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Validamide
Benny was bold, never too old
Had a way with women and the other tier
He was dark haired and women were everywhere
They never stopped to think, he was a’ livin’ on air
It was OK, Benny was blown away, he was a wreck
And he was rockin’ ‘way the hours with the sweat soaked girls round his neck
Linda she swayed, heavy lines that gave
Every single man an alternative view
But it was upstairs, where Linda was nowhere
Like nothin’ was a workin’, like her brain was askew
Well it was OK, Linda was blown away, oh she was a wreck
Still she was chargin’ all the hours, puttin’ perfumed beads in her bed
While Benny moved on in, Linda booked one more through the sweat
Philly rocked and it never stopped
Had a way with Benny, and the night crew
Oh it was midnight, when it was just right
Another bite of Benny, it was nothin’ new
Yes, it was OK, Benny was blown away, he was a wreck
Well he was puttin’ ‘way the hours, ‘tween the booze, the beers and the bets
As the lines in his face became so mean and deep-l-y etched
Linda died when a boatload of Validamide
Hit her makin’ vaporware
Well her estate, well it was just so great
Benny didn’t know she was a millionaire
Yes, this was OK, Benny was blown away, he was a mess
As he toiled away the hours with her gold, her money and checks
And when he turned 65 he was last seen heavily in debt
Benny was bold, yes he broke the mold
Had a way with women and the other tier
And he was dark haired and women were everywhere
But he never stopped to think, he was a’ livin’ on fear
Still it was OK, his life was blown away, yeah, he was so dead
Soon he was rockin’ way the hours with the Devil, the heat and the sweat
And it was Linda who made Benny lick Validamide beads of her chest

Sane
Sane, are you looking for love
Sane, could it be your wrong love
Sane, I must only be what you want for the rest of your life
Sane, don’t you look me over
Sane, I’m the one; I’m the one
Sane, I can be what you are needing for the rest of the night
Don’t you know how biting... when you leave me behind
I’m the one that you must be with if you want to stay
Sane, I don’t look in the mirror
Sane, for what stares back at me
Sane, I got ghosts and little things that I will force onto you
Sane, yes, I’m all but normal
Sane, but who’s normal these days
Sane, so when all’s considered
I’m not really different from you
Pain, don’t you ever feel it
Pain, playing so damn deep in games
Yes, I know that I can’t ever really show me to you
Sane, do I look like a zero
Sane, has my hair gone askew
Sane, I’m pullin’ near you, can you look and can you see me
Sane, where’s that bag I bought you
Sane, you got nothin’ for me
Sane, well I’m lookin’ through you
Can you see the craze in my eye
Can you see through my eyes
World beyond disguise
Sane, are you looking for love,
Sane, could it be your wrong love
Sane, I must only be what you want for the rest of your life
Sane, don’t you look me over
Sane, I’m the one, I’m the one
Sane, I can be what you are needing for the rest of the night

Won't You Walk For Me
I woke up, on a holiday
I woke up in her little room
When I saw her face, I saw our days gone by
For it was here that she has lived
For it is here that she will die
And with my heart, I dedicate my time
Won’t you walk for me
I will guide you along the way
But (And), will you walk to the hands of God before my time
When I came on in to pray, I had her right here by my side
Yes, my arms were tired and weak, but not my mind
And the congregation sang, they joined hands and shared my time
And as her hair fell on my face, I started to smile
Well old Sally she was sick, so I took the mantle down
Got her cleaned and robed and fed, and in our ride
Well the light, well it turned red, as the sweat fell from my face
Would the Lord lift up my soul for my darlin’ child
Walk for me, you’re my life, you’re my child
Won’t you walk for me
You’re my life and you’re my child
And we will walk to the hands of God and rest our time
Won’t you stand for me
You’re a witness to my life
And who will walk these miles for me, when it’s my time

Letting Go
Dan is the man, but he can’t walk
But he ain’t letting go
Patrice she was the guide, the talk
And she ain’t letting go
Down from the hills, they ride
(With) candles in their eyes
And everybody knows
Up to the room they go
With glimmer in their eyes
Where they’ll be letting go
Wheeling around all day, all night
But he ain’t letting go
Hand him a drink, ya’ think she knows
That she ain’t letting go
Wife all alone, but does she know
Slinking around, all over town, they know
And who gives a damn, in Birmingham, that you know
Business is bad, but he’s not sad
Cause she’s not letting go
Travel with him to foreign lands
No he aint’ letting go

Who’s Runnin’
Hair flippin’ man, where ya’ gonna go
Don’t get no scoop don’t get no dough
Setting up da man, is watcha gonna do
Get ‘em in your sights, make him sing ‘bout
Who’s running high, who’s runnin’ low
Travelin on the inside
Who’s stayin’ high who’s staying low
Slippin up the outside
Crotch scratchin’ man well it’s up to you
Gonna topsy-turvy make it fall on a few
Settin’ up da’ man, how’s it gonna’ go
If you push this crap it’ll blow like
Bare footed man, how’s it gonna play
Paint it on the charts, smear it in the gray
Lying ain’t your style
No, it’s more like a skew
Playing with their lives as they call out
Well there’s a good rumor runnin’ really runnin’
Ten ducks in a row
Accusin’, catch ‘em with your schmoozin’
Report all that you know

Anna
Must have been a hundred times where I’d write this song
Thinkin’ of days gone by and the folks I’ve known
Bitchin’ of all the things that have come my way
But I’m a lucky man after what I found today
For you were all alone
Hangin’ on the phones
What went through your mind
Life is so unkind
So what I found today
Leads me to want to say
(A) woman trapped in time
And children growing up so fast now
I’d of lost my mind
How did you make it through
Oh, Anna
Hard to see lines that have blurred and have turned to black
Makin’ the job so hard when your looking back
But if I could talk to you, would you tell me now
It’s not so much the life you lead, but the learning how
And when he died that day
What could people say
A child and a man
Taken from your hands
(So) when I read between the lines
I hope that I won’t find
When I look into the distant past
I see heroes
And their spirit it will everlast
As it spreads so far and near us

No, No, No
You’ve got this day in, day out, just like a chain ‘round your heart saying
“No, No, No”
For when it’s tearin’ you apart, there’s nothin’ there in your heart saying
“No, No, No”
Still, here it comes again, just like an old dark friend
Your life it never held it’s word, and like a chain round your heart
You slowed, slowed slowed
It’s like you’re livin’ in constant shock, and no one’s feelin’ your pain
As it grows, grows, grows

They said that you can depart, but it won’t stop the hurt
“No, No, No”
There’s only one way out and you know it’s gona to be
Slow, Slow, Slow
Still, here it comes again ,just like an old dark friend
It’s just like the man
Wanna be free, but it keeps hangin’ a ‘round
Don’t you like the man
They wanna be free of all his plans
You’ve got this day in, day out, just like a chain ‘round your heart
Say “No, No, No”

Cedar Rapids
Pasty faced, alone
Water recedes from stone
Lost in smell and bones
No one comes
Shale of color black
Covers the face and cracks
The breaking of ours backs
No one comes
Time’s like an old man
Hour glass in hand
Sitting on my step
No one comes
Mud that covers tracks
Does the same to facts
The care that always lacks
No one comes
Water clean and pure
The storm before the war
An endless days restore
Will you come
Faces stare about
Without the fear or doubt
Now time has all run out
No one comes
And can you tell me if I stay
Or will you wash my life away
Knock it down as if to say, “You’re gone

Claire
It’s been 16 years
But she’s with me now
Last night I saw her face
In my dreams
Claire
In her younger days
She looked to a boy
Saw her sparklin’ eyes
I’m sorry he closed his mind
Claire

Filled with sorrow that you couldn’t be here
With your family, friends and love and care
Yet your eyes still shine
In pictures warm and kind
Claire
Did you find your little world to be dark and cold
Carried your burden, but never told
Given your youth, but never drew old
When my heart gives way
To the fire and doubt
I think of what you knew
And how your faith bled through
Claire
God he holds you up
Still your heart stays near
Love and memories true
We all miss you
Claire
Claire

We Must All Be Americans
I see roads rollin’ on the vast horizon
I see pain put down by what is right
In the day it’s the freedom of the airwaves
Through the night it’s the freedom of our skies
We put down the fanatics and the crazies
We stand up for the rights of all mankind
In the end where we go is how far we will fight
Yes, in the end, we must all be Americans
Of all the wars that we wage the worst is our own
Of all the things we do we must be one
For all the politics and people of power
We’re brought unto a time, a place unknown
We put down the fanatics and the crazies
We stand up for the rights of all mankind
I pray that right is might
And takes us through our plight
For in the end we must all be Americans
The truth, the lies, and spies, they're all before us
What to believe, what to be said
When day turns cold with terror’s toll can we be waiting
We must believe our heart, our eyes, our heads
We put down the fanatics and the crazies
We stand up for the rights of all mankind
Our vision clear, our spirit bold, yes, in this great land of old
Yes, in the end we must all be Americans
For in the end we must all be Americans
For in the end we must all be Americans

 

 

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