Real Good Night

Everybody says you ain’t no good for me

That I am suffering from a terrible disease

When the sun goes down behind the dying trees

I fall in love again, I’m happy as can be

I had a real good night

 

Six candles by the bed and no light in the sky

I raise my wicked head, I curse your wicked eyes

The flicker of the flame across your naked skin

Waves against the sand, the sun comes up again

 

And I had a real good night

I saw my friends, I saw my friends

Had to close my eyes

Had to fall asleep

And when I woke they were gone

Yeah, they were gone

I had a real good night

 

The people they say evil, the people they say good

They say the road to paradise leads through that cursed wood

But, I been through the darkness by the bright and shining one

I’ve spoken with the lost and lone in their dark and twining tongue

 

And I had a real good night

I saw my friends, I saw my friends

Had to close my eyes

Had to fall asleep

And when I woke they were gone

Yeah, they were gone

I had a real good night

Back To Texas

 

You went back to Texas

Seems nothing’s changed

Papa’s in the big house

Mama’s passed away

Your old guitar, she sold it

Lily’s nearly five

The way your old friends ask you

“Ain’t ya glad to be alive?”

 

The boys back in the desert

Half a world away

Bombs beneath the tranquil moon

Fires burning through the day

Left his body in Virginia

Left that girl in San Antone

The way your old friends ask you

“Ain’t it nice being home?”

 

And if only, if only, if only

Things were different

And if only, if only, if only

You had known

 

There’s a dead boy in the mirror

In the rain or on the wing

Bottle on the table

So you won’t feel a thing

There’s a bullet in the backyard

Gonna keep you company

Bullet in the backyard

Gonna set you free

 

And if only, if only, if only

Things were different

And if only, if only, if only

You had known

And I tell myself

It’s all that I could do

To deny myself

And all my love for you

 
 

Caroline

 

A child swimming in the misty morning

Mockingbird lilting on the wing

A father driven or taken from his children

Mother bound a mind a golden ring

 

I left you in a war between the ages

Jim, Victoria, and the dawning day

I come home to find the dawn forsaken

The rising sun drowning in the waves

 

Caroline, Caroline,

I can't seem to get you off my mind

Caroline, Caroline,

You know I'll always love you, Caroline

 

Gone is the girl I left behind me

Gone are the winds that sang in the autumn leaves

Gone are them old Galax boys

Playing Bonaparte’s Retreat

Gone is all I loved of thee

 

Once a home, once a haven

Bitterly to weep, no longer mine

Still the blood, still the fire

Still the once great heart of Caroline

 

Caroline, Caroline,

I can't seem to get you off my mind

Caroline, Caroline,

You know I'll always love you, Caroline

 

Gone is the girl I left behind me

Gone are the winds that sang in the autumn leaves

Well, tell me what love is more eternal than a memory

Caroline that's all I'll take of thee

 

Gather round all ya good time ramblers

Gather round ya ladies fair and fine

Listen not to that broken hearted sailor

And listen not to his song of Caroline

Listen not to his song of Caroline

 

Down In The Well

 

I can see the gold sun rising

The candle on the window sill

See the real world just one time

And the ghost rising from the hill

You say you know the way to heaven

And that you love only god

But the whole town knows your secret

Down in the well in the whispering trees

 

See the wings spread across the evening

See the boys in the burning sand

Hear the sound of mothers weeping

Read the lines in the bleeding hand

You say you got all the answers

And you love only me

But I know where your diamond’s hiding

Down in the well in the heart of the wood

 

You got a way with icy glances

You got a way with barren roads

You got a way with the twisted sentence

Yeah, you got a way with broken homes

Try to say that your leaves ain't poison

And you know our enemy

But I know where your tongue is leading

Down in the well in a black black dream

 

There is cancer in the cold cold iron

There is sorrow in every room

Your house is big and full of treasure

Your breath is like the windy tomb

Try to say that you're all aces

Hand full of cards that you can't lose

But I know where the dealer’s buried

Down in the well with some brand new shoes

 

The One You Love

 

Girl, if I had a kingdom,

I would trade my throne for your love.

And girl, if I had a beating heart,

I would let you break it

for one night in your arms.

 

There’s the world that I live in.

There’s the world I’m dreaming of.

That man, he might own you now,

But you know baby I’m the one you love.

 

Boys, if I were Warren Zevon,

I could play those keys like no one ever heard.

And, boys, if I were the great Viking Moses,

I would write you a song perfect down to the word.

 

There’s the world that I live in.

There’s the world I’m dreaming of.

That man, he might be fucking you now,

But you know baby I’m the one you love.

I once knew a man that was faithful; I once knew a heart that was true.

Oh, babe, I once believed in love; well I once felt something foolish for you.

There’s the world that I live in.

There’s the world I’m dreaming of.

That man, he might own you now,

But you know baby I’m the one you love.

 

Things To Come

 

I don’t know what’s coming

But I know how it feels

Can’t tell you the weight of the world

But I can tell you that it’s real

I can tell you that I’m lost that I’m gone

That I’m stuck inside a dream

Bleeding in America’s claws

You know, I’m drowning in her teeth

The world is watching but the world doesn’t see

The chaff is rising to kill the wheat

 

Tried to write you a happy song

Keep you warm on a winter’s eve

But the words they don’t seem to come

Just the poison and the weeds

I know that the sun will shine

And the wind won’t cease to blow

But the rising of the dawn don’t make a difference anymore

They held me under, I couldn’t breathe

Light a fire, and brought me to my knees

 

the Devil’s at the table

Sitting down to feast

Rubies from the hands of the dead

Wearing robes just like a priest

Gonna find Old Man Spencer

Put a bullet in his brain

Gonna wash the wicked mind

In a holy pouring rain

The world is watching and the world’s gonna see

The chaff is rising to kill the wheat

 

One Kind Of Blue

 

You lose your way, you don’t know where to go

You lose your mind hanging on to hope

You can lose your heart staring into doom

Then there’s days just can’t end too soon

 

No one held your hand, no one told the truth

No one did a thing for your wasted youth

Don’t think you can feel other than you do

So many shades of gold, but just one kind of blue

 

There’s a bird on the breeze

Calling just for you

Light coming through the trees

And it’s coming through for you

Baby don’t you know that love

Love is the one thing you can’t lose

My love will remain

No matter what you do

 

A heavy dream is weighing on your mind

Well the dull blade may sing but you won’t see it shine

When everything you love is fading in the rain

And the kin that call they don’t call you by your name

 

Girl, look beyond the demon and the sign

Above the evil head

You’ll see the endless starry sky

Baby, don’t you know the stars

The stars you can’t lose

My love, the stars remain

No matter what you do

 

You’re far from home surrounded by your enemies

Yeah, I know you’re all alone, crying, weeping, and bleeding down on your knees

The needle spins and it pricks at no one knows

You listen to the wind, but I know you don’t care which way it blows

 

The wind will hold your heart

And the stars will kiss your eyes

And I will be around

And yeah you’ll be on my mind

My love, the wind, the stars,

These you can’t lose

All this will remain

No matter what you do

 

Only In The Dark

 

Two years gone now, but it feels like ten

Two years on the run, from my only friend

There’s fire in the water here, but dumb in the air

Violence in the water here, but God in the air

 

I went downtown, but there was no downtown

I went down, yeah you brought me down

I get down, in the old home town

I been around, so I can’t stay here no more

 

Copper come around here, only in the dark

You’re running out of steam, but that don’t matter cause there ain’t no spark

And I ain’t changed, I’m still the same, I’m just a babe crying in the dark

And this place ain’t changed, the game’s the same and so is the mark

 

There’s regulations on everything you say

There’s rules and there’s guiding lines for every breath you take

And the explanations that they give to you, babe, they all sound insane

And the way that they look at you when you don’t obey

 

You went downtown, but there was no downtown

You went down, yeah I know, I brought you down

You get down, in the old home town

We’ve been around, and we can’t stay here no more

 

City Of Sorrow

 

Follow me down to the city of sorrow

Follow me down to the city of sin

Come to the house where I’ve been living

Knock on the door and I will let you in

 

There’s nothing under the sun that cannot be seen

No root no trunk no branch no leaf and not the tree

No reason come from truth or come from history

No word and no thought that I cannot see

 

Step down lightly, love, on this black path of mine

Keep your lying eyes on this torch I bear until the very end of time

Drop a coin in the boatman’s purse and hear the angels sing

Put your pretty hand in mine and I’ll make you a queen

Queen of the wasted and cast-out earth and that roiling bloody sea

 

I am the way down into the darkness

And I am the womb that brought forth that blackest night

And I am the mother of all those lost children

And I am the bearer of the blackest of lights

 

Yeah, he’ll come begging through the muck and the mire

For your worthless life by the dogs and through that fire

And I will give it to him, your worthless life

I’ll give on condition, just one little matter

 

Wintertime is coming to the city of Dis

And your cold heart still beats in my cold fist

And still he blindly wanders through my quiet labyrinth

And still we are not happy and still we are not free