LET IT RAIN

If you knew me you would stay
If you knew me you would walk away
We don't get black and white
Ours is only shadow light

This is how it goes
One year’s golden and the next one blows
It could be I am wrong
Mistaking breaking dusk for dawn
See I’ve heard of this before
My glass ceiling could be your ground floor
If I knew better I would stay
If I knew better I would walk away

Like the earth that splits and moans
A woman by her faults is known
I don't see cracks and sin
Only see how the light gets in

The grey sky it threatens rain above
As our love it threatens pain, my love
You can't hurt the one you already left behind
Walk it back, baby, take another breath, rewind
And let it rain, let it rain
There is nothing you could do
To make me turn my back on you
There is nothing you could say
I’ve imagined worse anyway
The waves break on the shore
The shore it only waits for more

Like the earth that splits and moans
A woman by her faults is known
I don't see cracks and sin
Only see how the light gets in

The grey sky it threatens rain above
As our love it threatens pain, my love
You can't hurt the one you already left behind
Walk it back, baby, take another breath, rewind
And let it rain, let it rain, let it rain

 

STARS

I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT SOME STARS IN THE SKY
SHINE A LIGHT FROM STARS THAT HAVE DIED LONG AGO
THAT EXPLAINS WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES
I SEE THE LIGHT FROM A LOVE THAT DIED LONG AGO

WHEN THE FIRE IS DEAD
HOW CAN IT BE THAT THE SPARKS STILL FLY?
THE GHOST YOU LEFT IN MY BED
THE STARS YOU STOLE FROM MY EMPTY SKY
STILL SHINE IN MY HEAD

I WILL ASK OF THE STARS IN THE SKY
IF IT’S TRUE THEY’RE NO LONGER ALIVE ANYMORE
CAN THEY STILL KEEP ON SHINING THEIR LIGHT?
SO THAT I MIGHT FIND MY WAY HOME TONIGHT

WHEN THE FIRE IS DEAD
HOW CAN IT BE THAT THE SPARKS STILL FLY?
THE GHOST YOU LEFT IN MY BED
THE STARS YOU STOLE FROM MY EMPTY SKY
STILL SHINE IN MY HEAD

SO I ASK OF THE LIGHT IN YOUR EYES
THE GHOST OF A LOVE THAT DIED LONG AGO
CAN YOU STILL KEEP ON SHINING, SHINING YOUR LIGHT?
SO THAT I MIGHT FIND MY WAY HOME ONE MORE NIGHT
TONIGHT

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THE THINGS

The things you said were not untrue
The things you wore were okay too
The things you kept the things you threw away
The things you thought I never knew will stay

The love I showed was partly cold
The things I said were mostly true
The things you did were partly known
The dreams I have will go untold, yeah

They say what fate deals, time heals all wounds
Well tell that to my heart that bleeds
Cause if the hands of fate and time were truly by my side      
I could look at you today without crying

The thing I was to you was gone
The thing you were to me was blue
The thing I wanted to unfold and turn
Make paper tigers into gold or burn

They say what fate deals, time heals all wounds
Well tell that to my heart that bleeds
‘Cause if the hands of fate and time were truly by my side     I could look at you today without dying

The things we said we’d never say
If things get tough we’ll say them anyway

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UNSAID UNDONE

Powerlessness my only power
Hopelessness my only hope
I see the girl up in the tower
But my hands can't grasp the rope
No my hands can't grasp the rope

Unsaid undone, unsaid unsung
You can call me names but I won't come
Unsaid unsung, unsaid undone
I'll just eat my words and move on

Mediocrities for hourly fees
Cutting down forests to save the trees    
Trafficking sin on idiot wind
Ripped us apart by degrees
Ripped us apart at the seams

Unsaid undone, unsaid unsung
You can call me names but I won't come
Unsaid unsung, unsaid undone
I'll just eat my words and move on

On the map of the world, he stands alone
With his dreams and his demons: "Hic Sunt Dracones"
Call him a monster, yeah, you can call him a sinner    
Shake hands with the devil, that dude's a winner    
Set a place for the devil cause he's staying for dinner

Unsaid undone, unsaid unsung
You can call my name but I won't come
Unsaid unsung, I said I’m done
Just eat my words and move on
Yeah, just eat my words and move on
Just eat my words and move on

 

LATELY IT'S ALWAYS DECEMBER

Cowgirl gaze and a sailor's mouth
Legs for days and a home down South
You had the answers, no matter they were wrong
You had that come hither go away but don't be gone too long

Gypsy ways and the sideways smile
You bet on forever but got dealt just a while
You slept with your boots on, how'd I miss that sign?
You're not even yours now, how the hell could you be mine?  

But maybe you can remember
And baby you can dream
Lately things have been better
It only hurts when I breathe
And if I close my eyes I see
Whatever I want to see

Don't know who to talk to  
Don't know what hand to hold
Don't know who to hang up on
Or how to keep the fool from fool's gold

There's a key that we lost
To the door in the floor
There's a line that's been crossed
That says no, hell no, no more
Cold blue stares and all this back and forth
It's raining in the East and it's frozen up North
The sun sinks West past the dark side of the moon
The streets are all iced over and our love lays in ruin 

Maybe it hurts to remember
But baby it hurts not to dream
It hurts when you turn out the lights at night
And see what I want you to see
If you close your eyes forever
Can't you see what you wanna see?

Maybe you get the feeling
That things aren't quite as they seem
It hurts when you close your eyes at night
It hurts when you sleep and dream

And lately it's always December
Things are as bad as they seem
It hurts all the time
‘Cause it's only you, only you that I dream

 

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WHEN THE TIME COMES

When the time comes
All I have done
All that is and all that was
All I've torn and mourned, destroyed, and undone
Will be seen as one
We will be as one
When the time comes

I know why my caged bird sings
He's blaming others for cagey things
The devil you know and the angel in the wings
Are revealed as one
It's always just begun
When the time comes

The future runs up ahead of me
Holding hands with my sometime enemy
The present cannot keep its shit together
It's only the past that lasts forever

We will see that we have seen
Our kingdom come and gone
When the time comes

Jack and Jill ran out on their bill
When Jack fell down, he found his crown
When Jill came tumbling after
That’s when they died of laughter
We recall all rhymes and songs
The exiled shall again belong
We will see that what we seek
Was in sight all along
When the time comes
When the time comes
When the time comes

 
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3000

East and West stare each other down
Opposing sides of a divided town
Like soldiers frozen in the coldest war
They've forgotten what they're fighting for

I keep to my side and see
The moon watching over you and me
When you dream do you still keep up the fight
Deaf to my footsteps in the middle of the night?

3000, 3000
3000 steps in the dark
3000 steps across the park
3000 steps might take some more
3000 steps to your door 

When I hit the reservoir
It's then I know I don't have far
When I roll down Madison
You're about to find out why I've come


3000, 3000
3000 steps to have my say
3000 steps on feet of clay
3000 steps so close so far
3000 steps in the park

I will walk through the meadows of sheep
Towards you hidden in the shadows of sleep
I will ramble through the strawberry fields
Each step another sign of what I feel

You and I shoot each other down
Opposing sides of a broken crown
If we survive this civil war
We will recover what's worth fighting for 

3000, 3000
3000 steps through heaven and hell
3000 steps forget about twelve
3000 steps might as well be the moon
3000 steps from you
3000 steps from you

 

HELL OR HIGHWATER

Done some good and I've done some bad
Like any man I bet
A man of words is a man of lies, but
Words is all I get
I can't make you feel safe and sound
They got guns and crosses for that
I can only hang around        
Until you realize where it's at

‘Cause I can't make it rain
And I can’t make it shine
And I can't turn this shitstorm we’re in
To some rainbow sunshower of holy red wine

But in the test of our love
In the test of my love
In the test of our love, darling
Yeah, if it’s multiple choice I gotta mark
None of the above but

I said I'd love you forever, come hell or highwater, well babe the flood's in
Take my hand, fire purges, let rivers wash us clean of our sins
I'll see you all in white again, we'll beat the devil, all ill will be well
I will stand here forever, come on rushing waters, heartbreak and hell

I can't turn day into night
I can't turn lead into gold
I'm not even sure I can see the light
To get us off this goddamn dead end road


‘Cause I can't make it rain     
And I can't make it shine
I could try to erase the past of pain
But honestly, baby, who has that kinda time?

So in the test of our love
When push comes to shove
In the test of our love, darlin’
Yeah, if it‘s multiple choice I’m gonna mark
All of the above cause

I said I'd love you forever, come hell or highwater, well babe the flood's in
Take my hand, fire purges, let rivers wash us clean of our sins
I'll see you all in white again, we'll beat the devil, all ill will be well
I will stand here forever, come on rushing waters, heartbreak and hell

I won't wipe away the tears you cry
With any tissue of lies
You can build your life on empty promises
Or with a man who promises to try
See ‘cause, I can stand out in the rain
And I can work under the sun
And I can out wait your disdain
Till all this nonsense is done

I said I'd love you forever, come hell or highwater, well babe the flood's in
Take my hand, fire purges, let rivers wash us clean of our sins
I'll see you all in white again, we'll beat the devil, all ill will be well
I will stand here forever, come on rushing waters, heartbreak and hell

 

THE RAIN SONG

People just keep movin' around
Tryin' to find a place in the sun  
Layin' their towels and their troubles down
When you feel like the day's too long
Nowhere to hide nowhere you belong
Put your hand out feel the heavens come down to you
Love is all you need that's what the book of John taught you

But you wanna see clouds above
And I know that better than anyone
Because my darling, it's the rain you love
It'll always be raining in this song
 
Years from now when you're old and grey
Stories of your beauty just empty hearsay
The way I look at you will make you young again
These humble chords will gather clouds above
My words will seed those clouds with love
Our memories will ring sweetness ‘round the pain
A fistful of love in a box of rain 

Baby, baby now it won't be long
If you're feeling down and put upon
Nothing this strong could ever be wrong
It's always raining in this song 

Now baby I'm not a meteorologist
Or an armchair astrologist    
But I don't need no weatherman     
To tell me when to take a stand

Now baby, baby as the heavens descend
You and I will say amen
This old cold front will move along
Baby, baby as the heavens descend
You and I will make amends
Meet me back here where you belong

It's always raining
It's always raining
It's always raining in this song  

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ANOTHER YEAR

Another year has come and gone, another chance to right a wrong
Another year has come and gone, lost another chance to rewrite the song
Another home, some other love, another god set high above
Some other lie we tell ourselves to pass the time before the bell

I can't live long enough to bring you around
I can't sing loud enough to make a sound
I can't live long enough to bring the world quite ‘round
I can't sing loud enough to make a sound

Snow came down, I took my pride, drown it by the riverside
But I was burned ‘cause it returned, washed back upon the tears you cried
Another chance to make it whole, to try an unfamiliar role
Another day has slipped away, to hide behind what others say

I can't live long enough to bring you around
I can't sing loud enough to make a sound
I can't live long enough to bring the world quite ‘round
I can't sing loud enough to make a sound

Another year just came and went
And I can't tell you what was heaven sent
Another man has come and gone
Sorry for what he got wrong

I can't live long enough to bring you around
I can't sing loud enough to make a sound
I can't live long enough to bring the world quite ‘round
I can't sing loud enough to make you make a sound

 

PASSENGER

On the road alone
Driving free and clear
Heavy foot, heavy heart  
But I feel you near
Objects in the mirror are farther than they appear  
Objects in the mirror are not what they appear

I see the sky and the ocean
The rise and the fall
What my mind regrets
My heart accepts
Passing witness to the crazy costume ball
Lonely witness to the beauty of it all

Though you’re not there, I turn to stare
No matter where you are
I drive with you everywhere
The passenger in my car  
The passenger of my heart

It's been 5 years since I've seen you
People ask why I don't grieve you
The secret’s not plain to see
I carry you dear to me
I carry you near in the shotgun seat right here next to me
Ever present right hand girl right here next to me  
Though you’re not there, I turn to stare

No matter where you are
I drive with you everywhere
The passenger in my car  
The passenger of my heart

On the road to somewhere
Into the great wide open
Where I go I don't care
But I won’t give up hopin’
‘Cause with you at my side, I'll drive all night to get there
With you inside I'll drive all night to the heart of nowhere

Though you’re not there, I turn to share
No matter where you are
I’ll drive with you everywhere
The passenger in my car  
The passenger of my heart
The passenger of my heart
Shotgun of my heart

 

POSITIVELY MADISON AVE

Jokerman takes off his mask
Reveals a car salesman at last
Says, "Grow up son, you know it's just a masquerade
Now be a good boy and get me and the boss a Gatorade
You can work up quite a thirst
Watching all them bubbles burst.”

I was following Gandhi on the Twitter
He tweeted, "Son, I don't like to see you bitter
But if you wanna get in this kinda shape
Well, it's abstinence and a protein shake
Or you could lose your appetite
Watching wrong pass for right”
Yeah, you could lose your appetite
Watching wrong pass for right

Save me a place at the bar
Bobby Dylan was sellin' cars
All hail the stripes and the stars
Bobby Dylan was sellin' cars

Lawyers, critics, bloggers, vultures,
Pick their percentage off the carcass of the culture
In Rome we fiddle, as corporations
Pull out to other nations, give Mother Earth a facial
All men are created equal (more or less)             
Free to negotiate a sequel (God bless)  

Don't call me a hypocrite naive
You can take as good as give and still believe
Motown Slim pitches a lucky seven   
While a beleaguered Pete Seeger has to hitch his way to heaven
Oh I have learned the victors' secrets
You can shill panties and still remain a genius

Save me a place at the bar
Bobby Dylan was sellin' cars
All hail the stripes and the stars
Bobby Dylan was sellin' cars
I don't wanna complain
But this whole world seems strange
The writing on the wall I think
Was written in disappearing ink

I'm sure your morals are beyond reproach
But it's not like I'm asking you to fly coach
I know it's uncool not to be ironic
And I know that you're bulletproof iconic
I really shouldn't be throwin' stones
‘Cause chasin' spooks on Fox I made my bones
We’re all guilty as sin
Of looking for someone we can keep from gettin' in
And those who used to hustle hope
Fashion nooses now out of the velvet rope
But I guess there's nothing much to do
‘Cause only you could write the song to get to you
I guess there's nothing much to do
’Cause only you could write the song to get to you

Save me a place at the bar
Bobby Dylan was sellin' cars
Well I guess I should be going
Oh shit, is that Leonard Cohen?