• FLYIN' THROUGH THE AGES Well, it seems my time it's been flyin' through the ages / turnin' all the pages of my old life's story / nights are gettin' colder, children gettin' older, I ain't smarter but I'm bolder—I still don't know what's good for me / I've been a fool, I've been a savior / I've shown people the light, and I've led them to danger / but nothin's been so right as makin' a new life with my wife and child by my side / Well, it seems this life it's been not much to speak of / writin' words and beats for some ol' forgotten melody / that's when I feel the realest, but songs, cyphers and big hits—they all fade in the distance when I dream 'bout you and me.

    IF YOU'RE GONE, NOW If you're gone, now, then, honey I don't know what you've seen and who you've been in all those rock 'n' roll shows. If you're gone, now, then how you gonna know what you left behind 'cuz when you were mine I had nothing to show. Well, I've been runnin' around this town, singin' to folks and settlin' down but never once have you come around---You're missin' out on missin' out, you're missin' out on missin' out, you're missin' out on missin' out. And I say if you're gone, now, then honey I don't know what it's been like livin' uptight cuz you can't care for a soul.

    WELCOME HOME We found you on the floor of your apartment with every waking hour on the phone and it took a downtown city block to remind you how to move---things get blurry when you're all alone. When we found out you fell in a deep depression, every chance we had you know we'd call. But you still spent your nights alone, cold on the floor---it's a wonder if we even helped at all. Welcome home, though we know just where you've been. Is the world half as crazy as the last time you walked in? Welcome home, have a seat with all your friends. Though it's been a long time coming, you're back in our hearts again. Now I know it's hard with noone to depend on, but letting go's a simple fact of life. You should face the hard facts so you can move on---that quiet swindler never was your wife. And we found out you spent some time in Austin with nerves as raw as steel cold bars of jail. But when you get past the bright lights and the roaring crowds, the things that matter most always prevail.

    KINGS If you sat down or stood up for me, then I'd say thanks a lot. It's always good to hear it when the paupers call the shots. But if every song's been written, then the ones that are sung are lost. One album dropped, an afterthought, thanks a lot. Now I've been resuscitated from the dark depths of despair. It must feel catastrophic when you see a loved one there. But all I had to do was wash the worry from my hair. The pain is gone, the ghost is fought, thanks a lot. When your blood runs cold and you feel you have to win and there's noone to hold or to pick you up from what you're in---as certain as the sun comes up from the eastern plains, you shine your light, you get back up, and do it all again. Now people used to tell me that when you get old, you're dead. As if somehow all you learned and fought for steamed right out your head and there's no more admiration for the trials and strife you lead. The young have fought, the elders lost, thanks a lot. They'll find a medication for whatever haunts your mind and fill you with prescriptions 'til your third eye sight goes blind. But it's up to you to realize the time to draw the line. The bid's been tossed, your soul's been bought, thanks a lot.

    DEARLY DEPARTED May your sorrows be overridden by the snow. May you leave a trail of happiness when it's time for you to go. May your cold and falling tears melt on wanderin' eyes to see so clear. May your sorrows be overridden by the snow. May your fears be washed out in the sand. May the ocean wash away and polish all your 'can't's. May the ground be nice and flat for the new to start again like that. May your fears be washed out in the sand. May your footsteps live forever in the ground. May they marvel at the path you took when you're no longer around. May your trek set like cement teach them all what life to you has meant. May your footsteps live forever in the ground. May your sun shine forever in her sky. May your words be the reason she holds her head up high. When she rides into the city, may the love you left make her feel so pretty. May your sun shine forever in her sky.

    HIGH HORSE On those outback roads I admire when stoned kickiní back by the police station tryiní to find me a new revelation while I burn, burn, burn. But your backhand slap in that old Ford van nearly sealed the confirmation. Iím not gonna be just a phase, hon, so expect me to stick around. Oh, but lately things donít pay right dear and them rich folks they donít live around here, but let me make myself perfectly clear: I said hey now, I know Iím not stuck in Lowell but youíre sitting there on your HIGH HORSE tryiní to turn the party out and I said hey now, I wonít fall from the sky like a dead bird Ďcause Iíll die before I go back to Medford while you turn my world around. Well itís been 15 years, five months and 15 days since we slept at the Greyhound station with the skateboard kids and the hipsters. Whyíd we turn, turn, turn? But them subways signs and the TV lies sometimes all they can do is create fear. If you got enough space on your plate dear, oh, the good will come around. Oh, but times were tough so we filed our tears and your Mom didnít like me much dear, but, let me make myself perfectly clear... Iím all alone 3,000 miles from home and the west coast ainít much without you. The sunshine canít seem to break through dark clouds above my head. And we wore out gears on that Taurus, dear. Now Iím not on tour and itís just me. Weíll see better days, just trust me. Weíre gonna make it through this somehow...

    POST ďIím alone,Ē she said, thatís why she slept on the floor and called out your name three or four times in the morning as I lay there weepiní and thought about sleepiní again as she reached for the door. Oh, loneliness can tear you apart at the seams and we were so in it, it seemed. It was the last thing that I ever wanted, but you canít reverse nothiní after she signed at the desk. Oh, I remember it: it was a slow day, it was a Sunday and we were out and we parked our car, we fought them off and in the morning you were gone. So put on your blue shoes and weíll dance for two Ďcause no one needs uplifting anymore than you. I just couldnít bear for us to be more than two and so it all went away with the storm. ďIím a bore,Ē she said, thatís why she cried in my arms and carved out that word in her arm. I fought it off, just like I wanted, but she kept on knockiní, it seemed like the repo manís work. ďIím a jerk,Ē I said, ďand you can do better than me Ďcause see, I made you feel ugly.Ē And if that ainít a sign that we should part, but we still lay there naked as spectators gazed from above. Oh, yeah, there was love but it was too young to bring it forward and move it on. So we parted ways one of those weekend days and in the morning, you were gone. So put on your blue shoes and weíll dance for two Ďcause no one needs uplifting any more than you and weíll sing with the choir and POST with the crew Ďcause you were all I only could hold.

    DON'T PISS ON MY LEG (AND TELL ME IT'S RAINING) Since the day we first met, I loved you so much. I thought weíd run on like an old diesel truck. But the nagging and the tears have worn on my health. Iíll focus on me, you go off with yourself. Donít piss on my leg and tell me itís raining. Iíve done all that I can, Iím tired of waiting. Iím fed up with your lies, Iím sick of complaining. Donít piss on my leg and tell me itís raining! Iíve done all that I can, I struggled and tried. But the last star has dulled, Iím weak and Iím tired. Iím sure youíll hang out with your friends again while Iím watchiní our baby asleep in the den... The dinner is cold, our kids are a mess. Iím sneeziní and havenít heard one damn Ďgod blessí. If it werenít for the kidsóIím sorry to say≠óIíd pack up and go back to my old rambliní ways... Now honey, tell me how you think we will be when you focus on you and you donít care for me. This one-way street has reached its dead end. I just donít have it in me to hear you lie again... I came home to find your shoes were all gone. You took off with the children, you split up our home. Now if I outlive youóeven just for one dayóIíd crawl to your tombstone and piss on your grave!

    FALL DOWN Fall down winter and talk about the summer. Rise up May and walk about in June. But Iím not the one to make you feel good about the weather. Iím not the one to make you feel blue. Transferred all of your letters and your postcards. Packed up all of my days inside a plane. But Iím not the one who made you feel sad about the ending. Iím not the one who made you lose your cool. When you fall down, arms wide open, falling deeper to the ocean, will you rise back to the top where angels fear and demons walk? One more checkered day is over. Flip the page up, turn it over. Now youíre resting deep asleep while saints and blue waves steal your dreams. Throw down all of your dreams and aspirations. Send them all off to float out in the sea. But Iím not the one whoíll complain about that winter wasted. Iím not the one to make you taste that pain. Slow down time and speed up every heartbeat. Call that number at every working booth. But Iím not the one who made you fall down on your birthday. I am the one who let you see your truth...

    REFAR Refar, I know you wanna see me but you know youíre as blind as can be. But still you say itís gonna work out. Refar, what makes you think it could be when youíre so different from me? But still you say, ďJust stay itíll work out.Ē Well, I got time on my hands but no shoes on the ground and itíll just get worse if you keep hanginí around. This drive-thru romance is giviní me the chills Ďcause you just work hard enough to pay your bills. But still you think itís gonna work out. Refar, why donít you listen to me? Just be strong, jump off and be free and youíll see itís bound to work out. Refar, whyíre you all up in me? I thought you said you should be happy. But still you stay and think itíll work out. Just something as pure and simple couldnít be all mine and this distorted kingdom isnít good for you now. It might seem off and just a little deranged, but youíll be reborn if you get on that plane. Youíll see itís gonna work out. You say, ďJust stand by me, itíll grow in timeĒ, but you canít force something if it just ainít right. The tales of wreckage out from when youíve been ainít not too far off from the shape Iím in. Put the headset back. Listen and relax to the voices shouting: ďRefar!Ē...

    ALASKA We were often left behind the times, often left aside. From blue meadows to the mountains to the ones whoíre still alive. We were simply all around ourselves fighting to survive. Though the many stranded people off and died. But Iíll never let you go that road again and Iíll never let you be my only friend. From the city left behind ourselves, slowly dimming lights, we eventually discovered other ways to see the light. From the others watching rapidly, staring through our eyes, they would try to keep us down to make them high... ...I will never let my mind subside to resting on your lies. Just to have you turn around and stab me more than once or twice. The attire that you hide behind will slowly wilt and die. Shed your skin, next of kin, Iíll be waiting by the side. The charades and games and fits of rage that rip at your insidesóthat has worked when we were children, but wonít pass this far in life. Iíd like to think we meet at points and cross like X and Y, but we seem to mostly ride on parallel lines. How much longer can you hide behind? How long will you lie? You have blinded all the lost ones that look up to you admired. Not one of your friends showed up that night and I am not surprised. It must kill you inside to apologize.

    BLUE QUARTERS I got some blue quarters sittiní in my hand. Iíd like to take you to the movies, dear, but theyíre all goiní to the man. Iíd free out all my money, spend it on you if I can. But I got blue, blue quarters. It seems in the past that we got by by savings or checks or tryiní to try. But lately it feels like Iím falliní inside Ďcause the wolves are at the door and theyíre startiní to bite. We used to make it work from check to check, but as soon as we get one now we just give it on back. The prospect of liviní stable is looking pretty bleak. Our ends are strangers now for they rarely meet. I got some blue quarters and Iím not sure what theyíre worth. I bunch them all together and buy some fuel to drive to work. And if I make it home tonight, Iíll be tired and act like a jerk Ďcause I got blue, blue quarters.

    NEIGHBORS When the Earth was pretty awful I would see you casting stones onto children of disciples that had nowhere else to roam. But I saved you from the gallows. I took you in and gave you warmth but then you struck me and left me dying in the shadow of our home. How forsaken! Iím mistaken to have thought youíd grow a soul. Then we both lay in a cell, dear. Yours was prisonómine, the ground. Years have passed, dear. Stones have traveled, ice caps melted, wars were fought. Someone needed a drink of water: a lonely soldier hurt and lost. He met a maiden and they made babies and we traveled through their veins. Back together, sister/brother, to make peace with our old remains. How forsaken! Iím mistaken to have thought youíd grow a soul. You left your brother alone and dying at the moment he needed you most. Years have passed, dear. The Sun lay dying. It expanded to fill the void. She burned her planets, her last companions. Miss Red Giant called her children home. Now we sit here in a vacuum waiting for some dust and light to start again, dear, to create life and make things all right between you and I.

  • OLD ROCHELLE Oh Rochelle, old Rochelle, I am under your spell. I should've known since you're from there, that you'd put me though hell. All those secrets and lies that I never can tell—but still you know that I love you, Rochelle. You've been by my side all along now, dear, but to light your sight is what I would fear. I've spent cold, lonely days and dark, secret nights, but I know, in the end, it'll be all right. If the truth comes out, I have no doubt that most these folks won't be hangin' round. But that's the way you were born, it's been there for so long. In your dress, I confess, is where you belong.

    LONESOME (WHEN YOU GO) I could say I wish you good things / And that your days are long and bright / And to stop and soak with the green grass / When the Sun pours down her light / But itís hard to wish you well, dear / From all the hell you made me know / And all the nights I walked alone, love / Wondriní which way I should go / Though my friends they tried to warn me / I just assumed they did not know / And although you never made me happy / Youíre gonna make me lonesome when you go / - They say that love is strange and long, dear / But you and I just never got it right / Iíd say itís best if we both part, love / We both can get more out of life / So, for a time Iíll be unhappy / Full of sorrow, full of woe / But nothing ever lasts forever / Not even stone cold winterís snow / Now I donít mean to disappoint you / But our weekends out were just for show / And until the day you come back and find me, / Youíre gonna make me lonesome when you go / Now Iím not tryiní to disappoint you / But all youíve caused was pain and strife / And then youíd rarely talk about me / When youíd take off for the night / So, for a time Iíll be unhappy / Full of sorrow, full of woe / And until the day you come back and find me, / Youíre gonna make me lonesome when you go / Though life with you is now behind me / You're gonna make me lonesome when you go

    NOTHING Set out to check if you're flesh and bone, 35 South to San Anton'. Drunk on the highway all alone, those boots were made for wanderin'. Contemplate this love gone wrong, feel the chill of the north wind blow. Like the basement of The Alamo, you were tricked to think it existed. Let's come down and sing with me Kum Ba Ya you ain't at the end---there's no such thing! Nothing's for free, not even nothing. Nothing costs everything you got, then you go nothing. Nothing ain't cheap---it's the most expensive thing. Say you're as [down/lost/gone/poor] as you can be, but you ain't got nothing! Never dwell on what went wrong. Every day is a steppin' stone. Concentrate on the good you own. Lift yourself up with it. How you think makes how you feel. Put both hands on life's teering wheel. Pedal to metal, watch them tires peel on Positive Coast Highway.

    SLEEP IN It seems like every morning we gotta wake up and pretend to try and have to do these things. Misprioritized, useless and made up---I would rather lie with you and sleep in. We're so tired, and it never seems to want to quit. No need to ask them age old questions, it's just the way it's always been. Streetlights set and rise and command our days, love. We can take control and live our life like kings. Don't drag yourself downstairs and put on your make up, i would rather lie with you and sleep in.

    WILD RIVER Up there where the valleys roll, there's a little stone town I could call my home where what grows underground is worth more than gold. Set the dogs out, girls, bring back what they hold. In the land where my grandpa lay, where he'd work all day turning soil from clay where he'd leave with his horse and be gone for days, travelin' miles out to sell what my grandma made. Now strangers are comin' into our town and we are gonna run them out. Up there on the mountain, where the wind blows cold, where the steel train takes out another load I will find the wild river, send my troubles away, wash 'em down to the ocean to disintegrate. They found out what's under our ground, didn't think news would travel to that far out. Cut the bridge down, boys, we can't use 'em anymore. Anything we need we can build or grow. From the top we'll watch 'em all come, there'll be none of 'em standin' when we get done. We got men with blades and girls with guns to protect our name and defend our young. They'll turn our sky to copper from blue. So now you know what we must do...

    CUT HER DOWN Not long after sheís born, they tossed her aside. By an old metal wire to a tree she was tied. But then someone came by so sweet and so kind, pulled the twine out her neck and then saved her life. Theyíll run on and say theyíll save by and by, but a shelter that kills ainít shelter by define. So they packed up and moved up to the east side with friends by her side to start a new life. He CUT HER DOWN, cut her down. His demons unwound. He cut her down, cut her down, that terrible sound. Cut her down, cut her down, down to the ground in that little blue house in that old mill town. It wasnít his fault, he was brought up to cutóto turn like a switch, and not stop Ďtill heís doneóin a world run by people that you couldnít trust except Jack, your friend, and the two of us. It hurts he took someone so smart and so strong. Sheíd watch from afar, but be there all along. But with a switch of his brain, he shattered that bond. And now weíre all left to mourn that sheís gone... They went on about the options, but there was none to decide except to sit, ask more questions, bowing our heads to cry. How the hell can you tell your own babies goodbye? You canít put that on us, weíd do anything to try. When we turned the door, I first noticed how quiet our lives had becomeóbut itís still loud inside. Iíll never forget that look in her eyes. I hope that somewhere sheís still living her life...

    SATURN'S RINGS They hide all that happiness brings, and then you helped me find it. Days laced with ďrice paper stringĒ, youíd tie it up and bind it. I know this world is old, but you dusted it off and then it shone. Water falling from the rocks above was once inside everyone of us. Time passes fast if you blink, and then youíll never find it. Cut thin just like Saturnís Rings, wide if youíre above it. Days passed and months gone by. I saw diamonds orbit in your eyes falling lighter than the whitest snow. It was louder than anything Iíve known. You know itís all for show, but find the strength to run and let it go. Like a kite tied to a string, dreams will fly if they cut the wind. Easy to forget, itís been so long, but weíve been here living all along. A message sparkled from the stars above remind us that we are all in love. They hide all that happiness brings, and then you helped me find it. ďSeen from Earth, the Milky Way is a broad band of light married to the night sky.Ē

    MY TIME I canít fall so late on my time. Itís just another assault on my time tryiní to talk to you. And if I could go back in time, you know Iíd try to escape from your eyes miles away from you. Itís just the situation has run dry and Iím not gonna be blown away this time and I try to kick back, try to unwind, but I cannot escape the one inside. And if I saw light in your eyes more than the northern lights shine so bright, I have to forget you... Restiní my head, lyiní in bed, tryiní to erase every word that you said and Iím not gonna be confused or abused this time.

    TRIANGLES The halls are long as the hair thatís growing out from my face. And these walls are wrong, Ďcause they seem to think that I deserve to stay in this place. And I donít know what day it is Ďcause I forgot what living is. The scribbled notes that Iím supposed to follow without intention or blame leave me heavy, hollow and thinking that I might never come out the same. And I donít know what changing is Ďcause I canít find my place in this. They keep me here in this bed, all for what I said. The group of friends who tempt me again to throw it all away make me sick of circles and TRIANGLES to map out liviní this way. So put me back the way Iíve been Ďcause my pieces all been weariní thin...

    WEDDING BELLS Shut up! Pop the top, pour it on rocks. Before you share that thought, take one more shot. Itís different now, but it still figuresóthe ghost is gone, but the memory lingers. The ray of light from the sun outside and I think it implies that you donít cross that line. Say goodbye to all your sinners as they slip outside of your little fingers. So put away the matches before you have your turn. I said put away the matches, Ďcause these WEDDING BELLS wonít burn. The weekends lost and the freedoms tossed. You said we paid the price, but what was the cost? Youíre famous now with all your minions, but this townís still strong with you not in it. And I could call, but thatís it and thatís all. I donít like what crawls out when I lower that wall. So slip inside your bleak disguise as I crush out all of your alibis... You can push me away, but you canít push me today.

    LONG RUN Well, Iím tired and Iíve fallen and I ainít got much to say except the ends are getting shorter day by day. And I spend my time and money figuriní who Iím gonna pay. They got me wonderiní if Iím Able or Iím Cain. I had my share of people tell me, ďGet up off that train,Ē but Iím holdiní on to see what next awaits. Oh, but timeís got a way of eatiní at our brains. Hey, well, itís a long run... Shine your shoes and grab your hat. Step right up, sir, so they can shoot you down in seconds flat. No mama ever gave no birth to a boy or girl to live a life like that. So you wave your fist at fate and you figure life is better off without them anyway. But itís lonely and I told you, boy, someday youíll have to face this life awake. Well, Iíve been down and Iíve been oníry & Iíve felt my blood as pain. It ainít human if your life donít wax and wane. And it took me lots of searchiní to see the forest for the trees from the streets of California up to Maine. Now there aint no speediní limit, but which exit should you take? Well, thatís the price of rolliní down that lost highway. Oh, but timeís got a way of easiní all our pain...

    I'M FOR YOU All my friends say youíre my new best thing, but I canít complain or entertain itís true. Girls like you deserve a diamond ringóone that gleams like bright white teeth. When you dance, you are an awkward staróone that shines right through my sly remarks. I know you and I will go real far Ďcause youíve always shown me what you are. Iím for you. You connect with every living thingóthe love you give, the joy you bring to me. Itís a fraction of your everything and Iím so glad you clicked with me. You bring sparks just like the Fourth of July, still you stay as cool as your blue eyes. I know what we have can never die Ďcause we revive and stay alive... Maybe Iíve been taking much too long, itís true. But donít forget, itís laid in cement that I love you. I see our future and itís very bright: your prize at ďXĒ, me on the mic. Dreams will happen if weíre side by sideóso sit back, relax, enjoy this ride. Drop your bags and stay around for a while, and we donít need fire Ďcause we have your smile. All I know is we will be all right, even though all I see is light...