Campari Kiss

I run my hand along her back
as we walk through the restaurant door
when the waiter asks, "Table for two?"
I say, "Yes"
A couple drinks, a few hors d'oeuvres
a cigarette to still my nerves
your arm across the table in the candlelight
another round, another round
if this is wrong I know I can't get to heaven anymore
but maybe the things that they told us are wrong
are not wrong anymore
so, when the band begins we start dancing
when the trumpets blare you spin
when they rise to the final cresendo
I pull you close to me and then
Campari kiss, all loss of time
they're sweeping floors, we're intertwined
alone on the dance floor, the music stopped
the band is packing up

Campari kiss, bottle of wine
inside your coat, your hand in mine
stop the elevator on the way downstairs
for a sec
If this is wrong I know I can't get to heaven anymore
but Baby, the things that they told us are wrong
are not wrong anymore
if we live a bit outrageous
we're not devils, we're just not angels
some people take it to the limit
but we know there's no limit

Campari kiss, a couple dimes
a yellow cab, a quite drive
the streetlight through the window
on your face is the color of
everything I've ever loved

You Don't Have To Dance

You don't have to smile

you don't have to laugh

at jokes that aren't funny

just to be nice

you don't have to make chit-chat

or remember people's names

and you don't have to dance

you can be late

you can leave early

you can skip it

if you'd just rather not

you don't have to shake hands

or keep up appearances

and you don't have to dance

 

you can sleep in your clothes

eat with your fingers

criss-cross applesauce on the floor

and if anyone's too good

you just show them the...

exit

 

'cause you don't have to rhyme

you don't have to match

your shoes to your coat

or your fish to your wine

you don't have to agree to disagree

and you don't have to dance

In the Cool of the Pines

As I sit in the cool of the pines
In sweet memory's arms entwined
My love drifts away
with the cottonwood seeds
My love drifts away from me
As I sit in the cool of the pines
A gentle breeze becomes my mind
Patches of needles
make for my bed
She's gone, she's gone, she gone

As I sit in the cool of the pines
I can't close these tired eyes
The slow river bend
is her voice on the wind
She sings to me
As I sit in the cool of the pines
I know what love has passed me by
Foolish am I
Alone in the pines
She's gone, she's gone, she's gone

You & Soon

You and soon are lying sisters

say you'll come to me

but you never come to me

Night and noon I keep your picture

close to me

close to me

white flowers bloom and I wait

blue flowers bloom and I wait

You and soon are lying sisters

say you'll come to me

but you never come to me

 

Lets Get The Heck Outta Town (slightly different than on the recording)

Let's get the heck outta town

get lost with no hopes of bein' found

take a long walk off a real short pier

baby, let's just get the heck outta here

Let's get the heck outta town

out west past where the sun goes down

watch the clouds in the sky 

roll on by

goodbye, clouds, goodbye

my greatest worry, my deepest concern is

will SPF 30 really block the sunburn

baby, I can see us now

catching the rays and the waves

and the next train outta town

 

Let's get the heck outta town

get lost and pray never to be found

cannonball off a real short pier

swim to Barbados, I hear it's nice this time of year

Let's get the heck outta town

where folks walk around with fewer clothes

and fewer frowns

when the world comes callin' we're out of reach

tied up in a meeting with mai-tai's on the beach

no more worries, got no more hurries

and never do we see even the smallest snow flurries

baby, I can see us now

catching the rays and the waves

and the next train outta town

Easiest Thing in the World

It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you
It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you

I remember you and your chubby checks
and the way they used to smile at me
Hanging out after school
Bouncing quarters off the soda machine
I'll ll take you driving when I get the keys
Won't keep you out too late

It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you
It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you

Baby, don't go to work today
I'm begging you please, won't you stay
Watch cartoons, I'll make your eggs
'Cause there's a million things to do
Around the house for me and you
Baby, please, baby please, baby please
Don't go to work today

It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you
It's the easiest thing in the world, loving you, loving you

Black Confetti

Laying in the good sunshine
Watching the honeybee make her wine
The city's on fire in the distance
It's all black helicopters and yellow honeysuckle
The end of the world comes on sweetly at first
Its a Cadillac hearse and it shines like money
When it rolls real slowly up my street
If it weren't so pretty I'd weep

Waiting on the city bus
Thinking 'bout the two of us
I got seventy-five cents for the transfer
I'm coming to ya mama quick as I can
I saw my old man last night
He gave me twenty bucks and a couple old ties
A man's gotta keep looking good
When his lady, she looks so good

The end of the world comes on sweetly at first
It's a Cadillac hearse and it shines like black confetti
When it rolls real slowly up my street
If it weren't so pretty I'd weep

Caffeine

Too much caffeine

in my blood, in my blood

too much coffee

in my cup, drink it up

got to get out

get the strain off my brain

starting to bounce

off the walls, off the walls

 

Caffeine

got the shakes, stay awakes

Caffeine

Black no sugar, black no cream

Caffeine

Visions of latte lakes

Got to get more caffeine

 

I love you more

More than mom, more than mom

want to go out

on the town, on the town

won't see a show

catch a movie, not today

just drink coffee

in the corner of *a small cafe (usually I sing "Mokabe's" here, since the old spot in Kirkwood was the hang out back when I wrote the song.)

 

Caffeine

got the shakes, stay awakes

Caffeine

Black no sugar, black no cream

Caffeine

Visions of latte lakes

Got to get more of it

Got to get more of it

I got to get more caffeine

Under the Catalpa Trees

To kiss you under the catalpa trees
How I wish to put your troubled heart at ease
And hold you close, yes please
Under the catalpa trees

To hold you down by the riverside
While the moon's making diamonds where the water meets the sky
Only slightly less glorious than the diamonds in your eyes

Sleepy lane south of town
Cicadas sing a lover's song
Street light falls through satin leaves
I found my love under the catalpa trees

To kiss you under the catalpa trees
When the breath of a cattail riding on the breeze
Lands in your hair and I leave it there
Under the catalpa trees

Bring Back My You

I been so cold since you left
You took all my sweaters when you left
My Irish knits and my cardigans
And sailed away to
Your new home on the equator
I been so quiet since you left
You stole all of my favorite records when you left
And now all the music I got
Is me singing the blues
But oh baby, I don't give a darn
Keep the LPs and the old ball of yarn
But the next time you're back in St. Lou
Bring back my you

My Favorite Sin I hear you name in conversation See you face at every railroad station I know there’s only one explanation Oh lord, please no, not again ‘Cause I tried so hard to forget you When I finally got the strength to quit you Now all I can think is to kiss you Here we go again And again, and again and again You’re my favorite sin I got to have you again and again and again and again and again You ever drive past the old apartment Round the corner from the lebanese market I never drive past the old apartment Unless I’m in the neighborhood ‘Cause I don’t think that I really like you And I’m certain that I don’t really want you But that don’t mean that I don’t really want you Don’t, don’t, don’t really want you Again, and again and again You’re my favorite sin I got to have you again and again And again and again and again