LYRICS

(for WOOL&GRANT CD and Ina May's CD's Crack It Open and Moon Over 97th St.)

 

WOOL&GRANT (lyrics for debut CD, WOOL&GRANT)

1. Just a Few Old Memories– Hazel Dickens

Just a few old memories slipped in through my door

Though I thought I had closed it so tightly before

I can't understand it why it should bother my mind

For it all belongs to another place and time

CHORUS:
Just a few old keep-sakes way back on the shelf

No, they don't mean nothin'. I'm surprised they're still left

Just a few old love letters with the edges all brown

And an old faded picture I keep turned upside-down

Just a few old memories going way back in time

Well I can hardly remember I don't know why I'm cryin'

I can't understand it. I'm surprised at myself

First thing tomorrow morning I'll clean off that shelf

REPEAT CHORUS:

 

2. Get the Frack Outta Here - by Bev Grant and Daniel A. Weiss

Gas man came calling just the other day

Said you lease me your land and I promise we will pay

For what you got underground, we’ll bring it to the top

But first we gotta drill a hole and make those bubbles pop

We got a cocktail to inject. Best not to drink it, don’t you know.

We’ll shoot it deep inside the shale rock and shatter what’s below to get the

Natural gas. Your lucky day will come at last, when we frack over here

My neighbor told me he got the same song and dance

But the money sounded good and so he thought he’d take a chance

Now his chickens lost their feathers and some are now belated

‘Cause the water in his well has been contaminated

Strike a match in his sink, watch the faucet catch on fire

Gas man says it’s not his fault. We know he’s no liar.

Natural gas – hope this don’t sound too crass. Get the frack outta here.

Between a rock and a hard place that’s where I am

Lord knows we need the money, but I don't understand………...

How you can stand there and tell me, this is a good thing

While you poison our water with lead and benzene

Hydraulic fracturing, sure, it's making you a buck,

While the rest of us get sick and die and you just say “tough luck.”

You try to make us think it’s safe. You even try to say it’s green

By showing pretty pictures on our tv screen

Natural gas, you can kiss my ass, “Get the frack outta here.”

Natural gas, kiss my natural ass, “Get the frack outta here.”

 

3. The Lonely One -by Ina May Wool

Divin' in the wreck on reality check you meet a crazy loon

Pain in the neck, oh, but what the heck, you’re havin dinner soon

Apple of your eye and you don’t know why and you won’t know soon

But you’re havin' fun just like anyone

Who used to be the lonely one

Chorus:

Whoa oh -- uh huh --oh yeah -- whoa-oh-oh-oh

Used to be the lonely one

Once upon a time in your life of crime you were stone immune

Bellyful of wine you could bust a rhyme and you could mangle a tune

But when learning how to fly you can do or die or you can jump the moon

You might just take the sun, if you're like anyone who used to be the lonely one

Repeat chorus: Whoa-oh....

BRIDGE: Oh, oh you got no more time….to lose…your…mind

Phoney maroney you can dig a pony I won’t tell on you

Monkey see, koo koo ka choo, do what you have to do

Cause there are surely some things, darling, that must be done

By anyone who used to be

Who used to be the lonely one.

Who you? Yeah me. Phoney maroney you can dig a pony honey I won't tell.

Divin' in the wreck on reality check oh baby what the heck

Monkey see monkey do koo koo ka chop

Used to be the lonely one

 

4. Last Man on the Mountain - by Bev Grant and Ina May Wool

My name’s been James Weekley for 70 years and

I never been one to follow.

My neighbors are gone, but I still live on

Right here in Pigeon Roost Hollow.

Sometimes I think that I’d like to see Paris

Before I can’t see any more

But there’s something that’s keepin’ me here on this mountain,

that’s always been outside my door.

Chorus:

I’m the last man on the mountain

Nobody lives here but me.

Me, Jimmy Weekley and the Arch Coal Company

For 48 years we sat out on the porch

My wife Sibby and I

There was work in the mines, good and bad times

We managed somehow to get by

Then Arch Coal Company bought up the land

To blow the top right off Mt. Blair

The dust and the noise finally forced us inside

But we told ‘em we ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Bridge:

Yeah they offered us money like everyone else

Thousands of dollars to sell

But you can’t put a price on the footprints we’ve left here

On the mountain that we’ve loved so well

So, now Sibby’s gone and I’m staying on

It’s lonesome without my best friend

But it starts my heart burning, thinking there’s no returning

To Pigeon Roost Hollow again

And the only thing standing between the mountain and Arch Coal

Is my puny old self and my will

So as long as I’m breathing, I won’t be leaving

And Arch Coal can just go to hell

Repeat Chorus

 

5. Janis - by Ina May Wool & Daniel A. Weiss

She came howling out of Texas In that dark delirious time

And she climbed into the nexus f a time gone out of mind

Queen of pain in San Francisco

It was cool man, daddy-o

When she finally learned to sing the blues

It was time to go

So she tried just a little bit harder

Til she tried just a little too hard

Little eyes and hair gone crazy - it was groovy – beautiful

Her light was bright but hazy, purple hazy if you will

But the fog it does obscure things

And it’s some things you just need

Keep on getting wounded eventually you bleed

So she tried just a little bit harder

Til she tried just a little too hard

And when she sang

She felt like she was making love

To 10,000 people all at once

So it was hard to go back home

And sleep alone, or almost alone

So she tried just a little bit harder

Til she tried (just a little, just a little bit) just a little too hard

 

6. President of Women - by Ina May Wool

I was singing in a band that played the bars

He loved to hear me sing

Drove me around in his rattletrap car

we talked about everything

All that summer he was painting a house

For the richest family in town

Didn’t know how, didn’t know when

But he was gonna turn things around

Oh, oh, as he was finishing up the trimming

I did not know about his other job

He was the President of Women

He had blond hair raggedy around his face

Laughing in his eyes

Holes in his jeans and crooked teeth

And a world to cut down to size

After he cleaned up his brushes for the day,

We would go out swimming

Swim way out in that rich man’s sea

Nothing gonna scare us in

Oh oh, when we would go out swimming

I felt so free when I swam beside the President of Women

Then he got hired to drive that rich man’s car

All the way out to the coast

I hid in the woods til he picked me up

He was driving like he’d seen a ghost

It was a hundred thirty miles an hour

With an eye out for the fuzz

I don’t know where he thought he was going

I don’t know who I thought I was

But oh oh as the desert light was dimming,

I felt so safe with my arms around the President of Women

I told him that girl was a liar

He said, yeah, I know

That’s why I like her

So you might think I would go

but then you wouldn’t know……

Now he's out west living his own rich man's life

I saw him on the news

He’s got children and companies, at least one ex-wife.

He’s got contracts to refuse

I raise my glass to the executive

Of a country that never was

He turned me around and opened my eyes

I’m happy now because

Oh oh as my eyes were brimming

I finally walked myself away from the President of Women.

 

7. In America - by Bev Grant and Bruce Markow

When I was 10 years old my family took me on a ferry ride

As we docked on Ellis Island a sign was welcoming me.

I never will forget the moment, standing side by side

When we gazed at the names of our ancestors who came across the sea.

There was Jacob and Lou, Sadie came too

Aunt Essie got through to America

They were husband and wife, escaping from strife

To create a new life in America.

Chorus:

Oh, yay, yay, yay. Oh, yay, yay yay. (2X)

Oh, yay, yay, yay. Oh, yay, yay yay yay yay yay

On the block where I grew up we all played hopscotch and stick ball

We had parents working hard to build the American dream

You could smell the pickled herring and pork sausage in the hall

And though everyone spoke their own language, in one voice we cried: “Ice cream!”

We’d laugh and we’d play, with Clancy and Faye

Sofia and Jose in America

We were Swedes and Russian Jews, Irish, Italians, too

An immigrant stew in America

BRIDGE:

Then we grew up and we moved away

Strangers filled our old homes

Bringing new flavors to season the day

Making this country their own.

There’s Yingshi and Carmen, Mustafa and Marvin

Carlos, Rohini, Victor Cabrini

Mike, Mike bo bike, bananafana fo fike in America.

Fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers

All shades of color blend with each other

Painting the rainbow that we call America

Repeat Chorus:

 

8. BLACK ICE - by Ina May Wool

Black ice evening of a warm spring day

Robbed you from the rest of your life

Road kept turning, but your car stayed straight

You and your future wife

And your generous heart and your love of cake

And your songs to be and all the movies you would never make

And the 10,000 records to buy and your next big mistake

All of them gone off the side of the road

I saw you sitting on that lumpy old bed

Leaning over lyrics you wrote

Story of a wise guy who wound up dead

In a newspaper anecdote

With your black jeans on and your very large head

In that slimming pose with all the funny things you ever said

And your cracked point of view and the life that you led

Led to the woods off the side of the road

Chorus:

Why do some have to go and others get to stay?

Why do some work and work their whole lives long

While others play?

Why is black ice invisible and music still so sweet?

And why can’t we see off the side of the road?

Black room shining in the bright stage lights

Shining onto some of your friends

And in the darkness we all sang that night

Cause music never ends

For a robust man who shone with all of his might

And like Orson Welles, you fought the good fight

Fought with money, words, and music, and you were getting it right

For a moment in time, back from the side of the road

Repeat Chorus

Black ice evening of a warm spring day robbed you from the rest of your life

 

9. NOTHIN’ ON ME - by Ina May Wool

I got nothin’, nothin’ to show

After all this time, no horn to blow

I got nothin’ to sell, ringing a bell

No nearer to thee

I got nothin’ but you got nothing on me

I got nothin’, nothin’ to prove

That might just be why I have some room to move

I crawled outta my cave, already fell off that wall

Think you got me? You don’t get me at all

Look at me -- all these bridges to burn

Don’t you see I have lives to unlearn

I've got faces to disremember

Before I sleep

I got nothin’ nothin’ to lose

Just some misery and some ancient old blues

I have nowhere to be

Nobody's on my trail

And I made it this far whether I fly or fail

Go ahead recite your old lines

Ones you said 45 million times

You can knock yourself out I dare you

As for me

I got nothin....

 

10. I Remember Love - by Bev Grant

I remember the buzz, the breathless glow

Hearts spinning out of control

A dream-like filter softened the lens

Then it faded, I don’t remember when

But I remember love……I remember love

I remember moonbeams and starry nights

Sweet dreams when we’d turn out the lights

A world of wonder and sweet content

Now I wonder where it went

I remember love……I remember love

I don’t remember the pain so much anymore

Confusion’s not clouding my brain like it did before

My bed is empty at night but

My days are full and bright…and

I remember love……I remember love

I remember love……I remember love (repeat to end)

 

11. Vakhegula Vakhegula (Go Granny Go!)- by Bev Grant

Grandmothers gather on a lumpy piece of grass

As the late sun paints a golden light.

Flat rubber shoes, long aproned skirts,

Hair covered underneath their kerchiefs bright.

One by one their shirts come off as their plump flesh is exposed

T-shirts and tight nylon shorts replace their workday clothes

Vakhegula, Vakhegula, go go

Go granny go (2x)

Nora Makhubele, 84 years young

Ignored all those who said she could not play

At first she could not walk too far now

She’s determined to run faster every day

Beca Ntsanwisi’s aim was to help her friends get fit

Now eight teams play inside their league who vow they’ll never quit

Repeat Chorus

Lacing up their soccer boots grannies stretch their legs

And step out on the ragged futball patch

People who once stopped to jeer

Blow vuvuzelas at each granny soccer match.

Dancing up and down the field, waltzing ‘round the ball

Transcending definitions, breaking through tradition’s wall

Repeat Chorus

 

12. Wild Women - by Ida Cox

I hear these women raving all about their monkey men

Their lowdown husbands and their no good friends

These women sit around all night and they moan

Wonder when their wandering papas ever will come home

But wild women don't worry

Wild women don't have the blues

If you got a man don't let him think you’re square

Cause if you do he'll have a woman everywhere

Don’t let lazy livin’ ruin his appetite

Just keep him working hard both day and night

Wild women don't worry....

Wild women don’t have the blues

I've got a disposition and a way of my own

Not about to spend a lonely night at home

Dress up go downtown sing and dance all night

Come home and throw my man out if he don't act right

Wild women don't worry....

Wild women don’t have the blues

You don’t get nothing being an angel child

You better change your ways. You better get wild

We gotta tell ‘em something, now why would we lie?

Wild women are the only kind that (even half) get by

Wild women don't worry....

Wild women don’t have the blues.

 

Ina May Wool (lyrics for Crack it Open)

1. INTRO (instrumental)

 

2. TAXI

I talked to the taxi driver
He said he came from Pakistan
Flew right in to New York City
And he never got out again
Worked 7 days, 24 hours
30 days a month he said
Never closed his eyes in dreaming
Always kept his family fed
Oh little darlin, hey little pal of mine
Oh little darlin, hey little pal of mine
I have walked these streets of mayhem
I have climbed these towers of steel
I got lost in New York City
Trying to find my way by feel
Oh little darlin...
I fell under it
I got next to it
I'll get over it
But i still can't find my way
If you see that taxi driver
Won't you ask him please for me
How he does he navigate this city
Rovin round on a concrete sea?

 

3. CRACK IT OPEN

Crack it open
Throw it against the wall
And let it fall
And let the juice come running down
Crack it open
Open the window wide
And let the rain flow in
A tide across the floor
It's a nut it's a seed
With the milk that you need
At the core
It's a flower it's a weed
It keeps growing
You don't have to feed it anymore
Crack it open
Throw it against the sky
No wonder why
And if the lightening strikes a tree
Crack it open
Split it right to the ground
Chop it down
It grows again
I've got a ways to go
Fore I forget the taste of snow on my tongue
I found a place to live
Where i can forgive
What you did to me when I was young
Crack it open
Let it go
Let it fall
Let it flow
Through the wall
Crack it open

 

4.FRIDA

She looks out of the frame
With her mustache and her monkeys
And her eyes seem to say
I don't care if you like me
Nearly killed by a bus
When she was just 18
She learned how to draw
And she drew herself in
To the love embrace of the universe
La vida abierta - life opened
The red and the yellow, the gold and the green
To the love embrace of the earth
There she is on the wall
With a man on her forehead
In a picture she called
Diego on my mind
She enlisted him into
The life she invented
And they merged and then parted
And came back again
To the love embrace…
I never met Frida Kahlo
Except in Museo del Barrio
One sunny May
Cross the garden from
Where all the brides
Have their pictures taken
I never met Frida Kahlo
She could have been evil or holy
All I know are these pictures she's given
To me and to you
And to the love embrace…
There were two accidents
So grave in her lifetime
One was that bus
One was Diego
In the arms of so many
In the lust, the pain, the vengeance
She burned herself up
And her ashes went back again
To the love embrace….

 

5.ROSA

Green glass on the beach/color of your eyes
Oh Rosa /how did you get to where you are now?
So many roads/so many roads to ride
And if you do not drive/how will you know them?
Take the hours we spent in jealousy
Hook them up to horses/and we'll ride them
All the way to Maine and back
We might cry tears /but this time we won't hide them
We learn the hard way/still can't get it straight
It keeps curving around in circles/no one draws them
The tide is coming in/there is nowhere left to walk
The wind is picking up/out on the ocean
Your garden is green/color of your eyes
Oh Rosa we can still/walk there together
Didn't you say - I know
You told me we are bound/for better weather

Better weather/better weather
Didn't you say/didn't you tell me
We are bound for better weather
Your garden is green
Color of your eyes
Rosa we can still walk there together
Cause we've been all the way
To hell and back
But I know we are bound for better weather

 

6. BIG BLACK BEAR

There is a black bear in my brain
I thought that he was through with me
But he comes crashing in
And smashing everything
I carefully placed all around my cabin
BIG BLACK BEAR
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
I'M NOT SCARED
JUST PARALYZED
YOUR RATTY COAT IN MY FACE
MAN YOU STINK AND I CAN'T THINK
I tried to teach him how to dance
I put a little skirt on him
A yellow rope around his big bear waist
But all he wants to do is paw my garbage
BIG BLACK BEAR
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
I'M NOT SCARED
JUST PARALYZED
DON'T FEED THE BEARS THAT SIGN SAID
BUT THAT SIGN IS SELDOM READ
I feed him lots of chocolate candy
Because it seems to calm him down
But I would have to bake
The most enormous cake
To get that bear to hibernate
BIG BLACK BEAR
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
I'M NOT SCARED
JUST SLIGHTLY PARALYZED
SO HUG ME NOW
YOU KNOW HOW
AND I'VE BEEN SO
VERY LONELY

 

7. WHEN TEARS COME DOWN

When tears come down
What do you know?
You know just where
You should not go
What blinds your eyes
And tears your skin
And still you go back there again
When love is lost
Where does it go?
It drifts away
To that far shore
Love gives you all
Then takes it back
When faith is broke and trust is cracked
When tears come down
What do you learn?
You learn to fear
Where you got burned
When tears come down
What do you have?
You have your story
You have your path
Where you have climbed
So don't look down
You see the sky
You feel the ground
When tears come down…
When tears come down
What do you know
You know just where you should not
where you should not
where you should not go

 

8. HERE WE GO

First get a car
For one hundred fifty dollars
A 1968 powder blue Eldorado
Put your guitars
And your two amplifiers
In the back so it rides really low
Then try to avoid
The state trooper and his blue light
When he comes up behind
On the way to the show
You are high/you are low/here we go
Now you're up north
For a week in a ski lodge
In July it's one hundred degrees
In that place
Five sets a night
When you know all of eight songs
Will lead you to make up some songs
Right away
Try to avoid falling in love
With anybody in the band
You are high….
After you break up with the bassplayer
Learn how to drink a quick glass of Jack
When it's time to go on and you think you might cry
Then have the time of your life playing music
Laughing so hard that you fall on the floor
Opening shows for the once nearly famous
Concerts and tv and agents galore
Try not to crash and burn on re-entry
When the band breaks up
You are high…

 

9. LUCKY

I got very lucky
When I found you
It was drab here in me-ville
I was playing around
On all the wrong teams
In every farm town
I was farmed out
Look at me now I got lucky
Yes, I got very lucky
When I found you
I had beans in my pocket
You came around
Beans jumped to the ground
Roots go down
Shoots go up
I climbed the bean stalk I got lucky
I got very lucky when I found you
I was yelling into the wind
With stones in my mouth
Compare/contrast
Here I am at last
Whispering into
Your ear
I got very lucky when I found you
Twenty dollar bill on the road lucky
Hog lucky, hawk lucky
Wheeling around in the sky lucky
Buck lucky
Yes I got very lucky when I found you

 

10. PRIDE AND POISON

I wonder could you ever say it
Could you betray what
You never spoke
You left it years ago it's rusting
In the tall grass
Under the snow
And no one dares go near it
Ghosts and spirits
Still conspire
If you wrote it in a letter
You must have thrown it
In the fire
Don't leave me here
Alone in the dark
With no light to see where I am going
Don't leave me here
Now that I'm close
To knowing what I should have known
All along
I find you staring out the window
Drinking coffee, early light
Pride and poison in the water
That you swim through every night
And no one dares to go near you
They all fear you
And I know why
If you drew it in a picture
It would only blot out the sky
Don't leave me here...

 

11.WHATEVER I HAD TO DO

I didn't build it all at once/started when I was small
Every now and then word would come/of an attack on the radio
I'd throw my dolls in a pile/or handfuls of mud and sand
Then I learned how to use grownup tools/bricks and mortar and
You see that turret there?/I remember the year it rose
It was hard at first/I didn't know how to build
Now I'm one of the pros
Whatever I had to do
I did it to survive
Now I survey my property
>From where I'm buried alive
I neglected to build a door
But I was working without a plan
So many others were lost in those wars
I hope you can understand
When I was a young girl
It was different than it is now
Minotaurs and unicorns roaming the earth
Nobody showed you how
I can't take as long tearing it down
As I did building it up
The walls are alive as I am now
My blood flows through the rock
Whatever I had to do/I did it to survive
However it looks to you/it looks different on my side
Whatever I had to do

 

12.DINOSAURS

Lying on a hill
On your own property
Looking at the sky
Here in our wilderness
Over by the swings
Making meatballs out of mud
You got Janie eating them
And told her there was no Santa Claus
Idyllic childhood/you dream of dinosaurs
Coming down the hill
Maybe they won't see you/if you're very still
Another nightmare/you dream of communists
Will you know what to say?
They might go away/if you stay very still
When you go to school
Always say "may I be excused?"
Never say "I want to go to the bathroom"
And at recess time those children
Who were mean to you
You just walk away
They're only stupid children
Idyllic childhood…
What was that little girl's last name?
What kind of a name is that?
You think she's your friend?
Believe me she would turn you in
If it ever came to that
And it could always come to that
Idyllic childhood….

 

13. SERIAL LOVER

I met Jimmy in '56
He was married to someone else then
Got a little crazy, had a little fun
And I left home on a whim
Then nothing mattered but the drugs to him
He kept on turning into someone meaner
I took a twenty from the dresser drawer
And a bus right out of town
But I'm not gonna lose again/I'm not gonna let it go sour now
I'm not gonna lose again/You better find out who you are
Paulie was different or maybe the same
We hooked up for a year or more
He kept me laughing/He kept me sane
Until the joke wore out
I found out he was sleeping with everyone
He played it like a kind of a game yeah
I threw him out on January 1
Of 1958
But I'm not gonna lose again...
This is a story of serial love
It ain't no romance novel
There was Johnny and Tommy and Sean and Tim
There was Jake and Norbert and Slim
It could be for a week, a year or one night
It's always
the same but it's totally opposite
Don't laugh -- I still might get it right
I'll be in practice for sure
I'm not gonna lose again
And I won't let myself get bitter
I'm not gonna lose again
You can't call me a quitter
I'm not gonna lose again...
Here comes the man of the hour

 

14.HEAVY HEARTED

When twilight turns your blues and greens to gray
In the waning of the day
And you feel you can't get started
It's hard for me to say
But I just cannot walk away
When I see you
So heavy hearted
Oh so heavy hearted
You ride your lands -- you sail your boat
You stay afloat
How do your oceans remain uncharted?
And here amongst the beauties of the night
It's barely light still I see you
So heavy hearted
Oh so heavy hearted
Is there nothing I can do
To lighten up your load?
Is there nothing I can give you
With all that you are owed?
The night grows older, cold and deep
no way across your secret sea
the waters have not parted
another day begins to dawn
and as the darkness is withdrawn
It's you so heavy hearted
oh so heavy hearted

 

 

 

Ina May Wool (lyrics for Moon Over 97th Street)

1. ELEPHANT LEARNING TO DANCE

SOMETIMES YOU WANT ME TO BE
BIG SO BIG
SO BIG I'LL WRAP YOU RIGHT UP IN MY WINGS
AND FLY YOU OVER THE WIND

AND I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT IF YOU WANT ME TO
I CAN BE BROAD AS THIRD AVENUE
IF YOU WANT ME TO

SOMETIMES YOU WANT ME TO BE
SMALL JUST TINY
SO SMALL I'LL PERCH ON THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
I'LL BE THE KITTEN YOU BE THE MAN

AND OH I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT
ANY TIME YOU WANT ME TO
I CAN BE SMALL AS A MOLECULE
IF YOU WANT ME TO

I JUST CANNOT DO ALL THIS AT ONE TIME
GIVE ME A MINUTE WHILE I SWITCH MY MIND

SOMETIMES YOU WANT ME TO BE
MORE THAN I THOUGHT I COULD
MORE LIKE AN EAGLE
LESS LIKE A LAMB
MORE LIKE THE WOMAN
I ALREADY AM

AND OH I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT
I CAN DO THAT
TELL ME IF YOU WANT ME TO
I CAN FLY INTO THE SUN FOR YOU IF YOU WANT ME TO

SOMETIMES YOU WANT ME TO BE
JUST LIKE I ALWAYS WAS
SMALL AS THE TINIEST HINT OF A CHANCE
LARGE AS AN ELEPHANT
LEARNING TO DANCE.

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music >

 

2. DOWN ON TENTH STREET

WASHING UP ON A SHORE
DOWN ON TENTH SREET
NOT LIKE YOU TO COME THROUGH
TELLING ME THE TRUTH
LIGHT IT UP, TAKE A HIT
THOUGHT YOU QUIT THAT
AS WE SAT AT THE BAR
TALKING OF OUR YOUTH

AND THE NIGHTS AND THE YEARS AND
THE DAYS AND THE WINDS BLOW ON BY

AS WE SAT AT THAT BAR DOWN ON TENTH STREET
TELLING TALES OF THE TIMES
THAT WE KNEW BEFORE
HEARD THE CRACK OF THE SLAP THAT UNNERVED YOU
SAW THE LOOK ON THE FACE OF THE YOUNG GIRL
YOU ONCE WERE

AND THE NIGHTS AND THE YEARS AND
THE DAYS AND THE WINDS BLOW ON BY

BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
OUT ON THE STREET, GETTING INTO A TAXI,
TEARS RUNNING DOWN
THROUGH STREAKS OF MASCARA
AND THEY DON'T SCREAM WHEN THEY
SEE WHAT THEY HAD, WHAT THEY LOST
HOW IT'S COMING BACK TO COST THEM PLENTY NOW

WHOA OH...

WASHING UP ON A SHORE DOWN ON TENTH SREET
BY THE DAY WE'LL BE GONE BACK TO IT'S OK
PEERING OUT THROUGH THE SMOKE AT THE RUINS
RAVAGED CITIES, LOST CAMPAIGNS ALL FADE AWAY

AND THE NIGHTS AND THE YEARS AND
THE DAYS AND THE WINDS BLOW ON BY

WHOA OH....

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

3. MOON OVER 97TH STREET

OH MOON OVER 97TH STREET
HOW LONG TIL HE COMES TO ME?
CAUSE I NEED A GUY
WITH AN ATTITUDE
AND IF HE SAYS HE LOVES ME
PLEASE COULD HE HAVE SOME IDEA
OF WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT?

OH MOON OVER 97TH STREET
SHINE DOWN ON THIS DIRTY WORLD
AND SHOW ME HOW TO GET TO HIM
AND IF WE PLAY A GAME THIS TIME
PLEASE LET ME IN ON THE RULES

IT WOULDN'T HURT
IF HE HAD A LITTLE RED SPORTS CAR
AND A CAT WITH A WINNING PERSONALITY
AND PLEASE -- A LITTLE PERSONAL DIGNITY
MAYBE HE MIGHT KNOW A FEW JOKES

OH MOON OVER 97TH STREET
I KNOW YOU CAN'T SPARE MUCH LIGHT
BUT ALL I REALLY NEED
IS ENOUGH TO SEE
SOMEONE WHO'LL CARE FOR ME
OH MOON, MOON
OH MOON OVER 97TH STREET

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

4. J'AI GAGNE (I WON)

CITY COURTHOUSE/CROWDED ROOM
CROWDED WITH BRIDES/CROWDED WITH GROOMS
I WAS A WITNESS FOR MY FRIEND/AND WHEN WE WALKED OUT AGAIN
BEHIND HIS BACK/SHE CAUGHT MY EYE
SHE RAISED HER ARMS UP TO THE SKY
NO, THIS ONE WOULD NOT SLIP AWAY
HE DIDN'T HEAR THESE WORDS SHE SAID
SHE SAID J'AI GAGNE, J'AI GAGNE, OH IIIIII, J'AI GAGNE, J'AI GAGNE
I WON I WON I WON I WON I WON

SMALL APARTMENT HONEYMOON
HOTTER THAN AUGUST/SHORTER THAN JUNE
THEY WERE LIVING LARGE IN LOVE AND WAR
LOOK AT THE GOOD TIMES ROLL OUT THE DOOR
C'EST LA VIE/THE OLD FOLKS SAY
BUT AS I WATCHED HER HAIR TURN GRAY
SHE LAUGHED/SHE CRIED/SHE DRANK CHAMPAGNE
SHE HUNG ON THROUGH THAT HURRICANE

SHE SAID J'AI GAGNE....

IS THERE A MORAL TO THIS SONG?
WHETHER THINGS GO RIGHT OR WRONG
DO WHAT YOU MUST/OH JUST FEEL FREE
GO AHEAD, CLAIM VICTORY

COUPLA YEARS/VICIOUS FIGHTS
BROKEN BOTTLES/SWEET BITTER NIGHTS
OTHER WOMEN ON THE PHONE/WHERE'S HER PRIZE?
HE'S NEVER HOME
BUT AS WE CHANGED THE LOCKS THAT DAY
I WONDERED IF SHE'D BE OK
UNTIL SHE TOLD ME WHAT HER MOTHER SAID
YOU LOSE ONE MAN -- YOU FIND TEN

SHE SAID J'AI GAGNE...

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1997
Voice of Binky Music >

 

5. JANIS

SHE CAME HOWLING OUT OF TEXAS
IN THAT DARK DELIRIOUS TIME
AND SHE CLIMBED INTO THE NEXUS
OF A TIME GONE OUT OF MIND
QUEEN OF PAIN IN SAN FRANCISCO
IT WAS COOL MAN, DADDY-O
WHEN SHE FINALLY LEARNED
TO SING THE BLUES
IT WAS TIME TO GO

SO SHE TRIED JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER
TIL SHE TRIED JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD

LITTLE EYES AND HAIR GONE CRAZY
IT WAS GROOVY -- BEAUTIFUL
HER LIGHT WAS BRIGHT BUT HAZY
PURPLE HAZY IF YOU WILL
BUT THE FOG IT DOES OBSCURE THINGS
AND IT'S SOME THINGS YOU JUST NEED
KEEP ON GETTING WOUNDED
EVENTUALLY YOU BLEED

SO SHE TRIED TO BE A LITTLE BIT HARDER
TIL SHE TRIED JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD
AND WHEN SHE SANG
SHE FELT LIKE SHE WAS MAKING LOVE TO 10,000 PEOPLE ALL AT ONCE
SO IT WAS HARD TO GO BACK HOME AND SLEEP ALONE
OR ALMOST ALONE

SO SHE TRIED....

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

6. HOTWIRED AND HUNGRY

HOTWIRED AND HUNGRY
AND HE WAS ONLY A BOY AT THE TIME
I SAW HIM PLAYING
TIGHT T-SHIRT STRAINING
HE PLAYED ON MY MIND
AND WE WALKED ON WIRES HIGH ABOVE THE RING
AND WE TALKED FOR HOURS...NEVER SAID A THING
BUT I WAS GONE GONE GONE

TWO SOULS COLLIDING AND BRONCO RIDING
THE COOL RODEO
HE TOOK ME INTO HIS TRIBE OF LOST BOYS
TAUGHT ME WHAT I WANTED TO KNOW
THOUGHT WE RULED THE WORLD
IN THOSE PERILOUS DAYS
BUT YOU REACHED ONE INCH PAST THE CHEMICAL HAZE
AND THEY WERE GONE GONE GONE

OH OH OH OH OH...

HE'D GO OUT RAMBLING AND COME BACK TO ME
SOMEONE I DIDN'T KNOW
AND AFTER SOME TIME HE'D ONLY COME BACK
A VOICE ON THE RADIO
BUT HIS SHADE DRIFTED BY MY WINDOW LAST NIGHT
TRIED TO TALK TO HIM
AND MAKE ALL THOSE WRONG THINGS RIGHT
BUT HE WAS GONE GONE GONE

OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH OH

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1997
Voice of Binky Music

 

7. DON'T WANNA WAIT

COME SPRING AND EVERYTHING
IS BURSTING OUT ALIVE
SHE RAN OVER TO THE FOUNTAIN
AND DRANK IN HER TIME
ALONG COMES GYPSY DAVY
HE JUST WHISTLED AND HE SANG
TIL THE GREEN WOODS ALL RANG
CAUSE HE KNEW

SHE DON'T WANNA WAIT
SHE DON'T WANNA WAIT ANYMORE
DON'T WANNA WAIT
CAN'T MAKE ME WAIT

OVER DOWN IN FROZE TOWN
WHERE THE ICE IS REAL THIN
RIGHT MOVE IN THE WRONG DIRECTION
AND THE BEST ONES FALL IN
SO YOU BROKE THROUGH AND YOU WENT DOWN
BUT YOU'LL COME UP AGAIN
TAKE THE HAND OF A FRIEND
DON'T YOU KNOW

YOU DON'T WANNA WAIT....

SO YOU FOUND IT AND YOU LOST IT
YOU CAN FIND IT AGAIN
DON'T KNOW HOW, DON'T KNOW WHEN
BUT I KNOW

YOU DON'T WANNA WAIT....

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

8. DARK STAR

I'M ON A SHIP PULLING AWAY FROM THE SHORE
YOU'RE ON A PIER
I CAN HARDLY SEE YOU ANYMORE
WEREN'T YOU THE ONE WHO WENT SO FAR SO FAST?
NOW YOU CAN BARELY MOVE
BUT YOU'VE GOT NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE
NOT TO ME

DARK STAR
YOU ARE STILL SHINING FOR ME
NO WAY TO REPAY ALL YOU GAVE FOR FREE
AND YOU KEEP ON YOU KEEP ON

DARK IN THE NIGHT
YOU TOLD ME I COULD GO
FARTHER AND FASTER
THAN YOU WOULD EVER KNOW
HOW I WISH THAT YOU COULD COME WITH ME
BUT I CAN'T FLY AND YOU CAN'T SWIM
SO THERE'S NO SENSE JUMPING IN
TO THE SEA

DARK STAR.....

YOU WERE THE ONE WHO WENT SO FAR SO FAST
I GUESS THAT YOU WERE BOUND TO FALL
BUT I JUST COULD NOT SEE THAT AT ALL
NO, NOT ME

DARK STAR YOU ARE SO DISTANT FROM ME....
DARK STAR... AND YOU KEEP ON KEEP ON.

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

9. LEOPARD

LEOPARD CAN'T CHANGE HIS SPOTS
AND A TIGER IS STUCK WITH STRIPES
AND I AM I AM I AS I CAN BE
AND YOU ARE YOU STRAIGHT THROUGH
AND THE SUM OF THE PARTS
CAN BE DIFFICULT SOME OF THE TIME

LAY YOUR TROUBLES DOWN BY MINE
GIVE UP THE MISERY OF THIS OLD FIGHT
AND LAY YOUR BODY DOWN BESIDE
LET'S MAKE A MIRACLE TONIGHT

WATER WON'T RUN UPHILL
AND AN OLD DOG YOU CAN'T TEACH TRICKS
AS WE FALL INTO THE LOGIC OF A DREAM
AND SAY THE HURTING WORDS THAT WE CAN'T MEAN
THIS HAS TO BE SOMEBODY ELSE'S DREAM
WE DON'T HAVE TO KEEP ON DREAMING IT

LAY YOUR TROUBLES....

I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY WE KEEP ON KEEP ON DRAGGING IT
ROUND AND ROUND
BUT IF WE DON'T BUILD IT UP SOMETIME
IT'S GONNA COME CRASHING DOWN

SO LAY YOUR TROUBLES....LET'S MAKE A MIRACLE TONIGHT

LEOPARD CAN'T CHANGE HIS SPOTS

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

10. THE DEVIL YOU DON'T

PLAYING BOTH ENDS
AGAINST THE MIDDLE
BUT THERE IS NO MIDDLE
WHEN THE CENTER WON'T HOLD
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
CAN'T LICK IT, CAN'T LICK IT
CAUSE THE CENTERFOLD
IS WEARING SOMETHING
NEARLY NOTHING
I CAN'T COMPETE
I CAN'T COMPETE
I CAN'T COMPETE
WITH YOUR IDEA OF ME

TAKING MY TIME
OUT TO DINNER
BUT YOU CAN'T EAT DINNER
WHEN THE TRAIL IS SO COLD
LOSING MY MIND
NO WINNER, NO WINNER
CAUSE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
IS CAPTIVATING
NEGOTIATING WITH
THE DEVIL YOU DON'T,THE DEVIL YOU DON'T,THE DEVIL YOU DON'T
YOU DON'T KNOW

I SAW THE PICTURE/I MUST ADMIT IT WAS A FETCHING POSE
LINES FROM YOUR SCRIPTURE
I'LL TAKE MORE OF THOSE

PLAYING BOTH ENDS
AGAINST THE MIDDLE
BUT THERE IS NO MIDDLE
WHEN THE CENTER WON'T HOLD
STEP UP TO THE PLATE
CAN'T LICK IT, CAN'T LICK IT
CAUSE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
IS DOING SOMEONE
OUT IN THE KITCHEN
SOMEONE IMPORTANT OR SO I'M TOLD
IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE SOMEONE FAMILIAR
I GUESS IT WAS THE DEVIL YOU DON'T...KNOW

SAY YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS SONG IS ABOUT
....THE DEVIL YOU DON'T.

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music

 

11. JANUARY THAW

LOAF OF BREAD
JUG OF WINE
ALL WE WANTED AT THE TIME
BREAD'S BEEN EATEN
WINE'S ALL POURED
WE KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE

COLD OUTSIDE AGAIN TONIGHT
AND THE SIDEWALK'S TURNING WHITE
INSIDE JANUARY THAW
WARMEST ONE I EVER SAW

YOU GOT ANGRY
I WAS BORED
BROKE THE DISHES
AND WE SLAMMED THE DOOR
DAY OLD COFFEE IN A CUP
THEN THE HEAT COMES CLANGING UP

LOAF OF BREAD
JUG OF WINE
ALL WE NEEDED AT THE TIME
BREAD IS STALE
JUG IS CRACKED
SOMETHING KEEPS US COMING BACK

COLD OUTSIDE AGAIN TONIGHT
AND THE SIDEWALK'S TURNING WHITE
INSIDE JANUARY THAW
WARMEST ONE I EVER SAW

Words and music by Ina May Wool and Daniel A. Weiss.
© 1998
Voice of Binky Music