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Cicada

Put on my party dress
And I kick off my shoes
We got lots of ice
And no shortage of cheap booze

String up the Christmas lights
Put out the sun
Whoa we’re all gathering round
In the summer having fun

So I sing
Cicada sing to me
Whoa cicada sing to me
Oh cicada sing to me

Got all my good friends
From near and far
And the twinkling lights
Make me think how lucky we are

Whoa so I sing
Cicada sing to me
Whoa cicada sing to me
Oh cicada sing to me

And the summer nights
Seem to last all year
But before you know it
Winter will be here

Cicada sing to me
Whoa cicada sing to me
Oh cicada sing to me
Oh cicada sing to me
Oh cicada sing to me

Bootstrapped

Mama kept a roof over our heads
Grinding down her fingernails trying to keep us fed
Workin hard tryin to get to the top
When she gets tired she don’t know to stop

Cause she’s bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds
To change our situation
Bootstrapped broken
Nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds

Growing up we had rules of the way
Followed them each night and every day
We were taught to say thank you and always to say please
But you get hungry you take what you need

Cause we’re bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds
To change our situation
Bootstrapped broken
Nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds

Going to school and we’re learning out of books
About a world that always gives you looks
When you don’t fit the mold when you fall out of line
And you do something great and they always act surprised

Cause we’re bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds
To change our situation
Bootstrapped broken
Nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds

Where is the hope? Where is the sky?
We are the generation to stop and ask why
When it gets hard when we get squashed down
And it gets so hard to turn it all around

Cause we’re bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds
To change our situation
Bootstrapped broken
Nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds

Cause we’re bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning

Cause we’re bootstrapped broken
Working nights till morning
Waiting on a planet of diamonds

Apple Of My Eye

I’ll save you part of my apple
I’ll save you part of my apple
Cause you’re the apple of my eye

And if you don’t like apples
I’ll bake it into a pie
A la mode my oh my

Cause you’re the apple of my eye
Cause you’re the apple of my eye

I will plant you an orchard
And watch them grow
Oh we’ll eat those apples when we’re old

We will walk through the orchard
And find the very best ones
And pick them down one by one

Cause you’re the apple of my eye
Oh you’re the apple of my eye

When we eat all the apples
And all we got is the seeds
I’ll dig up the dirt you and me

We’ll put our seeds in the ground
And water them with our tears
from laughing at ourselves and our fears

Cause you’re the apple of my eye
Oh you’re the apple of my eye
I said you’re the apple of my eye
Oh you’re the apple of my eye

Bitter Heart

My bitter heart only brings me down
When I need a friend I look around
They are gone long gone
And I wonder where it all wrong

That prairie winds blow harsh and long
But it scatters seeds for the next time round

So let it blow take it’s toll
Let it blow away my bitter heart
Let it blow take it’s toll
Let it blow away my bitter heart
Let it blow away my bitter heart

My bitter heart used to burn with desire
Now it smolders like a forest fire
When I close the wind doesn’t blow
Shuts out the love I used know

That prairie fire burns red and black
But it scatters seeds to bring it back

So let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn away my bitter heart

My bitter heart used to burn
Like a forest fire

So let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn away my bitter heart

Let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn take it’s turn
Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn away my bitter heart

Let it burn away my bitter heart
Let it burn away my bitter heart

Everything Seems Bad

He said she said
What did I say?
I wish I hadn’t said it that way
But I know there’s no turning back

He did it she did it
What if I did it?
And I know that somebody’s gonna get it
And I hope that someone ain’t me

Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad

What goes around comes around
She’s the one who’s been around town
And I hope that she’s found
A reason to come back home

Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

He did it she did it
What if I did it?
And I know that somebody’s gonna get it
And I hope that someone ain’t me

He did it she did it (Wasn’t me)
He did it she did it (Who could it be?)
He did it she did it (You say?)
He did it she did it (She gone away)

He did it she did it (Wasn’t me)
He did it she did it (Who could it be?)
He did it she did it (You say?)
He did it she did it (She gone away)

Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad

What goes around comes around
She’s the one who’s been around town
And I hope that she’s found
A reason to come back home

Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad
Oh when everything seems bad

Keen On You

I’m keen on you
You’re my sunlight through the trees
I’m keen on you
Oh you’re my honey from the bees
I’m keen on you
I’m keen on you
Baby I’m keen on you

Gonna hold you to my ear
Find the words I want to hear
You’re making it easy to fall for you
My sweet dear
Won’t you whisper in my ear and say

I’m keen on you
You’re my sunlight through the trees
I’m keen on you
Oh you’re my honey from the bees
I’m keen on you
I’m keen on you
Baby I’m keen on you

Heard it all before
But I wouldn’t mind one more
Comin from you babe
Oh it never gets old
So my sweet dear
Won’t you whisper in my ear and say

I’m keen on you
You’re my sunlight through the trees
I’m keen on you
Oh you’re my honey from the bees
I’m keen on you
I’m keen on you
Baby I’m keen on you

Ain’t No Mountains Here

There ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here

There’s a whole lotta people growing up kind
Strangers talk in the grocery line in Iowa land of mine
Whole lotta people doing what’s right
Whole lotta people living their life in Iowa land of mine

People say, “Why would you stay?”
People say, “Why would you stay?”

When there ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here

We ride our bikes across the state
Pick the presidential fate in Iowa land of mine
Where a friend of yours is a friend of mine
If you need help you’ll find a line in Iowa land of mine

People say, “Why would you stay?”
People say, “Why would you stay?”

When there ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here

Winter spring summer fall
Champions of ‘em all in Iowa land of mine
You got a dream turn the page
Find the world is your stage in Iowa land of mine
Plant a seed and watch it grow
Ideas kids or garden grown in Iowa land of mine

People say, “Why would you stay?”
People say, “Why would you stay?”

There ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here

There ain’t no mountains here
Ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here
There ain’t no mountains here

Hard To Love Me

Standing in the checkout in the grocery store
We were in a line going slower than slow
So I took a frozen turkey put it under my dress
Started wailing I was in some sort of pregnancy distress

Oh it’s hard to love me
I don’t know why you try
It’s hard to love me
Thanks for sticking by
I eat too much I drink too much
Wear sunglasses at night
It’s hard to love me
But I’m glad you try

When I met your mother who’s Catholic as the Pope
We sat down to lunch and she asked about my home
She said, “Where ya born? Where ya been?” I looked at her and said:
I come to you from Mars and I am reincarnated

Oh it’s hard to love me
I don’t know why you try
It’s hard to love me
Thanks for sticking by
I eat too much I drink too much
Wear sunglasses at night
It’s hard to love me
But I’m glad you try

At your cousin’s wedding with the black tie dress code
I wore a cowgirl costume from three Halloweens ago
Standing in the front row when they took their first kiss
I grabbed my whip gave the priest a nip
We haven’t heard from your cousin since

Oh it’s hard to love me
I don’t know why you try
It’s hard to love me
Thanks for sticking by
I eat too much I drink too much
Wear sunglasses at night
It’s hard to love me
But I’m glad you try

Oh it’s hard to love me
I don’t know why you try
It’s hard to love me
Thanks for sticking by
I eat too much I drink too much
Wear sunglasses at night
It’s hard to love me
But I’m glad you try

Leave It All Behind

I woke up this morning to a day I thought would never come
Tomorrow is the day that I gotta run
Saying goodbye isn’t easy so I don’t know why
I thought I would cry

We were riding on the rhythm of the soul train
Laugh laugh away the pain
Some things you can’t laugh away
Times with you light as a feather
Life together never been better
I’ll try to write you a letter

But some things are hard to say
When I know that I’ll be so far away
But I gotta go now or stay forever
I don’t know if where I’m going is better
But it’s calling my name

Give me one more smile to leave it all behind
Sing one more song to leave it all behind
This day is long
Gonna fill it with joy and laughter
Till I pack my bags and leave it all behind

But some things are hard to say
When I know that I’ll be so far away
But I gotta go now or stay forever
I don’t know if where I’m going is better
But it’s calling my name

Give me one more smile to leave it all behind
Sing one more song to leave it all behind
This day is long
Gonna fill it with joy and laughter
Till I pack my bags and leave it all behind

Painter

I’m gonna be a painter
I’m gonna go out west
Gonna find me a cottage
With no return address

Gonna leave behind the money
That I never had
All the loves I tempted
And the ones that made me sad

Gonna get me a dog
With only three legs
I’m gonna be a painter
I’m gonna paint all day

Gonna keep on driving
Keep looking for what I’m finding
Forget about my mother
And the things I loved about her
And the ways I am just like her

Gonna smoke because I can
Even though it gives me cancer
Once I used those patches
But I only smoked faster

I know who I am
At least on most days
I’m gonna be a painter
I’m gonna paint all day

A long time ago
I thought I’d be a dancer
But as time went on
It only moved faster

So here I am
Making a change
Driving west
Me and my three-legged dog
Cabin in sight
All I need is lots of good light

Cause I’m gonna be a painter
I’m gonna be a painter
Oh I’m gonna be a painter

Sunday Morning Truth

Friday night I pick you up seven o’clock ooo
Feelin warm with tequila shots ooo

And I don’t care where we go tonight
The stars are comin out tonight

She tells me all her stories and I tell her mine ooo
I swear the crease in my palm is my loveline oh with her

And I don’t care where we go tonight
The stars are comin out tonight

It’s hard to hear the Sunday morning truth ooo

Everything is covered in velvet
I can see the future in her eyes
And I’m starting to believe
She is worth cutting all my ties

And I don’t care where we go tonight
The stars are comin out tonight

So it’s hard to hear the Sunday morning truth ooo
It’s hard to hear the Sunday morning truth ooo

Coming Up Slow

Five miles back passed a tiny little town
Three tiny churches and three tiny bars
Folks in town hit the bar on Friday
Asked god to forgive them at church on Sunday

Farther up town people sit behind bars
And police patrol in their bulletproof cars
Routing out evil as they define
Dividing up humanity by color lines

This train ain’t bound for glory this train

And we’re coming up slow coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know
Coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know

We got so many people who are dodging the bombs
While the rest of the people are bringing ‘em on
Whoever had the idea to change the world with guns
Musta never seen a bullet kill his own son

This train ain’t bound for glory this train

And we’re coming up slow coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know
Coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know

One nation’s joy is another’s pain
Locking up the cuffs of another’s chain
We have heroes and villains freedom and crime
They label our fear

We got so many people who are dodging the bombs
While the rest of the people are bringing ‘em on
Whoever had the idea to change the world with guns
Musta never seen a bullet

Coming up slow coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know
Coming up slow
And we’re turning the wheels and we don’t even know

Five miles back passed a tiny little town
Three tiny churches and three tiny bars
Folks in town hit the bar on Friday

Shine

I hope that it shines
I hope that it shines for you

There’s so much to lose and that clock is tickin
I see my life staring back at me
And I’m scared to death to keep livin
Cause I’m scared
Afraid of dying soon

Rain is falling
I’d wide awake

You came in
You came into my life like a fire
You came in
You came into my life like a fire

And we’re gonna burn it down
Gonna burn this house down
Down down down down down down
Down to the ashes and the coals

No one will ever know what was here before

Lights Go Out

When the lights go out
And I feel all alone
I start to believe
You’re not coming home

I know you went
Hours away
But I think that
You’ll come home

I need you here
And I get stuck in my head
When you’re
Away from home

And the darkness it gets
Closer to my head
And it closes into myself

And every sound that I hear
Makes me think you’re getting near
But no
You’re still far

And the darkness it gets
Closer to my head
And it closes into myself

And every sound that I hear
Makes me think you’re getting near
But no
You’re still far
Oh you’re still far away

 

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