JanuaryRising


God Aint Listening Anymore

Listen to what those old fools say
in the name of god
People dying every day
in the name of god
But god he stopped listening
to his great mistake
Can’t do nothing any more
for god’s sake
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
Too much sorrow going round
in the name of god
There are fortunes to be found
in the name of god
God he stopped listening
to the evil done in his name
Said they can call me what they like
They’re all basically the same
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
He went off to start again
in the name of god
Said there’s no hope
for the likes of men
in the name of god
So god he started looking
for a planet far away
Where he could do things differently
Maybe get it right some day
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
God ain’t listening any more
(if he ever was)
God ain’t listening any more

 

In Broken Sleep

In broken sleep we love again
like the present is the past
Our bodies and our hearts now know
the fire that cannot last
Love and time are enemies
and both are on the loose
The only thing worth fighting for
is the momentary truce
The momentary truce babe
The momentary truce
In broken sleep we see ourselves
and watch through different eyes
As strangers who we barely know
begin to materialize
Soft hellos are spoken
The pleasantries are said
I haven’t seen you for so long
I thought that you were dead
I thought that you were dead babe
I thought that you were dead
In broken sleep we wonder what
it’s like to never wake
But soon enough we see the road
that we all someday take
The darkness fills our minds with things
we should not contemplate
We have no way of knowing
if it’s early or it’s late
it’s early or it’s late babe
Early or it’s late
So in broken sleep we love again
like the present is the past
Our bodies and our hearts now know
the fire that cannot last
Love and time are enemies
and both are on the loose
The only thing worth fighting for
is the momentary truce
The momentary truce babe
The momentary truce

 

Santiago Rain

How can we be here this morning
You so young and me so old
Waking in your arms believing
my last story’s told
Who am I to doubt your reason
Who am I to walk away
From a heart out of season
that chose my heart today
All I see now is your beauty
A beauty close to pain
That washes over me now
like the Santiago rain
like the Santiago rain
Now you stand by the window
I am jealous of the light
touching you in a new way
undiscovered by the night
All I see now is your beauty
A beauty close to pain
That washes over me now
like the Santiago rain
like the Santiago rain
How can we be here this morning
You so young and me so old
Waking in your arms believing
my last story’s told
All I see now is your beauty
A beauty close to pain
That washes over me now
like the Santiago rain
like the Santiago rain

 

Love is the Only Surprise

I can’t say I ever loved you more
I can’t say I ever loved you less
Sometimes all we can do is do our best
There’s a dark cloud
building in the distance
Could be my past catching up
Sometimes we drink from crystal
Sometimes a broken cup
Never had a plan of what might happen
Never was a close friend of regret
My life was never ruled by what hadn’t happened yet
I fought my little wars the best I could
I suffered a broken heart and broken dreams
Then a new day would arrive on sunlight’s beams
There’s a dark cloud
building in the distance
Could be my past catching up
Sometimes we drink from crystal
Sometimes a broken cup
The highest high you never see it coming
The best in life takes you by surprise
The finest things of all never advertise
I can’t say I don’t wish for changes
I wish I could throw time in reverse
But getting your wish often makes things worse
There’s a dark cloud
building in the distance
Could be my past catching up
Sometimes we drink from crystal
Sometimes a broken cup

 

Middle Ground

It’s where we used to stand
It’s where we used to meet
It shaped the conversation
on every corner of every street
It’s where the low were lifted
The mighty were brought down
It said we’re all the same
In rags or evening gown
Look in the darkest shadows
Search the world around
You’ll find that it’s not hiding
It’s gone and can’t be found
Thanks to all our foolishness
there is no middle ground
It’s where the heart found comfort
It’s where the fears were calmed
Where traitors were exposed
And lunatics disarmed
It’s where the proud were doubted
Where the humble got to speak
It’s where the strong were challenged
to give strength to the weak
It’s where your brother rested
It’s where your sister rose
Where no upper hand was lifted
in a dominating pose
It’s where heaven listened
to the needs of men
Where god had many names
and the sword bowed to the pen
It’s where the lonely found
what they were looking for
It’s where a gentle push
opened any door
It’s where anger was defeated
Where compassion took its place
Where no one was judged
by their age or sex or race
It’s where the old revealed
all that they had learned
No knowledge was abandoned
No book was ever burned
It’s where the past and future
came to an accord
It’s where no man was servant
It’s where no man was Lord
It’s where no man was servant
It’s where no man was Lord

 

Broken Cup

Dreams they die in the blink of an eye
These things we do just to get by
I can’t believe what I see with my own eyes
Love is the only surprise
I never will learn to kill
this pain inside though I’ve had my fill
I think the world is made up of treachery and lies
Love is the only surprise
If I could I’d take you
to a place you’ve never been
Somewhere between a marriage
and the seventh deadly sin
I would keep you company
you’d never feel alone
As we broke every law
that was ever carved in stone
It’s come to this one last kiss
I can’t believe that’s all there is
But every time I see you something in me dies
Love is the only surprise
I’m not taking bets on how good it gets
I’ve known love with no regrets
When I get to thinking that I gave away the prize
Love is the only surprise
In the end we never mend
A lover can’t become a friend
Even though they tell you that it never dies
Love is the only surprise

 

Diamonds In The Dirt (For Leonard Cohen)

(for Leonard Cohen)
The man can’t sleep so he walks the night
with visions in his head
He’s tasted all the life there is
Had angels in his bed
It doesn’t matter what he did
All that he achieved
His burden will be lifted soon
And he will be relieved
You can’t escape the spiral down
You can’t explain the hurt
No matter what we say or do
we’re diamonds in the dirt
The man of words his soul on fire
had just one road to take
Pushed himself to think much higher
knowing how much was at stake
Now he walks a true straight line
No fork in his path
He trades the road less traveled
for life’s ironic laugh
He will be remembered well
His name will be enshrined
On one too many monuments
Built by those inclined
to think he had the answers
when questions were his trade
To think he had a purpose
for every move he made
The man proclaims he always knew
the ocean was his sister
Once he climbed a mountain
but discovered that he missed her
Their story has come down through time
with many ancient names
He knew one day his Viking heart
would sail away in flames

 

The Journey

There’s no way I can tell you all I know
You would not believe a word I say
There’s no way that I can ever show
my feelings without pushing you away
It’s just the nature of this thing that we’ve begun
This journey of a father and a son
There’s no way I can tell you all I’ve done
You would not believe that it’s all true
How they filled me with fear – gave me a gun
Told me I was fighting for the unborn you
It’s just the nature of
this thing that we’ve begun
This journey of a father and a son
There’s no way I can tell you how it felt
Back home in that New Mexican motel
In your mother’s arms my fears would melt
My body home my mind still in hell
Now you talk of war and destiny
And I feel the blood run cold in my veins
I know in my heart what must be
I gave you life now you’re asking for the reins
It’s just the nature of
this thing that we’ve begun
This journey of a father and a son
You will leave to fight your battles this I know
And I will long for your safe return
There’s no way I can tell you before you go
This is not the way I wanted you to learn
It’s just the nature of
this thing that we’ve begun
This journey of a father and a son

 

Until Time Is Gone

I believe
Oh I believe
you and I were meant to be
The other hearts
Those other hearts
We finally chose
to set them free
And meet here between the devil
and the deep blue sea
Talk to me
Talk to me
Tell me what you know I need
Tell the truth
Tell the truth
Please don’t let
these old wounds bleed
and I will do the same for you
until our hearts are freed
Beneath the endless circle
of the sun and the moon
even love is temporary
We leave too soon
Walk with me
Walk with me
Take me where I need to go
Show to me
Show to me
all the things I need to know
And I’ll admit the feelings
I could never show
Call my name
Call my name
Tell me life still goes on
Hold me now
Hold me now
Tell me I am still the one
and I will spend my time with you
until time is gone
and I will spend my time with you
until time is gone

 

Save Me A Place (For Craig Rodgers)

Save me a place ‘cos I’ll be there soon
And we’ll sit together and howl at the moon
We’ll talk of what was
and what might have been
Who’s out there sailing
And whose ship has come in
Save me a place ‘cos I’ll be there soon
And we’ll sit together and howl at the moon
We’ll remember old friends
The valuable few
All the dreams that failed
And the ones that came true
Save me a place ‘cos I’ll be there soon
And we’ll sit together and howl at the moon
We’ll talk of the ones
our hearts won and lost
Of the winters of warmth
and the summers of frost
Save me a place ‘cos I’ll be there soon
And we’ll sit together and howl at the moon
We’ll say what we never
had the courage to say
Then we’ll be so quiet
at the end of the day
Save me a place ’cos I’ll be there soon
And we’ll sit together and howl at the moon

 

Marking Time (For Richard Tutin)

There’s something in my heart that shouldn’t be there
Something in my soul I can’t explain
A feeling like it isn’t really me there
But a fragment of someone else’s pain
It’s been there since I was born
A coat that I have worn
down through my winters of decline
There’s something in my heart
that shouldn’t be there…marking time
All the souls I was have come to listen
They’ve all come to see how far we came
They are gathered here to testify
we share so much more than just a name
They’ve been there since I was born
A coat that I have worn
down through my winters of decline
There’s something in my heart
that shouldn’t be there…marking time
There’s something in my heart
that shouldn’t be there…marking time
Marking time till I was ready
to face them openly at last
Marking time till I was ready
to know the past ain’t really past
It’s been there
since I was born
A coat that I have worn
down through my winters of decline
There’s something in my heart
that shouldn’t be there…marking time

 

Paid In Full

I needed a porter to carry my bags
I thought the train was set to leave
I had too much weighing me down
No sign of a reprieve
So I left it all in the left luggage room
forgot all the deals that were made
My debts are paid
My debts are paid
My debts are paid in full
The memory of you is as fresh as can be
despite the years gone by
The others who wandered into our game
of hello and goodbye
Oh I should let you all sleep peaceful tonight
safe in the lives that you made
My debts are paid
My debts are paid
My debts are paid in full
I owe nothing to nobody
no…no more
I got nothing at all to apologize for
I’m done
with the push and the pull
My debts are paid
My debts are paid
My debts are paid in full
I gave all I could to the Avenue
It bled me dry of ideas
We danced on command like monkeys on strings
Sex and money the only souvenirs
So I walked away
and I never looked back
No more for them to degrade
My debts are paid
My debts are paid
My debts are paid in full

 

That’s Life

I’ve been the king and I’ve played the clown
That’s life
I’ve been the verb and I’ve been the noun
That’s life
When you’re on the top you don’t know it
When you’re at the bottom well you just don’t show it
I’ve been right side up and upside down
That’s life
I’ve been loved and I’ve been thrown out
That’s life
I’ve known hope and I’ve known doubt
That’s life
I’ve seen beauty and I’ve seen hate
I’ve been early and I’ve been too late
I learned more from a whisper than a shout
That’s life
I’ve been the winner and I lost it all
That’s life
I seen men rise and I seen ‘em crawl
That’s life
I’ve seen the mighty fall down hard
Seen a loser play a winning card
I learned to stand and I learned to fall
That’s life
I’ve been a puppet and a puppeteer
That’s life
I’ve been convicted and I got off clear
That’s life
Seen the rich who have no taste
I’ve seen the best just go to waste
I’ve known peace and I’ve known fear
That’s life
I’ve been a lover and I’ve been loved too
That’s life
I’ve longed for the old and embraced the new
That’s life
Made mistakes and I got it right
I’ve slept all day and blazed all night
I’ve heard the lies seen ‘em all come true
That’s life