WORDS FILL MY HEAD

 

Modern Times

 

Thunder On The Mountain

Spirit On The Water

Rolliní And Tumbliní

When The Deal Goes Down

Someday Baby

Workingmanís Blues #2

Beyond The Horizon

Nettie Moore

The Leveeís Gonna Break

Ainít Talkiní

 

 

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Thunder On The Mountain

 

Thunder on the mountain and thereís fires on the moon

Thereís a ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon

Todayís the day; gonna grab my trombone and blow

Well, thereís hot stuff here and itís everywhere I go

 

I was thinkiní Ďbout Alicia Keys, couldnít keep from crying

When she was born in Hellís Kitchen, I was living down the line

Iím wondering where in the world Alicia Keys could be

I been looking for her even clear through Tennessee

 

Feel like my soul is beginning to expand

Look into my heart and you will sort of understand

You brought me here, now youíre trying to run me away

The writing on the wall, come read it, come see what it say

 

Thunder on the mountain, rolling like a drum

Gonna sleep over there, thatís where the music coming from

I donít need any guide, I already know the way

Remember this, Iím your servant both night and day

 

The pistols are poppiní and the power is down

Iíd like to try somethiní but Iím so far from town

The sun keeps shininí and the north wind keep picking up speed

Gonna forget about myself for a while, gonna go out and see what others need

 

Iíve been sitting down studying The Art of Love

I think it will fit me like a glove

I want some real good woman to do just what I say

Everybody got to wonder whatís the matter with this cruel world today

 

Thunder on the mountain rolling to the ground

Gonna get up in the morning walk the hard road down

Some sweet day Iíll stand beside my king

I wouldnít betray your love or any other thing

 

Gonna raise me an army, some tough sons of bitches

Iíll recruit my army from the orphanages

I been to St. Hermanís church; said my religious vows

Iíve sucked the milk out of a thousand cows

 

I got the pork chops, she got the pie

She ainít no angel and neither am I

Shame on your greed, shame on your wicked schemes

Iíll say this, I donít give a damn about your dreams

 

Thunder on the mountain heavy as can be

Mean old twister bearing down on me

All the ladies in Washington scrambling to get out of town

Look like something bad gonna happen, better roll your airplane down

 

Everybody going and I want to go, too

Donít wanna take a chance with somebody new

I did all I could, I did it right there and then

Iíve already confessed - no need to confess again

 

Gonna make a lot of money, gonna go up north

Iíll plant and Iíll harvest what the earth brings forth

The hammerís on the table, the pitchforkís on the shelf

For the love of G-d, you ought to take pity on yourself

 

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Spirit On The Water

 

Spirit on the water

Darkness on the face of the deep

I keep thinking Ďbout you, baby

And I canít hardly sleep

 

Iím traveling by land

Traveling through the dawn of the day

Youíre always on my mind

I canít stay away

 

Iíd forgotten Ďbout you

And you turned up again

I always knew

We were meant to be more than friends

 

When you are near

Itís just as plain as it can be

Iím wild about you, gal

You ought to be a fool about me

 

Canít explain

The sources of this hidden pain

You burned your way into my heart

You got the key to my brain

 

Iíve been trampling through mud

Praying to the powers above

Iím sweating blood

You got a face that begs for love

 

Life without you

Doesnít mean a thing to me

If I canít have you

Iíll throw my love into the deep blue sea

 

Sometimes I wonder

Why you canít treat me right

You do good all day

And then you do wrong all night

 

When youíre with me

Iím a thousand times happier than I could ever say

What does it matter

What price I'd pay

 

They brag about your sugar

Brag about it all over town

Put some sugar in my bowl

I feel like laying down

 

Iím as pale as a ghost

Holding a blossom on a stem

You ever seen a ghost? No.

But youíve heard of them

 

I see you there

Iím blinded by the colors I see

I take good care

Of what belongs to me

 

I hear your name

Ringing up and down the line

Iím saying it plain

These ties are strong enough to bind

 

Now your sweet voice

Calls out from some old familiar shrine

I got no choice

Canít believe these things would ever fade from your mind

 

I could live forever

With you perfectly

You donít ever

Have to make a fuss over me

 

From East to West

Ever since the world began

I only mean it for the best

I want (to) be with you any way I can

 

I been in a brawl

Now Iím feeling the wall

Iím going away, baby

I wonít be back Ďtil fall

 

High on the hill

You can carry all my thoughts with you

Youíve numbed my will

This love could tear me in two

 

I won't be with you in paradise

And it seems so unfair

I canít go to paradise no more

I killed a man back there

 

You think Iím over the hill,

Think Iím past my prime.

Let me see what you got;

We can have a whoppiní good time.

 

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Rolliní And Tumbliní

 

I rolled and I tumbled, I cried the whole night long

I rolled and I tumbled, I cried the whole night long

Woke up this morniní, I mustíve bet my money wrong

 

I got troubles so hard, I canít stand the strain

I got troubles so hard, I just canít stand the strain

Some young lazy slut has charmed away my brains

 

The landscape is glowiní, gleaminí in the golden light of day

The landscape is glowiní, gleaminí in the golden light of day

I ainít holding nothiní back now, I ainít standiní in anybodyís way

 

Well, I did all I know just to keep you off my mind

Well, I did all I know just to keep you off my mind

Well, I paid and I paid; my sufferiní heart is always on the line

 

Well, I get up in the dawn and I go down and lay in the shade

I get up in the dawn and I go down and lay in the shade

I ainít nobodyís houseboy, I ainít nobodyís well-trained maid

 

Iím flat out spent, this woman been driviní me to tears

Iím flat out spent, this woman, she been driviní me to tears

This woman so crazy, I swear I ainít gonna touch on another one for years

 

Well, the warm weather is cominí and the buds are on the vine

Warm weather is cominí; the buds are on the vine

Ainít nothiní more depressiní than tryiní to satisfy this woman of mine

 

I got up this morniní, saw the risiní sun return

Well, I got up this morniní, seen the risiní sun return

Sooner or later, you too shall burn

 

Well, the nightís filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom

The night is filled with shadows, the years are filled with early doom

Iíve been conjuring up all these long dead souls from their crumbliní tombs

 

Letís forgive each other, darliní, letís go down to the Greenwood Glen

Letís forgive each other, darliní, letís go down to the Greenwood Glen

Letís put our heads together now, letís put all olí matters to an end

 

Now I rolled and I tumbled and I cried the whole night long

Ah, I rolled and I tumbled, I cried the whole night long

I woke up this morning, I think I must be traveliní wrong

 

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When The Deal Goes Down

 

In the still of the night, in the worldís ancient light

Where wisdom grows up in strife

My bewildered brain, toils in vain

Through the darkness on the pathways of life

Each invisible prayer is like a cloud in the air

Tomorrow keeps turning around

We live and we die, we know not why

But Iíll be with you when the deal goes down

 

We eat and we drink, we feel and we think

Far down the street we stray

I laugh and I cry and Iím haunted by

Things I never meant nor wished to say

The midnight rain follows the train

We all wear the same thorny crown

Soul to soul, our shadows roll

And Iíll be with you when the deal goes down

 

The moon gives light and it shines by night

Well, I scarcely feel the glow

We learn to live and then we forgive

Oíer the road weíre bound to go

More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours

That keep us so tightly bound

You come to my eyes like a vision from the skies

And Iíll be with you when the deal goes down

 

Well, I picked up a rose and it poked through my clothes

I followed the winding stream

I heard the deafening noise, I felt transient joys

I know theyíre not what they seem

In this earthly domain, full of disappointment and pain

Youíll never see me frown

I owe my heart to you, and thatís sayiní it true

And Iíll be with you when the deal goes down

 

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Someday Baby

I donít care what you do, I donít care what you say
I donít care where you go or how long you stay
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

Well, you take my money and you turn me out
You fill me up with nothiní but self doubt
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

When I was young, driving was my crave
You drive me so hard almost to my grave
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

Iím so hard pressed, my mind tied up in knots
I keep recycling the same old thoughts
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

So many good things in life that I overlooked
I donít know what to do now, baby, you got me so hooked
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

Well, I donít want to brag, Iím gonna wring your neck
When all else fails, Iíll make it a matter of self respect
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

You can take your clothes, put Ďem in a sack
You goiní down the road, baby, and you canít come back
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

I tried to be friendly, I tried to be kind
Iím gonna drive you from your home just like I was driven from mine
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

Living this way ainít a natural thing to do
Why was I born to love you?
Someday baby, you ainít goní worry poí me any more

 

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Workingmanís Blues #2

Thereís an eveniní haze settliní over town
Starlight by the edge of the creek
The buyiní power of the proletariatís gone down
Moneyís gettiní shallow and weak
Well, the place I love best is a sweet memory
Itís a new path that we trod
They say low wages are reality
If we want to compete abroad

My cruel weapons have been put on the shelf
Come sit down on my knee
You are dearer to me than myself
As you yourself can see
Well, Iím listening to the steel rails a-hum
Got both eyes tight shut
Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from
Creeping its way into my gut

Meet me at the bottom, donít lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline
Sing a little bit of these workingmanís blues

Well, Iím sailiní on back, ready for the long haul
Tossed by the winds and the seas
Iíll drag Ďem all down to hell and Iíll stand Ďem at the wall
Iíll sell Ďem to their enemies
Iím a-tryiní to feed my soul with thought
Gonna sleep off the rest of the day
Sometimes no one wants what we got
Sometimes you canít give it away

Now the place is ringed with countless foes
Some of them may be deaf and dumb
No man, no woman knows
The hour that sorrow will come
In the dark I hear the night birds call
I can feel a loverís breath
I sleep in the kitchen with my feet in the hall
Sleep is like a temporary death

Meet me at the bottom, donít lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline
Sing a little bit of these workingmanís blues

Well, they burned my barn, and they stole my horse
I canít save a dime
I got to be careful, I donít want to be forced
Into a life of continual crime
I can see for myself that the sun is sinking
How I wish you were here to see
Tell me now, am I wrong in thinking
That you have forgotten me?

Now they worry and they hurry and they fuss and they fret
They waste your nights and days
Them I will forget
But you Iíll remember always
Old memories of you to me have clung
Youíve wounded me with your words
Gonna have to straighten out your tongue
Itís all true, everything you heard

Meet me at the bottom, donít lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline
Sing a little bit of these workingmanís blues

In you, my friend, I find no blame
Wanna look in my eyes, please do
No one can ever claim
That I took up arms against you
All across the peaceful sacred fields
They will lay you low
Theyíll break your horns and slash you with steel
I say it so it must be so

Now Iím down on my luck and Iím black and blue
Gonna give you another chance
Iím all alone and Iím expecting you
To lead me off in a cheerful dance
I got a brand new suit and a brand new wife
I can live on rice and beans
Some people never worked a day in their life
Donít know what work even means

Well, meet me at the bottom, donít lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline
Sing a little bit of these workingmanís blues

 

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Beyond The Horizon

Beyond the horizon, behind the sun
At the end of the rainbow, life has only begun
In the long hours of twilight Ďneath the stardust above
Beyond the horizon, it is easy to love

Iím touched with desire
What donít I do?
Through flame and through fire
Iíll build my world around you

Beyond the horizon, in the springtime or fall
Love waits forever for one and for all

Beyond the horizon, across the divide
ĎRound about midnight, weíll be on the same side
Down in the valley, the waters run cold
Beyond the horizon, someone prayed for your soul

My wretched heartís pounding
I felt an angelís kiss
My memories are drowning
In mortal bliss

Beyond the horizon, at the end of the game
Every step that you take, Iím walking the same

Beyond the horizon, the night winds blow
The theme of a melody from many moons ago
The bells of St. Mary, how sweetly they chime
Beyond the horizon, I found you just in time

Itís dark and itís dreary
I been pleading in vain
Iím wounded, Iím weary
My repentance is plain

Beyond the horizon, oíer the treacherous sea
I still canít believe that you have set aside your love for me

Beyond the horizon, Ďneath crimson skies
In the soft light of morning, Iíll follow you with my eyes
Through countries and kingdoms and temples of stone
Beyond the horizon, right down to the bone

Itís the right time of the season
Someone there always cared
Thereís always a reason
Why someoneís life has been spared

Beyond the horizon, the sky is so blue
Iíve got more than a lifetime to live loviní you

 

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Nettie Moore

Lost Johnís sittiní on a railroad track
Somethingís out of whack
Blues this morniní falliní down like hail
Gonna leave a greasy trail

Goní travel the world is what Iím gonna do
Then come back and see you.
All I ever do is struggle and strive.
If I donít do anybody any harm, I might make it back home alive.

Iím the oldest son of a crazy man,
Iím in a cowboy band
Got a pile of sins to pay for and I ainít got time to hide
Iíd walk through blazing fire, baby, if I knew you was on the other side

Oh, I miss you, Nettie Moore
And my happiness is oíer
Winterís gone, the riverís on the rise
I loved you then and ever shall
But thereís no one left here to tell
The world has gone black before my eyes

Well, the world of research has gone berserk
Too much paperwork
Albertís in the graveyard, Frankieís raising hell
Iím beginning to believe what the scriptures tell

Iíve gone where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog
Get away from these demagogues
And these bad-luck women stick like glue
Itís either one or the other or neither of the two

She says, ďLook out, daddy, donít want you to tear your pants
You can get wrecked in this dance.Ē
They say whiskyíll kill you, but I donít think it will
Iím ridiní with you to the top of the hill

Oh, I miss you, Nettie Moore
And my happiness is oíer
Winterís gone, the riverís on the rise
I loved you then and ever shall
But thereís no one left here to tell
The world has gone black before my eyes

Donít know why my baby never looked so good before
Donít have to wonder no more
She been cooking all day, gonna take me all night
I canít eat all that stuff in a single bite

The judgeís coming in, everybody rise
Lift up your eyes
You can do what you please, you donít need my advice
ĎFore you call me any dirty names, youíd better think twice

Gettiní light outside, the temperature dropped
I think the rain has stopped
Iím gonna make you come to grips with fate
When Iím through with you, youíll learn to keep your business straight

Oh, I miss you, Nettie Moore
And my happiness is oíer
Winterís gone, the riverís on the rise
I loved you then and ever shall
But thereís no one left here to tell
The world has gone black before my eyes

The bright spark of the steady lights
Has dimmed my sights
When youíre around me all my grief gives Ďway
A life time with you is like some heavenly day

Everything Iíve ever known to be right has been proven wrong
Iíll be drifting along
The woman Iím a-loviní, she rules my heart
No knife could ever cut our love apart.

Today Iíll stand in faith and raise
The voice of praise
The sun is strong, Iím standing in the light
I wish to G-d that it were night

Oh, I miss you, Nettie Moore
And my happiness is oíer
Winterís gone, the riverís on the rise
I loved you then and ever shall
But thereís no one here left to tell
The world has gone black before my eyes

 

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The Leveeís Gonna Break

 

If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
Everybody say that this is the day only the Lord could make.

Well, I worked on the levee, mama, both night ní day,
I worked on the levee, mama, both night ní day.
I got to the river and I threw my clothes away.

I paid my time and now Iím good as new,
Iíve paid my time and now Iím as good as new.
They canít take me back unless I want Ďem to.

If it keep on raininí, levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
Some of these people gonna strip you of all they can take.

I canít stop here, I ainít ready to unload,
I canít stop here, I ainít ready to unload.
Riches and salvation can be waiting behind the next bend in the road.

I picked you up from the gutter and this is the thanks I get,
I picked you up from the gutter and this is the thanks I get.
You say you want me to quit ya, I told ya, ĎNo, not just yet.í

Well, I look in your eyes, I see nobody other than me,
I look in your eyes, I see nobody other than me.
I see all that I am and all I hope to be.

If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
Some of these people donít know which road to take.

When Iím with you, I forget I was ever blue,
When Iím with you, I forget I was ever blue.
Without you thereís no meaning in anything I do.

Some people on the road carryiní everything that they own,
Some people on the road carryiní everything they own.
Some people got barely enough skin to cover their bone.

Put on your cat clothes, mama, put on your evening dress,
Put on your cat clothes, mama, put on your evening dress.
Few more years of hard work, then thereíll be a 1,000 years of happiness.

If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
I tried to get you to love me, but I wonít repeat that mistake.

If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
Plenty of cheap stuff out there still around that you take.

I woke up this morning, buttered eggs in my bed,
I woke up this morning, buttered eggs in my bed.
I ainít got enough room to even raise my head.

Come back, baby, say we nevermore will part,
Come back, baby, say we nevermore will part.
Donít be a stranger with no brain or heart.

If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break,
If it keep on raininí, the levee gonna break.
Some people still sleepiní, some people are wide awake.

 

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Ainít Talkiní

As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden,
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine,
I was passiní by yon cool crystal fountain,
Someone hit me from behind.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Through this weary world of woe.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
No one on earth would ever know.

They say prayer has the power to heal, so pray for me, mother.
In the human heart, an evil spirit will dwell.
I am a-tryiní to love my neighbor and do good unto others,
But oh, mother things ainít goiní well.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Iíll burn that bridge before you can cross.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Thereíll be no mercy for you once youíve lost.

Now Iím all worn down by weeping,
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry.
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping,
Iíll just slaughter them where they lie.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Through the world mysterious and vague.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Walkiní through the cities of the plague.

Well, the whole world is filled with speculation,
The whole wide world which people say is round.
They will tear your mind away from contemplation,
They will jump on your misfortune when youíre down.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Eatiní hog-eyed grease in a hog-eyed town.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Some day youíll be glad to have me around.

They will crush you with wealth and power
Every waking moment you could crack.
Iíll make the most of one last extra hour,
Iíll avenge my fatherís death when I step back.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Hand me down my walkiní cane.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.

All my loyal and my much-loved companions
They approve of me and share my code
I practice a faith thatís been a long abandoned
Ainít no altars on this long and lonesome road

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
My mule is sick, my horse is blind.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Thinkiní Ďbout that girl I left behind.

Well, itís bright in the heavens and the wheels are flyiní,
Fame and honor never seem to fade.
The fire gone out but the light is never dyiní.
Who says I canít get heavenly aid?

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Carryiní a dead manís seal.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Walkiní with a toothache in my heel.

The suffering is unending;
Every nook and cranny has its tears.
Iím not playing, Iím not pretending,
Iím not nursing any superfluous fears.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Walkiní ever since the other night.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
Walkiní Ďtil Iím clean out of sight.

As I walked out in the mystic garden
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn.
Excuse me, maíam, I beg your pardon:
Thereís no one here, the gardener is gone.

Ainít talkiní, just walkiní
Up the road, around the bend.
Heart burniní, still yearniní
In the last outback at the worldís end.

 

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This page last updated 12 October 2006.