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Where's Dave

1 SEASIDE HEIGHTS
There goes Dad up on the roof
He’s stringing lights around the rain gutters and window sills
He’s got a competition with the neighbor going on
Wait till he sees the reindeer lit up on our lawn
He stops just to appreciate his work
Dad does his sit-ups on the living room floor
Tells us stories of his armor how it wins the war
Campaigns for Humphrey who is that
Takes me to work and lets me wear his railroad conductor’s hat
Who needs a week in Mexico or Paris France
Too far to drive, too much to fly (why even take the chance)
I need a weekend in the sun take me away to Seaside Heights
Take me away to Seaside Heights
There goes Mom up on the roof
She’s having coffee with the devil who dresses like the neighbor’s wife
She’s waiting for my fever to break
Sends me off to school then slips into her room to wait
The day slides by like a freight train
Pammy bites a Christmas ball
She cries and spits out blood Mom’s frantic don’t know who to call
and says she gave us quite a scare
When we got home that night our presents were already there
Who needs a week in Mexico or Paris France
Too far to drive, too much to fly (why even take the chance)
I need a weekend in the sun take me away to Seaside Heights
Take me away to Seaside Heights
There I am up on the roof
both my Mom and Dad wonder what’s come over me
But that’s where I meet my wife
I send her off to someplace warm to dance with Walt Disney
She sends her kisses in the mail
Now my daughter runs my life
Can’t use the bathroom, the TV or the car tonight
But there are angels and she’s proof
She hits me up for ten bucks, tells me she’ll be on the roof
Who needs a week in Mexico or Paris France
Too far to drive, too much to fly (why even take the chance)
I need a weekend in the sun take me away to Seaside Heights
Take me away to Seaside Heights
Take me away to Seaside Heights
I need a boardwalk and some fun take me away to Seaside Heights
2 CHARITY
I was playing at the Quiet Night Inn
Charity was sleeping in her car
with the windows down I could hear the sound
of my own heart beating
When she woke it was beautiful
it was chronicled by time that stood still
Her hair was such a lovely mess
the sunrise on her breath
She trades promises for smiles
We walked along the railroad tracks for hours
And with every New Jersey mile
our silences grew into stories
Promises for smiles
She trades promises for smiles
In the quarry by the power lines
there’s a swimming hole where we washed
Stepping out September wind
Charity wrapped in a hotel bed sheet
Then she said that she loves this place
and she looked away with a little shiver
I heard singing in the trees
it was Charity’s song
She trades promises for smiles
We walked along the railroad tracks for hours
And with every New Jersey mile
Our silences grew into stories
Promises for smiles
She trades promises for smiles
I was playing at the Quiet Night Inn
Charity was on my mind
3 NO PLACE HOME
I’m so happy when you’re here
but if you could look inside my heart when you were gone it would be dark there
I’m so happy when you’re here
Don’t you know my aim is true my devotion’s just to you
I’m so happy when you’re here
Don’t go calling no place home
‘cause if you’re not in this bed I’m better off alone so Darling
don’t go calling no place home
and when you open up your eyes if you don’t see me act surprised
Don’t go calling no place home
Think of me and crack a smile
phone sex is a lot of fun a thousand miles can seem like just one
Think of me and crack a smile
Let my love keep you warm when the nights are cold and dark around you
Think of me and crack a smile
I could hold you ‘till I die
take care of you when you get sick this love of mine is made of brick I could hold you ‘till I die
One day I just realized tomorrow’s that place in your eyes
I could hold you ‘till I die
I could hold you ‘till I die
Think of me and crack a smile
Don’t go calling no place home
4 WATER IN YOUR HANDS
I drink you in
You taste like water but you’re gin
You cross my lips
it starts out warm and then fills in
Your body flows
down to your painted toes
You’re like Van Gough’s Starry Night
Or like a friend
who comes from out of town
and always makes you feel right
I am a letter in your slot
I am the arrow who will hit your spot
I am the mood you feel today
I am a habit that you can’t resist
I am the fire that will scorch your lips
I am not the road that takes you home
Hold me tight because I am water in your hands I could stick
to your brown magnetic eyes
I would fall
through your green poetic skies
Your body flows
down to your painted toes
You’re like Van Gough’s Starry Night
Or like a friend
who comes from out of town
and always makes you feel right
I am a letter in your slot
I am the arrow who will hit your spot
I am the mood you feel today
I am a habit that you can’t resist
I am the fire that will scorch your lips
I am not the road that takes you home
Hold me tight because I am water in your hands
I am a letter in your slot
I am the arrow who will hit your spot
I am the mood you feel today
I am a habit that you can’t resist
I am the fire that will scorch your lips
I am not the road that takes you home
Hold me tight because I am water in your hands
5 WHERE'S DAVE
I got a friend who moved out of state
I want to call but it’s getting too late
so I sit back down e Sometimes I wonder how far
I can slip into this guitar
‘till I’m made of sound
I lose my train of thought
I lose my cool
and I’ve been wondering where’s Dave
It’s getting late and now they’ve
closed the pool
But has anyone seen Dave
Where’s Dave
Where’s Dave
Does anyone know
Bones to bones dust to dust
is there anyone that you trust
can you go back home
There’s a smell reminds me of a time when I couldn’t be stopped and love was blind
It’s a time you know
I lose my train of thought
I lose my cool
and I’ve been wondering where’s Dave
I haven’t seen him on the
bus to school
I hope he isn’t sick
Where’s Dave
Where’s Dave
Where’s Dave
Does anyone know
I lose my train of thought
I lose my cool
and I’ve been wondering where’s Dave
It’s getting late and now they’ve
closed the pool
but has anyone seen Dave
Where’s Dave
Where’s Dave
Does anyone know
Does anyone know
Does anyone know
Does anyone know
Does anyone know
6 MOUNTAIN OF SNOW
We could talk it out but talking only takes up all your time
We could stand and shout but that never works
Like a slap
the thought of you comes rushing back
Like a cool drink you take away my thirst
You’re an angel but somebody clipped your wings
You could be
the warmest current in the sea
or a mountain of snow
I may be wrong but then it wouldn’t be the first time that I was
It’s just part of my misfortune
when we agree
things that look so hard come easy
When you’re smiling it’s hard for me to frown
You’re an angel but somebody clipped your wings
You could be
the warmest current in the sea
or a mountain of snow
As an opponent you can bring out all the best I have to give
As a lover you weaken me
If I rise
to your sun it’s no surprise
I know you’ll tell me when it’s time to leave
You’re an angel but somebody clipped your wings
You could be
the warmest current in the sea
or a mountain of snow
You’re an angel but somebody clipped your wings
You could be
the warmest current in the sea
or a mountain of snow
7 DEPTHS OF DEVOTION
I was looking for a photograph that reminds me of you
What I needed was something familiar what I found was something new
Hey what do you say when the ghost comes knocking at your door
It’s a little bit funny yeah It’s a little bit funny, hey hey
See the music on the picture screen with the surreal round sound
Talk to the girl in the Lower East Village with the hair ‘hangin down
Far away in her stare is your open diary
There’s a million stars out
one of them’s wishing on you
Put the blame on fate now it’s too late she’s down to her last vow and you feel yourself sink lower by the hour
to depths of devotion
depths of devotion
Baby
depths of devotion
In the crack in the sidewalk in the heat in the air
In the letter that I got last week How you ‘doin over there
In between the lines I read about the change in us
Yes I still love you
What was the question again
I was talking monosyllabic when I finally woke up
and looking hard once around the room I couldn’t tell where I was
Oh the freedom in this Quixotic insanity
Take off these handcuffs
You’ll make this saint a sinner
Put the blame on fate now it’s too late she’s down to her last vow
and you feel yourself sink lower by the hour
to depths of devotion
depths of devotion
Baby
depths of devotion
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Baby
Put the blame on fate now it’s too late she’s down to her last vow
and you feel yourself
Sink lower by the hour
to depths of devotion
8 FORGET ME FRIDAY
If I was lying girl you’d know it
I’m on a ride and I can’t hold on
If this is love then I’ll outgrow it
‘cause I’m just a kid playing on your lawn
I should’ve seen this whole thing coming
You’re back was turned and so was your head
But you’re not ‘gonna keep me running
while chasing you from bed to bed
You tried to tutor me but this dog’s hard to teach
but don’t think you wasted my time
Wasting time’s just a figure of speech
Nothing matters quite much now like a wheelbarrow in the rain
don’t cry for me ‘cause I’m okay
tomorrow’s just another day It’s
forget me Friday or it’s Tuesday I’ve got time
Suicidal Saturday night doesn’t fit the crime
Catatonic Monday’s just a half heartbeat away
Without you loving me
It’s just another day
It’s just another day
You never put your eggs together
in one case that might get dropped
you don’t believe that love’s forever
but you don’t want it to stop
But when you wake up I won’t be here
You might not notice anyway
Don’t pretend you’re losing something
‘cause you really Don’t want me to stay
Don’t worry that I’ll be lost ‘cause I can read a map
and don’t leave a trail for me ‘cause you know that I won’t follow that
nothing matters quite much now like a wheelbarrow in the rain
Don’t cry for me ‘cause I’m okay
tomorrow’s just another day
It’s forget me Friday or it’s
Tuesday I’ve got time
Suicidal Saturday night doesn’t fit the crime
Catatonic Monday’s just a half heartbeat away
without you loving me
It’s just another day
It’s just another day
It’s just another day
9 ELECTRICITY
I’m watching you sleep
or move across the room
the curve of your back
under a full-lit moon
I never sat down
to write a love song it was kind of a mistake
like electricity it makes my heart go pop
you are my oxygen
it makes my heart go pop
knowing you’re there
Don’t ever want to stop
being your lover boy
I could never wash you out of my hair
It’s the same song
but it’s a different verse
I’m singing the hook
without your love I’m cursed
I’m just a guy
you’re a superlative
I hold out my hand
And electricity
makes my heart go pop
you are my oxygen
it makes my heart go Pop
knowing you’re there
Don’t ever want to stop
being your lover boy
I could never wash you out of my hair
I start up my car
your perfume fills the air
I drive through my life
I find you everywhere
I never sat down
to write a love song it was kind of a mistake
Like electricity
it makes my heart go pop
You are my oxygen
it makes my heart go Pop
knowing you’re there
Don’t ever want to stop
being your lover boy
I could never wash you out of my hair
It makes my heart go pop
you are my oxygen
It makes my heart go Pop
knowing you’re there
Don’t ever want to stop
being your lover boy
I could never wash you out of my hair
10 THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE
The air was cold the clouds hung low
The march to Tannenberg was painful wet and slow
We wet our lips with melting snow
The rations that we captured ran out days ago
And this infection in my leg is spreading
I fear that I may lose my strength
I’d go to any length
to get a letter to my wife to tell her I’m alive
And I don’t know what I’m doing wide awake in this strange place
But if I’m the one then Your will be done and by Your holy grace
spare my children from this greatest war
Artillery rained from the sky
Young second lieutenant shrapnel just below his eye
As he died he squeezed my hand
I stood up in the trench and spit out into No Man’s Land
And through the curved fields of new wheat that ran in waves before the wind
I saw a single light
then I saw another one
and still there were more
And I don’t know what I’m doing wide awake in this strange place
But if I’m the one then Your will be done and by Your holy grace
spare my children from this greatest war
A Christmas quiet as a corpse
The Germans started singing softly then with greater force
I heard it clearly Silent Night
by the time they finished we slowly lost the will to fight
and there appeared an unarmed soldier brave and holding up a flag of truce
Soon others followed suit
We traded whiskey and photographs from home
And I don’t know what I’m doing wide awake in this strange place
But if I’m the one then Your will be done and by Your holy grace
spare my children from this greatest war
News about this Christmas truce
reached and sent a shudder running through the high command
who declared it treasonous
and tried and sentenced Calhoun commander of the troops on land
But George the Fifth granted him clemency
thereby sparing him his life
By March the drum and fife
led us back to battlefields by our rotting boots And I don’t know what I’m doing wide awake in this strange place
But if I’m the one then Your will be done and by Your holy grace
Spare my children from this greatest war
11 YOU’RE A METAPHOR
If you heard this story from an artist
it would be a retrospect in gray
or a tarnished statue
in Gramercy Park
If I had a poet as a houseguest
and he wrote down everything he saw
when he pieced it together
it would look like you
You’re a metaphor
A kiss in the dark
Now I found out what you’re for
You’re here to help me make a new start
You’re a metaphor
You’re a metaphor
A kiss in the dark
Now I found out what you’re for
You’re here to help me make a new start
You’re a metaphor
When I got too homesick for a lover
You were right here with the cure
We could’ve been old friends
if I’d known you at all
In the cheapest hotel in the city
there’s a room where we both liked to meet
in the plot of a movie
or is it a dream
You’re a metaphor
A kiss in the dark
Now I found out what you’re for
You’re here to help me make a new start
You’re a metaphor
You’re a metaphor
A kiss in the dark
Now I found out what you’re for
You’re here to help me make a new start
You’re a metaphor
12 SWEET SURPRISES
Sun comes up and rests on your shoulder
You’re the great outdoors
You’re a feather on the wind that blows me off course
You’re the milk in my coffee
the evening sun
the ink in my pen you’re the lead in my gun
This life’s a work in progress my dear
Take off your glasses they don’t make it clear
That coffee cup is no crystal ball
Fill it with sweet surprises
and drink it all oh Molly
You don’t like the crack of the thunder
it makes you afraid
But the lights
always come back on the dark fades away
It’s two in the morning
you’re not going far
It’s the second time you locked the keys in your car
This life’s a work in progress my dear
Take off your glasses they don’t make it clear
That coffee cup is no crystal ball
Fill it with sweet surprises
and drink it all oh Molly
Take me out
put me on your arm
Take me apart
Put me together with a piece of your heart
Mesmerize me with your green eyes
Sing me a song
Tell me a story that’s 100 years long
This life’s a work in progress my dear
Take off your glasses they don’t make it clear
That coffee cup is no crystal ball
Fill it with sweet surprises
and drink it all oh Molly