"Folker" lyrics

 

released 2004
Vagrant Records

 

 
Jingle
 

Buy it now Buy it now Buy it now
This is my single, this is my jingle
Buy it now Buy it now Buy it now
This is my single, this is my jingle

Everybody really ought to have one
Everybody really ought to buy some
Buy it now Buy it now Buy it now
This is my single, this is my jingle
This is my single, this is my jingle

Everybody really ought to have some
Everybody really ought to buy one
Buy it now Buy it now Buy it now
This is my single, this is my jingle
This is my single, this is my jingle
This is my single, this is my jingle
This is my single, no telling Ringo

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Now I Wonder ( When Will We Arrive?)
 

Now I wonder when we'll be there
Will it be long?
Now I wonder when we'll be there
We've been here all along

Now I wonder when we'll be there
When will we arrive?
Now I wonder when we'll be there
Will we make it in time?

The vices of the parents
Soon reveal themselves in the sickness of the child
Divine intervention was not my intention
But Jesus Christ, please save us from his smile

And we'll get down on our knees
And we don't care who sees
And to hell with them who laugh
And we'll tell the ones that ask
That we're damned if we do
And we're damned if we don't
And one thing is true
If I'm wrong I'm not alone

Makes me wonder when we'll be there
When will we arrive?
It makes me wonder when we'll be there
Will we be there in time?
Will we be there in time?
The vices of the parents
Soon reveal themselves in the sickness of the child
Divine intervention was not my intention
But Jesus Christ, please save us from his smile

We'll get down on our knees
And we don't care who sees
And the hell with them who laugh
And we'll tell the ones that ask
That we're damned if we do
And we're damned if we don't
And there's one thing that's true
If I'm wrong I'm not alone

Makes me wonder when I'll be there

And we're damned if we do
And we're damned if we don't
And there's one thing that's true
If we're wrong we're not alone
We get down on our knees
And we don't care who sees
And tell the ones who ask
And to hell with those who laugh

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My Dad
 

My dad sitting in his chair
He sits and stares all day
At his flat screen TV
At Christmas he got from me

His fingers, they give a touch
Tells me that I paid too much
Sits there and watches alone
Give him everything I own

My dad sitting in his chair
Still got hair and pride
Ask him how he's feeling
With an emphysema grin, he's fine

Cancels doctor's appointments
Says they'll only make him come back
He's still got some anointment
From when my sister had that rash

His passion's always been golf
Always pulled for the Twins
Broke his back some months ago
Ain't' complained of a twinge

My dad sitting in a chair
Does a crossword there each day
He's got his Chocolate Swoon
And his spittoon, takes aim

There's a Bible on the floor
Next to the baseball box score
On his dresser's a picture of
His one and only grandson

My dad sitting in his chair
Never seen me play
He gets a kick from the newspaper
When he sees the family name

There's a Bible on the floor
Next to the baseball box score
And on his dresser, pictures of
His one and only grandson

My dad I love

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Lookin' Up In Heaven
 

Someday morning I felt afraid
Someone leaving in the world today
I looked low, I looked high
Only missed one friend
Before I go, I look high again

So I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight
They asked me to stick around
But without you it just wasn't right
I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight

Sunday evening I get the blues
Someone sleeping' in their tennis shoes
I looked low and I looked high
Only missed one friend
Before I go, I look high again

So I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight
They asked me to stick around
But without you it just wasn't right
I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight

I met a little angel, she asked me if I could step outside
"I'll make you forget her, I'll make you forget her
Baby, won't you watch me fly?"

Years go by now, now I have grown
Sunday night and I ain't alone
So you look low and I look high
And miss another friend
Before I go, I look high again
(I love you)

Lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight
They asked me to stick around
But without you it just wasn't right
So I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight

They invited me to stick around, you know
But I told 'em there was another place I had to check out tonight

I went lookin' up in heaven
But you wasn't anywhere in sight

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Anyway's All Right
 

Waiting' for a girl
To tell you that she's gay
She don't know it yet
You want her anyway

Any way you can, any way you might
Any way you hope she will
'Cause any way's all right
On a now or never night

Waiting' for that fool
The one that cuts your hair
To tell you what to do
And remind you "I will dare"

'Cause any way's all right
Any way you can
Any way she might
Hope she will

'Cause any way's all right
On a now or never night

I'm a dog that's broken from my leash
And I'll be hopin'
To be laying in your pretty flower bedroom
I just have to

Miracles always happen when they have to
And as it happens
I expect one tonight in your flower bedroom
Come on

Waiting' for someone
To give me the okay
To really be in love
Or to go our separate ways

Any way we can
Any way we might
Any way I hope you will

'Cause any way's all right
On a now or never night
On a now or never night
It's a now or never night
It's a now or never night

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$100 Groom
 

She wore them cowboy boots
Couldn't ignore, she looked so cute
She was one that I liked best
Couldn't believe her two buck dress

I'll go downtown and we'll find ourselves a judge
And I'm your $100 groom
Promise not to leave the room
Even if I gotta vomit
Oh I'm your $100 groom
Baby, I'll hop the broom
Although I'd rather limbo underneath it

She spent all of my cash
And I broke out in a rash
As long as I can make you laugh
It's been awhile, might say it's high time
It ain't getting' better, let's go for a ride

Go downtown and find some crooked judge
And I'm your $100 groom
Won't leave the room
Even I have to vomit
Baby I'm your $100 groom
Baby I'll hop that broom
Though I'd rather limbo underneath it

I've let you down in the past
I can't let you down anymore
Yeah, $100 groom
Baby we're in that room

She's my better half
When she makes me laugh
When she don't, she ain't
The one that I like best
With the two buck dress
She ain't no saint

Go downtown and we'll find ourselves a judge
And I'll be your $100 groom
Promise not to leave the room
Even if I have to vomit
Baby I'm your $100 groom
Baby I'll hop the broom
Rather limbo underneath it
Baby I'm your $100 groom

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23 Years Ago
 
23 years ago
A boy wrecked his life
23 years ago
On a warm Texas night

Said not a word
All night in the club
'Til closing time
As I was headed for the door
Said, "You comin' or what?"
You slipped your hand in mine

Took me to your place
I said, "I'm in love with somebody
That I cannot place but that's the way it goes, honey"
Between you and me and her, there's been many
Many times our paths crossed, our paths stayed lost
If anything, it's deeper and deeper and deep

23 hours ago you called my phone
You say "Get your ass down here so we can talk"
23 years ago
I would've run every mile
But I called you in the morning
Said, "Maybe this ain't the right thing to do"
And I spend the afternoon in tears

23 years ago
A boy wrecked your life
23 years ago
On a hot Texas night
Our paths cross again and again
Sometimes five years in between...ten
There's one thing that goes unsaid
Now I'll say it out loud
Maybe you were the one I should've holded on to
Baby you was the one I should've held to
I've been through hell too
Ooo maybe, baby, baby

23 years ago
A boy wrecks his life
23 years ago
On a warm Texas night
Interlude #1
No jingle in his pockets
(?) in the wall
Father went to end
Knockin' on heaven's door
Fell in love with a dyke
Married a friend
Spent half his life wondering if it would end....it would end

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As Far As I Know
 

I'm in love with someone that doesn't exist
Keep looking for them everywhere I go
I'm in love with something that doesn't get kissed
It doesn't exist
As far as I know

I'm in love with a face that I've never seen
Once upon a place long time ago
I'm in love with a time that never took place
That's easy to trace
As far as I know
And I know everything that I need to sing
I know everything

I'm in love with the sound that I never hear
As long as I watch your TV show
I'm in love with that girl that doesn't resist
That doesn't exist
As far as I know

As far as I know, the stars in the sky are dull
As far as I know, compared to your eyes only
As far as I know

I know everything I need to sing
I know everything
I raise a gun, that won't hurt me none
I'm in love with a dream I had as a kid
I wait up the street until you show
That dream it came true, but you never do
No you never did
As far as I know

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What About Mine?
 

When you cried as a little baby
Mom and daddy let you cry
Thought that that was the best way maybe
To make you grow all strong inside
Now that you're older
You need someone's shoulder
What about mine?

Growing' up your mind was closed
For repairs for a long, long time
You could feel the loneliness in your hairstyle
Just like mine
Now that you've grown up
You still need that shoulder
What the hell are you waiting' for?
It's mine

I promise not to chase you
Only to embrace you
I promise not to bug you
Only just to hug you all night

When you was a little baby
Mom and dad they let you cry
They thought that's the best way maybe
To make you all strong inside
(Were they) wrong? (Yes)
Mine……What about mine?

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How Can You Like Him ?
 

Come and feel me tremble
Feel my marrow in the bone
Anyway, you ain't gonna see anyone else home
Now you ain't wanna see anybody but me
I ain't gonna see any how...
How can you like him better than me?
How can you like him?
After all, it's me
How can you like him any better than me?
Any better

Come and feel me tremble
Feel me rumble in the cold
Bring a thimble and I'll pour my thoughts out
I tear my hair out
You ain't going anywhere without me by your side
You ain't gonna see any how...

How can you like him better than me?
How can you like him?
After all, it's just me
How can you like him any better than me?
How can you like him?
You're still mine, can't you see?
How can you like him better than me?
You're still mine, can't you see?
How can you like him any better than me?

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Breathe Some New Life
 

New Life
Well we made a mad dash for the good life
And we passed when we weren't looking
And we made a swift retreat to the danger
That we'd see every evening
It ain't happened yet, I ain't holding' my breath

I wanna breathe some new life
Breathe some new life
Some new life
Ain't happened yet, I ain't holding' my breath

Got my way, tend to sway 'cause my vision now is slanted
And cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted

I wanna breathe some new life
Breathe some new life
Breathe some new life
It ain't happened yet, I ain't holding' my breath

Teach me to die, a butterfly soft and slow, deep in the meadow
Peace to my soul, I'm good to go, I'm prepared, Lord to travel

Ain't happened yet, I ain't holding' my breath
I wanna breathe some new life…
Please forgive my sins, once again
I will fall and I will fail

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Gun Shy
 

Gun Shy
I'm a rock star in a fruit jar
I'm a yellow snake in a can
I'm a farmhand, I'm a charmed foot
Chain link, jack rabbit, (lay?) me in a book

Chasin' middle age, I'm pacin' in my cage tonight
I feel a little gun shy, gun shy
Chasin' middle age, pacin' in my cage tonight

Got my sun-block and hard rock
I need to relax
From a dormitory
A former whore is peeing on Ajax

We're chasin' middle age, and we're pacin' in our cage tonight
Still a little gun shy
Gun shy, Gun shy
I'll never tell it like it ain't
When the money starts to faint and fade

Cocksure
(?) hit me
I don't wanna (?)

Pet rock, I'm a stopped clock
I'm a yellow snake in a can
I'm a farmhand, I'm a charmed foot
I'm a jack rabbit, rock star, fruit jar, fuck you

Pacin' my cage and I've nowhere to hide
Still a little gun shy
Gun shy...

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Folk Star
 

You don't sing for children or their parents
In the nighttime in a bar
You sing for yourself
You stand up for nothing as far as I can tell
You used to be a folker
'til you went and tried to choke her

You're a folk star
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Folk star

You don't wear no leather
Don't care whether or not you arrive
On the red carpet
On the charts with a string of broken hearts
Used to be a folker, 'til you tried to choke her

You're a folk star, yeah you are
Folk star, yeah you are

Come on
You want it

A hundred mandolins won't hide the man within
Folk star with your plastic red guitar
Folk star with your plastic red guitar
Folk star with your plastic red guitar
Folk star, yeah
I'm all right
I'm a folk star now

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it's time for them to go?

 

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