Sleeping Lie

shirtsleeve wipe the window grime
your bark weaker all the time
don’t see you but you’re out there I can tell
shaggy coat too far away to smell

back and forth, closer every pass
you think you see me looking through the glass
shadow of coal pacing hot
you think you’re gonna take me but you’re not

hand on the doorknob, I know

I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
for you
today

I don’t pace I don’t shake I don’t freak out
once in a while I can’t help but peek out
you’re not close enough to bite
you’re still there prowling my night

I lean against the door, I know

I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
for you
today

I hit the light your eyes glow red
you whimper and cower and duck your head
thought you’d come to me to get fed
I’ll laugh out loud when I know you’re dead

you used to knock me down, get on my back
work your fangs to hear my spine crack
worry my neck like you were killing a rat
you and I we’re way past that

kick that door open, now I know

I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
I won’t turn my back
for you
today


Fancy Tie Knot

thought I was a snappy dresser
then I met you
eyeful of your natural style
nothing I could do

your fancy tie knot
sharp lapels
pocket square design
Italian loafers
razor creases
man you’re looking fine
your fancy tie knot
Rolex watch
studded pinky ring
thought I was a snappy dresser
but I don’t know a thing

my double-Windsor silk Garcia
hid inside my coat
your double-breasted mohair suit
really got my goat

your fancy tie knot
sharp lapels
pocket square design
Italian loafers
razor creases
man you’re looking fine
your fancy tie knot
Rolex watch
studded pinky ring
thought I was a snappy dresser
but I don’t know a thing

some tie a fancy bow
or stick it with a pin
but when they see your fancy tie knot
they take it on the chin

your fancy tie knot
sharp lapels
pocket square design
Italian loafers
razor creases
man you’re looking fine
your fancy tie knot
Rolex watch
studded pinky ring
thought I was a snappy dresser
but I don’t know a thing
thought I was a snappy dresser
but I don’t know a thing


Count Our Days

count our days search for wisdom put it in our hearts
sail our ship from star to star following the charts

as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today

count our days search for truth filling up our mind
sail our ship from star to star treasure what we find

as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today

find that precious pearl
treasure in a field
count our days to wisdom
patient till the time comes to be healed

count our days search for wisdom share it as we go
sail our ship from star to star carry seeds to sow
count our days search for truth filling up our mind
sail our ship from star to star treasure what we find
count our days search for wisdom put it in our hearts
sail our ship from star to star following the charts

as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today
as long as we can call it today


Another Shore

It’s dark out on the horizon
The sea and the sky are blue and gray
Behind me there’s a glow above the hills
I’ll be gone before the break of day

Used to be a darkness in my life
Soul stuck in a long dark night
Maybe somewhere past that horizon
Is what I hope will help to put me right

I’ll take that ship wherever it goes
where I’ll end up heaven knows
nothing wrong with where I am but I’ve seen it all before
so I’ll take that ship and sail away
and find another shore

The world is round, everyone knew
From long before Columbus rode the foam
Circles have no end and no beginning
No matter where you head you’re heading home

I’ll take that ship wherever it goes
where I’ll end up heaven knows
nothing wrong with where I am but I’ve seen it all before
so I’ll take that ship and sail away
and find another shore

vagabonding, wanderlust, or travel
whatever you call it’s all the same
restless rambling trek toward that horizon
to see the world without a picture frame

I’ll take that ship wherever it goes
where I’ll end up heaven knows
nothing wrong with where I am but I’ve seen it all before
so I’ll take that ship and sail away
and find another shore

Some folks are content to stay at home
Some of us can barely keep still
Some of you might want to come along
Down the road and over that next hill

I’ll take that ship wherever it goes
where I’ll end up heaven knows
nothing wrong with where I am but I’ve seen it all before
so I’ll take that ship and sail away
and find another shore


The Only Other Diner

I don’t believe in destiny
I don’t believe in “has to be”
I don’t believe there’s only
one true love for anyone

but ever since I met you
it feels like this was meant to be

you’re the only other diner
in my little restaurant
you may not be the only one there is
but you’re the only one I want

menu’s so confusing
you blanch and put it down
lettuce sit together
and I’ll show you around

grill me all you want
about what’s on the fare
I’ll clarify it so you know
I really knead you there

you’re the only other diner
in my little restaurant
you may not be the only one there is
but you’re the only one I want

I’ll never mince my words
if you promise not to stir
and if you’re in a pickle
I’m your restaurateur

I’m fondue your dressing
it suits you to a tea
if you want to caper some
just tell me hominy

you’re the only other diner
in my little restaurant
you may not be the only one there is
but you’re the only one I want

I’d really stew if someone tried to poach you
When it comes to bussing I can coach you
We could stay out late
Sharing a blue plate
Or going a la carte
Your eyes, your lips, my heart

you’re the only other diner
in my little restaurant
you may not be the only one there is
but you’re the only one I want


Biochemystery

I gave up coffee and chocolate and tea
to see if it might help me get well
10 days of headaches, kitten weak
there wasn’t any difference I could tell

so I had a cup of pricey Irish tea
it tasted like cardboard in a cup
eased my way into a pot of decaf
the icepick in my head wouldn’t give up

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are

the cocktail of meds I take each day
warn about mixing them with drinking
the effects, they say, might be amplified
and yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking

make your heart rejoice with half a glass of red
but what really happens isn’t much fun
without overindulgence or waiting till the morning
take my hangover to bed, ’cause I’m done

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are

when I was a kid I was skinny as a stick
distance runner, and played baseball
bought my graduation suit from the children’s section
wasn’t long until I outgrew it all

half a century I’ve been trying to eat right
I don’t drink soda; rarely touch red meat
big old salad is my favorite lunch
but biochemystery has me beat

you think it’s logical and simple
like tuning up the engine in a car
start messing with the biochemystery
it’s glad to show you just how wrong you are