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Snake Road

by Englewood

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1.
Got my backpack on my shoulder and I’m feeling free. Come on baby, take a trip with me. I’m booking my tickets, I’m ready to fly. I’m hitting the road and I want you by my side, So come on, hitch a ride with me. We’ll fly to England, take a ferry to France, then a train to Amsterdam, where we can dance. We’ll sit in a piazza, or a café. We’ll hang out in the pub at the end of the day. So come on, take a ride with me. We’ll have a gelato, we’ll have a sorbet. We’ll have a New Zealand cabernet. We’ll have a Tsing Tao underneath Chairman Mao. We’ll fly a kite in Red Square then we’re back in the air. So come on, hitch a ride with me. We’ll fly out this morning and get home yesterday, yes we’ll fly out this morning and get home yesterday. It was winter tomorrow and it’s summer today, cuz’ we flew out this morning and got home yesterday. So come on, hitch a ride with me. I’ve got my backpack on my shoulder and I’m feeling free. Come on baby, take a trip with me. I’m booking my tickets, I’m ready to fly. I’m hitting the road and I want you by my side. So come on, hitch a ride with me.
2.
Somewhere 03:38
Do you remember the place they called Somewhere? Do you remember the place they called Somewhere? Pinballs ringing and smoke hanging low in the air. I remember those nights at the place they called Somewhere. I remember the nights at the place they called Somewhere. Do you remember the place? We sure had some good times there. So Baby, meet me at Somewhere. I said Baby, meet me at Somewhere. Where the pinballs ring and the smoke hangs low in the air. Go down a long dark street, cold wind making your face burn. Walk down the long dark street, cold wind makes your face burn. But when you step inside, the bouncer’s smile is going to turn you warm. Step up to the bar, get a beer, make it Amstel Light. Step up to the bar, get a beer, make it Amstel Light. And while you’re standing there check out who’s bartending tonight. We’ll play some pool as soon as the table’s free. Yes we’ll play some pool as soon as the table’s free. Then we’ll find a dark corner with room just for you and me. So Baby, meet me at Somewhere. I said Baby, meet me at Somewhere. Where the pinballs ring and the smoke hangs low in the air. I said Baby, let’s go down Somewhere. I said Baby, let’s go down Somewhere. Do you remember the place? We sure had some good times there. So Baby, let’s get down at Somewhere. I said Baby, let’s get down Somewhere We’ll make the pinballs ring, we’ll make smoke that hangs low in the air.
3.
Please, don’t leave while it’s still dark. Please don’t leave while it’s still dark. Stay with me instead, and later we’ll go to the park. It’s cold out there, they’re saying it’s going to rain. It’s cold out there and they’re saying it’s going to rain. So stay inside with me, you won’t feel no pain. You know the people out there, they’re mean and they’re tense, so why do you want to go there. It just doesn’t make sense for you to leave while it’s still dark. So just stay inside with me, and later we’ll go to the park. The streets are dirty and the train is running late. The streets are dirty and the train is running late. But if you stay in here with me you know I won’t make you wait. You know the people out there, they’re tense and they’re mean, so I don’t understand why you’d want to be seen out there while it’s still dark. So stay with me instead, and later we’ll walk in the park. Please, don’t leave while it’s still dark. Baby, please don’t leave while it’s still dark. But if you’re really going to go, if you’re not going to stay, if you’re going to just get up, and walk away. Well I’ve just got one thing to say -- I’ll pick you up at six o’clock.
4.
Opening Day 03:11
We’ve been waiting for winter to be over, and baseball season to start. We read the sport sections to learn about the trades. Will it help our team, all the deals that they made. Waiting for winter to be over and baseball to start. They’re working out on the diamond in the desert, under the mid-day sun. How hard can they hit, how fast can they run, How true is their pitch when it’s under the gun. Waiting for winter to be over and baseball to start. And every team’s a winner today, everyone’s a champion today. Nobody’s paying their dues today, nobody’s singing the blues today. Nobody’s got the blues on Opening Day. We’ve got hot dogs and peanuts and beers, oh my, hot dogs and peanuts and beers. Wearing a brand new t-shirt and a lucky cap, ready for action with a glove on our lap. The fans all are ready for Opening Day. The club house music is rocking, while the team’s getting ready to play. New jerseys in the locker with last year’s bobblehead. A lucky baseball card and a picture of your kid. The players all are ready for Opening Day. And every team’s a winner today, everyone’s a champion today. Nobody’s paying their dues today, nobody’s singing the blues today. Nobody’s got the blues on Opening Day. And every team’s a winner today, everyone’s a champion today. Nobody’s paying their dues today, nobody’s singing the blues today. Nobody’s gets the blues, nobody gets the blues, nobody gets the blues on Opening Day.
5.
There was a man who lived by words, there was a man who lived by words. He made words work, he made words pay. He made us laugh when he made words play. The silence fell on him one day. The silence fell on him one day. And darkness tried to take him away. The silence came that awful day. We waited through long silent hours. We prayed through long silent hours. We sat in tears, we cried in fear. Waiting through the long silent hours. Then one day the man came back. One blessed day the man came back. The man sat up, and then he laughed. That’s how we knew the man was back. And he worked to gain his strength. And he worked to find his words. For his children, for his wife, he worked to build a new life. And now he lives without many words. He doesn’t need many words. His love is fierce, his heart is strong. The words are short, but the story’s long. He brings us comfort, he bring us peace. He gives us love, he brings us ease. It’s his strong soul that gives us peace. He’s the man without many words. He’s the man without many words.
6.
I remember my mother singing to me when I was just a little child. I remember my mother sang to me when I was just a little child. She sang “You are my Sunshine, My Only Sunshine”. When I got a little older I first heard the Beatles at the house of a next door friend. Then I got a transistor radio and I tuned it to 1310. And they played “Skip-a-Rope” and “Outside a Small Circle of Friends”. Then I got a cassette recorder and I taped “Proud Mary” and “I Got You Babe”. Then I got my uncle’s old guitar and learned three chords in the key of A. And we sang “Where have All the Flowers Gone” in harmony. Then I got a record player of my very own. I got a white and orange portable record player of my very own. And the Monkees sang “I’m a Believer” but “I’m not Your Stepping Stone”. And my father brought home records, like Frank Zappa singing “Suzie Cream Cheese”. And I learned all the words to all the records , like “The Secret Life of J. Eddy Fink”. And Seargent Pepper, James Taylor, CCR, and Melanie. When I moved I got a stereo with speakers big enough for Aerosmith. When I moved I got a stereo with speakers that were big enough for Aerosmith. And I sang “Love Hurts, Love Scars” with Nazareth. And all those music players, you know where they’ve all led. And all that music playing, you know where it’s all led. Now I’ve got 4,000 songs in my pocket and the rest in my head. I’ve got 4,000 songs in pocket, and a mess in my head.
7.
You’ve heard it in the old songs, you’ve heard it in the blues. They say that a woman is never good for you. But my baby isn’t like that, she doesn’t do the things they do. She’s a clean livin’ woman, and you’ll never hear about her in the blues. She’s not going to stay in bed after nine, she’s not going to go out and spend your last dime. She’s not going to drink up all your liquor and wine. She’s a clean livin’ woman, and I think she’s really fine. She’s not going to come home at quarter past two. She’s not going to come home and say she’s leaving you. She’s not going to tell you she don’t like the things you do. She’s a clean livin’ woman, almost too good to be true. She’s not going to come home at quarter to four. And when she comes home, she won’t slam the door. She’s not going to throw all her clothes on the floor. She’s a clean livin’ woman, at least she’s always been before. You’ve heard it in the old songs, you’ve heard it in the blues. They say that a woman is never good for you. But my baby isn’t like that, she doesn’t do the things they do. Cuz’ she’s a clean livin’ woman, and you’ll never hear about her in the blues. Yes, she’s a clean livin’ woman, and you’ll never hear about her in the blues.
8.
I woke up this morning, and didn’t feel right. I don’t understand it -- I slept well last night. I woke up this morning, there was something wrong with me. 'Cuz when I woke up this morning I couldn’t find my key. I tried some keys, I tried A, B, and C. I tried some more, I tried D, E, F, G. I thought I’d tried them all, but they didn’t sound right to me. 'Cuz when I woke up this morning, it seems like I lost my key. I got my guitar, and I played lots of chords. The cat stood up, and she walked out the door. Well, you know it’s bad when the cat walks out the door. I yelled to her I just can't help it, 'cuz I can’t find my key no more. I tried the piano, but I just couldn’t play. And the cat came back in, she had something to say. I don’t know what it was, but she sure had something bad to say. I said to her I'm really sorry, but I can’t find my key today. I went to the store to buy a new harp. They said we don’t have that key, at least not at in this shop. I said you’ve just got to help me, help me to find my key. She said you could try another store, but if I were you, I’d be thinking it might be me. I woke up this morning, there was something wrong with me. When I woke up this morning I just couldn’t find my key. Yeah, woke up this morning and I just couldn't find my key. So I'm going to go to bed early, and hope my key finds me. I'll go to bed early and hope that my key is going to find me.
9.
That's You 02:38
Tossing and turning all last night. Flashing and burning all last night. Couldn’t get to sleep at all last night. Watching the dark turn into the light. Then you turn around and held me and I fell right asleep. That’s what you do. That’s you. Jumped into the shower and threw on some clothes. Drove to the station, eating on the road. Squeezed onto the train, didn’t get a seat. Read the newspaper standing on my feet. But when we got to your station and you gave me a smile I felt good. That’s what you do. I don’t know how you do it, I don’t know how it’s done. All I know is that you’re the one. You do it with a look, you do it with a smile. You don’t even know when you’re doing it sometimes. You make happy. You make me feel good. That’s what you do. That’s you. Rush to the office, grab a cup of joe. Sit at the computer, and go-go-go. Staring at the screen most of the day. Going to meetings where there’s nothing to say. Ten hours later when we’re ready to go I feel good. That’s you. Come on home, talk about our day. Eat some dinner, and listen to the game. Read a book, turn off the light. That’s when I know everything is all right. I don’t know how you do it but you make me feel good. That’s what you do. That’s you. I don’t know how you do it…..
10.
Slow It Down 05:27
Slow it down… Slow it down… Slow it down before I hit the ground. I’ve been rushing and pushing and watching the clock ever since I could walk and talk, but now it’s time to slow it down. I’ve spent all of my life getting up before dawn, staying at work until daylight is gone. Waking up at night in a cold sweat, worrying about the things that I haven’t done yet. It got me where I’m going but now it’s time to slow it down. Slow it down…. Every weekend working a list, gotta do that after I finish this. Never enough hours in the day. never time to sit and watch the bay. But now I’m going to learn how to play and slow it down. So slow it down….

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released November 1, 2007

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