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Smoking Gun Cafe



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Tolerance Blues


The Pope's in love with Jesus Christ
The FBI's screamin' 'bout an armored car heist
The girl in the red dress sure looks nice
Could be a shortcut to paradise
Any way you want it, that's all right with me

Sir Galahad wore long black hair
He rescued damsels in deep despair
He kissed their hands, which was very rare
Then rode away too wise to care about yesterday
That's all right with me

Galileo Jones works day and night
Squinting in the candle light
He's reading the books by Theodore White
To determine if might makes right
And wondering, whatever happened to fair play?

And Chaucer races to his room
Eagerly rhymes June with Moon
He s hoping to write a big hit tune
He needs the money very soon
And the critics call him the Dylan of his day

Me, I obey the highway signs
And stay away from damsels with designs
Keep my distance from battlelines
Y'know I've heard it takes all kinds to find a way
And that's all right with me

'Cause The Pope's in love with Jesus Christ
The FBI's screamin' 'bout an armored car heist
The girl in the red dress sure looks nice
Could be a shortcut to paradise
Any way you want it, that's all right with me



Waiting At The Contradiction

Did you set out to be admired?
Did you grow up to be put down?
Did you get hired just to get fired?
Did you ask for the run-around?
If you keep runnin' on the treadmill
Don't you think you'll lose your mind?
Well I'm waitin' here at the contradiction
Wonderin' if you're close behind?

Sometimes things are what they seem to be
There's a lot around to fear
It takes less than a bullet to paralyze you
The shot don't have to be near
Who do you think is bloodthirsty?
Who do you think is kind?
Well I'm waitin' here at the contradiction
Wonderin' if you're close behind?

      An' someone tried to kill the President
      As he walked on through the crowd
      When she heard, his wife cried quite softly
      The Vice President, he cried out loud

Who do you think is bloodthirsty?
Who do you think is kind?
Well I'm waitin' here at the contradiction
Wonderin' if you're close behind?

You may say life's a fantasy
Or you may say life is real
You may say you only meant to borrow
When I know you meant to steal
Take a look at your heroes
And tell me what you find
I'm waitin' here at the contradiction
Wonderin' if you're close behind?



When I Play My Guitar

Sometimes a friend can be a lover
Sometimes a lover can be a friend
Sometimes forever lasts a lifetime
Sometimes forever's got to end

      But I can see you when I play my guitar
      I can feel you when I play my guitar
      I can hold you when I play my guitar
      I can love you again

Sometimes two people walk together
Sometimes each must walk alone
Sometimes they promise each other the future
Always the future is unknown

      But I can see you when I play my guitar
      I can feel you when I play my guitar
      I can hold you when I play my guitar
      I can love you again

Sometimes I'm on the center stage
Sometimes the spotlight goes out
Sometimes I know exactly where I'm goin'
Sometimes I'm overcome with doubt

      But I can see you when I play my guitar
      I can feel you when I play my guitar
      I can hold you when I play my guitar
      I can love you again

Sometimes it's quiet desperation
Sometimes it's takin' chances, takin' a dare
Sometimes it's gettin' through those goddamn lonely nights
Sometimes it's walkin' on the air

      But I can see you when I play my guitar
      I can feel you when I play my guitar
      I can hold you when I play my guitar
      I can love you again
      I can love you again
      I can love you again



How Is The Sky Tonight?

There once was a man who studied the stars
Spent his nights watchin' the sky
The Pope had this man thrown behind bars
Proclaimed what he said was a lie

There once was a woman
Heard voices in the night
Led armies to fight for liberty
When she was caught
She was burned at the stake
It doesn't stop the fight to be free

      Is it a matter of faith?
      Is it a matter of the mind?
      Do you mind the truth?
      Does your faith leave you blind?
      When things on the planet just don't seem right
      I wonder, how is the sky tonight?

I once loved a woman, I gave her my heart
I gave her the best of my love
She turned away, now when I watch the night sky
It's her that I'm thinkin' of

So I ride with my friends and we talk about things
Wonderin' what the future will be
Where are the visions, where are the dreams?
Used to be so easy to see

      Is it a matter of faith?
      Is it a matter of the mind?
      Do you mind the truth?
      Does your faith leave you blind?

      When things on the planet just don't seem right
      I wonder, how is the sky tonight?



Lover

When the night, curtain, descends upon my soul
I want, you, next to me
When the darkness, falls, and circles my soul
I want, you, next to me

      I tasted fine wine when I spent the night with you
      I saw the sun rise in your eyes
      I felt the sunshine and I felt alright with you
      I saw the promise in your prize

If I go, to heaven, I know it won't be as good
As the time, I've spent, with you
If I was, a star, shinning in the night sky
I would not shine as brightly as your flame

      I tasted fine wine when I spent the night with you
      I saw the sun rise in your eyes
      I felt the sunshine and I felt alright with you
      I saw the promise in your prize

When the day, is dawning, sweeps up my heart
I want, you, next to me
When the light is shinning, breathing life into the day
I want, you, next to me
I want, you, next to me
I want, you, next to me



Between The Lines


I've been caught in the headlights
Sometimes I don't mind
I have stood in the line-up
It's where I learned it takes all kinds

      They will burn the books
      We will shift our shape
      They'll reguate our looks
      Confiscate our taste
      But somewhere between the mind and heart
      It's Revolution Number Nine
      Keep your eyes wide open, and
      Read Between the Lines

She would dance in the moonlight
Become a shadow in the bright sunshine
He was ready for the next fight
In the desert he would read the sign

      They will burn the books
      We will shift our shape
      They'll reguate our looks
      Confiscate our taste
      But somewhere between the mind and heart
      It's Revolution Number Nine
      Save your popcorn for the very best part and
      Read Between the Lines

      And a chill goes down my spine
      When it's already after the fact
      Decision made is locked in time
      And you can't take it back


I've been down with the fever
Lost in the whispering pines
One night I danced in the moonlight
It's there I learned to take my time

      We will shift our shape
      They will fall behind
      We'll unlock the gate
      The ties that bind will unwind
      And somewhere between the mind and heart
      It's Revolution Number Nine
      Stick around for the very best part and
      Live between the lines



The Smoking Gun Cafe


There's a place at the edge of town
Any town, any movie, any map
It's where the liquor an' the hard talk goes down
Under the brim of a black cap

     They say the truth will set you free
     They say Let It Be
     In war truth is the first casualty
     They say the truth will set you free--
     Do you wanna be free?

There are men who plan our fate
There are men who plot and figure
There are men who do the dirty work
There are men who pull the trigger

Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe
Welcome to the ghost of John Kennedy
The ghosts of King and RFK (and many more)
Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe

     They say the truth will set you free
     They say Let It Be
     In war truth is the first casualty
     They say the truth will set you free--
     Do you wanna be free?

Believe the myth of the lone assassin
Believe no one meets to make conspiracy
Believe there are no secret plans
Believe there is no Smoking Gun Cafe

But there's a place at the edge of town
Any town, any movie, any map
It's where the liquor and the hard talk goes down
Under the brim of a black cap

Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe
Do you wanna be free?
Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe
Do you wanna be free?
Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe
Do you wanna be free?
Welcome to the Smoking Gun Cafe
Do you wanna be free?



Voice Of An Angel


I was born in Selma
Lived in Dallas for a week
Went to school at a place called My Lai
I learned lies are the truth that we seek
I learned lies are the truth that we seek

An' I don't know a woman in Baghdad
I don't know a woman in Chiapas, Mexico
I didn't know those four girls down in Birmingham
I know bombs make the graveyards grow
I know bombs make the graveyards grow

     And I don't have the voice of an angel
     I don't sing like I'm from Heaven above
     Sometimes I wish I was Jesus
     So I could heal you with my love

I know a cowboy down in Florida
Wrangles horses for the tourists all day
Needs a bottle on the table at home every evening
Before he's got somethin' to say
Before he's got somethin' to say

I know a dancer from Texarkanna
She dances naked for the Japanese men
She's makin' plans to make plans to make plans to quit
The money's good so she doesn't know when
The money's good so she doesn't know when

     And I don't have the voice of an angel
     I don't sing like I'm from Heaven above
     Sometimes I wish I was Jesus
     So I could heal you with my love

There is darkness that leads to confusion
There is darkness that leads to the dawn
There is darkness that leads to the tunnel of hate
I want the magic to make it be gone
I want the magic to make it be gone

There's a cactus on my neighbor's roof
Standin' like a tall, green bone
I want to take on out to Joshua Tree
So it won't have to stand all alone
So it won't have to stand all alone

     And I don't have the voice of an angel
     I don't sing like I'm from Heaven above
     Sometimes I wish I was Jesus
     So I could heal you with my love



(The Ballad of James) Byrd


You go walkin' down the road
You are walkin' homeward bound
Maybe you're singin' your favorite song
Is there a future to this town?

There's a truck comin' up behind you
They're there to hunt you down
They pull up and offer you a ride
Is there a future to this town?

They grab you, hold you down and tie you
To the rear axle you are bound
There's no need for a gag
Is there a future to this town?

They drag you up and down the highway
They drag you all around
Not a soul can hear your screams
Is there a future to this town?

Sometime durin' the night, your heart stopped beating
An' sometime durin' the night, you stopped singing your favorite song
An' sometime durin' the night, you stopped thinking
An' sometime durin' the night, you stopped feeling
An' sometime durin' the night, you stopped screaming
An' sometime durin' the night, your heart stopped beating
An' all you were doin' was walkin' down the road
An all you were wearin' was black skin under your clothes

Now I ain't standin' here to preach
An' I'm not tryin' to be profound
I'm just a storyteller with a question
Is there a future to this town?

You go walkin' down the road
You are walkin' homeward bound
Maybe you're singin' your favorite song
Is there a future to this town?



Atlanta


It was many years ago
He lived in Atlanta
He met a woman there
Who captured his heart

When a memory takes hold
It can really take your soul

In the quiet of the evening
He remembers their first kiss
It was so many years ago
He decides to go the distance

When a memory takes hold
It can really take your soul

He's goin' back to that town
He's gonna track that memory down
He's gonna take a trip
To his past
Only memories last

What would you do
If love came knockin' at your door?
If it was an old flame or one night stand
From many years ago?

When a memory takes hold
It can really take your soul

He's goin' back to that town
He's gonna track that memory down
He's gonna take a trip
To his past
Only memories last

Now he's standin' at her door
Now she stands before him
He takes her in his arms
Like so many years ago
When he lived in Atlanta



Thoughts & Prayers


The night was dark and stormy
Or maybe his soul just wouldn't sell
Did you ever feel like Elvis
At the Heartbreak Hotel?

He sang: My thoughts & prayers are with you
For all the good they'll do
The hours, they grow longer
The days, the grow few

Sometimes it gets lonely
Sometimes it's too sad to tell
Did you ever feel like Elvis
At the Heartbreak Hotel?

She said: My thoughts and prayers are with you
She gave him a hug on the phone
And for one, brief moment
He didn't feel so all alone

Sometimes she gets quiet
Wonders if there's really a hell
Did you ever feel like Lady MacBeth
Walkin' thru the hallways at the Heartbreak Hotel?

An' I sing: My thoughts and prayers are with you
I hope they find you well
I'm standin' in the lobby
Of the Heartbreak Hotel

There's a teenager in one room
Feelin' more than the world's weight
Feelin' pushed toward a decision
Feelin' there's no choice, it's fate

There's a TV in the corner
Another tragedy starts the day
The man on TV has a speech prepared
He steps up and has this to say

He says: My thoughts and prayers are with you
The nation cares about your pain
When this tragedy strikes the next town, the next school
He's all set to say it again

He had talent; she had ambition
She had a plan all set to sell
But you can't predict all consequences
At the Heartbreak Hotel

An' maybe it's betrayal
Sometimes the heartstrings duel
Sometimes the blood an' booze won't wash away
It's not the King; emotions rule

Some say she wanted power
Oh the stories they would tell
Did you ever feel like Lady MacBeth
Walkin' thru the hallways at the Heartbreak Hotel?

He's wonderin' what's the price of comfort?
He's wonderin' what's the source of rage?
He opens the Hotel issue Bible
He sheds some tears an' turns the page

An' I find myself on my knees
In my own prison cell
I am kneeling at the corner of the bed
In my room at the Heartbreak Hotel

I find myself alone with my thoughts
An' I'm all set to pray
My thoughts and prayers are with you
I hope you're not alone today



A Whole Life Lived In A Day


She was the queen of his heart
Sunrise and sunset
Love from the start
As good as it gets

He was the batting champion
Hit the long ball all the way
Oh how the crowd would cheer for him
A whole life lived in a day

An' if Jesus was the Governor of Texas
I don't think he'd kill anyone
An' if I was the Emperor of Georgia
I'm sure I'd have some fun
An' it's a whole life lived in a day
It's a whole life lived in a day

He rode a motorcycle
Used to come when I was gone
He's the one who stole the queen of my heart
Left me with this song

I've been on the road for years now
Chasin' the long ball
Sometimes murder rides in my heart
Seems every rise has got a fall

An' if Jesus was the Governor of Texas
I don't think he'd kill anyone
An' if I was the Emperor of Georgia
I'm sure I'd have some fun
An' it's a whole life lived in a day
It's a whole life lived in a day

Some say you can learn from the past
Take it all day by day
Got to let go of yesterday's loss
There's a game to play today

She was the queen of my heart
Sunrise and sunset
Love from the start
As good as it gets

An' it's a good thing I'm a peaceful man
He's more'n lucky with each breath
If I were the Governor of Texas
I might've fried him to death

An' if Jesus was the Governor of Texas
I don't think he'd kill anyone
An' if I was the Emperor of Georgia
I'm sure I'd have some fun
An' it's a whole life lived in a day
It's a whole life lived in a day



Highway


I've been walkin' down the road
I've been thinkin' about you
I've been thinkin' as I'm walkin'
I've been thinkin' about you

An' I don't know where I'm goin'
Barely know where I've been
I keep walkin' down this highway
Hopin' I see you again

There's a season once a year
Everything is born again
There's a reason once a year
I keep thinkin' of you again

An' I don't know where I'm goin'
Barely know where I've been
I keep walkin' down this highway
Hopin' I see you again

In the darkness of the night time
I sit an' watch 'em close the bars
There's the taste, alcohol
I don't have to walk very far

In the mornin', in the mornin'
It's the middle of the afternoon
It ain't mornin' an' I ain't mornin'
Oh I hope to see you soon

An' I don't know where I'm goin'
Barely know where I've been
I keep walkin' down this highway
Hopin' I see you again
I keep walkin' down this highway
Hopin' I see you again

     
           
     


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