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Adios

 

Ran away from home when I was seventeen

To be with you on the California coast

Drinking margaritas all night in the old cantina

Out on, out on the California coast 

 

Don't think that I'm ungrateful

And don't look so morose

Adios, adios 

 

We never really made it baby

But we came pretty close

Adios, adios 

 

Going up north where the hills are winter green

I’ve got to leave you on the California coast

Going where the water's clear and the air is cleaner

Than the California Coast 

 

Our dreams of endless summer

Were just too grandiose 

Adios, adios 

 

And I miss the blood red sunset

But I miss you the most

Adios, adios

Adios, adios

Adios, adios 

 
 

All I Know

I bruise you, you bruise me 

We both bruise too easily 

Too easily to let it show 

I love you, and that's all I know 

All my plans have fallen through 

All my plans depend on you 

Depend on you to help them grow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

When the singer's gone 

Let the song go on... 

But the ending always comes at last 

Endings always come too fast 

They come too fast, but they pass too slow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

When the singer's gone 

Let the song go on 

It's a fine line between the darkness and the dawn 

They say the darkest night 

There's a light beyond 

But the ending always comes at last 

Endings always come too fast 

They come too fast, but they pass too slow 

I love you, and that's all I know 

That's all I know 

That's all I know ​

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

By the time I get to Phoenix, she'll be rising 

She'll find the note I left hanging on her door 

She'll laugh when she reads the part that says 

I'm leaving 'cause I've left that girl so many time before 

By the time I make Albuquerque, she'll be working 

She'll probably stop at lunch and give me a call 

But she'll just hear that phone keep on ringing 

Off the wall, that's all 

 

Didn't We

This time we almost made the pieces fit 

Didn't we? 

This time we almost made some sense of it 

Didn't we? 

This time I had the answer, right here in my hand 

Then I touched it and it had turned to sand 

This time we almost sang our song in tune 

Didn't we, love? 

This time we almost made it, made it to the moon 

Didn't we, love? 

This time we almost made our poem rhyme 

This time we almost made that long hard climb 

Didn't we almost make it? 

Didn't we almost make it? 

Didn't we almost make it this time? 

 
 

Driftwood

 

Driftwood
In its voyage
Steered by stars
Blown by wind
Through rainfall
Close ashore
Through the spray
Swept away
To the coastline
Tossed and torn
Thrown high
And falls to rest
Oh, like people
Baby like you and I

We're driftwood
On the sands
Of our lives
We're lately arrived
And we're waiting
For the storm
And the wind
To take us again
From the harbor
To the reef
Driven hard
Wild and free
Like you and I
Like driftwood blown back to the sea
Like driftwood blown back to the sea
Like driftwood blown back to the sea

 

 Easy For You To Say

 

 I heard some talk around this town

 Talk about you and me

 How a fool fell out of love with you

 Wanted to be free

 

 Well that's easy for you to say

 That I don't know what I'm doing

 That I've thrown our love away

 And left my life in ruin

 That's easy for you to say

 

 I read your letter again

 I'm sure you know the one

 "Goodbye," you said like a coward

 "It'll be better in the long run"

 

 Well that's easy for you to say

 That I don't know what I'm doing

 That I've thrown our love away

 Left my life in ruin

 That's easy for you to say

 

 Go back to her again

 Back to the way you were

 She's a damn sight better for you

 You're a damn sight better for her

 

 Well that's easy for you to say

 That I don't know what I'm doing

 When you've thrown our love away

 Left my life in ruin

 That's easy for you to say

 

Galveston

 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I still hear your sea winds blowing 

I still see her dark eyes glowing 

She was twenty-one 

When I left Galveston 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I still hear your sea waves crashing 

While I watch the cannon flashing 

And I clean my gun 

And I dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water 

Standing there, looking out to sea 

And is she waiting there for me? 

On the beach where we used to run 

Galveston, oh Galveston 

I am so afraid of dying 

Before I dry the tears she's crying 

Before I see your sea birds flying 

In the sun, at Galveston

High Rent Ghetto

In the high rent ghetto
There's a man with a Mercedes Benz
And if he's got the get-go
He just might stay up with his friends
In the Turbo
With the cocaine
And gold plastic cards
And from studio to studio
In Cadillac's he's getting the bends
From climbing too fast

You know, somebody better decompress that boy again
In the ghetto by the swimming pool
Somebody better get him a tour
This whole damn thing will be closin' down
Don't they know he's the nouveau poor

There's a hot demand for condos
Down in the new marina
He's just gotta get one of those
Bodies by Pinan Farina
In the Dino
With the cocaine
Hand him a yard
And from concert to disco
To the office the tunnel extends
That last little fiasco

You know, it almost brought the homestead down
In the clauses stipulated
The long distance runner is trained to endure
But it's hard to win the whole damn race
When the short of breath are the nouveau poor

 
 

Honey Come Back

 

Well honey, I know I've said it many times before 

I said I'd never say it again 

I guess I shouldn't say anything at all 

Since you're supposed to belong to him 

But I just can't let you go 

But I'm tellin' you just how much I love you 

So that is why I'm gonna say it one more time. 

Honey, come back I just can't stand it 

Each lonely day's a little bit longer 

And the last time I held you 

Seems like a hundred years ago 

Back to his arms and never know 

The joy of love that used to taste like 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Well, I guess that's about all I gotta say 

So I'm just gonna pack my bags and I'm gonna walk 

I know those bright lights're callin' you honey big fine cars 

and fancy clothes 

But if you ever want someone to just love you and some day you just may 

Just give me a call you know where I am and here's what I'll say. 

Honey come back I just can't stand it 

Each lonely day's a little bit longer 

And the last time I held you 

Seems like a hundred years ago 

Back to his arms and never know 

The joy of love that used to taste like 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me. 

Honey, come back where you belong to only me... 

How Quickly


Am I an actor in a scene -
Endlessly repeating my first takes?
Or just a fool in a midway sideshow
Doomed to repeat my worst mistakes?

I made a promise to myself
All those lost and lonely years ago
To always hold a little somethin'
Back from love, hold it back from love

How quickly
How quickly we forget
All those lessons we have learned
So swiftly
You turn without regret
To the arms of your new lover
How quickly we forget


I saw the devil in your eyes
But you might have been an angel with the blues
And now the piper's finished playin'
It's time to pay the devil his dues


How quickly
How quickly we forget
All those bridges we have burned
And when you told me
You wished we never met
Seems like it happened in slow motion
How quickly we forget

How quickly
How quickly we forget
Seems like it all goes by so fast
When you're havin' a good time
Oh, and it slips away
(How quickly we forget)
All those little things you do and say (all those little things)
You think they're gonna last forever (but nothing lasts forever)
And you try to hold on (hold on)
Then one day you're lookin' back (oh lookin' back, baby)
Oh, and you don't know where it's gone (oh, you don't know where it's gone)
You never knew what happened (never)
And your memories are all you have (memories are all that you have)
As they fade away...
(How quickly we forget)
(How quickly...)
 

 

Just Like Marilyn


First time we see her
She's only sixteen
She already has that careless look
Yet it's already there
In her windblown hair
In the faded photograph
With another millionaire
It's a dog-eared photograph
With a lipstick grin
Stiffy post just like a stylish mannequin


But there's something familiar in her smile
You look at her awhile
Don't it make you feel like a kid again?
Oh, lured you used to come and play
It was Sunday everyday
She used to smile and dress that way
To be like Marilyn
Just like Marilyn


Years quickly go by
Appearances change
Only in films do they stay the same
But I think it's her over there
In the spotlight's glare
In this old Ramada inn bar
Singing 'All In Love Is Fair'
In this overstuffed Naugahyde lounge
With the organ thin
Trying to sound just like a singing violin


But there's something familiar in her style
And if you listen for a while
Can't you hear a heart that is genuine?
Oh, lured you used to come and play
It was Sunday everyday
She threw the rest of life away
To be like Marilyn
Just like Marilyn
It was Sunday everyday
She threw the rest of life away
To be like Marilyn
Just like Marilyn
Marilyn

 
 

MacArthur Park

 

Spring was never waiting for us, girl 

It ran one step ahead 

As we followed in the dance 

Between the parted pages and were pressed 

In love's hot fevered iron 

Like a striped pair of pants 

I recall the yellow cotton dress 

It was foaming like a wave 

On the ground around your knees 

The birds, like tender babies in your hands 

And the old men playing 

Checkers by the trees 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark 

All the sweet green icing flowing down 

Oh, someone left the cake out in the rain 

And I don't think that I can take it 

'Cause it took so long to bake it 

And I'll never have that recipe again 

Oh, no, oh no

There will be another song for me 

For I will sing it 

There will be another dream for me 

Oh, someone will bring it 

I will drink the wine while it is warm 

And never let you catch me looking at the sun 

And after all the loves of my life 

After all the loves of my life, you'll still be the one 

Little girl 

I will take my life into my hands, I will use it 

I will win the worship in their eyes oh and I will lose it 

I will have the things that I desire 

And my passion flow like rivers through the sky 

And after all the loves of my life 

After all the loves of my life 

I'll be thinking of you 

And wondering why 

MacArthur Park is melting in the dark 

All the sweet, green icing flowing down 

Oh, someone left the cake out in the rain 

And I don't think that I can take it 

'Cause it took so long to bake it 

And I'll never have that recipe again 

Oh no, oh no, no 

 

No Signs of Age

 

It's a long, long time
Since I've seen your face
I've got crow's feet
And laugh lines to prove it
You've been a long time away
But here we are, almost touching again
How many years has it been?

But you show no signs of age
No sign
Since you were 16 and all mine
The years have been kind
You don't look a day
Older in mind maybe
Still young in your way
Eyes full of stars
Passion and rage
Is it a trick of the light?
You show no signs of age

Why don't you come on in
You can sit right here
And I'll pour you a glass of a good year
We'll toast to renegades
We'll break a glass for mischief we've made
And recall all our mad escapades

 

But you show no signs of age
No sign
Still clear like a glass of good wine
The secret of youth
It surely is yours
Faith it's the truth
Your beauty endorse
And love never dies
It will not disengage
In my memory tonight
You show no signs of age

In my memory tonight
You show no signs of age

 

Paul Gaughin in the South Seas


Gauguin
Tired of the climate in Paris
So critically bleak
And his wife and companions who thought he was nothing
But an artistic freak
A most unhappy man

Gauguin
Slept without fire in the winter
And dreamed about Eve and the Garden of Eden
Until he was sure
There was nothing left to leave
Until nothing was pleasing
Nothing made sense anymore

So he took the train down to Marseilles
And went searching for

Paradise
It's just a little further on
Paradise
You know they never miss you till you're gone
I got no more pearls to throw to swine
I cannot turn this water into wine
This bitter cup you offer me does not suffice
I'm gonna go down and look for paradise

[Verse 3]
Gauguin
Got off the boat in Tahiti
With a cargo of freight
And the thieves and the hookers were out there to greet him
He was a hundred years too late
But he knew he couldn't stay
Somethin' was whisperin' his name

So he sailed without looking back
And went searching for

Paradise
It's just a little further on
Paradise
You know they never miss you till you're gone
I've got no more time for fools like you
I've got no more fingers for the turning of the screw
I could use some money but I don't need your advice
I'm gonna keep searching for paradise
'Cause I wanna paint pictures of paradise

And he went out past Moorea
To the island of the moon
Out beyond Maupiti
Where there was no lagoon
'Til there were no more islands
No further places
'Til at last he found the highlands
Of the desolate Marquesas

 
Gauguin
He finished his days
With his paints and his brushes unconquered and savage
His canvas ablaze
With visions of heaven
He was never at home in the world

But I guess we're all that way
We're searching for

Paradise
It's just a little further on
Paradise
You know they never miss you till you're gone
How much more of this madness can we take?
Why can't they leave a man alone
For heaven's sake?
The reason so few are chosen
Is 'cause few will pay the price
So you gotta keep searchin' for paradise
And you gotta paint pictures of paradise
You gotta lose yourself to find paradise
Paradise...
Paradise

 
 

Post Card From Paris

 

Dear friend of my mine 

The Weather's fine 

Today, I saw some ruins 

Of the Roman world's decline 

 

And I climbed all those Spanish steps 

You've heard of them no doubt 

But Rome has lost its glory 

I don't know what it's about 

 

I wish you were here 

When the shadows fall 

And all the rushing traffic stills

 

I wish you were here 

When the bells are ringing 

On the seven hills

 

I make my way to a small cafe 

I wonder what you did today 

Wish you were here 

 

Dear one at home 

I just flew in from Rome 

And Paris is a postcard 

 

All decked out in color chrome 

 

And so, I climbed the Eiffel Tower 

And prayed at Notre Dame 

But I just can't find the romance 

And I wonder why I came 

 

I wish you were here 

On the Champs Elysees 

Lovers walk hand in hand 

 

I wish you were here 

They take one look at me 

And seem to understand 

 

This city of light is a lovely site 

The first bright star I see tonight 

Wish you were here 

 

Now, I write this from the plane

Drinking cheap champagne

And wondering why

Two people got so far apart

 

I wish you were here

Here in London

Where the rain the pouring down 

 

I wish you were here

On this airplane

Headed back to New York Town 

 

I'll never leave you alone again

I'm coming home but until then 

I Wish you were here 

 

I wish you were here

Wish you were here. 

 

She Moves, Eyes Follow

 

She moves, and eyes follow
Longing to touch, they want you so much
They stare

She speaks, and all listen
They so want to hear, she draws them all here
They care that she's there

She laughs and laughter follows
Like ripples follow a stone
In pools of fallen rain

She goes, she goes, and light follows
And those who have stayed see the room fade and go grey
How long can I stand with heart hollow
When wherever she moves, my eyes follow her there?

 

How long can I stand with heart hollow
When wherever she moves, my eyes follow her there?

Skywriter


I'm tired of tracin' vapor trail ghost letters in the sky
And livin' life in daydreams, watchin' precious time get by
Just circlin' around this great big world, just chasin' smoke
And never touchin' ground

Like a skywriter
Rebel without a cause
Drifting without an aim
But I can't seem to give up this flyin' game
I'm a wing walker
Workin' without a net
That's all I've ever been
And sometimes I think I'm ever coming down again

 
Some people say I'm losing touch with harsh reality
Because I can't accept the way it is with you and me
Stop livin' in the past, like some old pilot from
A war that wouldn't end

Like a barnstormer
Safe with my wires and wings
How could I ever fall
So serenely do I glide above it all
I'm a skywriter
I can't forget you yet
For whatever that is worth
And sometimes I think I'm never comin' back to earth

 
Skywriter
I can't forget you yet
For whatever that is worth
And sometimes I think I'm never comin' back to earth

 

Spanish Radio


Cinco De Mayo is just another day
Now that I see it in hindsight
Without the sombreros and huevos rancheros
I wouldn't be caught dead in a cock fight


I don't read those letters you send from L.A
With pictures of El Niño inside
I don't eat fajitas much anymore either
And salty margaritas I just cannot abide


But I still like to listen to Spanish Radio
Think about about the days when José Cuervo was my brand

I tuned in the salsa and remember you in stereo
Even though the words are kinda hard to understand

I still like to listen to Spanish Radio
Make believe we're dancing to a Mariachi band
I guess you didn't love me, and I think you tried to tell me so


Even though your words were kinda hard to understand

 piñata is a whole lotta bull--
When you're up to your armpits in snow
The Tijuana Brass can kiss my ass
And I just can't remember to forget the Alamo


But I still like to listen to Spanish Radio
Even here a thousand miles above the Rio Grande
I like the way the people like their music down in Mexico
Even though the words are kinda hard to understand


Mi corazón

I drive along listening to Spanish Radio
Make believe we're dancing to a Mariachi band
It's hard to find a station here in Pocatello, Idaho
I guess it's 'cause the words are kinda hard to understand

But here I am dreaming to Spanish Radio
Make believe we're dancing to a Mariachi band
I guess you didn't love me, and I think you tried to tell me so
Even though your words were kinda hard to understand
Even though your words were kinda hard to understand
Even though your words were kinda hard to understand

 
 

Still Within The Sound of My Voice 

 

Where have you gone, my darling one? 

Are you on your own? 

Are you having fun? 

Is it someone to hold when you need it bad? 

Is it uncontrolled like the love we had? 

 

Does a day go by like a memory? 

Do you ever try to remember me 

In an automobile or a crowded bar? 

Well, I hope you're alright where ever you are 

 

And if you are still within the sound of voice over some radio 

I just want you to know you were always my only choice 

And where ever you go then I still love you so, 

if you're still within the sound of my voice. 

 

In the dead of night, do you hear me call? 

Somethings quite not right, no ones there at all 

Did you make a mistake? Was it in your head? 

Was it really me talking to your heart instead? 

 

And if you are still within the sound of my voice 

watching this video, I just want you to know 

That it always made me rejoice 

Just to have you so near 

There's a place for you here 

If you're still within the sound of my voice. 

 

I am calling like the echo of a passing train the cries 

one last time before it fades into the distant hills and dies 

I am sending out a message like a ship out on the sea in distress 

but only you can send a lifeline out to me. 

 

Are you still within the sound of my voice? 

Why don't you let me know I just can't let know if it's wrong 

then I have no choice but to love you until I no longer have a will 

Are you still within the sound of my voice 

 

I am calling like the echo of a passing train that cries 

One last time before it fades into the distant hills and dies

 

The Highwayman

 

I was a highwayman 

Along the coach roads I did ride 

With sword and pistol by my side 

Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade 

Many a soldier shed his life blood on my blade 

The bastards hung me in the spring of '25 

But I am still alive 

I was a sailor 

I was born upon the tide 

And with the sea I did abide 

I sailed a schooner 'round the horn to Mexico 

I went aloft to furl the mainsail in a blow 

And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed 

But I am living still 

I was a dam builder 

Across the river deep and wide 

Where steel and water did collide 

A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado 

I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below 

They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound 

But I am still around.. 

I'll always be around, and around, and around, and around, and around.. 

I'll fly a starship 

Across the Universe divide 

And when I reach the other side 

I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can 

Perhaps I may become a highwayman again 

Or I may simply be a single drop of rain 

But I will remain 

And I'll be back again 

and again, and again, and again, and again...

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

See her how she flies 

Golden sails across the sky 

Close enough to touch 

But careful if you try 

Though she looks as warm as gold 

The moon's a harsh mistress 

The moon can be so cold 

Once the sun did shine 

Lord, it felt so fine 

The moon a phantom rose 

Through the mountains and the pines 

And then the darkness fell 

And the moon's a harsh mistress 

It's so hard to love her well 

I fell out of her eyes 

I fell out of her heart 

I fell down on my face 

Yes, I did, and I, I tripped and I missed my star 

God, I fell and I fell alone, I fell alone 

And the moon's a harsh mistress 

And the sky is made of stone 

The moon's a harsh mistress 

She's hard to call your own. 

 

The Worst That Could Happen

Girl, I heard you're getting married 

Girl, I heard you're getting married 

This time you're really sure 

And this is the end 

They say you really mean it 

This guy's the one that makes you feel 

So safe, so sane and so secure 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

I'm never gettin' married, never gettin' married 

You know that's not my scene 

But a girl like you needs to be married 

I've known all along you couldn't live forever 

in between 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

And baby if he loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

 

And girl I don't really blame you 

For having a dream of your own 

Hey girl I don't really blame you 

A woman like you needs a house and a home

Baby if he really loves you more than me 

Maybe it's the best thing 

Maybe it's the best thing for you 

But it's the worst that could happen to me

 

Oh girl don't wanna get married 

Girl I'm never, never gonna marry 

Oh it's the worst thing that could happen 

Oh girl..... 

 

 

Time Flies

 

Life begins and spirits rise
And they become memories that vaporize
And the vapor becomes all the dreams we devise
And while we are dreaming, time flies

Night turns to dawn and dreams to sighs
And sighs become sweet love that never dies
And love becomes laughter and lullabies
And while we are dreaming, time flies

While we are dreaming we meet and exchange
Conversations routinely and nothing seems strange
But when we awake there's a sense of unease
That another night's gone just as quick as you please

Night turns to dawn and then bright skies
And bright skies to picnics on warm Julys
To deep umber autumns and winter goodbyes
And while we are dreaming, time flies

While we are dreaming, time flies
Time flies
Time flies
Time flies...

 
 

Up, Up and Away

 

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon 

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon 

We could float among the stars together, you and I 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon 

It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon 

We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

Suspended under a twilight canopy 

We'll search the clouds for a star to guide us 

If by some chance you find yourself loving me 

We'll find a cloud to hide us 

We'll keep the moon beside us 

Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon 

Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon 

If you'll hold my hand we'll chase your dream across the sky 

For we can fly we can fly 

Up, up and away 

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon 

Balloon... 

Up, up, and away..... 

Where's the Playground Susie

 

The end has come and found us here

With our toys scattered all around us here

The puzzle that we never found an answer for

Still asks us, darlin', just what all the games were for

And here we stand in a box of sand

Where's the playground Susie?

 

You're the one who's supposed to know her way around

Where's the playground Susie

If I don't stay around?

If I don't stay around?

 

The carousel has stopped us here

It twirled a time or two and then it dropped us here

And still you're not content with something about me

But what merry-go-round can you ride without me

To take your hand ? 

How would you stand?

 

Where's the playground Susie

If I decide to let you go and play around?

Where's the playground Susie

If I don't stay around?

If I don't stay around?

 

Where's the playground Susie?

You're the one who's supposed to know her way around

Where's the playground Susie

If I decide to let you go and play around?

 
 

Why Do I Have To… (Make You Say You Love Me)


I always find that you speak your mind
You're sweet and kind as you can be
I know you're tryin' to be open with me
But I've never heard you say the word
Has it occurred to you at all?
You call ten times a day but just to chat
(What's goin', baby?)
You never talk about that

Why do I have to make you say you love me?
(Make you say you love me)
Why do you leave me hangin' in midair?
You say you never lie
But if it's true then why (why)
Do I have to make you say you love me?
Why do I have to take what I can get from you
(Take what I can get from you)
When I've given far more than my share?
You tease me 'til I ache
It hurts for heaven's sake
What will it take to make you say you love me?

So what's my fate, would you set me straight?
Please don't frustrate me even more
I get so tense I almost come unstrung
"(What's the matter, now, baby?)
Cat got your tongue?"


Why do I have to make you say you love me?
(Make you say you love me)
Why do you leave me hangin' in midair?
You say you never lie
But if it's true then why (why)
Do I have to make you say you love me?
Why do I have to take what I can get from you
(Take what I can get from you)
When I've given far more than my share?
You tease me 'til I ache
It hurts for heaven's sake
What will it take to make you say you love me?

You're not playing fair
(Make you say you love me, ooh)
You say you never lie
But if it's true then why (why)
Why do I have to make you say you love me?
Why do I have to take what I can get from you
(Take what I can get from you)
When I've given far more than my share?
You tease me 'til I ache
It hurts for heaven's sake
What will it take to make you say you love me?

 

Wichita Lineman

I am a lineman for the county 

And I drive the main roads 

Searchin' in the sun 

For another overload 

I hear you singin' in the wires 

I can hear you through the whine 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line 

I know I need a small vacation 

But it don't look like rain 

And if it snows that stretch down south 

Will never stand the strain 

And I need you more than want you 

And I want you for all time 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line 

And I need you more than want you 

And I want you for all time 

And the Wichita lineman 

Is still on the line