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Wanderer's Dream Lyrics
1997 Attaboy Records Release
Wanderer's Dream

Song List
(click on song for lyric)

  1. Small Town After All
  2. My Love
  3. I Saw You Look Up
  4. Sophisticated Heart
  5. You Were Gone
  6. Wanderer's Dream
  7. Iddy Biddy
  8. A Man Like That
  9. Darling Jane
  10. Tomorrow
  11. It Just Happens

Small Town AFter All

It's love young love that separates us
From the people in our small town
Tucked snugly in their beds while we plot and curse
On the outskirts and underskirts
Of our small town after all

Us against the world we are fighting to remain
In the quicksand of our virtues
For which we constantly complain
The harder you push the stronger the pull
We are fighting to remain
In a small town after all

One love interest one bully and a jail
Church with a cemetery well and a pail
On civic leader by virtue of his ducats We own the well he owns the bucket
Slammin' doors and broken bottles
Squeelin' tires and open throttles
Echoes of the homespun mottoes
How far can you run your time here's just begun
We are fighting to remain
In a small town after all

The love it died when the dreams they vanished
Woke one day to a smothering panic
Quiet, still and peaceful panic
Baby's tears were automatic
Muscles in my neck like cold steel shackles
Low-rent wages run-down houses
Twenty questions forty-ouncers
Baby may seek legal counsel
How far can she run her time here's just begun
We are fighting to remain
In a small town after all

It was love young love to separate us
From the people in our small town
Tucked snugly in our bed we didn't plan our getaway
Figured we'd just drift away
Like today

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My Love

What did you learn from me my love?
What will you carry from me my love?
What, will you bury ?
And who will you marry?

Are you still going to dream, my love?
Does a bird in the hand ever scream my love?
An old man will say yes to a letter
For lack of anything better

Will you still hold your head up high?
A thousand times ask yourself why?
Do you still believe in love?
It wasn't love that you knew it was I
And I believe in you

Will you think fondly of me my dear?
Two hearts such as ours never beat so near
A young man will say no to a letter
For he thinks life only gets better

Love won't arrive all alone
It'll bring many friends you'd sooner not know
Love's many faces change fast
They bear a great likeness to ghosts from your past

She used to take all of my time
Demanded my love every dime
She'll drive him to madness some day
Though it's not my place to say
For I've given the bride away

Will you still hold your head up high?
Have you gone to the well is it dry?
Do you still believe in love?
It wasn't love that you knew it was I
And I believe in you

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I Saw You Look Up

I saw you look up into my window
As you were walking by
You didn't see me standing in the shadows
Still you looked me right in the eye
You looked at me the way that you used to
When we whiled away the hours just as two
We looked deep into each other's eyes
But only I knew

For a moment I felt we were united
Time and distance were erased
But if I'd walked out from the shadows
You'd have worn a different color on your face
You looked at me the way that you used to
Before the pain and sorrow that we knew
We looked deep into each other's eyes
But you looked right on through

This old house is an empty shell
In my body there's no soul to dwell
Is that my ghost or my shadow I can't tell
Only you knew me that well
Mind alert and body able
Etherized without a table
Caffeine first and codeine later
My hands won't shake when I hold the razor

These bad intentions on the road that I'm paving
Don't worry Ma I'm only shaving
I wish I had the nerve to follow through
Well if I did I'd more than look at you
Like when you looked at me the way that you used to
Before the pride and anger made us two
We looked deep into each other's eyes
And we, we both knew

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Sophisticated Heart

There's no golden rule that couldn't bend a bit
For a sophisticated heart
Discretion is the lesser part of happiness
For a sophisticated heart
I can love you better
I can love her too
There's nothing that this big ol' heart won't do
I can love you better
There's enough to go around
I'll catch and lay you gently on the ground

Beware the simple mind that operates the strings
Of a sophisticated heart
For lack of common sense we all believe the myth
Of a sophisticated heart
Leave your common yearning
Your petty happiness
We'll build a house of cards and stack the deck
Love is just an answer
Devotion but a clue
I'll ask for neither one of you

You were falling like a fragile leaf
Crawling from some other tragedy
I'm Rasputin in a one horse town
I'd love to lay you on the ground
I'm bringing love to the walking wounded
Like some splatter day saint
Spreading joy and ashes
Looking for a house to finger paint

Gently tip your hat and walk amongst the ruins
Of a sophisticated heart
Bid a fond farewell and offer praise to love and
Sophisticated hearts
I hesitate to leave you
By the river's edge
Like the sun resists the river when it sets
I'm running water's mystery
Your pooling water's dream
Ashes float and drift downstream
Ashes float and drift downstream

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You Were Gone

I was watching my ankle in a mountain stream
Twenty frames per second that's the speed at which I dream
You were in the corner of my eye
Why on earth would I be smiling?
You were gone

Water bugs were crawling beneath my heel
Sticks and leaves were gathering
In my toe-jam toe-dam why so slow man
Why on earth would I ignore you?
You were gone

I turn to say it to say it to say it
Like I do so slowly in my dream about you
I am the devil in this dream holding the reins on my own heart
I'm paralyzed above the shoulders
Why on earth would you remain?
I awoke
It was just a dream
But the memory was real
You were gone

I was struck by the sun on a Houston street
Green oak leaves stared and a thousand crickets screamed
You were in the corner of my eye
Long before I ever knew you
You were gone

I turn to say it to say it to say it
Like I do so slowly in my dream about you
I have no more will in my life than in my dreams
I'm paralyzed above the shoulders
Why on earth should you remain?
I awoke
It was just a dream
But the memory was real
You were gone

I lay in bed awhile scratching for water bugs
Imagined your sweet smile
I heard your breath
Come rushing in the silence of the water in my ears
Why on earth would I forsake you?

I awoke
It was just a dream
But the memory was real
You were gone

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Wanderer's Dream

Well I work and I slave
In this forsaken city
My mind it wanders
Like some fool Walter Mitty
To a warm desert night
Cool dusty trail
Beneath the pale moonlight
I think my sight fails
I see a vision of you alone on a hill
A beggar before you
It's just a dream still

Just a wanderer's dream
A wanderer's dream
A wanderer's dream
You're still many miles away

I get in my car
It seems to know where to go
I wish just once it'd take
Some old lost highway
Where the sun is setting on an endless day
I arrive every hour and say that I'm here to stay
Then I take you in my arms and tell you
I'll never leave you
You say that you love me
And I almost believe you

In a Wanderer's Dream
A wanderer's dream
A wanderer's dream
You're still many miles away

Why does love seem so real?
In dreams, dreams and memories
Why does love seem so real?

In a wanderer's dream
A wanderer's dream
A wanderer's dream
You're still many miles away

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Iddy Biddy

The groove of the month

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A Man Like That

She says why are men always running at the first sign of love
And I looked at my beer and I think to myself well that's that
She says they'll always hide in silence and they never come back
I said, Yeah, I once knew a man like that.

She sees she's got me going and I think to myself well that's that
Why lord was I born with a bullseye painted on my back?
She says, Men would rather stare at nothing all day
Cause nothing's ever gonna stare back
She'd give anything to a man who wouldn't do that

I said I don't have no time for your hunt and peck stories
And I know you're not telling any lies
I won't measure up to your vision of glory
And I can't stomach any twinkling of the eyes

Well I looked at the empty barstool and I said well that's that
Except my napkin is crumpled and soggy, and my beer has gone flat
Then this big dude walks up to me and he says
We got business out back
I should have known she'd be accompanied by a man like that

I said I don't have no time for your hunt and peck stories
And I know you're not telling any lies
I won't measure up to your vision of glory
And a fool on a leash is something I despise

Well I picked myself up and dusted off my hat
A little worse for the wear but all of my teeth were intact
I'm gonna go on home where the beer is cold and not flat
If I can stand to be all alone with a man like that

I don't have no time for your hunt and peck stories
And I know you're not telling any lies
I won't measure up to your vision of glory
But my hat's off to any fool who tries

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Darling Jane

It should get better every time
We share the family line
But foolish family pride
Keeps me from your side
The more you hear me cry
The more I have to lie
If we shared in the mistakes
We'd have something he couldn't take
But silence is our bond
When it all seems to go wrong
And I will try to steer you right

I wish I could spare you all the misery
I wish I could show you all that I have seen
Though our hearts beat side by side
6 months out of nine
You appeared through all the pain
You don't even keep my name
I hope that all I've done hasn't been in vain
For you my darling Jane

What woman gets to keep her daughter?
After all the precious things you taught her
She’ll soon be daddy's little girl
In a made for daddy's little world
A man will change her name
Once he's got her
What woman ever claims her daughter?

I'm afraid if I tell you
Not to be like me
Deny for you
What little joy I've seen
If I were to say It should be any other way
You'd find someone like him
Then curse the very day
In the silence of our bond
The truth's too much to bear
The truth is
It just isn't fair

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Tomorrow

Sleep my darling sleep
Here no harm can come to you
Sleep my darling sleep
Don't let the night sounds bother you

When tomorrow comes
It will be in you eyes
When tomorrow comes
It will be in your touch
When tomorrow comes
It will be in your arms again

Dream tonight sweet dreams
Drifting through the rolling fields
Painted desert scenes
Warm blue oceans cradle you

When tomorrow comes
It will be in your hands
When tomorrow comes
It will be in your heart
When tomorrow comes
You will be in my arms again

Whispering wishes
Nuzzling in your hair
The sweetness of your breath
When a deep sigh stirs somewhere
I just can't sleep for my love of you
But sleep my darling sleep
And I'll watch over you
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It Just Happens

I slipped and fell into another daydream
I stumbled on an old memory
I tripped and almost broke
My fool heart again
It just happens to me

I don't have to try and cry
Think or drink
It just happens

You're in my dreams
I wake up missing you
Someone's kissing me
But I'm still kissing you
It just happens
I'm not looking for a place to hide my soul away
No cabin full of cobwebs, or a coal mine cold an gray
I don't have to close my eyes to feel you by my side
Your fingertips run slowly up and down my spine

It just happens
It just happens
Because of you

I know you don't see
What's ailing me
The shadows that keep chasing me The whispering among the pine trees
But it happens
I can't fix a dream just to hold you fast
I can't apologize to the past
I can't help but see the image of you in front of me
Your arms reach out and tenderly caress me

chorus
I don't have to try
I don't have to try
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