NEW SONGS 2007



Another War



I'll sing this song
right out loud if you let me
yesterday's sorrowful
blues came to get me...
I put my heart back on parade
now it's raining all around
a *Hard Rain's Pouring down
coming down around all around...

Turn off the evening news
set out the dishes,
crystal and silverware
etched with initials
put away your toys and games
it's time for us to dine
ah yes...it's dinner time
all together at the table like a family should...

A toast to the young folks
pray for their survival
straight from the heart
not from a bible
bring the boys back...and the girls
home where they belong
round the table here
listening to this song...where they belong...

Perhaps the news
will be better tomorrow
an end to the pain
destruction and sorrow
what can we be thankful for
in the middle of a war
we can't forget the war
though it's far away...far far away...

It may be late
too late for your darlings
too late's too late so
you can't keep from sobbing
for what's been done
cannot be un...
do I dare philosophize
attempting to be wise
and asking...what's the prize
who gets the prize?

I'll sing this song
right out loud if you let me
yesterday's sorrowful
blues came to get me
I put my heart
out on parade
now it's raining all around
a Hard Rain's pouring down
coming down around
all around...

*an homage to Bob Dylan if you will...the Hard Rain part, if you remember... he certainly predicted it was going to be falling in the future...as in NOW...


Hiding Blues



I wanted to see the world
but hid behind my hair...
When I finally did emerge
I found no one was there...
oh what a shame it is
living everyday
with the constant pain
that causes you
to slowly slowly fade away...

I wait by the railroad tracks
longing for a train...
any way to get out of here
ease the ache and strain...
oh whst a waste it is
dyin' every day
at a frantic pace
that makes it seem
life's just a dream that slips away...

the wind blows across the night
scattering the stars...
they light up the evening sky
and illuminate the scars...
you can crouch in the shadows
hiding from the sun...
but that won't stop
the steady drone
who enters here all hope is done...

repeat first verse

All Of The Time



Stick a bow in your eclectic hair
get cozy in the easy chair
turn on your gizmos everywhere
tune out the daily grind
disoccupy your mind...

You're happy trippin' down the street
toe tapping to a funky beat
plugged into an electric teat
leave all the noise behind
disoccupy your mind...

and isn't it great
isn't it fine
everything fun
all of the time
never alone
ears full of sound
all of the time
all of the time...time...

Welcome to the electronic age
where you never have to turn a page
or need to socially engage
we even think for you
it's the least we can do...

and isn't it great
isn't it fine
everything fun
all of the time
never alone
ears full of sound
all of the time
all of the time...time...

Stick a bow in your eclectic hair
get cozy in the easy chair
turn on your gizmos everywhere
tune out the daily grind
disoccupy your mind...
disoccuppy your mind...



Monster Love



Monster love
better than no love at all
monster love
when the demons come to call
is it better than no love at all...

Where's the blame
they love you in their way
still the shame
is causing you
to slowly slowly fade away...

Monster love
hide the blacks and blues
Monster love
caustic emotional bruise
try any reaction you lose...

Marked and branded
you've been groomed
and the beast
can sense you from
across and dark
and crowded room...

Monster love
better than no love at all
Monster love
is it better than no love at all
curling up inside so small
that you've ceased existing
you're not really here at all...

Monster love
better than no love at all
Monster love
is it better than no love at all
better than no love at all
is better than no love at all...


NEW SONGS 2006




Our Time



Oh how swiflty life passes by
catch a train or play...
paste a silhouette on the sky
and watch the vapors fade away...
I am merely passing through
grateful for another day...

Shooting stars carom through the night
raining down on those below...
darkness falls everywhere they light
we sit at home and watch the show...
wondering if it's just too late
and sip sangria while we wait...

Chalk lines drawn across desert sand
through arid land down to the sea
by some misguided masters hands
each one demanding follow me
it matters not which side you choose
for in the end...it's All we lose...

Oh my children I need to know
you'll still be here when I'm gone...
some folks say it's the end of time
they say they know but it's a lie...
superstition rules the day
say you know I know you're lying...

Oh how swiftly life passes by
catch a train or a play...
paste a silhouette on the sky
and watch the vapors fade away...
I am only passing through
grateful for another day...

Circles



We took our leave in France
and stolled along the Seine
watched the Gypsies dancing
and dodged the falling rain
Then the planets in rotation
pulled us right back home again
into our circles...

I'd love to go to China
and walk upon the wall
sail the farthest seas
so I can hear the sirens call
but in this groove this line
we simply cannot find the time
within our circles...

I'd start a love trinagle but
you know I'm just too square,
and parallel as we are
we intersect nowhere...nowhere...nowhere...

You'd Think it would be easy
when you get as old as I
to chuck the whole big wagon
get on a plane and fly
but there's so much left to do
although I cannot tell you why
I walk in circles...

I'd start that love triangle but
like I said I'm too square
and parallel as we are
we just intersect nowhere...

We took our leave in France
and strolled along the Seine
watched the gypsies dancing
and dodged the pouring rain
Then the planets in rotation
pulled us right back home again
into our circles...

we move in circles
big circles...little circles...circles 'round the sun
circles round the moon, circles round the room...circles 'round everyone...

You circle 'round me
I circle 'round you
You circle 'round me
I circle 'round you
I circle 'round you...


Chinatown



Chinatown in the rain
melts the guilt off a dragon's scales
any shame that remains
is a mystery
a mystery...

such a shady parade
winds along through the alleyways
any light that pervades
is a mystery a mystery

There is no reason
only rhyme
the gutters fill with
wasted time...

Chinatown in the rain
Curls of smoke through a crimson door
any dreams you maintain
are a mystery a mystery...

There is no reason
only rhyme
the gutters fill with wasted time...

REPEAT VERSE ONE



The new CD

A HURRIED LIFE





Hurried Life



Hurried life
Hurried Dream
What we are slips through our fintgers
or so it seem...so it seems.

Hurried life
Never time enough
For stringing dragons of gold
against the sky any more.

But if you want to travel with me
and if you want to travel light
then just you take my soft hand
in the night...in the night.

Hurry love
Hurry soon
Rest a while and follow lazy clouds
drifting past the moon

In this hurried life
hurried life
In this hurried hurried dream
What we are slips through our fingers.

That's Alright


Words that twine in silver song
turn to light
Each day I die and live again
in the night
I search in mirrored iris souls
to find what's right
and try to make one truth
of black and white...

Within a dream
There's place I've seen
where wordless I might say
that I need you...

If there's nothing to be said
that's alright
and if a purpose is not clear
well that's alright
If eyes are only empty lies that's alright
and so a thought in time becomes a rhyme...

Within a dream there's a place I've seen
where wordsless I might say
that I need you...

If the world is just a game
that's alright
If there's noway you can really win
that's alright
If you don't really think as I do
that's alright
and so a thought in time becomes a light...

Within a dream there's a place I've seen
where wordless I might say
that I need you...

To Treat a Friend



You look through the window dragons fly
Stained glass oceans dwindle ruby tide
Then leave me with my dream at daylight's end
Tears to erase the sun...

Is this anyway
is this anyway
To treat a friend
To treat a friend...

You chase the paper dragons azure skies
When darkest night begins they fall and die
Light flowing chimney dust
Drifts on the wind
Lone tears erase the stars...

Is this anyway
is this anyway
To treat a friend
to treat a friend...

Descending message on a fallling star
No one will tell me where the dragons are
Thoughtful and alone the wind cries me
Bright stars alone can hear
My words of love
My song my tears

Is this anyway
Is this anyway
To treat a friend
To treat a friend

The Sky is Moving South (music by Peter Kaukonen)



The sky is moving south
Great clouds roll by
Within a shaft of sunlight
Great sea birds fly

A chill wind breaths a song
Spread white upon the shore
Waves that crash but once and then
are seen no more....(repeat)

A chill wind breaths a song
spread white upon the shore
Waves that crash but once and then
Are seen no more....

The day is cold and grey
Spread here to there
The air is captured stillness
and tangles in your hair...

A chill wind breaths a song
Spread white upon the shore
Waves that crash but once and then
are seen no more....

Looking Glass



It's here in my looking glass
search back in your eyes
It's the mirror of your soul
and your every disguise...

Sailing ships and gauzy wings
float you through the land
That's your star swept lover's eye
reaching for your hand...

It's a strange time looking back
someone once was you
There's a child with soulfull eyes
calling out to you...

It's here in my looking glass
anything yous see
if you chose to know my love
that's what you will be...


Silver Bird



There's a silver bird
that's flyin' high
and I see it where ere I roam
And it's calling out the word of love
and I know that it's leading me home...

There's a tree that grows up to the sky
and its truth is blazing fire
now that tree directs my every step
and I know that it's leading me home

Set loose the doves that show the way
and cry out for all to hear what they say
that are calling out the words of love
and I know that they're leading me home...

There's a crashing soulnd like surf and foam
a warmth a peace a joy I have known
The beginning she's coming once again
and I know that It's leading me home...

and I know... and I know... and I know
that I'm leading me home...

Between the Lines



Sometimes I'm a real romantic
'cause I think you like me that way
If you want I'll be your little girl
or juicy hot lady
I'm easy goin' I'd say
If you're out looking for Greta Garbo
mysterious woman of the shadows that's me
hysterical...histerical...
don't want to be miss leadin'
but say are you foolin' with me?

I'm just easily trying to please you
don't have to change for me
If you want to be Pinky Lee or Marlon Brando
Stay at home or sail away
to some foreign land-o
I'm just honey trying to tease you
into getting ha cha cha with me
So won't you call me on the phone
when you get my number
or find the lines it's inbetween...

out looking for Greta Garbo
mysterious woman of the shadows that's me
historical...hysterical...
Don't know where I'm goin' but
say are you foolin' me?


I didn't even know you when I felt you come in
you back door rascal you
while the candles burnin' the tables turnin'
tell me who's pursuin' who
you think you're a real clever fella
'cause you can turn this pile of jello
into a she devil
well see you later agitator
now that's the latest news...
telephony

I guess you kknow
I know you guess
Inbetween the lines
Don't get your lights off
Inbetween the lines...


I'm Askin



I'm askin' do you really want to make it
when those bright city lights
get real can you take it off
when the spots all come on you
don't have to sing alone
if you can sing along...

Get yourself ready your part is just beginning
when the music stops spillin' you'd
better have a fill in mind
that is...your own
you don't have to sing along
if you want to sing alone...

Roads are for travelers searching for the answer
city's for the lonely
avoiding the question is
what matters competition
it passes with time
if you can sing along...

So...

I am askin' do you really want to make it
bright city lights get real
can you take it off
when the spots all come on you
dont't have to sing alone if you can sing along
you don't have to sing alone if you can sing alone
you don't have to sing alone
you don't have to sing alone...

Windy



Who's peekin' out from under a stariway
callin' a name that's lighter than air
Who's bendin' down to give me a rainbow
everyone knows it's Windy...
and
Who's trippin' down the streets of the city
smiling at everybody he sees
whose reaching out to capture a moment
everyone knows it's Windy...

And Windy has stormy eyes
that flash at the sound of lies
and Windy has wings to fly
above the clouds...(repeat)

Who's trippin' down the streets of the city
smiling at everybody he sees
whose reaching out to capture a moment
everyone knows it's Windy...

Typical Sunday



Typical Sunday is dawnin' it's mornin'
yeah somebody's stretchin' and yawnin' it's mornin'
Out in the yard the puppy's yapin'
Down in the kitchen those kittens lappin'
You think I'm asdleep but I'm just nappin'
I gotcha...

Late mornin' lites on the window and it sneeks through
the curtains and makes fuzzy rainbows on the bed clothes
up in the trees the birds are preenin'
rabbits hoppin' and a deer careenin'
you think I'm asleep but I'm just dreamin"
I gotcha...

Wiggle your toes oh how pleasing
laughing stretchin' scatchin' teasing
if my sleep you're not believin'
you bend down to check my breathin'
I gotcha...

Evening comes on at its leisure the pleasure
of one lazy day with no pressure's a treasure
won't you bring me up a tray of dinner
makes a person feel like a winner
now I'm not messin' with no beginner
I gotcha...
You're not messin' with no begonner
I gotcha...
You're not messin' with no begonner
I gotcha...

gotcha baby I Igotcha baby I gotcha
I gotcha...gotcha...gotcha...
baby I gotcha...


Southern Comfortable



I flew into Houston on a big gold bird
I'd heard of good old southern type hostility
Didn't bother changing my Holywood dress
To test my proper place in Southern history...

Southern comfortable warm summer day
belie lines that divide but can't be seen
I've been led and disillusioned too many times
I'm usin' my own eyes when I want to see...

I've been treated like a stranger in my own home town
and drowned in thoughtless frowns on the local bus
The difference southern style is a greeting and a smile
although I'm sure they're just as bigoted as us...

Why take the word of those who've only heard
Youve got to meet the peop[le hand to hand
tho the accents not the same
we all shift the blame
You've got to look into his eyes to know the man
You've got to look into his eyes to know the man...

I've been treated like a stranger in my own home town
and drowned in thoughtless frowns on the local bus
The difference southern style is a greeting and a smile
although I'm sure they're just as bigoted as us...

Southern comfortable warm delta haze
betrays a great divide that is impossible to see
the accent have been changed they once were the same
and if you open up your eyes than your bound to see
the differences all seem the same to me...
(repeat several times)...

Alone at Last



Alone at last
in the lengthening shadow twilight
Alone at last for a while
Sometimes the clouds
drifting shadows of illusion
can halt the past
can halt the past
for a while...

See them dance past the moon
Illuminate the sky
and you amy find your mind
going hooooooooome....


Alone at last
in the lengthening shadow twilight
Alone at last for a while
Sometimes the clouds
drifting shadows of illusion
can halt the past
can halt the past
for a while...

See them dance past the moon
Illuminate the sky
is going hooooooooome....

boy Took a Ticket



Boy took a ticket and learned how to fly
a vow and he learned how to pray
Boy took a ticket and learned how to fly
learned how to fly away...

Boy took a ticket and went to the door
It opened to show him the way
boy took a ticket and learned how to fly
learned how to fly away...

Can't you see him walkin' in the city streets
can't you see him climbing to the sky
can't you see him blindly running to the star
that leads him home...

Boy took a ticket and learned how to fly
a vow and he learned how to pray
Boy took a ticket and learned how to fly
learned how to fly away...

Method Madness



Take it easy baby
you know that's the only way
your hype-emotionality
is leading you astray...

Take it easy baby
it's just another day
but when there's method to your madness
you can blow your brain away...

Life ain't no good
unless you do the things you know you should
take it easy baby...

Take it easy baby
I'm looking in your head and if
your nerves don't stop that twitchin'
you're bound to wind up dead...

Take it easy baby
have another toke
you can take the edge off of your madness
with a little magic smoke...

Life ain't no good
unless you do the things you know you should
take it easy baby...

Take it easy (repeat as a scat)

Take it easy baby
fall down upon the grass
and this feeling of hysteria
will quickly surely pass...

Take it easy baby
you know that it's been said
an affinity to pixie dust
will leave you underfed...

Life ain't no good
unless you do the things you know you should
take it easy baby...
take it easy....

hmmmmmm

Little Girl Lost and Found


written by Tandyn Almer

Alice in Wonderland walking though hallways
followed closely by little tin men
a man made from rusted old buckets
holding a musket he's trying to mend...

They are all seeking for clues to the whereabouts
of the girl with the polka dot eyes
who ran down the street at the top of her lungs
mourning little jack horner's demise...(repeat)

Little Miss Muffett she knows how to rough it
she's been on her own ever since she was nine
she has joined forces with the ones running the courses
trying to find...

Little girl lost and found
walking the streets in her tattered gown
everyone passes the blame around
for little girl lost and found...

They are all seeking for clues to the whereabouts
of the girl with the polka dot eyes
who ran down the street at the top of her lungs
mourning little jack horner's demise...(repeat)

Tinker toy tractors and animal crackers
are all stacked up in a line
the town crier shouted the news
they're the only clues that she left behind...

Little girl lost and found
walking the streets in her tattered gown
everyone passes the blame around
for little girl lost and found...

Little girl lost and found
walking the streets in her tattered gown
everyone passes the blame around
for little girl lost and found...ETC...


Songs from the CD Constant Companion
first recorded in 1969 rereleased in 2006




Piper's Call



Come all you likely people and
come hear these sounds I wail
You know I live all of my freedom
just two steps outside a jail
For the way that I've been thinking
some say that I'm a crime
But the trips that I've been taking
they are more than only mine...only mine.

Well I travel with the gypsies
because I like their easy way
They do not criticize me
for mistakes I made yesterday
We look to one another
for anything we need
We don't have to much possession
and we don't have too much greed...to much greed
in this wicked, wicked world...too much greed...oh Lord.

My mother she did tell me how to
be the village queen
To sit upon a cushion
while sewing a fine seam
Now my clothing it is tattered
and my back is getting sore
You know my mother's dreams are shattered
cause I'm looking for the door...for the door.

Now my finger nails are busted
and my strings are all but dead
My song it's line a bullet
that is shooting through my head
This is the life I've chosen
the bag in which I fall
And I am most contented
to head the Piper's Call...the Piper's Call...the Piper's Call.

Fairy Prince Rainbow Man



There's a fairy prince rainbow man out in the woods
and he builds little children of cystaline good
then he tells them such stories they laugh 'til they cry
and he sets them on fire and dreams while they die.

He weaves pretty dreams on a loom that won't go
and whispers to trees things nobody could possibly know
then the trees they grow up in a twisted surprise
and he cuts them all down when they've seen through his lies.

Well he's jumped on a rainbow and stayed for the ride
but the pot at the end is all mucky inside
for ashes won't warm him when he's feeling cold
Nor the love that he's slain bring him peace when he's old.

Now there's laughter for children who know how to cry
and peace for the man who has learned how to cry
but pity the rainbow man always undone
he has hidden himself from his love of the sun.

Too Late to be Mourning



Too late to be mourning
I'm caught in the wind's eye
Can't laugh and I won't cry
You don't love me
you don't love me.

One tree top bends in the wind
too far along to begin
once we start trying to see
I hear the whisper you don't love me
You don't love me.

You don't love me
Anymore.

Ringing Bells



Ringing bells and blinking lights
in afterdawns of hard lived nights
Births and deaths in flashing change
notes within a different range.

Here I've found a never place
with shining souls on every face
Around the corner of a sigh
between the twinkle of an eye.

Feeling down while looking up
I think that all is well enough
Finding that within the me
is all of everything to be.

Pacing life and dreams which grow
to find the thing that all things know
Distracted by another me
denying that what is is free.

Falling down a gently rain
nothing's lost and nothing's gained
High in constant never time
I see the workings of my mind.

Of my mind.....

Looking Back Over Your Shoulder



We've carried all our toys
up the stairs in the early morning
The picture on the wall
covers up the marks that we left there...

Looking back over your shoulder
looking just a little bit older
Waiting for the crowds to gather
when we ring the bell...ring the bell.

We've scrambled up the road
following one another
The path falls fast behind
as we run for cover.

Looking back over your shoulder
looking just a little bit older
Waiting for the crowds to gather
when we ring the bell...ring the bell.

People



People, can you see me,
can't you see me sittin here
I'm all alone inside a big wet tear
People, can you hear me,
can you hear me singin'low
all by myslef I don't know where to go.

I have spent so many days
trying to find myself
now that I know where I am
I find that I am by myself.

I have walked with thunder
and I have walked in the warmth of the sun
I have drunk in the silence of the coming of the dawn
I have seen the mirror
that the world is when viewed from behind these eyes
and have longed for belief in other than lies.

I have spent so many days
trying to find myself
now that I know where I am
I find that I am by myself.

People you know you are
you are just the same as me
The only difference is the way we wee
People all are brothers
and love is truth in so many ways'
the only lies are the ones that we might say.

(Repeat Verse One)

Morning Becomes You



Morning becomes you
morning becomes your smile
Running to greet you
sunlight would stay a while...a while
Or float by your side through
impossible dreams and we're lost
in the sounds of hollow thin screams
Why it's all an illusion
or that's how it seems
Til the smile of the morning
smile of the morning
the smile of the morning

Morning becomes you
morning becomes your tears
running to greet you
sunlight would stay your fears, your fears
Or sit 'neath a tree with the moon in my eye
so afraid of the dark
and unable to cry
You're tossed in the world
and a wondering why
Then the smile of the morning
smile of the morning
The smile of the morning
morning becomes you....

Peaceable Kingdom



If I told you there's a place
we'd find without a minute
Where no one's holding licks or keys and
no one thinks they've made it
Where lions and lambs sleep
peacefully near
Where love is the answer a
nd no one knows fear
Then would you try
to learn how to fly
We hold the key you know
and we could be free
in the Peaceable Kingdom.

Morning breaks the darkness and
the stars will fall and shatter
you may look at willow trees
and ask them what's the matter
The bud does not bloom
the cloud cannot cry
and we cannot see
to answer them why
blindly we see
two things we be
who would be one
withing the sun
of the Peaceable Kingdom.

Come away with me my love
and gently fly
Graceful as the swans not
in rushes we fly
And cling to a sea
of petals and glass
And wave to the pencils
and laugh as they pass
Clasping their tongues and
beating their lungs
Poor things we be
why can't we see
to the Peaceable Kingdom...Peaceable Kingdom...

No Time



No time in my world of lights and brights
no last time to put me way up tight
No tomorrows they're made for the blind
the soul of now to clear my mind.

You know people that I'm just the same as you
traveled all around and this I'll say is true
Blue blue Mondays don't have to be
and every human mind is free.

Do the good and real thing they always cried
then my sugar changed my mind inside
Damn the chaos and down with the fools
and don't bug me with all your rules.

I was taught real young the good things and the bad
how to see the world and what was to be had
My way's changing, don't like things the same
'Cause what's the sun without the rain.

(Repeat Verse One)

Danny



Danny shines,
Silken sunlit lashes from his eyes
Soft grey open windows when he cries
away the afternoon.

Danny has,
Toys to fill each corner and inch of
Time means nothing at all to his
Small busy hands.

Danny born,
with the tick tock song too fast and a bit out of
tuneso they fixed him with a lasting pair
of funny shoes.

Danny runs,
Up the hall with his arms spread out all
reaching out for me to spin him around
'til he wants some more...some more...
(Repeat First Verse)


Look Up to the Sun



Look up to the sun
You've just started feeling
Your heads still reeling
Don't try to run.

You know your warm eyes open
only when you feel them
You can't deny your loves
by trying to conceal them
no..no...no you must reveal them.

Look up and you're mine
it's easily understood
Just feeling love is good
Yet so hard to find.

You know your warm eyes open
only when you feel them
You can't deny your loves
by trying to conceal them
no..no...no you must reveal them

Look up in the sky
Lip petals are warming
Sound magic's forming
don't leave them behind.

The chaos and confusion
that we daily see
Has nothing much to do
with our simplicity
I love thee.


Glittering Dancer



Glittering dancer
you know you're so fine
Out in the center balanced on the line
No indirection...
still inside you pine
Carry on
Follow through.

The music's the same
the rhythms often change
the past and the present
match and rearrange
No matter the reason
hearts may beat in time
Carry on
Follow through.

It's been a long time coming
but I'm here again
I thought I was on top of
all my fears and then
You came in
You came in
You came into my life
and made me doubt again...

and now I'm living
and now I'm living
and now I'm living
Without again.

(Repeat verse two)

updated 1/25/07