Sermon on the Rocks

2016


1. Birds of the Meadow

I didn’t come to ask you how you’re doing these days
Didn’t come to roll no stones away no
I come to tell you that the end is nigh
I come to prophecy
Yeah
You wanted a messenger and I be he
Your heebie jeebie man in ecstasy
My eyes a blazin’ and my mantle dark
You better hark
Fire is coming
Fire is coming
Birds of the meadow
Birds of the meadow
Honey I’m a wild one and I’m dressed in rags
I’ll roll you over turn your bad side out yeah
Before the whole thing’s over gonna shout my name
I don’t care if you believe me
Fire is coming
Fire is coming
Birds of the meadow
Birds of the meadow


2. Young Moses

Lay down young Moses child
Your wandering star a while
Hang your heart on a quiet soul
And stay awhile in the house of gold
Each room has many mansions
Each mansion many rooms
You’ll sleep on sheets of silver
You’ll eat on plates of moon
I will take up white linen
I will a’ roving go
I do not need your mansions
I will live in a house of soul
Bring me my florida water
Set me my serpent free
Paint ye no stars above me
I am bound for expedite!
All the love they’re gonna give me now
All the love all the love
Hey they gonna be my family now
And you can keep your thrones
I been up on the mountain
I been to the end of the line
I pierced the fiery curtain
The face I touched was mine
I’ll burn me through Ohio
I’ll find the appleseed
Who lives on lightning bugs
His mouth’ll glow when he begins to preach
I’ll burn me through the handle
I’ll drink the cactus truth
Appear to Peyoteras
Hills the color of conqueror root
I got my heavy working
I hung your capstone too
I’m the king of the milkmaids honey
Say my name you know it’s true
I got my heavy working
I like my lightning sweet
I am a beast of burden
That is to say i am a beast


3. Henrietta, Indiana

Henrietta, indiana mill town
Locked the factory down and shut it up tight
My daddy and my brother and sixteen hundred others
Lost everything they had in the night
Daddy got a taste for the hard stuff
Henrietta, Indiana was dry
We’d ride out to Putney, he’d tell me he loved me
The drive home was always so quiet
He had a devil in his eye, eye
Like a thorn in the paw
Disregard for the law
Disappointment to the lord on high
My brother practiced preaching in the basement
Perspiration on his face ‘til I knew
That something was missing
His sprit was willing he could not believe it was true
Blessed be the poor, he said
Your treasure is on high
All of Henrietta, Indiana heard me hallelujah
When I finally saw the devil in his eye
I saw a devil in his eye, eye
Like a thorn in the paw
Disregard for the law
Disappointment to the lord on high
I was coming home late from a midnight to eight
The radio said that they’d I.D.’d the plates
Left three men dead, made their escape
By now said the sheriff they’ll be in the next state
Will we be able to catch them can you bring the dogs in
Have you called up the bureau do they have next of kin?
Cameras came to our door and I opened it wide
They thought I was crying it was something in my eye
Each night I leave a bottle on the table
Bible open to the sermon on the mount
Blessed be the poor of Henrietta, Indiana
But happy are the ones who get out
I think i’ll drive over to putney
The store’ll be open to twelve
The empty parking lot the lights the lonely kid the register
I see it all clear as bell


4. Getting Ready to Get Down

Mama got a look at you and got a little worried
Papa got a look at you and got a little worried
Pastor got a look and said ya’ll had better hurry
Send her off to a little bible college in Missouri
And now you come back sayin’ you know a little bit about
Everything they ever seemed to hope you’d never figure out
Eve ate the apple cause the apple was sweet
What kinda god would ever keep a girl
From getting what she needs?
And i’m getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Now people cross the street when you walk in their direction
Talk between their teeth throwin’ epithets
And the doctor thinks a devil musta got you by your senses
But to live the way you please doesn’t sound like possession
Four long years studyin’ the bible
Infidels jezebels salomes and delilahs
Back off the bus in your own home town
Sayin’ you didn’t like me then probably won’t like me now
But i’m getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
The men of the country club
The ladies of the ‘xilliary
Talkin bout love
Like it’s apple pie and liberty
To really be a saint
You gotta really be a virgin
Dry as a page of the
King James version
No ooh la las no oh yesses yesses
No I can’t waits I got to see you againses
Turn your other cheek and take no chances
Jesus hates your high school dances
They said your soul needed savin’ so they sent you off to bible school
But you knew a little more than they were sure was in the golden rule
Be good to everybody be a strength to the weak
A joy to the joyful the laughter in the grief
And give your love freely to whoever that you please
Don’t let nobody tell you ‘bout the who you oughta be
And when you get damned in the popular opinion
It’s just another damn of the damns you’re not giving
I’m getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Mama got a look at you and got a little worried
Papa got a look at you and got a little worried
Pastor got a look and said ya’ll had better hurry
Send her off to a little bible college in Missouri
And now you come back sayin you know a little bit about
Everything they ever seemed to hope you’d never figure out
The red sea the dead sea the sermon on the mount
If you wanna see a miracle watch me get down
Cause I’m getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down
Getting ready to get down


5. Seeing Me ‘Round

Stabbed me once and shot me twice
Threw me off of the bridge and through the ice
And after all you put me through
It seems our champagne days were few
But you’ll be seein me ‘round
My hands were tied my clothes were torn
You threw me naked to your thorns
And sent me out in vain to find
A cross too high for you to climb
But you’ll be seein me ‘round
The doctors looked and shook their heads
But they wouldn’t say if I was dead
‘His heart was stopped we checked his eyes
And something made us look there twice’
And you’ll be seein me ‘round


6. Where the Night Goes

I heard the word from brenda lee
You were coming home she said,
Cross my heart i could not believe it
Holy hell you coulda struck me dead
But three cheers for the grapevine what
Told me you were coming home
Let’s see where the night takes us
Let’s see where the night is goes
I admit it’s been slow going
You pay your bills and still they own you
You know the way with best laid plans
Still this is me this is who i am
I make the rounds and i pay my dues
Meet up with friends i dream about you
It isn’t much but it’s still a lot
Sometimes honey i still get lost
In those long nights, old cars
Back roads and the boneyards
You drop the pedal like a holy roller
Sheriff of hell couldn’t pull you over
Tough girl from a bad town
Brought up not to stay down
Sweet tea white lightning
Breaking hearts and not minding
Come on in its so good to see ya
It’s been so long i know i know
Let’s see where the night takes us
Let’s see where the night goes
Last i saw you was a greyhound waitin’
You said don’t be sad and don’t be blue
La is not the destination
Still i believe i must pass through
I saw your face from time to time
But now you’re coming home
Let’s see where the night takes us
Lets see where the night goes
Only the lonely know the way i’m feeling
Only the living go to the graveyard grieving
Still we’re alive and you’re astounding
Feel the pulse of the world pounding
Feel the pull of the american darkness
The rivers the stars the fields at harvest
It’s all i have and that’s a lot
Come on honey let’s get lost
In a long night, old car
Back roads and the boneyards
You drop the pedal like a holy roller
Sheriff of hell couldn’t pull you over
Tough girl from a bad town
Brought up not to stay down
Sweet tea white lightning
Breaking hearts and not minding
Come on in its so good to see ya
It’s been so long i know i know
Let’s see where the night takes us
Let’s see where the night goes


7. Cumberland

All of my friends say what’s out in cumberland?
Gonna get lonesome when you get out to cumberland
Stay in the city boy winter is a wonderland
They all mean well and i will remember them
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
To the country now
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
Wander through the holler honey wander through the glen
Neighborly with fiddleheads and copperheads and moccasins
Build a little cabin honey throw a window in
Watch the breeze blowin’ through the hickories and dan-dellins
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
To the country now
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
If you get there before i do
Tell everybody i’m a comin’ too
Pretty girl prettiest that’s ever been
Wild as weed sweeter than a mandolin
I ain’t handsome but i bet she’ll take me as i am
I haven’t met her yet but i bet she lives in cumberland
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
To the country now
Oh boy gotta get yourself back to the country now
So before you start talkin bout the wonders of the world again
The taj mahal the great wall the places that i never been
Take a little drive take a little trip to heaven
And wonder for awhile if it’s paradise or cumberland


8. Homecoming

I feel a change in the weather
I feel a change in me
Days are getting shorter
And the birds begin to leave
Even me yes yes y’all
Who has been so long alone
I’m headed home
Headed home
Nights are getting colder now
The air is getting crisp
I first tasted the universe on a night like this
A box of wine an alibi
And the hunger in her eyes
In the place where the tree of good and evil still resides
Homecoming
Homecoming
She said show me what you got babe
I’m not like other girls
Just give me your bad self and a place for us to make a stand
And i can move the world
Lift the valley from the floor honey
Little town into the sky
They’ll say that it’s a miracle
And you’ll know damn well they’re right
Damn well they’re right
Homecoming
Homecoming
When the oracle spoke to me
She was like a roadside song
Do unto others as you would have them do
Even if in turn they do you wrong
This town right here’s my everything
And though i be torn away
It has my heart it had my heart
Be still my heart my heart will stay
My heart will stay my heart will stay
My heart will stay
We’ll get just a little bit high
Get a little tongue tied
Gonna try to find whatever ever made time
That kind of immemorial that time before the fall
Yeah that time before the autumn
Really turned the corner
Drive east of eden ‘til we’d start to feel the west
We were never far from nowhere
You could see it from the edge
Of town honey baby wonder how it’d feel now
Somehow i can’t believe that it could feel like before but…
The air is getting colder now
The nights are getting crisp
I first tasted the universe on a night like this
An alibi a box of wine and the hunger in your eyes
In the place where the tree of good and evil still resides


9. The Stone

Change your face
Change your name
Rip the roots that you laid down
Rip the roots that you laid down
But keep your hurt
It’ll keep your pain
Close company now
Close company now
Lying wide awake in a different house
With different arms around you now
On a different street in a different town
On the same old road that the night comes down
Love’ll burn a hole through your human doubt
And free your heart from the stone
Free your heart from the stone
And the stone may roll but it’ll search you out
No matter where you go it’ll find you, oh
Lying wide awake in a different house
With different arms around you now
On a different street in a different town
On the same old road that the night comes down


10. A Big Enough Sky

Wanna go where the sweetwater is
Wanna go where the air is pure
Out ‘neath a sky so big
I can give my heart to her
Somewhere along the lines
Our little train jumped the tracks and
She lost a little faith in me
It’ll take a little time i’m gonna get it back
What happened to the riverbed
What happened to the prairie fire
Can you tell me where the lightning went
Every time that you met my eye i
Didn’t notice when the wind picked up i
Wasn’t looking when the clouds rolled in
If you ever fell out of love
Could you ever fall back again
Out where the sweetwater is
Out where the air is pure
Out ‘neath a sky so big
I can give my heart to her
I been letting a lot of things slide
I been letting a lot of things go
I thought i was the one for you
But the truth is sometimes i don’t know
What happened to the riverbed
What happened to the prairie fire
Can you tell me where the lightning went
Every time that you met my eye i
Didn’t notice when the wind picked up i
Wasn’t looking when the clouds rolled in
If you ever fell out of love
Could you ever fall back again
Out where the sweetwater is
Out where the air is pure
Out ‘neath a sky so big
I can give my heart to her
Hey baby there’s a place i found
I still believe that we can stay in love
I believe a lot of things honey
When the sky is big enough


11. Lighthouse Fire

Gonna build you cathedral
Out of nothing but the rafters
‘Tween the stars ‘tween the stars
‘Tween the stars ‘tween the stars
From the tree of good and evil
Bring you fruit of the knowledge
Of your heart of your heart
Of your heart of your heart
My love is a lighthouse fire
My love is a lighthouse fire
Between the sugar and the cane
Is the where i wanna stay
I wanna stay wanna stay
Wanna stay wanna stay
Out where the high in the highway meets the sky
Meets the sky meets the sky meets the milky white way
My love is a lighthouse fire
My love is a lighthouse fire


12. My Man on a Horse (Is Here)

Waiting i’ve been waiting
For the day the hour the moment you’d appear
Now just look at you
My man on a horse is here
Praying i’ve been praying
And though some would say said my prayers fell on deaf ears
I never doubted you
My man on a horse is here
Hidey hidey hidey ho
Hidey hidey hidey hee
Hidey hidey hidey hay
C’mon c’mon
Making the best of a bad time i’m
Thinking of you all the damn time
I must love the pain i keep it all to myself
Sometimes i’m in heaven sometimes somewhere else
Honey please come and take it away
I can’t sleep it keeps me awake
Can’t keep it together and i can’t close my eyes
Still i’m breaking the record for dreams in one night
And i’m wasted wasting
My bestest love my beaujolais my tears
You come to save me
My man on a horse is here
You come to save me
My man on a horse is here