I’m Giving Up On Rock and Roll

Everything is falling apart

I can’t feel a thing and it’s breaking my heart

You know it makes me so sad I can’t feel as bad as I used to

I got a lot of ideas how great the world could be

But none of them have got a thing to do with me

Getting up in front of you and going out of control

 

I love you now more than ever

So that’s why I’m gonna get right up and do you this favor

I’ll never sing again to try to make you want me or convince you that I could be your savior

They say “Hey man! Kick your leg” and they say “Cmon cmon cmon now shake it, yeah!”

“Belt us out a high one, we know you can make it up there!”

I’m not giving up on you, and I ain’t lost my soul, I hope

It’s just I’m giving up on rock and roll 

I said I’m giving up on rock and roll

 

I’m giving up

I’m giving up on rock and roll

 

I’m giving up on rock and roll it don’t do nothing for my soul no more

Singing I’m giving up on rock and roll

 

 

Mystery

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about a thing called mystery

It’s what makes some people pray and it’s what makes some wanna sing

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about a thing called mystery

Some they never know it’s there and others see it every day

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about a thing called mystery

 

It’s like twelve men looking down on another, oh a mystery

It’s that one treating each of them like a brother, oh a mystery

Making them look at him like they look at each other, oh a mystery

It’s just another mystery

 

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about how life’s not really real

We all wanna believe it’s there, but it’s just this thing meant to conceal

The fear we have about our end and what it’s gonna do with us

Mostly I don’t wanna know, you see I’m simply not that adventurous

I’ve been thinking a lot these days about how life’s not really real

 

It’s what pulls us together then tears us apart, it’s not really real

It’s what bend, then fixes, then stops our hearts, it’s not really real

Ending it all before it ever really starts, it’s not really real

You know life it’s not…

 

Mystery!

It’s not really real!

 

 

On My Final Day

I could’ve stood up I could’ve spoke my mind

I could’ve changed the world if I’d only made the time

But there won’t be much to say on my final day

You know I tried to keep it real I tried to break some ground

Tried to blow the mind of every man I found

But there won’t be much to say on my final

 

There won’t be much to say when my wheels have spun

There won’t be much to say when my final showing has begun

No there won’t be much to say when my time has come to an end

There won’t be much to say

 

I told it to my neighbors to my family to my friends

I told ‘em what I could but they’ll never understand

So there won’t be much to say on my final day

I tried to write it down so I won’t forget

But when I read it back you know it doesn’t make sense

So there won’t be much to say on my final day

 

There won’t be much to say when my sun has set

There won’t be much to say when my god I have met

There won’t be much to say when he forgets my name

There won’t be much to say

 

I just tried to share what I found to be the truth

But no one wants to listen when they know they know it, too

So there won’t be much to say on my final day

So I waited around to find out how it’s done

But the only thing I learned was which way to run

So there won’t be much to say on my final day

 

There won’t be much to say when my curtains have drawn

There won’t be much to say when my resolve and ambition have gone

No there won’t be much to say when all has turned wrong

And can’t be made good again

No…

 

There won’t be much to say when I’ve made my last call

There won’t be much to say

There won’t be much to say when I’m made to crawl back into my bed again

 

 

I Lose It

I’ve looked for love most everywhere

I’ve checked right here and over there

And every time I think it’s mine 

I lose it

 

Finally I realized

That true love is more like true lies

And if I give it a try 

I lose it

 

Then I thought I’ll just change the plot

Oh if love’s not real I’ll do what I feel

I’ll tell a tale in which I fail

To lose it

 

It seems to be that pure hearts beat in only yarn we spin

And beauty flows from nowhere from a pen

I’ve been searching for the words so long ago life took

Now I know where to look

In the pages of a book

 

Now it’s done, I’ve given up the chase

Stuck the roses back in their vase

I’ll never knock or ring your bell again

 

 

Everybody Rains

Everybody rains it’s how we deal with pain

You know god invented crying so that we would go on trying

If you really let it out pour it all into a shout

Well you always feel so mellow when you got a salty pillow

And if you take issue you should also grab a tissue

Cause when your cheeks get hotter well your eyes will provide water

And if it just don’t stop you can always blow your top

But sooner or later, you gotta face it, that raining does erase it

 

Everybody pours it’s how we ask for more

So get down on your knees boy and beg her pretty please boy

And when she sees you dripping it’ll send her heart a tripping

She’ll be jumping and back-flipping just to have you back again

 

[Spoken]

Oh how ya doing Christopher?

Not so good!

Oh really, well that’s too bad

Yeah

Well, you know what my momma always used to tell me?

What’d your momma tell you?

My momma told me that everybody rains, everybody rains, everybody rains!

 

Everybody’s grey! That’s ok! It’s just the way we were made

So if you’re need of some company

I’m sure there’s someone blue who will sit next time

But if a friend cannot be found you know who’ll always be around

This little grey cloud to rain on you!

 

 

Be a Good Person

I’m gonna be a good person today

I ain’t gonna think about fighting at all

And I ain’t gonna disappoint my ma or my pa

I’m gonna less like Saul or more like Paul

I’m gonna be a good person today

 

I’m gonna be a good person tonight

I ain’t gonna curse except for when I spit

And I probably won’t consider taking even just one hit

And I won’t drink, nah, but just a little bit

I’m gonna be a good person tonight

 

I’m gonna be a good person this year

I ain’t gonna use the Lord’s name in vain

I won’t use it at all, no, just to be safe

Hell, maybe I’ll just go ahead and change that Dude’s name

I’m gonna be a good person today

 

I’m gonna rise above ideas that have come before

I’m gonna rise above less I’m gonna rise above more

I’m gonna rise above everything I’ve got to live for

I’m gonna rise above it all

 

 

I Guess My Heart’s Out of Tune Again

I sit down at this piano

I press down on the keys

You know the notes ring out so clear

But they never get inside me

 

So I let my mouth open

And I make the words, oh the words come out

I sing the steps to the church must be broken

Cause I’ve not seen a soul come down

 

And I guess my heart’s out of tune again

 

So I called up my master

I said hey do you still have that key

He said boy you know I haven’t had a mind for that thing

Since you took it up on yourself to walk out on me

 

I cried out please oh master please

Could you check all your cupboards and check all your drawers for me

He said son I’m gonna hang up now

 

And I guess my heart’s out of tune again

 

I set down the receiver

And I let my hands oh my hands cover my face

I cried out you knew I could never be a believer

So why you gotta let a man like that have a run of this place

 

Then she opened up light and said you can call back your master

Call him right up and give him this message for me

Tell him oh tell him

That it’s you my lord who will never be free

No you ain’t ever even gonna know what free means

And heaven will be the lamp for the genie

 

 

What’s the Name of the Town?

What’s the name of the town where the train stopped last night?

What do they call it do they call it Denver

Or maybe it was Salt Lake or Omaha

I ain’t never seen a town like the one I saw

 

This town’s got a house and a glass for something sweeter

In each room pianos stood tall and man sat upon them

And all those men cried out you gotta open all the doors we wanna let all the people hear

Pretty soon you’ll join in on Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

 

What’s the name of the town where the train stopped last night?

What do they call it do they call it Chicago

Or maybe it was Madison or St. Paul

I ain’t never seen a town like the one I saw

 

In this place there’s a road you know it’s going right down the middle

And on one side there’s this castle and on the other a wood

And all the ladies and the children are working so hard scrubbing down those walls

While the leaves they grow and change colors, too and eventually fall

 

What’s the name of the town where the train stopped last night?

What do they call it do they call it New Orleans

Or maybe it was Little Rock or Columbia

I ain’t never seen a town like the one I saw

 

So I woke up this morning and I called my friend I said hey I don’t think I can meet today

She said that’s alright it’s cool I understand what you smell something coming in on the wind or something

I said I had this most exotic stop on the Z Line last night

Everyone I knew and you were there, too and she said Yeah you were looking real good

 

 

I’m Not That Famous Yet

I will not talk to my friends anymore

I'll never call my mom or my dad

I won't be home for Christmas again

I'm not that famous yet

 

Jealous young guys will look at me

As I gracefully dance from coast to coast

I'll take their girlfriends back to hotel rooms

But I'm not that famous yet

 

Everyone will hate me for what I've become

They'll say remember how he used to be?

They'll reach up and pull me down and kill me then

But I'm not that famous yet

 

No I'm not that famous yet

No no no no no no no no