Twenty Years Of Dirt

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    Mr. Bojangles

    I knew a man, Bojangles, and he'd dance for you
    In worn out shoes
    With silver hair, a ragged shirt, and baggy pants
    The old soft shoe
    He jumped so high, jumped so high
    Then he lightly touched down

    I met him in a cell in New Orleans I was
    Down and out
    He looked to me to be the eyes of age
    As he spoke right out
    He talked of life, talked of life, he laughed
    Clicked his heels and stepped

    He said his name "Bojangles", and he danced a lick
    Across the cell
    He grabbed his pants and spread his stance,
    Oh, he jumped so high and then he clicked his heels
    He let go a laugh, let go a laugh
    And shook back his clothes all around

    Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
    Mr. Bojangles, dance

    He danced for those at minstrel shows and county fairs
    Throughout the south
    He spoke through tears of fifteen years how his dog and him
    Traveled about
    The dog up and died, he up and died
    And after twenty years he still grieves

    He said I dance now at every chance in honky-tonks
    For drinks and tips
    But most the time I spend behind these county bars
    'Cause I drinks a bit
    He shook his head, and as he shook his head
    I heard someone ask him please

    Mr. Bojangles, Mr. Bojangles
    Mr. Bojangles, dance
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    Ripplin' Waters

    I've got ripplin' waters to wake me
    To the morning, my woman and love
    And tall pine trees are pointing us easily to Heaven above
    Blue spruce flaming on the grate in the evening
    Takes the chill away fine
    Cut the telephone line and the story's the same

    There's a worn red chair by the window
    That we found at a sale down the way
    When some old women said that they needed more room for the winter
    People like pulling out the stuffing when they sit down
    So it passes the time
    Cut the telephone line and the story's the same

    Oh, like a bubble on a windy day
    Start to flutter when I hear you say
    That you feel too good to go away
    And you make me feel fine
    And you've made my world a warmer place
    By the sparkling of your diamond face
    On a frayed spot put a little lace
    And you make me feel fine
    Warm as the mountain sunshine
    On the edge of the snowline
    In a meadow of columbine

    Oh little Jennifer, I'd give a penny for
    What you've got on your mind
    It seems like most of the time you're lying there dreaming
    Maybe in your vision you see how our mission
    Is slightly less than divine
    Cut the telephone line and the story's the same

    Now ripplin' waters flow through pipes
    In the walls and they're keeping me warm
    And the closest I've been to my family for days is my music
    But to silently stare at the morning sky
    It's like hearing her calling my name
    You cut the telephone line and the story might change

    Oh, like a bubble on a windy day
    Start to flutter when I hear you say
    That you feel too good to go away
    And you make me feel fine
    And you've made my world a warmer place
    By the sparkling of your diamond face
    On a frayed spot, put a little lace
    And you make me feel fine
    Warm as the mountain sunshine
    On the edge of the snowline
    In a meadow of columbine
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    American Dream

    I beg your pardon, mama, what did you say?
    My mind was drifting off on Martinique Bay.
    It's not that I'm not interested, you see;
    Augusta, Georgia is just no place to be.

    I think Jamaican in the moonlight.
    Sandy beaches, drinking rum every night.
    We got no money, mama, but we can go;
    We'll split the difference, go to Coconut Grove.

    Keep on talking, mama, I can hear
    Your voice, it tickles down inside of my ear.
    I feel a tropical vacation this year,
    Might be the answer to this hillbilly fear.

    I think Jamaican in the moonlight.
    Sandy beaches, drinking rum every night.
    We got no money, mama, but we can go;
    We'll split the difference, go to Coconut Grove.

    Voila! An American Dream.
    Well, we can travel girl, without any means.
    When it's as easy as closing your eyes
    And dream Jamaica is a big neon sign.

    Just keep talking, mama, I like that sound.
    It goes so easy with that rain falling down.
    I think a tropical vacation this year,
    Might be the answer to this hillbilly fear.

    Voila! An American Dream.
    Yeah, we can travel, girl, without any means.
    When it's as easy as closing your eyes
    And dream Jamaica is a big neon sign.

    Just think Jamaican in the moonlight.
    Sandy beaches, drinking rum every night.
    We got no money, mama, but we can go;
    We'll split the difference, go to Coconut Grove.
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    Make A Little Magic

    I don't need the same excuses
    All this talk is really useless
    You run for cover every time I'm close to you
    Don't want to hear about the others
    There's something here we should discover
    Let's make a little magic before the night is through

    Ooh, you've seen it all before and heard the same lines
    But if you're willing just to take a chance
    It could be all right, so fine
    We'll find ourselves dancing by firelight

    So don't you try to change the subject
    Or try to put yourself above it
    A boy could get pneumonia sitting next to you, that's true
    A little sleep is all we're losing
    It's up to us to do the choosing
    Let's make a little magic 'fore the night is through
    Make a little magic 'fore the night is through

    Ooh, to the blue skies where no one can reach us
    It may sound crazy but just hold on tight
    Never has a love run deeper
    Baby my heart is true
    Baby my heart is true

    A little sleep is all we're losing
    It's up to us to do the choosing
    Let's make a little magic 'fore the night is through

    Let's make a little magic
    Let's make a little magic
    Make a little magic 'fore the night is through
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    Fire In the Sky

    All alone in a sleepless night
    Passing time with a runaway moon
    Talking to myself
    Wishing I was somewhere else
    It's been too long since I held you girl
    And twice a thousand miles
    But my heart won't beat alone
    I need the love I left behind

    Hold back the dawn a while
    Things will all work out
    Don't let this dream die

    There's a fire in the sky
    It's like the light in your eyes
    Thinking of you
    And I won't give up 'til you're in my arms
    Never give up 'til what's lost is found
    Won't give up on your sweet sweet love again

    Now the night is dark with diamonds
    And I'm standing inside the rain
    Giving up your love
    Was the worst mistake I made
    There's a sound I hear in the distance
    Seems it's calling out my name
    Well, I'll pay most any price
    Just hope I'm not too late

    Turn back the clock a while
    Things will all work out
    That's what the dream is all about

    There's a fire in the sky
    Like the light in your eyes
    Oh, it's true
    That I won't give up 'til you're in my arms
    Never give up 'til what's lost is found
    Won't give up on your sweet sweet love

    Turn back the clock a while
    Things will all work out
    That's what the dream is all about
    I see a fire in the sky
    Just like the light in your eyes
    Thinking of you
    And I won't give up 'til you're in my arms
    Never give up 'til what's lost is found
    Won't give up on your sweet sweet love
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    Dance Little Jean

    I played a weddin' for the money
    And I wished I could've told the bride and groom
    Just what I think of marriage
    And what's in store after their honeymoon

    And I was grumblin' to the dancers
    About how men and women ought to live apart
    And how a promise never made cannot be broken
    And can never break your heart

    Then suddenly from out of nowhere
    A little girl came dancin' cross the floor
    And all her crinolines were billowin'
    Beneath the skirt of calico she wore

    Oh, what a joy fell on the honored guests
    As each one of them was drawn into her dream
    And they laughed and stamped and clapped their hands
    And hollered at her "Dance, little Jean"

    And they said, "Dance, little Jean, this day is for you
    Two people you love stood up to say I do"
    Dance, little Jean a prayer that you had
    Was answered today
    Your mama's marryin' your dad

    Well, my cynical heart just melted
    'Cause I figured what this get together meant
    How it ended years of tears and sad confusion
    That the little girl had spent

    And they told the band to pack it up
    About the time the couple cut the cake
    But we played as long as they stayed
    For love and laughs and little Jeannie's sake

    And we played, "Dance, little Jean this day is for you
    Two people you love stood up to say I do"
    Dance, little Jean, a prayer that you had
    Was answered today
    Your mama's marryin' your dad
    Your mama's marryin' your dad
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    Long Hard Road

    Way back in my memory there's a scene that I recall
    Of a little run-down cabin in the woods
    Where my daddy never promised that our blue moon would turn gold
    But he laid awake nights wishin' that it would

    When the world was on our radio, hard work was on our minds
    We lived our day-to-day in plain dirt fashion
    With old overalls and cotton balls all strapped across your back
    Man, it's hard to make believe there ain't nothing wrong

    But mama kept the Bible read and daddy kept our family fed
    And somewhere in between I must have grown
    'Cause someday I was dreamin' that a song that I was singin'
    Takes me down the road to where I want to go
    Now I know
    It's a long hard road

    Sometimes I remember when I stay up late at night
    When sun-up came we got up and went
    In the shadows of a workin' day our moonlight hours spent
    Singin' songs along with Grandma's radio

    Now I'm beatin' down an ol' blacktop road, sleepin' in a sack
    Livin' in my memories all in vain
    'Cause those city lights ain't all that bright compared to what its like
    To see lightning bugs go dancin' in the rain

    Mama played the guitar then and daddy made the saw blade bend
    And raindrops played the tin roof like a drum
    But I just kept on dreamin' that a song that I was singin'
    Takes me down the road to where my name is known
    Now I'm gone
    And its a long hard road
    Yes, I know
    Its a long hard road
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    High Horse

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    Get up on your high horse now
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    I'll make it up to you somehow

    Moonlit shadows she starts tripping fire light
    Jumping the trees lying across the right of way
    Silvery morning it glistens down the valley
    But she don't stop till we ride the night away

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    Get up on your high horse now
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    I'll make it up to you somehow

    Long braids tangled at the misty break of morning
    Catching light through a dusty window pane
    Lost in lust in denial of the warning
    She digs her heels in the stallion's flank again

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    Get up on your high horse now
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    I'll make it up to you somehow

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    You pay the price, you get to play, hey
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    You're gonna ride to the break of day
    To the break of day
    To the break of day

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    Get up on your high horse now
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    I'll make it up to you somehow

    Get up on your high horse, woman
    You pay the price you get to play, hey
    Get up on your high horse, woman
    You're gonna ride to the break of day
    To the break of day
    To the break of day
    To the break of day
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    Modern Day Romance

    We met on the highway, she flagged me down
    Had a flat on her Stingray with nobody around
    So I helped her out, she said climb in
    So I ditched my ol' truck just to see where the party would end

    We spent the weekend in Reno in a honeymoon suite
    Never saw the casino, barely took time to eat
    I never dreamed she would take me that far
    But by Sunday that lady had taken a hold of my heart

    It's a modern day romance, a new kind of game
    With no time to slow dance in the fast lane
    I tried to love her without any strings
    But a modern day romance has left me some old-fashioned pain

    She never said good-bye, just a note by the phone
    Said thanks for the good times, but it's time to move on
    Well, I'm out here walkin' with my thumb in the air
    Wondering where she might've gone and why I even care

    It's just a modern day romance, a new kind of game
    With no time to slow dance in the fast lane
    I tried to love her without any strings
    But a modern day romance has left me some old-fashioned pain
    It's a modern day romance, an old fashioned pain

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    Partners, Brothers, and Friends

    The promoter says he wants to cancel
    'Cause there ain't enough tickets sold
    The air conditioner on the bus just broke
    And I can't shake this cold

    The single lost the bullet
    The singer's losin' his wife
    Well, I might be crazy but I wouldn't change
    A single thing about this life

    Sometimes we feel like champions
    Sometimes we just can't win
    Sometimes our records hit the top of the charts
    Or the discount bargain bin

    Through almost twenty years of touring
    We've remained partners, brothers and friends
    Well, we keep it together 'cause we're sure
    We're gonna be big time before it all ends

    Well, as long as Johnny's got his fiddle
    And Jimmie's got his drums along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long

    Well, I saw a story in the paper
    Suddenly the band's big news
    The critics all like our records just fine
    But they seem a bit confused

    Is it folk or rock or country
    Seems like everybody cares but us
    So just leave us an early wake-up call
    So we don't miss the bus

    Well as long as Johnny's got his fiddle
    And Jimmie's got his drums along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long

    The band says it can't stand my latest song, it's too personal
    But my first wife's second marriage blew up
    They had to get the dang thing annulled
    Well if that ain't something to sing about
    Then you tell me what is
    And we'll give it a beat and put it on the street
    And we just might have another hit

    Well, as long as Johnny's got his banjo
    And Jimmie's got his harps along
    Then Jeffrey and me and Bobby will be
    Singing all our favorite songs

    We'll catch the fire from the folks in the front row
    Fan the flames as the beat gets strong
    It's great to be a part of something
    So good that's lasted so long
    Yeah, it's great to be a part of something so good that's lasted so long
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    Stand A Little Rain

    Dark cloud is coming
    Headed straight for your heart
    Might get just a little bit crazy, baby
    Might try to tear us apart
    When the storm blows over
    Only the strong love remains
    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain

    Everybody wants love to be easy
    But it's never been that way
    Each love starts out with blue skies
    Sometimes those blue skies turn gray
    And when the storm blows over
    Only the true love remains
    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain

    Thunder rolls and the lightning strikes
    Hold on darling it's gonna be alright
    'cause when the storm blows over
    I swear our love will remain
    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain

    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain
    Have to stand a little rain
    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain
    Have to stand a little rain
    If we're ever gonna see a rainbow
    We have to stand a little rain