven, lord I saw a mighty sign
    Writ in fire across the heaven, plain as black and white
    Get prepared, there's gonna be a party tonight

    Uh huh, hey, Saturday night
    One more Saturday night
    Hey, Saturday night

    Everybody's dancing down at the local armory (note 1)
    With a basement full of dynamite and live artillery
    Temperature keeps rising, everybody getting high
    Come the rocking stroke of midnight, the whole place is gonna fly

    I turn on Channel Six, the President comes on the news (note 2)
    Says I got no satisfaction, that's why I sing the blues
    His wife says don't get crazy, Lord you know what to do (note 3)
    Just crank that old Victrola, put on your rocking shoes

    Then God way up in heaven, for whatever it was wo

  • South of Market in the land of ruin
    You'll find all manner of action
    Got your tinsel tigers in the metal room
    Stalking satisfaction
    They got them packaged up for love and money
    Tatooed tots, chrome spike bunnies
    Pop on my mirrored shades, the better to see
    And roll on in, gonna roll in it, honey

    I get a feeling like when big things collide
    Like the crack before the thunder, like I really ought to hide
    Here comes metal angel, she looks ready to ride
    What's that she's tryin' to show me?
    What's that she's tryin' to show me?

    Picasso moon, shattered light
    Diamond bullets ripping up the night (note 1)
    Picasso moon, liberate me
    Ah, life's infinite diversity
    Great, amazing, majesty
    And it's bigger than a drive-in movie, oo-wee
    And it's bigger than a drive-in movie, oo-wee

    Hanging t

  • This must be heaven
    Tonight I crossed the line
    You must be the angel
    I thought I might never find
    Was it you I heard singing
    Oh while I was chasing dreams
    Driven by the wind
    Like the dust that blows around
    And the rain fallin' down

    But I never know (sure don't know)
    I never know, never know (sure don't know)

    This must be heaven
    'Cause here's where the rainbow ends
    And at last it's the real thing
    Or close enough to pretend

    When that wind blows (wind blows)
    And the night starts to fall
    I can hear the silence call
    It's a certain sort of sound
    And the rain fallin' down
    Rain fallin' down

    Holes in what's left of my reason
    Holes in the knees of my blues
    Odds against me been increasing
    But I'll pull through

    Never could read no road-map
    Now I don't know what the weather might do
    Hear that witch wind whine
    See that dog star shine
    I got a feelin' there's no time to lose
    No time to lose

    I never know (sure don't know)
    I will never know, no, no (sure don't know)

    Well it's been heaven
    Even rainbow's will end
    Now my sails are filling
    The wind so willing
    And I'm good as gone again
    I'm still walkin'
    So I'm sure that I can dance
    Just a saint of circumstance
    Just a tiger in a trance
    And the rain fallin' down
    Rain falling down
    Rain falling down

    Well I never know
    Just don't know
    Just don't know
    Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
    Sure don't know
    But I'm gonna go for it for sure
    Yeah for sure, yeah for sure
    Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
    Just don't never know, never never know
    But I'm gonna go for it for sure
    No no no, that's for sure, yeah for sure
    Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
    Just don't never never know, no no
    But I'm gonna go for it for sure
    That's for sure
    Sure don't know what I'm goin' for
    Yeah maybe going on a dream, going on a dream now
    But I'm gonna go for it for sure
    Maybe going on a feeling, maybe going on a feeling
    Maybe going on a feeling

  • It was a paradise for lizards when young Brigham saw it first
    He said I've seen some nasty deserts Lord, but this one here's the worst
    Then the Lord called down to Brigham, said "I've got a great idea"
    I want a mighty city and I think I want it here

    Salt Lake City, that town of righteousness and fame
    Salt Lake City, don't sound like much, but hell what's in a name?
    Nobody ever sings about it, but Lord I be going there just the same

    Salt Lake City, where it's so easy keeping straight
    Salt Lake City, just really makes Des Moines look second rate
    Ain't making no big deal about it
    But I hear the Mormon girls are really great

    Salt Lake City, hey, dig that Tabernacle Choir
    Salt Lake City, yeah they be bound to take you higher
    There just ain't no two ways about it, yes Lord they really light my fire

    Well Brigham kicked a prairie dog, and he muttered in his beard
    Said you've put me through some changes Lord but this one's really weird
    The Lord just laughed at Brigham, said "you'd better get to work"
    The next time I check in here, I want paradise on earth

    Salt Lake City, where Brigham made the desert bloom
    Salt Lake City, put a colour TV in every room
    And they got them crazy Mormon chicks, yes I'll be going there real soon

    Salt Lake City, hey feel that magic in the air
    Salt Lake City, you know that's kind of why I like it there
    Salt Lake City, well you know that's where I'm bound
    Salt Lake City, I'm going down to Salt Lake town

  • Sugar Magnolia, blossoms blooming
    Heads all empty and I don't care
    Saw my baby down by the river
    Knew she'd have to come up soon for air

    Sweet blossom, come on under the willow (note 1)
    We can have high times if you'll abide
    We can discover the wonders of nature
    Rolling in the rushes down by the riverside

    She's got everything delightful (note 1)
    She's got everything I need
    Takes the wheel when I'm seeing double
    Pays my ticket when I speed

    She comes skimming through rays of violet
    She can wade in a drop of dew
    She don't come and I don't follow
    Waits backstage while I sing to you

    She can dance a Cajun rhythm (note 1)
    Jump like a Willys in four wheel drive
    She's a summer love in the spring, fall and winter
    She can make happy any man alive

    Sugar Magnolia
    Ringing that bluebell
    Caught up in sunlight
    Come on out singing and I'll walk you in the sunshine
    Come on honey, come along with me

    She's got everything delightful (note 1)
    She's got everything I need
    A breeze in the pines and the sun and bright moonlight
    Lazing in the sunlight, yes indeed

    Sometimes when the cuckoo's crying
    When the moon is half way down
    Sometimes when the night is dying
    I take me out and I wander around
    I wander round

  • Well dizzy ain't the word for the way that you making me feel now
    Well I need some indication Lord that all of this is real now
    You got to tell me girl
    And I've heard it said there's something wrong with my head now
    You got to help me girl
    Could it be infatuation or am I just being misled
    Little bolt of inspiration
    The way you strike me now
    It's sparking my imagination
    You got to like me now
    You're causing me such excitation
    Don't you like it now
    You got to hear my supplication
    Got to hear me now
    A little bolt of inspiration
    The way you strike me now
    It's sparking my imagination

  • There's mosquitoes on the river
    Fish are rising up like birds
    It's been hot for seven weeks now
    Too hot to even speak now
    Did you hear what I just heard?

    Say, it might have been a fiddle
    Or it could have been the wind
    But there seems to be a beat now
    I can feel it in my feet now
    Listen here it comes again

    There's a band out on the highway
    They're high-stepping into town
    It's a rainbow full of sound
    It's fireworks, calliopes and clowns
    Everybody's dancing

    Come on children, come on children
    Come on clap your hands

    Sun went down in honey
    And the moon came up in wine
    You know stars were spinning dizzy
    Lord the band kept us so busy
    We forgot about the time

    They're a band beyond description
    Like Jehovah's favourite choir
    People joining hand in hand
    While the music plays the band
    Lord they're setting us on fire

    Crazy rooster crowing midnight
    Balls of lightning roll along
    Old men sing about their dreams
    Women laugh and children scream
    And the band keeps playing on

    Keep on dancing through to daylight
    Greet the morning air with song
    No one's noticed but the band's all packed and gone
    Was it ever here at all?
    But they kept on dancing

    Come on children, come on children
    Come on clap your hands

    Well the cool breeze came on Tuesday
    And the corn's a bumper crop
    And the fields are full of dancing
    Full of singing and romancing
    The music never stopped

  • Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
    Dizzy with eternity
    Paint it with a skin of sky, brush in some clouds and sea
    Call it home for you and me
    A peaceful place, or so it looks from space
    A closer look reveals the human race
    Full of hope, full of grace, is the human face
    But afraid we may lay our home to waste

    There's a fear down here we can't forget
    Hasn't got a name just yet
    Always awake, always around
    Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down

    Now watch as the ball revolves and the night-time falls (note 1)
    And again the hunt begins and again the blood wind calls (note 2)
    By and by, again, the morning sun will rise
    But the darkness never goes from some men's eyes
    (Well I know)
    It strolls the sidewalk and it rolls the streets
    Staking turf, dividing up meat
    Nightmare spook, piece of heat
    It's you and me, you and me

    Click flash blade in ghetto night
    Rudy's looking for a fight
    Rat cat alley, roll them bones
    Need that cash to feed that Jones
    And the politicians throwing stones
    Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down

    Commissars and pinstripe bosses roll the dice
    Anyway they fall, guess who gets to pay the price? (note 3)
    Money green, or proletarian gray (note 4)
    Selling guns instead of food today (note 5)
    So the kids they dance and shake their bones
    And the politicians throwing stones
    Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down

    Heartless powers try to tell us what to think
    If the spirit's sleeping then the flesh is ink
    History's page will be neatly carved in stone
    The future's here, we are it, we are on our own
    On our own, on our own, we are on our own

    If the game is lost, then we're all the same
    No one left to place or take the blame
    We will leave this place an empty stone
    Or that shining ball of blue we call our home

    So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones
    And the politicians throwing stones
    Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down

    Shipping powders back and forth
    Singing black goes south and white comes north (note 6)
    And the whole world full of petty wars
    Singing I got mine and you got yours
    While the current fashions set the pace
    Lose your step, fall out of grace
    The radical, he rant and rage
    Singing someone got to turn the page
    And the rich man in his summer home
    Singing just leave well enough alone
    But his pants are down, his cover's blown
    And the politicians throwing stones
    So the kids, they dance, they shake their bones
    'Cause it's all too clear we're on our own
    Singing ashes, ashes, all fall down
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down

    Picture a bright blue ball just spinning, spinning free
    It's dizzying, the possibilities

    Ashes, ashes, all fall down
    [Ashes, ashes, all fall down]
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down
    [Ashes, ashes, all fall down]
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down
    [Ashes, ashes, all fall down]
    Ashes, ashes, all fall down
    [Ashes, ashes, all fall down]

  • Patience runs out on the junkie
    The dark side hires another soul
    Did he steal his fate or earn it
    Was he force-fed, did he learn it
    Whatever happened to his precious self control

    Like him I'm tired of trying to heal
    This tom-cat heart with which I'm blessed
    Is destruction loving's twin
    Must I choose to lose or win
    Maybe when my turn comes I will have guessed

    These are the horns of the dilemma
    What truth is proof against all lies
    When sacred fails before profane
    The wisest man is deemed insane
    Even the purest of romantics compromise

    What fixation feeds this fever
    As the full moon pales and climbs
    Am I living truth or rank deceiver
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Or the crime

    And so I wrestle with the angel
    To see who'll reap the seeds I sow
    Am I the driver or the driven
    Will I be damned to be forgiven
    Is there anybody here but me who needs to know

    What it is to face this fever
    As the full moon pales and climbs
    Am I living truth or rank deceiver
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Am I the victim or the crime
    Or the crime

  • Winter rain, now tell me why
    Summers fade and roses die
    The answer came, the wind and rain

    Golden hills now veiled in gray
    Summer leaves have blown away
    Now what remains, the wind and rain

    And like a desert spring my lover comes and spreads her wings
    (Knowing)
    Like a song that's born to soar the sky
    (Flowing)
    Till the waters all are dry
    (Growing)
    The loving in her eyes

    Circle songs and sands of time
    And seasons will end in tumbled rhyme
    And little change, the wind and rain

    And like a desert spring my lover comes and spreads her wings
    (Knowing)
    Like a song that's born to soar the sky
    (Flowing)
    Till the rivers all are dry
    (Growing)
    The loving in her eyes

    Winter gray and falling rain
    We'll see summer come again
    Darkness fall and seasons change
    (Gonna happen every time)
    Same old friends the wind and rain
    (We'll see summer by and by)
    Winter gray and falling rain
    (Summers fade and roses die)
    We'll see summer come again
    (Like a song that's born to soar the sky)

  • Morning comes, she follows the path to the river shore
    Lightly sung, her song is the latch on the morning's door (note 1)
    See the sun sparkle in the reeds; silver beads pass into the sea

    She comes from a town where they call her the woodcutter's daughter
    She's brown as the bank where she kneels down to gather her water
    And she bears it away with a love that the river has taught her
    Let it flow, greatly flow, wide and clear

    Round and round, the cut of the plow in the furrowed field
    Seasons round, the bushels of corn and the barley meal (note 2)
    Broken ground, open and beckoning to the spring; black dirt live again

    The plowman is broad as the back of the land he is sowing
    As he dances the circular track of the plow ever knowing
    That the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing
    Let it grow, let it grow, greatly yield (note 3)

    What shall we say, shall we call it by a name
    As well to count the angels dancing on a pin
    Water bright as the sky from which it came
    And the name is on the earth that takes it in
    We will not speak but stand inside the rain
    And listen to the thunder shout
    I am, I am, I am, I am

    So it goes, we make what we made since the world began
    Nothing more, the love of the women, work of men
    Seasons round, creatures great and small, up and down, as we rise and fall