Oh my lover is gone

I am left all alone

And I cry and I whine at his door

But he loves me no more

Leaves me lying on the floor

What can I hope for?


Oh my sister is gone

She got lost in a storm

And it blew her to some other shore

She was all I had left

Left a whole in my breast

What can I hope for? 


And in Jesus we trust

To lift us high above the dust

And to guide us to heavenly shores

But he ain’t leading me

However I beg and plead

What can I hope for?


Hey young girl running the alley

With flying braids and Sunday skirt,

You’re late again to church

You played for too long with the baker’s son

Baking cakes in the sand


Slow down young girl

takes a breath and take a break

‘Cause it takes as long as it takes

Long as it takes


Hey young girl bloody knees and elbows

Why won’t you listen to someone who knows

You want it so badly

That you fail to see

That all I want you to be is be happy


Slow down my friend

takes a breath and take a break

‘Cause it takes as long as it takes

Long as it takes


When time flies by

And you feel you fall behind, remember

You don’t have nothing to prove

And when you wanna close your eyes

Just take a rest by the roadside

There’s not much to gain or to loose


Chorus

 
 


It was on my wedding morning by the chapel on the hill

when the wind blew heavy and took my bridal veil

I waited for a little while but my veil flew out of sight

There and then I relized something just ain’t right


The chapel bells are ringing

And the reverend comes near

He looks me in the eyes and says

Honey he ain’t here


I’m lonesome on my wedding day

Where are you darling?

What is keeping you away?

Are you still working in the fields?

Or are you riding driving cattle down the hill

I’m lonesome on my wedding day

Where are you and why are you away?


The crowd is staring at the floor I know what they presume

Some think of him and Mary Jane some think of Joe’s saloon

But I know he’s a decent man I know he’s not to blame

Maybe he’s just a little late because his horse was lame

The chapel bells are ringing

Ring my hopes down to the ground

Oh my darling went away

He is lost and can’t be found


Chorus


My mama in the fron row is weeping silently

While my father frets and fumes and runs out on the street

I know he’s going after him and drag him to my side

and I fear I’ll be a widow when I should be a bride

The chapel bells are ringing

And i hope he’ll get away

‘Cause I know deep inside my soul

He will return someday


Chorus

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Back at the time when Mary was nine

She fell in love with Brian

He was the coolest guy at school

With baggy pants and skateboard bruises


His hair easy rider his walk swinging wild

When he passed poor Mary and gave her the eye

It was the sweetest day of her life and she held her head high

With her hands to the sky


And one day during morning break

She took all the courage she had

She asked him out for a blueberry shake

And he smiled at her when he said

 

If you were only completely different

We might maybe meet some time


Mary ran to a willow to cry

And she cried on her pillow

Three days and three nights

But she dried her tears on the schoolyard

When she saw Brain pining for Julia


Oh how he asked her to be his sweet Valentine

Yes with all the courage he had

But Julia only loved Caroline

And she smiled at him when she said

 

Chorus

 

Julia loved Caroline

But Caroline was in love with Jake

Jake was in love with Clyde

But Clyde was in love

With Red Velvet Cake

Jane was in love with Eugene

But Eugene was in love with Troy

Troy was in love with Irene

But Irene was in love with Roy

 

Chorus

This dry land holds nothing more for me

I lay down my hoe, nothing grows on these fields

I go down with my people, go down to the shore

They say: beyond the sea there may be something more






An island of hope

A good solid ground

A tight rescue rope

An island of hope


Oh these wide fields of waves, not a breeze in the air

To blow wind to my sails and move me from here

I go down with my people, drown in this emtpy sea

And if we find a way, is there anything for me


Chorus


We land with seagull’s laughter

and the sound of breaking waves

Solemn voices whispering: we found our place

I fall into our people’s arms, fall into their embrace

After all this time we’re safe


Chorus

 
 


You’ve got all that weight on your shoulders

You’ve got all that trouble on your mind

Get off that weight gal

Before it’s too late

Get all that weight off your shoulders

 

Look at your machines pa

And all the things you’ve built

You set out to do a lot

And a lot you did


Now you’re in your seventies

And it’s time to let go

You gotta trust

You’ve done enough

 

Chorus


You are a lioness ma

And with your teeth you tear apart

Everyone

That could be causing harm


But look your kids are grown now

It’s time to let go

You gotta trust

You’ve done enough

 

Chorus

 

Put your arms to the left

Put your arms to the right

Circle them shoulders

Circle them shoulders right


Do the hula hoop

And do the windmill too

Get all that weight off your shoulders

 

Chorus

 
Lil’ Jamie screams as loud as he can
 

 
Seeks shelter behind my skirt

He’s shaking and sweating and pointing his hand

Murmuring something about a monster man

A monster man Jamie?

That’s quite absurd. Look!


It is but a painted devil

He don’t bark and he don’t bite

It’s but an eerie shadow

Dancing in the full moon night

 

He’s got me Lord he’s on my heels

But you know that I regret

All my sins and my dirty deals,

My lies, betrayals and oh how sorry I feel

Well that’s great James

But you ain’t there yet. Look!


Chorus

 

I’ll keep you save from harm

I’ll keep you cozy and warm

I’ll always be around

To tell your devil to find another place to revel


Listen! You painted devil

Flaring red in a flickering light

You are but an eerie shadow

And you’re not scaring us tonight!


On a friendly day in June

We spoke the wedding vow

Oh how high I felt back then

And oh how low right now


She used to be my darlin’

The most beautiful gal

Now she’s nothing more to me

Than a quarrelsome hell oh

 

Quarrelsome, quarrelsome wife

Misery of all my years to come

You’re my struggle my strife

You’re beautiful but oh so quarrelsome

 

Lord knows I did my best for her

I gave her everything

A car, a horse, expensive clothes

Grandmother’s diamond ring


But nothing’s good enough for her

She’s mean from nine to five

Oh to be bound forever

To this quarrelsome wife


Chorus

 

And oh if I would leave her

She would take everything

The house, the kids and what is worse

She won’t stop quarreling


I’ll flee into the desert

To lead a lonely life

Everything seems easier

Than this quarrelsome wife


Chorus

Down in the grove I crouch in the bushes

wait for moonrise

I wrap my shawl tightly ‘round my shoulders,

chilly breeze tonight

Warm light shines out the windows

of the old house on the hilltop

Melodies and soft beats sound down

to the old trees where I hide and look up

 

He don’t want me no more, he don’t want me no more


She is golden, her whole figure shines,

divine as she steps out on the porch.

She leans on the rail, I feel her eyes on me,

but she can’t see me in the dark.

I see him as he follows her out on the porch

he puts his arms round her waist.

They are laughing and her red hair

sparkles as she turns to him for a kiss

 

He don’t want me no more, he don’t want me no more

He don’t want me no more, he don’t want me no more

 

The music stops, night silence

and the lights go off on the front porch.

Window by window turns dark in the house

leaving one last room on the first floor.

I wait and I watch for a long while

until everything is dark and still.

Twigs crack under my boots as I leave my refuge

and walk up to the house at the top of the hill.

 

He don’t want me no more, he don’t want me no more

He don’t want me no more, he don’t want me no more

 
 
You come to me one summer morning
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Your face is a dark winter’s night

You don’t say a word but I know dear

It’s hard to put troubles aside

 

Lay your head on my bosom

Cry all your tears and let go

Weep over worries and sorrow

Life can be so hard I know


You are lonesome and blue dear

Nothing is as it should be

I know you feel lost but remember

My friend you are so dear to me

 

Chorus

 

Oh how it pains me to see you

See you so worried and low

Stay with me for a while dear

Soon you’ll be better I know

 

Chorus


You’re getting bald honey

You’re getting fat mammi

Gorgin’ on fries and chocolate creamy pie


We’re getting old mammi

Soon our blood runs cold honey

N’I hope our love is greater than this


Your hair is grey mammi

Your teeth are yellow honey

Some fouling black of sugar, booze and cigarettes


You can hardly see honey

You can’t hold your pee mammi

N’I hope our love is greater than this


I hope our love, I hope our love

I hope our love is greater than this

I hope our love, I hope our love

I hope our love is greater than this


You walk like a duck honey

Your humpback spine is shocking mammi

So round, you’re always looking down


Your cheeks are like a bloodhound’s mammi

You got more wrinkles than a bulldog honey

N’I hope our love is greater than this


You’re always sleepy mammi

You don’t know your own name honey

If I left you two streets down you would be lost for good


Here take your pills honey

Yeah take your pills mammi

I hope our love is greater than this


Chorus


We’re getting old honey

Soon our blood runs cold mammi

But down there we’ll be lying side by side


I love your heart of gold honey

I love your heart of gold mammi

I know our love is greater than this


I know our love, I know our love

I know our love is greater than this

I know our love, I know our love

I know our love is greater than this