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  One for the Road

 

Don't Try'n Change My Mind (Ronnie Lane)

Don't try to change my mind
I ain't nobody
I just been where I been
And I seen what I seen
Nothing more
 
Don't try to change my mind 
I don't want no secrets
The answers don't ask
All the questions there are anymore
 
One thing that I know
Where she takes me
That's where I'll go
 
The answers don't ask
All the questions there are anymore
 
Don't try to change my mind 
It's just a story
Just a stage, just a scene
Just a dream in a dream nothing more
 
I've seen her come and go
She comes like sunshine
She goes like snow
 
Just a stage just a scene
Just a dream in a dream nothing more
 
One thing that I know
Where she takes me
That's where I'll go
Don't try to change my mind 
When you come all alone
And you go on your own
Out that door

 

32nd Street (Ronnie Lane)

I'd rather have my life than be unborn
I'd rather have a bad time than no time at all
I'd rather take the storm than be becalmed
I'd rather have my life than be unborn

But if I was a monkey up a tree
All you big old blackbirds would come and take a peck at me
But I'd rather have that life than be unborn
I'd rather take that writing off the wall

if I was a monkey up a tree
Or down in some old basement on 32nd Street
But I'd rather live a nightmare that's my own
I'd rather take that writing off the wall

Sometimes I think I must be going crazy
'Cause most people seem to value that that hasn't any worth
That's their business now you know I'm easy
As long as they don't count on me to do their dirty work

I'd rather be the rain than be a pond
I'd rather I had nothing than had something that I'd borne
I'd rather make my church the open road
I'd rather wipe that writing off the wall

if I was a monkey up a tree
Or in some dirty basement down on 32nd Street
I'd rather take my life than be unborn
I'd disregard that writing on the wall

Sometimes I think I must be going crazy
Most people seem to value that that hasn't any worth
Well that's their business now you know I'm easy
As long as they don't count on me to do their dirty work

I'd rather have my life than be unborn
I'd rather have a bad time than no time at all
I'd rather take that storm than be becalmed
I'd rather have my life than be unborn

Give me just one wish and leave me be
Give me some old shack upon that rocky mountain scene
But I'd rather take my life than be unborn
Yes, I'd rather wipe that writing off the wall

 

Steppin' An' Reelin' (The Wedding) (Ronnie Lane)

When I wake this morining
I'm gonna take you for a ride
Go and get your shoes on
Gonna take you in a buggy by my side

I ain't superstitious
But I'm gonna dress you all in white
From the chapel to the champagne
I hope you'll still be standing come the night
'Cause we're gonna cut a caper
We'll go steppin' and reelin' til the light

My love for you it hurts me
Hurts me bad, cuts me deep inside
That's why come the morning
I'm gonna take you for a ride

Something old
I see you wearing something once was new, babe
And there's something borrowed
I see you wearing something once was blue

All those ornamental ruins
There so typical of me and of you, babe
That's why come the morning I'm gonna take you for a ride
Go and get your shoes on girl
And get you and your skinny ass outside
If you ever break my heart I swear
I'm gonna break your jaw and then I'll die
'Cause my love for you it hurts me
Hurts me bad, cuts me deep inside

But those ornamental ruins
There so typical of me and of you, babe
Katie, get your skates on, girl
The kids ain't dressed and we're running out of time
The best man, he's hungover
And he done and gone and left the ring behind
Your mother's in the front yard
And I think I know what's going through her mind

Something old
I see you wearing something once was new, babe
And there's something borrowed
I see you wearing something once was blue
I've heard it said
That you can shake a leg or maybe two, babe
That's why come the morning
We go steppin' and reelin' cross the night

 

 

Nobody's Listenin' (Ronnie Lane)

It's a small, bad world
When your first true breath's your last
And there's a tooth and nail
Down every alley or maybe valley that you pass
And the lies come first
And the truth will always come home last

And all your future's tied up in your past
 
You must have heard about the boy when he cried wolf
He cried wolf once too long
But the last time that they heard him he told the truth
The last time nobody came
'Cause there was nobody listening anymore

You must have heard of Mr. Pilot
He washed his hands
He washed his hands the best he could
After he stood up on his soap box and he told the land
"I can't see nothing wrong"
'Cause there was nobody listening anymore

I can count them on my fingers
One by one
One by one down they go
All these hard luck stories
Oh man, oh man
I've got problems of my own
'Cause there ain't nobody listening anymore

 

 


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