52 Songs

by Paul Monjee

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about

New songs each week until we get to 52. This album will continue to grow as the weeks go by, so be sure to check back.

There are a whole bunch of songs I have yet to release and/or record. I also have a slew of new songs that I’m writing. Instead of the usual assembling of musicians, engineers and studio space for multitracking, overdubbing, mixing, perfecting, promoting, pressing, bla, bla, etc. I’ve decided to go a more direct route

I will be recording songs with a stereo pair of microphones either by myself or with whoever happens to be visiting me on the day I record. Raw, real, immediate, warts and all recordings. Maybe a little reverb. Maybe a little delay.

The original idea was to release one song a week this year. I’m obviously late but still plan on delivering a year’s worth of new tunes.

52 Songs by Paul Monjee


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released 31 January 2013

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Track Name: Underwater Again
Well the band broke up
and I lost my head
the women went away
I couldn't find no friends
just waiting for this to end
but I don't see that happening

I had a small fortune
but now it's gone
spent all my money recording our songs
planned spend a few years of my life on the road
until my best friends went away

I'm underwater again
S.O.S. my friend
send a boat full of money
make those rainy days sunny again

I'm underwater again
Track Name: Sleeping In The Van
Friday has come again, ain't got a dime to show
but the coolers packed
got a couple of sacks
and a pack of Marlboros
got a yellow kayak strapped to the back
a grill and a fishing pole
what doesn't kill us Sunday honey
Monday they won't know

Ain't got no money to pay the bills
but I got a couple of friends of mine
who supply me with cheap thrills
got a friend who kicks, get me my fix
and a girl named Debra Anne
we're heading out
heading south
sleeping in the van

Saw seagulls in the distance
so I threw out a line
caught a three foot mahi
know it's gonna taste oh so fine
a little rum and smoke
it ain't no joke
but I'm sure having fun
grilling mine
on mile marker nine
on the side of US1

No one's at the castle now
so I think I'm on my own
a bed in the back of Fat Lucy
sure makes that van into home
well, time will turn it's weary hands
'till we run out of gas
then you can bury me
at sea baby
and say goodbye at last
Track Name: Time To Kill (acoustic demo)
So many things for me to see
So many places I ain't been
So many people yet to meet
But I'm still glued to my seat

So many journeys for me to go
So many things that I do not know
So many days that'll fade away
If I don't stand up today

Yeah I got time to kill
oh tonight
but i don't want to waste my life

I don't want to waste
I just want a taste
I don't want to waste my life
Track Name: Out Of This Swamp
I'm getting out of this swamp today
I'm getting out of this swamp
Any way I can
I'm getting out of this swamp
I got my whole life
packed up in my van

This town ain't got nothing left for me
And I got nothing left to give
I know
I know
I know I've got to leave
If I want to live
and "I want to live"

I'm getting out of this swamp
Got my whole life packed up in my van
Going out west, gonna be a better man
I'm doing any damn thing, any damn thing that I can
I got my whole life packed up in my van
Track Name: It's A Lie!!!
they said I shouldn't move to California
I wouldn't fit in with the Hollywood elite
the fearful, yeah they always try to warn you
but I'm still standing here on my two feet

and to the beat of different drum
doing everything I love
realizing quickly
that the world still turns without you anyway
doesn't matter what you do or what you
say to free of mind
say they're wasting all their time
say it doesn't matter 'cause
the world still turns around you anyway
and we all know what you say
is just a lie

it's just a lie, lie, lie
it's just a lie why even try
it's just a lie

It's just a LIE!!!
Track Name: Running Out Of Time
I've been broken
I've been beaten down
Swam up from the bottom
More times than I can count
But that all changed
to my surprise
the moment that I first saw myself
reflected in your eyes

And it's not about
Where we're going to
It's irrelevant
all those things we said we would do
All that matters now
Is that I'm here with you

Just love me now
Because we're running out of time
Track Name: It's All Coming Back
Get it
While you can
Opportunity doesn't seem to like to knock twice
Had it
In my hand
Lost and found love affair, I got it back

It's All Coming Back Again

Hold up
In a cave
Ain't no way to be alive so I'm breaking free
Get up
And dance
Tonight might be your last if tomorrow never comes

It's All Coming Back Again
Track Name: Push Comes To Shove
I'm a Stuggler
Struggling to understand
I'm a brother
Brother to any man
And I'm a child
I ain't follow no rules
And I'm a shoulder
When I hold her
Don't you cry, love
Don't you cry

Been talking a whole lot lately
'bout how good it used to be
surrounded by the music
and the love of your family
but it'll be soon
a world of no separation
as the profit once said
one heart
one love
and one nation

But when push comes to shove
They ain't no match against the power of love
it's how we keep our heads held high
'till we leave babylon
you know that I and I
will be there
Track Name: Moments
Talking 'bout yesterday
While speaking of tomorrow
is foolish because I'm here right now
Worrying about the future
And cryin' about the past
Is foolish because we're here right now

And life's made up of moments
yeah, moments are all we got
and that's a lot

I'd walk with you forever
But forever don't exist
and if you turn your head for a moment
then the moment will be missed

And life's made up of these moments
yeah, they're all we got
and that's a lot

To procrastinate is to die
a way to try and hide from life
the moments of the future
are moments made of lies

and life's made up of moments
yeah, moments are all we got
and that's alot

I ain't scared of dying
because death is on my side
reminding me
that it's good to be alive

and one day's sure to come
when all of this is done...
Track Name: Bimini
I want to go back
to a place called Bimini
where I can lay my head down
take comfort from the sea

I want to go home
where the mahi mahi roam
all day under palm trees
in a plot of my own

Bury me in Bimini
on the south side of the isle
sunrise and sunsets hit make grave
with an oceanfront smile

I want to get drunk
on that Bahamian rum
spend my days under palm trees
with my beard turning white

I want to dance
to that little reggae band
down at the Complete Angler
my girl is in my hands

Bury me in Bimini
on the south side of the isle
sunrise and sunsets hit make grave
with an oceanfront smile

And if there's no room for me in Bimini
then bury me at sea
and everytime you smile into the ocean
you'll be smiling right at me

don't worry, be happy
for me
I lived a good life
now you can
bury me at sea
Track Name: My Baby Don't Want To Be My Baby No More (live)
Hey baby are you tired of being my baby
Hey darling are you tired of being my girl

She said that my home was not a home no more
box up my shit and get out the door
she said she saw me talking to that whore
that lives across the street

Said that I need to get the fuck out
quit acting like own a piece of her house
get my flat broke ass off the couch
and be on my way

But baby don't you want to be my baby
Darling don't you want to be
Honey don't you want to be
Sugar don't you want to be
my girl

So I cried and I cried and I cried for days
didn't think I'd find my way
drank too much and lost too much weight
just trying to take my life

I went to a doctor and she gave me pills
didn't seem to fix my ills
all I need is to find some thrills
to get me through the night

But baby don't you want to be my baby
Darling don't you want to be my girl

But then I starting thinking real hard
and I realized...

Well I got my wine and I got my whiskey
got my guitar, a couple girls to kiss me
I don't understand why you got to diss me
when you're the one that broke my heart

Well the present is a present because the past is gone
Photographs and Memories, a couple of songs
I don't give a shit, what went wrong
I just need a brand new start

And maybe I don't want to be your baby
No darling, I don't want to be your man
Track Name: Six Years Gone
so many years in my life have passed
six years gone that I thought would last
amazing how an evening can change everything

the dreams of yesterday will fade
the future that we thought we'd made
the plans that were consistently laid upon broken ground

and tomorrow is a day away
and I can't seem to speak
all the words I wish would come out

they sleep so deep beneath
all the broken dreams
and the promises that I could never keep
just a guarantee
that the love I found
was so much more that me
and I dream
and I dream

so I left her in that manuscript
that she has yet to write
boxes of possessions packed
well I raise my glass and say goodnight
now it's back to the war
this trite battle for a life
"one moment at a time" they say
one moment at a time

well the seconds pass via the second hand,
the pass me downs of the ever-damned,
and the faucet leaks so the blind can understand
that life don't wait
no, life don't wait
life don't wait for any man
Track Name: Little Victory / Truth In Advertising (live)
I need a little victory
I need a minor hit in a major key
Need a life boat in this tumbling sea
I need a good woman to remind me

That I am a man
Even when I cannot stand
Would you take my hand
And help me off the floor

I need a miracle
I need to find me another muse
The last one I trusted, broke me down
and I'm tired of the abuse

Because I am a man
Even when I cannot stand
Would you take my hand
And help me off the floor

We could dance all night baby
Watch the sunrise by the sea
I'll make you breakfast in the morning
If you'd be my little victory

Would you be my little victory?

Thank you for being my little victory.


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There is truth in advertising
yes I swear, yes I swear
got new Nike on my feet
Vidal Sassoon in my hair
I could sure use a Budweiser
Fruit of the Loom underwear
There is truth in advertising
I swear

Why would they lie to me
when they all love what they sell
plus we all know that the liars
got a special place in hell
on the television, radio, and
in the magazines
the advertising gods
perpetuate the American dream

There is truth in advertising
yes I know, yes I know
got elixirs for my headaches
and a cure to save my soul
many dreams could be achieved
so many foreign lands to go
there is truth in advertising
yes I know

There is truth in advertising
let it be, let it be
now I know that I don't need to buy
everything they try to sell me
but so easily divided is
a fool and his money
there is truth in advertising
let it be
Track Name: Buzzkill
You're a buzzkill
You're a killjoy
You are no fun
And I'm a fun boy
So I'm giving my reasons
That I am leaving
And I've never been so overjoyed

I never minded a debater
But hate one uppers and the haters
can't hang with facebook check inners
why don't you put your phone away?

Well she answered that phone in the theatre
and blathered on and on during the feature
if I was white trash I'd probably beat her
but I'm a frail pacifist
I couldn't raise a fist

Oh I just can't take it any longer
Don't know how this could get any wronger
She's such a braggadocios talker
and she ate my peanut butter pie
she ate every last bite!

She's a buzzkill
She's a killjoy
She's is no fun
And I'm a fun boy
So I'm giving my reasons
That I am leaving
And I've never been so overjoyed
Track Name: Sing A Song, Break My Heart
saw you from a distance
saw you at a show
bet from the stage you could hear my heart go
boom boom boom out my chest
somebody call an EMT
it's cardiac arrest

every time you sing a song
it breaks my heart
breaks my heart just a little bit

you can come to my treehouse
we can burn one down
needle on the record for a bit then hit town
play for the hipsters by the resevoir
or sing in the canyon until your voice is sore
what we do doesn't matter to me
just as long as i can hear you sing

every time you sing a song
it breaks my heart
breaks my heart just a little bit

we know the same people
we know the same haunts
but none of that matters
when you know the same songs
know the same jams
love the same beats
so let's get together on Frenchman Street
but if you can't make it to New Orleans
there's always Miami, NYC, and Los Angeles

every time you sing a song
it breaks my heart
breaks my heart just a little bit

singing in the bedroom
singing in the shower
singing every second, every minute, every hour
singing in the sunshine
singing in the rain
singing on the mountain top
or on the beach again

singing for yourself
or perhaps a coffee shop
busking on the street 'til you're stopped by cops
singing for a bar full of people in your socks
or singing just for me until my heart stops

every time you sing a song
it breaks my heart
breaks my heart just a little bit

I need a doctor 'cause my heart has stopped
you know I'm always on the chopping block

every time you sing a song
it breaks my heart
breaks my heart just a little bit
Track Name: Booty Call (live)
Well I'm the guy you call
when all the other guys
forgot to call you
It's 2am and you need a friend
let's not pretend
that you don't know what you came to do
put the needle on the record
while you pour us
a little booze
you're gone
before dawn
but I think I'll be seeing you
real soon

because I'm your booty call
it doesn't bother me at all
that I'm just your booty call
you can call me any time
yes I'm your booty call
you can call me any name
Jimmy, James, Sheelin, Miguel, Todd, or Paul
because I'm your booty call
and you can call me any time
Track Name: Pacific Coast Highway
Met a cool chicleta with a new drop top
At a Hollywood Boulevard oyster shop
She said "what you wanna do?"

Let's get out of town as the sun comes bright
You ain't gotta go to work tonight
Let's hit the road

Traffic will be here soon
So we better fly
City in the rearview
Wave good-bye

I want to cruise up the coast with you
See what kind of trouble
We can get ourselves into
I want to cruise up the coast with you
Yes I do

Rollin' up the PCH

Fried shrimp and eggs for breakfast at the Neptune's Net
Mix tape number seven, it's the best one yet
At least with you listening it is

Up through Malibu on a cliff side drive
laughing through Ventura / Santa Barbara county line
does that sound good to you?

Guadalupe
Pismo
San Luis Obispo
Morro Bay
Monterey
Up to San Francisco
Marin County
Through the city of Sausalito
Up through Sonoma
to Mendocino

I want to cruise up the coast with you
See what kind of trouble
We can get ourselves into
I want to cruise up the coast with you
Yes I do

Rollin' up the PCH
Pacific Coast Highway
Track Name: JibbaRish
When I smoke I usually take at most a couple tokes
but she came by with a big ole jay ready to roast
so we toast up on the porch
pass it forth and back a bunch
but forgot to pay attention
and I think I hit too much

I'm speaking jibba jibba jibba jibba jibba
Gibberish

Back inside we went, Toots was playing on the box
singing Sweet and Dandy and Pressure Drop
Record finished spinning
started playing our guitars
traded songs for thirty minutes
until I was seeing stars
about that time our bellies began that familure growl
she said she really wants to chow at In And Out

She's speaking jibba jibba jibba jibba jibba
Gibberish

Actually to tell you the truth I'd rather stay at home and sing
But I'm living by this new creed where I say yes to everything
let's jump in you car
get some burgers
hit the record store
"Sure, I can handle it, I've been this stoned before"
that's the mantra that I tell myself
as we head into the rainy world
paranoia hits me like a brick
but it doesn't hit this girl
I try to play it cool
but I'm a fool to try and keep up with her
every sight and sound around compounds to a dumbfounded stir

We're speaking jibba jibba jibba jibba jibba
Gibberish

or something
Track Name: I Got It Bad (For You)
I don't care if you see the cards I'm playing with
You can already see it on my face
The game of love is a game worth gambling
When you finally draw that ace
Twist your head
Shake you up
Turn it inside out
One moment believing
And the next so full of doubt
The game of love will lose you
If you lose the will to love
So it's time I let you know
You're the one I'm dreaming of

I got it bad
For you
And I hope that you got it bad
For me too

I don't know where the story is going to
Maybe that's the best part
The game of love is a game worth savoring
When you finally get that spark
Won't you let your guard down
No proper course to chart
The game of love is a delicate voyage
So please dear won't you be
Careful with my heart

I got it bad
For you
And I hope that you got it bad
For me too
Track Name: Too Many Chances
Too many nights of crying
too many chances given to you
too many times you lied and
too many chances given to you
I don't need the penalties of love without the good things too
you make me feel like dying
too many chances given to you

Yeah, it's been bad for a while
don't remember the last time that we smiled
doing anything together
don't know how to make it better
don't know how to get forever again
been trying to go with the flow
but the flow don't flow no more you know
gonna wait another minute before I go
just one last chance?

I swear I'm really gone this time
need to find something new to sooth my mind
need a rhythm of reason
some brand new rhymes
and a couple days in the sun
don't wait up because I ain't coming back
don't need another moment of emotional attack
my guitar is my six gun, you know I'm strapped
so just wave goodbye!

Too many nights of crying
too many chances given to you
too many times you lied and
too many chances given to you
I don't need the penalties of love without the good things too
you make me feel like dying
too many chances given to you
Track Name: Alone
I haven't been this afraid in a long time
I haven't been this scared in years
Because everything is ending
All at the same time
And in the place you stood
There's nothing good
To give me piece of mind

And I'm alone
I am an island
I know it's not good for my health
All this time I'm spending by myself alone
Waiting for something
Something to take this all away
Wondering how I'm ever gonna replace you

They say I
"Really need to go and get back out there"
"Really need to see the world again"
"A life a solitude is not worth living"
"Life is not a life without a friend"

And I'm alone
I am an island
I know it's not good for my health
All this time I'm spending by myself alone
Waiting for something
Something to take this all away
Wondering how I'm ever gonna replace you
Track Name: Sitting Shiva
Tired of sitting shiva for a life that was not real
Tired of standing on the losing side
So tired of these ideals
Tired of being the protagonist
Being Sisyphus
Rock right up that hill
Tired of standing on the losing side
And I think it's about time to kill

To kill the pain
I gotta say goodbye
To the life I love to lead
So many years invested
Am I just being tested
Or can I finally get the guts to leave

There's no reprieve
Just the relief

Release, release the memories
Find a brand new melody
Release, release the memories
Somewhere there's a brand new me

Somewhere there's a brand new me.
Track Name: Back Around The Way
Hey there Miss, it's been a long long time
I'm coming back around your way
Don't even know if you want to see me
Don't know what I'm going to say
Put a candle in the window
if you want me coming 'round
I'll be swinging by on Sunday
Down in your part of town
Hey there Miss, it's been a long long time
I'm coming back around your way

Many years ago I broke your heart
You were begging me to stay
I was a fool, I can see that now
Don't know why I went away
Guess I was young and dumb
and full of stuff
I tried to get you back
but you say you've had enough
Hey there Miss, it's been a long long time
I'm coming back around your way

And She Says...

"Hey there Mister, it's been a long long time
Why you coming back my way
You tore my heart apart
Oh way back when
I got nothing left to say
You ran off with your future ex-wife
now you're knocking on my door
trying to spoil my happy life, well
Hey there Mister, it's been a long long time
Why you coming back my way"

And I say
Hey there Miss it's been a long long time
and I'd really like to stay

And She says
"You can beg and plead
You can scream and shout
but if you don't get off my doorstep
I'm gonna knock you out"

"Hey there Mister, it's been a long long time
Why don't you be on your way
I got nothing left to say"

Alright, I'll be on my way.
Track Name: Dangerous Woman
She's a dangerous woman and I like her that way
She's a dangerous woman, got so much to say
She says "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Up, Treat Me Badly"
She's a dangerous woman and I love her madly

She's a dangerous woman who gets in my brain
She's a dangerous woman that eases my pain
When I tie her up, tie her up, it all goes away
though just for the now, she'll be leaving someday

Dangerous woman takes me for a ride
Dangerous woman, I got nowhere to hide
She says "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Up, Bring Me To Life"
She ain't looking for a husband, I ain't looking for a wife

She's a dangerous woman who's stolen my heart
She's a dangerous woman who tears me apart
So I tie her up, tie her up, won't let her go
There's a place with a secret that I know she'll hold

She's a dangerous woman who's calling my name
A dangerous woman who will never be tamed
They say "Tie Her Up, Tie Her Up, It's All That She Wants"
My dangerous woman, she's already gone.
Track Name: To Further Perpetuate The Myth Of My Existence
I'm just here to perpetuate the myth of my existence
that's why I'm staying past last call
I'll meet you in the back alley when you finish closing up
looking for a good time and a place to rest that's all

And in the morning we might ask
"what the fuck were we thinking?"
but I hope it's just coffee and a goodbye kiss
six hours on the road 'til I hit the next shitty little bar
sleeping freezing in my car
darling don't you know you're missed

When will it be?
What did we say?
another hour, another day
distance don't make it better like they claim
or maybe it does
what the hell do I know
drive ten thousand miles
to play a hundred shows
just to find that bed again
will I find that bed again?

I'm just here singing for an audience of no one
even the sound guy is just playing with his phone
and the shady promoter ran off with all my money
I'm stranded in Nowheresville alone

Wash my fast food dinner down with a pint of whiskey
oh this glamorous life that I chose
now I wonder what the fuck
what the fuck
what the fuck was I thinking?
I know I never ever ever should have left my happy home

When will it be?
What did I say?
another hour, another day
distance don't make it better like they claim
or maybe it does
what the hell do I know
drive ten thousand miles
to play a hundred shows
just to find that bed again
will I find that bed again?
Track Name: Thief Of Broken Hearts
Hey there darling, I think you got me wrong
I'm not your true love, I just play him in a song
I am a liar, a liar with a guitar
I am the thief of broken hearts

If you're waiting for true love, you probably shouldn't wait for me
Because soon I'll disappear, somewhere in the sea
I am a transient, just living song to song
with a bag of broken hearts to carry on

I am a fading light but tonight I'll burn bright for you
Gonna take that broken heart, and leave you with something new
We're all in this together, just looking for a chance to love
So look to your side and not above

Because all we got is each other, no safety net to rely
All we have is our friendship, then we die, yes we die
So don't save your broken heart for true love
Because your broken heart's a lie
Just open up your arms
Just open up your eyes
Just open up your heart
you're home
Track Name: Gypsy Kiss
She had her face painted like a gypsy
with flowers in her hair
long legs wrapped around me
and eyes of such a kind kind stare

Well I guess I've been lonesome
oh, for a little while
amazing how a stranger's kiss
can bring back a long forgotten smile

So I'm taking it easy
enjoy this while it lasts
think I will remember this kiss
long after the moment's passed

Well you make the world go silent
when you press your lips to mine
never thought heaven could hear me
'til they sent you down as a sign

And I know it's just a kiss
but I never felt a kiss like this
and if this could last forever
it would be my wish
even though I know it's just a kiss

Swing from rings like monkeys
then saunter in the sun
toes wading in the water
down in front of everyone

she reaches out to touch me
everybody disappears
got the whole beach to ourselves for the moment
as her supple lips draw near

my hand wound up in beach blond hair
hers is on my face
lips locked standing in the sand by the strand
in a sensual embrace

I can't say that I know too much
but I know that I know this
there's no time like the right now honey
and right now I want to kiss

And I know it's just a kiss
but I never felt a kiss like this
and if this could last forever
it would be my wish
there's no such thing

there's no such thing as just a

there's no such thing as just a kiss
Track Name: Don't Wait Too Long
Don't wait too long because we're already losing touch
Don't wait too long because I already miss you much
Don't wait too long
If you don't come around soon darling I'll be gone

You've been MIA
oh, for more than a couple of day
didn't know where you went
but I didn't get
a message if you sent one to me

Did you find another?
Or are you just out with your friends?
we all need some time alone
but I want to know
if this this time apart is the end

Don't wait too long because we're already losing touch
Don't wait too long because I already miss you much
Don't wait too long
If you don't come around soon darling I'll be gone

You've been MIA
oh, for more than a couple of day
didn't know where you went
but I didn't get
a message if you sent one to me

Did you find another?
Or are you just out with your friends?
we all need some time alone
but I want to know
if this this time apart is the end
Track Name: Pretend Girlfriend
My Pretend Girlfriend doesn't ever call me
but I just can't stop talking about her
My Pretend Girlfriend, we barely see each other
but I just can't stop thinking about her

My Pretend Girlfriend
all I seem to do
is write songs about her, day and night

My Pretend Girlfriend
we got a great relationship
all I do is love and love and we never fight

Pretend Girlfriend
La La, La La La La La La La
Pretend Girlfriend
La La La La La La La La La La La
Pretend Girlfriend
La La, La La La La La La
Pretend Girlfriend
La La, La La La La La La La La La

Bom Bom Bom Bom
Track Name: Playing With Matches
He was a fatboy
At least that's what they said
Billy cried in his room
Wishing they were dead
Daddy had a shot gun and a loaded 38
So Billy went to the playground
With them tucked in his waist

Now he's playing with matches
He's playing with fire
"Burn the whole place down
Because I got a name"
He's playing with matches again

He was a fatboy
At least that's what they said
That day at the playground
Where they nearly met their end
But he vowed that day to never let anyone
Push him that far
So he put down his guns
And picked up a guitar

And now he's playing with matches
He's playing with fire
"Burn the whole place down
Because I got a name"
He's playing with matches again
Track Name: Of The Mountain
Well you came from the mountain
So very far above us
Poor peasants and pedestrians
No family to speak of
No friends holding your love
Just and imprisoned heart
And a most fearful tongue

You say you're tired of this desert
That you've been living in
Even though you found an escape
You're a liar with a mirror
That couldn't be clearer
Just a doll in a cage
What a waste, what a waste

So bored with the fools
Falling all over you
Got no tact, just their hearts on their sleeves
Whatever happened to that lover
You had back in Florida
If he was so good
Then why the fuck did you leave

You say you dream of the ocean
You'd love to come sailing
With me if I would have you there
But I been tied this dock now
For over two weeks
Just waiting for you
But I no longer care

And a day will come
When no one is left to hear you cry
And there will be none
To hold your hand while you die
We all die
Track Name: Snakes
I'm not much more than an after-thought
But the fact that you thought of me at all means a lot
Yeah you know it does

Phone rings late at night
Hoping it's her
It's not
It's you
And that's something
Something alright

A late night hang where the snakes go up our nose
A little late night rambling where the brown goes down our throats

It's a strange thing to see the devil again
We were never enemies
But we never really were friends
That's how it goes

Hell is gonna have to wait a little bit longer
I'll be there when I'm done singing my songs
I'll be there with bells on

A late night hang where the snakes go up our nose
A little late night rambling where the brown goes down our throats

Okay
I don't want to fight
I just want what feels good
What feel so right
Now, now, now
Do you want my love
I'll give it to you any way you want
While you praise your lord above
Oh God!
Oh God!
Oh God! We scream
As we burn up in the fire
This sin is just a place to begin
There's no quench for desire
So we're gonna take all of this medicine
Fix us up real good
Standing on a precipice
I won't, I can't
I think I should
Jump into the nothing with weights tied to my feet
There is so much more to this life than your book wants us to be
So we talk and talk and talk
As we walk back to reality

A late night hang where the snakes go in our head
A little late night rambling
Got us feeling better than we did
A late night hang where the snakes in our heads
Dig those fangs in until we're dead
Track Name: Georgia
Well I'm walking over to Georgia because Georgia likes her men
Sad blue eyes beat up heels and looking for a friend
So I take her clothes off slowly, because I won't see her again
Because the train is coming baby and I have to leave tomorrow at ten

She said
"Your money's worth an hour but would you mind if I stayed the night"
"In the moldy bed of the motel six, lying by your side?"
And I said
"Georgia that would be alright"
And she began to cry
Now the pain is coming baby
And I don't think she'll make it through the night.

Sunrise beckons me out of the bed I didn't sleep a wink
She's singing in the shower and I don't know what to think
I said
"Georgia you sound so delightful"
"What happend between now and last night?"
She said
"The rain was pouring Pauley but now, somehow I can see the light"

She drove me to the station where we would say goodbye
Her feet, firmly planted in Macon, where she would surely die
Now the tracks of life are leading me to the smokey hills of Tennessee
The train is coming Georgia and this is the last time you'll see me

Yeah the train is coming Georgia and this is the last time you'll hear from me.
Track Name: Esther Bim Yim Doesn't Know How To Drive
Esther Bim Yim comes from Nevada
She doesn't really know how to drive
She pulls out in front on me in her Toyota
I swerve into her hood just to stay alive

Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim doesn't know how to drive!

Esther Bim Yim is gonna kill somebody
If she don't get herself off the road
I hope that I am not that body
Because to hell I'm not ready to go

Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim isn't ready to drive!

Can't get no money from her insurance
She won't admit that she was wrong
So I'm gonna make a million dollars
From Esther Bim Yim driving song

Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim
Esther Bim Yim doesn't know how to drive!
Track Name: No Spot To Stay
So many years of being alone
Guess it was my own fault
Building glass houses
Then filling the air with stones

So many times I turned away
Easier to walk
or self sabotage
then to trust a new spot to stay

I been talking to you
but you were never listening
I been looking right through you
because it so much less painful than to see
than to see everything
everything is so
broken and abused
it's gonna take more than just another muse this time
time is all I have
all I have to give
all I have to love
all I have to live

So many years of being alone
Guess it was my own fault
Building glass houses
Then filling the air with stones

So many times I turned away
Easier to walk
or self sabotage
then to trust a new spot to stay

got no spot to stay
and I set it all up this way
Track Name: Jockin' Your Steez
Met a girl the other night at the bar making me drinks
Yeah she was jockin' your steez
Jock, jockin' your steez
Shook me up a sazarac with a smile and a wink
Yeah she was jockin' your steez
Jock, jockin' your steez
She had a whole lotta sweet with a little bit of sleeze
Yeah she was jockin' your steez
Jock, jockin' your steez
Had me shaking in my Chucks, what a temptuous tease
Yeah she was jockin' your steez
Jock, jockin' your steez

First glance got me thinking that that girl was you
she had her hair up in the same way that you like to do
Shakey, shakey, shakey, to the jukebox playing
Hips, they seem to move in a familiar way

She was jockin', jockin', jockin' your steez
Oh this girl was jockin', she was rockin' your steez
Had me on my knees singing come on mama please
Jockin your steez, jock, jockin' your steeze

Met a girl the other night at the bar making me drinks
Had me shaking in my Chucks, what a temptuous tease
Shook me up a sazarac with a smile and a wink
She had a whole lotta sweet with a little bit of sleeze

First glance got me thinking that that girl was you
she had her hair up in the same way that you like to do
Shakey, shakey, shakey, to the jukebox playing
Hips, they seem to move in a familiar way

She was jockin', jockin', jockin' your steez
Oh this girl was jockin', she was rockin' your steez
Swear if you'd seen her you would of said "bitch please"
Jockin your steez, jock, jockin your steeze
Track Name: I Believe In We
I still believe in love
I still believe in peace
but I know what they think
they think I'm so naive

well I still got hope
they say
"it's just for young folks, who probably smoke too much dope
and hide away the fear"

well maybe that is true
but I got some love for you
and it don't matter if you send it back my way

I got a hand to lend
I've been at many ropes end
I could never pretend that I feel nothing
for them

Hey, I've got enough
to fill my brother's cup
so he can live another day

Hey, I've got enough
to fill my brother's cup
so he can live another day

I still believe in love
I still believe in peace
but I know what they think
they think I'm so naive

Yeah I still got hope
No...
Track Name: It's Not Halloween Without you
It's Not Halloween Without you
It's Not Halloween When You're Not Here
No Zombies In My Life
Since I Lost My Wife
No Skeletons
No Blood Curdling Screams
Because Without You
It's Not Halloween
Track Name: Like I Don't Exist
You drink from the water
that I brought from the well
paint your face pretty
so no one can tell
you say your smile is the truth
but I know you too well
and it's a long way down

Took what I could carry
before you burned all the rest
lifetimes deleted
with the flick of your wrist
and I am forgotten
as soon as you kiss his lips
yeah it's a long way down

Bridge becomes ashes
but that river won't die
it just keeps on running
without even a sigh
soon you'll pass me by
and I won't missed
because it's a long way down
when you just walk on by

Like I don't exist

Love has been buried
but not laid to rest
look in this new girls eyes
and I still taste your kiss
oh how can I be here
when I don't exist

I know it's a long way down
and I cannot see an end
It's a long way down
when you lose your best friend
Track Name: Just For You
At the end of '09
I put out a new CD
some people were bummed
they said it didn't sound like me
they were dissapointed
they said the record was disjointed
so I made this this record just for you

didn't sell many copies
gave most away for free
put up on the internet by thieves
i guess music is worthless
unless it's on MTV
well that's bad news troubadours like me

Never gave up on my dreams
but my dreams gave up on me
great job with pretty good money
so I'll just keep on singing
on records and on the road
a time bomb ticking, ready to expload
Track Name: First Breath
I'd tell you all my secrets if you wanted to hear them from me
Phobias, Fears, Dreams, Hopes, and all the Deepest Memories
Oh I don't know why this is happening
But I know that I'm happy it's happening
Yeah I know that I like that it's happening to me

oh oh oh
It feels like my first breath
Track Name: Death Of Me
Some small town in some place she's been born
Raised well and loved by mom and dad but warned
About a man that she would love and hate
But she could never leave

Oh that woman, is gonna be the death of me

We met on a Tuesday at the Canyon Country store
Conversing over coffee, souls connecting at the core
With a wild heart and gypsy eyes
Thought this is where I want to be

But knew that woman was gonna be the death of me

As it always seems to happen, our great love began to fade
Dissolving into nothing was the life that we had made
Some times, looking at a blank page
Is the only way to see

Yeah that woman, was gonna be the death of me

As I bled out on the floor of my new home
She blew the smoke from the barrel, said she needs to be alone
And that with me still upon this earth
She knew she would never find no peace

Yeah that woman was the death of me
Yeah that woman was the death of me
Tossed in the Pacific, nowhere near Bimini
Yeah that woman was the death of me
Track Name: Take Me Home
Lord won't you take me home so I can finally be happy
Lord won't you take me home so I can finally be free
Lord won't you take me home so I can finally be happy
Lord won't you take me home so I can finally be me

When they come with their guns to my front door
Stand me tall, all up in a line
Now I ain't afraid of dying
but maybe that's just me
because when I die
I'm gonna die free
Track Name: No Way Home
We all get tired
and we all get dead
and we all get lonely
and we all get fed
the same bullshit from the world around
but some of us can't seem to get up off the ground
yeah there's no way home
no way home

We all get dumb
and we all get tricked
and we all get pushed
and we all get hit
the same bullshit from the world around
but some of us can't seem to get up off the ground
yeah there's no way home
no way home

We all get hurt
and we all get stressed
and we all get nothing
and we all get depressed
We all get hate
and we all get strain
Because we all got life
so we all get pain
from the same bullshit from the world around
but some of us can't seem to get up off the ground
yeah there's no way home
because there is no home

yeah there's no way home
because there is no home

yeah there's no way home
because there is no home
Track Name: A House Of Business
So tired of wearing this mask I've been wearing for you
And I'm tired of caring too much
But I keep on this path because it's all that I know
Live in a house of business not a home to grow
"Keep on smiling"
That's what they say
"Keep everything friendly and false or it'll come back and bite you one day"
This is not life
This is not family
It's just the place where you go when you can't stand the responsibility
it takes to be free

This is not love
This is a negotiated contract
I was too young to be suspect
Of people so unkind
This is my stand
Standing up before blinded eyes
You say "It's not a surprise"
You never really thought that much of me

But now I'm free
Now I'm free
Now I'm free to be a failure
Yeah I'm free

Now I'm free
Now I'm free
Yeah I'm free to be a thinker
thinking anything I want

Now I'm free
Now I'm free
Now I gotta make something
Gotta make something of me

Now I'm free
Now I'm free
Yeah I'm free, yeah I'm free
Time to see what I'm gonna be

Now I'm free
Now I'm free
Track Name: They Can't All Be Winners (52 Songs)
They can't all be winners
They can't all be in tune
Some nights I'm a winner
Other nights this is the best that I can do
Shoo-be-do-be-do-be-do
I'm not a winner to you
I'm not a winner to me too
Oh Oh Oh

52 Songs
That I'm gonna play
Do the best that I can
But sometimes the best is lame
They can't all be winners
No they can't all be in tune
No they can't all be winners
Some nights this is the best I can do
This is the best that I can do
Track Name: Spinning Around
A perfect night out with my friends
then I seem to disappear again
when I meet a lovely lady who captivates my soul

I wonder, do my friends all roll their eyes
when I tell them I don't need a ride
that I met somebody special and it's different this time

Oh no I'm in love again
I feel real sorry for all my friends
Because I'm gonna talk about her all day
day and night

Oh no I'm broke up again
I feel real sorry for all my friends
Because I'm gonna talk about her all day
day and night

It's a cycle
That's got me spinning around

I know that I am not all there
I haven't been for many years
ever since the storm that took
that took my home away
I'm not okay
Know that I could use some help
So thank you for being your self
Thank you for your shoulder
Every time it's over

Oh no I'm in love again
I feel real sorry for all my friends
Because I'm gonna talk about her all day
day and night

Oh no I'm broke up again
I feel real sorry for all my friends
Because I'm gonna talk about her all day
day and night

It's a cycle
That's got me spinning around
Track Name: Jack, His Wife, and Miss Suzy Silk
Jack came up to me asking for some help
Got himself in another bind
With this girl named Suzy Silk
Wife came home, found Suzy and Jack all up in the bed
Jack says if his wife had found his shotgun they'd both surely be dead
I shook my head
shook my head

I said "Jack you better go back to that woman that you love"
"Suzy may be what you want right now"
"but she don't matter in the long run"
"A thousand roses for a million tears is the least that you can do"
"Jack you better get on those knees, beg that woman to stay with you"
"And you better be true"
"Yeah you better stay true"

Few weeks later Jack came back
Smiling ear to ear
Wife said she's forgive him and Jack was in the clear
I smiled
Pat Jack on the back
Said, "That was nice to hear"
He grinned a little louder and said "ain't nothng to fear"
"Let's grab a beer"
So we drank some beers
A whole lot of beer
Way too much beer

Me and Jack at the Lorelei
Just sipping on that milk
Three sheets to the wind and then in walks Suzy Silk
Suzy smiles
Jack returns
Throws him right off track
Wonder what his old lady is gonna say
When tonight he don't come back
Bet she attacks
I bet she attacks

A couple days later Jack came to the dock
With a couple black eyes
For the couple of rocks
That finally knocked a bit of sense in there
And popped Jack out his socks
No one ever saw Suzy again
But I don't think she'll be stealing anymore men
Jack's wife knows how to hide a body
And I bet she'd do it again
Track Name: Flames to Fan
Sold cocaine to the rich kids
Sold blotter to my friends
Sold a bag of weed to my favorite teacher
Didn't fuck around with heroin
Sold some ecstasy to my boss
And then I sold some mescaline
But I never sold my dreams
So my dreams will never end

Sold popcorn at a theatre
Sold CDs at my shows
Sold lemonade back when I was eight
Sold a stolen car stereo
Sell my time on a regular basis
But I ain't no gigolo
No I won't ever sell my soul
So my soul will never go

We all want to live forever
Ever since life began
Since that first amphibious creature
grew legs and crawled on to land
We're drowning every moment
Reading tales of Peter Pan
Dying for existence
And looking for flames to fan

Yeah, we're all dying for existence
And looking for flames to fan
Track Name: Just Friends
We're walking and talking and drinking and singing
and looking to the universe for universal meaning
Got a dollar in a bucket when we play on the street
got a belly full of shrimp when I grill up a feast

Sure we catch a flick, sometimes we dinner
or pick the same horse and both end up winners
Got everything in common but there is no sex
believe me when I say that "we are just friends"

We're Just Friends

There's a show, we should go, everybody come along
we can dance, take a stance, take a chance and be wrong
make up our own lyrics as we belt out a song
hi-fives all around and nobody gets gonged

Skinny dip Saturday, reggae afternoon the next
A whole lot of fun but there's still no sex
Wish that my gal was no so vexed
because I swear on my life that we are just friends

We're Just Friends

Always accusing, accusing me
of relations you see as infidelity
even though you know I would never cheat
I'd drop you like you're hot, which you are, but see

My friends are my friends, that's what I need
But you my love, are my love lovely
Loving all the time that I spend with you
But I love, yes I love, yes I love my friends too

We're Just Friends
Track Name: Chewing The Stew (What I Sound Like)
So this cat came up to me the other day and he say
"hey man I heard that you play some music but I was kinda wondering what kind of music do you do?"

And I said
"Man, you know, it's really a whole mix of different shit"

"It's a melting pot culture, I think I'm just chewing the stew"

It's a melting pot culture and I'm just chewing the stew
A troubadour paperboy giving you news
Folk, Rock, Reggae, Psycadelic, Punk, Blues
With Tunes about Love, Loss, Traveling and Booze

And he says
"Alright man, I get what you're doing here. You're trying not to define yourself by any normal standard definitions of musical categorizations and shit. But just tell me who you're listening to man. What kind of tunes you dig, where you get your style from, where you're inspiration comes from?

And I say
"Oh you want to hear where my inspiration comes from?"

And he says
"Yeah man, I want to know what inspires you."

And I say
"Alright man, I guess I'll tell you what inspires me"

All the things that I see
And the air that I breath
And the love that I give
And all the love that I receive
To the people that leave
And the ones that deceive
And the ones that I hurt
And the ones I relieve

And he says
"Really? Really, that's what you're gonna give me? I'm trying to tell people what kind of music you play. I'm trying to figure out who you are man. Come on. So I'm just gonna ask you as blatantly as I can see, as I can ask you Paul Monjee..."

So he says to me
"Just tell me who do you sound like?"

And I said to him, I said "What?"

And he says "Who do you sound like?"

And I get a little grin up on my face and I say
"What man? I can't hear you over the music"

And he says
"Come on man just tell me who you sound like!"

And my grin turns into a smile
showing my teeth about
and I say
"Man, I don't even know what the hell you're talking about"

And he says
"Man, would you just please for the love of god, tell me who the fuck you sound like!!!"

And I said
"Alright man, I'm gonna tell you who I sound like, right now."

"I sound like me"
"I sound like me"
"Yeah, I sound like me"
"I sound like me"


It's a melting pot culture
And I'm just chewing the stew
I'm a troubadour paperboy
Just giving you news
Folk, Rock, Reggae, Psycadelic, Punk Rock, Blues
I got Tunes about Love, Loss, Traveling and Booze
Track Name: Peace In The Canyon
When I got to the canyon, was a broken man
I was broken as a man can be
And then one night there was a next door light
And finally I could see
A gathering of creatures harmonizing by moonlight
I felt a stir in my soul
And all was right

And there was peace in the canyon that I call my home
There was peace in the canyon, never really feel lonely
Peace in the canyon where I rest my bones
And there was peace in the canyon where I call
Where I call my home

I was locked up in my treehouse
Just lonesome as a man can be
But instead of crying
I just stopped on by
When I heard those creatures sing
They pulled me in a circle
To join them in a song
I felt a stir in my soul
The pain was gone

And there is peace in the canyon where I call my home
There is peace in the canyon, I never ever feel lonely
Peace in the canyon where I rest my bones
And there is peace in the canyon where I call
Where I call my home