Chasing Rainbows (1994)

You know the road is long and wide, when you leave an empty room
And there can’t be hesitation, when you’re shooting for the moon
You know the river’s cold and deep, when you swim against the waves
It’s so easy to give in, turn back along the way
but there’s a pot of gold, where the rainbow hits the road

Chasing Rainbows, making time
Across the river, to the other side
Don’t count the danger, don’t feel the cold
Chasing Rainbows for a pot of gold

It’s so easy to stay home, and live a live of simple fools
Color by the numbers, and follow all the rules
But balls and chains cut off the circulation in my heart
With me, the devil and the holy ghost are never far apart
We’re all chasing gold, where the rainbow hits the road

Chasing Rainbows, making time
Across the river, to the other side
Don’t count the danger, don’t feel the cold
Chasing Rainbows for a pot of gold

The sands of time are shifted by the choices that we make
Our humble courses charted in the chances that we take
Destiny awaits, at every fork we take alone
I’ll race you to the point, where the rainbow hits the road

Chasing Rainbows, making time
Across the river, to the other side
Don’t count the danger, don’t feel the cold
Chasing Rainbows for a pot of gold

 

 

P.O. Box Third Barstool on the Right

You say you can’t handle how I’m living
You don’t like the way my nights turn into days
I got a hint ’bout how you feel, when the door slammed on my heels
You won’t have to tell me twice to go away
But if you ever come back to your senses
And decide you want me back around
I’m parking my behind, underneath a neon sign
I found myself place to settle down

If you change you mind, write back and let me know
Or call and ask directions, and I’ll tell you where to go
You can find me home, here each and every night
Or send a letter, care of lonesome
P.O. box third barstool on the right

My next door neighbor’s knocking back a cold one
Across the street’s a row of 80 proof
I toss whiskey shots and beer, mixed with bitter tears
And chase ’em with a memory cold, and blue
Peering through my shot glass at thin illusion
And I contemplate the suitcase at my side
If I want a home-cooked meal, it’s time to cut a deal
Then I’ll leave this halfway house behind

So if you change you mind, write back and let me know
Or call and ask directions, and I’ll tell you where to go
You can find me home, here each and every night
Or send a letter, care of lonesome
P.O. box third barstool on the right

 

What’s the Point?

Two unhappy faces staring at the wall
She’s looking over her shoulder, as if she was expecting a call
All the small talk is over – now there’s nothing left to say
I’d disappear, if I could find a way

Crushing boredom lingers … no thunder, only rain
Going through the motions – I can’t even remember her name
I’m lost in old memories, where she never can reside
I can’t let her in; I should just lay down and die?

What’s the point?
Where is a reason why?
I should play a game
When I can’t find the strength to try?
Why do I hold back
So afraid to fall?
If I can’t get to the point
There ain’t no point at all

Once there was an answer I never had to know
Uncomfortable silence never had a chance to grow
But that life is over, and it’s time to move along
But I can’t get away with her memory holding on

What’s the point?
Where is a reason why?
I should play a game
When I can’t find the strength to try?
Why do I hold back
So afraid to fall?
If I can’t get to the point
There ain’t no point at all

Raindrops and Teardrops

The first warning sign
A tickle in my eye
I get the urge to wipe away
There’s a hardness in my throat
That makes it hard to talk
Air caught in my windpipe
Too late to make a sound

Raindrops and teardrops
Storm clouds over rooftops
I can’t see ‘em
But I feel ‘em coming around
Teardrops, like raindrops
The first bolt of lightning warned me
I think a big one’s coming down

It had been a long time
Not a cloud in the sky
Bluebirds singing every day
But I ain’t seen a feathered bird
Ever since the weather turned
They heard the thunder
And up and flew away

Raindrops and teardrops
Storm clouds over rooftops
I can’t see ‘em
But I feel ‘em coming around
Teardrops, like raindrops
The first bolt of lightning warned me
I think a big one’s coming down

Every day will be high tide
For forty days and forty nights
I’m buttoned down
Riding out the storm

Raindrops and teardrops
Storm clouds over rooftops
I can’t see ‘em
But I feel ‘em coming around
Teardrops, like raindrops
The first bolt of lightning warned me
I think a big one’s coming down

I Wanna Know

When the sun comes up
Where does the night go?
Under the starlight
Why does the moon glow?
If I reach for heaven
Why can’t I touch the sun?
Climb the highest mountain
And wave to everyone?

I wanna know
All life’s mysteries
I wanna ride on the merry-go-round
Listen to the symphony
Is there a plan?
Or are we making it up as we go?
Can somebody tell me?
I wanna know

Through God’s fingertips
Fate falling like dominoes
In every direction
Like a blanket of melting snow
Can we see the reason
Why we keep hanging on?
Never surrender
Until we make it home?

I wanna know
All life’s mysteries
I wanna ride on the merry-go-round
Listen to the symphony
Is there a plan?
Or are we making it up as we go?
Can somebody tell me?
I wanna know

Confusion rules our moral lives
Temptation wracks our souls
Are we just an accident
Or a miracle?

I wanna know
All life’s mysteries
I wanna ride on the merry-go-round
Listen to the symphony
Is there a plan?
Or are we making it up as we go?
Can somebody tell me?
I wanna know

Angel of Love

Down and out
Trying to warm my heart of stone
Surrounded by people
I never felt so alone
I felt a smile
Brush my shoulder, I turned
I saw her sitting there
A yellow ribbon in her hair
Winking at me without a care
I knew

She’s my angel of love
Heaven sent from above
Oh, how deeply I’ll love
My angel of love

Arm in arm
Across the dancefloor we glide
Right out the front door
Neither one asking why
Carried home
Like we were always together
She put her arm around my waist
As I memorized her face
We fell in love in every way
I knew

She’s my angel of love
Heaven sent from above
Oh, how deeply I’ll love
My angel of love

Morning sun
Filled out love nest with light
I held my head
And wondered how I ever felt right
Without this girl
This stranger I’d known forever
I ran my fingers through her hair
So sedately lying there
In peaceful dreams without a care
I knew

She’s my angel of love
Heaven sent from above
Oh, how deeply I’ll love
My angel of love

A Low Down Country Song

My wife moved out in August
My girlfriend left in June
My dog ran off last Tuesday
To go howling at the harvest moon
Mama died on Christmas night, her last breath, she said I done her wrong
Oh, my my – my messed up life’s just a sad ole’ country song

Dandruff covers my coveralls
Head and Shoulders let me down
My cousin-wife Janey Beth thinks I’m flaky
So she took her love to town
My gums are bleeding
My hairline’s receding
And my sex drive’s long, long gone
Oh my my- my messed up life’s just a sad ole’ country song

I’ll just lay down my head and cry
In my Lonestar Texas beer
And cry about all the heartaches
In this god forsaken year
Some folks’ lives are wet dreams,
But mine’s been a nightmare all along
So I’ll wrap my whole life story up
In a sad ole’ country song

I took my ole’ life story
And I played it in reverse
I found the pall bearers and my mama
Playing poker in her hearse
My kids came back, my exe got fat
My bald spot filled back in
The moon started howling at my dog
And my cryin’ beer turned to gin! (fuckit, yell tequila, they’ll go nuts)

Let’s hang our heads and cry
In our Lonestar Texas beers
Let’s sing about the heartaches
From this godforsaken year
Let’s make our lives into wet dreams
Instead of nightmares on and on
Take our messed up shit
Toss it in the pit
Like a sad ole’ country song

Never at the Right Time

Right words spoken
Love expressed, so perfectly right
One clear thought clearly understood
But never at the right time

Baby you take things so seriously
You never know when to let go so easily
You say you want to take my side
Never at the right time

Teasing fingers
A love tough, so gently rides
Pent up passion begs for release
But never at the right time

Baby would you take me seriously
You never know when to let go so easily
You say you want to take my side
But never at the right time

Beam Me Up

Cuba Libre – rum and coke with a squeeze
Tanqueray with a little twist of lime
So sublime
But that don’t quench my thirst at quittin’ time

Beam me up
Shoot me down
Boilermakers all around
Bourbon and beer makes me a happy fellah
Slap down a beam and a bud
And hold the umbrella

Fuzzy navels, electric teas
Sloe gin fizzes, sweet and creamy drinks
Weaken my knees
But when that whistle blows
I know what I need

Beam me up
Shoot me down
Boilermakers all around
Bourbon and beer makes me a happy fellah
Slap down a beam and a bud
And hold the umbrella

Fireball and Rumplemintz
They make my breath taste fine
But that old Kentucky barrel juice
It thrills me every time

Beam me up
Shoot me down
Boilermakers all around
Bourbon and beer makes me a happy fellah
Slap down a beam and a bud
And hold the umbrella

I’m Coming Home

Young streets, paved golden
Young hearts, never break
Young dreams’ magic spell unbroken
Older and wiser – never too late

Satan’s liest unspoken
Broken promises, never made
Spirit soars, unprotected
Devil’s rules, meant for fools

I’m coming home
I’m coming home
Sweet lord’s gonna meet me coming home
I’m coming home
Woah, sweet lord
Gonna greet me – when he meets me coming home

A lover’s heart, never spoke for
A foolish heart, never sold
A pot of gold, never panned for
Until second sight sees the light

I’m coming home
I’m coming home
Sweet lord’s gonna meet me coming home
I’m coming home
Woah, sweet lord
Gonna greet me – when he meets me coming home