RESTLESS TIMES (CALL FOR RECKLESS MEASURES)

 

This little bitty city’s really getting on my nerves

Everybody’s talking but I can’t make out the words

Sometimes I like to think they’ve been talking about us

That crazy little couple falling in and out of lust

Forget leaving town, I wanna stir it up

 

You and I got dreams, baby, you and I got style

We’re gonna make a lot of money, gonna do it with a smile

But right now we’re broke and nothing comes cheap

College educated at the bottom of the heap

It’s eleven in the morning and your talking in your sleep

 

Wake up

Tune in

They won’t know where to find us, but they’ll sure know where we’ve been

 

Restless times call for reckless measures

We won’t do anybody no harm

We’ll run around town chasing after pleasures

Baby why’d it take us so long?

Restless dreams make for reckless fools

But you know I’m gonna take that risk

As long as I’m fooling ‘round with you

I can rest in my recklessness

Oh yes, I can rest in my recklessness

 

You can start me up with one single little touch

Til now I didn’t think I even missed you that much

I can’t pay attention to what’s on the movie screen

I see your face on every page of every magazine

Don’t wanna keep it quiet, don’t you wanna make a scene?

 

Get up

Hold on

As long as we agree, then we’re not doing nothing wrong

 

Restless times call for reckless measures

We won’t do anybody no harm

We’ll run around town chasing after pleasures

Baby why’d it take us so long?

Restless dreams make for reckless fools

But you know I’m gonna take that risk

As long as I’m fooling ‘round with you

I can rest in my recklessness

Oh yes, I can rest in my recklessness


OCTOBER

 

Snow came early

Fell in a hurry

Blanket the hillside

Cover your gravesite

 

The end of October

Never moved slower

Feeling your presence

In spite of your absence

 

Living in memory

Frozen in time

Captured in pictures

Fresh in my mind

 

I never called you in September

I thought about it once but I forgot to remember

And then you left us in October

Now every October I wish that I could do it over

 

You and me singing

“Silver bells ringing”

I can still hear it

But I’m nowhere near it

 

We pour the bourbon

You would be serving

We raise our glasses

My, how time passes

 

I waved goodbye

I went on living

And then you died

I can’t be forgiven

 

I never called you in September

I thought about it once but I forgot to remember

And then you left us in October

Now every October I wish that I could do it over

 

All the trees were still full of leaves when the snow began to fall

Yellow, red, green, brown, the weight of white ripped them down

I could hear the creak of the limbs as they fought to stay alive

They weren’t ready, I’m not ready

How could it be four years already?

 

I never called you in September

I thought about it once but I forgot to remember

And then you left us in October

Now every October I wish that I could do it over


LOVELY LILY


Heart of gold, head of steel

She’s been through hell and now she feels like staying all day long in her bed

Lovely Lily, asleep but you’re not dead


Hair of gold, heart of steel

He let he go and now he feels like he still deserves to have her back

Lovely Lily, you know you’re better than that


For six long years they’ve circled ‘round

Waiting for him to let you down, now they’ve all finally got their chance

Lovely Lily, lady of romance


Last night I dreamed that you were queen

But no one told you anything

Except how to love the man who was your king

And your ambition passed you by

A casualty of a love of lies

All you had to show was a ring

From a king who knew it didn’t mean anything


She’s walking down the boulevard

Waiting on a shooting star to fall to earth and light the way back home

But lovely Lily, you’ve got time to roam


Heart of gold, head of steel

She’s been through hell and now she feels like she deserves the best there is to get

Lovely Lily, this ain’t over yet


Last night I dreamed that you were queen

You never wanted anything

But you had all that you could ever need

Lovely Lily, take your time

A long fought war, a fine old wine

If you hang on it’s just beyond the bend

Lovely Lily, it’s sweeter in the end


SWEET SUNSHOWER

She won’t sleep when the thunder comes

And the pouring rain taps her windowpane

She’ll hide her head beneath the covers

But the storm won’t yield for a cotton shield

 

Yeah the earth needs its share of rain

But my baby shouldn’t have to bear the pain

 

Sweet sun shower come

Sweet sun shower come

Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun           

Sweet sun shower come

 

Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry

I’d face all my fears to save your tears

But I can’t keep her trapped inside

Soft rug floors and dead locked doors

 

Still when the rain decides to come again

I’ll be right there to hold her hand

 

Sweet sun shower come

Sweet sun shower come

Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun

Sweet sun shower come

 

Yeah she tells me that everything’s okay

And she’d be fine if I would simply walk away

But I know that there’s a chance of rain today

           

Sweet sun shower come

Sweet sun shower come

Wash away the dirt, but don’t block out the sun

Sweet sun shower come

TRIGGERMAN

 

I’ve got my hands up high

Please don’t handcuff me this time

I won’t make no sudden moves

Baby, this I promise you

 

But allow me to explain

This is all a big mistake

I never meant to fall so hard

Never meant to put down my guard

 

But now my safety’s disengaged

And what’s past cannot be changed

Now you’ve got the ammunition

To ensure my demolition

I can see your aim is true

Tell me, how can I get through?

 

Hey mister triggerman

I need you to understand

That you’ve already got me

Yeah I’m right here where you want me

Baby, drop the gun

I promise not to run

Oh, be the bigger man

Don’t pull the trigger, man

 

Baby, give me some time

I’ve got no reason got no rhyme

But I’ve never been the kind

To let a boy blow up my mind

 

You’re an arsenal of trouble

When you touch me there it doubles

Every weapon you’re possessing

Has got me second guessing

 

Every move you’ve made this far

Every mood I’ve tried to starve

Every kiss we’ve ever had

Is it good or is it bad?

Can’t seem to find my head

If you shoot me now I’m dead

 

Hey mister triggerman

I need you to understand

That you’ve already got me

Yeah I’m right here where you want me

Baby, drop the gun

I promise not to run

Oh, be the bigger man

Please don’t pull the trigger, man

 

If you put the gun in your hand to my head

What can I do?

When I gave it to you

 

Hey mister triggerman

I need you to understand

That you’ve already got me

Yeah I’m right here where you want me

Baby, drop the gun

I promise not to run

Oh, be the bigger man

Please don’t pull the trigger, man

No don’t you pull that trigger, man

Please don’t pull the trigger


DO IT YOURSELF


Nobody’s listening

Keep on twisting

The words around inside of my head

World is turning

House is burning

The car’s in the parking lot dead


Think I need a partner in crime

Somebody to hold me when I do my time

She turns her back

He puts you on a shelf

When nobody’s on your side you gotta do it yourself


No more lying

Strategizing

Looking for a good place to hide

Close the curtains

Feel the hurting

Take a breath and put it aside


Think I need to get me some sleep

Gotta tread the water when the water’s deep

She turned her back

He put you on a shelf

Nobody’s gonna do it for you, you gotta do it yourself


Keep your eyes

On the prize

Run when you gotta run, run, run…


Nobody’s listening

Keep on twisting

The words around inside of my head


Think I need a partner in crime

Somebody to hold me when I do my time

She turns her back

He puts you on a shelf

When nobody’s on your side you gotta do it yourself

She turns her back

He puts you on a shelf

Nobody’s gonna do it for you, you gotta do it yourself


DEAR PRUDENCE

(Lennon/McCartney)


AIN'T NO FUN


Well you went into the city but there's nothing there to do

It ain't no fun, it ain't no fun

So you drive out to the village and everybody stares at you

It ain't no fun, it ain't no fun


What are you supposed to do when you're young and in love?

You wanna live the free life but this town just ain't enough 

And it ain't no fun, it ain't no fun


Well you sat on top the mountain but there's nothing there to see

It ain't no fun, it ain't no fun

So you slide into the valley and you lay against a tree

But it ain't no fun, no it ain't no fun


What are you supposed to do when you're young and in love?

You wanna live the free life but the sunshine ain't enough

And it ain't no fun, it ain't no fun


Oh well you thought that you'd get married so you went and bought a ring

You figured it'd be fun, but it ain't no fun

Walk on down to town hall and legalize this fling 

You thought she was the one, oh look what you've done


What are you supposed to do when you're young and in love

You wanna live the free life but they vows they ain't enough 

And it ain't no fun, it ain't no fun

And it ain't no fun, it ain't no fun

Oh yeah yeah yeah

No it ain't no fun