Lyrics for “Grapevine” CD

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  1. Hope Against Hope | Mp3
  2. Humboldt | Mp3
  3. Libre Road | Mp3
  4. What’s Done is Done
  5. Texarkanada
  6. Salesman
  7. Hitchhiker
  8. I Stayed Away | Mp3
  9. Still Want You
  10. Wonder Valley Fight Song
  11. Harvest | Mp3
  12. Grapevine | Mp3

Hope Against Hope

I know we’ll never see
The trees that used to be
Blanketing Ohio
The panther and the Iroquois

and geese that used to fly
And blacken autumn skies
South across Ohio
South towards Mexico
not long ago

CHORUS:
Gives me Hope Against Hope
Hope Against Hope
Hope Against Hope
Hope Against Hope

I know that you and I
Will never spark prairie fires
or walk to Oregon
But we still soldier on and on

To take a hopeless stand
on wild Dakota land
After you and me
The Snake and Colorado will run free

CHORUS:

Montana blue
Illinois gold and green
tears from your eyes
I don’t want to fight
but I can’t sleeo

Hope Against Hope

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Humboldt

Half a mile from the county line
Half a mile and I’m feelin fine
In Humboldt, Humboldt

Spark it up and let it out
Breathe it in, what it’s all about
40 pounds in the back of my van
It’s all a part of the master plan
In Humboldt, Humboldt

When I cross that line I’ll be feelin fine in Humboldt

Chopper’s up in the sunny sky
Law enforcement is on my mind
I’d be glad to plant corn in the ground
But corn don’t go for $3000 a pound
In Humboldt, Humbold

Sweet mama walking through my field
Her feet are sticky with a bountiful yield
Don’t need no technology
Just the moon sun stars and sea
In Humboldt, Humboldt

When I cross that line I’ll be feeling fine in Humboldt
Cool my mind, I won’t do time in Humboldt

If I beat the DEA
Just ten stoney hours to my friend in L.A.
Next stop is a jumbo jet
Fly me to the fields of Tibet

Bye bye Bush, I’m outta here
Tibet is my new frontier
I quit my job at the 7-11
Now I’m headed off to a stoney heaven
Humboldt, bye bye Humboldt

When I cross that line I’ll be feeling fine in Humboldt
Let the bonfire burn and the children learn in Humboldt
When the weed is high, I hope I die in Humboldt
Hope I die in Humboldt

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Libre Road

Old man sitting staring at the sea
Winter sun makes a shadow on a fallen tree
Breathing his last air
Going the way of the Grizzly Bear

Young man traveling from town to town
Wheels on the road make a singing sound
For no one

Then the young man moves to Mexico
Starts waiting for the monthly checks to show
Good old reposado
Everything is so slow

CHORUS
Down the old untolled libre road
Half way time to pay it’s getting cold

Prescription drugs in the Juarez rain
Trying to forget the family name
Substitute the shame
Lost fifty dollars on a Hi-Li game

Ninety days til the river flows
Pawn the silver and the stereo
For one last go

Late October when the lawyer calls
Meet the banker at the City Hall
Deed is done
Never have to answer to anyone

CHORUS

Money comes in ten grand a month
Now he orders up a taste of the expensive stuff
Watching Mexican TV
In the back of a tricked out SUV

Got a little honey and she loves the clothes
Credit card crunching in the Zona Rose
Hot and cold
Teeth a grinding on the streets of gold
CHORUS

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What’s Done is Done

:::spooky psychedelic steel:::

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Texarkanada

TEXARKANADA
Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!
That’s my home
That’s my home
That’s my home

Caleximexico
Mexicalexico
Caleximexico
Mexicalexico
That’s my home

Well I can’t stay here
I won’t go back there
I feel like a monkey
sitting in a chair
My mind ain’t right
I ain’t where it’s at
I don’t know where to hang my hat

Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!

East west north and south
Your feet are in your shoes
and your teeth are in your mouth
But brother where are you
Still trying to find out
Busting out of Tustin
Look Out!

Calinevazona, Calinevazona, Calinevazona, Calinevazona
Going all the way to California
In a Ford station wagon
Going all the way to California
In a Ford

Minnesota, North Carolina
looking for the family in a truck stop diner
Strange turf, Evil Earth
Don’t forget what the graveyard’s worth

Hey, Hey Jimmy Carter
Never left Plains, Georgia
Walks the land, dirt in his hand
Ashes to Ashes
Do you understand?

Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!
Texarkanada!

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Salesman

Oh the salesman is a bright shiny spirit
or maybe you’ve just had a bad day
or maybe your baby’s gone and left you
and that’s why you’re driving away

In a 1971 Chevy Nova with a 501 and a 12-to-1 etc, etc

Oh the salesman is a bright shiny spirit
his face filled with vigor and vim
just close the deal with a handshake
he’ll transfer that love
that gift from a above
to the object that winds up on your table

CHORUS:
And what are you in for now?
Oh, what are you in for now ?
And what are you in for now?
Oh, what are you in for now ?

Well the salesman takes a break and drinks his coffee
looks up into the night sky
and just like that other fallen angel
he asks his father why

bridge waltz:
did you lead me through the dark
to the land of sunny parks
to the days before your expectations
broke me heart, broke my heart, broke my heart

Oh, the TV is a red ruby Satan
broadcast to your soul from below
and the salesman has a bright shiny vision
that tattooed bar code
from which all riches flow
from Wall Street to Frankfurt to Tokyo

CHORUS

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Hitchhiker

The ice is on the windows and the snow is on the street
And the soot and sawdust mingle on the floorboards at the trucker’s feet
and his boots are made of leather, and his gloves are made of hide
And the woman that he’s missing’s not the woman that’s his bride

Chorus:
And there’s a rightness in the rhythm of a man behind the wheel
And all his troubles fall behind him like old dust on a window sill
And if you ask him if he’ll take you
Yes he will

Well I’m sitting there beside him now warming up in the cabin heat
And he’s talking about California and all the people he’d like to meet
And the 80’s radio station lingers lowly in the air
And I settle into my seat to sleep without a worry or a care

Chorus

Then he told me about the hookers and the pipe
And his born again decision and his God that fits just right
And how he drove to New York City for the Bicentennial
High as a kite

Well he let’s me off in Fresno and I thank him for the ride
And he looks through the door down at me with a father’s kind of pride

And he says these few words to me as he turns down the Steely Dan,
“It’s a lonesome road ahead son step off it while you can.”

And he eases the big machine into gear and he steps down on the gas
Brakes lift, 18 wheels move, I’m already part of his past

Chorus

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I Stayed Away

by Clarence Carter

I stayed away too long
I stayed away too long

Well I went down to a house
that I used to know
The grass it had all grown up
and covered up the door

and there was a man standing across the street
he said who do you seek
he told me the girl
she just don’t live here anymore

I stayed away too long
I stayed away too long

Now the man her looked at me
he didn’t know whether to cry or grin
he said now what were you to her
were you a lover or just a friend?

Cause it was six long months a go
with a tall, handsome guy
that she waved to me
her last good bye

I stayed away too long
I stayed away too long

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Still Want You

Let’s do it a little slower
cause I’m hung over
but honey I still want you

We can do it a little longer
when I feel stronger
oh, honey I still want you

Well I drank all night
I got in a fight
I wandered out into a field

I could see my breath
I nearly froze to death
While you were sitting home waiting for me

I still want you
to hold me in your arms
I still want you
to bless me with your charms
I still want you
though I’m a foolish stupid man
I still want you
please love me if you can

I crashed your car
right outside the bar
but honey I still want you

Cop said I’d been drinking
but I was just thinking
about how much I still want you

Your loves fills me up
You make me feel like a pup
who wandered into the perfect home

I don’t take you for granted
I’m just a bit slanted
crooked, and broken, and bent

1/2 CHORUS
I still want you
To dream with me about the farm
I still want you
I put your tattoo on my arm

SOLO

let’s do it a little slower
cause I’m hung over
but honey I still want you

We can do it a little longer
when I feel stronger
oh, honey I still want you

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Wonder Valley Fight Song

WONDER VALLEY FIGHT SONG

I like rock
And rock gardens
I like to watch materials harden

The desk clerk at the Motel 6
Just past the Marine Base
He said this here is a nice little region, but
Stay away from Wonder Valley

Wonder Valley
Wonder Valley
It’s the land where a man can take a stand
Wonder Valley

You don’t need a de-louser
Better bring a douser to
Wonder Valley
Groove the land
Take a stand in Wonder Valley

Watch the sunset change the shadows
Watch the food thieves swinging from the gallows
Wonder Valley

Well the desk clerk at the Motel 6
Said he was looking for a 1966 Ford Fairlane
I said come on down to L.A.
He said oh, no
They just want to trick you
Then they’ll roll you

Well I stayed up all night watching the sun come up
All I want to do is drink a beer and have a cup
Of coffee
One after the other
You can talk about my guns
Don’t talk about my mother

Wonder Valley
Wonder Valley
It’s the land where a man can take a stand
Wonder Valley

The desk clerk said stay away from Wonder Valley
They sell the methamphetamine behind the alley
They could go insane
They could kill little Sally

I walked through the town
Like Johnny Cash
Didn’t have no trouble
Burning through my stash
in Wonder Valley, Wonder Valley

The marines fly their planes
And the lizards go insane
In Wonder Valley

When the missiles start to fly
Grab the kids, don’t wonder why . . .
Better head for Wonder Valley

Watch this

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Harvest

Well I sat down and read the book of revelation today
tried to give a listen to what old John had to say
but I just kept getting bored so I threw that book away
if the end is coming let it come another way

Now are you bold enough to challenge the power of God
when the volcanoes rumble and the wild beasts claw
and the skin on your bones tears away like soggy mud
if the end is coming keep the flower burn the bud

A Harvest is coming
Are you out in the field?
A Harvest is coming
What will your labors yield?

Well all our myths have expired and they no longer tell
the mystery’s revealed there’s no ring in the bell
so close up your books of history and set them on the fire
they can’t keep you from the darkness but they’ll burn for a little while

There’s a secret in a cave painted on a wall
a magnificent buffalo fourteen feet tall
and if you press your ear to his lips and listen he will speak
but if your heart is not pure destruction he will wreak

A Harvest is coming
Are you out in the field
A Harvest is coming
Will your mortal would be healed?

I’m a lion, I’m a bear, I’m a leopard, I’m a lamb
I’m a lion, I’m a bear, I’m a shepard, I’m a lamb
I’m a leper, I’m a bear, I’m shepard, I’m a man
(or I’m a leper, I’m a square, I’m a liar, I’m a ham)
Playing Tug-O-War with buffalo the rope slipping through my hands

Ohhhh, Ohhhhhh, Ohhhhh, Ohhhhh

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Grapevine

Hang a new clothesline
wait for the sunshine
to climb up the lawn to day

watch the winter sky
turn into the summer sky
watch the flowers try to stay

once again I’m on my way

Up the Grapevine
Up the Grapevine

Call on the telephone
whisper your name alone
you don’t ever answer or explain

you don’t need to water me
it will not bother me
when you become a shadow again

once again I’m on my way

Up the Grapevine
Up the Grapevine
Ease my own mind
Up the Grapevine
I don’t mind
Cause I’m feeling fine
But I lose my mind
everytime I stay

Now the hills are turning green
there’s rain in the air supreme
the trails in the sky don’t mean a thing

so I drive in my car at night
and I turn off my headlights
and I see if the radio can lead the way

Up the Grapevine
Up the Grapevine
Ease my own mind
Up the Grapevine
Up the Grapevine
Take my own time
past the altitude sign
Up the Grapevine
I don’t mind
Cause I’m feeling fine
But I lose my mind
everytime I stay

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