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South Bound Train

by Joey Clark

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1.
she put pillows on the floor and padding on the walls she can tell by the way i walk that i'm bound to fall she runs with a stretcher right behind me with a bottle of jack in a rolling rack hooked to an I.V. that woman is a swiss army knife for my drunk and disorderly life she flashes some blades says the long one's for a shave the short one's to poke me in case i misbehave she got a screw driver takes the hinges off the door and a cork screw i bet that you can guess what's that for wound up under the table think i had a defective chair when i opened my eyes to my surprise you were already there like a fortune teller you knew where i'd be and you had a little picknick there just for you and me some say we're co-dependent how much you wanna bet this is as close to true love as i'm ever gonna get i'm living in her basement now but what do i care as long as when we're lovin she lets me come up for air feel like i'm in a rowboat with only one oar with paradise waiting for me on the other shore when she says baby i've got just the trick i'll use your guitar for a tiller and you go overboard and kick
2.
Wildfire 03:02 video
the moth dear loves the candle and it yearns to join with the light but it burns to be so close dear and it dies alone in the night the last thing i want to do is hurt you so i tried to warn you from the start that your love could never hold me i've got a wildfire in my heart god gave me wings of wax dear to try to fly to the sun i know the sea will swallow me but not until i have my fun when burning trees send their embers to fly to the roofs of the town keep an eye to the firefighters better men than I stand their ground
3.
my shoelace mind came undone tripping over the Tennessee sun too late to talk me out of it again I'm headed down on a southbound train the truth will tie you in a double knot whether it's remembered or forgot and leave you with a lot to explain best be leaving town on a southbound train there’s a hole in the roof but I don’t care get my best ideas gazing through there some say I’m the next Mark Twain some say I'm a clown on a southbound train riding high as high as high noon tell me honey where do you keep that bent spoon fill it full of sugarcain melt it down on a southbound train I tore my heart apart in your little room chasing the so-called fruits of doom I'll wrap myself in the blanket of the rain and breakdown on a southbound train should anybody care where I’ve gone full of schemes and dreams and song tell them the tale of Charlemagne how he found his crown on a southbound train
4.
There you go again with the one who took my place can’t bring myself to say his name so I’ll say what’s his face I guess you are happy now you found somebody new But I’m fifty shades of green my love And one deep shade of blue I see you all the time together walking hand in hand What’s he got that I don’t got I’ll never understand I got to get you back somehow but I don’t know what to do I’m fifty shades of green my love And one deep shade of blue Green green he’s in between me and you I’m fifty shades of green my love And one deep shade of blue Maybe you’ll get tired of him and cast him aside Until you do I’ll wait for you with arms open wide I’m sure my love for you is one hundred times more true ‘Cause I’m fifty shades of green my love And one deep shade of blue I never thought that I would ever be the jealous kind But thoughts of you and he together keep swirling in my mind Maybe if I find someone it’ll happen to you too Then you’ll be fifty shades of green my love And one deep shade of blue
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Baby had a bad brain Always predicting rain When she runs out of sunshine She says oh no here we go again Time to go on your run And when the deal is done Pack that pipe like you load a gun And blow your mind to kingdom come Carry came from the coast Where she followed the Dead like a ghost She says I gave them my youth All I ever got in return was the truth Suzy thought about her soul As she stared into the coals And made that fire burn Just so you know she’s got it all under control Then Betty barges in Says Oh my medicine! It will cure everything Except wanting it again and again Nelly knelt before the King And kissed his shiny ring And contemplated an ocean of green That will never mean a goddamn thing
6.
rich man says it's all going according to plan you wouldn't be where you are if it weren't for the working man rich man riding in his limousine it takes a working man to keep that motor clean gonna give you some guesses but you only get three who built your high society? rich man in his mansion says he needs a dining hall well a working man always answers the call rich man in a hall drinking his fancy wine all because a working man put in overtime gonna give you some guesses but you only get three who built your high society? rich man on a yacht working on his tan he'd be in an inner tube if it weren't for a working man rich man says it's all going according to plan you wouldn't be where you are if it weren't for the working man why we even built the grand ol' opry who built your high society?
7.
i'm sorry the other night for hiding in your hedge i'm always trying to talk myself off of the edge i thought that i was Cyrano and could sing you a tune that could float like a riverboat and send you to the moon it's just that Juliet's been gone God only knows how long i'm trying to find a way to you but you don't smoke or drink at least i guess that's what i'm supposed to think you must be high on something 'cause all the while you've been flashing me that Mona Lisa smile guess you heard my Juliet's been gone God only knows how long i'm so lonely i've been talking to the wall but the shadow you cast there is ten feet tall so i got out a pencil and drew a happy face and now the eyes follow me all over the place you see my Juliet's been gone God only knows how long if i'm missing juliet i guess that makes me romeo but i've been banished with nothing to show for all my love and sincerity 'cept this post card from paradise that you sent me it says i'm going to be gone God only knows how long
8.
Angeline 05:22
Angeline the chapel bell echoes over Abilene a cool wind blows through groves of evergreens Angeline the setting sun is red as grenadine shadows grow long through orchards of nectarines Angeline there's fire in my heart and my blood is kerosine sing me a song and play on your tambourine I swear this time I will stay clean, And a new sun will shine upon you my queen Please stay with me Angeline
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once upon a time i had a wife and a house i spent my time in the attic just like a mouse i think it was the sight of the towels marked hers and his now i wish this road would go somewhere but it stays just where it is it's Tuesday night and i'm writing a song this one's a short one, only 19 verses long put two lines in a shoebox pretty soon they start having kids i wish this road would go somewhere but it stays just where it is watching the fireworks from a pontoon boat i swear someone put something in my root beer float i want to go out with a bang not a slow gin fiz i wish this road would go somewhere but it stays just where it is it takes 50 forms of ID now just to vote pretty soon you'll need an armband on your overcoat but the future is naked i guess that's why they call it show biz i wish this road would go somewhere but it stays just where it is some people on the Internet are like an open book the further away you are the more impressive they look if there's no one behind the curtain, it's because i'm off taking a wiz i wish this road would go somewhere but it stays just where it is
10.
Nobody Blues 03:36
A tree may fall in the woods but by some internal might It sends out a brand new branch heading toward the light Heading toward the light is exactly what I’ll do That’s how I’m going to lose the Nobody blues Some are riding the roads, some are riding the trail I’ll walk out of the woods with a tiger by the tail and that tiger will be a song for you That’s how I’m going to lose the Nobody blues See that bird on a branch he knows his song to sing When I go to music row gonna do the very same thing and any branch on any tree will do That’s how I’m going to lose the Nobody blues Going to feel shiny and new like a penny in a wishing well If you got holes in your shoes boy you got stories to tell Going to walk down Broadway in some brand new shoes That’s how I’m going to lose the Nobody blues With a song in my heart and a guitar in my hand Give to me your farewell cause I’m off to the promised land No I’m not gone to heaven but it’s still makes pretty good news I’m gone off to lose the Nobody blues Yes crazy Joey Clark’s gone to lose these Nobody blues

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Joey Clark Weare, New Hampshire

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