I Love Crazy

Like a moth loves a flame

Like a child loves its name

It’s a horse you can't tame

I love crazy

 

Like the tune the siren sang

Like a spark before the bang

It’s the smile which hides the fang

I love crazy

 

You see a dove cold and alone

And you want to take her home

But the fire which warms her bones

Will cook your mind and burn you blind

 

Like a soldier loves a war

Like a user loves to score

It’s the high worth dying for

I love crazy

 

You see a dove lost in the night

And you want to make her right

But the fire which brings daylight

Will cook your mind and burn you blind

 

Like a needle tracks a vein

Like the cry of a lonesome train

It’s the mark God gave to Cain

I love crazy

You’re the One

You’re the one who throws the phones

But I’m the one with the rage

You’re the one who can’t feel love

But I’m the one who must change

You’re the one hasn’t talked all week

I’m the one who can’t hear

You’re the one  hiding under the bed

I’m the one that you fear

 

I can’t seem to tell what is real from what’s not

Can’t decide who’s wrong, you or me.

It’s like opposite day lasting weeks, lasting months

Is this making love or just making crazy?

 

You’re the one sticking to your story

I’m the one telling lies

You’re the one who is resting in peace

I’m the one who has died

You’re the one who would finally feel safe

If I only knew what to say

You’re the one who thinks I don’t love you

I’m afraid I think the same way

 

I can’t seem to tell what is true from what’s false

The obvious is now so hard to see

It twists and it turns, hides itself, then moves on

Is this making love or just making crazy?

I can’t seem to tell what is real from what’s not

Can’t decide who’s wrong, you or me.

It’s like opposite day lasting weeks, lasting months

Is this making love or just making crazy?

That’s That

He’s coming home from another long day

Walks through the door, not a lot to say

But sharing your day is what having a friend is about

So he tries to reach out

 

“How are you?” he asks.

“Good, how are you?” she asks back.

“I’m good too” he answers back.

And that’s that.

 

Things get hard, she’s always running around

Driving the kids back and forth into town

Sure would be nice to have a friend she could count on

So she’s not alone

 

“How are you?” she asks.

“Good, how are you?” he asks back.

“I’m good too” she answers back.

And that’s that.

 

You play it safe, you try your best not to lose

The things you still talk about, down to a precious few

You don’t want to make them mad, or look like a fool

So you keep it cool

 

“How are you?” you ask.

“Good, how are you?” they ask back.

“I’m good too” you answer back.

And that’s that.

 

I miss you, looking back.

But that’s that.

Soulmates or Cellmates

Soulmates or cellmates, I can’t really tell

A match made in heaven or a pact signed in Hell?

Forever and ever after is a dangerous game

When the angels and the devils look the same

 

To have and to hold in sickness and in health

Is easy to say when you are feeling well

But when things get sick it’s hard to be sure

Whether holding is the cause or the cure

 

For better or worse, for richer or for poor

To love and to cherish ‘til we walk through death’s door

In joy and in sorrow, it’s the promise you make

Not knowing what keeping it will take

 

Soulmates or cellmates, I can’t really tell

A match made in heaven or a pact signed in Hell?

Forever and ever after is a dangerous game

When the angels and the devils look the same

Moving

I am moving through time

I am moving through air

Got the past at my back

And the wind in my hair

 

Saw my dreams fall apart

Broke beyond all repair

So I swept them in a pile

And I just left them there

 

I am moving….

 

Knowing who it is you aren’t

Knowing why not to care

Knowing when to say now

And how to just go nowhere

 

I am moving….

 

Comes a time to let it go

To accept what’s unfair

To a place that you know

With a grace past compare

 

I am moving….

Forgiveness for the Devil

The Devil said “I’m sorry” but God he didn’t hear

The Devil said “forgive me” but God was nowhere near

The Devil said “I hurt you” and God said “yes you did”.

The Devil said “I’m sorry” but God had none of it.

God had none of it.

 

God sent down from heaven his one and only son

To preach about redemption and save the soul of man

The Devil hear the message so to Jesus he did come

But Christ said “get away, you’re who I’m saving people from"

"You’re who I’m saving people from.”

 

So the Devil he was banished into his fiery hole

Forever and for all time to contemplate his soul

Forgiveness ain’t forth-going for God’s sworn enemy

At least he won’t be lonely, he’s got lots of company.

He’s got lots of company.

 

Forever is a long time, especially near the end.

You might feel sympathy for the Devil’s predicament

But don’t because it turns out things ain’t so bad in Hell

And if you ask him why he’ll say “I learned to forgive myself

I just learned to forgive myself”.

 

The Devil said “I’m sorry” but God he didn’t hear

The Devil said “forgive me” but God was nowhere near

The Devil said “I hurt you” and God said “yes you did”.

The Devil said “I’m sorry” but God had none of it.

God had none of it.

My Burden

Don’t you tell her, don’t you tell her

Don’t you tell her she can’t hear

You’ll just scare her, you’ll just scare her

You’ll scare her, it’s you she fears

 

Keep safely, keep safely

You keep safely out of sight

It’s not wrong but, it’s not wrong but

It’s not wrong but it’s not right

 

Wild dogs run, wild dogs run

Wild dogs run through the hills

While the fawn lays, while the fawn lays

While the fawn lays oh so still

 

Darkness coming, darkness coming

Darkness coming, the time is near

Suffocating, it’s suffocating

I’m suffocating trapped in here

 

Hope for better, hope for better

Hope for better days to come

Been so long now, been so long now

Forgot what you’re hiding from

 

Pray to God that, pray to God that

Pray to God thy will be done

Please believe me, please receive me

Please relieve me of my burden

Please relieve me of my burden

When We Were Young

Our hearts knew we were the ones when we were younger.

The world was big and unknown, but we were strong and in love

Together, was nothing we weren’t capable of

So bring on whatever may come.

Time was not to be feared, the years would only prove to see

It was all meant to be.

 

Our minds were filled with the dreams of great adventure.

The wise warned us of the risks but we knew better than they

It was only odds to beat and games to play.

Who cares about the price to pay.

And as the story unfolds, we’ll hold each other and know

This is how it should go.

 

Our bodies were stuck in a world filled with danger.

The days came and they went, the nights grew longer and dark

We made our choices knowing each played a part

In trying to soothe the aching inside our hearts.

Fearing the end we promised to make a new start

But we’d grown too far apart.

And knowing the story was done, we wondered how all along

We could be so wrong.

 

And now that the story is done, we wonder at memories of love  

When we were young.

The Family Brand

The family brand leaves its mark

Shows the world who you are

It burns at first, but then goes numb

Becomes part of you from that point on

 

The family brand, wear it with pride

It will serve you well, help you hide

The tenderness ‘neath the toughened skin

That keeps you safe by letting nothing in

 

The family brand hangs on the wall

It’s cold now, won’t be for long

We got young ones here, as yet un-burnt

But the fire’s hot, and it’s time they learnt

 

The family brand gets passed along

From Mom and Dad to daughter and son

Its heat is felt when push comes to shove

A wound that ties us to the ones we love

 

The family brand keeps the score

Shows which team you’re playing for

So the world can know where you come from

And send you back to where you belong

The family brand leaves its mark

Sears the flesh, raises a scar

The calling card of your history

The banner flag for your legacy

 

A hero’s badge, your fake id

A coat of arms, your legacy

My Blood Name

My blood name

I’ll carry it with me from the cradle to grave

No one knows it by my face

But it’s mine just the same

It's my blood name

 

Given to me on the day I was born in this world

Hidden in shame, not the name I have worn in this world

Living within, connected to places unknown in this world

Ever present, reminding me I have to grow in this world

 

My blood name…

 

Searching to find the courage to know the truth, who you are

Making the choice, ignoring the voice telling you who you are

Recalling a time before you began to distrust who you are

Discovering discovery itself has always been just who you are

 

My blood name…

Dead Ringers

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray the Lord my soul to keep

So if I die in heaven I’ll dwell

Up with the Angels, ringing the bells

 

In the morning hour, I lie awake

Eyes stare wide, my body shakes

Can’t hide from what I know too well

I’m already dead and ringing a bell

 

Dead man ringing a bell, dead man ringing a bell

Caught between heaven and hell, I’m a dead man ringing a bell

 

The rooms have emptied one by one

Footsteps fall with the rising sun

A shadow of a ghost trapped in a spell

Look like a dead man ringing a bell

 

In the great hall meet the ones who choose

To do the work they need to do

At the center of the world sitting perfectly still

They listen to a dead man ringing a bell

 

Dead man ringing a bell… he’s a dead man ringing a bell.

 

What’s been lost was never had

What’s to gain will drive you mad

In the echoes of empires ‘fore they fell

You can hear the dead men ringing their bells

 

Gaps appear between the sound

They grow large and swallow you down

If you’ll be reborn only time will tell

Till then you’re a dead man ringing a bell

 

Dead man ringing a bell… you’re a dead man ringing a bell

War of Conclusions

I’m losing the War of Conclusions

The fight between good and the bad

The blood between should’a and shouldn’t

The grudge between happy and sad

I’m looking to declare the victor

In the game to write my history

The winner will tell the final truth

And the loser will be me

 

I’m amassing my armies of evidence

At the border between the true and the false

I’m determined to capture irrefutable fact

No matter the effort or cost

I’m trenching myself in position

Digging in one thought at a time

Fortified by my emotions

Desperately holding the line

 

I’m losing the War of Conclusions

The explosions disfigure the land

The resentments poison the water

The reactions glow in the sand

I’m looking the choose the dictator

Of the way things have been and will be

The winner will tell the final truth

And the loser will be me

Wild and Free

Keep it wild, keep it free

You can stay or leave

You can be who you want to be

Just keep it wild and free

You don’t have to buy what they have to say

Who are they, anyway?

Don’t dim your light in an effort to please

Just keep it wild and free

 

Keep it wild, keep it free

You are not what you think

Free the dreamer from the waking dream

Keep it wild and free

 

Keep it close, keep it true

No-one else knows what you’ve been through

No-one else knows what your eyes have seen

Just keep it wild and free

Keep it brave, keep it real

Only you know what you feel

Only you know who you have to be

Just keep it wild and free

 

Keep it wild, keep it free…

 

Keep it straight, keep it clear

The world fades away and re-appears

Don’t get hung up on what it all means

Just keep it wild and free

Keep it now, keep it here

Become the release of your fear

Become the flow of the world’s energy

Keep it wild and free

 

Keep it wild, keep it free…

She’s The One

I didn’t say it, she did

She whispered it in my ear

All I did was listen real close

To the things anyone likes to hear

 

I didn’t write it, she did

She fed me the lines one by one

All I did was jot them all down

Same thing anyone would have done

 

I didn’t play it, she did

Sounds crazy I know, but it’s true

All I did was let her guide my hands

Same thing anyone else would do

 

I didn’t sing it, she did

It was she who carried the tune

All I did was hum along soft

Same thing anyone would want to

 

I didn’t do it, she did

It was her idea all along

All I did was open my eyes

And watch her turn it into this song

Old Al

I got a garden. I got a cat.  And a neighbor kid.  His name is Matt.

Ruth is my wife.  She’s not too well. I’ve had my life and my story to tell

 

I grow some corn, some tomatoes, zucchini squash, Lord only knows

I’ve got more veg than a man can eat. I store ‘em up, with my memories

 

My constant friend is my old cat, he licks my shirt sittin’ in my lap.

From my garage we watch the street, and we wave to everyone we see.

 

Come sit down Matt, have a drink of cold ice tea, tell me what you think

About the world through your young eyes.  Help me recall what that felt like.

 

You remind me of my own son, long time ago when he was young.

He’s a good boy, all grown up now.  Has his own life, he makes me proud.

 

Looking back, I can reflect I couldn’t always see through the tears and sweat

Past the fury, of the world around, to hear the silence behind the sound.

 

Some day these stairs will probably get me.  Just hope I go, 'fore my Ruthie.

If she goes first I’ll follow soon, because hanging on ain’t no use.

 

It’s not that I, don’t have regrets, or dream of things, I ain’t done yet

But if a man, has lead a good life, then he knows, when it’s time to die

 

So listen here, my young friend Matt, life is long, don’t worry about that

And it’s all worthwhile, just wait and see, and some day, you’ll remember me

The Greatest Addiction

Got up this morning, took a hit

Moments later, I craved more of it

I’m thinking, would it be so wrong

If I did it all day long?

I’m thinking, it’s the greatest addiction of all

 

It’s worse than booze, pills or crack

If I go without, I have a panic attack

I’m thinking. it’s my best friend

It’ll be with me ‘till the end

I’m thinking, it’s the greatest addiction of all

 

It’s worse than gambling, sex or food

If I go without, I’m in a bad mood

I’m thinking, it will be my downfall

‘Cause I’ve loved it since I was small

I’m thinking, it’s the greatest addiction of all

 

Everywhere I go, there’s people just like me

Walking through life in a drugged out dream

We keep thinking, there’s something wrong

Something we can’t put our finger on

We’re thinking, it’s the greatest addiction of all

 

Thinking is the greatest addiction of all

Ways to Fall

There’s from grace, out of favor

On hard times, like a ton of bricks

Then there’s short, and there’s down drunk

Off the wagon and off a cliff

 

There’s asleep, under a spell

On deaf ears, into your lap

On your sword, all over yourself

Off a log and off the map

So many ways to fall, I can’t catch ‘em all

I stumble and crawl on more every day

Some drop into place, but I end up on my face

When I trip as the chips land where they may

 

There’s behind and to pieces

In with the wrong crowd, in to the wrong hands

Wide of the mark, head over heels

Through the floor, between the cracks

 

There’s away from and there’s back on

Into a heap, down on your knees

There’s in love, into a trap

Then out of love, apart at the seams

 

So many ways to fall…

Audience of One

Sitting in a honky-tonk in Nashville

New strings on, guitar ready to play

Songs picked out, written down in order

Been waiting on this moment all damn day

 

Walk out on the stage and take a deep breath

Lights are shining on me like the sun

But no matter how I squint there’s no mistaking

I’m playing to an audience of one

 

 Audience of one, audience of one

 Please take you seat sir, the shows just begun

 Playing along ain’t any fun

 But it’s worse to an audience of one

 

He seems to follow me wherever I go

He knows all my shows, where and when

Each day I have hope that there’ll be others

But each night I see that it’s just him again

 

He’s my biggest fan, he’s also my worst critic

What he’s thinking, he’s never shy to say

And though I appreciate his feedback

Sometimes I wish he’d just give me a break

 

 Audience of one…

 

Maybe tomorrow I’ll find a new gig

And I’ll know that my searching will be done

When I see the crowd of faces too many to count

Until then I have my audience of one

 

Audience of one…

Wisdom and Death

I am walking toward wisdom and death

I am waiting to watch my last breath

I am wondering what exactly comes next

I am walking toward wisdom and death

 

I’ve been asking whether time is my friend

Never stops making wounds it can mend

Until one day, it simply just ends

I’ve been asking whether time is my friend

 

I’ve been searching since I learned to crawl

For the meaning and the point of it all

May have known once, but I don’t recall

I’ve been searching since I learned to crawl

 

To understand it we must endlessly try

And I don’t know if to laugh or to cry

Age brings you closer, but then you die

To understand it we must endlessly try

 

I am walking toward wisdom and death

I am waiting to watch my last breath

I am wondering what exactly is next

I am walking toward wisdom and death

Living in the Gray

Well things used to be so clear

In my younger days

I knew who the good guys were

Now it’s hard to say

Time, never-endingly constantly bending the

Rules by which we play

Has led me to living in the gray

 

I was once a devout man

Believed in the one true way

Closely I stuck to the plan

So that my soul could be saved

But wine, women and song took hold and before long

My path began to fade

And left me here living in the gray

 

Had a wife long time ago

Our loved burned like a craze

We had a son I’ve never known

Now they live far away

Sometimes when I think of the man that he’s become

My heart begins to ache

I wonder if he’s living in the gray

 

I don’t know what I can’t see

A direction is all that I crave

Where to go with this feeling

Chasing me to my grave

A mix of black and white in-between day and night

My road winds through the haze

Leading me through living in the gray

Brick Wall

I thought maybe we could talk

About things been going on

About how lately we’re both feeling bad

We each could say our piece

Might offer us relief

From things we keep inside that make us mad

 

We both have busy lives

Time is hard to find

And real feelings can be hard to say

But every chance we get

You’re just not into it

Like you’d rather just keep going separate ways

 

I keep hitting my head on the masonry

Why am I too blind to see

That brick wall built around your heart

It’s the definition of insanity

To make the same mistake repeatedly

At the very least, it ain’t real fucking smart

 

I keep hoping things will change

That our lives will re-arrange

And that you’ll open up, magically

And after you have shared

Then you’ll want to hear

About some similar things inside of me

 

I’ve been waiting here so long

Hoping I’m not wrong

That waiting’s been the right thing to do

But I have this nagging thought

That it’s all been for nought

And the one I’m really waiting on ain’t you (it’s me)

 

I keep hitting my head on the masonry…..

Rambling Man

Give me a mattress in the back of my van

Give me dinner from a tuna can

Give me faces I don’t know

Lonely nights on an open road

A past and a future I can’t see

Everywhere to go, nowhere to be

 

Give me a story only I can tell

A starring role in which I play myself

Give me a Shakespeare soliloquy

40 days and nights ‘neath the Bodhi tree

Wild winds blowing down the lost highway

A new song to sing, my guitar to play

 

Give me silence on a mountaintop

Coin-op showers down by the truck stop

Give me people I can’t let down

Wash me in love, but don’t make me drown

Remind me no matter how far I'm from home

That in loneliness I am not alone

Give me a valley where the air is still

The thing I gotta see just over the next hill

Give me the freight rolling down the line

The gears and my heart beat in perfect time

I'll run with the river as it seeks the sea

With the starry sky bearing down on me

 

Give me wheels which are ready to roll

Passing towns and nights full of soul

Give me the devil down by the crossroads

Make me think twice, keep on my toes

A hero’s journey without an end

Give me the life of a rambling man

Black Hole

In the empty place where light is flowing

Through curved space in your mind

A nameless face, who is all knowing,

Moves at top pace in stopped time

 

In the mystery past event horizons

Synchronicity becomes the law

In the density there is no escaping

Singularity, the first cause

 

It’s why you think what you think, and where you feel what you feel

It’s there that the light shines in so you can see

Why you do what you do, and when you know that it’s real

It’s then who you are becomes the infinity, in a black hole

 

The pull it makes is unforgiving

The light it takes you can’t see

Trapped within, but still it’s living

And longing for a release

 

It’s a quantum leap through gravity’s field

Keeps you on your feet for life’s dance

Hard to believe the material world

Is a random feat of happenstance

 

It’s why….

 

It can’t be known without a knower

It can’t be shown  without light

The curtain’s raised as the weight drops lower

Revealing day to the night

It's why….

The Maddest of All

I’m listening to hear silence and it’s deafening

Her calmness is up in my face

Her detached smile is attacking me

With indifference disguised as grace

With indifference disguised as grace

 

I practice to find the wisdom

To deal with behavior unfair

But it’s hard to mount a defense against

An opponent who just doesn’t care

An opponent who’s not even there

 

There’s a loneliness in the solitude

A longing to touch and to share

But the loneliness when you’re next to someone

Is the hardest of all to bear

It’s the hardest of all to bear

 

She can curse without saying a swear word

She can yell without raising her voice

She can hit you without moving a single muscle

And tell you you left her no choice

She’ll make you think that you left her no choice

 

The work of the day is now over

The sun sets and night will soon fall

The mad take their rest in the quiet of night

But the quiet are the maddest of all

The quiet are the maddest of all

Song to Bob

Don’t know you at all, you’re probably just a normal guy

Maybe children make you laugh, maybe movies make you cry

Maybe stars make you wonder burning brightly in the sky

Hey Bob this song’s for you, hope you hear it ‘fore you die

Hope you hear it ‘fore you die

 

From a hardly falling rain to a rock-n-rolling stone

You were never really happy to leave well enough alone

Times always a-changing things, but it’s not dark yet

The world’s still a brighter place by the light of your pen

By the light of your pen

 

The nobles make a prize of a song and dance man

Who's just working the crowd, and doing the best he can

To sing a good tune and to put on a good act

But who ended up doing so much more than that

Doing so much more than that

 

Heroes take a stand for what’s good and true

Prophets remind us of what we already knew

Poets tell it well when they listen to the muse

Your name it may be nothing, but these are names I call you

These are names I call you

 

You can hear the children’s voices singing in the blowing wind

Words with the power to touch the hearts of grown men

To say it, my own words could never be enough

So I’ll say not many men done the things that you’ve done

Done the things that you’ve done

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