Shade

 

A portrait of not one, but two 

and a painted gun that hung upon your wall

Shelf life’s a century

But it’ll take far more time to do as I’m told

 

Just give it time

I'll lose my own mind

If I want to 

Just give it time

I'll lose my own mind

If I want to 

 

Sit in the shade with my back on the wall

It's cool here now so why leave at all

Gravestones staring back at me 

Deaths my only alibi every time I think I'll fall

 

Your watermarked name on every block

of my mapped memory

Two windows falling 50 feet

I will call for you if you call for me

 

Just give it time 

I'll lose my own mind

If I want to 

Just give it time

I'll lose my own mind

If I want to

 

Devoted

 

Well he ain't got not time for me

But he likes my company

And ain't that enough

 

Girl, write him a country song

Cause I won't be ‘round for long 

To sing him back up

 

They all know your heart is crowded

With salt and Big Sur sand

But I know she never doubted

When you let go of her hand
 

But my friends say I'm devoted

My friends say I'm devoted

Well I've been playing this waiting game

Sweeter than aspartame

And ain't that enough

 

Girl no need to hurt yourself

He's not worth your mental health

And he'll never show up

 

They all know your mindless verses

And slick Irish goodbyes

But I know how soft your voice is

When you look into my eyes

 

But you'd take that right away from me

And keep on that disguise

And she'll bring the fever back

To someone she can idolize
 

But you know I'm just eroding

I'll leave those thoughts unnoticed

And you know my friends say I'm devoted

My friends say I'm devoted

 

Well I've been lookin’ at you twice

I know it ain't right

Here's to lookin’ at you twice

I know it ain't right

I've been lookin’ at you twice

I know it ain't right

Here's to lookin’ at you twice

I know that ain't right

 

My friends say I'm devoted

My friends say I'm devoted


 

Boxer

 

Of course I met a boxer he's decorated in silver and gold

I wanted to be just like you but you're always the first hand to fold

If I had a dollar for all the times I spoke to you wrong,

I would be broke and still be a joke, too

 

Of course I left LA there was fire on the mountain every day

Well I'm not sure I like it here but I still decided to stay

If I had a dollar for all the times I looked at you wrong,

I'd be in jail and somehow you’d come through with bail

 

Of course I met a boxer he's painted in black, blue, and blood

No, you never liked me much, but for you I’m face-first in the mud

If I had a dollar for all the times I've loved you wrong,

You’ll think I'm rich but I’m broke just for singing this song


 

Lucky

 

Keep on truckin’ Lucky

Kiss the pedal to the floor board buddy

You got a bum leg I know you got a bum leg

And you think it makes your walk look goofy

 

Alone in your shotgun trailer

From the hill looks like a Chinese lantern

Your boss at work tells you that you're dumber than dirt

But you got them real big heart manners

 

Keep on truckin’ Lucky

Kiss the pedal to the floor board buddy

Check the pretty rear side of Kentucky

Kick up dust, skip town

Don't let it get you down

 

Keep the change now honey

It's the middle of the night of a Monday

That copper tooth’s nice you know it blinded me twice

And it must have cost a lot of money

 

She loves to walk old shoppers

She was selling jalapeño poppers

You caught her outside whispering to grasshoppers

You think she's pretty so go on and talk to her

 

Keep on truckin’ Lucky

Kiss the pedal to the floor board buddy

Check the pretty rear side of Kentucky

Kick up dust, skip town

Keep on truckin’ Lucky

Kiss the pedal to the floor board buddy

Check the pretty rear side of Kentucky

Kick up dust, skip town

Don't let it get you down




 

Broke

 

I can't change what comes so I run the other way

Pining for consequence to wait one more day

I fear for life and I fear for death alike

This in between as if I wasn't just eighteen

 

I can't change who stays so I turn the other cheek

Cause one more farewell and my tears fill creeks

Alongside the train it don’t stop but only wanes

A midnight chess game tied with no end in sight

 

Just some unfair kind of lie that something this fragile that easily passed by

Just some unfair kind of joke that something this vast is as easily broke

 

To fall every time

To say I'm way behind

And lean into every breath

To just say I've crossed a line

I don't want to cry 

I don't want to change my mind

I don't want to end this life

I don't want to fall for another piece-of-good-news lie

 

Just some unfair kind of joke that something this fragile's that easily broke

Just some unfair kind of lie that something this vast is as easily passed

That something this fragile's that easily broke


 

There

 

It's awfully cold there

It's awfully cold there

It's awfully cold there with your red hands in my coat

I left you back there

I left you back there

I left you back there with your black eyes crossed

 

But there's a lot to see there

There's a lot to see there

I often wander back there

Because at least it was somewhere

 

It’s black and white there

It’s black and white there

It’s black and white--grey’s just a sound that start with ‘G’

 

I cared a lot there

I cared a lot there

I cared to carry your hearts with me while I rot

 

But there's a lot to see there

There's a lot to see there

I often wander back there

Because at least it was somewhere

There's a lot to see there

There's a lot to see there 

I often wander back there

Because at least it was somewhere


 

Corpus

 

Tell Corpus Christi that you need a change

She’s headed westward on a two prop plane

Not kidding anyone 

Saved her money for the long long run

 

She fell for Jimmy cause he never speaks

Cowering dog behind a widow’s peak

Not fooling anyone

She couldn't help but burn into the sun

 

Don't change, don’t change

Jane don't change

That's what they'll say

Jane don’t change, don't change Jane 

Jane don’t change

 

Your dented Harley in the parking lot

The only picture that I ever got

Never out of luck

Your voice just like an old Mack truck

 

Tell Corpus Christi that you need a change

You're sipping scotch atop a westward train

You died your hair jet black

And never got that monkey off your back

 

Don't change, don’t change

Jane don't change

That's what they'll say

Jane don’t change, don't change Jane 

Jane don’t change

 

Don't change, don’t change

Jane don’t change

You stay the same

Jane don’t change, don't change Jane 

Jane don’t change

Don't change, don’t change

Jane don’t change


 

Night

 

You were young and you were old

Guess that's really what had hit me

If you're life then don't let go

It passes on by rather quickly

 

Cartoons in a moss-lined cave

That's the poem that you read me

Doesn't sound half bad a grave

Black and white screen vitamin D

 

The fire’s changing all the time

You could see a compass in the sea and in the sky

But you stayed high

And listened while the mountains and the flames began a war

The night it poured

The night it poured 

 

You were cheap but you loved gold

The in between was just offensive

That's the minute I was sold

I found you crashing into fences

 

You were young and you were old

Guess that's really what had hit me

If you're life then don't let go

It passes on by rather quickly

 

The fire’s changing all the time

You could see a compass in the sea and in the sky

But you stayed high

And listened while the mountains and the flames began a war

 

The night it poured

The night it poured

The night it poured

The night it poured


 

Naomi

 

He's just the moon on the driver's side never growing dim

Just one more day on that silver spoon before I'm done with him

Got no more sight well my eyes are dry can’t keep them awake

You'll be so close but so far away and I'll be your mistake

 

Put all your money onto me

Cause I'll be outside when the crash comes rumbling and mean

And I'll bet she loves anxiety

But I'm here to stay and the bet’s on me

I'm here to stay and the bet’s on me

 

So man I'm all done listening to which one of our hearts will break

Naomi can’t have none of you until you take me to bed

So shut up all your petty fears I've got a lot at stake

Naomi cant have none of you until the day your dead

 

Don't go to bed ‘til the sun comes up there’s still much more to say

Can't hear a word when you talk to me early in the day

Don't shy from sweetness that I pay to you I've never been so goddamn clear

You're cross that field and you're out of view I'll come back May next year

 

Put all your money onto me

Cause I'll be outside when the crash comes rumbling and mean 

And I'll bet she loves psychology

But I'm here to stay and the bets on me

I'm here to stay and the bets on me

 

So man I'm all done listening to which one of our hearts will break

Naomi can’t have none of you until you love me instead

So shut up all your petty fears I've got a lot at stake

Naomi can’t have none of you until the day your dead

Naomi can’t have none of you until the day your dead

Naomi can’t have none of you until the day your dead


 

Halfway

 

One day I'll find the words to fix this and peace of mind

I hate this place

I'm halfway happy but I'm not resigned

The only thing keeping us here is the third degree

It's time to leave

I'm halfway ready it's no place to be

 

Blue sky, sun's high, right in your brown eyes

Take off your disguise

Snowed in, big grin, take it on the chin

Into a tailspin

 

Beneath the shade I'll stay right here there's no last goodbye

I like this place

I’m halfway happy no need to try

 

Blue sky, sun’s high, right in your brown eyes

Take off your disguise

Snowed in, big grin, take it on the chin

Into a tailspin

Into a tailspin


 

Madly


 

We spin like a roll of tape

Where we end and starts the blue landscape

Wish that I could meet you

 

You came from the low tide sea

You tied your hair and scraped your knee

Wish that I could meet you

 

You were scared of everything

And I was scared of next to nothing

Wish that I could meet you

 

Confetti in your hair from midnight

I cut it out as you trace my dog bite

Wish that I could meet you

Madly, I love you madly

The peanut butter freckle on your lip laughing

Madly, I love you madly

I joke but I need you so badly

I joke but I need you so badly

 

Lost connecting dots across your shoulders

Constellation beauty spots

Wish that I could meet you

 

Tried to clean the grass stain out your jeans

Crawling through swamps of memories

Wish that I could meet you

 

Madly, I love you madly

The peanut butter freckle on your lip laughing

Madly, I love you madly

I joke but I need you so badly

I joke but I need you so badly

I joke but I need you so badly

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