Lyrics Heart in a Jar

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Longing for Water

  • The flare of ignition
  • Was easily summoned
  • And the fire spread
  • With the flow of the words
  • He was pounding the keyboard
  • And living the dream
  • In the age of the sound-byte
  • The age of the scream
  • And the story got better
  • With each word he found
  • Each nail in the pine-box
  • Each thorn in the crown
  • It's better to burn out
  • Said a voice in his head
  • And once you are burning
  • There is no turning back
  • A cold wind on the river bank
  • It made the reeds shiver
  • As he went under
  • In a wake of sparkling silver
  • He was longing for water
  • To put out the fire

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Hot-shot Superstition

  • Hot-shot superstition
  • For sale in every mall
  • The strong have long provoked the weak
  • And there's writing on the wall
  • The carrier plane is loading arms
  • To fight the devil in disguise
  • As the powers pointed out
  • It's a matter of choosing sides
  • Hot-shot superstition
  • In every church, in every mosque
  • Pity those who missed their clues
  • Bad luck for those in shock
  • All the sons are diehard liars
  • They lie what they've been told
  • By their cunning mothers
  • And misfit fathers
  • These lies are so damn old
  • Hot-shot superstition
  • For sale in every mall
  • The strong have long provoked the weak
  • And there are bloodstains on the wall
  • The carrier plane is loading bodies
  • For the loved-ones way back home
  • They were hoping to survive
  • Without a scratch on their soul
  • Let the poor man be forgiven
  • And his hungry mouths be fed
  • Let the fat man save his own skin
  • When it comes down to that

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Van Gogh's Indian Summer

  • The rain it came down hard
  • On two buddies going up
  • But they were bound for glory
  • And made it to the top
  • A glider took the summit
  • And they kept their fingers crossed
  • The pilot waved as he pulled up
  • And nearly swept them off
  • Indian Summer on a mountain top
  • The sun came out and it smiled down
  • And they were smiling up
  • This Rocky Mountain canvas
  • It held a masterpiece
  • All these strokes of red and yellow
  • In the crowns of the trees
  • The rain it couldn't harm
  • Two buddies going up
  • From behind the clouds
  • The sun slipped out
  • And it was smiling down
  • All those colors
  • Oh the colors
  • All the colors
  • Of Van Gogh

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Cold War was Hot

  • Never a war like the Cold War
  • With it's inspirational doom
  • The Minute Men were all lined up
  • Neatly polished and tuned
  • The audience was willing
  • The Cold War was hot
  • Eyes were bulging, ears were ringing
  • As they were calling their shots
  • A spitting image of the eighties
  • Sprayed in paint on a wall
  • Cracks were slowly beginning to show
  • That wall was ready to fall
  • Sexy Suzy was speaking in tongues
  • The half-wit poet
  • was screaming his song
  • Their graffiti wall has crumbled to dust
  • Some words are still there
  • But the meaning was lost

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Heart in a Jar

  • I've put my heart on display in a jar
  • It's safer that way
  • You can clearly see
  • All the bruises and scars
  • It has seen better days
  • Too many times
  • I gave it away and it cracked
  • It was tossed in the trash
  • I had to fish it out
  • And patch it up
  • It looked like a mess
  • Maybe I will open the jar for you
  • Only if your intentions are true
  • Look at my heart
  • Maybe there's room for you
  • Only if your intentions are true
  • Look at my heart
  • At all the bruises and scars
  • It has seen better days
  • So that is why I keep it in a jar
  • It's safer that way

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Timberline

  • I've been sitting on these mudflats
  • With my grudges and my spite
  • I've been sucking on these toothaches
  • With extraction on my mind
  • I've been acting like the underdog
  • Wagged my tail and licked the boot
  • I've been kicking up the dirt
  • I've been chewing on the root
  • I've been longing for the mountains
  • Stretch my hamstrings on a slope
  • The quiet victory of the summit
  • And all the mayhem so remote
  • Well, I guess that I got lucky
  • I sneaked out and got away
  • And I really can't be bothered
  • To be the scapegoat of the day
  • And tomorrow I'll make
  • My way through the pines
  • Tomorrow I'll go
  • Up to the timberline
  • I'll go up to count my blessings
  • I'll go up to count my blessings
  • Every single one I find

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The Ruthless Truth

  • A young man with his book of truth
  • Came down to Earth from Paradise
  • Met a girl named Pretty Ruth
  • Head over heels
  • For her dark brown eyes
  • They made their home
  • And raised a child
  • Raised it by their book of truth
  • Harsh rules made the child grow wild
  • O poor ruthless Ruth
  • Forgiveness was a common word
  • On every page of the book of truth
  • It was only printed ink to her
  • O poor ruthless Ruth
  • An old man and his book of lies
  • A mother with her child gone wild
  • A young man drowning in the tide
  • O what a sad, sad sight
  • A promise of profits to be had
  • A furnace to be fed
  • Living in the bright white light
  • Can you keep your eyes
  • From losing sight
  • Staring in the cold white light
  • Can you keep your eyes
  • From going blind

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Babel

  • When I was a kid
  • I shot Hitler from the hip
  • Watched him bite the dust
  • No limit to the faith
  • Of an eight-year old kid
  • The whole damn Third Reich went bust
  • All the people waiting
  • For E.T. to come along
  • From somewhere in outer space
  • To unfold his universal master plan
  • To save the human race
  • Take notice of that man
  • The big C couldn't stop
  • Building his inventions in the basement
  • He kept on going no matter what
  • Not a minute to be wasted
  • The sky is the limit
  • For things built on faith
  • The tower of Babel
  • The towers of Trade
  • You've got to stir the mud
  • You've got to settle for a low
  • Only dirty hands make things grow

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Fiddlesticks

  • I dabbled in politics
  • I ransacked my bag of tricks
  • I whittled my fiddlesticks
  • No outcome, I didn't fix
  • Laundering money is a gas
  • What's the point of paying tax
  • I keep it in a gunny sack
  • Spend it big on the track
  • There is an end to every game
  • Especially in the hustler's domain
  • They fixed my horse and it went lame
  • I lost my grip on the reigns
  • When it was time to prosecute
  • I handed out the forbidden fruit
  • The judge and jury were in cahoots
  • And the plaintiff got the boot
  • Met up with Judas to steal a kiss
  • He dropped the stone into the well
  • Still I am sleeping in perfect bliss
  • Handled my assets fairly well

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Out-of-sequence Re-assembly Gumption Trap

  • Damn
  • Where does this part go
  • I thought I'd finished
  • But that ain't so
  • I'll have to start all over again
  • Find the spot where this part fits in
  • Sitting on a stool
  • With a wrench in my hand
  • And a manual I don't understand
  • I drop it on the floor in a puddle of oil
  • And curse the machine on its stand
  • Without this whatchamacallit thing
  • This tiny piece of stainless steel
  • The whole mean dream machine
  • Is just a pile of junk on wheels
  • Out-of-sequence re-assembly gumption trap
  • Re-assembled out-of-sequence
  • That's just my luck
  • Out-of-sequence re-assembly gumption trap
  • Never gonna get my gumption back

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Travel Plans

  • We envied hobos hopping trains
  • They had the guts to break away
  • Heading South across the plains
  • Sleeping on the boxcar sway
  • Old enough to fly the coop
  • We started making travel plans
  • Getting high on Kerouac
  • Saving up for an old sedan
  • On my return from the heartland hills
  • Thought I'd meet up with you
  • Off the record and for old times' sake
  • And to hear what was new
  • You said you never found the time
  • And made it sound like a joke
  • A lame excuse to hide the fact
  • Your travel plans went up in smoke
  • There's no way to cross the line
  • Between the man that went away
  • And the man that stayed behind

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