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Dark Sky Ordinance July, 2019

DARK SKY ORDINANCE is a pet project of mine that I have been toying with for quite awhile.  The impetus for DSO began about 25 years ago, during a period when we had just gone through the breakup of Native Alien and I had just begun a new career in scoring music for film. It was an exciting but emotional time of self reexamination, both personally and in my music. These tracks have rested patiently in my archives for all those years, raw and unmastered and mostly unlistened to by anyone other than myself. DARK SKY ORDINANCE will be producing a new album, with new material, but it only seemed right to publish these songs first, if only to serve as a basis of bearings for future DSO projects. I hope you enjoy them.  ~Jim

  • 1 Don't Wanna Hear It 3:58 Lyrics

    Don't Wanna Hear It - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Jason Blume

    HE WAS LOOKING KIND OF STRANGE
    EVEN FOR THE BOULEVARD
    HE SAID MISTER PLEASE SPARE ME SOME CHANGE
    YOU KNOW THIS YEAR’S BEEN AWFUL HARD
    BUT I TURNED MY BACK GOT IN MY NEW CAR
    I LOCKED THE DOORS AND I DROVE OFF HARD
    CUZ I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT
    IT KEEPS GETTING LOUDER
    I DON’T WANNA SEE IT
    BUT I SEE IT SO CLEAR
    I DON’T WANNA KNOW IT
    BUT IT’S CALLING MY NAME
    SAYING, “LIKE IT OR NOT IT’S HERE”
    LOOK OUT HERE HE COMES AGAIN
    IN A THREE-PIECE BUSINESS SUIT
    HE’S TALKIN’ LIKE HE IS MY FRIEND
    WORK ME LIKE A PROSTITUTE
    BUT I DO MY JOB AND I PAY MY DUES
    THEN I WATCH THE PAIN
    ON THE EVENING NEWS
    I DON’T WANNA SEE IT
    BUT I SEE IT SO CLEAR
    I DON’T WANNA KNOW IT
    BUT IT’S CALLING MY NAME
    SAYING, “LIKE IT OR NOT IT’S HERE”
    I HEAR IT IN THE CRYING OF CHILDREN
    BUT I CAN’T HEAL THEIR WOUNDS
    I DON’T WANNA WATCH THE OLD MAN DIE
    CUZ I’LL BE OLD TO SOON
    I DON’T WANNA HEAR IT

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 2 Eyes Closed 3:45 Lyrics

    Eyes Closed - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    INCH BY INCH, MILE BY MILE
    THEY GOT US CRAWLING
    AS THEY GO SPEEDING BY
    WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED
    THEY’RE DRIVIN’ WITH THEIR EYES CLOSED STEP BY STEP THEY CHOP ‘EM DOWN
    THEY WATCH THEM FALL
    AND WHEN THEY HIT THE GROUND
    THERE’S MORE PAPER FOR MONEY!
    LET’S SPEND IT WITH OUR EYES CLOSED
    HEY YOU, I GOT YOUR NUMBER
    YOU’LL CARVE OUR
    HEADSTONES OUT OF ANCIENT LUMBER
    THE PASSENGERS ARE RESTLESS NOW
    YOU’RE DRIVIN’ WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED INCH BY INCH, STONE BY STONE
    YOU’LL CLEAR THE WORLD OF EVERYTHING THAT GROWS THERE’S NO AT THE WHEEL TONIGHT
    AND SOMEWHERE IN A CITY JUNGLE, CAMOUFLAGED IN THE SCENERY A ROARING BEAST CUTS OUR FUTURE INTO TOOTHPICKS AND NOVELTIES
    EYES CLOSED
    YOU’RE DRIVIN’ WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED
    ONE EYES CLOSED

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 3 I Cry (While You're Asleep) 4:40 Lyrics

    I Cry (While You're Asleep) - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    MY LIFE IS A DYNAMO
    SOMETIMES I HEAR THE HUMMING
    LATE, LONG AFTER HOURS AGO
    BUT WATCHING YOU DREAM TONIGHT
    SEEMS TO STILL THE DRUMMING
    IT’S A CRAZY LIFE I KNOW
    BUT IT KEEPS ME LIVING
    OOOH, WHEN I GET TIRED
    AT NIGHT WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    OOOH, UNINSPIRED
    I CRY WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    MOON ON THE ROOFTOPS IN THE CITY WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE OF VINYL SPINNING UNDER THAT NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK
    BUT WATCHING YOU DREAM TONIGHT
    I WHISPER THAT I LOVE YOU
    IT WON’T BE LONG - WON’T TAKE LONG CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE
    WHEN THIS DREAM BEGINS TO FLY
    IT WILL CARRY YOU AND I
    LIKE SALT IN THE SEA
    FOREVER YOU AND ME
    NOT JUST TODAY - NOT JUST TOMORROW OOOH, WHEN I GET TIRED
    AT NIGHT WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP
    OOOH, UNINSPIRED
    I CRY WHILE YOU’RE ASLEEP

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 4 One Small Voice 3:53 Lyrics

    One Small Voice - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    I KNOW THIS MOUNTAIN
    I’VE STOOD HERE BEFORE
    IN THE FOOTHILLS OF HOPELESSNESS
    AND I’VE CLIMBED TO THE OTHER SIDE
    COAL BURNS FOREVER
    IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH
    IT’S TEN TIMES HOTTER NOW RIGHT
    HERE IN THE CENTER OF MY LIFE
    I STILL GOT YOU - I STILL GOT HOPE
    I STILL GOT TIME
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT ONE SMALL VOICE, ONE SMALL VOICE ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP
    ON A BILLION TONS OF PRESSURE TRANSFORMS EVEN THE HARDEST STONE
    TO SOME MOLTEN MEASURE
    I’LL CRY AND LIQUEFY MY SOUL
    THERE’S COAL IN THIS MOUNTAIN
    THERE ARE DIAMONDS IN MY HAND
    DON’T EXPECT ME TO TRADE THEM IN
    FOR A PROMISE AND A CUP OF SAND
    I STILL HAVE YOU - I STILL HAVE HOPE
    I STILL HAVE TIME
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT ONE SMALL VOICE, ONE SMALL VOICE
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP
    ON WELL I’M THINKING
    ON A COOL ROCK IN THE SUMMER
    IS IT ONLY FOR MYSELF?
    IS IT ONLY FOR MYSELF?
    ONE SMALL VOICE ECHOES IN THE NIGHT
    KEEP ON, KEEP ON
    KEEP ON

    © 1998 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 5 Words Along The Wire 3:24 Lyrics

    Words Along The Wire - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    BE THE FIRST TO OWN ONE ON YOUR BLOCK THIS NEW DEVICE ENABLES ONE TO TALK OVER HILLS, THROUGH BARRIERS
    ALONG A SILVER LINE
    SMALL ELECTRODE CARRIERS
    SING OUT, SING OUT, SING OUT
    WORDS ALONG THE WIRE
    YOU HAVE MY HEART I MISS IT DESPERATELY YOU HAVE A VOICE
    WHY DON’T YOU TALK TO ME?
    DISTANCE IS NO OBSTACLE
    TRANSMISSION IS RECEIVED
    PLEASE TELEGRAPH YOUR THOUGHTS TO ME SING OUT, SING OUT, SING OUT
    WORDS ALONG THE WIRE
    TELEPHONE.
    NO ONE HOME.
    SEND ME WORDS ALONG THE WIRE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 6 New Frontier 3:58 Lyrics

    New Frontier - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    IT WAS AN ACCIDENTAL LIE
    THAT AMAZED THE MEN OF HIS TIME
    WORD SOON SPREAD HE WAS THE GENIUS OF HIS TIME
    AND THEN HE ACTED ON THAT LIE
    HE HALF-BELIEVED IT HALF THE TIME
    A DEVASTATING ACT OF VIOLENCE
    FROZE IN TIME
    GET A LOAD OF THE SCENERY HERE
    PEOPLE CALL IT THE NEW FRONTIER
    YOU CALL IT ANOTHER YEAR
    I’LL CALL IT TODAY
    LET THE WEAKER FALL BEHIND
    WE’LL MOVE FASTER MAKE GOOD TIME
    AND IF THEY SHOW ME POVERTY
    WELL THAT’S FINE
    GET A LOAD OF THE SCENERY HERE
    PEOPLE CALL IT THE NEW FRONTIER
    YOU CALL IT ANOTHER YEAR
    I’LL CALL IT TODAY
    FATE SMILES AS HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF AGAIN

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 7 Just Into Town 3:38 Lyrics

    Just Into Town - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Reed WIlliams

    JUST INTO TOWN
    FROM HALF WAY AROUND
    THIS WORLD I KNEW
    YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BY NOW
    SO YOU GO FOR A WALK
    BUT THE CITY DON’T TALK
    THEN YOU COME TO ME LITTLE GIRL LOST WELL I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN
    JUST INTO TOWN AND ALREADY DOWN FROM THE WORDS THEY SAY TO THE WAY THINGS WORK OUT
    WELL I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN
    OH, IT’S SUCH A LONELY TOWN
    OH, IT’S SUCH A LONELY TOWN
    AND I DON’T SEE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD FOR ME
    AND I DON’T FEEL YOU FEELING THESE THINGS TO BE
    WHEN YOU’RE ONLY JUST INTO TOWN

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BM

  • 8 Climbing The Rope 4:15 Lyrics

    Climbing The Rope - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    WHATEVER I’VE DONE
    WHATEVER I’VE SAID
    HOW CAN YOU TREAT ME LIKE THIS ANYWAY? HAND OVER HAND, DAY TO DAY
    CLIMBING THE ROPE
    IF EVER I FALL...
    OH, OH, I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    TUGGING AT HOPE
    CAN’T TOUCH THE GROUND
    YOU’RE LOVE’S NOWHERE AROUND
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    HOW CAN I COPE
    WITH THIS LOVE THAT’S BOUND
    LIKE A KNOT AROUND MY THROAT
    I CLIMB THE ROPE
    IF EVER YOU SAY, YOU’LL NEVER COME BACK YOU’VE TIED ME AND LEFT ME WITH THE LOVE I LACK
    DAY AFTER DAY - HAND OVER HAND
    CLIMBING THE ROPE
    F EVER I FALL...
    OH, OH, I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    TUGGING AT HOPE CAN’T TOUCH THE GROUND
    YOU’RE LOVE’S NOWHERE AROUND
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE
    HOW CAN I COPE WITH THIS LOVE THAT’S BOUND
    LIKE A KNOT AROUND MY THROAT
    I CLIMB THE ROPE
    YOU’RE LIGHT, HONEY
    YOU’RE THE LIGHT IN MY DREAMS
    YOUR LOVE, HONEY
    WAS ALL THE LIGHT LEFT IN ME
    NOW I’M TIED TO A DREAM
    I’M CLIMBING THE ROPE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 9 Kiss The Bride 3:57 Lyrics

    Kiss The Bride - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    ONE SILENT QUESTION
    ONE SILENT ANSWER FROM THE EYES
    WORDS AND WATER
    ANOTHER WOUNDING
    ANOTHER HURRIED COMPROMISE
    ANOTHER BANDAGE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, KISS THE BRIDE
    DON’T FORGET WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, HOLD YOUR FIRE
    MIDNIGHT IS ROMANCE
    LOVE IS A QUARTER TO NINE
    ONE EASY LESSON, DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME HOLD YOUR FIRE - KISS THE BRIDE
    HERE STANDS A DANCER
    HIS STEPS ARE FROZEN FROM WITHIN
    HIS WIFE, HIS PARTNER
    IN SOME HAUNTED BALLROOM T
    HE GHOST OF LONELINESS CUTS IN
    AND LEAVES HIM BLEEDING
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, KISS THE BRIDE
    DON’T FORGET WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE
    HOLD YOUR FIRE, HOLD YOUR FIRE
    MIDNIGHT IS ROMANCE
    LOVE IS A QUARTER TO NINE
    ONE EASY LESSON
    DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME
    HOLD YOUR FIRE
    KISS THE BRIDE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 10 Bedrooms On Fire 4:07 Lyrics

    Bedrooms On Fire - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    OH, I CAN’T THINK OF A BETTER BATTLE
    THAN THE ONE I’M FIGHTING IN YOUR ARMS AN ACROBATIC COMPETITION
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    CONSTANT DANGER, ABLAZE WITH DESIRE OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, I THINK I’LL FIND ANOTHER LOVER
    THE TASK AT HAND IS NOT THAT LARGE YOU’RE VICIOUS IN YOUR IMPROVISION
    I CAN’T HELP FEELING ALONE
    EVEN WHEN YOU’RE HOLDING ME TIGHT SOMETHING JUST KEEPS TUGGING AT ME TRYIN’ TO TELL ME IT AIN’T RIGHT
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    CONSTANT DANGER, ABLAZE WITH DESIRE OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE
    THIS NIGHT HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF LUXURY
    THIS NIGHT HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PAIN
    OH, THERE’S BEDROOMS ON FIRE

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 11 Good Laughs 3:51 Lyrics

    Good Laughs - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by: Jim Halfpenny

    LENNY CAN’T SING
    BUT HE WANTS TO BE PART OF A BAND NOW AND SULLY CAN’T PLAY
    BUT HIS HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE
    THEY KNOW THEIR MOVES MUST BE RIGHT
    TO MAKE THE CHAOS SEEM AIRTIGHT
    THEY’RE LIKE A FLAMING SATELLITE
    OUT OF ORBIT TONIGHT
    SAUCY AND LOUD
    UNREHEARSED THEY’RE SO FULL OF BRAVADO NO ONE KEEPS THEIR EYE ON THE BOOKS
    OR PLANS TACTICS AT NIGHT
    THEY KNOW THEIR MOOD MUST BE RIGHT
    TO KEEP THE STARCH IN THEIR LIFE
    THEY’RE LIKE A FLAMING SATELLITE
    OUT OF ORBIT TONIGHT
    GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS AND HIGH LIFE
    GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS AND HIGH LIFE
    GOOD LAUGHS, GOOD LAUGHS
    GOOD LAUGHS, GOOD LAUGHS

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

  • 12 Sleep On The Road 3:33 Lyrics

    Sleep On The Road - Lyrics

    Music & Lyrics by:
    Jim Halfpenny & Reed Williams

    I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING, THERE’S SOMETHING TO SAY HERE ON THIS ROAD WE’LL BE MILES AWAY DOWN THROUGH THE CITY, DOWN THROUGH THIS WORLD BOTH OF US TRYING TO BRING THE WORD YOU AND ME - WE HAVE A DREAM THAT AWAITS - YOU AND ME WE’LL WAIT FOR THE MORNING TO BRING THE DAY BUT TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD TONIGHT WE’LL NEVER GROW OLD TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD - DRIVE TO THE NIGHT I’VE HAD YOUR LIPS, NOW TRY FOR YOUR HEART BOTH OF US WANTING IT ALL FROM THE START BLACK IS THE NIGHT, THE BLACK IN YOUR HAIR WORLD WITHOUT LOVE, WHO REALLY CARES? YOU AND ME - WE HAVE A DREAM THAT AWAITS - YOU AND ME WE’LL WAIT FOR THE MORNING TO BRING THE DAY BUT TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD TONIGHT WE’LL NEVER GROW OLD TONIGHT WE’LL SLEEP ON THE ROAD - DRIVE TO THE NIGHT

    © 1992 - Strong Domino Music - BMI

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  • 1 Blue Sun 3:27 Lyrics

    Blue Sun - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    I've been staying up late,
    Cleaning out my pockets.
    Far from the salt mines with a tight jawbone.
    Getting in my last licks.
    Rock-ribbed and ready.
    Outside it's raining pitchforks,
    And I got my best suit on.

    Blue sun don't shine anymore.
    Not on this door.

    I been greasing each wheel.
    Taking out my garbage.
    I hung up on my hang-ups years ago.
    Come lightning, come snow.
    Come hell or high water.
    I won't knuckle under, I won't fade to black.

    Blue sun don't shine anymore.
    Not on this door.

  • 2 Aims & Wishes 3:34 Lyrics

    Aims & Wishes - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Paper pushed aside the pencil put away.
    Fourteen hours at this task, time to walk away.
    Can’t force words to flow,
    Can’t write what you can’t say.
    It’s just that way.

    Television, telephone, tell every little thing.
    Sleep don’t fall to spite it all,
    Can’t wake without a ring.
    I chose to play this song,
    Can’t smile but I can sing.
    It’s a funny thing.

    Aims and wishes like dirty dishes,
    Piled up, piled up,
    Sons of bitches.
    Tell me something,
    Sell me something I can use.
    Something I can use.

    Strokes of genius in poetry and gloom,
    I’ve stored them all in paper balls
    In the corner of the room.
    I ain’t askin’ much but give it to me soon.
    Give it to me soon.

    Aims and wishes like dirty dishes,
    Piled up, piled up,
    Sons of bitches.
    Tell me something,
    Sell me something I can use.
    Gimme something I can use.

  • 3 Best Wishes 2:58 Lyrics

    Best Wishes - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    “Take a dip in the water.
    It’s only cold for a second.”
    She said, as we splashed in over our heads.
    There was turbulence and trouble.
    And I thought I might drown.

    “Take your best wish,
    And lock it away in your heart”,
    She said, as our two bodies fell back apart.
    “Because nothing else matters,
    But wishes and dreams.”

    She saved me with a single kiss,
    Then I felt the fangs of the philanthropist.
    She changed me from my brain to my toes.
    She smiles like she knows,
    And just ‘fore she goes,
    She says, “Best wishes, best wishes,
    Best wishes, best wishes.”

    “You can swim in self pity,
    And swallow it wave upon wave”,
    She said as she,
    Dug the last scoop for my grave.
    Her mind set in concrete.
    A conscience of stone.
    Of stone.

    She saved me with a single kiss,
    Then I felt the fangs of my philanthropist.
    She changed me from my brain to my toes.
    She smiles like she knows,
    And just ‘fore she goes,
    She says, “Best wishes, best wishes,
    Best wishes, best wishes.”

  • 4 Blind Pigs 3:10 Lyrics

    Blind Pigs - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    She’s a liar. She’s a saint.
    She’s a stone cold sculpture,
    Of everything you ain’t.
    She’s a mother. She’s a wife.
    She’s a shadow in an alley,
    With a switchblade knife.
    She’s a train without rails.
    She’s a courtroom lie.
    And some day you’ll go back to her.
    When blind pigs fly.

    Her face is pretty when it smiles.
    But she can change her disposition,
    She’s a feral child.
    She keeps busy. She’s a shark.
    She’s an ugly stranger in an amusement park.
    She’s blitzkrieg tank on an ego high.
    Some day you’ll go back to her.
    When blind pigs fly.

    Things look gloomy and times are tight,
    But I’m still waiting for the sign.
    That hell’s frozen over and fish ride bikes,
    And pigs have grown wings to fly.

    She’s a train without rails.
    She’s a courtroom lie.
    Some day you’ll go back to her,
    When blind pigs fly.
    Yeah, some day you’ll go back to her.
    When blind pigs fly.

  • 5 Dandelion 3:09 Lyrics

    Dandelion - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Miss Aligned ain't the kind to live alone,
    But she built a wide moat,
    Around her fortress of stone.
    A well-worn path leads down to the docks,
    Where desperate ships,
    Collide with desperate rocks.

    In this hall of hers built on ancient bones,
    Her bare feet plod the coldest stones,
    Where our voices, faint but, oh, so clear,
    Breathe words meant for no other ear.

    "Go 'way. Come back. Go 'way. Come back."

    Existing with what matters most.
    With truth and trust and other ghosts.
    Inside she's safe, she's warm, she's sane.
    Outside a dandelion in a hurricane.

    "Go 'way. Come back. Go 'way. Come back."

    Old ghosts, old worlds and unturned stones.
    Re-stitch the seam that comes un-sewn.
    Align the bones.

    "Go 'way. Come back. Go 'way. Come back."

    Miss Aligned ain't the kind to live alone,
    She got old ghost, old worlds,
    And unturned stones.

  • 6 Echoes 3:52 Lyrics

    Echoes - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    She wore bicycle shorts but didn't own a bike.
    Some folks would say that that ain't right,
    But you should-a seen her.
    More curves than Nolan Ryan.

    She had a funky little apartment,
    On Barton Springs,
    Close to the bike path and everything.
    Man, I tell ya, for two years we were flyin'.

    It still perplexes me, how much I cared for her.
    Jeeze, Louise, my memory's in stir.
    Just ask me and I'll tell you 'bout,
    The canyon in my brain,
    Where echoes of her laughter still remain.
    La, la, la, la, la.

    She had a planter's wart,
    And wore Doc Martens.
    I don't know how she got it,
    She never had a garden.
    Kept her hair cut short,
    Just like Abe Lincoln.

    She had a four-wheel drive,
    That never left the road.
    Told she got it incase the world exploded.
    Man, she was always thinkin'.

    It still perplexes me, how much I cared for her.
    Jeeze, Louise, my memory's in stir.
    Just ask me and I'll tell you 'bout,
    The canyon in my brain,
    Where echoes of her laughter still remain.
    La, la, la, la, la.

    Well, she left to go to Mexico,
    Or somewhere just as far.
    She couldn't speak a word of Spanish,
    But she liked to hear guitars.
    And accordions and violins,
    Are playing for her there.
    While echoes are all that I can hear.

    It still perplexes me, how much I cared for her.
    Jeeze, Louise, my memory's in stir.
    Just ask me and I'll tell you 'bout,
    The canyon in my brain,
    Where echoes of her laughter still remain.
    La, la, la, la, la.

  • 7 Only Temporary 3:34 Lyrics

    Only Temporary - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Please excuse the mess,
    I haven’t had the chance to clean up lately.
    Things seem kind of out of control.
    And thoughts that I have had,
    About making life a little easier,
    Just need time to take hold.

    Please don’t mind this face.
    It’s only temporary.
    I’ve seen it come and go,
    Maybe a hundred times.
    It’s only temporary.

    Push aside the crap, take a seat,
    And let’s reminisce,
    I haven’t seen you for a while.
    How’s the wife and kids?
    No. Actually I’m feeling better.
    Today I might get out for a drive.

    Please don’t mind this face.
    It’s only temporary.
    I’ve seen it come and go,
    Many, countless times.
    It’s only temporary

    Read my fortune if you like.
    It’s like a roller coaster ride.

    Please don’t mind this face.
    It’s only temporary.
    I’ve seen it come and go about a million times.
    It’s only temporary.

  • 8 Out Of The Blue 3:27 Lyrics

    Out Of The Blue - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    We hit the rocks and three weeks later,
    Out of the blue, the blues walked in,
    With cheap gin and old love letters.
    It’s late but I’m up ‘cause I’m down again.

    It’s cold outside.
    I need someone to hold back the night,
    Till I’m out of the blue.

    Loneliness cries like a train whistle.
    Out of the blue, off the right track.
    It’s not you that’s got me shakin’,
    It’s this cold feelin’ I might want you back.

    It’s cold outside.
    I need someone to hold back the night,
    Till I’m out of the blue.

    Come tomorrow I’ll be alright.
    I’ll raise the shades and let the sun in,
    And burn those “white lies’ you sent me.
    You never know what’s comin’.
    Out of the blue.

    Love hit the rocks and three weeks later,
    Out of the blue, the blues walked in,
    With cheap gin and old love letters.
    It’s late but I’m up ‘cause I’m down again.

    It’s cold outside.
    I need someone to hold back the night,
    Till I’m out of the blue.

  • 9 She's Afraid To Drive At Night 3:58 Lyrics

    She's Afraid To Drive At Night - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny/Chris Thompson – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    White lines, top down.
    Keepin' it light, she's gettin' down,
    Road noise, the Beach Boys,
    And that big ol' sun,
    Is fallin' fast , step on the gas,
    That quarter tank had better last.
    It's been a long drive, but sakes alive,
    If she don't arrive soon she'll come undone.

    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Likes to see where she's goin'.
    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Look back where she's been.
    She's afraid.

    High beams, low gears,
    That stuff don't help when you're alone out here.
    'Cause a night drive is like a sky dive,
    Kissin' the ground when you get home alive.

    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Likes to see where she's goin'.
    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Look back where she's been.
    She's afraid.

    White lines, top down.
    Keepin' it light, she's gettin' down,
    Road noise, the Beach Boys,
    And that big ol' sun,
    Is fallin' fast , step on the gas,
    That quarter tank had better last.
    It's been a long drive, but sakes alive,
    If she don't arrive soon she'll come undone.

    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Likes to see where she's goin'.
    She's afraid to drive at night,
    Look back where she's been.
    She's afraid.

  • 10 Super Sam 4:01 Lyrics

    Super Sam - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    I can’t jump tall buildings,
    I can’t stop a locomotive train.
    Can’t stop no trains.
    Cut me and I bleed,
    Hurt me and I’ll cry out in pain. I ain’t no hero.

    But, oh, how she looks up to me.
    I feel super powers running right through me,
    When she touches my hand,
    I am Super Sam. I am.

    I can’t catch no bullets.
    I don’t really like to fly.
    I ain’t that guy.
    Kryptonite don’t bother me,
    I don’t have no identity to hide.
    No strongman inside.

    But, oh, how she looks up to me.
    I feel super powers running right through me,
    When she touches my hand,
    I am Super Sam. I am.

    You won’t catch me tempting fate,
    High up on the Empire State,
    No, no, no. No, no, no.
    And I don’t need no X-ray eyes,
    To see the love she has inside for me.
    No, no, no.

    I can’t jump tall buildings,
    I can’t stop a locomotive train.
    Can’t stop no trains.
    Kryptonite don’t bother me,
    I don’t have no identity to hide. No strongman inside.

    But, oh, how she looks up to me.
    I feel super powers running right through me,
    When she touches my hand,
    I am Super Sam. I am.
    Super Sam. I am.

  • 11 Ghosts In The Sidewalk 4:12 Lyrics

    Ghosts In The Sidewalk - Lyrics

    (©2010 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Hollywood burns and the galaxy screams,
    Who will now show us,
    Our nightmares and dreams?
    Pick up the scepter and carry the torch,
    To all of them zombified spirits,
    Who ache to be more.

    Dietrich lights up a cigarette,
    And curses her good looks even in death.
    Hudson, unsettled in his own skin,
    Wonders how different life would have been.
    His life would have been.

    Under my boot heels,
    Are ghosts in the sidewalk.

    The lost soul of Chaplin,
    Has purchased a home.
    Stardust in cement, etched by the hand, impressions in stone.
    In celluloid visions they first came to me.
    A young boy’s escape into film fantasy.
    I sense that charisma reaching up for me,
    From beneath the stained concrete of Grumman’s Chinese.

    Under my boot heels,
    Are ghosts in the sidewalk.

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  • 1 Pentagrams 3:58 Lyrics

    Pentagrams - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    She’s got five sides,
    Man, I’ve seen every one.
    And I gotta dig deep, real deep, real deep,
    To tell myself I’m not in love.
    Five sides. Like fingers on a boxer’s hand.
    She can ball herself up just like a fist and knock me on my ass.

    She better not come ‘round again,
    Drawing them pentagrams.
    Sitting in her chair like Joan of Arc.
    She’s ‘bout as reachable as Tokyo,
    And here I stand in Idaho,
    Waitin’ for her to give off some kind’a spark,
    To show me I ain’t totally in the dark.

    She goes in five directions,
    Like the points on a pentagram.
    And when I look for haven in her eyes,
    I just see the reflection of the fool I am.
    I’ve given her five tries.
    One for every year I’ve spent,
    Trying to squeeze some blood out of that rock,
    That big cold rock, of discontent.

    She better not come ‘round again,
    Drawing them pentagrams.
    Sitting in her chair like Joan of Arc.
    She’s ‘bout as reachable as Tokyo.
    And here I stand in Idaho,
    Waitin’ for her to give off some kind’a spark,
    To show me I ain’t totally in the dark.

    Better not come ‘round again,
    Drawing them pentagrams.
    Sitting in the chair like Joan of Arc.
    She’s ‘bout as reachable as Tokyo.
    And here I stand and I don't know,
    Waitin’ for her to give off some kind’a spark,
    She better not come ‘round again,
    Drawing them pentagrams.
    Sitting in her chair like Joan of Arc.
    She’s ‘bout as reachable as Tokyo.
    And here I stand in Idaho,
    Waitin’ for her to give off some kind’a spark,
    To show me I ain’t totally in the dark.
    Yeah, to show me I ain’t totally in the dark.
    To show me I ain’t totally in the dark.

  • 2 The Rooster's Gone 3:17 Lyrics

    The Rooster's Gone - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Well, the barn needs paint.
    And the grass is high.
    The babies they need milk,
    But the cow’s gone dry.
    They ain’t seen a drought like this,
    In fifty odd years,
    You can almost irrigate with all the sweat and tears.

    There’s something in the wind,
    The Rooster’s Gone.
    Yeah, there’s something in the wind, all right,
    And The Rooster’s Gone.

    Well, I’d leave if I could,
    But there’s no gas in the tank.
    And this land it ain’t worth dirt,
    And there’s no money in the bank.
    That old red rooster he was smarter than me,
    He got out while he could,
    And let the bad times be.

    There’s something in the wind,
    The Rooster’s Gone.
    Yeah, there’s something in the wind, all right,
    And The Rooster’s Gone.

    Solo – Over verse/chorus

    It’s hard to sleep. Everything’s gone wrong.
    I toss and turn all night long.
    In my dustbowl dreams I hear a poor man’s song.
    In the morning I can’t wake up,
    ‘Cause the rooster’s gone.
    In the morning I can’t wake up,
    ‘Cause the rooster’s gone.

    The Rooster’s Gone.
    The Rooster’s Gone.
    Cock-a-doodle-do, I should-a left with you.
    The Rooster’s Gone

  • 3 Good Friends 3:55 Lyrics

    Good Friends - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    We better hurry we’re gonna be late.
    And that wouldn’t be right on our very first date,
    In two years to the day. Your hair always looks good when you wear it that way.
    I like the place, I like what you’ve done.
    You always had taste. You were the artsy one.
    I see you kept that picture we took at the museum.

    You said after I left you, you were full of holes,
    Like a flat tire out on a desert road.
    And since then I’ve had my own share of tears.
    I guess it all evens out through the years.

    Now I’m nothing but a real good friend.
    Yeah, nothing but a real good friend.
    But true blue to the end.

    Remember the break-up? Remember that night?
    Oh, Lordy, what an awful fight.
    I forget. Was it my fault or was it yours?
    I guess it don’t matter much anymore.
    Hey, did you hear about Louis and his ex-wife Lynn?
    Word has it they’re together again.
    I give them three weeks.
    They should be like us and just stay friends.

    You said after I left you, you were full of holes,
    Like a flat tire out on a desert road.
    And since then I’ve had my own share of tears.
    I guess it all evens out through the years.

    Now I’m nothing but a real good friend.
    Yeah, nothing but a real good friend.
    But true blue to the end.

    Single life ain’t what it used to be.
    Is it the same for you as it is for me?
    If you wanna stay in it would be OK,
    I’ve seen that movie anyway.

    I’m nothing but a real good friend.
    Yeah, nothing but a real good friend.
    Well, I miss you. I miss you.
    I’m just a real good friend.
    Wait! I didn’t mean to say it. It just slipped!
    I’m just a real good friend.
    A real good friend.



  • 4 First Things First 4:07 Lyrics

    First Things First - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    You can probably hear a pin drop in her room at night,
    You wouldn’t have to listen hard.
    She’s probably wide-awake, alone, and locked up tight,
    With a dog chained in the yard
    She paints a faceless lover that she might meet,
    Who will satisfy this thirst,
    And make everything seem real under his sheets.
    But first things first.
    Yeah, first things first.

    You could probably hear the whispers in his room tonight.
    He lights a candle like a fuse,
    He lays his hopes out on the table under the light,
    To see which one he can use.
    Then he counts them like stars in a summer sky,
    Novas fit to burst.
    He could bury the things that haunt him with one good try,
    But first things first.
    Yeah, first things first.

    Keep time in your pocket.
    Keep ready to make change.
    There’s a natural progression.
    Like the cradle and the hearse,
    First things first.

    You couldn’t bear the silence in those two rooms tonight.
    It’s louder than a scream.
    They’ll change the things that need changing eventually,
    Starting with their dreams.
    Like the cradle and the hearse,
    First things first.
    Just like the cradle and the hearse,
    First things first.

  • 5 Nowhere Town 3:34 Lyrics

    Nowhere Town - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    She said she saw our future like a TV show.
    I’d have a decent job, she’d have clothes to wear,
    All we had to do was go. We stole her daddy’s pickup.
    I took my momma’s cash.
    We shook hands with fate, bought a map of the States and a full tank of gas.

    Now we’re screamin’ out of Nowhere Town.
    Two-lane trouble headed south.
    She’s hotter than a radiator.
    Singing to the radio.
    She tells me how much she loves me,
    And that’s all a man needs to know.
    Just a desperate mile from Nowhere Town, With no place to go.

    She said she could predict the weather and things would get hot.
    It was 95 degrees when we saw the police comin’ for us ready or not.
    She was hot-wired for adventure, I had nothing left to lose.
    We were under-aged in a stolen Chevrolet with an open bottle of booze.

    Screamin’ out of Nowhere Town.
    Two-lane trouble headed south.
    She’s hotter than a radiator.
    Singing to the radio.
    She tells me how much she loves me,
    And that’s all a man needs to know.
    Just a desperate mile from Nowhere Town, With no place to go

    How long we drove I cannot tell you.
    How many miles I could say.
    But reality crept in out on that highway.
    But we were each too scared to look it in the face.
    I left her sleeping in that Chevrolet.
    Wonder where she is today.

    Screamin’ out of Nowhere Town.
    Two-lane trouble headed south.
    She’s hotter than a radiator.
    Singing to the radio.
    She tells me how much she loves me,
    And that’s all a man needs to know.
    Just a desperate miles from Nowhere Town, With no place to go
    Just desperate miles from Nowhere Town with no place to go.

    Just desperate miles.
    Desperate miles.

  • 6 The Roadway 4:00 Lyrics

    The Roadway - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    With steady hands on the steering wheel,
    Every rock in the road I feel.
    Window’s down to let in the night.
    I’m OK, I’m feeling right.
    Slicing through a thermocline, cool wind slaps my face.
    On the roadway.

    A midnight tractor turns the soil,
    Smell the earth and diesel oil.
    It’s sound gets swallowed by the night,
    But I can see it’s ghostly light.
    An insect hits the windscreen, it’s soul gets left someplace,
    On the roadway.

    Driving all night, driving a stake,
    Deep in the heart of a sad Monday.
    Things didn’t turn out like she asked,
    Now the weekend’s strewn like bits of trash,
    On the roadway.

    You can glide through lonesome highways,
    And pass the night and nothing else.
    And if loneliness don’t scare you,
    You can have it all just to yourself.
    Take an hour take a lifetime,
    Burn those cards that you’ve been dealt.
    Then push through the flimsy barriers, that keep you in your place.
    On the roadway.

    Driving all night, driving a stake,
    Deep in the heart of a sad Monday.
    Things didn’t turn out like she asked,
    Now the weekend’s strewn like bits of trash.
    Driving all night, driving a stake,
    Deep in the heart of a sad Monday.
    Things didn’t turn out like she asked,
    Now the weekend’s strewn like broken glass,
    On the roadway.

    I continue on through time and space,
    On the roadway.

  • 7 Paul Revere's 3:21 Lyrics

    Paul Revere's - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Saturday nights around here,
    Are jammed with music, friends and beer.
    And line dancin’ ‘til two.
    Jack Daniels and shootin’ pool.
    When the doors are closed,
    And the people are gone.
    The dishwasher hums his national song.
    And the bartender sits and reads ‘til dawn.

    They say George Washington slept here,
    On his way to Valley Forge.
    It’s an old historical landmark,
    With a beer sign on the door,
    And I’m just another patriot here,
    In this bar named Paul Revere’s.

    Well they get all the usual tax breaks,
    And there’s pizza by the slice.
    You can get pickled eggs from a big glass jar,
    And all your drinks on ice.
    You can help sing Yankee Doodle ,
    By the cigarettes’ red glare.
    And watch all the locals kick and shake,
    And pretend they really care.

    George Washington slept here,
    On his way to Valley Forge.
    This is an old historical landmark,
    With a bouncer by the door,
    And I’m just another patriot here,
    In this bar named Paul Revere’s.

    You can drink with a ghost,
    Who sailed the Barbary Coast.
    History lingers with the smoke in the air.
    And I’m just another patriot here,
    In this bar named Paul Revere’s.
    An all-American patron here,
    In this bar named Paul Revere’s.

  • 8 That's You Leavin' 4:19 Lyrics

    That's You Leavin' - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    There are two glowing tail lights,
    Disappearing down a driveway,
    Out of focus in the damp night air.
    There’s a lingering smell of perfume,
    And an echo of footsteps,
    From a woman that’s no longer there.

    That’s you leaving me.
    That’s all evidence that anyone would need.
    That’s you leaving me.

    There’s a smoldering Marlboro,
    In a Tiffany ashtray,
    With a red lipstick kiss on the end.
    There’s a slow melting ice cube,
    In a cool crystal glass,
    And a door that’s still flung out on the hinge.

    That’s you leaving me.
    That’s all evidence that anyone would need.
    That’s you leaving me.

    It didn’t take a super sleuth to know,
    It was only a matter of time before you’d go.

    There’s a hole in a heart,
    That somehow keeps beating.
    Pumping blood to a brain that’s numb.
    And two lungs that keep breathing,
    But will not hold their breath,
    In the hope that back you’ll come.

    That’s you leaving me.
    That’s all evidence that any man would need.
    That’s you leaving me.
    I’m not astonished it was always meant to be.
    That’s you leaving me.


  • 9 Severe Weather 2:56 Lyrics

    Severe Weather - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    If you’re going outside put your raincoat on,
    The sun is shining but not for long.
    Old Zeus is getting ready to play his drum.
    The air will charge and the flood will come.
    Those happy folks down at the county fair,
    Better run for cover, it will be severe.

    Get the baby down off–a that ladder,
    Trees will fly and birds will scatter.
    Bring the laundry in off the line,
    That storm’s a-comin’ it’s judgement time.
    Spread the news like Paul Revere,
    Look out, Jack, it will be severe.

    Severe weather is coming our way,
    We’ve crossed the river now it’s time to pay,
    The boatman always names his price,
    And no one ever crosses twice.

    From coast to coast it’ll spread it’s wings,
    And leave a vacant path, take everything.
    It can’t be stopped but if you got to try,
    Like David and Goliath, aim for the eye.
    It won’t lose steam for four more years,
    Better run for cover, it will be severe.
    Better run for cover, it will be severe.
    Better run…

  • 10 Skeleton Boy 3:54 Lyrics

    Skeleton Boy - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    He plants himself on the sofa,
    With his headphones on.
    And feeds his brain a solid blast of music,
    Till the world is gone.
    He has some Cracker Jacks for breakfast,
    Then he smokes a little pot.
    Thinks he’s got the whole world by the balls,
    He’s so cool he’s hot.
    He thinks he knows it all, outside and inside,
    But he’s starting the big the race with his shoes untied.

    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.
    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.

    He was born in times when men of questionable character,
    Earned fortune and fame.
    And he’s still attached to an umbilical to play his games.
    His parents they’re freaky aliens from another world.
    Just sent here to provide for him and challenge his will.
    If he talks at all he communicates in cynical tones,
    But he’s in for a rude awakening he should feel it in his bones,

    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.
    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.

    If there’s still an ounce of hope inside,
    The cage of bones,
    That protects a heart too young to know,
    How fast time can go, then:

    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.
    Come out, come out, come out, come out, come out.
    Skeleton Boy.

  • 11 Walkabout 3:31 Lyrics

    Walkabout - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    There’s black men in a southern land,
    And they’re smarter than the common man.
    They sleep out under them southern stars,
    With kangaroos and koala bears.

    When they feel like talkin’ they talk.
    When they feel like walkin’ they walk.
    It’s a simple life with simple rules,
    They got it all figured out.
    When they feel like dancin’ they shake it.
    When they feel like lovin’ they make it.
    Ain’t it time you and me take a walkabout?

    We’ll build a fire just me and you,
    Under a marble moon with a didgeridoo.
    No power bills. No traffic jams.
    We won’t have to work or make no plans.

    When we feel like talkin’ we’ll talk.
    When we feel like walkin’ we’ll walk.
    It’s a simple life with simple rules,
    We’ll get it all figured out.
    When we feel like dancin’ we’ll shake it.
    When we feel like lovin’ we’ll make it.
    Ain’t it time you and me take a walkabout?

    We’ll bring the dog he should come along.
    We’ll leave the house and let the lawn grow long.
    And wander off to Shangri-la,
    Like the Bushmen in Australia.

    When they feel like talkin’ we’ll talk.
    When they feel like walkin’ we’ll walk.
    It’s a simple life with simple rules,
    They got it all figured out.
    When they feel like dancin’ they shake it.
    When they feel like lovin’ they make it.
    Ain’t it time you and me take a walkabout?

    Ain’t it time you and me take a walkabout?
    Ain’t it time you and me take a walkabout?

  • 12 Demolition Days 4:58 Lyrics

    Demolition Days - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    There’s some survey boys markin’ out the clearin’.
    There’s a locomotive waitin’ for some track.
    There’s a mountain up ahead whose days are numbered.
    Granite dust will rain down on our backs.

    Well, the camp’s a’ crawl with the Chinese and the Irish,
    Who break ground and bone for seven bits a day.
    There’s a carpetbagger pacing in St. Louis.
    As soon as that last spike gets drove he’s on his way.

    Strike it down as a pretty piece of progress.
    Strike it down as the Imminent Domain.
    We’ll take target practice from the windows,
    As steel rails connect us coast to coast.
    So begin the Demolition Days.

    There’s a red race of men in Pensacola,
    Three thousand miles from the ancestral home.
    And a stack of black spits fire, smoke and ashes.
    Where the deer and the buffalo roam.

    Strike it down as a pretty piece of progress.
    Strike it down as the Imminent Domain.
    We’ll take target practice from the windows,
    As steel rails move us coast to coast.
    So we begin the Demolition Days.

    Three muddy years in this tent town’s got me flattened.
    Like pennies that I’ve laid down on that track.
    When east meets west and this rail is wholly finished.
    I’m leavin’ and I ain’t never lookin’ back.

    Strike it down as a pretty piece of progress.
    Strike it down to the Imminent Domain.
    We’ll take target practice from the windows,
    As steel rails take us coast to coast.
    So begin the Demolition Days.

  • 13 The Long Bar 3:07 Lyrics

    The Long Bar - Lyrics

    (©2006 – J. Halfpenny – Strong Domino Music – BMI)

    Ninety-five years was enough time to spend in one place,
    He decided to move on.
    Surrounded by possessions a calm fell over his face then he was gone.
    With a friend by his side to wish him good luck, good-bye,
    He crossed the threshold at dawn.
    And like a first-time sailor he held tight to the rail and smiled at the grace of it all.

    To those who go down on the ocean. To those who go down on the sea,
    To those that slip under those warm, silver waves and learn what we all wait to be.
    Step into that tavern in Valhalla and shake hands with the old friends you see.
    Have a drink and a toast to those you loved most,
    And save a place at that long bar for me.. Save a place at that long bar for me.

    It’s no solemn occasion, the kids are all out on the lawn playing in the sun.
    The wives are in the kitchen. The house is alive with their laughter,
    Perfume and song.
    And men, we don’t cry, we’ve said our goodbyes, we’ll meet up again after all.
    Life will go on, and still go on. And on, and on, and on.

    To those who go down on the ocean. To those who go down on the sea,
    To those that slip under those warm, silver waves and learn what we all wait to be.
    Step into that tavern in Valhalla and shake hands with the old friends you see.
    Have a drink and a toast to those you loved most,
    And save a place at that long bar for me.. Save a place at that long bar for me.

    Solo

    To those who go down on the ocean. To those who go down on the sea,
    To those that slip under those warm, silver waves and learn what we all wait to be.
    Step into that tavern in Valhalla and shake hands with the old friends you see.
    Have a drink and a toast to those you loved,
    And save a place at that long bar for me.. Save a place at that long bar for me.
    Save a place at that long bar for me.

    Ninety-five years is enough time to spend in one place.