Streets of Disaster

Street of Disaster

Now that star up in the sky still fills me with wonder
And the day of my death, well It’s still off yonder
But this world has gone insane, Like it’s let go of the reins
And it’s hurling down the street of disaster

I used to think our minds would somehow save us
Use the common sense the good lord gave us
But now I lock the door, sit and shiver on the floor
Listening to the winds of disaster

Oh me oh my, I miss my mama
As I go hurling down the street of disaster

I read the news today it’s so depressing
Maybe an early grave would be a blessing
Some madman’s got the bomb
And I fear it won’t be long
We’ll be standing in the midst of disaster

Oh me oh my……….

There’s a woman on my block she walks in circles
 Mutters to herself, believes in miracles
Now I don’t know what she see’s
But she gives me the creeps
As she circles the street of disaster

 

The Devil Speaks

I bow down to nobody’s business
I bow down to no mankind
It’s just me and that boy, you call him jesus
He works his side of the street and I work mine
I got me some hookers and some business men
I got me a priest or two, a few presidents
Oh, they went down easy, Yeah, they went down fast
And their gonna have their fun until they breathe their last

I’ve been on the loose, I’ve been raisin’ Cain
Since the day they cast me out of the pearly gates
The Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve
Forbidden Fruit, one of my best days,

If you believe in love and kindness
If you believe justice will be done
I guarantee you’re gonna find me
For I do believe I’ve had my fun
They went down easy, yeah, they went down fast
And their gonna have their fun until they breathe their last
Then they will be mine, til the end of time
Ohohoh, yippee ki-yi-ya

 

I Went So Wrong

I went so wrong
For so damn long
Now it’s a struggle just to speak
A struggle just to eat
A struggle all day long

I’d change the world
If I only could
And I’d turn back the time
To that moment you were mine
Yes I surely would

Bridge:
Now I can’t shake these blues
And I’m running out of time
With Hard luck at my heals
Now I know how it feels
To be lonely

Love hurts so bad
It only makes me sad
And it happens every time
I think I’ve got it right
But I’ve only got it bad

 

Stirring Up Some Ashes

I’ll be damned if I didn’t find a flame
Looking at your picture here
Is bringing back that old familiar pain

1st Chorus:  I thought that I was over you
Thought that I had seen it through
Thought I’d started livin again
Now I know I love you still
And I guess I always will
I guess nobody wins in the end

There’s nothing in that book of love
That tells you how to end a love affair
Or how to fix a love that’s broken down, now it’s
Way beyond repair

2nd Chorus:  It was bound to end some day
For I was night and you were day
You loved the sun and I loved the rain
But our love is just a memory
You're still you and I’m still me
I guess nobody wins in the end

Bridge:  Now they say the truth will set you free
Well that truth is right in front of me
In  this picture that I’m holdin in my hand
Tellin me nobody wins in the end

 

Blues in my Blood

We started out in reno and somehow we ended up in Tennessee
But she was more than I could handle
and it did not take too long for me to see
that I could never win her but I could lose her
and that’s a hard place to be
so I did what I had to do

and left that little girl in Tennessee

well my car broke down in Houston
and I could not find a soul to give me time
that town will run you down and not look back
to see if you’re alive
now the clouds were growin’ dark   
and the local folks were talkin’ hurricane
so I hitched a ride on 45,
hopin’ I could out run the rain

Chorus:
I got the blues, in my blood
These old blues fit me like a glove
I’ve had the blues, right from the start
I was born with the blues in my heart

well I made it up to Dallas spent
a long and sleepless night in a cheap hotel
where the walls were paper thin and I could
hear my next door neighbors raisin hell
and in the morning I was tired and I was hungry but too broke to  buy a meal.
I swear, if I’d run into the devil I believe I would have tried to make a deal

Chorus

the wind is blowin cold tonight, in santé fe
they’re closing down the square
and everybody’s headin’ home but me
I ain’t headin’ anywhere
It’s a thousand miles to reno
And a thousand miles to Tennessee
I’m half way home and half way gone
and far away from where I want to be

Chorus

 

Good Morning Heartache

I woke up today, good morning heartache
I could use a cup coffee how about you
It sure is quiet let’s put on some music
But first excuse me while I cry a tear or two

It’s been a year today that she first kissed me
It’s been a year today that I went blind
I was taken by her charm and her beauty
I failed to take a look inside her mind

Chorus:
My friends all say I’m better off without you
Knowing that they’re right don’t stop this pain
They all say you took away my sunshine
And left me standing in the pouring rain

What a good old friend heartache never leaves me
He’s with me every second of the day
He’s even in my dreams when I’m sleeping
And He sure does seem to have a lot to say

Chorus
solo

I think the words I love you must have two meanings
But it’s true what they say – actions speak louder than words
Lord Knows I wanted to believe her
But that wanting has only brought me tears

Chorus - tag

 

If Only My Heart Had a Brain

I’ve been known to be wrong in matters of romance
If only my heart had a brain
But I’ve never thought that livin was easy
or love …..just a game

women I’ve known all shapes and sizes
and all different points of view
from bedrooms and bars
and high and low places
I searched for a love that is true

now love that is true I’ve tried to define it
I even once thought that I knew
I touched it, I held it, so quickly I failed it
Then watched as it faded from view

I travelled the world for just the right woman
And I found her but what could I do
I just stood by the road with my hat in my hand
Trying to hide the holes in my shoes

women I’ve known all shapes and sizes
and all different points of view
I loved them, I held them,
so quickly I failed them
Then watched as they faded from view

Now if you want perfection, I know where to find it
Just look at the stars and the moon
But if your lookin for love well honey you’re on your own
Lord knows I haven’t a clue

I’ve been known to be wrong in matters of romance
If only my heart had a brain

 

Two Hundred Dollars

I got two hundred dollars let’s go out on the town
I got two hundred dollars let’s go out on the town
It takes 300 dollars just to be your clown

She got eyes like diamonds but she don’t mean me no good
She got eyes like diamonds but she don’t mean me no good
She left me standing on the corner of boo hoo avenue

Now it’s early morning and I been up all night long
Now it’s early morning and I been up all night long
I been walkin’ these streets singing this sad old song.

 

James Alley Blues

Lyrics by Richard "Rabbit" Brown
Times ain't now nothing like they used to be 
Oh times ain't now nothing like they used to be 
And I'm tellin' you all the truth, oh take it for (from) me  

I done seen better days but I'm puttin' up with these 
I done seen better days but I'm puttin' up with these 
I been havin' a much better time with these girls now I'm so hard to please  

'Cos I was born in the country she thinks I'm easy to rule  
'Cos I was born in the country she thinks I'm easy to rule 
She try to hitch me to her wagon, she want to drive me like a mule

You know I bought some groceries and I paid the rent 
Yes I buy some groceries and I pay the rent
She try to make me wash her clothes but I got good common sense

I said if you don't want me why don't you tell me so 
You know, if you don't want me why don't you tell me so  
Because it ain't like a man that ain't got nowhere to go  

I've been givin' you sugar for sugar, let you get salt for salt 
I'll give you sugar for sugar, let you get salt for salt 
And if you can't get 'long with me well it's your own fault

How you wanted me to love you and you treat me mean  
How do you want me to love you, you keep on treatin' me mean  
You're my daily thought and my nightly dream  

Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die  
Sometimes I think that you too sweet to die  
And another time I think you oughta be buried alive 

 

Blue Wing

He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
Well it might have been a blue bird I don't know
But he'd get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
The salmon boats and 45 below

He said he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
And his cellmate there was Little Willy John
And Willy he was once a great blues singer
And Wing and Willy wrote 'em up a song. They said...

Chorus:
It's dark in here; can't see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don't fall
On a poor man's dream.

They paroled Blue Wing in August, of 1963
He moved north picking apples to the town of Wenatchee
Then winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park
On the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark

And he drank and he dreamt of visions when the salmon still ran free
And his fathers' fathers crossed that wild old Bering Sea
And the land belonged to everyone and there were old songs yet to sing
Now it's narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing

Chorus

Well he drank his way to la, and that's where he died
And no one knew his Christian name and there was no one there to cry
But I dreamt there was a funeral, a preacher and a cheap pine box
And half way through the service, Blue Wing began to talk. He said...

Chorus

Hey hey, On a poor man's dream
Hey hey, On a poor man's dream.