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I'M GOING TO WORK ON MAGGIE'S FARM FOREVER (A Vinocur)

I worked in her fields and under her trees
I picked all her cotton, it stung me like bees
I shoveled her dirt when noone else would
I gave her way more than I ever should
And I’m still here with nothing whatsoever
But I’m going to work on Maggie’s Farm forever
 
I ground down my knuckles, for nothing at all
And I’ve worked on my knees till I couldn’t crawl
And I’ve felt so worthless I could hardly recall
A time before she had me trapped in her wall
But the odds of me leaving are slim to almost never
Yea I’m going to work on Maggie’s Farm forever
 
I’ve sung to myself in the darkest of nights
Of freedom above me where all is alright
But I wake up so cold on a cracked wooden floor
That I’ve got to admit I’m not sure anymore
Yea I live in an endless misery however,
I’m going to work on Maggie’s Farm forever
 
I’ve dreamed to myself with no one around
Of burning her plantation down to the ground
And watching her scream from her 3rd story room
And light up my shovel, wheelbarrow and broom
All burned to the point that you could never exhume
The filthiest past one could ever entomb
And her ashes would smolder the finest perfume
If I had the strength to get out of the gloom
I know no other living whatsoever
And I’m going to work on Maggie’s Farm forever

 

SUBMARINES (P Wolf)

We spent hours out in the cold

Waiting for a train that was never gonna come

You never would believe the stories we told

Of where we’re gonna go and where we come from

 

One he was a soldier for the English queen

One he was an orphan of a love gone bad

One he was gonna sleep on the ground

And one he was gonna sell all he had

 

I’m gonna trade my dollar bills for a bar of gold

And put it in the pocket of my finest jeans

I’m gonna go swimming when I get old

And sink to the bottom with the submarines

 

We were beating our hands upon our breasts

We built a fire by the old train track

I stood too close and I burned my face

I burned my face by the bright fire light

I burned my face by the bright fire light

 

I wanna trade my dollar bills for a bar of gold

And put it in the pocket of my finest jeans

I’m gonna go swimming when I get old

And sink to the bottom with the submarines

 


OLD ST. JOHN
I heard that old St. John, left his life behind him
Abandoned his children in dust
He settled in Santa Fe, and told the ones he met there
that he was the hand of god
They built him to a saint, but he's nothin but a man
Who burned every bridge that he came upon

I'm told that old St. John, claimed to heal the ailing
And the poor would cherish his name
But I knew that ill-willed man, as baleful and obsessed with
Women and liquor and fame
They built him to a saint, but he's nothin but a man
Who burned every bridge in his path

Haven't you ever been lied to
By saints with a soulful sound
Haven't you ever been lied to
With words that belong underground
You can try and try to believe in
Someone you never should trust
But prayers and the money you're sending
Are adding thick layers of rust

I'm told that old St. John, never felt remorseful
And believers never knew his past
But I'm certain if he's gone, he did not go to heaven
And his scripture and it's lies wont last
They built him to a saint, but he's nothin but a man
Who burned every bridge that he came upon


JESSE GOT TRAPPED IN A COAL MINE
Jesse got trapped in a coal mine diggin in the dark black pearl
Jesse got trapped in a coal mine, never did marry his girl
There ain't no air, and there ain't no light
and there ain't no way to make it out alive
His wedding was planned for the 5th of July
But Jesse got trapped in a coal mine and never did marry his girl

Your hands gets black and your eyes gets burned, your lungs get tired and poor
It draws you in like a opium den, and beckons you back for more
There ain't no air and there ain't no light
and there ain't no way to make it out alive
His wedding was planned for the 5th of July
But Jesse got trapped in a coal mine and never did marry his girl

Down, down under West Virginia
Down, down in the pitch black earth
Down, down on her knees she cried
My love is somewhere in that mountain

Jesse got trapped in a coal mine diggin in the dark black pearl
Jesse got trapped in a coal mine, never did marry his girl
She held out hope for a couple of months that he was still living somewhere
that he'd put up the strongest kind of fight
and he'd dig himself out with the dynamite, 
And he'd finally be free on the 5th of July
But Jesse got trapped in the coal mine and never did marry his girl

Down, down under West Virginia
Down, down in the pitch black earth
Down, down on her knees she cried
Down, down deep below the surface
Down, down by the mason-dixon line
Down, down on her knees she cried
My love is somewhere in that mountain

 

 

CALIFORNIA YOU'RE A HOLE IN MY HEART

Oh California, You’re a hole in my heart

A hole in my heart

That I’m going to have to start to mend

To mend

 

Carolina is another place to start

It’s another place to start

There are other things around the bend

The bend

 

The weather report is always too short

For what I need

 

And if eastern standard time

Soaks into my mind

 

Will the fog float away

And sink back into the bay

Well so long California

May we meet again someday

 

And to the places that we used to live

We can never go back

Cause we’re on a one way track

We can never go back to call

To call

 

Yeah and the beaches we used to walk

Have been washed by sea and air

That once blew in our hair

And would you know that we were there at all

At all

 

Well I’m selling it short

But I’m not of the sort to sell it long

 

And if eastern standard time

Soaks into my mind

Will the fog float away

And sink back into the bay

Well so long California

May we meet again someday



MEET ME BY THE SMOKESTACK
hold my hand
little girl
let me give
you a twirl
spin you round like a princess do

you deserve
to be free
of the same old
company
tell your friends you work the whole night through

Meet me by the smokestack in Governor's Square
And I'll show you what it is I do

money's tight
yes it's true
I got none
but i'll show you
just how rich a poor boy can be

so i'm here
fingers crossed
try me out
free of cost
it's my zero interest guarantee

Meet me by the smokestack in Governor's Square
And I'll show you what it is I do

so hold my hand
little girl
let me give
you a twirl
spin you round like a princess do

you deserve
to be free
of the same old
company
tell your friends you work the whole night through

Meet me by the smokestack in Governor's Square
Don't put too much thought into what you wear
Just get up in the moonlight, and I'll be there
And I'll show you what it is I do


THE RAILROAD
Run run, run with the railroad
When their backs are turned

Run for the fences Riley
When their backs are turned
Follow the railroad Riley
When their backs are turned
Up over the mountain Riley
When their backs are turned
You'll find the place you're promised
When their backs are turned
Run run, run with the railroad
When their backs are turned
Run run, run with the railroad
When their backs are turned
Run run, run with the railroad
Get out of their sight
When the engine turns
and you've got to move on
Then you've got to move on at night

Not a sound
Not a sound
Not a sound
Not a sound
Not a sound.
 


CHAPEL HILL
I’ve gone to Chapel Hill, if you’re looking
I snuck out like a thief in the night
I’m riding the back roads through endless trees
Going further and further from sight
 
I am the boy in the schoolhouse
So remote in the lost countryside
And if you should want to come find me there
It may be a difficult ride

The people out here are unlike you
Not that I want them to be
But they’re raised drinking water so gentile and clear
And they’ve brought out the sweetheart in me

I’m not like the kid you’d remember
I’m relaxed and satisfied
I’ve come to terms with the object of failure
And setting past heartache aside

I’ve gone to Chapel Hill, if they ask you
Tell ‘em I wish they were here
It was not them that I tried to escape from
But I dreamed of a future unclear

And if anyone wishes to chase me
It would probably do them no good
The reason I’m here is the same reason that
I was someone they never understood
 

 

PLAN OF ATTACK

Come lean a little bit closer and lend me your ear

And I’ll tell you something you don’t wanna hear

And there’s nothing that you can do to prepare

 

But I’ll stand with you in these difficult times

I’ll get someone to pay for these crimes

And I won’t go to bed at my regular hour

 

And I won’t turn my back, got my eye on it now

My plan of attack is not telling you how

Well I’m sorry, it’s the way it has to be

 

Cancel all engagements with people you know

And I’ll take you some place you don’t want to go

There’s no one around and there’s nothing to see

 

And if you’re feeling safer well it’s no mistake

Don’t think I’m working hard for some stranger’s sake

And I bet that in time you’ll be shaking my hand

 

And I won’t turn my back, got my eye on it now

My plan of attack is not telling you how

Well I’m sorry, it’s the way it has to be

 

And I won’t turn my back, got my eye on it now

My plan of attack is not telling you how

 

And I won’t turn my back, got my eye on it now

And I won’t go to bed at my regular hour

My plan of attack is not telling you how

Well I’m sorry, it’s the way it has to be

 


HARMONY
I've been lookin' at the life we have wonderin what it's for
We've been buildin' it up so tall we can't see the ground anymore
I've been dancin' all around the fact that my life is passing by
But I've been waitin' for an exit plan that wouldn't make you cry

I wanna take the way it feels to be inside of this love affair
And put it in a mason jar and take it damn near anywhere
To remind myself of where we both began
And see myself as an old and lonely man
With you

Harmony
I'm gonna let you down so easily
I'm gonna break your heart and make you see
You weren't meant for me
And we just cant be together anymore

I been lookin out my window down at people on the streetside
And wishing to myself that I could find an upside
To give some closure to the story we began together
I'm not sure that this is the kind of storm I want to weather

I wanna take the way it kills to be inside of this love affair
And put it in a mason jar and take it damn near anywhere
To remind myself of where we both began
And see myself as an old and lonely man
With you

Harmony
I'm gonna let you down so easily
I'm gonna break your heart and make you see
You weren't meant for me
And we just cant be together
Anymore

I've been lookin' at the life we have wonderin what it's for
We've been buildin' it up so tall we can't see the ground anymore
I've been dancin' all around the fact that my life is passing by
But I've been waitin' for an exit plan that wouldn't make you cry

Harmony
I'm gonna let you down so easily
I'm gonna break your heart and make you see
You weren't meant for me
And we just cant be together anymore
We just cant be together anymore
No we just cant be together anymore

 

 

CAR PARTS AND LINENS

You sit and watch the pines sway in the rainstorm a-comin’

Rocking on the front porch watching the dogs come home

Heavy on your mind weigh the car parts and linens

You’re thinking about the old days when they were young

 

Your teeth are coffee stained but you’ve got to admit

You’re staying awake just a little bit

Your lips are chapped and dry, kissing your girl

But she don’t give a damn

As long as she’s kissing her man

And holding your hand in her hand

And doing the best she can

 

You say you want to live a long life, a long life of living

Dreaming on the front porch til the dogs come home

You say you want to give her something that you’ve never given

 

And now you’re waking up again to realize

That waking up again doesn’t make you wise

Your teeth are coffee stained and you’re singing the blues

But she can hear your voice

Over the evening news

So sing anything you choose

You’ve only got time to lose

 

Your teeth are coffee stained but you’ve got to admit

You’re staying awake just a little bit

 

Your lips are chapped and dry, kissing your girl

But she don’t give a damn

As long as she’s kissing her man

And holding your hand in her hand