Lyrics

Sundown Over Ghost Town
Queen of the Minor Key
Sea of Tears
Letters From Sinners and Strangers
Boundary County

~ Sundown Over Ghost Town ~

All songs by Eilen Jewell
Worried Mind
Been all around this world
Just to come back to you
Oh my love
My sweet love
It’s a long and lonesome highway
It’s a bitter shade of blue
Oh my love
My sweet love

And I never had much money
I never been quite satisfied
But you can weave the unraveled strings
And you ease my worried mind
You ease my worried mind

Tell you what I’ll do
When I come back to you
Oh my love
My sweet love
Gonna wrap myself around you
And sing to you this tune
Oh my love
My sweet love

And I never had much money
I never been quite satisfied
But you can weave the unraveled strings
And you ease my worried mind
You ease my worried mind

Hallelujah Band
I stood next to the tracks
Just to feel something pushing back
Tearing through each doubt and sin
The train was an iron wind

I climbed down underground
To listen for a new sound
Found a river underneath our feet
Dark and silent, deep

I’m an old guitar, won’t stay in tune
Worn-out, faded, not fit for you
But I want to be played by the unseen hand
To make a good noise in the hallelujah band

There was a place in the pines
A little spot, I called it mine
Just a child but I knew somehow
I know I’d never find it now

I’m an old guitar with broken strings
And tarnished surface, not fit for kings
But I want to be played by the unseen hand
To make a good noise in the hallelujah band

I stood next to the tracks
Just to feel something pushing back
Tearing through each doubt and sin
The train was an iron wind

Rio Grande
This place plays tricks on me
I don’t know why I’m here
So peaceful and serene
But it only brings me tears,
Good lord it only brings me tears

My bad luck boots
And my hard luck hand
My coal black thoughts
Reappear, reprimand
And hold my head
To the silt, to the sand,
To the bone-white dead
Of the Rio Grande

I return every last time
With a strong and a hopeful heart
But under a mocking blue sky
Somehow it all just crumbles apart
Oh it all just crumbles apart

My bad luck boots
And my hard luck hand
My coal black thoughts
Reappear, reprimand
And hold my head
To the silt, to the sand,
To the bone-white dead
Of the Rio Grande

The pines have lost their green
Now they stare without a sound
The wind’s too cold to sing
Snow is heavy on the ground
Heavy on the ground

Half-Broke Horse
Stolen from the desert
In the lost part of the state
Just a half-broke horse
He waits by the gate

No bridled horse can stand him
Or any of his kind
Their hidden laws condemn him
They’re so rigid and refined

He watches on the edge
Dirty coat, shaggy mane
Too wild for this world,
Too tame for mustangs

Grew up in the desert
In the lost part of the state
Cut our teeth on promises
And empty plates

Single-wides and ranches
Disappear before our eyes
These folks here don’t come around
They’re so rigid and refined

We stand on the edge
Dirty coats, ragged hands
We’re strangers to this world
And this new breed of man

And we just got our notice
This whole place is going under
The bank’s whip is on us
We won’t last another summer

They’ll have to come and take us
With the force of ten trains
‘Cause it’s no life worth living
If we don’t hold the reins

Like half-broke horses
From the lost part of the state
We watch in silence
And wait by the gate

On both sides of these bars
We’re one and the same
Too wild for this world,
Too tame for mustangs

My Hometown
If sweetness had a sound
It would sound like my hometown
The summer sprinklers turning on
The endless ice cream song
Cold river rushing by
The ducks and geese in flight
The silence in between
All the sights unseen
It would sound like my hometown
If sweetness had a sound

If kindness could be held
It would feel like where I’m from
The soft greeting of a neighbor
The warm hand of a stranger
Patience each with the other
Embracing a sister or brother
If I could hold it in my palm
To the world I’d pass it on
Or to any who might not have found
The kindness of my hometown

If sweetness had a sound
It would sound like my hometown
The summer sprinklers turning on
The endless ice cream song
Cold river rushing by
The ducks and geese in flight
The silence in between
All the sights unseen
It would sound like my hometown
If sweetness had a sound

Needle and Thread
Just one horse shy of a one-horse town
This ain’t the first time it tried to burn itself down
And the American girls in their American dreams
Never put themselves here, so undone at the seams

Seven bars, one church, heaven is no match for hell
In these four blocks of rust piles and abandoned motels
Old men flick quarters in the cracks of the boardwalk
And the little boys learn to cuss before they can talk

Home is the needle and thread
For the hole in the lifeboat
That it put you in
And it leaves its mark
All stamped with lead
In the lines and the grime
Inside your skin

No one here’s been famous in a very long time
But you can count the stars for days on a cold, clear night
It pierces me slowly, pulling me through
It’s the pain of undoing the tearing in two

Home is the needle and thread
For the hole in the lifeboat
That it put you in
And it leaves its mark
All stamped with lead
In the lines and the grime
Inside your skin

Down the Road
Though my way is rough and rocky
And the night is bitter cold
Still I see a warm light
Ahead on down the road
Down the road
Down the road I know
I’ll be guided onward down the road, down the road

The winds they may be howling
And my cares too much to hold
Yet I know there’ll be a wayside
To rest my weary soul
Down the road
Down the road I know
I’ll be good and rested down the road, down the road

I might be lost somehow
Have strayed from the fold
But just as sure as the sun will rise
I’ll find my way back home
Down the road
Down the road I know
I’ll be guided onward down the road, down the road

Some Things Weren’t Meant to Be
A lucky horseshoe in a pile of junk
An old gold strike returned to the dust
A hot rod decaying in the thorns and the weeds
Some things weren’t meant to be
Some things weren’t meant to be

Daisy seeds planted in paint chips and ashes
Of yesterday’s sages and dried-up old cactus
No matter if you watered them faithfully
Some things weren’t meant to be
Some things weren’t meant to be

There’s no use in trying to change all we’ve done
You’ve said it all clearly, I’m just not the one
My best was less than you wanted from me
Some things weren’t meant to be
Some things weren’t meant to be

Pages
Pages fall like drops from melting eaves
Pages underfoot like autumn leaves
While I search for the words to make things right
Buried words always hidden from sight

I don’t know how to tell you all that’s here
In my flooded mind just the wrong way is clear
Ever underneath, sunk down too deep
The right words are somewhere, always out of reach

But let me string together a few at a time
And hope it can suffice with these few lines
To say I love you sounds far too weak
But it’s the strongest thing I know how to speak

My heart goes with you every day
So walk carefully here or far away
But walk proudly too, knowing you’re loved
My dear one, my flesh and my blood

Green Hills
I’ve seen your sad towns,
Too barren for ghosts
Empty silos on state highways
Five o’clock light, signposts

I’ve seen your old tracks
Like scars on your hands
Giving nothing to no one
Dried vines, iron brands

For dollar bills our great green hills
Sink down into wasteland
And when they’re gone they leave you alone
To hide your face in the sand

I’ve seen your front porches
Sour, peeling paint
Fences grown pointless,
Graffiti, fallen, faint

I’ve seen your junkyards
Of tractors and barbed wire
Pantry shelves slanting sideways
Whistle blows, no buyer

For dollar bills our great green hills
Sink down into wasteland
And when they’re gone they leave you alone
To hide your face in the sand
To hide your face in the sand

Here with Me
If you were here with me
You would love the stars I see
Ancient city in the sky
You would love the way they shine

I know just how you’d be looking at me
With that smile that says why be melancholy
If you were here with me
If you were here with me

If you were here with me
You would tell me patiently
Not to miss you so much
Or your sweet gentle touch

I know you would want for me
All the happiness you would bring
If you were here with me
If you were here with me

Songbird
Oh songbird in my darkest night
You sing so sweetly I can’t be afraid
Over my path your song casts a light
So bright, so real I won’t lose my way

I set true north by you
And so all directions too
Songbird what did I do before you
What did I do before you

Oh songbird in my weariest day
A few clear notes is all I need
And I see without warning a precious ray
Of magic in each ordinary thing

You illuminate, renew,
Take the sad out of the blue
Songbird what would I do without you
What would I do without you

How’d you get so strong, such a little thing
Is it your song that makes you brave
My whole world rests on those tiny wings
But you don’t seem to mind the weight

I set true north by you
And so all directions too
Songbird what did I do before you
What did I do before you

You illuminate, renew,
Take the sad out of the blue
Songbird what would I do without you
What would I do without you

Queen of the Minor Key ~

All songs written by Eilen Jewell
I Remember You
I remember you
You were full of broken bones
I tried to bring you cigarettes
You said just leave me alone
I remember you
You were locked in a padded room
I tried to teach you solitaire
You just hollered at the moon
I remember you
I remember you

I remember you
We were Bonnie and Clyde
We thought we’d go down in history
I guess we changed our minds
You’re a hundred worlds away now
I’m sure it’s for the best
You’re practically a stranger now
But you stand out from the rest
‘Cause I remember you
I remember you

I remember you
You told the stories of your scars
We kept each other’s secrets
And slept in empty cars

I remember you
I showed you how to kiss
I let you shoot my hats off
‘Cause I knew you wouldn’t miss
And I remember you
I remember you

I remember you
We would’ve died intertwined
We talked in tongues of a kinship
We could only deny
Now you think you’re anonymous,
A masked face without a name
But I know you’re one of us
Underneath you’re still the same
And I remember you
I remember you

Queen of the Minor Key
The day I was born a gypsy looked at me
She told my mama she could easily see
Just how bright my future would be
For I was gonna be royalty

No crown will sit on her poor head
A barstool will be her throne she said
Instead of riches and finery
She’ll have a wealth of sad songs and whiskey

She’ll be the queen, the queen, the queen,
The queen of the minor key

And so you see I play the part
Before empty glasses and broken hearts
You’re in the right court if blue’s what you need
But if it’s sunshine you’re after don’t bother me

I’m the queen, the queen, the queen,
The queen of the minor key

I’m the queen of lonely tunes,
The queen of the high shelf booze
The queen of melancholy
Queen of the minor key

That’s Where I’m Going
My baby waits by the river
He says come on home
When I’m done with my rambling
That’s where I’m going

All of the people in the city
Wish they could take it slow
Time stands still in the country
That’s where I’m going

Leave a light in the window
I’ll find my way by its glow
My heart is there by the river
That’s where I’m going

The city will go to your head
Like a hundred dollar gin
You can drink the water in the country
That’s where I’m going
That’s where I’m going
That’s where I’m going

Santa Fe
You picked up a broken bottle
In case anyone gave us any trouble
And we walked all the way back to Cortez

You sang help me dear doctor
At the top of your lungs
You’d been soaking up drink like a sponge

Little boy down the street
We all heard you mournfully
Call again and again for Roberta
Roberta…

The mountain towns burned red
Consumed by a sunset
I’d be happy disappearing under colors like that

And I fell in love with trains,
Haunted by the old refrain
You ride the Southern, I’ll ride the Santa Fe
Santa Fe…

It was wrong of me to leave
‘Cause I couldn’t stand a perfect thing
But I was too young to know any better

And I’d give the world if it were mine
To let these memories slip my mind
And wake up next to you one more time
One more time…

Warning Signs
We wove a sticky web in a dirty little game
And I was hypnotized
All your bad juju and all your weird voodoo
Made me go blind
There was nothing there but the shell of the girl
You left behind
But I wasn’t seeing, I just wasn’t seeing
Somehow I missed the warning signs

They were warning signs, warning signs, warning signs
They told me you were evil but I want you for mine

Black widow spelled out your name
That’s how I knew you lied
And when the rattlesnake hissed it in my ear
I knew you’d never get right
The raven winked his beady eye
Told me where you’d been last night
Now I started seeing, slowly I was seeing
I couldn’t miss the warning signs

They were warning signs, warning signs, warning signs
They told me you were evil, I don’t want you for mine

Warning signs, warning signs, warning signs
They told me you were evil, I don’t want you for mine

Reckless
You drive me wild
Like a crazy child
You leave me breathless
You don’t pay me no mind
It’s all you all the time
You’re selfish

My heart isn’t safe
With you at the wheel
You don’t care if it breaks
You don’t care how I feel
You better watch the next turn
We’re gonna crash and burn
You’re reckless

You said you loved me the best
Then you just up and left
Darlin’ you’re senseless
You’re a truck with no brakes
A semi on skates
Baby you’re restless

My heart isn’t safe
With you at the wheel
You don’t care if it breaks
You don’t care how I feel
You better watch the next turn
We’re gonna crash and burn
You’re reckless

Over Again
I drive through that town sometimes
Just to see if you still live there
I think I see you once in a while
I practice looking like I don’t care

I see you parked out front
And I slow way down
Without thinking about it
I check to see if you’re around

But that’s just habit
It’s a hard thing to break
My heart’s mine you can’t have it
And I’m over you anyway
I’m over you anyway
All over again
You can’t reach me, can’t even begin

I think you decided to write
When I get something in the mail
Maybe you’ve apologized
But it’s just another bill

You carved my initials on your truck
Big bold letters on the grill
I think you said it proved your love
I wonder if they’re legible still

But that’s just habit
It’s a hard thing to break
My heart’s mine you can’t have it
And I’m over you anyway
I’m over you anyway
All over again
You can’t reach me, never again
So high over you, all over again
You’ll never reach me
Never again

Bang Bang Bang
That little cupid, he’s a real sharp shooter
I don’t believe he’s got an arrow and bow
People all think he just couldn’t be cuter
But I saw him down at the gun show

He appeared to be about two years of age
A really freaky thing to see
He was bragging about his sawed-off six gauge
Hidden right up his tattered sleeve

I asked him if the gun had a sight
How can you hit your mark that way
Little cupid, he just laughed outright
He said I don’t take aim I just bang bang bang
I don’t take aim I just bang bang bang

He fired off a few hot rounds
Right into the sorry crowd
No blood, no gore, no one hit the ground
They all just fell in love
With whoever they happened to be around

It’s funny, till it happens to you
But be sure you stay well out of his way
Love is careless, random and cruel
He don’t take aim he just —
He don’t take aim he just bang bang bang

He don’t take aim he just bang bang bang
He don’t take aim he just bang. Bang. Bang

Hooked
I’m hooked
On the way that you look
A fever I never shook
I’m hooked

I’m caught
Up in the way that you talk
Like a high voltage shock
I’m caught

I’m stuck on you
Like a new tattoo
Like a duct tape suit
I’m stuck on you

I’m hooked
Line, sinker, the whole works
Don’t know exactly what I took
But I’m hooked

I’m hooked
On the way that you look
A fever I never shook
I’m hooked

Only One
I wish I was holding you,
My arms enfolding you
Making you high as the summer sun
You’re my only one

Baby why am I missing you
When I ought to be kissing you
Tell me our love has just begun
You’re my only one

Only one
Don’t make me the sad and lonely one
Only one
Ooohh

I tell myself I’m good without you
But there is no doubt about you
I think of you and I come undone
You’re my only one

Only one
Don’t make me the sad and lonely one
Only one
Ooohh

Long Road
I know it’s not easy
To say goodbye
But I’ll be back soon darlin’
And everything will be all right

So keep your chin up
And dry your eyes
We’ll meet again
Somewhere down the line

Another day another highway
An endless ribbon of blue
My life is a long road
Winding slowly back to you

My bags are packed
They’re waiting by the door
It’s time for me to leave
Though I hate to go

Please try to believe
I can’t stand leaving you
I’d stay here if I could
But I do what I have to do

Another day another highway
An endless ribbon of blue
My life is a long road
Winding slowly back to you

My life is a long road
Winding slowly back to you

Home to Me
Wind carries wildfire, wind carries the seeds
Wind will carry my love home to me
It drove him away on a southern breeze
Wind will bring my love home to me

The sun brings the daylight, sun brings the heat
Sun will bring my love home to me
It drove him away with a million degrees
Sun will bring my love home to me

The rain fills the oceans, rain fills the seas
Rain will fill my love’s heart for me
It drove him away with storms and sleet
But rain will bring my love home to me

Wind, sun and rain carry on endlessly
Night upon night I see him in dreams
I’ll walk alone if alone I must be
Until my love returns home to me

Kalimotxo
Kalimotxo!
Kalimotxo?
Kalimotxo…..

~Sea of Tears~

All songs by Eilen Jewell unless noted

Rain Roll In
There’s only one constant in this whole world
That’s nothin’ ever stays the same
Someday my life will be over
And no one will remember my name

That’s all right, ‘cause what’s in a name,
And who needs another one to memorize anyway
Make no fuss over my grave
Just plant something pretty and call it a day

Let’s just listen to the rain roll in
I don’t feel like we gotta do nothin’
The years go by and before too long
Even the very last one is gone
The very last one is gone

No one ever said it would always be good
And if they did they were just wrong
But I’ve loved it all and I’ll miss it when I’m gone
My life’s been my art and I’ve told it in my song

Let’s just listen to the rain roll in
I don’t feel like we gotta do nothin’
The years go by and before too long
Even the very last one is gone
The very last one is gone

Sweet Rose
Where’d you go last night with a rose in your hand
You were quite a sight in the road I understand
Did you go see someone I know
Is she pretty, do you think so

You didn’t see who watched your way,
You’ve no idea, do you, what you’ll say
Say you’ll be mine, tell me one more lie
One last time before you say goodbye

The night wind weeps, a high barren sound
My love sleeps beneath the bitter ground
And on his breast his cold hands hold,
In lonesome rest, his sweet rose

Shakin’ All Over (J. Kidd)
When you move in right up close to me
That’s when I get the shakes all over me

Quivers down the backbone
I get the shakes in the knee bone
Tremors in the thigh bone
Shakin’ all over

Just the way that you say goodnight to me
Brings that feelin’ on inside of me

Quivers down the backbone
I get the shakes in the knee bone
Tremors in the thigh bone
Shakin’ all over

Quivers down the backbone
I get the shakes in the knee bone
Tremors in the thigh bone
Shakin’ all over

Well, you make it shake it and I know you like it babe
Well, you make it shake it and I know I like it babe
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake baby
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake baby

Sea of Tears
You won’t even look my way
Is there nothing I can say
To make us how we used to be
When you won’t even notice me

Tell me what came over you
To make you act so untrue
You said you’d love me endlessly
Now this is how it’s gonna be

Well it’s gonna be a sea of tears for me
It’s gonna be a life of misery
How many games will you make me play
Before you can give me the time of day

You act like I don’t exist
What kind of love is this
You turned on me so suddenly
Now this is how it’s gonna be

Well it’s gonna be a sea of tears for me
It’s gonna be a life of misery
How many games will you make me play
Before you can give me the time of day

Yeah it’s gonna be a sea of tears for me
It’s gonna be a life of misery
How many games will you make me play
Before you can give me the time of day

It’s gonna be a sea of tears
It’s gonna be a sea of tears
It’s gonna be a sea of tears

Fading Memory
I’ll never love like I did before
Don’t call my name no more
I’ve gone and closed the door
So don’t call my name no more

If you said you’re sorry now
It wouldn’t matter anyhow
I ain’t never gonna come around
And it won’t matter anyhow

I’ll take back all those years when I go
They mean nothing to you I know
I’ll take back those years when I go
They will be all my own

I’ve got places I’d rather be
And you’re a fading memory
So don’t try to comfort me
You’re a fading memory

I’ll take back all those years when I go
They mean nothing to you I know
I’ll take back those years when I go
They will be all my own

Nowhere in No Time
Well the shape I’m in
I’m a sight for sore eyes
Been rung out and hung out
Strung out on the line

And all the girls they line up
At the bar downtown
Everybody’s waitin’
For somethin’ to go down

But I’m just passin’ through
Don’t pay it no mind
And I’ll be nowhere in no time

See the highway sign
Where the sages grow
The tumbleweeds they tumble
And the dust clouds roll

I want to gather them all up
Follow the threads of their soul
To the end
Where it all feels like home

But I’m just passin’ through
Stay between the lines
And I’ll be nowhere in no time

Yeah I’m just passin’ through
Don’t pay it no mind
And I’ll be nowhere in no time
I’ll be nowhere in no time

I’m Gonna Dress in Black (M. Gillon aka Tommy Scott, M. Howe)
I’m walking the long road to Georgia,
That long road that’s taking me back
Gonna live in the hills, far away in the hills,
And I’m gonna dress in black

Way high in the hills in Georgia,
I’ll live in my old tin shack
Nobody I’ll see and no one will see me
And I’m gonna dress in black

‘Cause I went down to the big city,
I had money, money in my sack,
Yeah I had a boy so fine, I thought he was mine,
But he left me without a shirt on my back

Way high in the hills in Georgia,
I’ll live in my old tin shack
And I’ll think of the time when that man was mine
And I’m gonna dress in black

‘Cause I went down to the big city,
I had money, money in my sack,
Yeah I had a boy so fine I thought he was mine,
But he left me without a shirt on my back

Way high in the hills of Georgia
I’ll live in my old tin shack.
And I’ll think of the time when that man was mine
And I’m gonna dress in black
Yeah I’m gonna dress in black

One of Those Days
Well, something’s in the air
Burning hot and sweet
There’s a man over there
Sittin’ in the street

I’m over here
With a rusted forty-four
Sittin’ on the steps
Of your back door
It’s one of those days

Well, the only thing that moves
Is the laundry on the line
And a dusty dog that bites
Just to kill the time

If you should find
You’ve rolled into this town
Honey, do yourself a favor
And roll straight back out
It’s one of those towns

Well, the man I’m lovin’
He sure do treat me mean
He’s the meanest man
I most ever seen

I go around
Tryin’ to make amends
He goes to town
And screws it up again
Well, he’s one of those men

Well, something’s in the air
Burning hot and sweet
There’s a man over there
Sittin’ in the street
I’m over here
With a rusted forty-four
Sittin’ on the steps
Of your back door
It’s one of those days
Yeah it’s one of those days

Final Hour
Well these cheap white walls
Call out for a drunken scrawl
But tonight is a static screen
I don’t feel or do anything
Anything

Thirst is deep when you’re not dry
Hurts worse with a dull knife
Light me up and turn me on
Just don’t play that same old song
That same old song

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired
I wanna live like I’m on fire
And love starting right now
As if it were my final hour
My final hour

I prefer hell to nowhere at all
It stops and the whole thing falls
Wake me now or make me stay
Inside this empty weight
This empty weight

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired
I wanna live like I’m on fire
And love starting right now
As if it were my final hour
My final hour
My final hour

Darkest Day (L. Lynn)
Darlin’ when you told me you were leavin’
I thought that you were only foolin’ me
But here I am to face old blue tomorrow
With a broken heart that’s filled with misery

It seems that my world is to an end
Just dreamin’ of things that might have been
Oh why don’t that old sun shine right
Today’s the darkest day of my life

Oh how I wish that old saying is true
It’s always darkest just before dawn
Then I’d know soon I’m gonna see the sunshine
I just can’t take this darkness on and on

It seems that my world is to an end
Just dreamin’ of things that might have been
Oh why don’t that old sun shine right
Today’s the darkest day of my life

Everywhere I Go
Twisted up mind
Tangled up sheets
Drunken down bottles
Broken down streets
Everywhere, everywhere I go
Everywhere, everywhere I go

I can’t get it right
Can’t set it straight
Trouble follows me
To both my gates
Waits like a dog and hangs around
Turns three times and settles down
Everywhere, everywhere I go
Everywhere, everywhere I go

They turn their backs
And they put me out
They build me up
Just to bring me down
Like pieces of pages and scattered shreds
Tattered thoughts and worn-out threads
Torn up words and loose change
Burnt up bits of cellophane
Everywhere, everywhere I go
Everywhere, everywhere I go

Twisted up mind
Tangled up sheet
Drunken down bottles
Broken down streets
Everywhere, everywhere I go
Everywhere, everywhere I go
Everywhere, everywhere I go

Codeine Arms
My heart is a poor bird, weary and worn
With no place to perch in this orchard of thorns
And steel blades and jagged, it’s cold now and torn
It’s hungry lord and ragged it’s weary and worn

Oooh codeine arms,
Wrap around me safe and warm
Under the light of your sweet charms
Save me, save me codeine arms

It’s a bad night to be outside, it’s a tough way to go
Got losing cards in your hand, nothing there to show
Don’t the angels hear you coming and don’t they fly away
It will be just me come judgment day

Oooh codeine arms,
Wrap around me safe and warm
Under the light of your sweet charms
Save me, save me codeine arms

A belly full of codeine will bring the high spirits down
And the spirits in my glass will wash the codeine down
And when the shotguns ring I won’t feel a thing
I won’t feel a thing, I won’t feel a thing

Oooh codeine arms,
Wrap around me safe and warm
Under the light of your sweet charms
Save me, save me codeine arms
Save me, save me codeine arms

~ Letters From Sinners and Strangers ~

Rich Man’s World (Jewell)

Well it’s a rich man’s world, a rich man’s world
And who am I in it
Who am I in it
Nothing but a lonely rambler girl
A lonely rambler girl

Misfit, mismatched, not a penny to my name
Trying to get to someplace that doesn’t look the same
Look the same
Someplace that feels right
Never mind any fortune or fame

Well it’s up early in the morning trying to find some work to do
Well it’s hard times now baby but there’s better coming soon
Coming soon
Or else I’ll hop the next train
Yeah the next train will do

Well they’ll get for rambling
They’ll throw you in the bin
Acting like rambling now is some kind of sin
Some kind of sin
Just watch your step baby
Watch what crowd you end up in


Dusty Boxcar Wall
 (E. Andersen)

Well I’m going away my baby
I’m gonna leave you honey now
Well that train passed by when you lay sleeping
I’m gonna write you a letter on a dusty boxcar wall

The only two things a gambler needs
Are a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time that he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on the drunk

I once loved a boy in Cincinnati
I loved a boy in sunny Tennessee
Well a city boy will fill your heart with sadness
But a country boy’s as good as he can be


High Shelf Booze
 (Jewell)

If my man asks ‘bout what I’ll do
Now that he’s turned me loose
Tell him I’ve gone to meet all the girls
And drink all that high shelf booze

The high shelf booze, the high shelf booze
You won’t catch me dead with no blues
The high shelf booze, the high shelf booze
You won’t catch me dead with no blues

I always said I’d be his slave
Before I would be his dog
But it looks like he’s got me rambling ‘round
And sleeping in a hollow log

A hollow log, a hollow log
Sleeping in a hollow log
A hollow log, a hollow log
Sleeping in a hollow log

Well it’s one man on Sunday, another on Monday
Two on Tuesday afternoon
Easy come, easy go
You won’t hear me sing no lonesome tune

Easy come, easy go
You won’t hear me sing no lonesome tune
Easy come, easy go
You won’t hear me sing no lonesome tune

Thanks a Lot (C. Rich)

You’re telling everyone in town that I don’t treat you right
You even say I stay away and don’t come home at night
I’m losing you and you are all I’ve got
Thanks a lot, thanks a lot

It seems you like to hurt me even though I’m good to you
I’d give you everything I own, do anything you want me to
Now you’ve really got me on the spot
Thanks a lot, thanks a lot

Still I would forgive you if you’d let me
I’d be glad if we could try again
But it seems that you’re just out to get me
And it looks as if you’re just about to win

No matter what you do I always will love you
And you will never know how it hurts to see you go
After calling me those things you know I’m not
Thanks a lot, thanks a lot

Heartache Boulevard (Jewell)

The echo of his footsteps in the street
And the drip-drop of tears on my cheeks
Were the only sounds on that sad dark night
When my loving baby said goodbye

We used to stay home every night
We lived a quiet, happy life
But now if you’re looking to find me ain’t so hard
I’ll be right here on Heartache Boulevard

Come on over and see me sometime
The jukebox plays on and the losers are fine
Oh how the whiskey flows and it works like a charm
Here on Heartache Boulevard

So pour me a round at the bar
And turn up that steel guitar
Cause I ain’t going home and I ain’t going far
I moved down to Heartache Boulevard

Too Hot to Sleep (Jewell)

Moon is high, shining down on the flowers
You and I while away the hours
Walk me down the sweltering street
I want to feel the city’s summer heat

They’re gonna play those old records till dawn
Let the music go on and on and on
It’s too hot to sleep anyway
So we might as well stay

It’s getting late, they’re closing their doors
Let’s go upstairs and dance some more
The words left unsaid can be told in time
You’ve gone to my head like sweet moonshine

Let’s play those old records till dawn
Let the music go on and on and on
It’s too hot to sleep anyway
So you might as well stay

Where They Never Say Your Name (Jewell)

I rode sixteen wheels all the way
Sixteen nights and lonely days
I’m going back, I wish I never came
I’m going someplace where they never say your name

You kept me up all night with your coke and gin
Left me next morning and turned me in
And that’s evil, baby you’re no good
Well I’d forget you baby if I could

Well you show me the well but you don’t let me drink
You threw my heart right in just to watch it sink
And it went down, it went down, it went all the way down
And I’m going there too, over the edge and drown

I’m gonna lay my head on some railroad line
Last thing I’ll hear is that engine cry
I’m going back, I wish I never came
I’m going someplace where they never say your name

How Long (Jewell, inspired by the words of MLK)

The darkness is deep, but night will end
‘Cause truth crushed to earth will rise again
How long will it take, you want to know
How long, not long because you reap just what you sow

How long, not long because no lie lives forever
How long, not long because we’ll turn aside never
How long, not long because we’ve sounded all the trumpets
How long, not long because the great arc follows justice

How long, not long because the truth is marching on
How long, not long because this hour will soon be gone
Though our aching legs are weary the truth is marching on
The truth is marching on,
The truth is marching on and on and on and on
How long
How long

In the End (Jewell)

Somewhere out west a freighter rides by
You used to watch them pass with their grit in your eye
And the wild dogs under darkening sky
Still listen for your lonesome lullaby

Way out in the desert you felt so free
How you loved those hills of Joshua Tree
Now there’s a dusty path missing two dusty feet
Is this really how you wanted it to be

Everybody said you won’t make it
Everybody said you’re no good
But did you listen to them, in the end
Even though you swore you never would

The patch of ground where they found you that day
Is godforsaken, a barren place
Why did you have to go this way
Why did you go this way

If You Catch Me Stealing (Trad.)

If you catch me stealing you know I don’t mean no harm
If you catch me stealing you know I don’t mean no harm
It’s the mark of my family and it must be carried on

I got nineteen men, and I want one more
I got nineteen men, and I want one more
If I get that one more I’m gonna let that nineteen go

Have you ever seen peaches growing wild on a vine
Have you ever seen peaches growing wild on a vine
Well just climb in my orchard and get a taste of mine

Well I got a man in Atlanta, two in Alabama,
Three in Chattanooga, four in Cincinnata
Five in Mississippi, six in Memphis, Tennessee
If you don’t like my peaches just let my orchard be

Walking Down the Line (B. Dylan)

Well I’m walking down the line,
Walking down the line
Well I’m walking down the line, my feet’ll be flying
I can tell you by my troubled mind

I seen the morning light,
Seen the morning light,
Well it’s not because I’m an early riser
I didn’t get to sleep last night

My money comes and goes,
My money comes and goes
My money comes and goes and rolls and flows
Through the holes in the pockets of my clothes

Blue Highway (Jewell)

Endless nights of one eye open and one ear to the ground
You promised me eternity but you never even come around
Well all my worries came flooding in the day you said hello
If you care to know what I think of that, honey step outside your door

You’ll see me roll down this blue highway
I’m gonna roll, roll, roll, roll
I don’t need you to help me lose my way
I’m gonna roll, roll, roll, roll

One fine day I’m gonna meet my God and tell him how you made me feel
But the only thing I can do down here is put miles behind these wheels

You’ll see me roll down this blue highway
I’m gonna roll, roll, roll, roll
I don’t need you to help me lose my way
I’m gonna roll, roll, roll, roll
I’m gonna roll, roll, roll, roll

~ Boundary County ~

All songs by E. Jewell

Boundary County

Say hello to Boundary County
If you make it up that way
I don’t get around as much
As I did in my younger days

I was raised in that country
So pure and so fair
But I took too hard to the whiskey
And I wandered away from there.

I miss the barbed wire and the sage
On that wild northern range
The giant, staring sky
Like a bright, tragic blue eye
Why I left I can’t say why I can’t say why

Say hello to Boundary County for me
She’s prettier than dreams
If you’ve been someplace so far away
Then you’ve really seen some things
Those miles and miles of steel rails
Are a one-way track
And no matter how hard I try
I never make it back
I never make it back

I miss those violet hills
And the sweet smell of the fields
Reach their arms out so wide
Like heaven’s only bride
Why I left I can’t say why
I can’t say why

Every man serves his time
I know I’ve done my share
And when that old roll is called
You will find me there
In Boundary County,
If you make it up that way
I don’t get around as much
As I did in my younger days

Till You Lay Down Your Heavy Load

It’s a hard, and it’s a rough road
It’s a hard, and it’s a rough road
It’s a long, long ways to go
Till you lay down your heavy load

You will walk it all alone,
You will walk it all alone
None will save your weary soul
Till you lay down your heavy load

Seasons come and seasons go
Seasons come and seasons go
Still so little any will know
Till we lay down our heavy load

Angels calling soft and low
Angels calling soft and low
They will guide me safely home
Till I lay down my heavy load

Hey Hey Hey

Everything’s empty in this lonesome old town
If I could find the river
I’d follow it down
To someplace with some life still left
Go out dancing in my Sunday best

I need to forget
Shake off this regret

What I need’s a grand piano to do things right
Cool my fingers in its pools of black and white
I need time, clear to eternity
Half of it to set it straight and the other just to sleep

I need to forget
Sleep off this regret

I never seem to catch things as they’re coming my way
I go chasing them down crying hey come back hey
Hey what were you hey
Hey hey hey

Fourth Degree

Once upon a starry night
I had a little boy was the light of my life
And I know that I never can stay away
Oh my god I pray

Well I follow you down, I follow you down
I won’t do nothing till I follow you down
And I go so far astray
That it takes years to find my way

The first degree, the second degree
I can’t stop baby till the fourth degree
And I go all outta my way
Just to chase all my blues away

Mess Around

Feel like messing up, cutting my teeth
On stolen candy, chewing on something sweet
I don’t know what, what I came here for
Stumbling down these streets, trying to find your door

Take the long way ‘round, long walk across this town
If I was any good at painting, I’d paint it up and down
But I’m not, I’m just trying not to make a sound
Whistling to myself the Fourth Street Mess Around
Mess around, mess around, mess around…

Wanna tell it like it is from heaven’s point of view
But I would not have lived in vain if I could utter one thing true
Or not build this life so artificially
Not go about it all so goddam superficially

Lay myself down, quit running so ragged
Blaze me a trail just a little less jagged
But for now I’m just stuck here in this town
Singing to myself the Fourth Street Mess Around
Mess around, mess around, mess around…

Back to Dallas

Lay around the shack all day
Bootlegging for your sorry pay
I don’t care what your mama say
You’re going back to Dallas

Ain’t worth a gunny sack of beans
Worst case a girl ‘bout ever seen
You love me like a bulldog baby just as mean
Now you’re going back to Dallas

Hello central information please
Give me all the numbers I need
I got some money for the driving fee
Cause he’s going back to Dallas

Tom cats never made so many goddam rounds
You just can’t ignore that old howling sound
Honey you done let that deal go down
Now you’re going back to Dallas

No Place to Go

It’s so hard to find your way
In these streets from day to day
So easy to disappear
When the night conceals you here

In the gloom of a vacant road
You’ll know that you’re alone
Like a pain you’ve never known
When you got no place to go

When you got no place to go…

When the icy winds they blow
You’ll hang your head down low
You’ll be wishing for that home
That sweet home you used to know

When you wander all the time
With a ragged and a worried mind
When you walk a crooked line
Then your troubles will be like mine

Then your troubles will be like mine…

So Long Blues

I’ve been waiting forever now
I’ve been waiting so long
Guess I’ll wait my whole life out
And honey it just seems wrong

It’s been so long since your kissing
So long since holding you
All your loving I’ve been missing
I’ve got the so long blues

You can’t make up your mind about me
It’s been taking you so long
First it’s yes, then maybe
And then you’re up and gone

Since the day that we first met
My life’s got no reason or rhyme
Ain’t no telling what to expect
Well so long peace of mind

But some fine day
I’ll get my senses back
Someday I’ll dust my broom
I’ll tip my hat, head down the tracks
And say so long blues

Gotta Get Right

Hear you talking,
Hear you talking, babe.
Don’t believe a word you say

Jug of whiskey
Jug of gin
Repent and do it all again

You gotta get right
You gotta get right, babe…
You gotta get right one of these days

Want your motor running
Want it every night
Oil when the wheel’s too tight

The Flood

Poisoned streets
Full of blood
The people can do nothing
To hold back the flood

The water takes them
Not one life line
Everyone just standing
Ringing their hands and crying

Can anyone among us please explain
What went down on the banks of the Ponchartrain?
No sir I don’t believe it was the hurricane
That lay New Orleans out to waste

Blown-out windows,
Rooftops gone
Every soul
Singing a funeral song

Look at the pictures
All black faces
Our leaders call themselves distracted
I call them racists

Can anyone among you please explain
What went down on the banks of the Ponchartrain?
It’s you our leader who’s to blame
You lay sweet New Orleans out to waste

And if I had
Had my way
I’d pull them all outta there
And I’d make you stay

For a storm
All your own
And I’d be that old hurricane
And I’d wash away all your gold

Your wife and children
Would have no home
You’d be left there in those waters
Naked and alone

In the streets
Of poisoned blood
Now what you gonna do
To hold back the flood?

Blow It All Away

Let’s just keep driving you and me
I like your soft voice and your pleasant company
We can pull each other out of this dusty little town
Make a new start somewhere maybe settle down

I wanna get me a mean little bike
Black and chrome or anything you like
You can teach me how to ride it in style
Put it on the pike and head south a million miles

I asked the wind as it blew on by
What we should do and it replied
Blow it all away
All these burdens needn’t stay

I wanna fix up a row boat for you
We could row it out at sunset and you know what we could do
Doesn’t it feel like this is how it should be
These stars, these dreams, and you and me

Sometimes I feel like the world’s on my back
Like there’s so much to lose and so much I lack
But the truth is the world’s at my command
The way you love me it’s all in my hands

A breath and a wish, and we’re gone

Someone’s Arms

Snow blankets the city in a cover of white
I wish someone’s arms were holding me as tight
But the devil wind blows harder on me, cold and bare
And someone’s arms won’t be reaching for there’s nobody there.

I guess there are some who love long and true
Who never go wanting for loving to do
But others try always in vain just to find
Someone’s arms to hold them and ease their mind

Love is a raven, feathers dark and long
She perches by moonlight and is gone before dawn
The lover is a babe in the woods full of harm
To be laid down or gathered by someone’s arms

You Can’t Take My Song Away

My strings how they’ll jangle
My voice how it will rise
In a feathery tangle
And meet the truth above this world, among the skies

More powerful than riches
More precious than your gold
Holier than your churches
Bewildering as desert cold

You can lock me in jail
Cheat me of all I own
Tie me to the rails
Leave me forsaken and alone

But you can’t take my song away…