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All Good People

Tweedle dee and tweedle dum
These happy feet walk dirty streets
Rock-a-baby, rock-a-choo
I'm heading west where beggars choose

Country girl, ain’t you wild
All good people walk this mile

Beneath the streets these hippies roam
Lunatics make love below
Memories of walking streets
When politics were obsolete

Country girl, ain’t you wild
All good people walk this mile

Smoking spirits, send 'em down
These rain clouds are free to frown
Bellies roll and beer flows
But I’m stuck here in Nimbin Town

Face the music, face the fear
Funky, friendly and free to cheer
Tails wag for broken hearts
And the children wonder what it’s all about

Country girl, ain’t you wild
All good people walk this mile
Country girl, it’s been a while
All good people make it worth their while

Smoking spirits, send ‘em down
These rain clouds are free to frown
Bellies roll and beer flows

But I’m stuck here in Nimbin Town

Diamond in the Rough

I left you in the dust
From dusk ‘til dawn
Came back in the night
Just to keep warm
But I’ll never let you down
You know this much to be true
You’re a diamond in the rough
Now you shine right on through

Mosquitoes dive and geckos crawl
Around these parts afros stand tall
You’ve a ruby smile and honest lips
You’re sweet and sour with those sweeping hips

I may be made of clay
But I’ve been fired and I still sting
I’ve been set out to dry
And I cracked, you wonder why?
But I’ll never let you down
You know this much to be true
You’re a diamond in the rough
Now you shine right on through

Bring me down, bring me down
Down to a place where your walls have been erased

Mosquitoes dive and geckos crawl
Around these parts afros stand tall
You’ve a ruby smile and honest lips
You’re sweet and sour with those sweeping hips

Country Wind

Lightning flies in the Vegas sky
Swinging blues made it hard to fly
All we need is a black jack before we die

Amen to the Brothers of the 168
Living life in real time catching flies sometimes sedate
They say hello to the call girls hangin’ around the Motel 6
Peace to the brothers may your future be blessed

Country wind blowing back again
Bella Belle I miss you so
Spinning eights beside the road

Lightning flies in the Vegas sky
Swinging blues made it hard to fly
All we need is a black jack

A treasure chest of change, broken pencils on the floor
Even if you’re dreaming you may wind up sweeping floors
So-called friends won’t drive a mile
Chains have rusted all the while
Keep your head up girl
Keep your head up girl

Country wind blowing back again
Bella Belle I miss you so
Spinning eights beside the road

Old soul on the road looking home
Cadillacs and crows screech below

Country wind’s blowing back again
Country wind’s blowing back again
Before we fly

The Village

Far off in the distance a village glows gold
Beware of the witches who roam those shores
But worry not my dear good friend
For the river runs deep within these bones

Beware my dear brother for heavy rains may fall
Ones that may sweep you in to treacherous halls
I’ll take you so far as these eyes can see
At which point you will soar without wind nor see

I fish for food
You pan for gold

To the left there’s a lantern, its fuel burns slow
Still thirsty and playful in this full moon glow
Remember the torches, their steady flames fell
Upon Yavulo village just east of the bell

I fish for food
You pan for gold

He left me a roll in a satchel made of wool
Sketched a map in the sand into the valleys below
Simone once said you best dream ‘til you’re dead
At which point I arose from my turquoise bed

Steps Toward Home

I sang the blessed blues beneath the reddest sun
I’ve played the guitar ‘side my best of friends
Oh and that’s when I’m happiest
When my heart feels free

I’ve sat for so long I’ve forgotten how to walk
I’ve slept in shacks wherein the walls just crawl
Oh and I’ve read the good word
But I sure as hell ain’t a saint

I’ve been pushed and pulled
All I want to do is live with you

I’ve played with hearts until my own broke free
I’ve danced with whiskey with an ace right up my sleeve
But I’ve been dreamin’ of that steel horse in the cold black night

I’ve been pushed and pulled
All I want to do is live with you
Momma said swing to the fences
Momma said live alive, live with love

I’ve worked these hands bled red into the land
I’ve ran from love towards home sweet home
But I’ll keep moving day or night, rain or shine

I’ve been pushed and pulled
All I want to do is live with you
Momma said swing to the fences
Momma said live alive, live with love

Smile

Sweet Jane why are you running
From those big bright lights?
I’ve been piecing weeks together
Faded signs, miles behind

Sweet Jane why are you dancing
In those dusty streets?
It’s been years since I met you
Step on through, step on through

Smile for me
Smile for me
Smile for me
Smile

Sweet Jane where are you running
In those big brown shoes?
Bitter cold by the tracks
But you gotta step on through

Smile for me
Smile for me
Smile for me
Smile

Burn

Don’t wait for me
It’ll never be the same
Hold on to your heart
Be careful what you crave

And you feel left out
And you feel left out
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns

You’re lovely in the summer
You’re calm in the rain
Hold on to your heart,
Be careful what you crave

You’re an angel in snow
What a beautiful show
You’re a broken down bird

And you feel left out
And you feel left out
And you feel left out
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns

Swivel Girl

Hey good looking quit staring at yourself
Your feet are unsure oh swimmer of the kelp
Hey good looking quit staring at yourself
Mummies walk straighter oh miner of hearts

Swivel girl
Quit your lying
Swivel girl
Keep on trying

Hey good looking, your worth more than a million
But don’t go searching if part of you is missing
Angel woman your words kept me up at night
There will be no more dragging, feast upon another brave knight

Swivel girl
Quit your lying
Swivel girl
Keep on trying

Swivel girl
Quit your lying
Swivel girl
Keep on trying

Shine Your Shoes

Look at all the faces
Curious and cold
Perhaps their hearts are empty
But I’ll look inside my own
Pass him by on Monday
Tuesday drop a dime
A token for a dreamer
Who was born half-blind

It’s a hard life when you’re living in the shadows of a shoe

You can blame it on my mother
But I for one can see
The road ahead’s wide open
It’s yours if you believe
I for one am richer
From town to town I crawl
Until I reach the thicket
Of which my roots sprawl

It’s a hard life when you’re living in the shadows of a shoe

I’ll keep the one eye open
Hope to board the bird
Of which my father told me
Was hopeless and absurd
I’ll leave a trail of candy
Play these kids a tune
Stand upon my wooden box and
Shine these shoes

It’s a hard life when you’re living in the shadows of a shoe
It’s a hard life but somehow we’ll make it through