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Daydreams and Delusions

 

Waiting for the Change

I was talkin' to the man,
I think it was Friday night,
He said, 'Brother, don't you worry,
I will always treat you right.
I will give you a place to play,
And pay you what you're worth.'
Well I thought I'd found a little bit of heaven right here on Earth,

(Chorus)
But you know
That it's true
That the things that people say
Are not the things that people do.
They look at Life
Like it's a game,
When I came back to play my gig
That cat could not recall my name

And I'm waitin'
Waitin' for the change to come.

I was talkin' to my girl,
I think it was Friday night,
She said, 'Lover, don't you worry, I will always treat you right.
I will be your lovin' woman;
You will be my only man.'
Well I thought the thing would just proceed
According to the plan,

(Chorus)
But you know
That it's true
That the things that people say
Are not the things that people do,
They talk of love,
And then they lie;
So I found my lovin' woman
In the arms of some other guy,

And I'm waitin'
Waitin' for the change to come

I was talkin' to my best friend,
I think it was a Friday night,
He said, 'Buddy don't you worry,
I will always treat you right.
I will listen to your problems; I'll always understand,
I'm the one you can rely on when you need a helping hand.'

(Chorus)
But you know
That it's true
That the things that people say
Are not the things that people do,
Are not the things that people do
And a 'friend in need' is a pain
Every time I call my buddy, he's always runnin' to catch a train

And I'm waitin',
Waitin' for the change to come

Well I heard some politician,
I think it was Friday night,
He said, 'People, don't you worry, I will make the whole world right.
I'll be honest; I'll be fair; I'll be brave and I'll be strong.
You can trust me with your money,
Because I know what's right from wrong,

But you know
That it's true,
That the things that people say
Are not the things that people do,
They look at you,
Like you're a fool,
And they get to win the game
Because they make, and break, the rules.
They'll give you a dollar with their left hand
And steal five back with their right.
Sometimes I sit and wonder
How the hell they sleep at night.

And I'm still waitin'
I'm still waitin' for the change to come.

This Space for Rent

 

Yuppie Blues

I've had a very trying day today,
Corporate meetings and board rooms,
I've just been slaving away.
But through it all I could remain confident, dry and secure;
I don't know how I got through the week before I discovered Sure .

(Chorus)
And that's why it's so hard being a yuppie.


I've got to meet Buffy's mummy and daddy tonight.
It's got to be a perfect evening; everything's got to be right.
I'd like to wear black but I don't want to show too many flakes;
You only get one chance to make a good first impression
And I don't want to make no mistakes.


(Chorus)


My car's got 12,000 miles on it, I think it's time for something new.
Maybe a Porsche, or an Audi, or a BMW.
I figure I should be able to make a pretty damn good trade;
I hope I don't have to buy something that's American made.


(Chorus)

Sail Away

Have you ever seen the sun rise on the ocean;
When the red flames seem to dance along the waves?
Have you ever heard a sea bird cry at dawning?
That's a sound that can haunt you all your days.

(Chorus)
I've been on land a little bit too long.
My heart keeps telling me it's time
To sail away.

I've had a passion for the ocean for a lifetime
And I've sung her all my songs down through the years.
I'm just a land-locked lover looking for a lifeline
But I can taste her gentle kisses in my tears.

(Chorus)

Have you ever sailed alone upon the water
When the stars are hanging high above your face?
Have you heard the murmur of celestial currents
And felt your spirit wander out in space?

(Chorus)
I've been on land a little bit too long.
My heart keeps telling me it's time
To sail away.

My Maria (D. Moore/B.W. Stevenson)

My Maria
I have come a long, long way.
I've been longing to see her
When she's around she takes my blues away.
Sweet Maria
The sunlight surely hurts my eyes.
I'm a lonely dreamer on a highway in disguise.

(Chorus)
Maria, I love you

My Maria
There were some blue and sorrowed times.
But just my thoughts about you bring back,
My peace of mind.
You gypsy lady.
You are a miracle worker for me.
You set my soul free like a ship sailing out on the sea.

(Bridge)
She is the sunlight when the sky is grey.
Treat me so fine lady, take me away.

(Chorus)

Getting Passed Yesterday

Five o'clock in the morning,
Wandering through your dreams,
Of lovers lost and lovers found and lovers in between.
I'd give it all if I could be
Laying there next to you
I'm never really certain just what to say or do.

(Chorus)
I know tomorrow I'll remember the things we said tonight,
But will your memories fade in the morning's early light?
Lost within my sorrow, how can I find a way
To get on to tomorrow, and get passed yesterday.

I can't control the fire that rages here inside.
I'm so afraid of loving you I want to run away and hide.
I've been hurt once too many times to take a chance again.
When I see the laughter in your eyes I want to try but then.

(Chorus)

Love is like a piece of edged and pointed steel;
It has the power to break a heart, to wound as well as heal.
I ought to turn and walk away but I just can't find the door,
And everytime you break my heart makes me love you even more.

(Chorus)

Goodboy Blues

Well, I don't drink no whiskey baby,
'Cause it burns my throat like a fire.
No I don't drink no whiskey baby,
'Cause it burns my throat like a fire,
It reminds me of you, the way you fill me with desire.


Now I don't smoke no dope baby,
'Cause it messes with my head.
No I don't smoke no dope baby,
'Cause it surely messes with my head,
If I want to get high baby, rather have your sweet lovin' instead.


Well, I don't drive no fast cars, baby,
'Cause I am surely afraid to die.
No I don't drive no fast cars baby,
'Cause I am surely afraid to die,
If I want to thrill my heart, I'll just look in your pretty eyes.


Now I don't chase other women baby,
'Cause I'm not the fool I appear to be.
No I don't chase other women baby,
'Cause I am not the fool I appear to be.
I got all that I can handle, whenever you are here with me.


Now I don't hog the covers baby,
'Cause I want you in my bed.
No I don't hog the covers baby,
'Cause I want you in my bed.
And if I can't have your sweet love for all my own,
Well I'd surely be better off dead.

GDitS


An old cowpoke went ridin' out one dismal afternoon.
He'd spent the mornin' drinkin' at his favorite saloon.
When all at once a mangy pack of spectral curs he saw,
Yappin' down the dusty trail and up a cloudy draw.


Their tongues were hangin' out a mile as they pattered on their way.
Their little feet went scrapin' on the gravel and the clay.
Ferocious little monsters sending terror through the sky.
They lifted up their heads as one and gave their fearsome cry.


(Chorus)
Yip, yip, yip yap, yap, yap, yap yiiii,
Ghost dachsunds in the sky.


They all wore crocheted sweaters and their beady eyes were red.
Their yipping and their yapping were enough to wake the dead.
They chewed up all the furniture that fell across their road,
Dug up all the potted plants and barfed beside the stove.


The havoc that these dachies raised was such an awesome sight.
The old cowpoke stood drooling and he peed himself in fright.
And following behind them was a single lonely man,
Armed with just a pooper-scoop, he cried out as he ran.

(Chorus)


He paused beside the cowpoke as he wiped his sweating brow.
"I'd love to stay and chat," he said, "But I don't have time right now."
"But buddy, quit your drinkin', or you'll wind up just like me."
"Shoveling this ghostly poop for all eternity."


The old cowpoke went back to town to have another drink.
He told his tale and asked his friends exactly what to think.
"Get out of here, you stinkin' drunk" was all that they replied.
They slammed the door upon his face and heard his mournful cry.

(Chorus)

Just the Blues

Oh Lord, don't know what I'm supposed to be.
Don't know what that woman thinks she sees in me.
I ain't no hero. I ain't no saint.
I don't know why she tries to make me into something I ain't.

(Chorus)

I'm just a singer; I'm just my songs;
I'm just the blues.

She's always tryin' to make me wear a suit and tie.
I can't breathe, God, you know I think I'm gonna die.
She's always bitchin' about my clothes;
She's always draggin' me down to parties where they like to stick up their noses.

(Chorus)

I think it's time I took the time to make her see.
Take me as I am, or, baby, let me be.
It's plain and simple; I ain't gonna change.
I'm gettin' tired of all these people who keep tryin' to rearrange me

(Chorus)

(If I Could Write) A Song for You

If I could write a song for you
To take away your pain;
If I could write a song for you
I'd make you smile again;

You're too young to feel so old;
You're too warm to feel so cold;

If I could write a song for you
To help you face your fears;
If I could write a song for you
I'd help you dry your tears;

Let the music set you free;
If you need a friend, girl, you can count on me.

If I could write a song for you,
I'd give you all my love;
I'd find a way to show you it's true,
Girl, there's nothin' that we can't rise above.

All your pain and all your fears,
All your past and all your tears,

If I could write a song for you
If I could write a song for you
I'd make you smile again.

Nothing to Lose

Well, I got blisters on my fingers
Well, I got stones down in my shoes
Well, I got deep, dark depression in my heart of hearts,
Lord, I got nothin' much to lose.

Well, I've seen heartache by the dozen,
Well, I've seen trouble by the score,
I've seen so much pain and sufferin'
I swear, lord I swear I can't take any more.

Won't you take me down to the river?
Let that cold water wash down all over me.
Won't you take me down to the river?
Let that cold water wash me right out to the sea.

Well, I got blisters on my fingers
Well, I got stones down in my shoes
I got deep dark depression in my heart of hearts,
Lord, I've got nothin' but the blues.

The Ice in Your Eyes

I wait for dawn. The night is growing old.
I never knew a heart could be so cold.
And you stand there, wrapped in your disguise,
Hiding all the ice in your eyes.

I thought I'd found my one true love at last
And turned away from the spectres of my past.
But all I'd found beneath the layers of your lies
Were the caverns in the ice in your eyes.

I wander on, lost and all alone.
Searching for a path to take me home.
But with the dawn I finally realize
That I'm trapped within the ice in your eyes.

Somewhere There's an Ocean

Somewhere there's an ocean that no one's ever seen,
Saphire sky above her, water emerald green,
Steady wind that's blowin' from the east into the west,
And on her shores a wounded heart can always find a quiet place to rest.

Somewhere there's a ladder that climbs up to the sky.
High above these heartaches, I'll watch the clouds roll by.
I know I won't quit climbing until I reach the stars,
Until I make it high enough that it won't matter where you are.

Somewhere there's a woman whose love is always bright
Whose arms are always open to hold you through the night.
I once thought that I saw her when I looked into your eyes,
But it was only an illusion, another one of your parti-colored lies.

But somewhere there's an ocean that no one's ever seen,
Saphire sky above her, water emerald green.
I know that I can find her. Her voice is very clear.
She's calling to my broken heart and telling me, softly telling me she's near.
Somewhere there's an ocean . . . (She's near . . .)