Lyrics:

(All songs written by Pokey LaFarge unless otherwise noted)

 

Lyrics from Pokey LaFarge                                                                               

Central Time

The Missouri is my right arm, the Ohio is my left
But I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best
I don’t mind the west coast, and I don’t mind the east coast
Oh, baby but I ain’t gonna live on no coast

Chorus:
I’m just a plain ole Midwestern boy
Gettin’ by on Central time

Some people say that the Mississippi River is the backbone of the nation
They can say whatever they want, I won’t disagree with that statement
I see people workin’ hard as ever, just wondering what I can do to make their lives better

Chorus

Bridge:
Well, I won’t worry if the world don’t like me, I won’t let ‘em waste my time
‘Cause there ain’t nothin’ goin’ to change my mind, I’m feelin’ fine
Gettin’ by on Central time

I won’t worry if the world don’t like me, I won’t let ‘em waste my time
There ain’t nothin’ goin’ to change my mind, I’m feelin’ fine because…

1st verse

Chorus

Won’tcha Please Don’t Do It

My girl’s rose on another man’s vine
My heart pickled in a jug of wine
No one to turn to in my time of need
It’s up to you what will become of me

Chorus:

Won’tcha please don’t do it, won’tcha please don’t do it
Won’tcha please don’t do it, baby don’tcha break my heart

Well, she’s so important that I kill myself like this
Drink and smoke and starvin’ from the memory of her kiss
I gave myself no choice when I gave her everything
I sealed my fate forever when I offered her my ring

Chorus

Bridge:
Oh I wish you would have patience to listen while I say this
Oh don’t treat me this way, it’s gonna come back to you

You’re by far and away the most evil girl that I’ve ever seen
It’s probably best that you stay away from me
You should be thankful that I do not own a gun
Why? ‘Cause I want to get even for all the evil things you’ve done

Chorus

Bridge

Chorus

What the Rain Will Bring

Chilly winds, winter’s calling
Trees are shakin’, leaves are fallin’
You just never know what the rain will bring

Storm’s comin’, mama knows
By the pain down in her bones
And you just never know what the rain will bring

I’ve stayed inside for too long
Waiting for the sun to shine
Tomorrow could mean anything
Oh, you just never know what the rain will bring

Bridge (instrumental)

Back in old ’93
The Mississippi had her way with me
And you just never know what the rain will bring

Sometimes it stops as soon as it starts
Other times you wish you had Noah’s Ark
And you just never know what the rain will bring

I’ve stayed inside for too long
Waiting for the sun to shine
Tomorrow could mean anything
Oh, you just never know what the rain will bring
You just never know what the rain will bring

One Town at a Time (P. LaFarge, K. Secor, R. Koenig)

Kentucky in the spring time, summer time in Tennessee
When it gets cold, I’m gonna hit the road down to New Orleans
Maybe hub it down to Texas too, where it’s warm the whole year through
When the winter’s gone, I’m moving on to somewhere new

Of travelling I’ve always enjoyed, I kept rambling to stay employed
And when I quit school, my mama said you fool, you’re just a boy
But now she’s changed her tune, cause I’ve been everywhere except the moon
And I’m sure proud that she don’t doubt that I’ll be there soon

Chorus:
Living life one town at a time, with help from these friends of mine
Cause they know that I’ll travel these back roads ‘til the day that I die
With them I’ll be just fine, on this road I don’t mind dyin’
Well I can’t have it all, but I’m having a ball one town at a time

Give me a van or a passenger train, I’ll cross the ocean in a big airplane
In any style, I’m making miles just the same
Yes I gotta see what’s around the bend, there ain’t nothin’ but time to spend
Soon as I’m gone, it won’t take long till I’m back again

Chorus

Bridge:
To all the people back home today, working hard for honest pay
I can’t say enough, cause it sure is tough living that way
But this travelling life of mine, I’m leading one town at a time
So down the road here I go, I don’t mind

Chorus

Kentucky Mae

Oh my Kentucky Mae, all around town I hear the fellas say
How bout a dance, how bout a drink
Let me get your number and we’ll go out next week
But there’s only one that she loves, boys
So you might as well stop makin’ all that noise
There’s no need to shout, who am I talkin’ bout?
Its me, yes, me

Chorus:
To find another girl like her would take a whole ‘nuther live time
So I believe that I will stay true, for the belle of the bluegrass is mine all mine, boys
The sweetest thing in this world, is my Kentucky girl
And all the fellas say, that’s my Kentucky Mae

Bridge (Instrumental)
Chorus

Bowlegged Woman

On a sunny September’s day, out in Tennessee where we were booked to play
Light shone down on a little dance floor, I seen a woman I never seen before
Love will hit you like a ton of bricks when a bowlegged woman starts shakin’ it
Black hair and it was piled high, never seen a girl do it or even try
She buys her bobby pins by the pound just to keep that big hair down
Love will hit you like a ton of bricks when a bowlegged woman starts shakin’ it

Chorus:
She took that thing, put it on a string, started dancin’ round, movin’ up and down
Shakin’ side to side, man, she was so fine
I had to beg that bowlegged woman to give me back that heart of mine

It got so hot that it began to steam, an eye candy woman like from a dream
I knew that I’d seen that girl before, down in Tennessee on a dated dance floor
Love will hit you like a ton of bricks when a bowlegged woman starts shakin’ it

Chorus

City Summer Blues (P. LaFarge, K. Secor)

It must be summer in the river city, ‘cause the gunshots ring out twice a day
Like cats in heat we’ve all gone crazy and sirens sing the long hot night away
There’s no relief in a river city except swimming pools, cold beer and wine
But that’s no way to treat a lady, you gotta get her out of town come summertime

Chorus:
It’s gonna be a long hot summer, I think it’s time we went somewhere
Baby, just me and you
Let’s leave the city behind, together we can pass the time
Far away from the city summer blues

Frying eggs on the sidewalk, street signs saying don’t walk
Anywhere, you better keep inside
Box fans just buzzing in the window, ice box wide open why don’t we go
Out where the weather is on our side
They can tear the streets up in this city, yes, long as we don’t let them tear us down
We’ll keep our cool out in the country, where the city summer blues can’t be found

Chorus

Not that I hate this river city, but that burning sun ain’t no friend of mine
I’d like to show my baby something better, somewhere across that river city limit sign

Chorus

Day After Day (P. LaFarge, A. Hoskins)

I got to have my coffee when I wake up in the morning
I got to have my tea when the sun goes down
Every page of my life, the same old story
Nine to five, day after day I can be found

Chorus:
Hangin’ around that water cooler (workin’ everyday)
Five o’ clock can’t come sooner (workin’ my life away)
Waitin’ for the evening to roll around (workin’ everyday)
My shift is over, I’m highway bound day after day

I get no relief when my working day is done
Just to sit in rush hour man, you know that ain’t no fun

I could be sailing off the coast of some tropical island
Leanin’ in the shade of some big palm trees
I should be out chasin’ girls or sitting at home learning violin
And doing all those other things I said I’d do eventually, instead I’m

Chorus

I get no relief when my working day is done
Just to sit in rush hour man, you know that stuff just ain’t no fun
I pray for no more water coolers, five o’ clock to come much sooner
That some day, some night, sweet relief will come to me
Day after day
(Workin’ every day)
(Workin’ my life away)
(Workin’ every day)

Let’s Get Lost

Laying in the shade on a sunny afternoon
Well, I ain’t got a job, so I’ve nothin’ to do
But get lost, let’s get lost
Let your weary mind take you away

Just whisper to me, baby, don’t talk loud
I wanna listen to the trees, maybe stare up at the clouds
Yes, I want to get lost, let’s get lost
Let your lazy mind take you away

Chorus:
She got stars in her eyes, she got her head in the skies
And she sometimes cries when she’s dreamin’, dreamin’
You better believe that I’m going to be there
By your side when you’re sleeping
What them other boys said were lies
I’d like to circle round the whole world twice
Just getting’ lost with you by my side

I don’t want to fuss, I don’t want to fight
I don’t want to go anywhere tonight
I don’t want to dance or carry on
I don’t want to hear nobody’s song
Just want to get lost, let’s get lost
Let your ramblin’ mind take you away

Chorus

Close the Door

Close the Door, close the door, don’t let the doctor come in
Close the door and lock it tight
I’ve got no money for the doctor tonight

Three weeks I spent in the hospital
It left me with a stack of bills sky high
I’ll never be able to pay them I know
I wish I would have stayed there and died
La dee da dee da, la dee da dee dum…

Tell me why, please, tell me why
We must pay for the things that we need
While a doctor gets richer off me each day
I barely have the money to eat

So I’ll never go to the doctor no more
No matter how sick I get
No doctor will ever get my dough
‘Cause I work too damn hard for that
La dee da dee da, la dee da dee dum…

Oh, the doctor he sticks his needle in
He says just to take some blood
What he claimed it was not red but green
And boys he took all that he could

1st verse

La dee da dee da, la dee da dee dum…

Home Away From Home

Right across the Ohio River you can get your kicks
All the young people are doing it
Down on Bardstown Road we can get some girls
Just bring along your blues and make your money down here

Come on and see what I’m talking about
Forget what it means to be down and out
When we see you comin’ we’ll surely jump and shout
Yes, we’ll have a regular, sure gonna have a regular
Good ole time down at the derby ball

Chorus:
Yes, we’re gonna have a good time, it’s true
Oh, you’re gonna see
In that big little city down there in Louisville, what is that to me?
It’s my home away from home

Come on and take a walk on down to memory lane
You ain’t gonna find me down on 4th and Main
I’m following the ghost of Clifford Hayes
On down to Carpet Alley where his jug band played

Do the Nanny Goat Strut on down to Market Street
The trolley hop, sho’ nuff, man that’s the place to be
Sunset on the river is a sight to see
Watchin’ the barges moving slowly
Just like a duck on a millpond

Chorus

Trust me from experience
Fun times, I’ve had a million
Whether falling love down in the Louisville summer
Or walking hand in hand through the Tyler Park tunnel

If life keeps throwing you backwards, man
You know you gotta come on down there to the southern land
Where there’s a big little city where the bluegrass grows
It’s got some small town charm just like the bourbon flows
You know the bourbon’s gonna flow like wine

Chorus

St. Louis Crawl
(B-side of the Central Time 7″ single)

Well you’ve heard of the Shag, the East Boogie too but
Here’s a brand new one for you

It’s called the St. Louis Crawl
Yeah the St. Louis Crawl
Oh you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

Go to the north side if you’re up to no good
All the cops and the hookers in the neighborhood

Doin’ the St. Louis Crawl
Oh the St. Louis Crawl
Well you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

The St. Louis Crawl
St. Louis Crawl
Ah St. Louis Crawl
Yeah St. Louis Crawl Nah you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

Petey Wheatstraw driving in the rain
He got drunk and drove into a train

Doin’ the St. Louis Crawl
Yes he did that St. Louis Crawl
Oh you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

Frankie said Johnny told Stagger Lee
South City St. Louis is the place to be

To do the St. Louis Crawl
Oh nah the St. Louis Crawl
Yes now you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

Dizzy Dean told a young Jack Buck
It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up

So do the St. Louis Crawl
Oh yes the St. Louis Crawl
Well you don’t need to buy a thing to do the St. Louis Crawl

St. Louis Crawl
Oh baby St. Louis Crawl
Oh yeah St. Louis Crawl
Crawl, Crawl, Crawl, Crawl, Crawl
Ah St. Louis Crawl
You don’t need to buy a thing mama to do the St. Louis Crawl

 

Lyrics from Middle of Everywhere                                                                                                                                           

So Long Honeybee, Goodbye

I travel around this country, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Seems like I’ve been everywhere
I’ve been a lot of places and seen so many faces
But always wishing that you were there

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, oh
But there’s still a thousand stories that you have never heard
Please tell me darlin’, are you still true
All these times I go away from you?

When it comes time for leaving, will you be greaving
Will you even wonder where I’m at
I got a feelin’, your love someone will be stealin’
And you’ll belong to them when I get back, oh

You know that you mean the world to me
But I got good bait and there’s a lot of fish in that sea
You’ll be the one to sit alone a cry when I say
Farewell, c’est la vie, so long honey bee, goodbye

repeat
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, oh
But there’s still a thousand stories that you have never heard
Please tell me darlin’, are you still true
All these times I go away from you?

When it comes time for leaving, will you be greaving
Will you even wonder where I’m at
I got a feelin’, your love someone will be stealin’
And you’ll belong to them when I get back, oh

You know that you mean the world to me
But I got good bait and there’s a lot of fish in that sea
You’ll be the one to sit alone a cry when I say
Farewell, c’est la vie, so long honey bee, goodbye
Farewell, c’est la vie, so long honey bee, goodbye

Ain’t the Same

Hey babe, you ought to make a change
Oooohh, you ought to make a change

He’s got skeletons in his closet
You once had a demon girl but you lost it

Now what he’s got and what you got
They ain’t the same, no they ain’t the same

Hey man I know you think I’m strange
Ooooohh, I know you think I’m strange

Why you was in school I’ve seen the world twice round
I’m livin free , man, why  you was busy chained down

Now what you got and what I got
They ain’t the same, no they ain’t the same

Hey babe, I want you to be mine
Well, well, well I want you to be mine

Cause you know exactly what’s on my mind
We lookin forward girl you know we ain’t looking behind

Now what you’ve got and what I’ve got
Now what you want and what I want

They’re the same, they’re the same
Cause we’re the same, we’re the same

We’re the same, we’re the same
Yes, we’re the same


Head to Toe

From head to toe, I really love you
I want you to see, so listen up while I tell you that I want  you to know
That I believe you got something
But there ain’t nothing going to make me want to let you go

It’s not just your body that makes me feel the way I do
Cause there’s so many ways to tell, baby
That I love you but at this time
Nothing else comes to mind

So I’ll just say in my own way
That I love you from head to toe

Sunny Side of the Street

One heart, given up
Two another but it wasn’t enough
Three years is all we had
Not four-ever, it’s too damn bad now
Five days in a row
A six pack from the liquor store
Seven days in a week from hell
8 times I’ve wished you fare thee well, goodbye

Chorus
It’s getting cold outside, the leaves are fallin
I’m standin in the rain, can’t you hear me callin
Soon enough though I will be, far away from misery
Just standin on the sunny side of the street

Hello heaven give me 309-862-80-95
That’s the number to a brand new gal
But you’ve got to get me up out this world
Cause, I can’t take another love affair

Won’t you shine a little light down here
If I don’t stop and put it down
They’re going to be putting me in the ground
(that’s not good man)

Chorus

Chorus

Shenandoah River

Floating down Shenandoah River on a sunny Sunday afternoon
Just me and my baby in a rowboat built for two
She asked me how far do you think Richmond could be
I said honey it doesn’t matter now
We could float forever and forever you’d be
My sweet little fish on her way out to sea

You know I’ve had other lovers but none could compare to you
Cause you’ve never been afraid to go sailing away
On the Shenandoah River

Mississippi Girl

I play music all over the world,
You know I meet plenty of girls
But a lot of them don’t like to dance,
Some won’t even give a guy a chance
But way down south where the girls are sweet,
They always got a beat steppin’ in their feet
Down in Mississippi, man I got one now
I never hesitate to spin one around

Sayin’ oh wee gonna get on down
Gonna dance all night with a Mississippi Girl
Dance all night with a Mississippi Girl

Long brown curls get stuck in your face
While she’s spinnin all around the place
Big ole hips, big ole legs
Never makes a man too proud to big

Long brown boots and a short sun dress
Will turn any man into a heavin mess
Cause there’s nothing better then a woman who’s kind
And will get on the floor man and bump and grind

Sayin’ oh wee gonna get on down
Gonna dance all night with that Mississippi Girl
Dance all night with that Mississippi Girl

Feels So Good

When your friends see you comin’
And they ask you, how come you’re hummin’
Cause it feels so good to be in love
Your bragging about your lover
Cause you know that there’s none above her
And it feels so good to be in love

I got a gal man, she’s so sweet
She’s my pal, she’s pretty good on her feet
Cause she’s a dancing girl
She can dance me round this whole wide world
Cause it feels so good to be in love

I got a gal man, she’s so sweet
She’s my pal, she’s pretty good on her feet
Cause she’s a dancing girl
She can dance me round this whole wide world
Cause it feels so good to be in love
Cause it feels so good to be in love
Cause it feels so good to be in love

River Rock Bottom

Oh, oh I’m sinking down
Oh, oh, oh I’m sinkin down
Into the river rock bottom
I’d only heard about the blues
Till I got em boys

Where does the time go
Where, where does the time go
Into the river rock bottom
Well I got em now, this I know

I went back home and walked up in the door
And my baby said, ‘Pokey, you just ain’t the same no more’
She said, ‘ohhhhh, you better stop sinking down
Into the river rock bottom
She said, ‘ I got what you need boy, if you got em’

Oh I got em now

Wait a minute baby, you know I’ve done,
you know I’ve done tried it all
She said, ‘you’ve tried everything but giving me a call’
She said, ‘ohhhh, you better stop,
You better stop sinking down
Into the river rock bottom
She said, ‘I’ve got what you need boy, if you’ve got em’

Weedwacker Rag

There’s two kinds of people in this world
Yes, there’s two kinds of people in this world
The kind of people that pick up the sticks
Before they mow the grass
And the kind that mows them over when they cross their path

I said there’s two kinds of people in this world
But I’m from a whole other breed
I don’t pick up sticks cause I don’t mow no grass
I prefer to stay in the weeds

When that weedwacker comes and he surely will
He ain’t gonna mow me down
I say hello as soon as I walk in and then I’m gone
Well, I’m nowhere to be found

Said there’s two kinds of people in this world
But thankfully there’s you and there is me
And I just might live happily
Stayin right here in the weeds

When that weedwacker comes and he surely will
He ain’t gonna mow me down
I say hello as soon as I walk in and then I’m gone
Well, I’m nowhere to be found

Said there’s two kinds of people in this world
But thankfully there’s you and there is me
And I just might live happily
Stayin right here in the weeds

Drinkin’ Whiskey Tonight

Me and the boys and my good gal too
We’re drinkin’ whiskey tonight
Go get your buddies and them gals that you said you knew
We’re drinkin’ whiskey tonight

We’ve got the pickin for your party of booze
This town has got something we can use
When can you live if not this night
We’re drinkin’ whiskey tonight

He likes his bourbon with a little bit of water
And she likes it with a little bit of soda
He likes, she likes, we like when we all drink together
So come on and pass that stuff around

You can get anything that you want don’t you see
So come and get it while you’re getting good company
I’ve got a girl on my left and a girl on my right
We’re drinking whiskey tonight

Good Country Girls

Wintertime, springtime, summertime, fall
There’s one thing that I like most of all
The seasons change but my love stays the same for them
Good country girls

Red hair, black hair, blonde hair, brown
You can tell a country girl from the one in town
If she says hello when you walk in the door
She’s a good country girl

In the summertime when the weather is fine
The country girls are picking peaches
Doing their best in a flowered dress
While the city girls soak up sun on the beaches

You don’t need fortune, you don’t need fame
A country girl will love you just the same
You don’t money to get some honey from a
Good country girls

Mississippi, Alabama, Tennesse
Have the prettiest girls that I’ve ever seen
New York City ain’t got nothing on these
Good country girls

Back roads driving twenty miles from town
I ain’t got a worry cause there’s no one around I said
I feel good and you know that I should with my
Good country girls

In the summertime when the weather is fine
The country girls are picking peaches
Doing their best in a flowered dress
While the city girls soak up sun on the beaches

Coffee Pot Blues

I’ve been through it all honey, since I’ve been with you
From the good to the bad, yes I’ve seen it all with you
Well, but you still have thenerve to ask me honey
If I’m in love with you

You make me sleep on the couch whether I’ve been mean or not
You make me sleep on the couch, babe whether I’ve been mean or not
But we still gotta wake up in the morning
and share that same ole coffee pot

oooh, I would wait for you to come around
yes, I would baby, I would sit right here and wait for you to come back around
(tell you one thing I ain’t gonna do though)
I ain’t going to hold my breath because I know you’re going to put me down

I try and talk to my friends but I might as well be talking to a dog
Try and talk to my friends people but I might as well be talking to a dog
Cause they’ll be trying to holler at you
The first chance they get to call

Don’t trust your friends, no, when you and your woman are on the rocks
Don’t trust your friends, boys,  when you and your woman are on the rocks
I’ll tell you why, if you don’t watch out
They’ll be sippin on your coffee pot

Keep Your Hands off my Gal

Let me tell you about the one single thing
That means the most to me,
I’m talking bout the most amazing girl
The most amazing girl is she

I’m not trying to make an invitation
And bring other guys around,
I’d surely shoot them down
If they decided, to lay one filthy paw on that gal of mine

I’d get rough man, I’d do some crazy stuff
I would not even hesitate

So, listen Jack, Tom and Ray
Exactly what I’ve got to say,
Keep your hands off my gal
I’m jealous man,
Keep your hands off my gal

If you’re like me and you got a gal
Who enjoys going dancing at night,
Than you may agree that some things these fellas do
Can make you rather up tight

Out the other night I shot a glance,
Towards some fella asking my gal to dance
And soon after that he took the chance
with trying to get away with rubbing his filthy paws
all over that gal of mine

I got rough man, I did some crazy stuff
It soon became killing time

Well he came to play, but that’s okay
I turned it into his dying day
Keep your hands off my gal
I killed that man,
Keep your hands off my gal
Keep your hands off my gal

Lyrics from Riverboat Soul                                                                                                                                                              

La La Blues

I know that you’ve heard
this old song sung before,
but you ain’t heard it
while I was walking out the door

It’s goodbye baby,
honey your time has come,
I’ve turned the tables
and now you’re the one on the bum

chorus:
It’s La La La,
I’m singing La La La
I’m so happy I’m singing La La La

If I was a catfish
in the river down in St. Louie,
I’d be the biggest fish, honey
anyone had ever seen

You know I’d never get caught
cause I never bite the hook and line,
all the women try and catch me
as I go swimming by

chorus

I’m wet and I’m wild,
honey, I’m short and thin
so I can squeeze out of any position
you try and put me in

I’ve got this old thing
called the laughing hearts disease,
I’m gonna laugh my way to
any old place I please

Chorus

Claude Jones

(Pokey LaFarge & Adam Hoskins)

Back in southern Virginia
lived a legend of a man,
he took to runnin corn whiskey
all across this land

His name was Claude Jones,
made of nothing but skin and bones,
but he had a hair triggered temper,
it could change as quick as weather

Claude Jones, Claude Jones,
don’t leave your family alone

chorus:
When you’re born a free born man,
apart from Uncle Sam,
you’ll take that money any way you can

Wake up, get up and go!
drink up, put on a show!
before they bury you in the sand

You’ll be standing just singing in the sun
when other bootleggers lives are one and done
so think about your family when you’re dead and gone
and may they be worthy to grace this land you walked upon

Claude Jones, Claude Jones
so that you may live on

Solo

Chorus

Won’t Make Love At All

On Monday you say that you’re too tired
from workin’ all day long
On Tuesday you turn on the TV
just to see what is on

On Wednesday and Thursday
you say man won’t you leave it alone
On Friday and Saturday you get so drunk
that you pass out when you get home

Chorus:
So, if i can’t make love all the time
then I won’t make love at all
I ain’t gonna sit by the telephone
and wait for you to call

I ain’t gonna beg, i ain’t gonna plead
just cause you don’t know what you need
if I, can’t make love all the time
then I won’t make love at all

Solo

Chorus

Hard Times Come and Go

We were brothers just like Kane and Abel
Hard times come and go so we’re told!
You took my money, left the pennies on the table
Hard times come and go so we’re told!

chorus:
they are a snake in the grass,
an owl in the trees,
and they’ll be swoop down upon you
and bring you down to your knees

I recall these words I was told
Hard times come, Hard times go!
but they’re harder then they’ve ever been before
I don’t know if I can take them anymore

We were partners, just like Bonnie and Clyde
Hard times come and go so we’re told!
Till I turned around and you were not by my side
Hard times come and go so we’re told!

Chorus
solo
Chorus

Two-Faced Tom

Who’s that man walking down the alley
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
Arm and arm with my gal Sally
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
If that’s the man that I call my friend
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
I’m gonna bring that man’s life to an end
Oh, Two Faced Tom!

Chorus:
I’ve got a plan, I’ve got a plan
I’m gonna kill that woman
and her brand new man
they call Two-Faced Tom

He ain’t got no soul but he’s got good looks
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
He ain’t got no charm but a fat pocket book
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
What’s the reason that you don’t want me
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
To hell with you it wasn’t meant to be
Oh, Two Faced Tom!

Chorus

You can lock me up in the county jail
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
One life sentence, no chance for bail
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
But I’ll be happy, no I won’t get down
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
Just knowing his bones are rotting in the ground
Oh, Two Faced Tom!

Chorus
Solo

Listen up fellas and listen up true
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
If your woman is cheating and you don’t know what to do
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
There’s only one way to make it right
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
And that’s to take a gun and end his life
Oh, Two Faced Tom!

Chorus

Jesus, can you hear me from up on high?
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
Said I want to go to heaven now when I die
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
But if you can’t let me in your door
Oh, Two Faced Tom!
I better see that woman and her man down below
Oh, Two Faced Tom!

Chorus

You Don’t Want Me

One thing I’ll never understand,
a good woman loving a no good man
but you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

why is it that the more you know
the more you wonder what it’s all for
said you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Chorus:
Maybe I can quit it now
once I can admit how
but I just can’t face it
I’m just no good at love

someday you will surely see
that you are better off with me
but you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Solo

I wash your dishes and I bake your bread,
rub your back and scratch your head
but you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Hello, blues, my old pal
you’re the only one that can help me now
said you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Chorus:
Maybe I can quit it now
once I can admit how
but I just can’t face it
I’m just no good at love

Put on the water for tea for two
but you went out with you know who
said you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Solo

Chorus:
Maybe I can quit it now
once I can admit how
but I just can’t face it
I’m just no good at love

someday you will surely see
that you are better off with me
but you don’t want me even though you know I treat you right

Sweet Potato Blues

(Public Domain)

There’s no more taters
the frost done killed the vine X2
There’s ain’t no more good times
with that gal of mine

I ain’t never loved, lord
and I hoped I never will x2
for that desperate proposition
will sure get a good man killed

whoaaa ohhhh ohhh whooaa hoohh hooooo hoo
whoaaa ohhhh ohhh whooaa hoohh hooooo hoo
that desperate proposition
will sure get a good man killed

Solo

I got twelve little puppies,
ten big shaggy hounds x2
and that’s all I need to
track my little gal down

whoaaa ohhhh ohhh whooaa hoohh hooooo hoo
whoaaa ohhhh ohhh whooaa hoohh hooooo hoo
and that’s all I need to
track my little gal down

There’s no more taters
the frost done killed the vine X2
There’s ain’t no more good times
with that gal of mine

Bag of Bones

April showers have melted my soul
but the rain must come to an end
for there are better days ahead this I know
I see the sun rising around the bend,
I see the sun rising around the bend

When the kudzu vines start to grow down in dixie
and the sunflowered gardens explode
my bags are packed and I’m a fixin
to spend my life on the road,
to spend my life on the road

Chorus:
my heart is in this little bag of bones
your face is the one I see when I am alone
and I thank you for the love that you’ve shown
yes, it’s the one thing that will carry me on

solo

though I love you and I always will
I’ll take this chance on goodbye
well, i’m sorry i didn’t stick around to say it
but I could not stand to see you cry

chorus

In the Graveyard Now

(Public Domain)

I remember last election, Jim Jones got election
he said he’s voting for the man that pays the biggest price
the next day after poll, he voted with heart and soul
but instead of voting once he voted twice

Chorus:
He’s in the jailhouse now
He’s in the jailhouse now
instead of staying at home and leaving the rich folks business alone
He’s in the jailhouse now

You remember Henry Cruise, he sold that no good booze
he sold it down to the police on the beat
and now Henry’s feeling funny cause the police gives him mob money
now he’s got a ball and chain around his feet

Chorus

Son when walking down the street, a little chick he chanced to meet
so he went to every tavern in town
he drank lots of liquor and the troubles soon got thicker
now he’s jailhouse bound

Chorus

Jim Jones liked to roam around with every little girl in town
until he made it with Benny’s wife
and then Benny got him in the face and now he’s a big disgrace
and now he’s graveyard bound

well they used to be friends
but let’s let that little matter end
cause he’s in the graveyard now

Migraines and Heartpains

i write a song when i get high
hope to make a little money to get by
microwave dinner for something to eat
play my songs out on the street

and this kind of life is a treat you see
compared to the way that you treat poor me
I got migraines and heartpains
living in and out of love

I had a girl and her name was Sue
took her on a date to the zoo
when we got to the lion’s den
I said, “whoops”, and i pushed her in

people asked what I did that for
I said, “man, I just couldn’t take it no more”
I got migraines and heartpains
living in and out of love

Chorus:
well, it’s up one day and down the next
you’re always jerkin my heart around
you trip me to see how hard I fall
and then you kick me when I’m down

but If I want a life with you
there’s only one thing I can do
take one day at a time
living in and out of love

solo

Chorus

Old Black Dog

Chorus:
It’s old Black Dog when I’m gone
and it’s old black dog when I’m gone
now when I come back with a ten dollar bill
and it’s honey where you been so long

My daddy, he was a gambler
and he taught me how to play
he taught me how to bet my money
on act, two, jack, and trey

Chorus

solo

I’ve been all around Kentucky
and the good ole state of Tennessee
wherever I hang that ole hat of mine
will be home sweet home to me

Chorus
solo

I see that train a comin
it’s carrying my casket low
takin me on down to the graveyard
where the grave will be my home

chorus

Daffodil Blues

your love is like a daffodil in spring
your love babe is like a daffodil in spring
it grows strong for a minute
then you forget about me

I wanna feed off you baby just like a busy working bee
I wanna feed off you baby just like a busy working bee
well i can be your king honey
won’t you be my queen

I’m gonna put you in my window
so I can stand and watch you shine
I’m gonna put you in my window
so I can stand and watch you shine
because the seasons are a changing
and you know that we don’t have much time

solo

goodbye Daffodil you have gone away from me
goodbye Daffodil you have gone away from me
and you just very well may gone forever baby
but I’ll always cherish your memory

yes, I’ll cherish memory for all the little joys you did bring
yes, I’ll cherish memory for all the little joys you did bring
you may be gone for the season but I’ll be seein’ you next spring

 

 

7 thoughts on “Lyrics

  1. Please post lyrics from Beat, Move and Shake. Especially Cairo, Illinois. It’s a beautiful song and I can’t (don’t want to) get it out of my head but there are several places that I just can’t figure out the lyrics. Thanks!

    PS- Come to Japan!

  2. WE LOVE YOUR MUSIC AND THE LYRICS ARE SUPER……SAW YOU ON THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW AND NOW WE HAVE TWO OF YOUR CD’S……KEEP UP THE GOOD MUSIC AND COME TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA OR MIDDLEBURG, FLORIDA AND HAVE A CONCERT…..EVERYONE WOULD LOVE YOUR MUSIC…KEEP UP THE GREAT TUNES!!!!!!

  3. Have really become a fan of your writing and musical style.

    Please publish the lyrics of Pack it Up…its a great song and we/my grandkids and I like to sing along with you watching You Tube.

    My 10 year old is an amazing guitarist and plays my old Silvertone along with your band
    One day we hope you can play for us here in Texas at the Grand Opera House here in Galveston,Texas .

    All the best

    Buddy mc Graw

  4. Hi Pokey, you and the other 3 guys are great! When some new album lyrics and guitar chords song sheets?
    Hope to see you in Italy soon!!!

    Bye
    Enrico

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