Lyrics — Jimmy LaFave (2023)

Table of Contents
Singles + Rise Above + Oklahoma Tonight + Having You To Hold + Everytime + Recreation Blues + This Road Before Highway Angels…Full Moon Rain + One Angel Is You + Thru The Neon Night + Rt. 66 One More Time + The Loneliness of America + Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues + Minstrel Boy Howling At The Moon + The Price Of Love + Red Dirt Roads at Night + Is It Still Raining Peace Town + Minstrel Boy Howling At The Moon + Peace Town + Salvation Train + Ramblin' Sky + Sideline Woman The Night Tribe + The Beauty of You + Maybe + It's Not On Me + Trying To Get Back To You + Talk To An Angel + Island + The Night Tribe + Never Came Back To Memphis + Smile + Dust Bowl Okies + The Roads Of The Earth Favorites 1992-2001 + Desperate Men Do Desperate Things + Going Home + Only One Angel + Burden to Bear + Never Is A Moment + How It Must Remain + Austin After Midnight + When It Starts To Rain + Buffalo Return to the Plains + When I See You Again + Into Your Life + Measuring Words Trail Five + Loneliness of America + Darkest Side Of Midnight + How It Must Remain + Desperate Men Do Desperate Things Trail Four + When It Starts To Rain + Route 66 Revised + Hideaway Girl + Worn Out American Dream Trail Three + Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues + Rain Falling Down Trail Two + River Road + Never Be Mine + Never Is A Moment Depending on the Distance + Clear Blue Sky + Living In Your Light + Vanished + It Just Is Not Right + Red Dirt Night + Bring Back The Trains + Talk To Me + A Place I Have Left Behind Cimmaron Manifesto + Car Outside + This Land + Truth + Lucky Man + Hideaway Girl + That's The Way It Goes + Don't Ask Me + Home Once Again + These Blues Blue Nightfall + Sweet Sweet Love + River Road + Music From Motor Court + Blue Nightfall + Shining On Through + Rain Falling Down + Bohemian Cowbody Blues + It's Gone + I Wish For You + When You Were Mine + Gotta Ramble Texoma + Bad Bad Girl + Never Is A Moment + This Glorious Day + Poor Man's Dream + Red Dirt Song + Woody Guthrie + Tears + Love Can Find Its Own Way + On the Road to Rock and Roll Trail + Red Dirt Roads At Night + How It Must Remain + Loved You Like Rainbows + Ellie's Song + If You Want To See Me Rock Road Novel + You'll Never Know + Hold On + Vast Stretches Of Broken Heart + Into Your Life + Ramblin' Sky + Long Ago With Miles Between + Never Put The Blame + The Open Space + You've Got That Right + The Big Wheels + Heart of a Woman + The Great Night Buffalo Return to the Plains + Burden to Bear + Last Train + Amsterdam + I'm Thinking Of You + Never Be Mine + Buffalo Return to the Plains + Going Home + Foolish Pride + That I Can't Control + I Walk Along With You + Rock And Roll Land + Worn Out American Dream Highway Trance + Shakin' In Your Hips + When The Tears Fall + Leslie, Talk To Me + Cafe In The Rain + Austin After Midnight + Give Your Sweet Love To Me + The Open Road + Minstrel boy howling at the moon + I've Got Your Picture + The Perfect Combination + Dark Dancing Eyes + Get It, Got It, Good + Prayer For You + When I See You Again + Route 66 Revisited Austin Skyline + Through The Neon Night + Desperate Men Do Desperate Things + When It Starts To Rain + Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues + Measuring Words + Only One Angel + Everytime + Darkest Side Of Midnight + Trouble Free

Singles

+ Rise Above

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave, Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

You cannot push a river
‘Cause it moves at its own pace
You cannot walk a road that will not bend
And though I’ve traveled long beside you
Hey, I’m as far right behind
And you must travel on past our journey’s end

So, rise above these earthly plains
Rise above, my friend, ‘cause you have rolled away the stone
Rise above, hey, and hallowed be thy name
Rise above, my friend, you did not die in vain

The waters of the sweet, sweet spring
They’re glistening in the sun
They’re calling to your soul, your soul to be as one
So, do not chase the devil as you may catch him in the end
Trust your faith, turn your cheek, and start to run

And rise above these red dirt plains
Rise above, my sweet friend, ‘cause you’ve rolled away the stone
Rise above, hey, you did not die in vain
Rise above, my friend, and hallowed be thy name

Rise above these earthly plains
Rise above, my friend, you have rolled away the stone
Rise above, hey, you did not die in vain
Rise above, my friend, oh, hallowed be thy name

When the beating of your soft heart fades into the din
This world, you’ve chiseled out, chiseled out your song
We’ll sing three-part harmony to your joyful memory
Life will be good, oh yeah, and we, we, we will carry on

So, rise above these earthly plains
Rise above, my friend, you have rolled away the stone
Rise above, hey, you did not die in vain
Rise above, my friend, oh, hallowed be thy name

Well, rise above these red dirt plains
Rise above, my friend, ‘cause you have rolled away the stone
Rise above, hey, you did not die in vain
Rise above, my friend, and simply fly away
Rise above, my friend, and simply fly away

+ Oklahoma Tonight

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I've got the mountains to the west
I've got the prairie to the east
Somewhat like and not unkin to the
Beauty and the beast
I've got the moon singing high
I've got the valley sinking low
Got a river that runs outside
My front door People
But the water won't flow

So if you ask me how I've been
I'll tell you I don't mind
I'm standing here just 'bout 63 miles
South of the sunbelt line
Biding my time, waiting for the angels
To take me to a brand new height
Stranded here with you in Oklahoma tonight

I'm on the edge of the vortex
Searching for the mystery muse
Trying to make some musical connection
Between yesterday and the blue suede shoes
Play this old guitar
Like a man gone insane
And the rhythm keeps bumpin', thumpin'
And pumping like an old freight train

So if you ask me how I've been
I'll tell you I don't mind
I'm standing here just 'bout 63 miles
South of the sunbelt line
Biding my time, waiting for the angels
To take me to a brand new height
Stranded here with you in Oklahoma tonight

+ Having You To Hold

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Across the rivers, over mountains to the valley
The summer rain, the winter cold
There is one thing that I treasure on my journey
That’s having you to hold
That’s having you to hold

You stand alone intense
Your tears become your self-defense
For my spirit oh that you know yeah you know
And I hope my rambling doesn’t mean baby, that I’m gambling
The right of having you to hold
The right of having you to hold

So let me lay inside a feeling that I can’t deny
Let the four winds blow upon the road
You call me back again
On this you know you can depend
That I, I love having you to hold

For I have wondered
Through the sorrow that you’re feeling
Every time you watch me go
I know when I return
A lesson I may have learned
Is the cost of having you to hold
The cost of having you to hold

Across all the rivers, over the mountain through the valley
The summer rain, the winter cold
There is one thing that I treasure on my journey
That’s having you to hold
That’s having you to hold
That’s having you to hold
That’s having you to hold

+ Everytime

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

The last light on the prairie it shimmers and shakes
It’s twilight time and all the stars they start to wake
I’m driving south beside the El Dorado fire
All I feel is passion and desire

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

If beauty is skin deep, well yours is a mountain high
If they clipped your wings I know you would find a way to fly
You’re the northern lights in my lonely southern rain
Your spirit’s the truth that always fans the flame

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

I stop to call you, baby, just to hear your voice
When it comes to wanting you, you leave me with no choice
You’re such a mystery I’ll never understand
Water to wine the passing of your hand

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

+ Recreation Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

All true believers open up your minds
Let the seekers seek and you will find
The universe is just a cosmic stew
And you, you were programmed to renew

Time after time you just dance the dance
Time after time one more chance
Fading in and out of view
For all mankind all through space and time

True believers you must understand
Let the seekers take you by the hand
This universe is just a cosmic stew
And you are simply programmed to renew

+ This Road Before

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I’ve been down this road before
Moving at the speed of light
Traveling to a sacred place
That is hidden from our sight
Let me say this to you
For in my heart I know
I’ve been down this road before
It’s the only way to go

I will follow this highway
Its twists and turns and bends
I will travel this highway
Like a lesson learned my friend
I will always sing my song and try hard not to stray
Because I’ve been down this road before and there is no other way

We’ve been down this road before
But it does not make it right
Disregard mistakes we made that have led us to this night
Let your voice be loud and strong
Hey let your conscience grow
Because we’ve been down this road before, hey I don’t want to go

Highway Angels…Full Moon Rain

+ One Angel Is You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I could fly through a midnight rain
And be safe and warm and dry, baby
At the mention of your name
And always sing your special song and know deep inside that spirit, girl
That nothing could go wrong
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I could run through the desert wind
’Til the day would leave me breathless, baby
Searching for words again
And hope that you could hear that sound
In streams of magic colors that are painted across the ground
If you gotta know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I’ll always take you with me like a charm
You keep me in the good light safe from harm
You chase the dark clouds far away
You keep my feet from turning into clay

If I could send out a melody
Do you suppose when the word got out that the circle would reach to me
And cross that line in some distant land
Where the silver strings that ring, my friends, are played by ancient hands
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

+ Thru The Neon Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Good times bad times hanging on the mainline
Small town big town anywhere I’m bound
I can tell you stories, baby, that would wet your appetite
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

Everybody telling me, hey slow down
I say live now drink one more round
Wild eyed crazy rambling fool wrapped up just a little too tight
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon light

Let me roll let me roll let the daylight push me, baby
’Til I’m clear out of sight
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

I hold on to the twilight gleaming
Stay clear of the one deceiving
I give the past my sorrow, baby, ’cause my future looks bright
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

And I’m walking on a tightrope swaying
Living every word worth saying
Bending every rule that cares to put up a fight
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

Let me roll let me roll let the daylight push me, baby
’Til I’m clear out of sight
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

+ Rt. 66 One More Time

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I need a Route 66
I need a highway fix
One more time
I gotta get out on the highway
Want to listen to my own wheels whine
Well there's no use sittin’ lonely
Like a picture in a frame
Gotta go shake a few screws
Loose in my brain
Route 66, highway fix
Feelin’ no pain

I don’t want to talk about your momma, babe
Don’t want to talk about the people that you never seen
Spend your life following Dale Carnegie
I’d rather follow James Dean
I never stay one place long enough
To wear out my welcome mat
I’m lookin’ out your window
My tires are gettin’ flat
Route 66
Highway fix
That’s where it’s at

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor runnin’
’Til the end of the line

I’m talkin’ about Chandler, Oklahoma
Cities that never made the first song
Talkin’ Todd and Buzz, a ’62 Corvette
Talkin’ about a girl that done me wrong
I’m talkin’ Flagstaff, Arizona
I’ll kiss the L.A. lights
’Cause Route 66
Always treats me right

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor turnin’
Burnin’, churnin’
Keep my motor runnin’
To the end of the line
Down that Route 66
Talkin’ Route 66
Talkin’ one more time
Get your kicks on Route 66

+ The Loneliness of America

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Patches of light on a jet-black plain
Stars on high and the clouds in between
Waiting to see what the storm will bring
To the loneliness of America

Went out on a highway and never came back
Lost in the spirit of Kerouac
Where the beat poets ride in old Cadillacs
Thru the loneliness of America

All of the people stand in shadows and wait
Trust in prayer for the saving grace
But 9 out of 10 they have lost their faith
In the loneliness of America

Patches of light stretching sea to sea
Shine in the sadness of their own liberty
And like my heart they will always be
In the loneliness of America

+ Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Well everybody telling me they’re leaving
Tired of this town and all the deceiving
You know they’ve all got religion see visions
Everything that they do
Me I got the deep south 61 Delta highway blues

Lost my roadmap in Memphis but I know I’m headed south
I feel the Mississippi call me down to its mouth
To a town called New Orleans where they call a street a La Rue
Cajun ladies know about these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And it’s this way, baby, that way any way you feel is right
The Bayou’s on fire in the southland tonight
I’ve been everywhere, baby, but I’ve never been nowhere with you
Shake these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And I’m setting on the levee trying to stay high and dry
Setting on the levee watch my life passing by
Water gets much higher it will start flowing into my boots
No way to lose these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

+ Minstrel Boy Howling At The Moon

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Flashing ’cross the prairie
In an uncontrollable rage
Living every vision
You find on your way to the grave
Looking for a reason
The world turned its back on you
Hoping that your message
Somehow makes it through

You’re a minstrel boy
Howling at the moon
Troubadour singing a well–worn tune
Faded painting of some other place
See the tears of joy
Running down your face

’Cause you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day it may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully

If you read a good book
You never want the words to end
If you lead a good life
You probably want to live it
Again and again
Don’t worry ’bout movin’ on
To some higher plane
Give all the love you got inside
Never stop to take down names

You got gypsy patterns
In every line of your face
Chiseled there are the memories
That can’t be erased
And you find it so easy these days
To keep your faith
When the things
You love the most
Return to you some day

For now you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully
You’re a minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Well known troubadour
Singing a well–worn tune
Minstrel boy
Howling at the moon

+ The Price Of Love

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

It never really seems too fair, me being
Here and you being there
But what can I say
Because you’ve got to follow your dreams
And I have to follow my own it seems
It’s just that way

And yes I know that times may change
And circumstances rearrange
But baby who knows
It could be too late by then, my heart
Just scattered in the wind
And lost in the cold

And I don’t know the price of love
So how can I buy it for you
And I couldn’t lie beside you tonight
Little Angel
Even if you wanted me to

If two roads taken lead nowhere
Expect to sadness and despair
O’ baby what then
Choices made and pages lost with only
Time to count the cost
Till I see you again

And I can’t promise you anything and
You can promise me the same
And that’s all we can say
Still I hope I never lose you girl
You’ve been my best friend in the world
Thru all of my days

But I don’t know the price of love
So I can’t buy it for you
And I can’t lie beside you tonight
In your arms little girl
Even if you wanted me to

+ Red Dirt Roads at Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I used to run out on the level land
Sun beating down on the Cimarron sand
My heart still lies out on those windswept plains
Where poor dirt farmers used to pray for rain

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down the red dirt roads at night

I’m talking about those Oklahoma times
Payne County girls looked so fine
Cruised those section lines
Feeling all right
Drive back into the Stillwater lights

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down the red dirt roads at night

Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Trying to lose the Oklahoma blues
Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Six pack by my side, a bottle of wine Sweet baby, you would look so fine

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down those red dirt roads at night

Those younger years never did me no harm
Always seemed to be a party at the farm
Brixies Pond, the Hideaway
To the Strip and into Bill’s at the end of the day
But the thing I miss most, you know I like
Is riding down the red dirt roads at night
Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Trying to lose the Oklahoma blues
Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Six pack by my side, bottle of wine
Oh sweet baby, you'd look so fine
One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down those red dirt roads at night
Red dirt roads

+ Is It Still Raining

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You take the sunset laughter
And you turn it to gray
You take a beautiful dream
You just throw it away
You take the heat of the moment
You put a chill to the bone
You take the pain and the sadness baby
You never could leave them alone

Is it still raining in your heart
Have you chased those dark clouds far away
Is it still raining in your heart
You left me with nothing much to say

Every time I give you a smile
You return me a frown
Try to bring us both up
Baby you just bring us down

I say now happiness girl
Put a little light in your soul
But you just bring on the blues
Till they were out of control

Is it still raining in your heart
Have you chased those dark clouds far away
Is it still raining in your heart
You left me with nothing much to say
You left me with nothing much to say
You left me with nothing much to say

Peace Town

+ Minstrel Boy Howling At The Moon

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Flashing ’cross the prairie
In an uncontrollable rage
Living every vision
You find on your way to the grave
Looking for a reason
The world turned its back on you
Hoping that your message
Somehow makes it through

You’re a minstrel boy
Howling at the moon
Troubadour singing a well–worn tune
Faded painting of some other place
See the tears of joy
Running down your face

’Cause you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day it may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully

If you read a good book
You never want the words to end
If you lead a good life
You probably want to live it
Again and again
Don’t worry ’bout movin’ on
To some higher plane
Give all the love you got inside
Never stop to take down names

You got gypsy patterns
In every line of your face
Chiseled there are the memories
That can’t be erased
And you find it so easy these days
To keep your faith
When the things
You love the most
Return to you some day

For now you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully
You’re a minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Well known troubadour
Singing a well–worn tune
Minstrel boy
Howling at the moon

+ Peace Town

Words by Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc., Music by Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I’ve heard of your city called the Peace town
I’ve heard of your house and your street
I swear that I’ll walk till I get there
That name on my ear sounds so sweet.
I swear that I’ll search till I find it
I promise I’ll hunt till I fall
Of all the lost cities around me
Peace Town is the one I love most of all.

I hear my friends talk about Peacetown
How you sing and you dance in your streets
How souls that love peace want to meet there
I’ll be there if I walk off my feet.
I may have to travel this world over
Climb mountains, cross deserts and seas
No matter how sickly I tremble and fall
I’ll come to your sweet town of Peace.

Don’t say that I can’t see old Peace Town
Don’t tell me I can’t make this trip
I’ll hold up my thumb on life’s highway
I’ll come there by plane, train and ship.
I’ll come in by canes and by crutches
I’ll come in by feet blistered sore
I’ll not stop to rest till I get there
To go back to War City no more.

+ Salvation Train

Words by Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc., Music by Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I’m a ridin’ on that salvation train
I’m a ridin’ on that salvation train
It’s that same old train that brung me to this world
And it’s a goin’ to carry me away.

Brother, you can’t ride but one
Brother, you can’t ride but one
Oh, you can’t ride but one down through Armagiddeon
Brother, you can’t ride but one.

Sister, you can’t ride two
Sister, you can’t ride two
If you tride to ride two you can’t sing Hallelooe
Sister, you can’t ride two.

You just can’t ride three
You can’t ride three
You can’t ride three and git down around Galilee
No, you can’t ride three.

Oh no, you can’t ride four
No, you can’t ride four
No you can’t ride no four and git over about Golden Shore
No, you can’t ride four.

I’m a ridin’ on that salvation train
I’m a ridin’ on that salvation train
It’s that same old train that brung me to this world
And it’s a goin’ to carry me away.

+ Ramblin' Sky

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You ask me why my feet are tappin’
I’ve got a twinkle in my eye
Maybe, baby, it’s ’cause I’m happy, yes indeed
Underneath this big old ramblin’ sky

I fell head first without permission
Into the horizon open wide
Where I will not be forsaken
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

I’ve been north to the hill of three waters
Where they mingle and divide
Each flows down to its own sweet destiny
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

I know a farm down in the red dirt country
Where magnetic properties reside
And there may be a pathway into the hollow earth
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

You ask me why me feet are tappin’
I’ve got a twinkle in my eye
Maybe, baby, it’s ’cause I’m happy, yes indeed
Underneath that big old rambin’ sky

+ Sideline Woman

Words by Woody Guthrie, Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc., Music by Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I’m gonna tell you a nice little blues
I got a main stem mama and a side line, too!

I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
And a main stem mama too!

I rode the main stem to the end of her line
Switch over my side line and ride all night!

I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
And a main stem mama too!

She blows my whistle and she toots my horn
The switchingest woman that ever was born!

I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
And a main stem mama too!

It takes a river to roll and a bronc to pitch
It takes a side line woman just to throw my switch!

I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
And a main stem mama too!

I rode the side line track till the break of day
Got back on the main and ride the same old way!

I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
I got a side line woman!
And a main stem mama too!

The Night Tribe

+ The Beauty of You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

As I was walking through the forest
Looking up at the Milky Way
Always taken by the magic
Of every single day

Tall pine trees were all around me
Snow capped mountains up above
And my heart is filled with gladness
Of all the things I love

When I wake up
In the middle of the night
Just to question what is wrong and what is right
I find my answers
It's always true
The path leads to
The beauty of you

In this world filled with wonder
As we circle around the sun
Every moment it is measured
And not just the treasured ones

When I wake up
In the middle of the night
Just to question what is wrong and what is right
I find my answers
It's always true
The path leads to
The beauty of you

The simple beauty of you

+ Maybe

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Oh the days fall down on me
And this yearning that I feel is it supposed to be
Always you standing in my way
You're my heart's one desire what can I say

Maybe I could take you home
Maybe we could fall in love
Maybe you could be my girl
That's what I've been thinking of
You would never fall from grace
I could try to touch the sky
And spend the rest of my life
Trying to get that high

And the night comes round again
It's my lonely one and only next of kin

So maybe I could take you home
Maybe we could fall in love
Maybe you could be my girl
That's what I've been thinking of
You would never fall from grace
I could try to touch the sky
And spend the rest of my life
Trying to get that high

Maybe I could take you home
Maybe we could fall in love
Maybe you would be my girl
That's what I've been thinking of
You would never fall from grace
I could try to touch the skyvAnd spend the rest of my life
Trying to get that high

+ It's Not On Me

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

You keep on driving baby
Right out of my life
Keep it between the ditches honey
Into the sweet by and by

Because I'm not in love now
And I cannot lie
It's all on you no it's not on me
There's a price we all pay to be free

Spokane's a city baby
Hey I've never seen
Gonna go there tomorrow darling
Just to live out my dreams

You could have been with me
And been treated just like a queen
It's all on you it's not on me
There's a price we all pay to be free

So you keep on driving baby
Right out of my life
Keep it between the ditches
Into the sweet by and by

I could tell you I love you
But I cannot lie
It's all on you no it's not on me
There's a price we all pay to be free
Don't you see my baby to be free

+ Trying To Get Back To You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

A thousand miles I've roamed
A hundred flights I've flown
Trying my best just to get back to you

Many rivers I've crossed
Just to pay the cost
Trying my best just to get back to you

I realize
That you were my prize
I don't need another woman
All shiny and new

You're the only thing that I lack
And it's a natural born fact
Trying my best just to get back to you

Please let me back in I won't stray
Or let my foolish pride ever get in the way
I'll be good and kind and faithful as a man can be
You can trust me

Just let me say this
You're the only thing that I miss
And I'm trying my best just to get back to you

I'll take a bus and a train through the driving rain
Just to get down on my knees for you
And accept all the blame

Give me one more chance at romance
I beg and I plead
It's all that I need

A thousand miles I've roamed
A hundred flights I've flown
Trying my best just to get back to you

+ Talk To An Angel

Words by Kelcy Warren, Music by Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Do you ever talk with the angels
Put a word in for me
Now you're far away
What can I say
That's not how it's supposed to be

And when the clouds they cast their shadows
I can see your face
I can see the angels
Like a dream flying in place

If you hear me now
Maybe you could pull some strings
Have a talk with an angel
And send one on down for me

+ Island

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I dreamed last night
We were on an island
And the sun was shining
Happy and new
And the boats sail by
By our little island
Where we both were hiding
Just me and just you

Then I awoke and you were gone
I was on the island all alone
Just calling out your name
All in vain
All in vain

I guess I didn't know
That you would be leaving
And I keep believing
You're gonna come back again

I'm waiting here
On our little island
To see your face smiling
In the sweet summer wind

I dreamed last night
That we were on an island
And the sun was shining
So happy and new
And all the boats sail by
By our little island
Where we both were hiding
Just me and just you

Then I awoke and you were gone
I was on the island all alone

Do you ever talk with the angels
And when will I see you again
Gotta move on
And I've gotta stay strong
Waiting for my heart to mend

+ The Night Tribe

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

It's a shadow world black blue and gray
I ramble after midnight and just sleep all day
And wait for the moon just to chase the vibe
And stay out late with the Night Tribe

Would you like to come along my friend
And live in the neon glow of perpetual sin
Come on raise your glass and let's imbibe
And stay out late with the Night Tribe

How many years until the soul is torn
And how many strums until the strings get worn
From playing all the songs that the heart prescribes
And staying out late with the Night Tribe

You're standing at the crossroads with your amp turned to ten
But you're playing the same old blues again and again
How many offers must I make until you take the bribe
And stay out late with the Night Tribe

+ Never Came Back To Memphis

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Signed sealed delivered on the borderline
Waves of whimsy crashing through my mind
You were so sweet baby you were so kind
And I thought we'd left the past behind
Then you just slipped away

Walking slowly in the gentle rain
Laughing out loud at the midnight train
Sooner or later we all feel the same
Cause a lot of trouble and we shift the blame
But you just slipped away

And you never came back to Memphis
You never came back at all
And you never came back to Memphis
Baby that's a long hard fall

Time moves slowly in a river town
Listen real close you'll hear the sound
A lot of lonely hearts are getting twisted around
You gotta lay low keep your ear to the ground
But you you? slipped away

And you never came back to Memphis
You never came back at all
You never came back down to Memphis
Baby that's a long hard fall

+ Smile

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I just want to see you smile
I just want to make you happy
I don't ever want to see you sad or blue

Please listen close to me
I need you to understand
That I'd be less than what I am without you

And when I'm far away
You are always on my mind
Through the nights and all the days
Until the end of time

Time is moving quickly
And I'm not getting any younger
But you satisfy my hunger
You're the only thing that's real and true

Before another twilight fades
Into the darkness of the night
Well I must apologize
For the times I did not treat you right

Cause I just want to see you smile
And I just want to make you happy
I don't ever want to see you sad or blue
I don't ever want to see you sad or blue
I do not want to see you sad or blue

+ Dust Bowl Okies

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

There's some dust bowl Okies on the road tonight
Looking for trouble just spoiling for a fight
There's some dust bowl Okies out on the road tonight
Looking for trouble just spoiling for a fight

Driving across the Osage where the buffalo roam
Radio playing "Like a Rolling Stone"
Driving across the Osage where the buffalo roam
Searching for a shortcut to a place unknown

Spending time up in Tulsa town
Oklahoma girls make the world turn around
Spending some time up in Tulsa town
With the ghost of Woody Guthrie just hanging around

There's a false prophet rising in the red dirt land
Grab your wife and children get out while you can
There's a false prophet rising up in the red dirt land
That's what happens when an ego gets way out of hand

There's some dust bowl Okies on the road tonight
Looking for trouble just spoiling for a fight
There's some dust bowl Okies out on the road tonight
Looking for trouble just spoiling for a fight

+ The Roads Of The Earth

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Peace be with you my friend
Wherever you're traveling
Until we meet again
Take good care of your heart

I'm sending good thoughts your way
Life is a passion play
Especially on rainy days
We can all hurt

I need you to rise above
And fill your world with love
As you move around the great big universe

In the click of a photograph
It all passes way too fast
And when your part is cast
There's no time to rehearse

May all your joy be true
That's what I wish for you
As you're traveling the roads of the earth

I know you will rise above
And fill the world with love
As you move around the great big universe

In the click of a photograph
It all passes way too fast
And when your part is cast
You could do worse

May all your joy be true
That's what I wish for you
As you're traveling the roads of the earth
As you travel the roads of the earth

Favorites 1992-2001

+ Desperate Men Do Desperate Things

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You can while away our hours, you can talk in tongues
Throw you promises, baby, until kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Desperate men do desperate things

Come on talk to me, baby, talk big and be brave
It’s not your only reputation that you’re trying to save
I’ve had you under observation you’re into various pain
And desperate men do desperate things

Come on out of your daydream go some other place
Wipe the tear from your eyes wipe the smile from your face
Before you lose another love to the night and to the rain
’Cause desperate men do desperate things

Let it out, baby, stir it up and mix it in
Two parts religion three parts sin
It’s the truth or consequences because the new king reigns
And desperate men do desperate things

You can while away your hours you can talk in tongues
Throw your promises, baby, into kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Still desperate men do desperate things

+ Going Home

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Go to sleep you weary princess
Let the miles roll you away
Out to this place on the prairie
Where we’ve reached the end of day
You’re going home
Close your eyes
You’re going home

Don’t you worry, I’m right beside you
You can dream a peaceful dream
This road is long but I don’t worry
Because you cause my heart to sing
Close your eyes
You’re going home
Close your eyes

You may wake up and find me
Driving with a tear drop in my eye
It’s from the happiness inside me
The reason why is you and I

Go to sleep you precious angel
Night has fallen, day is gone
Your brown eyes will sparkle in the sunrise
They will dance beside the dawn
Close your eyes
You’re going home
Close your eyes

You’re going home
Close your eyes
You’re going home

+ Only One Angel

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I could fly through a midnight rain
And be safe and warm and dry, baby
At the mention of your name
And always sing your special song and know deep inside that spirit, girl
That nothing could go wrong
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I could run through the desert wind
’Til the day would leave me breathless, baby
Searching for words again
And hope that you could hear that sound
In streams of magic colors that are painted across the ground
If you gotta know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I’ll always take you with me like a charm
You keep me in the good light safe from harm
You chase the dark clouds far away
You keep my feet from turning into clay

If I could send out a melody
Do you suppose when the word got out that the circle would reach to me
And cross that line in some distant land
Where the silver strings that ring, my friends, are played by ancient hands
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

+ Burden to Bear

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

There’s a reason to be happy, baby
There’s a reason to be sad
Oh there’s a reason to throw it away
I find it so hard to relate these days
To anything or anyone at all
Everything that matters
Everything that ever will
On a distant shoreline way across the western hills
I can’t seem to get there, you know it seems my life’s been put on hold
The time keeps slipping away

CHORUS:
They say you can fool yourself but not very long
I think I’ve been fooling myself my whole life long
Taken everything that mattered
I watched it leave without a care
Don’t you know, don’t you know that’s the hardest burden to bear

Look in the mirror I see the lines on my face
Look in my eyes I can feel all the pain
Of everything I’ve been ashamed of in the past
There’s enough regret there to last
And I can’t deny what I understand
If you live your life like a one night stand
You wind up alone and lost and afraid with nothing to say
I guess it doesn’t matter anyway

CHORUS

They say you can fool yourself but not very long
I think I’ve been fooling myself my whole life long
Taken everything that mattered
I watched it leave without a care
Don’t you know, don’t you know, that’s the hardest burden to bear

The hardest burden to bear
The hardest burden to bear

+ Never Is A Moment

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (BMI)

In the vastness of this world
Baby, you are so unique
From your pouty little mouth
To your pretty little peaks
From your head down to your toes,
You are beautiful divine
And there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

Circumstance cast our fate
Maybe wrong, maybe right
Though you're dreams and miles away
I try to reach you through this night
If you hear music in the wind
I hope my melody you'll find
Because there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

+ How It Must Remain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Please don’t think about me, baby, when I’m gone
You know I won’t be coming back
I know there’s rights
I know that there are wrongs
There’s just feelings that I lack

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

I could find the reasons, baby
Maybe I should stay
But not a one could hold me now
I’m lost there outside
In that very lonely place
And there are no sacred vows

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

You say you know me better
Than I know myself
You told me that a hundred times
It should be easy then for you to understand
Why I have to part the line

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

+ Austin After Midnight

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI) and Bob Childers Golden Ladder Music

Austin after midnight
The whole city starts to move
Austin after midnight
Won’t you get into the groove
You know I stood down by the river there
Heard Stevie Ray’s guitar start to moan
Austin after midnight
Deepest blues I’ve ever known

Austin after midnight,
Let that rockin’ rhythm be
Austin after midnight
Ancient tears of a soul set free
Well your feet they start to tappin’,
The little ladies start to sway
Austin after midnight
Let it carry you away

Austin after midnight
Hypnotize into the beat
Austin after midnight,
The mystery muse in the Texas heat
Come on down and see us y’all
Let the full moon cast a glow
Austin after midnight
It’s gonna sanctify your soul

I said Austin after midnight,
Gonna sanctify your soul

+ When It Starts To Rain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I think of you when it starts to rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
While your folks fall fast asleep you move
Beneath the moon and stars
I think of you across the highway miles
In places that you’ve never been
I think of you when I feel at peace
I think of you when I need a friend

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while

I think of you like an angel’s song
Plays so softly in my head
Keeps me safe deep inside my dreams
As I lay upon my bed

I think of you almost all the time
I think of you in the night and day
I think of you in a million unsaid words
I think of you in every way

I think of you and the lonely years
I think of you through the passing days
I think of you so wild and free
And I hope you always stay that way

And I think of you and your photograph
I keep beside me in the night
And sometimes when my darkness falls
I hold you close to feel your light
I think of you when it pours down rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
Hand in hand with your shadow little angel
You move beneath the moon and stars

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while
I think of you when it starts to rain
I think of you when it starts to rain

+ Buffalo Return to the Plains

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Lonesome travelers and lonesome types
Shuffling down some unknown trail tonight
In your hobo jungles and your boxcar dreams
Living only by your ways and means
Carry on and remain
A new light shines upon you once again
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plain

Midnight rounders that need no rest
Gypsy hearts beating wildly in your chest
One step ahead of the rules and laws
Oh brother, dear brother, you’ve seen it all
But you carry on and remain
Let your spirit rise up above the pain
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

Faded followers of railway lines
People who really hear America crying
God be with you all and bless you please
Out where the highways just turn to breeze
Carry on, you remain
This land is ours to reclaim
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains
Carry on and remain
A new light shines on everybody once again
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

Carry on and remain
It’s falling down
Like a welcome rain
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

+ When I See You Again

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Trains late at night
Traveling shoes
Dogs in the country
Moaning the blues
Lost on the landscape
My thumb in the wind
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Sleep in the mountains
First light on the plains
The smell of the prairie
After it rains
Buffalo gals
And laughter times ten
The feeling I get
When I see you again

A child’s innocence
Great big thunderclouds
Bob Dylan records
The carnival crowd

Beautiful ladies
Forgiveness of sin
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Thoughts way up high
The moon hanging low
Abandoned bus stations
AM radio
Beat generation
Highways that bend
The feelings I get, baby
When I see you again

Trains late at night
Traveling shoes
Dogs in the country
Moaning the blues
Lost on the landscape
My thumb in the wind
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Yes the feeling I get
Just to see you again
The feeling I get
When I see you again

+ Into Your Life

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I’m not the kind of man to say I’m sorry
But baby, I will be sorry
It’s what I must do
I’m not the kind of man to bring you flowers
But I’ll bring you pretty flowers
If you want me to

’Cause when I met you
I was through
When I met you
My heart just knew
That everything
It just felt right
So I stepped
Into your life

I’m not the kind of man to be so crazy
But I’m crazy about you, baby
Each and every day
And don’t you know when your beauty’s near me
You don’t even hear me
I’m speechless without words to say

’Cause when I met you
Baby, I was through
You had my number
And I just knew
That everything
Just felt right
So I stepped
Into your life

I’m not the kind of man to say I’m sorry
But baby, I will be sorry
For what I put you through
I’m not the kind of man to be so faithful
But for you I will be faithful
It’s the right thing to do

’Cause when I met you
I was through
When I met you
My heart just knew
That everything
It just felt right
And so I stepped
Into your life

When I met you
I was through
When I met you
My poor heart knew
That everything
Would be all right
And so I stepped into your life

+ Measuring Words

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

It’s beyond all rhyme and reason
Between the truth and lies
A mental maze of madness
The endless diatribe

You never talk about it
All you do is yell and scream
Volume up so loud and hollow
The thoughts become obscene

You block out my comprehension
Everything you say is absurd
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

Get up on your soapbox, baby
Throw your book at me
Tell me that I’m always guilty
Guilty to the first degree

Tell me I love to hurt you
Tell me I like to lie
Tell me I’m not even human
’Cause you never see me cry

But the din you throw at me, baby
Only leaves my emotions unstirred
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

Measuring words until they mean nothing
Measuring words that only cause pain
Measuring words tortured and twisted
Measuring words ’til they are insane

Measuring words in the heat of the moment
That always play on our fears
Measuring words they fall on my deaf ears

We don’t talk about it, baby
We just don’t communicate
It’s a one way ride to nowhere
Syllables have sealed the fate
We don’t hear each other
The signal’s lost, we both agree
Hopeless sense of isolation
So very clear to see
No compromise in the future
When everything we say goes unheard
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

Trail Five

+ Loneliness of America

Written by Jimmy LaFave, Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Patches of light on a jet-black plain
Stars on high and the clouds in between
Waiting to see what the storm will bring
To the loneliness of America

Went out on a highway and never came back
Lost in the spirit of Kerouac
Where the beat poets ride in old Cadillacs
Thru the loneliness of America

All of the people stand in shadows and wait
Trust in prayer for the saving grace
But 9 out of 10 they have lost their faith
In the loneliness of America

Patches of light stretching sea to sea
Shine in the sadness of their own liberty
And like my heart they will always be
In the loneliness of America

+ Darkest Side Of Midnight

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

The sadness in your eyes is fading far from view
The happiness inside your heart is starting to shine through
And it’s no fault of your own, it’s nothing that’s been said
It’s a thin line we walk between the living and the dead

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

Please now don’t you worry there is a guiding light
It will possess you like a saint, girl, and give you back your sight
Oh you sweet fallen angel you must not be afraid
To leave the blackened valley that will become your grave

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

Yes the sadness in your eyes, babe, has faded far from view
The happiness inside your heart is starting to shine through
And it’s nothing that’s been said
It’s no fault of your own
It’s a thin line we walk, baby, to find direction home

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

+ How It Must Remain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Please don’t think about me, baby, when I’m gone
You know I won’t be coming back
I know there’s rights
I know that there are wrongs
There’s just feelings that I lack

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

I could find the reasons, baby
Maybe I should stay
But not a one could hold me now
I’m lost there outside
In that very lonely place
And there are no sacred vows

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

You say you know me better
Than I know myself
You told me that a hundred times
It should be easy then for you to understand
Why I have to part the line

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

+ Desperate Men Do Desperate Things

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You can while away our hours, you can talk in tongues
Throw you promises, baby, until kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Desperate men do desperate things

Come on talk to me, baby, talk big and be brave
It’s not your only reputation that you’re trying to save
I’ve had you under observation you’re into various pain
And desperate men do desperate things

Come on out of your daydream go some other place
Wipe the tear from your eyes wipe the smile from your face
Before you lose another love to the night and to the rain
’Cause desperate men do desperate things

Let it out, baby, stir it up and mix it in
Two parts religion three parts sin
It’s the truth or consequences because the new king reigns
And desperate men do desperate things

You can while away your hours you can talk in tongues
Throw your promises, baby, into kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Still desperate men do desperate things

Trail Four

+ When It Starts To Rain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I think of you when it starts to rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
While your folks fall fast asleep you move
Beneath the moon and stars
I think of you across the highway miles
In places that you’ve never been
I think of you when I feel at peace
I think of you when I need a friend

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while

I think of you like an angel’s song
Plays so softly in my head
Keeps me safe deep inside my dreams
As I lay upon my bed

I think of you almost all the time
I think of you in the night and day
I think of you in a million unsaid words
I think of you in every way

I think of you and the lonely years
I think of you through the passing days
I think of you so wild and free
And I hope you always stay that way

And I think of you and your photograph
I keep beside me in the night
And sometimes when my darkness falls
I hold you close to feel your light
I think of you when it pours down rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
Hand in hand with your shadow little angel
You move beneath the moon and stars

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while
I think of you when it starts to rain
I think of you when it starts to rain

+ Route 66 Revised

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I need a Route 66
I need a highway fix
One more time
I gotta get out on the highway
Want to listen to my own wheels whine
Well there's no use sittin’ lonely
Like a picture in a frame
Gotta go shake a few screws
Loose in my brain
Route 66, highway fix
Feelin’ no pain

I don’t want to talk about your momma, babe
Don’t want to talk about the people that you never seen
Spend your life following Dale Carnegie
I’d rather follow James Dean
I never stay one place long enough
To wear out my welcome mat
I’m lookin’ out your window
My tires are gettin’ flat
Route 66
Highway fix
That’s where it’s at

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor runnin’
’Til the end of the line
I’m talkin’ about Chandler, Oklahoma
Cities that never made the first song
Talkin’ Todd and Buzz, a ’62 Corvette
Talkin’ about a girl that done me wrong
I’m talkin’ Flagstaff, Arizona
I’ll kiss the L.A. lights
’Cause Route 66
Always treats me right

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor turnin’
Burnin’, churnin’
Keep my motor runnin’
To the end of the line
Down that Route 66
Talkin’ Route 66
Talkin’ one more time
Get your kicks on Route 66

+ Hideaway Girl

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Hello, baby, welcome to the world
Don’t be a hideaway girl
Come on, baby, let your light shine down
You’re the best that I ever found
Don’t be nervous, baby, don’t be shy
There ain’t no reason why, oh no
Just standing naked at the light of day
I wouldn’t have it any other way

Let your love fall like diamond rain
Let your love make me whole again
Let your love shine right through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right

Hey there, baby, welcome to the world
Sweet little hideaway girl
Long hair blowing in the tall grass wind
Like original sin
You know God moves in mysterious ways
Baby, go ahead and play
Don’t worry about nobody judging you
No matter what you do

Let your love fall like diamond rain
Let your love make me whole again
Let your love shine right through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right

Hey there, baby, welcome to the world
Don’t be a hideaway girl
Come on, baby, let your light shine down
You’re the best that I ever found
Don’t be nervous, honey, don’t be shy
Cause there ain’t no reason why
Standing naked at the light of day
Wouldn’t have it any other way

+ Worn Out American Dream

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I see no refuge for the weary
I see no handouts for the poor
I see no sense of satisfaction
On all the ones who just endure
All the slings and arrows slandered
Against the face of the poor man’s dream
Where the rich circle in like vultures
Picking all their pockets clean
Don’t you give me your phony smile
Don’t you tell me no more rules
How many people will you trample down
Before you’re finally through?
Come on face the situation
All the sadness that it brings
Got me lost inside the shuffle of
A worn out American dream

Give me no more TV preachers
Give me no more racist attitudes
Politicians, politicians, I’ve got nothing left for you
I’m within my global vision
You see, my feelings are my own
The Good Book says the days are numbered
So I’m turning towards my home
Take away your evil money
I won’t join in your game
To myself I will be true
To myself I will remain
Come on face your situation
It’s just as desperate as it seems
You got us lost inside the shuffle of
Your worn out American dream

I see no refuge for the weary
I see no handouts for the poor
I see no sense of satisfaction
On all the ones who must endure
All the slings and arrows slandered
Against the face of the poor man’s dream
All the rich circle in like vultures

Picking every pocket clean
Don’t you give me your phony smile
Don’t you tell me one more rule
How many lambs must you slaughter
Before you’re finally through?
Come on, face the situation
And all the sadness that it brings
You’ve got us lost inside the shuffle of
Your worn out American dream
You’ve got me caught up in the madness of
Your worn out American dream
You’ve got me lost inside the sadness of
Your worn out American dream

Trail Three

+ Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Well everybody telling me they’re leaving
Tired of this town and all the deceiving
You know they’ve all got religion see visions
Everything that they do
Me I got the deep south 61 Delta highway blues

Lost my roadmap in Memphis but I know I’m headed south
I feel the Mississippi call me down to its mouth
To a town called New Orleans where they call a street a La Rue
Cajun ladies know about these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And it’s this way, baby, that way any way you feel is right
The Bayou’s on fire in the southland tonight
I’ve been everywhere, baby, but I’ve never been nowhere with you
Shake these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And I’m setting on the levee trying to stay high and dry
Setting on the levee watch my life passing by
Water gets much higher it will start flowing into my boots
No way to lose these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

+ Rain Falling Down

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Glory hallelujah, what a sight for sore eyes
Beauty everlasting comes at such a price
If you break my heart, you won't even hear a sound
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

So come on, come on, take a ride with me
We’ll travel down life’s highway mysteriously
Lost in that illusion, can you tell me where you are bound
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

Glory hallelujah, what a sight for sore eyes
But beauty everlasting comes at such a price
And when you break my heart, I’ll be hoping to be found
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

Trail Two

+ River Road

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

There’s something that i gotta say
It’s been needed for a long long time
They say the truth can set you free
Let me say what’s on my mind
And if my words should fail me now
I hope that you would understand
You deserve much more
Than the person that I am

Take a walk down a river road
Let it ease your mind
I’m in love with you
Have been for a long long time
Take a walk down a river road
Let the pain just disappear
I love you baby
I’m glad that you’re here

I have seen the sun shine down
Equal on everyone
And I’ve watched it walk away
When the day was done
Lost in the shadows there
Me and my mortal soul
Baby you have pulled me through
More than you could ever know

Take a walk down a river road
It’s a brand new day
The sorrow can’t touch you now
Let it all fade away
Take a walk down a river road
No trouble in your mind
I love you baby
Everything’s gonna be just fine

They say in every life
We may have some deep regret
Forgiveness has its own free will
Perhaps it hasn’t found me yet
But I say to anyone, that we hurt
Along the way
Time is such a healing wind
And I hope it blows your way

Take a walk down a river road
Take it in the morning light
I promise by the end of the day
Things are gonna be alright
Take a walk down a river road
Let the pain just disappear
It’s a great big world
I’m glad that you’re here

+ Never Be Mine

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Every time I look into your eyes
I get a feeling that’s much too hard to deny
All I need is a little bit of your time
’Cause you know and I know you will never ever be mine

You sing your song like a nightingale in the rain
Truth and beauty always edged with a piece of your pain
Did I tell you, you cause my stars to all shine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine

Come on, baby, let’s make a change in the weather
You know we could be together
I know you know it could not be a crime
It’s a secret that we could keep
The way it is we don’t get no sleep
Tossing and turning
You’re always on my mind

’Cause every time you come into my view
I want to be alone making love to you
Now and forever my eternal valentine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine
’Cause you know and I know you will never ever be mine

+ Never Is A Moment

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (BMI)

In the vastness of this world
Baby, you are so unique
From your pouty little mouth
To your pretty little peaks
From your head down to your toes,
You are beautiful divine
And there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

Circumstance cast our fate
Maybe wrong, maybe right
Though you're dreams and miles away
I try to reach you through this night
If you hear music in the wind
I hope my melody you'll find
Because there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

Depending on the Distance

+ Clear Blue Sky

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Baby when I see you hey, my heart beats like a drum
Left in the pouring rain
You know I get this feeling in my soul
That I can’t explain

There’s a bit of sadness hiding deep inside your heart
Sometimes it makes you cry
Baby I can feel it
When you go walking by

And I can’t stop the rain from falling
And dry all the teardrops in your eyes
But I can make love to you baby
Right out of a clear blue sky

Sweet sweet mystery
You are a work of art
In a state of grace
But do you ever notice me
In your time and place

And I can’t stop the rain from falling
And dry all the teardrops in your eyes
But I can make love to your baby
Right out of a clear blue sky

And I don’t even question why
’Cause I just know that we should be
This may be a moment to you
But it’s a lifetime for me

Baby, when I see you my heart falls at my feet
And yeah I don’t know why
But I can make love to you
Right out of a clear blue sky

+ Living In Your Light

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Well I’m living in your light now
As we circle ’round the sun
Yes I’m living in your light now
You know, you know you are the only one

Oh I’m living in your light
And that’s each and every day
Hey I’m living in your light
You show me a better way

I’ve been looking for the answer
I’ve been searching for the truth
Now I’m living in your light
You know I will not be removed

Hey, I’m living your light
Singing your song along the way
Yes, I’m living in your light
Oh my oh my oh my what a joyful day

In this journey that I travel
My stars they always shine so bright
And I never have to worry
Now I’m living in your light

Well, I’m living in your light
As we circle ’round the sun
Yes, I’m living in your light now
Signed and sealed, said and done

Hey, I’m living in your light

+ Vanished

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I saw you there across the room
My heart was falling way too soon
And I knew
That like the ancient Siren’s Song
I could not hold out very long
Being close to you

So I played my part
And you took my heart
And scattered it in pieces
All around
Where I could not be found
And then you vanished away

Sometimes it’s like a dream
That you were even standing there by me
With your face
And fate has made me pay the cost
To find my love then realize that I, I have lost

And time stood still
And I guess it always will
For nothing is as constant as the sound
Of my world turned upside down
When you vanished away

Please try and understand
The timeless love that has slipped right through the hands
Of eternity
That was truly meant to be
That vanished away

+ It Just Is Not Right

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

There are highways that lead
To the depths of our soul
We find the questions unasked
And stories untold
Of all of the people in need
We ignore in the lives that we lead
And turn from their sight
No, it just is not right

It could be you standing there
By the side of the road
A victim of life’s circumstance
With nowhere to go
To be judged by people of faith
Who turn their beliefs into hate
And make darkness from light
No, it just is not right

Always remember
That for the grace of God, go you and I
If you see sadness or hunger
I hope that it brings a tear to your eye

We must awaken and find
That we can’t run away
From that part of ourselves
That the world needs today
And for those who do not believe
Who hold tight to their lies and their greed
And laugh at the plight
Oh, it just is not right

+ Red Dirt Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Washita, Wewoka
Taleka, Skedee
Seminole, Sequoyah
Quapaw, Shawnee
Cottonwood and Boise City
Big Cabin in sight
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night

Arapaho, Nowata
Oneta, Cherokee
Waynoka, Eufala
Grainola, Guthrie
Comanche, Ponca City
Okmulgee, all right
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night

Cheyenne, Tishamingo
Tonkawa, Caddo
Apache, Osage
Kiowa, Poteau
Okemah, Watonga
Tecumseh, Granite
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night

Chickasha, Coweta
Pawnee, Enid, Navajoe
Konawa, Kaw City
Bigheart and Gotebo
Kiamichi, Lone Wolf
Choctaw, Wainwright
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night

Bugtussle, Pawhuska
Pocola, Broken Bow
Oologah, Okfuskee
Talala, Lula, Buffalo
Muskogee, Catoosa

Anadarko, Drumright
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night
Okarche, Wetumka
Sallislaw, Sand Creek
Wakita, Atoka
Pottawatomie
Sasakwa, Waukomis
Geronimo, outta sight
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night
Yeah I’m leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night
Leavin’ in the morning
Gonna meet you in the red dirt night

+ Bring Back The Trains

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I think it’s time that we bring back the trains
Let ‘em roll across this land
I think it’s time we all get on board together
Take your brother, take your sister by the hand

And we’ll go rolling right into glory
Like Woody said in that ol’ song
And we’ll all care for one another
Every person, every color

I think it’s time that
we bring back the trains
Let ‘em roll across this land
I think it’s time that we get on board together
Take your brother, take your sister by the hand

And we’ll outfox all the ones who hate
Who spread their fear trying to seal life’s fate
Build a better world, righteous and true
It’s there for me, it’s there for you

Yeah the freedom train is coming back
Bringing sweet salvation to all the folks at last
In this land of plenty, oh it just ain’t fair
When the working man never gets his share

I think it’s time that we bring back the trains
Let ‘em roll across this land
I think it’s time we all get on board together
Take your brother, take your sister by the hand

Yeah take your brother, take your sister by the hand
Take your brother, take your sister by the hand

+ Talk To Me

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Hey, I’m so sorry baby
You know I didn’t even mean a thing
How many times have we said these words
Again, again, again

Hey, we can talk about
You know we can communicate
You turn your back and walk away
Honey, it’s not too late

Ooh, won’t you talk to me
Please talk to me
And let it be
Right now
If you talk to me
Oh, I think that we
We can work it out, somehow

If you want it can be over
But life and love are such a long, hard road
Try a little sweet forgiveness
To lighten up your heavy load

Oh, baby, talk to me
Yeah, talk to me
And let it be
Right now
If you talk to me
Oh, I think that we
We can make it work
Somehow
Baby, talk to me

+ A Place I Have Left Behind

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

The sun is rising, baby
I’m in the wind and far away
I hear you calling out my name
But that was yesterday

Don’t let your heart
Stay tangled up with mine
For you are a place
I have left behind

And there’s no reason for this lonely rain
To even fall your way
You deserve the best of everything
Each and every day

You are a diamond
From some unknown sacred mine
But you are a place
That I have left behind

And I’m drifting all alone now
Lost on the midnight sea
But all the love you gave unchained
It has set me free

I wish you hope, I wish you joy
And peace of mind
But you are a place
I have left behind

Cimmaron Manifesto

+ Car Outside

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

You know I’ll never understand it, babe
Wanderlust in my soul
And though I want to be with you
Hey, I don’t really know
Cause I’m looking out your window, girl
And I’m drifting with the wind
Moving on is my middle name
Hey, here I go again

There’s a car outside
And there’s a road
There’s a time to stay
And a time to rock and roll
You’ve been a real good friend
But I’m on my way
If I don’t see you real soon
I’ll see you down the road someday

I hear the highway calling me
Time and time again
Clearer than the master’s voice
Just like a next of kin
I tried to settle down one time
It was in my younger days
But I fell into a ramblin song
And it carried me away

Well there’s a car outside
Don’t you know
There’s a time to stay
And a time to rock and roll
You’ve been a real good friend
But I’m on my way
If I don’t see you real soon
I’ll see you down the road someday

There’s a car outside
Don’t you know
There's a time to stay
A time to rock and roll
You’ve been a real good friend
I’m on my way
If I don’t see you real soon
I'll see you down the lost highway

+ This Land

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Life is hard
Times are tough
And the ones who have too much
Seem to never get enough
Traveling through this land

Children dying
On some foreign soil
For God's sake won’t you tell me
What is all this fighting for
Traveling through this land

It’s the only thing I know
To say my friends
I simply want my country back again

Cause I went driving
Through the American night
And I slowly watched my freedoms
Disappear right out of sight
Traveling through this land

It’s the only thing I know
To say my friend
I simply want my country back again

Cause I see people
Just stranded by the road
They’re hopeless and forgotten
Where all the milk and honey flows
Traveling through this land

+ Truth

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Went down to Memphis on a blue night train
Made Oklahoma in the driving rain
Midnight hour, Tulsa county line
J. J. Cale music in my mind
Ooo ooo weee
Come on listen to me
The truth will set you free

You stand there waiting in the red dirt night
Just round the corner and a little to the right
I say, baby, won’t you take me home
You say my type is always quick to roam
Wooo ooo weee
Come on listen to me
The truth will set you free

Spin the bottle, baby, lick your lips
Spin the bottle, baby, move your hips
Please excuse me while I help myself
It’s up to me cause there ain’t no one else
Oooo ooo weee
Come on listen to me
The truth will set you free

+ Lucky Man

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Here you come again
With your sweet sweet smile
Here you come again
For a little while
Here you come again
With your deep brown eyes
Here you come again
And I realize

What a lucky man
I must be
What a lucky man
To have you here with me
What a lucky man
Just to see your face
There ain’t nothing about you
Ever out of place

Your mom cried tears of joy
When you were born
You were the rose among our thorns
And though I was so far away
I’ll make it up to you some day

What a lucky man
I must be
What a lucky man
To have you here with me
What a lucky man
Just to see your face
There ain’t nothing about you
That’s ever out of place

Here you come again
Each passing day
I watch you grow along the way
I thought that you should have this song
I hope some day you will sing along

What a lucky man
I must be
What a lucky man
To have you here with me
What a lucky man
Just to see your face
There ain’t nothing about you
That’s ever out of place

+ Hideaway Girl

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Hello, baby, welcome to the world
Don’t be a hideaway girl
Come on, baby, let your light shine down
You’re the best that I ever found
Don’t be nervous, baby, don’t be shy
There ain’t no reason why, oh no
Just standing naked at the light of day
I wouldn’t have it any other way

Let your love fall like diamond rain
Let your love make me whole again
Let your love shine right through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right

Hey there, baby, welcome to the world
Sweet little hideaway girl
Long hair blowing in the tall grass wind
Like original sin
You know God moves in mysterious ways
Baby, go ahead and play
Don’t worry about nobody judging you
No matter what you do

Let your love fall like diamond rain
Let your love make me whole again
Let your love shine right through the night
It’s all right, it’s all right

Hey there, baby, welcome to the world
Don’t be a hideaway girl
Come on, baby, let your light shine down
You’re the best that I ever found
Don’t be nervous, honey, don’t be shy
Cause there ain’t no reason why
Standing naked at the light of day
Wouldn’t have it any other way

+ That's The Way It Goes

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

What ever happened to Johnny B. Goode
He pawned his guitar like I knew he would
Started working for the CIA
Hasn’t been seen to this very day
Just so you know
That’s the way it goes

Let me tell you about long tall Sally
She’s working at a strip club somewhere in the valley
Didn’t have the looks to be a Playboy Bunny
Pays her rent with the lap dance money
Just so you know
That’s the way it goes

I went looking for Peggy Sue
I found her up in Abilene
She’s working as a waitress there
At the Dairy Queen
Sweet Lorraine, let the party carry on
Lucille, get back where you belong
Hello, Mary Lou, goodbye heart
They’re working the night shift at the Super Mart
Just so you know
That’s the way it goes

Maggie left the farm and married Peter Gunn
They had a little boy; he was a fortunate son
Has all the money that he’ll ever need
Won thirty–two million in the lottery
Good golly, miss Molly and sweet Nadine
They quit talking to Maybelline
C.C. Rider came and took her away
They both drive cabs out in East L.A.
Just so you know
That’s the way it goes

+ Don't Ask Me

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I saw a light shine through my window
The universe called out my name
I woke up on a lonesome highway
That turned into a shady lane
Just what happened here
Don’t ask me

And now I wake up every morning
And tears of joy run down my face
And now I wake up every morning
Never feeling out of place
Just what happened here
Don’t ask me

It’s not easy to understand
When your soul is on the line
And though I know it’s long from over
Hey, I don’t mind

I studied all the great religions
Found just one thing to be true
Between the words and grand illusion
Only love can pull you through
Just what happened here
Don’t ask me

I saw the light shine through my window
Ten times brighter than the sun
I heard a hundred billion life forms
Singing out as one
Just what happened here
Don’t ask me

+ Home Once Again

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Deep in the night
I heard you calling me
Your voice drifted out
Across these open plains
Deep in my heart
I hide my memories
I wish that you were home once again

You were just there
Inside the doorway
A sweet place in time
That never will end
And you are the one
That I miss the most
And I wish that you were home once again

Life it just moves on
And the weather may change
But the pain in my heart
Will always remain
Sometimes I feel laughter
Sometimes I feel tears
But you’re always near
It’s perfectly clear

And I took a walk
Late one stormy night
And I let the rain
Wash my soul clean
Standing alone there
It just felt right
To realize it wasn’t a dream

The new moon is shining
Its light on my home
And in my mind’s eye
I start to roam
Right back to that moment
That you had to leave
Soft as a prayer
You were taken from me

Deep in the night
I hear you calling me
Your voice drifting out
Across these lonely plains
Deep in my heart
I hide my memories
And I wish that you were home once again

+ These Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

There’s a new light above you
Let it shine, let it shine
Let your faith and your hope both renew
Don’t fade from our sight
Deep in the night
Like a stranger on a lost avenue
Hey, you’ve got to be leaving these blues

Though your body is broken
And you’re falling apart
To the place pain will take you down to
Let your spirit stay strong
Hey, you got to hold on
Cause there’s more in this life left for you
And you’ve got to be leaving these blues

Oh your heart may be aching
But just trust in time
You know soon it will heal all your wounds
When the hour comes around
Your joy will be found
New days will come into view
You got to be leaving these blues

There’s a new light above you
Hey, let it shine
Let your faith and your hope both renew
Don’t fade from our sight
Deep in the night
Like an angel on a lost avenue
You’ve got to be leaving these blues

Blue Nightfall

+ Sweet Sweet Love

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I’ve been running lately
For such a long time
You’ve been hiding out
In my mind

Could I call you on the phone
Maybe sometime
For just a little bit
Of your sweet love

I move a little slow
You must forgive me
It takes a little time
To find the truth within
The choice is up to you
Would you give me
Just a little bit of
Your sweet love

+ River Road

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

There’s something that i gotta say
It’s been needed for a long long time
They say the truth can set you free
Let me say what’s on my mind
And if my words should fail me now
I hope that you would understand
You deserve much more
Than the person that I am

Take a walk down a river road
Let it ease your mind
I’m in love with you
Have been for a long long time
Take a walk down a river road
Let the pain just disappear
I love you baby
I’m glad that you’re here

I have seen the sun shine down
Equal on everyone
And I’ve watched it walk away
When the day was done
Lost in the shadows there
Me and my mortal soul
Baby you have pulled me through
More than you could ever know

Take a walk down a river road
It’s a brand new day
The sorrow can’t touch you now
Let it all fade away
Take a walk down a river road
No trouble in your mind
I love you baby
Everything’s gonna be just fine

They say in every life
We may have some deep regret
Forgiveness has its own free will
Perhaps it hasn’t found me yet
But I say to anyone, that we hurt
Along the way
Time is such a healing wind
And I hope it blows your way

Take a walk down a river road
Take it in the morning light
I promise by the end of the day
Things are gonna be alright
Take a walk down a river road
Let the pain just disappear
It’s a great big world
I’m glad that you’re here

+ Music From Motor Court

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Music from the motor court
Music from the back porch
Music from the edge of town

Music down a brick street
Music in the trailer park
Music from an old campground

It’s a mighty rocky road we
Travel I’m told
To reach that crystal blue sound
Music from the motor court
Music from the edge of town

Summertime’s a comin’
Guitars are a strummin’
Mandolins are sneaking thru the trees
I’m on my way to Oklahoma
Gonna hang out with some friends
Easy as you please

And when I get there
I won’t even have a care
Stand in the Okemah wind
Same time next year
Gonna get back up and do it again

I ramble around so many towns
Singing about a happy day
Believe it or not don’t give up hope
Because love is on the way

This land is your land
And don’t it feel grand
To let your spirit flow
Things are gonna be alright
Down here by the roadside
Want the whole world to know

+ Blue Nightfall

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Don’t want to get out of this car
I just want to drive and drive
Into the fading light
And pretend I’m alive

Don’t want to call your name
It hurts me way too deep
It’s a blue nightfall
Now I weep

Here I stand, face in my hands
And you’re all gone, like a faraway song
I suppose that I should get some sleep
It’s a blue nightfall Now I weep

+ Shining On Through

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

In the twilight, the day is leaving
Darkness falls, things can be deceiving
But you keep shining on through

You’re right beside me, everywhere I go
I never am in doubt, because I always know
That you keep shining on through

So let me go with it, let me roll with it
Find out what it’s about
I’ve never known such a beautiful thing
I cannot live without, makes me want to shout

In the morning while I’m waking
My soul is yearning, my body is aching
But you keep shining on through

Swiftly moving like a beacon in the night
Shining straight through to my heart
This one thing will always remain
Let the music start, we will never be apart

In the morning when I’m waking
My soul is calling, my spirit needs shaking
But you keep shining on through

It’s getting better every single day
Walking right beside me, with me all the way
You keep shining on through

+ Rain Falling Down

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Glory hallelujah, what a sight for sore eyes
Beauty everlasting comes at such a price
If you break my heart, you won't even hear a sound
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

So come on, come on, take a ride with me
We’ll travel down life’s highway mysteriously
Lost in that illusion, can you tell me where you are bound
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

Glory hallelujah, what a sight for sore eyes
But beauty everlasting comes at such a price
And when you break my heart, I’ll be hoping to be found
I’m the restless wind, you are the rain falling down

+ Bohemian Cowbody Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Jack Kerouac took old Highway 6
Traveled across the great divide
Wrote books and poems as he rambled
Confessions that he couldn’t hide

Desolation angels dancing on the road
Like a subterranean jazz club that never had to close
Vanity and visions in a blues haiku
Left me howling the bohemian cowboy blues

Inspired a whole beat generation
To put their thumbs out in the wind
Took that long long road less traveled
Again and again

He told me about old angel midnight
As he was be boppin’ across this land
He taught me about the dharma spirit
Down in the soul of a man

+ It's Gone

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

We used to sleep in tall grass prairie
We used to roam out on the plain
Part of a great big Indian nation
Now ain’t it a shame

Listen listen
Listen it’s gone

We tried to treat you as our brother
You slowly drove us from the land
You broke all your worthless treaties
But you don’t understand

Listen listen
Listen it’s gone

I see the buffalo returning
I hear a ghost dance in the night
I pray a healing for this nation
Let’s make it right

Listen listen
Listen it’s gone

+ I Wish For You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

I wish for you a beautiful day
With lots of love along the way
I wish for you
A life better than mine
Baby, I’m trying all the time

I wish for you a heart so true
Filled with sweet things from me to you
I wish for you a spirit always free
That’s the key, let it be

I hope that every day becomes your friend
That you find laughter there again and again
And when you speak your mind, be fair what you say
And make your own way at the end of each day

I wish for you a baby boy
I hope he fills your world with joy
I wish for you a love that’s so divine
Baby, I’m trying all the time

I wish for you a beautiful day
With lots of love to guide your way
I wish for you a life better than mine
Baby, I’m trying all the time

+ When You Were Mine

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Along dark train is slowly winding
Through the nightland’s sad refrain
A diamond rain is gently falling
Down on this old two lane

You were mine all of the time
Night and day, then you went away

Now I’m lost out on these high plains
With a memory of you
Soft and naked close beside me
Then disappearing out of view

You were mine all of the time
Night and day every way
And you were mine

Now I’m left alone to wonder
Could you come back, I suppose
And I will love you for the reasons
That these night winds only know

+ Gotta Ramble

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Here and there, back and forth
North and South, East and West
Of course, gotta ramble
The lord made me that way
I’m halfway through tomorrow
You’re just leaving yesterday

The highway calls, and then it sings
Makes my gypsy blood start to tingling
Gotta ramble, I’m on my way
I’m halfway through tomorrow
You’re just leaving yesterday

Back and forth, here and there
Let me tell you people
I’ve been everywhere, gotta ramble
I’m on my way
I’m halfway through tomorrow
You’re just leaving yesterday

Texoma

+ Bad Bad Girl

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

She gets up in the morning
Brings me breakfast in bed
She gets up in the morning
Brings me breakfast in bed
Strokes my ego
Massage my head

She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She gets in trouble every day

She went down to New Orleans
For the Mardi Gras time
She went down to New Orleans
For the Mardi Gras time
Came home smelling like magnolias
And cheap swamp water wine

I saw her in Chicago
On the Fourth of July
I saw her in Chicago
On the Fourth of July
She exploded like a Roman candle
Right across my sky

She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She gets in trouble every day

In New York City
She took the subway uptown
In New York City
She took the subway uptown
She kinda liked it down there
And started living underground

In Dallas, Texas
She left her cat out in the rain
Dallas, Texas
Left her cat out in the rain
Came in soppin’ wet
Scratching like it was insane

She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She don’t ever behave
She’s a bad bad girl
She gets in trouble every day

+ Never Is A Moment

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (BMI)

In the vastness of this world
Baby, you are so unique
From your pouty little mouth
To your pretty little peaks
From your head down to your toes,
You are beautiful divine
And there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

Circumstance cast our fate
Maybe wrong, maybe right
Though you're dreams and miles away
I try to reach you through this night
If you hear music in the wind
I hope my melody you'll find
Because there never is a moment
That you are not on my mind

+ This Glorious Day

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Take the weight of the world
Off your shoulders
And throw it away
Because miracles are happening
Every day
Every dream or treasure
That you’re hoping to find
Is out there waiting for you
It’s just a matter of time

Things are changing
They’re rearranging
And to help you on your way
Is this glorious day
This glorious day

Put a smile upon your face
Don’t you worry, don’t you weep
Blessings falling down upon you
Are there for you to keep
There’s a new highway song
And it’s playing in your soul
Let it carry you away
Out where the diamond winds blow

Things are changing
They’re rearranging
And to help you on your way
Is this glorious day
This glorious day

Put a smile on your face
Don’t you worry, don’t you weep
Blessings falling down
They’re there for you to keep
There’s a new highway song
Playing in your soul
Let it carry you away
Into this glorious day
This glorious day
This glorious day

+ Poor Man's Dream

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Get out of the city
Move right out of town
Find a little patch of land
And sink your roots down
Plant tomatoes, potatoes
And a little bit of beans
Soon you’ll be living
The poor man’s dream

Find a little country angel
Love her on up
Take some fresh spring water
And drink from your cup
Play some mandolin, some fiddle
Get a fifth of Jim Beam
Soon you’ll be living
The poor man’s dream

Find peace and harmony
With the lay of the land
Stand beneath the big sky
And count all the stars
That you can
Take off your clothes
Jump in a clear running stream
Soon you’ll be living
The poor man’s dream

+ Red Dirt Song

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Persimmon wine, tupelo honey
I feel fine, don’t need money
Sip a little wine, taste my honey
Bobby says you gotta serve somebody

Throw some red dirt over me
Hey I’m as happy as can be
Let an Okie wind just take my soul away
I got hundred dollar shoes
It’s a million dollar day

Ole Polecat
Knockin’ on my door
Talkin’ tornadoes and the third world war
Then he jumps right in
To the ’fraidy hole
If he’ll come out
Well I just don’t know

Throw some red dirt over me
Chasin’ storms is where I’ll be
Let an Okie rain just take my cares away
I got hundred dollar shoes
It’s a million dollar day

Ida Red, Sally Gooden
Sweet Betsy from Pike
Banana puddin’
Living in the country
With my sweet dog Jake
How much love can one man take

Throw some red dirt over me
I’m livin’ right and I’m livin’ free
Let an Okie sunset be my only pay
I got hundred dollar shoes
It’s a million dollar day

+ Woody Guthrie

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Well you’re out there again
Three sheets to the wind
Ramblin’ and driftin’
And just living your life away

From the West to the East
For all of those who have least
You’re singing and talking and teaching
Them all to believe

Woody Guthrie
You mean so much to me
Your music and spirit carry me
Through the darkest of nights

The dust bowl winds they blow
Right through your sweet soul
They carry you with a passion
Through this land
So brave and so free

You speak out of turn
You help the common man learn
That the faith of the poor is a treasure
No rich man can see

Woody Guthrie
You mean so much to me
Your music and spirit carry me
Through the darkest of nights

Hey you’re out there again
Three sheets to the wind
Roamin’ and driftin'
And livin’ your life away

From the West to the East
For all those who have the least
You’re singing and talking and teaching
Them all to believe

Woody Guthrie
You mean so much to me
Your music and spirit carry me
Through the darkest of nights

+ Tears

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Tears, tears
Tears they may fall
Oh baby
This old world has seen them all

Love, love
Love may come and go
Oh baby
Your heart will always know

So if you’re feeling so sad tonight
Because things just really
Haven’t worked out right
Remember this
There’s a guiding light
It’ll help you through
It’ll be all right

And see, you’ll see
See what faith can do
Oh baby
It’s something that we all go through

So if you’re all alone tonight
Because something, it just
Didn’t turn out right
Remember this
There’s a guiding light
It’ll get you through
It’ll be all right

And tears, tears
Tears they may fall
Oh baby
This old world has seen them all

+ Love Can Find Its Own Way

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

When I was a little boy
You came walking down my street
I was only ten years old
And my heart fell at your feet
And now you’ve grown and grown and grew
Honey, look at you today
Ain’t it funny how love can find its own way

Because I never gave up hope
I would see you once again
So imagine my surprise
When you came walking in
And our eyes met across the room
And there was nothing left to say
Ain’t it funny how love can find its own way

Ain’t it funny how love makes you feel so good
Just like they always said that it would
Make you half–crazy
Turn your head around
Hard to keep your feet
Standing on solid ground

Chorus

When I was a little boy
You came walking down my street
I was only ten years old
But my heart fell at your feet
Now you’ve grown and grown and grew
Honey, look at you today
Ain’t it funny how love can find its own way

+ On the Road to Rock and Roll

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Night Tribe Music (SESAC)

Wewoka hills
Buckeye creek
Iron Range town
St. Louie street
You’re on the road
To rock and roll

Rolling Fork
Frisco Bay
Asbury Park
Lost Highway
You’re on the road
To rock and roll

Chez Paree
Forty nine
Sixty one
Tulsa time
You’re on the road
To rock and roll

New York City
Throw it in the van
Drive all night
Through the Promised Land
You’re on the road
To rock and roll

Memphis after midnight
Red stick moon
Radio playing
Road gang tunes
On the road
To rock and roll

Hill Country highway
Chicago lights
West Virginia mountains
Hot Tampa night
On the road
To rock and roll

Nashville cats
And you drive and drive
L.A. woman
Across the great divide
On the road To rock and roll

Running on empty
The road and the sky
Take it easy
As the miles fly by
You’re on the road
To rock and roll

Trail

+ Red Dirt Roads At Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I used to run out on the level land
Sun beating down on the Cimarron sand
My heart still lies out on those windswept plains
Where poor dirt farmers used to pray for rain

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down the red dirt roads at night

I’m talking about those Oklahoma times
Payne County girls looked so fine
Cruised those section lines
Feeling all right
Drive back into the Stillwater lights

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down the red dirt roads at night

Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Trying to lose the Oklahoma blues
Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Six pack by my side, a bottle of wine Sweet baby, you would look so fine

One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down those red dirt roads at night

Those younger years never did me no harm
Always seemed to be a party at the farm
Brixies Pond, the Hideaway
To the Strip and into Bill’s at the end of the day

But the thing I miss most, you know I like Is riding down the red
dirt roads at night

Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Trying to lose the Oklahoma blues
Riding down the red dirt roads at night
Six pack by my side, bottle of wine
Oh sweet baby, you'd look so fine
One thing I miss, you know I like
Riding down those red dirt roads at night
Red dirt roads

+ How It Must Remain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Please don’t think about me, baby, when I’m gone
You know I won’t be coming back
I know there’s rights
I know that there are wrongs
There’s just feelings that I lack

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

I could find the reasons, baby
Maybe I should stay
But not a one could hold me now
I’m lost there outside
In that very lonely place
And there are no sacred vows

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

You say you know me better
Than I know myself
You told me that a hundred times
It should be easy then for you to understand
Why I have to part the line

I’m not saying I don’t love you, you know I do
I’m saying I’ll never change
And I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain
I would never even ask the same of you
That’s how it must remain

+ Loved You Like Rainbows

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I just lie to myself
And then I go on
Since you strayed from me, baby
Since you left, I’ve sat at home

I awake in the morning
Through your window I stare
And the colors seem so lonelier now
Since when you first put them there

But I just want to let you know
And I’ll make it very clear
Though it just goes into one
And out your other ear
That I loved you like rainbows
Something you never could understand

They say the most precious thing
That we have in this whole world is time
You see people live and they die
All in the wink of an eye

But each day I’m without you
Another piece of me falls
And I’m lost in the sorrow
Of the nightingale’s call

But I just wanna let you know
And I’ll sing it one more time
And when the song it is over
All the tears will be mine
’Cause I love you like rainbows
Something you never could understand

Yeah I just wanna let you know
And I’ll say it so damn clear
But it just goes into one
And out your other ear
That I love you like rainbows
Something you never could understand

Yeah, girl, I love you like a rainbow
Something you never could understand
You know I love you like rainbows
Something you never could understand

+ Ellie's Song

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Little Ellie, don’t cry
Your tears melt in the rain
You’re a long way from home
Feeling the strain
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your dreams
You know things are never as bad as they seem

It’s the city
Oh the city
Hey, baby, you got nothing to lose
Big city
New York City
New York City with the blues
Raining down on you
Raining down on you

Little Ellie, stay close
To the things you hold dear
Keep the light in your eyes
And don’t ever fear
Everything you desire
Is part of a plan
I know in time
That you’ll understand

Oh the city
New York City
Hey, babe, you got nothing to lose
Big city
Oh the city
New York City with the blues
Raining down on you
Raining down on you

Little Ellie, I know
That you’re gonna survive
You got what it takes, baby
Keep it alive
A moment lasting
A vision so true
I want you to know
I won’t forget about you

Oh the city
In the city
Well, babe, you got nothing to lose
Big city
Big big city
New York City with the blues
Raining down on you
Falling down on you
Raining down on you

Little Ellie, don’t cry
Your tears they only melt in the rain

+ If You Want To See Me Rock

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it roll
If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it go
Hold out too long and down the road I go

You sleep with your light on, baby
Afraid I’ll come creepin’ in your room
You sleep with your light on, baby
Afraid I’ll come creepin’ in your room
When your love flows like honey
I’ll be waiting with a silver spoon

I like the merchandise, sister
But I’m sure enough aware of its price
I like the merchandise, baby
But I’m sure enough aware of the price
You know your little piece of heaven
Can become a fool’s paradise

If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it roll
If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it go
Hold out too long, down the road I go

Too many cooks in the kitchen
Too hard to make a stew
Too many cooks in the kitchen, baby
So hard to make a stew
Don’t be telling me, baby
I’m gonna be telling you

If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it roll
If you want to see me rock
Come on, baby, let it go
Hold on too long and down the road I go
Hold on too long, baby, down the road I go
Hold on too long, baby, down the road I go

Road Novel

+ You'll Never Know

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Standing in your own corner of the little universe
Forever calculating every moment what your life is worth
Step into the mystery
Seek you may behold
But there are things you’ll never know

Because everything changes, you know nothing ever stays the same
If you put a plan in motion, be prepared to rearrange
All the laws of nature
Are beyond our control
And there are things you’ll never know

So come on, baby
Take it easy
Don’t take your life so seriously
Don’t be afraid to just let go
You’ve got to get up and dance

Don’t waste time searching for the right words to say
By the time they come to you, honey, it don’t matter anyway
It’s a grand illusion
Reality unfolds
And there are things you’ll never know

You’ll never know
It’s a mystery
Open your eyes and let it all be

+ Hold On

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Hold on to me
Hold on, you’ll see
I’ll be your lover and I’ll never go away
Hold on, don’t you cry
Wipe the tear out of your eyes
I promise you tomorrow will be a brighter day

It’s hard I guess
To find true happiness
Maybe round the corner, what can we say
So don’t despair
Show a little love and care
Give me a little time and maybe I will find my way

And don’t you ever doubt
That your love is something I could live without

Hold on, don’t you see
I could be your only lover
Never go away
Hold on, don’t you cry
Wipe the tears out of your eyes
I promise you tomorrow will be a better day

Because when I look into your eyes
It comes as no surprise

Hold on, don’t you see
I can be your lover, baby
And I’ll never go away
Hold on, don’t you cry
Wipe the tears from your eyes
I promise you tomorrow will be a brighter day

+ Vast Stretches Of Broken Heart

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Vast stretches of broken heart
Misery in between
Miles and miles of sorrow
On this poor boy’s dream
Every time I get a good thing
It never lasts too long
Every woman I meet
Well they always say I treat them wrong

You know I try to be good
You know I try to be kind
But they always accuse me
Of having other girls on my mind
Even if it were true
I want it understood
Just because a man looks doesn’t mean that he’s up to no good

CHORUS

I’m gonna keep on looking
I know there’s a woman somewhere
Who’s going to treat me right
Show a little love and care
Smooth out my rough edges
You know I’m not that bad
Take me home, baby, I’ll be the best dog you ever had

CHORUS

+ Into Your Life

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I’m not the kind of man to say I’m sorry
But baby, I will be sorry
It’s what I must do
I’m not the kind of man to bring you flowers
But I’ll bring you pretty flowers
If you want me to

’Cause when I met you
I was through
When I met you
My heart just knew
That everything
It just felt right
So I stepped
Into your life

I’m not the kind of man to be so crazy
But I’m crazy about you, baby
Each and every day
And don’t you know when your beauty’s near me
You don’t even hear me
I’m speechless without words to say

’Cause when I met you
Baby, I was through
You had my number
And I just knew
That everything
Just felt right
So I stepped
Into your life

I’m not the kind of man to say I’m sorry
But baby, I will be sorry
For what I put you through
I’m not the kind of man to be so faithful
But for you I will be faithful
It’s the right thing to do

’Cause when I met you
I was through
When I met you
My heart just knew
That everything
It just felt right
And so I stepped
Into your life

When I met you
I was through
When I met you
My poor heart knew
That everything
Would be all right
And so I stepped into your life

+ Ramblin' Sky

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You ask me why my feet are tappin’
I’ve got a twinkle in my eye
Maybe, baby, it’s ’cause I’m happy, yes indeed
Underneath this big old ramblin’ sky

I fell head first without permission
Into the horizon open wide
Where I will not be forsaken
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

I’ve been north to the hill of three waters
Where they mingle and divide
Each flows down to its own sweet destiny
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

I know a farm down in the red dirt country
Where magnetic properties reside
And there may be a pathway into the hollow earth
Underneath that big old ramblin’ sky

You ask me why me feet are tappin’
I’ve got a twinkle in my eye
Maybe, baby, it’s ’cause I’m happy, yes indeed
Underneath that big old rambin’ sky

+ Long Ago With Miles Between

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Baby sweet baby
Clouds drift across this endless sky
I’m totally alone and I begin to wonder why
Do you remember
When you were only twenty–one
And my heart revolved around you like the earth around the sun

Long ago with miles between
The way things are the way they seemed
It’s easy to look back on my life
The hard part is making the reality feel right

And, baby, do you ever wonder
Where did all the love and laughter go
Could we find it once again
I don’t think we’ll ever know

Maybe I’ll give you a call sometime
To see how you’ve been
And you might say let’s get together
Because I could always use a friend

And do you ever think about
All those times we used to spend
Driving down the highway
Throwing caution to the wind

That was long ago with many miles between
The way things are now and the way they seemed
You know it’s easy to look back on your life
The hard part’s making the reality feel right

But do you ever think about
All those nights we used to spend
Lost on some dark highway throwing caution to the wind
We were rolling down the road, yeah yeah
With all caution to the wind

Lost on some sad highway
With our caution to the wind

+ Never Put The Blame

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Yes I know that lonely feeling
Leaves your spirit and your soul a reeling
Yes I know that way of sadness
Turns your heart into madness, yes it will

You ain’t telling me anything
Of the twists and turns that life always brings

’Cause I’ve been hurt and talked down to
Been so ashamed I didn’t know what to do
But I never put the blame on you

Yes I know it’s just wasting time
To try to talk it over and make it feel fine
Just because you have lost your place
Doesn’t mean you’ve got to jump out of the human race

Let me say it once again
Nothing lasts forever, it’s got to come to an end

You’ve fallen down
Baby me too
I’ve felt the pain of being refused
But I never put the blame on you

Yes I know that lonely feeling
Leaves your spirit and your soul reeling
Yes I know that bitter way of sadness
Turns your world into madness every time

You ain’t telling me anything
It feels so real there’s no need to explain

You’ve been hurt and talked down to
I know you’ve been mistreated, but baby tell me by who
’Cause I never put the blame on you
Not once did I put the blame on you

+ The Open Space

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Look out the window see the storm clouds are growing
Brought on by the change of the season and the lessons we’ve learned
This part of our life is over and now we’ll be leaving
Never look back, never return

Because we both know that life is just a series of moments
And the ones that we need are not around here anymore
I had a dream that turned into a vision
Come with me, baby, walk through the waiting door

Where will we go
I really don’t know
What will we find
Maybe peace of mind
When we leave and vanish without a trace
We’ll be in the earth, the wind, the water
Out there in the open space

Time marches on and love follows close in its footsteps
Our destiny is to come and to go like the rain
Have you ever woke up in a strange bed and wished you were with me
Well that time is right now and baby, I’m calling your name

Where will we go
I really don’t know
What will we find
Maybe peace of mind
And if we vanish, lost without a trace
We’ll be in the earth, the wind, the water
Out there in the open space

+ You've Got That Right

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I’m just passing through, baby
I’ll be gone with morning light
You don’t care, you sit and stare
I tell you no, you say let’s go
Hold on tight
We’ve got tonight
You’ve got that right

Sweet, sweet little temptress
Smooth talker through and through
I’m far from home, don’t like to roam
But you’re telling me it’s what I must do
Hold on tight
We’ve got tonight
You’ve got that right

You come blowin’ in, baby, like a hurricane
I get caught up in the deluge of your driving rain
Caught up in the madness of your sexy ways
Guilty as charged, baby, what I can say

I may not be here tomorrow
But I think you kind of like it like that
Who am I to second–guess the reason why
You wore that dress
Hold on tight
We’ve got tonight
You've got that right

You come blowing in, baby, like a hurricane
I get lost in the deluge of your driving rain
Caught up in the madness of your sexy ways
Guilty as sin
What can I say

I’m just passing through, I’ll be gone by the morning light
You don’t care, you sit and stare
I understand, I’m at your command
Hold on tight
We’ve got tonight
You’ve got that right

Hold on tight
We’ve got tonight
You’ve got that right

+ The Big Wheels

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

So you feel mixed up and a little crazy
Hey I don’t know what to do
I spend my whole life just running around in circles
The original rebel without a clue

And when you lose sense of direction
It becomes so hard to renew
And you may find me on the road tonight
But we all know that’s nothing new

’Cause when the big wheels start to turn
There is a lesson to be learned
And I’ll take my educated guess
Loving you would always be the best

I was driving through Nebraska
I saw the sky turn from black to grey to blue
And a deer came bounding down by the byway
With a great and a beauty that was you

And later in that sandhill morning
I passed another highway cross
And I thought of the ones that I’ve loved in my life
And I thought of all the ones that I’ve loved that I’ve lost

When the big wheels start to turn
There are lessons to be learned
Of all the dreams I’ve left behind
The one of you stays on my mind

So you feel mixed up and a little crazy
Baby, baby me too
I spend my whole life just running around in great big circles
The original rebel without a clue

When the big wheels start to roll
There’s no telling just where they’ll go
I just keep following the signs
With a gypsy heart and an open mind

’Cause when the big wheels start to turn
There is always one lesson you can learn
And if we do not meet again
My thoughts of you will never end

+ Heart of a Woman

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

If you find love
In the heart of a woman
Love her and please her
Don’t mistreat her
Don’t let her go

’Cause when you find love
In the heart of a woman
It is worth more than all the world’s gold

And if she’s feeling blue
Tell her hey, baby, I love you
Her sweet smile will chase away the rain
And if she’s feeling sad, say baby, don’t feel bad
It will be all right
Let me hold you tight

’Cause when you find love
In the heart of a woman
Love her and please her
Don’t mistreat her
Don’t let her go

And if she’s feeling blue
You tell her baby, I love you
Always will and that is never going to change
And if she’s feeling sad
Say baby, it’s not that bad
It’ll be all right
Let me hold you tight

And if you find love
In the heart of a woman
Love her and please her
Don’t leave her
Don’t let her go
Love her and please her
Don’t mistreat her
Don’t let her go
Love her and please her
Don’t you mistreat her
Don’t let her go

+ The Great Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Here’s a traveling song sent to you from me
I wrote it on Kansas highway two eight three
Where a roadside dream
Had carried me away
Into the closing of the day

In the twilight fade, the stars they hung so low
I turned on my favorite gospel radio
And let the blessings pour out upon this world
And said a prayer for you my girl

The great night is falling
The great night is falling
I’m back out on my own
Don’t bother calling when the great night is falling
Because I’m lost out on the road

There are many reasons to ramble ’cross this land
Do not make excuses, see it while you can
North, south, east, and west
Let the four winds blow
Their sweet breath upon your soul
There is no destination for those who like to roam
Restless through the night, following the song
In America, with grace and liberty
May your spirit always be

The great night is falling
The great night is falling
And I’m out here all alone
There’s no use calling, the great night is falling
And I’m back out on the road

Here’s a traveling song sent to you from me
I wrote it on Kansas highway two eighty three
Near St. Jacob’s well with the last rays of light
Disappearing out of sight

The great night is falling
The great night is falling
I’m so far from my home
There’s no use calling when the great night is falling
I’ll be lost out on the road

The great night is falling
The great night is falling
Oh I’m out here all alone
Don’t bother calling, the great night is falling
And I’m lost out on the road

Yeah I’m back out on the road
I’m out here on the road

Buffalo Return to the Plains

+ Burden to Bear

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

There’s a reason to be happy, baby
There’s a reason to be sad
Oh there’s a reason to throw it away
I find it so hard to relate these days
To anything or anyone at all
Everything that matters
Everything that ever will
On a distant shoreline way across the western hills
I can’t seem to get there, you know it seems my life’s been put on hold
The time keeps slipping away

CHORUS:
They say you can fool yourself but not very long
I think I’ve been fooling myself my whole life long
Taken everything that mattered
I watched it leave without a care
Don’t you know, don’t you know that’s the hardest burden to bear

Look in the mirror I see the lines on my face
Look in my eyes I can feel all the pain
Of everything I’ve been ashamed of in the past
There’s enough regret there to last
And I can’t deny what I understand
If you live your life like a one night stand
You wind up alone and lost and afraid with nothing to say
I guess it doesn’t matter anyway

They say you can fool yourself but not very long
I think I’ve been fooling myself my whole life long
Taken everything that mattered
I watched it leave without a care
Don’t you know, don’t you know that’s the hardest burden to bear

They say you can fool yourself but not very long
I think I’ve been fooling myself my whole life long
Taken everything that mattered
I watched it leave without a care
Don’t you know, don’t you know, that’s the hardest burden to bear

The hardest burden to bear
The hardest burden to bear

+ Last Train

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Here it comes again
Passing through your head
Like an unknown stranger in your tumbleweed bed
Pull your curtains, close all the blinds
But you’ll never escape the thought that’s in your mind
It’s the last train, last train
Last train, baby, out of your town

Trees are in the mist
The twilight looms
I see you like a vision alone in your room
Your hand reaches down to touch your thigh
You know what the truth is, that you’re living in a lie
It’s the last train
Last train
Last train, baby, out of your town

Come one step closer
Turn up the stereo
Tell me all the secrets that you want me to know
You’ve been a bad, bad girl
That’s a well–known fact
Climb on board ’cause it won’t be back
It’s the last train
Last train
Last train, baby, out of your town
Out of your town
Out of your town
It’s the last train

+ Amsterdam

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI) and Kevin Welch Words and Music (Cross Keys Publishing)

+ I'm Thinking Of You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I’m thinking of you
Where are you tonight
The one that I loved
The one I held tight
Other memories fade
But you remain true
I live in the moments
I think about you
Are you alone all by yourself
Are you in love with someone else
These things I wonder as I think about your face
If I knew you were all right maybe I could sleep tonight
I’m begging you, baby, give me some saving grace
’Cause I’m thinking of you
Where are you tonight
The one that I loved
The one I held tight

If I only could reclaim
The way you called my name
The way you trembled when I held you in my arms
You were such a sweet, sweet wine
Let me drink you one more time
I’m begging you, baby, couldn’t do no harm I’m thinking of you
Where are you tonight
The one that I loved
The one I held tight
You’re the one that I loved
You’re the one I held tight
You’re the one that I loved
You’re the one I held tight
Well I’m thinking of you

+ Never Be Mine

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Every time I look into your eyes
I get a feeling that’s much too hard to deny
All I need is a little bit of your time
’Cause you know and I know you will never ever be mine

You sing your song like a nightingale in the rain
Truth and beauty always edged with a piece of your pain
Did I tell you, you cause my stars to all shine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine

Come on, baby, let’s make a change in the weather
You know we could be together
I know you know it could not be a crime
It’s a secret that we could keep
The way it is we don’t get no sleep
Tossing and turning
You’re always on my mind

’Cause every time you come into my view
I want to be alone making love to you
Now and forever my eternal valentine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine
’Cause you know and I know you could never ever be mine
’Cause you know and I know you will never ever be mine

+ Buffalo Return to the Plains

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Lonesome travelers and lonesome types
Shuffling down some unknown trail tonight
In your hobo jungles and your boxcar dreams
Living only by your ways and means
Carry on and remain
A new light shines upon you once again
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plain

Midnight rounders that need no rest
Gypsy hearts beating wildly in your chest
One step ahead of the rules and laws
Oh brother, dear brother, you’ve seen it all
But you carry on and remain
Let your spirit rise up above the pain
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

Faded followers of railway lines
People who really hear America crying
God be with you all and bless you please
Out where the highways just turn to breeze
Carry on, you remain
This land is ours to reclaim
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains
Carry on and remain
A new light shines on everybody once again
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

Carry on and remain
It’s falling down
Like a welcome rain
Carry on and remain
Buffalo return to the plains

+ Going Home

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Go to sleep you weary princess
Let the miles roll you away
Out to this place on the prairie
Where we’ve reached the end of day
You’re going home
Close your eyes
You’re going home

Don’t you worry, I’m right beside you
You can dream a peaceful dream
This road is long but I don’t worry
Because you cause my heart to sing
Close your eyes
You’re going home
Close your eyes

You may wake up and find me
Driving with a tear drop in my eye
It’s from the happiness inside me
The reason why is you and I

Go to sleep you precious angel
Night has fallen, day is gone
Your brown eyes will sparkle in the sunrise
They will dance beside the dawn
Close your eyes
You’re going home
Close your eyes

You’re going home
Close your eyes
You’re going home

+ Foolish Pride

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Take a step out to the left, take a step out to the right
Find yourself in the same place in the middle of the night
Memories and moments, things we used to share
Question all the truths, did you really care
And it don’t do a thing for you
And it won’t do a thing for me
As long as you follow your foolish pride
That’s the way it’s going to be

The first and last of fallen angels, they gather in your room
They offer you sweet mercy, come a minute not to soon
You disregard their wisdom, baby, you lie awake, close your eyes
Put yourself in a state of confusion where you can’t be compromised
And it don’t do a thing for you
And it won’t do a thing for me
As long as you follow your foolish pride
That’s the way it’s going to be

Beware the bridges that you burn, you may need to pass back through
These are the lessons that you learn
Now what will you do
You’ve got to come through

But your tear–stained eyes deceive you, misery ain’t free
You become your only victim, you call for help from me
But I can’t help you, baby, I can’t turn back any clocks
You’re caught inside the madness of your own sad paradox
I’d like to reach you, baby, but there’s nothing I can say
I’d like to hear you, honey, but you’re fading far away
And it don’t do a thing for you
And it won’t do a thing for me
As long as you follow your foolish pride
That’s the way it’s going to be

+ That I Can't Control

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You shine like a diamond in the dance floor light
Low cut dress, body just right
Listen here, baby, there’s something that you’ve got to know
I don’t grab a hold of nothing that I can’t control

Baby, you’re a looker sure enough, that’s true
But you won’t see me looking too long at you
There are other girls here tonight that’ll do just what they’re told
I don’t grab a hold of nothing that I can’t control

Baby, baby you’re a real live wire
Hot to the touch, honey, full of desire
You want satisfaction guaranteed, you’d be calling out for moreNot me baby
I’d be passed out on the floor

So keep shining like a diamond in the neon night
Low cut dress, body so tight
But listen, honey, here’s how the dice have got to roll
I don’t grab a hold of nothing that I can’t control

Baby, baby you’re a real live wire
Hot to the touch, full of desire
You want satisfaction guaranteed, you’d be calling out for moreNot me baby
I’d be down there on the floor

You keep shining like a diamond in the dance floor light
With your low cut dress, you got a body so tight
Listen, honey, there’s something that I think you’ve got to know
I don’t grab a hold of nothing
That I can’t control
I don’t grab a hold of nothing
That I can’t control

+ I Walk Along With You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Do you ever wonder
As the years go by
I want to let you know
Let you know that I
Never regret things
That I might have missed
’Cause they’re all entwined
With the way that we kiss
It’s a love so real
There’s nothing left to say
It’s too hearts beating
In a special way
That’s what we have now
Don’t you know it’s true
Every step I take
I walk along with you

There were other roads
That have called my name
With the siren’s song
Such a sweet refrain
Not even that
Could lead me astray
To hurt you, baby
It’s too big a price to pay
I know what’s wrong
So I know that it’s right
To be here with you, baby
Deep inside this night
That’s what we have now
Girl you know it’s true
Every step I take
I walk along with you

It’s a love that lasts
It’s a treasured find
It’s one to one
And it’s yours and mine
That’s what we have now
Don’t you know that it’s true
Every step I take
I walk along with you

+ Rock And Roll Land

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I know a place where it’s a disgrace not to be feeling young
You’ll be up on your feet, baby, into the beat when it’s all said and done
Come on, honey, the time’s a wasting
I’m a man with a plan

I’m taking you where there are no rules
Up to rock and roll land

I want to be with the people who like to rock and roll
I want to be with the people who feel it’s a sin to grow old
Come on, sugar, we can shake all night when the band starts to jam
The music don’t stop and the temperature’s hot tonight in rock and roll land

Rock and roll land’s right around the corner down on jukebox drive
Chuck Berry, Bo Didley, Little Richard all playing side by side
Here comes Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, they’re going to join on in
Twelve o’clock the midnight hour, baby, that’s when the fun begins

I’ve got desires that become inspired by the way you dance
When you move that way, baby, what I can say except it’s time to romance
You’re like a sweet little angel fell down from heaven right into my hands
You’ll be my only one, let’s have some fun tonight in rock and roll land

I know a place where it’s a disgrace not to be feeling young
You’ll be up on your feet, baby, into the beat when it’s all said and done
Come on, sugar, you can shake all night when the band starts to jam
I’m taking you where there are no rules up to rock and roll land
Yeah the temperature’s hot and the music don’t stop in rock and roll land
I’m taking you where there are no rules up to rock and roll land

+ Worn Out American Dream

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I see no refuge for the weary
I see no handouts for the poor
I see no sense of satisfaction
On all the ones who just endure
All the slings and arrows slandered
Against the face of the poor man’s dream
Where the rich circle in like vultures
Picking all their pockets clean
Don’t you give me your phony smile
Don’t you tell me no more rules
How many people will you trample down
Before you’re finally through?
Come on face the situation
All the sadness that it brings
Got me lost inside the shuffle of
A worn out American dream

Give me no more TV preachers
Give me no more racist attitudes
Politicians, politicians, I’ve got nothing left for you
I’m within my global vision
You see, my feelings are my own
The Good Book says the days are numbered
So I’m turning towards my home
Take away your evil money
I won’t join in your game
To myself I will be true
To myself I will remain
Come on face your situation
It’s just as desperate as it seems
You got us lost inside the shuffle of
Your worn out American dream

I see no refuge for the weary
I see no handouts for the poor
I see no sense of satisfaction
On all the ones who must endure
All the slings and arrows slandered
Against the face of the poor man’s dream
All the rich circle in like vultures
Picking every pocket clean
Don’t you give me your phony smile
Don’t you tell me one more rule
How many lambs must you slaughter
Before you’re finally through?
Come on, face the situation
And all the sadness that it brings
You’ve got us lost inside the shuffle of
Your worn out American dream
You’ve got me caught up in the madness of
Your worn out American dream
You’ve got me lost inside the sadness of
Your worn out American dream

Highway Trance

+ Shakin' In Your Hips

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You got a motel tan
You stay up too late
You drive a real fast car, baby
You never hesitate
You got lies on your lips
You got the shakin’ in your hips

You’re the slippery slider
With all the slinky moves
You were the cutest little thing
When you slept your way through high school
You got lies on your lips
You got the shakin’ in your hips
Oh yeah

You’re beyond control
Of any ordinary man
You’re like jumping from the fire
Into the frying pan
You got lies on your lips
You got the shakin’ in your hips

Oh shake it, baby
You know you got it

You got your head up in the clouds
Because you realize
You got a world full of wonder, baby
Right between your thighs
Well you got lies on your lips
You got the shakin’ in your hips
Well you got lies on your lips
You got the shakin’ in your hips

+ When The Tears Fall

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I went driving
On the northern plains
I went rolling
Through the fields of grain
I thought about you
Can’t live without you
No matter how I try
There’s something sacred
The way the tears fall from your eyes

I went flying
In a big jet plane
Across an ocean
Just to know your name
Island princess
It’s my heart’s consensus
I should’ve never said goodbye
There’s something sacred
When the tears fall from your eyes

Let ’em fall
Let ’em fall on me
Let ’em fall
Let ’em set me free

I went dreaming
And I saw your face
And in that moment
I was touched by grace
And all alone now
I hear the wolves howl
And it makes me wonder why
There’s something sacred
When the tears fall from your eyes

It’s always sacred
The way the tears fall from your eyes
There’s something sacred
The way the tears fall from your eyes

+ Leslie, Talk To Me

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Oh, Leslie, talk to me
It’s two in the morning
Soon be three
Four and five come sneakin’ around
Sun peeks up
The moon goes driftin’ down
I got nowhere else to be
Please talk to me

Leslie, I hate drinkin’ alone
When you speak to me
I feel so at home
Come on, whisper to my pain
Blue side of town
Deep inside the rain
I’m beggin’ for your company
Won’t you talk to me

Leslie, talk to me
It’s two o’clock baby
Soon be three
You know four and five
Come sneakin’ around
The sun peakin’ up
The moon go sinkin’ down
I’ve got nowhere else to be
Won’t you talk to me

+ Cafe In The Rain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

When you came to work this morning
A tear fell from your eye
Yes you understand it
But you do not realize
Through you never talk to me
I can see all your pain
Sad lady
In the cafe in the rain

I see the situation
Pretty girl with a heavy heart
Looking for tomorrow
Not knowing where she should start
First thing you must realize angel
Is true love has no blame
Sad lady
In the cafe in the rain

Just put your dreams
On a train to California
The trains back East they’ve came and gone
But if you do not
Find it out there darlin’
You know you could always
Come on home

And if your Irish eyes were smiling
Like the words of that old song
Well the lightness of your beauty
Could not hide there very long
With the little one who loves you
Joy could not be contained
Sad lady
In the cafe in the rain
In the rain
In the lonely, lonely rain

+ Austin After Midnight

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI) and Bob Childers Golden Ladder Music

Austin after midnight
The whole city starts to move
Austin after midnight
Won’t you get into the groove
You know I stood down by the river there
Heard Stevie Ray’s guitar start to moan
Austin after midnight
Deepest blues I’ve ever known

Austin after midnight,
Let that rockin’ rhythm be
Austin after midnight
Ancient tears of a soul set free
Well your feet they start to tappin’,
The little ladies start to sway
Austin after midnight
Let it carry you away

Austin after midnight
Hypnotize into the beat
Austin after midnight,
The mystery muse in the Texas heat
Come on down and see us y’all
Let the full moon cast a glow
Austin after midnight
It’s gonna sanctify your soul

I said Austin after midnight
Gonna sanctify your soul

+ Give Your Sweet Love To Me

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Take all the love
You hide in your heart
Give it over to me baby
Don’t you be afraid to start
Won’t you please
Give your sweet love to me

Take sad days behind you
Leave them alone
Take your heart from the darkness, girl
It’s lookin’ for a home
Won’t you please
Give your sweet love to me

Don’t you let me die
Out here in the cold
All I need to get by, baby
Is one touch of your soul

We could talk about it, girl
For days, hours without end
Life’s too short for that
I just want to start living again
Won’t you please
Give your sweet love to me

Won’t you please
Give your sweet love to me

+ The Open Road

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Maybe, baby, I’m crazy
But I’m down on my knees
I want you to go
Come go with me please
This life you’re living, honey
You die day at a time
There’s something that calls
Make up your mind

Baby, let’s watch all the rivers flow
Baby, you gotta get young
Before you get old
Come on, come on
Lighten up your load
There ain’t nothin’
But you and me
And the open road

’Cause we were born to wander
We were not born to lose
I must follow distant thunder
Or I’ll get the blues
And the lightning that’s flashing
Reveals a dream in your eyes
And the message it sends
Is hard to deny

Baby, let’s watch all the rivers flow
Baby, you gotta get young
Before you get old
Out in the distance
Let the four winds blow
There ain’t nothin’
But you and me
And the open road

It’s a highway trance
You’ve fallen under
Love forever
On a road that never ends

Border town in Dakota
Where the Missouri runs wide
We’ll cross the piggyback bridge
Reach the other side
Listen to the ghost dance
In the valley of gold
Where the ones who understand
Respect the buffalo

Baby, let’s watch all the rivers flow
Baby, you gotta get young
Before you get old
Come on, come on
Lighten up your load
There ain’t nothin’
But you and me
And the open road

The open road
Goodbye, baby, I’m gone

+ Minstrel boy howling at the moon

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Flashing ’cross the prairie
In an uncontrollable rage
Living every vision
You find on your way to the grave
Looking for a reason
The world turned its back on you
Hoping that your message
Somehow makes it through

You’re a minstrel boy
Howling at the moon
Troubadour singing a well–worn tune
Faded painting of some other place
See the tears of joy
Running down your face

’Cause you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day it may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully

If you read a good book
You never want the words to end
If you lead a good life
You probably want to live it
Again and again
Don’t worry ’bout movin’ on
To some higher plane
Give all the love you got inside
Never stop to take down names

You got gypsy patterns
In every line of your face
Chiseled there are the memories
That can’t be erased
And you find it so easy these days
To keep your faith
When the things
You love the most
Return to you some day

For now you know
That you got to keep pushing on
You know that you got to always
Sing your song
Some day may take you
To where you really need to be
Where roman candle people explode
Across the night so beautifully
You’re a minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Minstrel boy howling at the moon
Well known troubadour
Singing a well–worn tune
Minstrel boy
Howling at the moon

+ I've Got Your Picture

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Well, I’ve got your picture
It’s beside my bed
Girl, I think about you all the time
When you said you were leaving
I said you’re out of your head
Now I know I was out of my mind

Girl, don’t you know
I did you wrong
You tried to reach me
I was out on the streets
All alone
Never realizing
What I was throwing away
Tell me what can I say
Make it like it was before
I beg you, darling, please
Don’t you hurt me anymore

I know that love
It’s just a game
A game we all play
All the time
I’d beg, steal, and borrow
Do anything
If I could just get you
Off of my mind

Girl, don’t you know
I did you wrong
You tried to reach me
I was out on the streets
All alone
Never realizing
What I was throwing away
Tell me what can I say
Make it like it was before
I beg you, darling, please
Don’t you hurt me anymore

Refrain

+ The Perfect Combination

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I got a tank full of gas
I got a head full of steam
I got a woman waiting for me
She's a livin’ dream
She called me up on the phone
Said can you be here tonight
I got 200 miles a’ highway
And an hour a’ daylight

She’s a little bit sugar
She’s a little bit spice
The perfect combination
She’s naughty and nice

Oh she’s so nice
She’s so nice to me
She make me feel
Like a man want to be
Like a man needs to be

The first time I see her
She was just eighteen
Hitch hikin’ down to Memphis
Just to see the King
I said hop in, baby
Let me give you a ride
She come squeezin’ over to me
From the passenger side

Chorus

I got the lovesick blues
My heart’s in overdrive
You know the sound of her voice
Is all that's keepin’ me alive
When I see her at the door
In her cut–offs tight
I can guarantee you, people
It’ll be all right

Chorus

Well she sets me free
She sets me free, people
I gotta testify about it
I can’t live without it
Give me that, give me that
Give me that stuff

+ Dark Dancing Eyes

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

With dark dancing eyes
She sings sweet and clear
You know she sounds like an angel
Every time that I hear
Her voice in the night
Can always hypnotize
’Til I'm lost in the shadows of
Her dark dancing eyes

And it’s easy to remain there
Feel you’ve been blessed
Just to lie for a moment
In her sweet caress
But the time passes so soon
Then she’ll tell you goodbye
But you're always to remember
Her dark dancing eyes

With dark dancing eyes
She sings sweet and clear
You know she sounds like an angel
Every time that I hear
Her voice in the night
Can always hypnotize
’Til I’m lost in the shadows
Of her dark dancing eyes

Always lost in the shadows
Of her dark dancing eyes

+ Get It, Got It, Good

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I tried talkin’ to you, baby
In every way
But you never comprehended
A single thing that I say
Come on open your mind, girl
I’m not that hard to understand
Come on work with me, baby
Did you get it
Mmm, you got it good

Maybe a little body language
Is all I need to get through
Spend my time just talkin’
Talkin’, talkin’, and talkin’ to you
Come on over here, baby
Luck changes when you knock on wood
Be my angel of mercy, honey
Did you get it
You got it good

Well now we’re communicating
The signal's comin’ loud and clear
I’m under every stipulation
That you whisper in my ear

I’m so glad I finally found your wavelength
It was well worth all the time
It took to make you understand
What was weighing heavy on my mind
What’s that,
You want to talk some more
Well, baby, I was wishing you would
Come on, come on, baby
Did you get it
You got it good

I tried talkin’ to you, baby
In every way
But you never comprehended
A single thing that I say
Come on open your mind, girl
I’m not that hard to understand
Come on work with me, baby
Did you get it
Oh you got it good

Come on, come on, baby
Did you get it
You got it good

+ Prayer For You

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Don’t you cry, baby
Don’t you weep
You know still waters
Can run so deep
You can be a lighthouse, baby
Or a stormy sea
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me

With good intentions
And well worn lines
Baby, I’ve sang my freedom
Time after time
You can’t put rhyme or a reason
To our destiny
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me

Then we could fly
We could fly above the pain
And we could make every morning
New again,
Me and you again

Girl you walk so softly
With a heavy, heavy heart
Your dreams aren’t over
Don’t let them fall apart
You will find perfection
And harmony
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me

For I have been forsaken
By the highway’s call
And you’ve been truly blessed
By the one and all
But casting of stones
Will never set you free
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me

Then we could fly
We could fly above the pain
We could wake in the morning
Make it new again
Me and you again

Don’t you cry
No, don’t you weep
You know still waters
Can run so deep
I can be your lighthouse, baby
Or your stormy sea
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me
I’ll say a prayer for you
Could you say a prayer for me

+ When I See You Again

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Trains late at night
Traveling shoes
Dogs in the country
Moaning the blues
Lost on the landscape
My thumb in the wind
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Sleep in the mountains
First light on the plains
The smell of the prairie
After it rains
Buffalo gals
And laughter times ten
The feeling I get
When I see you again

A child’s innocence
Great big thunderclouds
Bob Dylan records
The carnival crowd

Beautiful ladies
Forgiveness of sin
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Thoughts way up high
The moon hanging low
Abandoned bus stations
AM radio
Beat generation
Highways that bend
The feelings I get, baby
When I see you again

Trains late at night
Traveling shoes
Dogs in the country
Moaning the blues
Lost on the landscape
My thumb in the wind
The feeling I get
When I see you again

Yes the feeling I get
Just to see you again
The feeling I get
When I see you again

+ Route 66 Revisited

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I need a Route 66
I need a highway fix
One more time
I gotta get out on the highway
Want to listen to my own wheels whine
Well there's no use sittin’ lonely
Like a picture in a frame
Gotta go shake a few screws
Loose in my brain
Route 66, highway fix
Feelin’ no pain

I don’t want to talk about your momma, babe
Don’t want to talk about the people that you never seen
Spend your life following Dale Carnegie
I’d rather follow James Dean
I never stay one place long enough
To wear out my welcome mat
I’m lookin’ out your window
My tires are gettin’ flat
Route 66
Highway fix
That’s where it’s at

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor runnin’
’Til the end of the line
I’m talkin’ about Chandler, Oklahoma
Cities that never made the first song
Talkin’ Todd and Buzz, a ’62 Corvette
Talkin’ about a girl that done me wrong
I’m talkin’ Flagstaff, Arizona
I’ll kiss the L.A. lights
’Cause Route 66
Always treats me right

I’m talkin’ Route 66
I need a highway fix
Route 66, baby
One more time
Route 66
I need a highway fix
Gotta keep my motor turnin’
Burnin’, churnin’
Keep my motor runnin’
To the end of the line
Down that Route 66
Talkin’ Route 66
Talkin’ one more time
Get your kicks on Route 66

Austin Skyline

+ Through The Neon Night

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Good times bad times hanging on the mainline
Small town big town anywhere I’m bound
I can tell you stories, baby, that would wet your appetite
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

Everybody telling me, hey slow down
I say live now drink one more round
Wild eyed crazy rambling fool wrapped up just a little too tight
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon light

Let me roll let me roll let the daylight push me, baby
’Til I’m clear out of sight
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

I hold on to the twilight gleaming
Stay clear of the one deceiving
I give the past my sorrow, baby, ’cause my future looks bright
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

And I’m walking on a tightrope swaying
Living every word worth saying
Bending every rule that cares to put up a fight
I don’t know what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

Let me roll let me roll let the daylight push me, baby
’Til I’m clear out of sight
I don’t care what’s wrong never knew what was right
Rolling down the highway thru the neon night

+ Desperate Men Do Desperate Things

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

You can while away our hours, you can talk in tongues
Throw you promises, baby, until kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Desperate men do desperate things

Come on talk to me, baby, talk big and be brave
It’s not your only reputation that you’re trying to save
I’ve had you under observation you’re into various pain
And desperate men do desperate things

Come on out of your daydream go some other place
Wipe the tear from your eyes wipe the smile from your face
Before you lose another love to the night and to the rain
’Cause desperate men do desperate things

Let it out, baby, stir it up and mix it in
Two parts religion three parts sin
It’s the truth or consequences because the new king reigns
And desperate men do desperate things

You can while away your hours you can talk in tongues
Throw your promises, baby, into kingdom come
Cast your bread upon the waters see what it may bring
Still desperate men do desperate things

+ When It Starts To Rain

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I think of you when it starts to rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
While your folks fall fast asleep you move
Beneath the moon and stars
I think of you across the highway miles
In places that you’ve never been
I think of you when I feel at peace
I think of you when I need a friend

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while

I think of you like an angel’s song
Plays so softly in my head
Keeps me safe deep inside my dreams
As I lay upon my bed

I think of you almost all the time
I think of you in the night and day
I think of you in a million unsaid words
I think of you in every way

I think of you and the lonely years
I think of you through the passing days
I think of you so wild and free
And I hope you always stay that way

And I think of you and your photograph
I keep beside me in the night
And sometimes when my darkness falls
I hold you close to feel your light
I think of you when it pours down rain
Shadow dancing across your yard
Hand in hand with your shadow little angel
You move beneath the moon and stars

I think of you in the morning light
Waking to your sunlit smile
I think of you when you go away
Even for a little while
I think of you when it starts to rain
I think of you when it starts to rain

+ Deep South 61 Delta Highway Blues

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

Well everybody telling me they’re leaving
Tired of this town and all the deceiving
You know they’ve all got religion see visions
Everything that they do
Me I got the deep south 61 Delta highway blues

Lost my roadmap in Memphis but I know I’m headed south
I feel the Mississippi call me down to its mouth
To a town called New Orleans where they call a street a La Rue
Cajun ladies know about these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And it’s this way, baby, that way any way you feel is right
The Bayou’s on fire in the southland tonight
I’ve been everywhere, baby, but I’ve never been nowhere with you
Shake these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

And I’m setting on the levee trying to stay high and dry
Setting on the levee watch my life passing by
Water gets much higher it will start flowing into my boots
No way to lose these deep south 61 Delta highway blues

+ Measuring Words

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

It’s beyond all rhyme and reason
Between the truth and lies
A mental maze of madness
The endless diatribe

You never talk about it
All you do is yell and scream
Volume up so loud and hollow
The thoughts become obscene

You block out my comprehension
Everything you say is absurd
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

Get up on your soapbox, baby
Throw your book at me
Tell me that I’m always guilty
Guilty to the first degree

Tell me I love to hurt you
Tell me I like to lie
Tell me I’m not even human
’Cause you never see me cry

But the din you throw at me, baby
Only leaves my emotions unstirred
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

Measuring words until they mean nothing
Measuring words that only cause pain
Measuring words tortured and twisted
Measuring words ’til they are insane

Measuring words in the heat of the moment
That always play on our fears
Measuring words they fall on my deaf ears

We don’t talk about it, baby
We just don’t communicate
It’s a one way ride to nowhere
Syllables have sealed the fate
We don’t hear each other
The signal’s lost, we both agree
Hopeless sense of isolation
So very clear to see
No compromise in the future
When everything we say goes unheard
You’re not making conversation, honey
You are only measuring words

+ Only One Angel

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I could fly through a midnight rain
And be safe and warm and dry, baby
At the mention of your name
And always sing your special song and know deep inside that spirit, girl
That nothing could go wrong
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I could run through the desert wind
’Til the day would leave me breathless, baby
Searching for words again
And hope that you could hear that sound
In streams of magic colors that are painted across the ground
If you gotta know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

And I’ll always take you with me like a charm
You keep me in the good light safe from harm
You chase the dark clouds far away
You keep my feet from turning into clay

If I could send out a melody
Do you suppose when the word got out that the circle would reach to me
And cross that line in some distant land
Where the silver strings that ring, my friends, are played by ancient hands
If you want to know what pulls me through
I have only one angel, babe, that one angel is you

+ Everytime

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

The last light on the prairie it shimmers and shakes
It’s twilight time and all the stars they start to wake
I’m driving south beside the El Dorado fire
All I feel is passion and desire

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

If beauty is skin deep, well yours is a mountain high
If they clipped your wings I know you would find a way to fly
You’re the northern lights in my lonely southern rain
Your spirit’s the truth that always fans the flame

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

I stop to call you, baby, just to hear your voice
When it comes to wanting you, you leave me with no choice
You’re such a mystery I’ll never understand
Water to wine the passing of your hand

Yes you do it to me everytime
That you roll across my mind
And right into my heart

+ Darkest Side Of Midnight

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

The sadness in your eyes is fading far from view
The happiness inside your heart is starting to shine through
And it’s no fault of your own, it’s nothing that’s been said
It’s a thin line we walk between the living and the dead

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

Please now don’t you worry there is a guiding light
It will possess you like a saint, girl, and give you back your sight
Oh you sweet fallen angel you must not be afraid
To leave the blackened valley that will become your grave

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

Yes the sadness in your eyes, babe, has faded far from view
The happiness inside your heart is starting to shine through
And it’s nothing that’s been said
It’s no fault of your own
It’s a thin line we walk, baby, to find direction home

On the darkest side of midnight dreams can still be found
On the darkest side of midnight there is the hallowed ground
Love with me, baby, and walk on you’re gonna make it through
On the darkest side of midnight I’ll be waiting there for you

+ Trouble Free

Song written by ©Jimmy LaFave Songs of PolyGram (Le’Passant Music) (BMI)

I’ve got a new car and it runs real good
I never even have to check under the hood
We go raging through the night like a fire unleashed
The motor purrs like a kitten, that’s the beauty of the beast
I’ve drove that car from sea to sea
Best thing about it is it’s trouble free

Trouble free, trouble free
Trouble free, trouble free
Has it occurred to you, it’s occurred to me
The best things in life are trouble free

I gotta new girl best I ever had
She never gets angry, she never gets mad
She’s just 18 and a working girl
Treats me like a king in this no win world
She never yells and throws things at me
That’s the best thing about her, she’s trouble free

Trouble free, trouble free
Trouble free, trouble free
Has it occurred to you, it’s occurred to me
The best things in life are trouble free

I gotta band and they like to play
And anywhere I go they follow me that way
They can play anything that I want them to
From Dixieland jazz to the low down blues
Or we can jam all night in the key of E
That’s the best thing about ’em ’cause
They’re trouble free

Trouble free, trouble free
Trouble free, trouble free
Has it occurred to you, it’s occurred to me
The best things in life are trouble free

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