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10,000 Maniacs

Eat for two

Oh, baby blankets and baby shoes
Baby slippers, baby spoons, walls of baby blue
Dream child in my head
Is a nightmare born in a borrowed bed
Now I know lightning strikes again
It struck me once, then struck me dead
My folly grows inside of me

I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Walk for two, eat for two, breathe for two now

Well, the egg man fell down off his shelf
All the good King's men with all their help
Struggled 'til the end
For a shell they couldn't mend
You know where this will lead
To hush and rock in the nursery
For the kicking one inside of me

I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now

When the boy was a boy, the girl was a girl
They found each other in a wicked world
Strong in some respects
But she couldn't stand for the way he begged
And gave in
Pride is for men, young girls should run and hide instead
Risk the game by taking dares with 'yes'

Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now
Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now

Walk for two? I'm stumbling
Walk for two? I'm stumbling
Breathe for two, how? I can't breathe
I can't breathe
Five months, how it grows
Five months now, I begin to show

The Painted Desert

'The painted desert can wait till summer'
We've played this game of 'just imagine' long enough
Wait till summer?
When I'm sure the rain has ended, the blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Is a cactus blooming there in every roadside stand
Where the big deal this cowboy gear sewn in Japan?

'The painted desert can wait till summer'
We've played this game of 'just imagine' long enough
Wait till summer?
When I'm sure the rain has ended, the blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Is a cactus blooming there upon the northern rim
Or in the ruins of the Hopi Mesa dens?

You met a new friend in the Canyon or so you wrote
On a blanket in the cooling sand
You and your friend agreed
That the stars were so many there
They seemed to overlap

'The painted desert can wait till summer'
We've played this game of 'just imagine' long enough
Wait till summer?
When I am sure the rain has ended, the blooms have gone
Every one killed by the morning frost

Was a cactus blooming there as you watched the native boy?
In a flagstaff trailor court, you wrote the line
'He kicked a tumbleweed and his mother called him home
Where the Arizona moon met the Arizona sun'

'I wanted to be there by May at the latest time'
Isn't that the plan we had or have you changed your mind?
I haven't read a word from you since Phoenix or Tucson
April is over, will you tell me how long
Before I can be there...?

Verdi Cries

The man in 119 takes his tea alone
Mornings we all rise
To wireless Verdi cries
I'm hearing opera through the door
The souls of men and women, impassioned all
Their voices climb and fall
Battle trumpets call
I fill the bath and climb inside

Singing... la-la-la...

He will not touch their pastry
But every day they bring him more
Gold from the breakfast tray
I steal them all away
And then go and eat them on the shore

I draw a jackal-headed woman in the sand
Sing of a lover's fate
Sealed by jealous hate
Then wash my hand in the sea
With just three days more
I'd have just about learned the entire score
To Aida

Holidays must end as you know
All is memory
Taken home with me:
The opera, the stolen tea
The sand drawing, the verging sea
All years ago...

Gun Shy

I always knew that you would take yourself far from home
As soon as, as far as you could go
By the 1/4 inch cut of your hair and the Army issue green
For the past eight weeks, I can tell where you've been

For I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me
There was soldiers' blue blood streaming inside your veins
There is a world outside of this room, and when you meet it promise me
You won't meet it with your gun

So now you are one of the brave few
It's awful sad we need boys like you
I hope the day never comes for 'Here's your live round, son
Stock and barrel, safety, trigger, here's your gun'

Well I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me
There was soldiers' blue blood streaming inside your veins
There is a world outside of this room, and when you meet it promise me
You won't meet it with your gun taking aim

For I don't mean to argue, they've made a decent boy of you
And I don't mean to spoil your homecoming
But, baby brother
You should expect me to

'Stock and barrel, safety, trigger, here's your gun'

So now does your heart pitter-pat with a patriotic song
When you see the stripes of Old Glory waving?

Well I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me
There was soldiers' blue blood streaming inside your veins
There is a world outside of this room and when you meet it promise me
You won't meet it with your gun taking aim

I don't mean to argue, they've made a decent boy of you
And I don't mean to spoil your homecoming, my baby brother Jude
And I don't mean to hurt you by saying this again
They're so good at making soldiers - but they're not so good at making men

My Sister Rose

Big big plans are being made
For my sister's wedding day
We'll have a ball
At the Sons of Roma Hall
Family, friends, come one and all

First the best man makes a toast
To Rocky and my sister Rose
'A life of years
Free of tears
Bottoms up and lots of luck!'

Polka, tango everyone
Cha-cha, mambo Rose and Rock alone
Frankie Rizzo and his combo play on

Single girls all hear the call
Form a crowd at the back wall
And when the bouquet flies
Each one tries
To be the best catch and next year's bride

Uncle Sam and Uncle Joe
Take their places in the row
They're standing by
Side to side
For dollar dances with the bride

Polka, tango everyone
Cha-cha, mambo, Rose and Rock alone
'He's a banker, she'll be well off now'

Sister Rose, take your mother's place
Trade your home and your maiden name
For a list of vows and a veil of lace
Made a wife of you today.

Now they cut the five-tier cake
'That Colucci, he can bake'
A frosted tower
Of sugar and flour
For the couple of the hour

Polka, tango everyone
Cha-cha, mambo Rose and Rock alone
She was born to wear that gown

Sister Rose, take your mother's place
Trade your home and your maiden name
For a list of vows and a veil of lace
Made a wife of you today

But you're my sister Rose the same

Gold Rush Brides

Follow the typical signs
The hand-painted lines
Down prairie roads
Pass the lone church spire
Pass the talking wire
From where to who knows

There's no way to divide
The beauty of the sky
From the wild western plains
Where a man could drift
In legendary myth
By roaming over spaces

The land was free and the price was right

Dakota on the wall
Is a white-robed woman, broad
Yet maidenly
Such power in her hand
As she hails the wagon man's
Family
I see Indians that crawl
Through this mural that recalls
Our history

Who were the homestead wives?
Who were the gold rush brides?
Does anybody know?
Do their works survive
Their yellow fever lives
In the pages they wrote?

The land was free, yet it cost their lives

In miner's lust for gold
A family's house was bought and sold
Piece by piece
A widow staked her claim
On a dollar and his name
So painfully
In letters mailed back home
Her Eastern sisters, they would moan
As they would read
Accounts of madness, childbirth, loneliness and grief

I'm Not the Man

It crawls on his back, won't ever let him be
Stares at the walls until the cinder blocks can breathe
His eyes have gone away, escaping over time
He rules a crowded nation inside his mind

He knows that night like his hand
He knows every move he made
Late shift, the bell that rang
A time card won't fade

10:05 his truck pulled home
10:05 he climbed the stairs
About the time he was accused of being there

But I'm not the man
He goes free as I wait on the row
For the man to test the rope
He'll slip around my throat
And silence me...

On the day he was tried, no witness testified
Nothing but evidence, not hard to falsify
His own confession was a prosecutor's prize
Made up of fear, of rage and of outright lies

But I'm not the man
He goes free as the candle vigil glows
As they burn my clothes
As the crowd cries, 'Hang him slow!'
And I feel my blood go cold
He goes free...

Call out the KKK, they're wild after me
And with that frenzied look of half-demented zeal
They'd love to serve me up my final meal

Who'll read my final rite and hear my last appeal?
Who struck this devil's deal?

A Campfire Song

A lie to say, 'O my mountain has coal veins and beds to dig
500 men with axes and they all dig for me'
A lie to say, 'O my river where many fish do swim
Half of the catch is mine when you haul your nets in'

Never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray
No devil or redeemer will cheat him
He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold

A lie to say, 'O my mine gave a diamond as big as a fist'
But with every gem in his pocket, the jewels he has missed
A lie to say, 'O my garden is growing taller by the day'
He only eats the best and tosses the rest away

Never will he be believe that his greed is a blinding ray
No devil or redeemer can cheat him
He'll take his gold to where he's lying cold
Six deep in the grave

Something is out of reach
Something he wanted
Something is out of reach
He's being taunted
Something is out of reach
That he can't beg or steal, nor can he buy

His oldest pain
And fear in life:
There'll not be time
His oldest pain
And fear in life:
There'll not be time

A lie to say 'O my forest has trees that block the sun
And when I cut them down I don't answer to anyone'

No, no, never will he believe that his greed is a blinding ray
No devil or redeemer can cheat him
He'll take his gold where he's lying cold

Don't Talk

Don't talk, I will listen
Don't talk, you keep your distance
For I'd rather hear some truth tonight
Than entertain your lies
So take your poison silently
Let me be, let me close my eyes

Don't talk, I'll believe it
Don't talk, listen to me instead
I know that if you think of it
Both long enough and hard
The drink you drown your troubles in
Is the trouble you're in now

Talk talk talk about it
You talk as if you care
But when your talk is over, tilt that bottle in the air
Tossing back more than your share

Don't talk, I can guess it
Don't talk, well now you're restless
And you need somewhere to put the blame
For how you feel inside
You look for a close and easy mark
And you see me as fair game

Talk talk talk about it
Talk as if you care
But when your talk is over, tilt that bottle in the air
Tossing back more than your share

You talk talk talk about it
You talk as if you care
I'm marking every word and can tell this time for sure
Your talk is the finest I have heard

So don't talk, let me go on dreaming
How your eyes they glow so fiercely
I can tell your inspired
By the name you just chose for me
Now what was it? Oh, never mind it

We will talk talk talk about this
When your head is clear
I'll discuss this in the morning, but until then
You may talk, but I won't hear

Stockton Gala Days

That summer fields grew high
With foxglove stalks and ivy
Wild apple blossoms everywhere
Emerald green like none I have seen
Apart from dreams that escape me
There was no girl as warm as you

How I've learned to please
To doubt myself in need
You'll never, you'll never know

The summer fields grow high
We made garland crowns in hiding
Pulled stems of flowers from my hair
Blue in the stream like none I have seen
Apart from dreams that escape me
There was no girl as bold as you

How I've learned to please
To doubt myself in need
You'll never, you'll never know
You'll never know...

Violet serene like none I have seen
Apart from dreams that escape me
There was no girl as warm as you

How I've learned to please
To doubt myself in need
You'll never, you'll never know
You'll never know

That summer fields grow high
We had wildflower fever
We had to lay down where they grow

How I've learned to hide
How I've locked inside
You'd be surprised if shown
But you'll never, you'll never know...

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