GENERALS

KARMA DEBT

Here we are in the orchestra
A bullet in our breath
We hold our horns like credit cards
And hope to pay the rent

But when the war is done
And we’ve finished all our songs
Will they offset the colossal karma debt?

The ebony and the ivory
Talked politics again
Then they sat and chewed the scenery
Til there was nothing left

But will all their peace accords
Amount to something more or something less
Than wasted breath?

I’d give it all
For a legacy of love

Here we are in the orchestra
A bullet in our breath
We hold our horns like credit cards
And hope to pay the rent

But when the war is done
And we’ve finished all our songs
Will they offset the colossal karma debt?

WOLF MOTHER

Don’t do much these days
Keep the wolves at bay
Don’t do much to ease the pain

Heaven’s hell, I say
It gets in the way
If we’re never gonna reach the top
Why would we even try?

Oh we’re tumbling down
We’re tumbling down
Cause your ideal is not mine
Yes, we’re tumbling down
We’re tumbling down
Tumbling, tumbling

I wanna know
Who lets the wolves in
And can I see him tonight
I wanna know
That man in sheepskin
Cause I owe him a fight
In the valley below
Oh a red river flows
It ain’t right
I’m gonna add him below
To that river of souls
Tonight

GENERALS

I need a political job
In a blue collar town
So I can pay my rent
When the music is on
I get my best blood drawn
But I haven’t made a dollar yet

Haven’t I paid my dues yet?

Calling all my Generals
My Daughters
My Revolutionists
We got strength in numbers
And they’re gon’ to pay for it

We burn the money in our homes
Oh our books and bones
Are breaking down so fast
But they keep putting all our cash
Into the next bloodbath
Honey, tell you I am sick of it

Haven’t we paid our dues yet?

Hey all my sisters [YEAH]
What you want [LOVE]
And all my brothers [YEAH]
What you got [LOVE]
You wanna fix it [YEAH]
Or fuck it up
Come on fix it
Cause it’s been fucked

Calling all my Generals
My Daughters
My Revolutionists
We got strength in numbers
And they’re gon’ to pay

Get your black boots on
Beat your marching drum
We’re gonna make ‘em run
We’re gonna get ‘em on the run
So get your warpaint on
Let ‘em know we’re out for blood

RADIATOR SISTER

She’s a radiator sister
Oh boys, I’ll tell you what I mean
Her mind’s a nest of firecrackers
She needs to blow off some steam

I’ll tell you right now
You will get burned
So watch out

There’s a poison in the harbor
It’s looking deadly in the seas
And yet they’re handing out blue ribbons
To the killing companies

I’ll tell you right now
You will get burned
So watch out

Yes I’ll tell you once more
You have been warned
Oh watch out

Radiator
Radiator
Radiator
Watch out

You’re a radiator brother
You know exactly what I mean
You see ‘em dying in the breadlines
But turning profits on the street

They build the walls around each other
And keep the suburbs clean
But they cannot burn the bridges
Between you and me

I’ll tell you once more
You have been warned
Oh watch out

Yes, we’ll tell them once more
Karma comes round
Oh watch out

Radiator
Radiator
Radiator
Watch out

DISASTER

Hold on hold on hold on
Just a minute longer
I got I got your back
I promise to keep you from going under

The walls the walls caved in
And the sky came tumbling after
And the minute we thought we were out of the wreck
Came another great

Disaster, collision
All of the world is tearing at the seams
Disaster, division
What we’re turning into
I cannot say
I cannot say

The sky the sky turned black
And the sea the sea turned blacker
But I got I got your back
I promise to keep you from going under

MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

You’re not alone in anything
So listen up, my love
A tiny town can tear you down
But the right word can build you up

I know their razor blade names
Cut into your arms
And opened your veins
And you think,
There’s nothing you could do
They haven’t already done to you

It’s hard enough in your bedroom calm
To fend off the hungry birds of prey
And it’s a fresh assault when the news comes on
Another one gone today

You study the lines in his face
He looked just like you
Your story’s the same
Is there anything I could say
To make you stay

Love who you love
No matter what
No matter how hard it may come
And I promise
You’ll be loved, my love
No matter what
You’re mightier than
Their sword sharp tongues

Oh I promise
You are loved
Yes I promise
You are loved
So don’t give up

When you forget the words
I will sing them for you
When I forget the words
Will you sing them for me?
When you forget the words
I will sing them for you

BODY OF WORK

Before you get out I want you to know
You get so many lives in just this one
Sometimes you’re a roller
Sometimes you’re the stone
Sometimes you’re an avalanche in whole

But you can be wild horses on that hill
You can be wild horses
You can stop at will
And you will

Before you get out on your one way
I’ve got a ticket waiting for you under any name
You can be holy or a roller, oh anything
But whatever you choose — stay

Yesterday happened just exactly as it did
You can’t go back and undo it
You’re not a knot you’re not a dead end
Don’t ever forget
You’re a living thing

“Freedom is what you do with what
With what’s been done to you”

Before you lay down in this place
Remember you can see a blackbird
A thousand ways
You can be a soldier
You can be the snow
Under the boots of an army with miles to go

And you can be white horses on that hill
You can be white horses
You can carry heaven until

Yesterday happened just exactly as it did
You can’t go back and undo it
You’re not a knot you’re not a dead end
Don’t ever forget

You are a body of work — Edit it
You are electric — So sing it

“Freedom is what you do with what
With what’s been done to you”

DISARM

My baby does so much panicking around
And lately I cannot talk her down
My love, what are you fighting for?
My love, you’ll never even the score
Cause there’s always one more

War in the waiting
War in the waiting
With your arms up
War in the waiting
War in the waiting
Give it up

My love, aren’t you tired of arguing?
My love, you won’t surrender a thing
By disarming

My baby, there’s so much panic in these days
Enemies made out of brothers down the way
My love, you and I are a siamese form
My love, so what are we fighting for?

War in the waiting
War in the waiting
With your arms up
War in the waiting
War in the waiting
Give it up

My love, I’m so tired of arguing
My love, we won’t surrender a thing
By disarming

If you can’t remember
The good in your brother
Ask another, ask another

BUFFALO FLOWER

So we go down to the red to the river
Dig our hands deep in the banks of the sand
Loose all the black of the souls buried there
Forgive every man

Moving uptown, gonna clear the air
Moving uptown, then we’ll go everywhere

Buffalo flower
My queen of the plains
When the bully winds
Push on your shoulder
You show them who’s king

Oh the man of the hour
Is another pretty young buck
Pinstripes and a tongue
Like a fresh cut flower
Promises sure to wither up
Oh my man, your hour’s up

So we’ll march up out the road out the valley
Build a town tall at the top of the hill
If we don’t start one foot in front of the other
We never will

Can’t change the weather
But we sure can change our shoes
Can’t change what we weather
But we can change what we do

Buffalo flower
My queen of the plains
When the bully winds
Push on your shoulder
You show them who’s king

Gonna do what I can
Right where I stand
I’m gonna do what I can

GREATEST REVENGE

All along the avenues
The soldiers make their way
While lovers reap the revenue
Of a cold September day

Kiss me, darling kiss me
Like we’ll never kiss again
And love me won’t you love me
Like it’s our greatest revenge

No one knows how much it means
The pundit wars, rag magazines
Battle fronts and beauty queens
Making love in the headlines
I feel for all their progeny
How will they know what freedom means
When it’s forged to every cause and claim
On the fear assembly lines

Oh the American machine

What happened to our chivalry
Now pork is fed to the fattest beasts
And the women and the babies
Are starving on the ship
And the water’s coming in so fast
It’s hard to know how long we’ll last
When you take in more than you give back
Oh you’ll drown under the debt

Oh the American greed
Oh the American greed
It’s not me
I’m gonna give what I can

Come, come feed the promise that’s inside of me
With a little love, we’ll raise a brand new army up
Of the surest doves with the hearts that gleam like golden guns
With nothing in their arsenal but love

I’d give it all for a legacy of love

 

What We Lose In the Fire We Gain In the Flood

WHAT WE GAINED IN THE FIRE

We are ships on an ocean
Passing on our way back home
We collide for a minute
Then we move on we move on

But I got something I don’t wanna lose
I’m not ready to leave you

We are born far from each other
Then we find our way back home
Every road that seems familiar
We’re just remembering where to go

But I got something I don’t wanna lose
I’m just starting to remember you

What we lose in the fire we gain in the flood
What we lose in the fire is never gone

We are lost without each other
As we make our way back home
Though the road leads together
Still we make our way alone

And I got something I don’t wanna lose
But I’m learning to let go of you

What we lose in the fire we gain in the flood

What we lose in the fire is never gone

LET THE RECORD GO

Let the record show
You gave it all your might
And let the record show
I gave it all of mine
It didn’t turn out quite
Quite like we’d hoped
So lay your best lines
And let the record go

One more time now
You can’t stop this
Let it roll on by

Round and around and around we go
Are we up or down I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The circle’s tight it holds us close
Round and around and around we go
Up or down oh I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The wheels are round to let us go

Let the record show
You gave a real good fight
And let the record show
So did I
Four black eyes
Some sticks and stones
Chalk the numbers up
And let the record go

Round and around and around we go
Are we up or down I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The circle’s tight it holds us close
Round and around and around we go
Up or down oh I don’t know
Round and around and around we go
The wheels are round to let us go

NUMBERS DON’T LIE

It was always what you said
It would be and nothing more
Through the smoke screens and the pipe dreams
And the blood on the floor

You say it’s black well it’s bound to be black
You made up your mind and you see with that

Baby if you wanna be right
I will let you be right
I will let you be right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Two wrongs will not make it right

You said one and one and one and one is three
But I know my lines and my graphs and my math
Honey that ain’t me

If you want it you can have it
All the lines on the cellar floor
Don’t mean nothing just a bad dream
Even if you think it’s more

You say it’s black well it’s bound to be black
You made up your mind and you see with that

But baby if you wanna be right
I will let you be right
I will let you be right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Two wrongs will not make it right
You know that the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie
Oh no the numbers don’t lie

GIVE IT TIME

Hold on hold right there a minute
This horse could mean anything
But we don’t have to guess
If he’s good or he’s bad
We’ll wait and we’ll see

It’s hard to know when you’re in it
If it’s heads or it’s tails
If we won or we failed
Oh we’ll wait and we’ll see

But I don’t wanna talk
Keep to yourself
I don’t wanna talk
So keep to yourself
Cause we said a lot
And it sure hasn’t got us
Anywhere yet

Every now and then
I hear the cold light of reason
Firing like guns from the east
But the end of the night
Is it wrong or it’s right
Oh we’ll wait and we’ll see

But I don’t wanna talk
Keep to yourself
No I don’t wanna talk
So keep to yourself
Cause we said a lot
And it sure hasn’t got us
Anywhere yet

Give it time give it time and silence

WAYS OF LOOKING

Give me all your loving
And I’ll give you all of mine
We can wash out all the red flags
Hang them on the line
If we paint into the corner
We’ll wait for it to dry
We can take our time

I lost my head in an avalanche
The world turned over
When I least expected
Buried me under my great plans
Why can’t it ever be easy

Then all the sparrows and the cornets
They played their own version of taps
Just when it seemed about hopeless
You counted

One to ten
There are so many ways of looking
Catch your breath
It can be easy if you just let it

I lose my sense at the sight of you
The effortless way you take the worst news
You said you can move mountains
With your point of view
It doesn’t have to be so hard

Then all the sparrows and the cornets
They started in with their same old set
But before we guessed what it meant
We counted

One to ten
There are so many ways of looking
Catch your breath
It can be easy if we just let it

Give me all your loving
And I’ll give you all of mine
We can wash out all the red flags
Hang them on the line
If we paint into the corner
We’ll wait for it to dry
Even if it takes about all night
Cause I can’t think of any way
I’d rather spend my time

LA RAIN

Another heart attack today up on the 405
The sirens came and they went away
They told me I’d be fine

And the policeman said it’s an easy fix
Just needs some cosmetic attention

It’s only an LA rain
It’s just an earthquake
If it doesn’t crack all the walls in the house
It doesn’t mean a thing at all

I got lost again today out on the 101
The exits came and they went away
But I kept driving on

And Elizabeth said just lose yourself
It’s an easy art for you to master

It’s only an LA rain
It’s just an earthquake
If it doesn’t crack all the walls in the house
It doesn’t mean a thing at all

WASH IT OUT

Too much common sense
Will leave a bad taste in your mouth
So wash it out wash it out wash it out
Nothing ever follows
All the lines that we lay down
Still it helps to think we figured something out

So lay your plans by the sea
And when the tide comes in
Just let them bleed

Wash it out wash it out wash it out

All the evidence
Collected in your own defense
Doesn’t do you any good
And pinning all the blame on someone
Never made much sense
Cause we’re all convicts from a point of view

So lay your plans by the sea
And when the thieves come in
Just let them take what they need

Wash it out wash it out wash it out

WE MADE A MOUNTAIN

We made a mountain out of a minute
Then we let it stand in our way
I called your name from the other side
But you couldn’t hear it for the mountain we made

We rolled around on the roads of misfortune
Then we asked how we got to this place
I could be wrong but I swear I recall
Every crossroad and the paths we paved

I hope you’re happy at the end of the day
I hope you’re happy today
Regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today

If we could go back to the beginning
And roll the first stone away
We might not have this wall between us
But you wouldn’t have the kingdom you made

I hope you’re happy at the end of the day
I hope you’re happy today
Regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today
No regret doesn’t undo a single thing
And I hope you’re happy today

RIGHT PLACE

I’ve got your number you got mine
I think about you time to time
I wonder if you wonder why
Or if you changed your mind
Have you even tried

Every little thing when it falls
It falls in its right place

We’ll watch the shadows fall
And count the lessons all
I’m sure you did what you thought was best
and I’m doing fine out west

Every little thing when
It falls it falls in its right place

I’ve lost your number have you lost mine
I think about you time to time
I still wonder why
But I haven’t changed my mind
God knows I tried

GOOD HEART

I been towing a heavy line
Got caught up in old boots and tin can finds
I been trying so hard to be free
But the weight of the world really got a hold on me

And the poets they write their lines
And the road rises up
Gets me every time
But you got a good heart baby
You got a good heart it’s true
Mine’s not so strong
But you know I got this song
And if you keep the beat
I’ll keep the tune

I been laying up since half past three
Wondering if the world
Finally got the best of me
Well the fates they draw their lines
But you draw me in right on time

You got a good heart baby
You got a good heart it’s true
Mine’s not so strong
But you know I got this song
And if you keep the beat
I’ll keep the tune