Gathering

2018


SHAKER LOVE SONG (LEAH)

LEAH (REPEATED)


SHOWBOAT

EVERY TIME IT RAINS IT POURS
I PRAY IT RAINS JUST A LITTLE MORE ON ME
CAUSE I’M THE GUY WHO NEVER CRIES
AND I GOTTA KEEP MY REPUTATION CLEAN
AND HERE’S A HELPFUL TIP THE RAIN
ADMINISTERED IN RAINDROPS MAY
HELP TO HIDE THE TEARS A LITTLE MORE
WHICH IS WHY A GUY WHO NEVER CRIES
LOOKS UP AT THE SKY WITH HOPEFUL EYES
HOPING WHEN IT FINALLY RAINS IT POURS

I’M JUST A SHOWBOAT
WON’T CATCH ME CRYING, NO
WON’T CATCH ME SHOWING ANY HURT
I’M JUST A SHOW BOAT
PRETENDING I CAN STAY AFLOAT
PRETENDING I AIN’T SINKING OVER HER

EVERY TIME THE SUN GOES DOWN
I PRAY THE SUNLIGHT TAKES THE SOUND AS WELL
CAUSE I’M THE GUY WHO NEVER CRIES
AND I GOTTA THE PAIN ALL TO MYSELF
NO LIGHT TO SEE ME SHAKING
NO SOUND TO HEAR ME BREAKING
NO SOUND TO HEAR THE TEARDROPS HIT THE FLOOR
WHICH IS WHY A MAN WHO NEVER CRIES
STAYS UP ALL NIGHT WITH HOPEFUL EYES
HOPING WHEN IT FINALLY RAINS IT POURS

I’M JUST A SHOWBOAT
WON’T CATCH ME CRYING, NO
WON’T CATCH ME SHOWING ANY HURT
I’M JUST A SHOW BOAT
PRETENDING I CAN STAY AFLOAT
PRETENDING I AIN’T SINKING OVER HER

EVERY TIME I THINK OF HER
I WONDER IF SHE EVER THINKS OF ME
OUT ALL NIGHT AND RUNNING WILD
THE LATEST STYLES, THE GREATEST COMPANY
WITH LAUGHTER, LIGHTS AND DRINKING
TRYING HARD TO KEEP FROM THINKING
AND SEEKING FOR WHAT HE IS SEARCHING FOR
WHICH IS WHY A GUY WHO NEVER CRIES
LOOKS UP AT THE SKY WITH DESPERATE EYES
HOPING WHEN IT FINALLY RAINS IT POURS

I’M JUST A SHOWBOAT
OLD KING THUNDERBOLT
MISTER LE BON TEMPS ROLL
THE ONLY DOG IN EVERY FIGHT
THE ONLY GUY WHO DYNA MIGHT
THE ONLY GUY WHO NEVER CRIES
HE’S NEVER LONESOME ALL THE TIME
SEE HIM DANCING UP ON TABLES
SHAWNAS, LISAS, ETHELS, MABELS
THOUGH HE LOOKS A LITTLE TIRED
ONE EYE ALWAYS POINTED SKYWARD
WAITING FOR A DROP OF RAIN
TO FALL AND HELP TO HIDE THE PAIN
TO FALL AND HELP TO LIFT THE BOAT
SO HE CAN THINK HE’S STILL AFLOAT
PRETENDING HE AIN’T SINKING NO
PRETENDING HE AIN’T SINKING OVER HER
PRETENDING HE AIN’T SINKING OVER HER


FRIENDAMINE

OVER HILL AND OVER DALE
GOODBYE, LITTLE NIGHTINGALE
I’LL STILL LOVE YOU, I’LL STILL PINE
I JUST THOUGHT YOU WERE A FRIENDAMINE
A FRIENDAMINE A FRIENDAMINE

FIRST TIME I SAW YOU SAID MY, OH MY
LIGHTNING STRIKES THE HEART MUST SKIP A LITTLE BEAT TO SURVIVE
NOW YOU’RE GONE BUT I’LL GET BY
I JUST THOUGHT YOU WERE A FRIENDAMINE
A FRIENDAMINE A FRIENDAMINE

WHEN WE MET I FOUND TRUE LOVE
YES AND FOR A WHILE IT WAS NOW
YOU DON’T WRITE, YOU DON’T CALL
IT HURTS A LITTLE, THAT IS ALL

ON COME THE THUNDER, ON COME THE WIND
HEARTBREAK BLOWING IN ALL OVER AGAIN
I’LL FORGET ABOUT YOU, HONEY, I DON’T MIND
I JUST THOUGHT YOU WERE A FRIENDAMINE
A FRIENDAMINE A FRIENDAMINE

WHEN WE MET I FOUND TRUE LOVE
YES AND FOR A WHILE IT WAS NOW
YOU DON’T WRITE YOU DON’T CALL
IT HURTS A LITTLE THAT IS ALL
IT HURTS A LITTLE BUT OH WELL
IT’S NOT AS IF IT’S LIVING HELL IT’S
AWFUL STRANGE, KINDA SAD
REMEMBERING THE FUN WE HAD

FOR NOW I GOT YOUR NAME ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE
BUT I’LL FORGET THE MEMORY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DONE
PEOPLE ASK ABOUT ME GONNA HAVE TO REPLY
I THOUGHT SHE WAS A FRIENDAMINE
A FRIENDAMINE A FRIENDAMINE


FEELS LIKE LIGHTNING

LITTLE ROOSTER OUT ON THE FRONT PORCH CROWING
HERE COME THE STORM LIKE A BIG RIG ROLLING
HERE COME THE STORM LIKE A BIG RIG FLYING
HEAVY LOADED DOWN FIT TO SPLIT THE SKY IN
AND OH, MY LITTLE HEART’S IN TROUBLE
FEELS LIKE IT JUST MIGHT EXPLODE
WHY THEY CALL IT LOVE WHEN, OH,
IT FEELS LIKE LIGHTNING

OUT IN THE OPEN AND THE WIND STARTS BLOWING
I DON’T KNOW ANY WHICH WAY I’M GOING
I DON’T KNOW ANY WHICH WAY I’M BOUND
I USED TO BE LAUGHING BUT I AIN’T LAUGHING NOW
AND OH, MY LITTLE HEART’S IN TROUBLE
FEELS LIKE IT JUST MIGHT EXPLODE
WHY THEY CALL IT LOVE WHEN, OH,
IT FEELS LIKE LIGHTNING

WITH CHERRY BLOSSOMS SWEET WITH SMOKE
AND VENUS BLAZING ‘BOVE THE OAK
I THOUGHT I KNEW ALL THAT THERE WAS TO KNOW
WITH THE BLUEBIRDS FLYING HIGH ABOVE
AND GOD IN HIS HEAVEN WHEREVER THAT WAS
AND THE SUN WAS ON THE FACE OF THE BUFFALO

OUT ACROSS THE FIELDS ALL THE THUNDERHEADS GATHERIN’
CLOUDS ALL TURN TO THE COLOR OF A CAVERN
DUST DEVILS SPINNING ROUND A HOLLOW SOUND
THEY USED TO BE LAUGHING BUT THEY AIN’T LAUGHING NOW
AND OH, MY LITTLE HEART’S IN TROUBLE
FEELS LIKE IT JUST MIGHT EXPLODE
WHY THEY CALL IT LOVE WHEN, OH,
IT FEELS LIKE LIGHTNING

THIS AIN’T ANY KINDA STORM FOR CHASING
GONNA CATCH UP TO YOU NOW, SLOW OR RACING
GONNA CATCH UP TO YOU NOW, BY AND BY
GONNA MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, GONNA MAKE YOU CRY
AND OH MY LITTLE HEART’S IN TROUBLE
FEELS LIKE IT JUST MIGHT EXPLODE
WHY THEY CALL IT LOVE WHEN, OH,
IT FEELS LIKE LIGHTNING


WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED

I’VE BEEN TOLD THERE IS A POWER IN THE BLOOD
IS IT ENOUGH IS IT ENOUGH
TO CARRY ME BACK FROM WHERE I AM TO WHERE I WAS
AND I HOPE THERE IS SOME POWER IN MY BLOOD

I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT ALL THESE TIES WOULD SURELY BIND
AND HOLD ME TIGHT HOLD ME TIGHT
‘CAUSE I’M HANGING AT THE END OF MY OWN LINE
AND I HOPE THAT ALL THESE TIES WILL SURELY BIND

WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
FROM THIS DEVIL THAT I AM
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED

I BEEN TOLD I’D FIND THE TRUTH DOWN IN MY BONES
BUT I DON’T KNOW I DON’T KNOW
I CAN’T EVEN SEEM TO FIND MY OWN ROAD HOME
AND I HOPE THERE IS SOME TRUTH DOWN IN MY BONES

WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
FROM THIS DEVIL THAT I AM
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED

OH I HOPE THAT IN THIS GREEN AND PEACEFULNESS
THAT YOU’LL LET ME STAY LET ME STAY
EVEN A POOR SERPENT NEEDS A PLACE TO REST
FOR A WHILE AS IT IS WAITING TO BE CHANGED

WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED
FROM THIS DEVIL THAT I AM
WHEN OH WHEN WILL I BE CHANGED


TRAIN GO BY

GONNA GO HOME, TELL HER I WANT HER
GONNA MAKE IT ALRIGHT, GONNA
DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SAVE US
BUT FOR NOW I’M WAITING, WAITING
GONNA BE MORE OPEN-HEARTED
TAKE IT BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED
BUT FOR NOW I’M STUCK HERE AT THIS LIGHT I’M
WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
I’M JUST WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO BY

WHEN WE MET IT WAS THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER
WE NEVER THOUGHT OUR DAYS WERE NUMBERED
WE NEVER THOUGHT THAT WE’D BE HERE ON THIS LINE
BUT FOR NOW WE’RE WAITING I’M
GONNA BE THE MAN THAT I ONCE WAS
WAS I EVER MORE THAN ENOUGH WAS
I EVER REALLY UP FOR THIS I’M
WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
I’M JUST WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO BY

DAY AFTER DAY THE CARS ROLL BY
I WANNA TALK TO HER BUT I
CAN’T SEEM TO GET THE WORDS QUITE RIGHT AND I KNOW
SHE NEEDS TO HEAR ME SET THINGS STRAIGHT
SHE NEEDS ME WHEN ITS WAY PAST LATE
I NEED TO BE THERE IN THE DARK OF NIGHT BUT STILL I’M

NEVER BEEN SO EMPTY HANDED
NOTHING TURNING OUT AS I PLANNED IT
SHE’S DISAPPOINTED, I’M JUST MAD
BUT FOR NOW I’M WAITING WAITING
LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND
THEY TOLD US IN A FAR OFF TIME
NOW I’M HERS AND SHE’S STILL MINE
STILL WE’RE WAITING, WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
TRAIN GO TRAIN GO TRAIN GO BY
I’M JUST WAITING ON THE TRAIN TO GO BY


DREAMS

ALL THAT I FELT ON THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED
WAS THE FEELING OF SOMETHING BAD COMING TRUE
ONE DAY I WAS HAPPY, ONE DAY I WAS LAUGHING
THEN SOMEWHERE A CHAIN SNAPPED AND LIKE THAT I WAS LOOSE

WHY DON’T ANYTHING GIVE ME THE JOY THAT IT USED TO
WHY DON’T ANYTHING FEEL AS REAL AS IT ONCE WAS
I FEEL SO SAD BUT THAT AIN’T HOW I CHOOSE TO
IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO HURT SO BAD BUT IT DOES

DREAMS THEY KEEP A’COMING BUT THE DREAM DONE GONE

IT WAS A SUMMER NIGHT WHEN I FOUND MY RELIGION
I WAS UNDER THE TENT, I WAS STRUCK BY THE PALM
AND THE HOLY SPIRIT RAINED DOWN UPON ME A VISION
I FELT BETTER A LITTLE WHILE BUT THEN IT WAS GONE

I WENT TO THE MOUNTAIN I WENT TO THE CAVERN
WASHED MYSELF IN THE RIVER AND I WAITED ON LOVE
BUT I WAS LONELY AND DARK AS THE MOONS AROUND SATURN
YEAH, DARKNESS FOR MILES WAS ALL THAT THERE WAS

IT WAS AFTER THE LORD AND ME PARTED WAYS THAT I FOUND HER
SHE WAS TAKING PICTURES OF PEOPLE WHO CAME INTO THE MALL
AND SHE TOOK MY PORTRAIT AS WELL AS SHE COULD DO
WITH SOMEONE WHO SEEMED TO BE NOT THERE AT ALL

I STAYED WITH HER AWHILE AND I CALLED MYSELF HAPPY
I CLUNG TO HER HANDS AND HER HAIR AND HER MOUTH
BUT LIKE EVERY MAN WHO FINDS OUT HE IS DROWNING
I HELD ON TO HER HARD UNTIL I JUST WORE HER OUT

SO I TOOK OFF SOUTH LIKE THE BEAT OF A BAT WING
I FELL IN WITH A BOAT SALESMAN AND A KID
ONE CARRIED THE NAILS FOR HIS OWN CRUCIFIXION
THE OTHER ONE SEEMED TO SCREW UP WHATEVER HE DID

THE KID ALWAYS LOVED ME LIKE I WAS HIS NEIGHBOR
HE ASKED ALL ABOUT ME AND MY LIFE ON THE ROAD
AND THE BOAT SALESMAN WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE WASN’T A SAVIOR
SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD IN A KEY WEST PAYDAY LOAN

I GOT JOBS AND LOST THEM LIKE THE BEAT OF DRUMMER
WHO LOST SLEEP AND GOT DRUNK AND COULDN’T SEE THROUGH HIS TEARS
AND JUST HOW I SURVIVED I CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER
BUT I KNOW THAT IT LASTED A COUPLE OF YEARS

I MOVED DOWN DEEP INTO THE JUNGLE DURING THOSE DAYS
I EXISTED ON ORANGES AND OXYGEN
BUT I WAS CARRYING A SADNESS AGAINST WHICH EVEN THE OLD WAYS
REACHED THEIR LIMITS OF POWER AND COULD NOT DEFEND

I WANDERED THROUGH TEMPLES COVERED OVER WITH SAINTS DAYS
I WANDERED THROUGH DRUGS LABS AND KIDNAPS AND GRAVES
I TRIED MY BEST TO MEET DEATH BY THE JAGUAR OR A.K.
BUT I WAS COVERED OVER WITH GRIEF AND BY THIS I WAS SAVED

WHEN I WAS UP I SAW THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ALL OF ALL THINGS
WHEN I WAS UP I WAS SO HIGH UP ABOVE
THAT THE WHOLE WORLD APPEARED TO ME ELECTRIC AND THRILLING
WITH THE FINENESS OF LIGHTING AND THE SWEET MILK OF LOVE

WHEN I WAS DOWN THE WHOLE WORLD MELTED
IN BURNING BLACK PLASTIC WHEREVER I CHANCED TO BE
AND ALL THAT I WAS WAS JUST WAS SOME KIND OF A TRAGIC
MISTAKE THAT HAD SOMEHOW CRAWLED OUT OF THE SEA

HOW LONG TIL I’M FREE OF THESE DEVILS THAT BIND ME
HOW LONG TIL I LIVE THE LIFE THAT I HAVE
CAN I OUTSTRIP A CREATOR WHO SEARCHES AND FINDS ME
THEN LEAVES ME WITH THE DEMONS THAT I ALREADY HAVE

I WENT TO THE DOCTOR WHO SENT ME TO A DOCTOR
WHO SENT ME TO A DOCTOR WHO SENT ME TO A ROOM
AND THAT’S WHERE I WAITED WITH THE WORLD ENDING AROUND ME
AND THE VOICES IN MY HEAD JANGLING ROUND IN A TOMB

SHE GAVE ME A BOTTLE AND I TOOK WHAT WAS IN IT
THE STUFF IN MY BLOOD STREAM STARTED TO RATTLE AND FIZZ
I KNOW THAT THEY’RE WORKING BUT THE DEVIL’S STILL DOWN THERE
I TELL MYSELF THAT IT’S BETTER AND SOMETIMES IT IS

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SAY BUT TO TELL YOU I LOVE YOU
I HAVEN’T SEEN MUCH OF THE WORLD BUT I KNOW
THAT THERE AREN’T ANY OTHERS WHO KNOW ME LIKE YOU DO
AND YOUR COMFORT SEEMS TO FOLLOW ME WHEREVER I GO

I KNOW YOU’RE NO CURE FOR THE DARKNESS INSIDE ME
BUT IT FEELS BETTER JUST TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE NEAR
YOUR PATIENCE, YOUR JOY AND YOUR STRENGTH ARE ASTOUNDING
AND I KNOW THAT WITHOUT YOU I WOULDN’T BE HERE


MYRNA LOY

LET ME STAY WITH YOU A WHILE AND TELL OLD, OLD STORIES
OF YOUR OFT ELECTRIC LAUGHTER AND YOUR CHARMS
HOW YOU CAME OUT OF MONTANA WITH A WOLF PUP AT YOUR HEELS
AND A SNOW WHITE RABBIT HUDDLED IN YOUR ARMS

IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS

REMEMBER, HEY, THOSE GOLDRUSH DAYS, HOW THE GOLD DUST IN THE MUD
FROM MAIN STREET LEADING ALL THE WAY TO ALDER
WITH SUNSET TURNED THE COLOR OF A LOVERS THROAT AT BLUSH
AND WITH MOONRISE BLAZED SOME NEW AND SILVER RIVER

IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS

THE MINISTERS WERE BLOODLESS AND THE PREACHERS WERE ON FIRE
MAHATMAS SANG THEIR LOVE SONGS IN NASTURTIUM
BUT IF HE OR THEY OR ANY OF THEIR MASTERS CALLED MY NAME
I WAS IN YOUR HOLY TEMPLE AND NEVER HEARD THEM

IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS

REMEMBER, HEY, THOSE GOLDRUSH DAYS, SOME LAST CHANCE GULCH SALOON
YOU AND I AND ALL THE MINERS WATCHING
AS SHADOWS DANCED ACROSS A SCREEN AS QUIET AS THE MOON
WITHOUT SOUND, THEIR FURY SIGNIFYING ALL THINGS

THE WHOLE TOWN WAS ALIVE THAT NIGHT AS WE FLOATED DOWN THE STREET
THROUGH FISTFIGHTS, COWBOY POETS, PARLOR WOMEN
AND THE LIGHT FROM THE PROJECTOR SEEMED TO GLOW WITHIN YOUR SOUL
LIKE AN OPAL THROATED SONGBIRD IN ITS PRISM

IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS

THEY’RE TEARING DOWN THE MOVIES NOT A STONE UPON A STONE
ALL DUST IS DUST NO MATTER HOW CELESTIAL
BUT I WHO TASTED HORNET JUICE AND HONEY ON THE ROSE
WHAT USE HAVE I FOR ALL THEIR COLD MEMORIALS?

STILL EVERY NOW AND THEN SOMETIMES WHEN THE NIGHT SKY GETS SO BRIGHT
NO BETHLEHEM OF STARS COULD MATCH ITS BURNING
I WALK OUT INTO THE FIELDS TIL I CAN FEEL YOU BY MY SIDE
AND MY MEMORY IS A BOOK OF GOLD THROWN OPEN

HOW YOU RODE A WHITE HORSE
THE QUEEN OF THE HARVEST KISSED YOUR CHEEK
THE BOYS ALL TOOK ONE LOOK
AND FOUND THAT THEY COULD NO LONGER SPEAK
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS
IN THE DARKNESS


INTERLUDE

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CRY SOFTLY

SOMETIMES HAPPY EVER AFTER
AIN’T ALWAYS EVER AFTER
YOU PROMISED ME FOREVER
THEN YOU RAN OFF WITH A DANCER
NOW IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU BACK HERE
BUT I’M ON TO GREENER PASTURES
AND IF YOU GOTTA CRY, CRY SOFTLY

CRY SOFTLY, REAL QUIETLY
YOUR TEARS ARE UNSIGHTLY
THERE’S THE FRONT DOOR
THANKS AWFULLY
IF YOU GOTTA CRY, CRY SOFTLY

THIS AIN’T THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU LEFT ME
‘MEMBER RENO, TAOS AND TEMPE
‘MEMBER CARLSBAD, EL PASO
AND THAT SECOND TIME IN TEMPE
YEAH YOU PULLED A LOT OF FAST ONES
BUT THIS LAST ONE IS YOUR LAST ONE
AND IF YOU GOTTA CRY, CRY SOFTLY

HEAVEN NEEDS A HELL, LIBERTY A BELL
UP TIL NOW I THOUGHT THAT FEELING BAD
MEANT THINGS WERE GOING WELL
NOW THINGS ARE GOING GREAT
BUT, HONEY BABE, IT’S LATE
SO IF YOU GOTTA CRY, CRY SOFTLY

I ADMIT SINCE YOU BEEN GONE
I DONE MY SHARE OF MOVING ON
THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF WARM EMBRACING
WHISKY CHASING VODKA BLONDES
NOW, HONEY BABE, I’M BEAT
AND I NEED A LITTLE SLEEP
SO IF YOU GOTTA CRY, CRY SOFTLY


OH LORD (PART 3)

IT’S HARD SOMETIMES TO CARRY THIS GREAT WEIGHT
EITHER BOUND TO BURN OR TO THE PEARLY GATES
I’M AIMLESS AS CAN BE
OFTEN NAMELESS THOUGH I’M FREE
OH LORD, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR ME

I BEEN KICKED OUTTA TEXAS
STOLE AN INFAMOUS NECKLACE 
BECAME A SPIRITUAL MASTER
GOT REJECTED BY VASSAR
A COOL HEAD IN THE GAME
OF WHATEVER I’M PLAYING
I’M THE FAVORITE OF BABIES
AND SOCIETY MAVENS

OH LORD, OH LORD
WILL YOU EVER, EVER HAVE A PLAN FOR ME

I HAVE MARVELED AT SPLENDORS
UPENDED THE VENDORS
BEEN KIDNAPPED AND RANSOMED
JUST A LITTLE TOO HANDSOME 
AND MORE THAN A FEW TIMES
I’VE LIVED WITHOUT SUNSHINE
AND YES I’VE WONDERED 
SHOULD A LIFE BE A LIFETIME

BEEN DEDICATED TO FREEDOM
AND THE AMERICAN LEGION
GOT INVITED TO PARIS
BY A REAL PARISIAN 
BEEN THE BEST AND THE WORSTEST
COMPOSED MY OWN CURSES
GOT MY HEART BROKE SO BAD
THEY HAD TO CALL IN THE NURSES

I HAVE HAD GOOD INTENTIONS
BLUE BLOODED PRETENSIONS
BEEN THE SUBJECT OF RUMORS
AT THE PARTY CONVENTIONS
MY FEATURES HARMONIC
WISDOM SOLOMONIC
IF THERE’S A BOARD OF DIRECTORS
YOU CAN BET THAT I’M ON IT

I’LL TAKE MY PLACE WITH THE SAGES
AND BELONG TO THE AGES
GIVE MY CLOTHES TO THE POOR
AND MY LOVE TO THE LADIES
AND MAY ALL OF THEM WISH ME
COMMENDED TO HISTORY
WRITE BOOKS ALL ABOUT HOW
EVERY ONE OF THEM MISS ME

AND SO FOR NOW I GO AIMLESS
CONVICTED THOUGH BLAMELESS
AT TIMES TAKING NICK NAMES
AND YES TIMES GOING NAMELESS
ROYALTY UNQUESTIONED
A GENTLEMAN OF DISCRETION
Y’ALL SING HALLELUJAH
FOR HERE ENDS THE LESSON


THUNDERBOLT’S GOODNIGHT

OH MY LOVE, YOU’VE BEEN CRYING
OH, HONEY BABY, PLEASE
WE CAN WORK IT OUT I
CAN’T SURVIVE IF YOU’RE NOT NEXT TO ME
ALL MY LIFE BEFORE I MET YOU
WHEN I WAS TRYING HARD IN LOVE
I THOUGHT THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN
BUT THE SUN WAS COMING UP

ALL THOSE OTHERS THAT I STAYED WITH
THEIR EYES LIKE POLISHED STONE
ALL MY DEVILS I MADE DEALS WITH
SO I WOULDN’T HAVE TO SLEEP ALONE
ALL MY LIFE BEFORE I MET YOU
WHEN I WAS TRYING HARD IN LOVE
I THOUGHT THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN
BUT THE SUN WAS COMING UP

I SEE YOUR FACE IN THE WINDOW
I SEE YOUR FACE IN THE REFLECTIONS OF THE MOON
I FEEL MY OLD, ANCIENT SHADOWS
DISAPPEAR WHEN I AM NEAR TO YOU
SO TAKE THIS HEART, TAKE THIS FEELING
TAKE MY DARK AND REELING MIND
AND FROM THESE POOR WORDS FIND THE MEANING
FAR DEEPER THAN THESE CLUMSY LINES
AND ALL MY LIFE BEFORE I MET YOU
WHEN I WAS TRYING HARD IN LOVE
I THOUGHT THE SUN WAS GOING DOWN
BUT THE SUN WAS COMING UP


STRANGERS

YOU AND I DANCED CLOSER THAN OUR SHADOWS TO THE GROUND
CLOSER THAN OUR LAUGHTER TO THE SOUND
YOU KNEW ME EVEN BETTER THEN THAN I EVEN KNOW ME NOW
AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WE WERE EVER STRANGERS

WE COME INTO THIS WORLD NAKED AS THE GIRL ABOVE THE BAR
SPEND OUR LIFETIMES WONDERING WHO WE ARE
THEN SOMEONE COMES ALONG AND THEY KNOW OUR HEART BY HEART
AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WE WERE EVER STRANGERS
EVER STRANGERS
EVER STRANGERS

YOU AND I DANCED CLOSER THAN THE TRUMPET TO THE VINE
CLOSER THAN THE COUPLET TO THE RHYME
I KNOW THERE WAS A TIME BEFORE BUT I CANNOT BRING IT TO MIND
AND I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WE WERE EVER STRANGERS
I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THAT WE WERE EVER STRANGERS