People Watching

The hard part was over, he’d made it all the way through alive

Nobody had seen him like that before

Gliding all the way across the country side 

It was two minutes ‘till midnight, there was a cool breeze in the air, 

a cloud of steam left his mouth left his mouth as he exhaled deeply and vanished into the air. 

 

He looked about the skyline with an admiring stare, as if all the gods he’d ever read about were gathered there to see how he would fair and they’d say, 

 

Ooooh look at him go! He’s got the world beneath his feet. He’s letting everybody know. 

Ooooh look at him go! He’s got us wrapped around his finger. He’s got us humming every note. 

 

As he rose in front of millions, he imagined to himself. That he was talking to them and they were listening to him, and this is what he said, “you know my heart’s beating, hand’s feeling, brain’s reeling experiencing different levels of things—can’t be explained that easily. And the earth is spinning—at one thousand forty miles an hour and we can’t even feel it. And that doesn’t seem to affect the things we do every day, and that makes me say, 

 

Ooooh look at him go! He’s got the world beneath his feet. He’s letting everybody know. 

Ooooh look at him go! He’s got us wrapped around his finger. He’s got us humming every note. 

 

 

Levee’s

 

You heard a voice that was calling

saying that a storm was going to come

that the water level would be rising 

and there wouldn’t be any time to run

you think about all the water crashing 

into the levees from the sea

you're scared to death of what that could mean

you’re one of life's finer mysteries

 

You go on down to fix your levee

you put up all your bags of sand 

all the while the water keeps pouring out

and you can’t fill the cracks with your hands

the rain keep falling down 

and no-one stops

but to see

the lonely man up against his levee

you’re one of life’s finer mysteries 

 

You think about the life that you’ve led

wonder if those cracks have always been seen 

you nail one last board up to your levy 

and pray it doesn’t burst at the seams 

you’re one of life's finer mysteries 

 

 

Plain

Four o’clock in the morning 

and I’m still awake 

the dogs are barking 

I’m staring out my window 

the sky’s as grey as a piece of slate 

let me be plain to ya 

when I say I can’t get you off my mind 

don’t think I’m lying, ‘cause baby I’ve tried 

 

I made some dates with your best friends 

I threw our pictures away 

the one of you in that green dress with white lace 

we were in love on our first date 

let me be plain to ya

words aren’t the easiest things I breathe 

and you said it all, when you said nothing at all

 

I get the feeling you’re not coming back

that’s understandable to me 

if you’d have put me through half the mess I put you through 

I would have begged you to leave 

I hate giving up. 

I hate when I’m the one giving up 

 

I ain’t much for being alone 

reminds me of my mistakes 

it’s hard for me to admit that I’ve done anything wrong

some romances are harder to fake 

let me be plain to ya 

when I say I can’t get you off my mind 

don’t think I’m lying, ‘cause baby I’ve tried

 

Summer Day

To the rails. I’m speeding faster as I go

Quarter-mile, I was on fire before I ever saw the smoke 

Awake the daze. I’m stuck reeling from the initial blow

Calling out. Can you hear me. 

Will they even know I’m here

 

In the end they asked me if I knew her name 

If I told them would I ever feel the same 

That every part of me regrets that summer day

Nobody wants to be the one to blame 

 

Eager words, they keep falling from my mouth 

Willing ears, never felt better from the start

Chase my blame. 

Would you have noticed had you not been told 

Call my bluff. Watch me stumble 

Stumble as I lose control 

 

In the end they asked me if I knew her name 

If I told them would I ever feel the same 

That every part of me regrets that summer day

Nobody wants to be the one to blame 

 

Lights a flash. Below my heels time was all that froze 

Catch my breath, I now can see how it all unfolds 

 

In the end they asked me if I knew her name 

If I told them would I ever feel the same 

That every part of me regrets that summer day

Nobody wants to be the one to blame 

 

 

Another Man’s Blues

I want to be the energy from the storm rolling over the city tonight 

I want to be the fire burning up the trees on the mountain side 

I want to be the smoke and the mirrors that will help you believe the lies 

I want to burn so bright that you can warm your hands up by the light

 

Boom Boom Boom that’s another man’s blues I’m telling you

 

I want to fall into the Earth and help something beautiful grow

I want to be the pressure at the depths of the ocean that are going to keep you from it’s floor 

I want to be all them answers that will help you come out on top 

I want to love until it burns, until it hurts, or until this feeling stops 

 

Boom Boom Boom that’s another man’s blues I’m telling you

 

Hand me Downs

I’m tired of all these hand me downs 

So I drove out West to a neighboring town. It was a long drive. 

I got caught right away at the edge of the bar 

By a man breaking down in a fancy scarf. It was a rough start. 

He was telling me about his wife and his kids

How that family life just wasn’t for him and he was long gone

I thought man, why the hell are you talking to me? 

What could I say that’s going to give you reprieve. It was a long shot. 

 

Are you tired of running up against the wind? 

You can’t turn back time to find out where to begin 

it’s been a long ride. 

There’s a time to remember and a time to forget, 

but a life spent wishing is a life to regret 

it’s been a long ride 

 

I managed to wiggle out with out squaring off 

When I heard a bar band kicking off. Thought I’d catch a few tunes

It was the same old shit stamped with a Nashville star 

Four guys with day jobs and expensive guitars. 

They were living the dream, playing make believe 

I put my heels to the floor and I turned it around 

smoked a dry cigarette that I had found 

told myself I was losing all hope. Man, I was losing. 

 

Am I tired of running up against the wind? 

Can’t turn back time to find out where to begin 

it’s been a long ride. 

There’s a time to remember and a time to forget, 

but a life spent wishing is a life to regret 

it’s been a long ride 

 

Is there a place that I can go that’s at least a little in between

The brand of sack cloth I’ve been wearing and the holy robes of sanctity 

Is there a word that I can say that will give you something more to glean from 

is there a line that I can live that will make you feel more free? 

 

If You Go

She’s a fine new lover and you’re welcome here to boast

this ain’t the kind of place to waste on pleasantries 

When that heart of your’s comes under every look and touch she offers 

You know I won’t expect to see you ‘round this place

 

And if you go she will follow 

and if she falls you will tremble 

It’s the love that costs the most that makes you break

And if you go she will follow

And if she’s gone you will wander 

Always looking for that lover in your dreams

 

There is much about a woman that can be so captivating 

It’s brought many men and fortunes to their waste 

But for all those men and fortunes wouldn’t be worth one single nothin’ 

If it wasn’t for the lover that they chased 

 

And if you go she will follow 

and if she falls you will tremble 

It’s the love that costs the most that makes you break

And if you go she will follow

And if she’s gone you will wander 

Always looking for that lover in your dreams

 

When you see your love as it passes you buy

It will tear through you heart for years 

And the pain in your heart leaves you lonely for life 

And love is gone 

 

She’s a fine new lover and you’re welcome here to boast

this ain’t the kind of place to waste on pleasantries 

When that heart of your’s comes under every look and touch she offers 

You know I won’t expect to see you ‘round this place

 

Trouble Deep

Since I was born, I’ve walked this road

For forty years and many more

Since I could see he was gone 

my only father he was gone 

 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep 

In loneliness is where I’ll keep 

All my thoughts too sad to reach 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep 

 

As I grew up I hid my cares 

I saw no reason to show my wares 

I called your name, but you would not come 

I cried all night, but you would not come 

 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep 

In loneliness is where I’ll keep 

All my thoughts too sad to reach 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep

 

I had my doubts I had my blame 

Where does this man get his name 

Left alone to confront my shame 

Where does this man forget his name 

 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep 

In loneliness is where I’ll keep 

All my thoughts too sad to reach 

Help me lord, I’m in trouble deep

 

 

We Were Young

She was in love with an idea since she was a child 

The picture perfect man in the back of her mind 

I couldn’t live up to the image she’d set aside 

We Were Young 

 

Big river rolls along out side of our town

The water moving slowly as we made our way around 

All the problems we’ve been facing and the ones that we’ve ignored 

We Were Young 

 

Thoughts on pages don’t mean a thing 

But we’re writing our stories like they’re history 

 

It took us years for us to break free from the damage that we’ve done 

Never honest with each other and too weak to shoot the gun

I’ve broken many hearts before, but never dragged it out this long. 

We Were Young 

 

Corn fields turned to stubble when the harvest was done 

Dying leaves look like tiny fires as they made their fall

The brittle air it stung my cracked hands 

As I held on to your door 

We Were Young