• Spotify
  • YouTube

HONEST ABE AND THE ASSASSINS   2005

Song List

Bakersfield Tonight

Hey Miss Lucy

Free Your Mind

Sunday Afternoon In Austin

Soul Street Shuffle

Send A Picture

In Memory Of Benny (2)

Song For The Homeless

In My Grave

My Home City

Pack Of Lies

Blow Man Blow

A Love Song

So Far Behind

Innocent Man

Midnight Eclipse

Nashville Blues

Sister’s Farm

Love & Trust

Lovers In The Night

Alright

Code Of The West

Look Out

I Got A Feeling

In Memory Of Benny (1)

New Orleans

Brownsville Tonight

Trains Go By

Jackson

Light Travels With Buddha

There’s A Line

Glory (Hidden Track)

Credits

Produced by Tom Ovans

Executive Producer: Lou Ann Bardash

Recorded and Mixed at Barking Dog in Austin, Tx

Mastered at Sound Mine by Peter Blackwell

Design by Joe Montgomery

Photography by Sung Park

Painting by Lou Ann Bardash

Words and music by Tom Ovans © & ℗ (BMI)

Lyrics

 

 

Bakersfield Tonight

 

The magic man he took you down

You were just another face waiting to be found

I tried to love you but that was years ago

You had your mind made up where you wanted to go

 

The gypsy boy with his face of tattoos

He pointed his finger he was talking to you

Inside the school with the needle in your hand

He whispered in your ear and away you ran

 

I’m sitting in a bar in Bakersfield tonight

I’m drinking hard, trying to hold on tight

Watching the clock and the second hand creep

Toward the hour of death when they’ll put you to sleep

 

Well your daddy went down on his knees before the judge

But for a poor man the law don’t budge

He went home went crazy put a bullet through his head

And they found him with a note at the foot of your bed

 

The media rushed in with blood in their eyes

They stole your pictures and told their lies

Preachers screamed, Politicians went wild

And some DA got himself a name with your trial

 

I’m sitting in a bar in Bakersfield tonight

I’m drinking hard, trying to hold on tight

Watching the clock and the second hand creep

Towards the hour of death when they’ll put you to sleep

 

Well I don’t know why people do what they do

These days we all seem far from the truth

So much hypocrisy and so many lies

And so many people feeling empty inside

 

Sometimes I think I understand

How you felt that day with that gun in your hand

You weren’t shooting people but something much bigger

Every time you screamed and pulled the trigger

 

I’m sitting in a bar in Bakersfield tonight

I’m drinking hard, trying to hold on tight  

Watching the clock and the second hand creep

Towards the hour of death when they’ll put you to sleep

Well we’re all as guilty, guilty as sin

I don’t care what religion sister you’re singin’

God only knows is just another excuse

For another massacre on the evening news

 

I can still hear your mother calling our names

We were just two kids out playing in the rain

You were the girl who gave me my first kiss

Now who could believe it all turned out like this

 

I’m sitting in a bar in Bakersfield tonight

I’m drinking hard, trying to hold on tight

Watching the clock and the second hand creep

Towards the hour of death when they’ll put you to sleep

 

 

 

Hey Miss Lucy

 

Hey Miss Lucy tell me where you’ve been

I’m in trouble with the law again

Got into a fight girl just the other night

Somebody called your name I thought it wasn’t right

Oh, it just wasn’t right

 

Well I’ve been working trying to get along

Doing my best baby since you’ve been gone

But whiskey ain’t no cure girl for a broken heart

The blues come knocking it tears a man apart

Oh, it tears a man apart

 

Hey Miss Lucy I guess I better go

I know a place way down in Mexico

Across that Rio Grande girl that’s where I’m going to ride

You tell that governor I ain’t ready to die

No, I ain’t ready to die

Goodbye Miss Lucy

 

 

 

Free Your Mind

 

Firecrackers in the midnight sun

In the name of peace evil getting done

Open the door, take a good look around

Kid you better keep your feet on the ground

Free your mind

 

I suck the dust into my lungs

I drank the poison I’m no longer young

My time on earth I know it isn’t long

I hate to see anybody do somebody wrong

Free your brain

 

I open my eyes I try to help

But the enemy is always somewhere else

I can see the critics guard the rich man’s gate

I can feel his anger I can feel his hate

Free your mind

 

Jesus was a stranger a savior you know

He use to wear sandals he use to wear robes

He use to teach about love and peace

I wonder now what he’d think of Christianity

Free your mind

 

I heard the coyotes the big cats roar

What it all means I’m not even sure

I may be uneducated I may not know a lot

But I can see the diseases that everybody’s got

Free your mind

 

She came to town with her mother’s guitar

She drove in slow in some beat up old car

She gave herself she sang from the heart

But it was her beauty that got her the part

Free your mind

 

Hey Joe pour me a whiskey

Make it a tall one now don’t be tricky

I’m sorry about your wife I’m sorry about your son

I can’t help it if I look like I’m the one

Free your mind

 

 

 

Sunday Afternoon In Austin

 

It’s Sunday afternoon in Austin

Traffic moving slow

So many things here are changing

So many people feeling low

 

Well I played that gambling game now baby

You know I risked it all

You sure can see who your friends are

Looking up after you fall

 

Some people are born lucky

Some people learn how to smile

But I could just never baby

You know that scene wasn’t my style

 

Now I’m looking in your eyes now baby

I don’t see no more love there

So many times you tried to tell me

So many times I didn’t hear

 

Yeah it’s Sunday afternoon in Austin

It sure’s a pretty day

But I’m standing where that sun ain’t shinning

Watching my baby walk away

 

 

 

 

Soul Street Shuffle

 

Skeletons are rattling

Bones about to break

Yeah I’m walking these streets

Everybody’s on the take

I see the eyes of the innocent

I hear the voice of regret

Ah there’s so much to remember

Ah there’s so much to forget

Well I’ve been running a long time

Honey you know it’s true

Oh can’t you see now baby

I’ve been looking for you

 

Well some people are like the weather

You know they change everyday

Well you’re lucky if you get buried

Boy you’re lucky if you get laid

Well last night I saw this shadow

It scared the hell out of me

Well I knew I had to face it

I knew I had to see

Well I stood there in the darkness

Honey trying to find a way through

Oh can’t you see now baby

How I feel about you

 

Well the joint was rocking

But I was living mighty thin

I knocked on that door

But they wouldn’t let me in

So I just kept on playing

I watched the pretty people dance

But when that scene exploded

Nobody had a chance

I ran to the corner

Honey trying to find you

Oh can’t you see now baby

It hurts me too

 

Well I heard somebody talking

Said everything gonna be alright

Well it’s just another day

Lord it’s just another night

Well I’ve been on this road

I’m about out of my mind

It seems the more I travel

The less I find

Now I’m standing here in the ruins

Of everything I thought I knew

Oh can’t you see now baby

I’m a little bit confused

 

Well I know it ain’t easy

Some people don’t understand

How a man loves a woman

How a woman loves a man

Well I stood in that courtroom

I tried to plead my case

But I could see my future

Written on everybody’s face

Well I guess I deserve it

Honey for doing what I do

Oh can’t you see now baby

What I’ve been going through

 

Well I know it’s all politics

Yeah I know how it works

When money is everything

Everybody gonna get hurt

Now when I walk out my door

I take one step at a time

I ain’t looking for nothing

Cause I know nothing ain’t mine

Well they say we’re all born wise

Honey only to be buried a fool

Oh can’t you see now baby

I’ve been dying for you

 

 

 

 

Send A Picture

 

Send a picture won’t you

I might needed someday

Be it one of her smiling

I’d like to remember her that way

I was down in San Antone

A time I remember so well

I was just a kid then

Nothing nobody could tell

 

Old tales and promises

Have seen the best of these eyes

Can’t forget the way she held me

Can’t forget the way she cried

Yes it all comes back clearly now

Oh how it can hurt

I should of known better

Should of realized the worth

 

I sit in this café

Another face in the room

As the waves crash the shoreline

The clouds roll by the moon

And I wonder if it really matters

Whether I’m here or there

And is it for her or myself

For whom I shed these tears

 

So send a picture won’t you

I might needed someday

Be it one of her smiling

I’d like to remember her that way

It was down in San Antone

A time I remember so well

I was just a kid then

Couldn’t hear the ringing for the bells

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory Of Benny

 

Benny left home, they said he stole a truck

We never heard from him, he never wrote to us

Who gives a damn I heard one of my many uncles say

You’re better off baby he was a rotten kid anyway

 

Sister goes down the street to see her boyfriend there

He don’t speak much English but she don’t seem to care

The old lady screams at her when she gets in at night

Me, I just turn up my music, when they start to fight

 

I go down to the park sometimes we sniff some glue

I see all my boys there they always give me the news

I know I ain’t nothing but a piece of white trash

Everybody in this world, even the cops want to kick my ass

 

They sent Benny home one day in a government box

Turns out he joined the Marines and he went Iraq

One of my many uncles got my old lady stoned and inebriated

The very nest day they took Benny down and had him cremated

 

I’m starting high school I’m kind of looking forward to it

Couple more years around here, I’ll be through with all of this

I got some girl friends, you know they’re always doing me plenty

But sometimes at night I think about my brother Benny

 

 

 

 

Song For The Homeless

 

The lights are all shining 

On this city tonight

But everything’s not as bright as it seems

For deep in the shadows of streets dark and narrow

Live the other side of the American dream

 

Ah but you who are hungry

For you who are homeless

For you who are troubled and down

This world don’t much care

About it’s children

Lost on the streets of its towns

 

Now I’ve heard the preacher

And I’ve heard the politician

Make headlines about once every year

But when the money’s collected

And the votes are all counted

Ain’t it funny how compassion disappears

 

Ah but you who are hungry

For you who are homeless

For you who are troubled and down

This world don’t much care

About it’s children

Lost on the streets of its towns

 

Now the night’s almost over

And all the partygoers 

Go back to houses safe and warm

With no idea what it’s like

To spend every night

Not knowing if you’ll ever see the dawn

 

Ah but you who are hungry

For you who are homeless

For you who are troubled and down

This world don’t much care

About it’s children

Lost on the streets of it towns

 

 

 

 

In My Grave

 

You know I’ve been all around this town

I tell you boys it ain’t no use

I’ve seen my picture in a picture frame

But it’s a far cry from the truth

And I found myself down in the alley

Down by the trash cans

I was minding my business I was doing my best

When I ran across the man

 

I pulled into San Antone

You know back then I was the boss

But that was before that mighty storm

Before my sweet love got lost

You know me and her we had it all

We took our aim how could we miss

But sometimes when you shoot for the stars

You end up just like this

 

Crossed that river I crossed that bridge

I’ve seen eyes dead to the dawn

I ran all the way down to Forty-second Street

I stuck a needle in my arm

And I met a man who carried a cross

I met another man who carried a gun

And I watched in horror as those buildings fell

And all those people jumped

 

Now I’m just laying in my grave

I’m just laying in my grave

I’m just laying in my grave

In my grave

 

Now I’m just a soldier in this holy war

I shoot my gun when I’m told

Everyday I kill another one

Everyday I feel so old

And I hear the bombs and I hear the screams

Down here where the blood runs deep

And sometimes I look into our dirty faces

And all I want to do is weep

 

I’m just laying in my grave

I’m just laying in my grave

I’m just laying in my grave

In my grave

 

 

 

 

My Home City

 

See the traffic

Out on the street

People getting mad

People getting beat

 

In this city

My home City

 

The sky is filled

With giant cranes

Nothing here 

Gonna stay the same

 

In this city

My home City

 

I got a kid

I got a wife

I’ve lived and worked here

All my life

 

In this city

My home city

 

Now they say

I gotta move

You see they want

My neighborhood too

 

In this city 

My home city

 

Last night 

I took one last ride

Way downtown

By the river side

 

In this city 

My home city

 

So many people

Strangers to me

So many places 

Now just a memory

In this city

My Home city

 

 

 

Pack Of Lies

 

Hundred degrees

Gonna be a hot day

Hot day

 

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

 

What the hell

Looks like a traffic accident

What the hell

Traffic accident

What the, what the

I don’t know

What the hell

 

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

 

You talking to me

You talking to me

Chill out man

 

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

Don’t get twisted on me sister

Ballistic on me Mister

It’s all just a pack of lies

 

The air is thick with a smoky rain

The steel the bricks crumble beneath the flames

She comes to me with a crown on her head

Be brave be free I whisper I’m dead

Drunken sailors drunken Popes

Drunken men without no hope

Remember me I heard somebody say

Tell my wife my son about this day

Through cracked windows a fallen sky

Faces of the living haunt my eyes

I take breath I barely breathe

I try to forget I try to leave

But my legs are gone I can’t see my hands

I can’t feel my bones trying to stand

I reach I crawl I lay back down

I hear my voice call across this town

Remember how I kissed you

 

Remember how I kissed you the first night we met

I love you, I love you don’t ever forget

Thunder Road, Thunder Road play it once for me

Tell everybody we know I’m forever free

By the quarry on the outskirts of town

I’ll be waiting for you baby with the top turned down

And this time we’ll ride with your hand in mine

Across the river all the way down the line

 

Blow Man Blow

 

So the hope was there in the eyes of the innocent

But then it was over the streets screamed repent

I ran down to the shore saw ships sailing east

There was ghosts there was war no talk of peace

 

Blow man blow, blow your horn

The docks are empty stars are being torn

Into two, into three

Don’t pack it up man don’t quit on me

 

My heart is gone my mind is too

I use to be somebody, somebody like you

Somebody like you somebody like me

The thirteenth round came and I was still on my feet

 

The hook landed, I hit the wall

I didn’t know how to duck, didn’t know how to fall

My lips bled, my eyes swelled

Into the puddle of blood is where I fell

 

They carried me off strapped to the bed

Put me on the floor between the living and the dead

I reached for that ring, I pulled it hard

Now I can hear shovels digging out in the yard

 

I jumped the fence I cleared the wire

I come to a place where the cities are on fire

I met a man who was just sitting there

He said “Son listen don’t you hear?”

 

Blow man blow, blow your horn

Stay awhile until the dawn

I’m counting one, I’m counting two and three

One more time man and we’ll be free

 

 

 

A Love Song

 

Want to write you a love song

Want to sing it out loud

Want the words and the melody

To rise above this crowd

 

Want to tell you I love you

Want to make you understand

I want you to know I need you babe

To come and take my hand

 

Oh I’m just trying to sing

Only words that are true

And I’m just trying to say

That I love you

 

A friend came here last evening

With his head down below his knees

Telling me a story telling me a tale

That I didn’t want to believe

 

I sat outside my window

With the stars above so high

Some things are hard to understand

No matter the reason why

 

Oh I’m just trying to sing

Only words that are true

And I’m just trying to say

That I love you

 

Well maybe tomorrow will find you

Back here in my arms

Maybe tomorrow will find you

Still under a stranger’s charms

 

But I’ll be here singing

This song I wrote for you

You know I’d give you all my best

That’s all I could ever do

 

Oh I’m just trying to sing 

Only words that are true

And I’m just trying to say

That I love you

So Far Behind

 

Ride your horse through that golden gate

Let the solar winds blow

But tell that orphan child to wait

I’m not ready to go

I’ve been doubled cross now

One too many times

And I am

So far behind

 

I can still see his face on the cross

You know it was I who rolled the dice

I can still see him standing on the streets of old Montmartre

Tears falling from his eyes

I climbed those steps I sang those songs

Until I nearly lost my mind

Now I am

So far behind

 

Down the street I hear the soldiers marching

Girl we better say goodbye

Say hello to the angels for me

Honey don’t forget to write

For now this cup is overflowing

With this bitter wine

And I am

So far behind

 

 

 

Innocent Man

 

Might have been from New York City

Might have been from Ohio

Might have been from St. Louis

Or down round Mexico

Might have been only eighteen

Might have been an old man

Might have been college educated

Or come from a foreign land

 

Innocent man 

Innocent man

He was just another 

Innocent man

 

Well it could have been hunger

Could have been greed

Maybe it was the pressure

Of some crazy inner need

Maybe he had a wife

Maybe he had some kids

But who could really blame him 

For doing what he did

 

Innocent man 

Innocent man

He was just another

Innocent man

 

Tell me what can you do

When you got nothing left

Throw your life on the line

And hope for the very best

Maybe it was a robbery

It might have been cocaine

It might have been a bluff

Or it might have been a frame

 

Innocent man

Innocent man

He was just another 

Innocent man

 

Well now he lays covered up

Out on the avenue

With a bullet through his head

Shot dead without a clue

And everybody wonders

Just who he might be

But I say a prayer

Cause it could have been you or me

 

Innocent man 

Innocent man

He was just another 

Innocent man

 

 

 

Midnight Eclipse

 

Rain falls through this warehouse window

On the edge of the forest where raindrops glow

 

Down that long lost inroad of time

Where hell’s flame loses its fire

Where heavens gate is just another sign

Where truth hints its creation at the breath of desire

There are no leaders or conquerors or anything holy

There are only clowns doing the roly-poly

 

Where the darkness of the night can blind you

Where the fear of the sound can haunt you

Where the voice inside your soul can paralyze you

Where the pauper’s warning is heeded and used

There are no graves or tombs or cemetery plots

There are only spaces and spaces that are not

 

Where all that is watched is finally touched

Where pure existence or any thought of seems relative

Where all words are seen as a crutch 

Where there’s no conformity in the eyes of those who give

There sings no greatness or worship of any hero

There is only the future counting back to zero

 

There’s a girl standing on the corner

She’s looking at you looking at her

Tell me son what are you gonna do?

 

 

 

 

Nashville Blues

 

Well I went up to Nashville just to see my Annie Lou

Yeah I went up to Nashville just to see my Annie Lou

Well you know she’s the girl I’ve been loving true

 

When I got to Nashville I knew I was trouble bound

Yeah when I got to Nashville I knew I was trouble bound

They didn’t like the way I looked, didn’t like the way my guitar sounds

 

Well her brother and her pa they took one look at me

Yeah her sister and her ma, they took one look at me

Well they said, “Hey boy, I think you better leave”

 

When they pulled that stick on me I had me a bigger one

When they pulled that stick on me I had me a bigger one

Well I grabbed my Annie Lou and boys we began to run

 

If you ever get to Nashville you best not mention my name

If you ever get to Nashville you best not mention my name

They might think that you know me and treat you just the same

 

Yeah I went up to Nashville just to see my Annie Lou

Yeah I went up to Nashville just to see my Annie Lou

Well you know that’s a city where money is the measure of you

 

 

 

Sister’s Farm

 

Ain’t no letters in the mailbox today

Ain’t no letters in the mailbox today

Ain’t no sun there ain’t no rain

Ain’t no love when there ain’t no pain

Oh I’m going down to Sister’s Farm

 

Ah pretty baby don’t you have a word to say

Ah pretty baby don’t you have a word to say

Buy you a drink and what do I get

Another memory for me to forget

Oh I’m going down to Sister’s Farm

 

I see the trucks come and I see the trucks go

I see the trucks come and I see the trucks go

Big wheels running all over my road

Stuck in the mud with such a heavy load

Oh I’m going down to Sister’s Farm

 

Ain’t no letters in the mailbox today

Ain’t no letters in the mailbox today

Ain’t no sun there ain’t no rain

Ain’t no love when there ain’t no pain

Oh I’m going down to Sister’s Farm

Yes I’m going down to Sister’s Farm

 

 

 

 

Love & Trust

 

I know a place where I can go

I have a love who treats me so

She knows my mind she knows my heart

She don’t want to tear it apart

 

You want it you got it

It’s yours for free

But baby don’t tell no lies

No baby don’t tell no lies

To me

 

She’s in love one more time

I’m in love but I don’t mind

I need no reason to hold her tight

I can’t help it if I stay the night

 

You want it you got it

It’s yours for free

But baby don’t tell no lies

No baby don’t tell no lies

To me

 

Everywhere I go everywhere it seems

I just don’t belong

But time is money people keep telling me

But it just feels all so wrong

 

Baby I don’t understand how some people live

How they talk, take and give

There’s a treasure that waits for us

All we need is love and trust

 

You want it you got it

It’s yours for free

But baby don’t tell no lies

No baby don’t tell no lies

To me 

 

 

 

 

Lovers In The Night

 

Johnny boy, oh Johnny boy

You sure look like a mess

Man he says I got so many problems

My baby don’t give me no rest

My head is spinning I’m so confused

I just don’t know what to do

Baby’s got me under her thumb

And she knows how to turn the screw

And I said hold on Johnny boy

Johnny hold on tight

Maybe we’ll find some lovers in the night

Someone who will make it alright

 

Crazy Mary sitting at the bar

Drunk and singing up a storm

Talking about how it was ten years

And she’s holding on to some kid’s arm

He says let me go you crazy bitch

What do you think I am some kind of whore

And the little girl in her breaks down and cries

And she falls broken to the floor

And I said hold on Mary girl

Mary hold on tight

Maybe we’ll find some lovers in the night

Someone who will make it alright

 

King of the scene walks into the room

Says have you heard the news

War I hear and it’s coming this way

You better put on your combat shoes

But then some overage lawyer for the cause

You know he says it’s all an absolute outrage

Anybody who thinks like that

Should be thrown into a cage

But then some kid who looks like a wise old sage

You know he starts talking in a quiet rage

He says man I wouldn’t worry it’s all a bluff

Just a bluff to get you to behave

But then someone else says man you’re way off base

Don’t you see nothing ever changes

So pack up your mouths and put your fingers away

Cause it’s all been arranged

And I said hold on everybody

Everybody hold on tight

Maybe we’ll find some lovers in the night

Someone who will make it alright

 

 

 

 

Alright

 

Love and hate

Hate and love

Fits some people

You know just like a glove

Alright

 

Hell and heaven

Heaven and hell

What’s going on here you know

It’s getting so hard to tell

Alright

 

Up in the morning to bed at night

Pull your baby closer and just try to hold on to her so tight

Mama tried to tell me daddy did too

Cause you believe in something boy don’t mean it’s true

Alright

 

Standing on this corner

In this two bit town

Policeman looking at me

You know I best be getting around

Alright

 

I rode a horse

I drove a car

Got on my motorcycle

But I never did get too far

Alright

 

I walked out that door walked down that road

Now it seems like I always end up somehow wherever I go

Mama tried to tell me daddy did too

Just cause you got an answer boy don’t mean you got a clue

Alright

 

Folks on my left

Folks on my right

Going to pick up my jacket

And just say goodnight

Alright

 

Gonna shine my boots

Grab my pack

Put this baby in gear

And just get on down the track

Alright

 

People say this, people say that

Point their little greedy fingers and try to tell you where everything is at

Mama tried to tell me daddy did too

You can go to your grave boy singing these blues

Alright

 

 

 

 

Code Of The West

 

Footsteps pounding in the middle of the night

Freight train running towards a distant light

The lonely corner a vacant lot

Another bad deal another kid shot

 

Some say it’s for the worse

Some say it’s for the best

Some people will just tell you

It’s the code of the west

 

Backstreet dancer lousy whore

Men and whiskey kid on the floor

Just like your mama just like your pa

Everybody dreams of going far

 

Some say it’s for the worse

Some say it’s for the best

Some people will just tell you

It’s the code of the west

 

I got a friend jumped to his death

Forty floors up he ain’t landed yet

I asked him why he did he said what the hell

Everybody needs a story to sell

 

Some say it’s for the worse

Some say it’s for the best

Some people will just tell you

It’s the code of the west

 

She’s packing her bags going away

Tired of all the bloodshed all the lies they say

I can’t blame her, she’s right you know

It’s all about the money all about the show

 

Some say it’s for the worse

Some say it’s for the best

Some people will just tell you

It’s the code of the west

 

 

 

 

 

Look Out

 

Betty Jean from New Orleans

Says you already know you know what I mean

You can’t run from the voodoo man

He gonna get you when he can

Look Out

Look out

 

Catherine form San Francisco

Says you can’t lie about what you don’t know

Cause in the end you’re gonna find

We always knew what was on your mind

Look out

Look out

 

Isabella from Detroit City

Says grown men you know they’ve got no pity

Take what they get and get what they take

Make up lies about for goodness sake

Look out

Look out

 

Honey Marie from Pittsburg

Says you can’t tell me about what I’ve already heard

It may be true but it ain’t fair

You wanna stay skinny honey you best use the stairs

Look out

Look out

 

Crystal from Santa Fe

She says progress boys just gets in my way

You look around there’s just too much stuff

The things you need why you just can’t get enough

Look out

Look out

 

Olivia from Old Montreal

She says boys I’m in it for the long haul

So take what you got and get off my floor

And don’t be bothering me anymore

Look out 

Look out

 

 

 

I Got A Feeling

 

Honey I hear the rain

Falling on the roof

Honey I feel the pain

I’m not bullet proof

 

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

 

Just like some picture show

That we sit down to watch

Honey I just don’t know

All these changes in the plot

 

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

 

Outside the thunder crashes

And the lightning strikes

Honey will this storm pass us

Or is this some darkness night

 

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

I got a feeling

 

 

 

New Orleans

 

They say the storm has hit the coast

I wonder who will suffer most

In this land of Jesus Christ

I took to whiskey, women and dice

 

I come up from New Orleans

Way back when you know what I mean

Now people make a mockery of me

I close my eyes so I can see

 

I got the report the other day

I read the book, I’ve seen the play

From gay Peru to Bollywood

Good is bad and bad is good

 

I got a woman I guess I’m all right

We crossed that river into the night

 I do my work I pay my rent

I don’t care about no president

 

So go ahead Mister say what you will

People like you I’ve had my fill

Break a man’s heart, break a man’s dreams

I’ll see you down in New Orleans

 

 

Brownsville Tonight

 

Night is dark night is cold

Standing here at the end of the road

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

Got a broken heart troubled mind

I just can’t leave either one behind

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

I found her note on the kitchen table

I should forget her but I ain’t able

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

I got me some whiskey I got me a gun

Ain’t for nothing I’m my daddy’s son 

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

Gonna find that girl with her soldier boy

Me and my pal here gonna make some noise

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

You call out the sheriff you call out the state

But they’re all gonna get here a moment too late

I’m going down to Brownsville tonight

 

 

 

Trains Go By

 

Well I, I went downtown

Climb those steps below

I stood on the platform

And I watched her go

 

Well she told me it was over

Yes she told me farewell

Ah but I, I just looked her over

And I, I wished her well

 

Trains go by

Trains go by

Trains go by

Trains go by 

 

Now eventually we all go our own ways

We all move to the time we set

But there are moments in this life even as they’re happening

You know you’ll just never forget

 

Trains go by

Trains go by

Trains go by

Trains go by….

 

 

 

 

Jackson

 

There’s trouble on the border

Violence in the air

There’s a band playing Dixie

Bells ringing in the square

 

There’s a storm out in the desert

Rain falling through the trees

Somewhere tonight a star is falling

Somewhere a lover weeps

 

I’m going back to Jackson

Gonna see my baby there

I’m going back to Jackson

Before I disappear

 

It was down in San Pedro

Time finally ran out

They found him by the railroad tracks

Nobody heard his last rebel shout

 

You can call out your rubber tire taxis

Paint your wagons black

There’s twelve men going to the graveyard boys

Ain’t but eleven coming back

 

I’m going back to Jackson

Gonna see my baby there

I’m going back to Jackson

Before I disappear

 

Now they the war is coming

Just a matter of time

You can hear the drums a pounding

Peace slipping down the line

 

Well I’m sitting in this café

All my friends are gone

I’m drinking on tequila boys

I’ve never felt so alone

 

I’m going back to Jackson

Gonna see my baby there

I’m going back to Jackson

Before I disappear 

Light Travels With Buddha

 

Well I can see the stars

Shining in the night

And I have traveled far

Following the light

I’ve been following the light

 

Well I’ve been on this road

A pilgrim of sorts

I carry my load 

As I go from port to port

As I go from port to port

 

After all is said and done

Beauty’s in our eyes

And I don’t need to run

Or believe in all their eyes

Or believe in all their lies

 

Yeah I can see the stars

Shining in the night

And I have traveled far

Following the light

I’ve been following the light

 

 

 

There’s A Line

 

There’s a judgement out there

Between right and wrong

I just fire my weapon

I just sing my song

 

Well I stood in the shadows

I’ve seen the king 

And I’ve heard the bells

Of revolution ring

 

Well time keeps rolling

No matter the cost

And I’m trying to be happy 

About what we’ve lost

 

You can rip me off

You can tell me lies

But there’s a line that you cross

When my son dies

 

Don’t look for me baby

Cause I’ll be gone

But I’ll be back someday

When some good gets done

 

 

 

Glory

 

Oh I came to your door

From a distant shore

I was broken

And you took me in

You loved me again

With a heart wide open

 

And I fell in your arms

Under your charms

How you thrilled me

And you danced beneath my touch

I loved you so much

It almost killed me

 

Now this world keeps spinning ‘round

I hear the sound 

Of it’s fury

But I remember you

And a love so true

And all its glory

Website © 2021 by Tom Ovans. Created with Wix.com