By the Blue Lake

He watched the sky in troubled times
It said be the change in mind and you will find
They have a song, they have a way, they have a place
Where they spoke his every word, but lost his name
By the blue
By the Blue Lake
In the cool shade

The shadow counted change and thoughts and took to flight
Committing none to one, but for a night
Though trips to bars, well they offered what they could
It just seemed to foster hatred and seemed it should
By the blue
By the Blue Lake
In the cool shade
I heard a song By the Blue Lake
In the cool shade

ooooooo, ooooooo, ooooooo

Now the field is wide and their bones all rest
With their heads in line
And as the fires rise, won’t the dead decide or will they try
And as the years go by, won’t the lord divide your tears
From mine?

He left his home and headed west
It seemed the only place a wanderer could go
He wondered if the path was best and what for the good?
But settled on a smile just like he should . . .
By the blue
By the Blue Lake
In the cool shade
I heard a song By the Blue Lake
In the cool shade
In the cool shade
In the cool shade
In the cool shade

Country Club Road

Take the late night train on the party line
For a good laugh and a good ol’ time
Then take a stance on the brink of fame
And fall in love when he talks that way

Where everything’s cool on a Country Club Rd.
Where it’s all fine and it’s all good

12 years gone by, it don’t look the same
Now Jessie’s girl went and changed her name
She’s looking outside for a better place
A better car and a better face

Where everything’s cool on a Country Club Rd.
Where it’s all fine and it’s all good

Where the lights always green and skies are blue
Daddy’s always nice and his bride brand new
You say you’re livin’ a dream face down on a bar,
Just another drink will make you a star

Where the lights always green and skies are blue
Daddy’s always nice and his bride brand new
You say you’re livin’ a dream face down on a bar,
Just another drink will make you a star

Everything’s cool on Country Club Rd.
Til’ your back from school and the curtains are groovin’
Everything’s cool on Country Club Rd.
Where it’s all fine and it’s all good

Crickets Dance

They’re face to face brows tight
But the mood of the night light
They all know about the joke in them
But shudder through the cold wind

A sad view but we made do
Miles and miles in the shade blue
In a mask of a love muse
Was a hand with a king noose

And as the echos frown
There’s a lonely sound and so it goes
And in the mourning sun
We’ll paint the ground oh, a town of gold

Idol words won’t find right
And made real through a fools sight
The crickets scream and shout the past dead
Natures got them surrounded

And as the echos frown
There’s a lonely sound and, so it goes
And in the mourning sun
We’ll paint the ground oh, a town of gold

When I hear the rivers dancin’
It’s all full of chances and harmony
And in the morning sun
We’ll all be dancers in our sleep

Oh . . . the Crickets Dance
Last chance to make amends
Oh . . . the Crickets Dance
In a fate full of unseen plans . . .
And misguided hands

Don’t Waste My Time

Started off as no mystery
Now we’re caught in a game of jealousy
Day by day we start to break
What we had and the magic slips away

No, no. I didn’t know
That you were something other than what we really could have been

Thought we were something that’s meant to be
I can see you as everything to me
But you’ve been lost for so long
So Don’t Waste My Time

When we met you took me for a ride
There was no place better than by your side
Just a love waiting patiently
Now I’m here in a place I don’t want to be

No, no. I didn’t know
That you were something other than what we really could have been

Thought we were something that’s meant to be
I can see you as everything to me
But you’ve been lost for so long
So Don’t Waste My Time

I’ve been holding on by a thread
But now that’s broken too since you left me here again

Thought we were something that’s meant to be
I can see you as everything to me
But you’ve been lost for so long
So Don’t Waste My Time

Doo Wop in the Restroom

Well I sat down on the can
Tried to get away from all that I didn’t need
But to feel I wasn’t alone
In the barber shop, in the mall, or on the phone
It was the business man with a jam
They had bottled Joel and standardized his flow
And when they petrified his soul
They took his dough and sent it down the bowl
And I was horrified . . .

Now there’s DOO WOP in the Restroom
They sang that DOO WOP in the Restroom
And they’d say what’s new, what’s good for you

Then I sat down at the desk
They were poppin’ up and dancing wild and free
Now I knew that it may be that I’m seeing things
But it all got very, very, very strange
So I went to check the mail
They were the only ones to send me a letter
And they knew just what I’d want to get me high
They acted like my friends and I wondered why
And I was horrified . . .

Now there’s DOO WOP in the Restroom
They sang that DOO WOP in the Restroom
And they’d say what’s new, what’s good for you

Doooo Whaaa Ooooo Whaaaa Oooooh
Ohhh Wah Ohhh Wah Oooooh
What’s new? What’s cool? What’s used? What’s you?
And they’d flush
And they’d growl
And they’d whine
And they’d howl
And they’d crush
And they’d blow
And they’d smoke
And they’d grow

Now there’s DOO WOP in the RESTROOM
They sang that DOO WOP in the RESTROOM
And they’d say what’s new, what’s good for you
Gonna get you something that’s fine
And they’d say what’s new, what’s good for you

End of the Band

Those strangers have been talkin’ got a lot to say
That the songs don’t make my day or pay my way
And in time those other girls might hear that tune
So soon I’ll let you know who makes the rules

When I think of the band
Were they enemies or were they friends?

It’s the end of the band
(Everyone join hands)
(Get with the plans)
Now you’ll get on with the life that they’ve been dreamin’ about
(for years)
Everyone’s happy when the band’s in tears
(Friends learn to dance)
They give advice
And trivialize those who roll the dice . . .
It’s the End of the Band . . . Oh no . . . you know . . . I told you so . . .

So tell me bout’ all of this, how it ain’t real
And I know how you really feel, it’s just a game
But you know you’re really really not one to say
Cause’ real life’s watching your dreams getting tamed and fading away

But mama don’t want me running around all over the streets of Beijing
And honey don’t want me messin’ around sayin’ hey mama to the girls on the street

It’s the end of the band
(Everyone join hands)
(Get on with the plans)
Now you’ll get on with the life that they’ve been dreamin’ about
(for years)
Everyone’s happy when the band’s in tears
(Friends learn to dance)
They give advice
And trivialize those who roll the dice . . . It’s the End of the Band

And mama don’t want me jumpin’ around
And honey don’t want me messin’ around
It’s the End of the Band . . . Oh no, you know, I told you so

I’ll Turn the Light Out for You

When you said you were lost I was a candle and a flame
Now I’m all out of rhyme and all out of pain
Now I’m used to holding out for things
That nobody thought were true
But if it’s all that I can do . . .
I’ll Turn the Light Out for You

I never wanted more than to see you truly smile
But just for a minute of time
You’d make me walk for miles and miles
Then you’d spend all your nights messin’ ’round
With any other fool
So if it’s all you want me to . . .
I’ll Turn the Light Out for You

Then you tried to take my money. Oh, but thats ok
While you’d tell me all the things we’re gonna do
Together, oh some special day
Now I’m trying to find the answers why Santa never came

I’ll always wonder why you’d take all of your time
To try to paint a picture of yourself there in my mind
Now you say the one I love, we’ll she never was true

So if it’s all that I can do . . .
I’ll Turn the Light Out for You
And if it’s all you want me to . . .
I’ll Turn the Light Out for You

No Hold on Me

Well they used to tie me down
So very low
Like a dog
Now I say what’s changed
When ya’ need that bone to live?
Yeah, I heard your rights
And how you’re fighting to be free

But hear what I say . . . . . you ain’t got No Hold On Me

You might force a hound
To run around
In your little box
You might make the ones
Who serve you bow
To your lucky dime
But I’m not down and I’m not high enough
Cause it’s all the same
And if that’s the price to be called the man, well then I’ll have no name . . .

But I’ll have no dead, no dead-fuckin’-line
I ain’t got no need, no need for luxury
So hear what I say . . . . . you ain’t got No Hold On Me
Hear what I say . . . you ain’t got No Hold On Me

Well it’s late, cause I was born and didn’t ask to bleed
I can’t part the seas, oh no and I don’t hold no penalties

But hear what I say . . . you ain’t got No Hold On Me
Ya’ hear what I say . . . you ain’t got No Hold On Me

Reign of the West

I move with long black clouds on the horizon
Where tombstones have claimed your rebel boys
And paved my road
With my time, I breed enemies just to tear them down
And I’m here to bring trouble to your mind and in your soul
Cause I’m the Reign of the West
I hold magic dust and I don’t rest
I breed fame like a hurricane
With six names for my six game

I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
The black crow only knows, only knows
That the devil took my home, took my home
Yeah, but he knows that I’m gonna return

When she moves all the flowers bloom in fiery red
But she’s made of disarray and her gods out of gold
Where once there was a song for the rain, now it’s only “me”
I hold the breath of the seas and rule the range
Cause I’m the Reign of the West
I hold magic dust and I don’t rest
I breed fame like a hurricane
With six names for my six game

I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
The black crow only knows, only knows
That the devil took my home, took my home
Yeah, but he knows that I’m gonna return

It’s been a long way down
For what I’ve found, oooooo ooo
And it feels so good
You can’t stop me now, you won’t stop me now

I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
The black crow only knows, only knows
That the devil took my home, took my home
Yeah, but he knows that I’m gonna return
I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
I’m on a roll, on a roll, on a roll
You won’t bring me down

Rockin’ Devil

His hair shot out like molten straw
Had a big ol’ buckle strap on a boot from the civil war
All the little girls from school would hit the floor
When he spoke with a zealous grin from his jumpin’ jaw

That Rockin’ Devil surely knows
He’s gonna get a rise

He’d light up the stage with some moves you can’t ignore
And in a few minutes the crowd would slide back to the door
But on the street when they heard that barkin’ from afar
They’d watch from a distance with the door ajar

With cameras drawn quick as guns in a rebels draw
They started to move their hips in a way that begged for more
He came out from the dark just to spread the truth
But however it happened, they started to move . . . that’s for sure

That Rockin’ Devil surely knows
He’s gonna get a rise
That Rockin’ Devil surely knows
It ain’t no surprise

Now whatever he brought around it was bulletproof
Cause it got real ugly when those tough guys started to shoot

They waited for all they’re claimed girls to gather round’
They looked him up and down and said “what’s that about?”
But to shut em’ up fast that Rockin’ Devil never had to shout
He hit em’ up with that vicious grin, and they were out

That Rockin’ Devil surely knows
He’s gonna get a rise
That Rockin’ Devil surely knows
There ain’t no surprise . . . so watch out now
(Jump jegga doom now now now, hey)
He’s gonna get a rise . . . so watch out now

San Fran Delta Man

Well he’s riding your tail in his truck on the road
While he talks of a future plan
Gonna mess you up
Take a hold of your mind but first, he’s claimin’ the lane
He may curse the town, then burn it down
And then leave without a trace
But when he’s on the ground
Just keep him down or he’ll wreck ya’ next day

He’s the San Fran Delta Man
Real real bad, but so very sad
San Fran Delta Man
Confetti dreams in a delta scene

Now don’t think the jerk don’t wear a skirt
And don’t prance around the halls
‘Til the spotlight sets like the sun in the club
And the world is all appalled
She’ll be near by with her chin up high
And then winkin’ at another guy
Then sayin’ it’s dirty in the limousine
When it sure looks mighty clean

She’s the San Fran Delta Man
Real real bad, but so very sad
San Fran Delta Man
Confetti dreams in a delta scene

Well he’d whisper the blues ’bout nothing and everything
But his trip was long and his paradise was a scene from a magazine
And about his love which he said was strong
Ain’t a man would get in the way
He’d flash smokin’ guns at the fireside
And make threats to keep em’ away

He’s the San Fran Delta Man
Real real bad, but so very sad
San Fran Delta Man
Confetti dreams in a delta scene
With his hands in the air and he just don’t care
San Fran Delta Man
Confetti dreams in a delta scene

Smoke in the Rearview Mirror

We met on the side of the road
He was down on his luck so I gave him a home
He would ride on my horse and he’d whistle a tune
He’d laugh about god and defy the rules
He thought he would live
He thought he’d be free

And he said “whoa, settle down” and the law said no, it’s alright
“Woah hey!!! . . . no, it’s alright”
I shot him down, down
Don’t say his name cause he’s just Smoke in the Rearview Mir’

Then I asked him for the truth. He just laughed and played.
Promises he made, were always miles away
One day he broke the door and he got on the phone
To pull some strings when he felt alone
He thought he would live
He thought he’d be more

And he said “whoa, settle down” and the law said no, it’s alright
“Woah hey!!! . . . no, it’s alright”
I shot him down, down
Don’t say his name cause he’s just Smoke in the Rearview Mir’

So I offered my pride and my truths I’d share
But he cursed and tore, and he said it’s all fair
Ya’ got somethin’ ya’ need now, ya’ jacked up pile of bones
Well you can talk to the father while you’re stone motherlovin’ cold

And he said “whoa, settle down” and the law said no, it’s alright
“Woah hey!!! . . . no, it’s alright”
I shot him down, down
Don’t say his name cause he’s just Smoke in the Rearview Mir’

The Open Road

Luanne was going through some stuff
She found a heart and would say enough

To keep it reading the changing lines
Of someone else’s mind
We planned a trip to the promised land
We drew pictures in the sand
But my love took a turn
Turns out I went there alone

I never knew
Never knew my lonesome friend
Just thought it would go some other way
Maybe I was never shown
But looking back, The Open Road
It’s the only road that I’ve ever known

I wrote a page in la bonna vie
Near a stranger in the sheets
But when I looked through the book one day
There was nothing but an empty page
Then I went to the desert sun
I met a man who said he’s the one
That I’m looking for
Now I search no more

I never knew
Never knew, my lonesome friend
Just thought it would go some other way
Maybe I was never shown
But looking back, The Open Road
It’s the only road that I’ve ever known

A little twisted up and lost
My thoughts were overthrown
Some price to pay for some unknown
I guess we’re out riding by ourselves
Just a while ’til we learn to be ok
Living wild and free

I never knew
Never knew, my lonesome friend
Just thought it would go some other way
Maybe I was never shown
But looking back, The Open Road
It’s the only road that I’ve ever known
It’s the only road that I’ve ever known
It’s the only road that I’ve ever known

(Thief of the) Midnight Sun

No love can fill a void
With no end to find
A thief will rob you blind
Til’ you say goodbye
All consequences fade
With the gold in sight
Old words are all less real
When the spirit dies

You took the spirit for your own
And flew straight into the sun
We really had them on the run
Good luck you Thief of the Midnight Sun

Their spoils all denied
By emptiness
Now reason tries to find
The rest in a widow’s mind
And can you free someone
From the jaws of denial?
No sense in wandering the past
The future will find yesterday

You took the spirit for your own
And flew straight into the sun
We really had them on the run
Good luck you Thief of the Midnight Sun

When I Shut the Door

I tamed a wild bull and all with a whistle from my lips
I healed a little kid and all with a drink of just two sips
But she wanted more and she hit me with a stone

I sat there by the doorstep singing sweet and endlessly
But lost to some wicked greed cause she chose it willingly
And I wondered why cause the gift was just a stone
Now please, oh please
Maybe you can’t see
But she loved me more, yeah more, oh . . . When I Shut the Door

She heard I stole a woman’s soul and I left her on the steps
Then left the poor and troubled minds lonely and unblessed
And that got her high and she came back to the porch
And from the floor she begged to give her more
Now please, oh please
Maybe you can’t see
But she loved me more, yeah more . . . When I Shut the Door

Oh, I may have cared a little much
But what’s the point of my time?
Could you be too kind?
But I said no more
Walked out the door
And that voice it made me sure . . .

Now please, oh please
Maybe you can’t see
But I loved her more, yeah more . . . When I Shut the Door
Now please, oh please
Maybe you can’t see
But I Loved Her More, yeah more . . . When I Shut the Door
Now you gotta’ believe (you got, got to believe)
She loved me more . . . When I Shut the Door