Shakespeare

Shakespeare threw down his pencil, said I think I’m gonna start layin brick. There’s too much of this “Romeo stuff” enough to make anybody sick. To be or not to be I mean what’s that supposed to mean? I’m changing my image tomorrow, be a groupie, make the scene

~ John Cougar Mellencamp, Pray For Me

Merry Christmas

Nothing But A Child
(Steve Earle)

Once upon a time in a far off land
Wise men saw a sign and set out aross the sand
Songs of praise to sing, they travelled day and night
Precious gifts to bring, guided by the light
They chased a brand new star, ever towards the west
Across the mountains far, but when it came to rest
They scarce believed their eyes, they’d come so many miles
And the miracle they prized was nothing but a child
Nothing but a child could wash these tears away
Or guide a weary world into the light of day
And nothing but a child could help erase these miles
So once again we all can be children for awhile

Now all around the world, in every Iittle town
Everyday is heard a precious little sound
And every mother kind and every father proud
Looks down in awe to find another chance allowed

Nick Cave

I don’t claim to understand the troubles that you’ve had.
But the dogs you say they fed you to lay their muzzles in your lap and the lions that they led you to lie down and take a nap.
The ones you fear are wind and air…
and I love you without measure
it seems we can be happy now, be it better late than never.

Sweetheart, come.
Sweetheart, come to me.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds,  Sweetheart Come 

In Your Mind

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In Your Mind In your mind
one foot on Jacob’s ladder and one foot in the fire
and it all goes down in your mind
Livin’ at the bottom of the stairs of life
never a smile knockin’ on your door
the air is blue and so are you
prehistoric monsters on the floor
Last verse of your last song
and God don’t hear dead men
the end of the line is in your mind
then you’ll be stayin’ in
In your mind In your mind
Bone for bone and skin for skin
eye for eye and tooth for tooth
heart for heart and soul for soul
somebody said “What is truth”?
Lock it up and close it down
the sound of mournin’ like a dove
high beyond the rattlin’ roar
lookin’ to the face of love
[chorus:] In your mind In your mind
it all goes down in your mind
one foot on Jacob’s ladder and one foot in the fire
and it all goes down in your mind
In your mind In your mind
Sunday words are back again
and you eat your fundamentalist pie
but just a piece you understand
you get the rest up in the sky
Praise and glory, wounded angels
shufflin’ ‘round the room
eternity is down the hall
and you sit there bendin’ spoons
In your mind In your mind
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
sacrificial drops of pain
on a silver plated cross
sanctification on a chain
Thay say redemption draweth nigh
the storms of silence from above
stop your ears and close your eyes
and try to find the face of love

~ Johnny Cash

Leonard Cohen ~ The Future

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Give me back my broken night
my mirrored room, my secret life
it’s lonely here,
there’s no one left to torture
Give me absolute control
over every living soul
And lie beside me, baby,
that’s an order!
Give me crack and anal sex
Take the only tree that’s left
and stuff it up the hole
in your culture
Give me back the Berlin wall
give me Stalin and St Paul
I’ve seen the future, brother: 

it is murder. 

 

Working Again …

Labor Day Workers

Good morning …

Just one more cup of coffee

Take the highway

I’m gonna make it to the line

And put my time in

Like my old man before me

Died in dreamland

With the union by his side

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

Talk to me

Just don’t talk at me

Don’t look through me

Don’t push me to the wall

Cause right now, right now

There ain’t a lot left to lose

And from where I sit It just ain’t that far a fall

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

Cause out on the street tonight

There ain’t nothing to look up to but the sky

It’s so close a reach tonight

All the sellers, all the buyers All the lovers, all the liars

And baby You keep telling me what you’re needing

If only I just had a little more to give

But I’m tapped out, tapped out

Broke down and busted

And this ain’t no It just ain’t no way to live

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

I’m gonna be working again…

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Working Again —

Words and music by Michael Stanley from “Heartland”,

1980, EMI Records Group