Sun, Sun, Sun

Clouds Parting (8:14am)

I realize why, I cannot fly,
Said the bird with the broken wing.
Though my lift is gone
My voice is strong
And I can still sing.

Would You Come With Me

You got a hunting cap on, you’re up at dawn with me.
But we don’t shoot at deer so we just sit right here and sing.
And we’ve been up all night and our eyes are tired
But now there’s fight enough to see.
So if I leave right now, would you come with me?

I had this sadness creeping like vines over me.
I didn’t get what I want, so I just took what wanted me.
And I was making bad bets, but when the odds look good
You gotta play the hand you see.
So if I leave right now, would you come with me?
I think I could leave right now, if you’d come with me.

I got this friend, she doesn’t like to fly.
But that don’t bother her none, no she’s takin’ trips all the time.
And I wish I was that friend flying away,
But I got my feet right on the ground.
So if I leave right now, would you come with me?
I swear I would leave right now, if you’d come with me.
I swear I would leave right, leave right now,
Leave right now, leave right now, leave right now,
Leave right now, leave right now,
I would leave right now, if you’d come with me.

Fireflies in a Steel Mill

She ran hard,
And her feet felt nothin’.
A giant river twistin’ to the top of the hill.
And fell down hard,
And man, it hurt
And bruised her body
On the rocks and the dirt.

Se to her this just feels weird, and very, very, very sad.
But she won’t cry,
She won’t laugh,
She’ll come home baby, if you take it all back.
If you take it all back.

And it was hard,
When he told her
These ideas they never get finished,
Well, that’s what we are.
We’re like the places
You just never see.
You’d read about them, you know you’d love them,
That’s how you fell in love with me.
And to him this just seemed weird,
And very, very, very sad.
But don’t cry,
Don’t laugh.
Would you come home baby, if I take it all back?
‘Cause I can take it all back.

And I’ve heard that we can be fulfilled,
Like fireflies in a steel mill.
We got fresh, pressed linens on the floor,
But the landlord’s at the door, saying:
Your check’s signed in disappearing ink,
Your gold has broken all my teeth,
And this past Christmas, the air was too dry,
We set fire to the wreath,
But we were warm and dry beneath.
This is the last time you’ll do this to me!

And oh, oh, oh Emily,
You can’t hold your drink.
And oh, oh, oh it has to be, what do you think?
Of this heavy smog warning?
Should we turn our tails and flee?
Or just sit tight and breathe deep?

Not Going Home

The tree in the front of the yard is starting to grow.
Now that we trimmed away the leaves
Now, look at it go!

And that’s just how I feel
Now that we’ve started to reveal
All the things I thought I’d lost
And the hard time I concealed
And that’s just how I know
I felt that solar glow
I felt that bitter cold
I know

I’m not going home
Sometimes you just wouldn’t dare
Sometimes you can’t go home
Sometimes you’re already there
When I look at you, I’m there

The blood pooled in my legs is starting to flow
Now that you came along and made what was so broken whole

But I still feel sick
In this place that I have built
And maybe it’s not real, man,
But this is how I feel.
And if it just gets worse,
Yeah, f I never heal
Well those are just the breaks, man

‘Cause I’m not going home
And I don’t fucking care
Sometimes you can’t go home
Sometimes you’re already there
And I look at you, I’m there
Yeah, I’m there
When I look at you, I’m there
Yeah, I’m there

Oh my God, oh my God

I’m not going home
No, I’m already there
I’m not going home
Well, I’m already there
No, I’m not going home
No, I’m already there
No, I’m not going home
No, no, no

It Was Love

You found a way to break away
From the one you say that you love
Now you cry out your eyes day and night
You set free the one that you love

And it’s true, I don’t remember you
But I believe you if you say that we met
I get confused, nights I’ve been wondering
I thought I was already dead

But man I loved, yeah I loved
When I loved, it was love
It was love, or at least the closest I got

And the coffee, the cream, the blood in my dreams
Are the ones I used to know
And the gas, the plane, the interstate
Live the ones you don’t have to know

And I regret this sad and awful truth
But my mouth it’ll get away from me
And you, I just put up with you
Kid I stayed ‘cause you wouldn’t leave

Remember love, oh love
When we loved, it was love
It was love, or at least
As close as I’ve come

And maybe Joan was right all along
There is a shortcut home
But putting a gun to your brain
Man’ll take all that you got

And the truth is I was just scared for you
But for me that’s the way that it comes
You’d gotten used to me and my awful tongue
But God didn’t we have some fun

When we made love in the van
And I drove with your hand on my lap
When San Diego got too unkind
We just picked up and left him behind
And we had some love and some hope
A full tank of gas and a wide open road
It was love to us, it was all that we had

And there’s days you just break
The best thing you have
And I still call it love for now
It was the closest I’d come

Sun, Sun, Sun

Sun, sun, sun stay with me
Don’t go behind the clouds
I know that you’ll go down
But while it’s daylight your light hit me
‘Cause if I lose you no
I feel I could bow out

And I don’t know where I’m going to
When I get there, I’ll send for you
And I’ll know when I see it
But be patient, I swear
I’ll come through

So ride, ride, ride, ride your pony
But please don’t ride him far, no
Stay within the yard
It played out just like you told me
I scratched your pretty eyes
I put out those little lights

But your heart, I did not break if, no
It was taken from you years ago
And the hole those older men pulled it through
It is still aching, let’s be patient
You’ll pull through, you’ll pull through, pull through
Won’t you?

And I may have made up for my mistakes
‘Cause the pain of what I caused
Can’t be shit next to what I have lost
And I hated being fuckin’ patient
And so you waited, you waited, you waited
But I never, ever came to

So sun, sun, sun what are you doin’?
You went behind the clouds
And all the rain came down
And my old house is in ruins
If you will come out again
And dry up all the rain

Then I’d climb right up again
Like that spider in that nursery rhyme
And these tales, well they’re not meant to
But it’s time that we made them
Come true, come true, they’ll come true
For me and you

Did Me Good

These places, they don’t make me happy
And this food, no it don’t make me full
And the moon makes me sad
For the love that we had
It was you, oh you, who did me good
And these shows that I watch in the daytime
And these pages that I read in the night
And these girls that I see
Well, they just remind me
It was you, oh you, who did me good

You did me good, you did me good
You did me good, you did me good
Yeah you did me good, oh did me good
You did me good, you did me good
And we stayed up ‘til we saw the sun
Yeah you did me good

Well baby, I’ve been thinkin’ all about you
And I’ve been visitin’ with you
Each night, in my dreams
And I know that you’ll come back
‘Cause I have seen, well that other man
And baby, he ain’t doin’ you no good
So come back
Oh and do me good, do me good
Do me good, do me good
Yeah do me some good, do me good
Do me good, do me good
And we’ll stay up ‘til we see the sun
And do us some good

She’s a good one
When she’s cleanin’ out her room
She don’t like you, oh no
She loves me
I’ve seen trouble come my way
I’ve seen many a dark day
But I’ve seen the sun comin’ up
In your face

And I know that you’ll come back
‘Cause I have seen that other man
And baby, baby, baby
He ain’t doin’ you no good
So come back!

And do me good, do me good
Do me good, and do me good
Yeah do me some good, do me good
Do me good, do me good
‘Cause you did me good, you did me good
You did me good, you did me good
Yeah you did me good, you did me good
You did me good, you did me good
And we can stay up ‘til we see the sun
Yeah we’ll stay up ‘til we see the sun
Like we stayed up ‘til we saw the sun
When you did me good

The Bank and Trust

Well, she gets real mean when she’s drunk
And she finally fell asleep and I’m glad
She said, the only way you got as far as you did
Was ‘cause of me; your songs suck.
And I’m stuck in this American town.
And the streets are full of snow,
And the shops are closed down.
And the only friend I had here moved away,
Went back to Dallas, ran out of money.

So now the bills have all been paid.
And the money’s all been saved.
You’re still as sad as you ever were.
Selling out to the man you trust.

The next morning just after dawn,
On the side of my bed, with just a towel on,
She said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it.”
You never do, let’s finish what we were working on.

So now the bills have all been paid.
And the money’s all been saved.
We’re just as bad as we ever were,
Selling out to the bank and trust.

Walk on…

And I met this girl from Montgomery.
A twenty-six-year-old with a five-year-old baby.
Yeah, I had her when I was young,
And yeah her daddy’s long gone!
But that’s alright Jack, you see she saved me.
It’s just that I feel stuck in this American town.
I finally got a good job,
It’d just be dumb to move now.
It’s just some days I can hardly move.
Much less, move away.

So now the bills have all been paid.
And the money’s all been saved.
We’re just as bad as we ever were, ever were
Selling out to the bank and trust.
Yeah I’m the man you trust.
Yeah I’m the man you trust.
Yeah I’m the man you trust.
Yeah I’m the man you trust.

Old Times

Saw our face, the other day.
And I’d wished I’d had the guts enough to say,
Wish you could spend the night,
And it would be like old times.

And I went through the letters you wrote today.
And when we rode that pony, had a wonderful time.
But you were ready to get back home,
So it could be like old times.

But that was long ago, before you were free.
When you were still hanging out,
When you were still with me.
And I’d wished I’d held on too,
And it would be like old times.
Be like old times,
Be like old times.
And love would feel brand-new,
Just like old times.

I didn’t hold you, the day when you cried.
The day David died, the fourth of July.
Oh, how you cried and cried.

And I’m sorry – babe, so sorry.
That I did not call you back.
And when I finally called,
I’m sorry for that.
But hey, c’mon honey,
Let’s forget about those times.

And be like old times,
Be like old times.
And love would feel brand-new,
Just like old times.

Yeah, be like old times,
Be like old times.
And love would feel brand-new,
Just like old times.

And love would feel band-new,
Just like old times.

Desiree

Well, this is not a good sign.
You don’t know when but you’re running out of time.
And the life that you had in your heart,
Well, it passed on before you fell apart.
Don’t you know you’re a good girl?
Won’t you please act that?
Oh, be a good girl, Desiree.
Well she grew up just South of Eau Claire.
Dreaming of a dirt road anywhere.
And the boys, they would drive her right into the night.
And through the darkness she could least see city lights.
And if you’re gonna go a mile, may as well go all the way.
Oh, and you were moving, Desiree.
So, get moving, Desiree.

And you thought you’d live forever,
But you’re not so sure today.
So you dropped to your knees and you prayed.
And you thought you’d live forever,
But if your heart should stop today,
God knows, you were a good girl anyway.
So, be a good girl, Desiree.
Oh, you’re a good girl, Desiree.

I’ll Be Your Man

You gotta learn to lie to make everyone happy.
You’re gonna have to cry to make it on your own.
But I can’t see you now, put down your hands.
No I can’t feel you now, give me your hand.
‘Cause I’ve been waiting as long as I can stand.
So if you ever need someone…
I’ll be your man,
Yeah, I’ll be your man.
Yeah, I’ll be your man.

You don’t have to go and die to show people you’re hurting.
You’re gonna have to try to put out the fire if you’re burning.
But I can’t see you now, put down your hands.
No I can’t feel you now, give me your hand.
‘Cause we’ve been waiting as long as we can stand.
Should you ever need someone…
I’ll be your man,
Yeah, I’ll be your man.
Yeah, I’ll be your man.
Yeah…

And I read through your poetry.
Every last one.
Felt like I ate too much butter, drank too much rum.
‘Cause they made me feel sweet and sad,
Warm, proud and young.
I’ve been sick inside and angry at everyone.
And I wish I could touch you,
I wasn’t miles away.
We could talk it all out in your clean white place.
Oh, I’ve done all the waiting I think I can stand…
And I want you to know,
Yeah, I want you to know.
Yeah, I want you to know I think
You’ve found your man,
Yeah, I’ll be your man,
Yeah, you’ve found your man,
Come home to him.

Beautiful Rainbow

My love, she is a rainbow.
She moves from east to west.
My love, she is the wind blowing
Through my heart in my chest.
And she’s the sun, the afternoon.
I see her shining the whole day through.
And you know something just changes
When you see a rainbow.
Her smile, it is the ocean crashing on my eyes.
Her arms, they are the oak trees
When she’s reaching for the sky.
And she’s the lake under the moon,
I see her twinkling the whole night through.
And you know something must be changing
‘Cause I seen a rainbow.
And I’d burn my old house down,
I’d get tattooed.
I’d do whatever I had to do.
And if the sky filled up with clouds of doom
And the whole world was ending soon.
Well, I just couldn’t get scared
‘Cause I’d have my rainbow.
And I’d see her shining right through.
Look there goes my rainbow.

Biggest Star

I’m the biggest star you’ll ever see.
So you can go but know you’ll miss me.
I’ll leave it up to you,
Either way you choose.
Oh, honey, I can’t lose.

Met a kitten in the street.
Now I’m not much for cats but this one got me.
And the streets are asleep,
And someone’s playing blues.
But I’m not, I can’t lose.
No, these days, I can’t lose.

Here it comes…

Saw an old face the other day.
Seems hard times had had their way.
Me, I can’t complain,
I’ve seen bad days too.
But you know me, kid, I can’t lose.
No, these days, I can’t lose.

All my dreams came true, you should know.
So if you see her, would you tell her so?
They’re gonna know me at the bank,
I’m gonna eat my meals for free,
And when she sees me, I can’t lose.
No, honey, I can’t lose.
No, honey, honey I… I can’t lose.
I can’t lose.

At Home (Time Unknown)

I realize why I cannot fly,
Said the bird with the broken wing.
But though my lift is gone,
My voice is strong,
And I can still sing.
Oh, lovely, lovely, want to keep me company
When I got nowhere to be?
You’re the prettiest face I ever saw this side of me.