Arcana

 




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ACROSS THE LINE

I want to talk to her
But the years get in the way
If she could see through my eyes
I wonder what she’d say

The language that she speaks
Pours over me like wine
She’ll break nobody’s rules
As she steps across the line

She’ll break her share of hearts
She’s already broken mine
She did it without trying
With her face and walk so fine

Her body talks in riddles
Any man would want to solve
A pleasant way to waste your time
As night and day revolve

The language that she speaks
Pours over me like wine
She’ll break nobody’s rules
As she steps across the line

If she gave herself to me
The sky would surely fall
It’s best she doesn’t notice me
Doesn’t notice me at all

ALL THERE IS

Don’t look at me now
I ain’t the one
To tell you what you’re doing is right or wrong
Don’t look at me now
Don’t listen to what I say
I’m just trying to live through another day

I’m just trying
To betray you with a kiss
Asking myself is this all there is

Don’t look at me now
I’m moving on
Just passing through I will soon be gone
Don’t look at me now
I’m nothing but a ghost
I have no idea what you need the most

Don’t look at me now
I’m deaf and dumb
I can’t tell you what is to come
Don’t look at me now
In my ancient pose
I’m just a poor boy hiding in a rich man’s clothes

Don’t look at me now
Except to say
Our paths crossed in the briefest way
Don’t look at me now
For answers I don’t know
Just set me free let me go

 

BLUE HIGHWAYS

I came in from the East
From the belly of the beast
To this place where nothing matters
To this place where no one dreams
Where the future disappears in history’s screams

Everything was said in fun
No harm meant no damage done
But no one here was laughing
No one here saw the joke
You could tell what they were thinking but no one spoke

Used cars and damaged lives
(The harmonica plays)
Used cars and damaged lives
On these blue highways

You stand there face to face
But they’re staring into space
Through eyes their fathers gave them
And they’ll give to their sons
That way no one panics no one runs

Little to call theirs
And long-unanswered prayers
They have no one to blame
So they hate themselves instead
They blur the line between the living and the dead

 

REALITY WILL BREAK YOUR HEART

There’s not much I haven’t done
And even less I haven’t seen
I’ve been all those places
And the stages in between
But a mutual friend
Said keep myself apart
Dreams may not be real
But reality will break your heart

After you have changed the world
After you have said it all
It’s okay to stumble ’cause
You got no place to fall
But a mutual friend
Said keep the songs apart
The man is just the man
And reality will break your heart

The evening sky is still bright
Gently holding back the night
We see things in fading light
We never saw before

Oh so few women understand
Just what drives the hearts of men
These walls we build from things
We think we’ll never do again
But a mutual friend
Said keep the love apart
It will always comfort you
But reality will break your heart

 

MY FATHER’S SON

Taller than you by the age of twelve
Took me years to understand
It’s not in feet and inches
That you measure a man

All that I want said of me
When all is said and done
I was my father’s son
I was my father’s son

I couldn’t like the things you liked
No matter how I tried
Hope I kept it hidden
How that tore me up inside

We could have talked a little more
Not wasted so much time
You had your troubles this I know
And I had mine

My father’s son
My father’s son

The years they brought us closer
But they take with the other hand
Too soon the man and child
Are memory and man

 

THEIR WORLD NOW

We became invisible
Quite some time ago
But ah we once were men
Let the record show
We blazed our paths through time
Until time was done with us
Now our replacements ask
We go without a fuss

We look at the young girls
And our hearts must make a vow
To never say a word
‘cause it’s their world now

Once we were the heroes
Of the stories that we write
Reshaping everything
Changing day and night
No shortage of excuses
As we rocketed through years
We had many ways
To calm our fears

There is a certain calm
That only time can bring
We’d trade it in a heartbeat
For one final fling
One trip around the passions
Ah that we’d like to take
To feel the flames of new love
To feel the old heart break

 

THE 12TH BAR BLUES

I got the 12th bar blues
Ah they’re pounding in my head
I’m feeling like tomorrow I may wake up dead

Her name was Margarita
Hair as black as night
If she came to you no man alive would put up a fight

There’s a cowboy in the corner
Fast asleep beneath his hat
He may be a famous actor who found fame ain’t where it’s at

The jukebox looks quite ancient
But it’s singing it ain’t broke
Every title on it sounds like the punchline of a joke

There’s a couple at a table
She’s begging him to go
She has to get him out of here before he’s crippled down below

There’s a woman I remember
But I don’t recall where from
By the way she looks at me I guess I broke my rule of thumb

Now the ceiling’s changing places
Changing places with the floor
For the hundredth time tonight I say I ain’t doing this no more

These places have no mirrors
That’s so we can’t see the scars
We’re drowning in the gutter but we’re…we’re looking at the stars

 

NEVER MEANT TO KNOW

The lines in my face
Will lead you to my heart
If you really want to see what’s on show
They’ll tell you who I am
And why I don’t give a damn
And why right now I have to go
Before I tell you things you were never meant to know

The sound of my voice
Will lead you to my soul
A lonely place where everything moves so slow
You can say the fault is mine
That I failed to read the signs
On that corner all those years ago
When I told her things she was never meant to know

It was never meant to be like this
So close your eyes
Give me a kiss
Follow me down
It was never meant to be like this
So close your eyes
Give me a kiss
Follow me down to where tomorrow dies

The feel of my touch
Will lead you to yourself
To the river where all our feelings flow
You may see the way ahead
Where the living and the dead
Are just a tiny step from yes to no
And we learn things we were never meant to know

 

BY MORNING

I have seen the fire in the heavens
I have seen the stars that choose to fall
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

Traveling the world as a stranger
Answering the lonely spirit’s call
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

Days when the sky smiles upon you
Days when your back’s against the wall
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

Time winds down like a clockwork toy
Everything bows down that once was tall
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

Some men blaze a trail of golden ashes
Others are forever made to crawl
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

It often seems that hatred wins the battles
But it’s never won a war as I recall
I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

I’ll be there by morning
Or I won’t be there at all

 

CRAWLING BLUES

I put my faith in Jesus
For a minute or two
I was told he walked on water but he never came through
So I put my faith in his father
And the stories of old
Then I saw his disciples chasing fame and gold

Ah we all get there
We all get there some day
But sometimes it feels like you’re crawling all the way

I put my faith in the devil
We met at the crossroads one night
But I couldn’t read his offer I needed a little more light
So I put my faith in a woman
My best wasn’t good enough
Seems she met the devil too and they fell in love

I put my faith in a bottle
Put my faith in alcohol
I remember I saw all the answers but I can’t recall
So I put my faith in the future
And the sound of distant drums
But I wasted all my time ‘cause tomorrow never comes

So I put my faith in nothing
Nothing left for me to do
But now I know for certain nothing is true

 

THE DREAMS OF MEN (ACOUSTIC VERSION)

Somewhere in the past there’s a reason
Somewhere a word we didn’t say
Somewhere the road not taken
Somewhere a price we didn’t pay

Somewhere a promise was broken
Somewhere a heart broke too
Somewhere a pain crossed over
From me to you

We can never know what happened
Ah we never will
We can never know what happened
On the far side of the hill

Somewhere the sun is going down
Somewhere it will rise again
Time just keeps on flying
Has no time for the dreams of men

We can never know what happened
Ah we never will
We can never know what happened
On the far side of the hill

Time just keeps on flying
Has no time for the dreams of men

 

SOMETHING YOU WANT

Time is a coward and just runs away
Says I’ll be seeing you some other day
There’s always a price to pay
For something you want

I’ve seen that look in your eyes
They take it on when you’re telling lies
Somewhere the real you cries
There’s something you want

Do I have something you need
A desire in your heart I can feed
But for starters are we agreed
There’s something you want

All the love that we once knew
Lies broken and bleeding on 8th Avenue
The only thing that is still true
There’s something you want

Your heart was always like this
Wanting your freedom but wanting a kiss
You don’t know what it is
This something you want

I’ve heard this talk before
Promises made with one hand on the door
The only thing that we know for sure
There’s something you want

THE END OF DAYS

Ugly people in pretty places
The pain of now on ancient faces
Everywhere the story’s the same
History dies façades remain

Is this the end of days
Am I awake or dreaming
Is this the way the world will end
Fast asleep but screaming

New Jersey hair and a Hollywood face
So-called style that has no place
In a world that thinks in a world that cares
We’re caught in the future’s Botox stares

Let me out please let me go
Where there’s more to see and know
Where truth and right are recognized
And thinking is not criticized

Take me back so far from here
When differences were loud and clear
When people knew who they were
Before mindlessness was de rigueur

Ugly people in pretty places
The pain of now on ancient faces
Everywhere the story’s the same
History dies façades remain

 

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Ain’t looking forward – ain’t looking back
Don’t know who I am – I lost track
I got lost in the sea of souls
In this charade I played many roles

I know the sky ain’t falling
I know it’s not a crime
To live your life one day at a time

Ain’t asking questions – ain’t asking for
Your forgiveness on the killing floor
I trust my dreams to get me through
The days and nights of missing you

From London town to Tokyo
There I am wherever I go
People smiling – knives in backs
The future falling through the cracks

So call my name – I may turn around
Or just ignore that distant sound
In a world of pain there is no end
Last thing I need is another friend

From New Orleans to the Jersey Shore
Everybody asking – There must be more
More to life than what they see
They may be right but don’t ask me

So now it’s time to close the door
On all we said – and all we saw
It don’t matter what I do now
It’s all just pieces of a broken vow

 

LIFE GOES ON

A new sunrise
Lovers say their goodbyes
The day begins
Only fools confess their sins
We all know something’s wrong but life goes on

We obey the law
Of what’s been done before
Avoiding the fire
Of unspoken desire
We all know something’s wrong but life goes on

We may know the sweet taste of success
Know what it’s like to fail
Either way life comes down to a half-price sale

We all pursue
What we think is true
Then we realize
It’s all made of lies
We all know something’s wrong but life goes on

I have seen the curse of a famous father
Make your road a steeper climb
By the time you’d found the word he’d already found the rhyme

We play the clown
With all our defenses down
We play the fool
The game becomes the rule
We all know something’s wrong but life goes on

 

LOVE AIN’T EASY

Blond hair on the white sheets she looked at him and said
Love ain’t easy
He said can I offer you something else instead
If love ain’t easy

What more can there be
(Her blue eyes turning red)
Love’s just you and me
Lost inside this bed
Love ain’t easy

She let him in her body but never in her heart
Love ain’t easy
But he was young and willing to simply play his part
‘Cause love ain’t easy

Fear kept her from feeling all there is to feel
Love ain’t easy
Her dream of love replacing the kind of love that’s real
Love ain’t easy

Blond hair on the white sheets she looked at him and said
Love ain’t easy
He said can I offer you something else instead
If love ain’t easy

 

THE LIKES OF YOU AND I

The way it was – the way it is
And the way it soon will be
Might as well be different worlds
For the likes of you and me
Some people stay in one place
It’s here they live and die
But life is not that simple
For the likes of you and I

There’s killing time and time to kill
And time to wait and see
Time is just a lame excuse
For the likes of you and me
We’ll never know the reason
Grown men bend and cry
There’s no light beyond the sunset
For the likes of you and I

It’s like it never happened
Except inside your head
For the likes of you and me babe
It’s all better left unsaid

Nothing changes – nothing stays unchanged
Or forever free
Everything is here and now
For the likes of you and me
People talk in riddles
Of how they’ve seen time fly
The time is always now
For the likes of you and I

 

AND SO THE HEART

Days of wide-eyed wonder
Nights of youthful lust
The highlights of the journey from dust to dust
Life once full of living
Death once held at bay
The two become much closer day by day

And so the heart confesses
That it never really knew
Exactly what it wanted
Or needed – it’s true
And so the heart remembers
Only what it chooses to
And so the heart remembers you

We spent our time forgetting
To remember all of it
Life was lived and burned bit by bit
So much feeling lost in
The fog of memory
We were making love not history

And so the heart confesses here to you
And so the heart undresses someone new

A thousand moments later
We realize it’s all gone
All of what was said and most of what was done
Days of wide-eyed wonder
Nights of youthful lust
The highlights of the journey from dust to dust

 

REMNANTS

Lying in the remnants of the night before
We have no idea
What we were hunting for
We don’t love each other
That much we agreed
Here in the remnants of the chemistry of need

Picking up the remnants of feelings torn apart
We blame the dark desires
We blame the foolish heart
Not many words escape us
Our thoughts are all restrained
Here in the remnants of the injuries sustained

Deciphering the remnants of lives we threw aside
To revel in the needs
For so long we denied
The sight of flesh on flesh
So hungry and so raw
Here in the remnants of the disregarded law

Discarding now the remnants of our hopeless little lives
Not ready for the boredom
Of husbands and their wives
We came for what we needed
We left with something less
Here in the remnants of a loss we can’t confess
Here in the remnants of a loss we can’t confess

 

WHERE MINE USED TO BE

I find myself in uncharted territory
What happens next we’ll just have to wait and see
I’m a stranger in a strange land
Gave it all up to be free
Give me your heart
And I’ll put it where mine used to be

Put your faith in this broken man you see
He has the strength to face the mystery
One last try is in his grasp
And your love is the key
Give me your heart
And I’ll put it where mine used to be

I woke up one morning
With a beauty in my bed
Could not understand
A single word she said
But the touch of her hands
Brought a man back from the dead
She gave me her heart
And I put it where mine used to be

Put your faith in this broken man you see
He has the strength to face the mystery
One last try is in his grasp
And your love is the key
Give me your heart
And I’ll put it where mine used to be

Give me your heart

 

NEXT TIME AROUND

Have you heard
What some folks say
We will be reborn
Part of me
Wants that chance
To heal what I have torn

I’d cross myself
(If I believed)
I’d swear on sacred ground
We’ll get it right – trust me baby
Next time around
We’ll get it right – trust me baby
Next time around

I lost your love
Way back when
I know that I was a fool
But we were young
And innocent
Breaking every rule

Next time around I’ll look for you
Any way I can
Next time around I will be
A better man

Do your arms
Remember me
Do they reach for me still
Do you recall
Our crazy love
Or those our love would kill