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CROWS IN THE CORN  2020

Song List

Going Back Home

Spaghetti Blues

Her

Rolling And Rambling

Crows In The Corn

Apocalyptic Dawn

Land Of The Shakes

Hard Road Mama

On A Greyhound

The Mighty Sea

Avenue Of The Americas (Sixth Avenue)

Credits

Recorded and mixed at Barking Dog, Manslaughter, Texas

Guitars, Vocals, Bass  & Percussion arranged and played by Tom Ovans

Design – Joe Montgomery

Executive Producer – Lou Ann Bardash

Words & Music by Tom Ovans © & Ⓟ 2020(BMI)

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Lyrics

 

Going Back Home

 

Going back home before it gets too late

Going back home before they close the gate

Going back home before the night falls

Going back home before they build that wall

 

Going back home before I get a big head

Going back home before I end up dead

Going back home before I start to fight

Going back home before I lose the light

 

Going back home where that wind blows cool

Going back home away from all these fools

Going back home going to get what I need

Going back home cause I don’t dig this greed

 

Going back home before it gets too hot

Going back home before I am what I’m not

Going back home where the days pass slow

Going back home to the women I know

 

Going back home away from this strife

Going back home going to live my life

Going back home down that old highway

Going back home that’s what I say

 

 

Spaghetti Blues 

 

Well my fevers hot my body’s chilled

Been fighting the wind but it’s blowing still

Been up all night playing for keeps

Coughing up a lung but no one gives a bleep

 

Now I’m tired and hungry

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

Yeah I’m tired and hungry 

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

 

Been walking these streets nearly starved to death

Looking for something ain’t found it yet

I went uptown but I just don’t fit

Everybody tells me but I just can’t quit

 

I’m tired and hungry

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

I’m tired and hungry

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

 

It’s an endless war it’s a mixed up head

It’s good versus greed and the savior’s dead

It’s the same old story the same old song

Somebody’s right someone else is wrong

 

I’m tired and hungry

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

I’m tired and hungry 

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

 

Well I know someday I’m gonna get out of here

But someday is something I’ve been saying for years

Back and forth, forth and back

I use to see a light before I fell through the cracks

 

I’m tired and hungry 

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

I’m tired and hungry 

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

I’m tired and hungry

I just want a bowl of spaghetti

 

 

 

Her

 

Well I’m standing on the corner

With a love I’m trying to hold

But I know that I cannot

I got to let go

Of her

 

Oh the traffic and the people

They pass in a blur

But all I can see

Is a picture 

Of her

 

And I’ll love you forever

And I’ll love you always

And we’ll dream about tomorrow

Until tomorrow slips away

 

Well the nighttime is a falling

It’s the end of the day

And I hear my heart calling

I just can’t get away

From her

 

Now I’m walking these streets

Way pass the midnight hour

Through this city of darkness

Beneath the golden towers

And I hear a poet singing

“Violets Of Dawn”

And I turn to face the music

But she’s already gone

 

And I’ll love you forever

And I’ll love you always

And we’ll dream about tomorrow

Until tomorrow slips away

 

Oh I’m standing on the corner

And the sun’s coming up

And I know the dream is over

And it’s time to wake up

From her

 

 

Rolling And Rambling

 

Well she said softly one night 

When the moon was hanging low

Casting a silvery light 

All across the meadow

The branches were bleeding darkness

The air was filled with a Devil’s Dew

She said “Oh my darling

I guess this will have to do”

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

She said, “It ain’t going to be easy

But you already know about that

The way things are these days

Ain’t no telling where no one’s at”

I said, “I need to think about it

But I suppose you’re right”

She just smiled and took my hand

And led me back into the night

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

She said, “Oh man,

I don’t how we ever made it this far

I was just that skinny girl out on the street

You were that boy with that crazy car”

I said, “That car was something wasn’t it

It sure took us for a lot of rides”

She just shook back her hair and when she did

I could see the highway still in her eyes

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

Now everybody was kind of looking at us

As we stood there in the dark

When somebody tried to strike up a match

It went out without much of a spark

And somebody else said, “Hey Tom

You should have been here years ago

This place was really something then

But I guess that’s something you already know”

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

Well I picked up my guitar

As we stood there on the porch 

She said, “You must be the type

Who likes to leave before things start to hurt”

I said, “You might be right about that

But then again you might be

Wrong about what you’re thinking

What your heart wants you to believe

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

Well that’s the story I’m telling

I guess it’s best just to leave it here

There ain’t no telling who might be listening

Or what it is they want to hear

Well all I know after all this time

You just can’t get hung up on what people will say

And somebody’s darkest hour

Is just somebody else’s sunny day

 

And I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

And I’m strolling and I’m gambling

On whatever I may find

 

Yea I’m rolling and I’m rambling

I’m walking down the line

I’m strolling and I’m gambling 

On whatever I may find

 

 

Crows In The Corn

 

Darkness falls across the plain

Forty-eight days not a drop of rain

I come down a Comanche trail

Looking back on a Texas jail

 

Now if you say I got to go

Baby that’s alright that’s okay 

I’ll be gone before you know

Into the night I’ll slip away

 

This world is hard this world is cruel

The wisest man just another fool

They deal the cards you play your hand

You do your best try to make a stand

 

Now if you say I got to go

Baby that’s alright that’s okay

I’ll be gone before you know

Into the night I’ll slip away

 

Now I see you dancing in the light

How I long just to hold you tight

But too many men too many years

Too many lies too many tears

 

Now if you say I got to go

Baby that’s alright that’s okay

I’ll be gone before you know

Into the night I’ll slip away

 

Now I hear the crows out in the corn

Another day another sucker born

I tell you babe if I was the king

I’d find a way to change everything

 

Now if you say I got to go

Baby that’s alright that’s okay

I’ll be gone before you know

Into the night I’ll slip away

 

 

 

 

 

Apocalyptic Dawn

 

Well the sky it was falling

And the day was getting dark

And I heard trouble calling

Like a storm raining in my heart

 

And I was walking out all night boys

Walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

Well the streets they were busy 

As I followed the crowd on down

But my head was spinning dizzy

As I wandered around this town

 

And I was walking out all night boys

Walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

Well I heard somebody singing

As I stopped in for a beer

But my ears they were ringing

From the words I could not hear

 

And I was walking out all night boys

Walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

Well her hair was kind of red

And her eyes were kind of blue

And she left me for dead

All along this avenue

 

And I was walking out all night boys

Walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

Well I dreamed the rapture coming

Dead souls on the rise

But I woke in the morning

With the sun burning in my eyes

And I was walking out all night boys

Walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

So tell me sweet baby

Where you been so long

I think I’m going crazy

In this apocalyptic dawn

 

And I was walking out all night boys

I was walking out all night

I was walking out all night boys

Until I saw the light

 

 

 

Well it happened a long time ago

A story people around here all know

Where once there was a forest now there’s a lake

Yeah we’re living in the land of the shakes

 

There was bears and deer everywhere

And the rivers and the streams all ran clear

Until man came and took all he could take

Yeah we’re living in the land of the shakes

 

Last night I dreamed what happened before

It all came to be one time more 

I saw Elvis standing by the Graceland gates

Singing “Peace In The Valley” in the land of the shakes

 

Now it ain’t so easy to get by

No matter how high the eagle flies

For never is enough is what you make

When you’re living in the land of the shakes

When you’re living in the land of the shakes

 

 

 

Hard Road Mama

 

Tripping through the valley hanging on the streets

Somebody once told me son use your own two feet

I caught somewhere where that desert wind blows

On the highway to hell you know I nearly froze

 

It’s a hard road baby

It’s a hard road mama

 

Robert Alan is a poet he says things mighty fine

He don’t care about no verse he don’t care about no rhyme

He sings “Hi dee hi” He sings “Ho dee ho

You say what you want man but I know what I know”

 

It’s a hard road baby

It’s a hard road mama

 

There’s riots in the west up and down the avenue

The radicals are on the run and the government on the move

Eyes in the sky, boots on the ground

You speak truth to power boy you know you’re trouble bound 

 

It’s a hard road baby

It’s a hard road mama

 

Well Ruby has a present she says it very sane

She says, “It’s called love” I said, “I don’t want your pain”

She says, “Oh my God I can’t believe what’s in your head”

I said, “Hey Ruby child haven’t you heard a word I said”

 

It’s a hard road baby

It’s a hard road mama

 

Well now I’m down in Texas after all of these years

Don’t say for me no prayers, don’t shed for me no tears

It’s a hundred and twenty degrees here in the belly of the beast

There’s floods and there’s droughts and dead horses in the trees

 

It’s a hard road baby

It’s a hard road mama

 

 

 

 

 

On A Greyhound

 

I come here on a Greyhound baby

Come here for a while

I walked around this town now baby 

Just to see you smile

I played my guitar on the corner baby

Played my guitar in the rain

But nobody ever stopped to listen

They had to ride their train

 

I come to early for the future baby

Come too late for the past

I heard the crowd and the applause now baby

But I know it don’t last

For the truth is always out there baby

No matter what they say

Good times bad times it don’t matter

It never goes away

 

My ship set sail and I got on it

But that was a long time ago

I made my fortune but then I lost it

But that just the way it goes

I saw you standing in the shadows baby

Saw you standing on the steps

The sun was sinking but I remember

The moment our eyes met

 

Now I’ll be leaving in the morning baby

There’s nothing for me here

I got some places I need to be going

And I got to get me there

For all I know is what I see

And what I feel for you

But in this world we live in baby

Sometimes love just won’t do

 

 

The Mighty Sea

 

Well he was born down in old Brighton

Down that commonwealth road

Where the air it hung like a steel curtain

Robbing men of their souls

And he grew up fast and he grew up hard

On those streets of poverty

And he dreamed of a day he would sail away

Far across the mighty sea

 

Well the sun was shining as she moved through the fair

And the colors were all ablaze

And the light it danced upon her hair

As the world stood waiting for her gaze

And the people they watched as she strolled by

For they’ve never seen such beauty

For a moment it seemed like God was watching

Down by the mighty sea

 

Well true love it knows no prejudice

It knows neither rich nor poor

And her lips were trembling when her eyes met his

And his heart belong to him no more

And all through the summer and into the fall

Their love was there to see

And they promised each other forever more

Down by the mighty sea

 

“Oh father, father,” her mother cried

“What are we to do?

For are daughter’s out there she’s running wild

And to save her we must intrude”

And three men they jumped him in an alley one night

And threatened his family

Unless he went away the very next day

Far across the mighty sea

 

From Amsterdam to Singapore

He sailed the oceans wide

And he drank and he cursed and he gambled and he whored

Trying to kill the pain inside

And the years went by and she was wed

To a man from her own society

But she never forgot the boy she loved

Down by the mighty sea

Well I was playing down in old Mills Tavern

Down on Bleeker Street 

I was singing a song I use to do

Called “The Girl From The North Country”

And an old man sat there with tears in his eyes

As he listened to that sweet melody

And he dreamed of the girl he loved years ago

Far across the mighty sea

 

 

 

Avenue Of the Americas (Sixth Avenue)

 

She once was a true love of mine

She once shinned a light in my heart

But it been a long time until one night

We met as strangers in the dark

 

Lord how many years, how many tears

How many crosses on the road to Calvary

Before the night brings us peace

Before the day we are free

 

She called out my name said “How you doing?”

 I said, “I’m still kind of rambling ‘round”

She stepped from the shadows I saw a painted face

Of a working girl on the town

 

Lord how many years, how many tears

How many crosses on the road to Calvary

Before the night brings us peace

Before the day we are free

 

We stood in silence as the night rushed by

I knew there was nothing I could do or say

She touched my cheek, smiled one last time

And I watched her slowly walk away

 

Lord how many years, how many tears

How many crosses on the road to Calvary

Before the night brings us peace

Before the day we are free

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