1. The Devil You Know
  2. Pretty Sugar Mama
  3. Magnolia Tree
  4. Can’t Get There From Here
  5. Mama I’m-A-Comin Home
  6. I’m Losing You
  7. Bent Willie
  8. Tomorrow Morning’s Gonna Come Too Soon
  9. Don’t Break My Heart
  10. The Farthest Shore

The Devil You Know back to top ↑

Hey baby, climb inside.
I see you goin’ nowhere, nothing special in your life.
Hey baby, you know me well.
I can make it feel like heaven, while you’re on your way to hell.
Now you know baby, you really ought to go.
Sometimes it just seems easier to stay with the devil you know.

Hey baby, I make it easy.
What’s your pleasure? Where’s the fire? Are you lonely? Mercy! Mercy!
Mama, Mama, escape from the troubles in your life.
You’ll hate yourself later, but you’ll feel so good tonight.
Now you know baby, you really ought to go.
Sometimes it just seems easier to stay with the devil you know.

I’ve got you in my big, strong arms.
I’ll hold you helpless; you pretend there is no harm.
Soon you’ll forget what brought you here.
You’ll only remember what I whisper in your ear.
Now you know baby you really ought to go.
Sometimes it just seems easier to stay with the devil you know.

Hey baby, run away.
I know if you’re not careful you’ll be back again some day.
I’ll take you in. I always do.
It’s not that I love you. I don’t want us to be true.
Now you know baby, you really ought to go,
Sometimes it just seems easier to stay with the devil you know.

Pretty Sugar Mama back to top ↑

The sap is dripping off the maple leaves.
The sap is dripping off the maple leaves.
There’s sweetness dripping on the street.
The sap is dripping off the maple leaves..

But there ain’t no sugar for me, my darlin,’ there ain’t no sugar for me.
There ain’t no sugar for me, my darlin,’ when you ain’t here with me.
There ain’t no sugar for me, my darlin,’ there ain’t no sugar for me.
No sugar for me.
Pretty sugar mama, come on back to me.

Sugar in my coffee, honey in my tea.
Sugar in my coffee, honey in my tea.
Two sugar cubes, better make it three.
Sugar in my coffee, honey in my tea.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
I get to worryin’ when she’s gone too long.
There’s a fly in my honey and my world’s gone wrong.
There’s a fly in my honey and my world’s gone wrong.

Put a pie in the window and a flower by the door.
Put a pie in the window and a flower by the door.
I hope you want to come back for more.
Put a pie in the window and a flower by the door.

Magnolia Tree back to top ↑

Under the magnolia tree,
Come meet Mary and me.
We’ll go running through the rushes
To the Buerkle family.
We’ll keep together
And when the time is right,
We’ll slip in the Mississippi
Undercover of the night.

Wade in the water
These chains’ll slip away
We’ll rise again on the banks
Of a brand new day.

Under the magnolia tree,
Come meet Mary and me.
Don’t you hear Moses whisper
‘Bout your slavery,
“I would’ve freed more slaves,
I would have freed you all –
But you don’t know you’re slaves.”
Do you hear her call?

Hush a bye,
Hush a bye baby.
Don’t you cry,
Don’t you cry baby.
Hush a bye
Just roll with the rockin’.
Sleep like Lazarus
‘Til the angels come knockin’.

Under the magnolia tree,
Come meet Mary and me.
Don’t you hear Moses say,
“You got to fight to be free.
Be free or die,
From what’s got you in chains.
Help your brothers and your sisters
To find their own way.”

Can’t Get There From Here back to top ↑

Can you hear me?
Can you hear me across the line?
Is that your voice?
Or something I imagine in my mind?
I hope I come in clear,
I just can’t get there from here.

Hear that thunder roll –
Hear the lightning snap the line.
Hear that thunder roll –
Hear the lightning snap the line.
That ain’t no thunderstorm, babe –
That’s just me breaking down inside.

Can you see me?
I don’t know where I am.
I got so sleepy,
I wandered from the path.
Fell asleep under a Golden Chain
And this darkness filled my head.

Can you hear me?
Can you hear me across the line?
Can you see me?
Hope you get to me on time.
I hope I come in clear,
I just can’t get there from here.

Tomorrow Morning’s Gonna Come Too Soon back to top ↑

It’s late in the evening. Time you make your move.
If you want me, come and get me. I’m weak from wanting you.
They’ve turned on the lights and said it’s time to go.
So lay it on me. You gotta let me know.
Here we are – me and you –
Tomorrow morning’s gonna come too soon.

The ballroom is clearing. Some walk alone, some hand in hand.
I think you like the idea of me as your man.
But then, we were in darkness and now the lights are shining bright.
Then, you liked how you were feeling. Now, is what you see all right?
Everyone’s is leaving. Whatcha wanna do?
Tomorrow morning’s gonna come too soon.

There’s no one on the dance floor. It’s you and me under the lights.
I brush back your hair and I look into your eyes.
It’s hard to say what words won’t get right –
Let the music of the moment keep you in the rhythm of the light.
If you start to dance, I know the band will play the tune,
“Tomorrow Morning’s Gonna Come Too Soon”.

I can wait forever, but we don’t have that long.
Measure follows measure ’til the closing of the song.
If you think about it, it’ll drive you insane.
Listen, the band has reached the final refrain.
Is it now or never? I just know this much to be true:
Tomorrow morning’s gonna come too soon.

Mama I’m-A-Comin’ Home back to top ↑

Oh mama, mama, a silent scream is in your eyes.
You’ve locked yourself behind the door: unhinged, locked up in fright.
Open up to me. I’d hold you close.
Why do you push me away? I wish to help you beyond the door.
Now mama I’m-a-comin’ home, I’ll be through the gate with the dawn.

Oh mama, you feel lost and forgotten along the way.
You can’t think about tomorrow when you don’t know about today.
The weight of this world has gotten you lying on the floor.
The crow’s feet around your eyes claw for tears and scratch for more.
Now mama I’m-a-comin’ home, I’ll be through the gate with the dawn.

The more we try to make our lives seem as white as snow,
The more we see we are dried, bleached bones.
How I’ve crawled and thirsted in this desert we’ve made,
As we lie, lie, lie saying we’s in the shade.

Now mama, how I’d like to wipe those tears from your face.
How I’d like to kiss your lips and leave a smile in its place.
Our souls could rise above our whitened bones,
And we could find happiness in the rain and call our hearts our homes.
Now mama I’m-a-comin’ home, I’ll be through the gate with the dawn.

I’m Losing You back to top ↑

Never thought I’d be singing
A song like this about you.
Never thought we’d go down
With us both so sad and blue.

I know I’m losing you.
And there’s nothing I can do.
I know I’m losing you.
It’s gonna be a lonely, lost life without you.

I should’ve seen it coming.
Sometimes I can be so thick.
For days you wouldn’t look me in the eye,
Your kisses were too quick.

I’m afraid to go to sleep.
I’m afraid of what is coming with the dawn.
The sun won’t rise on me.
I’ll be alone and you’ll be gone.

Bent Willie back to top ↑

Railroad’s closin’,
The mines have died.
I feel so empty
I could smoke a dime.
The farmer is broken.
Whose fault? Who cares?
Bent Willie’s got the money. He ain’t here,
So I’m nowhere.

Wish I had a Chevy
To take me back
Home to the country
Across the tracks.
I’d settle down with my baby,
Yeah, just my girl and me.
But Bent Willie’s got the money. He ain’t here,
So I’m not free.

Oh, but we won’t let that get us down.
We’ll get a party started in this town.
We want to make sure that you’re there,
We’ll get the ladies for you. We don’t care.
We just wanna dance and not alone.
We’re lookin’ for fun, not a home.
What’s your hurry man, don’t go away.
Your life is going nowhere anyway.
We got a rockin’ beat – baby, make it last,
‘Cause when Willie gets to town we move out fast.
I got my bottle in one hand. My girl holds the other.
If you’re not hip to the scene, well then, move over brother!

The foreman calls me,
No work today.
The rich man drives by
In a brand new Jag.
Oh, but I’ll find a smile,
It’ll be ten miles wide –
I sure hope Bent Willie gets here
While I’m still alive.

Don’t Break My Heart back to top ↑

There you go again.
You say you found another man.
Don’t you realize
When you look into my eyes?
Oh baby, don’t you break my heart.

Why you run away?
Why you feel the need to play?
If you’d let me in,
You’d learn what lovin’ is.
Now baby, don’t you break my heart.

I don’t want to give you up.
Take a sip from my loving cup.
Come on home with me.
It’s a lovely place to be.

Drinking and running round,
You’re waking up and feeling down,
Your life don’t satisfy.
When you learn that come on by.
Now baby, don’t you break my heart.

Don’t want to give you up.
Sip from my loving cup.
Come on home with me.
It’s a lovely place to be.
Don’t you break my heart.

The Farthest Shore back to top ↑

Like a cloud without rain blown along by the wind,
Wandering star in the way of Cain, I’m shepherd of my own limbs.
Bluesy mama follows asking me why and how.
Gotta find me some freedom. Gotta find me the truth. Gotta get me an answer now.

I’m captain of a ship on a muddy water tossed in waves and storm.
Not trusting my instruments, but intellect, and now I’m way off course.
I’m feeling frantic as she screams and threatens to break.
“Oh my God! Oh my God!” are my only words. Could this be some kind of mistake?

I cry, cry, cry. I need some help.
I’m lost, lost, lost. I can’t make it by myself.
I cry, cry, cry. I need some help.
I’m lost, lost, lost. I can’t make it by myself.

And while I’m ship-torn at sea,
Green, sick and dying that’s me.
As I lay face down on the deck,
I’m lifted above this si – ink – ing wreck.

And by the light of the rising sun,
I see the damage that was done
Has been swept away as far as west is east.
I rest. I wake. My life is clear to me.

So now I’m back on course.

Rainbow dawn of bright new morning, the air is fresh and cold.
We’ve got a full sail and we’re heading west and through the glass I behold
The sun rising in the sky to meet the dark clouds of yesterday
And as it rises higher in the sky the clouds scatter out of the way.

As I look around, the sky and sea are blue and there ain’t no sign of land,
But I’ve got no fear now the rudder is in a pair of stronger hands.
I tie my hair behind my head. I throw my back to the oar.
Well it’ll be a hard day, but I smile and say, “We’re gonna make it to the farthest shore.”

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