DEMOS

by Rick Berlin

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Phala Jean This is one of the most honest, funny and dark collections of songs I've ever heard, and I love it! Favorite track: ALL GREAT MEN THINK THEY'RE NOBODY (for Paul).
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Crappy rushed vocal heavy garageband demos of new tunes primarily for
the NICKEL & DIME BAND to work from

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released November 18, 2012

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Rick Berlin (now playing w/ THE NICKEL & DIME BAND) Jamaica Plain

A giant on the Boston music scene. His colorful songwriting + strong stage presence have influenced countless other artists since the early 1970s. He continues to make music w/ intelligence + integrity, building an international reputation around his knotty, singular piano playing, straight-from-the-heart singing and a style of character-based songwriting that's drawn comparisons to Waits + Cohen ... more

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Track Name: YOU'RE AN ARTIST
ARTIST

yr an artist
ya make stuff up
yr an artist
ya hold out yr tin cup
yr an artist
where is the money t put in the bank
yr an artist
yr sleeping on couches w too many to thank
yr an artist
ya make stuff up

yr borrowing smokes
on napkins you r writing notes
too many colors in yr hair
+ doubts r everywhere

yr an artist
ya live from hand t mouth
yr an artist
yr an alcoholic from the south
yr an artist
oh, ya might die young
yr an artist
yr funeral' ll be so much fun

ya dress outa style yr a hipster bum
everybody wants ya that's when ya run
ya might not be famous but you don't care
on the other hand it'd be cool t get there, yeah

yr an artist
yr parents r worried sick

ya need to be in love
yr heart is always strung
you never stop watching Every one
it's a song that must be sung

yr an artist
it makes ya feel special
yr an artist
t hear yr song playin' on the radio
yr an artist
oh baby, yr always late
yr an artist
thank god you can sublimate
Track Name: JOEY BELIEVES IN GHOSTS
JOEY BELIEVES IN GHOSTS

joey is r room mate
he's a super funny guy
he's in his dirty 30's
n he usta be real shy

now he got this problem
see he gets real scared
when he's alone in the apartment
he hears things that jus ain't there

joey believes, joey believes, joey believes
in ghosts

don't be scared, don't be...

they hide in his closet
n under his bed
behind closed doors
the ungrateful dead

run outa his room
tear down the stairs
to the safety of his corner bar
in his underwear

joey believes, joey believes, joey believes
in ghosts

don't be scared, don't be...

he can't watch movies
that show them scary things
he gets all young like he's 5 yrs old
hidin' under the sink

solo

joey believes, joey believes, joey believes
in ghosts

hand claps...
Track Name: SENSITIVE GIRL
SENSITIVE GIRL

she's a sensitive girl
a sensitive girl

she drinks like a princess
n she kills like a shark
n she loves ya like a mother
she's as shy as a narc

it takes her awhile
t trust you but wait
when she gives you her heart
it's for
for heaven's sake
she's a sensitive girl, oh yeah

she's a sensitive girl
a sensitive girl

she needs you oh yeah
but not by much
n  she likes a good party
but she ain't in a rush
 
t sit on yr lap
or look ya in the eye
she's a girl on her own
but she's with ya
every night

she's 100 years old
and  she looks like a kid
when she's lovin' you for real
it's never anything ya did 

she's a sensitive girl
a sensitive girl
Track Name: SOCIALLY RETARDED
Socially Retarded

i try
so hard
but in my head
i stand there
like a dope
wishing i was dead
n every word n
every look
i try not to be
invisible

not really
not really
can throw me a line

i laugh
too much
n i stare at
my sneakers
n i pray
you won't go away
n i won't put ya off
like i did
yesterday

not really
not really
throw me a line

my shirt is cool
n my pants r hip
+ my best friend
he said so
but i don' believe him
maybe if
i got
drunk with you tonight

not really
not really

i am socially retarded
i am socially shy
help me
Track Name: TJ'S DRESSES
TJ's DRESSES

they ain't just dresses

he keeps em in a closet
n he moves em when he moves
they fit him like a glove
n they tighten the screws
of a marriage gone dark
in a country apart
+ music as lonely as the blues

they ain't just dresses

he ain't a drag queen
but he hurts like one

they ain't just dresses

they sit in a pile on couch in his room
or stuffed in a bag swept up like a broom
unwashed for years the colors of doom
as plain or as gorgeous as the moon

they ain't just dresses

he ain't a drag queen
but he hurts like one

they ain't just dresses

he carries em around like a chain on his neck
he can't let em go, you wouldn't, i'd bet
when yr heart is broken there's pieces of love
lyin' around once we were good and now we're done

they ain't just dresses

he ain't a drag queen
but he hurts like one

they ain't just dresses
Track Name: DEAR JOHN
Dear John

dear john
im writin you a letter
long overdue
but true

i saw a shitty movie
bout you as a kid
it didn't really hit me
til i remembered all ya did

you changed my life
in ten thousand ways
n the smiles on the faces of my friends
we wish you'd stayed
ah ah ah ah

dear john...

a hit song is like a haiku
jes' 3 minutes of truth
n fame is a tsunami
when it's comin from the likes of you

love was all i needed
sometimes i missed the mark
n the tension between you n paul n yoko
an arrow through my heart
ah ah ah ah

we letcha take us down
to strawberry fields
and you dear john were my
working class hero

dear john...
Track Name: ADAM & EVE
adam n eve

he sang this song in my ear
at the end of the bar
it wasn't his song
but it should o' been
it was a sad sad song
a real dark song
The Only Song he could play
to his girl
drivin' cross the USA

if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed
i'd know what t do with this - i'd know what t do

his voice was true
his feelings strong
+ a girl just 2 drinks gone
her smile like a mirror
he didn't even bother t look
it's jus' like he was readin' a book
+ he got her without even tryin' - not even

if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed
i'd know what t do with this - i'd know what t do

he'd said he had a hard choice t make
+ he had t make it alone
between this girl he loved so dearly
+ this bar that he called home
go for the girl i say
+ yll find out fast
easy for me t talk
just simple words over a glass

he said home is where my heart breaks - home is where my heart breaks
- home is where my heart breaks
+ right now that's all over the place

if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed - if i was lou reed
i'd know what t do with this - i'd know what t do

tearin' his shirt off
tearin' his heart out
Track Name: THE SONG CAME THROUGH
the song came thru

too much in my head
music way loud
people talking
drunks in the crowd
but my song came thru
my song came thru
from me t you

all tied in knots
emotion like a wave
words i forgot
my face looked insane
still the song came thru
but my song came thru
my song came thru
from me t you

keats was a kid poet
he died real young
his room apart from his sweetheart
it ain't much fun
but his song came thru
his song came thru
from him t you

that how it works
when your song is true
ya just can't stop it
it got nuthin' t do with you

when the poor are in pain
+ the rich run the show
a guitar bum on a train
his song like a...like a river flow
his song came thru
his song came thru
from him t you
Track Name: YR DARK
YR DARK (for Kevin Armitage n John Casey)

he leans across the bar
n his irish eyes take hold
i can tell by his look - this one's gonna count
he said 'i have a simple thing t tell ya that ya already know
i jes' thought this might be a good time t remind ya

yr dark
it's a lonely thing t be
dark, dark, dark
strange n free

i know you like i know my face
i know yr just like me
we both have been t hell n back
n swim in the briny sea

yr dark
it's a lovely thing t be
dark, dark, dark
wild n free

we carry on r shoulders
we carry in r hearts
the hurt we feel
the pain of others
torn apart

yr dark
it's the only thing t be
dark, dark, dark
brilliant n free

some r young
n some r broken
the fist of fate comes knockin'
we smile,
we laugh, we drink, we love
Track Name: BOWERY BUMS (for HILLY)
bowery bums

well we didn't fit in but hilly liked us
so we played his club a lot
everybody there was all punked out
n we could hardly rock, yeah
n patti sat in the back of the bar
she gonna steal a drummer
n joey hid the shadows
like james dean's long lost lover
n seymor signed one crazy band
one right after the other
n fame was droolin' at th' door
he looked jes' like joe strummer, yeah

n lou showed up he looked so cool
his scratchy shades in wonder
cuz nothin's hotter then standin' near
the cusp of the undiscovered, oh yeah

+ they were there a lot at night
drinkin' at hilly's bar
television, heads n mumps n blondie
n ramones shootin' bullets at th' stars
n danny caught it all
n hilly made it happen
guitar, a flash, a photograph
n lyrics written on a bloody napkin, yeah

hipsters n dopers they all the same
like the slime behind th' stares
a bathroom stuck w/ needles
n love jes' like despair, yeah

you always hope the scenes you love
would someday have a place for you
paris in the 20's or hippies in the haight
n cbgb's made us new
but we were most peripheral
n danced a awkward dance
somebody hold the hair outa my eyes
n give me ah, a 2nd chance, yeah

a pair o' tits, a switchblade
a pretty krishna boy
a piece o the rock i spit it out
black stars become white noise, yeah
Track Name: SAD SONGS MAKE ME HAPPY
sad songs

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tell the truth 'bout love
when yr poor heart's standin' trial

if i had a dollar
for every time im down
baby, i'd be a rich man
w/ my silly ol' head up in the clouds

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tear the heart out
of every face in the lonesome crowd

if i was in trouble
w/ a loss i could not bear
an old song whispers, yr ok mister, please,
do not despair

i know we all get cut t pieces
makes us feel insane
lost in the jungle blind and wasted
look for answers t heal the pain
look for answers t ease the pain

sad songs make me happy
sad songs make me smile
sad songs tell the truth 'bout love
when yr poor heart's standin' trial
Track Name: SKINNY BOY
skinny boy

oo...
skinny boy leans against me
in a crowd
i could swear but i wasn't sure
he was wearin a crown
there was something in his face that looked familiar
something kind n gentle enough
fingers like el greco touch my waist
my soul feels like a sputnik in outer space
+ he take me by the horns
n he pull me down

oo...
skinny boy walks a tight rope
to my heart
lose his balance so i catch him
in the dark
we fall like a pair o' horses
into the sea
smoke pot like a pair o' hippies
from the 60's
d'ja ever get the feeling this one is true
moses on a mountain in bicycle shoes
+ he take me by the horns
n he pulls me down

it hurts when i see his face lookin' sad
like a soldier in a war torn photograph
he reads a letter from his sweetheart back home
pretendin' that he ain't alone

skinny boy will ya stay r will ya go?
i really don't need an answer, but id like t know
i found ya smilin' in a bar
on a drunken call
r ya busy tonight
or do ya want t scale that wall?
i believe in you + i
believe in me
religion w/out a bible
r a country
Track Name: WHEN MY MOM WAS A GIRL
when my mom was a girl

when my mom was a girl
her dress fluttering in the wind
smiling + full of life +
radient
before i knew her
before she had us kids
before everything

what was she dreaming
when she was growin' up
i wish i knew
i wish i knew

when my mom was a girl
she was laughin' + putting on lipstick
+ callin' her up best friend on the phone
before i knew her
before she had us kids
before everything

there's a picture of her in Hawaii
17 in a party dress
elbow up in a sexy pose
shimmering

what were the secrets she hide
what was that look in her eyes
im sure she changed a lot
after we were born

when my mom was a girl
w/ guys checkin her out
did she sleep with them
before i knew her
before she had us kids
before everything
everything
Track Name: DADDY'S GOT A GIRLFRIEND
DADDY GOT A GIRLFRIEND

daddy got a girlfriend
and I'm the first t know
daddy got a girlfriend
the 3rd on in a row

she writes him long letters
he reads em to me at night
telling me how wonderful love is
but i don't wanna know
cuz it don't feel right

daddy got a girlfriend
and I'm the first t know
daddy got a girlfriend
the 3rd on in a row

mama doesn't get it
i hear em fighting' in the dark
she cries in the kitchen coin' the dishes
but i don't wanna know
cuz it don't feel right

when i grow up
i won't need anyone
when i grow up
i won't hurt
anyone
anyone

daddy got a girlfriend...

daddy got a girlfriend
and I'm the first t know
daddy got a girlfriend
the 3rd on in a row
Track Name: DEVIL RAT
DEVIL RAT

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil

i was shooting pool
the milky way was trashed
i stepped outside to smoke a butt
but no one had my back
across the street a garbage can
was movin' by itself

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil

you may think I'm joking
that i made the whole thing up
but them little beady eyes o' his
look at me / it sucked
i threw my cig in his direction
but it was not enough

i saw a rat
a devil rat
i saw the devil

they say yr s'posed t stare em down
the creatures will back off
but this bitch he had my #
in his scratchy lil paws
yeah he was com in' after me
his wolverine-like claws

i figured out
it had t be the weed
the red-eyed monster i was seeing
he was a just a dream
Track Name: RIMBAUD OF SOMERVILLE (for Michael)
rimbaud of somerville

saw someone at a party
who reminded me of you
he was beautiful
+ crazy + bouncing off the walls too
but he was kinda lost
+ he was kinda blue
god damn it baby
he reminded me of you

for reasons i remember
+ for others that i don't
just like river phoenix boy
your heart went up in smoke
you were sad n lonely
n drowning in the blues
god damn it baby
was there something i forgot t do?

oo ooo
there's a party boy that's here tonight
completely outa whack
god damn it babe i wish i had you back

rimbaud of somerville - sky writer
catching a ball on the fly
drivin a car into the ocean
yr poetry's as blue as a black eye
come back baby come back tonight
come back baby gonna be all right
well dance in a ball room
make out on the floor

you were in my mouth like a stick of sugar cane
hating me + loving me jes like the poundin rain
sometimes when i get lonely
sometimes when i am lost
sometimes i wonder baby
were you what my love cost?
Track Name: I LIKE 'EM CRAZY
I LIKE 'EM CRAZY

i always fall in love
with the crazy one
I always fall in love
when they're insane

they take me out of myself
and into their fire
and I hate them because they hurt me
and because
I hurt
them back

i do
yeah yeah yeah
i like 'em crazy crazy crazy
i like 'em nuts

i always fall in love
with the crazy one
I always fall in love
when they're insane

one of em drowned in a bathtub
and another one hung from a tree
and another got gassed in a station wagon
did they think
they would set
me free

they do
yeah yeah yeah
i like 'em crazy crazy crazy
i like 'em nuts

they see the world differently differently differently than i do
and i want/need to be shaken up shaken up shake me up

i always fall in love
with the crazy one
I always fall in love
when they're insane
Track Name: HALF-WAY TO AWESOME
HALF-WAY TO AWESOME

if i can be hurt
if i can't be sorted out
if i can write a book
+ never lift a pen
like a tarot card fool
i'd stumble down the road
broken-hearted
and wandering…
half-way to awesome
+ half-way to Hell

take me back!

if i can't speak
if i talk too much
if i blow it again
just wanting you
like a tarot card fool
i'd stumble down the road
broken-hearted
and wandering…
half-way to awesome
+ half-way to Hell

take me back!

i ain't sad
and i ain't dumb
if i cover my heart
with one true hand
i'll wind up, again
at yr window

if i laugh too loud
if i look too long
if the beer makes me sound
like a liar
like a tarot card fool
i'd stumble down the road
broken-hearted
and wandering…
+ half-way to awesome
half-way to Hell

take me back!
Track Name: JUST LIVIN'
JUST LIVIN'

can't just livin'
do the job
make you happy
alone in the mob
small things matter
they all are free
love n yr crazy friends
are all ya ever need

come on up
oh get back in it, baby
oh ya got it

a crappy single room
no child support
10 joint's a day
it ain't just a sport
yr finger on the trigger
a whisky in yr gut
yr goin' t hell
n yr runnin' outa luck
notice at yr job
ya signed on for another
but it ain't comin' thru
yr trapped like a sucker…
yr runnin' in place
ain't even in th race
a dead-end road
w a smile on yr face

come on up
oh get back in it, baby
oh ya got it

ya jus' turned 45
got nuthin' t show
ya ain't left th city
yr jacket is a joke
yr running' on fumes
th kind that ya can drink
n yr bike has a flat
n yr standin' at the brink
it ain't easy bein' you
like a rat in a trap
yr teeth are all yellow
n yr getting' really fat…
ya got a cigarette cough
n ya ain't a gettin' taller
yr heat been shut off
n yr brain is full o' water
Track Name: DON'T SAY IT, JUST FEEL IT
DON'T SAY IT, JUST FEEL IT

don't say it
just feel it
your heart sings
all the time
words won't do it
it's in yr eyes...

the river is beautiful
the wind in the trees
the sound of yr laughter
the tear on yr sleeve
that four letter word
ring hollow when say it
my arm round yr waist
is a better way t play it
ah, you know what I'm feeling
cuz you feel it too
but we just won't say a word
we just stay brand new

don't say it
just feel it
your heart sings
all the time
words won't do it
it's in yr eyes...
(so filled with feeling
can't be denied)

words can be weak
when the sparks really fly
a pounding in yr chest
a raging cry
my forehead on your shoulder
hi-5 in the air
a world in yr smile
my mouth wouldn't dare
ah, to tell you i love you
you know it already
woah hey kid we're lucky
go crazy, go steady

all the colors
have changed
(no they're still the same)
Track Name: (YOU LOOK SO) PRETTY IN SUMMERTIME
PRETTY IN THE SUMMERTIME

you look so pretty
in the summertime

walkin' on the beach
yr barefoot in the sand
wind in the willow trees

you look so pretty
in the summertime

the sun breaks thru a cloud
a kite makes ya smile
a dress like a caress
you can see for
1000 miles

you look so pretty
in the summertime

hair like a breeze
from electric fan
a pail of water carried
to the ocean
in a child's
hand
Track Name: THE BOYS AT THE BAR
THE BOYS AT THE BAR

the boys at the bar
stand apart
but lean in close
it's their club house
it's a church
a confessional
w a hangin rope

they sing
all the songs
they know
all the words
+ they're chasin'
the broads
when they get up
the nerve

love like this
ain't awkward
pour me
another shot
a late night hug
a belly laugh
we give it
all we got

don't matter
what they running' from
where they grew up
or hurt someone
bar stool stands
like an altar boy
upright
like a friendly gun

will we remember
the friends we have
will we forget 'em
when then clock runs out
here it's ok
it's all right
t be found out
Track Name: LAUTREC
LAUTREC

if i saw you i would say
"hey toulouse is that you?"

toulouse lautrec - make me a sketch
toulouse lautrec - paint me a lady
toulouse lautrec - i like your beard
toulouse lautrec - you never fear

sketching her face
in the shadows
glasses on yr nose
yr a dwarf man

toulouse lautrec - make me a sketch
toulouse lautrec - paint me a lady
toulouse lautrec - i think i'm you
toulouse lautrec - in neon blue

a dwarf man
a broken bone
big chest
n tiny legs

you drank yrself to death
at only 36
syphilis on yr body
tainted love
in a clown's
silly face

toulouse lautrec...

everytime im in a bar
if i had a pen
like you for sure
i'd look
i'd want
i'd kiss
i'd draw
i'd love…everyone
Track Name: MY LITTLE HULA GIRL
MY LITTLE HULA GIRL

my little hula girl
i don't understand you
yr like a dervish
yr everywhere at once
my little hula girl
i don't understand you
ya fell through a sun roof
+ landed on yr feet

yr a buddist
yr a tinkerbell
yr a singer
in the chantelle's

bring it on
bring it on, baby

ya make me smile
like a child
like a trip on acid

my little hula girl
i don't understand you
yr like a dervish
yr everywhere at once
my little hula girl
i don't understand you
yr in the dead sea
yr writin' poetry

yr a buddist
yr a tinkerbell
yr a singer
in the chantelle's

bring it on
bring it on, baby

ya make us happy
like a bicycle
like a popsicle
in the heat

etc...
Track Name: THAT'S THE BEST I'M SORRY I EVER HAD
THAT'S THE BEST I'M SORRY I EVER HAD

I'm so sorry
that there's another one
+ you're, you're not my # 1
not the one for me

That's the best I'm sorry
I ever had

We've been honest with each other
right from the start
+ secrets don't apply to us
just the truth in both our hearts

I'd take a bullet
I'd take a bullet
I'd take a bullet for ya, baby
Even if
Even if
the gun
was in your hand

I'm so sorry
there's another one for me
+ you, you're not my # 1
not the # 1 for me

That's the best I'm sorry
I ever had

I love ya more
than you can ever love me back
but ya give me all, all ya can
+ that's a honest fact
You love another just the same as
the same as I love you
But the pain ya feel makes ya know
all I'm join' through

Wait for me
+ I'll wait for you
When it's thunder n lightning
The sky's still blue…

That's the best I'm sorry
I'll take a bullet
I ever had
Track Name: ZELDA (for Ramelle, Jesse & Jackie)
ZELDA (for Ramelle. Jesse & Jackie)

like fireflies like dandelions
you draw me in
your eyes
in-nocent & feeling
something new
me & you

a lantern lights your heart
& fools me up like diamonds
like pearls
the sadness & the dark
like someone old & lost

the closer we get
the more we burn
each other up
& you retreat into silence
a place i could never go:
insane

god we had good times
we bounced like kids
on trampolines
we slept like cats
the whole night sky
above purring like a girl
in the moon

where are you now
my gone girl, my lost city
your song still ringing in my head
your touch like cotton waves
like glades, like the glades
forever

i miss you
i don't know what to do
without you
i could not save you
i could only save myself
this is the end
& i drink again
goodbye
i love ya, baby
i always will
Track Name: I DON'T WANNA GO TO WORK
I DON' WANNA GO TO WORK TODAY

i don't feel good
i think im sick
i puked in a wastebasket
it's only six
my head's in a vice
i won't be nice
i was in a fight last night
jesus christ

i don' wanna go
i don' wanna go
i don' wanna go
to work...today…

hey!

last night i went out on the town
on the sidewalk i fell down
a blackout upside my head
i lost my phone
i don't know where i live, hey

all work, no play…hey

c

it ain't that i hate my job
+ it ain't that i am lazy
i just need a break, man
get me outa the rat race n
party...down

all work, no play…hey

c

all work, no play…hey
i don't wanna go…TO WORK!
Track Name: (I'M A) NATURAL DISASTER
Natural Disaster

I miss New Jersey
I'm far from home
I miss my family
Up here it's cold

I yell at myself
I yell at myself
I yell at myself
I yell at my...self
cuz I'm a natural
I'm a natural
...disaster

I like it when it's dark outside
I like it when the street lights sing to me
I like it when there's thunder in the sky
I like it when ya really look at me

C

I like it when I'm floating in the ocean
I like it when when my heart's about to break
I like it when the rain falls in my eyes
I'd like to be a catcher in the rye

I miss New Jersey
I'm far from home
I miss my family
Up here it's cold

I'm yellin' at myself
Track Name: AIN'T GOT A NICKEL OR A DIME
I AIN'T GOTTA (NICKEL OR A DIME)

well i ain't gotta a nickel or a dime rub together
i ain't lookin' for that kinda fix
i got the sky and the streets and the city and my band
hey man, i'm rich oh oh yeah

i got the northern lights inside my heart
i got a backbeat in my chest
i'm on a dirty stage in a dirty ol' town
i got nuthin' but the best

well i ain't gotta a nickel or a dime rub together
i ain't lookin' for that kinda fix
i got the sky and the streets and the city and my band
hey man, i'm rich oh oh yeah

well they ask me why i'm smiling'
how can i give complaint a rest
do i need a perfect one-of-a-kind lover
no sir, i'm happy
i got my song

well i ain't gotta a nickel or a dime rub together
i ain't lookin' for that kinda fix
i got the sky and the streets and the city and my band
hey man, i'm rich oh oh yeah

well i stare out the window
at the rain and the snow
fallin' like a whisper against my ear
let's dance!

well i ain't gotta a nickel or a dime rub together
i ain't lookin' for that kinda fix
i got the sky and the streets and the city and my band
hey man, i'm rich oh oh yeah
well i ain't gotta a nickel or a dime rub together
i ain't lookin' for that kinda fix
i got the sky and the streets and the city and my band
hey man, i'm rich oh oh yeah
Track Name: I SHOULD O' DONE IT
I SHOULD O’ DONE IT

well i should o’
done it
when i could
but i didn’t
n I’m mad
you would be too
ah oh ah oh…

i should o’
made my move
but i didn’t
n I’m a fool
you would be too
n i should o’
tried t kiss you
but i didn’t
n i’m an idiot

well i should o’
put the pedal
to the metal
but i didn’t
n i’m a fool
you would be too
n i should o’
asked ya out
but i didn’t
n i’m an idiot

fear is not a stop light
it’s a green light
nothing ever happens
when you stay home
when yr alone
Track Name: BADVILLE
BADVILLE
(photo of TJ's tattoo: John Ryan)

badville
is where i live
bad bad badville
is where i live

you can go there
if ya want
if don’t fit
anywhere else
this is
the town
for you
yeah yeah

badville
is where i live
bad bad badville
is where i live

yr can find
true love
in their eyes
’s all it takes
but ya jes’ can’t lie
it’s a big blue sky
in badville
yeah yeah

is this a club
where ya have t be broke
do ya need some silly
badge?
w different strokes
for different smokes
(can i get some?)

should we tattoo you
are ya happy when yr blue
do ya wear a pretty dress?
do ya need t confess
that yr life is a mess?
ya can never be alone

in badville
Track Name: THE MONEY TRAIN
MONEY TRAIN

Woo…ooo…ha ha ha ha
here come the money train
here come the money
lookin for glasses
beer on their lips
shaken’ our asses
shown’ our tits

Woo…ooo…ha ha ha ha
here come the money train
here come the money
pulling our hair out
workin’ the floor
fillin’ our aprons
as they come in the door

we love the money train

Woo…ooo…ha ha ha haa
here come the money train
here come the money
my smile is stuck
my feet are in pain
i don’t give a damn, baby
this ain’t pocket change

Woo…ooo…ha ha ha ha
here come the money train
here come the money
they could go t fenway
but they’d rather go here
adams is everywhere
it’s the national beer

we love the money train

get up on the bar n yll get yr glass
show me yr ticket n yll get it fast
if ya aint got ID i can’t help ya out
but just show me yr wallet
that’s what this is
all about

we love the money train

solo
Track Name: WHY CAN'T I BE A BARTENDER?!
WHY CAN’T I BE A BARTENDER?!

why can’t i be a bartender?
cuz those guys they make all the bread
why can’t i be a bartender?
cuz id rather get off the floor
n start drinking, start drinking instead

(make my drink, pour my beer)

n they get stuck
behind the bar
talking to assholes
w no getaway car
they might feel sorry
for that poor lonely girl
who’s there every night
starin n hopin

C

(make my drink, pour my beer)

the servers get impatient
the bartender gets mad
the customers r screaming
they want their beer bad
drunks ain’t much fun when
yr not drinking
the bartender he smiles
can’t show what he’s thinking

ask the new kid
he’ll get yr ice
save yr back
try try t be nice
oh the less ya do
the more ya make
a bartender job
is a a piece o cake

C

why can’t i be a bartender? dammit! they won’t let me.
they got favorites. makes me mad sometimes. i can do this.
i can do it. hell with it
Track Name: ALL GREAT MEN THINK THEY'RE NOBODY (for Paul)
ALL GREAT MEN THINK THEY’RE NOBODY
(for Paul)

all great men
many of them
most great men
think they’re nobody
’s why we love ‘em

i saw you on a wall
sleeping in the sun
passed out t all the world
some mother’s son

hey paul
we called ya rummy
takin’ pictures n thinkin’ yr funny
inside we knew
we could be you

all great men
many of them
most great men
think they’re nobody
’s why we love ‘em

sometimes yd make my day
standin’ far away
never havin’ anything useful
t say

a grave digger they said ya are
job could make ya dark
like a clown alone
in amusement park

buddha was invisible
ah to all the world
maybe he was a drunk like you
maybe that made him real

harmonica solo

all great men
many of them
most great men
think they’re nobody
’s why we love ‘em
Track Name: PUKED (Out The Window Of My Car)
YOU PUKED

you puked
out the window
of my car
last night
was it something you ate
or someone you hated...
or the bitter truth
in yr mouth that ya tasted, yeah yeah

getcha high
getcha wasted
getcha happy
getcha coughin'
in a bong

well she fell in yr lap
+ she gave you a hand
+ ya came like a puppy
n ya shot like a sputnik…yeah

another shot
jes' a drop
another pill
another line
jes' a ride on a highway
t the end of time...
Track Name: WE'RE COMIN' UP
We’re Comin’ Up

oo

we’re comin’ up
we’re gonna take it
we’re comin’ up
we’re gonna make it
we’re comin’ up
all of us together now
we’re com in up
we’re gonna shake it

the sky is high
the clouds r dark
the river’s wide
just a walk in th’ park
my soul is deep
jus’ look in my eyes
n read my heart
got no alibi, HEY!

we’re comin’ up

got a foot in my back
stayin’ outa the bars
got a reason t live
i got a nasty scar
i almost drank
myself t death
but now you n me
we got this down, HEY!

oo

we’re com in’ up

a avalanche
a thunder storm
a rain in spain
a knockin’ door
we can take it all
we got each other
bring it on
wr sisters wr brothers, HEY!

we’re comin’ up


oo

we’re com in’ up

a avalanche
a thunder storm
a rain in spain
a knockin’ door
we can take it all
we got each other
bring it on
wr sisters wr brothers, HEY!

we’re comin’ up
Track Name: AWKWARD GIRL
AWKWARD GIRL

she’s such an awkward girl
she walks so fast
she’s such an awkward girl
walks into walls of glass

dance with no rhythm
none of that for her
leaning all the time
dizzy as she runs
a Mona Lisa smile
she is not aware
of how beautiful

she’s such an awkward girl
she has no past
she’s such an awkward girl
walks into walls of glass

says hi to everyone
even when she doesn’t know
who they are
or who she is
or why her dress
does not quite fit
the look of all the other girls
but so beautiful

she’s such an awkward girl
she makes us laugh
she’s such an awkward girl
walks into walls of glass

she’s leaving yesterday
but she is here
again at the bar
buying drinks for strangers
unaware
of how this can be read
but her innocence
so beautiful

she’s such an awkward girl…
Track Name: PEACE SIGN
Peace Sign

the weight of the world
on yr shoulders
the tears of the world
in yr heart

ill throw you a lifeline
a jack of diamonds
a middle finger, a peace sign
anything i can find

the candle
is flickering
there are bugs
in yr head
the job yr so sick of
the mouths unfed

ill throw you a lifeline
a jack of diamonds
a middle finger, a peace sign
anything i can find

nothing is mine
n we're running’ outa time

the tables are turning
the sun, it don’t shine
but i can hear yr heart bleeding
down a hallway that ain't mine

ill throw you a lifeline
a jack of diamonds
a middle finger, a peace sign
anything i can find
anything i can find
anything…
Track Name: BULLET FOR YOU
BULLET FOR YOU

ill take bullet for ya baby

my love is a stolen car
shiny convertible
keys in yr pocket

speed like a bullet
air in my lungs
carbon monoxide suicide
a highway in the sun

there's beauty
in the thief
the hustler n the cheat
the mask, the scars
the tongue, the taste, the fear, the release

ill take bullet for ya baby

black + white french movie
goddard is my god
a band of outsiders
stealing every car

Im scared, Im tense, Im shaking, Im high, i’m on the run
Im ready, Im hiding, Im dancing I’m kissing you w a gun

ill take bullet for ya baby

my love is a stolen car
shiny convertible
keys in yr pocket

Im scared, Im tense, Im shaking, Im high, i’m on the run
Im ready, Im hiding, Im dancing I’m kissing you w a gun

ill take bullet for ya baby
even if the gun
is in yr hand
Track Name: TEASE ME
TEASE ME

tease me,
go ahead
just 1 look from you
ya keep me from feelin’ dead
tease me
make it bite
i take ya with me
deep inside the bed room light

sometimes ya hide behind
sun glasses lookin’ left n right
i know ya feel the heat
i am so obvious

would ya like to leave w me
n smoke up at my place
you can do all of the talking
n i will stare
at yr face

i know i ain’t the 1 ya want
i know it
but i don’t care
n you don’t have t show it
rock n roll romance is just a
old old story
a 1 night stand
jes’ man to man
ya won’t be sorry

tease me…
Track Name: YOU BURN MY EYES
YOU BURN MY EYES

you burn my eyes
you burn my eyes

i lost it when i saw you
all caution to the wind
a wave of hand
a touch of mysterious
skin

are you a nomad
do you hate the ones you love
because you are so pretty
is there no one you can trust

you burn my eyes
you burn my eyes

you are more than i can fake
you take me by the throat
you throw me a fancy hook
i write a late night note

will you hit this bar tomorrow night
n take me for a ride
can i touch yr face for just one second…

I’m an old school lover
i write poems in the sand
a leaf, a magic mushroom
a hobbit in my hand
i could stay with you forever
but will leave soon as i can
no one wins my heart more quickly
than the boy i can not have

you burn my eyes
you burn my eyes
Track Name: MY GIRL IS GONE (for Sofi)
MY GIRL IS GONE

my girl
is gone

i watched
her go

we were side
by side

for years
+ last night to

so brave
so weak

so shy
so strong

i held her one
last time

tears all over
the place/my face

she
said goodbye

in her
tiny heart
+ me
in mine

my girl
is gone
Track Name: YOU BRING THE SUN
YOU BRING THE SUN

you bring the sun
you hang the moon
you make the colored lights
change the rules

like a song in my heart
like a cherry bomb in the dark

you hug me like it’s the end of the world

you bring the sun
you hang the moon
you make the colored lights
come true

like a postcard of the taj mahal
like a gondola in a dirty canal

you hug me like it’s the end of the world

you bring the sun
you hang the moon
you make all the colored lights
kill the blues

like a flash in the pan
like a tin can superman

you hug me like it’s the end of the world
Track Name: YR OK
yr ok

yr ok but you don't think so
yr ok but you disagree
cuz being blue is you
being blue is what you do

all the kids on the playground
they is lookin' right at you
smiling and believing
in just the way ya are
to me

you hang yr head
yr awake all night in bed
everybody likes you
but you say you have no friends
can't ya see the light
can’t ya see the light is everywhere around you?

all the kids on the playground
they is lookin' right at you
smiling and believing
in just the way ya are
to me

all the kids on the playground
they is lookin' right at you
smiling and believing
in just the way ya are
to me

the eyes of a poet
see the world just like it is
beautiful & brutal
rye catcher of kids

can't ya see the light
can’t ya see the light
is all around you
Track Name: FAST TRAIN TO NOWHERE
FAST TRAIN TO NOWHERE

I’m on a fast train
to nowhere
with you
and me
and the scenery
and the sunflowers
going by

I’m on a fast train
to nowhere
i like it
don’t you?
cost nothing
to be
this happy

I’m on a fast train
to nowhere
no walls
to hit
no hairs
to split
im laughing
I’m high
Track Name: I FELT LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL LAST NIGHT
I FELT LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL LAST NIGHT

i felt like a teenage girl last night
pissed off + smoking
w my legs crossed
thinking w my middle finger
sucking my thumb
thinking w my middle finger

that no one
loves anyone
no more
no more

i was so wrong

i felt like a teenage girl last night
pissed off + smoking
w my legs crossed
gave up my cel phone
gave up instagram
thinking like a middle finger

that no one
loves anyone

i was so wrong

comin’ right at me
like a thunderbolt
right between the eyes
like a pretty girl
like a pretty boy
like a beatles song

love
is all ya need
is all ya need

here i go again
sun in my eyes
heart like a racehorse
here i go
fallin’ in love
falling’ in love
w my legs crossed
Track Name: I HATE THIS PLACE (for all my friends who've given up the drink)
I HATE THIS PLACE
(for all my friends who’ve given up the drink)

i hate this place
I’m going home
i love it too much
it’s killing me
like cupid
like an arrow in my heart

im laughing
at myself again
so fierce is
my obsession
i am burning
burning at the stake

carry me out of here
even if
i refuse
to go

i hate this place
I’m going home
i love it too much
but it’s killing me
like cupid
like an arrow in
my heart

too much of a good thing
ain’t good
give me the strength
to go

i hate this place
i hate it
i hate this place
I’m going home
Track Name: (I LOVE) MY ROOM
(I LOVE) MY ROOM

i love my room
it’s just for me
no one can go in there
w/out a secret key

i love my room
it’s just for me
if it’s messy or clean
i look around n i know
for sure
i’m free

oh oh oh

i love my room
it’s just for me
if i wanna get naked
i close the curtains

i love my room
it’s just for me
at night i troll the web
n smoke a lot
o weed

oh oh oh

solo

i love my room
it’s just for me
no one can go in there
w/out a secret key

if i bring you home
ill sit you on my bed
close the door n
keep my fingers
crossed
Track Name: BULLET BABY
BULLET FOR YOU

ill take bullet for ya
baby, baby, baby

my love is a stolen car
shiny convertible
keys in yr pocket

speed like a bullet
air in my lungs
carbon monoxide
highway in the sun

ill take bullet for ya
baby, baby, baby

beauty in the thief
hustler n the cheat
the mask, the scars
the tongue, the release

black + white movie
goddard is my god
band of outsiders
stealing every car

Im scared, Im tense, Im shaking, Im high,
Im ready, Im hiding, I’m kissing you

ill take bullet for ya
baby, baby, baby

my love is a stolen car
shiny convertible
keys in yr pocket

speed like a bullet
air in my lungs
carbon monoxide
highway in the sun

ill take bullet for ya
even if the gun
baby, baby, baby
even if the gun
is in yr hand
Track Name: A MILLION DOLLARS
A MILLION DOLLARS

ya sat across from me
ya put yr cards on the table
you were feelin’ no relief
from the stars r the heat

there were tears in yr eyes
you were shuffling yr feet
your voice got raspy
yr face looked sweet

i will put a million dollars
in yr hands, i will
but it won’t be the money
gives you a happy pill

it’s all the friends in yr heart
- the light on the hill
that bring you back to earth
you can do it, i know you will

don’t run
don’t hide
your heart
is a bull’s eye

you were doin’ somethin’ simple
in the dark downstairs
+ ya burst out cryin’
don’t anyone care

to show you affection
to love who you are
to just watch tv
wrapped up in yr arms

you been alone too long
for too many years
one too many losses
+ one too many fears

i will put a million dollars
in yr hands, i will
but it won’t be the money
gives you a happy pill

it won’t be the money
Track Name: (It's Just The) SIMPLE THINGS
SIMPLE THINGS

it’s just the simple things
get ya high
it’s just 2 chords on guitar
make ya smile

kid w a funny face
ice cream on his chin
his daddy is laughing sideways
his son jes did him in

ol lady w a walker
her head is bowed so low
her friend he carries groceries
latch key to let her go

yr big ol ears are see-thru
it’s the sun that makes em red
a lake can smell like leaves
clean sheets are on yr bed

an old picture of yr mom n daddy
before they had you kids
smiling at the camera
n holding hands…
Track Name: NO HEROES
NO HEROES

old nag rides the sunset
darkness at his back
happy clown is sometimes a sad one
rainbow fades to black

each man has a mission
river to ocean he runs
not sure of how to get there
w a prayer or w a song

in his head are heroes
too many he’d say to count
but none can light his darkest hour
no hero can dig him out

it’s up to him to find the strength
carry crosses on his back
but he never knows if he has the guts
somehow he’s right on track

we know him cuz he is all of us
blind + weak + broken
he feels the heat of 10,000 suns
love has spoken

no heroes
just you n me
Track Name: MY FICTIONAL FRIEND FROM NORWAY
MY FICTIONAL FRIEND FROM NORWAY

you grew up in a world that was
filled with trees
n cemeteries
n friends were few and far between
n far between
but the girls were very pretty in a brand
in a brand new way
n a spark was lit that never went
would never ever go away
n yr mom was something
n so was yr dad

saturday nights wr weird when the drinking got bad
n you got sad
but now yr over all that
more r less yd say
n yr life is grand
n ya look like a elf today
in a story i read on a subway train
yr my fictional friend from norway
a beautiful boy laughing in the rain
yeah

well ya paint like a child
n ya think like a grown up, yeah
n ya feel like a woman
n yr smile breaks thru Everything
in yr Everything
n ya ask the hard questions
n yr always horny, yeah
n ya miss Everybody
n yr true t the ones
the ones ya love
the ones ya love

n the kids in the summer camp
say that they like you, they do
ya got hair like gold
n yr eyebrows in a knot
in a vacant lot
throwin’ rocks on a secret spot
ya got a song in yr head
a painted bird in yr bed
a forest of roses
n moss all over yr arms
like i said
ya live forever in my head
(n in my heart
n in my heart)

emerald eyes
n pearl white skin
in a homeless hat
that ya fit right in
where are you now
hey what should i do
is there a trick or a clue
i am so lucky to invent
you

first i saw yr hair n then i saw yr ala-bastard skin
yr eyes locked me onto your soul like a angel
living in sin
let the right one in
i can carry you around in my coat like a kitten
all worked up
askin’ more than i can ever give out
r simply give up
like a little red truck

you like t sleep but ya work real hard
n yr honest like a con man
like a dog
n ya never say goodbye w a tear in yr eye
but ya feel me don’t ya boy
like a tin can noisy on the sidewalk kickin’ the dust up
like the truth
n ya sing it like a song in a treehouse
hammered w yr best friend
naked
on the roof
on the roof

emerald eyes
n pearl white skin
in a homeless hat
that ya fit right in
Track Name: MY ONE HOUR GIRLFRIEND
My One Hour Girlfriend

she my one
hour girlfriend
she’s my one
one hour girlfriend

she loves my body
but she doesn’t talk
she ain’t no hooker
but she on the clock

take me t heaven
take me home
w a happy ending, yeah
when I’m feelin’ lonely
when I’m feelin’ blue
i call my…

c

i make my rounds
t downtown quincy
th’ girls are smokin’
i just can’t help myself

take me t heaven
take me home
w a happy ending, yeah
when I’m feelin’ lonely
when I’m feelin’ blue
i call my…

a friend once told me
he looked me right in the eye
he said ‘baby, you ain’t had sex
til ya paid good money for it
now i know why
yeah yeah

c

i did the recon
i found the spot
she ain’t no hooker, man
but she on the clock

c

take me t heaven
take me home
w a happy ending, yeah

when I’m feelin’ lonely
when I’m feelin’ blue
i call my…

she my one…
girlfriend
Track Name: I THINK I...
I THINK I…

i always go
for the Rimbaud kid
w the disturbed hair
& a cane
fearless &
challenging
everything in sight
who i am
& who I ain’t
why i always chase
what’s in the box i lock

i think i
i think i
i think I’m falling
again

all i did was
shake his hand just once
& he smiled like he’s
ready to run
like an alley cat
in a dirty french quarter
i was out of order
mr chairman
i was out of order
& jumping again

nothing in life is worth
doing i guess
unless it can break your heart
tear you apart
turn you upside down
run you outa town
r forsake you
Track Name: NY GIRL?!
NY GIRL?!

She come from
Brooklyn NY
or London UK
or old school Paree
or Blitzkrieg Germany

but she ain’t
stuck up
n she ain’t just pretty
she’s cool
so cool
a voice Alice B
eyes like January

She come from
Seattle, WCoast
or Chicago in the USA
or Woody Allen’s Roma
or Almodovar Barcelona

but she ain’t
stuck up
n she ain’t just pretty
she’s cool
so cool
a voice Alice B
eyes like January

when she walks in the door
everybody turns to look
a hundred years ago
a portrait by Picasso
Track Name: KEEPING WATCH (for all the silent ones)
Keeping Watch

we’ll keep watching over you

yr scarred n yr bruised
n ya scream ya scream at the dark
n ya won as many times
as ya lost it
but you won’t fall apart
even tho life broke yr heart

ya carved something indecent
on a tree in the park
it made ya smile… yeah

ya lost yr last job
but ya found another
n yr friends all left town
one after the other
yr boss he don’t understand
what yr up against
n ya hate how disgusting
yr apartment is

ya woke up in the morning n
reached for the pills
the ones that wd do the most damage…ha!

we’ll keep watching over you

then ya thought of yr dad n yr mom
n yr brother n sister

we’ll keep watching over you
Track Name: Before It Rains w/ Jane Mangini (LIVE)
Before It Rains

I’m sorry
Don’t want to hurt you
I know I did
Can’t take it back
I love you
I need a cigarette
don’t go anywhere
without me, oh
Nothing real has changed
Nothing true has gone
but I’m sorry
Today turned out this way
I’d fix it if I could
Remember
Can’t you see?
There’s really no one out there
like you + me
I’m sorry
Let’s get outa here
before it rains
Track Name: THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY
THE COURAGE OF THE LONELY

his shoulders all bunched up
his confidence betrayed by a slow walk
head hung low
smiling at a girl cuz he knows she can’t see him
laughing at his private joke

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong

is he afraid to die alone
afraid to try again for love
will she make the call she promised
or will she hang up, again

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong

wings won’t open in a soft sky
her song can’t be sung
without tears
the sidewalk is his best friend
the tv was her daddy as a kid

it’s just the courage of the lonely
bound up in a broken heart
bleeding but still strong
Track Name: Amy
AMY

oh amy
i knew you late
yr killer heart
yr voice breaking
breaking up
ya brought back Nina
her hair
her eye make-up
yr style beyond style
songs so brave
so bloodied up

oh amy
i saw yr movie
yr girly laughter
just a kid before you loved
anyone like that

camera adored you
hated you too
hard tabloid chasers
you sold their papers

oh amy
your pipes so fierce
like a jazz heroine
beyond beyonce
no tricks up that sleeve

no fancy footwork
just you, naked
off guard n exposed
imprisoned n free

all love all the time
like the wound of a kid
when love is all there is
it wasn’t the drugs
it wasn’t the booze
it wasn’t yr dad
r yr fame
just a heart all broken
in too many pieces
leaving you shook up
abandoned
n alone

maybe you’re never left us
maybe yr somewhere new
maybe yr skinny legs carry a universe
simple as a cat
w yr eye make-up
staring out a open window
certain of yr heart
we love you
too late
like heat waves breaking
on a cold coast
dull as iron
without ya
here
Track Name: I WANNA PLAY THE MIDWAY
I WANNA PLAY THE MIDWAY

i wanna
i wanna
i wanna
i wanna play the midway
on a saturday
i gotta call jay…hey
where all the hot shots
give my career a jump start
a fernet shot
playin’ punk rock…hey, hey!

it used t be the rat
where all the bands wr bangin’
on the east coast
where da hooker grls were
smokin’ +
the neighborhoods
were killin’ it
oi oi oi oi
oi oi oi oi

c

but the rat is dead n all we got
today
is jes the fuckin’ midway
w all the chicks r hangin
will we get paid?
i better ask jay
oi oi oi oi

ah…hm
you neighborhoods
not so hot
nobody come
oh
Track Name: POSTCARD (We Wish You Were Here)
POSTCARD

like the postcard says
we wish you were here

just for a second
to look in your eyes
again
hear you laugh
n make me nervous
n when ya send out something
real
was it just last night
r a century ago
r once on at a party
yr smile cracking thru it all
taking me
away from my self
just long enough
to know what it’s like
to be w you

like the postcard says
we wish you were here

I’m gonna write you a postcard
gonna send it from my desk
gonna send you a text

i know we never
really knew
each other
baby n that’s
the best part

like the postcard says
we wish you were here
Track Name: SENSELESS (for Frankie)
SENSELESS (for Frankie)

ya just left town how many months ago
psyched to be off on a dream ride
not a suicide note
not this time
not time time

senseless
senseless

redwood trees lifting your eyes
needles under yr feet
heroine habit like a false god
hey, ya just read about it
ya like to read
ya like to read

senseless
senseless

don’t go in that door
don’t climb up them stairs
why can’t ya hear us yellin at you
when the darkness fell
we should a been there
we should a been

oxhaca guitar over your shoulder
bent like a broken arm
dead silent ya sit in the corner til yr asked to talk
just ask me

senseless
senseless

spilling the beans like a bean stalk
a skinny guy with a skinny walk
walkin like a poetry
walk like jim carroll
ya wanna read my diary
i like t read
i like t read

senseless
senseless

don’t go in that door
don’t climb up them stairs
why can’t ya hear us yellin at you
when the darkness fell
we should a been there
we should a been
should a been
senseless
should a been
senseless
should a been
senseless
senseless
senseless
Track Name: OXYGEN
OXYGEN

he’s a complicated boy
w/ a complicated girl
their brain's r typing
a nasty ibsen play
they’re always anxious
they’re always running away
trembling like flowers
in the snow
on a Christmas day

it seem like every face
in the city looks fake
+ every thing's at stake
like a polaroid

complicated fears
n complicating friends
he says i'll take a bullet for ya baby,
tho the gun is in yr hands
but she's shy with her eyes
while he hides
from what
she's feeling
her face
she wants t kill him
she takes her clothes off..

he loves but not enough
n she’ll be hurt too much
he writes w a magic marker

there is more love in this world
than oxygen

like horses
in the wild
like lions
howling in
the zoo
Track Name: HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT
HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT

i’m a high school drop out
n I’m living the dream
i ain’t gonna die in a hospital
gonna die on the street
i’m a high school drop out
n I’m living the dream
i’m a high school drop out
i ain’t no beauty queen

in any town
in any city
there’s a bar
where i belong
there’s a fire
in a snow bank
w/ jes’ enough heart
t keep me warm

i’m a high school drop out
n I’m living the dream
i ain’t gonna die in a hospital
gonna die on the street
i’m a high school drop out
n I’m living the dream
i’m a high school drop out
i ain’t no beauty queen

i got plans
n i got work
n i got friends
i believe in
n jes’ the other day
i threw a cherry bomb
in a pond
ya should o seen it!

when the darkness
becomes me
that’s when i smile
n all the ladies
walking’ by me
they stop
for awhile
Track Name: (CHRISTMAS) LULLABY
(Christmas) LULLABY

goodnight
my baby
close yr eyes
I’m right here
beside you
n i’ll never
say goodbye
ah…

breathe easy
my darlin’
softly in the dark
hold me close
inside yr
yr tiny beating heart
ah…

don’t be scared o’ nuthin’
the light shines everywhere
around you
and above you
in this room
n comin’ up
the stairs
ah…

when you are older
remember how much love
keep you safe from worry
just a little
was enough
ah…

a lullaby is a fine song
been like that for years
centuries
of moms n dads
loving kids
from far n near
ah…

goodnight
sweet baby
close yr eyes
Track Name: WHAT'S THE MATTER, KID?
WHAT’S THE MATTER, KID?

what's th matter, hey hey

what's wrong w you, kid
you all quiet n dark
we thought ya had it goin'
the light n the spark
but now ya got us worried
ya don't talk much
please say somethin’
don ’t keep all this pain
in yr heart
what's wrong w you, kid
you all quiet n dark
we thought ya had it goin'
the light n the spark

short solo

booze
can’t fix it
yr madness
is real
throw ya off a cliff
come back to me
don't back away
give me hug, baby
like a shakespeare play

short solo

yr tin man's tears
turn t rust
ya stink like a bastard
y’ain't takin' care of yrself
the friends yv deserted
we sittin' at home
wonderin' how how we can help
turn yr motor back on
ring that silver bell
what's wrong w you, kid
you all quiet n dark
we thought ya had it goin'
the light n the spark

short solo

what's th matter, hey hey
Track Name: I LIKE YR STYLE
I LIKE YR STYLE

she was sitting
by herself
at the end
of the bar
lipstick smeared
an a unlit cigar
maybe she from cuba
maybe from ukraine
maybe she’s a hooker
maybe she’s insane
but there’s somethin’ about her
i can’t resist
hell she’s a looker
someone you can’t miss
i step up to the plate
n i look her in the eye
i say baby,
i like yr style
oh yeah

he was fat
he was ugly
he was a dirty slob
food in his beard
married to the mob
got a civil war vibe
on a subway ride
lookin’ at me sideways
he’s on fire inside
n i can’t look right at him
can’t look away
it’s dark in revere
but i got somethin’ t say
i step up to the plate
n i look him in the eye
n i say dude,
i like yr style

well it ain’t how yr the same
as everybody else
it’s only how yr different
that’s how ya ring the bell

i like yr style…
Track Name: GREAT BIG HOUSE
GREAT BIG HOUSE

its a great big house
everybody lives there
laughing in a crazy way
lookin’ for yr girlfriend

it’s a great big house
sitting’ on the back porch
2 cats in the window
starin’ at a dirty dog

poker in the back yard
drinking in the kitchen
let’s go to the bar
see what r friends r up to
tequila shot should do it

it’s a great big house
everybody lives there
smiling like a insane
acid head runaway

time goes by
where everybody now?
r they old r are they fat?
feelin’ like they usta

they always be my heroes
n my big picture book
leanin’ in a wooden chair
someone tip it over
hit ya w/ a baseball

its a great big house
everybody lives there
Track Name: 711 COOKBOOK
711 COOKBOOK

it’s late
last call gone
it’s cold
nothin’s open
i’m starving
my friend is crackin’ up
what to do?
where to go?

i see a light
n it’s bright
could be heaven tonight
at the 7/11
(it’s a cookbook, right?)
oh yeah
i’m hungry
let’s get this shit home

the stove is hot
cheap weed is all we got
smoking on the roof
suckin’ hot dog soup
n spam souffle

i see a light
n it’s bright
could be heaven tonight
at the 7/11
(it’s a cookbook, right?)
oh yeah
i’m hungry
let’s get this shit home

the kid
who takes yr money
you can’t find it
he throw ya out
n the hip hop stoner
w the perfect sneakers
bust a smile
he bust a smile
the kid has clout
he got a gold tooth right up there in front

i see a light
n it’s bright
it could be heaven tonight
at the 7/11
(it’s a cookbook, right?)
oh yeah
i’m hungry
let’s get this shit home

i’m making’ it up
i’ll be sick in the morning’
i’ll be fat by the afternoon
then i’ll do it all over again
Track Name: JOHN CASEY'S BAR WARS SONG
JOHN CASEY’S BAR WARS SONG

not so long ago
there was a bartender
bald n irish
bangin’ his drums
on the bar n startin’…
a war

if yr gonna start a war
should be a bar war
yr guitar is yr gun
yr song is a shot

so here we are
long time booze hounds
fighting this war
in yr honor

if yr gonna start a war
should be a bar war
it ain’t the win
it’s the thunder
of love

laughing all the way
to an empty bank
with you to thank
in yr honor

not so long ago
there was a bartender
bald n irish
bangin’ drums
on the bar n he started…
a war

if yr gonna start a war
should be a bar war
put a band together
n drink up to John

we work at the bar
we go to church at the bar
we sing at the bar
in your honor

not so long ago
there was a bartender
bald n irish
he could look you in the eye
n know exactly what yr dreamin’

put a band together
n drink up to John
Track Name: LAST NIGHT MY GIRLFRIEND FELL IN LOVE W/ THALIA Z
LAST NIGHT MY GIRLFRIEND FELL IN LOVE W/ THALIA Z

last night
my girlfriend
fell in love
w thalia z
her eyes
were closed
her hair
jet black

last night
my girlfriend
fell in love
w thalia z
she swayed
w her guitar
it was loud
as shit
as soft
as feathers
as deep
as the ocean
as high
as the stars
as wild
as the wind
as sweet
as a kiss
as destroyed
as a bad idea
as happy
oh as happy
as a kid
when she’s laughing

solo

it was
the power
of her
songs
and of
her heart

i felt it too
Track Name: (IF YOU WERE JUST) TEN MINUTES AWAY
TEN MINUTES AWAY

if you were
just ten minutes
away
come by here
tonight
let’s get high
tonight

but i know
you’re miles away
across the country
out of the scene
so it ain’t
gonna happen
not tonight
not you n me

i can feel you
in my arms
i can reach you
like a veda
i can change you
like a super hero
w a magic
wand

if you were
just ten minutes
away
i’d hear you comin’
up the stairs
you’d be laughing
about how late it is
tonight

i can see you
taking my call
the one i did not make
i know you
in silence
w a trick
up yr sleeve

solo

ride your bike
across the silver moon
just like eliot
w ET
under a blanket