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

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

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

Solvitur Ambulando

Solvitur ambulando
I walk and I walk and I walk
there's no why to where I go
block after block after block
dum spiro spero
fly smack dead into tomorrow
it's not true what they say, you know
you can always just walk away
walk away, watch me walk away
here's a little trick I know
you think maybe I'll be be back someday
but baby, I just won't
solvitur ambulando
we talk on and on, on and on
perhaps you will understand-o
when you wake up and I'm gone

Gardenias For Rita

I grow gardenias for Rita
in my one room apartment downtown
In the window overlooking 5th Street
I sing to them love songs
Love songs for Rita
And gardenias white as her shoulder in May
Soft as my prayer she'll notice me here someday

I don't know how to tell her, I cannot find the words,.so I send the scent of gardenias on the soft summer wind to her...
Gardenias for Rita, gardenias for Rita,
When I've the courage I will say,
I will say I love you, Rita

Lullaby of the Apocalypse

Driving back from your place

my head's way up in outer space

and gravity no longer applies to me

a hundred million miles away

I know a star with this great cafe

and we'll make it there

if we leave today

'cause the world's gonna end sometime tomorrow

all we've been lent has been called back on the borrow

there's no time to pack up all of your sorrow

hit the road and fly

 

There's a foggy road on the California coast

we'll drive along among the sea widows' ghosts

and a tidal wave may wash us into the blue

but I know a spot at the bottom of the sea

the band really swings and the drinks are free

and the maitre'd has got a table reserved for two

me and you

'cause the world's gonna end sometime tomorrow

all we've been lent has been called back on the borrow

there's no time to pack up all of your sorrow

hit the road and fly

Moan & Shout

You work your mojo

you work it good

ain't not understandin' you

that's understood

but I got your number, yeah

I know what you's about

I got your number, mama

I'm gonna make you moan

moan and shout

 

Everybody tell me

everywhere I go

"You better lock your door, boy

she'll take your stereo"

but I got no worries, no

I know you like it, I know you like it loud

I got your number, mama

gonna make you moan

moan and shout

 

Every time you leave me

every time you go

baby, how you grieve me

bring me down so low

and I know that you don't worry

you got me just how and how

yeah you got my number, mama

and you make me moan

moan and shout