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Circus

Devil Wont Dance

Five Feet Away

Home

Story

Smile Beneath the Waves

Rupert and Jim

Do As Your Told

Plea To Monet

Quarters

David's Toys

Lisa Sing's

Lucky Johnson

Gone Away

Destination My Friend the Train Babylon Frustration
The Ascension The Van Dream Yellow Pages
Sleeping Dogs Clyde White Rain
Rocket Ship Santa Fe Bo Vardaman
Reds Across the Sea Slow Learner The River Song

Baptist Tent Revival

Train Over You

 

All songs written by Gregg Standridge and copyright protected

 

 

 

 

Circus

I live in a circus that's me and you. I like the Peanuts and the cotton candy too.

Ill Sing the songs anyway ya want me to.

Paint a smile upon my face. Watch the clown keep falling down.

 

I live in the circus that's called me and you. I like the Big Top and I like the midgets too.

Ill carry the elephants around if ya want me too.

Paint a smile upon my face. Watch the clown keep falling down.

 

Never knew a moment when I needed a net.

Swing from bar to bar. Landing on a wire. never looking down, never looking down.

 

I fell in the circus that people call me and you. The drummer played real loud as I tumbled down from the blue. Never felt a thing as the ground I fell right through.

As my top hat floated down, children shed their tears, mothers stood and wailed, and the husbands looked so strong, and I never once was nervous, as my top hat hit the ground.

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Devil won't Dance

Well the devil, he was dancing in my living room till about six a.m.

He made me an offer, and when I turned him down he kicked my TV. in.

All the cartoon characters fell out on the ground.

they were gasping for air, they couldn't speak a sound.

so I picked em all up and I threw em back in

and then they smiled at me with their silly grins

 

There's a salesman, he was knocking on my window way before the dawn.

Had a stack of Bibles, and he told me if I bought one he could probably get me in.

Said his radar had shown, I was in a tail spin.

He was sent to my home, to bail me out again.

So I bought me a box and he said thanks,

but when I sat down to read all the pages went blank

 

Well my brother, he had a black mark on his back since he was a little boy.

And he was graced with kindness, but when the world got mean he refused to understand.

And I think that he, was just to good for this world.

And a Southside angel sang, and a Chevy backed fired.

I think his hotel room was like the key to a door, where the devil won't dance.

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Five Feet Away

 

White dreams of days gone by, she holds them down, below the ground.

Cries like a little girl she never was she hopes to be.

Full page and color free, she's waiting there, for all to see.

 

Have ya seen her? On her stage. Take your moments. Five feet away.

 

Tempered by His southerness, he steps into, his violence.

Screams at a grocery line, the checker waits, to ride the pine.

Falls back he laughs them down, they will not take, his thorny crown.

 

Take your fingers. Make your face. Take your moments. Five feet away.

 

Crazy girl better watch your step, better watch your ways.

Take your colors, take your colors, put them on your face.

Crazy girl better watch your step, better watch your ways.

Take your colors, take your colors, put them on your face.

 

 

Fearless she holds his stare, his history is lying there.

Cries like a little boy, he never was, he'll never be.

Each takes the hand of God, as close as they may come to be.

 

Take your fingers. Make your face. Take your moments. Five feet away. Five feet away.

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Home

The Illinois she rises hard to meet the rain, swirling like a dancer.

I wash my hands and face, rise to meet the day. This window has awoken.

 

I used to think that I might walk away. Just be easier alone.

Shadows whispering its all in vane.

Then you look that way, you look that way, I know I have a home.

 

Walking through this concrete masquerade. They think they got an answer.

I like to feel the ground below my feet. I keep trying to remember.

 

I used to think that I might walk away. Just be easier alone.

Shadows whispering its all in vain.

Then you look that way, you look that way, I know I have a home.

You took my hand and smiled at me I know where I belong.

 

Standing on the banks, we choose our stones with care. Throw them on the water.

Laughing as we search for treasure on the shore. I still get filled with wonder.

 

I used to think that I might walk away. Just be easier alone.

Shadows whispering its all in vain.

 

Then you look that way, you look that way, I know I have a home.

You took my hand and smiled at me I know where I belong.

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Blue Hat

 

There's a dirt trail, slapping on the bottom of my feet. Dirt trail 'neath my feet.

I know, I can't take the time to hide myself. Dirt trail, 'neath my feet.

 

There's a red sun, falling down into a mountain side. Red sun falling down.

I wish, it would hurry to its darkness. Red sun, falling down.

 

There's some hoof beats, thundering along my red dirt trail. Hoof beats on my trail.

I wish, they would turn around and let me be. Hoof beats, on my trail.

 

There's a blue hat, up ahead along my red dirt trail. Blue hat on my trail.

I know, I will die upon my red dirt trail. Blue hat, on my trail. Blue hat on my trail.

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Story

 

A man told me stories when my life had but a page.

Now he's like a dream I had, a million miles away.

Trouble always comes in threes and I've seen it go that way.

Threes and six and nines have come and the twelves are on the way.

 

Tell me a story. Make a happy ending, that would be ok.

Tell me a story. Take me out of my head, cause the dark is on the way.

 

I went up the dream house and the moon it lit my way.

Keyhole staring back at me like a crazy runaway.

Picking locks like Goldilocks well the bears have moved away.

Take a little hand me down and wash my sins away.

 

Tell me a story. Make a happy ending, that would be ok.

Tell me a story. Take me out of my head, cause the dark is on the way.

 

Night time used to be a time when I would dream away.

Slipping off with kings and queens in a magic cabaret.

Now I sit till three o'clock with a T.V. in my way.

Thinking 'bout that man, when I used to say.

Tell me a story. Make a happy ending, that would be ok.

Tell me a story. Take me out of my head, cause the dark is on the way.

Tell me a story.

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Smile Beneath the Waves

 

You've punctured all your memories, wrapped em up in heavy, bitter rusted chains.

Sailed your little ship through the moonlight. Throw em out and watch them sink into the

 bottom of the lake. Bottom of the lake. Shine in your dismay. Smile beneath the waves.

 

The till feels good in your hands, as you point it towards the monsters foaming wake.

Lake patrol they've come to stop you. But you'll never let them take you to a better place.

 To a better place. Shine in your dismay. Smile beneath the waves.

 

Righteous you stand in battle pose. Sun glistens off your swords.

Enemies swarm your bow but you. You know what's right you know what's true, ya only did what you had to do.

 

See the monster crush your flailing boat. Watch the water swirling round your

nervous feet.

Lake patrol they make a futile last attempt, as they catch your last true smile, beneath the

 waves. Smile beneath the waves. Shine in your dismay. Smile beneath the waves.

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Rupert and Jim

Rupert and Jim, took a walk along a little used dirt trail.

Looking for the rails, 'cause their work here is just about done.

All sunsets fall, in the same general direction.

Al train tracks know the way.

 

Jim was the one, who would poor out the groceries on my kitchen floor.

Rupert he never was one for trouble.

They come and go, like the rain on this flat land I love.

Seems like they're gone, more and more.

 

Rupert and Jim didn't have any possessions.

They each had a friend, and good friends never forget.

Early one morning, they met out on the Red River bridge.

Started looking for the tracks.

 

Rupert and Jim, took a walk along a little used dirt trail.

Looking for the rails, 'cause their work here, its all done.

All sunsets fall, in the same general direction.

All train tracks know the way.

All train tracks know the way.

All train tracks know the way.

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Do As Your Told

I heard a new poet, words like shifting sand.

Poured some form a bottle, spilt  'em on his hands.

I know I've sinned in words, I'll never live it down.

I know someday I'll have Twain's ghost to, slap me around.

 

But I'm getting along, I know the deal.

Pretty lights, saxophones and tattoos on your teeth.

I never had no money, I never had to be heard.

Till I heard the voice of Nashville whispering these words.

 

Ya be a good boy Ya do as your told ya might get to lip sink at the super bowl.

Ya be a good boy Ya do as your told ya might get to lip sink at the super bowl.

 

As I slip into a bright red sun these visions fill my head.

Hank and Johnny's words lying on the pavement dead.

I bent to pick em up, but they got blown away.

Then all the people on the street began to dance and sway.

 

Ya be a good boy Ya do as your told ya might get to lip sink at the super bowl.

Ya be a good boy Ya do as your told ya might get to lip sink at the super bowl.

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Plea to Monet

Mr. Monet, I have seen your work. Yes its all quite beautiful but... I need your help.

Can you paint a door for me. I could walk right through?

My girl lives behind your frames, and I can't get through.

 

'Cause the pretty pretty pictures that she likes to take a walk inside they.. don't need me

won't let me walk through.

 

I have seen her, in your garden scenes. Pressing flowers in her books, singing softly.

I don't believe she thinks of me, were she hides.

I would do most anything, to get inside.

 

'Cause the pretty pretty pictures that she likes to take a walk inside they.. don't need me,

don't see me.

No the pretty pretty pictures that she likes to take a walk inside they.. don't need me

won't let me walk through.

 

Wait for me, wait for me I hear her sing, wait for me, wait for me.

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Quarters

Oh You took my toys away. Afternoons a wasting while My debt to you is paid.

Yeah you took my years away. Do ya think that you could send em back to me today.

 

Take the quarters off my eyes. Send em back to me today.

Throw them in the well. Heads or tails don't matter.

 

Yeah I see you on the stage. Fingers flying faster while your cattle bow to pray.

Yeah you got some nerve Id say. Try to rule the heavens while the world it falls away.

 

Take the quarters off my eyes. Send em back to me today.

Throw them in the well. Heads or tails don't matter.

 

Hmmm I see you on parade. Cotton candy smiling while the music bangs away.

Yeah You took my world away. Do you think that you could send it back to me today?

 

Take the quarters off my eyes. Send em back to me today

Throw them in the well. Heads or tails don't matter.

It don't matter anyways. It don't matter anyways.

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David's Toys

David loves his toys a lot. He likes to take them out and show them too the girls and boys.

David never says a lot. Ya hear the sounds but it don't mean a thing.

David never likes to mention that he'd like to take your toys away.

 

He likes to play monopoly. He likes to own the greens, the reds, the blues, the railroads too.

David has to own them all. He likes to win cause winning says it all.

David never likes to mention that he'd like ya in his toy box too.

 

Stack it all away, fill it up with all your dirty pay.

Everyone must pay. Cause David needs it more than me. David needs it more than me and you.

 

David breaks his toys a lot, but that's ok he can throw them all away.

There's plenty in the parking lot so watch your toys cause David is on his way.

David never likes to mention that he'd like ya in his toy box too.

David never likes to mention that he'd like ya in his toy box too.

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Lisa Sing's

Pretty songs Lisa sing's. Songs about mornings and red sun rise.

Songs about lovers and lovers lost. She sings to me

 

High above me I hear the melody. Takes me over and sets me free.

Sing to me Lisa your angel voice. Gives gifts to me.

 

Sing to me Lisa your angel voice tears me open and heals the pain.

Come sit beside me and lay your hands, she brings gifts to me, gifts to me.

 

Pretty songs Lisa sings. Songs about children and childish things.

Songs about shelter and pain of love. She sings to me.

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Lucky Johnson

Words are the riddle of my life. And letters are takers of my time

When it all comes down to the green and red.

I sometimes think I'd be better off dead Words are the riddle of my life.

 

Yeah gimme a dream like a statue full of liberty, give me a name

like Lucky Johnson, King of Trains.

 

Man is a riddle I can't stand. People are a poison in my hands.

Lock you up way down in a hole, cry till your soul can't cry no more.

Man is a riddle I can't stand.

Yeah gimme a dream like a statue full of liberty, give me a name

like Lucky Johnson, King of Trains.

 

Love is a treasure I can't find. And lovers are a light the strikes me blind.

Start so soft, act so kin.Ends like a shot of turpentine.

Love is a treasure I can't find.

Yeah gimme a dream like a statue full of liberty, give me a name

like Lucky Johnson, King of Trains.

 

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Gone Away

Fever fever flow I'm gone away again.

Use the highways the back roads might be closed.

Tell me, tell me spell me off a while.

Something on my windshield, my my.

 

Take it easy take it slow and easy take me.

Up the ramp and in the slow and easy lane.

All my troubles, all my hopes and dreams, they've gone away.

Ladies take the fast way.

 

I'm gone away again, Lord no. I'm gone away again.

 

Snow and ice the blizzard blows, won't ya keep it in the ruts Joe.

Take it easy, take it slow, I... I've got the pain.

She fell down and broke her crown.

Lord, and I'm not the same. Take it easy, take it slow.

 

I'm gone away again, Lord no. I'm gone away again.

 

Prayed to God and I've played to God, I've begged away.

Someone cut the phone lines, or the bill it wasn't paid.

Take me down, please take me down I put me in my grave.

Lay me down beside her I'm gone away again.

 

Fever fever flow I'm gone away again.

Use the highways the back roads might be closed.

Tell me, tell me spell me off a while,

Something on my windshield my my my my!

 

I'm gone away again, Lord no. I'm gone away again.

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Baptist Tent Revival

Inside your secret room you straighten all the pictures takes you hours,

then ya tell yourself the walls ain't true.

You wash your hands and rinse the plates until you shake they start to break oh well,

the pattern didn't sit well with you.

 

And now your telephone keeps screaming out the two tones that the English

use on all their tiny police cars.

Somebody selling you a picture of a picture of you dancing at a Baptist tent revival.

 

There's nothing out of place there's nothing here to cause disgrace people never gonna see a spot on you.

You buy the things you need you pay the man until you bleed. Even if he hasn't got a thing on you.

 

And now your telephone keeps screaming out the two tones that the English

use on all their tiny police cars.

Somebody selling you a picture of a picture of you dancing at a Baptist tent revival.

 

Your standing in the clear you've made your shadow disappear,

walking in the darkness when the moon is gone.

When will you realize your truth is just a bed of lies

covers made of roses and a pillow of thorns.

 

And now your telephone keeps screaming out the two tones that the English

use on all their tiny police cars.

Somebody selling you a picture of a picture of you dancing at a Baptist tent revival.

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Train Over You

Well you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.

Yeah you took me too the station, when I was ten years old.

You said pick yourself a fast one, because you got to go.

 

Well the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies.

Yeah the sun burns on the rails here, the whistle screams out all your lies.

And I think about my brother, I spit your name out as I cry.

 

Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.

Bet your dancing with your new man, and drinking fine liquor too.

If my daddy was still living, he'd drive this train right over you.

 

Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.

Know I don't know where I'm going, I only know just where I been.

But you watch yourself now mama, I might be back this way again.

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