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Lyrics:
From "Ain't Gonna Beg"

Your Love Don't Mean a Thing

You know I said our love was a two way street.
I'd give you all the joy love could bring.
Travel near and far just to see you smile.
I almost bought you a ring.
But every time I'm sweet - every time I'm cool.
You treat me like I'm a fool
That's why my heart did fall when these words you called:
Your love don't mean a thing!

I'm working day and night for the things you love:
Sacrifice for you.
You act hard and cool like a lifeless thing.
Don't matter what I do.
Every time I'm sweet - every time I'm cool.
You treat me like I'm a fool
That's why my sorrow broke when these words you spoke:
Your love don't mean a thing!


Blues for Breakfast

Blues for breakfast: see the world go passing by.
Blues for breakfast: see the world go passing by.
Way things go between us, Baby, I can't see eye to eye.

Come on, woman, let's make some love tonight.
Come on, woman, let's make a little love tonight
Seem how lately, Baby, all we gonna do is fuss and fight.

Blues for breakfast: see the world go passing by.
Blues for breakfast: see the world go passing by.
Way things go between us, Baby, I can't see eye to eye.

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Ain't Gonna Beg

Aint' gonna beg for you love,
Ain't gonna dream of your kiss.
Said I ain't gonna beg for you love.
You know I ain't gonna dream of your kiss.
If you ain't gonna love me, Baby,
Ain't nothing for me to miss.

You know I ain't gonna crawl to your door.
Baby, I ain't gonna howl there at night.
Said I ain't gonna crawl to your door.
You know I ain't gonna howl there at night.
If you ain't gonna love me, Baby,
You know it's perfectly alright - you know it's alright!

Aint' gonna beg for you love,
Ain't gonna dream of your kiss.
Said I ain't gonna beg for you love.
You know I ain't gonna dream of your kiss.
If you ain't gonna love me, Baby,
Ain't nothing for me to miss.

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Holding Me Back

You’re holding me back now,
Been holding me so long.
I can’t get where I’m going.
Too scared of where I’ve gone.
Feels like I’m on trial
Every move I make.
I’m so used to losing,
Success is hard to take.

And I'm getting tired of pushing on.
I hardly see the light.
I'm fighting a losing battle:
Your evil grin as dark as night!
And I'm getting tired of pushing on.
I hardly see the light.
I'm fighting a losing battle:
Whisky cut me like a knife!

You know you got me running:
Running right to you.
I know your kiss is poison,
But ain't nothing I can do.
This can't go on forever;
I got to quit you fast.
Sure enough if I don't now,
My luck ain't gonna last.

And I'm getting tired of pushing on.
I hardly see the light.
I'm fighting a losing battle:
Your evil grin as dark as night!
And I'm getting tired of pushing on.
I hardly see the light.
I'm fighting a losing battle:
Whisky cut me like a knife!

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Rainbow of Tears

Look at the bright side of life if you can;
All God’s children got plans.
Look straight in the dark if you can:
What you gonna see’ll break any man.

Love is a game I’m gonna lose.
The best I can do is sing the blues.
Your sittin’ there cryin’ alone,
Or walkin’ around with a heart that’s torn.

I can see a rainbow of tears,
Through the years.
I can see the darkest night
In all this light.

I walk past your door and resist.
The more you see me smile, the less I exist.
Your love is heaven or hell.
And, Darling, when I dream you know it’s hard to tell.

I can see a rainbow of tears,
Through the years.
I can see the darkest night
In all this light.

I can see the colors that amaze
Through the haze.
I can see a rainbow of tears
Through the years.

I see fools’ gold in the pan.
The illusion of freedom don’t make a man.
I know she’s waiting for me,
And if I don’t get there,
I won’t never be free.

I can see a rainbow of tears,
Through the years.
I can see the darkest night
In all this light.

I can see the colors that amaze
Through the haze.
I can see a rainbow of tears
Through the years.

Just Won't Stay
Woke up this morning at quarter to four.
Put on my shoes, and I walked to the door.
Looked outside, and do you know what I see?
Here's my baby waving to me!
And I'm crying, "Why does it have to be this way?!"
You know I tried to please her,
But she just won't stay.
I look at my baby while she's walkin' away.
I said, "Hey, Baby, why can't you stay?"
She looked at me with her cruel, cruel smile:
"To get away from you, I'd walk a million miles!"
And I'm crying, "Why does it have to be this way?!"
You know I tried to please her,
But she just won't stay.

I love my woman like a ball and chain.
She ain't near me, I feel a terrible pain.
I try to please to please her with everything I do.
She ain't faithful - she ain't true.
And I'm crying, "Why does it have to be this way?!"
You know I tried to please her,
But she just won't stay.

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Tell Ya What!

Look over yonder: storm clouds on the rise.
Look at the children: tears and anger fill their eyes.
We've all been taking - taking out of fear.
Deep down we know, the end it could be near.
Come on, my friends, there ain't no hiding place.
We got to face it all alone.

Look at the rivers runnin' poison to the sea.
Look at the blue skies, made foul by you and me.
New bottom lines: take anything you need.
New bottom lines: ain't nothing wrong with greed.
Come on, my friends, there ain't no hiding place.
We got to face it all alone.

Look at the cites: chaos in the streets.
Look at the leaders: can't trust no one you meet.
I play my music, and I try to forget.
Deep down I know the worst it ain't come yet.
Come on, my friends, there ain't no hiding place.
We got to face it all alone.

Look at the rivers runnin' poison to the sea.
Look at the blue skies, made foul by you and me.
New bottom lines: take anything you need.
New bottom lines: ain't nothing wrong with greed.
Come on, my friends, there ain't no hiding place.
We got to face it all alone.

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Open Road

I’m losing friends, and I’m losing time.
Losing track of that woman of mine.
Listen to the music, baby, can you feel the blues?
Maybe I ain’t got nothing you can use.

And I say now, hold on to that open road.
I never really did find nothing to save my soul.

Wandering round in a city of dreams.
Searching for amazing visions like the ones I'd seen.
Sometimes I find my way, and other times no.
I just plug in my guitar, and play another show.

And I say now, hold on to that open road.
I never really did find nothing to save my soul.
And I say now, hold on to that open road.
I never really did find nothing to save my soul.

Late at night when it's dark and cold,
I hear the devil call my name to claim another soul.
That's when I turn to my woman with her lovin' ways.
And I pray to God she'll stay with me till my dying days.

And I say now, hold on to that open road.
I never really did find nothing to save my soul.
And I say now, hold on to that open road.
I never really did find nothing to save my soul.

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Lyrics:
From "Makes Good Sense to Try"

Faith/Swear I'll Save the World

Faith flies a longer course,
And Love, just the same.
Wisdom rides a wayward horse,
And Kindness won’t be tamed.

The days bring a shallow gloom
Till night when my worries end.
And sleep steals into the room:
The only peace this world can send.

I dream of my family -
My wife a sea of tears.
My kids hold back a wall of pain,
And I locked up for years.
Give me back my sanctity.
Give me back my world.
Give me back my blessed health,
And I swear I'll save the world!

If I walk, and my cancer rests,
I know my heart will break.
The warmth of a billion tears,
Will wash away this fool's claim I'd staked.

So give me back my sanctity.
Give me back my world.
Give me back my blessed health,
And I swear I'll save the world!

Faith flies a longer course,
And Love, just the same.
Wisdom rides a wayward horse,
And Kindness....KIndness.

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Be

No act of war,
No realm of peace,
Can take this love from me.
No final words:
No stream of tears,
Can take this love from me.

Something still.
Perfect peace.
Such a gift to me.
To be.
To be.
To be.
This stretch of pain,
Alone at sea,
Can only serve to help me be.
Yeah, I must let go,
And trust the truth:
Turn my ways sincere.

It's something still.
Perfect peace.
Such a gift to me.
To be.
To be.
To be.

Face my fears.
Embrace with love,
Soul who's been hiding all these years.
Face my fears.
Embrace with love.
A soul who's been hiding all these years.

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Goldeneye

Rolling waves, graying sky.
Goldeneye rolling on.
Fishing here for a thousand years;
Fishing till all the fish are gone.

Watch the surf and the golden sand.
Feel the cold against your skin.
Rose in a stone - feel the miracle.
See the shape you're truly in.

All in all, it's just a magic show
But we keep looking for the prize.
All in all, it's just a magic show,
So open up your eyes.

Piece of driftwood in the foam.
Feeling broken and alone.
Gull rests gently in the sand.
I'm trying to live without a plan.

I try and walk my blues away:
North or south, they're here to stay;
Only shake them when I see the show:
Only shake them when I truly know:
That I am not that Goldeneye.
He ain't afraid he's gonna die.
And as I rest here in the sand,
I see myself a lonely man.
Day has broken, shadows gone.
I play my guitar in the sun.
Birdsong ringing in the woods.
Another walk'd do me good - do me some good.

I guess my tears and I are friends.
They wake me up to live again.
If I can only stay the course.
Within this moment, nothing lost.

All in all, it's just a magic show
But we keep looking for the prize.
All in all, it's just a magic show,
So open up your eyes.

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Don't Walk Away

Living this life is just a little disturbing,
Every time the truth unfolds.
But running from life, it gets a little unnerving:
It gets a little cold.

I find myself just rollin' and tumblin'.
I find my path ain't clear.
When I look in your eyes, I want to see that you love me.
Can't you see my invisible tears.

But late at night when the moonbeams calling,
It all comes right into view

Back as a boy, I was just rollin' and fumblin'.
I never found my way.
I made them all smile; I played the part of the clown now.
Never let the truth in my way.
But my Daddy's gone, and my Mama, she's dying.
Don't you know my heart's so cold?
Surrounded by friends and lovers, keep trying,
To help me find real gold.
But right at dawn when the fog starts lifting,
It all comes right into view.

Don't walk away, when you're feeling blue.
Just let your love light shine.
It all depends on you.
Remember love is strong -
Keep it in all you do.
Just let your soul light shine.
You know it's true.

Trying each day just to leave the door open,
And let my heart roam free,
A fearful wind shuts it, but I see the distance,
Between that wind and me.

If you're looking for love, then don't look no further,
Than right inside your heart.
If you don't know you're love then you must as well pack up:
You got the horse behind the cart.

Night air chilling and thunder rumbling,
It all comes right into view.

Don't walk away, when you're feeling blue.
Just let your love light shine.
It all depends on you.
Remember love is strong -
Keep it in all you do.
Just let your soul light shine.
You know it's true.

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On My Way

I’m on my way.
What I say.
It’s your greed
I don’t need.
I’m on my way.
I can’t stay.
It’s my right.
Be back to fight.
And I know you’ll try to blame me,
Find a way to shame me.
You’re digging your own grave.
I’m on my way.
What I say
.
You’ve tricked the masses.
Budweiser in their glasses.
You line your pockets
With profits from rockets.
You say we’re free,
But that can’t be.
Get robbed at the pump;
How high can we jump?
And I know you’re out to crush me,
Find a way to bust me.
You’re digging your own grave.
I’m on my way,
What I say.

The Natives got destroyed,
Cause you they annoyed.
You said this land was great,
With slaves behind your gate.
This fabulous lie,
We’re supposed to buy.
George Bush is King.
Been passed the ring.
And I know me you’ll discredit,
But I’ll find a way to shed it.
You’re digging your own grave.
I’m on my way,
What I say!

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Untether the Lines

Got to find a way,
Untether the lines.
Got to find a way,
To move.

Got to find a way,
Untether the lines.
Got to find a way,
To groove.

Needlessly waiting,
Simply anchored by scorn.
Heedlessly skating,
In this world all alone.

Songs, songs that only lovers sing;
Pull that anchor up, and float downstream.
Only let it ring!
And all the time you know that you're in God's hands.
Never, never try to understand.
Just give it up.
Float with the groove now,
Float so much smoother downstream.

Got to find a way,
Untether the lines.
Got to find a way,
To move.

Got to find a way,
Untether the lines.
Got to find a way,
To groove.

Got to find a way.
Help me find a way.
Got to find a way:
Untether the lines...

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E.B. (for our beloved Deerhound)

Even though you're gone,
I can't stop loving you.
Even though you're gone,
I won't stop loving you.

And I call your name,
And I look for faith.
Yeah, I call your name.
Give me that day.
Show me your smile.
Give me a way to say...

...With the rise of tears,
I will not feed my fears.
And with the passing years,
I must hold you near.

I can see you face:
Ain't not mistake.
And I can feel your love.
Give me that day.
Show me your smile.
Give me a way to say:
Sometimes life is hard,
And breaks don't come my way.
That's when I have to start
Living the love you brought my way.

With the rise of tears,
I will not feed my fears.
And with the passing years,
I must hold you near.

I can see you face:
Ain't not mistake.
And I can feel your love.
Give me that day.
Show me your smile.
Give me a way to say...

....Look out!

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Looking for a Photograph

I’m looking for a photograph of you.
Wondering why the telephone won’t do.
If I didn’t dodge our first romance,
I’m thinking now I’d have a second chance.

Looking for a memory or two.
With all this booze, nothing much comes through.
But I can see you laughing in the rain.
I guess I'm far too numb to feel much pain.
But wandering around high won't do,
Wondering if I'm alright with you.

I know many years have come and gone,
But I hear it in many a righteous song:
They say that a real love never dies.
So tell my why the tears up in my eyes?

My sister says she knows right where you are.
She says you're up in Maine; it ain't that far.
I'm looking at a photograph of you,
Wondering why the telephone won't do.

But wandering round high ain't cool,
Just wondering if I'm nothing but a fool,
And living with your heart on hold,
It leads to an early grave I'm told.

It's been ten years since our last goodbye.
And I remember walking away to cry.
There was something there I couldn't put my finger on.
Swear to God I never knew what was wrong.

I know what's missing, what the problem was:
Thought I didn't have the right kind of love.
Come morning, I'm driving up to Maine;
I just can't live in this kind of pain.

Come morning, I'm driving up to Maine;
I just can't live in this kind of pain.

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The Owl

Living in truth is hard, you see.
The sun don't shine for all to see.
Every little bird don't have a seed.
You're never gonna get all that you need.

The stars won't shine for me tonight.
A child's smile's beyond my sight.
I've never seen an owl in front of the moon.
Ain't no chance I'll see one soon.

It ain't what you have that lets you see.
And it ain't what you buy that sets you free, Lord, Lord.
Let me tell you something about love;
What a blind man sees in the sky above.
Let me tell you something about pain;
Another man's joy is my own gain.

Did you ever school yourself in time?
Passing through years without a sign?
A worker stopping by just once a day.
Cook a hot meal, then she's right on her way.
Ever look for joy in the feel of a stone?
Ever find solace when you're all alone?
Ever find meaning in a memory?
Remembering all the world to see?

It ain't what you have that lets you see.
And it ain't what you buy that sets you free, Lord, Lord.
Let me tell you something about love;
What a blind man sees in the sky above.
Let me tell you something about pain;
Another man's joy is my own gain.

Did you ever study on the ways of God?
Ain't talking about the Bible or where soldiers trod.
Did you ever practice on the ways of peace?
Really set your mind free - give your heart release?

Every day I wonder about the ways of greed:
So many people taking way more than they need.
I can't see the sun, but I'd give my last breath,
To save a child's spirit from a terrible death.

I wonder about the ways of greed:
So many people taking way more than they need!

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Late September

I'm leaving at seven -
Can't come too soon.
Heading south on 89,
Same old tune.

Sung all the verses:
Your sweet harmony.
Never meant to hurt you, Baby:
Just a shattered dream.

It's in your mind and body.
Know it's in my soul.
I'm just leaving first,
Cause it's getting so Goddamn cold.

And I hope we don't hang love out to dry.
And I hope we both find out:
It makes good sense to try.

It was late September;
You know I didn't cry.
He headed south on 89.
I never knew why.

And Daddy was a gambler.
I gambled on his love.
I just looked up at the stars,
Through the maples up above.

And Mama hid her cryin'.
I shuffled in the dirt.
I can still see it in her eyes:
All this awful hurt.

And I hope we don't hang love out to dry.
And I hope we both find out:
It makes good sense to try.

It's late September.
Leaves changing fast.
The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

Said it's late September.
Leaves changing fast.
The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.
Don't nothin' last?

The colors make me cry.

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Shining Leap

I'm living with a little sadness.
I see now that's it's just begun.
I'm looking at a ton of madness;
Seen enough to know I'm on the run.

You spent some time inside my heart.
You gave me a place to start.
I'm saving up to care, my love.
I'm saving up to dare, my love.

I'm waiting for a formal witness,
I'm waiting for my time to love.
Don't need no gym to work my fitness.
Don't need no help from up above.

You're the only one to see,
What's really going on with me.
I wonder will I ever find a way,
To walk in spirit, hand in hand with you some day?

It's morning - we got songbirds singing.
It's morning, but the day is done.
Cat's real happy, and his purr is ringing.
Nice that one of us is having fun.

You spent some time inside my heart.
These tears give me a place to start.
I need to take that shining leap,
Or forever I may weep.

Forever I may weep...

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