The Story Of It All


 

If the Blues Ever Ends

Go on without me I’m staying here
Where the skies are still blue and the waters run clear
I’ve been dreaming of this thirty years or more
With a pain in my heart that I bought one time in a record store

Didn’t see it coming just music I thought
But the blues took my soul and I spent my life caught
I’ve still got the blues but they’re worth nothing more
Than this pain in my heart that I bought one time in a record store
Mississippi John Hurt – Big Joe Williams and friends
Can you come back and tell me if the blues ever ends

Small town kid nowhere to run
Found a home in these voices baked in the sun
Voices soaked in the dreams of the poor
Made this pain in my heart that I bought one time in a record store
Mississippi John Hurt – Robert Johnson and friends
Can you come back and tell me if the blues ever ends

They sang about a different life
Where the master was god and could borrow your wife
I can’t claim I was ever whipped raw
Just got this pain in my heart that I bought one time in a record store

Go on without me I’m staying here
Where the skies are still blue and the waters run clear
I’ve been dreaming of this thirty years or more
With a pain in my heart that I bought one time in a record store
Mississippi John Hurt – John Lee Hooker and friends
Can you come back and tell me if the blues ever ends
Can you come back and tell me if the blues ever ends

 

The Story of it All

Here we are again my friend still alone together
So many memories of fine and stormy weather
You the child who would not die – me the ancient soul
Together in this heart – growing old

We argue and we fight and lie but it never shows
We’re bruised and we’re beaten but no one ever knows
Every word’s a compromise – every smile a fake
We agree to disagree for each other’s sake

Are there voices in your head just like there are in mine
Do they tell you lies like everything will work out fine

I look in the mirror who do I see
This stranger in the dark is it you or me
Doesn’t really matter now – I don’t need to know
Here we are again my friend – where you go I go

One thing that’s for sure there is no curtain call
Like it or not this is the story of it all

One thing for sure there is no curtain call
This is the story of it all

One thing for sure there is no curtain call
This is the story of it all

Are there voices in your head just like there are in mine
Do they tell you lies like everything will work out fine

 

Drowning in the Silence

A lucky man he made it home after the war
Turned his collar to the wind said it’s now or not at all
It’s now or not at all
He’d known the girl for a little while before he went away
But war taught him that life could not wait another day
Couldn’t wait another day
When you’re drowning in the silence – drowning in the silence
Drowning in the silence of love

Wedding bells would make it right or so they thought
But they were just another kind of victim of the war that they just fought
Yeah the war that they just fought
They fooled themselves for a little while – fooled the others too
Can hide a lot behind a smile even dreams that don’t come true
Even dreams that don’t come true
When you’re drowning in the silence – drowning in the silence
Drowning in the silence of love

They had a child in ’52 that was all there’d be
Maybe they should’ve called it quits but they stayed because of me
Ah they stayed because of me
I saw them drowning in the silence – drowning in the silence
Drowning in the silence of their love

I’d lie awake and listen to the anger fill the air
But next morning all was fine I was not supposed to care
I was not supposed to care
That we were drowning in the silence – drowning in the silence
Drowning in the silence of their love

Not everyone can find true love – oh I wish they could
It’s too easy in this life to do harm by doing good…

 

Night Circus (You’re Not Here)

I feel the wind
I feel it blowing
But where it goes is never really clear
I let it take me
Without knowing
‘cause you’re not here

Life holds a card
And it must deal it
I hold my breath and taste the edge of fear
The rain pours down
But I don’t feel it
‘cause you’re not here
You’re not here

The night is long
But has no reason
The redhead asks do I want another beer
My darker side
Is talking treason
‘cause you’re not here
You’re not here

The lights of Tokyo
burn like acid in the back of your eyes
and you realize
this is home for the homeless
and for a short while…you are one of them

 

Flying Time

White jet trails carving up the sky – just some strangers passing by
I don’t want to be lonely any more
Soon they’ll be gone without a sound
Glad I got my feet on the ground
I don’t want to be lonely any more
Don’t want to be lonely like a lost soul in the night
Don’t want to be lonely always in flight
I used to be way up there too – a first class fool looking down on you
I don’t want to be lonely any more

I used to sit and watch life go by through a tiny window up in the sky
I don’t want to be lonely any more
I knew the flying time from here to there
But where I landed well I didn’t care
I don’t want to be lonely any more
I don’t want to be lonely like a rich man with no soul
Don’t want to be lonely growing old
Used to sell everything it’s true for those who believe in the heart tattoo
I don’t want to be lonely any more

Now I watch the sunset every day – I watch the way the colors play
I don’t want to be lonely any more
Time slows down when you’re feeling good
When you let the calm into your blood
I don’t want to be lonely any more
I don’t want to be lonely in the middle of a crowd
Don’t want to be lonely so I say out loud
I never did like the man I used to be – I let him go so willingly
I don’t want to be lonely any more
I never did like the man I used to be – I let him go so easily
I don’t want to be lonely any more

 

The Way of the Road (for Bob Dylan)

I’m sitting in this diner with thoughts of what was
I’m thinking of leaving but I don’t because
I hear the jukebox reload
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

Don’t know where I’m going don’t know where I’ve been
I’m out here waiting for my life to begin
Free from this heavy load
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

This broken old voice and the words it sings
These tired fingers on silver strings
Every song a seed we sowed
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

They say that we’re dying and it’s probably true
It’s all that you’ve known what else can you do
You lived your whole life by the code
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

I heard from the devil I heard from the lord
I learned from ‘em both the rest I ignored
You can lose your soul to overload
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

Girl can you tell me why I do what I do
No man in his right mind would ever leave you
And all the love you showed
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road
I guess all I can say is that’s the way of the road

 

Don’t Give a Damn

So many names for the things I do
And so many more for what I am
But it never got through to you
I don’t give a damn

You know I saw the plans you had for me
I saw the tattered blueprints on your wall
I could never get you to see
I didn’t care at all

It don’t matter anymore to me
What you are or who you want to be
I’ve had enough of your talk
And your misplaced honesty
To last a lifetime
Okay it’s your way but it’s just not mine

So many games you loved to play
And so many lies you told to me
Now at long last I look back and say
It’s all history

It don’t matter anymore to me
What you are or who you want to be
I’ve had enough of your talk
And your misplaced honesty
To last a lifetime
Okay it’s your way but it’s just not mine

 

The Thunderbird Motel

This life has happy endings – not as many as we’d wish
We all end up somewhere – we can’t predict the finish
You may find yourself in heaven
You may find yourself in hell
Or in a lonely room at The Thunderbird Motel

Love is what we chase for the whole time that we’re here
But how it really works is never quite made clear
You may find yourself in heaven
You may find yourself in hell
Or in a lonely room at The Thunderbird Motel

Tell me your room number – I’ll tell you mine
Just bring your willing body – I will bring the wine

Every road we take is paved with good intentions
But demons walk these same streets no teacher ever mentions
You may find yourself in heaven
You may find yourself in hell
Or in a lonely room at The Thunderbird Motel

Tell me your room number – I’ll tell you mine
Just bring your willing body – I will bring the wine

Every night we live in dreams of how different things could be
If every choice we ever made we decided differently
You may find yourself in heaven
You may find yourself in hell
Or in a lonely room at The Thunderbird Motel

 

No More Secrets

These tears are new and they burn like hell
Each one a secret I could never tell
Each one a photograph I could never show
It’s taken all these years but now you know
No more secrets
No more lies
No more excuses no more childish alibis
No more secrets

Forgive the past – forgive what was
It’s hard to do but we must because
A little bit of love dies with every untrue word
And when you think about it that’s a little absurd
No more secrets
No more lies
No more excuses no more childish alibis
No more secrets

You look into my past and forgive everything you see
Long may it be this way…long may it be…long may it be

I am me and you are you
Guilty of all we say and do
Past is past and gone is gone
Forgiveness lets our love go on
No more secrets
No more lies
No more excuses no more childish alibis
No more secrets

 

Another You Another Me

You and I will meet on a random street
Thirty years from now
You’ll be married – tired and harried
Fresh from your latest row
We’ll wish that we were both still free
We’ll talk of vanished years
I’ll talk of lies and watch your eyes
Fill with ancient tears
The future’s waiting but you won’t like what you see
Another you – another me

I’ll look at you and see right through
The winter coat you wear
To the body I knew when we were 22
Naked without a care
The future’s waiting but you won’t like what you see
Another you – another me

You’ll say it’s strange – I don’t seem to change
I’ll say the same about you
You’ll tell me I still know how to lie
I’ll say it’s just not true
The future’s waiting but you won’t like what you see
Another you – another me

Remember this there’ll be a kiss
Truth revealed in a touch
We’ll walk away for ever that day
More would only hurt too much
The future’s waiting but you won’t like what you see
Another you – another me

 

If Seeing is Believing

The Mona Lisa’s naked – the world has gone to hell
It seems quite at home there as far as I can tell
Oh I wandered to the edge and I gazed out at the view
If seeing is believing
Not much of it is true…not much of it is true

I want to sleep tonight and dream of being free
A different tomorrow lived by a different me
Oh I wandered to the edge and I gazed out at the view
If seeing is believing
Not much of it is true…not much of it is true

I’m dismantling the memories I don’t want to keep
The ones that haunt me still awake or in my sleep
I’m throwing out the questions that there are no answers for
‘cause in my heart I know – in my heart I know
In my heart I know nothing is for sure

My voice is crying out for some kind of friend
I’ve hurt too many people for one heart to mend
Oh I wandered to the edge and I gazed out at the view
If seeing is believing
Not much of it is true…not much of it is true

I’m trying to make a man – a man that you might love
I’m drawing a new line for me to rise above
Oh I wandered to the edge and I gazed out at the view
If seeing is believing
Not much of it is true…not much of it is true

 

Twilight of Reason

(For my mother Grace: 1927-2010)Here in the twilight of reason
Here in this strange new land
Ah won’t someone take my handI used to be a young girl
Oh I had my days
Now it’s just my mind that straysI used to have a husband
I still see his face
But the years since he left are an empty spaceI used to sing and dance
Have fun like people do
I forget how this darkness grewPhotographs they tell me
All I’ve done and seen
But memories are few and far between

Here in the twilight of reason
Here in this strange new land
Ah won’t someone take my hand

You can come on the wings of fire
You can climb down from your cross
Just give me back what I have lost
Just give me back what I have lost