MY MOTHER THE Moon (2018)

1. TURNTABLE

In the arms of a lover, in the arms of your son

You lay your head heavy, you're the only one

Won't you sit for a while? Won't you rest yourself?

You know it ain't such a shame to have lost yourself

You know it ain't such a shame to have lost yourself

Three years and a bottle of cheap red wine

All my sacred sins and all your dirty lies

And I ride, and I ride, and I ride, and I ride

Keep riding even when I don't know why

Keep riding even when I don't know why

She said, "If my heart was a turntable,

And my belly was the speaker and my soul the needle,"

Oh, she said, "If my heart was a turntable,

And my belly was the speaker and my soul the needle."

Meet me in the garden by the flowers blue

Where the trees stretch and wrap their arms around you

And they fill you up til you don't know what to do

On a winter's night when everything is new

On a winter's night when everything is new

She said, "If my heart was a turntable,

And my belly was the speaker and my soul the needle,"

Oh, she said, "If my heart was a turntable,

And my belly was the speaker and my soul the needle."

2. A PETAL HERE, A PETAL THERE

Darling, won't you rest your weary eyes?

There's no use in waiting for sunrise

If the stars begin to dim

And if the earth ceases to spin

No matter where I am or where I've been

A person needs a place to rest her head

A place to put her burdens down to rest

I think I'll join the working class

I just want my work to last

Tell me now, is that too much to ask?

Sometime's there ain't no right; there ain't no wrong

There ain't a new way to put it in a song

I'm sorry, Dad. I'm sorry, Mom.

I think I've known it all along

Sometimes there ain't no right; there ain't no wrong

A flower for the gaze you shared with me

A stone for all our shitty memories

A petal here, a petal there

A petal for your lovely hair

A penance for the things I could not share

Darling, won't you rest your weary eyes?

There's no use in waiting for sunrise

If the stars begin to dim

And if the earth ceases to spin

No matter where I am or where I've been


3. AMERICAN POOR

There's a new generation of poor

Faces clean and their eyes are pure

Empty stomachs but their mouths are full

American proud, American poor

They'll send you a free book every year

A discount for your diagnosis, Dear

They'll give you pills to take away your fears

American poor, American here

I left my innocence in the sea

With all things that I made believe

Shadow thing, it's just me

Make believe, make believe

The people are working silently

Sweatin' in their own salty sea

Now they're setting fire out in the streets

American proud, American poor

There can be no greater thing

Than to love a stranger

Yes, there can be no greater thing

American proud, American poor

We treat the people who serve us like shit

Cause nothing would ever really come of it

It's fair if you say it's fair. It ain't me so it's not there

American proud, American poor

4. MY MANY DAYS

How do I spend my many days?

With all my restless ways

Got me feelin' so strange

Paintings on a cave

How do I spend my youthful days?

They think I lost my way

Every day we change, we change

Life's a messy maze

How do I spend my numbered days?

Can't you see we're all the same

I'd like to rid myself of shame

Well that would be the day

Cause I know we're gonna win

Cause I know we're gonna win

Yes, I know we're gonna win

How do I spend my human days?

She said, "Just don't lose faith."

Well that would be the day, Babe

That would be the day.

5. SWINGER IN THE TREES

Baby, it's been a long year

Flowers fading in the window and I'm still here

Lately, I lost my courage

I'm just a speck in the ocean, a leaf in the forest

So why then all this fear?

You've got to have faith

In the small things

I don't know much, but I know that pity is a sick thing

I saw my brother

He was hiding in the mountains

How quickly we forget

The beauty that surrounds us

All these strangers

Passing by me

But we choose not to see,

Yeah we choose not to see (I wanna be)

Oh, we choose not to see

There is always hope,

There is always hope.

There is always hope (I wanna be)

A swinger in the trees

6. DARLING DEAR

There's holes in my shoes and there's a light inside of you

I can't quite recognize

Cracks in the sidewalk, children swimming in the leaves

I can't quite recognize

Oh, ya know, let's lay one low in the alley where we used to meet

Oh, ya know, let's take it slow. There's room to grow, there's room to grow

There's room to grow

Oh little girl inside of me,

I'm sorry for the things you've seen,

My baby darling

Nothing hurts quite worse

Than when the ones you love the most

Can't stop their suffering

Oh, ya know, my darling dear,

There's a light that takes away all fear.

Oh, ya know, my darling dear,

It's okay to be happy here.

It's okay to be happy!

Are we born with pain and shame and greed

Are we meant to house such suffering?

Tell me what you think.

I think we're born to live and love

And count the endless stars above

While we're here.

7. MY MOTHER THE MOON

Oh sacred fallacy,

What have you done to me?

My hands aren't clean,

My hands aren't clean.

My mother the moon

Mass tables too

Stranger in me, stranger in you

What are we to do?

Oh secret wisdom,

Tell me what has become.

What did I do?

What did I do?

Oh lover ecstasy!

Killer inside of me.

Searching for harmony

David who lost his star,

She hasn't gone very far

In every note

In every song

My mother the moon,

Mass tables too

Stranger in me,

Stranger in you

What are we to do?

8. ON AND ON

Desolate ain't done no wrong

So I ride along and I write a song

Been goin' on for way too long

And on and on and on and on

Rain don't bother me tonight

The lights just seem to be so bright

Well, honey babe, maybe you're right

But I forgot just how to fight

On and on and on and on,

Honey babe, did I do ya wrong?

On and on and on and on,

Gonna find a place where I belong

I've got a bag of tricks and a box of hats

I'm gonna make you cry; I'm gonna make you laugh

I was broken, do you remember that?

When I laid my head down on your lap

Desolate, ain't done no wrong

Well maybe if I write it in a song

And we can all just sing along

And on and on and on and on



9. MODERN MAN

Show me sentiment

Show me heaven sent

Show me fields of harvest blue

Show me a monster as our highest hand

He's a puppet too

He's a puppet too

Show me blasphemy

Modern government

Where the weakest hand is your own

Where the modern man is a factory

And the lazy boy his throne

And the funny thing is he don't even know

My pain it doesn't go away,

It grows distant

In the morning we woke up and strolled around the mission

I couldn't sleep last night

I just kept thinking about the clocks in my grandmother's kitchen

About the woman down in Nashville soaked to her bone

Now I'm walking around San Fran like everything is gold

Show me the moment when I don't give a fuck

Love is love, and love is enough

Show me the moment when I'm in ecstasy

Sacred knowing, love is all we need

Love is all we need

10. AIN'T NO DIFFERENCE

There is a house

There ain't no rooms

I've got some pretty lies

I've got some decent truths

I'll reinvent myself

I'll work in silence

You'll be my benefit

I'll be your witness

Lay it for me down now

Brother's on the sidewalk

Sister's in the bedroom

Voices in his head now

The house is gone now

It's an empty lot now

There ain't no difference

cartoon Moon (2016)

1. GOLDEN SKY

Sometimes I wish I was a leaf

Sometimes I wish I was a tall tree

Sometimes I wish I was a deep sea swimmer

Sometimes I wish I was a rock

Sometimes I wish I was a tall corn stalk

Sometimes I wish to be anything I'm not

We must not lose sight

We must not lose sight

Of that golden, golden sky

Or the mirrors in your eyes

Sometimes I wish to be your favorite vinyl

The water boiling on your tea kettle

These feelings move around but never, never settle

Sometimes I wish to be your walking stick

Sometimes I think that I don't even exist

Sometimes I just want to tell you all of this

2. RED PONY

And I saw you on the street

Hiding underneath the trees

Oh, I lost you in my sleep

And you found me in the deep

I know the road sometimes seems empty

Passing mile after mile

My old soul's to old to go on

Too young to stay a while

We were somewhere on the ocean

Water blinding to my eyes

Yes I've been dreaming every day,

And I've been dreaming every night

But all the words you said, I lost them

But I remember diving in

Sinking further in the ocean

Sinking further in my sin

3. ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW

Honey, I know we gave it our best

Tried to listen to the wispy wind of the west

Following the way the leaves have blown

Well maybe I'm made to be alone

Oh, you know I feel your flame and your fire

Woman and man I feel your child

My hand in my pocket; I'll carry your stone

Well maybe I'm made to be alone

Our hearts laid on the road

Mingled and mixed with the earth below

We're all in heaven, Lord told me so

That's all I really need to know

Burning bush in the desert night

Will you cast your flame, will you share your light?

The ground laden in war horse bones

Well maybe I'm made to be alone

Holy mountain, fountain flow

Caught in the shade of the cloud shadow

Well things they come and things they go

Maybe I'm made to be alone

So gather your arrow and gather your bow

Pierce me with you sin, pierce me with your soul

I guess we'll never really know

Maybe I'm made to be alone

4. AIN’T GOT TIME

I've been walking on the water's surface, Lord,

You know I ain't got time

I've been playin in the devil's fire furnace

Oh, you know I ain't got time

I've been drinking from a dirty well, oh Lord,

You know I ain't got time

I've been casting out mighty spells

Oh, you know I ain't got time

I've been swimming in a deep sea current

Oh, you know I ain't got time

And the good Lord's face, I once saw it

Now, you know, I ain't got time

I've been playing with a dirty deck of cards

You know I ain't got time

I've been digging holes in my backyard

Oh you know, I ain't got time

5. DEEP BLUE SEA

If you find yourself weary

If you find yourself broken down

Brother, you're not alone

If you find yourself heartbroken

Sinner in a sacred place

Sister, you are safe

If you find yourself feeling lost

I know the road can feel so long

Mother, you're not alone

If you find yourself a falling leaf

Maybe you'll drift right next to me

Cause we all swim in the same deep blue sea

6. KICKAPOO CREEK

I just wanna go where the grass is green

In another land, in another dream

Right outside my window

I just wanna feel dirt on my hands

In the green, green valley of the fertile land

Right outside my window

Right in front of me

I just wanna go where the soft wind blows

And the mountains are covered in the cloud shadows

Right outside my window

I just want to go where the poets preach

And the children laugh and dance and sing

Right outside my window

Right in front of me

I just want to go where the sea takes me

In the shade of my brother, old oak tree

Right outside my window

I just want to go to the Kickapoo Creek

Where the lover is you and the lover is me

Right outside my window

Right in front of me

7. BROTHERS

Don't cry for me, lover

Don't shed a tear

Let your laughter ring out

I can hear it in my ears

Your love- the ocean

I went for a swim

Tried to build a boat

But I still drowned in it

You see, lover,

Sorrow follow me around

It picks me up and it holds me down

It follows me from town to town

It was there even when you were around

But I try never to make a sound

My brothers, my brothers,

How I miss your soul

I could feel your tragedy

I could feel it years ago

My brothers, my brothers!

How I miss your soul

I could feel your tragedy

I could feel it in my bones

Sweet

Sweet

Sweet sorrow come take me home

8. IN THE MORNING

And I said please, just let me be

And in the morning, I see my lover

He keeps calling out to me

And by the noontide, I see my sister

She keeps calling out to me

And in the tree tops I see my true self

She keeps callin' out to me

And in the valley I see my ego

And it keeps calling out to me

And in the forest, I see my young self

She keeps calling out to me

Words resounding, and words so softly

They keep calling out to me

And in the churches, I see the sinners

They keep singing out to me

And in the downtown bars I see them true folk

They keep calling out to me

9. LONG WAY DOWN

Strangers swimming on the street

I hear you callin’ out to me

So suddenly, so suddenly

And it's a long, long way down

Honey, I can't rescue you

I don't know the things to do

And I don't think you want me to

Pleasure filled delirium

Moon and stars and earth and sun

Moon and stars and earth and sun

Oh, the more I know, the more I don't

They found you hangin' from a rope

Please say hello to my good old folks

10. PEACE MY SOUL

Push it back, back into the ground

I've been waiting for so long

Seeds I've sown, songs I've sung

I've been waiting for so long

Peace, oh peace, my soul

Last spring I planted seeds of hope

Peace, oh peace, my soul

I'm waiting for them to grow

Months have passed, and so have friends

Well, I'm not ready for the end

“Hell,” she said, “hell it's been”

I'm not ready for the end

Hurt and lies and last good-byes

And I will not close my eyes to the truth

I will not lie it's been a long winter without you

Birds in V's and life on trees and

To all those coming to me in my sleep

It's been a long winter without you