The Tooth and The Razor

March 19, 2011

I am the ambassador’s nightmare

I am the hysterical son

I am the elected unofficial

I am the one to outrun

Five times I’ve been caught in the trailer

And five times they have put me in jail

Last time for a look at the savior

Last time you will see me out here

 

I am the impossible sailor

I am the drunkest one

I am the tooth and the razor

I am the beast on the hunt

 

Lie down and commit to a prayer

Reach deep in your pockets for gold

Think hard on the life you were given

Look back at the lies you were told

And I am here to coddle your anger

I am here to answer your call

Think not of me as a fortune of failure

Think of me as justice undone

 

I am the impossible sailor

I am the drunkest one

I am the tooth and the razor

I am the beast on the hunt

 

I am the ambassador’s nightmare

I am the hysterical son

I am the elected unofficial

I am the one to outrun

Five times I’ve been caught in the trailer

And five times they have put me in jail

Last time for a look at the savior

Last time you will see me out here

 

I am the impossible sailor

I am the drunkest one

I am the tooth and the razor

I am the beast on the hunt

 

Ballad of an Asshole

March 19, 2011

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

None of them as horny as you

 

I’ve known a lot of angry women in my life

I’ve known a lot of angry women in my life

Drop of a hat they’ll drop a knuckle down or two (right on you)

None of them as angry as you

 

I’ve known a lot of jealous women in my life

I’ve known a lot of jealous women in my life

The fits they’d throw would leave me black and blue

None of them as jealous as you

 

I’ve known some good cooking women in my life

I’ve known some good cooking women in my life

Stuff me like a goose and that is true

None of them was a better cook than you

 

I’ve known some big-breasted women in my life

I’ve known some big-breasted women in my life

Some so big I didn’t know what to do

None of them had a sweeter pair than you

 

I’ve known some big-hearted women in my life

I’ve known some big-hearted women in my life

Give so much to others and take so few

None of them had a bigger heart than you

 

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

I’ve known a lot of horny women in my life

None of them as horny as you

None of them was a better cook than you

None of them had a sweeter pair than you

None of them had a bigger heart than you

 

Spaghetti On Thanksgiving

March 19, 2011

Every time I get a leg up

Someone’s taking off my shoe

And if I keep on trying

They’ll take my socks off, too

I ain’t looking for handout, a hand up or a high five

I’m just looking to keep my head up

Because the water will always rise

 

I eat spaghetti on Thanksgiving

And Christmas from a can

Whiskey for my birthday

Peanut butter and jam

Two dollars worth of gas

And I better avoid the tolls

But the only free alternative

Is the street with all the holes

 

Any time that I breathe easy

For a week I’m in the black

Something comes and knocks my wind out

And I’m flat out on my back

I’m wondering about this freedom

Cause I feel like house arrest

With doctor’s bills, insurance bills

Parking tickets and all the rest

 

I eat spaghetti on Thanksgiving

And Christmas from a can

Whiskey for my birthday

Peanut butter and jam

Two dollars worth of gas

And I better avoid the tolls

But the only free alternative

Is the street with all the holes

 

I must have some sort of collar

Around my ankle that I can’t see

So any time I get some money

It sends off a silent scream

And the bills just start appearing

My mailbox is like a goose

It’s all stuffed with disappointment

And it’s feeling like a noose

 

So I eat spaghetti on Thanksgiving

And Christmas from a can

Whiskey for my birthday

Peanut butter and jam

Two dollars worth of gas

And I better avoid the tolls

But the only free alternative

Is the street with all the holes

 

Pine

March 5, 2011

I have a burning heart

It’s calling out for you

It went up with your spark

I tried to put it out

There was nothing I could do

 

A thousand miles apart

Just seems to feed the flames

Alone here in the dark

Fire going wild

I’m wishing it would rain

 

The driest parts are the ones that burn

Just hope that when the flames die down

The spark returns

 

It’s been a lonesome year

But embers still are gold

I keep them in my mind

Check from time to time

That the ashes don’t get cold

 

How long can one heart burn

Before the fuel is gone

I wonder if forever

Or if it’s just until

Someone else comes along

 

The driest parts are the ones that burn

Just hope that when the flames die down

The spark returns

Winds will blow, skies will rain

Just hope that when the smoke all clears

The warmth remains

 

Burn, burn, burn

Through hollow and reed

If you’re the one to finally put it out

Then maybe you’re what I really need

 

When the wildfire’s done

And nothing green remains

Just give a little time

And sure before your eyes

They’ll be grass upon the plain

 

Trees will always burn

When boughs are driven dry

So hard to watch them go

New ones grow so slow

But I guess that’s just life

 

The driest parts are the ones that burn

Just hope that when the flames die down

The spark returns

Winds will blow, skies will rain

Just hope that when the smoke all clears

The warmth remains

 

Heaven’s Sake

March 5, 2011

Been walking down those olden roads

Funny how it wasn’t that long ago

Equal smiles to equal fights

But we made it work, we earned our stars and stripes

 

Never really thought it was the end

Just took a break in hopes of staying friends

You moved away and I gave up

But I always knew that door was never shut

 

Will you be waiting

There at home

I close my aching eyes

And try and will it to be so

Will you be waiting

When I awake

I think I’d make you happy

For heaven’s sake

 

Thought a lot about what I did

You weren’t no angel, but hey, we were just kids

And we loved as children do

Falling hard and trying best to make it through

 

Will you be waiting

There at home

I close my aching eyes

And try and will it to be so

Will you be waiting

When I awake

I think I’d make you happy

For heaven’s sake

 

Alone within my room

City sirens screaming

Pray for sleep to come soon

For dream to overtake me

For she to overtake me

 

Been walking down those olden roads

Funny how it wasn’t that long ago

Still singing songs for you to hear

I hope you’re well, maybe this will be the year

 

Will you be waiting

There at home

I close my aching eyes

And try and will it to be so

Will you be waiting

When I awake

I think I’d make you happy

For heaven’s sake

The Better Life

March 5, 2011

My cinnamon in evening

My coffee and my medicine

 

I’m in love with you

I am finally through

To the better life this time

 

My lullaby in darkened times

My trembling hands are pacified

 

I’m in love with you

I am finally through

To the better life this time

 

You opened up and let me in

I’d wander off to return again

You never strayed nor went away

So I’d always have a home

 

A weakened man, I used to be

A faithful slave to misery

But your smiling heart

It shined on me

And now I find I see

 

Your angel wings, my holy ghost

The missing thing I needed most

 

I’m in love with you

I am finally through

To the better life this time

 

I’m in love with you

I am finally through

To the better life this time

Softest Parts

March 5, 2011

You say take it slow

And I swear I’ll try

But when I hear go

I start flying

 

When I believe, then I fall

And I’m waiting for your call

Cause I believe to be true

The softest parts of you

 

We make a lot of sense

Cause we’re late on time

Won’t you turn to me

And quit hiding

 

When I believe, then I fall

And I’m waiting for your call

Cause I believe to be true

The softest parts of you

 

And one of us is going to go first

I never know which is worse

 

And when we get old

We’ll look back and smile

At the lies we told

For desire

 

When I believe, then I fall

And I’m waiting for your call

Cause I believe to be true

The softest parts of you

20 in 1

March 5, 2011

You watched me age twenty years in one

Turn from hero into drunk

Saw the light in my eyes slowly fade

Walk out into the ocean ashamed

Saw my smile come through less and less

Heard more silence than openness

Watched me close on down, move out of town

Throw my hands to the sky

And walk away

Just The Same

January 25, 2011

Well, I’ve lost more fights than I’ve won

But I’ve never turned to run

And I’ve never fought for something that wasn’t true

And I’ve never stole a dime

But I’ve taken what was mine

And I’ll take a little more before I am through

 

When we head up to the sky

I think that’s just a lie

Our souls just get drawn down to the dirt

Cause everything’s got to grow

And it draws from down below

Gravity will make grist of our souls

 

Picked up my buddy at the Police station

He got busted for public masturbation

Or maybe it was drunk and disorderly? They seem the same

As guys go, he ain’t indecent

He’s just tired and angry, with good reason

Life’s got him chasing everyone’s tail but his own

 

When we head up to the sky

I think that’s just a lie

Our souls just get drawn down to the dirt

Cause everything’s got to grow

And it draws from down below

Gravity will make grist of our souls

 

And sometimes I wonder if he’ll make it

Because of he didn’t, that’d be a shame

Though the fate is just the same

I suppose it’s how you handle

Some of us are just so fragile

And others will always stand when the Wolf blows

 

Well either way it’s just the same

It just looks like a children’s game

Where the only ones who seem to win are the ones who cheat

But I’ll just keep on playing

I’ll be frustrated, but not forsaken

Because I know that the same fate awaits us all

 

When we head up to the sky

I think that’s just a lie

Our souls just get drawn down to the dirt

Cause everything’s got to grow

And it draws from down below

Gravity will make grist of our souls

 

 

 

 

Mother May I

January 25, 2011

Oh, Mother, may I?

Lay down by your side?

With ivory comb, we are alone, one hundred strokes

 

You’re with the angels

Sweet silver tangles

I’ll make them smooth for you to meet the lordly Son

 

He’ll be so happy

Welcome you in

You’ll share his cup

As you shared his sin

He never left you

Nor you did he

You hoist the sail

As he moves the sea

 

Oh, are you sleeping?

I hear you singing

In every dawn, in every dusk, forever more

 

I miss you dearly

But I’m not fearing

I know we’ll sing again someday on Heaven’s shores

 

He’ll be so happy

Welcome you in

You’ll share his cup

As you shared his sin

He never left you

Nor you did he

You hoist the sail

As he moves the sea

 

I will stay and walk in the sun

When it sets, we will overcome

 

Your hand grows cold now

Must let it go now

This was the only mother that I’ll ever know

 

You look so peaceful

In happy rest

You knew that for the end he always saves the best

 

He’ll be so happy

Welcome you in

You’ll share his cup

As you shared his sin

He never left you

Nor you did he

You hoist the sail

As he moves the sea