Lyrics for the Day – Return of the Grievous Angel

And I’ll be damned if it did not come true…

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Won’t you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich
And welcome me back to town
Come out on your porch or I’ll step into your parlour
And I’ll show you how it all went down
Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh and I remember something you once told me
And I’ll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you

‘Cause I headed west to grow up with the country
Across those prairies with those waves of grain
And I saw my devil
And I saw my deep blue sea
And I thought about a calico bonnet
From Cheyenne to Tennessee

We flew straight across that river bridge
Last night half past two
The switch-man wave his lantern goodbye and good day
As we went roling through
Billboards and truck stops pass by the grievous angel
And now I know just what I have to do

And the man on the radio won’t leave me alone
He wants to take my money for something that I’ve never been shown
And I saw my devil
And I saw my deep blue sea
And I thought about a calico bonnet
From Cheyenne to Tennessee

The news I could bring
I met up with the king
On his head an amphetamine crown
He talked about unbuckling that old bible belt
And lighted out for some desert town
Out with the truckers and the kickers and the cowboy angels
And a good saloon in every single town

Oh but I remembered something you once told me
And I’ll be damned if it did not come true
Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you
Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down
And they all lead me straight back home to you

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Lyrics for the Day – Ain’t No Higher Ground

An all-time fave

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Down from the sky
Up from the raging sea
In the blink of an eye
Water’s all you can see

All you could hear was the wind and rain
Nobody told us ’bout a hurricane
And if they had
Could we escape such a terrible sound?

In Galveston
There ain’t no higher ground

We had plenty of hope
When this brand new century began
Now there’s six thousand gone
Some say it might have been ten

We’re the finest country
And the smartest too
We certainly know more
Than the Cubans do
So why do we bury our dead
In the water where they all drown?

In Galveston
Their ain’t no higher ground

The rain gave up
And the sea she laid back down
There’s no tellin’ how long
‘Til all the bodies are found

Does Washington care?
Does Houston know?
We’re an island in the gulf of Mexico
Guess they’ll be lending a hand
Just as soon as the word gets ’round

In Galveston
There ain’t no higher ground

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Lyrics for the Day – Captain, My Captain

It’s really called Closer to Home but it’s the theme song to a college alum friend.

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Everybody
Listen to me
And return me
My ship
I’m your captain
I’m your captain
Though I’m feeling
Mighty sick
 
I’ve been lost now
Days uncounted
And it’s months since
I’ve seen home
Can you hear me
Can you hear me
Or am I
All alone
 
If you return me
To my home port
I will kiss you
Mother Earth
Take me back now
Take me back now
To the port
Of my birth
 
Am I in my cabin dreaming
Or are you really scheming
To take my ship away from me
You’d better think about it
I just can’t live without it
So please don’t take my ship from me
 
I can feel the hand
Of a stranger
And it’s tightening
Around my throat
Heaven help me
Heaven help me
Take this stranger
From my boat
 
I’m your captain
I’m your captain
Though I’m feeling
Mighty sick
Everybody
Listen to me
And return me
My ship
 
I’m your captain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m your captain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m your captain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I’m your captain
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
 
I’m getting closer to my home
I’m getting closer to my home
I’m getting closer to my home
I’m getting closer to my home
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Lyrics for the Day –

Another Joni classic

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He was sitting in the lounge of the Empire Hotel
He was drinking for diversion
He was thinking for himself
A little money riding on the Maple Leafs
Along comes a lady in lacy sleeves
She says let me sit down
You know, drinkin’ alone’s a shame
It’s a shame
It’s a crying shame
Look at those jokers
Glued to that damn hockey game
Hey honey
You’ve got lots of cash
Bring us round a bottle
And we’ll have some laughs
Gin’s what I’m drinking
I was raised on robbery
 
I’m a pretty good cook
Sitting on my groceries
Come up to my kitchen
I’ll show you my best recipe
I try and I try but I can’t save a cent
I’m up after midnight cooking
Trying to make my rent
I’m rough but I’m pleasin’
I was raised on robbery
 
We had a little money once
They were pushing through a four lane highway
Government gave us three thousand dollars
You should have seen it fly away
First he bought a ’57 Biscayne
He put it in the ditch
He drunk up all the rest
That son of a bitch
His blood’s bad whiskey
I was raised on robbery
 
You know you ain’t bad looking
I like the way you hold your drinks
Come home with me honey
I ain’t asking for no full length mink
Hey, where you going
Don’t go yet
Your glass ain’t empty and we just met
You’re mean when your loaded
I was raised on robbery
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Lyrics for the Day – Shouldn’t Have Took More Than You Gave

Another song for the election season. The dues we have to pay are still the same…

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Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Then we wouldn’t be in this mess today
I know we’ve all gone different ways
But the dues we have to pay are still the same
 
It’s time to change the script for this old play
You’re readin’ and not feelin’ what you say
Comin’ on too strong for me to stay
Interpret what you see in any way
 
It seems the simple things
Are hardest to explain
Wind is gonna come too soon
And deaden all the pain
Footprints in the snow will show
Where the things are still the same
Till you get the warmer sun
Of someone else to live again
 
Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Then we wouldn’t be in this mess today
I know we’ve all gone different ways
But the dues we have to pay are still the same
 
Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Shouldn’t have took more than you gave
Keep on…
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